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[‘Jaws’ Week] Chris Coffel Has a “Jaws-a-Thon”!

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 09:31

Guest Blog By @Chris_Coffel

This year Jaws turns 40 and as far as I’m concerned that’s a big deal. This is what I consider to be one of the two most important movies ever made. At 40 years old Jaws is still as fresh, hip and scary as it ever was and that’s certainly worth celebrating.
 
Instead of writing about and reviewing Jaws I decided that for this birthday party I would have a Jaws-a-Thon. Over the course of 4 days I watched all 4 movies from the Jaws series. These are the random things that stuck out to me.
 
*Note: I watch Jaws once a year. Jaws 2 & 3 I hadn’t watched in who knows how long before this and somehow Jaws: The Revenge always seems to swim its way onto my TV every couple years, sort of like it’s hunting me down…just like in the movie!
 

I started off with Jaws of course, because I’m not an idiot and going in order is a must. Every time I watch Jaws I’m immediately annoyed at the type of relationship the people of Amity seem to think they have with Chief Brody. Brody is constantly harassed by every person in town over the dumbest shit. These are duties that seem below that of the chief of police. Kids karate chopping a fence? Is this the life a small town police chief is forced to live?
 
Roughly 17 minutes into the film two very important things happen. There’s arguably the most iconic shot in all of cinema. You know the one. Then there’s the death of Alex Kitner. This is when shit gets real. This is a scary and incredibly bold kill.
 
Chrissie Watkins dies first but she got into the water at night so I feel like she knew the risk. The Kitner kid though, that’s tough. He was out in bright daylight, playing in the water just like the rest of Amity. No one expects to die like that. Also he’s a child. Rarely are kids killed, whether it’s actually seen on screen or just implied. We see Kitner topple over and then an explosion of blood. It’s right up there with Assault on Precinct 13 for most jolting death scene.
 
Can the people of Amity be any worse? We already know that they think every insignificant problem of theirs should be Brody’s to solve but now after witnessing a young boy get brutally eaten by a shark they honestly have the nerve to get upset about the beach being closed?! At this point in the movie I wish for everyone in Amity not named Brody to get eaten by a shark. Mayor Vaughn truly is a mayor of the people.
 
Quint’s intro is awesome. It should be cheesy and silly, but it isn’t because Quint. My favorite part is the shark eating a child he draws on the chalk board. We don’t see him draw it, but I think it’s implied. Simply put, Quint is the best.
 
Hooper is a bit of a pompous jerk, but I like him a lot. The dude knows sharks, you can’t argue that, and a man of his expertise is most definitely needed given the circumstances. However, for the life of me, I cannot understand why he just grabs Brody’s plate of dinner. Yeah, I know, he sort of asks after taking the plate, but still. They don’t even know each other that well. I guess that’s just a bit of Hooper’s entitlement coming across.
 
Final note on Jaws is the amazing score from John Williams. It’s more than just the theme. Every note of music in the movie is perfectly executed. If the scene is tense, the music is tense. Scene is exhilarating, the music is exhilarating. Steven Spielberg and John Williams are the quintessential director-composer marriage.
 

I was actually dreading watching Jaws 2. My recollection was that from merely a technical filmmaking standpoint, it was easily the second best in the series, albeit it a far step down from the first one. However, I also remembered it to be the most boring, a re-tread of the first entry minus all the excitement.
 
Is Jaws 2 the first cash-grab sequel? I think it might be. It’s a prime example of a big studio having a hit on their hands and trying to replicate that hit to make more money but completely missing the mark on what it was that got them the big hit in the first place. Jaws 2 removes all the interesting dynamics from the first film and replaces them with more shark and screaming teens.

To make matters worse, the shark looks completely unconvincing and is so in-your-face.
Director Jeannot Szwarc doesn’t cleverly show us glimpses of the shark here and there to build any tension or suspense. He basically says, “hey everybody, check out this fake shark I have!”
 
What does the Jaws timeline look like? Brody mentions how 4 years have been thrown down the toilet when he loses his job. Using this logic we can assume that Brody has only been Police Chief of Amity for 4 years, meaning the gap between the first shark and the second is less than 4 years. This I find odd since Mike Brody looks to have aged somewhere between 6-8 years, although Sean Brody is probably only a 2-4 years older.


