I’ve been struggling with doing a “worst” list over the past few years, mostly because it feels a bit like kicking a dog while it’s down. Not to mention, I’ve had a rough few years and the negative energy just wasn’t needed in my life.
On the eve of 2015, I’m still reflecting back on 2014 (here’s my top 10), only to find myself glued to a few films that struck me as supremely disappointing. While I don’t feel maliciously angry at any of them, I do feel they all failed us majorly, and hope to share some brief constructive criticism to that effect.
It all starts with…Dishonorable Mention: Into the Storm (New Line Cinema)
I’m a huge fan of what Steven Quale did with New Line’s Final Destination 5. Being mentored by the great James Cameron did wonders for his ability to direct an action sequence. While FD5 is all about fun action, Into the Storm was supposed to be a serious horror film with dramatic elements – and then crazy action. Into the Storm has some incredible set pieces, and at times brought me to the edge of my seat, but overall it was a catastrophe on its own right. Everything outside the tornado madness is god awful, from the screenplay to the acting. It gets a dishonorable mention because, while not the worst movie I’ve ever seen, it’s a lesson in what NOT to do with an action-horror film.
You know, if you’ve gotta go, you may as well leave by making a statement! With a new year looming on the horizon, it seems fitting to remember those who have passed before us. Or at the very least marvel at their simply hilarious tombstones.
That’s right, kids! Even in the face of the reaper you should always keep a sense of humor! Check out 25 of our favorite funny and unusual tombstones below.
Have something witty planned for yours? Sound off in the comments section below. It may be your only chance to see people’s reactions!
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After a successful stint on VOD, James Sizemore’s bloody good horror flick The Demon’s Rook (review) is finally making its way to DVD. Look for the flick to arrive on February 3, 2015, via Cinedigm.
Chaos descends upon a quiet town when Roscoe, the pupil of a wizard monk from an ancient race of demons, unknowingly opens a portal that allows an unspeakable evil to travel freely into our world. When three grisly beasts cross into our dimension, the living are possessed and the dead rise to destroy everything in their path. Armed with demons’ magic, Roscoe is the only fighting chance to put an end to their eternal path of destruction. An ode to the DIY creature-feature classics of the 1980’s, The Demon’s Rook is a “gut-flinging monster mash” (Dread Central) that you won’t soon forget.
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From Paul Solet, director of the acclaimed hit Grace, comes Dark Summer, a suspense thriller said to combine the supernatural terror of classic horrors The Shining and Poltergeist, with the tension and modern cool of Disturbia.
Here’s a special behind-the-scenes feature for the IFC Midnight releasing in limited theaters and on VOD platforms January 9!
Keir Gilchrist (United States of Tara), Stella Maeve (Chicago PD), Maestro Harrell (The Wire, Ali), Grace Phipps (The Vampire Diaries) and Peter Stormare (Arrow, The Last Stand, Fargo) star.
“Summer is a time to relax, unwind, take a vacation, and be free. But 17 year old Daniel Austin gets none of that because his obsessive online stalking of his classmate and crush, Mona Wilson, got him put on house arrest for the whole summer. So, no cell phone, no Internet, no leaving the property, and especially no Mona. Then Daniel’s single mother has to go on a long business trip, and Daniel has the place to himself.
Daniel figures out a way to piggyback onto his neighbors’ wireless signal and
believing he’s surfing off the grid, uses his time to check in on his friends – and Mona… But what Daniel didn’t expect is for Mona to check up on him. And what she does next shakes him to his very core.
And then things start to happen. Daniel receives mysterious packages in the
mail, hears phantom noises, sees inanimate objects move, and feels a strange presence in the house…”
I just click-baited the shit out of you, but it was worth it because this video is fuckin’ hilarious.
Check out an online UFO/conspiracy investigator who believes that he discovered an image – off NASA’s own website nonetheless – that depicts a coffin on the surface of Mars.
