Kevin Smith Torturing Fans With the Return of Justin Long as a Walrus In ‘Moose Jaws’

bloody disgusting - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 11:17

One thing is for sure, Kevin Smith is doing whatever the fuck he wants. And that’s pretty cool. And if financiers want to throw money at him to torture his fans, that’s their decision, not mine.

But, hey, we want more original films, right? The good news is that Smith’s Yoga Hosers (read our review) is getting a much better reception than Tusk.

But the podcast from hell (that inspired Tusk) continues forth with Moose Jaws, Smith’s final film in his planned trilogy spoofing logic and reasoning.

Tusk sent Justin Long into the Canadian outback where Michael Parks kidnapped him and surgically transformed him into a walrus. Within the film, Long’s character enters a convenience store where he meets two clerks — played by Smith’s and Depp’s daughters, Harley Quinn Smith and Lily-Rose Depp. Their characters have been spun off into Yoga Hosers, which premiered this past weekend at the Sundance Film Festival.

But it all comes full circle in Moose Jaws, which is about a giant, man-eating moose terrorizing a summer camp in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.

Smith spoke about the film during a Sundance panel hosted by Deadline where he revealed many cast members, which include Harley Morenstein as a camp counselor, Tusk‘s Genesis Rodriguez as Ally Leon, Harley Quinn Smith and Lily-Rose Depp returns as the Colleens, with Johnny Depp playing Guy Lapointe.

The biggest surprise, though is that Jason Mewes and Smith are going to star as Jay and Silent Bob, which will be their first on-screen appearance since Clerks II.

But here’s where is all comes together. Smith says in the below video that Justin Long will be brought in to fight the killer moose…as his creepy, haunting and nerve-racking walrus form.

While it will stick to the beats of Jaws, the third act will take cues from Godzilla, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn, and Return of the Jedi.

While I hate Smith’s Tusk, I am curious to see Yoga Hosers. He’s tonally all over the place and seems incapable of zeroing in on anything anymore, which make his films a complete crapshoot. Again, at least Smith is doing what makes him happy and we can’t shame him for that. For me, I just want to be entertained…and the idea of a walrus-human hybrid battling a monster moose sounds right up my alley. I just don’t ever want to be tortured by anything as cinematically poison as Tusk was.

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10 Horror Films Released in January That Were Actually Good!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 11:01

As many of you may know, January is typically the dumping ground for horror films. Typically a slower month for the box office with the exception of the Oscar nominees that get an extra push, studios take January as their opportunity to get rid of some lesser-quality films for a quick buck. This is especially true for any studio that has a horror film collecting dust on the shelf. Films like The Devil Inside, Devil’s Due and many others get released in this awful month for horror-thirsty moviegoers to spend their money on. This January has already seen the release of the sub-par The Forest and the perfectly average The Boy, but it’s not alway bad! Sometimes (rarely), a good horror movie gets released in January. Here are 10 well-regarded horror films that had the misfortune of seeing a January release.

***SPOILERS for some of the films to follow***

The Stepfather (January 23, 1987)

It’s hard to believe that this cult classic was released in January, and almost 30 years ago! Terry O’Quinn gives a career-defining performance as the titular parent, who is actually a serial killer who moves from family to family and changes his identity after murdering each one. It may be possible that January wasn’t known as the “Dump Month” in 1987, and this film would be a prime example why.

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‘Ava’s Possessions’ Brings a ‘Hellraiser’ Vibe to VOD

bloody disgusting - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 10:55

From Jordan Galland, the director of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead, Ava’s Possessions finds “Ava recovering from demonic possession. With no memory of the past month, she is forced to attend a Spirit Possessions Anonymous support group. As Ava struggles to reconnect with her friends, get her job back, and figure out where the huge blood stain in her apartment came from, she is plagued by nightmarish visions–the demon is trying to come back.

After premiering at last year’s SXSW Film Festival, Momentum Pictures will release on VOD on March 4th.

