11 items from 2009
This Tuesday, August 18, Lakeshore Records releases the CD soundtrack to Sam Raimi’s terrific summer chiller Drag Me To Hell in stores and for on-line purchase, featuring his frequent collaborator Christopher Young’s full score. The disc contains 14 tracks comprising almost an hour of music from Raimi’s saga of a nasty gypsy curse.
Young is no stranger to the genre, having composing acclaimed music for films like Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II, The Fly II, The Dark Half, Tales From The Hood, Species, Urban Legend, Bless The Child, The Exorcism Of Emily Rose and, most recently, The Uninvited. His previous collaborations with Raimi include The Gift, the first two Grudge features and Spider-man 3. The Drag soundtrack is currently available digitally via Amazon and iTunes. Preview it in the widget below.
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One of the revelations in the earlier announcement of titles for this year's Toronto International Film Fest is that George A. Romero's ...Of The Dead has an official title.
Survival Of The Dead will make it's World Premiere at the Festival as a part of it's Midnight Madness Screenings (see the full announcement here), and thanks to the festival website (currently down for maintenance, but promising a relaunch tomorrow), we've got several new pics and additional details to share.
George A. Romero'S Survival Of The Dead
Production Company: Blank of the Dead Productions Inc.
Producer: Paula Devonshire
Screenplay: George A. Romero
Production Designer: Arv Greywal
Cinematographer: Adam Swica
Editor: Michael Doherty
Music: Robert Carli
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Shock Till You Drop has some fun news: Ryuhei Kitamura, who made a name for himself with the fun low-budget Japanese film Versus and recently directed Midnight Meat Train, is directing a film called Teratoma. The writers are Jim Agnew and Sean Keller, who penned Dario Argento's upcoming Giallo. (And that gives me pause, since the early Giallo reviews haven't been wildly positive.) A teratoma is a type of tumor in which other...growths...can be identified: hair, teeth, even eyes and limbs. That could put the film right into the realm of body horror, a sub-genre that doesn't get enough attention these days. Joel Soisson, of co-producers Neo Art & Logic, says "Teratoma is The Fly meets Rosemary's Baby." We've seen teratomas in movies before -- the Romero adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Half comes to mind -- but hearing that Kitamura is doing a film based »
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There are certain directors whose represent absolutely pivotal moments in filmmaking. People like Griffith, Welles, Coppola and Scorcese have contributed to film in a way that has shaped the entire medium and changed the game. But there are also directors who represent pivotal moments of genre evolution: George Lucas and science fiction, John McTiernan and action pictures. Horror has a list of absolutely essential directors as long as your arm, as well. People like Tod Browning, James Whale, Roger Corman and George A. Romero. There are more to be sure, but in 1968, the rules of the game changed forever. Romero's apocalyptic Night of the Living Dead, though dismissed by many as a schlocky trash, marks the moment that the counter culture took over independent horror and steered it away from the cheap vaudeville antics of American Indepedent Pictures and into a gritty new era that was as vital and prolific »
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Wonderin’ where the Chicago Fango schedule is? Well, we’re still tweaking it because we have a few surprise guests! We are happy to report that Jeffrey Combs, the Re-animator himself, will be attending Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors, to be held this coming March 6-8 at the Wyndham Chicago O’Hare Hotel (6810 North Mannheim Road, Rosemont, Il).
In addition, Ashley Laurence is back in the lineup! The actress from Hellraiser, Hellbound: Hellraiser II and Hellraiser: Hellseeker, plus Lightning Bug, Red, Warlock III and Lurking Fear, will be attending on Saturday, while Combs (also best known for From Beyond, Deep Space Nine, Pit And The Pendulum, The Frighteners, The 4400 and many more) hits the stage on Sunday. In other convention news, sadly, directors Tobe Hooper and R.W. Goodwin had to bow out due to unexpected commitments. The full Fango schedule will be live tomorrow morning. Other guests comin’ to »
WildClaw Theatre, Chicago’s leading horror stage troupe, will bring their brand of terror and the supernatural to the fast-approaching Chicago edition of Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors, to be held March 6-8 at the Wyndham Chicago O’Hare Hotel (6810 North Mannheim Road, Rosemont, Il). On Sunday of the event, the local horror theater stalwarts will discuss their previous shows, screen clips of their most outlandish work, answer questions, talk about their upcoming Zombie Bowling and zombie play, The Revenants, then close out the convention with a round of “Scary-aoke,” where the audience will have the opportunity to act out scenes from their favorite horror flicks.
