Uni Dates M. Night Shyamalan’s Top Secret ‘The Visit’

bloody disgusting - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 15:49

Universal Pictures has acquired worldwide distribution rights to M. Night Shyamalan’s top secret The Visit (originally titled Sundowning).

The studio has set the film for release September 11, 2015, says Deadline.

“The Visit focuses on a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a week long trip. Once the children discover that the elderly couple is involved in something deeply disturbing, they see their chances of getting back home are growing smaller every day.

In addition to the previously announced Kathryn Hahn and Ed Oxenbould, the pic also stars Erica Lynne Marszalek, Peter McRobbie, Olivia DeJonge, Deanna Dunagan, Benjamin Kanes, Jon Douglas Rainey, Brian Gildea, Shawn Gonzalez, Richard Barlow, Steve Annan, and Michael Mariano.

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The Tables Have Turned in this Pair of Clips from The Vampire Diaries Episode 6.07 – Do You Remember the First Time?

Dread Central - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 15:46

It looks like things aren’t going so well for Tripp and his vamp-killing operation in the first of this pair of sneak peeks of “The Vampire Diaries” Episode 6.07, “Do You Remember the First Time?” As for the other one… fans of Dalaric should be pleased by their stroll down memory lane!

“The Vampire Diaries” Episode 6.06 – “Do You Remember the First Time?” (11/13/14)
When the past comes back to haunt her, Elena (Nina Dobrev) is forced to face her problems head on. 

After a night out at the annual Whitmore Medical Center Fundraiser, Jo (guest star Jodi Lyn O’Keefe) opens up to Alaric (Matt Davis) about her own tragic past.  Meanwhile, Stefan (Paul Wesley), Matt (Zach Roerig), and Enzo (Michael Malarkey) resort to extreme measures when Tripp (guest star Colin Ferguson) withholds information about his vampire-killing operation, and Caroline (Candice Accola) is in a race against the clock when Sheriff Forbes (guest star Marguerite MacIntyre) gets caught in the middle of a dangerous plan.

Elsewhere, Tyler (Michael Trevino) and Liv (guest star Penelope Mitchell) grow closer, and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) stumbles upon a startling clue that renews his hope.  Kat Graham also stars.  Darren Genet directed the episode written by Rebecca Sonnenshine.

Related Story:  New Images from The Vampire Diaries Episode 6.07 Ask: Do You Remember the First Time?

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The Conjuring 2 Haunts Summer 2016

Dread Central - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 15:45

What more can be said about James Wan’s The Conjuring? It was fun, scary, and exactly what the horror genre needed when it came out. Now that Wan has officially signed on to direct the sequel (thank the video gods), the movie has landed a release date!

Look for The Conjuring 2 in theatres on June 10, 2016.

Much like the original film, the sequel will delve back into the case files of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. No word yet on which of their many noted investigations will be showcased, but with Wan back in the driver’s seat, expect it to be scary as hell.

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[5 Skull Comic Review] “The Fade Out” # 3 Transcends The Medium

bloody disgusting - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 15:15

Reading “The Fade Out”#3 is like sitting in your Studebaker drinking scotch from a flask, listening to jazz, and waiting for your wife’s lover to leave work so you can stab him in the parking lot.  And I mean that in the sexiest way possible.  C.S. Lewis used the word Sehnsucht to describe a nostalgia for something we never experienced.  Woody Allen talks about golden age thinking in his film “Midnight in Paris”.  When I read “The Fade Out” I long to live between the pages, to rub elbows with the Hollywoodland elite, to get caught up and swept away their world, and to embrace the seedy dark truth of it all beneath the surface.  “The Fade Out” transcends the medium for me.  I’ll try my best to talk about it in more certain terms

WRITTEN BY: Ed Brubaker

ART BY: Sean Phillips
PUBLISHER: Image
PRICE:  $3.50

RELEASE: November 12, 2014

Reviewed By Eric Switzer

The scope of this series gets wider in this issue as new characters are introduced and their darkness is exposed.  Characters in Brubaker/Phillips books can be described by their weaknesses.  Their defining characteristics are the things their flaws, which more often than not turn out to be fatal ones.  Maya is hired to replace Val in the film and has had to do some pretty shocking things to get where she is now, as evidence by her reaction to Thursby using a secret door to invade her dressing room.  I wouldn’t be the first to call Brubaker a feminist, so in the golden age of film industry misogyny, I think there is a lot here to unpack thematically, but I’ll save that for a future essay.

