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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.

New Metal Hurlant Chronicles Clip Throws Down

Posted by Gareth Jones on July 30, 2015

If there’s one thing we know about actor Scott Adkins, it’s that the man kicks ass. Just check out his moves in Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning and the woefully unrecognised Undisputed III: Redemption if you need any proof.

Alongside a cast of cult favourites including Rutger Hauer, Michael Jai White, Kelly Brook and Michael Biehn, Adkins appears in Metal Hurlant Chronicles, now available on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK.

Just in case you’re wondering what kind of thing this sci-fi/action/horror mashup series might have in store for you, here’s an exclusive clip featuring Adkins doing what he does best… going mano-a-mano! Enjoy!

Synopsis:
Based on the popular comic book franchise, Metal Hurlant Chronicles links adventures that take place on separate worlds, connected by the last remains of the asteroid Metal Hurlant, which journeys through the universe.

As futuristic robots, fire-breathing dragons and brutal warriors wreak havoc across the solar system, a young woman wakes to learn that the apocalypse is imminent. When bedlam ensues, space travelers fight for survival as oxygen leaks from their spaceship; and as civilization continues to unravel, a young hero sets out on a dangerous expedition to the end of the galaxy in search of a secret race.

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UK Readers — Win a Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky Blu-ray/DVD Combo!

Posted by Gareth Jones on July 30, 2015

To celebrate the release of Riki-Oh: The Story Of Ricky – available on special DVD and Blu-ray dual format 27th July – we have a copy to give away!

Easily the most amazingly violent and gory movie ever to emerge from Hong Kong, and subsequently banned in many countries around the world, Riki-Oh: The Story Of Ricky is 88 minutes of the purest, unadulterated, blood-soaked fun ever to be passed by the BBFC.

A radical fusion of brutal martial artistry, extreme violence and dark visuals, this masterpiece features some of the most outrageously graphic and convincing ‘splatter’ effects in the history of cinema.

Order today on Amazon UK.

To be in with a chance of winning a copy, simply send an email to contests@dreadcentral.com including the subject line “Story of Ricky UK” and YOUR FULL NAME AND POSTAL ADDRESS in the body of the mail. We’ll take care of the rest.

Please note that this competition is open ONLY to UK residents. Entries will be accepted until Wednesday, August 5. Good luck!

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New Fear the Walking Dead Promos Tease the Walkers to Come

Posted by Debi Moore on July 29, 2015

We’ve seen a lot of pictures of the characters in AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead” but not much with regard to those whom they’ll be fearing… until now, that is.  The powers-that-be have finally unveiled a couple of promos that hint at the types of zombies we’ll be encountering on the show.

“Fear the Walking Dead” premieres August 23, 2015. The first season will consist of six one-hour episodes. The second season will air in 2016.

Related Story: #SDCC15: Fear the Walking Dead Cast and Crew Share What to Expect in Season 1

The cast includes Cliff Curtis, Colman Domingo, Ruben Blades, Kim Dickens, Alycia Debnam Carey, Mercedes Mason, Shawn Hatosy, Frank Dillane, Elizabeth Rodriguez, and Lorenzo James Henrie.  The series is set in Los Angeles and focuses on new characters and storylines.

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.

Stay up-to-date on all things walker-related by visiting “Fear the Walking Dead” on Facebook and “Fear the Walking Dead” on AMC.com.

Synopsis:
“Fear the Walking Dead” takes us back to the beginning of the zombie apocalypse – a time when the world was changing rapidly for reasons unknown, before anyone understood exactly what was happening, when life as everyone knew it was upended and altered in ways no one could have ever imagined. 

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Hulu’s 11/22/63 Adaptation Adds Josh Duhamel to the Cast

Posted by Debi Moore on July 29, 2015

Some casting news for Hulu’s upcoming “11/22/63″ adaptation has arrived with Josh Duhamel joining the project as a rather dubious character.

The “11/22/63″ mini-series follows James Franco’s Jake Epping, a high school English teacher who travels back in time to try to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. He finds his mission threatened by love, the infamous Lee Harvey Oswald (Daniel Webber), and the past itself, which does not want to be changed.

Per THR, Duhamel (pictured below) will play Frank Dunning, the father of Jake’s student Harry Dunning (played by youngster Jack Fulton and Leon Rippy) in 1960s Kentucky. Frank is the rakish town butcher, a ladies’ man with an effortless smile that everyone welcomes — except Jake, the only man who knows the full violence of which Frank is capable.

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Other cast members include Chris Cooper, Cherry Jones, T.R. Knight, Sarah Gadon, Nick Searcy, George MacKay, Lucy Fry, and Brooklyn Sudano.

