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5 Questions With 'Hellbenders 3D' Director JT Petty!

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 14:00

Hellbenders 3D arrives on 3-D Blu-ray (includes 3-D and standard version of the film plus Digital HD UltraViolet), DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet) and Digital HD tomorrow February 18 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. I really enjoyed this horror comedy, it has a great Coscarelli-esque vibe but also manages to bring its own vulgar brand of lunacy to the proceedings. The stakes are incredibly high, and the humor is executed well enough to serve that and not diminish it.

The film was written and directed by JT Petty (The Burrowers), whom I hopped on the phone with last week to talk about achieving the film’s delicate balance and pulling off a project that, to my eyes at least, feels incredibly fresh.

Clifton Collins Jr. (Pacific Rim), Clancy Brown (Cowboys and Aliens) Andre Royo (HBO’s “The Wire”), Dan Fogler (Take Me Home Tonight) and Robyn Rikoon (Bridge And Tunnel all star in this tale of rebel ministers who drag the worst demons back to hell.

Check it out below!

The movie achieves a really nice tonal balance between horror and comedy. You really care about the characters. Can you talk about balancing all of those notes?

I think a lot of the character stuff works because the actors are so strong. Clancy [Brown] is obviously great and Clifton [Collins Jr.] can disappear into his roles. To me it’s a weird question because horror, when it works, is pretty funny. Even the least funny movie possible, like The Exorcist, if you watch that in a crowded theater there are at least three or four laughs in that movie. You’re so tense and you’ve got to do something, so you laugh. The last thing I wanted to do was make something like Scary Movie, where it’s making fun of horror movies. But I do feel that comedy and horror work together.

You mentioned this great cast. Clifton, Clancy, Andre Royo, Dan Fogler and this great newcomer Robyn Rikoon. It had to be a thrill as they each fell into place.

I was shocked when Clancy Brown signed on, and he’s a fan of these movies and loves all of this stuff. And Clifton I was always a fan of but didn’t even think to talk to because he always just seemed like the people he was playing, like in Capote or whatever. Half of me geeks out on getting to work with these guys and the other half just feels grateful that they’re up for it.

As a director, pulling something off with this kind of scope – what was the biggest challenge for you?

Shooting on 3D is pretty fucking terrible on a budget. I still love the idea creatively. I went into this with the idea that giant Hollywood blockbusters were killing 3D because if you’re making a 200 million movie it’s usually about giant robots or giant monsters and you’re putting them against these giant cityscapes. And anything that’s more than 100 feet away from you, the parallel axis between our eyeballs doesn’t read the 3D. Something like Gravity is different because even though it’s this giant thing you’re still 3 to 4 feet away from the characters and you’re getting all of the parallel axis information. It kills me that most people are probably going to watch this movie in 2D because I think for both comedy and gore all of the texture plays better in 3D.

The demons in the film have a simple yet striking design. Can you talk about bringing that to life?

I liked the idea going into this that the demons we are dealing with are pre-Christian. We’re going back to Norse mythology and that old Scandinavian writing. Our makeup guy, Brian Spears, who did a lot of Ti West’s stuff really helped. We really centralized what we were dealing with so that with the demons a lot of what you see are things they could have realistically done to themselves. This sort of self scarring with fingernails. And with Robyn at the end we went with this tiny little scratch writing to cover her face. We wanted them to look like demons, but also people. We wanted them to be somewhat believable.

What’s coming up next for you?

I wrote a video game last year called Outlast and we actually just recorded the voices for the DLC which should be out in a couple of months. I’m also working on a Walking Dead video game. As far as movies go, that’s anybody’s guess. I’ve been making movies long enough to know that it’s all kind of bullshit until you’re shooting.

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Waxwork Records To Release Vinyl OST For 'Chopping Mall'

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 13:55

Waxwork Records has officially announced that they will be releasing Chuck Cirino‘s score to the 1986 sci-fi/horror film Chopping Mall. Cirino has scored a vast amount of B-horror and made-for-TV horror films since he began composing in 1980, including Terror Squad, Return Of The Swamp Thing, 976-Evil II, Ghoulies IV, and more.

The remastered vinyl reissue does not yet have a release date.

The IMDb plot reads, “Eight teenagers are trapped after hours in a high tech shopping mall and pursued by three murderous security robots out of control.