Aside from lacking excitement, the biggest issue I have with Jaws 2 is how they’ve ruined Brody. Brody does stupid things that the Brody from the first film would never do, but worse than that is how the townspeople treat him. They just treat him like some old kook.

I also have some serious issues with victim #4. This is the lady who thought the best way to beat a shark was to have a gasoline shower and then shoot off a flare gun in close proximity. Seriously, watch this scene again. She doesn’t accidentally dump gasoline on herself, she purposely does it. Like that was her plan all along. The scene is kind of cool, but still stupid. I was thrilled that she blew up. 

Why so many screaming teens? The last 30 minutes or so of Jaws 2 just consist of a bunch of teens screaming as they float on destroyed sailboats. This is especially bad when compared to the final act of Jaws. Jackie Peters, played by Donna Wilkes has to be the worst offender. She just loses it.

Just as I remembered, Jaws 2 is pretty terrible. With that being said, it did leave me with one question to ponder – what exactly does “tits like a sparrow” mean?


 
Jaws 3D decided to mix it up a bit and deviate from the first two films. At this point I think Universal knew it would be tricky to make a ton of money off another re-tread so they opted to go the gimmick route, thus the 3D. I actually think this is a smart idea. If you don’t have a good movie, at least provide a gimmick to distract folks.

I should point out that I did not watch this in 3D nor have I ever seen it in 3D. I actually watched all three sequels on a recent DVD release from Universal. It’s clear that Universal doesn’t care about these movies at all and just slapped them together real quick to make a few bucks. Nothing is re-mastered or anything like that which bums me out. I know they’re bad movies, but still. Come on Universal, show a little respect for your films!

In case you were unaware Jaws 3D takes place at Sea World. Not a Sea World like theme park but legit Sea World. I cannot believe Sea World signed off on this. Why would you want to put the idea that something could go horribly wrong at your theme park in the head of potential customers? The funny thing is that these days Sea World would be thrilled if their biggest problem was fear of a giant shark breaking in and wreaking havoc all throughout the park.

The first death is particularly awful. We see a lot of close in shots of what I’m not sure but I think there’s a flash of a shark’s mouth and then blood. The aftermath is the torn off arm of Mr. Muscles, which of course floats in the water and then comes right out at you so you can try and touch it like an idiot. This is one of many moments intended to capitalize on the use of 3D. The effects all look horrendously bad in a non-3D format and while I’d wager they probably looked bad in 3D, they’re probably more fun that way.

Speaking of Mr. Muscles, what are the job responsibilities of Sea World employees? Mr. Muscles, real name Shelby Overman, is one of the jet skiers, so he’s a performer. Yet he’s also the same guy in charge of welding the fence responsible for keeping Sea World’s expensive new lagoon separated from the ocean? What?!

Hey Sea World, I’m just spit-balling here, but how about hiring professional contractors when building a new exhibit at your theme park? You have to wonder if Sea World got their current business model from Jaws 3D. After all they do hire people and then declare them experts in fields in which they have zero formal training. 

This is the only film in the series that actually deals with two great white sharks. The first is a baby which gets captured and put on display for the paying customers to gawk at. This shark of course dies due to the stress of being placed in this unnatural environment – you know sort of how sea creatures really die at Sea World. Despite how extraordinarily fake this shark looks, I found its death to be quite sad. I was really pulling for the little fella.

The next shark is the momma shark and she’s a tad bit bigger and angry. She wants justice for the death of her baby, justice in the form of bloodshed! Neither shark has any trouble breaking into the park because why would they when the fence was installed by a jet skier?

Both sharks put Honey Palmer is such a tough spot. He’s forced to make some difficult decisions. You think he’d put the safety of his customers and employees first when making said decisions, but nope. The best decision is the one that is most profitable to Sea World! You know what I would have been a great money making decision that I would have paid to see? Honey Palmer fighting the shark.

Mike Brody, what’s he doing? I thought he was supposed to be our hero. He just stands around, pukes and cock blocks his brother. 

The biggest problem with Jaws 3D is that it’s so incredibly boring to start. The movie has a ridiculous plot that I’m 100% willing to get on board with, but it fails to capitalize. Where’s the fun? Once that shark is in the theme park let her go to town and just eat everything and everyone in sight. Instead we have two thirds of the movie dragged out and then when the shark finally gets to killing it goes by quick. There’s a fair amount of gore, sure, but overall a huge missed opportunity.