The nine-hour miniseries is a collaboration among J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, author Stephen King, executive producer/writer Bridget Carpenter, and Warner Bros. Television.  Carpenter (“Friday Night Lights,” “Parenthood”) penned the script and will exec produce the drama alongside King and Bad Robot’s Bryan Burk. Bad Robot’s Kathy Lingg will co-exec produce, and Athena Wickham will produce. Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland) is directing the first two hours.  The drama hails from Warner Bros. Television, and Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution will distribute the series globally.

A premiere date for “11/22/63″ has still not been announced yet so stay tuned!

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Sophie Monk Signs on to Blood Feast Remake; First Teaser Released

Posted by Debi Moore on July 29, 2015

Marcel Walz’s upcoming Blood Feast remake just got a lot better looking with the addition of British actress Sophie Monk (The Hills Run Red) in a lead role.

Walz dropped us a line today to let us know that Monk (pictured below) will be playing Penny Ramses in the reboot.  In addition, the film’s Indiegogo campaign has kicked off so if you’d like to help out, be sure to hit the link.

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Shooting of the U.S. production will take place from September 1-25, 2015, in the United States, France, and Germany. Robert Rusler, Caroline Williams, and Sadie Katz co-star; and Ryan Nicholson is heading up the makeup department.

Below you’ll find the first teaser along with a pitch video for the campaign.

Synopsis:
Fuad Ramses (Rusler) and his family have moved from the United States to France, where they run an American diner. Since business is not going too well, Fuad also works night shifts in a museum of ancient Egyptian culture. During these long, lonely nights he is repeatedly drawn to a statue representing the seductive ancient goddess Ishtar (Katz). He becomes more and more allured by the goddess as she speaks to him in visions. Eventually he succumbs to her deadly charms.

After this pivotal night, Fuad begins a new life, in which murder and cannibalism become his daily bread. He starts to prepare a ritual feast to honor his new mistress, a lavish affair dripping with blood, organs, and intestines of human victims. As butchered bodies are heaped upon the Altar of Ishtar, Fuad slowly slips further into madness until he is no more than the goddess’ puppet; and she thirsts for the blood of Fuad’s wife and daughter too…

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New Ash vs. Evil Dead Image Has Us Revved Up

Posted by Steve Barton on July 29, 2015

Starz has released a new image from its upcoming series “Ash vs. Evil Dead,” and we have every chainsaw-wielding pixel of it right here. Groovy, baby!

About “Ash vs. Evil Dead”
Ash vs. Evil Dead” is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film franchise The Evil Dead and will premiere on STARZ October 31, 2015. The 10-episode first season of the half-hour series is executive produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Bruce Campbell, the original filmmakers of the franchise, and Craig DiGregorio, who serves as executive producer and showrunner.

Related Story: #SDCC15: Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, and More Talk Ash vs. Evil Dead

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Campbell is reprising his role as Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario, and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity, and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons – personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its “Evil” grip.

The cast is led by Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”) in the role of Ash Williams; Lucy Lawless (“Salem,” “Spartacus”) as Ruby, a mysterious figure who believes Ash is the cause of the Evil outbreaks; Ray Santiago (“Touch,” Meet the Fockers) as Pablo Simon Bolivar, an idealistic immigrant who becomes Ash’s loyal sidekick; Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) as Kelly Maxwell, a moody wild child trying to outrun her past; and Jill Marie Jones (“Sleepy Hollow”) as Amanda Fisher, a disgraced Michigan State Trooper set to find our anti-hero Ash and prove his responsibility in the grisly murder of her partner.

Related Story: #SDCC15: Go Inside Ash’s Trailer

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Matthew Modine Bites Sharks 47 Meters Down

Posted by Steve Barton on July 29, 2015

More casting news has arrived for the latest shark’s tale, 47 Meters Down, as THR is reporting that Matthew Modine has joined the cast opposite the previously announced Mandy Moore and Claire Holt.

The film centers on sisters Kate and Lisa (Holt and Moore) who decide to go diving to view Great White sharks while on vacation in Mexico. But when the cage breaks free from the boat and plummets to the ocean floor, Kate and Lisa find themselves trapped deep underwater with less than an hour of oxygen left in their tanks. They must somehow work out how to get back to the safety of the boat above through 47 meters of shark-infested waters.

Modine will play Taylor in the film, which is directed by Johannes Roberts and is currently shooting at Pinewood’s Dominican Republic water tank.

Synopsis:
Twenty-something sisters Kate and Lisa are gorgeous, fun-loving, and ready for the holiday of a lifetime in Mexico. When the opportunity to go cage diving to view Great White sharks presents itself, thrill-seeking Kate jumps at the chance while Lisa takes some convincing. After some not so gentle persuading, Lisa finally agrees, and the girls soon find themselves two hours off the coast of Huatulco and about to come face to face with nature’s fiercest predator.

