Ryan Sheehy is a former Boy Scout and is proud of the merit badges he’s earned. He’s also a writer and a huge horror fan. By his powers combined (Captain Planet reference, FTW), he’s begun a series of “Terror Badges”, merit badges that are inspired by horror films, legends, stories, and monsters.
Below is a small collection of these badges, so make sure to head over to the Terror Badges Tumblr to see the rest!
On the heels of the official poster comes the first trailer for Bite, in which a bride becomes an insect in the vein of The Fly.
Breakthrough Entertainment is behind Chad Archibald’s (The Drownsman) indie horror starring Elma Begovic, Annette Wozniak, and Jordan Gray.
“While on her bachelorette party getaway, Casey, the bride to be, gets a seemingly harmless bite from an unknown insect. After returning home with cold feet, Casey tries to call off her wedding but before she’s able to, she starts exhibiting insect like traits. Between her physical transformation and her wedding anxiety, Casey succumbs to her new instincts and begins creating a hive that not only houses her translucent eggs, but feeds on the flesh of others. As her transformation becomes complete, Casey discovers that everything can change with a single bite.“
For whatever reason this reminds me of a mix between Meet the Applegates and The Fly, which is pretty cool.
Retrosynth artist Powder Slut has released a new track titled “Symphony Of Purgatory” and it’s a moody, dark piece of electronica that I highly recommend giving a few minutes of your time.
To celebrate this release, a music video was made by Jean-Pierre Van Damme that takes footage from Night Of The Demons, Return Of The Living Dead, and, one of my favorite horror films, Lord Of Illusions, compiling them all into a series of images that highlight the dancier aspects of the song while still embracing the darker side of things.
Quick head’s up: The video is definitely NSFW as it features the scene from Return Of The Living Dead where Linnea Quigley dances naked atop a tomb.
The song is also available as a free download via the Soundcloud player below.
It’s been announced that Cody Calahan’s Antisocial 2 will receive its world premiere at the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal, Quebec on July 30th. The film is the sequel to the 2013 sci-fi/horror film, which was also directed by Calahan.
The synopsis for Antisocial 2 reads:
Years after having her newborn child stolen from her, Sam searches a world infested with infected users from the Social Redroom website. After befriending a young girl named Bean, Sam is captured and locked in a facility dedicated to finding a cure for the Redroom Virus. Trapped and tortured, Sam tries to escape the facility before an impending update on the Redroom site hits 100% and unleashed its final phase of attack.
Antisocial 2 stars Michelle Mylett (Antisocial, Ascension, The Drownsman) Stephen Bogaert (The Valley Below), Josette Halpert, and Samuel Faraci (“Hannibal”, “Hemlock Grove”).
Distant Corners Entertainment is deep into production on their anthology, Holidays, a group of subversive tales fashioned around globally recognized celebrations like Christmas, Easter, Halloween and Mother’s Day.
One of the director is Kevin Smith, who reveals via Twitter the plot details behind his “holiday” horror:
“It’s about CamGirls working on Halloween night,” reveals Smith who added: “So instead of Samhain, CAMHAIN. It’s my segment for Holidays.”
Other directors include Starry Eyes duo Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch; Dracula Untold’s Gary Shore, Dark Skies‘ Scott Stewart, as well as The Pact‘s Nick McCarthy, Matt Johnson (The Dirties), Sarah Smith (The Midnight Swim), and Anthony Scott Burns.
Diamond Select Toys has unveiled their upcoming 7″ Liv Moore action figure, which is based on the character from CW’s “iZombie“. It comes with chopsticks, coffee cup, hot sauce, and a serving of brains. The toy is the first figure that DST will be producing.
You can read our reviews of the show’s episodes right here.
Ahead of its Fantasia Film Festival premiere, Bloody reader Fabien M. tipped us off to the first ever clip from Tales of Halloween, featuring Rocky Horror Picture Show icon Barry Bostwick and a kid in a Devil mask trick or treating.
Lin Shaye and “Heroes’” Greg Grunberg also star, while the likes of Joe Dante, John Landis, Mick Garris, Stuart Gordon, Adrienne Barbeau, and Adam Green cameo.