This less than delightful romp does end with a pretty spectacular dolphin freeze frame. That I dig, so kudos to you Jaws 3D but still I wanted more. Why didn’t you give me more?!

Jaws: The Revenge, the fourth and final film in the series, is a movie that thought so highly of itself that it decided to pretend that the events in Jaws 3D weren’t good enough to be cannon and thus don’t really exist. That’s a bold statement for any movie to make, let alone a movie of this quality. Still, you have to appreciate the moxie. 

Like every other entry in the series, Revenge opens up with an underwater shot, presumably from the shark’s POV. The first credits to appear on screen read “A Joseph Sargent Film.” Sargent was mostly a TV director, and a good one, but he also did some great theatrical releases such as The Taking of Pelham One Two Three and Nightmares, so how he turned out this mess I’ll never quite understand. 

In this chapter of the series Sean Brody is now a deputy in Amity. All these years later and he’s still copying his father. Sean doesn’t last long in this movie before getting duped and then eaten by a shark, but damn is he annoying in his brief time on screen. I’m not entirely sure of his age, I’m going to guess late 20’s but he acts like a bratty child. Did the Amity Police Department hire him on name alone? I was completely rooting for the shark to destroy him.

Revenge is also were we learn of Chief Brody’s fate. Apparently he died of a heart attack that Ellen Brody thinks was caused by a fear of sharks. That’s bullshit and a terrible way to send off one of the most badass characters to ever grace the screen. This is the same guy who spent his best years blowing sharks up! Chief Brody disliked the water and hated sharks but he would never let fear get the best of him. 

Do sharks get splinters? Four movies in and I feel like that’s a pretty valid question. These sharks have eaten a ton of wood. They’ve got to have some serious pizza mouth by now. Science should look into this.

Mario Van Peebles, bless his heart. Allegedly the Peebs wrote his own part in Jaws: The Revenge. That’s not hard to believe. His accent is bad, his hair is stupid and he says and does dumb things but I really think he’s trying harder than anyone else in the movie and because of that I appreciate what he’s doing. He also has the best fake out death scene ever. He is actually inside the shark’s mouth getting chomped up and then five minutes later he’s totally fine.

Michael Caine is the complete opposite. He doesn’t give a shit and will happily admit so. Caine is a very talented actor but I can’t imagine there was much even he could do with this script. So he took the paycheck and went through the motions.

Jaws: The Revenge really is incredible. It’s a very bad movie but not close to the worst ever. It is, however, maybe the most incompetent for a movie on this scale. This was a big movie from a major studio. Universal is big time and they were churning out some great stuff at the time so how did this happen? It’s remarkable to me that anyone involved with this film was able to get work after. With the first two sequels I think there was at least some effort to make a decent movie even if the end goal was just to make more money. With Revenge, however, the goal seems pretty clear – just throw something up on the screen that sort of resembles Jaws and bleed whatever remaining money out of it. Unfortunately, that’s a terribly sad end for this franchise.

After my Jaws-a-Thon was complete, my feelings on the four movies remained mostly unchanged. I say mostly because every time I watch Jaws I become more and more impressed with just how good it is. It’s truly one of the great films of all time. The craziest thing about it is that Spielberg was 29 when he made it. That actually makes me feel bad. I’m 29 now and I’ve done nothing.

The sequels are all pretty bad. Each one has fun moments here and there but not nearly enough to constitute as a good movie. It’s a shame because I think there was real potential with 3 and 4. These are all mostly irrelevant, however. No need to wallow in their utter disappointment. Instead take some time this summer to revisit the original. Films as good as Jaws don’t come around nearly as often as we’d like. It’s important that we celebrate the cinematic magic it created forty years ago. Happy birthday, Jaws!

