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Netflix’s ‘Take Me’ Trailer Kidnaps Laughs

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 09:53

The Orchard, who released our Southbound anthology, will release director Pat Healy’s (The Innkeepers, Small Crimes) feature debut Take Me, starring Taylor Schilling opposite Healy, Bloody Disgusting learned earlier this year.

In ‘Take Me’, Ray is in the boutique simulated abduction business. An understandably threadbare market, he jumps at the chance when a mysterious call contracts him for a weekend kidnapping with a handsome payday at the end. But the job isn’t all that it seems. A black comedy that threads the needle between crime thriller and slapstick farce, Take Me is as twisty as it is funny.

The Duplass Brothers (Creep, Baghead) serve as executive producers while Mel Eslyn and Sev Ohanian serve as producers of the film, which will have its world premiere at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, followed by a theatrical and digital release May 5th, 2017. Netflix will be releasing the film on its worldwide streaming platform later this year, we’re told.

The filmmaking team of Take Me recently set up a website promoting the faux-company “Kidnap Solutions LLC” www.kidnapsolutions.com, which claims to be a fully immersive exposure therapy that has been known to cure alcoholism, drug addiction, overeating, nicotine addiction, sex/love addiction and bad habits.

Here’s the official trailer ahead of the premiere.

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We Were So Close to Getting an ‘Aliens’ Cartoon

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 09:45

I know in some circles this is common knowledge, but I think there are a lot Aliens fans out there that don’t  realize how close they came to getting a Saturday morning cartoon based on James Cameron’s Aliens! Now, to be clear, I say “Aliens” and not “Alien” because the cartoon would have followed a squad of Colonial Marines as set-up by Cameron’s sequel with some characters he created for Aliens, including Hicks and Ripley, returning as main characters.

The idea for an Operation: Aliens” cartoon emerged as production began on David Fincher’s Alien 3, a film 20th Century Fox was sure would be a hit and re-energize the franchise. Only, instead of taking place on a prison planet, the Aliens cartoon would have followed Ripley and Hicks and a group of Colonial Marines battling Xenomorph threats across the galaxy.

Since toy manufacturers like Hasbro had seen great success producing toys for shows like G.I. Joe, Kenner saw an opportunity to piggyback on a big movie franchise and came on board to produce action figures in support of the cartoon. And while the show never aired, the first line of toys did see the light of day in 1993 as shown in this television commercial.

So, what happened to what might have been your favorite Saturday morning cartoon? While there is no conclusive word as to why Operation: Aliens never aired, many believe it’s due to Alien 3‘s disappointing box office performance. It could also have something to do with the show’s baked-in, hard-edged military violence (through violent shows like G.I. Joe and even the Conan the Adventurer sort of disprove that theory for me).

Whatever the reason, no footage from Operation: Aliens has ever seen the light of day. All that remains are a few low quality screen grabs and an evocative piece of concept art.

Special shout out to Bloody Disgusting reader, Forest T-Rex Thomer, who alerted me to this fascinating bit of Aliens history.

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Turkish Horror ‘Naciye’ is Finally on VOD

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 09:39

Award-winning Turkish actress Derya Alabora (Innocence, When We Leave, A Most Wanted Man) stars as the title character Naciye (read our review) in Lutfu Emre Cicek’s feature film directorial debut, which originally premiered at the Screamfest Horror Film Festival in 2015. It’s now on VOD with a DVD release set for April 11th, Bloody learned.

In Naciye, “a pregnant couple (Esin Harvey, Gorkem Mertsoz) travels for the weekend to check on the house they rented on a whim for the remainder of the pregnancy. On their first night at the secluded home they encounter the dangerous woman who claims to be its rightful owner.

Naciye was filmed on location during the off-season on the beautiful Princess Islands off the Marmara Coast of Istanbul, Turkey. Empty seaside mansions and gorgeous vistas belie the sinister and dangerous events about to unfold. The idyllic scene turns bloody and horrific as the body count quickly grows.

