We've seen several photos of Rosemary and Guy already from NBC's "Rosemary's Baby," and these new images that the network released today show a bit more of them along with our first look at their neighbors, Roman (Jason Isaacs) and Margaux (Carole Bouquet) Castevet.
“Rosemary’s Baby,” the four-hour adaptation of the 1967 best-selling suspense novel by Ira Levin, will air on NBC Sunday, May 11th, and Thursday, May 15th. The telecast will air each night from 9-11 p.m. ET/PT.
“Rosemary’s Baby” centers on a young married couple who move into a Paris apartment that has a haunted past. After getting pregnant, the wife becomes increasingly suspicious that both her husband and their neighbors will have ulterior motives when her child is born.
The miniseries, from Lionsgate Television, stars Zoe Saldana, Patrick J. Adams, Jason Isaacs, and Carole Bouquet. The psychological thriller was written by Scott Abbott (Queen of the Damned) and James Wong (Final Destination 3, “American Horror Story,” “The X-Files”) and directed by Agnieszka Holland (Europa Europa, “The Wire,” “Treme”).
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Know what we love about Charles Band and his adorable loonies over at Full Moon Entertainment? They're our kind of sick! Well, that and they're always giving away free stuff to fans! We appreciate both counts more than you know!
So in honor of Easter weekend you cats will be able to watch "The Ganja Version" of Head of the Family over on their subscription-based video streaming service, FullMoonStreaming.com, for FREE! That's right, FREE! That's just enough to make a deity rise from the grave, no?
The flick starts streaming Saturday evening, 4/19, through Sunday, 4/20. That's right, kids; Saturday night at 11:59 pm, the 420 parties can kick off with a great start!
But wait! That's NOT all! Over on their official site there’s the Golden Moon treasure hunt. The first 100 people to find the 5 hidden moons and the secret words will get a free limited edition numbered signature series print, signed by Charles Band. And 5 Grand Prize winners will get the all-new matching set of resin statues, including Bride of the Head of the Family, the eventual sequel.
Plus, if you're feeling extra frisky, there's a ton of new Full Moon merch up for sale via the Full Moon Entertainment website!! Check out all the goodies below!
It’s the first Twisted Music Video Of The Week on the new Bloody-Disgusting and I want to make it a special one. That’s why I’m bringing you the truly odd and nightmarish video for Orax‘s “Rockers”, which comes from their 2012 album Betray (pick it up via Bandcamp). Trust me when I say that the video just gets weirder and weirder as the seconds pass and if you’re into body horror then this video is right up your alley.
Never in a million years did we think the I Spit on Your Grave films would launch a franchise, but alas there's more rape revenge mayhem in our future with I Spit on Your Grave 3. Read on for the first details.
According to Bloody Disgusting (who also nabbed the sales art you see below), the third in the series is being pre-sold at Cannes.
At the time of this writing, CineTel Films has yet to hire a writer or director but has committed to a third round of bloody mayhem.
I Spit on Your Grave 3 will focus on a serial killer who uses a crisis hotline to target rapists. One of the counselors has a dark past, which sends detectives sniffing in her direction — but is she the killer they’re looking for?
We'll find out soon enough!
This Sunday night marks the season premiere of WGN America's "Salem," which kicks off at 10/9c. As we anxiously await the start of the televised witch hunt, a familiar face has just come on board the series, and we've got all the character details for ya today!
Per Deadline, Avatar's Stephen Lang has been tapped for a recurring role in the drama, playing Increase Mather, an old-line, hard-core Puritan who led the way across the ocean to the Promised Land in the late 1600s. Intellectually, spiritually, and politically, he’s the most influential man in the country — and the most feared.
"Stephen Lang is a tremendous actor armed with an almost frightening knowledge of history and psychology — perfect for our twisted Salem, where Increase Mather is a man driven to monstrous deeds by the intensity of his convictions and a loving father who torments his son precisely out of love," said co-creators, executive producers, and writers Brannon Braga and Adam Simon.
