6 items from 2015
It was two years ago, while reviewing I Spit On Your Grave 2, that I found myself questioning why the hell someone thought Meir Zarchi’s sexploitation classic I Spit On Your Grave (1978) would be the perfect jumping point for a torturous franchise based on dirty, genital-mutilating vengeance. Yet, despite my deepest fears, here we are discussing I Spit On Your Grave 3: Vengeance Is Mine, which is a much less powerful and far more disgusting take on a message that this year’s Felt handled with much more poise, artistry, and grace. Films often shy away of the lingering effects that rape victims deal with, but instead, R.D. Braunstein’s man-hating shocker turns constant fear into a ridiculous superpower meant to rid the world of evil rapists. You’re getting what you paid for here, but why you’d want to pay for it is completely beyond my comprehension. »
- Matt Donato
The pint-sized burlap-clad Sam is back in the four-part graphic novel Days of the Dead from Michael Dougherty, the creator of Trick 'r Treat. Also: release details for Lavalantula, an excerpt from Mark Morris' The Society of Blood, and a special Halloween weekend iTunes release for Crazy Bitches.
Trick 'R Treat Graphic Novel: "From the twisted imagination of Trick ‘r Treat creator Michael Dougherty (director of the upcoming Krampus and Trick ‘r Treat 2 and screenwriter of X-Men 2 and Superman Returns) alongside a top-notch team of creators including writers Todd Casey and Zach Shields (Krampus), Marc Andreyko (Batwoman) and artists Fiona Staples (Saga), Stephen Byrne (Buffy/Angel), Stuart Sayger (Bram Stoker’s Death Ship) and Zid (Son of Merlin) comes this 4-part collection that paves the way for the Trick ‘r Treat film sequel.
- Tamika Jones
In Old 37, horror icons Kane Hodder and Bill Moseley show us that calling for help is a fatal mistake. Release dates and details for Kids vs Monsters and I Spit on Your Grave 3 are also featured in this morning's round-up.
Old 37: "Two brothers (Kane Hodder, Bill Moseley) intercept 911 calls in a beat up, old ambulance to terrorize a small Northeastern town. Available For Preorder Now on Amazon.com, Walmart.com, and Bestbuy.com. VOD on September 29th and DVD on October 6th."
Kids vs Monsters: Press Release: "Los Angeles (August 25, 2015) – Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange, “The Mentalist”) and Lance Henriksen (Aliens, “Millennium”) lead a stellar cast including Armand Assante (American Gangster, “NCIS”), Adrian Paul (“Highlander”), Christopher Atkins (Blue Lagoon) and Richard Moll (“Night Court,” “House”) in the fantasy horror-comedy, Kids vs Monsters, available on Digital HD and On Demand September 29 from MarVista Digital Entertainment. »
- Tamika Jones
Stars: David Long, Kristi Ray, Taylor Kowalski, Barbara Weetman, Jon Stafford, Nate Panning, Joy Merrow, Shane Callahan, John Marchioni, Simon Crist, Shaun O’Rourke, Johnny Blanton, Patt Noday, Donna Stamm | Written by Joe Stauffer, David Long | Directed by Joe Stauffer
Those who know me personally within certain circles know that I have something of a distaste for a lot of the underground horror films released over the past couple of years. Especially when it comes to “extreme” underground horror. If I had a penny for the amount of times I have been coaxed in to watching an effort that’s been hyped or included in one one of those tedious “Most Extreme Horror Films!” slideshow videos on Youtube (You’re always going to get a lot of views doing one of those lists by the way!), only to be completely disappointed and bored out of my skull, I’d have »
- Mondo Squallido
With several new members added to its cast, cameras are now rolling on Officer Downe, the feature film adaptation of the graphic novel of the same name from Man of Action/Image Comics. Also included in our latest round-up are details on Anchor Bay Entertainment's I Spit On Your Grave: Vengeance is Mine and a look at a new Freddy Krueger-inspired ice cream cone print from Cavity Colors.
Officer Downe: Press Release - "Officer Downe co-creator/screenwriter/producer Joe Casey (Ben 10/Marvel's Avengers Assemble), director/producer Shawn "Clown" Crahan (Slipknot), and producers Man of Action Entertainment (I Kill Giants, The Great Unknown, Big Hero 6 character/team creators), Skip Williamson (Underworld), Mark Neveldine (Crank), Cole Payne (Downloading Nancy) and Cory Brennan (Slipknot manager) have cast Tyler Ross (Zombieland, American Milkshake) as Officer Gable opposite previously announced lead, Kim Coates (Sons of Anarchy), in the independent film that »
- Derek Anderson
They purchased the haunted mirror on eBay and hung it on a wall in their flat with hopes of winning the $1 million Paranormal Prize offered by the James Randi Foundation. But as they film their application for the fortune of a lifetime, three young friends learn that being truly haunted comes with potentially fatal consequences. Written and directed by Edward Boase, The Mirror is now available on iTunes and we have an exclusive clip in which the flatmates break out the Ouija board.
Synopsis: “Three flatmates buy a haunted mirror on eBay to claim the One Million Dollar Paranormal Prize offered by the James Randi Foundation. Their desire to win blinds them to the evil forces they have brought into their world, which exact a terrible revenge. Based on a true story.”
- Derek Anderson
6 items from 2015
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