Friday the 13th Reboot Lands a Writer

Jason1Seems like the FRIDAY THE 13TH reboot is finally moving forward. There was a lot of movement join the project earlier this year, but nothing really seemed to be concrete because there was writer attached. Earlier this week, though, Platinum Dunes and Paramount hired a writer to get this reboot started. According to The Hollywood ReporterNick Antosca who has written for the television shows HANNIBAL and BELIEVE will be writing the script. The reboot is directed by David Bruckner, who was one of the directors of the fantastic THE SIGNAL.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the reboot ” is expected to employ the found-footage technique and answer the decades-old question of why slasher Jason Voorhes can’t be killed.” That doesn’t really sound all that interesting to me. It sounds like yet another film about teens in the woods with a shaky hand-held camera. You might remember my last article on this reboot where one of the producers, Brad Fuller, talked about the studios wanting to keep the budget of the next FRIDAY THE 13TH on the low side. Employing the found footage technique would help do that. We’ll see.

No cast has officially signed on, but I’m hoping they bring back Derek Mears to play Jason (he played Jason in the 2009 remake). Mears was the only good thing about the remake!!

The reboot is slated for a Friday, May 13, 2016 release date.

So what do you think of a reboot of the FRIDAY THE 13TH series? What about the use of the found footage technique?

More info as it becomes available.

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Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015) … Zombie Kitties & Zombie Titties!!!

If you can’t tell from the title of the film, SCOUTS GUIDE TO THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE is not meant to be taken seriously. This one came in right at the end of 2015 and it was a very welcome addition not just to the zombie sub-genre, but to the horror-comedy sub-genre as well. Writers Carrie Lee Wilson, Emi Mochizuki, and Christopher Landon (who also directed) give viewers a great balance of horror and comedy, and they didn’t forget about the zombies either!!

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SCOUTS GUIDE TO THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE begins where so many zombie films before it began—in a laboratory. It is night time and the majority of scientists are gone. Left in one lab is a researcher burning the midnight oil and a goofy janitor, Ron (Blake Anderson), who you may recognize from Comedy Central’s WORKAHOLICS). Ron screws up big time and accidentally releases the subject that the scientist was working on, who I’m sure you already guessed is infected with a zombie virus. The virus spreads quickly and in no time the nearby town becomes overrun with the undead.

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Lucky for the town (and the world), three best friends, who happen to be Boy Scouts, are in the woods on “business.” Augie (Joey Morgan) is receiving the highest award a Scout can  get, but his two friends, Carter (Logan Miller) and Bed (Tye Sheridan) have grown weary of being scouts and feel like idiots dressed in the uniform when around the ladies. They are planning on telling Augie they are going to leave the Scouts when they got interrupted by a pesky zombie.

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You can pretty much guess where this is all headed, but the writers managed to inject some new ideas into this film, and I had a lot of fun with it. The zombies looked great and were not easy to kill. The three Scouts meet up with Denise (Sarah Dumont), a hottie who used to go to their high school but dropped out and now works in a strip club. Sure she is the “stripper with a heart of gold” character, but she is also a hottie (I think I already mentioned that) and she kicks some serious ass. There’s a great scene inside the strip club that’ll have you on the edge of your seat, and the situation the group gets into in the jail is classic. All the characters are well written and all the actors do a damn fine job.

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Eventually the guys have to rely of what they learned in Boy Scouts to save themselves and all their friends, and it is a great scene when we see them in the hardware store making some homemade weapons. The ending has a great payoff and the final battle scene offers some good gore as well as an oral sex scene that will remind you of RE-ANIMATOR.

 

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SCOUTS GUIDE TO THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE is a lot of fun and will show you there is life—or undeath—beyond THE WALKING DEAD. With some great practical effects, ferocious zombies, and the best set of zombie titties you’ll ever see, this is one fun movie.

There's even a little zombie pussy!!
There’s even a little zombie pussy!!

My Summary:

Director: Christopher Landon

Plot: 4 out of 5 stars

Gore: 6.5 out of 10 skulls

Zombie Mayhem: 4 out of 5 brains

Reviewed by Scott Shoyer

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Call Girl of Cthulhu (2014) … Whores & the End of the World

What happens when virginal artist falls in love with a prostitute who has been chosen to be the bride of Cthulhu? Well, apparently you cause a lot of mayhem and try to stay away from lots of tentacles!! CALL GIRL OF CTHULHU could have easily been one of those films where the title was the best thing about the film, but writers Jimmy George and Chris LaMartina (LaMartina also directed) really dug deep to give viewers a fun and alternate look at Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos.

