The 49th Sitges Film Festival will be raising its curtain with the European premiere of Inside, directed by Miguel Ángel Vivas (Kidnapped, Extinction), with screenplay by Jaume Balagueró ([REC]) and his usual collaborator Manu Díez, and starring Rachel Nichols (The Loop, Tokarev, Fantastic Four) and Laura Harring (Mulholland Drive, Inland Empire, Love in the Time of Cholera, The Punisher). It’s an Adrián Guerra and Núria Valls (Nostromo Pictures) production.
The audience’s worst fears will come to life in Inside, the opening film at the 49th Sitges – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, which will be taking place from October 7-16th. Once again, the Festival is banking on local production for the opening gala, reaffirming its commitment to Catalan cinema.
Inside’s story follows in the footsteps of the film it’s based on, À l’intérieur, directed by Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury, and that made an impact on audiences at Sitges 2007 and has become a cult film.
Pregnant and depressed, a young widow tries to rebuild her life following the fateful car accident where she lost her husband and partially lost her hearing. Now, about to go into labor, she’s living in a remote house in the suburbs when, one Christmas night, she receives an unexpected visit from another woman with a devastating objective: to rip the child she’s carrying from inside her. But a mother’s fury when it comes to protecting her child should never be underestimated. Rachel Nichols and Laura Harring play the two main roles in this brutal and bloody hand-to-hand combat.
Inside is produced by Nostromo Pictures, a Barcelona based company that’s behind Rodrigo Cortés’ films Buried and Red Lights; Grand Piano, that opened the 2013 Sitges Film Festival, or the box office sensation Palmeras en la Nieve. It has the thrillers El Guardián Invisible and Contratiempo well under way.
The most difficult subgenre to tackle, in my opinion anyways, is that of the lycanthrope. I don’t know what it is about werewolf movies, but they’re so difficult to get right, which is why it’s always exciting to get new additions like Late Phases or Howl.
While Ginger Snaps may be my own person favorite werewolf film, there’s no argument that John Landis’ 1981 An American Werewolf in London, which won an Oscar for “Best Makeup” (Rick Baker), is the gold standard.
With nearly everything being remade, it shouldn’t shock any of us to learn that An American Werewolf in London, too, is getting the reboot.
We’ve been poking around this for quite some time, but it’s been all but confirmed by the writer behind it – Max Landis. Yes, John’s son, who scripted the awesome Chronicle, as well as Victor Frankenstein and the upcoming “Channel Zero” on Syfy, is allegedly penning a modern take on his father’s classic. Here’s his tweet, which has since been deleted:
Since I get the question all the time:
There’s only one of my dad’s movies I’d ever be willing to try to remake and I’m already doing it.
— Max Landis (@Uptomyknees) August 18, 2016
Update: After this morning’s speculation, Max has since denied the report, although we can confirm that he was in fact developing this project for his father. It’s unclear if he’s working on this or something else as well.
The question is, will it be called An American Werewolf in London or just simply American Werewolf, which would avoid rights issues? I love how easily this franchise could expand… An American Werewolf in… Japan? Hawaii? Mexico? Ohio? What we do know is that the project is now at Universal after originally being announced over at Dimension.
Whatever the case, I like Landis’ work, and think that it’s sort of cool that he’s revisiting his father’s classic. And for the record, I’m not anti-remake…I’m anti-bad movies. Landis is a really good writer. Feel good about this.
And just for fun, let’s take a look back to two years ago when Landis hilariously reenacted David Naughton’s transformation scene in a spoof for Cinefix…
Update #2: Bloody-Disgusting has known that Landis has been working on this project for quite a while but what we just learned is that the intention has always been for him to direct! Watch this spot for official news as it comes in.
A new teaser for the upcoming sci-fi horror/thriller Morgan has been released. This one mixes footage from the film as well as promotional clips to create a story of the beginnings of Morgan through her childhood and into her adolescence, where shit basically hits the fan and people start to die. You can watch the clip below.
In the film from producer Ridley Scott, which strangely has an Alien vibe, “A corporate risk-management consultant has to decide and determine whether or not to terminate an artificial being’s life that was made in a laboratory environment.”
