Horror Short Story: ‘Untitled’

bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 03:57

Don’t you hate it when you can’t sleep? When your mind refuses to shut off, it just keeps going and going. It’s like an endurance test, to see how long you can lie awake in bed before you finally give up and go watch TV. Tonight’s that kind of night for me, but instead of turning to television, I decided to seek out some creepy stories. You all seemed to enjoy that last one, so here’s another.

Untitled, written by ZebraWater

Seeing the people you’ve killed is a really good way to ruin a good night’s sleep. I just returned from Afghanistan not too long ago. Eight weeks to be exact.

Yes. Three.

You know what question I’m answering. Two men and a kid. In all honesty, it should have been four. When we were clearing a building I saw a pile of rags on the ground, I kicked it out of the way and with some meaty thuds the object rolled across the floor and began crying. The mother ran over and picked up her baby. The look in her eyes. I’ve seen the eyes of men who genuinely wanted to kill me. But her’s, her’s were ones that didn’t want me to die. They wanted me to suffer.

Contact left, two males.

I hear yelling in two different languages. All I heard in English was “drop the knife.”

All I heard in whatever language they speak were threats.

The knife was still in hand. Inhale. Two in the chest, one in the head. Exhale. Inhale. Two in the chest, one in the head. Exhale. We detain the mother. I walk over to examine the bodies. The man with the knife only had one in the chest. Where is the other round?

I look behind him. I see a kid. No more than twelve. Dead. Hole in his throat. I got the jugular. There was more blood than kid. In the kid’s hand was a sandy .38 caliber revolver. I still haven’t inhaled…

The night before was the last night I slept. Ever since that mission I had been under a lot of stressful investigations. People questioning if I saw the kid, jesus, if I AIMED for the kid.

Long story short, I’m clear. That’s all that matters right? I get to go home and enjoy my fat, American restaurants. I get to see my family. My pregnant wife. I get to look into her eyes. I wish there was a way I could see her eyes without her seeing mine. I don’t want her to see what I did. After eight weeks of no eye contact, there seems to be a strain on our relationship.

I glue my ass to the computer chair and let the room bathe in the blue computer light. My eyes hurt. I spend most of my time on Reddit, Youtube, Pornhub. I deleted my Facebook. Solitude and anonymity is the one thing I seek most now. After 89 hours of no sleep, my wife convinced me to go to the doctor.

A new drug. No-REM-No-Problem. I didn’t know if it was the motto or the drug, but the doctor assured me it’s a drug.

“Trust the name!” was the motto.

I started taking No-REM and this is where things start getting crazy. I pop two pills before dinner and I’m golden. I sleep like it was an olympic event. I constantly have the same dream and occasionally wake up in places I didn’t fall asleep. It became a party joke.

“Sometimes I’ll wake up and my husband will be asleep in the bathtub and sometimes he’ll just be lounging around in the garden next to the tool shed!”

Everyone laughs. But if I told them the dream that preludes it. No one would laugh. No one laughs at the slaughter of a twelve-year-old boy. The only problem with this No-REM is I can’t wake up. I HAVE to watch this dream. When it becomes too much, I wake up outside of my bed.

Eventually two pills stopped working. I had to upgrade to three. Then four. Then I started having the day dreams. I don’t mean I stared off into space or anything like that. I mean I was seeing shit. Sometimes I would hear the baby I kicked in the distance. Sometimes I would see the eyes of the mother when it got real dark. The one place I could never look, though, was the mirror.

I would see a much happier version of myself, grinning ear-to-ear. At first I thought it was actually me. I thought I was actually happy. But then I him… me, pull out a box-cutter and slash at the arms. When I looked down, there would be nothing. Other times I would brand myself. Sometimes I would cut a little bit of skin off and flush it down the toilet. My other self always told me to wear long sleeves. That he didn’t want anyone to see his scars. I listened to him.

