‘Murder In the Dark’ One of the “8 Films to Die For”

bloody disgusting - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 11:14

Murder in the Dark, written and directed by Dagen Merrill, and produced by Jaime Burke and Chris ‘Doc’ Wyatt, will be the second of After Dark’s “8 Films to Die For.” Earlier this week the first film announced was Re-Kill.

When a group of young people camping in the ruins of a medieval Turkish town play a party game called ‘Murder in the Dark’, they soon discover that someone is taking the game too far… Produced in an experimental shooting style, this murder-mystery features a cast of actors who were not allowed to see the script. The actors’ choices interactively changed the shape of the story. They had to use clues to solve the mystery laid out before them by the filmmakers.

The film stars Luke Arnold (Black Sails), Phil Austin (The Final Destination, The Pursuit of Happyness), Yann Bean (Out of the Woods), Samrat Chakrabarti (Extinction), Kiran Deol (Seven Psychopaths), Eme Ikwuakor (The New Republic), Simone Tang (Sorrow and Joy), Mary Kate Wiles (Into the Night), and Murielle Zuker (Ocean’s 7-11).

‘8 Films to Die For’ will be released in theaters on October 16th, 2015, with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment handling all ancillary forms of media, including Digital HD, DVD and VOD.

Check out the Murder In the Dark trailer and poster below.

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Etiquette Pictures to Release Dennis Hopper Documentary, ‘The American Dreamer’

bloody disgusting - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 11:03

Following up their debut Blu-ray/DVD release of Some Call It Loving, Etiquette Pictures will proudly be releasing the Dennis Hopper documentary The American Dreamer on Blu-ray/DVD on September 22, 2015. This is a release that I am beyond excited for! Documentaries on filmmaking always fascinate me because you never know what kind of crazy things go on behind the scenes. The fact that this documentary follows Dennis Hopper is all the more intriguing! If your average Hollywood film set encounters crazy madness on the regular, one can only imagine what went down on a Hopper film set.


The wild, unexpected success of Easy Rider ushered in what is now seen as one of the most significant turning points in film history, making pathologically rebellious Dennis Hopper an unlikely King Of Hollywood for a day. Hopper’s follow-up work, The Last Movie, a deeply personal, but ultimately disastrous, meditation on the meaning of cinema, found Hopper drifting further and further into foolishness. Captured by co-directors Lawrence Schiller and L.M. Kit Carson, The American Dreamer is a multi-faceted document of the life and mind of one of the 20th century’s great cinematic voices at the peak of his artistic and commercial success. Shifting between being an insightful document of a complex artist in the midst of his creative process and a self-reflective exploration and explosion of vérité filmmaking tropes, The American Dreamer is a mesmerizing journey into the private world of one of Hollywood’s most hypnotic directors/stars. Fortuitously timed, fantastically made, and virtually unseen, The American Dreamer is the great ‘70s film documentary you always wished existed.

Etiquette Pictures, in partnership with the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, brings this forgotten masterpiece to home video for the very first time in a new, Director approved 2k restoration, painstakingly reconstructed from four 16mm prints housed in the Walker Art Center’s Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection. Major support to preserve, digitize, and present this film and the entire Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection is generously provided by the Bentson Foundation.

Special Features & Specs:

Disc Region: All Region
Language: English
Subtitles: English HD
Run Time: 81 min

Scanned & Restored in 2k from 16mm Vault Elementss
“Fighting Against the Wind” – 30min Making-of Featurette
“A Long Way Home” – 7min Preservation Featurette
Extensive Photograph Gallery
Booklet & Essay by Chris Poggiali
Reversible Cover

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Olive Films Announces Wave of Slasher//Video September Releases

bloody disgusting - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 11:02

Last October a partnership between Olive Films and Slasher//Video. This was music to the ears of horror fans everywhere. Since that time only Satan’s Blade has been the only release fro the partnership as fans have eagerly awaited the announcement of the next titles to follow suit. Wait no more, as Olive made that shared that news earlier this week and what glorious news it was! All total, 11 new Slasher//Video titles will be hitting shelves on September 29, 2015, with 6 of them being Blu-rays. ELEVEN! That’s insane! And the best part is that Killer Workout is one of the Blu-rays! Let’s take a look at the rest!

First up, the DVDs…


Slasher // Video presents Boardinghouse, directed by and starring John Wintergate (Terror on Tour) and co-starring Alexandra Day (Double Heat), Joel Riordan (A Prize of Gold), and Brian Bruderlin (Venice Beach).


The Hoffman house has what one would call a “haunted history.” Shuttered after a series of mysterious deaths in the early 1970’s, ten years later Jim Royce (John Wintergate, Terror on Tour), a relative and clairvoyant, has reopened his inheritance as a boarding house for young women. But beware … the dark forces are not to be trifled with. Murder and mayhem soon return and no one, and we mean NO ONE, is safe.


Cemetery Sisters

Cemetery Sisters, directed by Nick Millard (Death Nurse, Death Nurse 2), stars real life sisters Joan Simon and Leslie Simon in their one and only film appearance, Albert Eskinazi (Death Nurse, Death Nurse 2) and Irmgard Millard (The Terrorists).


