This video comes at a rather interesting time. Just last week we had Black Friday, the day where people will literally stampede over each other so that they can get [INSERT ITEM] at a ridiculously discounted price. I guess saving money is worth maiming and sometimes even killing each other, right?
That’s why when comic editor Zac Thompson sent me the video for Mr. Oizo‘s “HAM”, which was directed by Eric Wareheim, I knew I had to make it this week’s Twisted Music Video Of The Week.
The video shows a heavily made up John C. Reily riding his electronic scooter into a discount store with the intention of buying a stuffed monkey. As it’s the last one on display, people naturally start fighting over it – gotta have the last one, right? – and it ends in violence and bloodshed.
Avant garde musician Jill Tracy has released “Portraits Of A Nightmare”, a short film that was a stretch goal for her Kickstarter campaign. The film, “…was created with additional 8mm film footage, shot by Jeremy Carr in New York during the music video shoot for Jill Tracy’s song “Pulling Your Insides Out,” that also included, “…vintage archives from…personal collections.”
The short film features the track “The Somnambulist Waltz”, which comes from Tracy’s 2008 album The Bittersweet Constrain. You can purchase that album via Bandcamp.
In order to understand where an album like Jesse is coming from, I feel it’s important to know a bit of back story. Gabe Wilkinson isn’t knew to the music making industry, in fact Jesse is his 4th album to be released. However, for me, this is his most passionate project. The album title is a dedication to Wilkinson’s brother who sadly passed away 2 years ago and from that sadness came this album. Each song on this album is a part of the over arching theme of loss, addiction, and pain; those hard feelings seep into each track on this album making each one powerful on its own. We also get to hear from Sean “Satyr” Tracy of PRODUKT, Inquisitor Uzumaki of dreDDup, Darren C. Huss of Psyche, and Violette Syn throughout Jesse.
The album opens with lines from Mars Attacks and immediately dives into an industrial pool of feelings and sounds. Microwaved is an industrial band to the core and this album is a great throwback to industrial music of yesteryear. The opening track, “Ascension”, immediately fills your ear canal’s with pulsing synth that leads to the eerie whisper of lead vocalist Gabriel Wilkinson. When I first listened to Jesse “Ascension” immediately dragged me into it and warmed me with it’s all encompassing sound, I knew I would love the rest of it right then.
Each song is it’s own monster begging to be unleashed, from “My Personal Judas” which captures a feeling of total regret to “Dirty Politics” with it’s erotic opening and energetic sound. But my favorite track, “Monster & The Girl”, is where the album really punches you in the gut. There is so much anger and love lumped in together that creates a haunting melody to compliment it’s raging vocals.
Microwaved has been lurking about in the underground scene for awhile but I hope that Jesse can open new doors and find a bigger audience. It’s an album that deserves to be heard and shared. The album is available for purchase at Microwaved’s website & iTunes for $10 or $1 a song. You can also check out this album and previous ones on Spotify. I encourage you to give this underrated, underground band a listen; especially in an age where the music industry is over-saturated with unoriginal and unfeeling crap. As Wilkinson said himself, “This album is my catharsis, two years worth of tears, anger, loss, and fear in 11 tracks.”
“Lady Killer” describes itself as Betty Draper meets Hannibal. It’s a pretty ingenious premise for horror. The cover alone is brilliant. The first issue reads like silk as it descends into the world of the fifties but shows an empowered woman who doubles as a… housewife. Trust, me I just closed the first issue and this is something you’ll want on your pull list ASAP.
LADY KILLER #1 | Joëlle Jones | Jamie S. Rich | Laura Allred
Betty Draper meets Hannibal!
Josie Schuller is a picture-perfect homemaker, wife, and mother—but she’s also a ruthless, efficient killer for hire! A brand-new original comedy series that combines the wholesome imagery of early 1960s domestic bliss with a tightening web of murder, paranoia, and cold-blooded survival.
* New original series by Joëlle Jones!
* Dark comedy, gritty action, and killer laughs!
“[Jones] varies her style to suit the mood of each piece, and the results can be spellbinding.”—Powell’s Books
LADY KILLER #1 is on sale January 7th.
“The Empty Man” has been equal parts True Detective and The Stand. There is something about it that is haunting and unnerving and as it rockets towards the conclusion I can’t help but be on edge. Cullen Bunn has proved that he is a formidable force in the world of comic book horror, and this finale should cement him as a master.The Empty Man #6 (of 6) Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Author: Cullen Bunn Artist: Vanessa R. Del Rey Cover Artist: Vanessa R. Del Rey
Synopsis: Final issue! Agents Langford and Jensen finally come face-to-face with the supernatural culprits who kidnapped the Simmons children, while Sister makes a last-ditch attempt to free her brother from the clutches of the sadistic Reverend Markoff.