Discovering who Val was through the different perspective of each character is not unlike unravelling Laura Palmer.  It feels like Brubaker is making us slowly fall in love with a dead girl, and if she turns out to really be like Laura, the rug will be pulled out from under us in the most earth shattering of ways.  Brubaker has that capacity.

“Fatale” gave Sean Phillips and opportunity to color outside the panels, and I think he is taking some of that expression and energy to the pages of “The Fade Out”.  I am in love with his imaginative panels.  The mark of a great artist is in how their art enhances or expands the themes, narrative, and characters.  Phillips work is beyond comparison.

My only issue with this series is the inconsistent release schedule.  Quality takes time obviously, but too much time and it necessary to start the series over every time an issue comes out.  Not that I’m complaining, I’m pretty sure I have designated “The Fade Out” as my desert island book already.

Eric Switzer  is an aspiring filmmaker and screenplay writer living in Los Angeles.  His work tends to focus on the lighter side of entropy, dystopic futures, and man’s innate struggle with his own mortality.  He can be found on twitter @epicswitzer or reached via email at ericswitzerfilm@gmail.com

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[Comic Book Review] “Prometheus: Fire and Stone” #3 Is Damn Good

bloody disgusting - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 15:08

As each new installment in the Fire and Stone series is released I find myself taking out a bigger and bigger microscope to examine it with.  Though it may not be objective, I think this series deserves to be held to a higher standard.  It is for this reason that for the first time I have some criticism of “Prometheus”.  Perhaps it is finally that halfway through the event I can start to set aside my fanboy colored glasses and put back on the cynical ones I am used to wearing, but the truth is I can’t say this is a perfect issue.  Thankfully it is, however, a damn good one.

WRITTEN BY: Paul Tobin
ART BY: Juan Ferreyra
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse
PRICE: $3.50
RELEASE: November 12, 2014

Reveiwed By Eric Switzer

 

Before I start to gripe there are a lot of awesome things about this book to discuss.  Seeing the dots connect between all four books is probably the most exciting thing about the whole series.  “Prometheus” is like a great prequel: we know how the story ends, but it is just so much fun seeing how we get there, and with some clever plotting we can even be surprised along the way.  Galgo’s decision to ditch everyone and take off in the Perses is both an interesting turn of events and absolutely true to his character.  It can be difficult to keep things fresh when the reader already knows what is going to happen but “Prometheus” has had no problem being intriguing and narratively rich.  Furthermore there is a plot thread here involving an Engineer that began in “Alien” and has been hinted at in “AVP” but will need to be resolved in the final issue of “Prometheus”.  His role is mysterious essential to the Prometheus franchise so I’m excited to see where that is going.

Elden is a fucking awesome villain and the particular state of decay he is in in this series is horrifically awesome.  His panels stood out as some of the most visually engaging moments in the entire “Fire and Stone” series, which is really saying considering how extremely metal this whole series has been.  I love seeing Elden be evil and interacting with the aliens.  I imagine we has quite a bit more of that in the coming issues.

Unfortunately beyond that I don’t think this book stood out and in fact it actually stumbled in some places due to a lot of dialogue falling flat and a general lack of action.  Last week we read “AVP” #2 and it was a blood bath.  This week we have a lot of panic over a code lock and are reminded three times that Chris’s wife Jill is on the ship.  I felt like we were going in circles around these two points for half the book.  And when we weren’t talking about the code lock we were being assaulted with dialogue like:

“I mean, I didn’t do much in college past stealing beer and pretending I wasn’t the father… but I think that’s more than six”.

At this point I had to look at the cover to make sure there wasn’t a fill in writer on this issue.  Now, I am well are that this sort of ham-handed long winded way of saying nothing is not uncommon in the genre, and even in the films.  But it is uncommon for Paul Tobin and I was taken out of the action more than twice while reading this issue.  I may be becoming more critical with higher expectation, but that is because this series is just so damn good.  This book is one of my favorite and this creative team is a power house.  I expect only the best.