Morgan stars Kate Mara (“American Horror Story”), Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch), Rose Leslie, Boyd Holbrook, and Paul Giamatti. Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer, and Mark Huffam will all be acting as producers.
The film was directed by Luke Scott and will be released on September 2nd, 2016.
Over a year ago, we posted a story about a film called Death House, which was being hailed as the “Expendables of Horror”. Starring some of the biggest names throughout the past few decades of horror, the story was based upon a script written by Gunnar Hansen, the man who played the original Leatherface.
The indie production, directed by B Harrison Smith, features the likes of horror fav Kane Hodder (Hatchet, Jason in a handful of Friday the 13th sequels) as well as Barbara Crampton (You’re Next, From Beyond, Re-Animator, We Are Still Here) and Dee Wallace (The Howling, Critters, The Lords of Salem, Cujo, E.T.).
A poster designed by Sean “OddNMacabre” was released for the film, which you can now see below. The tagline promises that “Hell isn’t a place. It’s a sentence.”
In the film, “Two federal agents fight their way through nine levels of Hell inside a secret prison known as the Death House. A facility-wide prison break turns their flight into a tour of horrors as they push toward the ultimate evil housed in the lowest depths of the earth.”
Also starring are Tony Todd, Bill Moseley, Adrienne Barbeau, Michael Berryman, Debbie Rochon, Barbara Crampton, Sid Haig, Gunnar Hansen, Bill Oberst, and a number of other surprises.
Produced by Entertainment Factory’s Rick Finkelstein and Steven Chase, Death House is directed by B Harrison Smith (Camp Dread, Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard, 6 Degrees of Hell, The Fields). Smith wrote the screenplay based on the original story by Texas Chain Saw Massacre legend, the late Gunnar Hansen.
The pic revolves around federal agents Cody Longo (Piranha 3D) and Cortney Palm (Zombeavers, Sushi Girl, Silent Night) fighting their way into the bowels of a federal prison that holds the worst prisoners on earth.
Practical effects are mastered through the wizardry of Roy Knyrim’s SOTA FX (Gods and Monsters, Ed Wood).
A new teaser for the second season of “Scream Queens” has been released and, according to Jamie Lee Curtis, it’s “…priceless“. The near minute long teaser doesn’t show any footage from the show itself but rather introduces the actors that we’ll be seeing through the season, including one that’s wearing a faux-Hannibal Lecter mask.
“Season Two of SCREAM QUEENS graduates from the college campus and into an all-new location, as a terrifyingly funny murder mystery will begin once again. This time, the show will be set in a hospital, where some of the most fascinating and bizarre medical cases are under observation.”
“Scream Queens” stars Emma Roberts, Abigail Breslin, Billie Lourd, Taylor Lautner, John Stamos, and Jamie Lee Curtis.
The show is executively produced by Ryan Murphy (“American Horror Story”), Brad Falchuk (“Glee”), and Ian Brennan (“Glee”). Emma Roberts, Abigail Breslin, and Billie Lourd return and are joined by Taylor Lautner, Colton Haynes, and John Stamos.
Syfy is getting into the anthology game with “Channel Zero”, which begins on September 27 with the inaugural season, “Channel Zero: Candle Cove”.
“Candle Cover” is an original six-part anthology series based on Kris Straub’s unnerving short story from creepypasta that gained notoriety online. It centers on one man’s obsessive recollection of a mysterious children’s television program from the 1980s – and his ever-growing, dreadful suspicions about the role it might have played in a series of nightmarish and deadly events from his childhood.
We have an exclusive look at the series’ first ever teaser trailer that will strike fear into anyone afraid of the dentist. Instead of a dentist, though, what would you do if you came across a monstrous tooth monster? I believe this is a horror first?!
Independent filmmaker Craig William Macneill directs all six episodes of “Channel Zero: Candle Cove,” which hails from Universal Cable Productions. Nick Antosca (“Hannibal”) wrote the pilot and will serve as showrunner and executive producer alongside Max Landis (Victor Frankenstein, Chronicle). Harley Peyton (“Twin Peaks”) is writer-co-executive producer. Don Mancini (“Hannibal”, creator of Child’s Play) also serves as a writer-supervising producer.
