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'Tom Holland's Twisted Tales' Anthology Trailer Premiere (Exclusive)!

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 12:32

From the director of Child’s Play and Fright Night, get ready for Tom Holland’s Twisted Tales available on DVD March 18 from RLJ Entertainment/Image Entertainment.

Bloody Disgusting has the exclusive first look at the trailer for the film starring Holland, William Forsythe, Danielle Harris, AJ Bowen, Sarah Butler and Bonnie Piesse.

Horror legend Tom Holland dares you to join him for nine nerve-shredding, totally Twisted Tales. Serving up a mind-bending assortment of the macabre, it’s an anthology fine-tuned to keep you on the edge of your seat. A new drug offers users a glimpse of the future… with beastly consequences. A murderous husband is stalked by his own cell phone. A jilted lover wreaks satanic vengeance. The nightmarish action then leads to worlds haunted by dark magic, demonic possession, vampires, witches and more in this seriously freaky festival of fear.

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New Look At Michael Paré In 'The Shelter'

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 12:29

John Fallon’s directorial debut The Shelter, starring Michael Paré (The Lincoln Lawyer, Streets of Fire), Gayle James, Rachel Whittle, Lauren Thomas, Brigette Rose and Amy Wickenheiser enters post production this week. The film was financed by Bruise Productions and JoBlo Movie Productions, and Holbrook Multi Media will be handling the Post duties.

On a star filled night, widower and homeless man Thomas (Michael Paré) finds shelter for the night when he falls upon a vast two story house with the lights on and an inviting open front door. He strolls on in thinking he just caught a lucky break and for a while, it would appear as though he did. But soon enough, he realizes that the house won’t let him leave, as its doors are all locked while its windows cannot be opened or broken. Destiny has brought Thomas to this place. What does it want from him? Will he survive the ordeal?

John Fallon directed the film from his own screenplay, Donny Broussard (Little Houses) and Fallon produced the picture, Erin Bennett was the production manager, Shawn Knippelberg will be scoring the film while Thomas Wilson (James Wan’s The Conjuring, Insidious: Chapter 2) is handling the film’s VFX.

Once Post completed The Shelter will hit the Festival circuit and will be seeking worldwide distribution. The film will have a presence at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. You can follow the film’s progress on its official Facebook page.

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'The Legend of Hell House,' 'Motel Hell' Get Blu-ray Treatment!!!

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 12:13

One of my all-time favorite horror films, John Hough’s 1973 The Legend of Hell House, is getting a stunning HD Blu-ray treatment later this year, thanks to Shout Factory! In the legendary ghost film, “A team consisting of a physicist, his wife, a young female psychic and the only survivor of the previous visit are sent to the notorious Hell House to prove/disprove survival after death. Previous visitors have either been killed or gone mad, and it is up to the team to survive a full week in isolation, and solve the mystery of the Hell House.

In addition to Hell House, Shout! also announced the summer release of Kevin Connor’s 1980 Motel Hell on Blu-ray.

Motel Hell will be getting the “Collector’s Edition” treatment with slipcover and the newly-designed artwork. In the film, “Farmer Vincent kidnaps unsuspecting travelers and is burying them in his garden. Unfortunately for his victims, they are not dead. He feeds his victims to prepare them for his roadside stand. His motto is: It takes all kinds of critters…to make Farmer Vincents fritters.

Full specs and release details forthcoming.

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'Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones' Home Video Details!

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 12:06

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (read our review) will be haunting Blu-ray Combo, DVD and VOD on April 8 from Paramount Home Media Distribution, reports Comingsoon. It will hit digital three weeks earlier on March 18.

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones expands on the world created by the phenomenal horror franchise with an intense tale of black magic, superstition and possession set in a gritty urban environment. The Blu-ray Combo includes both the theatrical version of the film, as well as an extended, unrated cut, and intense additional found footage not seen in theaters.

The Blu-ray includes the following: Extended, Unrated Version of the Film (HD), Original Theatrical Version of the Film (HD) and Found Footage. The DVD will only carry the Original Theatrical Version of the Film (SD).

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5 Underrated Female Horror Performances!!!