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The film begins with Detective Rita LaGrassi (Leanna Chamish) investigating a massacre at the Church of Starry Wisdom. Forty-three bodies were torn apart and there is no evidence of a weapon, motive, or even a sign of how it was accomplished. Even though the cops have no leads, their primary witness and suspect is Carter (David Phillip Carollo), who wrote a book about human sacrifices, alien gods, and whores giving birth to monsters. With no evidence to hold Carter, the police let him go.

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It seems Carter got mixed up with the wrong people. Being terminally shy, Carter decides to try his luck with a prostitute, Riley (Melissa O’Brien), but being the virginal nerd that he is, he falls in love with her. Unfortunately for them both, Sebastian Suydum (Dave Gamble), who has been planning for the return of the Elder God Cthulhu for decades, has targeted Riley to be the Elder’s bride in order to usher him into the world. There is another group who is fighting to prevent this from happening, but since each group is working according to their own agenda, who should Carter trust?

That’s right, this is the story of a boy, his whore, and a world-destroying monster.

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I had a great time with this film. There’s enough references to Lovecraft and his works to keep even the most die hard fan on their toes. We also get some great practical effects that for the most part work (yes, there are a few occasions where the effects look a bit laughable). The comedy elements are also nicely placed and never step on the toes of the horror elements. We also get lots of Lovecraftian-style horrors to linger at as well. Grotesque monsters, tentacled-things, and everything in between will satisfy the monster movie lover in you.

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Suydum eventually finds Riley and opens a metaphysical door so Cthulhu can impregnate her. But that was only step one. Now we get to watch as Riley transforms into a Cthulhu-like creature. This entire film is done for laughs and the writers and director get it right. When one of the characters yells the following:

“Find the whore and stop her before she fucks us into Armageddon!”

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You know this isn’t meant to be taken seriously. CALL GIRL OF CTHULHU is a lot of fun and has some solid performances and writing. The practical effects will have you grinning from ear to ear, and the ending has a great pay off. Don’t miss this one!!

My Summary:
Director: Chris LaMartina
Plot: 4 out of 5 stars
Gore: 6 out of 10 skulls
Zombie Mayhem: 0 out of 5 brains
Reviewed by Scott Shoyer
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The Revenant (2015)

In my article about the Worst Horror Movies of 2015 (you can read it here), I included Quentin Tarantino’s THE HATEFUL EIGHT. Looking back at it, I may have been overly harsh. A second viewing showed it wasn’t as bad as I first thought. Tarantino was looking back at all those old Western TV shows, where a group of bad guys would visit the set and take it over, and thus all the action would take place on the one set – only with his movie, there were no good guys (well, there was, but let’s not get into that).

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I can get what he was trying for, even if I don’t agree with him). But for me, Westerns need VASTNESS. As most of the storylines in a Western tend to be small in nature – good guy after bad guy, stagecoach travellers on the trail, sheriff defending his town – you have to compensate with a grand canvas. And the American Wild West is among the most vast, most beautiful landscapes on this planet. Tarantino offered us a glimpse of the wilderness in the opening shots, but then confined the rest of his three hour movie inside the outpost where his characters were all holed up. But for me, a Western confined mostly indoors is like a porn film where they don’t do anything more than kiss (in other words, a documentary about my sex life in high school).

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THE REVENANT, on the other hand, understands what we need to see. Director Alejandro González Iñárritu, fresh from his Oscar win last year with BIRDMAN (not the cartoon character who was the lawyer, sadly), helmed this tale of revenge and survival that was allegedly based on a true story, and, like THE HATEFUL EIGHT, may not be ostensibly a horror movie but definitely possesses horrific elements. And a whole lot more.

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The movie is set in the Rocky Mountains of the 1830s, an area still controlled by Native American tribes like the Pawnee and the Arikara, but are now being intruded upon by French and American trappers (and yeah, sorry guys, but these immigrants are not gonna go away). Hunter and guide Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his son Hawk (Forrest Goodluck), a half-Pawnee boy, are scouting for an American trapping party led by Captain Henry (Domhnall Gleeson). Glass and Hawk get the respect of Captain Henry and the other men – with the exception of trapper John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy, MAD MAX FURY ROAD), who’s definitely feeling Co-Star Envy.

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Following an attack by the Arikara (a superb sequence that glides from attacker to victim as each becomes the other and the battle shifts before your very eyes), Henry listens to Glass’ suggestion and abandons their boats and their furs to lead the surviving members of their party overland. Things go from bad to worse when, while scouting ahead, Glass comes upon some bear cubs, and is promptly attacked by their mother. This is another gripping scene, using a combination of CGI and animatronics (and, yes, terrific acting chops from DiCaprio), that gives a terrifyingly realistic recreation of how a bear would maul its prey. Of course, some of the shots of this scene, leaked onto the Interwebs, make it look as if the bear was being a bit more, ah, amorous, with Leo. But then you people are a bunch of freaking perverts, you hear me?

