Just a few days ago, I was walking past my local theater and saw that they were showing It Follows (review), the indie horror film that has received near universal critical acclaim. Even as a writer for this site, I’ve managed to avoid any spoilers, trailers, or reviews for the film once I heard that it was something special and deserved to be seen. So I walked into the theater to see when the next showing would be and, fortuitously enough, I stumbled in exactly one minute before it was set to start. I bought a ticket, plopped my ass down in a rickety theater seat, and sat back for a film that received an insane amount of hype. And you know what? I loved it.
Goddamn, It Follows is fucking great. It’s legitimately scary, expertly crafted, and is extremely entertaining throughout. The acting is very believable and the story leaves enough to the imagination to make things haunting for hours after the credits roll. And perhaps the best part was that I never felt safe watching the film. At no point did I feel like the characters were in a safe, secure place, which made the tension all the more thick and the paranoia all the more real.
But one of the main standouts is the killer soundtrack courtesy of Disasterpeace (aka Rich Vreeland). It blew me away with its minimalist electronic horrorsynth vibes and even on its own possesses the power to unsettle me greatly, causing me to look over my shoulder and be wary of the dark.
I reached out to Disasterpeace and was fortunate enough to get in touch regarding an interview. You can check out our exclusive chat below!
BD: First of all, how’d you get attached to the film?
I scored a game called FEZ a few years ago. David loved the music and reached out to me via e-mail. Our initial discussions were straight-forward. We talked logistics and expressed our interest in working together. David touched base right before he started filming and then we fell out of touch for a year. When he came back to me, prepared to start scoring, I had a lot of work underway and did not have much time. I turned him down at first, but he could tell that I wanted to work on the film. After much discussion, I gave in to his persistence. I’m glad I did! We at first talked about exploring an aesthetic with guitars and other acoustic instruments. Over time, we realized that synths had the versatility we needed.
BD: Your music has been compared almost relentlessly and endlessly to John Carpenter. At what point does it stop being a compliment and become more a situation of, “Can’t my work stand on its own?”
Oh, I don’t really think about it too much. The reality is that we used John Carpenter as a reference for a few of the cues, so it makes sense. Outside of that though, my familiarity with his music is somewhat limited.
BD: Not to downplay the last question at all but as I listen to the music, I also very much heard other acts, such as Vangelis and Tangerine Dream, as potential influencers. Rather then ask if these influenced your music for the film, I’m much more curious as to what artists and bands actually drove you to pursue music.
As a teenager, my musical world revolved around guitar. Bands like Led Zeppelin, Tool, Rage Against the Machine, King Crimson and Yes really got me into writing music.
BD: There’s been a strong resurgence as of late for the whole “retrosynth” and “horrorsynth” musical style. What do you think has made it so appealing over the past few years?
Well, I do think the barrier to entry for making synth music is diminishing all the time. But for me, creating a synth-centered horror score just made a lot of sense, given my background and the limited amount of time we had. I’m always listening to new music but I never think deliberately about trends.
BD: What I found incredibly appealing about ‘It Follows’ was that it never pandered to the audience. It never had scenes that injected humor simply to alleviate the mood. The film maintained a constant and consistent sense of dread and terror, which was only amplified by your score. Did you feel that the lack of variety in mood restricted you and what you could offer or did it have the opposite effect?
I think there is subtle humor throughout the film, even in some of the darker segments. But I would imagine that the sense of the dread and terror is a bit minimized on me, because I helped create those feelings. I tend to focus on the characters, which I think is where most of the humor in the film comes from. Yara is an oddball and Paul is a bit desperate and I found them both entertaining. The pervy neighbor also deserves a mention.
BD: The film takes place in the Detroit area, which can go from beautiful suburbs to decaying landscapes. It’s also, in many places, basically a ghost town, with entire neighborhoods abandoned. Many times, when listening to the score, it sounded like the plaintive howls of ghosts, begging to be heard, as though the music was the voice of these ghost towns, the cry of the forgotten. Did Detroit itself influence the music?
Detroit certainly has a unique feeling to it, and I think that comes across in many of the film’s shots. For this film I worked in a fairly intuitive, unspoken way. Many things influenced my decisions, but it was all based on feelings and senses. I never set out to deliberately do something that was “Detroit”, but to me the film just oozes that locale, and things that ooze out of the screen will certainly seep into my work.
