Bruce McDonald’s Hellions will have its Canadian premiere at the 40th anniversary of the Toronto Internation Film Festival in the fest’s Vanguard section.
Back in March we told you that IFC Midnight acquired U.S. rights to Pontypool director Bruce McDonald’s Hellions (read our review), which made its world premiere in the “Park City at Midnight” section of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
“Hellions takes place on Halloween night in the town of Waterford, the so-called Pumpkin Capital of the World. Hidden among the trick-or-treaters, a group of masked demonic beings roam the town and come upon Dora, a teenager home alone for the night. Cut off from the outside world and under siege in her isolated home, Dora will need to defend both her body and soul from the relentless evil beings known as hellions.”
The film, with a screenplay by Pascal Trottier, stars Chloe Rose, Robert Patrick, Rossif Sutherland, Rachel Wilson, Peter DaCunha and Luke Bilyk. The film was produced by Frank Siracusa and Paul Lenart.
The 40th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 10 to 20, 2015.
Filming began last week in Georgia on Siren, our non-found-footage adaptation/spinoff to David Bruckner’s short film “Amateur Night,” one of the segments featured in the Sundance hit V/H/S.
The biggest question surrounding the production is whether or not Hannah Fierman would reprise her role as the “I like you” demon, Lily. Well, our friends at AICN broke the news this morning that she will indeed be seducing and devouring more flesh!
In Siren, a bachelor party becomes a savage fight for survival when the groomsmen unwittingly unleash a fabled predator upon the festivities.
Gregg Bishop is directing the film. He most recently helmed the magician story in VHS Viral, but landed on our radar with his astounding indies The Other Side and Dance of the Dead.
Slated to premiere on Chiller in 2016, Siren is written by Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski. David Bruckner will be executive producing.
Kevin Bacon, who got his start in Sean Cunningham’s Friday the 13th, is one of my all time favorite actors.
For one, he doesn’t take himself too serious – proof is in his hilarious Twitter avatar, and the viral video “Free the Bacon,” in which he campaigns for more male nudity in films. He’s also an incredible presence on screen – just wait until you see him in Cop Car, where he plays a shady police officer trying to track his police car down from two kids who stole it.
Many forget that Bacon’s career spans an astounding 35+ years, and one of the highlights is the 1990 dessert-based horror Tremors, a film that Bacon once said was the low point in his career.
In a new interview through the book “Seeking Perfection: The Unofficial Guide to Tremors”, Bacon is asked about Tremors, which leads to a series of incredible revelations.
With the 25th anniversary looming, Bacon has actually thought a lot about it stating that he resisted the film and was “pleasantly surprised” by it. The interesting bit came when he stated that he has “a real dream right now to reboot it, and to see the character 25 years down the line…to see what that guy may have become.”
“It’s a beautiful looking movie,” he added, “it really is a good film.”
Obviously, this is the 25th anniversary, so he couldn’t star in the forthcoming sequel, Tremors 5: Bloodlines, arriving this October through Universal Home Entertainment. But, maybe it performs well enough that big Universal takes a stab at bringing his character make in a reboot/sequel (you know, the new cool) in which his characters battles the worms once again?
“Universal doesn’t seem to be interested, so it’s moot.”
Watch the full interview below in which he also shares an incredible story about sleepwalking during the shoot in Lone Pines, CA.
Universal and Legendary Pictures released a new international one-sheet for Guillermo del Toro’s long-awaited gothic horror Crimson Peak.
The new haunter stars Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam and Jim Beaver.
“When her heart is stolen by a seductive stranger, a young woman is swept away to a house atop a mountain of blood-red clay: a place filled with secrets that will haunt her forever. Between desire and darkness, between mystery and madness, lies the truth behind Crimson Peak.”
Legendary Pictures’ Crimson Peak, in theaters October 6, 2015, is a haunting gothic horror story directed by the master of dark fairy tales, Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy series, Pacific Rim), written by del Toro & Matthew Robbins.
