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A spoof slasher film appeared in the discography of a fictitious band. Then it was constructed from snippets of 60 other movies. Now it's got its own making-of documentary
Do you remember the first time you saw the 80s exploitation horror classic Hiker Meat? Chances are you don't. Although it conjures up that innocent age when teenagers with Silvikrin locks and too-short shorts could get unironically butchered on camping holidays, Hiker Meat isn't quite what it appears to be. In fact, it doesn't even exist. Which makes it all the more peculiar that it is now the subject of a new making-of documentary called Rough Cut, an intriguing experiment that combines elements of Grindhouse and Berberian Sound Studio with a fanboy fondness for the slasher genre.
The title Hiker Meat first cropped up as an imaginary film score on the discography of a fictitious krautrock band, Lustfaust, co-created for an art »
- Ryan Gilbey
So, Twitter news (cue most of you scrolling down past this part)… I recently griped on Twitter about Warren Ellis and Scott Snyder (one is the writer of ‘Transmetropolitan’, the other writes ‘Batman’). My gripe with Warren Ellis is that he’s moved on to writing novels and really doesn’t interact much at all with the comic book community as a whole, as well as letting his primary publisher, Avatar Press, fall to ruin with bad horror comics like ‘Crossed’. Snyder, on the other hand, ended his incredible run on ‘Swamp Thing’ far too soon in favor of writing the higher-profile and more expensive ‘Superman Unchained’, as well as publishing his excellent new sci-fi horror ‘The Wake’ through the loathsome Vertigo Comics.
I did Not expect to have a conversation with either of them, but I (sorta) did! Warren basically shot back with curt, colorless responses that pretty much »
- Chris Melkus
The Playlist has scored itself a new one-sheet from the good folks over at IFC Midnight for Raze, and we have it for you right here! Better start getting in shape, kids, and that means going light on the eggnog! This fight will be here before you know it!
Raze (review here), directed by Josh C. Waller from a script by Robert Beaucage, stars Rachel Nichols (Star Trek, P2, The Amityville Horror), Zoe Bell (Kill Bill, Grindhouse), Tracie Thoms (Death Proof, Rent), Sherilyn Fenn ("Twin Peaks," Boxing Helena), Rebecca Marshall (Saw 3D, That’s My Boy), Doug Jones (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth), Bruce Thomas (Babysitter Wanted, "Kyle Xy"), Tara Macken (The Hunger Games), Adrienne Wilkinson ("Xena", Star Wars:The Force Unleashed), Nicole Steinwedell ("The Unit"), Bailey Borders, Allene Quincy, Jordan James Smith, Amy Johnston, Victoria Cruz, and Brianna Gage.
Look for the flick to be opening in select theaters January 10th. »
- Uncle Creepy
Ah, the Thanksgiving season. Time to stuff ourselves silly, unbutton our pants, and pray that Eli Roth finally turns his Grindhouse ”Thanksgiving” trailer into the modern-day holiday slasher feature it deserves to be. What! There just aren’t enough Thanksgiving themed horror movies, don’t you agree? Sure, we’ve got Thankskilling and Thankskilling 3 (the movie so “good” it skipped a sequel), but let’s just say those are more acquired taste – no matter how many times Turkie says, “Gobble Gobble, mother fucker!”
Aside from being a time of glutenous nirvana where you remember just how much your family embarrasses you, Thanksgiving is also about giving thanks, and between Remy and myself, we have plenty to be thankful for. We’re thankful to be alive, we’re thankful people read our articles, and we’re thankful for having such a badass group of readers who are just as sick and twisted as we are. »
- Matt Donato
The fact that the first Machete was ever made into a feature film was something of a miracle. It started life as a simple fake trailer meant to tag along for the ride that was Quentin Tarantino’s and Robert Rodriquez’s double feature, Grindhouse. It ended up being the few minutes of the whole three hour cinematic experience that people responded to the most.
A few years later, love from fans lead to Danny Trejo’s first lead role as…Machete. Two sequels were planned, the first of which hit theaters this year. It didn’t light up the box office, so most can assume a third outing to finish the trilogy shouldn’t be expected.