The film was directed, written, produced and edited by Cicek, produced by Refik Zafer Cicek and Begum Malaz, executive produced by Naciye Sonbay and Ekmel Sonbay with stunning cinematography by Kamil Satir.

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“Scream Queens” Star Billie Lourd Joins “American Horror Story”

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 19:06

Meanwhile, still no word on the future of “Scream Queens.”

Deadline is reporting tonight that Billie Lourd, star of “Scream Queens” and daughter of the late Carrie Fisher, has just been cast alongside Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, and the recently announced Billy Eichner in Season 7 of FX’s “American Horror Story.Character details are being kept under wraps, but the site notes she’s come aboard as a lead.

Eichner will reportedly be playing a close confidant of Paulson’s character.

All we really know so far about the season is that it will be set in the wake of last year’s presidential election, which the entire season will draw some level of inspiration from.

The seventh season of “American Horror Story” is filming this summer for premiere in the fall.

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WORLD OF DEATH Ep. 68 – Magnet / A Woman Scorned

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 19:00

There’s nothing I love more than the story of a woman, fueled by revenge, taking what is rightfully hers, or in this case, taking the life of someone else.  Tonight on WORLD OF DEATH, we take a look at two films where men assumedly get what’s coming to them, and women put to bed the notion of “the fairer sex”.

First in Adam Beal’s THE LITTLE MISSUS, a wife finds out her husband is cheating, and while cooking his dinner, comes up with an inventive way to get her revenge.  I would have loved a little bit more blood and guts here (things you thought you’d never say), but I loved the fun editing and the wife’s expressive acting.  A smirk goes a long way in a film like this.

Next in A WOMAN SCORNED by Jeff Thompson, a woman expertly crafts a poppet in the image of a man, and tortures him from afar in the comfort of her candlelit home. I love the idea of not having to get your hands dirty to enact revenge, and the contrast between the warm candles and the cold exterior where the man is being tortured, but as I said with the first film, I wish there was more blood.  MORE BLOOD I SAY!  I must be a descendent of Elizabeth Bathory…

That’s all for this week darlings, stay tuned next week for more hellish good times on World of Death!

– Jessie Robbins

World of Death is the web series that fans of independent horror have been waiting for.  Featuring short horror films from all over the globe created by the largest variety of talent that a collection has ever been able to boast, WOD provides plenty of blood, guts, screams and laughs for all fans of the macabre.  And with episodes averaging around eight minutes in length, WOD is the perfect entertainment for a fan base constantly on the go.  Watch it anywhere, at any time, for FREE! New episodes premiere every Monday and Thursday at 10am CST.

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Jason Statham Says ‘Meg’ is ‘Jaws’ Meets ‘Jurassic Park’

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 17:54

In related news, I already have a new favorite movie.

After years of killer shark movies being relegated to the Syfy network, last year’s The Shallows seems to have burst open the floodgates. And I couldn’t be happier. Next summer will see the release of director Jon Turteltaub’s Meg, an adaptation of Steve Alten’s terrifying same-named novel. Jason Statham is the star, and he just spoke a bit about the film on the Jim & Sam Show.

Statham told hosts Jim Norton and Sam Roberts:

I just did a movie about a shark. It’s a cross between, I’d say, Jaws and Jurassic Park. It turned out really good. I mean, apparently. We don’t know until we see it. It’s called Meg, as in megalodon. 

Interesting to note that Statham was asked if the film was in 3D and he responded “probably.” We previously heard that it would be released in 3D, but this suggests it wasn’t shot in 3D.

Statham, by the way, is not a fan of 3D. The glasses bother him. Me too, Jason. Me too.

Meg will swim into theaters on August 10, 2018.

Alten himself promises the film will be edge-of-your-seat scary.”

