[Blu-ray Review] 'The Slumber Party Massacre' Gets Sharp New Transfer...

bloody disgusting - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 17:31

…but how is it a feminist slasher?

The Slumber Party Massacre is a satirical slasher about some girls at a sleepover being killed off by a guy with a reliable power drill. It goes through all the motions of every typical ’80s slasher, but for some reason it’s been frequently interpreted as a “feminist slasher.” I never understood this reading of the film, since it includes as much gratuitous nudity and girls sucking at basketball as any other entry in the genre. I dig its moments of satire, but much of those aspects get lost in its overall genericness. Some of the shots (the locker room scene especially) even seemed overtly blatant about being gratuitous, like the female director was simultaneously giving audiences what they expected while showing us what misogynist pricks we are.

Thankfully, the new Scream Factory Blu-ray clears up some of these questions for me. It turns out the gratuitous nudity was required under the watchful eye (and wallet) of Roger Corman. According to director Amy Holden Jones (Beethoven), the Corman banner demanded a certain amount of T&A within the first act of the film to keep bros’ asses in the seats.

That completely explains away the juvenile ass pans in the locker room (and I honestly admire her “fuck you, here!” approach), but I still don’t get the feminist readings of this flaccid slasher. The killer’s weapon is a not-so-subtle phallic symbol, I get it. So why not turn it on him in the end to subvert that big ol’ drill dick? There may be some subtext at play, but whatever connotation there is never gets fully developed. If Slumber Party Massacre was directed by a man, chances are it would be read as misogynistic.

The story follows bouncy high school student Trish (Michele Michaels), whose parents have left town for the weekend. She takes advantage of their absence to hold a slumber party with her teammates from the basketball team. Also invited is a new girl from school, Valerie (Robin Stille), who declines after overhearing some nasty murmurings about her from the other girls.

Shortly after we’re introduced to Trish, the killer’s identity is revealed. This completely drains the suspense from the film before the audience can even begin to start accusing any of the characters. Once it’s set up that there’s an escaped convict on the loose with a huge drill targeting women, the rest of the movie is simply setting up situations for them to be slaughtered. And most of these scenarios involve them being in their underwear.

Even when you look at Slumber Party Massacre as a straight up slasher with no intended feminist leanings, it’s still a drag. There are a few decent set pieces put into play during the titular sleepover, which lead to some fun moments, but the bulk of the story plays out by the book. The film simply brings nothing interesting to the table and loses all tension within its first act. At times the satire does shine through, particularly in one scene where two girls are ambushed in a bedroom by the killer – there’s no way they wouldn’t have heard him lugging that impressive drill in. Overall though it’s a drab slasher that no one should be losing sleep over.

At least fans of the film can revel in the impressive video presentation from Scream Factory’s new 1080p transfer. This brand new transfer was sourced from the original camera negative and it’s a clear step up from the former DVD release. The DTS-HD Master Audio is presented in a mono that suits the film perfectly fine.

“Sleepless Nights: The Making of The Slumber Party Massacre” is an edited down version of a longer doc about all three SPM films. It’s about 23 minutes long and features interviews with many of the principal players. This is where I learned about Amy Holden Jones’ requirements under Corman.

The interview with Rigg Kennedy, who plays the killer, is pretty fun. He talks about his method acting (that creeped out the girls) and his performance art.

The commentary track featuring Jones and actors Michael Villella and Debra Del Liso has also been carried over from the DVD release.

If you’re already a fan of the film, this Blu-ray upgrade is a must-own for the fantastic transfer alone. But if you’re new to the film, you’re better off renting it.

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[Album Review] Alaya 'Thrones'

bloody disgusting - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 17:30

Chicago-based melodic tech metal band Alaya have been on my radar since late 2012 when the video for “Inside” was released as a promotion for the band’s signing to Basick Records. While the video isn’t much more than a performance clip, it was the music that pulled me in, a thrilling mix of aggressive riffs combined with stellar vocals. I replayed the track over and over, soaking it in and building up my anticipation levels for their, at the time, soon to be released debut album Thrones. However, fate is a cruel mistress and the album release date was pushed back…indefinitely.

