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The Stanley Film Festival Announces Full Line-Up

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 16:08

The Stanley Film Festival announced today its full line-up and schedule.

As previously announced, Doc of the Dead will open SFF. The festival, taking place April 24-27, will close with the mockumentary from Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords), What We Do In The Shadows, about a house of vampires trying to get back in touch with modern society. Throughout the four-day celebration of the best in horror cinema, SFF will showcase a full slate of features, shorts, panels, special events and awards presentations at the historic haunted Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado.

Individual tickets and the full program are now available at www.stanleyfilmfest.com.

FEATURE PRESENTATIONS:

The Babadook – Australia/2013 – (Director: Jennifer Kent, Featuring Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney ) – A break-out hit at the Sundance Film Festival, Jennifer Kent’s terrifying debut about an unhinged child, his suffering mother and a sinister spectre that may or may not exist offers sophisticated scares and commanding tension.

Blood Glacier – Austria/2013 – (Director: Marvin Kren, Featuring Gerhard Liebmann, Edita Malovcic, Brigitte Kren, Hille Beseler, Peter Knaack) – A group of scientists stationed in the German Alps discover a melting glacier that leaks a strange red liquid. When that liquid begins producing rapidly increasing biological monstrosities, all hope may be lost in this environmental chiller.

Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead – Norway/Iceland/2014 – (Director: Tommy Wirkola, Featuring Vegar Hoel, Martin Starr, Jocelyn DeBoer, Ingrid Haas) – In the follow up to his cult hit, director Tommy Wirkola brings back Colonel Herzog to lead his Nazi zombie army on their unholy quest. Although this time, a Russian battalion is wakened for the fight.

Doc of the Dead – USA/2014 – (Director: Alexandre O. Philippe, Featuring George Romero, Simon Pegg, Bruce Campbell, Max Brooks, Tom Savini, Greg Nicotero, Robert Kirkman)- Could there be a real zombie outbreak? If so, Doc of the Dead can help you prepare. This definitive guide to all things undead delves deep into the evolution of the zombie genre in film and literature, as well as its impact and influence on pop culture, to deliver a comprehensive, fast-paced, highly entertaining look at a contemporary social pandemic of global proportions.

Housebound – New Zealand/2014 – (Director: Gerard Johnstone, Featuring Morgana O’Reilly, Rima Te Wiata, Glen-Paul Waru) -An unruly hooligan sentenced to house arrest at her childhood home must contend with her family, police-handlers and the spectral frights that may be haunting the property in this tautly written comedy-thriller.

Late Phases – USA/2014 – (Director: Adrian Garcia Bogliano, Featuring Nick Damici, Ethan Embry, Lance Guest, Tina Louise, Rutanya Alda) -When a no-nonsense war vet moves into a secluded retirement community that’s fallen victim to a series of violent beast attacks, he vows to stop the creature once and for all. Stanley Film Festival alum Adrien Garcia Bogliano (Here Comes The Devil) returns with his English-Language debut.

Lesson Of The Evil – Japan/2012 – (Director: Takashi Miike, Featuring Ruth Sundell, Takayuki Yamada,Fumi Nikaidô) -The notorious and prolific Takashi Miike (Audition, Ichi The Killer), one of the living legends of genre, tackles his most controversial subject matter yet in this story of a charismatic teacher with an extreme and violent plan to stop the rash of bullying at his school.

Moebius – South Korea/2013 – (Director: Kim Ki-duk Featuring Jae-hyeon Jo, Eun-woo Lee, Young-ju Seo ) – Kim Ki-duk’s Freudian breakdown of the family unit sees a wife take revenge upon her adulterous husband by dismembering their son. And then things really take a turn to the extreme as the family falls into complete destruction.

Nothing Bad Can Happen – Germany/2013 – (Director: Katrin Gebbe, Featuring Julius Feldmeier, Sascha Alexander Gersak, Annika Kuhl, Swantje Kohlhof) – Christian devotee Tore has his faith put to the ultimate test after moving in with a religious skeptic and his family. This tension building game of cruelty explores just how often one can turn the other cheek.

Open Windows – Spain/USA/2014 – (Director: Nacho Vigolando, Featuring Elijah Wood, Sasha Grey, Neil Maskell) – This year’s Stanley Film Festival Visionary Award co-recipient Elijah Wood stars in an otherworldly new thriller from cult filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo (Time Crimes). Extreme technical bravado and frenetic energy create the sensation of Rear Window for the digital age.

Ragnarok – Norway/2013 – (Director: Mikkel Brænne Sandemose, Featuring Pål Sverre Hagen, Nicolai Cleve Broch, Bjørn Sundquist, Sofia Helin, Maria Annette Tanderød Berglyd) – An archeologist obsessed with ancient Viking myth stumbles upon the discovery of a lifetime in this good old fashioned creature feature adventure that’s fun for the whole family.

