First Casting News for the Feature Adaptation of Horror Comic The Chair

Dread Central - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:37

At the end of last year we got the early details on a feature adaptation of one of Alterna Comics' first year titles, The Chair, and now we have an update that includes the film's first casting news.

From the Press Release:
Pre-production for the film of one of Alterna's first year titles, THE CHAIR, is well under way with major casting announcements!

Director Chad Ferrin is on board with a screenplay written by Erin Kohut, who edited the graphic novel, which was created and written by Peter Simeti with art by Kevin Christensen.

The first four parts to be filled are as follow:

Bill Oberst, Jr. (pictured above; CHILDREN OF SORROW, CIRCUS OF THE DEAD), has been cast to play the psychotic and sadistic WARDEN. An indie horror icon, Oberst Jr. will have no problem bringing the role to life.

Eric Roberts (THE DARK KNIGHT, THE EXPENDABLES) has been cast to play one of the lead guards, MURPHY. The veteran actor is more than up to task for this role as a sarcastic and brutal guard that takes pride in making RICHARD SULLIVAN's life a living hell.

Joining Eric Roberts in the prison guard crew, Derrick Damions (THE DAY WE DISAPPEAR, "ONE LIFE TO LIVE") will portray the crafty and sinister SIMMONS.

Jacob Banser (DIG A HOLE AND DIE) rounds at the cast at this time as he has been cast for the role of JIMMY/BONES, the only inmate in the prison that Sullivan calls a friend.

There are currently several notable actors in talks for other roles, including that of the lead, RICHARD SULLIVAN, the MOTHER, TUDLEY, MR. BATES, guards RILEY and ALVAREZ, and many more.

Below you'll find side-by-side comparison of the actors and their characters along with the comic's synopsis. Look for more soon!

Comic Synopsis:
Richard Sullivan has spent the past 10 years on death row, witnessing the torture and murder of each of his fellow inmates. As the sole remaining inmate in the prison, Sullivan must find a way to escape his fate or let the insane events of the prison finally consume him.

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Another Walking Dead One-Sheet Arrives at Terminus

Dread Central - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:36

As the end of Season 4 of "The Walking Dead" draws ever so near, a new one-sheet has been released that asks the same set of questions. One thing's for sure... no matter who arrives or survives, the shit is about to hit the fan!

Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, "The Walking Dead" stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Melissa McBride, Emily Kinney, Danai Gurira, Chad Coleman, and Sonequa Martin-Green.

The series is executive produced by Scott M. Gimple, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Tom Luse, and Greg Nicotero.

"The Walking Dead" Episode 4.16 - "A" (airs 3/30/14)
Many paths collide; Rick (Lincoln) faces sheer brutality; the group struggles to survive. Directed by Michelle MacLaren; written by Scott M. Gimple and Angela Kang.

To stay up-to-the-minute on all things walker related, follow @WalkingDead_AMC on Twitter and visit "The Walking Dead" on Facebook. For more be sure to hit up the official "The Walking Dead" page on AMC.com.

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Tribeca 2014: Spooky Trailer Comes Out of The Canal

Dread Central - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:30

An all-out assault of nightmarish imagery is the best way I can describe the trailer for Irish director Ivan Kavanagh's new film The Canal, which premieres next month at Tribeca. Sound good? Then dig in, fiends!

This year's Tribeca Film Festival takes place from April 16th to April 27th, in New York City.

Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Rupert Evans, Steve Oram, and Hannah Hoekstra star.

Synopsis
Film archivist David and his wife are perfectly happy—or so he believes. When a looming secret shatters their marriage at the same time as a turn-of-the-century film reel he is studying reveals their house to be the site of a 1902 multiple-murder, David begins to unravel, and the house’s eerie history threatens to repeat itself. Dripping with tension and chilling to the core, this visceral Irish ghost story is a visually arresting and genuinely shocking journey into the darkness within.

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A&E's Those Who Kill Finds New Life at a New Home

Dread Central - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:24

After airing only two episodes, A&E announced a couple weeks back that they were pulling the new series "Those Who Kill" off the air in the wake of the show's poor ratings. Now it's finding new life at a brand new home. Read on!

Deadline reports that "Those Who Kill" is returning to television this coming Sunday, March 30th, and will from this point forward be airing on LMN TV, also known as the Lifetime Movie Network. New episodes will premiere at 10pm on Sunday nights, with this Sunday's third episode being preceded by re-airings of the first two episodes of the series.

