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Following the unprecedented success of his monolithic sophomore feature, 1974’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which would forever immortalize director Tobe Hooper in the annals of great horror filmmakers, he would return to the Southern Fried grindhouse realm with 1976’s Eaten Alive, another ‘based-on-a-true-story’ effort featuring a set of original backwoods kooks. Though the film failed to attain the same attention, Hooper managed to obtain a higher profile cast for a film arguably less off-putting thanks to its more comedic moments.
Opening with a line that would go on to be famously recycled by Quentin Tarantino, ornery redneck Buck (Robert England) assails Clara (Roberta Collins), a reluctant prostitute in a bad blonde wig. Kicked out of the brothel by the no-nonsense owner, Miss Hattie (Carolyn Jones), Clara stumbles through the swampy Louisiana bayou and comes upon a dilapidated motel run by Judd (Neville Brand). The lonely, repressed old coot gets overexcited »
- Nicholas Bell
French filmmaking duo Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (Inside) told Allocine that their film will be more connected to Tobe Hooper’s original than 2006 prequel The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning.
The plot focuses on Leatherface’s teenage years, discovering the origins of the character in a unique fashion.
They said: “Basically, we could define our movie as a naturalist, brutal and disillusioned road movie, with a quite new narrative structure in the Texas Chain Saw Massacre universe.”
- Tom Beasley
Coffin Comics has announced that the original graphic novel Zack the Zombie Exterminator is set for release this December.
Co-written by Mike MacLean (Sharktopus, Dino-Croc vs. SuperGator, Piranhaconda) and Brian Pulido (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday The 13th, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Chucky) and fiendishly illustrated by industry newcomers Djibril Morissette-Phan and Ceci de la Cruz, Zack the Zombie Exterminator is a horror comedy that takes its horror very seriously. Check out a preview here…
A year ago, Zombies started rising here and there. We expected the apocalypse. Instead, we got… pests. Zack Zander is a redneck, metal head with a talent for zombie-splatting. And his whole family gets in on the action. Together, the Zanders make up Z-Gone, “semi-professional” zombie exterminators. And they showcase every second of gory mayhem on YouTube.
Overnight, Zack’s exploits catapult him from viral video joke to primetime hero. With fame come the spoils: cooler clothes, »
- Gary Collinson
It’s the most uncomfortable type of horror scene, but if done correctly, can pack a gut punch. The violation scene is the moment when the character’s vulnerability is betrayed and our empathy immerses us deeper into their dreadful ordeal. The young child possessed by an evil spirit. The unlucky bystander assaulted in a tunnel. The crazed woman submitting to a creature of non human origin. The violation scene can be emotional or it can be exploitative, but it’s almost always guaranteed to get us talking.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919)- Cesare abducting Jane
Even though it was one of the originators of German Expressionist film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is often regarded as the pinnacle for the movement. Two of the movement’s basic tenets were distorted lines and shapes and overly theatrical movements from the actors, and both are well on display in this creepy scene. »
A full course meal always tastes better while watching Friday the 13th, am I right? The 1980 slasher film will be shown at Nitehawk Cinema with dinner provided by The Meat Hook. Also in this round-up: mid-season marathon details for From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series Season 2 and the New York City premiere of Old 37.
"Ticket Price: $75
Age Policy: 21 and Up
A killer’s on the loose at Nitehawk Cinema and he’s serving up a multi-course dinner of fresh meat from The Meat Hook for a special Film Feast presentation of Friday The 13th.
Things don’t go so well for the reopening of Camp Crystal Lake as the new counselors are stalked and slashed…but by whom? As the »
- Tamika Jones
A Kickstarter was launched for the Hollywood Horror Museum which will preserve the history of the genre we all love so dearly. Also in this round-up: details on the Goosebumps screening at Mile High Horror Film Festival, horror survival game Romero's Aftermath, and distribution details for Crabs!
Hollywood Horror Museum: Press Release: "The Nsf just announced the launch of their Kickstarter for the Hollywood Horror Museum. The museum, created by some of horror and Sci-Fi’s biggest names, will be the world’s first educational, non-profit museum teaching the history of horror in films, TV, literature and art, as well as filmmaking, makeup, costumes and special effects, from model making to computer graphics.
The museum coincides with the Hollywood Sci-Fi Museum and will have a permanent home in 2018.
- Tamika Jones
• Release Date: Available Now on Blu-ray
• Written By: Walerian Borowczyk
• Directed By: Walerian Borowczyk
I absolutely love the off-kilter, ridiculously horny horror flicks of Polish madman Walerian Borowczyk! While undoubtedly a master of softcore shenanigans, ol’ Borowczyk plied his trade in the horror biz as well (most notably with The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Miss Osbourne), and the film I’m goin’ to be turnin’ my putrid peepers on today, The Beast!
