Mondo, Death Waltz, and Beyond Fest have announced that they are bringing the incredible concert ‘Frizzi 2 Fulci‘ to the US for the first time this October with a performance in Austin and one in Los Angeles. The latter will precede a rare 35MM screening of The Beyond.
Composer Fabio Frizz comments:
This is a great opportunity to tell my story in America, the story of an Italian composer and his journey through sound and cinema. I’m excited to share the sights and sounds of Lucio Fulci’s and to perform for US fans that have been supportive for the last 40 years of my career. It’s an emotion that is hard to explain.
Mondo music head Spencer Hickman adds:
We are delighted to bring Fabio, one of the undisputed masters of Italian horror soundtracks, to North America. We’ve been trying to bring him here for two years to perform on US soil for the first time with his live tribute show to Italian director Lucio Fulci, making it incredibly special for both Fabio and fans alike.
Frizzi will be performing suites from films such as Zombi 2, Seven Notes In Black, The Beyond, City Of The Living Dead, and more with a live 8-piece band.
To celebrate these momentous events Death Waltz Recording Company will be releasing two new Fabio Frizzi releases on limited edition vinyl, both of which will be available to purchase at both the Austin and LA shows. The remainder will then be available through Mondo at a later date.
October 2nd, 2015 – Central Presbyterian Church
Mondo & Death Waltz present Frizzi 2 Fulci Live with Fabio Frizzi
Tickets go on sale Friday 8/28 at Noon CST
Ticket price: $40 General Admission / $90 VIP
VIP package is limited to 50 tickets and includes:
· Meet and greet signing session with Fabio Frizzi
· Early entry to view soundcheck
· First access to seating
· A lathe-cut square shaped clear vinyl 7″ pressed exclusively for VIP ticket holders (50 only, one time pressing)
October 4th, 2015 – Egyptian Theatre
Mondo & Death Waltz present Frizzi 2 Fulci Live with Fabio Frizzi at Beyond Fest
Includes screening of THE BEYOND on 35mm
Ticket price: $28 general admission / $40 VIP
VIP package is limited to 50 tickets and includes:
· Meet and greet signing session with Fabio Frizzi
· Early entry to view soundcheck
· First access to seating
· An exclusive 13″ x 13″ small batch, hand silkscreen print on 100# rag paper featuring artwork from THE BEYOND by Graham Humphreys. Limited and numbered edition of 50.
ITV has released an extended clip from their upcoming TV series “Jekyll & Hyde“, which comes from Charlie Higson and is based upon the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson.
The clip shows Jekyll (Tom Bateman) confronting several goons in an alley who are robbing and assaulting a woman. At first, he is weak and easily pushed around. But then, it seems that the Hyde part of him begins to awaken and he lashes out, defeating two of the thugs. Plus, we get to see him head butt the absolute SHIT out of the henchmen’s leader, which is pretty awesome.
“Jekyll & Hyde” will focus on the young, attractive and troubled hero, Robert Jekyll, the grandson of the original doctor. Newly-qualified, Robert is on a quest to discover his real identity, his true family history and the nature of his ‘curse’ which is being controlled with medication by Dr Vishal Najaran.
Tom Bateman (“Da Vinci’s Demons,” “The Tunnel”), Richard E. Grant (“Downton Abbey,” Withnail & I) and Natalie Gumede (“Coronation Street,” “Death In Paradise”) headline the series, which also features Stephanie Hyam (“Murdered By My Boyfriend”), Donald Sumpter (“Game of Thrones,” “Being Human”), Amit Shah (“The Smoke,” “Hustle”), Phil McKee (“Ripper Street,” “Dracula”), Christian McKay (Rush, Theory of Everything), Ruby Bentall (“Lark Rise to Candleford,” “The Paradise”), Enzo Cilenti (“Game of Thrones”), Lolita Chakrabarti (“The Smoke,” “Death in Paradise”), Michael Karim (“Inspector Lewis”) and Ace Bhatti (“Silk,” “Eastenders”).