However, that wait is over and Thrones is out, ready for the world to hear it. Seeing as how I’ve had the band on my ‘Most Anticipated Album’ list (twice), I wanted to weigh in with my thoughts. Was this wait worth it or did I build the band up to unattainable heights that could simply not be reached? Find out below!

The album opens with the aforementioned “Inside”, which is inspired by the French film of the same name. Much like the film, it’s a dark, heavy track with moments of beauty that go against standard conventions, weaving and twisting through its odd time signatures, creating a sense of uncertainty. But that doesn’t change the fact that it’s a perfect opening track, giving a taste of everything that the rest of the album will provide.

Each song offers something different enough from the others. Consider the differences between “Haunted Pt. 1″, which has wonderful acoustics and cinematic overtones, the title track “Thrones”, which bears some alt-rock approaches, “Screaming Still” and its almost lullaby-esque intro and Muse-like atmosphere, and “Sleep”, a track that showcases guitarist/vocalist Evan Graham Dunn’s more than capable guitarwork. These examples only give a brief taste of how every track has its own style, its own voice and yet they clearly come from the same source.

“Poor Gloria”, which drummer David Jacob Robison claims as being “…one of the darker songs on the album…”, has a deliciously melancholic atmosphere with strong syncopation. And through all this darkness, there are small rays of hope that peek through the clouds, making this a truly dynamic song.

Attention needs to be given to each member as they all prove that they are musicians to be feared. Robison deftly tackles the drums, creating toe-tapping and head-nodding rhythyms while bassist Michael Brandt Rinkenberger creates a solid foundation. As mentioned above, Dunn’s guitarwork is something to be feared and his vocals match that. But with all of their expertise, it’s the fact that they write so well as a cohesive unit that stands out.

The Final Word: If you haven’t guessed yet, I love this album. Alaya are a fascinating group in that they bring in the best elements of the current melodic tech-metal surge, combine it with fantastic instrumental proficiency, and then merge it all into a very accessible end result. I’ve been waiting for Thrones for over a year and a half. The wait was well worth it.


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New 'Reaper Of Souls' Trailer Offers A Myriad Reasons To Return To 'Diablo III'

bloody disgusting - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 17:27

Can you feel that? That cold weight on your shoulder, a sudden heaviness? I’m sorry to break it to you, but that’s Death, my friend. He’s coming for all of us. Reaper of Souls is just a few days away, and it is packing some serious content. A bunch of new locations and enemies, a Crusader class, Adventure Mode, Bounties, a revamped Paragon system — this expansion offers more than a few reasons to return to Diablo III.

If you’re still not sold on it, this new trailer ought to do the trick. More after the break.

Reaper of Souls arrives on PC and Mac on March 25.

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Krillbite Working To Bring 'Among The Sleep' To PS4, Xbox One

bloody disgusting - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 17:07

If you prefer to do your gaming on consoles, and specifically those of the next-gen variety, I have some good news for you. Krillbite Studio has confirmed they’re working on bringing their extremely exciting indie horror game Among the Sleep — one of our most anticipated horror games of 2014 — to the PS4 and Xbox One. They’re currently only in talks with Sony, but their plan is to take it to Microsoft’s console as well.

Good thing, too. A game as unique as this deserves the largest possible audience.

The news comes from an interview with Polygon. They sat down with Martin Mathiesen Kvale, the man who is responsible for the game’s fantastic sound design. It’s an interesting read, I highly recommend you check it out.

I’d also suggest you watch the latest trailer for Among the Sleep. You can find it below.

Among the Sleep is slated to arrive sometime later this year on PC (for now).

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New Art and Stills Found in the House of Dust

Dread Central - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 17:05

A.D. Calvo's latest film, House of Dust, is on its way to home video courtesy of Anchor Bay, and right now we have the official DVD artwork and several new stills that have been waiting to haunt you. Check 'em out!

