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[Comic Book Review] “Divinity” #2 – How Do You Deal With A God?

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 13:35

Reviewed by Brady Steele. “Divinity” #2 makes the benevolent man from the stars granting heart’s desires to some and anxiety and twitchy trigger fingers for others. With such a powerful and polarizing figure establishing roots on Earth, what will the rest of the world do? How will they deal with such an overwhelming unknown factor?

WRITTEN BY: Matt Kindt

ART BY: Trevor Hairsine

PUBLISHER: Valiant Entertainment

PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: 18 March 2015

Abram Adams has travelled farther than any other human and become something much more in the process. There seems to be nothing he cannot do now that he has returned to his home world. Can this much power in one person ever end well? For once, I want it to. Writer Matt Kindt has really made this made-made-God tale so compelling already that I want to see how far he’s going to push things before the inevitable break.

Trevor Hairsine’s art is helping in spades to show how cool this journey is to behold. Describing out loud how some people’s deepest desires manifest in this story could sound ridiculous. However, thanks to Hairsine’s art, you can still see the humanity where now only pure animal instincts remain. Flying, for example, has never looked so utterly poignant until you see the ‘Sergeant’, Divinity’s would attacker last issue, take flight.

This has so far been a refreshing take on the benevolent god making utopia on Earth. I’ve been very impressed with how Kindt and Hairsine’s arc and really want to see how things progress with each page. The fact that Unity, the MI-6’s elite tactical team and Valiant Universe’s team supreme, are entering the fray only adds to the anticipation I have for next month. Pick up this series and see how much change is coming, whether Earth is ready or not.

Mr. Steele enjoys all things comics and imagination-based. Using his lifetime of comic-fu-dom for good, he imparts his knowledge for the universe to enjoy and for you, dear readers, to pass it on.

Twitter: @mrbradysteele

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“From Dusk Till Dawn” Casts Its ‘Lord Amancio Malvado’

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 13:28

El Rey Network and Miramax announced today that Esai Morales (Criminal Minds, NYPD Blue) has joined the sophomore season of Robert Rodriguez’s “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” in a recurring role.

Morales has been cast in the role of “Lord Amancio Malvado,” a figure of terrifying cruelty and power who has a complicated and obsessive relationship with Santánico Pandemonium (Eiza González).

The series is currently in production in Austin, TX.

Morales joins the returning internationally renowned cast: D.J. Cotrona (Dear John, G.I. Joe: Retaliation); Zane Holtz (Holes, The Perks of Being a Wallflower); Jesse Garcia (Quinceañera, Sons of Anarchy); Eiza González (Lola: Érase Una Vez); Wilmer Valderrama (That ’70s Show, To Whom It May Concern); Madison Davenport (Noah, Shameless); Brandon Soo Hoo (Tropic Thunder, Ender’s Game, Incredible Crew); Jake Busey (Motorcycle Gang, Contract); and recent cast additions Danny Trejo (Machete, Con Air), and Briana Evigan (Step Up 2).

Season one of “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” centered on bank robber Seth Gecko (Cotrona) and his violent, unpredictable brother, Richard “Richie” Gecko (Holtz), who were on the run to Mexico when they encountered former pastor Jacob Fuller (Robert Patrick) and his family, who were taken hostage. Using the family RV to cross the border, chaos ensued when the group detoured to the Titty Twister, a strip club populated by culebras, snake-like ancient creatures who survive by drinking human blood. They were forced to fight until dawn in order to get out alive.

Season two explores a new chapter in this supernatural crime saga that travels from Mexico to the edgy, tricked-out Texas of Robert Rodriguez. It also deepens and complicates the core relationships between the characters, while adding new faces and new dynamics. Season Two begins with our characters in their separate worlds – Santánico (González) and Richie (Holtz) are outside Houston, living like Bonnie and Clyde; Seth and Kate (Madison Davenport) are scraping by South of the Border; and Freddie Gonzalez (Jessie Garcia) is protecting his wife and young daughter in a Houston suburb. And Carlos Madrigal (Valderrama) and Scott Fuller (Brandon Soo Hoo) emerge from the Titty Twister, changed men. They will all come together once again – this time facing off against an even bigger threat.