While we all know it’s a rock formation or lighting, let’s pretend for a second that it is a coffin. How did it get there, and who or what is in it?!
Go conspiracy on my ass below…
Robert Kurtzman’s Creature Corps sends everyone Howling holiday wishes with some exclusive behind-the-scenes images from one of their latest projects, Late Phases (review), out now on VOD and select theaters.
The film was picked as one of Patrick Cooper’s favorite films of 2014, and features some absolutely astounding practical effects work.
Take a look below at Kurtzman and his team work with director Adrian Garcia Bogliano on the werewolf movie that stars Stake Land‘s Nick Damici, Ethan Embry, Lance Guest, Erin Cummings, Rutanya Alda, Tina Louise, Caitlin O’Heaney, Karen Lynn Gorney, Dana Ashbrook, and the great Tom Noonan.
“Crescent Bay is not the ideal place to spend one’s golden years, especially since the once-idyllic retirement community has been beset by a series of deadly animal attacks from the ominous forest surrounding it. When grizzled war veteran Ambrose McKinley (Nick Damici) is forced into moving there by his yuppie son Will (Ethan Embry), the residents immediately take offense to Ambrose’s abrasive personality. But that take-no-prisoners attitude may be just what Ambrose needs to survive as it becomes clear that the attacks are being caused by creatures that are neither animal nor man, and that the tight-knit community of Crescent Bay is hiding something truly sinister in its midst…”
One of my most anticipated movies ever was when Universal Pictures had Gore Verbinski (The Ring, Pirates of the Caribbean) attached to direct the BioShock video game adaptation.
After sinking due to budget and rating concerns, the project will always be referenced in the “what if?” category of film history.
Thanks to the online portfolio of illustrator Kasra Farahani, we have a look inside what Verbinski has envisioned for Rapture. Farahani worked on films such as Thor and Star Trek Into Darkness, two films that have way too much CGI for atmosphere and not enough real locations. BioShock was headed in the wrong direction, so it seems.
EW, show shared the following poster, also revealed that Adam Green’s Digging Up the Marrow will be released theatrically February 20, 2015.
Image Entertainment’s Digging Up the Marrow stars, and was written and directed by Adam Green (Froze, Hatchet, Hatchet II), and inspired by the artwork of artist Alex Pardee.
The film stars Ray Wise (Twin Peaks, X-Men First Class), Will Barratt (Frozen), and a roster full of horror genre favorites and iconic artists all appearing as themselves.
“When filmmaker Adam Green receives a package from a strange man (Ray Wise) claiming he can prove that monsters exist, he and his crew are taken on a mysterious, fantastical, and terrifying journey into the shadows deep down under the ground below our feet. Digging Up the Marrow is a documentary-style film that blends reality with fantasy in a way that will leave even the most hardcore skeptics believing in the existence of monsters.”
Attention, Fred heads! If you are interested in getting a copy of the Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy book, now is your chance. There are a limited number of shrink-wrapped, unnumbered and unsigned books available to purchase.
INVENTORY IS LIMITED! The books on hand will be sold on a first-come/first-served basis, and once these copies are sold out, your only option to get one might be on eBay for a ridiculous amount of cash.
Orders are expected to start shipping in mid-January. In order to reserve your shrink-wrapped copy, payment is taken at the time you place your order. Other important details are listed on the product page at the link below.
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With the New Year upon us, we all look to that adorable cherub, Baby New Year, to help us usher in 2015. With a reminiscing smile to 2014 and an eager eye toward 2015, we gathered together a list of some other babies, those making memorable appearances in horror. We give you the Top 9 Babies in Horror.
We know what you’re thinking, and no, we never thought we’d see this list either. But what better time to dig in and remember some of our favorite infants and toddlers than right now when we’ve got Baby New Year on the mind?
