The Vampire Diaries Cast Members Tease What’s Ahead in Season 6

Dread Central - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 20:10

We’re just a few days away from the Season 6 premiere of “The Vampire Diaries,” and all of the show’s stars have recorded quick video interviews in which they give us a few hints of what to expect. Check ‘em out, and get ready for “TVD’s” Thursday night return!

“The Vampire Diaries” Episode 6.01 – “I’ll Remember” (airs 10/2/14): After spending the past four months coping with the loss of Damon (Ian Somerhalder) in an unconventional and potentially dangerous way, Elena (Nina Dobrev) has returned to Whitmore College for the start of sophomore year.

Unable to move on, Caroline (Candice Accola) is desperate to find a way to reverse the anti-magic spell the Travelers have put over Mystic Falls and grows frustrated when her calls to Stefan (Paul Wesley) go unanswered.

Tyler (Michael Trevino), who is human once again, has a run-in at a football tailgate that tests his ability to control his anger, while Matt (Zach Roerig) worries that Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) is dealing with the loss of Bonnie (Kat Graham) in a self-destructive way.

Alaric (Matt Davis), who is struggling to adjust to his new life as a vampire, finds himself in an awkward situation when he meets Jo (guest star Jodi Lyn O’Keefe), a beautiful doctor at the university hospital.

Lastly, while everyone believes Stefan is off tracking a lead to get Damon and Bonnie back, Elena is shocked when she learns the truth of what he has really been up to. Jeffrey Hunt directed the episode written by Caroline Dries.

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Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare Gets New DLC

Dread Central - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 20:03

Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare is set to receive free DLC on September 30th in the form of Legends of the Lawn. This update will give players the ability to play the Taco Bandits game mode, in which the plants attempt to defend three tacos from a horde of invading zombies.

Either defend the tacos as the plants or deliver them to them to nearby UFO’s as the zombies to win.

Legends of the Lawn will feature seven new character variants: Golf Star, Centurion, Paleontologist, Chomp Thing, Alien Flower, Jade Cactus, and Sanitation Expert. Each provides its own unique abilities such as sniping or quicker health regeneration.

The DLC will also offer depth to the game’s customization, boasting over 200 new options including a Mass Effect-inspired skin for the Plasma Peashooter.

The game’s last expansion, Suburbination, will be included on the PlayStation version of Legends of the Lawn, providing PlayStation fans a chance to play the DLC that skipped Sony consoles due to the later release date of Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare on that system.

Legends of the Lawn will be available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

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Telluride Horror Show 2014 Reveals Second Wave of Films

Dread Central - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 19:51

The fifth annual Telluride Horror Show is getting set to kick off in Telluride, Colorado, and right now we have the second batch of announced films for your perusal.

From the Press Release
The Telluride Horror Show is excited to announce its second batch of films for the 5th annual film festival, scheduled for October 10-12, 2014, in beautiful Telluride, Colorado.  Spanning the globe, features include CREEP starring Mark Duplass, Canadian film THE EDITOR, ABCs of DEATH 2, and horror comedy GRAVY, which includes Sarah Silverman.

Here’s the complete rundown of the second wave of films, including shorts and features.

FEATURES
ABCs OF DEATH 2
Various Countries | 2014 | 125 min | Directors: Aharon Keshales & Navot Papushado, Alejandro Brugués, Bill Plympton, Chris Nash, Dennison Ramalho, Erik Matti, Evan Katz, Hajime Ohata, Jen & Sylvia Soska, Jerome Sable, Jim Hosking, Juan Martinez Moreno, Julian Barratt, Julian Gilbey, Julien Bustillo & Alexandre Maury, Kristina Buozyte & Bruno Samper, Lancelot Imasuen, Larry Fessenden, Marvin Kren, Robert Boocheck, Robert Morgan, Rodney Ascher, Soichi Umezawa, Steven Kostanski, Todd Rohal, Vincenzo Natali.
Fresh off of Fantastic Fest, ABCs OF DEATH 2 is the follow-up to the most ambitious anthology film ever conceived with productions spanning from Nigeria to UK to Brazil and everywhere in between. It features segments directed by over two dozen of the world’s leading talents in contemporary genre film. The film is comprised of twenty-six chapters, each helmed by a different director assigned a letter of the alphabet. The directors were then given free rein in choosing a word to create a story involving death.

