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!!

When Natives Attack!!
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!!
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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Trailer Drops for The Lesson

THE LESSON is an upcoming film about how far you can push someone until they snap. THE LESSON is written and directed by  Ruth Platt and stars Robert Hands, Evan BendallMichaela Prchalová, Dolya Gavanski, and Tom Cox. Check out the plot crunch:

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THE LESSON follows a bullied school teacher whose mental breakdown results in a terrifying and fiercely intellectual act of revenge on his students.

THE LESSON will screen at the Slamdance film festival on Saturday, January 23rd at 10:30pm and then on Tuesday, January 26th at 10:00am. Now dig on the trailer:

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Official Trailer Drops for Clean Cut

The upcoming film, CLEAN CUT, sounds like it is going to be a pretty fun and crazy film. With the tagline, “The straightest people can be the most twisted,” I’m liking where this is going. Directed by Joseph Pepitone and written by Keith CollinsBilly Pepitone, and Joseph Pepitone, the film revolves around the long-term affects a trauma has on a young boy. The film stars Keith Collins, Doug Bollinger, Samantha Artese, Michael Billy, Billy Sample, Gervase Peterson, and Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal. Check out the press release, which also contains the plot crunch:

KEITH COLLINS – DOUG BOLLINGER – SAMANTHA ARTESE – MICHAEL BILLY
STAR IN THE NEW HORROR/THRILLER FILM “CLEAN CUT”

**********FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**********

 THE OFFICIAL TRAILER FOR “CLEAN CUT” MAKES AN INCISION
A thrilling first look at the highly anticipated new horror / psychological thriller film.

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“The straightest people can be the most twisted”

NY, NY – The official trailer for the new award winning Horror / Thriller film, “Clean Cut” is released today. 

The trailer reveals the sadistic world of The Evangelist, a bible-quoting serial killer who has a small NJ town gripped with fear. Is he the same maniac from the past continuing his moral cleansing or a new, merciless angel of death.

“Clean Cut” tells the story of Bill Horton who at seven years old watched in horror as a serial killer murdered his mother. Known as The Evangelist, he places a bible next to her body and quotes scripture as he leaves Bill alone and destroyed. Thirty years later, Bill has grown up and appears to be a model citizen, spending his days cleaning his house and baking. He has, however, picked up the mantle of the Evangelist, killing those who he finds wicked and evil and leaving a bible by their bodies. Bill only opens up to Dr. Laura Cooper, a psychiatrist, who discovers Bill’s dark secret. She contacts young Detective Edward Legros who is working on the case with his cynical, veteran partner, Detective John Vance. But what Vance knows about the original Evangelist will lead to a bloody showdown. 
STARRING: Keith Collins (“The Meat Puppet”), Doug Bollinger (“Waltzing Anna”), Samantha Artese (“The Coffee Shop”), Michael BIlly (“The One”) WITH Billy Sample (“Former NY Yankee”), Gervase Peterson (“Survivor”) AND Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (“Guns N’ Roses”). Directed By, Joseph Pepitone (“The Jersey Devil”). Produced by Keith Collins. Executive Producers Steve Wolf (“Lady Peacock”), Jonnie Rockwell (“The Anthem”), AJ Mattioli (“Words”), Cory Green (“Rebel”). CO-Executive Producers Doug Bollinger, Joseph Pepitone. Cinematography & Edited By, Cory Green. Story By, Keith Collins. Written By, Joseph Pepitone and BIlly Pepitone. Original Music By, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal.
For more info on CLEAN CUT, check out their official Facebook page and their page on IMDb. Now you can dig not  he trailer:

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Can’t Wait to See Zombie’s Upcoming 31? You Might Want to Wait

 

Rob Zombie might make modern day horror films that make you think, are gory, disturbing, and downright scary, but Zombie probably finds nothing more terrifying than going up against the MPAA!! Zombie went more than a few rounds with he MPAA with his new film, 31. The MPAA slapped a big old NC-17 rating on it and Zombie had to give in and cut some of the gore from it in order to attain an R-rating. What’s so important about not having an NC-17 rating? An NC-17 rating is pretty much a death knell for any film that wants a theatrical run. No theater will touch an NC-17 film simply because there won’t be a whole lot of people seeing it. So Zombie did what any filmmaker would do and he gave in and cut the required footage in order to attain the R-rating.

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But don’t worry, gore hounds–Zombie already promised fans that all the cut gore will be available in an Unrated Director’s Cut DVD:

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Zombie went on to further assure his fans that 31 is still the film he wanted to make:

The movie was partially crowd-funded. I in no way could raise enough to make the entire film. So money came from many sources. I broke no contract because at no time did I say I was releasing an NC17 movie. Trust me if I did, everyone would be pissed because the film would be playing nowhere. Nothing is watered down, this is the game we play to make movies.