On our obligatory honorable mention list are the two unfortunate newborns who were killed and violated in the most heinous of ways in The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence and A Serbian Film. You know the ones. And if you don’t, go check those two extreme films out. Wow! Also, a little love goes to the young spawn of “Dexter,” Harrison Morgan. Since it’s the holiday season, we’ll mention Billy the yellow baby from Black Xmas (2006). Baby Oopsie Daisy (although probably technically a doll, but he does carry the Baby moniker) from Demonic Toys was unforgettable. The child born at the end of a two-woman war at the conclusion of Inside (À l’intérieur) may be the baby brought into this world via the most violent caesarian section ever. And one last pair of HM’s go out to Baby Freddy from A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child and Dren, the hybrid child from Splice.
And now, on to the…
It’s Alive (1974)
As the trailer below will tell you (repeatedly!), It’s Alive. Written, directed and produced by Larry Cohen (who also wrote and directed Q and The Stuff, as well as penning the Maniac Cop series), It’s Alive features the work of a pair of legends in the horror genre with none other than Bernard Herrmann composing the score and the incomparable Rick Baker working on make-up and puppet F/X. The story is about the Davis family and their infamous second child… the one that comes out a bloodthirsty killing machine. As far as babies go, this one is very difficult to get along with. This baby movie spawned two sequels, It Lives Again (aka It’s Alive 2) and the hilariously titled It’s Alive 3: Island of the Alive. Classic.
Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
If finding out you’re carrying the spawn of Satan in your belly isn’t enough to give you a case of the Mondays, then the fact that a creepy group of curmudgeons is watching over you to be sure the baby is safely delivered into this world for purposes of pure evil definitely has to get you down. As memorable as they come, Rosemary’s baby, the one with the chillingly demonic eyes, is an incredibly haunting entity. Based on the 1967 novel by Ira Levin and written and directed by the infamous Roman Polanski, and with Mia Farrow as its mother, Rosemary’s baby may be the most high-profile infant on this list due to the sheer fame of the players in this movie. With an Academy Award nomination for Best Screenplay and an Academy Award win by Ruth Gordon for Best Supporting Actress, Rosemary’s Baby was as appreciated by critics as it was by fans and remains a staple of the horror genre to this day.
House of 1000 Corpses/The Devil’s Rejects (2003/2005)
Okay, maybe not completely on topic, but you can’t talk about the Top Babies in Horror without mentioning the sexiest Baby of them all…No, we haven’t crossed some kind of pervert line here; we’re talking about Sheri Moon Zombie as Baby Firefly, the beautifully brutal violent vixen of The Firefly Clan. Baby Firefly may look like a harmless hottie, but she is right up there with Otis Driftwood and Captain Spaulding when it comes to downright viciousness. She was introduced in House of 1000 Corpses as a sultry, mysterious member of a murderous family. But in The Devil’s Rejects Baby Firefly really came into her own and became just as hardened a member of her family as any of the other killers. As horror movie babies go, this is certainly the sexiest and may very well be the deadliest as well.
Delivery: The Beast Within (2014)
Is there anything worth watching on reality TV? Let’s be honest; we cut our teeth on reality programming decades ago when “COPS” hit the FOX airwaves. And we were all literally glued to our screens as one domestic dispute after another got resolved by our cities’ finest police officers. But today anyone can get a reality show, and that is the premise behind Delivery. It’s the story of Kyle and Rachel Massy, a young couple who, for some inexplicable reason, agree to have their first pregnancy documented for a reality TV show. And, as this is a horror movie, things go completely off the tracks, making Rachel believe an evil spirit has possessed the unborn child. And that, my friends, is the makings of a fantastic reality TV series!
Pet Sematary (1989)
He’s not necessarily an infant in swaddling clothes, but Gage Creed was young enough to be considered in this category. An aggressive little scamp if there ever was one, Gage gave audiences one of the great toe-curling moments of 80’s cinema when he sliced Jud Crandall’s Achilles tendon. Much like the hobbling of Paul Sheldon by Anne Wilkes in Misery, this was another of Stephen King’s great moments of stunning an audience with just the damaging of a body. Not murder, not rape, but the maiming of a body part that was certainly quite beloved by the owner. Gage Creed certainly goes down as one of horror’s most nefarious toddlers. “And now I wanna play with yeeeeeew.”
