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BLU-RAY REVIEW: PHANTASM: REMASTERED (1979)

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2d-bd-phantasmIn my mind, when I first popped in director Don Coscarelli’s horror film PHANTASM,  there were three very distinct yet vastly different aspects of this film that truly stuck out to me. The film, now having attained a (more…)


WRONG TURN 5: BLOODLINES coming to Blu-ray/DVD!

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wrong turn 5I really thought WRONG TURN 4: BLOODY BEGINNINGS upped the gore ante and was miles apart from the entertainment value of the prior entry in the films’ series. Let’s be honest—WRONG TURN 3: LEFT FOR DEAD was the weakest entry in the series. I dug the sequel to the original because Henry Rollins, one of my idols in High School when I was into weightlifting and punk rock, is in it. He (Rollins) also does not die within the first half-hour like I was sure he would. So, hopefully the fifth film in the series, WRONG TURN 5: BLOODLINES (released on Blu-ray and DVD October 23rd) will continue with the gore, have some gratuitous nudity, and not make itself out to be something more than it is. Declan O’Brien directed the previous entry in the series and I really dug it. I hope he follows a similar formula and improves on the gore and creative deaths even more! I just want a very violent horror film, on par with most of the way the series has been. I want to (more…)


Animated horror WHERE THE DEAD GO TO DIE trailer

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UNEARTHED FILMS is going to be releasing this. Just try and tell me that this is not one of the more fucked up things you have ever seen! JUST TRY! (more…)


LIVE THEATER REVIEW: Scott T. Barsotti’s KILL ME

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This is my first live theater review; so don’t be angry with me if I write this in an unorthodox manner, or any other kind of manner. I decided to go to the WildClaw Theater’s presentation of Scott T. Barsotti’s KILL ME, directed by Jeff Christian.

Ironically, the play (which is a story on suicide and had loads of horror elements and imagery within the performance) was located at the Athenaeum Theatre at 2936 N. Southport, nestled in right next to a church. Quick history lesson: The theater opened in 1911 as part of the (more…)


INDIE TRAILER of the WEEK: SCARY TALES (2012)

Independent horror filmmaker Geno McGahee just posted his 2nd trailer for his upcoming film SCARY TALES. If one recalls, I really enjoyed FAMILY SECRET (another film he directed). Check out the trailer and keep your eyes peeled for a review of the finished film when it comes out!


NEWSLINK

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Hammer Films“More rebooting than remaking.”-Hammer Films CEO Oakes on making new Dracula films from the Hammer vault, as well as a new monster flick and reviving Quatermass’ character.

I am anxious to view THE WOMAN IN BLACK. I still have not seen LET ME IN nor THE RESIDENT, either. Any thoughts on Hammer Films reviving their old classics and rebooting them? Has Hammer Films caught the Hollywood remake/reboot virus? (more…)


DVD REVIEW: ANTFARM DICKHOLE (2011)

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You may be wondering what the hell am I doing reviewing a film with a title like ANTFARM DICKHOLE. In fact, I would never in a million years have guessed that a film that has the nauseating compound word “dickhole” in it would be something I would even care to pop in the ol’ dvd player and watch in its entirety. But, alas, here is Shu reviewing a film from the infamous and somewhat legendary (in the metal community, anyways) Bill Zebub. Bill has directed a handful of films, most of them on very small budgets but on his own terms and answering to no studio or distributor. He is a truly independent filmmaker no matter what you think of any type of movie he has created. Granted, some of my favorite works he has made are a collection of interviews and commentaries from some highly influential names and bands in the metal community. In fact, some of the first “documentaries” on some of the more extreme metal bands, such as VENOM, CELTIC FROST, KING DIAMOND, and CANNIBAL CORPSE (all in interview form), came about because of Bill. I dug the way he filmed them, just a camcorder in hand with little to none production value. Unfortunately, some of his films were created in this same manner.

 

The one saving grace for most, if not all of Bill Zebub’s films is the nudity and raunchiness his films contain within them. When things lose momentum or the storyline gets dull, throw an attractive naked girl in front of the camera. Yeah, this style is very lowbrow, but so are his films, Sometimes, as with ANTFARM DICKHOLE, there is a social commentary slipped in there or a statement on society is made. Usually Zebub’s message is anti-Christian or anti-religion in general. If one is devoutly religious, I can’t imagine they would find anything within ANTFARM DICKHOLE enjoyable (or most horror, cult, or exploitation films).

 

So, lets get back to the dickhole of the antfarm. If the title does not already suggest it, the film is sleazy, low budget, filled with low-brow humor, a decent amount of nudity (full-frontal and rear), and has sarcastic one-liners and some humor with a bit of a bite.

 

The story starts out with a dude who has pre-mature ejaculation, as he explains it to his buddy (Bill Zebub), and then goes on to him whining about getting bullied while they are just chilling in the woods when all of a sudden a big European metalhead comes along and robs them and beats their asses. After all, the Nordic-looking Viking needed some beer money. After the boys are robbed, the shot cuts to a metal slut dancing to a strip-tease that really is not much of a tease because she bares her hairy-bush, breasts, and leaves only some sexy garter and lace stockings on. She starts blowing Ant-drew (Mike Nastri) and ants are suddenly crawling out of her mouth. I guess by crawling I mean fake plastic ants are spit out from her mouth. Yeah, I am talking about special effects lacking anything special whatsoever.

 

I now know exactly where this movie is going—–straight to the trashcan for its gratuitous nudity, trashcan effects, and skid row budget. The film’s scenes of dialogue did take some thought and effort, filled with sarcasm, puns, and colorful jokes but also has its share of cheeseball one-liners and sophomoric brand of comedy. At times, it got really old fast and even became painful to watch. It was especially painful to watch the 2nd and 3rd time. I came to realize just how awful lines of dialogue were delivered. Sadly, the director and “actor”, Bill Zebub (playing the role of Ant-Thony), gave the most believable performance in the whole film. He had more lines of dialogue than anyone in the film except for Nastri (He plays the main character Ant-drew, whom we get to see with a fake penis sticking out of his pants quite frequently with an ant popping out of it.)

 

The only aspect of the film that broke up some of the monotony of the comedic elements to it was the large amounts of full-frontal nudity and bush. It is nice to see a film that has metal sluts starring in it with unshaven snatch. None of the Hollywood glamour and silicone implants, tanned beauties with cleanly shaven pubic hairs and perfect complexions. ANTFARM DICKHOLE has regular women with curves, tattoos, not so perfect, sun-deficient skin with some spots of cellulite on the legs and booties. Yes, I am talking about real women.

 

As Ant-toin goes around masturbating to metal chicks, killing them as his killer ants slip out his dick and crawl onto the naked beauties and killing them (sorry, no graphic depictions of the deaths—only fake blood smeared on the body as the fake ants are strategically placed on breasts and other erogenous zones). This formula for the film reminds me of so many slasher films from the ‘80s and beyond. Almost every girl who gets naked, has sex, or is about to have an intimate moment gets killed by the ants. Bullies are not exempt from this either! If you are a douchebag the ants probably will kill you.

In one particular scene, a character and his lady are having a picnic in the woods (I think the whole film was made in a forest preserve of some kind) and the ants start attacking the male character. The female character is told to take off all her clothes because the ants are probably attracted to them. I chuckled at this ploy to get the girl to take all her clothes off, but to my disappointment, she only stripped down to bra and panties. In the next scene, another girl wearing a bikini takes all her clothes off and another hairy beaver is showcased. The scenes are filmed in the manner only a true pervert could capture when behind the camera. If anything, Bill (Zebub) has a future in making soft-core porno ala Russ Meyer-style.

 

Sadly, the film kept my attention only due to the fact that I was waiting to see what metal chick was going to get naked next. Yeah, when watching these type of low budget films I really only have excessive violence (or gore) and gratuitous nudity to peak my interest. Fortunately, ANTFARM DICKHOLE had an abundance of the latter. If one can sit through the movie to the hour mark, a really cool fight scene is filmed, complete with awesome metal soundtrack and a slow-motion battle sequence. After the T&A, this scene was the coolest.

 

This is my first Bill Zebub film that I have viewed and reviewed. I have a couple of others a fellow horror fan and writer gave to me because he refused to watch them, let alone review them for his website or the magazine he writes for. Apparently, the films were far too low below his level of decency or his standards. If any of you have read a handful of my reviews, you probably know by now that I have no standards. I will review a pile of dogshit sitting on an antique China plate with ornate gold trim and a sign next to it in elegant text stating “ART”, but just because it is called art does not mean it is either entertaining or profound. ANTFARM DICKHOLE is neither, but with its cool metal soundtrack, organized narrative and storyline, plethora of bush, booty, and breasts, and offbeat, vulgar humor—the film is not too bad a viewing. I also had a good time figuring out which metal bands’ t-shirt Bill would be wearing next. If anything, Bill has great taste in t-shirts.


DVD REVIEW: MORE BRAINS! A RETURN TO THE LIVING DEAD (2011)

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DVD REVIEW: MORE BRAINS! A RETURN TO THE LIVING DEAD (2011)

MORE BRAINS! A RETURN TO THE LIVING DEAD is the most exhaustive documentary, to this date, that I have seen on any particular movie to this day. The film is over 240 minutes long, filled with a plethora of extra features and featurettes. The documentary, narrated by Brian Peck (“Scuz” from ROTLD) and directed by Bill Phillput (KILL YOURSELF: THE MOVIE, HIS NAME WAS JASON: 30 YEARS OF FRIDAY THE 13TH, NEVER SLEEP AGAIN: THE ELM STREET LEGACY), is the only definitive, in-depth look at one of my favorite zombie films of all time. The film is considered a cult classic, taking the legacy of George A. Romero’s zombie films and giving them a large does of comedy injected into them, filled with plenty of gore, scares, and laughs. This documentary digs deep into the bowels of the film and the filmmaking process, which created one of the most memorable zombie films to this day.

 

The use of very atmospheric set pieces and backgrounds used during the interviews, set pieces and props from the film as well as cartoon animation and comic book-style fonts and artwork complementing the various segments gave the whole feature a very refreshing and fun look to the documentary. Some docs can get so dry and dull, filled with interview after interview and no break in the testimonies (such as PAURA: LUCIO FULCI REMEMBERED Vol. 1) and the viewer loses interest, no matter how interesting the subject matter is. A good documentary needs to have visuals and edits filled with clips or photos to illustrate further what the individual speaking is talking about…or else things get pretty dry pretty fast.

 

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Thankfully, most of those involved on the film chose to be a part of the documentary, including Clu Gulager, Don Calfa, James Karen, Tony Gardner, Thom Matthews, Brian Peck, Dan O’Bannon, Miguel A. Nunez Jr., Linnea Quigley, Beverly Randolph, John A. Russo, and Jewel Shepard. For the most part, I think all the influential characters and crew were represented in the doc.

 

Since this documentary is on RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, already a very fun and fast-paced horror film it would only be fitting for it if the documentary also had some of the style and pace of its original subject matter. While some docs just have static shots, never deviating too much from the individual speaking but director Philputt has crafted a movie that is better intended for the short-attention span viewer, one that may be suffering from Attention Deficit Disorder. The use of piecing together the various answers to off-screen questions from various individuals and adding them all together to paint a vivid picture through various sources to answer the same question or describe the same event is genius. Just because I love a film does not mean I would like to be bored to death by every little detail and aspect of it in a documentary. Thankfully, Bill Philputt sees it that way, too.

 

This is not the first documentary Philputt has directed that I have seen. Upon looking up him in IMDB.com I was surprised to find that he directed, wrote, and produced the movie about the New York hardcore thrash band S.O.D. (Stormtroopers of Death), entitled KILL YOURSELF: THE MOVIE. I love the band S.O.D. (as well as M.O.D. fronted by Billy Milano as well as fellow-thrashers Anthrax) and the documentary followed S.O.D. around for a year while they toured, as well as filming all the antics and craziness that happened behind the screen. I can see from watching MORE BRAINS! that Philputt has a way with crafting a solid documentary that keeps things visually and aurally appealing through its use of sharply edited scenes and use of music.

 

Sadly director Dan O’Bannon died more than two years prior to this doc having been made and it was very memorable to hear the final interview that O’Bannon gave within the film. The movie also plays as sort of a memorial to the great writer, responsible for writing ALIEN, ALIENS, and TOTAL RECALL (to name just a few) and ROTLD is the first feature he directed- one of only two films.

 

Brian Peck did a wonderful job narrating the film and one can tell that the actor had so much fun and fond memories, filling the screen up with his exuberating personality. The film does an incredible job at going in-depth in regards to the off-screen questions being asked, describing specific situations in great detail. The film does not cut any corners. I enjoyed the manner in which MORE BRAINS! goes into the personal aspects of each player involved with making the movie, adding some spice and panache to the whole back-story of the film. For instance, I never knew that one of the actors was homeless when he earned the role, or that one of the actresses was discovered in a strip club dancing just before getting a role in the film.

