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Kane Hodder Injured During ‘Friday the 13th: The Game’ Mocap Session

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 03:01

In the unholy trinity of immortal horror movie icons that more or less defined the genre in the 80s, Jason Voorhees may frighten me the most. He’s the unstoppable force and the immovable object, whereas Michael is mostly the former, and he shares Freddy’s talent for creative kills without having to rely on any of those fantastical dream powers.

Of the numerous actors that have contributed to his epic legacy, Kane Hodder was the first to bring a personality to his physicality. It’s his involvement — and special make-up effects creator Tom Savini — that will guarantee the Jason we see in Friday the 13th: The Game will be the real thing.

All Hodder needs to do is make it through mocap.

That photo was taken after a recent motion capture session left Hodder with a bruised tricep that looks gnarly even by stuntman standards. He’s healing just fine, according to a post on the game’s Facebook page that doesn’t mention which of the Big J.V.’s trademark kills Kane was recording when it happened, unfortunately. Did Jason kill anyone with his tricep?

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‘Visage’ Wants to Show You “True Terror”

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 23:31

Move over Allison Road, there’s a wicked new P.T. successor coming our way and it knows how to make a lasting first impression. SadSquare Studio has launched the Kickstarter campaign for their promising new first-person horror game Visage, which they’ve paired with twelve minutes of footage to give us a taste of its slow-burn terror and shit-out-your-spine jump scares.

Set inside a centuries-old house that’s spent an alarming portion of its existence as an active crime scene, Visage promises to “mess with your mind in such a believably realistic house that when you stop playing, you’ll probably fear your own peaceful house.”

Your main objective over the course of the game’s 6-8 hour single-player campaign is to investigate what is very obviously an ancient and unknowable evil that’s spent hundreds of years killing people. The horror doesn’t seem to be confined to the aforementioned murder manor, as it will “take you to places so twisted that you’ll feel like coming back to the house is actually a good idea.”

A totally doable $24,550 is what SadSquare is looking to raise on Kickstarter so they can release the game on PC in early January 2017. For $45,000, they’ll also bring it to the PS4 and Xbox One, and another $5,000 will get us virtual reality support.

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Listen to a New Rob Zombie Song “Everyone is Fucking in a UFO”!

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 22:01

Whenever Rob Zombie releases a new album, there’s a certain electric energy in the air. While some tracks leave a bit to be desired, I find that Zombie’s music is pretty damn consistent in that it’s driving, it’s energetic and it’s just sheer amounts of grindhouse sci-fi/horror fun!

His latest album The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser is coming out April 29th and to get people hyped he’s released a stream of the first single “Everyone is Fucking in a UFO”, which debuted on the Sirius XM channel Octane. You can listen to the track here.

Make sure to pre-order your copy of The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser via RobZombie.com.

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“American Horror Story” Eyes the Most Famous Internet Creepy Pasta For Sixth Season

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 19:53

After dealing with some of history’s most interesting and depraved characters and scenarios, “American Horror Story” is now potentially turning to stories created by the internet for its sixth season.

According to a US Weekly insider, Ryan Murphy and company are thinking that the show might benefit from the introduction of the infamous Creepy Pasta character Slender Man. The insider explains something interesting about this possibility, saying, “Someone else wrote the script, and AHS wants to adapt it to fit the show. They have to buy the rights. Then they’re going to figure out the cast from there.

Slender Man was created by Eric Knudsen in 2009. That character has since gone on to become a horror icon and appeared in several games as well as being the foundation in some upcoming films.

This is very much in the rumor stages, so let’s not jump to any conclusions. That being said, I think it could be really interesting to see how this would play out. The terror of Slender Man is not only that he can pop up out of nowhere, it’s that he makes his presence known in advance so as to heighten the anxiety and tension. After all, the fear of the known is worse than the fear of the unknown…right?

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[Sundance Review] ‘Antibirth’ is Gross as Hell!

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 19:24

Antibirth is a good old body horror movie. It’s got the suggestion of pregnancy, so you’re dealing with the undertones of a woman’s mixed feelings about her own capacity to give life, but if you don’t want to go there it’s really just gross as hell.

