There’s something about a fan favorite title getting a badass home video edition, one that shows the company behind it really gave it some love and attention. When it comes to doing that, I think we can all agree that Scream Factory really doesn’t like to cut corners, giving us DVD and Bluray editions that could easily be dubbed “definitive”.
Tomorrow, the Scream Factory team is releasing their home video edition of the 1986 horror film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, which is the sequel to Tobe Hooper’s 1974 road horror masterpiece. Packed to the absolute brim with extras, interviews, trailers, TV spots, galleries, and more, you can bet that you’re not going to get a better edition of the movie. Well, not until someone does a 4k restoration…
To give fans a taste of what’s to come, Scream Factory has released three videos for your enjoyment: a trailer, which can be viewed above, an on-location clip and an actual clip from the film, both of which can be seen below.
“For a decade, Texas Ranger Lefty Enright (Dennis Hopper) has sought to avenge the brutal murder of his kin by the cannibalistic Sawyer family – Leatherface, Chop-Top, The Cook and Grandpa. With the help of a radio DJ (Caroline Williams), who’s also bent on putting an end to the terror, Lefty finds his way to the Sawyers’ underground slaughter shop, where a battle of epic proportions will soon rage… and the line between good and evil gets chopped to bits!”
If you want to pick up a copy for yourself, head on over to Scream Factory!
Indie filmmaker Zoe Kavanagh is slaying evil in the trailer premiere for Taryn Barker: Demon Hunter, which is locked to start making festival rounds this year.
In the film “A young girl tormented by the tragedies of her past is brought in for questioning by the police over the death of a man, who she claims to be a demon. Detective Beckett realizes this is the same girl he made a broken promise to six years ago that he’d find the monster that raped and murdered her 12 year old sister. The girl warns of a powerful man named Falstaff who will stop at nothing to claim her soul. Falstaff abducts Detective Beckett’s daughter and now this young girl is his only hope and ally in rescuing his daughter from this demonic cult and proving to him that Taryn Barker is the Demon Hunter.”
Demon Hunter stars Niamh Hogan in the title role, supported by Michael Parle as Demon Lord Falstaff, with Alan Talbot, Kevin O’Malley, Nic Furlong, Sarah Tapes Jenkinson, and Margarita Grillis.
It was written by Kavanagh and Tony Flynn, and produced by Victor McGowan, Anna Ginjaume Grieve, Zoe Kavanagh, Matthew Taylor, and Stephen Horgan.
Keep up with the film on Facebook.
John C. McGinley is an awesome actor (from Platoon to Office Space), especially when he gets to play a jerk. He’s got amazing comedic timing, and can even pull off a serious role. When he mixes the two together it’s pure bliss.
Massive news, via Deadline, who reports that the “Scrubs” alum has locked the lead role in “Stan Against Evil,” IFC’s new scripted comedy-horror series from “The Simpsons” writer Dana Gould.
Also cast in the show, which has an eight-episode order for a fall premiere, is actress-comedian Janet Varney (“You’re the Worst”).
“ ‘Stan Against Evil’ follows Stanley Miller (McGinley), a sour, aging bulldog of a New England police sheriff who has recently lost his position as head honcho due to an angry outburst at a most inappropriate moment — his wife’s funeral. Impatient and judgmental, he’s not exactly accepting or kind towards people from different walks of life. When the new, strong-willed sheriff Evie Barret (Varney) opens his eyes to the plague of angry demons haunting their small New Hampshire town, Stan begrudgingly joins an alliance with her to fight them off.“
“Dana has crafted the most deliciously combustible, subversive contrarian on television. And we are going to set it off!” said John C. McGinley, who also will serve as a producer on the series.
Goud executive produces with Tom Lassally of 3 Arts, Frank Scherma & Justin Wilkes of RadicalMedia. Filming is scheduled to begin in June in Atlanta.
It’s begun. Virtual reality is here, and it’s positioned to be more revolutionary, and lasting, than motion controls, 3D, or any of the other tech-fads we’ve endured over the years. The HTC Vive and Oculus Rift are available now to anyone who’s willing to spend $799 or $599, respectively, to get in on the fun before the PlayStation VR headset arrives in October for $399, so fiscally risk adverse peasants such as myself can also have the opportunity to strap monitors to our faces. Virtual reality will take some getting used to, both for the creators of these games and the folks who’ll spend hours playing them, so while we wait for it to find its groove, let’s take a look at some of the horror VR games we’re most looking forward to right now.
The works of H.P. Lovecraft are becoming increasingly popular lately as a growing number of developers look to them as a source of inspiration for their own stories. Among them is Ratchet & Clank developer Insomniac and their upcoming game based on Lovecraft’s novella, At the Mountains of Madness.
