We’ve known for awhile now that the second film in the Star Wars Anthology spin-off series will focus on bounty hunter Boba Fett. In recent months, it has also been rumored that a young Han Solo might make an appearance in the film. According to Schmoes Know, however, that “might” has become fact and we here at Bloody-Disgusting are hearing the same. Come 2018, we will have a new, younger actor playing the role of Han Solo in this film.
What do we know beyond that, however? Not all that much at this stage. The site also reports that Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian, and reptilian bounty hunter Bossk might make an appearance as well. Most places are also running that the film will be set pre-A New Hope. There are also rumblings that it might take place over a long span of time, however, running from Fett’s early days as a bounty hunter up through his life post-Return of the Jedi. Might we see an older Fett who has escaped the Sarlaac in the film’s third act? If Schmoes Know is right and the spaghetti western-inspired project centers (at least somewhat) on a rivalry between Fett & Solo, it stands to reason that Ford may well be drafted to appear in the film in some capacity as well. Only time will tell.
The project has been without a director since the departure of Josh Trank (Chronicle, Fantastic Four). BD has learned that Brad Bird had been circling the film, but has since moved on. The current rumored frontrunners are Jon Favreau (Iron Man, The Jungle Book) and Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman: The Secret Service), but given the latter’s strong ties to Fox, it is doubtful that he will enlist to bring Fett’s violent life to the screen. With directors already set for Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One (2016) and Star Wars: Episode VIII (2017), I suspect we will soon have one for this entry as well.
Another week, another handful of Marvel Cinematic Universe rumors running rampant across the worldwide web! Bloody-Disgusting has done some further digging on the latest batch of gossip and here’s what we have turned up. WARNING: POTENTIAL SPOILERS BELOW!
Is Red Hulk in Captain America: Civil War? As reported earlier today, Bleeding Cool recently posited the theory that not only is Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) going to trot back into frame as our favorite angry emerald Avenger, but he will be doing so to combat the arrival of the Red Hulk. In the comics, Red Hulk was a gamma’d out General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross. William Hurt has already been confirmed as part of the cast, reprising his The Incredible Hulk role. So is Hurt going to turn heel and wrecking havoc as Red Hulk in Civil War? No. Sorry folks, but this is one theory that we can firmly shoot down. In fact, we’re hearing that Hulk isn’t likely to have anything beyond a cameo in the film…if even that.
Moving on, much speculation has been made about who exactly Martin Freeman is playing in Civil War. Avengers handler (and occasional X-Men foil) Henry Peter Gyrich was one of the bigger guesses ever since the supposed “script leak” (it was bogus!) that was making the rounds. Latino Review recently proclaimed that Martin would be tackling the role of British Prime Minister Edward Chase, something that our own sources are backing up. The character is expected to take a pro-registration stance and have some shady ties to both Hydra leader Baron Helmut Zemo (Daniel Bruhl) and black market arms dealer Ulysses Klaw (Andy Serkis).
Civil War is, of course, also supposed to give us our introduction to the MCU’s Spider-Man, but his existence and world will be teased before that. BD has also managed to confirm Latino Review‘s report that Oscorp will be referenced in some manner in Ant-Man next month, with Osborn possibly being listed as a potential buyer of Darren Cross’s (Corey Stoll) Yellowjacket technology.
That’s all folks! If we hear anything further, you will be the first to know.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, who wrote Dracula: Untold, are working on a script to convert the “Night On Bald Mountain” segment from Disney’s 1940 animated film Fantasia into a feature length film. The approach will be similar to what Disney did with Maleficent.
The original segment, which featured the music of Modest Mussorgsky, showed Chernabog, a giant winged beast looming over a village, raising the spirits of the dead, who cavort and raise havoc until the sun rises, sending them back to their graves. It was considered for a long time to be one of the most terrifying animated works ever released.
You can watch the segment below.
Here’s a shocker I don’t think anyone was expecting, but many are applauding.
“Community” star, and sarcastic wonder Joel McHale has been cast in FOX’s “The X-Files” revival!