All ten episodes of the series will be directed by Colin Teague (“Being Human”, “Torchwood”).
Editorial by Evan Dickson:
Back in June of 2014 myself and a few other journalists drove down to the set of Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse in Downtown LA. While the ravages of time, an ensuing zombie attack and technological difficulties have eaten up my capacity to bring you the in-depth reporting you deserve on this film, I can say that the movie looked like a total blast from my vantage point and that I really think everyone had a strong, cohesive outlook on the tricky tone of the film — which is always an encouraging sign and is much more rare than you might think.
Co-writer and director Christopher Landon seemed eager to spread his wings and try his hand at a bigger film after successfully pulling off one of the better Paranormal Activity installments with The Marked Ones (whether or not you’re a fan of that franchise that was easily one of the most ambitious and creatively rewarding installments) and it looked like he was well on his way to achieving that. Meanwhile stars Tye Sheridan, Logan Miller (always a wild card) and Sarah Dumont also seemed energized by the material. We glimpsed a zombie horde chasing our protagonists through a parking lot as well as the facade of a strip club featured in the film called “Lawrence of Alabia”… the combination of which is perhaps the only thing you need to now about the film’s tone (which you can glimpse more of in the film’s trailer).
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse will open in theaters October 30th, and as part of a new distribution deal, will arrive on home video and VOD within 17 days of the film nearing its theatrical exit.
In the meantime, check out some exclusive photos below!
A new TV spot has been released for the upcoming found footage horror film The Visit, which is produced by M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs). While the spot is very effective and I’m 100% interested in this movie, I can’t get over the last scene in which the grandmother screams “YAHTZEE!” with a full mouth. Seriously grandma, you’re supposed to be teaching these kids manners. For shame…
The Visit‘s synopsis reads:
Shyamalan returns to his roots with the terrifying story of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip. Once the children discover that the elderly couple is involved in something deeply disturbing, they see their chances of getting back home are growing smaller every day.
Kathryn Hahn, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie, Ed Oxenbould, and Olivia DeJonge star.
Remember The Good Son? That’s the one where Macaulay Caulkin is a bright-eyed innocent kid who is enjoying all the pleasures of childhood. Oh wait, never mind. That’s the one where he’s a fucking terrifying little bastard who is intent on harming nearly everyone around him!
Well, BloodBlitz Comedy has taken clips from several of the Harry Potter films and created a faux-trailer that is incredibly reminiscent of The Good Son, turning Harry into the villain of the series, a mad wizard intent on causing pain, destruction, and even death to his friends, family, and professors. It’s really well done and builds a great deal of suspense in the few minutes it has.
Honestly, if a movie like this were to be released, I would watch it in a heartbeat!
All good things must come to an end. Savor every last drop of “Hemlock Grove, The Final Chapter,” streaming exclusively on Netflix, October 23, 2015.
The Eli Roth-produced “Hemlock Grove” is a supernatural thriller which explores the strange happenings in a small Pennsylvania town. The show focuses on the unlikely friendship between the founding family’s young heir, Roman Godfrey (Skarsgård), and gypsy newcomer and outsider, Peter Rumancek (Liboiron). Each holds a monstrous secret that has been unleashed.
The series stars Famke Janssen (X-Men), Bill Skarsgård, Landon Liboiron (“Terra Nova”), Freya Tingley, and Dougray Scott (Mission Impossible II).
While a critic is just that, a filmmaker is always a student to the arts, which means they’re always learning.
With that said, I think Quentin Tarantino is perfectly in the right in sharing his thoughts on a film that he had no part in.
Yesterday the Internet exploded when Tarantino criticized David Robert Mitchell‘s modern horror masterpiece, It Follows.
I mean, Tarantino tore the movie apart. And as good as It Follows was, he’s not wrong. Still, Mitchell was irked enough by Tarantino’s critical analysis that he tweeted out the perfect response…
Hey QT, why don't we get together over a beer and talk about these notes. I have a few of my own for you.
