I had some strange parents, if I were to think back on my childhood. I’m my dad’s third kid and his second son, so I was treated almost like an experiment. I’m pretty sure my dad looked at me when I was born and thought, “I can fuck around with this one. I have two good other ones.”
As a result, I was able to watch a ton of R-rated movies before I was in the first grade, I was taken to gun and knife shows on the hunt for antique blades, and the like. But one thing both my parents agreed upon was that I couldn’t play violent video games. Why? I have absolutely no idea. Apparently it was okay to watch Predator but not play Freedom Force on the NES. Strange, strange parents…
One of the big games that I loved watching my friends play whenever I went over to their place was Doom. Obviously there were others, like Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, etc… that really drew me in but it was Doom that captured my imagination. After all, it was essentially the video game version of those 80’s action movies that my dad and I loved watching together. A badass killing machine is tasked with saving the world against seemingly unstoppable villains? Fuck yeah!
That’s why I’m so pumped and excited about this mod that takes Doom and reskins it to make it look and feel just like an Aliens game! It really looks like a game that ID Software would’ve created had they received the Aliens license and it’s making me wish I had a PC so that I could play it!
Something that I think is super cool about this mod is the acid blood mechanic. After you blast apart a xenomorph, there are puddles of acid blood that hurt your character if you step on them. So you have to wait a bit before progressing, which throttles back the frantic frenzy of the game into something a bit more paced, a bit more suspenseful. Because who knows what waiting could bring around the corner?
To follow the status of the mod, simply favorite this page right here.
It’s been so long that I completely forgot about Among the Living (review), the foreign slasher from Inside and Livide directing duo Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo.
The duo even went off and filmed a new Texas Chainsaw Massacre sequel that’s currently in post-production.
While we wait for that, and their French nightmare Livide, UK audiences finally get to see Among the Living on March 7, 2016 thanks to Metrodome. Sorry, no U.S. date has been set.
Along the Living is like a mix of Stand By Me, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and It.
“Youngsters, Victor, Dan and Tom skip school to wander around an abandoned movie set. They stumble upon a horrific vision : a woman in chains is dragged through the field by a man wearing a clown mask. The masked man catches a glimpse of the boys, who scramble to run away. But, before they can escape, they see something which has been hidden for years, something they were not meant to see. Terrified of having been seen by the masked man, the boys try to alert the police. Unfortunately, their past record of unruly behavior discredits them and the police do not follow up on their tipoff. That night someone breaks into their homes, seeking to eliminate them…one after another… They are going to meet Klarence…”
Chloe Coulloud, Lannick Gautry, Francis Renaud, and Beatrice Dalle (Inside) all star.
It has its World Premiere at the SXSW Film Festival
I was up late last night as news broke of a teaser trailer playing in front of Michael Bay’s 13 Hours that may or may not be a sequel to Cloverfield.
It was eventually confirmed that J.J. Abrams had in fact produced a film in secret, now titled 10 Cloverfield Lane, and had it slated for release through Paramount Pictures on March 11, 2016.
Dan Trachtenberg directs this mystery film with Red State‘s John Goodman, The Thing‘s Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and John Gallagher Jr. starring.
The trailer leaked, now presented in HD below, and revealed a plot very different from Cloverfield. In it, the trio mentioned above are trapped in a bomb shelter. As the trailer darkens, the audience is led to believe that Goodman’s character may be bad, especially when Winstead’s character escapes. The button, though, sets up the mystery. What does she and what is Goodman referring to?
So, here we are with cool content but more questions than answers. Is this a sequel to Cloverfield? Probably not. Is it a spinoff? More likely, especially since Abrams called it a “blood relative” to the 2008 film.
Is there a monster? Are there monsters? What the hell movie is this? Paramount sent us the official teaser one-sheet that really pushes on the bomb shelter plot, but also gives a huge nod to the Godzilla-sized creature from the first film: “Monsters come in many forms.”
Now, is Goodman this film’s “monster,” or is this eluding to something else? Something I did notice in the below teaser is that Goodman’s character has a bandage on his head while they were all acting normal – and at the end we see why he has it. So, maybe Goodman isn’t the movie’s antagonist and he’s just a red herring?
Nobody knows right now except for a select few. But the mystery and anticipation is already making this more fun than anything else in recent memory.
Incredibly tragic and heartbreaking news as it’s being reported that Tera Wray Static, the widow of Wayne Static, has been found dead last night of an apparent suicide, according to Blabbermouth. She was 33.