Eric Switzer is an aspiring filmmaker and screenplay writer living in Los Angeles.  His work tends to focus on the lighter side of entropy, dystopic futures, and man’s innate struggle with his own mortality.  He can be found on twitter @epicswitzer or reached via email at ericswitzerfilm@gmail.com

 

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Win A Sweet Prize Pack From Obituary! (Contest)

bloody disgusting - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 15:00

Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with legendary death metal band Obituary to bring you an exclusive contest where you can win two tickets, an autographed poster, deluxe CD and t-shirt! We’ve also got two runner-up prize packs that feature a deluxe CD as well as an autographed poster. All details for the contest and how to enter can be found below!

This contest is open to all US and European readers. Since the band is already on tour in the US, if you want to go to one of their shows, we’re going to put the winner down for a future 2015 date!

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Nov 13 Las Vegas, NV LVCS w/ Massacre and Rivers of Nihil

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Nov 14 Los Angeles, CA Club Nokia
Nov 15 Ramona, CA Ramona Mainstage
Nov 16 San Francisco, CA DNA Lounge
Nov 18 Seattle, WA Studio Seven
Nov 19 Vancouver, BC The Rickshaw Theatre w/ Untimely Demise
Nov 21 Calgary, AB MacEwan Ballroom w/ Untimely Demise
Nov 22 Regina, SK Riddell Centre w/ Untimely Demise
Nov 23 Winnipeg, MB Park Theatre w/ Untimely Demise
Nov 24 Minneapolis, MN Amsterdam Bar & Hall w/ Untimely Demise
Nov 25 Chicago, IL Metro
Nov 26 Cleveland, OH Agora Theatre and Ballroom
Nov 27 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Hall
Nov 28 Montreal, QC Le National
Nov 29 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
Nov 30 New York, NY Best Buy Theatre
Dec 03 Springfield, VA Empire
Dec 04 Charlotte, NC Tremont Music Hall
Dec 05 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
Dec 06 Tampa, FL Orpheum
Dec 07 Miami, FL Grand Central

***Inked In Blood Euro Tour 2015 w/ Empire of Evil and Dustbolt***

Jan 15 Essen, Germany Turock
Jan 16 Alkmar, Holland Victory
Jan 17 Bremen, Germany Tivoli
Jan 18 Praha, Czech Republic Futurum
Jan 19 Krakow, Poland Fabryka
Jan 21 Budapest, Hungary Durer Kurt
Jan 22 Vienna, Austria Szene
Jan 23 Innsbruck, Austria Weekender Club
Jan 24 Romagnano, Italy R&R Area
Jan 25 Luzern, Switzerland Schuur
Jan 27 Barcelona, Spain Salamandra
Jan 28 Toulouse, France Metronum
Jan 29 Paris, France Divan du Monde
Jan 30 Enschede, Holland Atak
Jan 31 Antwerp, Belgium Zaal de Kuup/Horror Festival
Feb 01 London, England Underworld

May 22 Baltimore, MD Maryland Deathfest XIII (2015) @ Edison Lot

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[Comic Book Review] “Django/Zorro” #1

bloody disgusting - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 14:55

Throw a classic cinematic icon with a modern interpretation of the western gun-slinging hero and you get Django / Zorro #1. After reading this debut issue, I now want to go dig up the mini-series of DJango Unchained that Vertigo Comicsreleased last year. It’s as if anyone can meet anyone in comics. Oh wait, that’s the best part about comics! Anything can and will happen which makes it a fun read indeed.

WRITTEN BY: Quentin Tarantino and Matt Wagner

ART BY: Esteve Polls

PUBLISHER: Dynamite Entertainment / Vertigo Comics

PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: 12 November 2014

Reviewed by: Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady
Twitter: @mrbradysteele

Once upon a time in the Old West, the unlikeliest of team-ups happened. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a mute Indian, an aged, wealthy Mexican and an African American bounty hunter roll into a town. Of course they do. Why not? I had to double-check the credits for this story to make sure I wasn’t reading things wrong.

Legendary film maker Quentin Tarantino and veteran comic book creator Matt Wagner have started another tale for the man with the mark of “Z” and the deadliest gun in recent cowboy cinema start a quest of justice. The dialogue is pretty crisp as you would expect from these storytellers. Tarantino and Wagner seem to work well together as establishing who can do what and how cool they can sound doing it early on.

Artist Esteve Polls is new to me but impresses in this first chapter nicely. The action is straight out of the movies of both characters. It’s crisp when it needs to be. Polls also makes his work simple and direct as needed with great effect. This collaboration seems to be a well thought-out one and I look forward to seeing more from them.

