HACK/SLASH Hunts Again in July!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 21:49

Tim Seeley’s “HACK/SLASH” has been a unique series that always has fun by playing with the conventions of horror. No tribute is too far out of reach, and now a new creative team is slashing their way through Cassie Hack’s life. Michael Moreci (HOAX HUNTERS) and Steve Seeley (HOAX HUNTERS) bring the all new arc SON OF SAMHAIN.

When a mysterious cult of monsters arises, Cassie is forced to return to the life she thought she’d left behind. Coupled with a new partner and faced with enemies unlike any she has battled before, Cassie must confront the darkness in the world—and in her own life—in new ways. The agents of evil never rest, and unfortunately for them, neither does Cassie Hack.

From Image:


The newest chapter in Cassie Hack’s life will appeal to both long-time HACK/SLASH fans and readers looking for a jumping-on point. “Readers are going to get something that is immediately recognizable as Hack/Slash, yet unique in its own way as well,” said Moreci. “I think Tim told the story he wanted to tell, and that’s why he brought in Steve and I—we’re preserving what he did while building a whole new thing. There’s a lot of great stories to still tell with Cassie Hack and, hopefully, Son of Samhain is just the beginning.”

“All biases aside, I’ve been a Hack/Slash fan from the beginning. It’s a smart book with equal parts horror, comedy, action, sexiness; you name it. We knew continuing that legacy would be a difficult task, considering its history and loyal fan base, but Mike and I are damn proud of what we are doing with the book,” said Steve Seeley. “It’s still a sexy, comedic, action-y, horror comic, except it takes two of us to write it now. Mike’s all sexy action. I’m comedic horror. This is our sequel… the next step in the evolution of Cassie Hack.”

HACK/SLASH: SON OF SAMHAIN #1 arrives in stores on 7/2, and will be available for $3.50. It can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code MAY140592. An incentive variant cover featuring art by Cameron Stewart will also be available to order with Diamond Code MAY140593.

Having spoken to Michael Moreci at ECCC, I can indeed confirm the series is in very capable hands. They have some fantastic things planned for Cassie that we’ve never seen before. Stay tuned for an interview with this new creative team as the book gets a little closer to launch. I guarantee this will be one to watch for fans and newcomers alike.

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Wanna Hear What The OTHER Creature In 'Godzilla' Sounds Like?

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 21:43

And Warner Bros. keeps the Godzilla train rolling! Just a few hours after our last post on the movie comes this soundbite from one of the other creatures in the film. They’re called MUTO’s and while we don’t know exactly what htye look like yet, they sound like HERE.

Interesanté!

We also have a brand new poster for the pic, in theaters May 16.

An epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Johnson, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, Richard T. Jones, Sally Hawkins, Akira Takarada, Victor Rasuk, Yuki Morita, and C.J. Adams star.

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[TV] NBC's Having "Rosemary's Baby" This May!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 21:42

NBC’s having a baby this May!

If you care enough to see the “Rosemary’s Baby” four-hour miniseries (I’m intrigued enough), mark your calendars for both May 11 and May 15 to catch the new adaptation of the 1967 best-selling suspense novel by Ira Levin. Zoe Saldana plays the modern Rosemary.

Red Lights‘ Carole Bouquet, Doghouse‘s Christina Cole and Jason Isaacs also star in the series directed by Agnieska Holland and produced by Lionsgate TV.

It centers on Rosemary Woodhouse (Zoe Saldana), a young wife and would-be mother who, with her husband Guy (Patrick J. Adams), moves into a Paris apartment that has a dark past. After finally getting pregnant, she becomes increasingly suspicious that both her husband and their mysterious neighbors have ulterior motives about the future of her child.

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IFC Midnight Acquires 'The Pact' Director's 'Home'

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 21:37

After a successful Sundance run with The Pact, director Nicholas McCarthy took his newest supernatural horror to its new home at SXSW.

