Interviewing the Voice of Horror, Mr. Creepy Pasta!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 06/10/2016 - 12:10

The rise of creepypastas over the past several years has been nothing but meteoric. Whereas once it was near impossible to get a short story recognition, much less publication, the internet has allowed dozens of forums and websites to pop up and host these bite-sized horror forays. It is because of these people that the world was introduced to Slender Man, Jeff the Killer, and Eyeless Jack, as well as a swath of others.

Perhaps no one has been more critical and important in the rise of creepypastas than the self proclaimed Mr. Creepy Pasta, whose YouTube channel boasts over 1 million subscribers and has been running for over five years. Featuring narrations of some of the best that the genre has to offer, his channel has accumulated nearly 150 million views and spread the works of countless amateur authors, giving them much deserved recognition.

Now, Mr. Creepy Pasta is bringing the genre into a new realm by creating a 48-page anthology comic book that features two completely original tales and original artwork from Vincent V. Cava. And to celebrate this endeavor, which he admits would, “…actually be operating at a loss if we just barely hit goal“, we’ve interviewed the voice of terror himself!

You can support the Kickstarter campaign right here.

Can you tell me about the comic and how the whole idea came about?

Vincent V Cava and I work on creating creepy pastas. Vincent has always been a fantastic writer and came up with some of the most gruesome and best written stories that I’ve had the pleasure of reading on my channel. In the past year we’d been working on writing other projects and scripts together. During one of those projects we started geeking out about comic books, Superman, Y the Last Man, and how it really influenced us and became a huge part of our lives as kids and adults. Then the big suggestion came up: “Why don’t we make our own comic book?” This was last year sometime, so it was kind of just a joke idea that was being batted around. But as our previous project drew to a close, the more serious we started to talk about it until we looked at printers and artists. More importantly, we started looking at what kinds of monsters and stories we could create for graphic novels, that no one had seen before.

What have been some of your personal favorite creepy pastas over the years?

That’s a hard question. I get asked that at conventions a lot and from fans and I never really have a straight answer for them. Vincent’s written some great stories in the past that really mix comedy and horror well. That’s been one of my favorite themes of creepy pastas so I always hold his work in high regard. Stories like “A Favor for a Favor”, became classics in the creepy pasta sub genre. There’s also many other well written classics from some noted authors like “Bedtime” by Michael Whitehouse, “Candle Cove” from Kris Straub, and “Black Out at Third and Main” by Aaron Shotwell. All these stories are amazing well written and go into a pretty extreme level of horror.

Right now, the Kickstarter for the comic has more than doubled the requested amount. Were you expecting this kind of reception or did the overwhelming support take you by surprise?

About four days into the campaign, the backer count just exploded. At the time, I was on the way to Phoenix Comic Con to make an appearance along side Vincent. We were losing out minds over text. Sending these joke pictures and numbers back and forth just excited about what was happening. I was really reserved with my expectation. Vincent knew that Creepy Pasta was going to be a big exciting topic, but I was really nervous we’d make maybe 100$ or so. But to see that we’re at 200% now is really amazing. And I know it means we can live this dream of finishing and putting out the comic book. And if we hit those stretch goals then I can have a bit more fun with some of the other projects that are tucked away for the occasion.

The two tales in the comic are entirely original but utilize characters already known to the Creepy Pasta community. What was it about these denizens that made you want to expand and add to their lore?

The Rake is really the only character that was established before the comic in a story of the same name by Brian Somerville. The Rake, was a really well done story about this mysterious creature that snuck in and watched or spoke to you in your sleep. With that much mystery behind the character, we just had to give it another look. We spoke with Brian Somerville and got his blessing on the character and just took off with the idea. We didn’t want to go extremely comic bookie with the character. We kept him pretty wrapped in shadows so the horror aspect of him isn’t lost. First and foremost, when looking at this comic, we wanted to keep it scary and gory. We’re not going for an extremely shocking gore factor, but we wanted stories that seemed terrifying and had twists that could seriously catch our audience off guard. Not to toot our horn too much, but I think that’s exactly what these stories will do.

Currently, the Kickstarter is for one 48-page comic that features two original stories and a wraparound with the “Blueman”. Seeing as how this campaign is already a success, can fans expect more issues in the future?

We’ve talked a lot about it, but the big question is how we can get that book to the fans. We enjoyed working on this book and we learned a lot about working comics from this experience. Obviously, from ideal to paper, this idea took us nearly a year and we don’t want to be the case with any future issues. We’re two guys who wanted to make something, not a publisher and not a comic distribution company. So the question is we have the funding to make one book, what’s the costs and the time needed to make a second, and how can we get it to people? What’s good is we’re already asking these question and discussing more issues so I think it’d be safe to say fans have something to look forward to.

What is your dream with this project? Where would you like to see this path lead?

We’ve discussed a lot about what we wanted from the comic book, since the idea first came up. What I think I’d really like to see is this become a small series of books. I’d love to see us put out a small series with a short overarching story of the Blue man and a collection of different artists and maybe even a guest writer or two. I want to make this comic book feel as closely related to online horror as possible and, like I’d mentioned to every one interested in getting involved, it’s always an effort of a group. Creepy Pasta is a collection of stories on the internet from hundreds, if not thousands of different people. If we want to make a series that does it justice then Vincent and I will be guiding and writing the stories, but we need to get more hands in on the artwork and more heads in on the horror aspects.

I’d love to be able to hold a huge, hard cover, collection of stories in comic form with the name Creepy Pasta stamped to the side of it one day.

Can you tell us about any other projects that you’re working on?

I’ve always got new stories coming out from amazing authors on my channel MrCreepyPasta. That’s my job hopefully for life, is to keep chilling stories being told there. I have a few ideas for some new projects if we can hit stretch goal that I think everyone’s going to love but those are a secret until the time is right. I know Vincent’s got some new books he’s working on as well, including a Young Adult Book series under the name Creepy Pasta. And he’s got his new book that hasn’t been released but we’re giving it away in the Kickstarter called “Pastel Colored Dreams and Human Flavored Nightmares”.

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[Interview] ‘Clown’ Producer Eli Roth On Marketing Indie Horror Movies in a Marvel-Heavy World

bloody disgusting - Fri, 06/10/2016 - 12:01

In 2012, a man named Jon Watts received a phone call from powerhouse horror filmmaker Eli Roth telling him he wanted to make a movie with him. Just a few months prior, Watts had created a fake trailer called Clown featuring a man who puts on a clown suit for his kid’s birthday party, can’t take it off when the evening’s over, and eventually turns into a killer clown. Allegedly, this film which was proved to be a parody later on, was to produced and directed by Roth himself. Although Watts used Roth’s name without his permission, and Roth could have gotten easily and justifiably upset and possibly even sued, Roth surprised everyone with his reaction: He decided to lend a helping hand, and produce Watts’ feature length version of the film.

“Well, it was really good. I mean, if it was terrible I might have had a different opinion of it” Roth states jokingly. “But, it was the first moment that I realized I could be parodied, which is oddly flattering in a way. I was like ‘Wow, I’ve actually become a parody of myself, because so many people thought the trailer was real, it came out about five or six years go, so it was really before Twitter and Facebook and social media and Instagram like you couldn’t dispel it instantly, it just sort of appeared on a website and everyone thought ‘Oh my god, this is real! This is real!’ So, I called up Jon Watts, and I told him how much I loved it. I thought it was great, I thought it was really clever and funny and smart and I thought, ‘Fuck, I wish I had made that movie!’ And I said ‘Do you want to turn this into a feature?’ And he said, ‘Oh my god, thank you for not suing me!’ and I said, ‘Well this is Hollywood, let’s wait until we make money, then we can sue each other. There’s no point in suing each other now’” (laughs).

Although Watts had jumped on major hurdle, getting the help he needed from Roth to turn his short into a feature length film, he now has to deal with the obstacle every indie filmmaker must face at some point in their careers – trying to get noticed in an overly superhero saturated world.

