Guillermo del Toro Scares Your Childhood With ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 16:06

Some huge news that hits many of us right in the childhood nostalgia feels is coming out of Hollywood as it’s being reported that Guillermo del Toro will be producing and potentially directing a film adaptation of “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark“, the controversial ghost story book from Alvin Schwartz and artist Stephen Gammell! The project comes from CBS Films and will also be produced by Sean Daniel, Jason Brown and Elizabeth Grave.

Del Toro also said something very interesting via Twitter regarding the visual style of the film: “To answer some questions on Scary Stories- of course we WILL have Stephen Gammell’s imagery be preeminent on the film! Yeah!!

The three-book children’s series has sold more than 7 million copies worldwide, beginning with 1981′s “Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark,” continuing with “More Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark” (1984) and “Scary Stories 3: More Tales To Chill Your Bones” (1991).

While the stories weren’t that spooky, the original artwork by Gammell was absolutely terrifying, creating nightmare fuel for generations. In fact, the art drew such controversy that some places banned the book because it was deemed too scary for the youthful.

I have my copy of the trilogy on my shelf and I’m looking at it while I type this. It’s a staple of my library and I’ll make sure that when I have kids that they’ll be introduced to that book. It’s going to become tradition, whether they like it or not!

[H/T Deadline]

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‘Dying Light: The Following’ is ‘Mad Max’ With Zombies

bloody disgusting - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 15:47

2015 was a transformative year for Techland’s zombie genocide simulator Dying Light. The game has evolved, gradually, via incremental updates that have introduced new features, content and additional polish, as well as paved the way for the epic story expansion that is The Following.

On February 9, Dying Light will get a huge new map and story campaign in its most ambitious DLC to-date. The Following will effectively double the size of the original game, and while that’s certainly exciting, it’s not quite as exhilarating as outfitting a weaponized dune buggy with flamethrowers and spiky bits so you can haul ass into a sea of walking corpses to see what it’d look like if Leatherface got angry with a platter of cherry Jell-O.

If you told me you weren’t excited to do that, I wouldn’t believe you.

I might understand your not matching my level of pumped-up-edness, and that’s okay. We can fix you. All you need is for me to properly explained just how extremely awesome these zombie murder buggies are going to be. Dying Light is treating them like the weapons they very obviously are by giving us the ability to customize our dune buggy with paint jobs, bobbleheads, charms, flamethrowers, electrical cages, UV bubbles, spiked ramming bars and remote explosives.

There will be blueprints to collect, new parts to find — like better engines — and they’re even introducing a new Driver skill tree so you can maximize your road rage potential.

Dying Light: The Following releases on Feb 9 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

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Do You Dare Challenge the Rules of ‘The Boy’?

bloody disgusting - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 14:40

The upcoming supernatural horror film The Boy is gearing up to make people terrified of dolls all over again next Friday and now they’re unleashing the rules that one has to abide by in order to survive. Basically, think of Gremlins, only there are twice as many guidelines that need to be followed.

1. No boyfriends
2. Dress him each morning
3. Kiss him goodnight
4. Never leave him alone
5. Never go in the attic
6. Help with studies

Is this a horror movie or a strict parent? Well, now that I think about it, those two aren’t exactly mutually exclusive. Shit…this could be terrifying.

Greta (Lauren Cohan) is a young American woman who takes a job as a nanny in a remote English village, only to discover that the family’s 8-year-old is a life-sized doll that the parents care for just like a real boy, as a way to cope with the death of their actual son 20 years prior. After violating a list of strict rules, a series of disturbing and inexplicable events bring Greta’s worst nightmare to life, leading her to believe that the doll is actually alive.

The Boy haunts theaters on January 22nd, 2016.

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NECA Planning Ultimate ‘Evil Dead II’ Ash!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 14:08

NECA’s “Ultimate” line is one of the best ever, delivering gluttonous action figures of A Nightmare On Elm Street‘s Freddy Krueger, Friday the 13th: Jason LivesJason Voorhees and even Texas Chain Saw Massacre‘s Leatherface.