So rejoice if you enjoyed the inaugural two episodes and wanted more!

"Those Who Kill" premiered March 4th to just 1.4 million viewers, almost half of the 3.07 million who tuned in for the debut of "Bates Motel's" second season an hour prior. As for that precious adults 18-49 demographic, "Those Who Kill" logged 0.5, nearly a third of the 1.6 million who tuned in for "Bates." It then lost almost half its premiere viewers this week in its second airing, drawing only 830,000 total viewers and a 0.3 in the demo.

For more info keep your eyes on the "Those Who Kill" Facebook page.

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Insanely Gory Raid 2 Deleted Scene Is More Action-Packed than Most Full Movies

Dread Central - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:12

Deleted scenes are usually deleted for a reason, and that reason is that they're typically comprised of footage that's really not worth watching. But let's go ahead and toss that broad generalization out the window because as you're about to see, there are exceptions to the rule.

In this insanely gory deleted scene from The Raid 2: Berandal (review), rival gangs go to war, and we can promise that you'll be silently uttering the words "holy shit" at least a handful of times throughout the scene.

Enjoy the four-plus-minute clip below, which is guaranteed to be the most awesome thing you'll see all week!

Iko Uwais (The Raid), Julie Estelle (Macabre), Alex Abbad (Merantau), Marsha Timothy (The Forbidden Door), Mathias Muchus, Tio Pakusadewo, and Cecep Arif Rahman star.




Synopsis
He thought it was over. After fighting his way out of a building filled with gangsters and madmen – a fight that left the bodies of police and gangsters alike piled in the halls – rookie Jakarta cop Rama thought it was done and he could resume a normal life. He couldn’t have been more wrong.

Formidable though they may have been, Rama’s opponents in that fateful building were nothing more than small fish swimming in a pond much larger than he ever dreamed possible. And his triumph over the small fry has attracted the attention of the predators farther up the food chain. His family at risk, Rama has only one choice to protect his infant son and wife: He must go undercover to enter the criminal underworld himself and climb through the hierarchy of competing forces until it leads him to the corrupt politicians and police pulling the strings at the top of the heap.

And so Rama begins a new odyssey of violence, a journey that will force him to set aside his own life and history and take on a new identity as the violent offender “Yuda.” In prison he must gain the confidence of Uco – the son of a prominent gang kingpin – to join the gang himself, laying his own life on the line in a desperate all-or-nothing gambit to bring the whole rotten enterprise to an end.

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Attack the Block Star Eyes Role in Terminator: Genesis

Dread Central - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:07

We recently learned that Terminator: Genesis will tie in to many characters and events from the previous films in the franchise, and today comes word that another familiar character will be making an appearance in the new installment. Read on for all the exciting details!

As reported by THR's Borys Kit over on Twitter, Attack the Block star John Boyega recently tested for the role of Danny Dyson in the film and is on the shortlist of actors being considered to play the son of Terminator 2's Dr. Miles Dyson.

As you may recall, Miles Dyson was the inventor of the microprocessor that led to the creation of Skynet, and he was killed off in Terminator 2. His young son, Danny, was briefly seen in the film, and it looks like that character will be expanded upon in this latest installment.

Terminator: Genesis will hit theaters on July 1, 2015.

Jai Courtney will play Kyle Reese alongside Emilia Clarke's Sarah Connor and Jason Clarke's John Connor. Arnold Schwarzenegger will also appear in the film

Skydance and Annapurna co-finance along with Paramount with David Ellison producing for Skydance and Megan Ellison producing for Annapurna. Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier penned the script, and Alan Taylor directs.

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New Oculus Clip Warns You to Pay Attention to What You're Eating

Dread Central - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:02

You may have noticed a particularly gruesome snippet in the trailers for Oculus, due out April 11th, wherein a girl takes a big ole bite out of a light bulb, which she thinks is an apple. Today we've got the full clip for ya, which is guaranteed to ruin your lunch. Dig it!

Karen Gillan ("Doctor Who," Not Another Happy Ending), Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent, The Giver), Rory Cochrane (Argo, Parkland), and Katee Sackhoff ("Battlestar Galactica," Riddick) star.

Oculus is directed by Mike Flanagan from a script he co-wrote with Jeff Howard, based on a short film Flanagan and Jeff Seidman made in 2005. Trevor Macy (Safe House, The Strangers, The Raven) and Marc D. Evans (Safe House, The Strangers, The Raven) produced the film, and Jason Blum, Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley, Anil Kurian, D. Scott Lumpkin, Peter Schlessel, Dale Johnson, Glenn Murray, Julie May, and Mike Ilitch, Jr., serve as executive producers.