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Some of my favorite portions of the film were the lengthy discussions on one particular scene where actress Linnea Quigley performs her infamous stripping scene in which all involved discuss the full-frontal nudity in the film and the actors’ responses to that specific scene filmed in the movie. I, personally, have fond memories of that very scene and it seems many cast members did as well.

 

If over 2 hours of testimonies and insight into ROTLD with all of the actors, actresses, and filmmakers involved (those still living—R.I.P. Dan O’Bannon and Mark Venturini) isnt’ enough, then how about an additional 2 hours of extra features, including a look at the sequels to ROTLD, Parts 2 and 3, as well as the final interview with the late Dan O’Bannon, a return to the filming locations of ROTLD, and a music video by Stacie Q performing the hit song, “Tonight”, which was used in the film.

 

MORE BRAINS! is a documentary that does a great job at digging deep into the high-points and low-points during the filming process, including doing in-depth into how it came about that the original zombie make-up artist working on the film had to be fired. The documentary also serves as a nice study on what low-budget filmmakers working on a small budget (around a few million dollars) have to go through. Dan O’Bannon has worked in Hollywood writing screenplays but this is his first job directing a movie.

 

I highly recommend viewing this incredibly in-depth and interesting doc on one of the most influential zombie films ever created incorporating elements of comedy. Presented by Michael Perez Entertainment and Hutson Ranch Media, one can head over to the website www.getmorebrains.com for further info on the film, as well as viewing a trailer for it.

 


BLU-RAY REVIEW: WRONG TURN 4: BLOODY BEGINNINGS (2011)

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20th Century Fox’s Blu-ray/DVD Combo release of director Declan O’Brien’s WRONG TURN 4: BLOODY BEGINNINGSstarts off with the origins of the West Virginian cannibal hillbillies from their days locked up in an insane asylum. The previous WRONG TURN films- WRONG TURN (2003), WRONG TURN 2: DEAD END (2007 Video), and WRONG TURN 3: LEFT FOR DEAD (2009 Video)-all took place in the backwoods of West Virginia, none of which took place during the winter with any snow. The seasons looked to be summer for the first three films, maybe even spring, but with the fourth the series decides to take it to a cold, brutal blizzard. It makes sense that the film was also released in the second half of October for the Halloween season as well as winter right around the corner (for me in the Midwest, at least).

 

The opening scene goes over ten minutes before the opening credits roll and to be honest, I wish the scene went even longer! The scene shows Dr. Ann Marie McQuaid (Kristen Harris) getting a tour of the facility by Dr. Ryan (Arne MacPherson) who, when both come to the cell of One-Eye (Dan Skene), Three-Finger (Sean Skene), and Saw-Tooth (Scott Johnson). The doctor warns his peer that these three individuals, even though they are children, are the most dangerous patients in the whole hospital. This foreboding statement could be no truer because the following scene is purely orchestrated chaos with Strauss’ Blue Danube playing in the background as the three cannibal youth escape with the help of a fellow patient who manages to pick up the new doctor’s hairpin and use it to pick the lock of the cells.

The following sequence has one of the goriest and fun kill scenes in the whole movie, as well as showing viewers just how sick and evil the three cannibal brothers truly are. In one scene their doctor is strung up with barbed wire, each limb tied to a contraption that pulls in a separate direction, eventually imitating the effect of being drawn and quartered. All of his limbs are slowly stripped of their flesh, slowly peeling off until the limbs are ripped right out of their sockets. I applaud O’Brien for choosing to use a limited amount of CGI and choosing to go the practical effects route. The gore in the scene looked so much more realistic because practical effects were used. Latex and fake blood always looks better than computer generated effects. The scene continues to get even nastier as the other doctor, Dr. Ann Marie McQuaid (played by Kristen Harris) is hooked up to the electrocution chair for the inbred cannibals version of electroshock therapy. The scene is pretty nasty and mean-spirited, with One-Eye (Dan Skene), Three-Finger (Sean Skene), and Saw-Tooth (Scott Johnson) laughing gleefully with each agonizingly painful piece of leg and arm are torn right off of the bone. Again, practical effects were mostly used for the sequence of gore shown. Once the two doctors are murdered off, the shot pans to capture the chaos of the rest of the inmates and the remaining staff getting tortured and killed off by the rest of the dangerous nut jobs. I was grinning ear to ear at this point. I can’t really recall enjoying any of the entries in the WRONG TURN series as much as this final entry.

 

The film then jumps to present day and the next scenes are four college kids having sex with their respective partners. Bridget (Kaitlyn Wong featured in Maxim Magazine) and Sara (Temika Davis of Canada’s Next Top Model) are completely naked and having sex in a very sexy scene. At the same time around the corner in the same room is Vincent (Sean Skene) banging Jenna (Terra Vnesa) in their college dorm room. Within the first 15 minutes there was a good amount gore, violence, and nudity. With the fourth entry in a films’ series, the last three of which two of which were direct-to-video releases, I was not expecting an award-winning cast and plot. I was expecting gore, violence, fun and creative kills, and hopefully some gratuitous nudity. So far, the film was delivering on all accounts.

 

The group of kids then drives out to the woods where they drop their car off and jump on their snowmobiles and head off to where they think is their friend’s cabin. Little do they know they are heading in the wrong direction and have made a “wrong turn”. The rest of the film consists of the cannibal hillbillies dispatching the boys and girls one by one. The film has some great death scenes, one of my favorites being the agonizingly slow and painfully torturous scene in which One-Eye, Three-Finger, and Saw-Tooth are having a cannibal fondue meal in which one of the characters shouts,

 

They’re eating him alive like some sort of fucked-up fondue!”

 

The scene goes on for a decent amount of time, slowly showing the hillbillies slicing pieces of skin off or plucking off a chunk of flesh here and there, then dipping it in the hot oil and eating it. The camera unabashedly catches every bite and delicious morsel of flesh being consumed by the hungry brothers. These particular scenes almost made me want to run down to the kitchen and throw some bacon on the stove and cook up some crispy pieces of pork. Yeah, it is kind of sick and bizarre how a film showing cannibals eating human flesh can cause one’s appetite to be triggered. I guess animal flesh and human flesh is not all that different. One is just socially acceptable and the other isn’t. Of course, eating a human being alive while strapped to a metal table is not allowed but strapping an animal on a meat hook and carving it alive is totally cool. Go figure.

 

The film continues at a decent pace with our group of college kids trying desperately to escape and/or defend themselves from attack after attack. Another fun scene is where one of the ladies get gored in the midsection from an ice boring drill. The drill is huge and this is again another practical effect and looks fantastic. Doug Morrow was the Special Makeup designer and created One-Eye, Three-Finger, and Saw-Tooth’s masks, as well as many of the other practical effects involving latex and tons of blood. The visual effects team of Chris Peterson and Mark Hennessy-Barrett, who are credited to having worked on HOSTEL III, complemented the practical effects.

 

The Blu-ray of WRONG TURN 4 has a very informative commentary track on it with director Declan O’Brien and the Behind-the-scenes producer, as well as a plethora of extra features including the director’s Die-aries, Making Another Wrong Turn, Lifestyles of the Sick and Infamous, a WRONG TURN 4 music video featuring the Blackout City Kids, and some deleted scene. The dvd of the movie only has the film itself in Standard Definition. I do like when a studio puts out the Blu-ray along with the dvd so if one brings the movie over to a buddy’s place who does not have a Blu-ray player the film still can be enjoyed.

 

Director O’Brien also directed the previous entry in the series, WRONG TURN 3: LEFT FOR DEAD, of which I think is the weakest entry. I remember there being a great deal of computer-generated effects versus practical effects and the gore being lighter than I had previously remembered. That and most of the victims were men because of the film’s plot leaving no reason for some pretty ladies to be gracing the screen. I think that O’Brien has redeemed himself  (in my book) with WRONG TURN 4: DEADLY BEGINNINGS. The film is a horror film full of adequate acting, sexy heroines and victims, strong female characters, nasty villainous cannibals, tons of gore and lots of violence. The film was surprisingly well shot and had some artistic merits held within. I recommend seeing all the WRONG TURN films in the series, saving WRONG TURN 4, the best for last.


ANCHOR BAY SCREAM 4 CONTEST WINNER

SCREAM 4 DVD winner CHUD holding his prize!

We have a SCREAM 4 Contest Winner, folks. Oddly, we would have had a second one but the dude never replied to me via email when I asked what his mailing address was, he never replied, so I guess I will extend the SCREAM 4 DVD Giveaway Contest and make it even easier. If you want to win a free DVD, just repost this link on Twitter with @shuizmz in the body and the hash tags #shuizmz #anchorbay #giveaway and repost this link on your wall on Facebook, tagging Bryan Schuessler in it (That is me, guys and gals!) . I am making it even easier. If my 2nd winner does not get back to me in a timely manner, then I will have two more dvds to give away. The winners of the extended contest will be picked at random and will be limited to winners whose addresses are in the continental United States because I am a very poor bastard and shipping overseas will hurt.

In the meantime, lets take a look at the copy CHUD won, sitting at his place amongst a bunch of other awesome horror collectibles and paraphernalia, as well as his winning entry.

SCREAM 4 DVD winner CHUD holding his prize!

 

As far as my favorite of the Scream series, I’d have to say that the first one does it for me. Despite being the one that starts it all and spawned spoofs like Scary Movie, it is the one that means business. Even though it is quite funny, as far as the horror aspect, it takes itself quite seriously.
IMO the best death scene is Tatum Riley, played by Rose McGowan. While most deaths were caused by knife, this one was the most inventive having her crushed by the garage door. It also makes for a more surprising corpse discovery by other cast members.

My top ten list in no particular order:
1)Nightmares in a Damaged Brain aka Nightmare– the final death scene is epic, the blood flow rivals that of the Shinings elevator scene
2)Maniac– Tom Savinis FX are top notch, the shotgun head explosion being of particular note
3)the Prowler– great atmosphere, certain deaths had me believing they actually died because the FX were filmed so believably
4)Candyman– one of my all time favs, knowing Cabrini Green was a real place just made it creep me out more
5)Halloween– the grand master, Carpenters classic still holds up today. Has been ripped off so many times, you know its one of the greatest
6)Resurrection– little known Christopher Lambert flick where the psycho is collecting body parts for a shocking revelation
7)the Midnight Meat Train– very slick adaptation of one of my favorite Clive Barker tales
8)Hitcher– Rutgers Hauer is great in this, constantly staying one step ahead of the dopey C. Thomas Howell
9)Psycho– another awesome Slasher that spawned a slew of sequels, the original definitely beats out the rest in atmosphere and tension
10)From Hell– based on one of my favorite persons out of history, this one brings the legend to life like no other film has done so before. Great acting by a top notch cast and it gives you its take on Jack unflinchingly

Thanx for the contest,
Chud

Great entry CHUD! I am going to have to check out RESURRECTION. I love CHRISTOPHER LAMBERT!


ONE-EYED FILMS handling Chilean TERATHROPUS: THE ABERRATION

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London based ONE EYED FILMS is handling development and pre sales of Chilean feature Teranthropus: the Aberration’ , to be Directed by duo Lucio A. Rojas and Cristian Toledo, their second feature after the recently completed ‘Blind Death’.

 

This excerpt was posted today at DreadCentral.com:

 

Get ready for the longest international teaser trailer you’ll ever see:

Lucio A. Rojas and Cristian Toledo’s Chilean’ Teranthropus: The Aberration’.

 

Based on historical facts – a  biological experiment programme created by the Allende Government in the 70’s using genetic intervention to create super–soldiers to defend against a possible US invasion. The film picks up from where things go badly wrong and as a result, a half man, half beast roams the land attacking whatever it comes across.

 

To create Teranthropus, we used horror/action elements for a result that has many similarities withfilms like Predator, The Thing, and Dog Soldiers but adapted to a political context explains Cristian Toledo. Teranthropus is set to strike a new vein in the military horror zombie flick.

 

Synopsis

A half-beast/half-human creature, the product of a biological experiment carried out during Salvador Allende’s government, has escaped from a laboratory and will kill with no mercy anybody whoever crosses his way. Military soldiers, on a mission to capture a group of militants, are forced change their target in order to combat the monster on the loose.

 

SOURCE: DREAD CENTRAL

 

ONE-EYED FILMS sent me the press release shortly after I talked to one of their people while they were out looking for films and gathering info on possible acquisitions for the company. As readers know, I have reviewed a few films from their roster and will continue to review films and be in contact with them. They have released some very unique films, many of them from around the world. Keep an eye for more reviews from the roster of ONE-EYED FILMS over here at SHU-IZMZ

 

 

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SHU-IZMZ HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: Best shit to ask for during the Holidays!

Totally random cool shit one has to have (or at least I have to have!)

MOTORHEAD STOCKING!

How fucking cool is this? Head over to Official Motorhead Online store to pick this web exclusive up!