Originally created for (and then cut from) Borowczyk’s Immoral Tales anthology (also available from Arrow on Blu-ray, but I opted out on that one as it’s primarily a horror-less softcore art film), La Bête (the footage of which now comprises a sizeable chunk of The Beast) presented the simple tale of a young lass who has copious amounts of sex with a continuously ejaculating werewolf »
That Chris Hardwick has done it again, telling his legions of Twitter followers to head to Photoshop and get punning. This week's commandment? #BadMovieMashups.
Here, then, are some of our favourites from the viral hashtag, from the silly to the... very, very silly, kicking off with the pun that started it all from Hardwick's own Twitter page, @Midnight.
Pirates of the Caribbeing John Malkovich #BadMovieMashups @midnight pic.twitter.com/2O7o0qgh4j
— @midnight (@midnight) September 16, 2015
The Teen Wolf of Wall Street @midnight #BadMovieMashups pic.twitter.com/5USP80GihW
— Diane N. Sevenay (@Diane_7A) September 16, 2015
Guardians of the Galaxy Quest #BadMovieMashups @midnight @nerdist (I would def pay to see this too) pic.twitter.com/fegVySmhGF
— Todd Spence (@Todd_Spence) September 16, 2015
Star Shrek #BadMovieMashups @midnight pic.twitter.com/XCaj8x8te0
— Portmanteau Jones (@SadlyCatless) September 16, 2015
There's Something About Mary Poppins #BadMovieMashups @midnight pic.twitter.com/wG2bOtCZp5
— Carlos Marquez (@Dr_C »
Hey UK! Make your way to Sheffield during the weekend of October 23rd through the 25th if you want to get your fantastic film fix. The Celluloid Screams: Sheffield Horror Film Festival returns to Showroom Cinema for its sixth edition with a weekend packed full of premieres, previews, special guests and more.Karyn Kusama's The Invitation will open the festival. Other festival favorites like Deathgasm, Goodnight Mommy, The Witch and They Look Like People are also part of the lineup. Then, to close the festival, Goblin is coming to town for a live performance of Dario Argento's Profondo Rosso, also known as Deep Red. And check out that lineup for their annual all-nighter! A Nightmare on Elm Street, Re-Animator, Phantasm and The Texas Chainsaw Massacare 2? Sign us...
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By Neil Hudson
Horror fans are generally a pretty cheery bunch, considering the all the man-hours they spend watching scenes of carnage, mutilation and the like. Lately, I’ve spent a considerable chunk of time watching horror films, only to get to the end and it dawn on me how utterly miserable I should feel. Which is cool, I’m fine with carrying around a persistent, heavy sense of dread in the pit of my stomach; that’s normal, right? This is a list of some of my favourite depressing horror movies. Not all of them are oppressively bleak for the entire flick, but they all end up in the same place: Bum-out city.
Need I say it? Heavy spoilers are below. Proceed accordingly.
I’m trying not to repeat any titles on my lists here; otherwise Martyrs and The Mist would be most certainly be down on this one. »
Nine years ago Jonathan Liebesman directed The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning. Now that prequel to the remake is being overwritten by another Texas Chainsaw origin story. Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo are behind the cameras this time, and the first poster for Leatherface has just arrived. Reflect on it below.Like Liebesman's film, the new Leatherface is following the hulking killer's early years in the 1970s, although in this case we'll find him in his teens before he dons the mask and picks up the saw. The hook for the plot is Leatherface escaping from a mental institution along with three other inmates, dragging a kidnapped nurse along with them for "the road trip from Hell". Sam Strike, Sam Coleman, James Bloor and Jessica Madsen are the escapees, with Vanessa Grasse the nurse. Stephen Dorff plays the deranged Texas lawman chasing them, and Lili Taylor is Leatherface's mom, »
Witness the beginning of your end. Evocative words for a movie poster, and it’s rather apt for one depicting the origin tale behind the Sawyer family and its chainsaw-wielding maniac. The old and horrifying Texan tale is no stranger to the big screen, but Millennium Films’ upcoming feature is taking the story back its dark beginnings with Leatherface.
Picking up the infamous chainsaw and mask will be Sam Strike, the British actor best known for his appearance on BBC’s soap drama, Eastenders. Once Millennium locked down the actor earlier in the year, progress on the prequel has been ramping up ever since, with Vanessa Grasse and Stephen Dorff also on board for the scarefest. The pair are set to play the young and innocent (first victim?) Lizzy and a lawman hellbent on unravelling the unspeakable evil haunting the Texas state. Beyond that, Leatherface will also star Lili Taylor as Verne Sawyer, »
- Michael Briers
The slasher flick is about to tread into untested territory with Leatherface. It's not unique for showing us a killer's origin story. Halloween and Friday the 13th both did that right out of the gate. What we've never seen are the teenage years for any of these monsters. Leatherface changes all that by delving into the mythos and early years of the killer at the heart of 1974's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Millennium Films has unleashed the scary first poster for Leatherface, and it promises a gritty, rain-soaked excursion into the mind of a real Psycho.
