Some (invisible) men just want to watch the world burn.
With the 1923 release of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Universal Studios began its reign as the leading purveyor of horror cinema, soon thereafter introducing a roster of movie monsters that will forever be the most iconic of all time. Some of the characters were wholly original creations while others were based on earlier literature, but there’s no denying that none of them would exist, as we know them today, if not for Universal bringing them to life on the silver screen. The Universal Monsters, it goes without saying, paved the way for all horror movie monsters we’ve seen since.
If there’s any commonality that links the majority of the Universal Monsters it’s that they are, at the end of the day, tragic figures. Quasimodo, the Phantom, Imhotep, Frankenstein’s monster, the Creature, and Larry Talbot can all be considered reluctant monsters, and one could argue that even Dracula, though decidedly more sinister than the others, does what he does because he has to do it in order to survive. Universal’s monsters were often cursed by forces beyond their control, their terrifying outward appearances masking the sadness and sympathetic humanity that lie just underneath the scary exteriors.
But not all of the Universal Monsters were created equal.
After helming Frankenstein and before giving it a sequel with The Bride of Frankenstein, director James Whale introduced The Invisible Man in 1933, based on H.G. Wells’ same-named novel from decades prior. The oddball horror-comedy, most notable for its groundbreaking special effects, centers on Dr. Jack Griffin, a chemist whose dangerous experiments with a drug called monocane have resulted in him literally becoming invisible. Though he at first sets out to find a cure, he soon realizes that his newly-acquired superpower makes life a whole lot more enjoyable.
Being bad? Turns out it feels pretty damn good.
There’s of course something inherently tragic about an experiment going wrong and transforming an ordinary man into a mad monster, but when it comes to Jack Griffin, he’s not exactly a tragic figure. As portrayed by a then-unknown Claude Rains, the titular Invisible Man is a maniacal sociopath who relishes being evil and doing terrible things, laughing wildly as he derails a passenger train, pushes over a baby carriage, and just generally wreaks havoc on a world that he feels jilted by. He’s simultaneously the most human and most monstrous of the Universal Monsters, racking up the highest body count of them all and, unlike the others, thoroughly enjoying the “curse” he’s been saddled with.
“An invisible man can rule the world,” Griffin excitedly exclaims. “Nobody will see him come, nobody will see him go. He can hear every secret. He can rob, and rape, and kill!”
Thanks to Rains’ brilliantly unhinged performance, the invisible Jack Griffin is without question the most flamboyant and charismatic monster in Universal’s stable, and watching the film today, it’s hard not to view the character as the prototype for a whole new breed of movie villain that came in the wake of Universal’s “golden age.” Cracking wise, singing, dancing, and deriving such a sick sense of pleasure from killing that you can’t help but love him, the Invisible Man was the first monster to fully embrace being a monster, and it’s this character trait that made the 1933 film quite a few years ahead of its time.
Villains in modern cinema are often the coolest and most likable characters in their respective movies, and in that realm, the Invisible Man predates fan-favorite icons like Freddy Krueger and Captain Spaulding by so many years that their origins can at least be loosely traced back to the path Whale and Rains carved way back in the early ’30s. Even Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker, as many fans have noted, seems to have been informed by the gleeful sense of killing-for-the-fun-of-it that made the Invisible Man such a different and unique villain in the Universal Monsters oeuvre.
At a time when movie monsters were reserved and downright reluctant to be, well, monsters, Jack Griffin’s comically over-the-top approach to villainy must’ve been a breath of fresh air when the film came out, and it feels right at home with today’s crop of wicked evil-doers. Whale broke the mold, and he did it in such a way that makes The Invisible Man a classic horror movie that feels surprisingly modern when watched in the present day, well over 80 years after its initial release.
If there’s one Universal monster movie that demands a revisit, it may be this one.
Looks like director/musician Rob Zombie is on a kick of revealing character posters for his upcoming film 31 this week. We say Richard Brake’s “Doom-Head” and Lew Temple’s “Psycho-Head” and now a new poster has been released for Malcolm McDowell’s “Father Murder”, which you can see below.
31, which stars Sheri Moon Zombie (The Devil’s Rejects, Halloween), Golden Globe Nominee Malcolm McDowell (“Mozart in the Jungle,” A Clockwork Orange), Jeff Daniel Phillips (The Lords of Salem) and Meg Foster (The Lords of Salem), follows five carnival workers who are kidnapped and held hostage in an abandoned, Hell-like compound where they are forced to participate in a violent game, the goal of which is to survive twelve hours against a gang of sadistic clowns.