- Zachary Leeman
Machete Kills is the sequel to the film Machete, a film that was created from a fake trailer that was part of Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino.s Grindhouse. As such, it was a sequel no one asked for, but that doesn.t mean it.s the worst thing you could buy into. After all, Rodriguez was still on board to direct this time around, and a slew of famous faces also joined the cast. Soon, Universal Studios Home Entertainment is bringing Machete Kills onto Blu-ray and DVD on January 21. If you don.t really care about that bizarre box art, it may be a better call to look into the Digital HD copy of the flick, which will be released a few weeks early, hitting the market on January 7. The new film was in the works for quite some time, with star Danny Trejo stating way back in 2010 that »
The good folks over at IFC Midnight have released another trailer for Raze, and we have it for you right here! Tape up your fists and get ready to fight for your lives. Or you can just opt to watch it, but then you'd be passing up a perfectly good opportunity to engage in comical theatrics.
Raze (review here), directed by Josh C. Waller from a script by Robert Beaucage, stars Rachel Nichols (Star Trek, P2, The Amityville Horror), Zoe Bell (Kill Bill, Grindhouse), Tracie Thoms (Death Proof, Rent), Sherilyn Fenn ("Twin Peaks," Boxing Helena), Rebecca Marshall (Saw 3D, That’s My Boy), Doug Jones (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth), Bruce Thomas (Babysitter Wanted, Kyle Xy), Tara Macken (The Hunger Games), Adrienne Wilkinson ("Xena", Star Wars :The Force Unleashed), Nicole Steinwedell (The Unit), Bailey Borders, Allene Quincy, Jordan James Smith, Amy Johnston, Victoria Cruz and Brianna Gage.
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- Uncle Creepy
*Updated with cover art* Universal Studios Home Entertainment just announced plans for a Machete Kills Blu-ray / DVD release in January. They have also revealed the list of bonus features and an early digital release:
“Universal City, California, November 19, 2013—Get ready for the knife-wielding hero to return in Machete Kills, the sequel to the hugely successful Machete film from acclaimed director Robert Rodriguez. Machete Kills arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack including Blu-ray, DVD,& Digital HD with UltraViolet and On Demand on January 21, 2014, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The film will also be available on Digital HD on January 7, 2014.
Danny Trejo (Grindhouse, Machete) returns as legendary ex-Federale Machete Cortez in this action- packed thrill ride from innovative director Robert Rodriguez. In his latest mission, Machete is recruited by the U.S. President (Charlie Sheen/Carlos Estevez; Anger Management, Two and a Half Men) to stop a crazed global terrorist (Mel Gibson; Braveheart, »
- Jonathan James
Remember when Robert Rodriguez and Tarantino made "Grindhouse," complete with fake trailers by other horror/action directors? Well, Rodriguez's latest short film is a little like that, but in spaaaace!
"Machete Kills Again... In Space" actually played as a trailer in theaters before "Machete Kills," which you may or may not have seen. (Judging by box office returns, not everyone was so hot on seeing Mel Gibson and Charlie Sheen in the same movie, or at all.) Some speculate it could be turned into a feature film, much as the trailers for "Grindhouse" launched Machete himself, but who knows?
In any case, this little trailer is entertaining in its own right, with riffs on "Star Wars," plus plenty of guns, explosions, and "space babes." This includes "Machete" stars Michelle Rodriguez, Alexa Vega, and even Lady Gaga. If Michelle Rodriguez wielding a ray gun doesn't sell you, we don't know what will. »
- Jenni Miller
This trailer is Nsfw, where the W stands for "weenies who can.t handle awesomeness." From the intermission of Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarentino.s Grindhouse rose the hilariously over-the-top Machete, and from the depths of Rodriguez.s passion pit came the even more outrageous but uneven Machete Kills. I.m pretty sure a couple of wishing wells and a fleet of warlocks will need to get involved in order for Machete Kills Again.In Space to ever see the light of day, but at least we have the above trailer for an explosive glimpse at what might have been had the sequel not tanked at the box office. The trailer was aired during the movie, so you may not have seen it yet. Whereas the first two films were born of a love for exploitation films steeped in rapid-paced violence and thin plots, Machete Kills Again.In Space is »
Machete Kills is one of the biggest box office flops of the year, and even debuted with one of the worst opening weekends of all time. But maybe it will find its audience on home video, where people who hated the original (such as myself) might be compelled to give it a look.
