[TV Review] “Penny Dreadful” Episode 1.2, ‘Séance’

bloody disgusting - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 20:48

Continuing our catch-up of “Penny Dreadful,” now that it’s recently become available for purchase, we discuss the second episode, “Séance,” and dear lord this episode is powerful. It’s a stunningly intense hour, primarily due to two of gothic literature’s greatest characters: Frankenstein’s Monster and Dorian Gray.

In “Séance,” Sir Malcolm Murray continues his search for his missing daughter Mina. This includes further research of the vampire corpse from “Night Work,” which brings Victor Frankenstein back into the company of Murray and Ives as well as gives Ferdinand Lyle (Simon Russell Beale), the flamboyantly magnificent Egyptologist, much more desired screen time. Meanwhile, Ethan Chandler generally does nothing of real importance. His moments in this episode serve the storyline only to introduce Irish prostitute Brona Croft (Billie Piper) and very subtly heighten the intrigue on his mysterious past (and present for that matter). Perhaps most importantly, “Séance” introduces the viewer to a major force and popular literary character, Dorian Gray, who completely seduces this episode. And last but not least, the story takes a considerable amount of time to delve into Frankenstein’s Monster.

One cannot describe “Séance” without discussing the titular scene: a (wait for it) séance held by Lyle. It’s a lively event that ends on an insanely demonic note. The problem occurs when the medium conducting the séance (from whom you get the impression is simply a source of entertainment and not legitimate) is overcome by a dark presence claiming that there is “another here” referring to Ives and the possible dark presence residing within her. Then, for nearly six minutes…all hell breaks loose and Eva Green gives one of the most evocative and chaotic performances for a television audience. We’re talking six minutes carried completely by Green. Too much is revealed or hinted at during this scene for me to talk about it explicitly. But I will say that it deals greatly with Mina and some serious family issues. And also, it’s super not safe for work. Unless you work in a place where it’s okay to say the word “cunt” a lot. A lot. This is the type of performance that does not leave you any time soon. It’s also the type of performance that is difficult to watch more than once, so watch close and listen well the first time.

As I mentioned in my “Night Work” review, the darkness of Ives’ soul is constantly called into question, and this episode reveals a great deal about her “darkness.” Especially in a scene where Lyle analyzes the vampire hieroglyphics. The scene is a follow up to Frankenstein’s earlier analysis that the hieroglyphics—that cover the vampire’s body from head to toe—are from the Egyptian Book of the Dead. They deal with the Egyptians’ goal of transmutation to an “afterlife of something more profound—eternal life.”

As with the Frankenstein analysis, Lyle’s look into the markings is also extremely brief yet a lot of information is revealed. Frankly, those types of scenes always annoy me. Yes, this is a paranormal/supernatural horror but there are still parts that need to remain practical and when things are “figured out” too quickly, credibility seems to blow away like a wisp of hair. Regardless, Lyle comes to some hard and fast conclusions about both the hieroglyphics and Ives. Both dangerous and both extremely important to the mythology of “Penny Dreadful.” Upon realizing the extreme threat that Murray is dealing with, Lyle delivers a swift warning to stay away from whatever it is he’s after.

This scene with Lyle might be my biggest grievance with the episode. Aside from the fact that it was a complete info dump, his parting words to Murray are very presumptuous and have little ground to stand on. It’s as if the writers gave way to practicality for the sake of moving the story along quickly. Things are muddied; the markings on the vampire corpse start to fuse with Ives and at this point we simply have no clue of knowing where that’s headed.

The time spent with Frankenstein and his monster, Proteus, is magnificent. It’s exactly the type of slow burn drama this show needs to balance out the horror and sexuality. Treadaway offers an eager, fascinated portrayal of Frankenstein. He completely nails the essence of Mary Shelley’s young doctor and the raw curiosity that got him into so much trouble. Proteus portrays The Monster in a beautifully sad performance. The necessary intimacy between him and the doctor is palpable. His emotions are exposed to the viewer and are very potent. He captures the childlike wonder of The Monster without losing the underlying fear.

Dorian Gray, both in literature and in his depiction in “Penny Dreadful” is the essence of psychosexual horror. He is first introduced to us by way of Croft as he takes nude photographs of her and later engages is some emotionally disturbing sex with her. There is no way to describe how sexually charged and horrifying this initial scene becomes. Perhaps I’ll just drop a quote to encapsulate the heavy shit we’re getting into, “I’ve never fucked a dying creature before. Do you feel pain more deeply?” For some viewers, Reeve Carney might take some getting used to as Dorian Gray, but I absolutely adored his interpretation. He’s brash and arrogant, but sexy, compassionate, empathetic, and lovely. There’s inquisitiveness in him that I find so inherently attractive. Some might find him too “deep” compared to the Gray from literature who’s definitely more selfish. But I think it played out splendidly.