Also featured are Pat Healy (The Innkeepers, Cheap Thrills), Alex Essoe (Starry Eyes), Booboo Stewart (The Twilight Saga), Keir Gilchrist (It Follows), Noah Segan (Looper), Pollyannna McIntosh (The Woman), James Duval (Donnie Darko), Kristina Klebe (Halloween), Marc Senter (The Devil’s Carnival), Jose Pablo Cantillo (The Walking Dead), Grace Phipps (Dark Summer), Sam Witwer (Being Human), and Graham Skipper (Almost Human).
The ten shorts take place in the same small American town whose denizens are terrorized by ghouls, aliens, and killers one Halloween night. Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III and IV), Axelle Carolyn (Soulmate), Adam Gierasch (Night of the Demons), Andrew Kasch (Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy), Neil Marshall (The Descent), Lucky McKee (All Cheerleaders Die, The Woman), Mike Mendez (Big Ass Spider!), Dave Parker (The Hills Run Red), Ryan Schifrin (Abominable), John Skipp (Stay at Home Dad), and Paul Solet (Grace) are at the helm of Tales of Halloween, which follows in the footsteps of recent horror anthologies like V/H/S and The ABCs of Death.
A pair of international posters for M. Night Shyamalan’s The Visit and Mark Neveldine’s The Vatican Tapes have arrived, the former from Japan and the latter from France. Both are pretty text heavy and don’t offer much in the way of new imagery but it’s rather fun to see how posters are organized in other countries.
The synopsis for The Visit reads:
Shyamalan returns to his roots with the terrifying story of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip. Once the children discover that the elderly couple is involved in something deeply disturbing, they see their chances of getting back home are growing smaller every day.
The Vatican Tapes…:
…follows the ultimate battle between good and evil- God versus Satan. Angela Holmes is an ordinary 27-year- old until she begins to have a devastating effect on anyone close, causing serious injury and death. Holmes is examined and possession is suspected, but when the Vatican is called upon to exorcise the demon, the possession proves to be an ancient satanic force more powerful than ever imagined. It’s all up to Father Lozano (Michael Pena) to wage war for more than just Angela’s soul, but for the world as we know it.
A new image from the sixth season of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” was shared over at EW with new details.
The pic shows Andrew Lincoln’s Rick Grimes “at a crossroads in his life … and judging by the photo above, that crossroads happens to be the intersection of Marshall and Redding.”
Adds the site: “A few interesting things to note in this picture: For one thing, Rick appears to have ditched his constable uniform that Deanna gave him when he arrived at the walled-off community. Did he shoot that up the same way he shot up Pete? Or perhaps they have casual Friday in Alexandria? Also, what’s in the truck: supplies? Dead bodies? Rick’s constable uniform?”
It’s also implied that season 6 picks up right after the last left off.
All the goodies are coming when the season 6 trailer debuts at AMC’s San Diego Comic-Con panel on July 10.
Landmine Goes Click, starring Sterling Knight (“Melissa & Joey”), Spencer Locke (Resident Evil) and Dean Geyer (“Glee”) will make its London premiere as part of the selection at Film4 Frightfest in August.
“Three American tourists are backpacking through the remote countryside of European Georgia when one of them steps on an armed landmine. But that seems to be a minor threat compared to the nightmarish happenings the rest of the afternoon will bring on. A psychopath takes advantage of the tourist’s immobility and brutally assaults the woman he loves.”
Landmine Goes Click is directed and produced by Georgia native Levan Bakhia who made his feature film directorial debut with the thriller 247 F starring Scout Taylor-Compton. The script for Landmine Goes Click is written by Adrian Colussi.
Landmine Goes Click plays at Frightfest 2015 on Friday 28th August.
STX Entertainment is getting behind a long-gestured Jim Henson Company project, the now-untitled The Happytime Murders, reports Deadline.
The film will combine live-action and puppetry made so famous by the Henson family but with a black comedy twist.
The story is by Todd Berger and Dee Robertson with revisions that have been done by Erich and Jon Hoeber (Red and Red 2).