Here we move into our non-human portion of the list. The Alien chestburster is, without a doubt, the cutest version of the xenomorph that exists in the Alien universe. Sure, his birth into our world is a bit bloody and violent, but once he emerges from Kane’s chest and checks out his surroundings (sporting a set of teeth that look like he’s wearing one of Flavor Flav’s grills) and heads for the hills, the baby xenomorph had already become part of horror/sci-fi history. But, unfortunately, as cute as he was upon being born, there was the fact that he would grow to be a towering, slobbering, violent alien creature that took away a bit of his childish innocence. But good lord, he was a cute baby, wasn’t he?
Based on Mike Mignola’s story and directed by Guillermo del Toro, Hellboy was an action-packed thrill ride for audiences. Ron Perlman was the perfect stout-chinned actor to play Hellboy himself. But our first looks at the demonic scamp were much more cutesy than anything else. A scant little red monster that somehow made it through an interdimensional portal on October 10, 1944, in Scotland during an Allied attack against Nazi forces led by Obersturmbannführer Karl Ruprecht Kroenen. Headed by Trevor Bruttenholm, the Allied forces were able to squash the Nazi’s plan and, at the same time, gain a tremendous ally in the form of the infant Hellboy. Bruttenholm would go on to adopt the young demon, who grew into one of the most unique superheroes of our time.
“The Walking Dead” (November 4, 2012-present)
Little Asskicker. Born in a bloody delivery to a mother who would not survive the procedure, living in a prison or on the run for every day of her short existence, Judith Grimes has seen some shit. Even at her infantile age, she’s already survived more than I know I personally could have… the prison invasion, threat of strangulation by a stranger in the woods while Tyreese wrestled with his conscience… Lizzy! Simply put, as babies go, Judith has to be one of the most hardened little ones ever. In fact, we’ve heard that she insists on getting some of Bob’s hooch in her milk, which she drinks exclusively out of broken Jägermeister bottles found along the road.
Dead Alive (1992)
The Dead Alive (or Braindead for those of you out there who prefer that title) baby takes perhaps the most punishment of anyone to ever wear a onesie onscreen. In one scene, which you can enjoy below, after biting a woman in the face, and in the space of about 40 seconds, he gets a chair smashed over his head Cactus Jack-style, kicked in the face, springboarded off an ironing board before getting smashed in the face with a frying pan hard enough to leave a perfect imprint of his face on it. From there he is threatened with an electric blender/chopper, hung precariously over said blender/chopper by a shoddily hung light fixture before landing his ass in the blender/chopper, only to be launched out of it and then unceremoniously punched in the face, which launches him through a window. Well done! Peter Jackson just doesn’t make ‘em like that anymore.
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A poster can be the best marketing tool for a film outside of its trailer. I used to get to the movie theater 45 minutes early so I would have time to walk the halls and look at all of the posters for the coming attractions. There’s just something so fun about looking at posters and horror films arguably have the best ones. There haven’t really been a lot of really awesome posters this year, but I’ve set out to pick ten of the best ones and five of the worst ones for all of you. I chose from a list of around 60 movies that were released in 2014 and I included any film that has horror elements. This includes horror comedy, some thrillers and some sci-fi. Basically, if it’s been covered by Bloody-Disgusting at all in the past, it was a contender for this list. Also, this is a judgment on the poster only. The quality of the movie has nothing to do with the posters included on this list. If you think I missed one, feel free to let me know in the comments below!
As always, it’s with great pleasure that we give this year the proverbial finger and officially look forward to 2015! Please join us in stabbing at 2014 with an erect middle digit.
2014 was a pretty good year for us, and we have PLENTY of tricks and treats up our sleeves for the new year. Our good fortune was due in no small part to you cats, whom we are extremely grateful for. You keep readin’, we’ll keep writin’! Hopefully 2015 will give us many reasons to give thanks including Jurassic World, Paranormal Activity 5: The Ghost Dimension, and more!
