‘Blade’-esque ‘Sanctuary’ Gets Black List Scribes

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 11:43

Paramount and producer Joel Silver have hired Black List scribes Nick Creature and Michael Sweeney to rewrite the supernatural action script Sanctuary, TheWrap is reporting.

Originally written by Alan Trezza (Burying the Ex), Sanctuary is described as a cross between Wanted and Blade.

The story follows a young woman who is possessed by a powerful demonic force. She seeks refuge within The Sanctuary, a secret organization run by the Vatican that teaches the possessed to channel their inner demon and use its power as a weapon against evil.

Elizabeth Raposo has been with the project since 2012 and will continue to oversee its development on behalf of Paramount, while Ethan Erwin will oversee the project for Silver Pictures Entertainment.

Sanctuary was the first project Silver set up after leaving Warner Bros.

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[Comic Review] “Headspace” TPB Can’t Be Missed

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 11:26

Reviewed By Jorge Solis. With a truly dynamic mix of story and art, “Headspace” delivers a compelling read that raises questions about human nature. The thin line between humans and monsters is blurred as premise sinks deep into the physiology of the characters. The trade paperback of “Headspace” collects all eight issues of phenomenal sci-fi thriller.

WRITTEN BY: Ryan K. Lindsay

ART BY: Eric Zawadzki / Sebastian Piriz

PUBLISHER: MonkeyBrain Comics/IDW Publishing

PRICE: $19.99

RELEASE: April 29, 2015

There is a town called Carpenter Cove that thrives on blood and chaos. Filled with killer alligators, kids with guns, and dragons, the only thing keeping the town sane is their sheriff, Shane. A town like Carpenter Cove doesn’t seem to make much sense. That’s because Carpenter Cove doesn’t exist in reality. This town was built inside the mind of a serial killer named Max. Is Shane part of someone else’s imagination? Or is he trapped in his own nightmare he can’t wake up from?

The big “twist” isn’t even a twist; it’s a framing device for insanity and horror. Shane fights his way through the volatile headspace of Max, a serial killer on the run. The script switches between bothPOV’s to fantastic effect. You watch as the nature of Max’s situation is reflected in the madness of Carpenter Cove. Within said insanity, Shane must find a way to define himself and his situation against everything in his way. Shane’s exploration into his own nature provides much of the motivation for reading the series. After a few pages Lindsay makes it clear that while Shane may seem in control of his city, visions of a long lost son cause fleeting moments of inescapable terror.

Writer Ryan K. Lindsay explores the themes of good and evil through fathers and their children. Is Max a sad victim of his harsh environment? Interestingly enough, Max is a guinea pig in a secret government experiment as scientists manipulate his fears and memories to create Carpenter Cove. At what point does a person accept his fate and say he’s a puppet; and life is pulling at the strings?

The narrative moves at a fast pace because of Eric Zawadzki and SebastianPiriz’s surreal artwork.The art is stellar all around. The sequences in Carpenter Cove are cleanly laid out and feature some of the most vibrant creature and character designs around. The town is fully realized. Zawadzki’s style is incredible. He spares no detail and has a knack for incredible perspective. As if this all wasn’t enough he colors his own work. Tonally everything is beautiful and totally soaked in the bleak emotions the script communicates. The momentum never loses a beat as the artwork keeps putting Shane in one action sequence to another. The character design of Max keeps changing to represent the Id, Ego, and Superego. With his cowboy hat and badge, Shane represents the law and authority that’s missing in a town gone wild.

Thank goodness for trade paperbacks, “Headspace” is a highly enjoyable and should not be missed.

 

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‘The Suffering’ Poster and Trailer Fight For Sanity

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 11:09

Reclusive Cinema has just released a new trailer and this sick ass poster for The Suffering, about a property appraiser who fights for his sanity when he’s trapped on a rural farm inhabited by sinister beings overseen by a mysterious caretaker.

Directed by Robert Hamilton, the film features Nick Apostolides, Elizabeth Deo, Phil Amico, Lee Hamilton, Chad Eric Smith, and Regen Wilson.

Below you’ll find said trailer and poster, with a lengthy synopsis.

Henry Dawles is at a cross roads in life. A diminished bank account and baby on the way with his estranged wife, has his personal life in shambles. When Mr. Remiel, an elderly shut in, offers Henry a lucrative sum to appraise his rural estate, he accepts without hesitation.

What follows is a harrowing exploration of mind and madness. A journey through an estate as vast and beautiful as it is secretive and horrific. When Henry closes in on the lands’ dark truth, Remiel’s eccentric behavior takes a menacing and unforgettable turn.

In this twisted tale of morality and redemption, Henry must confront the terrors of his present while coming to terms with the horrors of his past.

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IFC Dates Eli Roth-Produced ‘The Stranger’

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 10:57

Announced last year, Eli Roth (Hostel, Cabin fever, The Green Inferno) and Nicolás López (Aftershock) produced a new indie horror that premiered at the Fantastic Fest film festival in Austin, Texas.