Lou (Natasha Lyonne) starts getting sick and the symptoms suggest pregnancy, but she hasn’t been with a man in eight months. Yet her stomach starts growing and she can’t figure out what’s going on. Her friend Sadie (Chloe Sevigny) assumes she did get pregnant and isn’t telling, but a mysterious stranger (Meg Tilly) believes her.

There are plenty of nasty secretion coming out of Lyonne’s body and her belly begins to protrude to a ridiculous, surreal degree. She pops an extreme blister in the Sundance tradition of Stoker, which opened with Mia Wasikowska popping a blister. Lyonne wins because her blister covers a lot more of her foot than Wasikowksa, like a lot.

Lou isn’t the only one suffering from gory effects. There’s some good face splatter when others try to help. The end result is one hell of a climax. It looks like a practical suit with some CGI enhancements and it totally works.

There’s some visual uncertainty in writer/director Danny Perez’s presentation. Lou does all the drugs (pot, coke, pills) so she is possibly unreliable. Her nightmare visions culminate in plushies from a children’s restaurant (off brand Chuck-E-Cheese but definitely not Chuck-E-Chees) probing her. The dealer Gabriel (Marc Webber) is a significant character too, and some of his junkie harem have some completely unrelated body horror going on to complement Lou’s.

Antibirth is simple in genre terms. It knows body horror and does it well. The mythology it reveals is clever, but I don’t want to spoil it. Perez’s style keeps everything nasty, but it’s fun to go on the nasty ride with him and this cast.

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First Look at Thommy Hutson’s ‘The Id’ Creeps In!

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 17:26

We have a first look at Thommy Hutson‘s The Id, which is set to premiere at The Hollywood Reel Independent Film Fest (get tickets here).

Produced by Thommy Hutson and Amityville: The Awakening‘s Daniel Farrands, the pic stars Amanda Wyss of A Nightmare on Elm Street, Better Off Dead and even Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

Meridith Lane is truly her father’s daughter. Doting, attentive, obedient. But after years spent confined together in a claustrophobic house, middle-aged Meridith’s relationship to her increasingly cruel and sadistic elderly father is veering toward disaster. When a figure from her past suddenly re-enters her life, Meridith is confronted with the harsh reality of her father’s monstrous nature. Deciding she must set herself free from his dominion, Meridith descends into a terrifying world of horrific visions, after one impulsive and irreversible act plunges her into a waking nightmare of her own making. And she is about to find out that, no matter what, the most important man in a girl’s life… is her father.

The Hollywood Reel Independent Film Fest will take place on Thursday, February 18th at 9:15pm at Regal LA LIVE Stadium 14 Cineplex 1000 West Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90015.

“I loved the challenge of bringing Meridith’s heartbreaking story to life because the whole process was a thrilling roller coaster of emotion and tension,” Amanda Wyss explained. “It was also a dream to work with Thommy on his directorial debut. The experience created a special bond between us that really made it possible to make this movie. It was incredible to tackle such a demanding role and be surrounded by a cast and crew who were so protective and giving. I am really proud of the film.”

Hutson added: “I was thrilled to be making my directorial debut with a project that has so many layers and interesting characters. I’m also very lucky that Amanda took the leap to play Meridith, a woman whose emotions run the gamut. She brought so much to the role and worked perfectly against Patrick [Peduto], who played her father. It’s really exciting to know people will be watching this story unfold and taking a journey with these characters. Every one of the cast and crew pulled together and worked so hard, on such a tight budget and schedule, to make it all happen.”

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‘Regression’: New Date For Cult Thriller From the Director of ‘The Others’!

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 15:13

The Others director Alejandro Amenabar is back with a new chiller, Regression, which pits Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke (Before Midnight, Training Day) and Emma Watson (Noah, Harry Potter) against a Satanic cult.

Dimension Films will now release in limited theaters on February 5th.

The below U.S. trailer for Regression is way different than the international one, keeping the hooded figures a mystery (there’s a really brief, fuzzy shot of them) and saving them for a bigger reveal during the film’s release.

Minnesota, 1990. Detective Bruce Kenner (Ethan Hawke) investigates the case of young Angela (Emma Watson), who accuses her father, John Gray (David Dencik), of an unspeakable crime. When John unexpectedly and without recollection admits guilt, renowned psychologist Dr. Raines (David Thewlis) is brought in to help him relive his memories and what they discover unmasks a horrifying nationwide mystery.