Anytime you see Zorro in action, you can’t help but see how influential a hero he is throughout pop culture. Comics fans should definitely recognize where one of THE most popular heroes (that rhymes with…Ratman) and see how brilliant this classic hero’s mythos really is. I imagine it’ll be quite the tale to see as a newer hero like Django learns from this legend. I truly believe you will enjoy this story if you like any of the creators or characters in these pages. To me, it feels like we’ve only just started and it looks like it’ll be a really stylish story.

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[Comic Book Review] Pledge Yourself to “Wytches” #2

bloody disgusting - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 14:39

Scott Snyder and Jock’s “Wytches” is back with a second issue and I’ll go ahead and call it eyebrow raising and eye err…neck-eye opening.

WRITTEN BY: Scott Snyder

ART BY: Jock

PUBLISHER: Image Comics

PRICE: $2.99

RELEASE: November 12, 2014

Reviewed by Nick Brehmer

We pick up just after the final events of issue #1. Sailor’s been attacked by some revenant creature, which she suspects is Annie, sent back by the wytches for reasons unknown. Her parents can sense the supernatural nature of the happening surrounding their daughter. Her father’s concern grows when the biopsy of Sailor’s neck would yields ancient results, and Sailor’s mother is confronted with the bizarre when a patient of hers awakens from a coma with knowledge of the wytches.

The whole concept of pledging is definitely a key interest point for this series. I know in my previous review for issue #1, I may have been a little harsh on my apprehensions regarding Snyder’s reworking of such a classic archetype. But the narrative motivations behind the pledge are very much align with the classic witch. In one word? Suspicion.

The witch trials are so fascinating due to the mass paranoia and suspicion regarding witchcraft and the defilement of community. This is very much present in “Wytches”. There’s an added level of unease with the idea of pledging as sacrifice. That one can choose an individual to be handed over to these horrific woodland creatures make the suspicion level two-fold – who has been pledged and who has done the pledging? Was Annie pledged? Has Sailor been pledged? How is the community involved? Who’s this sandman character and how does he relate? Questions, questions…

The concerns I raised in my last review are still bouncing around my mind as I flip through issue #2. In addition, with the encounter with the wytches themselves in the flesh, things are also progressing a little quickly for my tastes. I wish there was more atmospheric tension. Given the above mentioned relationship between classic witches and community, my hope is that Snyder explores this more in upcoming issues. It’s touched upon a little with her classmate interactions, but I would love to see something more built between Sailor and her new town after fleeing from the previous one due to Annie’s disappearance.

Also as mentioned in my previous issue, I will say that the artwork that Jock’s provided for this series is gripping. The wytches that he’s visualized are indeed creepy as hell.

A product of the harsh lands of Northern Ontario, Nick Brehmer is in fact a sensitive flower currently blooming in the GTA. He spends his downtime wishing he was British. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @nicholasbrehmer

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[Comic Book Review] “Wilds End” #3 Is Captivating

bloody disgusting - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 14:17

“Wild’s End” Chapter 3 The Dark Woods is the most exciting and engaging chapter yet. Picking up immediately after Gilbert’s head was vaporized last issue, the gang and an incredibly shaken Mr. Minks retreat into the relative safety of Susan’s home.

WRITTEN BY: Dan Abnett

ART BY: I.N.J Culbard

PUBLISHER: BOOM! Studios

PRICE: $2.99

RELEASE: November 12, 2014

Reviewed By: Torin Chambers

Clive’s hardened wits and general common sense continues to be one of this groups few assets. Although I have found a new favorite character in the self medicating reclusive writer Susan Peardew, who also manages to fully grasp the situation they are in and not become baggage. She’s actually an astonishing help to the group and has become infinitely more engaging then the simple towns folk Clive has interacted with up until this point. While “Wild’s End” was a fun read before it’s now become a captivating experience.

Clive’s handling of Alph and Mr. Minks after Gilberts unfortunate but heroic passing is the first of a string of excellent scenes that beautifully spill from the page. He’s not overtly angry with them, it’s more disappointment than anything and he doesn’t sugar coat it for either of them.

