I’m sure we can all agree that Heidi Klum claimed Halloween as the plasticized red headed nightmare Jessica Rabbit succubus. Meanwhile over in Canada a simple yet effective outfit won the kudos of many a horror nerd. Will Perkins from Art of The Title illuminated the night as Drew Struzan’s classic movie poster for John Carpenter’s The Thing.
A photo posted by Epic Pictures Group (@epicpicturesgroup) on Oct 31, 2015 at 1:32pm PDT
We’d love to know if Drew saw this & what his reaction was. Struzan was last seen in a hilarious cameo at the climax of Tales of Halloween, for which he also made a pumpkin poster for.
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As over 8000 industry pros descend to the American Film Market to do business on home soil instead, of escaping to Cannes or Berlin, it’s prime sales art spotting time! These one sheet movie posters & adverts are aimed at luring people to screenings or stopping by office spaces for companies looking to buy & sell. Here are a selection of some of the most promising genre titles being introduced at the conference. Keep up with all of our AFM news in our hub.
November 13-15, 2015 is going to be a weekend for the ages for horror fans in the Pacific Northwest as the first ever Living Dead Horror Convention takes over the Oregon Convention Center in downtown Portland, OR. The convention is shaping up to be a huge one with nearly 100 vendors and a wide range of guests across multiple horror platforms scheduled to be in attendance, along with screenings and after parties.
More than just a film convention, Living Dead Con stays true to the brand’s spirit of welcoming and promoting everyone in the horror culture/community from writers to musicians and artists to actors. This is the first of many Living Dead Conventions that will takes place annually in Portland, OR, and right off the bat we are bringing in some of the most obscure and the most sought after appearances, live bands, horror burlesque, oddities, nonstop film screenings, celebrity led workshops, personalized VIP parties, and panels from authors, actors, directors and makeup artists.
The minds behind the convention are the creator and owner of the horror lifestyle/culture magazine Living Dead Magazine, Deanna Uutela and NW horror writer and sales director James R. Beach.
The impressive list of guests, which is subject to change, includes Barbara Steele, Adrienne King, Ari Lehman, Lisa Marie, John Dugan and a whole heck of a lot more. Vendors include Something Weird, Cult Classic Posters and one of my favorite companies to ever exist in Vinegar Syndrome, just to name a few. For a full list of vendors, guests, screenings and other events as well as ticket information please visit LivingDeadCon.com.
Artsploitation Films has announced the acquisition of two English Language films – Observance and Blue Family – from Shoreline Entertainment. The deals are for all rights for North America. Artsploitation plans early 2016 releases for both titles.
Polanski’s The Tenant meets Hitchcock’s Rear Window in the claustrophobic psychological thriller Observance which is coming off a festival run which included Fantasia where it had its World Premiere, Vancouver International and London Film Festivals.
Directed by Joseph Sims-Dennett (Bad Behaviour), the Australian production stars Lindsay Farris (Primal, Bad Behaviour), Stephanie King (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries) and John Jarratt (Wolf Creek, Django Unchained) and involves an emotionally fragile private detective whose world is gradually upended as he observes a woman from an abandoned apartment.
Blue Family is an American production co-written, co-directed and starring Guillermo Ivan as a pleasant young car salesman who harbors a terrifying secret – he has kidnapped three women and keeps them locked up in his basement.
Artsploitation’s Ray Murray, who negotiated the deal with Sam Eigen of Shoreline says, “I am excited about these two very dissimilar thrillers. Observance is a visually surreal and disturbing tale of a man’s mental deterioration while Blue Family upends the familiar “women held captive” dramas with a story of unexpected humor and characters one can relate to.”
Myriad Pictures announced today that its Scoundrel Media label will finance and handle worldwide sales for the thriller The Woman of the Woods, written and to be directed by Russell Friedenberg (Wind Walkers, Among Ravens) and starring Lena Headey (“Game of Thrones,” The Purge, 300, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies).
In The Woman of the Woods, “Kelsay (Lena Headey) and her husband have just decided to separate. They agree to go on one last family camping trip in a remote area of the Pacific Northwest to break the news to their young daughter. But an evil presence lurks in the woods – and it soon influences the daughter who succumbs to a strange and frightening world of violence. Upon their return to Seattle, a police detective investigating a series of missing persons becomes convinced that the daughter is responsible. Kelsey must prove her daughter’s innocence – but to do so she must face the terrifying entity – and finds herself spiraling into greater and greater danger.”