McHale will play Tad O’Malley, a conservative news anchor who becomes an unlikely ally for Fox Mulder (David Duchovny), says Variety.
Mitch Pileggi returns as FBI Assistant Director Walter Skinner, while William B. Davis will be back as the iconic Cigarette-Smoking Man in the new short-stack order of 6-episodes.
David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson return as Mulder and Scully, respectively.
Veteran writers James Wong and Glen Morgan are also back. The two writers collaborated on several of the series’ most acclaimed episodes and they’re each slated to write and direct one episode of the new season. Morgan will also join as executive producer with Chris Carter, who created the series.
It was revealed the other week that FOX opened “The X-Files” offices at North Shore Studios in N. Vancouver, with plans to film the 6 episodes from June 8th – Aug 14th.
The new series is set for an January 2016 premiere.
It’s not much, but I’m still in shock that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are filming the pilot episode of “Preacher” for AMC. I mean, this shit is happening. For real this time.
Rogen has been tweeting out a bunch of cool stuff, including the tease of Dominic Cooper as the series’ preacher, Jesse Custer.
The series centers on Custer (Cooper), a conflicted preacher in a small Texas town who merges with a creature that has escaped from heaven and develops the ability to make anyone do anything he says. Along with his ex-girlfriend, Tulip (Ruth Negga), and an Irish vampire named Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun), the three embark on a journey to literally find God (to make him answer for abandoning mankind).
While Rogen already shared the first ever look at Dominic Cooper and Ian Colletti in the “Preacher” series as Jesse Custer and Arseface, respectively, he’s now posted a third behind-the-scenes sneak peak. Could this be the aftermath of Jesse using “God’s word”?!
Other cast includes W. Earl Brown as ‘Sheriff Hugo Root’, the mean-hearted father of Eugene Root aka Arseface (Colletti), a flinty-eyed, conspiracy-credulous redneck who is not a fool and has a vulnerability to him.
Jamie Anne Allman will play Betsy Schenck, a meek wife who appears to suffer beatings by the hand of her husband, Donny. When the Preacher checks up on her, though, she tells a different story. Derek Wilson is Donny Schenck, a Civil War re-enactor and abusive thug who gets into altercations with Jesse Custer (the Preacher) but nevertheless shows up to church on Sundays.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) June 3, 2015
A new poster for the upcoming supernatural horror film Sinister 2 has been released and it warns, “Beware. Children At Play.” The poster shows two children sitting in front of a blood covered wall, the face of Bughuul drawn in crimson. You can see the full image below.
The synopsis reads:
In the aftermath of the shocking events in Sinister, a protective mother and her 9-year-old twin sons find themselves in a rural house marked for death as the evil spirit of Buhguul continues to spread with frightening intensity.
Written by Scott Derrickson (director of the first Sinister) and C. Robert Cargill, the sequel to Derrickson’s 2012 chiller stars Shannyn Sossamon, James Ransone, Robert and Dartanian Sloan.
Sinister 2 hits theaters on August 21, 2015.
Since Rob Zombie crowd-funded his Halloween horror 31, he’s been sharing all sorts of goodies all the way up to the end of the campaign, and eventual acquisition by Alchemy.
Now that he’s back on the road, I sort of assumed we wouldn’t see anything else until closer to release. I was wrong.
Zombie just released a look at David Ury as Schizo-Head, which continues the visual assault that makes this slasher look like a modern carnival of terror. I’m stoked.
“31 follows five carnival workers who are kidnapped the night before Halloween and held hostage in a large secret compound known as Murder World.
Once there, they have 12 hours to survive a terrifying game called 31 in which ‘The Heads’- murderous maniacs dressed as clowns – are released to hunt them down and kill them.”
You can check all photos released so far at our 31 tag hub.
If you thought the 80s were dead — think again!
We told you yesterday that, on September 1st, Anchor Bay Entertainment goes full 80s retro with Lost After Dark, a loving but harrowing homage that takes audiences back to the decade when slashers ruled the silver screen. Qwe now have an exclusive look at the cover art from the directing debut of writer/director Ian Kessner, which is said to feature visceral, old-school prosthetic “kills,” and pop songs pulsing to an electronic beat.
