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‘The Fantastic Films of Ray Harryhausen’ Making Australian Blu-ray Debut

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 10:23

Via Vision Entertainment is proud to present The Fantastic Films of Ray Harryhausen on Blu-ray and DVD. This 4-disc boxed set highlighting four selections of work from the stop-motion animation god will hit shelves August 19th, 2015. This will be the first time the films will be available on Blu-ray in Australia.

From the Press Release:

Pioneer. Innovator. Auteur. Harryhausen is all of these superlatives and more to movies. Dynamation, the incredible and painstaking process of splitting live action to facilitate the interaction of models with actors, became to fantasy fans, movie buffs, historians and awestruck kids his signature. Now the legacy lives on in the films of Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson, Sam Raimi, Tim Burton and many others. Revered and beloved films such as Army of Darkness, Jurassic Park and Corpse Bride all owe him a debt as do many of the blockbuster special effects driven films of today.

Harryhausen, whose own inspiration for fantasy cinema originated as a child after viewing The Lost World and later King Kong, honed his skills as a visual effects technician, before making the jump to artist. In doing so he elevated the much undervalued process of stop motion into an art form especially on action-adventure classics such as The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger and Jason & the Argonauts; all of which are included in this collection in limited edition packaging.

The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)

Dir. Nathan Juran

Synopsis:
When a princess is shrunken by an evil wizard, Sinbad must undertake a quest to an island of monsters to cure her and prevent a war.

Jason & the Argonauts (1963)

Dir. Don Chaffey

Synopsis:
The legendary Greek hero leads a team of intrepid adventurers in a perilous quest for the legendary Golden Fleece.

The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973)

Dir. Gordon Hessler

Synopsis:
Sinbad and his crew intercept a homunculus carrying a golden tablet. Koura, the creator of the homunculus and practitioner of evil magic, wants the tablet back and pursues Sinbad. Meanwhile Sinbad meets the Vizier who has another part of the interlocking golden map, and they mount a quest across the seas to solve the riddle of the map, accompanied by a slave girl with a mysterious tattoo of an eye on her palm. They encounter strange beasts, tempests, and the dark interference of Koura along the way.

Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977)

Dir. Sam Wanamaker

Synopsis:
Sinbad The Sailor sails to deliver a cursed prince to a dangerous island in the face of deadly opposition from a powerful witch.

Along with the 4 films, the set also includes an extensive collection of bonus features, including a rare documentary on Harryhausen. In addition to Harryhausen’s mastery, the set offers up a look at many pop culture icons before they were stars with the likes of Tom Baker (Dr. Who), Patrick Troughton (Dr. Who), Caroline Munro (For Your Eyes Only), Nigel Green (Zulu) and Nancy Kovak (Bewitched) appearing among the cast of performers.

This set sounds pretty incredible, particularly because both Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger and Golden Voyage of Sinbad are no longer available in the US (unless you want to pay a pretty penny for them on eBay). If you’re in the US and you want to pick this set up (or any other release that isn’t Region A) I highly recommend paying 220-Electronics.com a visit and getting a Region Free player. You won’t regret it.

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[Blu-ray Review] ‘Charlie’s Farm’ is a Gory Slasher from Down Under

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 10:23

This review is for the German Mediabook release of Charlie’s Farm from Illusions Unltd.

Slashers may be my favorite horror subgenre. They just seem to be a pretty safe bet. They may not always result in a good movie per se, but more often than not I find them to be entertaining and I’m ok with that. Charlie’s Farm is the type of slasher that perfectly fits the criteria. The plot is merely ok and some of the acting and dialogue is atrocious, but man is this movie a ton of fun!

Before even getting into the film though I have to talk about the cover art for this release. The artwork is a drawing of Charlie in the middle sitting on what looks almost like a makeshift throne, I think it might be part of a tractor, but I’m not entirely sure. Surrounding Charlie are the decapitated and now impaled heads of Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees and Leatherface. Laying dead at Charlie’s feet is Mick Taylor. Oh and Charlie is picking his teeth with Freddy’s glove. The expectations are set really high here.

