Earlier this year Arrow Video released Nikkatsu Diamond Guys Vol. 1, a Blu-ray/DVD combo set featuring three films. The set was fantastic (read my review) and because we knew it was volume 1 we knew there was still more yet to come. In early March they announced Nikkatsu Diamond Guys Vol. 2 for a June 14th release date. Arrow has now released the official artwork and the pre-order links.
The artwork, which, you can see below comes courtesy of Graham Humphreys and it looks fantastic. It’s much inline with what Arrow typically has for artwork and goes nicely with the first volume.
Nikkatsu, the oldest film studio in Japan, inaugurated a star system in the late 1950s, finding talent and contracting them to a series of wild genre pictures. This collection celebrates these “Diamond Guys” with three classic films from directors Buichi Saito (Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril), Ko Nakahira (Crazed Fruit), and Haruyasu Noguchi, who is a new discovery for the West.
TOKYO MIGHTY GUY
In Saito’s Tokyo Mighty Guy, mega star Akira Kobayashi stars as Jiro in the rambunctious tale of a chef who opens a restaurant in the busy Ginza district. His culinary skills and dashing good looks bring in the women as well as unwanted trouble, while an explosive political scandal builds around his girlfriend’s business…
Next, Jo Shishido (Massacre Gun, Retaliation), one of the most popular Diamond Guys in the West, stars in Danger Pays, a crime caper from Ko Nakahira about counterfeiting. When one billion yen goes AWOL, “Joe the Ace” (Shishido) spies an opportunity to get rich quick, but things soon go wrong as it turns out he isn’t the only one who’ll stop at nothing to get his hands on the missing cash…
Finally, Shishido stars once again in Noguchi’s screwball classic Murder Unincorporated. When the mysterious “Joe of Spades” executes one of the bosses of a powerful syndicate, his colleagues, fearing for their own lives, call on the services of assassin agency Murder Unincorporated to take care of the problem. This unique entry showcases some of the most peculiar killing tactics to ever hit Japanese cinema! Presented on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time in the West, these thrilling genre films feature some of Nikkatsu’s leading talent at the top of their game.
•Limited Edition Blu-ray collection (3000 copies)
•High Definition digital transfers of all three films in this collection, from original film elements by Nikkatsu Corporation
•High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation
•Original uncompressed mono audio
•Newly translated English subtitles
•Specially recorded video discussions with Japanese cinema expert Jasper Sharp on Diamond Guys Jo Shishido and Akira Kobayashi
•Original trailers for all three films
•Extensive promotional image galleries for all films
•Reversible sleeve featuring brand new artwork by Graham Humphreys
•Booklet featuring new writing on all the films and director profiles by Stuart Galbraith IV, Tom Mes and Mark Schilling
Horror icons most known for playing baddies have the tables turned on them in Smothered from director John Schneider. Smothered is out now via a number of VOD services (iTunes, DirectTV, Comcast, Amazon Video, Google Play, Warner, Vudu, YouTube) and DVD from Indican Pictures.
Smothered boasts the largest collection of horror icons on one screen ever and it’s great to see them together. When a bunch of horror icons are at a crappy horror convention, they get offered a bunch of money to scare a bunch of fans at the local park. Easy money for a weekend gig, right? Wrong. When they get there, they meet the woman who runs it, as well as her incredibly well-endowed daughter, Dee Dee, but little do they know that they are not just the stars of the weekend, but the intended victims! Watch as your favorite horror icons fight for their lives…
After five years of anticipation, Takashi Shimizu’s J-horror on a plane, Flight 7500, is finally set to take off!
Bloody Disgusting now has an exclusive clip for Lionsgate Home Entertainment release set for DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD on April 12th.
“On a flight from Los Angeles to Tokyo, a plane is shaken by severe weather. When the turbulence subsides, a passenger suddenly dies – and a supernatural force is unleashed, overtaking the passengers as they desperately fight to figure out what it is and how to stop it.”
From the director of The Grudge and the producer of The Ring, Flight 7500 stars Leslie Bibb, Jamie Chung, Jerry Ferrara, Ryan Kwanten, Johnathon Schaech, Amy Smart and Scout Taylor-Compton.
Extras include a look behind the scenes at the making of the film (the “Inside Flight 7500” featurette).
