In Defense (And a History) Of Found-Footage

bloody disgusting - Thu, 11/05/2015 - 14:48

“Dr. Seward’s Diary.

(Kept in phonograph)”

Thus begins a passage in Bram Stoker’s celebrated horror novel Dracula. Though we know from the start that this is a piece of fiction, due in part to countless adaptations and persistence in popular culture, the book’s epistolary presentation (meaning that it reveals the story through a series of letters, journal entries, audio recordings and etc.) results in a higher level of realism and tangibility than a regular novel could hope to achieve through narrative alone.

Naturally, Dracula isn’t the only example of epistolary storytelling done right. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein also used the format to inject further believability into an already enthralling plot, and many recent novels have taken this a step further, like Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves. With ever-evolving artistic and technological media, it was only a matter of time before these ideas jumped to the big screen.

Can you imagine Bela Lugosi with Shaky-Cam?

Found-Footage, despite being considered by many critics as just a lazy cash-grab, is just the natural evolution of older storytelling techniques translated into a new medium. Stoker used every element of media that was available to him at the time to formulate a cohesive tale, so it’s not much of a stretch to imagine him or even Mary Shelley including a video-diary in one of their works. These recent films are doing the same, but on a different narrative level.

It’s generally accepted that Cannibal Holocaust is the first of its kind, despite having conventional filmic elements as well. In my opinion, the first proper Found-Footage production was U.F.O Alien Abduction (also known as the McPherson Tapes, and later remade as Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County), a horror movie directed by Dean Alioto and released in 1989. The film begins as a home-movie chronicling the Van Heese family during a birthday party. All hell breaks loose when the power goes out and the family has to deal with hostile alien invaders in a secluded area.

The highest resolution image available for this classic.

This film is an obvious precursor to both The Last Broadcast and king of Found-Footage, The Blair Witch Project. Many of the modern clichés we know and love (to hate) started here, and no doubt influenced Eduardo Sanchez, Daniel Myrick and even Lance Weiler and Stefan Avalos in their work. What really makes the picture stand out as a founding father of found-footage, however, is the un-interrupted use of a home-video camera to record the horrific events.

The Blair Witch Project would go on to become one of the most successful films in the sub-genre, and eventually spread this method of filmmaking to the masses. The Paranormal Activity Franchise, V/H/S and many others owe their existence to this film’s ingenious marketing and scary plausibility. Though it is one of my personal favorite films, criticism regarding the simplistic narrative is mostly well founded, and this is a problem these movies sadly still face today.

Another High-Definition extravaganza.

It’s quite apparent that this sub-genre isn’t being used, at least most of the time, to its full potential. It’s unfair to expect that every found-footage film will be good, but there is a disproportionate amount of knock-offs and lazy direction/writing. It’s almost certainly due to how cheap these flicks are to make, but there should be more filmmakers out there willing to experiment and provide actual character development and more nuanced stories.

Another strange point about found-footage is why it usually gravitates towards horror. The epistolary novel is considered to have originated with Diego de San Pedro’s Prison of Love, which is as far removed from horror as can be. Though there are a few non-horror-related features, almost none of them are worth mentioning. Nevertheless, a possible explanation for this preference is that, when it comes to film, the genre most comfortable with radical changes and extremism is horror. When done right, horror films tend to defy the usual tropes and present us with a new and startling experience.

That’s not to say that all decent Found-Footage films are scary. Josh Trank’s sleeper hit Chronicle took audiences by surprise with its modest presentation and ambitious superhero (or supervillain, if you prefer) origin story. The story was grounded in a very personal point of view which made even the more outlandish scenes seem believable. The climax also brilliantly used the concept to its advantage, but I’d rather not spoil the fun here.

Now we’re talking!

In any case, if better storytelling is possible within this sub-genre, where did found-footage go wrong? The fact is, it did not. Film is still a relatively young medium of expression. Most examples of what future film enthusiasts will consider ‘classics’ haven’t been produced yet. There might also be some radical change in technology that renders film as we know it obsolete. Literature, on the other hand, has had far more time to develop new forms of storytelling and better authors, not to mention the fact that producing a book is usually less money and time-consuming than a feature film. In time, it’s not only possible but likely that we’ll get new and better found-footage films that can compete with The Godfather or even Metropolis.