Back in 2012 Todd Berger promised that Happytime Murders “is full-on R,” adding, “There is swearing, there’s sex, violence, murder. There’s no way. Maybe with some work it could be PG-13 but as of now we’ve embraced the R-rating.”
The R-rated thriller takes place in a world where humans and puppets co-exist, with the puppets viewed as second-class citizens. When the puppet cast of an ’80s children’s TV show called “The Happytime Gang” begins to get murdered one by one, a disgraced LAPD detective-turned-private eye puppet — with a drinking problem, no less — takes on the case.
I really, really, really like these new “Fear the Walking Dead” promos as they bring fear to a place reminiscent of both the Dawn of the Dead remake and Tobe Hooper’s The Poltergeist – the suburbs.
One thing I don’t like about AMC’s “The Walking Dead” is that it takes place after the infected overrun and decimated the planet. It removes believability and relatability from the series.
With the upcoming “Fear the Walking Dead,” the teasers are promising to infect and terrorize average people enjoying a typical day. Is there anything more frightening than thinking your walk to 7-11 could be interrupted by the undead?
“Fear the Walking Dead” stars Kim Dickens (Gone Girl, “Sons of Anarchy”) as Madison, Cliff Curtis (“Missing,” “Gang Related”) as Travis, Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) as Nick and Alycia Debnam-Carey (Into the Storm) as Alicia. Also joining the cast as series regulars are Elizabeth Rodriguez (“Orange is the New Black”) as Liza and Mercedes Mason (Quarantine 2: Terminal) as Ofelia.
“‘Fear the Walking Dead’ takes us back to the beginning of the zombie apocalypse – a time when the world was changing rapidly for reasons unknown, before anyone understood exactly what was happening, when life as everyone knew it was upended and altered in ways no one could have ever imagined.“
“Fear the Walking Dead” and “The Walking Dead” are also heading to Comic-Con. Full details here.
At a recent visit to the Baseball Hall Of Fame, “Twin Peaks” co-creator Mark Frost spoke about the upcoming third season of the show, stating that the series won’t be coming to Showtime until 2017, not the expected 2016 date we’ve all been hearing about.
We had 32 hours back in 1991-92, and with my partner David Lynch we kind of blew open that genre of the nighttime soap and took it in a whole other direction,” Frost said. “A lot of people always look back at Twin Peaks and say that was the start of this explosion we’ve had in good television drama, but we did it in a time when there were still only three networks. The challenge for us is to try and come back and raise the bar above what we did the last time. We’re coming back with season three of Twin Peaks after a 25-year absence. We’ve finished the scripts, we start production in September, and that will be coming out on Showtime sometime in 2017.
Now, it’s worth noting that the show aired from 1990-91 but apparently the interviewer is adamant that this wasn’t a typo and that Frost didn’t misspeak, according to Welcome To Twin Peaks.
Frost also let slip that his book “The Secret Lives of Twin Peaks” will be coming out next year, instead of the original Fall 2015 release date. Looks like there are a lot of delays happening in that universe…
After escaping Ken Marino’s colon and going on a murder spree it seems everyone’s favourite arse demon has moved to a less brown abode & is enjoying a selfie or two over on the photo sharing app. You can follow the little ass dwelling maniac over at www.instagram.com/BadMiloAtHome.
Would you like to see a sequel to the bum burrowing movie Bad Milo!? Jacob Vaughan directed the 2013 horror comedy that centered on a guy (Ken Marino) who learns that his unusual stomach problems are being caused by a demon living in his intestines. It became an instant cult classic!
While American celebrated Independence Day Canada were shooting their fireworks a few days earlier on July 1st for Canada Day. Carrying on the spirit of of bigging up the Great White North, this week sees the opening of an exhibition in Toronto featuring artistic inspiration from the country’s film & TV.
This show profiles some amazing Canadian artists and illustrators, who will be paying homage to Canadian cult films and television.
Such artists as Josh Deck, Sara Deck, Sabrina Parolin, and Matthew Therrien and many more will display pieces paying tribute to the likes of David Cronenberg, the films of Astron 6 and Jason Eisener, My bloody valentine and Strange Brew, as well as pieces devoted to SCTV, The kids in the hall, Brett the hit man Hart and Tom Green and many many more.
