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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.

Hope, Courage, and Destiny Collide in this Sleepy Hollow Season 2 Promo

Posted by Debi Moore on August 29, 2014

Hope, Courage, and Destiny Collide in this Sleepy Hollow Season 2 PromoFox has released a new promo for the upcoming Season 2 of "Sleepy Hollow," setting the stage for the show's thrilling return in just a few weeks. Check it out, and expect lots more soon.

"Sleepy Hollow" focuses on a resurrected Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison), who’s pulled two and a half centuries through time to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to America’s founding fathers. Along for the wild ride is a modern-day cop, Lt. Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie).

Orlando Jones, Katia Winter, Lyndie Greenwood, and John Noble return along with Mison and Beharie, and joining the show this coming season are Timothy Busfield as Benjamin Franklin; Sakina Jaffrey as Sheriff Reyes, filling in for the incarcerated Frank Irving (Jones); Heather Lind as Mary Wells, Crane’s English ex straight out of the 18th century; Matt Barr as Nick Hawley, an arms dealer who gets drawn into Ichabod and Abbie's work; and Aunjanue Ellis as Abbie and Jenny's (Greenwood) mother, Lori Mills.

Season 2 of "Sleepy Hollow" kicks off on September 22nd and will be an expanded 18 episodes. We should have a synopsis for Episode 2.01 shortly - stay tuned! If you're still not quite caught up on Season 1, the Blu-ray and DVD arrive on September 16th.

For more info visit "Sleepy Hollow" on Fox.com, "like" "Sleepy Hollow" on Facebook, and follow "Sleepy Hollow" on Twitter.




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Yet Another Horns Poster Arrives; See the UK Quad

Posted by Debi Moore on August 29, 2014

Yet Another Horns Poster Arrives; See the UK QuadIn case you haven't yet seen enough cool artwork for Alexandre Aja's Horns (review), the film's UK quad has been released, and we have a look at it right here for you.

Directed by Aja (High Tension, Mirrors, Piranha 3D, The Hills Have Eyes) from Keith Bunin’s script, Horns stars Daniel Radcliffe, Max Minghella, Juno Temple, Joe Anderson, Kelli Garner, and James Remar.

Look for Horns on October 31st in the US and a few days earlier on October 29th in the UK.

Synopsis:
Horns, a supernatural thriller driven by fantasy, mystery, and romance, follows Ig Perrish (Radcliffe), the number one suspect for the violent rape and murder of his girlfriend, Merrin (Temple). Hungover from a night of hard drinking, Ig awakens one morning to find horns starting to grow from his own head and soon realizes their power drives people to confess their sins and give in to their most selfish and unspeakable impulses – an effective tool in his quest to discover the true circumstances of his late girlfriend’s tragedy and for exacting revenge on her killer.

This rock and roll infused dark fantasy explores why bad things happen to good people and what the loss of true love can do to a man. The widely acclaimed book was on the New York Times bestseller list for six weeks and has become an international bestseller as well.

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New Lords of the Fallen Trailer Is Devilishly Cryptic

Posted by Scott Dell on August 29, 2014

New Lords of the Fallen Trailer is Devilishly Cryptic“Only evil can destroy evil,” remarks the stoic narrator in a glimpse into the hidden secrets and living world of the upcoming action RPG Lords of the Fallen. Check out this latest trailer.

A red mist in a moonlit forest, a dungeon of torment, dizzying hilltop grottos... the new video is meant to showcase some of the settings found in Namco Bandai’s upcoming game. But what is truly intriguing is the trailer’s cryptic monologue, delivered by a brogue-voiced, mysterious narrator and revealing brief glimpses of some of the details surrounding the game.

It has been known since the game’s announcement that its anti-hero, Harkyn, would be battling an awakened god; and today’s trailer put a name to that ancient evil, Rhogar.

The voice speaks of an abandoned temple and that it is the gateway to Rhogar’s realm. This may indicate that the game will feature two realms: one of the living and one of the god Rhogar. This idea is further hinted at as the voice speaks of traveling to alternate dimensions.