Check out the trailer that unleashes a demon (seemingly inspired by Hellraiser).

Ava’s Possessions is written and directed by Jordan Galland. It stars Krause, Jemima Kirke (HBO’s Girls), Carol Kane (Netflix’s The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), and Alysia Reiner and Deborah Rush (both of Netflix’s Orange is the New Black), alongside horror favorites Whitney Able (All the Boys Love Mandy Lane), William Sadler (Tales from the Crypt presents Demon Knight), Lou Taylor Pucci (The Evil Dead), and Dan Fogler (NBC’s Hannibal).

In addition, a viral campaign was launched.

For the last thirty years, Spirit Possession Anonymous has become the most reliable rehabilitation organization for anyone suffering from otherworldly ailments. In 1982, when SPA was established, little was known about what happens after a successful exorcism or how to help victims re-integrate into daily life – or how to prevent repossession.

In their studies, the founders of SPA discovered that by confronting people they’d harmed during the time they were possessed, owning up to the damage they’d caused, and by sharing these experiences, survivors of possession could help themselves and other suffering victims make a full recovery and – even more importantly – prevent it from happening again.

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‘Penny Dreadful’ Teasers Touched By Satan… and Dr. Jekyll

bloody disgusting - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 10:50

When evil spreads, dread comes for all of us.

Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful” returns Sunday, May 1st at 10PM ET/PT!

An erotically-charged, profoundly unsettling new saga, ‘Penny Dreadful’ completely reinvents literature’s most iconic and terrifying characters. Dorian Gray, Victor Frankenstein and timeless figures from Dracula join a core of original characters in a dark and brutal quest to save a soul — even as they grapple with their own monstrous temptations.

Starring Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton and Eva Green.

There’s all sorts of surprises in store for season 3. Just take a look at this casting for example; Dr. Henry Jekyll has arrived – and he’s teased in these new promos!

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‘Bates Motel’ Poster Begins Transformation

bloody disgusting - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 10:34

She wouldn’t’ even harm a fly.

On Monday, March 7th, at 9PM ET/PT, A&E Network presents the season four return of the critically acclaimed drama “Bates Motel,” starring Vera Farmiga in her Emmy-nominated role as “Norma Bates” alongside the brilliant Freddie Highmore as “Norman.”

From writers and executive producers Kerry Ehrin (“Friday Night Lights,” “Parenthood”) and Carlton Cuse (“Lost, “The Strain”), this season will showcase Norman’s deranged descent into madness. The teaser poster leads us to believe Norman’s transformation has begun, which makes a lot of sense considering they’re also teasing the infamous shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.

“Bates Motel,” a contemporary prequel to the genre-defining film Psycho, will return with ten new episodes that further reveal Norman’s continued downward spiral and the effect it has on the family. This season Norma becomes increasingly fearful and desperate, going to great lengths to find Norman the professional help he needs. This further complicates their once unbreakable trust while Norman struggles to maintain his grip on reality. Sheriff Romero (Nestor Carbonell) once again finds himself drawn back into Norma and Norman’s lives. Will things finally heat up between Norma and the other man in her life, Sheriff Romero, and just how much further will he go to protect her?

“Bates Motel” is produced by Universal Television for A&E Network. Kerry Ehrin and Carlton Cuse serve as executive producers for Cuse Productions and Kerry Ehrin Productions. Tucker Gates and Vera Farmiga also serve as executive producers on the series.

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‘Salem’ Season 3 Poster is the GOAT

bloody disgusting - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 10:28

Pun most definitely intended, although this is a pretty damn cool one-sheet.

Production on the third season of WGN America’s hit supernatural thriller “Salem”, produced by Fox 21 Television Studios, began this week in Shreveport, LA.