Static was married to Wayne Static, the enigmatic frontman of metal band Static-X, who passed away in early November of 2014 from a mixture of strong prescription drugs and alcohol.
No further details regarding her passing have been released but this is an incredibly sad story to write.
As many of you know, I’ve battled my own demons in the past when it came to suicide. I know what absolute bottom feels like and to know that Tera felt that she was at that place just breaks my heart.
I beg of anyone who feels like they’re alone and there’s nothing left to live for to reconsider. Don’t hesitate to reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. If you are not in the United States, please utilize whatever resource you have available to you. A company we admire is Hope For a Day. Please check out the resources they offer.
Tera, I hate that you chose this path but I truly hope you rest in peace.
Updated with confirmation and a bootleg of the official teaser trailer!
Back in 2007 Paramount begun teasing an untitled horror film from J.J. Abrams that ended up being the found-footage Cloverfield, a lower budgeted genre film inspired by Godzilla.
It was a monster success, mostly because of the film’s incredible and memorable grass roots campaign.
There have been rumors for years of a sequel to the film that launched director Matt Reeves, writer Drew Goddard and actress Odette Annable-Yustman’s careers.
Monstrous news via Collider who is reporting that not only is a sequel/spinoff on the way, but it’s done, with a teaser trailer connected to Michael Bay’s 13 Hours.
A reader writes in to the site claiming the title is none other than 10 Cloverfield Lane.
Update: Paramount Pictures shared with the site this exclusive statement from J.J. Abrams himself confirming the news!
“The idea came up a long time ago during production. We wanted to make it a blood relative of Cloverfield. The idea was developed over time. We wanted to hold back the title for as long as possible.”
Abrams’ addition that it’s a “blood relative” seems to suggest that the movie isn’t a direct sequel to Cloverfield but instead takes place within the same universe. It should also be known this one is not found-footage.
It was originally announced that Dan Trachtenberg — who helmed the short film “Portal: No Escape” — would be directing a post-apocalyptic thriller called Valencia (also referred to as The Cellar) for Bad Robot and Paramount Insurge, produced by J.J. Abrams.
10 Cloverfield Lane stars John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and John Gallagher, Jr. and, per their reader has a “very creepy trailer that starts out fun but then gets really dark.”
Here’s more on the plot: Collider previously spoke with Winstead when she was promoting her indie Faults, and she told them the film revolves around a woman who wakes up in a cellar where she’s being kept by a stranger, played by Goodman. The actress previously elaborated a bit on the plot by saying the following:
“He tells me that basically the world is over outside because there’s been a nuclear fall-out. It does have similarity to Faults, in some ways, because you don’t know who’s telling the truth or who to believe. There’s a lot of, who’s manipulating who, and all of that. Tonally, it’s very different, but it has some of those same themes.”
It gets even better!
10 Cloverfield Lane is set to hit theaters on March 11th!
Cloverfield followed a group of friends who venture deep into the streets of New York on a rescue mission during a rampaging monster attack.
It was most of the most anticipated genre films in years, and was shrouded in all sorts of mystery. Fans, to this very day, still theorize the origin of the monster (was it awakened deep in the sea by a crashing satellite?).
Who knew, another update!
Here’s the official teaser trailer that just appeared online. I love it. As a teaser, it sets everything up perfectly. It’s a three-act trailer with the audience introduced to a “family” in a bomb shelter, and led to believe the man (Goodman) is keeping them locked in. When the girl (Winstead) escapes, it soon becomes clear that he truly was protecting them. But from what? What’s the next phase of Cloverfield‘s monster? Is this even in the same universe or is this the beginning of a new Sci-fi anthology series? So many questions!
It’s so refreshing to be this excited about an upcoming movie again – and only have to wait two months!
I shouldn’t be writing about Kevin Smith anymore. I really shouldn’t. It’s hard for me to share new content with you without bashing the living hell out of him.
I was a huge, no, massive fan back in the day. I still watch Mallrats religiously, and think Chasing Amy, while unintentionally misogynistic, is great stuff. I’m all about the old stuff.
But, man, I really think that Kevin Smith sucks now.
Cop Out was unwatchable, Red State lacked intensity and was dull, and Tusk was mean-spirited dribble.
Now, while we wait for Smith’s story in Holidays, he’s heading to Park City, Utah to premiere Yoga Hosers, a spinoff to Tusk, to critics, fans and buyers.