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 11:47

There are many elements that need to work in tandem for a horror movie to be memorable. You need a great story at the heart of it, pushing it along. If your story doesn’t work, nothing can save it. Next up, you need a good antagonist. Someone (or something) that will slowly crawl into people’s nightmares and burrow there for a long time after the credits roll. Lastly, you need good performances. Don’t get me wrong, there are many other factors involved (good direction, movie getting proper hype in the press, and so on), but at the heart of that, you need good performances. The kind of performances where the audience forgets they are watching people play pretend. The kind of performances you walk away from wondering if that actor or actress may be a little off. You can have the best story, the best creature design, and the best direction, but if your actors or actresses suck, it will all be for naught.

It was with that idea in mind I decided to compile a list of hugely underrated performances in the genre of horror. Thing is, once I started doing the list, it became very clear to me that I would need to split it into two lists. There were just too many great horror performances to mention just a handful. I also thought it might be cool to separate the list by sex. One list for each gender. I started with females because it is “Women in Horror” month here at BloodyDisgusting. We all know women are a huge part of horror, and more people than just horror fans like is to recognize that. From finals girl to feral killers, here are five hugely underrated performances from women in horror!

Lina Leandersson from Let The Right One In

I watched this movie in awe the first time I saw it. Every single thing about the movie affected me. But I would say nothing affected me as much as Lina Leandersson as Eli. How does a pre-teen girl convince you that she is actually ages old and tormented? Like, where does that even come from? I ask because I watched Eli in Let the Right One In, and never once thought I was looking at a child acting. You could feel her angst. You could feel her pain. You literally could see the struggle in her eyes. Where the Hell does a little kid get that experience or know how to mine that?

I also want to give huge props to Chloe Moretz in the remake. She definitely did the character justice, but I would have felt wrong not giving the credit to the first actress who portrayed her.

By the way, you guys ever read the sequel, “Let The Old Dreams Die”? I think you should.

Charlotte Gainsbourg in Antichrist

Say what you want about director Lars Von Trier. This is not about him. Say what you want about this film, and all the lines it (so beautifully) crosses. Say what you want about Willem Dafoe spewing blood from his wee wee. I know this movie incites discussion, and that is fine. What I think few can argue is that Charlotte Gainsbourg gives a performance in this movie that could have very well broken any other actress. She is asked to go to proverbial places in this film that are so dark and twisted, it seems it would be very hard to come back from. She plays a downward spiral so palpably, you can feel yourself circling the drain with her. If the Oscars weren’t so f*cking afraid of horror, she could have walked away with one for just what she committed to film for this role. A harrowing, unforgettable role to say the least.

Also, let’s none of us forget where she came from.

Um, excuse me while I go stab out my eyes, puncture my ear drums, and weep for infinity.

Pollyanna McIntosh from The Woman

Okay, I will admit, I am SERIOUSLY biased here. Pollyanna McIntosh was my first professional interview I wrangled and made happen myself. Quite a proud accomplishment of mine, and she was an absolute doll to me. Kind and charismatic, she won me over immediately. But the whole reason I hounded her for that interview was how awed I was by what she did in the Lucky McKee movie, The Woman. It takes a certain amount of courage to agree to be tied, (faux) raped, and (faux) abused for a performance, and that is just what Pollyanna did. But if that was all she did she would not be on the list. Sadly, horror has done that to many women. No… she did so much more.

What Pollyanna did that certainly set her apart from many other performances I have seen is she truly made me believe she was feral. She acted with NO dialogue, using only her eyes. Do you even understand how brutally difficult it would be to convey EVERYTHING you are feeling with only your eyes? Yet, she does it. She looks differently at the daughter than she looks at the son. You can see moments when it looks like she has accepted her fate, and then you see these sparks of revenge behind those eyes. Again, all conveyed without words.

Remember when the acclaimed Jodie Foster tried to do that for the movie Nell, and it ended up being unwatchable? Well, that Oscar winner could learn a thing or two from Pollyanna McIntosh, in my honest opinion.

AnnaLynne McCord in Excision

I have spoken of this film on numerous occasions across multiple sites, and there is a solid reason for that. AnnaLynn McCord, as Pauline in Excision, easily gives one of my favorite horror performances of the past few years. She is an incredibly nuanced character that bounces back and forth from broken to confident with an energy rarely seen on screen. The film is a black comedy with horror roots but, at the heart of it, it’s an utter tragedy. And it’s McCord who drives that home.