For weeks I tried to stay out of a mirrors gaze until I saw my wife crying. She was looking at the mirror and she said he keeps cutting himself. I asked her who, but she didn’t hear me. I screamed it, still, she just kept staring into the mirror. I looked in with her, maybe she saw what I saw.

It was the same dopple-ganger. But, This time he was not smiling. He had a cartoonish frown on his face. One you would have to REALLY try to make. Before I knew it he was cutting her throat open with the same box- cutter. As soon as I saw the blood pour out I woke up in the garden next to the shed again. This medication was getting too out of hand. I got in my car and floored it to the hospital, halfway their I noticed I was in the same clothes I wore yesterday, which was strange because I always woke up in pajamas.

After rushing to the hospital and being extremely rude to people I convinced the doctor to see me right away. I tell him everything and the next words he spoke made my heart so audible in my head I would have thought it was behind my ears.

“John, you’re in the control group. No-REM should have had no effect on you because it’s sugar…”

My mouth was dry, I couldn’t even drizzle out a word. I looked down at my arms and instantly felt pain shooting up and down. I rolled up my sleeves and saw the brands. The cuts. The piece of skin I flushed away. I hear the doctor say something along the lines of “Oh, sweet Christ…”

I scramble for my phone and scroll down to my wife’s name. I try calling it. No answer.

Yes. In the shed.

That’s the answer to the question I know you want to ask.

This story was republished from Reddit.

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What Horror Movie Icon(s) Would You Like to See in ‘Mortal Kombat X’?

bloody disgusting - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 21:34

Just before E3, after months of anticipation, rumors, and leaked posters — we were finally gifted with a look at Mortal Kombat X. Outside of some distracting music, the trailer — which you can watch below — successfully managed to get the hype train rolling for what promises to be one of the goriest and most viscerally satisfying fighting games since, well, Mortal Kombat 9.

The game looks great, but one thing I’m very eager to see is the steady trickling of guest fighters we’ll see following its release. If you look back at the last Mortal Kombat, the bar was set pretty high with the addition of Freddy Krueger.

Granted, it wasn’t the version of Freddy we all wanted, but it was a neat nod to our favorite genre nonetheless.

When asked about the possibility of guest fighters from outside of the Mortal Kombat universe appearing in the game, series creator Ed Boon all-but confirmed that it will happen.

“Freddy Krueger was the most downloaded character in Mortal Kombat 9,” Boon told Polygon. “Scorpion was the guest character in Injustice, and he was the most downloaded character in that game. It’s working out for us, and I’d be surprised if we ignored those numbers.”

Boon also confirmed that no superheroes will be among the guest fighters.

“I’d be hard-pressed to have a DC character as a downloadable character in Mortal Kombat X,” Boon said. “The main reason is, I have no desire to cut Batman’s head off. I have no desire to kill Superman.”

Horror movies are a obviously fine source of fighters for NetherRealm to borrow from, and not one of them have been known to shy away from copious amounts of gore. So with that in mind, what horror movie icon(s) would you like to see make an appearance in Mortal Kombat X?

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Coroner’s Van Malfunctions, Jettisons Corpse Onto Busy Road

bloody disgusting - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 20:46

Picture this: It’s a Friday. You’re on your lunch break. It’s a gorgeous day, with an ideal combination of ample sunlight that’s kept cool by a continuous breeze. You’re in your car, the windows are rolled down, and you’re bobbing your head to your favorite tunes. Maybe you took a detour at a Starbucks and are sipping on a venti vanilla bean frappuccino, maybe you didn’t.

Everything’s perfect, the weekend is just around the corner. Then, without warning, a corpse strapped to a gurney is jettisoned from the big white van in front of you.

Even though you’re in mid sip, struggling to evade the chunk of ice that’s trying its best to keep your straw from delivering that delicious Starbucks nectar to your eager tummy — because even the all-knowing Starbucks baristas make mistakes — you narrowly escape the gurney and the expired human that’s strapped to it.

“Phew, that was close” you say to yourself. Then, a dragon- err, no, this isn’t storytime.