The horror genre isn’t just for us anymore, and this is why AMC’s “The Walking Dead” is one of the biggest shows on television.
But before “The Walking Dead,” I was dreaming of a horror series that could last more than one season before it got canceled. Based on Robert Kirkman’s incredible comic, “The Walking Dead” shambled onto cable in 2010, creating epic buzz that would turn the zombie series into a household name.
And while tens of millions of “fans” will tune into the sixth season of “The Walking Dead” this October, I will not. A huge fan of the comics, I’ve found the series to be a bore, with the fantasization of the zombie apocalypse not translating well to the big screen. Why? It’s probably a mix of the cheap sets, weak characters (and their arcs), and unrealistic Georgia setting. I stopped watching midway through the third season and never regretted it for a second.
It’s always bugged me that, next to “Preacher,” all I ever wanted was a “Walking Dead” television show. Yet, there I was deleting it off the list of programs I subscribed to. I understand a lot of you guys really enjoy it, which is why I restrain myself from jabbing at it as much as humanly possible. Still, I had to express my distate for the wasted potential, especially when AMC announced a spinoff.
Yes, while “The Walking Dead” continues to break ratings records, AMC’s set to premiere a series spinoff, “Fear the Walking Dead,” on August 23rd.
My biggest fear was that the execs, showrunners and filmmakers behind “The Walking Dead” would attempt to reproduce and replicate the show, only in a different setting. “Fear the Walking Dead” had instant meaning for this life-long horror fan. If it isn’t broken, why fix it, right? Well, even though the show is a home run for ratings, it’s a mess. And I desperately wanted it to be fixed.
While it’s impossible to tell how the latter episodes will be (Season One consists of 6 episodes), the pilot presentation of “Fear the Walking Dead” is dragging its feet in the right direction.
The biggest difference between “The Walking Dead” and “Fear the Walking Dead” is huge – no, massive.
While most people will point out the difference in scope – being that “Fear” takes place in an overpopulated Los Angeles, as opposed to the barren fields of Georgia – the biggest change is that “Fear” focuses on characters and family, while “Walking Dead” put way too much emphasis on the zombies and how cool the KNB-created undead effects would be (they were clearly trying to make us happy and lost focus of what makes a television series great).
“Fear the Walking Dead” feels very modern with a strong female lead and culturally diverse cast. The new series is led by the superior Kim Dickens, who is a stronger actor and has a more realized character than anyone in the first three seasons of “The Walking Dead” (sans Jon Bernthal’s portrayal of ‘Shane’). Dickens plays Madison Clark, a guidence counseler who is pushing through life as a windowed mother, and parent to a drug addict. Her son, Nick (Frank Dillane, pictured above, who is a literal scene-stealer), is the first person on the series exposed to the zombie outbreak, and it’s implied that the cause could be drug related. There’s a really fun arc in the pilot, that riffs on the 2013 Evil Dead, in which Nick isn’t sure what he saw was real, and is convinced it may be a hallucination caused by a bad drug. His confrontation with his dealer is fucking intense, and leads to one helluva finale that sets the rules, and drops the gravity of the situation on the characters like an atom bomb.
Something that really caught my attention in the pilot was the extreme sense of normalcy, which is a device used to lay the believabilty on thick. I basked in it. The one problem, though, is that this causes an extreme lack of urgency, especially since the characters are all scoffing at the news of a potential outbreak. Still, it’s laying the groundwork for several seasons, and knowing how hard the filmmakers are pushing in on the believability makes my nipples hard. There’s still 5 more episodes to build on that sense of urgency, especially after what happens in the pilot’s final moments.
What I can take away from the first 60-minutes of “Fear the Walking Dead” is that it’s aiming to be rich in characters, with Frank Dillane stealing the show (his addiction/affliction is literally the perfect character device). The Los Angeles-based setting is a ideal launching point to deliver on a massive scope. And, more importantly, the writers have written off any promise of explaining the cause of the undead rising. “Fear the Walking Dead” isn’t about the zombies, as stated above, and that’s exactly the fresh start this franchise needs.
