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Well, isn't this just another kick in the ass? For decades the MPAA has been screwing with the horror genre, neutering its content, dumbing everything down, and generally slapping it around while violent mainstream cinema goes by unscathed. The double standard is nothing short of ridiculous. We can't have campy flicks with an over-the-top amount of humorous violence; that would be bad for us. But let Sylvester Stallone go on a head exploding spree? Why not!?!
The ratings board was recently embarrassed by The Weinstein Co.'s winning an R rating for their film Blue Valentine, which was originally slapped with an Nc-17 due to an oral sex scene involving man and wife; yet, a similar girl-on-girl sex scene in Black Swan didn't seem to be a problem at all, further proving how friggin' retarded the board actually is. They came under fire for their ridiculous rules which seem dependent »
- Uncle Creepy
The sleaziest, scariest, and most sensationally disturbing events in genre film frequently find themselves outside of the big cities; in I Spit On Your Grave, Jennifer Hill slaughters her rapists in a revenge rampage way out in the country. Leatherface and his twisted family in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre wreak cannibalistic havoc in nowheresville, Texas. So, what better place to hold a new horror/exploitation festival than the quaint university town of London, Ontario, Canada? »
- email@example.com (Lianne Spiderbaby)
Apparently, the Texas Film Commission has denied tax incentives to Robert Rodriguez's Machete, citing a state code that bars incentives for films that contain "...content that portrays Texas or Texans in a negative fashion." They didn't cite any examples, but Robert De Niro's corrupt Texas politician who murders illegal immigrants probably could have been construed this way. That said, it seems like most movies set in Texas don't do the lone star state many favors. I mean, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre damages the reputation of their BBQ! But for the sake of positivity (and because there are too many of the negative Texas movies to list), let's take a look at five films that might have actually helped state tourism. »
An article published today in the Austin American Statesman describes how Texas Governor Rick Perry signed into law a filmmaking incentives bill with Texas’ most prolific filmmaker at his side, Robert Rodriguez.
Now, a little more than a year and a half later, Texas has denied a grant for as much as $1.75 million to Rodriguez’ film Machete, filmed in Texas and released in September. This comes after Rodriguez had already praised the Texas incentives bill as crucial to being able to make films in Texas. “Thanks to the bill, I don’t have to go shoot out of the state,” he told the Associated Press before making Machete.
Why was the grant denied? The Texas Film Commission referred to a code that allowed denial, “because of inappropriate content or content that portrays Texas or Texans in a negative fashion.” So either Perry is playing “moral police” with a violent film, »
- Alice gray
Lionsgate has decided that "Conan 3D" is not a clear title for their upcoming "Conan the Barbarian" remake. So the studio has officially changed the name to "Conan the Barbarian." Plot: The tale of Conan the Cimmerian (Jason Momoa) and his adventures across the continent of Hyboria on a quest to avenge the murder of his father and the slaughter of his village. The new movie is directed by Marcus Nispel (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th) and co-stars Ron Perlman (Hellboy) as Conan's father, Stephen Lang (Avatar) as Khalar Singh, Rose McGowan (Grindhouse) as Marique, Rachel Nichols (GI Joe) as Tamara, and Bob Sapp as Ukafa. It is scheduled to hit theaters on August 19th, 2011. »
Duane Graves and Justin Meeks, who both co-directed the popular indie The Wild Man of the Navidad, are reteaming for Boneboys, which is now filming in Dallas Texas. Penned by The Texas Chainsaw Massacre's Kim Henkel, Boneboys is comedic horror inspired by Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal," in which the author suggested, tongue firmly in cheek, that cannibalism might be a good notion. Henkel's script looks at the descendants of a culture that adopted just that philosophy. ""They discovered that eating human flesh is highly addictive," he said. "Eat too much and it turns you into a monster." Chain Saw fans will enjoy a few cameos by Ed Neal, who was the hitchhiker in the original film, and John Dugan, who was the grandfather. Bill Johnson, Leatherface in 1986's Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, pops up as Mr. Grimm, a baker who tries to lure the innocent into his shop. »
The Dallas News was on location of a new low budget horror film called Boneboys . It's the latest film from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 's Kim Henkel, who is credited as the writer and producer on the project. In the director chair is Duane Graves and Justin Meeks of 2008's The Wild Man of the Navidad . According to the Dallas News, the story tells of a group of people who have adopted the philosophy found in Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal" in which the author suggests cannibalism ain't so bad. Chainsaw series vets Ed Neal and Bill Johnson cameo. For the full Dallas report follow this link . »
You don’t get to 500 million friends without having a biopic made about you. So why can’t Matt’s life get the big-screen treatment…?
