With all of you guys flat out f*cking raving about Season 2 of “Hannibal” I’m definitely primed to start a marathon binge watching session. I’m a little bit bummed that parts of the end of Season 2 got spoiled for me in this interview with creator Bryan Fuller on TV Guide, but I did it to myself. I figured I’d enjoy the BBQ more later if I got just a little bit of work done today.
Check out what he has to say about the upcoming third season. But… for those who haven’t seen Season 2… I’m warning you. SPOILERS below.
Per Fuller, Will Graham survives the Season 2 finale. “We are staying very true to in the incident in the novel with Will and Hannibal and it’s very basic outcome.” What about everyone else? “Everyone that’s laying their breathing could be breathing their last breaths. It doesn’t go well for all of them.”
They’re getting their hands dirty with the Hannibal origin story. “Season 3 is going to be a lot of fun because it’s going to be taking a lot of disparate elements from the novel Hannibal Rising and the novel “Hannibal” and mashing them up together as part of the thrust of the season. It’s going to be fun to bastardize two novels into one sort of Frankenstein season. I will brace everybody right now: We’re significantly changing the Hannibal origin story from Hannibal Rising.”
Yet more familiar characters will pop up. “The books won’t necessarily be in sequential order. We’ll be hitting elements of each of them except Silence of the Lambs in the next season. My hope is that not only do we have a completely different Hannibal Lecter story in Season 3, but we will meet some of those great characters like Francis Dolarhyde and Lady Murasaki and weave them into the world in a unique way.”
There you have it. Be sure to check out the rest of the interview at the link below.
Over the last year I’ve tasked myself with reading everything Monkeybrain Comics had had to offer. Most would think of this as some sort of wade through titles that don’t quite suit my interests or reading comics that just aren’t that good. Well, that’s just not the case with Monkeybrain. The label is a seal of quality, and more than that it’s a creative playground for a lot of creators who wouldn’t get one otherwise.
It’s a fantastic place that specializes in quality comics at super affordable prices. You’ll legitimately be blown away by what Chris Roberson and Allison Baker have done with this small publishing house.
So without further adieu, I give you the ten best Monkeybrain Comics running right now. At $0.99 an issue you’d be foolish not to pick up the whole list over at http://www.monkeybraincomics.com/
WRITTEN BY: Jeremy Holt
ART BY: Francesa Ciregia
“Art Monster” follows Victor Stein, a listless art college student who has been lost in his educational institution for seven years. Through a macabre voiceover Victor ponders the question of artistic innovation. Anyone who has been to art school knows the place is filled with weird people. This strange place gathers a society pulled from different houses of inspiration. The effect can be alienating for those who don’t have it all figured out. This is a wonderfully written look into being lost in art brought to life in a dark and brooding style.
WRITTEN BY: Shawn Aldridge
ART BY: Christopher Peterson
The very first thing you’ll notice about “GoGetters” is the tongue in cheek wit. Protagonist Maya Diaz runs her mouth, but she gets the job done, and when all else fails her pet gorilla George Harrison will ensure success. Together they make the GoGetters. You need something retrieved? Hire this team and you’re bound to have a great time. It’s a Hannah Barbara cartoon with an edge. The vibrant characters are full of life as they channel this unique energy that I used to tap into with Johnny Quest. It’s a rollicking good time centered on a captivating main character and some razor sharp banter.
Brian Winkler and Robert Wilson IV’s Trevor K Trevinski bring the slacker archetype to a whole new level by offering a brilliant blend with superherodom. This is a funny and telling look at what it means to have superpowers. Any modern day person would much rather use any powers they received in a self-serving manner to make their own lives easier. But Trevor doesn’t really use them at all. He would rather stay home and chill. I get it, eating pizza and playing Xbox all day every day is practically heaven for any twenty something. A ripe bromance, a repugnant use of power, and wonderfully developed characters are all found here within a smooth dissection of what makes superhero stories great.
“Kinski” is the story of Joe, written and illustrated by Hardman the comic shows a man frustrated with his dull job looking for something to reinvigorate his life. Turns out it’s a four-month-old black lab puppy that doesn’t quite belong to him. Hardman straddles the line between doing the right thing and desperation. It’s a telling look at a righteous personal crusade. This series is magnificently brought to life by Gabriel Hardman’s artistic style. His clean bold line work adds a lot of emotion to the faces of the characters. His large panels of background and locations bring the rural setting to life. The book is steeped in a moment of stupidity, one that we all have found ourselves in. Those days or weeks that spun out of control thanks to one stupid decision, and thanks to that directed focus the book is an absolute joy to experience.
