[ECCC '14 Interview] Joe Harris Talks Modern Paranoia "The X-Files Season 10"

bloody disgusting - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 14:40

Joe Harris recently took up the daunting task of continuing the mythology of the X-Files for IDW publishing in “The X-Files: Season 10.” While most would scoff at such an idea, newcomers and diehard fans alike have been singing the series praises. It feels like a natural continuation of a beloved series with modernized ideas of paranoia. In turn series tradition the comic weaves a mysterious narrative around playful banter and disgusting alien beasts.

Bloody-Disgusting had the chance to catch up with Harris at Emerald City this past weekend to talk about his approach to the series. How one steps into writing such iconic characters, modernizing paranoia, dealing with canon, and plans for the series future.

Bloody-Disgusting: The most recent issue focused heavily on the Cigarette Smoking Man to great effect. Do you have plans for some of the other secondary characters?

Joe Harris: I Do. I’d like to spend an issue with John Doggett and Monica Reyes. That’s a huge ambition I have. A spotlight issue on Skinner would be awesome. I think we’re all in agreement on that one. I’m looking at this as we’re doing three kinds of stories. The multiple part myth arc stories, monsters of the month, and characters spotlights. I wouldn’t mind Arthur Dales involved, but he’s almost tertiary. There is a wealth of characters you can explore within this canon. So I think I’m pretty set for the next year.

BD: Because the canon is so big, how do you choose what you actually work with and are there any restrictions?

JH: I don’t have many restrictions. We haven’t kept it a secret that there are two things Chris Carter feels near and dear with the X-Files. One is the “invasion” that was prophesized for 2012. He has plans that he would like to tackle at some point. Two is more with Scully’s son William. Those are things he wants to keep for himself. We wanted to find ways to address these things, because fans want to see what’s happening with these threads. The creator of all this still deserves his day, but we’ll tease you along the way.

BD: How do you feel about the huge fanbase? Does trying to please the devout fans scare you?

JH: I think I’m a devout fan. If I worried about it, it would only slow me down. I know we can’t make everyone happy and these are really passionate fans. We’ve made enough of them happy that I feel validated. I think I’ve got it down with how these characters should sound and how this universe should operate. I’m confident with what I can do with it, and I don’t worry about it. It would only drive me crazy. Everybody has an opinion, but we’re getting further into the canon. Alex Crychek is coming back in some capacity. The black oil is coming back next month. If I worried about what people thought of those things I’d be paralyzed. Luckily it’s been predominantly well received.

BD: Do you have to curb your writing style in comics because you have a background in film?

JH: No if anything. I think I have a vocabulary as a comics creator. I process what I feel like the show is at its essence and I almost transcode the process in my brain for the medium that its for. We try to recreate the cold open, which leads to the theme. You can’t be slavish to it otherwise it won’t feel natural it will feel stiff. I just have to go with what my gut says is a good representation in this medium that feels like the original medium. Even though it can never really feel like television. We try to replicate it in a way that might not be literal. I don’t know if everyone would do it the way I do, but that’s just what comes out through the process.

BD: Are we heading back to big myth arcs any time soon?

JH: Yeah! Starting in issue 11, coming out this month. There is a storyline called “Pilgrims” sees the FBI along with Mulder and Scully travel to Saudi Arabia to investigate a terror attack on an oil facility. They obviously find out there is more than crude oil under the sand. We’ll dive into a lot of old elements here, along with some new ones.

BD: What’s your favorite part of contributing to that mythology?

JH: This idea that there is a conspiracy within the government means something a little different in the 21st century. Now its all about who owns the government, who’s wiring profit out of it, who does it really serve and work for? In a post citizens united world where we have corporations who own everything and the NSA operating without restraint. We conduct warfare by remote control. It brings the stuff that is paranoid about the X-Files into this brand new spectrum. The concept updates itself pretty well. I don’t want to be retro. I want to spin the story into something that feels really current.

BD: Contemporary culture is so ripe with paranoia, updating the conspiracy must be exciting.

JH: It’s intimidating because that conspiracy stuff was so wonderfully done. Especially early on, the first and fifth season of the show was just magic. I know they’ve gone on record to say they made a lot of it up as they went along but those are the happy accidents that happen in storytelling. You hit upon something rich that you would have never foreseen. If Gillian Anderson doesn’t get pregnant in season two, they don’t have to find a creative way to write her off, she doesn’t get abducted. I’m sure they would have found something interesting, but look how integral that moment became.