From the Press Release
Redding House Asylum. For some, it’s a distant reminder of a time when medical treatment of the clinically insane bordered on torture. For an unsuspecting group of college students, it’s the first stop on a journey into terror!

On May 20th, Anchor Bay Entertainment unlocks House of Dust on DVD. The chilling possession shocker features a hot young cast including Inbar Lavi (Street Kings 2: Motor City, Underemployed), Steven Grayhm (Journey to the Center of the Earth), Eddie Hassell (The Kids are Alright, Jobs), Holland Roden (“Teen Wolf”), John Lee Ames (Days of Darkness), Alesandra Assante, Joy Lauren (“Desperate Housewives”), Nicole Travolta (“Two and a Half Men”) and Stephen Spinella (“24”). House of Dust is priced to own with a $19.98 SRP.

Emma (Lavi) is one of the bright new faces at Camden College. Plagued with visions and voices all her life, she’s now trying to move past her personal demons of schizophrenia, and substitute hallucinations with higher learning. Emma joins her friends when they break into the shuttered remnants of the abandoned Redding House Asylum on campus. When they accidentally shatter canisters holding the ashes of former mental patients and subsequently inhale the dust-filled air, they’re soon possessed by the souls once held within them. One of them happens to be a convicted serial killer from 1959...

Inspired by true events, House of Dust opens the door to a nightmare of murder and mayhem.

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It's Alucard's Turn To Kick Demon Butt In This New 'Revelations' Trailer

bloody disgusting - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 16:47

With the arrival of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2′s first DLC less than a week away, Konami has released a new trailer to help prepare us for its arrival. Revelations will follow fan-favorite Alucard as he uses his unique arsenal of weapons and abilities to kick mountains of monster butts. Hopefully, developer MercurySteam will use this as an opportunity to make up for the disappointing main game. Trailer after the jump.

Revelations releases on March 25.

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A Field in England Opens on Blu-ray and DVD

Dread Central - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 15:35

Ben Wheatley's (Kill List) new film, A Field in England (review), is on its way to Blu-ray and DVD via Drafthouse Films, and we have the skinny on what to expect once it arrives. Read on for details.

From the Press Release
From Drafthouse Films and director Ben Wheatley comes the original horror film A Field in England, available on DVD and Blu-ray April 8.

This is the fourth feature film from writer/director Ben Wheatley, whose credits include the highly acclaimed tour-de-force thriller Kill List, the Edgar Wright-produced 2012 Cannes Film Festival selection Sightseers, and a segment in anthology horror film The ABCs of Death.

Billed as "a psychedelic trip into magic and madness," A Field in England follows a group of English Civil War soldiers in the 17th century who are captured by an alchemist and led into a vast mushroom field, where they fall victim to violent and nightmarish forces. A Field in England will be distributed on home video by Cinedigm at an SRP of $29.95 for the Blu-ray and $27.95 for the DVD.

With a new feature, the JG Ballard adaptation High Rise, currently in pre-production with Tom Hiddleston attached to star, Wheatley and producers Claire Jones and Andy Starke assembled A Field in England with financing via Film4's talent and ideas arm Film 4.0 headed up by Anna Higgs. The film stars Reece Shearsmith ("The League of Gentlemen") and Kill List's Michael Smiley and features Julian Barrett ("The Mighty Boosh") in a small role.

Wheatley's work has been lauded by both critics and moviegoers, placing him at the forefront of a new wave in contemporary cinema emerging from the festival circuit dubbed "art-house horror." Chris Hewitt of Empire Magazine has proclaimed, "In only three years, Ben Wheatley has gone from unknown to one of the UK's most exciting, hilarious, and most violently disturbing filmmakers."

