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This is definitely the news of the week. Horror actor/director William Butler (Leatherface: TCM III, Night Of The Living Dead remake, director of Madhouse) has just announced The Survivors, an upcoming horror ensemble, featuring quite an impressive cast of some of horrors most beloved final girls, all banding together to stop a serial killer. This is a horror lover’s dream, as it’s always been a topic of conversation among fans regarding what it would be like if all of horror’s final girls got together to kick some ass and thansk to Butler and his Transition Entertainment company, that topic is about to see the light of day.
“Butler and writer Patrick J. Doody (Beneath) are currently penning the story for “The Survivors” a horror-action feature-film about a multi-generational group of strong female survivors who decide to get revenge as they ban to together and turn »
- Jerry Smith
Linnea Quigley is a prolific actress with over a hundred credited film and television appearances including the likes of Return of the Living Dead, Night of the Demons, Graduation Day, Savage Streets, Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers, Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings, and Silent Night, Deadly Night. Ms. Quigley, who was kind enough to sit down for an interview with Sound on Sight, is currently working on several projects at the moment and will appear at screenings of both Night of the Demons and Return of the Living Dead in the Chicagoland area at the end of August.
Acting is a dream job for many people in the world and it is an extremely competitive field. When and how were you able to break into the business?
Well I didn’t think that I had any chance, because I came from Iowa and I was very very very very very shy and it »
- Max Molinaro
Ever since Warm Bodies discovered the mainstream appeal of romance in a time of zombies, I’d been wondering how long it would take for other filmmakers to cash in on the rotting flesh of young love. Trying to love a zombie isn’t exactly the easiest feat, no matter how beautiful those cold, dead eyes look, but at least there’s hope throughout Warm Bodies, showing a zombie transforming back to his mortal form.
Jeff Baena’s Life After Beth is a role-reversal horror dramedy not about finding love, but instead losing love, finding it once again as a shambling zombie, and then somehow letting go. Beth Slocum inexplicably (Aubrey Plaza) comes back from the grave looking human enough, minus some heavy bags under her eyes and the snake bite that originally caused her death, and her grieving boyfriend Zach (Dane DeHaan) couldn’t be happier. But what starts »
- Matt Donato
In most horror films, a pretty good amount of characters suffer an inevitable demise due to the actions, or really bad luck of a single character. You know, the character you find yourself secretly wanting to slap, thanks to their continual bad decisions, ones that end up ruining the life of those who are “lucky” enough to be associated with them. As much as we feel like reaching into the screen, and punching them…if it were not for those frustrating characters, there would be no lives to put in danger, and in turn, no film. So let’s give a little love to Five Characters In Horror Who Ruined Everything!!!
5.) Seth and Richie- From Dusk Till Dawn
Of course there could not be a list about characters ruining everything without including the Gecko brothers. They brothers in crime were pretty much the biggest dicks to ever ruin everything. Sure, »
Earlier this summer we reported that 88 Films will be releasing Graduation Day and Mother’s Day to Blu-ray in the UK, and now 1981′s Don’t Go in the Woods… Alone will also be given the UK high-definition treatment. Together, these three releases make up the first wave of 88 Films’ Slasher Classics Collection, and the documentary, Scream Queens: Horror Heroines Exposed!, has been included on Graduation Day‘s special features.
Graduation Day will hit Blu-ray in the UK on October 13th, while Mother’s Day will be available in the high-definition format sometime in early 2015. An official release date for Don’t Go in the Woods… Alone has not yet been announced. Below are two official press releases and a look at the Blu-ray cover art. The first release has full details on Graduation Day‘s special features, including the documentary, Scream Queens: Horror Heroines Exposed! (thanks to Blu-ray. »
- Derek Anderson
Ask any self-respecting slasher buff about the genre’s ‘golden age’ and they will doubtlessly wax poetic about the plasma-packed pot-boilers of the 1980s – the decade of destruction that gave us Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger and the transsexual teen-tormenter of the Sleepaway Camp series. Given the label’s name, what better way for 88 Films to celebrate this halcyon era of horror than with a series of numbered and collectible sanguine-splashed shockers from the period of VHS and video nasties?
88 Films is proud to announce the launch of a new “Slasher Classics” line – kicking off with a digitally re-mastered DVD release of Don Gronquist’s notorious censor-baiting backwoods sickie Unhinged (1982). Further fearful fun will be delivered with Don’t Go in the Woods (1981) – the effortlessly enjoyable “hunt ‘em and kill ‘em” epic that once had British authorities outlawing its very exhibition! Directed by James Bryan, Don’t Go in the Woods »
- Phil Wheat
Fantasia International Film Festival 2014 runs July 17 to August 6. Follow all of our coverage here. Let’s just get this out of the way right up front. Yes, Zombeavers is about zombie-beavers. No, they don’t look even the slightest bit realistic. Yes, you’re still going to love this movie anyway. Three sorority sisters head to a remote cabin by a lake for a girls weekend away from the boys. The trip was motivated by the recent revelation that Jenn’s (Lexi Atkins) boyfriend cheated on her with an unknown skank leading Mary (Rachel Melvin) to organize the weekend to help her friend heal. Zoe (Cortney Palm) is just along for the ride and the possibility of a full-body tan. Their plans are interrupted by two types of mammals. First, their boyfriends arrive looking to set up camp in the girls’ vaginas, and then the undead beavers show up looking for food. So »
- Rob Hunter
“Into the weenie mobile, weenie man away!”
