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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.

Human Centipede 3: Final Sequence, The (2015)

Posted by Steve Barton on May 22, 2015

humancent3Starring Dieter Laser, Laurence R. Harvey, Bree Olson, Eric Roberts, Robert LaSardo

Directed by Tom Six

Let me start this off by saying I’m a big fan of the original Human Centipede: The First Sequence. Even though most people deemed it “unwatchable,” I was also a fan of The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence. Early reviews for The Human Centipede 3: Final Sequence started coming out, and they were not good. That was expected though. These movies are not for everyone. That being said, if you found yourself in the camp who found Part 2 unwatchable, you’re in for a HUGE surprise… you’ll find The Final Sequence even worse. Akin to being sewn to Tom Six, Dieter Laser, and Laurence R. Harvey’s anus even. The weird thing… director Tom Six would consider that a win. But what if you’re a fan?

Continuing its meta life cycle which began with Part 2, we’re transported to the George H. W. Bush Prison, where accountant Dwight Butler (Harvey, sporting a tiny Hitler mustache) has just shown Warden Bill Boss (Laser) The Full Sequence. Not for his enjoyment though… you see, Boss’ prison is out of control and bleeding money like the world’s most infected hemorrhoids. As a means to save money, Butler believes that if they turn their prison population into one giant-sized Pede, it would not only save their boss and state Governor (Roberts) money, but it will also revolutionize the prison system as a whole, making both him and the warden the saviors of correctional facilities everywhere. The only problem? Getting Boss on board. As a means to do so, Butler brings in filmmaker Tom Six (who plays himself) and the facility’s doctor to hash out a Pede-plan. That’s the story in a nutshell, and truth be told, it is one absurd winner of a tale. Too bad the movie is anything but a winner.

Six wanted Final Sequence to be as billed “100% Politically Incorrect,” and in that he succeeds with flying colors. It’s how he achieved such a feat where the problem lies. The biggest problem here is also the film’s main attraction… Dieter Laser. Six wanted Laser’s character to be the most reprehensible, evil, unlikable, racist, misogynistic scumbag ever put to film. In doing so, he also made him the most annoying. For whatever reason Six has Laser literally shouting and screaming 80% of his dialog with maybe a 7% success rate of being funny, creepy, or even slightly effective. It’s in Laser’s quieter moments (which are few and far between) that we really see what he’s got to offer to the character, and the movie works… especially during a dance sequence which is arguably the best part of the film.

Then there’s Bree Olsen, who plays Boss’ assistant, Daisy. She’s here for no reason other than to make Laser’s character even less likable. He molests her, makes her go down on him, and even forces himself on her in the most heinous of ways. If she had some kind of arc to fulfill, some I Spit on Your Grave-like payoff, maybe then you could justify her character. But no… she’s here generally to be abused, and it never feels like she’s as in on the joke of making an over-the-top exploitation film as Six convinced her that she is. Her presence in the movie is superfluous at best and completely unwarranted at worst.

The Human Centipede 3: Final Sequence clocks in at an hour and forty minutes, and the Pede action never makes it past the discussion point until about an hour in. We know this is gonna be the payoff! The world’s largest human centipede! The reason we’re all watching! So what does the first hour contain? Oh, there are plenty of heinous acts to witness – from castration, broken bones, and a dash of cannibalism to humor involving the dried clits of African women and even a good kidney fucking(!) – but none of it feels exciting or even exploitative. It just feels dull, empty, and lifeless. They’re just bloody bumps in the road on the way to the main attraction sandwiched between Laser’s shouting, Harvey’s fleeting Southern accent, Olsen’s sexed-up walking plot device antics, and Six’s inability to even remotely act beyond smirking at the camera while nodding and silently conveying the powerful message of, “I know, right? I made another one of these things, and I’m gonna make a mint off of you. Win.

When the main attraction finally does slither out, it is effective but overshadowed by the promise of the unveiling of yet another medical atrocity which delivers about as much punch as a wet paper bag filled with used rubbers. Such a disappointment.