"Find out the truth about the war." The storyline for Lords of the Fallen has long been known to be that of ancient evil gods returning to Earth and humanity looking to former criminals to save them. But these brief quotes reveal another layer to the story, adding depth beyond the simplistic goal of hunting down the bad guys.

The trailer also hints that the game may have multiple endings, as the narrator states, “There is no single end to your journey.”

Lords of the Fallen will be available on October 28th for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Those who pre-order the game will receive a free upgrade to the limited edition, which includes the game’s soundtrack, the Monk’s Decipher DLC, and the Demonic Weapons Pack DLC.

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Gravedigger Set for Release in November by Shami Media Group

Posted by Debi Moore on August 29, 2014

Gravedigger Set for Release in November by Shami Media GroupA project we've been talking about for a while now, Doug Bollinger's Gravedigger, has been acquired by Shami Media Group, Inc., for worldwide distribution in November; and we have all the details right here!

From the Press Release:
Gravedigger is set to ax the horror genre worldwide! Shami Media Group, Inc., a distribution, marketing, and media leader in worldwide film distribution, recently acquired the film and has set a DVD/VOD release date of November 18, 2014.

Gravedigger was shot in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, a few months after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. The movie features a unique cast including TV personalities, professional sports players, reality stars, and rock legends. The original soundtrack is by guitar rock lord Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal of Guns N’ Roses. Gravedigger, nominated for multiple awards, has won two for Best Thriller Film and Best Actor, Keith Collins.

The film is directed by Doug Bollinger, produced by Keith Collins, and executive produced by John Stoerback, Michael Levine, and Jeff Quinlan. The co-executive producer is Brandon Ruckdashel, and the line producer is Theresa Galeani. Gravedigger was written by Joseph and Billy Pepitone and stars Collins, Ruckdashel, Stoerback, Jim McKeown, Angela Sharp, Katelyn Pearce, and Rachel Barrer with Billy Sample and Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal.

Alongside the well-rounded cast are many special appearances by sports figures, reality show personalities, and TV stars including Jim Leyritz, Brian McRae, Annette Dziamba, Gregg Valentino, Gervase Peterson, Emilio Masella, Gary Garver, Mark Pinkhasovich, April Hunter, Anastasia Smith, Theresa Galeani, Joe Sernio, Steve Mack, Cindy Fox, and Adam (“Speed Bag Scissorhands”) Salomon.

Synopsis:
Steve Borden (Collins) is a brilliant young criminal defense attorney. As junior partner in a local high-end law firm, he makes his living defending the indefensible. When a case gone horribly wrong haunts him, Borden's conscience begins to send him into a guilt-ridden spiral. Police Chief George Orkin (McKeown) is the town's top cop. With more bodies turning up buried, District Attorney Mike Ruble (Ruckdashel) suspects Orkin's ties to crime boss Charles Muzzatti (Stoerback) may be the answer to the case. Now Orkin must deal with his own eroding sense of integrity to keep both sides of the law off his back.

As paranoia rises and Borden, Orkin, Ruble, and Muzzatti try to pin the murders on each other, could another, more sinister force be hunting them? Codes, morals, and misguided views of justice collide when the law, the mob, and the Gravedigger face off in a bloody battle that will darken the survivors' souls forever. But will burying the guilty bury the Gravedigger's own guilt?

Keep your eyes on the Gravedigger Facebook page for updates.

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State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition Announced for Xbox One

Posted by Scott Dell on August 29, 2014

State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition Announced for Xbox OneThe groundbreaking open world zombie game State of Decay is officially making the jump from Xbox 360 to next gen. Get ready for State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition for Xbox One.

Following the recent trend of remastered editions over the past summer, the game will be a reissue of State of Decay but with full 1080P graphics. The Year One Survival Edition will include the full State of Decay game, the Breakdown and Lifeline DLC’s, as well as some never-before-seen content.

State of Decay is an open world zombie game originally released on Xbox 360. The game was heralded for its unique features such as an unscripted story and a world that changes when players are offline.