Next on the list is Ashley J. Williams, as depicted in Sam Raimi’s classic 1987 Evil Dead II: Dead By Dawn!

The toy company tweeted out stating that they won’t be looking to adapt Ash out of the “Fistful of Boomstick” video game because they’re already bringing us toys based on Starz’s “Ash vs Evil Dead” series to go along with the Ultimate version of Ash.

The New York Toy Fair in a few weeks away. I expect to see some “Ash vs Evil Dead” prototypes there and hope to get a tease of this new Ultimate, although NECA followed up by stating it’s only in the planning stage at this moment. Last year NECA revealed Ultimate Predator and T2 figures.

I just hope we eventually get an Ultimate version of Ripley from Aliens.

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‘Glutton For Punishment’ Executive Produced By Stuart Gordon

bloody disgusting - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 13:58

Angry and…obese?

A new horror project executive produced by horror icon Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator, Robot Jox, From Beyond, Stuck) has hit the crowd-sourcing platform Kickstarter, and is seeking a mere $50,000.

Jack Alvino and Garo Setian are co-directing Glutton For Punishment from their own screenplay

Glutton For Punishment is a horror-thriller feature film about an obese man pushed to the edge. A combination of Falling Down, Seven, American Psycho and “Breaking Bad,” the film is a satirical commentary on our weight obsessed culture.

“Just shy of 500 pounds, Jack Sweet, 34, is an honest, passive, funny, genuinely good guy. He works hard and just wants acceptance and love in his life. But in a culture that values the way you look above all else, such things prove impossible for him to come by.

He is the most productive worker at his job, and easily outsells his co-workers 3 to 1. But because of his weight, he is continually mocked by his fellow employees and is always denied the promotion he so deeply desires.

Jack juggles the pressures of his job with caring for his overweight, housebound father, Fred. Fred is ill and can’t get the life saving surgery he needs because his doctor refuses to operate on a man so grossly overweight. It is too much of a “risk.”

To make matters worse, wherever Jack goes, he is subject to the usual prejudices set against fat people. People stare at him, women won’t give him the time of day and everyone he encounters relentlessly picks on him. The hyper-beautiful world around Jack walks all over him, pushing him down…down…down.

But when Jack’s dad passes away and Jack is unfairly let go from his job for confronting his bosses on the promotion he rightfully deserved – Jack snaps! He goes off the deep end and begins a brutal murderous rampage seeking vengeance against all those that have wronged him.

Ironically, these killings give Jack a newly found sense of confidence. He begins to care less about how the world sees him and grows more comfortable in his own skin. He is even able to ask the girl of his dreams out on a date!

Jack even starts to attend pro-active fat pride meetings and learns that he is not the only one who has faced these weight-related problems. He listens to the stories of other tortured overweight people and this only fuels Jack’s fire!

Now Jack’s killing spree becomes a crusade to stomp out the last acceptable prejudice in America – the prejudice against overweight people!

The audience will root for Jack right down to the last scene, as he doles out the justice, super-sized!!! Will Jack get away and find the love and acceptance he so desperately craves? Or will his violent actions have deadly consequences?

Garo is an award-winning trailer editor who has cut over 260 trailers and television spots for motion pictures. He has been nominated for twenty Golden Trailer Awards, and in 2008 won three for his trailers for The Eye 3 (best foreign horror), Drive-Thru (Trashiest trailer) and the Marvel animated feature Doctor Strange (best anime).

Garo is also an award-winning filmmaker. His short film “Partners in Crime” (A children’s film combining clay animation and live action) won seven awards, was a regional finalist in the Student Academy Awards and was screened at thirteen film festivals and Russian television.

Alvino directed and produced numerous short films, including producing the horror short, “Fat”, directed by Garo Setian, as well as the Award winning science fiction short film, The Last Actor, directed by George Krstic. Alvino and Setian reunited as a producer and director team for the horror short, The Drifter, which was just recently featured at the New York City Horror Film Festival.

