One of the prosecuted films of the legendary British “video nasty” list, House on Straw Hill was banned in its home country for 30 years. It was finally released in 1997 under the titles Trauma and Expose, with 57 seconds cut. Severin has restored the film (in a way) to its original uncut version and like a lot of these older films that caused a controversy upon release, House on Straw Hill is tame by today’s standards. Looking at its debauchery and violence within context, it’s easy to see why it was considered questionable material by the British Board of Film Censorship. I mean, parents just don’t want to let their kids see Udo Kier get a blowjob (no matter what decade it is).
The niche market of restored B-horror films of yore given shiny releases on Blu-ray may be getting tapped out. Fans get excited over these releases and Severin always delivers a packed disc with great features, but c’mon…how many times can you re-watch something like House on Straw Hill? There’s historical significance, but we gotta be real and admit some of these films are just not that good.
House on Straw Hill is okay one time through. Kier stars as novelist Paul Martin, who’s being weighed down by a crippling case of writer’s block. He’s also suffering from recurring paranoid hallucinations and nightmares that gallons of alcohol can’t keep at bay. His first novel was a tremendous success, so the pressure is on for his follow-up. The old sophomore jinx, she’s a bitch alright.
He hires a secretary, Linda, to help take his dictation (and his dick!) and together they move into a remote cottage. The secretary is played by Linda Hayden (Blood on Satan’s Claw), whose presence quickly causes friction between Paul and his girlfriend, played by ’70s sex-symbol Fiona Richmond. Jealousy, rampant sex, and a whole lotta masturbating go down in that little cottage. Hayden doesn’t get much to do in the film as the vixen until it’s final minutes. Before that, she just grinds around in bed a lot and takes her top off (which she’s wicked good at). Richmond is great and displays a surprising spark of viciousness. Kier, as always, is strangely hypnotic.
The German genre hero also gets to bust out some action in House on Straw Hill. One day when him and Linda go into town, two gross street toughs (one wearing a shirt that reads “I’m a Vamprye” – possibly a nod to producer Brian Smedley-Aston’s previous film, Vampryes) start harassing her. Paul kicks the shit outta them, fixes his hair, and jumps behind the wheel of his luxury car. It’s one of the few moments in Kier’s career that can be labelled “badass.”
There are a lot of effective things in this film – particularly the suffocating atmosphere and rural sense of entrapment. The film is dragged down, however, by its lack of momentum and dreary scenes scattered within. Psychologically tense scenes between Paul and Linda are followed up by bland ones of Linda staring out the window or looking at a picture. These boring parts really take away any energy the film had previously built up.
Overall, it works though. As an erotic-psychological thriller, House on Straw Hill is fine – even if the eroticism is ham-fisted at times. It’s not a film I’d watch again or throw on while I’m folding laundry, but it’s worth one go round.
Severin Films presents House on Straw Hill in 1080p HD in 1.67:1 widescreen. They busted their ass restoring this film – utilizing the only “three remaining elements known to exist,” which is stated in a disclaimer at the start of the film. The three sources are distinct too, some looking far worse than others. Damage is pretty consistent throughout the film but this is the best fans could’ve hoped for.
The 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio sounds in better shape than the video looks. The dialogue and score by Steve Gray are clear throughout, with only minor pops and scratches.
The audio commentary with director James Kenelm Clarke and producer Brian Smedley-Aston is fairly entertaining. The two discuss loads of topics, not just concerning the film but also the British film industry at the time. Their accents are soothing.
A brief interview with Linda Hayden is also presented, featuring clips from her other films and promotional materials. She considers House on Straw Hill to be one of the biggest mistakes of her career.
The REAL bonus only comes in the first 3,000 copies of House on Straw Hill. It’s a DVD that contains the full-length documentary from 2006 Ban the Sadist Videos!, which covers the turbulent time of British censorship and the video nasties. The disc also features “Censors Working Overtime,” a brief look at censorship today in the UK.
So if you absolutely must own House on Straw Hill, snatch one up quick to ensure you get a copy of the fantastic bonus DVD.
The Devil's Women, the new horror thriller from director Guillermo Martínez, started filming on June 9th, and right now we have the first stills and more for you right here. Dig it!
The film is co-written by Lucio Ferrante and produced in association with Wolframia Audiovisuales and Juan Chiaradía. César Genovesi, María Soledad Navarro and Alexia Encalada star, with appearances by Javier Batic, Noelia Vergini, Fernando Leiva, Ignacio Ardaiz, María Elena Morete and María Laura Albariño.
The story revolves around Irene, a young woman who is recovering from a brutal beating perpetrated by her former lover. She decides to regain her energy and zest for life, which she believed impossible after finding out she had lost a baby due to the multiple injuries she had suffered from the violent act. Her best friend recommends some kind of activity that revitalized her strength. Irene enthusiastically believes she has found the answer in a booklet: theater classes. Once registered into the academy, she never imagined being the only student at the mercy of a pair of deranged psychopaths who truly worship women's flagellation as the solution of sins.
