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Possible ‘Grand Theft Auto V’ Zombie DLC Uncovered

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 16:13

YouTuber Chr0m3xMoDz has uncovered evidence that points at the strong possibility that Grand Theft Auto V may be getting some single-player zombie-themed DLC in the future. After searching through the game’s code, he discovered a “Dead” option on the DLC selection screen which, when selected, checks for “SPZOMBIES”.

It’s no secret that space zombies are the most terrifying kind of undead — a notch above the dreaded deep sea zombies — so if their kind is about to shuffle onto the busy streets of Los Santos, we’ll need to take this time to prepare. I suggest you buy every gun shop you can. You’ll need the ammunition.

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‘Dead Island 2′ World Premiere at Gamescom!

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 15:42

Deep Silver has announced their Gamescom line-up, and among the handful of upcoming games they’ll be showing off later this month are two entries in the Dead Island franchise, including a world premiere of Dead Island 2 and more Dead Island Epidemic — both of which will be playable at the event. Zombies aren’t the only thing Deep Silver specializes in, so if you’re planning on making a trip to Cologne in a couple weeks you can also look forward to getting your hands on Metro Redux, Risen 3 and Sacred 3.

I’m definitely looking forward to seeing Dead Island 2 in action, especially now that Yager’s behind the wheel this time, but I’m a little disappointed we won’t be hearing from Escape Dead Island.

You can find Deep Silver’s public booth in Hall 9.1., B011/C010. Gamescom runs through August 13-17.

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[Fantasia '14 Review] ‘Bloody Knuckles’ Is a Bloody, Funny Blast!

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 15:15

Bloody Knuckles is the outrageous debut feature film from writer/director Matt O’Mahoney. Consider it Idle Hands for the indie horror crowd, who like their violence bold and bloody and their humor vulgar. It’s an assured debut with a remarkably talented cast (despite their inexperience). Though rough around the edges, Bloody Knuckles is definitely one of the crowd pleasers coming out of Fantasia.

Not simply a bonkers horror comedy, the film also delivers a strong moral: don’t draw an underground comic about a Chinese crime lord or you’ll get your hand severed with a portable band saw. Keep that in mind, kiddies. That’s the tough lesson learned by Travis (Adam Boys), the pervert behind the offensive comic “Vulgar Invasions.” His latest issue catches the eye of Leonard Fong, a ruthless businessman and the head of a violent street gang.

One of my favorite parts of the movie are the gang members, who seemed ripped out of an ’80s movie, meaning they look awesome decked out in tank tops, bandanas, and other street misfit accoutrement. One of them even wears chainmail!

Fong doesn’t like what he sees in Travis’ comic, so he has him abducted and saws off his good hand. The severed hand is thrown into the sewer and Travis is left physically and emotionally crippled. He turns to malt liquor (a lot of it) for comfort. After one particularly drunken night out, his lost appendage returns to persuade Travis to get revenge on Fong and continue work on “Vulgar Invasions.” With a crude mind of its own, Travis’ undead hand is a friend and an enemy, always with the best intentions in mind (maybe).

Some of the funniest scenes involve Travis arguing with his hand, including great use of a text to speech program and a wicked kitchen fight. The effects for the hand look terrific too (think Thing from the Addams Family). The humor is a finely tuned blend of absurd, gross, and (at times) clever, though at times Bloody Knuckles goes a bit over-the-top for my tastes. For instance there’s a character that’s like Lord Humungus’ homosexual brother. He plays a major role late in the film and was a tad too goofy for me. But hey, that’s just me. I’m sure a lot of people will get a kick outta him. Some of the other gags felt like they were trying too hard to offend, but overall the humor consistently hits hard.

Aside from the gory and funny aspects, Bloody Knuckles has a tender story to tell in its heart. Travis’ relationship with his stepbrother is genuinely endearing as is his blossoming romance with a young journalist doing a story on his comic. Although the human relationships in the film are fully realized, its take on censorship feels kinda superficial, as Travis comes under fire for the content of his comic. I’m not familiar with censorship issues in Canada (where the film’s from), maybe there’s some struggle with free speech suppression up north I’m unaware of, so I could be wrong.

Regardless of its small blemishes, Bloody Knuckles is a satisfying, bloody, and funny tale of friendship and revenge.