IFC Midnight has just announced Guillermo Amoedo’s The Stranger, which stars Luis Gnecco, Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, and Aaron Burns, for release in select theaters and on VOD June 12th.

In The Stranger, a mysterious man arrives in a small Canadian town seeking his wife, though his presence plunges the community into a bloodbath.

Here’s a lengthy festival synopsis:

“Amoedo shows a deft ability to turn a bloodthirsty monster movie on its head, into a slow-burn, character-driven film. ‘The Stranger’ takes its time, building the tension through occasional flashbacks and having the audience sympathize with Peter, who grew up not knowing his father. Peter, like the audience, is kept largely in the dark about his father’s motives or even what he is… because he’s certainly not human. What is apparent is the chaos his dad’s return has on the small town, especially a member of the police force and his violence-prone son.

‘The Stranger’ is ultimately about family, the legacy we pass on to our children and the lengths we go to protect and ensure their survival, no matter how dark and deadly they might become.” (James Shapiro)

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Joe Dante’s ‘Burying the Ex’ Images Rise From the Grave!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 10:55

We learned today that Gremlins, The Hole and The Howling director Joe Dante’s latest horror pic, Burying the Ex, will be releasing on both UK and U.S. home video June 19th, 2015.

[Related Post] “Top 5 Joe Dante Movies”

To go along with the international sales trailer for the horror comedy that stars Fright Night‘s Anton Yelchin, Texas Chainsaw 3D‘s Alexandra Daddario, and The Apparition‘s Ashley Greene, we have the first ever batch of images from the flick that appears to be in the spirit of one of my all-time favs…Robert Zemeckis’ classic Death Becomes Her.

Dante previous directed The Hole, which is actually a really great children’s horror film.

Check out our report from the set here.

“Burying the Ex follows Max (Yelchin), an all-around nice guy, and his overbearing but incredibly beautiful girlfriend, Evelyn (Greene). Their relationship takes a nosedive after they decide to move in together and Evelyn turns out to be a controlling, manipulative nightmare. Max knows it’s time to call it quits, but there’s just one problem: he’s terrified of breaking up with her. Fate steps in when Evelyn is involved in a freak accident and dies, leaving Max single and ready to mingle. Max eventually meets Olivia (Daddario), a cute and spirited girl who just might be his soul mate, only to learn that Evelyn has risen from her grave and is determined to get her boyfriend back…even if that means turning him into one of the undead.

Check out a clip from the movie here.

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‘Delivery: The Beast Within’ Birthed On Hulu!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 10:42

Delivery: The Beast Within, already on VOD and DVD via Cinedigm and The Collective, is now available on Hulu!

Blending found footage and reality show genres, the feature marks the directorial debut of Brian Netto, who also co-wrote the film with producer Adam Schindler. Their new film, Shut In, is set to premiere at the LAFF.

“Delivery: The Beast Within follows Kyle (Barclay) and Rachel Massy (Vail), a young couple who agrees to document their first pregnancy for a new reality show. The family begins to unravel when the cameras capture a series of unexplained events, leading Rachel to believe that a malicious spirit has possessed their unborn child. After production is abandoned, a first hand account of the tragic, and possibly supernatural, story is told through the show’s un-aired footage and testimonials from friends, family and crew members.

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[TV Review] “The Returned” Episode 1.08: ‘Claire’

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 10:36

This week’s episode of The Returned demonstrated the key difference between this version and it’s French counterpart. The best example of this is when Camille is asking about Lena’s scar on her back, which has now almost completely healed. In Les Revenants, the cause of Lena’s scar is merely implied. In The Returned, Lena explains in detail how she believes the cut began due to the guilt she felt over her sister’s death. This isn’t a bad thing, per se, but it does show how American TV treats its viewers as less intelligent than European TV does.  That was my major aside for this post, so let’s get to the actual review.

Camille

In an interesting turn of events, Claire (the episode’s namesake) began sleeping with Peter a full year before Camille died. This revelation doesn’t do much to make Claire more relatable. In all honesty, it makes her fairly unlikable. Typically, this wouldn’t be a bad thing, as it should add more layers to the character, but since the show has to juggle so many characters, it comes across as a one-dimensional character flaw. Also, the show is running short on likable characters, so removing Claire from the list of potentials

Lena’s decision to not reveal Adam’s existence was perplexing as well. It’s sort of understandable, since she had a connection with him, but it’s also frustrating, since simple communication would solve a lot of problems. That can’t happen though, because conflict, plot, two more episodes in the season, etc.

One effective subplot was the parents of another child who died in the bus crash committing suicide. This, of course, was because Peter convinced Camille to tell all the parents that their children missed them in heaven. The Returned is at its best when it asks difficult questions (it doesn’t necessarily have to give answers). Camille was trying to do something good, but it had a terrible consequence. The sequence where Jack, Peter and Camille all place blame on one another is a great scene that asks some tough questions (What is the best way to help the grieving?) that it can’t really answer.