IFC Midnight has acquired Home, starring Naya Rivera, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Ashley Rickards, Wyatt Russell and Ava Acres, with plans to release on VOD and in limited theaters later this year.

In the supernatural horror, “When ambitious young real estate agent Leigh is asked to sell a house with a checkered past, she crosses paths with a disturbed girl whom she learns is the runaway daughter of the couple selling the property. When Leigh tries to intervene and help her, she becomes entangled with a supernatural force that soon pulls Leigh’s artist sister Vera into its web — and has sinister plans for both of them.

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Rick Remender & Greg Tocchini's "LOW" Finally Surfaces in July!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 21:31

Not content with having two creator owned comics on the shelf, human comics machine Rick Remender is set to debut a brand new series from Image in July. “Low” follows two teams of humans from the last remaining undersea cities on Earth as they make the treacherous journey to a wildly alien world – the surface. This sci fi fantasy series sees Remender teaming up with his frequent collaborator Greg Tocchini (The Last Days of American Crime, Uncanny X-Force) to bring a new spin on old ideas.

Excitement has been bubbling since the series was announced at January’s Image Expo and today the release date and preliminary art was released by Image. Hit the jump to see what it’s all about!

Tocchini’s art is stunning. The duo’s work on Uncanny X-Force was some of my favorite in the series. Remender is one of those writers who manages to find artists who compliment his writing style beautifully, and if this art is any indication it looks like he has yet another home run on his hands. The work here reminds me of “Saga” in all the right ways, a little darker, but crisp clean art, with vivid and almost flat color.

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Another 'Godzilla' Image to Leave You Speechless

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 15:05

After shrouding the monster in secrecy much of 2013, Warner Bros. and Legendary have literally shared so many new looks at Godzilla that I’m running out of things to talk about. Here’s a a new still, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, taken from a sequence teased in the trailer, in which Godzilla does battle on a bridge. It looks cray cray.

An epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

In theaters May 16, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Johnson, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, Richard T. Jones, Sally Hawkins, Akira Takarada, Victor Rasuk, Yuki Morita, and C.J. Adams star.

Making his first appearance in 1954 (Gojira), Godzilla is a giant monster that lives in the sea that comes from the ocean to feed on mankind.

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Vicious New Look at 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 14:59

In addition to this mammoth batch of stills, the new Entertainment Weekly shared two more looks at 20th Century Fox’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to the awesome Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

In theaters July 11, Matt Reeves directs with Andy Serkis, Keri Russell, Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Judy Greer and Jocko Sims starring.

In the sequel to the prequel, “A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.

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Here's the Original Press Kit for John Carpenter's 1982 'The Thing'!!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 14:37

Dated February 11, 1982, the follow imgur user shared an original press kit for John Carpenter’s The Thing!

Included in the image gallery are the press notes, which talk about David Foster’s career, the summary of the film that was not for publication, as well as a bunch of awesome photos of the cast, crew and film!

Any horror collector will admire this and dream of adding it to their own collection.

Kurt Russell starred in the film about scientists in the Antarctic who are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people that it kills.

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[Toys] 1:4 Scale Leatherface From 'Texas Chainsaw 3D'

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 14:25

The Hollywood Collectibles Group has announced the following 1:4 scale Leatherface statue.

The statue is based on the Leatherface from Lionsgate’s 2013 Texas Chainsaw 3D, with grotesque mask made from his victims skin, and trademark bloodied chainsaw.

Rendered in 1:4 scale, Leatherface stands in impressive 20″ tall in all his gory, and comes complete with a themed display base.

This incredible piece of art is constructed from heavyweight polystone and then hand painted to the finest detail.

Limited to just 500 pieces worldwide.

It will only cost you $329 to own. Pre-order here.

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Ferocious New Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Images

Dread Central - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 14:21

Another pair of images have surfaced from the upcoming epic known as Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and between this and Godzilla we may all die and go to geek heaven. Check 'em out!

Look for the film in theatres on July 11th, 2014. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smith-Mcphee, Enrique Muriciano, and Kirk Acevedo.

Synopsis
A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.

For more visit the official Dawn of the Planet of the Apes website, "like" Dawn of the Planet of the Apes on Facebook, and follow Dawn of the Planet of the Apes on Twitter (#DawnOfApes).




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New Godzilla Image Gets Up Close and Personal

Dread Central - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 14:14

Here's the thing... we could be sitting in a nuclear powered tank that is armed to the death with the most advanced weaponry in the world at our finger tips and if this behemoth walked by we'd probably just shit our pants and start crying.

An epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Johnson, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, Richard T. Jones, Sally Hawkins, Akira Takarada, Victor Rasuk, Yuki Morita, and C.J. Adams star.

Making his first appearance in 1954 (Gojira), Godzilla is a giant monster that lives in the sea that comes from the ocean to feed on mankind.

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Get Teased By 'The Perfume Of The Lady In Black'

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 14:00

Death Waltz Recording Co. is on a tear introducing and teasing their upcoming Record Store Day releases. Already this week we’ve posted two videos, one for Bronx Warriors and the other for In The Wall. Now they’ve uploaded a short teaser for Nicola Piovani‘s lovely and luscious score for the 1974 Francesco Barili-directed Italian giallo Il Profumo Della Signora In Nero (aka The Perfume Of The Lady In Black). The short clip, which you can see below, gives a hint of the music as well as showcases the stunning vinyl which features blues and blacks and even slight hints of purple. Absolutely gorgeous!

Record Store Day is April 19th. Find your participating stores here.



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'Bad Milo!' Star Ken Marino Has 'Goosebumps'!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 14:00

Straight off Bad Milo!, the awesome Ken Marino, pictured, has joined the cast of Columbia’s Goosebumps, the big screen adaptation of R.L. Stine’s popular series of YA horror tales, says Deadline.

Marino will play Coach Carr, the blowhard coach at Greendale High who wades into battle when monsters overrun the school. Jack Black, Amy Ryan, and Dylan Minnette are also starring.

Rob Letterman (Gulliver’s Travels, Shark Tale) is directing the adaptation of the R.L. Stine books series in which a young boy moves with his mother and sister to the small town of Greendale, Maryland. There, he meets veteran Young Adult horror author R. L. Stine, played by Jack Black. The infamous Slappy – a demonic ventriloquist’s dummy – comes into play and sets free the many many demons of Stine’s mind. Stine’s niece teams with the boy to put all the evil genies back in the bottle.

Filming is set for both Atlanta and Los Angeles.

Sony has set a March 23, 2016 release.

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Review: ''The Twilight Zone' #4

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 13:29

Recreating the magic of the past, “The Twilight Zone” #4 is a twisted mind-puzzler that steers towards a satisfying conclusion. Based on the classic TV series by Rod Serling, “The Twilight Zone” closes its first story arc with a bang. Whether you’re a die-hard fan or a newbie, don’t miss the next stop to another dimension.

WRITTEN BY: J. Michael Straczynski
ART BY: Guiu Vilanova
PUBLISHER: Dynamite Entertainment
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: April 9, 2013

In order to avoid prison time, Trevor Richmond traded his old life and left everyone else to deal with his problems. With a different name and face, Trevor walks around unpunished from his heinous crimes. Trevor suddenly sees himself testifying in court, making things right in a way he never could. John is making a better man out of Trevor and becoming the husband that Trevor’s wife always wanted. On the verge of losing his mind, Trevor cannot bear seeing someone else having his name and face.

Writer J. Michael Straczynski delivers an intense psychological thriller about self-identity and second chances. Straczynski emphasizes the tragic back-story on Trevor’s doppelganger, John. Given a short time to live, John shakes the Devil’s hand and signs a Faustian deal. John chooses to make life worth living, finding real love that was missing in his previous life. We’re rooting for John even though he is a thief and manipulator. Trevor continues to squander his second chance and wants back what he selfishly gave away.

What’s really interesting about Straczynski’s narrative is how he plays around with the concept of the anthology. As a storyteller, Straczynski leaves loose threads to pick up on in further installments. The secondary characters are connected somehow, as if Straczynski has a bigger story for them in mind. Straczynski does something creative here that definitely works in the comic book medium, which the TV remakes lost a great opportunity on.

Artist Guiu Vilanova reinforces the themes of second chances during the doppelganger’s flashback. Vilanova portrays John as a such a bum loser with his messy hairstyle and sleeveless shirt. But when John is living Trevor’s life, you see a dramatic change in his posture and clothing. Though he is still dying, John has something to look forward to. You can tell John is still there as he wears Trevor’s face because of Vilanova’s close-up on the eyes.

Vilanova delivers a suspenseful confrontation between Trevor and John. Though the scene is dialogue heavy, Vilanova heightens the facial expressions between the two. Fueled by selfish desires, Trevor has accepted his bloodlust as he aims the gun at John’s head. Vilanova captures the climax through tight close-ups, focusing on the emotional intensity.

“The Twilight Zone” #4 closes its first chapter on a satisfying note. With the shocking cliff-hanger, I can’t wait to see what happens in the next story arc.

4/5 Skulls

Reviewed by – Jorge Solis

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[Los Angeles] FREE Tickets to See 'Fractured' At the Chinese Theater!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 13:28

Join Bloody Disgusting for this special screening of Adam Gierasch’s latest noir horror thriller Fractured at the HollyShorts Monthly Screening Series taking place on Thursday, April 17. The event takes place at the beautiful TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood. The screening kicks off at 10:30pm followed by a Q&A with Gierasch (Toolbox Murders, Night of the Demons).

The first (5) Bloody-Disgusting readers to tweet @hollyshorts and hashtag #Fractured will receive FREE tickets to the screening! To purchase tickets, visit http://www.tunestub.com.

Prior to the feature screening, there are two shows featuring some great short films from around the world (6:30pm and 8pm).

Adam Gierasch’s noir horror thriller Fractured stars Callum Blue (Dead Like Me), Vinnie Jones (Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels, X-Men: Last Stand), Ashlynn Yennie (The Human Centipede, The Human Centipede 2), and Nicole LaLiberte (How To Make it In America).

The stylistically shot suspense thriller has received a tremendous amount of acclaim following its sold out screening at Screamfest LA. Fractured tells the story of Dylan White, after awaking from a coma with no idea who he is, Dylan creates a safe and normal life for himself. It doesn’t last long: horrifying visions start to interrupt his waking moments. Following clues that take him to the dark and blood-splattered underbelly of New Orleans, Dylan meets his arch nemesis Quincy (Vinnie Jones) and soon finds that both his life and soul are in danger. Fractured is a trip to the dark side, noir-style: bad men, bad dames, bad sex and bad intentions.

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Review: Clive Barker's 'Next Testament' #8

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 13:24

With such demented writing and mind-blowing visuals, “Next Testament” #8 delivers genuine horror into the hearts of readers. You eyes will be glued to the page right from the start. The “Next Testament” series delivers another strong installment and never disappoints.

WRITTEN BY: Clive Barker and Mark Miller
ART BY: Haemi Jang
PUBLISHER: Boom! Studios
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: April 9, 2013

After setting his sights on the innocent and guilty of San Francisco, Wick has taken a sexy bride along for the ride to Paris. No longer Wick’s main attention, ex-billionaire Julian Demond wonders where his rightful place is in the upcoming apocalypse. Wick continues to bring in the plagues, bringing all kinds of Hell to Tristan, Julian’s son, and his fiancée, Elspeth. On their route to Providence, Tristan and Elspeth are suddenly caught in a terrible car crash. At the end of the world, only the bad people are still alive and they’re not going to make things any easier for the lovebirds.

Clive Barker and co-writer, Mark Miller, gradually evolve their main protagonists as the two subplots jump back and forth. The theme of sexuality plays at the core of the narrative. Wick is trying to recreate the good, old days before he was banished by the Devil and the Holy Ghost. Wick and his punkish bride are definitely enjoying themselves as they participate in the orgy fest, right in front of the Eiffel Tower. Surrounded by thousands of willing servants, Wick wants his sexual desires to reach their peak.

On their trip to Providence, Elspeth and Tristan continue to meet the best and worst of humanity at the end of the world. After surviving their car crash, the lovebirds meet a wandering traveler, who still holds strong to her faith in a higher power. Though Tristan and Elspeth struggle with faith themselves, they are being tested. Their reunion is suddenly interrupted by a perverted survivalist, who wants his own sex slaves.

Artist Haemi Jang points out the sexual themes during the illustrations of the orgy fest. In a splash page, Jang captures different sexual acts and positions, with Wick right at the center. In close-ups, Jang maximizes Wick’s facial expressions during his climax. Jang never aims to be gratuitous with these shots, but always strives for an artistic, painter-like quality.

My favorite part about Jang’s illustrations is the intimate portrayal between the lovebirds. Interestingly, Tristan doesn’t believe in a higher power, but he does believe in his love for Elspeth wholeheartedly. Jang always focuses on the emotions when Elspeth and Tristan look at each other. You’re always rooting for these characters, especially when they turn into bad-asses towards the last pages.

Horror fans are going to enjoy the hell out of “Next Testament” #8. The “Next Testament” series is the real deal.

Rating: 4.5/5 skulls

Reviewed by Jorge Solis

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Another International Trailer Arrives to Deliver Us from Evil

Dread Central - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 13:17

A new, slightly longer international trailer for Scott Derrickson's Deliver Us from Evil has arrived from Sony/Screen Gems, and it shows off even more of the spooky shenanigans heading our way this summer.

Joel McHale, Sean Harris, Edgar Ramirez, and Olivia Munn star alongside Eric Bana. The film is a paranormal thriller produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Films. Derrickson directs a script he and Paul Boardman (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) wrote.

Look for it in theaters July 2, 2014.

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

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Review: 'Creepy' #16

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 13:17

I get too excited each time Dark Horse releases a new issue of “Creepy,” their deliciously sensationalized, ongoing anthology comic. This vintage-style, exploitive black & white pulp rag never disappoints, and this issue is certainly no exception to that rule. Turn your lights on for this issue. Because, frankly, I had to.

WRITTEN BY: Ted Naifeh, Rachel Deering
ART BY: Ted Naifeh, Peter Bagge, Vanesa R. Del Rey
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: April 9, 2014

This balls to the wall installment of Dark Horse’s “Creepy” doesn’t pull any punches. It starts of terrifying and moves seamlessly into horrifying. It continues to showcase Creepy’s signature style via classic illustrations, gorgeous cover art, eerie anecdotes, and perfectly peppy puns from Uncle Creepy himself.

In typical “Creepy” fashion, there is no slow build up. We are tossed into a spooky vortex and aren’t released for 40 pages. “Do Not Click,” the first story, written and illustrated by Ted Naifeh (“Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things”) is reminiscent of The Ring meets the Slender Man mythos. Not a lot makes me want to look over my shoulder while simultaneously being afraid of what I will actually see if I look over my shoulder. But this disturbing little tale of technology-gone-wrong had me shaking in my boots. (Seriously, guys.)

Next up, “In the Dark” editor/author/letterer Rachel Deering brings us her signature brand of real life psychosis in “Like Clockwork,” a Norman Bates-like loves story. Both sickening and (oddly) sickeningly sweet, this morbid tale follows a young clockmaker deep into his chilling delusions of love and humanity. Evoking the likes of some of history’s most notorious serial killers, Deering sews together a unnerving as hell look at the modern dating dilemma. Now with even more rotting flesh!

In what feels like a gift from the comic gods, the Creepy Family gives us a comic adaptation of H.P Lovecraft’s “The Cats of Ulthar.” This story has always hit my horror threshold because, well, cats are the worst. It combines several of my greatest fears: cats, owning cats, being eaten by cats, and cats.

“I Hate You! I Hate You!” gets real, real quick. Exciting our sociopathic, Bad Seed-like anxieties. I don’t know about you all, but I’m terrified of raising a real-life little monster. And therein lies the genius of “Creepy.” It’s a mixture of sobering realism, exploitive surrealism, and of course, hellish supernaturalism. This is, hands down, way way down, one of my favorite issues of the rebooted “Creepy” series. Don’t pass up the opportunity to partake in these frightening comic shorts by horror veterans and newcomers alike.

4.5/5 Skulls

Reviewed by – Bree Ogden

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Set Visit Coverage: Tom Woodruff, Jr. Talks Fire City: The Interpreter of Signs

Dread Central - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 13:00

Tom Woodruff, Jr., is a celebrated and award-winning special effects makeup artist, and now he’s stepping into the directorial arena with Fire City: Interpreter of Souls. Dread Central was lucky enough to get an exclusive look-see on a special day. (There were demon fights!)

At the lovely location (an art deco building and mini-campus) in Los Angeles, we not only got a chance to interview everyone and watch filming – we even got a bunch of cool photos you won’t see anywhere else!

Dread Central: You have been with this project for a while, right?

Tom Woodruff Jr.: Through a couple different iterations. The first time I was ever made aware of it was when (the writer-producers) Brian and Michael came to me a couple of years ago with a script, I believe it was Fire City: Demon in the Darkness. And the script was honestly hard to get through because I am going through it in terms of what would the creature effects cost. I went in knowing that it was unbelievably packed with not just makeup but winged demons and creatures. It was just so huge that it read without a doubt like a studio film... a big CG movie. Like a Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings thing, which was all going to be digital. I feel like I have seen this movie so many times, and they are never interesting to me anymore. The visuals are all so much the same. To me they become almost interchangeable. So I read the script, saying this is what it’s going to be, but they said no, we want to do all practical creatures. Which to me made it such a huge challenge! To think that anyone had the interest to do it in a practical way! That they would want to mount this kind of a project. So that was a huge starting point.

The first thing we decided to do was to create a trailer to try and get interest in the project. We decided to do this one character, which is the gigantic horn demon. So we did that and got the trailer made. Based on that trailer alone they started getting offers from studios and producers who wanted to make the movie.

DC: So how did you actually decide you were going to direct this particular one?

TWJ: At that point I was like, 'Look, I really want to direct this,' but they were a bit reluctant. So, to see what I would do with the material, we decided to do this ten-minute short called the Interpreter of Signs. It was a three-person job and we shot it out in two days. It got some really good reaction, and I loved working with Brian and Michael as producers and they liked working with me as a director so we just decided to go into this thing with our heads down and just make it work.

Kickstarter made this movie possible. I already had enough of a presence on Kickstarter because of studioADI, which is owned and operated by Alec Gillis and I. Alec had raised a lot of money to do a film called Harbinger Down, which Dread Central has been good about plugging and making people aware of. So, in the end, that and Fire City got funded and we both got this opportunity that we had both been wanting for years and years. Even when we were doing creature stuff, part of us always wanted to be able to be filmmakers. So finally thirty years later it was happening.

DC: As the director, what are you hoping the audience will take away from this film?

TWJ: I want the audience to see this as a great story first off. The audience has to experience some kind of an emotional content. Then through the makeups and the characters I try and create that. I just want people to accept my creations from the beginning as characters, not as creatures. So to me the biggest hurdle will not be making this movie in 18 days, but having the audience get on board right upfront by seeing these creations are more than just 'cool monster makeups.'

DC: I know there is a lot of action, there are demon fights and there are monsters and makeup, but can you talk a little bit about the dramatic aspect of it in the storyline?

TWJ: Like all good stories about monsters, it’s about the characters. It’s about the predicament they find themselves in. In the film we have a human girl who this demonic character is forced to save in an effort to salvage his ongoing demon world himself. So it’s this great pairing of this totally innocent human and this sort of jaded creature. It’s very much like Humphrey Bogart or Fred MacMurray film noir characters from the Forties. The truth is, as much as I love monsters, I also love movies from the Forties like Double Indemnity, Sunset Boulevard, etc. I love the term 'hard-boiled characters,' and that is what the Fire City characters are in my film. I really want Fire City to be evocative of a style of filmmaking that we haven’t seen for a while... if nothing else just to shake things up.

DC: I know you are kind of editing while you’re shooting, so how much can you be involved in the editing process?

TWJ: I have to be involved. Right now while we are shooting, the editors are doing an assembly, which is basically cutting what my preferred takes are just in the right order and not doing any real shaving. Once we are done shooting, then he will finish putting it all together. I will go back into it with him and with Brian and Michael and we will look at it and it will become something new. Scenes evolve. They're made once when they are written, made a second time when they are shot, and made a third time in the editing room. Each time they change somewhat.

DC: What was your favorite part of making the film?

TWJ: My favorite part has been the actual production because we had very little pre-production cause we had very little money. We didn’t have the money to pre-produce anything. Brian and Michael were good enough to get me like three days of rehearsals with actors, which is really hard to do on a movie of this level, but it made a difference. We worked out some of the scenes with most of the cast and we created a kind of spine to work with, but now we are in the real environment with the real set pieces and so things evolve and they get better because the actors bring something to it. So to me it’s just been a blast to see things evolve. There has never been a single boring moment on this set, as opposed to bigger movies I have done.

The film centers around a fragile balance that exists between humankind and the demons who secretly live among them and the crisis for all when this balance is broken.

Harry Shum plays an abusive alcoholic boyfriend who suddenly transforms into a caring and loving person, along with the rest of the humans in his seedy tenement building. Dependent on human misery for survival, the demons in the building begin to starve.

Writer-producers Brian Lubocki and Michael Hayes successfully funded a Kickstarter campaign for the film in August 2013. For more info visit the official Fire City website, "like" Fire City on Facebook, and follow Fire City on Twitter (@interpreterfilm).

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Get Ready to Check Out Some Local Hauntings

Dread Central - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 12:30

Around these parts we're absolute suckers for paranormal TV programming. Sure, 99.9% of it ends up with us watching people walking around in the dark and finding absolutely nothing, but still, there's a charm to them. The next one coming is titled simply "Local Hauntings." Take a look!

"'Local Hauntings' is the next era of paranormal ghost shows," says Anthony Daniel of Dream Comet Studios. "This show is built by the fans for the fans. The concept of making the audience feel like they are with us on the investigation is our mindset."

"'Local Hauntings' will have two states each season kind of battle one another for a grade... the audience/fans [will] get to vote on what state we visit and be able to grade each episode."

Daniel continues, "Our goal is to do the whole USA, which means that this show will be around for 25 seasons. Also, the audience will have a chance to vote on their top 10 favorite locations within a state if the state gets voted in, which is pretty cool. We will have a live talk show after the episode like 'The Talking Dead' to go over more findings and to give a few details about next's week episode, along we have a few special guests so far aboard for this project, which I'm not able to state yet, but they are big names in the paranormal field."

"In each state we will cast local ghost hunters because who better knows the local hauntings of a state than the people that live there? Each episode will get graded/scored on 3 subjects, which are the HISTORY of the location, ACTIVITY of the site during the investigation, and what the PEOPLE think of the location. Each episode will be out of 10 points, with 10 the highest a location can score. Our team will first score it; then we will have the audience vote in and see what they think to find out the official grade. Once a state is done, it will get a grade/score out of 100, so it will get a letter grade like school - A is 100-90 and so on. At the moment, we have a few major networks that are interested in seeing the pilot, which starts filming this month (April)."

Which state will hold the scariest haunted places in America? I guess we'll be finding out soon enough!

For more info visit the official "Local Hauntings" website, "like" "Local Hauntings" on Facebook, and follow "Local Hauntings" on Twitter.

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