Review: “The Victories” #13

bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 16:02

The end is nigh. All the places are set. Everything is in order. Time to destroy everything and enjoy the carnage, twists and glorious mayhem to behold in “The Victories” #13. This is one creator-owned series where nothing is sacred and everything and anything is possible.

WRITTEN BY: Michael Avon Oeming ART BY: Michael Avon Oeming PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics PRICE: $3.99 RELEASE: July 2, 2014 Reviewed by: Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady 

The Victories, the champions of this carefully choreographed and ravaged world, are barely still making any difference. Monsters have been unleashed in order to distract them from the behind-the-scenes Advisors true intentions. Mastermind / Creator Michael Avon Oeming has truly been working inspired throughout this series.

To read this issue is to see Oeming’s creativity completely unleashed. The scenes with the monsters are truly engrossing. Everything you would expect to be clichéd is totally new all over again. Secret societies, monsters destroying cities, twisted family trees, betrayals and double-crosses during a crisis. It’s all in here with spectacular and original new looks.

I’m struggling to find another series where so much happens that on the surface feels repetitive. It’s when you look just a little underneath it that you can appreciate how much thought Oeming has put into this creation. It’s not every day creators can literally destroy everything they’ve built up. It’s a daring decision to bring the house down as this terrific series comes to a close. With only two issues until the end, I cringe to see who or what will be left unscathed. I’m guessing not much will be left unanswered. I expect this finale to be a truly memorable one to a truly unprecedented series.

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[Album Review] Sukekiyo ‘Immortalis’

bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 16:00

Vocalist Kyo from Japanese alt metal band Dir En Grey is, I argue, easily one of the most diverse, talented, and varied singers in music today. His incredible range and ability to go from demonic death growls to soaring falsettos, with everything in between, calls to mind the work and talent of Mike Patton. With a new Dir En Grey album coming later this year, fans of the group are chomping at the bits, eagerly awaiting new material.

However, the wait is not an empty one. Kyo has been hard at work with a side project by the name of Sukekiyo that has recently released their debut album Immortalis, which features 16 tracks over 72 minutes that are wildly inventive and hugely entertaining. Read on for my thoughts on this album!

Starting with “Elisabeth Addict”, the album opens with reverbed pianos that sound like they’re calling from beyond some veiled otherworld. It quickly becomes something more exciting and unexpected, which makes it very clear that the whole album is a journey with strange twists and turns, ensuring that the listener never knows what’s coming next. For instance, the next track “Destrudo” is a mysterious, eerie, beautiful instrumental track, calling to mind images of watching fog roll through a dreamlike forest.

Further on in the album, “Hidden One” is a heavy rock track with an almost anthemic chorus, one that will be sure to get a lot of people singing along during live shows. Their single “Aftermath” mixes elements of jazz with alt-rock to create something that wouldn’t sound out of place on a A Perfect Circle album while the industrial/electonic metal “Vandal” has near carnival-esque moments that sound like something you’d hear from Mr. Bungle. The closing track “In All Weathers” feels like it’s heavily influenced by Akira Yamaoka, shrouding the music in mystique.

My only complaint with the album is that there are so many tracks to digest that it feels like it’s too much at times. When I eat a meal, I’ll sometimes continue eating after I’m full because I’m eating for flavor (who hasn’t done this?). However, there comes a point where the flavor isn’t enough to trick my stomach from being way too full. It’s the same with having too much music. My brain kept doing alright for a while but at a point I simply needed a break because I was becoming overwhelmed.

The Final Word: As mysterious as it is haunting, Immortalis is an engaging debut album from Sukekiyo. Combining heaviness with melodies, swaying from ugly to beautiful, the band sounds like they reside within the heart of Silent Hill. This should be on everyone’s “Must Hear” list of 2014.

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Escape Dead Island to Lurk Onto Consoles and PC this Fall

Dread Central - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 15:57

Developer Deep Silver has announced that the next installment in the Dead Island franchise, Escape Dead Island, will be available this fall. The game will bridge the gap between Dead Island and the upcoming next-gen title Dead Island 2.

The game will be a departure from the standard action-oriented Dead Island trademark. Escape Dead Island is billed as a third-person single-player survival-mystery and will focus on psychological horror rather than a "the gorier, the merrier" approach.

Players can look forward to surviving the latest incarnation of the ever popular zombie horde on PS3, Xbox One, and PC.

IGN reported that the game follows protagonist Cliff Callow, a man plagued by hallucinations, investigating the zombie outbreak on Nera Pala island. After their gameplay demo, IGN pointed out that the game features some very experimental, circular plot elements such as forcing the player to die in order to respawn in a different reality, still carrying the items they possessed before their untimely demise. Deep Silver has already likened the storyline structure to that of the Bill Murray classic Groundhog Day.

IGN also noted that, in a departure from the first Dead Island, the graphics are cell shaded. This is done to give the game a more comic book feel and will be remembered fondly by anyone who played the graphic novel-based XIII.

Combat is reported to be very strategic. Stealth kills are said to be a very big factor while the game also features items to be used to distract the undead while you sneak past, such as radios. This continues the recent trend in horror gaming of stripping power from the player and forcing a stealth approach.

Escape Dead Island will also feature some adventure game elements. Players will find items such as ropes and maces that will allow them to shimmy down once unreachable ledges and to destroy boarded up doors, once blocking the way. This means players will be returning to previously explored locations in order to access the newly available areas and advance the story. This is very risky move by the developers as it will result in backtracking, and 99.9% of the time backtracking is the sign of a bad game. Can Escape Dead Island be the 0.1%? We will have to wait until the fall to find out.

On top of going in a bold new direction, developers have sweetened the deal by offering exclusive access to the Dead Island 2 beta to anyone who pre-orders Escape Dead Island at Gamestop.