R100 – Japan/2013 – (Director: Hitoshi Matsumoto, Featuring Nao Ohmori, Lindsay Kay Hayward, Hairi Katagiri) – Renowned cult director Hitoshi Matsumoto crafts a bizarre tale of a mysterious S&M club where dominatrixes can strike at any time and its participants can’t escape their leather clad relentlessness

Rigor Mortis – Hong Kong/2013 – (Director: Juno Mak, Featuring Anthony Chan, Siu-hou Chin, Kara Hui, Hoi-Pang Lo, Richard Ng) – Produced by the director of the J-horror sensation series The Grudge comes a viscerally charged, beautifully realized and relentlessly surreal interpretation of traditional tales of supernatural forces guaranteed to attack the sense

The Sacrament – USA/2013 – (Director: Ti West, Featuring Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen, Kentucker Audley, Amy Seimetz, Gene Jones) -Stanley Film Festival’s inaugural Visionary Award winner Eli Roth produces indie horror icon Ti West’s slow-burn take on the Jonestown Massacre, a smart blend of found-footage style with excellent performances that instill true fear.

Starry Eyes – USA/2014 – ( Directors: Dennis Widmeyer & Dennis Kölsch, Featuring Alexandra Essoe, Amanda Fuller, Fabianne Therese, Noah Segan, Shane Coffey, Natalie Castillo, Pat Healy) – From the producers of Cheap Thrills and Jorodowsky’s Dune, struggling actress Sarah will give anything to land her dream role in cutthroat Hollywood. But when a storied production company gives her that chance, she learns the true cost of fame.

The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears – Belgium / France / Luxembourg/2013 – (Director: Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani, Featuring Klaus Tange, Ursula Bedena, Joe Koener, Birgit Yew) -In this visual bounty of a thriller, a man searches for his wife through a kaleidoscope of stained glass windows, sliced flesh and sexual intrigue.

Witching and Bitching – Spain/2013 – (Director: Alex De La Iglesia, Featuring Hugo Silva, Mario Casas, Pepón Nieto, Carolina Bang) – Cult director Alex De La Iglesia (The Last Circus) is in top form with this hilarious and gory tale of thieves who find themselves in over their heads when faced with a coven of bloodthirsty witches.

What We Do In The Shadows – New Zealand/2014 – (Directors: Taika Waititi & Jemaine Clement, Featuring Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement, Jonathan Brugh) – Living with roommates can always pose quirky challenges. But when you’re a vampire cohabitating with your fellow kind for a few hundred years, things get a bit tricky. From Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) comes a hilarious mockumentary of a house of vampires trying to get back in touch with modern society.

Who Can Kill A Child? – Spain/1976 – (Director: Narciso Ibáñez Serrador, Featuring Lewis Fiander, Prunella Ransome, Antonio Iranzo, Miguel Narros) – Presented by SpectreVision, in cooperation with Channel Z, this rarely seen Spanish horror finds an English couple vacationing on an island where the children are murdering all the adults.

SECRET SCREENING: The Stanley Film festival presents a highly anticipated new film from a modern master of gore.

RETROSPECTIVES:

Eyes Wide Shut – USA/1999 – (Director: Stanley Kubrick, Featuring Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Madison Eginton, Sydney Pollack, Jackie Sawiris) -Longtime Kubrick collaborator and Stanley Film Fest alum Leon Vitali presents a 15th anniversary screening in its European cut of the legendary auteur’s final haunting masterpiece.

The Fall of the House of Usher – France/USA/1928 – (Director: Jean Epstein, Featuring Jean Debucourt, Marguerite Gance, Charles Lamy, Fournez-Goffard) – Silent film with live score. Based on the works of Edgar Allen Poe, this rarely seen macabre silent film continues the Festival’s tradition of live score accompaniment to horror of the past.

Gremlins -USA/1984 – (Director: Joe Dante, Featuring Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, Corey Feldman) – Channel Z and horror luminary Joe Dante present a 30th Anniversary screening of the great 80s classic about what happens to irresponsible little Mogwais who eat after midnight.

Sleepwalkers – USA/1992 – (Director: Mick Garris, Featuring Brian Krause, Mädchen Amick, Alice Krige, Jim Haynie, Ron Perlman, Cindy Pickett) – Mick Garris (“The Shining” and “The Stand” and “Masters of Horror”) presents his Stephen King penned cult favorite. A mother and son who are not what they seem move to a new town in order to feed.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre – 40th Anniversary Restoration – USA/1974 – (Director: Tobe Hopper, Featuring Marilyn Burns, Gunnar Hansen, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain, William Vail) -
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of this beloved horror classic, MPI Media Group presents the original film restored from an all-new 4k scan authorized by director Tobe Hooper and featuring a dynamic new 7.1 surround sound mix.

FREE FAMILY SCREENING:

The Nightmare Before Christmas – USA/1993 – (Director: Henry Selick, Featuring Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O’Hara) – Join Jack Skellington as he discovers the strange new world of Christmas Town. Preceded by Pixar’s Toy Story OF TERROR!
SHORTS:

Shorts Program I

JONATHAN’S CHEST, USA, directed by Christopher Radcliff: Everything changes one night for Alex, a troubled teenager, when he is visited by a boy claiming to be his brother — who disappeared years earlier. UNICORN BLOOD, Spain, directed by Alberto Vazquez: Two teddy-bears go hunting unicorns, for their tender flesh and delicious blueberry-flavoured blood which the bears need to stay cute-looking. ANIMALS I KILLED LAST SUMMER, Sweden, directed by Gustav Danielsson: A young boy kills small animals and his father can’t deal with it. GHOST TRAIN, Australia, directed by James Fleming and Kelly Hucker: An elderly man struggling to cope with his wife’s dementia is drawn into a macabre cabaret restaurant where he becomes enchanted by the lead actress. KEKASIH, USA/Malaysia, directed by Diffan Sina Norman: In pursuit of his late wife, a botanical professor encounters a divine presence that will transform him forever. BOX ROOM, Ireland, directed by Michael Lathrop: Behind Jerry’s bedroom wall he discovers a seductive alien creature with which he has sex, leading to a horrific outcome. FLESH, Colombia, directed by Carlos Gómez Salamanca: FLESH reveals the sacrifice of an animal during a countryside celebration in Colombia. THE OBVIOUS CHILD, UK, directed by Stephen Irwin: Somebody broke the girl’s parents. The rabbit was there when it happened. It was an awful mess.