Synopsis
Ten years ago, tragedy struck the Russell family, leaving the lives of teenage siblings Tim and Kaylie forever changed when Tim was convicted of the brutal murder of their parents. Now in his 20s, Tim is newly released from protective custody and only wants to move on with his life; but Kaylie, still haunted by that fateful night, is convinced her parents’ deaths were caused by something else altogether: a malevolent supernatural force­­ unleashed through the Lasser Glass, an antique mirror in their childhood home. Determined to prove Tim’s innocence, Kaylie tracks down the mirror, only to learn similar deaths have befallen previous owners over the past century. With the mysterious entity now back in their hands, Tim and Kaylie soon find their hold on reality shattered by terrifying hallucinations and realize, too late, that their childhood nightmare is beginning again…

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Goblin Announces Spring US Tour

bloody disgusting - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:00

Italian prog-rockers and soundtrack extraordinaires Goblin have announced a short US tour that will hit many of the Southern States. Second keyboardist Aidan Zammit will be forced to not take part in the tour due to prior commitments. He will instead be replaced by Steve Moore (Zombi). Support on the tour will come from Pinkish Black.

The 2014 tour poster was created by “Ghoulish” Gary Pullin and can be seen below. All tickets are now on sale and some VIP packages are available. Tour dates can be seen below.

Goblin are known for composing the soundtracks to such films as Dawn Of The Dead, Suspiria, Deep Red, Tenebrae, and more.

· April 24 St. Petersburg, FL / State Theater
· April 25 Miami, FL / Grand Central
· April 27 Dallas, TX / Texas Theater
· April 28 Houston, TX / House Of Blues
· April 29 Austin, TX / Mohawk
· May 1 Phoenix, AZ / Marquee
· May 2 San Diego, CA / House Of Blues
· May 3 Los Angeles, CA / Henry Fonda Theater
· May 4 Oakland, CA / Metro


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First Trailer Takes You Into The Storm

Dread Central - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 14:58

Hot on the heels of yesterday's images, we now have the first teaser trailer for the found footage flick Into the Storm directed by Steven Quale (Final Destination 5). Grab your umbrella, get yourself a slicker, and read on!

From the Press Release
From New Line Cinema, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, comes the tornado disaster film Into the Storm. Steven Quale (Final Destination 5) directs the film, which is produced by Todd Garner (Zookeeper, Knight and Day).

In the span of a single day, the town of Silverton is ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes. The entire town is at the mercy of the erratic and deadly cyclones, even as storm trackers predict the worst is yet to come. Most people seek shelter, while others run towards the vortex, testing how far a storm chaser will go for that once-in-a-lifetime shot.

Told through the eyes and lenses of professional storm chasers, thrill-seeking amateurs, and courageous townspeople, Into the Storm throws you directly into the eye of the storm to experience Mother Nature at her most extreme.

Quale is directing the film from a screenplay by John Swetnam. The executive producers are Richard Brener, Walter Hamada, Dave Neustadter, Mark McNair, Jeremy Stein, and Bruce Berman.

The film stars Richard Armitage (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug), Sarah Wayne Callies (TV’s “The Walking Dead”), Matt Walsh (Ted), Alycia Debnam-Carey (Where the Devil Hides), Arlen Escarpeta (Final Destination 5), Nathan Kress (TV’s “iCarly”), Jon Reep (Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay), and Jeremy Sumpter (Soul Surfer, TV’s “Friday Night Lights”).

Quale’s behind-the-scenes creative team consists of several members of his Final Destination 5 roster, including director of photography Brian Pearson, production designer David Sandefur, editor Eric Sears, and composer Brian Tyler, as well as costume designer Kimberly Adams (associate costume designer for the Chronicles of Narnia films).

New Line Cinema production, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, a Broken Road production, Into the Storm. The film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.

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Beard-Os and Badasses to Take a Close Look at the Web of Online Movie News

Dread Central - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 14:44

The Internet has changed everything. Even just 20 years ago no one had access to the kind of technology and information that we do now. It's helped bring your favorite stars into your living room, and in terms of news there's no faster way to get it.

It's an interesting story to say the least, and to document it all comes a new documentary called Beard-Os and Badasses - the feature length debut from Geoff Todd and H. Perry Horton. Read on for details.

