Sam Feels a Chill in this Sneak Peek of Supernatural Episode 9.14 - Captives

Dread Central - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 19:31

Things remain chilly between the Winchesters in this sneak peek of "Supernatural" Episode 9.14, "Captives." Is a spring thaw in the cards for our battling brothers?

"Supernatural" Episode 9.14 - "Captives" (airs 2/25/14, 9-10pm)
THE BUNKER IS HAUNTED — Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) are stunned to discover the Men of Letters’ bunker is haunted. Their investigation leads them to a storage facility where the demons have been keeping a prize possession.

Meanwhile, Castiel (Misha Collins) is captured by Bartholomew (guest star Adam Harrington).

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Jerry Wanek directed the episode written by Robert Berens.

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Will's Trial Begins in Hannibal Episode 2.03 - Hassun; Read the Official Synopsis

Dread Central - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 19:15

We knew we wouldn't have long to wait for Will's trial to start once "Hannibal" Season 2 kicks off, and now word has come that it's happening in Episode 2.03, "Hassun." Check out the ep's full synopsis, and be sure to tune in next Friday night for the premiere!

"Hannibal" Season 2 begins on Friday, February 28th with Episode 2.01, "Kaiseki."

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"Hannibal" Episode 2.03 - "Hassun" (airs 3/14/14; 10-11PM)

Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne), already in hot water from Alana Bloom’s (Caroline Dhavernas) scathing report about his conduct with Will, is pulled in conflicting directions. He acknowledges that he may be partially to blame for pushing his star pupil over the edge.

To add confusion to an already suspenseful trial, a court bailiff is killed in a copycat-like manner, and those closest to Will start to wonder if they were wrong about him. The outcome of the entire trial hangs in the balance as one last key victim is served up.

Also starring Hettienne Park, Aaron Abrams, Scott Thompson, and Raúl Esparza.

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Things Get Hairy for Matthew Fox in Welcome to Harmony

Dread Central - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 19:01

Our friends over at Aullidos scored the first images of a nearly unrecognizable Matthew Fox in the new chiller Welcome to Harmony, and we have 'em for you right here. Dig it!

Jeffrey Donovan (“Burn Notice”) and Matthew Fox (“Lost”) star in the post-apocalyptic horror movie Welcome to Harmony, which serves as the English-language debut of Spanish director Miguel Ángel Vivas' (Kidnapped).

Ahna O’Reilly (The Help), Quinn McColgan (Non-Stop), and Clara Lago (I Want You) co-star.

Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan) and Juan Sola are producing through their Ombra Films banner along with Hernany Perla (Ghost Team One). Vivas and Alberto Marini adapted Juan de Dios Garduno’s bestselling book Y pese a todo.

Production has begun in Budapest.

Nine years after an infection turns most of humanity into rabid creatures, Patrick, Jack, and Lu, a nine-year-old girl, survive in seeming peace and calm in the forgotten snow-covered town of Harmony. We nonetheless sense that something terrible happened between Patrick and Jack because a deep hate keeps them apart. When the creatures appear again, Patrick and Jack will have to leave behind all rancor to protect the one being who means more to them than anything else.

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'Knock Knock.' Who's There? Eli Roth's Next Movie!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 18:54

Hot off the sale of his Green Inferno, pictured below, acquired by Open Road for release this summer, horror icon Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, Hostel) has locked in his next directing gig.

TheWrap reports that Roth is set to reteam with his Aftershock co-writers on the horror movie Knock Knock.

Roth will direct from an original screenplay he co-wrote with Nicolas Lopez and Guillermo Amoeda. Roth will also produce with Colleen Camp (Squirrels to the Nuts).

The story follows two young girls who show up unexpectedly at the home of a married man where they seduce him and wreak havoc on his perfect life.

Knock Knock, which is budgeted under $10 million, is scheduled to start production in April.

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The Holy Ghost People Are Preaching Their Maniacal Gospel in This Image Gallery

Dread Central - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 18:53

XLrator Media's latest film from The Butcher Brothers, entitled Holy Ghost People (review), is now in limited theatrical release; and we have an entire image gallery full of their weird beliefs right here for you, free of any threats which may come via snakebite.