Click on over to our sister site, Villain Smash, to catch the first full trailers for Fox’s R-rated Deadpool, which stars Ryan Reynolds as the title character.
The trailers deliver on its promise to be an ass-kickin’, smart-mouthed good time that’s loaded with excellent comic book violence. One is red-band, which means is extra juicy.
Directed by Tim Miller and penned by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick (Zombieland), the film stars Ryan Reynolds as ‘Wade Wilson/Deadpool’, Morena Baccarin as ‘Vanessa Carlyle/Copycat’, Ed Skrein as ‘Francis/Ajax’, Gina Carano as ‘Angel Dust’, T.J. Miller as ‘Weasel’, Brianna Hildebrand as ‘Negasonic Teenage Warhead’, and Andre Tricoteux as ‘Colossus’.
“Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, ‘Deadpool’ tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.”
Deadpool blasts into theaters on February 12, 2016.
A new clip from Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno depicts a primal tribe deep within the Peruvian Amazon hunting down their prey and knocking them up. What horrors await them when they awake?
Heading deep into The Green Inferno with Lorenza Izzo are Ariel Levy, Daryl Sabara and Kirby Bliss Blanton, who star in the pic that “follows a group of student activists who from New York City travel to the Amazon to protect a dying tribe, but crash in the jungle and are taken hostage by the very natives they saved.
Dark and primitive customs still rule the Amazon jungle: cannibalism and other mind, body and soul-destroying rituals. Trapped in the village, these high-tech modern-world students experience the ultimate in primal barbaric terror, suffering unspeakable acts of violence in an intense and chilling rituals reserved only for the most threatening intruders.”
In theaters September 25th, we reviewed The Green Inferno out of the World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in Sep. 2013.
This week: Zombi U no longer just for U, hands-on with Rare Replay, reviews of MI: Rogue Nation, Vacation, and more!
We now have the first teaser trailer for David Keating’s Cherry Tree, which celebrated its World Premiere at Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival on July 25th.
Keating, who directed the 2010 Hammer Film Wake Wood, is behind this new horror pic starring Naomi Battrick, Patrick Gibson, Sam Hazeldine, and Leah McNamara.
“Faith’s world is turned upside down after she finds out that her beloved father is dying. When the mysteriously alluring Sissy Young becomes her field hockey coach, Faith finds a compassionate spirit and much-needed mother figure. Little does she know that Sissy is the head of a centuries-old witches’ coven that uses the fruit of an ancient cherry tree in a secret ritual that restores life to the dead and dying. Offering to cure her father in exchange for a child, Sissy strikes a bargain with Faith, who suddenly finds herself pregnant with a baby that’s growing at an alarming rate. But with the clock to the child’s birth ticking down and the true intention of Sissy’s plans for humanity becoming more apparent, Faith and her father must stand together in order to save both their lives.“
RLJ Entertainment has acquired all U.S. and Canadian rights to the Caliber Media western Bone Tomahawk, Bloody Disgusting learned.
Written and Directed by S. Craig Zahler, Bone Tomahawk stars Kurt Russell (Tombstone, Hateful Eight), Patrick Wilson (Insidious, TV’s “Fargo”), Matthew Fox (Alex Cross, TV’S “Lost”), Lili Simmons (“True Detective”, “Banshee”), and Richard Jenkins (The Visitor, Olive Kitteridge).
“When a group of cannibal savages kidnaps settlers from the small town of Bright Hope, an unlikely team of gunslingers, led by Sheriff Franklin Hunt (Russell), sets out to bring them home. But their enemy is more ruthless than anyone could have imagined, putting their mission – and survival itself – in serious jeopardy.”
Produced by Dallas Sonnier, Jack Heller, and Gregory Zuk of Caliber Media (Dark Was the Night, Some Kind of Hate) and executive produced by the Fyzz Facility’s Wayne Marc Godfrey (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), Robert Jones (The Usual Suspects) and David Gilbrey (Red vs. Dead).
