Charles Manson has to be one of the most recognizable names in the history of maniacal madmen generating a cult-like status with all walks and forms of life. I mean, the guy is (more…)
As busy (or lazy) as I am, when I do get a chance just to sit down and geek out over some comic books, I generally gravitate towards the indie books, as they tend to have more violence, sex, nudity, and gore in them. I do enjoy the clean-cut fighting and antics of bigger publishing giants like DC or Marvel, but indies (although Dark Horse is one of the bigger indies, if one even considers them an indie anymore) always has delivered satisfaction (in my eyes) with GOON, the STAR WARS series, ALIENS, PREDATOR, and THE STRAIN (to name just a few I have read in the past and present).
As I was looking through press releases and news, the description of this (more…)
Folks, it is March 12th and WILLOW has arrived on Blu-ray and DVD today. Are you excited? I am, if only a tiny bit. Actually, I am very excited because I love Val Kilmer and he is magnificent in this. I also inadvertently made a little people joke. Since I am a big giant myself, and get made fun of continually (not really because I am big and would crush those that ridiculed me!), I get a free pass to make small jokes about smaller people…as WILLOW! I do have nothing but the utmost respect for actor Warwick Davis (Willow) because he is the most well-known little person acting (in my opinion) and the most remembered.
I got a little press from the folks at Lucasfilm Ltd. and 2oth Century Fox about comparing Elora and Harry Potter. Here is (more…)
I had a chance to meet Michael while working on THE FUNERAL HOME: FIVE FINGER DEATH trailer and the dude seems pretty serious about filmmaking. He is new to the Chicagoland area but it seems like he is wasting no time getting his hands all bloody in finding folks to get involved in upcoming projects, myself included. SHU-IZMZ plans on attending the OVULATION filming and being an extra in some scenes. Enjoy the trailer and news on what is happening with Faux Pas Films! (more…)
Those of you who regularly read posts on the website or follow @shuizmz on Twitter or follow my posts on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/shuizmz are probably well-aware that I consider actor and horror icon Bill Oberst, Jr. a friend, as well as a colleague of the Horror Community. I had him on SHU-IZMZ RADIO last week as a guest (along with the always delightful Dark Photographer Amanda Norman) and it was a special Holiday Episode. It was only fitting that I had on some guests that are also my friends. Well, here is a new feature length horror film that Bill is starring in, right on the heels of Bill winning “Baddest Villain” Award Saturday Dec. 30th at Zed Fest Film Festival in Hollywood for the role in Gabriel Sabloff’s film THE CURSE.
The PRESS RELEASE as follows: (more…)
The following is a press release from Horror Unlimited and their magazine DIABOLIQUE. This horror mag looks pretty interesting and although I have not read an issue yet, it looks like it has some quality articles within its pages. I have browsed through an issue here and there when visiting one of my favorite magazine stops, CITY NEWSSTAND in the Portage Park neighborhood in Chicago. I thought I would share this press release for the latest issue of the magazine for SHU-IZMZ readers that are not familiar with the magazine. I am always happy to hear of magazines that are still in print and being published in a day and age when so many magazine companies are out of business or only in a digital format. Maybe DIABOLIQUE will send ol’ SHU a complimentary issue of their magazine for further inspection and review??? (more…)
SHU here bringing ya some news about a new horror film coming out from Autonomy Pictures, a distributor SHU-IZMZ is going to be working with to bring you new and exciting horror. Hop into horror by reading this press release about director Adam Rehmeier’s THE BUNNY GAME. We are working on getting some interviews set up for SHU-IZMZ RADIO with the director and actress Rodleen Getsic, as well as some rad giveaways! You guys and gals like to get free movies, right? I thought so! (more…)
Declan O’Brien Returns as Writer/Director of the Fan-Favorite with
Horror Legend Doug Bradley Leading the Cast
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has started production on the next installment of the horror genre hit, Wrong Turn. Director and writer Declan O’Brien (Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings, Sharktopus) returns to the helm of his third film in the franchise, with Doug Bradley, best known for his role of ‘Pinhead’ in the Hellraiser films, leading the cast. Filming is underway in and near Sophia, Bulgaria and is expected to end May 5. (more…)
Get Captivated by Michael Fassbender’s Unforgettable,
Golden Globe® Nominated Performance
Available Exclusively on Blu-ray Combo Pack April 17
Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize for Best Film and Volpi Cup for Best Actor
at the 2011Venice Film Festival
Los Angeles, CA (February 14, 2012) – From visionary director Steve McQueen, one of the most talked about films of 2011 comes (more…)
Available for the first time in North America on Blu-ray™, DVD and digital download on March 20th from Anchor Bay Entertainment (more…)
SYNAPSE FILMS UPDATE!
THOU SHALT NOT KILL… EXCEPT on BRD+DVD Combo 4/10/2012
Synapse receives *Best Classic DVD* Nomination in the 10th Annual Rondo Hatton Awards!
Not only was RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES a solid update on the talking ape saga, but it also held a bit of inspiration for a famous artist, too. If one has got nothing to do this weekend and is in the L.A.-area, then one will not want to miss this arty event.
On December 9th, Australian street artist and painter Anthony Lister will begin working on creating a fabulous piece of street art inspired by the Rise of the Planet of the Apes! Lister will be arriving in Southern California straight from Art Basel Miami Beach, the most prestigious art show in the Americas, where he painted several murals across the city. The mural will be painted at 7769 Melrose Ave in Los Angeles across the street from Fairfax High School, and Lister will be there from Friday until Monday afternoon.
CAESAR IS COMING….
Don’t forget you can pre-order your copy of Rise of the Planet of the Apes on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Planet-
Yesterday, Severin Films announced “an agreement with the estate of Larry Gold, Sr. to handle all future production and marketing for Intervision Picture Corporation (the link can be clicked but as of this post the website is under construction). The arrangement commences with the 5/10 release of 1983’s Sledgehammer, notorious as the first shot-on-tape slasher thriller for the then-exploding home video market. Gold, a pioneer of ’70s film distribution and ’80s genre VHS, died in March following a massive coronary at his home in Thailand. Severin’s Evan Husney will supervise all production and marketing for the label. Intervision product will continue to be distributed in the United States by CAV Distributing Corporation.”
Over here at SHU-IZMZ, we just started getting screeners for review from Intervision, starting with Jess Franco’s Paula Paula (reviewed here) and his 1973 rarity Sinister Eyes of Dr. Orloff (soon to be reviewed). I am happy to be able to say that we just received a screener of Sledgehammer for review which “marks the return of Los Angeles’ Cinefamily ‘Homemade Horror‘ series and will be screened on street-date at Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse.” (Gee, wonder if Zack Carlson had anything to do with programming that gem!).
A couple of future releases from Intervision include the 1989 ‘Canuxploitation‘ oddity Things and 1993’s The Secret Life: Jeffrey Dahmer. For those that do not know what ‘Canuxploitation‘ is, it is exploitation films from Canada. Some of these B-films include The Gate, The Changeling, The Brood, Terror Train, Ski School, etc.. Check out this website for reviews and more titles of Canuxploitation films: Canuxploitation.com.
“Either by way of budget constraints or warped vision,” says Intervision marketing director Evan Husney, “each release will represent a piece of cinematic underbelly from a universe all its own. Buried in obscurity and ripe for reintroduction, the films in Intervision’s new cult canon assure top-shelf bizarro derangement, gonzo action, transcendental fever dreams and beyond.”
“From the days of plastic clamshell VHS through the rise of Blu-ray, Intervision has been dedicated to everything fascinating and extraordinary about obscure genre works,” says Carl Daft, co-founder and CEO of Severin Films. “We are proud to carry on this commitment to rare and unique genre films under the Intervision banner.”
Here are just a few links to some Severin films that we have reviewed in the past over here at SHU-IZMZ: Loose Screws: Screwballs 2, In the Folds of Flesh, The Sister of Ursula, Macumba Sexual, Malabimab a.k.a. The Malicious Whore, Stone, and The Psychic.
Sci-Fi Spectacular 5
3733 N. Southport Ave., Chicago, IL
March 19, 2011
March 19, 2011 Noon – 3am, Chicago, IL.
(The Blob (remake ’88), Nightmare on Elm St. 3, The Mask, Eraser and producer of Dreamscape)
(Critters 2, Sleepwalkers, The Stand, creator of Showtime’s Masters of Horror series)
Film Line Up:
Not of this Earth (’57 Corman Classic!)
Plus Greg Nicotero’s Award Winning
Short Film “United Monsters Talent
Agency” and Del Harvey’s “Blood Kin”
Pre-sale tickets are $22 (available online or
at the Music Box Theatre Box Office).
Or $25 at the door day of show.
Pre-sale tickets on sale now:
Films, times and guests subject to change.
No refunds, no returns.
Breaking Glass Pictures has announced the April 5 DVD release of director Mark Claywell’s documentary “American Jihadist.” The Slamdance “Best Doc” winner follows American-born Muslim militant Isa Abdullah Ali and his life story. The documentary has played at over a dozen film festivals and won Best Documentary at last year’s Slamdance. Isa Abdullah Ali is an American soldier, a family man, and a Jihadist. Calling one all three of those things seems to me to be a colossal contradiction and I am sure that will be one thing looked at and probably discussed during the course of the film. Ever since 9/11, I have been personally interested in learning more about those individuals whose faith and religion is hell-bent on destroying my place of birth, the beloved United States. Well, at times there are injustices and key elements that even I may disagree or find to be wrong, but having some democracy in one’s nation is a wonderful thing.
