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Aphex Twin Announces New Album ‘SYRO’

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:30

Last week a blimp hovered over London that stated “2014″, with the Aphex Twin logo inside the 0. There was also graffiti of the logo in New York City, stenciled in the streets. Now, the story goes even further with a supposed new album reveal.

How this went down was that Aphex Twin shot out a tweet that only contained a URL: http://syro2eznzea2xbpi.onion. These types of domains are supposedly only for those who wish to go into what’s known as the Deep Web. Working through the site, people found a page with text that seemingly announced the title of a new album, SYRO, as well as the titles of 12 new tracks. The numbers to the right of the tracks are being hypothesized as BPM but there’s no word on that just yet.

A new album from Aphex Twin will be the first since 2001′s Druqks.

The “track list”:
01 minipops 67 (source field mix)
02 XMAS_Eve10 (thanaton3 mix)
03 produk 29
04 4 bit 9d epi+e+6
05 180db_
06 CIRCLONT6A (syrobonkus mix)
07 fz pseudotimestrech+e+3
08 CIRCLONT14 (shrymoming mix)
09 syro u473t8+e (piezoluminescence mix)
10 PAPAT4 (pineal mix)
11 s950tx16wasr10 (earth portal mix)
12 aisatsana

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‘Silent Hills’ Demo Bug Undermines its Scare Factor

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:00

The P.T. “interactive teaser” used to announce Silent Hills has been seriously effective both as an example of clever marketing and as a solid, standalone horror game that was terrifying before the world gleefully discovered its true purpose. Or, at least it is until you run into stuff like this.

In this video from YouTuber NSX Hosni, we’re treated to a more humorous side to the otherwise deeply unnerving game that can only be experienced when one of its best scares decides to break.

If you’re in dire need of more Silent Hills reading material, you can check out our list of reasons why you should be excited for it. If you fear you may have missed out on some major news to come out of Gamescom last week (there was a lot), you can use our rundown of the biggest horror headlines from the event to get caught up.

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‘Meadowland’ Search Begins In New York With Juno Temple

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:37

Filming has begun in New York on Meadowland, which marks the feature directorial debut of Reed Morano, whose cinematography credits include The Skeleton Twins, Kill Your Darlings, HBO’s “Looking” and Frozen River, reports ScreenDaily.

Giovanni Ribisi, Juno Temple, pictured, and Ty Simpkins (Insidious) are among a host of cast joining the previously announced Olivia Wilde, Luke Wilson, Elisabeth Moss, and Natasha Lyonne on Bron Studios’ psychological drama.

Chris Rossi wrote the screenplay about a police officer and his wife who attempt to deal with their son’s disappearance.

Also joining are Scott Mescudi (aka Kid Cudi), Mark Feuerstein and Kevin Corrigan.

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‘WER’ Was Just Dumped to VOD This Morning

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:30

After quietly going to DirecTV, we learned this morning that Universal Home Entertainment has silently dumped Incentive Filmed Entertainment and Sierra/Affinity’s beyond terrible WER to VOD platforms this morning. It will then arrive on DVD September 23 without a Blu-ray release (as of this writing) through “Focus World”.

The new found-footage pic that takes place in police station with the suspect turning into a werewolf.

William Brent Bell and Matthew Peterman – the duo behind Paramount’s The Devil Inside – have re-teamed to tell the story of a defense attorney named Kate Moore (A.J. Cook) who has set out to clear the name of a suspect in a brutal murder case. The lead, Talan, is accused of murdering an American family. While Talan appears to be gentle on the surface, his attorney soon learns that Talan is actually a werewolf.

Brian J. O’Connor, Simon Quarterman, Vik Sahay also star in the film produced by Steven Schneider (Insidious, Paranormal Activity).

Following the brutal slaying of an American family vacationing in rural France, a peculiar man living near the crime scene is blindly charged with their murders. Believing her client is innocent, expatriate American defense attorney Kate Moore and her team decide to take a scientific approach in order to prove his physical incapability to local authorities. As she delves into his enigmatic family history, she uncovers evidence that suggests the rebirth of an unexpected legend. When a bloodbath ensues, Kate must do whatever she can to survive the surrounding terror and prevent the chaos from spreading.