Continuing its bloody, sexy and fantastical reimagining of Colonial America, “Salem’s” third season dawns with the triumph of the witches’ plan to remake the New World by bringing the devil to earth and making Salem his capital. But the devil is a liar, and instead of a New World free from murderous Puritan hypocrisy, his own plan will bring nothing but death and slavery with the ultimate aim of leading humanity to destroy itself. And there’s only one person on earth who can beat the devil — the very witch that birthed him, his mother, Mary Sibley. The only problem is—she’s dead. Or is she?

“Salem” stars Janet Montgomery (“Human Target,” “Made in Jersey”) as Mary Sibley, Shane West (“Nikita,” “ER”) as Captain John Alden, Seth Gabel (“Arrow,” “Fringe”) as Cotton Mather, Ashley Madekwe (“Revenge”) as Tituba, Tamzin Merchant (“Jane Eyre”) as Anne Hale, Elise Eberle (“The Astronaut Farmer”) as Mercy Lewis, Iddo Goldberg (“Mob City”) as Isaac Walton, Joe Doyle (“Raw”) as Baron Sebastian Marburg and Oliver Bell (“The Saint”) as Mary’s son.

Marilyn Manson will portray “Thomas Dinley,” a barber and surgeon who is the go-to man in Salem, from a shave and a haircut to being leeched, bled, sliced open or sewn up.

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‘Villainous’ Teaser Trailer Rants and Raves

bloody disgusting - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 10:19

David Lynch’s Surveillance producer Kent Harper has made his directorial debut with the dark, gritty American vampire story, Villainous, which now has a rant-y teaser trailer..

In the film, “A vampire restrains himself from prior habitual addictions, leading to break down and chaos. As he’s attempting to change and trying to stop killing, the pressure becomes unbearable leading to mayhem.

Kent Harper also co-wrote (with Jennifer Lynch) and produced the film Surveillance with David Lynch (Mulholland Drive, Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks).

Harper produces Villainous with Jade Altman & Dexter Wandel. Executive Producers are Andy Reins, Jeremy Swan, Chris Finefrock, Patricia Altman, Griffin Cooper, Edward J. Williams, Joe Kirwan. Production companies are Film Star Pictures (Surveillance) & Vicious Idol Pictures.

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Enter ‘The Hallow’ On Home Video (Images)

bloody disgusting - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 10:10

The Sundance Film Festival hit The Hallow is set to hit home video here in the States on April 5th through SHout Factory. But before it gets a release here, the UK will put it on VOD March 7th with a DVD date set for March 21st.

The Hallow, which we reviewed and loved, is directed by Corin Hardy, who is on the plate for The Crow if it ever gets off the ground.

We also have the official U.S. trailer and new images for the film that is said to be inspired by The Thing and Evil Dead. It looks both haunting and creepy, with some seriously dense and chilling cinematography.

Deep within the darkness of secluded forest land in rural Ireland dwells an ancient evil. Feared by the nearby superstitious villagers as cursed creatures who prey upon the lost, their secrets have been kept from civilization and remain on their hallowed ground. But when a conservationist from London moves in with his wife and infant child in order to survey the land for future construction, his actions unwittingly disturb the horde of demonic forces. Alone in a remote wilderness, he must now ensure his family’s survival from their relentless attacks.

Here’s some hype that came attached with the synopsis:

With his feature debut, acclaimed visual stylist Corin Hardy displays an innate talent for the macabre, approaching the medium with a cocksure confidence in his construction of the modern horror fable. Relying upon a precise and layered technical elegance, ‘The Hallow’ seethes with an uncommonly sophisticated terror that uncoils effortlessly into an atmosphere of disquieting intensity and primal dread.

The film stars Joseph Mawle, Bojana Novakovic, Michael McElhatton and Michael Smiley.

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Alpine Zombie Flick ‘Attack of the Lederhosenzombies’ Infects EFM (Trailer)

bloody disgusting - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 09:51

Get ready for zombie action in the Alps in Dominik Hartl’s Attack of the Lederhosenzombies, where a group of young snowboarder is stuck in a remote mountain ski resort, where an all-night aprés-ski party soon turns into a hellish nightmare of zombie mayhem.

