This week on SHU-IZMZ RADIO, your host Shu really just talked about a couple of films he watched over the weekend with his pals, FIX (The Ministry Movie) (2011), HATCHET II (2010), and HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2 (Full Sequence) (2011). Don’t worry, I tossed on some cool tracks from Ministry to get one in (more…)
Director Adam Ahlbrandt graciously granted SHU-IZMZ RADIO listeners an interview on the show (click here to download and listen) to talk about his indie horror slasher film, CROSS BEARER, starring Natalie Jean, Isaac Williams, and Shaun Paul Costello, and immediately following that interview he offered a digital screener of THE CEMETERY since as of this writing it has not been released in the United States. However, those in Germany are going to be able to pick up the film over there.
I enjoyed CROSS BEARER a good deal, as it offered a well-balanced amount of gore, boobs, and blood—but I enjoyed THE CEMETERY even more! Adam definitely increased the amount of (more…)
CROSS BEARER is a slasher film about a religious fanatic who takes some white bedsheets and wraps them around his head, making holes for the eyes, and bashes in sluts, drug addicts, hookers, strippers, and complete douchebags heads in while reciting biblical shit as he does it.
On a side note, there is one stripper (more…)
I popped in the dvd CREEP VAN, only a copy of the film because I was late in requesting a retail copy from the distributor. When the movie was sent to me they also included an advertisement made out of some foam cardboard-like material that had the cover and artwork on it (which was pretty cool) so I was stoked to see this film. I did not read anything about this film except that it was an independent, low-budget film from Michigan and had an awesome “Rape Van” on its cover: A Ford Econoline with blackened windows. This is the van that parents (more…)
The one thing that seems to generally be taboo in most films, even horror films, is violence against and towards children. Whether that violence is a kid getting slapped, spanked, punched, or hit—movies generally tend to shy away towards it or if it is shown in films it is depicted as horrific or watered down somewhat in the editing room. If a child is going to be killed maliciously, it is always a shock to viewers and more times than not the actual death of the child is only alluded to, or not shown entirely. Not to say that I am one for violence against children by adults, but the sad facts are that kids get beat up, murdered, sodomized, tortured, and every other horrific thing one can imagine that have also happened to adults—so why not be (more…)
The old-school practical effects-laden, inbred hillbilly, monster creature-feature is a throwback to the days of old when monster and slasher films were fun to watch because the advent of cheap CGI blood and digital effects had not been developed yet to ruin so many indie horror and sci-fi flicks as they do now. In THE MILLENNIUM BUG, watch and see how organic make-up and special effects are created in this brutally entertaining blood-and-guts-fest about a family heading up to an isolated part of the forests of Sierra Diablos mountains and instead of avoiding all the Y2K hysteria as planned (film takes place in 1999), the Haskins run into a deadly and violent hillbilly clan whose inbreeding has created some very gnarly mutated
“family members” much in the same tradition of (more…)
The horror/sci-fi short film, OTHER, is about a scientist who is trying to cure himself from a seemingly fatal disease whose prognosis offers no foreseeable cure–it has to be one of the coolest short films (running time 14:08) that I have seen in quite some time. The production values on this film look like they put a great deal of money and time into making the movie, even if (more…)
Here is the download link for the interview with the cast of PORTRAIT OF A ZOMBIE, an Irish Indie zombie flick that has a great deal more depth than one’s average zombie flick! Director/Writer BING BAILEY, writer LAURA MORAND BAILEY, actors STEVEN NEESON and PAUL O’BRYAN and actresses DIANE JENNINGS and GERALDINE McALINDEN were on hand to talk about the making of the film and all the juicy details that went into the production. (more…)
The 6th episode is titled the EASTER EPISODE, only because this was the episode that I recorded and intended it to be aired on Easter Sunday. The episode has nothing to do with that silly holiday, but instead has to do with HORROR FILMS! That’s right, folks, I reviewed the new Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack release of HORROR EXPRESS put out by Severin Films. Hear what I have to say about the quality of the release, as well as the film itself. I also talk about the new Synapse release of INTRUDER, a slasher film that stars not only one Raimi, but two Raimi’s! Both Ted and Sam Raimi are in this film and the boys formerly of KNB EFX did the make-up and special effects. Here is the link to download the show. One can also tune in to COREOFDESTRUCTIONRADIO.COM to hear the show on Sundays. (more…)
MUTANT GIRLS SQUAD, the Splatter-ific, Kick-tastic, Raunchy Riff on the X-Men Movies Debuts on Blu-ray™ + DVD Combo Pack and DVD May 22nd! Bonus Materials Include Featurettes, Interviews with the Filmmakers and the short film Yoshi Zero!
PLANO, TEXAS. (March 19, 2012) – Three leaders in the Japanese splatter movement — Noboru Iguchi (The Machine Girl), Yoshihiro Nishimura (Tokyo Gore Police) and Tak Sakaguchi (Yoroi: Samurai Zombie) — join forces to bring three times the heart-pounding action, three times the jaw-dropping comedy and three times the head-exploding splatter of your average action/horror/comedy with Mutant Girls Squad, debuting on Blu-ray™ + DVD Combo Pack and DVD May 22nd from Well Go USA Entertainment. (more…)
I recently had the chance to watch a short film entitled, FAMILIAR, via the wonderful world-wide web from the producer of the film, Zach Green. Zach shot me an email saying he had a film he produced that he felt was right up my alley based on the content within the website. I was skeptical at first, but watched a trailer (which looked very slick and interesting) and decided that I would take a chance and check out the finished project (which was a 24 minute short).
Director and writer, Richard Powell, creates a very well-shot, well-crafted tale of horror that revolves around a very (more…)
Japanese horror films have always held a special place in my heart, but not just specifically horror—all films from Japan from all the various genres have always been a cultural curiosity, sort of thing for me. There culture is just so fascinating and interesting, whether it be the ways they prepare and consume food, how they build such awe-inspiring electronics, or even the consumer products they put in their vending machines on the streets. Really, one can go to a machine and buy a bottle of booze or purchase a pair of used panties for the jerk-off ride home on the train. Don’t forget to grope the sexy schoolgirl with the short Catholic plaid skirt and knee-high stockings, shortly after every dude on the train jumping in on the action in Chikan frenzy! (more…)
An alien-spawned, mysterious mist blankets the northern half of Japan, transforming those who inhale it into ravenous, flesh-eating zombies hell-bent on devouring the surviving human population. Plunged into chaos, Japan is torn in two—”the southern half of the country, where the populace remains untouched by the deadly gas, lives behind a heavily-fortified wall, while the northern half is a lawless, zombie-infected wasteland. Political forces are locked in a stalemate over whether the living dead should remain protected as family members or exterminated like a plague. The economy withers away, and all hope seems lost for the people and the nation of Japan.
Hope arrives in the form of Kika (Yumiko Hara), a beautiful high school girl armed with a chainsaw sword powered by an artificial heart. Recruited by the government, Kika leads a ragtag group of desperados on a secret mission into the zombie-infected wilds to exterminate zombie queen Rikka (Eihi Shiina from AUDITION and TOKYO GORE POLICE) and put an end to the plague of the living dead. But the road is fraught with a thriving zombie culture that, with its own designs on the living half of Japan, refuses to lay down and die.
Visionary filmmaker Yoshihiro Nishimura’s first solo directorial effort since TOKYO GORE POLICE is an epic, apocalyptic road movie featuring non-stop action and over-the-top splatter. The long-awaited realization of his dreams, HELLDRIVER is Nishimura’s bid to create the ultimate zombie film.
The showdown for the future of Japan is at hand and no one, living or dead, may survive to see it! SYNOPSIS SOURCE: WELL GO USA
Please share your thoughts on this latest from Well Go USA. The movie looks kind of fun, gory, and freaky. Is it going to be something worth watching? Well, it has Eihi Shiina (AUDITION) in it, so I am definitely going to check out this flick from Japan! It also is directed by the special effects and make-up guy, Nishimura, who worked on Robogeisha, Hard Revenge Milly, Machine Girl, Tokyo Gore Police, and many, many more! I don’t know about you, but I really love these intense gory splatter-fests from Japan that push the edge of creativity. Definitely worth checking out!