Created, executive produced, and written by award-winning writer/producer Brannon Braga and Adam Simon, “Salem” stars Janet Montgomery as the ruthless but vulnerable Mary Sibley, Salem’s most powerful enchantress; Shane West as handsome, hardened war veteran John Alden – and Mary’s onetime love interest; Seth Gabel as local aristocrat Cotton Mather, who fans the flames of Salem’s witch hunt; Ashley Madekwe as Mary’s mysterious, carnal accomplice, Tituba; Xander Berkeley as chief politician Magistrate Hale; Tamzin Merchant as the forthright Anne Hale, an artist with a perilous attraction to Alden; Elise Eberle as the mysteriously afflicted Mercy Lewis; and Iddo Goldberg as outcast Isaac Walton.
"Salem" Episode 1.01 - "The Vow" (airs 4/20/14)
John Alden (West) returns from war to discover that the woman he left behind is now married to another man and that his hometown of Salem, Mass., is in the midst of a witch panic in the premiere of this supernatural drama.
Keep your eyes on the "Salem" Facebook page for updates and more info.
Hot on the heels of the announcement of a Pumpkinhead reboot comes word that both the original Pumpkinhead and its campy sequel, Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings, will be getting the Scream Factory Blu-ray treatment.
Shock Till You Drop scored the exclusive word from the Factory:
“Pumpkinhead will be a ‘Collector’s Edition’ (in fact, artwork is just about done) and Pumpkinhead II will be its own separate release. No further details to report at this time, but we’ll keep you posted on developments during our ‘Summer of Fear.’”
Look for further details on these two and lots more soon!
It's been several months since last we heard anything about Barry J. Gillis' disturbing feature film The Killing Games, but now word has arrived that Typhoon Films is releasing it worldwide on VOD in just a few days.
From the Press Release:
Typhoon Films has announced that The Killing Games will be released worldwide on Apple iTunes, Google Play, and other outlets on April 22, 2014.
The controversial film had its World Premiere at the Calgary International Film Festival and its US Premiere in San Francisco at Another Hole in the Head Film Festival. Its last stop on the circuit was at Shock Stock Horror Convention in London, Ontario, last weekend.
The Killing Games ran into its first hurdle when the Edmonton International Film Festival Chairman told director Barry J. Gillis that the movie was too violent for their festival. Gillis battled with the fest to screen the movie but to no avail. It was a bitter pill to swallow, and Gillis went public with his displeasure, which in turn led one of the festival organizers to tip off other festivals in a private film festival Facebook group to blacklist Gillis and his movie.
Despite the backlash from various festival organizers, Bruce Fletcher, programmer with the Calgary International Film Festival, requested a screener and loved the movie so much that it had a very successful debut in Calgary in front of a wild group of genre fans who thoroughly enjoyed the movie. The Killing Games has since put crowds into a frenzy wherever it has screened.
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The Killing Games opens with a scene where a teenage girl Elysia (Yunona Anders) accidentally witnesses a sadistic killing by sociopathic serial killers Son of Satan (Edwin Autridge) and Dirty Jesus (John Scott), who, once they finish their work, spot the girl and give chase. Meanwhile, Elysia's dad, the world-weary Birdman (Kelly A.H. Bird) is at home caring for his invalid wife. When Elysia doesn't come home at the usual time, Birdman begins to worry about the whereabouts of his daughter.
Not far away is a roving gang of criminals headed by Alex (Alex Sharpe) with their fingers in all sorts of vague illegal pies, including drug dealing and armed robbery. But after a growly-voiced henchman (Toby S. Krekoski) botches a stick-up job that results in multiple murders, Alex suggests they head off to see an old friend he hasn't seen in years to lay low for a while. Soon an ill-fated confrontation leads to a bloody and most unforgettable climax.
The Killing Games also features Kim Sønderholm, who stars as the "Big Boss" in the movie.
The Killing Games can be pre-ordered on iTunes by clicking here.
While I will always be willing to state that Ronnie James Dio has an astounding voice, I never really thought of him as a jazz singer. Well, with the power of the internet and a few hours of spare time (probably a lot more than that) my imagination can take a break and I can just listen to some sweet, jazzy tunage with my devil horns still firmly planted high in the sky.
Hear Dio’s “Holy Diver” get jazzed up below.
Toy company NECA has been doing one hell of a job in recent years when it comes to pleasing Freddy Krueger fans, and last year saw the release of a retro-style action figure as well as one inspired by the infamous Nightmare on Elm Street video game.