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Second Teaser Surfaces For BioWare’s Mystery Game

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 15:12

A week ago, BioWare teased a new game — possibly called Shadow Realms — that, at first glance, looked like it could be of the horror persuasion. Today, we’ve been gifted with another, and now I’m not as sure that this will be a horror game. Maybe it’ll be horror adjacent.

The only thing this teaser accomplishes is making me even more confused as to what’s going on. Kids are getting weird powers, having nightmares, something about a fake college, maybe a few have gone missing — I’m lost.

Thankfully, we’ll know more at Gamescom, which kicks off in just two weeks.

Is anyone else getting The Secret World vibes from all this?

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‘Contagion’ Update Brings New Maps, Melee and More

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 14:50

The post-apocalyptic indie horror game Contagion just got a pretty substantial update. For the unfamiliar, Contagion is a multiplayer horror game with cooperative and competitive modes where you’re tasked with surviving in a world infested with zombies. It went weirdly under the radar for most folks. If you’ve been patiently waiting for Capcom to return to their long dormant Resident Evil Outbreak series, this game manages to scratch that itch.

This latest update brings with it two new maps — a remake of the popular Zombie Panic: Source Biotec map and another called Stone Creek — as well as an improved melee system that should hopefully make the hand-to-hand combat feel a bit more satisfying. Gore hounds should be pleased to hear that you can also now decapitate the undead with bladed weapons.

I called Contagion “a gory, addictive horror game that’s well worth its $20 price tag” in my review.

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Wizard World Chicago Hosts First Ever “Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival”

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 14:40

Philadelphia’s The Awesome Fest, in partnership with Wizard World Inc. and horror icon Bruce Campbell, announced today the first ever “Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival,” running August 21-24, 2014 in Rosemont, IL. The four-day event will coincide with Wizard World Chicago Comic Con and will feature the best in independent horror cinema with a full slate of film premieres, panels, special guests, movie marathons, and of course, Bruce Campbell!

The festival will take place at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, the Muvico Rosemont, and inside the Dome at Rosemont Ballpark.

Tickets for ALL screenings are free to attend with admission to Wizard World Chicago Comic Con. A limited number of festival badges, with exclusive access to the screenings, are on sale now for only $50.

Here’s a direct link to the ticketing page.

Early next year, March 6-8, 2015, Bruce Campbell will return to Chicago to emcee his recently announced Horror Fest, also presented by Wizard World Chicago. Fans can expect to see some of their favorite genre stars, directors and writes from great television shows, movies, graphic novels, and comics.

Feature Presentations:

ZOMBEAVERS
Chicago Premiere
(Director: Jordan Rubin, Writers: Jordan Rubin, Al Kaplan, Jon Kaplan)
An action-packed horror/comedy in which a group of college kids staying at a riverside cabin are menaced by a swarm of deadly zombie beavers.Yes, really.That’s the plot!

KILLERS
Chicago Premiere
(Directors: The Mo Brothers, Writers: Takuji Ushiyama, Timo Tjahjanto) A dark look into the minds of two men with nothing in common: Nomura, a self-obsessed serial killer residing in Tokyo and Bayu, a failing journalist who lives in Jakarta. Connected through a series violent incidents, both men inexplicably start to feed off each other. (Not literally). Co-directors “The Mo Brothers” (Macabre, V/H/S/2) deliver an epic tale that works as action, suspense, and disturbing horror at the same time..

ASMODEXIA
North American Premiere
(Director: Marc Carrete, Writers: Marc Carrete, Mike Hostench) Written by Mike Hostench (Deputy Director of Sitges Film Festival), Asmodexia documents five days in the lives of an exorcist and his granddaughter working in the Barcelona area. If you think you’ve seen every exorcism angle imaginable, prepare to be surprised. And a little grossed out.

SUBURBAN GOTHIC U.S. Premiere (Director: Richard Bates Jr., Writers: Richard Bates Jr., Mark Bruner) Raymond can channel the paranormal, but he’s afraid of chatting with a cute girl.. Kicked out of his big city apartment, Raymond returns home to his overbearing mother, ex-jock father, and beer-bellied classmates. But when a vengeful ghost terrorizes the small town, Ray recruits Becca, a badass local bartender, to help solve the mystery. From the director of the admirably strange Excision, and starring Matthew Gray Gubler, Ray Wise, and Kat Dennings.

