14 items from 2014
This Halloween, Lionsgate is bringing Jigsaw and all his deadly contraptions back to the big screen for a one-week limited re-release of James Wan’s indie horror triumph, Saw. To honor the occasion, I thought it would be fun to take a look back and celebrate some of my favorite traps and set-ups featured throughout the series.
Saw: The Reverse Bear Trap
We’ll just go ahead and start with the most iconic trap of the entire Saw franchise- the reverse bear trap that Shawnee Smith found herself locked inside of during Wan’s original film. Visually, the contraption is a horrific marvel of complicated steel and death, demonstrating just how visceral Jigsaw’s object lessons could be. And when you couple that with image of Smith waking up inside the reverse bear trap- and how she masterfully sells that moment with just the use of her eyes- it »
- Heather Wixson
Picking up the pieces from the last grisly encounter, Saw III presents puzzle-setting, cancer-stricken sadist Jigsaw and his not-so-lovely assistant Amanda with a fresh batch of victims to play with. While a female doctor is forced to keep the sick puppy alive, a man driven to desperation by the death of his son is about to enter a whole new world of pain. More of the twisted same for gore lovers but those of a nervous disposition won't need telling to turn away now »
Lionsgate stopped cranking out Saw films roughly four years ago and that decision opened the door for the inevitable compilation Blu-ray box set, which has taken its time materializing. A listing at online retailer Amazon.com has finally confirmed the set's existence and provided us with a September 23, 2014 release date for what Lionsgate is calling Saw: The Complete Movie Collection.
You have to take a stroll down memory lane to recollect how many Saw films Lionsgate produced between 2004 and 2010. The horror franchise started with Saw (2004) and then delivered annual entries with Saw II (2005), Saw III (2006), Saw IV (2007), Saw V (2008), Saw VI (2009) and Saw 3D (2010).
Saw: The Complete Movie Collection will include the unrated cuts of all seven Saw films on Blu-ray and Digital HD across three discs. It would be unfortunate if Saw 3D wasn't presented in 3D, but that's a possibility considering there's no mention of 3D on the box art. »
Darren Lynn Bousman is attached to direct the indie sci-fi action-thriller Apex for 2511 Productions.
The plot is being described as a cross between Predator and the hit video game Call of Duty, centering on a Special Ops team tasked with finding a weapon of mass destruction in North Korea. When the Wmd is transported into another world, these soldiers find themselves going up against a deadly alien race.
James E. Cavanaugh came up with the original idea and wrote the screenplay, which addresses current trends in physics and biology. The screenwriter will also produce alongside Joe Di Maio (Kid Cannabis, Last Call) and Aaron Ray (V/H/S, The Ministers). The producers are envisioning Apex as a transmedia property, and plan to reveal concept art and alien designs at this year's Comic-Con.
Here's what Darren Lynn Bousman had to say about the project in a statement, where he said he »
Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, Saw III, Saw IV) is set to direct the independent sci-fi action movie Apex. The project, scripted by James E. Cavanaugh, is described as Predator meets Call of Duty. A special ops unit is sent to retrieve a Wmd from North Korea and ends up transported to another world where they must fight a dangerous alien race. It's an interesting premise---sounds like it could make a nice double feature with Edge of Tomorrow. I am curious to see what Bousman and 2511 Productions can do with an indie budget to create an alien world. Hit the jump for quotes from Bousman on his vision for Apex. Courtesy of Heat Vision: "Bousman sees Apex as 'a love letter to the sci-fi films I grew up watching with my dad, such as Alien, Predator, Enemy Mine, Tremors. But I also want it to have the more modern feel »
- Brendan Bettinger
We return with the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a new trailer for Repentance and Rockabilly Zombie Weekend, details on the Sundance Next Fest Lineup, Eat Men Like Air, Mindless, and much more:
First Rockabilly Zombie Weekend Trailer: “When Becky and Grant arrive at their rockabilly-themed wedding, despite warnings of a West Nile Virus outbreak, things go horribly wrong as the mosquito-spread virus spawns zombies, who begin feeding on the wedding guests as well as the other locals. The two newlyweds have to escape along with their family and friends if they ever want to live to see their honeymoon!
Rockabilly Zombie Weekend is a new feature length horror thriller with a rocking twist on the modern zombie film. It’s currently being released on DVD on July 1st, 2014 through Green Apple Entertainment. The film (as well as other merchandise) can »
- Tamika Jones
So Channel 4's Breadline Kids are the 'innocent' victims. But what about the working adults trapped in a cycle of poverty?
You've had Breadline Britain and Benefits Street; welcome to Channel 4's Breadline Kids: all the poverty that's fit to screen, with people who, being younger, are much cuter than your average indigents. They're hungry, and they describe what that's like; it's horrible to hear. One of them has cancer. The only way it could be worse is if hungry kittens could talk.
Empathy is like fear, and Breadline Kids is like a horror movie. You see the kid; you imagine your own kid, hungry; you're flooded with an anxiety that you can't shift. Then the other half of this experience, the bit that qualifies it for entertainment, floods in sheer relief that it's not real. It's not your kid. Your kid can eat what it likes. And »
- Zoe Williams
The phrase "serial killer" is most often attributed to the late FBI agent Robert Ressler, who coined the term along with fellow agent John Douglas as they began profiling and researching murder cases in the 1970s. His work led him to have direct contact with serial killers, with Ressler apparently receiving a painting from killer John Wayne Gacy with an inscription that apparently read: "Dear Bob Ressler, you cannot hope to enjoy the harvest without first laboring in the fields. Best wishes and good luck. Sincerely, John Wayne Gacy, June 1988."