This show will have an opening reception on July 8th, and will run the entire month of July.
RSVP to the Facebook event or check it out for more details about the artists involved.
A genre that I find myself coming back to time and time again is progressive rock, especially when it’s melancholic, dark, and emotionally heavy. I find comfort in the music of Opeth, Anathema, and Katatonia, giving myself entirely into their beautiful yet mournful, pensive melodies.
That’s what drew me into French progressive rockers Klone, who take inspiration from the above bands but still manage to create their own unique sound, one that offers just as much beauty and delight. And with their new album Here Comes The Sun, the band continues to evolve and grow their sound, taking it in new and wonderful directions.
To celebrate this release, we caught up with guitarist Guillaume Bernard to discuss the new album, how the band writes their material, who they’d want for a “dream collaboration”, and more. You can read this exclusive interview below.
The band recently announced that they will be opening for Devin Townsend on several European tour dates. More information can be found here. Make sure to also order your copy of Here Comes The Sun via iTunes.
‘Here Comes The Sun’ is the band’s fifth full length album. Describe this journey, both as musicians and how you each grew as well as for the music itself and
how it has changed over the years.
Klone is a band who don’t want to play the same music. At the beginning we were more influenced by metal band with a rock grungy touch. We learn to play music together and we decided to experiment all what is possible, like to include saxophones, harp, etc.. Over the years the music became more and more atmospheric and today we totally assume the rock progressive sides of the music. Here Comes The Sun is for us our best album with mature composition. We wanted something intense and deep.
You covered “Summertime”, one of the most recognizable songs in music history. What was it about this particular song that made you want to craft your own take on it?
This is a song I learn at school when I was young, and the melody still turn around in my head over the years. We decided to put a new blow on it and to work on the bluesy side of this music. It was a big challenge for us to do this cover and we’re really proud of it!
Your music is incredibly layered and textured. Being a band for nearly 20 years, I’m sure that you’ve all learned how to write with each other. But can you explain to me
a little bit about how you go about writing a song?
I’m the principal composer since the beginning of a band. I learn a lot of things listening to a lot of different music as classical music. I like to let my instinct guide me for that and I don’t like when the song writing process is not natural. Yann [Ligner] write his lyrics listening to the Klone’s music. The music inspire him a lot, and he’s like a painter who try to describe the music putting words on it.
I feel like there is a strong feeling of melancholy and nostalgia throughout the music of ‘Here Comes The Sun’. What do you take inspiration from in order to reach the
write mindset when writing Klone music?
You’re right! I take inspiration everywhere, when I’m walking on the street for example, ideas come in my head. There is also things in my personal life who touch me and finally I transform all this feeling in my music. Nowadays, the mood in the world his really dark, and that also touch me. I like the idea that the music have to describe the world where we live.
Considering that you’ve release so much material over the past decade, I’m guessing there is already material for a new album. What do you think the next Klone album
will sound like?
I think it’s too early to answer you about that… The only thing I can tell you is the point of beginning for the new album will be the last song of ‘Here Comes The Sun’, “The Last Experience”. I want something very heavy, dark, and ambient!
Some of the bands that you apparently take inspiration from are many of my favorites, such as Anathema, Porcupine Tree, Opeth, Katatonia, etc… If you could collaborate with any musicians on material for your next album, who would be some of your dream choices?
I really like to have special guest for the next album. Why not Devin Townsend, the singer of Anathema, or Opeth!
Scream returned tonight with “Hello, Emma,” an episode that cemented the type of show that Scream is trying to be. Unfortunately for anyone hoping for it to be tonally similar to the film series, it seems to be going for more of a Degrassi feel than a Scream feel. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as it’s good that the show is carving its own identity, but it’s bad for anyone hoping for Scream to be a legitimate horror show. When I reviewed the pilot a few weeks ago, I commented on how the show has potential, but it still has a ways to go. That is still the case with “Hello, Emma,” as it didn’t do much to push me over the love it/hate it threshold.
The episode was book-ended by two strong scenes. The first was Rachel’s murder by hanging, and the second was the killer’s second phone call to Emma (which contained the creepy “did you just lock me in or out” seen in many of the promos). These two scenes had the playfulness that was lacking from the pilot, but that playfulness was nowhere to be seen between these two great set pieces.