In Meg

A deep-sea submersible—part of an international undersea observation program—has been attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to be extinct, and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest trench in the Pacific…with its crew trapped inside. With time running out, expert deep sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Statham) is recruited by a visionary Chinese oceanographer (Winston Chao), against the wishes of his daughter Suyin (Li Bingbing), to save the crew—and the ocean itself—from this unstoppable threat: a pre-historic 75-foot-long shark known as the Megalodon. What no one could have imagined is that, years before, Taylor had encountered this same terrifying creature. Now, teamed with Suyin, he must confront his fears and risk his own life to save everyone trapped below…bringing him face to face once more with the greatest and largest predator of all time.

Rounding out the international main cast of Meg are New Zealander Cliff Curtis (The Dark Horse, Risen, TV’s Fear the Walking Dead), Rainn Wilson (TV’s The Office, Super), Ruby Rose (xXx: Return of Xander Cage, TV’s Orange is the New Black), Winston Chao (Skiptrace, Kabali), Page Kennedy (TV’s Rush Hour), Jessica McNamee (The Vow, TV’s Sirens), Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (The BFG, TV’s The Missing), Robert Taylor (Focus, TV’s Longmire), Sophia Shuya Cai (Somewhere Only We Know), and Masi Oka (TV’s Hawaii Five-0, Heroes).

Jon Turteltaub directed the film from a screenplay by Dean Georgaris and Jon Hoeber & Erich Hoeber, based on the New York Times best-selling book by Steve Alten. Lorenzo di Bonaventura (the Transformers films), Belle Avery (Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead) and Colin Wilson (Suicide Squad, Avatar) are producing the film, with Wayne Wei Jiang, Randy Greenberg, Barrie M. Osborne and Gerald R. Molen serving as executive producers.

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‘Hellraiser’ Actor Shares Original Butterball Makeup Test Photos

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 15:31

Butterball gets all the ladies.

It always makes me happy when little pieces of horror history are unearthed. We just discovered earlier this week, for example, a couple behind the scenes shots of Kane Hodder as Leatherface on the set of Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3, and we know there are so many other gems out there just waiting to be unearthed. Speaking of which, let’s take a look at some Hellraiser history!

Over on his Facebook page today, actor Simon Bamford showed off a few previously unseen behind the scenes shots from the Hellraiser set. Bamford played the Butterball Cenobite in the original film, as well as the first sequel, and what he shared today are the very first early makeup test Polaroids for the character. Pretty cool. He also shared a couple photos of his bloodstained Hellraiser script, including a one-page section of a scene that didn’t make the final cut.

You can check out the goodies below.

On a related note, Nicholas “Chatterer” Vince recently shared an awesome makeup test photo that shows off the original incarnations of Pinhead, Butterball, and Chatterer!

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Anne Hathaway Reveals She’s the ‘Colossal’ Monster to Her Friends

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 15:04

In this new clip from Colossal, Anne Hathaway proves to her friends, including Jason Sudeikis, that she’s the monster that’s been tormenting Seoul. What she doesn’t know is that Sudeikis will soon become her rival.

Hathaway stars as a hard-partying New Yorker in the film that opens in theaters tomorrow, April 7, 2017.

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Gloria is an ordinary woman who, after losing her job and being kicked out of her apartment by her boyfriend, is forced to leave her life in New York and move back to her hometown. When news reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, South Korea, Gloria gradually comes to the realization that she is somehow connected to this far-off phenomenon. As events begin to spin out of control, Gloria must determine why her seemingly insignificant existence has such a colossal effect on the fate of the world.

Our very own Kalyn Corrigan reviewed Nacho Vigalondo’s Colossal, calling it “a clever and fascinating mega monster movie that’s just as deeply comedic and entertaining as it is casually wise and perceptive.

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Something Malevolent Roams ‘The Orchard’

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 14:29

Michael Caissie writer of the Al Pacino, Karl Urban thriller Hangman, will step into the director’s chair for the first time to helm The Orchard, Bloody Disgusting learned.

The Orchard is described in the vein of Straw Dogs and Last House on the Left, but with a supernatural twist.

Left alone for the night in their new orchard farmhouse, three teenage sisters soon find themselves at the mercy of some unscrupulous townie boys. The tables are turned, however, when the malevolence that roams the orchard starts to hunt down the boys.

