Dress Like a Fool in the ‘Resident Evil Origins Collection’

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In September, Capcom unveiled the Resident Evil Origins Collection — a special bundle for PS4 and Xbox One owners that features the HD re-release of the Resident Evil remake that made me very happy at the start of the year, and Resident Evil 0, its soon-to-be-remastered prequel.

The $39.99 Origins Collection arrives on retail shelves on January 19, alongside the digital release of Resident Evil 0 HD, so fans have the option of getting a physical copy of both games.

Pre-ordering this bundle will get you an old school prison costume for Billy and a precious — their words, not mine — nurse ensemble for Rebecca. I’m usually against pre-ordering games, and these digital goods definitely won’t be changing that for me. That nurse outfit is one arterial spray away from being ruined forever. Rebecca’s smarter than that.

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Scream Factory Will Give You ‘Nightmares’ This December

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Scream Factory has announced that they will be releasing a blu-ray of the 1983 anthology horror film Nightmares, which was directed by Joseph Sargent and written by Christopher Crowe and Jeffrey Bloom. The release date is December 22nd and pre-orders are already available via their website.

In Nightmares, a pack of cigarettes, a video game, a pick-up truck and a stately colonial home all become key elements in four petrifying tales of terror in the anthology film directed by Joseph Sargent (The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three, White Lightning).

Head below for a list of special features and a synopsis of each short film, which features famous stars such as Lance Henriksen (Alien, Pumpkinhead), Veronica Cartwright (Invasion of the Body Snatchers), Emilio Estevez (Tremors).

A chain-smoking homemaker (Cristina Raines, The Sentinel) insists on going out for cigarettes even when an escaped madman is on the loose in “Terror in Topanga.”

Then, J.J. Cooney (Emilio Estevez, Young Guns), a video game hot-shot, dares to take on a strange challenger – though it may cost him his life – in “The Bishop of Battle.”

A troubled priest (Lance Henriksen, Aliens) seeks to find the faith he has lost on the road, but instead he finds that someone (or something) in this desert is trying to drive him out of his mind in “The Benediction.”

Claire (Veronica Cartwright – Alien) hears rats in the walls. Her husband (Richard Masur – The Thing) believes he can take care of the problem with a few rat traps, but this problem is only going to get much bigger in “Night of the Rat.”

Available in Two Versions: 1080p High Definition Widescreen (1.78:1) and Full Frame (1.33.1)

· Audio commentary with executive producer Andrew Mirisch and actress Cristina Raines

· Theatrical Trailer

· Radio Spots

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“Fear The Walking Dead” DVD Bonus Feature Released

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AMC has released a bonus feature from the upcoming DVD/Blu-ray of “Fear The Walking Dead” that takes a look into the six-episode series, which you can watch below. Anchor Bay will be releasing the first season on December 1st.

Created by Robert Kirkman (“The Walking Dead”) and Dave Erickson (“Sons of Anarchy”), the series hailed as “effortlessly creepy” (People), premiered in August as the #1 show in cable history. The 2-disc sets include character bios as well as “A Look at the Series.”

Living in the same universe as “The Walking Dead”, “Fear the Walking Dead” is a gritty drama that explores the onset of the undead apocalypse through the lens of a fractured family. Set in Los Angeles, a city where people come to escape, shield secrets, and bury their pasts, a mysterious outbreak threatens to disrupt what little stability high school guidance counselor Madison Clark (Kim Dickens) and English teacher Travis Manawa (Cliff Curtis) have managed to assemble. The everyday pressure of blending two families while dealing with resentful, escapist, and strung out children takes a back seat when society begins to break down. A forced evolution, a necessary survival of the fittest takes hold, and the dysfunctional family must either reinvent themselves or embrace their darker histories.

Fans can also look forward to “Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete First Season” Special Edition in 2016.

“Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete First Season” cast also includes Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince), Mercedes Mason (Quarantine 2), Ruben Blades (Safe House), Alycia Debnam-Carey (The Devil’s Hand), Elizabeth Rodriguez (Orange Is the New Black) and Lorenzo James Henrie (Star Trek).