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5 Skull Review: “Robocop” #1

bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 15:46

Directly following the events of the original 1987 film, “Robocop” #1 is the kind of book you read with your jaw firmly planted on the floor.  This book is fucking rad, there’s really no other way to say it.  If you’re the kind of twisted son-of-a-bitch that enjoys triple digit body counts, snorting cocaine off your glock, and people getting their faces punched off, then stop reading this review and go get this comic immediately.

WRITTEN BY: Joshua Williamson ART BY: Carlos Magno PUBLISHER: BOOM! PRICE: $3.99 RELEASE: July 2, 2014 Reviewed by Epic Switzer


Williamson and Magno make it very clear that this is a continuation of the original Robocop, twice referencing events from that film.  They do this so that you know what to expect: ultra-violent, hyper-masculine action porn with an 80s soundtrack.  The book is a hailfire of bullets from beginning to end.  Literally, a number of panels depict an ever increasing number of bullets ripping through the air and landing in a crack-heads temple.  “Robocop #1” delivers.

Williamson does a great job balancing the world for new readers.  Whether you are familiar with the characters or not, this book is easy to pick up and run with.  The scripting is tight and doesn’t betray the quick action on the page.  Williamson doesn’t mince words and he isn’t afraid show bad guys being bad.  The new antagonist fits right in with the tone and tempo of the book and, like any good villain, is already poised to be the most interesting character.

If Carlos Magno was asked to draw an 80s action movie, then he absolutely nailed it.  His panel work is kinetic and exquisite and his characters are rich with expression.  There is a frame in particular that I can’t wait for everyone to see, and If I ever have the pleasure of meeting the man he’s going to have to draw Robocop punching me in the face.

There’s just so much to love here.  The 80s was the greatest decade for iconic characters and Robocop was one of my earliest childhood obsession.  This book is the real deal.  If you just can’t get enough of Robocop taking out the trash, this book is doing him justice.  Buy one for yourself and one for a friend.  They’ll thank you and then everyone will forget about that boring remake.

Epic Switzer AKA Eric is an aspiring filmmaker and screenplay writer living in Los Angeles.  His work tends to focus on the lighter side of entropy, dystopic futures, and man’s innate struggle with his own mortality.  He can be found on twitter @epicswitzer or reached via email at


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#SDCC14: First Look at the Exclusive Cover for Issue #9 of The Walking Dead, The Official Magazine

Dread Central - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 15:42

The official The Walking Dead magazine is getting ready to unleash its ninth issue, which features Norman Reedus on the cover... the regular edition that is. There's an alternate version headed to SDCC 2014 which is sure to please fans of the comic series.

We're just a couple weeks away from the San Diego Comic-Con, and the exclusive cover will only be available at the event in Titan's booth #5537.

Designed by Walking Dead comic book artist Charlie Adlard, the limited edition cover for Issue #9 features the barbed wire bat-wielding Negan, who has yet to appear on AMC's "The Walking Dead" TV series.

In the issue Reedus (aka badass zombie killer Daryl Dixon) is in the house as he talks us through the dramatic and traumatic events of Season 4, from losing the prison to saying goodbye to old friends and welcoming new arrivals. The magazine also takes a special look at those who haven't been so lucky at surviving, including how they snuffed it and why.

Comic creator and TV show executive producer Robert Kirkman rounds up what else is going on in The Walking Dead universe from "All Out War – Part 2" to filming Season 5 and everything in-between.

"The Walking Dead" Magazine #9 is packed with exciting new and exclusive content so even if you aren't attending Comic-Con, be sure to pick up your copy when it goes on sale July 15th.

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Review: “Southern Bastards” #3

bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 15:37

Armed with his Daddy’s stick, Earl Tubb has decided to stay and get some answers from the men who killed Dusty Tutwiler.  Earl proves himself to be a genuine ass-kicker and has managed to piss off just about everyone in Craw County in just a few days.  “Southern Bastards” #3 continues to build out this fascinating world and move the plot forward quicker than anyone could have imagined.


WRITTEN BY: Jason Aaron
ART BY: Jason Latour
PRICE: $3.50
RELEASE: July 2. 2014

Reviewed by Epic Switzer




“Southern Bastards” is doing for the rural south what “Fargo” did for the rural north.  Aaron’s vision of a corrupt small town in Alabama is instantly iconic, and not without it’s charms.  Latour’s art is raw, almost tactile.  Like the people of Craw, everything is right on the surface.  Every close up makes you a little bit sick.  The atmosphere in this book is chilling, invoking the base animalism of human nature, yet warm and familiar at times.  “Southern Bastards” precisely captures the conflicting dualism of the American South.

Aaron’s voice obviously comes from a very honest place.  His characters are not caricatures, but archetypes, and he is such a strong dialogue writer and plotter that even the most despicable killers are grounded in something real and relatable.  This issue in particular is very much “Earl Unchained”  as he goes after the bastards that killed his acquaintance Dusty.  Whether Earl is a seeker of justice, or merely an uncontrollably violent man remains to be seen, but I’m loving the journey.

What’s remarkable about this book is that Aaron and Latour aren’t necessarily telling a new story, yet their brilliantly constructed setting is what is really driving this narrative.  That’s not to say it is predictable, there is plenty of mystery and intrigue here about Earl’s dad and the inner workings of Craw County. But the most interesting thing about this book is just living in this world for 24 pages.I feel gross when I read “Southern Bastards”, but I love every second of it.

With seeing Earl finally come out of his shell and a pretty effective cliffhanger to boot, there is no reason at all to stop reading “Southern Bastards” at this point.  And if you haven’t read it at all yet, then this is a worthy title to add to your stack if you can manage to snag the first two.  The letter column is well put together, but if you are typically a trade-waiter, you really won’t be missing anything.  If you think the south is scary, I think you’ll be moved by this book.