Alvino then produced the multiple-award winning inspirational drama feature film, Beyond The Pale, starring Malachy McCourt and Roger Davis. This film aired on Showtime and television channels in England and Ireland.

Alvino’s numerous credits include writing for Cartoon Network’s action comedy series, “Megas XLR,” and penning many scripts for Jetix’s animated comedy series, “Pucca,” for which he won a 2006 Leo award for best original screenplay.

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Argentinian Horror ‘Francesca’ Gets Giallo-esque Poster

bloody disgusting - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 11:52

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 the latest poster for Francesca, starring Raul Gederlini, Silvina Grippaldi, Luis Emilio Rodríguez, and Gustavo D’Alessandro.

It’s incredible how old-school the below photos 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.

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1980s Slasher Classic ‘Pieces’ Gets 3-disc Deluxe Blu-ray Edition

bloody disgusting - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 11:48

Grindhouse Releasing is blazing a bloody trail of chainsaw carnage in 2016 with the company’s best home video release to date: the highly anticipated 3-disc deluxe Blu-ray edition of the 1980s slasher classic Pieces.

Hitting stores March 1, this jam-packed, definitive hi-def set (specs below) comes complete with an eye-popping Pieces jigsaw puzzle (limited to the first 3000 copies, available now for pre-order at Diabolik DVD and Amazon. Through an exclusive deal with Grindhouse Releasing, Diabolik DVD customers will receive Pieces a week early on February 23 – and get first crack at the limited edition, which is projected to sell out fast.

Directed by Juan Piquer Simón and starring Christopher George (Lucio Fulci’s CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD, GRIZZLY, TV’s RAT PATROL), Edmund Purdom (DON’T OPEN TIL CHRISTMAS), Paul L. Smith (MIDNIGHT EXPRESS, David Lynch’s DUNE, and Robert Altman’s POPEYE) and Lynda Day George (MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE), Pieces tells the story of a psychopathic killer stalking a Boston campus, brutally slaughtering nubile young college co-eds, collecting body parts from each victim to create the likeness of his mother who he savagely murdered with an axe when he was ten years old.

Grindhouse Releasing’s Pieces 3-disc Blu-ray/CD specs:

– TWO complete versions of this shocking gore classic:
Pieces (83 min.) – the original, unrated U.S. theatrical version, presented in English
MIL GRITOS TIENE LA NOCHE (86 min.) – the original uncensored director’s cut,
presented in Spanish with original score by Librado Pastor
– Spectacular new 4K transfers – scanned from the original camera negative
– Brand new audio commentary by star Jack Taylor
– Special 5.1 audio option – the Vine Theater Experience!
– In-depth interviews with director Juan Piquer Simón and genre superstar Paul L. Smith
– 42nd STREET MEMORIES – all-new feature-length documentary containing interviews with Bill Lustig, Larry Cohen, Frank Henenlotter, Buddy Giovinazzo, Jeff Lieberman, John Skipp, Lynn Lowry, Terry Levene, and many other exploitation icons
– Extensive gallery of stills and poster art
– Exhaustive filmographies
– Liner notes by legendary horror journalists Chas. Balun (DEEP RED) and Rick Sullivan (GORE GAZETTE)
– BONUS CD – original soundtrack – newly remastered from the original studio tapes
– Beautiful embossed slipcover
– First 3000 units include an actual jigsaw puzzle! Strictly limited to 3000 units!

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‘The X-Files’: Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-monster!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 11:25

On the Monday, Feb. 1 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) episode of “The X-Files,” Mulder and Scully investigate an “animal” attack.

In episode 10,03, ‘Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-monster,’ guest starring Kumail Nanjiani (“Silicon Valley”) and Rhys Darby (“Flight of the Concords”): “When a dead body is found in the woods, Mulder and Scully are called in to investigate whether it was an animal attack, a serial killer or just maybe a strange creature as described by eyewitnesses. Meanwhile, Mulder is able to confront some of his own demons about feeling disillusioned with his life’s work.