So goodbye, 2014! Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on your way out! Be safe tonight, everyone, and have a happy and healthy 2015! Here’s to ya!
So I’m trying this out as a little experimental post to see how it goes over. I thought it might be fun to start off my end of the year posts by sharing my best horror experience of the year. I thought it might be fun to just talk about something positive before I head into my worsts of the year. Also, I’m quite interested to know some of your best horror experiences in 2014. There are no rules for this. Your best experience can be seeing a particular movie (or showing someone a particular movie for the first time), meeting an actor/actress from one of your favorite shows or movies, going to a haunted house, etc. Anything is fair game for this. For me, it was attending Dallas’ annual horror convention: Texas Frightmare Weekend.
I live in Austin, and we do have a pretty large film industry here. Lots of festivals come around like South By Southwest, Fantastic Fest, Austin Film Festival, etc. Not a lot of events are geared toward us horror fans, though. We do have the Housecore Horror Film Festival, but I haven’t been able to make it to that one yet. A few years ago I discovered Texas Frightmare Weekend in Dallas and had an absolute blast. Next year will be my 4th year going (it’s their 10th anniversary!) and it’s become one of my new favorite traditions. If this article seems like a shameless plug, it’s not. I just had a blast this year!
Frightmare weekend is basically like any other convention you would go to (and if you’ve never been to one I highly recommend you try to go at least once in your life). Basically, there are some special screenings, panels featuring actors from certain movies (my first year there was a Carrie panel with PJ Soles, Nancy Allen and Piper Laurie) and of course all of the celebrities sit at booths for meet and greets with their fans. I use the word “celebrities” because they are celebrities to us, but if you ever try to explain to anyone not really into horror why you’re excited to meet some of these people, it can prove to be a challenge. Weekend passes are affordable, but pictures with the celebrities and getting autographed publicity stills will be where you spend all of your money. So if you ever get a chance to go make sure you save your money! I learned that the hard way my first year going.
I got to meet my 2 favorite Lindas: Blair and Hamilton. I got to sit at a Terminator panel and listen to Linda Hamilton, Robert Patrick, Michael Biehn, Thomas Dekker, Jenette Goldstein and Kristanna Loken. Biehn and Goldstein also did a panel on Aliens, which was a blast. I got to pee next to Tom Savini (for the second year in a row). I did miss out on Tobin Bell and Doug Bradley which bummed me out, but c’est la vie.
I would also like to point out that I got to see the original Halloween and A Nightmare on Elm Street 1 and 3 (two of my absolute faves) on the big screen (in 35mm!) for the first time ever this year. That gave Frightmare Weekend a run for its money as my best horror experience of the year.
So what about you all? What amazing things did you experience this year? Let me know in the comments below!
There are times when you read something, whether its literature or comics, that you actually feel like you’re getting something special. The opportunity happens rarely, which is why when something breaks through, you have to celebrate it. Never looking back, “Clive Barker’s Next Testment” (BOOM! Studios) defined horror comics and went all out to create something extraordinary in 2014.
Before we discuss the narrative, let’s talk about the announcement. When I read on the Bloody-Disgusting site, Barker was working on an original comic, first entitled “New Genesis,” and it was going to be a 12-part miniseries; I was hesitant at first. Because I read a lot of superhero comics, I thought 12 issues were reserved for crossover events, like Batman’s “Knightfall” and most recently “Year Zero.”
What’s the guy who wrote and directed “Hellraiser” going to do in an original title? Well, he’s going to blow away expectations, that’s what. From 2013 to 2014, each issue delivered was carefully mapped out as Barker and co-writer Mark Miller teamed up to deliver something unique with religious horror.