Shorts Program II

HERE BE MONSTERS, New Zealand, directed by Paul Glubb and Nic Gorman: He only has one chance to live the last day of his life. BASKIN, Turkey, directed by Can Evrenol: Four cops, go to hell. THE PRESENT, Taiwan, directed by Joe Hsieh: A hotel manager’s daughter falls for a married man at first sight. Rejected by the man, she embarks on a journey of revenge. THE GUEST, Canada, directed by Jovanka Vuckovic: In this existential thriller, a man must face the consequences of a mysterious bargain he has made. WHITE MORNING, UK, directed by Paul Barritt: Six naughty boys carry out an act of violence exploding into a visual investigation of the war machine the boys become. WAWD AHP, USA, directed by Steve Girard: A man raps in front of the mirror, cuts his head off and has sex with it. There is also a cartoon. ANGST, PISS & SHIT, Norway, directed by Fredrik S. Hana: A young couple that once shared a fascination for mass murder and torture, now resemble a sad and lifeless parody on relationships. PERFECT DRUG, Belgium, directed by Toon Aerts: A heist of strange chemical substances goes wrong when one of the thieves can’t resist drinking the glowing elixir.

Shorts before features

STARRY EYES
“THE MUCK”, USA, directed by Tony Wash: Laverne arrives home and decides to relax in the bathtub. She strips down, settles into the tub, and closes her eyes. Serenity at last… or so she thought!

LATE PHASES
“PAYADA PA’ SATAN”, Argentina, directed by Antonio Balseiro and Carlos Balseiro: A Gaucho lives peacefully in the countryside with his wife until one day they hear explosions and the earth starts to shake.

NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS
“TOY STORY OF TERROR!”, USA, directed by Angus MacLane: From Disney*Pixar comes a spooky new tale featuring all of your favorite characters from the “Toy Story” films.

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Thine Release Teaser Video For Upcoming Album 'The Dead City Blueprint'

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 15:45

Melancholic UK rockers Thine have released a teaser video for their upcoming album, The Dead City Blueprint, which is set for a May 13th release date via Peaceville Records. You can pre-order the album here.

The band comments, “We’ve been toiling away for over a decade on shaping our latest monster. It has been such a long and grueling process with countless collapses and relapses and a traumatic voyage on numerous levels, but this opus is finally in the flesh so to speak. It is an encapsulation of all those glorious tragedies we all find ourselves overcoming along the way, and essentially for us, a welcome catalyst. Sometimes the best art comes only through being unexpectedly forced through the city’s darkest avenues, so hope you’ll find us there.

The band is compared to acts like Katatonia and Anathema, so my interest is super high. I’ll definitely be checking this album out.

Head below to check out the teaser video.



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[TV] "True Blood" Provides A Premiere Date and Teaser For the Final Season!

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 15:43

Well now we know the date we can start saying goodbye. HBO has announced that the final season of “True Blood” begins its ten-episode run on Sunday, June 22nd at 9PM.

I’m pretty sure the last episode I saw of the show was during Season 4 or 5. Is Deborah Ann Woll still on it? She’s reason enough for me to tune in and give it one last shot. Here’s hoping the end with the grace that they could not find in the past few years.

For what it’s worth, HBO president Michael Lombardo says it’s “a fantastic final chapter of this incredible show.” We’ll see! Check out a teaser below!

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Latest 'SOMA' Trailer Emerges From The Murky Depths

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 15:38

I always assumed that SOMA, the don’t-hold-your-breath-because-it’s-still-a-long-ways-off survival horror game from the makers of Amnesia, would take place in outer space. This new trailer proves otherwise, as it shows some sort of underwater outpost that’s been taken over by the sea. I’m always itching to return to the deep blue, and now SOMA is taking me one step closer to my life-long dream of fighting Cyborg Jaws.

SOMA arrives on PC and PS4 sometime in 2015.

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[ECCC ’14 Interview] Frank J Barbiere - The Pulp King

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 14:50

Frank J Barbiere emerged into the comics scene last year with an incredible creator owned series called “Five Ghosts.” The pulp sensibilities of the series have created strong sales and a fan base willing to walk into hell for Fabian Grey. Despite magnetic characters, it’s been a sense of tribute and pulpy originality that creates the major draw for the series.

Frank has a certain voice that channels the pulpy adventure comics of old. His work is exciting, limitless, and face paced. It has garnered a lot of positive press, and lead to a variety of new projects.

Now, after an incredibly successful year, Frank was kind enough to sit down with Bloody-Disgusting to talk about his unique voice, his multitude of projects on the go, and what’s next for “Five Ghosts.”

Bloody Disgusting: Let’s Talk About The Current Arc of “Five Ghosts,” Lost Coastlines.