STARRY EYES Chicago Premiere (Director: Kevin Kolsch, Dennis Widmyer, Writers: Kevin Kolsch, Dennis Widmyer) A hopeful young starlet uncovers the ominous origins of the Hollywood elite and enters into a deadly agreement in exchange for fame and fortune. From the producer of Cheap Thrills and Jodorowsky’s Dune, Dennis Widmyer & Kevin Kolsch’s Starry Eyes is an occult tale of ambition, possession, and the true cost of fame. Leading lady Alex Essoe is an absolute revelation, but there’s a lot for horror fans to get behind here.

EXTRATERRESTRIAL Chicago Premiere (Director: The Vicious Brothers, Writers: The Vicious Brothers) A group of friends on a weekend trip to a cabin in the woods find themselves terrorized by alien visitors, who promptly chase everyone all over the place. So it’s a slasher movie, a suspense thriller, and a pretty gruesome alien abduction tale all at once. Plus it’s got some solid humor and an amazing final shot. From the directors of the found footage horror flick Grave Encounters. Oh, also Michael Ironside pops up!

DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS. DEAD (Director: Tommy Wirkola, Writers: Stig Frode Henriksen, Vegar Hoel, Tommy Wirkola)
If the worst day of your life consisted of accidentally killing your girlfriend with an axe, chain-sawing your own arm off, and watching in horror as your closest friends were devoured by a zombified Nazi battalion, you’d have to assume that things couldn’t get much worse. In Martin’s case, that was only the beginning. From the director of Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters and (of course) Dead Snow.

CYBERNATURAL
Special Screening
(Director: Levan Gabriadze, Writer: Nelson Greaves)
While video chatting one night, six high school friends receive a Skype message from a classmate who killed herself exactly one year ago. A first they think it’s a prank, but when the girl starts revealing the friends’ darkest secrets, they realize they are dealing with something out of this world, something that wants them dead. Told entirely from a young girl’s computer desktop, Cybernatural redefines ‘found footage’ for a new generation of teens. From producer Timur Bekmambetov (Night Watch, Wanted).

INNER DEMONS
Chicago Premiere
(Director: Seth Grossman, Writer: Glenn Gers)
Inner Demons follows an ‘Intervention’-style reality show crew that films an episode about a sixteen-year old girl, a former A-student, who is fighting addiction but may in fact be suffering from something even more destructive: demonic possession. Director Seth Grossman was a producer on A&E’s award winning series “Intervention,” which certainly lends an air of authenticity to a gradually more unpredictable horror story.

MEET ME THERE
Chicago Premiere
(Director: Lex Lybrand, Writer: Brandon Stroud)
After several years of sexual dysfunction, Ada and her boyfriend, Calvin travel to her hometown in rural Oklahoma in the hopes of piecing together her fragmented childhood memories. They find their answers, but can they find their way back home? Starring WWE’s Goldust & DC Comic’s Jill Thompson.

Interactive Panels:

BRUCE CAMPBELL VS. THE AUDIENCE
Best known for his roles on the big screen in cult classics Army of Darkness and Evil Dead, as well as his role as Sam Axe in the hit TV series Burn Notice, Bruce Campbell has proven to be a force to be reckoned with as an actor, director, and author. Don’t miss your chance to ask him your most interesting questions as he makes an appearance at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con.

A CHAT WITH JOHN CARPENTER
Join us for this very special occasion as we honor the Master of Horror with a conversation spanning his entire career.

THE MANY TALENTS OF JON SCHNEPP
(Metalocalypse, Dethklok, The ABC’s of Death, The Death of “Superman Lives”: What Happened?)
Death Metal is the horror genre of the music industry and Adult Swim’s Metalocalypse may just be its greatest tribute ever. Join us as we chat with one of the masterminds behind that show (and so much more), as well as his discuss his upcoming feature: The Death of “Superman Lives.”

THE EVIL DEAD MARATHON!
The Evil Dead (1981), Evil Dead 2 (1987), and Army of Darkness (1992)
You’ve almost definitely seen the Evil Dead movies before, but we guarantee you’ve never seen them like this! Join us under The Dome at Rosemont Ballpark as we screen the original entire Evil Dead trilogy on a giant 30 foot movie screen.
Special surprises, and guests TBA. This marathon is completely FREE for all to attend! No badges or Wizard World ticket necessary.

A CRITICAL DEFENSE OF B-MOVIES
Panel discussion and Q&A with film critics Steve “Capone” Prokopy (Ain’t It Cool News), Erik “The Movieman” Childress (Chicago Film Critics Association), & Scott Weinberg (FEARnet, The Horror Show). Special guest filmmakers will also be joining the panel!.