“Spring Ball, 1984. Adrienne (Kendra Timmins, Midnight Sun, “Wingin’ It”), a straight-A student, joins her quarterback crush Sean (Justin Kelly, Maps To The Stars, Big Muddy) and some friends in sneaking out of their high school dance for some unsupervised mayhem. The teens’ party plans hit a snag when they run out of gas on a deserted road. They head out on foot and discover a rundown farmhouse where they hope to find help. Instead they find themselves at the mercy of Junior Joad (Mark Wiebe, Sweet Karma), a cannibal killer from an urban legend. After the brutal murder of one of their friends, the group’s quest for help becomes one of survival. Will anyone survive the night?”
Produced by Goldrush Entertainment’s Eric Gozlan and co-written by Bo Ransdell, Lost After Dark features Robert Patrick (Terminator 2, From Dusk ‘Til Dawn), Eve Harlow (“The 100″), Stephan James (Selma), Jesse Camacho (Kick-Ass 2), Elise Gatien (Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days), Alexander Calvert (Lost Boys: The Tribe), Lanie McAuley (Scarecrow), and David Lipper (Black Widower), as well as fun cameos from Sarah Fisher (“Degrassi: The Next Generation”) and Rick Rosenthal (Director of Halloween II & Halloween: Resurrection).
God damn I love the internet.
Over on reddit I was directed to the following video in which a Russian man base jumps from the top of a building to his death.Watch and then power if you can ever believe anything on the Internet ever again (all UFO videos are now fake, guys). Imagine if they made Face of Death today? Oh, yeah, they were.
You may want to watch this before you eat lunch.
Any fan of ‘90s science-fiction knows who Robert Leeshock is… he was Liam Kincaid on the sci-fi/drama “Earth: The Final Conflict.” Created by Gene Roddenberry of “Star Trek” fame, the series ran from 1997 to 2002 and told of aliens called Taelons that have become a part of Earth culture and are called Companions, but there’s a resistance movement of people skeptical of the Taelons’ intent toward humans. It was a blast of a show, and you can’t help but wonder whether there’s any movement on resurrecting the series in some form – maybe a big screen venture?
Meantime, Leeshock makes a return to the science-fiction genre in an alien invasion movie with a difference. The very scary and quite topical Star Leaf tells of a group of hikers that find a secret grove of extra-terrestrial marijuana and must fight for their lives when they anger the other-worldly forces protecting the plants. Leeshock only has a small role in the movie (see if you can spot him) but produced the film.
We had a chance to speak to the amiable actor and producer about Star Leaf.
Dread Central: Firstly, I don’t think there’s a science-fiction fan alive that isn’t fond of “Earth: The Final Conflict.” Can you just briefly talk about what that time in your life was like?
Robert Leeshock: Well, it was pretty awesomely transformative to say the least…. sort of like having the notion of a dream which ultimately becomes a reality. Becoming an actor was the beginning of the journey, and the icing on the cake was to have it realized in the context of an iconic sci-fi movement led by the renowned Gene Roddenberry. I worked with some really great people who treated me really well, including the Roddenberry family itself, Rod and the late Majel.
DC: Why don’t you think the show lasted as long as it could’ve? Maybe it was too ahead of its our time, or was just there too much other science-fiction TV to choose from at the time?
RL: As much as I enjoyed my time on the show, it seems that the mythology of the show changed once they hired me and continued to change throughout the span of the five years it was on the air. I am grateful for my time on the show. It was a really good project in its first season, and the guy who created the original role, Kevin Kilner, did a really fine job. I really enjoyed seasons one through four. Unfortunately, I never got a chance to see the fifth and final season. I am hoping that it turned out well, but as I heard from people associated with the final season, it kind of morphed into something totally different than what was intended at the outset.
DC: Do you keep in touch with anyone from the show?
RL: Yes, I do. Von Flores, Anita LaSelva, and Leni Parker are still great pals. I even heard from Richard Chevolleau a while back. I’d love to get back to Toronto… I made some great friends up there, cast and crew alike!