Chris Coffel is a writer from Phoenix, AZ, currently living in Portland, OR. His previous work has appeared on Trashwire, Downtown Phoenix Journal, and Dark of the Matinee. Whenever possible he likes to reference Paul Simon in his writing. You can follow his tweets at @Chris_Coffel

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Eli Roth’s ‘Knock Knock’ Stabs UK Audiences (Poster)

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 09:06

While we wait for a date from Lionsgate, Eli Roth’s (Cabin Fever, Hostel, The Green Inferno) Sundance hit, Knock Knock (read our review), which appears to be a remake of Peter S. Traynor’s punishing 1977 Death Game, is opening in UK cinemas on June 26th.

In Knock Knock, Keanu Reeves stars as a married man who lets two attractive women into his home while his family is away, which turns out to be a bad decision. Things get hot and steamy in a threesome before the girls tie him up, play some games, and go completely nutty.

The UK quad poster, courtesy of Empire, teases that some doors should never be opened.

Lorenza Izzo, Ana De Armas, Aaron Burns, Ignacia Allamand, and Colleen Camp also star in Knock Knock.

“Evan Webber (Keanu Reeves) is living the dream. Just look at his beautiful, successful wife, his two wonderful kids, and his truly stunning house—which he designed himself. Of course he did. Things are going so well, Evan doesn’t even mind spending Father’s Day alone while the rest of his family heads out for a beach weekend. And then there’s a knock on the door.

The two young women (Lorenza Izzo and Ana de Armas) standing on Evan’s doorstep are where Evan’s dream takes a nightmarish turn. Given co-writer/director Eli Roth’s well-deserved reputation for creating cinematic discomfort, it should come as no surprise what happens next: Things get weird, and then dark, and then much, much, much darker. But this is no splatter film, so Roth keeps the horror nice and psychological as Evan’s life—and house—get ripped apart, piece by beautiful piece.”

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[TV Review] “Hannibal” Season 3 Episode 03 – ‘Secondo’

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 23:00

With “Secondo” Hannibal tips its hand to even further blur the lines between Hannibal and Will. You truly can’t control who you fall in love with, and now our two protagonists must dance with one another tangled in a web of betrayal. For anyone who previously doubted this show was about two men who find solace in one another, the show is raising a huge case for this interpretation. It’s more blatant than ever before.Some place I can never go – home.

Will is determined to conquer his personal demons, but he’s walking backward. Back into the blood and stepping in his own reflection. His trek to Lithuania and to Hannibal’s home should send shivers down anyone’s spine. When he arrives we’re treated to the overgrown remains of the man’s home. The identity or rather importance of the gravestone was pretty clear from the beginning.

The spaces of Hannibal’s mind devoted to his early years are they different. This part of his past holds great snakes resting in the dark. The deeper you trek into a mind palace, you’re confronted with rooms you can’t bring yourself to go into. But, Will pushes forward without any reservations. Only to meet, Chiyoh. The macro shots on her prey – the intimacy of death – plucking feathers and hacking a human arm best match cut ever.

The macro shots of her prey again show us  the intimacy of death. Plucking feathers and hacking a human arm may make the best match cut ever. Hannibal is meticulous he makes the meal delectable in appearance and preparation. He is a master of everything he tackles.

A beautiful dinner party is interrupted by a screwdriver in the temple. “That may have been impulsive.” Bedelia has mercy and with every episode she feels more like a victim. But we see that Hannibal has a sense of humor with his… “technically you killed him.” He’s acting impulsively and drawing all the men who hunted him in the past back to him.JACK IS ALIVE but not with Will.

JACK IS ALIVE but not with Will. And, while that may feel weird at first. He seems to be working well with Pazzi. It’s staggering to think that he sustained little to no damage from the Season 2 finale, but it almost doesn’t matter because.. he believes Will may be with Hannibal. But he wants to save him, he got him into this mess.

This man that killed Han’s sister and Chiyoh keeps him is his prisoner as well. Everything applies to both. He knows Hannibal intimately – perhaps very close friends. Then we see how he treats his friends – he serves them dinner made from his last victim. Bedelia hates him for this. She’s pained to watch them eat. The match cuts make us feel her pain. But, Bedelia knows Hannibal’s secret – “how did your sister taste?”

Will frees the man “responsible.” And he makes what seems like a total mess. But NO. Will and Hannibal are becoming one in the same. Chiyoh helps Will make his own tableau. He calls out Hannibal with the moth. And finally, Hannibal’s feelings for Will are revealed to be far more intimate and pained.