“Channel Zero: Candle Cove” stars “Newsroom’s” Paul Schneider and Harry Potter‘s Fiona Shaw.
San Francisco horrorbilly/alt-bluegrass group The Pinebox Boys have announced that they will be releasing their fifth studio album The Feast of Three Arms on October 21st.
Featuring 17-tracks, The Feast of Three Arms continues the story of a killer named Willie, who has been the focus of the previous four albums.
“On their fifth album, The Feast Of Three Arms, the murder balladeers introduce us to Willie’s cousin, Jubal with No Last Name, and his quest to kill the man that did his mama wrong.”
Below is the full track list and there’s a stream of the song “Just a Crush”, which appeared on their 2005 album Arkansas Killing Time.
The Feast Of Three Arms Track Listing:
2. Mama Had A Third Arm
3. It’s Comfy in My Coffin
4. That Boys is Trouble Pt. II
6. Crow Feathers
7. I Killed the Band
8. Our Christian Duty
9. Mighty, Mighty Preacher
10. The Judge
12. Dog Named Death
13. Meet My Wife
15. Rushee Roo-let
16. The River
17. Bury Me
Paparazzi photos of Javier Botet’s character as “Leper” have surfaced online and show the character in full makeup, which looks gnarly, to say the least. We’re not going to host the image ourselves but we’ll point you to Lilja’s Library for the best view, although there are several others that you can check out that aren’t nearly as interesting.
Yesterday, the first official look at Pennywise in full costume was revealed and it definitely caused a lot of debates. Some find it to be a great outfit while others find it almost comical. Meanwhile, I’ll wait to see Bill Skarsgard in action before I come to my own opinion.
Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Nicholas Hamilton, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, and Jeremy Ray Taylor are the modern Losers’ Club, seven kids who are terrorized by Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard).
Creature performer Javier Botet will play The Leper, and Owen Teague plays Patrick Hocksetter, a bully who torment the Losers’ Club.
Muschietti directs from a screenplay by Gary Dauberman and Chase Palmer. Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Seth Grahame-Smith, David Katzenberg, and Barbara Muschietti produce.
“In a small town in Maine, seven children known as The Losers’ Club come face to face with life problems, bullies, and a monster that takes the shape of a clown called Pennywise.“
Amazon Studio’s The Neon Demon (read our review) directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, is a sumptuous horror-thriller, set in the highly competitive and often vicious world of fashion modeling, where the term “eat their own” takes on a decidedly new meaning.
When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will use any means necessary to get what she has. The film is co-written by Refn (Bronson, Drive, Only God Forgives, Valhalla Rising), Mary Laws (”Preacher”) and Polly Stenham; and stars Elle Fanning (Maleficent, Super 8), Karl Glusman (Love, Stonewall), Jena Malone (Inherent Vice, The Hunger Games series), Bella Heathcote (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Dark Shadows), Abbey Lee (Gods of Egypt,Max Max: Fury Road), with Christina Hendricks (“Mad Men,” Drive), and Keanu Reeves (John Wick, The Matrix series).
The film will be released on Digital HD & VOD on August 30 and on Blu-ray & DVD on September 27. Special features on the Blu-ray and DVD release include audio commentary with Director Nicolas Winding Refn and Elle Fanning, and two featurettes – “Behind the Soundtrack of The Neon Demon” and “About The Neon Demon.”
Shot in Los Angeles, the “city of dreams,” The Neon Demon, features a driving electronic soundtrack by Cliff Martinez, who previously composed the celebrated scores for Refn’s films Drive and Only God Forgives, and stunning high fashion by costume designer and past Refn collaborator Erin Benach (Drive).
‘Don’t Breathe’: Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette and Daniel Zovatto Talk About Their Favorite Scenes (Interview)
Don’t Breathe is one of 2016’s best horror movies, and its release is just around the corner. Our own Jimmy Champane sat down with the stars of the film, Jane Levy (Evil Dead), Daniel Zovatto (It Follows) and Dylan Minnette (Goosebumps) to talk about staying in Detroit, their favorite scenes and how it feels to die in the trailer. Also, make sure to check out yesterday’s interview with writer/director Fede Alvarez right here.