Frank J Barbiere: We’re excited to be wrapping up. The collection will be out in June, and it’ll have issue six. Which is the standalone where Fabian goes to Japan. Then “Lost Coastlines” is the six-issue arc. Ten just came out, eleven hits in April, twelve in May, and the trade in June. I’m really happy with these final issues. It’s really cohesive. I mean, the end of the first arc was great. I have no regrets in that, but at the end of issue five we didn’t know the final fate of the series. So now I’ve become really obsessed with keeping pacing, having each issue feel like a whole arc. With this I felt like we really achieved that. It’s been real fun, especially now with the trippy stuff on the island. Issue eleven delves into the horrific side of things. We’re not going to do anything that’s difficult to read but now that we know the fanbase is there we can take some chances.

BD: Fabian is a roguish character who seems like a shining beacon, but he’s not motivated by the right things at all.

FJB: That’s the nice thing about having twenty-five issues to tell your story. We don’t have to make him take that turn, and say “oh I’m a good guy now!” As we dig more and more into his past you’ll learn that he’s been a pretty big bastard. We’re going to learn a lot more about who he was in the past. The big conceit of the series is his quest for Silvia, and his love for his sister. He’s starting to change, but we’re not going hit a button and make him a good guy.

You never know when you write something. It all feels like equations when you first write his character drive, and figure out his arc. It’s really cool to see the notes on the page evolve into something more dynamic and something you couldn’t have foresaw.

I joke, but it’s the one book we could do forever because we have so much to draw from, and so much room to breathe. We have a fun character with a great hook where we can do anything.

BD: What’s the main framing story for Five Ghosts?

FJB: Definitely Fabian’s quest to get Silvia back. No spoilers. That’s probably not going to happen anytime soon. There are going to be twists and turns as we go. It’s a redemption story. The final redeeming action will be a long road away. It’s been a story where we’ve found some natural merit. The opposition aren’t just mustache twirling bad-guys, either.

BD: The book is taking a break after Lost Coastlines?

FJB: We’re taking two months to get back on schedule. So July, and August “Five Ghosts” won’t be on the shelves but we’ll be back in September with issue thirteen that begins a horror arc. It’s a three-issue story; I don’t want to say what’s happening because it really depends on a cliffhanger from issue twelve. But it’s an set in Eastern Europe, and the really robust cast from Lost Coastlines are going to sit out. This one’s all about Fabian.

Then out of that we’re going to do five before we go to trade. The last two issues that make up volume three are going to delve into the past. Year One is the wrong term but we’ll deal with who Fabian was. The plan is then to go straight through to issue 25 after another 2-month break. That would be the end of the first storyline.

BD: Twenty Five issues?

FJB: And we still want to keep going after that. But we’ll see where people are. They get tired, get bored, but we love doing the book. Thankfully we can do it quickly and everyone is happy. So we’ll do it as long as we can. Our trades are doing well, and we don’t need to re-launch.

BD: What can you tell me about your creator owned series with Dark Horse, The White Suits?

FJB: That book actually landed with Dark Horse before Five Ghosts. Now that it’s coming out, I’m so happy with it. Toby Cypress has totally brought his A-game. It’s been a ton of fun. Issue two came out two weeks ago. Then we’re going through monthly. It’s been a story we’ve been working on for a very long time, and having Toby involved is amazing. He’s just getting crazier and crazier. One was good, two got a little more crazy, but trying to speak objectively the stuff he’s done in three and four is just apeshit. He’s quick too! The fact that he’s doing the book monthly contributes to this nervous energy of doing it. When you know you have to turn something in and ship it, you just push it out there. I’m personally an impulsive creator like that. I’m just very used to pumping things out.


BD: I think that comes across in your writing. It seems like any time a story is boring you force it into a hard left turn.

FJB: I try to. It’s definitely one of those things where you have to entertain yourself first. I try to approach my work, not in a totally narcissistic way like would I read this? Do I think this is exciting? I think comics are awesome because you get to see someone draw your work. You get to see it be executed and that’s really the moment when it all comes together. Doing my own lettering helps too. I get to steer the narrative again after the art comes back. It’s a breakneck pace, but I love the craziness. Always being busy, but in a good way.

BD: What else are you working on?

FJB: “Five Ghosts” will always be my baby but I’m doing the “Solar: Man of the Atom” reboot, now Woman of the Atom. We do have male Solar as well but you’ll find out around issue three what exactly is going on. We’ve been sitting on this one a while now. It was in the original pitch and the original outline. I think people are ready to roll with it. The character becomes Solar, in a much more interesting story. She’s more than a scientist in a lab who just blows up. She’s been great. We’ve added some diversity into the book. It’s cool to read, because it feels a lot more like a creator owned book.


I’m doing “Black Market” with BOOM! Studios. Victor Santos of “Polar” and “Mice Templar” is doing it with me. It looks ridiculous. It’s about a guy, Ray Willis who used to be a medical examiner. His life starts to fall apart. He’s stuck in a funeral home preparing corpses for wakes until his estranged brother Denny reappears in his life. A criminal, Denny has a plan to cure all disease, which happens to rest in the very genetic makeup of superheroes — known as Supers — who literally float above humanity. So he turns to harvesting the organs out of dead superheroes to make a living. It’s out in July. It’s something I’ve had and wanted to do for quite some time, but haven’t had a platform to do it on.