I am so sick of going to see films about other people! When is Hollywood going to get round to making a film about me?
When watching The Social Network at my local cinema I noticed something interesting about the main character. He was a moody dick. Now I’m feeling a bit confused. If they were looking to make film about a moody dick, particularly a pale one who spends all of his time on a computer, where was my call?
Of course, in the instance of Mark Zuckerberg, I think the reason he was the subject of a film was that he invented Internet despair-generator, Facebook. That does seem to be the key to getting a film made about your life - you »
This Week in DVD & Blu-ray is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD and Blu-ray releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy and Fry’s. The Disappearance Of Alice Creed The Disappearance of Alice Creed opens with two men prepping for what we can only assume—given the title of the film (despite any revelations about its meaning that may come later)—is a kidnapping. We assume correctly. They pull a girl into a van, tie her to a bed, strip her of all her clothes, snap photos of her, and put new clothes on her. All of this takes places without any dialogue, or any understanding of who these people are, how they know each other, or what their motivations are. The less you know about what happens from that point forward, the better. This is the sort of assured, smartly »
- Adam Quigley
A 'Friday the 13th' blog site is reporting that Warner Bros. Pictures are in fact moving ahead on their 'Friday the 13th: Part 2 3D' follow-up. The sequel to Marcus Nispel's ('The Texas Chainsaw Massacre') 2009 remake is currently being developed by the studio on their lonesome it appears. Of course Paramount Pictures have to be involved somehow as they own the rights to the franchise. No other details are available as yet, so no confirmations on a return from 'Supernatural's Jared Padalecki. Sadly though we can definitely say that hottie Julianna Guill, whom strips off naked in 'Friday the 13th' and gets down to some intense sexual activity (check out the stills below), will not be returning due to her untimely demise in the first installment. »
If you need a film to turn your brain off to and laugh along to then you could do far worse than be entertained by Skyline.
Written by Joshua Cordes, Liam O’Donnell
Skyline begins with a pre-credits sequence that looks like it could have been ripped directly from a decidedly average 90’s X-Files episode and culminates in a flurry of muddled CGI that feels more computer game cut-scene (think Resistance or Gears of War) than Hollywood blockbuster.
In between, it largely occupies a place reserved for straight-to-dvd sci-fi /horror fodder: clichéd lead characters – check, limited location spaces – check, ridiculously sincere but hilarious dialogue – check, hell even the camera work is generally decidedly uninspired and forgettable. But there are elements here that obviously strive for greater things and it’s these little touches that have allowed Skyline the privilege of a big »
- Al White
Viacom COO Tom Dooley has announced a few of the upcoming films that the company (which owns Paramount and Nickelodeon) hopes to produce and release sometime after next September. During the company’s earning call today, Dooley revealed that Viacom has plans to produce the upcoming sequel to Star Trek, the second G.I. Joe movie, the upcoming Jack Ryan reboot, and the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot.
We’ve known that all of these films were in the works and would be made sometime soon, but the biggest news came when Dooley announced that Viacom still thinks that Derek Zoolander is so hot right now: the company will produce the planned Zoolander sequel. Hit the jump to read what we know about each film.
- Ramses Flores
Skyline opens in theaters this Friday and Shock Till You Drop sat down to speak with star Eric Balfour ( The Texas Chainsaw Massacre .03) who was palpably enthusiastic to discuss his experience shooting a film outside of "the system." He not only talks about that, but teases that there's much going on in the film than the trailers lead you to believe. Read more about the making of the film in the first part of our exclusive set visit right here and our second part via this link . Shock Till You Drop: The billboards have officially invaded Los Angeles. Crazy for a film that was done outside of the studio system. Eric Balfour: It is crazy, man. The coolest part about this in my mind is it was made with an outlaw spirit. In some ways, it was a giant "F »
Quentin Dupieux.s Rubber opens with a man in a police uniform emerging from the trunk of a car and speaking directly to the audience. Why, he questions, was Steven Spielberg.s E.T. The Extraterrestrial brown? Why were the two leads in Love Story so infatuated with each other? Why did we never see anyone in Tobe Hooper.s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre go to the bathroom or wash their hands? The answer to all of these questions is the same: there is no reason . and that.s exactly what Rubber is all about. Abstract and nihilistic, the film centers on a worn-out tire named Robert who one days digs himself out of the ground and proceeds to use his telekinetic abilities to blow up people.s heads. Only making things that much weirder is that the narrator mentioned above is some sort of bizarre puppet master named Lieutenant »
Directed by Samuel Bayer
A disfigured killer with a razor-glove invades the dreams of a group of teenagers.