What can they expect? How about a box filled with “bratzi,” you know, Smith dressed up as a foot tall Canadian Nazi made of sentient Bratwurst. Not kidding. Take a look.
We also get to see a film starring his and his BFF Johnny Depp’s daughters, Harley Quinn Smith and Lily-Rose Depp. Yay.
The two star as Colleen Collette and Colleen McKenzie, who are teenage besties from Winnipeg who love yoga and live on their smartphones. But when these sophomores get invited to a senior party by the school hottie, the Colleens accidentally uncover an ancient evil buried beneath their Canadian convenience store. They join forces with legendary man-hunter Guy Lapointe to fight for their lives.
The pic also stars Michael Parks, Justin Long, Genesis Rodriguez, Ralph Garman, Jennifer Schwalbach, Harley Morenstein, Stan Lee, Tony Hale, Natasha Lyonne, Austin Butler, Adam Brody, Tyler Posey, Jason Mewes, and Johnny Depp.
Look. I love horror movies. I love movies. I do not want to be disappointed. I’m crossing my fingers that something connects here and Yoga Hosers changes my opinion of Smith. Let’s talk after we’ve all seen it. Cool?
Nora-Jane Noone (Brooklyn) has joined Alexandra Park in the indie thriller The Deep End from writer-director Matt Eskandari.
The duo star as two sisters who become trapped under the fiberglass cover of a public pool, which sounds like anyone’s worse nightmare.
Eskandari and Michael Hultquis co-wrote the pic that shoots in Los Angeles beginning this month.
First of all, I sincerely apologize for how late this review is. I thought iZombie returned next week and didn’t realize it had already aired until Wednesday night. My bad! I’ll be more on top of that in the future. Anyway, let’s get to iZombie’s latest episode “Method Head,” which was a fun, if inconsequential return for Rob Thomas’ zombie series. It featured enough meta humor to fill an entire Scream film but lacked a bit in terms of actual stakes.
Picking up the day following Liv and Major’s breakup, Ravi breaks the news to them about the zombie cure being only temporary and then we are taken on a short time jump that was a little jarring, especially considering how it diminished the impact of the events that ended “Cape Town.” It does provide a nice way for iZombie to not have to drag Liv and Major’s break-up (and Liv and Clive’s break-up) out for multiple episodes, but it makes the dramatic plot turns from “Cape Town” seem unimportant by the end of “Method Head.” Liv and Major are on speaking terms and Clive and Liv are back to working together. We just skipped all the fallout. Also, that whole Santa Claus murder bit could have been removed entirely and the episode would have been all the better for it.
The bulk of the episode was spent on the set of “Zombie High,” a show that Liv watches religiously but for some reason hasn’t mentioned until now (but how funny was it to see Clive make fun of it?). This setup was prime for a ton of meta humor, and “Method Head” didn’t disappoint. There were plenty of zombie jokes as the show (iZombie, not “Zombie High”) poked fun at itself and also allowed Live to eat the brain of an actor. I admit that the show didn’t go quite as far with the brain as I would have liked it to, but otherwise all of the meta humor worked pretty well. The mystery itself, in which a cocky actor was shot with a real gun during filming was not quite up to par with some of iZombie‘s best mysteries, but it was serviceable.
In other news, Blaine is without his zombie hooker that Major froze back in “Cape Town,” and he gets paid a visit from Bozzio! Watching Blaine freak out about the cooler with the brain in it was highly entertaining and it was quite refreshing to see Blaine actually worried about something. Blaine may be a great villain, but he is definitely the epitome of a “comic book villain” in that he always comes out on top. Seeing a moment of weakness for the character was a nice turn of events. It doesn’t look like things are going to get any easier for Blaine, since Clive and Dale realized that he is also their suspect in the Meat Cute Massacre from the Season 1 Finale.
Major didn’t spend much time with Liv this week, but he did get to bond with Vaughn du Clark for the majority of the episode. Special mention must be made of Steven Weber. How great is he in that role? He’s clearly relishing every second of it and it shows in his performance. It was fairly obvious that Major was being tested for his loyalty when the good doctor came to him pretending to be a whistleblower, but it did lead to a great moment of suspense when du Clark let the zombies loose with the doctor inside the feeding room.