A lot of people say why not Image? Listen, I will do books with Image until I die. But, BOOM! Has a real great editorial staff with them. They took something that really was just a concept and helped build it with me. They have a little more development there. They worked with me, and they got me Victor.

I did the New Avengers Annual with Marco Rudy. He is absurd. This is a total Dr. Strange story. He just got super powered up in the Marvel Universe. We’ve got fifteen page Strange fight scene that was a total blast to write.

It’s been a good year. Now it’s all about keeping momentum.

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[Indie Horror Spotlight] You Won't Survive The Night In This Open World Horror Game

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 14:32

We recently had the opportunity to chat with Tristan Parrish Moore, lead designer on the upcoming open world horror game Grave. Its idea of a surreal horror survival game with elements taken from the stealth and roguelike genres sounds like a fantastic concept for a horror game. Tristan shared the demo with me, so I put on my brave face and jumped in. Watch me spend some time with Grave after the jump.

If you would like to play the demo yourself, it’s currently limited to the press and backers of its crowd-funding campaign. So you’ll need to donate a minimum of $5 to its Kickstarter for access.

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Review: 'Bad Blood' #4

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 14:31

Jonathan Maberry’s “Bad Blood” is hands down, one of the coolest, freshest vampire stories on the market. Each month this comic gets more intelligent, more unique, and more exciting. With its brand new vampire mythology and hyper-real human elements, it’s a comic that stays with you long after you read it.

WRITTEN BY: Jonathan Maberry


ART BY: Tyler Crook


PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics


PRICE: $3.99


RELEASE: April 2, 2014

When last we saw our heroes, they had found their world-weary vampire hunter, Jonas Vale, via Craigslist and they began their journey in learning how to fight their foe. Issue #4 picks up mid-fight with Vale watching over, guiding, and ultimately stepping in to save Trick and Lolly.

Vale is the Mr. Miyagi of Vampire Hunting. He’s the strong, philosophical-type. He has all the information and skill to back it up. He’s not going to put up with any irresponsible, 21st century bullshit and Trick and Lolly are extremely lucky for it. Without Vale and his wise guidance, they’d be toast. Although the vampires can no longer safely feed on humans, Vale has had to step in several times to kill the vampires mid-fight.

We spend the majority of this issue watching our heroes train and it’s honestly super fun. There’s a certain amount of humor and heart in the training scenes. It’s like a really well done film montage. It swiftly moves us through a natural progression of the characters, taking us from sickly, drug-addicted kids to smart, strengthened adults ready to fight for something important. Maberry excels at character development. He writes the hell out of these characters, making it impossible not to care.

In true form for Maberry, he even excels at making us care about the villain. Not care FOR but care about. Lord Sturge is a fantastic villain. He’s exciting to watch on the page and interesting to get to know. Sturge is getting worse from his initial attack on Trick and the subsequent illness he’s inflicted with. He’s afraid to hunt which, as I’ve mentioned in earlier reviews, is truly the brilliance of this comic. The idea that a vampire’s very drive in life—to drink blood—is the one thing that will kill it is phenomenal.

Toward the end of this issue, we get to the real heart, Trick says, “Becoming strong is scary as hell. Facing vampires is easier.” Out of context, it sounds a bit cliché, I’ll admit. But in the world of Trick and Lolly, it’s heartbreaking and hits a nerve. I can only pray that Maberry explores this sentiment a little more in next month’s issue—the final issue.

The ending of this issue is so strong it makes me want to weep. Not out of sorrow but out of pure excitement. It’s one of those satisfying cliffhangers that makes you want to laugh like a maniac, it’s so good. Though I understand the need for this comic not to drag out forever, the fact that there is only one issue left leaves a little hole in my heart.

4.5/5 Skulls

Reviewed by – Bree Ogden

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Review: 'Monster & Madman' #2

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 14:28

Steve Niles incredible tale of “Monster & Madman” continues to blow my mind. The first issue focused on the Monster while this one has seamlessly brings in the presence of the notorious serial killer of old. Damien Worm works works in tandem with Niles’ script to bring a stunning, dark, and twisted tale of elegant horror.

WRITTEN BY: Steve Niles
ART BY: Damien Worm
PUBLISHER: IDW
RELEASE DATE: April 2
PRICE: 3.99

Issue #2 takes off right where its predecessor left off; the monster awakens in a strange place and takes to the city, a thing he is most unfamiliar with, and curiosity is soon overruled by terror. It is at this point we are introduce to John Moore, but his friends call him Jack. This is where the story begins to open up as the monster seemingly stumbles upon a friend. As the story rolls on it becomes clear to the monster that this Jack fellow isn’t exactly what he seems, but knowing he could destroy the man at a whim, he chooses to let the chips fall where they may. As the book closes out we are finally given a brief view of the man who becomes the legend of Jack the Ripper.

Steve Niles has the ability to create empathy for the monster, giving him human emotions that the reader is able to identify with. Everyone has felt like an outcast at one point or another and this lonely feeling secretes from the pages. As the story unfolds it’s interesting to see how Niles depicts Jack the Ripper as seemingly a harmless man with curiosity that borders on psychosis. There have been many renditions of Jack the Ripper throughout the years, but this is a particularly interesting one, coupled with his interactions with Frankenstein’s monster we are really able to see the quirks of Jack’s character.

The story itself starts off quickly as the monster strolls through the crowded city streets but it tones down in pace once the interactions begin between the two characters. By the end of the book I could feel more kinship with the monster than the madman which really is the core of Frankenstein’s monster, even though he’s a creature of dark science, he is really more human than most people.

The art by Damien Worm is breathtaking. The images appear so sketchy and out of focus at times but then suddenly are clean and crisp as though they could leap off the page. This artistic style, dark and gritty, really adds to the overall feeling . When I reflect on the first issue I see many similarities between the two, but this book has something the previous issue did not. It feels as though Worm changes his style and I’m interested to see what he cooks up for the third installment.

Overall, a brilliant second issue to the story arc; both characters are developing quickly along with the plot. This is a must for horror fans.

4/5 Skulls

Reviewed by – GreenBasterd

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Review: 'Hinterkind Vol. 1: The Waking World'

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 14:19

“Hinterkind Vol. 1: The Waking World” takes readers on a fast-paced and action-packed trip to an apocalyptic future. Usually when the end of the world is here, it’s brain-eating zombies that have taken over. This time around, the “Hinterkind” series offers a glimpse at how the human race fights to survive against ogres, trolls, and elves.

WRITTEN BY: Ian Edginton
ART BY: Francesco Trifogli
PUBLISHER: Vertigo Comics
PRICE: $9.99
RELEASE: April 2, 2013

After “The Blight” wiped out the human race, the last threads of civilization have wandered around alone, searching for others like them. The apocalypse has brought something back, from the lost corners of the world. Creatures from a forgotten time have suddenly come back. Dwarves, elves, trolls, and ogres have now become the new evolutionary leap. Curious about the outside world, Prosper Monday has to step out into the ever-growing forests and never-ending deserts to find her missing grandfather. Prosper has to save him before these mythological creatures get to him first.

Using elements from American folklore and children’s tales, writer Ian Edginton presents his apocalyptic vision through the eyes of Prosper Monday, a naive but confident archer. Readers will instantly think of Katniss in their minds, but Prosper also carries the quick wit of Robin Hood. Prosper has to move away from the safety net of her home and wander into the wilds of the outside world. It’s an interesting coming-of-age tale where Prosper has to travel across broken bridges and deserted highways to find herself.

Edginton delivers top-notch action sequences that keep the plot moving forward. In the first chapter, Edginton uses the animals that have escaped from the zoo. Prosper has to outrun the savage lions as she tries to jump on top of one car to another. The most suspenseful of these scenarios is when Prosper singlehandedly has to take down a huge ogre. With her crossbow, Proper aims the arrows at the ogre’s eyes to blind him, which just makes things worse for herself. All of a sudden, the blind ogre won’t stop thrashing his arms around until he grabs Prosper with his bare hands.

Using wide shots, artist Francesco Trifogli captures the vast jungle atmosphere and forest setting to depict the apocalyptic world. We see giant trees are growing out of the rooftops from abandoned buildings. There is so much detail in Trifogli’s backgrounds, especially when Prosper marches across the Queensboro Bridge. Thousands of empty cars have been left to rust on the bridge, which is now a giant garden.

Trifogli has done an impressive job with the character designs of the mythological creatures. The ogre has horns on his chin, as if that is supposed to resemble a goatee. Each of the ogre’s arms has a weird symbol tattooed on them. The antagonist, Star, has bat wings on her back and piercings circling down her ear.

“Hinterkind Vol. 1: The Waking World” takes readers on an epic journey into the past where giants, elves, and dark magic reigned supreme. The last page gets readers psyched for the upcoming story arc.

4/5 Skulls

Reviewed by Jorge Solis

Categories: Horror News

Review: 'Revival' #19

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 14:16

With a bizarre crime to solve, “Revival” #19 keeps readers glued to the page with its whodunit mystery. How do you solve a murder when the person isn’t even dead? New characters continue to pop up in breathing new life into “Revival.”

WRITTEN BY: Tim Seeley
ART BY: Mike Norton
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: April 2, 2013

For one day, the dead members of rural Wisconsin came back to life. Now, government agents, the press, and some baffled scientists are trying to understand why the “Revivers” have returned. While Sheriff Dana Cypress is trying to control this zombie crisis, she is also investigating the murder of her sister, Em. Her investigation led to a masked man who may have resurrected while being cremated. This masked man may also be stalking Dana’s son while he soundly sleeps in his bedroom.

Tim Seeley surprisingly starts the narrative with a major gross-out sequence that must be seen. Seeley isn’t just putting that sickening sequence to make the squeamish squirm, but also to reveal a major clue. In the storyline, different characters have come up with many theories about what caused the resurrection. Some are basing their theory on science, while others are looking at it from a religious perspective. Seeley is able to put in more red herrings while making your stomach freak out.

The best part about Seeley’s dialogue is how he is able to make personal connections through character growth. Since the beginning, Dana has been the lone wolf in her murder investigation. In the previous issue, it took Dana’s young son, Cooper, to remind her how alone she is really is. In this installment, Dana reluctantly talks to an outsider because she actually needs help.

Major applause must go to artist Mike Norton for the gross-out sequence that occurs in the opening pages. Norton makes the situation seem normal as it starts out with a sick-looking dog. Then Norton keeps moving the camera closer and closer towards the dog’s mouth. In a graphic close-up, Norton illustrates everything, the blood and gore, as the dog vomits uncontrollably. This is only half of what’s going on and the best part is, there’s still more going on.