 

2011 Motörhead Holiday Stocking – Webstore Exclusive

Limited Edition Motörhead Holiday Stocking is made of 2-layer padded felt and features embroidered art and measures 15”x 10”
Product Number MH-11STOCKING

Price: $29.99

 

 

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DARK STARS RISING is a collection of 27 candid interviews spanning 24 years with unique and free-thinking artists, from America to Austria, and beyond. Working in different media, countries, constraints, and freedoms, the vortex here is created by New York film writer Shade Rupe, known for his avant interests and the cultural realm he inhabits with his Funeral Partybooks. Everyone in this collection has produced artifacts that affect the heart, mind, soul, and future.The smaller half of Penn & Teller ends the silence for a lengthy discussion of magic and falsehoods, Divine opens the closet for his transition to playing male roles, Crispin Glover discusses his love for the films of Fassbinder and other greats, Faster Pussycat! Kill, Kill!’s Tura Satana tells it like it is from burlesque shows to Hollywood, Alejandro Jodorowsky showers cinema lovers with psychomagic, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge lays down the gauntlet with his creations Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV, and much much more.A visually stunning package, DARK STARS RISINGcontains over 500 photographs and illustrations, many of them rare and hitherto unseen.Eight color plates  and a selection of choice reviews rounds out this amazing book.The Players:1.   Richard Kern2.   Alejandro Jodorowksy3.   Buddy Giovinazzo

4.   Udo Kier

5.   Jim VanBebber

6.   Dennis Paoli

7.   Tura Satana

8.   Teller

9.   Brother Theodore

10. Peter Sotos

11. Johannes Schonherr

12. Chas. Balun

13. Divine

14. Floria Sigismondi

15. Hermann Nitsch

16. Genesis P-Orridge

17. William Lustig

18. Dennis Cooper

19. Gaspar Noe

20. Johanna Went

21. Zamora, The Torture King

22. Andre Lassen

23. Arnold Drake

24. Richard Stanley

25. Dame Darcy

26. Stephen O’Malley

27. Crispin Glover

And now for some info on TRASHFIEND….

A loving look at “disposable” horror culture from the 1960s and 1970s.

Over two glorious decades the horror film waged war on good taste, exploiting every taboo and bursting every envelope along the way. TRASHFIEND is the definitive guide to the chaotic, creative and endlessly entertaining golden age of horror cinema. Scott Stine (author of The Gorehound’s Guide to Splatter Films series) shines a fond but satiric light on everything from low budget horror films to grisly comic art, lurid movie magazines to late-night creature features, campy monster toys to exploitive poster art.

Packed with reviews, trivia, interviews, anecdotes and rare illustrations, and written with witty and insightful flair, TRASHFIEND will fascinate aficianados, nostalgists and cinema lovers of every stripe  for a fun, energetic and critical look at this beloved genre.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Includes over 100 reproductions of rare ad art, as well as vintage books, toys and magazines from the era, with four pages of glorious, garish color.

  1. Up From the Depths (Preface)
  2. It’s Only a Movie (Film Reviews)
  3. Darker Side of Soul Cinema: Creature Features of Black Cinema (Article)
  4. It’s Only a Black Horror Movie (Film Reviews)
  5. The Ghouls Go West: The Horror Westerns of William Beaudine (Article)
  6. Billy the Kid vs. Dracula (1965) & Jesse James Meets… (1965) (Reviews)
  7. Cal Bolder: The Boy Toy of Frankenstein’s Daughter (Interview)
  8. Dredging Crater Lake with Richard Cardella (Interview)
  9. The Crater Lake Monster (1977) (Film Review)
  10. John Stanley’s Nightmare in Blood (Interview)
  11. Nightmare in Blood (1975) (Film Review)
  12. Pat Boyette’s Dungeons of Harrow (Article)
  13. Dungeon of Harrow (1962) (Film Review)
  14. Pat Boyette Selected Horror Comic Checklist (1966–79) (Reference)
  15. The Mad, Mad, Mad Monsters of Rankin & Bass (Article)
  16. Mad Monster Party? (1967) & Mad, Mad, Mad Monsters (72) (Reviews)
  17. Blood on the Canvas: The Art of the Belgian Window Card (Article)
  18. The Twisted Tales of Bruce Jones (Interview)
  19. Bruce Jones: Selected Horror Magazine Checklist (1968-79) (Reference)
  20. Those Marvelous Monsters: Marvel Comics’ Horror Magazines (Article)
  21. Marvel Monster Magazine Checklist (1964–1979) (Reference)
  22. Marvel Monster Magazine Artist & Writer Index (1964–1979) (Reference)
  23. Digesting The Haunt of Horror (Article)
  24. The Haunt of Horror Digest Index (1973) (Reference)
  25. Cut Down to Size: The Golden Age of Horror Digest Magazines (Article)
  26. Horror Fiction Digest Checklist (1960–1979) (Reference)
  27. Monsters on Parade: Shriek! The Monster Horror Magazine (Article)
  28. Shriek! Magazine Index (1965–1967) (Reference)
  29. Warren’s Hastily Erected House of Horror (Article)
  30. Reel Monsters: Collecting 8mm Horror Films (Article)
  31. Wally Wood’s Mars Attack! (Article)
  32. Mars Attacks! Trading Cards Checklist (1962) (Reference)
  33. Monsterabilia (Article)
  34. Sleepless in Seattle: Up All Night With Nightmare Theatre (Article)
  35. Keeping an Eye on the Count: Chuck Lindenberg (Interview)
  36. Sweeping Up After the Count: Dave Drui, Floor Director (Interview)
  37. Sources / Acknowledgements / About the Author

I think these books are going to be a fantastic read and very informative. I find that every time I read a decent book on horror, I am continually made aware of hundreds of new films that went below my radar. A fan of movies should also be a fan of reading books on movies. One can learn so much from the writing of one whom has devoted so many days, months, and years to researching one particular topic. I love reading books on horror and cult films so much. It is just as much fun as watching the movies themselves, making it that much more interesting when one knows the background and history of the film itself.

BLU-RAYS/DVDs

 

There are many DVDs and Blu-rays that I can recommend, but if you want to know what I think of a particular movie, just go search on my website and type in a particular movie to read my review. Breaking Glass Pictures and Vicious Circle Films have been sending me screeners, as well as prize giveaways, almost since the inception of the company (they are a fairly new movie distributor!). As well as sending me screeners and giveaways to movies in their catalog line-up, they now are offering SHU-IZMZ readers a Holiday Discount when purchasing any of their movies! How fucking cool is that?!!?

Save 40% On All Titles From Breaking Glass Pictures & Vicious Circle Films

Breaking Glass Pictures and our horror label Vicious Circle Films want to extend our holiday promotion discount to the readers of SHUIZMZ.com! Using the promotional code shuizmz at our web store (www.shop.breakingglasspictures.com) will give you 25% off of our already discounted titles for a total saving of 40% off of each title purchased. Our horror label Vicious Circle Films specializes in everything that is horror, from zombie comedies like “George: A Zombie Intervention” to cult revenge thrillers like “Run! Bitch Run!” and everything in between. We have a taste of all the different avenues of horror to keep every fan of the genre excited. The promotion is also extended to anything in the Breaking Glass catalog which has a great mix of different films to keep movie fans intrigued, including the documentary “The Lottery” which was short listed for the Oscars in 2011. So come check out our supreme selection of film and enjoy our gift of 40% off for the holidays.

Here are just a few of some of my favorite of their films:

CROPSEY is a film I really dug. It is a documentary and one that I think fans of True Crime and Horror will really get in tune with. I reviewed it here so check out all my thoughts on it. Definitely worth having in one’s collection! Capitalize on that discount and order it HERE!

Another of Ryan Nicholson’s ultra-gory and sleazy horror films that are never light on the raunchy nudity and sick humor! Order it here!

 

 

 

The following Blu-rays and DVDS are all available from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. Check out there offerings here:

2oth Century Fox

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES is out on Blu-ray/DVD from 2oth Century Fox. I saw this film in the theater and I thought it was a solid entry into the PLANET OF THE APES series. James Franco and Andy Serkis were phenomenal. Definitely a movie to just go out and grab, regardless of whether you have seen it or not. I think it is that good!

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Blu-ray + Digital Copy (North America)

  • Feature Film
  • Deleted Scenes
    • Alpha Gets Shot
    • Will’s Meeting with Lab Assistants
    • Will Discovers Caesar Has Solved Puzzles
    • Caesar Plays with Bicycle
    • Caesar Questions His Identity
    • Caesar Bites Off Neighbors Finger
    • Will Ignores the Risks of an Airborne Mutated Virus
    • Rodney Gives Caesar a Cookie
    • Rocket Gets Hosed by Dodge
    • Caesar Destroys the Lab and Koba’s Attempted Revenge on Jacobs
    • Caesar Pushes Helicopter
    • Koba with Shotgun
  • Pre-vis for The Future
  • Capturing Caesar – Script to Screen
  • Studying the Genius of Andy Serkis
  • Multi-Angle: Rocket Cookie Scene
  • A New Generation of Apes
  • Breaking Motion Capture Boundaries
  • Breaking New Sound Barriers: The Music and Sound Design of Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • Ape Facts
    • Chimpanzee
    • Gorilla
    • Orangutan
  • Audio Commentary by Director Rupert Wyatt
  • Audio Commentary by Writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver
  • Character Concept Art Gallery
  • Three Theatrical Trailers

If you have know Shu personally, then you know I abso-fucking-lutely think that SONS OF ANARCHY is one of the greatest television shows ever to hit television. It is one of my favorite shows. I love motorcycles, biker culture, and outlaw motorcycle gangs and reading up on them. After watching episodes on GANGLAND of real biker gangs, SOA is the next best thing. I can’t think of any show that ever came out and an outlaw motorcycle gang was the subject of the television series. Creator KURT SUTTER is a genius for developing this program and making it happen once a week on the FX Network for fans of this genre of t.v. Shit, one episode even had a cameo by HELL’S ANGEL Sonny Barger in it! Now if that does not say that the show is the real deal than I don’t know what does!

 

Special Features:

 

  • Season 3 to 4 Story-Bridge
  • Extended Episodes
  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Writer’s Roundtable
  • Commentaries with Cast and Creators
  • Fox Movie Channel at Season 3 Premiere

 

I pre-ordered this when it came out. My only complaint is that the original theatrical versions of Episodes 4, 5, and 6 are not included in this mammoth STAR WARS box set. Of course, I know how douchey George Lucas can be in releasing his movies on various formats. I mean, how many different box sets of the STAR WARS Trilogy (Ep. 4-6) do I have sitting in my mancave of movies, smut, videogames, and toys? Yeah, I can’t even count how many different freaking versions I have of the the STAR WARS films lying around. Hey, that is the price one pays for being OCD/ANAL about getting EVERY single version of one of the greatest Sci-fi franchises ever to be created on VHS/LASERDISC/DVD/BLU-RAY! Yeah, thanks goodness I never bought a BetaMax player or HD DVD player! I would have copies of the film on that dead technology lying around, too!

This nine-disc collection brings the wonder of the entire Saga direct to your living room this Christmas, where you can revisit all of your favorite Star Wars moments– in gorgeous high definition and with pristine, 6.1 DTS Surround Sound. It boasts an unprecedented 40+ hours of special features, highlighted bynever-before-seen content sourced from the Lucasfilm archives.

With numerous deleted, extended and alternate scenes, new and vintage documentaries and a cross-section of the countless Star Warsspoofs that have appeared in pop culture over the past three decades you may have to spend your entire vacation geeking out on Tatooine and Hoth.

For fans that are only in need of the Trilogies, you’ll be happy to know that Episodes IV-VI and I-III are available in separate Blu-ray packages (artwork below). Ever since the first theatrical release of A New Hope in 1977 the franchise has been revealing new midi-chlorian activity in each young Jedi as they discover their connection to The Force.

In case you only wanted the newer films of the six because you enjoy watching inferior Science Fiction films with annoying plots, characters, and sub-par action and DISLIKE the best three films of LUCAS’ six, then buy this box set instead of the giant one. Really, seeing DARTH MAUL in the single fight scene he is in kicking ass is the only reason to buy this box set. Really, one should be buying the entire Saga on Blu-ray disc. The films in high-def are totally worth it!

These are three of the greatest Sci-fi flicks known to mankind. PERIOD. I can watch these films over and over and over and over and over again. I am not even exaggerating. I have probably seen these films at least 100 times a piece. Aside from SAVING PRIVATE RYAN which I saw in the movie theater about 12 times because I worked at a movie theater at the time and I got to see free movies, the original STAR WARS Trilogy is the only other films that I have seen more than 4 times each in the theater on the big screen.

20th Century Fox

One of the best X-MEN films to come out since the original. I really dug this entry in the series. I do have a hard-on for comicbooks and the Marvel Universe and the X-MEN. I also love when superheroes come to the big screen and I get to see them in a different format than just a comicbook. This is one movie I can’t wait to grab on Blu-Ray disc! Maybe someone will read this and get the hint!