American Horrors, FilmOn’s only 24/7 free uncut online horror channel, delivers nothing but the most raw, sick and terrifying shit that other channels won’t show you. Now American Horrors is ready to scare the living shit out of you with their brand new raw and unfiltered paranormal investigation reality series called “Mission Terror’. The series follows hosts Chad Glovier and Travis Dahlhauser as they travel the country investigating the paranormal activity in the creepiest locations. While other shows investigate locations that are popular tourist attractions, ‘Mission Terror’ dives right into unknown locations armed with only their finger on the record button. The show produces some truly unexplainable and frightening results, as Chad and Travis investigate the Egyptian Theater (DeKalb, IL), The Prairie View Rest Home (Missouri), and Illinois’ most notoriously haunted building, The Monteno Insane Asylum!
Bloody-Disgusting.com sat with with ‘Mission Terrors’ own Travis Dahlhauser to go deep into the world of the paranormal and go behind the scenes with this real life ghost hunter.
Bloody-Disgusting: At what age did you become interested in the paranormal and how did it develop into full blown ghost hunting?
Travis Dahlhauser: Chad and I grew up together and have been close friends since the 6th grade when we were like 11 years old. Throughout our friendship we always bonded over our love of horror movies all things scary. We were both probably introduced to horror movies at too young of an age, but we definitely have shared a love of them throughout the years. We catch new scary movies, enjoy the old ones, and scary topics have been a regular conversation centerpiece for us. Once we hit our early 20s, we started driving around the Northern Illinois country looking for spooky places to explore. I’m not saying I recommend it, but our ghost hunting origins started somewhat as late night urban (rural) exploration. Anytime we found a place we’d say stuff like, “what if it’s super haunted?!” So, that kind of led us towards adding the paranormal investigation aspect to our developing hobby. Then we started looking for places that were specifically known for being haunted and booking investigations. Over time we had a few crazy, unexplainable experiences, and we became hooked to that adrenalin rush. Some people dive with Great White sharks. Some people chase tornadoes. Some people ride roller coasters. We hunt for evidence of the paranormal. Since the beginning, it’s been me and my best friend – the best man at my wedding – having a good time together. We’re still a couple of kids at heart, but we’ve done our studying and we’ve had our experiences, so now we consider ourselves to be professionals at what we do.
BD: How much research goes into the back story of each location?
TD: We try to profile historic locations as much as possible, so when we book a place with historical significance, we do a lot of research on it. We also insist on someone from the location – the owner, manager, historian, etc. give us an in-depth tour on camera so we can share a lot of that information with the audience from a firsthand source. I find these to be some of our more interesting segments. It also gives us a chance to find out about any paranormal experiences in the location from a person who is there more than anyone else. We like to go in with a good foundation of knowledge on the location, but we keep an open mind, too. On the flip side, a handful of our episodes are at locations we find (possibly abandoned) with no back story at all, and we feel like that adds to it. For example, we recently investigated an abandoned farm and it was probably the scariest night of our lives. We feel like the lack of back story adds to that feeling of the unknown. That’s what we’re out to capture, evidence of the unknown. So to be in a place with some mystery to it adds to the thrill and the adrenalin rush, which is why we do what we do. So, it depends on the location.
BD: How do you go about scouting for potential locations to shoot?
TD: Our series kind of developed organically, and that has played a part in our investigation location decisions. What I mean by that is we’re based in the Northern Illinois city or Rockford, so when we started out, we were just looking for “creepy” local places. Before ever filming, we would drive around the country back roads in the middle of the night looking for places to go in and check out. We would go in to old barns with key chain flashlights and run mini investigations with our cellphones. Pretty fancy stuff. We would also visit websites and read books about local haunted sites. Our favorite source for locating haunted sites came from a famous Illinois native author named Michael Kleen who runs the MysteriousHeartland.com website. He also has written several editions of the book Haunted Illinois, which is basically a tourist guide to haunted locations around different parts of Illinois (as well as some folklore). We would use these resources (and still do) to locate different locations and we’d road trip to visit them. The more places we visited, the more serious we got about it. We invested in some top of the line equipment and cameras to document our outings that we would jokingly call “Mission Terror” – which eventually became the title for our series. Our first big investigation was a road trip to Manteno Insane Asylum outside of Chicago. This was such a big deal for us and such a notorious haunted site that we wanted to have our cameras rolling at all times – just in case. We ended up only lasting 47 minutes in the building before we were so freaked out we ran out of the building. I decided to take that footage and edit it into an episode like format to document our experience and the series was born. We’ve come a long way the last few years, but all-in-all we still look for places the same way – researching the books and internet sites and road tripping. A handful of locations are places we’ve driven by and looked at each other and said, “we HAVE to check this place out!” Being based in Rockford, we try to stick to Northern Illinois since that’s where our initial audience is from, but we’ve branched out to several states as well. We try to find historic locations, interesting places that not many people know about, and places that just seem scary. We also actively try to add variety to our locations. We’ll do a famous theatre and then do an old piano factory. We’ll do an insane asylum then do an abandoned ship on the shores of the Mississippi River. Mansions to cemeteries – you name it! Chad always says we’d investigate a porta-potty if we had to, and we’d probably get action!
