Siccin Unleashes Turkish Horror

Dread Central - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 17:19

Turkey has long been releasing rip-offs of popular American movies, and now that they have a new original horror flick coming out entitled Siccîn: Büyü Haramdır, we can only hope The Asylum returns the favor, if only out of spite. Read on for the first details of this foreign spookfest!

In Turkish theaters on September 26th, Siccîn: Büyü Haramdır stars Pınar Çağlar Gençtürk, Koray Şahinbaş, Ebru Kaymakçı, Merve Ateş, Güneş Galava, Toygun Ateş, Aydan Çakır, and Asuman Kostak. It is directed by Turkish fear film sensation Alper Mestçi.

Below you'll find the trailer, which is unfortunately subtitle-free. Still. It looks pretty friggin' spooky!

This is normally the part of the story in which we'd tell you what this one is about, but every synopsis we translated via the web came back a ridiculously garbled mess. From what we've gleaned from the gibberish we've read, Siccîn: Büyü Haramdır is somewhat of a tragic love triangle with one of the principal characters either casting or getting someone to cast a spell on one of the women in said triangle, thereby infesting her with demons. SOLD!

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New Tamara Book Gets a Trailer

Dread Central - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 16:48

We told you back during the madness of the San Diego Comic-Con about Final Destination writer Jeffrey Reddick releasing a book based upon his 2005 movie Tamara, which starred the now everywhere Jenna Dewan. Today we have a trailer to share with you cats!

Reddick is revisiting this titular character along with author JD Matthews for a special novelization. "The book is based off the original R-rated draft of Tamara that I sold to Lionsgate," Reddick tells us.

He adds, "This is my first book, and I’m really excited about the project. Writing is my passion, and I’m thrilled to team up with someone as talented as JD. Tamara has a cult following, and I wanted to show fans the uncut version of the story. I also wanted to give people who’ve never seen the movie a chance to read the story of Tamara Riley."

If you missed the film, Tamara tells the story of an unattractive and unpopular young girl who’s constantly bullied by classmates. Her only source of relief is dabbling in some old witchcraft books left to her by her mother. After being killed in a horrible prank, Tamara comes back from the grave as a sexy vixen who knows the dark secrets of all of her tormentors. She uses these secrets to get revenge against the kids responsible for her death. And she uses her new powers of seduction to go after the one thing she’s always wanted… Billy Natolly, her married English teacher.

Look for more on the book soon, and in the interim check out the official Tamara Facebook page.

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2014 Reaper Awards Nominees Announced; Fan Vote Now Open!

Dread Central - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 16:43

Labor Day is considered the end of summer, which means fall, our favorite season, is just around the corner. And it's also time to cast your votes for the sixth annual Reaper Awards, running now through October 17th. Winners will be announced just prior to Halloween on October 27th.

From the Press Release:
The Reaper Awards, honoring the best horror and thriller titles of the past year on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, are presented by Home Media Magazine and Eligible titles were released between August 1, 2013, and July 31, 2014.

Results of the consumer vote will be combined with the selections of a judging panel of horror experts and home entertainment reviewers. The panel of judges will also select a Title of the Year.

Note that titles were submitted by participating studios, and if you believe a title is missing from the list, it may be due to the studio not submitting it for consideration. There is space on the ballot for write-in votes, including a spot to write in your choice for the best Horror/Thriller title of the past year (released between August 1, 2013 to July 31, 2014).

The full list of nominees is below. For the electronic ballot, visit

Choice Theatrical Cut
Carrie (Fox)
Insidious Chapter 2 (Sony Pictures)
Devil's Due (Fox)
Star Trek Into Darkness (Paramount)
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (Paramount)
World War Z (Paramount)
The Purge (Universal)
You're Next (Lionsgate)

Best Limited Release/Direct-to-Video Title
Joy Ride 3: Roadkill (Fox)
Scavenger Killers (Cinedigm)
Dead Before Dawn (Cinedigm)
Europa Report (Magnolia)
Crystal Lake Memories: History of Friday the 13th (CAV)
The Last Days on Mars (Magnolia)
Absence (Cinedigm)
Fright Night 2 (Fox)
Afflicted (Sony Pictures)
Ghost Team One (Paramount)
Big Bad Wolves (Magnolia)
The Haunting of Helena (Cinedigm)
Static 3D (Cinedigm)
Curse of Chucky (Universal)
Mr. Jones (Anchor Bay)
Alyce Kills (Cinedigm)