I am very interested to get a hold of this film and see what it’s all about. Aside from gory horror films, I am a total geek for a well-made documentary. At times, I almost prefer to watch documentaries over horror films. The sole reason is that I love to learn about new ideas, values, customs, and regions. Documentaries serve as a breeding ground for knowledge and are excellent learning tools for those that do not like reading books. They make learning that much more fun and video footage always can tell so much more in a far quicker span of time than reading a few pages of a book can. I love reading too, but sometimes I want a quick stimulating story told in about two or three hours than I want to read a thick, lengthy book that may take well over a day or two to read if read straight through. That is my personal mantra on why documentaries rule!
The following is the documentary’s synopsis courtesy of Breaking Glass Pictures:
American soldier. Family man. Jihadist. Isa Abdullah Ali is a person of many identities and contradictions, but in the beginning, he was a bullied young boy growing up in America’s capital. At fifteen he joined the American army, and as a young man he converted to Islam and fought alongside the Amal militia and Hezbollah in Lebanon. Though the details of his past are murky, Isa claims to have killed more than 150 people in the fight to defend his faith.
Through Isa’s own words and those of family members, psychologists and political experts, this award-winning documentary attempts to decode the social and personal influences that can lead an individual down a path to radicalism. American Jihadist reaches beyond easy labels to grasp the nuances behind one man’s decision to fight — and kill — for his religion.
The DVD will also include behind-the-scenes featurettes.
Check out the trailer here:
Source: Breaking Glass Pictures
Variety is reporting that films shot on 3D in pre-war Nazi Germany have been found in Berlin’s Federal Archives. Phillipe Mora, whom I had the pleasure to interview back in July of 2009 for another website I was writing for at the time, is in the process of making a new documentary with the working title of “How the Third Reich Was Recorded“. While in Germany prepping his new film, Mora uncovered two 30-minute black and white propaganda films from 1936. Researching and making a film on the Nazi’s is no new thing for the French director who now resides in Australia. Phillipe Mora (The Howling 2, Mad Dog Morgan, Communion) made a groundbreaking film entitled “Swastika” in 1973, which contained unseen color footage of Adolf Hitler’s 16mm home movies, some of the footage containing his mistress, Eva Braun, at the Berghof mountain retreat at Obersalzberg in the Bavarian Alps.
With this new 3D film discovery, it appears that the Nazis were well-ahead of Hollywood with 3D technology by decades. The 3D medium was first popularized by Hollywood in the 1950’s and currently is having one hell of a major renaissance in theaters nationwide and internationally. It seems one can’t find movie openings without having at least one or two of those films opening in 3D.
Mora was quoted by Variety as saying, “The films are shot on 35mm-apparently with a prism in front of two lenses.”
Right now, Variety reports that Mora is at the Berlinale for his planned $13 million 3D biopic on surrealist Salvador Dali, starring Alan Cumming and Judy Davis, that plans to be filmed in Germany, Australia, and Spain. The film is in pre-production right now with a slated 2012 release according to IMDB.
Mora goes on to say, “They were made by an independent studio for Goebbels’ propaganda ministry and referred to as ‘raum film’- which may be why no one ever realized since that they were 3D.”
The German films found were entitled “So Real You Can Touch It” which is footage of a sizzling bratwurst (oh boy, the Nazis are sure making good use of their 3D technology, right?) and “Six Girls Roll Into Weekend” which is thought to be UFA studio starlets partying it up.
Mora believes there is probably more 3D footage somewhere out there, just waiting to be discovered. I have to agree with him. As time goes on, more and more new things concerning the Nazis, whether it be new information or buried treasures once thought forever lost and forgotten, seems to just pop up every now and then. I think that as awful as World War II was, the mystique and horror that the Nazis were during that period never fails to fascinate history buffs, film historians, and avid researchers and intellectuals on the topic of Hitler and the Nazis.
Mora goes on to tell Variety that, “The quality of the film is fantastic. The Nazis were obsessed with recording everything and every single image was controlled-it was all how they gained control of the country and its people.”
That last comment Mora states about how the Nazis were obsessed with recording everything just reminded me of Harrison Ford portraying Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark in the one particular scene in which the Nazis have set up all their film cameras to capture the unveiling of the ark. Spielberg did his research for the film, apparently.
Mora goes on to tell Variety that he plans to incorporate the 3D footage in his upcoming documentary “How the Third Reich Was Recorded” (working title).
Mora made a documentary in 2011, entitled German Sons, which readers may want to check out as well while you’re waiting for the his two aforementioned films to be completed. Here is the synopsis for that film:
Mora is the son of a German Jewish man who joined the French Resistance. Grosskopf is the son of a Nazi Party member who joined the Wehrmacht. They become good friends and reconcile their opposite family histories.
I am very anxious to see Mora’s completed film and want to get my hands on “Swastika”, as well.
In conjunction to the Devolved’s extended theatrical run in Los Angeles (starting March 4th), Severin Films today announced a series of special East coast screenings for its latest teen comedy, Unhinged.
Other dates are still To Be Announced, but as of this writing, these dates are official –
Monday, March 7th – Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY (time TBA)
Tuesday, March 8th – reRun Theater, Brooklyn, N.Y. (10 P.M.)
Wednesday, March 9th – E Street Cinema, Washington D.C. (8 P.M.)
Thursday, March 10th – Coolidge Corner Theater, Boston, MA (7:30 P.M.)
Severin’s John Cregan (Devolved’s writer/director) is going to be traveling with Devolved as a host of the screenings and he will be bringing with him a shitload of schwag and cool giveaways for those in attendance! I hope there are better giveaways than the hilarious Birdemic hangers! Here is what director John Cregan had to say about Devolved:
“Before we started marketing the film to the public at large, I felt like we owed it to our faithful fans to pause by way of some explanation” says Severin co-founder/Devolved Writer-Director John Cregan.
“Because Devolved is A) a brand new film, B) a teen comedy and C) a comedy that aims for laugh-out-loud jokes as opposed to wry festivalesque humor, I realized that it might instill a modicum of confusion in the core Severin audience. Put Devolved up alongside Santa Sangre, Hardware, and The Sinful Dwarf…it could be the source of some mild disorientation.”
Check out the TRAILER for Devolved right here:
Leave it up to SEVERIN FILMS to dig up some lesser known films most have only seen on a crappy, old VHS copy-if even that! Two classic slasher films and “one of the most depraved films of the ’70s”, says Severin Films. Well, that remains to be seen, but all three of these films (only one of which I have seen), have some pretty hilarious poster artwork. If anything, I would pick these films up for the campy value of them, if anything at all.
I have fond memories of the killer kid classic Bloody Birthday, directed by Canadian exploitation filmmaker Ed Hunt (The Brain, Diary of a Sinner). I rented it with a childhood friend, when I was just a wee teenager, from the local liquor store that doubled as a video rental joint. To say the least, the selection blew donkey balls, but it was good for getting some lesser known titles that one usually would not come across unless at a horror convention or scouring ebay…which I don’t think was even around when I rented Bloody Birthday on VHS! This film is famous for the “before-she-was-famous topless dance of MTV’s Julie Brown“. Of course, I can’t say I remember too much from this film except a certain scene involving a closet, some titties, and an arrow…Well, I think it was an arrow. My memory is pretty hazy. After all, that was a time period when I invested heavily in smoking pot and blasting Pantera and Cannibal Corpse in a dark, moldy, basement. I now refer to those years as the “wasted years” (Iron Maiden pun intended!). This version is a recent transfer from the original negative in high-definition and also has the original painting of the severed finger cake for the cover’s boxart. Check it out:
|This poster brings me such fond childhood memories…|
Also out from Severin Films is Felicity’s director John Lamond’s Nightmares a.k.a. Stage Fright (1980). With a Lamond film comes a fair amount of nudity and with Nightmares a decent amount of gruesome deaths as well. If that is not reason enough to get one excited for this film, “Not Quite Hollywood’s Mark Hartley recently recorded an audio commentary in celebration of the film’s first fully uncut release, transferred in 2.35:1 from the original negative, in North America.”
And finishing up the third release from Severin Films, we have The Baby (1973). Sadly, I have never heard of this film. I find this odd because it is a film out of Hollywood, directed by A-List director Ted Post (Magnum Force, Beneath the Planet of the Apes), and has a tag-line that shouts,”What goes on in this nursery isn’t for kids!” What the hell can this film be about? I look forward to watching this film, to say the least.
|This is one of those posters that is beyond ridiculous!|
Half Moon, starring adult-film actress Tori Black, will have a release date of March 1, 2011. Here is the latest and final cover art for the Vicious Circle Films dvd. Be on the look-out for a review once we get the screener over here.
Actually, I have to laugh every time I write “we” because it is just me, Shu, a one-man army. The reason why posts sometimes are sporadic or arrive in a flurry of updates is due to my eccentricity and feeling that writing urge. Since I am always on the go, generally living between Southwest side of Chicago, the North side of Chicago, and the Northwest Suburbs- shit can get very hectic but I will always find a way to post news I think is worthy and get reviews of films out.
The January DVD GIVEAWAY CONTEST, sponsored in party by Breaking Glass Pictures and Vicious Circle Films has been pushed back to February, part in fact due to my birthday being this month, monetary issues, and a certain special person in my life having some major oral surgery (no pun or jokes in that statement, really!). So bare with me, ladies and gentleman.