What makes it all even more remarkable is that this is an actress best known for being in the 90210 remake. She is, pardon how shallow I sound here, an absolute fox. To take that image and then take a risk as big as playing a girl like Pauline is incredibly brave. I mean, she takes out her tampon at one point in the film and smells it. Yes, it is disgusting, but it is that sense of morbid curiosity that made the character feel so real and believable.

Also, as dark and satirical as most of the movie is, what she conveys in those final fifteen minutes is just so heart breaking and real feeling, it drives the whole film home. Oh, and her Elizabeth Bathory fantasy sequences were staggeringly cool. I have to link them because of boobies.

Cecile De France from Haute Tension

Ah, to end with the movie that has the greatest beginning in horror cinema. Well, one of them, anyway. Another scene I have to link cuz, well, decapitated blow job (watch below).

First thing that made this movie so good was the simple fact that when it came out, Cecile De France was very much France’s Natalie Portman. Can you imagine Natalie Portman as the lead in this movie? Maybe after Black Swan you can, but don’t forget about that ending. I, for one, cannot imagine it. But just knowing that makes me appreciate what Cecile does here even more.

There will be spoilers from here on, so if you have not yet seen this movie, no excuses. Go watch it right now.

For the rest of us, what made Cecile’s performance so amazing is the simple fact that she needs to convey three things in this film, that all stand in bitter opposition to one another. In one sense, she has to be the perfect victim. That is the first half hour of the film, when she silently watches most of her friend’s family get slayed.

Next up, she needs to convey to us that she is a hero, suddenly being brave enough to try to save her friend (whom we slowly figure out she is in love with), even though we all come to find out she is only trying to save her from, well, her. That is the last thing she needs to convey. A frothing amount of madness. The kind of madness that bubbles over so much, you cannot stop it. Across the course of the film, that is exactly what she does. It is as if she plays three different people in this movie. Well, she does play two.

Oh, and you can hate the ending, but that takes nothing away from the powerhouse performance she delivers across the entirety of the movie.

Alright, fellow mutants and miscreants, thank you for reading. If you dig this kind of madness, head over here and toss up a like, then go here and delve even deeper into my rotted brain.

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Home Invasion 'Tiger House' Echoes 'You're Next'

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 11:44

ScreenDaily reports that shooting is now underway on the home invasion thriller Tiger House, starring Kaya Scodelario, best known for her role in TV drama “Skins”.

Sounding like a riff on Lionsgate’s You’re Next. Scodelario plays Kelly, “a teenager who fights back after an armed gang break into her boyfriend’s home and take him and his family hostage.

The cast also includes Ed Skrein, star of iLL Manors and the upcoming Transporter 4, and Dougray Scott.

Directed by theatre director Thomas Daley, it is produced by Glass Man Films and Tiger House Film SA.

It is set in the UK but is being shot in Cape Town, South Africa.

Tiger House is the first film by to be produced by Glass Man Films, comprised of producers Richard Mansell (Only Lovers Left Alive) and Tarquin Glass, in partnership with South African producer Ronnie Apteker (Material).

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"American Horror Story" Vet Battles Aliens and the Supernatural!

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 11:41

One of the most under-utilized actresses in the “American Horror Story” franchise is Lily Rabe, pictured, whom is now taking on two new genre projects in 2014.

According to THR, Rabe has signed on to topline The Veil, the Universal Pictures’ thriller being directed by Phil Joanou. The Mist‘s Thomas Jane and The Eye‘s Jessica Alba are already on board the microbudget horror movie.

“Veil‘s story revolves around members of a religious cult known as Heaven’s Veil who take their own lives. The truth behind what really happened remains buried deep in the memory of the sole survivor, a 5-year-old girl, who returns to the compound with a documentary crew as an adult. They soon discover something that is far more terrifying than anything they could have imagined.” Rabe will play the adult survivor opposite Alba’s doc filmmaker.

Rabe is also taking on aliens on the small screen as Deadline writes that Rabe has been tapped as the lead in ABC drama pilot “The Visitors,” from Amblin TV.

Penned by Soo Hugh, “The Visitors” chronicles the race against the clock to defeat an unseen alien enemy out to destroy the world.” Rabe will play Claire Bennigan, an FBI agent and single mother who is torn between work and home life.

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[TV] Massive Fight Sequence Opens "Hannibal's" Second Season!