— DavidRobertMitchell (@DRobMitchell) August 26, 2015
Now, let’s be clear, Mitchell is playing it cool. Yet, if Tarantino is allowed to publicly shame his movie, I think Mitchell should do the same back at him. Seriously, Mitchell should go off and shove it right up Tarantino’s you-know-what. If Tarantino can dish it, he better be able to take it, no?
It’s also important to note that, as critical as Tarantino was, he had previously stated that he “really liked It Follows.”
Shit, I acknowledge the film’s issues in my review and still gave it a perfect score. Oxymoron? Maybe.
I think the biggest no-no here is that Tarantino is using a platform to shit on a lesser known filmmaker’s work. He may be ethically in-bounds, but I still think it’s shitty of him…
Taking the final spot in After Dark’s ‘8 Films to Die For’ is the indie Wind Walkers, in theaters October 16, 2015.
“A U.S. solider returns home from captivity to find that his best friend and fellow former POW has gone AWOL. While out on an annual hunting trip with his friend’s father and some extended family, their group comes under attack by an ancient Native American curse that has mysterious connections to his best friend’s heritage and the prison in which they were once held captive.”
Written and Directed by Russell Friedenberg, the film stars Phil Burke (Hell on Wheels), Russell Friedenburg (Among Ravens), Kiowa Gordon (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse), Zane Holtz (The Perks of Being a Wallflower), Christopher Kriesa (Cast Away), Castille Landon (Sex Ed), and Glen Powell Jr. (The Expendables 3; The Dark Knight Rises).
‘8 Films to Die For’ will be released in theaters on October 16, 2015, with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment handling all ancillary forms of media, including Digital HD™, DVD and VOD.
The upcoming horror/comedy Bloodsucking Bastards is coming to select cinemas across top U.S. markets and on VOD September 4, 2015. To give you readers a taste of what’s in store for you, we’ve got our hands on an exclusive clip that shows just how bloody this movie gets! You can give it a watch below and make sure to keep your eyes peeled for some exclusive interviews coming soon!
In Bloodsucking Bastards:
‘Bloodsucking Bastards’ takes audiences on a hilarious, blood-spattered roller coaster ride in the most terrifying locale of all: the American workplace. The film stars Fran Kranz as Evan Sanders, a low-level, dutiful employee stuck in a boring job at a soul-killing every corporation. Evan’s the kind of guy who does all the work and gets none of the credit, but at least he gets to spend his days with his beautiful co-worker/girlfriend Amanda (Emma Fitzpatrick) and his slacker best friend Tim (Joey Kern), so he soldiers on in the hope of one day getting his coveted sales director position.
Unfortunately, it all falls apart in one fell swoop when Amanda breaks up with him and Evan’s boss Ted (Joel Murray) hands his promotion to his college nemesis Max (Pedro Pascal). And it isn’t just their sordid past Evan has to deal with. After his fellow officemates start going through disturbing changes (which, paradoxically, make them better employees) and bodies begin to pile up, Evan learns the horrible truth: Max is a vampire. And even worse… a vamp with a plan.
Evan must find a way to stop the evil brewing amidst the cubicles, expose Max as the bloodsucking bastard that he is, and save his pals before his life and career go from dead-end…to just dead.
Directed by Brian James O’Connell and penned by the popular comedy troupe Dr. God and Ryan Mitts, Bloodsucking Bastards boasts an all-star cast including Fran Kranz (Cabin in the Woods), Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones), Emma Fitzpatrick (Significant Mother, The Collection), Yvette Yates (Inherent Vice) with Joel Murray (Mad Men) and Joey Kern (Cabin Fever). It was produced by Fortress Features (Brett Forbes, Patrick Rizzotti) in association with Maybe This Year Productions (Brandon Evans), Colleen Hard, and Justin Ware.
Make sure to read our review.
In a recent interview, Friday The 13th creator Sean S. Cunningham was asked several questions about the horror franchise he created, from the birth of the film to composer Harry Manfredini’s music through the expectations after the film was released. But perhaps most interestingly was the discussion and revelation on how the legendary mass murderer Jason Voorhees wound up with his iconic hockey mask.