The story is pretty basic. Somewhere in the Australian outback is Charlie’s Farm. This is where the Wilson family – father John (Bill Moseley), mother Merideth (Trudi Ross) and young son Charlie (Cameron Caulfield) – all lived. The Wilsons were a very violent family. John would torture and sexually abuse young girls and then Merideth would murder the poor girls for coming on to her husband. This was all done with Charlie forced to watch. One day the townsfolk had enough and stormed the Wilson house killing both John and Meredith. Charlie escaped and was never seen again, but rumor had it he still hung about the old house, which was eventually dubbed Charlie’s Farm.

A group of 4 friends – Natasha (Tara Reid), Jason (Dean Kirkright), Donkey (Sam Coward), and Melanie (Allira Jaques) – decide to venture out to the farm and check it out. Natasha is very hesitant to do so, however, and she makes it clear over and over again that she think it’s a bad idea. This is one of the worst parts of Charlie’s Farm. Natasha is just nagging nonstop about how going to the farm isn’t a smart move. Look, I get it. Every slasher needs this one friend, the one who seems afraid but in actuality is the smart one for not wanting to go, but don’t make her so annoying. She can be against going and not be annoying. It’s all about balance.

I’m not sure where to place the blame for the character of Natasha. The dialogue for the most part isn’t great. In fact, it’s really subpar, even for slashers. It also doesn’t help that Reid’s performance is very flat and unconvincing. I haven’t seen enough Tara Reid movies to judge her as an actress overall, but I can say for certain that she’s not very good in Charlie’s Farm. In fact, all 4 of the friends are pretty poor characters represented by mostly week performances. Aside from Donkey, who is actually a bit interesting and seems to have a little more depth that it would first appear. Not a lot, but there seems to be something there.

What’s great about Charlie’s Farm is that these poor characters don’t really matter at all. If you’re a fan of horror and in particular slashers, you’ll find a lot to enjoy. You get a pretty large Kane Hodder cameo that ends with him getting into a fist-to-fist showdown with adult Charlie, played by a hulking Nathan Jones. This is fun for horror fans because in our minds we know that Hodder is Jason Voorhees so basically we’re getting to watch Jason take on Charlie and horror fans love to see two killers square off.

Kill count is always important for a slasher and in that regard Charlie’s Farm more than delivers. If memory serves me, there are 12 kills and every one is on screen. Don’t hold me to this number though, I could be off a kill or two. Either way, it’s a healthy kill count. The movie actually opens with the first of three decapitations. Every kill looks pretty awesome as well. Great use of practical effects. Two kills in general really stand out. I won’t spoil them completely for you, but I will say pay close attention to the skinny dipping scene with Donkey and Melanie. That’s when Charlie’s Farm really amps things up and takes off.

The weak story and bad acting are totally worth the end result. Charlie’s Farm is super fun slasher that I would absolutely love to see get a sequel.

The mediabook release from Illusions Unltd is truly fantastic. The book comes with both the Blu-ray and DVD of the film and inside there’s a 16-page booklet. Now unless you read German, the writing in the booklet is mostly useless, however, there are some really great storyboard drawings that make for a great addition. From what I can gather from the German is that the booklet almost serves like the program to a play, listing the cast and crew with short bios. This is a nice touch, even if I can’t read it.

Charlie’s Farm is now available on Region B Blu-ray/DVD from Illusions Unltd.

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They Shot Three (More) ‘Witchcraft’ Sequels Back-to-Back-to-Back

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 10:18

There’s nothing quite like a clearly half-assed, rushed sequel that nobody asked for. Shit, how about three of them.

The official Facebook page for Witchcraft reveals that a trio of sequels have been shot back-to-back over an extremely short two week period. Yes, they made three movies in two weeks. Quality is the name of the game here.

The titles, for those excited, Witchcraft 14: Angel Of Death, Witchcraft 15: Blood Rose and Witchcraft 16: Hollywood Coven.