Seasoned actors Tom Sizemore (Natural Born KillersSaving Private Ryan) and Jay Mohr (Jerry Macguire) lead the cast alongside fan favorite Amanda Wyss (Nightmare on Elm Street, Better off Dead) and new faces, Spencer Daniels (TV’s “Mom”) and Will Carlson (Killer App, Hawaii 5’O). Henry Rollins (Feast, Sons of Anarchy) will also make a special cameo appearance.

Arnold Rifkin’s Cheyenne Enterprises (Live Free or Die Hard, Hostage, 16 Blocks) are on board to produce, making The Orchard the third outing for Rifkin and Caissie.

Shooting is expected to begin this Summer in the orchards of Valencia, California.

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10 Years Later, I’m Still Craving Rob Zombie’s ‘Werewolf Women of the SS’

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 14:20

Starring Nicolas Cage as Fu Manchu!

Ten years ago, on this very day, something magical happened. Something that will never happen again, as long as I live. On April 6th, 2007, the double feature film Grindhouse was released into theaters nationwide. To this day, it’s the most fun experience I’ve ever had at the movies.

A big budget love letter to low budget exploitation, Grindhouse was the fitting name given to the double feature of Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof and Robert Rodriguez’s Planet Terror. It was a passion project for both filmmakers, and they went all out to ensure it wasn’t merely a movie but rather a communal experience that would evoke the spirit of, well, grindhouse cinema.

And oh boy did they nail it.

In between the two films, a series of faux trailers promised four movies we were pretty sure we’d never see: Rodriguez’s Machete, Edgar Wright’s Don’t, Rob Zombie’s Werewolf Women of the SS, and Eli Roth’s Thanksgiving. Of course, Rodriguez did end up making Machete a few years later. Ironically, the once-fake film became way more successful at the box office than Grindhouse itself (the double feature experience was a massive flop), soon leading to a sequel.

As for the other three films, they seem destined to forever remain as fake as they were originally conceived to be. My personal favorite of the fictitious trailers? Werewolf Women of the SS, Rob Zombie’s loving homage to Nazisploitation cinema – namely, 1975’s Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS. Zombie put together a fun cast including Bill Moseley, wife Sheri Moon, Tom Towles, Udo Kier, Sybil Danning and even Nicolas Cage for his contribution to Grindhouse, humorously advertised as “the true story about Hitler’s diabolical plans to create a race of superwomen.”

Different than the trailers Wright, Roth and Rodriguez put together, Zombie damn near made a film out of his wacky concept. As he explained to the LA Times shortly before the release of Grindhouse, Zombie shot enough footage to make a half-hour Werewolf Women of the SS movie, which he was pained to have to cut down for a trailer that ran less than two-minutes.

To date, most of the cut footage has never been released – though an extended, 5-minute version of the trailer can be found on Blu-ray. But like the other filmmakers who took part in the once-in-a-lifetime project, Zombie has toyed with the idea of turning Werewolf Women of the SS into a feature over the years. Unfortunately, the box office failure of Grindhouse, along with related rights issues, may prevent it from ever happening. He told SciFiNow back in 2013:

[A feature] was originally the plan and we certainly spoke about the spin-off movies at the time. Of course, they ended up doing Machete, but the others fell to the side. I would still love to make it but it is probably never going to happen because I do not own the rights. The whole Grindhouse thing is owned by Dimension. It is a shame because it would have been a great movie – but when Grindhouse did not pan out to be the success that Dimension were hoping for that was pretty much the end of it.

Never say never, I suppose. You can revisit Zombie’s Werewolf Women of the SS trailer below. Underneath you’ll find a 9-minute featurette about the making of the fake trailer.

Happy 10th, Grindhouse!

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Saban Films Nabs WWE’s ‘Armed Response’, Starring Gene Simmons and Wesley Snipes

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 14:19

John Stockwell, who once directed the forgotten but excellent Turistas, will see his Armed Response released by Saban Film, who just acquired North American distribution rights from WWE Studios, Gene Simmons and Erebus Pictures.

