One of the best horror films of the year has a pretty cool foreign one-sheet that reflects something scary…
In theater August 11 from Relativity, check out this crazy poster for Oculus, from director Mike Flanagan.
Bloody Disgusting was one of the first ever to review the film last September out of its TIFF world premiere.
“The story centers on a murder that left two children orphans with authorities charging the brother while his sister believed that the true culprit was a haunted antique mirror. Now completely rehabilitated and in his twenties, the brother is ready to move on but his sister is determined to prove that the haunted mirror was responsible for destroying their family.” READ MORE
Author/music journalist/band manager Jill Hughes Kirtland has just self-published a book entitled Not Just Tits in a Corset: Celebrating Women in Metal, which “…details the unique history, challenges and triumphs women have encountered throughout their careers in metal music.” The book features interviews and photographs of many of metal’s most famed and respected musicians, including Lita Ford, Anneke Van Giersbergen, Alissa White-Gluz, Cristina Scabbia, Tarja Turunen, and many, many more.
An excerpt from the book: “Ten years ago I heard [from women], “Since I saw you in a metal band, I thought ‘okay, I can do this as well.’” Sometimes we need a little bit of an example.” – Anneke van Giersbergen (ex-The Gathering, solo artist)
The book is available for order through Kirtland’s website.
I personally am extremely interested in picking up a copy of this book. Women in metal are often seen first for their visual appeal and second for their talent, which is incredibly disheartening. I welcome a book that tackles this topic! READ MORE
I just wanted to drop a quick note here from SXSW to update you guys on a few projects from writer/actor Leigh Whannell. But first – I want to tell you a bit about The Mule. It’s a film that Whannell co-wrote with Angus Sampson (you may remember him as Tucker from Insidious), who co-directed the piece with Tony Mahoney. Whannell and Sampson also star in the film, and their performances are both quite strong (and tonally miles away from their work in the Insidious franchise).
I’ll have a full review of the film up later this week (as well as the full interview from which these quotes were pulled). While the film about a reluctant drug mule isn’t horror – it most certainly requires a strong stomach. It’s funny, disgusting, violent and surprisingly poignant. It goes a lot deeper than you might expect.
So the deal here is… you guys are only allowed to read this update below if you promise to come back later for the full interview about The Mule (and read my review). Got it? It’s tit for tat don’t let me down guys. READ MORE
Late Phases premiered to two completely sold out houses a couple days back here at SXSW. The movie is an effective throwback to 80′s monster films that possesses a strong sense of fun along with a surprising amount of pathos. It’s actually pretty ballsy in a few ways – the werewolves are all practical creatures with real actors in those suits (the complete opposite of the CGI Twilight wolves people are used to). It’s also unusual to see a modern horror film address the topic of aging like this one does. In addition to those killer practical werewolf effects and effective themes, the film (penned by Eric Stolze) from director Here Comes the Devil director Adrian Garcia Bogliano features a great performance from Nick Damici (Stake Land).
In the film, “Crescent Bay is not the ideal place to spend one’s golden years, especially since the once-idyllic retirement community has been beset by a series of deadly animal attacks from the ominous forest surrounding it. When grizzled war veteran Ambrose McKinley (Nick Damici) is forced into moving there by his yuppie son Will (Ethan Embry), the residents immediately take offense to Ambrose’s abrasive personality. But that take-no-prisoners attitude may be just what Ambrose needs to survive as it becomes clear that the attacks are being caused by creatures that are neither animal nor man, and that the tight-knit community of Crescent Bay is hiding something truly sinister in its midst…”
I recently sat down with Damici and Bogliano for a super quick chat about the film. Head below for some highlights! READ MORE
Portland, OR pop punk band When We Team Up, in their direct words, “…try to set ourselves apart from your atypical boy loves girl subject matter most of the time.” Instead, they take the genre and give it an interesting twist by taking an approach where, “…some of our lyrics are taken straight out of horror movie scripts.”
The band has also just released their new EP From Where Monsters Come (which you can download for free below). In keeping with their love of horror, the EP adds in some dashes and sprinkles of gore and terror: “The opening track is written about the movie Arachnophobia, and there are also songs inspired by the movie Jurassic Park and the comic book The Walking Dead on here.”
To celebrate this new release, bassist Brenden McBrayer wanted to show the band’s love of horror by sharing his Top 6 horror movies! The list is pretty awesome, including some flicks that don’t get a lot of love or mention. Head on down to check it out and see if you’ve watched each of these movies! READ MORE
What’s that? You want more Resident Evil 4 Ultimate HD Edition because your appetite for it is nigh insatiable? Don’t you worry baby bird, papa’s going to feed you.
Today, our playthrough of the action horror classic continues as David and I wonder what Leon’s Tumblr is, go on another Resident Evil 6 rant — the third for those of you keeping track — and my second fight with an El Gigante doesn’t go terribly well.