BD: The film has seen some absolutely unbelievable critical acclaim and that word of mouth has led to a fantastic response at the box office. Did you anticipate that the film would resound so strongly with the horror audience?
I had no idea to be honest. We were hoping for the best and I think things have truly exceeded our wildest expectations. This is my first feature film and I’ve never been much of a horror fan so this whole experience has been quite surprising for me.
BD: Speaking of the film’s success, your score is considered one of the highlights of the film. What does this kind of recognition mean to you?
It means a lot! People have told me that the music moves them, frightens them … To hear of such visceral reaction from listeners is pretty satisfying.
BD: Many composers leap at the chance to compose for a horror film, saying that it gives them a creative freedom that they rarely achieve in other genres. What do you think of this idea?
I totally agree! Scoring horror is a ton of fun. I had no idea what I was doing, to be perfectly honest. I just went with my gut feelings on things. I tried to make the cues as brazen and wild as I could.
BD: The notion of a shapeshifting entity that follows a person everywhere they go, regardless of how long it takes to get there, was really terrifying for me. If you found yourself in the same position as Jay, what kinds of shapes do you think would haunt you?
I’m sure for me it would be something a bit bigger, a bit uglier than the entities in the film. I try not to think about it too much though! Haha.
Infographics are a hot commodity because they mean instant hits, which means everyone is making them. And while some are graphically cool, the research is flawed or rushed, making it basically something pretty to look at and go “I like that too!”
Well, not MorbidMalignant – no, no, no.
He went back and revisited all five seasons of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” to create this absolutely bonkers infographic detailing, well, everything.
“Back in December after The Walking Dead’s mid-season finale, I decided to begin rewatching the series from the beginning and I wanted to take notes on a few things. So, I did.. and I kept track and continued updating my notes up until the Season 5 finale and after that was over, I updated them one last time.
After that, I made a series of infrographs covering just about anything you could ever think of from characters with the most human kills to characters with the most walker kills.. individual graphs for most of the main characters in the series, who gets the most kills in each season and if you can believe it, even more.”
Check them all out below! What do you guys think?!
In the ongoing battle to spoil entertainment before it’s even close to being released, someone has taken scans of DC Comics’ upcoming free comic book day title, Divergence, spoiling the identity of the new Batman. This new Batman will exist in the post convergence universe, and have a story that takes place after the current arc “Endgame.” Bleeding Cool posted a wealth of details regarding the leak, and excitement now seems to be at an all time high.
So if you don’t want to know who takes over the mantle of Batman, stop reading now. SPOILERS AHEAD.
So first let’s talk about what is immediately noticeable about this new build. There’s one red, and one blue light on the back of this robot suit thing. It’s holding a smoking gun, something we know Batman isn’t a big fan of.
The new Batman is none other than Detective James Gordon. In the issue he’s sporting a shaved mohawk, no mustache, and spouts negative criticism about the idea right away. Saying “I’d like to go on record as saying this is the dumbest idea in the history of Gotham City.” Which of course isn’t correct. This is a great idea, and fantastic way to contribute an undying legacy to the Batman storyline that’s sure to sell trades and be talked about for a long time to come.
There were clear signs that this Batman was a more police focused unit from the start, but it didn’t really come together until the revelation that Jim Gordon is in this suit. Just what this means for Bruce Wayne remains to be seen, but it can’t be good.
This idea is bonkers, but it just might work. Snyder has had a certain affinity for Gordon since he took over the series in the New 52. He’s a very different type of man than Bruce Wayne, and how this will manifest itself in his time as Batman will make for good if not great storytelling.
I became a huge fan of Onur Tukel after seeing his hilarious micro-indie vampire flick, Summer of Blood (review).
He’s back again with a new horror film, Applesauce, which will have its World Premiere at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival.
We have the first clip from the film, featuring Tukel and Trick ‘r Treat‘s Dylan Baker, which shows his comedic roots blossoming once again. We never get to hear his horrifying story, although it plays an intricate part to the film’s plot.
“After he confesses the worst thing he’s ever done to a radio talk show host, Ron Welz’s past starts catching up to him and someone starts sending him body parts. Who is tormenting him? There are eight million people in New York City, and everyone’s a suspect.”
Teases the clip’s description: “Take dark comedy, mix it with noir, add a dash of horror and stir in some melodrama, and you have the recipe for one of the most original and unusual movies of the year.”