Gabriela Marcinková, Laurie Calvert, and Margarete Tiesel star in the film, which is heading to the EFM in Berlin.

In the film, “When a pro snowboarding dude takes a practical joke too far, he loses a lucrative commission, his girlfriend, his job and everyone’s respect. Winning any of these things back would be eas- ier if he and his friends weren’t marooned in a high-alpine ski-tavern surrounded by drunken revellers celebrating the longest night of the year. When the revellers rapidly start turning into zombies, our hero is in serious danger of losing his sense of humour.

Check out the first image above, with two pieces of sales art and the trailer below, both courtesy of EastWest Distribution.

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[Review] ‘Monday at 11:01 A.M.’ Feels Familiar But Still Surprises

bloody disgusting - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 09:35

David-Lynch-style thrillers are definitely not for everyone, but they do have a certain atmospheric charm, regardless of what you think of the story-telling technique. However, by now, we’ve seen a lot of these same surrealistic ideas over and over again. Be it Donnie Darko or Lost Highway, there’s only so much you can do with dream-like filmmaking. In Monday at 11:01 AM, director Harvey Lowry attempts to create his own version of a surreal yet familiar world where nothing is what it seems.

The film stars Charles Agron, who also happens to be the screenwriter, as Michael, a wealthy man travelling with his beautiful girlfriend, Jenny, played by Lauren Shaw. The couple decides to stay for the night in a secluded town and end up getting a room in a mysterious hotel. The next day, however, an accident closes off the town’s only exit, and Michael soon realizes that there is something sinister going on in this quiet town.

The premise here is as familiar to us viewers as the creepy hotel is to the characters in the film, but it still works. The atmosphere and mood are extremely well constructed, aided by a subtle yet effective soundtrack that suggests that there is an evil force bubbling just beneath the town’s seemingly peaceful surface. To be honest, I’m a sucker for stories even slightly similar to Silent Hill and Twin Peaks, so I was hooked to Monday at 11:01 AM from the very beginning.

Lowry’s direction is actually good enough to make you forget the many clues present throughout the film, so that what should have been a predictable ending becomes a welcome surprise, despite having been seen in various other movies in the past. The acting, on the other hand, felt a tiny bit off during most of the movie, especially when Agron’s character is agitated. Although, considering the subject matter, that actually does contribute to the overall dreamy vibe. Both Lance Henriksen and Brianna Evigan also have brief but memorable roles, but are sadly underused.

Again, the film isn’t terribly original, but it’s obvious that both Harvey and Charles did their homework concerning this type of story, so it’s hard to lose interest. From strange satanic cults to doors that seem out of place, there’s always some element that catches your attention, even if only for a little while. If the film had more of these moments, and if the ending had been a little bit less obvious, Monday at 11:01 AM could have been a true classic.

Naturally, No one here will be replacing David Lynch any time soon, but this film is a welcome addition to the sub-genre. At times I was actually reminded of of Tony Krantz’s Sublime (another moody film that I like much more than I should), though Monday is obviously the superior picture. In any case, if you feel like watching something mysterious with more atmosphere than gore, give this one a shot.

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Kane Hodder Injured During ‘Friday the 13th: The Game’ Mocap Session

bloody disgusting - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 03:01

In the unholy trinity of immortal horror movie icons that more or less defined the genre in the 80s, Jason Voorhees may frighten me the most. He’s the unstoppable force and the immovable object, whereas Michael is mostly the former, and he shares Freddy’s talent for creative kills without having to rely on any of those fantastical dream powers.

Of the numerous actors that have contributed to his epic legacy, Kane Hodder was the first to bring a personality to his physicality. It’s his involvement — and special make-up effects creator Tom Savini — that will guarantee the Jason we see in Friday the 13th: The Game will be the real thing.

All Hodder needs to do is make it through mocap.