“Method Head” is a lot of fun to watch, but it seems to be more of a filler episode to bridge the two halves of the season (it is the middle episode in a 19-episode season), so it did feel a little slight. That being said, it’s hard to resist an episode that calls itself out on its ridiculous premise.
- Chapter Titles of the Week: Dead Rodent’s Society; Homicide for the Holidays; Cast Times at Zombie High; A Royal Fan; Trailer Trash; Major Downer; The Brains Behind the F.B.I.;
- Brain Recipe of the Week: Used as a topper on a frozen dinner! I ate many of these during and right after college so this actually looked appetizing to me.
- Nice cut from Blaine pondering about a zombie outbreak to a scene from Zombie High.
- On that note, how funny was the repeated use of the word “prickerbush.” I’ve never heard it called that before.
- Babineaux and Bozzio are having sex. That’s cool.
- Liv trying to not act excited when they were interrogating Wyatt the shooter was hilarious.
- “Well, there it is! Some of the most famous junk in America.” -Liv on Jordan’s penis.
- “He’s blinded you with man-jewelry and the promise of a rock-hard ass!” “Well *slaps butt*, promise delivered!”
- “Don’t know if he has the range for Blue.” -Liv, when hearing that Wyatt was auditioning for the role of the Blue Ranger in the new Power Rangers movie. Also a nice nod to Rose McIver’s days as a Power Ranger (she was the Yellow Ranger).
- Gilda calls full-on zombies “Romeros.” I love it!
- I’m not the only one who thought that sketch of Blaine was super creepy right?
- iZombie is taking the next two weeks off so I’ll see you all on February 2nd (and I’ll be on time next time).
“American Idol’s” Adam Lambert has been cast in Fox’s “Rocky Horror Picture Show” as Eddie, an ex-delivery boy played by the great Meat Loaf in the original film (see below).
Lambert joins cast members Laverne Cox, who will play Dr. Frank-N-Further, the sexually ambiguous flirtatious alien mad scientist; Victoria Justice as Janet; Ryan McCartan as Brad; Reeve Carney as Riff Raff; and Staz Nair in the title role.
“Rocky Horror” follows sweethearts Janet (Justice) and Brad (McCartan) who stumble upon Frank-N-Furter’s (Cox) bizarre abode. With the help of his faithful servants Riff Raff (Carney) and Magenta (yet to be cast), Frank-N-Furter, is holding an annual Transylvanian science convention to showcase the birth of “Rocky Horror” (Nair), a fit, attractive man created solely to fulfill Frank’s desires.
The two-hour “Rocky Horror” special airs this fall on Fox. Variety reports.
Ridley Scott has dropped all the bullshit and is embracing the animalistic nature of his Alien franchise.
Even though Prometheus, the prequel to his 1979 horror classic Alien, was targeting towards a more mainstream audience, it still ending up receiving an R-rating by the MPAA.
I think that maybe the fact he couldn’t pull off a PG-13, coupled with the dropping of Prometheus from the title, has lit that horror fire under his ass.
No longer will the Prometheus sequel be separate from Alien. Currently titled Alien: Covenant, Scott is returning to his roots in a big way with the sequel/prequel, and has plans on upping his own ante.
Screen Slam posted a full backstage video interview with Scott at the Golden Globes, where his The Martian won “Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.”
One of the reporters pointed out that fans of the horror genre are still looking for films like Alien to which Scott responded, “That’s why I’m doing it. I’m going to do pretty hard ‘R.’ Pretty tough.”
But the shocker is the reveal that he is planning something “much worse” than the famous chest-burst scene. He almost topped it with the c-section sequence in Prometheus. What could he have up his sleeve this time?!
Late last year Scott also excited us all when he said, “We’ll have them all: egg, face-hugger, chest-burster, then the big boy.” He also explained that the film will reveal a destroyed Engineer planet, and also shared plans for an expanded universe that will eventually bridge directly into his 1979 Alien.
Katherine Waterston recently landed the lead role. She will reunite with her Jobs co-star Michael Fassbender, while Scott has previously confirmed that Noomi Rapace will also return.
Shooting begins pretty soon in Australia with FOX setting it for release on October 6, 2017.
[H/T] AvP Galaxy
Some huge news that hits many of us right in the childhood nostalgia feels is coming out of Hollywood as it’s being reported that Guillermo del Toro will be producing and potentially directing a film adaptation of “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark“, the controversial ghost story book from Alvin Schwartz and artist Stephen Gammell! The project comes from CBS Films and will also be produced by Sean Daniel, Jason Brown and Elizabeth Grave.
