New Year’s Evil (Blu-ray)

Dread Central - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 13:30

Starring Roz Kelly, Grant Cramer, Kip Niven

Directed by Emmett Alston

Distributed by The Scream Factory

While Joe Six Pack might wait until Halloween to bust out the scary stuff, horror fans only have one time of year they watch fright films: all the time. Not that it ever gets old, but a sporadic way to break up the monotony is through holiday horrors. Odds are pretty good that if a film is set on a major holiday it’ll be getting a yearly viewing from most diehards… even if it’s terrible. This explains how Uncle Sam (1996) winds up in my player every July 4th. Thankfully, New Year’s Evil (1980) is not terrible, even if it is a fairly run-of-the-mill slasher. The film comes across slightly smarter than expected because it incorporates the normal festivities of New Year’s Eve into the plot, turning moments typically of celebration into fear. It also gets another bonus point for a third act reveal that is unexpected (if not a tad cliché) assuming you haven’t checked the cast list on IMDb and ruined it for yourself – which is exactly what I did.

It’s New Year’s Eve! And all the cool kids are celebrating at a taping of Hollywood Hotline, a punk rock & new wave show hosted by Diane “Blaze” Sullivan (Roz Kelly). The show is hosting a late-night countdown, with bands playing on stage and a dozen people standing by to take phone call requests. Diane gets a call from a “fan” who calls himself “Evil” and states that he will murder someone each time the clock strikes midnight in a different time zone, with her to be the final victim. Diane’s security team puts the building on lockdown and keeps her and her son, Derek (Grant Cramer), secured. Meanwhile, victims begin to arrive one per hour as the first stroke of midnight brings with it a nurse’s death. Evil records his crimes and call the show after the deed is done, playing back his promises. It isn’t long before the trail of bodies leads directly to Diane’s dressing room.

This was a fun movie, even for a first time viewer like me who has seen a hundred slashers. Is it original? Absolutely not, but it is very entertaining in a “14-year-old staying up late to watch USA’s “Up All Night” kind of way”. Having the killer strike at midnight works perfectly as a plot device, and it seems like such a natural choice to play up the film’s holiday ties. Perhaps one of the best aspects to the production is the decision to reveal the killer early on. I always find this a creepier approach than the boilerplate “hide in the shadows for 85 minutes” killers in the majority of slasher films. This guy is fairly debonair, too; think of Ted Bundy and you’re on the right track. Even better, he’s got a streak of John “Hannibal” Smith (leader of The A-Team (1983-1987), as played by George Peppard) in him because he shows up at each victim’s location wearing extremely convincing outfits. His third act skirmish with a biker gang (!) is so preposterous and deliciously B-grade cinema. Don’t forget, folks, this is a Cannon Films production – always expect the outrageous and then some.

If there’s one thing to remember the film by, however, it’s the title song; a damn catchy one, too. New Year’s Evil, as performed by Roxanne Seeman and Eduardo del Barrio, spent four days blaring the opening lines in my head before I could get it out. It plays on the Blu-ray’s menu, it opens the film and it may be used one other time; I’m not sure. It’s one of those infectious tunes that are impossible to shake. With all these vinyl companies putting out obscure soundtracks these days, someone please get this on a 7”.

New Year’s Evil is a perfectly decent slasher movie while also being highly enjoyable to watch for the sheer ridiculousness of it all – making it the ideal choice to pop on with a group of wasted friends on its namesake holiday. Or, perhaps, by yourself, Smirnoff Ice in hand, lamenting another year gone by with no social life to show for it. Either way you’re destined for Fun City.

This is the Blu-ray debut for New Year’s Evil, having previously been issued on a burn-on-demand DVD from MGM. The film’s 1.78:1 1080p image appears to have been faithfully reproduced, for better or worse. This is not a good looking film by any means, but it’s about as cleaned up as it needs to be. The print sourced from MGM is in good shape, with the only real anomaly showing up in the form of a yellow vertical line appearing 1/3 of the way across the screen for three shots. It’s a very minor defect. Line work in the shadows tends to fade into a murky mess, and black levels get pretty noisy when it’s really dark. That’s all the bad stuff. On a positive note, closeups reveal nice little details in faces and clothing textures. Colors are nicely saturated. Other than some grain spikes during night scenes, the majority of the appearance is very filmic.

The English DTS-HD MA 2.0 stereo track has exactly one issue with it, a high-pitched ringing that occurs for around ten seconds at approximately 30 minutes into the movie. That aside, this is a typically competent audible offering from Scream Factory. Dialogue is balanced and discernible, songs have a moderate presence and sound effects are given good weight. There could be a bit more oomph to the sourced music, especially that theme song, but this gets the job done just fine. Subtitles are included in English.

The film’s audio commentary features writer & director Emmett Alston, and it’s a bit on the dry side. Code Red’s Bill Olsen is on hand to moderate the proceedings, which delve into typical production speak about location shooting, budgetary concerns, how Alston got hooked up with Cannon, etc. It’s a subdued affair that even serious fans of the film may find boring.

“The Making of New Year’s Evil” is a behind-the-scenes piece that runs for nearly 40 minutes. This is yet another in a series of winning behind-the-scenes pieces from Scream Factory, featuring interviews with many cast & crew members who offer up all sorts of interesting anecdotes and reminisce fondly on their time making the movie. Stick around through the brief credits for a fun scene at the end.

The film’s theatrical trailer is included in HD.

Special Features:

  • Brand new HD transfer of the film
  • Audio commentary with director Emmett Alston
  • The Making of New Year’s Evil documentary featuring new interviews with actors Kip Niven, Grant Cramer, and Taaffe O’Connell and director of photography Thomas Ackerman
  • Original theatrical trailer


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Syfy’s “Helix” Brings the Gore to Season 2

bloody disgusting - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 13:24

Syfy’s “Helix” returns tonight for the sixth episode of Season 2.