There are now 16 unwatchable Witchcraft movies. David Palmieri has now directed three of them.

Three movies shot in just two weeks? Sounds like they need Witchcraft to be good…

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Effects Heavy Creature Feature ‘Harbinger Down’ Gets Final Trailer

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 09:28

Harbinger Down, a new indie in the spirit of sci-fi/horror classics such as Alien and The Thing, is releasing in both Canada and the U.S. tomorrow with a DVD/VOD release set for September 1st.

We have a new trailer to go along with the final poster and some fresh stills.

Harbinger Down celebrates animatronics and makeup effects via Creature FX Designer Alec Gillis, who wrote and directed, with ADI co-founder Tom Woodruff, Jr. producing the film.

I already reviewed the film and didn’t like it, unfortunately.

In the creature feature, “A group of grad students have booked passage on the fishing trawler Harbinger to study the effects of global warming on a pod of Orcas in the Bering Sea. When the ship’s crew dredges up a recently thawed piece of old Soviet space wreckage, things get downright deadly. It seems that the Russians experimented with tardigrades, tiny resilient animals able to withstand the extremes of space radiation. The creatures survived, but not without mutation.

Now the crew is exposed to aggressively mutating organisms. And after being locked in ice for 3 decades, the creatures aren’t about to give up the warmth of human companionship.

Lance Henriksen, Camille Balsamo, Matt Winston, Reid Collums, Milla Bjorn, Winston James Francis, Mike Estime, and Edwin Bravo star.

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‘The Exorcism of Molly Hartley’ Trailer Premiere (Exclusive)

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 09:01

The darkness comes for her again as Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment prepares the sequel to 2008’s The Haunting of Molly Hartley.

Bloody Disgusting has the exclusive extended trailer and artwork premiere for The Exorcism of Molly Hartley, which arrives on Digital HD October 9 and on Blu-ray and DVD October 20.

The trailer, which originally debuted at the San Diego Comic-Con, has shades of The Omen and The Exorcist, and is filled with all sorts of crazy imagery. The biggest selling point, however, is that those who witnessed the haunting/possession can now experience the exorcism…

In the film, “Molly Hartley (Sarah Lind; ‘Wolfcop’) is all grown up, but the unholy demon inside her lives on in this all-new, UNRATED sequel that takes terror to the next level! Six years after graduating high school — and discovering that a secret pact assigned her soul to the devil — Molly is suspected of murder and confined to a mental hospital, where she wreaks supernatural havoc on the staff and patients. Her only hope is an exorcism by a defrocked priest 
(Devon Sawa; ‘Final Destination’) looking to redeem himself and save Molly’s life before her hideous “transformation” is complete…but Satan has other plans!

Directed by Steven R. Monroe (I Spit on Your Grave) the UNRATED Blu-ray and DVD features bonus features including a sit-down with experts to discuss the origins of demonic possession, bonus security camera footage giving fans a closer look into Molly’s exorcism and Director Diaries showcasing some of the best scenes from the film.

Special Features
• Exorcism: Beyond One Truth – Sit down with professionals and religious experts to gather facts about demonic possession and debate whether it is a form of psychosis or if there is something more sinister involved
• Clovesdale Institute: Classified Security Camera Footage – Follow Dr. Laurie Hawthorne as she checks in with each of her patients through security camera footage giving fans full view of the origins of Molly’s exorcism
• Hartley Admission Hospital
• Surveillance of Fr. Barrow
• Dr. Hawthorne Visits M. Hartley
• Fr. Barrow Performs Exorcism Rite Part 1
• Fr. Barrow Performs Exorcism Rite Part 2
• Fr. Barrow Performs Exorcism Rite Part 3
• Director Diaries – Follow Director Steven R. Monroe as he shoots some of the film’s most intense scenes
• Makeup Fx
• The Exorcism
• The Black Church
• The Facility

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Insidious Products Sold In Fox’s “Horrorstör”

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 19:45

Josh Schwartz and Gail Berman have united for a drama project at Fox written by Schwartz. The network has given a put pilot commitment to “Horrorstör,” an hourlong dramedy inspired by the supernatural mystery novel by Grady Hendrix, reports Deadline.

