Bateman Skincare is an Actual Product Line Inspired by ‘American Psycho’

bloody disgusting - Fri, 12/30/2016 - 13:14

In the shower I use a water activated gel cleanser.”

Whether or not Patrick Bateman is actually a sadistic serial killer or merely a twisted dude with sick fantasies may be up for debate, but what we can all agree on is that Bateman has an impeccable skin care regime. Simply put, he’s a beautiful man. And whether you’re a man or a woman, you probably aspire to be as beautiful as he. I mean come on. Those abs. That smooth skin.

While you’ll have to work your ass off to acquire Bateman’s physique, making your skin look as good as his is a little bit easier. And thanks to the folks behind Bateman Skincare, it’s as easy as spending a few bucks and following some simple directions. The brand new company has taken “aesthetic cues from American Psycho and filtered them into a high quality sophisticated aesthetic for the beauty industry.” Layman’s terms? They made an American Psycho-inspired skincare line.

I’ll allow them to explain:

We move through life feeling like outsiders, like we don’t belong but at some point we all find what is best suited for us. Every drop of Bateman Skincare enhances your life with a sharp and detail oriented aesthetic that maintains an ethical stance. Bateman Skincare’s range of unisex products balance our youthful spirits with an equally vibrant exterior. An extensive infusion of Hyaluronic Acid in our creams and serums stimulates our body’s natural oil free moisturizer and anti-ager which diminishes as we age.

Bateman Skincare products may not be able to solve the world’s problems, but they will help you with your inner self and create a safe place for you to tackle the day appropriately without needing affirmation from anyone but yourself.

Currently available through the line are three different products: Rose Hip + Seaweed Facial Cleanser, Daily Hyaluronic Cream, and Daily Hyaluronic Serum. The three products can be purchased separately or together in a limited “RIP 2016” attache, the latter of which also comes with a Zinc + Clay Mask, Herbal Balancing Toner, and even two special American Psycho pins.

Head over to Bateman Skincare before your mask of sanity slips away.

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Teens Fight Cannibals in Dead Shack

Dread Central - Fri, 12/30/2016 - 13:00

A bunch of teens on a weekend getaway at a secluded cabin in the woods soon find themselves fighting off hungry cannibals in Dead Shack, which is about to go into production.

The film’s already funded, but they need a little extra to go towards compositing and visual effects. There’s still about a week left in the campaign, and they’re already at more than half of their CA$12,000 goal, so drop them a line on Kickstarter and help make some horror cinematic history.

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Retrospective: New Year’s Evil (1980)

Dread Central - Fri, 12/30/2016 - 12:30

After the phenomenal commercial success of 1980’s Friday the 13th, itself an opportunistic cash-in on the success of the 1978 template slasher innovator, Halloween, along came a sharpish Cannon Films, wanting a slice of the slasher pie.

The founders of Cannon, the Israeli cousins, Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, were infamous for finding niches in the market for their low-to-mid-budget productions. They were the kings of 1980’s exploitation, and the slashers of the era were a prime example of exploiting a sellable product. It was a blatant milking of a hugely profitable business module, with countless entries in this horror sub-genre, falling off the cookie cutter year in year out in the early ‘80s, exploiting the monster successes of Halloween and Friday the 13th. The graphic depictions of attractive young people gruesomely dispatched, bountiful amounts of female nudity, were the main selling points aimed towards the ravenous teenaged crowds who were yearning for such geekshow entertainment on the weekends, and they lapped it all up with much glee.

However, Cannon release, New Year’s Evil, is an incompetent mess, failing to capitalize on what can make slashers such fun. It has an absurdly farfetched premise, executed in the dullest and most inept way possible on every conceivable level. It has a distinct lack of atmosphere, is devoid of mystery and suspense, it does not deliver on the creative kills, there is no bloodletting in sight in these set-pieces either, there is only one pair of boobs to be seen, and it features an immensely unlikable protagonist. While being the most uncreative horror sub-genre due to the simplicity of its structure, slashers can be made on a shoestring budget, and due to their exploitative nature, they can easily satisfy the simple tastes of its audience, making for an easily entertaining 90-minutes. This film completely misses the mark though.

It is the night of New Year’s Eve, 1980. Being held is a live televised new wave music countdown event in celebration, hosted by one of the musical movement’s iconic ladies, Blaze (real name, Diane Sullivan), and played by Roz Kelly, who is best known for guest starring as Fonzie’s short-lived girlfriend, Pinky Tuscadero, in three episodes of “Happy Days”. At this time, the post-punk movement of new wave was coming into its own as a genre of alternative music. Cannon were trying to cash-in on two major trends of the era, making for a disastrous hybrid of exploitative opportunism here. Diane is a self-obsessed and unlikable character, who shows little interest in her actor son, Derek, played by Grant Cramer. Fans of 1988’s Killer Klowns from Outer Space, will recognize Cramer as that film’s lead character, Mike Tobacco.

While on air taking calls from viewers, Diane receives a threatening phone call from a stranger (Kip Niven) disguising his voice with a voice processor. Sounding utterly ridiculous, he says his name is “Evil.” He tells her each time the clock strikes midnight in each of North America’s time zones, he will “punish” a “naughty girl” in those locations, and she will be the last “naughty girl” he will “punish”, and that he will kill somebody close to her as well. Each time he kills, he records the sounds of his victims dying, and then calls back the TV station, playing back the tapes down the phone to prove he is for real.

Although he dons a mask in the film’s climax, the killer’s face is revealed to us from the outset. While this it is a departure in the slasher sub-genre, from usually having the antagonist wearing a mask, or their face is off camera concealing their identity until they are revealed in the finale, there are no red herrings sprinkled throughout to add to a bigger picture in this psycho’s murderous quest that will eventually lead to Diane. It is made clear whom he is from references made to his character by Diane and Derek, as he is not present in their company for the whole of the first two acts. There is no mention of unseen characters they do not interact with either, other than just talking about the possibility that it could be a crazed fan, etc. Due to this incompetent writing, we can see the killer’s real identity coming a mile off.

He also goes though different disguises, as he searches for his prey before midnight in each American time zone. Being faster than a speeding bullet, the killer manages to make it through each time zone in time without the aid of a private jet, instead driving a car, in what would also be very busy New Year’s Eve traffic.

The killer’s motive is tied to Diane’s mistreatment of her family due to her celebrity lifestyle taking priority. This means nothing when I could not have cared less about the events unfolding leading up to this reveal. Diane is an immensely unlikable protagonist, due to the neglect of her family duties, so how are we supposed to care when we take the journey with her through her terrifying ordeal. Her plight seems justified because of her selfish ways, and we feel nothing for her except feeling that she brought all this upon herself, and to an extent, deserves what is happening to her.

To make the proceedings even more uninvolving are the set-pieces. These are lifeless, with little or no build up in tension to the payoff. It is all just uninspired, lacking any creativity whatsoever, and there is hardly any blood to be seen either. The latter there would not be so much of a problem, as of course some of the greatest slasher forerunners contain little of the red stuff – The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), Black Christmas (1974), and Halloween (1978). The sequences in these though were expertly crafted, excelling in suspense and tension, and as well atmosphere, something that is not found here in this flat TV film-esque style.

New Year’s Evil is one of the very worst early 80’s slashers. It is a bland affair with no redeeming qualities to make it even a fun time waster. There is nothing memorable here, except for the out of place scenes of new wave punks, laughably dancing like zombies to terrible bands that adds nothing to the plot whatsoever, and is simply there to empty the pockets of the teen crowds of the time. Boring crap.

