Ready for the Next Found Footage Bigfoot Flick? This One Also Has a Bobcat!!

bigfootIf you only know Bobcat Goldthwait from the POLICE ACADEMY franchise, then you don’t know Bobcat!! This comedian turned filmmaker has a brilliant and extremely creative mind that needs to be experienced to be believed. Currently Bobcat is throwing his hat into the found footage ring and will be making a Bigfoot/Sasquatchploitation flick.

Bleeding Cool is reporting that Goldthwait has already completed his next movie entitled WILLOW CREEK, a cinéma vérité-style film about Bigfoot. ‘m really curious to see what Goldthwait does with this subject matter. I’m really surprised by how many people out there really wholeheartedly believe that Bigfoot is alive and well. Knowing Goldthwait’s mind, he could really have a great time with this material. According to Bleeding Cool:

Willow Creek will be a found footage film about bigfoot. Perhaps there’s been too many of those recently, but this one isn’t a schlocky horror picture. Goldthwait has apparently mixed satire with some suspense and, overall, his film is apparently rather driven by “exploring the idea of bearing witness.”

Makes sense of it being a found footage film, right? And also makes sense of it being Bigfoot.

Because I’m told there are various characters in the film who believe they’ve seen the elusive Sasquatch and they give differing accounts, even come to fight over it. Goldthwait uses this for some observations on faith and religion.

I’m really looking forward to this one. You?

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Official Trailer Drops for the Upcoming Shadow People

Shadow PeopleAnchor Bay has finally released the official trailer to the upcoming SHADOW PEOPLE. SHADOW PEOPLE is written and directed by Matthew Arnold and stars Dallas Roberts, Alison Eastwood, Anne Dudek, Mariah Bonner, Christopher Berry, and Bryan Massey. Check out the press release for the plot crunch and other info, and then dig on the trailer:

They are known by many names in many cultures. In Persia they are called “Bakhtak.” In Japan they are the “Kanashibari.” In Mexico they’re called the “Subirse el Muerto” and the “Suk Ninmyo” in New Guinea. In America they are known as “Shadow People.” They are very real; yet, no one who has seen them has lived to describe them. Are you willing to believe? Victims report waking from sleep to find themselves paralyzed, a noise buzzing in their head, while a shadowy figure stands watches them, or sometimes even climbs onto their bed. The sightings are widespread around the globe for centuries, but many are afraid to talk about their encounters. According to experts these appearances may be tied to a medical mystery of unexplained nocturnal deaths.

Anchor Bay Films presents the March 19th Blu-ray™ and DVD release of the supernatural thriller Shadow People. Starring Dallas Roberts (“The Walking Dead,” The Grey, “Rubicon”), Alison Eastwood (Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Tightrope), Anne Dudek (“Mad Men,” White Chicks, 10 Items or Less), and Mattie Liptak (Quarantine 2, The Candy Shop), Shadow People promises an unforgettable glimpse into a netherworld perhaps too perilously close to ours! SRP is $24.99 for the Blu-ray™ and $22.98 for the DVD.

Shadow People is based on a true story about small town radio personality Charlie Crowe (Roberts), who unravels a conspiracy about encounters with mysterious beings. These “Shadow People” were the cause of hundreds of unexplained deaths. He encounters CDC Epidemic Intelligence Agent Sophie Lancombe (Eastwood), whose investigations entwine her with Charlie’s own discoveries, leading them both into a dark world and a decades old cover-up.

The film explores the actual historical evidence of SUNDS and the real phenomenon of an inverse placebo effect, where the mind can actually kill the body through false belief. The film is backed up by real archival footage of a suspected outbreak of SUNDS, which occurred in rural Kentucky, and takes the found footage genre to a new level by intercutting the story with the actual interviews of the real-life participants, local news footage, and radio clips from the event.

So look for the DVD on March 19, 2013.

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Psychological Horror Flick Sader Ridge to Have World Premiere at the Sun Valley Film Festival

SADER RIDGE posterSADER RIDGE, the upcoming indie horror film, will be having it’s world premier at this year’s Sun Valley Film Festival. SADER RIDGE is directed by Jeremy Berg, is written by Berg, Matt Medisch, and John Portanova, and stars Josh Truax, Trin Miller, Rafael Siegel, Andi Norris, Brandon Anthony, and D’Angelo Midili. Check out the press release below as well as the plot crunch and trailer:

“SADER RIDGE” FILM FESTIVAL PREMIERES

Seattle, WA – February 27th, 2013 – The independent psychological horror film “Sader Ridge” will be having its world premiere at the 2013 Sun Valley Film Festival. The festival, which takes place from March 14th-17th in Sun Valley, Idaho, focuses on cutting-edge independent films and premieres.

“Sader Ridge” will have its debut screening on Saturday, March 16th at 8 PM at the Liberty Theater (110 N Main St, Hailey, ID 83333). Tickets can be purchased at http://sunvalleyfilmfestival.org/index.php?n=25

The film will then be having its Arizona premiere at the International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival in Phoenix. It will play on Friday, April 5th at 10:25 PM and Sunday, April 7th at 4PM at the Harkin Scottsdale 101 (7000 E Mayo Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85054). Tickets can be purchased at http://phoenix.festivalgenius.com/2013/films/saderridge_jeremyberg_phoenix2013

The film stars Trin Miller, Brandon Anthony, Andi Norris, Josh Truax, and D’Angelo Midili. It is the first feature film from the production company The October People and director Jeremy Berg. The film’s official synopsis can be read below.

“Sader Ridge” synopsis:

For years Samantha has wondered about where she came from. After inheriting a house from the family she never knew, Sam and three friends take a road trip to inspect the remote property.

Soon after Sam arrives old memories come seeping back to her subconscious while jealousy and unspoken tension between the friends is forced to the surface. As relationships unravel, so does Sam’s sanity. She soon finds herself unable to tell the difference between reality and the horrible visions of brutality she cannot escape. While her world crumbles, Sam discovers that the current horrors may be tied directly to her past.

You will find the official trailer and poster for the film attached to this email. If you are interested in receiving a screener copy of the film to review, please email John@theoctoberpeople.net More information on “Sader Ridge” can be found at www.theoctoberpeople.net. Sader Ridge is also on Facebook (facebook.com/SaderRidge) and Twitter (twitter.com/October_People)

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Now dig on the trailer:

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Entity Lands Distribution Deal with Darclight Films

Entity posterThe upcoming U.K. horror-chiller, ENTITY, has landed a distribution deal with DarcLight Films. ENTITY is written and directed by Steve Stone and stars Dervla Kirwan, Charlotte Riley, Branko Tomovic, Rupert Hill, Oliver Jackson, and Michael David Worden. Check out the press release for more:

Darclight Films has snatched up the international rights for ENTITY and successfully secured a US deal with Brainstorm Media and Fangoria. The film made its world premiere to enthusiastic audiences at the Bram Stoker International Film Festival and played to equally dynamic fans at the Celluoid Screams Film Festival.

The new horror thriller stars Charlotte Riley (WORLD WITHOUT END, THE TOWN, WUTHERING HEIGHTS) who is also working alongside Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt and Bill Paxton in action sci-fi ALL YOU NEED IS KILL scheduled for release in early 2014. Cast also includes;Dervia Kirwan (Ondine), Branko Tomovic (Bourne Ultimatum, Interview with a Hitman).

Entity1“We’re honored to be working with Brainstorm Media and Fangoria again,” said Clay Epstein, VP of Sales and Acquisitions for Arclight Films. “We are thrilled that they’ve embraced ENTITY within their esteemed brand. Audiences trust them to deliver high quality genre-driven films and we certainly agree that ENTITY is a film that will undoubtedly resonate within their fan base.”

ENTITY is a horror thriller that slides back and forth through time in order to connect the dots to a terrifying mystery. The story begins in a remote forest where 34 unidentified bodies were found in shallow graves and despite subsequent police investigations, no official explanation for their deaths was ever offered.

The case was consequently closed.

Entity4A decade later, the crew of Darkest Secrets, a reality TV show dedicated to uncovering the truth behind unsolved crimes, embarks upon a location shoot in the same remote forest. Assisting with the expedition is Ruth Peacock (Dervla Kirwan) a psychic whom the crew hope can shed some light on the mystery, but when thegroup stumbles across a derelict industrial site, they begin to discover the reality behind the mystery and its terrifying aftermath.

Entity2“This is not a found-footage film. This is something else,” said director Steve Stone. “We are indeed proud that we have been able to deliver a film that looks and sounds as good as ENTITY does. We are also very proud of the fact that ENTITY was able to attract such a fantastic cast. But, above all things the single element of a great story was given the highest priority by all on this film – a story that will engage, chill and surprise an audience throughout its entire length. The film now has signed UK and International deals and we look forward to sharing those distribution plans as they evolve.”

“We’re looking forward to bringing this innovative film to audiences throughout the US,” said Steve Break of Naedomi, who closed the deal on behalf of Brainstorm. “We have something very special with ENTITY and can always count on Arclight Films for quality product that translates when it comes to both happy audiences and achieving (and often exceeding) our bottom line goals.”

Now dig on the trailer:

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Berkshire County to Begin Filming this April

Bershire-County-Movie-1The upcoming genre film, BERKSHIRE COUNTY, is set to begin principal photography this April. BERKSHIRE COUNTY is directed by Audrey Cummings and is written by Chris Gamble. No casting information is available yet. Check out the press release:

Feature film Berkshire County is set to begin principal photography in Toronto this April of 2013.