Norton nails the right facial expressions during Dana’s well-written monologue. Norton focuses just on Dana’s sorrowful face as she remembers struggling to keep her family together after her mother died. There is tremendous heartache and failure in Dana’s reactions, which Norton perfectly illustrates for the emotional moments. As readers, we understand how tough Dana had to become, but also how lonely she must really be.

Prepare to be so grossed out and moved by “Revival” #19. The “Revival” series sure knows how to hook in its readers.

4/5 Skulls

Reviewed by Jorge Solis

Categories: Horror News

Foxy Shazam Release New Album For Free Download

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 14:00

Ohio rockers Foxy Shazam have surprised fans by abruptly releasing a new album called Gonzo and, even better, they’ve made it free! The album is in anticipation of the band’s upcoming extensive tour that kicks off May 27th and sees support coming from Larry and His Flask.

Gonzo was recorded with Steve Albini as engineer and was recorded all at once. Singer Eric Nally states the album, “…was written in a room, recorded in a room, all together. It was a shared experience, and an easier process, and things really started to come out. It was a very organic experience, and it shows.

You can download the album below as well as check out tour dates.

GONZO by Foxy Shazam

Tour Dates:
May 27 Harrisburg, PA Fed Live
May 29 Boston, MA The Sinclair
May 30 New York, NY The Bowery Ballroom
May 31 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of the Living Arts
Jun 02 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Soundstage
Jun 03 Richmond, VA Canal Club
Jun 05 Nashville, TN Exit/In
Jun 06 Columbia, SC New Brookland Tavern
Jun 07 Charlotte, NC Amos Southend
Jun 09 Ft Lauderdale, FL Culture Room
Jun 10 Tampa, FL Orpheum
Jun 12 Orlando, FL The Social
Jun 13 Jacksonville, FL Freebird
Jun 14 Atlanta, GA Terminal West
Jun 17 St Louis, MO Freebird
Jun 18 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
Jun 20 Minneapolis, MN Mill City Nights
Jun 21 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
Jun 22 Detroit, MI Magic Stick
Jun 24 Toronto, ON Lee’s Palace
Jun 25 Buffalo, NY The Waiting Room
Jun 27 Cleveland. OH Grog Shop
Jun 28 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall


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'Nurse' Fight In This Exclusive Featurette!

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 13:47

Sexy starlets Paz de la Huerta (HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” Enter The Void) and Katrina Bowden (TV’s “30 Rock”) turn up the heat in the excellent thriller, Nurse (read our review), arriving on 3D Blu-ray (plus 2D Blu-ray and Digital HD UltraViolet), DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet) and Digital HD April 8 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

The scintillating horror film about a nurse with a secret double life as a murderous vixen also stars Corbin Bleu and Judd Nelson.

Check out this exclusive special features clip in which the cast and crew, including Paz de la Huerta and Katrina Bowden, discuss the action in the film, its strong female leads, and some of the poor decisions made by the men in the film. It even has a few nice shots of Paz in lingerie.

By day, nurse Abby Russell (de la Huerta) lovingly attends to the patients at All Saints Memorial Hospital; by night, Abby prowls nightclubs, luring unfaithful men into dangerous liaisons. After Danni (Bowden), a young, sensitive nurse, joins the hospital staff, Abby pursues her friendship. But when the friendship turns to obsession, Danni spurns Abby, unleashing Abby’s fury and a rampage of terror.

Directed by Douglas Aarniokoski (Animals, The Day), who also co-wrote the film with David Loughery (Obsessed), Nurse comes packed with exclusive bonus materials including a “making of” featurette, a behind-the-scenes video where actors Katrina Bowden and Corbin Bleu film themselves on and off set to give us an inside look at the bloody, good fun they had while filming and an audio commentary with director Aarniokoski.

Categories: Horror News

INSANE New 'Godzilla' Footage Goes to War!!

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 13:06

Warner Bros. keeps dropping atomic bombs of promos for Godzilla, the third of which features the most captivating and incredible look at the film’s title character. Watch at the military attack Godzilla on a bridge, filling him with bullets!

Below is a third promo spot from the Gareth Edwards-directed reboot that roared online just seconds ago.

In theaters May 16, “An epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Johnson, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, Richard T. Jones, Sally Hawkins, Akira Takarada, Victor Rasuk, Yuki Morita, and C.J. Adams star.

Categories: Horror News

Chicago Readers, See 'Oculus' for Free!!!

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 12:53

Bloody Disgusting is giving fellow Chicagoans a chance to see Relativity’s Oculus (review), Mike Flanagan’s indie haunter, before it hits theaters on April 11!

We have a whopping (20) PAIRS of FREE tickets to see Oculus on APRIL 9. You can reserve and download your tickets by clicking here. Hurry before they’re gone!

SCREENING INFO:

Chicago’s Showplace Icon 16
150 W Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60605
7:00PM

The story centers on a murder that left two children orphans with authorities charging the brother while his sister believed that the true culprit was a haunted antique mirror. Now completely rehabilitated and in his twenties, the brother is ready to move on but his sister is determined to prove that the haunted mirror was responsible for destroying their family.

Karen Gillan, Katee Sackhoff, Brenton Thwaites, Rory Cochrane, Annalise Basso and Garrett Ryan all star.

