Stephen King’s ‘It’ to Begin Shooting Next Summer!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 12:44

I’m pretty stoked about the feature film version of Stephen King’s “It,” which has been in the works for a few years over at Warner Bros.

Vulture caught up with producer Dan Lin who confirmed that it’s his next movie, and that “True Detective” helmer Cary Fukunaga is attached to direct.

“The idea is to start official prep in March for a summer shoot,” said Lin. “Cary likes to develop things for a while, and we’ve been with this for about three or four years, so we’re super excited that he stayed with it. You guys are gonna be really excited.”

“The book is so epic that we couldn’t tell it all in one movie and service the characters with enough depth,” explained Lin; the first film, then, will be a coming-of-age story about the children tormented by It, while the second will skip ahead in time as those same characters band together to continue the fight as adults. Though Fukunaga is only committed to directing the first film, Lin says the in-demand helmer is currently closing a deal to co-write the second.

And no one is more excited about the project’s renewed movement than It’s author. “The most important thing is that Stephen King gave us his blessing,” said Lin. “We didn’t want to make this unless he felt it was the right way to go, and when we sent him the script, the response that Cary got back was, ‘Go with God, please! This is the version the studio should make.’ So that was really gratifying.”

Not only has Stephen King given his blessing (does it matter, did you see A Good Marriage, which he wrote? Ugh), but it’s looking as if Fukunaga is close to getting behind the camera for both films. Pennywise is going to return, guys. And that’s awesome.

Categories: Horror News

[OMFG] The Coolest Horror Art I’ve Seen This Year!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 12:28

Jeremy Pailler just contacted us out of France in hopes that we would share some of his horror-themed artwork.

What you’ll see below and at Pailler’s website are his collection entitled “Horror Genesis,” which deals with the origins of Chucky, Jason and all the others from a poetic point of view.

I’m not an art expert but these do look like watercolor paintings done with ink, which unfortunately don’t have prints available for sale (yet). Keep your eyes peeled at Pailler’s shop on his website as they will be in the coming months! He does, however, have a gallery live in France.

Follow him on Facebook for updates.

Image Source: Jeremy Pailler

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‘X-Men’ Director Adapting “ghostgirl” Series

bloody disgusting - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 12:17

Matthew Vaughn’s Marv Films has acquired the motion picture rights to the “ghostgirl” series of young adult novels by author and filmmaker Tonya Hurley, says Variety.

Vaughn and Valerie Van Galder will team up to produce.

“ghostgirl,” published in 2008 by Little Brown and Company, “centers on a high school senior who is desperate to be popular even after her death — from choking on a Gummi Bear.” Subsequent titles have included “ghostgirl: Homecoming,” “ghostgirl: Lovesick” and a Spanish-language installment “Dia de Muertos.”

Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
And if I should die before I awake,
I pray the popular attend my wake.
Charlotte Usher feels practically invisible at school, and then one day she really is invisible. Even worse: she’s dead. And all because she choked on a gummy bear. But being dead doesn’t stop Charlotte from wanting to be popular; it just makes her more creative about achieving her goal.
If you thought high school was a matter of life or death, wait till you see just how true that is. In this satirical, yet heartfelt novel, Hurley explores the invisibility we all feel at some times and the lengths we’ll go to be seen.

Image Source: Fan Pop

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[Next On] “American Horror Story: Freak Show”: EP 4.09, ‘Tupperware Party Massacre’ Promo

bloody disgusting - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 12:12

I’ve been falling behind on FX’s “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” which is turning out to be the worst in the series. With the death of Twisty, the season’s suspense also died.

Our Bree Ogden has also been struggling through the past few episodes, and we hope things pick up with next week’s ‘Tupperware Party Massacre’.

In the wake of a tragic loss, Jimmy sinks into a drunken despair. A reading from Maggie spurs Dandy to action. Stanley and Elsa track down the Twins.

Check out the promo below.

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Guy Shreds Through All 160 Megadeth Riffs In Chronological Order

bloody disgusting - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 12:00

There’s no denying that Dave Mustaine and the vast amount of musicians that have at some point or another comprised thrash metal icons Megadeth have written some tasty licks. In fact, some riffs have become staples in the training of burgeoning metal guitarists, almost like a rite of passage before you can ascend to the next level of guitar knowledge.