“Three teens who get away with perfectly planned home robberies have set their sights on one last payout that will get them out of crime forever. Their target: a reclusive blind man with millions of dollars in hiding. But as soon as they break into his home, the tables are turned and they find themselves trapped and fighting for survival against a psychopath with secrets of his own.”
Don’t Breathe stars Jane Levy, Daniel Zovatto, Stephen Lang, and Dylan Minnette. It was written by Fede Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues with Alvarez directing. The film is produced by Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert for Ghost House Pictures. J.R. Young, Nathan Kahane, Joe Drake and Erin Westerman executive produce.
Don’t Breathe opens on August 26th.
In a rather interesting piece of news, goth princess Amy Lee of the alt-hard rock outfit Evanescence is releasing an album of new original children’s music via Amazon Original. The 12-track album, titled Dream Too Much, will be released on September 30th for free streaming to Amazon Prime members and will also be available to purchase for those who don’t have Prime.
Lee explains, “This album is very personal to me. My husband and I had our first baby in 2014 and he has been the center of the inspiration for this children’s album. Every song on this album has a story – whether it’s an original for our son based on his favorite things or a song my dad used to sing to me when I was a little girl.”
“Amy Lee’s versatility as an award-winning rock vocalist gave us an opportunity to rethink traditional children’s music and create an album that can be enjoyed by every member of the family,” says Steve Boom, VP of Digital Music for Amazon.
FX is really thinking outside of the box for their promotion of the upcoming third season of “The Strain“. They showed off what the game would look like as a video game, they’ve released a rap song, there’s a coloring book AND they’re playing around with national monuments.
Their new gimmick today is a promotional video that tries to recruit viewers into voluntarily choosing to become a strigoi. Basically, it all sounds good on paper. No diseases, living in dark, cool, quarters, no genitalia…
Wait, a minute. What was that last part?
The transformation has begun.
It can no longer be denied — New York City is rapidly falling to an evil epidemic, and no one is coming to its rescue. Its citizens must fight or die.
Dr. Ephraim Goodweather and his unlikely allies tried to take down the embodiment of this evil — the Master — and failed. Now Eph and Dr. Nora Martinez concentrate on creating a biological weapon to wipe out the creatures, while Abraham Setrakian searches for an ancient book he hopes will reveal the strigoi’s entire history…and possibly a way to kill them. Meanwhile, the Master is out for revenge, unleashing new and even more terrifying breeds of bloodthirsty creatures. They need to find a way to defeat him before the infection spreads too far and becomes irreparable…before they become monsters themselves.
The ensemble cast stars Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Kevin Durand, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Natalie Brown, Miguel Gomez, Max Charles, Ruta Gedmintas, Rupert Penry-Jones, Samantha Mathis and Joaquín Cosío.
“The Strain” hails from Showrunner/Executive Producer/Director/Writer Carlton Cuse along with Co-Creators/Executive Producers/Writers Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. Gary Ungar, J. Miles Dale, Bradley Thompson, David Weddle and Regina Corrado also serve as Executive Producers. The Strain is produced by FX Productions.
Back when Criterion announced their September titles I was pretty sure that was going to be their peak for the year. It’s an incredibly strong lineup, one that is nearly impossible to top and yet here we are. Criterion has released their November lineup and it’s pretty absurd. All five titles in the lineup are fantastic, but I’m just focusing on three – Lone Wolf and Cub, Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams and One-Eyed Jacks. All of these are must-have. Check out the full details below!
LONE WOLF AND CUB
Based on the best-selling manga series, the six intensely kinetic Lone Wolf and Cub films elevated chanbara to bloody, new heights. The shogun’s executioner, Itto Ogami (Tomisaburo Wakayama), takes to wandering the countryside as an assassin-along with his infant son Daigoro (Akihiro Tomikawa) and an infinitely weaponized perambulator-helping those he encounters while seeking vengeance for his murdered wife. Delivering stylish thrills and a body count that defies belief, Lone Wolf and Cub is beloved for its brilliantly choreographed and unbelievably violent action sequences as well as for its tender depiction of the bonds between parent and child.