BD: Tell us a little bit about some of the gear that you bring with you and what it does?
TD: We’ve collected a lot of gear for multiple purposes. Anyone who has ever watched a ghost hunting show knows what EVP is (electronic voice phenomena). We’ll use high quality sound recorders and ask questions to see if we get a response on tape that our ears can’t hear. Similar to that, we’ll use a “Spirit Box” that cycles through radio frequencies and ask questions and voices have been known to speak through the white noise. We also use the TriField EMF meter which is a tool that can measure magnetic energy in a building. It’s actually not specifically a ghost hunting tool – it’s used by electricians, etc. – but many believe that ghosts are energy in the atmosphere, so if we’re in a building in the middle of a cornfield that hasn’t had electricity in 80 years and our EMF reader starts going off, that’s hard to explain…it’s paranormal, if you will. We’ve actually had conference calls with the scientist who invented the TriField EMF meter and we’ve described situations and readings we’ve gotten that stumped him. He didn’t have a scientific explanation for it. That, to us, makes for compelling evidence. We use a tool called the Ovilus X that uses a multiple thousand word database that paranormal energy can use to communicate with us. Sometimes it’s random, but sometimes it’s so spot on as though we’re having a conversation with something we can’t see. We have cameras with a certain type of night vision and lighting that can pick up what our eyes can’t see. We also use motion censors and trigger props and a variety of “classic” ghost hunting tools. Sometimes our equipment leads to compelling evidence, but sometimes it’s the things we experience that make the best evidence – such as asking for a spirit to make a noise and a door opening and closing twice on it’s own. Ghost hunting is not an exact science, but that coincidence is compelling. Chad and myself are actually skeptical ourselves, so our serious is very evidence driven. We’re out there to explore amazing places, get scared, and capture that great piece of evidence to prove to the world, and especially ourselves, that ghosts do exist.
BD: Is there a difference between good energy and bad energy on investigations?
TD: Ghost hunting is not an exact science, so as investigators we have to trust our feelings and our instincts. It’s hard to explain to someone who is not there with us, but different locations will give you various feelings and we can often decide if an energy is bad or if it is good. We might be in a location and feel nothing and out of nowhere we might get chills and both be overcome with dread, even though nothing happened. It’s hard to explain, but sometimes you just get that feeling that you’re not alone. Sometimes a feeling of intimidation will come along with that and sometimes it just feels fine. On the same note, we can kind of sense when an energy is no longer with us. It sounds silly to say, but we just have to trust what we feel. I’d say that sometimes the specific location we’re in can affect the energy of the atmosphere. To be in an abandoned insane asylum where our research has told us there was cruel treatment of patients and where many people died in a negative way, will certainly create an atmosphere of negativity. We’ve been in locations with no sort of negative history that, even though nothing paranormal happens, we think the location feels, for lack of a better word, “evil” and we can’t explain it. I don’t know if any of this makes sense, because it’s hard to explain without feeling it for yourself. I know I’ve been in locations where I have been overcome with dread and no explanation for it. There have been locations we have run out of because it just didn’t feel right. There have been locations where we have dropped everything and just started praying because we just felt
BD: What are some of locations that you would love to investigate and why?
TD: Dream investigation locations is a growing and already endless list. We like to do episodes at lesser known places that are going to be new to most of our viewers, but we can’t deny that we’d love to investigate places like Alcatraz Island. We actually talked to them about it and while we haven’t reached an agreement yet, they told us it would be the first time ever a group of only 2 people we on the island alone investigating. We hope that’s in our future someday! I’d love to do the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, the Queen Mary in Los Angeles, Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, and other famous haunted sites like that. If nothing is off limits, how cool would it be to investigate the White House. Can you imagine what we might get there with all the history? Who knows, maybe we could get some activity from a former President! We’d love to do a tour of Europe and check out all the old castles amazing locations there. New Orleans would be an exciting spot to go. There are so many big and amazing places out there and we hope to get the opportunity to check some of them out! I’d love to do a lot of these sites simply to experience traveling the world and stepping foot in such iconic places.