Inspired is the first word that comes to mind with Curt Pires and Dalton Ramos’ “Theremin.” Exciting, ambitious, and beautiful are some of the words that follow. This book takes a love for a man lost to history and cultivates it into something only comics can create: an epic time bending adventure. Dalton Ramos may just blow your mind with “Theremin.” His paneling is as masterful as you can get. Once Pires pulls you into the “red” he and Ramos will have you hook, line, and sinker. There is no going back. The pacing is erratically fast paced and wonky. The beginning, middle, and end of the story are delivered simultaneously to great effect. Mirroring the raw expression of what Theremin’s life is like, volatile, scattered, and pulse pounding.
This is a truly beautiful book; let’s just get that out of the way. Jeremy Holt and Tim Daniel seem to know this too, because the script constantly plays with the visuals. Nothing is quite what you suspect, and it’s a total treat. The world of “Skinned” straddles the line between utopia and dystopia. It doesn’t bother offering the answer either. The Occupye is a readymade solution to reality. Entire set design can change in a panel; clothing can disappear, and reappear in a flash. It doesn’t really offer any sort of declarative statement about its world but rather speaks through character. Each of the sentiments offered on the page hold a certain amount of weight, but ultimately the perception of the narrative is left to the reader. The important themes of perception and reality are explored to beautiful effect here by posing compelling questions, which you’re left to answer on your own.
“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 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 narrative 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. Max is our serial killer on the run. The narrative switches between both POV’s to fantastic effect. 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.
Ryan Ferrier’s “D4VE” is something everyone can relate to. Taking the familiar world of computers and technological language we take for granted to create a wonderfully comedic tale of a robot going through a mid life crisis. Society has exhausted the need for D4VE’s original programming. Stuck in a pile of sadness and failure his only escape is daydreaming about the past. The book functions as a love letter to mediocrity and science fiction. The naivety of personal destruction and the idea of recaptured glory are some of the strong themes dealt with here, yet it’s all done with a glorious sense of humor that looks at what comes after most science fiction stories. It’s glorious, mundane, and so much jobs damn fun.
Nominated for an Eisner you say? Brilliant and new you say? Holy hell Christopher Sebela makes it look easy as he takes a familiar concept and twists something different into the heart of the story. The book has a chill sense of dread with a protagonist who makes death his business, a supporting character who just can’t escape her past, and just when you thought it was a by the numbers murder mystery the antagonist bursts onto the scene and changes everything. The things you come to expect with the genre are all here, but they have to be explained in radically different ways. Something as simple as a lopped off hand seems to be the most important piece of the puzzle. The wonderfully morose idea of risking your life just to bill the survivors is just the beginning. “High Crimes” is something else.
Jude Tobin is a deeply tormented man who runs “Red Light Properties” with his wife. They cleanse haunted houses for sale. It’s not easy. Jude uses psychedelic drugs to enter the world of the undead in an effort to communicate. Through these efforts he’s started to lose his grip on reality. His marriage is failing, his business is going belly up, and he has lost touch with his son. This all amidst the sun drenched backdrop of Florida. Dan Goldman’s ambitious comic is truly a sight to behold. Using a combination of various assets he manages to elevate the form of creator owned comics. This is a book that cannot be missed, the art is incredible, the story is chilling, and the horror is very real. It’s incomparable in ambition, extraordinary in concept, and executed masterfully by a single mind. It’ll blow you away.
One of the cool things about the Lord Of The Rings films is that us horror fans watching it can see the elements of director Peter Jackson’s earlier horror works, such as Bad Taste and Dead Alive. We horror fans can easily get a lot of joy out of these fantasy flicks (although I haven’t been keeping up with The Hobbit films), especially when it comes to the creatures, ghosts, practical FX, and more.
Something else that has become incredibly memorable from the original trilogy has been composer Howard Shore‘s score, which netted him three Academy Awards. It’s been covered multiple times on multiple instruments ever since it came out and now there’s another cover that is rather impressive.
Below is Zander Zon‘s solo bass cover, which creates a medley of several of the film’s tunes. It’s fascinating seeing him play through the various tunes, especially while using a spider capo (which can fret specific strings rather than all at once) as well as an E-bow. Check it out down yonder!
