14 items from 2017
Evil Ed, 1995.
Directed by Anders Jacobsson.
A mild-mannered video editor is given the job of editing a series of brutal slasher movies for his unscrupulous boss, with disastrous results.
Sometimes it can be a bit tricky being a horror fan because try as one might, no matter how seriously you take the genre and ferociously defend it to the death against those whose only exposure to anything approaching horror is a yearly watch of Paranormal Activity, there comes along a film like Evil Ed and you know there is no defending it no matter how you feel about it.
Taking its cue from the early masterpieces of Peter Jackson and Sam Raimi along with Stuart Gordon’s sense of the theatrically absurd (or absurdly theatrical, depending on how you look at it), Evil Ed is »
- Amie Cranswick
With the Train to Busan (2017) bursting on the screens and the announcement of an inevitable ‘American Remake’, I thought it would be a good time to look back on some of the classic zombie films from around the world.
Night of The Living Dead (1968)
There is often a debate about which of George A. Romero’s Living Dead series is his best. Personally, I am a night person and I love the film which started it all. Self-funded and filmed over a year, Night of the Living Dead was shot on black and white 35mm under the original title Night of the Flesh Eaters. Ground breaking at the time, this not only created the first zombie movie, but also broke taboos by having a black male lead.
Zombies have evolved over the years, become faster, smarter and more violent to satisfy the needs of the audience. However, people still continue »
- Philip Rogers
Talking to EW at the Tribeca Film Festival, the director goes into more detail about what happened during the movies 1992 premiere at Sitges International Film Festival:
“There was all this talk about the torture scene. Steve Buscemi, he comes to me and he goes, ‘Quentin, did you hear what everyone is saying? They’re saying the torture scene ruins the movie!’ And I go, ‘What are they talking about? It’s the best thing in the fucking movie! Did you see how many people walked out? That’s the shit!’… They showed Peter Jackson’s Dead Alive, which was just drowned in zombie guts and brains. Finally I’ve got an audience that won’t walk out. I even joked about that in the opening introduction for the movie. »
- Jordan Jones
Mr. White, Mr. Orange, Mr. Blonde, Mr. Pink, Mr. Brown: They all reunited for the 25th anniversary retrospective screening of “Reservoir Dogs” at the Tribeca Film Festival April 28. Cast members Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Steve Buscemi and writer-director-actor Quentin Tarantino all got together to reminisce after the 1992 movie screened to a packed house at the Beacon Theater. Here are seven fun facts they revealed.
1. Tom Waits auditioned.
Tarantino let this tidbit slip as he discussed the casting process. “We had the casting director from ‘L.A. Law,'” the director recalled. “A lot of really wild people came in and read the parts. Tom Waits came in and read. I had Tom Waits read the Madonna speech, just so I could hear Tom Waits say those lines. And actually, other than Harvey, he gave me one of the first profound compliments on the script. No one had ever »
- Gordon Cox
‘Life’ Finds a Way to Deliver a Fun Thrill Ride Despite the Generic SetupA compelling cast, an intelligent enemy, and slick thrills make for an entertaining slice of sci-fi/horror.
As much as films like Apollo 13 and Hidden Figures want us to believe otherwise, space-set horror films have shown us again and again that astronauts really aren’t all that bright. How else to explain the endless display of scientists and space explorers who encounter a previously unknown alien life-form and against all common sense decide it’s probably something they should touch?
That’s the immediate hurdle the new film Life needs to overcome even before the the first frame appears, and while the moment in question is a definite stumbling block the movie still succeeds in becoming a highly entertaining and often suspenseful ride into darkness.
A six-person crew aboard the International Space Station have just brought an interplanetary sample aboard, and »
- Rob Hunter
Somewhere between Scanners and Beyond The Gates exists Game Of Death, a kill-em-all deathmatch rooted in Hasbro innocence. Directors Sebastien Landry and Laurence “Baz” Morais inject nihilistic curiosity into a gruesome, head-splitting gore flick that abides by predetermined rules. Questions about existence first, visceral body-mutilating second. Or is it bloody, practical-fx-driven cranium combusting first, existential dread second? There’s a constant tug-of-war at play between bewildered contestants and unlucky bystanders, who are slain in the name of diabolical decisions. Are there any winners in the Game Of Death? That’s for you to decide.
It all starts with millennial partying. Attractive hardbodies swill liquor and get high while chillaxing poolside at some lavish crash pad. Ashley (Emelia Hellman) hooks up with boyfriend Matt (Thomas Vallieres). Kenny (Nick Serino) wakes up with a cartoon dick on his face. Brother Tom (Sam Earle) receives a sensual lap dance from sister Beth (Victoria Diamond) – wait, »
- Matt Donato
After you watched Poltergeist for the first time, you might have stayed away from steak and chicken for a while, but in a new episode of her horror-themed cooking show, Kaci Hansen, aka The Homicidal Homemaker, embraces the eeriness of the film's crawling steak and maggot-covered fried chicken to make two creepy candy creations.
From The Homicidal Homemaker: "There are many terrifying scenes in Poltergeist to draw inspiration from, but of course, I chose to recreate one of the most stomach-churning scenes in the film – the slithering steak and maggot-infested chicken…as candy! Both of these recipes are simple to make, and neither one will cause you to peel your face off in the bathroom.
Get this and other spooktacular horror themed recipes on my website, www.TheHomicidalHomemaker.com!"