The story begins in the desert wasteland, where eccentric billionaire Julian Demond is searching for something hidden underneath the layers of sand. Waiting to be set free, “The Father” from the Old Testament, wakes up finally from his prison. Julian thinks he has found God but he has actually unearthed a sadistic power-hungry supreme being, nicknaming himself Wick. Julian’s son, Tristan, and his fiancée, Elspeth, are going to witness the coming of the apocalypse.
Metaphors upon metaphors, humanity’s search for God echoes the son’s search for his father’s love. Tristan doesn’t believe in a higher power because his own father abandoned him as a boy. He follows blindly in his love for Elspeth, which is really the same about having faith in something.
What’s truly remarkable about the text is how Miller put a lot of effort into the witty dialogue.Tristan and Elspeth are an ordinary and likable couple who rely on each other in this extraordinary event. The two are given an emotional arc that allows their characters to develop. A mixture of Lori Winston and Kirsty Cotton, Elspeth starts out as the quirky girlfriend and ends up being the badass type.
Artist Haemi Jang had to capture the design of an antagonist who had the eloquence of Pinhead and the bloodlust of a Jason Voorhees. Jang captures both sides of Wick in the dinner scene that goes horribly wrong. From start to finish, there is a thrilling plane crash in the first volume that is unbelievably pulse-pounding, like the one in “Lost.”
Remember in this fourth season of “Game of Thrones,” particularly the episode “The Watchers on the Wall.” It was 10 minutes of dialogue and 50 minutes of nonstop action. That’s the penultimate issue, where Jang depicts the all-or-nothing battle between Wick and the Devil. It’s 5 pages of dialogue and rest of the 22 pages are hard-hitting punches, buildings being knocked around, and a fight in space.
To this critic, the “Next Testament” series ranks up there with the best of Clive Barker’s works, such as “Cabal” and my personal favorite, “Lord of Illusions.” As years pass by, a generation of new readers will say, “This is how you make a horror comic.” Not only is “Next Testament” thought-provoking as it pushed boundaries, it’s one helluva fun read.
Editorial by Jorge Solis
IFC Midnight has set a date for Paul Solet’s follow-up to Grace, releasing Dark Summer in limited theaters and on VOD outlets come January 9th. On tap for you tonight is a behind-the-scenes featurette, which should whet your appetite for more!
Written by Mike Le (Patient Zero), Dark Summer stars Peter Stormare (Fargo), Maestro Harrell (“The Wire”), Keir Gilchrist (“United States of Tara”), Stella Maeve (The Runaways), and Grace Phipps (Fright Night).
Summer is a time to relax, unwind, take a vacation, and be free. But 17-year-old Daniel Austin gets none of that because his obsessive online stalking of his classmate and crush, Mona Wilson, got him put on house arrest for the whole summer. So, no cell phone, no Internet, no leaving the property, and especially no Mona. Then Daniel’s single mother has to go on a long business trip, and Daniel has the place to himself.
Daniel figures out a way to piggyback onto his neighbors’ wireless signal and, believing he’s surfing off the grid, uses his time to check in on his friends – and Mona… But what Daniel didn’t expect is for Mona to check up on him. And what she does next shakes him to his very core.
And then things start to happen. Daniel receives mysterious packages in the mail, hears phantom noises, sees inanimate objects move, and feels a strange presence in the house…
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Australian actor John Jarratt made one hell of an impression as horror icon Mick Taylor in Wolf Creek and Wolf Creek 2, and now he’s set to return to the horror genre with his debut directional effort. Read all about his upcoming film StalkHer, and check out the first piece of poster art!
Written by Kris Maric, the film stars Jarratt and Kaarin Fairfax.
Jack is pushed past the brink of his stalking obsession when he finally decides to break into Emily’s home to take what he wants by force. However, his plans for her pain and his pleasure come unhinged when he wakes up to find himself bleeding and bound to a chair in her kitchen. It doesn’t take long for Jack to realize that Emily is not the woman he thoughts she was. For one night Jack and Emily engage in a twisted and thrilling courtship of the sexes that leads one to wonder which one of them will survive the night.
