Just yesterday we showed you the first shot of Jane Levy holding her breath in Sony Screen Gems and Ghost House Pictures’ Don’t Breathe, which reteams the starlet with Evil Dead director Fede Alvarez.
Levy stars as one of three teens who break into a blind man’s home thinking they’ll get away with the perfect crime. Dylan Minnette (Prisoners, Goosebumps, Let Me In) and Daniel Zovatto (It Follows) play the other thieves.
But the real star of the film is Avatar‘s Stephen Lang, who plays the vicious and brutal super-soldier blind man.
Here’s what Trace said in his review, which he also says “is like Hitchcock on crack.”
‘Don’t Breathe’ may not qualify as an actual horror movie, but Lang imbues the film with plenty of horror, and his casting pays off in spades.
We now have your first ever look at Lang, who is walking right by a terrified Minnette.
Said to be an extreme crowd pleaser, an August 26th date has been set by Screen Gems.
Here’s the official synopsis:
“Three teens who get away with perfectly planned home robberies have set their sights on one last payout that will get them out of crime forever. Their target: a reclusive blind man with millions of dollars in hiding. But as soon as they break into his home, the tables are turned and they find themselves trapped and fighting for survival against a psychopath with secrets of his own.”
Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues wrote the script for the project, which is produced by Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert for Ghost House Pictures. J.R. Young, Nathan Kahane, Joe Drake and Erin Westerman executive produce.
The film was shot last summer in Budapest and Detroit. Our very own Jon Barkan visited the set. Watch for his report soon.
MTV has announced that they will be premiering the second season of their slasher series “Scream” on Monday, May 30th, a day earlier than originally announced. To give fans a taste, a new “Killer Cast Promo” has been released and can be seen above.
“What starts as a YouTube video going viral, soon leads to problems for the teenagers of Lakewood and serves as the catalyst for a murder that opens up a window to the town’s troubled past.”
The new cast includes: Kiana Ledé (Republic Records Recording Artist), Santiago Segura (47 Meters Down), Anthony Ruivivar (“Banshee”), Austin Highsmith (“Murder in the First”), Sean Grandillo (“Spring Awakening” – Broadway Company) and Karina Logue (“Ray Donovan”).
“Scream” stars and series regulars Willa Fitzgerald (Emma), John Karna (Noah), Tom Maden (Jake), Tracy Middendorf (Maggie), Amadeus Serafini (Kieran), Bex Taylor-Klaus (Audrey), and Carlson Young (Brooke) will return for the second season.
Michael Gans and Richard Register serve as EPs and Showrunners for the second season along with Harvey and Bob Weinstein as EPs under the Dimension TV umbrella.
Here’s a breakdown of who the new characters play:
- Kiana Ledé (ZOE – Series Regular)– a fellow high school student, Zoe is a driven overachiever who harbors a secret. Credits include: Republic Records Recording Artist
- Santiago Segura (GUSTAVO ACOSTA – Series Regular) – A high school student, Gustavo is dark and brooding. An outsider, observing from the sidelines, he’s a skilled artist who’s deeply into horror, serial killers and comic books. Credits include: 47 Meters Down and “Silicon Valley.”
- Anthony Ruivivar (SHERIFF MICHAEL ACOSTA – Recurring) – An outspoken, competent and experienced cop, Sherrif Acosta returns to Lakewood, where he grew up. He is a devoted, if sometimes strict, family man who’s very protective of his son, Gustavo. Credits include: “Banshee” and “American Horror Story.”
- Austin Highsmith (KAREN LANG – Recurring) – A young, idealistic high school psychology teacher who becomes a confidant and mentor to her students. Credits include: “Murder in the First” and “Criminal Minds.”
- Sean Grandillo (ELI – Recurring) – Eli is Kieran’s (Amadeus Serafini) cousin. He presents as squeaky clean image, but may have ulterior motives. Credits include: “Spring Awakening” – Broadway Company.
- Karina Logue (TINA HUDSON – Recurring) – Tina’s proper and polite, but with a grifter’s sense of self-reliance. Credits include: “Ray Donovan” and “Bates Motel.”
Ever since Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chain saw Massacre graced us with that chilling opening crawl, informing us that the following carnage actually happened, many horror films have strived to scare us with similar forms of ‘realism’. As filmmaking evolved, audiences caught on, leading into a blurring of the line between documentary and fiction. Keith Arem’s The Phoenix Incident is one of the most recent projects attempting to blend reality with sci-fi, as found-footage horror meets with Discovery Channel-esque interviews and formatting concerning the infamous Phoenix Lights.
Although the film focuses more on the fantastical elements than the characters witnessing them, The Pheonix Incident stars Troy Baker (If you’re a gamer, you know who this is), James L. Brewster, James C. Burns and a few others as an ensemble cast of ill-fated thrill-seekers, interviewed military personnel and family members. The bulk of the running time is comprised of allegedly real footage shot on DVR cameras by a group of friends in the Arizona desert back in 1997. Characterization is paper thin here, but as drama isn’t meant to be the main attraction, this doesn’t exactly detract from the experience..
Though structured like an exposé mockumentary, there is a linear narrative organizing the film, creating suspense as you’re not presented with all the information at once. This style has been done better in the past, with films like The Poughkeepsie Tapes, but Arem’s style keeps things from getting stale, as his direction manages to avoid many of the found footage clichés that we know and hate. Once the action starts, it’s obvious that the film isn’t afraid of showing you what’s going on, which is a breath of fresh air in this sub-genre, though the effects don’t always do these scenes justice.
The Phoenix incident isn’t just about the reported UFO sightings, however, as the extraterrestrials eventually crash land near the protagonists, and begin attacking them on sight. The aliens themselves are disappointingly uninspired, especially coming from a director who’s worked on masterful horror games like Metro 2033 and Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, but they do provide the film with some of its scariest sequences. Even so, it does seem fitting to hear Adam Jensen’s raspy voice dealing with aliens and government conspiracies outside of the Deus Ex franchise.
As a reviewer, it’s important to remember that liking a film and considering it good are two totally different concepts, which is why I honestly enjoyed The Phoenix Incident, but can’t exactly call it a groundbreaking piece of cinema. The realism is easily shattered by the film’s set pieces and recognizable actors, but that still doesn’t completely take the viewer out of the experience. The artistic liberties taken with the ‘source material’ are understandable, however, as the real life incident was much more mundane than the events depicted in the movie. In the end, the film is meant to entertain, not educate. UFO and conspiracy enthusiasts may dislike the fictional take on the ‘real’ story, but this is still an effective horror/sci-fi flick, despite a certain lack of depth.
The director of Martyrs is set to begin shooting his next horror film this summer.
We broke the news back in March that French filmmaker Pascal Laugier‘s next would be Incident In a Ghost Land for Radar Films.
Laugier penned the script, which we were told follows a mother of two who inherits a home from her Aunt. On the first night in the new home she is confronted with murderous intruders and fights for her daughters’ lives.
When the girls suffer this terrible childhood trauma, their disparate personalities diverge even further. One is said to become a famous horror author, with a perfect family and life in Los Angeles, while the other can’t cope, and loses her mind.
The movie takes place 16 years later when the daughters reunite at the house, and that’s when things get strange.
Bloody Disgusting has confirmed with multiple sources that the two female leads have been cast: Mylène Farmer, Crystal Reed and Anastasia Philipps.
Farmer, pictured below, will play the MOTHER. She is an extremely famous French singer who has sold more than 30 million records in France, and is among the most successful recording artists of all-time there (Wiki).
Reed and Philipps will play the film’s sisters. You’ll recognize Reed, above, as the star of “Teen Wolf.” She has also appeared in Crush and Skyline.
The script as been described to me as being Stephen King-esque, and extremely dark and scary.
Clement Miserez and Jean-Charles Levy produce Ghost Land.
Shooting begins this August in New York and Toronto.
A24 just sent us the red band trailer for Jeremy Saulnier’s uber-violent Green Room (read our review), which they’re calling a “John Carpenter-influenced, gore-filled horror [film].”
The trailer is spoiler heavy, but has all kinds of horrific moments us genre fans are going to ooze over; I’m dying to know what happens with the machete…
Green Room is set for a New York and Los Angeles bow April 15th, with an expansion planned for April 22nd and Nationwide opening on April 29th, 2016.
The thriller is said to be a brilliantly crafted and wickedly fun horror-thriller starring Patrick Stewart as a diabolical club owner who squares off against an unsuspecting but resilient young punk band.
Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Joe Cole, Callum Turner, Mark Webber, Eric Edelstein, Macon Blair, and Kai Lennox also star.
“Down on their luck punk rockers The Ain’t Rights are finishing up a long and unsuccessful tour, and are about to call it quits when they get an unexpected booking at an isolated, run-down club deep in the backwoods of Oregon. What seems merely to be a third-rate gig escalates into something much more sinister when they witness an act of violence backstage that they weren’t meant to see. Now trapped backstage, they must face off against the club’s depraved owner, Darcy Banker (Stewart), a man who will do anything to protect the secrets of his nefarious enterprise. But while Darcy and his henchmen think the band will be easy to get rid of, The Ain’t Rights prove themselves much more cunning and capable than anyone expected, turning the tables on their unsuspecting captors and setting the stage for the ultimate life-or-death showdown.
Intense, emotional, and ingeniously twisted, GREEN ROOM is genre filmmaking at its best and most original. Saulnier continues to build his reputation as one of the most exciting and distinctive directors working today, with a movie that’s completely different from his previous, highly acclaimed Blue Ruin, but which is just as risk-taking and even more full of twists. The entire cast deliver first-rate performances, but Patrick Stewart gives a transformative and brilliantly devious turn as Darcy—elegant yet lethal, droll yet terrifying, Stewart makes the film simply unforgettable.”
Next Thursday, the Made in NY Media Center by IFP in Brooklyn, NY will be hosting The Sign of An Open Eye: Grimposium 360, a celebration of extreme metal. The event will feature 360-degree world premiere screenings by Canadian filmmakers David Hall, Vivek Venkatesh and Jason Wallin, and the United States premieres of soundscape performances by Norwegian composer Ivar Bjørnson and Canadian artist Owen Chapman.
Grimposium will also be hosting the world premiere of Blekkmetal, a documentary about the one-off 2015 festival that celebrates the original of Norwegian black metal. The documentary features interviews and performance footage of bands such as Enslaved, Taake, and Aeternus.
To celebrate this upcoming event, we’ve got an exclusive first look at Enslaved’s performance of “Jotunblod” from Blekkmetal. You can watch the performance above.
Tickets for Grimposium can be purchased right here.
In this new clip from The Darkness, Silent Hill and Rogue star Radha Mitchell checks the attic after hearing something come from above.
The trailer for Greg McLean’s supernatural horror, also starring Kevin Bacon (“The Following,” Stir of Echoes), displays the journey of a family that returns home from vacation at the Grand Canyon and innocently bring home a supernatural force that preys off their own fears and vulnerabilities, threatening to destroy them from within, while consuming their lives with terrifying consequences.
David Mazouz, Lucy Fry, Matt Walsh and Jennifer Morrison also star in the film opening on Friday, May 13th.
One of my favorite things in the comic book world are one-shots, or stories that run parallel to the main arc of a series.
“Preacher” had some of my favorites, giving us the origins of all of the comic’s characters. And while I’m a bit behind on reading Image’s “The Walking Dead” series, I’m pretty stoked to learn that Robert Kirkman is going to reveal the origin story of Negan, and his barbed-wired baseball bat Lucille.
THR shares the first ever page from “Here’s Negan,” which will be told in 48 pages — with four a month included in Image+. (The latter will also be part of Diamond Comic Distributors’ monthly Previews Catalog and available to buy separately for $1.99.)
What you see below is Negan creating his weapon of choice, which he calls “Lucille”. “The Walking Dead’s” Robert Kirkman and artist Charlie Adlard collaborated on this new miniseries.
This past Sunday Jeffrey Dean Morgan made his first appearance as Negan on the AMC adaptation, which ended in extreme controversy.
While we wait to find out who Negan’s first victim is, Morgan said this week that he hopes Kirkman’s upcoming Negan backstory comic series will be weaved in onscreen.
“I talked to Robert Kirkman after we did Talking Dead, and he is doing the backstory of Negan right now. But whether or not — or when — we see that, and I hope we do, I can’t answer that. But hopefully we’ll find out more as we go,” he told THR during a conference call with reporters. “I approach [Negan] … like he used to be a used-car salesman. That’s what I know, and there’s not a lot beyond that. … He’s a car salesman who has survived as long as Rick and his gang, so what has he done to get there?”
The first issue of Image+ will hit stands April 27 and will feature other bonus creator-owned comics content.
Horror doesn’t get enough representation in the service industry (not a phrase I ever thought I would say, but here we are), so imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon a horror-themed bar while I was in Scotland one year. There are actually quite a few horror-themed bars in the world, you just have to know where to look. Here are few options to get you started!Frankenstein – Edinburgh, Scotland
This is the one bar on this list that I’ve actually been to, and boy is it a lot of fun! The interior is decked out in a ton of Franktenstein memorabilia and even has an “It’s Alive!” setup with a hanging Frankenstein on a lab table. If you happen to be there on a Sunday, definitely check out their karaoke contest!
Cambiare – Tokyo, Japan
Who would have ever thought there would have been a Suspiria-themed bar in Japan? The bar uses the brilliant color palette from Dario Argento’s classic to a pretty great effect. Just look at those stained glass windows!
The Lovecraft Bar – Portland, OR
This particular bas just so happens to be expanding this year! It also has events going on all the time, so definitely check out their calendar the next time you’re in Portland. The owner seems like a pretty decent guy, too. You can read his story here.
Donny Dirk’s Zombie Den – Minneapolis, MN
“Zombies are attracted to brains and Minneapolis has a lot of good ones.” These are the words that help explain Donny Dirk’s Zombie Den’s existence, and the bar serves as a safe haven from those pesky zombies! Also from the website:
Donny Dirk’s is half cocktail lounge and half dive bar with fancier furniture. We are not a restaurant and our food options are always limited. We have seating for approximately 52 people. We are an intimate venue serving quality beer, fine spirits, housemade infusions, and cocktails made with fresh produce.
This is a nifty little dive bar if I ever saw one. It’s definitely on my hit list!
H.R. Giger Bar – Chur, Switzerland
There’s actually another one of these in Gruyères, but the design of the bar in Chur looks just a bit more Alien-y. Just look at those seats! The bar basically doubles as a museum completely devoted to the artist”s work in Alien, and it’s truly a thing of beauty.
The Slaughtered Lamb – New York, NY
I know I should be focused on the bar itself, which is modeled after a pub straight out of An American Werewolf in London, but those wing flavors sound absolutely amazing. Do you think they’ll ship them to Texas?The Jekyll & Hyde Club – New York City, NY
Located on 7th Avenue in New York City, The Jekyll & Hyde Club warns that anything can happen within its walls. While you are dining, creatures and memorabilia come to life and interact with you, but the club informs all guests that something “unusual” happens every 10 minutes or so. What that unusual thin is, I’m not sure, but hopefully it’s not the same thing every time!
Vampire Café – Shinjuku, Japan
Out of all of the places on this list, the Vampire Café is definitely the most gorgeous one. Just look at the detail put into the décor! Those private booths look pretty cozy too, don’t they?
Have you been to any of these bars? If so, what did you think? If you haven’t, which one sounds the best to you? Let us know in the comments below!
Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse have been tapped to write the sequel to Tom Cruise and Doug Liman’s sci-fi sleeper hit Edge Of Tomorrow, Deadline reports.
The site had stated that Christopher McQuarrie was attached to direct, although McQuarrie took to Twitter to clarify that Liman is returning to the director’s chair.
Even though Cruise is the big draw, Emily Blunt’s strong female presence became the staple for why people fell in love with the sci-fi epic. Both Blunt and Cruise are returning after the first took in over $270 million worldwide.
In the film, Cruise played a military officer who is brought into an alien war against an extraterrestrial enemy who can reset the day and know the future. When this officer is enabled with the same power, he teams up with a Special Forces warrior (Blunt) to try and end the war.
As I wrote in my review:
‘Edge of Tomorrow,’ the Doug Liman-directed adaptation of “All You Need Is Kill,” manages to be a hybrid of groundbreaking films like ‘Groundhog Day’ and ‘Matrix,’ utilizing a flurry of fireworks effects and strong character development to create a sci-fi masterpiece.
Shrapnel and Whitehouse were brought on to do a rewrite of The Gray Man, based on the novel by Mark Greaney, at Sony.
Bloody Disgusting’s V/H/S spinoff is done!
Tom and I reteamed with director Gregg Bishop – who helmed the magical “Dante the Great” segment in our VHS: Viral – on Siren, which is a feature-length horror film based on David Bruckner‘s “Amateur Night” from V/H/S.
Yes, in case you were wondering, Hannah Fierman returns as Lily, who many of you know as the “I like you” girl from V/H/S!
Bruckner also produced Siren, in which a bachelor party becomes a savage fight for survival when the groomsmen unwittingly unleash a fabled predator upon the festivities.
Siren is having a very exclusive “sneak peak” screening at the Atlanta Film Festival on Sunday, April 10, 2016, 7:30 PM at the Plaza Theatre, Main.
Bishop shared his enthusiasm with us…
” ‘Amateur Night’ is one of my favorite segments from the ‘V/H/S’ series and I just fell in love with Lily as that terrifying, misunderstood monster. David Bruckner and the writers (Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski) have found a really clever way into the story for the feature adaptation and I can’t wait to share it with everyone.
“We shot ‘Siren’ in Savannah Georgia and I grew up in Atlanta, so I’m thrilled to bring this film home to the Hollywood of the South for the very first Exclusive Sneak Peek at the Atlanta Film Festival, which is celebrating it’s 40th Anniversary this year.”
Enjoy a first image above and watch for Chiller’s release plans as we have it.
We’ve teamed up with Finnish hard rock/heavy metal band Shiraz Lane to bring you the exclusive music video premiere for their new single “For Crying Out Loud”. The title track to their upcoming album, the video mixes performance footage with scenes of the band in a dilapidated tunnel with vocalist Hannes Kett made up to look like a ghostly denizen that sports a straitjacket.
The band tells BD:
The “For Crying Out Loud” music video is a direct continuum for one of our previous videos “Mental Slavery”. The idea to film a sequel came from it came from the fact that Mental Slavery was left unresolved as the main character remained hospitalized. We wanted to give the fans something special and a chance to follow the story to its meaningful and multi-leveled completion, that goes hand in hand with the lyrics and theme of the composition. We are extremely content to let the whole world see our mini-saga come to a worthy ending!
You can pre-order For Crying Out Loud via iTunes.
The Bye Bye Man recounts a series of terrifying events experienced by three Wisconsin college students, played by Douglas Smith, Cressida Bonas and Lucien Laviscount.
Michael Trucco plays the brother of one the students, whose mind has been invaded by the unstoppable Bye Bye Man (Doug Jones).
We now have the first one-sheet for The Bye Bye Man, in theaters June 3, 2016, and also starring Carrie-Anne Moss and Faye Dunaway.
“Set in 1990s Wisconsin, when three college students move into an old house off campus, they unwittingly unleash a supernatural entity known as The Bye Bye Man, who comes to prey upon them once they discover his name. The friends must try to save each other, all the while keeping The Bye Bye Man’s existence a secret to save others from the same deadly fate.”
Stacy Title directed from Jonathan Penner’s script, based on Robert Damon Schneck’s short story “The Bridge to Body Island.” Trevor Macy produced for Intrepid, and Jeffrey Soros and Simon Horsman produced for Los Angeles Media Fund.
Intrepid is behind the film and has produced a few solid horror films from The Strangers to Safe House, Oculus and Before I Wake, starring Kate Bosworth and Thomas Jane.
Hulu’s excellent new series, “The Path,” is now streaming every Wednesday.
Its biggest draw is that is stars Hugh Dancy, who broke out during his tenure on NBC’s “Hannibal,” which was abruptly canceled before its fourth season.
Creator Bryan Fuller looked for saviors in Amazon and Netflix, but ultimately it was left without a home – and millions of grieving fans.
Now that some time has passed, Dancy offers a fresh update that’s pretty much the nail in the coffin (for the time being).
Bryan [Fuller] has got plenty on his plate and everybody is busy, which is fantastic, but I think we’re in a place where we can say, “Okay, let’s see what happens in four years.” If we’re able to revisit it, maybe it would be different. I don’t know what shape it would take. I’ve said many times, and it’s completely true, that I would love that. If we were able to come back, maybe taking a few years away for it to reform itself might be the best thing that could happen for it. I certainly think it’s warranted, just by where we got to in the story. Sure, you could start a fourth season, or whatever it would be, with a big splash and see what happens when they hit the water, but I think it would be more interesting to find them a few years down the line.
It’s been reported on multiple occasions that the main cast has become so busy that an immediate reunion would be unlikely, but Dancy seems to confirm that it’s officially off the table for a few years. Could we see “Hannibal” return in the future? It sounds likely, but so far down the line that it’s probably time to release it from our minds.
Back in January Dancy teased Fuller’s plans, which include the “Silence of the Lambs” story arc:
Bryan [Fuller] pitched it to me … well, he, described to me in an overview with what he wanted to do with the 4th season, had there been an interest, and it was really fantastic. It was a complete restart, without describing it — because who knows, God knows, maybe some way we may be able to do it in the future — but it took us back to the first season in a very unexpected way, and made total sense of that cliffhanger ending; it seemed justified. It was born out of a part of one of the books so it was still coming out of that universe, but it wasn’t the Clarice / ‘Silence of the Lambs’ storyline.
The biggest shocker, though, was when executive producer Martha De Laurentiis blamed piracy for the show’s inability to continue on.
This is exactly how I’m feeling right about now…
IFC is dragging The Dead Room to theaters and VOD April 8th.
In the pic from XYZ and Raven Banner, “When a terrified family flees a desolate southern New Zealand farmhouse, two cynical scientists and a young psychic are sent to investigate their claims of a haunting. There they encounter a powerful spirit that will protect the house’s secrets at all cost.
The Dead Room is inspired by the chilling urban legend surrounding a farmhouse in Central Otago, New Zealand. In the early 1970s, two science tutors went to debunk claims a rural house was haunted and uncovered an incredibly disturbing mystery.”
Jason Stutter directs with Jed Brophy, Jeffrey Thomas, and Laura Petersen starring.
Check out the official U.S. trailer above.
I was extremely lucky to catch the World Premiere of Ilya Naishuller’s first-person actioneer Hardcore Henry when it screened in the Midnight Madness portion of the Toronto International Film Festival last September.
What I saw was a new kind of action film, starring District 9‘s Sharlto Copley, that was “filled to the brim with holy shit moments,” and puts viewers into the shoes of John McClane, Ellen Ripley, Jason Bourne, and even James Bond.
The pic takes place from the POV of Henry, who’s resurrected from death with no memory. He must discover his identity and save his wife from a warlord with a plan to bio-engineer soldiers.
Here’s some bits from my review, which can be read by clicking the above link:
As a concept it’s a bit gimmicky, but the mysterious plot and vibrant characterizations of both Jimmy and Akan keep you mentally checked in just long enough for the next “holy shit” moment.
And for a movie called ‘Hardcore Henry,’ it delivers on its promise. Naishuller blasts the audience with one of the most bloody and violent movies in the history of cinema, but manages to keep it fun (even when heads are being ripped apart).
‘Hardcore Henry’ is both the past and future of filmmaking.
Hardcore Henry is now in theaters everywhere. I recommend sitting in the back row to avoid getting motion sickness…
With Arrow Video’s April 12th release date of Bride of Re-Animator right around the corner, Arrow was kind of to provide Bloody Disgusting with this a exclusive clip of the upcoming Blu-ray! Here we see Dr. Herbert West doing what he does best, re-animating!
This looks like it could be the Blu-ray release of the year and it is a limited set that is likely to go fast. If you want a copy be sure to pre-order yours today from Amazon.document.createElement('video'); http://mvdb2b.com/i/share/ARROW/AV048/West%20Re-animates%20a%20Hand_Foot.mp4
The success of Stuart Gordon’s hit horror-comedy Re-Animator meant that a sequel was all but inevitable. The resulting follow-up, Bride of Re-Animator – this time helmed by director Brian Yuzna (Society, Return of the Living Dead III) – would prove that there was a good deal more life (and death) left in the story of Dr Herbert West and his ghoulish exploits.
It has been eight months since the bloody massacre at Miskatonic Medical School. Unperturbed by the disastrous outcome of his previous meddling with the dead, Dr West (again played by Jeffrey Combs) continues his research into the phenomenon of re-animation; only this time, he plans to create life – starting with the heart of his young protégé Dan’s dearly deceased, Meg Halsey. Surely nothing could go wrong?
With special effects master Screaming Mad George (the man behind the infamous “shunting” sequence of Society) on hand to contribute a host of characteristically weird and wonderful creations, Bride of Re-Animator is a more than worthy successor to Stuart Gordon’s original cult classic.
DIRECTOR-APPROVED 3-DISC LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
• Brand new 2K restorations of the Unrated and R-Rated versions of the film, approved by director Brian Yuzna
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
• Original Stereo 2.0 audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-rays)
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• Digipak packaging featuring newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin
• Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by festival programmer Michael Blyth
• Re-Animator: Dawn of the Re-Animator – the official comic book prequel to the original Re-Animator
DISC 1 [BLU-RAY] & DISC 2 [DVD] – UNRATED VERSION
• Brand new 2K restoration of the Unrated version
• Brand new audio commentary with director Brian Yuzna
• Audio commentary with Brian Yuzna, star Jeffrey Combs, special effects co-ordinator Thomas Rainone and the effects team including John Buechler, Mike Deak, Robert Kurtzman, Howard Berger and Screaming Mad George
• Audio commentary with stars Jeffrey Combs and Bruce Abbott
• Brian Yuzna Remembers Bride of Re-Animator – brand new featurette in which the director looks back at the making of the first Re-Animator sequel
• Splatter Masters: The Special Effects Artists of Bride of Re-Animator – brand new FX featurette with a wealth of behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Robert Kurtzman of KNB, Screaming Mad George, Tony Doublin and John Buechler
• Getting Ahead in Horror – archive making-of featurette
• Meg is Re-Animated – deleted scene with behind-the-scenes footage
• Carnival Sequence – the cast and crew discuss this excised sequence
DISC 3 [BLU-RAY] – R-RATED VERSION – LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE
• Brand new 2K restoration of the R-Rated version
• Behind-the-Scenes Reel
‘RE-ANIMATOR: DAWN OF THE RE-ANIMATOR’ – LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE
• Perfect-bound booklet containing Re-Animator: Dawn of the Re-Animator, the 1992 comic prequel to Stuart Gordon’s original Re-Animator, reprinted in its entirety
Fans of The Wicker Man should be intrigued by the trailer for Peter A. Dowling’s thriller Sacrifice, heading to New York theaters and VOD on April 29th via IFC.
In the trailer, Radha Mitchell (Rogue, The Darkness, Pitch Black, Silent Hill) investigates a mysterious cult after a freshly sacrificed body is uncovered.
“Disturbing secrets lie buried in the bogs of a remote island in this spellbinding thriller. Shortly after surgeon Tora Hamilton (Radha Mitchell) moves with her husband (Rupert Graves) to the Shetland Islands – 100 miles off the coast of Scotland – she makes an unnerving discovery: the body of a young woman with strange symbols carved into her flesh and her heart ripped out. When what at first appears to be the remains of a victim of an ancient ritual turns out to be a fresh corpse, Tora is plunged into a dangerous mystery that may be connected to the dark myths of the island’s folklore.”
Rupert Graves (The Madness of King George, V For Vendetta, Made in Dagenham) also stars.
After having its world premiere at the 30th Annual SXSW Music, Film and Interactive Conferences and Festivals last month, Hush comes to us courtesy of Netflix, who wisely snatched up the property shortly before its premiere. You can read Kalyn’s review from SXSW here. I actually caught the film at it’s premiere at SXSW too, but I wanted to chime in with my own thoughts on the film closer to its release date (even though they essentially mirror Kalyn’s). Hush proves once again that Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Absentia) is an outstanding director, able to take a simple premise and bring something incredibly unique to the project without making it feel gimmicky. It is a fist-pumping female empowerment film while at the same time an incredibly suspenseful home invasion thriller.