The Woman of the Woods will be produced by Academy Award nominated producer Heather Rae (Frozen River, The Dry Land). Myriad/ Scoundrel will begin sales on the new film at the American Film Market.
Director Friedenberg stated, “‘I’m totally amped to bring The Woman of the Woods to audiences around the world with Myriad Pictures and the incredibly talented Lena Headey. Lena brings an authenticity and emotional power to her work that is uncompromising. And Myriad has a track record of elevated and poignant work that we are proud to be a part of. Full speed ahead!”
Now that baseball is over we can get back to our snarky bitchy Tuesday night viewing. This week on “Scream Queens” Ariana Grande made a guest appearance as dead Chanel #2, Gigi revealed herself to be even crazier than we thought (yeah, sure you’re not “touched in the head”), Dean Munsch is straight Single White Female crazy, and Grace and Pete continue to be the least interesting part of the show.
We open on a funeral for Chanel #2 (Grande) and Chanel #1 narrating her disdain for the fallen sister. She’s glad she’s dead and she doesn’t care who knows it, especially since Chanel #2 was sleeping with Chad Radwell, who will sincerely miss porking her. After the funeral the Chanel’s gather around a Ouija board to ask Chanel #2 some questions and find out who the killer is. After the board seemingly works, Chanel #2 pegs Chanel #1 as the killer causing the rest of the group, lead by #6, to decide Chanel must die. After all, they are all guilty of being involved with Chad Radwell behind Chanel’s back.
Any episode that features Chanel #4 and #5 predominately automatically makes me smile. I can’t get over how hilarious Abigail Breslin and Billie Lourd are both together and separate. The girls consider various plans to kill Chanel but can’t seem to agree on either grinding up her diamonds and feeding them to her at a sugar party (this is not a thing, I refuse to believe it is) and Breslin’s overly complicated plans crack me up.Any episode that features Chanel #4 and #5 predominately automatically makes me smile. I can’t get over how hilarious Abigail Breslin and Billie Lourd are both together and separate. The girls consider various plans to kill Chanel but can’t seem to agree on either grinding up her diamonds and feeding them to her at a sugar party (this is not a thing, I refuse to believe it is) and Breslin’s overly complicated plans crack me up.
Their plan is foiled when Chanel #2 comes back from the grave in a dream(?) sequence to reveal hell is not all it’s cracked up to be and to warn Chanel what her cohorts are up to. Of course, she confronts them and gains their trust back with material goods in true Chanel fashion. But we all know from the past that these girls are out for blood, figuratively or not, and can’t be entirely trusted to be back on Chanel’s side. My only issue with this sequence is introducing the possibility of supernatural occurrences. I will take the campy attitude and over the top dialogue but I have to draw a line somewhere and that line is introducing the idea of a spirit world that could be a really big plot killer. I’m going to just assume it was a dream and that the Ouija board was being controlled by the Chanels.
After a week off I was happy to join the show again and for me it seemed to be much funnier than the last couple of episodes. It also gave us more background on Dean Munsch, which may have been superfluous to everything else, but I will take any and all extra time with Jamie Lee Curtis. In fact, one of the more clever references I thought was the use of “Beware of Young Girls” by Dory Previn. The song’s title is the title of this week’s episode and comes to a head at the end of the episode with Munsch dancing around to it revealing that she did, in fact, kill her husband because of his affair with former KKT member Feather. Previn wrote the song after her husband had an affair with Mia Farrow, whom Feather looks almost identical to. Curtis is the absolute best part of this show and her tumble down psycho hill makes me smile.
Finally my least favorite aspect of the show, Grace, and Pete. I don’t dislike either character and I certainly don’t understand the hate for Grace’s hats (I mean why? They are just hats…) but these two are extremely uninteresting compared to the rest of the characters. Pete’s Matthew McConaghuey’s accent was entertaining once but using it as a running gag makes me want to punch him in the teeth. Also, are we just going to forget about his former obsession with Chanel and chalk it up to a lazy red herring or will that come back into play?
“Beware of Young Girls” cements what I had been thinking the whole time. This show is not about Grace’s journey to becoming some kind of final girl it’s about the idea of everyone being certifiable. Yeah, it could have been a paint by numbers whodunit with some snark thrown in but it’s focus is on the crazy and absurd which is fine by me.
And speaking of absurd, where is Denise Hemphill? I know most of you hate her, but I’ve been missing her these past few weeks.Favorite Lines:
“Didn’t you see the movie?”