Flourishes aside, this exact scenario was experienced by some folks on a busy Pennsylvania road this past Friday when the rear doors on a coroner’s van malfunctioned, releasing its macabre contents onto the road.

According to the Bucks County Courier Times, this happened next to a shopping mall, making it very possible that one or more of the unsuspecting drivers behind the van had stopped at Starbucks.

Plenty of passersby saw it happen, including Jerry Bradley, who posted on his Facebook, saying “Just when I thought I’ve seen everything. That’s a dead body on a stretcher that launched out of the back of a coroner’s vehicle in Feasterville.”

Now, because I’m strange and have a coffee-obsessed gremlin residing in the part of my brain that should house my morality, when I first read this news I immediately thought of how cool it would’ve been to be behind the coroner’s van when it happened.

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Rob Zombie's 31 - First Concept Art!

Dread Central - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 20:33

Ever since the news broke about Rob Zombie's next horror flick, the mysterious 31, fans have been clamoring for more information. While we don't have a lot more to share, we do have some very early concept art that Zombie shared via his Facebook page.

Zombie posted the artwork along with the following message:

"Lots of news on my next film 31 will be coming your way very soon. But until then I thought I share with your one many awesome production drawings from the film courtesy of Alex Horley."

"All I can tell you is that it’s a completely original idea; it’s something new," said Zombie in a previous interview. "It’s not based on anything. I’ll start shooting the movie in the fall. So hopefully starting from October, I’ll start shooting it. For right now I’m going to keep the details secret. But it’s not based on anything. There’s a clown thing in the movie, but it has nothing to do with Captain Spaulding, and what is in the movie doesn’t look like Captain Spaulding either; maybe the people think the poster does, but the movie won’t."

Related Story: Rob Zombie and Bret Easton Ellis to Tell the Story of The Manson Murders

An original Rob Zombie movie that takes place on Halloween? Count us right the hell in!

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New ‘Fatal Frame’ to be Revealed This Week!

bloody disgusting - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 19:57

Back in April, we were teased with the news of a new Fatal Frame. The announcement was paltry on details, but publisher Koei Tecmo games will be remedying that very soon with a NicoNico stream this Thursday, where they’ll be celebrating the beloved survival horror series as well as showing off the next game. The stream will also cover the manga series and the upcoming live-action film, which is slated to haunt theaters in Japan on September 26.

So far, all we know about the next Fatal Frame is it’s coming exclusively to the Wii U.

The stream kicks off on July 17 at 1:30 PM in Japan, or 9:30 PM on July 16 if you reside on the west coast (12:30 AM on the east coast).

While you wait, you should consider burning a few minutes with our Fatal Frame V wish list.

And, because I’m curious, which Fatal Frame is your favorite?

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UPDATED: Get a Sneak Peek of This Season on The Strain; del Toro Shares His Vision

Dread Central - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 19:41

With the pilot episode of "The Strain" now out of the way, things are off and running, and we're pretty confident you guys are going to love the direction it takes. Up next is Episode 1.02, "The Box," and here's a sneak peek of what's ahead this season plus a look at "The Director's Vision."

UPDATE: The newly added second video below enters the brilliant mind of Guillermo del Toro to see how he constructed a terrifying horror for the modern era.

The ensemble cast of "The Strain" includes Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, Kevin Durand, Natalie Brown, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Robert Maillet, Jack Kesy, Ben Hyland, Miguel Gomez, and David Bradley.

Related Story: Visit our news archive for "The Strain"

Attending this year's San Diego Comic-Con? "The Strain" panel is being held on Sunday, July 27th, from 1:45-3:45 pm in Hall H and includes a preview screening of Episode 1.03, "Gone Smooth."

"The Strain" Episode 1.02 - "The Box" (airs 7/20/14, 10PM)
Strange symptoms begin to show in the four survivors. Meanwhile, Setrakian (Bradley) gets a surprise visitor. Directed by David Semel; written by David Weddle and Bradley Thompson.

For more info "like" "The Strain" on Facebook, hang out with "The Strain" on Google +, and follow "The Strain" on Twitter.




