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'Nicodemus' Reveals Truths About Mankind (Trailer)

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:54

Norith Soth, who will see the release of his found-footage horror Face later this year, is currently in post on his latest genre offering, this one dealing with Heaven and Hell.

Below is the teaser for the micro indoe Nicodemus, starring Art Roberts, Tisha Rivera, Olivia Ku, Theresa Deveaux, and Kiziana Jean-Louis.

Nicodemus is a deeply religious boy. His desire is to connect with God. Instead he meets an Angel, in the form of a high school bully, who reveals disturbing truths about the mystery of mankind.

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'Bunny Game' Director Will 'Save a Bullet For Me' (Exclusive)

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:44

Vancouver-based Brightlight Pictures have teamed up with UK producer Mark Sandell to co-produce the ‘Western’ action horror Save a Bullet For Me, Bloody Disgusting exclusively learned.

Save a Bullet For Me is the latest offering from The Bunny Game (pictured) writer-director Adam Rehmeier.

Set amidst a 19th century backdrop, the film focuses on the aftermath of a brutal massacre, where two wounded frontiersmen make a desperate last stand against an Indian war party.

This is not your grandfather’s Western. There are no heroes or morality tales. This is a visceral, animal of a film, stripped down to the most primal fight-or-flight level possible,” Rehmeier told us.

For me, this film is an opportunity to combine several of my favorite genres in an exciting way, to create something that hasn’t been seen before in the cinema” he continued. “It delivers enough splatter to quench any hardcore horror fan’s palate, yet the relentless, wall-to-wall action and historical backdrop will open it up to a wider audience.

Brightlight Pictures’ Shawn Williamson joins Mark Sandell to produce.

Save a Bullet For Me is due to be shot in British Columbia in late 2014.

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[TV] The People of "Salem": John Alden and Mary Sibley

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:37

WGN American released the latest “People of Salem” featurettes, which introduces us to Mary Sibley, “Salem’s” most powerful enchantress. Beware, Heathens. Black magic is near. They also introduce John Alden, a hardened war veteran who returns to Salem to find it in the midst of a witch hunt frenzy.

“Salem” debuts on WGNA April 20.

On an expansive set reflecting volatile 17th century Massachusetts, “Salem” explores what really fueled the town’s infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth behind them.

“Salem” stars Janet Montgomery (“Human Target,” “Made in Jersey”) as the ruthless but vulnerable Mary Sibley, Salem’s most powerful enchantress – and Alden’s onetime love interest; Shane West (“Nikita,” “ER”) as handsome, hardened war veteran John Alden; Seth Gabel (“Fringe”) as local aristocrat Cotton Mather who fans the flames of Salem’s witch hunt; Ashley Madekwe (“Revenge”) as Mary’s mysterious, carnal accomplice; Xander Berkeley (“Nikita,” “The Mentalist”) as chief politician Magistrate Hale; Tamzin Merchant (“Jane Eyre”) as the forthright Anne Hale, an artist with a perilous attraction to Alden; and Elise Eberle (“The Astronaut Farmer”) as the mysteriously afflicted Mercy Lewis.

In “Salem,” witches are real, but they are not who or what they seem. The show, which centers on an epic romance wrapped around this explosive revelation, delivers a bold new vision of Salem – and an even bolder new vision of witches.

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[Random Cool] Spokane, WA Home to 'Dawn of the Donut'

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:31

Only in Spokane, WA will one find a one-of-a-kind zombie donut shop with drive-thru convenience.

Below is the promo for Dawn of the Donut, a real donut shop that serves up breakfast to wake the dead for another daily grind.

Donut options include the Slayer, Zombie, Brains!, Re-Animator, El Diablo, Romero, Coco-Apocalypse, Bruce Campbell, The Cure, Coffin, Corpse, Moad, and many more!