The film stars Wesley Snipes (BladeThe Expendables 3), Anne Heche (Donnie Brasco, Psycho, “Hung”), WWE Superstar Seth Rollins, Gene Simmons (KISS co-founder, Runaway, Wanted Dead Or Alive, Extract, Why Him) and Dave Annable (“Brothers & Sisters,” Little Black Book, What’s Your Number?).

The sci-fi thriller, written by Matt Savelloni, follows a team of highly trained operatives who find themselves trapped inside an isolated military compound after its AI is suddenly shut down. The crew begins to experience strange and horrific phenomena as they attempt to uncover what killed the previous team.

The film is currently in post-production.

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‘Black Rose’ Murders on the Streets of Hollywood

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 14:13

ITN Distribution, Inc. has acquired North American rights to the action/thriller Black Rose, starring international action star Alexander Nevsky (Showdown in Manila), Bloody Disgusting learned.

Nevsky stars as a Russian Police Major who is enlisted by the LAPD to help solve a series of gruesome murders perpetrated against young women by a sadistic sociopathic killer on the mean streets of Hollywood.

Written by Brent Huff (Chasing Beauty) and George Saunders (The Hunt for Red October), the film was also directed by Nevky. The cast includes Kristanna Loken (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines), Adrian Paul (Highlander: Endgame), Robert Davi (Expendables 3) and Matthias Hues (Dark Angel).

ITN Distribution will be releasing Black Rose in theaters on April 28, 2017.

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Look, No Strings Used in this Magical ‘Sleight’ Clip

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 14:08

Levitation. The oldest trick in the book.

J.D. Dillard’s Sleight quietly premiered at the Sundance Film Festival where WWE and BH Tilt made magic together, acquiring the thriller for release here in the States.

In theaters April 28th, the film follows a young street magician (Jacob Latimore) who is left to care for his little sister after their parents’ passing and turns to illegal activities to keep a roof over their heads. When he gets in too deep, his sister is kidnapped and he is forced to use his magic and brilliant mind to save her.

Here’s a clip from the film in which Latimore shows off a levitation trick. A new trailer was released the other day.

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Chilling Trailer for Icelandic Haunter, ‘I Remember You’

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 14:01

Our regular tipster, Fabien M., has sent us the first international trailer for Óskar Thór Axelsson’s Icelandic horror I Remember You (Ég Man Þig), starring Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson, Thor Kristjansson, and Ágústa Eva Erlendsdóttir.

After an older lady hangs herself in a church, a new psychiatrist discovers she was obsessed with the disappearance of his eight-year-old son, who vanished three years earlier. Meanwhile, three city dwellers are restoring a house when they realize it is haunted, and a mysterious child named Bernodus, who disappeared 60 years earlier, is discovered as the link between the two groups.

The film was for sale at the EFM so we’re hoping a U.S. distributor picked this one up.

We also have the international one-sheet, added below the trailer.

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Actual Clowns Are Not Happy About the ‘IT’ Trailer

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 13:04

We cannot wait for IT. Clowns, however, want IT to go away.

Professional clowns aren’t having a great time at the moment, as you might imagine. It seems that everyone has by now caught on that they’re super creepy and worth being afraid of, and that fear (coulrophobia, it’s called) has hit the clown world pretty hard. Granted, this is nothing new.

Real life serial killer John Wayne Gacy (aka Pogo the Clown) did a number on the profession back in the ’70s, and Tim Curry’s frightening portrayal of fictional killer clown Pennywise in the 1990 adaptation of Stephen King’s IT didn’t do much to help matters. And don’t even get me started on the recent rash of creepy clown sightings around the globe, which have effectively ensured that no man, woman or child will ever again trust the grease-painted, smiling face of a clown.

If the profession was dying already, it may have been completely killed off by last week’s nightmarish trailer for Andy Muschietti’s re-adaptation of IT. The film, set for release this coming September, looks to feature a clown even more terrifying than the one we saw back in 1990, and real clowns the world over are worried that the movie will hammer the final nail into their coffin.