Arrow Video has a number of releases coming out later this year that I am eagerly looking forward to with Death Walks Twice: Two Films By Luciano Ercoli leading the way as most anticipated. This limited edition boxset contains two films by Luciano Ercoli – Death Walks on High Heels and Death Walks at Midnight. With the April 5th release date just around the corner, Arrow has kindly provided Bloody Disgusting with an exclusive clip from Death Walks on High Heels!
Emerging at the peak of the giallo boom of the early ’70s, Luciano Ercoli’s Death Walks films are two superlative examples of the genre linked by their shared casting of the stunning Nieves Navarro (billed under her adopted stage name of Susan Scott) as the lead woman in peril.
Offering up all the glamour, perversity and narrative twists and turns that are typical of the giallo genre at its best, Luciano Ercoli’s Death Walks on High Heels and Death Walks at Midnight anticipate the super-stylized trappings of Brian De Palma’s early psycho thrillers (most notably, Dressed to Kill).
Death Walks on High Heels (1971)
Exotic dancer Nicole (Navarro), the daughter of a murdered jewel thief, finds herself terrorised by a black-clad assailant determined on procuring her father’s stolen gems. Fleeing Paris and her knife-wielding pursuer, Nicole arrives in London only to discover that death stalks her at every corner.
Death Walks at Midnight (1972)
Navarro stars as Valentina – a model who, in the midst of a drug-fuelled photoshoot, witnesses a brutal murder in the apartment opposite hers. But when it becomes clear that the savage slaying she describes relates to a crime that took place six months earlier, the police are at a loss – forcing Valentina to solve the mystery alone.
•Limited Edition boxed-set (3000 copies) containing Death Walks on High Heels and Death Walks at Midnight
•Brand new 2K restorations of the films from the original camera negatives
•High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
•Original Italian and English soundtracks in mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-rays)
•Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtracks
•Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtracks
•Limited Edition 60-page booklet containing new writing from authors Danny Shipka (Perverse Titillation: The Exploitation Cinema of Italy, Spain and France), Troy Howarth (So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films) and writer Leonard Jacobs,
•Audio commentary by film critic Tim Lucas
•Introduction to the film by screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi
•Newly-edited archive interview with director Luciano Ercoli and actress Nieves Navarro
•Master of Giallo – brand new interview in which Gastaldi discusses Death Walks on High Heels and offers up his thoughts as to what constitutes a good giallo
•An interview with composer Stelvio Cipriani
•Original Italian trailer
•Original English trailer
•Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
•Audio commentary by film critic Tim Lucas
•Introduction to the film by screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi
•Extended TV version of the feature [105 mins]
•Crime Does Pay – brand new interview in which Gastaldi discusses Death Walks at Midnight and a career script-writing crime films
•Desperately Seeking Susan – a visual essay by Michael Mackenzie exploring the distinctive giallo collaborations between director Luciano Ercoli and star Nieves Navarro
•Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
One of Wes Craven’s final films, The Girl in the Photograph is now on VOD and in limited theaters. In light of the release, a new clip is shared that sets up one of the film’s kill scenes.
Colleen’s life isn’t going anywhere. The small town natural beauty is bored with her dead end job at a grocery store and is ready to distance herself from her abusive boyfriend. In the midst of her turmoil, a pair of deranged serial killers begins leaving her photos of their mutilated victims. Her chance to escape comes in the form of Peter Hemmings (Penn), a hipster celebrity photographer who has traveled back to his hometown of Spearfish, South Dakota with a pack of models, intent on copying the killers’ intense and unapologetic artistry and use it for an important ad campaign. When he learns Colleen is their muse, Peter resolves to make her his own and use her as the centerpiece of a photo campaign in Los Angeles. But before Colleen can leave her old life behind, she must contend with the desires of her murderous stalkers who have chosen her last night in town to execute their most provocative work to date.
Kal Penn stars with Claudia Lee, Kenny Wormald, Toby Hemingway, Luke Baines, Miranda Rae Mayo, Katharine Isabelle, and Mitch Pileggi.
If you want to read another review, Kalyn has weighed in with her thoughts.