Even other media is adapting and including concepts similar to both epistolary storytelling and found-footage. Games where backstory is told through notes and recordings like Bioshock are simply following an extensively old storytelling tradition. Recent releases like Slender and Outlast also serve as examples for ‘Found-Footage games’. Social Media and online video have also changed our way of comprehending stories, and multimedia series like Marble Hornets use almost every possible digital outlet as a means for extending the narrative, from fake Twitter accounts to YouTube.

There should have been more Slender-Man movies before he became a tired meme.

Ultimately, Found-Footage films have a long way to go in terms of maturing as a serious genre, but they’re getting there. A story told through specific points of view is only as good as the characters who tell it, so generic and undeveloped scripts are not enough. I hope to see more filmmakers in the future that can take these films seriously and treat them like actual art and not just a cheap thrill. It would even be interesting to see more structurally faithful adaptations of similar literary stories. This doesn’t necessarily mean that I think Dracula would best be enjoyed as a Found-Footage film, but I sure as hell would buy a ticket for that.

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Cult Korean Horror ‘White Day’ Announced for PSVR

bloody disgusting - Thu, 11/05/2015 - 14:44

Now that virtual reality is on the verge of becoming a reality (again), it’s time for some software — and not just tech demos — to be shared with the public, and it seems as though South Korea is wasting no time getting in on the action.

Out of a South Korean Sony event came the surprise announcement of a PlayStation VR project entitled White Day. The announcement was paired with a trailer by developer ROI Games.

White Day appears to based on a 2001 survival horror game called White Day: A Labyrinth Named School. Made by Sonnori, White Day: A Labyrinth Named School tells the story of teenagers trapped in a school, and it was released on the PC. From the Wiki page:

White Day: A Labyrinth Named School is the story of a young man’s trip into school at the dead of night to deliver some candy in preparation for the Eastern holiday of the same name, White Day, to So-yeong, a girl at school he likes. Finding himself locked up soon after entering, escaping the school now becomes the main objective.

The White Day teaser depicts plenty of spooky, school-based scenes of terror, from a creepy janitor giving students the stinkeye to a Ring-esque figure undulating on the wall. There’s plenty of first-person running, which reveals one of the game’s mechanics. Though it’s impossible to know for sure how the game is going to play, the circles that attach themselves to doorknobs — and hands, oddly — appear to be controlled by a Move controller.

The preliminary footage looks pretty stellar, but don’t get too excited: there is no Western release scheduled, as of yet, so no love for American audiences, but let’s hope that the game is popular enough to be released our way in the future at some point.

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The ‘Until Dawn’ Soundtrack is Available to Haunt Your Weekend Getaway

bloody disgusting - Thu, 11/05/2015 - 14:02

So, let me tell you a funny story. A few months back, I showed a friend of mine It Follows. She had heard some things about it but didn’t really know anything concrete. She just heard that it was really scary and that she’d have trouble sleeping if she watched it. So, of course, I was the bad guy who put it on. Needless to say, she was deeply unsettled.

Fast forward a month or two later and she, myself, and another friend are at 16-Bit in Cleveland having some drinks and playing some N64 on the patio. As a joke, I pulled out my cell and headphones, put on Disasterpeace’s soundtrack, and had her pop in the earbuds. Lo and behold, she was suddenly terrified of every single person who was walking down the street, towards the bar, or simply approaching the N64 table. Like, “grab my arm and squeeze as hard as she could” terrified. It was pretty damn amusing but I’m a bit of a sadist like that.

The reason I’m telling you this story is because anyone who’s thinking of grabbing some friends and getting away to a cabin for the weekend should take Jason Graves‘ music for Until Dawn and have that same kinda experience. Is there a killer lurking in the woods waiting for the opportune moment to burst in and massacre you all? Maybe. Could someone be waiting behind that tree, biding their time before they off you far away from your friends so that they’ll only figure it out when it’s too late? Signs point to “Yes”. After all, what’s better than scaring the shit out of your pals?

…There’s a reason I don’t have many friends.

Pick up your copy via iTunes.

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Evertrapped “Embrace the End” Video Premiere [Exclusive]

bloody disgusting - Thu, 11/05/2015 - 14:00

We’ve teamed up with Montreal death metal band Evertrapped to bring you the exclusive music video premiere for their track “Embrace the End”, which comes from their latest album Under The Deep (Bandcamp).