CFC alumni Audrey Cummings is set to direct her debut feature Berkshire County to be edited by Michael Mason (Cabin Fever: Patient Zero/A little bit Zombie) this April in Toronto. Pre-Production has already begun on this much anticipated horror/thriller with DOP Michael Jari Davidson (Familiar) and Producer Bruno Marino (Tapped/Sick)

Logline: When a late night knock at the door signals the arrival of three psychotics, a teenage girl must go beyond what she ever thought capable in order to survive.

Synopsis: The feature length thriller follows a self-loathing teen who reluctantly agrees to baby-sit at an isolated country home on Halloween night. But when a small boy in a pig mask appears at the door looking for candy, her night takes a horrifying turn for the worst. What ensues is a violent home invasion which forces our unlikely heroin to go beyond what she ever though capable in order to survive.

More on this one as it becomes available.

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Blood Night Drops Teaser Trailer

Bloody Night posterThe upcoming horror flick, BLOODY NIGHT has dropped another teaser trailer. BLOODY NIGHT is written and directed by Hakan Yildiz and stars Pau Masó, Anna Rust, Hakan Yildiz, and Christoph Fortmann. Check out the plot crunch:

Four university students travel to Budapest during the winter break holiday, but they find their lives endangered. Now, these four friends will have to fight for their lives, to escape a masked madman and killer.

Dig on the press release and teaser trailer below:

“Are you ready for a Bloody Weekend?”

Budapest, Hungary – Director Hakan Yildiz has released the second teaser trailer for the slasher film Bloody Night. Bloody Night was shot in Budapest, Hungary and the film features several rising stars and starlettes. As well, the latest teaser trailer for the film shows flashes of a mysterious killer, who is intent on stalking four friends on holiday.

Bloody Night1The trailer shows primary cast members on the wrong side of a knife. Actress Anna Rust (The Brothers Grimm) appears prominently in one of Budapest’s empty streets. Her character is chased in back alleys and a park by an unknown attacker. As well, actor Pau Masó (Haunted Poland) is shown as he provides safe refuge for the distressed Anna. And, even the killer makes an appearance with a sharp blade. Horror fans can view this deadly cat and mouse exchange in the clip provided below!

Bloody Night is also set to tour over 20 horror film festivals. Festival runs will take place both in North America and Europe, with specific dates to be announced shortly.

BLOODY NIGHT will be released a little later in 2013. To learn more about this one check out their official website and their official Facebook page. Here’s the teaser trailer:

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The Undead Teds

Some more of Phillip's remarkable work...Are you a horror fan (and if not, why are you here?) and you want that extra special gift for that extra special person, but you’re of the opinion that the Hallmark people can go kiss the fattest part of your ass before you dish out any money for a stupid card? Well then the Undead Teds might be just what you’re looking for!

The Undead Teds are the creation of artist Phillip Blackman. 45-year-old Phillip, from Suffolk, England, had long been a fan of film director George A Romero, creator of some zombie movies you might have heard about, and he combined this love with training in theatrical and special effects make-up, and a moment of inspiration, to make teddy bears – with a difference. When I first heard about them, I went to www.undeadteds.com and contacted Phillip for a quick interview.

Phillip with one of his cute creations. Aww...
Phillip with one of his cute creations. Aww…

“About three years ago, I hit on the idea of making zombie teddy-bears,” Phillip told me in an interview. “The inspiration came from a rather obscure in-joke between my partner and I. She had a terrible cold at the time and we’d been talking about a gift for a friend’s baby. With a very stuffy nose “teddy-bear” kept coming out as “deady-bear” and we joked about zombie teddies that creep from under your bed at night to feast on your brains while you sleep. Being an artist and illustrator (See www.biro-art.com) I couldn’t just leave it at that so after a few false starts and I produced my first Undead Ted.”

Awww, he got a boo boo...
Awww, he got a boo boo…

Phillip initially tried sewing bones and organs out of felt, but felt his sewing skills weren’t up to it. So to properly transform the kids’ toys into Undead Teds, Phillip sculpts the bones, teeth and other organs by hand, from polymer clay or latex, then opens the bear’s carcass, takes out some of the stuffing and fixes the gory details in place with glue. Finally, he paints on the blood and adds a layer of varnish for a wet effect. Some designs, including the Valentine Undead Ted, have a strong wire frame retrofitted to ensure they keep their pose and don’t fall over.

“I’m getting faster now,” Phillip assured me, “But each Undead Ted still represents something upwards of six hour’s work. They used to take me days to make!” He prices them individually depending on size, complexity, materials used and time taken.