Overall: fantastic episode. It’s bookended by two extremely gruesome and shocking scenes, is filled with profoundly haunting performances, lighted occasionally by the lovely Croft and Proteus’ lust for life, and sizzles with Green’s unspeakable sexual energy.

What did you think of “Séance”? Is this show faring well for you thus far? Worth the purchase?

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[MHHFF Review] Argentina’s ‘Still Life’ Is an Uneven Slasher-Mystery

bloody disgusting - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 19:58

Man, I’ve known some militant vegans in my time. Ones who are more than happy to shove their beliefs down your throat and make you feel guilty as sin for enjoying a burger. You know the type. As annoying as they can be, none of them are as passionate as the serial killer in writer-director Gabriel Grieco’s Still Life (Naturaleza Muerta), in which carnivores in a small Argentinian town are savagely butchered in a fashion reflecting the treatment of animals in a slaughterhouse. Ugly and brutal with a sharp sociopolitical edge, Still Life is an animal rights slasher-mystery that makes PETA’s approach to protest seem like an adorable pick-up game of checkers.

During the incredibly tense, well-staged prologue, the daughter of a wealthy cattle industry baron vanishes. Ambitious young journalist Jazmin (Luz Cipriot – who bears a striking resemblance to Natalie Portman in some angles) sees this story as an opportunity to advance her career, so she goes rogue with her loyal cameraman to investigate. She begins discovering links between the girl’s disappearance and a series of murders, which point to something nefarious within the local beef industry. As she digs deeper, she crosses paths with a local animal rights lecturer – a self-proclaimed one-man army educating folks on vegan lifestyle and why cow farts are depleting the ozone. A sketchy vegan farmer also turns up as a suspect and while Jazmin tries to make sense of the murders, she comes dangerously close to becoming one herself.

From the first frame she’s on screen, this is Luz Cipriot’s film, through and through. Still Life teeters on the edge of absurdity a few times, especially when the reveals start rolling out near the end, and it’s only Cipriot’s performance which helps keep it grounded. Resourceful, brave, and cunning, Jazmin is a strong female lead that’s easy to root for. She’s ambitious, but never overtly opportunistic to the point where she comes off as selfish. Most of the male characters are treated solely as suspects within the mystery, so they never really have time to be anything besides shady.

Grieco flirts with an exploration of the Argentinian cattle industry and its markets, which are deeply embedded in the country’s history and tradition. The film never becomes overtly political or preachy, however. It maintains a mystery atmosphere, with moments of pure slasher-horror mixed in throughout. It’s during these bouts of horror where Still Life loses its footing a bit – particularly during the climax, where things become a bit ridiculous and the tone spirals into near silliness. The typical horror beats are all there, but they feel forced, as if Grieco felt he needed to rush them in to hold the audience’s attention. This wasn’t the case though. His story of murder and cattle scandal was enough to engage me. These strained moments of brutality weaken the film’s overall tension and not even Cipriot’s performance can rescue it.

I mentioned the film’s prologue, which is wickedly nerve-wrenching. There’s also an epilogue, which is the polar opposite. It’s so painfully contrived and farcical that it shirks off the previous 90 minutes and dives headfirst into laughable slasher territory. There’s absolutely no reason for it to exist, unless Grieco is banking on a sequel. I sincerely hope that’s not the case because Still Life stands on its own as a unique sociopolitical slasher mystery with one helluva female lead. No need to franchise this bad boy.

* Warning: this movie does contain extremely graphic stock footage of animals being abused and butchered in slaughterhouses. If that type of thing turns your stomach, look away from the screen. Seriously, it’s gnarly.

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See the First Sneak Peek of Lifetime’s Big Driver

Dread Central - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 19:12

As a whole, Stephen King adaptations haven’t fared so well thus far, but Lifetime is forging ahead with its own version of King’s short story “Big Driver” from Full Dark, No Stars (published in November 2010), which arrives on Saturday night. Curious? Then check out this new sneak peek!

About “Big Driver” on Lifetime:
From a story by Stephen King, “Big Driver” marks the first collaboration between Lifetime and King.

This dark story of a young novelist hell-bent on revenge after falling victim to a brutal crime stars Golden Globe nominee Maria Bello (A History of Violence). Bello’s co-stars include Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis (Steel Magnolias), Grammy nominee Joan Jett, film and television veteran Ann Dowd (“The Leftovers”), and Will Harris (“NCIS”).

In “Big Driver” Tess Thorne (Bello), a famous and revered mystery and thriller writer, faces a long drive home following a book-signing engagement. But while driving on a lonely stretch of New England road, her tire blows out, leaving her stranded. Relieved when another driver stops and offers assistance, Tess quickly discovers her savior is actually her assailant, a serial killer who repeatedly assaults her. Left for dead in a drainage pipe to rot with the bodies of his other victims, Tess escapes and makes her way safely home. With her fragile mind beginning to unravel, she is determined to find her rapist and seek revenge, as payback is the only thing holding her together.