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‘It Follows’ Gets Screwed Out Of Wide Theatrical Release?

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 13:21

MAJOR UPDATE TO THIS STORY: IT FOLLOWS WILL OPEN IN THEATERS EVERYWHERE!

I battled a Bloody Disgusting reader on Twitter explaining to him that It Follows would never get a wide theatrical release. While I want to say “I told you so” it appears we were both sorta right.

David Robert Mitchell’s horror film was on the verge of being the biggest horror breakout since the 2007 Paranormal Activity, that was until cable companies and other home viewing platforms allegedly threw a wrench in TWC-Radius’ plans.

According to Indiewire sources, Radius told theaters that they were going to expand to about 1,000 cinemas on March 27th. But by day’s end they had returned to their original VOD plan, possibly in part under pressure from cable companies and other home viewing platforms.

While a lot of you immediately think of iTunes as THE go-to VOD company, their numbers aren’t as impressive as companies like Redbox and Netflix, who can make or break a home video release. Having exclusives on Time Warner/Xfinity and DirecTV are also a huge deal these days, from my own personal experience.

My only question is – why would The Weinstein Company allow themselves to be bullied by home video chains, when a wide theatrical release and major breakout would result in major exposure and financial gains for the home releases? It’s all a bit perplexing, frustrating, and mostly rage-inducing.

Indweller attempts to explain a bit, pointing out the $7-10 million in marketing costs that would need to be recouped. In addition, theaters would only pay part of their grosses to Radius, and there was no guarantee on short notice that future bookings would have done enough to cover increased costs.

Sticking to early VOD means that Radius’ costs would be much lower, they explain, with Radius retaining a higher share of revenues. So this route guarantees them a profit, with whatever theatrical revenue they take in (possibly in the range of $2 million or more).

For those interested in the business side of indie releases, I think it’s important to click over and read a bit more.

In regards to It Follows, SEE IT IMMEDIATELY. I gave it a perfect score, calling it “a classical horror masterpiece.” Mike Pereira referred to as a creepy, mesmerizing exercise in minimalist horror” when reviewed out of the TIFF last September.

“For 19-year-old Jay (Maika Monroe), the fall should be about school, boys and weekends at the lake. Yet after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter she suddenly finds herself plagued by nightmarish visions; she can’t shake the sensation that someone, or something, is following her. As the threat closes in, Jay and her friends must somehow escape the horrors that are only a few steps behind.”

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Could Connie Britton Return to “American Horror Story”?

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 13:04

When Neil Patrick Harris openly campaigned for a role on the Ryan Murphy anthology series “American Horror Story”, he got his wish. Now, one of the stars of the debut season hopes to make a triumphant return.

Connie Britton was the central character in the Beetlejuice-esque FX “American Horror Story”, which premiered in the fall of 2011. She played Vivien Harmon, wife to the abusive and cheating husband, Ben Harmon, who both turn up dead in the haunted house.

Now, the star of “Friday Night Lights” and the ongoing “Nashville” hopes to return and tell another “story”.

Variety reports that the ladies of the show were celebrated by the Television Academy Tuesday night with a special panel, including cast members Kathy Bates, Jamie Brewer, Connie Britton, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe and Gabourey Sidibe, along with executive producers Jennifer Salt and Alexis Martin Woodall.

Some of the women, like Paulson and Rabe, have been part of the show for several seasons; Britton, however, was only in the first, dubbed “Murder House” — but she hasn’t ruled out returning to the show.

When asked by moderator Debra Birnbaum, executive TV editor at Variety, if she would return to the show, she didn’t miss a beat before answering, “Of course I would,” eliciting a roar of excitement from the audience.

“I would love to come back, but scheduling is tricky,” clarified Britton, who currently stars in ABC’s “Nashville.”