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[Toys] Mezco’s Latest Exclusive, Black and White ‘The Mummy’

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:18

Buried beneath the sands of time he rested, until he was awoken by Mezco’s award-winning design team. Now, Mezco proudly presents…“The Mummy”!

Imhotep, the iconic terror from the beneath the sand is presented in glorious black and white, just as he was in the terrifying 1932 classic film.

One of the most limited Universal Monsters ever produced by Mezco, he is an edition of only 250 pieces worldwide. Will he protect those lucky 250 from the curse of Amon-Ra? Only time will tell.

He stands 9″ tall and captures the intricate detail of each ancient bandage: from his mysterious eyes, to his legendary scarab ring.

With 11 points of articulation he’ll be able to take out any explorer who dares to come between him and his tana leaves. He is packaged in a full color, collector-friendly window box.

This Mezco Exclusive is a Limited Edition. A select number of collector’s items will be available online beginning August 22nd.

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Remember This Clip From ‘Before I Go to Sleep’?

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:14

Kidman’s character wouldn’t…

From Rowan Joffe, the director of Bright Rock, and the writer of 28 Weeks Later, here’s the first clip from Before I Go to Sleep, starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong.

In theaters September 12, 2014, “A taut thriller based on the worldwide best-selling novel by S.J. Watson, Before I Go to Sleep is the story of a woman (Nicole Kidman) who wakes up every day with no memory as the result of a traumatic accident in her past. One day, terrifying new truths begin to emerge that make her question everything she thinks she knows about her life – as well as everyone in it, including her doctor (Mark Strong) and even her husband (Colin Firth).

The clip shows Firth explaining to Kidman her lifelong disease.

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[TIFF '14] Ryan Reynolds Hears ‘The Voices’

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:10

The Toronto International Film Festival announced this morning that The Voices, a genre film starring Amityville Horror‘s Ryan Reynolds, is playing in their Vanguard section. We landed some hi-res pics that display Reynolds freaking out with a bloodied up knife, while the other shows him feeding a bodiless head.

Directed by Marjane Satrapi, and also starring Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick and Jacki Weaver, “This genre-bending tale centers around Jerry Hickfang, a lovable but disturbed factory worker who yearns for attention from a woman in accounting. When their relationship takes a sudden, murderous turn, Jerry’s evil talking cat and benevolent talking dog lead him down a fantastical path where he ultimately finds salvation.

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Die So Fluid “Landslides” Music Video Premiere (Exclusive)

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:00

Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with London rock band Die So Fluid to bring you the exclusive music video premiere for “Landslides”, which comes from the band’s recent release The Opposite Of Light!

Vocalist/bassist Grog states:

‘Landslides’ is a track from the darker, more introspective side of our new album ‘The Opposites Of Light’. The song is about intense desire and loyalty. The video is an emotional and psychedelic trip into a shamanic desert scene highlighting the dream-time qualities of the song. The lyrics were partly inspired by my fascination with Carlos Castaneda, a kind of cult leader who wrote books about shamanism. Narrated in first person, they have sold millions but some critics say they’re works of fiction. He had three female followers who lived with him, changed their names, and cut off ties to family and the outside world. They mysteriously disappeared after his own death. The remains of one of these women was found in Death Valley near where her abandoned car had been discovered. I directed this video myself and used a Go Pro camera that a very generous Die So Fluid fan gave me. We filmed it at the magical Vasquez Rocks where Star Trek was shot, I’m lucky to live nearby. I just let the ancient land speak to me and the visions flow.

You can snag The Opposite Of Light via the band’s Bandcamp.

Die So Fluid online:
Official Website
Twitter
Facebook
Bandcamp

Tour dates:
Finland
September
3- Yo-Talo Tampere
4- Henry’s Pub, Kuopio
5- LeBonk, Helsinki
6- Musta Kynnys, Jyväskylä
7-Torvi, Lahti

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Marvel Moves George A Romero’s “Empire of the Dead” Into Act Two!