In the indie horror game ReLive, you’re trapped in a building, lost, isolated and unarmed, with the exception of your phone and a source of light. It reminds me of Daylight, Zombie Studios’ next project, which shares in its themes of isolation and the supernatural. Both games continue the increasingly popular trend of taking elements from the popular Slender Man subgenre, only now the popular Internet-born cryptid has been replaced with something less specific.
There’s no shortage of games that are trying this out, and all of them, including ReLive, look incredibly exciting. Read on to see it in action.
The seventh film in the After Dark Originals 2 series brings home the twisted tale, Mischief Night, arriving on DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet), Digital HD and Video on Demand May 20 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
Starring Brooke Anne Smith (MTV’s “Awkward”), Marc Valera (TV’s “Melrose Place”) and Malcolm McDowell (Halloween, A Clockwork Orange), Mischief Night follows the unexpected relationship between a predator and his prey the night before All Hallows Eve.
“On the night before Halloween, young Kaylie is at work babysitting when she’s warned by a local night watchman not to answer the door, because nothing good can happen on Mischief Night. Soon, Kaylie realizes someone is stalking her, but on the night before Halloween, nothing is as it seems. They say “Danger is on the other side of the door.” But they never said which side of the door you’re on.” READ MORE
One Way Static has announced that pre-orders are now open for their vinyl reissue of the 1981 controversial Italian horror film Cannibal Ferox (aka Make Them Die Slowly), which was composed by Roberto Donati (who was credited as Budy Maglione).
OWS comments, “We are really proud of this release, since it’s considered one of the holy grails in Italian horror cinema. Once again we spared no efforts nor costs to make this release one you can expect OWS to deliver.”
There will be two variant copies, one a Jungle Camouflage Green and the other a Clear/Transparent Green, both limited to 500 copies worldwide (they will be sequentially foil numbered).
US/Canadian pre-orders can be done through Light In The Attic while European/UK orders can be done directly through One Way Static. Head below for information on how the uncensored artwork is apparently illegal to show! READ MORE
Looks like developer Fullbright is bringing their fantastic narrative-driven adventure game Gone Home to consoles, courtesy of Majesco’s indie publishing arm Midnight City — the same label that will be unleashing Slender Man on consoles later this year. If you haven’t played Gone Home yet, all you really need to know is you should. It’s a deeply personal and emotional experience that struck me right in my feels.
Unfortunately, I don’t think Gun Home will be finding its way to consoles too. Maybe in the ‘Game of the Year’ edition.
Coming from Daniel Corey (creator of “Moriarty”) and artist Mark Dos Santos is a noir-style detective story that takes place on Mars. The premise sounds very Phillip K. Dick-esque, as it follows Cal Talmage, a hard boiled investigator, who is hired to find the daughter of Mars’ ambassador. “Red City” #1 is slated for a June 2014 release. READ MORE
In this new pic from Warner Bros.’ Godzilla, star Bryan Cranston looks at a family photo and is either feeling emotional, or catches something shocking in the background of it…
Gareth Edwards (Monsters) directs an all-star cast that includes Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Johnson, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, Richard T. Jones, Sally Hawkins, Akira Takarada, Victor Rasuk, Yuki Morita, C.J. Adams, and Gary Chalk.
In theaters May 16, 2014, 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.
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. READ MORE
Jumping into a new series can be daunting, especially when there are years of continuity behind a title. Like some of the other publishers, Dark Horse is looking to change that this summer in an effort to bring in new readers. The Starting Points program is simple. Every month, Dark Horse will feature an issue that acts as a great jumping on point for new readers. The first two books to be featured are “Abe Sapien” #13 and “Captain Midnight”, both favorites here at Bloody-disgusting. See all the details on Starting Points below. READ MORE
Bloody Disgusting has a new clip from Mark Harley’s Patrick: Evil Awakens (review), checking into limited theaters and on VOD platforms this Friday, March 14 via Phase 4
You’re Next‘s Sharni Vinson is featured in the clip in which she’s convinced Patrick can hear her. The doctor on the other hand, says the only thing he registers are “farts”. LULZ.
A remake of Richard Franklin’s 1978 horror pic, “When a young nurse begins work at an isolated psychiatric ward, she quickly becomes fascinated with Patrick, a brain dead patient who is the subject of a mad scientist’s cruel and unusual experiments. What starts as an innocent fascination quickly takes a sinister turn as Patrick begins to use his psychic powers to manipulate her every move, and send her life into a terrifying spiral out of control.” READ MORE
Sony’s free games offering for March just got twice as horrifying (in a good way). If you’re the proud owner of a PlayStation 3 and a PS Plus membership — and if you’re not, you should be — Jasper Byrne’s pixelated 2D survival horror game Lone Survivor: The Director’s Cut has officially joined the Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition (PS4) as a free game for PS Plus members.