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20 Fan-Made Horror Movie Posters That Blew Us Away in 2016

bloody disgusting - Fri, 12/30/2016 - 12:19

Some of the best artists in the world are horror fans.

It’s no secret that official movie posters aren’t quite what they used to be, but that’s okay because there are plenty of fans out there who bust their asses to give us the kind of incredible movie art we desire. Fan-made movie posters for films both new and old have become increasingly popular in recent years here on the internet, and oh boy have we seen some incredible ones in 2016.

Throughout the year, I’ve kept a folder on my desktop to collect together my favorite fan-made horror movie posters, and now that 2016 has finally come to an end, it’s time to share the best of the best. From vibrantly colorful Suspiria art that blew my mind to a poster for The Exorcist that honestly scared the shit out of me, these are the coolest fan-made horror posters I saw this year.

Below each image you’ll see the artist’s name. Run searches on Google for more awesome art!

Alexander Iccarino

ElvisDead

Gary Pullin

Godmachine

Graham Erwin

Jay Shaw

Jonathan Burton

Matt Ryan Tobin

Matt Ryan Tobin

Matt Ryan Tobin

Matt Ryan Tobin

Matt Ryan Tobin

Mike Saputo

Mike Saputo

Phantom City Creative

Randy Ortiz

Sam Wolfe Connelly

Stan & Vince

Tongdee Panumas

We Buy Your Kids

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Trace Picks the Best Horror Movie Trailers of 2016!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 12/30/2016 - 12:01

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A horror film trailer is arguably the best type of trailer you can watch (I’m biased, I know). They usually have great music and are able to get your heart racing in just two and a half minutes or less. Before it was possible to just watch trailers on YouTube, I was a real stickler for getting to the theater super early so I could look at posters and then catch all of the trailers before the movie started (mostly in the hopes of catching the latest horror movie trailer). This year saw many stellar trailers get released. So many, in fact, that it was incredibly difficult for me to narrow this list down to just 10 entries. With that being said, here are (in no particular order) 10 of the best trailers for horror films released this year!*

*Keep in mind that this is a judgment on the trailer only. The quality of the movie has nothing to do with the trailers included on this list. All trailers up for this list were for films actually released in 2016. If it was a trailer for a film coming out in 2017, it was not taken into consideration.

I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House

Osgood Perkins’s I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House doesn’t have a complex narrative. It’s a straightforward tale of a woman who moves into a haunted house. The trailer for the Netflix original film uses that simplicity to its advantage and showcases features the protagonist’s (Ruth Wilson) ominous voiceover as the viewer is taken on a brief tour of the house. It’s a chilling trailer with little pizzazz, but it gets the job done.

The Handmaiden

I know, I know. Park Chan-wook’s The Handmaiden isn’t a horror film. It shouldn’t qualify for this list. But, and this may sound unprofessional, I don’t really care. The extremely brief (78 seconds, to be exact) trailer doesn’t let you know anything about the plot. It merely bombards you with images from the film and pairs them with the audio assault of Vessel’s “Red Sex”. It’s simply mesmerizing.

10 Cloverfield Lane

If only all film’s trailers were released two months before the films themselves were released. The trailer Dan Trachtenberg’s 10 Cloverfield Lane was a wonderful way to start off 2016. Filmed under the fake title Valencia10 Cloverfield Lane was a surprise “spiritual sequel” announcement, and the trailer withholds its true identity up until its final moments. Until then, you have the pleasure of listening to Tommy James and the Shondells’s “I Think We’re Alone Now”, which is never a bad way to spend 90 seconds.

The Monster

The Monster was Bryan Bertino’s (The Strangers) glorious return to form after his “just okay” Mockingbird. It came this close to landing on my Top 10 but barely missed the cut. The titular beast gets a lot more screen time than you would expect, but the film is mostly about the relationship between a junkie mother (Zoe Kazan) and her daughter (Ella Ballentine). The trailer wisely frames the film as Cujo meets Alien and sets it to the tune of a super creepy lullaby. It hints at the mother-daughter troubles but doesn’t bash you over the head with them. It’s a wonderful trailer for a wonderful film.

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Exclusive Clip from the Blair Witch Blu-ray!

Dread Central - Fri, 12/30/2016 - 12:00

Lionsgate’s Blair Witch will be hitting Blu-ray and DVD soon, and right now we have an exclusive clip from the supplemental material which examines the casting process! Dig it!

Blair Witch Release Details:
Nearly two decades after documentary filmmakers vanished in the groundbreaking film The Blair Witch Project, an investigative team searches for them and the truth behind their disappearance in Blair Witch, arriving on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD, Digital HD, and On Demand January 3, 2017, from Lionsgate.

From acclaimed filmmakers Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett (You’re Next), Blair Witch stars James Allen McCune (TV’s “The Walking Dead”), Callie Hernandez (La La Land), Brandon Scott (TV’s “Grey’s Anatomy”), Valorie Curry (American Pastoral), Corbin Reid (Words with Girls), and Wes Robinson (The Genius Code). An official selection of the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, this much-buzzed-about film will haunt viewers far beyond the closing credits.

A group of college students venture into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland to uncover the mysteries surrounding the disappearance of their friend’s sister, who many believe is connected to the legend of the Blair Witch. At first the group is hopeful, especially when a pair of locals offer to act as guides through the dark and winding woods; but as the endless night wears on, the group is visited by a menacing presence. Slowly they begin to realize the legend is all too real and more sinister than they could have imagined.

Get over 3 hours of bonus features on the Blair Witch Blu-ray and Digital HD, including an audio commentary with director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett, the “House of Horrors: Exploring the Set” featurette, and a 6-part making-of documentary, “Never Ending Night: The Making of Blair Witch.” The DVD release includes the audio commentary and the “House of Horrors: Exploring the Set” featurette. The Blu-ray Disc of Blair Witch will feature a Dolby Atmos soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. Blair Witch will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD for the suggested retail price of $39.99 and $29.95, respectively.

Special Features:

  • Audio Commentary with Director Adam Wingard and Writer Simon Barrett
  • Never Ending Night: The Making of Blair Witch (6-Part Documentary Exclusive to Blu-ray)

– “Primal Fear: Story Origins”
– “Ambiguous Loss: The Cast”
– “P.O.V.: On Location”
– “Trapped in the Time Loop: Editing”
– “Distorted Reality: Music and Sound Design”
– “The Reveal”

  • “House of Horrors: Exploring the Set” Featurette

BUY IT NOW!

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Dread Central Weekly News Wrap-Up 12/30/16

Dread Central - Fri, 12/30/2016 - 11:30

If you head over to the Dread Central YouTube Channel, you’ll find the latest episode of our recurring weekly video segment, the Dread Central Weekly News Wrap-Up with your host with the most, Mike “Syxx” Phalin!

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5 Films to Satisfy Your New Year’s Eve Horror Needs

Dread Central - Fri, 12/30/2016 - 11:00

On this New Year’s Eve, would you rather stay in and watch something spooky or spend your last hours (and dollars) of 2016 holed up in a bar or club? Nice choice… me too.

Here’s a short list of horror films (in no particular order) that should pair nicely with your chill-at-home New’s Year Eve plans.

Sayonara, 2016!

1) End of Days (1999)

Directed by: Peter Hyams; Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gabriel Byrne, Robin Tunney

Synopsis: At the end of the century, Satan visits New York in search of a bride. It’s up to an ex-cop who now runs an elite security outfit to stop him.

2) Terror Train (1980)

Directed by: Roger Spottiswoode; Starring: Ben Johnson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Hart Bochner, David Copperfield

Synopsis: A masked killer targets six college kids responsible for a prank gone wrong three years earlier and who are currently throwing a large New Year’s Eve costume party aboard a moving train.