I want to play a game…
It’s no secret that the Saw franchise was one of the biggest and most exciting horror offerings of the new millennium. Fans craved each new film so that they could dive deeper and deeper into the increasingly complex and convoluted storyline, all leading up to a climax that was, well… let’s be honest here and admit that it was obvious and poorly executed.
While I thought the first film was sheer brilliance followed by a load of dreck, I can’t argue that there was a lot for horror fans to enjoy. The pervasively dark atmosphere, the vicious and brutal deaths, and, probably the real star of the series, the traps. They were horrifying, disgusting, and whoever came up them should seek therapy…immediately.
Based upon your personality, this week’s quiz is going to test you and decide which Saw trap you ultimately are. Head below to figure it out for yourself.
And remember, “Live or die, make your choice.“
It’s been a whole year since we looked at cinema’s most terrifying sex scenes, so we thought we’d take a look back at the most graphic sex scenes ever depicted in horror films! Obviously, everything that follows will be incredibly NSFW and contain some serious spoilers.Friday the 13th (2009)
I don’t think I’ve ever laughed as hard in a horror movie as I did when I heard Travis Van Winkle tell Julianna Guill that her “tits were stupendous” and that she had “perfect nipple placement.” This is a ridiculous and fairly graphic sex scene! Unfortunately, the scene isn’t on YouTube, but you can find it on Pornhub (shocker), so that gives you an idea of just how graphic it is.Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday
Last one from this franchise, but while Jason Goes To Hell is arguably the worst in the franchise (though I know it has its defenders), it features one of the most graphic sex scenes and kills out of all of the films (if you watch the unrated version).Antichrist
Even though it was filmed with porn star body doubles, the opening scene of Lars Von Trier’s Antichrist is still extremely graphic. Actual penetration is seen. Of course, this is nothing to the third act clitoris snipping and blood ejaculation. The actual pornographic images are censored in the below clip. It is YouTube after all!Don’t Look Now
This sex scene between Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie is still considered graphic even by today’s standards, but it is a beautiful moment in Nicolas Roeg’s bleak and haunting film.Salò, or The 120 Days of Sodom
It’s difficult to pin down just one graphic scene from Salo, which isn’t technically a horror film, but it is one of the most horrifying films I’ve ever seen. It is a difficult film to watch, but should be required viewing for everyone (just my opinion!) Really, the whole movie could qualify for this list, but here’s a small sample of what you’re in for if you decide to put this one on:Hatchet 2
As graphic as it is hilarious, Hatchet 2 features one of the funniest deaths in all of horror history: AJ Bowen gets decapitated while having sex with Alexis Peters doggy style. After he is decapitated, his body begins convulsing, thereby hammering into Peters even harder, until she realizes she is getting penetrated by a corpse. It’s ridiculous and funny and disturbing all at the same time.Brain Damage
While it’s not actual sex, it does feature a woman’s brain being eaten by a mutant penis as she attempts to perform fellatio on him. Fun!A Serbian Film
Newborn baby rape and incest. What more do you need? A Serbian Film is one of the most difficult films I’ve ever had to watch, but I kind of love it. Start the video at the 11-minute mark to see the graphic scene. This is one of the biggest spoilers on this list so if you haven’t seen the film beware!The Last House On The Left
It was a tough choice between this and I Spit On Your Grave, but in the end this one “won.” Both the original Wes Craven film and its remake feature rape scenes that are difficult to endure, but I think I have to give the edge to the remake on this one. The original makes you feel gross just because of the filming quality, but the remake (especially the unrated cut) features an extended rape scene that is absolutely grueling.Tetsuo: The Iron Man
I wouldn’t necessarily call this one graphic. It’s just weird. The Iron Man’s body slowly morphs into metal, and in one of the weirdest scenes of the film, he discovers that his penis has become a large power drill. He proceeds to rape his girlfriend with it, killing her (obviously).
Obviously, this is just a small sample of graphic sex scenes in horror movies. I didn’t even mention Species or Otto! What are some of your favorites (if that’s not too weird a question to ask)?