BD: Do you work closely with Chris Carter?

JH: Not so much now. Early on he provided us with a lot of feedback and tweaks. He let us know what he liked and what he didn’t want us to do. He reads everything, and he sees everything. If there is anything he doesn’t like I know he’ll let us know.

BD: Mulder has a very distinct voice and you nail it. How much research went into getting the tone of the book right?

JH: Well I’ve watched the X-Files a bunch of times. When they asked me if I was into writing it, I went back rewatched a bunch of episodes including the whole alien mytharc. I do sometimes joke that I might be the only person on the planet right now who knows what its like to have to resist the temptation to have Fox Mulder speak like Hank Moody. It’s not easy to resist that sometimes. Some of that banter and some of that dialogue is so memorable. The relationship between Mulder and Scully is so iconic and so familiar that when I sit down to consider a scene something inherent in me adapts to it pretty well. I’m pleased with the job we’re doing and it seems most people who pick up the book are. It hasn’t been that hard. I get such a kick out of writing cool things for Agent Mulder to do.

Issue 11 of the acclaimed series hits April 30th.

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Pelican Post Multi-Cam "Immutable Dusk" Studio Performance

bloody disgusting - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 14:07

Chicago instrumental metal band Pelican have released a studio performance video of “Immutable Dusk”, which comes from their 2013 album Forever Becoming. The video was done during an interview the band conducted on NPR’s Sound Opinions, which you can listen to here.

The band will also be embarking on a US tour alongside Nothing and also have dates with Tombs. Everything can be seen below.

I go through phases of digging instrumental metal above all else and lately it’s been one of those times. Any bands that I should be checking out that I might not have heard of?

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Betrayal Leads to Chaos in this Sneak Peek of The Following Episode 2.12

Dread Central - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 12:00

Our enthusiasm for "The Following" has waned, but not our morbid curiosity as to how the authorities can fuck up next. And with Lily back in the picture, we're game to stick around until the end of the season. If you are too, here are a clip and some photos from Ep. 2.12, "Betrayal."

"The Following" Episode 2.12 - "Betrayal" (4/7/14, 9-10PM)
A BETRAYAL LEADS TO CHAOS - After a series of public condemnations of Joe and his followers, Joe targets the son of a man who stands against him.

Meanwhile, Ryan is faced with the shocking news of Claire’s reappearance, and Mandy makes a decision that leads her to a familiar face, which could undo all that Joe has been working for.

Cast: Kevin Bacon as Ryan Hardy; James Purefoy as Joe Carroll; Shawn Ashmore as Agent Mike Weston; Natalie Zea as Claire Matthews; 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: Shane McRae as Robert; Sprague Grayden as Carrie Cooke; Mackenzie Marsh as Tilda; Josh Salatin as Lucas; Liza De Weerd as Angela; Felix Solis as Agent Clarke; Carter Jenkins as Preston; Tom Cavanaugh as Kingston; John Lafayette as Captain Turner

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See the Promo and Some Stills from Hannibal Episode 2.07 - Yakimono

Dread Central - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 11:30

Free at last... and it tastes so good! Will is out of Chilton's asylum, unbound and looking for justice. Here's the promo along with a baker's half dozen stills from next week's Episode 2.07, "Yakimono," to whet your appetites.

"Hannibal" Episode 2.07 - "Yakimono" (airs 4/11/14; 10-11PM): WILL IS RELEASED WHILE THE DISCOVERY OF MIRIAM LASS GIVES JACK NEW HOPE - When Jack Crawford’s (Laurence Fishburne) star pupil, Miriam Lass (Anna Chlumsky), is found alive, she becomes the FBI’s best hope of identifying the Chesapeake Ripper, but her foggy memory complicates the search.

Evidence found at the site of Miriam’s rescue exonerates Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) of any involvement in the Ripper and Copycat cases, and he is released from the asylum. Will warns Dr. Chilton (Raúl Esparza) that he could be in danger due to his intimate knowledge of the Ripper case, but when Chilton tries to confide in Jack that he shares Will’s fears about Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen), he is rebuffed—no evidence has been found against Hannibal, despite the FBI’s efforts.