Zombie has been fighting to have this movie released to the public for a long time. He went through a strong crowdfunding campaign only to be hit twice with the dreaded NC-17 rating, which would’ve severely restricted the viewing potential. After some edits, it got dropped to an R-rating, but Zombie assures we’ll see an uncut version. The new edit still bears all the earmarks of a Rob Zombie film, as it features, “…strong bloody horror violence, pervasive language, sexual content and drug use.”
The film is going to be released on VOD platforms on September 16th and in limited theaters on October 21st via Saban Films.
The book-to-film adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower is currently filming in South Africa, so leaked shots from the set are popping up left and right. However, we want to show you the high-quality good stuff, which is why we’ve been waiting for an official look at the film. Today brings us that day as a crystal clear shot of Idris Elba as “The Gunslinger” has been released and can be seen below, per EW!
“Gunslinger Roland Deschain roams an Old West-like landscape in search of the dark tower, in the hopes that reaching it will preserve his dying world.”
The film will star Idris Elba as Roland, Matthew McConaughey as the Man in Black, and we’ll also be seeing Fran Kranz, Jackie Earle Haley, Abbey Lee, and Kathryn Wiggins.
Directed by Nikolaj Arcel and produced by Akiva Goldman, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, and Erica Hughes, The Dark Tower will be released on February 17th, 2017.
Late last year we learned that Luca Pavetto’s The Perfect Husband was getting a Blu-ray mediabook release in Germany from Illusions Unltd. The film now has an American release courtesy of Artsploitation Films. The film will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and exclusive streaming via Vimeo on July 26th and then later in the year on October 25th the streaming will expand to most major VOD outlets.
Check out the trailer as well as the details on the Blu-ray/DVD release below.
This terrifying psychological horror film follows Viola (Gabriella Wright) and Nicola (Bret Roberts) as they try to reconcile after an unexpected termination of pregnancy puts a strain on their marriage. They decide to spend a weekend in a family cottage in the woods but what was supposed to be a romantic weekend suddenly turns into a deadly nightmare as seething suspicions, maddening paranoia and blind rage explodes around them. A bloody, unsettling thriller from Italian horror filmmaker Lucas Pavetto.
•Bonus Features:Il Marito Perfectto (short film) (38 minutes), The Perfect Husband Behind-the-Scenes (24 minutes), Artsploitation trailers
Gotta catch ’em all. And then kill them. With fire.
Nintendo has another massive hit on their hands with Pokemon Go, an app game that is quite literally sweeping the nation. Just this week, shortly after the launch, the app registered more active users than social platforms like Twitter and Tinder, and if you leave the comfort of your home right now and venture outside, there’s a good chance you’ll see at least a few people out there hunting for colorful little monsters. How will you know? They’ll be holding their phones out in front of them and shambling around like Romero zombies.
Then again, that’s kinda been the societal norm for years now.
It’s hard not to poke fun at the craze, but the reality is that Pokemon Go is getting people out of the house, forcing them to explore their cities and towns in a way they probably never have before. And it’s also bonding people in the way that only silly entertainment really can. It’s both a simple game and yet so much more than a game, and you need only read any news website right now to see just how much of an impact it’s having on our society. Hell, one teen girl even found a dead body while out hunting for Pokemon characters!
Why are we talking about Pokemon here on Bloody? There’s a good reason, I promise.
Artist Gavin Mackey has a passion for reimagining beloved Pokemon characters in his own vision, and the fun project has resulted in some truly nightmarish pieces of art that we wanted to share with you while we’re in the midst of the Pokemon Go mania that’s impossible to escape at the moment. Mackey’s art turns Darkrai into a James Wan villain and Mr. Mime into something out of Guillermo del Toro’s worst nightmares, and characters like Lickitung, Gengar, Vaporeon, and Wobbuffet have also been given the “nightmare fuel” treatment.
Check out the spooky art below!
After the success of Ivan Reitman’s 1984 Ghostbusters, the studio expected the sequel, released in 1989, to be just as successful. In the 80’s and 90’s, corporate tie-ins were on the rise, but nothing like they are now. Ghostbusters had a huge following, and plenty of action figures and products, so it made sense to kick it up a notch. Hence the creation of the “Ghostbusters Spooktacular” at Universal Studio Orlando. The stage show launched in 1990 and ran through 1996, when it was closed to make room for “Twister…Ride it Out” (another wild ride). When you’re young, it makes no sense why big companies change the things you love – but in retrospect it makes a lot of sense why this attraction was closed, as with “Black to the Future: The Ride”, “Jaws”, “King Kong”, and even Disney’s “Journey into Imagination”. It hurts nonetheless. But thanks to YouTube, our memories can live on until the sun dies, or civilization falls, or aliens destroy the planet.
