Get A Last-Minute Sneak Peek At The Collection With Five SICK New Clips! Watch Here To Find Out How Arkin Makes His Bloody Escape From The Collector

OK,  it’s not quite midnight yet over here on the West coast, but The Collection finally opens in theaters on 11/30!  The studio released some new clips that were pretty impressive (and violent) including one that needed age-verification due to the gore… and in the clips, things are just getting started. See how Arkin manages to escape The Collector‘s fucked-up captivity …and how he figured out a way to find his way back  (blood is also involved). I embedded them here, in chronological order… check them out below!

Turns out I couldn’t include the Red Band clip because it required age verification (though I found some things I really did not need to see by using the search term “the collection tarantulas clip” …some of them made the tarantulas actually used in the movie look like fucking ladybugs). Click here to watch the very NSFW clip – that Emma Fitzpatrick (Elena) is one brave actress.  Did you notice ‘The Collector’ isn’t wearing his mask?

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OK, you can’t see much, but he’s not wearing it. Someone had to point it out to me, because I was way more concerned with the tarantulas. Gah!

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Plus, you do NOT want to miss this Red Band featurette called “The Gore Factor,” which lives up to its fucking name! Over 200 people are eviscerated in the club scene (I’m in), and they go into some of the practical FX used. Here’s the link to the trailer, which also has a poster comparison, and if you want to read the Fangoria review I re-blogged, click here. Enjoy. And don’t forget…

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Ten Really Dark Things We Learned From American Horror Story Episode Seven, “Dark Cousins” (Spoilers!)

She likes it here. We like it.

 

1. Sister Mary Eunice— the meek one who begged Sister Jude to use a bigger cane on her as she cried hysterically— is still in there somewhere. When Conroy’s Angel of Death confronted her, she said she knew what Sister Mary Demon was (“cousin… like me, but fallen”) and that someone inside her had been calling her, singing  to her, for help, Old School Sister Mary Eunice broke free for a moment and weeping, begged the Angel to release her.  “O Heavenly Host… will you release me? Can you release me?”  When the demon came back to take over (“Shut up, you stupid SOW!”) that Dark Angel backed off, but told her, “We’ll meet again”.  [Side note: every time Frances Conroy‘s Dark Angel unfurled her expansive, beautiful black wings (FWOOOOP) I actually gasped, the sight was so cool and breathtaking. ]

2. In one of many clever twists and reveals of the night, we discover Sister Jude did not, in fact, kill the little girl fifteen years ago in the hit-and-run. We did NOT see that coming (even though in the minutes leading up to the reveal, Missy’s mother seemed pretty cheerful for someone who’d lost a child, especially to an unsolved homicide). Mary Eunice knew Sister Jude didn’t kill her, but she knew Sister Jude thought  she did, which was enough to start torturing her (more on that later) and playing on her guilt. Notice that in Jude’s memories, and even in the newspaper headlines, no-one ever said the girl had been killed; just the victim of a hit-and-run, but it NEVER occurred to us that she might have survived. Missy having survived was a relief, since Sister Jude was clearly planning to confess to her parents and then take her own life (probably with that straight razor). “We get to live with our daughter. The monster who left her there, has to live with himself,” Missy’s mother told her at the end of the scene.  Sister Jude seemed a little more freaked out than relieved, but that’s understandable.

Shall I kiss you, and make this all go away?

 

3. However, we also learned that there’s still plenty of tragedy left in Sister Jude’s past.  For instance, we find that she tried to kill herself before. Her awful shitbird of a fiancée… well, let’s hear it in Sister Judy Martin’s own words:

When Casey left me the night before the wedding, when I told him he’d given me syphilis and  I’d never be able to have children…  I forgave him …and he called me a liar and a whore. All I ever wanted was my own family, my own children to teach and love…

Yes, THE NIGHT BEFORE THEIR WEDDING,  just to put the icing on the goddamn cake.  If I’d been in her shoes at that moment, I might have looked into alcoholism too, if not a suicide attempt.

Poor thing. Maybe we should call Briarcliff. At least they could give her a bed for the night.