1972-74 * 506 minutes * Color * Monaural * In Japanese with English subtitles * 2.40:1 aspect ratio
SPECIAL EDITION BOX SET FEATURES
- New 2K digital restorations of all six films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-rays
- High-definition presentation of Shogun Assassin, the 1980 English-dubbed reedit of the first two Lone Wolf and Cub films
- New interview with Kazuo Koike, writer of the Lone Wolf and Cub manga series and screenwriter on five of the films
- Lame d’un père, l’âme d’un sabre, a 2005 documentary about the making of the series
- New interview in which Sensei Yoshimitsu Katsuse discusses and demonstrates the real Suio-ryu sword techniques that inspired those in the manga and films
- New interview with biographer Kazuma Nozawa about filmmaker Kenji Misumi, director of four of the six Lone Wolf and Cub films
- Silent documentary from 1937 about the making of samurai swords, with an optional new ambient score by Ryan Francis
- New English subtitle translations
- PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay and film synopses by Japanese pop culture writer Patrick Macias
AKIRA KUROSAWA’S DREAMS
Unfolding in a series of mythic vignettes, this late work by Akira Kurosawa (Seven Samurai, Ran) brings eight of the beloved director’s own nighttime visions, informed by tales from Japanese folklore, to cinematic life. In a visually sumptuous journey through the master’s unconscious, tales of childlike wonder give way to apocalyptic visions: a young boy stumbles on a fox wedding in a forest; a soldier confronts the ghosts of the war dead; a power-plant meltdown smothers a seaside landscape in radioactive fumes. Interspersed with reflections on the redemptive power of art, including a richly textured tribute to Vincent van Gogh (played by Martin Scorsese), Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams is both a showcase for its maker’s imagination at its most unbridled and a deeply personal lament for a world at the mercy of human ignorance.
1990 * 120 minutes * Color * 2.0 surround * In Japanese with English subtitles * 1.85:1 aspect ratio
SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
- New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Masaharu Ueda, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- New audio commentary featuring film scholar Stephen Prince
- Making of “Dreams” (1990), a 150-minute documentary shot on-set and directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi
- New interview with assistant director Takashi Koizumi
- New interview with production manager Teruyo Nogami
- Kurosawa’s Way (2011), a fifty-minute documentary by director Akira Kurosawa’s longtime translator Catherine Cadou, featuring interviews with filmmakers Theodoros Angelopoulos, Bernardo Bertolucci, Clint Eastwood, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Bong Joon-ho, Abbas Kiarostami, Hayao Miyazaki, Martin Scorsese, Julie Taymor, Shin’ya Tsukamoto, and John Woo
- New English subtitle translation
- PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Bilge Ebiri and Kurosawa’s script for a never-filmed ninth dream, introduced by Nogami
A western like no other, One-Eyed Jacks combines the mythological scope of that most American of film genres with the searing naturalism of a performance by Marlon Brando (On the Waterfront, The Fugitive Kind), all suffused with Freudian overtones and male anxiety. In his only directing stint, Brando captures the rugged landscapes of California’s Central Coast and Mexico’s Sonoran Desert in gorgeous widescreen, Technicolor images, and elicits from his fellow actors (including Karl Malden and Pina Pellicer) nuanced improvisational depictions of conflicted characters. Though overwhelmed by its director’s perfectionism and plagued by production setbacks and studio re-editing, One-Eyed Jacks stands as one of Brando’s great achievements, thanks above all to his tortured turn as Rio, a bank robber bent on revenge against his one-time partner in crime, the aptly named Dad Longworth (Malden). Brooding and romantic, Rio marks the last, and perhaps the most tender, of the iconic outsiders Brando imbued with such remarkable intensity throughout his career.
1961 * 141 minutes * Color * Monaural * 1.85:1 aspect ratio
SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
- New 4K digital restoration, undertaken with the support of The Film Foundation and supervised by filmmakers Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- New introduction by Scorsese
- Excerpts from voice-recordings director and star Marlon Brando made during the film’s production
- New video essays on the film’s production history and its potent combination of the stage and screen icon Brando with the classic Hollywood western
PLUS: An essay by film critic Howard Hampton
NECA has released images of of their upcoming 2-pack figure set dubbed “Rescuing Newt”. The set includes Ellen Ripley and Newt from Aliens, specifically the part where Ripley goes after Newt, who has just been taken by a Xenomorph to get “impregnated”.