“Sisters, sisters, there were never such devoted sisters.” – Irving Berlin

Sisters Joan and Leslie (Joan Simon and Leslie Simon) are no strangers to the dead. Having grown up around the family mortuary business, they have a comfortable appreciation for that fact of life. Being goal-oriented siblings, they, too, would like to start their own mortuary business. But, how? A plot to provide a healthy client roster (as well as a means of funding the enterprise) will involve multiple marriages, multiple murders and multiple corpses in the never-less-than-entertaining Cemetery Sisters.


Death Nurse

Slasher // Video presents Death Nurse, directed by Nick Millard (Death Nurse 2, Cemetery Sisters) and starring Priscilla Alden (Death Nurse 2), Albert Eskinazi (Death Nurse 2, Cemetery Sisters) and Royal Farros (Criminally Insane 2).


Patient care is priority number one at the Shady Palms Clinic, where patients check in but never check out.
Owned and operated by nurse Edith Mortley (Priscilla Alden, Death Nurse 2) and her brother Dr. Gordon Mortley (Cemetery Sisters, Death Nurse 2), Shady Palms attends to your every need. And if you should expire (or be dispatched) … free burial service!


Death Nurse 2

Slasher // Video presents Death Nurse 2 directed by Nick Millard (Death Nurse, Cemetery Sisters) and starring Priscilla Alden (Death Nurse 2), Albert Eskinazi (Death Nurse 2, Cemetery Sisters) and George ‘Buck’ Flower (The Fog, They Live).


The Hippocratic Oath is clearly not required reading at the Shady Palms Clinic run by Nurse Mortley (Priscilla Alden, Death Nurse) and her brother, Dr. Gordon Mortley (Albert Eskinazy, Death Nurse, Cemetery Sisters) in this sequel to the horror film Death Nurse.
The patient survival rate is nil as the body count rises thanks to Nurse Motley, the Florence Nightingale of the cemetery set. At turns shocking and terrifying, yet filled with grim humor, Death Nurse 2 gives fans of horror films more than they could ask of the genre.


Splatter: Architects of Fear

Slasher // Video presents Splatter: Architects of Fear, directed by Peter Rowe, produced by Don McMillan, photographed by Robert Bergman with George Niblett and William J. Smith serving as executive producers.


An informative and entertaining “peek behind the curtain,” Splatter: Architects of Fear is a documentary that gives both the genre fan and the casual viewer alike a bird’s eye view of special effects and make-up wizards at work.

Splatter: Architects of Fear offers that rare opportunity to witness a film as it’s being shot – in this case battling zombies, mutants and amazon women – as well as a chance to see the action on the other side of the camera by watching the talented craftsmen do what they do best to make audiences jump in their seats.



And now the Blu-ray releases…

Cinco de Mayo

Slasher // Video presents Cinco de Mayo, directed by Paul Ragsdale and starring Lindsay Amaral (Johan Jello: Attack of the Killer UFOs), Juan Botello (George Bidell, CPA), Kyle Duval (Alleycat) and Anthony Iava To’omata as “El Maestro.”


Never give a recently fired professor a knife and a Day of the Dead mask. You’re just asking for trouble. But, let’s back up …

Humberto Valdez AKA “El Maestro” (Anthony Iava To’omata) is teaching at a small town junior college and he takes his Chicano studies course seriously … perhaps a bit too seriously. With the exception of a lone student, El Maestro is considered by the pupils and faculty alike to be a joke and out of touch with the real world. “El Maestro” comes down with a bad case of “Aztec Blood Lust” after being fired. It’s a malady that has tragic side effects … for others. Possessed by a spirit to wreak havoc upon those who have taunted him, “El Maestro” becomes a one-man killing machine. Has an evil spirit truly possessed “El Maestro?” Or, has the pressure of entertaining on the holiday caused him to snap? Can he be stopped? To find out you’ll have to watch Cinco de Mayo … if you dare.

Killer Workout

Slasher // Video presents Killer Workout, directed by David A. Prior (Deadly Prey, The Deadliest Prey) and starring Ted Prior (Deadly Prey), Marcia Karr (Maniac Cop), David James Campbell (Scarecrows) and Fritz Matthews (The Deadliest Prey).


Going to the gym may be hazardous to your health. In fact, it could kill you.

Valerie, a model with a promising career, Valerie heads out to the local fitness club to use their sun-tanning bed. She needs to look her best for her Cosmopolitan magazine cover shoot. Alas, Valerie’s visit will end in tragedy when the machine malfunctions, burning her to death. Despite Valerie’s death being a public relations nightmare, things are back up and running at the club with the iron-fisted Rhonda (Marci Karr, Maniac Cop) in charge. But tragedy is lurking just around the corner when another club member is soon found stabbed to death. Enter Lieutenant Morgan (David James Campbell, Scarecrows), the cop on the case. Tasked with solving the crimes, he’s in for more than he expected as the body count rises. Who’s behind the grizzly slayings? What’s their motive? And, who will be the next victim?

Shock ‘Em Dead

Slasher // Video presents Shock ‘Em Dead, a film about rock & roll and soul(s) directed by Mark Freed (Lovers and Liars) and starring Traci Lords (Cry-Baby), Troy Donahue (Imitation of Life), Aldo Ray (We’re No Angels) and Stephen Quadros (The Lost Platoon).


Manager-on-the-rise Lindsay Roberts (Traci Lords, Cry-Baby) has a rock band in the spotlight with guitar god Angel Martin (Stephen Quadros, The Lost Platoon) as its newest member. Lindsay and the band are on the road to success.  But all is not as it seems. Angel, as it turns out, has made a pact with the dark forces to make him a rock star having quite literally sold his soul for his talent. But there’s a catch, fame and fortune come at a price. In order to sustain his talent Angel must feed on the souls of others.