“I have to eat him”

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First Set Photos From Paul Feig’s ‘Ghostbusters’ Arrive

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 18:42

Now that filming has begun in Boston, the first photos from the set of Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters have come online, showing three of the four leading actresses: Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, and Kate McKinnon. Not much is revealed in the photos, aside from some interesting outfits. Seriously, what is McKinnon wearing?

The unofficial plot synopsis for Ghostbusters reads:

Wiig and McCarthy play a pair of unheralded authors who write a book positing that ghosts are real. Flash forward a few years and Wiig lands a prestigious teaching position at Columbia U. Which is pretty sweet, until her book resurfaces and she is laughed out of academia.

Wiig reunites with McCarthy and the other two proton pack-packing phantom wranglers, and she gets some sweet revenge when ghosts invade Manhattan and she and her team have to save the world.

Head on down to check out the photos.


Leaked from the set! First pic from #Ghostbusters reboot! #KristenWiig filming in #Everett, Washington. pic.twitter.com/HKWdUtJsUq

— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) June 18, 2015

Finally! A first look at the all-female #Ghostbusters. http://t.co/RL4SKbWGuj pic.twitter.com/vhyMDG3pq5

— EntertainmentTonight (@etnow) June 18, 2015

WHO YA GONNA CALL? #onset #Ghostbusters pic.twitter.com/oGy7VOw8gr

— Katie-May (@Katie_MirandaH) June 18, 2015

Some set photos from the first day of filming on the #Ghostbusters reboot. Intriguing. pic.twitter.com/twZqwHa0dh

— comiczeroes (@comiczeroes) June 18, 2015

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‘Sinister 2′ Teaser Says, “Night, Night” to Daddy

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 18:14

What’s the gift no father wants this Father’s Day? A visit from Bughuul.

Not only did we get a Green Inferno Father’s Day treat, but we also nabbed this promo for Sinister 2 from Gramercy Pictures.

In the aftermath of the shocking events in Sinister, a protective mother (Shannyn Sossamon of “Wayward Pines”) and her 9-year-old twin sons (real-life brothers Robert and Dartanian Sloan) find themselves in a rural house marked for death as the evil spirit of Bughuul continues to spread with frightening intensity.

Directed by Citadel‘s Ciarán Foy, Sinister 2 opens August 21st.

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New Clip From ‘The Gallows’ Takes You Backstage

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 15:32

A new clip from the upcoming found footage horror film The Gallows takes us below the theater and into tunnels that run below the streets. The teaser ends with a sneak peek at an evil figure, who might be the famous “Charlie”.

Twenty years after an accident caused the death of the lead actor during a high school play, students at the same small town school resurrect the failed stage production in a misguided attempt to honor the anniversary of the tragedy—but ultimately find out that some things are better left alone.

The Gallows stars Cassidy Gifford, Ryan Shoos, Reese Mishler and Pfeifer Brown and written and directed by Travis Cluff and Chris Lofing.

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‘The Green Inferno’ Trailer Warns: Father Knows Best!

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 15:22

I felt like we’ve already seen so many images and trailers for Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno that it was going to be difficult to rebuild the hype. I was wrong.

Just in time for Father’s Day, a new trailer has been released that warns: father knows best. I fell in love with new footage immediately. It focuses sternly on how naive young people can be, resulting in terrors they couldn’t possibly imagine. The editing for this minute-long trailer builds so much suspense that I can only hope the full Inferno delivers when deep in the Peruvian Amazon on September 25th!

We reviewed The Green Inferno out of the World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2013.

Heading deep into the Amazon The Green Inferno 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.

Here’s the new Green Inferno trailer from Eli Roth, the mastermind behind Cabin Fever and Hostel, as well as the upcoming Knock Knock starring Keanu Reeves.

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The Doof Warrior Shares His Tips And Tricks For Rocking ‘Fury Road’

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 15:22

Funny Or Die has brought yet another silly video, this time highlighting the awesome character “The Doof Warrior” from Mad Max: Fury Road. If you watched the movie and found yourself wanting to know just how he operates atop that gigantic speaker-laden truck, now’s your chance to learn from the man himself!

Below is a video where The Doof Warrior walks you through several steps on how you can rock out just like him. It’s raunchy, it’s silly, and it’s good for a few laughs.