The film is directed by Mitchell Altieri – one half of the Butcher Brothers (The Hamiltons, The Thompsons) – and written by Kevin Artigue & Joe Egender, Altieri, and Phil Flores (the other half of the Butcher Brothers).

Emma Greenwell, Brendan McCarthy, Joe Egender, and Cameron Richardson star.

XLrator Media also released Holy Ghost People on VOD and iTunes on February 18th.

Holy Ghost People is a Southern Gothic thriller about a teenager searching for her lost sister in the Appalachian Mountains, where she encounters a snake-handling religious cult and eventually learns the truth about her sister's fate.

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Twisted Music Video Of The Week Vol. 123: Blockhead "The Music Scene"

bloody disgusting - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 18:30

Mutha flipping’ Friday is upon us! You know what? I’m beyond stoked for this weekend! I’ve got two parties I’ve got to go to including a friends birthday party as well as a gathering to plan out a bachelor party. I’m gonna be hanging out with friends pretty much nonstop, which is great because I need to unplug and unwind from the internet and social media life! I can’t let all these electronic gizmos run my life, you know what I mean?

However, it seems like every single creature in Blockhead‘s “The Music Scene” is not taking this advice and, as a matter of fact, going the complete opposite way. Everything seems to taken over entirely by television and electronics to the point that it leaves them an husk empty husk. Honestly, the video is one of the trippiest things I’ve seen in a while. Who needs drugs when you have this? Give it a watch below and you’ll know what I’m talking about!

Make sure to pick up The Music Scene via iTunes.

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Full Specs and Release For Lovecraftian 'Dead Shadows'

bloody disgusting - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 18:06

This spring, brace yourself for more high octane sci-fi terror and apocalyptic alien & zombie mayhem!

On April 29 SCREAM FACTORY will unleash Dead Shadows on Blu-ray and DVD. Boasting a large cult following in France, Japan and U.K and a festival favorite at the 2012 Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival, Dead Shadows is said to be “a wildly entertaining thriller that combines heart-racing suspense, sci-fi action and alien terror with plenty of jaw-dropping surprises.”

Special Features: Making-Of Special Effects Featurette, Deleted Scenes, Interview With Director David Cholewa, Theatrical Trailer and Teaser Trailer

Produced and directed by French Filmmaker David Cholewa, Dead Shaows, starring Fabian Wolfrom, Blandine Marmigère, John Fallon and Rurik Sallé, “tells the terrifying story about a young man, Chris, whose parents were brutally killed 11 years ago, on the same day that the Halley’s comet could be seen from earth.

Tonight, a new comet is going to appear and everyone in his building are getting ready for a party to celebrate the event. There’s even an apocalypse theory going around.

As the night falls, Chris starts to discover that people are acting strange – and it seems to somehow be connected to the comet. People are becoming disoriented and violent and it doesn’t take long before they start mutating into something from beyond this world.

In a fight for survival, Chris has to try to escape from his building with the help from some other tenants – but will they make it out alive?

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[BD Review] Rural Thriller 'The Invoking' Offers Up Tight Suspense and NO Cliches!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 18:01

The Invoking originally went by the name “Sader Ridge,” which is a way better title in my book. Names of places are more interesting to me than just adding “-ing” to a verb. After watching the movie, the title they rolled with makes sense, but I can’t help but figure they changed it because of The Conjuring‘s success. Anyway, The Invoking turned out to be a solid indie that’s more like a straight up thriller than horror. On the surface the concept anticipates a cabin in the woods kinda slasher, but there are only a few moments of slashing. That’s probably why they didn’t call it “The Slashing.” If you can get past some of the actors (excluding two amazing ones), the film has some moments of bona fide suspense and a nice sense of atmosphere, all while gloriously avoiding cliches!

Sam Harris (Trin Miller) has just inherited a house and a nice piece of land from her recently deceased aunt out in the sticks. She brings along three friends to check it out with her. Well, two friends and one ex-boyfriend who inexplicably gets to hang out with these decent people. I’m talking about Mark (Brandon Anthony), who’s an opportunistic self-centered prick. I don’t understand why Sam or her friends Roman (Josh Truax) and Caitlin (Andi Norris) would EVER hang out with this jerk.