For those few people unfamiliar with the concept of A Nightmare on Elm Street, the basic gist sees the charred, razor-clawed serial killer Freddy Krueger tormenting a bunch of teenagers via their dreams, the catch being that if he kills them in the dream world they can kiss goodbye to graduation. And so it is with this franchise reboot from producer Michael Bay and first time director Samuel Bayer, with Watchmen’s Jackie Earle Haley slipping on the glove vacated by Robert Englund. Taking its inspiration from the plot of Wes Craven’s classic 1984 slasher, Freddy sets out for revenge against the mob responsible for his death by slaughtering their offspring. »
Last year it was announced that Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes production company had given up the rights to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise after producing both a remake and a prequel. Twisted Pictures, the people behind the Saw movies, swooped in to snag the rights  instead, and hired Stephen Susco (The Grudge) to whip up a screenplay for a new 3-D Leatherface flick. Now that the Saw franchise is potentially at an end (although I still find that hard to believe), they are turning their attention back to this reboot, bringing in a pair of new writers to continue shaping the story. Will this become their new cash cow? Shock Till You Drop  recently learned that Adam Marcus and Debra Sullivan had been brought on board The Texas Chainsaw Massacre reboot. Marcus is best known for directing Jason Goes to Hell, the ninth Friday the 13th film, but he »
Lionsgate have announced that Conan, the Jason Momoa-starring remake / reboot of the sword and sandals franchise based on the classic Robert E. Howard books, has finally got a release date! They plan to release the film on August 19th 2011 in 3D, puting in cinemas against the Fright Night remake starring Colin Farrell and Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World with Jessica Alba.
Conan also stars Ron Perlman, Stephen Lang, Rachel Nichols, Rose McGowan, Raw Leiba, Saïd Taghmaoui and is directed by Marcus Nispel (the man behind remakes of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday the 13th). The screenplay comes from Josh Oppenheimer and Thomas Dean Donnelly (Sahara) with a script clean-up by Sean Hood (Halloween: Resurrection). »
With Afm starting Wednesday, the horror goodies keep on coming. The next bit of goods to come our way is the sales art for Xavier (Frontier(s)) Gens' upcoming horror flick The Divide, formerly known as The Fallout.
The film stars Michael Biehn, Rosanna Arquette (David Cronenberg's Crash), Courtney B. Vance ("Law & Order: Criminal Intent"), and Lauren German, an actress whose credits include The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Hostel 2.
German's character is at the centre of the film, set in New York, which is virtually destroyed in a mysterious explosion in the first act. Eight survivors take refuge in the fallout shelter of an apartment building, where they are menaced first by mysterious men in HazMat suits and eventually by each other.
- Uncle Creepy
I know someone who's seen an unfinished version of this and he basically said it was amazing. Particularly after the first clip dropped we've been excited about, but with no release date in sight, this new poster courtesy of Dread Central (via: Afm) will have to do.
When a cataclysmic explosion devastates New York, eight strangers take refuge in the basement of their apartment building, a converted fallout shelter designed by their paranoid superintendent Mickey. With just three connecting rooms it’s barely big enough, but with stockpiles of food and water, the group are at least safe from the horrors outside, and they settle in and attempt to fathom the catastrophe that has ended the lives of so many of their loved ones.
But suddenly men in Hazmat suits storm their shelter and open fire. The strangers join forces in a desperate bid to take on this enemy, »
Saw is mercifully drawing to a close at last (at least we think so), and so Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures are moving onto other things, and as they've recently acquired the rights to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, we will be seeing Leatherface return to the screen. In 3D, of course. According to Bloody Disgusting, the script is actually called Leatherface 3D, as presumably the Texas Chainsaw title was too long for today's Add audiences, and is not another reboot (thank god). Rather, the »
- Paul Tassi
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