Vocalist James Brooks tells BD:

Our latest video for “Embrace The End” goes further underneath the depths of the darker side of [Evertrapped]. However, we also went ‘Blair Witch’ style in order to add the element of raw terror that the ‘home video’ style can bring.

Check out the video below!

Evertrapped online:
Official Website

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Universal Confirms That ‘Jurassic World’ is the First in a Planned Trilogy

bloody disgusting - Thu, 11/05/2015 - 13:23

The unbridled success of Universal’s Jurassic World, which is currently the third top-grossing movie of all time, pretty much guaranteed that we’d be seeing a lot more dinosaur action in the coming years. And now director Colin Trevorrow and producer Steven Spielberg have made it clear that the rumblings of the movie being the first of a trilogy have been confirmed by Universal chairman Donna Langley.

Langley talks with THR about more films, explaining, “There’s no reason why we should [have trouble]. [Director] Colin Trevorrow is busy working on an outline. He’s been working with Steven [Spielberg]. And they have an idea for the next two movies actually. It was designed as a trilogy, unbeknown to us. It’s a happy surprise.

The second Jurassic World already has a planned release date of June 22nd, 2018 (the day before my birthday!), so it’s going to be interesting to see where they go. Personally, I’m hoping that they ditch the park idea and instead follow BD Wong’s “Dr. Henry Wu” as he goes all mad scientist creating some of the weirdest and most dangerous dinosaur hybrid monstrosities. Even though we’ve seen the dinosaurs out of their paddocks in the films, I want to see them away from the park entirely. I’m that rare guy that loves the T. Rex in San Diego scene in The Lost World, so something like that would be pretty awesome to see again.

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New Poster for “Lucifer” is Way Too On The Nose

bloody disgusting - Thu, 11/05/2015 - 13:03

FOX has released a poster for their upcoming show “Lucifer“, the series based on the Vertigo comic created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg, and it’s rather uninspired. It shows the main character Lucifer Morningstar (played by Tom Ellis) standing in front of a neon sign that says his name. Oh, but the “U” was turned into devil horns that perfectly line up with his head. And the tagline is “Hot as Hell”.

Look, I’ve been trying to be a bit more positive about the work that people put into their creative craft. But this? This is lazy, cheap, and so, so obvious.

Club owner Lucifer Morningstar sees a young pop star gunned down outside of his club and feels the need to bring her killers to justice. He is joined by an LAPD homicide detective (Lauren German) and his best friend (Lesley-Ann Brandt).

The show’s executive producer is Jerry Bruckheimer and the pilot will be directed by Len Wiseman (Underworld).

The show will be premiering this January.

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Exclusive Condemned Clip Washes Up

Dread Central - Thu, 11/05/2015 - 12:00

On tap right now we have an exclusive clip from Eli Morgan Gesner’s Condemned. Look for the film in limited theaters and on Digital HD November 13, 2015. VOD will follow on January 5, 2016.

The film stars Ronen Rubinstein, Jon Abrahams, Dylan Penn, Lydia Hearst, Honor Titus, and Genevieve Hudson-Price.

Fed up with her parents’ bickering, poor-little-rich-girl Maya (Dylan Penn) moves in with her boyfriend, who is squatting in an old, condemned building on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. With neighbors that are meth heads, junkies, and degenerates, this depraved hell hole is even more toxic than it appears: After a virus born from their combined noxious waste and garbage infects the building’s residents, one by one, they succumb to a terrifying pathogen that turns them into bloodthirsty, rampaging killers and transforms their building into a savage slaughterhouse.

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New Original The Walking Dead Story Now Available on Wattpad

Dread Central - Thu, 11/05/2015 - 11:30

Can’t get enough of The Walking Dead, be it in comics, video games, or on TV?  Well, Scopely has partnered with Wattpad to reveal an exclusive, original story based on the rich world of The Walking Dead: Road to Survival mobile game for more than 40 million fans worldwide — and get them involved in telling the final chapter of the saga.

The four-part story “Fork in the Road” is written by Jay Bonansinga, who co-authored The Walking Dead graphic novels alongside Robert Kirkman and penned the scripts for The Walking Dead: Road to Survival mobile game from Scopely and Kirkman’s company Skybound.

The first two chapters are available now on Wattpad, a free app that lets people discover and share stories about the things they love, including original works by well-known authors. The story is being released one chapter at a time, with the central theme surrounding life-or-death choices and paths not taken.