The show has really amped up the gore and tension, a can be seen the following exclusive clip, as well as two others from earlier in the season.

“Helix” returns fifteen months following the demise of Arctic Biosystems when the CDC team, with the addition of biotoxicologist Kyle Sommer, responds to a potential disease outbreak on a windjammer in the Northern Pacific.

Their search for the cause of the outbreak leads the team, now lead by Peter Farragut, to an island occupied by a mysterious cult growing genetically modified crops.

Meanwhile, 40 years in the future, Julia Walker arrives at the same island searching for Alan Farragut.

Matt Long joined the cast as a series regular. Long plays Dr. Kyle Sommer, the newest member of the CDC team, a world-class toxicologist whose charm matches his sharp intellect. A preacher’s son from Texas, he is quick with a story or a joke, able to ingratiate himself into any group.

Steven Weber is new to season 2 as a recurring guest star. Weber will portray Brother Michael, the charismatic leader of the cult. Magnetic and charming, he is brilliant speaker and sermonizer, but also a first-class geneticist.

In addition to Billy Campbell, Kyra Zagorsky, Neil Napier and Jordan Hayes returned.

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Exclusive Zombieworld Q&A with Several of the Segment Directors

Dread Central - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 13:00

Zombieworld, presented by Dread Central in association with Ruthless Pictures and Image Entertainment, is a wildly original horror anthology focusing on survivors across a plagued planet as they struggle to overcome horrifying circumstances when a pandemic brings about a zombie apocalypse.

Survivors in a pandemic is nothing new, but our collection of blood, guts, and mayhem is brought to life by a group of new and up-and-coming directors from around the world, each bringing their own flavor to a world populated with flesh-eating corpses.

Related Story: Zombieworld – WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

We chatted with several of the filmmakers whose crazy collection of shorts make up one freaky Frankenstein of a zombie flick, and here’s what they had to say:

Tommy Woodard, the director of Dead Stop hails from Portland, Oregon. When asked about how he was approached to take part, he said he pretty much just stumbled upon it. “I was sifting through my morning horror sites, catching up on the latest horror news, when I saw a call for entries for Zombieworld on DreadCentral.com. I had already filmed a zombie short, Dead Stop, a few years back for fun; and I figured I’d enter it in this contest.”

Paul Shrimpton from the UK, whose short Teleportal was selected the same way, says his film “was a bit of a whirlwind shoot. I think we shot over three or four days, and there was a fair bit of blood squirted. It turned out okay considering the peanuts we spent on it. The main actor and actress have since gotten married though so even though she blew his brains out, he didn’t bear too much of a grudge evidently.”

Cameron McCulloch, who wrote and directed Grand Prize winner Home, said the film’s producer, Jesse Baget, approached him. “Jessie saw my film online and emailed me about the film. We had a Skype session where Jessie told me all about Zombieworld. Home had a very successful festival run, and I thought it would be a great opportunity for our little Aussie film to be seen by more people.”

Vedran Marjanović from Croatia said he came onto the project after “someone made a comment on my YouTube channel how we should try to win the contest. Usually I’m too lazy to do those kinds of things, but I checked the link in the comment and decided to send my film [How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse]. A few months later I received the email, and that was it. I’ve checked who send me that link; it was Luna Desoto. Don’t know who that is, but Luna, thank you very much! I haven’t seen the final product yet, but I can’t wait to see how everything looks. It has a bunch of zombies in it so it’s probably awesome.”

Dread Central: What is it about zombies that never fails to entertain horror fans? After all, it’s a trend that just doesn’t die!

Zach Ramelan (Dead Rush): Ha ha, I see what you did there. I think the genre is so interesting because you can really do so much with it. Even though it contains every cliché in the book, I find it fun to harness those and alter them to make the audience not expect what’s coming. At the time of shooting my short… POV zombie stories were very rare to come by. This made it extremely fun for me to direct because I was experiencing it from a completely new perspective.

Woodward: Zombies! See, even the word gets me excited! I believe that the human being is the scariest species on the planet. We have the tendency to do horrific things to other humans, and that’s just when we’re alive. That’s obviously not the case for all of us, but it IS with zombies. They don’t discriminate. Even your nice, sweet, and alive elderly neighbor will chew off your fucking face when she turns and you’re unable to escape. That’s what the appeal is for me: Nobody is safe; every zombie wants to kill you, and the only ally to zombies are zombies. I sure hope the zombie trend doesn’t die, but if it does, I’m sure it will reanimate.

Shrimpton: I don’t know if it is a trend or just a cheap way to include a monster in a horror film. They have pretty much replaced vampires, though, as far as the clichéd horror antagonist. (Vampires were the way to go for a cheap horror creature up until the late Seventies). I think with the advent of ultra-low budget zombie flicks like Zombie 90: Extreme Pestilence, Redneck Zombies, and The Dead Next Door, the floodgates were opened for a plethora of like-minded no-budget movies. Before you knew it, everyone was filming putty-faced people wandering around in a daze chewing on latex innards. I personally prefer monsters in the more traditional (and creatively imagined) sense (Godzilla, The Thing, The Deadly Spawn); but I’m sure that we haven’t seen the last of zombies. Let’s face it; you can’t kill what’s already dead. That said, I do love Zombie Flesh Eaters, The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue, and the first ten minutes of the Dawn of the Dead remake was probably the most fun ten minutes I ever had in a cinema.