Epic Switzer AKA Eric is an aspiring filmmaker and screenplay writer living in Los Angeles.  His work tends to focus on the lighter side of entropy, dystopic futures, and man’s innate struggle with his own mortality.  He can be found on twitter @epicswitzer or reached via email at


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[Blu-ray Review] ‘Evilspeak’ Delivers Satanic Insanity!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 15:36

Director Eric Weston’s 1981 film Evilspeak gets compared to Carrie a lot, with its pathetic outsider constantly harassed by the more popular kids in school. Here it’s a military academy, so you know the student body is made up of more brutal assholes than a public school. The outsider is played by the prolific Clint Howard, who embodies the film’s loser mind, body, and soul. That last statement gets quite literal towards the end of the film, when Howard’s soul becomes possessed by the spirit of a centuries old Satanist (Richard Moll – House). While it’s not the most original tale, Evilspeak does manage to entertain with its deliriously insane climax.

Howard stars as cadet Stanley Coopersmith (or, “Cooperdick” by his peers). Stanley is an orphan, sent to the school by his relatives who have no interest in taking care of the clumsy, awkward kid. At school, he gets it from both ends. The students and faculty give him shit every chance they get. When he blows a big soccer game, he’s ordered to clean out the basement underneath the campus chapel. There Stanley stumbles upon an ancient manuscript written by Father Esteban (Moll), a Satanist who once summoned the Devil during a Black Mass. Through this text, Stanley finds his ticket for sweet, Satanic revenge.

There’s a technological angle in Evilspeak that’s fun, but never fully explored. The text Stanley finds is in Latin, so he uses a translate program to decipher it. The spirit of Father Esteban gradually takes over the computer (at least I think that’s what happens) and this leads to some really cool graphics with pentagrams and naked ladies and shit. It’s suggested that the computer, which Stanley keeps hidden in the chapel basement, plays a major role in the summoning of Esteban, but I think it was included solely for the purpose of cool ’80s graphics.

Evilspeak takes a while to really get going, but once it does, buckle up. The finale is genuinely bonkers, with Clint Howard establishing himself as the lord of evil pigs. He wields a sword and floats through the air with his hair up in troll doll fashion. Three decades later, it’s still a jaw-dropping site. This is a great lead role for Howard. He earns our sympathy really quick as the mellow loser, then closes the film as this demi-god of carnage, cutting fools’ heads off. Man, it’s a beautiful site and despite its lack of creativity, Evilspeak manages to one helluva ride.

Scream Factory offers up the film in HD for the first time, following Code Red’s uncut DVD from last year. Details are sharp and the colors are strong. There is some print damage here and there, but nothing that overtly distracts from the film. The mono soundtrack is solid as well. The film’s score is really bizarre and features lots of chanting, if you’re into that.

The commentary track features director and co-writer Eric Weston and moderator Bill Olsen from Code Red. They go over the basic stuff, but the details he gives on effects work is by far the most interesting (you can totally see the wires hanging Howard in this HD presentation). Working with pigs sounds awful.

The other special features carried over from the Code Red release are the cast interviews with Howard, Joseph Cortese, Claude Earl Jones, Haywood Nelson, Richard Moll, and Don Stark. Howard’s interview is pretty interesting. He talks about how he initially didn’t want to do the picture because of all the demonic elements, but his old man talked him into it.

New to the Blu-ray is a 30 minute documentary about the making of the film, which fans will definitely want to check out. It features cast and crew going over a lot of the film’s details and what it was like on set. There’s also a separate interview with effects wizard Allan Apone who covers details about the film’s gruesome effects.

The added features and video upgrade should make Scream Factory’s Evilspeak Blu-ray a welcome upgrade, even if fans purchased the Code Red DVD just last year.

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10 Terrifying Real-Life Tales of Demonic Possession!

Dread Central - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 15:31

This week marks the theatrical release of Deliver Us from Evil, the latest horror film from Sinister director Scott Derrickson. Based on true events, the film follows New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana), who begins investigating a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes.

He joins forces with an unconventional priest, schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the frightening and demonic possessions that are terrorizing their city.

Before you head to your local theater to be spooked by this summer’s most anticipated horror film, we thought it only fitting that we first prime you up with a look at 10 real-life stories of demonic possession, which prove that the real world is a whole lot more horrifying than anything that we’ve ever been witness to on the big screen.

So proceed with caution because the shit you’re about to read is as nightmare-inducing as it gets!

1 - The only logical place to start with this list is the story of young Anneliese Michel, which was brought to the screen in the form of 2005’s The Exorcism of Emily Rose – written and directed by none other than Scott Derrickson. Though the name was changed, the story depicted in the movie was pretty damn faithful to the actual events, which took place in the 1970s.

After suffering her third seizure in June of 1970, the 18-year-old German girl reportedly began seeing devilish faces, which eventually transformed into voices that informed her she was going to “rot in hell.” Though the doctors believed that Michel was suffering from some form of psychosis, which she was heavily medicated for, the girl believed otherwise and became convinced that her body was host to a demonic entity.

Michel was unable to come into contact with things like holy water or crosses, and her condition took a turn for the worse when she began to drink her own urine, eat bugs and experience severe bodily convulsions. Over the course of 10 months, beginning in 1975, Michel was subjected to nearly 70 individual exorcisms, which ended with her death on July 1st of 1976. She weighed just 68 pounds at the time of her death, which was blamed on malnutrition and dehydration.

If you really want to disrupt your sleep patterns, watch the videos below of Anneliese Michel talking in demonic voices during her various exorcisms.

2 – Another one of the most well-known cases of demonic possession was the one that inspired William Peter Blatty to write The Exorcist, which is known as ‘The Exorcism of Roland Doe’ – Roland Doe was actually a pseudonym given to the young boy to protect his identity.

