Read Along With This Exclusive Doc of the Dead Clip

Dread Central - Mon, 03/10/2014 - 13:45

The definitive living dead documentary which YOU helped to make happen, Doc of the Dead (review), is premiering at the SXSW Film Festival, and we've got another exclusive clip for you along with details on when YOU will be able to see the film! Read on!

From the Press Release
Premium entertainment network EPIX announces that Doc of the Dead will premiere at the SXSW Film Festival on March 10 and on EPIX on Saturday, March 15, at 8PM ET.

The feature-length EPIX Original Documentary, directed by Alexandre O. Philippe, examines the rise and evolution of zombies in film, television, and literature and the impact on pop culture. Many of the genre’s most influential figures are featured in the film, including the “Godfather of the zombie genre” George A. Romero (Dawn of the Dead), actors Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead) and Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead), producer Greg Nicotero ("The Walking Dead"), and acclaimed author Max Brooks (bestsellers The Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z).

Doc of the Dead premieres on EPIX March 15 at 8PM ET as part of an all-day Zombie-thon celebrating the full range of zombie movies from a newly re-mastered HD version of director George Romero’s seminal cult classic Night of the Living Dead, with a special introduction by Max Brooks, to the world television premiere of this summer’s blockbuster addition to the zombie movie cannon, World War Z starring Brad Pitt.

Zombie-thon on EPIX begins at 6AM ET on March 15 and continues through the dead of night. Follow the marathon on Twitter via #Zombiethon, and for more information on Doc of the Dead click here.

To learn more about the project, visit the official Doc of the Dead website, and "like" Doc of the Dead on Facebook!

EPIX Zombie-thon - Saturday, March 15 (all times eastern)

  • 6:00am – Zombies of Mass Destruction
  • 7:35am – Night of the Comet
  • 9:15am – White Zombie
  • 10:30am – House of the Dead 2
  • 12:10pm – Zombies of Mass Destruction
  • 1:45pm – Night of the Comet
  • 3:25pm – White Zombie
  • 4:35pm – House of the Dead 2
  • 6:15pm – Night of the Living Dead w/Introduction by Max Brooks
  • 8:00pm – Doc of the Dead (World TV Premiere)
  • 9:30pm – World War Z (World TV Premiere)
  • 11:30pm – Night of the Living Dead w/Introduction by Max Brooks
  • 1:15am – Nightmare City
  • 2:45am – Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead
  • 4:30am – Zombie Lake

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    Get Lucky with this Offical Release Trailer for Anthology Film Locker 13

    Dread Central - Mon, 03/10/2014 - 13:30

    Brothers' Ink Productions will be releasing Locker 13 in select theaters and on VOD on March 28th, followed by DVD on April 29th, and to get you ready, here's the official trailer.

    The film stars Tatyana Ali, Krista Allen, Ricky Schroder, Jason Spisak, Jon Gries, Rick Hoffman, Curtis Armstrong, Jon Polito, Bart Johnson, and Jason Marsden.

    The screenwriters are Bruce Dellis, Jason Marsden, Adam Montierth, Donovan Montierth, Jose Rosete, John Waldron, Jason Walters, and Cameron Young. The segment directors are Dellis (segment: "The Byzantine Order"), Marsden (segment: “The Author”), Matthew Mebane (segment: “Down and Out”), A. Montierth (segment: “Suicide Club”), and D. Montierth (segment: “The Other Side”).

    Synopsis
    Skip, the nighttime janitor in an Old West theme park, delves into the mysteries surrounding an old locker. His sage supervisor recounts chilling tales that underscore the importance of making the right choice.

    The recollection includes an aging boxer who is given an opportunity to become a real killing machine, a young man seeking membership in a secret society who experiences an initiation with deadly consequences, a would-be suicide shaken to his core by a menacing member of a very special club, and a hit man for hire playing a devious cat and mouse game with three women who have a score to settle.

    The stories suddenly come into play when Skip makes an unsettling discovery and faces a life-or-death decision of his own.

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    Monkeybrain Monday 5 Skull Review: “Headspace” # 1

    bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/10/2014 - 13:22

    While Monkeybrain comics may not specialize in horror, they do specialize in quality comic books. For those of you looking to expand your palette this is “Monkeybrain Monday” showcasing some of the digital titles this smaller publisher has to offer.

    Ryan K Lindsay is an established authority in the comics world. He writes about comics, scripts them, and does prose too. His newest collaboration ,“Headspace” takes an unconventional trip to Carpenter Cove. A city located the mind of a killer. We follow Shane, the local sheriff as he battles isolation, loss, and insurmountable odds in a very surreal and insane place.