Jonathan Brown (I Am Lonely): I think there’s two reasons. Firstly, they’re a blank canvas to put your own fears onto. The rules for zombies are pretty flexible so you can make them be what you want and represent anything from rampant consumerism to fear of disease. Secondly, they’re a threat you can live with. There’s not like werewolves or crazed killers who don’t give you a second to rest – with zombies you can build a life around them. I think that’s what makes things like 28 Days Later, “The Walking Dead,” and Zombieland work. We live adjusted lives. That was where I took the inspiration for my film from – how would a useless, 20-something handle the zombie apocalypse?

DC: What’s your favorite moment from your film?

Woodward: There are two memories from filming that stand out for me. We filmed Dead Stop at a gas station in the Utah mountains on a Sunday afternoon, but we didn’t have complete control of the location. So, from time to time, we had to stop filming so somebody could fill up or come inside and get snacks. Needless to say, the zombies, blood, and police car got a lot of strange looks! Another funny memory was being approached by a jerky Highway Patrolman. He said that if our picture police car went one inch off the lot, it’s his. He repeated this several times as if I had a problem with my hearing. I assured him that we’d obey his wishes, and he went on his way. Once he was back on the highway where he belonged, I had our picture police car on the street, ready to roll into the gas station. Cue “Breaking the Law”!

Ramelan: Shooting a zombie film on our minuscule budget is completely insane. You’re breaking into abandoned buildings, closing roads without permission, surrounded by 30 people acting like the undead. It is a complete adrenaline rush from start to finish. My favorite moment was when one of the characters (Raven Cousens) gets her head blown off in the front seat of the car. I remember on the day it was over 35 degrees and the four of us were locked in this car. Not to mention we were filming on a public bridge that we clearly had no permission to shoot on. On set we had this very handy device titled the Bloodzooka (which basically fires out a clump of blood at 20 miles an hour), and it was going to fire at the car windshield just as Raven pretends to get shot in the head. Everything was ready, we counted down from 5, and when we got to 1, the Bloodzooka was simultaneously going to fire. Fortunately it worked out. Unfortunately the front windshield of the car we shot in completely shattered, and blood went everywhere. Long story short, even though we destroyed a car, in the end we got a pretty cool shot.

Luke Asa Guidici (Certified): Well, my favorite moments of Certified are all “spoilers” so I’ll give you one of my favorite moments from the making of. It took a long time to find the location where we shot. I visited countless homes and film ranches all around the greater Los Angeles area and couldn’t find anything that would work. Finally I ended up at a house deep in the Topanga Hills. As I drew closer, I was surprised how great it looked from the outside, but I tried not to get my hopes up… Then when I walked in – I could barely contain my excitement. Not only would this location work – it was exactly what I’d envisioned in my mind. I never expected to find anything so perfect. It was all I could do not to scream and jump for joy.

David Muñoz (Fist of Jesus): One day, when we were just returning from shooting Fist of Jesus as the sun was setting down, we found near the road that an old lady farmer had fallen into a ditch trying to rescue her goats who had fallen previously. Another lady, when she saw the car, asked us for help so we stopped and me and Marc (Jesus) got in the ditch. I got the two goats and helped them to come out; meanwhile Marc helped the old lady. It was funny to see finally our Jesus doing a real good action and with a beautiful sunset in the background. And for sure the ladies will always remember Jesus stopping his car and coming to help them!

Jared Marshall and Peter Horn, who did Dark Times, said their favorite moments were, respectively, “Organizing a whole crew of off-season WWII re-enactors to drive around in period Jeeps firing off propane canons from turret-mounted machine guns and playing catch with period baseball gloves between takes,” and “My favorite part of filming was the challenge of making everything look like one continues point of view. Lots of long takes and coordination between cast and crew made it feel more like a live performance than a movie. Everybody did such a fantastic job; I’ll never forget it.”

And you’ll never forget Zombieworld after you see it on DVD or VOD on February 24th!

Zombieworld Release Details:
Image Entertainment, in association with Dread Central and Ruthless Pictures, announces the DVD and digital download release of Zombieworld. The no-holds-barred, post-apocalyptic film will be available on DVD for an SRP of $27.97 on February 24, 2015.

Zombieworld is a collection of short films focusing on survivors across the world as they struggle to overcome horrifying circumstances when a pandemic brings forth a zombie apocalypse. The collection of blood and guts is brought to life by a group of new and up-and-coming directors from around the world, including Adam Myette O’Brien, Adriàn Cardona, Cameron McCulloch, David Muñoz, Jared Marshall, Jesse Baget, Jonathan Brown, Luke Giudici, Paul Shrimpton, Peter Horn, Tomy Woodard, Vedran Marjanovic, and Zach Ramelan. The directors bring their take to a world of mayhem now populated with flesh-eating corpses. Among the brilliant shorts to be included in Zombieworld is Peter Horn and Jared Marshall’s “Dark Times,” a blood-splattered scamper through the woods shot entirely in POV, where zombies, aliens, and even Santa Claus make an appearance.

In Zombieworld there is nowhere to hide…nowhere to run. The zombie apocalypse has come, and our world now belongs to the dead! From Ireland, Canada, Australia, Europe, and all over the U.S., the bone-chilling news reports tell the same gruesome tale: Walking corpses terrorize and devour the living. Only a few desperate humans find the courage to stand and fight for their last chance at survival. But the hordes of undead keep coming, and there’s only one thing on the menu – us.

The DVD will also include the bonus short film “Marathon Apocalypse.”

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[TV] “Lost”-ish Poster For M. Night Shyamalan’s “Wayward Pines”

bloody disgusting - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 12:52

Looking like the opening and ending to “Lost”, here’s the one-sheet for M. Night Shyamalan’s 10-episode psychological thriller “Wayward Pines”, which premieres on FOX at 9PM May 14, 2015.