3) Bloody New Year (1987)

Directed by: Norman J. Warren; Starring: Suzy Aitchison, Nikki Brooks, Daniel James

Synopsis: Five shipwrecked English teenagers take refuge in an island hotel that is decorated for New Year’s. The problem is… it’s early summer, and soon enough, even the walls themselves are striking out against them…

4) New Year’s Evil (1980)

Directed by: Emmett Alston; Starring: Roz Kelly, Kip Niven, Chris Wallace

Synopsis: During a New Year’s Eve celebration, a Los Angeles disc jockey receives a phone call saying that when New Year’s strikes in each time zone, someone will be murdered – and she will be the last one.

5) Life Blood (2009)

Directed by: Ron Carlson; Starring: Sophie Monk, Anya Lahiri, Scout Taylor-Compton

Synopsis: New Year’s Eve, 1969: While driving on the Pearblossom Highway, a lesbian couple encounter the creator of the universe. Laid to rest for 40 years, the women wake up on New Year’s Day as reborn creatures.

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Underworld: Blood Wars Set Visit Part 3: Director Anna Foerster Talks Keeping and Breaking the Rules

Dread Central - Fri, 12/30/2016 - 10:30

Though it’s her first feature film, German director Anna Foerster brings twenty years of experience in filmmaking to Underworld: Blood Wars, primarily in the realms of cinematography and visual effects, including several Roland Emmerich blockbusters (notably, Independence Day, Godzilla, and The Day After Tomorrow).

As a director she has worked mostly in television, prominently having directed four episodes of another fantasy-action series featuring a strong woman protagonist, the Starz cable channel’s “Outlander.” Foerster’s next feature-film project after Underworld: Blood Wars will be Lou, a thriller for J.J. Abrams’ production company Bad Robot.

We’re closing out our Underworld: Blood Wars set visit report with Ms. Foerster to help you get ready for one week from today, January 6th, when the film opens in U.S. theaters.

How did Foerster come to be hired for the Underworld franchise? “I actually came into Lakeshore, that is the production company that’s doing this, for a general meeting after I did “Outlander” because the producers and his wife are big “Outlander” fans… He called up my agent and said, ‘I want to meet this person.’ We started talking and he didn’t know at the time that I have a cinematography and visual effects background and I guess they looked me up before I went into the office and we started talking and in the room it came up like, ‘So we have this project; do you think you’ll be interested?’ That was it.”

She was already familiar with the vampires vs. werewolves series when she came on board. “The first one… I saw it when it just came out. It was quite extraordinary, especially as a visual piece, and creating a world that I have not seen before at that time. I mean, later a lot of people copied it, in different ways. I think at the time this was one of the movies that kind of set a specific standard for the genre and I was a big fan of the look and the vibe and the tone of it.”

For the director, the series lost its way with its last installment, 2012’s Underworld: Awakening. “I have to admit I wasn’t a big fan of [Part] Four. To me, it became more like a futuristic science-fiction piece and what missed for me is that the balance with mythology and history were too one-dimensional and clean for me. What I love about the other ones, and what I love about what we’re doing right now, is that there are really interesting characters that have layers; and even if it’s an action film, there is quite a lot of character stuff going on and I felt that it wasn’t quite as developed as it could have been. There’s a lot of interesting stuff… the mother-daughter stuff, a lot of heavy stuff, but I’m not sure if it actually worked as emotionally impactfully as it could have.”

To some directors, taking on a later installment in a long-running series might be daunting. Not for Foerster: “I think the approach is not that different for me from the television stuff. It’s funny enough the fact that this is a franchise actually has some parallels to that, because when you jump into a television series that is running already, like “Outlander” for example, you are jumping on something that has specific characters; yet. everyone is looking to you to bring something new to that specific episode – some more than others obviously. “Outlander” was a very good example for that, that they were very open and happy [for me] to bring something to it.”

“The question you have to ask yourself before you step in is this: How can I or will I be able to navigate this? Because obviously there is a very specific set of rules of what Underworld is and you have a certain obligation to the fans and the franchise and you have to stick with that. Yet, I think you have the possibility to create new rules within this universe of Underworld, and it was pretty clear for me in the beginning when I spoke with all the producers involved, kind of comparing the movies, the fourth one and the first one, and we discussed what I liked and what I didn’t like because I wasn’t so sure, it could have been Four [Awakening] is where Five [Blood Wars] should be continuing from. It became clear pretty quick that they were very open and excited about getting a relatively strong vision to kind of build on what Underworld is, and that got me really excited.”

Foerster did get to put her own personal touch on the series through some of the casting – the film’s villain, Marius, is played by her fellow “Outlander” alum Tobias Menzies – as well as through the film’s costume and production design. “When I first put my look-book together of I how I imagined it, I went pretty far in terms of the looks and the fashion and the designs of everything and I was scared that somebody says ‘Stop’ – but they didn’t, and that was really good… I mean, again within the Underworld rules.”

The Underworld series has a very particular visual style that Foerster took pains to work within, while also searching for opportunities for contrast and variation. “There’s a certain look to it that you can veer from, but you have sort of established something that is monochrome, a blue cyan look, the blackness that’s in the costumes and stuff, which I think is something that’s established, and the tone of the environment… but how do you expand that? How do you go further? That was the interesting part – We created a completely monochrome palette in the costumes and the set of the eastern cabin, for example, so in a way this almost looks like a black and white [movie]; it’s only textures and different leathers and sheen. The only real color is blood so instead of filming everything and making it more blue, we went further and were like, ‘Let’s make this work almost monochrome.’ We were laughing because it’s Fifty Shades of Black [laughing]. When we would go into the North, you would have Fifty Shades of White, Silver, whatever kind of light.”

Rather than feel restricted within the established universe of Underworld, Foerster found new cinematic opportunities. “For example, the rules [about] the werewolves, how they turn — that’s a given. The fact that when they die, they turn back to humans and are naked is a rule and I think it’s a great rule and you should stick to it and suddenly you have a bunch of lycans that turn back or get killed, then suddenly you have a bunch of naked bloody corpses on the ground. I think that’s the Underworld rule that was dictated, I think you could take that rule and apply it in a bigger scope or in a visually more interesting sense.”

Blood Wars also expands on the world-building of the Underworld mythos in a number of ways: “For the lycans, to me, what was really exciting was to say, ‘Okay, so the lycans have been organized before but what can make them more dangerous?’  In a way – and to me what was fascinating – was the idea, ‘What if they actually get control over their transformation?’ Because every time the transform, they become those animals in a way and they don’t think clearly, they can’t hold weapons, they are becoming instinctive killing machines. So what if the mantra of the new leader is: ‘Don’t change, stay as clever as long as possible if, and only change if you have to,’ and that’s creating an interesting thing, instead of people just turning all over the place into lycans, you have the people, the lycans, that are having their own strict set of rules now, which to me all those things were exciting – and everyone was open to that.”

Blood Wars introduces a new faction of vampires, a Nordic strain, with powers and a culture all their own: “We are exploring new environments by them going to the North and developing a completely new set of rules for those people that live in the North and why they live [there]. This is a different kind of vampire… The superpowers… they have the possibility to appear and disappear but in a different way than Selene for example, she has this speed move – she can be very quick. These people — specifically Lena, who is the person we will follow — has the possibility… It’s not just a speed move; she can almost be in two places at the same time.”