“Fear The Walking Dead” Season 2 premieres on AMC with 15 new episodes in 2016.

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The Orchard Nabs Critically Acclaimed ‘Demon’!

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The Orchard, who nabbed the “Twilight Zone”-esque thriller Southbound and released the hilarious What We Do in the Shadows, has landed the critically acclaimed genre drama Demon (read our review)!

Sort of reminding me of Lars von Trier’s Antichrist and Melancholia is the stunning trailer for Marcin Wrona’s Demon, which hails out of Poland and Israel.

Wrona shockingly passed away this September after the film held its World Premiere at the Vanguard section of the 40th Toronto International Film Festival.

In the film, “Peter is a stranger in the hometown of his future wife Janet. As a wedding gift from the bride’s grandfather, he receives a piece of land where the two can build a house and raise a happy family. While preparing the land for construction, Peter finds hidden bones of human bodies in the ground beneath his new property. Then very strange things begin to happen.

The Orchard will release in early 2016.

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‘Friday the 13th: The Game’ Footage Explores Camp Crystal Lake

bloody disgusting - Wed, 11/04/2015 - 15:03

Gather, fellow slasher film aficionados, for I have s’mores, condoms and another video from Friday the 13th: The Game to share with you today. We’re about to take a quick tour of Camp Crystal Lake, but don’t worry about sticking together, because if Jason does find us, we have literally no chance of survival with a tummy full of s’mores.

There’s just over a week left in the Friday the 13th: The Game crowdfunding campaign, and it’s still about $100k short of its $700,000 goal. If it’s successful, the game is expected to arrive next fall for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

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‘War For The Planet Of The Apes’ Needs More Soldiers

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Chad Rook, pictured in “The Flash,” has joined the cast of War For The Planet Of The Apes, where he’ll be playing one of the human soldiers under the command of Woody Harrelson’s character, “The Colonel”, a man described as the main villain of the film.

Judy Greer returns as Cornelia, the chimpanzee wife of apes leader Caesar. Steve Zahn stars as one of the new lead apes with Gabriel Chavarria.

It appears that director Matt Reeves is taking viewers back to the beach to possibly bridge War and the original Apes when it releases in theaters July 14, 2017.

The story will also continue the tale of Caesar, who has been the main character of the new generation of films.

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5 “Killer” Road Trip Films Selected by ‘Wrecker’ Director Micheal Bafaro

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XLrator Media will be releasing Wrecker in limited theaters on VOD and iTunes on November 6th.

Directed by Micheal Bafaro, and featuring Anna Hutchison and Drea Whitburn, “Best friends Emily and Lesley go on a road trip to the desert. When Emily decides to get off the highway and take a “short cut,” they become the target of a relentless and psychotic trucker who forces them to play a deadly game of cat and mouse.“

Bloody Disgusting caught up with Bafaro who shares his list of 5 “Killer” road trip films with an explanation behind each selection.

George Sluizer’s The Vanishing (1988)

This is up there with my favourite films of all time. The original Dutch version of The Vanishing is a tight psychological thriller and happens to tell a compelling human drama. From the beginning, the ill-fated couple, Rex and Saskia, are absolutely endearing. When Saskia is abducted during their road trip, Rex spends years obsessively trying to track her down. From the onset, this film has a masterful control over atmosphere, it really gets under your skin. It’s a subtle and creeping feeling that will carry you through to the shocking finale.

Stephen Spielberg’s Duel (1971)

I can’t make this list without acknowledging one of my favourite childhood films. Duel is one of the films that takes a simple premise and kills it with the execution. This is probably the first film I saw where I realized that being pursued by a psychopath can be a lot more dangerous during the day than at night. Some of the best driving scenes period. Great script by Richard Matheson, based off his short story, and energetic direction by young Stephen Spielberg.

Jonathan Mostow’s Breakdown (1997)

The psychopathic truck driver strikes again. Kurt Russell absolutely nails it in this film as the bewildered husband searching for his wife. We understand his character’s motivations behind his actions and never once do they feel forced by the plot. The shots of the long, quiet, New Mexico highways are reason enough to watch this film. This is one of those films where the action never stops, but does so in a way that doesn’t feel forced. This is a smart action thriller that will leave you on the edge of your seats.

