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[Review] ‘Old 37’ Fails to Distinguish Itself from the Pack

Tue, 09/22/2015 - 10:22

If the director of a movie chooses to credit himself as Alan Smithee, that’s never a good thing. The reason for making this choice could be a variety of things, but basically it boils down to the director not being too fond of the final product. Christian Winters directed Old 37 but if you look it up on IMDB you’ll see that Smithee gets the credit. That’s not a promising sign.

The plot of Old 37 is fairly thin. Two crazy brothers who own a junk yard and an ambulance listen for crashes out along a semi-remote highway. Whenever they get wind of an accident they’re the first ones on the scene. Unfortunately for the victims these brothers aren’t there to help. Instead they take the victims back to their junkyard where they then proceed to torture them.

That’s basically the entire plot. Other little things happen, but nothing seems to be all that relevant to anything. We have a teenage girl who has a serious self esteem problem. Apparently her problems are because she has small boobs. Her mom has a very active social life, going out with a different guy each night. I’m sure that doesn’t make things any easier. Mom is aware of her daughter’s issue however, and decides to take her to get a boob job. You’re the best, mom!

Let’s talk about this boob job for a minute. This is a teenage girl getting a boob job and then on what appears to be the very next day she gets a complete makeover, presumably to go with her new boobs. Then she immediately goes out on a date. Is there no recovery time for boob jobs? I’m not doctor but that seems like a fairly major procedure that would require a little rest after. Instead this girl is rushing right out to put her boobs on display!

(I never expected to say ‘boob job’ this many times in a review)

Old 37 seems to have a message about safe driving. All the teenagers that get into accidents due so out of their own stupidity. Whether it be driving too fast or having sex while driving or any other moronic thing you can think of that is considered cool to do while behind the wheel, these kids try it. They’re all punished it for at least. Whether it be the accident killing them or the brothers, they all learn a very harsh lesson.

Old 37 has all the elements that you find in low budget horror movies these days. Kane Hodder and Bill Moseley play the brothers. I love them both and I’m always excited to see them, but they play in a lot of bad movies. Old 37 is another bad movie you can add to their list. They do fine enough with the material they have, but in all honesty they don’t have much to work with. Old 37 goes for the ultimate modern day low budget horror trifecta by tossing in an un-credited Lloyd Kaufman cameo.

You may know from my previous reviews that one of my biggest pet peeves with indie horror flicks is the music. A lot of the times these types of films have a soundtrack that consists of very generic and nondescript rock music. It’s typically awful. Old 37 is a step above that, but it still isn’t my cup of tea. The soundtrack comes courtesy of actual bands, and not something manufactured on a computer. Unfortunately it still has that generic sound to me. Per the credits the movie even had a few Circa Survive songs. Either I didn’t notice when the Circa Survive songs played or all these years I’ve thought Circa Survive was a completely different band. I give them credit for the effort though, at least they got legit bands unlike most small budget horror films.

Aside from Moseley, Hodder and Kaufman, the cast features a bunch of actors I’m unfamiliar with. Brandi Cyrus has a small role and I guess she’s Miley’s sister. So there’s that. I can’t really tell you if any of the actors are actually good or not. None of the performances were particularly strong, but I can’t put that all on the actors. The dialogue was really horrendous. Most of everyone here is supposed to be a teenage high school kid. Granted it’s been a while since I was in high school, but I don’t think kids these days speak like the kids in Old 37. If they do, well than that’s a shame.

The film isn’t all bad, however. The kills were decent and the practical effects were well done. Pete Gerner and Brian Spears served as the special makeup effects artists. The two have done a lot of great stuff over the years in films like Late Phases and Stake Land and what they pull off in Old 37 is quite enjoyable. At one point someone takes a saw to the neck and that looks fantastic. They also do a pretty nifty crucifixion out in the junk yard (pictured above).

Old 37 is what it is. It’s not great, groundbreaking indie horror, but it’s not completely awful either. It’s a better effort than most low budget entries. There’s some cool ideas in play. I like the two brothers with an ambulance rushing out to get victims from the scene of an accident. That’s actually a really cool idea with a ton of potential to go down a very dark road. Unfortunately the execution is lacking, mainly on the side of the script. This is the type of movie that I wouldn’t go out of my way to see, but if I happened to watch it one evening streaming on Netflix I wouldn’t be completely disappointed.

Be sure to check out Pat Torfe’s review of Old 37 as well.

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Sophie Cookson Hopes to Survive ‘The Crucifixion’

Tue, 09/22/2015 - 09:49

One of my all-time favorite film festival experiences was seeing Xavier Gens’ Frontier(s) twice at the Toronto International Film Festival. The movie was a blast from the past, an action-packed gore-fest that was inspired by The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.

Gens, who also helmed The Divide, is returning to horror with the thriller The Crucifixion, which is to be penned by The Conjuring writers Chad and Carey Hayes.

Now, casting is underway as we’ve learned that Kingsman star Sophie Cookson has landed the lead role.

Based on true events, “When a priest is jailed for the murder of a nun on whom he was performing an exorcism, an investigative journalist strives to determine whether he in fact murdered a mentally ill person, or if he lost the battle with a demonic presence.

Peter Safran (Annabelle, The Conjuring) and the Hayes brothers will produce The Crucifixion, with Lotus Entertainment’s Bill Johnson, Jim Seibel, D.J. Gugenheim and Ara Keshishian executive producing.