DC: With “Battlestar Galactica” and “Babylon 5″ headed for the big screen, do you think there’s a chance “Earth: The Final Conflict” might be resurrected for the multiplex one day?
RL: Unfortunately, I am not sure who would command that vision. I am working with a writer/business partner right now who could probably handle the demands it would take. If we’re successful with our latest endeavor, Star Leaf, then maybe our production company could take the helm.
DC: How much different would you consider Star Leaf to “Earth: The Final Conflict?”
RL: Whereas in “E: TFC,” we dealt with inter-dimensional travel in the physical realm, Star Leaf deals with it in the psychic realm. The aliens in Star Leaf are probably a distant cousin of Zo’or, looking to prey upon the weakness in humanity. Again, Star Leaf aliens don’t have much in common with Da’an’s agenda.
However, the idea of free will plays a vital role in the deterministic aspect of both shows. Responsibility, as a gateway to freedom, underscores both narratives.
DC: Why did you decide to get into producing?
RL: This idea is just so provocative considering the debate going on in the US regarding a plant that has been reviled for so many years. It’s got such therapeutic effects in so many cases; yet, the economics behind the plant has been politicized for so long that it has become a galvanizing platform for a large number of ideas and the laws that govern them, including the corporate dominance of agriculture on many levels. And… it’s a fun film as well! Aliens and weed are just ripe for some creative freedom from a filmmaking point of view. The minute you introduce a hallucinogenic idea into a film, the fun begins!
DC: You’re in the film briefly, but did you consider taking on a starring role at any stage?
RL: I couldn’t find a role suited for me. I mean, Richard Cranor ‘kills’ the part of Ranger Dave. I had to be the best ‘supporting actor’ I could be. After all, if you’re not supporting something, you’re probably contributing to its destruction. Look for me in the sequel!
DC: Have any media outlets been scared to touch the film based on its inclusion of drugs? Any interesting run-ins with those who preferred not to carry it?
RL: Singapore passed. But I think they ‘string you up by the thumbs’ in some places for drugs. So, let’s keep it out of the [hands of] young children and any place that thinks it may insult their cultural ethos… okay? We may have to get rid of the plant on the DVD cover for some marketing. But as of right now we’re targeting our ideal demographic, who seem to be chuckling once they hear about the idea. The funny thing is that the film is fun, trippy, and actually leaves you with a positive message. Someone today referred to it as REEFER GLADNESS!! Go figure…
DC: Any plans for a Star Leaf 2?
RL: Yes, we’ll be taking on the GMOs!!!
DC: Where can we see the movie?
RL: We’re in Australia and set there for an August or September release date. Right now we’re only available in the US on our Star Leaf website. Once September rolls around, we’ll be available on VOD and ideally in a few theaters in states where the marijuana laws are, of course, more liberal.
Written and directed by Richard Cranor, Star Leaf stars Julian Gavilanes, Tyler Trerise, Shelby Truax, Russell Hodgkinson, and Richard Cranor.
A group of friends set off to find a secret forest of marijuana hidden deep in the Olympic Mountains. Legend has it the plants are of extra-terrestrial origin, and two ex-Marines among the group hope it will cure their PTSD born from hard combat in Afghanistan.
They soon find themselves in the fight of their lives when one of them steals the Star Leaf, accidentally opening up the trio to attack by alien entities who use demons, both interpersonal and real, to unleash hell upon them all.
Retrosynth group Wolfmen Of Mars have released their new album Gamisu and you should probably need to download it. While a lot of horror-themed retrosynth artists incorporate a heavy dance element to their music, Gamisu sounds more like the score to a film, a series of funky, synth-driven tracks that call to mind the advancement and destruction of various Kaiju.
The album is available to purchase for $3 via Bandcamp and a vinyl will be coming this July via Poisoned Mind records.
Head below to stream the full album.
Broad Green Pictures’ Green Room, written and directed by Jeremy Saulnier (Blue Ruin, Murder Party), has been acquired by Picturehouse Entertainment and Altitude Film Entertainment for release in the UK.
