Netflix has announced that it will adapt Sarah Pinborough’s thriller novel 13 Minutes, a story that sounds like it’s taken inspiration from Pi and The Number 23, according to Variety. The novel received high praise from Stephen King.
In the book, which came out earlier this year, “…a young, popular high school student named Natasha is found in a freezing river, supposedly having drowned and been dead for 13 minutes before she is brought back to life. After that, her friends start acting distant and she begins finding patterns with the number 13 all around her.”
Produced by Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage, Michael De Luca, and Trevor Engelson, 13 Minutes will be adapted by Savage and Schwartz.
With all the excitement surrounding Adam Wingard’s Blair Witch, I think it’s easy to forget that he’s also got another high-profile movie in the works: the Netflix live-action adaptation of the wildly popular anime/manga Death Note, which was written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata.
Now, it’s been revealed by Mashable that Willem Dafoe (Spiderman, The Boondock Saints, Antichrist) has been confirmed as the voice of Ryuk the Shinigami, the demonic entity that drops the Death Note book in the human realm for his own personal amusement.
Wingard proclaims, “I am honored to be working with this great cast and I look forward to bringing Tsugumi and Takeshi’s unique story to a global audience.”
“‘Death Note’ follows a high school student who comes across a supernatural notebook, realizing it holds within it a great power; if the owner inscribes someone’s name into it while picturing their face, he or she will die. Intoxicated with his new godlike abilities, the young man begins to kill those he deems unworthy of life.”
The movie stars Nat Wolff (Paper Towns, The Fault in Our Stars) as Light Turner; Margaret Qualley (The Nice Guys, The Leftovers) as Mia Sutton; Keith Stanfield (Straight Outta Compton, Dope, Short Term 12) as “L”; Paul Nakauchi (Alpha and Omega) as Watari; and Shea Whigham (“Agent Carter”, “Boardwalk Empire”) as James Turner.
The film will be produced by Roy Lee (The Ring, The Departed), Dan Lin (The Lego Movie, Sherlock Holmes), Jason Hoffs (Edge of Tomorrow), and Masi Oka (“Heroes Reborn”, “Hawaii-Five-0”).
Lee and Din add, “Our vision for Death Note has always been to bring this captivating story to the screen for its longtime manga fans and to introduce the world to this dark and mysterious masterpiece. The talent and diversity represented in our cast, writing, and producing teams reflect our belief in staying true to the story’s concept of moral relevance — a universal theme that knows no racial boundaries.”
At the turn of the century, there was no director who was more popular than M. Night Shyamalan. After directing the Rosie O’Donnell film Wide Awake in 1998, he unleashed The Sixth Sense upon the world in 1999. That film is regarded as one of the greatest horror movies of all time, and that is mostly thanks to the twist ending. This isn’t to say that the film doesn’t stand up on its own apart from the twist. It absolutely does, but the consensus is that the twist is the most memorable thing about the movie. The success of that film would be both a blessing and a curse for Shyamalan, who set incredibly high expectations for all of his subsequent films.
After the enormous success of The Sixth Sense, Shymalan wrote and directed the Bruce Willis/Samuel L. Jackson superhero movie Unbreakable. While critical reaction was mostly positive, audience reception was lukewarm at best. The film has since gained a rather sizable cult following, but in 2000 it was considered a creative disappointment despite earning back over three times its budget.
Two years later, Shyamalan returned with Signs, starring Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix and a very young Abigail Breslin and Rory Culkin. Released 14 years ago today, Signs had a lot of buzz leading up to it’s premiere. It wouldn’t be until after Lady in the Water when Shyamalan truly started to become the butt of every joke in Hollywood. Signs received critical acclaim (it’s his second best-reviewed film), with many praising it for it’s buildup and level of suspense while criticizing its payoff.
The payoff, of course, is the half-assed attempt at a twist during the film’s climax. As many of you probably already know, the aliens who are attempting to take over the world have a severe allergy to water, an element that makes up 71% of the earth’s surface. It certainly makes them seem a lot less intelligent than you would think they would be. As misguided as that twist was, the rest of the film does hold up. It is also home to one of the greatest jump scares in cinema history. If there is one thing to be said for Signs, it’s that it shows the “less is more” approach can work wonders for a film. There are hardly any jump scares in the film, which is why the alien’s reveal is so effective.
The film also boasts strong performances from the entire cast. Mel Gibson is good, but the film belongs to Phoenix. Early career performances from Culkin and Breslin are also impressive. One thing that Shymalan has always excelled at is injecting a brooding atmosphere into his films. Even trash like The Happening does a pretty decent job at creating an atmosphere for its killer plant world.
Made on a budget of $72 million ($3 million less than that of Unbreakable), Signs was a huge success. It grossed $227.9 million domestically and $180.2 million internationally for a worldwide total of $408.2 million. While the opinion on the film has cooled in the 14 years since its release, it is still notable for being Shyamalan’s second highest grossing film after The Sixth Sense.
I remember seeing Signs with my uncle when on one of my annual summer trips to visit my grandparents (I was 13). I thought it was fine at the time but it’s one of those movies where I like it a little bit more each time I watch it. What are your thoughts on Signs? Do you think it’s Shyamalan’s last good film (I was a huge fan of The Visit, which proved to be equally as divisive)? Or are you not a fan? Share your thoughts and memories on the film in the comments below!
Are you a horror master? Do you know bits of genre trivia that astound even the most dedicated of gorehounds? If so, this week’s quiz is right up your alley!