“[Marvel and DC are] spending like, baseline is forty million, and those movies are spending sixty or eighty or sometimes a hundred million in marketing, so that’s what’s making money. There’s a new superhero movie almost every single week, and what happens is all the oxygen gets sucked up” Roth explains. “The best screens and cinemas are going to those movies, and that’s just the world we live in, and that’s just movies in 2016, that’s what movies are, so this is one of the reasons we created CryptTV. My cofounder Jack Davis and I really worked hard to cultivate and build an audience with short form original digital scares that has a very dedicated following and dedicated audience that they are there on CryptTV for that and we know we can reach them, we know we can activate them, so it’s just being smart, and so now we’re using CryptTV, mainly, because why spend all that money running a commercial on television if not necessarily everybody cares about it? Whereas, we put that trailer on CryptTV, it got 2.7 million views organically. It was like eighty thousand shares, insane insane engagement, and you could tell it’s like, ‘Okay, now we’re getting this trailer to an audience who care about this movie then we can retarget the people that saw the trailer cause we did it through facebook, now we can go back to them with more content’. So, you’re only getting the clown content to the people that care about the clown content. That’s been the goal, we’ve done marketing movies like Krampus, and stuff with The Witch and that’s the new way of reaching people is reaching them through their phones and their very like, isolated pods”.

In the end, not only has Watts seemingly effectively battled the Marvel-heavy market and won, but he’s even gone a step further and joined the ranks of Hollywood’s most elite filmmaking club – by landing the upcoming Spider-Man movie directing gig. According to Roth, this multi million dollar company couldn’t have nabbed a man better suited for the job.

“You know Jon can make anything look good on limited resources, he made [Clown] for just over a million dollars, which, it’s not an easy movie to do, and he made it look like it was shot for fifteen, so. He’s off doing Spider-Man for Marvel now, and I’m really, really happy for him, it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. It’s just great when you work with a director like that where the as a producer, you can be there to help them creatively, and then let them do what they do best”.

Although holding one’s own in the face of superhero movies nowadays can be daunting, one upside that we can all agree on that the comic book cinematic universe provides is opportunities for up-and-comers like Watts and gang to flourish as filmmakers. It will be interesting to see what Watts has up his sleeve for the upcoming Spider-Man adaptation, especially because his work on Clown has been so impressive, particularly given his very limited financial resources.

Clown hits theaters and On Demand on June 17th, 2016.

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Go Behind-the-Scenes in Ice Nine Kill’s ‘Carrie’-Inspired “Hell in the Hallways” Music Video (Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - Fri, 06/10/2016 - 12:00

We’ve teamed up with Boston metalcore band Ice Nine Kills to bring you some really fun behind-the-scenes footage from their “Hell in the Hallways” music video shoot, which was directed by Dan Kennedy and Rasa Partin of Little Sky Film. The video is a reimagined version of Carrie, the now infamous story from author Stephen King.

Vocalist Spencer Charnas explains the “Hell in the Hallways video:

As an avid fan of horror films with multiple sequels, I have long had the urge to connect our music videos as a chronologic progression of stories. Taking off from our last video, based on The Exorcist, and moving into this new tribute to Carrie, I tried to create an original narrative that links these two classic tales of terror. Reuniting with Dan Kennedy and Rasa Partin from Little Sky Film (directors of “Communion Of The Cursed”) enabled us to bring my vision to life in an elegantly twisted way. But above all, the band wanted to take a stand against bullying and the cruelty it inflicts on so many kids. At it’s core, the story of Carrie is a profound morality tale about the dangers of bullying and the horrific consequences that can ensue. With a growing understanding by psychiatrists of the life-long consequences of being bullied, along with an increasing number of suicides, it seemed like a good time to put a spotlight on this epidemic.

“Hell in the Hallways” appears on the band’s latest album Every Trick in the Book. The album can be ordered digitally via iTunes and Amazon or physically through MerchNow, where there’s a beautiful red with black splatter vinyl that is limited to 500 copies.

Ice Nine Kills online:
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Twitter

Vans Warped Tour Dates:
Jun 24 – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
Jun 25 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
Jun 26 – Houston, TX @ NRG Park-Main Street Lot
Jun 27 – New Orleans, LA @ Mardi Gras World
Jun 29 – Nashville, TN @ The Fairgrounds Nashville
Jun 30 – Atlanta, GA @ Lakewood Amphitheater
Jul 1 – St Petersburg, FL @ Vinoy Park
Jul 2 – Orlando, FL @ Tinker Field
Jul 3 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Perfect Vodka Amphitheater at South Florida Fairgrounds
Jul 5 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
Jul 6 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
Jul 7 – Syracuse, NY @ Lakeview Amphitheater
Jul 8 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
Jul 9 – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Amphitheater
Jul 10 – Hartford, CT @ The XFINITY Theatre
Jul 11 – Scranton, PA @ The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
Jul 13 – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center
Jul 14 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Jul 15 – Burgettstown, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
Jul 16 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
Jul 17 – Holmdel, NJ @ P.N.C Bank Arts Center
Jul 19 – Noblesville, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
Jul 20 – Cuyahoga Fallas, OH @ Blossom Music Center
Jul 21 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
Jul 22 – Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
Jul 23 – Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
Jul 24 – Shakopee, MN @ Canterbury Park
Jul 26 – Milwaukee, WI @ Marcus Amphitheater
Jul 27 – Maryland Heights, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
Jul 28 – Bonner Springs, KS @ Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
Jul 30 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Utah State Fairpark
Jul 31 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center Arena Lot
Aug 1 – Albuquerque, NM @ Balloon Fiesta Park
Aug 2 – Phoenix, AZ @ Phoenix Event Complex
Aug 5 – San Diego, CA @ Qualcomm Stadium at Jack Murphy Field
Aug 6 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater
Aug 7 – Pomona, CA @ Pomona Fairplex
Aug 9 – Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Aug 11 – Nampa, ID @ Ford Amphitheater
Aug 12 – Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheater
Aug 13 – Portland, OR @ Portland Expo Center

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Exclusive: Director Gene Blalock Talks Among the Shadows; Watch It Here!

Dread Central - Fri, 06/10/2016 - 12:00

With a number of award-winning shorts under his belt, Gene Blalock is certainly a filmmaker to watch. His latest, Among the Shadows, has been receiving overwhelming acclaim, so be sure to check it out below.

But first read our Q&A with him to learn how he created such a unique film.

DC: How did the idea for this film come about? Was there any personal experience involved?

Gene Blalock: I have no personal belief in the supernatural, but all the superstition behind those archetypes make for great stories. I first heard of Shadow People on “Coast to Coast AM,” which is a late-night talk radio show that discusses the paranormal. After some research, it seemed like an interesting topic – one that I had not seen many films address – so it seemed like a fun topic with a lot of possibility. The Hat Man had this sort of iconic appeal to him.

DC: Do you really believe that childhood fears of things lurking in the dark are irrational, or is it reasonable to fear the things in the night?

GB: Even as a child, I much preferred the night. People that you pass on the street every day scare me far more than anything lurking in the shadows.

DC: And you’ve got a lot of CGI effects on-screen, something relatively unusual for a short. Was the visual style a decision that you had from the beginning?

GB: We had a great actor, Andrew Varenhorst (Argo, It’s in the Blood), who played Hat Man in the film, but we always knew we would have to enhance his performance with visual effects. After meeting the amazing Tony Hudson (former ILM visual effects artist – check him out on fxvet.net), I think we stepped things up a bit. But honestly, that is how I would prefer to work – have a physical character interact with the environment and then use VFX to further the story.

DC: How do you feel about the awards that you’ve picked up?

GB: It is always nice when others appreciate what you create. I try not to read too much into whether any of our films receive awards, but rather the feedback I get from our fans and other viewers. That said, I’m happy that it has done as well as it has!

DC: Looking at your IMDb profile, you’ve got a ton of successful shorts under your belt. Do you plan to make a feature anytime soon?

GB: I’m currently finishing up a feature-length documentary on a musician, Johnny Indovina, but I am also hoping to start our first narrative full-length film later this year. We are already in pre-production and planning, so if everything comes together as we are hoping, we can begin production on that soon.