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Concept Art From Rob Zombie’s ’31′

bloody disgusting - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 19:39

It’s Halloween night in Rob Zombie’s forthcoming horror flick, 31, which he’s already beginning to tease on his Facebook page.

Check out one of many production drawings from the film, courtesy of Alex Horley, which teases some masked terror to come.

Zombie promises that lots of news is coming soon, so get ready for some casting announcements.

All I can tell you is that it’s a completely original idea, it’s something new,” Zombie teased last month. “It’s not based on anything. I’ll start shooting the movie in the fall. So hopefully starting from October, I’ll start shooting it. For right now, I’m going to keep the details secret. But it’s not based on anything.

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Chinese Couple Sells Children to Fund Gaming Habits

bloody disgusting - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 19:22

In news that will make you cringe, a young, unwed couple in China are in jail for selling two of their kids to fund their gaming habits. According to the mother, the first child, a baby boy, was the result of an unplanned pregnancy. He was sold, along with his sibling, to traffickers from Fujian to alleviate the financial burden of raising kids — and so the couple could use the money to purchase virtual items for an unnamed free-to-play video game.

“[The father] likes buying items in online games, and he likes staying out all night at internet cafes,” the mother explained in an interview. According to her, the father never had any intention of supporting the boy, so they made the decision to sell him. Because, clearly, that’s the only option.

Then, when she got pregnant again, they did it again. It wasn’t until they sold the second child when the kids’ grandfather turned the couple in to the authorities.

It’s no secret that child trafficking is a massive problem in China, where it is illegal. Unfortunately, horrible stories like this are way more common than they should ever be, as awful people sell their kids to other families, gangs, and even street peddlers.

The couple is now awaiting trial.

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‘Deadman’s Cross’ Gets a Dose of ‘Resident Evil’

bloody disgusting - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 18:18

If you’re unfamiliar with it, Deadman’s Cross is Square Enix’s zombie-themed mobile shooter and card collecting game that also happens to be ridiculously popular. Our very own T. Blake Braddy had a chat with producer Shinichi Tatsuke back in April, where they discussed the game’s goal of being the ultimate zombie card game.

Seeing as the Resident Evil franchise is one of the most popular zombie-themed franchise out there — despite its recent stumblings — pairing the two really is a no-brainer (sorry).

This crossover brings a hefty dose of new content to Deadman’s Cross, including an explorable Raccoon City that’s brimming with monsters and collectible Deadmen cards that should be familiar to fans of Resident Evil. There are also special items, like herbs and permits. If you own the game, you can enjoy all this content, for free, from now to July 27.

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Watch Henry Thomas’ Epic ‘E.T.’ Audition!

bloody disgusting - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 18:04

Being both a writer and producer, I’ve been blessed to be part of the casting process of a movie – I can’t even begin to tell you how difficult it is, especially for an indie film. But it doesn’t take expert eyes to recognize talent like this.

Released by Universal Pictures in Sweden, below is footage of Henry Thomas auditioning for the role of Elliot in Steven Spielberg’s E.T..

You can hear Spielberg in the background giving Thomas direction, explaining to him what his character’s mindset would be.

Then, someone else off-screen lazily reads off lines from the screenplay that sound as if they’re a work in progress (or the delivery is just awful). Being that this is who young Thomas had to react to makes the video all the more magical.

Behold Thomas’ conviction followed by an emotional explosion. It’s powerful stuff from such a young actor. I can only imagine what he used to get motivated – possibly he was thinking about his dog dying or maybe he wanted the job so bad that he thought about being rejected by one Steven Spielberg? Whatever the case may be, prepare to be transported to planet awesome and enjoy the end when Spielberg quickly exclaims, “You got the job!

Note: I’m not an extra features kinda guy, so I couldn’t tell you if the following footage is on any of the domestic releases.