Best Title From the Vault (Re-release or Catalog Title)
Predator 3D Edition (Fox)
Halloween 35th Anniversary Edition (Anchor Bay)
Day of the Dead Collector's Edition (Shout! Factory)
Night of the Demons Collector's Edition (Shout! Factory)
Sleepaway Camp Collector's Edition (Shout! Factory)
The Evil Dead Steelbook Edition (Anchor Bay)
Prince of Darkness Collector's Edition (Shout! Factory)

Best Collection
The Vincent Price Collection (Shout! Factory)
True Blood: Season 6 (HBO)
The Walking Dead: Season 3 (Anchor Bay)

Best Indie or Foreign Disc
Absence (Cinedigm)
Europa Report (Magnolia)
Return to Nuke Em High Vol. 1 (Anchor Bay)
Big Bad Wolves (Magnolia)
V/H/S/2 (Magnolia)
Static 3D (Cinedigm)
You're Next (Lionsgate)
In Fear (Anchor Bay)
Stage Fright (Magnolia)
The Last Days on Mars (Magnolia)

Best Extras
Prince of Darkness Collector's Edition (Shout! Factory)
The Walking Dead: Season 3 (Anchor Bay)
Day of the Dead Collector's Edition (Shout! Factory)
The Vincent Price Collection (Shout! Factory)
World War Z (Paramount)
True Blood: Season 6 (HBO)
Bad Milo (Magnolia)
Stage Fright (Magnolia)

Best Box Art (click here to see images of the Best Box Art nominees)
House of Dust (Anchor Bay)
Europa Report (Magnolia)
True Blood: Season 6 (HBO)
Return to Nuke Em High Vol. 1 (Anchor Bay)
Sleepaway Camp Collector's Edition (Shout! Factory)
Night of the Demons Collector's Edition (Shout! Factory)
In Fear (Anchor Bay)
Devil's Due (Fox)
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (Paramount)
V/H/S/2 (Magnolia)

Best Packaging (click here to see images of the Best Packaging nominees)
The Walking Dead: Season 3 Zombie Head Tank (Anchor Bay)
Predator 3D Limited Edition Predator Head (Fox)
V/H/S/2 — Blu-ray/VHS combo pack (Magnolia)

Best Big Bad
The Governor — "The Walking Dead Season 3" (Anchor Bay)
Hammer Girl — "The Raid 2" (Sony Pictures)
Gerri — "Fright Night 2" (Fox)
Lee Harvey Herzkauf — "Return to Nuke Em High Vol. 1" (Anchor Bay)
The Zombies — "World War Z" (Paramount)
Milo — "Bad Milo" (Magnolia)

Best Scream Queen/King
Guy Getting Penis Bitten Off — "Bad Milo" (Magnolia)
Rachel (Sara Paxton) — "Static 3D" (Cinedigm)
Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz) — "Carrie" (Fox)
Lucy (Alice Englert) — "In Fear" (Anchor Bay)
Chrissy Goldberg (Asta Paredes) — "Return to Nuke Em High Vol. 1" (Anchor Bay)
Lydia Martin (Holland Roden) — "Teen Wolf Season 3 Vol. 2" (Fox)

Best Kill
Time Index 1:21:50 to 1:23:05 — Jewel, tied to the top of a big rig, is torn in half by an overpass — "Joy Ride 3: Roadkill" (Fox)
Time Index 0:05:30 to 0:06:05 — Minnie Driver Stabbed — "Stage Fright" (Magnolia)
Time Index 1:30:50 to 1:36:35 — Hammer Girl rips through a bunch of guys on a subway — "The Raid 2" (Sony Pictures)
Time Index 0:34:20 to 0:35:50 — Disemboweled Zombie Cyclist eaten by other Zombies — "V/H/S/2" (Magnolia)
Time Index 0:40:30 to 0:42:30 — Stage Director eats a light bulb — "Stage Fright" (Magnolia)

Best Line of Dialogue
“I’m gonna need you to keep that coat clean for me, so please take it off and then rip her arm off." - Eric — True Blood Season 6 (HBO)
“Wow — How’s your ass?” – Highsmith — "Bad Milo" (Magnolia)
“If you think you can sit here [while we] raise your litter of alien babies, you’ve got another thing coming." - Arlene — True Blood Season 6 (HBO)
“Well, you're halfway to the hospital now, Jewel.” – Rusty Nail — "Joy Ride 3" (Fox)

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Stunning Fan Art for The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Game on the NES

Dread Central - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 16:42

In a perfect world we'd have seen all of our favorite horror movie villains star in their own games. In a SUPER-perfect world said games would actually have been good, too. Still, we can dream of taking control over our favorite maniac, and that's exactly what artist Blake Armstrong has done.

