Silent Hill: Revelation 3D Trailer. In our last column we showed you a clip from Silent Hill: Revelation and now we’ve got the official trailer. For years, Heather Mason (Adelaide Clemens) and her father (Sean Bean) have been on the run, always one step ahead of dangerous forces that she doesn't fully understand. Now on the eve of her 18th birthday, plagued by terrifying nightmares and the disappearance of her father, Heather discovers she's not who she thinks she is. The revelation leads her deeper into a demonic world that threatens to trap her in Silent Hill forever.
They Live Collector’s Edition coming in November. The truth is more than meets the eye. You’ve been listening to their speeches and watching them on TV. They influence our decisions without us knowing it. Think again and the choice is yours! On November 6, 2012, SCREAM FACTORY presents John Carpenter’s politically-charged science fiction thriller THEY LIVE Collector’s Edition Blu-ray and DVD. Featuring anamorphic widescreen presentation of this cult classic movie, this special collector’s edition home entertainment release of THEY LIVE boasts a bounty of special bonus content, a collectible cover featuring newly rendered retro-style artwork, a reversible wrap with original theatrical key art and much more!
6 Degrees of Hell coming from Breaking Glass Pictures. In Northeast Pennsylvania, "Uncle Jack's Hotel of Horror" is besieged by a dark presence after two friends of "Uncle" Jack, Chris and Kellen, unwittingly release a deadly evil by transporting local psychic Mary Wilkins' collection of haunted objects as props for the popular tourist attraction. At the same time, a local TV ghost hunter, confronts an evil that has haunted him all his life-one he believes is responsible for his sister's death years ago.
His search puts him in the path of a rogue police chief and June-a girl who seems to be the eye of this supernatural perfect storm. They all find themselves connected to the old hotel while the threads of their own personal horrors draw paranormal investigator Kyle Brenner to pull all the threads together...The film stars Corey Feldman and Jill Whelan.
Zenescope to publish Sleepy Hollow comic. Zenescope Entertainment, the company known for re-inventing classic tales as horror and thrillers, has announced plans to release a new Grimm Fairy Tales spinoff comic book series. Zenescope Entertainment’s Sleepy Hollow takes place on campus of the fictional Tarrytown University in upstate New York . The story of the headless horseman has become something of myth and legend but it’s a legend that is about to become all too real when a college prank goes deadly wrong. Those responsible will learn the truth behind the legend as the Headless Horseman returns to exact a disturbing revenge that none will ever forget.
Sleepy Hollow #1 hits shelves in October in time for Halloween
Sleepy Hollow TV series being developed. Speaking of Sleepy Hollow, a TV series is in development and currently being pitched to several networks. Len Wisemen (Underworld) is already set to direct the pilot, with the series described as “a modern–day supernatural thriller based on the legend of Sleepy Hollow. It follows Ichabod Crane as he partners with Sleepy Hollow’s local female sheriff to solve the mysteries of a town ravaged by the battle between good and evil.”
Strippers Vs. Werewolves coming in September. Legendary horror film star Robert Englund joins Billy Murray, Martin Kemp , and Steven Berkoff in Director Jonathan Glendening’s (Night Wolf) British horror-comedy Strippers vs. Werewolves, debuting on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital September 25th.
A war between strippers and werewolves ensues when a member of a bloodthirsty pack of werewolves is murdered in a famous strip club. The girls who work there have until the next full moon before the werewolves’ vicious leader sends his wolf pack to hunt down the killers and seek retribution. Problems arise for both parties when the wolf pack realizes the club owner is experienced in dealing with hostile lycanthropes and that one of their own is dating a dancer from the club.
First trailer for Anchor Bay’s “Chained”. Arriving on DVD on October 2nd, Chained stars Vincent D'Onofrio and Gina Phillips. Coming home from a routine trip to the movies, eight-year-old Tim (Bird) and his mother, Sarah (Ormond) are picked up by a psychopathic cab driver named Bob (D’Onofrio).
It ends up being their last ride together. Bob murders the young boy’s mother and keeps Tim as his unwilling protégée, making him clean up the mess following each murder he commits. After a couple of aborted escape attempts, Bob chains Tim - now renamed Rabbit - allowing just enough length to move freely within the house.
Re-Animator Blu-ray details. On September 4th, Image Entertainment resurrects one of the greatest horror films ever made with the Blu-ray debut of Stuart Gordon’s cult classic H.P. Lovecraft’s Re-Animator. In addition to featuring a new 1080P HD transfer, other bonus extras will include:
Documentary: “Re-Animator Resurrectus”
Audio Commentary by Director Stuart Gordon
Audio Commentary by Producer Brian Yuzna and Actors Bruce Abbott, Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton and Robert Sampson
Interview with Director Stuart Gordon and Producer Brian Yuzna
Interview with Writer Dennis Paoli
Interview with Composer Richard Band
Music Discussion with Composer Richard Band
Interview with Fangoria Magazine editor Tony Timpone
Deleted and Extended Scenes
American Horror Story Season One Blu-ray features. Set to arrive in stores on September 25th, the following extras have been announced:
Audio Commentary on Pilot Episode by Ryan Murphy
Behind the Fright: The Making of American Horror Story
The Murder House presented by Eternal Darkness Tours of Hollywood
On the Set of American Horror Story Season One
Overture to Horror: Creating the Title Sequence
Out of the Shadows: Meet the House Ghosts
First Trailer for The Hypnotist. Based on a series of novels by Lars Kepler about fictional Detective Joona Linna, the film is set to open in Sweden this Fall. In the middle of a dark December night, psychiatrist Erik Maria Bark is woken by a telephone call from a hospital in Stockholm. Detective Inspector Joona Linna asks for his immediate help in treating an unconscious patient suffering from acute trauma.
He hopes that Erik will be able to communicate with the young boy through hypnosis, enabling the police to question him. They hope to find out who so brutally murdered his parents and younger sister, in order to track down and save his older sister before it is too late. But it has been ten years since Erik last practised hypnosis, and he has promised never to do it again. Painful memories from that time make their presence felt, contributing to his decision not to help the police.
When Erik finally allows himself to be persuaded, it is as if the floodgates have been opened to a torrent of unforeseen happenings. Without warning this violent and inexplicable course of events impacts with full force on Erik’s life. His son disappears, and to have a chance of saving his life, Erik has to confront himself with the past, with the times when his research-work was laid in ruins and his marriage seemed on the verge of collapsing.
Trailer for A Night in the Woods. Vertigo Films has released a trailer for the UK release of A Night in the Woods. On what is intended to be a fun camping trip to investigate and to chill in the atmosphere of the legendary haunted past of Dartmoor’s Wistman’s Woods, Brody, his girlfriend Kerry and her cousin Leo very soon find themselves mysteriously ill at ease both with their surroundings and their companions. Bad moods and minor disagreements rapidly lead to feelings of severe paranoia, sexual tension, fear and, eventually, violence between the three friends, a situation that worsens as the evening draws in. At first, they suspect the conflicts are simply the result of being thrown together in the ancient, eerie surroundings, but as night closes upon them each begins to wonder if darker forces are at work.
Official Domestic Trailer for The Tall Man. Set for an August 31st theatrical release, The Tall Man (no relation to the Phantasm films) stars Jessica Biel. In an isolated, slowly dying mining town, children are vanishing without a trace – abducted, the townsfolk whisper, by a mysterious entity known locally as “The Tall Man.” Town nurse Julia Denning (Biel) seems skeptical…until her young David disappears in the middle of night. Frantic to rescue the boy, Julia lives every parent’s darkest nightmare.
New Horror figures from Amok Time. Amok time has produced two very cool figures for horror fans one featuring Vincent Price from “The Masque of the Red Death”, and from the 70’s cult hit “Blacula”
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Some Guy who Kills People DVD (Anchor Bay)
Some Guy who Kills People is a darkly humorous film that doesn’t fully commit itself and ends up abandoning its black humor two-thirds of the way through the film in favor of more straight ahead horror. Ken Boyd has recently been released from a mental hospital after trying to commit suicide. Ken is tormented by an experience years earlier when bullies from his high school tortured and beat him severely. Returning to town and working at an ice cream shop, Ken encounters the bullies and the aspiring comic book artist fantasizes about killing the four men in revenge for what they did to him.
Early on the graveyard humor is masterful; Sheriff Fuller (Barry Bostwick) and his deputy offer up several bad puns when the first victim is found with an axe buried in his head. Ken (played wonderfully under toned by Kevin Corrigan) has some fantastic scenes with his brow-beating mother played by the always demented Karen Black.
As the men who bullied Ken turn up dead, and married in brutal style, Ken’s life is further complicated by the 11 year old daughter whom he has never met, tracking him down and wanting to get to know him. Unfortunately the drama between the reunited father and daughter slows down the pace of the film and detracts greatly from the horror elements. A clumsy budding romance between Ken and a women named Stephanie (Lucy Davis of Shaun of the Dead) also bogs things down.
There’s a lot of good stuff in Some Guy who Kills People but the decision by Director Jack Perez to go for a sappy, warm and fuzzy ending hurt what started out as a marvelously warped black comedy.
The Mammoth Book of Body Horror (Running Press)
The book of Body Horror is an interesting collection of horror stories dealing with subjects such as human mutations, bizarre transformations and the like. Its eclectic collection of writers runs the gamut from the gothic originators such as Mary Shelly to the classics like Poe and Lovecraft, and right up to the modern day work of David Moody. The stories are ordered chronologically beginning with Shelly’s “Transformation” in which a self-absorbed man named Guido, who has isolated himself from those around him. He switches bodies with a horribly misshapen dwarf in exchange for a chest of gold only to see the dwarf use his young, handsome body to woo the girl of Guido’s dreams.
Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart” and Lovecraft’s “Herbert West: Reanimator” will likely be familiar to even the casual fan of horror. John W. Campbell’s “Who Goes There?” is a classic of Sci-Fi and of course better known under the titles of the movies based upon it “The Thing from Another World” and “The Thing”.
Richard Matheson is always a favorite of mine and his more playful tale, “Tis the Season to be Jelly” is included, as is Stephen King’s 1982 short “Survivor Type”. This gruesome tale tells the story of a surgeon marooned on a tiny island and forced to resort to cannibalizing his own body to survive. The story is told through is increasingly unstable journal entries. Robert Bloch’s “The Chaney Legacy” reads like a classic episode of The Twilight Zone dealing with a fan’s obsession with a silent film star.
Brian Lumley’s “Fruiting Bodies” is a Lovecraftian tale of a small town slowly dying of hungry dry rot and I really enjoyed Barbie Wilde’s gruesome story “Polyp”. Honestly there’s not many stories here that miss the mark. The only weakness may be that all of the stories have appeared in other collections previously, many of them multiple times but it’s a strong collection nonetheless.
Wayne of Gotham by Tracy Hickman (Harper Collins)
Tracy Hickman is best known for his many fantasy collaborations with longtime writing partner, Margaret Weis. But here Hickman takes on the most iconic of superheroes, Batman, a mysterious tale that threads back and forth from past to present. Continuities in novels rarely need to have any correlation between their comic book counterparts but for the sake of familiarity, this is a tale of an older Batman, whose body has been ravaged by years of his fight against crime. Thus Batman is forced to rely more and more on technology and gadgets.
A shadowy character from the Wayne’s family’s past returns and casts doubt on everything Bruce knows about his father. He learns his father hid many dark secrets and has his own rather dubious methods that helped to create a handful of villainous characters. Hickman does a nice job with Batman as the detective. The book is a true, dark mystery and Batman’s detective ability is often overlooked in the comics. Beyond that though, Hickman doesn’t show a strong grasp of the Batman character of Batman universe as a whole. As I said it’s not necessary that a novel’s continuity go hand-in-hand with the comics but Wayne of Gotham reads more like an alternate world Batman story.
Hickman disassembles Bruce’s father, Thomas Wayne, making him hardly the honorable and charitable character that we are familiar with. There are similar wholesale changes made to the characters of Commissioner Gordon and Batman/Bruce Wayne himself. Hickman’s Bruce/Batman is, well he’s a bit of a prick, bullying and berating longtime loyal butler, Alfred. Frankly it’s uncomfortable and you have to ask, to what end is Hickman going? Also, what’s a Batman story without any of Batman’s colorful rogue’s gallery of villains? While there are subtle homages to some of them, it makes the story a little colorless.
Wayne of Gotham simply deviates too much from the known Batman universe to be taken seriously and Hickman’s methodic, slow pace can make getting through the novel a chore.
Deadworld: War of the Dead #1 (IDW Comics)
Written by: Gary Read
Art By: Sami Makkonen
Long before The Walking Dead came along and long before Marvel and DC started toying with zombie comics, there was Deadworld…The first and original zombie plague comic. Like its protagonists, Deadworld is a title that has refused to die. Deadworld debuted way back in 1987 from Detroit area small press publisher Arrow Comics and featured the incredible artwork of the then unknown Vince Locke. When Arrow folded the rights were snatched up by another Detroit indie publisher, Caliber Comics and teamed Locke with writer/publisher Gary Reed. Deadworld’s path weaved through Image Comics under the Desperado imprint. And now Deadworld rises again from IDW this August and Mania has a look at the first issue.
Deadworld varies from The Walking Dead in a number of ways. Deadworld always had a larger, more apocalyptic scope than WD’s more neatly contained world. Deadworld’s other major difference is that it features an intelligent King Zombie, clever and articulate, King Zombie provides Deadworld with a central villain. The events in War of the Dead take place after the events in Deadworld: Slaughterhouse which was released in 2010. While that book is not required reading it’s certainly recommended.
War of the Dead introduces us to some of the series’ main characters like leprosy-infected Michael whose disease allows him to walk freely among the undead without being attacked; Then there is Dan who had an encounter with the King Zombie which left him with an infected mind but the ability to sense when zombies are near; And then there is Donna who shares her body with a zombie spirit.
Reed concentrates the first issue on bringing new readers up to speed and introducing them to this horrific world. Reed excels at developing strong characters and he does a masterful job of using both the characters and the narrative to tell the story and relate past events. Sammi Makkonen’s art I think is best described as a cross between Locke’s gritty and gruesome detailed work and Ben Templesmith’s abstract design. It works beautifully!
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Tim Janson is a columnist and reviewer for Mania Entertainment. He writes Level Up, the weekly look at videogames and the horror dedicated column, Tuesday Terrors. Tim has written for Fangoria, Newsarama, City Slab Magazine, Twitch Film, and Cinefantastique. He is a member of the Horror Writers Association (HWA). Be sure to follow him on Facebook and Twitter.
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