Written by Schwartz and Black List screenwriter Michael Vukadinovich, “‘Horrorstör’ centers on 26-year-old Amy. Newly sober, she lands a job at ORSK, the U.S. Flagship of the European furniture superstore. It feels like just the opportunity she’s needed to get her life back on track, but as Amy comes to discover, the store actually preys upon its customers’ desires to a supernatural degree, selling products that make their wishes and fantasies come true in unexpected and insidious ways.”

It actually reminds me of the hilarious “Rick and Morty” episode ‘Something Ricked This Way Comes,’ spoofing Something Wicked This Way Comes

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‘A Nightmare On Elm Street’ Is Getting Remade… Again

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 19:04

New Line plans to bring the Dream Demon back from the dead.

In 2010 Warner Bros./New Line Cinema released their Platinum Dunes-produced reboot of Wes Craven’s A Nightmare On Elm Street, which didn’t exactly raise any eyebrows at the box office – or with fans of the 30 year old franchise.

Now, just 5 years after being resurrected, Freddy Krueger is getting yet another fresh start.

This pretty reputable tracking board dropped a bomb Wednesday night reporting that New Line is planning to remake A Nightmare On Elm Street once again. As of Thursday morning, we here at Bloody Disgusting can confirm this information.

What’s interesting to note is that Platinum Dunes isn’t listed as a producer on the project, which is still vacant.

As for a writer, New Line has tapped Orphan scribe David Leslie Johnson to bring the red-and-green sweater/fedora wearing Freddy Krueger back to the big screen.

Toby Emmerich, Walter Hamada, and Dave Neustadter will oversee for New Line.

For those unacquainted with Johnson, the site explains that just earlier this week was announced to write Warner Bros. Dungeons and Dragons adaptation, fits the series like a glove with razors, as the former “Walking Dead” writer is forging a new presence in the horror space. The Wrath of the Titans scribe is next penning James Wan’s Conjuring sequel The Conjuring: The Enfield Poltergeist and Disney’s horror Something Wicked This Way Comes.

That’s quite a resume.

Samuel Bayer directed the 2010 reboot that introduced Jackie Earle Haley as the new Freddy. While Haley did a bang up job, he just wasn’t Freddy. Robert Englund played the iconic slasher from Wes Craven’s 1984 A Nightmare On Elm Street through several films, concluding in 2003’s Freddy vs. Jason.

The biggest hurdle New Line is going to have to overcome is finding a new Freddy, again. If you look at various other slasher franchises – Friday the 13th, Halloween and even Texas Chain Saw Massacre – it’s easy to throw someone else behind a mask. With Elm Street, it’s the one slasher with personality, and a vital look that sells the character. Jackie Earle Haley was never going to be “better than,” and thus the impact of the character weakened on screen.

Some of you are going to laugh, but here’s my solution: I’d love to see a female Krueger slashing up teens, turning their dreams into nightmares. It would be a fresh take on both the character and slasher subgenre.

I’ve actually read Wesley Strick and Eric Heisserer’s screenplays for the 2010 remake. They introduced the brilliant micro-napping, which was underutilized and realized like shit on screen. Bayer, frankly, is an awful director. The one thing that really plagued the reboot, though, was the lack of creativity. It went for primal scares and mimicked scenes from Craven’s classic. After 30 years, we’ve seen Freddy turn people into cockroaches and pizza, so the mere idea that a rotating room was going to thrill us was just silly. Going forward, I hope the new writer will inject some serious creativity so that the title actually carries some meaning. Let’s see some fucked up nightmares this time around…

There’s a lot of rich mythology that has barely been touched, but it’s constantly a victim to studio’s focusing on selling to the teens who are hoping for one good scare on a date. It’s hard to sell an R-rated slasher, and it’s a business, so sometimes the art suffers. But other times art can elevate a film to a new place, further the genre, and revitalize fans’ faith in the franchise. This has to be that film. This has to be a unique vision. I am very curious to see who they hire to direct – especially now that James Wan is Warner Bros.’ go-to guy with his Conjuring franchise. Anyone want to take some wagers?

