8 items from 2012
Earlier this month, Fangoria Entertainment announced a joint venture with Anchor Bay Entertainment to remake Bob Clark's 1972 zombie film, Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things. Steve Stabler is onboard as producer, with horror legend Tom Savini in the director's chair and prolific short filmmaker Drew Daywalt as screenwriter.
For those that haven't seen it, the film revolves around a theater troupe led by Alan, a rather mean-spirited director, who brings them to an isolated island for a night of fun and games. This includes digging up a corpse named Orville and holding a séance with the goal of raising the dead.
The party continues, despite the failure of the séance. All the while, Alan berates his actors and uses Orville's corpse as the butt of his jokes. The director's ensemble is no better, with all of them willing to walk over each other to garner Alan's favor. And while »
- Chris McMillan
Demon: I'm not Regan.
Father Karras: Well, then let's introduce ourselves. I'm Damien Karras.
Demon: And I'm the Devil. Now kindly undo these straps.
Father Karras: If you're the Devil, why not make the straps disappear?
Demon: That's much too vulgar a display of power, Karras.
Demon: What an excellent day for an exorcism.
Father Karras: You would like that?
Father Karras: But wouldn't that drive you out of Regan?
Demon: It would bring us together.
Father Karras: You and Regan?
Demon: You and us.
Demon: Your mother sucks cocks in Hell, Karras, you faithless slime.
"Your mother sucks cocks in Hell." Perhaps never has a more colorful line been spoken in the history of film…but hold on, we'll get to that in a bit.
As a lover of horror and a Dread Central writer, many of the conversations I have often turn to a discussion of the genre. »
- Doctor Gash
Although he's best known for his gory, groundbreaking special effects works on a variety of films, Tom Savini has also made a name for himself in the acting community. We credit his screen career to that menacing stare and intense facial hair. He's also had experience behind the camera as director on 1990's Night of the Living Dead and most recently in a segment for last year's The Theatre Bizarre. Now, Fangoria is reporting that Savini will direct a remake of the 1972 zombie flick, Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things. Savini's had plenty of experience working with zombies, so we're not terribly worried how that will turn out. Filmmaker Drew Daywalt — who has been popular thanks to his creepy horror shorts — will be writing the...
- Alison Nastasi
Bob Clark's comedy horror flick 'Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things' is set to get the remake treatment. All round horror icon Tom Savini ('Dawn of the Dead') is lined up to direct and if anyone knows his stuff about zombies then it's this guy! Savini (below) will direct from a script penned by 'Death Valley' director Drew Daywalt who recently bought us SyFy's lacklustre fantasy horror project 'Leprechaun's Revenge'. This will be the first full feature directing gig that Savini has touched since 1990's remake of 'Night of the Living Dead'. Shooting will kick off a little later this year and the production will be helped on its way by both Fangoria Entertainment and Anchor Bay Entertainment. »
A good few years after it was first mooted, the remake of cult zombie horror Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things is finally shuffling and lumbering forward. Veteran of the undead Tom Savini will be directing the comedy scarefest, and producer Thomas DeFeo promises "the most zombies ever in a feature film."Very much one from the vaults, the original Children was shot in a mere two weeks in 1972 by Bob Clark (who also made Black Christmas and Porky's), and involves a troupe of low-budget filmmakers and a seance-gone-wrong in an island cemetery for criminals.Back in 2010, Savini was talking about the new version as a potential project for himself and his Dawn Of The Dead mentor George Romero. There's no mention of Romero's being involved this morning though, and the deal that's been hammered out is a collaboration between Anchor Bay Films and Fangoria Entertainment. Fangoria was the last »
Although it has been discussed before - on this site in fact - the Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things remake has become something "official." Fangoria Entertainment and Anchor Bay Entertainment are teaming up to make the redo of Bob Clark's '70s zombie flick a reality. Drew Daywalt scripted the update and Tom Savini is on board to direct.
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In celebration of the DVD release of Exit Humanity (review here), the Civil War-themed zombie romp, we thought it would be a fine time to take a look back at some of the greatest zombie hordes throughout the history of the sub-genre.
As always, let's start with some honorable mentions. The fact it's Peter Jackson directed, and one of the goriest films of all time, means Dead Alive (aka Braindead) and its infected mob is certainly worthy of an honorable mention here. Also one of the unheralded all-time classics… and perhaps the zombie film with the greatest title ever…Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things, directed by Bob Clark and featuring zombie Orville Dunworth and his undead friends, gets another nod. Also a big honorable mention to the underrated 2009 French film The Horde, which featured a very impressive group of hungry undead.
Now let's get to the meat of the »
- Doctor Gash
You can usually tell when someone who fights for a living is put into a movie, as the names in the credits are beefed up with prefixes like "Stone Cold". For mixed martial arts fighter Gina Carano's latest big-screen appearance there are no such signifiers, but then this isn't a typical example of the sub-genre. For one thing, it's actually a decent movie.
Steven Soderbergh continues on his career-long quest to be the director with the most varied CV (his other 2011 offering was the serious and downbeat Contagion). In crafting a film around the considerable talents of non-actor Carano, Soderbergh has delivered a stark, sleek and stripped-down action movie.
Carano play a private firm black ops agent who's hung out to dry by her contractors, and forced to fight her way to the truth in order to clear her name. It's a role that purposely doesn't put many »
- Phelim O'Neill
8 items from 2012
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