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Return to Rapture in this Art of ‘BioShock’ Video

bloody disgusting - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 17:50

There’s no denying how beautiful the underwater city of Rapture is. It’s a haunting look at the potential, both good and bad, of unrestricted science and technology. Without boundaries, humans are capable of some truly remarkable, and disturbing, things. I’ve always been a big fan of video game concept art, especially when the game looks as good as BioShock does. In this video, we get a look at game that defined a console generation. Enjoy.

Oh, and there are some spoilers here, but if you haven’t played BioShock yet, I’m afraid I’ll have to curse you with an itch that your arms will be too short to scratch.

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#SDCC14: Fox Unveils New Artwork for Sleepy Hollow and The Following

Dread Central - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 16:45

Fox TV is one of the first out of the gate to reveal the artwork it's bringing to the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con, and thanks to Entertainment Weekly we have a look at both "Sleepy Hollow" Season 2 and "The Following" Season 3.

The panel for "Sleepy Hollow" will be held on Friday, July 25th, and Season 2 begins September 22nd.

5:45-6:45 PM - Room 6BCF - "Sleepy Hollow"
Executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek, Fringe, Spider Man 2), Len Wiseman (Underworld, Total Recall), Mark Goffman, and Heather Kadin return to Comic-Con with the breakout show of the year, featuring an exclusive look at the highly anticipated second season followed by a fan Q&A featuring cast members Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, John Noble, Orlando Jones, and Lyndie Greenwood.

For more info visit "Sleepy Hollow" on Fox.com, "like" "Sleepy Hollow" on Facebook, and follow "Sleepy Hollow" on Twitter.

Fans of "The Following" have to wait until Sunday, July 27th, for that panel.

11:15 AM-12:15 PM - Hall H - The Following Special Video Presentation and Q&A
Hit thriller "The Following" returns to Comic-Con for a third year. Series stars Kevin Bacon (Mystic River), Shawn Ashmore (X-Men: The Last Stand), Sam Underwood ("Dexter"), and Jessica Stroup ("90210") will join creator/executive producer Kevin Williamson (Scream) and executive producer Marcos Siega ("The Vampire Diaries") for an on-stage Q&A and video presentation. With Joe Carroll once again behind bars, Lily Gray shot in cold blood by Mike Weston, and Luke dead at the hands of Max Hardy, Ryan Hardy's conviction to forge a new life will be put to the test in the psychologically intense third season, when a new villain emerges from the shadows, proving to be even more insidious and dangerous than his former archenemy, Joe Carroll. From Bonanza Productions Inc., in association with Outerbanks Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television, The Following's third season premieres midseason on FOX.

For more info visit "The Following" on Fox.com, "like" "The Following" on Facebook, and follow "The Following" on Twitter.

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Slipknot Post Dark, Eerie Teaser For, Presumably, Their Upcoming Album

bloody disgusting - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 16:15

Metal band Slipknot are being rather silent and mysterious about their upcoming album, the follow up to 2008′s All Hope Is Gone. But now they might be letting some sibilant whispers creep out of the shadows in the form of a brief video teaser that is very dark and horror-fueled. You can watch the teaser below.

Also, make sure to check out their 3-day festival Knotfest. More information can be found here.

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Which Godzilla Kaiju Are You?

bloody disgusting - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 16:00

Last week we asked “What Kind Of Zombie Are You?” and a ton of you got to figure out what type of undead brain eater you’d end up being. This week, we want to go larger than life and find out what destroyer of cities you’d be! Below is a quiz that asks, “Which Godzilla Kaiju Are You?” Head on below to get your answer!

I got Rodan, which states the following:

A Drifter and a Loner, you’re the definition of ‘cool’ and absolutely ooze charisma. You live life in the fast lane, and are on a constant hunt for the next big thrill. Others find your aura irresistibly magnetic, yet you’d rather just be left to your own devices. The further you push people away, the closer they want to be. Selfish? Maybe… But you’re flying too fast to care.

Basically, I’m the 80′s cool kid who got the hot girl without trying…because he literally did nothing to try and get her.