The Souls series has always done its own thing. From Software thinks exclusively outside the box, eschewing the hand-holdy nature of modern video game design and the way they’re marketed to bring us games that are strange and innovative, punishing and deeply rewarding. The trailers have been particularly memorable for their striking visuals and a brief look at some of the harrowing boss encounters we’ll soon conquer — after a couple dozen tries — because we don’t know any better.
We’re hooked. Addicts looking for that sweet satisfaction that only a new Souls can provide.
This animated trailer for Dark Souls III has the ingredients we’d expect from a Souls trailer, only they’ve been prepared by director Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, Hostel), because why not?
Robert Kirkman’s “Outcast,” directed by Adam Wingard (who did V/H/S and V/H/S/2 with Bloody Disgusting, as well as A Horrible Way to Die, The Guest and You’re Next), will premiere on Cinemax June 3rd, 2016, with the cabler already announcing a second season.
Kirkman is the guy behind all five seasons of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” as well as the new spinoff series “Fear the Walking Dead”, so there is a great deal of hype and anticipation for this show.
A new trailer teaser was sent our way and it’s jam-packed with Exorcist-like imagery that’s even weirder than this clip that released last year.
” ‘Outcast’ follows Kyle Barnes (Patrick Fugit), a young man who has been plagued by demonic possession all his life. Now, with the help of the Reverend Anderson, a preacher with personal demons of his own, Kyle embarks on a journey to find answers and regain the normal life he lost. But what Kyle discovers could change his fate — and the fate of the world — forever.”
Patrick Fugit (“Gone Girl”) stars as Barnes, a man searching for answers, and for redemption, who sequesters himself from those he loves for fear of causing greater hurt. Philip Glenister (“Life on Mars”) stars as Reverend Anderson, a West Virginia evangelist who believes he is a soldier in God’s holy war against the forces of evil on Earth. An inveterate drinker and gambler, he doesn’t believe God intends people to sweat the small stuff. Gabriel Bateman (“Stalker”) stars as Joshua Austin, an eight-year-old who lives across town from Kyle. To his family’s dismay, he appears to be in the clutches of demonic possession, but there’s something very different about this possession and its connection to Kyle Barnes.
Not only is Greg McLean bringing us a new “Wolf Creek” miniseries in May, but on Friday, May 13, 2016 he will be reuniting with Rogue star Radha Mitchell on The Darkness, the latest from BH Tilt.
The trailer for Greg McLean’s supernatural horror, also starring Kevin Bacon (“The Following,” Stir of Echoes), displays the journey of a family that returns home from vacation at the Grand Canyon and innocently bring home a supernatural force that preys off their own fears and vulnerabilities, threatening to destroy them from within, while consuming their lives with terrifying consequences.
David Mazouz, Lucy Fry, Matt Walsh and Jennifer Morrison also star.
Check out an exclusive clip above that’s brief and to the point – there are going to be some scares!
For hundreds of years now, scientists at the Weyland-Yutani Corporation have been monitoring the behavior of an alien life-form so powerful that its potential for military application appears limitless. Although all attempts to harness the beast’s abilities have ended in appalling bloodshed, the acquisition of the Xenomorph remains a priority.
“Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report” grants fans of the popular franchise access to detailed files on the alien in hopes that they will be able to help capture and subjugate one of these fascinating yet deadly creatures.
This in-universe book is the perfect companion piece to Alien Day, utilizing specially commissioned illustrations and thirty-five years of Alien movie concept art and film stills to create a deeply engrossing reading experience that explores the nature of the Xenomorph in unparalleled detail.
“Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report” contains extensive information on the characters, locations, vehicles, and weapons from the movies, along with an in-depth breakdown of the Xenomorph’s life cycle, to give readers the most comprehensive look at one of movie history’s greatest monsters.
Covering all aspects of this highly praised franchise’s thirty-five-year history, “Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report” is the ultimate resource for fans.
Shout Factory! is forcing the medicine down our throats with the release of Dementia, starring Gene Jones (The Sacrament) and Kristina Klebe (Proxy, Halloween).
Described as a cross between Misery and Whatever Happened to Baby Jane, the film also stars some of horror’s hottest indie actors that include Peter Cilella (Resolution) Richard Riehle (Texas Chainsaw 3D) Marc Senter (Red, White & Blue), Graham Skipper (Almost Human) as well as Molly McQueen (Carjacked) Tony Denison (The Closer) and introducing newcomer Hassie Harrison.