Below is a 21-question quiz and it’s up to you to see if you can correctly answer the challenging questions. Some are easy, some are hard, and some will make you scratch your head. But I have faith in you all!
My result was “You Can Definitely Survive!“, which explains the following:
You Can Definitely Survive The Ultimate Horror Movie Trivia Quiz! According to your answers, you have more than enough knowledge to survive any in-depth discourse on this intriguing genre! From the silent era to meta-horror, your mind is a plethora of horror movie trivia. No matter the movie anyone might bring up, you have either seen it, or read enough about it and its context to give a verbal dissertation on its faults and merits! Happy horror-ing!
Head on down and let us know in the comments how you did!
On Monday Mr. Disgusting had the exclusive on the return of Vestron Video with the Blu-ray release of Chopping Mall! Today we have more exciting news as additional titles have been announced to be coming from Vestron Video via Lionsgate. Chopping Mall will get things started on September 27th and joining in on that same day to kick things off will be Blood Diner! Blood Diner is a whole lot of 80’s cheese as it attempts to make a loose sequel/remake of the Herschell Gordon Lewis splatter classic, Blood Feast. Much like the Chopping Mall Blu-ray, Blood Diner is going to come loaded with bonus content!
BLOOD DINER BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
- AUDIO COMMENTARY with Director Jackie Kong
- “Queen Kong”
- “The Cook, The Uncle, and The Detective”
- “Open for Business”
- “Scoring for Sheetar!”
- “You Are What They Eat”
- Archival Interview with Project Consultant Eric Caidin
- Theatrical Trailer
- TV Spots
- Still Gallery
In order to raise an ancient Egyptian goddess, two cannibalistic brothers use their restaurant to add something special to the menu in Blood Diner.
Ok so if we just stopped at getting Chopping Mall and Blood Diner on Blu-ray that would be super rad and I’d be thrilled, but it’s the other titles Lionsgate has lined up for this Vestron Video Collector’s Series that has me leaping with joy. No word on release dates or special features yet, but here are the three other titles currently in the works:
Waxwork and Waxwork II: Lost in Time Double Feature
Return of the Living Dead 3
C.H.U.D. II: Bud the CHUD
It’s ok, I needed a moment too. Go ahead and take it all in.
Return of the Living Dead 3?!? On Blu?!? What?!? Another Brian Yuzna classic is coming to Blu-ray! What a time to be alive my friends. As of now only these 5 releases have been announced, but I’m hopefully this is just the beginning. Lionsgate has the rights to a lot of classic 80’s horror titles and if they truly hope this vault up we could have a lot of goodies headed our way.
The suggested retail price for these releases is set at $39.99, which may sound like a lot at first but that’s in line with a lot of the Arrow Video releases and the Scream Factory Collector’s Editions. If that’s the market Lionsgate is going for and the quality their aiming to achieve then that price is certainly justified. Gauging from the special features for their first two releases they seem to be on the right track. If you look I’m sure you’ll be able to find deals on these as the release dates get closer. Best Buy already has a pre-order link up for Chopping Mall and it’s currently $27.99.
As we get more details on future releases we’ll certainly pass them on. In the meantime rejoice horror fans, the home video market is starting to get a lot more crowded and we should be welcoming that fact with open arms!
A trailer for Park Chan-wook’s The Handmaiden has been released and can be seen below. However, I should tell you not to expect too much in the way of explaining the story as it’s a series of beautifully composed shots with zero dialogue, all set to a pounding, almost chaotic cue.
The movie is inspired by the crime drama novel “Fingersmith”, which was written by British author Sarah Waters.
“Park presents a gripping and sensual tale of a young Japanese Lady living on a secluded estate, and a Korean woman who is hired to serve as her new handmaiden, but who is secretly involved in a conman’s plot to defraud her of her large inheritance.”
Starring Kim Min-hee, Ha Jung-woo, Kim Tae-ri, The Handmaiden will be released in theaters on October 14th.
We actually have a fairly decent amount of releases for the beginning of a month, folks. This is most likely attributable to the Halloween season being not too far in the distance. Pretty soon, classic movies will be getting re-released as “Collector’s Editions” or as part of a multitude of collections that will be flooding your local shelves in the coming months.
Speaking of classic movies getting re-released, the 1978 version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers is coming to Blu-ray – and guess what? It’s a collector’s edition but unfortunately does not come with an authentic replica of Donald Sutherland’s mustache.
Our other classic release this week is 1971’s The Night Visitor. This too is getting the hi-def treatment but is just a regular old Blu-ray.
As for discrepancies, we’ve got two to talk about. Both Blackburn and Terrordactyl originally had August 2nd as their release date. Now they currently show as unavailable. Hopefully if you’re looking for either, you are successful.
Lastly, the rest of our release list consists of more recent movies. Probably the standout of these would be this year’s Observance. If you haven’t seen it yet, definitely try to check it out.
The Binding (2015)
Max Adler, Larry Cedar
Once upon a time, God Almighty appeared before one of the chosen, and commanded that he slay his own flesh and blood. Perhaps that time has come again…
Sarah Iman (Amy Gumenick, “Arrow”, “TURN: Washington’s Spies”) is a young mother and faithful minister’s wife. Her religious devotion and idyllic home life, however, are put to the ultimate test when she is forced to uncover the truth behind her husband’s horrific visions. As tensions rise and secrets come to light, Sarah soon finds herself spiraling toward a terrifying choice between faith and blood.
