It is with sadness that we write of the passing of Lord Richard Attenborough, who died just days before his 91st birthday. Attenborough suffered a stroke five years ago that left him in a coma for several days and confined him to a wheelchair since.
Attenborough portrayed the role of John Hammond in the first two Jurassic Park films as well as Judge Arthur Conan in 10 Little Indians, and also directed the 1978 horror/thriller Magic, which starred Anthony Hopkins and Burgess Meredith. He also won two Academy Awards for 1982′s Gandhi.
Our deepest condolences go out to his friends and family. He will be sorely missed.
In a sea of unnecessary sequels, remakes, and unoriginal story lines, there are still gems in horror that spark the imagination and worm their way under the skin. It’s movies that make us scared to go into a dark room, to walk down a hallway full of wide open doors, to come up from the basement without running up the stairs, that bring us joy and wonder.
Several times there are movies that are promised that fill our hearts and minds with wonder that such a thought might even be considered. But those promises go unfulfilled and we’re left with a yearning that can never be satisfied.
With that in mind, I want to bring four movies that I’m still wishing would happen. Check out my list and then let me know what movies you wish would come to fruition!
Report by Kris Manfredini:
Comic Con has taken over this weekend! Driving down River Road you’ll feel the traffic but you’ll also see lots and lots of people dressed up! You’ll see Batman and Superman walking down the streets together. Tons of Dr. Whos and many, many others! But Freddy Kruger, Sam, and Michael Myers even wanted to join in on the fun! Jason was also there.
So this weekend, just like every other weekend, comics and horror comes together. “Incredible Hulk’s” Lou Ferringo was there as was “The Walking Dead’s” Norman Reedus. Up and coming (and beautiful) star Sara Underwood was there and was right next to the Queen of Halloween, Cassandra “Elvira” Peterson. I got the honor of talking with Elvira and she wanted me to let you all know that to help with your preparations for Halloween, she has a vinyl coming out on Oct. 7th. Released on Third Man Records on a 7 inch Purple Vinyl record, Elvira will be singing two songs written by Fred Schneider of B-52’s fame, on the A-side titled, (appropriately?) “My Two Big Pumpkins” and on the B Side, “13 Nights of Halloween.” I’ll be looking forward to hearing those this Halloween.
The vendors were top notch as well. From comic books, to rare collectibles to lots and lots of art work.
But the highlight for me, as with all shows like this, are the ones dressed up! They add to atmosphere, add even more excitement and buzz to the already crazed frenzy, and gives plenty of fans a great photos and memories.
I even met a couple with their 3 kids, one being a little baby. When asked how old, they answered 2 weeks old and felt the need to explain that they wanted to come but could not find a sitter. Just think how jealous that baby is going to be when he finds out he was at Wizard World Comic Con 2014 but doesn’t remember it! If you are looking for something to do the rest of Sunday, August 24th in Chicago, check out Comic Con at the Donald E. Stephan’s Convention Center. Guaranteed a great time and will have something for everyone.
And I FOUND HIM…
Darren Lynn Bousman The Devil’s Carnival: Alleluia is adding a hell of a cast that will have fans in musical horror heaven.
Bloody Disgusting received exclusive word that Alleluia has added Halloween and “Heroes” fav Brea Grant, pictured above, Insidious ghost J. LaRose, the metal band Butcher Babies and Danny Worsnop of the band Asking Alexandria to its growing cast!
As previously announced by Deadline, the sequel boasts an impressive line-up that includes surprises such as Rocky Horror Picture Show‘s Barry Bostwick, Jesus Christ Superstar himself Ted Neeley, Rent‘s Adam Pascal, and “Baywatch‘s” David Hasselhoff.
Returning officially are Paul Sorvino, Terrance Zdunich, rapper Tech N9ne, Emilie Autumn, Briana Evigan (Burning Bright, Sorority Row, Step Up All In), Marc Senter (The Lost), and Dayton Callie (“Sons of Anarchy”).
Musicians Chantal Claret, Jimmy Urine of Mindless Self Indulgence, Shawn “Clown” Crahan of Slipknot, and Kevin “Ogre” Ogilvie from Skinny Puppy round out the ensemble of carnies and lost souls whose paths cross at a theme park.
Alleluia continues the saga and sees the forces of Heaven and Hell face off in a showdown.
Zdunich wrote the script and co-wrote the musical numbers with Saar Hendelman.
Iowa metal band Slipknot have released a stream of “The Devil In I”, which comes from their upcoming as-yet-untitled fifth studio album.