Cunningham explains how Friday The 13th Part III director Steve Miner came up with the concept:
I think Steve had done a whole bunch of hockey documentaries, when he was learning the editing craft, and I think that just out of that, he just said, ‘Let’s just try this,’ and that was the choice for ‘Friday 3′, and it just stuck
And every movie since then, there’s always, like, a readjusting of the mask, how to make it just right. But it has stuck, and the character himself has just morphed so dramatically over time that he has sort of, I don’t know… the movies wind up being about Jason, and not the people Jason is threatening.
There’s been all sorts of variations to the story over the years, even one that alleges that the Jason makeup was destroyed and they needed to shoot, and all that was around was a hockey mask…
Another theory that could hold some water comes from Larry Zerner, who played Shelly in Part III, who claims that Marty Sadoff, the 3-D supervisor, was the one who brought up the hockey mask as the solution, per ESPN. In fact, at a panel at the 2007 Screamfest LA Film Festival, Sadoff stated, “The day of the makeup test, we didn’t really know what Jason should really look like. We had to come up with some kind of makeup test in 3-D. I had a hockey mask there and I said, ‘Why don’t we put it on and see what it looks like?’”
You can read more over at TheLipTV. You can also watch the full interview below.
With all they hype surrounding the Alien universe lately, it’s no surprise that fans are eager to know how things are going to proceed. And just recently, we broke news that the wait for Neill Blomkamp’s take on an Alien film was on hold until Ridley Scott could finish a sequel to Prometheus. Well, it seems that this is indeed the plan as Scott has confirmed that precisely such a sequel is the next project on his plate!
In a recent interview, when asked how he felt about the date change for his upcoming film The Martian, Scott told Empire, “I was already on to my next movie! I was starting to look for locations for my next movie, which is ‘Prometheus 2.’”
Per our recent scoop: If all goes well, Blomkamp will likely shoot Alien 5 sometime in 2017, ahead of a release the following year. So that gives fans a one-two punch of Scott’s Prometheus 2 in 2017 and Blomkamp’s own Alien film in 2018.
Via tweets from both stars, Johann Urb, pictured below left, and Aryana Engineer, above right, will not be returning in Paul W.S. Anderson’s Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, which Sony Screen Gems has slated for release on January 27, 2017.
With shooting set to commence this fall in South Africa, Ali Larter was confirmed to return as Claire Redfield in the new Resident Evil, while Milla Jovovich has always been attached as Alice.
The cast is also said to include Wentworth Miller as Chris Redfield, Bingbing Li as Ada Wong, Sienna Guillory as Jill Valentine, and Johann Urb as Leon Scott Kennedy. This has yet to be confirmed.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter picks up after the events of Resident Evil: Retribution, as the Project Alice (Milla Jovovich) is forced to race against time before the villainous Red Queen attempts to destroy the final remnants of humanity.
Retribution left off at our Nation’s capitol, with the zombie army attacking the White House.
Videodrome. Where does one even begin when trying to review a well known classic from David Cronenberg? Odds are if you frequent a website called Bloody Disgusting that you’re already quite familiar with Videodrome. I’d wager you likely love the movie too. You may not, there’s always a few Trace Thurmans out there, but in general I think we can come to a consensus that Videodrome is widely regarded as a great movie. It gets 5 out of 5 from me every time. With that all being said, I won’t bother to actual review Videodrome. There’s no need for it, at least not in the typical review format. Instead I’ll talk about a couple things that crossed my mind while viewing it recently and review the actual release itself from Arrow Films.
