6 items from 2016
There are horror movies that will give you nightmares, and cause you to fear showers and shallow waters for decades. There are some that get deep under your skin – often times because they've literally flayed or burrowed under their characters' skins – and others that will make you see everyday items (a bowl of pea soup, a hockey mask, a videotape) in a horrifying new light. And then there are the ones that push so many social-taboo envelopes, strike so many collective raw nerves and tweak so many communal gag reflexes that they are a cut, »
The Death House is the Area 51 of Evil… a subterranean government facility that holds humanity’s worst on nine levels. Hell, Dante’s ninth level, holds the Five Evils… the “dark stars” of Death House. These individuals are so heinous they can never walk among society again. They may also be supernatural.
Agents Toria Boon and Jae Novak have their own dark pasts, arriving at Death House to tour its levels and observe its denizens first-hand as well as the medical and mental experiments of Drs. Eileen Fletcher and Karen Redmane. Their depraved experiments date back to the Nazi doctors of WWII.
Prison cells are virtual reality holo decks that recreate prisoner environments before they were incarcerated. A special hallucinogenic gas keeps inmates under control. »
- Amie Cranswick
Underground filmmaking has many infected and twisted roots. Whether we look at exploitation films from the mind of Herschell Gordon Lewis or Jack Hill, strong female characters like Camille Keaton, Giallo-styled color with Dario Argento, modern day indie filmmaking like Toe Tag‘s Fred Vogel or the slasher sub-genre with pillars like Halloween or Friday The 13th, filmmakers from all walks of life have deep and dark corners to explore in their visions of the very fluid film genre of horror. Having its World Premiere screening at the underground film festival, Slaughter in Syracuse, and with less than a month on its Indiegogo fan funding, Chris Woods has brought the love of so much horror before his time into one dirty, visceral and truly underground piece of filmmaking with Chaos A.D.
Chaos A.D. is a throwback to the old school underground horror blending all sorts of exploitation including Italian gore, »
- Jay Kay
Last month we brought you word on the Expendables-style horror movie Death House from director Harrison Smith (Camp Dread), and with production set to get underway this month we now have news on more additions to the cast in Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp), Cody Longo (Piranha 3D), Cortney Palm (Zombeavers), Stelio Savante (The Making Of The Mob: New York) and Richard Speight Jr. (Supernatural).
The trio join a cast that reportedly features the likes of Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th), Doug Bradley (Hellraiser), Bill Moseley (House of 1,000 Corpses), Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes), Dee Wallace (The Hills Have Eyes), Barbara Crampton (Chopping Mall), Ken Foree (Dawn of the Dead), Don Shanks (Halloween 5), Camille Keaton (I Spit On Your Grave) and Danny Trejo (From Dusk Till Dawn).
The Death House is the Area 51 of Evil… a subterranean government facility that holds humanity’s worst on nine levels. »
- Gary Collinson
As the then brand-new format of the Digital Versatile Disc began making it presence quite apparent in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, hundreds upon hundreds of horror films that had either been forgotten or banished into obscurity suddenly began to resurface and slowly obtain a devoted audience. Everything from lesser-known slashers and overlooked art-house fare to catalogs full of lushly photographed pieces all coming out of the seventies and eighties were either finding their first ever releases on the format or being re-released in limited special editions. Distributors like early forerunners Anchor Bay were taking it upon themselves to locate and dig out these movies, give them glorious restorations and special features and release them to the buying public, delighting horror connoisseurs across the world. What resulted was an overwhelmingly renewed interest in and unexpected demands for films of that era, in particular the giallo that all began in »
- Leonel VHS
A host of the horror genre’s biggest names are set to assemble for an Expendables-inspired ensemble entitled Death House, which is being directed by Harrison Smith (Camp Dread) from a script he wrote with the late Gunnar Hansen, a.k.a. Leatherface from The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.
Set to feature in the cast are horror icons Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th), Doug Bradley (Hellraiser), Bill Moseley (House of 1,000 Corpses), Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes), Dee Wallace (The Hills Have Eyes), Barbara Crampton (Chopping Mall), Ken Foree (Dawn of the Dead), Don Shanks (Halloween 5), Camille Keaton (I Spit On Your Grave) and Danny Trejo (From Dusk Till Dawn). Here’s the official synopsis…
The Death House is the Area 51 of Evil… a subterranean government facility that holds humanity’s worst on nine levels. Hell, Dante’s ninth level, holds the Five Evils… »
- Amie Cranswick
6 items from 2016
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