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Top Film Porkers Inspired By #PigGate

Tue, 09/22/2015 - 09:01

Across the pond in the U of K, erotic life is imitating art as Prime Minister, David Cameron, is accused of placing a private part of his posh anatomy in the mouth of a pig.  Sound familiar?  This was partial a plot point from an episode of “Black Mirror”, albeit a different porcine entry method.  With no fraternity houses in England this rite of passage coupled with the statue of the oral initiator is taking social media by storm under the hashtag of #PigGate’

Below are 10 movies with little piggies that got tongues wagging for another reason.

Saw Movies (2004 – 2010) Amanda & Jigsaws favourite face to wear out in public when abducting people to play games with.  I’m not sure how they actually saw through the eye holes & how they managed to not gag.  The pig processing plant playroom location was later introduced to the legacy of the over arching story to have it make sense.

Motel Hell (1980) Fritter making Farmer Vincent dons a happy looking piggie between cabbage cultivation.

The Bloodlands (2014) Scottish sausages terrorize Brits buy a new home on the border.  They should work on being more inviting!

Razorback (1984) A wild boar rampages down under.  Typical Aussie behavior.  Could have been avoided with a cold tinny.

We Ate The Children Last (2011) Brilliant Canadian short film based on a story where human / pig genetics are spliced together with trash eating result.  Filmed against the backdrop of black block G20 protests in Toronto.  Watch the award winning film here.

Berkshire County aka Tormented (2014) Sticking in Canada this burly pig stalker a teen baby sitter subject to cyber bullying.

Journey To The West (2013) Pig sucking is nothing new.  The demon essence has to be sucked out to pacify the demon.  Watch the fight here featuring more golden rings than those loaded in all the Sonic the Hedgehog Sega games.

La Petite Mote 2 (2014) Torture porn with a plastic piggy twist.  From the director of the official ‘Blood Feast’ remake with the same gore FX team.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 (2016) Gary Anthony Williams is set to mutate into a purple porker next year.

Hannibal (2001) Gary Oldman’s Mason Verger gets a satisfying face chomp from his trained pinky pals.

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OFDb Filmworks to Release ‘Retribution’ and ‘Island of Death’

Tue, 09/22/2015 - 08:21

OFDb Filmworks, the German company who early this year released excellent Blu-ray versions of The Resurrected and Hitch-Hike, have announced their titles to close out the year. If you haven’t gone region free yet, these releases from OFDb should be a good reason to consider doing so.

On October 23, 2015 OFDb will be releasing their standard edition Blu-ray of 1987’s Retribution from director Guy Magar. They released this one earlier in one of their digipacks which quickly sold out. Code Red did release this in the US, but it was limited to just 2,000 copies. It’ll likely be both easier and cheaper to get a copy of this upcoming OFDb release.

A Manic depressive artist survives a suicidal fall only to be possessed by a murdered gangster, who uses the artist to seek vengeance on those that ended his life.

Runtime: Blu-ray 109 Min, DVD 105 min
Regional Code: Blu-ray B, DVD 2
Picture Format: Blu-ray 1.78:1 (1080p), DVD 1.78:1 (16:9)
Sound format: Blu-ray German (DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0) & English (DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0), DVD German (Dolby Digital 2.0) & English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Subtitles: German

• Theatrical version from the new HD master (1.78: 1)
• Unrated in SD (4:3) [only BD]
• Audio commentary by director Guy Magar
• Deleted Scenes of the unrated version
• Trailer

Coming out on November 11, 2015 will be a release of Island of Death. OFDb is going to have their work cut out for them this time around as there’s already been a release from Arrow in both the US and UK for this film, but this will be the first mediabook release and there’s always a collector’s market for mediabooks. This version will of course be uncut and uncensored and come with a ton of special features. The Blu-ray release will come in three different options – two mediabooks limited to 750 copies each and then a standard Blu-ray release.

A British couple on a break on a small Greek Island are spreading terror beyond anything the islanders could have ever imagined. Only stopping every once in a while to shag anything that moves, be it man, woman or animal. But will they go unpunished, or will the inspector from London be able to put an end to their killing spree?

• Brand New 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative,   created in collaboration with director Nico Mastorakis
• Exploring Island of Death – film historian Stephen Thrower about the     emergence of a cult classic
• Return to Island of Death – Nico Mastorakis returns to the original locations    on Mykonos
• Alternate opening sequences
• Island Sounds – five tracks from the soundtrack of Island of Death
• Original Trailer
• German Trailer
• Introduction of Nico Mastorakis to the German Blu-ray premiere
• Audio commentary by Kai Naumann & Marcus Stiglegger
• Lobby cards and posters of the German cinema premiere
• Exclusive content in Media Book
• Interview with Nico Mastorakis
• The film of Nico Mastorakis – 4 – part documentary on the cinematic work of  Nico Mastorakis
• Nico Mastorakis Look Trailer
• Booklet with an essay by Thorsten Hanisch
Runtime: Blu-ray 106 Min, DVD 102 Min
Regional Code: Blu-ray B, DVD 2
Picture Format: Blu-ray 1.33:1 (1080p), DVD 1.33:1
Sound format: Blu-ray German (DTS-HD MasterAudio 2.0) & English (DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0), DVD German (Dolby Digital 2.0) & English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Subtitles: German

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Shock to Release 9-Film Vincent Price Blu-ray Collection

Tue, 09/22/2015 - 08:21

This is pretty exciting news. Shock, the wonderful company out of Australia, is set to release a 9-film Vincent Price Collection on Blu-ray on October 7, 2015. This is welcome news because as most of you may know the first volume of the Scream Factory sets recently went OOP and are now going for pretty ridiculous prices from third party sellers. Of the 6 films that were on that Scream Factory set, only one (The Pit and the Pendulum) is not included on this set. Still even without that one, this new set includes the other 5 films plus 4 more. Of course this set is Region B so you need a region free player, but still this is wonderful news.

