11 items from 2009
This past weekend, Joel Schumacher's latest genre offering Blood Creek was quietly released into a handful of second run theaters by Lionsgate, similar to their treatment of last year's The Midnight Meat Train . (Which is a shame, because Blood Creek is actually pretty good!) Although it'll be tough to catch, at the very least, below you'll find this pretty bad-ass theatrical one-sheet poster for the flick. The chiller (formally known as Creek ), stars Dominic Purcell ( The Gravedancers ), Henry Cavill and Michael Fassbender and was scripted by Dave Kajganich ( The Invasion , the upcoming theatrical version of Stephen King's It ). Synopsis: In 1936, the Wollners - a German family living in rural Town Creek, Maryland - are contacted by the Third Reich to host a »
A couple more cult-fave slasher flicks of the early ’80s receive the special-edition treatment via DVDs that arrive November 24. Fango got the details on a new disc of Mark Rosman’s 1983 The House On Sorority Row (the basis of the current big-screen remake Sorority Row) from Liberation Entertainment, and the DVDebut of 1980’s Silent Scream from the new Scorpion Releasing.
House On Sorority Row, previously issued on a bare-bones disc by Elite, has been given a fresh transfer from a recently discovered print for this 25th Anniversary Edition (even though the film is technically 26 years old). The film is now supplemented with:
Audio commentary by writer/director Rosman Alternate ending Photo gallery Trailer
Retail price is $19.95. Silent Scream, directed by Denny Harris from a script by Jim and Ken Wheat (who also produced) and Wallace C. Bennett, is set at a boarding house where a group of college students take up residence, »
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Alone With Her opens with a title card that offers statistics on how common stalking has become in this electronic age, but part of what makes the movie work is how specific and personal its plotline is. Writer/director Eric Nicholas‘ second feature is a form-follows-function modern-video movie in the Blair Witch mode, with everything seen through cameras that are integral to the story—only here, the point of view is that of the threatening antagonist instead of the imperiled victim. Colin Hanks gets top billing and makes a creepy impression as Doug, a bookish and awkward young man who breaks into the house of a woman he’s become fixated on, installing tiny hidden video cameras to watch her every move. But the movie belongs to Mexican actress Ana Claudia Talancón, who plays Amy, the object of Doug’s twisted affections who is literally center screen throughout. The movie »
Two films from the first two runs of the 8 Films to Die For festival are being combined into a single double-feature DVD, and to celebrate this re-release, some of the talent involved are getting together for a signing party. Cast and crew of The Gravedancers and Nightmare Man will be meeting up at Spudic's Movie Empire in Van Nuys on Sunday, April 5th, from 1-3 pm, to mix and mingle with attending fans of horror.
Included from The Gravedancers will be director Mike Mendez as well as writer Brad Keene. Writer and director of Nightmare Man, Rolfe Kanefsky, will meet up with actors Blythe Metz and Jack Sway along with the film's producer Esther Goodstein. All will be available for autographs and chatting it up with interested fans.
Spudic's Movie Empire is located at 5910 Van Nuys Boulevard in lovely Van Nuys, California. Good times!
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Those who come to The Gravedancers expecting the off-the-wall, black-humored insanity of director Mike Mendez’s previous The Convent should be advised: This is a much more straightforward supernatural tale. Which is not to say that Mendez has mellowed, just that here he’s tackling material (a script by Brad Keene and Chris Skinner) which largely takes its horrors seriously. And the energy of his filmmaking hasn’t waned; back when he first announced the project, Mendez compared it to an adult version of the Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland, and once it gets cooking, The Gravedancers does indeed play like a cinematic amusement-park spook ride. Without self-consciously homaging the films of decades ago, it harks back to the days when horror movies had fun scaring you, yet didn’t wink at the camera or employ self-conscious humor to do so.
Appropriately enough, the story begins with a funeral, and »
Unrest, directed by Jason Todd Ipson and released as part of the After Dark Horrorfest, proceeds from a pairing of subgenre and location—a ghost story set in a hospital morgue—so appropriate to each other that it’s surprising they haven’t been combined more often before. In addition to plenty of opportunities for stark, spare atmosphere and nasty bits involving cadavers, the mix allows Ipson, who scripted with Chris Billett, to throw in occasional musings about the relationship between the dead and the living and how those who deal directly with the deceased—in this case, medical students—handle that interaction. The result is a thoughtful and spooky little movie that stands apart from the formulas that bind so many horror films in both the studio and independent fields.
Ipson’s own background as a surgeon stood him in good stead here, not only in terms of the »
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Our second stab at the Oscars contains make-up effects and score (read part 1 here). The make-up effects, followed by the visual effects and technical awards, remain my favorite parts of the show; here you got to see your heroes: Rick Baker, Howard Berger, Chris Walas or Rob Bottin in the audience. Even the great Stan Winston could have been out there, back in the day. Though best known for his “visual effects” wins—he brought home an Oscar for best make-up in 1991 for Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
Here genre fans can rejoice, Greg Cannom brought home the gold, again, for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Cannom, a genre elder, worked alongside (just to name a few) Fincher, Coppola, Landis, Dante, Blatty, and Cohen creating all sorts of character and creature make-ups.
This part of the list also »
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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:
Just added! A Fright exclusive interview with composer Joseph Bishara! A horror movie without effective music is like sex without an orgasm. Enter Joseph Bishara, composer for Autopsy, The Gravedancers, The Convent and music producer on Darren Lynn Bousman's Repo! The Genetic Opera & the upcoming Night Of The Demons. It takes talent & a refined sense of how music works to put together a unique score combining elements ranging from punk to industrial to classical. Joe understands these all, which lends to the unique aesthetic evident in his work. We chatted with him about the creative process, as well as all of the projects mentioned above. Click the frame or image below to read the Fright exclusive interview!
Autopsy, part of this year’s After Dark Horrorfest, is a collection of wet ’n’ nasty gore scenes, a couple of genuine seat-jumpers and a few black laughs, in search of a storyline to stitch them together. In his first outing as director, Adam Gierasch proves to be an enthusiastic meatball surgeon, but the movie (which he wrote with regular partner Jace Anderson and E.L. Katz) coulda used a script doctor.
After we’re introduced, under the main titles, to a group of fun-lovin’ young people at Mardi Gras via their camcorder footage (a gambit mercifully dropped once the credits end), we next see them recovering from a car wreck on a dark road in the middle of nowhere. No sooner has the hospital-gowned late-night pedestrian who caused the accident, and wound up under their vehicle, proved to be not quite dead after all than an ambulance shows up out »
DVD Active got the first peek at the cover art for the Direct-To-dvd sequel The Grudge 3. (Pictured below) Directed by Toby Wilkins (Splinter) and written by Brad Keene (The Gravedancers), The Grudge 3 stars Shawnee Smith (Saw 1-3), Matthew Knight, Marina Sirtis, Beau Mirchoff, Johanna E. Braddy & Emi Ikehata. The release date has officially been set for March 24th, 2009! You can check out a teaser trailer right Here!
11 items from 2009
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