We might not have to wait much longer to hear from the Michonne-centric The Walking Dead spin-off that was first announced at this year’s E3. A couple of recent tweets from Telltale’s communications director have hinted at a potentially imminent arrival for The Walking Dead: Michonne, which the company has already confirmed will be coming to PC, Mac, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, iOS and Android this fall.
— Job J Stauffer (@jobjstauffer) November 10, 2015
The highly anticipated third season in the acclaimed episodic series that essentially turned Telltale into the gaming equivalent of HBO is expected to release in 2016.
— Job J Stauffer (@jobjstauffer) November 10, 2015
In related news, The Walking Dead: Season 2 is free this month for PlayStation Plus subscribers.
Those who are relishing in Lady Gaga’s portrayal as a vampire in “American Horror Story: Hotel,” the ongoing fifth season of FX’s “American Horror Story” series, get ready for more.
FX announced today the order of a sixth and final season of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s anthology series that could bring Jessica Lange back into the fold.
The as-of-yet untitled sixth installment will air on FX in 2016 with the next chapter of the Emmy and Golden Globe winning franchise.
“With the sixth installment coming next year, American Horror Story has unquestionably joined the ranks of television’s landmark series,” Landgraf said. “From Murder House to Hotel, ‘AHS’ has pioneered a new television form as well becoming FX’s highest rated show — while also pushing every conceivable boundary of creative excellence and audacity. This is even more remarkable because Ryan and co-creator Brad Falchuk tear up the playbook every year, challenging the entire creative team to come up with something even more spectacular, frightful and entertaining. You could not ask more of an artist, their team or a series and with every new installment they deliver.”
Ryan Murphy serves as Co-Creator, Showrunner, Executive Producer, Writer and Director of “American Horror Story: Hotel” and Brad Falchuk is Co-Creator, Executive Producer and Writer. Tim Minear, Brad Buecker, Jennifer Salt, James Wong and Alexis Martin Woodall also serve as Executive Producers. The “American Horror Story” franchise is produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television.
The first four installments of the “American Horror Story” limited series franchise have received 71 Emmy Award nominations and 13 Emmy Award wins, including five Emmy awards for its fourth installment, “American Horror Story: Freak Show.”
The fifth installment, “American Horror Story: Hotel,” is pacing ahead of the average ratings of all prior installments on a Live+3 basis. Through its first four episodes, “AHS: Hotel” is +7% ahead of Freak Show among Adults 18-49 and +1% among Total Viewers. In addition, the premiere was the second most-watched telecast in FX Networks history, behind only the premiere episode of “AHS: Freak Show.”
“American Horror Story: Hotel” will return with a new episode tomorrow at 10 PM E/P (Wed., Nov. 11) entitled “Room 33.” Ramona (Angela Bassett) and Donovan (Matt Bomer) enact their plan for revenge. Liz Taylor (Denis O’Hare) finds true love. The resident of Room 33 is revealed. (Written by John J. Gray; directed by Loni Peristere)
“American Horror Story: Hotel” features an all-star cast of Lady Gaga, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Wes Bentley, Matt Bomer, Chloë Sevigny, Denis O’Hare, Cheyenne Jackson, Evan Peters and Finn Wittrock.
Lamb of God have announced that they will be embarking on a US headlining tour this winter with direct support coming from Anthrax. The 19-date tour will begin in Pittsburgh and wrap up in Los Angeles with stops in Detroit, New York, Dallas, and more. Two more support bands will be announced soon and, trust me, their addition makes this tour package pretty goddamn incredible.
Lamb of God will be touring their new album VII: Sturm Und Drang and Anthrax is currently in the process of recording their new album. Tickets go on sale this Friday.
You bet your ass you’ll see me at the Royal Oak Music Theater. Who am I going to see there?