And this set includes the House on Haunted Hill! To the best of my knowledge this will be the Blu-ray debut for what is arguably the best William Castle movie ever. Yes, I am very thrilled about this.

Currently you can pre-order the set from JB Hi-Fi out of Australia and it’s listed at $75 AUD. Once you factor in the exchange rate you’re looking at about $54 USD for 9 Vincent Prince films on Blu-ray. That is a smoking deal! And if you pre-order the set from JB Hi-Fi you get their lowest price guarantee, so if it goes cheaper than that before the release date, you’ll automatically get it at the cheaper price. You kind of can’t afford not to pick this set up.

Check out the full lineup of movies on the set below!

The Abominable Dr Phibes
One by one, Vincent Price kills off a team of doctors who failed to save his wife on the operating table. Due to injury in an auto accident, Phibes has no face or voice. He devises gruesome ends for the doctors, each death patterned after one of the plagues brought down on Ramses in ancient Egypt — from bats to locusts.

Dr Phibes Rises Again
This sequel to the stylish 1971 melodrama The Abominable Dr. Phibes once more stars Vincent Price in the title role. Long believed dead, Phibes arises from a state of suspended animation, in search of the means to bring his deceased wife back to the land of the living. With the aid of the enigmatic, never-speaking Vulnavia (Valli Kemp), Phibes follows an Egyptian expedition, seeking out an ancient elixir of life and killing everyone who gets in his way.

Witchfinder General
By consensus, Vincent Price’s finest performance among his gallery of horror-movie rogues comes in Witchfinder General, the intense 1968 film that erased any hint of camp from the actor’s persona. Price plays Matthew Hopkins, a sadistic 17th-century “witchfinder” who uses barbaric methods to identify (and invariably execute) supposed witches. Along with Price’s disciplined work, Witchfinder is also the best film by the talented and ill-fated director Michael Reeves, who was only 24 when he shot the movie. The final sequence is perhaps the most harrowing fade-out of any Sixties horror picture, and offers no comforting resolution.

Tomb Of Ligeia
Some years after having buried his beloved wife Ligea, Verden Fell meets and eventually marries the lovely Lady Rowena. Fell is something of a recluse, living in a small part of a now ruined Abbey with his manservant Kenrick as the only other occupant. He remains infatuated with his late wife and is convinced that she will return to him. While all goes well when first married, he returns to his odd behavior when they return to the Abbey from their honeymoon. The memories of Ligea continue to haunt him as well as her promise that she would never die.

The Haunted Palace
In this chilling adaption of H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Case Of Charles Dexter Ward”, Charles Dexter Ward (Vincent Price) travels with his wife Ann (Debra Paget) to Arkham to inspect a mansion he has inherited. The original lord of the manor was his Great Grandfather Joseph Curwen, a disciple of the devil, who placed a hideous curse on the villages as they burned him at the stake. Slowly Ward feels the spirit of his ancestor possessing him and seeking a desperate vengeance on the descedants of those who previously thwarted his plans. Accursed mutants…evil possession…will anyone escape The Haunted Palace?

House Of Usher
When a beautiful young woman’s suitor arrives to ask her hand in marriage, the doors of the mysterious house of Usher fling open…and terror begins. It seems the young woman’s brother is violently oppos- ed to her planned marriage and resorts to macabre ends to prevent the tainted Usher blood from spreading to future generations.

House On Haunted Hill
The sinister Price invites his enemies to spend the night in his decaying, old, creepy mansion with a violent past. He offers them $10,000 each if they can spend the whole night there. He gives each one a tiny coffin with a gun enclosed and then comes up with all sorts of devices to cause them to use the guns on each other.

Masque Of The Red Death
The Masque of the Red Death is Roger Corman’s, and most people’s, choice as the best of the Edgar Allan Poe pictures. Masque offers the expected creepy atmosphere and violence against peasants, plus metaphysical ponderings and pointed satanic cruelty. Death and Debauchery reign in the castle of Prince Prospero (Vincent Price), and when it reigns… it pours! Prospero has only once excuse for his diabolical deeds–the devil made him do it! But when a mysterious, uninvited guest crashes his pad during a masquerade ball, there’ll be hell to pay as the party atmosphere turns into a danse macabre!

The Last Man On Earth
Screen legend Vincent Price stars in this, the first, and finest, adaptation of Richard Matheson’s classic horror/sci-fi novel I Am Legend. After a plague wipes out the human race, Dr. Robert Morgan (Price) struggles with loneliness – and his sanity as the monotony of the unending days broken only by his daily hunts for vampires! One day on his solitary travels he runs across another human: is she a mirage, or real? This existential masterpiece ratchets up the tension, and keeps it up, until the last thrilling frame.

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New to Blu – Week of 9/22/2015

Tue, 09/22/2015 - 08:21

Each week here at Bloody Disgusting we like to highlight some of the new Blu-ray releases hitting shelves across the world. Please note that this isn’t every release for the week, just a few of the ones that jumped out at us.

Pretty busy week. Lots of new stuff hitting Blu-ray. In the US and UK Tobe Hooper’s Eaten Alive makes it first ever appearance on the format. But check out what Germany has in store for us this week. Lots of cool steelbooks and mediabooks!