Now, in celebration of Fred's 30th birthday, they've got an ULTIMATE treat in store for us. Read on!
The Alamo Drafthouse's New York City location held a special 30th anniversary screening of A Nightmare on Elm Street last night, and the good folks from NECA stopped by to unveil what they're calling the "Ultimate Freddy Krueger" action figure, which is loaded with accessories and articulation.
Unlike most Freddy toys NECA has put out, this 30th anniversary special will feature fully articulated legs, and it even sports a brand spankin' new head sculpt. Accessories include two alternate heads, Tina's skinned face, and the infamous "tongue phone," which gave Nancy a big ole lick in the original film.
Measuring 7" tall, the Ultimate Freddy figure is set for release this coming September and is most definitely a must-own for all Fred-Heads.
Check out the painted prototype below!
Imagine Phantom of the Paradise on roids…
We now have the green band trailer to Jerome Sable’s musical horror comedy Stage Fright, releasing on iTunes and On Demand on April 3 and following with a theatrical release on May 9.
Described as Scream meets “Glee,” “Starry-eyed teenager Camilla Swanson wants to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become a Broadway diva, but she’s stuck working in the kitchen of a snobby performing arts camp. Determined to change her destiny, she sneaks in to audition for the summer showcase and lands a lead role in the play, but just as rehearsals begin, blood starts to spill, and Camilla soon finds herself terrified by the horror of musical theatre.”
Fright is the feature film debut of writer-director Jerome Sable, director of the absolutely hilarious, award-winning short, “The Legend of Beaver Dam.” Allie MacDonald and Douglas Smith star with Minnie Driver and Meat Loaf.
For every Freddy, Jason and Michael Myers, there are countless cinematic bugbears who remain frustratingly overlooked by mainstream audiences. As horror fans know, this has nothing to do with their quality or ability to scare – simply with the failure of each of their respective films to catch fire at the box-office (or even receive a theatrical release to begin with). In a couple of cases, the spooks in question were far better than the films that contained them. Whatever the cause, all deserve far more recognition than they currently receive.
Check out my list of ten below, then sound off with your own picks in the comments!
Cropsy – The Burning (1981)
Despite being released in the thick of the ’80s slasher boom, The Burning failed to make a dent with audiences during its theatrical run. Which is a shame, as the film features one of the most memorable bogeymen of the period – Cropsy, a disfigured former summer camp caretaker whose ghastly appearance results from a teenage prank gone horribly wrong (fun fact: the character was named after a real urban legend that originated on Staten Island, which became the subject of the 2009 documentary Cropsey). With superb makeup effects by Tom Savini (who allegedly was given only three days to design the killer’s “burn-victim” makeup), an appropriately tortured back-story and a bitchin’ signature weapon (a nasty pair of garden shears), Cropsy should’ve joined the ranks of Jason, Freddy and Michael Myers as one of the era’s most prolific cinematic butchers. Sadly, his name recognition remains dismal with everyone but the die-hard horror set.
Bubba Ritter/The Scarecrow – Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981)
This largely-forgotten made-for-TV horror flick luckily got a DVD release back in 2010, giving modern-day viewers a chance to discover one of the greatest unheralded horror movies of the 1980s. Central to the film is Bubba Ritter (Larry Drake), a mentally-challenged small-town man who is scapegoated for the near-mauling death of a young girl he has befriended. When a gang of local rednecks guns down the innocent giant in an act of ignorance-fueled anger, Bubba returns from beyond the grave to hunt the killers down one by one. Clad in the eerie scarecrow costume he was wearing when he died, Bubba’s vengeful spirit is an appropriately spooky presence in the film, which – while mostly gore-free due to its network TV origins – stands as one of the best, subtlest, most thematically-substantial slasher flicks of the decade.
Mary Shaw – Dead Silence (2007)
Not a misunderstood classic by any means, James Wan and Leigh Whannell’s Dead Silence is still an underrated recent horror film that suffered from poor marketing and a rather unfair critical beating. The film’s main strength is its long-tongued central villain Mary Shaw (excellently embodied by Judith Roberts), a lonely elderly ventriloquist who was murdered by a mob after being blamed (correctly) for a young boy’s disappearance. The creepy legend surrounding Shaw works because it’s easy to sum up but also comes packaged with a host of intriguing details (i.e. she cuts out the tongues of her victims as revenge for having suffered the same fate), all of which work in tandem to make her more than just a cut-rate bogeywoman. The addition of Shaw’s creepy, ever-present ventriloquist dummy Billy completes the package nicely, making it a shame the film wasn’t embraced by audiences the way Wan and Whannell’s tiresome Saw franchise was. The film’s obvious flaws aside, Shaw is one of the most unfairly overlooked movie ghouls of recent horror cinema.