Below you'll see his version of what the artwork for a Nintendo Entertainment System game based on Tobe Hooper's The Texas Chain Saw Massacre would have looked liked.

Of course he made the common mistake of getting the title wrong as "chainsaw" is actually two words in the original's title, but hey, the artwork is bitchin' enough for us to overlook it!

Oh, the possibilities. Click here for more of Blake Armstrong's artwork.

It should be noted that their actually was a game based on The Texas Chain Saw Massacre for the Atari 2600 home entertainment system in 1983 from Wizard Video Games, who put out several adult-themed games back then, including one based on Halloween.

In Wizard's game you are Leatherface and it's your job to hunt down and eviscerate a group of hapless tourists who are "trespassing" on your property. You're given three tanks of gasoline to power your chainsaw. You're always burning a little gas, but when you rev up the saw, you'll really go through it. Save gasoline for killing your victims or cutting away at the brush that occasionally blocks your progress. While you are chasing your victims, you must avoid various obstacles that will slow you down such as fences, cow skulls, and wheelchairs. For every victim you kill, you receive 1,000 points. Extra gas tanks are awarded for every 5,000 points. The game ends when you run out of gas.

By the way... they got the title of the movie wrong, too.

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That ‘Haunted House’ Reboot Looks Sufficiently Eerie

bloody disgusting - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 16:20

A few weeks ago, Atari announced their plans to reimagine Haunted House and Alone in the Dark, two classic horror series that first released in 1982 and 1992, respectively. From what little we’ve seen of it so far, Alone in the Dark: Illumination already looks somewhat promising. It’s also a series that I’m very familiar with, so I have an idea of what kind of experience it will offer, even though co-op seems to be the primary focus this time around.

Haunted House is another story entirely. The original game released six years before I was born and despite my love for horror games both new and old, I never got around to playing it. All I know about the game is it was one of the first survival horror games. That’s impressive.

I have no idea what to expect from Haunted House: Cryptic Graves, but this trailer does a decent job of not really helping me understand it any better. It looks eerie though, and I like eerie.

Haunted House: Cryptic Graves hits PC this fall.

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Labor Day Weekend Box Office Report: As Above/So Below Somewhere in the Middle

Dread Central - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 16:04

Those Guardians of the Galaxy continued to rule the box office this Labor Day weekend. So where did that leave the horror offering As Above/So Below and the 30th anniversary re-release of arguably the most influential horror comedy of a generation?

As Above/So Below managed to continue two trends at once. First, the Paris-set Universal/Legendary horror film marks the latest found footage movie promoted in such a way as to hope you didn't know that going in. Just how on the outs is the found footage genre that Hollywood marketers are now going out of their way to downplay the format?

As Above/So Below also continues the trend of wide release horror movies in 2014 not exactly lighting the box office on fire. Falling near the middle of the pack at #5 with an estimated $10.3 million for the Labor Day weekend, according to Box Office Mojo, that's just slightly more than previous Labor Day weekend horror releases Apollo 18 ($8.4 million) and Shark Night ($8.3 million). Oof!

Always fickle horror-goers gave the film a C- Cinemascore so this one might as well be buried in the Catacombs in which the film is set.

The 30th anniversary re-release of the comedy classic Ghostbusters finished outside the top ten in 15th place with $2.2 million. That's a bit above what Raiders of the Lost Ark's re-release did ($1.67 million), though not quite as impressive given Ghostbusters was released on over 700 screens and Raiders returned on less than 300. I'd still call that number notable given how widely available Ghostbusters is on every conceivable video format and VOD service.

Hey, maybe that bodes well for that upcoming 10th anniversary re-release of Saw. Most remarkable: I typed that last sentence with a straight face.

Aside from the upcoming fantasy thriller Innocence, the Fatal Attraction-esque No Good Deeds, and the young adult adaptation The Maze Runner, the genre takes the month of September off before returning the first week of October with the Conjuring spin-off Annabelle.

As Above/So Below director John Erick Dowdle (Quarantine, Devil) wrote the script with his brother, Drew. The film stars Ben Feldman, Perdita Weeks, and Edwin Hodge.