Lindsay’s growing attraction to Angel soon turns to fear as she finds herself pulled further and further into a terrifying world of unspeakable evil.


Slasher // Video presents Trashology, written and directed by Brian Dorton (Theatre of the Deranged) and starring Laura Lee Black (Preexisting Conditions), Jenny Coulter (Preexisting Conditions), Rodney Horn (Tales of Poe) and Douglas Conner (Theatre of the Deranged).


A college writing assignment leads Tracy (Laura Lee Black, Preexisting Conditions) to explore her passion for film, especially the “trash” genre made infamous by John Waters. Her research leads her to the book Trashology, firing her imagination and guiding the viewer through a trilogy of horror, revenge and vigilante justice tales (The Vat, Big Debbie and Inglorious Bitches) paying homage to the man that started it all.

Deadly Prey

Human hunting for sport is the twisted premise of Deadly Prey, written and directed by David A. Prior (The Deadliest Prey, Relentless Justice) and starring Ted Prior (Killer Workout, The Deadliest Prey).


The sadistic and psychopathic Colonel Hogan (David Campbell, The Deadliest Prey, Relentless Justice) is a mercenary for hire who finds a benefactor in Don Michaelson (Troy Donahue, Shock ‘Em Dead, Cry-Baby), a ruthless businessman in need of skilled killers for a special assignment. It’s a win-win for both sides. Michaelson will finance Hogan’s training camp and Hogan will use his trained mercenaries to help out Michaelson. Hogan has the manpower. What he doesn’t have is the prey to hunt in preparation for the big day. His solution: troll the streets of Los Angeles and randomly abduct people. What Hogan didn’t count on was that one of those people would be Mike Danton (Ted Prior, The Deadliest Prey, Relentless Justice). Danton, a Marine with killer skills, doesn’t take too kindly to being kidnapped. Hogan, Michaelson and the mercenaries are in for a world of pain in the action-packed thrill ride Deadly Prey. Deadly Prey co-stars Cameron Mitchell (Hombre, Klansman), Dawn Abraham (Mike’s Murder) and Suzzane Tara (TV’s General Hospital).

The Deadliest Prey

The Deadliest Prey, a sequel 27 years in the making, reunites Deadly Prey co-stars Ted Prior, David Campbell, Fritz Matthews and director David A. Prior.


Sadist, psychopath, and a damn fine solider, Colonel Hogan (David Campbell, Deadly Prey, Relentless Justice) and his merry band of mercenaries are back for more in the sequel to writer/director David A. Prior’s Deadly Prey. Will Mike Danton (Ted Prior, Deadly Prey, Relentless Justice) ever learn to let someone else take out the garbage? Kidnapped from in front of his home while emptying the trash, Danton finds himself back in familiar territory as prey in Hogan’s twisted game of cat & mouse.

It’s obvious that Hogan is also a slow learner. When will he understand not to mess with Danton, a U.S. Marine who learned to be “all that he could be” in ‘Nam? The action and kills are amped up in The Deadliest Prey co-starring Fritz Matthews (Deadly Prey, Born Killer) and Cat Tomeny (Flesh Wounds, Enemies Among Us).


Olive Films didn’t stop with the Slasher//Video titles either, they also announced some new Blu-rays to their line hitting stands a week prior to the Slasher//Video titles on September 22, 2015. It’s a good lineup from Olive and especially nice to Lucky McKee’s The Woods finally making it’s Blu-ray debut!

The Woods

The Woods co-stars Academy Award-nominee Patricia Clarkson (Pieces of April) as Falburn’s dean, Ms. Traverse; Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead) as Heather’s father; Lauren Birkell (The Babysitters) as friend and schoolmate Marcy; and Rachel Nichols (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) as the bullying student, Samantha Wise.


Gothic chills abound in the thriller The Woods directed by Lucky McKee (May) from a screenplay written by David Ross (The Babysitters). Amidst the splendor of rural New England sits Falburn Academy, a boarding school for young, impressionable and in some cases, troubled girls. Isolated from the outside world, Falburn sits near the woods – a sinister cluster of trees that appears to act as a protective wall. Heather Fasulo (Agnes Brucker, The Aviator) is the school’s newest student. After setting fire to a forest, rebellious Heather is sent to Falburn to provide her with a sense of stability. Heather’s increasing nightmares prove to be more than homesickness when she discovers that the woods hold a chilling and terrifying secret.

Black Caesar

Larry Cohen (Hell Up In Harlem), working from his own script, directs the blaxploitation film Black Caesar that co-stars Art Lund (Bucktown), Val Avery (Donnie Brasco) and D’Urville Martin (Sheba, Baby), featuring a score by James Brown.


The brutal assault at the hands of a racist cop will inform the life of Tommy Gibbs (Fred Williamson, Hammer), who will grow up to become the reigning head of Harlem’s black mafia in Black Caesar.

Establishing a mob empire that challenges the New York mafia’s stronghold on the city, Tommy will prove himself a worthy opponent and a natural born enemy. His volatile romance with chanteuse Helen (Gloria Hendry, Live and Let Die) will set in motion a series of deadly events that the self-proclaimed criminal kingpin, the Black Caesar, may not escape.