That photo was taken after a recent motion capture session left Hodder with a bruised tricep that looks gnarly even by stuntman standards. He’s healing just fine, according to a post on the game’s Facebook page that doesn’t mention which of the Big J.V.’s trademark kills Kane was recording when it happened, unfortunately. Did Jason kill anyone with his tricep?

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‘Visage’ Wants to Show You “True Terror”

bloody disgusting - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 23:31

Move over Allison Road, there’s a wicked new P.T. successor coming our way and it knows how to make a lasting first impression. SadSquare Studio has launched the Kickstarter campaign for their promising new first-person horror game Visage, which they’ve paired with twelve minutes of footage to give us a taste of its slow-burn terror and shit-out-your-spine jump scares.

Set inside a centuries-old house that’s spent an alarming portion of its existence as an active crime scene, Visage promises to “mess with your mind in such a believably realistic house that when you stop playing, you’ll probably fear your own peaceful house.”

Your main objective over the course of the game’s 6-8 hour single-player campaign is to investigate what is very obviously an ancient and unknowable evil that’s spent hundreds of years killing people. The horror doesn’t seem to be confined to the aforementioned murder manor, as it will “take you to places so twisted that you’ll feel like coming back to the house is actually a good idea.”

A totally doable $24,550 is what SadSquare is looking to raise on Kickstarter so they can release the game on PC in early January 2017. For $45,000, they’ll also bring it to the PS4 and Xbox One, and another $5,000 will get us virtual reality support.

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Listen to a New Rob Zombie Song “Everyone is Fucking in a UFO”!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 22:01

Whenever Rob Zombie releases a new album, there’s a certain electric energy in the air. While some tracks leave a bit to be desired, I find that Zombie’s music is pretty damn consistent in that it’s driving, it’s energetic and it’s just sheer amounts of grindhouse sci-fi/horror fun!

His latest album The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser is coming out April 29th and to get people hyped he’s released a stream of the first single “Everyone is Fucking in a UFO”, which debuted on the Sirius XM channel Octane. You can listen to the track here.

Make sure to pre-order your copy of The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser via RobZombie.com.

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“American Horror Story” Eyes the Most Famous Internet Creepy Pasta For Sixth Season

bloody disgusting - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 19:53

After dealing with some of history’s most interesting and depraved characters and scenarios, “American Horror Story” is now potentially turning to stories created by the internet for its sixth season.

According to a US Weekly insider, Ryan Murphy and company are thinking that the show might benefit from the introduction of the infamous Creepy Pasta character Slender Man. The insider explains something interesting about this possibility, saying, “Someone else wrote the script, and AHS wants to adapt it to fit the show. They have to buy the rights. Then they’re going to figure out the cast from there.

Slender Man was created by Eric Knudsen in 2009. That character has since gone on to become a horror icon and appeared in several games as well as being the foundation in some upcoming films.

This is very much in the rumor stages, so let’s not jump to any conclusions. That being said, I think it could be really interesting to see how this would play out. The terror of Slender Man is not only that he can pop up out of nowhere, it’s that he makes his presence known in advance so as to heighten the anxiety and tension. After all, the fear of the known is worse than the fear of the unknown…right?

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[Sundance Review] ‘Antibirth’ is Gross as Hell!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 19:24

Antibirth is a good old body horror movie. It’s got the suggestion of pregnancy, so you’re dealing with the undertones of a woman’s mixed feelings about her own capacity to give life, but if you don’t want to go there it’s really just gross as hell.

Lou (Natasha Lyonne) starts getting sick and the symptoms suggest pregnancy, but she hasn’t been with a man in eight months. Yet her stomach starts growing and she can’t figure out what’s going on. Her friend Sadie (Chloe Sevigny) assumes she did get pregnant and isn’t telling, but a mysterious stranger (Meg Tilly) believes her.

There are plenty of nasty secretion coming out of Lyonne’s body and her belly begins to protrude to a ridiculous, surreal degree. She pops an extreme blister in the Sundance tradition of Stoker, which opened with Mia Wasikowska popping a blister. Lyonne wins because her blister covers a lot more of her foot than Wasikowksa, like a lot.