AMONG THE LIVING
France | 2014 | 90 min | Directors: Alexandre Bustillo & Julien Maury
In its only screening since SXSW…
Victor, Dan, and Tom skip school to wander around an abandoned amusement park. They stumble upon a horrific vision: A woman in chains is dragged through the field by a man wearing a clown mask. The masked man catches a glimpse of the boys, who scramble to run away. But, before they can escape, they see something which has been hidden for years, something they were not meant to see. Terrified of having been seen by the masked man, the boys try to alert the police. Unfortunately, their past record of unruly behavior discredits them and the police do not follow up on their tipoff. That night someone breaks into their homes, seeking to eliminate them…one after another. They are going to meet Klarence…

THE BOXTROLLS
USA | 2014 | 100 min | Directors: Anthony Stacchi & Graham Annable
SPECIAL PRESENTATION
The Boxtrolls, a stop-motion feature, is a comedic fable that unfolds in Cheesebridge, a posh Victorian- era town obsessed with wealth, class and the stinkiest of fine cheeses. Beneath its charming cobblestone streets dwell the Boxtrolls, foul monsters who crawl out of the sewers at night and steal what the townspeople hold most dear: their children and their cheeses. At least that’s the legend residents have always believed. In truth, the Boxtrolls are an underground cavern-dwelling community of quirky and lovable oddballs who wear recycled cardboard boxes the way turtles wear their shells. The Boxtrolls have raised an orphaned human boy since infancy as one of their dumpster-diving and mechanical junk-collecting own. When the Boxtrolls are targeted by a villainous pest exterminator who is bent on eradicating them as his ticket to Cheesebridge society, the kind-hearted band of tinkerers must turn to their adopted charge and an adventurous rich girl to bridge two worlds amidst the winds of change – and cheese.  After this special screening of The Boxtrolls, LAIKA’s Mark Shapiro will take us behind-the-scenes with production puppets from the film and rarely seen images and time lapses.

CREEP
USA | 2014 | 80 min | Director: Patrick Brice
Looking for work, Aaron (Patrick Brice) comes across a cryptic online ad: “$1,000 for the day. Filming service. Discretion is appreciated.” Low on cash and full of naiveté he drives to a cabin in a remote mountain town where he meets Josef (Mark Duplass), his cinematic subject for the day. Josef is sincere and the project seems heartfelt, so Aaron begins to film. But as the day goes on, it becomes clear that Josef may not be who he says.

THE EDITOR
Canada | 2014 | 99 min | Directors: Adam Brooks & Matthew Kennedy
Rey Ciso was once the greatest editor the world had ever seen. Since a horrific accident left him with four wooden fingers on his right hand, he’s had to resort to cutting pulp films and trash pictures. When the lead actors from the film he’s been editing turn up murdered at the studio, Rey is fingered as the number one suspect. The bodies continue to pile up in this absurdist giallo-thriller as Rey struggles to prove his innocence and learn the sinister truth lurking behind the scenes.

GRAVY
USA | 2014 | 93 min | Director: James Roday
It’s All Hallow’s Eve. A trio of costumed misfits with very special dietary requirements seizes a Mexican cantina and force the staff to engage in a late night of gaming, food and libations. The only caveat is what’s on the menu. GRAVY includes Sarah Silverman.

WORLD OF DEATH
Various Countries | 2014 | 55 min | Directors: Gus Krieger, Matt Cairnes & Brandon Pickering, Tony Wash, Félix Catala, Neil Mackay, Daniel Pizá Ruiz, Marc Schießer, Martin Vrede Nielsen, Paul Campion, Jordan Wippell, William Prince, MJ Blackman, Craig Stewart, Matthew Corbett, Dan Frantz.
This is an hour long “sampler” of the World of Death compilation. World of Death brings together the talent of over 200 filmmakers from more than 20 different countries in a compilation of short horror films that will terrorize, astonish, disturb, and excite genre fans across the globe.

SHORTS
ALONE
France | 2013 | 10 min | Director: Didier Philippe
Claire lives alone in a large apartment. Her fear of the outside world stops her from going out and letting people in. One day, she discovers evidence revealing that a man lives in her home. The presence of that man becomes more and more threatening…

A(R)MEN
Norway | 2013 | 14 min | Director: Thomas Lunde
Arne loses an arm in an accident, but miraculously a new arm appears. This new arm’s got a will of its own and turns his life upside down. Void is replaced with joy, but miracles have a price.