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Official Trailer and Early Release Details for Horror Anthology Shivers Down Your Spine

Dread Central - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:47

Back at the end of 2011, we told you about a monthly horror web series called Shivers Down Your Spine; and now, thanks to Dead Lantern Pictures, 10 of the episodes are being compiled into a feature-length Blu-ray/DVD.

From the Press Release:
Dead Lantern Pictures, a micro-budget indie horror outfit based in Lincoln, Nebraska, will be releasing the feature-length horror anthology SHIVERS DOWN YOUR SPINE this fall on DVD and Blu-ray.

SHIVERS DOWN YOUR SPINE is a group of 10 short films, offering horror across the entire spectrum from comedy to slashers to a crime film noir and many more! Here are the synopses of the various shorts included:

- "Out of the Lamp" (wraparound): A man discovers a genie lamp in his microwave. Upon rubbing it, a beautiful genie named Sabiah appears, offering him three wishes. Much to her surprise, he wishes for her to tell him nine horror stories...

- "Deadbolt": A young girl home alone on Halloween night discovers that the deadbolt on her door is no match for an angry ghost.

- "Convention Girl": Two best friends try to figure out what to do when one of them believes he staked a vampire hooker at a horror convention. Did he stake a vampire or a cosplayer?

- "Birthday Dinner": A mother and father punish their young daughter on her birthday in order to teach her a lesson.

- "Whispering Board": Three sorority girls attempt to commune with a dead boyfriend using a whispering board with terrifying results.

- "I Dream of Djinni": Sabiah the Djinn tells a story of how wishes can go horribly awry if you're not careful with your wording...

- "Shortly After Nightfall": A creepy motel caretaker pays a hired gun to take out a young woman who is haunting one of his rooms in a ghostly film noir.

- "A Bad Heart": Two years after being stabbed in the heart and nearly killed by the serial killer Ray Dean Foster, a young woman decides to get back into the dating game on Valentine's Day only to find her geeky date may be more dangerous.

- "Last Breath": A young woman descends into madness and depression after being stood up by her boyfriend.

- "A Christmas Horror Story": It's 1987, and a group of teens are cleaning an old movie theatre. Meanwhile, a killer Santa is on the loose and looking to make them his next victims.

SHIVERS DOWN YOUR SPINE will be released in October/November 2014. Extras will include a documentary, blooper reel, audio commentary tracks for all films, and a bonus short film entitled "Midnight Kiss."

Check out the trailer and several stills below.

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Proxy Comes Home Via IFC Midnight

Dread Central - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:16

IFC Midnight just sent over the skinny regarding their DVD and Blu-ray release of Zack Parker's latest, Proxy (review). Read on for artwork and details.

Synopsis
In the last month of her pregnancy, Esther Woodhouse is savagely beaten in an alleyway by an unknown assailant and loses her baby. To aid in her recovery, she attends a support group for grieving parents where she meets Melanie, who claims her son and husband were killed by a drunk driver.

Esther and Melanie develop a friendship, but soon it becomes clear that both are harboring much darker secrets than they initially let on. And when both their lives are transformed by another shocking act of violence, they find that recovery may be impossible.

With wildly unpredictable twists and turns, PROXY is a "fascinating, unnerving and endlessly unpredictable" (Inkoo Kang, LA Times) psychological thriller.

Look for it in stores and online on August 12th.

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“Mad”-style ‘Prometheus’ Spoof, “PrometheArse”

bloody disgusting - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:05

Bloody Disgusting reader Karl Howell introduced me to an online comic strip that spoofs Ridley Scott’s Prometheus.

Created in the style of Mad Magazine‘s legendary artist Mort Drucker, renown comic book artist Mark Harrison (“2000AD,” “Durham Red,” “Glimmer Rats,” “Star Wars,” “AVP”) shared “PrometheArse,” a joke strip that takes on Scott’s no-so-well received Alien prequel.