Leatherface isn't just an origin story for the original The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. It's also a Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! type murder-mystery. A young nurse is kidnapped by four violent teens who escape from a mental hospital and take her on a road trip from hell. Pursued by an equally deranged lawman out for revenge, »
The Leatherface poster has arrived Lionsgate and Millennium Films have revealed the first poster for Leatherface, the next installment in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre legacy. Check out the Leatherface poster in the gallery below! A prequel to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre which will explore the origins of the horror icon in the 1970s, the story…
The post Leatherface Poster Gives a First Look at the Texas Chainsaw Origin Story appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Max Evry
We all have heroes, and this week, one of the true horror heroes and legends, Wes Craven, passed away after fighting brain cancer. To say that Craven’s passing has affected the horror community would be an understatement, a statement that just doesn’t articulate how much of an absent we’ll have from here on out. The horror genre is emptier now, with one of the true Icons of Fright gone.
We didn’t want to just write a standard eulogy-like post, because Craven was more than that, he was much much more important than that. I reached out and asked the Icons of Fright crew if they’d be interested in writing a little bit about how Wes and his work touched them, and thought we’d all say a little something about one of the true Masters of Horror. Here is what everyone had to say. Rip »
- Jerry Smith
Thirty years ago, Marty McFly was riding high with the smash hit Back To The Future, while Sylvester Stallone enjoyed his most successful year yet with the one-two punch of Rambo: First Blood Part II and Rocky IV. It was an era of family sci-fi and teen comedies and bullet-spraying action, where The Breakfast Club and Teen Wolf rubbed shoulders with Death Wish 3 and Commando. Then there were low-key dramas like Out Of Africa and The Color Purple, which were both awards magnets at the Oscars.
Away from all those big hits, 1985 saw the release of a wealth of less successful movies, some of which found a second life on the then-huge home video circuit. Here's our pick of 20 underappreciated films from the year of Rambo, »
I always wondered why there weren’t more slasher-themed video games. What could make for a more intense gaming experience than if you were to play as the prey to a masked killer in a large darkened house? Surprisingly, this concept has seen very few renditions through gaming history. There have been a few attempts–some successful and others not so much. Atari attempted to adapt Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Halloween while Nintendo tried its hands with both A Nightmare On Elm Street and Friday The 13th.
We didn’t care that they were all huge misfires, we were just happy to see our favorite psychos in a game. Most suffered from the lack in technology at the time. Yet in the last 20 years, nobody tried again, til 2012, when it seemed that somebody up in video game heaven had heard our prayers with the announcement of Until Dawn.
However, Dawn »
- Josh Soriano
Inner Demon is nothing if not unpredictable… in the most predictable way possible. You see the story revolves around teenager Sam (Jeavons), who is abducted one night along with her younger sister by a feral serial-killing couple. Escaping from the boot of their car and injured making her getaway, she finds refuge in an isolated farmhouse, only to discover it is home to the very people she was abducted by! So far, so familiar right? Right. But let me continue…
Hiding out in one of the largest closets in the Australian outback, Sam witnesses her abductors going about there odd ways, fighting between each other, killing their best mate. You know, the usual stuff. Realising that she’s not the first to get abducted – thanks to the ridiculous amount of trophies the couple keep in that »
- Phil Wheat
Set in rural France (but shot for the most part here in the UK) Road Games sees hitchhiker Jack rescues Véronique from a road rage altercation. Alone on the road the twosome decide to travel together for safety’s sake after learning a serial killer is cutting a murderous swathe through the region. Tired and hungry they decide against their better judgment to take up an offer to stay the night at a mysterious elderly couple’s mansion…
It’s safe to say the story in Road Games is actually a well-worn trope of the horror genre – so much so that my suspicions about where the film was headed was all but confirmed way before the big reveal (that may also be because I’ve seen way too many horror films »
- Phil Wheat
Director: Adam Egypt Mortimer
Running Time: 84 minutes
Synopsis: A bullied teenager finds himself shipped off to a retreat for troubled teens. Once again he finds himself a victim of the other kids and unknowingly calls forth the murderous spirit of a former student.
For years the slasher flick has been overrun with men, Freddy, Jason, Leatherface, Michael Myers… all men, but now in Some Kind of Hate we get a female to rival them all. Moira, played by Sierra McCormick, is a vengeful spirit who steps in to help Lincoln (Rubinstein) when he finds himself tormented by his fellow students. Her weapon of choice is the razor blade which she wears around her neck like a strange extreme Goth necklace. »
- Kat Smith
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