With the release of the trailer for Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters, the nostalgia for the original film is at an all-time high. Ignoring the critiques and shaming of the upcoming film – I personally think it looks fun, although I admit it doesn’t seem to have that whip smart humor – I thought it’d be fun to look back at the 1984 original, the film that made it very clear who we needed to call!
Below is a simple nine question quiz that tackles several different aspects of the film, from basic facts to specific moments in specific scenes. I got 8 out of 9, but that’s because I didn’t remember which university Venkman, Stantz, and Spengler worked at. Guess I need to rewatch the movie!
Give the quiz a shot and make sure to let us know how you did in the comments below!
Kasra Farahani’s The Waiting is heading to the SXSW Film Festival this weekend, boasting quite the impressive cast that includes James Caan (The Godfather, Misery), Logan Miller (Scouts Guide to the Apocalypse) and Keir Gilchrist (It Follows).
Mysterious events occur in The Waiting when two high school filmmakers decide to create the illusion of a haunting on an unsuspecting neighbor.
In the below clip, watch as Caan doesn’t respond to the haunting as expected…going full Misery on a “spooked” door.
The fun begins as the duo’s suspicions grow and the tension mounts, explains the SXSW program, they realize too late that the man they’re manipulating is the last person they should’ve chosen for their project.
The Waiting was written by Mark Bianculli and Jeff Richard.
The full cast includes: James Caan, Logan Miller, Keir Gilchrist, Laura Innes, Edwin Hodge, Bailey Noble, Lili Reinhart, Anne Dudek, Mindy Sterling, and Tamlyn Tomita.
Star Thrower Entertainment, Ball and Chain Productions and Anonymous Content all partnered on the project.
Hot off her best documentary Oscar nomination for What Happened, Miss Simone?, Liz Garbus is in negotiations to make her narrative feature directing debut with “Lost Girls” for Amazon Studios, THR writes.
Adapted by Michael Werwie, “the story centers on a mother searching for her missing daughter in Long Island who makes a horrifying discovery in the woods where the murdered bodies of four girls have been dumped.”
The two-time Academy Award nominee is poised to tackle the serial killer drama, which is based on investigative reporter Robert Kolker’s 2013 nonfiction book of the same name. Amazon picked up the project in turnaround from Warner Bros (announced in 2013). Kevin McCormick (Gangster Squad) and Rory Koslow are producing.
“That title is an apt description for this case, in which a murderer used the waterfront roadside on Long Island’s South Shore as the dumping ground for his murder victims, all of whom were escorts advertising on Craigslist and similar websites. It began with reports that a young woman named Shannan Gilbert was seen running through the upscale waterfront town of Oak Beach, screaming for her life before she turned up missing. When it becomes clear to Shannan’s mother, Mari Gilbert, that police weren’t trying hard to find her daughter, she raised a ruckus. A search of the wooded sandy roads in the area led to the discovery of four bodies. None of them was Gilbert, but each was a similarly pretty twentysomething escort who advertised on the web. The families demanded answers and were frustrated when evidence and potential suspects were being ignored. Eventually, Mari Gilbert’s relationship with the police chief evolved as she pressed for a recognition of the value of these troubled girls. When Gilbert’s daughter was finally located, it was a tragic ending, but it gave her mother closure. The killer is still at large.”
Elijah Wood’s SpectreVision and Drafthouse Films teamed up with Rook Films (Sightseers, The Duke of Burgundy) and Timpson Films (The ABCs of Death) to produce The Greasy Strangler (review), the feature directorial debut of British helmer Jim Hosking (The ABCs of Death 2) had its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival with a screening also set up at this weekend’s SXSW Film Festival.
Ahead of this weekend’s showing, it was announced that FilmRise has acquired North American distribution rights with a theatrical release set for this fall.