Robert Harmon’s The Hitcher (1986)

What to say about this one? Inspired by the The Doors song ‘Riders on the Storm,’ The Hitcher tells the story of a young midwesterner, C. Thomas Howell, driving from Chicago to San Diego. The film starts off with a bang when he picks up a lone hitchhiker standing at the side of the road in a flash storm. The hitchhiker, an unnerving and sinister performance by Rutger Hauer, informs the driver that he’s going to kill him just like he’s killed everyone who picks him up. What happens from there is an unexpected psychological horror film. An amazing script by Eric Red with one of my all time favourite endings.

Quentin Tarantino’s Deathproof (2007)

I’m a child of 70s cinema, and Deathproof is an honest and thrilling homage to those killer car chase films of my youth. It’s a simple enough movie, three young women are being pursued by a psychopathic driver, Kurt Russell is excellent as Stuntman Mike. Very few filmmakers could pull of this type of film, but Tarantino does so with focus and restraint. It’s the perfect homage to the grind house genre and excellent killer road trip film.

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XLrator Nabs ‘The Curse of Sleeping Beauty’ (AFM)

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Underworld: the Awakening actress India Eisley stars in The Curse of Sleeping Beauty, about a young man inherits a mysterious estate that holds a legendary secret within its walls.

The film is based on the Brothers Grimm classic, but has a dark, modern twist, with Eisley will play the role of Sleeping Beauty, aka Briar Rose.

Pearry Teo directs the Bleiberg Entertainment production, which was acquired by XLrator Media out of the ongoing AFM market.

“Thomas Kaiser (Ethan Peck, “Eden”) inherits an ancestral mansion that has been in his family for generations — only to learn that he has also inherited an ancient curse stemming back to the Crusades. Forced into his new role as “protector” — the guardian appointed to keep the evil demons in the house at bay — Thomas teams with an ambitious local realtor (Natalie Hall, “True Blood”) and paranormal cleric (Academy Award nominee Bruce Davison, “X-Men”) to unravel the mystery of the house, while struggling to awaken the beautiful Briar Rose (India Eisley, “Underworld: Awakening”), held captive in a terrifying netherworld seen previously in his dreams.”

“When working on creating this specific vision of Sleeping Beauty, it’s always been my intention to try something that’s never been seen before,” Teo told THR when the project was announced. “We’re drawing on varied things like Silent Hill, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Cell and Insidious for inspiration, but we are creating something that will be very unique, both visually and in terms of storytelling.”

Curse of Sleeping Beauty was produced by Ehud Bleiberg and executive produced by Nicholas Donnermeyer.

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“Girls” Star Joins Urban Horror ‘Get Out’

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“Girls” star Allison Williams, pictured, is set to make her feature film debut in Get Out, the horror thriller pic written and to be directed by former “Key & Peele” star Jordan Peele, says Deadline.

QC Entertainment is producing the pic, which centers on a young African American man who visits his white girlfriend’s family estate but few other plot details are known.

Peele said when the pic was announced in September that the pic “takes on the task of exploring race in America, something that hasn’t really been done within the genre since Night Of The Living Dead 47 years ago. It’s long overdue.”

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Demented ‘The Demon’s Rook’ Director Wants You to Color Inside the Lines

bloody disgusting - Wed, 11/04/2015 - 14:09

Halloween 2015 may have come & gone but before postpartum pumpkin depression can take hold James Sizemore, the mind behind The Demon’s Rook, is here to help fill our days as we inch closer to H-day 2016.  Meet his “Monsterific Colorween Book” which just hit the Kickstarter goal to go into productions.  Here are some of the designs to soothe your mind as you shade them in.

The coloring book is the launch product for Sizemore’s new store brand – Wonder Goblin.