The track has a very different sound from previous Slipknot songs that I’ve heard, carrying an almost gothic, Swedish melodic metal feel to it.
No release date has been set for the new album, which will come out via Roadrunner Records. It will be the first album since 2008′s All Hope Is Gone.
There was something about buying a VHS that didn’t translate into DVD that I can’t quite put my finger on. Maybe it was the difference between a big chunk of film that was hugged tightly by a jacket instead of a slim disc with a ton of empty space around it. I don’t know…
But what I do know is that VHS cover art was, quite often, absolutely incredible! And artist Chris MacGibbon has taken multiple modern horror movies and given them that same treatment in an Imgur gallery that you can see below. There are covers for films like The Collector, Trick R Treat, The Strangers, and more!
With the home video releases slated for September 16, one imgur user got his hands on an advance copy and shared all of the redacted opening credit footage. What was hiding under all of the black? Read on to see it all!
Extra features include:
MONARCH: Declassified – Discover explosive new evidence not contained in the film that unravels the massive cover-up to keep Godzilla’s existence a secret.
Operation: Lucky Dragon
MONARCH: The M.U.T.O. File
The Godzilla Revelation
The Legendary Godzilla – Go behind the scenes with filmmakers and cast for an even deeper look at the larger than life monsters in the film.
Godzilla: Force of Nature
A Whole New Level Of Destruction
Into The Void: The H.A.L.O. Jump
Ancient Enemy: The M.U.T.O.s
I admit it, I watched the hell out of Jersey Shore. Every rotten season of it. When Snooki first walked into the beach house dragging trash bags as luggage, I was there. When Ronnie knocked that kid out with one punch, I loved it. And when the Situation drove his own head into a wall to get out of fighting Ronnie, I laughed my ass off. My viewing had nothing to do with being from Jersey, I’m simply a glutton for schadenfreude and the anthropological study of assholes.
It’s been two years now since Jersey Shore left the air and there’s been a gaping hole in my heart ever since (not really though). That’s why the announcement of Paul Tornopol’s slasher-comedy Jersey Shore Massacre got me all excited. How hard can it be to successfully parody the bronzed bennies and poofy-haired boneheads of my beloved reality show and throw in some fun kills?
Apparently more difficult than it seems.
Jersey Shore Massacre starts with a group of hair stylists “goin’ down the shore.” When they arrive, they find that their stoner landlord (Ron Jeremy, duh) has mistakenly rented out their timeshare to another group of equally obnoxious girls. Teresa (Danielle Dallacco) offers up her gangster uncle’s woodland estate in the Pine Barrens as an alternative. Begrudgingly, the girls head into the woods for an alternative weekend getaway.
From there, Jersey Shore Massacre goes through the slasher beats, with a neighboring cannibal as the prime suspect. Mixed in with the slasher elements is the sexual aggressiveness and misogyny Jersey Shore was known for. Then again, slashers are known for that as well, so it’s all business as usual in those departments.
The cast is made up of a bunch of believably trashy chest-beaters and guidettes, though none of them are particularly adept in the acting department. it’s never a good sign when Ron Jeremy is the only recognizable name in a film (outside of a porno, if you’re into watching a troll doll meshed with a mangy Mario ravage women).
My biggest problem with the film is that it doesn’t embellish the madness of its source material. It’s not a clever parody at all. It plays out like a typical slasher, but the victims happen to say “youse guys” instead of “you guys” and they go tanning. The cast is just doing bad impressions of the Jersey Shore cast without any effort. Aside from JWoww listed as an executive producer, Jersey Shore Massacre has nothing to do or in common with the show. That’s what I was looking forward to! I watch enough lousy DTV slashers already!
Jersey Shore Massacre is now in limited theaters and hits DVD and Blu-ray on August 26.
Could one of the new great actors of our time be joining Stephen King’s epic battle of good vs. evil?
According to Deadline, Matthew McConaughey, who heads into the weekend as a favorite to win an Emmy for HBO’s “True Detective”, is coveted by Warner Bros. to play the role of Randall Flagg in The Stand, the adaptation of Stephen King’s apocalyptic masterpiece novel that Josh Boone will direct!
Flagg is the personification of evil, a demonic figure who wreaks havoc after a plague kills most of the population. He was played in haunting fashion by Jamie Sheridan in the miniseries adaptation. Flagg was such a force of evil that King used him in several of his works including “The Stand.”