The main issue with the series (and something I touched upon in my initial review), is that the characters aren’t that particularly interesting. They fit into their archetypes just fine, but they’re all just kind of boring. Emma showed a little more spunk this week, which bodes well for future episodes since she was the least interesting part of the pilot. Other than her and Brooke (who is the most interesting character but has the least interesting storyline), no one stands out.
We were introduced to Gale Weathers stand-in Piper Shay (Amelia Rose Blaire, a stand-out in True Blood’s weak final seasons), who has her own crime podcast (as opposed to Gale’s TV show). She was relegated to two or three brief scenes though, and is missing the ruthlessness that made Courteney Cox’s character so memorable. Ideally this will be remedied in future episodes, but with 8 episodes left the show better get on it.
This episode went all out with it’s homages to the film series. Interestingly enough, many of the callbacks were to Scream 4. This makes sense, since both the series and the third sequel take place in the same generation, though we did get an homage to the original Scream when Emma heard some female classmates talking about her in the restroom. I have no issues with callbacks to the films, but many of the ones in “Hello, Emma” came off as pale imitations rather than homages.
That will be my last comparison of the show to the film series, as I think we all owe it to the series to judge it on its own merits.
If Scream is wanting to be more soapy like Degrassi or Pretty Little Liars, that is fine. It is just something that all of us (myself included) are going to have to accept. It’s just such a jarring transition when we go to really effective horror scenes to the over-the-top soapiness of teen drama. That being said, that is what it would be like in real life if the events in Scream were to actually happen, so I may be being too harsh on the show.
There have been complaints from people about the acting on Scream. While it’s an understandable point of view, it really just comes down to the type of show that is being developed. Scream is a teen soap opera. A teen soap opera requires a certain kind of “poor acting.” That over-the-top acting is a big reason why I compare the series to Degrassi. It just takes some getting used to since the soap opera is kind of a dying art form.
In other news, we didn’t really get any more information on Maggie’s past with her deformed tormentor, but we did learn that she is a mortician (or a crime scene photographer, I’m not really sure). The one thing that is refreshing about Scream is that it seems like the police force might be competent. Once Maggie told Sheriff Hudson that Rachel was most likely murdered, he didn’t immediately shut her down.
What did you think of “Hello, Emma?” Did you like it more than the pilot? Or has Scream lost you completely? Let us know in the comments below!
- Spot the Pop Culture Reference: Seth refers to Noah as Will Graham from Hannibal, there are references to Game of Thrones (more than once), Terminator and Scandal. Did I miss any?
- Are we ever going to learn what pulled Noah underwater last week? Or was it really just a wire? If so, boo.
- I love how they try to dress Amelia Rose Blaire down by giving her glasses. Where’s her ponytail?
- Is anyone else having any trouble telling the guys apart? I can pick out Noah, but all the rest are interchangeable to me.
- Ah, the classic paint/blood mixup. Kind of surprised they resolved that cliffhanger from last week so quickly.
- “It’s my fault that you slept with Nina?” -This made me chuckle. At least Emma has some sass. I thought she was kind of boring in the pilot.
- Noah has his own monologue music (the violins). Not sure if I love it or hate it yet.
- Seth has his entire class take a moment of silence to mourn Rachel, a girl none of them (except Audrey) has ever met. Alright.
- That gay rights joke is already dated, given the Supreme Court ruling last week. Things like that could be a problem for the show.
- “I kissed him. At the party. In the greenhouse…and it felt great.” -Emma, get better at making guys jealous.
- “You’re like a ninja.” “That’s racist.” -I actually thought this was really funny.
- Brooke and Seth’s relationship is awful. If any of you watch Pretty Little Liars (though I feel like I may be the only one on this site who does), it’s worse than Aria & Ezra’s relationship. And I hate Ezria. Just kill the teacher and let Brooke do her own thing.
- “A girl loves a little romance with her gore.” -No. Just….no. Also, that’s kind of sexist.