Gunplay, fist fights and all-out action lies around every corner in Slaughter, co-starring Cameron Mitchell (The Klansman) and Don Gordon (The Mack) and written by Mark Hanna (Gunslinger) and Don Williams (Blood, Black and White).


This Jim Brown blaxploitation vehicle directed by Jack Starrett (Cleopatra Jones) is the tale of an ex-Vietnam, ex-Green Beret captain known to his friends and enemies alike by one name … Slaughter. He’s out to avenge the murder of his parents by the psychotic Mafioso Dominic Hoffo (Rip Torn, Men In Black). Slaughter’s thirst for vengeance will not be sated, even after a sympathetic mobster’s girlfriend, Ann (Stella Stevens, The Poseidon Adventure) is presented to him as a peace offering.



Deuces Wild

Deuces Wild co-stars Fairuza Balk (The Craft) as Annie and Drea de Matteo (TV’s The Sopranos) as Betsy, the women in Leon and Bobby’s lives, whose lives will be irrevocably changed by circumstance. Deuces Wild is photographed by John A. Alonzo (Chinatown) and features a musical score by Stewart Copeland (Rumblefish) of The Police.


Set in 1958 Brooklyn. N.Y., Deuces Wild, directed by Scott Kalvert (Basketball Diaries) and written by Paul Kimatian (The Wharf Rat) and Christopher Gambale (House Arrest Starring Christopher Colomobo) stars Stephen Dorff (Blade) as Leon and Brad Renfro (Apt Pupil) as Bobby, brothers and members of the local street gang known as the Deuces, who rule their ‘hood.

Tensions escalate when the Deuces come into conflict with rival gang leader, Marco (Norman Reedus, TV’s The Walking Dead). With a turf war all but inevitable, neither side can anticipate the tragic consequences of their actions.

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The Dead Never Rest In the Trailer For ‘The Invoking 2′ (Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 10:57

RLJ Entertainment is bringing The Invoking 2 to DVD and VOD on October 6th.

Bloody Disgusting has landed the exclusive trailer premiere for the haunter that stars Allen Lowman, Andrew Fleming, Meghan McNicol, Chara Gannett, and Jessica Fratus.

This is an anthology series of 6 short films are directed by Jamie DeWolf (OK Monster), Jay Holben (Jack Frost, Paranoid), Corey Norman (The Hanover House, Natal), Adam O’Brien (Insane, ZombieWorld), Patrick Rea (Nailbiter, Time’s Up, Eve), and Jamie Root.

Although hundreds of disturbing paranormal events occur every year, most of these chilling encounters go unreported… until now. Bear witness as hapless victims experience the unspeakable terror of confronting demonic forces, murderous poltergeists and other evil entities that are dead set on claiming their souls. Descend into an abyss of waking nightmares as these bloodthirsty, malevolent spirits seek to possess their prey and drag them—kicking and screaming—to hell.

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Suburban Life Ends With “Fear the Walking Dead” (Trailers)

bloody disgusting - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 10:32

Zombies stumble into these new promos from “Fear the Walking Dead,” AMC’s spinoff of “The Walking Dead.”

The prequel takes place in Los Angeles at the beginning of the epidemic. The promos keep showing people enjoying the sunny California weather, unaware of the danger that shambles up to them in the background.

The pilot follows a highly dysfunctional blended family who are forced together when they realize a reported virus is actually the onset of the undead apocalypse.

“Fear the Walking Dead” stars Kim Dickens (Gone Girl, “Sons of Anarchy”) as Madison, Cliff Curtis (“Missing,” “Gang Related”) as Travis, Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) as Nick and Alycia Debnam-Carey (Into the Storm) as Alicia. Also joining the cast as series regulars are Elizabeth Rodriguez (“Orange is the New Black”) as Liza and Mercedes Mason (Quarantine 2: Terminal) as Ofelia.

Check out an insane amount of imagery here, and watch “Fear the Walking Dead” when it premieres August 23rd.

Los Angeles doesn't know what's coming… @FearTWD begins August 23. http://t.co/4Kbx26FkMK

— The Walking Dead AMC (@WalkingDead_AMC) July 29, 2015

.@FearTWD is spreading – tell your friends. http://t.co/nlWafJqjNV

— The Walking Dead AMC (@WalkingDead_AMC) July 28, 2015

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Lionsgate Prepares For An Alien Invasion In ‘Revoc’

bloody disgusting - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 10:27

Aleksander Bach, the director of the upcoming action movie Hitman: Agent 47, pictured, is coming on board to direct Revoc, an alien invasion movie set up at Lionsate’s Summit, says THR.

David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman of Mandeville Films/TV are producing.

Joe Robert Cole wrote the script for the project, whose plot details are being kept under wraps. It is, however, described by insiders as a grounded sci-fi epic and unique take on the genre.

The project is still in the development stages.

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8 Horror Movies That Were Ahead Of Their Time

bloody disgusting - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 10:01

Saying a movie is ahead of its time can have two different meanings: 1) The film pioneered a specific filmmaking technique or 2) The film was maligned upon release and is now considered a classic. What I’ve done is look at horror films released over the past few decades and see what films I believe to truly be ahead of their time.


First the funny bit of trivia: Psycho was the first film to show a toilet flushing on camera! Now for the serious bit of trivia: Psycho was not universally praised upon its initial release (nearly all British film critics panned it)! Bosley Crowther of The New York Times wrote, “There is not an abundance of subtlety or the lately familiar Hitchcock bent toward significant and colorful scenery in this obviously low-budget job.” Interestingly enough, Psycho didn’t garner widespread critical acclaim until after the film’s popularity with general audiences skyrocketed it to box office success, prompting many critics to revisit the film.