Gunther – The Funhouse (1981)
It’s no wonder that Tobe Hooper helmed this lesser-known early ’80s slasher – the film’s main killer, a deformed carny named Gunther, is cut from the same mold as the cannibalistic Leatherface from the director’s 1974 classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Hidden by a Frankenstein mask for nearly 2/3 of the film’s running time, Gunther’s gruesome visage – glowing red eyes, vampiric fangs, forehead cleaved in two – was designed by makeup f/x guru Rick Baker, in one of the most ghastly movie-monster creations of the decade. Adding to the horror, the deranged man-beast is prone to fits of violent rage, expressed via a series of feral grunts and flailing limbs. Despite being one of the out-and-out most frightening slasher villains of the ’80s, the poor beast has been sadly undervalued in comparison with many of his contemporaries.
Valek – John Carpenter’s Vampires (1998)
I’ll be the first to admit that Vampires is a deeply flawed film. But as played by Thomas Ian Griffith, “master vampire” Valek is one of the coolest cinematic bloodsuckers of the ’90s. A sort of desert Dracula with pale skin and long, dark hair, the unrepentant butcher is a particularly nasty brand of vampire who never hesitates to slice and dice anyone unlucky enough to get in his path. What’s particularly great about the bloodthirsty maniac is that he’s alternately a seductive Bela Lugosi-type vampire and a merciless killer, literally ripping through his victims (the film is so gory that Carpenter was forced to cut several seconds to get an “R” rating) as he pursues the ancient Black Cross of Berziers. The scenes that depict him rising from beneath the desert sand as dusk falls are incredibly cool – it’s just too bad the film as a whole wasn’t better realized.
Mothman – The Mothman Prophecies (2002)
I watched The Mothman Prophecies during its theatrical run, and it was one of the most unsettling moviegoing experiences I’d had in a long time. Unfortunately, this underrated little chiller never found much of an audience despite boasting one of the most hair-raising specters in recent memory. Using the real-life legends surrounding the titular winged creature – spotted by multiple individuals between 1966 and 1967 in and around Point Pleasant, West Virgina – as its jumping-off point, the film works up an atmosphere of oppressive dread from the get-go and admirably maintains it (nearly) throughout. What makes it work is director Mark Pellington’s (Arlington Road) insistence on keeping the Mothman mostly out of sight, instead presenting him via a combination of ominous sketches, spine-tingling phone calls (“Hello, John Klein…my name is Indrid Cold”) and nightmarish flashbacks – all set to tomandandy’s terrifically bone-chilling score.
Rev. Henry Kane – Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986)
Though far inferior to its predecessor overall, Poltergeist II is also scarier thanks to one key ingredient – Julian Beck’s Rev. Henry Kane. An insane former cult leader whose sadistic Jim Jones-style methods resulted in the deaths of his loyal followers, the Reverend (who I’ll admit is probably better-known than the rest of the evildoers on this list, albeit one who receives less attention than he deserves due to the poor quality of the film that contains him) now haunts the Freeling family in the form of the Beast, a demonic presence intent on claiming young Carol Anne. With his skeletal features, penchant for breaking into creepy religious hymns at a moment’s notice (“God is in his Holy temple…”) and soft, lilting speech patterns, Kane is one of the greatest horror villains of the 1980s (the fact that Beck, suffering from colon cancer at the time of shooting, died during production only adds to the creep-factor). Though the character was reprised by actor Nathan Davis in Poltergeist III two years later, his interpretation just can’t live up to Beck’s brilliant original portrayal. It’s too bad he left us when he did.