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[BD Review] Confront Your Family Bummers in 'The Hanover House'

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:06

Straight out of an actual haunted farmhouse in Maine* comes The Hanover House, a moody new supernatural thriller from director/co-writer Corey Norman. On the surface the film’s premise sounds like a simple haunted house flick, but Norman fills his home with lofty ideas concerning grief, abandonment, and second chances. Sounds like a total bummer, huh? Well it is. The film offers a bleak look at the family demons that haunt the protagonists, and not much else. It presents an interesting approach of “haunted house therapy,” which I liked. But for all of its hypothetical demon exorcising, The Hanover House never has time to be entertaining or engaging.

Robert and Shannon Foster are newlyweds with lots to look forward to, including a bun in the oven. Then the phone call comes that Robert’s long-estranged father has died. Attending the funeral is real difficult for him, not just because he’s lost the father he barely knew, but also due to the presence of his shitty, self-centered mom and her scornful slob of a boyfriend. Tensions wear thin during the repast, as Robert struggles to deal with his mom and the painful memories of his father.

On their drive back home, as Shannon tries to console him, Robert hits a young girl with his car. He sees the lights on in a nearby farmhouse and takes off in search of help. Once he enters the house (of Hanover), Robert does battle with his worst inner demons – the ones that have been festering inside him so long they’ve been preventing him from reaching his full potential as a husband and future dad. That’s some heavy shit for a 72 minute movie.

Especially when the first 25 minutes play out like a drab family drama. It’s established early on that Robert and his folks had a turbulent relationship when he was growing up, but we spend a bit too much wallowing in those painful memories during the film’s first act, and then further lurching in the emotional doldrums once Robert and Shannon enter the house.

What the house wants from them is up to interpretation, which is The Hanover House‘s biggest strength. Our hands are never held as Robert and Shannon make their way separately through the house. They are forced to deal with their troubled family histories in a way that may make some audience members think about their own domestic horrors. These esoteric messages and warnings are delivered throughout the house, culminating in a showdown in the basement. There are hints of the occult in this climactic scene that are completely unnecessary. The supernatural elements are better left suggested in this kind of introspective film, not thrown in our face. This basement scene sorta weakened the emotional impact of the film with its traces of an occult ceremony that never connect to anything presented prior.

Despite the climax’s shortcomings, actress Casey Turner delivers a strong, grounded performance. Robert (played nicely by Brian Chamberlain) may be the driving force behind the film’s themes, but its Casey’s Shannon that keeps a firm grip on the story even during its most absurd moments. Director Norman, who’s been cutting his chops for years producing, editing, directing TV documentaries and short films, shows heaps of sharp craftsmanship. There’s an understated style to his work here, one that suits the film’s meditative nature and creeping death vibe.

The Hanover House is an interesting take on the haunted house motif, albeit one that tromps around the depressing murk a bit too much for my tastes. It’s well crafted and Casey Turner delivers a great performance filled with conviction, but while the film is busy bumming us out, it never has time to truly engage us.

* the film was shot in an allegedly haunted farmhouse in Maine.

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Our 5 Most Disappointing Cancelled Horror Games!

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:02

A few weeks ago I took a look at the future of the horror genre, and some of the horror games that are worth being excited about. So it’s fitting that I follow that up with a retrospective, of sorts — a look at the genre’s not-so-bright past. Video games are expensive, and because publishers want a sure thing — a return on their investment and then some — some games, even promising ones, get tossed aside. I’ve collected five horror games that could have been great, had they seen a release.

Read on for my list of 5 of the most disappointing cancelled horror games!

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Vangough Release Video For 'Separation'

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:00

Oklahoma City progressive rockers Vangough have released an official music video for their track “Separation”, which comes from their 2013 album Between The Madness (purchase here). Directed by Will Thompson, the video mixes performance footage with atmosphere location shots and a couple, one of whom is wearing an animal mask, embracing passionately while covered in blood.