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“The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season”: Final Features and Specs

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 14:35

August. Baseball season is in full swing. Barbecues have been blazing since Memorial Day. And fans can count another August tradition, when Anchor Bay Entertainment releases “The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season” Blu-ray + Digital HD with Ultraviolet and DVD on August 26th. Each format contains five loaded discs, presenting each episode exactly as it was originally broadcast. The Blu-ray + Digital HD with Ultraviolet presents the episodes in pristine 1080p high-definition and lossless Dolby TrueHD 7.1 audio. As with previous season releases, “The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season” rewards fans with hours of bonus features, including never-before-seen production footage, deleted scenes and audio commentaries, with ultra-exclusive content only available on the Blu-ray release, including additional audio commentaries and several “extended” episodes seen for the first time! Below are the final bonus features and tech specs.

Another “Walking Dead” home entertainment release tradition, started with the Season 2 Blu-ray set, is the unique concept packaging by renowned collectibles creator McFarlane Toys. Following in the “shuffling” footsteps of Season 2’s “Walker Head” and Season 3’s “Walker Aquarium,” “The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season” will be available in a Blu-ray limited edition “Tree Walker” package.

Season 5 of “The Walking Dead” premieres on AMC this October.

TECH SPECS:

Blu-ray:
· Color
· 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio – Enhanced for 16×9 Televisions
· Not Rated
· 696 Minutes
· English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1/French: Dolby Surround 2.0
· English Subtitles for the Deaf & Hearing Impaired
· Spanish Subtitles

DVD:
· Color
· 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio – Enhanced for 16×9 Televisions
· Not Rated
· 688 Minutes
· English: Dolby Digital 5.1/French: Dolby Surround 2.0
· English Subtitles for the Deaf & Hearing Impaired
· Spanish Subtitles

BONUS FEATURES:

Blu-ray
Extended Episodes:
· Episodes 9 (“After”), and 14 (“The Grove”) are extended on the Blu-ray™ only.

Featurettes:
· Inside THE WALKING DEAD
· The Making of THE WALKING DEAD
· Drawing Inspiration
· Hershel
· The Governor Is Back
· Society, Science & Survival
· Inside KNB EFX
· A Journey Back to Brutality
· Deleted Scenes

Commentaries:
Episode 1 (“30 Days Without An Accident”): Audio Commentary with Executive Producer and Showrunner Scott M. Gimple, Executive Producer/Unit Production Manager Tom Luse and Executive Producer/Special Effects Make-Up Supervisor/Director Greg Nicotero
Episode 5 (“Internment”): Audio Commentary with Executive Producer and Showrunner Scott M. Gimple and Actor Scott Wilson (Hershel)
Episode 9 (“After”): Audio Commentary with Executive Producer/Special Effects Make-Up Supervisor /Director Greg Nicotero, Co-Executive Producer Denise Huth and Actor Danai Gurira (Michonne)
Episode 12 (“Still”): Audio Commentary with Director Julius Ramsay and Actor Emily Kinney (Beth); Audio Commentary with Writer/Producer Angela Kang and Actor Norman Reedus (Daryl)
Episode14 (“The Grove”): Audio Commentary with Executive Producer and Showrunner Scott M. Gimple, Executive Producer Denise Huth and Actor Andrew Lincoln
DVD

Featurettes:
Inside THE WALKING DEAD
The Making of THE WALKING DEAD
Drawing Inspiration
Hershel
The Governor Is Back
Society, Science & Survival
Inside KNB EFX
A Journey Back to Brutality
Deleted Scenes
Commentaries:

Episode 1 (“30 Days Without An Accident”): Audio Commentary with Executive Producer and Showrunner Scott M. Gimple, Executive Producer/Unit Production Manager Tom Luse and Executive Producer/Special Effects Make-Up Supervisor /Director Greg Nicotero
Episode 5 (“Internment”): Audio Commentary with Executive Producer and Showrunner Scott M. Gimple and Actor Scott Wilson (Hershel)
Episode 12 (“Still”): Audio Commentary with Director Julius Ramsay and Actor Emily Kinney (Beth); Audio Commentary with Writer/Producer Angela Kang and Actor Norman Reedus (Daryl)
Episode 14(“The Grove”): Audio Commentary with Director Michael E. Satrazemis and Actors Chad L. Coleman (Tyreese) and Melissa McBride (Carol)

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I Want This Custom ‘The Walking Dead’ Themed Xbox 360

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 14:27

I don’t often boot up my Xbox 360 anymore. So it sits there, hidden behind my other consoles, given nary a glance or an ounce of attention. If I were the proud owner of this ridiculously cool custom The Walking Dead themed Xbox 360, it probably wouldn’t affect how often I turn it on, but it would definitely change its placement in my entertainment center. This gorgeous creation deserves top billing, a featured spot where everyone can see it.

