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Exclusive: White Willow’s In Dim Days Song Premiere



If you followed my musical tastes over at Bloody-Disgusting, you probably know that one of my favorite albums this decade is Norwegian prog rock band White Willow’s 2011 release Terminal Twilight. While not overtly horror, there many nods to the music of Goblin, Tangerine Dream, Vangelis, and other genre composers, not to mention dozens of prog rock bands; it is a stunningly beautiful and hypnotic album that I return to at least once or twice a month. It’s one of those albums where you hit “Play” on Track 1 and then just let the entire thing play out from beginning to end so that you can appreciate every glorious moment.

Back in the fall of 2016, the band announced that they would be releasing a new album titled Future Hopes, which will be coming out on March 31st. Of course, my excitement reached near stratospheric levels, and I’ve been waiting ever since to hear the album. Today I get to share my anticipation with all of you in the form of an exclusive premiere of the album’s third track, “In Dim Days.”

Frontman Jacob Holm-Lupo describes “In Dim Days” as well as its influences:  “‘In Dim Days’ is a song that takes lyrical inspiration from future city fantasies like Samuel R. Delany’s novel Dhalgren and movies like Escape from New York and Blade Runner. The CS80 synth, so central to the Blade Runner soundtrack, introduces the song. But then it takes a left turn into much proggier territory. I tried to trip up our drummer with the weird time signatures, but he’s un-up-trippable, unfortunately. The highlight of the song for me is Hedvig Mollestad’s amazing guitar playing – it was all improvised on the spot, and she nailed it.

Breaking the 11-minute barrier, “In Dim Days” is a swirling and fascinating piece that showcases everything White Willow has to offer. There are mysterious and almost eerie moments that are followed by passages of almost heartbreaking beauty. New singer Venke Knutson’s vocals hover almost angelically over the music while Hedvig Mollestad’s guitar solos cut through the time signature changes without stumbling once. It’s a magnificent representation of what you can expect from Future Hopes, and I hope (no pun intended) that you enjoy it as much as I do!

Also, make sure to check out the album artwork below. It was done by Roger Dean, whom you may recognize as having done covers for Yes, Asia, Uriah Heep, Rick Wakeman, and more.

You can pre-order Future Hopes via Amazon, standard digital, or hi-res digital.

“In Dim Days” lyrics:

In dim days
When light is occluded
Through dark poison veils
We move

Endless nights
Ordeals of danger
Evading the eyes
By stealth

Slingblade streets
And dens of seduction
In violence and vice

Nothing matters in these dim days
Hope that shatters, shipwrecked at sea
Sorrow gathers in these dark years
Still we cling to the mast, you and me

Nothing matters in these dead years
It gets harder to even care
But in dreams I’m still reminded
I remember the world as it was

I remember the sun
I remember the beautiful moon
And the smile on your face
As we ran through the late afternoon

Now the sun is a ghost
And all shattered, the terrible moon
There is fear in your eyes
As we run from the watchers’ platoon

In dead lands
Our bravery falters
There’s frost in our bones
And souls

Hollow lands
Where everything withers
Dry winds grind all life
To dust

Nothing matters in these dead years
It gets harder to even care
But in dreams I am still reminded
I remember the world as it was

White Willow online:
Official Website
Laser’s Edge Official Website
Laser’s Edge Facebook
Laser’s Edge Twitter




SXSW 2018: Jon Schnitzer Goes Into the World of Immersive Horror and How it Helps People



When it comes to the world of immersive horror and horror haunts, there is no one more experienced, knowledgable, or passionate than Jon Schnitzer. While many of you probably know him from Haunters: The Art of the Scare, he’s actually been a part of the horror world for much longer, digging deep into the world of interactive experiences and compiling all of his research to create his own little empire of knowledge and connections. Such passion has made him an esteemed member of the community and we were thrilled to be able to chat with him about how immersive horror is growing, where it’s going, how virtual reality advancements are adding to the experience, and what else is coming!

Schnitzer ran a panel at this year’s SXSW Convention, which tackled immersive horror and VR. The description read:
The horror genre has led the way in immersive experiences for over a century. From the dark rides of the 1920s, haunted houses of the 50s to the recent rise of visceral extreme haunts, interactive theater and VR experiences, learn how horror visionaries have been engaging audiences in cutting edge simulations by exploring how it all began, the controversies facing interactive horror artists today and what our experts believe will be the next wave of immersive entertainment.