Still, Britton looked back fondly on her experience on “American Horror Story,” remembering the show before it became an Emmy-winning hit.

“The thing that [creator Ryan Murphy] said to me was, ‘You can take my word for it that you will not be doing anything that you’ve been doing for the last five years on this show,’” said Britton, who had been doing “Friday Night Lights” before “American Horror Story.” “And that appealed to me a lot.”

I think we’re all in love with Britton as an actress, who’s one of the best out there next to Vera Farmiga. With the loss of Jessica Lange, it would be spectacular to see Britton back on the show, even if it were a bit-part.

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[5 Skull Comic Review] “Spread” #6 Will Rip Your Face Off

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 12:55

Reviewed By Torin Chambers. “Spread” #6 closes off its phenomenal first arc in an obscenely grotesque masterpiece. An absolute joy to read, Justin Jordan pulls no punches exploding out of the gate at a breakneck pace that never lets up. It’s larger and more monstrous than life, with twists and turns that’ll catch you off guard and rip your face off. With more than a few bold moves Spread will never quite be the same going forward.

WRITTEN BY: Justin Jordan

ART BY: Kyle Strahm

PUBLISHER: Image Comics

PRICE: $2.99

RELEASE: March 18, 2015

There’s so much going on the entire issue it’s hard to know where to begin. First off it never feels jumbled or rushed, the plot unfolds organically and heinously. No and Ravello continue their bloody, unflinching battle amidst the three Spreadworms who, in a stroke of genius, Spread into each other forming one massive horrendous monstrosity. It’s a fucking glorious combination of expertly penned narration from Jordan and breathe taking visuals from Strahm and Sobreiro.

Moving from the enormous scope of that fight we’re thrown into Molly’s equally tense situation. The Preacher has baby Hope in his cold clammy hands, along with a knife which he intends to use to rend her little body asunder. Even though Hope is narrating all of this from the future the tension is not diminished in the slightest. It’s palpable throughout the entire issue, no one is safe in fact it feels as though anyone could die at any moment. Entirely new concepts and mysteries are also thrown at us during this whole altercation. We ever so briefly glimpse Molly and Hope someplace orange with Molly’s hair looking like spread tentacles, the Preacher also appears to have a flashback to a boy on an operating table with his chest cavity and brain exposed. What these mean is readily prevalent but more seeds for the future.

Spread is an exemplary horror comic and by far the number one body horror comic currently on the stands. Every page is a joy to behold for both the sublime art and the superb story. The trade collecting all 6 issues of the first arc is due out next month, I highly recommend any and all horror fans to buy it and spread it around.

Torin Chambers is a rad dude from the nineties who does film stuff or something. Thomas the Tank Engine is his favorite transformer. Find him on Twitter @TorinsChambers

 

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[Comic Review] “Plunder” #2 – Brings Big Body Horror Thrills

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 12:29

Reviewed by Torin Chambers. By fully embracing its horror aspects, “Plunder” #2 becomes a much more solid and consistent read than its predecessor. It delivers equal parts suspense and action all wrapped up in some terrific character development. With all of the boring set up from last issue out of the way the book has real room to breathe now. This allows it to flex its horror muscles and begin digging deeper. Everything improves as the books drops its exposition shackles and generates true forward motion from start to finish.

WRITTEN BY: Swifty Lang
ART BY: Skuds McKinley
PUBLISHER: BOOM!
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: March 18, 2015

Wasting no time this issue picks up immediately where the last ended. Bahdoon crouches over the infected cook who just destroyed one of his fellow pirates (Disco) and almost Bahdoon himself. There he contemplates the strange consistency of the cook’s blood, it’s thick and sticky, almost like a syrup. While preoccupied with this new discovery he doesn’t notice the sinister looking worm that is birthed from the cook’s gaping face wound. It ominously crawls away, living to fight another day, or maybe even later this issue…

When he regroups with his fellow pirates they’re obviously ticked off about Disco’s death and Bahdoon’s true but fantastical tale does nothing to help his situation. The rest are ready to throw him to the dogs, so to speak, but luckily Stain stands up for him. He takes Bahdoon under his wing and together they split off (always a good idea in a terrible scenario) to continue searching the ship.