A tale of unthinkable horror in the tradition of Rosemary’s Baby, writer/director Gus Krieger’s journey into the darkest corners of one family’s faith features supporting performances by Leon Russom (True Grit, “Prison Break”) and Larry Cedar (The Crazies, “Deadwood”), with special guest appearances by Max Adler (“Glee”), Catherine Parker (Absentia) and Stuart Pankin (The Artist).
Elma Begovic, Annette Wozniak, Jordan Gray
While on her bachelorette party getaway, Casey, the bride to be, gets a seemingly harmless bite from an unknown insect which has monstrous results
Lochlyn Munro, Ken Kirzinger, Calum Worthy
A forest fire and rock-slide trap five bickering college friends in a small Alaskan ghost town with a horrifying history. When they seek refuge inside the torched ruins of Blackburn Asylum they must fight to survive as the angry inhabitants slaughter the friends one-by-one.
Female Werewolf (2015) (August 1st)
Carrie Gemmell, Shauna Henry, Cheryl Singleton
From indie filmmaker Chris Alexander (Blood for Irina and Queen of Blood) comes Female Werewolf, an intimate psychodrama about one woman’s search for sex and sanity. “She” (Carrie Gemmell) is a girl in the grip of a waking feverish dream, who is a slave to erotic and bloody fantasies that are slowly seeping into the grind of her sterile reality. As her sexual tensions and anxieties spiral, she slips into madness, believing that she might be turning into a monster.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray)
Donald Sutherland, Leonard Nimoy, Brooke Adams, Jeff Goldblum, Veronica Cartwright
San Francisco health inspectors find alien pods are taking over people as they sleep.
Most Likely to Die (2016)
Perez Hilton, Heather Morris, Jake Busey
A group of former classmates gather for a pre-party at one of their homes the night before their 10-year high school reunion. One by one, they are brutally slain in a manner befitting each of their senior yearbook superlatives.
As the body count climbs, Gaby is forced to admit that one of her friends may be a psychotic killer. But who? The Jock? The Class President? The Prankster? With their numbers dwindling, suspicion and mistrust pit friend against friend in a deadly race against time. At this reunion it doesn t matter what you were voted as in high school… Now everyone is Most Likely To Die!
The Night Visitor (1971)
Max Von Sydow, Liv Ullmann, Trevor Howard
A powerful Gothic suspense tale of a man wrongly accused of murder, who is committed to an asylum for the criminally insane. While imprisoned, he makes a series of incredible escapes to methodically wreak vengeance on those responsible for putting him there.
Lindsay Farris, Stephanie King, Brendan Cowell, John Jarratt, Benedict Hardie
Atmospherically creepy and visually unnerving, Australia s Joseph Sims-Dennett’s startling feature film debut follows Parker, a young man in the grip of grief following the death of his young son, his marriage on the rocks and nearing bankruptcy, but who reluctantly returns to work as a private investigator. His assignment it to observe a woman from an abandoned apartment, and as her watches bizarre happenings surrounding her, he slowly becomes aware that the derelict building he is in has a dark presence which slowly threatens to consume him. A frightening horror tale of a man spiraling into madness and reminiscent of Roman Polanski’s The Tenant, Hitchcock’s Rear Window, and the works of David Cronenberg and David Lynch.
Melina Matthews, Geraldine Chaplin, Tony Corvillo, Ariadna Cabrol, Mark Schardan
On July 21 2012, in the mountains of the Emporda county, near the Spanish border with France, an Archaeology PhD student and three friends, go into a bunker searching for pieces of art supposedly stolen by the Nazis. However, when they open a secret chamber, they only find a few piles of dusty boxes containing small tablets of Panzer Chocolate; which was widely distributed among German soldiers in the 1940’s. Soon, the peaceful lives of the four unlucky friends turn into a scary nightmare, and they find themselves running for their lives.
The Suffering (2016)
Nick Apostolides, Regen Wilson, Elizabeth Deo
A property appraiser fights for his sanity when he’s trapped on a rural farm inhabited by sinister beings overseen by a mysterious caretaker.
Summer Camp (2016)
Diego Boneta, Maiara Walsh, Jocelin Donahue, Andrés Velencoso
Four American counselors at a European summer camp must deal with the outbreak of a rage-inducing plague among children…
David Landry, Jason Tobias
Following a meteor shower, ancient flying reptiles launch a full assault on Los Angeles, and it is up to two unlikely heroes, Jonas and Lars, to save the day.
Analeigh Tipton, , Michael Kelly, Sofia Black-D’Elia, Brianne Howey, Travis Tope
Teenage sisters Emma (Sofia Black-D’Elia) and Stacey (Analeigh Tipton) live a normal life, until their small suburban neighborhood is stricken with a mysterious parasitic virus. As the disease rapidly spreads throughout the town, the two band together to barricade themselves from infection. But it may already be too late – when the virus enters their home, the sisters are faced with an impossible choice: protect each other, or survive the virus.
Farm Plus 4 Films: Mother’s Day Massacre / Deadfall Trail / Puppet Master / Memory
Freddie Meyer, Michael Hotop, Adam Scarimboloo, Billy Zane, Ann-Margret
Two brothers, bound by the monotony of their rural farm life, find their existence upended by a deadly secret in this apocalyptic zombie thriller.
Mother’s Day Massacre
What Jim finds while searching for his mother is not the open arms of a loving family—it’s the sharp end of a hatchet…wielded by a demented hillbilly and his backward brother.