Born in 1936 to a German family, Roland Doe was an only child who lived with his parents in Maryland, and his particular tale of horror reportedly began when Roland’s aunt introduced him to the mystical Ouija board. After she died, Roland attempted to use the board to make contact with her, and it wasn’t long before something from the other side reached back.

Objects began levitating and were hurled around the house in the wake of Roland’s aunt’s passing, and some 40 witnesses attested to various strange occurrences that were seemingly connected to Roland. Furniture was said to move on its own, and at one point a container of holy water smashed to the ground in Roland’s presence.

During the young boy’s exorcism, which is not unlike the one depicted in The Exorcist, Roland reportedly ripped out a bedspring from his mattress and used it to slash the arm of the priest, the wound requiring 100 stitches. The priest’s diary, which provides the majority of information about the ordeal, reports that Roland’s bed shook violently and he spoke in a deep, demonic voice, a la the fictional Regan MacNeil. At one point, the words ‘evil’ and ‘hell’ even appeared on his body out of nowhere.

After 30 exorcisms, Roland Doe no longer exhibited signs of being demonically possessed, and he went on to have a happy, normal life, becoming a father and husband. In addition to The Exorcist, the 2000 Showtime original movie Possessed was also based on Doe’s waking nightmare.

3 – Just about 20 years prior to the infamous Salem Witch Trials, Massachusetts was the site of one of the earliest cases of demonic possession, which took over the body of young Elizabeth Knapp. A servant in the household of Reverend Samuel Willard, Knapp’s strange behavior began in October of 1671, when she complained about various pains throughout her entire body. She told Willard that it felt like she was being strangled by some unseen force, and she often broke out into convulsions and extended fits of screaming and crying.

According to Knapp, the ordeal began when she was visited by the Devil one night and made a pact with him, selling her soul in exchange for things like money and youth. Willard wrote in his journal that it appeared as if the Devil was literally talking through Knapp’s body, which oftentimes became so contorted that it took several people to hold her down. He also wrote that she spoke in a demonic voice without her lips ever moving, which was accompanied by her throat swelling up “like a balloon.”

In 1672, Willard’s journal entries about Knapp ceased, and still to this day nobody is sure what happened to the possessed young girl. In his last entry about the subject, Willard indicated that he wasn’t sure what was happening to her but that he knew the things she was doing were completely involuntary.

4 – A pact with the Devil was similarly blamed for the apparent demonic possession of 16-year-old South African girl Clara Germana Cele back in 1906. In addition to developing an animalistic voice, the girl exhibited supernatural strength, reportedly tossing nuns around the room and brutally beating them up. It was also noted that she spoke many languages which she previously had no knowledge of, including Polish, German and French.

"No animal had ever made such sounds,” noted an attending nun, regarding the girl’s demonically altered voice. “Neither the lions of East Africa nor the angry bulls. At times, it sounded like a veritable herd of wild beasts orchestrated by Satan had formed a hellish choir."

Though a two-day exorcism eventually forced the demon out of her body and healed her, the process wasn’t an easy one, as she seemed intent on choking the priest with his own stole. According to witnesses, it wasn’t unusual during the exorcism for Clara to levitate several feet in the air, only being brought down to her bed when sprinkled with holy water.

5 – The strange story of Englishman George Lukins began at a Christmas pageant he was performing in, where he alleged that some sort of supernatural force slapped him and knocked him to the ground. For the next several years, Lukins exhibited a bizarre condition that doctors deemed incurable and which he personally believed was a result of possession by seven different demons.

It was in May of 1778 that a priest was brought in to cure the man that doctors weren’t able to, the exorcism taking place when Lukins was 44 years old. As published at the time in a local newspaper, Lukins claimed during the exorcism that he was the Devil and became very violent, coupled with inhuman barking noises that emitted from his being.

After clergyman demanded that the demons inhabiting Lukins’ body return to Hell where they came from, the man underwent a complete 360-degree change, praising God and exclaiming, “Blessed Jesus.” From that point forward, Lukins was cured, though many at the time believed he had faked the whole ordeal. Skeptics blamed epilepsy for the man’s violent convulsions.

6 – Residing in Iowa, Anna Ecklund began showing signs of demonic possession when she was 14 years old in the early 1900s. A devout Catholic, it is believed that her witchcraft-practicing father and aunt were to blame for her possession, tainting her food and placing a curse upon her soul. In the wake of their devious tactics, Ecklund found herself unable to enter churches and became sexually depraved, resulting in her exorcism in 1912.

After being cured, the girl’s father and aunt allegedly begged Satan to return and continue his torment, which is where this story gets all the more terrifying. After being placed in a convent, witnesses claimed that Ecklund levitated high above her bed and even clung to the walls of her room, speaking in languages she did not know. She also vomited and spit at priests who were trying to help, and it was said that her body became so bloated that the bed she was laying on could barely support her weight.

Three different exorcism rituals, over the course of nearly a month, rid the demonic entities from the girl’s body once more. Many believed that the entities that inhabited her were the same ones that attached themselves to Anneliese Michel many decades later.

7 – Well over 40 demons were said to have a hold on married man Michael Taylor back in 1974 in his British hometown of Ossett, Yorkshire. Taylor’s story began when he cheated on his wife, Christine, with a fellow member of the Christian Fellowship Group he was a part of, claiming that he felt a sense of evil brewing inside of him. After lashing out at the woman with a violent outburst, Taylor’s behavior became even more unusual, which resulted in a group of priests converging on his home in October of 1974.

After a 24-hour exorcism, the priests invoked and cast out 40 demons, eventually becoming so exhausted that they had to call it quits. The priests noted that several demons still called the man’s body home, even after the extended exorcism, and worried that he had still had a whole lot of evil inside of him.

Their fears were fully realized shortly after the exorcism, when the once completely normal Michael Taylor was found outside of his home by police, fully naked and covered from head to toe in blood. Taylor brutally murdered his wife and strangled their pet poodle, tearing his wife’s eyes and tongue out and ripping most of her face off. Amazingly, the man was acquitted of all charges for reasons of insanity.