Matt Dillon (Crash) stars as a Secret Service agent on a mission to find two missing federal agents in the bucolic Idaho town of Wayward Pines.

The cast also includes Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Terrence Howard (Crash), Carla Gugino (Entourage), Shannyn Sossamon (How To Make It In America), Toby Jones (Infamous), Reed Diamond (24), Tim Griffin (Prime Suspect), Charlie Tahan (Charlie St. Cloud) and Juliette Lewis (Cape Fear).

The event series is based on a best-selling novel by Blake Crouch, and executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan, Donald De Line, Chad Hodge and Ashwin Rajan.

“Secret Service Agent ETHAN BURKE (Academy Award nominee Matt Dillon; Crash, City of Ghosts) drives to the bucolic town of Wayward Pines, ID, searching for two missing federal agents. Ethan is the logical choice for the mission. He’s one of the best Secret Service agents in the Seattle office. He’s also the man who knew missing agent KATE HEWSON (Carla Gugino; Watchmen, “Entourage”) better than anyone. They were partners. They were more than that. Their relationship nearly destroyed Ethan’s marriage.

Everything changes when a truck slams into his car and he wakes up in the Wayward Pines Hospital, with the intense and unpredictable NURSE PAM (Academy Award and Emmy Award winner Melissa Leo; The Fighter, “Treme”) at his bedside. It soon appears that Pam may be more interested in harming than healing. She and Ethan grow into deadly rivals, and her role in the town proves much deeper than anyone realizes.

As the mysteries within the town pile up and clash with his own version of recent events, Ethan starts to question his own sanity. He is confronted by the mysterious and charismatic DR. JENKINS (Emmy Award nominee Toby Jones; The Girl, the Harry Potter franchise, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), the psychiatrist who treats him at Wayward Pines Hospital. As he begins to meet some of the local residents, including toymaker HAROLD BALLINGER (Reed Diamond; “24,” Much Ado About Nothing), Ethan forms a bond with BEVERLY (Academy Award and Emmy Award nominee Juliette Lewis; Hysterical Blindness, Cape Fear), a bartender who doesn’t mince words and is as wary of Wayward Pines as he is.

Back home in Seattle, Ethan’s wife, THERESA BURKE (Shannyn Sossamon; 40 Days and 40 Nights, “How to Make It in America”), a former Secret Service Agent trainee, gets a call from Ethan’s boss, ADAM HASSLER (Tim Griffin; “Prime Suspect”). He informs her that early testing shows Ethan was never in the car that was recovered on the side of the road outside of Wayward Pines. They’re still investigating. But this isn’t enough for Theresa. Along with their teenage son, BEN (Charlie Tahan; The Harvest, Charlie St. Cloud), Theresa sets out on her own search for Ethan.

Meanwhile, Ethan is challenged at every turn by the town’s die-hard residents and especially the town’s sheriff, SHERIFF ARNOLD POPE (Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard; Crash, Hustle & Flow), who takes offense at a Secret Service agent showing up on his turf and telling him what to do. Ethan believes Pope is out of his mind and visa versa. Ethan’s continuing investigation only turns up more and more questions, and each one leads him to the most important question of all: What’s wrong with Wayward Pines?”

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Another Short Film Tainted

Dread Central - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 12:30

Another sliver of bite-sized terror is on its way from indie filmmakers Dion Cavallaro and Paul Thomas, entitled Tainted, and right now we have your first look!

Look for the film very soon on YouTube. Tainted is produced by Cain Harrip and Paul Thomas with the help of Alex Cavallaro. Check out a few stills and the first artwork below! More is on the way so stay tuned.

Synopsis:
Strange things occur when a young man finds a small rocking horse on his doorstep.

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100 Bloody Acres Team Launch Scare Campaign

Dread Central - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 12:15

Scare Campaign, the upcoming horror film from Colin and Cameron Cairnes after 100 Bloody Acres, has announced its cast just in time for production to begin in Australia.

Meegan Warner (Turn, The Veil), Olivia DeJonge (Hiding, The Visit), and Ian Meadows (The Moodys, The Pacific) have all been cast in major roles.

From the Press Release:
SCARE CAMPAIGN, the upcoming horror feature film from writers and directors Colin and Cameron Cairnes (100 Bloody Acres) and producer Julie Ryan (Red Dog), has unveiled its key cast as production begins this week in Victoria, Australia.

It can be announced that Meegan Warner (Turn, The Veil), Olivia DeJonge (Hiding, The Visit), and Ian Meadows (The Moodys, The Pacific) have all been cast in major roles for SCARE CAMPAIGN. Warner is currently starring alongside Jamie Bell in Season 2 of the AMC TV series “Turn” and features in the upcoming Blumhouse horror The Veil. DeJonge stars in M. Night Shyamalan’s latest film The Visit.

Other roles have gone to Sigrid Thornton (Sea Change), Cassandra McGrath (Wolf Creek), and John Brumpton (The Loved Ones).

“We have assembled a formidable cast,” comments director Colin Cairnes, “including the cream of Australia’s next wave of acting talent along with some Aussie acting royalty.”

For producer Julie Ryan, SCARE CAMPAIGN marks her second feature with the Cairnes brothers after 100 Bloody Acres. “I’m very excited to be making another film with the Cairnes brothers, and fans of 100 Bloody Acres are not going to be disappointed. The brothers are original storytellers, and this one has scares aplenty with a number of twists to keep people guessing,” says Ryan.

SCARE CAMPAIGN also reunites key crew from 100 Bloody Acres including Director of Photography John Brawley and SFX and Production Designer Justin Dix.

