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Craig Lines Jul 6, 2016
From The Boxer's Omen to the genuine unpleasantness of Calamity Of Snakes, we take a look at a stomach-churning subgenre of cinema...
In 1975, Ho Meng Hua’s Black Magic cast its spell over Chinese audiences and summoned up a subgenre that produced some of the most extreme, esoteric and stomach-churning horror films of all time. Between the late 70s and early 80s, Chinese black magic movies were pumped out en masse, feeding audiences their fill of evil sorcery and twisted moralizing. The formula usually featured some poor schmuck enlisting a dark wizard to help them achieve something (more often than not, something sexual) and finding that the forces they’ve unleashed are more than they can handle. Cue the flamboyant special effects and abundant nudity.
These films took inspiration from authentic folk magic for their various spells and rituals which, sadly, means they frequently feature real animal slaughter. »
It would seem that after Eli Roth’s last film – the “Cannibal Holocaust”- inspired “The Green Inferno” – made such little impact on the moviegoing public, the horror filmmaker is doubling down on projects that will help get his name out there again. Just yesterday announcing that he would direct a remake of “Death Wish” […]
- Ryan Oliver
Since any New York cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.
“Welcome to Metrograph: A-z” brings George A. Romero‘s greatest zombie picture, Day of the Dead, on Friday. Saturday includes Abbas Kiarostami‘s Close-Up, Robert Bresson‘s The Devil, Probably (also playing on Sunday), and Coming Apart; Sunday, see the Maggie Cheung-led Comrades: Almost a Love Story.
“Three Wiseman” offers two Wisemans: High School and Titicut Follies. »
- Nick Newman
West Wing Studios
When Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin claimed to have shot footage of the creature known as Bigfoot in 1967, they unwittingly inspired a clutch of dirt-cheap docudramas where the line between fact and fiction was kept deliberately blurry. One of the most popular was Charles B Pierce’s The Legend Of Boggy Creek (1972), which purported to be an investigation into monster sightings in Arkansas swamp country.
Years later, filmmakers Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez, searching for a story they could film cheaply and quickly, took inspiration from those movies to create The Blair Witch Project. They may also have been familiar with the Mondo Cane school of exploitation documentaries – where events were staged or manipulated – a technique that also inspired Cannibal Holocaust (1980).
Then there was Man Bites Dog (1992), where a film crew follows a killer around Brussels as he randomly murders people. The film ends with a shot »
- Ian Watson
Hey there, creeps! As you know I love turnin’ you ghouls on to new music, and this time I got somethin’ a bit different for ya — a band that embraces a multitude of 90s-era alternative influences to create their own unique sound: The Foxfires! Of course they are fans of our beloved horror biz as well, as you will see as you read on!
Famous Monsters. Welcome, fellas. Please have a seat… pick any coffin you want! Now let’s kick off this lil’ convo with an introduction!
Foxfires. Our name is the Foxfires; we’re a Seagaze band from Nyack, NY. Seagaze is a clever combination of indie rock and 90s alternative. Our influences include My Bloody Valentine, Foals, Nirvana, and Silversun Pickups. We came up with the term “Seagaze” based on the feeling you get when gazing out into the ocean when you’re on the shore.
Unearthed Films is proud to present Lex Ortega’s Atroz! Presented by Ruggero Deodato, master of the cannibal genre with Cannibal Holocaust. Directed by Lex Ortega, “Barbaros Mexico and sound designer for Frankensteins Army” succeeds in making the most intense gore film in the history of Mexican Cinema! “Atroz/Atrocious is a film that portrays the story ...
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Director: Eli Roth
Running Time: 100 minutes
Special Features: None
The Green Inferno has been on its way to release for the last year or so. Originally made in 2013 the film has been pushed back time and time again for a variety of reasons, the result being a rather unexpected straight to home entertainment release. It’s directed by actor / director Eli Roth and marks his first stint behind the camera since Hostel II, and is the directors ode to video nasty Cannibal Holocaust.
The story has a group of college activists travel into the depths of the Amazon to stop the destruction of the land inhabited by an ancient tribe who have been untouched by modern civilisation. Unfortunately for the young idealists the tribe mistake their help as an attack and they find themselves on the menu.