    WRITTEN BY: Ryan K Lindsay
    ART BY: Eric Zawadzki & Chris Peterson
    PUBLISHER: Monkeybrain Comics
    PRICE: $0.99
    GET IT HERE: https://www.comixology.com/Headspace-1/digital-comic/77259?app=1

    “Headspace” always keeps you guessing. What appears to be a straightforward narrative is quickly cast away. It’s revealed we’re in the mind of a killer. You think okay; we’ll follow this normal sheriff as he slowly pieces together his situation. Lindsay wastes no time, the story explodes and doesn’t let up. The big “twist” isn’t even a twist; it’s a framing device for insanity and horror.

    Shane fights his way through the volatile headspace of Max, a serial killer on the run. The script switches between both POV’s to fantastic effect. You watch as the nature of Max’s situation is reflected in the madness of Carpenter Cove. Within said insanity, Shane must find a way to define himself and his situation against everything in his way. Which comes to reveal the heart of the story in the fleeting moments of the issue.

    The art is stellar all around. The sequences in Carpenter Cove are cleanly laid out and feature some of the most vibrant creature and character designs around. The town is fully realized. Eric Zawadzki’s style is incredible. He spares no detail and has a knack for incredible perspective. As if this all wasn’t enough he colors his own work. Tonally everything is beautiful and totally soaked in the bleak emotions the script communicates. It’s truly incredible stuff.

    When in the real world, Chris Peterson and colorist Marissa Louise take over. Creating a more fast paced and grittier look that serves to add some flavor to the story. It looks distinct, detailed, and dynamic. You’ll feel awash in a sea of strangers as Max frantically tries to free himself from the trouble created by his murders.

    “Headspace” is a phenomenal read on every level. The concept is brilliant and executed with such skill that’ll you’ll barely find time to take a breath. The pacing is perfect and the world building is insane. It’s as good as first issues get, and it sows the seeds of an infinitely more interesting world to come. I can’t wait to see issue 2.

    Rating: 5/5 Skulls.

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    You Can Help Make The Walking Dead: The Prison – Board Game a Reality

    Dread Central - Mon, 03/10/2014 - 13:00

    Last week Squires told us about a mobile game on its way based on AMC's "The Walking Dead", and now comes word on The Walking Dead: The Prison - Board Game, a sequel to Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead: The Board Game set inside the world of the infamous prison.

    Independent game developers MegaGigaOmniCorp and Top8Magic have launched a Kickstarter campaign for The Walking Dead: The Prison – Board Game, which features characters and artwork from Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead comic series.

    In the game you and up to five of your friends will take on the role of one of the six leaders of the group: Rick, Tyreese, Glenn, Dale, Andrea, and Michonne.

    The stand-alone project is fully supported by the team at Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment and is being developed by creators who worked on its predecessor, the hit 2011 game Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead: The Board Game, published by Z-Man Games, as well as a board game for "Lost." It features incredible artwork by series artist Charlie Adlard.

    From The Walking Dead: The Prison - Board Game Kickstarter page:
    The Walking Dead: The Prison - Board Game focuses on the events of Issues 13 through 24: the discovery of, fight to clean out, and struggle to control… The Prison.

    The Walking Dead: The Prison - Board Game will have an MSRP of $49.99. Backers of The Walking Dead: The Prison - Board Game will not only be first to receive the game before it is in stores but also will have the opportunity to purchase the game at a lower price and have access to Kickstarter-exclusive game components and rule sets.

    After months in the wild and on the run, Rick, Lori, Andrea, Glenn, and the rest of the survivors find the ultimate survival spot outside Atlanta, Georgia: a fenced in prison, still in good condition. Of course, it’s filled with zombies that need to be cleared, but before the survivors can do that, they learn all too quickly that they aren’t the only ones seeking refuge inside the prison. With existing tenants (Dexter, Axel, Thomas, and Andrew) to handle and new group members to integrate with (Michonne), the challenge of living in the prison isn’t just about fighting zombies...

    The survivors end up struggling with each other for control over the group's fate.

    Just about three weeks remain in the game's campaign. For more info visit The Walking Dead: The Prison - Board Game on Kickstarter.

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    [SXSW '14 Review] 'Starry Eyes' Delivers Unsparing and Brutal Violence!

    bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/10/2014 - 12:55

    Evan Dickson continues his coverage from the SXSW Film Festival, now taking place in Austin, Texas.

    In between chowing down on some of the best BBQ in the world, Dickson is catching world premiere screenings of all of this year’s hottest genre films. Next up is the Hollywood horror tale, Starry Eyes, from distro-madmen Dark Sky Films.

    Complex and layered, [Starry Eyes] definitely leaves you with more to chew on than your typical midnight fare,” Dickson says in his review. “It is also absolutely unsparing and brutal when it comes to its violence – there are moments in the film that give even the goriest slashers and body horror sagas alike a run for their money.

    Even if parts of Starry Eyes might not work for you, as a horror fan I suspect most of it will.

    Click either link for the entire review and more details on the film.

