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Scary vs. Gorey

Posted by Horror Grinder on January 8, 2013

I love scary movies and I love blood and guts and severed heads and tangled up intestines everywhere. I guess tangled-up intestines are kind of the same thing as guts, but, wow, do I love grisly gore. It seems like older horror movies often focused more on the psychology of how horrifying a situation or act was and newer horror movies put more attention into convincingly showing every stab and every spurting artery on camera. For example, especially when you factor in what audiences of the time were used to, Last House on the Left was really shocking in 1972. It’s slogan was “To avoid fainting, keep repeating it’s only a movie, only a movie, only a movie.” Most of the most horrible events in the movie, you hear the suffering, but you can’t really see what is going on. By contrast, the 2009 version seems to be shot somehow higher quality, partly just due to the technology of modern cinematography. To my modern eyes, the color palette is more pleasing in the 2009 Last House on the Left. More of the gruesome parts are visible, although they could still go more extreme with that, for my taste. But the new one somehow loses some of the aura of menace, while at the same time vastly improving special effects and general overall look. Partly I suppose Aaron Paul just didn’t seem very scary to begin with and he already seemed like a tragic hero to anyone who had seen him play Jesse in Breaking Bad. You can research more about both the 1972 film version and the more recent 2009 remake at Wikipedia and you can read a bit about Last House on the Left distribution channels for horror at Blue Blood.

Horror special effects definitely have come a long way since the seventies. Now though, the special effects are, not to sound ironic, to die for. Trust me, if the quality of movies were still the same as they were a few decades ago, you can bet that I wouldn’t drop what I was doing over at http://www.partybingo.com just to watch some crappy special effects, and acting that we will just label as sub-par. Thank god though, that isn’t the case! To prove my point, just go watch one of the many (I think there are eight) movies in the Saw series, or if you are really up for some cringing, then watch Hostel.

So, in conclusion, I’ll watch the seventies movies for the acting and the newer ones for the special effects, but the special effects really have to be pretty impressive. I’m thinking about going to see Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D. I figure, even if the acting is all Disney Channel, the special effects on that have to be worth a theater ticket.

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Watch This Trailer on Your Honeymoon

Posted by Steve Barton on July 22, 2014

New Honeymoon Poster Is All Tangled UpHot on the heels of yesterday's poster premiere, we now have the official trailer for Leigh Janiak's Honeymoon (review). Check it out, and let's hope that our newlyweds are terrified beyond belief for our amusement!

Honeymoon, the chilling directorial debut of Leigh Janiak, features rising stars Rose Leslie (HBO’s "Game of Thrones") and Harry Treadaway (Showtime's "Penny Dreadful"). Janiak co-wrote the film with Phil Graziadei; Patrick Baker and Esmé Howard produced.

Ben Huber and Hanna Brown co-star.

Synopsis:
Newlyweds Paul (Treadaway) and Bea (Leslie) want to spend their honeymoon at a cabin in the woods. But the lovely romantic moment quickly disappears when odd events, such as the appearance of a mysterious light, the unexpected disappearance of Bea, and her strange return, completely hurt and acting differently, are destined to tear them apart.

Magnet Releasing will release the film on iTunes/On Demand and in theaters September 12, 2014.

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Watch This Trailer on Your Honeymoon

Posted by Steve Barton on July 22, 2014

New Honeymoon Poster Is All Tangled UpHot on the heels of yesterday's poster premiere, we now have the official trailer for Leigh Janiak's Honeymoon (review). Check it out, and let's hope that our newlyweds are terrified beyond belief for our amusement!

Honeymoon, the chilling directorial debut of Leigh Janiak, features rising stars Rose Leslie (HBO’s "Game of Thrones") and Harry Treadaway (Showtime's "Penny Dreadful"). Janiak co-wrote the film with Phil Graziadei; Patrick Baker and Esmé Howard produced.

Ben Huber and Hanna Brown co-star.

Synopsis:
Newlyweds Paul (Treadaway) and Bea (Leslie) want to spend their honeymoon at a cabin in the woods. But the lovely romantic moment quickly disappears when odd events, such as the appearance of a mysterious light, the unexpected disappearance of Bea, and her strange return, completely hurt and acting differently, are destined to tear them apart.

Magnet Releasing will release the film on iTunes/On Demand and in theaters September 12, 2014.

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Tremors Finally Getting a Reboot

Posted by Steve Barton on July 22, 2014

Tremors Finally Getting a RebootThere's been talk of a new version of Universal's wormy creature feature Tremors for several years now, but it finally sounds like the wheels are in motion. Filmmaker Don Michael Paul (Lake Placid: The Final Chapter, Jarhead 2: Field of Fire) recently took to his blog with a rather interesting announcement.

"After I finish up Company of Heroes: The Fourth Reich, I will be headed to Johannesburg, South Africa, to reboot the Tremors franchise for Universal. Big year ahead, and I’m excited to keep it going with the support of all you genre movie lovers out there."

In case you've been living under a rock for the past 25 years (yes, it's been that long since the first one came out) Tremors told the tale of the natives of a small isolated town who defend themselves against strange underground creatures which are killing them one by one.

In other news... There was a sequel to Jarhead?!? Really?!?

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Tremors Finally Getting a Reboot

Posted by Steve Barton on July 22, 2014

Tremors Finally Getting a RebootThere's been talk of a new version of Universal's wormy creature feature Tremors for several years now, but it finally sounds like the wheels are in motion. Filmmaker Don Michael Paul (Lake Placid: The Final Chapter, Jarhead 2: Field of Fire) recently took to his blog with a rather interesting announcement.

"After I finish up Company of Heroes: The Fourth Reich, I will be headed to Johannesburg, South Africa, to reboot the Tremors franchise for Universal. Big year ahead, and I’m excited to keep it going with the support of all you genre movie lovers out there."

In case you've been living under a rock for the past 25 years (yes, it's been that long since the first one came out) Tremors told the tale of the natives of a small isolated town who defend themselves against strange underground creatures which are killing them one by one.

In other news... There was a sequel to Jarhead?!? Really?!?

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#SDCC14: 2 New Walking Dead Season 5 Images

Posted by Steve Barton on July 22, 2014

#SDCC14: 2 New Walking Dead Season 5 ImagesAhead of its yearly appearance at the San Diego Comic-Con, two new images from "The Walking Dead" have shambled online, and we have 'em for you right here complete with lil ass-kicker in tow! Dig 'em now courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.

The cast and producers of AMC’s record-breaking hit series “The Walking Dead” will participate in a panel at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego, CA, during which they will discuss what fans can expect in the highly anticipated fifth season, which debuts in October.

“The Walking Dead” panelists include: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Chad Coleman, Michael Cudlitz, executive producer and showrunner Scott Gimple, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, executive producer Robert Kirkman, executive producer and special effects make-up supervisor Greg Nicotero, and executive producer David Alpert. The panel will be moderated by “Talking Dead” host Chris Hardwick.

The panel runs from from 12:20-1:20 pm on Friday, July 25, in Hall H, with an autograph session following from 1:50-2:50 pm in Booth #4237.

To stay up-to-the-minute on all things walker related, follow @WalkingDead_AMC on Twitter and visit "The Walking Dead" on Facebook. For more be sure to hit up the official "The Walking Dead" page on AMC.com.

The Walking Dead Season 5

The Walking Dead Season 5

The Walking Dead Season 5

The Walking Dead Season 5

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#SDCC14: 2 New Walking Dead Season 5 Images

Posted by Steve Barton on July 22, 2014

#SDCC14: 2 New Walking Dead Season 5 ImagesAhead of its yearly appearance at the San Diego Comic-Con, two new images from "The Walking Dead" have shambled online, and we have 'em for you right here complete with lil ass-kicker in tow! Dig 'em now courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.

The cast and producers of AMC’s record-breaking hit series “The Walking Dead” will participate in a panel at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego, CA, during which they will discuss what fans can expect in the highly anticipated fifth season, which debuts in October.

“The Walking Dead” panelists include: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Chad Coleman, Michael Cudlitz, executive producer and showrunner Scott Gimple, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, executive producer Robert Kirkman, executive producer and special effects make-up supervisor Greg Nicotero, and executive producer David Alpert. The panel will be moderated by “Talking Dead” host Chris Hardwick.

The panel runs from from 12:20-1:20 pm on Friday, July 25, in Hall H, with an autograph session following from 1:50-2:50 pm in Booth #4237.

To stay up-to-the-minute on all things walker related, follow @WalkingDead_AMC on Twitter and visit "The Walking Dead" on Facebook. For more be sure to hit up the official "The Walking Dead" page on AMC.com.

The Walking Dead Season 5

The Walking Dead Season 5

The Walking Dead Season 5

The Walking Dead Season 5

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Exclusive Beneath Clip Stuck Here

Posted by Steve Barton on July 22, 2014

Exclusive Beneath Clip Stuck HereBen Katai's Beneath is opening in limited theatres on July 25th so to get you geared up for the spelunking spookery to come, we've dug our claws into an exclusive clip for you! Read on for the goods!

Beneath is out TODAY via VOD and iTunes, Amazon, and Xbox Live. Netflix and Redbox availability will come later on down the road.

Synopsis
A crew of coal miners becomes trapped 600 feet below ground after a disastrous collapse. As the air grows more toxic and time runs out, they slowly descend into madness and begin to turn on one another. Inspired by true events.