Fri/Jan-15 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE (Indoor)
Sat/Jan-16 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
Sun/Jan-17 Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore Silver Spring
Tue/Jan-19 Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
Fri/Jan-22 Norfolk, VA @ Constant Convocation Center
Sat/Jan-23 New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
Sun/Jan-24 Wallingford, CT @ Toyota Presents Oakdale
Thu/Jan-28 Detroit, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
Fri/Jan-29 Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
Sat/Jan-30 Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
Sun/Jan-31 Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room
Tue/Feb-02 Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
Thu/Feb-04 Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center
Fri/Feb-05 Dallas, TX @ Bomb Factory
Sat/Feb-06 Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street Pavilion
Mon/Feb-08 Austin, TX @ ACL Live at The Moody Theater
Tue/Feb-09 Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
Thu/Feb-11 Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
Fri/Feb-12 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
Okay, so this is a HUGE shot of adrenaline in AMC’s “The Walking Dead“! For as much as everyone around here defends the show, there are just as many people who find it tedious, boring, and simply lacking. I have really tried to enjoy it and was even one of those guys who watched every episode the night it premiered (had to go to my friend’s house too, so my interest was strong). But there’s no denying that the show falters just as often as it succeeds, perhaps more.
If you’ve read the comics, you know that the role of Negan is one that causes a great deal of change and drama within the story. And now, AMC has confirmed the actor that’s meant to fill those shoes and it’s none other than Jeffrey Dean Morgan! The Possession star has been locked down to play the major villain, according to THR, and will supposedly make his first appearance in the season six finale.
Negan’s character in the comics is vicious, brutal, and totally unforgiving. He’s the leader of “The Saviors”, a group of thugs who demand payment from local communities in exchange for protection. Negan carries around a barbed wire-wrapped baseball bat named “Lucille” that he’s not hesitant to use. And for those who have read the comics, you know that he uses it against one of the main characters in a shocking and especially cruel manner. His arrival could mean that dark times are on the horizon for “The Walking Dead”.
Personally, I think that this is an inspired casting decision. Morgan is a fantastic actor and he has the build and the look of Negan. I honestly believe he’s going to bring some a ferocity to the series that we haven’t seen yet, not even from The Governor.
Eli Morgan Gesner’s Condemned, which stars Dylan Penn (Sean Penn’s daughter), Ronen Rubinstein and Lydia Hearst, opens theatrical and on Digital HD November 13th.
In the film, “Fed up with her parents’ bickering, poor-little-rich-girl Maya (Dylan Penn) moves in with her boyfriend who is squatting in an old, condemned building on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. With neighbors that are meth heads, junkies and degenerates, this depraved hell hole is even more toxic than it appears: After a virus born from their combined noxious waste and garbage infects the building’s residents, one by one, they succumb to a terrifying pathogen that turns them into bloodthirsty, rampaging killers and transforms their building into a savage slaughterhouse.”
We caught up with director Eli Morgan Gesner who shared his picks for the “5 Most Gruesome Movies”, which he defines “as something more psychologically disturbing than just ‘gross’ or ‘disgusting.’ So, there will be no Human Centipede. type movies on this list.”Pink Flamingos (1972) John Waters
I grew up in NYC on the same block as the famous revival movie house The Thalia (made famous by Woody Allen at the end of ‘Annie Hall’) I was the annoying little mascot kid that everyone tolerated, ran the popcorn stand in a pinch, and had general free run of the theater. Because of this, I probably saw a lot of films that a seven year old kid should not have seen. The most potent one being ‘Pink Flamingos’. I remember everyone at the Thalia daring me to watch it through to the end. Which I did. And my life was never the same. This offensive, desperate, bleak, and yet defiantly glamorous vision of what Humans are capable of really opened up my little mind to just how fucked up we are as a species. After watching Pink Flamingos, all the horror and slasher films that came my way were a cake walk by comparison.Audition (1999) Takashi Miike