Adam & Victor/Henry/Zach

A major revelation was made about Henry tonight: he appeared to Camille’s teacher four years ago (though she called him Zach), the same way he appeared to Julie in the pilot episode. After he became too much for her to handle (emotionally), she abandoned him on the side of the road. Presumably, this is what led him to cause the bus crash from the opening moments of the series. Like I mentioned earlier, The Returned is answering a lot of questions explicitly, rather than just implying them. I can’t say I’m upset about this one though, as it’s actually quite intriguing. This series seems to be setting Victor up as even more of a menace than Les Revenants did.

Poor Tony, though. After all the guilt he felt for killing his brother, he wound up confessing for Tony’s crimes and turning himself into the police. Julie must come in to identify him, which of course means Victor tags along. It’s sad to see Tony killed off with two episodes still left in the season. It would have been nice to see him be absolved of some of his guilt, but alas, that was not the case, as he violently crushed his head on the interrogation room table and shot himself in the head with Tommy’s gun. It’s an unsatisfactory end for the character, but maybe he’ll return at some point in the future.

“Claire” was another decent episode of The Returned. It began to offer plenty of answers (thought not the ones most viewers were probably wanting), but is beginning to treat us dumber than we are. Also, relating to the characters is becoming more and more of an issue. That being said, the deviations from Les Revenants are welcome.

Random Notes

  • I actually preferred Tony’s death in this version as opposed to the French version.
  • That receptionist at the police station talked to Victor/Henry like he was a complete idiot. I almost wished he had just killed her.
  • Simon is barely in the episode, but he pops up in the final shot, newly returned (again) after having been murdered by Tommy.
  • No Helen this week! But that’s alright. Next week’s penultimate episode is named after her. Here’s the trailer!

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“Leviathan: The Story of ‘Hellraiser’ ” Doc Arrives On Home Video!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 10:33

April 13th saw the release of a documentary film fans have been eagerly waiting for.

We now have the press release and ordering info for “Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser, the full and complete history of Clive Barker’s classics Hellraiser (1987) and its sequel Hellbound: Hellraiser 2 (1988). The two part documentary is a six hour fully comprehensive look at the production skills and the creative vision behind one of cinemas classic horror film sagas.

Led by director K. John McDonagh over thirty member of the cast and production team were interviewed during the production of “Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser“. These interviews uncovered all sorts of secrets and either confirmed or disproved many myths and rumours that have existed around the two films for decades.

Following a successful crowd funding campaign on Kickstarter, which raised in excess of £16,000, the team were even able to head to Los Angeles where they interviewed members of the cast, production team and some of Clive Barker’s nearest and dearest.

“It’s be an amazing adventure, we’ve felt like archaeologists at times, uncovering the history of the production. We’ve discovered things that no one else will have ever known about these films and developed a great insight from the people who made them,” said McDonagh.

The DVD is available now and this independent production will meet the demand for the background story created by fans around the world.

You can purchase your copy of this amazing documentary direct from the Leviathan website.

Rotunda Films are an independent film production company based in Birmingham. Their credits range from commercials through to full length features, all independently funded. Their work was showcased at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and recent productions have been nominated and won awards at a number of film festivals worldwide.

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Jack Nicholson Reacts to Jared Leto As the Next Joker In ‘Suicide Squad’

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 10:20

Jack Nicholson isn’t laughing at Jared Leto’s Joker.

Reaction videos are all the rage – with the latest and greatest being Matthew Mcconaughey’s reaction to the latest Star Wars trailer.

Now, YouTube user ‘ToniEmCee’ uses Jack Nicholson’s tearful moment in About Schmidt to show the star’s perfect reaction to Jared Leto as the new Joker in Warner Bros. Suicide Squad.

Of course, the joke is all the much better when you take into account that Nicholson played Joker in Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman.

Did you laugh? Did you cry? Are we all jumping the gun? We’ll find out when Suicide Squad releases on August 5th, 2016.

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Is This The Full Cast List For “American Horror Story: Hotel”?

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 09:44

IBTimes has posted a full rundown of all the main actors and their roles in the upcoming 5th season of American Horror Story, which bears the subtitle “Hotel”. However, it should be completely noted that this breakdown comes from an IMDb list created by acrazey57, who seemingly loves to create “dream casts” that are in no way confirmed by the actual production.

The 100% confirmed list of actors so far is Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Lady Gaga, Chloë Sevigny, Wes Bentley, Matt Bomer and Cheyenne Jackson.

Fan favorite Jessica Lange confirmed that she will not be in further American Horror Story seasons. “Yes, I’m done,” she told the PaleyFest audience. “We’ve had a great run here. I have absolutely loved doing these four characters that I’ve had the opportunity to play. In all the madness, I’ve loved the writers, my actors, Ryan and the whole, I mean, insanity of it, shooting here, shooting in New Orleans, the stories, everything.

We have three theories for the new season. The first tackles “The Garden Of Allah“, the second The Cecil Hotel“, and the third takes inspiration from H.H. Holmes.

See the unconfirmed list below and weigh in with who YOU’D wish would be cast in the series!

Evan Peters as The Prowler
Peters, who has been a cast-member of the “AHS” since the first season will be seen as a mysterious young man that hangs around the hotel and dark alley ways.