Produced by Ostar Productions, “Big Driver” is executive produced by Bill Haber (The Trip to Bountiful) and Jeffrey Hayes (A Day Late and A Dollar Short). The screenplay adaptation was written by Richard Christian Matheson (“Masters of Horror,” Happy Face Killer) and is directed by Mikael Salomon (Drew Peterson: Untouchable). A+E Networks handles international sales for “Big Driver.”

Be sure to tune in for the world premiere of “Big Driver” on October 18th at 8/7c on Lifetime.

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Canal, The (2014)

Dread Central - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 18:56

Starring Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Rupert Evans, Steve Oram

Directed by Ivan Kavanagh (interview here)

The fear of the inevitable is just as frightening as the actual scare itself, I believe. When you can see what the action will be, whether it’s an instantaneous reaction that elicits the fright or something that takes its time to simmer – you know it’s coming, and it STILL gives you the foreboding presence of dread that hangs until the scare slams into you. With director Ivan Kavanagh’s slow-creeping startler The Canal, nothing is as creepy as what’s laid out in front of the viewer… like I said, you can see it coming, and it still gives you the heebies.

The movie could possibly be one of the best deterrents for the cheating spouse since Glenn Close decided to steep one of the Easter Bunny’s relatives in Fatal Attraction way back in the day. David (Rupert Evans) is a quiet and reserved film archivist who goes about his job, almost in a mundane fashion. His reason for such a lack of motivation at work is the persistent feeling that his wife, Alice (Hanna Hoekstra), is having a lurid affair behind his back. Then again, you can’t really have it behind your back if virtually ALL the signs are in your face (i.e., text messages in the middle of the night and that glance from the other guy when he’s speaking to David’s wife while at a party).

Alice is a stunner, plain and simple, and she doesn’t go too far out of the way to hide the fact that she’s interested in her latest client, Alex (Carl Shabaan). The inclining worries about an adulterous wife, coupled with the crime footage from a murder back in 1902 that David has been glossing over at work, have sent his mind into overdrive.

Oddly enough, the home where the murders took place looks exactly like his family’s home, and upon further review, we learn it is the same place, providing the groundwork for a very intense series of events that are almost certain to unfold right in front of your eyes (see paragraph 1 above).

The supposition grows so heavily that David decides to follow his wife one night when she’s “working late” – even so intent on catching her in the act that he forgets to pick up their young son at school. After witnessing the unforgivable, David passes out in a grimy bathroom while having a nightmarish vision, and the next morning he returns home to find his wife is gone.

An instant investigation begins into the whereabouts of his wife, and after she’s found floating in a local runoff canal, he is immediately fingered as the numero uno suspect – I mean, who else could it possibly be, right? Her murder is deemed “accidental”; yet, David refuses to believe that arbitrary ruling, as does a very skeptical police detective (Steve Oram).

David’s worry now focuses on the safety of his young boy and the babysitter who looks after them – he believes that whatever (or whoever) killed the family way back in 1902 is without equivocation the reason for his wife’s death, and it could still be residing in his house behind the walls. The mood is dark and dismal throughout the entire film, especially the last half, acting as a one-two combo of hopelessness and despair for the characters involved. David is a shattered soul with an innocent son who is now without a mother. Jeez, I even felt remorse for the detective because the mood was so heavily wrought. Kavanagh’s use of photography is simply beautiful – one supreme shot is the view inside Alice’s casket as you can hear the first shovelfuls of dirt rain down upon it – brilliance.

If I had to (unfortunately) look for a negative in all this creepy goodness, it would be the cross-worked circuitry that is the movie’s final acts. You’re twisted and turned in about a dozen different directions, left to wonder which way is up, even after a shocking conclusion. (Be sure to look for a nod to The Ring in one latter scene.) Aside from the roadblock that impedes a certain touchdown on this field of fright, The Canal is a movie that should definitely be watched with the lights off, not necessarily to enhance the scares, but to better immerse yourself in the darkness that these characters so radiantly display even through the opacity.

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Scream Factory Turning Eco-Horrors Food of the Gods and Frogs from Green to Blu

Dread Central - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 18:37

Can’t say I didn’t see this one coming. With all the past MGM “Midnite Movies” Scream Factory has been announcing thus far this month, I figured some nature gone amok titles from the ecological disaster era of Seventies cinema were bound to rear their human-hating heads.

Bert I. Gordon (AKA the man who gifted the world with such Atomic Age greats as The Amazing Colossal Man, Beginning of the End, and Earth vs. the Spider) was behind 1976’s Food of the Gods, a very loose adaptation of H.G. Wells’ classic tale. Quite appropriate calling this film cheesy since the central characters are primarily being attacked by giant rats.