There’s some tangible character development delivered from this team-up, something the first issue was lacking. Bahdoon’s arc is excellent here. He really come into his own and turns into someone you want to root for instead of inspiring indifference.

Later in the issue there’s a decently large action set piece that I’m unsure about. It’s something that’s hard to judge because there are still two issues left but it feels like it’s too soon. We’ve barely had any encounters with normal infected people and after this monstrosity they’ll only pale in comparison from now on. I hope Plunder sticks with it and keeps going bigger and bigger, instead of taking us back to lowly peons again.

Plunder #2 improves upon issue #1 in every way, giving an all-around stronger story that body horror fans should definitely check out.

Torin Chambers is a rad dude from the nineties who does film stuff or something. Thomas the Tank Engine is his favorite transformer. Find him on Twitter @TorinsChambers

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[Comic Review] “Ei8ht” #2 Is Must Read Sci Fi Mystery

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 12:06

Reviewed By Jorge Solis. An interesting follow-up, “EI8HT” #2 takes readers on a twisted journey into the scattered timeline. With an insanely clever premise and eye-catching visuals, the story continues at a fast pace and keeps building its sci-fi world. The top-notch artwork and snappy writing in the second installment of “EI8GHT” will make any reader a fan.

WRITTEN BY: Mike Johnson & Rafael Albuquerque

ART BY: Rafael Albuquerque

PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics

PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: March 18th, 2015

In the snowy mountains, a killer from the future has been sent into the time-stream on a suicide mission. Desperate to save his loved ones, Joshua is under orders to assassinate his target, but the job won’t be any easy. Lost in an unfriendly environment, Joshua finds himself captured and with most of his memories gone. Will he put back together his scattered memories piece by piece in time? Or has his mission already failed?

My favorite part of the story is how writer Mike Johnson plays around with the nonlinear structure. Readers are asked to put the pieces of the puzzling story together, but it’s not told in a confusing manner. Because Joshua is an unreliable narrator, he is also answering the story’s own questions; we are figuring out what’s happening just as he is. In an emotional flashback, Johnson slows down the pace to develop Joshua and give him purpose.

Artist Rafael Albuquerque mixes elements from the past, present, and future, in a vibrant color palette. The plane crash in the opening pages is heart-pounding suspenseful as Albuquerque emphasizes the facial expressions in tight close-ups. The Meld is a mishmash of an apocalyptic future and prehistoric Ice Age. You get a sense of the environment but you’re never quite sure what the time period is.

“EI8HT” #2 is a must-read sci-fi mystery/thriller with phenomenal artwork. I cannot wait to see what happens in the next issue.

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Tiger Lab Vinyl Offers The Briefest Of Teases For ‘Wicked City’ Vinyl OST

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 12:00

Early last month, we reported that Tiger Lab Vinyl, a new boutique record label that focuses on remastering and reissuing anime soundtracks, would be making Osamu Shoji‘s Wicked City its first release.

Now fans of the cult anime film can get a wickedly (see what I did there?) short taste of the upcoming soundtrack as Tiger Lab posted a video to their Instagram of a test pressing being played. You can see the video below.

As we previously reported, Tiger Lab is giving this release the full attention that it deserves, stating that the, “…LP will have all new and original artwork. The masters came directly from composer Osamu Shoji!

As of yet, there is no official release date.

