Tuesday Terrors: True Blood, The Walking Dead, And American Horror Story Asylum News (Mania.com)
By:Tim Janson Date: Tuesday, October 09, 2012 Source: Mania.com
It’s another big week in Tuesday Terrors with reviews of Bait 3D and The Tall Man. We’ve also got casting news for True Blood Season 6, a new featurette for American Horror Story Asylum, new The Walking Dead figures, and as usual a crypt full of new trailers…
THE HORRIFYING NEWS AND TRAILERS
Official Trailer for Roadside. Roadside, the second feature from writer-director Eric England (Madison County). Ace Marrero and Katie Stegeman star in this thriller as Dan and Mindy, a married couple who find themselves trapped on a mountain road and terrorized by a sharpshooter.
Rutget Hauer joins the cast of True Blood for Season 6. Rutger Hauer (The Hitcher, Blade Runner) is joining the cast of True Blood for season 6 playing a character named Macklyn, “a mysterious and sinister figure with deep ties to Sookie and Jason”. That’s the good news…The bad news is that Season 6 will only be 10 episodes due in part to Anna Paquin’s pregnancy.
Blur-Ray special features announced for ParaNorman. Hitting store shelves on November 27, ParaNorman will feature the following blu-ray extras:
Preliminary Animatic Sequences: With commentary from Director Sam Fell and Writer/Director Chris Butler.
Peering Through the Veil: A special behind-the-scenes glimpse into the creation of the weird and wonderful world of ParaNorman from building the characters to voicing them.
Featurettes: Seven short segments showcasing Norman and his extraordinarily unusual costars.
Feature Commentary: With Director Sam Fell and Writer/Director Chris Butler.
BD-Live: Access the BD-Live™ Center through your Internet-connected player to watch the latest trailers and more!
Ultraviolet Digital Copy
First Trailer for Amber Alert. While filming their audition video for a popular reality television show, best friends Nate and Samantha notice several active Amber Alert signs. To their surprise, they recognize the car traveling in front of them as the vehicle described on the Amber Alert. Sam and Nate decide to follow the car, but with police slow to respond, their pursuit quickly turns into a high-stakes game of cat and mouse with a murderous child rapist.
Sequel to Bait 3D coming. I review the shark attack thriller Bait 3D down in the reviews section this week but already a sequel has been green lighted by Arclight films, owing to its huge overseas box office returns. No details as of yet but it really doesn’t have to have anything to do with the original. Bop down to the bottom to read the review.
First OFFICIAL teaser trailer for Rob Zombie’s “Lords of Salem” Ok…there’s been images, posters, and unofficial teasers kicking around for the new Rob Zombie film for about a year but here, finally, is an honest to goodness trailer!
New Munsters show dead? Rumors are that the pilot episode of the Munsters reboot titles “Mockingbird Lane” did not go over with NBC execs leaving the show’s future in doubt. Show creator Bryan Fuller denied the rumor calling it “dead wrong” on Twitter. In the show, Jerry O'Connell plays Herman Munster, Portia De Rossi is Lily, Eddie Izzard is Grandpa, Mason Cook plays Eddie and Charity Wakefield is Marilyn.
Walking Dead Series 3 Figures. McFarlane’s series 2 The Walking Dead figures are just hitting stories this month but we’ve already got a look at the upcoming series 3 figures. This series will feature Michonne, Merle, Autopsy Zombie, and Michonne’s Pet Zombies.
New clip from “The Bay”. Two million fish washed ashore. One thousand blackbirds dropped from the sky. On July 4, 2009 a deadly menace swept through the quaint seaside town of Claridge, Maryland, but the harrowing story of what happened that Independence Day has never been told - until now. From Oscar winning director Barry Levinson and the producers of Paranormal Activity and Insidious comes this nerve-shredding tale of a small town plunged into absolute terror. The authorities believed they had buried the truth about the tragedy that claimed over 700 human lives. Now, three years later, a reporter has emerged with footage revealing the cover-up and an unimaginable killer: a mysterious parasitic outbreak.
Walking Dead Mini-series release on the web. AMC has released a four-part The Walking Dead: Cold Storage, the Greg Nicotero-directed web series set within the world of The Walking Dead. Cold Storage tells the story of a young man, Chase (played by Josh Stewart), trying to reach his sister in the early days of the zombie apocalypse. He finds temporary shelter in a storage facility run by a former employee named B.J. (Dan Roebuck); however, things are not what they appear.
Trailer for Indie horror Almost Human. Mark Fisher disappeared from his home in a brilliant flash of blue light almost two years ago. His friend Seth Hampton was the last to see him alive. Now a string of grisly, violent murders leads Seth to believe that Mark is back, and something evil is inside of him.
American Horror Story: Asylum featurette. After all of the short teaser trailers, now get a little more to whet your appetite with the just released FX two minute featurette for American Horror Story: Asylum.