Aside from Mr. Minks everyone has a couple excellent character moments this issue. I almost want to write Mr. Minks off at this point; he hasn’t had any of his own moments and only seems to slow everyone down. He can’t go very fast and is handling the situation much worse than everyone else. Even Alph, the child who’s caretaker/aunt was just killed has adjusted better. I would love to see him come into his own in the coming issues but right now he feels like he’s just there to artificially slow everyone down. Maybe he’s actually a robot in disguise or has some pact with them where they’ll spare him for his services? What ever happens to him I hope he evolves out of the stereotypical coward soon.

Dan Abnett has to be the certifiable master of the shocking and exciting final pages at this point. Always leaving your mouth watering for more and more. They get more astonishing and unpredictable with each passing issue.

Wild’s End has finally elevated itself from a fun romp into an appealing and enthralling read. Susan was just the punch in the arm Wild’s End needed, her along with Alph’s awesome character turns and the lovable but damaged Clive make Wild’s End easy to recommend. It can only go up from here until we reach the Wild’s End.

Torin Chambers is a rad dude from the nineties who does film stuff or something. Thomas the Tank Engine is his favorite transformer. Find him on Twitter @TorinsChambers

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[5 Skull Comic Review] “Dark Ages” #4 Is Enlightening

bloody disgusting - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 14:02

The thrilling and action packed finale of Dark Ages is upon on us, and boy is it awesome. Hawkherst, Lucifer and company prepare for the final battle against the aliens, or as they still refer to them: Demons. With a new synthetic arm and a fighting chance provided by their new robotic ally Hawkherst leads his men in what could possibly be their last stand.

 

WRITTEN BY: Dan Abnett

ART BY: I.N.J Culbard

PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics

PRICE: $2.99

RELEASE: November 12, 2014

Reviewed By: Torin Chambers

The opening interaction between Captain Hawkherst and his synthetic friend shows that Hawkherst is much less open and accepting of their ally. It’s nice to see he’s not completely on board at first and is cautious; he was just revived with a new arm only moments ago. He has his doubts but ultimately must put his trust in the robot for the sake of his men.

This new ally gives them their fighting chance; it informs them that their enemies communicate through scent. If they can defeat the demon captain and cut out one of his glands then the demons will cease their assault. Of course Hawkherst pushes back against this at first, being from the dark ages he cannot fully grasp what he is being told. Hawkherst’s newfound bound with his robotic savior gives him the confidence to carry out an action that he doesn’t full understand.

As our heroes do battle with the demons a separate but connected battle rages within the forts walls. Most of the priests are not who they appeared to be, becoming agents of the demons assaulting the fort. The battles are bloody as all hell; it’s a total joy to read. Characters are decapitated and demons are cut down chunk by bloody chunk. The fight wages for a majority of the issue and it does not fail to deliver a the glorious final stand that its been building to since issue #1.

Dark Ages #4 doesn’t outright answer every question or completely wrap up some plot threads but it does utterly satisfy. I’m a big fan of how it doesn’t perfectly wrap everything up in a bow, because it didn’t need to. The final two pages are a bit confusing and I’m not 100% sure what their significance was but that doesn’t tarnish the book in any way. If anything it adds to the bountiful amount of wonder Dark Ages has given over these 4 issues, and so marks the end of my favorite mini series of the year.

Don’t stay in the dark ages like fool, pick this series up and become enlightened.

Torin Chambers is a rad dude from the nineties who does film stuff or something. Thomas the Tank Engine is his favorite transformer. Find him on Twitter @TorinsChambers

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[Comic Book Review] Coffin Hill #13 Is Gateway To Something Darker

bloody disgusting - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 13:46

“Coffin Hill” #13 beautifully ties up loose ends while unstitching some of the seams; leaving the series open in places the reader didn’t even know existed. While there were a few leaps in logic, some people and places appeared to be a bit convenient for my taste, and several events were resolved a little too easily, overall it didn’t bother me because this issue is clearly a gateway to something much bigger and much, much darker.

WRITTEN BY: Caitlin Kittredge

ART BY: Inaki Miranda

PUBLISHER: Vertigo Comics

PRICE: $2.99

RELEASE: November 12, 2014

In present day Coffin Hill, the shit storm is brewing. Lacey is being led through the undergrounds of the Coffin Hill mansion by the ominous and seemingly dangerous otherworldly woman, as Bianca continues to fight a losing battle with Patrick, who is intent on killing off all the witches of Coffin Hill. Just as the mysterious woman is about to convince Lacey to kill herself, Bianca is able to use her powerful (really seriously powerful) magic to project herself into Lacey’s view… In the end, the girls are able to mutually save each other with their magic from miles away. I was impressed by the use of their magic in this sequence of events and although it was very sparsely explained, I’m excited to see what Kittredge does with it in further issues. I had no idea these two witches were so powerful. While Eve is Coffin Hill present, these girls are Coffin Hill future.