The Thing (1982)

While it’s a well-known fact, it still merits mentioning that John Carpenter’s The Thing was much-maligned when it was released in 1982. Another New York Times critic (Vincent Canby, this time) called it “a foolish, depressing, overproduced movie that mixes horror with science fiction to make something that is fun as neither one thing or the other. Sometimes it looks as if it aspired to be the quintessential moron movie of the 80s.” The score was even nominated for a Razzie award! Add to that the fact that The Thing was released the same summer as E.T., audiences just weren’t in the mood for an intense killer alien film. It was a box office flop, taking in only $19.6 million (on a $15 million budget). Here is more of Canby’s review:

Jurassic Park 

I’m sure many of you re-watched Jurassic Park recently, and if so then you probably noticed that the CGI effects are better than about 90% of the films that come out nowadays (they even look better than the CGI effects in Jurassic World!). I have no idea how that is possible, but Jurassic Park has definitely stood the test of time.

Starship Troopers

Thank God for international box office, otherwise Starship Troopers would have been a major flop. America just wasn’t ready for an anti-war dark satire film in 1997. Had it come out after the Iraq war had already begun, it might have been slightly better received. To be clear, Starship Troopers is a brilliantly entertaining film, it just came out a few years too early. Like Jurassic Park, the special effects are top notch, and still look good today.

American Psycho

While not as acidic as the Brett Easton Ellis novel it is based on, Mary Harron’s American Psycho adaptation was incredibly polarizing in 2000. Making only $15 million (on an admittedly low $7 million budget), the film’s humor wasn’t interpreted very well by audiences at the time. Had the film come out today, it might have clicked more with audiences.


I don’t like Videodrome (don’t hate me!), but I can’t deny that David Cronenberg was really on to something when he wrote it. The film essentially boils down to the idea that people are obsessed with their television (this is a very simplistic explanation for the film). This idea is more timely than ever right now, with DVR and the ever-growing presence of TV as a discussion topic. I write TV reviews for Bloody-Disgusting. I get it. The topics of violence and sex on our TV screens was also ahead of its time in 1983, with TV today pushing more boundaries than ever. Videodrome probably makes more sense today than it did to anyone in the 80s. The fact that it is more relevant today than it was back then earns it a spot on this list.

The Shining

We all know how Stephen King hates Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of his novel The Shining, but what you may not know is that many critics weren’t too keen on the film upon its release either. Variety complained that it “destroy[ed] all that was so terrifying about Stephen King’s bestseller.” Kubrick and Shelley Duvall were nominated for Razzie Awards for Worst Director and worst Actress, respectively. Roger Ebert even claimed that it was hard to connect with any of the characters. Oh how time changes things.

The Mist

The Mist is notable for having one of the most depressing endings in film history. Released back in 2007, mainstream audiences just didn’t want to be depressed. That’s not to say people want to be depressed now, but with shows like Hannibal, Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead preparing them for major character deaths, they’re a bit more prepared for it. Had The Mist come out this year, it probably would have done much better at the box office. Needless to say, many people walked out of the theater wanting to do this:

What other horror films do you believe were ahead of their time? Let me know in the comments below!

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These Are the Horror Games of August

bloody disgusting - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 09:00

Pucker your butts, because we’re nearing the end of another quiet summer. August is where things start heating up, then September brings SOMA and I’ll have to disappear with it into the murky depths for a few weeks. There aren’t very many horror games that have been confirmed to be arriving in what’s left of 2015, but that can change rather quickly, especially with Gamescom coming up in August and Tokyo Game Show in September.

Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture

The Chinese Room is returning to their roots in thoughtful, story-driven games with their next project, a spiritual successor to Dear Esther called Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture. Unlike the large majority of apocalypse-themed video games we get each year, this is a quiet apocalypse. Fans of atmospheric games should keep an eye on this one.

Release Date: August 11 (PS4)


The rumors are true — Ubisoft is bringing their Wii U exclusive survival horror game ZombiU to current-gen consoles. It doesn’t look like a complete overhaul, so I’m just going to call Zombi an improved port. Sadly, the multiplayer was dropped, so this apocalypse just got considerably lonelier.

Release Date: August 18 (PC, PS4, XBO)

Resident Evil Revelations 2

It took longer than I would’ve liked for Capcom to start working toward earning back the trust of their fans who had endured the hugely disappointing Resident Evil 6 and Operation Raccoon City, and for the most part, they’ve done a stellar job in cleaning up the series’ tarnished reputation.

One of the best things to come out of all this has been the episodic spin-off, Resident Evil Revelations 2, which released earlier this year on nearly every platform except the PlayStation Vita. That changes in just a few short weeks.

Release Date: August 18 (VITA)

Until Dawn

Continuing the string of PlayStation exclusive horror games coming up in August is the long-awaited arrival of Supermassive Games’ teen slasher Until Dawn. This will be the first of the slasher games to release, so it’ll be interesting to see how it fares as that will set the bar for what comes next, including Summer Camp, Splatter Camp, Last Year and the Friday the 13th game.

Release Date: August 25 (PS4)

Fran Bow

The 2D horror adventure game Fran Bow is one of my most anticipated indies of the year. Killmonday Games started working on the game three years ago, and when it releases, it’ll be almost exactly two years after its crowdfunding campaign successfully raised over $28,000. I’m sure the 1,099 backers who helped fund it won’t be disappointed.