In the film, “The Los Angeles-set tale follows Ronnie, a man who runs a Disco Walking tour along with his browbeaten son, Brayden. When a sexy, alluring woman comes to take the tour, it begins a competition between father and son for her attentions. It also signals the appearance of an oily, slimy inhuman maniac who stalks the streets at night and strangles the innocent, soon dubbed ‘The Greasy Strangler.’“
“We are pleased to announce that we have acquired this Sundance standout,” said FilmRise CEO Danny Fisher. “‘The Greasy Strangler’ defies genres and surprises audiences with its originality, and we are confident that fans of the truly bizarre will enjoy what this film has to offer upon its theatrical release this fall.”
Hosking wrote the script with Toby Harvard. SpectreVision’s Daniel Noah, Josh C. Waller and Elijah Wood will produce along with Andrew Starke of Rook Films and Ant Timpson of Timpson Films. Kill List, Sightseers, and “Doctor Who” director Ben Wheatley and Drafthouse Films’ Tim League are aboard as executive producers.
Variety first reported the news.
Westerns have made a strong comeback in the last ten years or so. It seems like nearly every year now at least a couple new entries ranging from smaller indie efforts to larger budget pictures enter the western landscape. What exactly caused this resurgence, I’m not sure, but I’m glad it happened. The western is one of the classic cinema genres and I’m always glad to have them around.
Kill or Be Killed (AKA Red on Yella, Kill a Fella) is a 2015 western from directors Duane Graves and Justin Meeks that just recently made it’s DVD debut thanks to RLJ Entertainment.
The film opens with a chain gang out building a railroad track in the middle of the desert. Like is usually the case in these situations, one member of the chain gang in particular seems to really irritate the lawmen watching over them. In this case that man is ‘Slap’ Jack Davis (Paul McCarthy-Boyington), who learns the hard way that there will be no breaks this day.
Suddenly a handful of outlaws led by the infamous Claude ‘Sweet Tooth’ Barbee (Meeks), pop up out of the bushes and embark on a rescue mission to set Davis free. With little restraint the ruthless criminals are successful.
With his old gang back in full force Sweet Tooth and the boys are able to get to their desired mission – a trip across Texas to recover hidden loot from a railroad heist gone bad. Along the way they pick up a new member in the form of Willie (Bridger Zadina), a young would-be outlaw with a skill in ventriloquism. I must say it’s not a great skill, however. Willie very obviously moves his own mouth when operating his dummy, but he’s charming and thus gets a pass.
Being the outlaws they are the gang can’t seem to refrain from causing a heap of trouble along the way. Before they know it Sheriff Everheart (Luce Rains) and Deputy Marshall Peak (Timothy McKinney) are hot on their tail as they make their way through the empty desert. Unfortunately for Sweet Tooth the law isn’t the only thing chasing him down. Something darker and more horrifying than he could have ever imagined follows closely behind.
Kill or Be Killed isn’t a perfect movie; in fact it has many flaws. For starters the story is a bit confusing. The outlaws searching for some hidden cash, that all makes sense and is easy to follow. But the supernatural element that is tossed in? That doesn’t seem very clear at all. When the movie ended I wasn’t entirely sure what had happened.
The acting and the characters leave a lot to be desired. Meeks and McCarthy-Boyington both give really solid performances and have interesting characters, but the rest not so much. Meeks’ Sweet Tooth is like a lot of classic western characters. He’s a scary, intimidating guy, but at the same time respectful and reasonable. He kills when he needs to, but he isn’t just out to kill. ‘Slap’ Jack Davis is sort of the hard luck comic relief. All the bad things seem to happen to him. You start to wonder how he ever managed to become such a rough and tough criminal. McCarthy-Boyington plays the part to perfection.
The film is quite violent, but that ends up being a mixed bag. There is a little too much use of CGI for the blood sprays and bullet entry points for my liking. I get it and understand why it’s done, but it always leaves me feeling like if they had just went a little further with some real squibs the end product would be so much better. It’s not all CGI, fortunately. We get some practical effects worked in here and there. In what is probably my favorite scene of the movie we see a doctor (played by the wonderful Michael Berryman) operate on a foot with a gunshot would. The whole goes all the way through the foot so you can see out the other side. It’s pretty disgusting.