Vocalist/guitarist Clay Withrow comments, “We wanted to capture the energy of our live show, as well as the frenetic nature of the song. …we filmed it in an abandoned church down the street from our studio. Thinking back, it was a pretty dangerous location as the floors were almost entirely rotted out.

Head below for the video.

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Ennio Morricone's 'Danger: Diabolik' Score Available For Download

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 09:00

While not exactly horror related, this post has a lot of horror connections. The rather difficult to find and own soundtrack for the 1968 Italian-French action film Danger: Diabolik, which was composed by Ennio Morricone (The Thing, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, Exorcist II: The Heretic) is now available for download. Directed by Mario Bava (Black Sunday, A Bay Of Blood, Baron Blood), the film is about criminal named Diabolik who plans a heist for his girlfriend only to be pursued by a gangster, hired by the police.

The music can be downloaded via Amazon.

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[BD Review] 'Camp Dread' Blows Its Fun Premise

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 08:16

Here’s a cool little flick that takes an interesting approach to the camp slasher but tanks in the end. Harrison Smith’s Camp Dread has a solid premise backed up by wickedly menacing performance from the great Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight). The rest of the characters are really weak, sadly, which drags the film way down for the bulk of its running time.

Eric Roberts stars as Julian Barrett, the director of the cult “Summer Camp” trilogy from the ’80s. His career took a dive in the toilet when word of his negligence in regards to his cast’s safety got out, which led to him being blacklisted by the studios. To resurrect his career, he stages an elaborate reality game show hoax. Under the guise of a rehabilitation program, 10 troubled kids are brought to the summer camp where Barrett’s trilogy was filmed. Cameras are set up all over the place (including inside their private cabins) and if every single kid makes it through the challenges, a million dollars will be rewarded.

Barrett is full of shit, however. He’s really filming this experiment as a “Summer Camp” remake or reboot or whatever. While the 10 campers go for each other’s throats, endure “challenges,” and rub lotions on their ultra fit bodies, Barrett sneers in his control room as visions of dollar signs dance in his head. Eric Roberts (who recently had a terrific one-episode stint on Justified) plays such a good bastard. Barrett is a cocky prick and Roberts really has fun with the role. He’s easily the most interesting character in the film to watch. I didn’t root for him or anything, he’s just such a good actor.

The reality show experiment thing goes along swimmingly for a couple days or so. The kids play that American Gladiators q-tip fight game on a dock and get in some volleyball before they start being picked off one by one. None of the kids are all that interesting though, so I didn’t really care. Out of the 10, only two of them have any depth. There’s Adrienne (Nicole Cinaglia), an insular, meek girl who killed her brother after he raped her for a year and this burly guy who left the armed forces after his brother died. Both of their brothers died under entirely different circumstances, so they manage to gravitate towards each other through some cosmic force. Or just because everyone else is getting killed.

The weakest character is the goth girl, who happens to be a huge fan of the “Summer Camp” series. During the scene where a “therapist” (Sleepaway Camp‘s Felissa Rose) reads aloud all the shit the kids did to get in trouble, she’s got nothing on the little miss goth. Smiling, the girl draws attention to her black lipstick, black gloves, black tights, and goes “A picture’s worth a thousand words.” Like everyone who dresses like an asshole is inherently trouble or something. Maybe we’re supposed to figure she got busted for shoplifting some studded wristbands from Hot Topic, I dunno.

Camp Dread goes through the beats of a typical slasher, but what’s interesting is that Barrett’s true intentions remain cloudy throughout all the impaling and throat gashing. Does this prick expect to sell this as a “Summer Camp” reboot when kids are dying for real on camera? Does he even know they’re really dying? Who put up the million dollar prize money? All this shit keeps you guessing until the final minutes. Unfortunately, I didn’t find the 88 minutes leading up the revelations to be all that interesting or entertaining. Eric Roberts is the only engaging presence, but all of the parts with the kids were flat in tone (I keep saying “kids” but they all look like they’re in their late 20s).