Synopsis
England: 1648 AD. A small group of deserters flee from a raging battle through an overgrown field. They are captured by two men: O'Neil and Cutler. O'Neil (Michael Smiley), an alchemist, forces the group to aid him in his search to find a hidden treasure that he believes is buried in the field. Crossing a vast mushroom dowcircle, which provides their first meal, the group quickly descend into a chaos of arguments, fighting, and paranoia, and, as it becomes clear that the treasure might be something other than gold, they slowly become victim to the terrifying energies trapped inside the field. A Field in England is a psychedelic trip into magic and madness from Ben Wheatley - award-winning director of Down Terrace, Kill List, and Sightseers.

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Help Pick the 'Joy Ride 3: Road Kill' Fan Favorite Cover Art (Exclusive)!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 15:11

Rusty Nail, the vengeful trucker with a penchant for pain, slams terror into overdrive in this all-new UNRATED chapter of Joy Ride!

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment takes road rage to an all new level with Joy Ride 3: Road Kill, arriving on Digital HD June 3 and on Blu-ray and DVD June 17.

Bloody Disgusting is once again getting the help of our readers to choose the fan favorite cover art for this third hellish installment in the bloody series that finds director Declan O’Brien (Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings, Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines) in the driver’s seat for another deadly detour.

The nightmare begins when a group of young street racers take a desolate shortcut on their way to the Road Rally 1000. But a chance encounter with Rusty soon turns deadly as he stalks, taunts, and tortures his next victims with deranged delight. It’s a full-throttle, pedal-to-the-metal chill ride packed with killer twists and turns!

Check out the 3 options below, then head to the Bloody Disgusting Facebook page page and “like” your favorite to vote!

Starring Ken Kirzinger (Freddy vs. Jason) as the infamous Rusty Nail, the Joy Ride 3: Road Kill Blu-ray and DVD is loaded with extra features including a variety of deleted scenes, featurettes, behind-the-scenes content, and a gruesome unrated version of the film. They include: Pre-Vis Sequences, Road Rage: The Blood, Sweat and Gears of Joy Ride 3, Riding Shotgun with Declan: Director’s DIE-aries, Finding Large Marge and Audio Commentary.

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BoulderLight Pictures and Indie Horror Stars Team Up to Give You Dementia

Dread Central - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 15:10

Perfectly timed with this week's home video release of Contracted, word has come that the film's DP is directing a horror flick of his own with some of the most impressive indie horror actors by his side. Read on for full details about Dementia, coming our way courtesy of BoulderLight Pictures!

From the Press Release
BoulderLight Pictures (CONTRACTED, WEEP) has tapped Contracted DP Mike Testin to direct DEMENTIA, a new horror thriller in the vein of Misery and Whatever Happened to Baby Jane.

Set to begin production in Los Angeles next week, the film's cast includes: Gene Jones (The Sacrament), A.J. Bowen (You're Next), Kristina Klebe (Proxy), Marc Senter (Red, White, and Blue), and newcomer Hassie Harrison, amongst others. The script was penned by Blood List writer Meredith Berg (FACELESS).

DEMENTIA is about an elderly war veteran who is forced by his estranged family to hire a live-in nurse after finding out he has been diagnosed with dementia, only to find that she harbors a sinister secret.

"We couldn't be more excited to be partnering with Mike on this,” said producer Raphael Margules. “We've been looking to collaborate with him since CONTRACTED and can't think of a better project in which to showcase his unique and fresh voice to the global marketplace and audiences worldwide."

Raphael Margules and J.D. Lifshitz are producing for BoulderLight Pictures. XYZ is handling North American sales with BoulderLight’s sales division looking after international.

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'The Quiet Ones' Featurette Goes Behind the Scenes

bloody disgusting - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 15:10

Haunting theaters April 25, Buzzfeed scored an engaging behind-the-scenes featurette for The Quiet Ones, which shares interviews and on-set footage.