In the Cannes title, Patrick Stewart stars as as Darcy Banker, the unflinching and industrial leader of a ferocious white supremacist fiefdom based in the Pacific Northwest.
Rounding out the cast is Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Joe Cole, Callum Turner, Mark Webber, Kai Lennox, Eric Edelstein and Saulnier’s Blue Ruin star Macon Blair.
In the crime thriller Green Room, a young punk rock band find themselves trapped in a secluded venue after stumbling upon a horrific act of violence, fighting for their lives against a gang of white power skinheads intent on eliminating all witnesses.
Principal photography began in and around Portland, OR. last October. Check out the first clip below.
Part of last year’s Tribeca Film Festival line up was Till Kleinert’s German horror Der Samurai, which Patrick Cooper reviewed and called a violent allegory, while Daniel Baldwin said cuts a strange, but intriguing path.
Now, almost a year after its premiere, we have the first clip to celebrate its U.S. release on Blu-ray and DVD June 9th from Artsploitation.
“A samurai-wielding figure wearing a white dress lurks menacingly in the forest, waiting to descend upon an unsuspecting village in the muddy backwaters of rural East Germany. As heads roll with each stroke of his sword. Dutiful, straight-laced cop Jakob becomes increasingly powerless to resist the draw of the Samurai’s feral otherness. The two enter into a bizarre folie à deux as Jakob is forced to confront his own carnal impulses that he has long sought to repress.”
Vega Baby Releasing has announced today that the film Ghoul will be available on VOD and DVD starting June 23, 2015. After filming in the Ukraine, the flick opened #1 in the Czech Republic and went on to become the highest grossing horror movie in Czech history, followed up by a limited U.S. theatrical release in March.
“Ghoul is a supernatural horror film involving the real life story of the Soviet Union’s most violent serial killer, Andrei Chikatilo. Three Americans travel to the Ukraine to film a documentary about the cannibalism epidemic that swept through the country during the famine of 1932. After being lured deep into the Ukraine forest for an interview with one of the last known survivors, they quickly find themselves trapped in a supernatural hunting ground.”
Ghoul was written and directed by Petr Jakl and produced by J.B.J. Film. Rob Cohen, Joe Lynch and Luke Rivett are Executive Producers. Nancy Bishop and Frantisek Vondracek served as Co-Producers.
In addition, Vega Baby Productions has the action-thriller Everly, starring Salma Hayek, which debuted in theaters through Radius –TWC in February.
We’ve been talking about Crypt TV, the new digital genre studio co-founded by Hostel and Cabin Fever director Eli Roth, a lot lately; and word of yet another short film that will be premiering on the platform has landed in our inbox. Crypt TV will exclusively premiere Alex DiVincenzo’s The Horrors of AutoCorrect for free on Sunday, May 31st.
You can learn more, see a few stills, and watch the trailer below.
Nick Principe (Laid to Rest) and Jaquelyn Fabian star in the 6-minute horror/comedy short. It marks the directorial debut of Alex DiVincenzo, who also penned the script and produced for Grimbridge Productions. The Horrors of AutoCorrect’s online premiere follows a successful run through the film festival circuit. DiVincenzo is currently working on his next short, a ’50s throwback titled Trouser Snake.
In The Horrors of AutoCorrect, Jenny’s quiet evening at home watching a scary movie is interrupted by a stalker who can’t quite master the art of text messaging. The result is a “sidesplitting, clever commentary on contemporary communication” (All Things Horror) that pays homage to such genre favorites as Scream and A Nightmare on Elm Street 2.
“I couldn’t be more excited for people to see The Horrors of AutoCorrect,” comments DiVincenzo. “It’s truly an honor to release it through Crypt TV. Not only do I have the utmost respect for Eli Roth, but the platform provides an exciting outlet for original content.”
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The duo Luciano Onetti and Nicolás Onetti, behind 2013’s Sonno Profondo (AKA Deep Sleep), returns with a new giallo, Francesca.