AUTUMN HARVEST
Norway | 2014 | 17 min | Director: Fredrik S. Hana
Devastated by his wife’s death, a fisherman plans to put an end to his own life. His attempted suicide is interrupted by a mysterious sea creature that offers him a deal: Recover his lost love in exchange for carrying out a series of gruesome acts.

BOX ROOM
Ireland | 2013 | 15 min | Director: Michael Lathrop
Jerry is a strange and solitary boy who lives alone with his young neglectful mother in a run-down apartment. Behind the bedroom wall he discovers a seductive alien creature with which he has sex. After the creature becomes pregnant, Jerry is filled with panic and guilt and attempts to abort the alien creature, leading to a horrific outcome which neither himself nor his mother will ever forget.

DARKNESS COMES
Australia | 2013 | 7 min | Director: John Marsh
A desperate man, a derelict farmhouse, an ever-present menace: What happens when DARKNESS COMES?

DEAD FUCK
USA | 2014 | 6 min | Director: K.W. Roach

Dead Fuck divulges to the audience an otherwise private and esoteric act. It agitates the notion of necrophilia by way of displacing that which is innately abject, the act of copulating with the dead, and forcing upon it the aesthetic treatment of the beautiful and living. The perversion can be viewed under a new pretense–untethered by the preconceptions of abjection. The image is conceived with the quiet contemplation of a nature morte, transcending the physical vility of necrophilia while arousing the parameters of beauty.

FOUND
USA | 2014 | 4 min | Director: Rebekah McKendry
A mockumentary that reveals the modern day origins of found footage horror films.

THE GAS MAN
UK | 2014 | 14 min | Director: Matt Palmer
Sometimes, the gas man needs to read the meter. Sometimes, he has other things in mind.

GET SOME
UK | 2014 | 15 min | Directors: Adam & Joe Horton
After a viral pandemic takes its grip on the planet turning humans into flesh craving mutants, TV adventurer Hunter Smith fights back by presenting “Get Some”, a show in which he tracks and kills the infected for the entertainment of the surviving population.

PET PEEVE
USA | 2013 | 6 min | Director: Paul von Stoetzel
A short horror comedy film focusing on a filmmaker’s aggravation with film contests and their constraints to subject matter.

SHE
UK| 2014 | 15 min | Directors: Mark Vessey & Chelsey Burdon
A tragic couple are stuck in a loveless and silent relationship until an anniversary dinner when SHE plans a brutal act of revenge that will leave them both forever changed.

SILK
USA | 2014 | 14 min | Director: Rob Himebaugh
After acquiring a jar of rare silk from the vast desert expanse of Afghanistan, a CIA field operative is impregnated by the spider hiding inside.

THE SOUND OF TRAINS
USA | 2014 | 11 min | Directors: Travis Champagne & Jordan Bradley
Jacob, a middle-aged hermit, discovers an otherworldly goo that triggers an evening of disturbing events. These events lead to visitations by curious beings, causing Jacob to question his sanity and whether we really are alone in this universe.

THE TOUR
UK | 2014 | 15 min | Directors: Alex Mathieson & Damon Rickard
U.S. PREMIERE
Darkmoor Manor is England’s most haunted house, its doors closed to the public. It is now just part of a tour which helps attracts visitors to a struggling town. That is until the tour guide, trying to impress two attractive American tourists, promises to get them inside. But none of them could be prepared for what was waiting within the shadows of the house.

For more info visit the official Telluride Horror Show website, “like” Telluride Horror Show on Facebook and follow the Telluride Horror Show on Twitter (@telluridehorror).

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Leprechaun Origins (Blu-ray / DVD)

Dread Central - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 19:41

Starring Stephanie Bennett, Andrew Dunbar, Brandon Fletcher, Melissa Roxburgh, Garry Chalk, Teach Grant, Dylan “Hornswoggle” Postl

Directed by Zach Lipovsky

Distributed by Lionsgate

You would think with a name like Leprechaun Origins that you would see, somewhere during the course of the egregious 90-minute running time of this monstrosity, a full-shot of a leprechaun. Just once. Give us one good look, not just multiple blurry, quick looks at his head or hands or feet. Or not just a super close-up of his freakishly deformed face, but just a simple, full-on shot so we can see just what our antagonist looks like. Even Cloverfield did that.