“The movie Ouija? No! No one did!”
“I don’t trust a girl with a big bush of pubic hair. Makes me think she’s got something to hide.”
*On the subject of hell and the lack of dinosaurs* “We know, Jesus broke in and stole them.”
“I was probably in a bad mood because Adolph Hitler was motor-boating my boobs.”
It’s been a few months since we last mentioned Alan Wake 2, so I thought I might remedy that with this illuminating video — sorry — in which Sam Lake, Remedy’s eternally youthful creative director, fares better than most probably would in enduring a barrage of questions covering everything from Quantum Break to the return of “Twin Peaks”.
The interviewer wastes no time getting to the big question, as “Will we ever get to play Alan Wake 2?” gets an enthusiastic “Yes!” from Sam Lake within the first ten seconds of the video.
The rest of Game Informer’s interview is worth watching in its entirety, if only to find out what, exactly, happened at the end of Alan Wake.
I also recommend you spend some time perusing our Week of Wake hub, where you’ll find all sorts of Alan Wake goodness, including every “Night Springs” episode and a little something I wrote titled Barry vs. Barry: Which Barry Barry’d Best?
The makers of Depth were onto somefin special when they decided to build a jaws-dropping asymmetrical multiplayer horror game in which a team of human-shaped rubber-coated candies must fight a battalion of living torpedoes made from teeth and hunger who, I might add, also have the added benefit of home field advantage.
Depth celebrated its one-year anniversary yesterday with an infographical breakdown of a year’s worth of stats, and while the Tiger shark’s popularity is certainly interesting, what’s most fascinating to me is how much the game has evolved over the course of just a year.
Digital Confectioners have kept their community alive with a steady drip-feed of patches and new content, much of it free. That’s no easy feat for an indie outfit with limited resources, and that only makes this infographic more impressive.
SyFy Films is a new banner from SyFy Venture that aims to develop and acquire sci-fi films to release on VOD platforms as well as potential limited theatrical releases in partnership with XLrator Media.
The first film that’s been announced is the sci-fi psychological thriller 400 Days, which follows a small crew of astronauts as they’re put into a simulated mission to see what psychological effects they will undergo when faced with deep space travel. The duration of the test is, you guessed it, 400 days. SyFy is aiming for a theatrical release on January 12th, 2016.
The film stars Brandon Routh (Dylan Dog), Caity Lotz (The Machine), Dane Cook (Mr. Brooks), and Ben Feldman (As Above, So Below, Friday the 13th) and is written and directed by Matt Osterman.
“1 Like = 1 Prayer” or “Ignore If You Want Grandma To Die” showed that social media quickly became the new blackmailing chain letter with threats of family hurt in exchange for leveraging social media reach. Now a Facebook page has sprung up parodying the meme your mom falls for on a daily basis. “SHARE IF YOU AGREE” infiltrated my newsfeed with stone headed movie God from ‘Zardoz’ hovering over the simple call to action. Here are the 10 best horror movie posts nestling in the surreal updates. “LIKE” the FB page here & set it so you get updates each time they post.
STX Entertainment has announced that they have acquired the horror film The Bye Bye Man, which is based off of Robert Damon Schneck’s short story “The Bridge to Body Island”, according to Deadline. The film will be directed by Stacy Black (Hood of Horror, Let The Devil Wear Black) and produced by Trevor Macy, Simon Horsman, and Jeffrey Soros.
While no specific details have been released, the site claims the plot is about, “…a man who wants to prove his brother innocent from the crimes of a supernatural murder.”
Jonathan Penner and David Prior wrote the script and confirmed casting includes Douglas Smith (Percy Jackson), Cressida Bonas (Tulip Fever), Lucien Laviscount (“Scream Queens”) and Doug Jones (Ouija).
The film will also be co-produced by Intrepid, who have Safe House and Oculus under their belts.
We previously reported on the film last September.
Written by Charlie Brigden
If you were to ask me what I was listening to at this moment, I’d tell you it was a playlist of short samples from an upcoming soundtrack. You’d probably shrug. But what would your reaction be that this is the eighth or ninth time I’ve played this playlist? You’d probably write me off as a crazy person. And I am a crazy person, and right now I’m going nuts for Jaws 2, or rather the imminent CD reissue.