Special features on the X-MEN: FIRST CLASS Blu-ray include:

  • 10 Marvel “X-Men” Digital Comics with exclusive “X-Men: First Class” Backstory Comic

  • More than two hours of never-before-seen extras, including:

  • Cerebro Mutant Tracker: The complete interactive Mutant Database with interactive videos giving fans the ability to learn about their favorite mutants in the X-Men film franchise

  • Children of the Atom: An eight-part behind-the-scenes featurette, charting the film from
    pre-production through post-production, including visual effects techniques and cataloguing “X-Men” transformations through prosthetic make up and costume design

  • X” Marks the Spot: An interactive feature allowing viewers the opportunity to learn more about specific scenes with talent interviews and behind-the-scenes footage

  • Extended and Deleted Scenes

  • BD-Live Portal with additional Cerebro Mutant Tracker profiles

  • Composer’s Isolated Score

  • Theatrical Trailer

20th Century Fox

Now for an epic soundtrack and its movie! Sony Classics brings you the movie DRIVE, starring Ryan Gosling and directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (BRONSON, VALHALLA RISING), one of my new favorite directors!

Not only the soundtrack to REFN’s fucking masterpiece, I am going to add the film, too. This soundtrack is one of the finest soundtracks that I have heard for any film in quite some time. Ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers’ member CLIFF MARTINEZ has crafted a wonderfully atmospheric and thought-inducing mindfuck, as well as picking a few songs from other artists that all add the load-blowing experience. Pick this CD up immediately! I pre-ordered it and have listened to it on repeat the first 8 hours I had it in my possession. I can’t get enough of it!

Now for the movie…

DRIVE

Temporary Cover Art for DRIVE

The Blu-ray presents the film in its 2.39:1 original aspect ratio with 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio sound. The disc also contains a number of bonus materials, including:

  • Five behind-the-scenes featurettes:

Drive Without A Driver: Talking with Director Nicolas Winding Refn

I Drive

Under The Hood

Driver and Irene

Cut To The Chase

Street date is January 31.

SOURCE: blu-ray.com

Here are some releases from SYNAPSE FILMS that are worth checking out….

This film has a pretty big cult-appeal and after having a chance to interview director Lewis Jackson on the SHU-IZMZ RADIO SHOW for over two hours, I appreciate the film even more. Check out the interview HERE!

Christmas Evil [Special Edition]

Price: $24.95

http://synapse-films.com/dvds/christmas-evil-special-edition/

Recently just reviewed SOUTH OF HEAVEN and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it, even though I had to watch it a second time to just appreciate how much thought and care was put into the style and artistic shots within the film. Check out my review of the film HERE!

South of Heaven

Director: J.L. Vara

Starring: Shea Whigham, Diora Baird, Jon Gries, Thomas Jay Ryan, Adam Nee, Aaron Nee

Run Time: 97 minutes

Release Date: October 11, 2011

Language: English

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1

Format: DVD

Region: All Regions

Price: $19.95

Synopsis

NOBODY IS HIS NAME.

REVENGE IS HIS GAME!

When Roy Coop finished his stint in the Navy, he only had two things on his mind: seeing his brother Dale, and writing the great American novel. What he gets, however, is the homecoming from Hell!  A pair of violent vaudevillians (NAPOLEON DYNAMITE’s Jon Gries, and Thomas Jay Ryan) mistake Roy for his brother, looking to collect on a debt he didn’t know he owed. Eight fingers later, Roy is burnt to a crisp, forged by fire into a new man. Roy is dead.  Nobody is born.

Now it’s Nobody’s turn to have his wicked revenge, and to save his brother before it’s too late. Wrapped in bandages and ready for blood, Nobody is determined to kill those that get in his way, even the murdering masochist named Mad Dog Mantee (Shea Whigham, MACHETE and HBO’s BOARDWALK EMPIRE). Dodging bullets and dodging dames, Nobody meets the nasty ne’er-do-wells Lily (Diora Baird, THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE BEGINNING) and Veronica (Elina Lowensohn, SCHINDLER’S LIST). In this wonderful neo-film-noir, violence and vengeance are sure to meet in a little town they call… South of Heaven.

Features

  • THREE AUDIO COMMENTARY TRACKS! Featuring Director J.L. Vara, Star Shea Whigham and other cast/crew. Critic Commentary includes Todd Brown (twitchfilm.com), Scott Weinberg (fearnet.com) and Devin Faraci (badassdigest.com)
  • THREE SHORT FILMS by Director J.L. Vara, Including: MISERABLE ORPHAN, AZOLE DKMUNTCH and A BOY AND HIS FETUS

Reviews

“SOUTH OF HEAVEN captures the violence and grittiness of an unconventional Western of sorts with very unique characters and a certain level of mystery shrouding each.”SHU-IZMZ

“…there is NOTHING not to like about this movie.”Horror News

 

This is one film that I HAVE to have. I used to have a bootleg version of it on VHS that I rented from a local video store in Rolling Meadows, IL by the name of THUMBS UP Video from their Cinema Le Pew section (which in my mind equates to AWESOME FLICKS!) and I dubbed it. I think rented STREET TRASH again after losing my gigantic VHS Tape collection in a fire on St. Patrick’s Day at my apartment so now I have a copied version of it on a Dvd-R. Well, I need to own a legit copy on DVD, or even Blu-ray if it ever gets made on that format. Since that has not happened yet (to my knowledge), I am going to have to get the deluxe 2-disc Meltdown Edition from SYNAPSE FILMS. Interestingly enough, I was at a bar eating some delicious pizza, Chicago-style, and guess what film was being projected on the over-sized screens of the bar-STREET TRASH. Probably not the best choice of a film when one is eating, but so much fun for this gorehound! I love that movie each and every time I see it. Most notable, is the performance by James Lorinz as the smart ass doorman at the mafia-owned Italian restaurant. Classic!

Synopsis

!!Two-Disc Meltdown Edition!! – In the sleazy, foreboding world of winos, derelicts and drifters in lower Manhattan, two young runaways – eighteen-year-old Fred (MIKE LACKEY) and his younger brother, Kevin (MARK SFERRAZZA), live in a tire hut in the back of a vast auto wrecking yard. Fred is burnt-out by the forces that destroyed his family life, whereas Kevin, having missed much of their childhood trauma, yearns to get back into society and lead a normal life. The most lethal threat to the boys is the case of Tenafly Viper in Ed’s liquor store window. Ed found the cheapo wine behind a wall in his basement. The stuff’s forty years old, and it’s gone real bad. Anyone who drinks it melts within seconds… and it’s only a dollar a bottle!!

The bums are lining up for their deaths like moths at a flame, and Fred standing right there amongst them. STREET TRASH is the subversive cult classic horror-comedy that rode the last wave of super-gore in the late ’80s before the curtain fell on such outrageous material and we entered an era of safe, “R” rated horror flicks and endless, unoriginal remakes. Synapse Films is proud to present the 2-DVD Special Meltdown Edition of the 80s gore classic, STREET TRASH. Over four years in the making, this 2 DVD set contains the amazing two-hour documentary, THE MELTDOWN MEMOIRS.

SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE:
– New Anamorphic Widescreen [1.78:1] Mastered in High-Definition
– New DD5.1 Remix and Original 2.0 Mono Soundtrack
– Two Audio Commentaries Featuring Producer Roy Frumkes and Director James Muro
– THE MELTDOWN MEMOIRS – All-New TWO HOUR Documentary on the History and making of STREET TRASH
– STREET TRASH – Original 16mm Short Film That Inspired the Movie
– Long Lost, Never-Before-Seen STREET TRASH Promotional Teaser
– Behind-The-Scenes Still Gallery
– Original Theatrical Trailer

ITEM #: SFD0057
REGION: 1
Running Time: 102 minutes
NTSC – Anamorphic Widescreen [1.78:1]
NOT RATED
1987

SOURCE: SYNAPSE FILMS

 

SEVERIN FILMS has some great titles to offer, too!

The Secret Life: Jeffrey Dahmer

David R. Bowen, 1989

The murder and dismemberment of 17 young men in Wisconsin between 1978 and 1991 capped a century stained in blood by the heinous exploits of the blue-eyed cannibal killer known to a horrified nation as The Milwaukee Monster. Made in the three years between his highly-publicized arrest and his 1994 murder while serving 15 consecutive life sentences in prison, The Secret Life: Jeffrey Dahmer follows the schizophrenic butcher from his first impulse slaying in his grandmother’s back yard to his infamous “rampage period,” in which he claimed up to one victim a week in his makeshift slaughterhouse on Milwaukee’s troubled west side. Inspired by Dahmer’s own highly-publicized confessions, David R. Bowen’s brutally intense indie has the half-starved aesthetic of a snuff film and a no-holds-barred lead performance by writer-actor Carl Crew as one the 20th Century’s most notorious serial killers.

EXTRAS:
•Audio Commentary With Director David R. Bowen And Star Carl Crew
•Trailer

List price is $19.99 but one can find it for $13.99 on Amazon.com, or even cheaper if purchased used.

SOURCE: SEVERIN FILMS

Aside from the fact that I am extremely interested in serial killers and true crime, the case of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer holds a special morbidly unique place in my cold, dead, heart because this sick son-of-a-bitch was raping, torturing, and murdering victims in the Midwest area, specifically Milwaukee, WI and West Allis. I remember reading about his grisly crimes and murders, as well as the trial, in the newspaper. It probably was one of the most publicized cases I remember while growing up.

Check out my review for the INTERVISION/SEVERIN FILMS film that was, although very low-budget, one of the better films to chronicle Dahmer‘s life of crime and murders.

 

I mean, come on…Who has not seen this film? Well, maybe some fans of horror who are not hardcore, but I remember this film being played on television all the time. It has Lee and Cushing in it, as well as Telly Savalez. How awesome is that? It is also nice that the film is being released as a Blu-ray/DVD combo so those of you whom have not upgraded to HD can still enjoy it.

The ’70s horror classic returns like you’ve never seen it before! Screen legends Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing star as rival turn-of-the-century anthropologists transporting a frozen ‘missing link’ aboard the Trans-Siberian Express. But when the prehistoric creature thaws and escapes, it unleashes a brain-scarfing spree that turns its victims into the eye-bleeding undead. Can the crafty colleagues stop this two million year old monster, hordes of zombie passengers and a psychotic Cossack officer (Telly Savalas) before terror goes off the rails? Silvia Tortosa (When The Screaming Stops) co-stars in this all-time fright favorite from director Eugenio Martin and the blacklisted Hollywood screenwriters of Psychomania, now featuring explosive new Extras and a stunning HD transfer from vault elements recently unearthed in a Mongolian film depot!

EXTRAS:
Murder On The Trans-Siberian Express: New Interview With Director Eugenio Martin
Notes From The Blacklist: Producer Bernard Gordon Discusses The McCarthy Era
-The Guardian Interview With Peter Cushing 1973 (Audio only)
Telly And Me: New Interview With Composer John Cacavas
-Introduction by Fangoria Editor Chris Alexander
-Theatrical Trailer

Color
90 Mins
Region 0

$21.98

 

If ya dig kung-fu and action flicks from the East, then the film distributor WELL GO USA better be on your radar! They are putting out some phenomenal action, horror, and kung-fu flicks that are coming out on Blu-ray and DVD. Many of these films are new to the States, such as Korea’s A BETTER TOMORROW remake, as well as some nice versions of IP MAN,

WELL GO USA is cool enough to send SHU-IZMZ screeners, so expect to be reading reviews of many of their films. A review for A BETTER TOMORROW is on the way, as well as one for HELLDRIVER! Check out the cover for HELLDRIVER!

 

 

SOURCE: WELL GO USA

 

 COOL SHIRTS and OTHER CLOTHING ACCESSORIES!

 

80sTees.com

80sTees.com T-shirts is a website that actually contacted me and I checked them out. I checked them out because the 1980’s produced some completely epic movies and some of my favorite films that have a major repeat-viewing value! Hell, think of all the slasher films that the ’80s have produced. FRIDAY THE 13th series, most of the HALLOWEEN films, MANIAC!, MOTEL HELL, PROM NIGHT, HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP, FRIGHT NIGHT, GHOULIES, RE-ANIMATOR, RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD….Holy shit! I could go on and on. Anyways, this website not only offers killer horror t-shirts but they offer shirts from films throughout the ’80s. They got Chuck Norris T’s, STAR WARS, the VACATION films in various humorous t-shirts, and GOONIES! How can one not love a GOONIES t-shirt? I love THE GOONIES! Now one may ask why am I endorsing this website? Well, the guys and gals over at 80sTees.com sent me one of their shirts, in my size, which I have worn to work and washed. It was a XXL FRIDAY THE 13TH t-shirt. I am a big boy so I needed a big shirt. Needless to say, the shirt fit great. The shirt felt great and I now know where to go for movie t-shirts in the future. The prices of shirts vary from shirt to shirt. Some are $20, which is a little bit too high for me to pay for a T-shirt, as I generally look for shirts $15 and under, but in perusing through the website there were quite a bit of shirts that were under $20, some even as low as $4.99. Those would be the shirts I would go looking for. There are quite a bit of shirts for $10-$15. The clearance section does have over 700 items, t-shirts, hats, etc…that are under $20 so I found that to be pretty cool. They also sell Halloween costumes, music T’s, and non-80’s items. Worth a look when trying to find a new and unique gift for that special someone. Click HERE to check out all the cool shirts they have to offer!