With The Human Centipede: First Sequence director Tom Six made a genuinely good film. With its sequel he threw an artsy and ghastly spin on the whole affair that appealed to the hardcore fans. This, though? This is nothing more than a failed experimental attempt at making an exploitation film that’s destined to have fans who do like it calling other people pussies for not. Nothing more, nothing less. And once again Six will be laughing all the way to the bank with no other choice but to consider this a win.

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Horror Decor Unleashes Poltergeist, Pennywise and The Funhouse Carnival Dolls

Posted by John Squires on May 22, 2015

Us horror fans are so lucky to have companies like Horror Decor working hard to make life a little brighter, and their latest line of treats is their coolest yet. Dubbed ‘Killer Carnival Freaks,’ the line is inspired by vintage carnival knock-down dolls, and three different ones are now up for grabs.

The three characters to choose from are perfect fits for the carnival theme, as they’re right at home in that environment. The Poltergeist clown doll, The Funhouse‘s Gunther and Pennywise from Stephen King’s It are available either individually or as a three-pack, and we kinda need them all.

With cotton printed fabric fronts and furry backs, the ‘Killer Carnival Punks’ measure approximately 14″ tall and feature artwork from the supremely talented Matt Ryan. They’re selling for $25 each or you can get all three for the discounted price of $68, now through May 29th.

Head over to Horror Decor to place your order and be sure to also browse around the site and check out all of their other awesome offerings!


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World War Z Sequel Dated for Summer 2017

Posted by John Squires on May 22, 2015

Plagued by well-documented production issues and heavily criticized by many horror fans, 2013’s World War Z was a pretty damn entertaining film, all things considered. It felt like five seasons of “The Walking Dead” crammed into two hours, and I kind of had a blast with it. Sue me.

We’ve learned today that Paramount has already dated the recently announced sequel, unleashing it into theaters a full two years from now. Though we don’t yet have an official title for the film, which I suppose we can call World War Z 2, we can expect it on June 9, 2017.

Steven Knight is penning the screenplay, and Juan Antonio Bayona is attached to direct. Production is set to begin this coming October, and Brad Pitt is expected to return.

Related Story: Writer Steven Knight Talks World War Z Sequel

In World War Z, United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt) traverses the world in a race against time to stop the zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to destroy humanity itself.


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Before I Wake Gets a One-Sheet

Posted by Steve Barton on May 22, 2015

A new one-sheet is here for Mike Flanagan’s Before I Wake which is set to haunt theaters on September 25th. Gotta say… we love it! Check it out!

Directed by Mike Flanagan, Before I Wake stars Kate Bosworth (Superman Returns), Thomas Jane (TV’s “Hung”), Annabeth Gish (TV’s “Pretty Little Liars”), Dash Mihok (TV’s “Ray Donovan”), and introducing Jacob Tremblay as Cody.

In this intense and heart-pounding supernatural thriller, Jessie (Bosworth) and Mark (Jane) decide to take in a sweet and loving 8-year-old boy, Cody. Unbeknownst to them, Cody is terrified of falling asleep. At first they assume his previous unstable homes caused his aversion to sleep but soon discover why: Cody’s dreams manifest in reality as he sleeps. In one moment they experience the incredible wonder of Cody’s imagination and in the next the horrific nature of his night terrors. To save their new family, Jessie and Mark embark on a dangerous hunt to uncover the truth behind Cody’s nightmares.

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Human Centipede 3 – The Final Sequence: Exclusive Interview with Tom Six, Laurence R. Harvey, and Dieter Laser

Posted by Staci Layne Wilson on May 22, 2015

While I do appreciate Tom Six’s audacity (one astute pundit likens him to a modern-day Andy Kaufman) and his innovation (is The Human Centipede not one of the most original ideas of recent years?) I am still not a fan. I don’t go in for scatological humor, or shock for shock’s sake. Never have, and never will. But, it’s my job to interview everyone who’s relevant on the cinematic scene at the moment, and take my own outlook out of the equation.

In case you’re not familiar with the subject matter, The Human Centipede film series is body horror so extreme it makes David Cronenberg look like Stephen Spielburg. Joseph Mengele is probably spinning in his grave, wishing he’d thought of it. In this depraved morality play, a wicked warden sews 500 prisoners from mouth to rectum in order to save money on food costs.

We met up in a lovely art deco bank vault in Glendale, CA. Six was dressed in his trademark Panama hat, snazzy suit, and cowboy boots. Flanking him were his beautiful, well-spoken sister and co-producer, Ilona Six, and lead actors Dieter Laser and Laurence R. Harvey. Laser was his usual pontificating nearly-unhinged self, while Harvey was modest, thoughtful and retiring.

I posed my questions, uncolored by opinion. I let the filmmakers speak for themselves; here’s what Six and co. had to say about Human Centipede 3 – The Final Sequence (review).

Dread Central: Since coming up with this wild idea so many years ago – one I know that was initially born of a joking comment you made about such a procedure being perfect punishment for child molesters and rapists – how does it feel to have in come full circle?

Tom Six: Absolutely, I came back for my original idea. When I made the first movie, I changed my idea of punishment and I used innocent victims as the parts in the Centipede; it’s like a horror movie but this time I wanted to return to my original ideas about penalty. I wanted to make part three the big grand finale, and I wanted to shoot it in America, and then I thought [where better than] in a big prison. I wanted to go out of the trilogy with a big bang. I wanted to go extra, extra large, American style. The acting is also very over the top. Part two is very reserved, very intimate, very dark. This one is loud and large and politically incorrect.

DC: Laurence, I remember you from Part two. But you’re a totally different character this time around. Can you tell the fans a little about who you play in this one?

Lawrence R. Harvey: In this film I play Dwight Butler who is the assistant to Mr. Bill Boss. Bill Boss is such a mad character and Dwight has to kind of cope with that as best he can. Martin was a fan of the first film; Dwight is a fan of the previous two films and it’s his idea to come up with The Great Centipede, or at least introduce it to the prisons in order to save money. It’s all about saving, and the austerity of the system.

DC: In spite of your evil intentions you seem like something out of the 30s or 40s kind of screwball comedy; the hapless assistant to megalomaniac boss. What were some of your references for playing your character?

LRH: Actually, I looked at Bud Cort for inspiration. Mainly from The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, where he’s the office drone. And the guys in Office Space.

DC: Dieter, you yelled throughout the entire film – tell me, was there tons of honey and herbal tea on hand for you between takes? How did you maintain that level of intensity?

Dieter Laser: That’s just coming from inside. Natural. I don’t need anything. The drug is the part itself; the drug is to work with these wonderful people: with Lady Ilona, with Sir Thompson Tom, and with my beloved friend Lawrence. The power comes out of the script, of the atmosphere these wonderful people create, and therefore this is the only director [for me]. I talk very little during working hours but at night keep away from me, I talking you dead because I accumulated so much non-talking that I got to go home and talk to my wife and say, “You are talking to one-take man.” And that only happens when working with Tom, with Lady Ilona and with Mr. Lawrence R Harvey, whom I love. The beauty of that work… this time yesterday night we saw the film for the first time, Lawrence and me. And overnight it grew in my mind, blowing up, and this morning I thought: First we have Dr. Heiter in [Human Centipede] Part 1 and that’s kind of an alien coming from the kingdom of fascism. Then we have Part 2, with a brilliant performance from Lawrence, and he is an alien coming from the underworld. And yesterday I saw a tiny piece of that second film and I laughed from what Sir Tom did. The frame, the little frame, and in the frame you are underworld and the alien. I love that picture since I saw the film the first time. It sticks in my mind because that’s the conflict.

LRH: It’s conflict too, because of the filming…

DL: Yeah, it’s fantastic. It is a very strange creature from Tom. Dr Heiter Martin are nearer to creatures than to human beings. They are characters that go beyond and they stem from beyond. He is from the underworld, and he even manages as the silent creature from the dark underworld… he manages that, and in the end you love him. I loved him when I saw the film, and in the end I loved him. He was sweet. And now we do the third part and he goes beyond, because we always are coming from beyond. This is the strongest alien from that part, it’s far more beyond. It has nothing to do anymore with real world. It is for me, a kind of alien. [As you watch] you can make your own film, always. That’s the beauty of Tom’s work. I would say if you want you could say, “That’s a snake, this is a man.” He’s not an earthling because it’s so beyond everything, and it’s very well that he’s dancing in-between a wonderful ensemble of very good American actors and British actors in the person of Mr. Lawrence R Harvey. He’s dancing on that seemingly normal ground; this alien is moving around and it is completely crazy. But that’s the beauty of it. There’s no director in the world, as I know, who would dare to do this together with the crazy.

The Human Centipede 3: Final Sequence is available TODAY in select theaters and on VOD.

Bully prison warden Bill Boss (Dieter Laser), leading a big state prison in the US of A, has a lot of problems; his prison statistically has the highest amount of prison riots, medical costs, and staff turnover in the country. But foremost he is unable to get the respect he thinks he deserves from his inmates and the state Governor (Eric Roberts). He constantly fails in experimenting with different ideas for the ideal punishment to get the inmates in line, which drives him, together with the sizzling heat, completely insane. Under threats of termination by the Governor, his loyal right-hand man Dwight (Laurence R Harvey) comes up with a brilliant idea. A revolutionary idea which could change the American prison system for good and save billions of dollars. An idea based on the notorious Human Centipede movies, that will literally and figuratively get the inmates on their knees, creating the ultimate punishment and deterrent for anyone considering a life of crime. Having nothing to lose, Bill and Dwight create a jaw-dropping 500-person prison centipede.

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New Friday the 13th NOT a Sequel to 2009 Remake

Posted by Steve Barton on May 22, 2015

We know several things for sure about the upcoming Friday the 13th film; it will NOT be found footage; The Signal director David Bruckner is at the helm; Platinum Dunes is still producing but this time for Paramount who got the rights to the franchise back; “Hannibal” screenwriter Nick Antosca will be penning the script.

Speaking of the latter, Bloody Disgusting was alerted to a tip somewhere on the net in which Antosca made the following statement…

It’s not a sequel to the 2009 version. Different characters, time period, style.

So this brings up a multitude of new questions… will we be getting sack head Jason? Will we be getting a sequel to the original franchise somewhere between Friday the 13th Part 3 and Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan Thus ignoring the New Line films? Will we be getting a sequel to Freddy Vs. Jason? Will this just be another reboot altogether? Keep in mind the Halloween franchise is known for several possible storylines in which it could follow. Will Friday the 13th end up the same way? Hell, is it already there?

The picture will become clearer soon enough. For now tell us which direction you’d like to see the franchise head on our comments section below.

Paramount is aiming for a Friday, May 13, 2016, release. More soon!

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Second Image from AMC’s Preacher Arrives

Posted by John Squires on May 22, 2015

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are currently hard at work on adapting Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s cult 1990s comic Preacher into a TV series for AMC, and on tap today we’ve got your second sneak peek of the upcoming show. Want to see it? We know you do.

Check out the image below, courtesy of Seth Rogen’s Twitter, and read on for full details about the show!

The project, from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, Sony TV, and AMC Studios, centers on Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper), a conflicted preacher in a small Texas town who merges with a creature that has escaped from heaven and develops the ability to make anyone do anything he says. Along with his ex-girlfriend, Tulip (Ruth Negga), and an Irish vampire named Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun), the three embark on a journey to literally find God.