Mel Magazine just caught up with a few professional clowns, all of whom told the outlet that they’re none too happy about the Pennywise resurgence on the horizon.

Nick “Mr. Nick” Kane told the site:

It’s ruining our business. We just experienced a nice break from the scary clown meme from last October. And just when things are starting to normalize, the IT trailer comes and it’s like, ‘Here we go again.’

Guilford “Gilly” Adams said of the IT remake:

It’s gonna be bad for clowns. It’s a dying profession. And the people who do it and scrape together a living have to grapple with the fact that it’s cool and hip not to like clowns. The ultimate prick in this [IT movie] is that it’s going to turn young consumers away from an art form that’s sweet and nice and not about the Kardashians and Minecraft.

Not all clowns want to eat you, folks. Just, ya know, most of them.

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Rob Zombie: A Defense and Retrospective

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 13:01

Few figures in modern horror are as controversial as the infamous rocker-turned-director, Rob Zombie. Heralded by some as one of the few true “auteur” filmmakers working in the genre today, while simultaneously considered a talentless hack by others, there’s quite the disparity in opinions regarding Zombie within the horror community. While he still benefits from a loyal fan-base, his last few films have been extremely divisive, leaving many to wonder if his early cinematic success was merely a fluke.

As a matter of fact, the once celebrated director of neo-grindhouse classics like House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects has recently come under fire from even the most devoted of fans due to his latest endeavor, the crowd-funded slasher 31. Even as a long-time admirer of Zombie’s work, I can’t quite bring myself to defend 31 as a good movie in and of itself, but it’s obvious that the horror community’s treatment of Zombie after its release is, at the very least, extremely unfair.

To understand why Zombie is still relevant (and perhaps even necessary) in the modern horror scene, we need some perspective on his cinematic upbringing. From the very beginning, the effects of horror on Rob’s music were unmistakable, and it was obvious that this was something he was passionate about. Before turning his attention to film, Zombie had already developed skills as a director with his music videos and concerts, which were all heavily influenced by classic scary movies like Frankenstein and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. It was only a matter of time before he’d try his luck in a different artistic medium.

Originally filmed in 2000, Rob’s first film, House of 1000 Corpses, was released nearly 3 years later, as even then studios weren’t sure about how to deal with his brutal and unique vision. Although now it’s fondly remembered as the movie which introduced us to some of the only original and memorable horror villains of the 2000s, the film was a critical bomb at the time, only developing a cult following years later. Re-watching it nowadays and comparing it to Zombie’s most recent projects, the director’s inexperience is glaring, but the film still carries that messy, passionate charm that put Rob on the map in the first place. Also, Doctor Satan. You have to love Doctor Satan.

Run, rabbit, run!

Having found his footing in the 70s-inspired grindhouse aesthetic, Zombie soon moved on to what is largely considered his magnum opus, The Devil’s Rejects. While technically a sequel to House of 1000 Corpses, the film had its own unique visual and narrative identity and cemented the director as an influential force in the movie industry. This resulted in him being chosen to helm the notorious Halloween remake, which is arguably where most of the controversy surrounding the director began.

In all honesty, no matter who had been chosen to direct the remake, a great deal of moviegoers would still wind up hating the resulting movie. John Carpenter’s film is an undeniable classic, and no one could ever hope to replicate its success. This is precisely why I actually like Zombie’s take on the story, and especially the sequel. He knew that he could never truly duplicate or replace Carpenter’s talent or style, so he created an amalgamation of his own artistic sensibilities and Carpenter’s vision, producing a unique movie with some familiar elements.

These films may not be perfect, but I believe they succeed a lot more than they fail in their attempt to deconstruct the slasher genre by humanizing both Michael Myers and his victims. Strangely enough, the Halloween remake’s (and its sequel’s) biggest flaw might just be the eternal comparison to Carpenter’s original, as these movies, when viewed on their own, are actually quite fascinating. Halloween II is particularly ballsy in its artsy presentation of a deeply psychological story, even if it doesn’t always work or feel coherent. At the very least, Zombie dared to take a risk with the franchise, which is more than most remakes can say.