Roadshow Films is gearing up for Gregg McLean’s hotly anticipated Wolf Creek 2 by releasing the film’s Australian trailer, and announcing the theatrical release on November 22.
John Jarratt returns as the killer Mick Taylor, with Ryan Corr, Shannon Ashlyn and Philipe Klaus also starring in this sequel to the popular Sundance slasher acquired by Dimension Films. No word on who will release the sequel, yet…
“Lured by the promise of an Australian holiday, backpackers Rutger, Katarina, and Paul visit the notorious Wolf Creek Crater. Their dream Outback adventure soon becomes a horrific reality when they encounter the site’s most infamous local, the last man any traveler to the region ever wants to meet; Mick Taylor (John Jarratt). As the backpackers flee, Mick pursues them on an epic white knuckled rampage across hostile wasteland. Only one will remain to be dragged back to his lair to witness the true magnitude of his monstrosity. And if the last man standing is to have any hope of surviving where no one else has survived before, he’ll have to use every ounce of cunning to outwit the man behind the monster and become every bit as ruthless as the monster inside the man.“
A fun new product has been released just in time for Halloween, and it’ll have you eating with caution.
Make eggs dangerously cool with the Funny Side Up Skull Egg Shaper.
Start your day with a fried side of crossbones fun as this handy frame shapes and molds two eggs into attractive egg art.
Just place the mold in your frying pan, crack two eggs into the rings. Don’t forget to complete the look with some bacon “cross bones”.
ScreenDaily recently reported that Rat Pack Filmproduction and XYZ Films had signed Matt O’Leary (Frailty, Death Sentence), Jessica Cook, Peter Stormare and Lance Henriksen (Aliens) to the horror comedy Stung.
Adam Aresty wrote the screenplay “About a fancy garden party that goes wrong when a local species of wasp mutates, resulting in an attack by giant insects. It is left to two catering staff to thwart the onslaught and in the process develop a romance.”
Benni Diez will direct and Christian Becker and Benjamin Munz of Munich and Berlin-based Rat Pack Filmproduction produce the story of a two catering staff at a fancy garden party who battle a mutated species of wasp.
There’s already a series of production blogs posted to YouTube, check ‘em below…
We now have the UK trailer for Anthony Leonardi III’s Nothing Left to Fear, which was produced by Guns N’ Roses’ Slash. Already out in the States, it will be released in the UK on DVD through Anchor Bay and VOD, On Download and On-Demand through Content, February 2014. Catch it before the 2014 release from October 26th at the Film4 Frightfest All Nighters.
“Nothing Left to Fear was inspired by the legend of Stull, Kansas. Wendy (Anne Heche), her husband Dan (James Tupper of “Revenge”) and their kids have just moved to the small town of Stull, Kansas, where Dan is the new pastor. But in this sleepy community of friendly neighbors, a horrific series of occurrences awaits them: Their teenage daughter (Rebekah Brandes of Bellflower) is being tormented by grisly visions. Her younger sister (Jennifer Stone of “Wizards Of Waverly Place”) has been marked for a depraved ritual. And deep within the heartland darkness, one of The Seven Gates Of Hell demands the blood of the innocent to unleash the creatures of the damned.”
Anne Heche (HBOs “Hung,” ABCs “Men in Trees”) , James Tupper (ABCs “Revenge,” Mr. Popper’s Penguins) , Ethan Peck (In Time, ABC Family’s “10 Things I Hate About You”), Jennifer Stone (“Wizards of Waverly Place,” Mean Girls 2), and Clancy Brown (Cowboys & Aliens, The Shawshank Redemption) all star.
Ethan Peck (“10 Things I Hate About You”) and Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption) co-star in this demonic shocker featuring original music by producer Slash and inspired by the real-life paranormal legacy of Stull.
Written and directed by Isaac Cravit, and starring Annie Clark, Daniel Kash and Richard Clarkinold, here’s an exclusive look at Solo, on VOD/digital to buy or rent tomorrow.
“17-year-old Gillian takes a job as a counselor at a remote summer camp. As part of her initiation, she must spend two nights by herself on the camp’s island, an intimidating collision of rock and wilderness carved out of the lake, supposedly haunted by the ghost of a camper who disappeared suspiciously decades before. When Gilllian’s “solo” is interrupted by a local man responding to a distress call, what was meant to be a peaceful time alone in nature devolves into something disturbingly different. As her paranoia mounts, a horrifying secret is uprooted and Gillian finds herself in a desperate fight to survive.“
During what some would call the most sinister month of the year, the E! television network is exploring a side of Tinseltown beyond all the glitz and glamour. Sound intriguing? Then read on for more details about how you, too, can take a "Hollywood Death Trip."