When the last chapter is released, members of the Wattpad community will have a chance to submit their own stories for a chance to be included in an actual in-game storyline in The Walking Dead: Road to Survival.

Jay Bonansinga states, “Expanding and adapting The Walking Dead universe with Scopely for The Walking Dead: Road to Survival has been a unique and exciting way to bring these fan-favorite characters to life beyond the page. I can’t wait for Wattpad’s readers and fans of the series to get their hands on the brand new original chapters and share their own stories.”

The Walking Dead: Road to Survival is the first free-to-play mobile game based on the wildly popular graphic novels and was released by Scopely in partnership with Robert Kirkman and his company Skybound Entertainment in September 2015. The game was downloaded more than 4 million times during its first week and marks the 6th consecutive #1 game for Scopely.

“Fork in the Road” Synopsis:
Set in the savage, primordial world of The Walking Dead, the new original short story “Fork in the Road” by Jay Bonansinga, the New York Times bestselling author of The Walking Dead: Invasion, tells the tale of one person’s epic quest to escape their fate in Alexandria, Virginia. The only problem is that nobody leaves the ranks of the violent gang known as the Saviors and lives to tell about it. The struggle to flee the clutches of this group and find peace among the ruins of northern Maryland leads the reader directly into the heart of darkness. And like most stories set in this terrifying world, things in the end are not at all what they seem.


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British Chiller House of Screaming Death Opening its Doors

Dread Central - Thu, 11/05/2015 - 11:00

We’re big fans of British horror around these parts so any time a new one comes along, we sit up and pay attention. Next up from across the pond, The House of Screaming Death.

The anthology features segments directed by Troy Dennison, Rebecca Harris-Smith, David Hastings, Alex Bourne, and Kaush Patel.

Echoing the distinctive and much celebrated great British Gothic horror films of the 1960-70s, The House of Screaming Death will uphold their successful traditions with four macabre tales of terror, all told by the mysterious Architect. Each horrific segment delves into explicit corners of the supernatural, summoning such damned creations as the ghostly Lady in Grey, stories of witchcraft most foul, vampirism, and the occult.

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Sean Bean Stars in “The Frankenstein Chronicles” (Trailer)

bloody disgusting - Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:40

Set to premiere on ITV Encore November 11th, with A&E to release here in the States at a later date, we now have the first details and promos for the period mystery crime drama mini-series “The Frankenstein Chronicles,” which stars “Game of Thrones” actor Sean Bean.

The six-episode show has been created by director and writer Benjamin Ross (“The Young Poisoner’s Handbook”) and writer Barry Langford (“Torte Bluma”).

The show is a re-imagining of the Frankenstein story set in 19th-century London. After a successful operation by the Thames River Police to nab a gang of opium smugglers, a child’s corpse is discovered. Inspector John Marlott (Bean) is horrified to discover that it’s not actually a child, but a grotesque assembly of human body parts. We follow Marlott on the hunt for the killer behind this abomination, taking him into the dark corners of Georgian London, an underworld of prostitution, drug smuggling, bodysnatching, murder for profit and other vices.

Below the promo are details on Episode 1 – ‘A World Without God’.

London 1827: River Thames at night – a smuggling operation is underway – suddenly, a river police launch is bearing down on the smugglers and a fight breaks out, followed by a furious chase to the shore.

John Marlott, a senior river police officer and veteran of the Battle of Waterloo, paces the shoreline of the Thames reviewing the aftermath. A sharp police whistle draws his attention towards a small shape lying at the waters edge. As he approaches he sees it is the body of a child, a young girl around 10 years of age. Her body is covered in crude sutures, and is a horrifying sight. He reaches down to touch the dead hand – but in a moment of terror, the hand grabs him back!

The dreadful corpse is brought to the urgent attention of the Home Secretary, Sir Robert Peel, who summons Marlott, and tells him that he wants him to undertake a private investigation. The leading surgeon at St Bart’s hospital in Smithfield, Sir William Chester, tells Marlott that the corpse was made up of seven or eight bodies stitched together.

Marlott is put to work within the offices of the Bow Street Runners, and recruits an optimistic young runner, Nightingale, to assist him. Marlott’s attention is then drawn towards a slum dwelling where criminal Billy Oates masterminds his gang of child criminals. There he discovers a young girl Flora. He also finds a painting on the wall. It is “Little Girl Lost” by the artist William Blake – Marlott resolves to investigate further.

