17 items from 2015
Having been reworked and beefed up after it's debut at Sundance last year, the current cut of the horror comedy Cooties most recently bowed at the Stanley Film Festival. Our Michele Galgana caught the 're-edited with added action at the end' flick at Stanley and had this to say in her review....it's a return to the days of '70s and '80s cinema where there were no rules about who could die or be terribly maimed onscreen. At its most common, Cooties feels a bit like a sitcom, but one that's actually really funny. At its most exhilarating, it feels like a blend of Who Can Kill A Child? and Return of the Living Dead, an excellent blend of fast-paced hilarity and madness. And now there is this...
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HitFix's recent spate of "Best Year in Film History" pieces inevitably spurred some furious debate among our readers, with some making compelling arguments for years not included in our pieces (2007 and 1968 were particularly popular choices) and others openly expressing their bewilderment at the inclusion of others (let's just say 2012 took a beating). In the interest of giving voice to your comments, below we've rounded up a few of the most thoughtful, passionate, surprising and occasionally incendiary responses to our pieces, including my own (I advocated for The Year of Our Lynch 2001, which is obviously the best). Here we go... Superstar commenter "A History of Matt," making an argument for 1968: The Graduate. Bullit. The Odd Couple. The Lion in Winter. Planet of the Apes. The Thomas Crown Affair. Funny Girl. Rosemary's Baby. And of course, 2001, A Space Odyssey. And that's only a taste of the greatness of that year. "Lothar the Flatulant, »
- Chris Eggertsen
"Nightmare at 20,000 Feet", "Time Enough at Last", "To Serve Man", and "The Invaders" are some of the most memorable episodes of Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone, and Fright Rags is commemorating their enduring entertainment values with a new collection of T-shirts. In our latest round-up, we also have details on the recently announced UK Blu-ray of Zombie Flesh Eaters 2 (aka Zombi 3) and the upcoming high-definition home media release of Vampire Hunter D (1985).
The Twilight Zone T-Shirts: Available to pre-order beginning Friday, April 24th at 10:00am Est, Fright Rags' The Twilight Zone T-shirt collection comprises five shirts and one custom-made Invader figure. The collection is priced at $160.00 and is expected to ship out in early June.
- Derek Anderson
The downfall that faced Tobe Hooper's creative relationship with The Cannon Group in the eighties wasn't much different than the fate of George A. Romero's collaboration with Orion Pictures. After leaving an iconic legacy for horror in the previous decade, Hooper had a reputation to live up to when he made a three picture deal with Golan and Globus that resulted in the ambitious, but entertaining failure Lifeforce, the misunderstood parody The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, and the family friendly remake of Invaders From Mars that helped sink Cannon out of Hollywood forever.
When considering the talent involved in this production that included screenwriting duties from Dan O' Bannon and special effects from legends like Stan Winston (who was simultaneously working on James Cameron's Aliens), John Dykstra (Star Wars) and Alec Gillis, this quite frankly should have been an exhilarating fantasy spectacle at the very least. Ironically, »
- Sean McClannahan
Fans of Tobe Hooper’s 1986 film Invaders From Mars can jump for joy, with Scream Factory’s new Collector’s Edition bluray hitting shelves, and it’s definitely a release to check out. Loaded to the brim with brand new and retro special features, the film does an excellent job of bringing back not only a sense of nostalgia for old school fans of the film, but introduces a fun and campy ride for its new viewers.
Personally, I think the film and its content all speak for themselves, but just in case you have a question or two regarding the release, we’ve got you covered, having taken a look at the release and we can definitely assure you, it’s one of the most entertaining family-horror films of all time.
- Jerry Smith
The first week of April is pretty solid when it comes to all the different genre home entertainment release choices coming your way on Tuesday. Scream Factory is set to debut Tobe Hooper’s cult classic Invaders from Mars in high-definition, the festival favorite horror comedy The Voices, starring Ryan Reynolds, is arriving on both Blu-ray and DVD courtesy of Lionsgate, and we have the releases of both Killers and [Rec] 4: Apocalypse to look forward to as well.