“Hollywood Death Trip,” airing Thursday, October 24th, at 10PM ET/PT, reveals disturbing details behind some of the city’s best known tragedies.
Dearly Departed Tours founder Scott Michaels takes scream queen Danielle Harris on a special tour of the city’s most disturbing death sites while offering new insight into the unfortunate events that took place. The hour-long special details the tragedy surrounding “Sons of Anarchy” actor Johnny Lewis, with Michaels and Harris getting a first-hand account from a neighbor who narrowly escaped becoming Lewis’ victim himself.
Later, Michaels and Harris examine Playboy Playmate of the Year Dorothy Stratten’s mysterious passing in her estranged husband’s room through a revealing chat with the roommate who discovered their bodies. And at the site where Brittany Murphy’s home once stood, her father speaks with Michaels and Harris (Brittany’s childhood friend) about what he believes is actually the shocking truth behind his daughter’s death.
Next, an investigative journalist and filmmaker talks about the attempts to unearth information on the brutal murder of Hollywood power player and publicist Ronni Chasen, examining the unanswered questions which sprung up soon after her death. And finally, Michaels and Harris also speak with the best friend and roommate of Ashley Ellerin, an aspiring actress who may have been killed by the “Hollywood Ripper” just before Ashton Kutcher arrived to pick her up for their first date.
“Hollywood Death Trip” is produced by eggplant tv.
If you're looking to make a night of it, tune in a little earlier for "Secret Societies of Hollywood," produced by Prometheus Entertainment, airing on E! from 8PM-10PM ET/PT. It takes a look into the secret world of underground sex clubs and ultra-exclusive celebrity parties that only cater to the ultimate VIP scene. Now that's a double-feature to kill for!
In our never-ending quest to bring you every sliver of Godzilla-related news, we've got some more cast additions to report on as well as the name of one of the other beasts Big G will be battling in Legendary's newest flick!
First up, Peter Dwerryhouse (Tomorrowland) and Chris West (Cannibal Lipstick) have signed on for big time destructive fun, joining the already announced Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Richard T. Jones, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, David Strathairn, Patrick Sabongui, Yuki Morita, Brian Markinson, Juliette Binoche, Akira Takarada, Victor Rasuk, C.J. Adams, Ken Yamamura, Raj K. Bose, Christian Tessier, and Ken Watanabe.
In other creature related news, a page over on the website Urban Collector had originally listed a Godzilla playset for pre-order that included a beast named Muto. What's Muto, you ask? Well, the page has since been removed from the site, but not before we grabbed a screenshot of it!
Gareth Edwards directs the film from a screenplay by Max Borenstein, Frank Darabont, and Dave Callaham. Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni produce with Mary Parent and Brian Rogers. Alex Garcia and Patricia Whitcher serve as executive producers alongside Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira.
A presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, Godzilla will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, except in Japan, where it will be distributed by Toho Co., Ltd. Legendary Pictures is a division of Legendary Entertainment.
Slated to open on May 16, 2014, the film is expected to be presented in 3D.
Dark sides. We all have them. How much influence they have on us on an everyday basis is the real story here. It's so much easier to do the wrong thing, but damn it, being bad can be SO much fun!
Director Jason Bognacki (The Red Door) has completed production on his latest project, the visually stunning horror feature Another. This supernatural shocker stars Paulie Rojas (The Last Resort) as Jordyn, a woman possessed by an evil twin, and her twin is growing stronger. Maria Olsen (Paranormal Activity 3), Nancy Wolfe, and David Landry co-star.
A darkly beautiful trailer for the film awaits below, in which viewers can see Jordyn’s Aunt Ruth (Wolfe) performing rituals that could save her from possession. But this evil is stronger than any magic. It grows deep within Jordyn, testing her. She must battle this dark force as it attempts to invade her fears, doubts, and fantasies. Jordyn must face her darker self before she is consumed by shadowy forces.
Another was just completed October 18th and will begin its film festival run shortly as it searches for distribution and a future release date. For now, viewers can see one of the most intriguing trailers in indie horror, along with a few stills and a concept poster, as Bognacki gets ready to unleash a demonic force onto the world.
Compelled by the possibility that she could have a dark twin, Jordyn (Paulie Rojas) questions her own sanity and reality itself. Jordyn’s curiosity pulls her into a dark underworld of demonic possession, desire, and extreme indulgences churning a dead witch’s brew that tears her very soul apart.