Synopsis:
“It’s only a shadow…”

The irrational terrors of childhood – monsters hiding under the bed and demons waiting in the closet – fade into the nightmares of our youth. You’d have to be crazy to imagine that the flicker out of the corner of your eye was real; it was just a shadow, a moth flitting by, surely nothing malevolent. But denial is only a defense against the imaginary and holds no sway against true horror. When old playmates return, is it madness or worse? Answers lie Among the Shadows.

Awards for Among the Shadows:

Best Editing – Indie Horror Film Festival (2016)
Best Director – International Movie Awards (2015)
Best Cinematography – International Movie Awards (2015)
Best Editor – International Movie Awards (2015)
Best International Short Film – International Movie Awards (2015)
Best Musical Score – International Movie Awards (2015)

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Today on VOD: Stephen King’s Cell

Dread Central - Fri, 06/10/2016 - 11:35

While the box office will surely be dominated this weekend by James Wan’s EXCEPTIONAL sequel The Conjuring 2, we must point out that it’s not the only new horror flick available for viewing today. Courtesy of Saban Films, the long-awaited adaptation of Stephen King’s Cell has arrived on Ultra VOD today, beating the theatrical release by nearly a month!

Get a sneak peek via the trailer below!

Look for Cell in theaters and on lower-priced VOD July 8.

Directed by Tod Williams (Paranormal Activity 2) and written by Stephen King and Adam Alleca, Cell stars Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack, and Isabelle Fuhrman.

Synopsis:
Stephen King’s best-selling novel is brought to terrifying life in this mind-blowing thriller starring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson. At the Boston airport, Clay (Cusack) witnesses a scene of chaotic mayhem when an electronic signal turns hundreds of cellphone users into rabid killers. Desperate to find his estranged wife and son, Clay teams with a train driver (Jackson) to battle the horde of murderous “phoners” as the city descends into apocalyptic madness.

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XCOM 2 Heading to Consoles

Dread Central - Fri, 06/10/2016 - 11:30

In what could quite possibly be the least surprising news story of all time, a console release for XCOM 2 has been confirmed for later this year.

Not only is the sequel one of the most critically acclaimed games of 2016 so far, but it also sold over 500,000 copies in its first week of release, so a console release was more than inevitable.

PS4 and Xbox One owners will be able to get in on the alien-blasting action when XCOM 2 hits the systems on September 6.

From The Press Release:
The critically-acclaimed sequel to the 2012 award-winning strategy game of the year is coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Earth has changed. Twenty years have passed since world leaders offered an unconditional surrender to alien forces. XCOM, the planet’s last line of defense, was left decimated and scattered. Now, in XCOM 2, the aliens rule Earth, building shining cities that promise a brilliant future for humanity on the surface, while concealing a sinister agenda and eliminating all who dissent from their new order.

Only those who live at the edges of the world have a margin of freedom. Here, a force gathers once again to stand up for humanity. Always on the run, and facing impossible odds, the remnant XCOM forces must find a way to ignite a global resistance and eliminate the alien threat once and for all.

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“Mr. Robot” Vinyl Packaging Reveal + Stream Two Tracks! (Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - Fri, 06/10/2016 - 11:29

USA’s “Mr. Robot” may not necessarily fall under the normal Bloody-Disgusting coverage umbrella as it’s not horror. But from what I hear (Full disclosure: I haven’t seen the show), it’s a tense thriller with stellar acting and an engaging storyline that has gone on to receive critical acclaim.

One aspect that has garnered much appreciation and adoration from fans is composer Mac Quayle‘s original score, which not only embraces the technological foundation of the show but also takes strong influence from the humanity, combining both into a warm yet calculated and claustrophobic electronic wave.

Today, we’re thrilled to premiere the cover artwork for Invada UK’s upcoming vinyl pressing, which will be released on July 29th, as well as stream two tracks, all of which can be viewed below. The album is currently out on digital via Lakeshore Records.

Invada will be releasing the score on two 2xLP volumes, much like how they did with “Hannibal”. Additionally, the Invada webstore will have an exclusive mail order variant that features a 12″x12″ lithograph.

Both volumes will be available for pre-order next Friday, June 17th, through the official Invada webstore.

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Hello Boils and Ghouls: The Legacy of “Tales From the Crypt”

bloody disgusting - Fri, 06/10/2016 - 11:01

HBO’s horror anthology series Tales From the Crypt premiered 27 years ago today. It would be selfish to solely credit the HBO series for it’s footprint in the horror genre, so to truly understand the legacy that Tales From the Crypt has left behind, one must go all the way back to October of 1950, when the first issue of Entertaining Comics’ (formerly Educational Comics) Tales From the Crypt (then known as The Crypt of Terror) was unleashed upon the world. 

In 1950, William Gaines, son of EC’s founder Maxwell Gaines, realized that he and his editor Al Feldstein both sought to create the same type of horror fiction in a post-World War II era when male readers had grown weary of the standard detective comic books that were being released at the time. Readers were demanding something more risqué. They wanted something with lots of gore. Gaines and Feldstein begane to inject elements of horror into their crime stories, and thus paved the way for Tales From the Crypt. No issue was more important than Issue #15 of Crime Patrol, titled “Return From the Grave!” This particular issue, which was the December 1949/January 1950 issue, served as the introduction of the Crypt Keeper, functioning as the host of the story. By the time issue #17 rolled around, Gaines and Feldstein had changed the title of the series from Crime Patrol to The Crypt of Terror. After three issues of that had been published, the series was renamed Tales From the Crypt in the October/November 1950 issue. The series would go on to publish 27 issues before ending in 1955. The final publication was the February/March 1955 Issue (#46).

Of course, Tales From the Crypt wasn’t the only horror series for EC Comics (It doesn’t make a lot of sense does it? That expands to Entertainment Comics Comics.). EC also had The Vault of Horror and The Haunt of Fear to keep up with. Each series had their own host: The Crypt Keeper for Tales, the Vault Keeper for Vault and the Old Witch for Haunt. Each host would invade the other series and trade barbs with the other hosts, while constantly trying to one-up each other. Their sole purpose was to add some levity to juxtapose the sheer horror of the tales being told within the comics.

The Crypt Keeper didn’t always start out as the emaciated skeleton we know today. Hi initial appearance was that of a man in a long robe. He eventually grew more and more grotesque (and more humorous) in the comics before being portrayed by British actor Ralph Richardson in the 1972 film adaptation. It wasn’t until 1989 when HBO premiered their anthology series Tales From the Crypt that the Crypt Keeper took on his now iconic look.

Five Decades of Crypt Keepers

In the mid-50s, horror comics were criticized by authority figures and were thought to have caused delinquency among minors, which was becoming more of a problem in America. As a result, many restrictions were placed on comic books (they were forbidden from depicting zombies, vampires and other monsters), thereby making it nearly impossible to maintain the creative liberties they had once held. Gaines cancelled Tales From the Crypt and EC’s other horror series, releasing a final issue for February/March 1955 (Issue #46).

The world would go without another taste of Tales From the Crypt until 1972, when the aforementioned British film adaptation was released. Two of the five stories included in the film were adapted from Tales From the Crypt while the other three from from Vault of Horror and Haunt of Fear. It received moderately positive reviews and was able to earn back its budget of £170,000. The following year saw the release of Vault of Horror, which served as the sequel to Tales From the Crypt. Oddly enough, none of the vignettes in Vault of Horror actually came from the Vault of Horror . Four of the vignettes were adapted from Tales From the Crypt, with one coming from Shock SuspenStories. In a questionable creative decision, the Vault Keeper was left out of the film.