Bloody Disgusting has your first look at Francesca, starring Raul Gederlini, Silvina Grippaldi, Luis Emilio Rodríguez, and Gustavo D´Alessandro.
It’s incredible how old-school these look. I mean, the images seriously appear authentic, no?!
“It’s been 15 years since the disappearance of little Francesca, daughter of the renowned storyteller, poet and dramatist Vittorio Visconti, and the community is stalked by a psychopath bent on cleaning the city of “impure and damned souls”. Moretti and Succo, questioned by the ineffectiveness of the police force, are the detectives in charge of elucidating the mystery surrounding these “Dantesque” crimes. Francesca seems to have returned, but she is not be the same girl who everyone knew…”
The film is in Italian through Guante Negro Films.
Reviewed by Brady Steele. “Breaking History” really sums it up, doesn’t it? The new and ominously titled arc begins this month in Ivar, Timewalker #5. This creative team gives a refreshing approach to the tried and true time travel story month in and month out. They could give Doctor Who a genuine run for his money when it comes to creating blurring time loops, causing paradoxes and averting potential future timelines.
WRITTEN BY: Fred Van Lente
ART BY: Francis Portela
PUBLISHER: Valiant Entertainment
RELEASE: 27 May 2015
I cannot deny that I love a good time travel story. This series has been downright pitch perfect since its debut. I have thoroughly enjoyed the inventive ways writer Fred Van Lente has spun out a very different attitude to time travel storytelling. Van Lente’s storytelling skills really make the reader pay attention to each panel. It’s fascinating and fun to see how everything gets more and more connected in the universe. He also manages to keep the intrigue moving by introducing doubt as to if destiny and things being set in stone time-wise are immovable.
Ivar is one of the three immortal brothers running around the Valiant Universe. He uses his Tachyon Compass to navigate time travel. Not only does he try to save the girl / inventor of time travel Neela Sethi, from the scary villain, he needs to save her from her cybernetic, dictator at the end of time future self. Readers get to see how truly powerful and universe ending future Neela and her city ship, OBLIV-1. Kudos to the art team of Francis Portela, Andrew Dalhouse and Dave Sharpe for pulling off the epic scale of the action going on in this chapter.
Ivar is a compelling character worth following. He seems to be doing things for noble reasons. He appears to have good intentions to saving all of creation. The fun part is seeing how manipulative he is going about it. Doing something good but going about it deviously is a great hook for any story. Add to it the layering of different eras, straight face lying to hero siblings and bribery with burgers and you have a tale that warrants your undivided attention.
Mr. Steele enjoys all things comics and imagination-based. Using his lifetime of comic-fu-dom for good, he imparts his knowledge for the universe to enjoy and for you, dear readers, to pass it on.
Reviewed by Taylor Hoffman // @taylorcheckers
The girls of The Fever gang have seen some real dark shit and their only chance at survival is to protect each other and their home, Old Beach. Curb Stomp is a series full of betrayal, kidnapping, and plenty of killing, and this final issue brings all the brutality to the forefront with vengeance in full swing. Curb Stomp feels like a smoking a cigarette; there’s a rush of endorphins pumping, dopamine fulfillment, billowing smoke everywhere. This final issue makes me crave for more, mostly because the ending wasn’t quite as satisfying as I expected.
Story by: Ryan Ferrier
Art by: Devaki Neogi
Publisher: Boom! Studios
Release Date: 5/27/15
Ryan Ferrier and Devaki Neogi build a world of neon that can’t be ignored and shines a light into an underworld that rages with fire reds and brimstone yellow. There isn’t time to play shows, skate, or have family dinners anymore for the gang. Each member of the Fever has their own battle to fight within the war and any attempt at cleaning up this turf war mess only has only made it worse, especially involving the shady exchanges between the corrupt mayor and the self-described King of the Wrath. Machete Betty’s inner dialogue to guides us through the final battles as she focuses on rescuing Sweet Pea while the riot police have been called into Old Beach.
Drugs, gentrification, and dirty politics threaten the residents as much as the internal gang relations, so at this point in the story, everyone is on high alert. Scenes between the police and the members of Old Beach are as disturbing as they are powerful. The story doesn’t delve deep enough into issues of race, class, and gender as much as I wished it had given all the opportunities there were intrinsic to the setting and main characters.