We can confirm that Robert Rodriguez's Machete Kills is headed for Blu-ray and DVD on January 21, 2014 courtesy of Universal Studios. Fans can own an increasingly-standard Blu-ray combo pack that includes a Blu-ray, DVD, and Ultraviolet digital copy of the action sequel. Those of you looking to own a digital-only copy may do so a few weeks earlier on January 7, 2014.
From the Press Release
Danny Trejo (Grindhouse, Machete) returns as legendary ex-Federale Machete Cortez in this action-packed thrill ride from innovative director Robert Rodriguez. In his latest mission, Machete is recruited by the U.S. President (Charlie Sheen/Carlos Estevez; Anger Management, »
- Matt Serafini
First attached to prints of Machete Kills in theaters, the trailer for the next potential sequel in this franchise has finally arrived online! Machete Kills Again... in Space! finds Danny Trejo returning along with several of his Machete Kills co-stars including Michelle Rodriguez, Lady Gaga and Alexa Vega. Leonardo DiCaprio makes his entrance as the evil Man in the Silver Mask (*actor subject to change), and we're introduced to a malfunctioning robotic Justin Bieber. Will this be the next installment in Robert Rodriguez's action-packed Grindhouse spin-off series? Since Machete Kills has only taken in $14 million worldwide so far, it's tough to say if another sequel will ever happen, but feast your eyes on this action-packed tease, which finds Machete trading in his trademark weapon for a costume lightsaber.
Chicago – Veteran actor Bruce Dern is now up to bat. That is how he describes what is at stake in his role as Woody in director Alexander Payne’s new film, “Nebraska.” But this film icon – with an over 50 year career – also has plenty other stories to offer, regarding Jack Nicholson, his family, his life and performing a “Derns-ser.”
Bruce Dern began his on-screen career in TV beginning in 1960, taking various character parts during that era, with regular cowboy roles in “Wagon Train,” “The Virginian” and “The Big Valley.” He made his film debut in the horror classic “Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte” (1964), and created memorable characters in such diverse films as “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They” (1969), “Drive, He Said” (1971), “The Great Gatsby” (1974), “Smile” (1975) and “Family Plot” (1976). Recent films include roles in “Monster” (2003), “The Astronaut Farmer” (2006) and as Frank Harlow in the HBO series “Big Love” (2006-11). He was nominated »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Machete is the little film that could. Starting life as a fake trailer which played between the two feature halves of Grindhouse – Death Proof, and Planet Terror – Machete is now set to become a trilogy.
The franchise, directed by Robert Rodriguez, stars Danny Trejo as an ex-federalé with a knife fetish, and a body count to rival the most bloodthirsty of killers. October saw sequel Machete Kills released in cinemas across the UK and the film followed the same formula of the first, babes, bullets and blood. Those who missed the film on the big screen will have missed out on a fantastically tongue-in-cheek trailer for potential final trilogy instalment Machete Kills Again… In Space.
Not to worry though as Thn have stumbled across the trailer in it’s entirety on YouTube. Riffing heavily off of space films such as Star Wars, the trailer is wonderfully over the top and »
- Kat Smith
Britain’s One+One Filmmakers Journal has released their 12th issue online and, like all previous issues, it is free to download. You can either click here to read the zine’s introduction or just download the entire issue as a Pdf here. (Best to right-click the Pdf link and hit “Save As.”)
The theme for this particular issue is “Trash” and the zine covers the world of exploitation cinema, including articles on horror films, Herschell Gordon Lewis, Quentin Tarantino, Glauber Rocha, blaxploitation and racially-charged films. The Content list is below.
Editors for this issue are James Marcus Tucker, Bradley Tuck and Nick Hudson.