While I dug the premise a lot, Camp Dread blew it on its lousy characters. Roberts is great (as always), but those damn kids were nothing more than stock characters and I didn’t care if they all got killed. Murder the lot of them and serve their guts in the mess hall, it doesn’t make any difference. I think it’s worth checking out as a rental though. It’s an amusing take on the genre, just don’t expect to be blown away or anything and you’ll probably have fun.

Camp Dread hits DVD April 15.

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[Indie Horror Spotlight] A Return To One Of The Creepiest Horror Games Of 2013

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 15:14

Kraven Manor is easily one of the more unnerving indie horror games I played last year. I barely survived its long abandoned halls and the creaking, bronze horror that lurks within. Unfortunately, the quality of my original playthrough isn’t great, so I figured I’d return to it, reluctantly, for a playthrough that does this wonderfully creepy game justice.

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Kraven Manor recently made its way to Steam Greenlight. You can learn more about it there.

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There Is Someone Behind You In This 'Daylight' Trailer

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 14:46

The only thing that could make this trailer any creepier is if it was backed by The Vogues’ ‘Turn Around, Look At Me’. That song was always a little unsettling to me, and it fits with the theme of Daylight’s latest trailer, in which our hero is stalked by some…thing.

Daylight was recently delayed to the end of the month in order to make it scarier. I think that’s a solid reason to delay a game, wouldn’t you agree? If you need something to keep you busy until then, I suggest you watch this new trailer and chase it with this list of upcoming horror games you should start getting excited about.

Daylight arrives on PC and PS4 on April 29th.

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New 'Stage Fright' Clip Nails It...

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 17:38

Enjoy this pun-fueled clip from Jerome Sable’s musical horror comedy Stage Fright, now available on iTunes and On Demand, following with a theatrical release on May 9.

The clip features the film’s kabuki killer taking a stab at some murder, after pumping someone full of nails. If only the movie were actually this fun. Sigh…

Described as Scream meets “Glee,” “Starry-eyed teenager Camilla Swanson wants to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become a Broadway diva, but she’s stuck working in the kitchen of a snobby performing arts camp. Determined to change her destiny, she sneaks in to audition for the summer showcase and lands a lead role in the play, but just as rehearsals begin, blood starts to spill, and Camilla soon finds herself terrified by the horror of musical theatre.

Fright is the feature film debut of writer-director Jerome Sable, director of the absolutely hilarious, award-winning short, “The Legend of Beaver Dam.” Allie MacDonald and Douglas Smith star with Minnie Driver and Meat Loaf.

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Extended 'Godzilla' Trailer Reveals Kaiju Monsters!

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 16:24

Warner Bros. created an earthquake Saturday afternoon releasing this brand new extended trailer for Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla.

The trailer begins emotional, with Bryan Cranston’s character revealing to Aaron Johnson that he did everything he could to save his wife during a nuclear disaster. Then, things go insane with tidal waves and warfare that leads into the above first ever look at what could be the kaiju monster Muto! It also appears that, in inspecting closely, there are more than one kaiju! You tell us…

Also starring Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, Richard T. Jones, Sally Hawkins, Akira Takarada, Victor Rasuk, Yuki Morita and C.J. Adams, this spectacular adventure, in theaters May 16, pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

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Warner Bros. Eats After Midnight, Reboots 'Gremlins'

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 15:53

In an article over at Aint it Cool News discussing a second Goonies, they tease that Warner Bros. Pictures is moving quickly on rebooting Joe Dante’s Steven Spielberg-produced Gremlins, which doesn’t come as much of a shocker considering it has been in the pipeline for years. Frankly, I just wanna see the little misfits back on the big screen one more time.

In Dante’s ’84 film, a boy (Zach Galligan) inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet, and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town. The film spawned a sequel, the 1990 Gremlins 2: The New Batch, in which Gremlins take total control over the building of a media mogul.

The two films have grossed more than $190M worldwide.