Explains Harrison, on the site where you can read the strip in its entirety:

I assumed MAD would have latched onto Prometheus like the proverbial facehugger given it’s obvious potential for parody, but was surprised to see it had passed them by. With the encouragement of friends, born out of cathartic need and our seemingly endless debate on the film, I decided to do my own version of a MAD magazine strip. I wanted it to look authentic, not just in the writing (keeping the American references, humor) and copying the strip format and art style of Mort Drucker (one of my art heroes) but also the paper texture and the worn fade look of the inks. I worked entirely in PhotoShop, customising brushes and actions to create a traditional pen and ink wash look. After many weekends of work, what started out as a joking promise ended up as what you see here. Hopefully it strikes the right MAD magazine tone of being mildly amusing and irreverent but not cruel and abusive.

Aside from my obvious affection for MAD and the art of Mort Drucker, I do (believe it or not) have an amount of respect for those involved in the making of the film. At the risk of undermining the humor, Ridley Scott is one of my favorite directors (principally for two of my favorite films; Alien and Blade Runner). I think the cast are very good actors, (especially Charlize Theron!) The concept art and design of the film is excellent. The directing is mercifully free of camera shake, edit-fu and lens flares. The story is… the story is…. errr …see parody!

Click the above link for the entire strip. Harrison also created concept art for the “Aliens vs Predator” game for SEGA.

Image Source: Mark Harrison

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Tidbits; Alternate Ending and Watch Real Chimps Watch the Film!

Dread Central - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:01

If you haven't yet gone out to your local theater to see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (review), we strongly encourage you to do so as it's one hell of a kick-ass summer blockbuster. So what the hell are you waiting for, fool?!

On tap for you today are a couple of fun Dawn of the Planet of the Apes tidbits so let's get right to it, shall we?

First up, /Film has just revealed details about a Dawn of the Planet of the Apes deleted scene, which would've ended the film on a different note.

Director Matt Reeves spilled the beans on the alternate ending in an interview with the site, and you'll find his full explanation of the scene, and why he cut it, below. We encourage you to avoid reading the next paragraph if you've yet to see the film as it includes spoilers!

"What was different about the ending was that after the ending that you see in the final film, the idea was that the apes went out on a kind of exodus through the city and they gathered on the Golden Gate Bridge in order to look into the distance for the approaching warships," said Reeves. "And I felt that it was taking us too far into the next movie. And almost starting the next movie and not letting the emotion of what had just happened, of what Caesar had just achieved and... the price that he had paid. It wasn’t letting that resonate... but the final shot was actually in a way the very same final shot. It was actually him on top of the Golden Gate Bridge which was covered in apes, all looking out way, way into the distance and to see this really like messed up armada way in the distance showing up like... ships in disrepair. And it moved into his eyes as he took in the uncertain future."

"It was kind of cool," he continued, "but I realized that we had skipped too much of the emotion by doing that. And that it actually in a way boxed us in too much... also when we started showing this to people, some people are going, 'Wait, so does that mean the battle…' like I meant for those ships to be way in the distance and they hadn’t even seen the apes, ’cause obviously the apes weren’t gathering to begin the fight. The apes were gathering to look and see the fight that was coming toward them... but it was hard to render that idea. And when I showed it to some people they were like going, 'So that’s it? They’re gonna start fighting right now?' And I was like, 'Well no...' and I realized that we didn’t have the right ending. So actually that last beat, that is the last beat on Andy; this is actually kind of a cool thing too."

In another interesting tidbit that's sure to put a smile on your face, ABC News reports that a safari park boss in South Carolina took two young chimps to the theater to see the movie, where they munched on popcorn and sipped sodas.

Most amazingly, the two-year-old chimps appeared to actually pay attention to and follow along with the movie and even picked out which characters were good and which were bad. Over 1,000 humans were in attendance at the same showing, with many of them expressing fears about the chimps learning world-dominating skills from the film. Most, however, basked in the awesomeness of the unique experience.

Check out video footage of the chimps watching Dawn of the Planet of the Apes below, which is about as adorable as life gets!