On Blu-ray May 17th, “Diagnosed with dementia, war veteran George Lockhart (Jones) must deal with his estranged family. Son Jerry (Cilella) and granddaughter Shelby (Harrison) force him to hire a live-in nurse (Klebe). Only to find she harbors a sinister secret.“
Director Mike Testin, and Producers by J.D. Lifshitz and Raphael Margules are the filmmakers behind the horror hit film Contracted. Executive Producers are Jonathan Yunger and Jeffrey Greenstein. The screenwriter is Meredith Berg.
Breaking news this Thursday afternoon as Saban Films has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to sci-fi horror film Cell, Bloody Disgusting learned. Saban recently came in and saved Rob Zombie’s 31, too.
Directed by Tod Williams (Paranormal Activity 2, The Door in the Floor), Cell is based on the apocalyptic novel of the same name by Stephen King, who adapted the screenplay along with Adam Alleca (The Last House on the Left).
Cell, which has yet to be given a release date, stars Golden Globe nominee John Cusack (1408, Love & Mercy, Being John Malkovich, 2012), Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Django Unchained, Pulp Fiction) and Isabelle Fuhrman (Orphan, The Hunger Games).
“When a mysterious cell phone signal is broadcast across the network and turns the population into mindless animals, struggling graphic artist Clay Riddell (Cusack) bands together with a small group of fellow survivors to trek across a decimated New England to seek answers and reunite with his son.”
“I enjoyed working on Cell and love the way it turned out,” said Stephen King. “Kip Williams has made a scary and thoroughly entertaining movie. But you may want to put your cell phone in the freezer after seeing it.”
Cell was fully financed by Benaroya Pictures and produced by Benaroya Pictures and The Genre Company.
This Doom trailer isn’t a trailer at all. It’s an experience, a call to arms for any would-be space marine who’s eager to stomp some demon ass. Directed by Joe Kosinski (Oblivion, Tron: Legacy), this is 60 seconds of the finest anti-demon propaganda my eyes have ever seen.
There’s no gameplay here, and that’s okay. We know what it looks like at this point. This is Bethesda’s way of reminding us about the multiplayer alpha that goes live tonight at 10PM ET. It’s closed to the public, so you’ll need to have participated in the beta, or you can use the access code that came with Wolfenstein: The New Order to get in on it.
The alpha runs until Sunday, April 3, at 11:59PM ET.
Doom releases on May 13 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
Momentum Pictures is behind the haunting release of Kelvin Tong’s The Offering, in select U.S. theaters and VOD nationwide May 6th.
In the film, “When successful reporter Jamie (Elizabeth Rice) finds out that her sister has died mysteriously, she travels to Singapore to uncover the truth. There, she discovers multiple deaths linked to her sister and must join forces with her sister’s husband (Matthew Settle) in order to defeat a demonic entity that is using new technology to complete an ancient mission.”
The synopsis is a bit bizarre, explaining that an ancient entity uses new technology to haunt. Wording like that makes me think of movies like The Net starring Sandra Bullock.
Check out the chilling first official still to go along with some art that teases an epic sacrifice…
Ridley Scott. Check. Harrison Ford. Check. Ryan Gosling. Check. Denis Villeneuve. Yup, check.
There’s already enough reasons to be excited for Blade Runner 2, the follow up to Scott’s 1982 sci-fi masterpiece that Warner Bros will release on January 12, 2018.
Here’s another: Robin Wright has joined in an undisclosed role.
Wright, who could be an android or a human character, is best remembered as the beauty in The Princess Bride. Now, she’s playing the powerful and gorgeous First Lady in Netflix’s blockbuster series “House of Cards,” overshadowing the dynamite acting prowess of Kevin Spacey.
Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the original) and Michael Green have written the original Blade Runner screenplay based on an idea by Fancher and Ridley Scott. The story takes place several decades after the conclusion of the 1982 original.
The previous release confirmed plans to produce prequels and sequels to the iconic science-fiction thriller.
Principal photography on Villenueve’s new Blade Runner film is scheduled to begin this July.