Head below for the film’s trailer and poster.

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Get Your Sneak On With The Official 'Thief: Director's Cut' OST

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 13:08

Sumthing Else Music Works has announced that they will be releasing the official original soundtrack to the upcoming Square Enix/Eidos-Montreal action-stealth game Thief, which comes out February 25th on current and previous gen consoles as well as PC. The music was composed by Luc St. Pierre, who also composed the 2009 TV horror fantasy Hellhounds as well as the 2008 horror drama The Watch. You can preview all the tracks and pre-order the album here.

Head below to watch a trailer for the game.

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[Interview] 'You're Next' & 'V/H/S/2' Production Designer Tom Hammock Talks 'Will O' The Wisp'

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 12:53

You might know Tom Hammock for his production design work on some of the biggest independent horror films in recent years including You’re Next, V/H/S/2, and All The Boys Love Mandy Lane. But when Tom’s not busy with his movie projects, he’s writing graphic novels. Recently released from Archaia and BOOM! Studios is “Will O’ The Wisp”, from Hammock and artist Megan Hutchison. The story follows a peculiar young girl, Aurora Grimeon, who is forced to move to Ossuary Isle after her parents die from eating strange mushrooms. What ensues is a dark young adult adventure that combines elements of the supernatural with the slasher genre. It’s a unique concoction, and the creative team has built a world that is magical and grim to go along with it. There’s also an adorably bizarre pet raccoon named Missy.

I spoke with Hammock and Hutchison about the release of their first graphic novel. Hammock goes into detail about the history of the story, his special blend of horror, and potential future work with Hutchison.

BD: You open the book with an interesting forward explaining how important storytelling and tradition was in your family – specifically, Hoodoo. Can you tell us a bit more about this aspect of your childhood? Do you continue any of those traditions yourself?

Tom Hammock: I’m afraid I don’t have any kids to read to, but I think that was really a great way to grow up. As far as Hoodoo goes, just a few things continue with me. For example burning a green bayberry candle on New years day and having your Christmas decorations all put away to ensure good luck for the coming year. Those sorts of simple traditions for luck are mostly what I stick to.

BD: Was it difficult to stay true to the traditions of Hoodoo while trying to write a fictional story?

TH: Interestingly, it was very easy to stay true. For every story point that required Hoodoo to be used there was always at least one traditional choice we could verify from multiple sources, and often several choices for the given situation (like putting out a fire, or protecting a house).

BD: Do you struggle between your scientific beliefs and your religious beliefs? Why do you think this divide is one that comes up time and time again in horror stories?

TH: For me personally there isn’t any struggle. It’s all science. Hoodoo functions more as an interesting occasional ritual. One needs good luck of course. Burning a green bayberry candle on New Years day doesn’t necessarily cross over to religion. But this divide really is prevalent in horror stories. I think it’s because horror so often deals with the unknown as a threat and the protagonists trying to explain that unknown; questioning their own beliefs, or embracing new beliefs in the face of something that turns their world upside down. That’s what makes horror so great, it gives the opportunity to push characters into the most extreme of situations.

BD: The book combines elements of dark fantasy, horror, and young adult fiction. How do you strike a balance between them all? Are there times when you want to go darker, but reel it back to maintain that sense of innocence?

TH: There were certainly times when we wanted to go darker, but that sense of innocence really is key to the story and Aurora’s character. She can’t be too jaded. Striking that balance was tough, but we just gave it our best shot. We did track each element to make sure the storyline got the elements in approximately equal doses.

BD: YALSA recently nominate the book for Great Graphic Novels for Teens. Did you expect that kind of reaction from the YA community?

TH: To be quite honest we were floored. We had no idea we were even being considered.

BD: Aurora Grimeon appears quite gloomy upon first glance with her stark white hair and striped clothing, but she’s actually quite gleeful underneath it all. Was this contrast something you planned or did it just come out naturally?

TH: Thanks for noticing. We wanted to explore that contrast and planned it from the beginning. There’s something fascinating about having a character in that type of environment be a little gleeful around the macabre. Plus it makes her more fun.