While it makes more sense to pair this one with Empire of the Ants (Gordon’s follow-up, also loosely based on an H.G. Wells tale), instead Scream Factory has announced on its Facebook page that Food of the Gods will be released as a double-feature Blu-ray with another Seventies killer animal classic: Frogs.

The Frogs movie poster is an absolute work of pop art as far as I’m concerned, but don’t be fooled into thinking this one is about man-eating frogs. The frogs hold psychic powers over the other critters of the swamp and use them to seek revenge against humanity on behalf of their polluted ecosystem. Sam Elliot, Ray Milland, and Joan Van Ark soon find themselves under attack by dangerous snakes, spiders, and alligators while the frogs make like Hynotoad.

If Scream Factory has a sense of humor, Frogs will include an audio commentary track that’s nothing but the sound of actual frogs croaking and ribbitting for 90 minutes.

We’ll have to wait on this one as the Food of the Gods/Frogs double-feature won’t be coming out until next summer.

Expect more Scream Factory announcements at any moment. Who knows? Empire of the Ants, Tentacles, even a Reptilicus/Yongary, Monster from the Deep double-feature Blu—ray could be feasible at this point.

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See Four New Clips from Sleepy Hollow Episode 2.04 – Go Where I Send Thee…

Dread Central - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 18:35

In just a few hours we’ll all be heading to “Sleepy Hollow” for Episode 2.04, “Go Where I Send There…,” but if you can’t wait that long to see what shenanigans await us this week, here are four new clips just released by Fox.

“Sleepy Hollow” Episode 2.04 – “Go Where I Send Thee…” (airs 10/13/14)
Abbie and Crane’s (Nicole Beharie, Tom Mison) search for a missing Sleepy Hollow child reveals a creature akin to the Pied Piper, whose legacy with the child’s family extends back to a centuries-old curse.

Related Story:  See Several Stills and a Sneak Peek of Sleepy Hollow Episode 2.04 – Go Where I Send Thee…

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Halloween 4 Replacement Disc NOW Offered by Scream Factory and Anchor Bay

Dread Central - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 18:29

Well, kids, there’s reason to celebrate! If you were one of the furious folks who had the horrendous audio sync issue with Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers in your Halloween: The Complete Collection Blu-ray (review), you can now have the disc replaced courtesy of Scream Factory and Anchor Bay.

From the official Anchor Bay Facebook Page:
On behalf of Anchor Bay and Scream Factory, we want to thank everyone that has purchased the Halloween Complete Collection.  We hope you are enjoying it and all the work that went into bringing it to you, the fans. Unfortunately there is an audio sync issue with Halloween 4 that has always existed on that film with every release.  We attempted to fix one of the problems prior to this release but in doing so, it created sync issues elsewhere in the film, which has now come to light.  For the past two weeks we have been working to fix the problems that have arisen and we have been able to fix the sync issues at the 46 minute mark.   We will be issuing a replacement disc to anyone that has been affected.

If you were affected by a Halloween 4 sync issue and would like a replacement disc sent to you, please follow these instructions:

In order to receive a replacement with the first batch being sent, send an e-mail to ABEHalloween4@Starz.com no later than October 31, 2014 and include the following:

1) Proof of purchase (photo or scan of receipt or digital receipt from on-line retailer)
2) Your name
3) Mailing address

Your replacement disc will then be shipped to arrive no later than November 14, 2014.

Thank you again for bringing Michael home.

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Go Inside The Originals Episode 2.02 Alive and Kicking with this Producers’ Preview

Dread Central - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 18:03

Ready to rejoin “The Originals” tonight for Episode 2.02, “Alive and Kicking”? Here to get you ready for the ep, in which guest star Nathaniel Buzolic appears in flashbacks, are executive producers Julie Plec and Michael Narducci with a preview of what we can expect.

“The Originals” Episode 2.02 – “Alive and Kicking” (airs 10/13/14): As tensions between Elijah (Daniel Gillies) and Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) grow, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) steps in and encourages her to regain her position within her werewolf pack.

Still under Davina’s (Danielle Campbell) control, Mikael (Sebastian Roche) grows impatient while she attempts to uncover a spell that would protect those closest to her. When Elijah turns to Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) for help in tracking down a vital piece of information, he is forced to remember a time long ago when they were on better terms.

Meanwhile, Davina and Kaleb (guest star Daniel Sharmon) find themselves in a dangerous situation when unexpected visitors show up and crash their dinner. Finally, Klaus grows suspicious after a meeting with Cassie (guest star Natalie Dreyfuss) doesn’t go as he had planned. Jeffrey Hunt directed the episode written by Michelle Paradise and Michael Narducci.

For more info visit “The Originals” on CWTV.com, “like” “The Originals” on Facebook, and follow “The Originals” on Twitter.

