Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’ Gaining a “True Detective”?

bloody disgusting - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 23:05

Could one of the new great actors of our time be joining Stephen King’s epic battle of good vs. evil?

According to Deadline, Matthew McConaughey, who heads into the weekend as a favorite to win an Emmy for HBO’s “True Detective”, is coveted by Warner Bros. to play the role of Randall Flagg in The Stand, the adaptation of Stephen King’s apocalyptic masterpiece novel that Josh Boone will direct!

Flagg is the personification of evil, a demonic figure who wreaks havoc after a plague kills most of the population. He was played in haunting fashion by Jamie Sheridan in the miniseries adaptation. Flagg was such a force of evil that King used him in several of his works including “The Stand.”

The site clarifies this is not even close to a done deal, which sounds more like someone caught wind of a “wish list”. I will dream about it tonight… a lot.

McConaughey, who once was ashamed of his role in Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation is on a tear after his role in Dallas Buyers Club. He’ll next be seen in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar.

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[TV ] Want a New Taste of “AHS: Freak Show”?!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 22:57

This promo has me split…

FX recently set the premiere date for the fourth installment of its critically acclaimed anthology series “American Horror Story: Freak Show” for Wednesday, October 8 at 10 PM ET/PT., which went along with the first promo.

A second was released that offers a new taste at “Freak Show” splitting a tongue in two. Seriously, how great are these series of promos going to be? I hope they do one for every circus act known to mankind.

“American Horror Story: Freak Show” begins its tale in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida. The year is 1952. A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike. This is the story of the performers and their desperate journey of survival amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.

Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe and Evan Peters return. New cast includes Michael Chiklis, Wes Bentley, John Carroll Lynch, Finn Wittrock, Patti LaBelle and the world’s smallest living woman, Jyoti Amge.

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Some Great Games Are On Sale Right Now On PSN

bloody disgusting - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 19:19

PlayStation Network Flash Sales are rarely disappointing, but this weekend’s sale is particularly good as it brings some serious discounts on several fantastic — and fairly new — video games that are all worth checking out. This weekend, you can grab any of the titles below for $9.99 each. If you need help choosing the right one to add to your collection, you really can’t go wrong with Darksiders II, DmC Devil May Cry, BioShock Infinite, XCOM: Enemy Unknown and Resident Evil: Revelations.

The only reason Metro: Last Light isn’t on that list is because if you haven’t yet experienced that glorious game, you really should try and get the Redux version that arrives on August 26th.

Metro: Last Light
Darksiders II
DmC Devil May Cry
BioShock Infinite
XCOM: Enemy Unknown
BioShock 2: Ultimate Edition
God of War: Collection PS3
God of War: Collection (PS Vita)
Starhawk Ultimate Edition
Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (PS Vita)
Wonderbook: Walking with Dinosaurs
The Sly Collection
The Sly Collection (PS Vita)
Prototype 2
Dynasty Warriors 7 Empires
Persona 4 Arena
Tales of Graces f
Street Fighter X Tekken (PS Vita)
Lost Planet 3
Resident Evil: Revelations

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NSFW Twisted Music Video Of The Week Vol. 149: Cairo Knife Fight “Rezlord”

bloody disgusting - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 17:30

It’s Friday and I’ve been feeling like I need to bring something a bit dangerous, a bit sexy, and a bit violent for you lovely readers. That’s why this week’s Twisted Music Video Of The Week is Cairo Knife Fight‘s “Rezlord”, which is 100% completely NSFW due to full frontal nudity as well as some heavy sexual themes.

The video revolves around a man who gives himself entirely to a woman who, in turn, goes from punishing to comforting, back and forth, escalating each time, until it comes to permanent consequences.

Check out the video below and then you can snag “Rezlord” via iTunes.

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At The Gates Reveal ‘At War With Reality’ And More Album Details

bloody disgusting - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 16:15

Swedish metal band At The Gates, who are credited with pioneering the “Gothenburg style” melodic death metal sound, have unveiled the album artwork for their upcoming album At War With Reality, which comes out October 28th via Century Media Records. The artwork was designed by Costin Chioreanu who, “…gave the strong lyrical theme of At War With Reality an outstanding conceptual togetherness with the visuals he crafted for this project.

Vocalist/lyricist Tomas Lindberg states:

The concept of ‘At War with Reality’ is based on the literary genre called ‘Magic Realism’. The main style within this genre is the notion that ‘reality’ is ever-changing, and needs to be constantly re-discovered and re-conquered. We felt that Costin’s artwork style would be the perfect visual contribution to this album, so he became the natural choice…

Guitarist Anders Björler further explained:

I got in touch with Costin a few years back. I was immediately impressed with his dark and original style. He collaborated on some T-shirt designs for AT THE GATES as well as designing the album artwork for my Instrumental Project. We realized pretty early on that his style would accompany the music and the concept perfectly.

Some of the songs included on At War With Reality are the following: “Death And The Labyrinth”, “The Circular Ruins”, “The Conspiracy Of The Blind”, “Order From Chaos”, “Eater Of Gods” and “Upon Pillars Of Dust”.

You can see the artwork below.

Album artist Costin Chioreanu comments:

I have been waiting for this album for almost 20 years and it’s the biggest honor for me to illustrate it – As there is no greater achievement for a dreamer than the moment when the dream becomes reality. ‘At War With Reality’ is by far the most complex visual story I have ever created, from all points of view. From the very first moment the band presented the concept, I found it extremely stunning and at the same time super-challenging. I like to think that visual art and music are tools to explore our minds – to create, to discover and to push the limits. AT THE GATES, one of my all-time favorite Metal bands, offered me a chance to explore a new dimension.