U.S. Releases

The Sentinel (Scream Factory)

Not ready for marriage, a fashion model moves into an unbelievably nice Brooklyn Heights apartment, where scary occurrences turn into a much more frightening turn of events.

Eaten Alive (Arrow)

A psychotic redneck who owns a dilapidated hotel in rural East Texas kills various people who upset him or his business, and he feeds their bodies to a large crocodile that he keeps as a pet in the swamp beside his hotel.

The Satan Bug (Kino Lorber)

John Sturges directed this sizzling suspenser about a nerve-racking chase to recover flasks of a lethal virus which were stolen from a government lab by a deranged and dangerous scientist. Based on a novel by Alistair MacLean (writing under pseudonym Ian Stuart).

Black Caesar (Olive Films)

Tommy Gibbs is a tough kid, raised in the ghetto, who aspires to be a kingpin criminal. As a young boy, his leg is broken by a bad cop on the take, during a payoff gone bad. Nursing his vengeance, he rises to power in Harlem, New York. Angry at the racist society around him, both criminal and straight, he sees the acquisition of power as the solution to his rage. He performs a free-lance hit on a Mob contract to attract the attention of the head of a Mafia family. Reluctantly accepted into ‘The Family,’ he grows increasingly autonomous and aggressive, eventually starting a gang war.

Busting (Kino Lorber)

LA cops Gould and Blake get in over their heads when they don’t heed orders from above and go after a big crime boss. While higher ups in the police department want the cop duo to just focus on nabbing petty criminals, the team does so while still going after LA kingpin Rizzo. Various fist fights, chases, shootouts and other carnage occur as the two cops go after Rizzo’s crime syndicate.

The Desctructors (Kino Lorber)

When a US intelligence agent is unable to bring a ruthless drug baron to justice, he resorts to hiring a contract killer. But the man he is put in contact with turns out to be an old friend.

Nightmare Weekend (Vinegar Syndrome)

A maniacally evil woman manipulates a computer and uses it to warp people’s minds and turn them into crazed mutanoid zombies.

Slaughter (Olive Films)

Slaughter, a former Green Beret, avenges the killing of loved ones by the Mob, and in so doing is coerced by the Feds into traveling to Mexico to finish off surviving mobsters.

The Woods (Olive Films)

Equal parts Dario Argento and Henry James, Lucky McKee’s brooding psychological horror film stars Agnes Bruckner as Heather, a young woman with a tendency to set things on fire. Her exasperated parents send her off to a remote boarding school in a mysterious woods, where it turns out the administration has been collecting young people with special powers in order to execute their nefarious schemes. Patricia Clarkson stars as the school’s creepy headmaster, and cult legend Bruce Campbell plays Heather’s father…

The Rocky Horror Picture Show: 40th Anniversay Edition (Fox)

When bland engaged couple Brad and Janet seek shelter after their car breaks down in a storm, they find themselves made welcome in the very weird home of mad scientist Dr Frank N. Furter, an alien transvestite who is building a monster called Rocky.

The American Dreamer (Etiquette Pictures)

A documentary about actor/director Dennis Hopper, showing him at his home and studio putting together his film “The Last Movie.”

Tokyo Ghoul: Season 1 (FUNimation Entertainment)

In modern day Tokyo, society lives in fear of Ghouls: mysterious creatures that look exactly like humans, yet hunger insatiably for their flesh. None of this matters to Ken Kaneki, a bookish and ordinary young man, until a dark and violent encounter turns him into the first ever Ghoul-human half-breed. Trapped between two worlds, Ken must survive the violent conflicts of warring Ghoul factions while attempting to learn more about Ghoul society, his newfound powers, and the fine line between man and monster.

George: A Zombie Intervention (Breaking Glass)

George’s friends have all gathered for an intervention… George’s intervention. You see, George is a zombie and George’s friends are attempting to convince George to stop eating people and to enter ‘zombie rehab’. But the intervention doesn’t go quite as planned.



UK Releases

Eaten Alive (Arrow)

A psychotic redneck who owns a dilapidated hotel in rural East Texas kills various people who upset him or his business, and he feeds their bodies to a large crocodile that he keeps as a pet in the swamp beside his hotel.

John Wick (Warner Bros.)

A former hit man is pursued by an old friend who was contracted to kill him.

The Man Who Could Cheat Death (Eureka)

Dr. Bonner plans to live forever through periodic gland transplants from younger, healthier human victims. Bonner looks about 40; he’s really 104 years old. But people are starting to get suspicious, and he may not make 200…

Nightmares in a Damaged Brain (88 Films)

A mental-patient, who is troubled with horrible nightmares, has escaped from his hospital. Now on the streets he can’t help killing innocent people. But there is one family he is more than interested in and when he tries to kill them, he finds that it’s not that easy.

Zombie Flesh Eaters 2 (88 Films)

When a terrorist’s body, infected with a stolen chemical, is recovered by the US military, the corpse is cremated, unintentionally releasing the virus/bacteria into the atmosphere over a small island. Soon the infected populace mutate into flesh-hungry zombies, and a trio of soldiers on leave must team up with a group of tourists and board themselves up in an abandoned hotel as they try to fend off the agile and aggressive living dead…



Australia Releases

Time Lapse (Gryphon Entertainment)

Three friends discover a mysterious machine that takes pictures 24hrs into the future and conspire to use it for personal gain, until disturbing and dangerous images begin to develop.

Mimesis (Monster Pictures)

A group of horror fans find themselves unwilling participants in a nightmarish role playing game that pays homage to a classic horror film.