Wonder Goblin specializes in psychedelic nostalgia and offers a unique take on cult classics, as well as completely new creations and collaborations. After being sculpted, the curios are molded in silicone and handcast in solid resin with painted details, each a unique work of art.

Learn more from the video below then sharpen your crayolas.

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Third Year is a Charm For ‘FRONTIÈRES’ In Brussels & A Storyboard From ‘Sadie’

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Attention filmmakers you are about a month out from the deadline to pitch your project & gain momentum or find the missing part / person to take your film forward with the clout of the industry headed to Brussels in March 2016.  If you missed out report on the past editions you can get back up to speed here & here.  Normally native to Montreal, the ‘FRONTIÈRES’ off shoot takes place in the midst of the world renowned ‘Brussel’s International Fantastic Film Festival’.

One of the first projects to pitch at this Co-Production Market was Craig Goodwill’s ‘Sadie’.  Take a look at shadowy story art for the psychological thriller which is underway.

Full details from the press release


The Frontières International Co-Production Market is now accepting project submissions for its
third annual European edition, which will take place March 30 – April 1 next year during the
Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival. Filmmakers will have until December 11 to
submit their projects.

Frontières will select 20 genre film projects with a primary focus on Europe and North America.
Project participants are invited to partake in a 3-day networking event with the leaders of the
international genre film industry. Projects will participate in a live pitch session that will open
the market and partake in one-on-one meeting sessions, panels, workshops and networking

Established in 2012 at the Fantasia International Film Festival, Frontières has since developed
into a biannual transatlantic circuit – taking place in Montreal in July at Fantasia, and Brussels in
April at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival. Previous Frontières editions have
featured projects from Dario Argento, Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead, Joe Dante, Larry
Fessenden, Bobcat Goldthwait, Stuart Gordon, Jorge Michel Grau, Gigi Saul Guerrero, Bruce
McDonald, John McNaughton, Alexandre Philippe, RKSS Films, Simon Rumley, Jovanka Vuckovic
and Andrzej Zulawski. Frontières selects projects from both established and emerging

“We’re thrilled to return once again to Brussels for a third year,” says Lindsay Peters, Market
Director. “Our 2015 editions saw a new energy in finance and production partners attending
Frontières that led to more deals being made at a faster pace than ever before, and we’re very
excited to now look towards 2016 and discover the next wave in genre talent.”
The Frontières International Co-Production Market is a collaborative initiative between the
Fantasia International Film Festival, Vision-in-Motion, and the Brussels International Fantastic
Film Festival, and is made possible thanks to the generous support of Creative Europe, Telefilm
Canada and SODEC, and of Visit Brussels and the Brussels Capital-Region. Visit
www.frontieresmarket.com for more information, or find us on Twitter @frontieresmrkt.

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‘Don’t Die!’ So You Can Play With Death

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As Thanksgiving & other holidays close in making us housebound with family members that make us want to flay them, Abraxus Games arrive with a solution to channel those killer instincts away from from the dinner table with their new game ‘Don’t Die!’.

Don’t Die! is a game of speed, strategy, and a little bit o’ luck. Players take turns pulling hazards from the deck, then attempting to avoid it or pass it onto another player. Side Effects on the cards allow you to mess with your opponents die rolls, which can result in some fast paced, card slapping mayhem.

Players will also have to watch out for special death cards, like Death Clock!, Death Transfer!, or Suddenly, Death! which interrupt typical gameplay and can be a nasty surprise for some unwitting player.”

Here’s their team to break down the game play & info on how to personalize the pack.

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Shout! Factory’s ‘Fender Bender’ Cast Comes Crashing In…

bloody disgusting - Wed, 11/04/2015 - 13:59

Scream Factory, Shout! Factory’s horror genre entertainment imprint, and Chiller announced today the principal cast for the upcoming original horror thriller Fender Bender, written by writer/director Mark Pavia (Stephen King’s The Night Flier).

Bloody Disgusting learned that Makenzie Vega (pictured in The Good Wife), Dre Davis (Pretty Little Liars, Scavenger Killers), Cassidy Freeman (Smallville, Longmire), Steven Michael Quezada (Breaking Bad, Element) and Bill Sage (American Psycho, We Are What We Are) are starring in the film.