Beneath

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Beneath

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Exclusive Beneath Clip Stuck Here

Posted by Steve Barton on July 22, 2014

Exclusive Beneath Clip Stuck HereBen Katai's Beneath is opening in limited theatres on July 25th so to get you geared up for the spelunking spookery to come, we've dug our claws into an exclusive clip for you! Read on for the goods!

Beneath is out TODAY via VOD and iTunes, Amazon, and Xbox Live. Netflix and Redbox availability will come later on down the road.

Synopsis
A crew of coal miners becomes trapped 600 feet below ground after a disastrous collapse. As the air grows more toxic and time runs out, they slowly descend into madness and begin to turn on one another. Inspired by true events.




Beneath

Beneath

Beneath

Beneath

Beneath

Beneath

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The Court of the Dead Rises in these Motion Comics from Sideshow

Posted by Debi Moore on July 22, 2014

Sideshow Crowns its Queen of the DeadOne of the most impressive figure lines we've seen in quite some time, Sideshow's "Court of the Dead" has just gotten even cooler with the release of two new motion comics that tell of the rise of both the Queen of the Court and the Red Death.

Queen of the Dead Premium Format Figure:
She is the first-born creation of Death, his Eve; the embodiment of his dark creative spirit, limitless guile, and soaring ambition. From high atop her spired tower, Gethsemoni, Queen of the Dead, oversees the realm of the Underworld before her.

As Death's appointed Regent, she rules the Court of the Dead, a contentious assembly of beings of the netherworld that are driven by Death's quest to Rise, Conquer, Rule!

Sideshow Crowns its Queen of the Dead

The Red Death Premium Format Figure:
A wretched abomination, part mummified flesh and part tormented spirit, Avarkus, The Red Death drifts upon the celestial ether between the realms of the living and the dead. With an insatiable thirst for the avarice in men's souls, he seeks out those corrupted by greed to claim as his own.

In his hand he holds a mask of gold, which represents the face of his life's true desires, and on his back a rich and gruesome embroidered cloak imprisons the faces of those preeminent souls he has taken for Death's designs. But perhaps most horrific of all, from the odious sack of innards that spill out of his vacuous abdomen, vengeful spirits become a celestial torch and pitchfork-wielding mob to exact a wicked justice for their host.

Having once lived a life of greed, now Death commands Avarkus to serve in the Court of the Dead and carry out his master plan - to Rise, Conquer, and Rule!

The Queen of the Dead, Death's Siren Gallevarbe Premium Format Figures are available for pre-order now with shipment expected in November 2014 for the Queen and Red Death and May 2015 for Gallevarbe. For more info keep your eyes on Sideshow's Court of the Dead Blog.

Sideshow Adds The Red Death to its Court of the Dead

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The Court of the Dead Rises in these Motion Comics from Sideshow

Posted by Debi Moore on July 22, 2014

Sideshow Crowns its Queen of the DeadOne of the most impressive figure lines we've seen in quite some time, Sideshow's "Court of the Dead" has just gotten even cooler with the release of two new motion comics that tell of the rise of both the Queen of the Court and the Red Death.

Queen of the Dead Premium Format Figure:
She is the first-born creation of Death, his Eve; the embodiment of his dark creative spirit, limitless guile, and soaring ambition. From high atop her spired tower, Gethsemoni, Queen of the Dead, oversees the realm of the Underworld before her.

As Death's appointed Regent, she rules the Court of the Dead, a contentious assembly of beings of the netherworld that are driven by Death's quest to Rise, Conquer, Rule!

Sideshow Crowns its Queen of the Dead

The Red Death Premium Format Figure:
A wretched abomination, part mummified flesh and part tormented spirit, Avarkus, The Red Death drifts upon the celestial ether between the realms of the living and the dead. With an insatiable thirst for the avarice in men's souls, he seeks out those corrupted by greed to claim as his own.

In his hand he holds a mask of gold, which represents the face of his life's true desires, and on his back a rich and gruesome embroidered cloak imprisons the faces of those preeminent souls he has taken for Death's designs. But perhaps most horrific of all, from the odious sack of innards that spill out of his vacuous abdomen, vengeful spirits become a celestial torch and pitchfork-wielding mob to exact a wicked justice for their host.

Having once lived a life of greed, now Death commands Avarkus to serve in the Court of the Dead and carry out his master plan - to Rise, Conquer, and Rule!

The Queen of the Dead, Death's Siren Gallevarbe Premium Format Figures are available for pre-order now with shipment expected in November 2014 for the Queen and Red Death and May 2015 for Gallevarbe. For more info keep your eyes on Sideshow's Court of the Dead Blog.

Sideshow Adds The Red Death to its Court of the Dead

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