Categories: Horror News

Vinnie Jones Gets 'Fractured' in This Official Trailer

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 11:45

After playing at last year’s Screamfest Film Festival in Los Angeles, Night of the Demons director Adam Gierasch’s Schism will be released here in the States as Fractured on April 11, through Seven Arts Entertainment’s new genre label, Dark Arts.

We now have the official trailer for the film starring Callum Blue, Vinnie Jones (Midnight Meat Train) and Ashlynn Yenniem (Human Centipede).

In it, “Dylan White, a cook in Baton Rouge with a normal, boring life. Then horrifying visions start to interrupt his waking moments, and he must face the fact that he literally doesn’t know who he is. Following clues that take him to the dark underbelly of New Orleans, Dylan soon finds both his life and soul in danger.

Categories: Horror News

Trailer for 'Thing'-Inspired 'Blood Glacier'

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 11:33

Check out the official U.S. trailer for Blood Glacier, the festival hit known as The Station from Rammbock director Marvin Kren!

Inspired by John Carpenter’s The Thing, it will be opening in select theaters and VOD platforms May 2.

Janek is a technician on a climate observation station high up in the German Alps, one of a team of scientists preparing their outpost for visit from the Environment Minister. Their routine is interrupted by a strange discovery; a red liquid pouring from a nearby glacier, melted free from the ice crust that is shrinking with climate change. When the ‘glacier blood’ comes in contact with the local wildlife, it causes changes that are at first curious, then horrifying.

Soon Janek and his team have their hands full defending themselves and the station against a growing horde of biological monstrosities. Using every tool at their disposal they must learn to work together to survive the onslaught…

Also check out the trailer and images from the creature feature below!

Categories: Horror News

Anti-Mortem Rocks A Badass Acoustic Cover Of "John The Revelator" (Video Premiere)

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 11:00

Southern heavy metal stalwart Anti-Mortem have teamed up with Bloody-Disgusting for the US premiere of their acoustic “John The Revelator” cover. The classic gospel blues track was originally recorded in 1930 by Blind Willie Johnson and has since been covered a vast amount of times by artists such as Phil Keaggy, Nick Cave, Beck, Steve Vai, and many more. You can see the rockin’ cover below!

Anti-Mortem is gearing up for the release of their debut album New Southern, which will be released April 29th via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. You can pre-order the album here.

Anti-Mortem online:
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Tour dates with Texas Hippie Coalition:
04/03/14 Sound Stage – Baltimore, MD
04/04/14 Webster Underground – Hartford, CT
04/05/14 The Loft @ The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
04/06/14 The Palladium Upstairs – Worcester, MA
04/08/14 Revolution – Amityville (Long Island), NY
04/09/14 Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
04/10/14 The Machine Shop – Flint, MI
04/11/14 Another Hole In The Wall – Steger, IL
04/12/14 POV’s – Spring Lake Park, MN
04/13/14 Route 20 Outhouse – Racine, WI
04/15/14 Wooly’s – Des Moines, IA


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Mastodon States New Album Is Done!

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 10:00

Sludge metal band Mastodon has announced via Facebook that their new album is basically completed and that it is in the final stages of being mastered. This album will be the followup to 2011′s The Hunter.

The band is currently getting ready for their upcoming tour with Gojira and Kvelertak. You can see the tour dates below.

APRIL
29 Portland, OR Roseland Theater

MAY
01 Oakland, CA Fox Theater
02 Los Angeles, CA Nokia Theater
03 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
07 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
08 Chicago, IL The Riviera Theater
09 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
12 Buffalo, NY The Town Ballroom
13 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
15 New York, NY Terminal 5
16 Boston, MA The Palladium
17 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
16-18 Columbus, OH Rock On The Range


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[TV] Latest "Rosemary's Baby" Promo Gives Birth to Fear

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 09:30

Fear is born in a second promo, the first with footage, from NBC’s “Rosemary’s Baby”, their four-hour miniseries adaptation of the 1967 best-selling suspense novel by Ira Levin. Zoe Saldana plays the new Rosemary.

Red Lights‘ Carole Bouquet, Doghouse‘s Christina Cole and Jason Isaacs also star in the series directed by Agnieska Holland and produced by Lionsgate TV.

It centers on Rosemary Woodhouse (Zoe Saldana), a young wife and would-be mother who, with her husband Guy (Patrick J. Adams), moves into a Paris apartment that has a dark past. After finally getting pregnant, she becomes increasingly suspicious that both her husband and their mysterious neighbors have ulterior motives about the future of her child.

Categories: Horror News

New Look at Dexter in 'Cold in July'

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 09:27

Jim Mickle is becoming a genre icon, having directed Mulberry Street, Stake Land and We Are What We Are.

His latest offering premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this past January, and was quickly snatched up by IFC Films.

We now have a batch of stills from Cold In July, the Mickle-directed drama that stars “Dexter’s” Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard, Don Johnson and Vinessa Shaw. It will be opening on VOD and in limited theaters on May 23.

How can a split-second decision change your life? While investigating noises in his house one balmy Texas night in 1989, Richard Dane (Michael C. Hall) puts a bullet in the brain of low-life burglar Freddy Russell (Wyatt Russell). Although he’s hailed as a small-town hero, Dane soon finds himself fearing for his family’s safety when Freddy’s ex-con father, Ben (Sam Shepard), rolls into town, hell-bent on revenge.

Categories: Horror News