For our younger readers, or those who never traveled to Universal Studios in the 1990’s, I wanted to share a look at one of the coolest attractions that ever graced a theme park.
Guests queued through the outside of a soundstage where it was presumed that the Ghostbusters films had been shot, wiki explains. Then, they entered the building where the storyline would be revealed. It was later changed to where guests were queued outside a soundstage where a sign advertised a “Seminar Hosted by Louis Tulley Today.”
Inside, guests would seat at the base of the Temple of Gozer where the Ghostbusters would play around with Slimer, battle spooks, the Stay Puft Marshmallow-Man, and eventually Gozer.
“Your fate is sealed. Choose and perish!”QUALITY CLOSE-UP SHOTS FULL SHOW FROM A QUALITY SEAT, 1992 THE PRE AND FULL SHOW, 1996 AN INTERNATIONAL VIDEO TOURS THE GHOSTBUSTERS STORE, 1990
Tomorrow sees the release of the Netflix original series “Stranger Things“, the Amblin-esque show that follows a town caught up in a mystery when one of their community goes missing. To give people a taste of what the show will bring, the first eight minutes can now be seen below, courtesy of EW.
“A love letter to the supernatural classics of the 80’s, “Stranger Things” is the story of a young boy who vanishes into thin air. As friends, family and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl.”
“Stranger Things” stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Natalia Dyer, Cara Buono, Charlie Heaton, and Matthew Modine.
Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer (“Wayward Pines”) will be acting as writers, directors, and co-showrunners for the series with Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen acting as executive producers.
AMC has released the key art for “The Walking Dead” season 7, which you can see below, and it shows the main crew on their knees in front of Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s “Negan”. If you’re someone obsessed with finding out who was given an intimate encounter with Lucille, AMC is saying you can get your first clues with this image, so grab your magnifying lens and enjoy!
The image shows series stars Steven Yeun (Glenn), Christian Serratos (Rosita), Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon), Danai Gurira (Michonne), Michael Cudlitz (Abraham), Lauren Cohan (Maggie), Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes), Sonequa Martin-Green (Sasha), Ross Marquand (Aaron), Chandler Riggs (Carl), and Josh McDermitt (Eugene).
If you’re going to be at SDCC, you can also check out their panel which will take place on Friday, July 22 at 1:00 p.m. PT in Hall H.
“The Walking Dead” returns to AMC this fall.
We’ve been writing about Toho’s Godzilla: Resurgence for nearly a year now and the film is fast approaching its July 29th theatrical release date (in Japan, mind you). Up until today, we didn’t know what the synopsis of the film was but that’s changed thanks to a “community individual” contributed translation over at the Gormaru Island Facebook page:
“A cause unknown, an accident has occurred in the tunnels of the Tokyo Bay Aqua Line, causing an emergency cabinet meeting to convene. Immediately afterwards, a huge creature appears, destroying town after town with its landing reaching the capital. The mysterious giant organism named “Godzilla”.”
Additionally, the informative post adds that the film will clock in at nearly two hours with a runtime of 118 minutes.
Lastly, a short promo featurette has been released that shows a little bit of new footage, although it’s nothing terribly exciting. I’m guessing they’re saving the good parts for the theaters!
Godzilla: Resurgence, the 29th entry in the franchise, will be hitting theaters in Japan on July 29th. It is co-directed by Hideaki Anno (Evangelion) and Shinji Higuchi (Attack on Titan). Anno has written the script.
The cast includes Hiroki Hasegawa, Yutaka Takenouchi, Satomi Ishihara, Rando Yaguchi, and Ren Osugi.
Bloody Disgusting has just confirmed that Michael and Peter Spierig will be directing the currently untitled eighth SAW with Lionsgate releasing in theaters on October 27, 2017.
Josh Stolberg and Pete Goldfinger – the same scriptwriting duo behind Piranha 3D, Piranha 3DD, and Sorority Row – were previously reported as the film’s writers.
Franchise co-creators James Wan and Leigh Whannell are acting as executive producers.
As I wrote previously, Peter and Michael Spierig first broke onto the genre scene when Lionsgate released their undead horror Undead back in 2003. Since, they were hired by the studio to direct the vampire sci-fi epic Daybreakers, while also delivering the masterful sci-fi paradox horror Predestination. Next up, Jigsaw.