Flashback to Boston 2012 where Eve is stuck in Doyle’s floorboards. This is where things get a little too easy. Eve has no way of calling for help so she just has to wait for Doyle to let her out. Things go down like a lazy episode of CSI. He lets her out, takes her to his killing spot, tells her all his secrets, and then she gets the drop on him. I expected a little more razzle dazzle but like I said, this issue isn’t about some “big kill,” it’s about the fallout and the future ramifications. When Frost shows up to see a dead Doyle laying on top of a wounded Eve, they realize they must go along with the set up Doyle created, let someone else take the blame and not take the hit for their horrific oversight.

Then Eve gets home to find her crazy ass neighbor in a tizzy. It turns out, that’s where the real danger was. It wasn’t Doyle who shot Eve after all…

The best part of the issue comes in the last few pages, in present day Coffin Hill when Eve realizes that the same woman who led Lacey to her almost-suicide is also possessing Nate. They know each other and there is some serious bad blood between them, and that woman is…

Yea, right, go read it. I’m not giving that part away. I’m incredibly excited for the next arc and we have one issue left before we start on it. While I’ve found aspects of the last 5 or so issues to be lazy and clichéd, they were still incredibly entertaining. There is no denying the raw sizzling power that Kittredge and Miranda can conjure when paired together. Given the way this arc is ending, the next one should focus heavily on the ancient darkness of both the Coffin Family and Coffin Hill. And hopefully Nate will be back to normal and able to repair his relationship with Eve while kicking his brother’s ass.

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[Comic Book Review] “Grindhouse: Drive In, Bleed Out” #1 Will Have You Begging For More!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 13:40

An incredibly fast read, “Grindhouse: Drive In, Bleed Out” #1 is gritty revenge thriller that rings in Christmas with gore. There’s nothing like spending the holidays watching people’s heads get blown off in this bloody sleigh ride. This first installment brings in the buckets of blood, nudity, and graphic violence the Grindhouse genre deserves.

WRITTEN BY: Alex De Campi
ART BY: R.M. Guera
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: November 12, 2014

Reviewed By Jorge Solis

A solider returns home from the war to visit his family for the holidays. Arriving with gifts in his backpack, the solider discovers his father lying dead on the floor. He never realized his killer was standing right behind him, with a gun pointed at his head. After witnessing their deaths, Mother Wolf calls upon her estranged granddaughter, Shayla, to seek out their murderers. As they track down The Clown, The Overseer, and The Man Who Walks, something else more cruel and bloodthirsty hunts them.

What I really enjoyed about the Alex De Campi’s writing is the focus on the relationship between the two female protagonists. Though Mother Wolf is Shayla’s grandmother, there is a maternal instinct to protect and guide her loved one. The dialogue reveals the years of abuse and estrangement between them as they snap back at each other in full-blown argument. Though Shayla has been through the worse, she does want to prove how tough she is in front of her grandmother.

Christmas can be a joyous occasion, but for many it can also be the worst of times. De Campi uses the Christmas spirit to reflect the themes of loneliness, depression, and never-ending hardships. Mother Wolf has gone through hard times, making her tough and resilient as her end days are approaching. Though Shayla shares her feisty attitude and has her whole life ahead of her, there is a bit of cynicism in her tone.

Artist R.M. Guera does a fantastic job with the cold and snowy backgrounds, capturing a claustrophobic atmosphere these characters are stuck inside their small town. The snow seems to have cut out the rest of the world, offering no escape for anyone. Notice how Guera uses the twisted shape of the tress and the cloud’s surface to depict one of the killer’s faces.

Guera illustrates little details in the wardrobe to distinguish our two protagonists. Mother Wolf has a wool cover draped over her body, as if it’s some sort of cape for her. Even her walking stick has wolf’s head on top, which serves as a prop. Because it’s wintertime, Shayla is dressed wearing a huge jacket, jeans, and boots as if she’s supposed to resemble a hunter.