The best parts of Kill or Be Killed are the gorgeous sceneries and authentic costumes. I’m from the southwest and I love a beautiful desert landscape. There’s something about a desolate desert that feels dead and alive all at once. Everything is bleak and nothing should survive in this rigid terrain, and yet because things do there is a sense of hope. And it’s not just the desert, the set pieces are fantastic too. Every good western has a great setting and Kill or Be Killed definitely succeeds in that category.
Kill or Be Killed isn’t the best modern western, but it’s a good one and worth your time. If you like bloody violence in the old west, you’re likely going to have some fun with this one.
Kill or Be Killed is out on DVD now from RLJ Entertainment.
1972’s The Freakmaker (AKA The Mutations) is one of those movies that I really wish was better than it is. The film has a lot of good things that work in its favor. The film is directed by Jack Cardiff, the wonderful cinematographer that worked with the likes of Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles and John Huston. The movie stars Donald Pleasence and Tom Baker, two of my absolute favorites. And it’s partly influenced by Tod Browning’s Freaks. Yet with all these positives working in favor of the film, it ultimately falls a bit short.
Pleasence stars as Professor Nolter, a professor at a London university specializing in genetic science. When Nolter isn’t teaching, he uses human guinea pigs to experiment with intent to crossbreed plants with humans. What purposes this serves I’m not really sure and we never find out.
Assisting Nolter is Lynch (Baker), a large man dubbed the “ugliest person in the world.” Lynch earned this title due to a hideous face deformity. Because of the issues with his face Lynch is part of a traveling circus freak show. The freak show is filled with the likes of the bearded lady, the pretzel man and the alligator woman. Lynch doesn’t see himself as a freak. He’s helping Nolter with hopes that Nolter will soon be able to fix his face. Although you never really get the sense from Nolter that he even intends to help Lynch. He seems to have his own motives. Again, what those motives are we never really know.
The Freakmaker serves no purpose. There’s little to no story. You watch some freaks at a circus and that’s about it. There are some mildly entertaining effects along the way, the best being when Nolter turns some poor man into some half plant-half man thing. They’re not great effects, but they are fun and practical.
The Freakmaker would have worked better had it went weirder and crazier. You can get by without much of a story if you offer up something truly bizarre. That never happens here because there are similar movies that are far more interesting. For example the best part of this film is a dinner scene which is something that is pulled straight out of Freaks. So while that scene is fun, we’ve seen it before.
The film is available on DVD straight from Cyclone, the company that produced it. The DVD isn’t the best looking DVD, but it’s passable. I have to think that maybe the original elements aren’t in the best of shape. It does come with some interesting special features. There is a making of that gives you some insight into the behind the scenes aspects. Also included are three interviews with Robert Weinbach, Cardiff and Brad Harris. My favorite feature is an image gallery of lobby cards. I’m a big fan of the old lobby cards and The Freakmaker had some good ones.
I’d say The Freakmaker is a mostly unnecessary film that is ok. You can find some fun in it with some enjoyable moments here and there; it’s just nothing you haven’t seen before.
The Freakmaker is now available on DVD from Cyclone Productions/Vidcrest. Purchase directly from CycloneHorror.com and receive a combo pack that includes The Last Horror Movie.
Horror movies aren’t exactly known for their happy endings. In fact, some are downright depressing. We thought we would take a look at some of the most depressing ones!***SPOILERS BELOW*** The Mist
I figured I’d get the most obvious one out of the way first. Are there horror fans out there who haven’t seen Frank Darabont’s adaptation of The Mist, yet? That’s probably not a fair question. I’m sure plenty of people have not seen The Mist yet. If you’re one of those people, stop reading now! Basically, after a very menacing weather phenomenon, attacks by various supernatural bug monsters and a hostile takeover by a religious maniac straight out of Lord of the Flies, five of the survivors decide to risk their lives and just drive away from the supermarket they’ve been trapped in for the entire film. Once they run out of gas, they decide they would rather die than be killed by the creatures in the mist, but they only have four bullets for the five of them in the car. David (Thomas Jane) kills everyone in the car, including his son, and steps out of the vehicle, only to see the mist receding and the army driving up in tanks to rescue them. It sucks, but it makes for an unforgettable ending!Martyrs
Never have I sat in silence after the ending for a film than I did after having seen Pascal Laugier’s Martyrs. It is a polarizing film (with a pretty bland remake) that ends on an extremely ambiguous note. After having spent an unspecified period being beaten and degraded by her captors, Anna (Morjana Alaoui) is then flayed alive and enters a state of euphoria. It is revealed that the villains of the film have been attempting this procedure on countless young women in order to force them into achieve a state of transcendence and see into the afterlife. After Mademoiselle, the leader of the secret society performing these experiments asks Anna about her experience, she walks into a room by herself and puts a gun in her mouth. The action is open to interpretation: Was the information she received so wonderful that she wanted to join the afterlife or was it so awful that she couldn’t bear to live with the information? That is up to you, dear reader, and it is not an easy question to answer.