The site clarifies this is not even close to a done deal, which sounds more like someone caught wind of a “wish list”. I will dream about it tonight… a lot.
McConaughey, who once was ashamed of his role in Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation is on a tear after his role in Dallas Buyers Club. He’ll next be seen in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar.
This promo has me split…
FX recently set the premiere date for the fourth installment of its critically acclaimed anthology series “American Horror Story: Freak Show” for Wednesday, October 8 at 10 PM ET/PT., which went along with the first promo.
A second was released that offers a new taste at “Freak Show” splitting a tongue in two. Seriously, how great are these series of promos going to be? I hope they do one for every circus act known to mankind.
“American Horror Story: Freak Show” begins its tale in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida. The year is 1952. A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike. This is the story of the performers and their desperate journey of survival amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.
Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe and Evan Peters return. New cast includes Michael Chiklis, Wes Bentley, John Carroll Lynch, Finn Wittrock, Patti LaBelle and the world’s smallest living woman, Jyoti Amge.
PlayStation Network Flash Sales are rarely disappointing, but this weekend’s sale is particularly good as it brings some serious discounts on several fantastic — and fairly new — video games that are all worth checking out. This weekend, you can grab any of the titles below for $9.99 each. If you need help choosing the right one to add to your collection, you really can’t go wrong with Darksiders II, DmC Devil May Cry, BioShock Infinite, XCOM: Enemy Unknown and Resident Evil: Revelations.
The only reason Metro: Last Light isn’t on that list is because if you haven’t yet experienced that glorious game, you really should try and get the Redux version that arrives on August 26th.
Metro: Last Light
DmC Devil May Cry
XCOM: Enemy Unknown
BioShock 2: Ultimate Edition
God of War: Collection PS3
God of War: Collection (PS Vita)
Starhawk Ultimate Edition
Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (PS Vita)
Wonderbook: Walking with Dinosaurs
The Sly Collection
The Sly Collection (PS Vita)
Dynasty Warriors 7 Empires
Persona 4 Arena
Tales of Graces f
Street Fighter X Tekken (PS Vita)
Lost Planet 3
Resident Evil: Revelations
It’s Friday and I’ve been feeling like I need to bring something a bit dangerous, a bit sexy, and a bit violent for you lovely readers. That’s why this week’s Twisted Music Video Of The Week is Cairo Knife Fight‘s “Rezlord”, which is 100% completely NSFW due to full frontal nudity as well as some heavy sexual themes.
The video revolves around a man who gives himself entirely to a woman who, in turn, goes from punishing to comforting, back and forth, escalating each time, until it comes to permanent consequences.
Check out the video below and then you can snag “Rezlord” via iTunes.
Swedish metal band At The Gates, who are credited with pioneering the “Gothenburg style” melodic death metal sound, have unveiled the album artwork for their upcoming album At War With Reality, which comes out October 28th via Century Media Records. The artwork was designed by Costin Chioreanu who, “…gave the strong lyrical theme of At War With Reality an outstanding conceptual togetherness with the visuals he crafted for this project.”
Vocalist/lyricist Tomas Lindberg states:
The concept of ‘At War with Reality’ is based on the literary genre called ‘Magic Realism’. The main style within this genre is the notion that ‘reality’ is ever-changing, and needs to be constantly re-discovered and re-conquered. We felt that Costin’s artwork style would be the perfect visual contribution to this album, so he became the natural choice…
Guitarist Anders Björler further explained:
I got in touch with Costin a few years back. I was immediately impressed with his dark and original style. He collaborated on some T-shirt designs for AT THE GATES as well as designing the album artwork for my Instrumental Project. We realized pretty early on that his style would accompany the music and the concept perfectly.
Some of the songs included on At War With Reality are the following: “Death And The Labyrinth”, “The Circular Ruins”, “The Conspiracy Of The Blind”, “Order From Chaos”, “Eater Of Gods” and “Upon Pillars Of Dust”.
You can see the artwork below.
Album artist Costin Chioreanu comments:
I have been waiting for this album for almost 20 years and it’s the biggest honor for me to illustrate it – As there is no greater achievement for a dreamer than the moment when the dream becomes reality. ‘At War With Reality’ is by far the most complex visual story I have ever created, from all points of view. From the very first moment the band presented the concept, I found it extremely stunning and at the same time super-challenging. I like to think that visual art and music are tools to explore our minds – to create, to discover and to push the limits. AT THE GATES, one of my all-time favorite Metal bands, offered me a chance to explore a new dimension.