SCARE CAMPAIGN charts the increasingly extreme attempts of a horror-themed TV “prank” show to stay one step ahead of its nihilistic online rivals. “The film will be packed with jolting scares and suspenseful set pieces,” says Cairnes. Aptly, shooting commences this week at the Mayday Hills Village previously known as the Beechworth Lunatic Asylum in Victoria. “Our script screamed out for a location steeped in history and dripping with atmosphere,” continues Cairnes. “Beechworth Ghost Tours, who operate nightly explorations of the asylum, have been especially helpful in showing us the spookiest corners of Mayday Hills.”

SCARE CAMPAIGN has received funding from Screen Australia and Film Victoria, with Soundfirm also on board as an investor. “We are privileged to be the beneficiaries of Screen Australia and Film Victoria’s support,” says Cairnes, “and hope that they continue to display the courage shown in supporting the distinctive genre films we and other filmmakers seek to make.”

Australian distribution for SCARE CAMPAIGN will be handled by Bonsai Films and Madman Entertainment, with international sales by Films Distribution. “We learnt a lot from the 100 Bloody Acres release,” comments Ryan, “and we’re aiming to connect with our fanbase earlier via social media throughout the shoot, post, and release phases.”

Cairnes also points out that the international audience will be key to the success of SCARE CAMPAIGN, “This doesn’t mean going out of our way to water down the ‘Australianness’ of the film, but it does necessitate our meeting the expectations of a sophisticated, genre-savvy international audience and respecting their desire for big, bold ideas and polished execution.”

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‘Alien’: Louis C.K. Wants to Die In a Terrible Way!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 12:01

One of the best roles in James Cameron’s 1986 Aliens is Carter Burke, played by comedian Paul Reiser. What was so spectacular about the role is that he played a real asshole, someone you wanted to die badly. Could the same be in store for Louis C.K.?

Earlier this week it was announced that District 9, Elysium and Chappie director Neill Blomkamp would be getting behind the camera for the next installment of Alien. Ridley Scott will produce, and Sigourney Weaver, who starred in Blomkamp’s previous two films, has been actively talking about returning to her iconic Ripley role.

Since the announcement, Weaver stopped by the “Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” where he asked about Alien. Here story was surprising.

“We’ve been talking about it,” Weaver said of her recent on-set conversations with Blomkamp regarding a new Alien. “He’s so talented.”

“I said this to Louis C.K. the other night, and he said ‘I wanna be in it, and I want to die in a terrible way.’ ”

Weaver’s respond? “I’m sure something can be arranged.”

I really enjoy this bater because it suggests that Weaver has her pulse on the storyline, and can easily collaborate ideas with Blomkamp. I think Weaver has a very specific vision for Ripley, and hopefully between her and Blomkamp it can become fully realized. The Xenomorph planet must be destroyed…

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The Gasp Menagerie: Video Shows Woman Attacked by Invisible Assailant

Dread Central - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 12:00

The Internet produces a lot of junk evidence. Trust me; I spend hours and hours scouring the stuff, both as my hobby and to bring spooky tales to you creeps. From blobsquatch to camera cords to dusty “orbs” to outright fakery, there’s just a ton of crap out there pretending to show true unexplained activity.

When I run across something like this one, it just makes my twisted, black heart all giddy.

From South America, courtesy of Yahoo UK, we have the tale of Cecilia Carrasco. Cecilia was walking past the reception desk at her lawyer’s office in Santiago, Chile, when… well, watch the video.

Now, you can say she slipped, but I’ve never seen a slip where the upper half leads with such force. We also have testimony from those involved who say there was nothing slippery there. She’s also standing still when it happens, feet firmly in place for at least a couple seconds. She goes down, and she goes down hard, and it’s clear there’s nobody there.

What’s more, Cecilia says she clearly felt two hands push her down. She assumed the attacker ran away, but after seeing the video, it became clear there was no attacker. None visible, anyway.

So what was it? Invisible man? A ghost or spirit? Telekinetic force? A fraud? Chime in below!

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10 Horror Movies That Actually Won Academy Awards

Dread Central - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 12:00

It’s no secret that our beloved horror movies are often snubbed at the Academy Awards. The genre as a whole just doesn’t get all that much respect in the world of cinema, which is why it’s so important for us fans to support and spread the word on the movies we love. Quite frankly, if aren’t doing it, nobody’s going to do it.

That said, there are a handful of horror movies that have defied tradition over the years and actually managed to snag themselves those little golden statues. With the 87th Academy Awards heading our way this Sunday night, today we shine the spotlight on 10 of those movies, which make all of us horror fans proud!

Though the Academy Awards ceremony wasn’t televised until 1953, it actually began way back in 1929, held at a private dinner party. Just a few years after being established, horror scored a win at the ceremony, with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde becoming the first horror film to scoop up an Oscar in 1932. It was Fredric March’s performance as the title character(s) that earned the film a Best Leading Actor statue, and it was also nominated for Best Cinematography and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Rosemary’s Baby seemed poised and ready to become the first horror film nominated for Best Picture, but it did not receive such an honor at the 1969 ceremony. It was, however, nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, and Ruth Gordon won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as Rosemary’s whacky neighbor Minnie. Oddly enough, Mia Farrow was not even nominated for her performance, which many consider to be a big time Oscar snub.

At the 1974 Academy Awards, The Exorcist was nominated in a whopping 10 categories, including Best Leading Actress (Ellen Burstyn), Best Supporting Actress (Linda Blair), Best Supporting Actor (Jason Miller) and Best Director (William Friedkin). It also scored a nomination for Best Picture, making it the very first horror movie to achieve such an illustrious honor. Unfortunately, the film didn’t win any of those awards, but it did scoop up statues for Best Sound and Best Adapted Screenplay.