Watching Videodrome in 2015 and the most remarkable thing that stands out is how ahead of it’s time the movie truly was. Even though he dislikes the movie, Trace placed it on his first list of 8 horror movies that were ahead of their time and with good reason. The movie was made in 1983 and it depicts a world in which people are obsessed with TV, wanting to consume everything. Max Renn (James Woods) is looking for content that will drive eyes to his channel. The content isn’t really all that important to Renn as long as it will lure in viewers. If that means throwing up the sleaziest, most perverse programming around, so be it. Oh, and it’s possibly real? Even better! Again, this was made in 1983 but it sounds an awful lot like 2015. It’s incredible how well Cronenberg called that.
Then there’s Deborah Harry. Oh, Deborah Harry, how we love you. She’s fantastic in this movie. As Nicki Brand she’s just so…she’s just a freak. That’s the best way to describe her. She’s into some crazy stuff, but can you blame Max for being charmed by her? You can’t. Not one bit. I will say it was a little strange seeing her in this role now however, because I just saw Blondie a few weeks back and Harry is now 70. So it was a little weird because I have that very recent memory of her, but then even at 70 she was the coolest person in the room so it’s all good.
Here’s what’s crazy about this Arrow release of Videodrome – somehow, Arrow managed to top the Criterion release. Criterion doesn’t lose very often. It’s extremely rare for another company to top a Criterion release. I mean extremely rare, even for a company as superb as Arrow. Criterion getting beat is like Steph Curry missing an off balanced jumper. When it happens, you’re shocked. Much kudos to Arrow for exceeding the high expectations previously set by Criterion.
If all you want in a Blu-ray release is a great transfer and you already own the Criterion release of Videodrome, then there’s no need for you to double dip and get the Arrow version. Both companies used the exact same transfer, so there’s no change there. Where Arrow blew this thing wide open was with the extras. Criterion already had a lot of extras and somehow Arrow found more.
I’m not going to go through all the extras, but I will discuss what is important to me. When I’m getting an ultimate release like this one, particularly when it’s from such a great director, I’m very interested in having early works included. I find great joy in seeing where a director first started to hone his craft and then seeing how it evolved over time. Arrow comes through in a big way. This release comes with the short films Trasnfer (1966) and From the Drain (1967), both of which were previously unreleased and have since been restored by the Toronto International Film Festival. Arrow doesn’t stop there, oh no! They also include two of Cronenberg’s amateur feature films in Stereo (1969) and Crimes of the Future (1970). Say what?! I know, it’s crazy. This release gives you three features and three shorts(like the Criterion release 2000’s Camera is included as well).
Below I’ve decided to list all the special features that come on this limited edition release of Videdrome from Arrow Films. The bad news is that this is a pretty limited release and it’s already out-of-print. Arrow sold all their copies in the first day or so. At the time of this writing there were a still a few online retailers that had some in stock, so I recommend checking around. Worst case scenario you’ll eventually be able to snag a copy from someone on eBay. You may have to pay a bit more for it, or even a lot more, but this release is priceless if you’re a die-hard Cronenberg fan.
LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
•Original uncompressed mono audio tracks for all films
•Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for all films
•Limited Edition packaging, fully illustrated by Gilles Vranckx
•Limited Edition Exclusive Extras
VIDEODROME – BLU-RAY DISC 1 AND DVD DISC 2:
•Restored high-definition digital transfer of the unrated version, approved by director David Cronenberg and cinematographer Mark Irwin
•Audio commentary by Tim Lucas, the on-set correspondent for Cinefantastique Magazine and author of Videodrome: Studies in the Horror Film
•David Cronenberg and the Cinema of the Extreme – A documentary programme featuring interviews with Cronenberg, George A. Romero and Alex Cox on Cronenberg’s cinema, censorship and the horror genre
•Forging the New Flesh – A documentary programme by filmmaker Michael Lennick on Videodrome’s video and prosthetic make up effects