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Deftones’ Chino Moreno Starts Working On New Team Sleep Album

bloody disgusting - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:30

Team Sleep, which features Deftones vocalist Chino Moreno, will be entering the studio to record their long-awaited sophomore album with a tentative early 2015 release date planned. The band will be partially funding the new album with an incentive package that fans can purchase at BrownPaperTickers. Backers will receive such perks as silk-screened prints, a limited edition hoodie, a limited vinyl, a CD with previously unreleased recordings, and more.

The band released a statement saying:

Please join us as we create our next record in Woodstock, New York. We’ll gather at Applehead studio, near the base of the Catskill mountains to eat, write, play and record.

For a long time, business people, logistics, careers, adulthood, families and the House Republicans have thwarted us, but we’ve continued to make music. At the same time, the creative process has become increasingly fragmented and dehumanized. With that in mind, we’re very excited to get together with our dear friends, hang out, play music and have a unique experience in a beautiful place.

We’d like you to be there, too. Your participation will be essential to the independent creation and release of the live performance and our forthcoming studio record; we look forward to seeing you.

The band’s first release came out in 2005.

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[Review] ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’ Is More (and Less) of the Same

bloody disgusting - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:12

Back in 2005, when comic book legend Frank Miller joined forces with renegade indie filmmaker Robert Rodriguez to bring Miller’s sleazy, hyper-stylized, ultraviolent tribute to ’40s pulp detective thrillers Sin City to the big screen, it seemed the stars aligned quite nicely on that project, resulting in a swirling monochromatic blend of classic noir atmosphere, grindhouse-style exploitation and state-of-the-art digital magic. It was the right combination at the right time, and its success was well-earned. While a return to the rain-slicked perpetual night of Basin City was a foregone conclusion, it’s amazing it took nearly a decade for Miller and Rodriguez to revisit that world… but they finally did, delving again into Miller’s comic source material for a new set of interlocking stories – most of which actually take place prior to the events of the first film.

Where the original Sin City dove headlong in to surreal, twisted and often horrifying fantasy (living severed heads, monstrous mutants, a cannibal serial killer), A Dame to Kill For plays its cards a bit closer to the chest, adhering more to the long-established tropes of the hard-boiled ’40s detective novels and classic films which inspired Miller’s comic series in the the first place, with much less emphasis on outlandish, horror-tinged scenarios. That might seem like a fair choice (though perhaps a let-down for horror fans), but in the long run this approach actually works against the film, leaving it in often tedious limbo between over-the-top comic fantasy and gritty, old-school film noir, sampling heavily from both but not fully committed to either.

Thankfully, the wild, anarchic sense of fun is mostly intact, thanks in large part to the strength of the actors involved. Seeing many of the original characters return to the fold is a definite plus: Mickey Rourke’s hulking, wise-ass bruiser Marv is always a blast, dominating as thoroughly as he did in the first film (and rightly so); Jessica Alba returns as whip-cracking exotic dancer Nancy, now tormented by the loss of Bruce Willis’ grizzled cop John Hartigan, the only man she ever loved (the fact that he blew his brains out in the last film doesn’t mean he can’t watch over her). Rosario Dawson’s tough-as-nails Gail gets an awesome entrance, flanked by her all-female crew of Old Town assassins, but much like Alba, she doesn’t ultimately have much to do apart from briefly assisting Brolin. In fact, many of the principals are a bit underused, lost amid a rambling collection of missed opportunities.

Among the new talent on display is rock-jawed Josh Brolin, taking over the role of Dwight from Clive Owen for the film’s central tale, which precedes the events of the first film and follows Dwight’s doomed relationship with impossibly seductive femme fatale Ava Lord – the titular Dame – played with spooky, green-eyed, serpentine grace by the frequently naked Eva Green, turning in one of the film’s most outlandishly memorable performances. While the change in Dwight’s looks is explained reasonably well, and Brolin is compelling (as always) in the role, his personality has clearly shifted from super-suave antihero to a coarse, overwrought private-eye type who delivers the film’s most cringe-inducing, clichéd noir lines. Oh sure, I know Miller’s playing with the formula, and often in a satirical way, but some of Dwight’s Mickey Spillane-on-acid narration in this segment verges from hard-boiled into waaay overcooked, provoking the kind of groans usually reserved for truly awful puns. Joseph Gordon-Levitt brings his usual boyish charm as Johnny – a cocky, nearly infallible young gambler who pits his skills against Basin City’s puppet master, Senator Roark (the awesome Powers Boothe, once again devouring virtually every scene he’s in), who redefines the term “sore loser” in one of the film’s most brutal moments.

I would have enjoyed more screen time from any of these players, but the often truncated plot lines occasionally sabotage their potential. Loose ends go flopping in all directions – so many, in fact, that I suspect eleventh-hour cuts might have laid waste to large chunks of each story. For example, we’re clearly shown Johnny on a collision course of vengeance against the Senator (tempered by a shocking secret they share), but this thread is resolved too abruptly to carry enough dramatic weight. Alba’s Nancy is also driven by revenge, turned half-mad by hatred toward the Senator – whom, along with his late son Junior (a.k.a. “Yellow Bastard”), she blames for Hartigan’s suicide in the first film – and each time we see her she’s one step closer to exacting poetic justice… but when the moment of truth arrives, it’s a case of too little, too late.

Rounding out the ensemble is Dennis Haysbert (taking over for Michael Clarke Duncan, who sadly died in 2012), all smooth menace as Ava’s unstoppable bodyguard Manute – though I would have liked to see more of his titanic clashes with Marv, the only man who can equal him in hand-to-hand combat. We even get a creepy cameo from veteran actor Stacy Keach – albeit smothered in a grotesque fat-suit – but his inferred connection to Roarke begins and ends there. (Speaking of cameos: be on the lookout for a certain Ms. Gaga as a  hash-slinger with a heart of gold, and the co-directors as drunken characters on a cheesy TV show.)