A Don't Care Anymore Bear
A Don’t Care Anymore Bear

And the Undead Teds, with their mix of the cute and cuddly and the gory and gruesome, were an immediate hit. “People’s reaction from the start has been variations along the lines of ‘That’s Horrible! I want one!’ The demand has been phenomenal and took me entirely by surprise. I simply cannot make them fast enough. As soon as I list a batch of six to eight in my store they sell out in under a minute. People set alarm clocks and take time off work so they can get online at the right time to try and snag one. I’m humbled by people’s enthusiasm for my work and hugely thankful to them.”

Phillip’s typical customer is in the late twenties the early thirties range, according to his Facebook stats. “People don’t buy them for their kids of course, they’re not toys after all, but they do buy them for their partners and significant others. The majority are either bought by women or bought by men as gifts for women, a fact I was quite surprised to discover!”

Don't worry, he's 'armless enough...
Don’t worry, he’s ‘armless enough…

And they definitely aren’t for little children, though not so much because of how they look as because they contain small toxic parts and aren’t suitable for rough handling (if they get a little dirty, a gentle pat with a wet cloth will suffice rather than a trip in the washing machine).

“I can and do ship to pretty much anywhere,” Philip assured me. “A large percentage of Undead Teds have gone to the States and Canada and a few as far afield as Australia.” He has also had customers send him teddy bears to be customised, though this arrangement isn’t viable for overseas jobs in case the Customs people have some unreasonable

Though he’d love to set up his own shop it’s not possible with him doing the work himself. Until then Undead Teds are available through his Etsy store (http://www.etsy.com/shop/undeadteds) and occasionally through Ebay, and though demand remains high people who follow him in various Social Media platforms are alerted when new Undead Teds are available.

My amazement for the level of detail and craftsmanship Phillip puts into his work remains high, and I wish him continued success in the work! I’d get one myself now, but I’m afraid my cat might get jealous… or eaten…

MISSING: One bear. And the child who owned it.
MISSING: One bear. And the child who owned it. And some campers nearby.

Written by Derek “Deggsy” O’Brien

Meet the Cast of Bloodmarsh Krackoon!!

krackoon-poster2I love reporting updates on the film about everyone’s favorite crack-addicted raccoon, BLOODMARSH KRACKOON. BLOODMARSH KRACKOON is written and directed by Jerry Landi and stars Sal Amore, Scott Barile, and Bob Connelly. And now we get the chance to meet the stars of this upcoming, soon-to-be classic. Check out the press release:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MEET THE STARS OF BLOODMARSH KRACKOON

Bloodmarsh Krackoon, a feature length comedy horror film written and directed by Jerry Landi, is a sequel to Krackoon, a short film which won fans on the film festival circuit two years ago. Believing that his mutant, crack addicted raccoon Red Eye warranted a bigger tale, Landi fashioned a continuation of the short, structuring it as a reboot to bring new viewers up to speed. In addition to Red Eye, Bloodmarsh reunites Krackoon co-stars Sal Amore and Joseph Ferri, whose characters survived Red Eye’s original onslaught.

“Sal plays Deputy Mayor Peter Rabbit,” Landi explains. “At the end of Krackoon the mayor was killed, and in Bloodmarsh Peter Rabbit sees the chance to kill the monster and make Locust Point safe for its residents, and in turn, make things right in the corrupt town. He enlists his cousin and best friend for help putting an end to the Krackoon’s reign, unaware that there are two more creatures running around the Bronx.”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALike his character, Amore, who is also a line producer on the film, found himself promoted – to leading man. “Working on the sequel was a lot more work than I ever did on one project before. One day on set, I had this overwhelming feeling, not of fear, but that as the movie evolved I was growing as an actor. Even though I had years of experience before shooting the sequel, this was when I learned how to stay in character and feed off of other actors and so much more. It was amazing to be a part of all this and that I will never forget it.”

In both films, Joseph Ferri plays Tommy Caputo, a boy who befriends Red Eye, ala Willard and his rat pet Ben. Ferri was nine when Krackoon was filmed and thirteen when Bloodmarsh rolled. This proved to be a challenge since Bloodmarsh Krackoon is subtitled “the next day.”

“I told Joey not to grow until we shot the next film, but he didn’t listen to me,” Landi says. “I never considered recasting the role. We discussed this during pre-production and agreed that in the scope of the project, it wouldn’t really matter. Since it’s a bit of a reboot, we will suspend disbelief and let the story play out. Joey was such a big part of the first film, and since that was never distributed, his growth was the least of my worries. ”

puppet-700x248Ferri found his experience on the feature superior to that on the short. “It was ten times better: the cameraman and crew were better, the actors were also more professional and really helped me on the set. I think my acting was also better than the first movie, too. The baby raccoons were fun to play with, and my old friend Red Eye was easy to talk too. ”

Other actors returning from Krackoon include Martin Vanihel, Rosario Russo. Gina Di Salvatore Longarzo plays the female lead, and actress and model Cindy Guyer (Psycho Cop), the only member of the cast not from the Bronx, plays Peter Rabbit’s mother Millie. Bloodmarsh Krackoon, produced by Marc J. Makowski (Slime City, Photo Manipulation) is nearing the end of post production and is expected to premiere in the Bronx in April.