Apparently today is a day of amazing new music? Just minutes ago, I posted that John Carpenter released a new track from his upcoming album and now Perturbator has dropped a new song as well!
The track in question is title “Neo Tokyo” and comes from Perturbator’s upcoming album The Uncanny Valley, which comes out May 6th via Blood Music. Perturbator tells NPR that the album is inspired by the Italian giallo horror classic Suspiria as well as the anime classics Akira and Ghost in the Shell, which only makes me all the more excited. Those three films are absolutely fantastic and are basically fountains for inspiration.
Stream the track above and head on over to Blood Music’s online store to pre-order your copy!
Horror extraordinaire John Carpenter has released a stream of “Angel’s Asylum”, a new track that appears on the upcoming album Lost Themes II, which comes out April 15th via Sacred Bones Records.
The song is a reference to the Asylum comic book series he created with his wife and film producer Sandy King. Carpenter explains, ““Angel’s Asylum” has a driving rock sound and is more reminiscent of my later work. We initially started writing it for the comic book and we liked it so much we decided to put it on the album..
As Carpenter explains, the track has a bit of a harder edge, although that doesn’t mean there are any fewer synths or mystical qualities abound. In fact, I think it’s a wonderful blend of the classic Carpenter style with some more modern sprinklings. I’m totally into it, although my love for this man’s music is pretty much boundless, so I might be a tad biased.
You can pre-order Lost Themes II via iTunes.
5/30 – Copenhagen – DR Koncerthuset – Koncertsalen
6/02 – Barcelona – Primavera
6/14 – Seattle – Paramount
6/15 – Portland – Arlene Schnitzer
6/17 – Oakland – Fox Theatre
6/18 – Los Angeles – Orpheum
6/21 – Denver – Gothic Theatre
6/23 – Austin Moody Theatre @ ACL LIVE
6/24 – Dallas – Majestic Theater
7/03 – Ásbrú ATP – Iceland
7/06 – Neuchâtel – International Film Festival
7/08 – New York – Playstation Theatre
7/12 – Washington, DC – Lincoln Theatre
7/15 – Detroit – The Masonic Temple
8/26 – Turin – Today’s Festival
8/28/16 – Rome – Auditorium Parco Della Musica / Santa Cecilia Hall
10/28 – Manchester – Albert Hall
10/29 – Manchester – Albert Hall
10/31 – London – Troxy
Filmax’s Summer Camp, which looks like a mix between The Evil Dead and [REC], is set to open internationally and here in the States on March 18th. Here’s the brand new trailer that kicks off the infection with a demon-possessed dog!
Fin‘s Andres Velencoso, X-Men: First Class‘ Alex Gonzalez, The House of the Devil‘s Jocelin Donahue, [REC]3‘s Diego Boneta and Zombieland‘s Maiara Walsh are heading to Summer Camp.
They star as “unsuspecting American camp counselors who confront a virus unlike any seen before.“
It’s an interesting new spin on viral-horror that actually looks to pass along a possession. You catch a shot of someone with their eyes blindfolded, which makes me think that’s how this infection spreads. No matter, it looks astoundingly fast-paced, especially in the shot of the girl getting infected while driving – Jaume Balaguer really does know how to crank horror films to maximum speed.