Meanwhile, Jack wastes no time in reinstating Will on the BAU team as they hunt for the Ripper. After introducing Will and Miriam to compare notes, Jack’s suspicions of Hannibal’s involvement continue to build. Only Miriam’s memory holds the key to unlocking the Ripper’s true identity, but can it be trusted? Also starring Caroline Dhavernas, Aaron Abrams, Scott Thompson, Raúl Esparza, and Eddie Izzard.

Related Story: Trent Shy's New "Hannibal" One-Sheets Offer Stop-Motion Horror

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The Royals Invade these Images and Preview of Grimm Episode 4.18 - The Law of Sacrifice

Dread Central - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 11:00

Will Nick and Adalind be able to work together to protect her daughter? Will Capt. Renard make a stand as the Royals invade Portland? Check out several stills and a preview of Episode 3.18, "The Law of Sacrifice," for some clues.

Not only do we finally see Sasha Roiz get in on the action next week, but it's also our first look at new recurring guest star C. Thomas Howell as FBI agent Weston Steward, an ally of Prince Viktor.

"Grimm" Episode 3.18 - "The Law of Sacrifice" (airs 4/11/14; 9-10PM)
THE BATTLE FOR ADALIND’S BABY INTENSIFIES – Nick (David Giuntoli) and his mom, Kelly Burkhardt (guest star Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio), join forces to protect Adalind’s (Claire Coffee) baby.

Meanwhile, Prince Viktor (guest star Alexis Denisof) activates a deadly Stateside asset (guest star C. Thomas Howell) to find Adalind and her child. Bitsie Tulloch, Russell Hornsby, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz, and Reggie Lee also star. Philip Anthony Rodriguez also guest stars.

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[Exclusive] 'Dream Police' Character Sketches, A New Series From J. Michael Straczynski

bloody disgusting - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 23:40

Bloody-disgusting is stoked to exclusively debut a collection of early character sketches from “Dream Police”, the latest comic book series from prolific writer J. Michael Straczynski and Joe’s Comics, an imprint of Image Comics. The book is a bizarre take on the detective genre, throwing nods at the surrealist art movement and the strange world of our dreams. The concept art looks right up my alley, with plenty of horrific oddities.

Hit the jump for a series synopsis as well as character sketches from artist Sid Kotian. The first issue will debut on April 30, 2014.

Dream Police follows Detectives Joe Thursday and Frank Stanford as they navigate the dreamscape. Joe and Frank have been partners for as long as they can remember, patrolling the alternate universe of dreams, nightmares, and the great void beyond, an alternate but very real dimension of changelings, echoes, wisps, ethers, and nightwalkers, those that died in their sleep and wander the dreamscape forever.

The Dream Police have seen it all. But when Frank steps away and disappears… and the woman who returns says she’s Joe’s partner, that she’s always been Joe’s partner… he begins a journey into the unknown that will shake the dreaming down to its very foundation.

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[Interview] 'Afflicted' Filmmakers Talk Found Footage Horror

bloody disgusting - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 23:17

Writing, acting, directing duo Derek Lee and Clif Prowse see the release of their debut feature film, Afflicted, this week. Afflicted is a low budget documentary-style action/horror film that works to revamp the idea of a particular supernatural creature. While many believe the found footage genre to be dead, Afflicted says otherwise (see our positive review and our mixed review), and works within the confines of the genre to deliver an intelligent horror flick.

I sat down with the humble yet passionate Clif and Derek to talk about found footage, balancing action and horror, and the development of their filmmaking careers. Afflicted hits theatres today, Friday, April 4.

Bloody-disgusting: A lot of people say found footage is dead, but Afflicted shows that it’s not found footage as a genre itself that’s the problem. Was it your intention going in to reinvent the genre?

Derek: I think if anything we were trying to reinvent the vampire as a supernatural creature. In terms of found footage, I don’t know that we had the intention to reinvent, but more so just trying to be strict about the rules you’re supposed to adhere to when working within those confines. Like, in Chronicle, a great film that we love, and we take comparisons to it as a compliment, however at the some point in that film it all breaks down because of the multiple cameras. We’re said, “Okay let’s not do that,” because we feel part of it is feeling the intentionality of the person holding the camera. As soon as you break that fourth wall, it can fall apart. So we weren’t trying to reinvent, we were just harder on ourselves than other films have been.