Through the skateboard company I created, Zoo York, I was lucky enough to do business in and visit Japan regularly throughout the 1990’s and came to intimately know and appreciate Japanese culture. The Japanese view on life is beautiful, humbling, and cast in grace. But, to a Westerner, it can also be perverse and disturbing. Especially when it comes to sex and romance. ‘Audition’ captures all this in spades. As a visceral experience, Miike’s film is legendary. But as a comment on Japanese culture it is a stroke of genius. Miike uses the classic Japanese film genre, ‘kateigeki’ – Meaning ‘Family film’ or ‘Home film’ – To tell the simple story of a Widower finally finding love in his older years. Yet, slowly, it becomes more and more apparent that something is not quite right. The time invested in these characters as they try to find ‘love’ only makes the last act of this film that much more gruesome and potent.Funny Games (1997 / 2007) Michael Haneke
A lot of people only talk about the original version of ‘Funny Games’ but I happen to like both versions of Haneke’s film, the German and American. How often (if ever) can one experience the same film made by the same writer / director ten years apart, in two different countries, in two different languages? ‘Funny Games’ examines our utter dependence on social mores and polite conduct as the glue that keeps our society operational and we humans from indulging in our more offensive proclivities. And to glorious unsettling effect. What’s wonderful to me about both versions is that the subtext reads entirely different in each film. The German version always gets me thinking about how the Nazi Party took power. Whereas the American version has me thinking about American Corporations and the ‘One Percent’.Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975) Pier Paolo Pasolini
There really is nothing that can prepare you for your first viewing of ‘Salo’. Everything you might have heard about Pasolini’s masterwork is all true. But if you only watch this film once you will tragically miss the point. Gorgeous, wretched, and brave as fuck, Salo is banned in many countries to this day. After I saw ‘Salo’ for the first time and got over my virginal disgust at what I had just experienced, I knew that there was more to this film than simple shock value. Today, I treasure my well worn 25 year old Criterion Laser Disk copy of ‘Salo’. The genius of ‘Salo’ is that by its design, the viewer becomes equally as guilty as all the culpable parties in the film itself. I can not think of another film, or work of art for that matter, that so effectively transforms it’s own audience into the very monsters they despise.Titicut Follies (1967) Frederick Wiseman
‘Titicut Follies’ is my favorite documentary. Hands down. It is another banned film, and for good reason. The horrific, tragic, disturbed, and foolish nature of man has never been so masterfully captured. ‘Titicut Follies’ documents the conditions that existed in the Bridgewater, Massachusetts State Prison for the Criminally Insane in the mid 1960’s. The craziest person, by far, being the Warden of this establishment. So jaw dropping are the events in this film that the Massachusetts Government banned the film for decades from being shown publicly to anyone but doctors, lawyers, judges, health-care professionals, social workers, and students in these fields. If you want to see truly masterful film making you must track down a copy of this film. Wiseman’s cinematic construction of the footage he shot at Bridgewater is without equal. As are the tragedies his lens revealed to the world.
One of my favorite underrated horror movies is Mark Pellington’s 2002 The Mothman Prophecies, which was allegedly based on true events.
Now, Elekes Pictures, The Blood-Shed & Rovar Pictures is taking on the Mothman in a found-footage horror from Gergő Elekes & József Gallai.
Below is the trailer for Moth, which follow an enthusiastic lecturer and her student who travel to Europe to go after the mythology of the Mothman, but they soon have to fight for survival.
The trailer for the Hungary/UK/US production doesn’t really get my juices flowing, but I’m hoping the final product has some sweet reveals.
Scream Factory presents a double dose of science-fiction fun with The Dungeonmaster & Eliminators in their Blu-ray debuts on December 15, 2015. This release comes complete with a new interview with director Peter Manoogian.
These double features from Scream Factory are some of my favorites from them. They’re typically two smaller releases that likely wouldn’t get much love elsewhere and they do a good job pairing titles together. I mean who doesn’t love a good double feature?
I’m quite familiar with The Dungeonmaster but I don’t think I’ve ever seen this unrated version so I’m definitely glad to see Scream Factory included that. Richard Moll is pretty fantastic in this movie, so you’re going to want to check it out. As far as Eliminators goes, this one will be new to me. Looking forward to giving it a go!
THE DUNGEONMASTER (AKA RAGE WAR) – Unrated Version
Paul, a young computer ace, is forced to pit his physical and mental skills against unimaginable odds when a hulking wizard looking for formidable opponents picks Paul as his next challenger. Paul faces a series of seven spectacular and death-defying challenges and must survive not only to save his life but that of his girlfriend’s too! Jeffrey Byron (Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn) and Richard Moll (Night Court) star in this eye-popping thriller featuring an appearance by W.A.S.P.!
*This version of The Dungeonmaster is unrated and different from the PG-13 version shown theatrically. It includes an additional scene with some nudity. Parental Discretion is advised.
A mandroid – part man and part machine – seeks revenge on the evil scientist who created him. Enlisting the help of a beautiful woman and a mysterious ninja, he pursues the scientist in hopes of stopping him before he can be further harm to humanity. Andrew Prine (The Town That Dreaded Sundown) and Denise Crosby (Star Trek: The Next Generation) star.
•NEW Interview with director Peter Manoogian
•New High Definition Transfer (Eliminators)
•Theatrical Trailer (The Dungeonmaster)
Each week here at Bloody Disgusting we like to highlight some of the new Blu-ray releases hitting shelves across the world. Please note that this isn’t every release for the week, just a few of the ones that jumped out at us.
Another really light week of releases, especially when it comes to overseas releases of note. I am pretty eager to check out Pay the Ghost and the new Forbidden Zone release though.
Terminator: Genisys (Paramount)
The year is 2029. John Connor, leader of the resistance continues the war against the machines. At the Los Angeles offensive, John’s fears of the unknown future begin to emerge when TECOM spies reveal a new plot by SkyNet that will attack him from both fronts; past and future, and will ultimately change warfare forever.
Play Misty for Me (Universal)
A brief fling between a male disc jockey and an obsessed female fan takes a frightening, and perhaps even deadly turn when another woman enters the picture.
Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (Kino Lorber)
With his henchman Igor, the demented Dr. Goldfoot builds a machine that mass-produces an army bikini-clad babes. He programs his vile vixens to seduce the wealthiest men alive and convince them to sign their fortunes over to him – thus enabling the fiendish doctor to amass tremendous wealth and take over the world. To put an end to his devious plot, Secret Agent Craig Gamble sets out to destroy the women and bring Goldfoot’s plan to a screeching halt.
Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs (Kino Lorber)
In this sequel to ‘Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine’, the evil Dr. Goldfoot (Vincent Price) plots to rule the world by creating female robots for his nefarious purpose. His aim: to set off a climactic war between the United States and Russia by eliminating the top generals of NATO countries.
Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D. (Troma)
Harry Griswald is a NYPD cop who is possessed with the spirit of a great Kabuki master. This has made him ‘the chosen one’ to do battle with ‘the evil one’. He is also out to do good deeds and fight crime in the name of the law. The only problem is that a number of corrupt people in the community and their henchmen want him dead so that they can gain power when ‘the evil one’ come to take over the world. Sgt. Kabukiman must use his special superpowers to outsmart and out-fight the bad guys.
Forbidden Zone (MVD)
The bizarre and musical tale of a girl who travels to another dimension through the gateway found in her family’s basement.
Bound to Vengeance (Scream Factory)
A young girl, chained in the basement of a sexual predator, escapes and turns the tables on her captor.
Pay the Ghost (Image Entertainment)
A professor frantically searches for his son who was abducted during a Halloween carnival.
Queen of Blood (Intervision Picture Corp)
Vampire Irina is reborn as a “vampiric” plague, a force of nature whose destiny is to lay waste to a fever dream vision of the Wild West.
Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors (Odeon)
Cinematographer turned director, Freddie Francis’ cult horror tale stars Peter Cushing as the mysterious Dr. Schreck. Schreck boards a train and offers to tell his five fellow passengers their fortunes using his “House of Horrors” tarot cards. The deadly tales he tells includes werewolves, voodoo and a severed hand. Who is this sinister Doctor and where exactly is the train heading?
The Honeymoon Killers (Arrow)
An obese, embittered nurse doesn’t mind if her toupee-wearing boyfriend romances and fleeces other women, as long as he takes her along on his con jobs.