Check out the official BLOODMARSH KRACKOON website, their Facebook page, and be sure to follow them on Twitter. Now dig on the trailer:

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NEW HORROR DVD & BLU-RAY HORROR RELEASES FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 25, 2013

Here’s the new offerings for this week, and it’s another large offering this week. What are you planning on checking out?

!!CRAWLCRAWL (2011):

A bar owner (Paul Holmes) hires a mysterious killer known as “the Croatian” (George Shevtsov) to murder a business associate, but doesn’t suspect the assassin has a double-cross in mind. Soon the establishment’s innocent and pretty waitress (Georgina Haig) gets tangled up in the caper and is taken hostage inside her home–leading to a suspense-packed fight for survival. Brutal thriller co-stars Lauren Dillon, William Garvey. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English; Subtitles: English.

Being released on DVD on 2/26/13

!!DEAD GENESISDEAD GENESIS (2010):

Seven months after a “zombie apocalypse” started shambling across North America, roving bands of armed humans are waging an ongoing “War on Dead.” A newswoman follows one such paramilitary group, dubbed “The Deadheads,” to make a pro-war documentary, but is she ready for the horrific toll the assignment will have on her? Provocative Canadian-made chiller stars Emily Alatalo, Alex Mallari, Jr. 93 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.

Being released on DVD on 2/26/13

!!DREAM HOUSEDREAM HOUSE (2011; my review):

Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz star in this unsettling thriller, playing a couple that moves from New York City to a “dream house” in New England to raise their two young daughters. They soon learn that their new home comes with a grisly past involving a ghastly multiple murder, with Craig desperate to piece together what remains unknown about the lurid mystery after his youngest girl sees a shadowy visitor outside. With Naomi Watts, Elias Koteas, and Jane Alexander. 92 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, DVS Dolby Digital stereo, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English (SDH), French, Spanish; featurettes.

Being released on DVD & Blu-ray Widescreen on 2/26/13

!!GIRLS AGAINST BOYSGIRLS AGAINST BOYS (2012):

After getting dumped by her boyfriend, bartender Shae (Danielle Panabaker) accepts coworker Lu’s (Nicole LaLiberte) invitation to accompany her out to the clubs for a night of frivolity. What Shae doesn’t realize is that her new companion in the nightlife makes it a habit of using her sexual wiles to conquer men–and then kill them! This scorching and sexy revenge thriller co-stars Michael Stahl-David, Andrew Howard. 93 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English; Subtitles: English, Spanish.

Being released on DVD & Blu-ray Widescreen on 2/26/13

!!INSIDIOUSINSIDIOUS (2010):

“The Exorcist” meets “Paranormal Activity” in this horror tale that follows loving parents Josh and Renai as their oldest son falls into a mysterious coma after their family moves into an old house. As the couple’s relationship begins to fray, they discover that evil spirits residing in the home are responsible for their child’s condition…and terror beyond their comprehension soon follows. Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins star. 102 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio; Subtitles: English (SDH), Spanish; featurettes.

Being released on DVD & Blu-ray Widescreen on 2/26/13

!!KISS THE ABYSSKISS THE ABYSS (2010):

When an escalating neighborhood dispute causes the accidental death of a pretty housewife, her grief-stricken husband, father, and brother take her remains to a desert-dwelling eccentric claiming to have a formula for resurrection. Uncannily, his concoction works…but proves not worth the price, as it also starts a gradual, horrendous transformation. Low-budget shocker stars Nicole Moore, Scott Wilson, Douglas Bennett, James Mathers. 85 min. Soundtrack: English.

Being released on DVD on 2/26/13

!!MIDNIGHT MOVIESMIDNIGHT MOVIES: SUSPENSE TRIPLE FEATURE

Three-disc set includes “The Forbidden Photos Of A Lady Above Suspicion,” “The Fifth Cord,” and “The Pyjama Girl Case.”

Being released on DVD on 2/26/13

!!NOBODY GETS OUT ALIVENOBODY GETS OUT ALIVE (2013):

Pushed past the brink of madness after his daughter is killed by a teenage drunk driver, a man flees into the woods and becomes a folk legend that keeps local youth out of the forest. One group of kids, however, fails to heed the tale and heads out for a wilderness camping weekend to mark their friend’s release from the hospital. Shock-packed throwback to the ’80s slasher heyday stars Ben Gallagher, Jen Dance, Shaun Paul Costello. 78 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1.