Trieste Kelly Dunn, Max Casella, and Jennifer Prediger also star.
The highly anticipated Mortal Kombat X arrives today from WB Games and Netherrealm Studios and in the weeks leading up to release DC Comics has published a prequel comic. The prequel is something filled with the guts and glory you know and love from the video games, but has a little more backstory to spare. Bloody-Disgusting recently sat down with comic series writer, Shawn Kittelsen to discuss what it’s like entering into Mortal Kombat.
The first kollection of Kittlesen’s story hits today April 14th as “Mortal Kombat X: Blood Ties.”
Bloody-Disgusting: What’s it like to play in the many realms of “Mortal Kombat?” Were you restricted in any way from telling the story you wanted to tell? What was the most interesting thing you learned about the many realms in your research for writing this book?
Shawn Kittelsen: It’s a lot of fun to play in the Mortal Kombat sandbox! The only restriction I had was to stay compatible with the MK9 and MKX, and I would consider that more of a guideline than a restriction. Blank pages are intimidating, so any kind of boundaries or waypoints are comforting. I could treat the games as a springboard to launch into some really cool stories, like Kotal Kahn’s origin or Cassie Cage looking for thrills at an underground MMA match.
I did a ton of research, and I guess what’s most interesting to me is that so much of the information was a refresher. I’ve played all the games through the years, but I hadn’t really thought about Deadly Alliance or Deception in a long, long time. So coming back to that now was like showing up at a Mortal Kombat reunion and seeing all these old friends who’d been relegated to some shadowy corner of my memory. Characters like Mavado. I used to LOVE Mavado.
Bloody-Disgusting: Previous to the last Mortal Kombat game story was almost irrelevant and now the increasingly complex dynamic of the characters drives the bulk of the story, which rivalry do you find the most interesting, and which of the new characters was your favorite to explore?
SK: Favorites to explore, I’m really torn between Kotal, Cassie, and Takeda. They’re all realized enough in my mind to carry their own solo series. But the rivalry that most interests me, in the comics at least, is between Kotal Kahn and Sonya Blade. He’s the Emperor of Outworld and she’s commanding Earthrealm’s defense for Special Forces. They’ve just been through this horrible Netherrealm War that nearly wiped out Earthrealm, and it’s supposed to be a period of renewed peace, but a lot like Europe between the Great War and World War II, there’s tension everywhere. Kotal has to defend his throne and Sonya is deeply insecure about Earthrealm’s safety, and since the two of them are connected to every other character in the story, their personal issues have far-reaching impact.
Another rivalry that I’ve really enjoyed developing is between Hanzo Hasashi and Raiden. Hanzo’s been traumatized by enough tragedy and lies to fill a Russian novel. Raiden is supposed to protect Earthrealm, but more often than not, he screws that up at the cost of human lives, especially after MK9. And because Hanzo’s seen so much death and sorrow already, he has very little tolerance for Raiden’s missteps. Every scene with them is charged with Hanzo’s resentment and Raiden desperate need for redemption.
Bloody-Disgusting: Most of the comic seems concerned with redeeming Scorpion for his past mistakes, what was it like to explore this character, and what ultimately makes him worth redemption?
SK: Exploring his character is a big responsibility. Here’s this iconic character who’s been around for decades, and this is the first time we get to pull back the curtain and find out if there’s a conscience behind his white eyes. And I think if you asked Hanzo himself what makes him worthy of redemption, he’d tell you he’s NOT worthy. There is no redemption for the things he’s done. And in spite of that, he gets up every morning and tries to do some good in the world. He’s not looking for someone to absolve him of his sins or forgive him because that would be selfish, it’s another form of pity and he’s spent enough time pitying himself. He knows he’s made mistakes but he’s not going to let himself be defined by those past failures anymore. That’s a powerful and empowering message: Seeking forgiveness is less important than just doing the right thing.
Bloody-Disgusting: The book utilizes the talents of many artists, how did you reference your fights scenes and what was the most brutal death you envisioned on the page, and how did the artist make it better?
SK: Whenever there’s an especially action-packed panel, my descriptions switch to ALL CAPS SO YOU KNOW I MEAN BUSINESS. We’ve got some epic brutality coming up in the chapters yet to come, but the first emotionally and viscerally brutal death was Takeda’s first kill at the end of Chapter 3. Dexter Soy put so much detail and nuance into that page, and the horror that you see on Takeda’s face at what he’s been forced to do feels 100% authentic. All of our artists have gone all out to deliver on the brutality factor, adding in those giblets that Mortal Kombat is known for, and colorist Veronica Gandini has gotten used to me asking, “Could we add a little more blood?” to those scenes. It’s what fans expect. They want MK to be bloody disgusting, pun intended.