BD: Has there been a moment or a location that you just couldn’t investigate?
TD: We did a place in Missouri called Prairie View Rest Home. It was an old building that people in rural Missouri who had mental problems or just nowhere else to go would go live and ultimately die. If you asked me what one location we’ve been to is definitely haunted, I’d say there. At one point things picked up and the atmosphere intensified. On the spot I dropped everything and started praying. I had never done that before. I felt like we were in danger. Not long after I started praying, we ran out of the building to take a break. I felt drained and exhausted. I later found out that Chad was worried for me and said I was acting a bit odd. Situations like that we obviously try to avoid. We don’t try to disrespect or provoke anything and we certainly want nothing to do with anything demonic. We’re just trying to capture some evidence. We only go into places with just the two of us. No crews, no guests, just two normal guys. So, if one of us wants out we both go. We’ve both had our own freak out moments and sometimes we both agree that it’s time to leave. The only place we’ve investigate twice is probably our favorite – Manteno Insane Asylum. It’s our baby. The first time, we only lasted inside for 47 minutes before packing up and running out. So much happened. Something fell from the roof and hit us, we captured so much movement. But the moment that drove us out was when everything intensified. We were running an EVP tst and I said, “can you give us a sign, can you make a sound.” Almost instantly a door open and closed (latched and everything) twice, followed shortly by what sounds to us like children’s laughter. Keep in mind we were in an asylum at 2 AM on a Tuesday night… there were no kids around! That was the last straw for us and we got out. This summer we went back to challenge ourselves to last more than 47 minutes. We did, but not by much – just over an hour! The place is the real deal and our experience can be seen there in 2 episodes! We also visited an abandoned farm this summer that just gave us such negative vibes and so much dread, I can’t even say we really investigated it. We had trouble just walking through the whole place before we decided we needed to leave. Something felt evil there. It made for one of our most interesting episodes, though.
BD: Do you ever worry that anything paranormal from your investigations may follow you or attach itself or follow you when you leave the site?
TD: That is definitely a fear we both have and we try to take the necessary precautions to prevent it from happening. We pray before every investigation because it’s what we believe and we want that extra bit of spiritual protection. We also try to avoid provoking anything and we never offer a presence to use our energy or anything like that. It’s still a real fear, though. As I mentioned about our investigation of Prairie View Rest Home, it seemed like something was trying to separate Chad and myself and possibly like something was attaching to me. I felt drained and exhausted and my actions were out of the ordinary. Chad stressed he was concerned about me, so we went outside to get away from it. There have been times we’ve been in other locations and something similar will happen to Prairie View and in the back of my mind I’ll think, “What if? What if it’s the same presence…” We try to be as careful as possible and keep ourselves protected at all times.
BD: Mission Terror just got picked up for broadcast on American Horrors, how did you link up with Hart and company?
TD: Being picked up by a network – American Horrors – just blows our mind. We never imagined it would go this far. As I said before, when we started, we were just looking for haunted places to get scared. We never even planned to make a show out of it. After I edited together our experience at Manteno, we posted it on Youtube and, believe it or not, it started getting views and people wanted more. So we decided to film everything we did and that was the birth of the series. People kept watching and it was so exciting for us. We really are just two normal guys who go around looking to get scared and aren’t afraid to freak out on camera. I guess people find that entertaining. So, our youtube series was getting views and we were having a blast. Then, Michael Kleen who runs the Mysterious Heartland website noticed our series and put it on his website. This was like coming full circle to us, because it was Kleen’s website and lists of haunted places that really got us started – and now we were on his site! We thought that would be the ultimate pinnacle for us, and we were so excited about it. Well, Hart Fisher of American Horrors has family ties in Rockford and keeps up on the horror scene here in the Midwest. He saw an episode on the Mysterious Heartland website and apparently liked it, so he sought us out and offered us a deal on American Horrors. Our minds were blown and we jumped all over the huge opportunity. Now our series has a whole new chance to reach a new audience (worldwide!!) and go places we never dreamed. American horrors is a perfect fit because we do this for the thrill of getting scared in a haunted place – I mean, our show is called “Mission Terror” after-all. Now we can share our experiences with an audience who likes to get scared as much as we do on the world’s only 24/7 all-things-horror streaming network! Hart is all horror all the time and it’s been so exciting to be able to work with someone who has been doing well in the horror game for so long! We’re just flat out excited about it! I mean, look at me, I’m doing an interview with freaking Bloody-Disgusting! How cool is that?!