In more recent years, Taylor has found himself in the news several more times, exhibiting similarly diabolical characteristics. He has attempted suicide on a couple occasions and was on trial in 2005 for molesting a young girl.

8 – The 1980 possession of Connecticut resident Arne Cheyenne Johnson is one of the most notable in American history due to the fact that it was the very first court case wherein the defense tried to use demonic possession as a means of acquittal, rather than the usual mental illness. Known as the ‘Demon Murder Trial,’ the story began with the possession of a young boy Johnson was living with at the time, which apparently hopped from one host to the next.

11-Year-old David Glatzel was the first host of the demonic entity, which wreaked havoc on life in the Glatzel family home. The boy experienced strange rashes and bruises on his body and alleged that he saw a strange old man on the property, who sometimes took the form of a beast-like creature. Deep gashes began to appear on the front door of the house, seemingly confirming David’s claims of paranormal activity.

Eventually, renowned demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren (seen in The Conjuring) were brought in to expel the demon, working with a Catholic priest who used the power of Christ to cast the evil out of the young boy.

But that was only the beginning of this tale as the entity apparently jumped from David’s body to Arne Johnson’s in the wake of the exorcism. On February 16th of 1981, Johnson brutally murdered the Glatzel family’s landlord, stabbing him repeatedly with a pocket knife while growling like an animal. Johnson was convicted of the murder, though he only served a mere five years in prison.

The story was turned into the made-for-TV movie The Demon Murder Case, and a major motion picture has been in the works for some time now.

9 – One of the most recent stories of demonic possession came out of Indiana earlier this year, which we reported about here on Dread Central. Back in January, news began to make its way around the net about the possession of the Ammons family, with mother Latoya claiming that both she and her three children were being terrorized by an angry demonic entity.

Strange voices, mysterious wet footprints and levitation were among the symptoms of this particular possession, and the story gained a whole lot of credibility when both nurses and police officers confirmed the claims Latoya was making. Medical staff at the local hospital reported that one of the boys had been lifted off the ground and tossed into a wall by an unseen force, proceeding to walk backwards up the wall in a way that was described as being very inhuman.

“Ghost Adventures” star Zak Bagans purchased the home shortly after the news broke and is planning on living there and documenting his experience. The story is also being turned into a feature film by one of the producers of The Conjuring.

10 – And finally, we wrap up this trip through the nightmarish world of demonic possession with the tale of a girl who is simply referred to by the name Julia, who at the present time is – according to reports – still the host for an entity that’s ripped straight out of a horror film.

According to a doctor’s report released to the public in 2012, the mysterious Julia – identified only as a middle-aged Caucasian woman from the United States – speaks in voices that are quite different than her own and even displays psychic abilities, exhibiting a knowledge of events that she by all means should have no knowledge of. “So those cats really went berserk last night, didn’t they?” she chillingly asked mere hours after a violent cat fight in the private home of a member of her psychiatry team.

An exorcism was eventually performed on Julia with the priests noting that the room grew very hot as soon as they began. During the exorcism Julia levitated off the bed for a full 30 minutes and again spoke in languages she had never learned, recoiling in agony any time holy water was sprinkled onto her body.

The possession began back in 2008, and though the exorcism was helpful, Julia is reportedly still to this day battling the malevolent force that resides within her.

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Review: “The Woods” #3

bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 15:25

“The Woods” #3 fish-out-of-water cosmic horror story continues to chug along at a decent pace this month. All of the conflicts set up in the first two issues are beginning to take shape now. We’ve got two distinct storylines; Maria and her struggle against the oppressive and clueless school faculty juxtaposed against Adrian’s ragtag adventure group exploring “The Woods” in search of answers.


WRITTEN BY: James Tynion IV

ART BY: Michael Dialynas


PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: July 2, 2014

Reviewed By: Torbin Chimners



Now incarcerated within her very own school, Marie has her hands full. The principal is just a puppet preaching the gospel of Coach Clay. He’s aiming to rule this school like a totalitarian regime with the jocks as his personal army. His true motivations are still fuzzy at this point; it seems he making this power play now because of a twisted ideal of what’s right or to capture a glory he never could in his past life on Earth. Either way brutality is already creeping its way into the school, which is sure to become a warzone in coming issues.

On the opposite side of the spectrum are the free kids comprising Adrian’s expedition. They’ve got much more immediate, life threatening, concerns. Their story picks up promptly in the middle of the chase that started last issue. The kids are close to being torn limb from limb by the fluorescent green alien bear-dog and if that wasn’t enough Calder’s arm isn’t looking much better.

Both of these groups are heading in such different directions. The school is clearly the stronger plotline right now with Coach Clay in a position to do some real damage. It’s the ultimate high school nightmare of your teacher’s suddenly and forcefully taking real charge of your life. It’s tense and unsettling even more so than the group in the woods. Sure, Adrian’s group in the woods have a fair amount of physical threats but those aren’t as engaging to read about as the sociological and political threats Maria is facing.

The art is at its best with Adrian’s group. Michael Dialynas really gets to let go on this fantastical and florescent other world. The perfect blend of familiar and alien bring the woods to life in a way the school just can’t compare. Not to say the school looks bad, far from it. It’s just by virtue of being a familiar setting that it’s not as spectacular.

The Woods #3 is going through some growing pains but the overall creative concept is still incredibly promising. This is a book that’s either going to blossom or putter out in the next few issues. I’d like to see where it’s going but at this point I’m still not 100% sold.