When they arrive at Sader Ridge, they’re greeted by the young groundskeeper Eric (D’Angelo Midili), whose motivations for wanting to help Sam get to know the property are eerily vague. As she spends more time in the house and on the surrounding land, Sam begins to come unhinged. She’s plagued by waking nightmares of brutality and whispers of her forgotten past. Before losing her grip on reality, she’s forced to confront these images to figure out what dark family secrets have been kept from her.

The whole story of Sam’s family is really engaging and even after it’s clear what happened there on the property, The Invoking still does a great job of maintaining suspense until the credits roll. There’s nothing particularly inventive, but the film’s greatest strength is its avoidance of cliches. There are no ghosts or maniacs out in these woods, just some horrible, repressed memories threatening to consume Sam. The whole theme of memory is explored really well, in fact. The approach, in short, is really attractive once you dive into the film.

The biggest drawback of the film is the acting. I know it’s an indie and all that, but most of the dialogue is delivered in such a stiff, machine-like manner that it really drags the film down. None of the exchanges between characters sound natural. There are some exceptions. Trin Miller is fantastic as Sam. She runs the gamut of emotions throughout the film, which would be a challenge for any actor, veteran or not, but she nails it. Keep an eye on her. Then there’s D’Angelo Midili, who plays Eric with an incredible amount of restraint. We’re never quite sure if he has Sam’s best intentions in mind or whether he’s just a complete psycho. Midili keeps us on our toes by presenting layers of menace, sympathy, and kindness, all presented in a believable manner. He never goes over the top. The guy simply plays a great creep.

The Invoking is a great ride with some well-crafted suspense and two kick ass actors that carry the whole damn film. It’s available now on DVD and I think it’s seriously worthy of a rent.

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First Look At Matthew Fox In 'Welcome to Harmony'!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 17:58

Thanks to a tip by ‘EM’ to Aullidos we have the first stills from Miguel Ángel Vivas’ Welcome to Harmony, his sophomore effort now filming in Budapest!

Matthew Fox (World War Z, “Lost”) and Jeffrey Donovan (“Burn Notice”) star with Ahna O’Reilly (The Help), Quinn McColgan (Non-Stop) and Clara Lago (I Want You).

Nine years after an infection turns most of the humanity into rabid creatures, Patrick, Jack and Lu, a nine-year-old girl, survive in seeming peace and calm in the forgotten snow-covered town of Harmony. We nonetheless sense that something terrible happened between Patrick and Jack because a deep hate keeps them apart. When the creatures appear again, Patrick and Jack will have to leave behind all rancor to protect the one being who means more to them than anything else.

Leading the production is Vaca Films (Cell 211, Kidnapped) and Ombra Films (Mindscape).

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Child's Play 2 Screens on 35mm This Saturday at the New Bev

Dread Central - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 17:21

If you're a horror fan in the Los Angeles area, then the New Beverly Cinema has probably had your weekend plans covered once or twice. This Saturday it's a 35mm screening of 1990's Child's Play 2, complete with a pre-movie Q&A with awesome guests.

Screening this Saturday, February 22nd, at 11:59 PM, Child's Play 2 is part of Brian Collins' Horror Movie A Day / New Beverly Midnights ongoing series. It means you get to enjoy one of the best films in an admittedly terrific franchise, and it should be an absolute joy to experience with a group of enthusiastic horror fans.

The New Beverly Cinema is located at 7165 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA. Tickets are only $8 and can be purchased here. The doors open at 11:59 PM, and the event will feature a Q&A with screenwriter/Chucky creator Don Mancini and director John Lafia.

I always loved this particular trailer as a kid - it's got the right level of humor and menace - and fondly recall begging my parents to let me see it in theaters. They didn't (jerks!), and so you LA readers should absolutely take this opportunity to go in my stead!

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Exclusive: Pat Healy and Ethan Embry Give Us Cheap Thrills

Dread Central - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 17:11

With Cheap Thrills finally arriving today on Movies On Demand, I’m willing to bet that a lot of you are planning to cuddle up tonight and descend into this movie's fast track to madness.

At its center Cheap Thrills shows an encounter between the conniving and the conflicted, focusing on two old acquaintances that force themselves to challenge each other with extreme acts of deplorable human behavior. It’s also a hell of a lot of fun, and they win lots of money.

The day after the film’s raucous premiere at Fantastic Fest back in September, actors Pat Healy and Ethan Embry sat down with Dread Central to talk a little about the film.