BD: You combine a lot of horror elements in the story; it’s a slow-burning supernatural slasher without all the gore. That’s a rather unique combination…

TH: I love that combination. As great as gore can be in the right project, I thought that the little piece of hell the antagonist carries had the possibility to be very scary in its own right and something that I hadn’t seen before. Gore didn’t seem to be necessary and was a step away from the rules of the world that seemed to fall naturally into place with the flame as the slasher weapon.

BD: Will O’ the Wisp is also a coming of age story in a lot of ways. What made you want to tell a story within that genre?

TH: Coming of age forms a really rich place to explore a character. You have Aurora transforming; on the threshold of becoming a woman. Then you add to that the transformative attributes of Hoodoo. It makes for a really interesting point in her life for the audience to meet her.

BD: Okay, I have to ask about Missy the raccoon because she is just awesome. Megan, you portray her perfectly and she adds so much to the story. Why a pet raccoon? Please tell me one of you has one.

TH: I’m afraid neither of us have a pet raccoon. However, my father had a pet raccoon named Willy when he was growing up, and he always had such great stories about Willy and his antics that it seemed like a natural fit. Many of the details of what Missy does are things Willy used to do. For instance he loved jam, but would insist on washing it in water, which would always end in an upset raccoon. In addition, many things on the isle are like real life, only one step removed to put Aurora on edge. Having a raccoon instead of a cat or dog seemed perfect.

BD: Tom, you do production design when you’re not writing comics and you’ve worked on some major horror movies including, You’re Next, All The Boys Love Mandy Lane, and V/H/S/2. I imagine that must help with your comics writing in terms of being able to envision the world.

TH: Absolutely. This really ties into the next question quite elegantly. Megan and I actually use the film making process that I used while working with Adam (Wingard) and Jon (Levine). We spent a lot of time building a reference book of paintings and photos of all aspects of the world to get ourselves on the same page and to establish the rules of the world before doing any writing or drawing. Then I go out and start writing and Megan starts in on the drawings.

BD: The book’s landscape is very dark and Gothic. How did you go about creating this world?

Megan Hutchison: Tom and I did tons of research. We spent weeks pulling photo references for the island, architecture, flora, graves etc. I think my art tends to be on the darker/gothic side, which lends itself to the tone we wanted. We also wanted to make sure that the island itself was an important character for the book – so we invested a lot of time establishing the world.

BD: Megan, your art style fits perfectly with the story. What was your collaborative process like?

MH:I did a lot of sketching and tests to figure out the look of the book. Though all my research and character development, the style came though. Since Tom and I have been collaborating on films for years, our process was pretty seamless. Once we knew what visual direction we wanted to take, he would hand me the script and then just let me do my thing.

BD: And with the full title of the book being “An Aurora Grimeon Story: Will O’ the Wisp”, is it safe to assume we’ll be seeing more of her?

TH: There will be more for sure. We’re excited to take Aurora and Missy on other adventures.

BD: Anything else you’d like readers to know?

MH: I’m a Sagittarius and I am rather fond of cookies and baby pandas.

TH: You can’t be too careful choosing which mushrooms you eat.

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The 5 Favorite Religious-Themed Horror Films of 'Holy Ghost People's' Mitchell Altieri!

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 12:16

Holy Ghost People, the latest genre film from Mitchell Altieri, one half of “The Butcher Brothers” (The Hamiltons, its sequel The Thompsons, as well as April Fool’s Day and The Violent Kind) is set to be released on VOD and iTunes on February 18 and in theaters February 21 by XLrator Media.

Starring Emma Greenwell, Brendan McCarthy, Joe Egender, Cameron Richardson and Roger Aaron Brown, the film begins on the trail of her missing sister, Charlotte enlists the help of Wayne, an ex-Marine and alcoholic, to infiltrate the Church of One Accord – a community of snake-handlers who risk their lives seeking salvation in the Holy Ghost. It World Premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas.

Bloody Disgusting caught up with Altieri who picked five of his favorite religious-themed horror films. Dig the list below!

5. Frailty

“Well besides the fact that Bill Paxton is a badass, I really dig the unique subject matter. A man who talks to an angel and believes he has to do the work of God as a demon slayer… all wrapped up within a coming of age film. Something I’m a big fan of if you’ve seen THE HAMILTONS.”

4. Stigmata

“I really love the style of this movie. Though at times it’s more drama than horror, I like that it steers away from the norm. And such a cool concept of a young, single girl who receives the stigmata, which leads us on a journey all the way to the Vatican. It’s powerful when it needs to be.”