Torbin Chimners AKA Torin Chambers is a rad dude from the nineties who does film stuff or something. Thomas the Tank Engine is his favorite transformer. Find him on Twitter@Vulgar_Rhombus 

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The Witcher Battle Arena Announced for Mobile Devices

Dread Central - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 15:15

The countdown to late February and the release of The Witcher 3 is on. I know it’s a long way away, but CD Projekt Red, developer of The Witcher series, has, in the words of Ween, "left a little something to help the time go by."

Cocaine references aside, the Scandinavian developer has just announced The Witcher Battle Arena, an online, multiplayer battle arena game to be released later this year.

Players will gear up for three-on-three battles as a selection of eight characters from The Witcher universe: dwarf Zoltan Chivay, Eithne of Brokilon, The Golem, The Operator, Saskia of Aedirn, Philippa Eilhart, Letho Gulet, and Ivoreth. Developers stress that players’ battle experiences will be balanced and based on skill.

Aside from straight battles, the game will also feature a control point conquest mode.

The Witcher Battle Arena will be using the free to play model. While this is usually used as bait to lure players into paying for additional content, CD Projekt Red was quick to reveal that all content in the game is unlockable through player progression, but the option of paying for content as a means to speed up the process will be available.

The Witcher Battle Arena will be available later this year on iOS, Android, Windows phone, and Windows tablets.

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New ‘Claire’ Trailer is a Thing of Nightmares

bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 15:14

In the latest trailer for the 2D horror game Claire, the eponymous lead finds herself in the middle of a pretty terrifying situation. Creepy rooms filled with candles, monsters chasing her down corridors, and a dog companion that I’ll likely fall in love with only to see it get torn apart by some horrifying shadow demon. I’m onto you, video games.

Claire looks great, and not just because it reminds me of a 2D Silent Hill. Check it out below.

No word on an official release, but you can grab the Claire alpha on Desura right now for $9.99.

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Review: “Nailbiter” #3

bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 15:13

Picking up hot off the tracks of last issues surprise crucifixion and fire, “Nailbiter” #3 is Buckaroo Oregon’s retaliation. The more violent minded citizens subscribe to the old adage of “blood for blood.” They are after Edward “The Nailbiter” Warren for the dead kid strung up in town. It’s an exciting beginning that slowly winds down before an awesome final reveal.

WRITTEN BY: Joshua Williamson

ART BY: Mike Henderson

PUBLISHER: Image Comics

PRICE: $2.99

RELEASE: July 2, 2014

Reviewed By: Torbin Chimners



Questions throttle this issue, with answers politely taking a back seat. Framings, lies, graveyards and even a potential supernatural element are brought to attention here. At this point there isn’t any hard evidence against Edward Warren; in fact there isn’t any evidence at all. Warren’s dialogue expertly slithers its way down my spine every time, without fail. It’s impossible to tell if he’s ever speaking genuinely or even telling the truth. He gets a great moment this issue when he tells his own little story that helps emphasize that he’s trying to reform. I have no doubts believing that he fabricated the whole story. He may not have committed the physical crime but there is no way he’s not involved in some capacity. The comic is named after him so I’m excited to see how he’s tangled up in or, possibly, the orchestrator of the whole damn thing.

Warren is crucial and engaging but he’s not the star of this  issue. That honour rests with Sheriff Crane. She takes the reigns, throwing herself headfirst into the action. Finch is along for the ride as Crane drives the plot forward. Sadly we don’t get into her head at any point this issue but her actions more than speak for themselves.

The art continues to awesomely complement the tone of this book. The action is hard and brutal. The terror is eerie. There’s a neat multipage spook near the end that while creative and stirring ultimately falls flat because it’s so damn dark I couldn’t actually tell what happened. Then the way the next scene moves on I felt like it wasn’t intentional for what occurred to be confusing. In fact the whole last part is entirely too dark. I get what they were going for but it’s too heavy handed.

This series has a lot of potential. It’s spinning a large web and not every strand can be perfect, but all together I see them weaving a modern day epic.

Torbin Chimners AKA Torin Chambers is a rad dude from the nineties who does film stuff or something. Thomas the Tank Engine is his favorite transformer. Find him on Twitter@Vulgar_Rhombus 


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Deliver Us From Evil Review Delivered

Dread Central - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 15:03

The verdict is in on this weekend's July 4th horror offering, Deliver Us from Evil. Does it possess a great deal of bang for your buck, or does its fuse fizzle out before launching? Read on for our take, and tell us your own in the comments section below.

Read our Deliver Us from Evil review!

The film is a paranormal thriller produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Films. Scott Derrickson directs a script he and Paul Boardman (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) wrote.

Joel McHale, Sean Harris, Edgar Ramirez, and Olivia Munn star alongside Eric Bana.

Look for Deliver Us from Evil in theaters now.

New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (Bana), struggling with his own personal issues, begins investigating a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest (Ramirez), schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the frightening and demonic possessions that are terrorizing their city. Based upon the book, which details Sarchie’s bone-chilling real-life cases.

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#SDCC14: Gentle Giant Announces a 24-Inch Kenner-Inspired Glowing Alien

Dread Central - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 14:58

Today it's Gentle Giant's turn to reveal another exclusive item the company is bringing to the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con, and it's one that's sure to make fans of the Alien franchise scream... with delight!

Alien Glow-in-the-Dark Vintage Jumbo Figure - SDCC 2014 Exclusive - Product Description:
Gentle Giant Ltd. is proud to bring you another piece of toy history with our SDCC Exclusive GLOW-IN-THE-DARK Alien Jumbo Kenner-inspired Figure.

Gentle Giant Ltd. has taken an original 18-inch Kenner Alien figure, rescaled it to a staggering 24 inches, and made it glow! Limited edition size of 250 pieces worldwide.

This gargantuan new Jumbo figure possesses new features based on the original – such as white teeth and a 100% glow-in-the-dark body. No detail has been overlooked. This enormous figure even features mechanically-activated jaws, just like the original! Packed in an Alien-inspired collector box, the Alien Kenner-inspired Jumbo Figure is a must-have for toy hunters from all generations!