Deliverance (Zavvi Steelbook)
Four friends whose canoeing weekend turns into a horrifying test of survival. Boorman’s taut direction builds the tension and fear to a raging climax, as the men travel way beyond their comfort zone and are forced to face more than they could have ever imagined.
Prisoners of the Lost Universe (Odeon)
Three people are transported into a parallel reality, where they find they must use modern technology, but medieval weapons, in order to save the citizenry from a murderous warlord.
Fallout 4, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Black Ops 3, Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition, and more!
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Nine friends. One cabin. No witnesses.
Dead Body, the latest movie from veteran producers Ian Bell and Ramon Isao, will make its world premiere at the NYC Horror Festival on November 14. Directed by first-time female filmmaker Bobbin Ramsey, the movie is said to be a clever and gory slasher-meets-whodunnit. Set in a secluded cabin, a summer outing turns deadly when nine friends play a game that becomes dangerously real.
Bloody Disgusting has both a teaser to go along with an exclusive poster premiere. The minimalist one-sheet was created by Chas Roberts.
Dead Body was written and produced by Ramon Isao (Zombies of Mass Destruction, Junk) and Ian Bell (The Dinner Table, La Trocha). It was shot by A.J. Rickart-Epstein (Lost Time, Junk, Compound Fracture) with effects by Shane Saucedo of Hellbent Studios.
The NYC Horror Festival, which runs November 12-14, 2015, is highly-competitive, world-renowned event. Past guests have included Wes Craven, Rob Zombie, and Roger Corman.
Dead Body is also set to play at the Another Hole in the Head festival in San Francisco on November 14.
IFC Midnight set a November 20th VOD release for fashion line creator Tara Subkoff’s feature-length filmmaking debut #HORROR, which she directed, wrote and produced.
“Inspired by actual events, “#HORROR” centers on a group of 12-year-old girls who face a night of terror when the compulsive addiction of an online social media game turns a moment of a cyber bullying to a night of insanity. “#HORROR” examines a world of escalating cruelty and alienation through an online game where scoring likes comes at the cost of human lives.”
Chloe Sevigny stars with Timothy Hutton, Natasha Lyonne, Taryn Manning, Stella Schnabel and Balthazar Getty. The full cast includes Sadie Seelert, Haley Murphy, Bridget McGarry, Blue Lindeberg, Mina Sudwall, Emma Adler, Annabelle Dexter-Jones and Lydia Hearst.
Check out newest trailer below.
Oscilloscope brings chaos in the form of a trailer for the Slamdance’15 feature Body, which will open theatrically on December 11th and on VOD nationwide December 29th!
“A darkly funny and twisted journey taking place entirely on one unforgettable Christmas Eve, Body revolves around a trio of college co-eds whose dalliance with breaking-and-entering goes horribly awry. Sneaking off to a secluded mansion to party, the young girls are faced with dire choices after they unexpectedly encounter the property’s groundskeeper.
Following a freak accident, the girls find themselves entangled in a Hitchcockian nightmare steeped in tension, suspicion, double-crossing, and murder, where no one is to be trusted and a new twist lies around every corner.“
The feature stars Helen Rogers (V/H/S), Alexandra Turshen and Lauren Molina (Martha Marcy May Marlene), as well as Larry Fessenden.
Robert Olsen and Dan Berk make their directorial debut with Body, which they also wrote and produced.
The official Twitter for Rob Zombie’s Halloween slasher 31 shared the above photo from the ongoing color timing session, which means he’s nearing completion of the film.
“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.“
You can check all photos released so far at our 31 tag hub.
Malcolm McDowell, Sheri Moon Zombie, Meg Foster, Judy Geeson, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Jane Carr, Richard Brake, Ginger Lynn, Daniel Roebuck, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Pancho Moler, Tracy Walter, E.G. Daily, Torsten Voges, Bari Suzuki, and Devin Sidell star.
Alchemy will release some time in 2016. I’m sort of expecting this to have its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January, although that’s just conjecture.
— 31 (@RobZombie31) November 10, 2015
There’s been a ton of sci-fi news this week, which continues with reports that Brandon Lee Tenney is rewriting Terrestrial for Lionsgate. Peter Gaffney wrote the previous draft, which has Tripp Vinson producing with Adam Rodin.
The story has been pitched as Close Encounters of the Third Kind meets Source Code.
“Over the Mojave Desert, an alien ship the size of the Chrysler building falls from the sky. Exhibiting no signs of life or communication, a team of brave, possibly insane, individuals must venture inside on a mission that could be mankind’s greatest discovery–or gruesome death. What they will find is a power beyond their understanding, wonderous and extremely dangerous, one that will change them forever.”
Watch for more soon.
Jorgensen Pictures is developing Michael Bunker’s science-fiction novel Pennsylvania as a feature film, Variety writes out of AFM.
The story, published last year, “Centers on a young Amish man who signs up for an emigration program to help colonize the planet of New Pennsylvania to start a farm and homestead on affordable land in a new Amish community. But when he arrives in the middle of a rebel uprising, he will discover that being a stranger in the old world doesn’t even compare to being a stranger in a new world.”
Stacy Jorgensen is producing. Her credits include the sci-fi horror film Grey Skies and the upcoming comedy Rehab.
Bunker is adapting the first draft of the screenplay.
The banner is introducing the project to buyers at the American Film Market, which opened Wednesday.
Jalil Lespert, the helmer of Yves Saint Laurent and the big-budget series “Versailles,” is set to reteam with producer Wassim Beji on French remake of Japanese genre master Hideo Nakata’s Chaos, Variety reports out of AFM.
The French makeover will topline French stars Romain Duris, Charlotte Lebon and Lespert.
Beji, who is producing the film via his banner WY Prods., has tapped Australian scribe Andrew Bovell (A Most Wanted Man) to pen the adaptation.
Beji said the untitled pic will transpose the action in Paris and follow the same narrative thread while including many new twists.
The producer described the project as a psychological thriller in the spirit of Gone Girl but with a strong sexual tension.
The iMBD described the original, from the director of Ringu:
“A man gets involved in a kidnapping scheme with the wife of a wealthy businessman. She lets herself be tied up and confined in his house while he sends the ransom demand. When he returns home that night, however, he finds her laying dead on the floor. In a panic he buries her body deep in the woods and tries to return to his ordinary life. One day, he thinks he spots her walking down the street. Is his mind playing tricks on him, or has she somehow returned from the grave?”
The film will start lensing in France on Jan. 18.
Scream Factory is primarily known for releasing classics from years past on Blu-ray and DVD, but every now and then they release newer films and such is the case with Stung from director Benni Diez. Diez has done a number of shorts and worked on visual effects for a handful of films including Lars von Trier’s Melancholia, but Stung is his first stab at directing a feature. Our very own Trace Thurman reviewed Stung some months back and he wasn’t the biggest fan. He made some good points that I absolutely agree with, but overall he was a bit too harsh on what I found to be an enjoyable little flick.
The movie gets to it pretty quickly. Ms. Perch (Eve Slatner) is holding a fancy dinner party in her garden. It’s a party she hosts every summer and this year it is dedicated to her late husband who worked in the pharmaceutical industry. Handling the catering for the party is a small company run by Julia (Jessica Cook) and Paul (Matt O’Leary). At first this party is exactly how you’d expect it to be – a bunch of hoity-toity white people boozing it up. Then a wasp shows up which just seems annoying at first but then becomes deadly once it begins to sting people and turn them into giant, freak mutant wasps. Other than that though, good party.
Trace’s biggest issue with Stung was that he thought the film took itself too seriously. I think I disagree with that. I think the film embraces it’s overall silliness quite a bit, particularly with the character of Sydney, played by a wonderful Clifton Collins, Jr. Sydney is an obvious pothead who appears to have some weird issues with his parents. He’s the son of Ms. Perch and you can tell he never quite lived up to what his parents, his deceased father specifcally, had envisioned in their son. Sydney is such a bizarre character. He sort of feels like a Fred Armisen character. He’s sort of likable at times, but mostly just a creep. He also turns out to be somewhat responsible for the mutations of the wasps. Apparently he used some of his father’s hormone growth medicine and injected into the soil to help the plants grow better. The plants were consumed by the wasps and now here we are.