Bloody-Disgusting: Kotal Kahn really takes a spotlight in these early issues, what was it like to carve out a new piece of the Mortal Kombat mythology on your own? And how did you embody the sheer vulnerability of Kotal’s character?
SK: Setting the stage for Kotal Kahn’s debut in MKX Story Mode was a huge honor. The comics have the advantage of allowing us to focus on the characters and their emotions in a way that there’s just not enough time for in the game, but the groundwork was all there in the earliest concept art and scripts that I got from NetherRealm Studios. They created this barbarian who drinks the blood of his conquered enemies but at the same time lives by a strict code of honor. That code is why Kotal didn’t overthrow Mileena in some macho power play; he overthrew her out of genuine concern for the safety and well being of Outworld and its citizens. And his vulnerability comes from that concern. Unlike Shao Kahn, who happily spent lives like a billionaire spends dollars, Kotal cares about people. It’s not what you expect from a character that looks so outwardly savage. Once I reached that understanding of him, he jumped to the top of the list as one of my all-time favorite MK characters.
Bloody-Disgusting: What is the blood magic that drives most of the story? And will we find out more about it once the game hits?
SK: The blood magik — I like to spell it with the K for impakt — is an element that’s specific to the books, but as readers find out in Chapters 11 and 12, the reason that blood magik is important is driven by in-game events, specifically the Netherrealm War and the revenge of Shinnok. As the comics continue, you’ll find out more about how the blood magik works and see its use culminate in a spectacularly bloody finale. The fallout from that will have a lasting effect on our main characters and set them on the path that leads directly into the events of the game, with sudden twists and shocking turns and stunning surprises along the way.
We scored a really bizarre exclusive clip from The Resurrection of a Bastard, which is now on VOD through Syndicado.
The pic is said to be a richly complex, beautifully executed character piece adapted from his own graphic novel by first time writer-director Guido van Driel.
“Ronnie is a bastard. And not just any bastard. Ronnie is an exceptional bastard. The hardest of the hard men, a gleefully heartless collector of debts and dispenser of violence whose world comes crashing down around him when a taste of his own violence splashes back upon himself. The near-death experience leaves Ronnie questioning the meaning and value of his life up until that point. But not so much that he doesn’t want revenge on the person who left him near-dead.”
The Resurrection of a Bastard stars Yorick van Wageningen.
If you’ve ever found yourself watching some stuffy costume drama or family-friendly adventure movie and thought to yourself, gee, this film sure could use a few more disembowelments, then B-D’s list of “Ten Most Memorably Gory Moments in Non-Horror Movies” is just the ticket for you. It was a shockingly easy lineup to compile, what with the plethora of gruesome war movies and martial arts extravaganzas (not to mention one notorious religious epic) to choose from, and as such narrowing it down to a mere ten picks was no easy task. And while there’s admittedly much more where the following batch of (surprisingly quite mainstream) blood-and-viscera-laced entries came from (perhaps a Part 2 is in order?), this list is a good starting point for any hardcore horror fan looking to expand their gore-loving horizons into other genres.
While scenes of gory mayhem are most often associated with films in the horror genre, the truth is that some of the most gruesome bits in movie history are featured in films that can’t rightly be classified as such. War epics, martial arts movies, adventure flicks, slapstick comedies, and even religious parables have all been known to linger on the morbid details of on-screen deaths, and given this fact Mr. Disgusting thought it would be fun to compile a list of ten of the most memorable gore scenes not associated with the horror genre. While I was more than happy to take on the challenge, I should note that the gags I ended up selecting aren’t necessarily the goriest of all possible choices; if that were the case the list probably would’ve been quite a bit different. What I’ve attempted to highlight here, rather, are those grisly scenes that, regardless of the actual volume of blood shown onscreen, truly stick in the mind long after you’ve left the theater.
Note: I’ve listed the scenes in alphabetical order because the artistic intent behind each of them varies wildly – some seek to elicit laughter, others disgust, others adrenaline, etc. As such, I didn’t feel it was appropriate to rank them on a relative scale.