Anchor Bay Canada to release The Last Will And Testament Of Rosalind Leigh. Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada will release Rue Morgue magazine publisher Rodrigo Gudino’s first feature The Last Will And Testament Of Rosalind Leigh in 2013. The film tells the story of Leon (Aaron Poole), an antiques collector who inherits a house from his estranged mother Rosalind (Vanessa Redgrave) only to discover that she had been living in a shrine devoted to a mysterious cult of angels. As night falls, Leon comes to suspect that his mother’s oppressive spirit still lingers within her home and is using items in the house to contact him with an urgent message.
Asylum Press to release graphic novel Farmhouse as web comic series and digital app. Frank Forte announces that Asylum Press will release the original graphic novel Farmhouse as an ongoing web comic series and digital app. Farmhouse is the story of a drifter named Sam Corneile who returns home to take a job at a local mental institution where he discovers a group of patients being exploited under an art therapy regimen. While there, he falls for Helen, a feisty but troubled woman who dares him to confront his past. This psychological thriller examines what lurks deep within the human mind, both sane and insane.
Farmhouse #1 is 100% FREE and available on Comixology, ComicsPlus (Iverse), Graphicly, Diamond Digital, MyDigitalComics, DrivethruComics, Amusedom as well as stand alone apps and epubs on KindleFire, Nook, Kobo, ibookstore, and Googlebooks. Forthcoming issues will all be .99.
“We wanted to make the book inexpensive and available to as many people as possible,” explains publisher Frank Forte.
“We’re very excited about the possibility of reaching so many people all over the world, “ explains publisher Forte, “tablets and smart phone ownership is exploding and we want to provide great comics content. The one obstacle we face is coordinating releases an all platforms and devices. We’ll be updating which comics are available on which platforms on our website.”
Charles Maclean's “The Watcher” back in print from Penguin. Originally published in 1981 to rave reviews and impressive sales, THE WATCHER disappeared from shelves, leaving horror fans mystifyingly deprived of a novel considered to be the scariest of all time. Thankfully, Penguin is bringing this cult classic back—and it’s just as terrifying today. On sale now!
Friday, rush hour. Martin Gregory just manages to catch the 4:48 train. Tomorrow is his wife's birthday and he plans to devote the weekend to her and their beloved dogs. But when he rises in the morning, Martin does something so horrific, so inexplicable, and so out of character that his only option is to run. A lost horror classic back in print at last, The Watcher chronicles Martin as his quest for understanding plunges him through shifting realities and twisted corridors of time, and into the deepest recesses of the human mind.
New Walking Dead and Universal Monsters banks to debut at NYCC. With New York Comic-Con falling just two weeks before Halloween, Diamond Select Toys wanted to have some special horror-themed product to offer visitors to their booth. So they took three of their upcoming vinyl bust banks -- a Walking Dead zombie and Universal's Frankenstein and the Creature from the Black Lagoon -- and made black-and-white editions based on the original source material! These three banks, each standing around 8 inches tall and made of vinyl, will be sold at NYCC for the first time in limited quantities: 300 of each monster, and 500 of the zombie. Color versions of these banks will still ship to comic shops and specialty stores on Halloween, and the black-and-white editions will be made available to those stores at a later date, as well, but NYCC will be the first place you can get your hands on them!
First Trailer for IFC Midnight’s “In Their Skin”. Following a tragic incident, Mary (Selma Blair) and Mark (Joshua Close) Hughes escape their upscale, suburban life to spend some quality time at their isolated country home. A friendly evening with neighbors is suddenly interrupted when one man’s obsession with perfection escalates into a violent struggle, forcing everyone to extreme measures in order to survive.
THE TERRIFYING REVIEWS
The Tall Man (Image Entertainment) Blu-ray Review
Ok just to start, despite the title, this film has nothing to do with the Phantasm horror film series and its undertake antagonist known as “The Tall Man”. But rather this is a psychological thriller starring Jessica Beil as a small town nurse who continues to run a free clinic after the death of her husband, the town doctor. Set in a depressed and dilapidated town in Washington state, the impoverished residents have seen better days since the closing of the local mine. People live in rundown shacks and trailers, using car seats for patio furniture.
As if the town’s economic woes were not enough, they have been beset by a series of child disappearances, all of whom went missing without a trace, The local police led by sheriff Chestnut (William B. Davis) and Lt. Dodd (Stephen McHattie) have thus far not been able to name a single suspect in the disappearances. The terrified residents have given a name for their tormenter as rumored sightings of a mysterious “Tall Man” have been reported in the area of the disappearances.
When Julia (Biel) awakes to find her nanny bound and gagged and her own son missing she races out ot the house in pursuit of the Tall Man but as you’ll find out, the Tall Man has more twists than a mountain road and all is not quite as it appears and soon Juila finds herself accused as the person abducting the children and withholding a dark secret.
The Tall Man took completely by surprise and a credit to the filmmakers for taking what seemed to be an ordinary thriller and turning it upside down. Biel turns in a fantastic performance, perhaps the best of her career as the distraught Julia. But behind that caring loving smile, there’s a more sinister side and behind that..well you’ll have to see for yourself. Biel is backed by a sparkling supporting cast including Davis, Mchattie, and Jodelle Ferland. And the town itself is a fantastic supporting player with its gray, dreary landscapes that mark the films like inescapable potholes. A surprisingly different and refreshing thriller.
Bait 3D (Anchor Bay) Blu-Ray Review
When you’ve got the shadow of Jaws looming over you, filmmakers who want to try their hand at making a shark attack film are wise not to go toe-to-toe with the Spielberg classic but rather try to find their own unique hook. Deep Blue Sea (1999) gave us sharks genetically engineered to be more intelligent while Shark Night 3D (2011) gave us some silliness about rednecks populating a lake with killer sharks in order to film them for the internet. Bait 3D also gives us a different spin on the shark attack premise.
Set in Australia, Josh and best friend Rory are both lifeguards and Josh is engaged to Rory’s sister, Tina. When Josh is too hung-over from his bachelor party to go out and check a buoy, Rory goes in his place and is attacked and killed by a shark. A year later, Josh has quit his career as a lifeguard, blaming himself for Josh’s death and now working in a grocery story. He also has split with Tina who now has a new boyfriend. The local TV news reports a large school of sharks along the shoreline who are following a whale migration.
A man name Doyle (Julian McMahon who played Doctor Doom in the Fantastic Four films) is forced to go into the grocery store to rob it by his partner Kirby. As Doyle seeks to extricate himself gracefully from the situation, Kirby comes in and takes Tina (who just happens to be in the store) hostage. An off-duty cop leads the situation into a deadly standoff until an earthquake hits in the ocean sending a Tsunami slamming into the coast, almost completely filling the store and the lower level parking garage with water, trapping the store’s customers and employees within. But the water is the least of their troubles as the tsunami has also filled the store and parking garage with several hungry sharks.
Ok, so Bait 3D’s plot is every bit as preposterous as those other films I mentioned. Still there’s something just surreal and fun about seeing a shark swimming through the aisles of a grocery store. Gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “Clean up on Aisle 4” when it kills one of the customers. And no…believe it or not they did not use that line in the film. There’s a degree of wink wink cleverness to the whole film and while it’s not an outright spoof, it never takes itself too seriously. Backed up by a strong supporting cast, Bait 3D is no classic but it beats the hell out of Jersey Shore Shark Attack…don’t get me started!
The Tower Chronicles (Legendary Comics) Preview
You’ve heard of Legendary Pictures now get ready for Legendary Comics as the media giant has dipped its toes into comic books with its first title The Tower Chronicles. The title made its debut with a 12 page sneak preview from the all-star creative team of writer Matt Wagner, and artist Simon Bisley. A woman, terrified for her life is being pursued through the streets by a cloaked assailant. She finally spies a couple of cops and runs to them for aid. However the cloaked figure…looking like he just stepped out of one of the assassin’s Creed games, takes out the cops, disarming, and knocking them out, leaving the woman alone to face the mysterious figure. However all is not quite as it seems with the figure and the “helpless” woman.
It’s hard to make a judgment on a short preview such as this one. We will find out a little bit about this figure known as Tower but just a little hint. But you have two top talents coming together with Wagner and Bisley and that’s definitely enough to grab your attention. No grade for this one yet but keep your eye out for it.
Alice Madness Returns figures (Diamond Select Toys)
One of the more underrated videogames from 2011 and one that really kind of fell under most gamer’s radars was Alice: Madness Returns (Read the review here)
The game feature a much darker and more twisted look at the Alice in Wonderland story, Alice takes a trip through a Wonderland that embraces many types of influences from Anime to Inception to Lovecraft with some eccentric Tim Burton-style characterizations tossed in for good measure. Very different game and now Diamond Select Toys as released a set of figures based on the game that will certainly entice gaming and horror fans alike.
The four pack of figures includes Alice, Hysteria Alice, Card Guard, and Cheshire Cat. All of these figures display a much more sinister version of the Lewis Carroll tale. The normal Alice features the heroine in her standard blue dress but with a blood-spattered apron and holding her blood drenched vorpal blade, hobby horse, and pepper grinder.
The Hysteria Alice is a much gorier repaint of the regular Alice with a pale white face and eyes that drip blood, and she’s much more slathered in blood than the normal Alice. Both come with bases for perfect display and have very good articulation from top to bottom.
The Chesire Cat has never looked like this before. He’s a ghastly, grinning, bag of spindly muscle and bones. Detailed with elaborate tattoos and pierced ear, and deviously yellow eyes, he has his trademark ear-to-ear smile that is even more unsettling than usual. The Cheshire Cat is the only figure that does not come with a base but he doesn’t need it…He is super posable with some 20 points of articulation.
Finally there is the ghoulish Card Guard. This walking nightmare towers around 9” tall, has his middle torso cutout in the shape of a club, and looks like a burlap sack dragged through a gutter filled with blood and grime. His skull face is caught in a perpetual frightening smile.
The Alice Madness Returns figures are wonderfully bizarre because there’s just nothing else like them. A great display set for Halloween.