Well, that doesn’t happen in Leprechaun Origins. All you get are quick, usually in and out of focus, shots of the creature without ever getting a head-to-toe look at the beast. And, if it’s an origin movie, wouldn’t you expect it to be the beginning of something? Most likely a prequel to a movie that we’ve already seen and are familiar with? Leprechaun Origins provides none of that either. In fact, judging by the end of the movie, you can pretty much say it’s not the origin of anything.

Simply put, Leprechaun Origins takes four beautiful people (I know one of the character’s names was David and one was Sophie, but I’m not totally sure on the others. Needless to say, character development was not of the utmost importance to the filmmakers behind this atrocity) and stick them out in a cabin in a desolate area in Ireland as quickly as possible. We know one of the girls is some type of history buff, but that’s all the character development you get. After that, it’s one random leprechaun attack after another resulting in zero tension, zero thrills and zero fun. So the story goes, beautiful people on a trip through Ireland meet stereotypical Irish locals who offer them a cabin. Beautiful people accept offer from stereotypical Irish characters. Attacks from goblin-like creature intended to be a leprechaun ensue. Roll credits.

Leprechaun Origins goes completely away from the fun horror-comedy that made up the original series. Sure, by the time he got to space and ‘da Hood”, the Leprechaun films became a bit tired and overdone. But they never made the cardinal sin of film…they were never boring. This movie commits that sin in spades. And even in the one or two interesting moments of the movie (as there are few notable F/X moments), the reaction of the characters are so out of the realm of reality that you can’t take it seriously for a moment. And that’s the problem here. Leprechaun Origins wants to be taken seriously and the entire basis of the film rails against that. And the production of the movie ensured it wouldn’t happen.

If there are those of you who get through the movie and are actually inclined to see some special features, there are two featurettes included in Leprechaun Origins. The first is entitled Leprechaun: An Icon Reborn. Now, once you get through the uncontrollable laughing fit this title will certainly bring down upon your unsuspecting person, you will find the answer to why this movie was entitled Leprechaun Origins (and no, the answer isn’t because Leprechaun Steaming Pile of Crap was already taken). The filmmakers explain that they were going for the origin of the actual leprechaun legend, which would also be the genesis of the beloved Leprechaun character. And with the mention of him, let me say Mr. Warwick Ashley Davis, you were sorely missed in this role. This featurette goes on to include interviews with director Zach Lipovsky and stars Dylan “Hornswoggle” Postl and Stephanie Bennett.

Additionally, for those who still decide to continue to plow ahead, there is a behind-the-scenes feature entitled Leprechaun: Behind the Blood which is actually a quite informative and interesting look into how some of the special F/X were created. Definitely the most compelling entry on the entire disk.

Overall, this thing is an epic fail. There was so much potential here. Postl has proven to be a very entertaining personality in his WWE career, and he could have used that to bring another snarky leprechaun to life who doles out one-liners as he’s terrorizing his victims. It would have certainly been an improvement over this. Aside from a couple moderately impressive F/X moments, there’s really nothing worth seeing here.

Special Features

  • Leprechaun: An Icon Reborn featurette
  • Leprechaun: Behind the Blood Featurette


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The Power of Satan Compels You to See the Left Behind Remake

Dread Central - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 19:06

We’re just days away from the release of the Left Behind remake starring Nicolas Cage, potentially the Sharknado of modern Christian cinema. To help entice viewers into theaters, the film’s marketing campaign has begun quoting the Devil himself. No, seriously.

In this magical age where anyone with a blog can be a movie critic, real movie critics have devolved into quote whores, and tweets by ordinary people are regularly used in marketing campaigns, there’s something almost refreshing about PR people trying to persuade people into seeing their movie by quoting that silver-tongued devil, The Devil.

Easily the greatest quote of its kind since Swamp Thing opened his television show emphatically warning, “Do not bring your evil here!”

Obviously the distributors of Left Behind realize that there’s no chance in hell of this movie garnering genuine critical praise so they’ve resorted to gimmicky quotes from someone even more demonic than Rex Reed.

So, will this goofy attempt at reverse psychology/gimmick marketing/desperation succeed in luring in the unwashed masses only to see the light and be converted by the almighty power of Pope Nicolas the Great?