Another favorite t-shirt they offer!

 

 FRIGHT RAGS

I have ordered almost a dozen cool horror T-shirts from this company. Right now, they got a sale going on for some $10 t-shirts. I do not know how long the sale will be going on but I bought a STREET TRASH t-shirt that is totally awesome and I have gotten many compliments on. My girlfriend also really digs the LOST BOYS t-shirt I bought her, too!

Check out the horror t-shirts HERE!

 

Don’t forget to pick up a SHU-IZMZ t-shirt, with art by PUTRID! They are always a great gift to get anyone with their slick design and gory artwork! They are selling for $15 + shipping! Get them while supplies last. When they sell out, they will be gone!

Only $15-- so buy one bitch!

 

MORE VIDEOS and cool shit….

Anyone into wrestling? Well, I am slowly getting into it because I have so many friends that dig it and when I was a young lad I really loved watching wrestling. In fact, my favorite wrestlers were Hulk Hogan, Junkyard Dog, and Andre the Giant. Then I got into more recent wrestlers like Goldberg who, to this day, is still one of my favorite wrestlers. I just picked up a Best of Monday Nitro dvd just to see Goldberg wrestle Hollywood Hogan. This all brings me to my next website that I think offers some badass shit. Now I contacted them hoping to get some free shit to give you guys, but no dice. The website still has some rad things to offer, especially if one is a fan of Chicago’s very own CM PUNK! I have only watched PUNK wrestle on youtube.com clips, so this is a great website to get really underground dvds of him. It has WWE wrestling videos, as well as some of the more underground ones sold on a dvd-r.

The website offers wrestling gear, belts, magazines, dvds, action figures, VHS, books, shirts, and tons of other apparel. I was hoping to get some promotional items for free, but no dice. Readers are going to have to head over there and buy the shit themselves. Another cool aspect about the site is that one can shop by wrestler. It’s a great feature for those that are novices to the world of wrestling and would like to just purchase dvds that have one’s favorite wrestler. Since I have met CM PUNK, hung out at his place, and talked to him before I feel that I must see some of his fights and see how good a wrestler he is. By the way, he is bar far the nicest celebrity I have ever met and extremely humble. Since he recently won the belt, I am guessing he is pretty awesome. HIGH SPOTS even sells stuff for wrestlers and wrestling promoters.

For years, the Money in the Bank match was a highlight of WrestleMania, with each of the six winners going on to successfully cash in their opportunities and win World Championships. Last year, the popular match headlined its own WWE pay-per-view event, and two spectacular matches led to two more successful title reigns, including the Miz seizing on his momentum at last year’s event to become the most must-see WWE Champion in history. So the stakes are incredibly high for the Superstars of Raw and SmackDown look to climb the ladder of success at Money in the Bank 2011.

  1. Smackdown Money in the Bank Ladder Match
    Sin Cara, Kane, Justin Gabriel, Heath Slater, Cody Rhodes, Daniel Bryan, Sheamus and Wade Barrett
  2. WWE Divas Title Match
    Kelly Kelly vs. Brie Bella
  3. Big Show vs. Mark Henry
  4. RAW Money in the Bank Ladder Match
    Alberto Del Rio, Rey Mysterio, Alex Riley, The Miz, Kofi Kingston, Evan Bourne, R-Truth and Jack Swagger
  5. WWE World Hwt. Title – Title changes hands on a DQ
    Randy Orton vs. Christian
  6. WWE Title Match
    John Cena vs. CM Punk

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Highspots.com sells cool action figures like Roddy Piper

For the Wrestling Fan

With over 10 years in business Highspots.com has grown to be the company it is by serving the wrestling fans throughout the world with a great selection of merchandise. Highspots.com has everything a wrestling fan could want including the latest WWE & TNA releases, classic wrestling merchandise and our Highspots.com exclusive releases. We have listed below our different categories and some more information about what you can find in them:

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  • Figures
    Highspots.com carries a huge selection of figures. We stock WWE Figures ranging from the newest series all the way back to the original WWF Hasbro Series! We also carry TNA, WCW and ECW commercial figures. For the fans of Puro and Lucha Libre Highspots.com offers authentic figures from New Japan, All Japan, NOAH and CMLL featuring some of their best stars from yesterday and today.
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Now my list is just a handful of cool things I think are worth looking into or getting for someone. The important thing is I hope to have introduced readers to some cool websites that offer some cool products.

Now watch my video…it is nothing special.


GUROZUKA to be released by SYNAPSE!

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I love Japanese films, especially horror films from their country because they contain so many bizarre elements and usually have some fun gore and scenes within them. I mean, RINGU and JUON are two of my creepiest favs and TOKYO GORE POLICE and MACHINE GIRL are so much fun. Not to mention two of my favorite directors is Takashi Miike are Akira Kurosawa. So, I have high hopes for GUROZUKA to entertain me, if only nominally. I also am looking forward to all the extra goodies that SYNAPSE FILMS usually offers on their Blu-rays and DVDS!

 

Gurozuka
DVD
Label: Synapse Films
Streets: 1/10/2012 SRP: 24.95
Run Time: 85 Minutes English language Color
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1 Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo All Regions
Production year: 2005
Director: Yoichi Nishiyama
Stars: Keiko Saito, Yuko Kurosawa, Yukari Fukui, Nozomi Ando, Yoko Mitsuya
Genre: Horror
Language: In Japanese – Subtitled In English

A fun getaway turns into a journey to Hell for some teenage girls visiting an isolated house to rehearse and perform a play for their private movie club. Taking the trip with an adult chaperone, the girls learn a previous club member supposedly went missing in the house, and another insane! Shortly after they arrive, a mysterious videotape is found with footage of a violent killer wearing a Japanese “deigan” mask. Is this footage real or fake? Soon, their food and equipment disappears and one of the girls is haunted by ghostly visions of the masked demon. Someone or something is in the house, and gruesome death awaits those who cannot escape! Synapse Films is proud to present Yoichi Nishiyama’s GUROZUKA, a stylized horror film in the tradition of SCREAM and genre-bending Japanese classic, THE RING!

 

Bonus Features: The Making Of Gurozuka Featurette, Original Trailer.

SOURCE: SYNAPSE FILMS


PRESS RELEASE: SCARY TALES & SICKLE

Readers may recall SHU-IZMZ giving some greatly deserved praise for Indie horror director Geno McGahee’s FAMILY SECRET (see review HERE), and McGahee has been busy working on two more Indie features, SCARY TALES and SICKLE. Check out some press pics below, as well as the films’ synopsis and other details about both films.

 

X Posse Productions Completes SCARY TALES & SICKLE: Two New Doses of Horror

Massachusetts, November 15, 2011 – In 2009, the horror mystery “FAMILY SECRET” was filmed.  It was the third film in the career of Writer/Director, Geno McGahee, and by far, the best.  In New England, FAMILY SECRET became a hit, initially selling out a cinema in Connecticut and filling several local establishments with eager horror fans.  It sold well on DVD and people began to ask: What will be next?  The answer came quickly.

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In 2010, production began on SCARY TALES, an anthology, featuring four tales, each with shocks and surprises.  In the vein of CREEPSHOW and TALES FROM THE CRYPT, SCARY TALES features distinct tales with great performances by the many talented actors and actresses involved.  New additions to the X Posse Crew included a new musician (Greg Kozlowski) doing the score and a CGI expert (Chris Dias) adding a new element to the production and bringing some of the monstrosities to life in a way that will please the audience.  SCARY TALES also features the music of Shadowside and The Putrid Flowers.  With axe murderers, zombies, cannibals, demons, werewolves, and the devil himself, SCARY TALES brings a little bit of everything, with an estimated release date of mid 2012.

Publicity shots from SCARY TALES

With no rest for the wicked, McGahee quickly began filming SICKLE, the most ambitious project to date.  A young boy is accused of killing his babysitter, but insists that he saw a monster do it. Locked up for 15 years, he is now free, but the monster has returned to his life.  With ghost hunters trying to prove it exists, others trying to control it, and others trying to kill it, SICKLE will be a monster movie to remember, featuring special effects never seen before in an X Posse Production along with the surprises that you have come to love with FAMILY SECRETSICKLE wrapped production in mid October and the release estimate is in early 2013.   Sonora, the band that did the title track for FAMILY SECRET, returns with their take on the monster that dwells in SICKLE.

 

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SCARY TALES (2012)

Written & Directed by Geno McGahee

Co-Director – Forris Day, JR.

Special Effects by Jamie Swimm & Leeann Aubuchon

CGI by Chris Dias
Score by Greg Kozlowski

Starring: Logan Lopez, Brent Northup, Charlotte Lewis, Crystal Aya, Savanah Gauthier, Sarah Surprenant, David Sauriol, Josh Tienson, Leeann Aubuchon, Ray Surprenant, Mike Lauper, Jaki Valensi-Lauper, Tim Pieciak, Kate Lago, Richard Smith, Ed Reed III, Martin DuPlessis and Steven Joseph Adams

 

 

 

Sickle

SICKLE (2013)

Written & Directed by Geno McGahee

Co-Director – Forris Day, JR.

Special Effects by Jamie Swimm & Leeann Aubuchon

CGI by Chris Dias
Score by Greg Kozlowski

Starring: Logan Lopez, Brent Northup, David Sauriol, Pete Baez, Renee Day, Scott Day, Rumual Silva, Josh Tienson, Leeann Aubuchon, Ray Surprenant Charlotte Lewis, Crystal Aya, Savanah Gauthier, Sarah Surprenant, Cory Benoit, Samantha Francis, Ed Reed III, Jaki Valensi-Lauper, Richard Smith, Steven Joseph Adams and Martin DuPlessis

About X POSSE PRODUCTIONS

X Posse Productions, based out of Massachusetts, was founded by Writer/Director Geno McGahee and began in 2001 with the first film “EVIL AWAKENING,” followed by “RISE OF THE SCARECROWS,” in 2004, both released by Tempe Entertainment in 2008/2009.  McGahee took a hiatus from filming, learning the craft, and returned with FAMILY SECRET, released in 2011, and now works full time in film, writing, directing, and producing.  X Posse Productions plans to produce quality films, bringing together the local talent from New England and then expanding as the popularity grows.

SOURCE: Geno McGahee/X Posse Productions


BLU-RAY REVIEW: FRANKENHOOKER (1990)

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The opening scene in FRANKENHOOKER begins innocently enough at a family gathering at Jeffrey Franken’s fiancée’s place in which she shows off her soon-to-be-husbands’ newest invention, a remote-controlled lawnmower. She stupidly attempts to show it works while standing directly in front of it with her back to the mower while pressing buttons to turn it on. It starts to mow the lawn and she is directly in its path, all the while Franken is shouting at her to get out of the mower’s path. She either does not hear him or simply chooses to ignore him because she is so enthralled with his invention, proud to be marrying him in the near future. Sadly, no one at the party gets up to push Elizabeth (Franken’s fiancée) out of the damn way and she is chopped to pieces by the lawnmower. The opening scene of Frank Hennenlotter’s FRANKENHOOKER already had me in stitches laughing at the absurdness of the whole event, as well as admiring the gore and abrasiveness of the whole scene. I was prepared to be tickled pink with scenes of gore, humor, and hopefully, gratuitous nudity (given the concept and plot of the film).

 

Hennenlotter, director of such gory and cult fare such as the BASKET CASE Trilogy and BRAIN DAMAGE, never fails to interest me in the original concepts and plots that his films involve. A great. added bonus was the always hilarious and sarcastic James Lorinz, who first had me rolling on the floor in laughter during his small parts in Jim Muro’s STREET TRASH where he portrayed the smart-ass doorman at the swanky mobster’s restaurant. I will never forget my childhood friend Dave and I sitting in his basement while watching STREET TRASH for the first time as young teenagers (My parents would not even let me watch DIE HARD at home because of its R-Rating! I was in a living hell during my youthful years!). I was not even old enough to drive yet, but who needed wheels and chicks when one had filthy, nudity-filled, gory horror films to occupy our time with. Only years later would I realize that sitting at my best friend’s house in the basement watching STREET TRASH was to be one of my fondest childhood memories-that and discovering hardcore pornography.

After getting over my man-boner upon seeing that Lorinz not only is in the film but also is its lead actor, I was delighted that he played his usual sarcastic, joke-cracking, pessimistic character that really does not deviate too much from film to film. I guess you could say that he plays one character and he plays him very good.

 

Upon inadvertently being somewhat responsible for the demise of his fiancée, Franken decides to use all his brainy knowledge and figure out a way to bring back the love of his life. In figuring out how to bring Elizabeth (Patty Mullen) back, he decides to go about the completely far-fetched route and use his massive amount of medical knowledge and follow in the footsteps of the mad scientist from the Frankenstein movies and go out and find a woman that most closely resembles his dream woman and replace Elizabeth’s brain and head with the woman’s, thus having an even hotter version of his deceased wife.

 

Yeah, the film’s plot is goofy and the scenes of violence are somewhat ridiculous in execution and the likelihood that any of the aforementioned scenarios would ever work, even in a million years, but that is what Henenlotter was going for: fun entertainment that is so over-the-top and ridiculous in nature that it is laugh-out loud funny and almost lighthearted in nature. The basic premise or elements of the scenes were of a serious and self-damaging nature, but it was the humor that accompanied them that toned down any sort of serious tone to any scene.

James Lorinz getting a bird's eye view of some boobies

In one of my favorite scenes, Franken (Lorinz) decides to troll the streets of filth in New York City, specifically 42nd Street, where all the hookers and pimps hang out, calling the area a smorgasbord for women and human traffic (or something along those lines!) and decides to arrange for a meeting with a handful of potential hot hookers and then just pick the one out that specifically meets the physical requirements he is looking for. After arranging the “physical” in a seedy motel room, Franken decides that no single woman meets every single requirement to make the perfect woman. Franken also made some SUPER CRACK that he intended to use to either blow up the girl or just keep her knocked out and under his command. I am not exactly sure what the intent was because when the girls all smoke it, they spontaneously explode and blow up, sending body parts this and that way. The pimp, a steroid-popping muscle head who can barely speak because he is so jacked up with muscles is furious that every single one of his ladies has been killed and blown-up.

 

After Franken sneaks away with a car full of women’s body parts, he builds his fiancée back together but in doing so has created Frankenhooker, a incredibly strong, “sexy”, super whore of sorts that immediately heads back to the scene of the crime to start hooking again.

 

FRAKENHOOKER is a film that I really enjoy; a little bit more so each time I view it. The film has a bit of a “party” feel to it, full of tons of nudity and raunchy comedy and over-the-top scenes of death and carnage. I would almost say that the scenes of death are not so much gory because there is not really that much blood and guts. However, there are certainly a great amount of large prosthetics used (such as when all the hookers blew up) and fake body parts tossed here and there for certain scenes. The scene in which the hookers blew up was hilariously spectacular because the fake bodies looked incredibly fake and like a firework show gone awry. The effect does the job and brought plenty of laughs when viewed (then and now).

 

One has to take FRANKENHOOKER for what its worth-a cheesy, nudity-filled, low-budget horror film that is just entertaining and titillating, both through its use of fun special effects, ridiculous violence and fatalities, and crude humor delivered by James Lorinz.

 

Synapse Films’ Blu-ray release of FRANKENHOOKER looks infinitely better in HD than it ever did on VHS and DVD. The film is fully uncut, as well as boasting a digitally remastered 5.1 surround sound and a plethora of special features including an audio commentary with Director Frank Hennenlotter and Make-up Effects Designer Gabe Bartalos, A Salad That Was Once Named Elizabeth: Patty Mullen featurette, A Stitch in Time: The Make-up Effects of Frankenhooker featurette, Turning Tricks: Jennifer Delora Remembers Frankenhooker, Jennifer Delora’s Photo Scrapbook and the film’s trailer. The most interesting of all these special features for this viewer was the commentary with Hennenlotter and Gabe Bartalos. I really enjoyed hearing the trials and tribulations that the film crew had to go through to get the film completed. Hennenlotter is a fun director to listen to in an audio commentary.

 

FRANKENHOOKER is a gory horror film that brought a handful of laughs to me, some cool special effects scenes depicting hilarious deaths full of gore and flying bodyparts at various scenes that just spelled out entertainment. By no means did Hennenlotter intend to win any prestigious awards or wow audiences with his script and premise, but he just wanted to have fun making a horror film filled with over-the-top scenarios that have not been explored in a gory horror film. I thought the film showed creativity on a low budget and may be one of those films categorized as Splatstick, but I don’t know. Categories were never my forte. Go in to FRANKENHOOKER not expecting a serious film and be ready for a few chuckles and laughs along with some tits and ass…as well as a few other body parts flying around!


REVIEW: FEROZZ: THE WILD RED RIDING HOOD (2010)

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As best as I can describe the plot of FEROZZ: THE WILD RED RIDING HOOD (2010), this sexually charged, highly erotic take on the classic tale of Little Red Riding Hood, is that is a young and attractive widow (fairly young and semi-attractive, as this may be up for debate) is protected from her very cruel and vicious mother-in-law by a relative who just so happens to practice some form of Satanism or witchcraft, all the while lusting after the old woman’s underage granddaughter.

 

Let’s put it this way-the film has tons of Latin women completely naked with full tufts of dark bush covering up their exquisite nether regions in varying forms of erotically filmed scenes outdoors frolicking in muddy rivers and lagoons, or even lakes (I am not exactly sure which bodes of water they are called), all the while telling the story of a very abusive and perversely cruel grandmother, Donya Zulma,  portrayed by male actor Francisco Garcia (CHAMACO), whom has had sex with her son, Lucio (Waldo Franco), whom is an alcoholic rapist (I guess I would be fucked up too if I had sex with my mother whom gave birth to my son whom is also my brother).  The cruel and incestuous grandmother loses Lucio one night after he rapes his wife at the dinner table, in front of her son and daughter, Dully (Raul Capote, EL GRITO) and Miranda (Dayana Legra). Oh, what a wonderful beginning to Cuban filmmaker’s Jorge Molina’s truly fucked-up tale and spin on a children’s classic, Little Red Riding Hood.

 

Dayana Legra as the sexually-flirtatious Miranda

Not only is there rape and incest in this very unique and dark film, but also there is The Cagueiro, a man or creature of sorts that kills to steal and hides its soul from others (or something to that nature). At times during the film, such as in the beginning scene when Dolores is raped by her husband whom dies from all the intense cardio he is conducting while doing the act, we get to see only the red eyes of the creature/man hiding in the woods. The film has a structured narrative, a story that one can follow, but there are just so many scenes of lust, perversions, and at times, violence and gore that whether one knows what is going on or gets confused in the story, it does not matter. The film is fun to watch confused by the plot or not.

 

So in between the grandmother now trying to throw Miranda, Dolores, and Dully off of her land since her son has died and she hates everyone and everything one also gets to have fun watching the exploits of Miranda flirting and seducing her Uncle Inocencio, whom is looking out for Dolores and her kids. The film is so bizarre and odd. Not only is Miranda trying to seduce her Uncle, but her brother (whom resembles Jesus Christ with his long hair, beard, and tattered robe) enjoys going to the river while the women are washing clothes because after they finish their laundry they strip down to nothing and playfully frolic in the brown and muddy muck, splashing water at each other in a scene that could have been taken right out of a Jess Franco sexploitation flick or even one of the more sexually explicit Joe D’Amato excursions. The film has so many scenes that are voyeuristic in style and substance that maybe Molina could have a very decent career making soft-core porn flicks that have a base in arty storylines and with nicely captured scenes shot.

Wait folks! Things have not gotten bizarre enough yet, so lets throw some Satanism into the mix of things because the incest, rape, full-frontal nudity with tons of thick, dark bush may be getting to mundane for some viewers. Also, let’s not forget one scene in the film that animal lovers and members of PETA may go up in arms over, as well as one film festival from across the pond in the U.K. that was forced to remove Molina’s FEROZZ: THE WILD RED RIDING HOOD from its list of films being viewed. Apparently the film had one particular scene that really violated the community’s standards. The aforementioned scene involves a pre-pubescent Miranda (We know this because the actress Dayana Legra has her bush trimmed down very short so she looks as though she is just starting to grow some pubic hair around her lips but in later scenes she is sporting some major afro-bush!) using a little puppy to lick her vagina all over so she can masturbate in bed. It is not a fake animal or a stuffed animal that she is holding and moving around all over her snatch. It is a real live dog that is really licking her lower regions while she rubs herself. Oh, her grandmother did not find this amusing whatsoever. In fact, I was hoping that there would be even more boundaries broken with a little “Grannie-rapes-granddaughter-and-pops-her-cherry” but I feel Molina just felt like holding back. He settled with a spanking, that when bare bottomed always seems to be erotic in some way.

 

I am also thinking there are no rules to what kinds of sexual perversions will be shown in the film, or what levels of nudity. In one scene, Dully is shown pissing on a package of meat for some kind of witchcraft or satanic ritual. His penis is shown as urine flows freely from it. I am not sure on the rules of what can and can’t be shown in the film, but I am pretty sure I have only ever seen Golden Shower-esque scenes of that sort in something put out by HUSTLER and not in a non-XXX film. I considered myself lucky to be privy to all this artfully, raunchy fun!

 

Another really cool scene, sort of on the darker side, but very realistic to what actually happens to a satanic curse or ritual in witchcraft is the scene where Inocencio has a live goat strung up and hanging from the ceiling, while candles are lit and a bloody skull sits atop a table, and there is a man lying face down (well, chest down because I think his head has been decapitated) while whom I believe to be Inocencio, is covered in blood. Also, it sounds like a human is making goat noises, but I may be wrong on that.

 

One thing I also noticed is that Molina has no soundtrack or musical score of any kind. I thought this was pretty unique and cool. It is not the first movie I have seen with no music, but it added a different sort of element to viewing the film. There was no cue towards suspense, terror, or any sort of emotional responses that having a musical score generally triggers. It was different. I can’t imagine watching JAWS without John Williams’ legendary duhhh-duh when the giant shark is coming in for a kill or no iconic piano score from John Carpenter in HALLOWEEN, but in FEROZZ, not having a soundtrack to the film did not really hurt it. In fact, it really just left the whole affair up for interpretation. The viewer gets to decide what scenes are going to be given more impact or not.

 

Director Jorge Molina, a fan of horror films himself, studied cinema in the USSR and at the International School of Film and Television (EICTV) in Cuba. He specialized in direction. He has some arty films and well as Z-grade films and is also the director of the cult film CULPA, which is regarded as one of the most widely exhibited film thesis in the history of EICTV, in Cuba and abroad. Molina has directed and written ten films, as well as acted in 22 movies. I am only mentioned some of the biography and accomplishments of Molina to reiterate that fact that I love when respected and accomplished filmmakers decide to push the envelope on what is deemed as decent and moral. I applaud Molina for portraying incest, rape, violence, witchcraft, bestiality, and gore in his incredibly unique and disturbing take on Little Red Riding Hood.

 

I highly recommend seeing FEROZZ: THE WILD RED RIDING HOOD, making sure the version one seeks out is uncut, and see just how far art and expression can take a viewer. If I had my films divided up by specific unique categories, I most certainly would place Molina’s FEROZZ on the shelf that already has A SERBIAN FILM and THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE sitting on it (not that either of those films are similar in plot and content other than they are profoundly disturbing, unique, and morbidly beautiful all at the same time). Seek out Molina’s FEROZZ and see just how unique, beautiful, and ugly a film can be all at the same time. Head over to One-Eyed Films to find out more about more cool films they have in their catalog!

 

 


BOOK REVIEW: LILITH’S REVENGE and OTHER STORIES of FEMME FATALE by S.A. Gambino

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On first look, Sheri Gambino’s 80-paged collection of short stories looks to be a book written by a female other who has a hobby that includes writing and publishing her work via a small publication company like Panic Press, as well as getting the book up on-line via Kindle on Amazon or able to be purchased via an E-Reader website. It seems that almost ANYONE can get his or her book published. After all, one just has to have some money and a press that is willing to spit out some pulp bound by creative artwork. Panic Press may be a small, indie publisher—but by no means is Miss Gambino a vapid, talentless writer who only writes because she wants to and is able. Miss Gambino has some serious talent. I read her book and the only topic of contention I have with her style of writing is that fact that almost every male character portrayed in her finely crafted stories are total scumbags and sexist pigs. Well, almost all of them (but that is probably because I am a man and I have a penis that I am particularly attached to.)

I guess with “revenge” and “femme fatale” both in the title of the collection of short stories, I should not be taken aback or surprised by the subject matter at hand. A good portion of the book centers on Lilith (as the title suggests), a succubus of Satan’s- a mistress of sorts. As defined in the dictionary, a succubus is a female demon appearing in dreams who takes the form of a human woman in order to seduce men, usually through sexual intercourse. Lilith also is portrayed as a demon in human form that reveals her identity and demon-like nature after the male victim is almost ready to be devoured and eaten by her. I am not exactly sure what her exact title is, but she is a demon of sorts, pleasures men and Satan, and generally does not give her “clients” happy endings.

The short stories, some ranging from just 2 pages to almost 8 pages, cover a myriad of horror subject-matter, including werewolves, demons, serial killers, rapists, devils, vampires, zombies, witches, child molesters, and womanizers. Although Gambino’s stories generally cast men in a very bad light, this male reader was generally quite amused with the content of the stories and did not find myself stuck reading a book that I could not wait to get through with. On the contrary, I found myself enjoying the quick pace and action-filled stories that were simple and direct in their style of story-telling, perfectly pacing the suspense, action, and at times, graphic description of the violence and gore.

Whether it was a nicely spun werewolf tale such as Snarl was, about a Biological Scientist at the CDC who is sent to investigate a an outbreak of a virus causing intensified aggression Grey Wolfs (scenes of The Howling and An American Werewolf in London popped into my head when envisioning what the wolves looked like in their upright form while reading the story) or a story about a serial rapist that kidnaps and rapes, sexually degrades, and tortures his female captors (some even post-mortem) before moving on to a next innocent victim—each and every story packs a punch, generally to one’s balls (as is the case here with the generally female-empowered  form and style of writing), and all the stories end with a nice little twist or chuckle from the reader.

I really did enjoy the whole modernization of the dark lord, or what some know and believe to be Satan, in which the author depicts Satan as a boss of evil practices of sorts where his workforce is given quotas (his workforce being the human evildoers on Earth such as the character Derrick in the story Recluse) where one particular individual must rape, torture, and kill at least one woman a month or Satan’s enforcer/sexual slave/satanic bitch/succubus Lilith will come back down to Earth and “start removing body parts” from him. Who knows? Maybe evil human beings are considered to be under employment from Satan. His (Satan’s) business address is Hell and rewards are redeemed when a human dies, or maybe there is no Hell or Heaven. It is something to think about, though. It also one of the more interesting aspects to Sheri Gambino’s writing. She incorporates modern settings and scenarios to different aspects about modern religion, horror themes, and myths and folklore of a darker nature.

In The Awakening, a classic tale of zombies, a wife is direly trying to locate her husband whom failed to stop and run back to help her after she fell and shortly after a horde of zombies fell upon her and bit her neck, infecting her with the undead plague or virus. After being bit, she spends the story trying to find her husband she so dearly loves, even after he ditched her to save his own skin (Men get no breaks in this book!). In the end, a zombie only craves one thing- HUMAN FLESH!

Of the twelve short stories, I found myself entertained and amused by all of them—some more than others. A few of the stories were pretty predictable as to what direction they were going in (Sometimes It’s Better to Stay Dead is a classic tale of the popular jocks picking on the weird, Goth chick who just so happens to have a killer pair of tits on her and is ridiculed but when seen naked secretly desired) but all the stories were well-written and quite enjoyable for fans of the macabre. Tales of revenge have always been a soft spot for me. I hate seeing bad guys (literally in this case) getting off scot-free from paying for their crimes and in Lilith’s Revenge, all of the bad people get a punishment quite deserving. It makes for quite a fun read and I recommend looking for it on-line or contacting Panic Press for details on buying a copy.


DEVIL BAT DIARY flies into print!

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Agoura Hills, California

“DEVIL BAT DIARY – The Journal of Johnny Layton” by Peter H. Brothers

Inspired by the famous 1940 film, Devil Bat Diary (ISBN: 9-781461-070924), tells the “true” story of what really happened to the unhappy citizens of Heathville, Illinois, during that terrible prewar summer, as recorded in the long-suppressed journals of Chicago City Register’s principal newspaper correspondent, Jonathan “Johnny” Layton.

The Devil Bats were furry fiends created by a scientific genius who believes himself wrongfully relegated to concocting perfumes and colognes which he despises for wages not worth mentioning. So, as a means to an embittered end, he manufactures an evil ointment with a scent that so infuriates his giant bats to such an extent they feel compelled to tear the throats out of their unsuspecting victims.

Devil Bat Diary” tells for the first time the full inside story of what took place in ways not possible to show to Production Code audiences back then: did you know that Chief Wilkins was in love with Layton, or that Mary was a religious lunatic, or that Layton and his trusted partner “One-Shot” McGuire couldn’t stand the sight of each other?

Written to coincide with the 70th Anniversary of the film’s release and dedicated to the eternal memory of the great Bela Lugosi,Devil Bat Diary” is an unforgettably entertaining venture into a world filled with chirping Chiropterans, malicious murders, sacred sex and revolting revelations.

(Three-time Rondo Award nominee Peter H. Brothers is also the author of “Mushroom Clouds and Mushroom Men – The Fantastic Cinema of Ishiro Honda.”)

Sadly, I have not seen Bela Lugosi in the classic DEVIL BAT! I do own the movie, so I will be getting on this right away! Look for the book! I found it for sale at Amazon, so I am sure most bookstores will have it (wait, are bookstores even around anymoer?!?!) so go show your support and pick it up from an indie bookseller before one only has the option of buying books online. It is also available in Kindle edition but who wants a digital file, anyways? Real books are so much cooler to look at!


First HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2, now FEROZZ WILD RIDING HOOD??

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It seems our friends from across the pond our having difficulty with the censors and authorities with getting to see cutting-edge and groundbreaking horror and gore. Now, in addition to the U.K. putting an overall ban on HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2: FULL SEQUENCE (see here), Cuban filmmaker Jorge Molina is getting the royal treatment from British authorities. Thanks to my friends over at LATIN HORROR, SHU-IZMZ has just learned about Molina’s FEROZZ WILD RIDING HOOD being pulled from the Raindance Film Festival where its premiere was scheduled. Here is the link to the page on the festival’s website (still on the server): http://www.raindance.org/site/index.php?id=542,7667,0,0,1,0&highlight=Ferozz

Readers know me and my love of Latin women and the Latin culture, and by the looks of the screenshots from the film, this is one movie and spin-off on Little Red Riding Hood that I DEFINITELY need to see!

I, frankly, am glad that I live in the United States and that I can go see Human Centipede in an awesome theater such as the MUSIC BOX THEATER in Chicago and not have to deal with such oppressing actions that the U.K. seem to have to deal with daily. I thought the Video Nasties were done away with? Apparently not!

SOURCE: LATIN HORROR

The official page for One-Eyed Films FEROZZ WILD RIDING HOOD: http://www.oneeyedfilms.com/Ferozz/Ferozz.htm


Synapse Films delivers an INTRUDER this Christmas!

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SYNAPSE FILMS PRESENTS
THIS CHRISTMAS, SYNAPSE FILMS HAS THE
GROSSERIES!

Scott Spiegel’s infamous gore classic finally hits the aisles with a splatterific new HD Blu-ray transfer!

INTRUDER

From Lawrence Bender, the producer of
Quentin Tarantino’s PULP FICTION
and RESERVOIR DOGS, and the classic FROM DUSK TILL DAWN!

Scott Spiegel’s INTRUDER presented uncut for the first time in beautiful high-definition in a DVD/Blu-ray combo!

It’s 10 pm and the employees of Michigan’s Walnut Lake Supermarket are in for a really bad night. The place is shutting its doors for good, and the night crew has a long shift ahead of them… longer than they think! The lovely check-out girl has a deranged ex-boyfriend, the store’s phone lines are cut and the employees start dying in the most stomach-churning ways imaginable (courtesy of Academy Award®-winning KNB EFX Group). A deranged killer is on the loose in the grocery store! Can anyone stop this murderous intruder?

Synapse Films is proud to present Scott Spiegel’s INTRUDER, the “holy grail” of extreme gore cinema, in an all-new 2K high-definition transfer of the original uncut, uncensored version. Sam Raimi (director of THE EVIL DEAD and SPIDER-MAN trilogies) and Renée Estevez (TV’s THE WEST WING) star in this blood-drenched cult film classic that critics call “a gorgeous low-budget shocker that has long been one of the best kept secrets of the genre scene” (Alan Simpson, Sex Gore Mutants). Be sure to look for Bruce Campbell (THE EVIL DEAD, TV’s BURN NOTICE) in a cameo role.
Special Features and Disc Info:

Audio Commentary with Director Scott Spiegel and
Producer Lawrence Bender
Slashed Prices: “The Making of INTRUDER” featurette, including interviews with Spiegel, Bender, the KNB EFX team, actors Bruce Campbell, Ted Raimi, Elizabeth Cox, Danny Hicks and others
Never-before-seen extended murder sequences from the original workprint
Outtakes from NIGHT CREW short film
Interview featurette with filmmaker/fan Vincent Pereira on INTRUDER
and GOREZONE magazine
Cast Audition Tapes
Behind-the-Scenes Still Gallery
Original Theatrical Trailer

Director: Scott Spiegel
Starring: Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi, Bruce Campbell, Elizabeth Cox, Danny Hicks
Run Time: 88 minutes
Release Date: December 13, 2011
Language: English
Aspect Ratio: 1:78:1
Format: DVD/Blu-ray Combo
Price: $29.95SOURCE: SYNAPSE FILMS


REVIEW: DRACULA: THE VAMPIRE AND THE VOIVODE (2011)

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Now that my favorite month of the year has finally arrived, I have decided to primarily focus on horror films and what can be more fitting than the subject of vampires and, specifically, Dracula, the most infamous bloodsucker of them all. I am not just talking about the fictitious figure in both literary and cinematic circles, I am referring to the man that gave birth to this character in the form of a novel—none other than the Irish author Bram Stoker.

The documentary, DRACULA: THE VAMPIRE AND THE VOIVODE goes to great length to examine and thoroughly explore the history of Bram Stoker and how he came up with the ideas, plot, setting, and what influenced Stoker to craft a tale of one of the most legendary characters in horror fiction to this day. After all, Dracula has never gone out of print and is only rivaled in copies printed by the Bible.  After all, Dracula was first printed in 1897 and has been published in 100’s of different languages.

Author Bram Stoker

The Dracula documentary goes into great depth and research talking with many experts on locations of various importance in Ireland, Transylvania, other parts of Romania, and England. The film is also produced in association with the Transylvanian Society of Dracula and features interviews with some of the leading international Dracula experts such as Elizabeth Miller, Dennis McIntyre of the Bram Stoker Society, Tina Rath of the Dracula Society, Harry Collet, and Nicolae Paduraru. The film not only gives viewers a timeline, including all or any influences that Stoker may have had or were believed to have had, but the movie also travels to key locations and gives viewers a little bit of history about each location, as well as the significance and importance in showing them.

Elizabeth Miller, author & President of the Canadian Chapter of the Transylvanian Society of Dracula

For this viewer, I felt as though I were really traveling to each location and had an expert on hand as a tour guide for the manner in which much of the documentary is delivered to viewers is as though one were on a guided tour with an expert on hand. At times, parts of the film were a bit dry because one individual was merely standing, walking, or sitting while recounting tales or facts concerning Stoker and his novel, without complementing the facts with some sort of visuals or background music but most of the time these accounts of facts had unique accompaniment.

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Sadly, this fan of horror has NEVER even read Bram Stoker’s Dracula, even though he has seen over twenty films covering the dark prince, but this documentary is portrayed in such a manner that one can not resist wanting to read the novel after learning so much about the man whom created it and all the many different influences he had. The film has so much knowledge held within that I think anyone watching the documentary will come away with learning at least a few new pieces of information that until this film came out they were not privy to.

The one portion of the documentary that I found most interesting was the many different geographical locations that were mentioned in the film, as well as many key spots or tourist attractions (some that are legit and others just made popular by misinformed fans and tourists searching for areas mentioned in the actual novel) which opened this fan of horror to a whole new world of vacation ideas.

The film attempts to separate fact from fiction surrounding much of the confusion between Count Dracula, the fictional vampire, and Vlad “Tepes (The Impaler)” Draculea III (1431-1476), the voivode, Old Slavonic, meaning “one who leads warriors.” I read a whole book on Dracula (In Search of Dracula by Radu Florescu and Raymond T. McNally) and Vlad the Impaler was one individual that was mentioned quite often and himself would make for a brutally delightful documentary since his story of royalty and violence during his six-year rule of Romania has been made famous to not only history buffs but to those interested in Dracula because others believe Vlad was partly responsible inspiration. The filmmakers even go so far as to say that a large amount of tourism for certain areas was due, in part, to the book In Search of Dracula and as a result some regions and cities have capitalized on this and sell numerous souvenirs related to Dracula and vampires. If individuals really did want to visit key locations in parts of Europe than this would be the documentary to view and take notes on. This film is as much for fans of literature as it is for fans of history and horror films. The film really transcends to all generations and ages and not to just fans of horror. I can easily sit and watch this with my grandmother as I can with a young boy or girl in their teens.

The movie was filmed, written, and directed by Michael Bayley Hughes whom I could not find as to having any entry in IMDb, nor could I find the film’s entry, but fear not, for there is a wonderful website draculadocumentary.com where one can learn more about the locations explored within the documentary, as well as purchase the film. The site is simplistic in nature, some links not offering much more to the film, but the links section of the website offers the whole book online to read for free, as well as info on Bram Stoker, Vlad the Impaler, notes by Bram Stoker, and a plethora of more information and knowledge supplementing the already vast amount of information the documentary already provided.