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[BD Review] 'Jinn' Offers Up Well-Crafted Silliness; Ray Park Kicks Ass!

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 15:46

When I first saw a commercials for Jinn, I thought that Tobe Hooper’s long-shelved film was getting a U.S. release and the “D” was dropped from the title for some reason. Maybe “Djinn” didn’t test well with the kids or something so they changed the name to Jinn. But Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad’s Jinn is a different movie and, bear with me guys, it’s pretty fucking cool. I know the marketing looks whack and it’s never a good sign when there are no advanced screenings, but it turned out to be the perfect Friday night flick.

Jinn vibes like a big budget episode of Supernatural or a fan film made by a rich kid. It’s absolutely ridiculous in parts, overly melodramatic in others, and it sets the depiction of women in film back a few decades, but if you’re in the mood for some well-crafted silliness, consider watching Jinn (preferably while drinking gin, which will elevate the experience, I’m sure).

The film’s wickedly moody prologue features a hunky warrior monk guy tracking down a stinky old jinn in 1901 India. As the folklore goes, the jinn were created at the same time as human beings, but they grew jealous that God favored mankind, so they vow to destroy the world (I think). The warrior monk fights this evil jinn, that looks like a skinny version of the Uruk-hai from Lord of the Rings, but with moves like Dhaslim from Street Fighter II. He vows to slaughter each generation of the monk’s offspring, which seems excessive because once one offspring is killed, wouldn’t that end the bloodline? But hey, I’m not a jinn. I don’t know how these bastards think.

The film then jumps to present day Ann Arbor, Michigan. Shawn (Dominic Rains) is a descendant of the warrior monk, though he’s completely clueless to his jinn-slaying heritage. He works as a graphic designer, with a focus on comic book characters, I think. It’s never really explained, except for a crazy fast car he designed called the “Firebreather.” It turns out to be crucial later in the film because it can outrun a jinn. People think they’re hot shit when their Camaro or supercharged Range Rover can smoke a cop car, but try pacing a jinn, bro.

His wife Jasmine (Serinda Swan) is really gorgeous, but an awful representation for women. In only a couple minutes on screen, she manages to burn dinner, then tell Shawn it’s okay if he wants to screw another woman because she can’t have babies. Being a ride or die chick is one thing, but cool off for a second, Jasmine. For the rest of the film, she’s useless while Shawn does his jinn slaying thing.

Ahmad establishes a fairly interesting creation mythology, but brushes it aside for a run-of-the-mill “you are the chosen one, here’s a magic dagger, let Ray Park protect you” kinda thing. It’s the same shit we’ve seen before, but Jinn offers it up in a glossy package with fine cinematography and some wicked fun set pieces. Park (better known as Darth Maul) plays Gabriel, an kung-fu angel who gets to throw down in one of the most absurd fight sequences I’ve seen in a long time. He rumbles with like 50 patients at a sanitarium and it all goes down in slow motion with orbs of light surrounding him. It resembles a special move from a Capcom fighting game. I loved it.

The movie’s budgetary constraints are apparent in nearly every frame, but I kinda dug what Ahmad was able to pull off regardless. The folklore suggests that the jinn are a global threat, yet the film is condensed to this small town, giving the film a Stephen King feel. Shawn’s story is a standard superhero origin one, though he only gets to kick ass really once.

I’m really not sure how serious we’re supposed to take this movie. All I know is I had a good fucking time watching it. There’s a jinn vs. car chase, Ray Park doing some magic martial arts shit, mystical daggers, fire men, a booming original score, and it’s paced at breakneck speed. Give it a shot before you roll your eyes at me, Professor Highbrow.

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UK Trailer Heads to the 'After' Life

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 15:45

Matchbox Films have announced the UK DVD release of Ryan Smith’s award winning sci-fi thriller After starring Karolina Wydra (“True Blood”) and Steven Strait (10,000 Years BC) with a street date of May 26.

In this ‘Twilight Zone’-esque tale of the afterlife, two bus crash survivors wake from a coma to discover that they are the only inhabitants of a small American town. Scarier still, a monstrous cloud is swallowing the area, closing in on them slowly but surely. Are they dead? In an alternate dimension or is it all a dream? As the couple scavenge houses and attempt to find a way out, they soon learn that they are not alone. Inside the mist are ravenous creatures hell bent on preventing their escape.

After received its UK premiere at FrightFest and London Sci-Fi Film Festival before traveling the world festival circuit where it picked up several awards including Best Special Effects at Fancine Malaga. The Canadian release is scheduled for May 13th through Mongrel Media with US distribution penciled for July.

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'Afflicted' New Alternate Poster

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 15:38

Now in limited theaters and on VOD platforms via CBS Films is Clif Prowse and Derek Lee’s Afflicted (read our review), which looks like a cross between V/H/S and Chronicle.

We now have another alternate poster for the pic starring Clif Prowse, Derek Lee, Edo Van Breemen, Zachary Gray and Baya Rehaz.

This terrifying horror thriller follows two best friends who set out on the trip of a lifetime around the world. Their journey, documented every step of the way, soon takes a dark and unexpected turn after an encounter with a beautiful woman in Paris leaves one of them mysteriously afflicted.

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[TV] Next On "Hannibal": Promo for Episode 2.7, “Yakimono”

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 15:34

In next week’s “Hannibal”, out of the asylum, Will is unbound and determined to exact justice on Hannibal.

You can watch the promo below for Episode 2.7, “Yakimono,” which airs next Friday on NBC.

In the episode, “When Miriam Lass is found alive, evidence at her rescue site exonerates Will; Dr. Chilton (Raúl Esparza) tries to confide in Jack but is rebuffed.

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[ECCC '14 Interview] Joe Harris Talks Modern Paranoia "The X-Files Season 10"

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 14:40

Joe Harris recently took up the daunting task of continuing the mythology of the X-Files for IDW publishing in “The X-Files: Season 10.” While most would scoff at such an idea, newcomers and diehard fans alike have been singing the series praises. It feels like a natural continuation of a beloved series with modernized ideas of paranoia. In turn series tradition the comic weaves a mysterious narrative around playful banter and disgusting alien beasts.

Bloody-Disgusting had the chance to catch up with Harris at Emerald City this past weekend to talk about his approach to the series. How one steps into writing such iconic characters, modernizing paranoia, dealing with canon, and plans for the series future.

Bloody-Disgusting: The most recent issue focused heavily on the Cigarette Smoking Man to great effect. Do you have plans for some of the other secondary characters?

Joe Harris: I Do. I’d like to spend an issue with John Doggett and Monica Reyes. That’s a huge ambition I have. A spotlight issue on Skinner would be awesome. I think we’re all in agreement on that one. I’m looking at this as we’re doing three kinds of stories. The multiple part myth arc stories, monsters of the month, and characters spotlights. I wouldn’t mind Arthur Dales involved, but he’s almost tertiary. There is a wealth of characters you can explore within this canon. So I think I’m pretty set for the next year.

BD: Because the canon is so big, how do you choose what you actually work with and are there any restrictions?

JH: I don’t have many restrictions. We haven’t kept it a secret that there are two things Chris Carter feels near and dear with the X-Files. One is the “invasion” that was prophesized for 2012. He has plans that he would like to tackle at some point. Two is more with Scully’s son William. Those are things he wants to keep for himself. We wanted to find ways to address these things, because fans want to see what’s happening with these threads. The creator of all this still deserves his day, but we’ll tease you along the way.

BD: How do you feel about the huge fanbase? Does trying to please the devout fans scare you?

JH: I think I’m a devout fan. If I worried about it, it would only slow me down. I know we can’t make everyone happy and these are really passionate fans. We’ve made enough of them happy that I feel validated. I think I’ve got it down with how these characters should sound and how this universe should operate. I’m confident with what I can do with it, and I don’t worry about it. It would only drive me crazy. Everybody has an opinion, but we’re getting further into the canon. Alex Crychek is coming back in some capacity. The black oil is coming back next month. If I worried about what people thought of those things I’d be paralyzed. Luckily it’s been predominantly well received.

BD: Do you have to curb your writing style in comics because you have a background in film?

JH: No if anything. I think I have a vocabulary as a comics creator. I process what I feel like the show is at its essence and I almost transcode the process in my brain for the medium that its for. We try to recreate the cold open, which leads to the theme. You can’t be slavish to it otherwise it won’t feel natural it will feel stiff. I just have to go with what my gut says is a good representation in this medium that feels like the original medium. Even though it can never really feel like television. We try to replicate it in a way that might not be literal. I don’t know if everyone would do it the way I do, but that’s just what comes out through the process.

BD: Are we heading back to big myth arcs any time soon?

JH: Yeah! Starting in issue 11, coming out this month. There is a storyline called “Pilgrims” sees the FBI along with Mulder and Scully travel to Saudi Arabia to investigate a terror attack on an oil facility. They obviously find out there is more than crude oil under the sand. We’ll dive into a lot of old elements here, along with some new ones.

BD: What’s your favorite part of contributing to that mythology?

JH: This idea that there is a conspiracy within the government means something a little different in the 21st century. Now its all about who owns the government, who’s wiring profit out of it, who does it really serve and work for? In a post citizens united world where we have corporations who own everything and the NSA operating without restraint. We conduct warfare by remote control. It brings the stuff that is paranoid about the X-Files into this brand new spectrum. The concept updates itself pretty well. I don’t want to be retro. I want to spin the story into something that feels really current.

BD: Contemporary culture is so ripe with paranoia, updating the conspiracy must be exciting.

JH: It’s intimidating because that conspiracy stuff was so wonderfully done. Especially early on, the first and fifth season of the show was just magic. I know they’ve gone on record to say they made a lot of it up as they went along but those are the happy accidents that happen in storytelling. You hit upon something rich that you would have never foreseen. If Gillian Anderson doesn’t get pregnant in season two, they don’t have to find a creative way to write her off, she doesn’t get abducted. I’m sure they would have found something interesting, but look how integral that moment became.

BD: Do you work closely with Chris Carter?

JH: Not so much now. Early on he provided us with a lot of feedback and tweaks. He let us know what he liked and what he didn’t want us to do. He reads everything, and he sees everything. If there is anything he doesn’t like I know he’ll let us know.

BD: Mulder has a very distinct voice and you nail it. How much research went into getting the tone of the book right?

JH: Well I’ve watched the X-Files a bunch of times. When they asked me if I was into writing it, I went back rewatched a bunch of episodes including the whole alien mytharc. I do sometimes joke that I might be the only person on the planet right now who knows what its like to have to resist the temptation to have Fox Mulder speak like Hank Moody. It’s not easy to resist that sometimes. Some of that banter and some of that dialogue is so memorable. The relationship between Mulder and Scully is so iconic and so familiar that when I sit down to consider a scene something inherent in me adapts to it pretty well. I’m pleased with the job we’re doing and it seems most people who pick up the book are. It hasn’t been that hard. I get such a kick out of writing cool things for Agent Mulder to do.

Issue 11 of the acclaimed series hits April 30th.

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Pelican Post Multi-Cam "Immutable Dusk" Studio Performance

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 14:07

Chicago instrumental metal band Pelican have released a studio performance video of “Immutable Dusk”, which comes from their 2013 album Forever Becoming. The video was done during an interview the band conducted on NPR’s Sound Opinions, which you can listen to here.

The band will also be embarking on a US tour alongside Nothing and also have dates with Tombs. Everything can be seen below.

I go through phases of digging instrumental metal above all else and lately it’s been one of those times. Any bands that I should be checking out that I might not have heard of?

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