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I, for one, am a huge fan of Rob Zombie’s movie career and will support 31 in the theaters, and then I’ll go buy the Unrated Director’s Cut DVD. I’m gonna have my cake and eat it too.

What do you think? Will you see this film in the theater knowing that some of the material had to be cut in order to attain an R-rating?

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World War Z Sequel Loses Director

director Juan Antonio Bayona
director Juan Antonio Bayona

Here we go again!! I don’t know if you remember, but there were many problems that plagued the set of the first WORLD WAR Z production. Going grossly over budget, losing directors, getting in trouble with the locals about all the stage weapons. It was a miracle the first film was ever released!! Well, it seems like the past is repeating itself.

 

Deadline.com is reporting that director Juan Antonio Bayona has exited the production of the sequel to WORLD WAR Z.

Juan Antonio Bayonahas just exited as director of the sequel to World War Z, the film that Paramount and Plan B are readying for a summer start with Brad Pitt reprising his lead role as the man who fights the zombie apocalypse. The studio and Plan B have a script by Steven Knight that Dennis Kelly rewrote. Bayona’s abrupt exit is being attributed to timing. The studio is determined to get this picture into production for June 9, 2017 release and Bayona felt he needed more time because he has commitments on the film he just shot, A Monster Calls.

We’ll see if Paramount is able to keep this film on schedule.

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New Clips Drop for Upcoming Horror Film, The Forest

Let the new horror released for 2016 begin!! First up is a new clip for the upcoming film, THE FOREST. THE FOREST is directed by Jason Zada, is written by Ben Ketai, Sarah Cornwell, and Nick Antosca, and stars Natalie Dormer, Taylor Kinney, Yukiyoshi Ozawa, and Eoin Macken. Check out the plot synopsis:

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Rising with terrifying grandeur at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan, the legendary real-life Aokigahara Forest is the suspense-filled setting of the supernatural thriller. A young American woman, Sara (Natalie Dormer of “Game of Thrones” and “The Hunger Games”), journeys there in search of her twin sister, who has mysteriously disappeared. In the company of expatriate Aiden (Taylor Kinney of “Chicago Fire”), Sara enters the forest having been well warned to “stay on the path.” Determined to discover the truth about her sister’s fate, Sara will have to face the angry and tormented souls of the dead that prey on anyone who dares come near them. These malevolent spirits lying in wait for Sara at every turn will plunge her into a frightening darkness from which she must fight to save herself.

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The film is now out in select theaters and has some pretty stiff competition. STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS is still dominating the box office, and the new film, THE REVENANT is also taking a chunk out of ticket sales. To promote THE FOREST more, the studio has released a few clips from the film. Enjoy!!

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The Witch Release Date Pushed Up a Week

THE WITCH, written and directed by Robert Eggers, is easily one of the top anticipated horror films of 2016. Ever since its debut at 2015’s Sundance Film Festival, THE WITCH has gained more and more notoriety and has picked up more and more positive buzz. The film, which stars Anya Taylor-JoyRalph Ineson, and Kate Dickie, is about a family in 1630s New England that is torn apart by the forces of witchcraft, black magic, and possession.

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THE WITCH was originally scheduled to drop in theaters on February 26, 2016, but now the film will hit theaters on February 19, 2016 one week earlier. It also seems the studio has a lot of faith in this film, which at the end of the day is a period horror piece, and instead of going with a limited release and then seeing if the demand is there for a larger release is simply opening to a wide release. I love the fact that the studio is standing firmly behind this film. Check out the trailer and tell me you aren’t looking forward to this!!

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Star Wars & Zombies: The Force Awakens the Dead

For true fans of the franchise, STAR WARS had never gone “out of fashion,” but to the casual fan, there’s no doubt that STAR WARS is back with a vengeance!! As of the writing of this article, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS is the highest grossing domestic release of all time (suck it AVATAR) and has already hit $1.6 billion worldwide. I guess that two hundred million dllar budget doesn’t seem so inflated anymore!! With the success of this new film, there are already plans to create an entire STAR WARS universe similar to the one Marvel created. Some of the upcoming titles include ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY (set for a December 16, 2016 release date); STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII (set for a May 26, 2017 release date); STAR WARS: EPISODE IX (set to drop in 2019); a young Han Solo film, and there’s even a plan to release a solo Boba Fett film!!

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I’ve written about it before when referring to the Marvel cinematic universe, and I’ll say it again about the STAR WARS cinematic universe–I want a damn zombie film to be included in both these franchises. No one bats an eyelid about a Marvel zombies movie. Why should they? There’s a whole series of MARVEL ZOMBIE titles, and they are a blast. But most people don’t realize that there is precedence in the STAR WARS canon for zombies. In 2010, author Joe Schreiber released DEATH TROOPERS, which follows a zombie outbreak within the STAR WARS universe. This was a fun, gory book that delivered on both the zombie mayhem and on the STAR WARS mythos (see my complete review here). Then in 2012, