Though there is no true "real story" behind the tale of Frankenstein and his monster, in the sense that a dude never stitched together other dudes and brought the creation to life, The History Channel will be exploring the classic story from all angles next year with a 178-minute disc dubbed Frankenstein: The Real Story.
From the Press Release
HISTORY® presents all the raw details and facts on the most famous science fiction character of all time in Frankenstein: The Real Story arriving on DVD January 14th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The story has both haunted and entertained the world for close to two centuries. Timed to the highly anticipated release of I, Frankenstein, this fascinating collection tells of a brilliant but deranged scientist who builds a grotesque monster from the body parts of fresh corpses. Featuring three engrossing documentaries that explore the story from various angles, the Frankenstein: The Real Story DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of just $14.98.
"In Search of the Real Frankenstein" looks at scientists throughout history who experimented with reviving dead animals and human corpses in attempts to find the secret force of life. "Frankenstein" explores the origins of the tale that became the first science fiction novel. Did it spring from Mary Shelley's imagination, or did she base it on an 18th century German doctor who conducted gruesome experiments on live humans? "It's Alive: The True Story of Frankenstein, Part 1" further traces the story through all its artistic renditions: 19th century stage adaptations, silent film versions including the 1931 film starring Boris Karloff, its superb 1935 sequel Bride of Frankenstein, Mel Brooks' hilarious satire Young Frankenstein, and the 1994 Kenneth Branagh film starring Robert De Niro. This spectacular set includes interviews with actors, including Gene Wilder, as well as experts on Mary Shelley, the 19th century novel, the horror genre, cinema makeup, and much more.
Releasing exclusively on Amazon this week is the “Limited Freddy Wong Collector’s Edition” of the thriller Bear.
“Bear is a gripping a grizzly bear attack movie being released as a signed collector’s item by Epic Pictures Releasing.”
Each copy is signed by internet sensation Freddie Wong.
“Two couples, trapped in a mini-van, must use their wits and courage to fend off a vicious assault from a Grizzly Bear and survive. As they battle the cunning and intelligent creature, secrets between them begin to emerge. Will the shocking revelations tear them apart before the bear does?”
The DVD features a bunch of special extras on it including Freddie’s signature, a detailed audio commentary by FreddieW as well as a special video he made for the film.
In this new “The Walking Dead” featurette, Andrew Lincoln discusses the evolution of his beard throughout the series.
The fourth season continues October 27 with Episode 4.03, “Isolation”: “A group leaves the prison to search for supplies; the remaining members of the group deal with recent losses.”
Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, “The Walking Dead” tells the story of a group of survivors who travel in search of a safe and secure home in the months and years following a zombie apocalypse. The series stars Andrew Lincoln, David Morrissey, Steven Yeun, Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, Chandler Riggs, Lauren Cohan, Scott Wilson, Melissa McBride, Chad Coleman, Sonequa Martin-Green, and Emily Kinney.
We're back with another installment of Radio 66.6! This week features the latest news, music, videos and tour dates from the likes of Motorhead, Danzig, Dethklok, Black Sabbath, Killswitch Engage, Korn, All That Remains, Norma Jean, Protest the Hero and more. Don't touch that dial!
Danzig recently reunited with Misfits guitarist Doyle to record a new song. Details are scarce, but hopefully it sees the light of day soon.
Stream Motorhead's new album, Aftershock, here. The band's 21st studio album is out this week via UDR Music.
Listen to a new Dethklok song titled "Blazing Star" here. It comes from the upcoming rock opera soundtrack for Metalocaplypse: the Doomstar Requiem A Klok Opera, which will be available on October 29.
Stream Protest the Hero's new album, Volition, here. It comes out October 29 via Razor & Tie.
Listen to a metal version of the Goosebumps theme song here. Very well done.
Watch Black Sabbath's music video for "Loner" here. 13 is out now.
Watch Motorhead's music video for "Hearbreaker" here. Aftershock is out this week.
Watch Korn's music video for "Love & Meth" here. The Paradigm Shift was released earlier this month on Prospect Park.
Watch Killswitch Engage's music video for "Always" here. More than an average music video, it acts as a short film. Disarm the Descent is out now on Roadrunner Records.
Watch All That Remains' music video for "What If I Was Nothing" here. It's the ballad from their latest album, A War You Cannot Win, which is available now from Razor & Tie.