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Editor, The (2014)

Dread Central - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 18:45

Starring Tristan Risk, Paz de la Huerta, Udo Kier, Laurence R. Harvey

Directed by Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy

Growing accustomed to the all-inclusive Friedberg and Seltzer modern model of parody, Astron-6 (Manborg) has (thankfully) thrown its black-rimmed fedora into the ring with a meticulous mock breakdown of giallo crime fiction that doesn’t feel the need to go for easy laughs that only appeal to the lowest common denominator. With The Editor, Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy have delivered a love letter to giallo cinema so niche that it’s probably a good idea to revisit Argento’s “Animal Trilogy” or even go further back to films like Mario Bava’s Blood and Black Lace to fully appreciate the attention to detail on display.

The absurd story follows Rey Ciso (Adam Brooks), who loses his fingers in bloody fashion during a freak accident in the editing room. Now haunted by the ordeal, insecurity consumes him as Ciso fears he may not be as gifted at his profession as he once was. A blade-wielding killer steps on set and starts slicing and dicing, leaving the victims fingerless themselves. Naturally, as an investigation heats up, Ciso becomes the prime suspect – and maybe even the main target.

Knowing full well what has come before and whom fans of the genre hold in high regard, the production employs talent like Udo Kier (Suspiria) and composer Claudio Simonetti, whose contributions are too vast to list. Note perfect throughout, The Editor calls up all the right characteristics of giallo, including badly overdubbed ADR (Automated Dialogue Replacement), glowing Fulci-esque eyes staring back in the dark, and random acts of slap-happy violence where the man inflicting the damage inexplicably turns on a dime and agrees with the victimized woman mere moments later.

Shiny black gloves, gleaming scalpels, and even German Shepherds are referenced throughout the running time, which will undoubtedly cause even casual horror fans to seek out the sleek, horror noir that The Editor is having so much fun lampooning. The only thing that’s absent is copious amounts of slow motion, glass-breaking face smashing (and it’s a sorely missed opportunity).

That’s the magnificent trick that the film pulls off: It never bullies giallos indiscriminately, it just points out how gloriously ridiculous they often are. A dysfunctional marriage of sorts, the dream logic and surreal quality of giallo match up with the over-the-top, sometimes nonsensical aspects of parody and improv comedy, making the insanity of the genre even more outrageous. It’s finally okay to laugh at these movies instead of putting them up on a pedestal, sometimes unjustifiably.

At one point a character exclaims, “We’re all editors of our own realities.” That’s a good definition of giallos in general and how unaccountably surreal they can be. Interestingly, in making fun of giallo films, The Editor winds up paying tribute. Like a mother watching a child throwing a wild temper tantrum, Astron-6’s send-up doesn’t ever pretend to try to make sense out of giallo films, but it does try to understand them.

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This May Be Our First Look At ‘Alien: Isolation’ On PS3

bloody disgusting - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 18:13

I’m still having trouble wrapping my mind around the fact that Alien: Isolation is just over a week away. It looks terrifying, and much of that stems from the alarmingly intelligent antagonist xenomorph that hunts poor Ripley — along with a few other baddies — with the determination that only a perfectly evolved hunter could possess. Visuals also play an important role, but it’s clear Isolation is no slouch in that area — at least not on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

Anyone who’s planning on grabbing the last-gen version knows the game they’ll be playing will look inferior to its current-gen siblings, but will that graphical sacrifice be substantial enough to have any real negative impact on it?

Video Gamer spotted some screenshots that had been republished from a Russian forum by the fan site AVP Galaxy. They’re supposedly from the PS3 version of the game, and while there’s certainly a noticeable difference, they’re not too bad.

Honestly, while I can appreciate a gorgeous-looking video game as much as the next guy, I’m more interested in whether or not the last-gen versions of Alien: Isolation will have any impact on the incredibly complex AI of its alien antagonist.

I’ve reached out to SEGA to see if they’d be willing to confirm or deny their legitimacy. Until I hear back, it goes without saying that because these aren’t official — though they look legit — we’ll have to wait and see.

Alien: Isolation arrives on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on October 7.

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‘F.E.A.R. Online’ Goes Live On Steam This October

bloody disgusting - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 17:37

I can’t say with any real certainty that we’ll ever see another F.E.A.R. sequel, but at least we’re getting something. That something is Aeria Games’ free-to-play installment in the long-running horror shooter series called F.E.A.R. Online, which they’ve just confirmed will be joining October’s already very impressive arsenal of horror releases.