 

4.  Sister Mary Eunice is still going out of her way to mind-fuck Sister Jude at every opportunity. Not only does she send fatal shards of the broken mirror into Mr. Goodman’s neck (though it doesn’t kill him right away, and looks very painful), she writes “Murderer” in blood on the TV and tapes up the Search for Missing Girl Continues headline to the TV over it for Jude to discover. Then (after a flashback)  she calls Sister Jude. “This is your conscience speaking… That man dead on the floor, he was investigating you. ” She then tells sister Jude she left her a bottle of Kentucky Bourbon and “something else” for her, which turns out to be a straight razor. For a minute we see her slicing or wrists open (vertically) with the razor, then lying on the floor in a vast pool of her own blood …then we see Sister Jude was (phew) just picturing herself going through with it.

“I hope this clarifies the chain of command, Arthur.” Most satisfying line of the night!

5. I love your work… Bloody Face,  the Jeb-demon told Dr. Thredson during the exorcism. Since that same demon then jumped into Sister Mary Eunice, she knows Dr. Thredson is Bloody Face, just to make sure Lana is really screwed. OK, let’s back up a bit.

I’m going to crawl out of my own skin if I have to lay on that bed again.

 

6. When we first saw Lana this episode (SIGH), Dr. Thredson had gone from crying with happiness and curling up to ‘breast-feed’ with his new Mommy surrogate and moved on to raping her.  Lana had gone limp and it was clear her mind was floating away;  she already looked dead behind the eyes. It was no surprise the Angel of Death showed up, since they’d established she had to be summoned by someone ready to die. We still don’t know (or I  don’t) who wrote the ancient Aramaic symbol (her spoken name was given in the closed captions as “Shachath”) on the wall in blood to summon her in the first place —Miles said he didn’t.  Dr. Thredson said it was time to end it.

Peace is so close, Sister…

 

7.  Lana realized she wasn’t ready to die yet, and attacked Dr. T with all she had—the hypodermic, the chain around her ankle, fists, feet, gravity, and miraculously made it own of his basement alive. But we horror fans know that the first time you escape from a maniac’s captivity and run like hell, the car that you flag down or stops for you is not going to contain a friend. Rather than have the man whose car she leaps into be working with Bloody Face and take her right back to him (as we at Horror Boom were expecting), he blew his brains out, the car crashed, and Lana ended up in Briarcliff, seriously banged up …under Sister Mary Eunice’s care. Absolutely did not see that coming – any of it.

8. We learned that Dr. Arden has it in him to actually cure a sick patient (the traditional way, too, not his own fucked-up version of what he sees as a cure). I thought Grace was going to bleed out and die, since the infirmary at Briarcliff seems rudimentary at best, (not to mention any visit from the Dark Angel is a big hint), but even though it was for his own selfish reasons (he didn’t sterilize her, but no-one’s going to believe that, and he says she’s going to live, “if only to set the record straight”), he actually treats her (in a tradition way) and it works.  The last thing I expected was to see her sitting in the kitchen, looking and sounding healthy and like her regular self again. The surprises kept coming, though…

I’m here to help… if that’s what you want.

 

9. Escape from police custody seemed pretty easy for Kit once he set his mind to it, but of course, it didn’t work out for long. He made the (well-meaning) mistake to return to Briarcliff for Grace. Unfortunately for everyone, he went in through the death chute, where a very ravenous, energetic Rasper (remember, as the winter gets colder, they’ve been getting hungrier and less shy about staying back in the woods, keeping to themselves) slipped (or lunged) in behind him, unnoticed. It looked like the really aggressive, fast one that sent Lana, Kit, and Grace sprinting back into Briarcliff the evening of their very brief escape in Episode Three, “Nor’Easter”.

10. Speaking of brief, Grace and Kit were re-united. Grace happened to be in the kitchen when Kit snuck in, and told her he was taking her out of there.  Their faces light up —nice to see any likeable (human) characters look truly happy this episode– and they embrace. “I couldn’t let you die here, Grace,” he tells her, and hand in hand, the happy couple head for the exit. Well, this is great  news!Finally, what a relief, to know there’s hope for escape, and for Grace to back up his story that Alma is alive! Glad something is working out for someone on this show! What happens next, happens fast. The returning nun working the kitchen promptly runs into them on the way out, and immediately screams for help …a split second before the rasper jumps her, tears her throat out with his teeth and hurls her across the room.  Kit thinks fast, grabs some deadly weapon I couldn’t make out, stabs it into the rasper hard enough that its weird innards spill to the floor, Frank bursts in and sees this (including Kit with a weapon and a dead nun) then raises his gun to shoot—a split second before Grace leaps in front and catches the bullet meant for him. As Grace lies on the floor gasping, the Angel of Death comes for her, and this time, gives her that kiss to escape from Briarcliff for good.

Dark Angel: Are you ready for me?
Grace: Yes…  I’m free.

 

  • When the Angel of Death said she’d see Sister Mary Eunice again, she wasn’t kidding. Ryan Murphy confirmed Frances Conroy will return (yay!)  Read more in his EW.com exclusive interview, which went live right after the episode aired, here (with lots of other juicy information).
  • So they let people who are unmedicated enough to hear voices in their head (“they get real loud sometimes,” Miles says) work in the kitchen with every single sharp object imaginable, including a meat-slicing saw with no safety mechanism?  I’m still on the lookout for the name of the actor who played poor Miles, by the way.
  • After Dr. Thredson raped her Lana for God knows how long, he has the nerve to ask, “You decent?” before coming down later to talk to her.  Yeah, sure wouldn’t to intrude and, you know, invade her privacy or anything.
  • Frank the guard? Still decent. He did his best to comfort the miserable Miles. As far as the sad ending (I actually got a little choked up) the order on Kit, according to Frank, was “to shoot on sight.” He had to move fast, and there was a dead nun and a dead rasper there, what was he supposed to think? He didn’t have time. I’m sure he’s not going to be able to easily brush off killing an innocent –OK, relatively  innocent bystander, who had just made a miraculous recovery from the brink of death, either.
  • When the nuns in the infirmary find Grace on her cot with what looks like more blood outside her body than in, one nun/nurse asks the other, “Should we call Dr. Arden?” She responds, “That  butcher? He’s the one that did this to her!” in an alarmed hush. Looks like despite that miracle cure, Dr. Arden isn’t fooling many of the nuns on staff. They don’t know the half of the “butcher” part, but they know he’s the last doctor to trust a life to… especially a woman’s life.
  • In the guest star department, that was Bob from That “70s Show” (minus his 70s ‘fro and leisure suits, of course) as Kit’s wrong place, wrong time court-appointed defense lawyer. Handsome Sean Patrick Flannery, who only looked to us about 5 years older than he did in Cruel Intentions  (1999) played Terry, Judy Martin’s band-mate who came to tell her regretfully they’d finally had to replace her. Insane woman-hating driver who picked up Lana?  William Mapother, who most viewers probably recognized from Lost, but we obsessive Ju-On  fans remember him as Matthew from the 2004 Ghost House-produced version of The Grudge  (he was scary in that, too).
 “Legend has it that once you were committed to Briarcliff, you never got out.” –from the first five minutes of the Season Premiere

 

American Horror Story Asylum: Ryan Murphy Talks The Angel of Death’s Arrival At Briarcliff …And Teases Season Three!

Note:  The weekly “Ten Things We Learned On American Horror Story Asylum” is up (click here to read it), but from EW.com, here’s Ryan Murphy on last night’s episode, “Dark Cousins” and a lot of other juicy info, PLUS a tease for Season Three of American Horror Story – check it out!

 

American Horror Story Asylum Releases Official Featurette on Pepper The Pinhead – Watch “Meet Pepper” Now!

“I found out kinda late what I was getting myself into.” -Actress Naomi Grossman

Well, it’s about time – after we  scoured the internet for information on American Horror Story Asylum’s resident Pinhead, Pepper– and the brave actress who plays her– “Inside The Asylum” just released as official featurette! Warning: it’s rather surreal seeing Naomi Grossman in her full-on Pepper makeup and costume, but out of character, chatting away in her pretty, semi-valley Girl voice. Check it out below!