Dates for Norma Jean's upcoming headlining tour with support from Vanna, KEN mode and Exotic Animal Petting Zoo can be found here.
Be sure to check back every Tuesday for the latest music news!
[Special Report] Violence, Intensity And Trying To Disturb Audiences On The Set Of Spike Lee's 'Oldboy'!
FilmDistrict will release Spike Lee’s Oldboy, starring Josh Brolin, Samuel Jackson, Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley, and James Ransone on Thanksgiving weekend this year. And I can’t wait to see unsuspecting families walk into this twisted tale.
In theaters November 27th, “The pic is a provocative, visceral thriller that follows the story of an advertising executive (Josh Brolin) who is abruptly kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement. When he is inexplicably released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who orchestrated his bizarre and torturous punishment only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment.”
Last year I spent some time on the New Orleans set of the film. While I wasn’t there for the infamous “fight” scene, I did see plenty of cool stuff and had a nice long chat with the cast and crew of this new “reinterpretation.”
A Phantom Rolls Royce idles on a street nearing the outskirts or New Orleans, Louisiana. It’s parked in front of a bar ensconced in a faded green building – the sign reads “Chucky’s: Open Damn Near 48 Hours.” The car pulls away, heading towards the semi-deserted neighborhood beyond the bar’s enclave. On the sidewalk outside of Chucky’s lays a man, deposited there by whomever was in the car. He’s beaten, bloody and bruised. A broken heap dressed all in black. That man is Josh Brolin.
No, it’s not the aftermath of a bad night out for the actor. It’s the set of Spike Lee’s reinterpretation of Oldboy and the Rolls Royce belongs to Sharlto Copley’s villainous character. Michael Imperioli, the “Sopranos” actor who is clearly the Chucky mentioned on the sign above, rushes out to the curb to help his fallen friend.
As Brolin gets up, it’s immediately clear what fantastic shape he’s in (bruises and blood aside). I’ve never seen the actor this lean, muscular and chiseled. It’s a far cry from how he appears in the opening minutes of the film, out of shape and designed to look bloated from alcohol. Brolin comments on the shift between his weight in the film, “I gained some weight and I lost some weight. Some people think it’s impossible. I would never do it again, but yeah I gained a lot of water weight.” How did you do it? Can you tell us? ‘No. It was a difficult thing. I came in good shape, then I put on a lot of weight and lost it again.”
While there’s still an active setup outside Chucky’s bar, the crew quickly preps another shot which has Brolin and his co-star Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene) getting into a cab. The camera pushes in on the passenger side window and Brolin tosses of an intentionally goofy glare that has most of the crew erupting in laughter. After that, they nail the shot with a more appropriately serious take.
During a break from shooting, myself and a few other journalists pile into a room in the back of the bar to speak with some of the film’s cast and crew, including legendary director Spike Lee. It was my first time speaking with him and, even though he was extremely guarded about the film’s secrets, I found him to be warm and genial with a surprising sense of humor. I had heard that the new script by writer Mark Protosevich (I Am Legend, The Cell) was even more intense than the original 2003 film. Lee replied with a simple, “True.”
Josh Brolin explains how the film got off the ground in the first place, “I called up Chan wook-Park. I tried to get him for ‘Jonah Hex.’ And I almost had him! And then I let him go at the last second, ‘you know if you’re heart’s not in this we can do something else.’ But we became good friends and talked once every couple of months. And Spike and I have been friends for a few years. So when this came up, it sounded good but I needed to get his blessing first. So I called him and asked what he thought about us doing this. And he said, ‘Absolutely. Just don’t do it the same.’” Brolin adds, “It’s become its own very original film.” We noticed the production sign (the yellow signage leading us to set) said ‘Octopus.’ Is that scene still in there? We’re creating our own iconic moments. There are some homages to original movie and then there’s some new stuff.”
Lee adds that he and Brolin had been circling each other for a while, trying to find the right project to work on. “For me it started with two parties. One for ‘American Gangster’ and the other one for ‘W.’ [Brolin and I] talked and I told him I was a big fan of his work. And it was mutual. And we just said, ‘let’s work together.’ But even if you want to work together you still need material, something both people feel passionate about. We were at the same agency and the script came in and we called each other up and said, ‘let’s do it.’ The script was great.”