From the producers behind Let Me In and The Woman in Black, “A university student (Sam Claflin) and some classmates are recruited to carry out a private experiment — to create a poltergeist. Their subject: an alluring, but dangerously disturbed young woman (Olivia Cooke). Their quest: to explore the dark energy that her damaged psyche might manifest. As the experiment unravels along with their sanity, the rogue PHD students are soon confronted with a terrifying reality: they have triggered an unspeakable force with a power beyond all explanation.

Inspired by true events, The Quiet Ones is directed by John Pogue from a screenplay by Craig Rosenberg and Oren Moverman and John Pogue, and based on a screenplay by Tom de Ville.

Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, Erin Richards, Rory Fleck-Byrne, and “Bates Motel’s” Olivia Cooke all star.

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'The Expedition' Images Reveal Dinosaurs in the Amazon! (Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 15:06

Dinosaurs have ben discovered deep in the Amazon jungle, and Bloody Disgusting has proof!

Directed by Adam Spinks from a screenplay by Spinks and Ben Loyd Holmes, we have an exclusive image gallery for The Expedition, which discovers that the Triassic period from 231 million years ago is still booming in the jungle!

Deep in the Amazon jungle a research team lead by a respected Professor embark on an expedition to protect vulnerable and endangered species. After a series of strange events their superstitious guides abandon them and the team choose to remain deep in the jungle, dedicated to the project… but as night falls in the camp they begin to realize that all is not as it seems, and that they are in the hunting ground of a predator…. one they never could have expected.

Ben Loyd Holmes also stars with Sarah Mac, Neil Newbon, Daniel Caren, Rebecca Kiser, Ernesto Cantu, Ross O’Hennessy, Simon Burbage and Dolores Reynals.

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UK Production Wraps on Documentary Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellraiser II

Dread Central - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 15:00

Back in November we told you about an upcoming documentary called Leviathan, the latest addition to the growing trend of comprehensive fan-made docs which will cover the making of both Hellraiser and its first sequel.

Today comes the exciting word that production is nearing completion, and you'll find full details by opening up that weird box that sits in front of you...

... or by simply reading on, if you prefer.

After wrapping interviews with the original film's third assistant director, Rupert Ryle-Hodges, as well as make-up effects artists Beverly Pond-Jones and Simon Sayce, the latter of whom designed and created the iconic puzzle box, the UK portion of the documentary's production is now completed.

Sayce shared never-before-seen original design images for the Lament Configuration box and even revealed hidden meanings within the box's design. All of that information will be included as part of the documentary in addition to a wealth of other rare images and behind-the-scenes stories.

The documentary crew will soon be heading to the US to film interviews with Doug "Pinhead" Bradley and Hellraiser 2 director Tony Randel.

Learn more over on the documentary's official website and Facebook page!

Synopsis
Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II is a feature length documentary uncovering the history, making of, and unknown details of the making of Clive Barker’s Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II films.

With interviews and testimonies from those most closely involved, it will bring a comprehensive insight to these classic cult films.

Following the story of the films from their inception through production to release and their subsequent lives and growing fan base, fans and those less familiar with the films will see the technical skills, the creative ideas, the symbolism, and the legacy of these movies.

Delving deep into the director’s vision and ambitions for the project, Leviathan explores where he came from, where his career had taken him, and the inspiration for the story and world he created... the story of his journey of making them and how close they came to his vision at the time and how he feels about them over 25 years later.

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[Exclusive] Top 5 Horror Movies I Wouldn't Want To Relive

bloody disgusting - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 15:00

Some horror films are great for parties because they’re perfect for commentary, mockery, jump scares, visual gags, and more. Some horror movies are meant to be watched and savored, each scene something offering something that requires attention to every microscopic detail so that a great discussion can be had afterwards. And then there are the horror films that are truly horrific, the ones that make you sit back and question what you’ve just seen.

Bassist/vocalist Christopher Cruz of New York based post-black metal band So Hideous decided that since his style of music had that kind of impact, that soul crushing darkness, that he would put together a list of his Top 5 Horror Movies I Wouldn’t Want To Relive along with some notable mentions. Having seen each of these films (and it’s a great list), I can agree that they are not for the faint of heart. If you have any amount of empathy in you, these films will have an emotional impact that can last for a long time. Head below to read the list but be warned of spoilers!