You may think you’re a hardcore horror hound, but until you’ve seen Peter Cushing awkwardly mingle at a swinging ’60s drug party in a sea of mini-skirts and psychedelics, you do not know real terror. That’s one of the pivotal scenes in director Robert Hartford-Davis’ 1968 sleazy horror film Corruption. The only film that came out of a deal between Columbia Pictures and British exploitation studio Compton-Cameo, Corruption disgusted UK critics upon its release and was disowned by star Cushing. The film lived in infamy for decades and has now been given its first U.S. home video release courtesy of Grindhouse Releasing.
At the time, Corruption might’ve been a nasty picture. By today’s standards it’s really tame, although it’s wicked fun nonetheless. Based loosely on Georges Franju’s classic Eyes Without a Face, Corruption stars Cushing as hotshot surgeon John Rowan. When we first meet him, he’s just wrapped up a five hour procedure and a junior surgeon is fawning over him, practically asking for his autograph. Rowan’s expertise with a scalpel must’ve been enough to charm the pants off his fiancée too, ambitious glamour model Lynn (Sue Lloyd), who appears a bit out of his league.
After a gross modeling accident leaves Lynn’s face disfigured, Rowan attempts to repair her tissue using lasers as well as glands he removes from women he murders. The film does a good job of making Cushing out to be a reluctant killer. He does it first because he loves her to death and feels at fault for her accident. Then Lynn keeps pushing him to kill, which drives him a bit mad. The murder scenes are trippy and frenetic – reflecting Rowan’s guilt-ridden madness. They even use a fish-eye lens for one kill scene! So while the gore might be way over-hyped (the back of the Blu-ray cover reads “Uncut, Uncensored, Unbelievable!”), the violence certainly is hypnotizing in a way. The disc contains both the original R-rated and uncut version, which is about one minute longer.
How swinging are the ’60s depicted in Corruption? They’re so swinging, there’s an actual shot of two men literally swinging a woman over a balcony. The film is populated with attractive English mods, making Cushing this sort of odd-duck in a mass of youthful hipness. Then there’s the climax of the film, where Rowan and Lynn fall under attack by a group of violent hippie-types. One of them, appropriately named “Groper,” played by British comedian David Lodge, is a giant, flower-power nightmare. Here Corruption flips the script – making the doctor and his fiancée the victims.
This third act also contains a terribly suspenseful scene in Rowan’s kitchen. Remember what Hitchcock said about letting the audience know there’s a bomb in the room about to go off? It’s like that, only with a head in the freezer rather than an explosive device.
While Corruption may not blow any minds, every horror fan should see Peter Cushing behead a topless hooker at least once in their lives. The film is a wealth of entertainment – from the abrasive jazz soundtrack to the absolutely psychotic laser-carousel that closes the film. And thanks to Grindhouse Releasing, the film is rescued from obscurity in a package well worth the retail price.
Corruption is presented in 1080p HD in 1.85:1 widescreen. The video quality is fantastic, with details, colors, and hues looking sharp as hell. It’s hard not to get lost in the deep blue sea of Cushing’s eyes when the HD is this good looking. The DTS-HD Master Audio is perfectly fine. I did lower the volume during soundtrack blasts a few times. The horns can be a tad overwhelming.
The commentary by English horror expert Jonathan Rigby and Cushing biographer David Miller is deeply insightful about the film’s production and place in UK horror history. They seem to be having a really good time watching the film together, especially during Cushing’s “fight” scenes.
There are several interviews with cast members, including Billy Murray, Jan Waters, and Wendy Varnals. There’s also an audio interview with Cushing recorded in 1974. The man has a strong stance on profanity.
Viewers can also breeze through the shooting script, director Robert Hartford-Davis’ filmography, and LOADS of still images. Seriously, there are hundreds. If that’s not enough for you, check out the trailers and TV and radio spots. Then give your TV a rest and read the liner notes written by UK horror scholar Allan Bryce.
If you’re unfamiliar with Universal’s annual Halloween Horror Nights, all you really need to know is it’s a must-see if you’re a haunted house enthusiast. I’m a bit of a freak for haunted houses, though I prefer connoisseur, and growing up in Kansas City I had some of the best haunts in the country just a short drive away. The Beast and The Edge of Hell are incredible, and I visited them every year (sometimes more than once) but they really can’t compare to Universal’s epic Halloween bash.
I haven’t experienced it yet, but it’s on my bucket list. When I imagine what it’s like — as I do, every day — I picture a horror fan’s paradise. Lately, the urge to see what’s going on has grown as Universal has introduced mazes inspired by some of my favorite horror games, including Resident Evil and Silent Hill. They’ve already featured two of gaming’s biggest horror franchises, but there’s still plenty left.
Read on for my list of six horror games that would make amazing haunts at Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights!
What’s the chance of us seeing a haunt inspired by Fatal Frame? Zero. But that won’t keep me from including it. There’s a new trend that’s picked up quite a bit of momentum recently in the horror genre, and that’s throwing players into a terrifying situation unarmed. You’ll see plenty of examples of this in this list, but in a way, Fatal Frame was one of the first.