Test press listening-TLV001! Pre orders and announcements soon! Bringing #anime #soundtracks on #vinyl straight to your turntable! #WickedCity

A video posted by Tiger Lab Vinyl (@tigerlabvinyl) on Mar 17, 2015 at 6:07pm PDT

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[TV Review] “The Flash” Episode 115, ‘Out Of Time’

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 11:36

By Brady Steele / twitter: @mrbradysteeleWith ten episodes to go before the season finale, things are starting to escalate quickly, which is saying something on a show like this. This show’s producers are really good at keeping lots of plotlines spinning at the same time and this week is no exception. In this week’s episode, ‘Out of Time’, old scores are brought back to be settled between Detective Joe West (Jesse L. Martin) and the revenge-seeking new Weather Wizard / Mark Mardon (Liam McIntyre). Mardon’s weather control is much deadlier than his dearly departed scumbag brother from the first episode. This is just one more quality casting of a Flash Rogue which I’ve no doubt will play out spectacularly down the line somewhere.

Tearing through everyone in the way, Flash, the police and the S.T.A.R. Labs team try to keep Joe at a distance before anyone else can get hurt. With all this going on, the suspicions behind Dr. Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) motivations finally come to light with disastrously tragic results for everyone involved. The twists keep coming as love stories, time travel and disasters all strike Central City literally at the same time. I can only imagine it being a bit confusing to a non-comic book fan but ratings suggest otherwise which is great to see.

As a fan of the lore of The Flash, I`m aware of things that will likely happen. I know when certain names pop up, that means this person will be either being a bit player or a major character in the story. As I`ve said before, these showrunners are ambitious and my previous theory of building a TV Justice League-type show was already confirmed a few weeks ago with the CW announcing another spinoff show featuring characters from both Arrow and The Flash. Having said all that, I really don`t know what`s going to happen next which makes this a great show to watch week in and week out. Like every good genre show, the last minute really keeps viewers pumped for next week. The hooks keep coming and I want more!

 

SCORE: 8.5 / 10 BOLTS

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This “Re-Animator” Inspired Metal Track Gets Brian Yuzna’s Two Thumbs Up!

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 11:00

German metal band Hackneyed have a song on their upcoming album Inhabitants of Carcosa called “Re-Animator”. As I’m sure you can imagine, the lyrical content of the song is directly inspired by the 1985 film of the same name. As far as metal tracks go, it’s really damn good. It sounds incredibly tight and has a darkly sinister yet widely epic feel.

I’ve also been told that the rest of the album is heavily inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft, so fans of that style of metal may very well have found their next big release to pay attention to!

Re-Animator producer Brian Yuzna, who went on to direct the film’s sequels, even gave it his thumbs up, stating that the song, “…is very tongue in cheek.

The album Inhabitants Of Carcosa was mixed by Nikita Kamprad and mastered by Dan Swanö (Evergrey, Nasum, Opeth). It will will be released on May 15 and can be pre-ordered via Bandcamp.

“Re-Animator” lyrics:
LIFE

REF
I keep working on my cure for longer life
Day and night – NIGHT
My reagent even wakes you if you die
Back to life – LIFE

I
Spending hours in my lab
Treating rats, guinea pigs,
My neighbour’s cat – and Dr Gruber
A little side effect:
After injecting them with life,
They scream aloud and getting uber

Bridge:
This guy called Hill – does not have any skill
Talking about minutes, six to twelve
THAT’S A LIE
This debate’s more than just a strife
He’s ignoring all my facts,
But I will bring men back to life

LIFE
BACK TO LIFE

REF
I keep working on my cure for longer life
Day and night – NIGHT
My reagent even wakes you if you die
Back to life – LIFE

II
After the setback – still searching for a cure
and keep my work ahead – by improvising
But still I have to find a lab – to make it pure
find someone to assist, pretending socializing

Bridge:
His name is Cain, he thinks that I’m insane
But he needs the rent – for a house with basement
A perfect Igor for my plan
Helps me to get into the morgue
So I can finally start to work

REF
Day and night – NIGHT
My reagent even wakes you if you die
Back to life – LIFE

I keep working on my cure for longer life
Day and night – NIGHT
And even if the failures became rife
Back to life – LIFE

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Here’s Eli Roth With Lorenza Izzo On ‘The Green Inferno’ Set (Exclusive)

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 10:23

While we wait for the exciting news of The Green Inferno’s release, Bloody Disgusting has an exclusive image from the set showing Roth directing Lorenza Izzo in the Peruvian Amazon!