From the Press Release
This was a movement bigger than any one site, more significant than a name. BEARD-Os AND BADASSES: The Punks Who Took Film News Underground is a new documentary film project that has exploded onto Kickstarter. In 1995 when Patrick Sauriol flipped the switch on his film news website Corona Coming Attractions, it changed everything. No longer was film reporting and criticism in the exclusive hands of the few, privileged elite. For the first time fans and enthusiasts threw their keyboards in the ring, and a revolution was launched. 

BEARD-Os AND BADASSES, the feature length debut from Geoff Todd and H. Perry Horton, will be an in-depth look at The Punks who took control of an out of control and outdated mechanism. There were false starts, missteps, and plenty of controversy, but a revolution was launched that changed the entire landscape of American film journalism and criticism. It is the goal of this film to document each step, but we need your help.

So how can you help? You can visit the official Beard-Os and Badasses Kickstarter campaign for starters.

We here at Dread Central are honored to be included in this documentary as are many of your favorite sites. If you wanna know the story of how this all turned into what it has, then NOW is your chance.

For more info visit the official Beard-Os and Badasses website, "like" Beard-Os and Badasses on Facebook, and follow Beard-Os and Badasses on Twitter.

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From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series Renewed for a Second Season

Dread Central - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 14:35

Honestly, we're a little confused by this latest news as we were under the impression "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" was going to be a one-season, self-contained story. But obviously we were mistaken as Season 2 has just been announced! Read on for the details.

From the Press Release:
El Rey Network, the general entertainment cable channel founded by filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, announced plans today to greenlight a sophomore season of the network's first scripted original, "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series."

Based on the cult classic film of the same name, Season Two will be comprised of 13 hour-long episodes and will be shot in Austin, Texas, home to the filmmaker's Troublemaker Studios. Marking Rodriguez's first foray into television, the highly-anticipated program premiered in the U.S. on El Rey Network on Tuesday, March 11th, and premiered exclusively on Netflix through their run-of-series license in Canada, Ireland, Nordics, Netherlands, the UK, and Latin America. Season Two will also be available internationally on Netflix following the US premiere.

Rodriguez, who created the series and directed four of the first season's installments, said: "This is a truly unique property and one that has really resonated for viewers. It has been a joy to bring these characters back to life and have the opportunity to take our storytelling to a whole new place. We look forward to going back into production later this year and are excited about raising the bar even higher in Season Two."

Scott Sassa, El Rey Network's Vice Chair, said: "Our decision to launch this ambitious original in just our first few months on the air was certainly bold, but the payoff has been incredibly satisfying. As the television landscape becomes even more crowded, it's important for El Rey Network to have a recurring and memorable franchise that speaks to our audience and allows us to break away from the noise of all the competition. 'From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series' is most certainly that kind of property, and we are thrilled with the response from our affiliate partners, advertisers, viewers, and the international community."

The international cast includes D.J. Cotrona, Zane Holtz, Jesse Garcia, Eiza González, Wilmer Valderrama, Adrianne Palicki, Jake Busey, Don Johnson, Madison Davenport, Lane Garrison, Robert Patrick, and Brandon Soo Hoo.

"From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" is centered around bank robber Seth Gecko (Cotrona) and his violent, unpredictable brother, Richard "Richie" Gecko (Holtz), who are wanted by the FBI and Texas Rangers Earl McGraw (Johnson) and Freddie Gonzalez (Garcia) after a bank heist leaves several people dead. While on the run to Mexico, Seth and Richie encounter former pastor Jacob Fuller (Patrick) and his family, whom they take hostage. Using the family RV to cross the Border, chaos ensues when the group detours to a strip club that is populated by vampires. They are forced to fight until dawn in order to get out alive. The series deepens the tone and expands the storyline of the film, adds new characters and backstories, and explores the Mesoamerican mythology behind the creatures inside the club.

Miramax, producing studio and distributor of the original film, is a producing partner and is distributing the series internationally in all territories. Entertainment One Television (eOne) exclusively represents DVD and EST rights in the US and Canada for the program.

"From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" is an El Rey Network production in association with Rodriguez International Pictures, FactoryMade Ventures, and Miramax. Executive producers are Robert Rodriguez, Carlos Coto (who is also showrunner), and FactoryMade Ventures and El Rey Network co-founders John Fogelman and Cristina Patwa. Diego Gutierrez is writer and co-executive producer.