Three campers head into the wilderness for a bare-bones expedition, but when the situation becomes desperate, the building tension reaches a breaking point.
Andre Toulon’s demonic crew of puppets unleash their murderous talents on unsuspecting victims.
When Dr. Taylor Briggs is exposed to a mysterious drug while lecturing in Brazil, he is forced to relive the dark, twisted memories of a killer whose work may not be over.
It’s difficult to believe that Wes Craven died almost a whole year ago. Today would have been his 77th birthday. Craven passed away last August after a battle with brain cancer. He was known for directing seminal horror films like A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream and The Last House on the Left, along with the occasional non-horror film like the Meryl Streep-starring Music of the Heart.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio and raised in a strict Baptist household, Craven earned a degree in psychology from Wheaton University in Illinois before obtaining a master’s degree in philosophy and writing from Johns Hopkins University. Shortly after graduating, he began teaching at various universities and purchased a 16mm camera that he used to make short films. This eventually led him into the world of pornography as he filmed several X-rated films under various pseudonyms, the most famous of which being The Fireworks Woman under the name Abe Snake (he even has a cameo in that film).
Shortly before The Fireworks Woman (which was released in 1975), Craven broke into the film industry in 1972 with his rape-revenge film The Last House on the Left, shocking audiences and appalling some critics (it was even banned in the United Kingdom). From there he went on to film The Hills Have Eyes, Deadly Blessing (a truly underrated gem) and Swamp Thing before cementing his status as a master of horror with the release of 1984’s A Nightmare on Elm Street and the creation of one of horror cinema’s most recognizable villains: Freddy Krueger.
After a string of critical and commercial failures (Deadly Friend, Shocker) and moderate successes (The Serpent and the Rainbow, The People Under the Stairs), Craven returned to the franchise that made him famous with Wes Craven’s New Nightmare in 1994 before re-defining horror again with Scream in 1996. Outside of the Scream franchise, Craven never found much critical or commercial success again, with the exception of 2005’s Red Eye.
This is of course an abbreviated version of Craven’s career, but we wanted to shine a light on the man since we are nearing the anniversary of his death and commemorate his life and work. Share your thoughts and memories of Craven in the comments below and celebrate this wonderful man who was taken from us far too soon. Happy Birthday, Wes Craven. You were one of a kind.
Ever since news of the Evil Dead 2 board game was announced last month, fans have been eagerly awaiting its arrival, and after absolutely crushing its Kickstarter campaign, our dream of giving deadite scum a fistful of boomstick from the comfort of our own living rooms is about to come a reality.
Now, thanks to the fine folks over at Space Goat Productions, we have some brand new images to share from the game itself. Needless to say, they’re looking groovy.
Right now, we’re living in a beautiful world, people. While we wait for the release of this kick-ass board game next year, we’ll also be treated to a brand new season of “Ash vs. Evil Dead” on our TV screens. You’re excited? Feel these nipples.
From the Press Release:
The officially licensed Evil Dead 2 Board Game is the tabletop experience Evil Dead 2 fans have been dying for–featuring at least 8 custom figures with art depicting the terrifying and iconic characters, monsters, and locales from the cult classic film. 2-6 players will work together in 60- to 90-minute sessions to gather pages of the Ex-Mortis while trying to survive demon attacks, supernatural events, and avoid turning into evil deadites themselves.
Bloody Disgusting will be on hand at Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Convention to cover the 20th anniversary reunion of the 1996 Wes Craven classic Scream featuring personal appearances by Neve Campbell (Sydney Prescott), Matthew Lillard (Stu Macher), and Skeet Ulrich (Billy Loomis).
The trio will host an outdoor showing of Scream (1996) on a giant screen on Saturday, August 6, 2016 including an extended discussion as they share their experiences making Wes Craven’s masterpiece.
Additional guests include Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange); a 20th Anniversary reunion of The CRaft featuring Neve Campbell, Rachel True, Skeet Ulrich; Ash vs Evil Dead stars Ted Raimi (Season Two) and Jill Marie Jones (Season One); and special effects legend Robert Kurtzman (KNB co-founder), and Chicago Horror Host legend Svengoolie (Rich Koz).
In honor of Scream, a huge Final Girls and Slashers reunion featuring:
FINAL GIRLS – Neve Campbell (Scream), Adrienne King (Friday the 13th), Amy Steel (Friday the 13th Part 2), Sharni Vinson (You’re Next), Melanie Kinnaman (Friday the 13th: A New Beginning), Kathleen Kinmont (Bride of Re-Animator, Halloween 4).
SLASHERS – Julian Sands (Warlock 1 + 2), Andrew Divoff – Djinn – (The Wishmaster 1 & 2), Chris Durand – Michael Myers (Halloween H20) & Ghostface, (Scream 2), Tom Morga Jason (Friday the 13th: A New Beginning) & Michael Myers (Halloween 4), Bob Elmore Leatherface (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2).
Rob Zombie’s 31 reunion – Malcolm McDowell, Meg Foster, Judy Geeson, and the killer clowns Pancho Moler (Sick Head), and David Ury (Schizo Head).
Evening Film Screenings include the eagly awaited Phantasm: Remastered 4K digital restoration of Don Coscarelli’s 1979 Horror Classic. Phantasm: Remastered showings at the Carmike Muvico Rosemont introduced by Don Coscarelli.