David Thewlis (The Fifth Estate, Harry Potter), David Dencik (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo) , Dale Dickey (Winter´s Bone, True Blood), Lothaire Bluteau (The Tudors) and Devon Bostick (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) also star.

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5 Horror Authors and Their First Novels

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 15:00

Sometimes there’s nothing better than curling up with a good book. While ingesting movies and TV shows is easy, it doesn’t leave a whole lot to our imagination since the vast majority of visuals are given to us on a silver platter screen. But a book requires imagination. A book requires the reader to draw upon their own experiences and memories to create unique mental paintings to accentuate the words on the pages.

We don’t get to talk too much about books on Bloody-Disgusting so I feel it’s appropriate to once in a while bring up the medium to show that it’s something we not only approve of but also love wholeheartedly.

To that end, I wanted to do something a bit fun and take a look at five renowned horror authors and recognize their first published works. If you’ve read them, tell me your thoughts! Also, definitely let us know your favorite horror novel in the comments!

Michael Crichton – “Odds On”/”Andromeda Strain”

So, Michael Crichton might be a bit of an odd name on here as he’s not known primarily for his horror works. Rather, he’s most recognized for his thrillers, which mainly relied upon a medical foundation. After all, this was the guy that created “ER”, which was incredibly celebrated and acclaimed during its 15 season run.

However, don’t forget that Crichton is the man responsible for not only “Jurassic Park”, “Congo”, “Sphere”, and “The Lost World”, two of which produced massively successful films and the other two, well…let’s just pretend that those movies didn’t happen, shall we? So the man definitely has a strong grasp on horror.

Interestingly, Crichton’s first novel, 1966’s “Odds On”, was actually released under the pen name John Lange and was about an attempted robbery in Costa Brava in Spain.

His first actual novel under his own name was the 1969 virus thriller “The Andromeda Strain”, which was adapted into a film in 1971 as well as a miniseries in 2008. It was a best seller upon release and cemented Crichton as a writer to pay very close attention to.

Stephen King – “Carrie”

The modern master of horror himself, King’s first novel was 1974’s “Carrie”, which followed the growth of the repressed and bullied Carrie White as she realizes that she has telekinetic powers that grant her the ability to take revenge on those who have maligned her for years.

The book was turned into a movie in 1976 with Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie as well as a remake in 2013 with Chloë Grace Moretz. There was also a sequel to the original in 1999.

“Carrie” almost never happened, believe it or not. King wrote several pages but threw them out thinking them terrible. His wife found them and urged him to finish the novel, which he did. The rest, as they say, is history as the book went on to sell over a million copies in its first year of release.

Since then, King has released dozens of novels, scores of short stories, and his works have been adapted into countless films, TV shows, comics, and more.

Clive Barker – “The Damnation Game”

While Barker’s “Books of Blood” were written and released in 1984, “The Damnation Game” was the first full length novel that Barker published.

The novel follows Marty Strauss and the Faustian tale that he is drawn into. While Stephen King had already crowned Barker as “the future of horror” with the aforementioned “Books of Blood”, it was “The Damnation Game” that proved Barker could intertwine horror with fantasy, drama, and romance, creating novels that are an epic journey that should not be missed.

Dean Koontz – “Star Quest”

Another author that mixes additional elements into horror, such as fantasy, thrillers, and sci-fi, Koontz has written dozens of novels and scores of short stories, many of which have been adapted into film, such as Phantoms, Odd Thomas, Demon Seed, as well as others.

Koontz however first got his name out with the sci-fi novella “Star Quest”, which followed the rivalry between two warring interplanetary factions. The Wiki description talks about the rebel Tohm, who was, “…forcibly changed into a fearfully armored instrument of mechanical warfare—the man-tank Jumbo Ten“, which sounds pretty horrific. Definitely some body horror action going on there!

H.P. Lovecraft – “The Case of Charles Dexter Ward”

Oooh, boy. Lovecraft is a bit of a doozy. The man was most known for his short stories, of which there are many. In fact, that’s really where he got his start, beginning with 1917’s “The Tomb”, which wasn’t published for five years. His second short story is “Dagon”, which was turned into a fantastic and, in my opinion, underappreciated movie by Stuart Gordon.