Read Staci Layne Wilson's positive As Above/So Below review.

Read Uncle Creepy's negative As Above/So Below review.

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nothingbutthenight - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 14:36
The Boy from Space was a science fiction drama serial made in 1971, originally directed and shot on film by the enticingly named ex-BBC Radiophonic Workshop musician Maddalena Fagandini, and specifically intended to be watched by children between the ages of seven and nine upwards. Unlike most fondly remembered children’s series that have eventually found their way onto DVD in subsequent Black Gloves
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BD Playlist: Mr. Disgusting Vol. 4

bloody disgusting - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 14:00

I have to admit that when Brad “Mr. Disgusting” Miska told me his current playlist, I got a huge grin on my face. It’s not Korn or Skrillex that did it for me but rather it was…you know what? I’m not going to ruin the surprise for you. It’s too good for me to spoil it!

So, head on below and see what Brad’s been blasting these days!

Korn – Follow The Leader

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“Bram Stoker’s Dracula” the Next Digitized Pinball Machine!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 13:39

Pinball Arcade, the company behind tons of incredible digitized pinball machines from “Monster Bash” to “Creature from the Black Lagoon,” “Twilight Zone,” “Elvira and the Party Monsters,” “Scared Stiff” and “Haunted House,” has announced a new horror title for this coming Halloween.

With a date to be announced, get ready for a digitized version of the classic pinball “Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” based on the 1992 epic film by Francis Ford Coppola.

“Dracula” will be the next table released, and is a game you can really sink your teeth into.

Here’s what Wiki says about it:

Bram Stoker’s Dracula is a 1993 pinball machine released by Williams. It was based in the 1992 film of the same name. The game was characterized by its unusual blood-red DMD display (most other games at the time used orange for their color) as well as a “Multi-Multi-Ball” mode, where up to three different multiball variations could be active at the same time, with each successive active mode providing a jackpot multiplier of up to 3x. It also featured a unique variation on the usual multiball mode known as “Mist Multiball,” where a magnet would drag a pinball across the playfield and the player would be required to knock it loose from the magnet’s grasp to start the mode.

Here’s the announcement:

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‘Trick ‘r Treat’ Gets ‘Halloween’-themed Poster!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 12:53

It’s the night Sam came to town.

“samRAW08″ has created an awesome crossover poster that mixes two holidays greats: John Carpenters Halloween and Michael Dougherty’s Trick ‘r Treat.

If you like the mash that puts Trick‘s “Sam” on the Halloween poster, you can pick up a physical copy here.

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[TV Review] “The Strain” Episode 1.08, ‘Creatures of The Night’

bloody disgusting - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 12:25

“Creatures of the Night” condensed The Strain into short horror film this week, and for the most part it works. However like most short narratives characters were forced into over expository info dumps that constantly reestablished the rules of the world. Mind you, it was a whole hell of a lot of fun, it just gets constantly sidetracked when we’re eight weeks in and still reminding the audience how the vampires work.

This is the closest version to the show that everyone’s wanted for weeks now. The parallel storylines finally converge and give us the clearest sense of foreword progression since the season started. It’s taken a while to get here, but Vasily Fet is finally with the group, as we know it.

Things pick up exactly where we left off last week. The group is in disarray on the subway platform as Eichorst has just escaped. Here the first exposition transgression takes place as Setrakian restates that silver can hurt them, but bullets don’t kill them. Jim is left in disbelief so what else is new.

From here our group heads to a facility that houses UV lights. They intend to use them to battle the vampires, but when they arrive they come face to face with a looter, Vasily Fet. It’s clear from the beginning that Vasily isn’t interested in having a team. He fights vermin alone, but as the episode moves along he and Abraham move closer together and we see the beginning of one of the series best friendships.

Things are rather tense as the group heads to a nearby gas station to get supplies before hiding out. The cinematography of the episode implies certain claustrophobia whenever we’re inside and before the vampires even show up you can feel them closing in on you.

With one fell swoop everything falls into chaos and we find every one of our characters holed up inside a gas station in a situation very close to The Mist. Although there is no religious zealots to be found here, there is inside tension as Jim get’s scratched. More on that later.