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#NYCC “Powers” Is The Comic Book TV Show We’ve Been Waiting For!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 18:00

This weekend at NYCC, the major cast of the “Powers” television series were on hand to debut the first trailer, and talk about the process of adapting a comic book into a successful TV show. Series creators Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming were both part of the panel, and shared a lot of information as to how this adaptation will exactly work.

And while the trailer has been criticzed for having too much talking, and not enough action. I assure you a lot of it has been filmed, it’s just the effects heavy stuff is a long way off. The cast commented on how shooting just finished on episode two, and this weekend was the first time anyone got to see footage cut together, it’s too early to write it off just yet.

Geoff Keighlay from Gametrailers moderating.Bendis arrives on stage, and talks about how this day was fourteen years coming.  They showed the first trailer, the show looks gritty, in line with something like Breaking Bad. Sharlto, looks intense and keeps his wit from District Nine. We got treated to another little bit of footage, showing off some really dark comedy before Sharlto gave a quick video message.

Susan Heyward (Deena Pilgrim), Eddie Izzard (Wolfe), Noah Taylor (Johnny Royalle), Olesya Rulin (Calista) and Logan Browning (Zora) entered the room to thunderous applause. They announced David Slade is directing the pilot as they took their seats., and novelist Charlie Huston is the showrunner. He’s approaching the material like a ten chapter crime novel.

Izzard immediately took control and spoke about playing Wolf. He talked about how the show is going a slightly different direction than the books. He’s taking the character in a slightly new direction. He described it as living in the real fucked up world with powers. It’s a metaphor for being a celebrity.

The panel talked about the young character, Calista who wants power. Olesya spoke about having the creative freedom to do what she wants. She’s really excited to see what people think. Sharlto is a father figure to Callista. He’s incredibly nurturing. He’s made her safe to try new things. Casting Susan as Deena was a no brainer. Bendis spoke about Deena representing that character with her feet on the floor, and being the one voice of reason in the world filled with insanity. She’s wounded when she enters the Powers department. She’s not politically savy, and speaks her mind. She’s looking with a new home in the powers department.

Sharlto’s character used to be a power, and deciding to be a police officer is a lot more heroic than what he was as a superhero. He’ll be forced to answer to some of the powers he used to know. He’s working the case, but Deena is working him. He knows all about powers but can’t really remove himself from the situation.

Noah Taylor said his Johnny Royale is a complex and conflicted character, he’s a bad motherfucker. He’s a criminal mastermind, and he’s mysterious. He called it a dream role. He’s going to be perfect as a slimy motherfucker who resents the commercialized powers. H

The powers kid, Logan Browning, spoke. She saw the footage for the first time and it made her cry. She’s part of a really big beautiful project. She’s still discovering where her character, Zora, is going. She doesn’t want fame, she wants to be a hero. She’s very changed from the book, in the comic she’s a fully formed hero, here we’re going to see her formative years.

Eddie again spoke about Wolf, and told us that he’s an interesting character. He’s the big bad wolf. He is ancient and dark. He has charm and he is fucked up as hell. He’s done very bad things. The trajectory of his character is really dark. He’s already brought the blood and he’s only filmed two scenes.

Strength of the show is about the family of the human characters, dealing with the dynamics of a larger family unit that is still sorting itself out. The strong bond of comrades during war time. The panel closed with teasing just how heavily involved Micheal Avon Oeming’s art style influenced the show. The world of the comics will be everywhere within the show, and really create a beautiful and complementary world.

Here’s the trailer again, and later this week we’ll have one on one interviews with the cast of “Powers.” You don’t want to miss Eddie Izzard.


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‘Halloween 4′ Replacement Disc Offered By Anchor Bay, Scream Factory

bloody disgusting - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 17:59

It was reported that there was a near 10-minute audio sync issue on the Blu-ray release of Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, included in Anchor Bay and Scream Factory’s epic Halloween collection.

The aforementioned companies have looked into the issue and are issuing a replacement disc for those who forked out their hard-earned cash for the massive box set.

Below are details, via the official Facebook.

On behalf of Anchor Bay and Scream Factory, we want to thank everyone that has purchased the Halloween Complete Collection. We hope you are enjoying it and all the work that went into bringing it to you, the fans. Unfortunately there is an audio sync issue with Halloween 4 that has always existed on that film with every release. We attempted to fix one of the problems prior to this release but in doing so, it created sync issues elsewhere in the film, which has now come to light. For the past two weeks we have been working to fix the problems that have arisen and we have been able to fix the sync issues at the 46 minute mark. We will be issuing a replacement disc to anyone that has been affected.

If you were affected by a Halloween 4 sync issue and would like a replacement disc sent to you, please follow these instructions:

In order to receive a replacement with the first batch being sent, send an e-mail to ABEHalloween4@Starz.com no later than October 31, 2014 and include the following:

1) Proof of purchase (photo or scan of receipt or digital receipt from on-line retailer)
2) Your name
3) Mailing address

Your replacement disc will then be shipped to arrive no later than November 14, 2014.