After years of short stories, it wasn’t until 1927 that Lovecraft would write his first novella, “The Case of Charles Dexter Ward”, which followed the titular character as he investigates his mysterious and possibly supernatural lineage.

Lovecraft was apparently not too thrilled with the overall finished product, electing to not push too hard to get it published. As a result, it was only released after the author’s death.

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‘The Witch’ Clip Pushes Film’s Satanic Core

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 14:47

The trailer for Robert Eggers’ The Witch (read our review) is already one of the most nerve-racking in years. Now, the clips are starting to roll in and are really, really pushing in on the rattling quotes.

This one doesn’t show much, but it’s tense, and features the bold declaration by Rolling Stone: “Like an unnerving ‘Grimm’s’ fairy tale directed by Stanley Kubrick and tongue-kissed by Satan.” Holy shit, right?

The Witch opens to tremendous hype on February 19, 2016.

Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Ellie Grainger, and Lucas Dawson star in the film rated R “for disturbing violent content and graphic nudity.

“In this exquisitely made and terrifying new horror film, the age-old concepts of witchcraft, black magic and possession are innovatively brought together to tell the intimate and riveting story of one family’s frightful unraveling in the New England wilderness circa 1630.

New England, 1630. Upon threat of banishment by the church, an English farmer leaves his colonial plantation, relocating his wife and five children to a remote plot of land on the edge of an ominous forest — within which lurks an unknown evil. Strange and unsettling things begin to happen almost immediately — animals turn malevolent, crops fail, and one child disappears as another becomes seemingly possessed by an evil spirit. With suspicion and paranoia mounting, family members accuse teenage daughter Thomasin of witchcraft, charges she adamantly denies. As circumstances grow more treacherous, each family member’s faith, loyalty and love become tested in shocking and unforgettable ways.

Writer/director Robert Eggers’ debut feature, which premiered to great acclaim at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival — winning the Best Director Prize in the U.S. Narrative Competition — painstakingly recreates a God-fearing New England decades before the 1692 Salem witch trials, in which religious convictions tragically turned to mass hysteria. Told through the eyes of the adolescent Thomasin — in a star-making turn by newcomer Anya Taylor-Joy — and supported by mesmerizing camera work and a powerful musical score, THE WITCH is a chilling and groundbreaking new take on the genre.”

Visit the film’s official website for more.

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Deftones Tease New Music: Post Dates for Mini-Tour

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 14:42

Deftones have posted a tease of a new track titled “Gore” via their official website as well as revealing tour dates for a short tour that will take place this March. While only six dates have been revealed (all taking place in the Southwest of the States), there is a lot of room in between the confirmed appearances to expand the tour.

Vocalist Chino Moreno spoke about the sound of the new album in an interview with BBC Radio 1’s “Rock Show” last Spring, saying:

I think it’s a little more of a heady record. I feel like we’ve gone into the songs and really dissected them. If something sounded a little straight, we took a left turn and made things a little screwy. We just tried something completely opposite, not to sabotage it, but to challenge ourselves and try new things that we haven’t done in the past.

“It definitely feels like we’ve taken a step from our last record. But it’s definitely a DEFTONES record, and it has all the elements that make us who we are. We’re not going out there to change anything, other than just thinking outside the box.

This new album, which will come out April 8th, will be the followup to 2012’s excellent Koi No Yokan.

Tour dates:
MAR 05 MUSINK FESTIVAL Costa Mesa, CA
MAR 16 NEVER SAY NEVER FESTIVAL Mission, TX
MAR 19 LONESTAR EVENTS CENTER San Antonio, TX
MAR 20 SOUTH SIDE BALLROOM Dallas, TX
MAR 22 REVENTION MUSIC CENTER Houston, TX
MAR 24 LONESTAR PAVILION Lubbock, TX

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‘Camino’ Trailer Heads Into the Jungle With Zoë Bell!

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 14:28

XLrator Media released the trailer for their action-thriller Camino (read our review) starring Zoë Bell (Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, Death Proof) and Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes, Open Windows, VHS Viral) in a rare acting role.

