Laney Chantal was a profound makeup and FX artist. She was one of the best parts of Face Off Season 5 and continued to evolve makeup FX for the better. Chantel passed away in Milford, Michigan according to her family. The masterful makeup artist and all-around great person was found dead from an accidental overdose at the age of 33.
Chantal worked on several awesome films as well as music videos for The Smashing Pumpkins, Marilyn Manson and more. Everyone that had the opportunity to work with her had nothing but great things to say about the 33-year-old.
Chantal attended the Cinema Makeup School in Los Angeles in 2007. From there she took to Face Off in season 5 – before removing herself from the competition leaving her in 5th place.
Chantal was a fantastic human and a brilliant artist. The horror community lost a substantial piece this week.
‘Mortal Kombat 1’ DLC Teases Big Horror Name
Mortal Kombat 1 may have just been released but already creator of Mortal Kombat and Injustice, Ed Boon is making plans for exciting DLC. In one of Boon’s latest Tweets, he gave a huge tease that wasn’t very subtle in nature. But, it points to a big horror icon coming to to Mortal Kombat 1.
Boon’s Tweet was a black-and-white image of all the biggest horror icons. Each icon came with check marks over icons who have been previously added and question marks over the ones that hadn’t yet been added.
This leaves Pinhead, Chucky, Michael Myers, Billy, and Ghostface all with question marks. All of these characters would be cool editions to the latest title. Especially someone like Pinhead.
Earlier this year a data spill pointed to Ghostface appearing in an upcoming title. It looks like that upcoming title may have been Mortal Kombat 1. We will have to wait and see to find out for sure. But, including a Ghostface capable of performing all kills from the full franchise would be awesome. I can already picture a garage door kill.
Who would you like to see in the latest game? If you could only choose one, who would you think it was?
‘Living For The Dead’ Trailer Scares Up Queer Paranormal Pride
With all the ghost-hunting reality content available from Discovery+, Hulu is stepping up the genre with their take called Living for the Dead in which a team of five queer paranormal investigators travel to different haunted locations to raise the spirits of both the living and the dead.
The show at first appears to be a run-of-the-mill ghost-hunting procedural, but the twist is that these researchers also help the living cope with their hauntings. That kind of tracks since this show is from the same producers as Netflix’s Queer Eye, another reality show where the hosts help people find peace and acceptance.
But what this show has that Queer Eye doesn’t is an “A” list celebrity producer. Kristen Stewart plays the showrunner here, and she says the concept originally was meant as a gag.
“It’s so cool and enlivening that me and my best friend CJ Romero had this funny idea and now it’s a show,” says Stewart in a press release. “It started as a bit of a hypothetical silly pipe dream and now I am so proud to have shepherded something that is as moving and meaningful as it is truly a gay old time. Our cast makes me laugh and cry and they had the courage and heart to take us places I wouldn’t go by myself. And it’s a super cool maiden voyage for the company I’ve started with my partners Dylan Meyer and Maggie McLean. This is just the beginning for us and for ‘Living for the Dead.’ We wanna one day have traipsed across the entire spooky ass country. Maybe the world!”
Living for the Dead,” a Huluween original docuseries, premieres all eight episodes on Hulu Wednesday, October 18.
‘Saw X’ Tops the Franchise with Highest Rotten Tomatoes Ratings
These ratings change often, but as it stands now Saw X has secured the highest Rotten Tomatoes score in the franchise’s history. The 10th installment, now in theaters, has received an 84 percent “fresh” rating, garnering positive feedback from critics and audiences alike.
The Saw series, known for its intricate traps and psychological horror, has seen varied critical reception over the years. The inaugural 2004 film, which set the stage for the franchise, previously held the record with a 50 percent freshness rating. This original movie, often hailed as a pioneering thriller, was instrumental in catapulting the careers of notable figures like director James Wan and co-writer Leigh Whannell.
However, not all films in the series have been as fortunate. Saw: The Final Chapter, released in 2010, languished at the bottom with a mere 9 percent rating. Even the star-studded Spiral: From the Book of Saw, featuring Hollywood heavyweights Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson, managed only 37 percent.
What sets Saw X apart? Many attribute its success to its return to the franchise’s roots while offering a fresh perspective. The film serves as a prequel, filling the narrative gap between the first two movies. Tobin Bell, reprising his role as the menacing Jigsaw (or John Kramer), has been lauded for his performance. Critics have noted that Bell’s portrayal in Saw X is particularly riveting, with The Hollywood Reporter praising his “raspy voice and menacing gravitas”.
Director Kevin Greutert, who previously worked on Saw VI and Saw 3D, seems to have struck the right chord with audiences this time around. The Independent highlighted Greutert’s understanding of the franchise’s fanbase, stating that he delivers “exactly what they want”.
Other reviews have been equally favorable:
- Bloody Disgusting: “Saw X delivers a franchise high, and that’s no small feat ten installments deep. There’s a comfortable sense of awareness and humor found in a sequel that utilizes its pared-back simplicity to showcase the characters and gore.”
- DigitalSpy: Saw X has delivered the most effective Saw sequel yet … Saw X might still deliver the gore you’d expect from a Saw outing, yet in attempting to do something new and not just the same-old, it’s potentially injected the series with fresh blood.”
- IndieWire: “People have got to stop fucking with John Kramer. … After a decade as Halloween’s most hyped-up annual release in the aughts, Saw is finally back this October to tell Taylor Swift she’s not the only one doing vigilante shit. Congrats, Tobin. You deserve this one. … Most agonizing, suspenseful Saw sequel yet.”
Saw X has set a new benchmark for future installments. Whether you’re a die-hard fan or a newcomer to the series, this film promises a thrilling ride.