Check out our exclusive set visit here.
Alberto Marini’s English-language Summer Camp is executive produced by [REC] franchise director Jaume Balaguero.
Summer Camp is said to immerse the viewer on an adrenaline-charged journey by providing an innovative approach to the classical concept of teenagers lost in the woods.
[H/T] Howard at Cinemachords
From Lakeshore Entertainment (Exorcism of Emily Rose and The Underworld Franchise) and STX Entertainment (The Gift, Secret in Their Eyes), the thriller is directed by William Brent Bell (The Devil Inside, WER) and starring Lauren Cohan (“The Walking Dead”).
“Greta (Cohan) is a young American woman who takes a job as a nanny in a remote English village. She soon discovers that the family’s 8-year-old is a life-sized doll that they care for just like a real boy, as a way to cope with the death of their son 20 years prior. After violating a list of strict rules, a series of disturbing and inexplicable events bring Greta’s worst nightmare to life, leading her to believe that the doll is actually alive.”
No extras have been revealed yet.
George A. Romero already tackled something similar with his Land of the Dead, and hundreds of other movies and television series have tackled the idea of building a self-contained utopia for the elite (or 1% if you will).
Now, the first clip above has been released for Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise (read our review) that moves into a building that’s a dream.
Watch utopia become dystopia in new plot footage from the film releasing here in the States On Demand April 28th with a mini theatrical run on May 13th.
Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, Crimson Peak), Jeremy Irons (Batman v Superman), Sienna Miller (American Sniper), Luke Evans (Dracula Untold) and Elisabeth Moss (“Mad Men”) star.
“1975. Two miles west of London, Dr. Laing moves into his new apartment seeking soulless anonymity, only to find that the building’s residents have no intention of leaving him alone. Resigned to the complex social dynamics unfolding around him, Laing bites the bullet and becomes neighbourly. As he struggles to establish his position, Laing’s good manners and sanity disintegrate along with the building. The lights go out and the elevators fail but the party goes on. People are the problem. Booze is the currency. Sex is the panacea.“
Global Group has given Bloody Disgusting the first look at the sales poster for Nightworld, starring A Nightmare On Elm Street‘s Robert Englund.
Both Englund and Jason London star in Patricio Valladares’ (Hidden in the Woods, the upcoming Downhill) new supernatural horror drama, which was shot in Bulgaria by an international crew.
Penned by Barry Keating, Loris Curci and Milan Konjevic, “When Former LAPD Office, Brett Irlam takes a job as head of security at an old apartment building in Bulgaria’s capital, Sofia, he soon begins to experience a series of bizarre and terrifying events. Once he begins to delve deep into the building’s sinister history, and investigate it’s shadowy owners and past employees, Brett soon uncovers a malevolent force nestled deep in the bowels of the building in basement that will do anything to be set free into our world.”
Producers are Loris Curci (11/11/11), Magarditch Halvadjian and Silvester Yordanov.
Quentin Lee’s Female-Driven Asian Horror Film
To Premiere This Spring
Margin Films is excited to summon the first trailer for Quentin Lee’s The Unbidden. A quartet of longtime girlfriends come together in the hopes that a séance will protect them from a dark presence that won’t rest until one of them is destroyed.
Quentin Lee (White Frog, The People I’ve Slept With) directed from a script by Narhee Ahn (Purity). Tamlyn Tomita (“Teen Wolf”, The Joy Luck Club), Julia Nickson (Rambo: First Blood Part II, Half-Life), Amy Hill (50 First Dates, “UnREAL”) and Elizabeth Sung (Memoirs of a Geisha, Lethal Weapon 4) star as the group of friends desperate to save one of their own from her dark secret. Michelle Krusiec, Akemi Look, Kimberly-Rose Wolter and Karin Anna Cheung appear as the women’s younger selves, joined by Hayden Szeto and Jason Yee as the men at the heart of the deadly mystery.