Sara Paulson as Janis Joplin
Paulson has also played prominent roles in all the “AHS” seasons. In “Hotel” she will portray a rock-star who checks into the hotel, unaware of the terrifying events that await her.

Kathy Bates as Claudia DeVeau
Bates plays a devoted agent of Janis who will do absolutely anything in her power to keep Janis’ name untainted.

Finn Wittrock as Chap Newton
Newton is a happily engaged man, who out of some bad luck, decides to spend a night at the Hotel.

Michelle Pfeiffer as Martina McBride
The acclaimed actress would play the role of the Hotel’s previous owner Martina McBride.

Lily Rabe as Annabelle Evergreen
Rabe will play the current owner of the “Hotel”, who is slowly losing her sanity, thanks to the supernatural events that occur there.

Alexander Skarsgård as Joshua Evergreen
Joshua Evergreen is the supportive and loving husband of the young Hotel-owner Annabelle.

Angela Bassett as Lolita Jones
Bassett plays a jazz singer who regularly performs at the bar of the “Hotel”.

Denis O’Hare as Leo Maxwell
Maxwell, who is another known figure among “AHS” fans, will play the role of a bartender at the Hotel, who is a very close friend of Lolita.

Lady Gaga as Elisa Starr
Gaga plays the role of a popular lounge singer, who is pitted against Lolita and is always competing with her for popularity.

Matt Bomer as Terry Castro
Bomer plays a tedious bellboy who is always on the look-out for trouble and keeps an eye out for everyone.

Tammy Blanchard as Theresa Faulkner
Theresa Faulkner is the strict and bitter head maid of the Hotel who secretly has the habit of peeping in on the guests.

Frances Conroy as Maude Madelyn
Conroy’s Maude Madelyn is an imitator of Marilyn Monroe. She has an affinity for younger men and murder.

Cheyenne Jackson as Thomas Seabras
Seabras is a bellboy of the Hotel who loves to gossip and is seen engaging in strange and suspicious behavior.

Grace Gummer as Emma Lam
Emma Lam is a maid at the hotel who is seen engaging in strange activities.

Wes Bentley as Father Dominic Deon
Father Deon is a happy-go-lucky leader of a group who is as curious as they are religious.

Donald Sutherland as Father Abner Gates
Father Gates is a priest that tries to cleanse the Hotel of its impurities and bad spirits. However, his efforts end very badly.

Steven Weber as Ray Ottoman
Weber’s Ottoman is a Hotel inspector, who is despised by the Hotel staff

Chloë Sevigny as Lois Deon
A woman with a dark past, who is now living seemingly happy as a homemaker.

Michael Chiklis as Dr Nelson Brackett
Dr Brackett is an intelligent scientist who is out of work and is desperate to find a job soon.

Christine Estabrook as Abigail White
White is a realtor of the Hotel.

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‘Everly’ Director Joe Lynch On ‘Die Hard’, Yakuza and Insane Action!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 09:07

Everly, Anchor Bay Entertainment and RADiUS’s high-octane thriller starring Academy Award nominee Salma Hayek as a femme fatale unleashing the ultimate vengeance, is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray.

The action begins when Everly (Hayek), trapped in her apartment, is forced to fend off waves of assassins sent by her former lover – a dangerous Yakuza mob boss who wants her dead after he learns she is no longer loyal to him. Desperate to be re-united with her mother and young daughter, Everly must fight to kill her attackers before they destroy her and her family.

We caught up with director Joe Lynch (Wrong Turn 2, The Knights of Badassdom) who talked about the genesis of the film, how Die Hard inspired the film, and how his love for 80’s action cinema challenged him into trying something brand new.

BLOODY: What was the genesis of EVERLY?

JOE LYNCH: “EVERLY was the by product of my love for Siege movies like NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD and ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 where a character is stuck, cornered and we are forced to watch them fight their way out. I also love that whole “Dogma 95” movement where these filmmakers in the 90’s, including Lars Von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg, gave themselves a set of rules and restrictions, like no score or limitations with the camera, which just created new, fresh ways to shoot a scene. I loved the idea of “rules” for an action movie, especially one where we were stuck in a shitty situation with our lead character so why not use the limitations as a way to ensconce the audience into being stuck WITH that character, to feel trapped like they do. This combined with a more Eastern/EuroTrash sensibility to the story, characters and execution were the ingredients I wanted to use to do something a little different with familiar tropes in an action thriller. So my manager Luke (who ended up producing the movie) challenged me to write something along those lines, so I did a 17 page treatment and then we had my college buddy Yale Hannon help with the script and the rest is infamy.”

There’s a lot of DIE HARD in the movie, can you speak to that as inspiration?