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Glass barely survives, but despite the danger, the honorable Captain Henry is reluctant to leave Glass behind while he’s alive, but eventually relents, leaving him in the care of Hawk, young Jim Bridger (Will Poulter)… and Fitzgerald. And if you think that’s about as bad a decision as leaving Bill Cosby to escort your girlfriend home, give yourself a No-Prize. Fitzgerald, greedy for the money Captain Henry has offered to stay with Glass but also aware of the imminent danger, takes every opportunity when he’s with to euthanize Glass. Caught at it by Glass’ son, Fitzgerald kills him before the helpless Glass, before Fitzgerald leaves him buried alive, heading back to the fort with the guileless Bridger.

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But Glass survives, and, driven by the desire to get back to the fort and go Full On Medieval on Fitzgerald’s ass, literally crawls out his grave, mends himself as best he can, and makes his way back, avoiding the still-pursuing Arikara (who it’s revealed have pretty legitimate reasons for hunting Whites) and other deadly forces.

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Deggsy’s Summary:

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu

Plot: 5 out of 5 stars

Gore: 6 out of 10 skulls

Zombie Mayhem: 0 out of 5 brains

Reviewed by Deggsy. Yippee Kai Yay…

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New Official Poster Drops for the Giallo Film, Francesca

The Onetti brothers are back and they aren’t messing around. Luciano Onetti and Nicolás Onetti came on the indie scene in 2013 with the Argentinean giallo film, SONNO PROFONDO. Now they’re back with a new giallo film, FRANCESCA. Written by Luciano and Nicolás Onetti and directed by Luciano Onetti, FRANCESCA stars Raul Gederlini, Silvina Grippaldi, Luis Emilio Rodríguez, Gustavo D´Alessandro. Check out the new poster and plot crunch:

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It’s been 15 years since the disappearance of little Francesca, daughter of the renowned storyteller, poet and dramatist Vittorio Visconti, and the community is stalked by a psychopath bent on cleaning the city of “impure and damned souls”. Moretti and Succo, questioned by the ineffectiveness of the police force, are the detectives in charge of elucidating the mystery surrounding these “Dantesque” crimes. Francesca seems to have returned, but she is not be the same girl who everyone knew…

If you’ve seen SONNO PROFONDO–written and directed by Luciano Onetti, then you’ll know that not only can these filmmakers craft one helluva story, but visually they do some stunning work. They capture the feel of the old-school giallo film perfecting while at the same time taking it to a whole new level.

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FRANCESCA will be released in Germany and Spain this year, and is looking for North American distribution. Check out more info on this film by checking out their Facebook page. Now dig on the trailer:

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Lazer Team Drops New Trailer & Release Date

The scifi-comedy, LAZER TEAM is finally seeing the light of day. Rooster Teeth has recently announced that LAZER TEAM will be hitting select theaters and YouTube Red later in January. The film is directed by Matt Hullum, is written by Hallum, Burnie Burns, Josh Flanagan, and Chris Demarais, and stars Burnie Burns, Gavin Free, Michael Jones, Colton Dunn, Allie DeBerry, and Alan Ritchson. Check out the press release, which contains the plot crunch, as well as the new trailer, some stills, and the release date.

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***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***

“LAZER TEAM” COMING EXCLUSIVELY TO THEATERS AND YOUTUBE RED BEGINNING JANUARY 27

Austin, TX – Monday, December 14, 2015 – Sci-fi comedy LAZER TEAM, the first feature film from pioneering creative studio Rooster Teeth, is coming to YouTube Red in the U.S. and theaters across North America, the UK, Australia and other territories beginning January 27. LAZER TEAM made history in July 2014 when it broke Indiegogo’s record for Most Funded Film Campaign, and thrilled audiences when the film celebrated its World Premiere at Fantastic Fest, the largest genre festival in the U.S.

In the film, four small-town losers stumble across an alien crash site containing an incredible battle suit. One round of bickering and a quick scuffle later, they each find themselves wearing a piece of the suit, which has genetically bound itself to them. Now, they must to work together as one to save humanity. With the government chasing after them and desperate to remove their new equipment at ANY cost, the foursome must learn to use a strange alien device meant for only one person, train for a battle against an omnipotent enemy, and not kill each other in the process. They may not be strong, smart, or talented… but they’re Lazer Team.

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“We are thrilled that LAZER TEAM will be released simultaneously on the big screen in theaters everywhere and digitally with YouTube Red,” said Matt Hullum, LAZER TEAM director and Rooster Teeth CEO. “We couldn’t have done it without our community, from our generous IndieGoGo backers to the fans that have supported us along the way, and this release plan will allow us to share the film with all of them.”