Pre-Orders will ship after the SDCC
Regular Price: $499.00
Dimensions: H 24’’x W 7.25’’x D 9.85’’
Release Date: SDCC 2014

Click here for more info and to pre-order your Alien Glow-in-the-Dark Vintage Jumbo Figure. (Note that you need to be a Premier Guild member to access the page.)

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Scream Factory Finds Home Video Release in Hemlock Grove

Dread Central - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 14:54

As we eagerly anticipate the July 11th second season premiere of Netflix original series "Hemlock Grove," the show's first season has just been dated for home video release courtesy of the always awesome Scream Factory.

Read on for complete release details, including new bonus content that wasn't available on Netflix!

From the Press Release
Pack your bags and say your prayers — you’re on your way to Hemlock Grove. From executive producer Eli Roth, the Primetime-Emmy© nominated Netflix Original Series Hemlock Grove: The Complete First Season arrives on Blu-ray and DVD October 7, 2014, from Scream Factory.

Featuring all 13 exhilarating episodes from the shocking first season, the three-disc set also includes all-new bonus features not available on Netflix, including six all new vignettes. Horror aficionados should note that additional bonus features will be announced as excitement builds for this release, and fans can pre-order their copy now at

In a small Pennsylvania town, something evil has come in search of prey. But who is the true monster in Hemlock Grove? The brutal slaying of a teenage girl sends the townspeople of Hemlock Grove into a desperate search to find her killer. But this sleepy community soon finds itself living a nightmare as secrets and rumors threaten to drive them all down a dark path as they struggle to uncover the truth. As they hunt for a monster among them, rumors mount, and many of the eccentric residents become suspects, from the newly-arrived Gypsy family to the wealthy Godfrey clan. In the twisted world of Hemlock Grove, everyone hides a dark secret.

Executive produced by Eli Roth (Cabin Fever), based on the novel of the same name by Brian McGreevy, created by McGreevy along with Lee Shipman, and starring Famke Janssen (X-Men), Bill Skarsgård (Anna Karenina), Landon Liboiron (Altitude), Penelope Mitchell ('The Vampire Diaries"), and Dougray Scott (Mission: Impossible II), Hemlock Grove: The Complete First Season, produced by Gaumont International Television for Netflix, is an atmospheric and gripping horror thriller series unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

Bonus Features

  • "Dysfunctional in Every Way"
  • "Anatomy of a Kill"
  • "Fairytales for Adults"
  • "The Rust Beneath the Surface"
  • "The Monster Within"
  • "It Hurts So Good"

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    Review: “Hack/Slash Son of Samhain”

    bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 14:49

    In “Hack/Slash: Son of Samhain” issue #1, Cassie has abandoned her slasher huntress life for that a different sort – scumbag bounties. It’s not until she’s met by Delroy, a grizzly, old badass-type, who convinces her, rather easily, to reclaim her title as a staunch enemy of the forces of darkness. 

    WRITTEN BY: Michael Moreci & Steve Seeley

    ART BY: Emilio Lasio

    PUBLISHER: Image Comics

    PRICE: $2.99

    RELEASE: July 2, 2014

    Reviewed by Nick Brehmer



    First, let me say that I’m a newcomer to the “Hack/Slash” universe. Unfortunately, I can’t say that I’ll be staying for very long. For those of you like me, here’s a little backstory: The “Hack/Slash” series began back in 2007 after a string of one-shot comics dating back to 2004. Cassie, the horror-victim anti-heroine of the series, is (or was, according to this new “Son of Samhain” series) a hunter of “slashers”, a collective of undead monsters and those who rally with them. 

    There’s a prologue that introduces us to a primordial evil known as Attan-Soolu who was vanquished by early humans eons ago. But, as Delroy explains, the slashers intend to bring him back. Much like hack and slash genre videogame play through, I expect that there will be a lot of underlings or “level bosses” before we inevitably see Cassie make some tough choices in order to vanquish Attan-Soolu.

    Maybe fans of the “Hack/Slash” story will disagree with me, but even I can say a lot of what seems to be happening in the “Son of Samhain” series is pretty standard, if not recycled. We have a haunted, take-no-prisoners protagonist who is joined by a wise mentor and what may turn out to be a kid sidekick as they battle it out with some baddies to try and save the world. The writing even seems to hint at it’s own cliché’d nature (at one point, Cassie refers to Attan-Soolu sounding like a Star Wars character). Yeah, there are some decent internal monologues from Cassie and some quick banter between her and Delory, but it doesn’t stick.

    The artwork is nice enough and it’s well paced but, again, the word that fits here is “standard.” Based solely off my own ignorance of the “Hack/Slash” plot so far, the one aspect of note is Cassie’s past; the idea of a former female lover who, although not a ghost, follows her as she begrudgingly moves through her life. No doubt, this will be explored in the upcoming issues but my opinion of issue #1 has not inspired me to stick around to find out.

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    UPDATED: Hocus Pocus 2: Rise of the Elderwitch Official

    Dread Central - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 14:48

    Well then. We cannot say that we saw this one coming. The Tracking Board is reporting that a sequel to the Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy comedic witch flick from 1993, Hocus Pocus, is officially on its way. Read on for the first details.

    This new Hocus Pocus will focus (see what I did there?) "on a witch hunter who teams up with a magical housewife to stop a power-hungry evil witch.

    The original cast is not likely to be coming back. Allison Shearmur Productions has signed to produce Hocus Pocus 2: Rise of the Elderwitch. Tendo Nagenda and Jessica Virtue are executive producing at Disney.

    The aim for the two protagonist female leads is in the vein of Tina Fey and Melissa McCarthy. While the original film dealt with three witch-sisters coming back on Halloween night, this story seems to focus on drawing different people together to fight a common evil.