While their powers may be super, their arsenal is much humbler: “These people are… in a weird way, they are almost monks. They have said ‘no’ to fighting; that’s why they went up North. They are all very skilled warriors — but their armory is basically rusted old arms from hundreds of years ago. When they are forced to engage in battle, they are forced to fight with the weapons they’ve laid down hundreds of years ago.” Blood Wars therefore becomes in part a battle of swords and shields up against 21st century automatic weaponry.

Speaking of weapons, Kate Beckinsale returns to the role of Selene, the gun-slinging vampire bad-ass, and worked with the director to bring new dimensions to the iconic character. “She’s an extremely, extremely intelligent woman to talk to generally, and she obviously has a clear idea about Selene. We had some really deep and good conversations once she came on the movie and fortunately were pretty much on the same page with that, and it was a very good collaboration.”

Selene’s motivations through Blood Wars are stark: “Everything that’s dictating her actions is based on being a mother – and how she potentially failed as a mother – and how she can make up for that. That is actually in a weird way almost her through-line for the whole movie.”

Underworld: Blood Wars doesn’t just mark Foerster’s feature debut as a director, it also marks the first film in the series to be directed by a woman, with big-budget action movies still being only rarely helmed by women. “I do actually feel that progress is happening. Looking back at my cinematography days,” she muses, “you see so many more women taking those roles in bigger movies – and the same thing for directing. I think — and maybe I’m too optimistic here– but I feel this is all going in the right way lately – and I’m super excited that Selene is an ‘alpha woman’ in a way, so it’s great.”

Alongside series star Beckinsale, Theo James (the Divergent series) returns as Selene’s ally David, reprising the role he played in Underworld: Awakening. British actors Tobias Menzies (“Outlander,” “Rome”) and Lara Pulver (“Sherlock”) take on the respective roles of a formidable new Lycan leader and a fiercely ambitious Vampire, and Charles Dance (“Game of Thrones”) again plays Vampire elder Thomas.

Rounding out the film’s cast are James Faulkner (“Game of Thrones”), Peter Andersson (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), newcomer Clementine Nicholson, Bradley James (A&E’s “Damien”), and Daisy Head (Fallen).

Anna Foerster directs. The screenplay for Underworld: Blood Wars was penned by Cory Goodman (The Last Witch Hunter, Priest) and based on characters originally created by Kevin Grevioux, Len Wiseman, and Danny McBride.

Synopsis:
Vampire death dealer Selene (Beckinsale) fends off brutal attacks from both the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her. With her only allies, David (James) and his father, Thomas (Dance), she must stop the eternal war between Lycans and Vampires, even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice.

 

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Latest Cabin in the Woods Horror, ‘Bornless Ones’, Channels ‘Evil Dead’ (Trailer)

bloody disgusting - Fri, 12/30/2016 - 10:29

Only evil will survive…

In the tradition of The Evil Dead, and starring The Newsroom’s Margaret Judson and Teen Wolf’s Michael Johnston, writer/director Alexander Babaev‘s Bornless Ones comes to theaters and VOD February 10..

Having just moved to a remote home near an institution to better care for her brother Zach, Emily invites a few friends over to help her unpack. They soon discover strange symbols etched into the boards on the windows. In an effort to clean the house they clear them away, soon realizing the gravity of their mistake as they one by one become possessed by an evil force.

Margaret Judson, Devin Goodsell, Michael Johnston, Mark Furze, Bobby T, and David Banks star in an “atmospheric and demon-filled fright-fest” we now have an exclusive trailer and images from.

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TV Spots Prove ‘The Bye Bye Man’ is Real

bloody disgusting - Fri, 12/30/2016 - 10:22

Check out a trio of TV Spots from STX’s The Bye Bye Man, in theaters Friday the 13th, January 2017.

The Bye Bye Man recounts a series of terrifying events experienced by three Wisconsin college students, played by Douglas Smith, Cressida Bonas and Lucien Laviscount. Michael Trucco plays the brother of one the students, whose mind has been invaded by the unstoppable Bye Bye Man (Doug Jones). 

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“Set in 1990s Wisconsin, when three college students move into an old house off campus, they unwittingly unleash a supernatural entity known as The Bye Bye Man, who comes to prey upon them once they discover his name. The friends must try to save each other, all the while keeping The Bye Bye Man’s existence a secret to save others from the same deadly fate.”

The Bye Bye Man also stars Carrie-Anne Moss and Faye Dunaway.

Stacy Title directed from Jonathan Penner’s script, based on Robert Damon Schneck’s short story “The Bridge to Body Island.” Trevor Macy produced for Intrepid, and Jeffrey Soros and Simon Horsman produced for Los Angeles Media Fund.

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‘The Covenant’ Battle a Malevolent Demon

bloody disgusting - Fri, 12/30/2016 - 10:17

Uncork’d Entertainment has a soul to take this February with The Covenant, available On Demand from February 7.

After the tragic deaths of her husband and daughter, Sarah Doyle moves back to her childhood home with her estranged brother, Richard. It’s not long before Sarah begins to experience supernatural phenomena of a violent and hostile nature. Bewildered and desperate, Richard enlists the aid of a paranormal investigator who confirms that Sarah has become possessed by a powerful demon. Together, the three men will go to battle to save Sarah’s soul.

Directed by Robert Conway (Krampus Unleashed), and starring Monica Engesser (Krampus the Reckoning), Clint James (The Encounter), Owen Conway (Exit to Hell), Sanford Gibbons (Tombstone), and Maria Olson (I Spit On Your Grave : Deja-Vu), The Covenant hits February 7 from Uncork’d Entertainment.

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Strafe’s Uber Gore Trailer Takes it to the Max

Dread Central - Fri, 12/30/2016 - 10:00

If this year’s Doom reboot was a little too, eh, modern for you liking, then Strafe may be more up your alley. After all, it’s heavily inspired by the original Doom and Quake games, right down to its retro graphics and gameplay.

And as blood and gore were a huge part of both those series, Strafe certainly doesn’t shy away from either. We’ve seen blood splatters across the shiny white spaceship corridors in previous footage and screenshots, but the latest trailer just takes the biscuit. It’s called the ‘Uber Gore trailer’, and with good reason: it’s got so much of the red stuff that it puts many other recent horror games to shame.

Throughout the trailer, we also see text informing us of what kind of gore effects will be included in the game, including blood streaks, blood drips, sticky meat bits, stompable gibs, and even corpse flies which make a meal of freshly killed enemies.

Get ready to blast aliens into space bits with 5th generation graphics when Strafe arrives on PS4 and PC in early 2017.

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Trace Picks the Worst Horror Movie Posters of the Year!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 12/30/2016 - 09:39

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A poster is the best marketing tool for a film outside of its trailer. I used to get to the movie theater 45 minutes early so I would have time to walk the halls and look at all of the posters for the coming attractions. There’s just something so fun about looking at posters and horror films arguably have the best ones. They can’t all be winners though, as the posters on this list make clear. With that being said, here are (in no particular order) 10 of the worst posters for horror films released this year!

5. The Other Side of the Door/The Disappointments Room

Do you think keyholes are scary? These posters certainly hope you do.

4. Visions/The Veil/Curve

These three posters are joined together because they are for three Blumhouse films that were all unceremoniously dumped on Netflix without any fanfare back in January. Blumhouse put as much effort into designing these posters as they did into promoting the films’ releases.

3. Martyrs

Nothing like showing a shot from the climax of your film! Yes, this is a remake and everyone who is going to see it probably knows the direction the film is going to take, but it’s still in poor taste to show the climax of your film in its poster.

2. Cabin Fever

Look, I get that Cabin Fever (my pick for worst horror film of the year) went straight to VOD services and no one tried in any shape way or form to make it a good movie, but you would think the marketing team would try to sell the film a little bit better than this poster does. Especially when the original film’s poster (the trees and the house making a skull) was so clever. You can barely even read the tagline on this one!