TD: You know, we think the whole selling point of our show is that we are just 2 normal, genuine guys, who go places without any crews to get scared. Everything you see is genuine. Everything you see is the real deal. That’s because we’re doing this with the absolute minimum as far as production goes. Neither of us went to film school or anything like that. We both work 40 hour a week full time jobs. This all started out as our hobby. It was fun for us. It IS fun for us and we’ll keep doing it as long as it is. Ultimately, what I’m saying is you see what you get. What you get us US and nothing else. We have experienced some unbelievable things and captured some unbelievable things on camera, so some people are always going to be there to tell us we’re wrong or we’re faking it. If they were there with us, in our shoes, they’d know that everything you see is legitimately happening, whether the source is paranormal or not. The fear is real. We always put Chad on camera during investigations because the faces he makes when something creepy happens are absolute gold. They’re entertaining and that’s what we’re going for. I don’t think either of us have it in us to pretend to be scared – our actual fear is entertaining enough. We certainly wouldn’t pretend to be so scared we run out of a building. So far the feedback has been mainly positive. We’ve had people say things like, “I don’t believe in ghosts, but I think your show is entertaining.” Hey, I’ll take that as a compliment. We’ve had a few people try to discredit our experiences and our take on a location. For example, we said in one episode that a location felt like it had a negative presence and this lady sent us a message basically yelling at us and saying we didn’t know anything and we were wrong and that it was a friendly presence in the location because she and her ghost team had been there and we didn’t know what we’re talking about. What can you do about that. We had our experience there and she had hers. All I can go by is what we experienced and what we felt. So, for the most part, we’ve received so much amazing and positive feed back. Now that we have a larger audience, I’m sure some people will be critics. I think that comes with the territory. We’re dealing with something that a lot of people do not believe in and never will believe in no matter what we do or say. That’s okay. As long as some people enjoy what we do, it’s all worth it for us. We’re having a blast!
BD: What is your take on reality shows like Ghost Hunters? Do you like or hate them and why?
TD: We love all the shows like Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures, Paranormal State, etc. People have been investigating the paranormal in some form forever, but shows like Ghost Hunters really made it what it is today. Shows of that nature got us interested in it and are part of the reason we do what we do. I still watch those shows. They’re fascinating. I think we all have different approaches and – while there are similarities – we are all different shows. I’d love to meet the people involved in those shows. We have nothing but respect for them and we’re still fans! We loving doing what we do, though. I spend my weekends traveling all over with my best friend visiting amazing places and getting the thrill of a life time. I think that shows through in our show.
BD: What do you think about ouija boards. Are there things people should understand before using them? Should people be using them if they don’t understand or want to mess around with a spirit negatively?
TD: We have used ouiji boards before but only on isolated occasions. I really don’t feel comfortable with it. I mean, running EVP tests and things like that is certainly a way of opening a door of communication, but I feel like using a ouiji board is a way of opening a door of physical communication. I feel like it’s an invitation for a spirit to use your body, your hands, to move this item for communication. I guess I just don’t want anything using my body for any reason and I make that clear. It’s a controversial topic, though. I guess I would say anyone who doesn’t understand what you’re really doing or the possibilities that come along with it should not be using ouiji boards. It’s a risk. More than that, if you don’t know the risks and you’re not careful, you should probably avoid investigating completely. It can be dangerous and it can open doors. I’ll be the first to say that it’s the thrill of being scared and the fun that keeps us ghost hunting, but we know what we’re doing. We’ve done the research and our goals are clear. We make sure we’re protected, we don’t provoke, and we make sure we are not vulnerable. It can be a good time, but you want to do it right.
Eat Me Films & Rumpus Room Productions begin lensing on Eat Me, the acclaimed playwright Jacqueline Wright’s cutting edge feature adaptation of her LA Weekly nominated play, in Los Angeles starting December 10, 2014, Bloody Disgusting exclusively learned.
Wright will star alongside Brad Carter (pictured in “True Detective, Ascension”), and Michael Samus Wiles (“Breaking Bad, Fight Club).
Eat Me will be directed by Adrian A. Cruz (co-creator, “Ascension”) and produced by Flo Speakman and Dena Hysell.