Anyways, this is a good thing, believe it or not. New Line Cinema is “The house that Freddy built,” and it’s been a damn shame to see them turning their back on the genre that made them who they are today. New Line’s identity is shrouded in horror, and the fact that they sold out Jason Voorhees to Paramount just to make Interstellar still rubs me the wrong way. Maybe this is the film that brings New Line back to their roots, and thus revives our beloved genre in the production house that once lived and breathed horror?

And one more thought for the naysayers: It’s this or nothing. Would you rather Freddy stay dead forever? Tell me below…

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‘Ghostbusters’ Shifts a Week, ‘Patient Zero’ Infects In 2016

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 15:53

In addition to giving release dates to Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, as well as both Resident Evil and Underworld sequels, Sony Screen Gems is infecting theaters with Patient Zero on September 2, 2016.

In Patient Zero, an unprecedented global pandemic of a super strain of rabies has turned the majority of humankind into highly intelligent, streamlined killers known as ‘The Infected.’ One victim, Morgan (Matt Smith), who is asymptomatic and can communicate with the infected, leads the last survivors on a hunt for Patient Zero and a cure.

Stefan Ruzowitzky directs the film starring Matt Smith (“Doctor Who,” Terminator Genisys), Natalie Dormer (“Game of Thrones”), John Bradley (“Game of Thrones”), Agyness Deyn (Clash of the Titans), and Academy Award nominee Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games).

In addition, Sony is moving Ghostbusters by a week into a new July 15, 2016 slot.

The above photo displays the ghost-busting crew that includes Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones. Andy Garcia, Michael Kenneth Williams, Matt Walsh and Pat Kiernan have been cast alongside Chris Hemsworth in Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters.

“SNL” vet Neil Casey recently landed the lead villain role. He is rumored to play the ghost of a murderer (sort of like Wes Craven’s Shocker, actually) who resurrects a ghost army based on historical characters.

The full plot details have been revealed here.

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First Look at ‘Sundown’, Rare’s Canned Horror Game Inspired by ‘The Thing’

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 15:47

Almost exactly two years ago, I shared a list of horror games that might’ve been great, had they not all been canned at some point in their development. Among the games on that list was a survival horror game called Sundown that was announced in 2006 by Banjo-Kazooie developer Rare only to get cancelled early on so the studio could focus on two other projects.

Sundown could’ve been huge, with its parasitic twist on the post-apocalyptic genre and a cast of frightening creatures that would’ve been at home in Dead Space or John Carpenter’s The Thing. They were even planning to tie it into a movie or TV series. It’s too bad, because this freshly exhumed concept art makes it look super creepy.

I’ve taken a few screens from the video so it’s easier for you to get a good look at the beautiful assortment of faces the concept artists at Rare were able to come up with before Cthulhu gargled an incantation that transformed the game into vaporware.

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Sony Sets a Date For Stephen King’s ‘The Dark Tower’

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 15:43

The long-gestured adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower is showing signs of life.

Sony Pictures is feeling so confident they went as far as to date the feature for January 13, 2017, which means production could commence anytime in the next year.

Last month the studio committed to A Royal Affair director Nikolaj Arcel to get behind the camera.

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Arcel has brought on Anders Thomas Jensen to rewrite the script, which was most recently put together by Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner.

The Dark Tower will be the first in a franchise, with a TV series planned alongside several films.

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‘Underworld’ and ‘Resident Evil’ Sequels Get Release Dates!

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 15:32

Kate Beckinsale returns as Selene in the tentatively titled Underworld: Next Generation, which begins filming this October in Prague.