Del Toro also said something very interesting via Twitter regarding the visual style of the film: “To answer some questions on Scary Stories- of course we WILL have Stephen Gammell’s imagery be preeminent on the film! Yeah!!”
The three-book children’s series has sold more than 7 million copies worldwide, beginning with 1981′s “Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark,” continuing with “More Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark” (1984) and “Scary Stories 3: More Tales To Chill Your Bones” (1991).
While the stories weren’t that spooky, the original artwork by Gammell was absolutely terrifying, creating nightmare fuel for generations. In fact, the art drew such controversy that some places banned the book because it was deemed too scary for the youthful.
I have my copy of the trilogy on my shelf and I’m looking at it while I type this. It’s a staple of my library and I’ll make sure that when I have kids that they’ll be introduced to that book. It’s going to become tradition, whether they like it or not!
2015 was a transformative year for Techland’s zombie genocide simulator Dying Light. The game has evolved, gradually, via incremental updates that have introduced new features, content and additional polish, as well as paved the way for the epic story expansion that is The Following.
On February 9, Dying Light will get a huge new map and story campaign in its most ambitious DLC to-date. The Following will effectively double the size of the original game, and while that’s certainly exciting, it’s not quite as exhilarating as outfitting a weaponized dune buggy with flamethrowers and spiky bits so you can haul ass into a sea of walking corpses to see what it’d look like if Leatherface got angry with a platter of cherry Jell-O.
If you told me you weren’t excited to do that, I wouldn’t believe you.
I might understand your not matching my level of pumped-up-edness, and that’s okay. We can fix you. All you need is for me to properly explained just how extremely awesome these zombie murder buggies are going to be. Dying Light is treating them like the weapons they very obviously are by giving us the ability to customize our dune buggy with paint jobs, bobbleheads, charms, flamethrowers, electrical cages, UV bubbles, spiked ramming bars and remote explosives.
There will be blueprints to collect, new parts to find — like better engines — and they’re even introducing a new Driver skill tree so you can maximize your road rage potential.
Dying Light: The Following releases on Feb 9 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
The upcoming supernatural horror film The Boy is gearing up to make people terrified of dolls all over again next Friday and now they’re unleashing the rules that one has to abide by in order to survive. Basically, think of Gremlins, only there are twice as many guidelines that need to be followed.
1. No boyfriends
2. Dress him each morning
3. Kiss him goodnight
4. Never leave him alone
5. Never go in the attic
6. Help with studies
Is this a horror movie or a strict parent? Well, now that I think about it, those two aren’t exactly mutually exclusive. Shit…this could be terrifying.
“Greta (Lauren Cohan) is a young American woman who takes a job as a nanny in a remote English village, only to discover that the family’s 8-year-old is a life-sized doll that the parents care for just like a real boy, as a way to cope with the death of their actual 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.”
The Boy haunts theaters on January 22nd, 2016.
NECA’s “Ultimate” line is one of the best ever, delivering gluttonous action figures of A Nightmare On Elm Street‘s Freddy Krueger, Friday the 13th: Jason Lives‘ Jason Voorhees and even Texas Chain Saw Massacre‘s Leatherface.
Next on the list is Ashley J. Williams, as depicted in Sam Raimi’s classic 1987 Evil Dead II: Dead By Dawn!
The toy company tweeted out stating that they won’t be looking to adapt Ash out of the “Fistful of Boomstick” video game because they’re already bringing us toys based on Starz’s “Ash vs Evil Dead” series to go along with the Ultimate version of Ash.
The New York Toy Fair in a few weeks away. I expect to see some “Ash vs Evil Dead” prototypes there and hope to get a tease of this new Ultimate, although NECA followed up by stating it’s only in the planning stage at this moment. Last year NECA revealed Ultimate Predator and T2 figures.
I just hope we eventually get an Ultimate version of Ripley from Aliens.
A new horror project executive produced by horror icon Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator, Robot Jox, From Beyond, Stuck) has hit the crowd-sourcing platform Kickstarter, and is seeking a mere $50,000.
Jack Alvino and Garo Setian are co-directing Glutton For Punishment from their own screenplay
Glutton For Punishment is a horror-thriller feature film about an obese man pushed to the edge. A combination of Falling Down, Seven, American Psycho and “Breaking Bad,” the film is a satirical commentary on our weight obsessed culture.