Fury: The Tales of Ronan Pierce (Monster Pictures)

Fury revolves around vigilante cop Ronan Pierce. He is fueled by a tragic past, and the recent abduction of his wife McKenzie has Ronan’s appetite for vengeance completely unbounded. Relentlessly searching for clues, Ronan systematically unchains his rage on a city full of psychopaths, gangs, corruption and the unrivaled evil-doings of the Luna Cartel. Responsible for both his daughter’s death and his wife’s abduction, the Luna Cartel enslaves thousands of young beautiful women from around the world and harvests organs from all of its other victims. Joined by his partner Rex and a young circus clown named Karina, Ronan ‘paints the town red’ in his search for bloody justice.



Germany Releases

Ghousthouse (X-Rated Eurocult)

Visions of a deceased girl and her doll bring doom to the visitors of a deserted house.

A Blade in the Dark (X-Rated Eurocult)

Bruno is hired to compose the music for a new horror movie and rents an isolated villa to concentrate on his work. But when several beautiful young women are brutally murdered within the house, Bruno becomes obsessed with solving the savage crimes. Is a clue to the killer’s identity hidden within the film itself, or is there a more horrifying secret lurking deep in the dark?

No Retreat, No Surrender (Splendid Entertainment)

Jason Stillwell, a Bruce Lee fan, is beaten numerous times and trains from the ghost of Lee. Jason then must use his newly acquired skills to save Seattle from a crime syndicate, whose top martial artist is the deadly Ivan.

Spring (Koch Media)

A young man in a personal tailspin flees the US to Italy, where he sparks up a romance with a woman harboring a dark, primordial secret.

Zardoz (Koch Media)

Two societies, one intellectual (The Eternals) and the other physical (The Brutals) live side by side but never meet. Sean Connery is a Brutal out to shake things up.

Saturn 3 (Koch Media)

Two lovers stationed at a remote base in the asteroid fields of Saturn are intruded upon by a retentive technocrat from Earth and his charge: a malevolent 8-ft robot. Remember, in space no one can hear you scream…

Halloween II (Rough Trade)

Dr. Loomis and Sheriff Brackett are again searching the dark streets for Micheal Myers but meanwhile Laurie Strode is taken to the Haddenfield Hospital where she is still not safe. Micheal, being shot by Dr. Loomis six times, is also still looming in the shadows hunting for her yet this time, there is a reason why he is after her.

Maniac Cop (NSM)

In New York, a man in a cop’s uniform starts killing people for no apparent reason.


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It’s Okay That Eli Roth is Using CGI For ‘Meg’

Tue, 09/22/2015 - 08:15

There’s an over emphasis on how much CGI sucks as it’s how it’s used that complicates the result. It’s rare that I cringe at the idea of CGI being used, mostly because I reserve judgement for the final film. I prefer for there to be a mix of practical and CG effects to help the mind believe what’s on screen, but sometimes CGI is so good I can’t even tell. We’re not experts, so let’s not try and pretend to be…

With that said, Eli Roth is going to use CGI to create his massive shark in Warner Bros. adaptation of Steve Alten’s novel “Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror.”

“The thing is with Meg, the size of the creature, it sort of becomes impractical to do it practically, but I’ve seen how they’ve done the whale in In the Heart of the Sea,” Roth told Collider. “They showed me footage and they’re like, ‘Before you judge CG, take a look at this,’ and I was like, ‘Oh my god.’ The whale in In the Heart of the Sea looks so good. I was like, ‘All right, we’re good.’ I wouldn’t do the movie unless I believed the technology was there to do it, and the great thing is with Warner Bros. and the team that we’re doing [it] with, we’re gonna have the resources to do it right.”

In the book, the story revolves around two men who band together to neutralize an ancient shark that’s threatening the California coast. The Megaladon, considered one of the largest and most powerful predators in history, can reach a maximum length of 60 feet.

Belle Avery and Colin Wilson are producing Meg from a screenplay by Dean Georgaris.

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‘Conjuring’ Sequel Begins Filming!

Mon, 09/21/2015 - 21:41

And the set has been blessed by a priest!

James Wan has shared to behind-the-scenes shots from the set of the now-filming The Conjuring 2, starring Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, who played Ed and Lorraine Warren in the first film, respectively.

Frances O’Connor (The Hunter, A.I.) plays the mother of a young girl who is experiencing a haunting.

The Conjuring 2 will tell of the infamous “Enfield Poltergeist,” which took place at a council house in Brimsdown village, borough of Enfield, England during the late 1970s.

The film is set to haunt theaters on June 10th, 2016.

The Conjuring was a massive hit for New Line Cinema, generating $318 million in worldwide box office off of a $20 million budget.

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Yes, we actually had a priest to bless our set on the first day of shooting Conjuring 2!!

Posted by James Wan on Monday, September 21, 2015

First day of principal photography. Fogbound backyard inside soundstage. #Conjuring2

A photo posted by James Wan (@creepypuppet) on Sep 21, 2015 at 4:50pm PDT

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Blacklist Royals Release Free EP of ‘The Cure’ Covers

Mon, 09/21/2015 - 19:53

Nashville punk rockers Blacklist Royals have kicked off a series of cover EPs that they will be releasing for free download. The first entry is a 3-track EP that features their takes on tracks from 80’s goth rock band The Cure, including “Plainsong”, “A Forest”, and “Pictures of You”.

Below you can stream the EP (courtesy of AbsolutePunk) and download the tracks as well.