Lynch: “DIE HARD to me is the perfect action movie. It has everything; nail biting suspense, a lead who bleeds so the stakes are higher, 80’s lens flares, Christmas music, albino henchmen (well, not really). DIE HARD to me has everything and is so effectively executed by John McTiernan, and just so happens to be my ultimate holiday flick too. And holy hell is it bloody! The movie still holds up because of this insane blend of action, suspense, humor and character that might be stuck in the 80s but and it always stuck with me how fresh it still feels. Plus, its essentially the 80’s version of a siege movie, but on a “BIGGER! FASTER!!! HARDER!!!” scale that we came to love from Joel Silver and 80’s action movies. That movie is timeless even with the terrible hairdos and outfits. So when we were pitching the film I joked once in the room, as an homage to the 90’s when EVERYTHING had to be “Die Hard on a ______” I thought, what’s left? What variation of the formula could we try? What about one room? DONE!”

Salma Hayek is your Bruce Willis. Again, anything to reference die hard here. What was your own vision for the character?

Lynch: “Originally, the character was kinda different in certain ways. She was more of a junkie who was holed up in the room to tend to the money that Taiko was laundering, so that place was kind of a laundering “bank” and she was kept at bay with a steady stream of smack. She still rats on Taiko and he still sends ALL of his guys after her and she still had her family she was protecting, but she was more frail. The idea was the “girl next door” who is on a downward spiral. So when we cast Kate Hudson, she fit that persona of the role really well (no offense, Kate). When Kate bailed and Salma came in, there was NO WAY anyone would believe she was a junkie! So we tailored the part more to her sensibilities and of course her type, and she brought a strength we would have never anticipated. So while the genesis of the character and what it ended up being evolved, it only made her stronger a figure to fight the night.”

There’s also a lot of Yakuza inspiration, are you a big fan of Japanese cinema?

Lynch: “Absolutely. I grew up on a steady diet of Kurosawa and LONE WOLF & CUB but when I started working at 112 Video in Long Island, which is arguably the best video store on the east coast, my mind was blown when I began devouring Kinji Fukasaku films and Beat Takeshi crime films and of course the madness that is Takashi Miike. The Eastern influence comes from my love of the culture and how the Yakuza is still mysterious to many, it still has a dangerous, exotic mystique. I think its still one of the last formidable foes that’s not supernatural, and it felt like a cool culture clash to bring those sensibilities to a western location and culture.”

The best thing about EVERLY is that there’s no wasted exposition: the audience never has to wait for more action. Can you speak to the difficulty in making such an action heavy movie? Shooting in one location must have helped?

Lynch: “The one location idea was a blessing for the budget…no company moves or location fees! But being in that room the entire time drove us all a little crazy too. But we treated it like a challenge; We (the cast and crew making the movie) NEEDED to shoot our way out of that fucking room to escape and survive ourselves! The last day felt like we could all breath again when we finally left that ravaged, decimated room.

“It was difficult to keep the action going in that we needed to chart it out since the action comes fast and furious at times and then we take a few breaths too. The idea was to treat this like one chapter in this person’s life and to bog it down with the history of Taiko’s Yakuza gang or how EVERLY got there felt like it was going to slow down the roller coaster. We needed to throw the audience into the fire with her and just GO GO GO. But we still needed to balance the drama with the action or it would get boring really quick I felt.

“Every day was difficult since pretty much every day had a “gag” which is a stunt or an effect, etc. These things take time, between the prep and the careful execution so no one gets hurt. The opening gunfight for example; we had to prep that for weeks and then spent a whole day just to get it since it was a dance between the camera, the special effects team, the actors, everyone working in tandem. We got to do that shot 4 times, with the 2nd one the best take and the one in the film. But those kinds of things can really suck up the time in your day and time is money and there’s NEVER enough time. So while it was nice to not have to worry about moving locations that also takes up time, with SO much going on in that room every day, it was a controlled race against time. Im still shocked we got what we did with the time we had!”

What’s next? Exploring outside of the genre or have more gore in store?

Lynch: “I will always have one toe in the wet stuff no matter what genre Im working in. Hell, i’ll strive to make the bloodiest Nicholas Sparks movie ever if given the opportunity! Clearly from EVERLY and even KoB Im not one to hold back on the splatter. Right now we’re prepping and casting a Sci-Fi Erotic Thriller (“Sci-rotica”?) called SWITCH CULTURE which is like if Cronenberg and Verhoeven fucked, if that give you any idea of where we’re going. Its NUTS. There’s also another project that is completely 180 from my past work that might go soon if we’re lucky. And Im writing a horror film now, with my goal being to revitalize a long dormant genre that I’ve always wanted to do. I really want to try to make something stark and scary, its been a while since Ive been creeped out and scared myself. I’d say that is a noble goal, to effectively evacuate my bowels through the power of cinema.”

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[TV Review] “Bates Motel” Episode 3.08: ‘The Pit’

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 09:03

While this week’s episode of Bates Motel had it’s moments (mostly in the last ten minutes), it was a bit of a letdown after last week’s stellar episode. Not to sound like a broken record, but the best parts came from scenes involving Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore, while all of the other scenes kind of dragged on.

It’s probably telling that an episode isn’t going to be the strongest when the main conflict is a large hole being dug in the ground. No seriously, the entire plot of this episode surrounds the “pool” that Bob Paris promised Norma he would dig for the motel. Of course this is no regular pool, it’s 23 feet deep! Needless to say, it’s not all that exciting (or particularly threatening).