“If you’re a fan of the horror, psychological thriller, family melodrama or Asian American film genres, you’re in for a treat, not a trick,” director Quentin Lee expressed of his first horror film. “Our intention was to create a wildly original independent feature with an all Asian-American cast that aims to not only entertain with shocks and thrills, but bring on the debate about difficult emotional issues. This is a female-driven film that deals with domestic violence and the morality of retribution.”
Mystery novelist Lauren Lee (Tomita) is haunted by the ghost of a tortured, bloodied man. She tries to forget the apparition’s terrifying warnings and her unstable mental state by hosting dinner with her best friends (Nickson, Sung and Hill). Each of the women has her own idea and opinion to make Lauren feel better. In the midst of a séance that Rachel believes will exorcise Lauren’s demons, a mysterious young man (Szeto) arrives brandishing a gun. He holds the women hostage in order to get to the truth of the whereabouts of his missing father.
The Unbidden is expected to premiere at film festivals this spring.
Xiaoming Yan executive produced. Producers are Charles Lei, Stanley Yung and Quentin Lee.
Bloody Wednesday will be making its North American DVD debut on April 19 from Film Chest Media Group. I’ve never heard of this movie, let alone seen it, but I’m all for ‘lost’ movies getting re-discovered. Per Wikipedia the film has gained a cult following of sorts. Has anyone seen this before? If so I’d love to hear your thoughts!
On July 18, 1984 in San Diego, CA, 41-year-old James Huberty said goodbye to his wife and two daughters and calmly walked out of his house saying he was “going hunting humans.” Moments later, he walked into a McDonald’s and killed 21 people with a small arsenal of weapons before being fatally shot by a SWAT team sniper. The San Ysidro Massacre, as it became known, was the deadliest mass shooting that had ever taken place in America.
Academy award winner Philip Yordan brings us the film, Bloody Wednesday, which recreates that event with Harry Curtis (Raymond Elmendorf), who we watch inexplicably descending into madness. Harry’s sense of reality is distorted as he is haunted by ghosts, harassed by neighborhood thugs, and has bizarre interactions with his only friend; a talking teddy bear. Isolated by his mental illness, he begins to feel more and more abandoned and betrayed by humanity. When he loses his job, his descent into madness accelerates and ultimately culminates in a senseless and random massacre at a local diner. Bloody Wednesday examines and illustrates just how such an event can happen, complete with irrational monologues and off-the-wall manifestations of his madness that are not to be missed.
Bringing even more stories to tell around the campfire is the crew from Volumes of Blood with their sequel, Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories.
A couple plans to purchase an old home, but would like one last tour before the closing. They’re guided around the estate by a creepy realtor that may have more in store than they bargained for. Searching floor by floor, they begin to discover the remnants of its sordid and terrifying past… A popular 80’s franchise gets a modern upgrade, but at what price? On Halloween night a teen left home alone meets a trick or treater that wants more than just candy. A door to door insurance salesman makes a Thanksgiving house call with monstrous consequences. Andrew and Sara are happily married and plan on spending some quality time together, but something sinister has other plans for their evening. Carol’s Christmas Eve turns into a fight for survival when a vengeful stranger isn’t feeling the holiday spirit. Lastly, a birthday party turns bloody when some unexpected guests drop by at the wrong time. Seven interwoven tales of terror, how many stories does your house have?
PJ Starks (Volumes of Blood), Eric Huskisson (The Confession of Fred Krueger), and Christopher Bower (Doom’s Chapel Horror) join forces in producing these 7 intertwined horror stories that are sure to chill your blood. The film also brings back several directors from Volumes of Blood including artist and filmmaker, Nathan Thomas Milliner. Actor Moses Moseley (The Walking Dead) along with WWE’s Sir Mo will appear in the film.
You can help these guys raise the additional funds at their Indiegogo campaign and hopefully we’ll be seeing them soon!
Last year right around this time filmmakers Raymond Creamer and Jerry White reached out to me to review their film The Horror. A year later we are still good friends and I’m happy to do anything to help these talented guys out.