PH: Oh, Dread Central, the Rastafarian magazine, right?

DC: (laughs) That’s right. We only cover horror films from Jamaica.

EE: (laughing) That’s probably one of your top shelves! That was really good, buddy.

PH: Yeh, Dread Central, mon! No, I know what is, I’m just teasing.

DC: So, I’m guessing last night was probably the craziest premiere you’ve been a part of in a while. At least, the first one where you’ve taken your pants off, I hope.

PH: No, I can’t say that that’s true.

EE: Usually, it’s after the movie.

PH: I knew I was going to do that because I had the pants still and everything and I knew that it would be of value to someone. I certainly don’t care. I’m not that attached to them. The kid that got ‘em was the kid who dipped his balls in the sriracha sauce. I ended up talking to him after that all night, and we had VIP seats at the [Fantastic] Debates. He told me it was one of the greatest nights of his life.

EE: Out of context, that sentence is going to be very interesting.

DC: So, Pat, you were originally up for David Koechner’s part, right?

PH: Yeah, they wanted me to play this part, Craig, and I’m not financeable or whatever. The producers or someone who was giving money somehow was trying to get a bigger name to do it. So, when I met with them, it was with the intention that I’d be playing Craig, but they let me know that such-and-such and so-and-so was going to be reading for that part. So, they asked me if I would be interested in this role of Colin and I was disappointed but I loved this script and it wasn’t something I’d done before. Certainly, on the page it’s different. It is the role that it is because David played it and he does all the improv that he does. I can’t imagine that now.

EE: He brought an entirely different thing than what was on the page.

DC: It’s a lot more physical.

EE: It’s hard to see it any other way now.

PH: I don’t know what I would have done. My mind went immediately to some kind of sleazy, Hollywood hipster guy. It took a couple of months with casting and trying to get the money together and then this movie Compliance came out and it did pretty well. So that finally convinced them to hire me.

DC: Were earlier versions of the script a lot gorier and a lot darker? There’s really only one really gory scene and I think that the fact that it happens that way makes it a lot more powerful when it happens. Was there anything that went further than that?

EE: Not in what I read.

PH: There are earlier drafts from what I understand. There’s one that’s much more broadly comic and I think there’s one that’s much more dark. I think Evan [Katz] said something like that they kill a pregnant woman or something in one. If that was in the script, I probably would have asked for that to be removed.

EE: Because it doesn’t go that far. It really doesn’t. It doesn’t go beyond plausibility.

PH: It’s just trying to shock people and there’s nothing in our movie that’s just to shock. Everything logically follows from what comes before it and that’s what I liked about the script. That’s why the movie moves so well.

DC: Do you think that if Vince was a family man, too, it would have gone as far as it did? Or even further? One of the things I like about the movie is it’s asking the question of who is going to go further? Someone who has everything to lose or someone that has nothing to lose?

EE: Without ruining anything for people who haven’t seen it, I think that the reason why I stop doing what you think I’m about to do is because all I have to think about is myself. And I think I stop doing it for the same reason that he does it. He does it for his family. There are still selfish reasons behind it but I think the reason why I stop doing it is because I think about his family. Because it’s just me, I’m the only one that pays the consequence. Being a father, ninety percent of what I decide to or decide not to do is based on my son’s well-being. So, I think if he had a family I think he would have continued.

PH: I like a twist in the movie that [Vince] is the only truly moral person and you think of him as the dirtbag. He’s the one that really has a code and stands by his word. There’s a great vulnerability to his character that’s sort of unexpected.

DC: Do you think the film will be therapeutic in a way for some people that have held some old grudges?

PH: You know what’s amazing? I don’t have a grudge with this guy but my old punk rock buddy from high school lives here now with his family and he came last night. And we haven’t seen each other for twenty years. He’s been in the Gulf War, Iraq, and Afghanistan and we reconnected recently. It was just really emotional for me. We did have that kind of relationship. He couldn’t stop smiling and he couldn’t stop hugging me. It’s interesting that I could kind of relate to that experience and I’ve certainly had relationships that did not stand the test of time. I wondered what would have happened if I’d stayed around.

DC: How crazy was the set? Was there a lot of Dubstep pumping out? With all the fake drug use, were you doing jumping jacks to stay pumped up? How was the atmosphere?