Being released on DVD on 2/26/13

!!OASIS OF THE ZOMBIESOASIS OF THE ZOMBIES (1981):

A group of teens searching for a fortune in Nazi gold, hidden in the North African desert during World War II, finds themselves face-to-rotting face with the gold’s undead guardians. Manuel Gelin and France Jordan star in this shocker co-directed by Jess Franco (as A.M. Frank). AKA: “Bloodsucking Nazi Zombies,” “Oasis Of The Living Dead.” 82 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: French Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English. In French with English subtitles.

Being released on DVD, DVD Dubbed, & Blu-ray Widescreen on 2/26/13

!!PUPPET MASTER 2PUPPET MASTER II (1990):

Those diabolical, creepy puppets are back and ready to hack…and cut and drill! This follow-up finds the monstrous marionettes seeking out their creator and then going in search of victims to supply the “brain fluid” needed for the formula that keeps them alive. Elizabeth McLellan, Collin Bernsen, and Steve Welles star. 88 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1; audio commentary; featurettes; more.

Being released on DVD & Blu-ray Widescreen on 2/26/13

!!PUPPET MASTER 3PUPPET MASTER III: TOULON’S REVENGE (1991):

After suffering heavy casualties during World War II, the Nazis are desperate for help from Andre Toulon, the Puppet Master. When he refuses, the Gestapo murders his wife, forcing him to call on his entourage of tiny terrors for some nasty revenge. Shock-filled prequel stars Guy Rolfe, Sarah Douglas, and Richard Lynch. 86 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1;

Being released on DVD & Blu-ray Widescreen on 2/26/13

!!SHE DEVILSHE DEVIL (1957):

Fifties fright film fave featuring shapely Mari Blanchard as a tuberculosis-stricken woman who agrees to act as guinea pig to scientist Jack Kelly’s cutting-edge experiments. While the efforts seem to work on the surface, they have turned Blanchard into a mean-spirited manipulator with a criminal mind. Albert Dekker also stars; directed by Kurt Neumann (“The Fly”). 77 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.

Being released on DVD & Blu-ray Widescreen on 2/26/13

!!SILENT HOUSESILENT HOUSE (2012):

Cleverly shot and edited to appear as if it was filmed in one continuous take, this chilling remake of a fact-based Uruguayan horror film follows young Sarah (Elizabeth Olsen) as she’s terrorized inside a run-down lakeside house by mysterious assailants. But a series of strange visions and bizarre occurrences begin to reveal the truth about Sarah’s attackers while bringing to light a sinister secret from her childhood. With Adam Trese, Eric Sheffer Stevens. 86 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English (SDH), French, Spanish; audio commentary.

Being released on DVD & Blu-ray/DVD Combo on 2/26/13

!!THE SCORPION KING 3THE SCORPION KING 3: BATTLE FOR REDEMPTION (2011):

Sizzling sword-and-sorcery sequel finds the now-deposed Mathayus (Victor Webster) hiring out his battlefield skills to Egypt’s King Horus (Ron Perlman), whose grip on his own empire is threatened by the machinations of his treacherous brother (Billy Zane). Action abounds with Kimbo Slice, Dave Batista, Krystal Vee. 106 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English (SDH), Spanish, French; bonus digital copy. Also includes a DVD version of the film. Two-disc set.

Being released on DVD & Blu-ray/DVD Combo on 2/26/13

!!THE THINGTHE THING (2011):

In this spine-tingling prequel to John Carpenter’s cult shocker, the members of a multi-national science team discover a seemingly dead alien frozen beneath Antarctica. But when the creature escapes from its icy coffin very much alive, its ability to imitate humans makes it nearly impossible to find, let alone kill. Can the monster be stopped before it’s too late? Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ulrich Thomsen star. 103 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio, DVS Dolby Digital stereo, French DTS 5.1, Spanish DTS 5.1; Subtitles: English (SDH), French, Spanish; deleted scenes; extended scenes; featurettes; audio commentary. Also includes a DVD version of the film. Two-disc set.

Being released on DVD & Blu-ray/DVD Combo on 2/26/13

!!THE TWILIGHT SAGA BREAKING 1THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN, PART 1 (EXTENDED EDITION) (2011):

Following the wedding of Bella (Kristen Stewart) and vampire Edward (Robert Pattinson), Jacob (Taylor Lautner) leaves his wolf pack when he learns they plan to kill the pregnant Bella and her unborn child. But Bella’s health begins to fail as her fetus grows at an accelerated rate, leading to a dangerous birth and an unexpected transformation for the new mother, and leaving the lycanthropic Jacob as the baby’s protector. Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser co-star in part one of the final installment of Stephenie Meyer’s successful saga. Director’s cut; 124 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English DTS HD 7.1 Master Audio; audio commentary; bonus UltraViolet digital copy.