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Mutant Doomsday Sheep Monster Movie Godmonster of Indian Flats Spawns 4K Blu-ray



The following are words I thought would NEVER be written: 4K restoration special edition Blu-ray of Godmonster of Indian Flats. And yet, so let it be written, so let it be done.

If you’re not familiar with the 1973 insanity that is Godmonster of Indian Flats, then you’re not familiar with one of the strangest motion pictures ever made boasting one of the flat-out goofiest movie monsters of all time.

A mutant sheep that gives new meaning to the phrase “lamb to the slaughter.” A mutant sheep that I’ve always jokingly described to people as being kind of like Mr. Snuffleupagus dying of mange. A mutant sheep that, much like the movie it’s appearing in, simply has to be seen to be believed.

All 89 minutes of filmmaker Frederic Hobbs acid trip mix of nature gone amok sci-fi horror, modern western action, social satire, and unhinged Biblical mumbo jumbo are guaranteed to leave you gobsmacked.

Gaseous vapors from an ancient mine cause the birth of a huge squealing embryo that is taken to the laboratory of a local mad doctor, where it grows into a monstrous 8-foot mutant sheep. Got that? An 8-foot mutant sheep!

Meanwhile, the racist mayor of a historic Wild West tourist town (Stuart Lancaster) attempts to thwart the efforts of a black man buying real estate by attempting to lynch him! Plans go awry, however, when the giant, wool-covered Lamb from Hell escapes from the doctor’s lab and starts waddling across the countryside. Spewing an orange phosphorous gas, the semi-prehistoric Godmonster of Indian Flats terrifies the population, blows up a gas station, and even “dances” with a deranged hippie chick until it’s lassoed by cowboys. The mayor then startles everyone by putting “the damaged mongoloid beast” on display as “The 8th Wonder of the World”!

Trust me when I tell you mere words do not do this one justice.

Trust me when I also tell you that I never would have imagined a world where this movie would get a Blu-ray release, let alone a 4K restoration.

But, and this is a momentous but, that’s exactly what will happen sometime this summer (release date TBA) when AFGA and Something Weird join forces to give this obscure cult gem more love than I suspect even the people involved could have ever imagined.

The Godmonster of Indian Flats Blu-ray will boast a 4K restoration of the film from the only surviving 35mm print. We’ll also be treated to rampaging monster trailers from the AFGA vaults and berserk short subjects from the Something Weird Video archives. The case will boast reversible cover art with illustration by Shana Cleveland. And just in case you don’t think you’re getting your money’s worth with the Godmonster alone, you’ll also get a second feature: A 2K restoration of the 1975 documentary The Legend of Bigfoot will be included on the Blu-ray.

If you’re still not sold or you’re not even familiar with this slice of cinematic insanity, then please enjoy the clip below. Feast your eyes on the Godmonster in all its rubbery glory!


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SXSW 2018: Director Jenn Wexler and Producer Ashleigh Snead Face The Ranger



If there’s one thing we’ll always need more of in horror, it’s good ol’ fashioned punk rock. Let’s rebel against the establishment! Let’s challenge the status quo! Let’s flip over tables, throw chairs through windows, and bow at the alter that is Linnea Quigley dancing atop a sarcophagus! Fuck normal, let’s get weird!

Rocking out of this year’s SXSW Convention was Jenn Wexler’s The Ranger, a film about a group of punks who go camping only to be confronted by the park’s titular ranger. From there, shit hits the fan and the blood begins to flow. But who better to tell us about the movie and what audiences can expect other than Wexler and her producing partner Ashleigh Snead? Watch our interview and then let us know in the comments who’s better, The Ramones or The Sex Pistols!

When Chelsea and her friends get in trouble with the cops, they flee the city and go on the run. Fueled by a hallucinogenic drug called Echo, they hope to lay low–and get high–in an old family hideout in the woods. But Chelsea’s got reservations about going back to nature and secrets she’s not sharing with her friends. When a shot rings out, her past comes crashing back, and the punks find themselves pitted against the local authority: an unhinged park ranger with an axe to grind.

The Ranger stars Chloe Levine, Granit Lahu, Jeremy Pope, and “Mr. Robot’s” Jeremy Holm as The Ranger.


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