The plot is simple: Author Maddie Young (Kate Siegel, Oculus) has lived a life of isolation since losing her hearing as a teenager to bacterial meningitis. Now a deaf-mute, she spends much of her time in her secluded home writing novels. When a masked psychotic killer (John Gallagher, Jr., 10 Cloverfield Lane, The Newsroom) shows up on her doorstep one night, Maddie must push herself beyond her mental and physical limits in order to survive the night.
Flanagan and Siegel co-wrote Hush, and the idea came to the husband and wife team over dinner. They wanted to make a home invasion thriller with a twist, and in that they succeeded. Think the final scene of Wait Until Dark stretched out to feature length. While this may sound like it could easily become tedious, the film utilizes each of its 87 minutes extremely well. There are a few too many moments of Maddie escaping the house only to be chased back inside by the killer, but by the time you begin to notice their frequency the film wraps up with a hefty amount of catharsis.
Hush makes a bold decision with its killer at the end of its first act, and it turns out to be a wise one. I won’t spoil it here, but suffice it to say that Gallagher is given much more to work with than your standard masked killer. The film shies away from giving him a backstory of any sort, giving the character (credited simply as “The Man”) the necessary menace needed to instill fear.
Siegel is an absolute revelation. If she’s this good while she’s silent I can’t wait to see what awaits us when she’s given actual dialogue to work with (she’s been acting since 2007 but to my knowledge this is her most high-profile role). She makes Maddie one of the best final girls seen in recent memory and boy, is she put through the wringer too. Her lack of dialogue in the film (save for one internal monologue) does not stop Siegel from giving one Hell of an impassioned performances.
Flanagan, as expected, plays with sound design a lot in the film, albeit not as much as you might expect. The sound in the film goes out at certain points, but one almost wishes Flanagan had used this technique more. Still, there hasn’t been a thriller that has played with a lack of dialogue this much since Joss Whedon used a similar approach in an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (coincidentally also called “Hush”).
The film’s only real misstep comes in the form of the arrival of Maddie’s neighbor John (Michael Trucco), in a sequence that requires such a large suspension of disbelief as to how stupid the character is that it immediately takes you out of the film. There is also a dream sequence scare that had to have been included to pad the runtime. It feels cheap when it is held up next to the rest of the film.
The film is shot competently but not necessarily creatively. Cinematographer James Kniest shoots the house and the woods surrounding it with a good sense of claustrophobia, but I also watched Hush within 24 hours of Fede Alvarez’s Don’t Breathe (my review), a similar thriller that is also set in one location and relies on a main character with a disability. That film was so beautifully shot and featured such masterful camerawork that Hush does seem a bit too simple (though the films would make an excellent double feature once Don’t Breathe is released in August). This is no fault of Hush, of course, but merely a coincidence that I thought I would mention.
The decision to release Hush on Netflix is a peculiar one. It’s not that the film will be any less effective; it will just be a different viewing experience. Watching Hush in a sold-out theater was one of the more fun theater-going experiences I’ve had in a while. The film practically demands to be viewed with an audience. That being said, watching it at home may have the benefit of highlighting the terror in the film. While incredibly suspenseful, at no point was I ever really scared during Hush. You may feel differently watching the film in the privacy of your own home.
Hush is a terrific film, and one that you will want to add to your Blu-Ray collection once it sees a release. Boasting some fantastic set pieces and performances from Siegel and Gallagher, it truly stands out among the crowd of horror films readily available on Netflix. I have no doubt that it will be added to many of those “hidden Netflix gems” posts in the near future. It’s so good, in fact, that it actually has me excited about what Flanagan will be doing with Ouija 2.Hush is now available via Netflix streaming.
In a feat of good judgment witnessed earlier today, Capcom quietly delayed their squad-based shooter Umbrella Corps to June 21 so the “team can spend some extra time optimizing the game to bring you the best experience possible.” This is great news for the Resident Evil spin-off, which has struggled to look like a worthwhile experiment for a series that’s spent the better part of a decade developing a serious identity crisis. An extra month of polish couldn’t hurt.
In the meantime, we have our first look at the game’s surprisingly deep character customization system that’ll have everything you need to outfit your mercenary with the goofy emotes that’ll carry your team to a bloody victory. I’m considering the classic jeggings/sweater vest combo for my merc — what about you?