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Have You Really Seen the First Ever Found-Footage Movie?!

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 11:16

Before V/H/S (and V/H/S/2) there was Paranormal Activity, and before that was The Blair Witch Project. But there’s a film that pre-dates them all…

Most journalists cite Eduardo Sánchez and Daniel Myrick’s 1999 The Blair Witch Project as the first ever found-footage horror film. This may shock many of the younger readers here on Bloody, but there’s a horror film that pre-dates it by a decade.

Below we’ve added the rare, restored and uncut VHS rip of the 1989 “McPherson Tape,” which was a famous bootleg that circulated around the UFO community in the late 80′s and early 90′s.

Also known as UFO Abduction, Dean Alioto wrote, directed, filmed, and produced the film through IndieSyndicate Productions for a mere $6,500.

It was created to appear as a genuine 1983 home video recording, according to Wiki, and is believed (erroneously) by many to depict a real alien abduction of a Connecticut family named “the McPhersons” as they celebrate their relative’s 5th birthday.

While this movie is absolutely shit – I recommend watching until you see the UFO before fast-forwarding to the final seconds – it’s incredible to see how far ahead of its time it was. I mean, this pre-dated Blair Witch by 10 years, and has some really cool stuff hiding within. What’s hilarious, though, is the thought that anyone would believe it’s real. What you’re about to see below is some of the worst acting I’ve ever witnessed, not to mention how illogical all of the characters act (hey, we just saw a UFO and aliens, let’s open presents and play poker!).

Anyhow, if interested, Dean Alioto and Paul Chitlik remade the film in 1998, with a larger budget and professional actors, known as Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County. It’s also trash.

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[Sundance '15 Review] ‘Reversal’ A New Take On Rape/Revenge Horror

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 11:09

Reviewed by Fred Topel

Reversal kind of solved the whole conundrum of rape/revenge movies by skipping the rape entirely. Did no one think of this before? Although to be fair, doing that would have reduced Last House on the Left and I Spit on Your Grave to 45 minute movies, but the point being Reversal is not the exploitation version of this story. It’s got a clever take on the genre that moves it a little bit forward from the storied history of rape/revenge.

Eve (Tina Ivlev) is a happy girl with a loving boyfriend. Then she wakes up chained to a dank bedroom floor. Phil (Richard Tyson) comes down to feed her when she turns the tables and knocks him out with a brick. She breaks free but learns Phil has kidnapped other girls too, so she forces him to help her find and free them.

I do respect the grueling nature of earlier rape/revenge films but it is nice not to be subjected to the rape this time. Eve still was, so it’s just as terrible, but perhaps it is appropriate not to focus on that since the point of Eve’s story is more of a rescue mission than her own revenge.

Now, you can imagine these girls are in no condition to be escape when Eve finds them. Reversal explores the twisted psychology of victims. Some of the responses will bother you, and it’s probably valid. Nobody responds to trauma the exact same way.

Some of director Jose Manuel Cravioto’s techniques work better than others. A series of freeze frames works for the scene in which it’s featured. Intercutting found footage of Eve before her kidnapping feels very Cloverfield, even though it puts a twist on it.

It’s a solid introduction to Ivlev as a lead. She can certainly carry a movie, be tough and relatable. Tyson lingers on syllables so that everything he says sounds more creepy. The actresses playing the other victims are good too, each given a different psyche to portray, and illustrating the myriad impacts of brutal, sexual trauma.

Reversal succeeds at bringing new perspective to a tried and true genre. It remains just as satisfying to see Phil get beaten up and his world torn apart, but the real meat of Reversal lies within Eve’s encounters with each of Phil’s victims.

Get more Sundance reviews here.

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En Esch “12345″ Song Premiere/Free Download (Exclusive)

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 11:00

Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with industrial electronic artist En Esch to bring you the song premiere for “12345″, which comes off the upcoming album Spänk!. The track features ex-Marilyn Manson guitarist Tim Skold (KMFDM, Ohgr).

En Esch explains the song:

A very cool collaboration with Tim Skold. Tim had started this song a few years ago in Los Angeles. He sent me the raw track when I was in New York, where I sang the chorus. The track was eventually put on hold. Recently I came back to the song and decided to use it for my new solo album Spänk! I worked on it further when I was in Berlin and I also recorded the German vocals.

The track, which you can hear below, will be available as a free download for this week only, so make sure you snag it before it goes down!

En Esch was the original singer for KMFDM and was also a member of Pigface. Spänk! comes out out February 10th via Distortion Productions. You can pre-order it here.

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‘The Lazarus Effect’ Image Gallery Just Hanging Around

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 10:45

Olivia Wilde gets demonic in these new images from Relativity Studios’ The Lazarus Effect, opening in theaters February 27, 2015.

From what I gathered out of the film’s first trailer, the Flatliners-esque film begins when Mark Duplass (Creep) resurrects Wilde in sort of a throwback to Pet Sematary. Only, in a very Event Horizon-like scene, it appears that Wilde’s character is brought back from Hell, and brings along everyone’s own personal demons. It looks pretty cool, and was penned by hot up-and-coming writer Jeremy Slater.

Evan Peters and Donald Glover also star in the pic “about a group of medical students who discover a way to bring dead patients back to life.

David Gelb directs.

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‘Tomorrowland’ Super Bowl Spot Delivers Awes

Sun, 02/01/2015 - 19:54

Inspired by the lands within Disney World and Disneyland comes Tomorrowland, in theaters May 22, 2015.

The Big Game Super Bowl TV Spot just dropped, which shares just enough new footage to make it worth a look. It’s also a bit different than the launch trailer, but is just as magical.

Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (George Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.

Featuring a screenplay by Prometheus and “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.

The film also stars Hugh Laurie as brilliant scientist David Nix, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Judy Greer, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key and Thomas Robinson.

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‘Jurassic World’ Super Bowl Spot Tames Raptors!

Sun, 02/01/2015 - 19:34

Universal Pictures just aired the Super Bowl TV Spot for Jurassic World, and it had quite a few surprises.

The first was an answer to the weird trailer in which star Chris Pratt rides a motorcycle with a pack of Velociraptors. Apparently, he trains them. Yup, you’ll see that here.

Also, I love the last shot that echoes the T-Rex attack from Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park.

Lastly, in the spot below you’ll catch a sneak at the hybrid dino, the Indominus Rex.

The bait this time around: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Jake Johnson, Nick Robinson, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D’Onofrio, BD Wong, Omar Sy, Judy Greer, Katie McGrath, Andy Buckley and Lauren Lapkus star in the Jurassic Park sequel opening June 12, 2015.

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What Are Your Favorite Ghost Movies?

Sun, 02/01/2015 - 16:00

I’m going to be completely honest with you all here and say that ghost movies are one of the few horror subgenres that really gives me the creeps. Something about a malevolent spirit that uses its power to bring terror to people, most often from a dark, shadowy place, sends chills running up and down my spine.

Films like The Conjuring, One Missed Call (the original, of course), and even Beetlejuice are movies that I can happily watch multiple times and not get sick of them.

So I wanted to take today to show some love and appreciation to this subgenre that has been getting quite a bit of love over the past few years! Head on down for several of my favorite entries and then tell me yours!

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