10 items from 2015
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
Brodie (Milo Cawthorne) is a strange stranger in a strange land. Forced by familial circumstance to live with conservative cousins in suburban New Zealand, Brodie immediately stands out thanks to his love of heavy metal music. He finds a compatriot in Zakk (James Blake), a fellow metal-head disinterested in the opinions of others, and along with a pair of all together different outcasts (they’re more Gary Gygax than Anthrax) the new friends form a band destined to shake the bowels of hell. Practice sessions reveal a minor gap between Brodie’s self-purported guitar skills and reality, but his enthusiasm almost makes up for it. Well, that and his discovery of an unrecorded song from the reclusive lead singer of the legendary death metal band Haxensword. They quickly discover why it was never recorded — everyone in earshot of the music is turned into a demonic, flesh-eating hellspawn — and soon the foursome, along »
- Rob Hunter
If you haven’t been paying attention to the latest foreign horror imports, than you’ve been missing out on some tremendous films. While you might assume that a majority of these are European efforts, there’s another locale that’s making quite a genre name for itself – New Zealand. Peter Jackson started with films like Bad Taste and Dead Alive, but that was long ago, and since those years, New Zealand hasn’t bothered to traverse the waters of horror with much enthusiasm – until now. Thanks to producer Ant Timpson, a frequent collaborator with Alamo’s Tim League, New Zealand is once again making a name for itself in a forgotten genre, and Deathgasm is just the latest shining example.
- Matt Donato
As someone who relishes new and unusual storytelling, it’s been great to see the recent boom of films coming out of New Zealand, a country that embraces and celebrates the unusual in ways most other places in the world just cannot. The latest Kiwi film to make its way Stateside is Jason Lei Howden’s Deathgasm, the ridiculously fun and bombastic celebration of horror and heavy metal that premiered at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival last night. While the film may garner a lot of attention for it’s more over-the-top approach to gore, nudity and its clever use of sex toys, what makes Deathgasm so special is that the story itself is full of heart and features breakout performances from both Milo Cawthorne and Kimberley Crossman, who bring tons of infectious energy to the project.
In Deathgasm, we meet a lovable loser metal head by the name of Brodie »
- Heather Wixson
Coming out of SXSW like a freight train of bloody, metal as f&%* entertainment, Jason Lei Howden gory extravaganza that is Deathgasm is a heavy metal splatterfest, guaranteed to please the most diehard horror fan. Led by memorable performances, out of this world effects and a soundtrack that refuses to Not let you bang your head throughout the entire film, it’s a standout film at this year’s festival and destined to become like Shaun Of The Dead or Dead Alive, a horror/comedy cult classic, one that will instantly be a genre fan favorite.
Following Brodie (Milo Cawthorne, Blood Punch), a young hesher that is forced to live with his conservative Christian aunt and uncle, following his mom being committed due to meth and giving blowjobs, Deathgasm does what very few films are able to: hook you right from the beginning. Any self-destructive oucast metalhead can instantly relate to Brodie, »
- Jerry Smith
Though terror and laughter really exist on opposite sides of the emotional spectrum, there is a storied and wonderful history between the two in the world of cinema. From Evil Dead II to Dead Alive to Shaun of the Dead, there is a long legacy of horror and comedy working together at the movies, and while it.s a tricky mash-up to master, history as shown that when done well, it can be insanely entertaining. With his new film The Final Girls, director Todd Strauss-Schulson is the latest to try and tackle a mix of the two desperate genres, and while it may not necessarily a movie that can be dubbed an instant classic, it is a fantastically entertaining bit of meta fun. Centering on a teenage girl named Max (Taissa Farmiga), the story picks up three years after the death of her mother (Malin Akerman), an actress who famously »
Thanks to Braindead and Mad Max, Australasia has already claimed significant standing in the histories of both zombie movies and post-apocalyptic action films. Now they’ve delivered us Wyrmwood, a film that seems to belong in both genres at once.
IFC will be releasing the film in some Us cinemas and on VOD tomorrow, and have just released a last-minute green band trailer. Here it is – and below that, the original red band version of the trailer too. If you’re not at work, you probably want to go straight to that one.
Director and co-writer Kiah Roache-Turner seems well-versed in the conventions of the genres, and it looks like he’s created something fairly slick on a non-existent budget. I checked out the official site he runs with co-writer and producer brother Tristan and found this statement from Kiah;
“We’re huge fans of genre films. Stuff like Mad Max »
- Brendon Connelly
“What are you gonna do against a hostile spirit?” “I’m gonna smash it in the face.” Those who caught the New Zealand horror-comedy Housebound last year may remember this spirited exchange, which perfectly captures the attitude of protagonist Kylie Bucknell, one who is not the type to cower from the paranormal activity that runs rampant in her mother’s home.
After receiving positive reviews across the board—including Peter Jackson of Lord of the Rings and Dead Alive fame—director Kylie Bucknell’s Housebound will be reimagined for North American audiences by New Line.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, New Line, aka the house that Freddy built, has acquired the rights to remake Housebound, with Johnstone attached as a producer. The folks at New Line are looking for a writer to pen the adaptation, as well as a director for the project (perhaps they will be one and the »
- Derek Anderson
Sundance may be better known for its serious indie dramas than its bloodsoaked genre fare, but a surprising number of well-known horror films got their start at the annual festival - and we've rounded up a few of the most notable highlights from years past. While the list is far from exhaustive - notable omissions include 2003's "Open Water" and 2005's "Hardy Candy" - it's nevertheless representative of the fest's commitment to spotlighting left-of-center visions, from shockingly smart limb-spewers (Peter Jackson's "Braindead") to verite-style spookfests ("The Blair Witch Project") to body-horror provocations ("Teeth"). Included are discussions of how each film performed with mainstream audiences, whose tastes don't always align with the Park City hype machine. The 2015 Sundance Film Festival runs from Jan. 22-Feb.1. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Writer’s Note: This is the second part of my celebration of Ernest Dickerson’s Demon Knight, which turns 20 today. Truly one of my favorite horror movies to come out of the 1990’s (or really, any decade), Demon Knight was a landmark endeavor for many reasons. You can catch up with Part One of my retrospective here.
In Demon Knight, Brayker (William Sadler) and The Collector (Billy Zane) are vying for control over an ancient relic that controls the very fate of humanity. The duo eventually face-off at a remote long-term hotel in New Mexico called The Mission where several residents end up getting caught in the middle of their epic showdown. The hotel is run by the wise-cracking, no-nonsense Irene (Cch Pounder) who makes it her job to keep her renters in line, including former convict Jeryline (Jade Pinkett), a well-meaning prostitute named Cordelia (Brenda Bakke) and her client, »
- Heather Wixson
10 items from 2015
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