Bloody Disgusting will be screening shorts from the newly launched World of Death prior to the screenings.
As Fantasia‘s 20th anniversary comes to a close in Montreal all eyes are looking toward the fall festivals for the next wave of genre discoveries. With the Quebec based event hosting an industry market it seems a local project just might be the next hot ticket. Selected and pitched in Frontieres co-production section, the team for Brain Freeze emerged as one of the strongest titles thanks to a stunning proof of concept. Watch the Canadian winter set showcase below for a look at an evergreen style bio-zombie with the cutest survivor evading being eaten up. Thanks to ScreenDaily for finding the video online after the presentation.
This is a proof of concept for an upcoming zombie movie with Roy Dupuis directed by Julien Knafo and produced by Barbara Shrier from Palomar film. It takes places in Montréal Quebec in the middle of a very cold winter. It’s a dark comedy (think Shaun of the dead / Zombieland) that wants to take the zombie genre to an all new level.
I watch a lot of movies and a fair amount of those you could call bizarre or strange. In fact I’d say I try to seek those type of films out. Out of all the films I have ever seen, I’ve never seen anything that comes close to Dangerous Men. It’s nearly indescribable and something you’ll never forget.
**Now before I get into this, I will be giving spoilers, sort of. I’m not sure how you can spoil something that makes no sense, but you’ve been warned.**
In terms of plot it’s pretty incoherent. There’s a very loose outline of a story about a woman named Mira (Melody Wiggins) seeking revenge on basically all men because a biker killed her fiancé, Daniel (Coti Cook). Mira and Daniel are recently engaged and they’re just getting ready to start their lives together. They go to spend a lovely evening at the beach when a couple of bikers, Tiger (Gorge Derby) & Leo (John Clure), happen upon them. Tiger decides he wants a piece of Mira and orders Leo to take care of Daniel until he’s done. Unfortunately for poor Leo, Daniel is more than he bargained for and ends up choking Leo until he’s dead. Tiger sees that and rushes to stab Daniel to death. Tiger ends up so distraught by the death of his only friend that he can’t even finish raping Mira and sadly walks off the beach. Mira then runs after Tiger claiming she’s glad that “wimp” Daniel is dead.
Tiger and Mira end up at a rundown hotel and I do mean rundown. Mira, in an attempt to be sexy, tells Tiger she’s going to shower to get ready for him and then proceeds to enter a shower that you’d expect to see in a $25-a-night motel room in Amarillo, Texas. Maybe you’ve never stayed in a $25-a-night motel room in Amarillo, but I have and it ain’t pretty. The tiles are all broken up and you can see the pipes inside the walls, just nasty all around. So Mira gets freshened up in that shower and returns with a towel draped around her. Mira tells Tiger to begin with her knees and then drops the towel revealing full front nudity.
Tiger begins to start kissing and tickling Mira’s knees, which is weird. He moves from her knees to her belly button and then that’s when things get crazy. Mira pulls a knife from her butt cheeks. You literally see a knife in between Mira’s butt cheeks, which are squeezed together to hold it in place. She pulls the knife out and stabs Tiger to death. Logistically, this makes no sense. How did she walk with that knife between her cheeks? At best that seems insanely dangerous. But screw logistics, this is memorable!
Oh and after Tiger is dead, Mira shakes her fist at him just to further salt the wound.
Now that Mira has her revenge she attempts to get home and in order to do so she hitch-hikes a ride from an old British man. This old man seems harmless at first but then he randomly pulls over his truck and attempts to rape Mira at gun point. Mira, the smart girl she is pretends to be into and attempts to seduce the man long enough to pull out her knife, the same one she had in her buttocks, and holds it to this dude’s junk. She then makes him get completely naked and wander the desert while she stills his truck.
The next 5 minutes or so are spent with this British man walking around the desert naked, mumbling too himself. He has nothing to with the rest of the movie and yet spend a good chunk of time with him. It’s so insanely strange. You think maybe he’s going to work his way back into the plot. Nope!
On the other side of LA, at least I think that’s where this movie takes place, Daniel’s brother, who is an unnamed Police Detective, is hassling another police officer to find his brother’s killer. Daniel’s brother, from her on out referred to as Police Detective, is supposed to be on vacation, but naturally he wants to catch his brother’s killer. His fellow police officer, who also goes unnamed, keeps saying, “hey, aren’t you supposed to be on vacation?” I guess Police Detective’s brother being dead doesn’t register as that big of a deal.
Now this other police officer, he gets a call from his girlfriend who complains that he never has time for her. He explains that he’s a police officer and his time is limited. She doesn’t take this news very well and he basically shrugs and is like, “it is what it is.” But then it cuts to the two of them having sex! And then it cuts back to him at the police station. Oh and that police station is just a room with a desk and a chair. The highest production values you’ll ever find.
Then flip back to Mira who is now spending time with prostitutes to kill them but also learn from them? I’m not entirely sure, but she spends a lovely evening with one particular prostitute and the two talk it out until they both end up in tears. So that happens.
We catch back up with the Police Detective who has now made his way to a biker bar because he somehow knows bikers killed his brother. He then wants to find out who their leader is. Not sure why, there’s no evidence that the leader of these bikers killed Daniel, but I guess it’s best to start with the top. He finds out the leader’s name it Black Pepper (Bryan Jenkins) and finds out where he lives. Unfortunately once he gets into a showdown with Black Pepper, Black Pepper wins and runs off. Luckily Police Detective’s sergeant (I guess) shows up and chases Black Pepper into the house of a blind woman. Then the movie ends with a freeze frame.