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‘Ouija 2’ Attracts Four New Souls

Mon, 09/21/2015 - 19:46

The cast of the upcoming supernatural horror film Ouija 2 has grown, adding Parker Mack (Divergent), Sam Anderson, Kate Siegel (Oculus), and Doug Jones (Hellboy, “Falling Skies”), according to Deadline. Mike Flanagan will direct based on a script by Jeff Howard.

The four join the already announced Elizabeth Reaser, Henry Thomas, and Lulu Wilson. The film, which comes from Universal Pictures, Platinum Dunes, Blumhouse Productions and Hasbro, is expected to come out October 21st, 2016.

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[DVD Review] ‘Clive Barker’s Origins’ is a Curiosity for Diehard Fans

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 09:30

Before he hit it big with Hellraiser, Clive Barker focused his efforts on his writing. He also had time to dabble a bit in directing some experimental shorts with a couple of short films with his college buddies, including the man who would eventually hit it big with Clive, Doug Bradley. Those early films, Salome and The Forbidden, shot in 1973 and 1978 respectively, have been gathered together and put on DVD as Clive Barker’s Origins, courtesy of MVD Visual.

Based on the tragedy by renowned playwright Oscar Wilde, Salome tells the Biblical story of Salome, stepdaughter of King Herod. As a reward for dancing the dance of the seven veils, and after the urging of her mother, Salome requests the head of John The Baptist on a silver platter. With The Forbidden, the film is based on the German legend of Faust (Peter Atkins), a successful but unhappy scholar who makes a wager with Mephistopheles (Clive Barker) to satisfy his thirst for knowledge, power, and enjoyment of life.

With both films, the first thing you’ll notice is that these films have no dialogue. Apart from the ambient music added in post, there’s no sound. It’s all visuals, which demands the full attention of the viewer to know what’s going on. Both films have their unique quirks in terms of visuals. For Salome, the film plays a lot with shadows and contrast, as well as a multitude of closeups. It’s quite striking, and the accentuated expressions and movements by the actors just up the surrealness. With The Forbidden, the shadowplay and contrast are traded in for what essentially can be described as viewing the film as a negative. One of the interesting things is that Barker tried to paint parts of the actors in such a way that they would appear to be the positive of the negative (if that makes sense), again giving the visuals a different sort of surrealness. The ending, which has Faust flayed by angels, definitely showcases this the strongest, creating a strange beauty in the image.

Admittedly, the biggest strength of these films is also their weakness. These are definitely not films that are accessible for the casual moviegoer. Both films require patience and attention to not only enjoy them, but also to know just what’s going on. It’s also necessary to know what each film is about. If you’re not familiar with either story, you’ll be lost. Even with the knowledge of the stories and a general appreciation for what Barker was attempting to do here, there were times when both films felt overwrought. I don’t believe that they were pretentious, but they definitely cater to a more select group of film connoisseurs. Also, be forewarned that in The Forbidden, Barker has a segment when he dances and spins erratically in the nude, and is a little more than “happy” to be doing so.

The big question is not so much are these films worth it, but who are they for? Obviously, diehard fans of Barker will be delighted to see that his two student films have made their way to DVD. Those film students looking to learn about different techniques in presentation may glean a bit from seeing these films. The rest of us probably will see these as a curiosity and nothing more, although it’s interesting to see just what Barker was up to prior to unleashing what he’s known for onto the horror scene.


Both films are presented in 1.33:1 fullscreen. Apparently shot in 8mm and 16mm, these films aren’t what you’d call preserved. Loads of scratches, nicks, heavy grain, shaky frames, and other blemishes you’d probably get from a home movie. Still, it has a certain charm to it all, and just adds to the surreal atmosphere Barker has crafted with these two films. It’s presentable, but definitely not reference quality.

Audio-wise, both films sport a Dolby Digital 5.1 track. Seeing as both films are of the silent type, the only sound to be heard is the quiet ambient music being played for the duration of both films. Again, it’s very “arty”, and is your typically clich&eactue;d college film student work. But like the video, it has a certain charm and does the job, with no distortion or any real bombastic rumblings, explosions, etc.


The sole extra on the disc is a collection of undated vintage interviews with Clive Barker, Peter Atkins and Doug Bradley. The interviews focus on Barker’s initial exposure to the underground film scene in Liverpool, which led him to create these two shorts, and the makings-of these films. Interesting tidbits include how Salome was filmed in a flower shop after hours, the makeup creation for Atkins being flayed in The Forbidden, as well as the interesting techniques used in filming both films. Short but sweet, these interviews are a nice little compliment to a couple of little films.

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See ‘The Green Inferno’ with Eli Roth in NYC! (Contest)

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 09:00

Attention New York readers! We’re giving 10 of you the chance to win a pair of tickets to see a fan screening of The Green Inferno on September 21st in New York City at a special location. This event will also be hosted by Eli Roth himself!

Heading deep into The Green Inferno on September 25th with Lorenza Izzo are Ariel Levy, Daryl Sabara and Kirby Bliss Blanton, who star in the pic that “follows a group of student activists who from New York City travel to the Amazon to protect a dying tribe, but crash in the jungle and are taken hostage by the very natives they saved.

Dark and primitive customs still rule the Amazon jungle: cannibalism and other mind, body and soul-destroying rituals. Trapped in the village, these high-tech modern-world students experience the ultimate in primal barbaric terror, suffering unspeakable acts of violence in an intense and chilling rituals reserved only for the most threatening intruders.

Mike Pereira reviewed The Green Inferno out of the World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in Sep. 2013, stating that it “resurrects the cannibal subgenre in all its depraved glory!”

For all information on how to enter, head on down!


Send an email with the subject line “NYC Fan Screening” to with your name and phone number.