1. Cell

Come on! The cover of Stephen King’s novel would have made for a better poster! Whatever this thing is, it’s just awful.

What were your least favorite horror movie posters of 2016? Let us know in the comments below!

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WORLD OF DEATH Ep. 40 – Sequence of Death / Mass

bloody disgusting - Thu, 12/29/2016 - 21:00

Hello heathens!  It’s time for another episode of World of Death.

Today you’re in for a double dose of head-bursting fun as we look at two films that play with just how much our tiny human minds can handle.

In SEQUENCE OF DEATH directed by Tomaž Gorkič, a man tests the limit of his grey matter while strapped to a chair, serenaded by some less than relaxing music. As well as some great shots, SEQUENCE OF DEATH boasts a pretty killer soundtrack.

Next we have Matthew Ragsdale’s MASS, where, interrupted from their midnight mass, a group of Pagans and some party crashing witch hunters get a taste of what God is really all about… With a little Grindhouse flair of course.

Hope you enjoy, ya bunch of sickos.

– Jessie Robbins

World of Death is the web series that fans of independent horror have been waiting for.  Featuring short horror films from all over the globe created by the largest variety of talent that a collection has ever been able to boast, WOD provides plenty of blood, guts, screams and laughs for all fans of the macabre.  And with episodes averaging around eight minutes in length, WOD is the perfect entertainment for a fan base constantly on the go.  Watch it anywhere, at any time, for FREE! New episodes premiere every Monday and Thursday at 10am CST.

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Why I Love ‘Phantasm: Ravager’: 2016’s Most Charming Horror Film

bloody disgusting - Thu, 12/29/2016 - 18:26

The cool thing about the ‘best of’ and ‘worst of’ lists that we post at the end of every year here on Bloody Disgusting is that they showcase the diversity of our writing staff’s opinions. I may love a film, for example, that one of the other writers absolutely loathed, and that’s the beauty of this whole thing. How boring would it be if we all felt the exact same way about every single movie?!

I bring this up because, well, I loved a horror movie released this year that Trace Thurman loathed. That film, as you’ve probably gathered by now, was David Hartman’s Phantasm: Ravager, a sequel that literally came out of nowhere a few years ago and then finally saw release this year. Ravager made its way onto Trace’s 5 Worst Horror Movies of 2016 list, and I not only respect its inclusion on that list but I also understand it. As Trace explains in the post, he’s never been a fan of the Phantasm franchise, and he compared Ravager to a “cheaply-made student film.”

Honestly, I don’t disagree. Phantasm: Ravager plays out like a fan film you’d expect to find on Syfy, so Trace is right on the money there. It’s far from one of the best horror films released in 2016, but as someone who is a longtime fan of the franchise – and of its mythology and characters – I feel pretty comfortable at least dubbing it the most downright charming horror film of 2016.

To explain what I mean, I wanted to share the Phantasm: Ravager review I wrote back in October. I only published it, at the time, on a personal Medium blog that I’ve since taken down, so I figured now was the perfect time to actually get it out there. So here’s why I love Phantasm: Ravager.

Out of all the big horror franchises, Phantasm is perhaps the most special. For starters, it’s long been the only one to feature individual installments written and directed by one person (Don Coscarelli), and it’s also the longest-running horror franchise that has to date never been rebooted. For nearly forty years, dating way back to 1979, friends Reggie and Mike (and sometimes Mike’s not-quite-alive brother, Jody) have been doing battle with the dimension-hopping Tall Man and his army of diminutive creatures, and that decades-long battle comes to a bittersweet end in this year’s fifth installment.

Written by Don Coscarelli and David Hartman, but directed by Hartman, Phantasm: Ravager picks up some time after the events of 1998’s Oblivion. Alone in the desert, Reggie is on the hunt for Mike, and he’s of course got his four-barreled shotgun by his side. But things take a time-traveling twist when Reggie and Mike reunite in what may be the present, future, or some alternate reality taking place inside Reggie’s mind; together, they battle the Tall Man one last time… in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.

The most mind-blowing stat about the Phantasm franchise is that all five installments have cumulatively been made for just under $7 million, and while Phantasm 2 makes up the majority of that collective budget, Phantasm: Ravager barely makes a dent with its alleged $300,000 budget — roughly the same amount of money that Don Coscarelli turned into a horror classic back in 1979. As beloved as the franchise may be, its low-budget limitations have certainly reared their head on more than a handful of occasions throughout, but serious fans of all things Phantasm understand that the charm of the series is very much tied to those budgetary constraints. And Ravager, well, it’s got no shortage of DIY charm.

There’s a moment in Phantasm where Don Coscarelli showed off the Tall Man’s home planet, and that iconic glimpse into another world more or less personifies the “we’ve got no money to do this but we’re going to do it anyway” spirit of the Phantasm franchise. With Ravager, David Hartman both taps into and pays tribute to that independent spirit, bringing back the key players from Coscarelli’s film for a brand new sequel that feels like nothing short of a massive love letter to the journey Coscarelli and friends took us on from 1979 through 1998. Hartman captures all the quirks, charms, and both good and bad qualities that make up the series, cobbling together what feels like a fan film as well as pure fan service.

The Phantasm franchise is at its best when it’s at its weirdest, and oh boy do Coscarelli and Hartman get weird with Ravager. While the film starts off straightforward enough, it soon hops back and forth between different times and realities, alternately depicting Reggie as a lone badass looking for his friend, an insane old man whose mind is completely fried, and a soldier in a post-apocalyptic battle against the Tall Man. Like some of the franchise’s best sequences, it’s often hard to figure out what the hell is even going on in Ravager, and as convoluted as it may be, it all just feels so right. Even the finale is totally open to interpretation, but either option manages to feel like the perfect conclusion to the series.

If you like your Phantasm crazy, confusing, and cheap, all three boxes are admirably ticked off by Phantasm: Ravager. With less than half a million bucks at his disposal, Hartman takes us to both the Tall Man’s home planet and a future world that has been completely ravaged by the sinister time-traveler, and though some of the digital effects are undoubtedly of the “Syfy Original” variety, it’s hard to complain about a movie made with such love and so full of genuine charm. The whole thing just feels like a treat for fans of the series. A movie that exists against the odds. A movie we’re lucky to have.

An ambitious and thoroughly entertaining nostalgia trip, Phantasm: Ravager brings the band (including the late Angus Scrimm, whose signature scowl is as on-point as ever) back together for one last hurrah, and I can’t imagine any longtime fan of the series not cheering, smiling, and perhaps even squirting out a few tears while watching it. In a world where all the other horror franchises have been rebooted on at least one occasion, there’s just something about the existence of this decades-later sequel that feels worthy of cherishing; at the very least, it’s worth overlooking its flaws and just appreciating and enjoying it for precisely what it is.

Some will say Ravager ends the franchise on a high note. Others will say it ends it on a low note. As for me, I’m not exactly going with either “high” or “low.” I’m going with “perfect.”

Color me satisfied.

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5 Pretty Good Horror Movies You Might’ve Missed in 2016

bloody disgusting - Thu, 12/29/2016 - 18:01

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Every year, there are horror movies that nobody talks about.

What I’ve always found interesting about movies and the way we react to them is that we only really pay attention to the GREAT ones and the TERRIBLE ones. At the end of every year, for example, many of us take a look at the best and worst the genre had to offer, and in doing so, we tend to ignore a large swath of films that really don’t fall into either category. Which is kind of a shame, because many of those not great and not terrible movies are pretty damn good.