What I’m saying is, I want this bad.

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Magnet Will Sing the ‘The ABC’s of Death’ Again This October

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 14:25

Magnet Releasing and Drafthouse Films are ready to share The ABC’s of Death 2 with you guys.

We learned that Magnet Releasing has slated the film for release on various VOD platforms October 2 with a theatrical run set for October 31.

“ABC’s of Death 2 is the follow-up to the most ambitious anthology film ever conceived with productions spanning from Nigeria to UK to Brazil and everywhere in between. It features segments directed by over two dozen of the world’s leading talents in contemporary genre film. The film is comprised of twenty-six individual chapters, each helmed by a different director assigned a letter of the alphabet. The directors were then given free rein in choosing a word to create a story involving death. Provocative, shocking, funny and at times confrontational, ABC’s of Death 2 is another global celebration of next generation genre filmmaking.

FULL DIRECTOR LIST:

Julian Barratt (THE MIGHTY BOOSH)
Todd Rohal (THE CATECHISM CATALYSM)
Steven Kostanski (MANBORG)
Alejandro Brugués (JUAN OF THE DEAD)
Jim Hosking (commercial director)
Hajime Ohata (HENGE)
Chris Nash (SKINFECTIONS)
Álex de la Iglesia (THE LAST CIRCUS, DAY OF THE BEAST)
Rodney Ascher (ROOM 237)
Bill Plympton (Animator)
Erik Matti (ON THE JOB, MAGIC TEMPLE)
Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper (VANISHING WAVES)
Sion Sono (COLD FISH, SUICIDE CLUB)
Vincenzo Natali (SPLICE, CUBE)
Larry Fessenden (THE LAST WINTER, HABIT)
Marcus Dunstan (THE COLLECTION)
Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (INSIDE, LIVID)
E.L. Katz (CHEAP THRILLS)
Jen and Sylvia Soska (AMERICAN MARY, DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK)
Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado (RABIES, BIG BAD WOLVES)
Julian Gilbey (A LONELY PLACE TO DIE)
Dennison Ramalho (NINJAS and LOVE FOR MOTHER ONLY)
Lancelot Imasuen (Nollywood director)
Jerome Sable (THE LEGEND OF BEAVER DAM, STAGEFRIGHT)
Robert Morgan (BOBBY YEAH)

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[Review] ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ is Out of This World!

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 14:12

Guardians of the Galaxy is the most fun I’ve had at the movies in years. Somehow director James Gunn brings his Troma sensibilities and creates a cinematic experience that rivals A New Hope. Which may sound insane, but I mean it. This high praise is warranted. Gunn pulls out all the stops and makes something more compelling than either Star Trek reboot, and all of the Star Wars prequels combined. This is the best Marvel movie to date, and a new standard of quality for the summer blockbuster.

-Spoiler free-

For a film that seemed like Marvel’s biggest risk yet, the finished product is staggering. This is a tightly crafted piece of cinema that seamlessly transitions between moments of heartbreak, levity, and action. It’ll make you feel like a kid again.

The film follows Peter Quill AKA Star Lord (Chris Pratt) a young rogue who travels the galaxy flipping treasure to the highest bidder. When Star Lord comes into possession of a mysterious orb, he’s placed directly in the sights of Ronin The Accuser (Lee Pace) a genocidal alien maniac who will stop at nothing to get the orb.

Ronin has legions of Kree aliens at his command. He’s power hungry and on personal journey of destruction. Luckily Star Lord amasses a nice team of his own to fight back against the warlord working for Thanos.

Watching Star Lord come together with a talking raccoon, Rocket (Bradley Cooper), A walking tree, Groot (Vin Diesel), a deadly assassin, Gamora (Zoe Saldana), and a alien maniac, Drax the Destroyer (Dave Batista), is half the fun of the film. The team dynamics are rough and inspire a ton of comedy. But much like “The Avengers” the team is a well-oiled machine by the end of the two hours.