PH: The entire shoot was fourteen days and eleven of those days was the stuff in the house. It was a hundred degrees and we had a heat wave around the middle of September. It was like a hundred and twenty in a house without air conditioning. We didn’t have any prep time and it’s a tough movie so it was really crazy intense. You know the big scene in the movie where the big scene happens and it’s all gory and crazy? Somebody lost the chip from the camera that that was shot on. It got recorded over.

DC: Oh no, you had to do it all over again?

PH: I had to do it again two days later. That was insane. I’ve been telling people, it was like the microcosm of that Apocalypse Now documentary or Burden of Dreams about the making of Fitzcarraldo. It was like that but like a mini-version. And actually, someone did film everything so, someday, they’ll be a documentary.

EE: As crazy as that shit was and as panicked as it could feel, and as kinetic as the sort of energy we had going on, I am only happy on a set. I am the most content as a human and as a man doing what I live to do.

DC: Well, you really grew up on set more so than Pat, I believe.

EE: That’s my home and I know Evan found his home. Everyone was the orphan that finally got adopted by Orphan Annie’s Pop. It’s just my home now. It’s the most uncontrollable, wild ride ever.

The directorial debut from E.L. Katz, Cheap Thrills was acquired by Drafthouse Films, in partnership with Snoot Entertainment, following its world premiere at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival, where it won the "Midnighters Audience Award." Cinedigm holds the home entertainment distribution rights, including DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, and digital platforms.

Cheap Thrills follows Craig (Pat Healy), a struggling family man who loses his low-wage job and is threatened with eviction. In an effort to delay facing the music at home, he heads to a local bar and encounters an old friend (Ethan Embry). The two friends are roped into a round of drinks by a charismatic and obscenely wealthy stranger (David Koechner) along with his mysterious wife (Sara Paxton). The couple engages the two friends in a series of innocent dares in exchange for money over the course of the evening, with each challenge upping the ante in both reward and boundaries. It seems like easy and much needed money, but the couple’s twisted sense of humor pushes just how far Craig and his friend are willing to go for money and cheap thrills.

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First Behind-the-Scenes Footage from Sharknado 2: The Second One

Dread Central - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 17:06

Syfy and The Asylum are swimming through the snowy banks of New York City while filming the eagerly awaited Sharknado sequel, Sharknado 2: The Second One, and the first footage of the shoot has surfaced! Check it out!

Anthony C. Ferrante returns to direct a screenplay by Thunder Levin, who also wrote Sharknado. In Sharknado 2: The Second One, a freak weather system turns its deadly fury on New York City, unleashing a "sharknado" on the population and its most cherished, iconic sites – and only Fin and April (Ian Ziering and Tara Reid, returning from the original) can save the Big Apple.

Kelly Osbourne, Judd Hirsch, Andy Dick, Judah Friedlander, Vivica A. Fox, and Mark McGrath also appear in the Syfy Original Movie. Osbourne will portray a flight attendant, and Dick will play a New York City police officer. Friedlander will play the character of Brian, while Hirsch – who starred in the iconic New York-based TV series "Taxi" – will be a cab driver named Ben. Fox will play Skye, an old high school friend of Fin (Ziering), and Mark McGrath – lead singer of the rock band Sugar Ray and "Killer Karaoke" host – will play Fin’s brother-in-law.

Sharknado 2 is scheduled to premiere on Syfy in July.

Read our original Sharknado review here and a Q&A with star Tara Reid and director Anthony Ferrante here.

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ISIS Gearing Up To Reissue Third Album 'Panopticon'

bloody disgusting - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 17:00

Post metal band ISIS are gearing up to release their third album Panopticon on April 29th via Ipecac Recordings. The album originally came out in 2004 and was highly acclaimed by many outlets. This is the second reissue for the band as last year saw the reissue of Celestial, their first album.

Guitarist/vocalist Aaron Turner comments, “After some years away from the material, Panopticon now feels like the most optimistic of all the ISIS albums, dark as the subject mater may be. Giving voice to my concerns about the loss of privacy and the deterioration of personal freedom through the lyrics on the album made those subjects weigh less heavily on my mind. Something about the sound of the songs feels open and bright to me as well – post-millennial depression and pre-apocalyptic paranoia hadn’t yet taken hold I suppose. Panopticon also feels like a turning point to me in the trajectory of ISIS, and serves as a personal place-marker for me in terms of how the world of music and music consumption was shifting radically around that time. Things have certainly become cloudier since then and more uncertain – in that way the subject matter of Panopticon also now seems a bit premonitory.