They also show some clips (“RATS!”). It’s funny how, when her character first popped up, I thought the same thing some people on set did – Holy shit, did they somehow find an actual pinhead with a SAG card Then I figured it was CGI. Then  I went looking, and started posting! I’m still amazed at the job they did, and the whole American Horror Story Asylum make-up effects team deserves an Emmy. If anyone we talked to didn’t think they deserved an award, then they haven’t seen this video.

Gabba Gabba HEY!

You know, she is actually kind of cute. Still not leaving her alone with a baby, though.

Need a Good Laugh? Check Out The Satanic Toaster (News Story, 1984)!

I realize I’m probably one of the last ones to see this, but just in case, I had to pass it on. It’s also pretty hard to watch this 1984 clip without laughing at least once (almost did a spit-take the first time we saw it on The Soup).   I have no idea of the story behind this, furthermore, I don’t care. All I know is that this toaster, somehow, just brightened up my day a little bit. Great post, hilarious video. Yup, this actually made the news back then (talk about a cool station)… enjoy the Satanic Toaster!

After my husband David and I watched this, he said “I think the most unbelievable part is that Satan would speak English. He’d probably speak aramaic or something.”

I said that I didn’t know. It seemed to me that Satan probably speaks several languages. I think he’d be a polyglot.

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Check Out This Creepy Photo Of Frances Conroy From American Horror Story Asylum Upcoming Episode “Dark Cousins”!

They may not be great about showing anything but a 20-second long promo for the next episode while we’re waiting (I’ve been spoiled by AMC shows that release actual clips, even short ones, and American Horror Story Season One would send exclusive short clips to Dread Central last year) but you need to see this photo FX released from Episode 7, “Dark Cousins”, airing this Wednesday! Does she look like an angel to you? If I woke up and saw this standing in my bedroom, especially between me and the door, I’d better be wearing Depends (which we don’t exactly have in the house), or we’d need new sheets. At best.

Also, who’s the patient? We haven’t seen any black patients at Briarcliff, have we? We had the Hispanic woman referred to only as “The Mexican” (and not just in private, either). It’s 1964 and almost all the Briarcliff staff aren’t exactly forward-thinking. I’m surprised there isn’t some segregated ward. From the looks of his arm, his the guy made a serious suicide attempt, but failed.  We get a strong feeling that one way or another, Frances Conroy’s character will be helping the poor guy out with that… fast.

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American Horror Story: Asylum is getting a little divine intervention this Wednesday (FX, 10/9c) when Season 1’s Frances Conroy guest stars as a character exec producer Ryan Murphy previously dubbed “the ultimate angel.”

RELATED | American Horror Story Renewed For Season 3 — Find Out Who’ll Be Back!

But does Conroy’s spiritual being enter Briarcliff with good or bad intentions? Two key pieces of evidence suggest it’s the latter.

Exhibit A: The logline for the episode refers to her as a “dark angel” and notes that Sister Mary Eunice is “petrified” of her.

Exhibit B: The following ominous looking image from the outing.

Check out the photo below and hit the comments with your own findings.

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The Walking Dead – Robert Kirkman Talks About Tonight’s Show, ‘When The Dead Come Knocking’ – From EW.com (Spoilers!)

I’m way more into American Horror Story, but tonight’s episode was fucking intense. Not to mention, I spent the whole time waiting in dread for Maggie or Glen’s hand to get chopped off, or for Maggie to get raped… plus I KNEW there would be a goddamned cliff-hanger, but when it came I still cursed loudly.  I’m going to pretty much support Greg Nicotero no matter what he works on, he’s earned my loyalty for life. Plus, Robert Kirkman deserves the attention he’s been getting …and I’ve had Vol. 17 on pre-order from Amazon for months now …though lately I hear it’s so brutal, I’m a little nervous about it, too. Enjoy!