This episode was written and directed by Darin Morgan.

Full cast featured: Gillian Anderson as FBI Special Agent Dana Scully, David Duchovny as FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder and Mitch Pileggi as FBI Asst. Dir. Walter Skinner.

Guest Cast: Kumail Nanjiani as Pasha, Rhys Darby as Guy Man, Richard Newman as Dr. Rumanovitch, Tyler Labine as Stoner #1, Nicole Parker-Smith as Stoner #2, Alex Diakun as Manager, D.J. “Shangela” Pierce as Annabelle.

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Could You Survive ‘The Pack’? (Trailer)

bloody disgusting - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 11:00

A full-length trailer for the Australian man-versus-beast horror film The Pack has been released and it looks pretty damn intense! Packed full of violence, vicious attacks, hiding in closets, and more, The Pack looks like it’s trying to do for wild dogs what Jaws did for sharks.

Man’s best friend becomes his worst nightmare when a horde of bloodthirsty wild dogs descends upon a family’s farmhouse in a fang-bearing fight for survival.

Directed by Nick Robertson and written by Evan Randall Green, The Pack stars Anna Lise Phillips, Jack Campbell and Kieran Thomas. The movie is going to hit theaters and VOD on February 5th via IFC Midnight.

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[Blu-ray Review] ‘Ninja Busters’ – A Lost Gem is Newly Discovered

bloody disgusting - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 09:59

About a month ago I caught wind of Garagehouse Pictures. This is the new company from Exhumed Films programmer and collector of 16mm & 35mm prints Harry Guerro. The idea behind Garagehouse Pictures is to shed new light on some of the most obscure titles out there. They made their debut Blu-ray release with 1984’s Ninja Busters, which may very well be the most obscure title ever released to the format.

Ninja Busters was filmed in 1984, screened once and then was just left to be forgotten all these years.  The film was stored for 30 years in a warehouse and that’s where Guerro found it. Thankfully the print was in good shape and Garagehouse was able to clean it up and now we have a beautiful Blu-ray release of a lost movie.

Paul Kyriazi, who has built a bit of a cult following with titles like Death Machines and Omega Cop, directed Ninja Busters off a script written by Sid Campbell and William C. Martell. If you’ve seen Death Machines, Omega Cop or any other Kyriazi movie you kind of have an idea of what to expect with Ninja Busters. I think I’d best describe it as Miami Connection but less sincere. And what I mean by that is whereas Miami Connection tries to be a very serious martial arts/action movie that ends up funny in its failure to do so, Ninja Busters is a more straight forward comedy mixed with martial arts.

Chic (writer Campbell) and Bernie (Eric Lee) are a pair of bumbling friends with one goal in life – hook up with the ladies! Their plan to impress the ladies is to portray themselves as skilled martial artists. Very skilled in fact as they claim Bernie was Bruce Lee’s best student and Chic was his teacher. One look at these two and you’re immediately not buying this story. Chic couldn’t look goofier and gives off this Jim Varney vibe and Bernie looks to be this small, scrawny scamp just waiting for his hair to be tussled. Like you would expect, neither is very skilled.

In reality both Campbell and Lee had already built reputations as world renowned martial artists. While I wouldn’t call either one a great actor, they do deserve some credit for doing a nice job of portraying themselves as a couple of idiots unable to stand straight let alone set the world ablaze with some top flight martial arts.

The plot is a little weird, but I suppose that should come as no surprise. Campbell was praised for his martial art skills, not his writing ability. The film opens up with some nefarious characters participating in what appears to be some shady activities. Then we get to Chic and Bernie who briefly work in a warehouse that is the front for the nefarious fellows we previously met. Chic and Bernie quickly lose their jobs then get into a run-in with a couple of bikers. The bikers chase the pair of stooges into a dojo that has a fairly large number of female students. This intrigues Chic and Bernie so they sign up.