Okay, you have a big decision to make this weekend: do you seen Return Of The Living Dead at midnight at The Hi-Pointe Friday and Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie at The Tivoli midnight on Saturday, or do you see Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie at The Tivoli midnight Friday and Return Of The Living Dead at midnight at The Hi-Pointe on Saturday? Either way, there’s a couple of fun midnight shows in St. Louis this weekend (read my take on the Return Of The Living Dead screening Here)
If you’re unacquainted with the origin of Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie, a cult cable series on the Sci-Fi Channel, fret not. Think of Mad Magazine meets a live-action version of Beavis & Butthead, and you’re on your way to the moon. Instead of having Burger »
- Tom Stockman
“Send more cops!”
Return Of The Living Dead screens this Friday and Saturday nights (July 11th and 12th) at midnight at the Hi-Pointe Theater (1005 McCausland Ave, St. Louis) as part of Destroy the Brain’s Late Night Grindhouse series.
Return Of The Living Dead (1984) was a spin-off of the Living Dead series that resulted from the sharing of copyright between George Romero and Night Fo The Living Dead co-writer John Russo. While Romero went to continue the narrative with Dawn Of The Dead and Day Of The Dead, both bleak social satire/horrors, Russo undertook a humorous and far more chaotic reprise of the original story. Russo wisely teamed with writer/director Dan O’ Bannon (a St. Louis native!), who pulled out all the stops for one gut-buster of an entertaining horror film. From a strip tease in a graveyard by Scream Queen Linnea Quigley to a massive showdown between the zombies and the law, »
- Tom Stockman
On this 4th of July, we want to wish all of you a safe and fun holiday weekend. How do you plan on spending this break? Let us know which horror flicks you're dipping into. Me? I began with Return of the Living Dead, but finding myself looking forward to revisiting Land of the Dead. Caught this clip - which informs us Romero's zombies in his "Dead" universe are mesmerized by fireworks - online and it has me thinking about the film and how it doesn't get nearly as much love as it deserves.
The post Happy 4th of July from Riley & Charlie from the ‘Land of the Dead’ appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
When the clock strikes 2:30pm Pacific/5:30pm Eastern, before you leave work for the long 4th of July holiday weekend...let us reflect on those who were obliterated in Louisville, Kentucky thanks to an incident that reportedly began 30 years ago today at 5:30pm Eastern and carried into the morning hours of July 4, 1984. Nearly 4,000 were killed in a 20 block radius the next morning in a "containment protocol" the government assured us was "for our safety."
The post 30 Years Ago Today: Remembering the Tragedy Involving the Return of the Living Dead appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
What's the most American horror story: Friday the 13th? A Nightmare on Elm Street? … Leprechaun? We're not sure, but thanks to Reddit user ubermatze, we at least have fodder for discussion. He (or she) created this awesome map of the U.S., with each state's most iconic's logo overlaid. Some of them are fairly obvious: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre's title doesn't leave much to the imagination, and 30 Days of Night is pretty inextricably tied to Alaska, because, well, what other state has 30 days of night? But did you know that Leprechaun takes place in North Dakota? Or that »
- Alex Heigl
Do You Wanna Party?
Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the cemetery…those brain-eating zombies are back and hungry for more tasty mortals. A fiendish mix of outrageous humor and heart-stopping terror, The Return Of The Living Dead is “a veritable smorgasbord of fun” (L.A. Herald Examiner) filled with skin-crawling jolts, eye-popping visuals and relentless surprise!
On his first day on the job at an army surplus store, poor Freddy unwittingly releases nerve gas from a secret U.S.military canister, unleashing an unbelievable terror. The gas re-animates an army of corpses, who arise from their graves with a ravenous hunger…for human brains! And luckily for those carnivorous cadavers, there is a group of partying teens nearby, just waiting to be eaten!
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- Andy Triefenbach
A good, creepy prop can make or break your production. If you get just the right item, you can make it a memorable and powerful addition to your film. In celebration The Monkey's Paw release on Blu-ray and DVD from Scream Factory, which contains a pretty gross prop of its own, we've decided to reminisce about some of our favorites.
Of course we must begin with some honorable mentions. The stickman figures that hung in the woods during The Blair Witch Project became the trademark for the film that scared the hell out of us that long ago summer.
If you pay close attention to Return of the Living Dead, you can see a reanimated half-dog (literally the left-hand side of a dog, bisected for research purposes) in the warehouse of the Uneeda Medical Supply Company. That's gotta get a nod.
Although perhaps more wardrobe than prop, "Buffalo Bill" Jame »
- Scott Hallam
Charles Pinion exists at a unique transection of the modern underground film scene.
A pioneer of the Analog Video Feature Film movement. (That never materialized.) Interaction with the Cinema of Transgression, but not a part of it. Screened back-to-back features at the then-nascent Chicago Underground Film Festival.
He’s been there. He’s done that.
To date, he’s made just three feature films. (Although, hard at work on finishing up his fourth.) And all three — Twisted Issues, Red Spirit Lake and We Await — deserve to be freshly rediscovered and recontextualized. These films put out vibes that stretch out and can be felt in work by makers such as Calvin Lee Reeder, Bob Moricz, Waylon Bacon and others, whether they were specifically influenced by them or not.
All of Pinion’s films can be purchased on DVD from the filmmaker’s website. Gross. Surreal. Unsettling. If that’s your bag »
- Mike Everleth
A successful Us scheme which enables moviegoers to select a title from a library and. screen it at a participating cinema is being introduced to Australia.
David Doepel.s Leap Frog Films is partnering with the Us cinema-on-demand platform Tugg to pitch the service to cinemas, producers and distributors in Oz and New Zealand.
Leap Frog piloted the scheme on March 24 by holding a crowd-sourced screening of its film Half of a Yellow Sun at the Piccadilly cinema in Adelaide.
Doepel said there was a sizable turn-out for the drama which stars Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) and Thandie Newton (The Pursuit of Happyness) as an upper class couple whose marriage is put to the test when Nigeria breaks into a crippling civil war in 1967.
The first Us title from Tugg.s library to be screened in Australia will be Why We Ride, a Us documentary about the passionate devotees of motorcycle riding, »
- Don Groves
While Romero’s Day Of The Dead sits firmly in place as my favorite zombie film of all time, it’s not necessarily the most fun you’ll have when wanting something of a mix between horror and humor. The perfect film for that has been and will always be (in my opinion) Dan O’Bannon’s 1985 horror classic Return Of The Living Dead. It was the first film to inject a punk rock vibe to the zombie sub-genre, making it feel like it was something dangerous that your parents wouldn’t like and definitely wouldn’t understand, without coming off as being elitist or pretentious. It’s a movie that says “I just wanna party!” (literally) every single time that you watch it, so naturally, the trailer for the film is right up there with the amount of fun involved.
From the very start of the trailer, you’re »
- Jerry Smith
Reviewed by Kevin Scott, MoreHorror.com
Writer: Ken Wiederhorn
Director: Ken Wiederhorn
Return of the Living Dead may have been the first zomedy ever. It was as far I’m concerned anyway. An off the rails and completely over the top parody homage that had the pedigree of being written by the guy that penned “Night of the Living Dead” and directed by the guy who wrote “Alien”. A very nostalgic movie for me, and an all-around favorite to just about any horror fan that I know of. Which brings me to the question of “Did the sequel that came three years later fair as an acceptable follow up?”
I’ve learned a couple of things about part 2 that I didn’t know. It wasn »
Directed by Axelle Carolyn, Soulmate is an atmospheric ghost story about a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown finding solace with an equally tortured spirit. The film debuted at last years Frightfest Halloween All-Nighter (review here) and with the film screening at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival this week, fan-favourite artist Graham Humphreys – artist on the iconic Evil Dead, Nightmare on Elm Street and Return of the Living Dead UK posters/VHS covers – has created a wonderfully sombre new poster for the film which captures the tone of Carolyn’s film perfectly.
In Soulmate, Anna Walton (Hellboy II) stars as the recently widowed Audrey, who moves to the countryside in a bid to get her life back on track. When she realizes the cottage she’s renting is haunted, she decides to stay and strikes up an odd relationship with the ghost…
(Source: Fangoria) »
- Phil Wheat
It's been awhile since we've had anything to report about Jonathan Zarantonello's The Butterfly Room, which is loaded with familiar faces from horror movies past. Today we're happy to report that the film is screening in California this weekend, and we've got all the details for ya. Read on!
Two separate screenings will take place at North Hollywood's Laemmle Noho 7 theater, on both Friday and Saturday night. Star Heather Langenkamp will be on hand for the Friday night showing while fellow horror icons/stars Barbara Steele and James Karen (Return of the Living Dead) will be hosting Q&A sessions on Saturday night.
You'll find full screening information over on The Butterfly Room's official website!
Ann, a reclusive, elegant lady with an obsession for butterflies, is surprisingly befriended by the eerily beautiful young Alice. Using her seductive innocence, »
- John Squires
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