It’s no secret that one of my biggest passions regarding horror is the score. The gore, violence, and atmosphere don’t nearly mean as much to me if there isn’t a solid score behind it. Some of the most terrifying scenes in horror can be attributed to the music hovering over the intensity.
That’s why I was thrilled when I was given the opportunity to interview composer Michael Wandmacher, who horror fans know from such films as Piranha, My Bloody Valentine, The Last Exorcist II, The Haunting In Connecticut 2: Ghosts Of Georgia, and much more. In this exclusive interview, Wandmacher talks what it means to score a horror film, the differences in scoring for film versus TV versus video games, and more. We also get to hear a bit about the score for the upcoming film Angry Little Gods, which stars genre favorite Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Cronos) and is directed by Daniel Stamm (The Last Exorcism).
Head on below for this exclusive interview! READ MORE
Update: The album is not streaming but is available for purchase, including an immediate download. The physical copy will be shipped out starting Feb. 22nd. You can purchase it here.
Also, the album was recorded and mastered completely in analog. There was not digital processing whatsoever.
Irish noise rock band My Bloody Valentine has finally released the long-awaited follow up to 1991′s Loveless. The album is available to stream on their official website although it should be noted that, as of this writing, the website is down due to incredible strain on the site’s servers. The moment we see a change, we will update with all information. READ MORE
Irish alt-rock band My Bloody Valentine has posted on their Facebook page that on Dec. 21st they finished mastering their third album, the follow-up to 1991′s Loveless. There is still no official album title or release date. We’ll keep you updated as soon as we hear anything else. Meanwhile, check here for some more info from bassist Debbie Googe. READ MORE
It’s been over twenty years since My Bloody Valentine released the legendary Loveless album and fans have been eagerly awaiting the follow up ever since. Now, bassist Debbie Googe has spoken to Drowned In Sound regarding the new album. She states, “It will definitely come out as it’s pretty much finished. I mean, it’s impossible to talk about time with Kevin, but in terms of percentage wise, he’s got one more track he wants to do then that’s it. Everything else is recorded.”
When asked what the new material sounds like, Googe responded, “I’ve heard more of the new Primal Scream record than I have the new My Bloody Valentine one!“, adding, “…most of it is stuff Kevin has done, certainly guitar wise. It’s been a long process you know. The drums have been added then taken off at least once. His brother did them at one point, then Colm (O’Ciosoig) came in and redid them. There’s some things Kevin can’t do like the drums of Bilinda’s (Butcher) vocals but everything else he can, and I’m certainly happy for him to do that.”
Alright MBV fans, who’s excited to hear some new music? READ MORE
Bloody-Disgusting is thrilled to bring you an exclusive interview with Kirk Hammett, the legendary lead guitarist of Metallica! We got the opportunity to ask Kirk a few questions about Metallica before we dove into the world of horror and his book Too Much Horror Business (Amazon). We also get to hear stories of Kirk’s childhood as well as a bit about Cliff Burton and his love of horror. You can read this exclusive interview below! READ MORE
While I love all the permeations of horror to varying degrees (supernatural, hauntings, werewolves, zombies, J-horror etc…), slashers are probably my favorite sub-genre. While I can occasionally get myself in the headspace of being frightened by a poltergeist or work up enough suspension of disbelief to get on-edge during a zombie film, slashers require me to do a lot less mental projection in order to go along for the ride.
Why? Because I’m afraid of real people chasing me through the woods with knives. While it’s of course an extremely unlikely event, it’s still something of a possibility. I consider home-invasion films a branch of the slasher genre for this very reason. The reason I lock my door every night? I’m taking an active step (or empty gesture) against someone entering my home and dismantling me. It’s a far bigger concern to me than my residence being built on an ancient burial ground (though I’ll let you know if that changes the next time I move).
I also think I love slashers the most because of the nostalgia factor. They remind me of simpler times. The fact that they’re typically in rural settings holds them in stark contrast to my daily life in the city. Many of them are downright relaxing and comforting to watch in the moments when someone isn’t getting killed. Of course this is part of the point – something evil infiltrating something idyllic. It also doesn’t hurt that the 80′s were the heyday of the slasher film (obviously Scream aren’t Halloween rural or from the 80′s. But they exude a charming small town optimism that I like). I know many people who considered that era a dark time, but its cinematic depiction in these films is positively utopian compared to our current reality. Plus, there’s usually sex. That always helps.
To that end I ask, “what’s your favorite slasher film?” Mine changes daily, actually. I know that when I did my Friday The 13th Rankings I pegged Part 6 as my favorite entry in the franchise. Oddly enough I feel that Jason Lives doesn’t feel like much of a slasher to me tonally. So I’m going to keep it in the family, but go with Friday The 13th Part 2 as my favorite slasher under the criteria discussed above. Again, this changes all the time. Halloween is obviously a much, much MUCH better film, but I’m in a rural mood today.
What about you? Does your favorite slasher change day-to-day like mine does? Or is it consistently your favorite?
So I may be alone here in my love for legendary shoegaze act My Bloody Valentine but I sincerely hope not. Finally after quite some time in anticipation the band has finally confirmed that on May 7 that will be reissuing their entire catalog through Sony. This awesome reissue includes: Isn’t Anything, Loveless, and a compilation titled EPs 1988-1991 which will include 4 EPs (You Made Me Realise, Feed Me With Your Kiss, Glider and Tremolo), as well as previously unreleased recordings and rare tracks./div>
Kevin Shields personally did the remastering for Isn’t Anything and Loveless at London’s Metropolis Studios. Loveless will be released as a 2-disc set that also features a previously unreleased version of the record, mastered from original analog tapes. Now if you will please read past the break for the complete tracklisting as well as their video for “Only Shallow“! READ MORE
When a slasher film that cost less than $20 million to produce makes back its full production tag and then some opening weekend – on its way to a $100 million total gross worldwide – you begin to wonder what the studio could possibly be thinking when a quickie sequel doesn’t automatically show up in theaters within a year or two. That’s the story with Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer’s My Bloody Valentine 3D, which, despite Hollywood’s usual rush to capitalize as quickly as possible on hit properties, still hasn’t had a sequel materialize over two years since the first movie’s release. Lussier – on the phone with us to discuss his exploitation throwback Drive Angry 3D – is just as aware of that disconnect as anyone.
“Yeah, every few months we’ll go back to Lionsgate and say ‘hey, what about doing this?’ ,” said the director. “And [they're] like, ‘you know, we don’t really wanna make those kinds of movies anymore.’ And it’s like, ‘really? ok…’
“I don’t know if it’s too late to do that now,” he continued, on the probability of the sequel ever materializing at this point. “The story we have, we wrote quite a bit on it and have a really firm idea and concept for that if it was to ever happen. But you know, it would involve getting all the original cast back and things like that…time marches on, and you have to weigh everybody’s interest. There was a time that was perfect to do it, and then as the years tick by, you wonder if that window is closed…but who knows? Stranger things have happened…things cycle around, and somebody else could stand there and say, ‘Hey, what about this? It [made] a ton of money, why don’t we [make] another one of these?’…there was a lot to reap on that project. So yeah, it’s a bit of a head-scratcher.”
Is anyone really looking forward to an MBV3D sequel at this point or is it time to move on…? Sound off in the comments!
With the recent release of Nola sludge legends Crowbar’s much anticipated new album, Sever The Wicked Hand, I started to think about what other huge albums 2011 has to offer the metalheads among us. With new albums from genre heavyweights like Atheist, Fear Factory, and Agalloch turning last year into a seriously stellar year for metal, 2010 is going to be hard to top, but here are 10 (+2) albums that I think will give 2011 more than just a fighting chance. READ MORE
A decades old folk tale surrounding a deranged murderer killing those who celebrate Valentine’s Day, turns out to be true to legend when a group defies the killer’s order and people start turning up dead.