Edge of Nowhere follows a team of explorers who are sent into the Antarctic mountains to rescue a missing expedition team. This is one of the few VR games that’s played from the third-person perspective, as opposed to the first-person viewpoint that so many other games employ. The reasoning behind this is entirely about the player’s comfort level, since most people don’t have a lot of experience playing virtual reality games, it can take some time to get used to.
Release Date: Spring 2016 (Oculus Rift)
It was announced back in January that Juan Antonio Bayona would no long be directing World War Z as he’s focusing on completing A Monster Calls.
News then broke, via Deadline, that the real reason was that Bayona could end up directing Jurassic World 2 for Universal Pictures.
This morning producer Frank Marshall confirmed the news on Twitter.
Thrilled to announce JA Bayona is on board to direct JW2. Welcome to the team @FilmBayona!
— Frank Marshall (@LeDoctor) April 18, 2016
Colin Trevorrow directed the Jurassic Park sequel/reboot, and after it grossed over $1.6 billion, he accepted the job directing Star Wars: Episode IX.
Trevorrow wrote the sequel with Derek Connolly and they’ve waited to get a good script before looking for a director, the site also reported in January, but all this is going to get moving soon for a complex picture dated June 22, 2018.
Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are expected back.
I didn’t dislike Jurassic World as much as the critics, and found most of the issues to be script-related. If anything, it was enjoyable, mindless popcorn entertainment that was better than the previous two installments. I’m dying to see what Juan Antonio Bayona can do the franchise and hope the Universal execs let him express his “dark” side that we’re so accustom to.
I think we’ve hit peak twist when it comes to entertainment. “The Twilight Zone” set the bar, and M. Night Shyamalan’s The Sixth Sense took it to a completely new level. Now, after nearly two decades of red herring cinema, it has worn out its welcome. While Vincent Masciale’s Fear, Inc., which just had its World Premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, offers nothing new in this regard, it’s at least entertaining.
Fear, Inc. is carried on the back of Lucas Neff, who plays Joe, a boisterous horror junkie who is desperately wanting to be scared, no, terrified. When a man (played by The Sandlot’s Patrick Renna) overhears his complaints, he offers the aid of a company called Fear, Inc. Joe, who can’t stand monotony anymore, calls the number of the business card, setting off a chain of events that echo classic horror cinema (from Friday the 13th to SAW).
Penned by Luke Barnett, the film is heavy inside baseball, but is glued together by fun characters and a series of horror-related gags. Neff is hysterical, and almost single-handedly makes the film watchable, while the rest of the cast elevate themselves to his energy.
The problem, however, is that Fear, Inc. is trying way too hard to outsmart the viewer, and ultimately ends up muddying up the impact with no actual tonal shift. The film could be likened to Behind the Mask in that, when it’s time to get serious, it never elevates itself. It’s focusing so hard on tricking the viewer that it forgets that its sole job is to be a horror film.
And as twisty as the plot may be, the pic is about as generic as it gets. Still, you could do much worse than Fear, Inc., which at least carries a fun spirit and heart of gold.
Ultimately, the irony here is that Fear, Inc. is about a horror fan wanting to feel something, anything, yet doesn’t offer this courtesy to its viewers.
Movies are often full of changes and trivia, but these horror films truly have some remarkable tidbits attached to them!
Everybody loves trivia. Whether you’re using it to be a hero and win some contest at a pub or just annoying your friends with it mercilessly, trivia is great because it’s short, digestible bursts of “Did You Know?” What’s more fun than that? The horror community is also such a fervent, passionate group of people that their enthusiasm towards trivia perhaps goes unrivaled. They can tell you exactly who’s under Jason’s mask in Friday the 13th Part IV or how many deaths take place across the Halloween franchise. However, as fun as trivia is, it’s also everywhere. So you know Reagan’s vomit in The Exorcist is pea soup, so does everyone, buddy! Accordingly, we’ve gone the extra mile to find some especially poignant gems from your favorite horror films that you hopefully have never heard before. And if you have, well then your trivia team, “The Dream Warriors” is going to have a lot more competition next time.
1. Stephen’s King is Spelled Wrong in Carrie’s Trailer
At this point Stephen King might have over a hundred adaptations of his stories filling both your television screens and movie theaters, but there was also a more humble time when he wasn’t the mega-author that he is today. Brian DePalma’s excellent adaptation of Carrie is actually the first Stephen King story to undergo adaptation. While the process would open the floodgates for the author, it didn’t change the fact that he wasn’t a household name yet. As a result, the “burgeoning writer” sees his name misspelled in Carrie’s trailer, going the Steven route. With King arguably being the biggest horror writer that there is, it’s crazy to think of a time when he was putting up with people screwing up the spelling of his name.