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Blumhouse Climbs ‘Free Fall,’ Drops With Game Show “Hellevator”

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 14:25

Deadline reports that Blumhouse Productions has acquired the Sean Finegan and Gregg Maxwell Parker spec Free Fall, and will produce the micro-budget rock-climbing, survival thriller with Madhouse Entertainment.

When a man joins his estranged daughter on a mountain climb in an attempt to repair their relationship, a tragic accident leaves them stranded hundreds of feet in the air. As a storm sets in, the two must fight against the elements and terrifying heights in order to survive.

Also, the site learned that GSN has greenlit eight episodes of a new horror-themed game show, “Hellevator,” produced by Matador and Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Prods in association with Lionsgate TV.

In ‘Hellevator,’ a team of three friends rides a haunted elevator into various levels of an abandoned warehouse. One player must get out on each floor and conquer a frightening challenge in order to earn money (up to $50,000) for the team. But if they don’t make it back in time, the elevator moves on without them.

It’s slated to premiere later this year.

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[‘Jaws’ Week] The 8 Most Ridiculous Sharks Ever Put On Film

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 14:20

Steven Spielberg’s classic film Jaws turns 40 on Saturday, you guys! To commemorate the event, we decided to throw a “Jaws Week” together and celebrate this tremendous feat for aquatic horror films (a sub-sub-genre I am a huge fan of). Jaws has given birth to plenty of knock-offs, but there have been some truly bizarre sharks put on film in the 40 years since its release. Here is a list of some of the most ridiculous sharks ever put on film!

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Hell Freezes Over As ‘Ghostbusters’ Starts Filming!

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 12:58

Hell freezes over and pigs will fly when Paul Feig calls “Action” on Ghostbusters tomorrow.

The long-gestured Ghostbusters will be shooting in Boston, which will be used as a stand-in for New York City, this week with plans to shut down the financial district to shoot, “…an epic ghost invasion of Manhattan.”

The all-female Ghostbusters stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth. Feig is directing the film based of a script written by him and Kate Dippold. Ivan Reitman is producing the film.

In yesterday’s report it was revealed that Wiig and McCarthy play a pair of unheralded authors who write a book positing that ghosts are real. Flash forward a few years and Wiig lands a prestigious teaching position at Columbia U. Which is pretty sweet, until her book resurfaces and she is laughed out of academia.

Wiig reunites with McCarthy and the other two proton pack-packing phantom wranglers, and she gets some sweet revenge when ghosts invade Manhattan and she and her team have to save the world.

The busting begins on July 22, 2016.

Bust out the slime!

And … action! #slimetimestartstomorrow pic.twitter.com/FBKCAP5zMs

— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) June 17, 2015

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Iron Maiden Announces New Album ‘The Book Of Souls’

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 12:39

British heavy metal legends Iron Maiden have announced that they will be releasing a new studio album titled The Book Of Souls on September 4th. The album will feature 11 tracks and over 92 minutes of music, making it the first studio double album the band has released. It is also the first studio album since 2010’s The Final Frontier.

Vocalist Bruce Dickinson passionately states:

We’re really excited about The Book Of Souls and had a fantastic time creating it. We started working on the album in late summer 2014 and recorded it at Guillame Tell Studios in Paris, where we’d done the Brave New World album back in 2000 so the studio holds special memories for all of us. We were delighted to discover the same magical vibe is still alive and very much kicking there! So we immediately felt at home and the ideas just started flowing. By the time we’d finished we all agreed that each track was such an integral part of the whole body of work that if it needed to be a double album, then double its going to be!

Bassist Steve Harris adds:

We approached this album in a different way to how we’ve recorded previously. A lot of the songs were actually written while we were there in the studio and we rehearsed and recorded them straight away while they were still fresh, and I think that immediacy really shows in the songs, they have almost a live feel to them, I think. I’m very proud of The Book Of Souls, we all are, and we can’t wait for our fans to hear it, and especially to take it out on the road next year!

Head below for the track list and the album cover art.