Reviewed by – Jorge Solis
An epic masterpiece in the making, every page of “Next Testament Vol.1″ contains vibrant imagery, snappy dialogue, and two engaging protagonists. “Next Testament” could only come from the mind of a true horror master. Clive Barker proves himself once again. Collecting the first four issues, check out why this horror series landed #1 on my Bloody-Disgusting’s Best Of 2013 List.
WRITTEN BY: Clive Barker and Mark Miller
ART BY: Haemi Jang
PUBLISHER: Boom! Studios
RELEASE: May 21, 2013
In the desert wasteland, eccentric billionaire Julian Demond is searching for something hidden and locked away underneath the layers of sand. Waiting to be set free, the powerful entity, known as ‘The Father’ from the Old Testament, wakes up finally from his prison. Julian thinks he has found God but he has actually found a sadistic power-hungry supreme being, nicknaming himself Wick. Julian’s son, Tristan, and his fiancée, Elspeth, are about be the first ones to witness the coming of the apocalypse. No one is safe, not even the socialites and big-wigs of Hollywood, as Wick steps out into the world.
Clive Barker and co-writer, Mark Miller, have done something unique and fresh with religious horror. Standing out, Wick acknowledges there is a higher power above him and everything about the New Testament is true. Though the Devil, referred to as The Son by Wick, makes a cameo appearance, he is actually the good guy here. We see Wick at first intrigued by humanity’s accomplishments, then slowly getting tired of mankind. As an antagonist, Wick is an intellectual like Pinhead but he’s also a deadly killing machine like Jason Voorhees.
The highlight of the writing comes from Miller’s quirky dialogue between Tristan and Elspeth. When these two lovebirds are in a panel together, you’re rooting for them to make it through. The snappy banter between them is reminiscent of Nick and Nora Charles, from Dashiell Hammet’s “The Thin Man.” Among Barker’s creations, Elspeth has the innate goodness of Anne Bobby, from “Nightbreed,” and the strong will of Kirsty Cotton, from “Hellraiser.” And yet, there is still something more about Elspeth that makes her such a badass character.
If you have read Brandon Seifert’s “Hellraiser: The Road Below,” then you know artist Haemi Jang is the perfect choice for this series. Jang just lets loose on the gore and kill scenes during the dinner. In a two-pager, notice how elegant and terrifying the imagery is when Wick shatters the stained glass window. When the police arrive, Jang uses the rack-focus technique to blur the background, so that we only see the sirens.
The plane crash sequence is my favorite part of this collection. Jang captures the bumpy ride, the passengers screaming, and the lovebirds in turmoil throughout the suspenseful illustrations. I honestly haven’t been this impressed with a plane crash since I first saw the opening scene in the “Lost” pilot. I hope after this series concludes, Barker, Miller, and the good people at BOOM! Studios, keep using Jang for other projects.
I absolutely loved “Next Testament” since the first issue. The first half of “Next Testament Vol. 1″ is a great jumping-on point for newcomers and something awesome to have in your comic book collection.
With the recent lineup announcement for Montreal, Quebec’s “Heavy Montreal” rock/metal festival, I figured I’d take a look and suggest 10 bands that you definitely need to check out should you attend. After all, with nearly 50 bands over two days, it can get very hectic trying to figure out who and what you want to see! So, head on down below to see which bands I recommend hauling ass to check out!
Day 1: August 9th
Highly talented and super fun? Nekrogoblikon are the band that has probably converted over the most people to metal in a long time, thanks to the highly entertaining “No One Survives” video (which we premiered). I can’t tell you how many comments I read that were along the lines of “I normally hate this kind of music but these guys are awesome!“
James Balsamo carries a torch for indie filmmakers. He is truly devoted to his craft, and his newest release, Catch of the Day, is a great example of his work. Balsamo recently sat down with Dread Central to talk about his project.
Catch of the Day is far from your traditional horror film. It's truly a genre-bender with lots of comedy mixed with plenty of gore. Balsamo talked about this blending of styles. "Catch of the Day is a buddy cop comedy meets mutant fish people," Balsamo said.
"This is my strangest film to date; it features real car explosions, aquatic mutants, a mad scientist, and beautiful big-breasted bikini babes. This was an awesome project to film. I did all my own stunts in the film and drove a car through a wall. I don't want to give away all the action. You'll have to get your copy at AcidBathProductions.com and see for yourself."
Ever the salesman, Balsamo had us sold at big-breasted bikini babes.