“Just shy of 500 pounds, Jack Sweet, 34, is an honest, passive, funny, genuinely good guy. He works hard and just wants acceptance and love in his life. But in a culture that values the way you look above all else, such things prove impossible for him to come by.
He is the most productive worker at his job, and easily outsells his co-workers 3 to 1. But because of his weight, he is continually mocked by his fellow employees and is always denied the promotion he so deeply desires.
Jack juggles the pressures of his job with caring for his overweight, housebound father, Fred. Fred is ill and can’t get the life saving surgery he needs because his doctor refuses to operate on a man so grossly overweight. It is too much of a “risk.”
To make matters worse, wherever Jack goes, he is subject to the usual prejudices set against fat people. People stare at him, women won’t give him the time of day and everyone he encounters relentlessly picks on him. The hyper-beautiful world around Jack walks all over him, pushing him down…down…down.
But when Jack’s dad passes away and Jack is unfairly let go from his job for confronting his bosses on the promotion he rightfully deserved – Jack snaps! He goes off the deep end and begins a brutal murderous rampage seeking vengeance against all those that have wronged him.
Ironically, these killings give Jack a newly found sense of confidence. He begins to care less about how the world sees him and grows more comfortable in his own skin. He is even able to ask the girl of his dreams out on a date!
Jack even starts to attend pro-active fat pride meetings and learns that he is not the only one who has faced these weight-related problems. He listens to the stories of other tortured overweight people and this only fuels Jack’s fire!
Now Jack’s killing spree becomes a crusade to stomp out the last acceptable prejudice in America – the prejudice against overweight people!
The audience will root for Jack right down to the last scene, as he doles out the justice, super-sized!!! Will Jack get away and find the love and acceptance he so desperately craves? Or will his violent actions have deadly consequences?
Garo is an award-winning trailer editor who has cut over 260 trailers and television spots for motion pictures. He has been nominated for twenty Golden Trailer Awards, and in 2008 won three for his trailers for The Eye 3 (best foreign horror), Drive-Thru (Trashiest trailer) and the Marvel animated feature Doctor Strange (best anime).
Garo is also an award-winning filmmaker. His short film “Partners in Crime” (A children’s film combining clay animation and live action) won seven awards, was a regional finalist in the Student Academy Awards and was screened at thirteen film festivals and Russian television.
Alvino directed and produced numerous short films, including producing the horror short, “Fat”, directed by Garo Setian, as well as the Award winning science fiction short film, The Last Actor, directed by George Krstic. Alvino and Setian reunited as a producer and director team for the horror short, The Drifter, which was just recently featured at the New York City Horror Film Festival.
Alvino then produced the multiple-award winning inspirational drama feature film, Beyond The Pale, starring Malachy McCourt and Roger Davis. This film aired on Showtime and television channels in England and Ireland.
Alvino’s numerous credits include writing for Cartoon Network’s action comedy series, “Megas XLR,” and penning many scripts for Jetix’s animated comedy series, “Pucca,” for which he won a 2006 Leo award for best original screenplay.
The duo Luciano Onetti and Nicolás Onetti, behind 2013’s Sonno Profondo (AKA Deep Sleep), returns with a new giallo, Francesca.
Bloody Disgusting has your first look at the latest poster for Francesca, starring Raul Gederlini, Silvina Grippaldi, Luis Emilio Rodríguez, and Gustavo D’Alessandro.
It’s incredible how old-school the below photos look. I mean, the images seriously appear authentic, no?!
“It’s been 15 years since the disappearance of little Francesca, daughter of the renowned storyteller, poet and dramatist Vittorio Visconti, and the community is stalked by a psychopath bent on cleaning the city of “impure and damned souls”. Moretti and Succo, questioned by the ineffectiveness of the police force, are the detectives in charge of elucidating the mystery surrounding these “Dantesque” crimes. Francesca seems to have returned, but she is not be the same girl who everyone knew…”
The film is in Italian through Guante Negro Films.
Grindhouse Releasing is blazing a bloody trail of chainsaw carnage in 2016 with the company’s best home video release to date: the highly anticipated 3-disc deluxe Blu-ray edition of the 1980s slasher classic Pieces.
Hitting stores March 1, this jam-packed, definitive hi-def set (specs below) comes complete with an eye-popping Pieces jigsaw puzzle (limited to the first 3000 copies, available now for pre-order at Diabolik DVD and Amazon. Through an exclusive deal with Grindhouse Releasing, Diabolik DVD customers will receive Pieces a week early on February 23 – and get first crack at the limited edition, which is projected to sell out fast.