The Collector – Tales from the Crypt Presents: Demon Knight (1995)
I’ve highlighted Demon Knight on B-D before, and a big part of my adoration for the film comes from Billy Zane’s madcap performance as The Collector, a wisecracking force of evil whose own spilled blood is capable of birthing a small army of demonic minions. Though designed as a stand-alone film in a series of Tales from the Crypt-branded features (a short-lived proposition that was effectively ended by the awful Dennis Miller-starring follow-up Bordello of Blood), I could easily envision a franchise built around the enthusiastic evildoer, with each subsequent film establishing a new set of victims and an entirely different scenario – perhaps even with a new form of monster backing him up each time. Unfortunately, Demon Knight didn’t perform well enough to justify such an endeavor.
Mr. Slausen – Tourist Trap (1979)
This horror oddity from the late ’70s gets by mostly on the strength of its inspired central killer – a roadside museum-owner who turns his unfortunate victims into creepy mannequins, which he then controls using his telekinetic powers. The sadistic serial murderer is memorably played by the late Chuck Connors (best known for starring in the 1960s TV series The Rifleman), who has a lot of fun in the role of the unhinged country bumpkin who enjoys wearing a creepy mannequin mask while smothering nubile travelers with plaster in his basement. (SPOILER ALERT!) Sure, Slausen is dispatched in the final reel by the film’s Final Girl, but had Tourist Trap proven successful I’m sure the producers would’ve found a way to bring him back for a sequel. That axe wound didn’t look so bad, after all.
Sam – Trick ‘r Treat (2007)
This pint-sized trick-or-treater – the common thread among all the segments of Michael Dougherty’s acclaimed anthology film – appears to be nothing more than a harbinger of doom early on – until, that is, we get a taste of his true potential during a nasty showdown with former bus driver Kreeg (Brian Cox) near the end. In short (no pun intended), Sam proves to be a far more formidable adversary than meets the eye (sharpened lollipop as a weapon? yes, please), not to mention a freakier one – when unmasked, his face is revealed as a bitchin’ cross between a pumpkin and a human skull. While the character certainly boasts a loyal cult fanbase among horror aficionados, he’s not so well known to the public at large, a result of Trick ‘r Treat‘s straight-to-DVD release a full two years after Warner Bros. decided to nix plans for a theatrical run. As a result, Sam remains one of the coolest undead movie psychos – and certainly the most diminutive one – never to get a shot at mainstream recognition.
Dynamite Entertainment cordially invites all you Deadites to the wedding of Ash and Sheila in the pages of “Army of Darkness: Ash Gets Hitched” this summer. July marks the 10th anniversary of the “Army of Darkness” comics at Dynamite, and they want to mark up the anniversary as one that counts for the characters. The issue comes from the creative team of Steve Niles and Nacho Tenorio.
April 18th, 2014, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite is proud to announce that Ash is going to tie the knot this upcoming July in Army of Darkness: Ash Gets Hitched #1. Written by the best-selling comic writer, Steve Niles and interiors by Nacho Tenorio, this monumental event comes with covers by the who’s who of comic artists today: Jae Lee, Lucio Parrillo, Francesco Francavilla, Nick Bradshaw, Arthur Suydam, and Stephanie Buscema!
In Army of Darkness: Ash Gets Hitched #1, Ash and Sheila are reunited and Ash vows they will never be separated again. Can evil stop evil? This will be the question Ash has to answer, now that he has unleashed the Faceless Man on the land.
“I think fans of the films will really enjoy what we’re doing in Ash & the Army of Darkness,” says Army of Darkness: Ash Gets Hitched writer Steve Niles. “It was a dream come true for me to create the sequel we never got and I hope fans enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Now we head into the next chapter, the marriage of Ash and Sheila. This is pretty huge for the AoD universe because it means Ash is going to stay in the Dark Ages and be a father and husband. It’s going to be a very strange and fun trip.”
“Ash has always been a very important character at Dynamite, given Army of Darkness was our first book launched back in July of 2004,” says Dynamite CEO / Publisher Nick Barrucci. “We’ve had a great relationship with MGM over the last 10 years and are grateful for their support and our ability to continue with such an iconic character and a great license. As we continue to celebrate our 10th Anniversary in July, it was very important to us that Steve Niles, someone who is an incredible talent, would be the writer of this milestone story continuing his stellar work from Ash and the Army of Darkness, and be the person to write such a defining moment in the life of Ash!”