Set to World Premiere at the upcoming Stanley Film Festival (full lineup here) is Sun Choke, which stars “Freaks and Geeks” fav Sarah Hagan, You’re Next‘s Barbara Crampton and Sara Malakul Lane.
This morning the first trailer has been revealed for the Ben Cresciman-directed psychological thriller that screens Saturday May 2 in Estes Park, CO. It looks phenomenal. In it, Hagan appears to be the product of an overprotective parent, Crampton, who turns out not to be her biological mother. When Hagan’s character is granted access to the outside world, things appear to spin out of control. Don’t get too close to the sun, they say…
Here’s what it’s actually about:
“Janie’s just trying to get well. As she recovers from a violent psychotic break, she’s subjected each day to a bizarre holistic health and wellness regimen designed, and enforced, by her lifelong nanny and caretaker. But when she develops an obsession with a stranger, Janie’s buried demons begin to surface.”
“So much of horror takes place in darkness,” said Cresciman to THR. “I bring that kind of story into the sunlight.”
Yesterday we shared this insanely spoiler-heavy trailer for Terminator Genisys, in theaters July 1, 2015.
Next up is a series of official images from the sequel directed by Alan Taylor (Thor: Dark World).
“When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future…”
The screenplay is by Laeta Kalorgridis (Avatar) & Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry). The film also stars J. K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi, Matt Smith, Courtney B. Vance and Byung-Hun Lee.
Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with metalcore group Now And On Earth to bring you the exclusive music video premiere for “Your Number Is Up”! The video shows us an obsessed man who can’t tell the difference between fantasy and reality. The song comes from their debut full length Blacked Out, which is out today! You can order the album via their Kings Road Merch webstore here. The band is currently getting ready for their first tour, check back here for future updates. Enjoy!
“In Here…Everything Gets You Killed.”
Bloody has landed the full teaser trailer and one-sheet for the psychological horror thriller Circle, written and directed by Aaron Hann and Mario Miscione.
Described as “an intense real-time thriller which uniquely examines humanity under the worst possible circumstances”, Circle stars Saw V and “Dexter’s” Julie Benz, The Collection‘s Michael Nardelli and Autumn Federici.
“In a massive, mysterious chamber, fifty strangers awaken to find themselves trapped with no memory of how they got there. Organized in an inward-facing circle and unable to move, they quickly learn that every two minutes one of them must die… executed by a strange device in the center of the room. At first the attacks seem random, but soon the strangers realize that they, as a group, have the power to decide who will be the next to be killed. A vote. A chance to control the machine. But how can they choose who deserves to die? And what happens when there is only one person left?”
Circle was inspired by 12 Angry Men and “The Twilight Zone”.
Director Eric Courtney and screenwriter Martin Robinson (Seer) breathe new life – and death – into the found-footage horror genre with An Irish Exorcism, on DVD and Video-On-Demand on May 12th from Virgil Films.
“Newcomer Aislinn Ni Uallachain stars as Lorraine, an anthropology student in her final year of college who decides to film her thesis project – on the subject of exorcism within the Catholic Church. Recording interviews with priests from the local diocese, she stumbles upon Father Byrne (Brian Fortune, Game of Thrones, Vikings), an older priest who is helping a young woman whose 13-year-old daughter is apparently possessed by a demonic force. Lorraine’s curiosity leads her and her camera operator, Cathal (Dillon White), down a dark path toward the terrifying truth. Things go from strange to worse as all involved become entangled into a frightful journey to save an innocent girl’s life – and maybe their own.”
“Ireland’s identity as being a country steeped in Catholicism and religion made it the ideal setting for a story about exorcism,” Courtney says of the film’s genesis.
An Irish Exorcism, which also stars Paddy C. Courtney (of the original British series “Shameless”), Elaine Hearty and Anna Davis.
UK sales outfit SC Films has boarded international sales rights to completed US horror-comedy Demon Hole, reports ScreenDaily.
“Demon Hole charts the fallout after a fracking crew drills a hole on sacred Native American land unleashing an ancient demon, which then terrorizes six teens serving community service in a remote forest.”
The cast includes Samantha Scaffidi, Austin Ramsey, Paris Campbell, Summer Bills and Adrian Denzel.
“The current crop of horror movies has gotten too severe and grim. While scary, they’re also depressing,” says Crook, who I completely agree with. “Taking influence from John Hughes as much as it does John Carpenter and Wes Craven, Demon Hole brings the vibe of the 1980s back and invites the audience to enjoy the ride.”