Introduction by Bradley Tuck
True Blue Confessions of a British Trash Aesthete by I.Q. Hunter
Herschell Gordon Lewis Interview (Abertoir Horror Festival — Aberystwyth, UK: 8 November 2009) by Mikel Koven
- Mike Everleth
Many horror movie killers have a signature weapon (such as Freddy Krueger's razorblade gloves, Michael Myers' butcher knife, Jason Voorhees' machete, and so on), while other deadly implements are simply picked up in the heat of the moment... which leads to some of cinema's most inspired moments of mayhem. We tend to stand up and take notice when characters get creative with their weaponry, so we decided to spotlight ten of the most unconventional (or just plain bizarre) weapon choices from genre movies and television. Basketball (Deadly Friend) I doubt if anyone thought a basketball could double as a weapon prior to seeing this Wes Craven film, but now it’s impossible to deny that sporting goods are Satan’s playthings. Elvira Parker’s (Anne Ramsey) head literally explodes when the "improved" Samantha (Kristy Swanson) uses her newfound super-strength to lob a basketball at her head with the force of an industrial-strength catapult. »
- Tyler Doupe
When I first devised the idea of Comic Execution, I wanted to do more than just the standard “this is good, this is bad” capsule reviews that are so prevalent nowadays. I wanted the column to be entertaining first and foremost, and I wanted it to hold mainstream comics to a higher standard than what I saw online. Going with a theme of “who will survive” seemed natural for a column on a horror themed website but I didn’t realize how Well it would work. Well, for my own purposes, at least. Today, though, marks the first step down a dark corridor. Full of blood and pain is this corridor. You see, I’m executing a publisher. You’ll have to read two reviews first, though. Or you could scroll down the page to my Hinterkind review and skip the first two but Surely you wouldn’t be so cruel… »
- Chris Melkus
Those cool cats at the Grindhouse Film Festival (which operates out of the New Beverly Cinema) is hosting something especially cool for you to sink into.
For this year's AFI Fest 2013, the Grindhouse Film Festival will be hosting two screenings of director Eli Roth's The Green Inferno, a tribute to the 1970's and 80's Italian cannibal films from such directors as Ruggero Deodato and Umberto Lenzi.
All regular screenings at the AFI Fest are free, but to guarantee admission please get your advance tickets online or at the AFI box office as detailed inside. Note that as a free event there are often many no-shows for screenings, so even if these screenings sell out you could probably show up to the screening and get in - but try for advance tickets first!
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Hidden in the Woods is a remake of Patricio Valladares' 2012 Chilean horror film En las afueras de la ciudad with Valladares back at the helm. The story follows two sisters raised by their abusive father in a remote locale who must answer to their drug baron uncle when their father is imprisoned.
Michael Biehn stars alongside William Forsythe. Jennifer Blanc-Biehn produces with Loris Curci and Hackybox Pictures. The film's co-stars include Mma fighter Krzysztof Soszynski, Chris Browning ("Sons of Anarchy," The Book of Eli), Ricco Ross (Aliens), Jeannine Kaspar (“House of Lies,” “Nip/Tuck”), Andy Mackenzie (Sushi Girl, "True Blood"), Electra Avellan (Grindhouse, Machete Kills), Mark Burnham (Wrong, Wrong Cops), Jennifer Blanc (The Victim, »
- Uncle Creepy
Stars: Martin Copping, Danny Trejo, Clare Niederpruem, Terry Guthrie, Michael Monasterio, Jarrod Phillips, Jade Regier, Marianne Smith, Jake Suazo, Jason K. Wixom | Written by Kevin King, Kurt Knight | Directed by Kevin King
Zombie apocalypse movies are ten-a-penny these days, so it takes something special to stand out from the crowd. Luckily Zombie Hunter is one such movie. Set in a post-apocalyptic Zombie wasteland caused by the mysterious street drug “Natas”, the film follows one man (the titular hunter) who runs down Flesh Eaters, hunting for sport and redemption, while also running from his past. After crashing into a small group of survivors, who are running low on resources, he decides to lend a hand. But a surprise attack by the Flesh Eaters forces them on the run and puts the Hunter’s skills to the test…
- Phil Wheat
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