17 items from 2011
The weather outside isn't the only thing that's frightful as we have compiled a list of the year's best and worst Blu-ray packages for you or the horror fan on your holiday shopping list! Being that you can score a player for way less than 200 bucks now, there's little reason not to upgrade to the glorious world of high definition horror. Read on to find out where the smart money is!
There's no doubt Blu-ray players will once again be a pretty hot item this year, but what of the movies available for them? If you already own the DVD of your favorite flick, is there a need to replace it with a Blu-ray? I'm here to answer all of your questions in the fourth annual ...
Before we get into my picks (most of which are also available in new DVD versions; see review for information), let's take a second »
- Uncle Creepy
The strangeness of last year's cult favorite Birdemic knows no bounds. If you haven't seen it, man, you're missing out. Rectify that immediately, you lazy bastard. You must bear witness so you can be ready for the sequel, Birdemic II: The Resurrection! Speaking of which...
Bloody Disgusting reports that filming begins February 15th in Los Angeles on Birdemic II: The Resurrection.
While details are sparse, we do know this:
Hollywood will be the setting for an evil vulture/eagle attack The La Brea Tar Pits will have a major role in the film Alan Bagh is returning as "Rod" The plot circles around a character named Bill shooting an independent film and trying to make it in Hollywood James Nguyen will once again show off his mastery of the romantic thriller
To stay up-to-date on all things feathered and evil, visit the official Birdemic: The Resurrection website. As for the original, »
- Uncle Creepy
There's nothing like discovering something wonderful before the hype. And even before Severin had acquired the "romantic thriller", my friends and myself were absolutely obsessed with James Nguyen brilliantly terrible Birdemic: Shock and Terror, a film that should have been a replacement to The Room (until Severin just kind of gave up on the film). Severin even used the Los Angeles premiere as a platform to announce a sequel, although nothing ever came of it...until now. Ex-Severin employee Evan Husney revealed on his Twitter account that filming begins February 15th in Los Angeles on Birdemic II: The Resurrection. It's incredibly exciting, although I'm not sure it'll have remotely the same impact knowing what awaits. Rumors were afloat that they've been working on a major documentary about Nguyen, I can only assume this is their chance to get behind-the-scenes footage of the director in action. What say you? »
As formats linger on, more and more movies get released. This is why we’ve been graced over the past few years with various releases (on Blu-ray and/or DVD) of such classics and obscurities as the original My Bloody Valentine, Dark Night of the Scarecrow, Night of the Creeps, The Monster Squad, The Dorm that Dripped Blood, Vampire Circus, Devil Dog: Hound of Hell, and Buio Omega (Beyond the Darkness). We’ve even gotten Blu-ray releases of classic clunkers like Troll 2 and Birdemic: Shock and Terror! Yet there are some surprising titles that haven’t gotten the high-def treatment (or maybe haven’t gotten it well enough). Below you’ll find a list of classics that haven’t seen either American blu-ray releases or appropriately loaded Blu-ray releases. »
Studios usually lavish millions on costumes and settings for Bard adaptations. Whedon shot his in 12 days at his La home
The history of micro-budget mainstream movies is a chequered one: for every Blair Witch Project there's a Birdemic: Shock and Terror, the famously inept 2010 homage to Hitchcock's The Birds which cost just $10,000 to make and featured horror scenes in which iffy CGI avians appeared to have been glued randomly onto the screen. The key to making a good film without spending much money seems to be in the scale: the first Paranormal Activity ($15,000) worked so brilliantly precisely because the major action utilised just a single camera setup, while Kevin Smith's Clerks ($27,000) was so tightly-focused on two adjacent New Jersey stores that one wondered where the money actually went.
- Ben Child
Directed by: Jeff Nichols
Running Time: 2 hrs
Release Date: October 7, 2011 (Chicago)
Plot: Curtis (Shannon) is a working class man with a beautiful wife (Chastain) and a deaf daughter. He starts to have strange dreams that involve the apocalypse, and the endangerment of his family.
Who’S It For? If you’re one of those people who likes to see all of the year’s “important” films come award season, you’d probably be best to check this one out. Fans of either Shannon or Chastain will find their appreciation justified with these performances.
Expectations: I wasn’t sure what to expect with a movie involving Michael Shannon and the apocalypse. How weird would Shannon’s character be? Was there any chance that this could be like the indie version of The Happening?
- Nick Allen
With its location shoots in California's Mission Bay, its 'cameo' (in archival footage seen on a television screen) from Tippi Hedren herself and its winged death from above, James Nguyen's auteurist atrocity Birdemic: Shock And Terror is an open tribute to The Birds. It is also strictly for them, vying with films such as Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959), Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966), Troll 2 (1990) and The Room (2003) for the title of top turkey.
- Anton Bitel
There are quite a few film fans who will be happy to know that Drafthouse Films just snatched the U.S. distribution rights to "The Fp." The story is absolutely wonderful in the sense that several gangs fight for one piece of turf in the form of dance-fighting. Pretty cool, right? Read on to find out more on the project and the brand new company director.Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, today announced the acquisition of Us rights to The Fp from its July 30th screening at Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival.Set in a near post-apocalyptic future, The Fp centers on two rival neon-clad gangs raging an underground turf war for dominance of Fraizer Park (“The Fp”) in the deadly arena of “Beat-Beat Revelation” – a competitive dance-fight video game. The Fp is a nod to ‘80s sci-fi/action genre fare and is »
Austin favorite The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has become something of a phenomenon with their strict no-talking policy. They recently launched a distribution component, Drafthouse Films, where they picked up the excellent terrorist comedy Four Lions. We now know what is next in their pipeline as a press release reveals their second acquisition.
They’ve come on as distributor and plan to release Jason and Brandon Trost‘s The Fp in the first quarter of 2012. We saw the action/sci-fi/comedy at SXSW and called it a “gleefully over-the-top spoof on the action films of the 1980s.” Check out the trailer below, followed by the press release. There is also announcement of a new company director, which can be read below.
- Jordan Raup
“Like Ed Wood, Nguyen is an auteur with a dream and while we may laugh at the movie, we can’t laugh at the fact that he got the job done…”
Directed by James Nguyen
Written by James Nguyen
On the list of movies so bad they’re good, we must now add James Nguyen’s Birdemic: Shock and Terror. The most recent candidate for the title of worst movie of all time, Birdemic has surely carved out a place in the pantheon of midnight movies along side such classics as Ed Wood’s Plan 9 From Outer Space, Troll 2 and last year’s hipster cult sensation The Room. The Sundance reject soars above the terrible movie heavens, opening with extended slow scenes of the hero, cardboard-bland, dim-witted salesman Rod, driving across northern California in his blue Mustang. We meet his girlfriend Nathalie, a hopelessly vapid would-be model. »
If you haven't been digging on This Week in Horror, you've been missing out on some truly tasty tidbits of terror news that you won't be finding anywhere else. In this latest edition Birdemic director James Nguyen talks about the sequel to his cult favorite romantic thriller.
Dig on the videos below in which Nguyen reveals:
Hollywood will be the setting for an evil vulture/eagle attack The La Brea Tarpits will have a major role in the film Alan Bagh is returning as "Rod" The plot circles around a character named Bill filming an independent film and trying to make it in Hollywood His mastery of the romantic thriller
How could you possibly resist? Look for more on Birdemic II: Resurrection very soon. In the interim dig on the videos below along with some early teaser art by Richard Bagh.
For more visit the official Birdemic: The Resurrection website. »
- Uncle Creepy
Chicago – There is a fine line that separates entertainingly bad movies from all-out bores. “The Room” is a truly original, wholly accidental work of comedic genius that greatly benefits from the impenetrable strangeness of its writer/director/star Tommy Wiseau. The film is so funny in so many different ways that it could easy hold up under countless viewings.
“Birdemic: Shock and Terror” is the first film to aim for “Room”-like success with audiences, passing itself off as another unintentionally side-splitting travesty. Yet the picture is nowhere near as hilarious as it thinks it is. Filmmaker James Nguyen is a charmless hack who blatantly steals the plots and characters from classic Hitchcock movies. His copying of “The Birds” is so shameless that it recalls the scandalous cut-and-paste job done by Camillo Teti, who populated his jaw-dropping “Titanic: The Animated Movie” with an assortment of thinly veiled Disney characters.