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 18:31

As I sit here having the Day of the Dead soundtrack wash over me I can’t help but reflect back on the profound impact George A Romero has had on me. His movies were foundational to my love of horror, and he really captured an entire generation of people with his social commentary hidden within flesh eating undead maniacs. His work is quite something to behold, and now his partnership with Marvel has the master of the undead penning a new series “Empire of the Dead: Act Two #1″ 

That’s right. “Empire of the Dead” has already concluded a whole amazing act that is already available at your local comic store. A review of the first volume will be coming from yours truly within the next few days, along with an interview with George himself, but for now, feast your eyes on an early preview of issue one of the second act. It looks to be a delicious blend of vampirism, zombies, and social commentary. Those of you pained by The Strain need not look any further for the vampire fix you so badly crave.

We’re partnering with Marvel to make sure you get every bit of this comic before everyone else. So stay tuned, this is going to be awesome.

 

From Marvel:

This September, Zombie Godfather George Romero’s undead epic begins anew in EMPIRE OF THE DEAD: ACT TWO #1! Written by the horror master himself along with acclaimed artist Dalibor Talajic, prepare for an undead onslaught as zombies and vampires wage war on the walled in streets of New York City! Undead forces are laying waste to the last surviving humans of New York City – but now outside forces seek entry to the once safe haven. An invading militia seeks to take over the Big Apple. The current residents both alive and dead might have something to say about that! 

“They all want what they want, whether it’s right or wrong,” says George Romero of the warring factions in an interview with Marvel.com “So I don’t think you’re going to see a lot of blinking. There’s too much at stake for anyone to give up. Power. Greed. Co-existence. Survival. It’s going to be a fight to the finish.”

“Act Two opens just a short time after the conclusion of Act One, but in that time all of our major players are advancing their interests,” editor Bill Rosemann explained to Marvel.com. “Zombie wrangler Paul Barnum has added fresh performers to his Circus Maximus, the zombies fighting there may be much more capable than even he imagined, Mayor Chandrake continues his seduction of medical scientist Penny Jones, Penny uncovers chilling discoveries about the dual threat to Manhattan’s civilians, the Mayor’s nephew Billy is making his own play for power, and the militia that we saw on the last page of our last issue make a huge discovery that will have everyone watching the skies.                                                                              

What’s worse, the roaming flesh-eaters seem to be growing smarter each day! The ruling class of blood-sucking vampires can barely keep their grip on power as they struggle to battle back the hordes of zombies. As the Southern army begins to pillage the greatest city in the world one thing remains clear – when the zombies, vampires and humans go to war, we all lose. Don’t miss the brand new jumping on point as horror master George Romero continues his zombie epic when EMPIRE OF THE DEAD: ACT TWO #1 hits comic shops this September!  

GEORGE ROMERO EMPIRE OF THE DEAD: ACT TWO 1 (JUL140677)

Written by GEORGE ROMERO

Art by DALIBOR TALAJIC

Cover by ALEXANDER LOZANO
Variant Cover by MIKE MCKONE (JUL140678)

FOC – 8/18/14, On-Sale – 9/10/14

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Donate and Help One of the Bloody-Disgusting Family

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 18:27

In the world of horror, there are a few voices that aim to take the genre and prove that it’s more than just blood and guts. They strive to show how important, powerful, and worthy the genre is and why it should be recognized for its intelligence, its strength, and its creativity.

One of these voices is BJ Colangelo, who is the owner and voice behind Day Of The Woman, a blog dedicated to studying and honoring the role of women in horror. In a male-dominated industry, BJ’s voice proves time and time again that women are just as strong and capable as the villains they face, the men they suffer, and the scenarios they endure.

But that’s all film, a series of scenes and vignettes that we watch for our amusement. Unfortunately, BJ was hit with horror in real life in the form of pancreatic cancer, a devastating illness that leaves few survivors. But just like the characters she writes about, BJ defeated her villain. Still, no battle leaves the hero without their fair share of scars.