For the most part the exposition transgressions come from Abrham and Vasily’s budding friendship. Vasily is tenacious and good at killing vermin, so naturally Setrakian must explain how it’s done. Except he has to tell him outright, it would have been easier on Chuck Hogan’s script if the implication was there rather than the outright explanation. I think Vasily is smart enough to observe how it’s done, but I digress. It straddled the line between okay and groan worthy, but it can’t happen again. We’ve been in this world for eight weeks now, we don’t need a rehash of the rules.

Jim’s scratch leads to Jim’s demise and I wish I could be sadder about the whole ordeal but I’m not. I’m actually quite happy with the way things went. I loved the scene of false hope in removing the one worm from his face, but of course there were going to be a shit load more. We’ve seen this before. And while I think the strongest choice for Jim’s character would have been an act of sacrifice, I enjoyed how Vasily didn’t give a fuck and wasted him on the spot. He did what needed to be done.

The horror of the shambling vampires surrounding the building won’t soon be removed from my mind. This week there were more formidable then they have ever been and the threat of the fallen city has been established. The credit card systems are down, and the phonelines are seemingly dead. This week was chaos, and frankly exactly the type of thing I was looking for since the show began. This was like The Walking Dead at the beginning of the outbreak, and capturing that insanity is so compelling. Let’s hope next week continues the trend.


Stray Thoughts:

-       Okay, with the credit card systems down, what the fuck was the deal with magically being able to pay for the gas outside. PLOTHOLES, Jesus Christ that’s the easiest one to spot.

-       Showing that hacker girl weeks ago, only to never touch on her until this very moment was weak. I had to really try and remember who she was.

-       The world is so big that this week was so excellent and refreshing to only dwell on one constant setting. Although I’m craving more Quinlan.


What did you think of “Creatures of the Night” ?

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[Review] ‘As Above, So Below’ Is the Scariest Movie In Years!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 12:18

*Some spoilers do follow.

This weekend a movie came out that nobody’s talking about. It’s also one of the scariest movies in years.

As Above, So Below, from the filmmakers behind The Poughkeepsie Tapes, Quarantine and Devil, was surprisingly neglected by the film community, probably because it looked to be “just another found-footage” horror film in a sea of over-saturation. Shit, I love the Dowdle brothers and even I nearly waited for the VOD release (shame on me!). Thankfully, my cousin was in town and dragged me out to see what will go down in history as an underrated, forgotten cult classic.

As Above, So Below’s plot is simple, yet extraordinarily rich in mythology (so much so that it leads to to dozens of OMFG payoffs). Opening in a series of events that felt like a hat-tip to the “Safe Haven” segment of V/H/S/2, Scarlett (Perdita Weeks) discovers a “lead” to her father’s lifelong hunt for a priceless gem. She recruits an old friend/lover who decipher clues that lead them on a journey into the infamous Catacombs deep under Paris. The film has a sort of Last Crusade vibe to it, until they finally enter the actual Catacombs. Once down there, what begins as cliche horror quickly turns into a carnival ride of terror. The best way to describe the movie is to liken it to a Halloween haunt maze – what’s scary is being trapped in small space, heading in one direction, and not knowing what’s hiding around each and every corner. The biggest difference is that, while a maze is a “safe place,” these Catacombs are a physical manifestation of HELL. Unlike many of its ilk, As Above, So Below actually crosses over into the unknown and takes viewers literally into Hell. When the horror elevates, the scares start coming in troves, making it impossible to breathe. (I can’t even to begin to tell you how fucked things get without spoiling it.)  The Dowdle brothers have no fear, and are completely unapologetic in their escapades. What proceeds is an onslaught of demonic imagery and terror that some may find laughable, while others (including myself) will consider horrific.

One of the only real problems with the film is the finale, which took the safe way out instead of going to a dark place. I do applaud, though, the fact that the filmmakers chose not to end with the atypical “camera hits the ground and they all die.” It works on the same level of falling off a cliff only to land on a ledge. Man, that was close…

As Above, So Below is a found-footage movie that shows that the subgenre can still work when it’s not abused. It’s astoundingly authentic, which could be the main reason why it’s  one of the scariest movies in years. And even though it has its flaws, I champion the terrifying As Above with the highest praise possible.

As above, so. fucking. scary.

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Somebody Created An Electronic Track Using Sounds From The ‘Silent Hills’ P.T. Demo

bloody disgusting - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 12:15

Now that it’s been revealed that P.T. was a sneaky way of announcing Silent Hills, people have been desperately wanting to hear more about a very specific aspect of the game: the music. Considering how important the music has been to the series, it’s very understandable why there is so much concern surrounding this.