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
While there aren't any horror releases by major studios this week, there is, however, one notable film that should make up for the drought we are having. It is a film that should be re-subtitled "Shock and Awe" as that was how our @Foywonder felt after viewing Birdemic: Shock and Terror.
Anyway, this avian midnight movie sensation is directed by James Nguyen and stars Alan Bagh, Whitney Moore, Janae Caster, Colton Osborne, and Adam Sessa plus five seconds of stock footage of Tippi Hedren from a previous film.
This week also brings us Psych: 9 from Ghost House Underground. This film is directed by Andrew Shortell and produced by Gareth Jones; it stars Sara Foster, Cary Elwes, Michael Biehn, and Gabriel Man. Rounding out the list are a wacky concept that has warrior creatures battling it out for our amusement and a fusion ghost story.
Birdemic: Shock and Terror (Review »
February 27th, 2011, is a day sure to go down in infamy. What's happening, you ask? It's the one-year anniversary of the unforgettable Birdemic world premiere at Cinefamily. And now, one year later, director James Nguyen is urging everyone to relive that night with their own "Birdemic Fest".
Below is a video in which Nguyen encourages us all to host a Birdemic Fest in our living rooms surrounded by buddies and coat hangers (doubling this event as a beer party as well) to watch the greatest cult sensation of 2010. Birdemic Fest = Beer + Birdemic on DVD/Blu-ray.
It is a tender love story. A graphic horror shocker. An urgent ecological warning. And around the world it became the must-see midnight movie sensation of the year. From writer/producer/director/visionary James Nguyen – The Master of the Romantic Thriller – comes Birdemic: Shock And Terror, perching onto Blu-ray and DVD from Severin Films »
- Uncle Creepy
Try as I might, I can’t recall ever seeing a movie quite like writer/director James Nguyen’s “Birdemic” before in my entire life. From the clunky dialogue to the insanely wonky special effects, the film works its magic in ways I never thought possible. It’s a fantastic experience, for sure, though it definitely works much better when viewed with a lively, rambunctious crowd. Thankfully, you can stage your own “Birdemic” party when the film hits DVD and Blu-ray on February 22nd. It will definitely make a great companion piece for both “Troll 2″ and “The Room” in my strange little DVD collection. Here’s what the official press release has to say: It is a tender love story. A graphic horror shocker. An urgent ecological warning. And around the world, it became the must-see midnight movie sensation of the year. From writer/producer/director/visionary James Nguyen »
- Todd Rigney
It is a tender love story. A graphic horror shocker. An urgent ecological warning. And around the world, it became the must-see midnight movie sensation of the year. From writer/producer/director/visionary James Nguyen The Master of the Romantic Thriller comes Birdemic: Shock And Terror, perching onto Blu-ray and DVD from Severin Films on February 22, 2011, with an Srp of $29.98 and $24.98, respectively. An outrageous homage to Alfred Hitchcocks The Birds, Birdemic: Shock And Terror caught the attention of such mighty media powers as CBS News and The New York Times when Severin Films released it in more than 50 cities, where it enjoyed sold-out midnight showings. Judged an instant cult classic and hailed for its chutzpah as much as its cinematic ingenuity, the movie is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. »
So, you're wondering what you're going to get in terms of supplemental features when the phenomenon known as Birdemic: Shock and Terror flies home to Blu-ray and DVD? Wonder no more! We've got the skinny for you!
From the Press Release
It is a tender love story. A graphic horror shocker. An urgent ecological warning. And around the world, it became the must-see midnight movie sensation of the year. From writer/producer/director/visionary James Nguyen – The Master of the Romantic Thriller – comes Birdemic: Shock And Terror, perching onto Blu-ray and DVD from Severin Films on February 22, 2011, with an Srp of $29.98 and $24.98, respectively.
An outrageous homage to Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, Birdemic: Shock And Terror caught the attention of such mighty media powers as CBS News and The New York Times when Severin Films released it in more than 50 cities, where it enjoyed sold-out midnight showings. Judged an instant »
- Uncle Creepy
17 items from 2011
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