They also revealed the minimum and recommended specs for the game. Between F.E.A.R. Online, Alien: Isolation, The Evil Within, Dying Light, and the inevitable release of specs for the torrent of other horror games we have on the way, I’ll eventually have to find out what all this means.

Minimum:

OS: Windows XP SP2
Processor: Pentium IV 3.2GHz
Memory: 1 GB RAM
Graphics: GeForce 6600GT 512MB
Hard Drive: 10 GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX Sound Support

Recommended:

OS: Windows 7 (32bit/64bit)
Processor: Dual Core 2.4 GHz
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Graphics: GeForce 8600GT 1GB
Hard Drive: 10 GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX Sound Support

Oh, and if you’d like to get in on the beta, you can register here.

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Casting Firms Up for Horror Western Bone Tomahawk

Dread Central - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 17:10

The cast for Caliber Media’s production of writer/director S. Craig Zahler’s brutally violent Western Bone Tomahawk has expanded once again, and now on board are Lili Simmons (“True Detective,” “Banshee”) as the female lead with David Arquette (the Scream franchise), Sid Haig (The Devil’s Rejects), Kathryn Morris (“Cold Case”), and Evan Jonigkeit (“Girls”) set to co-star.

Simmons (pictured) will play “Samantha O’Dwyer,” the de facto doctor of Bright Hope and dedicated wife of Patrick Wilson’s “Arthur O’Dwyer.”

Arquette and Haig play a couple of filthy brigands whose actions set off a string of violent repercussions, Morris will play the wife of Kurt Russell’s “Sheriff Hunt,” and Jonigkeit will play a young deputy sheriff.

Sean Young (Blade Runner), Geno Segers (“Banshee”), Fred Melamed (A Serious Man), James Tolkan (Top Gun), Raw Leiba (The Heat), Jamie Hector (“The Wire”), Jamison Newlander (The Lost Boys), Zahn McClarnon (“Longmire”), David Midthunder, Jay Tavare, Gray Wolf Herrara, Robert Mukes (House of 1000 Corpses), and Brandon Molale round out the cast.

These performers join the previously announced castings of Russell, Wilson, Matthew Fox, and Richard Jenkins.

Caliber Media partners Dallas Sonnier and Jack Heller will produce and arranged the majority of the financing through a deal with The Fyzz Facility’s Wayne Marc Godfrey, Robert Jones, and David Gilbery, who will serve as executive producers.

Synopsis
Four men attempt to rescue a group of captives from a band of cannibalistic troglodytes that live beyond the edge of civilization.

 

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Halloween 4 Audio Sync Issues Being Looked Into

Dread Central - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 17:04

If there’s a single blight on Anchor Bay and Scream Factory’s release of the Halloween: The Complete Collection Blu-ray (review), it’s that there’s a 10-minute stretch during Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers in which the audio does not sync up properly.

The audio issue was present on Anchor Bay’s previous release of Halloween 4 on Blu-ray, and reports are that it’s even worse here. The problems start around the 45:30 mark, when Jamie is wandering the streets alone, having lost her group of trick-or-treaters, before bumping into Rachael. The characters’ lips are clearly not matching up with their words, some lines much more obviously than others. The issue persists for a good ten-minute chunk before correcting itself.

Related Story: Halloween News Archive

Anchor Bay and Scream Factory have issued the following official statement:

“Anchor Bay and Scream Factory are digging deeper into the audio sync issue of H4. Please stay tuned, and we’ll update you with any news as soon as we can…”

Yeah, I’m thinking a replacement disc will soon be on its way. Stay tuned.

 


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2D Horror ‘Noct’ Greenlit on Steam After Successful Kickstarter

bloody disgusting - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 17:03

It’s nothing but good news for the developer of the 2D indie horror game Noct. Last week, their crowdfunding campaign ended after raising $36,363 (CAD) — well over it’s modest $22,000 goal. A few days later, the game was greenlit on Steam.

As for what this unusual game is all about, a synopsis on its Kickstarter page calls it a 2D top-down multiplayer survival horror game set in a post-apocalyptic world that features arcade style combat and elements of survival RPGs.

Noct looks the way it does because the entire game is played through the camera of a thermal imaging satellite. It will also feature procedurally generated levels, so you’ll never know when that big ass spider thing will go full Kool-Aid Man and bust through a wall to impregnate you with its mutant spiderling babies. Or something like that.