On June 10, 1989, HBO premiered its adaptation of EC’s Tales From the Crypt, simply titled Tales From the Crypt. To fully understand the cultural significance of Tale From the Crypt, one must realize that in 1989 HBO was primarily known as a premium cable channel where you would watch uncensored movies. The channel didn’t have the amazing lineup of television series that it has right now. When Tales From the Crypt premiered, it was the first show put on television that was able to escape the censorship put in place by the network standards and practices and put as much profanity, gore, sex/nudity and drugs as they wanted on the screen. Because of this, it put HBO on the minds of television viewers everywhere. Not everyone was in love with the series, but enough viewers watched it to make it one of HBO’s biggest hits (which makes it even more depressing that it isn’t available on HBO Go due to rights issues). The pedigree of the show’s executive producers is quite impressive, made up of several talented film directors and producers: Richard Donner, Robert Zemeckis, Joel Silver, Walter Hill and David Giler.

In this adaptation of the EC Comics series, the Crypt Keeper was a ghastly skeleton puppet voiced by the superb John Kassir and operated by the late Van Snowden (who did the puppetry for Chucky in the original Child’s Play). Since the series premiered 27 years ago, HBO’s incarnation of the Crypt Keeper has become the definitive version of the character, with Kassir’s memorable high-pitched cackle permanently ingrained in people’s memories. As for the episodes themselves, the stories were taken not just from EC’s Tales From the Crypt, but their entire collection of horror comics (the aforementioned Vault of Horror, Haunt of Fear, Shock SuspenStories, as well as Crime SuspenStories, and Two-Fisted Tales).

My association with Tales From the Crypt is that of it being a taboo. Tales From the CryptMarried….With Children and The Simpsons were the main three shows I remember my parents forbidding me from watching as a kid (I was born in 1989). Hell, I wasn’t even allowed to watch the animated series Tales From the Cryptkeeper and that show was made for kids, but I digress. Before I became more seasoned in the horror genre, I had actually thought that the television show was an adaptation of the films Demon Knight and Bordello of Blood (they used to play on Syfy, formerly Sci-Fi Channel, all the time). Silly me.

As many of you may know, a reboot is being planned for TNT under the supervision of M. Night Shyamalan. While that may sound like a terrible idea, anyone who watches Wayward Pines knows that Shyamalan can actually do very good television. Everyone had an initial scare when it was announced that the reboot would not feature the Crypt Keeper, but luckily those worries have been alleviated by Shyamalan himself.

Take some time today to celebrate the 27th anniversary of HBO’s Tales From the Crypt! The DVDs are selling for affordable prices on Amazon so there’s really no excuse not to! Don’t forget to share your memories of the series in the comments below. To read more on the subject check out our own Daniel Kurland’s 15 Best Episodes of the series,a television show he is extremely passionate about, since he so rudely stole writing duties from our own Jess Hicks. Have fun, kiddies!

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Terrordactyl (2016)

Dread Central - Fri, 06/10/2016 - 11:00

Starring Christopher John Jennings, Candice Nunes, Jack E. Curenton, Bianca Haase, Jason Tobias

Directed by Don Bitters III and Geoff Reisner

When a meteor shower rains rocks down outside Los Angeles, Jonas (Jason Tobias) and Lars (Christopher John Jennings), two friends stuck in tired, boring lives as gardeners, head out to find a meteor stone in hopes of selling it and striking it rich. After recovering one, they become Terrordactyl targets – “Terrordactyls” are the ancient flying reptiles that launched a full force assault on the city of angels and they are NOT happy about Jonas and Lars’ find.

Trying to survive long enough to sell their stolen treasure, the two schmoes go on the run. Along for the ride are Candice (Candice Nunes), a tough-but-cute bartender, Valerie (Bianca Haase), her oversexed roommate, and Sampson (Jack E. Curenton), a drunken and brash ex-marine. The gangly group soon discovers that there’s more to the meteor than meets the eye.

Terrordactyl is directed by newcomers Don Bitters III and Geoff Reisner, working from a script by Bitters who has previously worked as a visual effects artist on television shows such as “Betas,” “House of Cards,” and “Quantico”. Reisner previously worked as a cinematographer on features including Crossroad and No Greater Love. They both bring a lot to the table in their respective visual talents – the cinematography is above average for the genre, and so are the special effects and GCI.

Unfortunately, the acting from the lead “hero” is not above, or even, average. His stilted, awkward performance might jar some, but then again it’s in line with schlock such as this. (And Terrordactyl is way better than Birdemic!) The other actors aren’t going to be accepting an Oscar anytime soon either, but they seem more charming than clunky – along the lines of something you’d see in a low-budget 1980s horror or sci-fi flick.

When it comes to the feature-feature aspect, the monsters are menacing indeed. Fans of fright flicks ranging from Godzilla to golden-age Harryhausen to Sharknado will also find something to like about the terrordactyls.

Terrordactyl is a timewaster, fun for the right mood on a lazy TV night at home when there’s nothing better on the SyFy Channel.

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Indiegogo Campaign Launches to Release Outrageous Indonesian Action Movie on DVD

Dread Central - Fri, 06/10/2016 - 10:45

When it comes to Indonesian action movies,  Welsh director Gareth Evans’ The Raid films immediately spring to mind.  Rightfully so, as they’re incredible movies that showcase the action genre at its finest.

But they aren’t the only Indonesian exports that’ll blow your mind into smithereens. If you traverse the decades, explore its recesses, willing to inhabit its cheapest dwellings, you might just find a new home you didn’t know you were looking for.

One such treasure waiting to be rediscovered is the outrageous Lethal Hunter; and now, thanks to the fine folks over at The Gentleman’s Guide to Midnight Cinema, an Indiegogo campaign has been launches to release it on DVD.

During the 1980’s, the Indonesian film industry experienced a boom period, and some of its success can be attributed to one of its most prominent directors: Arizal. Though his most successful features were his forays into comedy and drama, his true talent lay in low-budget, over-the-top action movies which thrived on unbridled lunacy.  Unfortunately, the majority haven’t been released on DVD yet, but the GGTMC community has already taken steps to right that wrong in recent years, having also released the director’s insane Final Score  in 2015.  The release of Lethal Hunter is a natural successor for those already acquainted with his work, but it’s also the perfect introduction to these trashy delights for newbies.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Midnight Cinema is a wonderful community of genre aficionados with a deep-rooted devotion for cult cinema.  Through their podcast, discussion group, and DVD releases, they ensure that the forgotten gems of yesteryear get the love and appreciation they deserve.

This pick-up is a must-have for collectors of rare cinematic treasures.  If you don’t believe me, check out the trailer below and see for yourself.

Synopsis:
A little more than 2 years ago we ran a campaign to get the Indonesian action Final Score released, which was a success. The campaign was fully funded with 117% and we (re)introduced the world to this crazy action movie that wasn’t officially available since the VHS days. 

Now it’s time for the follow-up, and our (OMG Entertainment and the GGTMC podcast/community, more on that later!) second release. For that we chose a quite logical movie: Lethal Hunter, aka American Hunter (1989), another Arizal-directed action movie starring Chris Mitchum. And not only are Mike Abbot and Ida Iash returning; this time they are joined by Peter O’Brian and Bill “Superfoot” Wallace!

Don’t just see this as helping us release a DVD; instead see it as a pre-order (with a few campaign exclusives).

As you can see, we don’t need a whole lot of money so how can we release a DVD with such a small amount? The key here is the GGTMC community; it’s filled with enthusiastic and talented movie freaks with an affection for crazy action movies (but not limited to those). Among its members are designers, writers, label owners, etc. (and of course the founders and podcast hosts!), who help get these movies back out for everyone to enjoy…

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Conjuring 2, The (2016)

Dread Central - Fri, 06/10/2016 - 10:30

Starring Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Madison Wolfe, Simon McBurney

Directed by James Wan

While James Wan has dipped his feet into other genres – like vigilante thriller Death Sentence or blockbuster Furious 7 – he always feels most at home with horror. It’s the genre that lets his imagination run free, where he gets to be inventive with his camera and put his own stamp on it. Hell, even the underwhelming Dead Silence had moments of genuine suspense and craftsmanship.

