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To mark the release of Blue Ruin on 8th September, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on DVD.
Dwight Evans (Macon Blair, Hellbenders, Murder Party) is a beach vagrant, living out of his car and scavenging through bins to survive, whose life takes a dark turn when he discovers that the killer who savagely murdered is parents is once again a free man.
Embarking on a bitter revenge quest, Dwight quickly catches up with ex-convict Wade Cleland (Sandy Barnett) and brutally kills him in a public toilet.
Realising that his actions have put his life, and that of his estranged sister Sam (Amy Hargreaves, Homeland) in grave danger, Dwight takes the decision to face the remaining Cleland brothers head-on with a little help from childhood friend Ben Gaffney (Devin Ratray, Nebraska).
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The Small Print
Director: J.P. Petty
Running Time: 85 Minutes
The horror genre is at a very strange place at the moment. It seems odd to think that a little over 15 years ago, it was dominated by fantastic slasher films such as Scream, New Nightmare and I Know What You Did Last Summer. Now the once great genre is split between a rock and a hard place with a choice of laughs or jump-scares thanks to Scary Movie and Paranormal Activity. With that being said there’s nothing wrong with either subgenre, although they have become a little bit repetitive. It may be a case of me getting increasingly nostalgic as I venture through my twenties, but I do miss the days of immortal serial killers barely breaking a sweat whilst chasing annoying adolescents through murky forests. However I digress, »
- Ben Read
Let me begin this review by stating this is most-definitely not your typical horror fare; something audiences will realise a mere five minutes into this raucous, sure-to-be-cult-hit, movie. Written and directed by J.T. Petty, who also penned the graphic novel on which this is based, Hellbenders is a genre-bending horror comedy that is most akin to Don Coscarelli’s recent movie John Dies at the End. If I had to narrow the analogy down I’d say Hellbenders is best described as The Exorcist meets Ghostbusters by way of Don Coscarelli and [early] Kevin Smith…
Sound interesting? Then go out and buy it. Trust me. The rest of you? Let me try and convince you why you should spend your hard-earned cash on this little indie horror that could. »
- Phil Wheat
"Walking Dead" kiddies Kennedy Brice and Addy Miller are among the cast in L. Gustavo Cooper's June, which just wrapped production. We showed you a teaser clip a couple months back, and now we've got our hands on a fresh batch of stills to tide you over until the trailer!
Check 'em out courtesy of Twitch Film!
For more information "like" June on Facebook.
June is the story about a nine-year-old orphan who has become the vessel of a supernatural being called Aer. June struggles holding Aer back from lashing out when other kids tease and bully her. Aer leaves a trail of damaged and destroyed foster homes in her wake. June »
- John Squires
Jeremy Saulnier’s 2007 film Murder Party kind of came out of nowhere, quickly becoming a cult hit among horror fans, and hitting its pitch black comedy mark so very well. While a follow-up seemed quite inevitable (and welcomed), it wouldn’t be until 2013 that Saulnier would return to direct another film, the revenge-heavy Blue Ruin. The time between projects has definitely worked for Saulnier’s advantage, as Blue Ruin showcases a broad leap in execution, giving viewers an intense and well crafted story of revenge and the effects that it has those who carry it out.
From the very beginning, Saulnier does a great job setting forth a woeful and downhearted tone to the film, introducing viewers to Dwight (Macon Blair, Murder Party, Hellbenders), a bearded vagrant, who goes from place to place, eating food out of trashcans and breaking into peoples’ houses to shower. From the very first shot, »
- Jerry Smith
Under no circumstances should you mess with a man’s family, and no recent movie echoes that sentiment with more ferocity than Blue Ruin. Introducing a hobo-like character, a mute man obviously decimated by some type of tragedy, it’s not long before our “hero” begins his journey for redemption, revival, and most importantly, grisly revenge. There’s a premium on gut-wrenching emotion and a minimum on backstory explanation, aiding Murder Party director Jeremy Saulnier’s second feature effort. It’s a bit long and tends to drag at points, but lead actor Macon Blair perfectly exemplifies how when you take everything from a man, reducing him to the level of a mentally distraught street-urchin – what’s left to lose? People are nasty, grudge-holding beings who understand that even though violence may not be the answer, there aren’t many other options.