I’m not sure how this uniquely stylish horror game managed to fly under my radar for so long, but now that I’m aware of it, I’ll be keeping a close eye on it from now on. It’s currently planned to release on PC and Mac, with a Linux version also in the works. No word on a console release.

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‘The Forest’ Can Be As Bizarre As it is Terrifying

bloody disgusting - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 16:05

I’d say that roughly 99% of the time, The Forest is a terrifying game. You’re alone on an unfamiliar island that’s brimming with cannibal tribes people — and assorted Silent Hill-esque creatures — leaving it up to you to survive. Creativity, strategy, and resourcefulness are all required in order to survive. But as horrific as its world is, the fact that it’s still very much a work in progress means there are all sorts of hilarious bugs you’ll likely come across.

I’ve gone through the archive of screenshots taken from the community. These aren’t official, but they’re all great in different ways. Enjoy.

And finally, a screen no one wants to see…

You can find more screens and footage captured by the community over here.

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David Arquette and Lili Simmons Join ‘Bone Tomahawk’

bloody disgusting - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 15:32

Lili Simmons (pictured below; “True Detective”, “Banshee”) joins as the female lead, with David Arquette (pictured above; Scream, The Tripper), Sid Haig (The Devil’s Rejects, House of 1,000 Corpses), Kathryn Morris (“Cold Case”), and Evan Jonigkeit (“Girls”) also set to star in the Caliber Media production of writer-director S. Craig Zahler’s brutally violent Western Bone Tomahawk, sources tell Bloody Disgusting.

In Bone Tomahawk, “four men attempt to rescue a group of captives from a band of cannibalistic troglodytes that live beyond the edge of civilization.

Simmons will play “Samantha O’Dwyer”, the de facto doctor of Bright Hope and the dedicated wife to Patrick Wilson’s “Arthur O’Dwyer.” Arquette and Haig play a couple of filthy brigands whose actions set off a string of violent repercussions. Morris will play the wife to Kurt Russell’s “Sheriff Hunt” and Jonigkeit will play a young deputy sheriff.

Sean Young (Blade Runner), Geno Segers (“Banshee”), Fred Melamed (A SERIOUS MAN), James Tolkan (Top Gun), Raw Leiba (The Heat), Jamie Hector (“The Wire”), Jamison Newlander (The Lost Boys), Zahn McClarnon (“Longmire”), David Midthunder, Jay Tavare, Gray Wolf Herrara, Robert Mukes, and Brandon Molale round out the cast.

These performers join the previously announced castings of Russell, Wilson, Matthew Fox and Richard Jenkins.

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LEGO ‘Doom’ Needs to Happen

bloody disgusting - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 15:30

There are a lot of video game franchises that I’d like to see adapted into LEGO sets, but after seeing this incredibly impressive creation by Iain Heath (aka Ochre Jelly), Doom has just climbed its way to the top of that list. This is just fantastic, and I don’t even mind that it’s infinitely superior to anything I made during the thousands of hours I undoubtedly spent messing around with those colorful bricks.

For more of Iain’s work, including more pictures like the ones above, check him out on Flickr.

Categories: Horror News

Make Your Choice: Will You See ‘Saw’ In Theaters? (Trailer)

bloody disgusting - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 15:26

If it’s Halloween it must be Saw.

We announced last month that Saw would be getting a limited theatrical re-release for this coming Halloween. Now, just hours after releasing a blood-red one-sheet to commemorate the film’s 10th anniversary, we also have the re-release trailer! Make your choice: will you be seeing Saw in theaters again?

The film will open on Friday, October 31st, with select screenings beginning Thursday night, October 30th. The seven Saw films grossed $874 million at the box office worldwide and were hailed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the “Most Successful Horror Franchise” of all time.

Saw was the first collaboration for co-creators James Wan, who directed the film, and Leigh Whannell, who wrote the screenplay. Together, they also created the successful Insidious franchise, and Wan has gone on to direct such high-profile films as The Conjuring.

Directed by Wan from a script penned by Whannell, Saw is a psychological thriller focusing on two men who wake up in a secure lair of a serial killer, with a dead body lying between them. The killer, nicknamed “Jigsaw,” leaves them tape recorded messages with details of how to make it out alive. The only way for one man to make it out alive is to do the unthinkable. The two men desperately try to find a way out, while also trying to figure out who’s behind their kidnapping.