The next 45 minutes or so are spent showing the progression of Bernie and Chic at the dojo. At first they start off not taking the training very seriously and spend all their time trying to pick up the female students. By the end of the 45 minutes, however, they are martial arts experts. Hooray! This somehow leads to them running back into the nefarious characters from early in the movie and a showdown to stop them quickly proceeds.

Ninja Busters isn’t a great movie. It has some serious issues, most notably with the acting and the pacing. Across the board the acting is pretty subpar. A lot of the lines are wooden in their delivery and most of the cast doesn’t look to be completely comfortable on camera. This leads to quite a bit of unintentional laughs. The movie also takes too long to get back to our bad guys. I get that our heroes have to go through this training to become our heroes, but I wish we could have spent some more time with the baddies. It would have made the final fight better.

Now that I got my complaints out of the way, let me tell you why this not great movie is great fun! Despite the amateur acting, Campbell and Lee have pretty good chemistry as Chic and Bernie. They’re really funny together and once they get through the training they get to unleash their awesome martial arts moves. Since the movie is supposed to be funny in the buddy cop sort of way there is a lot of intentional humor to go along with the unintentional humor, which basically means you’re getting laughs throughout the whole movie.

The absolute highlight of Ninja Busters comes at just around the halfway point. For no reason whatsoever, other than it being the 80’s, we get a random break dancing scene. It’s pretty glorious and something more movies should incorporate. If your movie is getting a little slow throw it some break dancing and you’ll have the audience hooked!

For their debut release, Garagehouse Pictures did a wonderful job with Ninja Busters. The movie itself looks awesome, which is pretty amazing when you remember this film was basically just left to rot. Garagehouse Pictures didn’t settle with an awesome transfer as they went one step further and loaded the release of with extras.  You get The Tournament which is Kyriazi’s first film, although it’s only 49 minutes. This isn’t a great movie but it’s a nice look at where Kyriazi got his start. In addition to that you get an introduction to the film from Kyriazi and an audio commentary track. And the whole release is tied together in a very nice clear Blu-ray case with some awesome original artwork by the very talented Stephen Romano. If Garagehouse Pictures did one thing wrong, it’s that they may have set the bar too high for future releases.

Ninja Busters is a really fun movie. I for one am glad that Garagehouse Pictures saved it from the wastelands and gave it to us in a beautiful Blu-ray and cannot wait to see what they release next. I definitely recommend everyone pick this up.

Ninja Busters is now available on Blu-ray from Garagehouse Pictures over at DiabolikDVD.

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‘Hardcore’ May Have Changed Names But It Will Still Kick Your Ass This Spring

bloody disgusting - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 09:50

Remember Hardcore, that first-person action film we championed in fall of last year? Well, STX Entertainment has announced that they’ve changed the name of the film to Hardcore Henry and they’ll be releasing it in theaters on April 8th.

Resurrected with no recollection of his past, a cyborg named Henry (the audience’s POV) and his ally, Jimmy (Sharlto Copley, ‘District 9′) must fight through the streets of Moscow in pursuit of Henry’s kidnapped wife in the world’s first action-adventure film to be entirely shot from the first person perspective.

Hardcore Henry blew away audiences when it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, ultimately selling for $10 million.

Produced by Timur Bekmambetov, Ilya Naishuller, Inga Vainshtein Smith and Ekaterina Kononenko and directed by Naishuller, Hardcore Henry stars Sharlto Copley, Haley Bennett, Danila Kozlovsky, Cyrus Arnold, Ilya Naishuller and Will Stewart.

[H/T Deadline]

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R.I.P. Veteran Stage and Film Actor Alan Rickman Passes at 69

bloody disgusting - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 09:50

God dammit… Seriously, fuck you cancer.

Yet another shocking death to report as Alan Rickman has passed away at 69 from cancer, according to a family statement: “The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends.