The brothers were recently attached to direct Winchester Mystery House, which has been in development for years. I think it’s safe to assume this is going on the backburner as SAW is scheduled to shoot from September-October in Toronto, Ontario.
The seven SAW films grossed $874 million at the box office worldwide and were hailed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the “Most Successful Horror Franchise” of all time.
SAW was the first collaboration for co-creators James Wan, who directed the film, and Leigh Whannell, who wrote the screenplay. Together, they also created the successful Insidious franchise, and Wan has gone on to direct such high-profile films as The Conjuring, The Conjuring 2, and produced Annabelle and the upcoming Lights Out.
Directed by Wan from a script penned by Whannell, SAW is a psychological thriller focusing on two men who wake up in a secure lair of a serial killer, with a dead body lying between them. The killer, nicknamed “Jigsaw,” leaves them tape recorded messages with details of how to make it out alive. The only way for one man to make it out alive is to do the unthinkable. The two men desperately try to find a way out, while also trying to figure out who’s behind their kidnapping.
The film, which was released over Halloween weekend on October 29, 2004, was produced by Gregg Hoffman, Oren Koules, and Mark Burg.
Watch this spot for more news as it breaks, including casting.
Yesterday brought the announcement that Alyssa Sutherland had joined the cast of Spike’s “The Mist“, the television adaptation of Stephen King’s novella of the same name. Now, we’ve got not one, not two, but EIGHT new cast announcements that also bring character descriptions. Each can be read below.
““The Mist” tells the story of a foreboding mist that arrives in one small town ushering in a terrifying new reality for its residents, putting their humanity to the test. What will people do to survive when blinded by fear?”
The novella was turned into a film in 2007 that starred Thomas Jane, Laurie Holden, Marcia Gay Harden, and Andre Braugher.
The series will feature 10 one-hour episodes with the premiere being directed by Adam Bernstein. Production is beginning this summer.
Gus Birney as “Alex Cunningham,” the teenage daughter of Kevin and Eve Cunningham. She’s always been the ‘good daughter,’ but her over-protective mother helps to kick-start a rebellious streak.
Dan Butler as “Father Romanov,” a priest who is caught in between modernity and tradition, he has lost his faith but clings to the ritual.
Luke Cosgrove as “Jay Heisel,” a popular local football superstar and the son of the town sheriff who finds himself accused of a heinous crime.
Danica Curcic as “Mia Lambert,” a drug-addicted woman on the run and in search of a mysterious stash of money.
Okezie Morro as “Jonah Dixon,” a military man with amnesia. He can’t remember who he is. As the truth about his identity unravels, shocking secrets will be revealed.
Darren Pettie as “Connor Heisel,” the local alpha male, town sheriff and father to local football superstar Jay. He struggles to maintain order in an increasingly chaotic and dangerous situation, finding himself up against many who have it out for his accused son.
Russell Posner as “Adrian Garff,” an insecure young teenager who comes to the defense of his best friend Alex, after she is the victim of a brutal crime. A witness to the crime, he finds himself at the center of a controversy which threatens to rip apart the community.
Isiah Whitlock, Jr. as “Gus Redman,” a local mall manager. When a new society forms from the mist survivors at the mall, Gus will have to decide if he will take the role of leader and exactly how far he will go to keep order.
Everyone is afraid of the dark and that’s what she feeds on. On July 22nd, don’t turn the Lights Out!
From producer James Wan (The Conjuring) comes a tale of an unknown terror that lurks in the dark. In this exclusive clip, Warm Bodies star Teresa Palmer flips a light on and off, which reveals something horrifying in the darkness. Unlike most clips, this one is juicy!
“When Rebecca left home, she thought she left her childhood fears behind. Growing up, she was never really sure of what was and wasn’t real when the lights went out…and now her little brother, Martin, is experiencing the same unexplained and terrifying events that had once tested her sanity and threatened her safety. A frightening entity with a mysterious attachment to their mother, Sophie, has reemerged.
But this time, as Rebecca gets closer to unlocking the truth, there is no denying that all their lives are in danger…once the lights go out.”
Here’s a bit from Kalyn Corrigan’s review out of the Los Angeles Film Festival premiere:
“Director David F. Sandberg actually understands how to send chills down an audience’s spine. His charcoal figure who basks in the darkness creates a petrifying atmosphere whenever she appears onscreen. Her crooked movements stand out like a stutter as she walks stiffly down the hall, making her appear less and less human every time she pops up in a quiet corner, or a whispers evil instructions from within a pitch black closet.”