The Underworld sequel will star franchise vamp Theo James, and potentially focus on Selene (Beckinsale) and Michael Corvin’s (Scott Speedman) hybrid daughter, Eve.

Directing the movie is Anna Foerster, who did 2nd unit work as well as acting a director of photography as Roland Emmerich’s right hand woman on movies such as The Day After Tomorrow and White House Down.

Screen Gems has slated it for release on October 21, 2016.

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In other news, Sony Screen Gems has announced an official release date for the tentatively titled Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, the sixth and final entry in the video game franchise.

Paul W.S. Anderson is once again directing with shooting set for this September. Thus far, Milla Jovovich is returning as Alice, with Ali Larter reprising as Claire Redfield.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter picks up after the events of Resident Evil: Retribution, as the Project Alice is forced to race against time before the villainous Red Queen attempts to destroy the final remnants of humanity. The 2012 Resident Evil: Retribution left off at our Nation’s capitol, with the zombie army attacking the White House.

Alice’s final battle with Umbrella takes place on January 27, 2017.

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‘Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water’ Special Edition, European Release Date

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 15:03

Nintendo has narrowed down the release window for our friends in Europe, who will be getting Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black WaterProject Zero in Europe — just in time for Halloween. The Wii U exclusive haunts Europe on October 30, so you have plenty time to start saving up for the newly unveiled limited edition bundle that includes a Steelbook case, art book and some spooky photos.

A demo consisting of the first two chapters was also announced. It will release alongside the game.

I’d like to think that Fatal Frame will come to North America around the same time as its European release, but their silence leads me to believe that might not be the case. They’re still mum about it. I’ll let you know when that changes.

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‘Straight Outta Compton’ to ‘Kong: Skull Island’

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 14:40

With his breakout role as Dr. Dre in Legendary’s Straight Outta Compton already receiving early praise, Corey Hawkins, pictured, is reteaming with Legendary on its King Kong prequel, Kong: Skull Island, Variety reports.

Hawkins is in negotiations to join Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson in the action tentpole with Jordan Vogt-Roberts directing the pic. Brie Larson is also in talks to play the female lead in the film with the studios courting Russell Crowe to fill one of the vacant roles.

While plot details are still vague, the story will be set in the mysterious, dangerous home of the king of the apes as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the island. The reintroduction to King Kong is set for discovery on March 10, 2017.

Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni will produce with Mary Parent. Alex Garcia and Eric McLeod will executive produce. The script was penned by by Max Borenstein, John Gatins and Dan Gilroy.

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‘Resident Evil 2′ Remake Awaiting Greenlight

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 14:33

After enduring years of passionate pleas asking for a remake of the beloved survival horror classic Resident Evil 2, Capcom caved in last week and expressed genuine interest in giving fans of the series the one thing we aren’t likely to shut up about until it happens. There’s other stuff on that wish list, sure, but a Resident Evil 2 remake built — exclusively, I hope — for current-gen consoles has been at the top of that list for a long time now.

In a follow-up post on the official Resident Evil Facebook page, producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi revealed a design document for the game that he’s been working on since finishing the Resident Evil remaster that released in January.

Hirabayashi has handed the concept to his bosses, so now it’s up to Capcom to give it a greenlight.

Hello RE fans! This is H again!

Right after the RE HD Remaster project was finished, I actually started putting together my ideas for this “RE2 Project”. So, I just brushed it up and went to see my boss to present the basic concept of the project already…

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Singapore Is Having ‘Visions’ This September (Trailer)

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 14:28

Blood will stain the land…

Visions, directed by Jessabelle and Saw VI‘s Kevin Greutert from a script by Lucas Sussman, is heading to Singapore theaters on September 17th.

While we wait for a U.S. release, you can now watch the UK trailer below that features Blade Runner‘s Joanna Cassidy alongside Eva Longoria, Isla Fisher, Anson Mount and Gillian Jacobs (The Box). “The Big Bang Theory‘s” Jim Parsons co-stars.