Those familiar with Balsamo's work know that the madness you find in Catch of the Day is status quo for Acid Bath films. But one has to wonder just where Balsamo gets the inspiration for his work. "Anyone that has seen any of my films knows I like to pay homage to the B-movies that paved the way for my career," Balsamo said.
"I'm a gorehound and all around movie geek. I always have been and always will be. Take that and mix in some explicit drug use and gratuitous nudity, and you have yourself a James Balsamo masterpiece. A piece of what is up to the viewer. Hopefully not excrement, but shit is what makes the grass grow and inspires the B-movie makers of the future. That's how it happened to me!"
One of the first things viewers of Catch of the Day will notice is the tremendous number of cameo appearances. We urged Balsamo to let us in on the secret of how an indie filmmaker like himself was able to score so many celebs in his movie. "Acid Bath Productions is an independent film company that makes films for fans of horror movies," he explained. "The collection of cameos I have featured throughout my filmography are done by actors who are fans of the genre. They want to do everything they can to help perpetuate awesome horror movies. Besides, who doesn't love being in a movie? Getting celebrities to be in movies is like shooting fish in a barrel. When asking doesn't work, I kidnap a loved one and hold them hostage until they do a cameo for my new film. I might return them with a missing appendage or two, but the key is never to kill them just in case you need to kidnap them again when you want their famous loved one to be in the sequel."
Fans of professional wrestling will certainly recognize Jake "The Snake" Roberts, who appears in Catch of the Day. Balsamo spoke on working with the legendary wrestler. "I'm a huge wrestling fan. I try to put at least one or two professional wrestlers in all of my films," Balsamo said. "Working with Jake was a huge personal accomplishment. I grew up watching Jake and even had that action figure of him with the spring-loaded punching arm. Jake has such a great sense of humor and is really fun to work with. I don't judge people on their past. Jake is an amazing person, and I hope to work with him again someday."
In addition to the cameos, Balsamo's work has always featured top-notch music by very impressive bands. Again we asked him, how do you land the talent? "I've worked with the music industry's top musicians, and now a ton of bands ask us to be part of our films," Balsamo said. "It's funny how things work out. One day you're making films in your basement and going to shows, asking bands to be in your films. The next thing you know, you're still making films in your basement but famous bands ask to work with you. Life sure is funny sometimes."
We closed the interview with a couple of questions about Balsamo's craft. First, whether he prefers acting or directing. "I really prefer acting," he confessed. "I started out acting at the age of eight and stuck with it until college. I only started directing so that I could star in my own movies. Somehow, I got three movies out with worldwide distribution and a film currently on cable TV all over the US and Canada. Now, I'm kinda stuck doing both, but I love to act. I hope to do some more roles outside of my own films soon, if anyone is casting for an Italian ham (wink, wink)."
And finally, what makes a better scene: big boobs or buckets of blood? Balsamo answered as if he'd pondered the question for years. "I don't think you can make a great scene without both. You need equal amounts of big boobs and blood. My next film, Bite School, will be my bloodiest film to date and features all the sweet, gratuitous nudity that my films have become known for."
You can keep up-to-date with all the news about Catch of the Day and Bite School by following Acid Bath Productions on Twitter (@Acidbathproduct) or by checking in on the official Acid Bath Productions website or like Catch of the Day and Bite School on Facebook.
Catch of the Day Synopsis
Officer Rod Davis is on a mission to take out an army of aquatic mutants, a mad scientist, and a drug cartel – and it’s all to save his sister, Roxanne. The boneheaded, donut-loving cop is left with no choice but to team up with his no-nonsense old partner, Harry Chu, but the duo find themselves crashing through walls, fending off explosions, and struggling for air amongst big-breasted bikini babes as they try to crack the case of a lifetime.
Rod and Harry are going in half-cocked and head-to-head against a drug cartel when they find themselves fending off a crazed scientist’s bloodthirsty mutant monstrosities. Are Rod and Harry fighting giant fish monsters just for the halibut? It’s an action-packed horror-comedy you won’t want to throw back because it’s the Catch of the Day.
A few weeks back we told you about Avatar Press writer/artist Mike Wolfer (“Gravel”, “Stitched”) new Kickstarter campaign for “The Curse of the Ragdoll”. Wolfer has now granted Bloody-Disgusting an exclusive 16-page preview of the 96-page graphic novel which can be read below.
“The Curse of the Ragdoll” first debuted in the pages of “Raw Media Quarterly” in the late ’90s. The character of ‘Ragdoll’ is an homage to classic horror anthologies like “Creepy”, “Eerie” and the old “Vampirella” magazines from Warren Publications. Fans can still get involved with the Kickstarter campaign, which has one week left.