The stylish action comes as fast and crazed as Sin City fans have come to expect (heads and limbs go flying at every opportunity; one multiple decapitation got a round of applause from the audience), and the filmmakers utilize the same mad technical and artistic skills to bring lusty life to Miller’s panels – all inky black night and cut-out white silhouettes spattered with primary-color highlights (red cars, gold coins, a devilish blue dress, and buckets of blood in various hues). But ultimately A Dame to Kill For comes off as more of an interesting companion piece to the original film than a tale strong enough to stand tall on its own. Come to think of it, I’d actually like to see the two cut together into a single epic, while shifting some of the storylines around for continuity – similar to Coppola’s re-cut of the first two Godfather films – with some of the apparently missing plot threads restored. Now that would be a flick to kill for.

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Horror Retrospective: 1934 (Editorial)

bloody disgusting - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:09

THE YEAR: 1934

The previous editorials (years 1931-1933) all contained movies that have come to be considered “Pre-Code.” The “Code” in “Pre-Code” is none other than the maligned Motion Picture Production Code, or, as it’s popularly known, the Hays Code. The Hays Code lasted from 1934 until the late-1960s, when it became the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) which we know and love today. What was the point of the Hays Code? As with so many other forms of censorship, it was meant to save you, gentle viewer, from that irresponsible individual known as yourself. You cannot possibly make a mature decision about what explicit content you deem acceptable, so the censors conveniently do it for you – how nice! That’s not to say the films on this (and future) lists aren’t worthy of your time. In a way, writers and directors had to get more creative and resort to something that is sadly lacking in many modern horror films: the power of suggestion. The five films described below are all excellent examples of what we’ll call “Hays Code Horror,” and I think that you’ll find that they’re every bit as engrossing as their “Pre-Code” predecessors.


(D) Edgar G. Ulmer
(W) Peter Ruric
(S) Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, and David Manners

After several years of starring in their own genre films, Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi finally shared the screen in this (loose) adaptation of the Edgar Allan Poe tale. Lugosi plays Dr. Vitus Werdegast, a psychiatrist who, while spending time in a prison camp in World War I, mysteriously lost his wife. On his way to meet Hjalmar Poelzig (Karloff), his friend and reclusive architect, Werdegast encounters newlyweds Peter (Manners) and Joan Alison (Jacqueline Wells), who are on their honeymoon. After their bus crashes in the Hungarian countryside and Joan is injured, the three travelers make their way to Poelzig’s home. It is there that Werdegast discovers what has happened to his wife and uncovers Poelzig’s dark plans for the injured Joan. Despite their well-known dislike for one another off screen, Karloff is at his sinister best, Lugosi – in a rare sympathetic role – is quite good, and the screen comes alive when the two icons share it.


(D) Roy William Neill
(W) Wells Root
(S) Jack Holt, Fay Wray, and Dorothy Burgess

Black Moon is an early film about the seductive power of voodoo. The story revolves around a woman named Juanita (Burgess), who had discovered her parents’ corpses as a child. Apparently, Juanita’s folks were the victims of voodoo performed by the inhabitants of a tropical island where Juanita and her family were staying. Now an adult, Juanita (along with her daughter, Cora Sue) has an irresistible urge to return to the island of her childhood trauma. Once she returns, the island’s denizens treat Juanita as a voodoo goddess of sorts, and she is afforded every luxury. Juanita becomes so drunk with power, that she is willing to sacrifice her own daughter in the name of voodoo. Will her husband (Holt) and his secretary (Wray) be able to save Cora Sue (Nancy Lane), or will Juanita claim her prize? Part mystery, part horror, this little-known gem is atmospheric and well-acted – check it out!


(D) Fernando de Fuentes
(W) Juan Bustillo Oro, Jorge Pezet, and Fernando de Fuentes
(S) Enrique del Campo, Marta Roel, and Carlos Villatoro

As so many other horror films are, El fantasma del convento is essentially a morality tale. Adulterous couple Cristina (Roel) and Alfonso (del Campo) become lost one night while attempting to find a good make out spot. Enter a bizarre guide of sorts – is it ever wise to follow a stranger in a horror film? – who leads the pair to a foreboding monastery.  Cristina and Alfonso are treated to a dinner with the Father Superior (Paco Martinez), who relates a story involving a monk overcome by his lust for a woman. After he seduced his friend’s wife, the rest of the monk’s life – and even his afterlife – were cursed. You can probably guess where the story goes from here, but don’t let a little predictability deter you from seeing this beautifully shot and eerie film. For those of you who are fans of Matthew Lewis’ 1796 horror novel, The Monk, you will certainly see the book’s influence in the film.


(D) Roy William Neill
(W) Garnett Weston
(S) Donald Cook, Genevieve Tobin, and Hardie Albright

Based on the 1930 novel The Invisible Host by Gwen Bristow and Bruce Manning, The Ninth Guest is another fine early example of the haunted house subgenre. An anonymous host invites a group of eight disparate strangers to a luxurious apartment for the night. Once the guests are in the apartment and have experienced some fine food and drink, the host – via radio broadcast – reveals the real reason he invited them to the apartment: they have to outwit Death (the titular character) if they want to survive the night. Inventive death scenes and solid acting highlight this rarely seen oddity. I would like to think that the Saw and Final Destination franchises owe a debt of gratitude to this one.


(D) Charles Vidor
(W) Jack Cunningham and Gladys Lehman
(S) Evelyn Venable, Mary Morris, and Anne Revere

Based on the play by Elizabeth McFadden, Double Door is a chilling commentary on family dysfunction. The wealthy but psychotic Victoria Van Brett (Morris) terrorizes the members of her family who still live under her roof. Her favorite method of torture is to lure unwitting family members into the secret chamber, where they slowly go mad from isolation. When Victoria turns her ire to her half-brother’s wife, the only family member capable – or willing – to stand up to Victoria is her sister, Caroline (Revere). The performances in the film are decent overall (particularly Morris), but there is some staginess to the play adaptation. The real reason to see this film is for the setting – a creepy old mansion in New York City that leaves you guessing what’s around every corner.