In a bid for »
- Kat Hughes
Bone Tomahawk, 2015.
Directed By S. Craig Zahler.
Four men embark on a dangerous journey to rescue one of their womenfolk from a tribe of native cannibals.
Taking cues from John Ford’s classic The Searchers, S. Craig Zahler’s directorial debut Bone Tomahawk applies the same format of man-on-a-mission adventure through the dangers of the wild terrain in search of a missing person, and injects it with substantial dosage of grim, uncompromising brutality, to create a western that’s bold, bleak and occasionally horrific.
Prior to Bone Tomahawk, Zahler plied his trade as an author and screenwriter, having penned a succession of critically acclaimed novels in the realms of westerns and crime fiction. Despite selling a number of screenplays, the only one that came into fruition was Asylum Blackout, an overlooked tour de »
- Kieran Fisher
Unlike the Italians and the Japanese, the British don’t really have a reputation for throwing blood and guts at the screen. Every so often, a British filmmaker will unleash a picture like Frightmare or Hellraiser, but even those films don’t compare with Cannibal Holocaust and Tokyo Gore Police.
If you live in the UK and have a taste for gory nonsense, you have to look overseas to get your fix and maybe buy the Region 1 DVD, because if the British have shown an aptitude for anything, it’s for restricting the rights of people to watch what they want.
Lauded as the first splatter movie, Herschell Gordon Lewis’ Blood Feast was listed as a Video Nasty, banned and (to the amusement of anyone who’s actually watched it) successfully prosecuted for obscenity. The film wasn’t passed uncut until 2005, 42 years after it was first shown, during »
- Ian Watson
Director Eli Roth continues to recycle gory old horror movies with ham-fisted results
Eli Roth began his big-screen career recycling riffs from Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead in 2002’s Cabin Fever. More than a decade later, this 2013 offering (which will crawl on to UK DVD this month after a fleeting theatrical platform) finds him regurgitating Ruggero Deodato’s Cannibal Holocaust and Umberto Lenzi’s Cannibal Ferox, with added female genital mutilation. An idealistic Nyu student travels to the Amazon to protest against deforestation and ends up imprisoned by the tribe she planned to protect. Flat-pack acting, frat-boy screenwriting (the portrayal of activists is spitefully dumb) and retro gore combine with smug throwback neocolonialist racism and unfunny jokes about diarrhoea, dope and Scooby-Doo. Thanks, Eli.
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- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
Eli Roth’s crass satire/horror links Amazon deforestation and Fgm, depicting a group of students tortured by cannibals with an energy bordering on mania
The sheer chutzpah of Eli Roth escalates in this breathtakingly crass, ultra-violent satire targeting the liberal PC classes – a twist on Ruggero Deodato’s cult shocker Cannibal Holocaust. Like him or not, Roth makes other horror directors look like a bunch of softcore wusses. With a sublimely irresponsible bad taste bordering on primitivist genius, he takes on the subjects of the Amazon rainforest and Fgm – and it’s far from clear by the end of the “university lecture” scene on this subject that Roth actually understands what the sinister motivation for Fgm is in the real world. A bunch of do-gooding Us students head to South America to chain themselves to bulldozers belonging to the logging company destroying the rainforest. But to infiltrate the clearing »
- Peter Bradshaw
With Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno finally hitting UK cinemas next week (on limited release) we thought we’d present our review a little differently, with not one but Two reviews of the cannibalistic horror film from two horror loving guest reviewers… Check out both reviews below; and if The Green Inferno isn’t showing near you next week, don’t worry – it’s released on DVD and Blu-ray on February 22nd.
Green Inferno – Con
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I have a love/hate relationship with horror. I love its ingenuity and its ability to ponder the greater mysteries from behind a gory veil, but I’m realistic, I can enjoy entertainment horror when it comes pounding my way, »
- Phil Wheat
When the first British video stores opened for business, the tapes they rented didn’t fall under the jurisdiction of the British Board of Film Censors (BBFC), which meant that films the BBFC had denied a cinema certificate – such as The Texas Chain Saw Massacre – could be viewed at home.
Moreover, the tapes usually sported sensational artwork, so if you were a child in the early 80s you could wander into a video store and gaze at a crude rendering of a native eating intestines (Cannibal Holocaust) or see a drill boring into a man’s skull (The Driller Killer).
It wasn’t long before Mary Whitehouse, who had previously rallied against such TV shows as Benny Hill and Doctor Who, campaigned to ban such “Video Nasties.” She had an ally in Conservative MP Graham Bright, who said in an on-camera interview, “I believe there is research taking »
- Ian Watson
In the early 1980s, Mary Whitehouse of the National Viewers’ And Listeners’ Association, backed by the tabloid press, took issue with the availability of such titles as SS Experiment Camp (1976) and Cannibal Holocaust (1980), which unlike their theatrical incarnations were uncut, unregulated and could be viewed at home by children.
Whitehouse publicly stated that she had never seen a “Video Nasty” and was probably basing her assumption on the films’ sensationalistic artwork. SS Experiment Camp, for instance, showed a naked woman on an inverted cross, leered over by a Nazi soldier.
In a country with high crime and unemployment, video violence was the perfect scapegoat, and the Conservative government got behind it with a passion, authorizing police to confiscate any videos they thought were in violation of the 1959 Obscene Publications Act. Eventually, the Director of Public Prosecutions (Dpp) drew up a list of 72 offending titles, 39 of which were successfully prosecuted. »
- Ian Watson
Eye-gouging, torso-stripping, tongue-slicing, head-popping… Eli Roth returns with his most shocking recipe to date. The Green Inferno is a stomach-churning nod to cult classic Cannibal Holocaust and is essential viewing for those only just discovering the Video Nasty.
Determined to protect the Amazon rainforest, a group of student activists fly to Peru only to crash-land deep in the jungle. Captured by a pack of bloodthirsty cannibals, the survivors suffer unspeakable acts of butchery at the hands of the very tribe they were trying to save. A non-stop barrage of carnage and chills, The Green Inferno is an unhinged blast!
Here in the UK horror fans have been eagerly awaiting the gore-strewn delights of The Green Inferno to hit these shores – and now we can bring you news that the director’s cut of the film will not only debut on DVD and Blu-ray; but it’s set to receive special »
- Phil Wheat
Daryl Sabara has come a long way as an actor since his days as Juni Cortez in the Spy Kids series. Having tackled the bully role in Rob Zombie’s Halloween, a cholo in the Robert Rodriguez-helmed Machete and many other fun roles, he’s now ready to be served up to cannibals with his role in Eli Roth’s Cannibal Film homage, The Green Inferno (review). As Lars, a man devoted to helping save the rainforest, he’s thrust into a horrific fate when he and the rest of the survivors of a plane crash are abducted by a cannibalistic tribe.
We thought it would nice to reach out to Daryl, and thanks to fine folks at Universal, we spoke to Sabara about the film, his preparation for it, as well as other things. Read on, and check out The Green Inferno, which is out now on DVD/Bluray/VOD via Universal. »
- Jerry Smith
Universal is giving horror fans a double shot of Blumhouse horror, with today’s release of M. Night Shyamalan’s creepy as hell Pov film, The Visit, as well as Eli Roth’s cannibal horror homage, The Green Inferno. How do these two films and their DVD/Bluray releases fare for their respective directors? Quite antithetically, with the former being a return to form and a high point for its filmmaker and the latter marking yet another downer of an experience. For a full look at each release, read on!
Most definitely one of the biggest surprise hits of 2015, The Visit marks a complete return to form for The Sixth Sense/Signs filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan. Gone are the escalating price tags that Shyamalan relied so heavily on following the success of his “I see dead people” breakout hit. What we’re given with this »
- Jerry Smith
Imprisoned in a cage until it's their turn to be eaten, a group of student activists face primal fears at the hands of a cannibal tribe in Eli Roth's The Green Inferno. With the film hitting Blu-ray and DVD today from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (following its Dec. 22nd Digital HD debut), Daily Dead recently had the chance to speak with co-star Daryl Sabara (Machete, Spy Kids) about filming in the Amazon, his close encounters with tarantulas, working with Eli Roth and much more.
- Derek Anderson
18 items from 2016
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