Being released on DVD, DVD Widescreen, Blu-ray 1-Disc, & Blu-ray Extended on 3/2/13

!!THE TWILIGHT SAGA BREAKING 2THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN, PART 2 (EXTENDED EDITION) (2012):

The big-screen adaptation of author Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” books concludes in epic fashion as the now-vampiric Bella (Kristen Stewart) is trained by husband Edward (Robert Pattinson) in the ways of the undead. Their honeymoon ends when they are called upon to protect their enigmatic new daughter from Volturi leader Aro (Michael Sheen), who fears the girl cannot be trusted among them–leading to a fang-tastic final showdown. With Taylor Lautner, Billy Burke, and Kellan Lutz. 115 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English DTS HD 7.1 Master Audio, Spanish; Subtitles: English (SDH), Spanish; audio commentary; featurettes.

Being released on DVD & Blu-ray Widescreen on 3/2/13

!!ULTIMATE ZOMBIE FEASTULTIMATE ZOMBIE FEAST, VOLUME 1:

If your hunger for zombie movies must be satisfied, gorge yourself on this feast of short frights! The (re)animated “It Came From The West” (2007) offers a flesh-eating oater; an entire British clan is “Bitten” (2008); a migrant to London witnesses an evil “Plague” (2008); beasts and booze mix in the Netherlands’ “Zombeer” (2008); English loser Jed is “Dead Hungry” (2009) to be cooler than he was while alive; “Not Even Death” (2009) can separate a man from his wife; “Zombies And Cigarettes” (2009) are a toxic mix inside a Spanish mall; the walking dead “Arise” (2010) in America; “Fear Of The Living Dead” (2010) runs wild in Canada; Canadian zombie “Kidz” (2010) act up; “Savages” (2011) offers India’s first zombie movie; and the feature-length “The Book Of Zombie” (2010) preaches the gospel of Mormon man-eaters! 168 min. total. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English.

Being released on DVD on 2/26/13

!!ZOMBIE LAKEZOMBIE LAKE (1980):

Up from the depths come hordes of fallen Nazi soldiers! Once merely drones acting out the will of an evil leader, now, the reanimated goose-steppers have been transformed into the walking dead (or should that be “swimming” dead?), mindlessly following the pangs of their terrifying hunger for the flesh of some nubile female bathers. Howard Vernon, Britt Carva star in this Jean Rollin shocker; co-scripted by Jess Franco. AKA: “Lake Of The Living Dead.” 90 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: French Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English. In French with English subtitles.

Being released on DVD & Blu-ray Widescreen on 2/26/13

Stay Bloody!!!

Warm Bodies (2013)

Warm_Bodies_Theatrical_PosterTWILIGHT. The books. The movies. The lunchboxes. The phenomenon. Like the bubonic plague, Stalin and Rob Schneider, they have a lot to answer for, and none of it is pretty. I remain gobsmacked that a dimwit like Stephanie Meyer, whose writing style suggests the squirrel working the controls in her head is a meth addict, could take her execrably bad tryst between an undead paedophile and his dullard underage receptacle, could influence so many. While there are undoubtedly some decent paranormal romances out there, TWILIGHT is like a drunken tattoo on an unignorable part of your body that constantly reminds you that maybe monsters should inspire fear, not desire.

When I first heard about the movie adaptation of Isaac Marion’s 2010 “zombie romance” Warm Bodies, I forced my cheeseburger back down my throat. The notion of human/vampire love was insane enough for me – you can love your dinner, but you can’t love your dinner – but the thought of human/zombie love gave me an attack of the cringes. We’re talking about dead, rotting flesh and a mind dominated by a reptilian urge to consume! I’ve had the dubious pleasure of watching a zombie-based porn movie called DAWNA OF THE DEAD (see my review here) and it was so bad that any children conceived while their parents were watching it will eat their way out of the womb.

Warm Bodies, however, promised a romance between a young girl and a young zombie. I haven’t read the book. But the movie screamed RUN WHILE YOU STILL CAN at me.

Then, days after it was released in UK cinemas, I read word that suggested it might not have been as bad as I first feared. And seeing as I had an afternoon free and the early tickets were cheaper, I went to see for myself, hoping I wasn’t surrounded by tweenies or mistaken for a pervert (at least, the wrong kind of pervert). Was my risk worthwhile?

R. Or a sulky pale teenager. Can't tell which.
A zombie. Or a pale sulky teenager. Can’t tell which.

We open on a post-apocalyptic scene, an airport busy… with the dead. One young dead, in particular, and in an internal monologue we are introduced to R (Nicholas Hoult, who played The Beast in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS). He shuffles about with his fellow revenants, talking about the collapse of human civilisation years ago and how he and his ‘friend’ M (Rob Corddry, HOT TUB TIME MACHINE) spend their days wandering about, looking to have a bite with the few remaining human survivors, and avoiding the ‘Bonies’: skeletal, purely feral creatures who remind me too much of those monstrosities from I AM LEGEND (including their computer-generated appearance). At night, R (so-called because his sparse memory could only recall the first letter of his name) spends his time in his ‘home’, an abandoned passenger jet where he has collected LP albums and knick-knacks.