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    [Exclusive] Preview: 'Deadworld: Restoration' #4

    bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/10/2014 - 12:50

    Gary Reed’s grim zombie tale continues with it’s second to last issue this week. “Deadworld” is as original a zombie story you’ll find, and Gary Reed has delivered month after month with crazy undead drama, while managing to stay far away from “The Walking Dead”. There are people controlling zombies, people fighting them off, and people who can’t decide what side they’re on. We’ve got an exclusive look at “Deadworld: Restoration” #4 courtesy of IDW.

    Gary Reed (w) • Sami Makkonen (a & c)
    Bowker finds out about Project Lazarus as Moloch sets a new plan into motion. Donna must choose between her undead and human side in the midst of the zombie attack on New Washington. Dan is torn between his love for the woman who controls the zombies. Dead Killer leads the remaining lepers in a last ditch effort to stop the grakken before they breed even more.
    FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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    [BD Review] Funny And Terrifying, 'Faults' Is An Incredibly Assured Debut

    bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/10/2014 - 12:45

    Faults marks writer/director Riley Stearns as one of the rare talents that arrives seemingly fully formed with their debut feature. As a fan of his shorts “Magnificat” and “The Cub” I entered the theater fairly certain I would be in good hands, but I was completely blown away by the control he displays over every aspect of his film. That’s not to say I don’t expect him to grow and get even better in the future, but I can probably count on one hand the amount of filmmakers who make the leap into features and land so well – every tool at their disposal already sharp – and they’ve all gone on to great things.

    The furthest I’ll go in terms of a synopsis is this – Faults is a modern cult thriller cut from a slightly different cloth than contemporaries like Martha Marcy May Marlene and Sound Of My Voice (though it more than earns its place alongside those films). It shares their menacing undercurrents but also manages to be laugh out loud funny in a manner that doesn’t even come close to undercutting its central objective. That’s all you should know going in (even though the movie is certainly strong enough to withstand all kinds of spoilers, there’s no reason not to blindly give yourself over to it at least once).

    It also doesn’t hurt that Stearns has a stellar cast at his disposal. Leland Orser (Seven, The Guest) is at turns hilarious, despairing and achingly wounded as Ansel, something of a cult deprogrammer. Mary Elizabeth Winstead continues to reveal new layers of command over the craft she displayed in 2012’s Smashed. Though the film is largely centered around these two, it’s buoyed by unexpected turns from Beth Grant, Chris Ellis, Lance Reddick and John Gries. All of these people click together in completely unexpected ways as the film goes about its business with remarkable clarity and specificity.

    Faults is also set apart from some of its recent brethren by the manner in which it approaches and wholly understands its characters. Stearns knows exactly what makes these people tick, what eats away at them and what they feel they need in order to attain some modicum of release (perhaps even happiness). So much of what transpires is relatable and familiar that it’s ultimately terrifying. The film understands that catharsis, release and emancipation – freedom of will – are harder to come by than most people realize. And once you see how it dangles that carrot you’ll probably want to take a closer look at just how free you think you are.

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    Grimm Q&A: Reggie Lee Talks Sgt. Wu's Future, His Love Life, the Royal Baby, and More

    Dread Central - Mon, 03/10/2014 - 12:45

    Sgt. Wu is one of the few characters on "Grimm" unaware that Wesen exist. This past Friday he got the shock of his life when his friend's unborn baby was almost eaten by one. Actor Reggie Lee sat down for a Q&A about where that leaves him now.

    Q: What about Sergeant Wu's future? And will we find out more about Wu's personal life?

    Reggie Lee: We're shooting Episode 19. You've seen 14, but he's a sharp guy and the writers are smart. So it's like there are little hints here and there that are kind of funny that you'll see.

    And yes, this effect on me lingers. It'll linger for quite a bit. And it'll probably linger through the rest of the season. But he's a sharp guy, so there's some real wonderful moments here and there as we go through the season that he's like, "Hmmm. Hmmm. What are you doing here? Why are you spending so much time with this person? I have no idea why, but something - there's something here." So I just laugh at those moments in the script because I'm like, wow... for you guys that follow the show on a very close basis, it's going to be a treat. It's a treat to see these little moments that Wu has through the season. So yes, there will be more things.

    Q: So in this episode it seems like Wu had a crush on the woman who's married, but obviously that's not going to work. So is there anything else maybe coming up for him? A different romantic interest or anything like that? And would you want that for him?

    Reggie Lee: Of course I want that for him. Of course... people always ask me kind of like what I'd love to do in the future, and that's actually on my bucket list of things that I want to have in my career. You know, something on screen like that -- kind of a love interest in one way or another. I think that you may see it. I think again, we all have our lanes on the show. There's a certain lane that we're in, and I think that the balance of... for me at least... I think there needs to be a balance on the show of couples and people that are not coupled. Like people that know and people that don't know [about Nick].