To find theatrical screenings of LAZER TEAM and to get tickets, fans can visit LazerTeamTheMovie.com. Anyone who attends LAZER TEAM theatrical screenings on January 27 and 28 will get to see exclusive footage and receive a 25% discount to the Rooster Teeth online store. Interested event hosts can also visit LazerTeamTheMovie.com to request a screening for their community through Tugg, the world-leading cinema on-demand service.

Release Date (Theatrical & YouTube Red): Wednesday, January 27, 2016

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To learn about this film, you can check out the official website and like them on Facebook. Now dog on the trailer:

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The Hours Till Daylight Gets Release Date

Breaking Glass Pictures has announced that the supernatural flick, THE HOURS TILL DAYLIGHT will be coming to various digital platforms and DVD in March 2016. THE HOURS TILL DAYLIGHT is written and directed by Jon Garcia and stars  Vannessa VasquezDan BravermanJon Garcia, and Sarah Jannett Parish. Check out the plot crunch:

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Generation after generation, the Vasquez family have been haunted by an evil entity that has caused their family tragedy and despair. Now that Marco Vasquez is about to start a family of his own, the paranormal activity has intensified. In order to stop the curse from passing onto his son, he must confront the demon and destroy it. 

Beginning on March 15, 2016, THE HOURS TILL DAYLIGHT will be available on iTunes, Amazon Instant, Vudu, Xbox, Blockbuster, and Cable VOD. Now dig on the trailer:

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New Artwork, Trailer, & Stills Drop for Bunni

What do you get when the Easter Bunny fucks Harley Quinn? Why, you get BUNNI, of course!! BUNNI comes to us from the twisted mind of writer-director Daniel Benedict and is about a group of twenty-somethings that must try and survive a night of being stalked by a killer mom with a dark secret. The films stars Benedict, Sara Ammons, Eli Blue, Kent Blue, Steve Boling, Laura Dawson, and Steve Champion. Check out the press release, which includes the plot crunch as well as the trailer and some newly released stills.

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Wild Eye Releasing Debuts New Art, Trailer and Stills 
for Daniel Benedict’s Bunni Ahead of March Release
New York, NY – Fans of homicidal mama’s boys will have a new reason to scream when festival hit Bunni arrives on DVD in March.  To celebrate the blood-soaked visit with Mother, Wild Eye Releasing has unveiled new artwork, stills and a trailer for Daniel Benedict’s award-winning slasher film.
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A group of teens explore an abandoned factory at the request of one of their friends. Little do they know he is leading them to a slaughter at the hands of his mentally deranged mother.

The DVD release of Bunni (SRP $19.95) will be available nationwide in March.

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The Green Inferno Now Available on DVD & Blu-ray

I think one of the most enjoyable horror releases in the theaters last year was Eli Roth’s THE GREEN INFERNO (my review). This was Roth’s love letter to the Italian cannibal sub-genre of the 1970s and 80s. The film boasted all the elements that made films such as ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST, CANNIBAL FEROX, CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST, and JUNGLE HOLOCAUST (damn, they do love their “holocausts”) so damn fun!! Broadly written characters, intentionally bad dialogue, gross-out special effects, and natives, who although butcher and dismember the Westerners, do so with an air of innocence. Oh yeah, and nature stock footage. Ya gotta have your nature stock footage!!

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When Natives Attack!!

THE GREEN INFERNO his digital HD around Christmas time and has recently been released on DVD and Blu-ray. The film looks beautiful and visually has such a stark contrast to the horrors going on in the film. You can also enjoy some great commentary from Roth, producer Nicolas Lopez, and actors Lorenza Izzo, Aaron Burns, Kirby Bliss Blanton, and Daryl Sabara. THE GREEN INFERNO was one of my favorite horror films of 2015 and the Blu-ray is a most welcome addition to my collection.

What dod you think about THE GREEN INFERNO? Sound off below in the comments section.

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Welcome to the village!!

New Teaser Poster Drops for Rob Zombie’s 31

Right on the heels of Rob Zombie fighting the MPAA to get his much-coveted R-rating, we now have the first look at the teaser poster for Zombie’s latest, 31. The film is written and directed by Rob Zombie and stars a who’s-who of the horror genre, including Malcolm McDowell, Sherri Moon Zombie, Meg Foster, Judy Geeson, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Jane Carr, Richard Brake, Ginger Lynn, David Ury, Daniel Roebuck, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Pancho Moler, Tracy Walter, E.G. Daily, Torsten Voges, Lew Temple, Bari Suzuki, and Devin Sidell. Dig on the plot crunch:

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31 tells the story of five carnies in 1976 kidnapped on the morning of Halloween and held hostage in a large secret compound known as Murder World. While trapped, they have 12 hours to survive a terrifying game called 31 in which “The Heads” – an endless gang of grease-painted maniacs dressed as clowns – are released to hunt them down and kill them.

31 is definitely at the top of my “must see” list for this year. Now check out the teaser poster. This one looks insane!!

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