Make sure to pre-order the band’s upcoming album Last Poem First Light here. The album comes out April 29th via Prosthetic Records.

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Christopher Cruz:
There are quite a few movies that resonate with me as being something I would not want to “relive.” When narrowing down this list, I thought to myself “what films are difficult for me to revisit and left me with a depressed “need to watch a comedy” feeling?” and I came up with these 5 films. Enjoy:
 
5. Kairo
Translated as “Pulse”, Kairo is without a doubt one of the creepiest films I’ve ever seen. The entire film is so eerie and everyone in the film seems like they are at the point of completely giving up. After one of their friends commits suicide, strange things begin happening to a group of young Tokyo residents. One of them sees visions of his dead friend in the shadows on the wall, while another’s computer keeps showing strange, ghostly images. Just wait for the “walking down the hallway scene”.
 
4. Seven
“WHATS IN THE BOX!?” What more is there to say?
 
3. Martyrs
I have a serious love/hate relationship with this movie. The beginning of this film has a supernatural element, which is excellent and the rest of the film is 45 minutes of a woman being beaten and tortured. The whole concept of the film is overreaching in concept (trying to contact the “other side”) but the journey there is brutality depressing as you live through this woman’s tortured last moments.

2. Jacob’s Ladder
Jacob’s ladder is not only an incredible film, but it has been the inspiration for various different franchises such as Silent Hill and Twisted Metal. The duality of reality that Jacob Singer has to go through between his happy life with his family and the hallucinations with suffering of cheating with another women and seeing horrifying images makes for a truly cerebral horror movie.

1. The Mist
A So Hideous trolling favorite. Stephen King and Frank Darabont came together to make a zombie-esque Alien invasion film, a mixture that would work for just about any horrorholic. This film was pretty standard from the beginning, supporting cast used for gore, religious bitch that creates mob mentality… However the ending of this film is what threw a wrench in the gears. David (played by Thomas Jane) is driving through the mist, eventually, they run out of gas and pull over to the side of the road, disheartened that they haven’t seen any other survivors. While David’s son is sleeping, the four adults discuss their fate, deciding that there is no point in going any further. With four bullets left in the gun and five people in the car, David shoots the three adults and his son to spare them violent death by the creatures, all to be saved by the military.
 
Honorable Mentions:
Serbian Film
Inside

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Upcoming Anthology Will Send A Christmas Horror Story Down Your Chimney

Dread Central - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 14:56

Here on Dread Central we absolutely love movies that infuse a whole lot of horror into the holiday season, and though Christmas is a long ways away at the moment, it's never too early to take a peek under the tree.

Read on for details about an upcoming anthology flick that will bring blood, guts, and carnage to this year's holiday proceedings! As reported by our friends over on Bloody Disgusting, filming is currently under way in Toronto, Canada, on A Christmas Horror Story, an anthology comprised of three tales of yuletide terror.

Santa's trusty elves become flesh-hungry monsters in the first story, which centers on a mysterious disease that sweeps through the North Pole, transforming the elves into the ravenous undead. Santa and the Missus wage a desperate battle for survival.

The mythical demon Krampus comes to life in the second, with the wicked Bauer family discovering that the stories of an evil Santa Claus are all too real. And they will be punished for their dastardly deeds.

And in the third and final tale of this holiday horror anthology, a troubled cop takes his wife and young son out to pick up the perfect Christmas tree, which stands tall on land owned by the nefarious Big Earl. Daddy goes missing on Big Earl’s land, and when he turns up again, he isn’t quite himself.

A collaboration among writers Doug Taylor (Splice), Sarah Larsen ("Darknet"), James Kee ("Darknet"), and Pascal Trottier (Hellions), the film will feature segments directed by Grant Harvey (Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning), Brett Sullivan ("Orphan Black"), and Steven Hoban ("Darknet").