    So how they keep that balance, I don't know. You know, how they want to keep that balance, I don't know. I know they've said [they] like that he's a single guy. [They] like that. So there may be that, but it's got to be - it's inevitable, you know, for the future that something like that will happen. So we're hoping for it, but they do like that balance.

    That's so vague, the answer that I just gave you… But it's something that I want. So depending on what - if they want to tip the scales, they will. And they're not afraid to; they're not afraid to. But I really enjoyed this episode… this back story of having feelings for this girl and seeing if I still have them, if I didn't have them… I loved it so much. I loved experiencing that again within the show.

    Related Story: It's Chaos in these New Images from "Grimm" Episode 3.15 - "Once We Were Gods"

    Q: Obviously you can't say whether or not he is going to find out what's going on or how that's going to end, but can you just talk about if he does find out that there's this secret world of Wesen, how do you think that will affect him, change him, as a character?

    Reggie Lee: The way… the way that it's affected me initially is because it's something that I had heard of before. So it's very different from anyone else's reaction because I think it's… certainly things that they hadn't heard about before, but they're seeing. This is - it's so incredibly -- in the Philippines -- realistic. I mean, you know, it's an island country so it's very… people don't have a lot to do so they get really, really entrenched in these stories and believe them.

    So in the outcome that it has on me, I think it'll linger quite a bit before I start to kind of not want to or want to figure it out for myself. But the effect of it being humongous for me. I think that's going to have to subside before I decide one way or the other. And you'll be surprised I think at which person in the cast sways me to one way or the other because it's not one that you'd expect. And that's to come.

    Q: This royal baby is now in the picture. How is that going to change the landscape for everyone involved?

    Reggie Lee: It's going to be complete chaos... I think you can expect complete chaos to ensue. So it's been forthcoming this entire season. And people have been expecting it… and it's interesting because it's such a part of a world that I'm not privy to, but privy to only in that I read them in my scripts… the things that I've read have really been fantastic in terms of the way this baby is used to sway emotion in so many different people. And it'll hit probably almost every single cast member, this baby. So it's pretty great.

    Q: Including Wu?

    Reggie Lee: Possibly.

    Q: How many more years, decades, would you like to see "Grimm" go?

    Reggie Lee: Oh, boy… listen, I think that there's always kind of a certain season life to a show… well, there are shows like "Law & Order" that go on forever. I really think the show could go on for a long time. If you can get to Season 13 of a show… I think the show could go there… it would just be up to the showrunners to see if they would want it. There's things like "Lost," you know, that have a definite ending. You've got to end that show at some point. But with this show I think there's so many more creatures in Portland… so many more… that I think it could go on forever.

    Our thanks to Reggie for his time, moderator Akiva Griffith, and everyone at NBC Universal Television.

    "Grimm" Episode 3.15 - "Once We Were Gods" (airs 3/14/14; 9-10PM)
    AN ANCIENT EGYPTIAN MYSTERY CAUSES CHAOS IN PORTLAND -- Nick (David Giuntoli) and Hank (Russell Hornsby) find themselves thrown into the middle of an ancient battle, and things heat up when the Wesen Council decides to get involved.

    Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee (Bree Turner) fill everyone in on early Wesen history.

    Meanwhile, Sgt. Wu (Reggie Lee) is still reeling from the events he recently experienced.

    As things heat up in Europe, one of the Resistance’s most trusted allies gets compromised as he tries to protect Adalind (Claire Coffee). Bitsie Tulloch and Sasha Roiz also star; Anne Dudek and Richard Lee Jackson guest star.

    For more info visit "Grimm" on NBC.com, check out some InstaGRIMMS on Instagram, "like" "Grimm" on Facebook, and follow "Grimm" on Twitter.

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    The Bard Is Back In New 'Kill Shakespeare' Series!

    bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/10/2014 - 12:34

    One of the most interesting literary mashup comics around returns this June with “Kill Shakespeare: The Mask of Night”. This chapter will focus on a new character in the series based on Viola from Twelfth Night, and it will see a returning cast from previous arcs including Hamlet, Juliet, and Othello. For those not versed in “Kill Shakespeare”, it’s a fantasy tale that combines all the major players from Shakespeare’s timeless plays, and works to combine the best of his comedies and tragedies. There is also a board game coming out. More on that below.

    From the press release:

    San Diego, CA (March 10, 2014) – In May, Kill Shakespeare will make the leap from comic series to board game to the delight of fans of both mediums. This June, fans will have even more to rejoice about as the award-winning comic series returns with Kill Shakespeare: The Mask of Night.

    “We’re excited to announce The Mask of Night, our pirate adventure,” says series co-creator, Anthony Del Col, “Not only does it include characters from our previous books but incorporates one of Shakespeare’s most famous heroines, Viola, who we have refashioned into one of the coolest female pirates ever. I think fans – both new and old – are going to find this homage to classic pirate tales a real treat.”

    In The Mask of Night, we will see Hamlet, Juliet, Othello, and Shakespeare become pawns in a deadly game of survival between legendary masked pirate Captain Cesario, his first mate Viola, and the new terror on the water, Titus Andronicus’ forbidding war ship, the Lavinia.

    Fans familiar with the Kill Shakespeare board game will recognize that this cast of characters is tied directly into the playable character list for the tabletop adventure. To further the excitement for both the game and this new series, IDW Games is announcing that everyone who backs the Kill Shakespeare Kickstarter at the game level or higher will receive all four issues of The Mask Of Night free from comiXology as they are released. (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/idwgames/kill-shakespeare)

    Andy Belanger, the series artists says, “Shari Chankhamma (colorist) and I have sharpened our pencils, made black our brushes and are ready to paint the high seas red in this next chapter of Kill Shakespeare! Get ready for BLOOD!”

    The series’ return will be chock-full of pirate battles, vengeance, and lost love (pretty much everything you could ever want!) so don’t miss out on the high seas tales featuring your favorite Shakespearean characters!

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    Exclusive Excerpt from Jonathan Wood's No Hero Reveals the Truth of Things

    Dread Central - Mon, 03/10/2014 - 12:30

    No Hero is described as a "funny, dark, rip-roaring adventure with a lot of heart," and this exclusive excerpt provided by Titan Books definitely confirms the "dark" part! Check it out to add a bit of chill to your Monday morning.

    Jonathan Wood's No Hero arrives tomorrow, March 11th, in paperback and on Kindle.

    CLICK HERE to download a PDF of our exclusive excerpt, in which Detective Wallace learns about a very special book.

    Synopsis:
    "What would Kurt Russell do?"

    Oxford police detective Arthur Wallace asks himself that question a lot. Because Arthur is no hero. He's a good cop but prefers that action and heroics remain on the screen, safely performed by professionals. But then secretive government agency MI37 comes calling, hoping to recruit Arthur in their struggle against the tentacled horrors from another dimension known as the Progeny.

    But Arthur is NO HERO! Can an everyman stand against sanity-ripping cosmic horrors?

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    Enter the Suicide Forest to See a Trailer for Spirit in the Woods

    Dread Central - Mon, 03/10/2014 - 12:15

    We haven't heard much about Spirit in the Woods since August of 2013, but with the found footage film getting a March 15th VOD release from Gravitas Ventures, a new official trailer has arrived.

    Directed by Anthony Daniel, the film stars Adrian Denzel, Ashley Fast, Heidi Lewandowski, Kinsley Funari, Ricky Valentino, and Taylor Patterson.

    Synopsis:
    Spirit in the Woods is a found footage, horror-suspense film based on the stories of Aokigahara, better known around the world as Suicide Forest.

    As a final assignment for their biology class, a group of college students decide to venture out into the Spiritual Woods, a purportedly paranormal hotspot in the northern Ohio area. Although the woods are the stuff of urban legend around town, with tales of pure evil dating all the way back to the dark ages, the five friends are undeterred. What starts off as a fun adventure soon takes a turn for the worse. When darkness begins to settle in over the woods, the friends find themselves lost as the terror all around them begins to mount with each passing second.

    Determined to survive the night by sticking together, they soon come to realize that the Spiritual Woods have plans of their own. By the end of the night, they'’ll have come face to face with their worst nightmares.

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    [Tribeca '14] 'Zombeavers' Images Build a Dam of Gore!

    bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/10/2014 - 11:38

    The Tribeca Film Festival announced last week its feature film selections in the Midnight Screenings sections.

    One of said films is the crazy hyped Zombeavers, which is a straight-faced horror comedy that’s NOT like Sharknado.

    Directed by Jordan Rubin, Zombeavers follows a rampage of killer beavers hunting college students.

    Starring Cortney Palm, Lexi Atkins, Rachel Melvin, Hutch Dano and Jake Weary, “Zombeavers is an action-packed horror/comedy in which a group of college kids staying at a riverside cabin are menaced by a swarm of deadly zombie beavers. A weekend of sex and debauchery soon turns gruesome as the beavers close in on the kids. Riding the line between scary, sexy and funny, the kids are soon fighting for their lives in a desperate attempt to fend off the hoard of beavers that attack them in and around their cabin.

    From the producers of The Ring and Cabin Fever, below we landed the first batch of hi-res official stills.

    The 13th edition of the Festival will take place from April 16th to April 27th in New York City.

    Watch the trailer here:

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    The Death Set Release Official Video For "Soar Away"

    bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/10/2014 - 10:30

    Noise punk rockers The Death Set have released an official music video for their track “Soar Away”, which comes from the King Babies EP (order here). The video stars Zak Zeman, who was the producer on such horror films as V/H/S, V/H/S/2, A Horrible Way To Die, The Aggression Scale, and Under The Bed. Also in the video are Whitney Moore (Birdemic), David Rispoli (the goblin in Nekrogoblikon‘s “No One Survives”), and more. There’s also a guest appearance from EDM artist Steve Aoki, so be sure to keep an eye out for him!