In between these films, Zombie also worked on the animated adaptation of his own comic-book, The Haunted World of El Superbeasto. While it’s certainly not on the Disney level of animated storytelling (or musical numbers, for that matter), it was an entertaining romp through a world of schlock and terror and gave us a glimpse of Zombie’s mindscape when making these movies. The film also featured some inexplicably smooth and stylish animation, almost incompatible with its low budget. While his films have always had darkly comedic undertones, this is his most humorous outing to date, and it makes me wonder what a Rob Zombie directed live-action horror comedy might look like.

Why even make a film if it’s not going to star Paul Giamatti as Doctor Satan?

In 2012, Zombie graced us with Lords of Salem, which is, to date, the biggest departure from his usual style. This one was also extremely divisive, with some fans calling it a Kubrick-esque masterpiece, while others deemed it an incoherent mess. Personally, I found it to be a thoroughly enjoyable picture, not to mention scary as hell, but the ending didn’t quite do it for me. Again, however, I feel that Zombie’s unorthodox approach to storytelling and creative execution make up for most of the movie’s flaws. Even so, I’m still not sure what the deal was with that freakish child-Satan thing.

Now, this brings us back to 31. At this point, no one can reasonably say that they expected this film to please everyone, especially when considering Zombie’s previous work, but this seems to be his most hated film to date. Naturally, in a definitive ranking of my favorite Rob Zombie movies I’d place this one last, but even then it’s not a completely awful experience. As is usually the case with Zombie’s flicks, there several creative elements that keep this from being just another bad slasher film (Do I even need to mention Richard Brake’s phenomenal performance?).

These recurring positive elements don’t always make up for the tangled scripts and overused psychotic hillbilly tropes, but they prove that even Zombie’s “failures” have some merit to them, and can still be worth a watch. Interesting flops, if made with passion, can sometimes be more rewarding than a formulaic success. Rob Zombie is one of the few horror filmmakers that managed to carve out his own path in the genre, and even when he stumbles, the result is always intriguing. In an age where audiences everywhere crave originality, what more could you ask for?

Ultimately, your opinion of Zombie’s body of work will depend on your definition of a good movie. More specifically, whether you think it’s more important for a film to take a risk and have its own identity, or to do its best at following a successful formula. At the end of the day, 31 is still a bad movie, but the horror community would do well to appreciate the fact that Rob Zombie is still willing to do his own thing in a world where most filmmakers are forced to either conform or give up. One bad movie doesn’t make him a bad director, and it sure as hell shouldn’t keep him from making more. For now, I’ll be here eagerly awaiting his next film.

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‘Hounds of Love’ Poster Splits the Two Victims

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 12:23

One of the dark horse surprises out of the SXSW Film Festival was Ben Young’s Hounds of Love (read our review), which takes place in suburban Perth during the mid-1980s when people are unaware that women are disappearing at the hands of serial killer couple John and Evelyn White. After an innocent lapse in judgment, Vicki Maloney is randomly abducted by the disturbed couple. With her murder imminent, Vicki realizes she must find a way to drive a wedge between Evelyn and John if she is to survive.

The previously released official trailer is soaked in tension, showing abuse from two various perspectives – the abducted girl as well as the kidnapper’s significant other. The poster echoes this.

Young, who is already in pre-production on Universal Pictures’ Extinction, starring Michael Pena, and written by Academy Award nominee Eric Heisserer, will see his Australian kidnapping thriller hit U.S. theaters on May 12th.

Ashleigh Cummings, Emma Booth, Stephen Curry, Susie Porter, Damien de Montemas, and Harrison Gilbertson star.

[SXSW 2017] Keep up with all of the news and reviews here!