Horror fans would know him from his roles in the Tim Burton films Alice in Wonderland and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Rickman was also known to many for his roles in the Harry Potter films as well as Kevin Smith’s Dogma. However, I was first introduced to him in the 1988 action film Die Hard, where he played the fantastic villain Hans Gruber. I remember being 10 or so and watching that movie for the first time, sitting on the edge the couch with the widest of eyes, completely in disbelief at how fantastic the film was. Gruber was the ultimate villain for me. He was polished, urbane, intelligent, well dressed, and utterly maniacally insane. His completely casual nonchalance in killing people told me that he was beyond dangerous, someone that needed to be stopped. What a masterfully written and portrayed character.

As much as he will be missed, I’m happy that he’s no longer suffering. Rest peacefully, Mr. Rickman.

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‘Green Room’ Teaser Prepares For Vicious and Violent War

bloody disgusting - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 09:46

Tension builds in the first teaser trailer for Jeremy Saulnier’s uber-violent Green Room (read our review), set for a New York and Los Angeles bow April 1st, with an expansion planned for April 8th and Nationwide opening on April 15, 2016.

Patrick Stewart, Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Joe Cole, Callum Turner, Mark Webber, Eric Edelstein, Macon Blair, and Kai Lennox star.

Visit the official website for more.

“‘Green Room’ is a brilliantly crafted and wickedly fun horror-thriller starring Patrick Stewart as a diabolical club owner who squares off against an unsuspecting but resilient young punk band.

Down on their luck punk rockers The Ain’t Rights are finishing up a long and unsuccessful tour, and are about to call it quits when they get an unexpected booking at an isolated, run-down club deep in the backwoods of Oregon. What seems merely to be a third-rate gig escalates into something much more sinister when they witness an act of violence backstage that they weren’t meant to see. Now trapped backstage, they must face off against the club’s depraved owner, Darcy Banker (Stewart), a man who will do anything to protect the secrets of his nefarious enterprise. But while Darcy and his henchmen think the band will be easy to get rid of, The Ain’t Rights prove themselves much more cunning and capable than anyone expected, turning the tables on their unsuspecting captors and setting the stage for the ultimate life-or-death showdown.

Intense, emotional, and ingeniously twisted, GREEN ROOM is genre filmmaking at its best and most original. Saulnier continues to build his reputation as one of the most exciting and distinctive directors working today, with a movie that’s completely different from his previous, highly acclaimed Blue Ruin, but which is just as risk-taking and even more full of twists. The entire cast deliver first-rate performances, but Patrick Stewart gives a transformative and brilliantly devious turn as Darcy—elegant yet lethal, droll yet terrifying, Stewart makes the film simply unforgettable.”

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The Next ‘Dead Rising’ Will Use the Unreal Engine

bloody disgusting - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 22:36

Capcom Vancouver is ditching the engine they built to (re)animate the undead hordes in their gritty-ish reboot of the tonally challenged Dead Rising franchise in favor of a partnership with Epic Games. The studio will be working exclusively with the Unreal Engine 4 from here on out.

Building an engine is tough. They’re complex, expensive things that can take years and many, many mountains of money to develop. The Forge engine isn’t solely responsible for making the world of Dead Rising 3 resemble a genuine zombie apocalypse, but it did populate the screen with thousands of hungry ghouls, literally, while simultaneously delivering one of the most visually impressive launch titles of this console generation.

It will be interesting to see how much of an impact, if any, this change will have on the next game in the series. If you’re interested in finding that out before the rest of us, they’re hiring.

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Snuggle Up With 4 Clips From ‘The Boy’!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 18:29

Earlier we shared a batch of images, now snuggle up with four clips from William Brent Bell’s (Stay Alive, The Devil Inside and WER) The Boy, which stars “The Walking Dead’s” Lauren Cohan.

One clip shares some “brew talk,” while another sets up a fake scare. The other two, well, set the stage for a weird ass horror film about a doll seemingly possessed by an evil boy.