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I (Heart) a Serial Killer (Short)

Dread Central - Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:30

Starring Laura Lewis, Brandon Battle

Directed by Michael Guerra

One can look to the future of horror and wish for the best, and with a budding crop of upcoming filmmakers at the ready, it looks as if the genre is poised to stand tall for many years to come, regardless of the industry’s sometimes denial of the overall product.

Film student Michael Guerra recently submitted his 9-minute short I (Heart) a Serial Killer to us here at Dread Central for review in the hopes that we’d give it a look and dissect it with both kindness and critique. Now, I’m no film expert by any fashion, but I’ve consumed enough horror over the course of my 42 years to at least grab a foothold on what potentially could sink or swim, and after checking out his presentation, I can surmise that he’s on the right track, but some elbow grease is needed to buff out the rough spots.

In this quickie, we’re introduced to a young girl who is spending her Halloween night in front of the TV watching some classic scare-shows, and it’s not long before she is the victim of an abduction.

From the short’s familiar opening strains of “Mr. Sandman,” we’re left to wonder exactly what we’ll be in store for, and the backstory of a bullied child who exhibits violent tendencies is a grim peek into what may be a dark future. The 9-minute film tussles with the notion that a damaged young soul could potentially turn into a distraught individual later on in life and the possibility that those maligned feelings might not only be contained to the predator, but could extend to the prey as well.

With all the looks of a film student’s presentation, it’s got its wrinkles and clunks from here to there, but it’s the implied course of action that makes this an interesting watch. Don’t read too heavily into the acting or effects, but stick to the meaning of what’s being shown to you, and this will come off as mildly entertaining. Worth a watch if you have the time.

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Not So ‘Safe Neighborhood’ for ‘Pan’ Star

bloody disgusting - Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:15

Levi Miller, pictured in Pan, is joining Olivia DeJonge (The Visit) in Undocumented director Chris Peckover’s Sydney suburbia-set thriller Safe Neighborhood about a babysitting gig that takes a terrifying turn, reports ScreenDaily out of the ongoing AFM market.

Miller will play a 12-year-old boy with a devious side, with DeJonge as a babysitter battling to protect her young charge in a home invasion with a surprising twist.

The film, which Peckover co-wrote with Zack Kahn, is due to shoot in Australia in January 2016.

Safe Neighborhood is Home Alone meets Scream,” said producer Brett Thornquest of Australian Storm Vision Entertainment, which is producing the film alongside Los Angeles-based Best Medicine Productions.

“Chris and Zack have written a killer script and this film will be equally smart and stylish, scary and tense – a sure-fire white-knuckle ride that pushes the thriller genre in a whole new terrifying direction.

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Original ‘Ludo’ Director Remaking Own Film

bloody disgusting - Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:10

Phantom Films has acquired the Hindi-language remake rights to Indian horror film Ludo, for which both Patrick Cooper (review) and Trace Thurman (review) didn’t like.

The story is about young friends out nightclubbing in Kolkata who can’t find a cheap hotel room, and instead break into a shopping mall, where they meet supernatural entities.

The deal was struck at Mumbai’s MAMI Film Mart after Ludo opened MAMI’s new After Dark section, says ScreenDaily.

Q — who co-directed the original film with Nikon — will also direct the new film and he said, “It’s more of a rewrite than a remake actually. The idea of Ludo is fluid, and, like most horror ideas, is perfect for a franchise. The new Ludo will be a completely different film, based on the same premise. This time, the horror will unfold in curiously unusual ways.”

Vikramaditya Motwane added, “We’re delighted to announce a Hindi version of Ludo. Q is one of the most exciting directors in the country and we couldn’t be happier about our partnership. We look forward to a kick-ass, mind-numbing, scary-as-shit, entertaining and frightening film. If not, we will eat his entrails.”

Before MAMI, Ludo has screened at Fantasia, Fantastic Fest, Chicago and Sitges. It will also screen at Singapore later this month.

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‘Kristy,’ Dimension’s Thanksgiving Slasher, is Now On Netflix Instant!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:01

If you’re wondering when you’ll see Donkey Punch director Oliver Blackburn and the Weinstein Company’s slasher Kristy, the answer is: whenever you want.