The Poltergeist crawling steak and fried chicken candy recipe is one of many frightfully festive (and tasty) ideas from The Homicidal Homemaker »
- Derek Anderson
For years now, Spawn's creator Todd McFarlane has been trying to get another Spawn movie made, and every six months or so we get a story like this where he is "talking the big talk." Now it seems he may be ready to "walk the walk." After the success of Deadpool and Logan -- both R-rated superhero films -- he appears to be ready to create a raunchy version of Spawn that will have us all leaving the theaters feeling like we just watched The Human Centipede. While at Emerald City Comic Con, he got the crowd going nuts when he said this:
"Listen, I’m going to paint it for you. The movie is going to be a dark R. If here’s PG-13 and here’s Deadpool and here’s Logan, we’re going to be here. It’s going to be dark. It’s going to be nasty. »
- Drew Carlton
Don’t Kill It, 2016.
Directed by Mike Mendez.
An ancient evil is unleashed in a small Alaskan town leaving a trail of death and destruction as it passes from host to host. The only hope of survival lies with a grizzled demon hunter (Dolph Lundgren) who has faced this terror before. Together with a reluctant FBI agent he has to figure out how to destroy a demon with the ability to possess its killer.
As a fully fledged member of the Dolph Lundgren appreciation society, the arrival of a new Lundgren special is a bitter-sweet experience these days. I say these days, it’s probably always been that way, but in the last five years in particular it’s a real crap shoot. He’s now firing out films with the regularity of Eric Roberts. Maybe not quite Eric level yet, »
- Amie Cranswick
Terror Films has secured a release date for Savageland. Filmed by a trio of directors (Phil Guidry, Simon Herbert and David Whelan), Savageland takes place at an Arizona border town. In Sangre de Cristo (Blood of Christ), fifty-seven people have disappeared and only one survivor has been found; he has a strange story to tell. The film is scheduled to show in late February, in the United States. And now, a movie clip is available for this indie horror title, called "Dead Alive." The "Dead Alive" movie clip involves an interrogation. The lone survivor is questioned about the death of a person. He answers a few questions. But, little is revealed in this mysterious clip. Savageland will be available through many Video-on-demand platforms, in the Us. The film will show on these online platforms: iTunes, Amazon Instant, Google Play/YouTube, Vudu, Xbox Live, Sony PlayStation, Vimeo on Demand, I Bleed Indie and 3 Roku channels. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Allen)
I love Peter Jackson - from Dead Alive to Lord Of The Rings - the man is talented as f*ck. Even his misses (like Lovely Bones and The Hobbit) have awesome stuff in them. That is all to say that I'm excited-as-balls about his upcoming film, Mortal Engines, described by Variety as "set thousands of years in the... Read More »
- Damion Damaske
Looking for a delicious recipe that’s all pleasure and no pain? Kaci Hansen, aka The Homicidal Homemaker, has such sights to show you with her Hellraiser “Cinna-bite” Brownies recipe on another episode of her endlessly entertaining cooking show.
From The Homicidal Homemaker: “What’s your pleasure? Chocolate? Cinnamon? Ah…the cinnamon. The sweet, sweet cinnamon…
Everyone loves biting into a rich, fudgy brownie, but not everyone has dabbled around with adding a little spice into the mix. Step inside The Homicidal Homemaker’s kitchen (if you dare…) and learn how to make these Hellraiser “Cinna-bite” Brownies, decorated to look like the Lament Configuration from the movie. One bite, and you’ll tear these brownies apart!
Disclaimer: The Homicidal Homemaker does not take any responsibility should any Cenobites be summoned! :)
For this full recipe, including a vegetarian/vegan variation, as well as the template used in the tutorial, »
- Derek Anderson
[Happy Monday, readers! With the 2017 Sundance Film Festival beginning later this week, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of the great midnight movies that have come out of the fest over the years. Be sure to check back each day this week for more Midnight Memories from Daily Dead!]
The Sundance Film Festival has hosted the premieres of many a great genre offering; from Lucky McKee’s May in 2002 to Tommy Wirkola’s Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead in 2014, the festival spotlights genre work by turns impactful, thoughtful, or just delightful. And many of the films’ backstories are often as inspired as the work itself. Case in point: Jason Eisener’s Hobo with a Shotgun, which premiered January 21st, 2011 at Sundance, and is still as fun to watch as its journey to the screen is fascinating.
Back in 2007, when Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino were set to release Grindhouse (their double feature love letter to exploitation cinema), they announced a contest for fake exploitation trailers to go along with ones already filmed by established filmmakers such as Edgar Wright and Rob Zombie.
Canadian filmmaking aspirant Eisener (who has gone on to helm segments for The ABCs of Death »
- Scott Drebit
Lurking within pages, displayed on the big and small screens, and at home on the airwaves, the horror genre thrived last year. 2016 was packed with great genre offerings, and although it's difficult to filter through the creepy contents of such a banner year for the genre, I forced myself to choose the moments that stuck with me the most... and still haunt my nightmares.
Green Room: Never did violence feel more real onscreen to me this year than the scenes in Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room. The third feature film from the Blue Ruin and Murder Party director is ripe with palpable frights in its depiction of a vicious battle between a punk band and neo-Nazis led by Patrick Stewart’s calculating Darcy. You can practically feel your sweaty palms wrapping around a broken fluorescent tube as the Ain’t Rights prepare for their most important performance yet as »
- Derek Anderson
14 items from 2017
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