LIST CONTINUES ON NEXT PAGE!

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BifBangPow! Making Insane “Twilight Zone” Door Decals!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 11:33

Not only does BifBangPow! have new “The Twilight Zone” action figures, but they have incredible door decals that will transport you to the Zone in the comfort of your own home.

On hand at New York Toy Fair 2015 was much of the current line on display as well as newly announced upcoming items including the awesome second series of 3 ¾ inch figures featuring Dr. Bernardi, Nurse, Bandaged Patient, Santa Claus, the Venusian, and Anthony Fremont, reports Figures, who also shared the attached images.

The latest wave of 8 inch figures were there too, in addition to the huge assortment of cool novelties and accessories like water bottles, license plate frames, and more with new items including prop replica door decals (“Doorway” and “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet”) and bobble heads.

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Meet ‘Chappie’, the Real Gangster In This New Clip

bloody disgusting - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 11:30

Ninja and Yolandi Visser, voices of the South African Zef counter-culture movement and members of rap-rave duo Die Antwoord, play two local gangsters who want to use Chappie for their own nefarious purposes.

In this new clip, we see one half of the duo enjoying the thug life with Chappie.

Neill Blomkamp’s latest sci-fi thriller opens in theaters March 6.

Sharlto Copley provides the voice of Chappie, with the cast including Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel, Jose Pablo Cantillo and Sigourney Weaver.

In ‘Chappie,’ “Every child comes into the world full of promise, and none more so than Chappie: he is gifted, special, a prodigy. Like any child, Chappie will come under the influence of his surroundings – some good, some bad – and he will rely on his heart and soul to find his way in the world and become his own man. But there’s one thing that makes Chappie different from anyone else: he is a robot. The first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. His life, his story, will change the way the world looks at robots and humans forever.”

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Get a Taste of Aaron’s Blood

Dread Central - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 11:30

On tap right now is the first trailer for the next flick from Tommy Stovall, entitled Aaron’s Blood. Sip slowly, and dig it!

Aaron’s Blood, the third feature from Arizona-based Pasidg Productions, is written and directed by Tommy Stovall and is being produced by Marc Sterling.

James Martinez (“Low Winter Sun,” “Breaking Bad”), Michael Chieffo (Argo), and Trevor Sterling Stovall star.

Synopsis:
A single father (Martinez) fights to save his only child, a 12-year-old bullied hemophiliac boy (Sterling Stovall), who becomes infected with vampire blood.

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WolfCop Begins in This Exclusive Clip

Dread Central - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 11:15

Lowell Dean’s insanely fun WolfCop (review) hits Blu-ray and DVD on March 10th via RLJE/Image Entertainment, and right now we’ve got an exclusive clip for ya!

Written and directed by Lowell Dean, the film stars Leo Fafard, Amy Matysio, Aidan Devine, Jesse Moss, Sarah Lind, Jonathan Cherry, and Corrine Conley.

Synopsis:
Officer Lou Garou isn’t the best cop in small-town Woodhaven – in fact, he’s probably the worst. He mostly just looks to avoid anything that could possibly interfere with his goal of getting wasted. One evening during the night shift, Lou investigates a mysterious disturbance at the edge of town and wakes up with a pentagram carved in his chest, heightened senses, and body hair that’s growing at an alarming rate. To solve the mystery of his transformation, he’ll have to take on a case no normal cop would be able to solve, but this half-man, half-beast is not just a cop… he’s a WOLFCOP.



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White Willow Release Fantastic Cover Of The Scorpions’ “Animal Magnetism”

bloody disgusting - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 10:00

A few years ago, I was introduced to a Norwegian prog rock group by the name of White Willow and their album Terminal Twilight. I was 100% blown away. The album was a gorgeous blend of synthesizers, odd time signatures, haunting vocals, and eerie melodic passages. It has remained one of my absolute favorite releases of the past 10 years and I keep coming back to it, over and over again.

For a little taste, listen to “Hawks Circle The Mountain“. Nearly precisely in the middle is a passage that continuously takes my breath away. Melancholic with a dash of suspense, I always pause whatever I’m doing for this moment.

Now, White Willow is rearing their head again, preparing themselves for not one but two new albums that will be released over the next year.

The band states:

Later this year White Willow will release a full-length album that will be part 1 of a 2-part concept, just to make sure it’ll all be sufficiently proggy. The 2nd album is slated for an early 2016 release.

To kick this off, they’re released a cover of “Animal Magnetism”, originally written by The Scorpions. The track maintains that sense of eeriness that I’ve been describing, all overlaid by the delicate vocals of new singer Venke Knutson.

Below is a stream of the song as well as a large quote from main songwriter Jacob Holm-Lupo. Make sure to pick up the track via iTunes.

From frontman Jacob Holm-Lupo:

So finally, some new music from us. Our fans have learnt to expect the unexpected from us, but this is unusual even by our standards, so I thought I’d give some background on this single.

First of all, let me welcome our new singer, the absolutely fantastic Venke Knutson. Some of you know her from the last The Opium Cartel album. Norwegians know her from the radio waves where her hits have been in rotation for a decade. We are extremely pleased and thankful to have her onboard.