The story spans planets, introduces a wealth of alien species, and quickly gets tied up in intergalactic politics, but never feels overwhelming. Somehow James Gunn balances each of these delicate points and never slows the pacing. It’s an incredible feat made to look easy. There is emotional depth that isn’t apparent when you watch the trailers. Each character has a very clear arc and finds time to resolve their issues in fantastic ways. This is a story about losers, people who have nobody and find something in each other that they never thought they’d have again.

Visually the film is an absolute spectacle. Deep space has never looked so good. No really. Remember what you wanted the Star Wars prequels to look like? Well this film’s got it in spades. The backdrops of deep space are colorful and engaging. You see the vibrant world in the backgrounds of the scenes and the every piece of this world is unique. Most of the imagery echoes past science fiction films, but it never feels like a tribute to the films that inspired it because the cinematography is clean, well communicated, and makes some fantastic visual gags.

It feels strange to call this film a genuine masterpiece, but it really is. There is a certain confident magic to the execution that makes “Guardians of the Galaxy” the best Marvel movie to date. The script is incredibly tight and features fantastic dialogue. You’ll laugh until your jaw hurts. You’ll feel pangs in your heart when you understand the significance of the 80’s pop songs. You’ll jump out of your seat with some of the action set pieces near the end, and hell you’ll probably be ready to see it all again.

I can only compare the experience to the first time I sat down as a child to take in Star Wars. There is something about a band of misfits who save the day against all odds. Everyone is a force of antagonism here, and the ride couldn’t be more exhilarating. This is the type of film we’ll still love thirty years in the future and the type of excellence JJ Abrams has to strive for when he releases Star Wars VII, although I doubt he’ll touch this.

The film did have some minor nuisances. Ronin The Accuser is often a villain of circumstance in the comics. Sometimes an ally as much as a villain, but the film makes no effort to humanize him. In fact he’s so far removed from anything that there is no real reason to understand his motivation other than the sheer will to destroy and conquer. He’s pretty one-dimensional but still manages to steal the scenes he’s in out of sheer intensity. It’s a shame though because he could have been so much more had he been given more depth.

While Gamora feels like a weak link in the team. She could have had the strongest story. She’s the “daughter” of Thanos and really owes a lot of her development to her complicated history with the mad titan. Yet, a lot of it feels glossed over here, she’s a badass fighter, but doesn’t really get any time to develop her character. I’m on the fence about a scene mid way though the movie with her, and still don’t find it a convincing change for the character.

Everyone else is incredible. Chris Pratt was born to be a leading man. He owns the film as Star Lord. He’s got so much charisma and heart while still being able to snap back to a scumbag at any given moment. Dave Batista actually blew me away with his subtle performance. Drax’s early lines are all hilarious and his character motivation amounts too much more than a fighting brute. He’s an absolute standout among much more seasoned actors. Bradley Cooper does a fantastic job as the voice of Rocket, and Groot has a lot more heart than you’d expect for a tree that can only say it’s name.

This is so much more than a comic book movie. It’s a return to form for the space opera. It’s a smart and stylish blockbuster that tells a great story with a cast of relatively small actors leading the charge. It proves that blockbuster and tentpole films don’t have to be hollow experiences. In fact it proves that we should demand more as audiences.  Guardians of the Galaxy is the best summer movie in years, the best Marvel movie ever, and an instant classic.

Get to the cinema and see it now.

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Listen to a Brand New Slipknot Song Right Now!

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 13:47

Iowa-based metal act Slipknot has released a brand new song entitled “The Negative One”, which can be streamed on their official website. It is the first single from the band’s upcoming as-yet-untitled new album, which is expected to be released this fall via Roadrunner Records.

The band’s last album was 2008′s All Hope Is Gone, which has been certified platinum and garnered several award nominations.

In an interview with The Pulse Of Radio, vocalist Corey Taylor stated:

“The album is done. Everything’s done. Right now we’re just, we’re getting the artwork together, we’re getting all the other accouterments together, and it’s feeling really, really good. We’re just stoked, you know. Now it’s like, ‘Okay, we need to hurry up and get it out,’ you know. So yeah, we’re really excited.

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Gaby Hoffmann Is Up to No Good In ‘Lyle’ (Clip)

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 13:37

Director/Writer Stewart Thorndike (Tess and Nana) and Producer Alex Scharfman announced this week that they have decided to offer their Outfest award-winning horror feature Lyle, starring Gaby Hoffmann (“Girls”), to their fans for FREE starting August 4, 2014.