“Grindhouse: Drive In, Bleed out” #1 hooks readers right in with this first issue. With a jaw-dropping cliff-hanger, readers will be anxiously awaiting the second chapter. This is your favorite comic with it’s tits out, covered in blood, and you’ll be begging for more.

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Kissing Candice Signs With Victory Records

bloody disgusting - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 13:00

Long Island electronic/metal band Kissing Candice have signed to Victory Records and will be releasing a new album in 2015. The band is known for their horror-fueled music videos as well as their masks they wear while performing.

The band is comprised of ex-Dr. Acula keyboardist/sampler Joey Simpson as well as guitarists Tommy Sciro and Walter Dicristina, Marco Caruso on drums, and bassist Mike Grippo.

Head below for a video announcement.

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‘The Wolf Man’ Gets Awesome Writer For Lame New Universe

bloody disgusting - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 12:59

Much like superhero movies, there’s only so many times you can do an origin story before it gets repetitive. But, what if the origin story isn’t even all that interesting?

The Universal Monsters were badass back in the 30′s and 40′s, but have since become the basis of generic Halloween costumes and cool shelf toys. I love Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, Creature From the Black Lagoon, and all the other classics – but it doesn’t mean I want to see them modernized.

I didn’t really know what Universal had up their sleeve until the laughable closing credits to Dracula Untold, which promised modern “games” between Dracula and his creator – because, you know, he waited thousands of years to play.

Anyways, everything about Untold was stupid. And if the idiotic and bland Untold is the model being used, I expect a lot more stupid to follow.

Fortunately, Uni has their eyes on an incredible writer for another reboot of The Wolf Man, says Deadline, reporting that Prisoners scribe Aaron Guzikowski is being courted.

Prisoners was one of the hottest scripts this decade, and gives me some faith that the story can be cracked. I mean, the best thing about The Mummy reboot with Brendan Fraser is that the movie wasn’t about the mummy. My hope is that Wolf Man rejects Untold‘s origin path and tells the story from a different perspective. The thought of a Wolf Man Untold makes me wanna puke my guts out.

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See What ‘Halloween’s’ Haddonfield Looks Like Today!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 11:32

While we were among the first to visit old horror movie locations years ago in Sean Clark’s “Horror’s Hallowed Grounds” (which has since become part of numerous Blu-ray extras, including on the new Halloween box set), others are tapping into the fun.

Small Town Pictures isn’t the first to visit the Pasadena sets of John Carpenter’s Halloween, and they won’t be the last. Either way, it’s good fun and always interesting to see what the streets of 1978 Haddonfield look like today.

This is where Michael Myers first appeared…

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Bruce Campbell Has Been Immortalized In Song

bloody disgusting - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 11:30

Chicago, IL comedy metal band Psychostick has released a tribute track to the king of B-horror, Mr. Bruce Campbell himself! The song, aptly titled “Bruce Campbell”, describes how the band would like to hang out with the king, even going so far as to get a little stalker-y. If ever there were a song that could pay homage to Campbell, this would be it.

Psychostick is currently on tour supporting their new album Revenge Of The Vengeance (iTunes). Tour dates can be found here.

A screen cap of Campbell’s reaction to the video was supplied by BD user Lizard_Brain, which you can see below.

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‘Annabelle’ Set to Haunt Your Home

bloody disgusting - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 11:18

Annabelle (review #1, #2), the spinoff to The Conjuring, is arriving on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD January 20, 2015.

Extras include “The Curse of Annabelle,” “Dolls of the Demon,” “Bloody Tears of Possession,” “A Demon Process” featurettes, and deleted scenes.

Annabelle Wallis, Alfre Woodard and Ward Horton star with John Leonetti, the cinematographer on The Conjuring, directing from a script by Gary Dauberman. Eric Ladin and Brian Howe also star.

The Conjuring included a haunted doll named Annabelle as part of a collection of demonic objects assembled by paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, who were portrayed by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga.

She terrified you in “The Conjuring,” but this is where it all began for Annabelle. Capable of unspeakable evil, the actual doll exists locked up in an occult museum in Connecticut—visited only by a priest who blesses her twice a month.

New Line Cinema’s supernatural thriller “Annabelle” begins before the evil was unleashed. John Form has found the perfect gift for his expectant wife, Mia—a beautiful, rare vintage doll in a pure white wedding dress. But Mia’s delight with Annabelle doesn’t last long.