The movie ends with a freeze frame of three people on the screen who were just introduced into the movie within the last twenty minutes or so. These are not main characters. The blind woman was just introduced in this very scene. She has like a minute of screen time and she’s in the final freeze frame. This doesn’t make sense.
Dangerous Men is the most incompetently made movie I have ever seen, hands down. The Room looks like the work of P.T. Anderson when compared to this. And it’s not for a lack of effort or a film being hastily rushed together. Rad started this movie in 1984 and it took nearly two decades to finish. He put a lot of time and effort into this and it just didn’t work out, at least not in the traditional sense.
The film has a lot of issues with the biggest being the editing. In addition to writer, directing, producer and scoring, Rad served as the editor. I’m not sure Rad edited anything. This is just the footage he had pieced together. The pacing is so clunky and the film jumps around with no flow. I’m sure editing with no plot is hard, but this probably could have been smoothed out some.
Dangerous Men is the latest release from Drafthouse Films and it’s comparable to Miami Connection, though even that film is much better made. Miami Connection for example may suffer from a wide variety of issues from a pure filmmaking aspect, but at least the fight scenes are choreographed excellently. The fight scenes in Dangerous Men? They’re hilariously bad.
So yeah, technically speaking Dangerous Men is a horrendous movie. But oh my god is it a ton of fun. It’s not as fun as Miami Connection but it’s really close. I mean, the chick pulled a knife out of her buttocks, that’s amazing! How can you not love that? For all the issues John S. Rad had as a filmmaker, he certainly wasn’t afraid to try things and we should appreciate that.
Also, Dangerous Men is probably the only movie with a knee fetish. All the sex scenes have these weird moments with knees.
The Blu-ray is an absolute must. There’s a commentary with Bryan Connolly and Zack Carlson, the authors of Destroy All Movies!!! The Complete Guide to Punks on Film. I haven’t listened to that commentary yet, but there are three other special features that are awesome. There’s a documentary called That’s So John Rad from filmmakers Tim Skousen and Jeremy Coon (Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made). In this doc Skousen and Coon set out to find other individuals that saw the original 2005 LA run of Dangerous Men. This is a really good look at the cult following behind the film and even features interviews with Rad’s daughter and grandchildren. In addition to this doc there is an interview with Peter Palian, the film’s DP who stuck around for the entire 20+ year production of the film. He gives some wonderful insight on the what it was like to work with Rad. And finally the capper is a full episode of Queer Edge with Jack E. Jett, a public access television show in which Rad was a guest.
Dangerous Men is a wonder to behold. It represents the best and worst of renegade, indie filmmaking all at once. It serves as inspiration, while also being a cautionary tale. It’s a beautiful mess that you’ll never forget.
Each week here at Bloody Disgusting we like to highlight some of the new Blu-ray releases hitting shelves across the world. Please note that this isn’t every release for the week, just a few of the ones that jumped out at us.
Welcome to the first week of August releases! We’ve got some good ones. Here in the US we get Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Batman: The Killing Joke to lead this week’s releases. And over in the UK Arrow has released a collection of David Cronenberg’s early works. Not a bad way to start the month!
Viral (Starz/Anchor Bay, Region A)
Following the outbreak of a virus that wipes out the majority of the human population, a young woman documents her family’s new life in quarantine and tries to protect her infected sister.
Saving Mr. Wu (Well Go USA, Region A)
Mr. Wu is kidnapped in Beijing by Zhang Hua and three accomplices, all disguised as cops and demanding a ransom of 3 million RMB. In the ensuing 20 hours, the Chinese detectives led by Chief Xing quickly form a task force and sweep the city. Time is of the essence though as Mr. Wu is ordered to be killed at 9pm regardless of whether the money is collected or not. The police eventually apprehend Hua alone and a dangerous mental showdown develops between police interrogators and Hua.
Samurai 7: The Complete Series (FUNimation, Region A)
Samurai 7 is set in a futuristic world that has just seen the end of a massive war, many villages are being terrorized by Nobuseri bandits. The Nobuseri are no normal bandits. They were once men, but during the war they modifed themselves with machines to become living weapons and now apprear as more machine than man. A group of villagers decide to hire samurai to protect their village. These men of valor are as skilled as they are unique.
Lazer Team (Starz/Anchor Bay, Region A)
After billions of years of thinking we are alone in the universe we decode a message (in the 60s) telling us we are not alone, and that the universe is a dangerous place and that we are going to be attacked. Luckily, the coded message came from a friendly alien race that fathered and protected us over the years. And now they are giving us the tools to fight back (in the form power armor). But the delivery service takes a long time (I’m assuming over 30 mins because they get the suit for free), and during those loooong decades waiting for that cargo ship to arrive with their one power suit, they choose a champion of earth to train to wear the suit and defend the earth! Then the ship finally arrives… Only to get shot down by 4 morons who play with the suit and ultimately get one piece each stuck to them. Now they need to work with the government to train these 4 morons with individual pieces attached to them. Will they save the day or will they stand around contemplating life?
Observance (Artsploitation, Region A)
In the grip of grief following the death of his young son, his marriage on the rocks and nearing bankruptcy, Parker reluctantly returns to work as a private investigator. Embarking on an unusual assignment to observe a woman from an abandoned apartment, Parker witnesses bizarre happenings surrounding her, unaware that the derelict building that he surveys her from has birthed a dark presence which slowly threatens to consume him.