It will be streaming on the film’s website during the duration of the duo’s Kickstarter campaign for their next project Putney, the second of three upcoming female-focused horror films, also launching August 4th.

We have this exclusive clip from Lyle, which debuted to critical praise at the 2014 Outfest Film Festival where Gaby Hoffmann won the Grand Jury Best Actress award for her electrifying performance as Leah, a pregnant lesbian confronted by an unspeakable evil.

Stewart Thorndike’s sinister ode to Rosemary’s Baby uses dark humor and razor-sharp camera work taking audiences into a growing nightmare as Leah begins to question the motives of her partner, friends and neighbors as a pregnant lesbian confronted by an unspeakable evil brings out a primal terror that’s difficult to shake.

For more information on Lyle and the Putney Kickstarter campaign, visit the official website.

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[Preview] Tim Seeley’s ‘SUNDOWNERS’ #1

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 13:07

At the end of August Tim Seeley and Jim Terry are set to launch their new series with Dark Horse “Sundowners.” Seeley has made his name synonymous with horror comics in years past and this new title looks to continue the trend with a new take on the superhero genre. I’m frothing at the mouth for this one, guys.

From Dark Horse:

SUNDOWNERS #1 | Tim Seeley | Jim Terry

Faster than lightning! Stronger than steel! Crazier than an outhouse rat? Enter the Sundowners—sworn to protect humanity from interdimensional invaders! But is the threat real, or is it all in their heads?

  • From Tim Seeley (Revival, Hack/Slash, The Occultist)!
  • A dark look at the thin line between heroism and insanity!

The following preview has been approved for media use and repost.

Sundowners #1 is on sale August 27th.  Retailer FOC is Monday, August 4th.

 

 

 

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[EXCLUSIVE Preview] The Squidder # 2

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 13:01

Those of you who haven’t checked out Ben Templesmith’s ‘The Squidder’ are in for a rude awakening, seriously if you watched that ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ trailer earlier this week and can’t wait then this is your ticket to the post apocalyptic future. The first issue was a bleak look at a strange cult with a little girl torn in the middle. It’s strangely intoxicating and beautifully realized. It has a palpable sense of danger and voice with only the first issue. So naturally I’m super psyched to offer and exclusive preview of issue #2 right here, right now on behalf of IDW Publishing.

From IDW:

The Squidder #2

Ben Templesmith (w & a & c)

The Squidder steals back a slave for a local strong man, only to realize success with the job means upsetting the fragile balance of human power. With the aid of the very Squid cult he hates, he realizes there’s a new game afoot and an old war still worth fighting, while more powerful eyes finally start to take notice.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

 

 

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‘Into the Storm’ Featurette, TV Spots and New Images

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 12:45

New Line Cinema chases trouble in the second TV Spot and featurette for Into the Storm, helmed by Final Destination 5‘s by Steven Quale.

In theaters August 8, we also have a new batch of images from the pic starring Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Walsh, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Arlen Escarpeta, Max Deacon, Nathan Kress, Jeremy Sumpter, Kyle Davis, Jon Reep, and Scott Lawrence.

In the span of a single day, the town of Silverton is ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes. The entire town is at the mercy of the erratic and deadly cyclones, even as storm trackers predict the worst is yet to come. Most people seek shelter, while others run towards the vortex, testing how far a storm chaser will go for that once-in-a-lifetime shot. Told through the eyes and lenses of professional storm chasers, thrill-seeking amateurs, and courageous townspeople, Into the Storm throws you directly into the eye of the storm to experience Mother Nature at her most extreme.

Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Walsh, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Arlen Escarpeta, Max Deacon, Nathan Kress, Jeremy Sumpter, Kyle Davis, Jon Reep, and Scott Lawrence all star.

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‘The Remaining’ Poster a Perfect Storm

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 12:19

After the rapture, there are fates worse than death.

Starring Repo! star Alexa Vega, there’s finally a release date and one-sheet for The Remaining, also starring Johnny Pacar, Shaun Sipos, Italia Ricci, Bryan Dechart, Kim Pacheco, John Pyper-Ferguson, Erin Murphy, Liz E. Morgan and Hayley Lovitt.

In the film, “After a series of worldwide cataclysmic events, a group of survivors struggle to survive.

There’s a September 5 date set for the film, although it’s probably more of a VOD release.