Then the tune: Those of you who’ve read Bryan Reesman’s liner notes to our Storm Season reissue know that Scorpions were a major inspiration behind that album. I absolutely love the Scorps, and especially their late 70s/early 80s phase. They had – and have – something really unique. So I decided to cover “Animal Magnetism”, which is probably my favorite Scorpions tune. But I wanted to do it in our own way, by paying tribute to Scorpions’ kraut roots. Although they have become known for a very “international” sound, an expansive, radio and arena friendly hard rock that goes down just as well in the US as in Europe, they started out with some fairly experimental and decidedly krauty records not a million miles removed from early Eloy, for example. So I decided to introduce some Tangerine Dream style electronics to reinforce that kraut connection. Lars of course provided the synthesizer magic.

Once the arrangement started taking shape, with a nice, gloomy, electronic kraut sound, doomy motorik drums from Mattias and Venke’s cool, Nordic vocals on top I thought that I really needed a contrast to all that icy, Northern stuff. What would be a starkly human element that I could inject? The absolutely most human sound I know of apart from the human voice is the klezmer clarinet – it embodies all the ecstasy and agony of the human condition. The fact that “Animal Magnetism” already has a Middle Eastern tonality to it made the idea perfect in my mind. And the best klezmer clarinetist in the world is David Krakauer, so I contacted him and asked if he was interested – and he was! And that’s how this whole, crazy thing came together. Scorpions, modular moogs, clarinets and a gorgeous soothing voice.

It’s not prog in the traditional sense, I’ll grant you that, but it certainly feels like an interesting step forward all the same. When the two full-length albums are released there’ll be more of the stuff you expect – mellotrons, fluttering flutes and 15/8. But for now I want you to open your mind to this weirdness.

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6 Sequels That Could Work As Episodic Games

bloody disgusting - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 09:00

Ever since the first season of The Walking Dead: The Game garnered all the accolades, a growing number of developers have started breaking up their games into bite-sized, easily digestible chunks. Telltale’s portfolio of episodic series aside, Kentucky Route Zero, Life is Strange and the upcoming Resident Evil Revelations 2 are other recent examples of this, and for the most part, folks don’t seem to mind the trend.

Telltale may be responsible for making it popular, but Capcom is refining it. Rather than wait for months between episodes of The Walking Dead or A Wolf Among Us, Revelations 2 episodes will come in weekly installments, starting with the first, which arrives next week.

I’ve never been overly accused of possessing any real amount of patience, so for the purpose of this list, let’s say the games we’re about to chat about will have a similar timeframe, with no more than a few weeks separating each episode.

The first game on this list is an obvious one, so let’s get this started with…

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‘Escape From New York’ Blu-ray Fully Detailed!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 23:39

Scream Factory has announced the April 21, 2015 release of John Carpenter’s Escape From New York (Collector’s Edition) on Blu-ray. The new edition of the 1981 cult classic starring Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence, Isaac Hayes, Season Hubley, Harry Dean Stanton, and Adrienne Barbeau includes several bonus features including a new 2K scan of the inter-positive, struck from the original negative.

A thrilling landmark film that jolts along at a breakneck pace, Escape From New York leapt to cult status with high-octane action, edge-of-your-seat suspense and the mind-blowing vision of lone warrior Snake Plissken (Russell) battling his way out of a post-apocalyptic Manhattan.

In a world ravaged by crime, the entire island of Manhattan has been converted into a walled prison where brutal prisoners roam. But when the US president (Pleasence) crash-lands inside, only one man can bring him back: notorious outlaw and former Special Forces war hero Snake Plissken (Russell). But time is short. In 24 hours, an explosive device implanted in his neck will end Snake’s mission – and his life – unless he succeeds!

Customers ordering from shoutfactory.com will receive their copies of Escape From New York (Collector’s Edition) two weeks early, and will receive an exclusive 18×24” poster featuring newly commissioned artwork.

Escape From New York (Collector’s Edition) Special Features:

DISC ONE:

· NEW 2K High Definition scan of the inter-positive, struck from the original negative

· NEW Audio Commentary with actress Adrienne Barbeau and directory of photography Dean Cundey

· Audio Commentary with director John Carpenter and actor Kurt Russell

· Audio Commentary by producer Debra Hill and production designer Joe Alves

DISC TWO:

· NEW Big Challenges in Little Manhattan: The Visual Effects of ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK

· NEW Scoring the Escape: A Discussion with composer Alan Howarth

· NEW On Set with John Carpenter: The Images of ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK with photographer Kim Gottlieb-Walker

· NEW I Am Taylor: an interview with actor Joe Unger

· NEW My Night on the Set: an interview with filmmaker David DeCoteau

· Deleted Scene: The Original Opening Bank Robbery Sequence

· Return to Escape from New York Featurette

· Theatrical Trailers

· Photo Galleries – Behind-the-Scenes, Posters and Lobby Cards

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‘Lost River’ Clip Dances In the Dark to Synth Score

bloody disgusting - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 23:29

An international trailer and clip have been released for Drive star Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut, Lost River, which opens April 10, 2015 through Warner Bros.

Lost River stars Christina Hendricks, Saoirse Ronan, Eva Mendes, Iain De Caestecker, Matt Smith and Barbara Steele.

The film is set against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city. Billy, a single mother of two, is swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while Bones, her eighteen-year-old son, discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town. Both Billy and Bones must dive deep into the mystery, if their family is to survive.

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‘Echoes’ Summons the Dead In the Desert (Images)

bloody disgusting - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 21:19

Can the desert summon the dead?

An official selection of the New York City International Film Festival and FilmQuest Film Festival, winning Best Actress, Best Screenplay and Best Director honors, we now have an image gallery for the the supernatural thriller Echoes, arriving on Blu-ray and DVD April 15th from Anchor Bay Entertainment.

The feature directorial debut of Nils Timm (who also wrote the screenplay), Echoes explores the murky realm between reality and dreams, and what could happen when these worlds collide.