Palmer, Alexander DiPersia and Gabriel Bateman topline Lights Out, which is produced by James Wan, best known for Saw, Insidious and The Conjuring.
David F. Sandberg directed from a screenplay by Eric A. Heisserer’s (The Thing, A Nightmare On Elm Street, Final Destination 5), which was based on Sandberg’s 2013 short film that went viral.
Supermodel Charlotte McKinney has joined Sony’s Flatliners remake, according to Deadline. Her role, per the site, will see her play in, “…a funny sex scene involving a nurse (McKinney) and a medical student in the film.”
McKinney, who attained some measure of fame in her appearance in the below Carl’s Jr. ad, joins the already confirmed cast of Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton, Kiersey Clemens and Kiefer Sutherland.
The original film follows a group of medical students who purposefully die and bring each other back to life so as to study “near death” experiences. It was released in 1990 and starred Sutherland, Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt, and Julia Roberts.
The remake is being directed by Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo), written by Ben Ripley, and produced by Laurence Mark and Michael Douglas. It will hit theaters on August 18th, 2017.
After having its World Premiere at the Stanley Film Festival last year, XLrator Media acquired Sun Choke (read our review), which stars “Freaks and Geeks” fav Sarah Hagan, You’re Next‘s Barbara Crampton and Sara Malakul Lane.
Ben Cresciman directs this psychological thriller that will release in theaters on August 5 and on VOD and iTunes on August 2 under XLrator’s Macabre label.
“Janie’s just trying to get well. As she recovers from a violent psychotic break, she’s subjected each day to a bizarre holistic health and wellness regimen designed, and enforced, by her lifelong nanny and caretaker. But when she develops an obsession with a stranger, Janie’s buried demons begin to surface.“
“A kinetic tale of loneliness and madness, ‘Sun Choke’ explores the psychotic break of a young girl and the bizarre holistic treatment her manipulative caretaker subjects her to,” Patrick wrote out of the Stanley Film Festival World Premiere.
A poster and trailer have been released for the upcoming anthology horror film Tales of Poe, which features three segments based on the works of renowned horror author Edgar Allen Poe.
“Based on the timeless works of Edgar Allan Poe, three of the renowned author’s most popular stories (The Tell Tale Heart, The Cask of Amontillado, and Dreams) receive unique retellings by directors Bart Mastronardi & Alan Rowe Kelly. Offering a compelling and shocking journey into madness and the macabre, Tales of Poe features some of the most beloved final girls in horror movie history in new and exciting roles.”
Co-directed by Bart Mastronardi and Alan Rowe Kelly, Tales of Poe stars Adrienne King (Friday the 13th, Friday the 13th Part 2), Caroline Williams (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Halloween 2), Amy Steel (Friday the 13th Part 2, April Fool’s Day) Debbie Rochon (Model Hunger, Hell Town) and Lesleh Donaldson (Happy Birthday to Me, Funeral Home).
Wild Eye plans to release Tales of Poe on DVD and Digital HD in October.
Horror covered in papier-mâché?
A few weeks back we shared the first ever images and art for Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton’s latest genre offering, The Neighbor, a crime thriller that reunites them with The Collector producers Brett Forbes and Patrick Rizotti, and star Josh Stewart.
The Neighbor, directed by Dunstan from a screenplay he co-wrote with Melton, is a crime thriller set in Mississippi where a man who discovers the dark truth about his secretive neighbor and what, or who, he may be keeping in the cellar. And boy are these images creeptacular. I’m hearing stellar things about Dunstan’s latest…
When can you see it? Thankfully you won’t be waiting long as Anchor Bay has dated it for On Demand and Digital HD on September 6, 2016.
Josh Stewart, who also starred in the duo’s The Collection, leads with Melissa Bolona (Shark Lake), Alex Essoe (Starry Eyes), Bill Engvall, Ronnie Blevins (Fear, Inc, Seven Psychopaths), Jaqueline Fleming and Luke Edwards (“True Detective”).
“In the town of Cutter, most people keep to themselves. But when John comes home to find his girlfriend missing, he sneaks into his neighbor’s house, finding his girlfriend and several other kidnapped people tied up in the basement. When the neighbor come home, John is forced to get out of the house alive and lead the group to safety.”
Shaun Redick and Ray Mansfield executive produce with Jason Egan and Tony Sygo.