Track list:
Disc 1
1. If Eternity Should Fail (Dickinson) 8:28
2. Speed Of Light (Smith/ Dickinson) 5:01
3. The Great Unknown (Smith/ Harris) 6:37
4. The Red And The Black (Harris) 13:33
5. When The River Runs Deep (Smith/ Harris) 5:52
6. The Book Of Souls (Gers/ Harris) 10:27

Disc 2
7. Death Or Glory (Smith/ Dickinson) 5:13
8. Shadows Of The Valley (Gers/ Harris) 7:32
9. Tears Of A Clown (Smith/ Harris) 4:59
10. The Man Of Sorrows (Murray/ Harris) 6:28
11. Empire Of The Clouds (Dickinson) 18:01

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‘Bound to Vengeance’ Art Believes In An Eye For An Eye

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 11:57

Check out this new international art for J.M Cravioto’s Sundance Film Festival hit Bound to Vengeance (read our review), which centers on a woman who is kidnapped and decides to strike back at her captor.

The film was retitled from Reversal for its VOD and limited release on June 26.

Starring Tina Ivlev, Richard Tyson and Bianca Malinowski, check out the trailer and a bunch of stills here.

“Bound to Vengeance is a gritty revenge thriller about a young woman, Eve (Tina Ivlev), who fights back and manages to escape a malicious abductor. However, after discovering she may not be the only victim, Eve unravels a darker truth and decides to turn the tables on her captor.

Thanks to Fabien M. for the art.

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Ron Perlman Wants ‘Hellboy 3′ But Doesn’t Want It Crowdfunded

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 11:00

In a recent interview with Digital Spy, Ron Perlman spoke again about his desire to see a Hellboy 3 made, preferably before he’ll “…perform it out of a wheelchair.

Perhaps the best part about the interview, which you can watch below, is that Perlman is rather adamant that he does not want Hellboy 3 to be a crowdfunded film, saying that the fans are responsible for buying a movie ticket and perhaps some concessions. The film itself should be left to the professionals, he comments.

Now, it should be noted that a film like Hellboy 3 would require a helluva lot of money to make. A Kickstarter or Indiegogo that aims to raise a couple of million wouldn’t even begin to cut it. For it to be done properly, tens of millions would need to be raised to make sure that the film could use practical FX, film in the proper locations, and have the right look and team behind it.

The story of Hellboy 3 isn’t known but it the intention apparently was always to make the films a trilogy. The first two films were directed by Guillermo del Toro, whose new film Crimson Peak comes out OCtober 16th.

In a 2012 interview with EW, Perlman stated:

The [first] two movies were really set up to have this unbelievable resolve. Everything that was done in both movies was leading up to this destiny, written in stone, of what Hellboy has been summoned to Earth to do. To not do it, particularly in light of the scope that Guillermo is thinking of for the resolve, would be in my mind a little bit of a shame.

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Terminator Wax Statue Comes to Life As Arnold Schwarzenegger!

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 10:17

To promote his charity, After-School All-Stars, as well as the upcoming Terminator Genisys, star Arnold Schwarzenegger put on his T-800 makeup one more time.

In the below video, unsuspecting Terminator fans come face-to-face with Arnold when a T-800 wax statue comes to life right before their very eyes. While this is a solid prank, it’s also a wet dream for many Terminator fans like myself. Can you imagine having this done to you? These people are so damn lucky…

Before the Wax Museum bit, Arnold strolls down Hollywood Blvd. surprising tourists – some of which don’t believe it’s really him.

The charity is tied to a promotional event, which you can enter by clicking here.

What You’ll Do
Go with him if you want to live… the most incredible night of your life! Arnold Schwarzenegger is back with a new, limited-time experience and you and a friend are invited as his special guests. Sidekicks, maybe? Not only will you take unlimited selfies with Arnold on the red carpet, but you’ll also be one of the first people to see the movie. Did we mention that after the movie, you’ll get to sip Schnapps with the Terminator himself at the official after-party? Hasta la vista, baby!

Who You’ll Help
After-School All-Stars (ASAS) provides comprehensive after-school programs that keep children safe and help them succeed in school and in life. ASAS’ vision is for our All-Stars to be safe and healthy, to graduate high school and go to college, to find careers they love and then give back to their communities. ASAS serves 87,377 low-income, at-risk youth at 367 Title I schools in 15 major cities across the country — from New York to Hawaii.