    UPDATE: According to Deadline, only part of the above story is accurate. They say that Disney is in early development with Tina Fey on a supernatural-themed feature, but it’s not the Hocus Pocus sequel described above. Instead it's currently known as "Untitled Witch Project," which will be produced by Fey and Allison Shearmur with Fey attached to star.

    We'll keep our eyes and ears open for more updates!

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    Telltale Confirms a New Episode of ‘The Walking Dead’ Coming This Month

    bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 14:34

    I’ve noticed that many of you aren’t terribly happy with Telltale’s timeliness — or lack thereof — when it comes to getting new episodes of The Walking Dead: The Game out. They certainly take their time, but I’ve also noticed a jump in quality between this season and the last. There are less bugs, an added layer of polish that makes the experience a bit less frustrating this time around.

    If you count yourself among the frustrated, you’ll be happy to know that Telltale is working on bringing the fourth episode, titled Amid the Ruins, this month. That’s a bit earlier than expected.

    The news comes from a tweet posted by Job Stuffer, director of PR at Telltale, so it’s legit. Hopefully they mean early this month, and not like, July 31st.

    Walking Dead fans, thanks so much for your patience! We're expecting Ep 204 to arrive this month and should have news in the coming weeks.

    — Job J Stauffer (@jobjstauffer) July 1, 2014

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    Review: “Lazarus” #9

    bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 14:30

    An action-packed sci-fi thriller, “Lazarus” #9 presents readers a futuristic heroine that kicks lots of butt. You don’t ever want to cross paths with Forever Carlyle, but if you unexpectedly do, better not piss her off. You won’t be able to resist the eye-catching action sequences in the “Lazarus” series.



    WRITTEN BY: Greg Rucka
    ART BY: Michael Lark
    PUBLISHER: Image Comics
    PRICE: $3.99
    RELEASE: July 2, 2013

    Reviewed by Jorge Solis



    Forever Carlyle has been genetically altered to serve and be faithful. Since the day she was born, she was trained to obey and protect the Carlyle Family. But lately Forever has been seeing cracks in the political system, which is governed by the wealthy class. As society has been divided by the rich and the so-called “waste,” a rebellion is about to take place. A bomb is about to go off, taking millions of innocent lives, and Forever finds herself in the crossfire. 

    In the opening pages, writer Greg Rucka provides an exciting flashback into Forever’s training days. As a little girl, we see Forever take part in a duel against her sword master. With great skill, we see her dodge, get slashed, and finally take down her trainer. Did Forever let her trainer live because there was still a hint of that little girl in her? Or was she really following her father’s orders to the letter?

    In this installment, we see how citizens are recruited to serve the Carlyle family. Interestingly, a version of the Church is involved in the organization. Right now, Rucka hints that there is some corruption involved there. In order to be approved, the recruiter has to be near-perfect. We are introduced to new characters, who full serve more in future issues.

    I like how artist Michael Lark depicts Forever’s character design in the flashback. Though she’s just a little girl, Lark doesn’t play off her pint-size stature for laughs. Notice how there are so many cuts all over Lazarus’ body during the swordfight. We feel for her loss of childhood innocence.

    Lark mixes the western genre with the sci-fi elements. Notice how Casey is holding a cowboy hat and a poncho in a later scene. In the suspenseful conclusion, Lazarus has a showdown with the mad bomber in the middle of the streets. Lark positions the two like something you would regularly see in a John Wayne movie.

    “Lazarus” #9 is an action-packed romp that’ll take your breath.

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    Review: “Big Trouble in Little China” #2

    bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 14:00

    A hilarious action-packed adventure, “Big Trouble In Little China” #2 continues to be an energetic read with tons of kung-fu action and comic relief. Even though the ’80s have passed, Jack Burton, our goofball hero, continues to be a timeless treasure. This is the sequel to John Carpenter’s cult classic that I’ve been waiting for, and I’m quite pleased.



    WRITTEN BY: John Carpenter and Eric Powell
    ART BY: Brian Churilla
    PUBLISHER: BOOM! Studios
    PRICE: $3.99
    RELEASE: July 2, 2013

    Reviewed by Jorge Solis



    Jack Burton saved the world, rescued his best friend’s fiancée, and got his big rig back. Unfortunately there was a hideous stowaway hiding in the Pork-Chop Express, and now Jack has to return it to its rightful owner. But when the odd couple return, there are still some issues left unsettled. An immortal warlord magician wants revenge for the death of Lo Pan. Jack must follow his orders or lose his best friend’s soul forever.   

    I don’t know how much involvement John Carpenter has in the series, but you can actually tell it’s in there in the pages. Writer Eric Powell has captured the main character down pat and delivers his laugh-out-loud lines perfectly. In the opening, the banter between the immortal warlord and Jack is spot-on hilarious. Jack is both an idiot and a clever hero at the same time as he aggravates the antagonist.

    I am really enjoying how Powell plays around the structure, placing stories within stories. In the first issue, Jack recounts tales from his previous marriage. This time, it’s about an ex, who turned herself into a vampire. Jack has faced the supernatural many times before, even though he’s too dumb to realize it.

    Artist Brian Churilla does a great job caricaturizing Kurt Russell’s facial features in his illustrations. Jack Burton is presented two ways, as a wannabe tough guy and this goofball. See if you can spot Jack’s teddy bear in one of the flashback panels. Churilla is always aiming for the comedy bits, hitting on the right cartoonish poses.

    In this installment, we move away from the streets and into a Purgatory-like landscape. Churilla lets loose his imagination with these surrealistic wide shots. There are mountain-sized buildings with faces of skulls drawn on them. My favorite of his illustrations is the one old man riding on a giant turtle.


    “Big Trouble In Little China” #2 is a great follow-up and doesn’t skimp out on the laughs. If you loved the movie, you’re definitely going to enjoy the comic book series.

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