But what should have been the trip to end all trips soon becomes a living nightmare when the shark cage breaks free from their boat, sinks, and they find themselves trapped at the bottom of the ocean. With less than an hour of oxygen left in their tanks, they must somehow work out how to get back to the boat above them through 47 meters of shark-infested waters.

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The Walking Dead – First Look at New Characters on the Menu in Season 6

Posted by Steve Barton on July 29, 2015

As per usual, EW has scored the first look at the latest additions to the cast of “The Walking Dead,” which is gearing up for its sixth season. Read on for the eye candy and more.

In Season 6 Merritt Wever portrays Dr. Denise Cloyd. Denise’s role as a medic becomes critical in Alexandria after the death of Pete. She played an important role in some of the books and may prove to be just as integral to the series.

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Ethan Embry plays Carter, who showrunner Scott Gimple claims is a combination of a few different characters from the books.

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Corey Hawkins will be playing Heath, who is a significant character in the comics and a supply runner for Alexandria; in the comics Heath eventually becomes romantically linked to Denise. Whether or not that will happen in the series remains to be seen.

Related Stories: The Walking Dead Season 6 Premiere to Have More Zombies than EVER! and More about The Walking Dead Season 6 from the Cast and Crew!

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“The Walking Dead” stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Chandler Riggs, Sonequa Martin-Green, Michael Cudlitz, and Lennie James. Season 6 hits AMC on Sunday, October 11, 2015.

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 info be sure to hit up the official “The Walking Dead” page on AMC.com.

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The Final Girls Slashing Towards October Release

Posted by John Squires on July 29, 2015

Fresh off a premiere at this year’s SXSW Film Festival, The Final Girls (review) has been garnering rave reviews almost across the board, including one from our own Drew Tinnin. We’ve been waiting for a release date, and today some information has come across our desk.

Though a specific date hasn’t yet been announced, The Final Girls will be unleashed this coming October, just in time for Halloween. Read all about the film, while we wait for more.

Thomas Middleditch (“Silicon Valley”), Nina Dobrev (“The Vampire Diaries”), Adam Devine (“Workaholics”), and Alexander Ludwig (The Hunger Games), Taissa Farmiga (“American Horror Story”) and Malin Akerman (Watchmen) all star in the horror-comedy.

Directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson, The Final Girls is an unconventional comedy about Max, a high school senior, who is mysteriously transported with her friends into a 1980s horror film that starred Max’s mother, a celebrated scream queen.

Trapped inside the movie, Max finds herself reunited with her mom, who she lost in real life. Together with Max’s friends, they must fend off the camp counselors’ raging hormones, battle a deranged machete-wielding killer and find a way to escape the movie and make it back home.

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MTV Renews Scream for a Second Season

Posted by Debi Moore on July 29, 2015

We’re a bit on the fence about MTV’s “Scream” – parts of it are fun while others are just tedious.  In any event, the network is obviously on board with the show because they’ve just renewed it for another season!  Read on for the details.

From the Press Release:
MTV today announced the second season pick-up of its hit series “Scream” with Dimension Television.  More than 21 million viewers have tuned in to the debut season of “Scream” on-air, and the series has generated another 7.9 million streams across platforms.  Additionally, “Scream” has averaged 60% increases in L+3 over L+SD ratings week to week.

MTV Executive Vice President of Series Development and Head of Scripted Programming, Mina Lefevre, said, “It has been a wonderful experience working with Bob Weinstein and his team, who are such connoisseurs of this genre, and we are thrilled by how our viewers have responded to the reinvention of ‘Scream.’ We look forward to another season filled with suspense, horror, and more twists and turns.”

“We couldn’t be happier ‘Scream’ has been renewed for a second season and that we have a wonderful working relationship with Doug Herzog, Stephen Friedman, Susanne Daniels, Mina Lefevre, and her team,” said Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company and Dimension Films. “The ‘Scream’ franchise has been such a huge part of our history, and to watch it evolve, find a new generation of fans, and succeed at MTV makes this all the more sweet. We promise even more scares, surprises, romance, and of course kills in Season Two.”

“Scream” Season One stars Willa Fitzgerald as Emma, Bex Taylor-Klaus as Audrey, Amadeus Serafini as Kieran, John Karna as Noah, Tom Maden as Jake, Connor Weil as Will, Carlson Young as Brooke, Tracy Middendorf as Maggie, Amelia Rose Blaire as Piper, and Jason Wiles as Sheriff Hudson.

After a cyber-bullying incident results in a brutal murder, the shocking violence stirs up memories of a killing spree from the past that has haunted some, intrigued others, and maybe just inspired a new killer. A group of teens – with two old friends struggling to reconnect at its heart – become lovers, enemies, suspects, targets, and victims of a killer who’s out for blood.

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