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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.

California Deathrock Art Book

Posted by Gothic.net on June 16, 2015

Blue Blood has published California Deathrock, a gorgeous hardcover book of portraiture by Amelia G and Forrest Black. Both have served on our Gothic.net Panel of Experts (which we really should post more of) and both are famous for their individualistic portraits of counterculture people. Where a lot of photographers just see black lipstick, Forrest Black and Amelia G really showcase the personalities of their gothic subjects, as well as their incredible style. Kind of the advantage of having people actually in the scene doing the shooting. The selection of photographic subjects is something of a who’s who of West Coast darksiders. The book includes photographs of members of numerous notorious dark bands, including Flytrap, Kommunity FK, Element, Fearcult, STG, Super Heroines, Christian Death, Deadfly Assembly, Tragic Black, Shadow Project, Cinema Strange, Seraphim Shock, and more.

This coffee table art book is beautifully produced in a sturdy hardcover format with thick pages and intense colors in the printing. It is available from the California Deathrock web site and Amazon.

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Game of Thrones: Mother’s Mercy

Posted by Cat Voleur on June 14, 2015

I have been so excited all week for the season finale, albeit somewhat nervous. There has been a lot of disturbing stuff happening this season, and the 10th episode (while usually not the worst) always has some shocking moments and the general tone of the show isn’t exactly what I would call uplifting, particularly lately. All worries and concerns aside, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about what’s going to happen ever since episode 9 finished airing.

It starts back at Stannis’ camp, and though Melissandre claims the sacrifice of his daughter has brought them the luck and weather they need, his men have less pleasant news for him. Half of his army left during the night taking many of the horses and supplies. More bad news comes his way as he learns that his wife Queen Selyse has committed suicide.

Jon Snow is telling Sam of his experience at Hardhome with the white walkers, and the two of them about how to defeat the army of the dead. Sam asks Jon for permission to go to Old Town and become a Maester, since the wall will need a new one after Maester Aemon’s passing. He wants to take Gilly and the baby with him. Jon is reluctant, but he agrees and Sam promises that he will come back.

Stannis’ army continues their march to Winterfell, where we see Sansa is using the chaos to walk about the castle unnoticed instead of staying in the room where Ramsay has kept her. Pod notices the army marching on the castle, and calls Brienne’s attention to it, just before Sansa can light the candle in the broken tower to signal for them.

Stannis has been preparing or a siege, but the Bolton troops are coming out to meet him in open battle in the field. There’s an absolutely stunning bird’s eye view of the battle before it cuts to the aftermath. We see Stannis is still standing toward the end, though he is injured. He runs into Brienne who accuses him to his face of murdering Renly with blood magic before sentencing him to die and executing him herself.

On Ramsay’s side of the battle we see that the Boltons really have been doing well. Ramsay stands uninjured in a field of dead enemies before saying he should return to his wife, who is at that time still out of her room. Miranda finds her and tries to escort her back to her room with a bow and arrow, and threatens to torture her, but Theon pushes her off the building before she can do anything. He then leads Sansa to the wall where they take hands and jump off the castle into the snow.

Back in Braavos we see the girls that the brothel has lined up for Merryn Trant, and he hurts each one in turn. He takes the quietest girl, and bids the others leave. The girls changes her face, and we see that she’s Arya. She stabs him repeatedly, in what has been one of the season’s gorier deaths (which in this season is really saying something.) She then returns to the House of Black and White, to the hall of faces, where she puts the face of the girl she borrowed back on its wall.

Jaqen tells her that he knows she’s taken a life, but not the life he told her to take. She owes a death to the many faced god, and only death can pay for life. He opens the vial of poison, but he drinks it instead. He then appears behind her, and tells her that the man who drank the poison was no one, which was who she should have been before she took a life. Arya then loses her vision.

In Dorne, we see Marcella and Tristain saying goodbye as they prepare to leave for King’s Landing. The boat sets sail, and Jaime talks to Marcella. He gives her a speech about people don’t get to choose who they love. Before he can tell her that he’s her father, she tells him that she knows and she’s glad. The two embrace, and it was a really touching moment, since she’s the only one of Jaime’s children to acknowledge she’s his. She starts to bleed heavily, and the shot cuts to Illaria, who also begins to bleed. She drinks the antidote, and the sandsnakes walk away with the knowledge that they have poisoned Marcella.

Tyrion, Jorah and Dario sit in the great pyramid of Meereen not sure to do without Daenerys. They talk about where to find her and what they’ll do.They decide to leave Grey Worm Messendei and Tyrion there to govern Meereen while Jorah and Dario search for their queen. Shortly after they decide, Tyrion is looking over the city where he meets up with Varys.

Daenerys meanwhile is still with Drogon. She tells him that they need to go home, but he doesn’t seem to understand, or is unwilling to listen. She tries to get back on him, but he has no interest in leaving anywhere. She wanders off to search for food when she comes in contact with a Khalasar.

Cersei isn’t faring any better in the black cells than she was in the last episode, and she is finally willing to confess her crimes. She kneels before the High Sparrow and confesses to having sex with her cousin, but she won’t confess to any other sins. The High Sparrow asks her about the rumors that her children were sired by Jaime, but she denies that. She asks to see her son. He says she can return to the Red Keep after her atonement. She is washed and her hair is cut away. She is then led naked on a walk of punishment through the city.

After an incredibly long scene that shows the whole walk back to the Red Keep, she makes it home where she is dressed and attended to. She is also introduced to the newest member of the King’s Guard, and though we don’t get to see him without his helm his size and bluish face paint the vivid picture of it being a zombified Ser Gregor Clegane.

Melissandre shows up at the Wall and she’s not looking so great. Unfortunately, neither is Jon Snow. Ollie comes in to tell Jon Snow that one of the wildlings has news about Benjen Stark, but it’s trap. Many of the Night’s Watch stab him “for the watch” leaving Ollie to finish it off. Then they all turn to go back into the castle, leaving Jon Snow to bleed out in the cold.

Having read the books, I can’t say that any of this last episode was particularly surprising (aside from Marcella’s poisoning, which I was blindsided by) but it didn’t really make it any easier to take. This was just as traumatic of an episode as I had feared, and it really has me questioning why I still watch this show.

I feel like the season just started, and now there’s another year to wait before there are any more episodes. On the brighter side of that, George R. R. Martin has gone back to working on the 6th installment of the books, and later this year will be releasing prequels to the series. If you’re looking for other amazing Game of Thrones content (or something else to binge watch while you wait for season 6) be sure to check out the official webpage: HBO’s Game of Thrones Thank you guys so much for reading the recaps and sharing the intense experience of this show with me, I hope to see you all next year.

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Ghostbusters – Chris Hemsworth Manning the Phones

Posted by Steve Barton on June 10, 2015

Paul Feig took to him Twitter account today to offer up some casting news that sees Chris Hemsworth playing the resident receptionist in Ghostbusters, a role made famous by Annie Potts who played Janine, the receptionist for the team.

Thor joins the new cast which includes Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones as our new paranormal specialists. They are ready to believe you, but are you ready to believe them in this reboot? That, my friends, is the magic question!

Ghostbusters is set for release on July 22, 2016.

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Win a Smite Xbox One Beta Code

Posted by Steve Barton on June 10, 2015

With E3 right around the corner we figured that now would be a great time to giveaway some beta codes for Smite on Xbox One.

As always… to enter for your chance to win, just send us an email at contests@dreadcentral.com. We’ll take care of the rest.

This contest will end at 12:01 AM PT on June 14th.

In Smite players choose from a selection of mythical gods, join session-based arena combat, and use custom powers and team tactics against other player-controlled gods and non-player controlled minions.

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#SDCC15: Entertainment Earth Unveils Three Penny Dreadful Exclusives

Posted by Debi Moore on June 10, 2015

Entertainment Earth always makes a big splash at the San Diego Comic-Con, and this year is no exception.  The powers-that-be are beginning to roll out the exclusives they’ll be bringing to the 2015 show, and first up are three “Penny Dreadful” items.

Click here for more info and pre-order links. All items will first be sold at San Diego Comic-Con 2015 at the Entertainment Earth Booth #2343. If supplies remain after the show, your order will be filled and shipped to you then, at the end of July 2015.

Penny Dreadful Frankenstein Sketchbook Deluxe Journal
Before you can bring your creations to life, you’ll need to draw out all of the details first. Now, thanks to Bif Bang Pow! you can do just that with the Penny Dreadful Frankenstein Deluxe Sketchbook Deluxe Journal. Inspired by Dr. Frankenstein’s actual sketchbook from the popular Showtime TV series, this journal features 160 parchment colored pages with the mad doctor’s sketches watermarked throughout. The leather-like saddle stitched sketchbook journal measures 8 inches tall x 5 inches wide and showcases the initials V.F. (Victor Frankenstein) embossed on the front cover in gold foil. With only 1,500 pieces available, this individually numbered and limited edition collectible won’t last forever!

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Penny Dreadful Ethan Chandler 6-Inch Action Figure

Ethan Chandler, the brash American gunslinger, undergoes a powerful change when the moon is full. Now collectors can grab him before he turns once more with this Penny Dreadful Ethan 6-Inch Action Figure from Bif Bang Pow! The meticulously detailed figure showcases the brash American gunslinger in an extra-long gray trench coat made of soft and bendable PVC plastic. The rest of Ethan Chandler’s outfit consists of a brown shirt with gold chain and dark gray pants. This first ever 6-inch figure of the popular Penny Dreadful character features an amazing 18 points of articulation and includes Ethan’s signature gun holster, guns, and removable bowl hat. With a production run of only 2,800 pieces, this individually numbered and limited edition Entertainment Earth convention exclusive will disappear scary fast! Ages 18 and up.

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Penny Dreadful Vanessa Ives 6-Inch Action Figure
As seductive as she is formidable, Vanessa Ives is a complex mixture of mystery and supernatural mojo. Now collectors can add the enigmatic medium to their collection with the Penny Dreadful Vanessa Ives 6-Inch Action Figure from Bif Bang Pow! The intricately detailed figure showcases the beautiful clairvoyant in an ankle-long black skirt with a checker square pattern along with a matching maroon vintage Victorian coat which is made of soft and bendable PVC plastic. The rest of Vanessa’s wardrobe is completed by a black turtleneck-esque undergarment. This first ever 6-inch figure of the popular Penny Dreadful character features a whopping 18 points of articulation and includes Vanessa’s trust set of tarot cards fanned out into one piece along with a separate single card. With a production run of only 3,700 pieces, collectors will want to grab this individually numbered and limited edition Entertainment Earth convention exclusive before it mysteriously disappears! Ages 14 and up.

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Fear the Walking Dead – First Artwork and New Cast Member

Posted by Steve Barton on June 10, 2015

On tap right now we have the first bit of artwork for the upcoming AMC series “Fear the Walking Dead.” Check it out along with some casting news.

“Fear the Walking Dead” premieres this summer on AMC. The main cast includes Cliff Curtis, Ruben Blades, Kim Dickens, Alycia Debnam Carey, Mercedes Mason, and Frank Dillane.

Per Deadline, Colman Domingo (Selma, “The Knick”) will play Strand, a smart and sophisticated man with a mysterious past.

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The new series will be set in Los Angeles and focuses on new characters and storylines. The show’s first season will consist of six one-hour episodes. The second season will air in 2016.

Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero, and David Alpert from “The Walking Dead” are executive producers of the new series, which, like the original, is being produced by AMC Studios. Dave Erickson (“Marco Polo,” “Sons of Anarchy”), who co-created and co-wrote the pilot with Kirkman, is an executive producer and showrunner.

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Unwrap a New Clip From The Stranger

Posted by Steve Barton on June 10, 2015

A new clip is here for the Eli Roth-produced film The Stranger, which nabbed itself some distribution via IFC Midnight back in January. Look for the film in select theaters and on VOD June 12th.

Guillermo Amoedo’s The Stranger stars Luis Gnecco, Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, and Aaron Burns.

Synopsis:
Amoedo shows a deft ability to turn a bloodthirsty monster movie on its head. Slow-burn, character-driven THE STRANGER takes its time, building the tension through occasional flashbacks and having the audience sympathize with Peter, who grew up not knowing his father.

Peter, like the audience, is kept largely in the dark about his father’s motives or even what he is… because he’s certainly not human. What is apparent is the chaos his dad’s return has on the small town, especially a member of the police force and his violence-prone son. THE STRANGER is ultimately about family, the legacy we pass on to our children, and the lengths to which we go to protect and ensure their survival, no matter how dark and deadly they might become.

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Lou Diamond Phillips to Star as Richard Ramirez in The Night Stalker

Posted by Steve Barton on June 10, 2015

You know… based on looks alone, this is great casting. Variety is reporting that Lou Diamond Phillips has signed to play notorious Los Angeles serial killer Richard Ramirez in The Night Stalker from writer-director Megan Griffiths.

Inspired by true events, the film incorporates Ramirez’s history of violence into a fictional narrative centering on a prison interview between the aging killer and a lawyer attempting to elicit a confession from Ramirez that will save another man from Death Row.

Ramirez, an avowed Satanist, was convicted of 13 murders as well as 5 attempted murders and never expressed any remorse. He died on Death Row in 2013 of complications from B-cell lymphoma.

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#SDCC15: Funko Announces French Mistake Castiel Exclusive

Posted by Debi Moore on June 10, 2015

Funko has revealed another of its 2015 San Diego Comic-Con exclusives that should draw some attention from the horror crowd: Pop! Television: Supernatural – French Mistake Castiel.

“The French Mistake” was “Supernatural” Episode 6.15, a self-referential look at Sam and Dean Winchester portraying series stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles.  You’ll find Cas below along with the ep’s synopsis in case you’ve forgotten the details.

Check back every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday until June 29th for a new batch of  Funko exclusives!  In an effort to provide more of their products to Con-goers, the company is NOT offering a pre-buy option this year.

Episode 6.15 “The French Mistake” (2/25/11 Original Air Date)
SAM AND DEAN ARE TRANSPORTED TO AN ALTERNATE REALITY — Raphael (guest star Lanette Ware) launches an attack on Castiel (Misha Collins) and his allies, sending a particularly frightening angelic hitman (guest star Carlos Sanz) after Balthazar (guest star Sebastian Roche), Sam (Jared Padalecki), and Dean (Jensen Ackles). In an effort to protect the brothers, Balthazar sends them to an alternate universe where they are the stars of a TV show called “Supernatural” and they are actors named “Jensen Ackles” and “Jared Padalecki.” The brothers are confused when Castiel appears to be a tweet-happy actor named Misha Collins and Sam is married to Ruby (Genevieve Cortese). Charles Beeson directed the episode written by Ben Edlund.

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New Regression Poster Looks the Other Way

Posted by Steve Barton on June 10, 2015

And the goodies keep right on coming for Alejandro Amenabar’s Regression, starring Emma Watson and Ethan Hawke. Here’s a new poster!

Look for the film to hit theaters August 28th via TWC-Dimension.

Regression also stars David Thewlis (The Fifth Estate, Harry Potter), David Dencik (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Dale Dickey (Winter’s Bone, “True Blood”), Lothaire Bluteau (“The Tudors”), and Devon Bostick (Diary of a Wimpy Kid).

Synopsis:
Minnesota, 1990. Detective Bruce Kenner (Ethan Hawke) investigates the case of young Angela (Emma Watson), who accuses her father, John Gray (David Dencik), of an unspeakable crime. When John unexpectedly and without recollection admits guilt, renowned psychologist Dr. Raines (David Thewlis) is brought in to help him relive his memories, and what they discover unmasks a horrifying nationwide mystery.

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