If you’re a fan of 1992’s Demonic Toys and enjoy horror collectibles, this new release from Charles Band’s Full Moon Collectibles will be right up your alley. Shipping September 1st and now up for pre-order is the newest addition to the Full Moon Replica Series, a 9 inch resin statue of Jack-Attack! Jack-Attack has been long-requested by fans and is everyone’s favorite member of the Demonic Toys gang. Jack-Attack features intricately-sculpted details, is beautifully hand-painted and crafted in heavy polystone. This release is limited to just 1,000 and the first 50 will have the box signed by Band himself.
To order your Jack-Attack please visit Full Moon Direct.
Demonic Toys was directed by Peter Manoogian (Arena, The Dungeonmaster) and written David S. Goyer (Batman Begins, Blade Trinity).
When you think of The Windy City you’d normally associated it with pizza instead of movie posters from Africa. Get ready to meet your favorite new Instagram account that travels across the ocean & makes that cultural connection via a video store.
Deadly Prey Gallery is a new Chicago art space dedicated to hand-painted movie posters from Ghana and West African sign art. The gallery was created by brother & sister duo Brian and Heidi Anne Chankin. Brian is also the owner of Odd Obsession Movies, a video store specializing in genre film, foreign, classic, and independent cinema.
Behold the beautiful bootlegs below:
Ghallywood Beetlejuice?!?!? Extra special handpainted Ghanaian movie poster by the great Leonardo. #ghanamovieposters #deadlypreygallery #beetlejuice #michaelkeaton #horror #ghana #ghallywood #mamiwata #spiritsofsea #paintings #movies #movieposters #movieart #africanart #folkart #chicago #chicagoart
A photo posted by Brian from Deadly Prey Gallery (@deadlypreygallery) on Feb 20, 2015 at 6:06pm PST
Special custom-made Manborg Ghanaian movie poster painted by the man Stoger as seen at the video store! #ghanamovieposters #oddobsessionmovies #art #paintings #posters #movieposters #movies #africanart #africanfolkart #ghana #action #astron6 #manborg #firebro #skulls #cultmovies #awesome #rugged #chicago #chicagoart @manborgmovie
A photo posted by Brian from Deadly Prey Gallery (@deadlypreygallery) on Jan 9, 2015 at 6:45pm PST
Next level business right here. Here's a custom handpainted Ghanaian movie poster for Odd Obsession Movies by the great Leonardo. One of the best in the Deadly Prey collection I'd say. #deadlypreygallery #oddobsessionmovies #ghanamovieposters #leonardo #art #paintings #folkart #africanart #mrsdoubtfire #sallyfield #robinwilliams #niceshoes #broomstickineye #90s #movies #movieposters #chicago #chicagoart #handpainted #nextlevel
A photo posted by Brian from Deadly Prey Gallery (@deadlypreygallery) on Mar 28, 2015 at 10:03pm PDT
Another choice hoops themed handpainted movie poster from Ghana as seen at Deadly Prey Gallery! Teen Wolf is a special commission for Odd Obsession Movies Chicago by the artist Salvation. #deadlypreygallery #oddobsessionmovies #ghanamovieposters #teenwolf #michaeljfox #werewolf #basketball #hoops #africanart #ghana #paintings #movies #80s #art #movieposters #chicago #chicagoart
A photo posted by Brian from Deadly Prey Gallery (@deadlypreygallery) on Apr 28, 2015 at 6:20pm PDT
Here's the second of 3 Big Trouble in Little China hand-painted movie posters from Ghana in the Deadly Prey collection. Enjoy! #ghanamovieposters #deadlypreygallery #80s #movies #africanart #paintings #johncarpenter #kurtrussell #actionmovies #kungfu #art #chicago #bigtroubleinlittlechina #jackburton #ghana #chicagoart #movieposters #handpainted