Invaders from Mars (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)
From the director of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Lifeforce comes this space-age creature feature is crawling with horrifying hordes of Martians hell-bent on stealing your soul: as well as your planet! Little David Gardner’s starry-eyed dreams turn into an out-of-this-world nightmare when invaders from the red planet land in his backyard and unleash their hostilities on unsuspecting earthlings! Paralyzed with fear as the »
- Heather Wixson
Doc of the Dead, 2015.
Directed by Alexandre O. Philippe.
Apparently, this is the definitive documentary examining the rise of the zombie in modern pop culture. Hmm…
Think you know zombies? Of course you do, because no doubt you have seen Shaun of the Dead on one of its weekly showings on some made-for-twentysomethings TV channel or own one of the many DVD releases of Night of the Living Dead that likely includes a documentary or an interview with George A. Romero that covers everything you need to know about that seminal movie and the influence it has had. So what does Doc of the Dead have to offer that several dozen DVD extra features doesn’t? Not a great deal, if truth be told.
- Gary Collinson
It was a running joke among Italian exploitation filmmakers in the 70s and 80s that if you wanted to know what your next picture was going to be, you only had to look at Hollywood’s box office. Just as every action has an equal and opposite reaction, so every Hollywood blockbuster has a sleazy and inexpensive mockbuster.
The Exorcist spawned House of Exorcism, Jaws begat Tentacles and Star Wars found its opposite number in Starcrash, but it was Dawn of the Dead’s success that birthed some of the liveliest, most outlandish trash that ever met a projector bulb. Avoiding Dawn’s slapstick elements, these knock-offs played it straight and went for the jugular, but their shoestring budgets, bad acting and ridiculous narratives often saw them enter the realm of high camp, and the zombie genre went into a tailspin.
When it was revived several years later, courtesy of »
- Ian Watson
Diretor: Alexandre O. Phillippe
Running Time: 81 minutes
It charts the rise of the zombie from it’s humble beginnings in White Zombie through to it’s inclusive in the phenomenal hit that is The Walking Dead, stopping off at George A. Romero’s trilogy of course. Other movies that have shaped the zombie landscape such as Return Of The Living Dead, Shaun Of The Dead and World War Z also get put under the spotlight. The talking heads include Mr Romero, along with Robert Kirkman, the writer behind the Walking Dead graphic novels – who has a strange outlook on his creation, author of World War Z Max Brooks, »
- Kat Smith
Not since the days of video store browsing has there been a horror movie quite as demonically satisfying as Deathgasm. This is simply because they just don't make 'em like they used to. But even when they used to, more often than not, most horror movies on the shelf, despite their incredibly cool VHS cases, would still fall short of the quality Deathgasm has achieved thanks to writer/director Jason Lei Howden's genuine fan boy love for an extinct heyday of gore via Tom Savini practical effects, as best exemplified in films like Return of the Living Dead.Even before seeing Deathgasm, but more than a little awed by its title, the Rock and Roll horror premise evoked memories of trekking to the corner video store and...
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Are zombies really that memorable? When you think about it, today’s undead munchers are not exactly an interesting crowd since all they do between meals is wander around in a trance. The pre Romero vegetarians are even worse, as they spend most of their time under the thumb of a zombie master, although on the odd occasion they do rebel against their tyrannical leader.
Zombie movies are a dime a dozen these days, and apart from a few moderately successful variations, they haven’t progressed beyond the flesh-eating antics of Night of the Living Dead (1968). But on the odd occasion a couple of zombies stand out from the faceless crowd of walking corpses, and what some these ghouls lack in personality, they make up for in other ways.
So here’s a list of ten memorable zombies that stood out for me, as an avid horror movie fan.
The Easy-Bake Oven gave countless kids a much-needed loophole. Hungry for a snack before dinner, but mom says the cookies are off limits? No problem. Just toss some brownie mix in your miniature pan and cook up a little treat while playing in the other room. So functional is the Easy-Bake Oven that you'd likely find it in the occasional dorm room... at least back in the day. And if zombies really do take over the world in the future, you might see Nerdist's recently revealed faux product, the Easy Brains Oven, become a sought-after item for shambling shoppers. We take a look at the living-dead-themed toy in our latest horror round-up, along with XLrator Media's new "Macabre" collection of films on Hulu and a casting update on Fox's Lucifer pilot.
Easy Brains Oven: Revealed by Nerdist in anticipation for the March 17th premiere of The CW's iZombie, the »
- Derek Anderson
We're back with a special round-up, taking a look at three upcoming horror film Blu-rays, two of which star the legendary Vincent Price. Scream Factory revealed the bonus features for the anthology horror film, From a Whisper to a Scream, Kino Lorber has announced they're bringing Jacques Tourneur's War Gods of the Deep, a.k.a. The City Under the Sea, out on Blu-ray with a new extra, and Olive Films has slated a Satan's Blade 30th anniversary Blu-ray for a spring release.
From Scream Factory: "**Extras for From A Whisper To A Scream Revealed!**
Fans of this underrated 1987 gem with Vincent Price (in his last role in a horror film) are in for a super treat. Check out the extensive line-up »
- Derek Anderson
We’re back with another horror round-up. This time around, we focus on the slight delay in the upcoming premiere of Penny Dreadful Season 2, a new teaser for the second season of Salem, and details on the new street date for Scream Factory’s From a Whisper to a Scream Blu-ray.
“This season, Vanessa and Ethan form a deeper bond as the group, including Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), and Sembene (Danny Sapani), unite to banish the evil forces that threaten to destroy them. Meanwhile, Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), the Creature (Rory Kinnear) and Brona (Billie Piper) are all waging battles of their own. Patti LuPone will guest star as a mysterious character of »
- Derek Anderson
You love Scream Factory, I love Scream Factory, we all love Scream Factory. It’s time to love the gang at Sf a little more, with their announcement of Tobe Hooper’s 1986 remake of Invaders From Mars making its Bluray debut, when it hits shelves on April 7th. The last time we saw the Scream Factory treatment of a Hooper film, was the Awesome Bluray release of Lifeforce (the collector’s edition of it has sadly gone semi-out of print now), and Invaders From Mars is yet another underrated gem in the filmography of Hooper, so with the announcement, along with a Brand New retrospective including on the disc, it’s martian time. We all love Leatherface and Co. but hey, let’s get us some aliens!
” Little David Gardner’s starry-eyed dreams turn into an out-of-this-world nightmare when invaders from the red planet land in his backyard and unleash their hostilities on unsuspecting earthlings! »
- Jerry Smith
“Famed horror director Tobe Hooper’s 1986 re-make of the classic thriller film Invaders from Mars is a space-age creature feature crawling with horrifying hordes of Martians hell-bent on stealing your soul – as well as your planet!
Making its Blu-ray debut on April 7th, 2015 from Scream Factory, Invaders from Mars comes loaded with bonus features, including an all-new audio commentary from director Tobe Hooper, the new retrospective The Martians Are Coming!-The Making of Invaders from Mars, which features interviews with director Tobe Hooper, actor Hunter Carson, special creature effects artists Alec Gillis and Gino Crognale, and composer Christopher Young; galleries for the original storyboards and original production illustrations, and more! As an additional bonus, fans who order their copy from ShoutFactory.com will have their order shipped two weeks early.
Little David Gardner »
- Jonathan James
Demons shirt. Dream Warriors poster. Various one sheets for Return of the Living Dead (a French one!), Leviathan and The Wicker Man. Buzzard may not be a horror film, but it seems to me it’s worth highlighting. An indie comedy, Buzzard won acclaim out of festivals like SXSW and New Directors/New Films for its unapologetic…
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- Samuel Zimmerman
17 items from 2015
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