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Great news for you cats out there who are looking forward to Adam Green’s latest directorial feature film, Digging Up the Marrow! Entertainment Weekly scored the latest one-sheet and release news!
Look for the flick February 20th in limited theatrical and also on VOD via RLJ/Image Entertainment.
Starring, written by, and directed by Adam Green and inspired by the artwork of artist Alex Pardee, the film stars Ray Wise (“Twin Peaks,” X-Men First Class), Will Barratt (Frozen), and a roster full of horror genre favorites and iconic artists all appearing as themselves.
When filmmaker Adam Green receives a package from a strange man (Wise) claiming he can prove that monsters exist, he and his crew are taken on a mysterious, fantastical, and terrifying journey into the shadows deep down under the ground below our feet. Digging Up the Marrow is a documentary-style film that blends reality with fantasy in a way that will leave even the most hardcore skeptics believing in the existence of monsters.
“DIGGING UP THE MARROW is the result of an incredibly rewarding four-year creative collaboration,” said Green. “It’s a very unique film that doesn’t neatly fit into any specific sub-genre that has come before it. We’ve been thrilled by the overwhelmingly positive response that MARROW has received at early screenings.”
The monsters in the film are vividly brought to life by visionary American artist and trans-media-artistry pioneer Alex Pardee. Under Green’s ArieScope Pictures, the film was produced by Cory Neal and was financed by Neal and Andrew Mysko’s Hacienda Film Co.
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One of 2014’s most batshit crazy genre films heads home right at the start of 2015 as Drafthouse Films has made a date with Sion Sono’s Why Don’t You Play in Hell? Read on for all the release details!
From the Press Release:
A renegade film crew becomes embroiled with a Japanese crime gang feud in Why Don’t You Play in Hell?, an outrageous actioner that also pays thrilling tribute to classics of the yakuza genre. The latest wild epic from writer-director Sion Sono comes to Digital Download, Blu-ray and DVD on January 27, 2015, from Drafthouse Films, in conjunction with Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM). The extras-filled discs have SRPs, respectively, of $29.93 and $24.99.
Master filmmaker Sion Sono (Love Exposure, Cold Fish) describes his frenzied, gleeful new masterpiece as “an action film about the love of 35mm.” Based on a screenplay he wrote nearly 15 years ago, Why Don’t You Play in Hell? is among Sono’s very best work, as his trademark excess and outrageousness are infused with an affection for the previous century of Japanese cinema. This is Sono with his talent and unique vision completely unleashed.
“A twisted valentine to moviemaking and the disappearing medium of 35mm film.”–Alonso Duralde, The Wrap
Ten years ago, the Kitagawa yakuza clan attacked the Muto yakuza clan at Muto’s own home, only to have Muto’s wife fight back. This unexpectedly left the Kitagawa clan in shambles, with their top hit man Ikegami wounded and Muto’s wife in prison. Despite the carnage, the most unfortunate fallout from this attack is when Muto’s beloved actress daughter, Mitsuko, has her adorable toothpaste commercial taken off the air. Now, Ikegami seeks revenge, while Muto only has one desire: to have his wife return from prison to see Mitsuko star in her first movie.
Enter The F★★★ Bombers, an eager but untalented group of wannabe filmmakers whose dreams of making movies have come crashing down after 10 years of 8mm efforts. Circumstances have brought them to this fateful moment where they’ll be able to film – in 35mm! – the actual climactic battle between yakuzas in an over-the-top, blood-splattering epic for the ages.
Endlessly irreverent and wildly, hilariously visceral, Why Don’t You Play in Hell? is a Tarantino-esque ode to the yakuza films of yore and features an over-the-top, blood-soaked finale for the ages.