1) You only have until 11:59pm PST on September 17th to send in your entry.
2) You MUST be 21 years or older!
3) All travel and lodging are 100% your responsibility.
4) No purchase necessary.

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‘Lace Crater’ is About Banging Ghosts. I’m Not Joking.

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 08:58

A short teaser for the upcoming supernatural drama Lace Crater, which will be premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, has been released and can be seen below. As the headlines suggests, it explains how a young woman is experiencing frightening changes after having sex with a ghost.

The synopsis for Lace Crater reads:

An awkward twentysomething begins to undergo some strange physical changes after a weekend tryst — with a ghost — in this charmingly lo-fi, supernaturally-tinged comedy-drama.

Directed by Harrison Atkins, the film stars Lindsay Burdge, Jennifer Kim, Joe Swanberg, and Keith Poulson.

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[Review] ‘The Mind’s Eye’ is the Bastard Child of ‘Scanners’ and ‘The Fury’ You’ve Been Waiting For!

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 02:12

It’s been about a year since I last wrote a review for B-D. Within that time, the manner in which I judge a film’s merits has altered to some extent. I have my 7-year old boy to thank for that. For children, it’s all about the experience of being taken away, being immersed into the world in which the filmmaker has created. Being in the moment, so to speak. I’m certain that’s how Writer/Producer/DP/Director Joe Begos would want you to go into his sophomore feature The Mind’s Eye, a highly entertaining ode to the telekinetic subgenre.

The film follows drifter Zach Conners (Graham Skipper) who happens to possess telekinetic abilities. He’s lured into an institution run by the seemingly sympathetic Dr. Michael Slovak (John Speredakos), a clinic occupied by others with similar powers. Zach soon plans their escape when he discovers Dr. Slovak’s true intentions. Begos’ directorial debut Almost Human (2013) was not without its charms yet overall felt undercooked. This is not the case with The Mind’s Eye. He’s still working on a smaller scale than most yet Begos takes a step forward on every level. Begos cinematography is visually accomplished, capturing the look of the era successfully. Where Almost Human felt too restrained, The Mind’s Eye gets certifiably batshit crazy. Fans of the trashier side of 80’s genre cinema will love it for that quality. This is the bastard child of David Cronenberg’s Scanners and Brian De Palma’s The Fury I’ve been waiting for.

The Mind’s Eye keeps the narrative simple and moving along at a brisk pace for its 87-minute duration. We get just enough character development where we can invest into its protagonists. There’s nothing new here but that doesn’t deter in the enjoyment of the film. Big props must be given to the cast who play the material spot-on. Begos’ muse Skipper delivers another committed performance as our chief protagonist Zach Connors. He brings an honest everyman quality I responded to. As for our other telekinetic hero Rachel Meadows, Lauren Ashley Carter (The Woman) is equally strong. Stealing the show, as well as chewing up ample scenery is Speredakos’ uber-villainous Dr. Michael Slovak. The trajectory of his performance is an absolute blast to behold. To name a few others, the leads are very well supported by the likes of Jeremy Gardner (The Battery) , Noah Segan (Deadgirl), Michael A. LoCicero (Almost Human) and the always memorable Larry Fessenden (We Are Still Here).

The Mind’s Eye is stubbornly old-fashioned in the FX department. Refreshingly there is no CG in sight. Practical effects reign supreme. Blood, guts and exploding heads gloriously splat onto the canvas. Much like he did on Almost Human, Begos preserves the attributes of late 70’s-80’s genre cinema that we know and love. I would go as far as saying that Begos takes his cue from underappreciated Italian genre greats such as Luigi Cozzi (Contamination) and Umberto Lenzi (Nightmare City, Cannibal Ferox) who specialized in making imaginative knock-offs of more popular titles. Another one of the film’s strengths is Steve Moore’s pulsating score. He is one half of the amazing electronic rock band Zombi and composer of Adam Wingard’s The Guest and Jonas Govaerts’ Cub. This is his finest soundtrack to date. In particular, Moore kills it during the sequences in which telekinesis is on display.

Make no mistake, The Mind’s Eye is a B picture through and through and unashamedly so. It grows perpetually sillier as it progresses along. The third act erupts in a full-on display of hilariously gargantuan acting and buckets of bloody fireworks that satisfies in spades. Begos successfully captures the unpretentious absurdity that the genre’s less respected but much-loved (by hardcore fans) gems possessed. He does this lovingly without ever reducing the material to a parody of his inspirations. This film really brought me back to my adolescence, to the time where I discovered and fell in love with the trashy outsiders that filled up the racks of my local video store. At best, The Mind’s Eye comes across as one of those dust-filled, long-lost VHS treasures from the peak of the home video age (cue The Dude’s Design box art), just waiting to be played and worn out like so many of our favorites.

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A Bidding War Has Gone ‘Hardcore’ At TIFF

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 23:10

This year’s Toronto International Film Festival has seen some amazing films but apparently not a lot of interest from distributors. That’s now changing as apparently a bidding war has sprung for Ilya Naishuller’s Hardcore (review), which is billing itself as the first feature length film shot in a POV style.

According to Deadline, Paramount, Lionsgate and Dimension are all in a bidding war for exclusive global rights to the film, which is now reaching a seven-figure minimum and a 800-1,000 theater screen release. The deal should be made either tonight or tomorrow.

The synopsis for Hardcore reads:

Resurrected with no recollection of his past, a cyborg named Henry (the audience’s POV) and his ally, Jimmy (Sharlto Copley, ‘District 9′) must fight through the streets of Moscow in pursuit of Henry’s kidnapped wife in the world’s first action-adventure film to be entirely shot from the first person perspective.