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Scream Factory’s ‘Slither’ Blu-ray Gets Art, Date and Details

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 12:22

We’ve been waiting a long time to add this one to our collection.

We told you earlier this year that Scream Factory was set to bring Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn’s horror-comedy Slither to Blu-ray for the very first time, and today brings more details along with an art reveal. Gunn himself shared the first details over on his Facebook page, revealing that the Collector’s Edition Blu-ray of his ’06 film will arrive on July 25th.

Gunn wrote:

I’d like to officially announce that after MANY YEARS of waiting, and me endlessly bitching to the rights holders, FINALLY my directorial debut Slither will be available on Blu-Ray. The wonderful folks from Scream Factory will be distributing a brand new edition on July 25 of this year. It will have lots of cool extras including a NEW COMMENTARY FROM ME AND THE CAST. It’s like “When Harry Met Sally” only it’s “When Gunn Met Rooker (and Fillion and Banks and Henry).” These people all changed my life. And Slither is how they did it. Oh and check out the cool new artwork. I love it.

Slither tells “the deliciously demented story of an unnamed evil wreaking havoc on a small town. Intent on devouring all life on Earth, this dark and slimy entity is infecting anyone in its path. Now it’s up to the local sheriff, Bill Pardy (Nathan Fillion), and his team to stop the spread of rampant devastation – and shocking mutilation – before it’s too late.”

The film also stars Michael Rooker, Elizabeth Banks and Gregg Henry.

You can pre-order your copy over on the Shout! Factory website.

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Poster Assures the World that Tom Cruise Stars in ‘The Mummy’

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 12:17

Universal has taken the interesting new The Mummy poster and added Tom Cruise to it, assuring everyone that he’s the star. It’s not a very appealing poster, but I guess it serves its purpose?

Tom Cruise is joined in the Universal reboot by a cast including Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service, Star Trek Beyond), Annabelle Wallis (AnnabelleKing ArthurPeaky Blinders), Jake Johnson (Jurassic World), Russell Crowe and Courtney B. Vance (TV’s “American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson”).

Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.

From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.

The creative team is led by director/producer Alex Kurtzman and producer Chris Morgan, who have been instrumental in growing some of the most successful franchises of the past several years—with Kurtzman writing or producing entries in the TransformersStar Trek and Mission: Impossible series, and Morgan being the narrative engineer of the Fast & Furious saga as it has experienced explosive growth from its third chapter on. Sean Daniel, who produced the most recent Mummy trilogy, produces alongside Kurtzman and Morgan.

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Guillermo del Toro Reflects on Unmade ‘At the Mountains of Madness’

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 11:59

Oh what could have been.

There was a time when Guillermo del Toro was knee deep in a feature film adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s 1931 novella At the Mountains of Madness, but it of course never came to fruition. The passion project’s origins date back to 2006, and the plan was for the film to be a rated R affair with a big budget and both Tom Cruise and James Cameron on board to produce.

As most fans know, several studios rejected Del Toro’s pitch, and he was eventually forced to give up on it entirely. He just reflected on the depressing experience in a chat with Collider.

Del Toro told the site:

A lot of people think of directors like Caesar sitting on a chaise lounge like somebody feeding them grapes, and you say, ‘I would like to do Mountains of Madness now.’ And it’s not. You’re a blue collar guy working your way, putting numbers in front of studios, putting [together] stars, packages, whatever, and you have your stuff to move.

We thought we had a very good, safe package. It was $150 [million], Tom Cruise and James Cameron producing, ILM doing the effects, here’s the art, this is the concept, because I really think big-scale horror would be great. But there was a difference of opinion; the studio didn’t think so. The R [rating] was what made it. If Mountains had been PG-13, or I had said PG-13 – I’m too much of a Boy Scout, I should have lied, but I didn’t.

He added:

One day, I’ll show you the art, I’ll show you everything we did. We did over 300 pieces of art, we did storyboards, we did models … we had a whole presentation. You will cry, you will go, ‘Why?’

Maybe it’s best we don’t see. It’s all just too depressing.

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