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French filmmaking duo Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (Inside) told Allocine that their film will be more connected to Tobe Hooper’s original than 2006 prequel The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning.
The plot focuses on Leatherface’s teenage years, discovering the origins of the character in a unique fashion.
They said: “Basically, we could define our movie as a naturalist, brutal and disillusioned road movie, with a quite new narrative structure in the Texas Chain Saw Massacre universe.”
- Tom Beasley
• Release Date: Available Now on Blu-ray
• Written By: Walerian Borowczyk
• Directed By: Walerian Borowczyk
I absolutely love the off-kilter, ridiculously horny horror flicks of Polish madman Walerian Borowczyk! While undoubtedly a master of softcore shenanigans, ol’ Borowczyk plied his trade in the horror biz as well (most notably with The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Miss Osbourne), and the film I’m goin’ to be turnin’ my putrid peepers on today, The Beast!
Originally created for (and then cut from) Borowczyk’s Immoral Tales anthology (also available from Arrow on Blu-ray, but I opted out on that one as it’s primarily a horror-less softcore art film), La Bête (the footage of which now comprises a sizeable chunk of The Beast) presented the simple tale of a young lass who has copious amounts of sex with a continuously ejaculating werewolf »
Between Night Of The Living Dead (1968) and A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984), the horror genre was at its creative peak, birthing such classics as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Dawn Of The Dead, Halloween and The Evil Dead. These were low budget, independently produced (and distributed) pictures that were made for the sake of the film and not for the sake of the money. But as the 1980s crept in, all of that changed.
As early as 1982, George Romero complained about indie filmmakers being unable to compete with the major studios, claiming it was part of “the McDonaldization of America.” It’s apt that Romero, who satirised consumerism in Dawn Of The Dead, should liken Hollywood to the fast food industry, because Tinseltown genuinely seemed to be adopting their practices.
Instead of hiring chefs who can prepare many kinds of food, Hollywood makes the same thing over and over again. »
- Ian Watson
“Who will survive and what will be left of them?” This was a tagline of the 1974 movie campaign for a super-low-budget, indie-before-there-were-indies horror flick The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Forty-plus years on, the film still packs the same punch it did when it was first released and changed the face of horror.
A lot of Chainsaw’s success has to do with the film’s chief baddie, Leatherface, who is always seen with a mask made of human skin (hence his name) and often wielding a chainsaw in maniacal glee. He also has a thing for cannibalism, just like the rest of his backwards kin. The character has since appeared in the film’s endless parade of sequels and remakes, but Tobe Hooper’s seminal classic captures the horrific creation at his ghastly, powerful best.
The upcoming prequel, simply titled Leatherface, plans to explore the origin story of the titular villain. »
- Jesse Gumbarge
There are very few eras in horror history that rival my love for the horror filled ’70s. Everything from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Last House On The Left, Devil’S Rain, Race With The Devil…I could go on forever about my love for all things horror that made the ’70s easily the best decade of all time when it comes to providing shocks, scares and an unsettling vibe that ran through all of its films. Thanks to the gang at Scream Factory, ’70s horror is given some great treatment in the form of brand new Bluray releases of not only 1977’s Michael Winner-helmed The Sentinel (hitting shelves Sept.22nd) but also another gem of 1970’s genre greatness, the 1978 film The Legacy.
- Jerry Smith
Often times it feels like classic horror franchises are in a perpetual state of being rebooted and expanding with sequels, often at the same time. Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre have all been given such treatment. Halloween is another that continues to be reinvented, and the director of the next chapter in the saga of Michael Myers, Halloween Returns, has one actress at the top of his wishlist: Community star Gillian Jacobs. Talking to Halloween Daily News, director Marcus Dunstan, who helmed The Collector and its sequel, The Collection, revealed that Jacobs is his first choice to star in Halloween Returns. Expounding on his reasons, he said: I really like this actress Gillian Jacobs. She.s known for all this comedy on .Community,. and yet I didn.t know her from .Community. first, I knew her from a movie called .Gardens of the »
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Revolving around the titular and malevolent folk legend, the film will play out around the Christmas season where the title monster haunts children who landed smack bang on the naughty list. One such child is Chef‘s Emjay Anthony, who begins to become disillusioned with all things festive after he witnesses his dysfunctional family engage in petty arguments during the most wonderful time of the year. With the Christmas spirit fading and fading fast, an eerie blizzard rolls over town, bringing the devious Krampus along with it.