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This Video Has Cats vs Zombies. What More Do You Need?

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 21:31

If there’s something the internet loves, it’s cats. And if there’s something us horror fans love, it’s zombies. And since we’re a website, it’s only fair to assume that some of us zombie loving fiends are also fans of felines, yes?*

Well, I’m here to bring you a video that is the marriage of these two internet sensations and it’s absolutely worth your while for both cat lovers and zombie fiends. You want two cats taking on a horde of zombies to save an adorable kitten? You’ve got it. You want gore and explosions? Check. Seriously, I’m just wondering why this video hasn’t crashed the internet yet.

Created by Mr.TVCow (the same channel behind Assassin’s Kittens Unity), this is your must-see video of the day.

*This is why I failed every logic course I’ve ever taken.

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Jamie Lee Curtis Recreates ‘Psycho’ Shower Scene for “Scream Queens”

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 19:18

Jamie Lee Curtis took to Instagram to make an incredibly cool announcement! For one of the episodes of the upcoming horror comedy series “Scream Queens“, Curtis reenacted one of the most famous scenes of her mother’s career. The scene I’m referring to is of course Janet Leigh in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho where she is murdered in the shower.

Curtis posted:
Just recreated, with help from the amazing crew, a shot by shot of my mother’s famous shower scene from Hitchcock’s PSYCHO for @screamqueensfox #screamqueens Ryan Murphy and co. wrote it into a special episode and it felt right! Honoring the Royal legend that is/was/will always be, Janet Leigh. Thought all fans of the genre would love it! #honorthymother @joaquin_sedillo show debuts in a week on FOX 8pm 2hour premiere!!!!

Below is the image that was posted along with the explanation.

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Steam is Offering ‘Amnesia: The Dark Descent’ Free of Charge

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 17:44

With only a week left until the release of SOMA, Steam is offering a substantial 100% discount on developer Frictional Games’ spooky hallway light ’em up, Amnesia: The Dark Descent.

At some point between now and tomorrow at 10AM PST, I’d like you to find Amnesia on the Steam Store and add it to your library. There is no better way to prepare your mind, body, soul and sphincter — assuming yours is separate from your body — for the imminent arrival of one of the most anticipated horror games of the year.

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Beware: This ‘Mind’s Eye’ Image Could Cause Your Head to Explode!

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 17:03

Joe Begos is using telekinesis to force me to post about his latest genre offering, The Mind’s Eye, which premieres tonight at the ongoing Toronto International Film Festival.

Earlier this afternoon the hype meter went to ten with the premiere of this clip that will make you explode everywhere.

Now, Bloody Disgusting is excited to debut this freaky ass image of star Graham Skipper, who clearly has a pounding headache. Even better are a series of three exclusive art posters that look like something I’d rock on a t-shirt (Begos, send me one).

Following years remaining off the grid, Zack (Graham Skipper) captures the attention of the mysterious Dr. Slovak (John Speredakos), a telekinesis expert with ambiguous intentions. After uncovering Slovak’s nefarious plot to empower himself using a telekinesis-enabling serum harvested from the blood of his “patients”, Zack must stop Slovak and rescue his fellow telekinetic Rachel (Lauren Ashley Carter) before it’s too late.

The Mind’s Eye stars Graham Skipper (from Begos’ feature directorial debut Almost Human), Lauren Ashley Carter (Pod), John Speredakos, Noah Segan (Looper), Matt Mercer, Larry Fessenden, and Jeremy Gardner.

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[Review] ‘February’ is a Brooding Horror Masterpiece

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 17:00

Satan’s presence is strong at the Toronto International Film Festival, but only one film has left me worshipping him.

Hyped with an outstanding trailer and shocking clip (both of which I suggest avoiding for spoilers), Osgood Perkins’ February not only lives up to the expectations, but exceeds them.

While the chilling performances of “American Horror Story’s” Emma Roberts and “Mad Men’s” Kiernan Shipka catapult the film into masterpiece status (yes, I went there), it’s Perkins’ writing and directing that stands out.

February is a brooding horror film that requires a viewer with extreme patience, not that Perkins’ film isn’t brimming with suspenseful sequences. Kat (Shipka) has nightmares/visions of her parents’ death, waking up in a cold sweat. She’s marking down the days to her prep school’s winter break, only her parents fail to show to pick her up. Same for Rose (Lucy Boynton), who tricked her parents into coming later to deal with the fact that she’s become pregnant. All the while, a side story develops with Joan (Roberts), who is being driven to an undisclosed location by “Dexter’s” James Remar and his wife, who are off to visit the grave of their daughter.

It’s pretty clear from the start these stories are going to collide, but it’s insignificant to the experience. February is a master-craft in building tension and suspense through rich characters and stunning frightening imagery.

But what I truly loved about February is that the Devil – so to speak – is presented on such a basic and instinctual level. There’s no real reference to him; there’s no characters acting as devices to explain it all, nor is there a nefarious antagonist laughing maniacally when he/she gets the upper hand. What you get is a raw interpretation of what it could be like to become possessed by evil and the feeling of extreme isolation. It all ties together, has deep meaning, and is significant in its ability to connect on an emotional level to so many of us.

February isn’t a game-changer, nor is it going to cause horror fans to erupt in applause (probably why it’s not part of TIFF’s Midnight Madness program), but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s one of the best possession films ever. Fans of slow-burn horror are rewarded for their patience as what thaws out is going to shock the living Hell out of them.

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