An insightful, darkly hilarious and terrifying exploration of the extremity of human endurance. TOMMY, a despondent woman with nothing to live for, attempts suicide on the same night BOB breaks into her house. Over the course of the night, they collide on a desperate and brutal journey, struggling to find a way out of the circumstances that brought them together.
“It’s an immense honor to be able to bring this harrowing and divisive story to the screen. It’s not the sort of script that you can put down. It haunts you, takes on you a journey that you can’t forget. Combined with the incredible talent of the cast, it’s an explosive combination,” director Adrian Cruz explains.
Eat Me was adapted from the notorious and acclaimed play of the same name. Sparking heated debates and polarizing reviews, Eat Me set the bar for balls to the wall theater and now promises to the move to the screen and with the same passion, wit and fearlessness.
The indie zombie film The Batter has been winning over audiences since its 2012 release, with many people hailing it as one of the best films of its kind. Our own Lauren Taylor stated that the movie, “…proves something about the depths of the horror genre” in her review.
Now, the original soundtrack for the film, which was composed by Ryan Winfold, has been made available for purchase via Bandcamp. Featuring 28 track and only costing $5, the soundtrack is well worth it for fans of the film and also fans of a beautifully crafted minimalistic soundtrack.
Stream the album below and listen to “Old Ghosts” for a great example of the haunting melancholia that the soundtrack exudes.
In Steven Spielberg’s 1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark, Archeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) is hired by the US government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis.
The running joke is that Jones doesn’t actually do anything to stop the Nazis from retrieving the Ark and opening it. In fact, the movie could have been made without Jones even appearing and the outcome would have been the same.
Website Dorkly illustrates what Indy should have done when asked to hunt down the Ark.
Portuguese site Omelete caught up with Platinum Dunes producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form who revealed a shocker about the forthcoming Friday the 13th, which was rumored to be a remake and to be released in 3-D.
“We did a reboot in 2009 and now in 2014 we are focusing on a different story of Jason,” says the rough translation. “This will not be a continuation of the 2009 film nor a remake of the original It’s just a different story.”
But the big news was hiding within the story, where the site claims that were told that “the film will likely take place during the 80′s because the producers want to recover the feel of the first film.”
I’ve always thought that the first film carried a found-footage feel to it, especially since half the movie is told through the eyes of Pamela Voorhees. It’ll be interesting to see what direction is taken, although I relish in the idea that they’re thinking outside of the box. We don’t need another polished, generic slasher. Jason deserves better than that.
David Bruckner, who directed some of The Signal and our V/H/S, is directing.
I’m pretty stoked about the feature film version of Stephen King’s “It,” which has been in the works for a few years over at Warner Bros.
Vulture caught up with producer Dan Lin who confirmed that it’s his next movie, and that “True Detective” helmer Cary Fukunaga is attached to direct.
“The idea is to start official prep in March for a summer shoot,” said Lin. “Cary likes to develop things for a while, and we’ve been with this for about three or four years, so we’re super excited that he stayed with it. You guys are gonna be really excited.”
“The book is so epic that we couldn’t tell it all in one movie and service the characters with enough depth,” explained Lin; the first film, then, will be a coming-of-age story about the children tormented by It, while the second will skip ahead in time as those same characters band together to continue the fight as adults. Though Fukunaga is only committed to directing the first film, Lin says the in-demand helmer is currently closing a deal to co-write the second.
And no one is more excited about the project’s renewed movement than It’s author. “The most important thing is that Stephen King gave us his blessing,” said Lin. “We didn’t want to make this unless he felt it was the right way to go, and when we sent him the script, the response that Cary got back was, ‘Go with God, please! This is the version the studio should make.’ So that was really gratifying.”
Not only has Stephen King given his blessing (does it matter, did you see A Good Marriage, which he wrote? Ugh), but it’s looking as if Fukunaga is close to getting behind the camera for both films. Pennywise is going to return, guys. And that’s awesome.
Jeremy Pailler just contacted us out of France in hopes that we would share some of his horror-themed artwork.
What you’ll see below and at Pailler’s website are his collection entitled “Horror Genesis,” which deals with the origins of Chucky, Jason and all the others from a poetic point of view.
I’m not an art expert but these do look like watercolor paintings done with ink, which unfortunately don’t have prints available for sale (yet). Keep your eyes peeled at Pailler’s shop on his website as they will be in the coming months! He does, however, have a gallery live in France.
Follow him on Facebook for updates.
Image Source: Jeremy Pailler
Matthew Vaughn’s Marv Films has acquired the motion picture rights to the “ghostgirl” series of young adult novels by author and filmmaker Tonya Hurley, says Variety.