In Visions, “Leaving her hectic city lifestyle behind, young mother-to-be Julia joins her husband David at their beautiful new vineyard home only to plagued by strange noises and visions of a sinister hooded figure. No one else hears or sees these hallucinations, not even David, who grows increasingly worried about his wife’s well-being. Desperate to prove her sanity, Julia hunts down a local medium who reveals the haunted history of the vineyard in which she now resides. As she desperately pieces together past events to keep a future horror from occurring, Julia uncovers a dark conspiracy that puts her life and the life of her unborn child at risk.

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[TV Review] “Scream” Episode 1.06: ‘Betrayed’

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 13:59

Oh man, you guys. I’m really starting to get worried. I thought last week’s episode of Scream was bad. “Betrayed” nearly put me to sleep. You all know that I’m the first to jump to the series’ defense, since I believe in having an open mind; but I can’t really excuse what it is we all just watched. It’s such a shame that Scream aired it’s weakest episode just one week after it got renewed for a second season, but c’est la vie. 

First, we catch up with Emma and Kieran after their roll in the hay at the end of the last episode. After she decides to go to Brandon James’ house to finally face her fears, Kieran goes missing and she is stabbed by the killer. But it’s not the killer! It’s her! Wait, it’s all a dream. I can’t say I didn’t see this coming. Scream has been spinning it’s wheels since Riley’s death so I didn’t think it was going to be moving along that quickly (though I wouldn’t have minded it). That dream twist is an insulting waste of time, though.

Also insulting is everything going on with Will and Jake (again). It was bad enough when the storyling just involved them, but now they’ve got to drag Brooke and Piper into it to make them even less interesting than they were before (and Brooke is my favorite character!). Piper is a particular issue I have, because she has no personality whatsoever. It’s clear she’s supposed to be the Gale Weathers of the show, but it seems afraid to go there with her. The result is a bland character with no discerning traits. I would perhaps understand the writers’ hesitance to copy the movie if Noah wasn’t such a blatant rip-off of Randy Meeks. What is her purpose on this show (other than to sit around the coffee shop and wait for students to walk up to her)? More importantly, why should we care?

It’s not worth criticizing the entire blackmailing subplot between Jake, Will and Mayor Maddox again, as I’ve done it enough for the past few reviews. I’ll just take this moment to point out that Tom Maden (Jake), who may be a lovely person in real life, cannot act. At all. Just look at his menacing face as he consoles Brooke:

Everything involving Audrey is even more frustrating this week, if only because she’s typically one of the more interesting characters of the bunch. Bex-Taylor Klaus does a good job in the episode, but everything involving her character reeks of wheel-spinning. There has been some speculation in the comments that Audrey and possibly Noah are the killers, but while that still may be the case, it was never going to come to light in this episode. There was no sense of urgency with this particular plot line. There were no stakes because Audrey was never going to go to prison. It was all about Emma having faith in her friend (aw).

While the contents of the memory card Audrey wanted Emma to destroy was incriminating, Emma decided to go ahead and trust her after Maggie took her to Brandon James’ house. This was the forward momentum that the rest of the episode was lacking. Maggie opens up to Emma and tells her what really happened the night Brandon “died” (I still don’t buy that he’s dead). It was a good moment for Maggie that gave us some crucial information on her and Bran’s history.

I really want to like Scream, and for the most part I have, but the last two episodes have been such a dip in quality that it’s growing more and more difficult to have patience with it. Especially when we are over halfway through the season. If there is one bright thing to come out of the second season renewal, it’s that  the writers might take some of these criticisms to heart and revamp the show next season. Hopefully it improves with the next four episodes, but my hopes are not high.