For more info keep your eyes on the show's Facebook page, the official El Rey Network website, El Rey Network on Facebook, and El Rey Network on Twitter.

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Write Some Meta Fiction with this Preview of Supernatural Episode 9.18

Dread Central - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 14:01

"Supernatural" is heading off on spring break until April 15th, and to tide you over until the show returns with its final six episodes of Season 9, here's a preview of Episode 9.18, "Meta Fiction."

No synopsis is available yet, but we should have that for you in the next week or so. What we do know so far is that the ep was written by Robbie Thompson and directed by Thomas J. Wright.

For more info in the meantime visit "Supernatural" on cwtv.com, "like" "Supernatural" on Facebook, and follow @CW_spn on Twitter.

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'Mr. Jones' Clip Afraid of the Dark

bloody disgusting - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 13:57

Check out this first clip from Anchor Bay’s Mr. Jones, hitting Blu-ray and DVD on May 6th.

Having premiered at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival in 2013, Mr. Jones will also have an exclusive Los Angeles limited theatrical engagement beginning May 2nd.

Scott (Jon Foster) and Penny (Sarah Jones) just moved to a remote cabin to escape the pressures of the world and breathe new life into their art. But they’ll soon discover they are not alone: an infamously reclusive artist – known only as ‘Mr. Jones’ – lives nearby. He doesn’t like to be disturbed, and only comes out at night when he drags his strange, sinister sculptures deep into the woods. When Scott and Penny’s curiosity leads them too close for Mr. Jones’ comfort, he plunges the young couple into a nightmare world of mayhem, madness and mind-bending terror.

Diane Neal (“Law & Order: SVU”), Mark Steger (I Am Legend) and David Clennon (John Carpenter’s The Thing) co-star in this startling tale from debut director Karl Mueller (screenwriter of Xavier Gens’ The Divide).

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Cover Art Revealed for Godzilla Prequel Graphic Novel Godzilla: Awakening

Dread Central - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 13:31

Earlier this year we learned that the all-new graphic novel Godzilla: Awakening is heading our way on May 7th from Legendary Comics, and now today we have a look at the cover art by acclaimed Godzilla artist Arthur Adams.

From the Press Release:
In May 2014 audiences will witness the epic rebirth of the King of the Monsters as Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures unleash Godzilla upon the big screen.

To pave the way for the iconic creature’s return, Legendary Comics is proud to present the official graphic novel Godzilla: Awakening. This 80-page story, set decades before the film, is co-written by Max Borenstein (screenwriter of the new Godzilla) and Greg Borenstein.

Delve into an incredible mystery, generations in the making. At the dawn of the atomic age, humanity awakens life forms beyond imagination, unleashing monumental forces of nature. This explosive, larger-than-life adventure is the perfect way for fans to glimpse the new Godzilla before seeing the film in theaters.

Related Story: See all of our Godzilla coverage here.

Godzilla: Awakening is illustrated by Eric Battle (X-Men, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman), Yvel Guichet (Pacific Rim: Tales from Year Zero, Superboy Annual, End of Nations), Alan Quah (Rage, The Vampire Diaries, Anywhere), and Lee Loughridge (Batman Adventures, Arkham Asylum: Living Hell, Marvel Zombies Return) and features cover art by Arthur Adams (Godzilla, Fantastic Four, Hulk, Uncanny X-Men).

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'Into the Storm' A Found-Footage 'Twister' (Trailer)

bloody disgusting - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 13:26

New Line Cinema has blown out a teaser trailer for Into the Storm, helmed by Final Destination 5‘s by Steven Quale (who is also a James Cameron protégé),

In theaters August 8, “In the span of a single day, the town of Silverton is ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes. The entire town is at the mercy of the erratic and deadly cyclones, even as storm trackers predict the worst is yet to come. Most people seek shelter, while others run towards the vortex, testing how far a storm chaser will go for that once-in-a-lifetime shot. Told through the eyes and lenses of professional storm chasers, thrill-seeking amateurs, and courageous townspeople, Into the Storm throws you directly into the eye of the storm to experience Mother Nature at her most extreme.

Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Walsh, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Arlen Escarpeta, Max Deacon, Nathan Kress, Jeremy Sumpter, Kyle Davis, Jon Reep, and Scott Lawrence all star.

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Set Visit Coverage: Producers Alex Garcia and Mary Parent Talk Godzilla from the Set

Dread Central - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 13:00

In this last article for our extensive coverage from my June, 2013 set visit to the Warner Bros. /Legendary production of Godzilla, executive producers Alex Garcia and Mary Parent weigh in on the Gareth Edwards-directed film, which is due in theaters May 16. Read on!