On top of going through horrible procedures and surgeries, including the removal of a tennis ball sized tumor, her spleen, 22 lymph nodes, and 40% of her pancreas, that have left her far less able to work, BJ now faces the crushing weight of medical bills. And that’s what brings us here right now.

You see, BJ used to be a Bloody-Disgusting writer. She’s still heavily embroiled in the horror world. She’s family. She’s one of us. And she needs our help. She has written a post on her own Tumblr but we at BD want to spread the word. We want to do what we can to help her out. And that’s why we’re bringing this to your attention.

If you can donate anything, and any little bit helps, you can help BJ by sending any donations to brittnahjade@gmail.com via Paypal.

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‘Shaun of the Dead’ Returns This Halloween!

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 18:09

Even though the long-promised Shaun of the Dead sequel appears to be deader than the zombies in the film, the characters of both Shaun and Ed are going to return in an upcoming Halloween special!

Simon Pegg revealed on Twitter that he and Nick Frost will once again play their Shaun characters in “Phineas and Ferb’s” upcoming Halloween special.

“Phineas and Ferb” is a Disney Channel animated comedy about two stepbrothers who find inventive things to do on each day of their summer vacation such as building a roller coaster out of materials you would find in your everyday home like Popsicle sticks, indoor plumbing, etc. Unbeknownst to them, their pet platypus, Perry, leads a double life as a secret agent.

Here’s news, @nickjfrost and myself will be once again stepping into Shaun and Ed’s shoes for the #PhineasAndFerb Halloween special. W00t!!

— Simon Pegg (@simonpegg) August 18, 2014

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‘A Monster Calls’ On Sigourney Weaver!

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 17:46

Aliens and Ghostbusters fav Sigourney Weaver has joined Felicity Jones and Liam Neeson in A Monster Calls, the feature adaptation of Patrick Ness’ award-winning children’s fantasy novel, writes Heat Vision.

Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage, The Impossible) is directing the movie for Focus Features, River Road Entertainment, Participant Media and Lionsgate International.

“A Monster Calls is about a young boy who attempts to deal with bullying at the hands of his classmates, and his mother’s terminal illness, by escaping into a fantastical world through the guidance of a tree monster.

Jones is on board as the mother, while Neeson is playing the titular monster.

A Monster Calls will hit theaters in North America on Oct. 14, 2016.

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Sony Dates ‘Grace: The Possession’ For Home Video

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 17:38

Just in time for Halloween, a producer of Sinister and executive producer of Insidious brings a new twist to the classic horror story when Grace: The Possession debuts on DVD and Digital HD October 28th from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Alexia Fast (Jack Reacher) plays the title role of Grace, an 18-year-old Catholic girl who moves away to college, never having sipped alcohol, done drugs, or had sex. But something dark comes over her, and her purity is taken as she becomes possessed by demonic forces. The film offers audiences a unique first-person perspective of the possessed like never seen before.

The cast also features Lin Shaye (Insidious), Alan Dale (“Lost”), Alexis Knapp (Pitch Perfect), and Joel David Moore (Avatar).

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Why Was ‘Resident Evil: The Final Chapter’ Just Delayed?

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 17:30

Sony Screen Gems’ Resident Evil: The Final Chapter was secretly about to go into pre-production, apparently.

Milla Jovovich, who stars as Alice in all five Resident Evil films, popped up on Facebook revealing that she was just about to head to South Africa to begin work on the sixth and final film. The delay? Her and writer-director Paul W.S. Anderson are expecting a second child.

Happy Monday everyone!

This was originally going to be a post to tell you how excited I am about flying to Cape Town, South Africa to begin working on Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.

But… My husband Paul and I just discovered that we are expecting another baby!!!]

So after a lot of discussion, we thought it would be in everyone’s best interest to wait till the baby is born before we set out to try and tackle an RE movie. Between the stunt work and what will become my ever-expanding belly, we didn’t think pregnancy and zombie killing are the best combo! Lol! I imagine the only thing I’ll be killing in the near future is an endless supply of cupcakes. Yikes…
In all seriousness though, we want to make the best movie possible and that would be extremely difficult, to say the least, in my present condition.