Here’s the really cool part, and I’m going to quote NECA’s words because their passion and excitement is just what is needed, “That iconic image of Ripley rescuing Newt appears on the front flap of the deluxe packaging; open the flap and the figures are posed in the box just as they appear on the poster.”
Here are the specifications:
Ripley stands approximately 7” tall and features a new head sculpt and new deco, both exclusive to this set. She comes with a flamethrower accessory that has a special “fire effect” attachment. Newt stands approximately 5” tall. Both feature authorized likenesses and have over 25 points of articulation for dramatic poses.
You can see images of the figures and the packaging below.
Anytime I talk or write about a horror film from that 90’s I feel like I have to defend that era of genre films. For whatever reason the collective we have come together and decided that a decade’s worth of horror is garbage. The more we look back and re-visit those films, the more I think we realize the decade was actually pretty good to horror fans. Our very own Daniel Baldwin is currently in the midst of Exhumed & Exonerated: The ‘90s Horror Project, a wonderful series shedding light on the lesser loved, but still very good horror movies of the 90’s. I’m not making my way through a specific decade the way Daniel is, but I am going through a bunch of Blu-rays. Every so often, and seemingly more frequently lately, these Blu-rays take me back to the 90’s. Today my journey goes back to 1996 with a trashy piece of werewolf fare known as Bad Moon.
Before actually diving into my review I think it’s worth noting that I had never even heard of Bad Moon, let alone actually seen it. This viewing was my first, meaning everything within the film was completely new to me. And that basically means there’s no nostalgia factor tied into this review.
The film opens with a sex scene in a tent with Ted (Michael Paré) and his girlfriend Marjorie (Johanna Lebovitz). It’s kind of a shocking sex scene as these two are full-blown going at it. This is like late night Cinemax stuff, which is basically borderline soft-core porn minus the borderline. As they start to pick up the intensity a werewolf jumps up rips through their tent and easily pulls Marjorie off of Ted and begins to shred her to pieces. Ted attempts to save her but is slashed across the shoulder and knocked back. While Ted struggles to get to his shotgun the werewolf continues to eat away at Marjorie. Eventually Ted grabs the gun and blows the werewolf’s head off, but at that point it’s too late for Marjorie.
This is quite the opening. We go from a hot and heavy sex scene to an incredibly graphic werewolf attack. This. Is. Bloody. The practical effects in this scene are terrific. Everything looks great. It’s a gory, bloody death and you see a werewolf’s head explode. Nothing is left to the imagination. The werewolf looks a little cheesy, but overall it’s pretty impressive. This scene was quite shocking though. I certainly didn’t expect it to open up like this, but I dug it.
The film then jumps ahead and we meet Janet (Mariel Hemingway) and her young son Brett (Mason Gamble). While outside one day playing with their dog, Thor, a passerby approaches Brett and asks if his mother is home. This stranger purposely agitates Brett’s dog and then pretends to be bitten and threatens Janet with a lawsuit. Janet quickly shuts him down advising that she’s a lawyer. The stranger than angrily wanders off.
This scene totally attempts to trick the audience. The stranger provokes Brett’s dog but even before it gets to that point the dog lets it be known that he does not approve of this guy. Given that this scene takes place immediately after a werewolf attack it plants the idea in your head that maybe this stranger is a werewolf. He’s not but it does make you think that for a bit.
Janet and Brett head out to visit Janet’s brother who turns out to be Ted. Ted is living in a trailer not too far away and we learn that he just recently returned home to this trailer. Janet asks about Marjorie and rather they saying she died in a crazy werewolf attack, because that would be crazy, Ted simply says they broke up. Janet can tell something doesn’t seem quite right with Ted and invites him to move his trailer over to their property and live with them. Ted resists at first but eventually decides to take Janet up on her offer.
Due to the attack at the top of the film Ted is now a werewolf. So while Ted agrees to live with his sister he makes it very clear that he will be spending his evenings alone in his trailer. In reality Ted is heading out to the woods to tie himself up to a tree with hopes that doing so will prevent him from attacking anyone. Ted spends his days researching werewolves desperately trying to find a way to reverse this curse.