Coming by way of USA Today, these images hint at the film’s decidedly dark themes, though Dougherty highlighted its playful nature, and how the chief antagonist can be considered »
- Michael Briers
Electric Boogaloo was the name of the wacky 1985 sequel to the break dance epic Breakin’ – which I don’t know was worthy of a follow-up but if there was one studio up to the effort in the mid-‘80s, it was Cannon Films. Electric Boogaloo: The Wild Untold Story Of Cannon Films is the title of a new documentary that plays for one night only in St. Louis at Landmark’s The Tivoli Theater Thursday, September 17th at 7pm.
Israeli cousins Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, prolific salesmen with little regard for quality, bought Cannon Films for half million dollars in 1979 (it was founded in ’67) and turned it into an efficient assembly line of high-concept, action, and exploitation. Lovers of low-brow cinema could always count on a good time when that Cannon Films logo appeared on-screen. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Pt 2, the Sly Stallone arm wrestling opus Over The Top, »
- Tom Stockman
Witness the beginning of your end. Evocative words for a movie poster, and it’s rather apt for one depicting the origin tale behind the Sawyer family and its chainsaw-wielding maniac. The old and horrifying Texan tale is no stranger to the big screen, but Millennium Films’ upcoming feature is taking the story back its dark beginnings with Leatherface.
Picking up the infamous chainsaw and mask will be Sam Strike, the British actor best known for his appearance on BBC’s soap drama, Eastenders. Once Millennium locked down the actor earlier in the year, progress on the prequel has been ramping up ever since, with Vanessa Grasse and Stephen Dorff also on board for the scarefest. The pair are set to play the young and innocent (first victim?) Lizzy and a lawman hellbent on unravelling the unspeakable evil haunting the Texas state. Beyond that, Leatherface will also star Lili Taylor as Verne Sawyer, »
- Michael Briers
The slasher flick is about to tread into untested territory with Leatherface. It's not unique for showing us a killer's origin story. Halloween and Friday the 13th both did that right out of the gate. What we've never seen are the teenage years for any of these monsters. Leatherface changes all that by delving into the mythos and early years of the killer at the heart of 1974's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Millennium Films has unleashed the scary first poster for Leatherface, and it promises a gritty, rain-soaked excursion into the mind of a real Psycho.
Leatherface isn't just an origin story for the original The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. It's also a Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! type murder-mystery. A young nurse is kidnapped by four violent teens who escape from a mental hospital and take her on a road trip from hell. Pursued by an equally deranged lawman out for revenge, »
The Leatherface poster has arrived Lionsgate and Millennium Films have revealed the first poster for Leatherface, the next installment in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre legacy. Check out the Leatherface poster in the gallery below! A prequel to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre which will explore the origins of the horror icon in the 1970s, the story…
The post Leatherface Poster Gives a First Look at the Texas Chainsaw Origin Story appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Max Evry
We all have heroes, and this week, one of the true horror heroes and legends, Wes Craven, passed away after fighting brain cancer. To say that Craven’s passing has affected the horror community would be an understatement, a statement that just doesn’t articulate how much of an absent we’ll have from here on out. The horror genre is emptier now, with one of the true Icons of Fright gone.
We didn’t want to just write a standard eulogy-like post, because Craven was more than that, he was much much more important than that. I reached out and asked the Icons of Fright crew if they’d be interested in writing a little bit about how Wes and his work touched them, and thought we’d all say a little something about one of the true Masters of Horror. Here is what everyone had to say. Rip »
- Jerry Smith
Funko's paying tribute to villains and monsters this fall with their new Leatherface ReAction figure, super-sized Godzilla Pop! vinyl, and Mystery Minis: Horror Series 2 that includes Count Orlok, David from The Lost Boys, Pinhead, and more.
Funko's slated their Leatherface ReAction figure for a September release and their Mystery Minis: Horror Series 2 for an October debut, while their Godzilla Pop! Vinyl figure is due out in November. Below, we have official details and images (courtesy of Funko).
Leatherface: "Head for the hills! Our Leatherface ReAction figure is coming! The Texas Chainsaw Massacre antagonist dons his signature bloody apron, mask, and comes with his trusty chainsaw!"
Mystery Minis: Horror Series 2: "Horror fans, rejoice! Our second series of Horror Mystery Minis are here!
This series contains horror legends like Nosferatu, Creature from the Black Lagoon, and Frankenstein! Your box might also contain Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, Hellraiser, or other contemporary horror classics! »
- Derek Anderson
Anchor Bay’s Lost After Dark, an homage to the slasher films of the ’80s is now on DVD/Bluray (review soon), and we thought it would be nice to chat with the film’s writer, Bo Ransdell, along with Director Ian Kessner. We talk about the challenges of paying homage to the films they grew up loving while trying to make something fresh and original at the same time. Read on!