The adaptation of Stephen King’s Cell (read our review) is ringing onto Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital), and Digital HD on September 27 from Lionsgate. The film is currently available On Demand. The home entertainment release of Cell contains audio commentary with the director and a look behind the scenes of the film in the “To Cell and Back” featurette.
Saban Films and Lionsgate is behind the release that’s directed by Tod Williams (Paranormal Activity 2, The Door in the Floor), and adapted by King and Adam Alleca (The Last House on the Left).
In the film, “At the Boston airport, Clay (Cusack) witnesses a scene of chaotic mayhem when an electronic signal turns hundreds of cell phone users into rabid killers. Desperate to find his estranged wife and son, Clay teams with a train driver (Jackson) to battle the horde of murderous “phoners” as the city descends into apocalyptic madness.”
Cell stars Golden Globe nominee John Cusack (1408, Love & Mercy, Being John Malkovich, 2012), Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson(Avengers: Age of Ultron, Django Unchained, Pulp Fiction) and Isabelle Fuhrman (Orphan, The Hunger Games).
We’ve been wondering for a while now what Pennywise the Clown would look like in the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s novel It. There was this fan interpretation as well as director Andy Muschietti’s own drawing. However, none of these gave us the look we so desperately wanted to see. But today that’s changed as the official Pennywise, who is being played by Bill Skarsgard, has been revealed by EW and he looks evil as hell!
Skarsgard tells the site, “It’s such an extreme character. Inhumane. It’s beyond even a sociopath, because he’s not even human. He’s not even a clown. I’m playing just one of the beings It creates.” He continues, stating that everyone purposefully went away from the “greasy” clown look that Heath Ledger created for The Joker. “It’s important that we do something fresh and original for this one. It’s purposely not going toward that weird, greasy look.”
He also explains his approach to the character, “It truly enjoys the shape of the clown Pennywise, and enjoys the game and the hunt. What’s funny to this evil entity might not be funny to everyone else. But he thinks it’s funny.”
Directed by Andy Muschietti (Mama), the two-part film will see the first segment released on September 8th, 2017.
The book follows these characters as children and then again years later as adults when they come together to face their fears one last time in the hopes of defeating their foe.
It also stars Bills Skarsgard as Pennywise the Clown, Owen Teague (“Bloodline”), Jaeden Lieberher (Midnight Special), Jack Dylan Grazer (Tales of Halloween ), Wyatt Oleff (Guardians of the Galaxy ), Chosen Jacobs (Cops and Robbers) and Jeremy Ray Taylor (Ant-Man).
WARNING: THERE BE MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!
One of the biggest fuck ups that AMC’s “The Walking Dead” is guilty of was killing off Andrea in the third season. Those who have read the comics know that she is integral to the story and is actually one of the most badass characters in the storyline. Therefore, her loss shocked dedicated fans who were excited to see where her arc would take her.
Actress Laurie Holden, who played Andrea, was at the Walker Stalker convention in New Jersey this past weekend and spoke about her character’s premature death, stating that it was never supposed to go down like that. In fact, quite the opposite was supposed to happen.
Well I had an 8 year deal, I was supposed to be there until the end. I was supposed to end up with Rick. I was supposed to save Woodbury on a horse, and I was buying a house in Atlanta. I got the call at 10 o’ clock the night before, while I was shooting, from the show runner who is no longer a part of The Walking Dead, saying that they couldn’t write the episode and that he was killing my character. So we all got the script everybody on the set was sobbing. I felt like I got shot. None of it was supposed to happen the way it did. [Source]
Holden isn’t bitter, however. She told the audience, “I think The Walking Dead is in a really good place now with Scott Gimple. It wasn’t the ship that it is now. I’m very grateful how it was written that I went out with grace and with a stellar cast. It wasn’t the way that I wanted but I loved the way I went out.”
Personally, I would’ve loved to have seen her stay around. Holden is a wonderful actress who puts a lot into her roles (I loved her as Cybil in Silent Hill) and I know she could’ve taken Andrea on some amazing journeys. Alas, we’ll never get to see that.
Many of you might have seen the video of a guy carving a watermelon into the face of The Night King, a character from “Game of Thrones”. Much like how we love seeing pumpkins get carved into terrifying visages in Halloween season, I’m all for seeing watermelons get carved during summer when there’s this unbearable heat going on!
Now, I realize that “Game of Thrones” doesn’t belong on Bloody-Disgusting (with exception, of course) so instead of showing you that video, I looked back at carver Valeriano Fatica‘s past and found two examples that are PERFECT for your next potluck BBQ!
Head on down to see the master carver at work.