Steve Niles is an American comic book writer and novelist, known for works such as 30 Days of Night, Criminal Macabre, Simon Dark, Mystery Society, and Batman: Gotham County Line. He is credited among other contemporary writers as bringing horror comics back to prominence, authoring such works as 30 Days of Night, its sequel, Dark Days, and Criminal Macabre. Steve currently writes Ash and the Army of Darkness for Dynamite Entertainment.
Army of Darkness: Ash Gets Hitched #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ May Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release on July 9, 2014. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of Army of Darkness: Ash Gets Hitched #1 with their local comic book retailers. Army of Darkness: Ash Gets Hitched #1 will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.
The fantastic survival horror game Siren sees its tenth anniversary — in North America, at least — and what better way to celebrate something like that than with a manga adaptation? All right, another Siren game would be substantially more exciting, but when it comes to this hugely underrated series, I’ll take what I can get. The manga, titled The Call of the Red Sea, will be illustrated by Wataru Kamio, with a story by Keiichiro Toyama and Naoko Sato.
The manga will arrive later this year in the manga magazine Shin Mimibukuro Atmos.
— プレイステーション公式 (@PlayStation_jp) April 17, 2014
Good news for 80′s horror fans, Stan Winston aficionados and the Lance Henriksen devoted. Scream Factory will be issuing Pumpkinhead and Pumpkinhead II: Bloodwings on Blu-ray. STYD got the scoop from the Factory themselves, who reveal that the 1988 Stan Winston directed film is actually one of their most requested titles.
Per the studio, “Pumpkinhead will be a ‘Collector’s Edition’ (in fact, artwork is just about done) and Pumpkinhead II will be its own separate release. No further details to report at this time but we’ll keep you posted on developments during our ‘Summer of Fear.’”
Excited to see the original like it’s the first time and excited to see the sequel for the actual first time.
The Return of Swamp Thing came out in 1989 to capitalize off the minimal success brought on by Wes Craven’s first adaptation in 1982. Both were terribly inept interpretations of the character that came to define the cheese typically found in comic book movies of the era. While the first Swamp Thing was truly a horrible sight to behold, nothing, and I mean nothing will prepare you for the insanity of his return. In the film, Dick Durock, who would later be known for his role as Man at Subway Station in Die Hard with a Vengeance, plays Swampy. The young Heather Locklear stars as Abby Arcane. Her love for Swamp Thing is something eternal. Something everlasting, so naturally the scene in which Abby is finally ready to receive his mossy member should be as beautiful as it is otherworldly. I mean Alan Moore set the standard just a few years previous, so what could go wrong? Apparently a lot.
I almost wish I had written and directed this thing. Something about the erotic but sweet score accompanied with the heart wrenching dialogue really gets to me. It speaks volumes about the character, and gives us a unique insight into Swamp Thing’s messy home and bachelor lifestyle. I can’t say anymore, you just need to see what might be the most erotic and horrifying sex scene ever filmed.
The above is Alan Moore’s version of what it’s like to sex the Swamp Thing. Pretty much the exact same thing, right?
13 years isn’t a curse to a horror fan.
I’m not one for self-celebration, which is why our 13th birthday came and went without so much as a whisper. But with us launching our latest version of Bloody Disgusting (full details here), I started to reflect back on the past and felt like vocalizing a bit.
I’m having a truly bizarre “full circle” kind of year, especially now that I’m back in Chicago. It caused a tidal wave of memories to flush over me.
First and foremost, I want to make it painfully clear that Bloody Disgusting’s mission statement has always been, and will always be, the same two things. The first is that we always appreciate our readers, because without you guys there is no Bloody Disgusting. Second, we do this for the love of the genre. I think we can all agree that we’re both here day in, day out because we would marry the horror genre if it were legal (in my case, I’d have to marry both horror and basketball, which I’m sure John Carpenter can appreciate).
Even though you guys put us on the map, and kept us as the top horror source in the world, there are a few people out there that deserve some love as well. While some sites spent their days attempting to sabotage us with fake scoops and/or sending out corporate memos dictating that the staff should “destroy Bloody Disgusting” (no joke), there were some who were kind, supportive and an absolute pleasure to work with over the years. So, a sincere and emotional “thank you” to Garth Franklin at Darkhorizons.com, Berge Garabedian at JoBlo.com, John Fallon at Arrowinthehead.com, Patrick Sauriol of Coming Attractions, among the many others who supported us when we needed it most. I love you guys.