The good that comes from all of this is that it distracts Norma enough for Bob to kidnap James and question him about Norma (that nail through the toe made me cringe, I admit). Thankfully (for the audience, not Norma), James tells Bob everything that Norma told him, and Bob tells Romero. I can’t be the only one who was hoping Norma would just break down and tell Romero the truth about how her husband died when he asked (especially since it was so obvious that he already knew), but it looks like Norma will be without a protector as the season heads to its end. Romero never registered much in the first two seasons, but he’s proving to be one of this season’s MVPs. Nestor Carbonell doesn’t get enough praise for his work, and he deserves it here.

Speaking of endings, this episode had a humdinger of one. After Norma discovered that Bob knew all of her dirty little secrets, she had no choice but to tell Norman. It was yet another stellar scene between Farmiga and Highmore, but the best part came when Mother appeared after Normal left the basement. Even though Farmiga and Highmore are not actually related, it was sufficiently creepy to see him slowly start to undress her. Luckily, he came to his senses and ran outside, only to find a stalled car with none other than BRADLEY standing next to it.

Bradley’s reappearance is weird. There’s no better way to put it. She was never a compelling character while she was on it in Bates Motel’s first season. That being said, it may prove to be much more interesting than some of the things going on with Dyland and Caleb (more on that in a bit). If they brought her back only to kill her off (which I suspect might be the case) I will be pretty annoyed, though.

Emma breaking up with Norman feels like something that should have happened a few episodes ago, as their brief romance never rang true to the series. It’s been a long time coming but it does call into question how much longer she will be around as a character. It’s looking like the show is leaning towards setting her up with Dylan, but that will probably not sit well with Norman.

In the (much) less interesting part of the episode (that took up way too much screen time), Caleb and Dylan go on a gun run for Chick and mayhem ensues. It wasn’t particularly surprising that the entire thing was a trap (the buyers were intent on killing Chick which is why he send Caleb and Dylan in his place), it’s just that now that that cat’s out of the bag, it seems that the final two episodes of the season will focus on getting rid of Chick. The level of “do not care” I have for that particular plot line is astounding. I admit that for a second, I thought Dylan might actually be killed, so there was some level of suspense. It just seems like the show would have been better off never introducing Chick and his gun-running subplot in the first place so that Bates Motel could focus on more important (read: exciting) things.

A perfectly average episode of Bates Motel, made only the more disappointing since the series was coming off hot after last week’s spectacular episode. With only two episodes left in the season, here’s hoping they pack a whallop and land a little more smoothly than this one did.

Random Notes

  • “What the hell is goin’ on?” -Norma’s Southern accent slips out upon seeing the “pool” being dug, and it’s hilarious.
  • So Norman is clearly going to kill Bob, right?
  • “You’re the manager just go get some fencing!” -Norma throwing that manager position in Norman’s face just like she did two episodes ago.
  • Norma, it’s not normal for Norman to be turned on by you. Just an FYI.
  • Gunner is still into Emma, in case you were wondering.
  • “You said I could tell you about anything and it would be safe!” -Norma, he had a nail shot into his feet. Cut the guy some slack.
  • Here’s the promo for next week’s penultimate episode, “Crazy”

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New ‘Spiderman’ Has Its Next Peter Parker?!

bloody disgusting - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 21:46

Latino Review has the scoop, telling us that Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios have set their sites on the next Peter Parker.

According to the site, Asa Butterfield is the frontrunner of the previously reported batch of names that included Timothee Chalamet (One and Two, Interstellar), Tom Holland (Locke, The Impossible), Liam James (“Psych,” The Way, Way Back) and Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars, Paper Towns).

The site received a “no comment” but have always been one of the forefront of major Marvel scoops. We believe in them implicitly.

[Related Article] They’re Gonna Screw ‘Spider-Man’ Up, Again

As we stated in the above linked article, all of the aforementioned names are too old for the role, and this includes Butterfield. At least with Butterfield, we know we’re getting a seasoned actor who was absolutely fantastic in both Hugo and Ender’s Game (a critically panned movie I actually enjoyed quite a bit).

The new Spider-Man will first appear in Anthony and Joe Russo’s upcoming Captain America: Civil War, which will hit theaters May 6, 2016.

THEN, and only then will this new Peter Parker swing into action solo on July 28, 2017. Drew Goddard is rumored to direct with the title also rumored to be Spider-Man: The New Avenger.

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The ‘Poltergeist’ Clown Wants To Sing You A Song

bloody disgusting - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 21:23

So, apparently there’s this app that a bunch of people are using called MyIdol, which allows people to place their face on a virtual dancing body for…I have no idea, actually.

But sometimes the most popular apps that bring people the most joy can be used for the most sinister of purposes. And that’s where the social media team behind the upcoming Poltergeist remake come in.

The team put the face of the creepy clown doll from the film into the app and had it sing a Chinese-heavy version of “Happy Birthday”. To say that it’s a little frightening is a bit of an understatement. If you hate clowns, this is the stuff of nightmares. But don’t take my word for it. Head below to see for yourself.