Released in 1982 by Warner Bros. Pictures, Blade Runner was adapted by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples from Philip K. Dick’s novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” and was directed by Ridley Scott, following his landmark film, Alien. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Visual Effects, and Best Art Direction) and is now regarded by media and cineastes as one of the greatest movies of all time and the defining vision of the cyberpunk genre.
In 1993, Blade Runner was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” The film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 1993 and is frequently taught in university courses. In 2007, it was named the 2nd most visually influential film of all time by the Visual Effects Society.
With the announcement that the Eli Roth-produced Clown finally getting a U.S. theatrical release after year’s of lying on Dimension’s shelf, it got us thinking about the countless number of other films that have been made only to be shelved for months (or years) on end. Sometimes it’s just because a movie is bad and the studio wants to hold on to it and release it when the time is right in order to make a quick buck. Other times, the decision to hold on to movies makes absolutely no sense. Anyway, here are 10 of the most notable filmsThe Green Inferno
After premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival in September of 2013, Eli Roth’s cannibal film was set for release the following September. However, as is wont to happen, financial trouble plaguing the production company caused the film to be pulled from release until September of 2015, where it went on to gross just over $7 million domestically. This was a case where shelving a film did not do it any favors, as two years of hype built the film up too much and by September 2015 word of mouth had died down.Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
This critical flop was set to open on March 2, 2012 but ended up being delayed until the dump month of January the following year. The reason? Because lead actor Jeremy Renner has two movies coming out that year (The Avengers and The Bourne Legacy) and the studio wanted to wait until those movies were released and Renner became more of a household name. The move didn’t work that well domestically (it grossed $55 million on a $50 million budget), but it grossed $170 million internationally, prompting a sequel that is supposedly going to be released later this year.Carrie
Carrie’s move wasn’t as drastic, just being moved from March to October of 2013. The initial release date made sense, as it would be right before prom season, but releasing it in the horror-centric month of October was definitely a better move. Unfortunately, it only made $35 million on its $30 million budget.World War Z
World War Z is one of the more notorious films on this list, mainly because of it’s sketchy release schedule. After extensive reshoots and a last minute script re-write, the film was set to be released on December 12, 2012 only to be pushed back six months to June of 2013 so that Paramount could release Jack Reacher that month instead.Trick ‘r Treat
Man, this one was rough for horor fans. Michael Dougherty’s outstanding Halloween anthology was supposed to be released on October 5, 2007, only to be pushed back indefinitely. It had its first public screening at Butt-Numb-A-Thon in Austin, TX on December 9, 2007 and went on to screen at several more festivals. It was a long two-year wait though, as it wasn’t released on home video until October 6, 2009. They couldn’t even give us a theatrical release?Case 39
This dud was filmed in 2006 and set to be released on February 8, 2008. It got a small push to February 22, 2008, then a bigger one to August 22, 2008. As if that wasn’t bad enough, it was pushed back again to April 10, 2009 before receiving a final bump to October 1, 2010. To top it all off, the movie was terrible. Poor Renée Zellweger.The Wolfman
Like Case 39, The Wolfman also saw its release date pushed back several times. First up was November 12, 2008. Then February 12, 2009. Then April 3, 2009. Then November 6, 2009. It finally settled on February 12, 2010. With a worldwide take of $139 million on a $150 million budget, it proved to be one of the more costly flops Universal Pictures had had in quite some time. Shifting release dates weren’t the film’s only problem. The entire production faced issues. A director (Mark Romanek) left the project due to creative differences and a composer (Danny Elfman) left as well. There were six months of reshoots beginning in December of 2008 (just so del Toro could run on all fours as the titular beastie). It was all a big mess.The Cabin in the Woods
The Cabin in the Woods is arguably the best movie on this list, so it’s sort of confusing as to why it was delayed for two years. Originally slated for February 5, 2010 by MGM, it was pushed back to January 14, 2011 so that it could be converted into 3D (thank God that didn’t happen). In June of 2010 is was revealed that the film would be postponed indefinitely due to financial problems with the studio. It was eventually sold to Lionsgate and premiered on March 9, 2012 at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, TX before being released theatrically on April 13, 2012.Amityville: The Awakening
Yeesh, who knows what is going on with this one? It was supposed to come out on January 2, 2015 but was removed from the schedule before being pushed back over a year to April 1, 2016. Poor test screening responses caused the film to be pushed back again to January 17, 2017. Even with a pretty great cast (which includes Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bella Thorne and Cameron Monaghan), it doesn’t seem like we’ll be in for a good Amityville movie.Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
If there’s any reason to delay a film, a pregnancy is certainly a good one. Those fans clamoring for the (hopefully) last Resident Evil film (I’m including myself in that group) must have been pretty disappointed when Resident Evil: The Final Chapter was moved from its September 12, 2014 release date because of actress Milla Jovovich’s pregnancy with husband (and director) Paul W.S. Anderson. Never fear though! It will be released on January 27, 2017.