Spring Ball, 1984. Adrienne (Kendra Leigh Timmins, Midnight Sun, “Wingin’ It“), a straight-a student, joins her quarterback crush Sean (Justin Kelly, Maps To The Stars, Big Muddy) and some friends in sneaking out of their high school dance for some unsupervised mayhem. The teens’ party plans hit a snag when they run out of gas on a deserted road. They head out on foot and discover a rundown farmhouse where they hope to find help. Instead they find themselves »
- Jerry Smith
Chicago – Chicago native Simeon Rice is well-known in the world of sports. Where the Super Bowl champion and future Hall of Famer isn’t known, though, is in Hollywood. He’s now hoping to cross over. HollywoodChicago.com recently sat down with Rice to talk about his directorial debut.
Listen to our full interview below!
After being lightning fast at the 100-meter dash (10.37 seconds from a standstill) and the 40-meter dash, Rice recalls the first time he ran the 400-meter dash. He ran track and had never lost a race before then, but not knowing how to pace it, Rice recalls the feeling of a “bear jumping on his back” as he placed dead last.
But before he got into sports, he was into art and drawing in grade school. He eventually felt compelled to focus more on sports rather than art and didn’t think they could correlate. Rice’s mom, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Hope everyone has their wallets ready because September 1st is a doozy of a day for home entertainment releases, with over 20 horror and sci-fi titles set to make their debut on Tuesday. For those of you Mad Max: Fury Road fans out there, this is the week you’ve all been waiting for as George Miller’s epic actioner arrives on 3D and 2D Blu-ray as well as on DVD. Scream Factory has a few films they’re releasing this week—Backcountry, The Harvest and Army of Frankensteins—and Anchor Bay Entertainment is keeping busy with a pair of notable releases too—The Curse of Downers Grove (which was penned by Bret Easton Ellis) and Lost After Dark.
- Heather Wixson
It’s grim up north. Or so many British horror films would have you believe. If you’re travelling across the Yorkshire Moors you damn well better not be travelling alone or – heaven forbid – at night, otherwise your loved ones will be identifying your half-digested remains found in the woods outside Northallerton. You’d think people would have learned this lesson by now, but commuting businessman Jake (Rupert Hill) appears to be a slow learner. After a freak road accident he wakes up in the rural home of Morris (an unhinged Tony Curran) and his sheltered daughter Lauren (pop star Diana Vickers) and attempts to leave so that he can attend an ill-defined but ultra-important “business meeting” and, oh yeah, propose to his girlfriend.
This is easier said than done, »
- Mark Allen
A couple's hike turns hellish when a bear stalks them in Backcountry, making its Blu-ray debut next Tuesday from Scream Factory, and we've been provided with three copies to give away to Daily Dead readers.
Backcountry synopsis: "This tense thriller follows a young couple who go camping in the Canadian wilderness. Alex (Jeff Roop, Jekyll + Hyde) is a seasoned camper, but Jenn (Missy Peregrym, Rookie Blue) is not. When they realize that they have entered bear territory, the terror gets turned up to a whole new level.
Also starring Eric Balfour (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Skyline, Haven) and Nicholas Campbell (The Brood, The Dead Zone), and written and directed by Adam MacDonald, Backcountry is a heart-stopping, full-tilt run through deadly territory.
Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of Backcountry. »
- Derek Anderson
Time traveling monsters, a killer bear, and a menacing mom hit Blu-ray next week with Scream Factory's respective Blu-rays of Army of Frankensteins, Backcountry, and The Harvest. Ahead of their September 1st release date, we have clips and trailers from all three films.
Army of Frankensteins: "An unstoppable terror is set loose upon a nation divided… and history will never be the same!
After a failed attempt to propose to his girlfriend, Alan Jones (Jordan Farris) is beaten within an inch of his life by a street gang. Transported to the mysterious lab of Dr. Tanner Finski and his kid genius assistant Igor, Alan becomes the subject in a series of horrible experiments as part of the doctor's plan to reanimate the legendary Frankenstein monster. But all bets are off when these experiments lead to a hole being ripped in space and time, pulling an army's worth of the »
- Derek Anderson
Sequels to horror movies often get a bad rap. Sure, there are tons of dashed off, less-than-stellar follow ups out there, as well as franchises that drag on well past their expiration date. That said, there are also quite a few gems that are actually completely awesome in their own right. In a few cases, some are even better than the originals. Sinister 2 is on the horizon, opening this weekend, and though we don.t have any idea if this movie is any good or not.it.s not screening ahead of time in many areas, which is rarely a good sign, but we have hope. So with a sequel on the way, we decided that it.s a good time to look at ten of our favorite follow-ups to slashers, zombie movies, ghost stories, and more. 10. Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 Tobe Hooper.s 1974 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is »
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