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A Few New ‘Late Phases’ Images Bark Up Our Tree

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 19:13

Check out a few new images (as well as some old ones) from Adrian Garcia Bogliano’s Late Phases, a practical effects heavy werewolf film Patrick Cooper raves about. It will be opening in limited theaters November 21.

Penned by Under the Bed‘s Eric Stolze, Dark Sky’s latest horror offering that stars Stake Land‘s Nick Damici, Ethan Embry, Lance Guest, Erin Cummings, Rutanya Alda, Tina Louise, Caitlin O’Heaney, Karen Lynn Gorney, Dana Ashbrook, and the great Tom Noonan.

In the film, “Crescent Bay is not the ideal place to spend one’s golden years, especially since the once-idyllic retirement community has been beset by a series of deadly animal attacks from the ominous forest surrounding it. When grizzled war veteran Ambrose McKinley (Nick Damici) is forced into moving there by his yuppie son Will (Ethan Embry), the residents immediately take offense to Ambrose’s abrasive personality. But that take-no-prisoners attitude may be just what Ambrose needs to survive as it becomes clear that the attacks are being caused by creatures that are neither animal nor man, and that the tight-knit community of Crescent Bay is hiding something truly sinister in its midst…

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Wanna See James Remar As Corporal Hicks In ‘Aliens’?

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 17:47

“Listen, I know it’s gonna be tough, but stay frosty. If even one of those things gets in here, we’ve had it.”

Ready for a quick history lesson?

Did you know that “Dexter” star James Remar was originally Corporal Hicks in James Cameron’s 1986 Aliens before he was replaced by Michael Biehn?!

Remar allegedly only worked the first few days of the shoot before exiting over “creative differences” (we know that story all too well). Bizarrely, Cameron still used shots of Remar from his backside in the final version of the film, so look closely!

According to Wiki:

Remar was cast as Corporal Hicks in the 1986 science-fiction/horror film Aliens (co-produced by Walter Hill), but was replaced by Michael Biehn shortly after filming began due to Remar having a drug problem. For several years, the reason behind his dismissal was reported as “creative differences” with director James Cameron.[4] At least one piece of footage featuring Remar made it into the final version of the film, when the Marines enter the processing station and the camera tilts down from the Alien nest, though Remar is not seen in close-up. He is also filmed from the back as the Marines first enter the compound on LV-426 and when “Hicks” approaches the cocooned woman, again filmed from the rear so the viewer is unable to tell it is Remar and not Michael Biehn.

Need proof? Take a look at this bad boy, and remember, stay frosty.

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NECA’s “RoboCop vs. The Terminator” 2-Pack Hits Toys R Us

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 17:34

NECA has revealed their third Toys R Us exclusive this fall, which comes from the classic video game, “RoboCop vs. The Terminator”!

“Relive the 16-bit glory with a 2-pack of blue and red ‘Terminator Endoskeletons’ complete with plasma rifles. These colors are exclusive to this set.

Check out some images, and look for the Endoskeleton 2-Pack in Toys R Us stores in early December.

Inspired by the classic video game, RoboCop vs. The Terminator! Released in late 1993 for the popular 16-bit home console, the game answered the burning question of sci-fi fans worldwide: which man/machine would win in a fight? The “future of law enforcement” or the actual future? This special 2-pack includes blue and red versions of the Terminator Endoskeleton with paint deco that re-creates the video game shading. Both figures are exclusive to this set and come complete with plasma rifles.

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Varient ‘Starry Eyes’ One-Sheets Get Arty

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 17:28

Arriving November 14th from Dark Sky Films is the Hollywood slasher Starry Eyes (read our review), which will be available on iTunes and other VOD platforms.

Written and directed by Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer, check out these two variant posters to first appear on IMDb and Complex.

Determined to make it as an actress in Hollywood, Sarah Walker spends her days working a dead-end job, enduring petty friendships and going on countless casting calls in hopes of catching her big break. After a series of strange auditions, Sarah lands the leading role in a new film from a mysterious production company. But with this opportunity comes bizarre ramifications that will transform her both mentally and physically into something beautiful… and altogether terrifying.

Alex Essoe, Noah Segan, Pat Healy, Amanda Fuller, Shane Coffer, and Fabianne Therese all star.

Watch a super violent clip:

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‘Saw VI’ Director’s ‘Jessabelle’ Haunts Home Video

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 17:13

Jessabelle, the supernatural thriller directed by Kevin Greutert (Saw VI, Saw 3D: The Final Chapter), written by Robert Ben Garant (Hell Baby, Night at the Museum) and starring Sarah Snook, Mark Webber and Joelle Carter, will arrive on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD on January 13, 2015 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

The Jessabelle Blu-ray and DVD, including audio commentary with the filmmakers, a behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted scenes, outtakes and an extended ending.

Returning to her childhood home in Louisiana to recuperate from a horrific car accident, Jessabelle comes face to face with a long-tormented spirit that has been seeking her return and clearly has no intention of letting her escape.

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[Interview] Stuart Gordon On ‘Dolls,’ ‘Re-Animator’ and More!

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 14:49

Yesterday I was allotted the chance to spend a few minutes on the phone with Dolls director Stuart Gordon on the latest Blu-ray release from Scream Factory.

In the 1987 classic, a group of people stop by a mansion during a storm and discover two magical toy makers, and their haunted collection of dolls.

Here’s what he had to say about the new release.

What are your thoughts on Scream releasing Dolls? Was it something you had been waiting for?

I’m so happy it’s available on Blu-ray now. There was so much work that was involved, detail I mean. A lot of the animation is more noticeable.

Were all of the dolls made specifically for the movie?

Most of them were, a lot were characters. There were a lot that were just for background purposes. One time both of my daughters are on set and my youngest asked “Are all these dolls bad?” and I said, “Yeah, they all are” and she asked “Even this one?” and pointed to the doll with the white buttons. I asked if she wanted that one and she nodded so I told her, “That one isn’t bad, it just fell in with the wrong crowd.” So she took it home and named it Violet. She still has it.

Are you hoping to get any other films you worked on released through Scream?

[Excitedly] I just heard that next year they are going to be releasing Robot Jox! So I’m pretty happy about that, there is a lot of animation in that one too. That’s sort of an unknown one.

So what have you been working on lately? Any hope for a new movie soon?

Well, I’ve been doing a lot of work on the Re-Animator musical, we are going to be in Las Vegas coming up in January. I’m hoping to take it on a tour, we may be in New York again.

Any chance Jeffery Combs would do a special appearance?

[Laughs] No, he’s not in it. He still does a lot of acting in films.

Are you planning any other stage adaptations? From Beyond maybe?

Actually, I’ve been told to do a From Beyond musical before. Right now I want to focus on Re-Animator but it would definitely be interesting to do something for From Beyond.

Obviously you are known for your great adaptations of HP Lovecraft stories. Is there one in particular that you are still trying to get made?

I do have a script for “The Thing on the Doorstep” and I’d love to get that made. There just isn’t money for it right now.

Have you considered crowdfunding?

I have but I think it’s just too big of a movie to raise money for. We would like to get a wide release of it when/if it gets made. Hopefully one day.

Re-Animator is your most well-known movie in the genre but what do you consider your most successful?

Well people usually forget that I was involved with Honey, I Shrunk The Kids. It was the biggest success financially and I consider it a sort of horror movie. There are giant bugs and a mad scientist type character. It’s more of a family friendly horror. Even Honey, I Blew up the Kid has a Godzilla aspect to it, and then there is the question of how to stop a giant baby.

I never thought of them as horror movies but you make a good point. The ant scene still haunts me today.

[Laughs]

To wrap up, where can we find you in the near future?

Well, I’ll be in Las Vegas in January for Re-Animator and in March I will be in Ohio at Horror Hound with my wife. You should come introduce yourself!

Thank you! I will. Thanks for taking the time to speak with me and I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for another movie.

Thank you, me too!

In addition to being an awesome filmmaker, Stuart Gordon is also the nicest guy in the world. I’ll be going out to see him in March for HorrorHound but in the meantime I must read The Thing on the Doorstep” and get out to see Re-Animator the Musical. Has anyone seen it? And here is the trailer for Robot Jox, apparently heading to Scream! Factory next year.

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Scott Ian “Swearing Words In Glasgow” Clip Premiere (Exclusive)

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 13:00

We’re thrilled to team up with Scott Ian, the enigmatic guitarist of such bands as Anthrax, Pearl, Stormtroopers Of Death, and more, to bring you an exclusive clip from his brand new DVD Speaking Swearing Words In Glasgow, which came out today via Megaforce Records (order here).

After decades-worth of international touring with Anthrax, bumping elbows with illustrious (and sometimes ridiculous) characters all over the media spectrum, and undergoing general “you won’t believe this” experiences— SCOTT IAN certainly had some hilarious and surprisingly personal stories to share. “Swearing Words” is an honest look at the insane life that Scott has led for the last 31 years, the people he’s met, and the events that coincide.

The clip, which you can see below, shows Ian describing his meetings with dedicated fans and how sometimes it doesn’t go the way he would like.

In related news, Ian will be making a cameo appearance in the second half of this season’s The Walking Dead. You can see behind-the-scenes footage of his appearance right here.

Scott Ian online:
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Buy Speaking Swearing Words In Glasgow:
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[TV] USA Set to Kill “Evil Men”

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 12:26

USA Network has ordered a supernatural drama titled “Evil Men” from CBS Television Studios and Universal Cable Productions, says TheWrap.

Dallas Roberts (Dallas Buyers Club) and Clifton Collins Jr. (pictured; Pacific Rim) are attached to star.

‘Evil Men’ follows an upstanding, middle-class family man Harry Killas (Roberts), whose life is turned upside down when he is approached by a frighteningly powerful entity and commanded to kill “evil men” or see his family — along with his city — utterly destroyed. However, the gleeful psycho who is meant to be his first target, instead begins teaching him how to carry out his new destiny.

Collins will play Lazlo Kirk, the profoundly evil former war criminal with magnetic charm and a deep, unpredictable violent streak, who forces himself into Harry’s life on a twisted mission of personal redemption.

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Could We Finally See ’7500,’ Thanks to Lionsgate?

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 12:08

Variety reports that Lionsgate has struck a deal with CBS Films to distribute the movie company’s wide release movies over the next three years.

It has been suggested that the shelved 7500out all over the world already – could finally find a release through Lionsgate. My guess is that it would be one of the popular VOD/limited release ejections.

“True Blood’s” Ryan Kwanten and Amy Smart co-star as married couple Brad and Pia Martin, who board Vista Pacific Flight 7500 with their two longtime friends for a trip to Japan. Leslie Bibb is set to play Laura Baxter, a stewardess on the transpacific liner, who is involved in a complicated and secret relationship.

Scout Taylor-Compton, Johnathon Schaech, Jamie Chung, Nicky Whelan, Christian Serratos, Jerry Ferrara and Alex Frost also star.

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Relativity Making a Legit Urban Horror Film…But (There’s Always a Catch)

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 11:55

I’m a huge fan of urban horror, which is hard to say considering there’s really not much out there (unless you could the god awful Scary Movie and Haunted House franchises).

Every since Candyman haunted my soul, I’ve been praying someone would make a new urban haunter that took itself seriously (not Snoop Dogg’s House of Horror, guys).

Relativity is getting a huge A+ on getting behind the fact-based Demon House. The unfortunate news is that Lee Daniels is directing, says Deadline.

Daniels helmed the unwatchable The Butler, as well as the overrated Precious. I don’t like any of his films because the drama is so heavy it becomes laughable, and makes the actors look like they’re trying too hard. (Note: A Twitter friend tells me that The Paperboy is outstanding.)

So, while Demon House looks like gold on paper, it will probably be an overly dramatic mess. That’s too bad because it could have been the next Candyman.

Via Deadline:

The film is based on Latoya Ammons and her family, whose life rights made this film possible. They claim to have been victims of a demonic possession that has spanned over two years and counting. Ammons and her family have received international media attention for their accounts, which have been witnessed and documented by the Department of Child Services, the Gary (IN) Police Department and hospital staff.

The experience began with unusual occurrences in her home over two years ago, including swarms of flies around her porch in the winter and unexplainable creaking sounds in her basement. The events progressed to possessive incidents including her oldest daughter unconsciously levitating above her bed, medical staff witnessing her middle son gliding backward on the floor, wall and ceiling. According to Relativity, the DCS case manager witnessed her youngest son growling with his teeth showing and eyes rolled back, locking his hands around his older brother’s throat with no recollection of the incident. Initial psychological exams and exorcism attempts failed to provide explanation or solution for the bizarre events.

Photo Source: Indy Star

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Dog Lovers Beware of This ‘Late Phases’ Clip

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 11:37

Get your silver shotgun shells ready for director Adrian Garcia Bogliano’s Late Phases, a practical effects heavy werewolf film Patrick Cooper raves about.

Opening in limited theaters November 21, here’s a new clip that isn’t for the dog lovers out there. You’ve been warned.

Penned by Under the Bed‘s Eric Stolze, Dark Sky’s latest horror offering that stars Stake Land‘s Nick Damici, Ethan Embry, Lance Guest, Erin Cummings, Rutanya Alda, Tina Louise, Caitlin O’Heaney, Karen Lynn Gorney, Dana Ashbrook, and the great Tom Noonan.

In the film, “Crescent Bay is not the ideal place to spend one’s golden years, especially since the once-idyllic retirement community has been beset by a series of deadly animal attacks from the ominous forest surrounding it. When grizzled war veteran Ambrose McKinley (Nick Damici) is forced into moving there by his yuppie son Will (Ethan Embry), the residents immediately take offense to Ambrose’s abrasive personality. But that take-no-prisoners attitude may be just what Ambrose needs to survive as it becomes clear that the attacks are being caused by creatures that are neither animal nor man, and that the tight-knit community of Crescent Bay is hiding something truly sinister in its midst…

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[BD Review] ‘Starry Eyes’ Is Ambitious, Violent and Thoughtful

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 11:34

It’s somewhat ironic that Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch’s Starry Eyes, a film that literally singles out ambition as the blackest of human qualities, is the most ambitious film I have seen thus far at SXSW this year. That’s not to say that the film succumbs to the same temptations as its protagonist (an admirably raw and vulnerable Alexandra Essoe), but both the movie and its subject employ a black hearted scorched earth tactic – the efficacy of which is hard to deny.

As you may be able to gleam from the title, Starry Eyes plunges us headfirst into the fame hungry psyche of Sarah Walker – a fragile young actress already irreparably damaged by an unending cycle of rejection. One of the film’s biggest assets is the dimensionality it allows its lead here. A lazier film would be content to portray Sarah as impenetrably deluded and completely unaware of the staggering odds against her. That’s not the case here – while Sarah does possess the requisite blinders necessary for anyone to stake their happiness on the most unlikely of careers, she’s able to be honest with herself and others that she’s not exactly doing that great in terms of prospects. She has a small circle of friends who are also performers, some of them are warmly supportive (Noah Segan’s Danny) while others are harshly dismissive (Fabianne Therese’s Erin), a dynamic that casts her personal existence in the same kind of unending cruel purgatory as her professional life. In short, she’s perpetually trapped, exhausted and on the verge of release – something needs to change.

That change comes in the form of an audition for Astraeus Pictures, a legendary horror production company on the rebound after several years on the wane (think Hammer films with a corporate culture orchestrated by David Lynch). After a series of increasingly risky call-backs, she’s offered the lead role in their new film. The catch? The catch is a story as old as Hollywood itself – she must first submit to the whims of the casting couch (the ultimate deal with the Devil).

While you could probably correctly guess the basic trajectory of the film from here on out, Widmyer and Kolsch do an admirable job of keeping the audience on their toes by constantly shifting the tone of the film depending on which part of Sarah’s life they’re depicting. Her struggles as a waiter at a potato joint with Hooters aspirations alternate between stark and comedic (aided in no small measure by Pat Healy’s turn as a sympathetic manager – an archetype I was pleased to see subverted). The casting sessions and subsequent interactions with Astraeus are, as hinted before, marked by a cold absurdist streak right out of Mulholland Drive. The moments we get with her alone are painful, sweet and quiet while her circle of friends sort of melds the intimacy of mumblecore with the makeshift community of “Melrose Place.”

While more often than not these disparate elements cohere into a surprisingly atmospheric whole, the shifting tone is occasionally problematic. Starry Eyes switches gears so often it develops something of a patchwork quality that threatens to add a sense of bloat to its relatively straightforward arc. It’s hard to reconcile the fact that this universe contains a character as warm and empathetic as Segan’s and one as campily sterile as Marc Senter’s casting assistant. There are also a few moments towards the film’s end where it’s hard not to believe that Sarah’s close friends wouldn’t be a little more observant in regard to her condition.

But perhaps it’s a testament to Starry Eyes’ singularity that the same elements that provide its flaws also supply its strengths, which are far more prevalent. Complex and layered, it definitely leaves you with more to chew on than your typical midnight fare. It is also absolutely unsparing and brutal when it comes to its violence – there are moments in the film that give even the goriest slashers and body horror sagas alike a run for their money. Even if parts of Starry Eyes might not work for you, as a horror fan I suspect most of it will.

Republished from March 9, 2014.

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Dir En Grey Release Trailer For New Album ‘Arche’

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 11:30

“Will you be able to take this pain?”

Japanese metal band Dir En Grey have released a teaser trailer for their upcoming ninth studio album Arche, which comes out December 10th, 2014. The album is the followup to 2011′s Dum Spiro Spero. The trailer shows interviews with the band members as well as people on the street explaining their recent pains, hence the first line of this article. Check it out below.

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The ‘Twin Peaks’ Theme Gets A Gorgeous Guitar Cover

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 10:00

Russian guitarist Igor Presnyakov has released a video where he covers the theme song to the TV series Twin Peaks. It’s lovingly done on an electric classical guitar and features those subtle string pads in the background. Definitely worth watching if you’re a fan.

I’ve made it 100% clear, possibly more than that, just how much I love Twin Peaks. The characters, the storyline, the location… Everything about that surreal world just feels so unique and magical.

But perhaps the ultimate bonding glue that cements the show together is the music of composer Angelo Badalamenti. Sometimes minimalistic, sometimes charmingly cheesy, often haunting, and a few times terrifying, it is the perfect accompaniment to the show and has stood the test of time to remain one of my favorite soundtracks ever released.

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[TV Review] “American Horror Story: Freak Show” Episode 4.6, ‘Bullseye’

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 07:47

This week is Handsome Paul’s week. It’s the episode I’ve been waiting for, the episode to show not only how strong of an actor Mat Fraser is, but how noble of a man Paul is. I thoroughly enjoyed his scenes but unfortunately, those were virtually the only scenes that didn’t have me rolling my eyes.

The twins are gone and everyone is concerned. Which is sure putting a damper on Elsa’s birthday celebration. While Ethel tries to hold everything together, Paul is slowly starting to figure out the truth about the twins’ whereabouts, and when he confronts Elsa about it—the outcome is (yet unknown, but very likely) fatal. After Paul eyes Dandy at a local drug store buying two of everything girly, his suspicions arise. He admits to Elsa that he thinks she had something to do with their disappearance and in true Elsa form, she dramatically wakes up all the freaks and goes on a vile tirade that puts ol’ Dandy to shame. It’s a feat of self-involvement and self-obsession that has been boiling right below the surface for some time now. In order to prove their trust in her, she demands that one of the freaks be strapped to the spinning bullseye for her to throw knives at. Paul gallantly (and rightfully, I guess) volunteers. Earning him a knife in the belly.

Meanwhile, outside of the big top, Dandy is playing house with his two new playthings. Or as he tells his mom: his future brides. Not shockingly, Bette is blissful in her new lavish home with her attentive new beau, Dandy. Everything is coming up roses for her. Equally not shockingly, Dot is wary, unsure of what darkness lies ahead. But when she realizes Dandy could easily pay for the surgery to separate her from Bette, she gets a twinkle in her eye. Or dollar signs. Or hearts…for a life alone with Jimmy. We’ve known for awhile that she’s pretty heartless when it comes to Bette, but this episode really proved that she is downright hateful. Her complete disregard for the life of her sister is really saddening. So she plays along as best she can so that she can eventually get her money from Dandy and live a life sans Bette. Everything is…well…dandy with Dandy and the girls until he reads Dot’s diary and realizes her true intentions. It’s at this point he makes his definitive decision. He has been put on this earth to kill. Which surprisingly (or maybe not surprisingly?), his mother takes in that information with zero reaction.

Our con-artists are still busy at work on their grand scheme of killing a freak and selling it to the oddities museum (I gotta be honest, that’s a plot line I did not think they would stretch out this far). When Stanley tries to convince Maggie to kill Jimmy for his lobster hands, she counters with Ma Petite instead. It will be easy, no mess, no body…a completely deplorable and callous plan. This segues us into a quick but incredibly difficult-to-watch flash forward in which Ma Petite is slowly drowned in formaldehyde after being placed in a glass jar by Maggie.

Did I miss something crucial? Because it seems to me that it’s never been explained why Maggie is under Stanley’s thumb. Why is it that she is forced to perform such heinous acts that she clearly doesn’t have the heart or desire to do? I truly hope that relationship is explained at some point during the season or else that’s one giant plot hole.

Midway through the episode there was so much screaming and tantrum throwing I actually wanted someone to die. I was craving a shocking death as some kind of release from all the pent up anger inside the big top. So much tension and so many close calls with very little pay off. It’s starting to feel like Murphy can’t pull the trigger that he has pulled so often in past seasons. Speaking of tantrums, Elsa pulls one of many (what I am now referring to as) Dandy moments when she screams at her birthday party that she “demand” everyone start having fun “this instant.” And it’s at this point that the parallels between Elsa and Dandy started smacking into me like mack trucks. They are both incredibly delusional, they’ll do whatever and hurt whomever to get what they want and desire, they are both childish and selfish, and feel completely entitled. I’m embarrassed to say it took me so long to see the stark similarities.

This episode had some fun moments and some breakthrough scenes, but for the most part it felt like a step back from the bold strides Murphy took in last week’s episode. There was simply too much screaming, crying, and bitching for me to not want to click the TV off. And how stupid are we supposed to believe that Jimmy is to think Maggie would want to run away with him at the snap of a finger, especially after last week’s rebuff and the fact that we have literally never seen a romantic scene between the two of them. Are we really supposed to suspend our disbelief that far? Having said all that, I did wholly enjoy Paul’s scenes (Paul and Elsa! Who saw that coming?) And I loved the return of Grace Gummer as Penny, the nurse from episode one, as Paul’s secret lover. Their relationship is darling and daring and if Paul makes it through his knife wound, I really hope to see more of her.

One last word from me and then I want to hear your thoughts on this episode. I was starting to feel like Kathy Bates was being underused in a way that is near insulting. But I must say, she finally gets her moment of brilliance in the last minute of the episode, and I’ll leave it at that.

What did you think of ‘Bullseye’? Did anyone miss Dell and Desiree? Who do you think will get the sharp end of Dandy’s dagger?

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How the ‘Universal Monsters’ Will Meld Brains…

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 21:31

Yesterday I went on a rant about my distaste for direction of the new Universal Monster movies.

While it’s hard to gauge what’s really going down, knowing that Dracula Untold is part of the universe has destroyed my interest. Whether we like it or not, they’re going down a long path that begins with a new The Mummy (June 24, 2015), and then will tell of The Wolf Man, The Invisible Man, Frankenstein, and even The Bride of Frankenstein.

But what’s unique about the vision is that it will now be a shared one.

While Dracula Untold stands on its own (and hopefully gets erased from the lore), Heat Vision writes that Noah Hawley, the creator of the fantastic “Fargo” television series, Aaron Guzikowski, the scribe behind the gritty Hugh Jackman-Jake Gyllenhaal movie Prisoners (as reported yesterday), and Ed Solomon, the veteran screenwriter behind Men in Black and Now You See Me, have joined Chris Morgan and Alex Kurtzman to act as a writers collective of Universal Studios’ cinematic monster universe.

The plan is for these “Monster Men” to act akin to Pixar’s brain trust, or more aptly, like a well-oiled television writer’s room, where all will have a hand in each other’s movies and offer help as needed as they work on a model of serialized storytelling, explains the site.

This is either incredible news or incredibly bad news. The “brain trust” concept is a really fun concept, and something I can get behind, but it all depends on who the dominant writer is in the room. For example, if Guzikowski and Hawley have control of the room, they could really bring new “edge” and a fresh take to the characters. The aforementioned have a knack for writing compelling characters and understand that there’s more to a movie/show than cool scenes.

That’s where Morgan and Kurtzman come in. If they are the alpha writers in the room, they could easily cut down any good ideas being thrown on the table by Guzikowski and Hawley, and inject their own probably garbage.

Does that make sense?

From the outside looking in, there are some positive signs, but also a lot of red flags. Universal has always made interesting choices, but historical backs away from taking chances – hence why Mark Romanek exited the 2010 The Wolfman remake, which led to the garbage directed by Joe Johnston.

When Guzikowski and Hawley get creative, bold and daring, how will Morgan and Kurtzman, let alone Universal react? Who will become the Invisible Man in the room?

I guess we’ll find out next summer with The Mummy. I pray it’s not the same mind-numbing, CGI heavy, fart-buster as Dracula Untold.

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Death Waltz Announces ‘Silent Night, Deadly Night’ And ‘Christmas Evil’ Vinyl Soundtracks

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 20:35

Death Waltz Recording Company has announced that they will be releasing the soundtracks to the 1984 Christmas slasher Silent Night, Deadly Night as well as the 1980 horror flick Christmas Evil, both on vinyl. Each soundtrack will go on sale tomorrow, November 13th, and will be released in limited quantities.

Silent Night, Deadly Night will be released on a double LP and will be limited to 400 copies worldwide. One disc will be transparent red/solid white split while the other will be transparent red and green. A super limited edition of one disc transparent red and one disc transparent green will be made available for record stores. The liner notes will feature entries from composer Perry Botkin, co-executive producer Scott Schneid, and writer Michael Hickey.

Death Waltz founder Spencer Hickman tells Dread Central:

Botkin’s score is both chaotic and tragic; crashing sounds of distorted percussion are punctuated by both synth and acoustic piano, reflecting the sheer damage that has been done to Billy’s mind. The end result is both emotional and terrifying, even more so with the selection of original Christmas songs as composed by Morgan Ames. But a word of caution: If you don’t have Silent Night, Deadly Night on the turntable this Christmas, we’ll have to tell Billy that you’ve been… naughty. Consider yourselves warned.

Christmas Evil will also be limited to 400 units worldwide and will be pressed on a pink sparkle 10″ vinyl. The liner notes will be by writer/director Lewis Jackson and John Waters.

Head below for the artwork of each album as well as a stream of Silent Night, Deadly Night.

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[TV] Ti West, Jennifer Lynch Directing “South of Hell”

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 19:32

In addition to the well-known horror director Eli Roth (Hostel, Cabin Fever, “Hemlock Grove”), an array of respected directors have signed on to direct individual episodes of WE tv’s original supernatural thriller, “South of Hell.”

Bloody Disgusting learned today that the line-up includes Ti West (pictured; House of the Devil, The Sacrament, The Innkeepers), Rachel Talalay (“Doctor Who,” Tank Girl), Jennifer Lynch (“The Walking Dead,” “Teen Wolf”) and Jeremiah Chechik (“Helix,” “Reign”).

“South of Hell” premieres on WE tv in 2015.

Production is currently underway in Charleston, SC.

Charleston, South Carolina is the most possessed city in the world. Evil thrives there. Something with which 30-year-old exorcist Maria Abascal is intimately acquainted. She wrestles demons for a living. Especially Abigail, the one that lives within her. The one who feeds on damned souls and who’s violated the laws of hell to live on earth—and live on, inside Maria. Now, as they work as one, Maria will discover how personal her battle with evil has become and how far Abigail will go to protect them both. It’s a journey where the unspeakable is just a heartbeat away.

WE tv recently announced the cast of “South of Hell,” led by actress Mena Suvari in the dual role of Maria Abascal and her inner demon, Abigail. The cast also includes: Zachary Booth as David Abascal, Maria’s brother; Bill Irwin as Enos Abascal, Maria and David’s father and cult leader; Drew Moerlein as Dusty, Maria’s neighbor; Lamman Rucker as Rev. Elijah Bledsoe, a priest with a strong attraction to Maria,; Paulina Singer as the Reverend’s daughter, Grace; Lydia Hearst as southern belle Charlotte Roberts; Slate Holmgren as the local drug dealer, Sweetmouth; and Lauren Velez as Tetra, a spiritual informant.

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‘Cybernatural’ Gets ‘Unfriended’

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 19:26

Universal Pictures renamed their horror-thriller Cybernatural to Unfriended and set a new date for release.

Told entirely from a young girl’s computer desktop, it will now open on April 17, 2015.

We reviewed the film out of Fantasia.

While video chatting one night, six high school friends receive a Skype message from a classmate who killed herself exactly one year ago. At first they think it’s a prank, but when the girl starts revealing the friends’ darkest secrets, they realize they are dealing with something from beyong this world, something that wants them dead.

Shelley Hennig, Moses Storm, Renee Olstead, Will Peltz, Jacob Wysocki, Courtney Halverson, and Heather Sossaman star.

The film was developed and conceived by Timur Bekmambetov and directed by Levan Gabriadze from a script by Nelson Greaves.

Here’s the festival trailer.

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[Comic Book Review] “Resurrectionists” #1 Spoils Its Hand

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 18:53
The story of Jericho Way, a man who discovers that not only he can remember his past lives, but he can become them. That’s the great concept of “Resurrectionists” that is sadly not well executed.

WRITTEN BY: Fred Van Lente
ART BY: Maurizio Rosenzweig, Moreno DiNisio
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
PRICE: $3.50
RELEASE: November 12, 2014

Reviewed By Pablo Arriaga

The mismatched panels, crazy antics and awesome abilities from a mysterious woman on the first pages are great… until she starts speaking.  The dialogue is too heavy on exposition and way too on the nose. I felt bombarded with terminology from the world before I even knew how the main story begins. She doesn’t need to name the place she just raided as I’m reading it on top of her. It seems like there wasn’t much communication between Van Lente and Rosenzweig. I know he has a tendency to be on the nose but this just felt like too much. Although interesting, and if those first pages are what made anyone pick Resurrentionists up, don’t worry about the rest since it won’t be mentioned again, leaving me confused and annoyed. The rest of the story although fairly entertaining, it kept me wondering when they’ll intertwine with each other ultimately to disappoint. The art and colors are very solid, it took me a second to get adjusted as I had read a couple big 2 titles beforehand, but each character has a solid design to it, with a sort of confusing cover that almost makes it seems like a superhero comic. The highly stylized art doesn’t do much to add to the book, and often poses more questions than the narrative which doesn’t bode well for the book. But this book does have it’s share of fleeting perfect moments. The concept itself is very intriguing but doesn’t do much with the fantastic premise it offers here. Instead the heist elements of this debut issue detract. We already know about the resurrection of the main characters doomed to repeat the same heist for many lives to come, but by the time that reveal is even beginning to be dealt with, the issue is over. This is a title to pick up if you’re really curious how they carry through with the concept in further issues, but I’d almost skip the first one altogether and you may have more resemblance of mystery that way. A solid first effort that ultimately failed to deliver on the promise of the premise thus far. Here’s hoping issue two, will get a little more direction.

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