The film, which was released over Halloween weekend on October 29, 2004, was produced by Gregg Hoffman, Oren Koules, and Mark Burg.

Categories: Horror News

‘Annabelle’ Tries to Kill a Baby and Burn Down a House (Clips)

bloody disgusting - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 15:20

We just released a clip earlier this afternoon from Annabelle, New Line Cinema’s quasi-The Conjuring prequel haunting theaters October 3.

Now, we have two more, one in which the spirit of Annabelle tries to murder a baby, while the other she attempts to burn down the house. Man, she’s pissed.

John Form thinks he’s found the perfect gift for his expectant wife, Mia—a beautiful, rare vintage doll in a pure white wedding dress. But Mia’s delight with Annabelle doesn’t last long.

On one horrific night, their home is invaded by members of a satanic cult, who violently attack the couple. Spilled blood and terror are not all they leave behind. The cultists have conjured an entity so malevolent that nothing they did will compare to the sinister conduit to the damned that is now…Annabelle.

Annabelle reunites the filmmakers behind 2013’s hugely successful supernatural thriller The Conjuring. James Wan, director of the global hit, is producing Annabelle with Peter Safran. John R. Leonetti, who served as cinematographer on The Conjuring, is directing.

Annabelle Wallis (X-Men: First Class) and Ward Horton (The Wolf of Wall Street) star as the Forms. Oscar nominee Alfre Woodard (Cross Creek, Twelve Years a Slave) stars as Evelyn, a neighbor who owns a bookstore and is familiar with the occult. Rounding out the cast are Kerry O’Malley (TV’s “Those Who Kill) and Brian Howe (Devil’s Knot) as neighbors Sharon and Pete Higgins; Tony Amendola (TV’s “Once Upon A Time) as Father Perez; and Eric Ladin (TV’s “Boardwalk Empire,) as Detective Clarkin.

Categories: Horror News

BD Playlist: Zac Vol. 3

bloody disgusting - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 15:00

Our friendly and badass comic book editor Zac Thompson has put together another entry into the BD Playlist series, this time coming up with four bands that he’s been all about as of late. From dreamy pop to indie rock to the glory days of the 80′s, this list has a ton of interesting music to get you hyped up for this week!

Categories: Horror News

Would You Eat McDonald’s ‘Batman’ Burger?

bloody disgusting - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 14:59

Burger King released the demented all black burger, and now Hong Kong McDonald’s is calling on Batman for their latest promotion.

Now in McDonald’s overseas are new ‘Batman’ meals that include the pictured burger, squeeze cheese fries, and speaking green apple tea.

I think it looks mighty tasty, sans the big eggs on top. Still, there’s nothing that says ‘Batman’ like a cheeseburger, cheese fries and sparking green ties, am I wrong? If anything, this looks more like a Bane burger, a mess of food chemicals…

At least the black burger is, well, all black.

Photo: jc1593/imgur

Categories: Horror News

‘The Evil Within’ Trailer Thinks It’s a Movie

bloody disgusting - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 14:52

The latest trailer for The Evil Within would be right at home among the previews that play before the movie starts, with its gruff-voiced narrator guy who explains what’s going on in the freaky world Mikami and friends have created. Thankfully, the set-up is brief and we’re soon given new details regarding Sebastian’s arsenal of weapons and the myriad ways the environment can be used to escape more dangerous situations.

The Evil Within arrives on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on October 14.

Categories: Horror News

David Fincher’s ‘Star Wars’ Pitch and Bizarre Interpretation of the Original Trilogy!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 14:49

It’s well known that David Fincher, who will see his Gone Girl in theaters this Friday, pitched Disney to get behind the camera for a new Star Wars trilogy.

In speaking with Total Film, he reveals the genesis of his pitch, which is extremely interesting.

His interpretation of the original Star Wars trilogy is that the films were told through the eyes of C-3PO and R2-D2, two robot slaves passed from master to master.

“I always thought of Star Wars as the story of two slaves [C-3PO and R2-D2] who go from owner to owner, witnessing their masters’ folly, the ultimate folly of man… I thought it was an interesting idea in the first two, but it’s kind of gone by Return Of The Jedi.”

I think this is the kind of “rethinking” Hollywood needs, and I’m not so sure JJ Abrams is able/willing to think that way anymore…

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