The 2nd Official SHU-IZMZ T-SHIRT has arrived. The artwork is courtesy of local Chicago artist Putrid Matt, who if one recalls was interviewed a while back for the site, Putrid Interview, and here is the link to his website displaying more of his work: Putrid’s website. T-Shirts are selling for $15 plus shipping and come in sizes SM-XXL. I have a very limited number of XXL, and the entire size run is less than 100, so get ’em while their here. The site has plans for a new shirt once this one sells out, so I suggest picking up a shirt sooner than later. We don’t know if we will be doing a 2nd run of this shirt or not yet.
I have already seen Frat House Massacre (2008) and had the luxury of experiencing it on a huge screen at the Portage Theater in July of 2009 at a Horror Society event (a site I used to write for) in Chicago. I enjoyed the film, primarily due to the style and large amount of nudity, gore, and a phenomenal soundtrack by Claudio Simonetti (of Goblin fame). I am happy to be able to revisit this film once again and see if I still have the same affection for it as I did two years ago. Check back for my thoughts on this film once I have reviewed the dvd release of it from Synapse Films.
Frat House Massacre
Label: Synapse Films
Run Time: 116 Minutes In English
Color Widescreen 1.78:1 Region One Dolby Digital 5.1
Director: Alex Pucci
Stars: Rane Jameson, Chris Prangley, Jon Fleming
Production year: 2008
From the creators of CAMP SLAUGHTER comes FRAT HOUSE MASSACRE, a true homage to the best of the late 70’s grindhouse and early 80’s slasher films! Sean (Chris Prangley) and his little brother Bobby (Rane Jameson) thought joining the Delta Iota Epsilon fraternity would be the best time of their lives with parties, freedom, girls and sex. The fraternity president Mark (Jon Fleming of TVs WILL & GRACE and DANTEíS COVE), however, is a little strange. His twisted hazing rituals include extreme physical and mental torture that lead the boys down a horrific path of destruction and death. But death may be just the beginning, as this gritty twisted film unfolds. Inspired by actual events and set in the year 1979, FRAT HOUSE MASSACRE is a disturbing journey through the twisted world of fraternity boys, pledges and the not-so-innocent sorority sisters swept up in their madness. Loaded with violence, gore, nudity and a fantastic music score by Claudio Simonetti, this DVD is the director’s cut containing over twenty minutes of additional footage.
Bonus features include: Director’s Commentary, Crew Commentary, Deleted Scenes, “Making Of” Featurette.
SOURCE: Synapse Films
Canadian-native Ryan Nicholson, indie horror film director and special make-up effects extraordinaire (which he may be better known for in the film industry), comes at indie horror fans with another low-budget film production starring well-known collaborator to Nicholson, actor Dan Ellis, in the film Bleading Lady a.k.a. Star Vehicle. I actually am not sure what the film’s name goes by right now-the screener I received is titled Bleading Lady, but when I interviewed Dan Ellis not too far back on my radio show, Ellis referred to his upcoming project as Star Vehicle. I looked up the word, bleading, and I came up with zero results because I was curious if it really was, in fact, a word, until I realized that the title is a play on words. The culmination of bleeding and leading due to the fact that the lead actress in Bleading Lady portrays a lead actress in a B-Horror film who is portraying a respected Scream Queen. She (Sindy Farguna playing Riversa Red) is going to get bloody, hence bleeding, as well as being the lead in the film’s production. Well, I believe I just made the explanation of the film FAR more complicated than it needed to be.
I have great respect for Nicholson and his craft, the craft of making indie horror films loaded with a great amount of gore, carnage, and usually a fair amount of gratuitous nudity. Unfortunately, with Nicholson’s latest, I felt that much of the aforementioned was absent. Not to say there was zero gore and nudity, but the amount of bloodshed relevant to the actual plot of the film itself and not the “movie within the movie” was a far cry from what I was expecting from Nicholson and his crew. It pains me to say this, but when I hear that a new film from Ryan Nicholson is out, I expect the film to be extreme in nature and full of copious amounts of sex, nudity, vulgarity, and awesome gore. With Bleading Lady, I felt the film fell short in all areas and instead attempted to create a dialogue-plagued, whodunit-style, drama that focused on Dan Ellis’ character, Donald Q. Cardini, whom I felt did not have the depth as a character to keep one interested in watching as the main focus for the duration of the film. Sadly, I was bored with the lack of action going on during the film.
Nicholson is at his best when the levels of raunchy nudity, explosive gore, and the plot moves along at a speedy and swift pace. Unfortunately, Bleading Lady lacked the aforementioned characteristics of his films at the amount I generally enjoy them to come in. The film takes a well-known scenario involving a group of indie filmmakers making a B-Horror film who have to deal with a stalker that has taken a particular liking to the lead Scream Queen of the film. Cardini, the driver for the cast and crew of the film’s production, has a raging hard-on for Ms. Riversa Red and has decided to make it his duty to see that no one inflicts any harm or distress to her throughout the movie. Of course, Cardini’s (Ellis) love for the actress goes beyond a natural obsession and infatuation and ultimately leaves viewers wondering if Cardini is the actual stalker, a crazy fan, or a jealous crew member working on the film. I believe that the less than stellar performances from much of the cast, sadly including the lead actor Dan Ellis, could have been overlooked if there had been far more gore and titillation to distract viewers and keep them entertained. If a film is going to have fair amount of dialogue between actors and actresses, it had better be interesting and delivered decent. I was getting low-budget performances from a low-budget production. Sadly, the scenes being filmed for the “fake” film within Bleading Lady (which happened to be atrociously performed on purpose), were not much more awful than the scenes shot for the actual movie.
The fault in the film is its seriousness. There were too many scenes that were meant to be dramatic, tender, and filled with a little bit of care and emotion-WRONG! This viewer did not care about the relationships developed (on a mediocre level, I might add) between the various cast members and crew working on the phony film. This film is not going to work with a sappy romantic interlude anywhere in it- it is going to work with obnoxiously crude humor, vulgarity, action, and loads of gore and over-the-top violence. Nicholson knows no other way. Leave the stupid dramas with tender scenes of affection and emotional interludes to the professionals who thrive at doing so on a daily basis, thus making the kinds of films that I loathe and rarely find any point in watching. The music throughout the film, courtesy of Gianni Rossi, was absolutely horrendous! I felt that the soundtrack of the film was, quite possibly, the most annoying aspect to the whole film. It made every scene feel incredibly cheesy somehow. The music really belonged in a bad, ’70s porno film and not in a horror film. I believe that was the problem with the film- I just couldn’t tell if things were meant to be cheesy and unrealistic for comedic purposes or if there was any seriousness to this film at all. Sadly, if the entire production was tongue-in-cheek and supposed to be humorous, it failed miserably. I don’t think I chuckled once throughout the entire film.
The good points to the film were the gore and nudity- although the scenes of nudity were sparse (Faraguna got totally naked once if I recall correctly) and the gore that actually occurred in the film was for the faux-film and not actually for the real action. I usually find nothing good coming about films that have a film created within it. They tend to suck. Bleading Lady did not completely suck, but based on the last couple of films I have seen from Nicholson (Gutterballs, Hanger), I was thoroughly disappointed. I think that if Dan Ellis and Sindy Faraguna were not the lead characters in this film, it would have been a total bomb. I think Dan Ellis has generally been strongest actor in the few Nicholson films I have been privy to and it was the case again, but Ellis did not have too much to work with in terms of dialogue delivered. The film was written by Nicholson, as well as directed, and the dialogue could have been a bit more realistic and there should have been far less of it. The film lacked an overall intensity that should have been present as scenes were delivered.
By the end of the film, I really could care less who the stalker was and what his or her reasons were for stalking the Riversa Red. Mass suicide by all characters in the film at its conclusion would have been acceptable to me at this point. I am more-so interested in Nicholson’s upcoming Grindhouse-throwback feature Famine. The trailer for Famine was far more interesting than the whole film Bleading Lady was. Sadly, I think fans of Ryan Nicholson’s films are going to be very disappointed with Bleading Lady.