Drummer Aaron Harris adds, “I got the check disk from the manufacturer the other day and listened to Panopticon all the way through to make sure things were good to go. It was like taking a journey back in time. When ISIS was playing these songs regularly I wasn’t able to enjoy them as a listener. Now that I haven’t played these songs in years they’ve taken on a whole new identity for me. Mika Jussila did an amazing job with the re-master. The record has more detail and dynamics now. I feel that re-masters sometime ruin the integrity of records, but I feel that fans will really appreciate this re-master, and maybe find a new appreciation for Panopticon, as I have.

Listen to “In Fiction” below.

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Sprout Wings and Fly Away to See a Sneak Peek of The Following Episode 2.06

Dread Central - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 16:54

A clip from next Monday night's Episode 2.06 of "The Following," entitled "Fly Away," has arrived in which Ryan and his team offer Lily a trade of Luke for Joe. Given the FBI's track record on the show, we're pretty sure something's going to screw that up.

"The Following" Episode 2.06 - "Fly Away" (2/24/14, 9-10PM; repeats 3/1/14, 9-10PM)
Looking for back-up and hoping to execute their plan, Ryan and Max contact the FBI. But Weston has other ideas, leading to a standoff between good and evil.

Meanwhile, Joe’s new relationship escalates into uncharted territory, and Luke (Sam Underwood) finds himself in a troubling situation.

Related Story: New Images from "The Following" Episode 2.06 - "Fly Away"

Cast: Kevin Bacon as Ryan Hardy; James Purefoy as Joe Carroll; Shawn Ashmore as Agent Mike Weston; Valorie Curry as Emma Hill; Connie Nielsen as Lily Gray; Sam Underwood as Luke; Jessica Stroup as Max Hardy; Tiffany Boone as Mandy Lang.

Guest Cast: Valerie Cruz as Agent Gina Mendez; Camille De Pazzis as Giselle; Bambadjan Bamba as Sami.

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'Master Reboot' Invades The PS3's Soul Cloud On March 4

bloody disgusting - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 16:38

The PS3 exclusive indie horror game Master Reboot is exciting for a number of reasons. For one, it’s colorful. No liberal use of browns and greys here, no sir. It also has a trippy story set in a vibrantly realized world. I’m not sure I entirely understand it — something about Soul Clouds, which generate explorable structures that house your soul when you die — but my feeble mind’s inability to wrap itself around the concept only makes this game more intriguing.

It was expected to arrive this month, but now we’re looking at a March 4 release date. Trailer and screens after the jump.

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Review: “God is Dead” # 7

bloody disgusting - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 16:30

“God is Dead” begins anew. The second coming has laid waste to the planet and a strange new status quo has been established around the one “true” God, Gaia. The world is torn asunder and new beliefs have polluted minds. Mike Costa’s script provides a somber post script to the events of the first arc that hints at the salvation of humanity.

WRITTEN BY: Mike Costa
ART BY: Jaun Frigeri
PUBLISHER: Avatar Press
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: February 19, 2014

The events of “God is Dead” have been enormous and far-reaching. It is no surprise that the planet is literally destroyed and that the minds of those who survived latched onto the one God that rose from the dust. The length of Gaia’s rule isn’t clear from the script, but it seems she has held the world for quite some time.

Science is dead, most of society has been destroyed, and worship rules over all. It’s a blind devotion to the very thing that destroyed the world. A strange concept that Costa makes easy is that if we fear these beings are believe in their power we won’t reject them. Conventional wisdom suggests humanity would fight and resist but Costa makes a case for blind faith.

Frigeri’s art is more on the subtle side for this month. Usually the action within this book is bombastic and features buckets of gore being drenched over city-scapes, but here the art lingers in the ruin of what’s left. We’re treated to the decadence of Gaia’s liar, and wildlife reclaiming the lost continent of Australia. When the gore does come back Frigeri handles it expertly, and really shines when it comes to the higher concepts introduced by the concept of “Dreamtime.”