We meet Dwight (Macon Blair) living out of a rusted blue Pontiac, »
- Matt Donato
Clifton Collins Jr. is the latest actor to take part in our Q&A series and he should be no stranger to genre fans with recent roles in Pacific Rim, Hellbenders 3D, and Transcendence. In this feature, Clifton Collins Jr. talks to us about working with Johnny Depp, researching the technical singularity, his role in Stung, and his upcoming book, 101 Ways to Cook Ramen (Prison Style):
Thank you for taking the time to talk with us today. We’re big fans of your work over here and always look forward to talking with you about your latest project. What was it that initially drew you to Transcendence and the character of Martin?
Really appreciate that, nothing better than good folks who appreciate ones work! I think that’s what keeps me working as hard as I do, so thank you for that!
Johnny Depp for starters. I’ve been »
- Jonathan James
The Stanley Film Festival has announced that Alexandre O. Philippe’s Doc of the Dead has been selected as the opening film for their upcoming event and they’ve also revealed a number of special events that will be taking place, including a special edition of Tales From Beyond The Palen and Dead Right Horror Trivia:
“The Stanley Film Festival will open Thursday, April 24, with a Gala Presentation of an original documentary from EPiX, Doc of the Dead. Directed by Colorado filmmaker Alexandre O. Philippe (The People Vs. George Lucas), the film explores the evolution of the zombie genre in film, television, and literature as well as its impact and influence on pop culture. The film features footage taken at the 35th Starz Denver Film Festival’s “George Romero’s Zombie Town Hall Meeting.”
“We are thrilled to open this year’s Festival with a locally-produced film. The Denver Film »
- Jonathan James
The amazing crew behind the Stanley Film Festival, which runs at the iconic and historic Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Co, April 24-27, has selected Doc of the Dead as its opening night film. Read on for details and more!
From the Press Release
The Stanley Film Festival (Sff), produced by the Denver Film Society and presented by NBC Universal's Chiller, announced today its Opening Night film and several special event highlights and experiences taking place at the four-day event (April 24-27, 2014).
The Stanley Film Festival celebrates the best in independent horror cinema at the hotel that inspired The Shining. The Festival will host a full slate of films, panels, competitions, and special events - all at the beautiful and historically haunted Stanley Hotel.
The Stanley Film Festival will open Thursday, April 24, with a Gala Presentation of an original documentary from EPiX, Doc of the Dead. Directed by Colorado filmmaker »
- Uncle Creepy
Just one week after learning that Casper Van Dien would be beating off a supernatural being in an upcoming film entitled June, a clip from the flick has already come across our desk here at the Dread Central offices. How's that for speedy reporting?!
Check out the very first teaser clip, which promises Carrie-inspired thrills and chills!
L. Gustavo Cooper (Velvet Road) directs from a script he co-wrote with Sharon Y. Cobb. Gregor Habsburg (Hellbenders), Jacquelyn Frisco (Tell-Tale), and Duane A. Sikes produce with Raven Banner Entertainment partners Michael Paszt, James Fler, and Andrew T. Hunt.
June is the story about a nine-year-old orphan who has become the vessel of a supernatural being called Aer. June struggles holding Aer back from lashing out when other kids tease and bully her. Aer leaves »
- John Squires
Unfortunately, I live in one of those areas of the United States that is slow to pick up channels like Chiller, FearNet and even Robert Rodriguez’s new network El Rey. One carrier might carry the network or maybe every carrier except for mine. Regardless, Scream Factory – the best in the business in genre home entertainment – is eliminating the obstacle of seeing Chiller’s original content by bringing last year’s The Monkey’s Paw to Blu-Ray & DVD. The film is directed by Brett Simmons (Husk) and has a screenplay by Macon Blair (who is amazing in Blue Ruin but you’ve seen his acting abilities in Murder Party and, more recently, Hellbenders) based off of W.W. Jacobs’ original short story. We have the full details on when you can get your paws on The Monkey’s Paw.
From the Press Release
One wish. A thousand regrets. Scream Factory presents »
- Andy Triefenbach
Around these parts we love us some Casper Van Dien. We've had a soft spot for him since his days as Johnny Rico in Starship Troopers. We know the guy has the goods, and hopefully he gets a chance to stretch his legs a bit with the new feature June!
L. Gustavo Cooper (Velvet Road) will direct from a script he co-wrote with Sharon Y. Cobb. Gregor Habsburg (Hellbenders), Jacquelyn Frisco (Tell-Tale), and Duane A. Sikes will produce with Raven Banner Entertainment partners Michael Paszt, »
- Uncle Creepy
L. Gustavo Cooper (“Velvet Road”) will direct from a script he co-wrote with Sharon Y. Cobb. Gregor Habsburg (“Hellbenders”), Jacquelyn Frisco (“Tell-Tale”) and Duane A. Sikes will produce with Raven Banner Entertainment partners Michael Paszt, James Fler and Andrew T. Hunt.