The Grudge (2004) – VERY Scary Apartment Scene Will Make You Sleep With The Lights On! (HD)

When someone dies in the grip of a powerful rage…

It’s almost impossible to pick the ten–hell, I’d have to really apply myself to get it down to twenty– scariest scenes or moments from the Ju-On (AKA The Grudge) series, let alone the scariest. OK, that’d be the stair-crawl,  but you get the idea. However, I’m pretty sure that this scene would probably make the top ten. Full of creepy moments (seeing Toshio pass by the elevator on EVERY goddamn floor, seeing your husband through the peephole and opening the door to the sight of an empty hall), Shimizu saves the best scare in the scene for last.

We doubt it’s necessary to sell you on Asian horror knowing exactly how to scare you and stand out from 90% of US horror films, but the idea of not even being safe in your own (formerly) cozy warm bed, with the covers pulled up to your chin? If that isn’t the stuff of nightmares, we don’t know what is.

“THE COLLECTION” (Movie Review) From FANGORIA – No Complaints Here!

Wow, I need to stop reading reviews for this movie; Fangoria Magazine online had nothing but good things to say about it. Meanwhile, the studio seems to be giving out free passes to early screenings in EVERY MAJOR CITY in the US except for the Pacific NW! If you’re interested in the movie at all, this should be a great read. Did I mention there’s a couple really painful, nasty stills? Click below to read on over to Fangoria and read their glowing review of The Collection. (2012)

“THE COLLECTION” (Movie Review).

This is why I don’t go to dance clubs. OK, that and the shitty music they play at most trendy rave-type clubs.  Stick with live bands and you’ll be safe! You won’t find any giant combines at a Girl Trouble show at The Sunset Tavern.

Gorehounds Unite – See Sick New Featurette From “The Collection” (2012) – The Gore Factor! NSFW

Uh…WOW. Dammit, who am I going to get to see this with me? My husband saw the first Saw  movie with me and was so unhappy I felt bad, and ended up going to future matinees by myself (Saw 3  and Saw 6  ) and was lucky enough to see Saw- The Final Chapter 3D  in the theater with a friend. There were exactly two other people there and we all had a blast acting like we were in our own living rooms when it came to reacting to each trap (thanks again, Dave Barrow–you’re a good friend, and I had a blast).

I was thinking I could wait, but this got me all revved up – mainly because director/screenwriter Marcus Dunstan seems extremely enthusiastic, and… well… you’ll see.

HOAH! 55 gallons of blood in the opening Thresher Rave Club Massacre? I’m surprised that’s all they used. But better yet? They use (as I read in this early review) practical gore effects whenever possible. Dammit, I’d see a midnight showing Thursday night if I wasn’t scared to go to midnight openings now after the tragedy in Colorado in July (not to mention all the copycats they stopped just in time planning to do their own thing in their city). Maybe I can sell it by combining it with Christmas shopping, or something…

Heard the first five minutes are out there somewhere, I’ll look for it to pass on to you! In the meantime, here’s the official site for The Collection, opening on November 30 (“The REAL Black Friday!”  ), and the link to the You Tube channel where I found a version of this I could embed. So far, this is the best video on the channel yet, though! Here’s my post with the original trailer, which includes the semi-censored original poster art.

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And the official plot synopsis, if you haven’t read it yet, is as follows:

When Elena’s (Fitzpatrick) friends take her to a secret party at an undisclosed location, she never imagined she would become the latest victim of The Collector, a psychopathic killer. The Collector kidnaps and transports her to an abandoned hotel he’s transformed into his own private maze of torture and death. Upon learning of his daughter’s disappearance, Elena’s wealthy father (McDonald) hires a group of mercenaries to retrieve her from the vicious grips of The Collector. These mercenaries coerce Arkin (Stewart), the only man to have escaped the wrath of this heinous monster, to lead them through the gruesome labyrinth. Now, Arkin finds himself fighting for his own life in order to save Elena. “The Collection,” directed by Marcus Dunstan and written by Dunstan and Patrick Melton, is a suspense horror film with nonstop thrills at every turn, starring Josh Stewart (The Dark Knight Rises), Emma Fitzpatrick (The Social Network), and Christopher McDonald (Requiem for a Dream).

I need to get holiday stuff done by the end of the month, so now that I think of it, maybe the time WILL fly by…

With 55 gallons of blood, doesn’t look like they’re going for a slow burn. Can’t wait for the practical FX!