More as we learn it!

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Stare Down Evil in this New Oculus Clip

Dread Central - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 14:49

The box office has been pretty light on horror this year, which is why we cannot wait for the arrival of Oculus, which has been doing a damn fine job of scaring audiences so far. On tap today is a brand new clip from the film, which will haunt theaters April 11th. 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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More Actor Flesh Munched on in iZombie

Dread Central - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 14:44

Ya gotta be careful with actor flesh. One wrong bite, and you're chewing on something silicone-based and that shit is nasty. That's why it's always best to get fresh meat on your menu which is untainted by Hollywood glam.

Variety is reporting that U.K. up-and-comer Rahul Kohli (pictured) has been set as the final series regular role in the Rob Thomas/Diane Ruggiero CW pilot “iZombie.”

Kohli will play an enthusiastic nerd who befriends the lead character in the show based on the DC Comics/Vertigo property about a medical student-turned-zombie. He'll star alongside David Anders, Rose McIver, Robert Buckley, Alexandra Krosney, and Malcolm Goodwin.

"iZombie" is a supernatural crime procedural that centers on Liv (McIver), a med student-turned-zombie who takes a job in the coroner’s office to gain access to the brains she must reluctantly eat to maintain her humanity, but with each brain she consumes, she inherits the corpse’s memories. With the help of her medical examiner boss and a police detective (Goodwin), she solves homicide cases in order to quiet the disturbing voices in her head.

Related Story: The Vampire Diaries' David Anders and More File into "iZombie"

Goodwin’s Clive is a detective who recently received a promotion from Vice to Homicide but has been floundering for his first two months and is in desperate need of making a case. Though dubious at first about Liv’s “psychic” powers, she demonstrates too much accuracy for him not to take her seriously.

Buckley's Major is Liv's former fiancé, who is trying to transition back to being her friend despite still being in love with her. He's a former college football player-turned-environmental engineer who is extremely likable.

Krosney plays Peyton, Liv’s best friend and roommate who is baffled by Liv’s recent behavior and feels like they’re drifting apart. Anders plays the show’s bad guy, Blaine, an entitled rich kid who bites off more than he can chew in the drug business.

We should have more soon so stay tuned!

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New Quiet Ones TV Spot Believes in Ghosts

Dread Central - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 14:30

I've said it before, and I'll say it again... I'm a sucker for a good ghost story, and that looks like exactly what we're gonna get once Hammer's The Quiet Ones comes haunting a theatre near you. Check out this latest TV spot!

The Quiet Ones is written and directed by John Pogue (Quarantine 2) and stars Jared Harris ("Mad Men," The Ward), Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Erin Richards ("Breaking In," "Being Human"), Olivia Cooke ("The Secret of Crickley Hall," "The Fuse"), and West End theatre actor Rory Fleck-Byrne.

It's produced by James Gay-Rees (Senna, Exit Through the Gift Shop), Exclusive Media’s Tobin Armbrust, and Simon Oakes along with Steven Chester Prince and Ben Holden in association with The Traveling Picture Show Company (TPSC).

Look for The Quiet Ones in UK theatres on April 10 and US theatres on April 25, 2014, from Lionsgate.

Synopsis:
The Quiet Ones (inspired by true events) tells the story of an unorthodox professor who uses controversial methods and leads his best students off the grid to take part in a dangerous experiment: to create a poltergeist. Based on the theory that paranormal activity is caused by human negative energy, the rogue scientists perform a series of tests on a young patient, pushing her to the edge of sanity. As frightening occurrences begin to take place with shocking and gruesome consequences, the group quickly realizes they have triggered a force more terrifying than they ever could have imagined.

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Trailer Begins Broadcasting for The Signal

Dread Central - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 14:19

Yesterday we brought you cats some new viral goodies for The Signal, a sci-fi thriller about three college students who take a dark road-trip detour. Today we have the trailer. The Signal will hit theaters on June 13 with Focus Features expanding the release on June 20 and again on June 27.