Clif: The other thing is that what makes a good documentary style movie is that you’re playing with an aesthetic that tells the audience, “This is real,” and the excitement from that comes from interjecting something based in the supernatural, and because your brain says it’s real, it doesn’t feel like you’re watching a movie, but a supernatural event, which is way more exciting. That was the core for us. The litmus test for a good found footage movie is if you take the found footage out, would the movie be worse? For us, the movie would be significantly worse. We take a fantasy creature that normally is not grounded in reality and then reinterpret that through the documentary style lens. What would this look like if it happened in real life? That, to us, was what would elevate this movie.

BD: A lot of found footage falls apart in the third act because it begs the questions of why would the characters keep filming? How did you deal with that issue?

Clif: We were very aware of that as a pitfall of the genre, and there were times when we were like, “Oh it would be great to see that character’s reaction,” but we couldn’t show it. Like we said, we decided to be strict with the rules. The other advantage we had was, in the film, the characters have a piece of equipment called a strap-on camera, and it’s hands free, so they’re not conscious of their filming. The nice thing about that was that we could avoid that question of why are they pointing the camera in a particular direction, and they can just act like a regular person.

Derek: Slight spoiler, but the film is meant to be a documented piece, and so as the character’s situation gets worse, they are intentionally trying to film it. It’s not just, “Oh, I’m running from a monster in New York and filming it.” It’s that they know this is a story they want to tell at some point. So those things combined hopefully make it so the audience doesn’t ask the question in the third act. I’m not sure we fully accomplished that, but the response so far has been quite positive.

BD: There’s a real focus on character here. How did you approach writing a character based found footage horror script? Was it a difficult process?

Clif: this script came out of us very quickly and the story didn’t change that much at all.

Derek: We just changed a bungee jump scene to a sky dive scene [laughs]. No, but we knew that with limited budget, because we are action directors at heart, you can’t shoot too much action on a low budget. We had to be careful with that. I think that we had a very attainable goal, and we pulled it off exactly as we imagined it, which was super rewarding.

BD: And your last short film you did with a big crew, so how was it to scale down for this one?

Clif: We started making movies together when we were 16, and when you’re 16 it’s just friends getting together with a handycam, and everyone writes, shoots, acts, and passes the camera around. So in many ways, this was reflective of that mode of filmmaking. The small crew is what allowed us to fly to Europe and shoot all these locations. The minimal gear and minimal crew is what gave the movie scope, so, yeah, it was freeing in this case.

Derek: As much as we did make it found footage for the story, it was absolutely cheaper that way. One lesson we learned was that some things were too well framed and then it didn’t look found footage enough. There were some instances where we shot beautiful scenes, but we realized it didn’t work. Our DoP was like, “This is too pretty.” So we had to re-shoot, take things out of focus, anti-frame. We questioned if what we were doing was sane, but we wanted it to feel real. There’s a scene where we shoot the ground for a good 14 seconds, and people don’t call it on us.

BD: Those long takes are so important for found footage.

Clif: Yeah, we wanted a lot of it to feel like one shot, but we had to fake it because of stunts and special effects in some cases. There’s one that looks continuous, but is actually 25 shots stitched together because it was so complex.

BD: You guys have been making films together for around fifteen years, so I imagine your personal relationship helped to add to that organic feeling.

Clif: Absolutely. Basically our idea was, if we want a movie to feel real, base it in reality as much as possible. The best found footage movies are those where you are unconscious of the fact that you’re watching actors, and it feels like real life. We took advantage of the fact that we could use our real identities, our real photos, our real videos from when we were kids. All those little details, we thought would just give the movie a sense of reality that not many films have. The movie was conceived as a travel blog, where we posted as we travelled, and we wanted something going on where people would see it and google our names and find our real facebook pages to hold up to that level of scrutiny, but that doesn’t work now that we have gotten some press [laughs].

BD: This blend of action and horror is difficult to pull off. There are few examples of films that manage to balance the two without losing track of story or character. How did you approach it?