Writer-director is Josh Crook, producer is Lori Crook and exec producer is Allen Bain, producer of Rachid Bouchareb’s Just Like a Woman and 2014 US action feature Revenge of the Green Dragons.
US director Crook’s 2006 short, “Salvage”, premiered at Sundance while action-thriller La Soga premiered at Toronto. More recently, his feature Ponchao won the audience award at the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival in 2013 and premiered on HBO.
Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with Industrial/EBM artist Encephalon to bring you the exclusive song premiere of “Malkuth”, which comes from the group’s upcoming album Psychogenesis (out April 24th via Dependent).
The album description reads:
The new album is focusing on how the luxuries of technology could ultimately weaken the human experience, nanophobia, and the grim possibilities that may await those who would attempt to attain immortality at all costs. A soundscape of thunderous orchestras merging with searing electronics weave a vision of organic and mechanical lifeforms colliding as vocalist Matt Giffords ominous yet versatile narration gives each track the feeling of a chapter in a larger story that continues throughout the album.
Pre-order your copy of Psychogenesis right here.
Now, Zombie gives us a look at Tracey Walter as ‘Lucky Leo’ (Photo by Gene Page), who worships evil as his religion.
“31 follows five carnival workers who are kidnapped the night before Halloween and held hostage in a large secret compound known as Murder World.
Once there, they have 12 hours to survive a terrifying game called 31 in which ‘The Heads’- murderous maniacs dressed as clowns – are released to hunt them down and kill them.”
Jeff Daniel Phillips will play ‘Roscoe’, the ass-kicking carney mechanic of Venus Virgo’s traveling show.
Malcolm McDowell plays ‘Father Murder’, the owner of Murder World for which the film is based.
Judy Geeson plays ‘Sister Dragon’, who runs Murder World alongside McDowell. She joins David Ury, who will be playing ‘Schizo-Head’, one half of murderous team of brothers living inside Murder World. Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs was recently cast as ‘Panda Thomas’, with Elizabeth Daily (E.G. Daily) playing ‘Sex-head’, and Torsten Voges as the insane partner of Death-Head. Ginger Lynn is featured as ‘Cherry Bomb’, a very special friend of Doom-Head (portrayed by Richard Brake), as was Jane Carr, who will portray ‘Sister Serpent’, a wicked cross of Satan meets Mother Goose. Pancho Moler will be seen as ‘Sick-Head’, and Tracy Walter stars as ‘Lucky Leo.’
Daniel Roebuck plays ‘Paster Victor’, an unfortunate participant in last year’s game of 31.
Lew Temple, Devin Sidell and Sheri Moon Zombie also star.
An early review of M. Night Shymalan’s “Wayward Pines,” Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is announced, and Don watches The Order: 1886.
Los Angeles readers, you’re going to have one opportunity to join director Tom Six for the WORLD PREMIERE screening of Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence). Bloody Disgusting has assembled the details first this Tuesday morning!
Six will host the World Premiere @7PM on May 18, 2015 at a TBD venue. While we don’t know where it will take place, we do know tickets (priced at $50) are extremely limited. Click here to grab one before they sell out.
The film will open with an inspirational speech by Six, followed by a Q&A post-screening. Also, one lucky fan will win an original Tom Six painting.
IFC will release Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) in selected theaters and VOD May 22nd, 2015.
“Bully prison warden Bill Boss (Dieter Laser), leading a big state prison in the US of A, has a lot of problems; his prison statistically has the highest amount of prison riots, medical costs and staff turnover in the country. But foremost he is unable to get the respect he thinks he deserves from his inmates and the state Governor (Eric Roberts). He constantly fails in experimenting with different ideas for the ideal punishment to get the inmates in line, which drives him, together with the sizzling heat, completely insane.
Under threats of termination by the Governor, his loyal right hand man Dwight (Laurence R Harvey) comes up with a brilliant idea. A revolutionary idea which could change the American prison system for good and save billions of dollars. An idea based on the notorious ‘Human Centipede’ movies, that will literally and figuratively get the inmates on their knees, creating the ultimate punishment and deterrent for anyone considering a life of crime. Having nothing to lose, Bill and Dwight create a jaw-dropping 500-person prison centipede.”