Release Date: August 27 (PC, Mac, Linux)


I had no idea Unloved was a thing until I started putting together this article. This reimagining of the popular Doom 2 mod of the same name brings with it vastly improved visuals — courtesy of Unreal Engine 4 — as well as co-op that will support up to four players.

Release Date: TBA August (PC)

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Celebrate The 90th Anniversary Of ‘The Phantom Of The Opera’

bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 17:54

At this year’s annual Mile High Film Festival, a special event will take place to celebrate the achievements of Lon Chaney Sr. and Lon Chaney Jr. Great grandson/grandson (respectively) Ron Chaney, who has starred in films such as Coffin Baby and The House Of Wolf Man, will be on hand to accept the two Lifetime Achievement Awards for these two actors, who have portrayed characters such as the Hunchback of Notre Dame, the Wolf Man, Dracula, the Mummy, and much more.

After the awards are presented, there will be a special screening of The Phantom Of The Opera with live musical accompaniment from festival veteran Paul Buscarello.

This year’s festival takes place Oct. 1-4 at the Alamo Drafthouse in Littleton, Colorado. More information can be found at the official website.

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Former ‘Dead Island 2′ Dev Files for Insolvency

bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 17:15

Yager has filed for insolvency (a form of bankruptcy) in an effort to make sure they’re able to pay the team that was, until recently, developing Dead Island 2. Deep Silver and Yager parted ways due to a difference in “creative vision”. That cost the developer three years of work, and now it will likely mean the end of the team that had been tasked with making the game.

In a statement sent to GamesIndustry.biz, Yager managing director Timo Ullmann confirms what we all know, that the “insolvency filing is a direct result from the early termination of the project and helps protecting [sic] our staff. In the course of the proceedings, we gain time to sort out the best options for reorganizing this entity.”

This is an awful situation for the talented folks who worked countless hours bringing what looked like an incredibly promising video game to life. If they can survive this, I hope we’ll eventually learn what that creative difference was.

Deep Silver still hasn’t announced a new developer for Dead Island 2

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Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt Train to Become ‘Ghostbusters’?

bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 14:43

While Paul Feig is hard at work filming his Ghostbusters, which stars Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon as the supernatural bounty hunters, the studio was is secretly developing that rumored “all-male” sequel that they hope will star both Chris Pratt, pictured below, and Channing Tatum, pictured above.

Back in March it was reported that Tatum was the focus of an all-male Ghostbusters to be released as a companion to Feig’s reboot. Then, things began to snowball as it was then alleged that the plan was to cross the streams on four Ghostbusters films, and create an Avengers-like universe for them.

Like all stars do, Tatum then refuted the report, even though it was true. Fact of the matter is, Tatum is big enough to weigh his options, keeping him from committing until the very last second. It’s possible that he’s stuck in a wait and see approach (like with Gambit), which is probably why Sony continues to develop this take.

In a new interview with MTV, screenwriter Drew Pearce was asked about his completed screenplay that was alleged to be for both Chris Pratt and Tatum.

“That’s definitely the cast we’ve been thinking about as we approach the project,” Pearce confirmed, further adding, “Whether that happens or not is very much above my pay grade. It’s just my job to give them something exciting that maybe they’ll do.”

Confirming plans for an Avengers-style universe, he adds: “My personal inclination is to try and make everything occur in the same Ghostbusters universe, because I feel, as a fan, that’s what I would want,” he said. “Standing here in New York, you just wanna tie it all together. Whether that happens or not we’ll see, but I’ve certainly given them the tools to do that, I hope.”

When asked about what the through-line would be, he wouldn’t reveal, but he does tease that it’s ambitious.

“Obviously it’s top secret, but there’s a gigantic bold idea that I came up with, and the Russo brothers — who did Captain America: The Winter Soldier and are doing Civil War at the moment — and Ivan Reitman, who did the original movie, are going to take that and run with it. Obviously I cannot tell you what it is, but hopefully in one year’s time you’ll know!”

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Freddy and Jason Are Becoming Lawn Gnomes

bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 14:08

Morbid Enterprises wants to make sure that your little home garden is safe and sound from all sorts of meddling little critters. So, what better way to scare them off than have them face-to-face with Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees lawn gnomes!

Over at Entertainment Earth, you can pre-order these horrific lawn gnomes, each costing $23. Both are made of plastic and stand 15″ tall. They will ship out next month.

You can pre-order Freddy here and Jason here.

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Coming This Halloween: Freddy’s Soul Pizza, Exorcist Head Platters and More!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 14:05

Gearing up for Halloween 2015, Morbid Enterprises has released their retailers catalog that’s flush with horror goodies you’re going to die for.

What’s so exciting, though, is this year’s inclusion of various licensed products ranging from Friday the 13th to A Nightmare On Elm Street, It, Ghostbusters and The Exorcist.

Some of the products are approved for print, so you’ll have to click the above link to download the catalog, but below are some of the cooler products you’ll find at a Halloween retailer near you starting next month.

I’m personally most excited about the A Nightmare On Elm Street “soul pizza” that has moving animation(!) as well as Freddy’s “animated chest of souls.” I love the idea of fooling some friends with the pizza and then tearing off my shirt to reveal my chest littered with wailing souls.

They’re also introducing a new animated Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees that hang upside. Again, those images await approval so they can be found at the above link.