The studios also announced that principal photography has commenced on location in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Pavia is directing the film from a screenplay he has written. Carl W. Lucas and Joshua Bunting of EchoWolf Productions are producing, with Shout’s Jordan Fields and Gus Krieger serving as co-producers. Executive producers for Fender Bender are Richard Foos, Bob Emmer, Garson Foos, Mark Pavia, Nadia Redler, and Brainstorm Media’s Meyer Shwarzstein. Fender Bender is developed and executive produced by Shout! Factory in association with Chiller.

With an eye towards a 2016 premiere on Chiller, Shout! Factory is handling the film’s worldwide sales and distribution.

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Massive Gallery of New Images From ‘Silent Hill: Requiem’ Fan Film

bloody disgusting - Wed, 11/04/2015 - 13:45

While Silent Hill: Revelation might have been a steaming pile of disappointment, I will always have hope that a truly good Silent Hill movie will get made. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Christophe Gans’ 2006 interpretation, which I still posit is the most faithful video game-to-film adaptation we’ve ever been gifted. Adam also feels the same way, writing, that the film is, “…far from perfect, but I believe Gans and Friends have come the closest to bringing us a decent adaptation.“.

Because of the disappointment of the original film’s sequel (which was pretty much universally panned), a group of fans have decided that they are going to make their own movie titled Silent Hill: Requiem. Written, directed, and edited by Gareth Morgan, the film will be, according to him, “…a game changer. A film the fans deserve.”

The movie will feature memorable characters from the game such as Heather Cheryl Mason, Cynthia Valesquez, James Sunderland, Henry Townsend, and Mary/Maria.

To hype up the film, which has a yet to-be-determined release date, a series of images from the movie have been let loose for all to enjoy. We’ve gathered several for you to see below but you can see the rest of the images over at Konami-News.

If you want to support the film, you can actually pre-order a copy of the film at the official website.

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‘Victor Frankenstein’ Resurrects An Image Gallery

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Twentieth Century Fox’s own version of Frankenstein, based on the 1818 Marry Shelley novel, is being resurrected this Thanksgiving.

Here’s the latest gallery for Victor Frankenstein, which literally looks to save the creature feature subgenre. The trailer, released earlier this fall, features James McAvoy as the title character, with Harry Potter, Horns and The Woman In Black‘s Daniel Radcliffe as the newest Igor, the hunchback assistant to Dr. Frankenstein, in the latest adaptation that will open in theaters on November 25th, 2015.

Radical scientist Victor Frankenstein (James McAvoy) and his equally brilliant protégé Igor Strausman (Daniel Radcliffe) share a noble vision of aiding humanity through their groundbreaking research into immortality. But Victor’s experiments go too far, and his obsession has horrifying consequences. Only Igor can bring his friend back from the brink of madness and save him from his monstrous creation.

Victor Frankenstein, directed by Paul McGuigan, also stars Mark Gatiss, Jessica Brown Findlay and Andrew Scott.

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Concourse Possessed By ‘The Evil Gene’ (Trailer)

bloody disgusting - Wed, 11/04/2015 - 12:56

Concourse Film Trade is heading to AFM with Kathryn F. Taylor’s The Evil Gene, which we nabbed a trailer, stills and sales art for.

Richard Speight Jr and Cameron Richardson star in the possession thriller.

Scientists studying the DNA of mass murderers have discovered a rare gene, HSS-282, that they associate with violent, psychotic behaviors. Federal prison inmates possessing the gene have been isolated in a remote correctional facility for further observation and testing. When FBI Agent Krenshaw is sent to the secret government research facility to investigate a mysterious death he begins to experience terrifying visions of his tragic past. Under the guidance of the prison priest, he becomes convinced that a demon is at work in the compound — while others become concerned about his increasingly erratic behavior and the inner ‘demons’ he has brought with him.

Keep up with all of our AFM coverage.