Now this is a huge deal for me – not only do I love horror soundtracks and scores, I love those from the Jaws series (if you’re one of those queer folk who think Jaws is somehow not a horror, well, come at me bro) so seeing the second score, written again by super-composer John Williams, get its eventual dues is like seeing a movie like Halloween III get the Arrow Video treatment. The score was originally released on LP and cassette on the MCA label in 1978 when the film came out, and was issued on CD by Varese Sarabande in 1990, a disc long out of print and subsequently commanding a huge secondary market price.
Now people I imagine some will be asking “Why Jaws 2?” Well, there are a ton of reasons. Firstly, I like the movie – I think it gets a lot of short shrift, probably because it followed such a perfect flick, and it’s really a decent attempt at following but not imitating Jaws, and is a bit more in the horror movie mode as it is, for all intents and purposes, a slasher flick. The shark (actually a female, at least in Hans Searls’ novelisation) is basically a serial killer of the sea, going after sailing teenagers that are all up to no good, even getting a pretty awesome burnt face that puts her alongside Freddy and Cropsy in the barbecued-killer stakes. Also, it eats a freaking WHALE (suck it, Dino!) and a helicopter. Sadly, despite the appearance of Roy Scheider, it wasn’t Blue Thunder (that sounds like a Di Laurentiis brainstorm come to life).
And they got John Williams back to score, the guy who made the first movie so effective. The best thing is, everyone saw the shark eventually so they couldn’t really do in the suspenseful way Spielberg did it. Instead, the shark was everywhere, and this meant Williams had carte blanche to do whatever the hell he wanted. And what he did was beautiful – from the amazing underwater harps (thank you, Bernard Herrmann) that segue to the orchestral swell of the main title, to the ferocious use of the shark theme (the attack on the water skier has the most badass shark attack music) to the whole brass section shaking loose on the helicopter and poor, poor Marge (see below). Note to self: don’t ever be
friends with anyone called Brody that lives near a beach, river, or inlet.
Because Williams came back it had that classy feel, which was important for what was as much of a B-picture as you can get, but he gave it real impact. There’s a scene where Brody has just shot up the beach after thinking he sees the shark, and his kid is helping pick up his bullets. Brody looks out to the see and this cue plays, and it just really gives the picture another dimension that it maybe wouldn’t have with another composer.
And the fact is that so much of this great music has previously gone unreleased. The original album was made up of film cues, unused takes, and alternate takes, and the new CD reissue from Intrada Records (who have released many, many great horror scores previously) has two discs worth, with the entire score in film order and bonus tracks on disc one, and the original 1978 album on disc two, all assembled and mastered by the best in the business, a guy called Mike Matessino. John Williams has also supervised this release, which tells you it means business. I literally cried when I first heard the samples this morning – it sounds beautiful and it’s just so bloody great to know this is literally on our doorstep; it’s up for pre-order now and ships next week.
On the subject of horror B-pictures that followed Jaws that have amazing soundtracks, might I point you in the direction of a certain Orca – Killer Whaler. Coming between Jaws 1 and 2 in 1977, it was kind of a reversal, with a vengeful killer whale going after the bastard sea captain who murdered his mate and unborn child in a pretty gruesome scene. Orca occasionally surfaces on the usual bad movie blogs but it’s an effective picture, especially with Ennio Morricone’s emotive score. This one only had an LP release in Japan, which was reissued in the 90’s on CD by an Italian label. Sound quality isn’t great, so hopefully this won’t be too far behind Jaws 2 – it’s certainly the best of the Jaws rip-offs musically (and probably not far behind in film quality – behind Piranha I guess).
Charlie Brigden is a longtime horror nerd who runs his own site about film scores and soundtracks, Films On Wax. You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter as well as subscribe to his podcast on Soundcloud.
I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been asked what’s going on with the PS4 release of developer Endnight Game’s fantastic open-world survival horror game The Forest. In an effort to get you some answers, I reached out to the studio in search of answers.
I don’t have much to tell you, but this is what I learned.
When the PS4 version was announced earlier this year, the plan was to get the port out by the end of 2015. That’s no longer happening, but The Forest is still headed to Sony’s platform, we’re just going to have to muster up a little extra patience now that Endnight is targeting a release in 2016.
When The Forest finally does make it to the PS4, it will have benefitted from about two years of additional polish, thanks to the Steam version. In addition to that, PS4 owners will also get to “show off the bases they have built, the places they’ve encountered or just how many trees they’ve cut down,” as well as enjoy exclusive features that will make use of the PS4 controller’s speaker.