I would like to take a moment to say thank you to everyone who has been working so hard on the movie in South Africa already and we are so looking forward to working with you all next summer. And when we arrive, it will hopefully be with the newest member of our little family! YAY!

Before I go, i want to also send one more HUGE thank you out to all my amazing fans who have been so patient waiting for the next installment of the RE franchise! YOU ROCK!
Thanks so much for understanding everyone! All the best! -m

It’s a bummer that production is delayed, but at least we know that Screen Gems is ready to move forward on a new Resident Evil. The bad news is that we’re going to have to wait at least 6-7 months before talk of production resumes. In fact, it could change some of the cast, which is rumored to include Wentworth Miller, Sienna Guillory, Bingbing Li, Spencer Locke, Shawn Roberts and Johann Urb.

In it, “Alice, Jill, Claire, Chris, Leon, Ada, and Wesker rush to The Hive, where The Red Queen plots total destruction over the human race.

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5 Favorite Creature Features of ‘Septic Man’ Director Jesse Thomas Cook!

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 16:50

Starz Digital Media’s award-winning horror film Septic Man is now available On Demand, digital download and in limited theaters, with the DVD hitting shelves tomorrow.

Bloody Disgusting caught up with director Jesse Thomas Cook who took some some out of his “shitty” weekend to pick 5 of his favorite creature features!

Bad Milo dir. Jacob Vaughan

“We’d be keen to develop a Bad Milo vs. Septic Man crossover. I watched this film recently and it blew my mind. A man with muddy guts gives birth to a shit monster, the cute and cuddly Milo. Great cast and execution on a totally insane premise for a film.”


Freaked dir. Alex Winter & Tom Stern

“This insane black comedy circus freakshow was my favourite movie in my teenage years, before Braveheart narrowly edged it out. An absolutely stunning ensemble cast of Brooke Shields, Randy Quaid, Mr. T, Bobcat Goldthwait, William Sadler, John Hawkes and Alex Winter himself in the lead role.This bizarre and absurd mutant creature feature was initially shelved by its studio but thankfully was recently re-released on DVD by Anchor Bay.”


Basket Case dir. Frank Henenlotter

“Frank Henenlotter’s low-budget triumph, about a man who carries his deformed Siamese twin around in a basket, had a profound effect on me. I had this film on a fuzzy VHS tape, like it was recorded from HBO or something. This film, along with House Part 2 and Friday the 13th Part 6 were all on the same tape. The twisted special effects and rugged 16mm look of this film gives me nightmares to this day.”


Society dir. Brian Yuzna

“Frequent Stuart Gordon collaborator Yuzna’s directorial debut is this bizarre orgy of a film, just search on YouTube for the Butt Face/Head Scene and thank me later. This completely deranged allegory of class warfare is a must-see for hardcore fans of underground creature features.”


The Fly dir. David Cronenberg

“A huge inspiration for the SPX in Septic Man, Cronenberg’s seminal body horror masterpiece is a ground-breaking creature feature, which launched Jeff Goldblum into the greatest actor of our time. The transformation into Brundle Fly is simply jaw-dropping. On a side note, 10 years after this film was made, I had the great fortune of appearing in the Fly co-star Geena Davis’s blockbuster The Long Kiss Goodnight, filmed in my tiny hometown by Renny Harlin. She had ditched Goldblum by then. It was my first experience in the film industry, standing on the cold streets as an extra for a Christmas parade scene.”


About SEPTIC MAN:

From the creators of Monster Brawl, Exit Humanity, and 2014’s Hellmouth and Ejecta, Septic Man dazzled audiences at the 2013 Fantastic Fest where its star Jason David Brown (Exit Humanity) won “Best Actor” in a horror feature. The film also garnered a prize at Toronto After Dark 2013.

“Septic Man follows Jack, a sewage worker who is determined to uncover the cause of the town’s water contamination crisis. During his investigation, he becomes trapped underground in a septic tank and undergoes a hideous transformation. He must team up with a docile Giant and confront a murdering madman in order to escape.