Heading deep into the Amazon with 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.

Recent news states that we should be hearing some good news very soon, while Roth had indicated he expects it to see the light of day in August or September. Watch for official news as soon as it comes in.

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‘Hotline Miami 2′ OST Takes Samples From ‘Silent Hill’

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 10:00

If you haven’t heard of the Hotline Miami series, you’re missing out. Styled after 1980′s gangster/action films, the top-down game is viciously brutal, outrageously violent, and also features some incredible music! On the latest game, you’ve got artists such as Carpenter Brut, Perturbator, Mega Drive, Jasper Byrne, and a hell of a lot more. But one of the tracks has a nifty little sample in it.

It turns out that El Huervo‘s track “Ghost” uses samples from “Tears Of…”, which appeared on the Silent Hill 1 soundtrack. You can hear both tracks below to compare and contrast, although it’s pretty much near impossible to miss the relation.

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Cattle Decapitation Finalize New Album

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 23:03

Extreme metal band Cattle Decapitation have announced via Facebook that they have completed mixing and mastering their new album, which is the follow up to 2012′s Monolith Of Inhumanity. The band went on to state that although the album is finished, it will not see a release date for at least five more months due to, “…the vinyl industry blowing up.

The band wrote:

We are finally done mixing and mastering our NEW ALBUM! Because of the vinyl industry blowing up, our album won’t be out for about another 5 months and will be released mid-summer! In a few months we will announce the album title, tracklist, pre-orders and the cover artwork by Wes Benscoter, which in our opinions, is our best album cover yet! Its gonna be agonizing for us to wait this long as we are very stoked on how this came out and are anxious to show you all this beast of a follow-up to 2012′s Monolith of Inhumanity!

Sorry for the wait but trust that we will be spending this time creating killer merch, pre-order bundles, a new set with songs you haven’t heard in a long while and plotting our world tour!

We’ve long been supporters of the band on BD and many of us are big fans of the group. I can’t wait to hear and see what the guys have in store for us this year!

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Full ‘Insidious Chapter 3′ Trailer Feeds On Your Soul!

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 20:02

It’s back! After being pulled earlier yesterday morning, the new Insidious: Chapter 3 trailer is here to feast on your soul!

Leigh Whannell, co-creator of the terrifying horror franchise, directs the third film that now has a lengthy new trailer from distributor Focus Features. It’s loaded with all sorts of scary goodies that look to further the story (pun intended). While the sequel was critically panned, I quite enjoyed it, and can only expect this to be even better. I’m really amped to see if Whannell, who co-created Saw with James Wan, can breakout with Insidious 3.

This chilling prequel, set before the haunting of the Lambert family, reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl (Stefanie Scott) who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity.

The full cast of Insidious Chapter 3 includes Dermot Mulroney (August: Osage County) and Stefanie Scott (Jem and the Holograms) starring alongside Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson, and Mr. Whannell, with the latter trio reprising their roles from the first two movies in the franchise.

Focus Features will release Insidious: Chapter 3 domestically nationwide on June 5, 2015.


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Refn’s Blood-Sucking ‘The Neon Demon’ Nabs One More Victim

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 19:47

Stonewall actor Karl Glusman has joined Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon, the female-driven horror tale starring Elle Fanning, reports Variety.

The pic also stars Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks, Abbey Lee (Drive), Jena Malone (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1), and Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows) and is Refn’s follow-up to Only God Forgives, starring Ryan Gosling. It is being financed by Gaumont and Wild Bunch.

Refn’s partner, Lene Borglum (Valhalla Rising, Only God Forgives), is producing via their company Space Rocket. Refn and Mary Laws penned the script.

Production is set to begin on March 30.