Derek: I think you just called it. The story was impetrative and it decided the action. It is a horror film, but it starts as a travel log, buddy film. The second act is tense, like The Fly kind of horror. The end of the movie is a crazy quest for absolution and that’s when the action comes out. At that point we wanted to get rid of the slow burn, and just pay it all off and let it rip. Our guiding light was Aliens, the ultimate horror action flick, though we’re not even in the same breathe of that film, but it just continues to build and build, so we looked to that one a lot.

BD: You mention The Fly, which is interesting, because Canada as a strange history of body horror. Cronenberg kicked it off, but recently we have films like Antiviral and American Mary. How does it feel to be a part of that?

Derek: Pretty damn good [laughs].

Clif: It’s just an amazing cast of people to be put in the same sentence with. It’s very humbling.

Derek: There’s so much about Canadian film that we admire and the ones that really succeed are those that pull off something new, that you haven’t seen. If we can even have a tiny bit of unique voice in our film, that’s great.

Clif: The movies you mentioned, they are all movies that are cool and interesting that just happen to be Canadian. I think when we set out to make our movie we’re just setting out to make the best movie possible.

Derek: There was one interviewer who was surprised we were Canadian, and we were like, “Isn’t it obvious?” I’m pretty sure I was wearing a shirt that said “Canada” on it with a picture of a beaver [laughs].

BD: Because you’ve been making films for so long, and you write, direct, and star, do you find it hard to distance yourself from it at all to make creative decisions?

Clif: Yes, it’s an interesting process. I think Derek was more used to it because he has acted in our short films. For me, it was a bit weird to get in front of camera, but it’s crazy how quickly you switch into director mode. You can see what’s working and what isn’t and be quite ruthless with yourself. One of our favorite scenes in the movie was this big emotional skydiving scene that we love, but we had to take it out because it wasn’t working with the film.

Derek: We are our harshest critics. I am more stringent on my own performances and Clif is the same way on his. It’s definitely self-consciousness, but it’s great that there are two of us. There’s always someone to say, “Relax, don’t worry about it.” We can let go when we need to.

Clif: We always put the project first.

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'Death In Candlewood' Is A "Love Story Between The Living And The Dead"

bloody disgusting - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 22:32

Some of the folks who helped bring us Silent Hill: Origins, F.E.A.R. and The Witcher have teamed up to form a new studio called Rosebud Games. Their first project is an open-world psychological horror FPS that draws inspiration from the works of Edgar Allan Poe, as well as several classic horror films. It’s also set in 1940s America, a culturally significant era that, for some reason or another, isn’t often tackled by video games.

That all sounds great, but the most intriguing thing about this game may be the idea that it’s a self-described “love story between the living and the dead.” Read on for more.

According to its Kickstarter, the game “spans a single night in the life of Ray Dune, a doctor whose relationship with reclusive psychiatrist Lester Caravan has reached a deadly crisis point. When his vulnerable adopted son Rizzo mysteriously disappears, Dune is forced to act. Navigating the dark paths of Candlewood Mountains and a terrifying onslaught of inhuman assailants, Dune sets out on a desperate bid to save himself and his son from the bloody machinations of a madman.”

If you’d like to help Death In Candlewood see the light of day, you can support it on Kickstarter.

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'Doom' Beta Access Limited To PC, PS4, Xbox One

bloody disgusting - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:18

Back in February, Bethesda announced they’d be pairing Doom beta access with pre-ordered copies of Wolfenstein: The New Order, due May 20th. Unfortunately, while Wolfenstein is slated to release on every major platform, only PC, PS4 and Xbox One will be getting the beta. I’m guessing the reasoning behind this is the long awaited Doom sequel is still a ways out and likely won’t be coming to last-gen consoles.

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'Alien: Isolation' Trailer Explores The Importance Of Sound

bloody disgusting - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 19:34

Sega has released a new developer diary for Creative Assembly’s upcoming survival horror game Alien: Isolation, and this time it’s all about the sound. As any fan of this genre can tell you, sound can make or break a horror game. It can make its scares more visceral (Dead Space) or elevate its atmosphere to an entirely new level (Silent Hill). In this video, the devs give us a behind-the-scenes peak at how much time is invested into making the world in Alien: Isolation feel alive and horrifying.

If you missed it, you should definitely check out our interview with Gary Napper, lead designer on the game.