The inscription sounds like it came out of a movie, which perhaps isn't so surprising since Hollywood has been making movies about serial killers since the silent era. Sometimes these movies are about real-life killers, other times they are based on real-life killers or events, or, and perhaps even more disturbing, they are based on nothing but imagination. Either way, »
- Ryan Gowland
One-year-old Versatile, the Paris-based sales company headed by Pape Boye and Violaine Pichon, has closed a slew of sales on two flagship titles on its first-year slate: Supernatural thriller “Abattoir,” helmed by Darren Lynn Bousman, director of “Saw II,” “Saw III” and “Saw IV,” and Sundance winner “Blind,” from first-time Norwegian helmer Eskil Vogt.
Produced by Jesse Berger via Radical Studios’ genre banner Dark Web, and co-produced by France’s Les Enfants Terribles, run by Yoel Dahan and Yohan Baiada, “Abattoir” will topline on-the-rise Chad Michael Murray, who stars opposite Nicolas Cage in “Left Behind,” and Alexandra Breckenridge (“Other People’s Children”).
Currently, a multi-territory deal for the U.K., Eastern Europe, Brazil, South Africa, India, Indonesia and Portugal is pending announcement. A separate deal for German-speaking rights will also be announced. »
- John Hopewell
Director: Larry Cohen
Running Time: 93 minutes
Ben & Jerry have strong competition as a luscious new dessert hits the stores and is taking supermarket shelves by storm. But just what does this mysterious goo, secretly oozing from the Earth, offer those munching on its sugary goodness?
Coming courtesy of cult horror auteur Larry Cohen, the legendary figure schooled in the low-budget Roger Corman form of quick filmmaking, The Stuff is one of those unique creature-features impossible not to like despite it’s cheap cheekiness. Inspired by the 1950s hits like The Blob and featuring an absurd premise taking an obvious pot shot at consumerism, corporate greed and environmental abuse, The Stuff is as intoxicating as its delicious product suggests because of the cast. Particularly Cohen regular Michael Moriarty as the swaggering industrial saboteur David “Mo” Rutherford. He’s »
- Craig Hunter
Arrow Video is excited to announce the UK Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD release of the 1985 cult horror classic The Stuff, available to own in the UK from March 10, 2014. Coming courtesy of horror auteur Larry Cohen (director of the It’s Alive series and scribe behind the Maniac Cop trilogy), The Stuff is a titillating treat for the taste-buds which blends elements of films such as Street Trash with the straight-up B-movie flavour of The Blob. Featuring a bumper crop of bonus features such as documentary Can’t Get Enough of The Stuff: Making Larry Cohen’s Classic Creature Feature, an all-new 52-minute documentary featuring director Larry Cohen, producer Paul Kurta, actress Andrea Marcovicci, Steve Neill (mechanical makeup effects) and Kim Newman. Alongside this, the disc will also feature an introduction and trailer commentary by director and The Stuff fan Darren Bousman (Saw II, Saw III). Synopsis: The Stuff is »
Are you a fan of Larry Cohen’s subversively wacko 1985 killer yogurt flick The Stuff and have been dying for it to get a Blu-ray release? There’s good news for you, but only if you’re British or have a region-free Blu-ray player.
For our friends across the pond and the fiends here at home with region-free capabilities that can’t get enough of The Stuff, the one-of-a-kind deadly dessert social satire is bowing on Blu-ray March 10th courtesy of British distributors Arrow Video.
The Stuff is the new dessert taking supermarket shelves by storm. It's delicious, low in calories, and – better still – doesn't stain the family carpet… What's not to like?! Well, for a »
Earlier this week, 'Cassadaga,' the new feature film from director Anthony Diblasi was released on DVD just under the radar. However, it's a new horror film that absolutely should be on your radar. Why? Not only did I name it one of my Top 10 horror films of 2013, but it's a truly unique genre film that combines a tradition ghost story with a serial killer named "Geppetto," who literally pulls his victims apart limb from limb just to put them back together as a human marionette. It stars Kelen Coleman, 'True Blood's Kevin Alejandro & if you're playing close attention, you'll also spot genre vet J. Larose ('Insidious,' 'Saw III') in there too. There's a lot of weird & wild stuff in the flick, so you need to find it and check it out Asap. (It's also available on VOD right now.)
Here's a fun treat. »
- Rob Galluzzo
Insidious Chapter 2 is supernatural horror at its best. A nerve-shredding sequel to the box office smash hit Insidious. Renowned director James Wan and the Blumhouse family prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that scares should be a mixture of great characterisation and suspense. A modern day reimagining of vintage horror mixed with incredible direction makes for one of the most intense cinematic experiences in recent years.
Insidious Chapter 2 comes to DVD, Blu-ray and Twin Pack on 6th January. To win all the aforementioned goodies, just answer the following question:
a) Saw III
Email your answer to NerdlyComps@gmail. »
- Phil Wheat
14 items from 2014
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