For more about WildClaw Theatre, go here. Other guests comin’ to our Midwest extravaganza (come back tomorrow for the complete schedule!) include:
The independent horror film Plague Town, which Fango’s Michael Gingold called “a nightmare captured on film,” will make its Midwest premiere at the fast-approaching Chicago edition of Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors, to be held March 6-8 at the Wyndham Chicago O’Hare Hotel (6810 North Mannheim Road, Rosemont, Il). The screening will be introduced by writer/director David Gregory.
Plague Town is about a group of American travelers lost in the Irish countryside who run afoul of a group of bloodthirsty, disfigured children. Gregory (pictured with actress Kate Aspinwall and victim) makes his feature debut with the movie, having previously helmed nearly 100 genre documentaries and DVD features, including Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Shocking Truth, Portrait: The Making of Henry, Inside Manhunter, Tom Savini: The Early Years, The Godfathers of Mondo and many more.
Other guests comin’ to our Midwest extravaganza include:
Actor Bill Johnson (left, Leatherface from Tobe Hooper’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2) and John Dugan (right, Grandpa from Hooper’s original Texas Chainsaw) have joined the lineup of the next Chicago edition of Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors, to be held March 6-8 at the Wyndham Chicago O’Hare Hotel (6810 North Mannheim Road, Rosemont, Il). Dugan also appeared in Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, while Johnson turned up in Future-kill and TV’s Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.
Other guests comin’ to our Midwest extravaganza include:
• George A. Romero: the director of Night Of The Living Dead, Dawn Of The Dead, Day Of The Dead, Land Of The Dead, Diary Of The Dead, Creepshow, Martin, Knightriders and The Dark Half will have the first news and footage from his latest zombie flick
Timothy Hutton has joined the cast of Roman Polanski’s new thriller, The Ghost.Hutton will play the American lawyer of the British Prime Minister (Pierce Brosnan) in the thriller, based on Robert Harris’ best-selling book. The already-cast Ewan McGregor will star as a ghostwriter who is hired to write the Pm’s memoirs, only to stumble upon a secret that puts his life in jeopardy. Run, Ewan, run!Hutton, who won an Oscar in 1981 for Ordinary People, has never quite become a big star, but he’s carved out a decent career for himself over the years, with the likes of Beautiful Girls and The Dark Half standing out. He’s currently starring in Leverage, a heist show on TNT, which has just been renewed for a second season.The Ghost – which represents, for Polanski, a successful attempt to adapt a Robert Harris novel after the plug was pulled »
Veteran X Files producer/director R.W. Goodwin (pictured), whose new creature-feature comedy Alien Trespass opens this spring from Roadside Attractions, has joined the lineup of the next Chicago edition of Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors, to be held March 6-8 at the Wyndham Chicago O’Hare Hotel (6810 North Mannheim Road, Rosemont, Il). Goodwin produced over 70 episodes of The X Files, and directed nine of them.
Alien Tresspass, which stars Will & Grace’s Eric McCormack, Autopsy’s Robert Patrick and The Wonder Years’ Dan Lauria, concerns an Earthly encounter with extraterrestrials both good and bad. Not a spoof or parody, but pretty much a straight film that could have played on the same bill as It Came From Outer Space, Alien Trespass has won raves on the festival circuit. You can find out more here and see a couple of exclusive pics here. Accompanying Goodwin will be his wife Sheila Larkin, »
Director Toby Wilkins (pictured), whose first film Splinter wowed fans last year, has joined the lineup of the next Chicago edition of Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors, to be held March 6-8 at the Wyndham Chicago O’Hare Hotel (6810 North Mannheim Road, Rosemont, Il). Wilkins will preview his latest directorial effort, Ghost House Pictures’ The Grudge 3, at the convention, and the Sony Pictures DVD sequel will also be screened at the show.
The Grudge 3 picks up after the previous sequel ended, with the spirit of Kayako and her son still haunting a Chicago apartment building; Saw’s Shawnee Smith and Star Trek’s Marina Sirtis co-star, and rising genre scribe Brad Keene (The Gravedancers, From Within) penned the script. The Grudge 3 debuts March 24 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Other guests comin’ to our Midwest extravaganza include:
11 items from 2009
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