Sure, you have a camera, and technically, it doubles as a weapon. But when most games were busy arming players with guns, crowbars, BFGs, or wacky head-exploding superpowers, this series gave us a camera and gently nudged us into a room brimming with malevolent spirits.
Wouldn’t this work brilliantly as a haunted house? It could be a Japanese style house, an ancient village, whatever you like. Before you enter, you’re given a Camera Obscura replica — a decent keepsake — which you can use to snap pics as you try and find your way through the maze.OUTLAST
If you aren’t crazy familiar with Outlast then you must not follow us on YouTube, because I’ve been obsessed with this game since it released last month.
Outlast is a terrifying indie horror game set in an “abandoned” mental asylum, called Mount Massive, that’s infested with crazies — some dangerous, some not — and one or two creatures that are a wee bit more difficult to classify. That’s already a fantastic set-up for a haunted house if you ask me. You really wouldn’t need to change much for the haunt, though I do like the idea of having people collect blue files that would be scattered about the place and would contain confidential documents, pictures and such.
And, if possible, loan out night vision goggles. Also — chase sequences. If you’re going to stay true to the game, half of the maze needs to involve some form of cardio.
Everyone's favourite pint-sized serial killer returns to the screen on Blu-ray and DVD in the UK on October 21st courtesy of Universal Pictures (UK), and to celebrate, we have a copy to give away on the format of your choice.
Terror returns in a deceptively tiny package when Curse of Chucky, the newest installment of the chilling Child’s Play franchise, comes exclusively to Blu-ray and DVD on 21 October, 2013, from Universal Pictures (UK) and Universal 1440 Entertainment, a production entity of Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
Curse of Chucky finds a family imperiled by the murderous doll that launched a generation’s nightmares – determined to finish a job that was started long ago.
Nica (Fiona Dourif) is grieving over the gruesome suicide of her mother when her domineering older sister, Barb (Danielle Bisutti), arrives with her young family in tow to help settle their mother’s affairs. As the sisters butt heads over Nica’s plans for the future, Barb’s young daughter comforts herself with a grinning, red-haired talking doll named Chucky (voiced again by Brad Dourif) that recently arrived mysteriously in the mail. But as a string of brutal murders begins to terrorize the household, Nica suspects the doll may hold the key to the bloodshed. What she doesn’t know is that Chucky has a personal score to settle. He’s determined to finish a job he started more than 20 years earlier, and this time he’s going to see it through to the bloody and shocking end.
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Produced by rock legend Slash, Anthony Leonardi III's demonic ditty Nothing Left to Fear is set to unleash the scares on UK DVD and digital distribution in February 2014. Ahead of the release, we have a brand new UK trailer to whet your appetite... for destruction. Ahem.
From the Press Release:
The terrifying debut release from Slasher Films Production, Nothing Left to Fear is directed by Gore Verbinski's protege Anthony Leonardi III. Starring Anne Heche ("Hung," "Everwood," Volcano), Jennifer Stone ("Wizards of Waverly Place," Secondhand Lions) and Clancy Brown (Shawshank Redemption, "Carnivale," Starship Troopers), coupled with a musical score composed by Nicholas O'Toole and Slash.
When opportunity knocks, a young down-on-their-luck family packs up their home and moves halfway across the country to re-root themselves into an idyllic little town filled with hopes of a better life. What awaits them however is a tale of betrayal and evil beyond any of their worst nightmares.
Nothing Left to Fear finally pulls the folklore surrounding the town of Stull, Kansas, to the forefront and reveals all the unsettling fact and fiction rumbling beneath the surface. Generations of residents and outsiders alike have proclaimed Stull to be one of the seven known gateways to Hell, where once a year, the Devil will rise from the town’s modest graveyard to walk the Earth.
Nothing Left to Fear will see a UK release on DVD courtesy of Anchor Bay in February alongside VoD, On-Download and On-Demand. The film will also be screening from October 26th this year as part of the line-up at the 2013 Film4 FrightFest All-Nighter at the Vue in London’s Leicester Square.
Lindsay Ames (also known as “Comic Book Girl 19″) had a little Halloween fun and created a cardboard costume based on the 1987 Paul Verhoeven-directed RoboCop.
Although the cosplay was assembled for the 2013 Dragon-Con and Comic-Con, Ames had some fun by recreating the pinnacle scene from the film in which Alex Murphy (played by Peter Weller) introduces himself as “RoboCop”.
In addition to his absolutely fantastic re-enactment, we’ve also included a video of her creating the costume. And as an added bonus, we also stumbled across a supremely rare and bizarre image of Richard Nixon with RoboCop, which you can read all about here.
AMC has now released the promo and images for next week’s “The Walking Dead,” Episode 4.03, “Isolation.”