As I mentioned in my review of the second season premiere of Salem, it had a bit of a rocky start during it’s first season. When the series was first announced, I admit that I laughed a bit. WGN America isn’t a major (or even minor) network, but I was curious. After all, if Netflix can put out such amazing television, why not give WGN the benefit of the doubt. While the pilot of Salem had it’s interesting moments, it ultimately didn’t really know what it wanted to be. Was it a serious look at history? A ridiculous soap? Some off-kilter combination of the two? It suffered from an identity crisis that hampered the enjoyment you should have received from the show. I’m happy to say that Salem has figured itself out, and is all the better for it! Here are some of the main reasons you should be watching.
Earlier this year, it was announced that Tiger Lab Vinyl, a new company focused on the release of anime soundtracks, would be releasing Osamu Shoji‘s score for the 1987 fantasy/horror Wicked City. Now we have full details, a shipping date, and the official front and back covers!
Tiger Lab Vinyl was founded by Jon Dobyns (Twitch The Ripper) and Clint Carney (System Syn) in 2014. The label, “…emphasizes the golden age of anime by focusing on the best scores from the era. The label caters to the genre fiends and diehards, while introducing the younger generation of fans to yesteryear.”
Dobyns comments on the reason Tiger Lab Vinyl came about:
There was no label putting out anime soundtracks, and those scores have some of the best thematic melodies and atmosphere I’ve ever heard and that is how Tiger Lab Vinyl was born.
I grew up on horror movies, which led me to anime. It was a gateway into the most bizarre and gruesome worlds. Demons, monsters, aliens and ninjas in blood-soaked, animated fairy tales flipped my world upside down. And the scores have stuck with me for years.
The Wicked City OST is, “…an electronic score filled with goth-esque pads, lounge piano lines, 80s bass grooves, and classic drum samples composed, performed, arranged, and written by Shoji.”
The 180-gram vinyl, which was carefully remastered and restored, is up for pre-order today at 10am PST (snag a copy here) and will have an official sale date of July 14th.
Below you can see the front and pack of the packaging, which was done by Carney.
The full lineup for the 2015 edition of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival has been announced and metal fans can look forward to two legends headlining: Slayer and King Diamond! The 26-date festival will kick off June 26th in San Diego, CA and wrap up on August 2nd in Dallas, TX.
Additional bands on the tour include Hellyeah, The Devil Wears Prada, Whitechapel, Thy Art Is Murder, Sworn In, Shattered Sun, and more.
Slayer guitarist Kerry King states:
I don’t know if third time will be a charm, but it will definitely be hellish! Slayer and King Diamond on stage for the first time together in the States- NEVER has Mayhem been more evil. DON’T FUCKIN’ MISS IT.
King Diamond adds:
This is going to be one hot and hellish summer! Slayer and King Diamond on the same stage – it does not get more devilish than this! We will be putting on a one hour set with the full King Diamond stage production. As for a set list, I’m not gonna reveal that here, but it will be built around “Dreams of Horror”. The Puppet Master will be there with Grandma, and we will even go as far back in time as to 1777 (hint). You’re all in for one hell of a show if you come to this Sabbath!
The full touring schedule, poster, and announcement video can all be seen below.
2015 ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL:
6/26 – San Diego, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheater
6/27 – San Bernardino, CA @ San Manuel Amphitheater
6/28 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater
6/30 – Auburn, WA (Seattle) @ White River Amphitheater
7/1 – Boise, ID @ Idaho Center Amphitheater
7/3 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Amphitheater
7/4 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
7/5 – Denver, CO @ Red Rocks
7/7 – Council Bluffs, IA @ Harrah’s Council Bluffs
7/8 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
7/10 – Noblesville, IN (Indianapolis) @ Kilpsch Amphitheater
7/11 – Clarkston, MI (Detroit) @ DTE Energy Amphitheater
7/12 – Tinley Park, IL (Chicago) @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
7/15 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
7/17 – Camden, NJ (Philadelphia) @ Susquehanna Bank Arts Center
7/18 – Burgettstown, PA (Pittsburgh) @ First Niagara Pavilion
7/19 – Hartford, CT @ Xfinity Theatre
7/21 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
7/22 – Gilford, NH @ Meadowbrook (Bank of NH Pavilion)
7/24 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
7/25 – Boston, MA @ Xfinity Center
7/26 – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach
7/29 – Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood
7/31 – San Antonio, TX @ Whitewater Amphitheater
8/1 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/2 – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Amphitheater