The Conjuring 2 finds the helmer back on home turf, and in many ways it feels like he’s cooling down from the gauntlet of making Furious 7. This “true story” again involves paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, respectively) as they’re sent to England to investigate a poltergeist terrorizing a family. They soon learn this pesky spirit isn’t going to stop without a fight and also discover an old case is coming back to haunt them… quite literally.

Wan has such a command of the genre at this point he can do a simple haunted house tale – and recycle tropes that have been used a million times – and somehow he’s still able to unnerve you. His deliberate pacing is the key. He lets the tension build and build, and when you think a jump is coming, he’ll hold back. Added to that, when the shocks finally do come, they usually subvert expectations and rarely feel cheap.

It’s impressive that in a film that runs 134 minutes, the pace rarely drags; and The Conjuring 2 is relentless with keeping the setpieces coming. It rarely pauses for breath, and while this approach gets a tad samey, it still holds together. The tone is set early with an atmospheric recreation of The Amityville haunting – a setting they surprisingly didn’t save for a future sequel – where Lorraine encounters a nightmarish demon that continues to plague her. This demon is a classic unsettling design from Wan, and a later scene involving a painting of the creature might be the best sequence in the film. Not all the scares work, though; a brief scene involving a CGI creature is downright silly, and the moment a character is temporally blinded drags out too long.

While Wan obviously wants to scare you, he also wants you to have some fun, too, so The Conjuring 2 isn’t some po-faced exercise in terror. It’s really funny at times (check out Wilson’s sweet Elvis impression), and there’s a warmth to the characters, especially the loving relationship between the Warrens, that keeps you invested. Madison Wolfe steals the show as the young girl the poltergeist enjoys tormenting, Simon McBurney has a blast playing the most British British person to ever British, but Franka Potente is sadly wasted as a one-dimensional skeptic.

Visually the film is gorgeous and displays Wan’s technical prowess, with the camera often gliding around the haunted house like a roaming spectre itself. A couple of shots are a little show-offy, but often any flash is in aid of the story. That said, unfortunately, the finale devolves into noisy chaos and bizarrely recalls the ending of Exorcist II: The Heretic. Tension and story get lost in the bombast, and the movie really should have dialed the noise levels down a notch or two.

The Conjuring 2 isn’t especially groundbreaking, but it’s a creepy ride with a surprising amount of heart. It’s great to see a mainstream horror that’s genuinely scary, and long may the series continue if it can keep the quality up.

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‘The Taking of Pelham One Two Three’ Headlines KL Studio Classics July Releases

bloody disgusting - Fri, 06/10/2016 - 10:02

Earlier this week we found out what Kino Lorber has in store for July and now we know what they’ll be releasing under their Kino Lorber Studio Classics line that same month. It’s a good mix, offering up some action, thrillers, westerns and sci-fi! I can’t wait to get my hands on a number of these titles, but The Taking of Pelham One Two Three and Invisible Invaders are at the top of my must-have list. The Taking of Pelham One Two Three is a classic and Kino Lorber looks to have some interesting bonus content lined up (PAT HEALY COMMENTARY!!!). Invisible Invaders I’ve actually never seen yet, but I really enjoyed Edward L. Cahn’s Curse of the Faceless Man, which KL Studio Classics also released on Blu-ray, so I’ve got high hopes for this one.

Full details on Kino Lorber Studio Classics July releases below.

THE TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO THREE (1974)
42nd Anniversary Edition

Blu-ray & DVD Street Date: July 5, 2016
Director: Joseph Sargent
Starring Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw, Hector Elizondo, Jerry Stiller

Synopsis:
Screen legends Walter Matthau (The Laughing Policeman) and Robert Shaw (Figures in a Landscape) team up with Martin Balsam (After the Fox) and Hector Elizondo (Cuba) to deliver a sure-fire entertainment that’s gripping and exciting from beginning to end and is guaranteed to give you the ride of your life. A gang of armed professionals hijack a New York subway train somewhere outside the Pelham station threatening to kill one hostage per minute unless their demands are met. Forced to stall these unknown assailants until a ransom is delivered or a rescue is made, transit chief Lt. Garber (Matthau) must shrewdly outmaneuver one of the craftiest and cruelest villains (Shaw) in a battle of wits that will either end heroically or tragically. Featuring masterful direction by Joseph Sargent (White Lightning), gorgeous widescreen cinematography by Owen Roizman (The French Connection), a classic rousing score by David Shire (The Conversation) and top-notch editing by Jerry Greenberg (Apocalypse Now) and Robert Q. Lovett (Cotton Comes to Harlem).

Bonus Features:
-Interview with star Hector Elizondo
-Interview with Composer David Shire
-Interview with Editor Gerald B. Greenberg
-Audio Commentary by Actor/Filmmaker Pat Healy and Film Programmer/Historian Jim Healy
-“Trailers From Hell” with Josh Olson
-Animated Montage of Stills and Posters
-Original Theatrical Trailer
ABSOLUTION (1978)
Brand New 2K HD Restoration!

Blu-ray & DVD Street Date: July 5, 2016
Director: Anthony Page
Starring: Richard Burton, Dominic Guard, David Bradley, Billy Connolly, Andrew Keir, Willoughby Gray

Synopsis:
Screen legend Richard Burton (Where Eagles Dare, The Desert Rats, Candy) stars in this suspenseful thriller written by Anthony Shaffer (Sleuth, Frenzy, The Wicker Man) and directed by Anthony Page (I Never Promised You a Rose Garden). A confession at a Catholic School turns to a real murder mystery! In confession, a student tells Father Goddard (Burton) that he has accidentally murdered his friend and buried him in the forest, when Goddard investigates the matter all he finds is a scarecrow buried in the woods. Goddard is outraged, but due to the seal of confession he cannot punish the kid and have him expelled. Shortly after, the boy once again enters the confession booth, telling Godard that the previous confession was a practical joke, but this time he’s really gone and done it. In disbelief, Goddard once again goes to the forest to investigate the matter, but this time, he discovers a dead body one of the students. The strong cast includes David Bradley (Kes) and Billy Connolly (The Boondock Saints).

 

INVISIBLE INVADERS (1959)
Newly Re-mastered in HD!

Blu-ray & DVD Street Date: July 12, 2016
Director: Edward L. Cahn
Starring: John Agar, Jean Byron, John Carradine, Philip Tonge, Robert Hutton

Synopsis:
Cult director Edward L. Cahn (Curse of the Faceless Man) wonderfully directs this sci-fi shocker about invisible body snatchers invading earth to conquer humanity one corpse at a time. There’s not just one man or even an army of men can do to stop them, but a scientist, a sergeant and a sexy gal figure out a way to destroy these invading grave robbers and defeat their transparent plot? The wonderful cast includes John Agar (Journey to the Seventh Planet, Miracle Mile), Jean Byron (The Patty Duke Show), Philip Tonge (Witness for the Prosecution), Robert Hutton (The Steel Helmet), Paul Langton (The Incredible Shrinking Man) and the great John Carradine (House of the Long Shadows).

Bonus Features:
-Audio Commentary by Film Historians Tom Weaver and Dr. Robert J. Kiss
-Trailer Gallery

 

THE OX-BOW INCIDENT (1943)
Brand New 4K Restoration!

Blu-ray Street Date: July 12, 2016
Director: William Wellman
Starring: Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews, Anthony Quinn, Harry Morgan, Mary Beth Hughes, William Eythe, Jane Darwell, Matt Briggs, Harry Davenport, Marc Lawrence

Synopsis:
Gil Carter (Henry Fonda, My Darling Clementine) and Art Croft (Henry Morgan, Dragnet) ride into a town frustrated by the prevalence of cattle rustlers. Suddenly, word comes that a popular rancher has been murdered, which puts the already enraged town over the edge. When the spiteful mayor forms a posse, Gil and Croft are swept up in their mission – to seek vengeance – even upon those innocent of any wrongdoing. As it becomes clear that bloodlust may win out over rationality, the tension mounts in this masterpiece with its timeless message about the dangers of mob mentality. The great William Wellman (Yellow Sky) directed this classic western, which was nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award® and featured a stellar cast that includes Dana Andrews (Boomerang) and Anthony Quinn (Across 110th Street).