However, that’s not stopping some people from taking the sounds and dialogue of P.T. and creating their own soundscape.

Vegas Soundscape took sounds from the playable teaser and used them as embellishments in a dubstep/electronic track. It’s not a bad track, although it does get a bit repetitive when it comes to the beat.

Give it a listen and let me know what you think!

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New ‘Alone in the Dark: Illumination’ Details, Concept Art

bloody disgusting - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 12:00

Over PAX this weekend, Atari tore the sheet off of two of their upcoming games — both reimaginings of classic video game franchises — including Alone in the Dark: Illumination. The teaser trailer (below) didn’t offer much in terms of how the game will look or play, but we do know the game will feature a cooperative multiplayer mode complete with four unique classes that players can choose from. Get familiar with each of them in the gallery below.

I haven’t decided which class interests me the most, but I’m leaning toward the Priest. There’s just something about a priest who banishes evil with dual pistols that appeals to me. Below you’ll find the debut trailer, and you can use the snazzy new concept art under that to get an idea of the bad places that need cleansing.

Alone in the Dark: Illumination arrives on PC this fall.

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[DVD Review] ‘Anna’ Brings Strong Acting, But Also a Weak Script

bloody disgusting - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 11:56

In 2011, fresh from helming Orphan and Unknown (and far away from the stink that was the House Of Wax remake), Jaume Collet-Serra teamed up with his friend Juan Solá to create Ombra Films, a studio dedicated to bringing Spanish talent to Hollywood. Their first catch was Anna (aka Mindscape for European audiences), the debut feature of Jorge Dorado. The film made it’s debut at the 46th Sitges Film Festival, enjoyed success in it’s native Spain and Europe, and made it’s North American debut at the Dallas International Film Festival on April 5, 2014. Now the film has finally made it’s way to DVD. So, with all that exposition out of the way, what’s up with Anna?

John Washington (Mark Strong) is a “memory detective”. Essentially, he’s been gifted with the ability to peer into people’s memories. After a recent bad trip that involved his own personal memories leaking into someone else’s recollections, Washington is back at it, albeit a little on the shaky side. He’s been assigned a simple case: Determine whether Anna Greene (Taissa Farmiga), a disturbed sixteen-year-old on a hunger strike, is suffering from some sort of past trauma, or whether she’s actually a manipulative sociopath. Unfortunately for Washington, Anna holds a lot more than what he (or anyone) suspects.

Okay, time to get the elephant out of the room: Yes, the film echoes a lot of stuff from Christopher Nolan’s Inception. But really, that’s unfair to Anna and it’s first-time director. Put that out of your head. Now, like Inception (dammit), we’ve got an interesting premise that hasn’t really been used before. Seriously, there’s a real sense of cat-and-mouse going on here with Washington and Anna, which is only helped out by their respective actors’ performances. It’s reminiscent of Lecter/Starling exchanges. I give Strong credit for breaking out of his usual bad guy role. He brings an intensity to the character, while also showcasing Washington’s vulnerabilities that he struggles to keep in check. Farmiga is also excellent, managing to handle many of Anne’s straddling between her perceived innocence and the more sinister. While both actors do have their share of suspect lines (Farmiga doesn’t do so well with exposition), there’s still a good amount of talent involved.

Visually, cinematographer Oscar Faura crafts some really nice shots. He’s helped out by the locales used, lots of playing with shadow, and some good use of post effects for the flashback sequences. The camera often focuses on close-ups of objects, particularly the metronome that Anna insists on running while John delves into her memories. I’m not entirely sure why that was, however. Nevertheless, this is still quite impressive, even if some of the symbolism beats you over the head.

This heavy-handedness with the symbolism is unfortunately only part of the bigger problem of Anna: The script. As mentioned, some of the lines Farmiga and Strong have to deal with aren’t quite believable. Also, Strong’s character has a few nagging holes (such as the underdeveloped romance plotline with Judith (Indira Varma). Making matters worse is the fact that the script is excessively talky in the ADR department, holding your hand and spewing exposition, reminding you where we are in the story. It gets old very fast. To top things off, while the film is an agreeable slow-burn, the last 15 minutes suddenly decide to crank it, squeeze in a twist and end with a lacklustre resolution (if you can call it that). While first-time director Jorge Dorado fares alright in his first picture, it isn’t complex enough to really stand out.