Getting off track a bit, I passed my old college the other day. I seriously can’t believe I was 21 when Tom and myself launched the site. I remember that, at the time, we were building the site while I was working two jobs and going to school full time. I would sit in class and sneakily go on the Spawn.com forums to chat about toys, linking our site out to anyone who would pay attention. Hanging out in the AOL “chat rooms” was another great way to interact with genre fans and direct them to Bloody Disgusting to continue our conversation. It may sound like tedious work, but when you love something as much as we do, it isn’t work. If anything, Bloody Disgusting has been an extracurricular activity for most of the 13 years. While it may have transcended into a job, there’s nothing more special than having millions of horror fans to directly interact with on a daily basis (he addition of social media has only amplified this ability).
Tom and I couldn’t do it alone, though.
I really miss the simplicity of the 00′s. Because of social media, and the rise of the Web, I spend most of my day posting news stories. I miss when the glut of my day was spent hunting for and creating fresh content. Still, with indie cinema exploding, the introduction of crowd-sourcing platforms, as well as genre-themed games, comics, toys and music all being part of the horror lifestyle, there’s a lot to celebrate. And thank god for our hard working staff, because there’s no way in hell we could do this without them!
13 years. Wow. I still can’t wrap my head around it. We’re still here because of you guys. We have always tried to do right by you. Every decision we’ve made we personally have been proud of (while not everyone will like V/H/S or our BD Selects titles, we stand by them and believe them to be “quality”).
With this new site we forge towards 15 years, simplifying a chaotic glutton of news stories, and streamlining everything for mobile. Take us with you everywhere, because you’re always with us…
Bloody Disgusting. “Where Burning Flesh is the Smell of Success”
After nearly two years, “Frankenstein Alive, Alive!” is back* in all its literary, artistic glory. Niles packs a philosophical punch in issue #3 that falls in step with both the previous issues and the source material, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Niles’ appreciation for this classic work of literature is rivalled only by Wrightson’s obvious passion for the Monster, making it clear that there is no other pairing quite right to continue on with Shelley’s story.
WRITTEN BY: Steve Niles
ART BY: Bernie Wrightson
RELEASE: April 16, 2014
If you’re looking for the commercialized, violent, and cheaply horrific Monster that the 21st century has associated with Frankenstein, you’ve come to the wrong comic book. It’s not an easy job to recreate a literary classic, but Niles does this job exceptionally well. He provides us with a deep, thought provoking look inside the Monster’s psyche and additionally, a look into the collective psyche of Man. Much like the original, the Monster serves as a mirror to reflect our fears and prejudices.
One thing that really stands out in issue #3 is Niles’ ability to earn the reader’s empathy. The writing is so dizzying, causing us to feel the same sense of dread, fear, and hopelessness as the Monster. This issue is strong with emotion. We watch as the Monster plummets down from his high off the normalcy that was built for him in the previous issue. The kind façade of Dr. Simon Ingles that had given us hope for the Monster has been shattered and we are pulled into the emotional tidal wave.
Dr. Ingles, who appeared in issue #2 as a kind and gentle scientist working on a way to prolong life and help the body heal itself has been outed as a psychopathic and manipulative murderer. This realization is a blow to the confidence of the Monster, sending him into a frenzied tailspin, ultimately causing him to question his own purpose and reality.
The sheer amount of work that is put into the art for “Frankenstein Alive, Alive!” is astounding. The fact that this is a serialized comic is a treat, even if we have to wait a year or so for each issue. Wrightson is gifting us with a level of artistry that just cannot be achieved on a monthly basis. In addition to the pure skill that’s evident in his art, Wrightson’s take on the appearance of the Monster is reminiscent of the early, mid-1800s Frankenstein artistic interpretations. Especially the classic Theodor von Holst illustration.
This isn’t a comic that one reads for heavy, action-packed plot points. It’s existential. Self-reflective. Very literary. It’s shorter in length than the average monthly comic, so take time with it, indulge in it, soak it in. Treat it like the fine piece of art that it is.
*Dare I say “alive”?