The movie was narrated superbly by Jason Walford Davies, complete with accent, and is presented in full frame with an aspect ration of 4×3 (1.33:1) and in 2.0 Stereo sound. The film runs to just about 84 minutes in duration and has a suggested retail price of just $19.99. The film is presented by Virgil Films and Walking Shadows and is a Teleg Films documentary.

Any purist or completest of vampire films and knowledge on Dracula must obtain this documentary as part of their collection to consider it complete. For fans of Gothic literature and a fan of literature, in general, will find this film about Bram Stoker and the lore of Dracula just as fascinating as any fan of classic horror films, both older and more current. DRACULA: THE VAMPIRE AND THE VOIVODE has to be one of the most interesting and fascinating documentaries that I have ever seen on Dracula and the history concerning one of the greatest novels of the horror genre. Now, please excuse me, for I am going to finally crack open my hardcover edition of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and film my mind with nightmarish visions of teeth sinking into my neck before I retire for the night.

 


REVIEW: RAGE (2010)

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Christopher Witherspoon’s RAGE starts up with an applicable definition from the Merriam-Webster dictionary for the definition of the word rage: violent and uncontrolled anger. That very simple and direct definition aptly defined the whole plot and purpose of the film. The film not only entertained, but RAGE also taught viewers a lesson—a lesson that many may find to be useful in their everyday life.

The film starts out in present-day suburbia, just outside the beautiful city of Portland, with a thirty-something man saying goodbye to his lovely wife (Audrey Walker) as he drives off into the city. Leaving his picture-perfect house with its finely manicured, lush, green lawn waving goodbye to him. The scene definitely was getting ready to set up some tragic and ominous events that were to occur in the future of this film. As our lead character, Dennis Twist (Rick Crawford), heads into the city to meet a friend for lunch he encounters a mysterious biker clad in black from head to toe (even including a helmet with a dark visor making it impossible to identify the individual underneath).

The biker honks its bike’s horn after Twist pulls into a parking spot and gets out. Twist looks at him in utter confusion, motioning with his hands as if to say, “What???”, then still mystified shrugs it off and leaves for his lunch date. On the way to it, he stops by for a visit to the woman he is having an affair with and gives her the news that it’s over and that he loves his wife. She takes the news badly, threatens to tell his wife, and then asks if it is because of Steven, her formerly incarcerated ex-boyfriend who just got out of prison and is seemingly on probation of some sort. Twist tells his lover, Dana (Anna Lodej) he just loves his wife and does not want to continue the relationship with her anymore.

All the while, the mysterious biker from the parking lot is seen watching them from behind the trees. At this point in the film, I was sensing that the biker was going to be directly causing some sort of trouble for our cheating, married, author. Yeah, the guy gave one of his unpublished works to his lover to get her opinion on the book. Of course she loved it.

As the movie progresses, our mysterious biker begins to follow Steven and slowly annoy him at every point in his day, whether it be pulling up in front of him and sitting at a green light while blocking his way from driving off in his oh-so-suburbanite PT Cruiser or an even more bold and rash act of aggression such as pulling up next to him and keying his car with a knife as the biker speeds off. One is starting to get the idea this elusive motorcyclist has it out for our poor, unfaithful, well-to-do suburban author.

The rest of the film turns into a cat and mouse game of chase, going back and forth between the driver of the wimpy PT Cruiser and the tough-looking, clad-in-black biker speeding around on a crotch-rocket. Just when I was beginning to think this film reminded me of another movie or two in which two drivers are “duking it out” in their respective vehicles on the road, a majorly obvious DUEL reference is made between to random individuals who are chatting with each other. One guy tells his friend the plot of Spielberg’s well-done, made for television tale of a guy driving on the highway battling a huge semi-truck having only his wits as a weapon and an open road as his arena. One could say that RAGE is a modern-day take on Duel, heavily inspired by the film, but set in an urban setting with other locations instead of just one big empty highway.

RAGE is an indie film with a budget that looks to work with the material at hand. The film was very well-shot and edited, paired nicely with a compelling soundtrack that added suspense and intrigue to the action and scenes on hand. With each scene in the film, the severity of the biker’s actions towards Steven increase more and more, from cutting the brake lines of his stupid Cruiser to following him into the bathroom of the auto repair shop (where Steven overhears the conversation between the two men talking about Spielberg and his first movie DUEL along with some metaphor crap about the film that probably was taught in a class at film school entitled “The Psychology of the Mind in Cinema” or something along those lines) and beating the hell out of him.

At this point in the film, I was really wondering where this was all going. All of the dialogue was coming from Steven and the few interactions he had with his buddy (who also is his therapist) whom he met at lunch and explained his biker problem to. At about the 35 minute mark, I was beginning to crave for some more direct action, violence, blood, guts, nudity, explosions, or some epic crashes or chase scenes reminiscent of Miller’s MAD MAX films. I guess I was not going to get anything really crazy involving a crotch-rocket and a fucking PT Cruiser, but I can still hope for it.

The rest of the movie is a semi fast-paced game of “cat-and-mouse” as Steven tries to elude the biker and get home safely to his home. At this point, it is nighttime and after the bathroom beat-down, Steven decides that he just better stay away from him and hide rather than confront him and get his ass kicked…or even worse.

When the film progresses its action back at Steven’s house, things pick up yet again and there is a little bit of blood and some rape. The rape scene could have been more graphic, showing some actual nudity and more extreme violence towards the victim (which would have given the scene more impact and made it that much more horrible for the viewer to watch (we get a side buttocks view and most of the actual rape is from the waist down and our angle of view is from just above the waist and up but the point of the scene was to show that a rape did occur and not really “shock” the viewers which I think would have worked better).

At this point, the film’s impact was starting to wear thin and my interest was starting to dissipate. I was becoming bored with this mute biker and his acts of violence, seemingly random but maybe motivated from an unknown purpose. We then get an idea of just how unbalanced the biker is when he/she uses a chainsaw on some unlucky individuals. This scene, again, could have shown more of the actual act of violence (along with even more blood and gore) to make more of an impact on the viewers and satisfy the horror fans out there, but no such luck. There is some gore involving a chainsaw, finger digits, and spraying blood but more would have been so much more satisfying.

At the conclusion of the film, which I won’t spoil, I kind of felt let down. I felt as though all the acts of violence really were ridiculous in nature when it is known who is doing them for what reason. I did not feel cheated with the film’s conclusion but I just felt that the outcome was kind of absurd and ridiculous because the tone and style of the film had a fairly sensible tone going for it and then it made a turn towards the absurd, which really wasn’t a bad thing. I just wish the director had decided to cut some of the banal minor acts of violence and aggression and begin with the major ones sooner than later. I felt the build-up was a bit too slow in the making.

The film had many solid points within it: a cohesive storyline, well shot scenes, superbly edited, and the film had a very polished and slick look to it that really shouted “big budget” even though it was a smaller-budgeted indie flick. My wishes were that is was bloodier, gorier, depicted specific scenes in a more graphic manner to elicit stronger emotions and attachments towards the protagonist and victims (like in the rape scene) and, at times, move the story along at a quicker pace.

In the end, Witherspoon’s RAGE does blow away many of the indie flicks out there that I have reviewed and felt I totally wasted my time while watching. I think I just saw that their was a great deal of potential in the film and that it could have been far better. I got more entertainment and satisfaction from watching this film than many with similar budget restraints. The film was better than most.


Synapse Films to acquire three Adrian Garcia Bogliano films!

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SYNAPSE FILMS Rewards Fantastic Fest Favorite

ADRIAN GARCIA BOGLIANO with Triple-Crown

Feature Film Pickup

Argentine director Adrian Garcia Bogliano

Interestingly enough, I was just reading up on Bogliano after I saw the trailer for COLD SWEAT (SUDOR FRIO) as I have started to look for really cool foreign films to review over here at SHU-IZMZ. I see that SYNAPSE FILMS is doing the same and making it easier for fans of horror films from all over the world to see new flicks on Dvd and Blu-ray. This is both great, and exciting news, for fans of foreign horror films. If you, like me, are sick of remakes and numerous sequels, it seems that checking out films from other countries is a way to add some variety and new blood to your viewing pleasures. I will be looking forward to viewing these three films when they come out. I am also in the process of getting screeners for COLD SWEAT and PENUMBRA. Hopefully my efforts will pan out.

ROMULUS, MI – September 28, 2011 – Synapse Films has snared rights to three terrifying feature films by celebrated Fantastic Fest and SXSW filmmaker Adrián García Bogliano, the Argentine director of festival favorite COLD SWEAT and the upcoming PENUMBRA, grabbed by IFC Midnight on the eve of the film’s Fantastic Fest world premiere.

In ROOMS FOR TOURISTS a busload of girls fall prey to a town of terror… what connects the victims? The young filmmaker of WATCH’EM DIE takes a job that leads to horror. Four young girls stop to help a woman in the street and it leads to rape horror and death in the breath-stopping I WILL NOT DIE ALONE.

“I am a huge fan of Adrian’s films and have seen every single one. I feel that he may be the most talented new filmmaker I have come across,” enthuses Synapse head Jerry Chandler. “He is a master of making the most of miniscule budgets and his attention to detail is unmatched. I was hooked when I first saw ROOMS FOR TOURISTS—the atmospheric dread is palpable early on. I WILL NOT DIE ALONE is somewhat similar to I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE, only it’s a great movie! And WATCH’EM DIE is much more fun to watch than Hostel or its myriad imitations.”

Synapse Films exec Jerry Chandler negotiated the deal with the filmmaker.

SOURCE: Synapse Films

 


MORE BRAINS! A Return to the Living Dead DVD coming out!

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“From the Producer of Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy”

More Brains! A Return to the Living Dead DVD

With a release date 10/18/11 and a retail price of only 19.95, this documentary on one of the most epic zombie films to incorporate humor, gore, and satire with a cult-like appeal to it, I am overjoyed to hear about this documentary. Return of the Living Dead is one of my all-time favorite horror films, and I am generally not a fan of mixing my horror with comedy. That being said, Dan O’Bannon’s timeless classic deservedly gets the all-star treatment in terms of a comprehensive documentary and with O’Bannon’s death not too long ago, what a perfect way to remember the man and one of his finest films he ever made. I am really looking forward to letting readers know how this is. I have VERY high hopes for it.

 

Run Time: 240 Minutes In English Color
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1 Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo Region 0
Production year: 2011
NOT RATED

Director: Bill Philputt
Stars: James Karen, Clu Gulager, Don Calfa, Thom Mathews, Beverly Randolph

“It worked in the movie!”

When an army drum is breached and a mysterious chemical gas is released into a nearby cemetery, the dead return to life with only one thing on their minds…brains! The zombie menace quickly descends upon a group of misfits who must fight for survival as they are picked off one at a time by a horde of the undead.

“Do you ever wonder about all the different ways of dying?”

Dan O’Bannon’s outrageous splatter classic “The Return of the Living Dead” has continued to terrify and entertain horror fans for over twenty-five years with its delicious mix of blood, guts, sex and punk. Boasting off-beat humor, plenty of attitude and one of the most famous zombies ever committed to celluloid, it’s easy to see why the film’s legacy continues to grow.

“It makes the pain go away…”

MORE BRAINS! A RETURN TO THE LIVING DEAD is the ultimate account of the tongue-in-cheek, stylish and apocalyptic zombie movie. It features — for the first time ever! — contributions from all the main cast as well as clips, photographs, storyboards, conceptual art, publicity materials, archival documents and behind-the-scenes footage.

“They’re back from the grave and ready to party!”

Through this definitive retrospective fans are finally able to explore the film’s journey from the world of “Night of the Living Dead” to the mind of acclaimed writer/director Dan O’Bannon. Narrator Brian Peck (“Scuz”) guides you through the blood, sweat and tears as cast and crew look back on their experience in the graveyard creating the film that’s been called “a beauty of a cult classic!”

Bonus Features: Never-before-seen deleted, behind-the-scenes, blooper and special effects test footage that brought the Dead to life, 2-hours of incredible bonus features including “A Conversation with Dan O’Bannon: The Final Interview, They Won’t Stay Dead: A Look at Return of the Living Dead Part 2, Love Beyond the Grave: A Look at Return of the Living Dead, Stacey Q Live! Exclusive “Tonight” Music Video, Even More Brains: Deleted Documentary Interviews, Return of the Living Dead in 3 Minutes, and more! Limited edition premium collectible O-sleeve packaging featuring artwork created by original “Return of the Living Dead” poster artist Carl Ramsey!

© MMXI Michael Perez Entertainment LLC. All rights reserved. More Brains! A Return to the Living Dead is a non-fiction documentary film. It is not a sequel to or remake of The Return of the Living Dead or any of its sequels, and it is not affiliated with or sponsored by the creators, producers or owners of The Return of the Living Dead or its sequels.

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SOURCE: Michael Perez Entertainment