On tap right now we have a look at some International promotional goodies for IFC's latest acquisition, Victor Garcia's Gallows Hill, starring The Twilight Saga's Peter Facinelli!
Sophia Myles and Nathalia Ramos co-star. Written by Richard D’Ovidio (Thirteen Ghosts), the story follows an American (Facinelli), widowed from his Colombia-born wife, who flies to Bogota with his new fiancée (Myles) to retrieve his rebellious teenage daughter, Jill (Ramos).
A widower takes his children on a trip to their mother’s Colombian hometown. En route, the family are involved in an accident and take refuge in a secluded inn, where they free a girl locked in a basement and set in motion a terrifying sequence of events.
It’s a slow news day due to the holiday so we’ll at least try and share some cool random articles to tide you over until tomorrow.
Jonny B. sent me this awesome image gallery he found on imgur that shares 16 legendary movie monsters and their makers.
Take a look behind-the-scenes of classics from The Fly to House II, Castle Freak, The Ring, Alien, Child’s Play and even Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors.
A film we first heard about toward the end of last year, Gary Meyer's The Winedancers, is now edited and ready for its finishing touches so the production team has unveiled the first official trailer. Check it out, and look for more soon.
The international cast includes Lucinda Rhodes, Kim Sønderholm, Kasia Koleczek, Miglen Mirtchev, Edmund Digby-Jones, Kyle Calderwood, Mariana Peñalva, J.C. Montes-Roldan, Antoine Martin, Andrea Catozzi, Jonathan Christopher Duncan, Marina De Salis, and Callie Roberts.
Writer/director/producer Meyer describes the film as "a mixture of horror comedy and theatre, a roller coaster of emotions. For some reason I came up with a transvestite cowboy line dancer as the main character wearing stiletto heals and tapping to the beat of 'Cotton-Eye Joe'... The inspiration: Robin Hardy's The Wicker Man, Tony Scott's The Hunger, and life here in Provence with its deep-rooted French way of life resisting change as much as it can from the outside world. The wine, the vineyards, and the Pagan-like festivals... the French love of dancing. Line dancing, it seems inherent. It is so beautiful here that one can only get inspired, but just below the surface of this beauty lies greed, corruption, and the unseeing innocent victims who are lured here by its magic; it's a magnet for it. The Winedancers is this story hosted by the Greek gods Pan and Bacchus, not to mention a glass or two of wine."
A release is expected later this year.
The Winedancers is about several groups of people coming together and meeting up at a wine cheateu in the South of France. Before long a lot of very peculiar incidents start taking place: odd Pagan rituals, chateau hosts very far from the ordinary, people slowly going off the deep end one by one, and most importantly, bloody murder - VERY bloody murder, in fact! It offers real suspense akin to a classic game of whodunit with a lot of twists and turns.
After a long post production blackout, director Oliver Blackburn (Donkey Punch) and the Weinstein Company’s slasher Kristy is finally starting to see daylight with this trailer. And you know what? It actually looks kinda good! It sort of has that 90′s Dimension vibe but with a harder edge that I like. I’ll definitely check it out.
BlairWitch has the trailer, and they say it will have a Blu-ray release sometime this summer in Europe. If they’re right, I imagine this will be a VOD number here in the states.
Formerly titled Random and Satanic, the film stars Haley Bennett, Ashley Greene, Erica Ash, Chris Coy and Lucas Till. “With the rest of the campus home for the Thanksgiving holiday, Justine and a few of her friends spend the weekend in their college dormitory: studying, relaxing and blissfully unaware of the terror that is about to unfold outside in the cold. Suddenly, confronted by a gang of violent outcasts, Justine’s quiet long weekend becomes one long lesson in survival as her and her classmates are terrorized in increasingly bizarre and brutal ways, leaving it up to her to figure out who her attackers are…and if they can be stopped. “
Sure, we know it's nearly June, the summer is approaching, and December is as far from our minds as it can possibly be. But for those of you craving a little Christmas in the spring, take a look at Part 3 of Scared Stiff's holiday-themed slasher Jason Xmas.
For those of you unfamiliar with Scared Stiff, it's an original horror anthology series created by horror fans for horror fans, and all of the content is free! Each unique tale features a variety of ghosts, madmen, vampires, and the unknown.