Struggling with horrifying, sleep-paralysis induced visions, Anna (French), a young writer, retreats with her boyfriend (Brand) to an isolated yet beautiful glass house in the desert. Hoping that the desert vistas surrounding her will spur her creative juices, she welcomes the opportunity to stay behind when her boyfriend must return to the city for urgent business.

However, Anna’s sleep paralysis does not abate, despite the calming environment. And now, her attacks are accompanied by a mysterious figure, caked with dirt as if it was made of sand itself. As the visions intensify, she finds herself on the verge of losing her mind…or is she being lead to uncover a life-threatening secret?

Steven Brand (“Teen Wolf,” The Scorpion King), Kate French (Channeling, “Gossip Girl,” “One Tree Hill”), Billy Wirth (“Chicago P.D.”, The Lost Boys) and Steve Hanks (12/12/12, Hold Your Breath) star.

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Learn the Rules of the Vampire!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 21:00

What We Do In the Shadows‘ Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi are promoting their new faux vampire documentary with this hilarious “Rules Of the Vampire” video that first appeared on Funny or Die.

Each vampire movie has a completely different set of rules that vampires live by. As Vladislav and Viago explain, being a vampire is surprisingly simple.

The truth about vampires continues to spread across the U.S. this weekend!
Find theater listings here.

Read our review here.

WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS chronicles the adventures of four vampire roommates trying to get by in a modern world that’s not always hospitable to the undead. Clement and Waititi, creators of the HBO hit series “Flight of the Conchords,” co-wrote, co-directed, and co-star in this hilarious send-up in which an endearingly unhip quartet of friends reveal to us or, rather, to the documentary crew that’s filming them, the details of their daily-make that nightly-routine. Ranging in age from 183 to 8,000, and in appearance from adorably youthful to Nosferatu-crusty, they squabble over household chores, struggle to keep up with the latest trends in technology and fashion, antagonize the local werewolves, cruise clubs for lovely ladies, and deal with the rigors of living on a very, very strict diet. The film also stars Rhys Darby, Jonathan Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Stu Rutherford, and Jackie Van Beek, and was produced by Waititi, Chelsea Winstanley and Emanuel Michael.

Rules Of The Vampire with Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi from Funny Or Die

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[TV] Trailer For M. Night Shyamalan’s “Wayward Pines” Crashes In

bloody disgusting - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 20:52

Here’s the first official TV Spot for M. Night Shyamalan’s 10-episode psychological thriller “Wayward Pines”, which premieres on FOX at 9PM May 14, 2015.

The event series is based on a best-selling novel by Blake Crouch, and executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan, Donald De Line, Chad Hodge and Ashwin Rajan.

Matt Dillon (Crash) stars as a Secret Service agent on a mission to find two missing federal agents in the bucolic Idaho town of Wayward Pines.

The cast also includes Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Terrence Howard (Crash), Carla Gugino (Entourage), Shannyn Sossamon (How To Make It In America), Toby Jones (Infamous), Reed Diamond (24), Tim Griffin (Prime Suspect), Charlie Tahan (Charlie St. Cloud) and Juliette Lewis (Cape Fear).

“Secret Service Agent ETHAN BURKE (Academy Award nominee Matt Dillon; Crash, City of Ghosts) drives to the bucolic town of Wayward Pines, ID, searching for two missing federal agents. Ethan is the logical choice for the mission. He’s one of the best Secret Service agents in the Seattle office. He’s also the man who knew missing agent KATE HEWSON (Carla Gugino; Watchmen, “Entourage”) better than anyone. They were partners. They were more than that. Their relationship nearly destroyed Ethan’s marriage.

Everything changes when a truck slams into his car and he wakes up in the Wayward Pines Hospital, with the intense and unpredictable NURSE PAM (Academy Award and Emmy Award winner Melissa Leo; The Fighter, “Treme”) at his bedside. It soon appears that Pam may be more interested in harming than healing. She and Ethan grow into deadly rivals, and her role in the town proves much deeper than anyone realizes.

As the mysteries within the town pile up and clash with his own version of recent events, Ethan starts to question his own sanity. He is confronted by the mysterious and charismatic DR. JENKINS (Emmy Award nominee Toby Jones; The Girl, the Harry Potter franchise, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), the psychiatrist who treats him at Wayward Pines Hospital. As he begins to meet some of the local residents, including toymaker HAROLD BALLINGER (Reed Diamond; “24,” Much Ado About Nothing), Ethan forms a bond with BEVERLY (Academy Award and Emmy Award nominee Juliette Lewis; Hysterical Blindness, Cape Fear), a bartender who doesn’t mince words and is as wary of Wayward Pines as he is.

Back home in Seattle, Ethan’s wife, THERESA BURKE (Shannyn Sossamon; 40 Days and 40 Nights, “How to Make It in America”), a former Secret Service Agent trainee, gets a call from Ethan’s boss, ADAM HASSLER (Tim Griffin; “Prime Suspect”). He informs her that early testing shows Ethan was never in the car that was recovered on the side of the road outside of Wayward Pines. They’re still investigating. But this isn’t enough for Theresa. Along with their teenage son, BEN (Charlie Tahan; The Harvest, Charlie St. Cloud), Theresa sets out on her own search for Ethan.

Meanwhile, Ethan is challenged at every turn by the town’s die-hard residents and especially the town’s sheriff, SHERIFF ARNOLD POPE (Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard; Crash, Hustle & Flow), who takes offense at a Secret Service agent showing up on his turf and telling him what to do. Ethan believes Pope is out of his mind and visa versa. Ethan’s continuing investigation only turns up more and more questions, and each one leads him to the most important question of all: What’s wrong with Wayward Pines?”

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