The concepts pondered by “God is Dead” show much deeper roots here than I could have fathomed. It’s a beautiful extension of the questions left over from the first arc combined with a radical new set of things to deal with. I’m not sure how Gaia will be dealt with but it is clear her rule is problematic.

Costa dares to toy with the concept of what makes a God and in doing so exposes a lot of truths about the trends in human nature. We’d like to believe that we’d hold onto science no matter what happens but primal fear and divine salvation hold a lot of weight in the back of everyone’s mind. What’s more is you see that these pillars of belief actually father a certain comfort level with disarray. No one is trying to rebuild, everyone is more concerned with spreading the word.

The birth of a new religion in a devastated world isn’t a solution but a plight. It makes people comfortable with the shitty state of everything and offers a half assed solution to pain, Costa is working hard to fight against that faith, but I’m not sure if he’ll ultimately be successful, science is our only hope.

Rating: 3.5/5 Skulls.

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2K Confirms 'BioShock' Will Continue Without Irrational

bloody disgusting - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 16:06

Earlier this week, Irrational Games studio head Ken Levine shared the surprising news that the developer behind the BioShock series would be closing its doors so he could pursue a more creative endeavor within 2K. This left many BioShock fans, myself included, asking “Would you kindly shed some light on the series’ future?”

While 2K doesn’t have much to say about the Vita game, announced back in 2011, they do have something to say about the series as a whole.

When asked for a comment on the future of BioShock, a 2K rep told Game Informer “BioShock is one of our most beloved and critically acclaimed franchises, and we are indebted to Ken and the talented team at Irrational Games for their contributions to the series with BioShock and BioShock Infinite; the latter being one of the most decorated games of 2013.”

“The BioShock universe remains a rich creative canvas for many untold stories, and we look forward to exploring the next BioShock experience.” the rep continued.

The news that 2K isn’t dropping a franchise that’s been largely met with near-universal critical acclaim and fantastic sales shouldn’t be all that surprising, but it’s good to hear nonetheless.

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Terror Blazes In 'Burn The Orphanage' This May!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 16:01

Sina Grace and Daniel Freedman continue their rather bizarre miniseries, “Burn The Orphanage”, but we expect nothing less from these creators. “Reign of Terror” follows Rock and his clan of street fighters as they return to their home only to find it razed by robots. It captures the violence and fun of classic fighting games for Super NES/Sega, and if you played those growing up, this series will blow you away.

Look for “Burn the Orphanage: Reign of Terror” #1 in shops on May 7.

Official Press Release:

Daniel Freedman (Undying Love) and Sina Grace (THE LI’L DEPRESSED BOY, NOT MY BAG) are at it again! The original blow-up hit miniseries about revenge and action is now an all-new monthly Image Comics series called BURN THE ORPHANAGE: REIGN OF TERROR..

Rock finally returns home, only to find his city under siege. And you won’t believe who is the cause of all the chaos.

“We tested our fans with the oversized and sprawling chapters in Born to Lose, so Reign of Terror should feel like an unlocked level of absolute fun,” said Grace. “The gang is back together and we are glad to have them on their home turf, working with and against some familiar faces.”

REIGN OF TERROR moves readers into the the next phase of BURN THE ORPHANAGE. While Rock and his team of street fighters have gone on a lot of adventures together, they’ve never faced such overwhelming odds. “Friendships and allegiances will be tested as our heroes are put through a gauntlet of new and old foes, betrayal, and oversized robot mayhem,” said Freedman. “Reign of Terror is exciting because it’s the first in a series of longer form story arcs we have ready to tell. BURN THE ORPHANAGE is only just getting started.”

Rock will be taking back his city in BURN THE ORPHANAGE: REIGN OF TERROR #1, which arrives in stores on on 5/7 and will be available for $3.50. It can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code MAR140488. Cover B by Andy Belanger can be pre-ordered using Diamond Code MAR140489.

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J.T. Petty Talks Hellbenders and More!

Dread Central - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 15:58

J.T. Petty’s newest entry into the genre is the horror comedy hybrid Hellbenders (review), a lightweight but surprisingly warm-hearted adventure focusing on a group of debaucherous exorcists who stay in a constant state of sin in order to trap demons more effectively before being sent down the elevator to hell.