Vaughn and Valerie Van Galder will team up to produce.
“ghostgirl,” published in 2008 by Little Brown and Company, “centers on a high school senior who is desperate to be popular even after her death — from choking on a Gummi Bear.” Subsequent titles have included “ghostgirl: Homecoming,” “ghostgirl: Lovesick” and a Spanish-language installment “Dia de Muertos.”
Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
And if I should die before I awake,
I pray the popular attend my wake.
Charlotte Usher feels practically invisible at school, and then one day she really is invisible. Even worse: she’s dead. And all because she choked on a gummy bear. But being dead doesn’t stop Charlotte from wanting to be popular; it just makes her more creative about achieving her goal.
If you thought high school was a matter of life or death, wait till you see just how true that is. In this satirical, yet heartfelt novel, Hurley explores the invisibility we all feel at some times and the lengths we’ll go to be seen.
I’ve been falling behind on FX’s “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” which is turning out to be the worst in the series. With the death of Twisty, the season’s suspense also died.
Our Bree Ogden has also been struggling through the past few episodes, and we hope things pick up with next week’s ‘Tupperware Party Massacre’.
“In the wake of a tragic loss, Jimmy sinks into a drunken despair. A reading from Maggie spurs Dandy to action. Stanley and Elsa track down the Twins.”
Check out the promo below.
There’s no denying that Dave Mustaine and the vast amount of musicians that have at some point or another comprised thrash metal icons Megadeth have written some tasty licks. In fact, some riffs have become staples in the training of burgeoning metal guitarists, almost like a rite of passage before you can ascend to the next level of guitar knowledge.
But you’re only a true fan if you can riff and shred your way through 160 Megadeth guitar licks, playing a few seconds of every song the band has released AND in chronological order! Sound insane? Well, it kinda is, but that didn’t stop Travis Simpson from doing just that!
Below you can watch Simpson as he plays a sample from every track from every album and all in the order in which they were released. Note, he does state in the video description that the guitar tracks, “…were muted during the guitar tuning swaps so you don’t have to hear the sound of a disconnected guitar.”
What’s your favorite Megadeth riff?
The Silent Hills demo that stunned and terrified people upon its release shot hopes and expectations for the series to near astronomical heights when it was announced that not only would the game be worked on by Hideo Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro but also that it would star The Walking Dead favorite Norman Reedus.
However, what if I told you that it’s not actually Norman Reedus in the playable teaser but someone a bit more…aquatic. That’s right, I’m talking about Octodad!
The video below shows our tentacled father figure is actually the “man” behind the viewpoint. And as for Lisa, well she’s actually been someone else all along. Check out the video for all the evidence you’ll ever need!
Yesterday I pushed the idea that Rob Reiner’s Misery could be one of the scariest movies ever made.
Today I started thinking about Fire In the Sky, an alien abduction horror movie that I personally think contains some of the scariest scenes ever caught on film. In fact, I think it’s safe to say this is the most terrifying alien abduction sequence ever.
Directed by Robert Lieberman, the 1993 film follows an Arizona logger who mysteriously disappears for five days in an alleged encounter with a flying saucer in 1975. It’s said to be a true story, although recent investigators believe this to be a hoax.
No matter, Fire In the Sky sort of reminds me of The Exorcism of Emily Rose, in which the courtroom scenes were awful compared to the sequences with Emily Rose (Jennifer Carpenter). Fire In the Sky isn’t much of a movie when aliens aren’t stalking D.B. Sweeney’s character. To say it’s one of the scariest movies ever made, eh, but to say it has the scariest scenes ever, I’ll second that.
Watch for yourself…
I’ve had a lot of time to spend at home lately, which means quality Netflix time! Last night, during a pumpkin pie induced haze, I decided to take a trip back to my childhood and watch a few episodes of Goosebumps. Some episodes still held a creepy vibe that still hit me in the 8 year old gut and others…well they didn’t hold up as well. However, one character will always have a place in my spooky heart.
Slappy the Ventriloquist Dummy has been a staple of the Goosebumps franchise since it began. Slappy, and various other dummies, appears in 9 books, 3 episodes, and the upcoming feature film. You can buy collectibles and your own life size Slappy Dummy. Basically, he’s the Chucky of kid’s horror TV. So here is my official ranking of “Night of the Living Dummy” episodes!3. “Night of the Living Dummy 3″ (Pt 1 & 2)
This may be the most remembered episode from the entire Slappy series. “Night of the Living Dummy 3” was a two part episode (a common gimmick used over the entire series) about 2 kids, Trina and Daniel, who are forced to spend some vacation time with their lame-brain cousin, Zane (played by Hayden Christensen). Zane is afraid of everything and his cousins are determined to terrify him this year. What follows are a variety of ventriloquist dummy shenanigans that Trina and Daniel are blamed for but didn’t actually do. After Trina and Daniel’s parents ban them from going to summer camp they decide to find out what’s really going on. While Slappy has been alive the whole time, it’s actually been Zane getting back at them for previous pranks.