ID: Shark! (1969)
Classification: Action Adventure posing as Animal Attack
It’s Shark Week! and while the last few years of Discovery’s shark themed TV haven’t been the greatest, I still can’t help but get excited. It also gave me an excuse to finally break into a Shark attack DVD pack I bought at a convention a while ago! Sharks are beautifully terrifying creatures that are basically dinosaurs and that’s fucking great!
I started with Shark! for no other reason than it had an exclamation point in it which made me think lots of awesome shark action…and sure enough the film opens up with a diver swimming around until he is surrounded by sharks and torn to shreds and then the explosive title hits the screen, SHARK!
But that is basically where the shark angle ends and the Indiana Jones/Casablanca story starts. Sam Fuller, famous for Shock Corridor and White Dog, had originally written a screenplay titled “Caine” based on the book His Bones are Coral by Victor Canning. The screenplay was always meant to be an action adventure but when Troma Enterprises got to it they decided to jump on the animal attack bandwagon. The movie was cut to pieces and so severely re-edited that Sam Fuller wanted his name off of the thing, he didn’t succeed. But the strangest thing is, I actually kind of dug it.
The basic premise is the diver at the beginning who was killed was a part of a trio of treasure hunters who claim to be oceanographers. They hire the facilities of an extremely young Burt Reynolds and convince him to dive into shark-infested waters for science! But really, for treasure! Reynolds gets wise to the game and a very Indiana Jones: Raiders adventure happens.
It was at the 58-minute point where I gave up on ever seeing a second shark attack in this decidedly mistitled movie I realized I was still having fun. Burt Reynolds is charming as always and it does hold a Spaghetti Western atmosphere that I appreciated. While Sam Fuller may have disowned the film, as well he should have as it sounds, I could still feel a Fuller touch.
Unsurprisingly, the picture and sound quality are near VHS quality but I wasn’t expecting much more than that when I bought it. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by Shark! in its cast and lack of sharkeyness. Though I did get my second shark attack towards the end. Sadly, according to IMDB trivia, one of the stuntmen involved in one of the shark attacks scenes actually was killed because the shark wasn’t properly sedated.
Well, that’s it for Shark! and I encourage you to check it out if you get a chance, try to get a group together! I’ll be back with another discussion on cheesy shark movies.
We’ve got our hands on some rather incredible news regarding the upcoming stand-alone film Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, which takes place before the events of A New Hope and follows a crew of rebels on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star.
Yesterday, we posted that Darth Vader would be returning as one of the villains in the film but now we have some additional information on other villains that will be entering the fray!
Our source has shared this incredible and exclusive information with us:
Ben Mendelsohn’s new Moff character is indeed the big baddie of Rogue One. The other main villains of the piece are bounty hunters hired by the Moff to quietly retrieve the stolen Death Star plans at all costs. Vader factors in once he realizes that the plans have been stolen, so he joins the hunt in a supporting role and is none too pleased.
These bounty hunters include Boba Fett, Bossk, Dengar, Zuckuss & 4LOM, IG-88, and Cad Bane, who is from ‘Clone Wars’ and is making his live action debut.
There might some new ones as well, but that’s the core group. So Fett will absolutely appear on screen again in a semi-main role before his solo film.
Our source also tells us that there have been thoughts of adding a Wookie bounty hunter to the group, although that has yet to be confirmed.
Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One is being directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) based on a script by Gary Whitta and Chris Weitz. As well as Mendelsohn, the film stars Felicity Jones and Diego Luna. It is scheduled to be released on December 16th, 2016.
Alright Star Wars fans, who’s excited by these details? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!
Patrick Wilson took to Twitter to announce the return of Ed and Lorraine Warren by posting a photo of himself and costar Vera Farmiga. The two will be the main stars of Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema’s The Conjuring 2, which is said to be inspired by the “Enfield Poltergeist,” which took place at a council house in Brimsdown village, borough of Enfield, England during the late 1970s. (You can read all about that here).
The photo shows Wilson with Farmiga standing in front of a building that bears a sign stating “New England Paranormal Research Center”. Wilson captioned the photo, saying, “We’re baaaaaack.” and tagged director James Wan.
The film is set for a June 10, 2016 release date.