All you need to do is boot up your PS3 and add it to your collection. If you’re a fan of the genre, Lone Survivor is an amazing love letter to the survival horror games of old. It shouldn’t be missed.
Last month Image Comics launched “Undertow” from Steve Orlando and Artyom Trakhanov. The series subverts typical conventions of fantasy by depicting Atlantis as an advanced, corrupt, capitalist society. The world is filled with fantastic creatures, and features Atlanteans who look nothing like a human, but the issues on the pages are very real.
Ukinnu Alal is a young disenfranchised Atlantean who is discontent with everything around him. In a life changing moment he meets Redum Archsrgal a known war criminal and the leader of the Atlantean rebellion. Ukinnu makes a choice for the first time in his life. He joins the rebellion. His enthusiasm defines the main narrative of the series weaving a fantastic story about your relationship to home, rebellion in its many forms, and the danger of freedom.
That’s just the first issue. It’s intoxicating in it’s allure. It’s one of the most imaginative and exciting debuts of the year and features awe-inspring art by Trakhanov. If you loved the first issue and you’re dying to know more about this incredible series, look no further. I sat down with Steve and Artyom to talk about inspiration, rebellion, creature design, social commentary, and everything in between.
Hit the jump so you can be part of the conversation when Issue #2 surfaces next week. READ MORE
Or maybe you did?
The peeps over at Wish.co.uk made for us a pretty fun infographic that celebrates the 10 year anniversary of the Dawn of the Dead remake!
Originally released on March 19, 2004, the Zack Snyder-directed cult hit film is an adaptation of George A. Romero’s original Dawn of the Dead from 1978.
The following infographic, “18 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Dawn of the Dead,” is filled with trivia and Dawn of the Dead stats. READ MORE
Too scared to pee?
You’ve got to see this absolutely hysterical clip from Housebound, which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival last night. The footage reminds me of a joke in Austin Powers, only fear keeps this unfortunate soul from relieving themselves! READ MORE
Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with Estonia folk metal band Metsatöll to bring you the North American premiere of their video for “Külmking”, which comes from their upcoming album Karjajuht (pre-order via Amazon). Directed by Heigo Lepla, the video follows an unseen malevolent, pagan force that is killing folks in the countryside. Meanwhile, the band plays on a raised stage with flames and fireworks shooting in all directions.
This video is labelled as NSFW due to frontal female nudity as well as gore. Watch with caution! But for those of you who don’t care about such things, head on below to enjoy the show!
Their new album Karjajuht is out in N. America on 5/27 via Spinefarm Records. READ MORE
With less than a day left in the 30 day-long funding campaign for Blackmore, developer iQiOi has decided to go back to the drawing board. Sadly, despite having the awesome premise of hunting a serial killer through steampunk Victorian London with your robot sidekick, the campaign is about $130,000 short of its ambitious $200,000 funding goal.
In a post on Blackmore‘s Kickstarter page, admits they launched the campaign prematurely and that they have plans to return again in the next two months. Here’s to hoping it goes better the second time around, because this game looks great.
Playing as part of Tribeca Film Festival’s World Narrative film selections is Summer of Blood, directed and written by Onur Tukel.
Set to World Premiere, “Misanthropic and immature Eric faces a premature mid-life crisis after his girlfriend leaves him. With no career and even less charisma in bed, it seems like this loveable loser is beyond hope, until one fateful summer night when a vampire bites him in a Brooklyn alleyway. The next day, Eric finds his confidence invigorated and his stomach in excruciating pain that can only be cured by one thing…blood.”
Onur Tukel also stars in this dark comedy about love, lust, and humanity. READ MORE
Here’s a new PSA for safe sex…
Not only do we have some seriously badass images from Night of Something Strange, we also have the indie film’s first ever trailer!
From Duke Studios, director Jonathan Straiton and producer Ron Bon, “Teenage friends out for beach week get unexpectedly detoured to a creepy motel where a deadly STD virus now runs rampant, turning those infected into the living dead.”
Rebecca C. Kasek, Trey Harrison, Wayne W Johnson, Toni Ann Gambale, and Michael Merchant star.
READ ON and prepare to be impressed. READ MORE
“Killer Legends” is Chiller TV’s latest special, airing this coming Sunday, March 16th.
Bloody Disgusting now has three clips from the special, hosted and directed by Josh Zeman (Cropsey), and exploring true crime stories behind popular urban legends. READ MORE
Easily one of the most anticipated action films is years is Gareth Evans’ The Raid 2: Berandal, which Ryan Daley raved about out of the Sundance Film Festival.
Rarely shared before a film’s release, check out a lengthy 10-minute behind-the-scenes featurette for the action epic opening here in the States on March 28. That’s like getting the Blu-ray extra features before the pic is even in theaters!! READ MORE