But you’re only a true fan if you can riff and shred your way through 160 Megadeth guitar licks, playing a few seconds of every song the band has released AND in chronological order! Sound insane? Well, it kinda is, but that didn’t stop Travis Simpson from doing just that!

Below you can watch Simpson as he plays a sample from every track from every album and all in the order in which they were released. Note, he does state in the video description that the guitar tracks, “…were muted during the guitar tuning swaps so you don’t have to hear the sound of a disconnected guitar.”

What’s your favorite Megadeth riff?

Categories: Horror News

It’s Not Norman Reedus In The ‘Silent Hills’ Demo. It’s Actually…

bloody disgusting - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 11:58

The Silent Hills demo that stunned and terrified people upon its release shot hopes and expectations for the series to near astronomical heights when it was announced that not only would the game be worked on by Hideo Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro but also that it would star The Walking Dead favorite Norman Reedus.

However, what if I told you that it’s not actually Norman Reedus in the playable teaser but someone a bit more…aquatic. That’s right, I’m talking about Octodad!

The video below shows our tentacled father figure is actually the “man” behind the viewpoint. And as for Lisa, well she’s actually been someone else all along. Check out the video for all the evidence you’ll ever need!

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‘Fire In the Sky’ Has the Most Terrifying Alien Abduction Scene Ever

bloody disgusting - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 11:34

Yesterday I pushed the idea that Rob Reiner’s Misery could be one of the scariest movies ever made.

Today I started thinking about Fire In the Sky, an alien abduction horror movie that I personally think contains some of the scariest scenes ever caught on film. In fact, I think it’s safe to say this is the most terrifying alien abduction sequence ever.

Directed by Robert Lieberman, the 1993 film follows an Arizona logger who mysteriously disappears for five days in an alleged encounter with a flying saucer in 1975. It’s said to be a true story, although recent investigators believe this to be a hoax.

No matter, Fire In the Sky sort of reminds me of The Exorcism of Emily Rose, in which the courtroom scenes were awful compared to the sequences with Emily Rose (Jennifer Carpenter). Fire In the Sky isn’t much of a movie when aliens aren’t stalking D.B. Sweeney’s character. To say it’s one of the scariest movies ever made, eh, but to say it has the scariest scenes ever, I’ll second that.

Watch for yourself…

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[Ranked] “Goosebumps” ‘Night of the Living Dummy’ Episodes!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 11:04

I’ve had a lot of time to spend at home lately, which means quality Netflix time! Last night, during a pumpkin pie induced haze, I decided to take a trip back to my childhood and watch a few episodes of Goosebumps. Some episodes still held a creepy vibe that still hit me in the 8 year old gut and others…well they didn’t hold up as well. However, one character will always have a place in my spooky heart.

Slappy the Ventriloquist Dummy has been a staple of the Goosebumps franchise since it began. Slappy, and various other dummies, appears in 9 books, 3 episodes, and the upcoming feature film. You can buy collectibles and your own life size Slappy Dummy. Basically, he’s the Chucky of kid’s horror TV. So here is my official ranking of “Night of the Living Dummy” episodes!

3. “Night of the Living Dummy 3″ (Pt 1 & 2)

This may be the most remembered episode from the entire Slappy series. “Night of the Living Dummy 3” was a two part episode (a common gimmick used over the entire series) about 2 kids, Trina and Daniel, who are forced to spend some vacation time with their lame-brain cousin, Zane (played by Hayden Christensen). Zane is afraid of everything and his cousins are determined to terrify him this year. What follows are a variety of ventriloquist dummy shenanigans that Trina and Daniel are blamed for but didn’t actually do. After Trina and Daniel’s parents ban them from going to summer camp they decide to find out what’s really going on. While Slappy has been alive the whole time, it’s actually been Zane getting back at them for previous pranks.

And that’s why this is my least favorite of the bunch. It spends the entire first part making us think Slappy is the one playing the jokes but the reality is just sort of lame. Yeah, Zane has found his courage and earned his cousin’s friendship and blah blah blah. Boring! The second half reunites our 3 main characters with Slappy who has decided to turn Zane into a dummy for all of his joke playing. The Zane dummy is quite frightening though and it always bothered me as a kid. But what will forever stick in my brain is Zane’s head doing a complete 360…eeesh!


2. “Night of the Living Dummy 2″

When constantly put-out middle child, Amy, gets Slappy as a mysterious gift she decides to win the family with jokes. Too bad Slappy is a total asshole and ruins Amy’s life by saying mean things to her family. Amy finally convinces her older sister that Slappy is real when he comes to life and tries to put his soul into one of them (basically as creepy as it sounds). They presumably kill Slappy and the family returns to normal.

As the pseudo “middle child” of this list, I have to peg this one as not bad but not great either. I ranked NOTLD3 lower because it made me wait two episodes before it got to the Slappy action (not as creepy as it sounds). So at least with this one, it doesn’t make you wait until next week to see what you should have been watching the whole time. I also thought this one was a lot funnier because Amy could have very easily convinced her family Slappy was real by talking at the same time he did. But, kids are stupid so things like that didn’t matter on this show.

1. “Bride of the Living Dummy”

Clearly, this is the most Child’s Play like in title and story line which is probably why it’s my favorite. Slappy joins with ventriloquist Jimmy O’James in a two man act traveling the country. One night Slappy spots young Katie in the audience who happens to be carrying Mary-Ellen, the blonde girl doll of his dreams! He abandon’s Jimmy and sneaks himself into Katie’s house in order to hunt down his woman. But wait! Turns out Mary-Ellen is actually alive too and has been controlling Katie and threatening to kill her parents. Yes, this show for 7 year olds, shows a beloved toy threatening to kill a little girl’s family while also being in love with psycho-mechanical, murder-toy from hell!

This is the absolute best from this trilogy of episodes. Mary-Ellen manages to be even scarier than Slappy for a time until the big reveal happens. I guess blondes aren’t Slappy’s thing after all and he’s wanted to marry Katie the whole time. Thank you R.L. Stine for actually making a kids version of what could have been a really fucked up horror movie.

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Happy Krampusnacht! Have A Delightfully Eerie Tune For Tonight’s Festivities!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 10:00

For those of you who don’t know, tonight is Krampusnacht, the night where Saint Nicholas’s devilish pal Krampus comes out and pays visit to all the naughty boys and girls, bringing them coal or other unpleasant gifts.

So, to celebrate this creepy holiday, how about we take a look at artist/musician Black Jake as he dresses up as Krampus himself to play a lovely Christmas tune on an instrument dubbed the “Charon-a-lon skeleton bell table”. The practical FX are wonderful, the visuals a great match, and the tune itself haunting thanks to the addition of eerie laughter and the creaking of the instrument!

If you’re one for the holiday season, here’s a great way to inject a little bit of terror into it!

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Marvel Studios Signs Benedict Cumberbatch To “Doctor Strange”

bloody disgusting - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 19:06

Deadline reports the rumor we all heard was confirmed long ago is now official. Marvel Studios have signed Benedict Cumberbatch for the lead role in “Doctor Strange.”

This is news I’ve been eagerly anticipating. Cumberbatch is an inspired choice who will carry the right amount of mysticism and pride to the role. Debuting in the silver age, Doctor Stephen Vincent Strange (known as Doctor Strange) is a superhero/former neurosurgeon who serves as the Sorcerer Supreme — the primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats.

Already, Cumberbatch shows he can command the screen in the incredible BBC miniseries Sherlock and chances are pretty good he’ll have an Oscar nomination for his work in The Intimidation Game. I think the actor will make a charming addition to the already robust world of the Marvel Cinematic universe.

Scott Derrickson is directing Doctor Strange and Jon Spaihts is writing the script for the pic (the first draft was penned by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer). Doctor Strange was hatched by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko during that Marvel Comics heyday of the early 1960s. He’s a neurosurgeon who becomes Sorcerer Supreme, protecting Earth against magical and mystical threats with powers of sorcery, mysticism, and martial arts. Marvel’s Kevin Feige is producing.

What do you think of this casting?

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[Comic Book Review] “The Humans” #2 – Back later, gone apeshit. 

bloody disgusting - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 17:51
“The Humans” return in this issue of The Motherfucking Humans (how they must be referred to from now on) and he is ready to tear some shit up.

WRITTEN BY: Keenan Keller
ART BY: Tom Neely
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: December 3, 2014

Reviewed By Pablo Arriaga

The Motherfucking Humans have lost a brother but they will not mourn for long. Johnny is back in town from ‘Nam, and he’s not looking for  praise or a parade. He wants to put his cut back on and call himself a Human once again. This issue shows the consequences of war on someone and the matters that still resonate with veterans from current conflicts. Every panel is a beast on it’s own. Tom Neely let’s the audience dive into this book by delivering amazing shots and great views on the characters. It’s a delight to see the close ups of Johnny and know how fucked up his mind is. With those awesome double splash pages that work better than any montage could. One of the amazing things about this book is not the story itself, but the weight it carries. Keller and Neely have successfully presented a world that’s well complimented by the philosophy of the characters. I’m not asking questions about the logic of the world, I’m wondering what the fuck are the Humans doing now and what’s the next mayhem they’re gonna get into, I’m enamored by the thought of being a Human, to “Ride or Die.” And if you’re wondering about actual existence of us “skins,” you’ll be able to know in this issue. If you haven’t,  make sure you read all the way into the last page, download the monster of a soundtrack that continues to grow with every issue, unfortunately patches are sold out (for now) but let’s make sure they sell the fuck out once they come on sale again. We’re all Motherfucking Humans. I have to ask, Humans vs Sons of Anarchy, who wins? You know where my vote is.

Pablo Arriaga has been bringing the gospel of The Slacker Nerd to countless people the world over with He also writes the most metal rants on the web and knows a better recipe for tacos than you do. For more writings or to be baptized in the arms of Matthew McConaughey follow Pabby on Twitter and Facebook.


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It’s Official, ‘Deadpool’ Movie Happening With Ryan Reynolds!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 17:46

Variety and Deadline have confirmed that Ryan Reynolds is closing a deal to star in Fox-Marvel’s Deadpool, their long-in-development X-Men spin-off.

Reynolds announced the news by posting an image Thursday of the Deadpool character on his Twitter account (see below).

This is one of the few times that fan outcry was heard by studio brass, who moved quickly after this absolutely bonkers pitch video leaked earlier this year.

Tim Miller is directing the superhero film with Lauren Shuler Donner and Marvel’s Kevin Feige producing.

The talkative mercenary character, also known as Wade Wilson, was created by artist Rob Liefeld and writer Fabian Nicieza. He first appeared in print in 1991.

Reynolds looks like the perfect fit for the character. He’s got the energy and the asshole attitude necessary to do the character justice. If approached right we might have the first comic book movie with a fully disposable lead. Deadpool can literally blow himself up just to vanquish a room full of bad dudes. The real struggle will be finding a tone that will lend credence to the character since he often breaks the fourth wall. We need a Ferris Buellerian approach to the character that has insane action on the level of something like The Raid. Will we get it? Looks like we’ll find out in February 2016.

Uh… It’s Chimichanga Time.

— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) December 4, 2014

Categories: Horror News

Dark Factory Remaking ’100 Cries of Terror’

bloody disgusting - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 17:35

The director of the Sundance Film Festival selection Reversal is already prepping his next feature.

Daniel Posada and Justin Tamasco are preparing a February start on 100 Cries, the horror follow-up from Reversal director JM Cravioto, says ScreenDaily.

The film is a re-imagining of Ramón Obón’s 1965 Mexican horror classic 100 Cries of Terror that will feature a US cast.

The project is part of Dark Factory’s slate of US productions that will shoot in Mexico and receive marketing support to a global audience.

Next to go after 100 Cries will be The Boondoogle. Steve Carr is attached to direct and Rob Riggle and Thomas Lennon are attached to star and wrote the most recent draft from an original screenplay by Christopher Halvorson. It’s the story of two American insurance executives on a business trip to the Tropics who spiral into a psychedelic vortex of sex, violence and goats.

Sundance Park City At Midnight selection Reversal, pictured, centres on a young woman who escapes the clutches of a sexual predator and turns the tables on her captor.

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Keanu Reeves Tormented In Eli Roth’s ‘Knock Knock’!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 17:18

Having its World Premiere at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival is Eli Roth’s latest genre offering!

Keanu Reeves stars in Knock Knock, in which two beautiful young girls walk into a married man’s (Reeves) life and turn a wild fantasy into his worst nightmare.

Lorenza Izzo, Ana De Armas, Aaron Burns, Ignacia Allamand, and Colleen Camp also star.

Check out the full Park City at Midnight line-up by clicking here.

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‘Terminator Genisys’ Trailer In Pictures!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 17:10

This morning Paramount unleashed the full trailer for Terminator Genisys, in theaters July 1, 2015.

We’ve dissected the trailer in still form and have tons of shots of the cast, including John Conner (played by Jason Clarke), Sarah Conner (Emilia Clarke), and even Arnold Schwarzenegger in his various forms. I love the colorful battle shots like the one above.

Alan Taylor shot the film in New Orleans. Jai Courtney also stars as Kyle Reese, with Byung-hun Lee, Matt Smith, Aaron V. Williamson, Dayo Okeniyi and J.K. Simmons.

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[Sundance '15] Park City at Midnight Horror Titles with Images!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 17:07

Sundance Institute announced today the films selected to screen in the 2015 Sundance Film Festival out-of-competition sections Spotlight and Park City at Midnight, as well as the films and installations to be featured in the New Frontier program. The Festival will take place January 22 to February 1 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.

Trevor Groth, Director of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival, said, “This year’s Park City at Midnight selections have much to offer genre enthusiasts. With everything from futuristic fantasies to paranormal nightmares, it’s an all-out trip to the cinematic edge.”


From horror flicks to comedies to works that defy any genre, these unruly films will keep you edge-seated and wide awake.

Cop Car / U.S.A. (Director: Jon Watts, Screenwriters: Christopher D. Ford, Jon Watts) — Two 10-year-old boys steal an abandoned cop car. Cast: Kevin Bacon, James Freedson-Jackson, Hays Wellford, Shea Whigham, Camryn Manheim. World Premiere

The Hallow / Ireland, United Kingdom (Director: Corin Hardy, Screenwriters: Corin Hardy, Felipe Marino) — When a London-based conservationist is sent to Ireland to survey an area of ancient forest believed by the superstitious locals to be hallowed ground, he unwittingly disturbs a horde of terrifying beings and must fight to protect his family. Cast: Joseph Mawle, Bojana Novakovic, Michael McElhatton, Michael Smiley. World Premiere

Hellions / Canada (Director: Bruce McDonald, Screenwriter: Pascal Trottier) — Teenage Dora Vogel must survive a Halloween night from hell when malevolent trick-or-treaters come knocking at her door. Cast: Chloe Rose, Robert Patrick, Rossif Sutherland, Rachel Wilson, Peter DaCunha, Luke Bilyk. World Premiere

It Follows / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: David Robert Mitchell) — After a strange sexual encounter, a teenager finds herself haunted by nightmarish visions and the inescapable sense that something is after her. Cast: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto, Jake Weary, Olivia Luccardi, Lili Sepe.

Knock Knock / U.S.A. (Director: Eli Roth, Screenwriters: Eli Roth, Nicolas Lopez, Guillermo Amoedo) — Two beautiful young girls walk into a married man’s life and turn a wild fantasy into his worst nightmare. Cast: Keanu Reeves, Lorenza Izzo, Ana De Armas, Aaron Burns, Ignacia Allamand, Colleen Camp. World Premiere

The Nightmare / U.S.A. (Director: Rodney Ascher) — A documentary-horror film exploring the phenomenon of sleep paralysis through the eyes of eight people. They (and a surprisingly large number of others) often find themselves trapped between the sleeping and awake realms, unable to move but aware of their surroundings while subject to disturbing sights and sounds. World Premiere

Reversal / U.S.A. (Director: J.M Cravioto, Screenwriters: Rock Shaink, Keith Kjornes) — A gritty psychological thriller about a young woman chained in a basement of a sexual predator and manages to escape. However, right when she has a chance for freedom, she unravels a hard truth and decides to turn the tables on her captor. Cast: Tina Ivlev, Richard Tyson, Bianca Malinowski. World Premiere

Turbo Kid / Canada, New Zealand (Directors: Anouk Whissell, Francois Simard, Yoann-Karl Whissell, Screenwriters: Anouk Whissell, Francois Simard, Yoann-Karl Whissell) — In a post-apocalyptic future, The Kid, an orphaned outcast, meets a mysterious girl. They become friends until Zeus, the sadistic leader of the Wasteland, kidnaps her. The Kid must face his fears, and journey to rid the Wasteland of evil and save the girl. Cast: Munro Chambers, Laurence Leboeuf, Michael Ironside, Aaron Jeffery, Edwin Wright. World Premiere

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Wicked New ‘[REC]4: Apocalypse’ Imagery!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 16:50

Magnet Releasing shared some new images from [REC]4: Apocalypse, the fourth and final entry in the groundbreaking and terrifying [REC] horror series.

[REC]4 was directed by Jaume Balagueró, co-director of the first two films who returns for the climax of the series. Whereas [REC]3 took a slight tonal detour towards horror-comedy, [REC]4 is a return to the intense thrills and scares that helped make the [REC] franchise one of the most beloved in the horror genre.

Magnet will release the film day and date in theaters, on iTunes and On Demand everywhere on Friday, January 2nd, 2015.

“[REC]4 picks up a few hours after the gruesome events of [REC]2, where an elite squad of soldiers has infiltrated an apartment complex teeming with the victims of a demonic possession virus that has transformed them into vicious killers, in an attempt to extract a young reporter, Angela Vidal (Manuela Velasco). Angela wakes up in a high-security quarantine facility located deep in the bowels of a giant ocean freighter. But her ordeal isn’t over, as the terrifying virus has made it on board with her, taking the series to a spectacular and bloody finish on the high seas.”

The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this year in the Midnight Madness section.

It was produced by Julio Fernandez and Castelao Pictures, and co-written by Jaume Balagueró and Manu Díez.

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‘Hotel Transylvania 2′ Images Party On!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 16:45

Sony Pictures Animation announced yesterday the casting of Oscar-, Tony-, Grammy- and Emmy-winning writer, director, performer, composer and producer Mel Brooks in the sequel to the 2012 worldwide hit, Hotel Transylvania 2.

Today, we have even more images, including one of Brooks in the role of Vlad, the ancient, undead and incredibly grumpy father to Dracula (Adam Sandler). “Dracula, Mavis, Jonathan and all of their monster friends are back in the brand new comedy adventure: when the old-old-old-fashioned vampire Vlad arrives at the hotel for an impromptu family get-together, Hotel Transylvania is in for a comic collision of supernatural old-school and modern day cool.

Brooks – who takes on the role 40 years after helming the horror-comedy classic Young Frankenstein – said, “I’m having a wonderful time with the character Vlad. He’s been around for eons and he’s a pretty crabby guy. Basically, he reminds me of me.”

Hotel Transylvania 2 is slated for a September 25, 2015 release, and is being directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, produced by Michelle Murdocca, executive-produced by Sandler, Allen Covert,and Ben Waisbren, and written by Robert Smigel.

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Laugher ‘What We Do In the Shadows’ Gets U.S. Trailer!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 16:42

What We Do In the Shadows (read our review), a mockumentary/comedy written, directed by, and starring Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords, Men In Black 3) and Academy Award nominee Taika Waititi (Boy, Eagle vs. Shark), finally has a U.S. trailer ahead of its February 13, 2015 release.

Diving deep into the throes of vampire life in New Zealand, What We Do In The Shadows introduces us to age-old vampire flatmates Vladislav (862 years old, played by Clement) Viago (379 years old, played by Waititi), Deacon (183 years old) and Petyr (8,000 years old). Stuck in their antiquated ways, they struggle to adjust to 21st century customs, like paying rent, sharing household chores and getting expressly invited into nightclubs. Enter 20-something hipster Nick, who Petyr turns to get an inside education on the modern world. What follows includes a whole lot of discovery: from fashion to technology and even a little feeling — all laced in continuous hilarity, of course.

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[TV Review] “American Horror Story: Freak Show” Ep 4.8, ‘Blood Bath’

bloody disgusting - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 16:23

WARNING: Full Spoilers Ahead

This week’s episode of “American Horror Story” was a vast improvement from last week’s. Though I will say it still feels utterly scattered and stuffed to the brim with plot. It’s hard to feel emotionally connected to any plotline or character arc when there are so many. But there were some solid individual scenes in “Blood Bath” and some really decent performances.

I really enjoyed the last stand between Elsa and Ethel, or as I am now calling it, The Battle of the Accents. Two wonderful actresses having a very dramatic moment together. It was pure acting and done very well. I didn’t really care about the things being said or the directionality of the conversation (I find it hard to believe Ethel would believe Elsa killed Ma Petite no matter what she overheard last week, and I find it even harder to believe that she would decide to kill Elsa), but the drama that these two award winning actresses were able to conjure was supreme.

I didn’t have much of an emotional response to Ethel’s death. In fact I was slightly annoyed because all it did was cause Jimmy to drink and cry for 40 minutes. So. Much. Awkward. Crying. I’m not saying he should be a machine and suck it up or anything, but wow, they really got their mileage out of his contrived sobs. I’m not sure why I’ve loved Peters so much in the past. This season feels like he’s never acted before in his life. Between his drunken ramblings, his overdramatic yelling, and his childlike weeping…I just can’t with him anymore.

One of the great scenes this week was the ladies retribution on Penny “The Great Lizard Girl’s” father. When all the lady “freaks” decide no more!…they kidnap Penny’s father, tar and feather him and intend on killing him (only after cutting his dick off… I freaking love Desiree). But Penny has a really powerful moment, deciding to let him live. And her speech to him is simply rad. The entire scene was really strong, from the horror to the drama to the triumph.

The rest of the episode dealt quite a bit with Dandy and his mother. Those of you who read my reviews know that I love Dandy more than anything. I think Wittrock has completely surprised us all this season. I feel confident in saying that no one could have expected how overwhelmingly awesome he would become throughout the season from the first episode. And to be paired with Frances Conroy, wow. I love that pair. I was happy to get more of her in “Blood Bath.” We learned her past, including her past sins and how they “contributed” to Dandy’s psychopathy. But her greatest contribution to the episode, and I guess really the entire season, is how she highlights Dandy’s illness by simply being around him. Conroy is such a phenomenal actress she barely needs to say a word to essentially blast a spotlight on Wittrock’s character. Without her, his crazy would be less sociopathic and less interesting. This point is proven in a very visceral way this week when he kills her and literally bathes in her blood (I was pretty happy about clever episode title being both metaphorical and literal). Basically, Dandy would have been nothing in “Blood Bath” without his mother to prop him up as a suitable psychopath.

All in all, I didn’t hate this episode. I didn’t love it. It definitely didn’t leave a lasting impact, even with all the major deaths. As I mentioned above, there were some great performances and individual scenes. At this point it feels useless to complain about the hurried storylines and over-packed episodes because that’s just how “AHS” is, has always been, and will probably always be. With only a few episodes left, I will say that as annoyed as I get with the show, it tries something that nothing else tries. It doesn’t always succeed and often times it makes a heaping mess of itself. But it’s hard to truly hate a show that is doing something no other show has the balls to do. (I don’t quite know what that something is, but we all know it’s there).

A few stray thoughts on the episode:

It’s weird that we only heard the voice of Dandy’s therapist. I’m curious to see if that will be one of the many tie-ins we have been teased with, or if it was just a stylistic choice.

The Axeman Returneth! It was fun to see that pairing again and makes you wonder if the theory about all the seasons being connected because the characters are stuck in a looped sort of hell is true.

I’m slightly shocked Stanley has stuck around. The second word travels about the tiny new oddity soaking in formaldehyde at a museum, he’s going to be the prime suspect. I would have thought he’d move on to new things by now. The fact that he’s still stringing Elsa along with that Hollywood bullshit, and the fact that she still believes it is painful.

Before Ethel died she mentioned to Elsa that she hid the twins away in a safe place. Ethel’s dead now. Let’s hope she told someone else where she put them. Or actually let’s not hope for that because it might make for a fun storyline.

How did you like “Blood Bath?” Does Gabourey Sidibe annoy anyone else or is that just me?

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