We notice that Brolin has a tattoo indicating that he’s been counting down 20 years of imprisonment as opposed to 15 (depicted with notches similar to the imagery featured on the film’s teaser poster). Protosevich acknowledges that his script changes the time from 15 to 20 years. “In terms of childhood development, anything prior to 3 years old can be pretty much forgotten. I should be careful here… ” Lee interjects, “You should.” Protosevich continues, “It seemed proper to me.” Brolin offers a final thought on the subject before we move on, “The original Manga was 10 years. Chan wook-Park’s film was 15 years. This is 20 years. The sequel will be 25 years.”
Lee latches on to Brolin’s mention of the Manga. For him, this new retelling of Oldboy is a continuation of the story’s journey through different cultures, and this new version has a decidedly American sensibility. “Here’s the thing. People don’t realize that the original source is Japanese. It’s not Korean. It was reinterpreted in Korea and now we’re doing it in the United States of America.” He continues, perhaps the most animated we’ve seen him thus far, “I don’t call this a remake. I call it a reinterpretation. You can have Oscar Hammerstein’s “My Favorite Things” but when John Coltrane plays it, that sh*t sounds different. It’s a great film, and this is a reinterpretation of it. It’s not Julie Andrews singing “My Favorite Things,” it’s John Coltrane. That’s the way I look at it. And that’s gonna happen anyway, because we’re shooting in the United States of America. A very diverse United States of America as evidenced by this last election.” He adds, “‘Oldboy’ is a phenomenal film, and there’s room in the universe for this one.”
Elisabeth Olsen, who has been sitting quietly with Brolin and Lee up until now, agrees with the concept of reinterpretation. Olsen, “Good stories should be re-told. And this is a good story. So [it makes sense] to remake it for a different audience at a different time.” She also feels like there was a lot to chew on in regard to the updated version of the character she’s playing, “I think that it’s a completely different character than the original story. She has a before and after in her life outside of the context of what happens in the film.”
But will this American version latch on with American audiences? We’re notably more concerned with sexual taboos. Protosevich grabs the ball on this with a brief, “I think sometimes it’s okay to disturb people.” If he seems confident in his work, he has every right to be. He’s been attached to the project for “a minute” as Lee puts it, and has had years to refine his draft. “I’ve been involved with this now for four years. So for me it’s been a ling process to get to this great point. I love the source material, but it really was an opportunity for me to really challenge myself as a writer. I became incredibly obsessed with it and passionate about it. And I think it’s the best thing I’ve done. It feels right, it feels like the reason I got into the business in the first place.”
Was it that script that brought Michael Imperioli on board? Not quite (but it couldn’t have hurt) “I didn’t look at the material. But Spike called me and I’d worked with him five times before so I said ‘yes.’ If he’s got something, I’m in. It doesn’t matter what it is.” Sharlto Copley, who was a bit late joining us due to a last minute trip to the dentist, suggests that the intensity is why he took the gig in the first place, “For me it was a little bit darker than something I would have done. But I felt that the first film was so good, in the story specifically, that I figured if you’re going to do something dark you might as well go all the way.”
Speaking of darkness, the original film is full of hardcore violence. And if this one pushes the envelope even further, is Lee nervous about the MPAA? Lee, “I’m not nervous but I know that historically they’ve been much more lenient with violence than with sex. They do what they do. We might have to have some resubmissions on various things. But we’re going for a hard “R”, that’s what we want.” Brolin adds that there’s also, “a lot more emotional violence in this movie.”
After we disperse from the chat we head back into the front of Chucky’s. Our plane leaves in a few hours, but we’re able to see one more simple shot. Michael Imperioli sits at the bar, sipping a whiskey and typing on his MacBook. Suddenly he stops and grabs the phone, his mouth agape. “It’s Chucky. It’s not about him, it’s about her. The whore. Remember? Jesus, call me!” Lee guides him through this a few more times until we depart, getting it just right. For those of you who have seen the original, you may know the pivotal nature of this moment. Or perhaps not… because not everything is the same in this retelling.
Brolin approaches us before we leave and we quickly grill him on the fight scene. You know… THE fight scene. Has anything changed? How did Spike Lee approach it? He can’t give us any real details but smiles, “I guarantee this will be the most intense fight sequence you ever see.”
Is he right? You’ll just have to go see Oldboy on November 27th. Remember, that’s over the Thanksgiving holiday. If you know what you’re doing you’ll take the whole family just to watch the look on their faces.