Set for VOD release March 4th, “Set in 1985, war photographer Avery Taggert (Zoë Bell) has built a solid career with her stark and honest imagery, all the while remaining emotionally distant from her subjects. When she embeds in the jungles of Colombia with a squad of missionaries led by a beloved and charismatic Spaniard known as “El Guero” (Nacho Vigalondo), she finds herself in the middle of a conflict as violent as any she’s photographed. One night, she happens upon El Guero committing a heinous atrocity, capturing the vile act on film, an image with the potential to discredit and destroy El Guero. Knowing this brilliant psychopath will employ every tactic at his disposal to destroy that photograph – and the photographer who took it – Avery flees into the harsh jungle with nothing but the camera hanging around her neck to escape from missionaries twisted into violent guerrillas by the madman intent on destroying all enemies.

Fully financed and produced by Bleiberg Entertainment, the film will be released on XLrator’s “TURBO” action label.

Camino was directed by Josh C. Waller, who previously collaborated with Bell on Raze, written by Daniel Noah (Max Rose, McCanick), and produced by Waller, Noah, and Ehud Bleiberg (The Iceman).

Nicholas Donnermeyer and Barry Gordon executive produce along with Bell and Vigalondo. Bleiberg Entertainment and Red Granite International subsidiary Blue Box International are handling international sales at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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‘The Curse’ and ‘Curse II’ from Scream Factory!

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 14:15

On February 23rd, get ready for a double dose of ‘80s horror with the release of The Curse and Curse II from Scream Factory!

Available on Blu-ray for the first time, fans can pre-order their copies of this double feature by visiting ShoutFactory.com.

THE CURSE

Life on the family dairy farm is difficult for young Zach Hayes (Wil Wheaton, Stand by Me): hard work, long hours and the normal family squabbles. But after an ice-blue meteor plunges through the midnight sky and lands on their property, it gets worse. Zach and the local doctor discover that something inside the meteor is infecting the local water on their farm. Fruits, which look perfect on the outside, are teeming with worms… and Zach’s family is beginning to change… hideously!

This shocker is directed by actor David Keith (Firestarter, White of the Eye) and co-stars Claude Akins (Tentacles), Malcolm Danare (Christine), Cooper Huckabee (The Funhouse) and John Schneider (Smallville). The original theatrical trailer is included as a bonus feature.

CURSE II: THE BITE

Two young lovers, Clark (J. Eddie Peck, Kyle XY) and Lisa (Jill Schoelen, The Stepfather), traveling through the desert unwittingly pass through an abandoned nuclear test site which has become a breeding ground for deadly mutant killer snakes. When Clark is bitten, he undergoes a grotesque transformation into a hideous snake monster!

This chiller filled with slithering horror also stars Jamie Farr (M*A*S*H), Shiri Appleby (Roswell) and Bo Svenson (Walking Tall Part II).

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‘We Go On’: Trailer Premiere For ‘YellowBrickRoad’ Directors’ Supernatural Thriller (Exclusive)

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 14:01

YellowBrickRoad filmmakers Andy Mitton and Jesse Holland are back with a new supernatural thriller, We Go On, which will have its World Premiere at the Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, with screenings at Cinema 12 on Saturday March 5th at 9:30pm, Sunday March 6th at 1:30pm, and Saturday March 12 at midnight.

We Go On stars Annette O’Toole (Stephen King’s “It,” “Smallville”), Clark Freeman (YellowBrickRoad), John Glover (Gremlins), Giovanna Zacarías (The Legend of Zorro), Jay Dunn, and Laura Heisler.

“We Go On follows Miles Grissom, who is offering reward money to the first person who can show him a ghost, an angel, a demon – anything to prove there’s life after death. He narrows the responses to three viable candidates – a scientist, a medium, a worldly entrepreneur – and along with his protective mother, he embarks on a dangerous adventure through Los Angeles that will spiral into an unthinkable nightmare.

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Sample the Music of ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ [Exclusive]

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 13:10

We’re getting really excited for the upcoming period zombie film Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which looks to be violent, gory, and thoroughly entertaining! And to celebrate the movie’s impending release, we’ve got our hands on a very cool visual soundtrack sampler that gives you a taste of the music of composer Fernando Velázquez (Devil, The Orphanage, Crimson Peak).

[Related Post] We Visit the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Sets in England!

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies focuses on the Bennett sisters – Elizabeth (Lily James), Lydia (Ellie Bamber), Mary (Millie Brady), Jane (Bella Heathcote), and Kitty (Suki Waterhouse) – several badass women who have been trained to brutally slay the undead.