And that’s why this is my least favorite of the bunch. It spends the entire first part making us think Slappy is the one playing the jokes but the reality is just sort of lame. Yeah, Zane has found his courage and earned his cousin’s friendship and blah blah blah. Boring! The second half reunites our 3 main characters with Slappy who has decided to turn Zane into a dummy for all of his joke playing. The Zane dummy is quite frightening though and it always bothered me as a kid. But what will forever stick in my brain is Zane’s head doing a complete 360…eeesh!
When constantly put-out middle child, Amy, gets Slappy as a mysterious gift she decides to win the family with jokes. Too bad Slappy is a total asshole and ruins Amy’s life by saying mean things to her family. Amy finally convinces her older sister that Slappy is real when he comes to life and tries to put his soul into one of them (basically as creepy as it sounds). They presumably kill Slappy and the family returns to normal.
As the pseudo “middle child” of this list, I have to peg this one as not bad but not great either. I ranked NOTLD3 lower because it made me wait two episodes before it got to the Slappy action (not as creepy as it sounds). So at least with this one, it doesn’t make you wait until next week to see what you should have been watching the whole time. I also thought this one was a lot funnier because Amy could have very easily convinced her family Slappy was real by talking at the same time he did. But, kids are stupid so things like that didn’t matter on this show.
Clearly, this is the most Child’s Play like in title and story line which is probably why it’s my favorite. Slappy joins with ventriloquist Jimmy O’James in a two man act traveling the country. One night Slappy spots young Katie in the audience who happens to be carrying Mary-Ellen, the blonde girl doll of his dreams! He abandon’s Jimmy and sneaks himself into Katie’s house in order to hunt down his woman. But wait! Turns out Mary-Ellen is actually alive too and has been controlling Katie and threatening to kill her parents. Yes, this show for 7 year olds, shows a beloved toy threatening to kill a little girl’s family while also being in love with psycho-mechanical, murder-toy from hell!
This is the absolute best from this trilogy of episodes. Mary-Ellen manages to be even scarier than Slappy for a time until the big reveal happens. I guess blondes aren’t Slappy’s thing after all and he’s wanted to marry Katie the whole time. Thank you R.L. Stine for actually making a kids version of what could have been a really fucked up horror movie.
For those of you who don’t know, tonight is Krampusnacht, the night where Saint Nicholas’s devilish pal Krampus comes out and pays visit to all the naughty boys and girls, bringing them coal or other unpleasant gifts.
So, to celebrate this creepy holiday, how about we take a look at artist/musician Black Jake as he dresses up as Krampus himself to play a lovely Christmas tune on an instrument dubbed the “Charon-a-lon skeleton bell table”. The practical FX are wonderful, the visuals a great match, and the tune itself haunting thanks to the addition of eerie laughter and the creaking of the instrument!
If you’re one for the holiday season, here’s a great way to inject a little bit of terror into it!
Deadline reports the rumor we all heard was confirmed long ago is now official. Marvel Studios have signed Benedict Cumberbatch for the lead role in “Doctor Strange.”
This is news I’ve been eagerly anticipating. Cumberbatch is an inspired choice who will carry the right amount of mysticism and pride to the role. Debuting in the silver age, Doctor Stephen Vincent Strange (known as Doctor Strange) is a superhero/former neurosurgeon who serves as the Sorcerer Supreme — the primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats.
Already, Cumberbatch shows he can command the screen in the incredible BBC miniseries Sherlock and chances are pretty good he’ll have an Oscar nomination for his work in The Intimidation Game. I think the actor will make a charming addition to the already robust world of the Marvel Cinematic universe.
Scott Derrickson is directing Doctor Strange and Jon Spaihts is writing the script for the pic (the first draft was penned by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer). Doctor Strange was hatched by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko during that Marvel Comics heyday of the early 1960s. He’s a neurosurgeon who becomes Sorcerer Supreme, protecting Earth against magical and mystical threats with powers of sorcery, mysticism, and martial arts. Marvel’s Kevin Feige is producing.
What do you think of this casting?