    Directed by Brandon Dermer (“No One Survives”), the video follows a beautiful pizza delivery girl through the highs and lows of her day. It’s only when she meets a humanoid that resembles Pizza The Hutt (before he let himself go) that she finds true happiness. Check it out below!


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    Say "I Do" To This Awesome 'Death Do Us Part' Trailer! (Exclusive)

    bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/10/2014 - 10:26

    On April 15, orange blossoms will be replaced by bloody roses when Anchor Bay Entertainment releases a story of shattered trust and broken vows: Death Do Us Part.

    From writer/producers Julia Benson, Peter Benson and Ryan Copple, the film was nominated for three Leo Awards and directed by award-winner Nicholas Humphries, Death Do Us Part tells of two people on the threshold of beginning a new life together: a threshold that turns into a precipice of death!

    Bloody Disgusting has the exclusive trailer premiere, and we’re actually really pumped about this title because it comes from the director of “The Little Mermaid”, an astounding short that won “Best Short Film” at the Screamfest Horror Film Festival!

    Kennedy Jamieson (Julia Benson, ‘Stargate Universe,’ ‘That Burning Feeling’) has waited her whole life for her perfect wedding. Engaged to the charming Ryan Harris (Peter Benson, ‘The Killing,’ ‘Arrow’), it looks like her dream is about to come true. Except for one thing – the young couple hasn’t had a chance to celebrate their respective bachelor/bachelorette parties. Ryan’s best man Chet (Kyle Cassie, ‘True Justice,’ ‘Lost Boys 2: The Tribe’) books a remote cabin in the woods to throw them a “Jack and Jill” party that they’ll never forget. It doesn’t take long before things take a horrifying turn as members of the group are brutally picked off one by one. Kennedy and Ryan had planned for the celebration of a lifetime – but how long will that lifetime last?

    So prepare for a deadly reception from where there is no escape; not until Death Do Us Part!

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    [BD Review] 'Skinless' Is A Micro-Budget Gorefest (With Heart)!

    bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/10/2014 - 09:47

    Skinless (or, The Ballad of Skinless Pete) is the new film from micro-budget indie auteur Dustin Mills. I’ve seen a couple of his films before (Night of the Tentacles, Bath Salt Zombies) and they weren’t really my thing. They’re really campy with heavy leanings toward gratuitousness, which is cool, but I felt like he was trying too hard. That’s why I’m hyped to say that Skinless is a much more mature outing for him, in regards to his story telling and technique.

    Created for only $2,000, Skinless is a solidly made genre flick that shaves off a lot of the shit that turned me off in Mills’ other films. There’s still gratuitous nudity and plenty of hammy moments, but there’s also character development (gasp!), a strong relationship between the leads, and a pretty cool story. Not to mention really, really good looking gore.

    Dr. Peter Peele (Brandon Salkil) is a young, cocky scientist who’s been working on a cure for cancer with his partner Dr. Alice Cross (Erin R. Ryan). Peter believes he’s found their breakthrough in some kinda worm that creates a cell-destroying enzyme. They’re denied financial backing by an investor who has a ponytail (so you know he’s a real asshole) so Peter decides to inject himself with the enzyme. Unbeknownst to Alice, Peter’s got skin cancer, meaning the clock is already ticking down on his life. His fatalistic attitude drives him to inject himself with the enzyme with no regard for the danger. It works at first, a lesion he had disappears. But there are some, let’s just say “drastic” side effects.

    From here Skinless becomes a shoestring remake of The Fly, but one that has its own tragic relationship driving the film. Peter’s sweet on Alice, but the feeling isn’t mutual. When Peter’s skin rots off, he must loose some of his sanity as well. I mean, who wouldn’t. His advances toward Alice become aggressive, but there’s still some of that tenderness between them. Even though the gore kicks into overdrive during the second half, the compassion between Peter and Alice never dissolves. That’s pretty impressive considering Peter balances his time melting faces off and pining over Alice. It works somehow.

    Ryan delivers a really strong performance. She acts as the buoy of the film when Salkil’s over the top shenanigans attempt to sink it. When he’s not being overly melodramatic, he’s being campy. Their whole rocky relationship is the heart of the film, so it helps a tremendous amount that Ryan has some decent dramatic chops.

    Skinless is sure to please fans genre fans, gorehounds, and anyone else looking for a sleazy good time. I still feel like Mills inserts too much nudity though. It serves no purpose other than to say “Look! Tits!” But this one is definitely an improvement over his previous films that I’ve seen. What he pulled off with a $2,000 budget is pretty damn remarkable, so hopefully someone backs this kid with some really dough soon. It’ll be nuts to see what he can do with even $25,000.

    Skinless is making its theatrical debut on March 8th at the Cedar Lee Theater and on March 15th at the Capitol Theater, both in Cleveland. It’ll be expanding to other venues from there. Keep your eyes peeled!

    Categories: Horror News

    6 Crowdfunded Horror Games You Should Be Excited About!

    bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/10/2014 - 09:30

    Lately, we’ve seen a veritable avalanche of successful video game campaigns on the popular crowdfunding sites Indiegogo and Kickstarter. An ever-growing number of indie developers have decided to shy away from the traditional third party publishing model to handle it themselves by going straight to us, the consumers. The only real downside to this is it makes it difficult to find the games you should have on your radar. Thankfully, I have a passion for writing lists and a ridiculous amount of time on my hands.

    I’ve used that combo to sift through the myriad campaigns to find six of the most promising horror game success stories that you should definitely have on your radar. There’s a good chance we’ll see most (or all) of these this year, too.

    Neverending Nightmares

    Matt Gilgenbach is an indie developer who has struggled with often debilitating mental illnesses his entire life, including obsessive-compulsive disorder and depression. For many, one or both would likely be enough to throw in the towel, but for Gilgenbach, they inspired him to make the narrative-driven psychological horror game Neverending Nightmares. It also provided an outlet for him both creatively and emotionally. The end result promises to be a thoroughly unforgettable horror game that packs an emotional punch.

    Find it on Kickstarter

    ROAM

    I’ve given a fair amount of coverage to ROAM here on Bloody Disgusting, but that’s only because it looks amazing. Top-down isometric zombie games started off strong (Dead Nation, Burn Zombie Burn) before quickly devolving into total rubbish (Zombie Apocalypse, How to Survive) and I think this game could bring them back.

    You’ll come for the zombies, you’ll stay for the ridiculously well fleshed-out base building and fortification. ROAM cannot come soon enough.

    Find it on Kickstarter

    Homesick

    While not entirely a horror game, Homesick does place you in the shoes of someone who is both isolated in an abandoned building and plagued by amnesia and horrific, recurring nightmares. It looks like a deeply unsettling game, and thanks to an impressive attention to detail on the developer’s part, Homesick also looks good too.

    Find it on Kickstarter

    Categories: Horror News

    [BD Review] 'Oculus' Is A Fresh, Unrelentingly Terrifying Supernatural Horror Film!

    bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/10/2014 - 09:09

    Originally published September 10, 2013. Every story has pretty much been told. When it comes to supernatural horror, every concept and image has been exhausted. What sets the effective entries apart from the lot comes down to the filmmaker’s personal sensibility he injects into the material. James Wan’s The Conjuring doesn’t break any new ground yet I found myself invested in the family and fearing for their lives. That personal immersion made Wan’s first-rate theatrics all the scarier. Oculus, Co-Writer/Director Mike Flanagan’s follow-up to the impressive Absentia contains all those attributes…and more.

    Traumatized siblings Kaylie and Tim Russell decide to take on an ancient, cursed mirror that was responsible for the death of their parents when they were children. The feature was inspired by his 2006 short, Oculus: Chapter 3 – The Man with the Plan which he also co-wrote and directed. I was initially skeptical going into this because of the whole killer mirror angle. The mediocrity of Alexandre Aja’s sole misstep, Mirrors was still fresh in my mind. 105 minutes later, I ate my words.

    Elements of Oculus will look familiar to genre fans in some shape or form. What sets it apart from every other supernatural genre picture is the manner in which it tells its story. Flanagan daringly tackles two intercutting timelines from start to finish. He is aware how it may be tricky for an audience to follow so he methodically increases this technique slowly and slowly as the picture progresses. Flanagan allows us to get accustomed to this different way of watching a movie. Once the third act kicks in, Flanagan has successfully got the viewer accustomed to viewing dueling stories, so much so that he increases the intensity to the point that we’re watching the interjecting timelines practically from one shot to the next. It’s an overwhelming, whole new intensity I’ve never experienced before. What’s even more astounding is the fact there was zero confusion with the plot progression. I didn’t leave the film thinking there were logic gaps. Flanagan masterfully makes it all make sense at all times. At the same time he leaves just enough ambiguity at the end to make us theorize, as well as allowing the experience hauntingly linger with us long after it’s over.

    Flanagan keeps the violence to a minimum but whenever it does abrupt, it hits its maximum impact on the viewer. One reason for that is the well-developed relationship of the family. The cast which includes Sci-fi fan favorites Katee Sackhoff (Battleship Galactica) and Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) are totally convincing at every turn. They successfully ground the supernatural element. It was a quality I enjoyed in Absentia too. Flanagan seems to deeply care about his characters and getting the viewer connected on an emotional level which in turn makes the ride that much scarier. The tension builds beautifully, as the timelines begin to blur. The third act is made all the more terrifying and claustrophobic because of this mash-up. It’s uncharted territory when the audience has no clue where the film will go from edit to edit. It’s a revolutionary way in which to play out a horror set-piece.

    It’s great to see more and more filmmakers resisting the use of CGI which has destroyed countless of supernatural horror films. Like Insidious, the ghosts here are played by actors. Any use of visual effects is kept invisible. Mike Flanagan has taken a huge leap to the forefront of today’s genre filmmakers. He proves that with imagination and care for the craft, originality can still happen when telling a familiar tale. The experience of watching Oculus is that of being caught in an unrelenting nightmare you just can’t wake up from. The best horror film I’ve seen in some time.

    Categories: Horror News

    [Random Cool] Ari Lehman, The First Jason Voorhees, Has A Band Named First Jason!

    bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/10/2014 - 08:00

    Remember the original Friday The 13th and how (SPOILER ALERT) it was actually Jason’s mother that was behind everything? We didn’t get our famed masked killer until Friday The 13th Part 2, the machete-wielding bastard that we’ve all come to know and love! But that doesn’t mean that we didn’t get a taste of Jason and his hideous visage until that movie. Oh no, we have actor Ari Lehman to thank for bringing us the beginnings of horror’s most prolific mass murderer! He was the Jason that burst out of the lake and pulled Alice into the cold, dark, murky waters of Camp Crystal Lake.

    But what many of you might not know (and myself included until very recently) is that Ari Lehman has a band that is themed around Jason Voorhees! Aptly named First Jason, it is described as metal/horror rock and Lehman plays a badass keytar that is built from a large machete! Seriously, it’s one of the most metal instruments I’ve ever seen.

    Head on below to check out their track “Into The Storm”, their video for “Jason’s Bride”, and to see their cover of Heed My Warning. Also, make sure to pick up your copy of Heed My Warning through First Jason‘s website.


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    Categories: Horror News

    [Crowd Source This] "The Walking Dead: The Prison" Board Game From Skybound, MegaGigaOmniCorp, & Top8Magic

    bloody disgusting - Sun, 03/09/2014 - 22:46

    “The Walking Dead” has become a multi-media phenomenom. In addition to the best selling comic book series and #1 rated television show, “The walking Dead” has also spawned a best selling video game, three prose novels, and a role playing board game.

    MegaGigaOmniCorp and Top8Magic have come together to launch a Kickstarter campaign in support of the creation of “The Walking Dead: The Prison” as a board Game. For fans of the comic book, The Prison is one of the most popular story-arcs within the series. Check it all out below.

    The game is being developed by the fine folks at Skybound with the help of Keith Tralins and Matt Wang who have both worked on board games for “Lost”, and the first “The Walking Dead Board Game,” respectively. They have a reputation for staying true to the source material with their board game adaptations, and they have big plans for the “The Walking Dead: The Prison” board game. Gamers will be able to play as one of the six leaders of the group from Robert Kirkman’s “The Walking Dead” including Rick, Tyreese, Glenn, Dale, Andrea, and Michonne. The goal of the game? To earn enough Leadership Points to take control of the entire group of survivors. To earn Leadership Points, they must fight their way through the zombie swarm in the prison yard, bash their way through the prison itself, reach their destination and secure the area. Along the way, players will have to collect additional resources, rescue Followers, and as expected…fight zombies.

    They are offering fans some killer exclusives for anyone that pledges their hard earned cash via Kickstarter.

    Categories: Horror News

    [TV] Promising "Salem" Promos Continues With "Dead Devils"

    bloody disgusting - Sun, 03/09/2014 - 22:41

    “The Devil is never going to let a Promised Land be built here without a battle.”

    WGN America gave gave us another promising promo for their April 20 premiere of “Salem”.

    On an expansive set reflecting volatile 17th century Massachusetts, “Salem” explores what really fueled the town’s infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth behind them.

    “Salem” stars Janet Montgomery (“Human Target,” “Made in Jersey”) as the ruthless but vulnerable Mary Sibley, Salem’s most powerful enchantress – and Alden’s onetime love interest; Shane West (“Nikita,” “ER”) as handsome, hardened war veteran John Alden; Seth Gabel (“Fringe”) as local aristocrat Cotton Mather who fans the flames of Salem’s witch hunt; Ashley Madekwe (“Revenge”) as Mary’s mysterious, carnal accomplice; Xander Berkeley (“Nikita,” “The Mentalist”) as chief politician Magistrate Hale; Tamzin Merchant (“Jane Eyre”) as the forthright Anne Hale, an artist with a perilous attraction to Alden; and Elise Eberle (“The Astronaut Farmer”) as the mysteriously afflicted Mercy Lewis.

    In “Salem,” witches are real, but they are not who or what they seem. The show, which centers on an epic romance wrapped around this explosive revelation, delivers a bold new vision of Salem – and an even bolder new vision of witches.

    Categories: Horror News