The cast also includes Tom Brooke as Fiore, one of the two Adephi angels sent to Earth to retrieve Genesis; Derek Wilson as Donny Schenck, a Civil War re-enactor and abusive thug who gets into altercations with Jesse Custer but nevertheless shows up to church on Sundays; Jamie Anne Allman as Betsy Schenck, a meek wife who appears to suffer beatings by the hand of her husband; Donny; W. Earl Brown as the villainous Hugo Root, the mean-hearted father of Arseface and a local sheriff; Lucy Griffiths as Emily; Elizabeth Perkins as Vyla Quinncannon, a genteel but formidable businesswoman who owns the local slaughterhouse in Annville; and Ian Colletti as Eugene Root, aka Arseface.


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i-Lived Through This Trailer Premiere – Will You?

Posted by Debi Moore on May 22, 2015

i-Lived is a film we’re really looking forward to based on one thing only: It’s directed by Maniac remake helmer Franck Khalfoun.  If you’re as curious about it as we are, then check out the flick’s trailer, which just debuted today.

Directed by Franck Khalfoun and starring Jeremiah Watkins, look for the flick on VOD on July 7th and in theaters a few days earlier on July 3rd via XLrator Media.

Josh Fosse is a 20-something guy whose life is going nowhere. His girl left, his rent is late, and he lacks a real job. He is trying to make it as an app reviewer online and decides to review a self-help app called i-Lived for fun. He’s signs on, and immediately his life turns around. He meets the girl of his dreams, and he gets a job offer he can’t refuse.Convinced it’s him and not the app, he signs out… and loses everything. He signs on again, but this time the terms are different:  The app is asking him to do things that are out of his moral comfort zone… but essential to becoming the success the app tells him he can be.


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Second Knock Knock Trailer Arrives; Relax and Enjoy It

Posted by Steve Barton on May 22, 2015

Trailer numero dos is here for Eli Roth’s Knock Knock and its steamy fun! Sit back, kick up your sound, and dig it! Or if you’re at work… sit forward and look busy! You know the drill!

In Knock Knock Keanu Reeves stars alongside Lorenza Izzo and Ana de Armas.

Evan Webber (Reeves) is living the dream. Just look at his beautiful, successful wife; his two wonderful kids; and his truly stunning house—which he designed himself. Of course he did. Things are going so well, Evan doesn’t even mind spending Father’s Day alone while the rest of his family heads out for a beach weekend. And then there’s a knock on the door.

The two young women (Izzo, De Armas) standing on Evan’s doorstep are where Evan’s dream takes a nightmarish turn. Given co-writer/director Eli Roth’s well-deserved reputation for creating cinematic discomfort, it should come as no surprise what happens next: Things get weird, and then dark, and then much, much, much darker. But this is no splatter film so Roth keeps the horror nice and psychological as Evan’s life—and house—get ripped apart, piece by beautiful piece.

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Get an Inside Look at Fox’s Scream Queens

Posted by Debi Moore on May 22, 2015

Curious about “Scream Queens,” heading our way in the fall on Fox TV?  Then you’ve come to the right place because we just got our hands on a new video in which creator Ryan Murphy and cast members Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, and Keke Palmer give an inside look at the high-gloss, terrifying, and hilarious new series.

“Scream Queens” will air on Tuesdays at 9/8c; we should have a premiere date soon.

“Scream Queens” stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, Oliver Hudson, Abigail Breslin, Keke Palmer, Skyler Samuels, Billie Lourd, Diego Boneta, Lucien Laviscount, and Glen Powell. Ariana Grande and Nick Jonas are among the show’s guest stars.

The comedy-horror anthology series hails from 20th Century Fox TV and Ryan Murphy Television. Murphy will exec produce with “Glee’s” Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan, and Dante Di Loreto.

The new anthology series “Scream Queens” revolves around a college campus which is rocked by a series of murders and is set in a sorority house.

Learn more by visiting:
The official “Scream Queens” site: http://fox.tv/ScreamQueens
“Scream Queens” on Facebook: http://fox.tv/ScreamQueensFB
“Scream Queens” on Twitter: http://fox.tv/ScreamQueensTW
“Scream Queens” on Instagram: http://fox.tv/ScreamQueensIG
“Scream Queens” on Tumblr: http://fox.tv/ScreamQueensTB

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