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Scream Factory Reveals Pumpkinhead Release Date and Full Details

Dread Central - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:58

Right at the tippy top of my list of most anticipated 2014 home video releases is Scream Factory's Collector's Edition Pumpkinhead Blu-ray, which has just been dated for September 9th.

Read on for a full listing of the disc's bonus features, including brand new material never before featured on previous releases!

From the Press Release
Scream Factory has announced a September 9 Blu-ray release of a horror favorite featuring one of the scariest movie monsters of all time, Pumpkinhead (Collector’s Edition). The release includes several bonus features including new interviews.

When a group of teenagers inadvertently kill his only son, Ed Harley (Lance Henriksen, Aliens) seeks the powers of a backwoods witch to bring the child back to life. But instead, she invokes “the pumpkinhead” – a monstrously clawed demon which, once reborn, answers only to Ed’s bloodlust. But as the creature wreaks its slow, unspeakable tortures on the teens, Ed confronts a horrifying secret about his connection to the beast – and realizes that he must find a way to stop its deadly mission before he becomes one with the creature forever.

Also starring Jeff East (Deadly Blessing), Joel Hoffman (Slumber Party Massacre II), and Kerry Remsen (A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge), this “atmospheric, moralistic tale” (TV Guide) delivers demonic horror at its blood-drenched best.

Special Features

  • NEW - REMEMBERING THE MONSTER KID: A TRIBUTE TO STAN WINSTON featuring new interviews with actors Lance Henriksen and Brian Bremer, special effects artists Alec Gillis, Tom Woodruff, Jr., and Shannon Shea
  • NEW interviews with producer Richard Weinman and actors John D’Aquino and Matthew Hurley
  • Audio Commentary by Co-screenwriter Gary Gerani and Creature & FX Creators Tom Woodruff, Jr., and Alec Gillis
  • PUMPKINHEAD UNEARTHED (now in HD) – a documentary on the making of PUMPKINHEAD featuring Evolution of a Demon, The Cursed and the Damned, The Torture Soul of Ed Harley, Constructing Vengeance, Razorback Holler
  • Featurette: Demonic Toys
  • Behind-the-Scenes Footage
  • Stills Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer

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    ‘Pumpkinhead’ Collector’s Edition Jam-Packed With Extras!

    bloody disgusting - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:50

    Scream Factory has officially announced the September 9 Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release of a horror favorite featuring one of the scariest movie monsters of all time, Pumpkinhead, which includes several bonus features including new interviews.

    When a group of teenagers inadvertently kill his only son, Ed Harley (Lance Henriksen; Aliens) seeks the powers of a backwoods witch to bring the child back to life. But instead, she invokes “the pumpkinhead” – a monstrously clawed demon which, once reborn, answers only to Ed’s bloodlust. But as the creature wreaks it’s slow, unspeakable tortures on the teens, Ed confronts a horrifying secret about his connection to the beast – and realizes that he must find a way to stop its deadly mission before he becomes one with the creature forever.

    Also starring Jeff East (Deadly Blessing), Joel Hoffman (Slumber Party Massacre Ii) and Kerry Remsen (A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge).

    Pumpkinhead Special Features:

    NEW – REMEMBERING THE MONSTER KID: A TRIBUTE TO STAN WINSTON featuring new interviews with actors Lance Henriksen and Brian Bremer, special effects artists Alec Gillis, Tom Woodruff Jr. and Shannon Shea
    NEW interviews with producer Richard Weinman and actors John D’Aquino and Matthew Hurley
    Audio Commentary by Co-screenwriter Gary Gerani and Creature & FX Creators Tom Woodruff, Jr. and Alec Gillis
    PUMPKINHEAD UNEARTHED (now in HD) – a documentary on the making of PUMPKINHEAD featuring Evolution of a Demon, The Cursed and the Damned, The Torture Soul of Ed Harley, Constructing Vengeance, Razorback Holler
    Featurette: Demonic Toys
    Behind-the-Scenes Footage
    Still Gallery
    Theatrical Trailer

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