Bad Moon is so bizarre. It’s almost like two different movies mashed up as one. The middle portion of the movie is like a family drama that you may see on Lifetime or ABC Family or something along those lines. You have a sister and a brother both going through difficult times in their lives attempting to re-connect and assemble some kind of family unit. All of this family drama is bookended by incredibly graphic violence. The werewolf stuff really goes for it. There’s absolutely no playing it safe.
It terms of story there actually isn’t much that happens. Ted becomes a werewolf, tries to figure out how to reverse it and eventually he’s unable to fight it. Even during the days when he’s just a normal dude the werewolf side of him starts to take over. He becomes meaner and it impacts his relationship with his sister and nephew. While Janet is unable to determine what exactly is bothering Ted, Thor knows and will do anything to protect the family. So the film plays with some interesting dynamics into how it affects his family life, but overall there really isn’t much that happens.
This is a pretty basic and straight forward werewolf movie. And that’s fine because it succeeds with what you want in a trashy werewolf movie. You have some werewolf transformations, you get some violent attacks and you’re good. Just don’t expect anything groundbreaking and you can have a lot of fun with Bad Moon.
The new Blu-ray from Scream Factory looks and sounds fantastic. There’s an HD version of the theatrical cut plus a new director’s approved cut of the film. Both of which look great. Each cut has its own commentary, director Eric Red on the director’s cut and then Red is joined by Paré on the theatrical cut. In addition to the commentaries there are some storyboard sequences, an unrated opening sequence from the director’s first cut of the film (different than both cuts on the Blu-ray) sourced from VHS and a pretty good making-of feature entitled ‘Nature of the Beast.’ The making-of features quite a few interviews with different players from the cast and crew, the most interesting I found to be Steven Johnson on the special make-up effects used in the film.
Bad Moon doesn’t raise the bar on werewolf films but it gets the job done. Plus it’s another solid example of why 90’s horror is far better than people seem to think.
Bad Moon is now available on Blu-ray from Scream Factory.
I’m not sure I’d go as far as to say we’re in the midst of a werewolf renaissance, but the last number of years have seen an uptick in werewolf movies. While not all the films have been great, I certainly welcome any and all werewolf movies into my life. Bubba the Redneck Werewolf was completed two years back but is finally joining this mini werewolf craze on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD October 11 courtesy of MVD Entertainment Group. The below trailer is my first introduction to Bubba, but it appears he’s a 20 year-old comic book character. This looks absurd, for sure, but this looks like it could be a lot of fun. I definitely appreciate the Drive-by Truckers-like song in the trailer. It provides a nice touch. More details and the official press release below the trailer.
Originally published in 1996 by Brass Ball Comics and later by Creature Entertainment, the cult classic comic is a favorite among collectors. Created by Mitch Hyman, who also serves as the film’s executive producer, the original idea of Bubba came from a Halloween costume. “I was invited as an adult to a Halloween party”, said Hyman. “I figured out how to make myself a wolf man. But the hair was so expensive and hard to work with for me at the time. I then figured out that I could get around it by putting on my 1980s trucker’s ball cap and add a pair of overalls. I knew was always clothed. This allowed me to use the hair I did have for the hands and facial appliance and make it work. So the prototype for Bubba was born!” Despite the ridiculous costume of convenience, the idea was born and Bubba made his first appearance in a CFD comics anthology series as a “scarier than hell werewolf”. Over time, Hyman embraced the absurdity of the character after he was presented with the idea of turning “Bubba” into an animated series. “I thought it would be fun to see how Bubba could be more benign. I re-vamped him and took him back to his first origin as a dog catcher, but now he was up against corporate pirates doing animal testing.” And thus the comedy-horror-sci-fi mash up of the character was born and remains to this day.