Petty enjoyed some success with 2008’s The Burrowers, and it isn’t hard to tell that the same set of eyes was behind the camera for Hellbenders. The director spoke to us briefly about the film, which is now available on Blu-ray in glorious 3D.

DC:I remember first meeting you at Fangoria Radio years ago when you were promoting The Burrowers, which I first saw at Fantastic Fest back in 2008. That film was a genre twist on a western, and Hellbenders is a twist on religious horror. Is the fresh take on an old idea what first gets you excited about an idea? Would you not be as interested in doing a straight up and down, more traditional story?

JTP: Yeah, I guess that’s sort of my general M.O. I feel like if you’re going to make a horror movie, if you’re not breaking expectations, then you’re not doing what horror is supposed to be doing. It would have to be a really special movie. I love something like The Conjuring. It gives people such a straight ahead exercise on what we already know, and then it just comes down to your craft as a filmmaker. I’d rather always just go with the story.

DC: How does the writing process usually start with you? Did you sit down and do the 9 to 5 thing to come up with Hellbenders, for example, or did it come easier than that?

JTP: I’m writing all the time. This movie started, just from the basic concept, the way every exorcism movie does where you get down to the point where the exorcist is like, ‘I can’t throw this demon out so I’m going to free myself and kill myself.’ I feel like the Catholic church could have institutionalized it, and the idea of institutionalizing priests who are ready to be possessed so that they could kill themselves was hilarious. So, from there, it was just about working out the rules of how this organization works and all of the bureaucracy. The movie came together really fast.

DC: Was the 70s book Hostage of the Devil the start of the idea for Hellbenders? When did you first find and read that book about exorcism?

JTP: I read that when I was doing research on this. I found that book because that’s the one that William Peter Blatty references in The Exorcist novel. Reading it was just a total revelation. It almost makes you believe it’s real. It’s funny; I gave that book to Clifton Collins [Jr.] and Clancy Brown and said, ‘This is what it’s like to be an exorcist.’ Both of them read, probably, half the book. I think Clancy’s wife threw it out, and Clifton was like, ‘I can’t get into this shit. It’s too dark.’

DC: Speaking of Clancy Brown, had you stayed in touch with him all this time, or did Hellbenders become a chance for you guys to reunite? It’s great seeing him do comedy.

JTP: He’s a friend; he’s a good guy. I had him in mind right from the start. He is such a funny dude, and he is so good at cursing. So I just wanted to give him the opportunity to call a lot of people “cocksuckers.” He’s an old school geek, and he just loves this shit. He’s a good friend.

DC: Another favorite actor of mine is Larry Fessenden. Would you ever be interested in doing a “Tales From Beyond the Pale” radio episode about the continuing adventures of the Hellbenders if you could get Clancy and the rest of the cast together?

JTP: Yeah, that’d be fun. I do think that Hellbenders is kind of old-timey in a way. I was trying to make it, sort of, weirdly innocent, and yeah, I think it could fit into a radio interview kind of thing.

DC: With Hellbenders not being overly graphic, are you just saving all of your sick ideas for Faces of Death if that ever gets made? I know you did a new version of the script towards the end of last year.

JTP: Yeah, Hellbenders is a very innocent film as far as I’m concerned. It’s as much of a Saturday morning cartoon as it is a horror movie. With Faces of Death, there’s a lot of awesome stuff there. I like violence on screen, and I think a lot of people do.

Hellbenders is now available on Blu-ray and everywhere On Demand. Watch it!

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The Sawney Bean Clan to Paint The Valleys Red

Dread Central - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 15:51

Sawney Bean. The name alone is enough to send a chill down the spine... right before it's yanked out of your back and gnawed on until there's nothing left but bone and gristle. Another film is on its way to lend some bite to the horror genre based upon the terrors conjured by his clan. Read on for details.

Director Mark Murphy dropped us a line to let us know that his next film after The Crypt 3D will be called The Valleys. So, what's it all about? We'll let Mark lift the veil...

"The Valleys is an ultra intense horror derived from the legend of the Sawney Bean clan but given a fairly graphic modern telling in a film that promises to bring the gore and discomfort factor to a new level."

Yeah, sign us up! The film will being going into pre-production soon. Check out some early concept art below.

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