Neogi’s style on the series combines the feel of the Hernandez brothers, very Love & Rockets both in tone and linework. Jeremy Lawson’s coloring separates Curb Stomp from almost every other current comic, there’s something so appealing about the lack of backgrounds in most panels because it shifts such attention to the characters themselves where their faces are front and center in a neon haven for the eyes.
The color pallet is the most striking aspect of the art: Blue, purple, and green take up the sky and foreboding black bleeds into the harsh red. The coloring is integral to the storytelling, highlighting shifting of alliances and the turning of the turf. Overall, it’s gory, but with a dash of cartoonish style that balances out the outright viscera spilling through the panels. However, so much of the detail was lost in this last issue that it looked more like a rough draft in comparison to the rest of the series. There were many times that characters weren’t well defined enough to determine who they were and far too often faces seemed awkwardly frozen and inappropriate for the scene.
Overall, Curb Stomp is an excellent mini-series that satisfies a taste for sweet, sweet revenge.
Starring Brooke Hogan, Misha Barton, Dave Bautista, Elizabeth Morris, Andy Dick, Danny Trejo, Elizabeth Morris, Drake Bell, Barbara Nedeljakova, Carlee Baker, Eric Roberts, Abigail Wright
Directed by Martin Owen
Colorful pop art meets the gritty stab-n-slab genre in the new tongue-in-cheek indie horror film L.A. Slasher, written and directed by Martin Owen. Filmed entirely on location in its namesake, the flick is a biting satire on our shallow, celebrity-worshiping, social media-engulfed existence. Folks who are famous for being famous (or just wanting to be famous) are the easy targets of a vigilante who uses the screen-handle LA_Slasher.
Dressed all in white to show his desire for a return to more innocent times, the Slasher nonetheless gets stained with the very thing he hates: the need to be noticed. He sends out status updates and short Vine-like videos showing the grisly fates of his most contemptible captives – The Socialite, The Reality Star, The Teen Mom, The Stripper, The Scream Queen, The Actress, The Pop Star, etc.
Pretty soon, the Slasher has hundreds of thousands of followers and several news teams assigned to his sinister saga. When one of the more tenacious reporters (played by Abigail Wright) gets a little too close, she too falls prey to the Slasher’s spell. (Another reporter, a snarky, fast-talking gossip-monger played by William Nicol, is actually the most entertaining character in the whole movie!)
Barely bloody, L.A. Slasher is more about the satire than the slayings. With an all B-star cast — Brooke Hogan, Misha Barton, Dave Bautista, Elizabeth Morris, Andy Dick, Danny Trejo, Elizabeth Morris, Drake Bell, Barbara Nedeljakova, Carlee Baker, and Eric Roberts to name a few – it’s just a fun romp through the City of (not-so-angelic) Angels. Cleverly crafted, with scads of cool cyber-visuals and a snappy 80s homage soundtrack, L.A. Slasher is never boring, in spite of its somewhat drawn-out climax.
My only complaint about the film, and it’s minor, is that I didn’t feel the Slasher needed a voice at all. His motives were clear enough through his actions. At least the V.O. could have been different; Dick’s diction is tad whiny and is at odds with the calm, cool, and collected “Smooth Criminal” demeanor of the Slasher.
The visuals are what clinch L.A. Slasher for me – it’s shot like a new wave MTV music video but is juxtaposed with ultra-modern, cutting edge graphics and techniques. It’s exploitation with edge.
The past two cases of the week on iZombie, have been much stronger than most of the cases in the past for one reason: they are tied to the main season arc. This week’s case was another one that brought Liv closer into Blaine’s crosshairs and Major out of the mental institution. The brain Liv ate this week also gave us one of the most interesting brain “powers” all season as it played with Liv’s mental state and caused her to hallucinate.