We now have some brutal first imagery from The Devil’s Women, the new horror thriller from director Guillermo Martínez that started filming on June 9th.
“The story revolves around Irene, a young woman who is recovering from a brutal beating perpetrated by her former lover. She decides to regain her energy and zest for life wich she believed impossible after finding out she had lost a baby due to the multiple injuries she had suffer from the violent act. Her best friend recommends some kind of activity that revitalized her strenght. Irene enthusiastic believes she has found the answer in a booklet: theater classes. Once registred into the academy she never imagined being the only student at the mercy of a pair of deranges psychopaths who truly whorship women’s flagellation as the solution of sins.”
The film has a cast conformed entirely with actors from the city of La Plata. The main cast will fetaure: César Genovesi,María Soledad Navarro and Alexia Encalada, with the appearences of Javier Batic, Noelia Vergini, Fernando Leiva, Ignacio Ardaiz, María Elena Morete and María Laura Albariño.
The shoot will take place on locations of the city of La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The film is co written by Lucio Ferrante and its produced in association with Wolframia Audiovisuales and Juan Chiaradía.
After screening globally in over 30 international film festivals, scooping up awards and acclaim, Freddy Chavez Olmos and Shervin Shoghian's short film Shhh has been released online, just in time for Halloween!
The tale of a young boy who uses his imagination to overcome his bullying sister, Shhh is heavily inspired by the work of Guillermo Del Toro, who described it as having "strong visuals and solid atmosphere" - two things that Del Toro's films are always rich with.
Check out the incredible 11-minute short film below, which the two directors are looking to eventually turn into a feature. To keep tabs on the project, "like" the Shhh Facebook page.
Have you been following along with "Dracula Rising," the origin story of NBC's "Dracula"? Part 4 is now live; and we have it here along with all the previous installments in case you missed them. Check it out so you'll be ready for the premiere this Friday.
From the producers of the critically acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning hit "Downton Abbey" comes "Dracula," a twisted, sophisticated, and sexy take on Bram Stoker's classic novel, proving that some stories never die. The 10-episode series is paired with "Grimm" on Friday nights and will premiere at 10PM on October 25th.
"Dracula" Episode 1.01 - "The Blood Is the Life" (airs 10/25/13)
New to England, Alexander Grayson hosts a lavish party. He becomes fixated on Mina Murray, a beautiful young woman who looks like his dead former love. Newly engaged to Mina, Jonathan Harker grapples with worries over providing Mina the life she deserves.
Along with Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Dracula/Alexander Grayson/Vlad Tepes, the other cast members include Oliver Jackson-Cohen as Jonathan Harker, Jessica De Gouw as Mina Murray/Ilona, Thomas Kretschmann as Abraham Van Helsing, Katie McGrath as Lucy Westenra, Nonso Anozie as R.M. Renfield, Victoria Smurfit as Lady Jayne Wetherby, Ben Miles as Mr. Browning, and Robert Bathurst as Lord Thomas Davenport.
Things will go bump in the night when The Conjuring (read our review) arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital Download TODAY from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. From acclaimed director James Wan, The Conjuring follows a pair of paranormal investigators who help a family haunted by a demonic force, only to find themselves trapped in their own horrifying nightmare.
In addition to an awesome exclusive clip from the release’s bonus features, we also have (5) Blu-rays that come accompanying an Annabelle doll! The clip takes us into the real world that inspired Conjuring, and features footage of the real Lorraine Warren.
TO ENTER: Put THE CONJURING in the subject line and then send your FULL NAME and ADDRESS to firstname.lastname@example.org. Winners chosen at random. No PO Boxes. U.S. only.
Directed by James Wan (Saw, InsidiousThe Conjuring stars Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson as Ed and Lorraine Warren; Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor as Roger and Carolyn Perron. The film also stars Joey King, Shanley Caswell, Hayley McFarland, Mackenzie Foy and Kyla Deaveras as the Perrons’ five daughters; Sterling Jerinsas as Judy Warren; Marion Guyot as Georgiana; Steve Coulter as Father Gordan; Shannon Kook as Drew; and John Brotherton as Brad.
“Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. The Conjuring tells the true story of world renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga) who were called upon to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse.
Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most horrifying case of their lives.”