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Three More Join Rob Zombie’s ’31′, Including Sheri Moon Zombie!

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 19:34

Thanks to eagle-eyed Bloody reader ‘Joe’, we now know that Lew Temple (“The Walking Dead”), Devin Sidell and Sheri Moon Zombie have all joined Rob Zombie’s 31, his Halloween-themed slasher that’s now in production.

Devin Sidell will be playing “Georgina Victor”. Temple starred in Zombie’s Halloween.

Malcolm McDowell plays ‘Father Murder’, the owner of Murder World for which the film is based.

Judy Geeson plays ‘Sister Dragon’, who runs Murder World alongside McDowell. She joins David Ury, who will be playing Schizo-Head, one half of murderous team of brothers living inside Murder World. Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs was recently cast as Panda Thomas, with Elizabeth Daily (E.G. Daily) playing ‘Sex-head’, and Torsten Voges as the insane partner of Death-Head. Richard Brake will portray ‘Doom-Head’.

Daniel Roebuck plays Paster Victor, an unfortunate participant in last year’s game of 31.

“31 follows five carnival workers who are kidnapped the night before Halloween and held hostage in a large secret compound known as Murder World.

Once there, they have 12 hours to survive a terrifying game called 31 in which ‘The Heads’- murderous maniacs dressed as clowns – are released to hunt them down and kill them.”

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First Clip From ‘The Final Girls’!

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 17:58

Todd Strauss-Schulson’s The Final Girls has received overwhelmingly positive reviews coming out of SXSW. The comedy plays with the conceits of traditional ’80s slashers by literally deconstructing them from the inside out. I’m really digging the vibe of this freshly released first clip that features a group of young actors best known for comedies like Silicon ValleyArrested Development, and Workaholics.

Max is a high school senior who is mysteriously transported with her friends into a 1980s horror film that starred Max’s celebrated scream queen mother. Trapped inside the movie, Max finds herself reunited with her mom, who she lost in real life. Together with Max’s friends, they must fend off the camp counselors’ raging hormones, battle a deranged machete-wielding killer and find a way to escape the movie and make it back home.

The Final Girls stars Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Thomas Middleditch, Adam DeVine and Nina Dobrev.

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On Pulling That “Killing Joke” ‘Batgirl’ Cover

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 15:25

I don’t want to run the risk of contributing to an already crowded room with the controversy surrounding DC Comics decision to pull Rafael Albuquerque’s variant cover for June’s issue of ‘Batgirl’ #41.

As you may or may not know, “Batgirl” has gone through a youthful transition as of late. The title has a renewed sense of optimism akin to what it was like when Mark Waid took over Daredevil. “Batgirl” has never been a title where the main character has gone through a long slog through a depressing hell, but there was a time. Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke, took the character and pushed her to the limit. It was an attempt to make Commissioner Gordon go insane, but saw his daughter permanently disabled at the hands of The Joker.  It often is cited as one of the best Batman stories of all time, but here today, when violence against women is no longer a narrative device in comics, it’s not cool.

I mean, a cover is something NOBODY can opt out of. It’s something on display on the shelves, and its something that you can’t control your gut reaction to. And the image is haunting. It has a vague tone of sexual violence that can’t be denied amidst a slew of other covers featuring the clown prince of crime that are comparatively happy in their own right. The reality of comics, and mainstream superhero books is that the scales have been out of balance for a very long time.

Luckily DC Comics has been making a valiant effort to restore some semblance of gender equality in their titles. Batgirl doesn’t have a boob-window, and her costume is more practical than sexy… finally. But releasing this cover shouldn’t be considered a misstep on their path to righteousness. It’s an oversight at best. Variant covers are not for everybody, they’re for the avid fans, the ones who get the reference, the ones who know how “Batgirl” overcame this bad history.