Airing October 27, “A group leaves the prison to search for supplies; the remaining members of the group deal with recent losses.“.
In addition, we have a few behind-the-scenes looks at tonight’s episode, “Infected,” as well as the most talked about scene.
What are your thoughts after two episodes, is it living up to your expectations?
In tonight's episode, the story continues after the two revelations from last week's episode involving Phineas and rat sushi, separately. Episode 4.02, "Infected," was written by Angela Kang and directed by Guy Ferland.
SPOILER ALERT: Do not read any further if you haven’t watched the episode yet. This is a recap with specific details from this episode. Continue only if you have already watched it.
This episode started like how it ended last week. The walkers at the fence were being teased and fed a live rat by a mysterious person with a flashlight hiding their identity.
It's still nighttime, and Tyreese and Karen tried to have an intimate moment together but they were both still distracted by Zach's death the day before. These people were no longer acquaintances, Tyreese thought out loud, as they might be the only people left. Karen was very understanding even when Tyreese started to sing. They shared a kiss before she went off to bed.
Alone in the communal bathroom with only a flashlight, Karen was startled by a noise and started to investigate. Not finding anything, she chalked it up to her imagination and calmly walked out of the bathroom. In the dark, a figure that we all knew was the fallen Patrick rose up hissing.
Karen made it back to her cell and went to bed while walker Patrick followed her from the bathroom. Passing by Karen's cell, walker Patrick stumbled into another cell and started feasting on its sleeping inhabitant, biting into his throat and preventing him from screaming out loud.
Title sequence plays.
When we came back, walker Patrick was having a field day rummaging through his victim's guts.
Somewhere else in the prison, Rick was tending to Judith when the 6am alarm rang to wake Carl. Beth came to take Judith.
Walker Patrick was done with his feast and strolled out of the cell when his victim turned, got up and followed.
Outside, Glenn kept watch at the tower with Maggie sleeping next to him. They shared a light moment with a Polaroid camera as they were ready to change shift. Glenn volunteered to bring back breakfast. Rick and Carl walked Michonne out to the gate and then they tended to their farm duties. When Carl wanted to join the walker trimming crew, Rick had other farming plans for Carl instead. Carl even tried to ask for his gun back but before Rick could change the subject, the boom rang out.
Rick ordered Carl up the tower with Maggie and ran towards the prison. The other fighters rushed out following their plan. Michonne turned and raced back on her horse. Carl tried to open the gate for her on his own but Michonne got stuck in the holding area. She had to fight off two wandering walkers on her own before Maggie could help open the gate. Carl dispatched one walker while Michonne got the other one, but not before hurting herself. Helping Michonne inside, Maggie noticed the walkers were congregating at the fence.
Inside, there was chaos during evacuation and walker fighting. Daryl even saved a little boy while taking out a walker with his crossbow. When a man was bitten on his arm, Carol ushered him into a cell and started to amputate his arm but found another bite on his neck.
When we came back from commercial, the group surveyed their losses and began to clean out the dead a second time.
The bit man knew he was done for and Carol sat with him waiting for him to turn.
Examining the walker they found who happened to lock himself inside a cell due to sleepwalking, a medical guy suggested it was a flu strain that kill the sleepwalker. Everyone there has been exposed.
The little girls came to say goodbye to their father, the bit man. When Carol needed to finish him off, the elder sister wanted to do it but couldn't. So Carol had to finish with the girls in the room with her.
Michonne, Maggie and Carl got caught up by Rick, who directed them elsewhere to prevent further exposure.
The council (Carol, Daryl, Sasha, Glenn and Hershell) discussed their next steps, when they heard Karen coughing. They had to separate Karen and others who exhibited symptoms.
The girls were still in shock over losing their father when Carol came up to them. Their father told her to take care of the girls, and instead of consoling them, Carol told the elder sister she was weak. Whoa, from mousy battered wife to survivalist, Carol sure had evolved. The younger sister calmly came to her sister's defense too.
Burying the dead, Daryl thank Rick for fighting the walkers even though Rick had stepped away. When they needed him, he was always there. Their bonding got interrupted when a gaggle of walkers started pushing at one section of the fence and they all rushed over to trim to herd.
When tending to the injured Michonne, Beth also schooled Michonne on being a part of the family, especially when Michonne thought that Maggie and Carl shouldn't have come out for her. Beth even asked if Michonne had any children and Michonne's reaction to Judith's cries may be a precursor to us learning more about Michonne soon.
Back at the herd trimming at the fence, Sasha found the dead rats that were fed to the walkers, right before the fence started to topple.
Damn commercial break!
When we came back, the herd was still pushing at the fence. The group had to try another method.