Thank you again for bringing Michael home.

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‘Grace: The Possession’ Clip Teases Creature In the Woods (Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 17:25

Just in time for Halloween, a producer of Sinister and executive producer of Insidious brings a twist to the classic horror story when Grace: The Possession debuts on DVD and Digital HD October 28 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Alexia Fast (Jack Reacher) plays the title role of Grace, an 18-year-old Catholic girl who moves away to college, never having sipped alcohol, done drugs, or had sex. But something dark comes over her, and her purity is taken as she becomes possessed by demonic forces. The film offers audiences a unique first-person perspective of the possessed like never seen before.

The cast also features Lin Shaye (Insidious), Alan Dale (“Lost”), Alexis Knapp (Pitch Perfect) and Joel David Moore (Avatar).

Check out this exclusive clip that heads deep into the woods where the cameraman/woman comes across something terrifying…

“Grace: The Possession is a story told like never before – through the eyes of the possessed. Grace (Alexia Fast) is a beautiful, naive, virginal college freshman trying to deal with campus culture and her outgoing new roommate. But when a terror takes over her body and unleashes chaos, Grace returns to the cold clutches of her severe grandmother (Lin Shaye) and the strict rules of the Church. Haunted by the horrific death of her mother and her deeply ingrained destructive urges, Grace must stop the demon inside before it’s too late.

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‘Killing Floor 2′ Dev Diary Delivers the Gore

bloody disgusting - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 17:07

Tripwire has kicked off a fresh wave of dev diaries for their survival horror shooter Killing Floor 2, starting with a look at one of the three B’s that their focusing on with the upcoming sequel: the blood. The original was no slouch in this department, but from the looks of it, Killing Floor 2 is going to make its predecessor look like children’s game by comparison.

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Ice Cream Man 2: Sundae Bloody Sundae Looking to Get Kickstarted

Dread Central - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 16:48

Travel back with us to 1995. Major earthquakes in Kobe, Japan, kill over 10k people. Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia dies. Rapper Tupac Shakur is convicted on a sexual assault charge and sentenced to up to 4-1/2 years in prison. An estimated 150 million people watch as the not guilty verdict is read in the O. J. Simpson case. Clint Howard stars in the horror flick Ice Cream Man. Today Clint Howard is looking to add a double scoop to his terror tale.

From the Ice Cream Man Kickstarter site
It’s been twenty years since ICE CREAM MAN — an iconic spectacle of gore, blood, and mayhem — exploded onto the big screen. Audiences couldn’t get enough of Howard’s mental-patient-turned-sweet-treat-scooper Gregory, who laced his frozen creations with bugs and choice bits of corpses and served them up to unsuspecting, Converse-wearing kids out for summer fun. In fact, the original ICE CREAM MAN has become a classic in the B-movie canon, cheerfully terrorizing two decades of viewers with low-budget action, cheesy dialogue, and some of the most creative uses of severed heads ever seen on screen.

As the original ICE CREAM MAN’s popularity has skyrocketed among horror film and B-movie aficionados, star Howard and producer Norman Apstein have considered a sequel that takes the story beyond the kid’s movie genre and ratchets the horror quotient up—notch by blood-soaked notch. ICE CREAM MAN 2: SUNDAE BLOODY SUNDAE won’t be a movie for children—it’s a tale of revenge, chock-full of murderous intent, laced with dripping entrails, and served up ice cold. The Rocketeers—Johnny, Heather, Tuna, and Small Paul—are all grown up now, and Gregory wants them to suffer. Really suffer. Torture and violence are on the menu, and it’s going to be sweet.

Interested? Hit up the above link!

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‘Werewolf Rising’ Clip Falls Asleep, Has a Trippy Dream (Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 16:17

On October 14, 2014 RJ/Image Entertainment will howl at the moon with Werewolf Rising (review), written and directed by BC Furtney.

We now have an exclusive clip in which the lead falls asleep, online to have a wicked dream featuring a creepy Bill Oberst Jr.

Desperate for a break from big city life, Emma heads to her family’s cabin deep in the Arkansas hills. As she settles in for some much-needed R&R, she learns that something unspeakable lurks in the surrounding darkness. As the full moon rises, a bloodthirsty werewolf emerges from the shadows, slaughtering everyone in its path and revealing a sinister underworld Emma never knew existed. Thrown into a fight for her life, and her very soul, Emma will need to escape these big bad woods before it’s too late.

Bill Oberst Jr., Melissa Carnell, Danielle Lozeau, Irena Murphy and Matt Copko star.

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‘Silence of the Sleep’ Review: One Man Freakshow

bloody disgusting - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 16:09

Having such an open platform in the PC market has facilitated the arrival of an era where even a single person’s vision can come to complete and total fruition. Indie horror games like this and Neverending Nightmares are as reflective of their makers as they are explorations of the concept of mental illness and how to deal with it.