The Conjuring will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99 and on single disc DVD for $28.98. The Blu-ray Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in hi-definition on Blu-ray, and the theatrical version in standard definition on DVD. Both the Blu-ray Combo Pack and the single disc DVD include UltraViolet which allows consumers to download and instantly stream the standard definition theatrical version of the film to a wide range of devices including computers and compatible tablets, smartphones, game consoles, Internet-connected TVs and Blu-ray players.
The Conjuring Blu-ray Combo Pack contains the following special features:
· The Conjuring: Face-to-Face with Terror
· A Life in Demonology
· Scaring the “@$*%” Out of You
The Conjuring Standard Definition DVD contains the following special features:
· Scaring the “@$*%” Out of You
We now have the UK trailer and poster for Anthony Leonardi III’s Nothing Left to Fear, which was produced by Guns N’ Roses’ Slash. Already out in the States, it will be released in the UK on DVD through Anchor Bay and VOD, On Download and On-Demand through Content, February 2014. Catch it before the 2014 release from October 26th at the Film4 Frightfest All Nighters.
“Nothing Left to Fear was inspired by the legend of Stull, Kansas. Wendy (Anne Heche), her husband Dan (James Tupper of “Revenge”) and their kids have just moved to the small town of Stull, Kansas, where Dan is the new pastor. But in this sleepy community of friendly neighbors, a horrific series of occurrences awaits them: Their teenage daughter (Rebekah Brandes of Bellflower) is being tormented by grisly visions. Her younger sister (Jennifer Stone of “Wizards Of Waverly Place”) has been marked for a depraved ritual. And deep within the heartland darkness, one of The Seven Gates Of Hell demands the blood of the innocent to unleash the creatures of the damned.”
Anne Heche (HBOs “Hung,” ABCs “Men in Trees”) , James Tupper (ABCs “Revenge,” Mr. Popper’s Penguins) , Ethan Peck (In Time, ABC Family’s “10 Things I Hate About You”), Jennifer Stone (“Wizards of Waverly Place,” Mean Girls 2), and Clancy Brown (Cowboys & Aliens, The Shawshank Redemption) all star.
Ethan Peck (“10 Things I Hate About You”) and Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption) co-star in this demonic shocker featuring original music by producer Slash and inspired by the real-life paranormal legacy of Stull.
It was a distinct case of visual déjà vu for us here in the DC offices once the poster for the deadly snake flick Ular crossed our desks. You can check it out here and see if it jars any quick memories for you, too!
The flick comes to us from Malaysia and director Jason Chong, and it is due out in his homeland in December. When we'll see it here in the States is still up in the air; however, we've definitely seen the poster before. Not exactly, mind you, but pretty damned close.
A group of lucky draw winners win a dream vacation on a seemingly idyllic island resort, only to discover themselves trapped on an island infested with deadly snakes.
Ready for the comparison?
K5 International (Girls Against Boys) has enlisted Robert Eggers to pen The Witch, formerly Witch of New-Canaan Woode, for pre-sales at the upcoming American Film Market. Eggers was originally intending to direct but is not listed as attached anymore…
“1630s. Sam, the new-born baby has disappeared without a trace. William’s eldest daughter, Thomasin, 14, has become idle and temperamental. Caleb, 12, often wantonly glances at Thomasin and believes he hears the voice of God. The little twins Jonas and Mary make up strange nursery rhymes and play with the family’s billy-goat all day. Mother Katherine believes she has lost faith. Is God punishing them? Is it the devil? Is it truly a witch? Is it one of the family members who is possessed? The animals die, the food is scarce, the family members turn against themselves. And the remaining ones are susceptible to the Witch of New Canaan Woode.”
Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy produce.
The film was announced as part of last year’s AFM, so it’s not great news to see there hasn’t been much movement in over a year.
“The end of the world, as we know it, came to an end two years ago…”
No One Lives and Midnight Meat Train director Ryuhei Kitamura is making yet another English-langue pic, as the Japanese director behind Versus will helm Dead Water, sources tell Bloody Disgusting.
Currently in production with a shooting budget of $3-5M, the film will be on sale at the upcoming American Film Market in Santa Monica, CA.
“Dead Water follows a heroine and a few scientists who become sealed inside an Eco Station -a self-sufficient environment deep in the desert. The survivors in the Station know the deadly truth. They know that when the end finally came, and it wasn’t what anyone expected.
It wasn’t a virus that killed the planet. It wasn’t a curse from Hell.
It was the water…
A chemical process, triggered somewhere in the world, got out of control and changed the molecular composition of H2O as we know it. Suddenly drinking it, bathing in it, even touching water would change a human into…
Album review written by Lauren Rae
Ah, Korn. One of the integral factors to the soundtrack of my angsty youth. What’s been surprising to me is how much staying power these guys have had over the years, with lineup changes, controversy and personal troubles amongst all the band members galore. There have been a few occasions where upon learning that Korn was set to drop a new album, my first words were, “They’re still around?”
Granted, I’ve grown up quite a bit since my days as 16-year-old little gothybopper. But there’s always a place in my heart for those who leant a hand to shaping my current musical landscape. I still have some of their albums and a few songs have made their way onto my iPod. It had been a long while since I had listened to any new material by the quintet out of the cow fields and nothingness that is Bakersfield, California. (They really weren’t exaggerating about that.) So when I was given the opportunity to give The Paradigm Shift a go, I took it, curious to see if they had grown along with me.
To which, it’s a yes and also a very huge no.
Musically, there has been immense growth. I can still sort of hear bits of Korn of old; bass strings that rattle so hard you think they’re gonna pop off their neck, drum beats that can give you heart palpitations. But the key difference is maturation. They sound cleaner, more fluid, especially considering that original guitarist Brian ‘Head’ Welch is back with the band. I’m guessing going solo and having his own tour helped hone and develop a whole new sound. This much I enjoyed immensely. And therein lies the yes.
Lyrically, I wanted to rip my hair out. It’s like I’m still listening to Follow the Leader and Issues. And I expected that lead singer Jonathan Davis would have grown beyond songs like “Never Never”, “Prey For Me” or even “Spike In My Veins”, which all seem to channel his trademarked-but-overused formula of “I’m so broken inside but don’t cry for me even though I really wish you would!” Literally the only song that had potential to show his age and wisdom is “Mass Hysteria”.
Jon, sweetie, hunnie. We all know you have depression, and you had it rough as a kid. You made that abundantly clear, and I get it. I’m Bipolar, I deal with it every day, and I probably had a shitter childhood and adulthood than you. But at some point you’ve got to grow up, deal with your issues and get the hell over them. You can only use your damaged heart and mind material for so long before it becomes old hat.
But, not all is lost! And I’m not a total bitch for saying all this, because we can draw a positive out of this. While there may not be any growth with The Paradigm Shift, at least they’ll always have a core audience. After all, there will always be angry, whiny teenagers to cater to.
One thing I’m terrible at is predicting twists in a movie before they happen. I suck at it.. That being said, I could see the reveal coming a mile away in Static‘s first few minutes. Even the worst (me) armchair detective can tell what’s really going on. Sometimes having the twist ruined doesn’t matter, as long as the story and characters are engaging enough to keep an audience holding on. Static, however, is a weak thriller that takes a fairly interesting premise and throws it away to play a cheap game of cat-and-mouse. By the time the “big twist” drops in our laps in the film’s final moments, I’m not sure anyone is going to care.
Jonathan and Addie Dade are going through some serious marital doldrums. Their young son recently drowned, leaving the couple reeling in his wake. Addie (Sara Shahi) has turned to the bottle while Jonathan (Milo Ventimiglia) immerses himself in his writing. They haven’t really addressed their feelings and have taken a more passive aggressive route to their martial turmoil. Then one night a stranger (Sara Paxton) shows up on their doorstep, saying that someone in a gas mask is chasing her. They reluctantly take her in and soon they become the targets of masked aggressors in a scenario that’s equal parts home invasion thriller and domestic drama.
These elements – a mourning couple and a home invasion – make for a unique take on a thriller with characters that are easy to sympathize for. The way Static plays out is frustrating though. Once the intrusion of the home begins, there are some suspenseful little moments peppered throughout that are genuinely well-crafted. These tense moments are dismally shattered when Johnathan and Addie start bitching at one another. The two elements aren’t handled cohesively. It loses its momentum to the point of exasperation.
The film ends on a terribly down note, which I actually enjoyed. I’ll take a bummer ending over a happy one any day. The problem is, Static makes it a point to not have Jonathan and Addie’s marital state at the end of the film be the focus. This couple, who we’ve just witnessed go through hell, is put aside so that the filmmakers can put all their cards on the table and show the audience how crackerjack their twist is.
And the thing is, I really dug the premise of the twist. If he had made the film more concerned with the reason for the invasion rather than their melodramatic marital troubles, writer-director Todd Levin would have one interesting movie on his hands. Instead it never really focuses on anything and can’t decide if it wants to be a home invasion thriller or a deep meditation on loss. It’s possible to be both, but Static never pulls it off.
A/V: Oh, I forgot to mention that Static is in 3D, for some reason. The wide shots of the landscape that kick off the film look fantastic, with depth clearly established. Once the film’s action kicks into gear, everything is so dark that the 3D is barely noticeable. The 1080p transfer is crisp and detailed – when it’s not nearly pitch black. Like I said, this is a visually dark film. The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 sound is terrific, with loads of creepy elements to the design.
Special Features: The audio commentary featuring Todd Levin, producer Gabriel Cowan, and editor John Suits is best left for people who really dug the film. They discuss the usual aspects of filming, with some fun anecdotes thrown in. Overall it’s pretty bland though.
Filmmakers Eric Bross, Sean Albertson and Matt Lazarus announced today the January, 2014, online release of their short film Goliath. The 10-minute film will be available worldwide to watch for free. The announcement is accompanied by a teaser trailer shared below.
Goliath tells the story of a prison with a gang problem that installs a 12-foot robot guard: Goliath. When it goes berserk, the convicts must work together to take it down.
Principal photography was completed earlier in the year, starring Luis and Daniel Moncada of “Breaking Bad” fame, as well as Fernanda Andrade (The Devil Inside), with a cameo by Godsmack’s Sully Erna.
The short film is based on an original concept by Bross, and his brothers Jonathan and Scott Bross. Goliath was written by Lazarus, directed by Bross, and co-produced by Albertson, Bross and Lazarus. Kenny Roy is overseeing visual effects duties along with visual effects supervisor Rob Stauffer.
“We completed a successful Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to finish animating Goliath, and Kenny Roy and Rob Stauffer are working on that now,” said director Eric Bross.
Producer Sean Albertson adds, “While we are looking forward to producing this as a feature film, we thought the story was too cool to wait to get something out there for people to see. So we did everything ourselves on a much faster time line for this short film.”
Visual effects supervisor Kenny Roy says, “For Goliath I’m excited to bring a level of detail that the industry normally reserves for tent-pole projects; the robot is too badass not to pull out all the stops.”
Goliath aims to follow in the footsteps of Neill Blomkamp’s District 9, which began as the sci-fi short film “Alive in Joburg,” before being adapted into a feature film and released by Sony Pictures.
Watch the teaser trailer below. Goliath will be released for free online in January, 2014.
In an interview with Absolute Punk, ex-Misfits singer Danzig has stated that he has recorded a new song with Doyle, who is also an ex-Misfits member. Danzig stated that the song was recorded in April and is, “…bizarre. I don’t know. I really couldn’t… It’s weird.”
Make sure to check out our exclusive interview with Danzig here.
NBC’s upcoming “Dracula”, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers as the titular character, premieres this Friday, October 25th. The series “finds Dracula living a double life in London as an American businessman interested in bringing modern science to Victorian society. But his true plan — to exact revenge on those who burdened him centuries ago — is derailed when he falls in love with Mina (“Arrow”‘s Jessica DeGouw), who seems to be a reincarnation of his dead wife. Van Helsing (Thomas Kretschmann) is a brilliant professor obsessed with revenge and power. He may be a greater threat to the public than the titular count.”
While I haven’t seen the show, I’m hoping that it’s a return to having some truly violent vampires onscreen. “True Blood”, for all of its gore, is still fairly silly. And actual vampire films still haven’t recovered from Twilight, all of our cinematic bloodsuckers are still fairly mopey. But it hasn’t always been this way. In fact, it wasn’t even this way five years ago.
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Dracula – THE HORROR OF DRACULA (1958)
Christopher Lee’s performance as the title character of this 1958 Hammer film is truly an iconic one. This film also marked one of the first times that gore began taking the center stage in mainstream vampire films. This messy, bloody, version truly shocked audiences back in the day. Based on the script alone, British censors were super sensitive to the film remarking, “The curse of this thing is the Technicolor blood: why need vampires be messier eaters than anyone else? Certainly strong cautions will be necessary on shots of blood.”
Jerry Dandridge – FRIGHT NIGHT (1985)
Chris Sarandon’s Jerry Dandridge was able to have his cake and eat it too. Not only was he as suave as Billy Dee Williams, he was no slouch in the carnage department either. Not only did he chop the heads off the prostitutes he invited to his house, he was able to pick up and throw a 250 pound bouncer without even thinking about it. And his ultimate form was truly grotesque, with fangs spread out every which way for maximum damage. I also love that he has a temper tantrum and destroys Charlie’s car – just because.
Severen – NEAR DARK (1987)
Out of all the characters on this list, Severen is probably my personal favorite. He’s messy, he’s rude, he’s hilarious and he takes total glee in his gory escapades. Whether or not he’s mocking a soon-to-be victim, using boot spurs to slit people’s throats or ripping the engine out of an 18-wheeler Severen is never less than watchable. One of the signature performances of Bill Paxton’s career and one of the most oddly charismatic vampires out there.
Marie – INNOCENT BLOOD (1992)
John Landis’ 1992 vampire film Innocent Blood really is quite underrated and Ann Parillaud’s Marie has to be one of the more violent vampires of her time, especially in the 90′s when creature features were trying to appeal more to “adults.” Her bloodlust was palpable and insatiable and she was almost like a feral animal when feeding. She also manages to turn Robert Loggia into a hilariously physical bloodsucker himself.
Eli – LET THE RIGHT ONE IN (2008)
Lina Leandersson’s turn as Eli in Tomas Alfredson’s 2008 masterpiece Let The Right One In is masterfully deceptive. She often appears like a sweet natured kid, but once her minder gets taken out of commission the gloves are off. When she attacks the old man near the bridge, that’s intense. But she really saves her A-game for that glorious 30 seconds where she beheads and/or otherwise dismembers three bullies at the pool.
What are some of YOUR favorites?
“It’s A Texas fried treat”!
Visual effects specialist Rocky Curby directs this new Halloween Treat, “Happy Meal Horror”.
In the short, “A robot cow searches for its mother in a slaughter house, while being pursued by a killer robot.”
Curby is known for his work on The Amazing Spider-Man, Super 8, The Adventures of Tintin, Thor, Battle Los Angeles and many more.
We’re pretty excited to announce that our V/H/S anthology – directed by Adam Wingard, Ti West, David Bruckner, Glenn McQuaid, Radio Silence, and Joe Swanberg – has won the 2013 Reaper Awards for “Best Indie Release”! V/H/S is avilable on VHS, DVD, Blu-ray and VOD, as well as the sequel, V/H/S/2. Thank you guys for your support!!
Here’s the press release, which also reveals that Lionsgate’s horror-movie deconstruction The Cabin in the Woods has emerged from the 2013 Reaper Awards competition with the top honors.
A deft blend of horror and comedy, the film — directed by Drew Goddard, produced by Joss Whedon and co-written by both of them — turned horror-movie clichés on their head and in doing so captured not only the award for “Choice Theatrical Cut,” but also “Title of the Year.”
The Cabin in the Woods won a total of three awards, also taking “Best Kill” for a scene in which a variety of horror creatures escape and attack their captors.
The Reaper Awards, presented by Home Media Magazine and DreadCentral.com, honored the top horror and thriller titles released between Aug. 1, 2012, and July 31, 2013. Studios submitted contenders for consideration by a panel of judges in conjunction with a consumer vote.2013 Reaper Awards Winners
Title of the Year
The Cabin in the Woods
Choice Theatrical Cut
The Cabin in the Woods
Best Title From the Vault (Catalog or Re-release)
The Fog: Collector’s Edition
Best TV Collection
American Horror Story — Season 1
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Best Movie Collection
Daimajin Triple Feature
Mill Creek Entertainment
Best Indie Release
Best Limited Release
Rec 3: Genesis
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Best Foreign Release
Juan of the Dead
Best Theatrical Sequel
Paranormal Activity 4
Paramount Home Media Distribution
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
The Walking Dead: Season Two Zombie Head
Anchor Bay Entertainment
Best Box Art
Lifeforce: Collector’s Edition
Best Big Bad
The Sharks at the Supermarket
Anchor Bay Entertainment
“A 3,000 year old vampire wants to suck my blood; must be Thursday.” — Sookie Stackhouse
True Blood: The Complete Fifth Season
HBO Home Entertainment
The elevators unleash every creature at once
The Cabin in the Woods
Blood-C: The Complete Series
Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Most Anticipated Title
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment