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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.

Lick Up the Latest Teaser for American Horror Story: Freak Show

Posted by Debi Moore on August 22, 2014

Lick Up the Latest Teaser for American Horror Story: Freak ShowAnother grotesque teaser has come our way for "American Horror Story: Freak Show," offering up just a... taste... of the horrors and freaks to come! From bearded ladies to Siamese twins, "AHS: Freak Show" has something for everyone; it premieres Wednesday, October 8th, at 10 pm ET/PT.

Season 4 features returning stars Jessica Lange as Elsa Mars, Kathy Bates as Effil Darling, Angela Bassett as Desiree Dupree, Sarah Paulson doing double-duty as Siamese twins Bette and Dot Tattler, Evan Peters playing Jimmy Darling, and Emma Roberts as Maggie.

"AHS" newcomer Michael Chiklis stars as Wendell Del Toredo, and also joining the show this season is John Carroll Lynch ("Fargo"), who will play a core villain. Denis O'Hare, Gabourey Sidibe, Jamie Brewer, Frances Conroy, Wes Bentley, Jyoti Amge, Finn Wittrock, and Patti LaBelle round out the cast.

"American Horror Story: Freak Show" is set in 1950s Florida and centers around one of the last remaining freak shows of the time.

For more info visit the "AHS: Freak Show" Facebook page, check out "AHS: Freak Show" on Tumblr, and follow @AHSFX on Twitter along with "American Horror Story" on FX.







American Horror Story: Freak Show

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The Witcher III Will ‘Probably Not’ Run At 1080P

Posted by Scott Dell on August 22, 2014

The Witcher III Will 'Probably Not' Run At 1080PWorld’s Factory recently interviewed CD Projekt Red’s visual effects artist Jose Texiera about the upcoming The Witcher III: Wild Hunt. When asked if the game would run at 1080P and 60 fps on console, Texeira replied, “I really don’t know, probably not.”

This reduction from the standard of graphical fidelity might be attributed to the game’s engine, which Texeira reveals as very physics-heavy. He states, “We’re asking the environment artists to put as many physics objects as possible.”

To explain the intricacy of the engine, Texeira cited an example of the game’s lead character, Geralt, casting a spell in a tavern. “Geralt has this spell, a push of force, and when he does that, everything flies off the table.”

It appears that developers may be sacrificing some graphical quality in favor of a more immersive and realistic experience. The news is unwelcome but falls in line with RPG history. Traditionally very lengthy RPG’s have less than stellar graphics due to the sheer size of the game. But the news is somewhat surprising as Batman: Arkham Knight developers recently stated that the power of the next-gen hardware no longer required game developers to decide between graphics and game size.

The reduction in graphical quality is very disappointing as The Witcher III: Wild Hunt's trailers quickly established it as one of the best looking upcoming games of 2015.

The Witcher III: Wild Hunt

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Invite Borgman Into Your Home This September; Specs and Artwork Revealed

Posted by Debi Moore on August 22, 2014

Invite Borgman Into Your Home This September; Specs and Artwork RevealedBorgman (review here) is a film we've been talking about for quite a while, and finally next month it's hitting Blu-ray/DVD courtesy of Drafthouse Films. We have all the info you need right here!

Borgman Release Details:
Drafthouse Films is releasing Alex van Warmerdam's creepy and surreal thriller Borgman on Blu-ray/DVD and Digital HD on Tuesday, September 9, 2014. Borgman will be distributed on home video at an SRP of $29.93 for Blu-ray and $24.99 for DVD.

The NY Times Critics' Pick will feature three deleted scenes in addition to reversible Mondo art and a 28-page booklet featuring cast and crew interviews and more.

Jan Bijvoet, Hadewych Minis, Jeroen Perceval, Sara Hjort Ditlevsen, Eva van de Wijdeven, Annet Malherbe, and Tom Dewispelaere star.

Synopsis:
Borgman, a dark suburban fable that explores the nature of evil in unexpected places, follows an enigmatic vagrant who enters the lives of an upper-class family and quickly unravels their carefully curated lifestyle. Charming and mysterious, Camiel Borgman seems almost otherworldly, and it isn't long before he has the wife, children, and nanny under his spell in a calculated bid to take over their home life. However, his domestic assimilation takes a malevolent turn as his ultimate plan comes to bear, igniting a series of increasingly maddening and menacing events.




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Horror Crosses the Threshold

Posted by Steve Barton on August 22, 2014

Horror Crosses the ThresholdDo you believe in the afterlife or reincarnation? Lots of folks do, and another movie is on its way that explores these themes. Read on for the first details regarding the indie thriller Threshold right here.

From the Press Release
Lake Forest Entertainment, in association with Busted Buggy Entertainment, announces the new psychological thriller THRESHOLD, starring Randy Wayne, Trilby Glover, Leslie Stevens, Courtney Daniels, Derek Magyar, and Rich Paul.

The film is the feature directorial debut of Jason Eric Perlman and is produced by William Clevinger. The executive producer is Graham Kaye, and co-producers are Elliott Michael Smith and Nick Zuvic.

“We’re thrilled to have assembled an extremely talented cast and crew to bring the impactful tale that is THRESHOLD to audiences around the world,” said Clevinger. “We’re working hard to ensure the film maintains the perfect balance of commercial viability and artistic integrity. Graham and myself spent the last several years developing the story with Jason, and we couldn’t be happier.”

THRESHOLD is a psychological thriller that delves into the realms of afterlife and rebirth. After years of trying to have a child with no success, a young couple find the ideal little boy to adopt. As their dreams of being parents come to fruition and they settle into the happiness and comfort of family life, fate takes an alarming turn when a tragic accident happens with their child.

Devastated beyond belief, the grieving parents try their best to heal. As time passes by and they begin to resume normal lives, the story reaches a frightening pinnacle when the couple find themselves held hostage by a woman who seems to know everything about them and their late child.

THRESHOLD is currently in production and shooting through the end of the month in the Los Angeles area.

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It’s a Red Awakening at Insomnia

Posted by Scott Dell on August 22, 2014

It's a Red Awakening at InsomniaToday at the UK's Insomnia Expo developers from Domino took the stage to reveal some new gameplay footage and discuss their upcoming multiplayer shooter Red Awakening.

The slasher film genre has been repeatedly touted as the game’s main influence, and Domino gave gamers a closer look at how by discussing the character archetypes found in the game. Red Awakening will feature character clichés that are largely borrowed from the 80’s slice ’em up films that are still popular today.

Gamers can expect to see the jock, the cheerleader, and, as a developer put it, “a nerdy Asian girl.” Red Awakening will also feature some of horror’s trademark settings from a high school to an amusement park and even a Siberian outpost inspired by John Carpenter’s remake of The Thing.

Developers also revealed that the game will feature several modes; on display at Insomnia was the You Only Live Thrice mode, where each player has only three lives.

Red Awakening will also continue the current trend in horror gaming of accentuating resource management. In the demo the player ran out of ammunition and the developer was quick to note that the level contained no additional reserves.

The beta for Red Awakening will be available during the holidays of 2014.

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Hulu Acquires Exclusive Streaming Rights to Fox’s Sleepy Hollow

Posted by Debi Moore on August 22, 2014

Hulu Acquires Exclusive Streaming Rights to Fox's Sleepy HollowSeason 2 of "Sleepy Hollow" is heading our way in one month, but if you're not caught up and don't want to wait until the Blu-ray/DVD release, then read on for how you can watch Season 1 right now!

Hulu Plus has acquired exclusive streaming rights to the Emmy-nominated hit series. Beginning TODAY (August 22nd) Hulu Plus becomes home to the entire first season of "Sleepy Hollow" – giving fans a chance to catch up on the show ahead of its second season premiere on Fox.