But, here’s the kicker with being a huge company, they have to be treated like they’re for everybody. You can’t have some 14 year old girl who loves “Batgirl” with all her heart see this cover and send her down the horrible path to Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke it’s not what this book is about. It’s not what comics is about either, comics is about community, and being included. Taking this cover off the shelves wasn’t just a good decision, it was the only one, because you can’t opt out of a cover, but you can opt out of whatever is inside.

Whether or not the image was made in good taste is beside the point. I for one love it, but I get why it doesn’t work. It’s scary, its tonally inconsistent with the book, and its not very empowering. The correct way to do this cover, reverse the roles. Have Batgirl overcome this black dot on her history by showcasing her ability to overcome The Joker with a smile.

In DC’s official statement on the situation, it’s indicated that “threats of violence and harassment” were made following the release of the image. Both Albuquerque and DC Entertainment’s full statements on the cancellation of the cover follow in full.

Rafael Albuquerque:

My Batgirl variant cover artwork was designed to pay homage to a comic that I really admire, and I know is a favorite of many readers. ‘The Killing Joke’ is part of Batgirl’s canon and artistically, I couldn’t avoid portraying the traumatic relationship between Barbara Gordon and the Joker.For me, it was just a creepy cover that brought up something from the character’s past that I was able to interpret artistically. But it has become clear, that for others, it touched a very important nerve. I respect these opinions and, despite whether the discussion is right or wrong, no opinion should be discredited.

My intention was never to hurt or upset anyone through my art. For that reason, I have recommended to DC that the variant cover be pulled. I’m incredibly pleased that DC Comics is listening to my concerns and will not be publishing the cover art in June as previously announced.

With all due respect,

Rafa

 DC Entertainment:

We publish comic books about the greatest heroes in the world, and the most evil villains imaginable. The Joker variant covers for June are in recognition of the 75th anniversary of the Joker.Regardless if fans like Rafael Albuquerque’s homage to Alan Moore’s THE KILLING JOKE graphic novel from 25 years ago, or find it inconsistent with the current tonality of the Batgirl books – threats of violence and harassment are wrong and have no place in comics or society.

We stand by our creative talent, and per Rafael’s request, DC Comics will not publish the Batgirl variant. – DC Entertainment

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Match the Zombies to Their Films

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 15:00

So, you think you’re a connoisseur of the zombie genre, eh? Think you’ve seen them all, know them like the back of your hand, and could survive any zombie apocalypse scenario? Well, let’s put that to the test, shall we?

Below is a fun quiz that asks you to identify which zombie belongs in which movie. Just let the quiz present the movie title and then select the appropriate pictures.

If you’re the competitive type, know that I nailed it, getting a score of 15 out of 15. So check out these zombies and see if you can beat me!

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Giallo Disco Announces Two New Titles

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 14:44

Giallo Disco Records has announced two new releases for fans of horror-inspired retrosynth!

The first release they’ve got lined up is Garofano Rosso‘s self-titled EP, which features five tracks from Italian producer Giorgio Luceri, who is known for his work on the Mathematics label.

The EP described:

Echoes of Tangerine Dream’s Thief OST mixed with what could perhaps be the imaginary soundtrack to Miami Vice if it had infact been set in Rimini and starred Maurizio Merli as Sonny Crockett. These are not however just mere mood pieces, but take the sun, the sea and the body-count straight to the dancefloor.

You can stream the EP and purchase it via Bandcamp.

The second release is for Broken Arrows and their 4-track So Few Truths EP. Broken Arrows is a London-based duo comprised of Bill Ambrose and Spruxx.

Read this twisted description and tell me that you’re not fascinated:

Broken Arrows are the sound of a slime coated pansexual Club D’Amore as populated by malfunctioning ED-209s getting real freaky. Taking cues from classic EBM, Minimal Synth, these three dark-fucking-wave destroyers are complimented by a remix from the one-man-brutalist-factory known as Drvg Cvltvre, taking the title track and twisting it into a reimagined 8-bit NES grinder / grindr.

This EP is also available for order through Bandcamp.

Both albums will be available for vinyl order in the coming days via Mondo. Below are samples from each EP.

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