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See an Exclusive and Unsanitary New Devoured Clip

Dread Central - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:00

On the menu you'll find an exclusive new clip from Gravitas Ventures' release of director Greg Olliver's Devoured that has really bad bathroom habits. Look for the film on VOD September 2, 2014.

Devoured stars Marta Milans, Kara Jackson, Bruno Gunn, Tyler Hollinger, Luis Harris, Sal Rendino, and David Conley.

An immigrant mother (Milans) works as a cleaning woman at an old New York City restaurant in order to make enough money to pay for her sick son’s operation. With no friends or family, she lives a lonely, desperate existence, saving every penny and sending it home for her son. As his condition worsens, malevolent forces living within the walls of the restaurant begin to torment her. She struggles to escape and return to her son before the evil within the dark walls drives her completely mad.

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Director David Jung Gives a Look Into The Possession of Michael King

Dread Central - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:30

Shane Johnson is highly effective in the title role of The Possession of Michael King. Now the man behind the camera and the story speaks out about the movie. Director David Jung sat down with Dread Central to discuss The Possession of Michael King.

Jung began by discussing his inspiration for writing the story, which he co-penned with Tedi Sarafian. "The Shining played a very important role," Jung said. "I wanted to do a movie from the POV of Jack Torrance, the character Jack Nicholson played."

He explained, "I felt like no one had done that before, had the main character in the film be the one that’s slowly going mad, and documenting and talking about the process in an almost scientific way as it's happening. I love movies about transformation, especially horror films. David Cronenberg’s The Fly is one of my all-time favorite films."

Additionally, Jung talked about creating a demonic force with actor Shane Johnson using very little F/X. "Shane was hands down amazing," Jung said. "We became good friends during the filming and have remained good friends since. He came to the table prepared every single day. He cared about the role. He wanted to spend time with me before we started shooting to really talk about the character, to get into his head. This was a very important movie for me to make, and Shane dug in to do the work to nail the character from the very beginning."

Jung had nothing but praise for his star. "I put him through the ringer on this shoot. We didn’t have a lot of time (19 days to shoot the film!), and there were times on set I would just yell things for him to do and say and he was always ready willing and able, witty, could improvise on his feet, and would continue to bring something to Michael that was above and beyond what I ever envisioned. It was difficult to externalize the internal struggle Michael was going through. A lot of what's happening to him is inside his head. We did as much as we possibly could to bring that out with sound design, but the rest is all Shane."

Of course, horror is all about tension and how well a director can build it. Jung discussed how he built fantastic tension in The Possession of Michael King. "It’s always tough when you’re going into a film named 'The Possession of' something because right off the bat, in the title, you know, or at least have a pretty good idea of, what’s going to happen," Jung said. "We ended up spending less time on the slow burn tension builders and more time on some jump scares. The evil ceremonies were especially fun, at least for me, because unlike most occult-based films where an evil ceremony takes place, and something genuinely scary happens, the outcomes of these ceremonies were somewhat comedic. At least they are at first."

"It’s interesting overall, that when I’ve screened the film with an audience, there tends to be a lot of genuine laughter during the first half, the audience is having fun with Michael, as Michael pokes fun at the people that believe in the supernatural. Then as the film continues, and things get darker, a hush falls across the auditorium, and you can literally feel the nervous tension in the room as people sink deeper and deeper into their seats as they watch this man slowly deteriorate," Jung continued. "That’s the tension I appreciate the most. Not the manufactured jump scares here and there [but] the slow burn of dread that comes over people as they start to realize there’s no way out for this guy, and yes, it’s going to end badly."

Related Story: Shane Johnson Talks The Possession of Michael King

Although very little effects work was required to turn Shane Johnson into a demon, plenty of practical effects were used in the film. Jung talked about bringing his grotesque vision to life. "If you have a twisted idea, there’s a person out there that can make it happen; you just need to get out of their way and let them do their thing. We had a great practical F/X guy on the shoot, Jason Collins of Autonymous FX. He LOVES his job, and we had a great time working with him. Some of the set-ups to some of the gags didn't make it into the film. For example, the pentagram Michael slices into his chest. There’s a scene at an occult shop where Michael is learning from the guy that works there about all these different types of black magic. One of the things he learns is that it’s a misconception that the pentagram is evil. It’s actually used for protection from evil spirits. When Michael carves it into his chest in the kitchen, it’s not the demon doing it, it’s actually Michael, trying to protect himself from the demon, which is why the demon forces him to toss the knife, then literally tosses him around the room."

Jung continued, "The idea for this actually came from a really cool photo I stumbled across online. A picture of a guy with a sewn-up pentagram on his chest that was really gnarly, held together with staples and stuff. I thought that it would be cool, that instead of drawing the symbol on himself, he could carve it into his flesh. Michael sticking the needle in his finger came from a larger theological conversation, which used to exist in an earlier version of the script where the demon convinces Michael to start questioning the reality and existence of everyone and everything around him."

Additionally, Jung talked about the ants that haunted The Possession of Michael King. "The CG ant stuff was fun," he said. "I’d never really done anything like that before. Shane had to act like there was an ant on his desk, which wasn’t there. Then he had to pick it up, and watch as it crawled along his finger. Timing is everything for those shots. I wish we had more money. I would’ve had the walls of that house covered with ants by the end of the film!"