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Joshua Hoffine Recreates Lovecraft Through Photographs

bloody disgusting - Wed, 11/04/2015 - 12:15

Photographer Joshua Hoffine is someone we’ve covered before on Bloody-Disgusting. However, his new set of images are way too good to not highlight as he has taken on the task of trying to recreate the feel and style of H.P. Lovecraft‘s “Shadow Over Innsmouth”, which was written in 1931. And, by god, he nailed it!

On top of photographing a beautiful shot of a man (that’s actor Doug Jones from Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy!) who is beset upon by the Innsmouth natives known as the “Deep Ones”, who appear quite scaly and fishy, Hoffine also shot several portraits of the monstrosities, “…as genuine wet plate photographs utilizing photo technology from the 1800’s.” The end result is fantastic as he obviously spared no expense in making this as glorious as possible.

By utilizing the help of wet plate photographer Steve Wilson (not the guy from Porcupine Tree, sorry) and Anthony Kosar of Kosart Studios for the special FX, Hoffine has created something that I’m sure Lovecraft himself would approve of. You can see some of the work below but make sure to go to Hoffine’s blog for more details.

You can buy Hoffine’s prints through his website.

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Exclusive ‘Mexico Barbaro’ Leaves One Dead

bloody disgusting - Wed, 11/04/2015 - 12:08

Hits like The Devil’s Backbone and Cronos helped put Mexico on the global horror cinema map, and now the new anthology film Mexico Barbaro brings the latest examples of this thriving industry. The film, which gathers eight short films from the country’s leading horror directors, is now on digital download and Dark Sky DVD.

Bloody Disgusting has an exclusive look at a new clip that takes aim at Death…

“Eight Mexican directors unite to create tales of the most brutally terrifying Mexican traditions and legends to vividly shocking life. Mexico Barbaro presents haunting stories that have been woven into the fabric of a nation’s culture, some passed down through the centuries and some new, but all equally frightening. Stories of boogeymen, trolls, ghosts, monsters, Aztec sacrifices and of course the Day of the Dead all come together in urban and rural settings to create an anthology that is as original as it is familiar and as important as it is horrifying.”

The directors represented in this anthology film are Jorge Michel Grau (We Are What We Are, The ABCs of Death), Isaac Ezban (upcoming Fantastic Fest award winner The Incident), Laurette Flores, Ulises Guzmán, Edgar Nito, sound designer Lex Ortega (Here Comes the Devil, Frankenstein’s Army), Gigi Saul Guerrero (El Gigante, Choose Your Victim), and Rue Morgue Mexico coordinator Aaron Soto.

“The eight short films in Mexico Barbaro, all presented uncut and uncensored, present a range of themes and styles – but all are nerve-shattering examples of Mexico’s vital and world-renowned horror film industry. There’s a modern take on Hitchcock’s Rear Window, a tale set in a strip club on the Day of the Dead, a rash of corpse stealing, ancient savage Mexican traditions, and decomposing dolls, among other gleefully grisly goings-on.”

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[Interview] Matthew Leutwyler on His Newest Film, ‘Uncanny’

bloody disgusting - Wed, 11/04/2015 - 11:51

RLJ Entertainment’s Uncanny is now on Digital Video

Directed by Matthew Leutwyler (), the film stars Mark Webber (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World), Lucy Griffiths (HBO’s “True Blood”), and David Clayton Rogers (ABC’s “Nashville”)

For ten years, inventor David Kressen has lived in seclusion with his inventions, including Adam, a robot with incredible lifelike human qualities. When reporter Joy Andrews is given access to their unconventional facility, she is alternately repelled and attracted to the scientist and his creation. But as Adam exhibits emergent behavior of anger and jealousy towards her, she finds herself increasingly entangled in a web of deception where no one’s motives are easily decipherable.

Leutwyler was kind enough to asnwer a few questions I tossed his way….

Bloody Disgusting: Your new film Uncanny deals with artificial intelligence, which is one of those things that seems cool on the surface but the more you dig into it the scarier it gets. What are your thoughts on artificial intelligence? Is that a field we should be spending money on?