Lou isn’t the only one suffering from gory effects. There’s some good face splatter when others try to help. The end result is one hell of a climax. It looks like a practical suit with some CGI enhancements and it totally works.

There’s some visual uncertainty in writer/director Danny Perez’s presentation. Lou does all the drugs (pot, coke, pills) so she is possibly unreliable. Her nightmare visions culminate in plushies from a children’s restaurant (off brand Chuck-E-Cheese but definitely not Chuck-E-Chees) probing her. The dealer Gabriel (Marc Webber) is a significant character too, and some of his junkie harem have some completely unrelated body horror going on to complement Lou’s.

Antibirth is simple in genre terms. It knows body horror and does it well. The mythology it reveals is clever, but I don’t want to spoil it. Perez’s style keeps everything nasty, but it’s fun to go on the nasty ride with him and this cast.

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First Look at Thommy Hutson’s ‘The Id’ Creeps In!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 17:26

We have a first look at Thommy Hutson‘s The Id, which is set to premiere at The Hollywood Reel Independent Film Fest (get tickets here).

Produced by Thommy Hutson and Amityville: The Awakening‘s Daniel Farrands, the pic stars Amanda Wyss of A Nightmare on Elm Street, Better Off Dead and even Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

Meridith Lane is truly her father’s daughter. Doting, attentive, obedient. But after years spent confined together in a claustrophobic house, middle-aged Meridith’s relationship to her increasingly cruel and sadistic elderly father is veering toward disaster. When a figure from her past suddenly re-enters her life, Meridith is confronted with the harsh reality of her father’s monstrous nature. Deciding she must set herself free from his dominion, Meridith descends into a terrifying world of horrific visions, after one impulsive and irreversible act plunges her into a waking nightmare of her own making. And she is about to find out that, no matter what, the most important man in a girl’s life… is her father.

The Hollywood Reel Independent Film Fest will take place on Thursday, February 18th at 9:15pm at Regal LA LIVE Stadium 14 Cineplex 1000 West Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90015.

“I loved the challenge of bringing Meridith’s heartbreaking story to life because the whole process was a thrilling roller coaster of emotion and tension,” Amanda Wyss explained. “It was also a dream to work with Thommy on his directorial debut. The experience created a special bond between us that really made it possible to make this movie. It was incredible to tackle such a demanding role and be surrounded by a cast and crew who were so protective and giving. I am really proud of the film.”

Hutson added: “I was thrilled to be making my directorial debut with a project that has so many layers and interesting characters. I’m also very lucky that Amanda took the leap to play Meridith, a woman whose emotions run the gamut. She brought so much to the role and worked perfectly against Patrick [Peduto], who played her father. It’s really exciting to know people will be watching this story unfold and taking a journey with these characters. Every one of the cast and crew pulled together and worked so hard, on such a tight budget and schedule, to make it all happen.”

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‘Regression’: New Date For Cult Thriller From the Director of ‘The Others’!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 15:13

The Others director Alejandro Amenabar is back with a new chiller, Regression, which pits Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke (Before Midnight, Training Day) and Emma Watson (Noah, Harry Potter) against a Satanic cult.

Dimension Films will now release in limited theaters on February 5th.

The below U.S. trailer for Regression is way different than the international one, keeping the hooded figures a mystery (there’s a really brief, fuzzy shot of them) and saving them for a bigger reveal during the film’s release.

Minnesota, 1990. Detective Bruce Kenner (Ethan Hawke) investigates the case of young Angela (Emma Watson), who accuses her father, John Gray (David Dencik), of an unspeakable crime. When John unexpectedly and without recollection admits guilt, renowned psychologist Dr. Raines (David Thewlis) is brought in to help him relive his memories and what they discover unmasks a horrifying nationwide mystery.

David Thewlis (The Fifth Estate, Harry Potter), David Dencik (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo) , Dale Dickey (Winter´s Bone, True Blood), Lothaire Bluteau (The Tudors) and Devon Bostick (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) also star.