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Sleep Therapy “Suns” Song Premiere (Exclusive)

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 10:00

We’ve teamed up with Atlanta, GA shoegaze band Sleep Therapy to bring you the exclusive song premiere for “Suns”, which comes from their upcoming 4-track EP Creatures.

The track is an ambient wall of beautiful noise, thick with reverb and delay. It’s incredibly dreamy, reminding me of Julee Cruise and her music for “Twin Peaks“. The guitars play wonderfully against each other, almost as if they’re having a conversation, complimenting each other on their offerings.

Creatures comes out June 30th. Pre-orders are available via Bandcamp

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“He” Has Arrived On the ‘JeruZalem’ Poster

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 09:55

The highly anticipated apocalyptic horror film JeruZalem will be having its world premiere at the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal this summer. Epic Pictures, who is handling sales on the film, just released a new piece of art for JeruZalem that introduces us to “him”.

In the film, “Two American girls on vacation follow a mysterious and handsome anthropology student on a trip to Jerusalem. The party is cut short when the trio are caught in the middle of a biblical apocalypse. Trapped between the ancient walls of the holy city, the three travelers must survive long enough to find a way out as the fury of hell is unleashed upon them.

JeruZalem is directed by Yoav and Doron Paz and stars Yael Grobglas, Yon Tumarkin, Tom Graziani, and Danielle Jadelyn.

Thanks to Fabien M. for the poster.

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New ‘Nina Forever’ Resurrects An Undead Nina

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 09:50

Epic Pictures shared new images from Chris Blaine and Ben Blaine’s SXSW Film Festival indie Nina Forever, starring Abigail Hardingham, Cian Barry, Fiona O’Shaughnessy, Elizabeth Elvin, David Troughton.

Holly loves Rob and tries to help him through his grief – even if it means contending with his dead girlfriend Nina, who comes back, bloody and broken, every time they make love.

Nina Forever is said to be a “fucked up fairy tale”. Patrick Cooper called it “a morbidly funny horror-romance” in his review.

In ‘Nina Forever’, “Holly wants to save Rob, has fallen in love with him. She is training to be a paramedic and works a dead end job in a supermarket where Rob is the only remarkable thing; lost and angry since the death of his girlfriend Nina.

Drawn into a relationship, the first time they’re in bed together so is Nina. A tangled and bloody mess of broken limbs, she is very much dead but still here, still talking, still angry…

However Holly doesn’t freak out and run – she is determined to be the one who heals Rob’s wounds. She can deal with the dead girl sharing their bed, their lives, their minds. If it’s what Rob needs, it’s what Holly will do, whatever the consequences…

Thanks to Fabien M. for the stills.

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“Scream” Promo Introduces “Likable Characters”

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 09:35

In my review of MTV’s “Scream,” I poke fun at a character who gives a hilarious monologue about movies creating “likable characters” (so the viewer feels emotional when they die) in a series with no likable characters.

MTV has released a new promo that actually shares this moment, although you won’t be able to see what I’m talking about until the “Scream” premiere on June 30th.

In “Scream,” “What starts as a YouTube video going viral, soon leads to problems for the teenagers of Lakewood and serves as the catalyst for a murder that opens up a window to the town’s troubled past.

The cast of “Scream” includes Willa Fitzgerald, Taylor-Klaus, Bobby Campo, Connor Weil and Joel Gretsch.

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Will We Ever See a Scary ‘Bermuda Triangle’ Movie?

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 09:27

While many have tried, I’m personally still waiting to see someone take on the elusive “Bermuda Triangle” and scare me.

Skydance Productions is the latest to develop a film based on the Bermuda Triangle, says THR, the legendary and mysterious Caribbean area where planes and ships inexplicably have gone missing.

Doug Miro and Carlo Bernard, who co-wrote 2010’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice starring Nicolas Cage, are rewriting a script based on an original screenplay by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift (2009’s Friday the 13th).

The Bermuda Triangle, also known as the Devil’s Triangle, is the area that stretches between the Florida Straits, Bermuda and Puerto Rico. Over the years, several ships and planes have disappeared while in the area under mysterious circumstances. Theories centered on paranormal or extraterrestrial causes have long swirled around these strange disappearances.

Previously, it was reported that Ouija screenwriters Juliet Snowden and Stiles White are rewriting the script for Universal’s untitled Bermuda Triangle movie.

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