“A deliriously gaudy celebration of the decline of everything.”–Anton Bitel, Sight & Sound
When filmmaker Sono started writing the script for this movie, it was the beginning of the digital age of filmmaking. While it’s now common to shoot and show commercial and independent movies digitally, back then, 8mm film was widely used by independent film groups like The F★★★ Bombers (yes, they really existed). Therefore, to the amateurs, 35mm films became the symbol of the professional movie. By having the yakuza shoot in 35mm, Sono makes Why Don’t You Play in Hell? an homage to cinema. The film also includes specific references to the work of Kinji Fukasaku, whose scores of yakuza films, including the monumental series Battles Without Honor and Humanity, greatly influenced Sono.
Why Don’t You Play in Hell? was an official selection at various 2013 festivals, including the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival, the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, the Independent Film Festival Boston, the Nashville Film Festival and the RiverRun International Film Festival.
• Press conference with director Sion Sono
• 11×17-inch fold-out poster by comic artist James Callahan
• 24-page booklet
• Theatrical trailers
• Digital download
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Global warming, the impending ice age, a biological attack, an unstoppable virus… There are so many different ways the world could end. Many great horror films tackle this very subject, always focusing on a small group of people and how they react to their new lives, ones that see a vast change in what is considered “important”.
If that were to happen, do you know what you would do, what would be asked of you? If not, today’s quiz tackles precisely that question!
I got “You’re A Team Leader”, which states:
Team Leaders are those among survivors who’ve stood out in the most positive ways. They’ve shown courage, leadership, and the ability to communicate with people from all walks of life. They’re the ones who would put their lives on the line in order to protect their team and everyone around them. Leaders can take on any job depending on their other abilities.
For example they can be a Chef, Doctor, Hunter, Etc… Essentially they can take on any job and lead a team as long as they’re capable of handling it. The role of multiple leaders was created in order to keep a single person from having too much power.
At the end of the day their main goal is to keep other survivors alive.
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One film you’ll be seeing on many ‘Best Of’ lists in the coming days is Starry Eyes (review), co-directed by Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch. In February of next year, one of the year’s most critically acclaimed horror films comes home, and we’ve got the scoop for ya today.
Read on for full release details, and you’ll also find the box art below. The top image is the main art, while the one underneath is an alternate piece of art which will be found on the other side of the sleeve!
From the Press Release:
An aspiring actress finally gets a role to die for in STARRY EYES, “one of the most exciting independent horror films to come out in a long time” (Michele Galgana, Twitch). The nerve-shattering film comes to Digital Download, Blu-ray and DVD from MPI Home Video on February 3, 2015.
Determined to make it as an actress in Hollywood, Sarah Walker (Alex Essoe; Passion Play, Boy Toy) spends her days working a dead-end job, enduring petty friendships with other struggling artists and competing actors, and going on countless casting calls in hopes of catching her big break. After a series of strange auditions, Sarah lands the leading role in a film from a mysterious production company. But this opportunity comes with some bizarre conditions that will transform her both mentally and physically into something beautiful… and altogether terrifying.
From the producer of Cheap Thrills and Jodorowsky’s Dune, Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch’s STARRY EYES is an occult tale of ambition, possession and the true cost of fame.
In addition to Essoe, the cast includes Noah Segan (Looper, Brick, The Picture of Dorian Gray), Pat Healy (The Innkeepers, Cheap Thrills, Compliance) and Amanda Fuller (The Brittany Murphy Story, Cheap Thrills).
Entertainment Weekly’s Clark Collis called STARRY EYES “a skillful combination of occult thriller and Cronenbergian gruesome-fest. Essoe gives a star-making performance.” “One of the best horror films of the year… Brilliant and brutal,” said Meredith Borders of Badass Digest. “Terrifying,” said Time’s Michael Roffman. “If David Lynch and David Cronenberg came together to craft a gory, psychological mindbender, it might be STARRY EYES.”
Special features on the Blu-ray and DVD include commentary with writer-directors Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer (who previously teamed on Absence) and producer Travis Stevens; 10 deleted scenes; a music video by the film’s composer, Jonathan Snipes; Alex Essoe’s audition video; a behind-the-scenes photo gallery; and the theatrical trailer.