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Slow-Burn Horror ‘The House of the End Times’ Gets a Trailer

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 12:16

We now have the trailer for the Venezuelan horror The House of the End Times (La casa del fin de los tiempos).

In the film, “Dulce (Ruddy Rodríguez) is a mother who has encounters with apparitions in her old house, where it unleashes a terrible prophecy. Thirty years later, Dulce, turned into an old woman, returns home to unravel the mystery and tragedy that has tantalized her.

The film premiered at the ongoing Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal.

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[Fantasia '14] ‘Black Mountain Side’ Trailer Delivers Chills

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 12:07

Here’s a really creepy trailer for Nick Szostakiwskyj’s Black Mountain Side that delivers some chills. It premiered at the Fantasia Film Festival where Patrick Cooper was a huge fan. Read his review here.

“Black Mountain Side follows a group of archaeologists after they uncover a strange structure in Northern Canada, dating over ten thousand years before the present. The team finds themselves isolated when their communication systems fail and it is not long before they begin to feel the effects of the solitude.

Shane Twerdun, Michael Dickson and Carl Toftfelt star.

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[TV] Asylum Gets Serious With “Z Nation” (Trailer)

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 11:50

Asylum has been a company we refuse to waste energy on, mostly because they are always creating faux sequels to franchises, and purposely making bad movies like Sharknado.

But, today things begin anew. They finally have something I’m excited to share with you dear readers, something that’s actually worth your time.

Here’s the trailer for their new series, “Z Nation,” premiering this September on Syfy. The premise is cool, the cast is badass, and most importantly…the show takes itself very seriously. You’ll see in this promo just how cool the zombies are, and also enjoy a few smart gimmicks such as an undead child.

Harold Perrineau, Tom Everett Scott, DJ Qualls, Michael Welch, Kellita Smith, Anastasia Baranova, Russel Hodgkingson and Keith Allan star.

‘Z Nation’ starts three years after the zombie virus has gutted the country. A team of everyday heroes must transport the only known survivor of the plague from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab waits for his blood. Although the antibodies he carries are the world’s last, best hope for a vaccine, he hides a dark secret that threatens them all. With humankind’s survival at stake, the ragtag band embarks on a journey of survival across three thousand miles of rusted-out post-apocalyptic America.

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[BD Review] ‘Aftermath’ Fails to Pack a Punch

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 11:15

If you’re going to spend the post apocalypse locked in a basement, your film better be populated with some damn interesting characters. This is not the case with Aftermath, the new film by Peter Engert (The Valley of Tears), which uses 90 minutes to make no statement about humanity or invest in the depth of its characters whatsoever. It’s not a good thing when Edward Furlong is the highlight of your movie.

Aftermath is set a few days after the kick off of World War III. Nuclear bombs have scorched the earth. A resolute doctor named Hunter (C.J. Thomason – Monkey’s Paw) holes up with eight other Texans in a basement while the world goes to hell. All of the characters besides Hunter and Brad (Edward Furlong) are wholly forgettable. A few times I even forgot who a person was, which girl was which, and who was still alive. Brad is the only one who manages to bring some liveliness to the screw with his redneck temper and sudden bursts of anger towards Hunter, the president, and whoever else he deems worthy of his misplaced rage. it’s not a good performance by any means, but it’s the only that offers any kind of entertainment in Aftermath‘s impotent narrative.

The film essentially boils down to scene after scene of people bickering. Sometimes outsiders attempt to break their way into the basement, so Hunter and the crew get some much longed for gun play. I’m not sure if the outsiders are supposed to be zombies per se, but they certainly move and moan like them. Just when it seems like the film is going to shift in favor of a more zombie-apocalypse approach, it comes to a screeching halt and reverts back to quarreling in a dark basement.

There is one brief sequence that helps liven up the monotony. At one point, the survivors decide to bust out of the basement to shoot up the intruders creeping their way across the lawn. There’s some fun visuals during this shootout, with stylish use of freeze frames and zooms. The amusement doesn’t last long, however, and soon Aftermath is limping towards its conclusion.

The morose ending comes as no surprise since it’s shown during the opening minutes of the film. This prologue leaves no room for suspense or interest in the minutes leading up to the climax. Y’know, since we’ve already seen how it ends. It’s this poor decision and several others that make Aftermath a dry, boring film that feels like it wants to say something important, but fails to open its mouth. Unless you really love watching people argue for 90 or so minutes. Then have I got a movie for you!

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