•Videoblivion: A brand new interview with cinematographer Mark Irwin
•A brand new interview with producer Pierre David
•AKA Jack Martin – Dennis Etchison, author of novelizations of Videodrome, Halloween, Halloween II and III and The Fog, discusses Videodrome and his observations of Cronenberg’s script
••The complete uncensored Samurai Dreams footage with commentary by Michael Lennick
•Helmet Test and Betamax – Two featurettes by Michael Lennick on effects featured in the film
•Camera (2000) Cronenberg’s short film starring Videodrome’s Les Carlson
•Fear on Film: A round table discussion from 1982 with Cronenberg, John Carpenter, John Landis and Mick Garris
•Promotional featurette with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Cronenberg, James Woods, Deborah Harry and Rick Baker
•Original theatrical trailer
DAVID CRONENBERG’S EARLY WORKS: BLU-RAY DISC 3 AND DVD DISC 4 [LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE]:
•High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of four Cronenberg films
•Transfer (1966) & From the Drain (1967), Cronenberg’s previously unavailable short films newly restored by the Toronto International Film Festival [7 & 12 mins]
•Stereo (1969) & Crimes of the Future (1970): Cronenberg’s early amateur feature films, shot in and around his university campus, prefigure his later work’s concerns with strange institutions (much like Videodrome’s Spectacular Optical) as well as male/female separation (Dead Ringers) and ESP (Scanners). Newly restored from original lab elements [65 & 70 mins]
•Transfer the Future – Author and critic Kim Newman discusses Cronenberg’s early works
COLLECTOR’S BOOKLET [LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE]
•An illustrated 100-page hardback book featuring new writing including Justin Humphreys on Videodrome in a modern context, Brad Stevens on the alternate versions, Caelum Vatnsdal on Cronenberg’s early works, extracts from Cronenberg on Cronenberg featuring Cronenberg’s reminiscences of getting started in filmmaking and shooting all the films in this collection, plus more, illustrated with original archive stills
Mashup producer YITT took two of the biggest names from the 80’s, Ghostbuster and Huey Lewis And The News, and mashed them together to create “The Ghostbusters Of Love”, a mashup of Ray Parker Jr.’s Ghostbuster theme and “The Power Of Love”.
There’s something incredibly nostalgic but exciting about this mashup. As a child of the 80’s, I was all over anything related to the Ghostbusters and Huey Lewis And The News were all over the radio, so I heard them quite a fair bit.
“The Ghostbusters Of Love” comes from YITT’s mashup album Just Do YITT, which can be downloaded for free via Bandcamp.
This weekend is a sad one as it brings “Hannibal” to its series finale. For three years, we’ve been watching Will Graham and Dr. Hannibal Lecter interact and now that comes to an end as Graham faces “The Red Dragon”, seeking the help of the eponymous doctor.
Below are two promos for this episode, which I refuse to watch. If I’m going to see the end of the show, I want it to be without spoilers, without forewarning, and without and imagery stuck in my mind.
Let us say good bye to this incredible show, one that truly pushed the boundaries of TV entertainment.
Roughly ten years after it first aired on television, the mini-series for Jules Vern’s Mysterious Island is getting a Blu-ray release in Germany courtesy of Koch Media on September 10, 2015. Along with the Blu-ray, Koch will also be releasing the series on DVD and VOD.
I did not see this when it aired, so I’m unsure of how good it is or isn’t. I am fan of the Jules Verne story however, and I do like the cast quite a bit. Plus it was directed by Russell Mulcahy and he directed Highlander, so that’s cool. I think there’s a chance this could be fun. It’s a slight change, but a chance. What says you BD readers? Did anyone watch this when it originally aired?
If you’re Region A there’s already a pretty cheap release available via Echo Bridge Entertainment. If you’re a die hard Jules Verne fan who is Region B however, here’s your chance to add this to your collection.
To escape evils of the Civil war, Cyrus removes his small family and random war prisoners by way if hot air balloon. Once landing on an island the group finds they are surrounded by danger from giant insects and gold craving pirates. Turned away by the only safe haven on the island, owned by captain Nemo, Patrick Suart, the group is forced to find shelter and survive.