Jung concluded with a discussion on some of the unique imagery in the film and where they came from. "The scene with Michael and the TV is one of the first scenes I wrote in the script," Jung said. "I actually shot a test version of that scene, which embodied a much larger conversation between Michael and the demon, which helped secure the financing for the film, and firmly cemented my attachment as a director. Maybe I can post that somewhere someday. It’s a pretty cool scene. The other thing that shooting that scene did was to show people how that scene was going to be shot. I can’t tell you how many people read that scene and had no idea how it was going to work on film, or how I was going to shoot it. We had five cameras working for that scene. The two cameras that Michael wears, his doc camera, the security cam in the room, and the live camera pointed at Michael that shows him on the TV screen. It was one of those scenes that when we shot it, I was the only person on-set that had any real idea of what we were trying to accomplish, and I think that half of the cast and crew thought I was mad!"

Read our positive The Possession of Michael King review here

Read our negative The Possession of Michael King review here

Filmmaker Michael King (Shane Johnson) doesn't believe in God or the Devil. Following the sudden death of his wife, Michael decides to make his next movie about the search for the existence of the supernatural, making himself the center of the experiment. He allows demonologists, necromancers, and various practitioners of the occult to try the deepest and darkest spells and rituals they can find on him in the hopes that when they fail and he'll have proof that religion, spiritualism, and the paranormal are nothing more than myth. But something does happen. An evil and horrifying force has taken over Michael King. And it will not let him go.

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ESP Guitars Unveils The Pointiest Guitar I’ve Ever Seen

bloody disgusting - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:00

ESP Guitars in Japan have unveiled a guitar themed after the popular video game Monster Hunter in celebration of the game’s 10th anniversary. The guitar features a huge blade with several horns protruding from it, making it look like an incredibly painful instrument to play. Still, any hecklers in the audience would learn very quickly to keep their mouth shut.

The guitar has a price tag of 2,300,00 yen, which is just over $22150, before tax. So, I’m going to go ahead and say that anyone interested in this instrument is going to have do some serious real life grinding to get that much loot.

Check out the photos below to see this monstrosity.

BODY : Alder
NECK : Hard Maple 3P
FINGERBOARD : Honduras Rosewood , 24Frets
INLAY : Liolæus
SCALE : 628mm(Medium)
NUT : Bone
JOINT : Bolt-on
BRIDGE : Gotoh 510UB
CONTROL : Master Volume
PRICE : 2,300,000yen (Without TAX)

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Halloween Horror Nights 2014 - Hollywood Tickets On Sale Now!

Dread Central - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:00

Just a quick reminder that tickets are NOW AVAILABLE for Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood 2014! Don't wait! Be ahead of the curve! Make sure your throat is amongst the first to be placed lovingly on the chopping block.

From the Press Release
Tickets are now on sale for “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood as Southern California’s leading Halloween event becomes “More Dead Than Ever,” expanding to 22 select nights with more mazes than ever, from Friday, September 19 through Sunday, November 2, 2014.

Tickets to this year’s event are available for purchase at Halloween Horror, including a Front of Line ticket option that enables guests to enjoy priority access at each “Halloween Horror Nights” maze, Terror Tram and theme park attraction. Advance purchase is recommended as event nights will sell out.

“As the movie studio that invented the horror film genre, we hold ourselves to a very high standard in producing the best and most terrifying Halloween experience,” said John Murdy, Creative Director at Universal Studios Hollywood and Executive Producer of “Halloween Horror Nights.” “Our ongoing collaboration with today’s most influential filmmakers and musicians, and movie and television horror properties, contributes to the authenticity of ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ and delivers one of the scariest, most compelling experiences anywhere. This year will be ‘More Dead Than Ever’ with more event nights and even more mazes, and we can’t wait.”

“Halloween Horror Nights” 2014 will feature a slate of all-new haunted attractions including, “The Walking Dead: The End of the Line,” inspired by Season 4 of AMC’s Golden Globe®-nominated and Emmy® Award-winning TV series. The bone-chilling maze will place guests at the heart of a harrowing journey to seek sanctuary at Terminus, an elusive destination that promises community for all. Mirroring the terror that befell the residents of the West Georgia Correctional Facility, now overrun by savage walkers, the experience will send guests fleeing from the fallen prison into unknown territory as they stage a desperate battle for survival against flesh-eating walkers and ruthless humans.

The engrossing television series will seep into other parts of Universal’s backlot with predatory walkers prowling the secluded wooded areas of the movie studio. “Terror Tram: Invaded by the Walking Dead” will take guests down the daunting path to Terminus, interspersed with landmarks and walkers from Season 4, including the “burned moonshine cabin,” “charred walkers” and “mud walkers.”

Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez’s cult film and El Rey network’s acclaimed supernatural TV series, “From Dusk Till Dawn,” will debut at this year’s event in a new maze designed to thrust guests into its deviant world where they will encounter sordid mythological creatures known as “Culebras,” serpent-like vampires who have tormented the Earth for centuries.

Celebrated Grammy® Award-winning musician, SLASH, hailed as one of the 10 best electric guitar players of all time by Time magazine, is joining forces with Universal Studios Hollywood to compose the first-ever original score for the theme park’s hypnotizing new 3D maze, “Clowns 3D Music by SLASH.”
Other marquee mazes will include, “Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood,” a terrifying new haunted attraction based on Universal Pictures’ upcoming epic action-adventure; “AVP: Alien vs. Predator,” bringing together the most deadly species spawned from two blockbuster films; “An American Werewolf in London,” inspired by Universal Pictures’ Academy Award®-winning film, and “Face Off: In the Flesh,” featuring gruesome characters from Syfy’s hit TV series.

A series of unnerving scare zones will also infiltrate “Halloween Horror Nights,” terrorizing guests as they navigate the darkness from one terrifying maze to another, beginning with “The Purge: Anarchy,” inspired by Universal Pictures’ disturbing blockbuster thriller. “The Walking Dead: Welcome to Terminus” will awaken swarms of predatory walkers in a gruesome scare zone situated adjacent to the new “The Walking Dead” maze.

Additional scare zones will include, “Mask-a-Raid,” featuring hordes of blood thirsty cannibals masquerading as French aristocrats; “Dark Christmas,” a Pagan-themed area where demonic creatures hunt disobedient children and drag them to hell; and “Skullz,” based on the Native American legend of Wendigo, a malevolent supernatural half-beast monster with an insatiable appetite for human flesh.

As a complement to the nighttime event, Universal’s most popular rides and attractions will also be open to guests, including” Transformers: The Ride-3D,” “Jurassic Park—In the Dark,” “The Simpsons Ride” and “Revenge of the Mummy—The Ride.”

“Halloween Horror Nights” dates are as follows: September 19, 20, 26, 27, October 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31, and November 1, 2, 2014.

More info on Halloween Horror Nights is available at Halloween Horror Updates from Creative Director John Murdy can be found on Twitter, as he reveals a running chronicle of exclusive information.

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Unboxing The Walking Dead Season 4 Tree Zombie Box Set!

Dread Central - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:30

AMC's "The Walking Dead" Season 4 is coming home soon, and we had the chance to score an early copy of the exclusive Limited Edition "The Walking Dead" Season 4 Tree Zombie Box Set! Check out the video right here!

THE WALKING DEAD: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON Release Details: August. Baseball season is in full swing. Barbecues have been blazing since Memorial Day. And fans can count another August tradition when Anchor Bay Entertainment releases THE WALKING DEAD: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON Blu-ray + Digital HD with Ultraviolet and DVD on August 26th.

Each format contains five loaded discs, presenting each episode exactly as it was originally broadcast. The Blu-ray + Digital HD with Ultraviolet presents the episodes in pristine 1080p high-definition and lossless Dolby TrueHD 7.1 audio. As with previous season releases, THE WALKING DEAD: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON rewards fans with hours of bonus features, including never-before-seen production footage, deleted scenes and audio commentaries, with ultra-exclusive content only available on the Blu-ray release, including additional audio commentaries and several “extended” episodes seen for the first time!

Another “Walking Dead” home entertainment release tradition, started with the Season 2 Blu-ray set, is the unique concept packaging by renowned collectibles creator McFarlane Toys. Following in the “shuffling” footsteps of Season 2’s “Walker Head” and Season 3’s “Walker Aquarium,” THE WALKING DEAD: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON will be available in a Blu-ray limited edition “Tree Walker” package. SRP is $79.99 for the Blu-ray + Digital HD with Ultraviolet, $69.98 for the DVD, and $129.99 for the Blu-ray limited edition.

Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, AMC’s “The Walking Dead” enjoyed its most popular season to date, averaging 13.3 million live/same day viewers per episode and 8.6 million adults 18-49. Whether evading walkers, resisting a super flu outbreak, escaping the fall of their temporary prison haven and desperately searching for a sanctuary called Terminus, the on-going story of a group of survivors under the protective watch and leadership of Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Dr. Herschel Greene (Scott Wilson) continues to capture viewers’ imaginations on a global scale.

THE WALKING DEAD: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON cast also includes Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Chandler Riggs, David Morrissey, Melissa McBride, Chad L. Coleman, Sonequa Martin-Green and Emily Kinney. New characters introduced this season include Sgt. Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz), Bob Stookey (Lawrence Gillard, Jr.), Rosita Espinoza (Christian Serratos) and Dr. Eugene Porter (Josh McDermott).

Technical Specs

  • Color
  • 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio – Enhanced for 16x9 Televisions
  • Not Rated
  • 696 Minutes
  • English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1/French: Dolby Surround 2.0
  • English Subtitles for the Deaf & Hearing Impaired
  • Spanish Subtitles


  • Color
  • 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio – Enhanced for 16x9 Televisions
  • Not Rated
  • 688 Minutes
  • English: Dolby Digital 5.1/French: Dolby Surround 2.0
  • English Subtitles for the Deaf & Hearing Impaired
  • Spanish Subtitles

    Special Features

  • Extended Episodes:
    - Episodes 9 (“After”), and 14 (“The Grove”) are extended on the Blu-ray™ only.
  • Featurettes:
    - The Making of THE WALKING DEAD
    - Drawing Inspiration
    - Hershel
    - The Governor Is Back
    - Society, Science & Survival
    - Inside KNB EFX
    - A Journey Back to Brutality
    - Deleted Scenes
  • Commentaries:
    - Episode 1 (“30 Days Without An Accident”): Audio Commentary with Executive Producer and Showrunner Scott M. Gimple, Executive Producer/Unit Production Manager Tom Luse and Executive Producer/Special Effects Make-Up Supervisor/Director Greg Nicotero
    - Episode 5 (“Internment”): Audio Commentary with Executive Producer and Showrunner Scott M. Gimple and Actor Scott Wilson (Hershel)
    - Episode 9 (“After”): Audio Commentary with Executive Producer/Special Effects Make-Up Supervisor /Director Greg Nicotero, Co-Executive Producer Denise Huth and Actor Danai Gurira (Michonne)
    - Episode 12 (“Still”): Audio Commentary with Director Julius Ramsay and Actor Emily Kinney (Beth); Audio Commentary with Writer/Producer Angela Kang and Actor Norman Reedus (Daryl)
    -Episode14 (“The Grove”): Audio Commentary with Executive Producer and Showrunner Scott M. Gimple, Executive Producer Denise Huth and Actor Andrew Lincoln


  • Featurettes:
    - The Making of THE WALKING DEAD
    - Drawing Inspiration
    - Hershel
    - The Governor Is Back
    Society, Science & Survival
    Inside KNB EFX
    - A Journey Back to Brutality
    - Deleted Scenes
  • Commentaries:
    - Episode 1 (“30 Days Without An Accident”): Audio Commentary with Executive Producer and Showrunner Scott M. Gimple, Executive Producer/Unit Production Manager Tom Luse and Executive Producer/Special Effects Make-Up Supervisor /Director Greg Nicotero
    - Episode 5 (“Internment”): Audio Commentary with Executive Producer and Showrunner Scott M. Gimple and Actor Scott Wilson (Hershel)
    - Episode 12 (“Still”): Audio Commentary with Director Julius Ramsay and Actor Emily Kinney (Beth); Audio Commentary with Writer/Producer Angela Kang and Actor Norman Reedus (Daryl)
    - Episode 14(“The Grove”): Audio Commentary with Director Michael E. Satrazemis and Actors Chad L. Coleman (Tyreese) and Melissa McBride (Carol)

    Season 5 of “The Walking Dead” premieres October 12th on AMC.