Meanwhile, in a survivor’s fortress which reminded me of the human settlement in LAND OF THE DEAD, ruled by Colonel Grigio (John Malkovich, RED), a group of teenagers including Grigio’s daughter Julie (Teresa Palmer, THE GRUDGE 2) and her boyfriend Perry (Dave Franco, FRIGHT NIGHT) are sent on a mission to collect medicines, just as R and M and several other zombies converge, drawn by the scent of warm bodies. In the subsequent melee, Perry is killed, and R begins munching on his brains.

Kate Moss has put on weight...
Kate Moss has put on weight…

But when final survivor Julie is threatened by the others, R comes to her aid, leading her back to his plane, where his humanity, speech and intelligence appears to be returning. It seems that in eating Perry’s brains, R also obtains his memories of love and devotion to Julie – and is the closest thing he has to dreaming now – and gradually Julie learns to trust and even like him (though R hides the fact that he ate her boyfriend’s brains, which is probably a wise move), though she reluctantly returns to her father and the settlement. But the course of true undead love never did run smooth, and as R seeks out Julie, and other zombies begin regaining their humanity, the Bonies begin to see new sources of food among them…

Okay, and I can’t believe I’m gonna write this, but WARM BODIES… isn’t as shit as it could have been. Hang on while I check to see if my meds have been switched.

R and Julie. In deep...
R and Julie. In deep…

Nope. It wasn’t the worst movie I have seen. The look of the post-zombie apocalypse world by director Jonathan Levine (ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE) is detailed and convincing, as is the zombie makeup (though the zombie behaviour is inconsistent, with most doing the Romero Shuffle, others running, they at least try something new). The acting is fine enough, with Malkovich a solid actor able to easily sell the character, and the rest acquitting themselves with varying success. The movie deliberately alludes to Romeo and Juliet, down to the idea of young lovers between feuding ‘families’, the similar names among the characters, and there’s even a balcony scene! Zombie movies are traditionally examined for metaphors; here, it could simply be that love brings us to life.

There’s thankfully no actual sex (necrophilia won’t get you the coveted teen demographic), just an innocent kiss (though in one scene where they’re hiding out in a house and Julie undresses chastely to her underwear, her back to the camera, before going to bed while R sleeps on the floor, the impression is given that his blood is still flowing, if you know what I mean, and I bet you do). There are even some bits of dialogue and scenes which made me smile and chuckle, like when he has to teach her to act dead to get past his fellow zombies (“More groans… No, too much…”). There’s also some good chemistry between R and his buddy M, as M helps R find Julie again, and helps him avoid her zombie-hating father.

"Bros before living hoes, dude!"
“Bros before living hoes, dude!”

But at the same time, WARM BODIES bugged me on several levels. I hated the constant inner monologue from R, pure unnecessary exposition designed for an audience even more brain dead than the revenants on the screen. More could have been done with less dialogue, even no dialogue – ever see WALL-E? The first 45 minutes of it had no human speech, but still got its points across quite well.

Then there’s the lack of gore. The UK certificate is 12A, the US certificate PG-13. You’ll see more explicitness on THE WALKING DEAD. Hell, you’ll probably see more on SCOOBY DOO. There’s a nice shot at the start of a Boney peeling some skin off its face, but otherwise the blood and guts are minimal.

Which is fine, because it feels like these are zombies in name only. I want to applaud the author (and film maker) for trying something different, but really – zombies, whether they mumble like Bub or jabber like the ones in RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, are still brain-damaged, feral, flesh-eating ghouls made of rotting (and presumably stinking) flesh. As the zombies in WARM BODIES return to ‘life’, we get quick flashes of their hearts beginning to beat again. Which is cute if you’re watching it happen to Bugs Bunny after he catches sight of a good-looking rabbit, but not in a zombie movie.

Hhmmm ... I think I'm actually insulted with this still!!
Hhmmm … I think I’m actually insulted with this still!!

It’s obviously marketed for the pre-teen market, and scares are not really factored into it. That’s not to say there isn’t room for a movie like this. In a way it reminded me of the time I watched SCOTT PILGRIM VERSUS THE WORLD. Everyone told me it would be great, but I was bored crapless by the repetitious fights and the central ‘crisis’ of a young douchebag having to choose between two hotties. My teenage daughter dug it, though, and that told me that it wasn’t made for me. I had become old. My life clock had started flashing red, and I was ready for Carousel. And if you get those references, congratulations, you’ll probably join me on it.

The trailer follows below:

Deggsy’s Summary:
Director: Jonathan Levine
Plot: 3 out of 5 stars
Gore: 2 out of 10 skulls
Zombie Mayhem: 3 out of 5 brains
Reviewed by Derek “Deggsy” O’Brien. The D is silent. Like my farts.