Poltergeist comes out May 22nd and is produced by Sam Raimi.

Straight from your nightmares to #myidol reality. Follow PoltergeistFilm on Snapchat for more #huanshi scares. https://t.co/5yNAa4SjjO

— Poltergeist (@Poltergeist) April 25, 2015

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Northmen (UK Blu-ray / DVD)

Dread Central - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 05:00

Starring Tom Hopper, Ryan Kwanten, Ed Skrein, Charlie Murphy

Directed by Claudio Fah

Distributed by Entertainment One

On their way to go a-plundering in Lindisfarne, a group of exiled Viking warriors led by would-be ruler Asbjorn (Hopper) find themselves off course and stranded on the coast of Scotland when their longboat is destroyed in a vicious storm. Trapped behind enemy lines, the group decides that their only hope is to reach the friendly settlement of Danelaw – but it isn’t very long before they’re spotted by hostile forces and a battle ensues.

In the wake of the fighting, the Vikings carry with them the princess Inghean (Murphy), daughter of the ruthless King Dunchaid. Hoping to use her as leverage for safe passage and ransom, the gang press forward on their journey. Unfortunately for them, however, King Dunchaid is a bit more of a bastard than they expected, and he unleashes the Wolf Pack – a group of highly trained Carpathian mercenaries – with orders to kill not only his Viking adversaries, but his daughter as well.

Along the way, Asbjorn and crew happen upon hermitic druid Conall (Kwanten), a Christian monk who also happens to be extremely adept when it comes to kicking the living shit out of people with athletic style. Following an encounter with the ruthless Wolf Pack, Conall agrees to aid the Vikings and princess in their quest to reach Danelaw – and so begins the chase across picturesque landscapes and rocky mountains as swords clash, arrows fly and numbers dwindle.

Claudio Fah’s Northmen is a film that, on the surface, offers little new to the ‘chase movie’ game beyond its Viking theme (it feels very similar to Roar Uthuag’s 2012 film Escape), but that’s actually rarely an issue given the swift pacing, enjoyable characters and engaging aesthetic of the flick. Shooting locations in South Africa actually stand in very well for the Scottish coast, and some breathtaking vistas, crisp woodland and impressive settings for the action (for example a rope bridge over a massive gorge) create a sense of scale that the humble sensibilities of the core story lack. It’s a great-looking flick, feeling just a few steps away from a grandiose epic in the same manner that Michael J. Bassett’s Solomon Kane adaptation did.

The action is well choreographed and fluidly shot, and there’s enough blood spatter and sword-on-flesh action to keep those who can’t stand bloodless medieval action happy, though Northmen also has a real sense of weirdness about it. Very central elements of the story feel strangely out of place and under-explained – for example, Inghean is revealed to have soothsaying abilities, receiving visual and auditory messages from the earth itself to warn her and her new protectors of the impending arrival of a threat. This magical/supernatural element is thrown in alongside the more grounded stance that the film establishes early on with nary an eyebrow raised.

Next to that is Kwanten’s character, Conall, who shoots straight off the weirdness scale with his realisation as a Christian monk who seems entirely styled on Buddhism and trained in Eastern martial arts. On the face of it, it’s all over the place – but it’s perhaps testament to Fah’s storytelling skills that it doesn’t see Northmen come completely undone by any means.

Besides, there’s little point in complaining about any of it when the return of the Viking group’s Berzerker from a particular feat of battle fury comes as a welcome stretch of believability simply because the character is so much fun to have around.

Performances across the board are perfectly fine, even if Ed Skrein’s turn as lead villain Hjorr is more pantomime-y and less interesting on a character level than his second-in-command, Anatole Taubman as Bovarr. There’s the requisite amount of in-fighting amongst the Vikings, with the morally steadfast Asbjorn butting heads with some of the others over their more repugnant intentions for their captive lady, but things rarely push very hard in that direction – mostly ending with a short verbal burst or waving of a weapon as means of keeping in check. In short – nothing far beyond what you’d expect.

And that’s pretty much what sums up Northmen – it isn’t ground-breaking, it isn’t a highly original take on the chase film. But it’s a very entertaining one. Filled with enough testosterone-fuelled action, punchy set-pieces, humorous touches, scowling and eye candy to keep itself standing even if the more off-kilter elements threaten to drag it down.

If you’re looking for a fun popcorn flick to fill an evening with grunting, punching and bloody swordplay at an exciting pace (and Ryan Kwanten in quite possibly the strangest role you’ll ever see him take on) then you really can’t go wrong.

Entertainment One brings Northmen to UK DVD sporting a selection of behind the scenes featurettes that explore the locations, characters and action sequences and scoring of the film while offering interview snippets with various members of the cast and crew. Each segment is short and light, coming in all together at a total of around 11 minutes, but it does feel like just enough material to satisfy. Fans of legendary Viking metal band ‘Amon Amarth’ will likely feel some disappointment for lead singer Johan Hegg, who makes his film debut here and spends some time in the extras talking about his positive experiences on set and shooting his scenes, only to end up in the finished film for all of five minutes, with one line of dialogue, before meeting his end.