A photo posted by Brian from Deadly Prey Gallery (@deadlypreygallery) on Jul 18, 2015 at 10:32am PDT
Action-packed and horrible to the max, here's a newer painting by the artist Salvation of Terminator 2 for Name Video in Nungua Market! #ghanamovieposters #deadlypreygallery #africanart #ghana #paintings #movieposters #art #fire #actionpacked #terminator #t2 #90s #schwarzenegger #arnold #illbeback #chicago #chicagoart #cultmovies
A photo posted by Brian from Deadly Prey Gallery (@deadlypreygallery) on Aug 1, 2015 at 6:36am PDT
I really love this Cujo poster. Painted in Ghana by Papa Warsti for Sharp Video. #ghanamovieposters #deadlypreygallery #africanart #paintings #movieposters #handpainted #cujo #stephenking #dogart #baddog #dogsploitation #art #chicago #chicagoart #movies #horror
A photo posted by Brian from Deadly Prey Gallery (@deadlypreygallery) on Jul 19, 2015 at 6:59pm PDT
Nice Ghanaian hand-painted movie poster for the famous Fulci giallo Zombie 2! #deadlypreygallery #ghanamovieposters #panslabyrinth #zombie #giallo #fulci #africanart #paintings #movieposters #art #handpainted #chicago #ghana #horror #italianhorror #chicagoart
A photo posted by Brian from Deadly Prey Gallery (@deadlypreygallery) on Aug 2, 2015 at 6:05pm PDT
An absolutely terrifying Nightmare on Elm Street handpainted movie poster from Ghana by the man Stoger! #ghanamovieposters #oddobsessionmovies #nightmareonelmstreet #freddy #thenightdream #art #painting #chicago #chicagoart #bathtubproblems #africanart #horror #80s #horrorfilm #movieart
A photo posted by Brian from Deadly Prey Gallery (@deadlypreygallery) on Dec 21, 2014 at 1:45pm PST
Ghanaian movie poster for Slither handpainted by the man D.A. Pastony. One of my favorites for sure. #ghanamovieposters #oddobsessionmovies #art #movieart #movieposters #dogs #devils #demons #slither #horror #horrorfilm #chicago #chicagoart #paintings
A photo posted by Brian from Deadly Prey Gallery (@deadlypreygallery) on Dec 23, 2014 at 4:14pm PST
Extra Rugged Handpainted Ghanaian movie poster for Starship Troopers by Stoger for Royal Gate Video in Ashaiman! #ghanamovieposters #oddobsessionmovies #art #artist #stoger #starshiptroopers #paulverhoeven #paintings #posters #movieposters #movies #scifi #horrorfilm #cultmovies #spacebugs #africanart #folkart #extrarugged #handpainted #ghana #royalgate #severedarm #wtf #weird #amazing #chicagoart #chicago
A photo posted by Brian from Deadly Prey Gallery (@deadlypreygallery) on Jan 25, 2015 at 8:40am PST
Ghanaian movie poster for the Stephen King film Sleepwalkers painted by the great Heavy J. Lord have mercy! #deadlypreygallery #ghanamovieposters #africanart #chicagoart #art #brutal #paintings #cats #catlady #sleepwalkers #stephenking #badkitty #horror #ghana #chicago
A photo posted by Brian from Deadly Prey Gallery (@deadlypreygallery) on Mar 19, 2015 at 5:54pm PDT
I love watching movies from the 80’s that take place roughly 30 years in the future because that’s currently the time that we’re living in. It’s amazing the type of changes people expect society to make in what is really a short period of time. Will the year 2045 be that different than 2015? Probably not, but if a filmmaker makes a movie today that takes places in 2045, I’d wager their version of 2045 would be incredibly different than the current world we live in. Cherry 2000 was made in 1987. It takes place in 2017, which is only two years from now. If we want to catch up with Cherry 2000 we need kick it into gear!