So despite some slick visuals and strong acting by Strong and Farmiga, the script really pulls Anne down. Had the excessive exposition been pared down and the latter half of the film been fleshed out, this would’ve made for a good thriller. It still has components that make it a casual thriller, but don’t expect it to even be close to what Christopher Nolan was able to pull off.


Presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, the film looks quite good. There’s a fine layer of film grain throughout that is unobtrusive or distracting. Flashbacks are presented with a higher colour saturation and higher film grain than the rest of the film, but it’s all consistent. Detail is quite good, with very little edge enhancement (if any). Overall, a great job by cinematographer Oscar Faura.

Sound-wise, the film sports a Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround track and a Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo track. While you’re not going to get the rumblings of Inception (sorry), what’s here is adequate for the picture. Dialogue is clear and free of distortion, and the film makes fairly good use of directional sounds.

Aside from the digital copy of the film and the film’s trailer, you get NATHING.

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[FrightFest '14] ‘White Settlers’ Is a Tense and Relevant Thriller

bloody disgusting - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 11:53

Simeon Halligan’s White Settlers has been dubbed the “Scottish Referendum Horror Film.” If you don’t know, Scotland is voting later in September whether they should be an independent country, separate from the United Kingdom. I have only a cursory understanding of the debate, but I do know that underlying the argument is the tension between the two countries that has existed for centuries.

It’s unclear whether Halligan (an Englishman who broke out with Splintered in 2010) intentionally made his film based around this political debate (although I think the ending makes it very clear), but regardless, White Settlers can be enjoyed strictly as a home invasion thriller with heaps of anxiety-inducing moments and a top-notch lead actress.

Couple Sarah (Pollyanna McIntosh) and Ed (Lee Williams) uproot their lives from the bustle of England to a secluded house in Scotland. The centuries old house sits on a nice plot of land, secluded from civilization. The real estate agent explains that the land was once the site of a brutal battle between the English and the Scots. When Ed asks who won, the agent replies, “It depends on who you ask.” It’s an ominous message, to say the least.

The rest of the film takes place over their first day and night in the house. The setting itself puts the audience on edge.The electric isn’t working, so they get around by daylight, then flashlight. The ancient, rustic setting and brief history of its previous owner gives the first half of White Settlers a supernatural, haunted house vibe that severely sucked me in. There’s a few red herrings, but once the invasion jumps off, Halligan delivers a relentless barrage of thrills.

Many of the set pieces are brief and predictable to a degree, but what makes them work is the performances. McIntosh, who’s probably best known as the titular lead in Lucky McKee’s The Woman, is a phenomenal, natural actress who carries White Settlers on her lithe back. Her relationship with Ed has a lot of dimensions – without actually explaining their background with drab exposition, the looks, inside jokes, and arguments they share give an effective feel of shared history.

When the attacks begin, McIntosh keeps the adrenaline pumped up with a wholly believable performance. A lot of actresses run and scream, huff and puff, sure, but a lot of times the breaks they get in between takes shines through. McIntosh’s potent performance makes you believe Sarah is truly running for her life. It’s awesome to watch.

She carries us through the twists and turns of the film’s final act, which builds up nicely to a great curveball closing. The invasion on the actual house is a really tense bit, but once they leave it for the forested surroundings, it falters a bit and loses its strong claustrophobic atmosphere. Thankfully, McIntosh is there to give us a piggyback ride straight down the line.

White Settlers couldn’t have been planned more timely. Released against the political debates of independence raging in Scotland, it’s a relevant film. But it also stands on its own as a fierce, atmospheric thriller.

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‘I Spit On Your Grave’ Director’s ‘Grave Halloween’

bloody disgusting - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 11:41

No one survives in the suicide forest.

From I Spit On Your Grave director Steven R. Monroe, Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment has announced the UK release of Grave Halloween, available digitally and on DVD October 27, 2014.

Deep in stark woodland at the base of Mount Fuji, restless whispers echo as the light fades on a mid-winter afternoon. Here, amongst a maze of roots, a lone figure takes her life, binding her body to the branches and her spirit to the undergrowth.

Years later as the crows scatter, Miko and her college friends head into Suicide Forest. Miko yearns to abide a Halloween ritual steeped in demonic tradition which will release her mother’s trapped soul. Filming their journey amongst the shadows, strange things start to happen; angry murmurs and sightings of ghosts warn there are those who do not want them there.