In The Boy , “Greta (Cohan) is a young American woman who takes a job as a nanny in a remote English village, only to discover that the family’s 8-year-old is a life-sized doll that the parents care for just like a real boy, as a way to cope with the death of their actual son 20 years prior. After violating a list of strict rules, a series of disturbing and inexplicable events bring Greta’s worst nightmare to life, leading her to believe that the doll is actually alive.

The Boy comes to life on January 22, 2016.

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Go Trick or Treating with ‘Hellions’ on Home Video

bloody disgusting - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 18:27

Bruce McDonald’s Hellions, which will have its Canadian premiere at the 40th anniversary of the Toronto Internation Film, will arrive on DVD and Blu-ray through Shout Factory on February 2.

Hellions (read our review) made its world premiere in the “Park City at Midnight” section of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

“Hellions takes place on Halloween night in the town of Waterford, the so-called Pumpkin Capital of the World. Hidden among the trick-or-treaters, a group of masked demonic beings roam the town and come upon Dora, a teenager home alone for the night. Cut off from the outside world and under siege in her isolated home, Dora will need to defend both her body and soul from the relentless evil beings known as hellions.

The film, with a screenplay by Pascal Trottier, stars Chloe Rose, Robert Patrick, Rossif Sutherland, Rachel Wilson, Peter DaCunha and Luke Bilyk. The film was produced by Frank Siracusa and Paul Lenart.

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Mezco’s 2016 Includes ‘Evil Dead,’ ‘Beetlejuice,’ ‘Hellraiser’ and More!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 18:23

Mezco is upping their horror game in 2016 with plans on expanding their genre collections.

While no details have been announced, yet, we now know what we can expect in the coming year from one of the many toy giants.

The details should be coming on or around the New York Toy Fair, starting Valentine’s Day weekend. For now, here’s what licenses have been announced.

  • Hellraiser
  • Beetlejuice
  • Universal Monsters
  • Evil Dead
  • Batman v Superman
  • Suicide Squad
  • Bugs Bunny
  • Giagantor
  • Mortal Kombat X
  • Chucky
  • Annabelle
  • ThunderCats
  • Living Dead Dolls
  • Mez-Itz
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[Review] Bernard Rose Gives ‘Frankenstein’ an Effective Modern Jolt

bloody disgusting - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 18:01

The Frankenstein story (or, The Modern Prometheus, if you prefer) has always been a big favourite of mine. The character of The Monster in particular has been a fascination of mine. Boris Karloff’s brilliant take on the character still remains one of my absolute favourite performances ever. The tale has been retold again and again over the years, most recently Paul McGuigan’s Victor Frankenstein, with varying degrees of success. Now writer/director Bernard Rose (of Candyman fame) has a go at Mary Shelley’s novel with Frankenstein, bringing the tale into the 21st century with modern tweaks. As for the question of whether this adaptation of the story was warranted? Oh, yes.

Viktor Frankenstein (Danny Huston) and his wife Elizabeth (Carrie-Anne Moss) are research scientists living in LA, attempting to create the perfect human using 3D printing. If they’re successful, the window opens to the possibility of extending human life, as well as creating cures for various diseases. Their attempts prove successful, and “Adam” (Xavier Samuel) is born. However, Adam soon begins to contract disease, and is rejected by Viktor and Elizabeth. After a failed attempt to euthanize him, Adam escapes into the world, searching for answers.

Any apprehensions about the idea of reworking the story to have a more modern look and feel can be put to bed. Rose has taken care to keep the faithfulness of the ideas that were originally presented in the novel. Whether it’s the little girl Adam meets and plays with, or the blind man that Adam befriends (played by Tony Todd), the ideas remain the same in spite of their modern take. However, the film does deviate from the novel in the relationship shared between creature and creators, for obvious reasons. There’s also a lack of feeling of revenge for Adam, nor is there the demand for a mate. Rose again puts a twist on both, supplanting the revenge aspects for a longing to be loved by his surrogate mother in Elizabeth, and also showing the creation of another “Adam”. In a nice addition to the film that many adaptations have failed to include are the moments of internal monologues by Adam that mimic The Creature’s narration in the novel. Granted, they can feel out of place by their comparison to how Adam actually communicates, but one could rationalize that Adam thinks these thoughts, but simply is unable to communicate them. It’s all still quite impressive how Rose was able to present the story with the changes and still make it work.