This episode finds Jason hot on Michelle's trail; how will she escape from her hiding place and get to safety?
Further installments will be released on the 13th of each month, leading to the exciting conclusion this December.
Titan Books is back with another re-release that should make for great summer reading for fans of the Alien franchise: Look for Alien 3: The Official Movie Novelization on May 27 in the US and a month later in the UK.
In this official novelization of Alien 3, the somewhat divisive David Fincher-directed third installment in the series, Ellen Ripley continues to be stalked by the savage alien race after her escape pod crash-lands on a prison planet, killing everyone else aboard. Unknown to Ripley, an alien egg is aboard the ship...
Cover art and pre-order info is below; look for an exclusive preview soon.
It's back and hiding in the most terrifying place of all!
Fury 161 is a wretched planet – a penal colony and industrial complex manned by violent prisoners. When an escape pod from the USS Sulaco crash-lands there, Ellen Ripley appears to be the only passenger left alive. Then inmates begin to die, all at the hands of another survivor, a creature which encounters Ripley and spares her life! Desperate to know why, she seeks out an answer – and discovers terror unlike any she’s ever known.
Science fiction master Alan Dean Foster returns to the Alien universe to reveal the ultimate destinies of Ellen Ripley and her eternal foe – the xenomorph known as the Alien.
In an interview with Fan Pass, ex-Pantera vocalist Phil Anselmo spoke about the possibilities of a reunion and what exactly it would take, including a serious, in-person discussion with ex-drummer Vinnie Abbott. He states that there is “…no doubt…” in his mind that Black Label Society guitarist Zakk Wylde would be the best person to replace “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott.
What it would take to get it off the ground:
But at the end of the day, there would have to be a meeting at a table — or without a table — between Rex [Brown], Vince and I, and there would have to be a bigtime understanding between the two of us before anything happens at all.
If the reunion were to happen, Anselmo states:
If there was ever a proper presentation, like, OK, PANTERA is back together, Zakk’s on guitar, that would be a massive feeling. That would be outrageous. And I would go to war. I would be in the best shape possible.
You can watch the full interview below as well as see footage of Phil, Zakk Wylde, and Rex Brown of Kill Devil Hill jamming the classic track “I’m Broken”.
A year later and we’re still (sorta) talking about Showtime’s “Dexter” finale.
While executive producer Scott Buck continues to defend their decision to keep Dexter alive – it’s actually a pretty good argument – it doesn’t change the fact that it was disappointing.
Michael C. Hall, who played Dexter in the series, understands where fans are coming from. In speaking to The Daily Beast, he reveals that not only did he find it “not so savory,” but he also never actually watched it. Still, he does find it “fitting,” which is what Buck explains over and over.
“Liked it? I don’t think I even watched it,” he says of the finale, which aired last September. The once-gripping saga of the nerdy blood spatter analyst (spoiler alert) ended on a flabbergasting note, with the death of Dexter’s adoptive sister Debra; his self-exile from his kids, his job, and Miami; and his transition into a new career as…a lumberjack. Hall chooses his words carefully when discussing his feelings about that last episode. “I thought it was narratively satisfying—but it was not so savory.”
“I think the show had lost a certain amount of torque,” he says. “Just inherently because of how long we’d done it, because of the storytelling capital we’d spent, because our writers may have been gassed. Maybe some people wanted a more satisfying—maybe they wanted a happy ending for him, either a happy ending or a more definitive sense of closure. They wanted him to die or something, but I think the fact that he’s sort of exiled in a prison of his own making is, for my money, pretty fitting.”
Both Hall and Buck are completely right in assessing that the finale was “fitting” for Dexter, but it unfortunately doesn’t change the fact that it was ultimately disappointing. Still, as a fan of the series, the ride was insanely fun, and at least we always have the fourth season with John Lithgow as the Trinity Killer. Awesome stuff.
San Diego Comic-Con 2014: CineQuest & Benson Entertainment Releasing Exclusive BTVS 'Triangle' Tara Figure
Summer is upon us, which means San Diego Comic-Con is just around the corner. Here's another exclusive heading to the show: "Triangle Tara," a rare "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" collectible previously offered only in a signed edition at a rather steep price.
From the Press Release:
CineQuest.com and Benson Entertainment are going back in time to release an amazingly rare "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" action figure that was previously only available in a signed edition for $125.