Alien: Isolation arrives October 7th for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

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Slappy the Clown Battles 'Goosebumps' Cast!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 19:17

Joining Jack Black and Odeya Rush in Sony’s Goosebumps movie are Prisoners and Let Me In‘s Dylan Minnette, pictured above, Devil’s Knot‘s Amy Ryan, pictured below, and “Workaholics’ ” Jillian Bell, sources tell Bloody Disgusting Friday evening.

Rob Letterman (Gulliver’s Travels, Shark Tale) is directing the adaptation of the R.L. Stine books series in which a young boy moves with his mother and sister to the small town of Greendale, Maryland. There, he meets veteran Young Adult horror author R. L. Stine, played by Jack Black. The infamous Slappy – a demonic ventriloquist’s dummy – comes into play and sets free the many many demons of Stine’s mind. Stine’s niece teams with the boy to put all the evil genies back in the bottle.

Filming is set for both Atlanta and Los Angeles.

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Indie Horror 'Lethe', 'Kraven Manor' Greenlit On Steam

bloody disgusting - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 19:11

Valve greenlit another batch of games on Steam this week, and scattered about the 75 titles that will soon be distributed on Steam is a handful of indie horror games you may recognize. Among them is the supernatural horror game Lethe – Episode One, Motte Island, and Kraven Manor, which subscribers of our YouTube channel may remember me playing back in June. Stupid Slendermannequin…

For the full list, head on over to Steam.

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Nearly a Dozen New Godzilla Images!

Dread Central - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 19:03

Over on the official M.U.T.O. Research Twitter page, they've been pretty damned busy posting new images from the upcoming Godzilla flick so we consolidated a few of the choice ones here for you, which include some brief glimpses of the monster-sized airport brawl!

An epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Johnson, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, Richard T. Jones, Sally Hawkins, Akira Takarada, Victor Rasuk, Yuki Morita, and C.J. Adams star.

Making his first appearance in 1954 (Gojira), Godzilla is a giant monster that lives in the sea that comes from the ocean to feed on mankind.

Visit the official Godzilla website here.


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Classic Poster Artist Enlisted For 'Soulmate' One-Sheet

bloody disgusting - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 17:58

Gearing up for Cannes, this new Soulmate art was created by Graham Humphreys – who made the UK posters for A Nightmare on Elm Street and Evil Dead II!

The supernatural thriller stars Anna Walton (Hellboy 2), Tom Wisdom (300), Nick Brimble (A Knight’s Tale) and Emma Cleasby (Dog Soldiers) and marks the feature debut of director Axelle Carolyn, who has acted in Neil Marshall’s Centurion and Doomsday. Carolyn also penned the script.

“Soulmate follows a young woman who retreats to a remote cottage after a failed suicide attempt. She soon discovers the cottage is haunted by its previous owner but decides to remain, hoping to find comfort in the ghost.

The film is produced by Claire Otway and is a Neil Marshall (The Descent, Dog Soldiers, Centurion) presentation for production company Sterling Pictures.

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Troma Prepping 30th Anniversary Toxic Avenger Blu-ray

Dread Central - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 17:57

Were you aware that 2014 marks the 30th anniversary of the quintessential Troma movie The Toxic Avenger? Lloyd Kaufman has announced a fully loaded high-def Blu-ray is on the way, and while we don’t have a street date yet, we do have a list of extras.

Welcome to Tromaville, New Jersey -- a small American town, terrorized by criminals. The town's corrupt mayor sits idly by while muggers, robbers, and teenage punks victimize helpless citizens.

Among the residents of Tromaville is Melvin, a nerdy, emaciated janitor at the local health club. That is, until he becomes The Toxic Avenger!

A gang of thugs devise a cruel hoax that goes horribly wrong as Melvin is cast through a third story window and into a vat of hazardous toxic waste. However, an unexpected metamorphosis takes place. As the chemicals take hold of his body, Melvin turns into the Toxic Avenger, doer of good and brutal mauler of evil! The rest, as they say, is history.

And by history they mean creating a b-movie superhero that redefined cinematic bad taste at the time and went on to launch a series of films, become its company’s signature mascot, and even briefly got re-invented as a kid-friendly environmental crusader trying to cash in on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toon/toy craze.

The forthcoming 30th anniversary Blu-ray will boast a new high-definition transfer of the 1984 Troma cult classic from original materials. A release date has yet to be announced but safe to say it will be before year’s end.

We may still be wondering when we can get our hands on it, but we know what we’ll be getting. Here’s a list of extras Troma has announced will be included on the disc...

Special Features

  • Special introduction by Troma honcho Lloyd Kaufman
  • New commentary track with Lloyd Kaufman
  • Additional commentary track with stars Robert Prichard, Gary Schneider, and Dan Snow
  • Special interview with star Jennifer Babtist
  • New video with Mark Torgl (The Original Melvin)
  • Rare on-screen video interview with Troma co-founder and vice-president Michael Herz
  • Behind-the-scenes and in production slide show
  • Original Troma trailers
  • 40 years of Troma video montage

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    Clip From 'The Quiet Ones' Feels Like Everything Else We've Seen...

    bloody disgusting - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 17:54

    Here’s yet another look at a seance sequence in Lionsgate’s The Quiet Ones. Based on all of the footage released thus far, I don’t believe anything else happens in this movie, other than a revisiting of The Haunting in Connecticut‘s ectoplasmic barf scene. This makes me think there’s no other cool footage, and that makes me nervous…

    Opening in theaters April 25, “A university student (Sam Claflin) and some classmates are recruited to carry out a private experiment — to create a poltergeist. Their subject: an alluring, but dangerously disturbed young woman (Olivia Cooke). Their quest: to explore the dark energy that her damaged psyche might manifest. As the experiment unravels along with their sanity, the rogue PHD students are soon confronted with a terrifying reality: they have triggered an unspeakable force with a power beyond all explanation.

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    Badass New Poster for Texas Frightmare Weekend 2014

    Dread Central - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 17:46

    Texas Frightmare Weekend is proud to reveal its 2014 poster, created in cooperation with Mondo, America’s finest purveyors of cinematic artwork. TFW’s 2014 poster celebrates two of this year’s festival’s biggest draws...

    ...the Hellraiser series and George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead, masterfully combined by iconic horror artist Gary Pullin. A very limited number of only 100 posters will be printed for this year’s convention, making them the show’s hottest collectors item. Available only at the show itself, quantities will be limited to two per customer.

    From the Press Release
    Texas Frightmare Weekend is back for blood May 2nd through the 4th, offering up more celebrity guests, more vendors, and the continuation of its wildly popular free film screenings to all TFW passholders! Continuing last year’s partnership, Texas Frightmare Weekend is monstrously proud to re-team with IFC Midnight and present a gruesome twosome of new horror films from two specialists in the genre!

    Texas Frightmare Weekend welcomes a stellar duo of hotly anticipated chillers with Ben Ketai’s subterranean terror opus Beneath and Álex de la Iglesia’s epic Spanish horror/comedy Witching and Bitching!

    A coven of flesh-eating witches meet their match when a group of hapless thieves stumble upon a mysterious mansion in Witching and Bitching, the freaky new horror comedy from Spanish director Álex de la Iglesia (Mutant Action, Day of the Beast, As Luck Would Have It) and starring Hugo Silva, Mario Casas, and Carmen Maura. Winner of eight GOYA Awards (Spain's Academy Awards) including Best Special Effects and Best Makeup, this festival favorite is presented in its native Spanish language with English subtitles. IFC Midnight will release Witching and Bitching this summer in theatres, on cable, and via digital VOD.

    In Beneath a deadly supernatural force is unleashed when a crew of coal miners and a female environmentalist find themselves trapped 600 feet below ground. This creepy and claustrophobic horror thriller from director Ben Ketai (30 Days of Night: Dark Days) stars Jeff Fahey, Kelly Noonan, Joey Kern, and Brent Briscoe. Winner of six awards at SCREAMFEST, LA's annual horror film festival, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Special Effects, IFC Midnight will release Beneath this summer in theatres, on cable, and via digital VOD.

    These two spectacular free screenings are courtesy of IFC Midnight, free for TFW passholders, and will conveniently take place at The Alamo Drafthouse Grindhouse Cinema, located inside The Hyatt Regency DFW – the home of Texas Frightmare Weekend!