The year 2017 of Cherry 2000 has a world in which large chunks of society have collapsed into a post-apocalyptic wasteland. There are a few sections here and there that are thriving with the wealthy, but for most part society as we know it has crumbled. Relationships are quite a bit different in Cherry 2000, as they’re all treated like businesses. If you plan on having a sexual encounter of any kind you need to come to a contract agreement and everything must be approved by a lawyer. If you’re lucky that lawyer is a cool, young Laurence Fishburne.
If you’re the wealthiest of the wealthy you just buy an android and make her your wife. This is what business executive Sam Treadwell (David Andrews) does. He has a lovely model in the Cherry 2000 (Pamela Gidley) and they have a pretty great life. That is until Cherry short circuits during sex. Sam takes Cherry into the shop to try and get her repaired only to find out that she’s done for. The repairman is able to remove Cherry’s memory disc, a miniature compact disc that now looks hilarious, which can be placed in another android model. Problem is Sam wants a Cherry 2000 and those are hard to find.
Luckily there’s a robot graveyard Sam can go to and likely find a new Cherry 2000. This robot graveyard is located in the very dangerous Zone 7, but Sam is able to hire a tracker by the name of Edith Johnson (Melanie Griffith) to lead him there. Along the way Sam and E encounter a gang of wasteland thugs led by the evil Lester (Tim Thomerson), dead set on stopping them.
Cherry 2000 is a lot of fun. It’s full of futuristic thugs as envisioned by the creative minds of the 80’s, which are pretty much my favorite type of movie villain ever. They’re always such interesting characters. If I had my way the bad guys in every movie would post-apocalyptic thugs from the 80’s.
Melanie Griffith is awesome as Edith. She’s a total badass. From her kick-ass customized Mustang, to her attitude and style, she’s the type of girl you want on your side when shit goes down. She can handle her own in any situation, perfect for a world in which society has crumbled.
Tim Thomerson is the star of the film, even if he’s not promoted as such. Any time he is on the screen he just steals it. He’s such a cold, heartless baddie. He’s very simple in his approach. You’re either with him or you’re against him. And if you’re against him, you’re likely to end up dead. Doesn’t matter who you are. You can also end up dead if he finds you annoying. You’re a young girl swooning over him but won’t shut up? Bang, you’re dead. This is what a good villain should be. No sympathy, no remorse. Just looking out for his own.
Cherry 2000 certainly isn’t a perfect movie, however. It slows down in the middle. There’s about 15-20 minutes that are kind of boring, as the action sort of stops. David Andrews is also just ok as the lead. He just isn’t that memorable as the lead, likely due to the fact that he’s over shadowed a bit by Griffith and Thomerson. He gets the job done, fine enough, but he’s not a game changer here.
In the long line of post-apocalyptic movies, Cherry 2000 would fall in the upper half, but closer to the middle. And that’s enough to making it worth checking out.
Cherry 2000 is now out on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber. Special features include audio commentary with director Steve De Jarnatt and a making of documentary.
Manos: The Hands Of Fate has achieved cult status and is often hailed as the worst movie of all time. However, that awful achievement hasn’t swayed Ship To Shore Phono Co. from deciding that the soundtrack, which was composed by Robert Smith Jr. & Russ Huddleston, deserves the vinyl treatment!
The label writes:
Utilizing sparse, jazzy arrangements…[the] score evokes the same bizarre, yet oddly compelling, feelings that fans of the film know and love.
This album also includes some dialog interspersed with the music, as the best source available was a 35mm magnetic soundtrack.
The album is available for pre-order now and will begin shipping in September. Copies are highly limited, so make sure to pick up your copy HERE.
1. Family Vacation
2. Love Inside This Magic Circle
3. Baby Do A Thing With Me
4. Adrift in a Sea of Madness
7. Portrait of Evil
8. Dog of Death
9. Perversion, Ignorance, Apathy
10. Tomb of Darkness
11. Torgo’s Lament
12. The Search Continues
13. Prayer to Primal Darkness
14. A Strange Gait
1. Uncontrollable Passion
2. A House Divided
3. Manos, Thy Will is Done
5. An Unfulfilled Desire
6. The Servant Fails the Master
8. The Futility of Fighting Fate
9. Manos Has You Now
10. The Circle of Fate
11. Forgetting You (Love Theme from Manos: The Hands of Fate)
We were sent some very interesting information from BD reader Kenny Caperton, who posted a comment on one of John Carpenter‘s Facebook posts asking about if there would be some live performances in the future. Carpenter’s response is pretty incredible, as he wrote, “There will be a limited tour next year in support of “Lost Themes” and a second album.”