Review by – Bree Ogden
Justin Jordan and Kyle Strahm’s new series looks to be one for longtime horror fans to follow, evoking imagery similar to John Carpenter’s classic, The Thing. We scooped up some details on the series last week, but Image has released further information including a synopsis that makes the book even more intruiging.
Justin Jordan (DEAD BODY ROAD, Luther Strode) and Kyle Strahm (HACK/SLASH, HAUNT) team up for a new science-fiction thriller, SPREAD, a horrifying story of inevitable death and slim hope. Enthusiasm for SPREAD will prove infectious and launch with a social media contest. Post the cover image of SPREAD #1 with the caption “it’s spreading…” and tag @kstrahm and @Justin_Jordan on Twitter and/or Facebook with the hashtag #itsspreading for for a chance to cameo as an extra character in the book, plus other SPREAD swag. Winners will be revealed on the day of release, July 9.
Ten years ago, humanity dug too deep and unleashed something ancient that couldn’t be controlled. Something that couldn’t be stopped, twisting everything it touched into more of itself. The Spread. Humanity was nearly destroyed before finding a way to slow the Spread to a crawl. Now, deep inside the quarantined zone, one man has found what might be the key to stopping it forever: a baby girl. And if he can save her, he might save the world.
“It’s Lone Wolf and Cub in a world where John Carpenter’s The Thing ate North America,” said Jordan. “Sean Shields, mostly called ‘No’ in the book—because he’s taciturn enough that it’s most of his dialogue—is one of the survivors. No is ‘Spread-immune,’ unable to be converted by the Spread biomass, and this means he can get closer to the Spread to scavenge useful bits of what used to be civilization—but not without danger. ”
The Spread itself is comprised of more than just its threat for virulence the creatures that lurk and thrive within it are equally nefarious. “I’ve designed piles of crazy organisms that form the Spread ecosystem. [Colorist] Felipe Sobreiro and I have crafted a look for these things that we’re very proud of,” said Strahm. “From tiny scavengers to massive predators, every creature has a spot on the food chain and looks pretty cool occupying that spot. The organisms least equipped to survive in the Spread are human beings. Gross things happen when they get too close.”
SPREAD #1 arrives in stores on 7/9 and is available for $3.50.
SPREAD can be pre-ordered using Diamond Code MAY140579.
“Haunted Horror” #10 takes readers on a nostalgic blast to the past. The ‘House of Horrors’ series presents spine-chilling short stories of moral descent with a supernatural twist. Though this is a reprint, the scares still hold up and the colors are wonderfully eye-popping.
WRITTEN BY: Various
ART BY: Various
PUBLISHER: IDW Publishing
RELEASE: April 16th, 2014
The “Haunted Horror” anthology contains six tales that mix black humor and scares. Though the short tales are drawn differently, the illustrations share a similar ’50s style. Each panel is drawn using primary colors, focusing on bright blues and sunny yellows. Rather than tell a dark mortality tale with dreary colors, the old-school color scheme has a way of making the scares seem clear and apparent.
Sal Trapani’s “Epitaph” represents the moral message and style of the 50′s horror comics at its best. The story revolves around a distraught husband searching for his missing wife. He suddenly finds himself lost in a cemetery, surrounded by open graves. Each tombstone is carved with all the sins committed by the guilt-ridden person. The hilarious twist at the end is that the married couple were both unfaithful to each other.
Lou Cameron’s “Prey For The Vampire Horde” takes a step further with the common fear of heights and airplanes. Imagine being stuck on a flight where vampires are chasing after the passengers. In an impressive wide shot, Cameron illustrates these monstrous flying bats circling around the airplane. Because the flying bats are crashing into the engines, the plane is forced to go down and land into a trap.
Joe Certa’s “Midnight Unlimited” is my favorite piece amongst the collection. A passenger without a ticket is about to take a train ride to Hell. The only customers that get on this train are walking skeletons. Certa illustrates men with suits, who all have skulls on top of their collars. The only human passenger has fight his way through, punching and kicking at the skeletons. This short tale was a lot of fun to read and has a nice little twist at the end.
Take a fun and scary trip to the 1950s with “Haunted House” #10. Though time has passed, the “Haunted House” series proves that good storytelling never grows old.
Reviewed by Jorge Solis
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