2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the comic book release and producers Will Phillips and Brendan Jackson Rogers couldn’t be more excited. “Making Bubba The Redneck Werewolf was an awesome opportunity to bring such wacky characters to life! I was a huge fan of the comics and jumped on the opportunity to be a part of the team.” Brendan Jackson Rogers agreed. “Filming was a blast. We were very fortunate to have a great cast and crew and our makeup and special effects team was second to none.” When asked about the comics Brendan continued his enthusiasm, for the property, “The fact that there is so much material from the comics to pull from is awesome. Bubba is literally already a franchise. I personally would love to see Bubba battle other classic monsters (vampires, mummies, Frankenstein’s monster, etc), but to give each of these monsters a southern twist.”
Cinema Factory Inc. presents Terror Toons 3, a shocking, gore-filled genre film, which will be available on iTunes August 26th.
A twisted & disturbing tale starring the “Godfather of Gore” Herschell Gordon Lewis (Blood Feast, Two Thousand Maniacs, Wizard of Gore) and directed by his protégé Joe Castro (The Summer of Massacre, Terror Toons 1 & 2), the film is “not for the weak at heart or those with a sensitive stomach.”
Check out this exclusive splatter trailer that’s loaded with all sorts of insanity.
“Two sisters, Cindy (Beverly Lynne) and Candy (Lizzy Bordon) fight to save the world from destruction by the hands of the insane Dr. Carnage and his henchman, Max Assassin, once again! Meanwhile, corrupt, homicidal cops unjustly serve some law to a group of young teenagers as they fight for their lives in this twisted, gory story. With so many twists and turns, that only Castro can direct, this story is truly wild and completely unpredictable, bizarre, horrifying, and blood-soaked on an entirely new level.”
Special appearances by Brinke Stevens (Teenage Exorcist, Scream Queen Hot Tub Party), Schroeder (Cult Movies Magazine), Robert Rhine (Girls and Corpses Magazine) and Mike Mendez (Big Ass Spider!, Tales of Halloween).
The opening title sequence for Netflix’s “Stranger Things” is so cool, a short documentary on how it was created was made (see below). Combined with the music of Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein, the opening minute is so fascinating that many people claim they don’t skip as they love it so much.
But don’t you wish you could create your own “Stranger Things”-esque title card? Y’know, maybe use it as a wallpaper or a Facebook Header image? Well, my dear readers, have no fear because makeitstranger.com is here to offer you just that! Simply type in whatever phrase you want (alas, no spaces allowed), and then hit ‘Strangify’ and you’re all set to go!
Below are a few examples I pulled off the top of my head. If you want to create your own, just click the link above and have fun!
Swiss Army Man allegedly set a record for the number of walkouts when it premiered at Sundance. Our very own Fred Topel was not one to walk out. In fact he went as far as to say this is what he loves movies for. Don’t believe me? Read his review. I haven’t seen the film yet, but it’s be very high up on my list of films to see soon. Now that Lionsgate has announced a Blu-ray and DVD release date of October 4th, I know just when I’ll be seeing it. Now if you’ll excuse me I need to count down the days until October 4th.
Hank (Paul Dano) is stranded on a deserted island, having given up all hope of ever making it home again. But one day everything changes when a corpse named Manny (Daniel Radcliffe) washes up onshore. The two become fast friends, and ultimately go on an epic adventure that will bring Hank back to the woman of his dreams.
BLU-RAY/DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
·Q&A with Filmmakers
·“Swiss Army Man: Behind the Scenes” Featurette
·“Making of Manny” Featurette
Halloween costume goals abound in “Stranger Things”.
As reflected by all the incredible “Stranger Things” fan art we recently showed you, the fanbase for Netflix’s latest hit series is already massive, which is pretty crazy considering the show only hit the streaming service one month ago. The entire world, it seems, is obsessed with everything about the Duffer Brothers’ eight-episode love letter to ’80s nostalgia, and we’ve got a strong feeling that Halloween 2016 is going to be dominated by costumes of already beloved characters like Eleven, Mike, Dustin, and of course, the so-called Demogorgon.
But why wait until Halloween?!
At conventions across the country, as well as here on the internet, fans have already begun whipping up and showing off their best Stranger Things cosplay, and that makes us smile so wide that it honestly kind of hurts. Both children and adults alike have been celebrating Halloween early with their kickass Stranger Things costumes, and we wanted to show off our favorites.
If you’ve come across any that we missed, be sure to let us know!
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And just for fun… Barbie as Barb!
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