From the Press Release:
Moondog Media’s first feature film, The Horror is available for pre-order on VOD today. The film is directed by Jerry J White III, written by Raymond Creamer and stars Creamer and Callie Ott (Lead in WTF!) as newly orphaned twins who travel to Michigan to close their family home. While there, they discover that they aren’t alone and are made to fight for survival; a fight that continues long after the violence ends. Modern Horrors’ review says director Jerry J. White III “makes one of the more impressive genre debuts [of the] year” and that Callie Ott “turns in an amazing performance” while Bloody Disgusting’s Jess Hicks claims Raymond Creamer gives “one of the most intense and rattling performances [she’s] seen in some time”. Now, it’s your chance to witness The Horror for yourself at http://www.moondog.media Help share The Horror as Moondog Media’s second feature film, Little Hand goes into production later this month.
The Horror is now available for pre-order at Moondog Media and I highly recommend you check it out
Well, if you’re interested in learning about Crone Wood, you can find out for yourself when this latest Irish horror feature from writer/director Mark Sheridan arrives. Read on for details, stills, the trailer, and more!
Produced by Therese Aziz along with Sheridan, the film stars Elva Trill and Ed Murphy. For more information keep an eye on the official Crone Wood Facebook page.
Crone Wood tells the tale of what happens when a young couple who just met decide to go camping after a wonderful first encounter… a decision they will soon regret.
Regardless of your thoughts on the movie The Ninth Gate (which I genuinely enjoy the hell out of), I don’t think anyone can deny that composer Wojciech Kilar‘s score is anything short of brilliant. The combination of Korean soprano Sumi Jo with the mysterious, at times playful, at times unsettling music is simply delightful and I’ve been craving this score on vinyl for a long, long time. And today, my prayers have been answered.
Real quick though, for those of you unaware, Kilar is the man who also composed Bram Stoker’s Dracula, which won an ASCAP award and was nominated for a Saturn. If you can watch that movie and not be thrilled by the music, then I just don’t get you. What a masterpiece of music!
The 1999 mystery thriller was directed by Roman Polanski and starred Johnny Depp, Lena Olin, and Frank Langella. It was loosely based on “The Club Dumas” by Arturo Peréz-Reverte (which is a fantastic book, I might add) and follows rare book dealer/expert Dean Corso (Depp) as he investigates and tracks down the last three remaining copies of “The Nine Gates of the Kingdom of Shadows”, a book that is thought to be an adaptation of a story written by the Devil himself. As Corso’s investigations progress, the bodies begin piling up and the intrigue reaches supernatural levels. It’s not a flawless movie by any stretch of the imagination but I always have a blast watching it, especially considering how beautiful many of the locations are.
Anyways, coming back to the story at hand, Silva Screen Records has announced that The Ninth Gate will be receiving a limited edition vinyl run of 1,000 copies for this year’s Record Store Day. The album will be a 2xLP edition sleeved in a gatefold package and pressed on flame colored vinyl. Very fitting indeed!
You better believe that this is one of the titles that I will fight tooth and nail over to get my hands on come Record Store Day!
[H/T Light in the Attic]
Russian prog folk duo Iamthemorning have released an absolutely gorgeous song titled “Chalk & Coal” from their upcoming album Lighthouse, which comes out April 1st via Kscope Records. The song, which you can stream below, features a melancholic piano, overlain by vocalist Marjana Semkina’s eerie yet almost desperate croons. It’s a stunning song and makes me beyond eager to get my hands on the full album.
Semkina explains the song:
“Chalk & Coal” is in a way a final milestone on the album. It is the darkest one and in a way it is very representative for Lighthouse in general, since it is a very cross-genre piece of music that eventually turns into something rather eclectic. Some dark jazz influence in used diminished chords and trumpet solo, glitched drums, all of that is rather new for us. Mood-wise it was inspired by David Bowie’s “Sue (Or In a Season of Crime)”. Lyrically it represents the final twist of the album story-line, the final breakdown.
Lighthouse features guest appearances from drummer Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree, King Crimson), bassist Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree, o.R.K.), and vocalist Mariusz Duda (Lunatic Soul, Riverside). You can learn more about Lighthouse (including how to order your copy) right here.