Inside, Carol asked Carl if he told Rick about her teaching the children about knives. When Carl asked if she told their parents, Carol didn't want to take the risk that they won't understand. Carol specifically asked Carl to not tell Rick.
The next bit with Michonne and baby Judith is both touching and revealing. Holding the baby, Michonne wept.
Outside, Daryl and Rick led the herd away from the fence by feeding them the sick pigs that Rick had been farming all this time, while the others started fixing the damaged fence. Rick had to sacrifice his farming fantasy life in light of what's happening. This allegory is so not subtle! Don't you agree?
Carol continued to school the two girls on life and walkers. They had to learn the difference between humans dying and walkers dying.
Breaking down the pig pen, Carl confessed to Rick about Carol's education and Carl urged Rick to let her continue. Rick agreed and handed Carl the gun he asked for earlier. Rick also holstered his own gun. Burning his pig-blood soaked shirt, the allegory was completed as he looked back at the walker herd at the fence.
Visiting Karen with some flowers, Tyreese found her cell empty with bloodstains leading outside. Opening the door, Tyreese came upon two burnt bodies next to gasoline cans. We see Karen's bracelet on one of the bodies.
Despite that one obvious storytelling cue, this episode portrayed a sense of dread (ha!) well and moved the story forward. Thoughts, comments, feedback? Tell us in the comments section below.
Our 13 Days of Horror continues with a playthrough of the free horror game 1916 – Der Unbekannte Krieg. If you’re unfamiliar with it, all you really need to know is it has cyborg, man-eating Velociraptors. I have no idea what’s going on here, but I like it. Watch me try and play it — I don’t last long — after the jump!
If you’d rather play the game yourself, you can get it here.
Previously on The 13 Days of Horror…
Day 1: John Carpenter Would Approve Of This Free Halloween Game
Sitges 2013 Award Winners Include Borgman, Big Bad Wolves, Escape from Tomorrow, The Colony, 100 Bloody Acres, and Many More
The 2013 Sitges International Fantastic Film Fest wrapped up this weekend with an awards ceremony, and the winners list is overflowing with horror films you should be keeping on your radar.
From the Press Release:
Borgman, by Alex van Warmerdam, was the winning film at the 46th Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, which awarded prizes to many diverse productions. The award for best direction went to Navot Papushado and Aharon Keshales for the film Big Bad Wolves and for best cinematography to Larry Smith for Only God Forgives. The award for best actress went to Juno Temple for Magic Magic and for best actor to Andy Lau for Blind Detective. The award for best screenplay went to James Ward Byrkit for Coherence and for distinguished special effects to Afflicted, by Cliff Prowse and Derek Lee.
In addition, Only Lovers Left Alive by Jim Jarmusch received the special jury award, and Jodorowsky’s Dune, by Frank Pavich, a special mention. Moreover, the audience gave its award to the non fiction film Jodorowsky’s Dune by Frank Pavich, and the critics gave theirs to The Congress, by Ari Folman, and, as best new director, to Shane Carruth for Upstream Color.
Specifically, the jury of the In Competition Official Fantàstic Selection at the 46th Sitges – International Fantastic Film of Catalonia–comprised of Fede Álvarez, Aina Clotet, Christian Hallman, Marcelo Panozzo and Miguel Ángel Vivas– has decided on the following awards:
For best in competition fantastic feature film: Borgman, by Alex van Warmerdam
For best director (sponsored by Gas Natural Fenosa): Navot Papushado and Aharon Keshales for Big Bad Wolves
For best actress (sponsored by Autolica – Mercedes Benz): Juno Temple, for Magic Magic
For best actor: Andy Lau, for Blind Detective
For best screenplay: James Ward Byrkit, for Coherence
For best special effects: Afflicted, by Cliff Prowse and Derek Lee
For best cinematography: Larry Smith for Only God Forgives
Special jury award: Only Lovers Left Alive, by Jim Jarmusch
Special jury mention: Jodorowsky’s Dune, by Frank Pavich
Special music score mention: Hain Frank Lifman, for Big Bad Wolves
For best in competition short film from the In Competition Official Fantàstic Selection (sponsored by Fotogramas): The Landing, by Josh Tanner
The Official Fantàstic Selection’s Grand El Periódico de Catalunya – Audience Award at the 46th Sitges – International Fantastic Film of Catalonia, chosen via the audience’s vote, goes to:
Jodorowsky’s Dune, by Frank Pavich
The Critic’s jury at the 46th Sitges – International Fantastic Film of Catalonia –comprised of Marta Armengou, Alejandro G. Calvo and Gerard Alonso Cassadó– has decided on the following awards:
José Luis Guarner Award: The Congress, by Ari Folman