I actually think Stung missed out on an opportunity for some good social commentary by not being serious enough in a way. There was a good opportunity to speak on the issue of society as a whole being over medicated. Not only would this have giving the film a stronger message, it would have made it a little more aligned with some of the old Roger Corman creature features from back in the day. The movies were obvsiouly very shlocky, but they always had a message about society. Had Stung borrowed some elements from Corman’s The Wasp Woman this could have been a more successful venture. Instead the whole bit about Sydney giving the hormone’s to the soil is just barely mentioned, sort of like they were just trying to give as brief an explanation for the mutations as possible.
Stung suffers from some pretty poor CGI to begin with, but thankfully it doesn’t last too long. Once the wasp begin to bite people, leading to giant wasps ripping out of the bodies of the bitten, the practical effects swing into high gear and they all look really awesome. The scene with the first swarm attacking is really well done. Kudos to the makeup team led by Meike Gfrörer.
The pacing is a little weird. At times the movie feels like it’s flying by and then it comes to a crashing hault. Then it picks up the pace again only to slow back down. It’s weird. I’ve never felt like a movie was going by quickly and slowly at the same time before. I’m going to chalk this up to Diez being a first time director. These are the type of things that always take time and practice before you can actually master it.
O’Leary and Cook do a very nice job as our leads and love interests. I think they had great chemistry and clicked on screen quite well. Both are pretty much newcomers to the game but I wouldn’t be surprised to see both popping up in a lot of things over the next few years.
All in all I think Stung is flawed, but fun. It missed the opportunity to be something more, but it certainly gets the job done. I for one am glad Scream Factory is releasing more indie efforts like this that might otherwise get lost in the shuffle. Hopefully they continue to do so.
Stung is now available on Blu-ray from Scream Factory.
Hot off the back of its premiere at the Raindance Film Festival in London last month, Altitude Film Entertainment have licensed the UK distribution rights to the high-concept, sci-fi action feature The Carrier from international sales agent Evolutionary Films.
The Carrier is about eight survivors who escape to the skies in a badly damaged commercial jet to avoid a pandemic that is ravaging the earth.
Nowhere is safe on the ground, but things also start to go wrong in the air when they discover that one of them is infected. How long can they stay airborne? And more importantly what will be waiting for them when they land?
The Carrier is the second film from emerging genre director Anthony Woodley, and is a smart outbreak feature in the tradition of films such as 28 Days Later, Outbreak and Contagion.
As well as The Carrier, Evolutionary Films is also representing a strong line-up of ready to deliver titles at their booth at AFM, along with their exciting slate of production and development projects for 2016.
It looks like Warcraft isn’t the only revered fantasy video game that will be getting the big screen treatment as SDC, the production company behind The Mummy franchise, will be creating a live-action adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Witcher, according to Platige.
In The Witcher, “Geralt the witcher, is a monster hunter with superhuman abilities. He is a creature suspended between two worlds – the human and the magical.”
The site writes that the film will be based, “… on themes from the short stories ‘The Witcher’ and ‘Lesser Evil’ from ‘The Last Wish’ collection.” They also write that the first movie will be the beginning of a new series. The books will be adapted by Thania St. John (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) and the studio is eyeing 2017 for a release year.
The Dark Side has flame-throwers.
Lucasfilm just released a spectacular new international trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is only a month away!
Lucasfilm and visionary director J.J. Abrams join forces to take you back again to a galaxy far, far away – 30 years after Return of the Jedi to be exact – as Star Wars returns to the big screen with Star Wars: The Force Awakens in U.S. theaters on December 18th, 2015!
The film stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Max Von Sydow.
There’s a ton to be excited about here, especially when you see Stormtroopers with flame-throwers.
What do you guys think? Tell me the score doesn’t give you goosebumps…