Fox is exploring the relationship between Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, reports TVLine.
The network has bought, and sent straight to series, the 10-episode supernatural crime drama “Houdini and Doyle”.
The project is inspired by the real-life friendship between the illusionist and the author famous for bringing life to Sherlock Holmes.
In the series — from writers David Titcher (“The Librarians”) and David Hoselton (“House”) and executive producer David Shore (creator of the “Sherlock”-esque “House”) — Houdini (who believes in nothing) and Doyle (who believes in everything) grudgingly team up to investigate supernaturally tinged crimes.
Houdini and Doyle will also air on U.K.’s ITV and Canada’s Shaw Media.
For what its worth, the main “Batgirl” title really isn’t for me. I understand the appeal and I love the new creative direction but I’ve never been that interested by the character. So when the “Batgirl Endgame” book arrived on my doorstep I was more than a little sceptical. But, despite this I really enjoyed the one shot. Perhaps because it’s one of the most bold experiments in comics recently and it pays off magnificently.
WRITTEN BY: Cameron Stewart, Brendan Fletcher
ART BY: Bengal
PUBLISHER: DC Comics
RELEASE: March 18, 2015
This end game tie in takes place within the continuity of the ongoing “Batman” title and sees Gotham fallen to anarchy under the joker virus, yet again. In the midst of this Barbara finds herself tasked with saving a young girl who has the onset of the virus, and she has to do anything to stop her from falling victim to Joker’s murderous pathogen.
From the opening pages the art is crisp and clear. It’s expressively colored but really only uses dark colors and earth tones. The world is on fire and every page makes you feel it. But, most impressively is the distinct lack of dialogue within the issue. The entire ordeal goes down without so much of an utterance from Batgirl and the result is an overwhelmingly brisk issue that throws you into a moment of heroics like nothing else.
The script from Stewart and Fletcher is something to marvel at. Without a single line of dialogue to carry the story the trust in Bengal is gigantic. It was well warranted as nothing in the issue suffers from a lack of clarity or purpose. Instead you get thrown into the moment and the comic barely lets you catch your breath until the final page.
Tie in issues often feel bloated with heavy exposition, stating their reasons for existence and forcing an otherwise unnatural narrative. “Batgirl Endgame” doesn’t concern itself with any of that. Instead it throws you into the situation and allows you to fill in the details for yourself. It’s as experimental as super hero comics get, and it’s one of the best examples of a tie in event comic that DC has ever released.
Magnet Releasing’s V/H/S Viral is now available on Netflix’s instant streaming platform.
The new tape features segments directed by Marcel Sarmiento (Deadgirl, the incredible The ABCs of Death segment “D Is for Dogfight”), Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes, Extraterrestrial), Gregg Bishop (The Other Side, Dance of the Dead), as well as Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (Resolution, Spring).
“A police chase after a deranged ice cream truck has captivated the attention of the greater Los Angeles area. Dozens of fame—obsessed teens flock to the streets with their video cameras and camera phones, hell—bent on capturing the next viral video. But there is something far more sinister occurring in the streets of L.A. than a simple police chase. A resounding effect is created onto all those obsessed with capturing salacious footage for no other purpose than to amuse or titillate. Soon the discovery becomes that they themselves are the stars of the next video, one where they face their own death.”
Patrick Lawrie, Emmy Argo, Heather Hayes, Jessica Luza, John Curran, Justin Welborn, Mary Ralston, Michael Aaron Milligan, Gustavo Salmerón, Marian Álvarez, Xavi Daura, Esteban Navarro, Nick Blanco, Chase Newton, Shane Bradey and Jayden Robison star.
Marcel Sarmiento, TJ Cimfel, Dave White, Gregg Bishop, Nacho Vigalondo, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorehead wrote the screenplays.
The full Season 2 trailer has been released for WGN America’s “Salem,” returning on Sunday, April 5 at 10pm ET/9pm CT. In it, we see that war in waged on the witches, while Lucy Lawless is introduced as the last “true” witch. Will she also battle Janet Montgomery and her coven, who are about to unleash Hell upon the town?
“Salem”, a bold re-imagination of the infamous 17th-century witch trials, returns for season two at the dawn of a Witch War. As the disease and devastation unleashed by a deadly supernatural ritual spread through the war-torn village, Salem’s most powerful witch, Mary Sibley, must face off against adversaries old and new who are vying for her throne.
“Salem” is a gripping one-hour drama that boldly re-imagines the infamous 17th century witch trials in colonial Massachusetts. The series stars Janet Montgomery, Shane West (“Nikita,” “ER”), Seth Gabel (“Arrow,” “Fringe”), Ashley Madekwe, Tamzin Merchant (“Jane Eyre”), Elise Eberle (“The Astronaut Farmer”) and Iddo Goldberg (“Mob City”).
Lucy Lawless (“Xena: Warrior Princess”, “Spartacus”) and Stuart Townsend (“Betrayal,” “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”) joined the series for season two. Lawless joins the cast as “Countess Marburg,” one of the last remaining survivors of the legendary line of ancient German witches and Townsend portrays English aristocrat “Samuel Wainwright” – a doctor looking to uncover the secrets of “Salem” and keep his own from those who would seek to discover them.
Check out some really cool posters here:
Ana Lily Amirpour’s A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night is a stunning, singular debut film. Thankfully we won’t have to wait long for her next film, The Bad Batch, which is being described as a dystopian love story centered on a community of cannibals living in a Texas wasteland. Production starts next month and according to Deadline, it’s set to have an interesting cast.
Diego Luna, Suki Waterhouse, and Jason Momoa (starring as a character called “Miami Man”) are all on board. Now it’s been announced that Keanu Reeves and Jim Carrey have signed on. Wow. Even cooler, Reeves is playing a character called “The Dream” and Carrey is “The Hermit.”
I adore A Girl Walks Home At Night and am really looking forward to this one. It’ll be interesting to see what Amirpour can do with a decent budget.
The Keanu Reeves-starrer John Wick was easily one of the most underrated and best films of the year.
Reeves plays a ex-hitman who goes on a bloody rampage after a gangster’s son murders his dog (given to him as a gift by his deceased wife). Yup, the character’s motivation is puppy revenge, which is insanely badass.
From John’s house to the Red Circle, Church and Compound, this reddit user created the following “Kill Count” that breaks down all of those who stood in Wick’s way – and ended up with a bullet to the head.
How many people did John Wick kill? How accurate was he? Find out below, and don’t miss John Wick out now via Lionsgate.
Steve Niles is often regarded as a master of horror in modern comics. His work in Criminal Macabre and 30 Days of Night show him as a storyteller who isn’t afraid to use the medium of comics against the reader. He has a talent for finding strange new artists to present his scripts in the most horrific way possible and his work on “The October Faction” is no different.
Now, before the impending release next week, here’s an exclusive preview of issue #5.
The October Faction #5
Steve Niles (w) • Damien Worm (a & c)
Geoff is sick and tired of a certain Robot-Faced menace stalking his sister and threatening his father, so the two have an all-out brawl to settle the score. Meanwhile, Lucas reveals a terrible secret to his former partner, and an old enemy of the Allan family comes back from the dead!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Jane Carr is the latest to join Rob Zombie’s 31, his Halloween-themed slasher that’s now in production.
Carr will portray Sister Serpent, a wicked cross of Satan meets Mother Goose.
She started her long career in 1969 with The Pride Of Miss Jean Brodie opposite Maggie Smith and has continued on in everything from “Curb Your Enthusiasm” to “How I Met Your Mother.”
The Devil’s Rejects‘ Ginger Lynn recently was added as ‘Cherry Bomb’, a very special friend of Doom-Head (portrayed by Richard Brake).
Malcolm McDowell plays ‘Father Murder’, the owner of Murder World for which the film is based.
Judy Geeson plays ‘Sister Dragon’, who runs Murder World alongside McDowell. She joins David Ury, who will be playing Schizo-Head, one half of murderous team of brothers living inside Murder World. Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs was recently cast as Panda Thomas, with Elizabeth Daily (E.G. Daily) playing ‘Sex-head’, and Torsten Voges as the insane partner of Death-Head.
Daniel Roebuck plays Paster Victor, an unfortunate participant in last year’s game of 31.
Lew Temple, Devin Sidell and Sheri Moon Zombie also star.
“31 follows five carnival workers who are kidnapped the night before Halloween and held hostage in a large secret compound known as Murder World.
Once there, they have 12 hours to survive a terrifying game called 31 in which ‘The Heads’- murderous maniacs dressed as clowns – are released to hunt them down and kill them.”
Yesterday we showed you a clip from a Japanese program that shared footage from Attack On Titan, the live-action adaptation of the awesome anime that’s now on Netflix?
Now, below we’ve added the full teaser trailer, in HD nonetheless. How big is it? Well, it’s larger than Godzilla!
Toho, who also makes the Godzilla films, is behind this two-part live action adventure that features “Titans” that are actually larger than the biggest and baddest Godzilla (120m vs. 108m in Gareth Edwards’ remake). And unlike most movies these days, the Titans will be a mix of both CG and practical SFX – under the supervision of special effects director Onoue Katsuro – much like Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park.
In Shinji Higuchi’s Japanese Attack On Titan:
“The sudden arrival of the Titans–mysterious, gigantic humanoid creatures who devour human beings one after the other–brings mankind to the brink of extinction. Fast-forward more than 100 years later. What remains of the human population now live in relative peace behind massive walls that were erected to defend themselves against the Titans. Yet once again, that peace is shattered when a Titan measuring over 50 meters tall smashes through the wall, allowing a horde of other Titans to enter. The protagonist, Eren, had been resigned to a life confined behind these walls. Nothing I do would make a difference, he thought. But when he joins the “Outer Wall Restoration Team” set up to fight against the Titans, he is reunited with Mikasa, a childhood friend and someone he had long rued not being able to save. The new recruits embark on a mission to obtain explosives, which had become rare and precious, before getting past the waves of Titans to plug the gaping hole in the wall, with humanity’s survival on the line. Will there be a future for Eren and Mikasa, and for mankind itself?”
The Fifth Wave star Alex Roe will see the Rings as he’s been cast in the lead of The Ring prequel opposite Matilda Lutz. He will play Lutz’s boyfriend ‘Holt’, who watches the tape.
F. Javier Gutierrez directs with a theatrical release planned for November 13, 2015.
Bloody Disgusting was able to find out what the 3-D Ring will be about. Our sources told us last week that the new The Ring is actually a prequel, and takes place before the 2002 remake that starred Naomi Watts as a woman uncovering the mystery behind a haunted VHS tape. Rings will take place years before the creation of said tape and tell the origin of Samara’s reign of terror.
“Rings” is also the name of the short – directed by TCM 2 and TMNTs’ Jonathan Liebesman – that accompanied the purchase of The Ring 2 on home video in 2005.
Aviva Goldsman, David Loucka and Jacon Aaron Estes all had a hand in writing the script, which is based on the 1991 novel by Koji Suzuki.
There are a lot of ways to die in Dying Light. An angry Volatile might grab you, you could fall off a building, drown, get bludgeoned to death by a crowd of Biters, or — and this one’s my favorite — you could sneak up behind an unsuspecting ghoul, only to get blown to pieces because that wasn’t a ghoul, it was a Bomber, you fool!
This vertigo-inducing fall compilation from YouTuber OchiDO is a fun watch, even if I can’t stop wondering why asphalt is deadlier than the roof of a vehicle. Unless the city of Harran constructs their vehicles out of a marshmallow-like substance, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.
If you’re confident enough in your abilities to play Mortal Kombat X online, developer NetherRealm has revealed a brand new feature in the upcoming game they’ve dubbed the “Quitality”. The reason for its introduction is to try and keep folks from rage quitting from online matches, because doing so in Mortal Kombat X will cause your fighter’s head to explode, giving your opponent an instant win.
Quitalities are joined by Fatalities and Brutalities, bringing the number of ways you can shame your opponent in MKX to three (so far). Also worth mentioning in case you missed it is the exciting news that Jason Voorhees has joined the roster as a DLC character.
Mortal Kombat X releases on April 14 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
French avante-garde duo Corpo-Mente have released their first-ever music video for their track “Fia”, which comes from their upcoming 3rd studio album, which will be a self-titled release.
The video was directed by Maxime Baudin and, for some reason, reminds me of Dagon or something out of a Lovecraftian universe. It shows the duo of Gautier Serre and Laure Le Prunenec on a stark beach with metallic gray clouds hovering above. Black liquid flows in unworldly manners across the sand as well as falling from the sky. All the while, a little girl plays along the water, her outfit mirroring Le Prunenec’s.
Corpo-Mente will be available for digital purchase on March 24th via Blood Music.
Microsoft has finally decided to give us our first real look at the upcoming State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition, otherwise known, at least to me, as that surprisingly good zombie survival game that used to be lousy with penises.
Developed by Undead Labs, this version of their hit open-world game has been remastered in 1080p and will bring with it a substantial amount of new content, including new weapons, vehicles and characters, as well as both story expansions — Lifeline and Breakdown.
This debut trailer is comprised entirely of in-game footage, so what you see is what you’ll get when it arrives next month.
The State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition is slated to arrive on April 28 for Xbox One.
If I suddenly disappear early next week around, say, Tuesday, don’t bother trying to find me, for I’ll be playing Bloodborne. This game has held a spot near the tippy-top of my list of games coming in 2015 that I’d like to get intimate with, and now that the wait for it is almost over, I can already hear its distant Siren call, beckoning me to its world of nightmare creatures and Gothic horror.
This trailer isn’t less nightmarish than the last, but it makes up for that by having all the awesome.
The song in this trailer is called “Hunt You Down” from The Hit House, with vocals by Ruby Friedman. I had to look that one up so I could add it to my library. Now I have something to play on repeat while I spank copious amounts of monster ass.
Bloodborne arrives on March 24 for the PS4.
Arguably the most exciting blockbuster release waiting for us next month is the long-awaited arrival of Mortal Kombat X. Until we get that slasher-themed fighting game various developers keep promising us with, this series will likely remain as our singular source for violent and visceral, bone-crunching, meat-slicing, teen-dicing fighting game action. I’m alright with that.
I’m also alright with developer NetherRealm’s decision to add Jason Voorhees to the rosterb>, if only to help us forget about that one time when Mortal Kombat 9 welcomed Haley’s reboot Freddy, as opposed to Englund’s actual Freddy.
If you’re familiar with the films, you’ve undoubtedly seen Jason commit all sorts of heinous acts against everyone from unsuspecting teens to adults, and the obligatory horny camp counselors. He’s given us a myriad memorable death scenes over the last 35 years, so in the spirit of Fatalities, I thought me might take a look at some of the best deaths from the films and how at home they’d be in Mortal Kombat X.
WARNING: The videos in this article are definitely NSFW.
You hear that clicking sound? It almost sounds like there’s something in the trees, watching us. Oh well, I’m sure it’s nothing.
Earlier this month, we reported on the possibility that Jason Voorhees, Predator and/or Spawn would join the fight in Mortal Kombat X. Jason Voorhees was confirmed last week, and this morning, the Predator was too.
The confirmation comes from a listing on the Xbox Store — spotted by IGN — which describes a few of the things we can do with the Mortal Kombat X Kombat Pack, like “Stalk and slash your opponents as Horror Icon Jason Voorhees, or play as Predator, the Ultimate Hunter.”
I am now going to make a bold prediction: Spawn will be announced next. There, I said it.
Mortal Kombat X releases on April 14 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
Techland’s open-world survival horror game Dying Light is officially the most successful game in the studio’s history. Since its release on January 27, more than 3.2 million players have taken to the streets of Harran, slaying almost 380,000,000 million ghouls in the process.
The developer shared the impressive news on the game’s official Twitter with an infographic that breaks down some of the community’s achievements.
Eleven Eiffel Towers worth of medkits? Geez. I wouldn’t be surprised if they told me I alone contributed 1-2 of those towers. I need to heal a lot in that game.
The most popular character in Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s cult comic “Preacher” is the Nirvana-loving Arseface, a young teen who blew his face off emulating the late Kurt Cobain, says Deadline.
AMC has cast Ian Colletti, pictured, as Eugene Root (aka Arseface) in the pilot, which hails from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.
The project, from Sony TV and AMC Studios, is about Jesse Custer (still to be cast), a conflicted Preacher in a small Texas town who merges with a creature that has escaped from heaven and develops the ability to make anyone do anything he says. Along with his ex-girlfriend, Tulip (Ruth Negga was announced yesterday) and an Irish vampire named Cassidy, the three embark on a journey to literally find God.
Here’s how the site describes Arseface: Even with his horribly disfigured face and severe speech impediment, Eugene’s still the nicest kid you’ll ever meet who really looks up to Jesse. Stomach-churningly difficult to look at, Eugene’s the town’s reviled Frankenstein’s monster but that won’t change his earnest, sweet and pure outlook on life. However, he is troubled by something terrible he’s done in the past — something he fears may have turned God himself against him.
“Clive Barker’s Nightbreed” continues the macabre tale from Clive Barker’s now infamous film and carries it flawlessly into the world of comics. Our own Jorge Solis loves the title and as an avid Clive Barker fan, his praise means big things. He said of #10 “Clive Barker’s Nightbreed” #10 will definitely shock readers with its surprising twists. Just reading the “Nightbreed” comic makes me want to watch the movie all over again.”
Make sure to pick it up when it goes on sale next Wednesday, March 25th.
Clive Barker’s Nightbreed #11
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Author: Marc Andreyko
Artists: Emmanuel Xerx Javier, Devmalya Pramanik
Cover Artist: Christopher Mitten
Synopsis: Rebuilding Midian has been no easy feat for Cabal and his people. But as the world of Nightbreed grows, the world will have to either embrace the dark or snuff the very existence of the Breed once and for all.