Matthew Leutwyler: I am a huge science and technology junkie. Like most people, I use advancements in both of these fields every day but we do need to start to be wary of where this is all headed and the speed which it is moving there. The characters in our film are all interested in pushing tech to its limits. I don’t think any of them thinks that it’s science’s place to question the morality or the dangers of where it is trying to get us to. That’s for someone else to worry about. To legislate. Adam, David, and even Joy are pretty hardcore. Constantly in pursuit of empirical truth without concern for the consequences. Of course at the end of their journey there might be some regret. Some concern about where this might be headed. I mean, even if all these technological advancement can be considered the next step in our evolution, we have to remember that evolution will always have anomalies and that bad things can grow from it.

BD: Uncanny isn’t the first film to deal with unruly AI. Are there any past films that dealt with this subject that you looked to for inspiration?

ML: When I was reading the pages as Shahin was banging them out I remember thinking about the Demon Seed. A film that really freaked me out when I was a kid. I think I had that in the back of my mind throughout the shoot.

BD: When an audience sits down to watch Uncanny, what do you hope they take away from it?

ML: First I hope they had fun but I think you always want the audience to talk about your film later. This film definitnely is one where you can look back on it and see certain things that you weren’t aware of on the first viewing. It’s also dealing with issues that are really timely as they pertain to where we as a society are headed in regards to incorporating technology into very important aspects of our lives. How far can we, should we, push it before it will start to deteriorate or possibly completely destroy our world.

BD: As a director you’re kind of hard to peg to one specific genre. Is that by design that you’ve jumped around a bit or have things just kind of worked out that way?

ML: I am attracted to lots of different types of films and stories but I am always interested in films with characters that seem to have a hard time doing the right thing. Characters that struggle with their darker side. So that seems to be a constant in all of the films I have worked on as producer or director.

BD: You’re trying to convince someone to watch Uncanny. What do you tell them?

ML: I tell them it’s not just for sci-fi fans. I love films that stir debate. Not necessarily films that provide answers. I think beyond being a creepy, slow burn type of thriller, Uncanny does this. It’s also fun to hear the audience as they leave the theater discussing whether they figured out where it was all heading while they were watching it. At it’s core it’s a story that questions what it means to be “human.” Of course the complexities of that question reveal that it’s not really a single question but more of a multi-ˇpart. What is unique to humanity now? What will be unique to humanity in the future? Can science provide the answer? And, as we move closer to the “singularity” one has to wonder if this will give new meaning to the question altogether.

Also, I hope that it brings up ideas of evolution. Is this technological advancement that we are experiencing the next step in evolution? Since we have basically become, at a biological level, evolutionarily stagnant, is this technological advancement really just the next step in human evolution? And if that is true then how will our biological selves merge with our new technological selves? I think in our film, Rainn Wilson’s character feels more like Kurzweil in this sense. That this merging is a good thing. That there is a real possibility of human immortality in the next few decades if we keep pushing to find the answers.

I’m also curious, as this film finds its audience, how older and younger people’s feeling will differ about it. My sense is that younger people are less scared of tech. They like being wired and using tech to help them accomplish so much. To be the best, most effective person they can be. Older people are more hesitant, skeptical to give over tasks that they have done for their entire lives to a machine. And of course if you like a film that is smart and a bit sinister then we’ve got you covered.

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Rumors Are Swirling About An “X-Files” Spin Off

bloody disgusting - Wed, 11/04/2015 - 11:46

We haven’t even had our six episodes of new “The X-Files” episodes and already people are clamoring for more, more, more. The latest rumors that are being bandied about now are that show creator Chris Carter is using the upcoming limited run 10th season as a bouncing point for co-stars Robbie Amell and Lauren Ambrose to become a new alien-hunting duo, essentially replacing David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, according to TVLine.

Now, it must be stated that Carter doesn’t seem to think this theory holds any water. “Right now I’m focused on doing the show with David and Gillian,” he states. Furthermore, the contracts don’t contain anything beyond the six episodes we’re going to get and they, “…weren’t negotiated that way.

We still have a few months until the 10th season airs, so why not check out our coverage right here.