So let’s talk about some of them, shall we? Here are 5 horror movies I saw in 2016 that fall into the “pretty good” category… 5 horror movies that I really haven’t seen anyone talking about.

1) THE PACK

Man’s best friend becomes a family’s worst nightmare in Aussie horror flick The Pack, the directorial debut of Nick Robertson. In the film, a family of four facing eviction from their isolated farmhouse comes face-to-face with true terror when a pack of feral dogs show up on the property. On paper, wild dogs may not seem like terrifying horror movie villains, but Robertson brings those vicious predators to the screen with such effectiveness and straight-faced seriousness that The Pack may make you think twice about adopting a four-legged friend. Rather than using CGI or even animatronics, Robertson had real German Shepherds dyed black to create his villainous beasties, and it’s so damn effective. It doesn’t hurt that you genuinely care about the characters. There’s admittedly not much to the movie, and it certainly doesn’t reinvent any wheels, but it’s a solid home invasion film and one of the better animals-run-amok movies in recent memory.

2) NINA FOREVER

Brothers Ben and Chris Blaine got wonderfully weird and surprisingly deep with their debut feature, Nina Forever. Appropriately billed as “a fucked up love story,” the film centers on Rob, who has recently attempted suicide in the wake of his girlfriend dying in a car accident. Rob finds new hope when he meets Holly, but their relationship is tested when Nina returns from the dead. Boldly and unconventionally exploring that gaping wound left behind when we lose someone we love, Nina Forever is a wholly original look at love, loss, and crippling grief. It’s equal parts disturbing, twisted, and oddly beautiful, driven by fearless performances from Abigail Hardingham and Fiona O’Shaughnessy. Once you see it, you will likely never forget the title character.

3) AVA’S POSSESSIONS

Taking place in the direct aftermath of an exorcism, Ava’s Possessions is a film that approaches the subject of demonic possession from an entirely different angle, reminding that with a little ingenuity, old ideas can be made new again. Written and directed by Jordan Galland, the horror-comedy tells the story of Ava, who is recovering from a recent possession that seems to have left a little blood on her hands. Bursting with a vibrantly colorful style and escorted by an original score courtesy of Sean Lennon, Galland’s third feature blazes across the screen like a breath of fresh air, and his observations about post-possession life are often quite hilarious – at the center of the story is the Spirit Possessions Anonymous support group, and Galland has a whole lot of fun establishing a world wherein demonic possession has become a normal part of society. Ava’s Possessions is a fresh take on a very tired sub-genre, and it’s a unique experience all its own.

4) HANGMAN

One of the creepiest horror movies released this year was undoubtedly Adam Mason’s Hangman, which yes, is another found footage film – but it’s a slice of POV horror that reminds how effective the filmmaking style can still be when properly utilized. In the film, the Miller family returns from vacation to find their house ransacked, and what they don’t know is that a masked stranger placed cameras all around their home while they were gone. To make matters worse, the killer, like Billy from Black Christmas, is still inside the house. Watching Hangman, you get the sense that you’re watching something you should not be, as you’re literally put inside the sick headspace of the villain. We watch the family sleep, take showers, and go about their daily lives, and it’s pretty unsettling to play that fly on the wall of their home. This is the sort of movie that will continue to creep you out while you lay in bed, questioning if someone, somewhere, is watching you.

5) EMELIE

It’s a common cliche that babysitters in horror movies will never reach the end of the movie unscathed, but with Emelie, director Michael Thelin goes in the complete opposite direction. The titular babysitter in this one, played by an incredibly devilish Sarah Bolger, is the villain rather than the victim. Emelie shows up at a couple’s home and poses as Anna, the last-minute replacement babysitter they’ve never so much as seen a picture of. Though she initially seems to be the perfect babysitter, letting the kids run wild and have fun, the night soon takes a turn for the sinister when Emelie makes them participate in a series of increasingly disturbing games. Emelie is one of the most memorable horror villains in recent years, inflicting psychological torment on the children in a way that is altogether more terrifying than anything a hulking brute like Jason Voorhees is capable of. Thelin isn’t afraid to smash taboos and show the true depths of Emelie’s depravity, making the babysitter-gone-wrong film a tense and unsettling experience that is often hard to watch. The final act isn’t great, but Emelie is boundary-pushing horror that’s quite unforgettable.

Can you think of any pretty good horror movies released in 2016 that deserve more recognition?

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Entire ‘Resident Evil’ Franchise Getting Steelbook Blu-rays at Best Buy

bloody disgusting - Thu, 12/29/2016 - 17:06

Care for a double dip, anyone?

On January 27th, Alice returns for her (alleged) final battle in Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, the sixth installment of the hit horror movie franchise that began back in 2002. It’s likely that if you’re a fan of the series you already own the previous five installments on home video, but there’s something to be said for Steelbooks. They’re shiny. And awesome. And, uh, steely.

I mention this because the entire Resident Evil franchise is coming home yet again in the form of individual Steelbook Blu-ray releases, which will be exclusive to Best Buy stores. The new Steelbooks of Resident Evil, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Resident Evil: Extinction, Resident Evil: Afterlife, and Resident Evil: Retribution will arrive on Best Buy shelves on January 17th.

Each of the films will come packaged with up to $7.50 in movie cash to see Resident Evil: The Final Chapter in theaters, and it looks like they’ll be selling for $17.99 apiece.

Check out the art below and head over to Best Buy’s website to place pre-orders.

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Chris Picks Out the Best Blu-rays of 2016!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 12/29/2016 - 16:32

Mr. Disgusting’s Top 10 Horror Films | Several More Must-See Horror Films | Kalyn’s Top 10 | Trace’s Top 10 | Trace’s Worst 510 Best Posters | Worst Posters | Best Trailers | Luiz Picks the Best Horror Shows | Chris’ Best Blu-rays 2016: The Year Netflix Embraced Horror | 10 Sci-fi Movies You May Have Missed | 13 Most Disturbing Horror Movie Moments |
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It’s that time of year once again when we all put together a list of the year’s best. Much like I did a year ago I’ll once again be looking at my favorite Blu-ray releases from this past year. And just like 2015 exceeded all expectations, 2016 has once again raised the bar. In a time when streaming is becoming more and more the norm, the genre Blu-ray market continues to thrive. Arrow Video, Scream Factory, Criterion Collection, Kino Lorber, Blue Underground, Synapse, Vinegar Syndrome and basically everyone else that is a player in the genre Blu-ray scene had an incredible year.

Because this was such a successful year for Blu-ray releases I decided to switch up my format just a tad from a year ago. When choosing my favorite Blu-rays of 2015 I ended up making multiple lists. I did a best of steelbooks, best of box sets, best of double features and so forth. For 2016 I’ve decided to condense everything down to one list containing my 25 favorite releases from the year. Any genre Blu-ray release from 2016 was consider fair game for my list.

Another change I’ve implemented this year is the ranking of the releases. Instead of ranking all 25 of my choices I will only be ranking the top 5. The 20 selections outside of my top 5 will be more of an honorable mention. My logic behind this is that it’s simply too hard to rank them individually this year. There’s just too many good releases that deserve mention. This allows me to give a definitive top 5 while still talking about 20 other awesome releases!

Alright, let’s do this! Here’s my 20 “honorable mention” selections for the best Blu-ray releases of 2016!

Michele Soavi’s ‘The Church’

Trailer Trauma – Garagehouse Pictures

Trailer Trauma (read my review) was the second Blu-ray release from Garagehouse Pictures and their first in what is currently a 3-part series of Blu-rays dedicated to genre trailers. There’s 60 plus trailers coming in at over 2 hours. Invite some of your genre-loving friends over and just pop this bad boy on. It’s great to just sit down and watch, but also the perfect thing to have playing in the background at either a little get together or a Halloween party. I cannot recommend this release enough.

The Complete Lady Snowblood – Criterion Collection

Criterion had an incredible 2016 as a whole, but their genre stuff was especially good. They got the ball rolling early when they released The Complete Lady Snowblood (read my review) in January of 2016. This set features both Lady Snowblood and Lady Snowblood 2: Love Song of Vengeance and both films look and sound incredible. Both films received digital 2k transfers and they bring Toshiya Fujita’s unique blend of violence and beauty to life wonderfully. As is always the case with Criterion this release also comes with plenty of supplemental features including brand-new interviews.

Switchblade Sisters – Subkultur Entertainment

2016 was a good year for Jack Hill fans as a handful of his films made their way to Blu-ray including Switchblade Sisters (read my review). This Blu-ray release was my first experience with Germany’s Subkultur Entertainment and want an experience it was. This release is stunning. This Hill classic has never looked better and it’s jam packed with bonus content.

A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin – Mondo Macabro

Lucio Fulci’s A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin received an incredible French Blu-ray release in 2015. Somehow, someway Monda Macabro was able improve upon that masterpiece with their own release in 2016. Mondo Macabro went above and beyond with this release delivering the most complete version of this Fulci classic you’ll ever see. Picture and audio quality are top of the line and the special features are loaded.

American Horror Project Vol. 1 – Arrow Video

American Horror Project Vol. 1 (read my review) introduced me to three forgotten American classics. The good folks over at Arrow Video unearthed three American horror gems in Malatesta’s Carnival of Blood, The Witch Who Came from the Sea and The Premonition. The films are quite different, but all three work in various different ways and are absolutely worth your time. If it weren’t for Arrow this films likely would have slipped even further into the abyss of nothingness.

Bride of Re-Animator – Arrow Video

Bride of Re-Animator (read my review) could have easily been a top 5 release on the year. Why? Because it’s freakin’ awesome. The movie itself is just superb. Is it better than Re-Animator? I won’t go that far, but a case can be made. And this release gives Bride all the respect and love it truly deserves. If you were lucky enough to snag the limited edition release you ended up with a 3-disc set that even includes the 1992 comic Dawn of the Re-Animator. I can’t say enough good things about this wonderful release.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 – Scream Factory

There’s been some good Blu-ray releases of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 (read my review) over the years but Scream Factory delivered on the ultimate release. A couple years back Arrow released a region B version of TCM2 that I thought was top of the line. Scream Factory proved me wrong. This…release…looks..gorgeous! Get it. Now!

Blood and Black Lace – Arrow Video

Hey, look! It’s another Arrow release! This time we have Mario Bava’s wonderful Blood and Black Lace, available as a standard Arrow release or in steelbook form. I’m a sucker for steelbooks so I indeed got the steelbook, but you can’t go wrong with either version. Blood and Black Lace is some of Bava’s best work. His brilliant use of color is on full display and it looks gorgeous on this new Blu-ray from Arrow.

Female Prisoner Scorpion: The Complete Collection – Arrow Video

Arrow has yet to release a bad box set and Female Prisoner Scorpion: The Complete Collection is one of my favorites. This four-part women-in-prison series stars the wonderful Meiko Kaji in a role that allows her to kick a whole lot of ass. Admittedly the picture quality on this set is less than we’ve come to expect from Arrow, but they are upfront about that from the start. The source materials Arrow was given to work with weren’t great, so there’s some obvious imperfections throughout and a lack of detail at times. Arrow did their best to make up for with a ton of bonus features. Each disc comes with a number of featurettes featuring the likes of Jasper Sharp and Gareth Evans. If you’re a fan of the series I think you’ll be able to get around the less than stellar PQ to enjoy this set. Personally I love the films so this is a must for me.

Raising Cain – Scream Factory

Raising Cain seems to get kicked around a lot and I don’t get it. I’ve always considered it to be an awesome movie. It’s classic De Palma! But even as someone who has loved this movie since the first time seeing it, I grew to love it more after watching the Scream Factory Blu-ray. The film has two cuts, the original cut and the new cut that is more true to De Palma’s original script. The new cut plays around with the timeline and tells the story out of order making the entire film all that more intriguing. It’s perfect.

Trilogía de Guillermo del Toro – Criterion Collection

Criterion upped their Guillermo del Toro game this year with Trilogía de Guillermo del Toro. Cronos and The Devil’s Backbone have both been available from Criterion fro a while now, but this year they released Pan’s Labyrinth as a solo release and as part of Trilogía de Guillermo del Toro, a beautiful box set that includes all three of these del Toro entries. All three movies looks great, as you would expect with Criterion, and the set is stunning. The package is just very unique and cool with the way it opens. One of the coolest pieces in my collection.

Daughter of Dracula – Redemption Films

If you’re a Jess Franco fan (and why wouldn’t you be) 2016 was a big year for you. Franco had about five new films hit Blu-ray in the US and Daughter of Dracula is my favorite of the bunch. This is pretty standard Franco so don’t expect too much of a story and a fair amount of nudity, but there is a pretty solid mystery at the heart and that classic Franco mood. Redemption seems to get Franco and they do a very good job with his releases. This PQ here is very good and there’s a handful of special features including audio commentary with Tim Lucas and a funny “safe” take that removes the film’s nudity.

Black Christmas – Scream Factory

Generally speaking Scream Factory provides Blu-rays releases to films that have yet to make the jump to the format. In 2016 they took a number of films that were pretty widely available on Blu-ray all ready and gave them superior releases. Black Christmas is one of those films to get the Scream Factory upgrade. The film itself is without question a slasher classic and now it has a Blu-ray release worthy of such a film. The movie, which is still one of the scariest things to ever exist, is an absolute treat for the eyes. Scream Factory did a killer job with this one. I saw some online chatter about some audio issues but I never noticed a thing. This is the Black Christmas you should own.

The Man from Hong Kong – Umbrella Entertainment

I’m a huge Brian Trenchard-Smith fan. I’ve been talking about him for years to anyone that would listen. The last couple years have been big for him in terms of Blu-rays releases. In 2015 both Turkey Shoot and The Siege of Firebase Gloria made their way to Blu-ray. This year we were fortunate enough to get Dead End Drive-In and The Man from Hong Kong. Both 2016 releases are great but The Man from Hong Kong is just slightly better and as a result it made my list. Released by the wildly underrated Umbrella Entertainment, The Man from Hong Kong is everything you could possibly want in a Blu-ray release. Not only does this 70’s action gem look fantastic but the bonus content is so grand that it actually includes 5 more films from Trenchard-Smith including the 80’s classic Stunt Rock! If you like Ozploitation you NEED to own this.

Alien 2 – 88 Films

Alien 2: On Earth is an Italian rip-off of Alien. It’s not the only time they ripped off popular American movies and it’s not the only time they ripped off Alien. Though to be fair Ridley Scott did rip-off Mario Bava’s Planet of the Vampires when making Alien so I suppose we’ve come full circle in many ways. Rip-off or not, Alien 2 is freaking awesome! I will happily take all the violent Italian rip-offs because they always rule. 88 Films had a lot of really good releases in 2016, but Alien 2 was my personal favorite of theirs.