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5 Horror Authors and Their First Novels

bloody disgusting - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 15:00

Sometimes there’s nothing better than curling up with a good book. While ingesting movies and TV shows is easy, it doesn’t leave a whole lot to our imagination since the vast majority of visuals are given to us on a silver platter screen. But a book requires imagination. A book requires the reader to draw upon their own experiences and memories to create unique mental paintings to accentuate the words on the pages.

We don’t get to talk too much about books on Bloody-Disgusting so I feel it’s appropriate to once in a while bring up the medium to show that it’s something we not only approve of but also love wholeheartedly.

To that end, I wanted to do something a bit fun and take a look at five renowned horror authors and recognize their first published works. If you’ve read them, tell me your thoughts! Also, definitely let us know your favorite horror novel in the comments!

Michael Crichton – “Odds On”/”Andromeda Strain”

So, Michael Crichton might be a bit of an odd name on here as he’s not known primarily for his horror works. Rather, he’s most recognized for his thrillers, which mainly relied upon a medical foundation. After all, this was the guy that created “ER”, which was incredibly celebrated and acclaimed during its 15 season run.

However, don’t forget that Crichton is the man responsible for not only “Jurassic Park”, “Congo”, “Sphere”, and “The Lost World”, two of which produced massively successful films and the other two, well…let’s just pretend that those movies didn’t happen, shall we? So the man definitely has a strong grasp on horror.

Interestingly, Crichton’s first novel, 1966’s “Odds On”, was actually released under the pen name John Lange and was about an attempted robbery in Costa Brava in Spain.

His first actual novel under his own name was the 1969 virus thriller “The Andromeda Strain”, which was adapted into a film in 1971 as well as a miniseries in 2008. It was a best seller upon release and cemented Crichton as a writer to pay very close attention to.

Stephen King – “Carrie”

The modern master of horror himself, King’s first novel was 1974’s “Carrie”, which followed the growth of the repressed and bullied Carrie White as she realizes that she has telekinetic powers that grant her the ability to take revenge on those who have maligned her for years.

The book was turned into a movie in 1976 with Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie as well as a remake in 2013 with Chloë Grace Moretz. There was also a sequel to the original in 1999.

“Carrie” almost never happened, believe it or not. King wrote several pages but threw them out thinking them terrible. His wife found them and urged him to finish the novel, which he did. The rest, as they say, is history as the book went on to sell over a million copies in its first year of release.

Since then, King has released dozens of novels, scores of short stories, and his works have been adapted into countless films, TV shows, comics, and more.

Clive Barker – “The Damnation Game”

While Barker’s “Books of Blood” were written and released in 1984, “The Damnation Game” was the first full length novel that Barker published.

The novel follows Marty Strauss and the Faustian tale that he is drawn into. While Stephen King had already crowned Barker as “the future of horror” with the aforementioned “Books of Blood”, it was “The Damnation Game” that proved Barker could intertwine horror with fantasy, drama, and romance, creating novels that are an epic journey that should not be missed.

Dean Koontz – “Star Quest”

Another author that mixes additional elements into horror, such as fantasy, thrillers, and sci-fi, Koontz has written dozens of novels and scores of short stories, many of which have been adapted into film, such as Phantoms, Odd Thomas, Demon Seed, as well as others.

Koontz however first got his name out with the sci-fi novella “Star Quest”, which followed the rivalry between two warring interplanetary factions. The Wiki description talks about the rebel Tohm, who was, “…forcibly changed into a fearfully armored instrument of mechanical warfare—the man-tank Jumbo Ten“, which sounds pretty horrific. Definitely some body horror action going on there!

H.P. Lovecraft – “The Case of Charles Dexter Ward”

Oooh, boy. Lovecraft is a bit of a doozy. The man was most known for his short stories, of which there are many. In fact, that’s really where he got his start, beginning with 1917’s “The Tomb”, which wasn’t published for five years. His second short story is “Dagon”, which was turned into a fantastic and, in my opinion, underappreciated movie by Stuart Gordon.

