11 items from 2015
Stars: Lucas Till, Stephen McHattie, John Pyper-Ferguson, Merritt Patterson, Jason Momoa, Janet-Laine Green, Melanie Scrofano, Adam Butcher, Philip Maurice Hayes, Miriam McDonald | Written and Directed by David Hayter
I, like many horror fans, know that the werewolf movie is the hardest of all the horror sub-genres to get right. For every American Werewolf in London, there’s an American Werewolf in Paris… But once in a while a movie comes along that successfully captures what makes the genre great. Wolves is one such movie.
Written and directed by David Hayter, who has penned such blockbuster films as X-Men and its sequel; and the film adaptation of Watchmen, Wolves tells the story of Cayden Richards. Your typical all-American jock, Cayden goes on the run following a vicious football incident and the murder of his parents – possibly at Cayden’s hands. You see Cayden is changing and not in your typical high-school teenager way. »
- Phil Wheat
Werewolf movies can either be a howlin’ good time like Adrián García Bogliano’s Late Phases, taking a bite out of softer genre efforts, or they can be like David Hayter’s Wolves, a mainstream safety net that makes you want to cuddle a werewolf instead of run away in fear. Werewolves can be horrifying, menacing beasts, or overgrown house pets, spanning a varied spectrum of physical embodiments from humanistic (Wer) to cartoony (Wolves), which is why I have to commend filmmaker Lowell Dean on creating a werewolf movie full of gore, hilarity, and a werewolf police officer who’s more of a comic book hero than furry mythical creature. WolfCop is “Dirty Harry only hairier,” and his first case is every bit a bonkers B-Movie revival that midnight movie fans pray for – littered with fairytale references and a little animalistic cavorting for all you furry exhibitionists out there!
- Matt Donato
Three films in, and Jon Wright is very much a director whose output is worth keeping an eye on. His first full feature, Tormented, was an effective horror with some strong moments, but it was Grabbers where he really struck gold. It remains, along with Tucker & Dale Vs Evil, our favourite horror comedy of recent times. Wright has taken a different turn for his new movie, Robot Overlords, a sci-fi movie aimed at a family audience. And he spared us some time to natter about it...
Can you put into words how you're feeling, on the eve of your film's release?
Well, I'm a bit nervous about the release, as you would be. Hoping it goes well. And I'm reading all the press that people are writing, which I actually think is very interesting. »
After a night of downing a couple too many drinks, you might wake up the following morning with a hammering headache and one thought dominating your mind: "What happened last night?" In writer/director Lowell Dean's latest film, alcoholic police officer Lou Garou ponders that question when he notices the pentagram carved into his chest one morning. Talk about a rude awakening. Things get hairy, bloody, and very funny from there for Lou and company in Dean's WolfCop, a Canadian horror comedy that's a welcome addition to the werewolf sub-genre. With WolfCop now available on Blu-ray and DVD, we caught up with writer/director Lowell Dean to discuss WolfCop’s ’80s influences, casting Leo Fafard in the titular role based on his performance as a lycanthrope in a music video, the upcoming WolfCop sequel, and much more.
Thank you very much for taking the time to talk with us. »
- Derek Anderson
This review was originally published during Fantastic Fest 2014.
Since festival audiences have already exhausted the “Spring is like…” comments over every form of social media (Spring is like Before Sunrise meets H.P. Lovecraft, for example), I’ll just plainly say that Spring is romantically horrific bliss, achieving perfection through tragedy and soul. Is there a subgenre of horror equatable to the “Mumblecore” scene yet? If not, filmmakers Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead have pioneered it, throwing together a loving tale that’s aided by a creature-feature subplot akin to a Troma production on super-steroids.
There’s something so primal and affectionate about Spring. It strikes an honesty that’s notably reminiscent to Richard Linklater’s or Joe Swanberg’s crowning work. It’s the most regal of Shakespearean epics meets the most sinister Joe Dante feverdream, striking a wealth of emotional riches while also utilizing beastly effects reminiscent of Landis »
- Matt Donato
Equipment to get your heart going again, put fires out, sterilize an open wound—those are the emergency items you usually see in sealed-off cabinets hanging in public places, but as helpful as defibrillators and first aid kits are in everyday life, you'd want more effective weapons at hand if a slavering werewolf from The Howling aimed its snout at your thigh, or if Fred Dekker's zombies from Night of the Creeps came calling for you as their delectable date.
That's where the fine folks from In Case Of come in. Their unique, hand-crafted, sealed emergency cabinets offer protection against zombies, vampires, werewolves, and demons. Though the weapons within their cabinets aren't real, they have a beautiful and realistic look that compliments the well-researched mythologies behind each item. To celebrate the hallowed day of horror that is Friday the 13th (and to give our readers a possible Friday the 13th »
- Derek Anderson
'Cat People' 1942 actress Simone Simon Remembered: Starred in Jacques Tourneur's cult horror movie classic (photo: Simone Simon in 'Cat People') Pert, pouty, pretty Simone Simon is best remembered for her starring roles in Jacques Tourneur's cult horror movie Cat People (1942) and in Jean Renoir's French film noir La Bête Humaine (1938). Long before Brigitte Bardot, Mamie Van Doren, Ann-Margret, and (for a few years) Jane Fonda became known as cinema's Sex Kittens, Simone Simon exuded feline charm in a film career that spanned a quarter of a century. From the early '30s to the mid-'50s, she seduced men young and old on both sides of the Atlantic – at times, with fatal results. During that period, Simon was featured in nearly 40 movies in France, Italy, Germany, Britain, and Hollywood. Besides Jean Renoir, in her native country she worked for the likes of Jacqueline Audry »
- Andre Soares
Do: check the instructions (Wild)
This month sees the release of Wild, based on Cheryl Strayed's memoir about her solo hike along the gruelling 1,000 mile Pacific Crest Trail. Cheryl (Reese Witherspoon) certainly doesn't make it easy for herself, buying the wrong type of gas cylinder for her stove and thus being forced to subsist on a diet of "cold mush."
Don't: give up (Touching The Void)
Consider the obstacles that Joe Simpson faced during his calamitous attempt to climb Peruvian mountain Siula Grande: a broken leg; a fall into a crevasse; and zero hope of rescue after partner Simon Yates left him for dead. And yet, as recounted in classic documentary Touching The Void, Simpson gritted his teeth and dragged himself through hell to reach safety.
Do: stay calm (Life Of Pi)
Travel is unpredictable. One minute, like Indian teenager Pi (Suraj Sharma), you're emigrating to Canada aboard a freighter. »
Every week, Shelf Life sees Tom White select and talk about a movie that lives on his DVD shelf, one he thinks we should all see. If werewolf movies ever had a heyday, it was the 1980's, with An American Werewolf in London and The Howling showing off the best of what this particular sub-genre had to offer. Other than those two classics, it hasn't fared that well though. An American Werewolf in Paris was an unwanted horror sequel (surprise, surprise), and two high profile attempts to kick start the werewolf movie again, Wolf and The Wolfman, just fell flat. But in 2002, a movie came in under every ones radar that really embraced all the fun a werewolf movie can offer. I am, of course, talking about Neil Marshall's Dog Soldiers. With Luxembourg standing in for the Scottish Highlands, Dog Soldiers sees British soldier Cooper (Kevin McKidd) and the »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Everybody loves a good horror anthology nowadays. The likes of the V/H/S and The ABCs of Death franchises (not to mention the Halloween-themed Trick ‘R Treat) have brought back the telling of short, scary, and interconnected tales and this October will see the release of another anthology: Tales of Halloween, featuring shorts from some of the best contemporary horror directors, including Neil Marshall (The Descent) and Lucky McKee. The film will also remember to nod to its influential forebears with the addition of cameos from some major horror filmmakers and stars.
Tales of Halloween recently added some big names to the cast. There will be cameos from horror greats Joe Dante, John Landis, Stuart Gordon, and Mick Garris. Rocky Horror Picture Show’s Barry Bostwick will also appear, along with a bevy of recognizable genre performers. The addition of these cameos certainly reminds us of the horror greats of yesteryear, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
From 1981’s An American Werewolf in London to 1985’s Silver Bullet, moviegoers had a good number of films featuring full moon howlers to enjoy. Not to be forgotten are The Howling movies (loosely based on the late Gary Brandner’s book series) that began in ’81 and continued with ’85’s Howling II, and Scream Factory has announced they will release Howling II on Blu-ray for the first time this summer.
Upon its release in 1985, Howling II had multiple titles and it’s not known yet which one will be used for the new home media release. The special features and cover art are also unknown at this time, but we’ll keep Daily Dead readers updated on further announcements.
From Scream Factory: “1985’s Howling II will be coming out later on in the Summer! We were not prepared to announce the title at this time but the cat (or, in this case, »
- Derek Anderson
11 items from 2015
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