“It's steeped in realism,” Garcia (who previously produced the fan-favorite flick Trick r’ Treat) stated of their approach to Godzilla, “but yet there's a beauty in realism. You can look at footage of disasters and it's stunning, so it's ‘documentary’ in that everything comes from realism. You can watch those early Speilberg movies, like Close Encounters, and it feels like, ‘Wow this is a real family; this actually happened.’”

Emanating from director Ishiro Honda’s classic 1954 original of the same name, the 2014 Edwards-helmed Godzilla features actors Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass), Juliette Binoche (The English Patient), David Strathairn (The Bourne Legacy), Elizabeth Olsen and Ken Watanabe, in a script by Max Borenstein, Dave Callaham and Frank Darabont, which pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Parent and Brian Rogers produce, alongside executive producers Garcia, Patricia Whitcher, Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira.

(Writer’s Note: Spoilers lurk ahead, so proceed at your own discretion.)

“(It has a) semi-documentary (feel) in that it's really 'real',” stated producer Parent.

“Close Encounters of the Third Kind is a good tonal and visual (comparison), if you had to pick a touchstone. It looks very different from when you go back and actually look at Close Encounters, but it does have a 70’s vibe. How Gareth is dropping you in, where the camera is being placed, so it feels like you're being dropped into this real event that is happening. But it's not ‘found footage’.”

“It's beautifully cinematic,” chimed in Garcia, “but (it) never betrays that realism. A big theme of the film (is) overhanging nature and hubris, and also a heavy thematic of family getting past difficult events.”

“(And) nature; man trying to control nature, which sadly is becoming incredibly relevant,” added Parent.

“There's a Black Hawk Down aspect to it,” she expounded, “like when you get dropped into this stuff, but it's all so incredibly visceral because it's all so real. There's nothing campy or heightened; it's as though this really happening. Gareth has done a really good job of making you believe that this could happen, and if it were to happen how people would react and behave and what those set pieces would look like.”

We saw this executed in person later in the day when we paid a visit to the second unit, shooting against a football field-length, four-story tall green screen erected a mile or so away. Constructed in the foreground was a scaled down version of a demolished Golden Gate Bridge, the flight deck and command tower of an aircraft carrier dubbed the USS Saratoga, and a considerable amount of rubble, in which military-garbed actors assisted civilians free themselves from the debris, ostensibly a result of Godzilla’s recent presence.

With 2013’s Pacific Rim having been the most recent American-produced kaiju film (and one on which Parent produced), we asked if there were any similarities to Godzilla.

“One is very much about world creation,” she said.

“Pac Rim is set slightly in the future (and) even though there's a reality to it, it's very much about world creation and twenty-five-story tall robots vs. monsters. What's different and great about this is we're now on the ground with it. That's why I was saying Black Hawk Down, (because) it's incredibly visceral in how Gareth drops you into the middle of this battle in our world (and) in our time period. (Pac Rim is) very different (tonally]; it's a more operatic piece, (in that) there's incredible wish-fulfillment in being connected to a device that melds man and machine, and so (in that) the fights are never from the ground, they're always one on one.”

Given the grim aspects of the ‘Hall H’ Godzilla trailer which had premiered at Comic-Con 2013, we queried the pair on the film’s narrative ties to nuclear proliferation.

“It quotes Oppenheimer as one of the fathers of the atomic bomb, and he very much ties into the DNA of where Godzilla came from thematically, and again for us that was a palette cleanser; resetting the expectations of what one would do with this IP and what one would fear we would do with this IP. It's very grounded,” stated Garcia.

As for the death toll, “It's real but it's not gratuitous,” stated Parent.

“It's not like there's any softening; you'll feel the reality of the situation, and you do see people that die, but I don't think we'll have any trouble with our rating. People do die but you don't see Godzilla step on a kid or anything. There's a lot of monster action too, and I think you've figured out there are other creatures.”

Concerning Frank Darabont’s contributions to the script, “He’s a great writer,” said Parent.

“Gareth worked very closely with Frank,” added Garcia.

“Gareth had such a specific vision,” continued Parent.

“He knew what he wanted so Frank was able to come in and help him realize that. Frank had a window, and frankly we had a window, and it worked.”

“He brought in some great ideas,” offered Garcia of what Darabont delivered, “that we really embraced, so it was just fleshing that out.”