Septic Man was directed by Jesse Thomas Cook (Monster Brawl) and written by Tony Burgess (PontyPool). It co-stars Molly Dunsworth (Bunker 6, Hobo with a Shotgun) and Robert Maillet (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones).

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Win A Copy Of ‘All Cheerleaders Die!’ On DVD Plus The Soundtrack On Vinyl! (Contest)

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 16:00

Bloody-Disgusting has got our hands on a DVD copy of All Cheerleaders Die! as well as a copy of the soundtrack on vinyl that we want to give away to one of you lucky (no pun intended) readers!

Directed by Lucky McKee (The Woman, May), the film follows a, “…rebel girl [who] signs up a group of cheerleaders to help her take down the captain of their high school football team, but a supernatural turn of events thrusts the girls into a different battle.

The movie is available to order now digitally via iTunes and "" target="blank">Amazon as well as physically via Best Buy and Target.

The soundtrack, which features original tracks from composer Mads Heldtberg, is out now digitally and the vinyl will be coming out October 7th. Both can be pre-ordered through Amazon.

Head below to find out how you can get your hands on this DVD/vinyl combo!

All Cheerleaders Die! soundtrack track list:
1. Blackfoot Bloodhounds, Bitches – Brooke Butler
2. Medication – All Day
3. Boys Be Dogs, Girls Be Bitches – Felisha Cooper
4. Teasin’ Ass Bitch – A Giant Dog
5. Crazy Wicca Bulls**t – Sianoa Smit-McPhee & Caitlin Stasey
6. Look Out Young Son – Grand Ole Party
7. F***ing Magic Dude – Eli Vargas & Cody Saintgnue
8. Sucka For My Suga – Dueling £ugers
9. Queef & Run – Tom Williamson & Chris Petrovski
10. Let It Go – Matt K Shrugg
11. Mr. Tiny Pee Pee – Brooke Butler
12. Crushed – IconAclass
13. Going To PE – Caitlin Stasey & Sianoa Smit-McPhee
14. Workout Theme 1 – Mads Heldtberg
15. Balls Deep – Tom Williamson
16. Selena – Shay Astar
17. Exactlies – Sianoa Smit-McPhee
18. Workout Theme 2 – Mads Heldtberg
19. It’s Cold – Leigh Parker
20. Saturday Night – John Wesley Coleman III
21. Credit Card – Chris Petrovski & Jordan Wilson
22. Gangsta Cheer – Mads Heldtberg
23. Shave My Ballsack – Eli Vargas
24. Lil Manny B – Mini Death
25. Sweet Sweet Freezer – Leigh Parker & Jordan Wilson
26. F**k Yeah – Sean Spillane
27. She’s Got Me Boss – Chris Petrovski
28. The Grand – A Giant Dog
29. Kinda New To Me – Brooke Butler & Caitlin Stasey
30. Cheerleader Love – Mads Heldtberg
31. I Am A Witch – Sianoa Smit-McPhee, Caitlin Stasey & Reanin Johannink
32. Take A Bite Of My Heart – Sianoa
33. How’s Your Hand? – Caitlin Stasey
34. Ghostcest – A Giant Dog
35. Leena! – Felisha Cooper

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[Review] ‘Varsity Blood’ Is Just Another 80′s Slasher Homage

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 15:12

Directed by Jake Helgren, who wrote 2012′s Bloody Homecoming, Varsity Blood is another drop in the pool of ’80s slasher homages that the DTV horror market is inundated with. While the film has its moments, overall it’s a frustrating, tedious experience that viewers will most likely dismiss shortly after watching it.

Released on the heels of the wickedly original All Cheerleaders Die, Varsity Blood follows a much more worn narrative path where a group of knucklehead jocks and their cheerleader counterparts are slaughtered by a masked villain. There’s not much originality here, but Helgren does balance the stereotypical characters with nicely sympathetic ones and others who break the mold. One of the main jocks, for example, is actually not a caricature and kind of a nice guy. That being said, the other jocks are beer-guzzling, tail-chasing nimrods that I couldn’t have cared less about.

The film is set on Halloween, always a good sign in my book. The holiday amounts to nothing but set dressing though. Nothing that occurs in the movie, besides a small bit of trick or treating, has anything to do with Halloween. Bloody Homecoming star Lexi Giovagnoli returns as Hannah, the new girl in school who recently transferred after her father was killed by a drunk driver. Her new stepbrother also saw tragedy at the hand’s of a drunk who killed his girlfriend. What does all this backstory amount to? Well, not much. It all gets scrapped later on for silly twists and the infuriating motivation of the killer.

Hannah meets her fellow cheerleaders at an abandoned farmhouse on Halloween night for some “end of the school year partying.” What school district ends its year on Halloween? Were these kids in school all summer? Anyways, the dialogue between Hannah and her friends is pretty fun and even clever at times. One cheerleader refers to her “cheergina” and another tells a trick or treater that costumes are for ” preadolescents and perverts, princess.” It’s the type of dialogue reminiscent of Heathers and Mean Girls, the kinda stuff I love in a high school movie.

Aside from that, there’s not much else to enjoy in Varsity Blood. The killer’s mask is pretty cool (it’s their high school mascot, a tribal mask), though any mystique surrounding him is shattered by the reveal of his identity. His motivation is so painfully stupid I thought it was a red herring at first. Once the kids arrive at the farmhouse, the film is terribly underlit, so even anticipated moments of gore are nearly impossible to make out. In a movie like this, populated with mostly negative characters, the kills are what you look forward to. Varsity Blood takes that away from its audiences. Bummer.

Varsity Blood has some good dialogue and some fun scenes, but overall it’s a lazy, unoriginal film. Save yourself the time and watch All Cheerleaders Die instead. Helgren obviously knows his stuff, but is it just enough to be an homage to ’80s slashers without bringing anything new to to the table? Of course not.

Varsity Blood is available on DVD August 19, if you hate yourself enough to watch it.

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[Screamfest '14] Announces ‘Suburban Gothic,’ ‘See No Evil 2′ and More

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 15:00

Screamfest, from the festival that brought you such films as Trick ‘r Treat, Paranormal Activity, The Human Centipede and American Mary, announces the first films of the 2014 festival. While many of these films have already played at other festivals, this will be the first time Los Angeles audiences will have the chance to see them!

Screamfest kicks off its 14th annual event in Los Angeles on October 14 through October 23 at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres (6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028).

· The Creep Behind The Camera (US) – Directed by Pete Schuermann. The Creep Behind the Camera was an actual filmmaker named Vic Savage; a real scumbag whose only real skill was in his uncanny ability to convince the residents of 1960 Glendale, California that he was making the biggest, the BEST monster movie ever made! The true story of Vic Savage, aka Art Nelson and the making of his monster opus The Creeping Terror (1964) is told in the narrative dark-comedy The Creep Behind the Camera. A hilarious and wholly disturbing look at human nature and delusional demagoguery, The Creep Behind the Camera is a roller coaster ride that takes a nostalgic but cautionary look at the era of drive-in cinema at its very worst. Los Angeles Premiere

· The House At The End Of Time (Venezuela) – Directed by Alejandro Hidalgo. A mother imprisoned for 30 years for murdering her husband is released on compassion, but when she returns to her family home the supernatural events that led to the crime return to haunt her and reveal a sinister secret about the building in which she lives. US Premiere

· I Survived A Zombie Holocaust (NZ) – Directed by Guy Pigden. The crew of the New Zealand low budget Zombie film “Tonight They Come!” are filming in the middle of nowhere. The troubled shoot goes from bad to worse when key cast and crew are struck down by a mystery illness. The replacement runner, WESLEY PENNINGTON arrives on set fresh out of film school and bubbling with enthusiasm just in time for the mystery illness to start turning zombie extras into REAL, shuffling, un-dead Zombies. Los Angeles Premiere