The events in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies begin with the tangled relationship between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England, and is complicated by a full on outbreak of zombies.

The film stars Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth, Matt Smith, Charles Dance, and Lena Headey.

The music for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies comes out digitally on February 5th, the same day as the film’s theatrical release, and on CD February 19th via Varèse Sarabande Records.

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‘Friday the 13th’ Would Have Opened with 1980’s Paramount Logo

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 12:33

The next Friday the 13th is back at square one. But before PrisonersAaron Guzikowski was recently attached to do his own page one rewrite, “Hannibal’s” Nick Antosca took his own stab at the mythology of Jason Voorhees.

He speaks with Necronomicast about being hired by Paramount Pictures and Platinum Dunes to move away from found-footage, which was the original plan when Southbound‘s David Bruckner was attached to direct.

“[Paramount and Platinum Dunes] had a found-footage draft, and then I came in and did a page one rewrite [to] rethink, to some degree, making it not found-footage,” he explains as to what he was hired to do when Bruckner was already aboard as director. “I worked really closely with him. His idea from the first meeting was he wanted [Friday the 13th] to really have likable, real characters, and to be set in the 80’s.”

In a recent interview Bruckner stated that he a coming-of-age monster movie in the spirit of Dazed and Confused.

Antosca confirms this direction adding that “Jason shows up and shereds everybody.”

“And that’s what we did. That was the plan and we had a great time. [It was] an incredibly fun and rewarding creative experience,” he continued. “Awhile later I heard they decided not to do it in the 80’s. I’m bummed they didn’t do the draft [but] I’m more bummed that David is not on the project [anymore].”

This is where Antosca rips out my heart and cuts it up with a machete: “When I was working on Friday, I went back and watched the Paramount ones, multiple times, because that was the spirit we wanted – starting with the 80’s Paramount logo and all that.”

Say what?! Kill me now. It sounds as if they really had a fun and unique new direction to the franchise. Now, I’m worried we’re going to get yet another cookie-cutter interpretation of the original that’s more like a direct remake than something with a rejuvenated spirit.

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[Review] NECA’s Ultimate Leatherface is Truly the Ultimate Figure

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 12:01

Back in 2005, NECA launched their Cult Classics line of figures, which was more or less their version of McFarlane Toys’ Movie Maniacs line. The Cult Classics line only lasted three years, but it gave fans some great figures. One of which was of Leatherface from the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I never got around to grabbing Leatherface back then, but late last year, Leatherface joined Freddy as the next slasher icon in the Ultimate figure line. Given how awesome of a job NECA did with Freddy, Leatherface was destined to be too good to pass up. I know that this figure’s been out for a few months now, but really, this one deserves your attention.

Packaging:
As with other figures in the line, Leatherface comes in a collector-friendly windowbox package, recreating the poster art for the film. The back of the box features the film’s premise, accompanied with shots of the figure and accessories. The interior art behind the figure is of the iconic moment of Leatherface standing in the doorway with his hammer. Great stuff.

Sculpting/Paintwork:
Those of you who snagged the retro figure of Leatherface in his classic outfit know the fantastic job NECA did in recreating Leatherface in figure form, and with the Ultimate version, it’s once again an outstanding job. The figure stands at 7″ tall, and has Leatherface in a slightly hunched look. The mask is actually a separate piece that’s glued onto the head instead of the head being just a single piece. The detail in Leatherface’s mouth also done in great detail with his gnarled teeth and lips. The figure’s clothes feature sculpted wrinkles, seams and stitching, and the paint detail is nothing short of amazing. The skin has been given a couple of paint washes to get across an appropriately grimy look. Dust and dirt have been applied realistically, and without any smearing. What does smear (appropriately, mind you) is the blood on Leatherface’s apron, which again, has been done in a realistic fashion without just having it applied nonsensically. Speaking of the apron, instead of being sculpted in soft rubber, the apron actually made of a faux-leather material that is separate from the figure. You can remove the apron if you want, but you’ll have to tie it in the back if you want to put it back on. Small details, such as the mud on Leatherface’s pants and boots, as well as the bracelet on his left hand and his tie, are again done with great care.