The less patient among us can grab the game right now on Steam for $14.99.
In September, Capcom unveiled the Resident Evil Origins Collection — a special bundle for PS4 and Xbox One owners that features the HD re-release of the Resident Evil remake that made me very happy at the start of the year, and Resident Evil 0, its soon-to-be-remastered prequel.
The $39.99 Origins Collection arrives on retail shelves on January 19, alongside the digital release of Resident Evil 0 HD, so fans have the option of getting a physical copy of both games.
Pre-ordering this bundle will get you an old school prison costume for Billy and a precious — their words, not mine — nurse ensemble for Rebecca. I’m usually against pre-ordering games, and these digital goods definitely won’t be changing that for me. That nurse outfit is one arterial spray away from being ruined forever. Rebecca’s smarter than that.
Scream Factory has announced that they will be releasing a blu-ray of the 1983 anthology horror film Nightmares, which was directed by Joseph Sargent and written by Christopher Crowe and Jeffrey Bloom. The release date is December 22nd and pre-orders are already available via their website.
“In Nightmares, a pack of cigarettes, a video game, a pick-up truck and a stately colonial home all become key elements in four petrifying tales of terror in the anthology film directed by Joseph Sargent (The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three, White Lightning).”
Head below for a list of special features and a synopsis of each short film, which features famous stars such as Lance Henriksen (Alien, Pumpkinhead), Veronica Cartwright (Invasion of the Body Snatchers), Emilio Estevez (Tremors).
A chain-smoking homemaker (Cristina Raines, The Sentinel) insists on going out for cigarettes even when an escaped madman is on the loose in “Terror in Topanga.”
Then, J.J. Cooney (Emilio Estevez, Young Guns), a video game hot-shot, dares to take on a strange challenger – though it may cost him his life – in “The Bishop of Battle.”
A troubled priest (Lance Henriksen, Aliens) seeks to find the faith he has lost on the road, but instead he finds that someone (or something) in this desert is trying to drive him out of his mind in “The Benediction.”
Claire (Veronica Cartwright – Alien) hears rats in the walls. Her husband (Richard Masur – The Thing) believes he can take care of the problem with a few rat traps, but this problem is only going to get much bigger in “Night of the Rat.”
Available in Two Versions: 1080p High Definition Widescreen (1.78:1) and Full Frame (1.33.1)
· Audio commentary with executive producer Andrew Mirisch and actress Cristina Raines
· Theatrical Trailer
· Radio Spots
AMC has released a bonus feature from the upcoming DVD/Blu-ray of “Fear The Walking Dead” that takes a look into the six-episode series, which you can watch below. Anchor Bay will be releasing the first season on December 1st.
Created by Robert Kirkman (“The Walking Dead”) and Dave Erickson (“Sons of Anarchy”), the series hailed as “effortlessly creepy” (People), premiered in August as the #1 show in cable history. The 2-disc sets include character bios as well as “A Look at the Series.”
“Living in the same universe as “The Walking Dead”, “Fear the Walking Dead” is a gritty drama that explores the onset of the undead apocalypse through the lens of a fractured family. Set in Los Angeles, a city where people come to escape, shield secrets, and bury their pasts, a mysterious outbreak threatens to disrupt what little stability high school guidance counselor Madison Clark (Kim Dickens) and English teacher Travis Manawa (Cliff Curtis) have managed to assemble. The everyday pressure of blending two families while dealing with resentful, escapist, and strung out children takes a back seat when society begins to break down. A forced evolution, a necessary survival of the fittest takes hold, and the dysfunctional family must either reinvent themselves or embrace their darker histories.”
Fans can also look forward to “Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete First Season” Special Edition in 2016.
“Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete First Season” cast also includes Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince), Mercedes Mason (Quarantine 2), Ruben Blades (Safe House), Alycia Debnam-Carey (The Devil’s Hand), Elizabeth Rodriguez (Orange Is the New Black) and Lorenzo James Henrie (Star Trek).
“Fear The Walking Dead” Season 2 premieres on AMC with 15 new episodes in 2016.
The Orchard, who nabbed the “Twilight Zone”-esque thriller Southbound and released the hilarious What We Do in the Shadows, has landed the critically acclaimed genre drama Demon (read our review)!
Sort of reminding me of Lars von Trier’s Antichrist and Melancholia is the stunning trailer for Marcin Wrona’s Demon, which hails out of Poland and Israel.