William Eubank directs The Signal from a script he wrote with Carlyle Eubank and David Frigerio. "Bates Motel’s" Olivia Cooke and "Hannibal’s" Laurence Fishburne star in the flick about group of college students who are lured to the middle of the desert by a hacker.

Brenton Thwaites and Beau Knapp co-star.

Synopsis
Three college students disappear under mysterious circumstances while tracking a computer hacker through the Southwest.




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Maggie Q Joins Kevin Williamson's Pilot for CBS

Dread Central - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 13:47

The female lead in Kevin Williamson's still untitled pilot for CBS has been found, and it's the always kick-ass Maggie Q, best known for her title role in "Nikita."

Per Deadline, Q (Priest, Divergent) will play Detective Beth Davis, the opinionated and obsessive, workaholic Division Captain of LAPD’s Threat Assessment Unit, who also narrates the story.

She joins the previously announced Dylan McDermott and Mariana Klaveno in the CBS/Warner Bros. TV project written by Williamson (Scream, "The Vampire Diaries," "The Following") and directed by Liz Friedlander ("The Secret Circle," "The Following").

The psychological thriller revolves around two detectives, Beth and Jack (McDermott), who handle stalking incidents for the Threat Assessment Unit of the LAPD. McDermott’s Jack Larsen is a recent transfer from New York. His healthy confidence and quick thinking have gotten him into trouble in the past — a past he hopes to leave behind.

Klaveno's Janice is underestimated in her unit because of her somewhat flashy appearance.

Look for more as it comes.

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Review: “The White Suits” # 2

bloody disgusting - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 13:40

Lethal and visceral “The White Suits” feels like a whisky soaked love letter to violent international crime movies. The pages flow with a certain strangeness that Toby Cypress seems to revel in. His style is all over the book. The use of loose paneling and fast scratchy coloring compliments Frank Barbiere’s fever dream of a narrative. It all comes together to create an engaging momentum that still doesn’t concern itself with making too much sense.


WRITTEN BY: Frank J Barbiere
ART BY: Toby Cypress
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: February 19th, 2014

Prizrak has clearly seen some shit. The White Suits have torn through his psyche, and surely he was once one of them. What our plucky FBI Agent, Sarah, hopes to get from him is anyone’s guess. Yet, the two push forward to take on the unstoppable force that is The White Suits.

The disjointed narrative and art style lend to the Prizrak’s plight. If that seems like a negative, it’s totally not. This is a book that seems to plunge itself into the depths of a broken man against insurmountable odds, who fears what he may have been. The mythical White Suits cut through the pages just like they do their enemies.

Cypress is a little more subdued than the debut issue. It helps to convey some forward momentum that the story needs. Outside of the action his wild style can rest on his fantastic character designs and helps the script push the exposition out while still remaining visually engaging.

The use of only black, white, and red really helps certain elements of his style pop. The darkness of this book speaks just as much as its white counterparts, and the hand drawn sound effects lend to a visceral and gritty feeling in the action scenes. There is something about the oblong character designs, with the long limbs, the extended angles and the hard backgrounds that is irresistible.

Things actually end up moving extremely quickly in the later half of the issue. Barbiere wastes no time attempting to payoff the plot points he sets up only pages ago, and he does so in a pulse pounding race to the final page. When you finally get to the end, you’ll feel like you hit a wall and were forced to stop dead. You’ll want to keep flipping but there is no more fun to be had this month.

There really isn’t anything quite like “The White Suits” out there today. It is wholly unique and reading it provides a dynamically different experience than most comics. It’s wild, sketchy, and completely untethered. Yet, its moved along with brisk dialogue and larger than life criminal violence that never lets you catch your breath. You’ll still be trying to piece it all together by the time the last page hits but the mysteries brought on by the bigger picture should have you coming back next month.

Rating: 4/5 Skulls

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