And despite the fact that psychological torment has always been a ripe topic for horror games, the approach has changed over the years. Rather than being a general catch-all for all things weird and creepy, the subject of mental health has become something more personal, more meaningful, and more altogether unsettling. It is no longer the obstacle or the mere set dressing but very often the through-line of the game itself.

Created by a 25 year old Finnish man named Jesse Makkonen, Silence of the Sleep is a perfect example of how to create an Expressionist vision of a person’s jumbled and broken mental makeup.

The game takes place in a nether realm of a nightmarish (and largely symbolic) world to solve the mystery of the main character’s struggle with himself. Despite some strange hiccups in tone, Silence of the Sleep is a worthy indie descendent of creepy psychological games like Silent Hill.

Silence of the Sleep begins with the end. Specifically, the main character’s end. Jacob Reeves stands on the edge of a cliff, obviously contemplating eternity, and then he lets go, falling into a darkness that is not quite death.

He awakens in a near-reality but can’t remember the details of his life or what might have driven him to suicide. He’s trapped in a hotel that is eerily reminiscent of The Shining — complete with an advice-giving sage bartender — and his goal is to uncover not just his identity but the circumstances surrounding his suicide.

Silence of the Sleep’s psychological adventure game setup will take players through several macabre levels, each with its own set of challenges and narrative threads. However, since it is exists in the more traditional adventure game vein, combat is completely and utterly nonexistent. The game consists of basic mechanics — a flashlight, “use” — and wandering around to solve puzzles.

Most of the puzzles themselves are quite old school in terms of function, and most involve finding some item to affect some other, usually locked portion of the game. In other words, you will be hunting for keys, number combinations, and other various hard-to-see items hiding in the environment for hours upon end.

As the game progresses, the difficulty of the puzzles varies wildly. Some of them are easy, some of them are justifiably difficult, and some are so vague that they’ll require a stroke of luck or insight in order to be solved.

As someone who suffered through this particular brand of frustration in the 90s, I found some of the more baffling puzzles amusing but still grew tired of meandering from room to room, trying to unlock the interior logic of the individual puzzle. Your enjoyment of this aspect of the game will depend largely on whether or not you manage to make the connections the developer intends.

However, the art style, though somewhat rudimentary, is something quite interesting to behold. The silhouetted character designs are a nice touch, which contrast nicely with the busily grim backgrounds. Not only that, but the game’s mechanics often affect not just how the player interacts with the world but the physical makeup of the environments themselves.

More specifically, the game uses color and darkness as means for introducing interesting gameplay elements. Players who need to avoid the shadowy monsters in the game may hide behind cardboard boxes, which produces a twofold effect: it both renders the player mostly invisible and also slows time to a crawl, changing the color and often the auditory aspects of the world. This element complements the psychological nature of the game, not to mention the fact that it’s a really neat effect.

All of it combined makes for a quite disturbing gaming experience. Sadly, the enemies are not intelligent whatsoever, but since you cannot fight back, any appearance of the shadow monsters will render you panicky. Land in the eyeline of one of the monsters, and you’re a goner. The game does a great job of using audio to warn players of an appearing monster, giving them time to scramble for a hiding place.

To go a step further regarding audio, it should be noted that the score highlights all that is great about Silence of the Sleep. The range of music provides the game with a depth that it might not have otherwise have had. It is at times melodic and entrancing and at others atonal and disconcerting, mirroring the psychologically-tilted mood within the game itself. Your pulse will definitely quicken at the sound of a monster’s sudden appearance, but you’ll also relish the acoustic music breaks during narratively focused portions of the game.

Which is why it is so unfortunate how unpredictable the game’s tone actually is. It veers from a gloomy, dark world to almost an air of comedy at certain points, and some of the puzzle minigames are completely irrelevant to the game’s progression that they dilute the power of the great ones. Not only that, but most of the time they are without instructions, so you’ll have to randomly figure out how to beat them.

To wit, there is an unlocking minigame that might just be the worst unlocking minigame in the history of unlocking minigames, and that is certainly saying something. I don’t know if the were meant to add layers to the game, but for me they were a distracting presence.

The biggest problem with Silence of the Sleep is that it can be boring if you have trouble solving the puzzles; or, in the case of the asylum, if there is just too much uneventful wandering around. You might have better luck with some of the puzzles than I did, but if you don’t, then you’ll spend a great deal of time searching every nook for something to help your journey along.

It isn’t frustrating, but it becomes monotonous, and unfortunately that ruins some of the weird, interesting vibe the game manages to build for itself.

The Final Word: Silence of the Sleep does some things with art style, story, and music that haven’t been seen all year. Despite some of its design flaws, it’s a game worth checking out, and you’ll definitely get a few scares out of playing it.