· Julia (US) –Directed by Matthew A. Brown. A neo-noir revenge thriller centering on Julia Shames (Ashley C. Williams – The Human Centipede), who after suffering a brutal trauma, falls prey to an unorthodox form of therapy to restore herself. US Premiere

· Parlor (US) – Directed by Devon Downs & Kenny Gage. The film follows six young college hopefuls vacationing and partying in Eastern Europe who get more than they bargained for when they unwittingly get caught up in a maniacal tattoo artist’s fiendish side business. Shot entirely in Vilnius, Lithuania starring Robert Lasardo (Nip/Tuck, Death Race, Human Centipede III) World Premiere

· Refuge (US) –Directed by Andrew Robertson. This apocalyptic genre thriller is set in the American south about a family struggling to survive in the wake of a catastrophic plague. Los Angeles Premiere

· See No Evil 2 (US) – Directed by Jen & Sylvia Soska. Starring WWE’s Glenn “KANE” Jacobs, Danielle Harris and Katharine Isabelle (American Mary). A group of friends pays a late-night visit to the city morgue to surprise Amy (Harris) on her birthday. But the surprise is on them when the one-eyed corpse of brutal psychopath Jacob Goodnight (Jacobs) unexpectedly rises from a cold sub-basement slab. Their wild party quickly turns into a terrifying slay-fest as the sadistic mass-murderer resumes his savage rampage complete with hooks, surgical knives and power saws. World Premiere

· Suburban Gothic (US) – Directed by Richard Bates, Jr. Starring Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds), Kat Dennings (Two Broke Girls), Ray Wise (Twin Peaks) Raymond has a prestigious MBA, but he can’t find work. He can channel the paranormal, but chatting with a cute girl mystifies him. Kicked out of his big city apartment, Raymond returns home to his overbearing mother, ex-jock father, and beer-bellied classmates. But when a vengeful ghost terrorizes the small town, the city-boy recruits Becca, a badass local bartender, to solve the mystery of the spirit threatening everyone’s lives. “The Dead Just Got Deader.” Los Angeles Premiere

Screamfest discovering the new blood of horror and honoring the masters.

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New ‘Kholat’ Trailer Refuses to Reveal its Secrets

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 14:58

We finally have our first real look at the upcoming indie horror game Kholat, and thanks to the wonders of Unreal Engine 4, it is looking good. The game is named after Siberia’s “Death Mountain”, where nine students lost their lives on a hiking trip in 1959. I included the incident in my list of creepy real places horror games should visit because of the unsettling mystery surrounding the tragedy. To this day, we still don’t know what caused the group’s untimely deaths.

Kholat aims to explore this real mystery in what looks like a very cold game. The incident is tragic, but it’s our love of the unknown that also makes it ripe for creative interpretation. It really is a fantastic setting for a horror game, and everyone can appreciate a horrifying tale that — unlike most films that claim they are based on almost nothing — really is “based on a true story”.

There’s not much to glean in terms of how the game will play, but I’m really digging the music in this trailer. I hope it’s original.

Kholat is scheduled to arrive on PC later this year.

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‘Lestat’ Reboot Happening Quickly…

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 14:54

TheWrap is reporting that The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone is in early talks to stake a claim on the new Lestat movie for Universal Pictures.

Boone is being eyed to both write and direct.

Rather than a remake of “Interview With the Vampire,” the new film is expected to draw from the second and third books in Rice’s series — “The Vampire Lestat” and “The Queen of the Damned” — and will likely be faithful to the source material.

Lestat de Lioncourt was played by Tom Cruise in Neil Jordan’s star-studded 1994 adaptation of “Interview With the Vampire,” though the character will be recast.

A few years back, Universal acquired the rights to author Anne Rice’s novels in “The Vampire Chronicles” series and set Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer to produce along with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.

Universal and Imagine will have an entire body of existing and future novels in Rice’s “The Vampire Chronicles” series, including the adapted screenplay for “Tale of the Body Thief,” written by Rice’s son, author Christopher Rice.

Other novels in the series include “Interview with the Vampire” and the upcoming “Prince Lestat.”

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