Poor Scott E(berhard). He never stood a chance, did he? “Astroburger” opened with Major discovering Scott E.’s body with slit wrists in the bathtub. Not only did his death have its own little subplot (involving a rather unprofessional doctor attempting to get pregnant), it had a direct connection to Blaine as well.
Blaine had been visiting Scoot E. (using the name John Deaux, no less), but once Liv let it slip that John had a video of the zombie attack on the boat (said video contained footage of a newly zombified Liv eating a corpse’s brains which, blech), he immediately went on a mission to find it. I’m not sure if I believe that Blaine would have been satisfied by simply burning down the apartment (it seems like he would actually want to have found the flash drive), but it was a good way to bring him into the story.
Anyway, Blaine met with Suzuki this week and we were able to see just how much control he has over him. Suzuki is clearly afraid of Blaine, and it certainly makes him more intimidating as a season-long villain (though rumors are that David Anders will be in iZombie’s second season so it appears that he may survive the finale). Suzuki told him that Liv was dating Lowell, which didn’t make him happy. We also got to see where the episode got its namesake from, as they made burger’s from a dead astronaut’s brain (the one that businesszombie was inquiring about a few episodes ago).
It was fascinating to get a peek inside Blaine’s business, though with two episodes left I wonder if we’ll ever get to see Liv’s brother Evan work there since his mom got him that application a few weeks ago. I thought we were going to get to see more of Liv’s family after “Maternity Liv” but alas, that doesn’t seem to be the case.
The highlight of the episode (for me, at least) had to be the side effects of Scott E.’s brain. Not only did I find that Chip Bag Devil hilarious (he sort of reminded me of Danny DeVito’s Penguin in Batman Returns), but the double whammy of twists at the end was perfection. I admit, the reveal that Johnny Frost (Daran Norris) was a figment of her imagination took me completely by surprise. Daran Norris, who was a Veronica Mars regular, was spectacular in the episode. I’m almost a little bummed that he was a hallucination because I would like to have him around more often, but whatever.
The other big reveal of the episode was that Liv confessing her zombie-ism to Major was also a hallucination. It was a scream-worthy moment, if only because Liv’s reluctance to tell Major the truth has been one of the only real frustrating aspects of the series. Once she confessed and he took it so smoothly, it wasn’t as surprising that the whole thing was fake. I admit to letting out an exasperated sigh when the reveal happened though. Hopefully she actually tells him in the next episode so the finale doesn’t revolve around that. we’ll find out soon enough, I suppose.
“Astroburger” was a solid episode of iZombie that laid the foundation for the final two episodes of the season. I’m hoping that some revelations (i.e., Major finding out the truth) come out in the next episode so that the finale (titled “Blaine’s World”) can focus on Blaine and his army. Still, the mystery of the week (and the brain Liv ate) made the episode, which is not something I thought I would be saying a few weeks ago.
- This Week’s Chapter Titles: Game Over, Man; Meals on Wheels; One Flew Out Of the Cuckoo’s Nest; The Devil and Miss Moore; Pale In Comparison; In Orderly Fashion; Premium Cuts. I give the edge to “Game Over, Man” since I’m a huge Aliens fan.
- Zombie Power of the Week: Hallucinations and Mental Instability!
- Peyton’s back! Glad to see Aly Michalka is still getting work.
- Ravi cured the zombie rat! Hooray!
- “Turns out it’s a great place to get murdered and learn about zombies!.” -Liv, on mental institutions.
- “You’re not gonna go all “Single ‘Very White Female'” on me, are you?” Ravi is really good with those zombie insults.
- “Has anybody been watching ‘Zombie High?’ I hear Season 2’s amazing!” – Peyton, in a subtle nod to iZombie’s season 2 renewal.
- “Hey Whitey! Wanna see my “O” face?” – The Chip Bag Devil made me laugh out loud on several occasions, so I thought I’d just post my favorite line.
- “Those teeth are God-given?” -Liv really hitting it to Johnny Frost.
- “Is this your dad? He must be very excited to be a grandfather.” -Liv is very persnickety. Almost as persnickety as anther Rob Thomas heroine I love….
- The penultimate episode is next week you guys! Here’s the promo: