17 items from 2009
By Kayley Thomas
CineTel announced a few months ago that they would begin filming an updated version of the ever-controversial I Spit On Your Grave, bringing on Steven R. Monroe as director. My first thought was one shared by many: why in the hell would anyone want to remake this movie? My initial reaction didn’t arise, however, from the spirit that the original film evoked in some – and undoubtedly Monroe’s take will too.
I recently spoke with Sarah Butler (you may have seen her in the horror webseries Luke 11:17), the young actress cast as 'Jennifer' in the new film. She provided some excellent insights into the motivations behind the remake, how Monroe makes this film his own, her own experiences with such a difficult role, and how she thinks - or hopes – that modern audiences will react to this story...
New York magazine writer Jennifer Hills decides »
The Final Girl: A Few Thoughts on Feminism and Horror By Donato Totaro
One of the more important, if not groundbreaking, accounts/recuperations of the horror film from a feminist perspective is the 1993 Carol Clover's "Men, Women, and Chainsaws". One of the book's major points concerns the structural positioning of what she calls the Final Girl in relation to spectatorship. While most theorists label the horror film as a male-driven/male-centered genre, Clover points out that in most horror films, especially the slasher film, the audience, male and female, is structurally 'forced' to identify with the resourceful young female (the Final Girl) who survives the serial attacker and usually ends the threat (until the sequel anyway.) So while the narratively dominant killer's subjective point of view may be male within the narrative,the male viewer is still rooting for the Final Girl to overcome the killer. We can see this »
Curious to know what frightful films and devilish discs will be available to view in the privacy of your own digital dungeon this week? Fango's got you covered.
Below the jump you'll find the full list of titles arriving in-stores this Tuesday, December 8, 2009 in our weekly version of the famous Fangoria Chopping List.
While there's not a lot of new titles hitting the market this week, there's a ton of great re-issues hitting Hi-Def for the first time with the Blu-ray debuts of Behind The Mask, Jack Brooks, and more. And for the indie fans out there, how about a little Run! Bitch, Run!?
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Alphabet Killer (Bd)
A ten year old girl is found brutally murdered outside the small blue-collar city of Rochester, New York, and obsessed police detective Megan Paige (Eliza Dushku of Buffy The Vampire »
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The folks behind Edmonton's DEDfest just got in touch with Fango to let everyone know that they're brining the Ghoultide Cheer with a special screening of Silent Night, Deadly Night on December 18th! In addition, the DEDfest crew has some special screenings lined up for 2010 including John Carpenter's The Thing on January 15th, and George A. Romero's original version of The Crazies on February 19th (one week before the remake drops).
In 1984, Silent Night, Deadly Night drew the ire of critics and parents alike. Mass protests across America forced Tri Star Pictures to withdraw all advertising for the film, and eventually, the film itself. Twenty five years later, and just in time to screw with the holiday season, DEDsploitation Cinema is proud to bring back one of the most controversial movies of all time, Silent Night, Deadly Night in glorious 35mm!
A toy store employee, haunted by his »
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Concerning Dread Central’s 11/26 news item regarding CineTel’s Day of the Woman remake, this scribe caught up with actor Rodney (A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 & 4) Eastman early last week, who confirmed his casting in the remake.
Eastman also confirmed actors Chad Lindberg (as ‘Matthew’), Daniel Franzese (as ‘Stanley’), Sarah Butler (as the abused lead ‘Jennifer’), Jeff Branson (as ‘Johnny’), Saxon Sharbino (as ‘Chastity’), Andrew Howard (as the film’s sheriff, a character which didn’t feature in the original) and Amber Dawn Landrum, and who also provided us an extensive interview regarding the rape-revenge flick.
Having wrapped November 22nd in Shreveport, Louisiana (the film kicked off principal photography November 1st) under the watchful eye of director Steven R. Monroe from a script by Stewart Morse, the CineTel Films/Anchor Bay Entertainment remake is being executive produced by Meir Zarchi, who served as the original film’s writer and director. »
The remake to I Spit on Your Grave rolled cameras in Shrevenport, Louisiana recently and director Steven Monroe is now stepping forward to talk about his take on Meir Zarchi's original picture. Sarah Butler stars as a young woman who is repeatedly raped and then seeks revenge on her attackers. "There is one additional lead character, a Sheriff played by Andrew Howard," Monroe says of the changes viewers will see in his film, "and of course we upped the brutality and length of the tortures and kills - as they were quite short in the original - which was really a disturbing thriller at heart not a horror film. I also wanted to update the look of the film and give it a very voyeuristic quality and gritty realism." To read more, check out Moviehole's »
There were rumblings a few months back that shooting had begun on a remake of Meir Zarchi's I Spit On Your Grave with Steven R. Monroe ( It Waits ) behind the camera to direct for CinTel Films. Now, IMDb (via Arrow In The Head) uncovered a list of the full cast for the feature which Anchor Bay Entertainment is co-producing. Sarah Butler, Chad Lindberg, Daniel Franzese, Rodney Eastman, Jeff Branson, Saxon Sharbino, Amber Dawn Landrum and Andrew Howard all star in the update of I Spit On Your Grave . The only recognizable names amongst the bunch are Eastman who played Joey in A Nightmare On Elm Street 3 and 4 and Chad Lindberg who did several episodes of Supernatural and appeared in The Fast and The Furious . Sarah Butler (pictured left) tackles the role of Jennifer »
Being a newbie to the great city of Los Angeles, I'm always on the hunt to partake in whatever horror related event or screening is happening in town. Thankfully, for this particular weekend, the fiends over at Brutal Cinema had us covered by putting together a special double feature screening of Lucio Fulci's classic Zombie , paired up with the premiere of the new flick Isle Of The Damned . New Bev projectionist Adam Trash kicked off the evening with a trailer reel that consisted of promo commercials for Street Trash , I Spit On Your Grave and The Beyond ; titles that all definitely fit in with the overall aesthetic of the evening's event. Immediately following the trailers, we were treated to a vintage 35mm print of Zombie , a personal favorite of mine that up until last »
Undertones: Volume 7 It's the time of the year again where folks' minds turn to the macabre and the ghoulish; where death is celebrated rather than feared and of course, when dusty copies of horror films are taken off the shelf to terrify and amuse. So, in honor of the Halloween season it would seem only right that this installment of Undertones concern itself with the scores of horror films or, more specifically, those that emerged during a particularly groundbreaking and ultra-violent decade of cinema - the 1970s. Many of the horror films of the 1970s did not involve supernatural beings such as vampires, werewolves and swamp things, but the terrors of home and society at large. The menacing figures of films such as Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Hooper, 1974) and Halloween (Carpenter, 1978) may have worn crazy masks and looked decidedly 'un-human' but the messages these films posited concerned themselves with that of »
Yesterday’s list of overlooked slasher flicks got me thinking about their European cousin, the giallo. Sure, most gialli were cranked out before the slasher craze was under way, but it’s hard to ignore the similarities: knife-wielding, black-gloved lunatics, tragic prologues often used establish our killer’s motivations and, of course, excessive female exploitation. In short: total bliss!
I’ve limited this list to one film per director so to prevent my own personal bias from creeping into it. But, really, there’s so many of these damn things I didn’t think it’d be fair to turn this into a showcase for just two or three directors. Next to the slasher, the giallo is my favorite subgenre. Outlandish plot twists, a staggering amount of degenerate red herrings, sinister animals and lots and lots of J & B Scotch, if you’ve got just a few of these elements »
- Masked Slasher
The titular gang of Rape Squad is not a squad of rapists but rather a group of rape victims who band together to get revenge on their attacker. Released in 1974, Rape Squad is a bad taste bonanza that wants to have it both ways in terms of mixing sexploitation and feminism and the result is a queasy film that’s politically incorrect in a way only possible in the mid 1970’s. Though written by a woman (Betty Conklin), the film’s blatant misogyny is poorly concealed with the most shallow of feminist themes. Sure, the women who comprise the Rape Squad talk the talk about women’s empowerment, but the filmmakers make sure they do so while topless in the hot tub! It’s an interesting look at the sexual politics of its time but Rape Squad is so wrong on so many levels. It’s not an easy film »
Reviewed by Lis Fies
I do have something new to ask Mick and Cynthia Garris at horror functions. "Hi Mick and Cynthia. So Mick, when your washed-up British-director character was suspended in the air while mid-insertion into his cute female Pa and the cenobites filmed them while they had their skin and bones ripped apart by machines, was that a metaphor for how you have no privacy? Mick? Where are you going? Can we watch?"...