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    Rockin' Rock and Shock Announces Second Round of Guests for 11th Annual Event

    Dread Central - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:00

    Never ones to disappoint, Rock and Shock has just announced the second wave of guests who will be appearing at this year's horror/metal convention. In this round of celebs some new faces are named as well as some Rock and Shock favorites.

    Among the newest guests announced are Victoria Price, daughter of the iconic Vincent Price, who will be hosting a special presentation on her father's life. WWE Hall of Famer Rowdy Roddy Piper will be making his triumphant return to Worecester. They'll be joined by Dee Wallace, Jake Busey, Tiffany Shepis, Sarah French, and Joe Knetter.

    This line-up joins an already alluring celebrity list that includes John Ratzenberger, Jeffrey Combs, and Brad Dourif among others.

    More names will be announced in the upcoming weeks so be sure to visit the official Rock and Shock website, "like" Rock and Shock on Facebook and follow Rock and Shock on Twitter (@rockandshockusa).

    Tickets for Rock & Shock 2014 may be purchased at, FYE stores, or at the Palladium box office.

    From the Press Release
    Vincent Price had one of the most distinctive voices in cinematic history. From portraying Roderick Usher in Poe's The House of Usher to performing his famed mid-song monologue in Michael Jackson's Thriller to starring in the original versions of The Fly, House on Haunted Hill and House of Wax, Price's voice quickly became synonymous with horror. Luckily for us, Price passed his incredible linguistic talents onto his daughter Victoria who is carrying on his legacy by becoming a popular public speaker in her own right. Victoria, along with her nephew, musician Jody Price, will be presenting a special one-off retrospective on her father's life and legacy at Rock & Shock 2014. The event will feature a panel presentation, behind-the-scenes pictures and invaluable information on the man behind the magical voice.

    In addition to Victoria and Jody Price, Rock & Shock will also be welcoming wrestling legend, podcaster and actor Roddy Piper to their 2014 lineup of guests. The WWE Hall of Famer is best known to horror audiences as the lead in John Carpenter's 1988 film They Live. Piper has recently lent his voice talents to the popular Cartoon Network series Adventure Time and to his podcast Piper's Pit on PodcastOne. Piper has also recently been seen in episodes of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" as well as the upcoming Tales of the Wicked Unseen, in which he stars alongside fellow horror vets Kane Hodder, Bill Moseley and Michael Berryman.

    Dee Wallace and Jake Busey will be joining the previously announced guest Jeffrey Combs for a reunion of the cast of Peter Jackson's cult classic The Frighteners. The 1996 horror-comedy starring Michael J. Fox has gone on to develop a huge cult following with many calling it one of the most underrated horror films of all-time. In addition to The Frighteners, Stone is best known for her roles in E.T., Cujo, The Howling and Critters, while Jake, eldest son of actor Gary Busey, is best known for his performances in Starship Troopers, Enemy of the State and his current role as Professor Aiden Tanner on Robert Rodriguez's "From Dusk Til Dawn: The Series".

    Victoria and Jody Price, Roddy Piper, Dee Wallace and Jake Busey will also be joined by Tiffany Shepis (Sharknado 2), Alex Vincent (Child's Play 1 & 2), Joe Knetter (Strip Club Slasher) and Sarah French (Shriek of the Sasquatch), as well as previously announced guests Brad Dourif (Child's Play, Halloween, The Lord of the Rings), John Ratzenberger (Motel Hell, Toy Story 1-3, TV's "Cheers"), Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator, The Frighteners, Star Trek), Nivek Ogre (Skinny Puppy frontman, Repo! The Genetic Opera, The Devil's Carnival) and Fiona Dourif (Curse of Chucky, "True Blood", "Deadwood"). Performers set to take the Rock & Shock stage include King Diamond, Machine Head, Twiztid and many, many more!

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    Splatter Fest ‘Demon’s Rook’ Dated With New Trailer

    bloody disgusting - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 09:29

    Available on iTunes and On Demand September 30th from Tribeca Film is the insanely gory indie Demon’s Rook.

    Chaos descends upon a quiet town when Roscoe, the pupil of a wizard monk from an ancient race of demons, unknowingly opens a portal that allows an unspeakable evil to travel freely into our world. When three grisly beasts cross into our dimension, the living are possessed and the dead rise to destroy everything in their path. Armed with demons’ magic, Roscoe is the only fighting chance to put an end to their eternal path of destruction.

    Check out the new trailer below from the ode to the DIY creature-feature classics of the 1980’s.

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    [TV] “iZombie” Recasts Another Role

    bloody disgusting - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 09:22

    The CW’s comic book adaptation “iZombie” has recast yet another role, this time of Olivia “Liv” Moore’s mom, tapping Molly Hagan, pictured, to replace the originally cast Nora Dunn, EW reports.

    Based on the DC Comics property, the new series stars Rose McIver as Liv, a med student-turned-zombie who works in the corner’s office to gain access to the brains she needs to eat in order to keep her humanity intact. Using the memories of the people whose brains she digests, she now helps solve homicide cases.

    Hagan will recur as Eva Moore, a hospital administrator and overbearing mother who watches her ambitious daughter become a zombiefied couch potato who breaks off her engagement to every mom’s dream son-in-law.

    In addition, “Devious Maids” star and “Scrubs” alum Judy Reyes will guest star as Lola Abano, an artsy bohemian who becomes the prime suspect when her artist husband is murdered.

    “iZombie” will premiere midseason on The CW.

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    Revenge Thriller ‘Cold In July’ Dated For Home Video

    bloody disgusting - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 09:18

    A man simply trying to protect his home and family commits a spur-of-the-moment act that will have unforeseen – and unimaginable – consequences in the simmering thriller Cold In July. The film, boasting a powerhouse cast, arrives on Blu-ray and DVD from IFC Films and MPI Media Group on September 30, 2014.

    How can a split-second decision change your life? While investigating noises in his house one balmy Texas night in 1989, Richard Dane (Dexter star Michael C. Hall in an affectingly vulnerable performance) puts a bullet in the brain of lowlife burglar Freddy. Although he’s hailed as a small-town hero, Richard soon finds himself fearing for his family’s safety when Freddy’s ex-con father, Ben (Sam Shepard, August: Osage County, The Right Stuff), rolls into town, hell-bent on revenge. But not all is as it seems in this seemingly peaceful community, and soon Richard’s life begins to unravel into a dark underworld of corruption and violence that will pit him against the most unlikely of foes.

    Co-starring Don Johnson (Django Unchained, Miami Vice) and Vinessa Shaw (Eyes Wide Shut, 3:10 to Yuma) and adapted from the Joe R. Lansdale novel by director Jim Mickle (Stake Land, We Are What We Are) and cast member Nick Damici (Stake Land), Cold In July is a pulpy Southern noir whose twists and turns continue to pile up right up to its shocking conclusion.

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    The Parlour Trick Featured In ‘The Mill At Calder’s End’ Trailer

    bloody disgusting - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 09:00

    BD favorite The Parlour Trick has been featured in the trailer for the upcoming puppet gothic horror The Mill At Calder’s End. Their track “The Yellow Wallpaper” is heavily utilized throughout the 40-second teaser, which you can see below.

    Meredith Yayanos, who is half of The Parlour Trick, will be scoring this film. She co-scored the director’s previous short, The Cabinet of Victor Karloch, alongside Lustmord and Zoe Keating.

    The Mill At Calder’s End is, “…heavily influenced by the classic Hammer horror films of the 1960s and the films of Mario Bava…

    Director Kevin McTurk (creature effects artist and puppeteer on Jurassic Park 1, 2, & 3, King Kong, Hellboy 1 & 2) states:

    The Mill at Calder’s End is a gothic tale that will be told with the traditional Japanese theater puppetry technique known as bunraku. Each puppet figure is controlled by three (or more) puppeteers dressed in black and hidden behind each character. It is my goal to make a film that celebrates practical effects and therefore there will be almost no computer generated imagery in the final film. In my first film, The Narrative of Victor Karloch, I utilized several silent film era camera techniques, such as a shot of a miniature ship on a stormswept ocean (which, in fact, was made up of painted flowing garbage bags). I plan to continue to use many more of these techniques to give a hand crafted look to The Mill at Calder’s End.

    The Mill At Calder’s End – Official Teaser HD from Kevin McTurk on Vimeo.

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    [Exclusive Excerpt] “Fringe – Sins of the Father”

    bloody disgusting - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 06:04

    I’ve never been a huge fan of Fringe. I understand the appeal, and I even enjoyed multiple ideas the series dealt with. (Hello Multiverse!) In any event I failed to follow through on my commitment to watch the entire series, and the whole thing feels like a daunting task at this point. However, Titan Books is making it easier for new, casual, and diehard fans alike to jump back into the world of Fringe with their new original novel “Fringe – Sins of the Father.”

    And thanks to the fine folks at Titan Books, I’ve got an exclusive preview to offer all of you.

    The adventure that awaits you next week:

    A fatal incident in Walter Bishop’s lab estranges his volatile son Peter. In Bangkok, Peter steals a briefcase containing a mysterious vial and becomes the target of a group willing to kill to get it back. Seeking answers, he becomes entangled with Ella Lachaux-—the woman behind  the lab disaster—and David Robert Jones, a terrorist whose goal is to create an army of shape-shifting killers.

    Uncover never-before-revealed secrets of the characters, leading to the creation of the government’s covert Fringe Division.

    In 2008, Peter Bishop is estranged from his father and running shady operations in Southeast Asia. His latest scam lands him in a life-or-death situation involving weird events beyond the ken of modern science. On the run, he finds himself pursued by strange
    specters of his past… and his future.

    The Fringe Division is summoned when the unimaginable occurs. Armed with experimental technology, special agent Olivia Dunham, “fringe” scientist Walter Bishop, and his son Peter Bishop investigate cases that lie beyond the realm of possibility.

    Releases: 08/26/14 from Titan Books




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    Limited Edition Picture Disc Vinyl For Simon Boswell’s ‘Stage Fright’ Now Available To Pre-Order

    bloody disgusting - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 20:20

    A limited edition picture disc of 1987′s Stage Fright is now available for pre-order through composer Simon Boswell‘s website. The vinyl is limited to 300 pieces, so make sure to order yours now before it’s too late!

    Directed by Michael Soavi, Stage Fright‘s IMDb synopsis reads:

    A troupe of struggling stage actors is rehearsing for a small-town production of a play. Everything seems to be as it should until one of the cast members turns up dead. In a panic, the others try to get out, only to find they are now locked in the theater with the killer! Which one of them committed the murder, and who will get out alive?

    Check out the trailer below.

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