Formerly titled Random and Satanic, the film starring Haley Bennett, Ashley Greene, Erica Ash, Chris Coy and Lucas Till is now streaming on Netflix Instant.

In an homage to 90’s slashers, “It takes place when the rest of a campus home for the Thanksgiving holiday, Justine spends the weekend in her college dormitory: studying, relaxing and blissfully unaware of the terror that is about to unfold outside in the cold. Suddenly, confronted by a gang of violent outcasts, Justine’s quiet long weekend becomes one long lesson in survival as she is terrorized in increasingly bizarre and brutal ways, leaving it up to her to figure out who her attackers are…and if they can be stopped.

Here’s what one of our readers said about Kristy when it released in Germany last year.

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Pathfinder RPG Co-Creator F. Wesley Schneider Releasing First Novel Pathfinder Tales: Bloodbound

Dread Central - Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:00

On December 1st Tor Books and Paizo are releasing Pathfinder Tales: Bloodbound, the first novel from Pathfinder RPG co-creator and noted game designer F. Wesley Schneider.  It’s a dark fantasy adventure of murder, intrigue, and secrets best left buried, set in the award-winning world of the Pathfinder role-playing game; and we have more details for you here.

Since its launch in 2008, Pathfinder has topped RPG sales charts for several years running and has grown to become one of the most important and best-loved tabletop RPGs in the world. In 2010 the “Pathfinder Tales” novel line was launched by the game’s publisher, Paizo, and has included more than 20 exciting fantasy novels by Tim Pratt, Michael A. Stackpole, Ed Greenwood, James L. Sutter, Howard Andrew Jones, and Liane Merciel, among others. Since then, Pathfinder has been translated into five languages, released a wildly popular card game, and inspired computer games, comic books, audio dramas, gaming figurines, and toys.

As for Schneider, he has published countless gaming products for both Pathfinder and Dungeons & Dragons and is a former assistant editor of Dragon magazine. Bloodbound is his first novel.

Fans of the DragonAge, Dragonlance, and Forgotten Realms series will be swept up in this brand new novel set in the highly acclaimed world of Pathfinder.

Pathfinder Tales: Bloodbound follows the story of Larsa, a dhampir—half-vampire, half-human. In the gritty streets and haunted moors of Gothic Ustalav, she’s an agent for the royal spymaster, keeping peace between the capital’s secret vampire population and its huddled human masses. Yet, when a noblewoman’s entire house is massacred by vampiric invaders, Larsa is drawn into a deadly game of cat-and-mouse that will reveal far more about her own heritage than she ever wanted to know.

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‘The Thing’ – The Movie Poster, The Costume!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 11/05/2015 - 09:48

I’m sure we can all agree that Heidi Klum claimed Halloween as the plasticized red headed nightmare Jessica Rabbit succubus.  Meanwhile over in Canada a simple yet effective outfit won the kudos of many a horror nerd.  Will Perkins from Art of The Title illuminated the night as Drew Struzan’s classic movie poster for John Carpenter’s The Thing.

Hey @drewstruzanart is this a 1st⁉️ #TheThing movie art as a costume❓Via @dorkshelf's Will Perkins #EpicTweets

A photo posted by Epic Pictures Group (@epicpicturesgroup) on Oct 31, 2015 at 1:32pm PDT

We’d love to know if Drew saw this & what his reaction was.  Struzan was last seen in a hilarious cameo at the climax of Tales of Halloween, for which he also made a pumpkin poster for.

Spent #SundayFunday catching up on #Drawloween for #Inktober. Day 2️⃣5️⃣ on our #HalloweenCountdown for #TalesOfHalloween ✏️✏️

A photo posted by Epic Pictures Group (@epicpicturesgroup) on Oct 26, 2015 at 5:07am PDT

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Succulent Sales Art Straight Outta Santa Monica – #AFM2015

bloody disgusting - Thu, 11/05/2015 - 09:44

As over 8000 industry pros descend to the American Film Market to do business on home soil instead, of escaping to Cannes or Berlin, it’s prime sales art spotting time!  These one sheet movie posters & adverts are aimed at luring people to screenings or stopping by office spaces for companies looking to buy & sell.  Here are a selection of some of the most promising genre titles being introduced at the conference. Keep up with all of our AFM news in our hub.