Random Notes

  • Detective Brock is awful. She broke the law at least twice in this episode. She interrogates Audrey without a parent present, badgers her in questioning, leads Emma in questioning, guilts Emma for sticking up for Audrey (“If Audrey goes free and someone else dies, you are just as guilty as she is”) and she’s rude. I was wrong last week, she might be a worse cop than Detective Tanner from Pretty Little Liars.
  • Does anyone care whether Will lives or dies? I sure don’t.
  • That was a pretty cool tracking shot with Noah talking about all the suspects and having Will, Jake and Brooke all walk by him as he described their character tropes. More things like that, please.
  • Seriously, does Piper just wait in that coffee shop for the kids to come around? Let her go snoop around or something! Be proactive, Piper!
  • “Nina was a bitch. Nobody expected anything better from her.” -How many times do you think Nina’s been called a bitch this season? It’s got to be pretty high for someone who has been dead for a few weeks.
  • Noah and Audrey giving each other resting creep face was cute.
  • Mr. Branson is still under suspicion, in case you cared. And Noah gets his fingerprint with an app. Alright.
  • Emma: “What if my friend is capable of murder?” Maggie: “Grab your jacket. We’re going out.” -Wow, Maggie. Way to parent.
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‘The Gift’ Clips That Just Keep On Giving

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 13:45

In this new clip from Joel Edgerton’s The Gift (read our review), Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall receive yet another unwanted present that appears nice in nature – but it’s creepy as it welcomes them home…

The Gift is in theaters via new distribution company, STX, this Friday.

Can you really go through life having never wronged anyone? Even if you are unaware of how, or when, and even who you may have wronged….chances are there is someone out there who won’t ever forget it…or you.

Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall) are a young married couple whose life is going just as planned until a chance encounter with an acquaintance from Simon’s high school sends their world into a harrowing tailspin. Simon doesn’t recognize Gordo (Joel Edgerton) at first, but after a seemingly coincidental series of encounters proves troubling, a horrifying secret from their past is uncovered after nearly 20 years. As Robyn learns the unsettling truth about what happened between Simon and Gordo, she starts to question: how well do we really know the people closest to us, and are past bygones ever really bygones?

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‘Contracted: Phase II’ Poster Gives An Infectious Hug

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 13:41

IFC Midnight and BoulderLight Pictures spreads the infection with this new one-sheet for Contracted: Phase II, opening in Theaters, On Demand and Digital September 4th, 2015.

“Phase II follows the story of Samantha as she suffers from a mysterious and degenerative disease. Picking up directly where the previous film left off, Phase II follows Riley, one of the last people to come in contact with Samantha, as he scrambles to track down those responsible for the outbreak before the highly contagious disease not only consumes his body, but the world as we know it.

This one is to be directed by Josh Forbes with a screenplay by Craig Walendziak. It will star Matt Mercer, Peter Cilella, Marianna Palka, Morgan Peter Brown, Laurel Vail, Alice Macdonald, Anna Lore and Suzanne Voss.

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Good and Bad CGI Depends On the Way It’s Utilized

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 12:24

I’m always harping on bad CGI because it’s equally impossible to spot good use of technology.

It’s easy to point out all of the flaws when a filmmaker poorly utilizes computer graphics because ti stands out like a sore thumb. But, there’s a lot of phenomenal CGI used in films that none of us could possibly spot with the naked eye, even if we were to freeze frame a shot.

With the bloat of angry-fisted CGI haters, the below video defends the use with examples – showing beautiful accents to water and fire to the creation of full cities and even Iron Man’s suit.

You’ll be blown away by what is actually computer generated in films you though carried a heft of practical effects. Here’s the video that shows how quality CGI can really enhance a movie.

Talk about this below. Were you “wowed”?

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‘Silent Hill 3′ Theory Continues With “The Yellow God”

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 12:00

A few weeks ago, I posted a very interesting fan theory created by YouTuber RangarRox about the strange character of “The Red God” that is mentioned throughout Silent Hill 3. Now, this theory goes one step further by analyzing the identity of “The Yellow God”, the other piece of the Silent Hill puzzle.

Related: In Defense Of ‘Silent Hill’ (2006)

Once again, it’s a fascinating concept and it still blows me away how much went into the creation of the Silent Hill mythos. It’s either that or how far the fans will dig to ensure things make sense. Either way, it’s awesome and I love seeing this passion!

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