Bonus Features:
-Audio Commentary by Western Scholar Dick Eulain and William Wellman Jr.
-Henry Fonda: Hollywood’s Quiet Hero” as seen on Biography on the A&E Network
-Restoration Comparison
-Trailer Gallery

 

YELLOW SKY (1948)

Blu-ray Street Date: July 12, 2016
Director: William Wellman
Starring: Gregory Peck, Anne Baxter, Richard Widmark, John Russell, Harry Morgan, Robert Arthur

Synopsis:
Screen legends Gregory Peck (On the Beach) and Richard Widmark (Road House) co-star in this brilliantly cast western epic featuring an unusually fine story and magnificent direction by the great William Wellman (The Ox-Bow Incident) – unleashing dramatic power seldom found in this type of film. A band of outlaws, led by tough, gruff Stretch (Peck), find themselves knocking at death’s door after becoming lost in the treacherous western Badlands – only to find their salvation in a lonesome town called Yellow Sky, where the only inhabitants are a doddering old man and his mysterious alluring daughter. But their deliverance from danger is short-lived when the gang discovers a fateful secret hidden within the dusty, rotting walls of this ghost town – one that will turn brother against brother in a desperate battle to the death! Beautifully shot in glorious black-and-white by Joseph MacDonald (My Darling Clementine) and features a splendid cast that includes Anne Baxter (The Blue Gardenia), John Russell (Fort Massacre) and Harry Morgan (TV’s Dragnet and M*A*S*H).

Bonus Features:
-Audio Commentary by William Wellman, Jr.
-Trailer Gallery

 

CUBA (1979)

Blu-ray & DVD Street Date: July 19, 2016
Director: Richard Lester
Starring: Sean Connery, Brooke Adams, Jack Weston, Hector Elizondo, Denholm Elliott, Martin Balsam, Chris Sarandon, Lonette McKee

Synopsis:
Screen icon Sean Connery (The Offence, Meteor) and leads an all-star cast that includes Brooke Adams (Man on Fire), Jack Weston (Fuzz), Hector Elizondo (Taking of Pelham One Two Three), Denholm Elliott (The Wicked Lady), Chris Sarandon (Fright Night) and Martin Balsam (After the Fox) in this sweeping story about two old flames who become caught up in the turbulence and exhilaration of Cuba’s 1959 revolution. Robert Dapes (Connery), a cynical British mercenary, comes to the country at the request of one of country’s most corrupt functionaries, General Bello (Balsam). But once there, Dapes finds himself unable to ignore the brutality and depravity of the regime – and unable to resist Alexandra Pulido (Adams), an old lover now married to a wealthy Cuban landowner (Sarandon). Surrounded by volatile guerilla fighters and the human vultures present at all coups, he must come to terms with his shifting views if he has any though of getting out… alive. Wonderfully directed by Richard Lester (Juggernaut, How I Won the War) with stunning cinematography by David Watkins (Out of Africa, Chariots of Fire).

 

FIVE MILES TO MIDNIGHT (1962)
Newly Re-mastered in HD!

Blu-ray & DVD Street Date: July 26, 2016
Director: Anatole Litvak
Starring: Sophia Loren, Anthony Perkins, Gig Young, Jean-Pierre Aumont

Synopsis:
Screen icons Sophia Loren (Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow) and Anthony Perkins (Psycho) star as a poor Parisian couple who embark upon a simple get-rich-quick-scheme… only to find themselves hurtling blindly down a winding road of desperation, deceit and madness. In the grand tradition of Double Indemnity and The Postman Always Rings Twice, Five Miles to Midnight weaves a constantly tightening web of suspense that grips the viewer by the heart and doesn’t let go until the final frame. Filmed entirely in Paris in the stark contrasts of black and white, Five Miles to Midnight is a psychological suspense thriller of the highest order. Two of the film’s best features are the stunning photography by Henri Alekan (Wings of Desire, Topkapi) and the haunting score by Mikis Theodorakis (Serpico, Z). Stylish direction by Anatole Litvak (Sorry, Wrong Number) and featuring wonderful performances by Gig Young (City That Never Sleeps) and Jean-Pierre Aumont (Hotel Du Nord).

Bonus Features:
-Alternate French Scene
-Trailer Gallery

 

DEADLINE-U.S.A. (1952)

Blu-ray & DVD Street Date: July 26, 2016
Director: Richard Brooks
Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Ethel Barrymore, Kim Hunter, Ed Begley, Warren Stevens, Paul Stewart, Martin Gabel, Jim Backus

Synopsis:
Screen legend Humphrey Bogart (Casablanca) stars as a fictional newspaper editor Ed Hutcheson of “The Day”, which will be folding in three days. Even though he and his staff will be out of work within days, he intends to expose the criminal activities of vicious crime boss Tomas Rienzi (Martin Gabel, The Thief). An abundance of subplots are expertly woven together by legendary screenwriter/director Richard Brooks (Elmer Gantry) in Deadline – U.S.A. This classic film noir features stunning black-and-white cinematography by the great Milton R. Krasner (23 Paces to Baker Street) with an uniformly excellent cast that includes Ethel Barrymore (Portrait of Jennie), Kim Hunter (A Streetcar Named Desire), Ed Begley (12 Angry Men), Warren Stevens (Forbidden Planet), Paul Stewart (Kiss Me Deadly) and Jim Backus (Gilligan’s Island).

Bonus Features:
-Audio Commentary with Film Historian Eddie Muller
-Trailer Gallery

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Learn the Stories Behind Classic Horror Soundtracks in Scored to Death

Dread Central - Fri, 06/10/2016 - 10:00

What would a great horror movie be without a great soundtrack? Unfortunately, many people still don’t realize just how vital music is when it comes to creating the story that the filmmakers want to tell.

The new book Scored to Death: Conversations with Some of Horror’s Greatest Composers by J. Blake Fichera features a rare insight into the process being the creation of all those classic themes that helped to make the films that they belonged to so damn terrifying. Sounds like it’s a must read for both horror and music aficionados.

Look for it July 1st from Silman-James Press (pre-order here).

Synopsis:
Film music is a magical phenomenon. It can create and enhance the sense of life and emotion and pacing in a film. It can also clue us in on the dark secrets hidden in a character’s soul and suggest what might be awaiting us a few frames later.

Music is particularly important to the horror film experience. It can (and often does) put us on the edge of our seats, trick us with red herrings, and propel us on a wild ride from shock to shock to shock. It is an unseen hand, subtly directing our reactions and building our anticipations.

Scored to Death: Conversations with Some of Horror’s Greatest Composers is the first book to delve specifically and deeply into the minds of noted horror genre composers—the musicians who make us tremble and jump out of our seats.

Scored to Death’s author/interviewer, J. Blake Fichera, both a film editor and a musician himself, has been fascinated by the music for horror films since his youth: “Film music has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember… I grew up in the 1980s and 1990s, during a time when the music of John Williams was shining a spotlight on the artistry of film scoring, Danny Elfman was shifting gears from pop star to film music royalty, and composers like Vangelis, Giorgio Moroder, John Carpenter, and the band Tangerine Dream were providing an electronic alternative to the traditional symphonic score…. Horror films played a significant role in my upbringing. For those of us who grew up as part of the video-store generation, easy access to hundreds of movies allowed genre icons like Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, and Pinhead to become cinematic rock stars…. My parents were not ones to regulate my viewing…and I was exposed to things that probably wouldn’t be considered ‘appropriate’ for a child today. My real obsession with the genre, though, began while I was in high school, when renting horror movies with my friends became a regular occurrence. Coincidentally, it was also around this time that I began playing the guitar and discovered the music of heavy metal pioneers Black Sabbath. All these things converging on my impressionable teenage brain at the same time made my falling in love with horror film music inevitable.”