After years of short stories, it wasn’t until 1927 that Lovecraft would write his first novella, “The Case of Charles Dexter Ward”, which followed the titular character as he investigates his mysterious and possibly supernatural lineage.

Lovecraft was apparently not too thrilled with the overall finished product, electing to not push too hard to get it published. As a result, it was only released after the author’s death.

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‘The Witch’ Clip Pushes Film’s Satanic Core

bloody disgusting - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 14:47

The trailer for Robert Eggers’ The Witch (read our review) is already one of the most nerve-racking in years. Now, the clips are starting to roll in and are really, really pushing in on the rattling quotes.

This one doesn’t show much, but it’s tense, and features the bold declaration by Rolling Stone: “Like an unnerving ‘Grimm’s’ fairy tale directed by Stanley Kubrick and tongue-kissed by Satan.” Holy shit, right?

The Witch opens to tremendous hype on February 19, 2016.

Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Ellie Grainger, and Lucas Dawson star in the film rated R “for disturbing violent content and graphic nudity.

“In this exquisitely made and terrifying new horror film, the age-old concepts of witchcraft, black magic and possession are innovatively brought together to tell the intimate and riveting story of one family’s frightful unraveling in the New England wilderness circa 1630.

New England, 1630. Upon threat of banishment by the church, an English farmer leaves his colonial plantation, relocating his wife and five children to a remote plot of land on the edge of an ominous forest — within which lurks an unknown evil. Strange and unsettling things begin to happen almost immediately — animals turn malevolent, crops fail, and one child disappears as another becomes seemingly possessed by an evil spirit. With suspicion and paranoia mounting, family members accuse teenage daughter Thomasin of witchcraft, charges she adamantly denies. As circumstances grow more treacherous, each family member’s faith, loyalty and love become tested in shocking and unforgettable ways.

Writer/director Robert Eggers’ debut feature, which premiered to great acclaim at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival — winning the Best Director Prize in the U.S. Narrative Competition — painstakingly recreates a God-fearing New England decades before the 1692 Salem witch trials, in which religious convictions tragically turned to mass hysteria. Told through the eyes of the adolescent Thomasin — in a star-making turn by newcomer Anya Taylor-Joy — and supported by mesmerizing camera work and a powerful musical score, THE WITCH is a chilling and groundbreaking new take on the genre.”

Visit the film’s official website for more.

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Deftones Tease New Music: Post Dates for Mini-Tour

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Deftones have posted a tease of a new track titled “Gore” via their official website as well as revealing tour dates for a short tour that will take place this March. While only six dates have been revealed (all taking place in the Southwest of the States), there is a lot of room in between the confirmed appearances to expand the tour.

Vocalist Chino Moreno spoke about the sound of the new album in an interview with BBC Radio 1’s “Rock Show” last Spring, saying:

I think it’s a little more of a heady record. I feel like we’ve gone into the songs and really dissected them. If something sounded a little straight, we took a left turn and made things a little screwy. We just tried something completely opposite, not to sabotage it, but to challenge ourselves and try new things that we haven’t done in the past.

“It definitely feels like we’ve taken a step from our last record. But it’s definitely a DEFTONES record, and it has all the elements that make us who we are. We’re not going out there to change anything, other than just thinking outside the box.

This new album, which will come out April 8th, will be the followup to 2012’s excellent Koi No Yokan.

Tour dates:
MAR 05 MUSINK FESTIVAL Costa Mesa, CA
MAR 16 NEVER SAY NEVER FESTIVAL Mission, TX
MAR 19 LONESTAR EVENTS CENTER San Antonio, TX
MAR 20 SOUTH SIDE BALLROOM Dallas, TX
MAR 22 REVENTION MUSIC CENTER Houston, TX
MAR 24 LONESTAR PAVILION Lubbock, TX

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