- Dave McNary
Im not entirely certain of who this film is actually going to appeal to. It goes without saying that thats a big problem. I suppose those who find a very very easy laugh or lean toward offensive material may see the sheen through the thick layer of rust. If youre an avid film watcher or a horror buff in particular youre likely going to view Hellbenders just I do. Its decent in spots (watch for the more subtle humor as thats where writerdirector J.T. Petty really wins) but at the end of the day when all is said and done its also a forgettable film that manages little more than neglecting the capabilities of a pair of legitimately amazing performers. Bummer. »
J.T. Petty’s newest entry into the genre is the horror comedy hybrid Hellbenders (review), a lightweight but surprisingly warm-hearted adventure focusing on a group of debaucherous exorcists who stay in a constant state of sin in order to trap demons more effectively before being sent down the elevator to hell.
Petty enjoyed some success with 2008’s The Burrowers, and it isn’t hard to tell that the same set of eyes was behind the camera for Hellbenders. The director spoke to us briefly about the film, which is now available on Blu-ray in glorious 3D.
DC:i remember first meeting you at Fangoria Radio years ago when you were promoting The Burrowers, which I first saw at Fantastic Fest back in 2008. That film was a genre twist on a western, and Hellbenders is a twist on religious horror. Is the fresh take on an old idea what first gets you excited about an idea? »
- Drew Tinnin
From the psychopathic, Christopher Lambert-bothering Kurgan in Highlander to tyrannical prison warden Byran Hadley in The Shawshank Redemption through to new recruit-maiming drill sergeant Zim in Starship Troopers, it's safe to say that I am one of the many movie fans who have more than just a handful of favourite Clancy Brown roles.
Brown joins an impressive cast that includes Anne Heche and James Tupper for Nothing Left To Fear, the first horror film to come from former Guns 'N' Roses guitarist Slash's production company 'Slasher Films'. Akin to Seventies horror classics The Wicker Man and Rosemary's Baby, Anthony Leonardi III's debut feature channels fears of the occult, secret societies and the supernatural with a modern twist.
We snapped up the chance to get the first word from Clancy himself on his latest role as the ominous Pastor Kingsman, head of a mysterious Baptist church »
- Aaron Williams
We previously interviewed J.T. Petty, Clancy Brown and Clifton Collins Jr. to discuss Hellbenders, but with the movie hitting Blu-ray/DVD today, we were given another chance to catch up with J.T. to discuss the movie. Continue reading to learn about his favorite moment on set, the chances of more Hellbenders, and his work on horror video games:
We spoke with you, Clancy, and Clifton during the VOD release for this movie and you said that it’s a script and project that came together very quickly. Were there any major changes from what you initially had in mind or did the movie stick pretty closely to the script?
Jt: We stuck pretty close to the script. I wouldn’t have minded improvising a bit more, but between the 3D and our budget, we had to move fast.
It can be very difficult to get the comedy, horror balance right, »
- Jonathan James
There’s a new gang of exorcists in town: the Hellbenders, in J.T. Petty’s outrageous horror/comedy, coming to 3D Blu-ray and other formats tomorrow. We’ve got an exclusive clip of Petty discussing the movie from one of the discs’ bonus features past the jump. Lionsgate Home Entertainment releases Hellbenders in a 3D Blu-ray/2D Blu-ray/digital HD combo […] »
- Michael Gingold
Interview Luke Savage 18 Feb 2014 - 06:30
He chopped Sean Connery's head off in Highlander. Saved the human race in Starship Troopers. And was really mean to pretty much everyone in The Shawshank Redemption. His name is Clancy Brown – Clarence J. Brown III if you want to get specific - and he is awesome.
Menacing tough guy, loveable nice guy, he's voiced a merman, Sasquatch, Lex Luthor, plus a character called Mr. Krabs. He even squared up to The Statham in last year's Homefront and lived to tell the tale.
In short, he's the best kind of supporting actor. Any film he's in gets better whenever he's on screen. That's certainly the case with Nothing Left to Fear, the film he's on the other end of a phone to promote. »
The horror comedy, Hellbenders arrives on 3-D Blu-ray (includes 3-D and standard version of the film plus Digital HD UltraViolet), DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet) and Digital HD on February 18 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. An official selection at the Toronto International Film Festival, Hellbenders was written and directed by Jt Petty (The Burrowers). Clifton Collins Jr. (Pacific Rim), Clancy Brown (Cowboys and Aliens) and Andre Royo (HBO’s “The Wire”) star in this … Continue reading →
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