Special Features:

  • Behind the Scenes
  • Don’t Mess With the Northmen
  • Northmen in Action
  • Tune up the Northmen
  • Vikings vs. Wolves



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L.A. Film Festival 2015 – First Look at Shut In

Dread Central - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 21:09

Playing as part of the upcoming Los Angeles Film Festival (June 10-18) is the new film from a member of the team that brought you the acclaimed Delivery: The Beast Within, entitled Shut In, and we have your first look!

The film stars Beth Riesgraf (“Criminal Minds”), Rory Culkin (Scream 4), Martin Starr (Dead Snow 2, HBO’s “Silicon Valley”), and Jack Kesy (FX’s “The Strain”).

Shut In is the debut feature from Adam Schindler, one half of LA-based film collective Type AB, which was behind last year’s festival favorite Delivery: The Beast Within.

More soon!

Synopsis:
Anna (Riesgraf) suffers from agoraphobia so crippling that when a trio of criminals break into her house, she cannot bring herself to flee. But what the intruders don’t realize is that agoraphobia is not her only psychosis.

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Helen Keller vs. Nightwolves – New Trailer Sees Red

Dread Central - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 20:56

A red band trailer for FDR American Badass writer Ross Patterson’s new film, Helen Keller vs. Nightwolves, has arrived; and we have it for you right here. Dig in!

Jessie Wiseman stars as Keller, known for being both blind and deaf. Insidious star Lin Shaye portrays an older version of Keller, and Rocky Horror Picture Show’s Barry Bostwick stars as Jonathan.

Synopsis:
Helen Keller vs. Nightwolves tells the shocking story of how a group of nightwolves terrorized a tiny village, taking people’s hearing and eyesight… and the one woman who fought back.

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First Look At Marvel Comics’ “Secret Wars: Battleground” #1

bloody disgusting - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 20:52

Marvel’s Secret Wars event is shaping up to be more of a celebration of the publisher’s past continuity than a story driven event in and of itself. Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic’s main series almost seems like an undercurrent. At least when compared to all of the exciting other titles the publisher will be releasing during the showdown. Of those incredible miniseries “Secret Wars: Battleground” has continually proved one of the most interesting. Written by Ed Brisson and Joshua Williamson, the series will see wall to wall action from the heart of the event.

Take issue one for example – what happens when Dr. Strange possesses the Punisher? Meet the Sorcerer EXTREME! Only Spider-Man, Wolverine, the Hulk and Ghost Rider of this land can track this terrible two-in-one down. And things are going to get messy! Then, what happens when M.O.D.O.K. recruits every M.O.D.O.K. ever from across Battleworld for his evil scheme. We’ll give you a hint – F.I.G.H.T.!

Each issue –  cover-to-cover action, pulse-pounding battles and can’t miss creators. You want action? Look no further than SECRET WARS: BATTLEWORLD #1 when it explodes in to comic shops and on to digital devices this May!

SECRET WARS: BATTLEWORLD #1 (of 4) (MAR150638)

Written by JOSH WILLIAMSON & ED BRISSON

Art by MIKE HENDERSON & SCOTT HEPBURN

Cover by PACO MEDINA

Variant Cover by JAMES STOKOE (MAR150639)

Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (MAR150640)

FOC – 04/27/15, On-Sale – 05/20/15

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Screamy New Suburban Gothic Poster

Dread Central - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 20:52

A new one-sheet is here Richard Bates, Jr.’s (Excision) next film, Suburban Gothic (review), and it will have you screaming. Well… at least it has one of the people on it screaming.

Suburban Gothic was written by Richard Bates, Jr., and Mark Bruner; directed by Bates; and produced by Dylan Hale Lewis. Matthew Gray Gubler, Kat Dennings, Ray Wise, Sally Kirkland, Jeffrey Combs, and John Waters star

Synopsis:
Raymond has a prestigious MBA, but he can’t find work. He can channel the paranormal, but chatting with a cute girl mystifies him. Kicked out of his big city apartment, Raymond returns home to his overbearing mother, ex-jock father, and beer-bellied classmates. But when a vengeful ghost terrorizes the small town, the city-boy recruits Becca, a badass local bartender, to solve the mystery of the spirit threatening everyone’s lives.

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Paragon Releasing a Real Clinger

Dread Central - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 20:45

Some fresh distro news has come in for the supernatural horror comedy Clinger, as The Wrap is reporting that the filck has been acquired for U.S. distribution by Paragon Releasing.

Michael Steves directs and co-wrote the screenplay with Gabi Chennisi Duncombe and Bubba Fish.

Clinger (review) tells the story of a high school senior (newcomer Jennifer Laporte) whose possessive dead boyfriend (Vincent Martella) returns as a lovesick ghost to kill her so they can be together for eternity. Julia Aks, Alica Monet Caldwell, Shonna Major, and Rebecca Gail also star alongside Debbie Rochon and Lisa Wilcox.

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