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First Ever ‘Living Dead Horror Convention’ Embarks on Portland, OR

bloody disgusting - Thu, 11/05/2015 - 09:43

November 13-15, 2015 is going to be a weekend for the ages for horror fans in the Pacific Northwest as the first ever Living Dead Horror Convention takes over the Oregon Convention Center in downtown Portland, OR. The convention is shaping up to be a huge one with nearly 100 vendors and a wide range of guests across multiple horror platforms scheduled to be in attendance, along with screenings and after parties.

More than just a  film convention, Living Dead Con stays true to the brand’s spirit of welcoming and promoting everyone in the horror culture/community from writers to musicians and artists to actors. This is the first of many Living Dead Conventions that will takes place annually in Portland, OR, and right off the bat we are bringing in some of the most obscure and the most sought after appearances, live bands, horror burlesque, oddities, nonstop film screenings, celebrity led workshops, personalized VIP parties, and panels from authors, actors, directors and makeup artists.

The minds behind the convention are the creator and owner of the horror lifestyle/culture magazine Living Dead Magazine, Deanna Uutela and NW horror writer and sales director James R. Beach.

The impressive list of guests, which is subject to change, includes Barbara Steele, Adrienne King, Ari Lehman, Lisa Marie, John Dugan and a whole heck of a lot more. Vendors include Something Weird, Cult Classic Posters and one of my favorite companies to ever exist in Vinegar Syndrome, just to name a few. For a full list of vendors, guests, screenings and other events as well as ticket information please visit

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Artsploitation Nabs ‘Observance’ and ‘Blue Family’ Out of AFM

bloody disgusting - Thu, 11/05/2015 - 09:37

Artsploitation Films has announced the acquisition of two English Language films – Observance and Blue Family – from Shoreline Entertainment. The deals are for all rights for North America. Artsploitation plans early 2016 releases for both titles.

Polanski’s The Tenant meets Hitchcock’s Rear Window in the claustrophobic psychological thriller Observance which is coming off a festival run which included Fantasia where it had its World Premiere, Vancouver International and London Film Festivals.

Directed by Joseph Sims-Dennett (Bad Behaviour), the Australian production stars Lindsay Farris (Primal, Bad Behaviour), Stephanie King (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries) and John Jarratt (Wolf Creek, Django Unchained) and involves an emotionally fragile private detective whose world is gradually upended as he observes a woman from an abandoned apartment.

Blue Family is an American production co-written, co-directed and starring Guillermo Ivan as a pleasant young car salesman who harbors a terrifying secret – he has kidnapped three women and keeps them locked up in his basement.

Artsploitation’s Ray Murray, who negotiated the deal with Sam Eigen of Shoreline says, “I am excited about these two very dissimilar thrillers. Observance is a visually surreal and disturbing tale of a man’s mental deterioration while Blue Family upends the familiar “women held captive” dramas with a story of unexpected humor and characters one can relate to.”

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‘The Woman of the Woods’ Spooks Lena Headey

bloody disgusting - Thu, 11/05/2015 - 09:33

Myriad Pictures announced today that its Scoundrel Media label will finance and handle worldwide sales for the thriller The Woman of the Woods, written and to be directed by Russell Friedenberg (Wind Walkers, Among Ravens) and starring Lena Headey (“Game of Thrones,” The Purge, 300, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies).

In The Woman of the Woods, “Kelsay (Lena Headey) and her husband have just decided to separate. They agree to go on one last family camping trip in a remote area of the Pacific Northwest to break the news to their young daughter. But an evil presence lurks in the woods – and it soon influences the daughter who succumbs to a strange and frightening world of violence. Upon their return to Seattle, a police detective investigating a series of missing persons becomes convinced that the daughter is responsible. Kelsey must prove her daughter’s innocence – but to do so she must face the terrifying entity – and finds herself spiraling into greater and greater danger.

The Woman of the Woods will be produced by Academy Award nominated producer Heather Rae (Frozen River, The Dry Land). Myriad/ Scoundrel will begin sales on the new film at the American Film Market.

Director Friedenberg stated, “‘I’m totally amped to bring The Woman of the Woods to audiences around the world with Myriad Pictures and the incredibly talented Lena Headey. Lena brings an authenticity and emotional power to her work that is uncompromising. And Myriad has a track record of elevated and poignant work that we are proud to be a part of. Full speed ahead!”

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