What are some other films that you feel took too long to get released? Let us know in the comments below!
Sometimes I like to put away the serious music that I’m normally drawn to and listen to something that I can just have fun with. It could be some classic funk, some early 2000’s trance, or even some bubblegum pop. It’s all about whatever I need to put myself in a good mood.
The reason I bring this up is because we’re premiering “Protect This Love”, the new music video from Vicky-T (Victoria Asher) – who by the way is the keyboardist of Cobra Starship and a creator in the Fullscreen network – and it’s the kind of music that puts a smile on my face and a spring in my step.
The video, which was directed/edited/produced by Vicky, shows how a relationship can go from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows, ending with rather catastrophic and violent results. I guess sometimes the honeymoon opening of a relationship can sour so rapidly that a bit of resentment builds up and simply boils over in messy ways.
Vicky tells Bloody-Disgusting:
I am super proud of this song and video. The song was inspired by a failing long distance relationship I was in the middle of and the various optimistic and pessimistic emotions I was experiencing every day. The video was inspired by haunting insecurities/past relationship experiences and my desire to kill them off/escape them. This song/video started as being a project that was just for fun and turned a creative venture that means a lot to me. A lot of sweat and tears went into both and I couldn’t be more excited to share with everyone.
You can pre-order “Protect Your Love”, which comes out tomorrow, off of iTunes.
10 years ago today, James Gunn (co-writer and director of Guardians of the Galaxy) unleashed his horror-comedy masterpiece Slither upon the world, and nobody went to go see it. Sitting at a mighty comfortable 86% on Rotten Tomatoes (based on 136 reviews) and a 69 Metacritic score (based on 27 reviews), Slither should have been at least a modest success for Universal Pictures, but audiences were either turned off by the comedic aspects of the film or the grossness of it (and it is plenty gross). The film would only gross $7.8 million domestically on a $15 million budget (the worldwide gross was a measly $5 million), making it a flop for the studio. Since then, it has become a fairly popular cult film that remains as one of the best horror films of the 2000s.
From Slither’s Wikipedia page:
Paul Brooks, president of the film’s production company, Gold Circle Films, said the company was “crushingly disappointed” by the gross. Universal distanced itself from Slither‘s poor box office performance, citing their distribution of the film as merely part of a deal with Gold Circle. The Hollywood Reporter speculated that Slither‘s performance “might have killed off the horror-comedy genre for the near future.” Producer Paul Brooks offered this explanation about why Slither failed to catch on with filmgoers:
I think that because it was comedy-horror instead of pure horror is where the problem lay. It’s the first comedy-horror in a long time, and maybe the marketplace just isn’t ready for comedy-horror yet. It’s difficult to think of other explanations.
That’s pretty harsh. Slither certainly didn’t kill the horror-comedy, but it proved that audiences had no desire to see something like that. It was hardly the first horror-comedy to come around in a long time though, since Shaun of the Dead came out just two years prior and it did alright. It wouldn’t be until Drag Me to Hell was released in 2009 that a horror-comedy would actually see decent box office numbers, and that was probably only because that film’s trailer marketed it as a straight horror film. This would end up hurting that film, since audience members probably didn’t appreciate the Looney Tunes humor, and the film saw steep declines in box office numbers in the coming weeks (though it still made a profit).
The first trailer for the Slither conveying exactly what the film was about and balanced the horror and the comedy fairly well, but it probably didn’t do much to entice audiences to come out in droves. It’s difficult to successfully pull off the comedic elements in a horror film in 90 seconds, and Slither is a prime example of this issue. The second trailer (below) used its humor a bit more effectively, but we’ve talked about how horror-comedy can be a hard sell with mainstream audiences before. Hell, this movie seemed to be a hard sell for horror fans too. Where were all of you when Slither was released? That’s not a rhetorical question. I’m legitimately asking. What turned you off of Slither?
It would be appropriate to call Slither ahead of its time. Had it been released today, it may have been more of a sleeper hit, though it is impossible to say. Boasting the talents of (at the time) relatively unknown stars like Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Castle) and Elizabeth Banks (whose most recognizable role at that point was her scene-stealing turn as Beth in The 40-Year-Old-Virgin), they would be able to give Slither the necessary star power it probably needed at the time. Michael Rooker, as the sympathetic villain Grant Grant, may have even pulled in some viewers because of his role as Merle Dixon on The Walking Dead, though that may be a bit of a reach.
Taking direct cues from David Cronenberg’s Shivers, 1986 horror-comedy Night of the Creeps (Gunn also states that Cronenberg’s The Brood was a big influence), and even a little bit of Society, Slither was essentially an homage to Troma Entertainment, which is where Gunn began his career as the writer of Tromeo and Juliet. Interestingly enough, Gunn also wrote the scripts for Scooby-Doo and Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed for Universal Pictures before making his way over to Slither. It should be noted that he also wrote the script for Zack Snyder’s remake of Dawn of the Dead, so that probably had more to do with him get Slither off the ground than the Scooby-Doo movies (though I will admit that I enjoy those films too).
I was working at an AMC Theatres when Slither opened on March 31, 2006, so I dragged my sister and then-boyfriend to go see the film with me (for free, so its partially my fault that the film made no money). I immediately regretted taking them. I adored the film, but neither of my movie buddies were fans. It was “too gross” and I was told that I would “never be forgiven” for bringing them to it. My sister has since come around on the film and even purchased it at some point down the road. I have no idea if the other one has similarly changed his opinion on the film, but I digress. I saw it and loved it, and that’s all that matters!
What are your thoughts on Slither? Were you one of the small few who managed to catch it in theaters during the four weeks it was available to see back in 2006? Or did you regrettably miss it only to catch it later that year (or years later)? If you were late to the game, Tweet an apology to Universal Pictures or even James Gunn, Elizabeth Banks or Nathan Fillion! Track down the production crew and apologize to them! Let them know that you are aware of your mistake and you’ll make it up to them somehow. I say this in jest, of course, but only slightly. Share your fond memories of the film in the comments below, and let us know your thoughts on Slither!
Imagine you’re walking down the street, listening to some music and doing a little dance step every once in a while when the groove takes over. It’s one of those rare times when you haven’t a care in the world and you’re just enjoying the day and all it has to offer.
Suddenly, you turn the corner and you’re no longer walking on the street but have suddenly stepped into a nightmarish abyss that looks like something out of A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge. After a heart stopping moment where you’re sure you’re going to fall to your hellish demise, you suddenly realize that the sidewalk is still there, it’s just been drawn over with chalk. Cue a relieved chuckle and a wipe of the brow and you can now stand back and appreciate just how insane some chalk art can be.
That’s why we’ve gathered 10 examples of 3D chalk art that are right out of any nightmare! Check them out below!
A year and a half ago, I posted about Russian prog folk duo Iamthemorning, writing that their music focused, “…more on the art of the [progressive rock] genre, crafting wonderful tracks with some fantastic songwriting. While my opinions haven’t changed since, that post was focused on the band’s second release Belighted and I’m here to talk about their new album Lighthouse, which comes out tomorrow via Kscope.
The 12-track album features guest appearances from drummer Gavin Harrison and bassist Colin Edwin, both of Porcupine Tree, as well as Mariusz Duda of Riverside and was mixed by Marcel Van Limbeek (Tori Amos).
So you can understand everything I’m talking about in regards to Lighthouse, I’ve placed a stream of it above (courtesy of AllMusic). If you like it as much as I do, make sure to pre-order your copy via iTunes.
True to the album name, the opening track “I Came Before The Water Part 1” gives the impression that we are standing on a jetty, the sound of water gently lapping at the shore, seagulls softly calling in the distance. Vocalist Marjana Semkina then enters with a voice that is pure and effortless, almost as clear as the watery feel that the track aims to invoke. As the song comes to an end, it takes a twist, entering into what almost feels like the onset of a bad dream, dissonant notes chiming like the bells of a child’s toy.
And so begins a musical journey that, as I wrote in the headline, feels like the soundtrack to some sort of dark fairy tale. “Libretto Horror” is the soundtrack to some sort of macabre ballroom dance while “Clear Clearer” shimmers and shines while evoking feelings of yearning and regret.
Meanwhile, “Sleeping Pills” is like a lullaby that would fit perfectly in the nursery of the Wicked Witch. It’s not ugly or bad. Quite the opposite, in fact. However, there is a sinister undertone, an underlying eeriness that haunts. Beautiful pianos mixed with a ghostlike choir and sparse percussion give this track an almost phantasmagorical feel.
My personal favorite track is the title track, which features Duda. Gleb Kolyadin plays the piano with absolutely stunning clarity and dynamics. It’s clear that his performance here is full of passion, love, and emotion. There are passages here that are breathtaking and the contrast between Semkina and Duda in the last third of the song is nothing short of inspired. It’s the kind of song that made me sit back, close my eyes, and drink in every moment.
There are subtle dissonances that run throughout the album, little flashes that give this album a somber darkness that never strays far, even when some tracks bring forth a playfulness, such as with “Too Many Years” or “Matches”.
The album ends with “Post Scriptum”, which takes the melody of the opening track and gives it an almost traditional folk flavor. Putting the album on repeat, you’ll immediately hear how the album flows from beginning to end to beginning again, creating a hypnotic cyclical journey.
Lighthouse is an album that played to some very different parts of my psyche. On one hand, I listened to it as an adult, fascinated with the technicality and the wonderful musical progressions, of which there are a great many. But I also listened to it almost like a child, the music setting my imagination loose to craft and weave my own complimentary stories. There is something magical about what I felt and I cherished every moment.
The Final Word: What Iamthemorning have crafted with Lighthouse is nothing short of a transcendent opus that is nearly impossible to turn off. I strongly urge anyone who appreciates music as a form of art to give this a very serious try.
Studios have been cracking down on paparazzi photos, so you’re going to have to click overt to AvP Galaxy to view the first ever location photos from Ridley Scott’s soon-to-film Alien: Covenant!
The site reports on news of the crew moving into Fiordland National Park in New Zealand:
“The pictures were taken in front of Mitre Peak, an iconic mountain in the South of New Zealand. They are constructing what would appear to be a spaceship (possibly the Covenant?). In its current state it’s hard to tell for certain what exactly it might be though. Is it just some generic section of the hull or might it be an airlock?”
In addition, a recent article (that has since been removed from the website) posted by the Otago Daily Times confirmed that Alien: Covenant would be filming in the Te Anau region of South New Zealand:
“Details of exactly what is being filmed, how many people are involved and how long filming will take are shrouded in mystery, but it has been confirmed scenes for ‘Alien: Covenant’ are at present being shot in the Te Anau-Milford Sound area.
A company spokesman, who declined to be named, said 13 trucks fitted out as camera, make-up, wardrobe and office trucks had been hired “for a few weeks”. Most were already in Fiordland, with the rest on their way south. They were being used for ‘Alien: Covenant’ scenes, he said.
He knew Fiordland was to be a location for ‘Alien: Covenant’ and had heard some filming had begun. Scouts had been scoping locations for the past six to eight weeks, he said. “I know Fiordland is ideally suited to their needs. It is a grand-scale production … which will use Fiordland’s natural scenery overlaid with special effects.”
Michael Fassbender is returning as Prometheus‘ android, David, with Katherine Waterston(Inherent Vice, Jobs, The Babysitters) leading a new crew that included Demian Bichir and the hilarious Danny McBride (“Eastbound and Down”), as well as Alex England (Gods of Egypt), Billy Crudup, Amy Seimetz (pictured; A Horrible Way to Die, “The Killing”), Jussie Smollett (“Empire”), Carmen Ejogo and Callie Hernandez (Machete Kills).
Alien: Covenant will blast off on August 4, 2017.
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