Directed by Juan Piquer Simón and starring Christopher George (Lucio Fulci’s CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD, GRIZZLY, TV’s RAT PATROL), Edmund Purdom (DON’T OPEN TIL CHRISTMAS), Paul L. Smith (MIDNIGHT EXPRESS, David Lynch’s DUNE, and Robert Altman’s POPEYE) and Lynda Day George (MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE), Pieces tells the story of a psychopathic killer stalking a Boston campus, brutally slaughtering nubile young college co-eds, collecting body parts from each victim to create the likeness of his mother who he savagely murdered with an axe when he was ten years old.
Grindhouse Releasing’s Pieces 3-disc Blu-ray/CD specs:
– TWO complete versions of this shocking gore classic:
Pieces (83 min.) – the original, unrated U.S. theatrical version, presented in English
MIL GRITOS TIENE LA NOCHE (86 min.) – the original uncensored director’s cut,
presented in Spanish with original score by Librado Pastor
– Spectacular new 4K transfers – scanned from the original camera negative
– Brand new audio commentary by star Jack Taylor
– Special 5.1 audio option – the Vine Theater Experience!
– In-depth interviews with director Juan Piquer Simón and genre superstar Paul L. Smith
– 42nd STREET MEMORIES – all-new feature-length documentary containing interviews with Bill Lustig, Larry Cohen, Frank Henenlotter, Buddy Giovinazzo, Jeff Lieberman, John Skipp, Lynn Lowry, Terry Levene, and many other exploitation icons
– Extensive gallery of stills and poster art
– Exhaustive filmographies
– Liner notes by legendary horror journalists Chas. Balun (DEEP RED) and Rick Sullivan (GORE GAZETTE)
– BONUS CD – original soundtrack – newly remastered from the original studio tapes
– Beautiful embossed slipcover
– First 3000 units include an actual jigsaw puzzle! Strictly limited to 3000 units!
– AND OTHER SURPRISES!
On the Monday, Feb. 1 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) episode of “The X-Files,” Mulder and Scully investigate an “animal” attack.
In episode 10,03, ‘Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-monster,’ guest starring Kumail Nanjiani (“Silicon Valley”) and Rhys Darby (“Flight of the Concords”): “When a dead body is found in the woods, Mulder and Scully are called in to investigate whether it was an animal attack, a serial killer or just maybe a strange creature as described by eyewitnesses. Meanwhile, Mulder is able to confront some of his own demons about feeling disillusioned with his life’s work.”
This episode was written and directed by Darin Morgan.
Full cast featured: Gillian Anderson as FBI Special Agent Dana Scully, David Duchovny as FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder and Mitch Pileggi as FBI Asst. Dir. Walter Skinner.
Guest Cast: Kumail Nanjiani as Pasha, Rhys Darby as Guy Man, Richard Newman as Dr. Rumanovitch, Tyler Labine as Stoner #1, Nicole Parker-Smith as Stoner #2, Alex Diakun as Manager, D.J. “Shangela” Pierce as Annabelle.
A full-length trailer for the Australian man-versus-beast horror film The Pack has been released and it looks pretty damn intense! Packed full of violence, vicious attacks, hiding in closets, and more, The Pack looks like it’s trying to do for wild dogs what Jaws did for sharks.
“Man’s best friend becomes his worst nightmare when a horde of bloodthirsty wild dogs descends upon a family’s farmhouse in a fang-bearing fight for survival.”
Directed by Nick Robertson and written by Evan Randall Green, The Pack stars Anna Lise Phillips, Jack Campbell and Kieran Thomas. The movie is going to hit theaters and VOD on February 5th via IFC Midnight.
About a month ago I caught wind of Garagehouse Pictures. This is the new company from Exhumed Films programmer and collector of 16mm & 35mm prints Harry Guerro. The idea behind Garagehouse Pictures is to shed new light on some of the most obscure titles out there. They made their debut Blu-ray release with 1984’s Ninja Busters, which may very well be the most obscure title ever released to the format.
Ninja Busters was filmed in 1984, screened once and then was just left to be forgotten all these years. The film was stored for 30 years in a warehouse and that’s where Guerro found it. Thankfully the print was in good shape and Garagehouse was able to clean it up and now we have a beautiful Blu-ray release of a lost movie.