"Triangle" Tara was created especially for Amber Benson by Diamond Select Toys as a way for the actress who played Tara Maclay to raise money to raise funds for her 2006 film Lovers, Liars, and Lunatics. The original run of "Triangle" Tara was only 2,000 figures worldwide. There will be only 300 of the unsigned edition, which comes blister-carded in a white box mailer. Accessories include purse, potion bottle, candle, and book.
The 6" figure is based on Tara as she appeared in the "Buffy" Season 5 episode "Triangle," in which Willow and Anya conjure Olaf the Troll while Giles is away from the Magic Box in England.
For the first time and exclusively for San Diego Comic-Con 2014, CineQuest.com is offering the unsigned edition of the figure in association with Benson Entertainment. It is being offered at a special preorder price of $22 for a limited time to attendees for pickup at the show in July. A limited number are being reserved for non-attendees for shipment after the show.
Limited to 300 pieces, the unsigned "Triangle" Tara variant figure will be released at San Diego Comic-Con 2014 (July 24-27) at the CineQuest.com booth (#4738). A limited number will be sold each day of the convention to ensure all attendees have a chance to purchase the variant.
Attendees can preorder the exclusive variant at the special preorder price of $22 at CineQuest.com by clicking here and picking it up at the show. A very limited number have been reserved for members of Club CQ as well as non-attendees of San Diego Comic-Con. Non-attendees residing in the U.S. can preorder here; non-attendees residing outside the U.S. can preorder here.
The Blood Stream mines the Internet for horror gold so you don’t have to, delivering streamable horror titles never before featured on Dread Central. Occasionally I’ll dredge up something good, maybe even great. To find those gems, I’ll have to sift through a lot of breathtakingly bad cinema. Enjoy!
Half-Caste is a relatively novel lycanthropy yarn. It hits the ground running with an excellent shock moment at the beginning, leading into a great first act. Alas, somewhere toward the midway point the wheels fly off and the whole thing implodes under the weight of nonsensical plot points and baffling chronologies.
I fully admit it's possible that even the appearance of a strong beginning was just the result of exceeding the abyssal expectations set by the movie’s poster, which makes the monster look like an ad for a hooker at a furry convention:
Half-Caste is -- at least according to the movie -- a term used in South Africa to refer to the orphaned offspring of Dutch settlers and native South Africans. Through a combination of feral neglect, drugs and religious fervor, some such individuals were supposedly cursed with the power to transform into bloodthirsty half-man, half-leopard hybrids.
The movie starts with a framing scene in which a cop interrogates a blood spattered L.A. filmmaker named Bobby Cortez. Most of Bobby’s tale of woe is shown from the point of view of the cameras he and his crew set up to record evidence of the Half-Caste. It’s not exactly found footage though. Bobby's webcam flashbacks are intercut with plenty of third-person shots. While that makes one wonder why so much mockumentary footage was used in the first place, it at least eliminates the need for the magically fortuitous shots pure found footage movies rely on to capture climactic action.
Since the movie is set in South Africa, it really helps that it was actually filmed there (or near enough). Unlike Beneath Loch Ness, which was filmed in an above ground swimming pool painted to look like Scotland, Half-Caste was shot almost entirely on location. In addition to the gorgeous natural backdrop of rural Africa, that means safari scenes and real life megafauna encounters were easy to come by. There’s even one part where they film a (hopefully trained) lion mauling a guy to death in a truck. Apparently another bonus of filming in Africa is there is zero regard for the safety of local stuntmen.
What really sets Half-Caste apart – at least before it falls apart – is a delightful sense of humor and solid comic timing. Half-Caste features both an American film crew and a secondary local crew. All six of these people are genuinely endearing and they routinely engage in fun, charming banter. Their unrehearsed wisecracks and natural laughter give the impression they were really having fun, as young folks on vacation are wont to do. Occasionally, however, the merriment gets out of hand, like when screwball antics are enhanced with silly sound effects. A lack of awareness of the irony in juxtaposing naïve playfulness and the horrors that follow is a nagging problem even in the better parts of this movie.
The first real sign of trouble is the Half-Caste monster itself, which looks like it escaped from Zoobilee Zoo. The under-designed beastie is shown far too often, far too early, and in light that’s far too revealing.
Then there’s the plot, which springs minor leaks here and there until the dam finally bursts all at once. One minute everything is fine, then something unseen starts chasing Bobby through the bush. He escapes, only to stumble on a central character who has transformed into a Half-Caste and is calmly devouring a dead body. Bobby blacks out and wakes up covered in blood, holding a human heart. He decides not to mention this to anyone, even the person he now knows is a cannibalistic monster. Everything just goes back to normal for another half hour or so. That has to be an attempt to spackle over missing footage, right? Like maybe the lion ate a few cans of film?