On one horrific night, their home is invaded by members of a satanic cult, who violently attack the couple. Spilled blood and terror are not all they leave behind. The cultists have conjured an entity so malevolent that nothing they did will compare to the sinister conduit to the damned that is now…Annabelle.

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379 Epic Movie Wallpapers!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 11:07

Say “thank you” to imager user mimurph1 who has shared their massive collection of movie stills used for their own person computer background.

Now you can sift through these epic movie wallpapers and use them for your own desktops. The best part? Click over to the imgur page and you can download all of them at once!

We’ve added the entire collection below – including A Nightmare On Elm Street, Halloween, Gremlins (this one’s a winner), Grindhouse, Ghostbusters and more – for a quick scroll.

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‘What We Do In the Shadows’ Clip Introduced Werewolves Not Swearwolves

bloody disgusting - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 11:01

In UK cinemas November 21, Metrodome shared another fantastic clip from What We Do In the Shadows (read our review), a mockumentary/comedy written, directed by, and starring Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords, Men In Black 3) and Academy Award nominee Taika Waititi (Boy, Eagle vs. Shark).

In the new clip, the vampire clan has a run-in with a pack of werewolves. They hilariously share some words. Horror fans, especially, will get the joke.

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

The film premiered at Sundance this year and is screening at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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The Mystery of the Haunted ‘Hellraiser’ VHS Solved?

bloody disgusting - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 10:50

Back in June we told you about the bizarre story of the Hellraiser VHS haunting a bus stop in London.

Now, after months of speculation, there are answers.

BBC Radio put a call out at the end of their “BBC Radio 4 Short Cuts” podcast and someone contacted their presenter, Josie Long, about it.

They’ve asked to remain anonymous. Here’s what they had to say…

Have any Hellraisers appeared that haven’t been planted?

When I saw him glaring back up at me from this bus stop there was an unexpected scent of recognition or fear.
I don’t know how or why that first Hellraiser appeared. There’s a Council Estate right above this particular stop and maybe a kid or someone living there threw it off their flat. How do these odds-and-ends find themselves on bus stops? I started seeing it up there on my way to work. That’s if I got a seat on the top deck, in the left front side of the bus. I usually rode the 21 down the Old Kent Road.

What intrigued you about the Hellraiser ‘monument’?

Hellraiser appeared more gruesome or evil looking then all the others to me as a child. I distinctly remember those VHS covers on the rack in the rental store staring me down. When I saw him glaring back up at me from this bus stop there was an unexpected scent of recognition or fear. Some days you might be able to discern moisture was built up between the plastic and the blue and light coloured paper in the case. Other times it might’ve been a while so the image changed its overall hue or texture in a very pronounced way. It seemed nearly alive, and to me, as the object degraded it actually was looking more horrific than ever. Even furthering my surprise was that it then sort of began to emulsify into a softened, white-looking, small box.

When did you start maintaining it?

I like to make visual art and often try to use the everyday environment outside. After awhile I came up with the idea of “21 on the 21″. The first video purposefully placed out there landed right next to that original and was done on the 21st December 2012. It was the night that was supposed to be the Mayan Apocalypse. I think that day was our first real big apocalyptic let down since Y2K. And with the idea of the bus stop being a raised platform, then the elements really erasing the hell off Pinhead’s visage slowly away from the bus riders, I felt the words and numbers were on my side. So I started the process. There’s been other Hellraisers along the route of the 21, one even on an N21. The idea is for twenty-one to be put out over time, hence the name “21 on the 21″.

Recently Hellraiser has been joined by Jack and Toy Story – is this anything to do with the project?

I’ve actually seen Toy Story and never seen the Hellraisers. I don’t know “Jack”, was it a movie about a snowman- but wasn’t he in Frozen? I don’t watch kids movies or horror movies. These others increase the chance of the top being cleared off so I’m not a fan. However, I did the same thing myself, so complaining at this point is futile. I just hope they stop.

What has the reaction been like?

We’ve had actual mayhem ensue on nights when going to place these out. One big surprise is folks even noticing enough to broadcast about these Hellraisers! If people themselves have delighted in seeing Pinhead raising and erasing and raising and erasing out there I’d ask them to please not talk too much about it and not to disturb the cassettes.

They’ve still got a job to do…

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