An uneven yet technically proficient anthology of twenty-two short stories by famous and unfamous authors based on the Hellraiser universe originally created by Clive Barker. It utilizes English, and typing, and is brought to you on bound paper. Some of the dozen editors did a technically good job on their writers' stories, »
Well, I’m humbled and a little embarrassed to admit how much I enjoyed this movie. You see, before I actually started reviewing movies, this is exactly the type of film that would cause me to turn up my nose. I’ve made an earnest attempt to go outside my comfort zone, and damned if I am not pleasantly surprised every once and a while. All I knew about this film was that it starred Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler. I’m not exactly a big fan of either.
Law Abiding Citizen is a bloody, sick, and twisted tale of revenge. What if you crossed a gruesome revenge movie like I Spit on Your Grave with a implausible, tech-savy caper like Mission Impossible? Why, you would get something like this film. Suspend your logic and enjoy the ride. Wholly original, Law Abiding Citizen had me on pins and needles, and »
- Shannon Hood
Have you been checking out the official site for the inaugural Fangoria Trinity Of Terrors? If not, you've missed more exciting announcments for our Halloween Weekend bash to be held October 30 through November 1 at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas! It's the biggest event in Fango history - the perfect way to cap off our year-long 30th Anniversary Celebration!
Below the jump you'll find the latest info, along with some answers to some burning questions that have been hitting our inboxes!
Genre Icon Bruce Campbell! Star of The Evil Dead Trilogy, My Name Is Bruce, and Burn Notice. See announcement here. Cult Cinema Stars including Dyanne Thorne (Isla: She Wolf Of The SS), Beverly Washburn (Spider Baby), Camille Keaton (I Spit On Your Grave, Tragic Ceremony), Ted V. Mikels (Director of The Astro-zombies and The Corpse Grinders), and Greydon Clark (director of Satan's Cheerleaders and Black Shampoo). By Popular Demand, »
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CineTel Films have acquired the rights to remake the 1978 rape/revenge movie I Spit On Your Grave, in which a gang-raped Camille Keaton (grand-niece of actor Buster Keaton) goes on a revenge rampage brutalizing the men who subjected her to sexual humiliation. The extremely brutal movie involves gratuitous violence and gore-soaked nudity.
One of the producers told Variety, "After seeing what was done with an R rating on films like Saw and Hostel, we think we can modernize this story, be competitive with what this marketplace expects and not have to aim for an Nc-17 or X rating."
They're going ahead and going to shoot the film this year. Look for it sometime in late 2011.
A few months back, a band local to my hometown of Chicago popped up on my radar, and I still don't know how I'd missed them for so long. With a decadent sound reminiscent of Motley Crue and Buckcherry (both of whom they've toured with!) The Last Vegas adds some Windy City-flavor to a a style of rock that sounds right at home on the Sunset Strip of Los Angeles.
Since checking out the April release of their new album Whatever Gets You Off, frontman Chad Cherry and I have been exchanging emails and it turns out he's a 100% certified horror freak and Fango fiend. After a recent exchange in which Chad was flipping through Fangoria #285 while waiting to catch a flight to L.A., it was apparent that it was time for a Tla installment of Fangoria Musick's Lists Of Doom.
For the uninitiated, Lists is the column where »
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Filmmakers always talk about how awkward it is filming sex scenes. Well guess what? Sometimes it's Equally as awkward watching them! When they're done well, they can be hot, but when placed in the wrong hands, a sex scene can be the worst viewing experience ever. I submit to you that the following 10 films contain some of the most gag inducing sex scenes ever caught on film (excluding pornography of course). Many of the films on this list are included for different reasons; some are brutal, some are awkward, and some are just plain gross. Get ready to have your mind And your genitals blown! These are my picks for the 10 most gag inducing sex scenes. (Caution: Some of the following images may be considered Nsfw.) 10. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)  I’ll admit it, this might be a bit of a stretch. However, I'm sure that any fan »
- Jay C.
17 items from 2009
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