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 11:24

Check out this seriously insane fight sequence that opens the second season of NBC’s critically acclaimed drama “Hannibal”, returning at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) this Friday! In the lengthy clip, Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) gets down and dirty with Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne), the head of the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit.

Also check out four other clips that preview the premiere episode, 2.01, “Kaiseki,” “With Will still in custody for the murder of Abigail, Dr. Lecter steps in to help when bodies wash up on a riverbank. The big question is whether or not Dr. Bloom will be able to help Will regain his memories.

From creator Bryan Fuller, “Hannibal” stars Mads Mikkelsen as brilliant psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lector, who is working with the FBI and gifted criminal profiler Will Graham, played by Hugh Dancy, to look into the mind of serial killers. Based on Thomas Harris’ best-selling novels, this series is the prequel to the story that began with the feature films “Red Dragon” and “Silence of the Lambs.”

Caroline Dhavernas and Hettienne Park also co-star.

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Phil Mucci To Direct New Monster Magnet Video For "The Duke"

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 11:00

Phil Mucci, the mastermind behind music videos for bands such as High On Fire, Opeth, Stone Sour, Das Muerte, and more, and Diabolik have been tapped by stoner rock band Monster Magnet to direct their upcoming music video for “The Duke”, which comes from their latest album Last Patrol (which I highly recommend!).

Mucci describes the video: The untold story of the mysteriously unharmed survivor discovered at ground zero, Hiroshima, Japan, on August 6th, 1945 – an innocent young school girl who may hold the keys to the gates of Hell…

We recently premiered Mucci’s incredible “All Those Delicate Cuts” video from Das Muerte, which you can watch here.

You can listen to “The Duke” below as well as read quotes from cast, crew, and Monster Magnet frontman Dave Wyndorf! Also, make sure to pick up Last Patrol via iTunes.

Director Phil Mucci explains, “When I got the call from Steve Davis about the gig, I was so psyched– but so busy! I’ve been a fan for years, so I was even more blown away when Dave said he’d wait for the video until my schedule permitted. How awesome is that? I was speechless.

Monster Magnet frontman Dave Wyndorf says, “Mr. Mucci operates in a world all his own. His personal distillation of all things cool shows up in every frame of his work. I can’t imagine a more exciting collaboration than Monster Magnet and Phil Mucci… and I have a very good imagination. Fasten your seat belts!

Diabolik has once again assembled a top notch cast, including go-to “man of a thousand faces” Ian Mackay (Pig Destroyer’s “The Diplomat”), British indie film darling Chloe Farnworth (The Devil’s Bargain), legendary b-movie maverick Max Thayer (Ilsa Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheiks, No Retreat No Surrender 2), and last but not least, the sensational Kat David (The Used‘s “Cry”) as “The Siren”.

Phil admits, “The Siren was the hardest part to cast, much harder than I imagined. I was beginning to lose hope when Kat finally answered the call. All I can say is we got extremely lucky – Kat David is one in a million. You can work your whole life and never find talent like hers. She’s going to break hearts.

Kat sounds equally enthusiastic, “I’ve always been fascinated with the nature of evil and so when I read the breakdown I immediately submitted myself. When I first met with Phil and he told me his vision I was blown away with how vividly he could paint a world using just words. Phil Mucci drips passion and his energy is contagious. I’m so honored to have been a part of this incredible team.

Monster Magnet online:
Official Website

Phil Mucci online:
Diabolik Facebook
Official Website

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Cronenberg's 'The Fly' Never Looked So Gruesome!

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 09:00

David Cronenberg’s The Fly is one of my favorite sci-fi horror films due to its fantastic acting, stellar practical FX, unsettling score, and engaging directing. And one of our pals, Mr. Aaron Crawford of Cavity Colors, has decided to show his love of the film by creating a super limited t-shirt (only 200 will be printed). A hyper limited combo of the shirt and print can be had but only 20 will be available. The prints will be signed and numbered by Crawford and once gone will never be reproduced. The shirts will become available for pre-order this Thursday at Noon EST, so keep your eyes peeled on Cavity Colors if you want one.

Crawford comments on the piece, “I wanted to mostly focus on the idea of how bizarre it is that a House Fly can taste with their feet, and also regurgitate stomach enzymes into solid foods in order to liquify, and consume it. This process is called VOMIT DROP. Because a Fly does not have teeth to chew, this is the only way they can consume it’s food.

Head below to see images of the shirts. Also, know that I will fight you for a print. I want that hanging on my wall the moment guests come in so that they know precisely what they’re in store for.

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TesseracT Releases 14+ Minute Studio Playthrough Of 'Of Matter' Segment

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 21:30

British progressive rock/metal band TesseracT have released a 14+ minute live studio performance of the ‘Of Matter’ segment from their latest album Altered State (review). The video follows the tradition the band set when they recorded a full studio play through of their Concealing Fate EP.

Way back in 2010, we filmed a live recording of ‘Concealing Fate’ at Sphere Studios with Francesco Carmeli. We enjoyed this so much that we have always wanted to do it again, and ‘Altered State’ gave us the perfect opportunity to do so. Sphere Studios London has now closed and moved to L.A, so it was especially important for us to go back and film the recording of ‘Of Matter’ before Francesco moved the studio.

This video is hopefully the first of four, that cover the whole of the latest album, where we aim to film four different recordings of the four different sections of ‘Altered State’ in four different studios throughout our small little world. As with everything TesseracT, the video shows the slight evolution of each track as we take it from the studio on to the stage. We hope you guys enjoy it as much as we did!

You can watch the video below.

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The Melvins Release Super Weird Video For Their Cover Of Venom's "Warhead"

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 20:59

Experimental rock/metal band The Melvins have never been ones to appear normal. On the contrary, they’ve eschewed that title and have always strayed VERY far in any direction but what is considered “safe”. And that’s just what the band has done with their latest music video.

Directed by Kyle Westbrook, the animated video is a twisted take on war, addiction, and excess. You can watch the video below (courtesy of Metal Sucks)

The track comes from the band’s recent cover album Everybody Loves Sausages, which you can purchase via Amazon.

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Simon Roy Explores Futuristic Worlds In 'Jan's Atomic Heart And Other Stories'

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 19:54

If you’re a big Image Comics reader, you’ll know Simon Roy for his contributions to the critically beloved “Prophet”. Roy is gearing up to release a collection of short stories, also through Image, each taking place in their own bizarre setting. The titular tale follows Jan who awaits a new body after his previous flesh-sack was ruined in a car accident. But until he can find a suitable replacement, he’s stuck in an outdated and sketchy robot loaner.

Look for “Jan’s Atomic Heart And Other Stories” in shops on March 28, 2014.

Official Press Release:

Many comics readers have been introduced to Simon Roy’s expansive imagination in PROPHET, the epic science fiction series that he writes and draws with Brandon Graham. But his deft hand with futuristic alien worlds was first on display in his short stories, seven of which are now being collected by Image Comics in JAN’S ATOMIC HEART AND OTHER STORIES.

As with so much of Roy’s work, the title story in this collection deposits the reader in a fully-formed world while allowing them to see just a tantalizing slice of life in it. Jan is waiting for a new body after his previous body was destroyed in a car accident, and he’s none too pleased with the outdated robot “loaner” he’s using in the meantime—even before he begins to suspect it played a role in a Lunar terrorist attack.

In every story, Roy brings familiar attitudes to strange settings, whether it is in the banal brutality of imperialism, the unpredictable bond of friendship, or the everyday concerns that exist even in the most alien of places. The tone ranges from grim to poignant and even humorous—even within a single story.

Roy’s tendency to juxtapose the quotidian with the alien and to find perspectives at odds with each other may have its roots in his time studying in Ukraine, the “old world” as he called it in an interview with Multiversity Comics, “where you can see the history of the place with every step you take, where all of the history is coexisting at once…. [Y]ou had all this interesting tension between the different ages of this country all coexisting in a very interesting way.”

JAN’S ATOMIC HEART collects seven stories, some of them never before published: “The Cosmonauts,” “Jan’s Atomic Heart,” “Good Business,” “Shipwrecked with Dan the Gorilla,” “Bar Fight,” “Homeward Bound,” and “Hunter Killer.” It will be in comic book stores on March 26, in bookstores on April 8, and is available for preorder now.

ISBN 978-1-60706-936-2
112 pages, black and white, paperback
In comic book stores March 28, bookstores April 8
Available for pre-order now
Retailers and reviewers may request a PDF galley from Jennifer de Guzman, Director of Trade Book Sales —

“…a trove of well-written short stories that stand well both individually and as a collective unit.”
–Multiversity Comics

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[Blu-ray Review] Arrow Does Justice to De Palma's Classic, 'Phantom of the Paradise!'

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 19:07

I’ve been a Brian De Palma advocate ever since I first laid eyes on the iconic Scarface and soon after Carrie. Whether you like his stuff or not, De Palma’s majestic approach to filmmaking is cinema at its absolute purest. After the trend-setting techniques established by the brilliant Alfred Hitchcock (which he’s frequently been accused of being nothing more than a carbon copy of), this polarizing artist has continued on that fine tradition and in my opinion, took that cinematic language into new majestic heights. The horror/musical Phantom of the Paradise which he also wrote is a clear standout among his filmography. Sure, it contains his signature visual style and bag of tricks (split screen and POV shots aplenty) yet by operating in the musical realm, De Palma is liberated to take his operatic tendencies to new places. It’s a match made in heaven.

This Faustian/Phantom of the Opera-inspired tale is about a struggling composer (the late William Finley) who haunts a newly-open concert hall after its owner, an enigmatic record producer (Paul Williams) double-crosses him by stealing the artist’s music and the girl that he loves. As with most musicals, everything is played in broad strokes on just about every level. Phantom of the Paradise plays it big yet by doing that it somehow connects the viewer to its main character’s plight and the potent themes being explored more so. The filmmaker is greatly assisted by his terrific cast who play their parts with conviction. One of De Palma’s favourite collaborators, Finley injects the role of the protagonist Winslow Leach with a theatricality yet somehow without ever becoming an off-putting caricature. You feel for him every step of the way. On the other end of the spectrum, you got Williams (who also composed the terrific soundtrack) who is an inspired choice as the music mogul Swan. He’s got this strange, mesmerizing charisma that fits this larger than life character like a glove. Williams is playfully subtle at every turn. Caught in the middle of the two main characters’ struggle is the lovely and always captivating Jessica Harper (of Suspiria and the underrated Shock Treatment fame) in her feature debut role as Phoenix, an aspiring singer. Her vocals is exquisite to boot. Rounding out the cast is a wildly entertaining Gerrit Graham as Beef as the garish epitome of a glam rock star.

De Palma gets consistently discredited for his reliance on style over substance. His work can consistently be enjoyed for its superior craftsmanship however in much of his finer work you can see a genuine personal connection to the material. A chunk of his films like Blow Out, Snake Eyes, The Untouchables, Casualties of War, The Fury are about his protagonist’s valiant yet seemingly futile, obstacle-ridden crusade to unravel an ominous, corrupt system. Phantom of the Paradise is no different and might very well be the best, most poignant example of this. While De Palma is clearly taking aim at the music and film industry, it’s easy to connect this satire with corporate greed in general. All of these elements are sadly still every bit as vital today which makes Phantom of the Paradise as effective today. Strip all that subtext away and you still have one feverishly fun horror/tragicomedy. De Palma is clearly having blast. He packs this wild romp with unfettered imagination, not to mention some clever nods to his influences (Psycho and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari fans will no doubt be amused) for good measure. Phantom of the Paradise is still far and away my favorite musical of all time and having it work on a horror level as well makes it all the more endearing to me.

The A/V
The video is very different than the one found on the French Blu-ray release. This latest transfer shows more information in the frame, presents much warmer colours and what may cause some debate; a darker appearance. The contrast is strong and at times can swallow up some of the background detail. It never gets to the point of distraction in my opinion but I can see many being bothered by this. As for the sharpness, the video is every bit as good as the French release. The print is also in great shape, the cleanest it’s ever been. Now I haven’t seen the film during its theatrical presentation so I can’t say if this is what De Palma had intended or. Overall though, I find this transfer to be the most visually striking to date. With the deeper contrast and gorgeous colourization, De Palma’s stylish aesthetic stands out like never before.

While the video might rattle some feathers, the audio definitely won’t. Arrow presents the original 4-Track Stereo Mix in all its lossless glory. Williams’ memorable soundtrack has never sounded so good. Also, the bass channel packs more punch than I could have ever imagined. There is also a very fine 2.0 Stereo PCM track but it never quite matches the more engaging DTS-HD 4.0 Master Audio.

The Supplements
All of the special features (minus the Gerrit intro) from the French disc have been carried over. That includes an interview with Costume Designer Rosanna Norton (10 mins), a 35-second promo for the Phantom doll by Finlay and the stand-out 50-minute doc “Paradise Regained” which covers everything you ever wanted to know about the creation of the film. It includes interviews with De Palma, Producer Edward R. Pressman, the late Finley, Williams, Harper and Graham to name a few.

As for new supplements, Arrow gives us the very fascinating “The Swan Song Fiasco” (11 mins), a detailed account of the difficult changes the filmmakers had to make during post-production due to lawsuit threats. Hands down, the crème de la crème of this set has to be the exclusive 72-minute interview with Williams by the one and only Guillermo Del Toro! It’s an engaging and informative conversation from start to finish that’s worth the purchase alone. There is a neat selection of alternate takes and bloopers from the cutting room floor in the “Paradise Lost and Found” section (14 mins). To round out the disc, you also get a great selection of stills, radio spots and trailers.

As with all Arrow releases, you get a reversible sleeve with original artwork and a striking new one by The Red Dress. There is also a collector’s booklet packed with original stills and promotional material, as well as two top notch, new pieces by Michael Blyth and Ari Kahan. The latter is a detailed account of the film’s troubled marketing phase.

40 years later, Phantom of the Paradise still works its magic. There are so many levels in which to enjoy and take out of the experience which is why it’s endured all this time. It might very well be De Palma’s densest work. I’m happy to report that Arrow Video has given us the finest home video release of this horror/musical classic to date (anxious to see what Shout Factory brings to the table with their upcoming disc). We get an attractive brand new transfer and a boatload of quality special features that commemorates Phantom of the Paradise’s anniversary in a manner that it so rightfully deserves.

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Lionsgate Brings 'Mischief Night' Early This Year

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 19:03

The seventh film in the After Dark Originals 2 series brings home the twisted tale, Mischief Night, arriving on DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet), Digital HD and Video on Demand May 20 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

Starring Brooke Anne Smith (MTV’s “Awkward”), Marc Valera (TV’s “Melrose Place”) and Malcolm McDowell (Halloween, A Clockwork Orange), Mischief Night follows the unexpected relationship between a predator and his prey the night before All Hallows Eve.

On the night before Halloween, young Kaylie is at work babysitting when she’s warned by a local night watchman not to answer the door, because nothing good can happen on Mischief Night. Soon, Kaylie realizes someone is stalking her, but on the night before Halloween, nothing is as it seems. They say “Danger is on the other side of the door.” But they never said which side of the door you’re on.

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First Look at Foreign Anthology 'Phantasmagoria'

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 19:00

Not to be confused with the Marilyn Manson movie of the same name, take a look at Venantino Venantini (City of the Living Dead, Ladyhawke, Contraband, Seven Deaths in the Cat’s Eye) as GrandPa in the upcoming sensation of horror from France and Italy Phantasmagoria, which recently wrapped production.

It has been recently reported that Cristina Puccinelli (L’Ultimo Weekend), Alberto Cattaneo, Sophie Pâris and newcomer Maya Dolan will star in Phantasmagoria, which follows “three shocking tales of horror that takes you beyond fear”.

Co-directed by Mickael Abbate (Creeps), Domiziano Cristopharo (House of Flesh Mannequins, Red Krokodil, Doll Syndrome) and Tiziano Martella (Legio XIII), Phantasmagoria is a vibrating tribute to William Castle’s cinema, but also introduces original visions of fear in three gripping films that encompass the breadth of the genre.

The stories are written by Mickael Abbate, Davide Chiara (Nero Infinito), Raffaele Picchio (Morituris), Lorenzo Paviano, Riccardo De Flaviis, co-produced by Extreme Video snc (Morning Star, Zombie Massacre 2) and produced by M International.

The film is currently in post-production and is scheduled to hit distribution this Fall.

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Review: ‘Gravel: Combat Magician’ #1

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 16:55

“Gravel” is one of Avatar Press’ longest running series, with multiple mini-series dating back to 1999 and an ongoing series that lasted for 21 issues. The character was created by writer Warren Ellis and with artist Mike Wolfer. Gravel is a British secret operative that handles all the cases that involve the supernatural and arcane arts. Gravel himself has magical abilities that he uses to his advantage whenever needed including telekinesis, pyrokinesis, levitation and invisibility amongst other.

WRITTEN BY: Mike Wolfer
ART BY: Gabriel Rearte
PUBLISHER: Avatar Press
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: February 12, 2014

With the launch of Avatar’s new ongoing, “Gravel: Combat Magician”, Mike Wolfer makes the transition from artist to writer and he’s made the shift appear seamless with his confident and commanding grasp of the character. Wolfer does a great job of making the book accessible to new readers without bogging it down with years of continuity. This first issue isn’t weighted down by dialogue either, as new threats are introduced in the first few pages, and it works as a motivation for William Gravel to return to active duty as a government Combat Magician.

Joining Wolfer on the book is artist Gabriel Rearte, who has a simple but slick style that perfectly complements the artwork from previous issues. Rearte does a great job of illustrating the tension and fright that the SWAT members feel as they investigate the horrors contained inside the Tokyo subway lines. When we finally do get introduced to the living dead at the end of the issue, Rearte makes them grotesque and repulsive for the readers to drive home the intensity of the sequence.

The comic book market has always depicted magicians and books about magic are typically trapped within the confines a PG-13 superhero world. With DC Comics cancelling “Hellblazer” in favor of their castrated New 52 “Constantine” version, “Gravel: Combat Magician” gives fans the hard R-rated version that they’ve have been clamoring for. “Gravel: Combat Magician” peels back the curtain on magic to reveal a grotesque look at the arcane arts that’s been desperately missing from comics for quite some time.

4/5 Skulls

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Get "Thunderstruck" By This Incredible AC/DC Cover

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 16:51

“Thunderstruck” is one of rock’s most iconic songs. From its awesome opening lick to the arena chantworthy chorus, it’s always been a song that has gotten feet stomping, fists pumping, and mosh pits going crazy. And now Croatian duo 2CELLOS has taken the song and given it their own classical-meets-badass flavor. Playing in front of a Victorian audience (who are less than impressed by the performance), the duo rocks the song so hard that the hair on their bows is fraying everywhere and one of them even rocks the cello on his back on the floor.

In a word, it’s awesome. It’s obvious how much fun these two are having and that enthusiasm translates directly to the viewing experience. Go on down and give it a watch!

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WIN Sideshow Collectibles' 'Celtic Predator' Figure!!

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 16:01

Bloody Disgusting has teamed up with Sideshow Collectibles to give movie fans a chance to win a collectible of an iconic hunter from the popular sci-fi horror film franchise – Predator!

(1) ONE lucky winner will stalk away with their prize of a “Celtic Predator” Sixth Scale Figure by Hot Toys after the close of the giveaway, so enter before time runs out on March 24, 2014!

Entering is insanely easy: all you have to do is click right here for details on how to enter to win!

Following the release of the Scar Predator Collectible Figure, Sideshow Collectibles and Hot Toys are proud to present the ‘Celtic Predator Collectible Figure’ from the ‘Alien vs. Predator’ movie.

The movie-accurate ‘Celtic Predator Collectible Figure’ is specially crafted based on his image in the movie, featuring his detachable signature light-up face mask, a battle damaged version of the face mask, highly detailed body armor, weapons and and more. This master hunter is the perfect addition for ‘Alien vs. Predator’ collections.

You can take a look at this hunter here.

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'DayZ' Creator Stepping Down To Form New Studio

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 15:51

Dean Hall, creator of the wildly popular zombie apocalypse simulator and psychopathy profiler, DayZ, has announced he’s departing from developer Bohemia Interactive to form a new studio in his home country of New Zealand. The reasoning behind this decision is he feels he’s done his part and that staying longer could potentially hurt the project in the future.

“I have a specific use. I’m really good at risk-taking and making other people take risks, I’ve always been good at that in my life.” Hall told Eurogamer. “But eventually, that’s the bad person to have. Eventually, you don’t want the guy telling you to go over the top and get through. So at some point I’ll be a disaster for the project, at least in a leadership role.”

This shouldn’t have any effect on the game and the bevy of content that’s planned to come to it over the coming months. Hall says he’s willing to stay as long as he’s needed.

“Originally I wasn’t going to do this year, but it would be stupid not to, and it would be unfair to the community. I have to be on the project as long as it’s important to. Whether that role is as the leader, whether that role is in a more creative sense.” he continued.

We wish Dean all of the luck in his new creative endeavor.

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