2. Psycho Is the First US Film to Show a Flushing Toilet On Screen
A lot of people think of the shower when they think of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, and rightfully so. One of the most iconic murders in all of horror happens to take place in one. But while everyone is busy focusing on the shower’s importance in the movie, there’s an unsung hero in the bathroom that’s widely overlooked. That’s right, the toilet. Up until this point, a toilet flushing had never been shown in an American film (a terribly lewd, inappropriate act to depict, obviously). Psycho broke barriers by making toilet flushing possible, and cinema has never looked back since!
3. A Man Sued Warner Bros. For Fainting During The Exorcist …and Won!
We all want horror movies to be frightening. That’s their point. But it’s kind of bizarrely twisted that because a horror film does its job too well, it can actually be penalized for it, which is exactly what happened with William Friedkin’s The Exorcist. After an audience member fainted and broke their jaw from hitting it on the seat in front of them, they brought forth a lawsuit towards Warner Brothers. The victim claimed that due to the use of subliminal images (which the film does employ) he fainted. Warner Brothers settled out of court for an undisclosed amount, but awarded him something! A lot of theaters after the fact even had paramedics on hand to deal with the mass hysterics and fainting that was prone to happen, to avoid this from happening again! It all just sounds like a Nathan For You prank gone wrong to me.
4. The Gauntlet That Shelley Duvall Endured During The Shining
Shelley Duvall’s shriek heavy performance in Kubrick’s masterpiece, The Shining, is pretty apparent even if you’ve only seen a few minutes of the film’s second half. Duvall’s performance as Wendy Torrance is so shrill and fear-filled, it’s too much for a lot of people, going as far as reading as “annoying” amongst certain circles. Whether Duvall’s work rubs you the wrong way or not is irrelevant, the point is that she genuinely seems to be terrified, which is fundamental to the role. The only stipulation here is that apparently Duvall’s performance isn’t so much a wonderfully channeled piece of acting, but rather the result of the onslaught of torture that Kubrick put Duvall through, in order to get her performance to where he wanted it. Kubrick is known for being an eccentric and filmmaking using unconventional methods, but here Kubrick was constantly dismissive to the actress (going as far as telling her she was wasting everyone’s time), told crew to never show her sympathy, and would have her do hundreds of takes for scenes. By the end of the production Duvall was losing her hair and had to carry bottles of water around for how dehydrated she was from crying. That’s a lot of work to create the most terrified wife in horror.
5. Priests Were Present to Bless Moviegoers Seeing The Conjuring
Audiences were so shaken up after watching James Wan’s The Conjuring, that a special screening in Chicago had a priest present after the movie to cleanse any audience members who felt violated by evil spirits. Naturally, this was a whole lot of showmanship, but so much of horror is buying into an illusion that this gimmick actually worked and incited more fear and paranoia from moviegoers. A special piece of boilerplate was even present, warning that, “The film you are about to see is psychologically and emotionally disturbing.” Maybe for The Conjuring 2 they’ll even sprinkle brimstone around the theater.
6. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre’s Original Title Was Head Cheese
If you work your way through The Texas Chain Saw Massacre’s commentary track with director, Tobe Hooper, you’ll come across the interesting tidbit that the film’s to-the-point title went through a bit of a revision process. Hooper and the film’s co-writer, Kim Henkel, had originally given their film the unusual title, Head Cheese, of all things. From that point the title slowly morphed into Leatherface, before ultimately taking on the title that we’re all familiar with (which wasn’t too popular at first, either). It was likely the lack of impetus and rationale behind Head Cheese as a title that sort of explains why thing’s slowly evolved. But can you imagine if one of the most unnerving films of all time had this as its title instead!?
7. The Skeletons in Poltergeist Are Real Human Skeletons
How expensive would you think rubber prop skeletons are? Well, they’re a whole lot more expensive than the real thing, apparently! Makeup artist on the film Craig Reardon brought up that real skeletons would actually be cheaper than creating something, and so this macabre mix of fantasy and reality was incorporated into the picture to great effect (although the actors weren’t told originally, mind you). While not as prominent, Hooper would employ the same technique on Texas Chain Saw Massacre as well, with the skeletons present there, also being the real deal.
Now spread this knowledge and inform every horror fan you encounter! Perhaps they’ll even have something new and unbelievable to respond back with! But what about you? What do you think the crème de la crème of horror trivia is? Sound off in the comments below!
You know, I had heard that on the set for Oujia 2…