Citizen Kane Award for best new director: Upstream Color, by Shane Carruth
The jury of the Noves Visions Category at the 46th Sitges – International Fantastic Film of Catalonia –comprised of Javier Chillon, Alfons Gorina and Stephanie Zacharek– has decided on the following awards:
Noves Visions Award: Halley, by Sebastián Hofmann
No Ficció (Non Fiction) Award: Millius, by Zat Knutson and Joey Figueroa
Petit Format (Small Format) Award: Zoo, by Nikolas Pleskof
Special Jury Award: Gente en Sitios, by Juan Cavestany
The jury of the Noves Visions Emergents - Experimenta Category at the 46th Sitges – International Fantastic Film of Catalonia–comprised of Denise Castro, Víctor Esquirol and Sergi Vizcaíno– has decided on the following awards:
Noves Visions Experimenta Award: Capa caída, by Santiago Alvarado
Noves Visions Emergents Award: Escape from Tomorrow, by Randy Moore
The jury of the Focus Àsia – Anima’t Category at the 46th Sitges – International Fantastic Film of Catalonia–comprised of Xavier Catafal, Menene Grass and Cels Piñol– has decided on the following awards:
For best feature film in the Focus Àsia Category: New World, by Park Hoon-Jung
Special Mention in the Focus Àsia Category: Ugly, by Anurag Kashyap
For best animated feature film: The Fake, by Yeon Sang-Ho
Special mention in the Focus Àsia Category: Anime Mirai, by Kazuhide Tomonaga, Toshihisa Kalya, Shinpel Mlyashita and Hiroshi Kawamata
For best animated short film: Peau de chien, by Nicholas Jacket
The Méliès d’Argent jury at the 46th Sitges – International Fantastic Film of Catalonia –comprised of Fouad Challa, Miquel Fañanàs and Álvaro Iglesias– has decided on the following awards:
For best feature film in the In Competition Official Fantàstic European Selection (Méliès d’Argent): Enemy, by Denise Villeneuve
For best short film in the In Competition Official Fantàstic European Selection Méliès d’Argent): The Body, by Paul Davis
For best feature film in the In Competition Official Fantàstic Panorama Selection: The Colony, by Jeff Renfroe
Special Mention goes to a feature film from the In Competition Official Fantàstic Panorama Selection: Frankenstein’s Army, by Richard Raaphorst
The jury of the Brigadoon Category at the 46th Sitges – International Fantastic Film of Catalonia –comprised of Joan Lafulla, Sam and Susana Soldado– has decided to give the Brigadoon - Paul Naschy Award:
For best Brigadoon short film: El último onvre bibo, by Daniel Aguirre and Luna Martín
The Carnet Jove jury at the 46th Sitges – International Fantastic Film of Catalonia –comprised of Carles Carvajal (president), Vanessa Leiva, Victor Parkas and Marc Tortosa– has decided on the following awards:
Carnet Jove Jury Award for best In Competition Official Fantàstic Selection feature film at Sitges 46: Coherence, by James Ward Byrkit
Best feature film in the Midnight X-Treme Category: 100 Bloody Acres, by Colin Cairnes and Carmeron Cairnes
The jury of the Phonetastic Mobile Sitges Film Festival at the 46th Sitges – International Fantastic Film of Catalonia –comprised of Glòria Fernández, Mike Hostench and Diego López– has decided on the following awards:
Phonetastic Award for best short film shot entirely with a cell phone: The Other Side, by Conrad Mess
Phonetastic Special Mention for best short film shot entirely with a cell phone: Ecos, by Carlos J. Marín
Phonetastic Special Mention for best short film shot entirely with a cell phone: La boca del león, by Alfonso García López
The SGAE Nova Autoria jury at the 46th Sitges – International Fantastic Film of Catalonia –comprise of Lluís Arcarazo, Àlex Martínez Casanova and Mireia Ros– has decided on the following awards:
Best direction: Tànit Fernández and Isaac Rodríguez, for Espés, presented by the Pompeu Fabra University
Best screenplay: Eugenio Canevari, for Gorila baila, presented by Bande à Parte
Ex aequo best screenplay: Tànit Fernández, for Espés, presented by the Pompeu Fabra University
Best original music: Álvaro Lafuente, composer of the soundtrack for the short film Dinosaurio, presented by ESCAC
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While at the Wizard World Nashville Comic Con, star Bruce told the audience, "The last one was twenty-two years ago. I just haven’t been racing to do it. Sam Raimi is just a little bit busy making the biggest movies in Hollywood. I used to be busy. Now I’m not. That’s why I’m here." He then joked, “Ash would have to stop occasionally from chasing some deadite to catch his breath. Maybe we could do that, I guess. That would be exciting. Fight in a walker. That would be all right. Hit them with my cane. Fake them out, have a fake heart attack, distract a zombie. I like it.”
So will Army of Darkness 2 happen? According to The Chin, who was addressing an eager fan in the crowd. “All right, sir, the answer is yes.”