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Exclusive: Coffin Carousel Rock Your Halloween in “Skull Candy”

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We’ve been making a lot of movie suggestions for you this Halloween. However, for those of you who are hosting parties and don’t want to put movies on in the background but would rather have a solid music playlist, this post is for you!

We’ve teamed up with Melbourne, Australia “horror-rock punk doom-pop” outfit Coffin Carousel to bring you the exclusive music video premiere for their track “Skull Candy”! The song comes from the band’s second full-length album Between Death & Dead, which came out October 13th via Eclipse Records.

Singer and director Howard Von Noise tells Dread Central, “Filming Skull Candy was a great experience. I got to develop a short story idea at a great location in Melbourne, Australia called Cabinet of Curiosities, which is a tattoo shop, burlesque school, and recording studio. Madam Dreadful, who acted as one of the surgeons in the music video, runs her burlesque school there and her husband, who has been doing all my latest tattoo work, runs his tattoo studio out of there also. It has all these oddities and spooky bones spread all over the walls which gives it a creepy feel.

We basically just turned up and started filming as all the props were already there. Bringing together the concept of having candy pulled from my skull and a downtown creepy “Sin City-esque” doctor’s surgery was a lot of fun. I had the band’s stage dancers Madam Dreadful and Miss Holly Wouldn’t act out scenes taking blood samples and removing my brains. Again, continuing my obsession with the Toxic Avenger, we featured the green goo that has appeared in previous music videos the band has done. The green goo is essentially colored pudding and tastes really sweet.

Conceiving, directing and also editing the music video was a great challenge to bring all the ideas to life. It was a lot of fun in the end mainly because we captured everything we planned to film and it all worked, considering the budget was low. In the end, we got a great horror-inspired music video with some subtle Tim Burton/Addams Family vibes in there as well as the life-size coffin and our trademark smoky feel.

You can buy Between Death & Dead via the band’s official website.

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Tour dates:
Nov 17 – Northcote VIC Australia @ 24 Moons (w/ Shiv-r, Snuff)
Nov 18 – Bendigo, VIC Australia @ MusicMan Megastore (Music Man Moshfest w/ The Eternal & more)
Dec 2 – Sydney NSW Australia @ The Bald Faced Stag (Darkcell’s Psycho Circus w/ Darkcell, Our Last Enemy)

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Jesper Kyd Returning to Score Vermintide 2

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From the cover of Kyd's first Vermintide OST

Get your headphones ready, Warhammer fans because State of Decay and Darksiders 2 composer Jesper Kyd is back to score the upcoming Warhammer title Vermintide 2! The game will be coming to PC and consoles early this year.

Kyd was inspired by Norse mythology, utilizing ancient tribal music as well as dark fantastical elements to build upon the acoustic soundscapes he composed for the first Vermintide game. Channeling his own Scandinavian roots, Kyd will blend Viking and Norse-inspired vocals with ritualistic percussion styles to create a unique soundtrack experience.

Three tracks from the score can be heard below.

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Like Me – Will You Like This Dystopian Thriller?

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Starring Addison Timlin, Ian Nelson, Larry Fessenden

Directed by Robert Mockler


While Like Me is not dystopian in the classic science-fiction sense, it does aptly put the downer vibe across. If the present is abysmal, then the future is downright hopeless. We learn this as we follow an unhinged teenage loner called Kiya (Addison Timlin) on a hollow crime spree that she broadcasts on social media. At first the world “likes” her—with the exception of YouTube rival Burt (Ian Nelson), who disdainfully denounces her viral videos—but pride goes before the fall, and Kiya’s descent is spectacular.

If you’ve peeped the trailer for Like Me, then you’re probably expecting a horror movie. I mean, they’ve got the requisite menacing masked baddie and they’ve got genre icon Larry Fessenden in a major role—those are a couple of the key ingredients, right? Yes they are, but this simmering, shimmering stew of Natural Born Killers, Excision and King Kelly, it boils down to a whole lotta nothing. Like Me is sort of a drama, kind of a road trip flick, and almost a thriller. It succeeds at none yet does stand on its own as a compelling collection of cool visuals and pertinent performances. But is that enough?

While Kiya is a compelling character on the surface, there’s barebones beneath. Sure, she’s a Millennial mind-fed on random online clips and snappy soundbites—but what turned her into a psychopath? Was she born that way? Is social media to blame? We’ll never know, because not a hint is given. I don’t mind ambiguity, but even a morsel would have been welcome in this case. As Kiya ramps up her reckless exhibitionistic extremes, the stakes are never raised. In the end, who cares? Maybe that’s the point.

A word of warning: If you plan on watching this movie while chomping snacks…don’t. There is stomach-turning scene after vomit-inducing scene of orgiastic easting, binging, and the inevitable purging. I’m sure it’s all metaphorical mastication, a cutting comment on disposable consumption. I get it. But I don’t wanna look at it, again and again and again. Having said that, Like Me is an experimental film and in its presentation of such grotesquery, it’s quite accomplished. Montages, split-screens and jittered motions are scattered throughout, showing us all sorts of unpleasant things…Kudos to the editor.

I didn’t hate Like Me. But I do think one has to be in the mood for a movie such as this. It’s not an easy or entertaining watch, but it is a peculiar and thought-provoking one. There’s some style and mastery behind the camera, and I am curious to see what first-time writer-director Rob Mockler comes up with next.

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Funko Giving Jurassic Park the Pop! Treatment as Only They Can

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It is no secret we’re BIG fans of Funko’s Pop! Vinyl line here at DC HQ, and now they’ve announced a new series that has made our hearts just about burst… read on for a look at Pop! Movies: Jurassic Park, heading our way in February. The regular figures are awesome on their own, but wait until you see the exclusives!

From the Funko Blog:
Jurassic Park fans, get excited! To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the iconic film’s appearance on the silver screen, Jurassic Park is coming to Pop!

This series of Pop! features paleontologist Dr. Grant, Jurassic Park CEO John Hammond, mathematician Dr. Malcolm, and embryo-smuggler Dennis Nedry. (Keep an eye out for Dr. Ellie Sattler in Pop! Rides coming soon.)

We couldn’t forget the Jurassic Park dinosaurs! Featured in this line are the great T. rex, Velociraptor, and Dilophsaurus. Look for the Dilophosaurus chase, a rarity of 1-in-6.

Be on the lookout for exclusives. At Target you can find a wounded Dr. Malcolm, and the Dennis Nedry and Dilophosaurus 2-pack is available only at Entertainment Earth.

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