For me, though, the highlight is the inflatable Pennywise clown from It. It won’t help sell any cars, but it’ll shell out quite a few scares….

All images courtesy of Morbid Enterprises.

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Three New Alexandria Inhabitants Show Up In “The Walking Dead”

bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 13:46

EW has posted three photos from the upcoming sixth season of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” that show off some new inhabitants of Alexandria. Below are photos of Merritt Wever, who plays “Dr. Denise Cloyd” (a character from the comic), Ethan Embry will be playing “Carter”, who is supposedly a composite of several comic characters, and Corey Hawkins, who takes on the role of “Heath”.

Dr. Denise Cloyd’s addition to the show brings up the possibility that one of the main gang is going to suffer a very serious injury, which occurs in the comic. Nothing has been set in stone, but this could get interesting.

Showrunner Scott Gimple describes “Carter”, saying, “Ethan plays a combo of a few characters that we actually haven’t hit yet or weren’t able to hit in other characters. He is an Alexandrian, and has been there the whole time, just quite busy.

As for “Heath”, Gimple describes Hawkins, stating:

He’s terrific and I’m so excited to see him bring Heath to life. It’s been fun and he dove in with both feet. He’s tough and skeptical when the cameras are rolling, and then when they’re off he’s just like a goofy fan. He’s really, really excited to be there.

Check out the photos below and get ready for “The Walking Dead” when it returns October 11th.

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Bruce Campbell Revs His Chainsaw In This Fresh “Ash vs Evil Dead” Shot

bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 13:32

After sharing the first two hi-res images, Starz released a brand new still from “Ash vs Evil Dead,” featuring the series anti-hero and funnyman Bruce Campbell.

ICYMI, we also have a series of 30 screen-grabs from the first “Ash vs Evil Dead” trailer that debuted at the Comic-Con this past weekend to go along with a brand new HD version of the trailer here.

In the 10-episode “Ash vs Evil Dead” series premiering this fall, “Campbell will be reprising his role as Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons –personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its “Evil” grip.

“Ash vs Evil Dead” (see who’s directing here) is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film franchise The Evil Dead and is set to premiere on STARZ in fall 2015.

You can read our lengthy interview with Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Bruce Campbell by clicking here!

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MTV’s “Scream” Finally Gets Second Season Order

bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 13:26

After pumping the breaks for a minute, MTV’s “Scream” is officially getting a second season.

It was originally announced at this past month’s Comic-Con in San Diego, only MTV refuted the reports until today.

The cast of “Scream” includes Willa Fitzgerald, Taylor-Klaus, Bobby Campo, Connor Weil and Joel Gretsch.

In “Scream,” “After a cyber-bullying incident results in a brutal murder, the shocking violence stirs up memories of a killing spree from the past that has haunted some, intrigued others and maybe just inspired a new killer. A group of teens – with two old friends struggling to reconnect at its heart – become lovers, enemies, suspects, targets and victims of a killer who’s out for blood.

Keep up with Trace’s ongoing reviews here.

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[TV Review] “Scream” Episode 1.05: ‘Exposed’

bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 13:22

Scream gave us its weakest episode yet with “Exposed.” In a week that was full of boring subplots, not a single person was killed off. Look, I’m not saying that I need to see someone die on every episode of Scream, but let’s not kid ourselves here: it’s ScreamScream is a slasher series, and we have now gone two episodes without any slashing. To top it all off, Ghostface hasn’t killed off a single annoying/useless character yet. Let’s just dive right in, shall we?

I mentioned back in my review of the season’s third episode that it was refreshing to see the show take a risk and kill off Riley, who was arguably the only likable and relatable character on the show, but here we are two episodes later and Scream hasn’t done us a solid and killed off Mr. Branson, Jake, Will or even Brooke’s Mayor Dad (I don’t even know his name and I refuse to look it up). I get that Scream is trying to give us more time with its characters to get to know them and feel for them, but when you have 3 or 4 characters that no one likes (and never will), you could kill one or two of them off as a show of good faith. Maybe I’m reaching for the stars, here, but I don’t think it’s too much to ask.

Scream also seems to really be trying to convince us that the killer is either Piper the Podcaster (who finally got a bit more screen time this week), Mayor Maddox or Mr. Branson the Pedophile. There is a chance Will & Jake could have a Billy & Stu thing going on, but I doubt it (and how unoriginal would that be?). It would be in Scream’s best interest to not make the killer any of those characters. Also, it would be in everyone’s best interest if this whole blackmailing subplot had a point. I’m sure it does, but it’s just not that compelling.

Speaking of not being compelling, let’s talk about Emma. Many of you in the comments have come to her defense in the past, and I just don’t understand it. This episode sealed the deal for me in that she just is not an interesting protagonist for this series. Even when Brooke confessed to her that Will only started dating her as part of a bet (she was a fucking bet!), it was difficult to feel anything for her because Emma, like some of the other less developed characters on the show, is just there. She had a sex tape leak, and while that was supremely creepy (that is child porn, people!), she didn’t really seem that upset by it. We can’t respond to Emma’s reactions if she doesn’t have any. What made Sydney Prescott such a great Final Girl is that she felt like a real person. Emma does not.