So it was all but inevitable that Fichera would undertake Scored to Death, a fascinating and entertaining investigation of the dark recesses of the film music world where terror lurks. Interviewed are 14 renowned film composers who have provided music for some of the horror genre’s greatest films and franchises, including Halloween, A Nightmare of Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Hellraiser, Maniac, The Fog, Prince of Darkness, Cujo, Dawn of the Dead, Deep Red, Suspiria, Santa Sangre, Zombie, The Beyond, Insidious, The Conjuring, Hostel, The Strangers, House of the Devil, and many more.

The book introduces us to director/composer John Carpenter; sound designer/composer Alan Howarth; Italian composers (and members of the band Goblin, known for their scores for Dario Argento films) Claudio Simonetti and Maurizio Guarini; Hollywood composers Christopher Young, Tom Hajdu (of the composing team tomandandy), Charles Bernstein, Jay Chattaway, and Nathan Barr; as well as such other horror notables as Fabio Frizzi, Simon Boswell, Joseph Bishara, and Harry Manfredini.

Pre-publication comments about Scored to Death from the horror film world have been very good: filmmaker Stuart Gordon writes, “Fichera…introduces you to some of the genre’s greatest composers as they explain the process of creating unforgettable nightmares of sound.”

Filmmaker Tom Holland observes, “This book is the best opportunity you will have to peek behind the curtains of those people who create the soundtrack of your life!”

Filmmaker Larry Fessenden comments, “The musicians in this generous volume are given the time to reveal themselves and their processes.”

And B-movie aficionado, critic, and author Joe Bob Briggs writes, “Horror films live and die with their musical scores…. If you claim to know how horror movies work, this book is a must-read.”

Don’t venture again into a dark theater until you read it!

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‘The Predator’ Nearly Has An Element of Time Travel

bloody disgusting - Fri, 06/10/2016 - 09:40

Shane Black, who is directing The Predator for FOX, recently told the Empire Podcast the lead character’s name in the sequel set for release on February 9, 2018.

While he also talked a bit about event-izing the franchise, and shooting for the stars (he wants to create the same sense of wonderment and newness that Close Encounters had when it came out), there was a pretty huge piece of news that most outlets overlooked.

Black, who cleaned up the original Predator screenplay and co-starred, revealed that he’s been tinkering with time travel, but ultimately kept tripping into plot holes.

“It’s still in the hopper, I never finished it,” Black explained of the film’s specific genre. “It was supposed to be time travel done as horror, and I couldn’t figure out the time travel of it, it got too confusing for me. But I’ll still go back to it. I love the idea of time travel as horror, but I can’t keep my head straight when I’m trying to write it. I keep violating my own rules.”

Back in April we reported that Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson is telling people that he’s probably going to star in the Predator followup, being penned by Fred Dekker.

“I’ll be doing some new feature films and stuff like that too. I’ll do Predator,” Jackson told Sirius XM’s Shade 45. He confirmed this in a second interview, this time with 99 Jamz UnCensored: “I’m working on some new projects. You heard of the movie Predator? I might be a part of that project this summer.”

Jackson already has a relationship with Arnold Schwarzenegger (rumored to appear) as he co-starred in Escape Plan with Sylvester Stallone.

Producer John Davis recently exclaimed that the next Predator would reinvent the franchise, while we’ve been told by insiders that it’s a direct sequel to John McTiernan’s 1987 Predator. Most recently, Black stated that The Predator will be an expensive “spectacle”!

Categories: Horror News

‘Doctor Butcher MD’ is Ready to See You Now

bloody disgusting - Fri, 06/10/2016 - 09:30

At this point genre fans are started to get a bit spoiled. 2015 was a tremendous year for Blu-ray releases of the genre variety and somehow it looks like 2016 may top that. We’re not even halfway through the year yet and we’ve already enjoyed a number of wonderful releases – The Mutilator, Pieces, Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2, Bride of Re-Animator, etc. Severin Films is getting in on the action July 26th when they release Doctor Butcher MD AKA Zombie Holocaust on a 2-disc Blu-ray set that is going to be stuffed with extra. And better yet, first 5,000 orders get an official barf bag! I love it!

Full details below.

Synopsis:
It sparked riots on 42nd Street, spawned a generation of gorehounds on VHS, and forever set an insane standard for Italian mad doctor/zombie/cannibal carnage worldwide: Ian McCulloch (ZOMBIE), Alexandra Delli Colli (THE NEW YORK RIPPER), Sherry Buchanan (TENTACLES) and Donald O’Brien (EMANUELLE AND THE LAST CANNIBALS) star in this blood orgy of gut-munching, eyeball-gouging and face-chopping originally known as ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST, which a notorious American distributor would then re-edit, re-title and re-release as a certified grindhouse masterpiece. Severin Films now presents both films fully restored for the first time ever from original vault elements discovered in Manhattan and Rome, and loaded with all-new Bonus Features that finally reveal the unbelievable truth behind its bizarre history, infamous marketing and still-deviant legacy.

Bonus Features:
DISC 1 DOCTOR BUTCHER MD
• Featurette: Butchery & Ballyhoo: Interview with Aquarius Releasing’s Terry Levine
• Featurette: Down On The Deuce: Nostalgic Tour Of 42nd Street With Temple Of Shock’s Chris Poggiali and Filmmaker Roy Frumkes
• Roy Frumkes’ Segment Of Unfinished Anthology Film ‘Tales That Will Tear Your Heart Out’
• Featurette: The Butcher Mobile: Interview with Gore Gazette Editor & Butcher Mobile Barker Rick Sullivan
• Featurette: Cutting Doctor Butcher: Interview with Editor Jim Markovic
• Illustrated Essay: Experiments With A Male Caucasian Brain (…and other memories of 42nd Street) by Gary Hertz
• Theatrical Trailer
• Video Release Trailer 1
• Video Release Trailer 2

DISC 2 ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST
• Featurette: Voodoo Man: Interview With Star Ian McCulloch
• Featurette: Blood Of The Zombies: Interview With FX Master Rosario Prestopino
• Featurette: Filmmaker Enzo Castellari Remembers His Father Director Marino Girolami
• Featurette: Sherry Holocaust: Interview With Actress Sherryl Buchanan
• Featurette: Neurosurgery Italian Style – Interview With FX Artist Maurizio Trani
• Featurette: New York Filming Locations Then Vs. Now. A look at the Big Apple locales as they are today
• Audio Bonus: Ian McCulloch Sings “Down By The River”
• International Trailer
• German Trailer

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Steampunk Meets Kaiju in Comic Series Monstress

Dread Central - Fri, 06/10/2016 - 09:30

The gorgeous looking horror comic series Monstress kind of slipped under our radar, but with the first collected edition being available next month, now seems like the perfect time to give it a look.

Marjorie Liu weaved the fantastical tale of a girl living in a world reminiscent of 1900’s Asia, who forms a strange psychic bond with a creature of unimaginable size and power. Sana Takeda created the dreamlike illustrations.

Synopsis:
Astonishing X-Men and Black Widow writer MARJORIE LIU returns to comics with artist SANA TAKEDA (X-23) for an all-new ONGOING SERIES! Steampunk meets Kaiju in this original fantasy epic for mature readers, as young Maika risks everything to control her psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, placing her in the center of a devastating war between human and otherworldly forces. The adventure begins in a spectacular TRIPLE-SIZED FIRST ISSUE, with SIXTY-SIX pages of story and no ads.

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‘You Are Not Alone’ Stalks June Release

bloody disgusting - Fri, 06/10/2016 - 09:20

Derek Mungor’s POV thriller You Are Not Alone will be arriving on June 23 on popular VOD platforms including VHX, Vimeo, and Amazon. Special Edition DVDs, enamel pins, t­shirts, stickers, and more will be available by direct order via the film’s official website.

An idyllic summer day turns into a living nightmare …

With school finally over, college graduate Natalie Wilner returns to her hometown to celebrate the Fourth of July weekend. But beneath the flags and fireworks lurks a dark, malevolent figure. After a night of drunken parties, she stumbles home and drifts off to sleep, only to be woken moments later by a loud knock on the door.

Experience one night of terror, through Natalie’s eyes as she fights to escape a relentless, knife­wielding maniac …

Krista Dzialoszynski, David O’Brien, Mary Mikva, Keenan Camp, Nikki Pierce, and Eric Wood star.

During the July 4th holiday, the film will be available in select theaters. Touring information will be available noting cities, dates, and ticket availability.

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[Interview] What ‘The Conjuring 2’ Director James Wan Learned from Working On ‘Furious 7’

bloody disgusting - Fri, 06/10/2016 - 09:12

James Wan is a modern day master of horror. A director, producer, and screenwriter, Wan has made a name for himself amongst genre fans with such standouts as Saw, Insidious, and The Conjuring, but he also serves to be a rare example of a filmmaker who consistently improves with every project he puts out. This is probably why when it came time for Universal to fill the highly coveted position of director of the mega summer blockbuster Furious 7, they snatched up Wan in a hurry.

Wan had already dedicated over a decade of his career to making horror movies, and now the time had come for him to venture out and take on the challenge of conquering another category of cinema. Wan took a brief hiatus from the genre he held dear to his heart just long enough to come face to face with one of his most daunting challenges yet: deliver an impressive and profitable new entry of a beloved franchise created by someone other than himself. It would be a difficult feat for anyone to accomplish, but the obstacle he faced grew even more daunting when the news came out that the heart and soul of The Fast and The Furious franchise, Paul Walker, had unexpectedly passed away. Tragedy and terrible odds permeated the series, and for a while it seemed that the crew would never ride again. However, with time, discipline, and a lot of love, Wan steered the film in the right direction, and landed an opening weekend worldwide gross that exceeded the whole profit that the first film made in its entire run. Wan’s Furious 7 not only became the only entry in the franchise thus far to reach one billion dollars at the box office, but it also was so well received that it became a favorite installment for many of its hard-to-impress loyal fans.

Now, after proving that he is capable of tackling any genre he pleases, Wan is back where he belongs, hanging with the horror kids, as he releases his newest fright flick, The Conjuring 2. Since he’s been off exploring new territory, both by making an action movie, and by working on a top tier, huge Hollywood budget production, one can only assume that his creation of The Conjuring 2 was approached with an entirely different perspective than that of The Conjuring, back in 2013. According to Wan, he wasn’t expecting making the sequel to feel any different than the first time around, but to his surprise, it was a fresh new experience.

“You know, I thought it would be a lot easier. I thought like, ‘Oh you know, I’m gonna come back to Conjuring 2, it’ll be a walk in the park’, but it wasn’t” remembers Wan. “It was very difficult, partially because I really felt the pressure of the first movie, and the first one is so beloved, and so making number two, I just felt that the bar was set so high with the first one, it was really hard trying to live up to that. But, the upside to that was I just ended up putting a lot of pressure on myself to try and push myself, go as far as I could, you know don’t settle for anything less in the storytelling of the script, in the designing of the set pieces, in the filmmaking, the camerawork, the music, everything, so every step of the way, I kept pushing myself and pushing myself to try to make the best film I could”.

Although Wan didn’t necessarily set out to learn something on the set of Furious 7 that he would take back with him when he made The Conjuring 2 the following year, he found an old lesson which he had only touched on in the past being highlighted and emphasized in a new and important way.

“I think, ultimately what I learned from F7, and something that I’ve learned from my previous movies as well, but F7 just really hammered it home for me, is it kind of doesn’t matter how crazy and over-the-top your film is, if people love your characters that you create and you make, they will come with you” Wan explains as his excited grin begins to grow. “They will follow you, and you can just go driving cars out of the back of a plane, jumping from building to building, and people will go along with it if they like your characters, and that is something that I really took to heart after making Furious 7. Then, when going into this one, I really put so much more emphasis on the characters of the Warrens, and also on the characters of the Hodgsons family as well”.

It’s fascinating how working on an action movie could teach someone so much about how to handle his future horror projects, but that’s what happens when a brave filmmaker like Wan takes a chance and steps out of his or her comfort zone to try something new and gain a new perspective on their passion.

The notion that the characters are the most essential part of the scares is an idea that obviously stemmed with Wan long ago, but really hit home after his time on Furious 7. If you think about it, The Conjuring series is one of the only horror franchises to follow the heroes instead of the villains, and The Conjuring 2 is the most terrifying one yet because the characters are so well developed that the audience cares about whether or not they are attacked by the evil spirit in their house. Not only is the family fleshed out and relatable, but our heroes, Ed and Lorraine Warren, remain two of the most likable horror movie characters in recent memory. Going against the popular opinion that it’s the scares that make the first film so compelling, Wan argues that it’s actually the characters that keep fans coming back for more.

“Besides the fact that [the Warrens] are real people, I think they’re really intriguing and fascinating people” says Wan. “The fact that they’re real people and they real do do these things, you know whether or not you believe in what they do, that’s another side of the story there, but I do think the way myself and Vera and Patrick portray the Warrens in the cinematic Warren-Conjuring universe, I think they’re very likable characters. I think that’s why people actually like The Conjuring films. They may come for the scares, but they stay for the characters”.

The Conjuring 2 hits theaters everywhere on June 10th, 2016.

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Scream Factory Announces Home Video Release Date for ‘Bite’

bloody disgusting - Fri, 06/10/2016 - 09:02

When a young woman returns from her tropical bachelorette party getaway, she begins to succumb to an insect bite in the palpably disturbing film Bite. The skin-crawling chronicle of one woman’s truly terrifying descent into madness makes its Blu-ray and DVD debut August 2nd, 2016 from Scream Factory.  Directed by Chad Archibald (The Drownsman), Bite had a sensational premiere at the 2015 Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, where it won an Audience Award, before sinking its teeth into audiences during its theatrical run earlier this year. This visceral body-horror feature also includes an audio commentary track from writer/director/producer Chad Archibald, as well as five behind-the-scenes documentary shorts about the special effects makeup, creating the set, and more! Fans can order their copies now by visiting ShoutFactory.com.

While on her bachelorette party getaway, Casey, the bride to be, gets a seemingly harmless bite from an unknown insect. After returning home with cold feet, Casey tries to call off her wedding but before she’s able to, she starts exhibiting insect like traits. Between her physical transformation and her wedding anxiety, Casey succumbs to her new instincts and begins creating a hive that not only houses her translucent eggs, but feeds on the flesh of others. As her transformation becomes complete, Casey discovers that everything can change with a single bite.

Starring Elma Begovic, Annette Wozniak, Denise Yuen, Jordan Gray, Lawrene Denkers, Barry Birnberg, Daniel Klimitz, Tianna Nori, and Caroline Palmer. Bite is directed by Chad Archibald and produced by Black Fawn Films.

Bite Bonus Features

  • Audio Commentary from writer/director/producer Chad Archibald
  • Five Behind-The-Scenes documentary shorts featuring looks at special effects makeup, creating the set and more!

Be sure to check out my review of Bite!

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‘Caught’ is a Journalists Interview From Hell

bloody disgusting - Fri, 06/10/2016 - 09:02

Frances Ha actress Mickey Sumner has joined April Pearson (Skins), Cian Barry (pictured in Nina Forever) and Ruben Crow (Austenland) in horror Caught, which is currently shooting in the UK, reports ScreenDaily.

The film tells the story of a journalist couple who invite a man and woman into their idyllic village home, but what begins with an informal interview descends into a nightmarish fight for survival.

Jamie Patterson (City Of Dreamers) is directing the script written by Dave Allsop and Alex Francis, from a story developed by Allsop and Clint Langley.

Robert Halmi Jr (Olympus) and Jim Reeve (Foyle’s War) are executive producers for Great Point Media, which will also handle world sales. The film is a Gael Films, Dandelion Productions and Castleview Films production, produced by Jeremy Davis, Christina O’Shea-Daly (The Fixer) and Francis. The feature marks the first for former Maven Pictures senior vice president of development and production Alex Francis – a co-producer on Filth and Moon – under new banner Castleview Films.

Producer Francis is currently in development on thriller Emergence, which has Troll Hunter director Andre Ovredal attached to direct.

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