The big part for me was how Xavier Samuel brought Adam to life (no pun intended) as The Creature. Samuel captured the child-like mind and innocence the character needed perfectly. His reactions and expression to things such as having a ball tossed to him (and tossed back), or the fallout from the scene involving the little girl continually reinforces that idea of a child-like view of the world. It’s not on the level of Karloff’s performance, but what is? While the literal babying of a grown man by Carrie-Anne Moss seems absurd, Moss is able to make it work as Elizabeth. Elizabeth’s caring for and of Adam is contrasted by Danny Huston’s portrayal of Viktor as cold and consumed with his scientific pursuits. Needless to say, you can tell who Adam longs to be loved by. Praise also goes to Tony Todd as the blind hobo, Eddie. Todd makes the moment when Adam happens upon Eddie work so well, and really does hearken back to the scene in Bride Of Frankenstein.

The film unfortunately does fall short in spots. After the strong beginning, the story does tend to be on the laggy side until the eventual climax when it picks up again. In spite of that, the ending feels a little rushed and is hampered by the obvious use of CG fire. Also, there are a few characters, such as the vengeful cop that Adam repeatedly happens upon or the hooker that explains the business between the sheets with Adam, that are underdeveloped and are there simply to advance the story. Even in Elizabeth there are some rough edges, as she frustratingly goes between sympathy and indifference for no reason other than story.

In spite of all this, Frankenstein definitely has a place in the line of adaptations of Shelley’s work. The underlying themes of science and humanity Shelley explored with her novel are still here with an effective modern take by Bernard Rose. A strong central performance by Samuel, with some great modern reimaginings of scenes from the novel that perfectly mirror the original story, make for an emotional and dramatic horror tale. If you never got the chance to see the film at this past year’s Sitges or Frightfest, definitely check it out when it hits DVD this February.

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‘Blair Witch’s’ Eduardo Sanchez Developing ‘Santeria’ at Starz!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 16:57

Some exciting news, via THR, regarding the next project from The Blair Witch Project co-creator Eduardo Sanchez.

According to the site, he’s currently developing “Santeria,” a supernatural drama that centers on two undercover agents who investigate a bizarre murder.

The drama explores the complex relationship between the Cuban people and Santeria, the ancient religion born on the island of Cuba.

Cuban writer-director Alejandro Brugues (“From Dusk Till Dawn”) is executive producing with Sanchez and Gregg Hale.

Hale and Sanchez co-directed the “A Ride in the Park” segment of V/H/S/2, pictured. Sanchez will be directing “Santeria” for Starz.

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‘The Abandoned’ Clip: What’s Behind the Locked Door?

bloody disgusting - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 16:47

IFC Films has provided Bloody Disgusting with a new clip from The Abandoned, now in theaters and on VOD platforms.

Director Eytan Rockaway makes his feature film directorial debut in this thriller that blurs the lines between illness and reality to mirror the traumatized psyche of the protagonist in a story that challenges the power of our own perception.

Take a terrifying plunge into the warped mind of a disturbed young woman. Desperate to get her life back on track, the unstable Streak (‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’s’ Louisa Krause) takes a job as a security guard, working the graveyard shift at a once upscale, now abandoned apartment complex. But on her first night on duty, she discovers a horrifying presence lurking deep within the bowels of the decaying building. With her nerves already on edge, Streak must confront demons both real and imagined as she struggles to keep a grip on her sanity. Jason Patric (‘The Lost Boys’) co-stars in this harrowing thrill ride.

The Abandoned was an official selection of both the Los Angeles Film Festival and Screamfest.

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