The Binding (Scream Factory, Region A)
A young woman’s faith is put to the ultimate test when she is forced to uncover the truth behind her husband’s horrific visions.
High-Rise (Magnet, Region A)
An ultramodern skyscraper offers its residents everything they might need, becoming a sort of strongly class-conscious society isolated from the outside world. A false utopia that fragments and culminates in an orgy of violence. With this adaptation of High-Rise, J.G. Ballard’s key work, Ben Wheatley directs his most ambitious film to date, backed by a star-studded cast.
Rawhide (Kino Lorber, Region A)
A stagecoach stop employee and a stranded woman traveler find themselves at the mercy of four desperate outlaws intent on robbing the next day’s gold shipment.
The Mark of Zorro (Kino Lorber, Region A)
Tyrone Power stars as 19th century nobleman Don Diego de Vega, whose father, the mayor of Los Angeles, is removed from office by the sinister Captain Pasquale (Basil Rathbone), and a new corrupt “alcalde.” By day, the crooked politicians rob the citizenry at every turn, and at night, Don Diego, wearing a mask, defies their laws and avenges the innocents. As he leaves his trademark – the letter “Z” – wherever he goes, he also leaves an impression on the mayor’s niece, (Linda Darnell), who can’t help but love the hero in disguise.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Scream Factory, Region A)
When filmy sprees fall from space and take root in San Francisco, the city is beautifully transformed by spectacular and exotic flowers. But these lovely extra-terrestrial blossoms have gruesome plans for their Earthly admirers: to slowly clone their bodies- and then dispose of the originals!
Batman: The Killing Joke (Warner Bros, Region A)
The history of the Clown Prince of Crime, from his humble beginnings as a struggling comedian to his fateful encounter with Batman that changes both of their lives forever. Years later, and now escaped from Arkham Asylum, The Joker devises a plan to prove that one bad day can make anyone as insane as he is.
Red Sonja: Queen of Plagues (Shout Factory, Region A)
Red Sonja, the She-Devil with a Sword, intends to pay back a blood debt owed to the one man who has gained her respect… even if it means leading a doomed army to their certain deaths! Who is Dark Annisia, and how has this fearsome warrior accomplished what neither god nor demon has been able to do – force Sonja to her knees in surrender? An epic tale of blood, lust, and vengeance, Queen of the Plagues takes Red Sonja from the depths of her own grave to the heights of battlefield glory.
The Trust (Lionsgate, Region A)
Waters and Stone are two nobody police officers working dull administrative jobs and making extra money selling stolen Civil Service Exams to other officers. When Stone hears a story about a heroin dealer quickly beating his extremely high bail, the two friends set into motion a plan to find the origin of such a large amount of cash. Through diligent police work they follow a trail that leads directly to a custom bank-style vault built into the back room freezer of a small grocery store. They put a plan into motion to rob the vault and split whatever they find inside. But by the time they figure out what the vault contains, it’s already too late to turn back.
The Night Visitor (VCI, Region A)
A man named Salem escapes from an insane asylum where he was confined for an axe-murder. Falsely convicted under a plea of “guilty due to insanity,” he does not plan to let his sister and her husband forget that they were responsible for the murder of a farmhand and for his cruel imprisonment in the asylum.
Bite (Scream Factory, Region A)
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 traits.
David Cronenberg’s Early Works (Arrow, Region B)
A collection of David Cronenberg’s early works.
Hardcore Henry (entertainment in Video, Region B)
Henry, a newly resurrected cyborg who must save his wife/creator Estelle from the clutches of a psychotic tyrant with telekinetic powers, Akan, and his army of mercenaries. Fighting alongside Henry is Jimmy, who is Henry’s only hope to make it through the day. Hardcore takes place over the course of one day, in Moscow, Russia.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Warner Bros, Region B)
Fearing the actions of a god-like super hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.
When our friends at Titan Books asked if we’d be interested in hosting a giveaway of their new book Aliens: The Set Photography, which is arriving on August 9th, of course we jumped at the chance. We have three copies available so read on for the details of how you can make one of them yours!
A new hardback photography book documenting the making of Aliens, the 1986 smash hit movie directed by James Cameron, Aliens: The Set Photography reveals a unique new perspective on the making of Cameron’s film as the focus shifts behind the cameras to capture the director, cast, and crew as they bring the second action-packed installment of the Alien saga to the big screen. It was written by Simon Ward, author of The Art and Making of Independence Day: Resurgence.
Released to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the movie, Aliens: The Set Photography features brand-new insights and memories from Carrie Henn (Newt) and Jenette Goldstein (Private Vasquez). With a wealth of never-before-seen pictures including casting publicity shots, behind-the-scenes “between-take” breaks, weapons, vehicles and much more, Aliens: The Set Photography acts as a sumptuous visual celebration of this sci-fi classic.
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This contest will end at 12:01 AM PT on August 8, 2016, and is open to U.S. residents only. Note: By entering this contest, you are consenting to allow Dread Central and its subsidiaries use of your email address.
Don’t want to take your chances on winning? Then pre-order your copy from Amazon today!
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of James Cameron’s groundbreaking science fiction classic comes the first official record of the shoot. Through candid, high-quality stills we see the cast and crew at work, in costume, rehearsing, in make-up, and during filming. Some choice pieces of original concept art add greater context to the shoot and showcase the remarkable level of design. Also features insightful quotes from original interviews.
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Production company RynoRyder/Boyer Productions is currently working on a feature called Apocalypse and, in the meantime, will be releasing shorts based on each of the eight main characters. Have a look at the first, titled The Hooker, right here!
From the Press Release:
A newly formed company based in Los Angeles, RynoRyder/Boyer Productions is releasing its short film Apocalypse: The Hooker. It stars Abigail Richie (Evidence, Bald) and was written and directed by Ryan McCoy.
This vignette is a prequel story to a feature project they have in development called Apocalypse. That story is about eight desolate strangers who hole up in a farmhouse and must defend themselves against the armies of the Four Horsemen.
They will be doing short vignettes of each of the eight characters throughout the year.
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We’ve mentioned indie director Doug Bollinger numerous times here on Dread Central, and production has just kicked off on his newest project, a thriller titled Rock, Paper, Scissors. Read on for the details!
From the Press Release:
Production has begin on the frightening new thriller feature film Rock, Paper, Scissors. Director Doug Bollinger (Waltzing Anna, Mail Order Bride) takes you on a violent, psychological ride that pushes a simple suburban couple to the extremes and forces them to answer the question: How far would you go to get back the love you once had?
Rock, Paper, Scissors tells the story of Sam and Missy Wagner, whose once romantic coupling has led them to now go through the motions of a mediocre marriage in a peaceful suburb. Their simple lives are thrown into a vicious tailspin after they are victims of a horrific event. They must navigate through treacherous, unknown territory in order to get back what they once had. Will the journey break them or revitalize their bond?
The film stars Timothy Laurel Harrison (Out of My Hand), Jeff Riberdy (Half a Dozen), Angela Sharp (Gravedigger), Gervase Peterson (“Survivor”), Keith Collins (The Meat Puppet), Michael Billy (Clean Cut), and Annelise Nielsen (The Samaritans). It’s directed by Doug Bollinger; produced by Bollinger, Collins, Josh Lee, and Ashley Steele; and written by Bollinger and Lee with cinematography and editing by Cory Green (The Jersey Devil).
Check out some early promo artwork below, and keep your eyes on the Rock, Paper, Scissors Facebook page for updates.
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Assuming the latest installment in the Five Nights at Freddy’s franchise doesn’t continue the series’ odd tendency to release ahead of schedule, then Sister Location should enjoy its grand opening on PC in October. Not much as changed since the fourth game released last Halloween, the premise still revolves around a freshly hired night technician — played by you, or a YouTuber of your choosing — must survive a graveyard shift at Circus Baby’s Pizza World without ending up in six feet deep inside an actual graveyard.
This will be the fifth game in developer Scott Cawthon’s series of point-and-click survival horror games for PC and mobile, in which the greatest enemy of them all isn’t the cast of animatronic monstrosities, but your own personal capacity for enduring jump scares.
The makers of Friday the 13th: The Game have rolled out some new content for its standalone Virtual Cabin — a PC-exclusive interactive developer diary that can be purchased here for $15 — which now features a room dedicated to the camp counselors, so we can all remember what they looked like before Jason got to them. I imagine these helpless teen stereotypes will want to steer clear of the Jason Voorhees exhibit that was added last month by the previous update.
“This time we’ve got the counselor models on display with a bevy of new easter eggs and hidden features,” explains a post on the game’s Steam page that announced the update. “This is something our team is doing in our free time, but it’s totally getting the love and attention it deserves, as you’re seeing art/assets and animations from the main game!”
Friday the 13th: The Game releases this October for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
Minimum recommended specs:
Windows 7, 8, 10
2.0 GHz Dual-Core 64-bit CPU
DirectX 11 Compatible GPU with 2GB Video RAM
3GB Hard Disk Space
We’re giving you your fair warning now. We’re about to drop some spoilers from Godzilla Resurgence on you. If you don’t want anything spoiled about the flick, do NOT read this story. If you’re a curious nut who cannot wait to see the film for him/herself much like we are, have at it!
Over on Skreeonk.com the powers-that-be have posted some images from the film that were scanned from a collectible movie book at the flick’s premiere. In the pictures we see that Godzilla’s energy cannot be focused or contained! As a result he shoots a laser-like blast of energy not only from his mouth, but also from his back spines and even his tail.
Directed by Attack on Titan‘s Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi and written by Hideaki Anno, the film stars Hiroki Hasegawa, Yutaka Takenouchi, Satomi Ishihara, Rando Yaguchi, and Ren Osugi. The flick runs 118 minutes. Look for it Stateside some time this fall from FUNimation.
After a mysterious accident occurs in the tunnels of the Tokyo Bay Aqua Line, Japan’s emergency cabinet convenes to find the cause and a solution. Immediately afterwards, a huge creature appears, destroying town after town on a path of destruction to the nation’s capital… an unfathomable giant organism known as “Godzilla.”
As we said before, there’s a fine line between brilliant and psychotic, and this latest collectible from Death by Toys once again pushes the boundaries of common sense.
From the Death by Toys Website:
I’m definitely on the “Stranger Things” bandwagon these days. The show is an 80’s nostalgia dream come true. I know I’m not the only one obsessed with the show, but I’m probably the only one who took a metal dollhouse bicycle and made a “custom toy” (I use that term very loosely) of Will’s bike.
Honestly, it’s beyond stupid, and I’m not even really sure why I’m posting it here. I guess I found it sort of funny, but I’ve been known to have a warped sense of humor.