Articulation:
Leatherface features over 25 points of articulation. The head is on a ball joint, although because of the hunched sculpt, can’t look up as far. Still, the figure can look left and right, and the head moves side to side without problems. The arms are on pin-and-socket joints, and can move outward and up and down. They aren’t hindered by the sculpt at any point, and have the right amount of tightness. The elbow bends roughly at 45°, and can rotate side to side. The hands are on a ball joint, and can rotate all the way around without problems.

The waist is on a ball joint, and can swivel Leatherface side to side, as well as move up and down. The sculpt does hinder the movement slightly, but it’s not that big of a problem. The legs are also on a pin-and-socket joint, and can move up and down, inward and outward, as well as rotate without problem. The legs also bend at the knee and can rotate, and the feet are also on ball joints that can move and rotate freely. All of the joints are appropriately tight, and don’t flop around at all.

Accessories:
As usual for the line, NECA has a boatload of accessories to go with Leatherface. First off is the interchangeable head, which is the Old Woman Mask, and like the regular Killing Mask head, is done in amazing detail, and again the mask was originally a separate piece glued onto the head. The heads can be popped off with some effort, and they fit nice and snug on the pin. The Old Woman head features the same amount of movement as the Killing Mask head.

Following that is the chainsaw, which has equally-impressive detail as the figure itself. Not only is the sculpt done showing things like vents, the actual chain on the saw and more, the paint detail is spectacular. The blood, metal and dirt on the saw are exquisite. Very nicely done. The hands are sculpted as such to allow the figure to hold the saw and the other accessories in either hand, as well as give you the ability to recreate some of Leatherface’s iconic poses. Also included is the hammer, a meathook with an appropriately bloody end, a meat cleaver and a knife. All of the accessories are again done in great detail with nicks and scratches, and the paint on each brings them to another level. While the nitpicking in me would’ve liked to have seen a bucket of body parts to complete any sort of diorama ideas, what’s here is more than enough for fans to get going.

Overall:
Really, this figure deserves the title of Ultimate. From the sculpt, to the paint, to the articulation and to the accessories, this is quite simply the best Leatherface figure you can get in this size. NECA has done a spectacular job once again, and it’s really a no-brainer to pick this one up. And, with the announcement that Chop-Top and Leatherface from Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 would be getting the retro-style treatment, fans of the series have a lot to look forward to.

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‘The House On Pine Street’: Terror Films Nabs Haunter (Exclusive)

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 11:22

Terror Films has acquired the US rights to the horror film The House On Pine Street by directors Aaron and Austin Keeling, Bloody Disgusting can exclusively report.

The story revolves around Jennifer (Emily Goss) who is seven months pregnant and reluctantly returning to her hometown in Kansas after an unexpected mental breakdown. Coping with her fears of motherhood, a strained relationship with her husband, Luke (Taylor Bottles), and the overbearing presence of her own mother, Meredith (Cathy Barnett), Jennifer struggles to regain control of her life. But when strange things start happening in their new rental home, Jennifer begins to fear that it may be haunted. Alone in her convictions, Jennifer is forced to question her sanity as she attempts to find out what, if anything, is plaguing the house.

The directing duo also co-wrote and produced the film along with Natalie Jones and Monique Thomas.

Terror Films closed the deal with James Fler from Canadian based International Sales Rep and Distributor, Raven Banner Entertainment. Terror Films executive, Joe Dain who negotiated the deal stated, “The House On Pine Street is a fantastic haunted house film. We couldn’t be happier to be doing business with Raven Banner. Their taste in quality horror films is top notch.”

Fler adds: “We at Raven Banner are thrilled at the opportunity to be working with Terror Films for The House On Pine Street‘s US release. Always exciting to be able to work with like minded companies and people, who are not only professional, but just as importantly, true genre fans at heart.”

The House On Pine Street was an official selection at 14 domestic and international film festivals including New Orleans Horror Film Festival where it won the Best Feature award, Nocturna Madrid International Fantastic Film Festival, Molins Horror Film Festival, and the Kansas International Film Festival. The film is currently slated for a wide ancillary release this summer with a possible limited theatrical run being considered. Terror Films will revamp the film’s current poster and trailer, which were created by E3W Productions, prior to the film’s official release date.

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POV Horror ‘Hotel Inferno’ Has So. Much. Blood.

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 11:11

Here’s a sweet look at Giulio De Santi’s first-person apocalyptic horror Hotel Inferno.