3. Jacob’s Ladder

“This is just an awesome film. It’s not really religious-themed but it does dive deep into the subconscious and make you wonder what is waiting out there for us. That is scarier than most anything else out there.”

2. Rosemary’s Baby

“This movie just freaked me out the first time I watched it. It wasn’t until I saw it again as an adult did I really understand the brilliant filmmaking (the moveable walls – just amazing). And it still freaks me out. There is something about its tone and paranoia that eats at you like if you’ve taken five hits of acid. Such a slow burn that chips away in huge, hearty chunks.”

1. Angel Heart

“This is my all-time favorite horror film – has been since the first day I watched it. Horror mixed with Film Noir. It’s so beautifully shot, the performances are beyond amazing, and its concept is so frightening. It really makes you think when you look in the mirror — is it really your soul hiding behind your eyes? I haven’t seen anything that comes close to this film in its particular sub-genre. Alan Parker killed it.”

Special Mention: Serpent and the Rainbow

“Bill Pullman, Wes Craven, Voodoo…”


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'Daylight' Coming To PC And PlayStation 4 In April

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 12:00

Zombie Studios, the team that brought us the Saw games as well as Blacklight: Retribution, has been hard at work on another horror game that emphasizes a strong, immersive narrative and terror. The game is Daylight, and it’s looking to achieve the latter through an unpredictable, procedurally generated environment and the fact that you have no real way of defending yourself from the horrors that lurk within its Mid Island Bay Hospital.

In a video walkthrough, Zombie studio director Jarred Gerritzen teased an April release. This narrows its nebulous “early 2014″ window a fair amount, and it makes a month that already includes The Elder Scrolls Online (PC) even more exciting.

Daylight is slated to release on PC and PlayStation 4.

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Horror-Themed Platformer 'Grimind' Arrives On Steam

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 11:00

The horror-themed puzzle platformer Grimind has brought its eerie world of forgotten caves and ancient crypts to Steam. It reminds me a bit of Limbo, if that game had a more colorful personality. In celebration of its arrival, the game has been discounted to $8.49 (that’s 15% off) until February 20th. That gives you three days to decide whether or not you’re capable of traversing its deadly and often unforgiving world.

If you’re on the fence, its developer promises that “Your brain will be tested and you’ll not get bored.” Trailer after the break.

Grimind is available now on Steam.

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Kick Off Your Week With This Weirdly Charming Nightmarish Fantasy Music Video

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 10:35

I was sent a really cool video over the weekend that I just had to share with you. Coming from artist Tree, the video is a short film that uses his track “Stuck Down The Wrong Rabbit Hole” as the backdrop to a Alice In Wonderland-esque story. The video follows a teenage boy who sees a white rabbit running in the distance. Deciding to follow him, the boy goes through several amazing locations (I want that treehouse) before descending into a dark hole where the video then becomes fully animated. Give it a watch below!

The song comes from Tree’s debut EP Demons, which you can pick up here.

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[Random Cool] Intense Movie Scenes Drawn As Children's Books

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 10:16

Disney artist Josh Cooley released a series of prints where he takes classic scenes from famous intense movies and recreates them as though they are pages in children’s books.

There are some great horror ones in the mix, such as Alien, Rosemary’s Baby, The Shining, Jaws, and more.

Check out the full gallery below and you can also purchase prints of your favorites here.

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'Patrick: Evil Awakens' Clip Feels Pain (Exclusive)

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 10:13

Bloody Disgusting has your exclusive first look at Mark Harley’s Patrick: Evil Awakens (review), checking into limited theaters and on VOD platforms on March 14 from Phase 4

You’re Next‘s Sharni Vinson is featured in the clip in which she’s convinced Patrick can hear her. The doctor on the other hand, says the only thing he registers are “farts”. LULZ.

A remake of Richard Franklin’s 1978 horror pic, “When a young nurse begins work at an isolated psychiatric ward, she quickly becomes fascinated with Patrick, a brain dead patient who is the subject of a mad scientist’s cruel and unusual experiments. What starts as an innocent fascination quickly takes a sinister turn as Patrick begins to use his psychic powers to manipulate her every move, and send her life into a terrifying spiral out of control.

Charles Dance and Rachel Griffiths also star.

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