Extras: Making Of (about 11 minutes), trailer, image gallery
Directed: by Russell Mulcahy
Starring: Patrick Stewart, Kyle MacLachlan, Gabrielle Anwar
Production USA 2005
DVD Runtime: about 163 minutes
Blu-ray Runtime: about 170 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 (16:9)
Sound DVD: Dolby Digital 2.0
Blu-ray: DTS-HD Master
Languages: German, English
I can’t tell you the number of hours I spent playing both Diablo. Hundreds, probably. It was that kind of game where I just couldn’t stop, I was enjoying it every second!
But the thing that I always looked forward to was casting a Town Portal spell (or using a scroll) and listening to Matt Uelmen‘s gorgeous “Tristram” theme. A mysterious and beautiful track, I would always linger in town for that extra little bit, just to hear more of that song.
Below is a cover of “Tristram” done by the Super Guitar Bros. It’s a wonderful cover as their guitars almost speak the melodies to each other, going back and forth with different passages. Quite the nostalgic piece.
Burn, Witch, Burn, originally titled Night of the Eagle, is an atmospheric little horror entry from the early 60’s. Directed by Sidney Hayers and based on a script by Charles Beaumont, Richard Matheson and George Baxt, Burn, Witch, Burn is the story of Norman Taylor (Peter Wyngarde), a university psychology professor who doesn’t believe much about superstitions and religion. Norman is a man of logic and reason. If it can’t be explained and proven, then it must not be real. He’s a rationalist, through and through.
Unbeknownst to Norman, his wife Tansy (Janet Blair), has been practicing witchcraft for quite sometime. When Norman finds out he becomes extremely angered and demands Tansy burn all of her materials related to the art and immediately stop practicing. Tansy warns that all of their recent good fortunes, including Norman’s promotions at the university, are a direct result of her practicing and by quitting they can all go away. Norman of course doesn’t believe this, but Tansy pleads with him stating she won’t be held responsible. Despite her best efforts, Tansy is forced to burn everything.
Just like Tansy predicted, life begins a downward spiral for both Norman and Tansy. From one of his students accusing him of sexual harassment to problems at home, life truly seems to be unraveling for the Taylor family. Norman continues to fight against the notion that witchcraft and superstition could be responsible, but eventually he’s forced to face the matter head on in the chilling conclusion.
Burn, Witch, Burn is a fantastic movie that I really wish I would have watched in October. It’s the perfect movie for a dark and dreary October evening. The whole idea of practicing witchcraft in a very real environment sends shivers down my spine. Here you have a young couple in the Taylors who have worked hard to get where they are. They have a nice house, living a middle to upper class lifestyle. And poof, just like that everything can come crashing down due to some spells and sorcery. It almost feels like an episode of The Twilight Zone.
This is another very good Blu-ray release from Kino Lorber. Over the last few months Kino Lorber has really seemed to hit their stride with their Studio Classics line. As I’ve said before and will likely say every time I talk about the subject, I’m no expert when it comes to discussing the specifics on transfers. I don’t have the slightest clue as to what goes when transferring an old film print to an HD Blu-ray. I know what I like and as of late I’ve really loved the transfers on the Kino Lorber Studio Classics releases. These are typically older films that are cleaned up and re-mastered but they still maintain that film look which is important. Burn, Witch, Burn fits firmly into that category.
Kino Lorber has also started to add more special features to these releases. Burn, Witch, Burn doesn’t have a ton, but it has two really good ones. There’s an audio commentary with Richard Matheson. Anytime you can listen to one of the greatest horror and sci-fi writers to ever live talk about his work, you should do it. In addition to the commentary there is a brand new interview with star Peter Wyngarde. I don’t really know Wyngarde much aside from Burn, Witch, Burn so this is kind of cool.
Burn, Witch, Burn is a fun, genuinely creepy little horror movie. The more of these type of films we get on Blu-ray, the better. Fortunately it’s out just in time to add it to your October Halloween viewing.
Burn, Witch, Burn is now available on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics.
With Tom Six’s The Human Centipede 3 coming to home video on October 27th, the director is now ready to release yet another treat for fans in the form of his debut film What The F**k?!, which will also be coming to home video and VOD with English subtitles in the near future, although no set date has yet been confirmed.