Follow a contract killer on the job as the hunter becomes the hunted of demonic monsters in these uber gory stills.

Hitman Frank Zimosa is hired for a lucrative mission by a rich client. The objective: kill two people in a hotel. But this simple job soon becomes a nightmare as an army of insane henchmen and monsters are waiting for him, all under the control of an ancient and unstoppable demon – now Frank must fight his way out with any weapon he can get his hands on.

These have to be some of the best indie-produced special effects I’ve seen in quite some time. With Hardcore also arriving this summer, Hotel Inferno looks like the perfect horror compliment.

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[Sundance Review] ‘Outlaws and Angels’ is a Bloody Awful Western

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 10:59

It’s great to see a film shot and projected on film at Sundance. Too bad they didn’t know how to record sound. Half the locations drown out the actors and the score sounds like it was recorded on a boom box, it’s so blown out and distorted. That’s just one of the technically incompetent, amateurish aspects of Outlaws and Angels.

A gang of outlaws led by Henry (Chad Michael Murray) invade the home of bible thumping matriarch Ada (Teri Polo), her husband George (Ben BrowdeR) and daughters Florence (Francesca Eastwood) and Charlotte (Madisen Beaty). A lawman (Luke Wilson) is on the hunt but he won’t get there before the outlaws traumatized this family.

The 35mm film can’t hide that all the actors look like they’re in a Frontier Town theme park. Most are doing caricature western prospector accents. Wilson is saddled with lines like, “come out slow-like” and “That’s what you get for talking out your neck, you yellow scamp.” A cameo player as an abusive husband clearly does not make contact when he slaps his wife, twice.

The outlaws spend the night making cheap sexual threats on the daughters. Rape is portrayed several times for shock value, or one time in the case of a revenge re-rape for comedy. Ridiculous scenes like a protracted disrobing by Murray rob the villains of any menace. There are a few genuine shocks but the film has so failed to create a reality or the old west into which to buy. The kills are bloody, I’ll give them that.

Director JT Mollner and cinematographer Matthew Irving go overboard on zoom lenses in every scene. If Sergio Leone were still here to see this, he’d say, “Settle down, dudes.” They do Leone freeze frame opening titles too, but they only show the same thing over and over. It’s a guy in a mask from this angle, and that angle, and another angle!

Congratulations on getting this first feature into the Sundance Film Festival. I think it was a mistake to submit it though because it’s not ready. Now one of the largest audiences of decision makers in the industry has seen what looks like an unfinished student film.

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Dark Sky Battles Demons With ‘Convergence’ (Trailer)

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 10:33

A detective on the trail of a terrorist finds himself in a supernaturally charged trap where all the rules of police work go out the window in director Drew Hall’s Convergence.

The film arrives in select theaters on February 5, 2016 and on Digital Download, Blu-ray & DVD on February 9, 2016.

Detective Ben Walls (Clayne Crawford, Rectify, A Walk to Remember) lives a quiet life with his wife and newborn daughter. But he’s called into action after an explosion at a local women’s health clinic – and explosion that may be the work of a terrorist bomber Ben has been tracking. While investigating the scene, another shocking event lands Ben himself in the hospital. When he awakens he is surprisingly uninjured and ready to go back into the field. But at the behest of his captain (Mykelti Williamson, Forrest Gump, Con Air) and the hospital’s few but eerily incongruous patients and staff, Ben is forced to remain inside the building.

As Ben navigates the hospital’s alarmingly empty hallways, he soon finds himself hunted by a self-proclaimed avenging angel (Ethan Embry, Eagle Eye, Vacancy), who may be the terrorist he has been looking for, and haunted by apparitions whose deadly motives remain a mystery. As Ben’s sense of reality begins to spiral out of control and the demons that surround him close in, he must find a way to both stop the supernatural forces that want him dead and catch the bomber before he strikes again.

A modern-day myth about redemption that’s equal parts crime thriller, supernatural horror and action spectacle, Convergence is said to keep you guessing at every turn of its twisting plot right up until the last shocking frame.

Also starring in this gripping and unsettling film are Chelsea Bruland (Left Behind), Gary Grubbs (JFK), Laura Cayouette (Django Unchained) and Catalina Soto-Aguilar (Sons of Liberty).

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