In the Sea of Trees an ocean of lost souls rises up, closing heavy boughs around Miko and her friends. Suddenly, the path to life is barricaded by the dead who have nothing to lose…

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Tease Yourself With The Music Of ‘Hannibal’

bloody disgusting - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 11:23

NBC’s Hannibal is probably my favorite TV show since Lynch’s Twin Peaks. The focus on characters is amazing and it’s quite possibly one of the most beautiful looking shows I’ve seen on TV.

Another aspect that’s amazing is the score by composer Brian Reitzell (Watch Dogs). And coming tomorrow are two volumes that comprise the music of season two. You can head below to stream samples of the two volumes.

Vol. 1 can be pre-ordered here while vol. 2 can be pre-ordered here.

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8 Years Ago Today… “ON NO, NOT THE BEES!”

bloody disgusting - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 11:07

Never forget.

Nicolas Cage gave off his greatest performance ever in the 2006 The Wicker Man remake.

Relive the best scenes in Warner Bros. modern day take on a classic that spawned a new classic for the very wrong reasons.


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‘The Forest’ Gets “Starving Cannibals”, Warring Tribes

bloody disgusting - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 11:00

About mid-way through my little four-day vacation, indie developer Endnight Games decided to go and make their open-world survival horror game The Forest even better. The latest patch is nice and meaty, too. This is despite being the fifth major update in what’s been an impressively steady trickle of new content and bug fixes since it first released on Steam Early Access at the end of May. That’s just about two patches a day. Nice work, developers.

As for what this update brings, below you can find the full list. I’d also love to know if you’re still playing this game, or if you’re waiting for them to spend a few months improving it before you decide to either return or jump in for the first time.

Version 0.06 Changelog:

A.I. – New tribe type added – starving cannibal! Will eat fallen comrades
A.I. – Different tribes will now interact with each other, hunting, stalking, killing and eating each other
Shadows Improved! Fisheye shadow distortion gives higher resolution shadow up close and now uses a single cascade (experimental, maybe cause some glitches)
2 New cave systems added near geese lake
Fixed missing light on crafted torch
Real caustics added to water
Lighting effigies uses the lighter correctly now
Fixed issue where cannibals could get stuck after being knocked down
Creepy mutants and animals no longer get stuck in noose trap spinning forever
Improved look of noose trap when sprung but empty
All traps can be reset
Player will set off traps if he touches trigger
5x new plant types added
Fixed (Unity fix) issue where grass would cause slight framerate hicks
Hint to NVIDIA driver that it should use the discrete GPU in Optimus chipsets. (Unity fix – should help laptop performance)
Added press space to skip tutorial to opening plane crash
Fixed bug where arrows could get stuck in sky above fires
Fixed rockpit floating slightly above terrain
Moving forward, crouching, jumping or pressing e will make player stand up if sitting on bench
Better bench model
Fresnel effect applied to specular and fixed specular leak around backside of objects
New props added: washed up packages and shipping containers
New prop added : Orange tent
New improved opening plane crash sound effects
Fixed marigold and dead rabbits overlapping in inventory
Improved plane interior textures and resolution
Added icon to remove ghost structures, fixed issue where add icon could sometimes stay on screen after removing ghost. Limited ghost removal to only if no resources have been added. New crunch sound effect for when removing ghost structures
Wall built can now be destroyed by hitting it with axe, giving you back resources
Musical sting added to player waking up on plane
Improved terrain spec and (finally) fixed water accumulation when raining, added new sharp rock terrain texture to under lakes
Improved pond water distance settings
Crafting: Fixed issue where you could remove feathers before crafting arrows and still craft the arrows. Fixed issue where you could sometimes not craft items depending on order of items placed. Adding an item to a craft that isn’t needed will stop you from crafting until it’s removed again. Fixed bug where you could lose medicine by crafting the same item multiple times
Lots of collision issues fixed in caves
Improved cave lighting! Better looking settings for skull lights and less light popping on/off
Sped up rabbits
Lowered brightness of click to place buttons in survival book
You can now save your game at a shelter without sleeping
Fixed bug where coins could vanish after adding them to a craftable item
Fixed bug where day counter wouldn’t increase correctly
Fixed bug where crickets would continue to play during the day
Fixed issue where cave sounds would sometimes vanish when walking between connecting caves
More combat balance and a tweak on weapon settings
Performance and memory improvements

Note: Some reported bugs may be due to old save games! To ensure your game is fully up to date start a new save game every couple versions.

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