The synopsis for What The F**k?! reads:
The Human Centipede trilogy director Tom Six will release one of his earlier Dutch films for the international market. What the F**k?! is an hilarious black comedy about famous Dutch singer Dries Roelvink, who is kidnapped by his two biggest fans to their trailer in the middle of nowhere. The don’t want an autograph but something completely different. The large couple’s biggest wish is to have a baby of their own, but the husband is infertile. Dries is forced to live with this gruesome twosome until he gets the woman pregnant.
You can read our review of The Human Centipede 3 here.
Below is a poster and stills from What The F**k?!.
I want to believe. It’s hard not to. When you consider how old the universe is, and how young mankind is, can you imagine how evolved we’ll be in the next 100…1,000…10,000 years?
I’m a conspiracy junkie, which means I feast on landfills worth of garbage. One of my favorite topics is UFOs and the military – especially back during the Cold War. Searching Google you’ll come across dozens of stories about UFOs appearing over military bases and disabling – and even shooting down missiles.
Were they alien-manned? Or maybe they were top secret man-made aircrafts being tested across the Nation? Doing your own research, I think you’ll agree that the latter seems highly unlikely considering our technological advancements back then…
With that said, I came across this insanely interesting article over at Mirror Online in which Edgar Mitchell, the sixth man to walk on the moon, claims that these UFOs were on a mission to prevent nuclear war between America and Russia.
Edgar Mitchell, a veteran of the Apollo 14 mission in 1971, told Mirror Online that top-ranking military sources spotted UFOs during weapons tests.
The astronaut has been outspoken about his belief in aliens ever since he landed on the surface of the moon, becoming one of the most prominent figures in the worldwide UFO community.
He told us military insiders had seen strange crafts flying over missile bases and the famous White Sands facility, where the world’s first ever nuclear bomb was detonated in 1945.
Mitchell grew up in New Mexico near both the bomb testing zone and Roswell, where believers think one of the world’s most famous UFO encounters took place.
“You don’t know the area like I do,” he said in an interview with the site.
“White Sands was a testing ground for atomic weapons – and that’s what the extraterrestrials were interested in.
“They wanted to know about our military capabilities.
“My own experience talking to people has made it clear the ETs had been attempting to keep us from going to war and help create peace on Earth.”
Mitchell also suggested he had heard similar stories from people who manned missile bases during the most tense parts of the 20th century.
“I have spoken to many Air Force officers who worked at these silos during the Cold War,” he continued.
“They told me UFOs were frequently seen overhead and often disabled their missiles.
“Other officers from bases on the Pacific coast told me their [test] missiles were frequently shot down by alien spacecraft.
“There was a lot of activity in those days.”
Those seeking a naysayer need look no further.
Nick Pope, a former Ministry of Defence UFO researcher, whether he believed Mitchell’s claims.
“Edgar Mitchell is an honourable and truthful man, who I’ve had the privilege of meeting,” he said.
“But so far as I’m aware, most of his information on this issue comes not from things he’s experienced himself, but from things he’s been told by others.”
What’s more interesting is Pope’s assessment of alien life, if it were to exist.
“Given that the Universe is around 14 billion years old, if we’re being visited, it’s unlikely we’re dealing with a civilization just a few hundred years ahead of us, so stories of aliens managing to disrupt a few of our weapons tests are far-fetched.
“Chances are they’d be millions of years ahead of us and could do anything they wanted to.”
The idea that Pope would be able to theorize the age of an alien civilization visiting us, as well as their motives, is hysterical. Although, if we should listen to anyone it would be Stephen Hawking, the smartest man on the planet. He suggests that alien life would seek us out to exterminate us in order to use our planet for its resources – being that the reason for their trek out into the galaxy is because they’ve probably used up all of their own…
There’s a lot to think about when it comes to extraterrestrials, which is why we obsess over it in pop culture. I guess this is the perfect segue into the return of “The X-Files” this coming January? It sure is…