For some of the things that worked this episode (and there were quite a few things), I have to rewind a bit back to Piper. Up until now, she’s had absolutely nothing to do. She stirred up some mischief this week, telling Emma that Rachel’s parents thought that Audrey intimidated her, giving Emma booze and telling Emma that her dad was murdered and it was never solved. None of it really means anything yet (and it would have been nice to have Piper be this involved an episode or two ago), but at least Scream seems to be establishing her as a main character a bit more.

Noah and Audrey proved yet again that they are the most entertaining character pairing on the show. While the entire issue with Mr. Branson having videos of his students having sex is icky, at least our dynamic duo are making some progress (which is more than I can say for Emma).

Scream stumbled quite a bit with this latest episode. While it did move certain plots forward, none of it was all that interesting. This marks the midway point of the season, so hopefully it can improve in the back half (or at least match the quality set by the season’s third episode).

Random Notes

  • I don’t think there was a single pop culture reference in this episode. Did I miss one?
  • All of the male characters on this show barely have any presence, but Kieran is the greatest offender. Man, he’s dull. On a separate note, he and Emma have sex, so there’s that.
  • “We really appreciate all the extra manpower.” -Sheriff Hudson is a sexist. Good to know.
  • “We are still reeling from Riley’s death but we still have learning to do.” -Really, Mr. Branson? That’s how you want to motivate your students?
  • “Tell that cop about me and you’ll get your mom’s heart in a box!” -I find it doubtful that Ghostface would actually follow through on this promise, since clearly Emma and her mother are part of his endgame plan.
  • So there has to be 2 killers since they pretty much show everyone at the candlelight vigil, right? Unless her seeing Ghostface was a hallucination.
  • “What part of skinny iced macchiato don’t you understand???” -Brooke, back to being a bitch.
  • “I like torturing the ice” -Jake, speaking one of the dumbest lines ever when he orders hot coffee and ice, rather than just an iced coffee.
  • “Before I say what I have to say….how hot is your coffee?” -This actually made me laugh. Yay Brooke!
  • Was it supposed to be a big secret that Will and Jake were the blackmailers? It seemed pretty obvious to me.
  • “Daddy, what happened to your nose?” “I’m having work done.”
  • Mr. Branson using the word “threesome” to describe Noah’s scene project is creepy. There have to be better words than that Mr. Teacher!
  • “Damn. No wonder this girl’s dead.” -Detective Brock sounds like a terrible cop. She’s no Detective Tanner, though.
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Massive Expansion Announced for ‘Dying Light’

bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 13:09

Techland has pulled the blood-soaked sheet off the next batch of a gargantuan expansion they’re working on bringing to Dying Light, and boy, does it sound exciting.

It’s called Dying Light: The Following, and in terms of square footage, it’s going to be big. Quick, think of something big. It’s bigger than that. The expansion is about the same size as all of the original game’s environments combined, and we’ll need every inch of it for sick dune buggy tricks. Yeah, they’re finally adding the dune buggies we saw in last week’s teaser.

Don’t leave yet, because it’s about to get better. This ginormous expansion will be free if you have the season pass. If you don’t have one of those, you can just grab it the usual way. No word on what it will cost or when we can expect it — I’ll let you know when that changes.

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Youth Signals Channel ‘Insidious’ In “Foreign Eye” Video (Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 13:00

We’ve teamed up with indie rockers Youth Signals to bring you the exclusive music video premiere for “Foreign Eye”, which comes from last year’s 1997 single. The video is a strong love letter to the horror genre, using moody lighting and Insidious-esque visuals to create a dreamy, eerie clip.

Youth Signals lead vocalist/video director Brock Bodell comments:

The lyrics to Foreign Eye plot out the coordinates of this girl’s hazy journey through a putrid corridor, inspired by the stylings of a particularly sensual and disturbing scene in Andrzej Zulawski’s ‘Possession’ (1981). With the use of some Dario Argento-inspired lighting, I tried to create two worlds. One where she is free from the grips of what haunts her and one where she is an unwilling puppet.

At the end of the hallway reverberates a siren’s song, “Don’t be scared it’s only Youth Signals”. When she gets there she finds out, like the siren’s song, she had been baited, and by the looks of the leader, it wasn’t the first time they’d done it. I just wanted to make a moody homage to some of my favorite horror stylings. I wanted to make people feel uneasy, and a little claustrophobic. I wanted them to feel hope and then I wanted it taken away from them.

You can purchase 1997 via iTunes.

Youth Signals online:
Official Website

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“Fear the Walking Dead” Goes Through Withdrawal

bloody disgusting - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 11:34

A new synopsis has been released from the second episode of AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead,”, their “The Walking Dead” spinoff that takes to the streets of Los Angeles when the “virus” first spreads.

The pilot follows a highly dysfunctional blended family who are forced together when they realize a reported virus is actually the onset of the undead apocalypse.

The second episodes, however, focuses on Madison and her drug-addict son (pictured). “While Madison struggles to keep Nick from crippling Withdrawal, Travis ventures out to find his son before the city of Los Angeles falls.

Check out an insane amount of imagery here, and watch “Fear the Walking Dead” when it premieres August 23rd.

“Fear the Walking Dead” stars Kim Dickens (Gone Girl, “Sons of Anarchy”) as Madison, Cliff Curtis (“Missing,” “Gang Related”) as Travis, Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) as Nick and Alycia Debnam-Carey (Into the Storm) as Alicia. Also joining the cast as series regulars are Elizabeth Rodriguez (“Orange is the New Black”) as Liza and Mercedes Mason (Quarantine 2: Terminal) as Ofelia.

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