State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition is tentatively scheduled for a spring 2015 release. This announcement adds to what is already a promising first half of 2015 for zombie fans as Dying Light and Dead Island 2 are also due out in the first two quarters of next year.

To learn more, visit the official State of Decay website.

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Dread Central 1 on 1: Sideshow Collectibles and Hot Toys’ Elder Predator Movie Masterpiece Series Sixth Scale Figure

Posted by Steve Barton on August 29, 2014

1 on 1 With Sideshow Collectibles and Hot Toys' Elder Predator Movie Masterpiece Series Sixth Scale FigureThe holidays came early to the Dread Central offices when Sideshow Collectibles and Hot Toys sent over their Elder Predator Movie Masterpiece Series Sixth Scale Figure for us to comb over.

First and foremost one thing was immediately apparent... this is not your standard action figure despite its multiple points of articulation which are there only to afford you, the collector, the ability to pose this bad boy to your liking. Each and every figure is hand-cast, assembled, and dressed by the manufacturer.

Given the price tag of $224.99, we don't expect you'll be handing this over to junior to throw around with reckless abandon. No, this is a piece purely meant for display.

Standing about 14" tall, the Elder Predator is one of the single most stunningly detailed pieces we've seen in some time, and it is completely screen accurate as seen in 1990's Predator 2. It's all here down to the most minute of details. The old time gun, the dreadlock clip, the space machete, and oh those glorious signature retractable claws. The figure comes with interchangeable hands that can be swapped out easily so you can decide which bits of weaponry you want your Predator to be brandishing, if any at all. From top to bottom this baby is gorgeous.

If there's anything negative to say about it, it's that getting a lot of the accessories on this bad boy is a bit nerve-wracking as they're delicate as they come. Take the necklaces, for example; they're strung with the thinnest of strings that feel as if they'd just snap if the wrong amount of tension or pressure is applied accidentally. My best advice here is DO NOT dress this thing on your own. Consult the manual as it illustrates the easiest way to get everything on and off.

The bottom line is this... if you're a Predator fan or a collector, this is something you'll not just want... it's something you will NEED!

If you have the scratch, do yourself a favor and order this one NOW! It's totally worth the price tag! Highly endorsed and recommended!

Product Summary
Sideshow Collectibles and Hot Toys are proud to announce the Elder Predator Movie Masterpiece Series Sixth Scale Figure. This fan favorite hunter from Predator 2 features highly detailed armor, weapons, and accessories and will be the perfect addition to horror/sci-fi collections worldwide!

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NECA Plays Hockey with NES Jason Voorhees Replica Mask

Posted by John Squires on August 29, 2014

NECA Plays Hockey with NES Jason Voorhees Replica MaskEver since NECA released an NES-inspired Jason Voorhees figure at Comic-Con last year, purple and blue Jason has been absolutely EVERYWHERE, turning in one single year from zero to hero.

And the unexpected revival of the character's most oddball incarnation is showing no signs of slowing down, as NECA has just unveiled a full-size replica mask based on the game.

Teased at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, we've now got a full look and more details about the mask, which will glow in the dark - much like the mask worn by the company's sought after 8-bit action figure.

The hand-painted reproduction features elastic harness straps that allow you to wear it or hang it on the wall. As a bonus, it comes in unique, game-inspired packaging.

Unfortunately, the mask isn't due out until November, which makes it a no-go for this year's Halloween. Sad face.

I'm typically against cool ideas being milked to death, but in the case of this particular one, I say keep the products coming!

8-Bit-Jason Mask

8-Bit-Jason

8-Bit-Jason

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Stan Lee Gets Fit for Kevin Smith’s Yoga Hosers

Posted by John Squires on August 29, 2014

Stan Lee Gets Fit for Kevin Smith's Yoga HosersAs he recently announced, Yoga Hosers will be the second film in Kevin Smith's Canada-set "True North Trilogy," which kicks off this year with Tusk. Now that principal photography is under way, Smith has revealed that an old friend is along for the ride. Read on!

Earlier this week Kevin Smith took to his Twitter account to confirm the Yoga Hosers involvement of the legendary Stan Lee, whom he had previously directed in Mallrats.

Per the picture he tweeted out, it looks like Lee will be playing a police officer in the film, though we don't yet know if he'll have a major role or just one of his trademark cameos.

The entire cast of Tusk is returning for Yoga Hosers, including Michael Parks, Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez, Ralph Garman, Jennifer Schwalbach, and Harley Morenstein. New to the cast are Tony Hale, Natasha Lyonne, Austin Butler, Adam Brody, Tyler Posey, and Jason Mewes.

Yoga Hosers, written by Smith, centers on 15-year-old yoga nuts Colleen Collette (Lily-Rose Depp) and Colleen McKenzie (Harley Quinn Smith), who have an after-school job at a Manitoba convenience store called Eh-2-Zed. When an ancient evil rises from beneath Canada’s crust and threatens their big invitation to a Grade 12 party, the Colleens join forces with a legendary man-hunter from Montreal named Guy Lapointe (Depp) to fight for their lives with, according to the producers, “all seven Chakras, one Warrior Pose at a time.”

The characters of the convenience store clerks appear briefly in Tusk.


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Beth Riesgraf Has Become a Shut In

Posted by Steve Barton on August 29, 2014

Beth Riesgraf Has Become a Shut InBeing that 95% of the human race is comprised of idiots, I so understand the desire to never leave the house. Still, there are times when even our places of refuge are violated and become pretty damned scary. Read on for the first word on the new horror flick Shut In.

THR is reporting that Beth Riesgraf (pictured), who was one of the stars of TNT’s "Leverage," is starring in the psychological horror thriller Shut In, which began production this week in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Rory Culkin (Scream 4), Martin Starr (Veronica Mars), and Jack Kesy ("The Strain") are also starring in the indie flick, which is being directed by Adam Schindler (Delivery: The Beast Within).

Riesgraf is playing a woman who suffers from agoraphobia so crippling that when a trio of criminals break into her house, she cannot bring herself to flee. But what the intruders don’t realize is that agoraphobia is not her only psychosis.

The production start marks a milestone for the project, whose road began in 2010 when it was written by TJ Cimfel and David White. It won top honors at the 2011 Shriekfest and was on the 2012 Blood List of Hollywood’s top unproduced horror screenplays.

Steven Schneider, whose credits include the horror films Insidious and Paranormal Activity, is producing with Jeff Rice (Lone Survivor), Lati Grobman (The Iceman), and Erik Olsen (The Book of Eli). Executive producing are Christa Campbell, Matthew Lamothe, Tommy Vlahopoulos, Brian Netto, and Vicarious Entertainment.

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Hot New Godzilla Concept Artwork

Posted by Steve Barton on August 29, 2014

Godzilla Destroys Home Video in SeptemberAnother IMGUR user is fanning the anticipatory flames for Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures Blu-ray and DVD release of Godzilla! Check out this incredible concept artwork and keep counting the days until you get this one home where it belongs. Look for it on September 16!

Read our Godzilla review!

From visionary new director Gareth Edwards (Monsters) comes a powerful story of human courage and reconciliation in the face of titanic forces of nature, when the awe-inspiring Godzilla rises to restore balance as humanity stands defenseless.

Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Johnson, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, Richard T. Jones, Sally Hawkins, Victor Rasuk, Yuki Morita, and C.J. Adams star in the film, which was rated PG-13 for “intense sequences of destruction, mayhem and creature violence."

For more on the movie visit the official Godzilla website, "like" Godzilla on Facebook, and follow Godzilla on Twitter.

Special Features

  • MONARCH: Declassified – Discover explosive new evidence not contained in the film that unravels the massive cover-up to keep Godzilla’s existence a secret.
  • Operation: Lucky Dragon
  • MONARCH: The M.U.T.O. File
  • The Godzilla Revelation
  • The Legendary Godzilla – Go behind the scenes with filmmakers and cast for an even deeper look at the larger than life monsters in the film.
  • Godzilla: Force of Nature
  • A Whole New Level Of Destruction
  • Into The Void: The H.A.L.O. Jump
  • Ancient Enemy: The M.U.T.O.s

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