Silence of the Sleep is available on Steam for $16.99 for Windows platforms.

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This Skittles Commercial Makes My Skin Crawl…

bloody disgusting - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 16:01

A Halloween Treat? Yeah, maybe for you guys. If I found this commercial in my trick or treat bag, I wouldn’t touch a single piece of candy inside.

Skittle is airing a pretty great new Halloween-themed commercial, unless of course you’re as petrified of spiders as I am. The new/longer :45-second spot just spun a web online, and the spider is way too realistic for my enjoyment. I’m going to have nightmares just from screen-grabbing an image for this article (yes, I know, I need help).

Here’s the sales pitch, not that you need one to know how badly you want some Skittles: “Think you know the whole story about the giant talking spider and his #SkittlesWeb this Halloween? Well, prepare your mind for a touching story of… friendship? Trap the Rainbow. Taste the Rainbow.

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Dive Into the World of ‘The Evil Within’ in This New Trailer

bloody disgusting - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 15:47

Hey, folks! Apologies for going MIA last week, but I had to deal with a cross-country move. Now that the hard part is over, I’m able to deliver your daily dose of horror game news and stuff, starting with a new trailer for The Evil Within.

Shinji Mikami’s long-awaited return to the gory world of survival horror arrives tomorrow. To celebrate its imminent arrival, Bethesda has released another video that explores the world that Mikami and Co. have created. I’ve spent quite a bit of time with the game already — look for my review tomorrow! — and it really didn’t take long for me to fall in love with it.

The Evil Within arrives on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on October 14.

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Horror Author Joe Knetter Unleashes a Trio of Halloween Treats

Dread Central - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 15:46

Here at Dread Central we always love to hear from author Joe Knetter, and he’s just dropped a bunch of treats into our inbox that we think you’re going to dig. So read on if you’re as into Joe’s writing as we are!

First up, Knetter has joined forces with Great Old Ones Publishing on an anthology book called Diabolical Dissertations of the Damned, which collectors together some of the author’s best stories from the past 10 years. It also features a hilarious intro from screenwriter Todd Farmer, who penned Jason X and My Bloody Valentine 3D.

In one of the tales two men rob a gas station, only to have one end up kidnapping a trio of coeds. What should have been big money turns out to be a night of horror. In another a man is checked into a hospital, only to find out that the facility has a dark secret which leads to a gateway to the threshold of madness.

Just in time for the Halloween season, Knetter has also re-released his book Zombie Bukkake under the new title Grave Mistake, which he feels is a more accurate representation of the subject matter. “While the title Zombie Bukkake helped me sell it on a certain cult level and got me on the History Channel, I feel the name ultimately hurt it,” he told us.

In Grave Mistake Foley is a happily married and loving father. He has one vice he keeps hidden from those around him: pornography. While online Foley finds an ad for a porn film shooting in his town. While he would never dream of being unfaithful, he begins to contemplate what really constitutes cheating. The book follows Foley on his journey to Hell, where he encounters hordes of zombies, a cannibal cult, and countless other people on his quest for redemption.

And last but not least, two of Knetter’s stories will appear in a new collection called Cesspool, which is currently available for pre-order. Learn more and pick up a copy over on the official Cesspool website.

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Soulmate Finds New VOD and DVD Artwork

Dread Central - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 15:32

We’ve been waiting patiently for Axelle Carolyn’s feature debut, Soulmate, to hit VOD and DVD here in the States. Revolver Entertainment scooped up the supernatural thriller and will be releasing it on both mediums on October 28th. Check out two new bits of artwork, one for VOD and one for DVD, right here!

The film stars Anna Walton (Hellboy 2), Tom Wisdom (300), Nick Brimble (A Knight’s Tale), and Emma Cleasby (Dog Soldiers) and was penned by Carolyn, who has acted in Neil Marshall’s Centurion and Doomsday.

Soulmate is produced by Claire Otway and is a Neil Marshall (The Descent, Dog Soldiers, Centurion) presentation for production company Sterling Pictures. Executive producers on the film are Michael Riley, John Wolstenholme, and Doug Abbott for Screen Projex alongside Belgian co-producer Title Media.

Soulmate follows a young woman who retreats to a remote cottage after a failed suicide attempt. She soon discovers the cottage is haunted by its previous owner but decides to remain, hoping to find comfort in the ghost.

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The Coolest ‘Tooth Fairy’ Halloween Mask Ever

bloody disgusting - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 14:35

Shared on imgur is the coolest “Tooth Fairy” Halloween mask I personally have ever seen.

It’s unclear who made this, but what I can say is that the eye looks hyper-realistic and the concept is beyond rad. I’m pretty sure I’d gag every time I ran into this person at a party.

Bloody reader ‘Erik L.’ just e-mailed us letting us know that the above mask is actually a gorgeous sculpture by artist Colin Christian. Check out his art by clicking here!

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