Paul Kyriazi, who has built a bit of a cult following with titles like Death Machines and Omega Cop, directed Ninja Busters off a script written by Sid Campbell and William C. Martell. If you’ve seen Death Machines, Omega Cop or any other Kyriazi movie you kind of have an idea of what to expect with Ninja Busters. I think I’d best describe it as Miami Connection but less sincere. And what I mean by that is whereas Miami Connection tries to be a very serious martial arts/action movie that ends up funny in its failure to do so, Ninja Busters is a more straight forward comedy mixed with martial arts.
Chic (writer Campbell) and Bernie (Eric Lee) are a pair of bumbling friends with one goal in life – hook up with the ladies! Their plan to impress the ladies is to portray themselves as skilled martial artists. Very skilled in fact as they claim Bernie was Bruce Lee’s best student and Chic was his teacher. One look at these two and you’re immediately not buying this story. Chic couldn’t look goofier and gives off this Jim Varney vibe and Bernie looks to be this small, scrawny scamp just waiting for his hair to be tussled. Like you would expect, neither is very skilled.
In reality both Campbell and Lee had already built reputations as world renowned martial artists. While I wouldn’t call either one a great actor, they do deserve some credit for doing a nice job of portraying themselves as a couple of idiots unable to stand straight let alone set the world ablaze with some top flight martial arts.
The plot is a little weird, but I suppose that should come as no surprise. Campbell was praised for his martial art skills, not his writing ability. The film opens up with some nefarious characters participating in what appears to be some shady activities. Then we get to Chic and Bernie who briefly work in a warehouse that is the front for the nefarious fellows we previously met. Chic and Bernie quickly lose their jobs then get into a run-in with a couple of bikers. The bikers chase the pair of stooges into a dojo that has a fairly large number of female students. This intrigues Chic and Bernie so they sign up.
The next 45 minutes or so are spent showing the progression of Bernie and Chic at the dojo. At first they start off not taking the training very seriously and spend all their time trying to pick up the female students. By the end of the 45 minutes, however, they are martial arts experts. Hooray! This somehow leads to them running back into the nefarious characters from early in the movie and a showdown to stop them quickly proceeds.
Ninja Busters isn’t a great movie. It has some serious issues, most notably with the acting and the pacing. Across the board the acting is pretty subpar. A lot of the lines are wooden in their delivery and most of the cast doesn’t look to be completely comfortable on camera. This leads to quite a bit of unintentional laughs. The movie also takes too long to get back to our bad guys. I get that our heroes have to go through this training to become our heroes, but I wish we could have spent some more time with the baddies. It would have made the final fight better.
Now that I got my complaints out of the way, let me tell you why this not great movie is great fun! Despite the amateur acting, Campbell and Lee have pretty good chemistry as Chic and Bernie. They’re really funny together and once they get through the training they get to unleash their awesome martial arts moves. Since the movie is supposed to be funny in the buddy cop sort of way there is a lot of intentional humor to go along with the unintentional humor, which basically means you’re getting laughs throughout the whole movie.
The absolute highlight of Ninja Busters comes at just around the halfway point. For no reason whatsoever, other than it being the 80’s, we get a random break dancing scene. It’s pretty glorious and something more movies should incorporate. If your movie is getting a little slow throw it some break dancing and you’ll have the audience hooked!
For their debut release, Garagehouse Pictures did a wonderful job with Ninja Busters. The movie itself looks awesome, which is pretty amazing when you remember this film was basically just left to rot. Garagehouse Pictures didn’t settle with an awesome transfer as they went one step further and loaded the release of with extras. You get The Tournament which is Kyriazi’s first film, although it’s only 49 minutes. This isn’t a great movie but it’s a nice look at where Kyriazi got his start. In addition to that you get an introduction to the film from Kyriazi and an audio commentary track. And the whole release is tied together in a very nice clear Blu-ray case with some awesome original artwork by the very talented Stephen Romano. If Garagehouse Pictures did one thing wrong, it’s that they may have set the bar too high for future releases.
Ninja Busters is a really fun movie. I for one am glad that Garagehouse Pictures saved it from the wastelands and gave it to us in a beautiful Blu-ray and cannot wait to see what they release next. I definitely recommend everyone pick this up.
Ninja Busters is now available on Blu-ray from Garagehouse Pictures over at DiabolikDVD.