The final nail in Half-Caste's coffin is, fittingly, the climax, which plays out like an extended run-off from "Benny Hill". When the monster attacks, the remaining characters begin a drawn out cycle of fleeing into a bedroom, freaking out, running back outside, freaking out some more, and repeating. Instead of grabbing someone’s tush every time the action stops like Benny, however, the Half-Caste (which hops around like the monkey-style fighter in Bloodsport) rips out somebody’s throat. I demand to see this scene set to Yakety Sax.
Driving all this useless repetition is a superfluous element of the Half-Caste mythos. The creature influences your psyche before it physically attacks you, making you turn on those around you. Sadly that requires amiable but mediocre actors to channel Jack Nicholson and lose their minds for no damn reason. All they had to do was calmly walk to their truck and drive away. Instead they pick fights with each other and scream about “getting my gat” or how things are done “in the hood”, before charging outside in a huff, one by one, into the waiting jaws of a pissed off were-leopard.
I don’t recommend watching this movie, but if you want to do your good deed for the year and you’re good with Final Cut, maybe chop this thing down to a streamlined 45 minutes or so and post it on YouTube for me. If not, just watch TrollHunter again. It's still funny and damn those trolls look good.
If you play a lot of video games, there’s a solid chance you’ve stumbled upon a few dirty mirrors. Most of the time, the mirrors are entirely useless because they’re either broken or in desperate need a good Windexing. Usually, this is because making a mirror too dirty or broken to function is far easier than allocating resources to give us a working mirror.
In Silent Hill 2, my all-time favorite video game that I will love and wish to be buried with so I can spoon with it forever and ever — the mirrors worked just fine. This is how they accomplished that, way back in 2001.
All Team Silent did was place a 1 to 1 model of James on the other side of the mirror that would mimic his movements. Pretty clever.
For some of you, this may be old news. Many other games used similar techniques, including the Resident Evil series, but just in case you’re a geek like me who enjoys knowing these sorts of things, I thought I’d share it with you.
The official Blu-ray and DVD release of Caradog James' The Machine is heading our way, and right now we have your chance to score a Blu-ray copy of the film along with a poster signed by star Caity Lotz. Get to clickin'!
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The Machine will be available on DVD and Blu-ray on June 17, 2014.
Toby Stephens (Die Another Day), Caity Lotz (The Pact, "Arrow," "Mad Men"), and Denis Lawson (Star Wars, Local Hero) star.
Britain is in a Cold War with a new enemy, and the Ministry of Defense is on the brink of developing a game-changing weapon. Lead scientist Vincent McCarthy (Toby Stephens) provides the answer with his creation, ‘The Machine’ - an android with unrivaled physical and processing skills. When a programming glitch causes an early prototype to destroy his lab, McCarthy enlists artificial intelligence expert Ava (Caity Lotz) to help him harness the full potential of a truly conscious fighting machine.
On May 27th, perennial fan pleaser Scream Factory releases in the US the first horror film from Vietnam, titled House in the Alley. To celebrate, Scream Factory is sponsoring another giveaway contest. This time a total of three House in the Alley DVDs will be given to a trio of winners.
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There’s a new address in sheer terror. On May 27, 2014, SCREAM FACTORY™ invites loyal fans and horror enthusiasts to experience terror more profoundly with supernatural shocker HOUSE IN THE ALLEY on DVD.
Boasting a large cult following overseas and a film festivals favorite, HOUSE IN THE ALLEY is a gripping haunted house thriller that exposes the weaknesses of the human psyche and deftly combines suspense, horror, and emotional dramas. Written and directed by Le-Van Kiet, the film is about a couple who slowly lose their sanity, haunted by the traumatic death of their son and the paranormal disturbances in their house from an unspeakable past. A must-have for horror movie collectors and loyal fans, the HOUSE IN THE ALLEY DVD is priced to own with a suggested retail price of $14.93.
A young couple, settling into their new life in their spacious home, lose their newborn to a miscarriage. After the tragedy, Thao is inconsolable and won’t let her baby’s body leave the house. She soon begins suffering from terrifying visions and slowly loses her sanity. Her husband, Thanh, also begins experiencing strange things around their home, and when his wife turns on him, he must race to uncover the secrets of the house in the alley before they both lose their minds... and their lives.