Additionally, Hulu Plus will have day-after-air access to new episodes after the Season 2 premiere (September 22nd) and will have all Season 2 episodes available to stream following their broadcast on Fox. Hulu will have a selection of up to five episodes available to stream.

"Sleepy Hollow" is a thrilling mystery-adventure drama series spanning two and a half centuries, in which a resurrected Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) pairs up with a present-day police lieutenant (Nicole Beharie) to save the enigmatic town of Sleepy Hollow – and the world – from unprecedented evil.

From K/O Paper Products in association with 20th Century Fox Television, "Sleepy Hollow" is co-created by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Phillip Iscove, and Len Wiseman. The series is executive produced by Kurtzman, Orci, Wiseman, Mark Goffman, Ken Olin, and Heather Kadin. Iscove serves as supervising producer, and Wiseman directed the pilot.

Check out the official trailer for the first season below, and be sure to head over to Hulu for all your "Sleepy Hollow" needs (and watch out for the Headless Horseman)!

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

Hulu Acquires Exclusive Streaming Rights to Fox's Sleepy Hollow

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BBC America and BBC One Announce New Series The Living and the Dead

Posted by Debi Moore on August 22, 2014

BBC America and BBC One Announce New Series The Living and the DeadBBC America and BBC One have joined forces for the new series "The Living and the Dead," and it promises to be "very, very scary." Sign us up! If you're on board as well, read on for the details.

From the Press Release:
New 6 X 60’ drama series "The Living and the Dead" is written by Ashley Pharoah and Matthew Graham, co-creators and writers of "Life on Mars," "Ashes to Ashes," and "Eternal Law." It is co-produced by BBC Wales Drama Production and BBC AMERICA in association with Monastic Productions for BBC One.

Somerset, England, 1888. A land and a community on the edge of monumental change, on the great hinge between ancient traditional ways and an industrial, scientific future. A land of ghosts and myths, poltergeists, and demons - if there was ever a time for those ghosts to rise out of the ground, this would be that time. At the heart of this small community is Nathan Appleby, a reluctant gentleman farmer who is obsessed with proving the existence of the afterlife.

In the new original drama, this complex and compelling man will investigate hauntings, paranormal happenings, and ghostly visitations, encouraged by the Society for Psychical Research. But as these terrifying investigations become ever more frequent and ever more scary, Nathan starts to see and hear disturbing things that he simply cannot have imagined. Will Nathan’s interest in the occult begin to threaten his family, his livelihood, and even his sanity?

Writer-creators Ashley Pharoah and Matthew Graham say: “We are as excited about this show as anything since 'Life on Mars' and 'Ashes to Ashes' – we want it to be moving, tender, sensual... and very, very scary.”

Richard De Croce, SVP Programming, BBC AMERICA adds, “We look forward to teaming up once again with Ashley Pharoah, Matthew Graham, and our colleagues in the BBC on a drama that will haunt and thrill our Supernatural Saturday audience.”

The executive producers are Ashley Pharoah and Matthew Graham for Monastic Productions; Faith Penhale, Head of BBC Wales Drama Production; and Katie McAleese for BBC Wales Drama Production. It will be distributed internationally by BBC Worldwide.

It will shoot in the West Country of England next year, and casting will be announced in due course.

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MPI/Dark Sky Films Find Horror From the Dark

Posted by Steve Barton on August 22, 2014

MPI/Dark Sky Films Find Horror From The DarkThe director of the cult killer clown film Stitches is back with an all-new film called From the Dark, and we have the first details and a still for you. We're good like that. Well, actually we're kind of obligated to show you or we'd go out of business, but still!

From the Press Release:
MPI/Dark Sky Films announce the end of principal photography on FROM THE DARK, the latest film from Conor McMahon, director of the successful Stitches. Produced by MPI Pictures Dublin in partnership with Workshed films, FROM THE DARK was shot on location in Laois, Ireland.

The film stars Niamh Algar, Stephen Cromwell, and Gerry O'Brien (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest).

A tense and frightening film, FROM THE DARK tells the story of a young couple who embark on a road trip through the Irish countryside; car trouble lands them in an place that few people would choose to visit. When something sinister is awakened from a thousand-year slumber deep within the dark bog, the couple is faced with an unimaginable evil. They soon realize that light is their only protector, but as the sun sets and light sources dwindle, the creature becomes more powerful, and they are in a fight for their lives.

Greg Newman, Executive Vice President of MPI Media Group, said: "McMahon has always had a unique cinematic vision, and we're thrilled to bring his fresh and twisted take to the genre in yet another one of his films."

More on this one as we get it!

From the Dark

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Screamfest L.A. 2014: Parlor Poster Premiere

Posted by Steve Barton on August 22, 2014

Screamfest L.A. 2014: Parlor Poster PremierePlaying as part of this year's Screamfest L.A. is the indie flick, Parlor, and we just happened upon the flick's festival one-sheet while it was hanging around. Check it out and look for full coverage from the event soon!

From the Press Release
The Writing/Directing team of Kenny Gage and Devon Downs will host the world-wide premiere of their new horror film, Parlor, during this year’s Screamfest film festival. The well-known genre festival kicks off its 14th annual event in Los Angeles on October 14 through October 23 at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres (6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028). The film follows six young college hopefuls vacationing and partying in Eastern Europe who get more than they bargained for when they unwittingly get caught up in a maniacal tattoo artist’s fiendish side business.

Parlor, stars Robert Lasardo (Nip/Tuck, Death Race, Human Centipede III) as the character known as “The Artist” who runs an Eastern European tattoo Parlor.  As writer/director Kenny Gage (Raze) explains, ”We were very fortunate to have had the opportunity shoot in Old Town, Vilnius Lithuania. The sense of scale, scope and historical architecture provided a unique backdrop for the film.”

Co writer and director Devon Downs delves deeper, “It’s common to get tattooed while on vacation, and you are never more vulnerable than when you are being tattooed,…especially in unfamiliar territory. “

The film was financed by ASL Pictures and produced by the veteran team of Todd Slater, Andrew Pagana, Bill Ceresia, Thomas Mahoney, and Brett Donowho. The film also stars Jordan James Smith, Tiffany DeMarco, Ben Whalen, Claire Garvey, Anthony Del Negro, Beth Humphreys, Joey Fisher, and real life tattoo artist Sara Fabel in the ultimate bad girl role of Uta.

Robert Lasardo commented “it was clear to me Kenny and Devon were serious about showcasing a fully developed character arc with which I could finally show some range.  I feel it is my most ambitious effort to date.” 

The film will screen for world-wide distribution during the opening of Screamfest and has released the first teaser poster of the film.

Parlor

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Nicole Kidman Confused in New Before I Go to Sleep Clip

Posted by John Squires on August 22, 2014

Nicole Kidman Confused in New Before I Go to Sleep ClipYou know when you get really drunk and you wake up the next morning unable to remember anything that happened? Kinda scary, isn't it? Well that's what Nicole Kidman goes through every single day of her life in Rowan Joffe's Before I Go to Sleep, and on tap for you today is a new clip from the Memento-esque flick. Dig it!

Look for Before I Go to Sleep in theaters on September 12th.

Written and directed by Joffe, the thriller stars Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, and Mark Strong.

Synopsis
Before I Go to Sleep is based on the worldwide bestselling novel about a north London woman who wakes up every morning remembering nothing. Her husband tells her she suffered a trauma and that she dare not leave home. She sneaks off to a doctor who gives her a small digital recorder and urges her to play back her thoughts day after day in hopes of re-integrating her mind. She does. It works. And that's when she comes to realize that the man sleeping next to her... is not her husband.







Before I Go to Sleep

Before I Go to Sleep

Before I Go to Sleep

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