Carpenter’s Lost Themes came out February of this year to critical acclaim and featured nine original tracks composed by Carpenter, his son Cody, and Daniel Davies.
While the above information is incredible, it’s not yet confirmed, even though it comes from Carpenter himself. Plans always change, so let’s not get too excited just yet.
…Okay, I’m too excited. I need this now!
While watching it over and over on Netflix streaming seems good enough, it’s not.
You need a quality Blu-ray release of Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula to really enjoy this comic book-esque horror tale that’s both bizarre and colorful. There’s tons of deep colors in Dracula, including a lot of blacks, which makes this a must own on Blu-ray. How about 4K? Fuck yes.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment announced the re-release of Dracula on Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray/Digital HD) and Limited Edition Supreme Cinema Series (Blu-ray/Digital HD). Available only while supplies last, the Supreme Cinema release will include a ‘high-end’ clear case package and a 24-page booklet with rare photos, behind-the-scenes info, and an all-new exclusive written introduction from Director Francis Ford Coppola, reports DVD Active.
From award-winning director Francis Ford Coppola comes the remake of the classic and chilling tale about the devastatingly seductive Transylvanian prince (Gary Oldman) who travels from Eastern Europe to 19th century London in search of human love. After centuries alone in his crumbling castle, Dracula’s taste for humanity has grown bold with desire, drawing him out of seclusion. When the charismatic Dracula meets Mina (Winona Ryder), a young woman who appears as the reincarnation of his lost love, the two embark on a journey of romantic passion and horror. Now fully remastered in 4K, experience this sensual gothic spectacle like never before.
Both releases will include:
Dolby Atmos soundtrack (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 compatible)
Reflections in Blood: Francis Ford Coppola and Bram Stoker’s Dracula[/i]
Practical Magicians: A Collaboration Between Father and Son
Rare 1993 commentary with Francis Ford Coppola, Roman Coppola and Greg Cannom
Audio Commentary & Film Introduction by Director Francis Ford Coppola
4 Legacy Featurettes
Anchor Bay Films will release The Curse of Downer’s Grove in theaters on August 21st and on VOD, DVD and Blu-ray on September 1st.
Directed by Direck Martini, and taking place near my hometown in Illinois, the film is based on a true story. Bloody Disgusting inow has the trailer for the pic, which stars Lucas Till, Bella Heathcote, Penelope Mitchell, Kevin Zegers, and Tom Arnold!
“The town of Downers Grove looks like your average suburban neighborhood — but Downers Grove has a disturbing secret…. For the past eight years, one senior from every high school graduating class has met a bizarre death right before graduation day. And this year, Chrissie Swanson (Bella Heathcote) has a terrible feeling that she is going to be the one to die. Can Chrissie survive the curse of Downers Grove or will she, like those seniors before her, fall prey to the town’s deadly secret?“
Working in a cinema growing up I got used to being around movie theatre drama.
Getting soaked in piss when washrooms leaked during Finding Nemo on opening weekend, Kill Bill being shown instead of the same fishy flick & projectile puking during the rib rip in the Saw movie sequel I forget the digit of. It seems Canada has it’s own share of issues when presenting films.
Case in point happened during the female body horror Bite at Fantasia International Film Festival. The filmmakers thinking they might cause a stir in stomachs were wise enough to give out barf bags to patrons attending the big screen debut but nothing could have prepared them for this outcome.
Via the festival co-director:
I leave the BITE premiere for all of ten minutes and the following text lights up my phone: “2 people,fainted. One girl is puking and another hit his head on stairs”. Truth.