Death Machines – Vinegar Syndrome

A year ago I didn’t think we’d ever have any Paul Kyriazi films on Blu-ray, now we have two. In late 2015 Garagehouse Pictures released Ninja Busters and now thanks to Vinegar Syndrome we have Death Machines. For a very long time this movie has been high on my list of films I desperately want on Blu-ray and to now finally own is like a dream come true. I absolutely love this movie. It’s flawed and has all sorts of issues but it’s so sincere and earnest that it’s impossible to not love it. Vinegar Syndrome did an outstanding job delivering a pristine picture. I would have never guessed in a million years that we’d see Death Machines looking this good and yet here we are. Here’s the hoping we get more Kyriazi Blus in the future! Omega Cop anyone?

Manhattan Baby – Blue Underground

Manhattan Baby is making this list in large part due to my love for Lucio Fulci. If I’m being honest this movie isn’t very good. It has moments here and there and a very good score from Fabio Frizzi, but overall it misses the mark by quite a bit. While the movie might fail in a number of ways there is no denying that the Blue Underground release is superb. The flawed film looks wonderful in this new 2k restoration from the original camera negatives and there’s plenty of extras for all the Fulci fans out there. Included in the extras is a bonus booklet featuring new writings from Fulci expert Troy Howarth as well as a CD of Frizzi’s soundtrack to the film. So yeah, the movie isn’t great, but this is a must-own for Fulci purists.

Tenebrae – Synapse

Synapse always takes their time with their releases. They rush absolutely nothing. As horror fans that may drive us just a little mad as we are beyond eager to get our hands on every Blu-ray release, but Synapse is always worth the wait. Their Blu-rays are top of the line every time and their Tenebrae release is no different. This Argento classic has never looked better. Synapse should have some type of deal in place that gives them access to all of Argento’s work because everything they release of his is perfect. Tenebrae is no exception.

Burial Ground – Severin Films

Italian horror in general is a pretty bizarre category even in the world of horror. The films are almost always completely insane and Burial Ground may be the craziest of the whole lot. If you haven’t seen this, you should. In terms of plot there’s not a whole here. Rotten zombies awake from their slumber and begin attacking people, but plot has never been the more important element when it comes to Italian horror. We just need to get to zombies eating people up in all their gory glory and that’s what Burial Ground gives us. The film has released a couple other releases, including a UK version from 88 Films earlier in the year that was also quite stellar, but Severin’s release edges them out by just a bit. This is a must-have addition to any Italian horror fans collection.

The Church – Shameless Entertainment

Give me all the Michele Soavi on Blu-ray, please! The UK’s Shameless Entertainment released The Church in November and in many ways it came out of nowhere. It was a release that I knew was coming but had sort of forgot about in part because up to this point Shameless has been a little slower than some of the other companies out there when it comes to getting Blu-rays out in the market. I believe this was their first Blu-ray release in 2016 and their first release on the format since 2014. I can tell you that it was worth the wait. Shameless did a wonderful job with this release. This 2k HD restoration is gorgeous and this is the longest version of the film ever released. The special features are pretty limited but there is a nice interview with Soavi. All in all The Church is a fantastic release and hopefully we see more Blu-rays from Shameless in the future.

Juan Piquer Simón’s ‘Pieces’

And now it’s time for the best of the best!

5. Chopping Mall – Vestron Video Collector’s Series

2016 marked the year that Lionsgate finally opened up the Vestron vault and horror fans everywhere benefited from it. Anyone of the Vestron titles could have been worth of making my Best of 2016 list but I went with Chopping Mall (read my review) because it was the release I was most eager to get. For those that haven’t seen it the movie is a bit silly, but it’s a ton of fun. The release though is even better. The Blu-ray looks fantastic, delivering by far the best picture quality we’ve ever seen for Chopping Mall. Where this release really exceeds though is when it comes to special features. This thing is loaded, which appears to be the standard for the Vestron Video Collector’s Series.

4. The Thing – Scream Factory

The Thing is arguably John Carpenter’s greatest film. From a practical effects standpoint it’s certainly the most impressive. Over the years The Thing has been released on Blu-ray a number of times and most of them have been pretty good releases which is why I was surprised when Scream Factory announced they’d be releasing the Carpenter classic. I figured how much could they improve on past releases? A lot, apparently. Scream Factory’s release of The Thing is perfect. The PQ is stunning, by far the best the film has ever looked, though some may debate that. DP Dean Cundey oversaw the Scream Factory and he personally approved this version and I tend to trust the DP. The film is also packed with bonus content including a new commentary with Cundey.

3. Carnival of Souls – Criterion Collection

Carnival of Souls is one of the greatest horror films of all time, but strangely it doesn’t seem to get talked about all that much. Not that it’s forgotten or anything like that, but it’s right up there with the likes of Night of the Living Dead and deserves that same kind of praise. Hopefully this Blu-ray release from Criterion will help bring some more attention to this classic. This Blu-ray has what may be the greatest looking picture I have ever seen. Carnival of Souls was restored in 4k and looks gorgeous. The special features are especially awesome on this release. There’s a great 20-minute featurette on the film hosted by comedian Dana Gould. If you haven’t heard Dana Gould talk horror movies you’re missing out because the dude has so much passion for the genre. In addition to the Gould piece there’s a great feature on Saltair, an incredibly interesting documentary on a location featured heavily in the film. Releases don’t get much better than Criterion’s Carnival of Souls.

2. The Mutilator – Arrow Video

Arrow Video’s The Mutilator  (read my review) could have easily been my favorite release of the year. In fact it very nearly was and is certainly worthy of such a title, but there’s no shame in nabbing second place. The Mutilator is one of my favorite off-the-wall slashers. In fact along with Blood Rage and Pieces I considered it be part of what I like to call the Holy Trinity of Sleazy 80’s Slasher Trash. I desperately needed this film on Blu-ray and Arrow did not disappoint. There are no words to describe how I feel about this movie. It is wonderful. Go get it now.

1. Pieces – Grindhouse Releasing

And my favorite Blu-ray of the year goes to Pieces (read my review) from Grindhouse Releasing! Two entries from the Holy Trinity of Sleazy 80’s Slasher Trash walk away with the top two spots in 2016. The third entry, Blood Rage, was my favorite Blu-ray of 2015. Pretty obvious I love these three movies, huh? Pieces is probably my favorite of these three films so it’s really no surprise to see it take home the top spot. A number of years back Grindhouse Releasing put out a wonderful DVD of Pieces. That release was good as you get when it comes to DVD. They put in all the same hard work and effort to deliver on a perfect Blu-ray upgrade. This is a 3-disc set that comes with two Blu-rays and one CD containing the film’s soundtrack. The two Blu-rays offer up two different cuts of the film and a world of special features including an awesome documentary on 42nd Street. And if you were lucky enough to snag one of the first 3,000 releases you received a replica of the puzzle from the film’s opening scene. When it comes to Blu-ray releases they don’t get much better than Pieces.

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Someone Just Turned 2016 into a Hilarious Horror Movie Trailer

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Well, this was inevitable.

It’s silly to accuse a year of bringing evil upon the world, but when you really think about it, some pretty awful things have happened in the last twelve months. From a sizeable handful of truly iconic artists dying to, well, that whole political thing that shocked us all last month, 2016 hasn’t exactly been the greatest year… in fact, many have described it as a real life horror movie.

Thanks to Friend Dog Studios, now it is a horror movie. Sort of.

The spoof trailer 2016: The Movie pits a group of young characters up against 2016’s corporeal form, which appears to be a maniac wearing a mask that has “2016” crudely written onto it. He’s basically the personification of the year, you see, and he’s not letting the characters make it to 2017 without a fight. Of course, this is a faux trailer for a movie that doesn’t actually exist, but that’s probably for the best. Sometimes trailers are better. Sometimes they’re all we need.

Then again, this movie would probably be YUGE at the box office.

Enjoy. And hang in there. 2016 is almost over.

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