“The good news is we're trying to make a good first film,” finished Parent, “and hope it works (so that we can) make more.”




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Review: 'The Sandman: Overture' #2

bloody disgusting - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 12:48

Full of unforgettable imagery and inspired dialogue, “The Sandman: Overture” #2 continues to be the high standard of creative imagination. Though the second installment took its time getting here,the team-of Neil Gaiman and J.H. Williams III deliver a remarkable issue worth waiting for. This is the stuff dreams are made of.

WRITTEN BY: Neil Gaiman
ART BY: J. H. Williams III
PUBLISHER: Vertigo Comics
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: March 26, 2014

Morpheus, Endless of Dreams, has traveled across the universe, to the distant past, to meet his reincarnations. He witnesses different versions of himself standing right in front of him, arguing with each other in the same voice. They are all different aspects of Morpheus but still represent the same person. Answering to the call of death, the multiples have been summoned together to the same location to mourn. Part of Dream has died and he demands to know why. Stuck between the real and the unreal, Morpheus has to find out who killed the dreamer.

Gaiman’s dialogue runs across the page in poetic rhythm. In each dialogue balloon, Gaiman provides a different style of language with each incarnation of Morpheus. It’s like having multiple personalities but speaking through a singular voice. Gaiman demonstrates his witty humor as Morpheus turns away after arguing with himself. Though Morpheus is the definition of serious drama, the secondary characters are always a laugh riot.

Gaiman is a true wordsmith as he plays around with his repetitive rhyming scheme. Morpheus agrees with his other twin versions, but he is technically agreeing with himself. You want to read and reread the poetic dialogue just to enjoy the wordplay. Morpheus is able to say so much about himself and still remain a mystery. Though readers think they know Morpheus through previous volumes, Gaiman is able to explore his protagonist through uncharted territory.

In the opening pages, Williams’ illustrations captures the haunting elegance of Morpheus fashionable wardrobe. In his character design, Morpheus wears a long robe as if it were a cape covering his entire body. Dave Stewart’s white tones highlights the essence of a ghostly figure gracefully floating in the air. The whiteness of Morpheus’ spectral body makes the background seem surreal and exaggerated at the same time.

Through his drawings, Williams is able to portray the beauty in dreaming and the eeriness of nightmares. In a splash page, Williams captures Morpheus in a majestic pose, as the bottom of his cape breathes fire. Williams then illustrates a demonic spider with a human head flashings its fangs at the camera. In an impressive display of color, Stewart uses red and black inks to capitalize on the hellish background.

Destined to be a classic, “The Sandman: Overture” is a must-read. Let Gaiman and Williams take you to an extraordinary dream you will never want to wake up from.

4.5/5 Skulls

Review by – Jorge Solis

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[TV] El Rey Orders Second Season of "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series"

bloody disgusting - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 12:47

It’s now safe to jump aboard El Rey’s “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” as a second season is coming, thus should be entering new territory.

El Rey Network, the general entertainment cable channel founded by filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, announced plans today to greenlight a sophomore season of the network’s first scripted original, “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series”.

Based on the cult classic film of the same name, season two will be comprised of 13 hour-long episodes and will be shot in Austin, Texas, home to the filmmaker’s Troublemaker Studios. Marking Rodriguez’s first foray into television, the highly-anticipated program premiered in the US on El Rey Network on Tuesday, March 11th and premiered exclusively on Netflix through their run-of-series license in Canada, Ireland, Nordics, Netherlands, the UK and Latin America. Season two will also be available internationally on Netflix following the US premiere.

Rodriguez, who created the series and directed four of the first season’s installments, said: “This is a truly unique property and one that has really resonated for viewers. It has been a joy to bring these characters back to life and have the opportunity to take our storytelling to a whole new place. We look forward to going back into production later this year and are excited about raising the bar even higher in season two.

Scott Sassa, El Rey Network’s Vice Chair, said: “Our decision to launch this ambitious original in just our first few months on the air was certainly bold but the payoff has been incredibly satisfying. As the television landscape becomes even more crowded, it’s important for El Rey Network to have a recurring and memorable franchise that speaks to our audience and allows us to break away from the noise of all the competition. ‘From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series’ is most certainly that kind of property and we are thrilled with the response from our affiliate partners, advertisers, viewers and the international community.