Wrona shockingly passed away this September after the film held its World Premiere at the Vanguard section of the 40th Toronto International Film Festival.
In the film, “Peter is a stranger in the hometown of his future wife Janet. As a wedding gift from the bride’s grandfather, he receives a piece of land where the two can build a house and raise a happy family. While preparing the land for construction, Peter finds hidden bones of human bodies in the ground beneath his new property. Then very strange things begin to happen.”
The Orchard will release in early 2016.
Gather, fellow slasher film aficionados, for I have s’mores, condoms and another video from Friday the 13th: The Game to share with you today. We’re about to take a quick tour of Camp Crystal Lake, but don’t worry about sticking together, because if Jason does find us, we have literally no chance of survival with a tummy full of s’mores.
There’s just over a week left in the Friday the 13th: The Game crowdfunding campaign, and it’s still about $100k short of its $700,000 goal. If it’s successful, the game is expected to arrive next fall for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
Chad Rook, pictured in “The Flash,” has joined the cast of War For The Planet Of The Apes, where he’ll be playing one of the human soldiers under the command of Woody Harrelson’s character, “The Colonel”, a man described as the main villain of the film.
Judy Greer returns as Cornelia, the chimpanzee wife of apes leader Caesar. Steve Zahn stars as one of the new lead apes with Gabriel Chavarria.
It appears that director Matt Reeves is taking viewers back to the beach to possibly bridge War and the original Apes when it releases in theaters July 14, 2017.
The story will also continue the tale of Caesar, who has been the main character of the new generation of films.
XLrator Media will be releasing Wrecker in limited theaters on VOD and iTunes on November 6th.
Directed by Micheal Bafaro, and featuring Anna Hutchison and Drea Whitburn, “Best friends Emily and Lesley go on a road trip to the desert. When Emily decides to get off the highway and take a “short cut,” they become the target of a relentless and psychotic trucker who forces them to play a deadly game of cat and mouse.“
Bloody Disgusting caught up with Bafaro who shares his list of 5 “Killer” road trip films with an explanation behind each selection.George Sluizer’s The Vanishing (1988)
This is up there with my favourite films of all time. The original Dutch version of The Vanishing is a tight psychological thriller and happens to tell a compelling human drama. From the beginning, the ill-fated couple, Rex and Saskia, are absolutely endearing. When Saskia is abducted during their road trip, Rex spends years obsessively trying to track her down. From the onset, this film has a masterful control over atmosphere, it really gets under your skin. It’s a subtle and creeping feeling that will carry you through to the shocking finale.Stephen Spielberg’s Duel (1971)
I can’t make this list without acknowledging one of my favourite childhood films. Duel is one of the films that takes a simple premise and kills it with the execution. This is probably the first film I saw where I realized that being pursued by a psychopath can be a lot more dangerous during the day than at night. Some of the best driving scenes period. Great script by Richard Matheson, based off his short story, and energetic direction by young Stephen Spielberg.Jonathan Mostow’s Breakdown (1997)
The psychopathic truck driver strikes again. Kurt Russell absolutely nails it in this film as the bewildered husband searching for his wife. We understand his character’s motivations behind his actions and never once do they feel forced by the plot. The shots of the long, quiet, New Mexico highways are reason enough to watch this film. This is one of those films where the action never stops, but does so in a way that doesn’t feel forced. This is a smart action thriller that will leave you on the edge of your seats.Robert Harmon’s The Hitcher (1986)
What to say about this one? Inspired by the The Doors song ‘Riders on the Storm,’ The Hitcher tells the story of a young midwesterner, C. Thomas Howell, driving from Chicago to San Diego. The film starts off with a bang when he picks up a lone hitchhiker standing at the side of the road in a flash storm. The hitchhiker, an unnerving and sinister performance by Rutger Hauer, informs the driver that he’s going to kill him just like he’s killed everyone who picks him up. What happens from there is an unexpected psychological horror film. An amazing script by Eric Red with one of my all time favourite endings.Quentin Tarantino’s Deathproof (2007)
I’m a child of 70s cinema, and Deathproof is an honest and thrilling homage to those killer car chase films of my youth. It’s a simple enough movie, three young women are being pursued by a psychopathic driver, Kurt Russell is excellent as Stuntman Mike. Very few filmmakers could pull of this type of film, but Tarantino does so with focus and restraint. It’s the perfect homage to the grind house genre and excellent killer road trip film.