    TFW is arguably America’s largest gathering of horror celebrities, professionals, and fans – now celebrating its eighth amazing year. The blockbuster event boasts over 10,000 attendees annually and has hosted hundreds of genre legends, including Clive Barker, Malcolm McDowell, Robert Englund, John Carpenter, Tobe Hooper, and Cary Elwes.

    Celebrity guests at TFW 2014 include living legend George A. Romero and the cast of Dawn of the Dead; Saw’s Tobin Bell; The Creature from the Black Lagoon’s Julie Adams and Ricou Browning; a Terminator reunion featuring Michael Biehn, Earl Boen, Linda Hamilton, Peter Kent, Kristanna Loken, and Robert Patrick; Japan’s ass-kicking warrior princess Asami; Hellraiser’s Doug Bradley, Nicholas Vince, and Barbie Wilde; an Aliens reunion featuring Mark Rolston, Michael Biehn, and Jenette Goldstein; Paradise Lost’s Jason Baldwin; the cast of AMC’s "The Walking Dead"; Full Moon founder Charles Band; Repo! The Genetic Opera’s Bill Moseley, Nivek Ogre, and Alexa Vega; the legendary Linda Blair; Night of the Demons’ Amelia Kinkade, Linnea Quigley, and Kevin Tenney; Doctor Giggles himself, Larry Drake; and The Blair Witch Project’s Heather Donohue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams, and Eduardo Sanchez!

    Additional guests include Phil Fondacaro, John Franklin, Courtney Gains, John Kassir, Nick King, Kurando Mitsutake, Kyle Labine, Tyler Labine, Chris Marquette, artist Brett Weldele, Michael Parks, Chris Alexander, Lou Taylor Pucci, artist Gary Pullin, musician Twiggy Ramirez, Dee Snider, Jen and Sylvia Soska, artist Ben Templesmith, Kevin Van Hentenryck, Jill Whitlow, and many more!

    Daily and weekend passes are available on the Texas Frightmare Weekend website. Weekend and daily passes grant admission to TFW’s free screenings but do not guarantee seating so arrive early – before they reach full capacity!

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    Eli Roth Will Be Directing Keanu-F*cking-Reeves!!

    bloody disgusting - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 17:43

    Knock knock? Who’s there? HOW. COOL. IS. THIS?!

    Deadline reports that Keanu Reeves has just committed to star for Eli Roth (Hostel, Cabin Fever) in Knock Knock, a psychological thriller that Roth wrote and will direct.

    Reeves will play a happily married family man who’s left alone for the weekend. Two beautiful girls show up at his house, and turn his life upside down.

    Those femme fatales will be played by The Green Inferno‘s Lorenza Izzo, adds the site, and Ana de Armas.

    Ignacia Allamand, who also starred in Green Inferno, plays the man’s wife. Colleen Camp, a catalyst in assembling this film as producer, will also play a role, as will Aaron Burns, who also just worked with Roth in The Green Inferno.

    Roth starts production April 14 in Santiago, Chile.

    This sums up my thoughts pretty well…

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    Twisted Music Video Of The Week Vol. 129: Disturbed "Stupify"

    bloody disgusting - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 17:30

    We’re going to go back to the beginning of the 21st century for this week’s Twisted Music Video Of The Week by showing our appreciation for Disturbed‘s “Stupify” from their 2000 album The Sickness. The track was the band’s first single from their debut studio album, which has since gone on to achieve 4x Platinum status, making it their most successful album.

    It’s an awesome song from an awesome album and it deserves to be recognized. So, without further ado, head on below to check out “Stupify”!

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    Game of Thrones' Gwendoline Christie Signs on for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

    Dread Central - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 17:01

    And this hectic news day just keeps rolling on. Next up Variety reports that the truly badass Gwendoline Christie is replacing actress Lily Rabe as the Commander Lyme character in Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2.

    Rabe was forced drop out due to a scheduling conflict with a previous commitment to perform in Much Ado about Nothing at Shakespeare in the Park. The Commander Lyme character is one of the leaders of District 13 and hails from District 2 as a past victor of a Hunger Games.

    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 will be in theatres on November 21st, 2014, with Part 2 following on November 20th, 2015.

    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Book Synopsis
    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena alive, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what's worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss' family, not her friends, not the people of District 12.

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