The international cast includes: D.J. Cotrona (Dear John, G.I. Joe: Retaliation); Zane Holtz (Holes, The Perks of Being a Wallflower); Jesse Garcia (Quinceañera, Sons of Anarchy); Eiza González (Lola: Érase Una Vez); Wilmer Valderrama (That ’70s Show, To Whom It May Concern); Adrianne Palicki (Friday Night Lights, G.I. Joe: Retaliation); Jake Busey (Starship Troopers, Enemy of the State, Identity); Don Johnson (Django Unchained, Nash Bridges); Madison Davenport (Save Me, Shameless); Lane Garrison (Bonnie & Clyde, Prison Break); Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The X-Files); and Brandon Soo Hoo (Tropic Thunder, Ender’s Game, Incredible Crew).

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A Brutal 'Chupacabra' And A Teenage Girl

bloody disgusting - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 12:43

IDW will be releasing a new series from Tom Beland titled “Chicacabra”. The press release came with the hook, “Chupacabras, Vejigantes, Fistfights, and Weed!” so it is possible this is some sort of stoner horror comic, but there was no further mention of weed anywhere else in the press release. Anyway, the book is about a teenage girl, sick of all the drama at her high school. After a strange family tragedy, she finds herself with a horrible monster living inside her that she must learn to control.

“Chupacabra” is a planned series of graphic novels, the first of which debuts in June.


From the press release:

San Diego, CA (March 26, 2014) – Tom Beland, best known for his multiple Eisner-nominated series True Story, Swear to God, brings his unique storytelling to IDW this June in an all-new graphic novel series, Chicacabra.

Chicacabra is a story infused with the humanity for which Tom’s work is so rightly acclaimed, but this time, Tom has written and illustrated an all-new cast of very human characters in a more supernatural setting.

“Tom Beland’s work is the perfect mix of comic-book storytelling with expressive art, interesting characters, and a resonant, emotional core,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer-Editor-in-Chief, “and I couldn’t be happier to see him apply those skills in this new way on Chicacabra. Tom’s books have always been the kind of thing you want to hand someone, whether they’re new to comics or a veteran reader who thinks they’ve seen it all. There’s something for everyone in his work, and never moreso than with Chicacabra, which pushes into the supernatural while still staying a fundamentally grounded, human tale.”

In Chicacabra, you would think being a young woman in high school would come with more than enough drama, but for Isabel Sanchez that is a mere drop in the bucket of her life. On the outside, Isabel looks and acts like your average Puerto Rican girl but after a family tragedy and then a mysterious incident she finds herself with a monster capable of great brutality living inside her. But is it her friend or foe?

Isabel will have to learn to life with a killing machine inside her and navigate high school in this first in a series of planned Chicacabra graphic novels. And heads will roll, to say the least!

“I think people will relate to Isabel. I think we all have a chupacabra in us in some way. There’s fear, doubt, many things that you hold deep inside of yourself,” said Tom Beland, “This is about two souls working together in a relationship that could be damaging as well as healing. I love making it. To a degree it was as emotional as making TSSTG.”

Chicacabra will be available in a regular edition and a special version with an alternate cover only available at the Puerto Rico Comic-Con, May 24-25 at the Puerto Rico Convention Center.

Chicacabra, a 200-page, black & white, $17.99 trade paperback, debuts in June 2014. Diamond Order Code APR140447, ISBN 978-1-63140-011-7

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New Junk Clip Will Have You Dancing to the Music

Dread Central - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 12:30

Getting high and arterial spray. They go together like peanut butter and jelly to the discerning horror fan. Well, okay, maybe not to all of you, but this latest clip from Junk is home to a lot of the red stuff. Grab your mop and check it out!

Junk is directed by Kevin Hamedani (Zombies of Mass Destruction) and features appearances by James Hong, George Hardy, Marcus Dunstan, Anthony DiBlasi, Scott Sanders and the actual Critter puppet from Critters 2.

Look for it on DVD NOW and on iTunes April 20th from Breaking Glass Pictures.

Synopsis
Kaveh and Raul are two B-movie co-writers who have suffered a bitter falling out. Kaveh's lost his girlfriend and spends his days getting high in his apartment, while Raul is off studying at Columbia University. But when one of their films ("Islama-rama 2") is accepted by a film festival, the two ex-friends are forced to tentatively re-connect in order to pitch their script to the mysterious producer, Yukio Tai (James Hong).

Along the way they will have to brave brutish bodyguards, cutthroat colleagues, inept agents, romantic entanglements, prima donna actors, and the trials of their own bitter friendship.

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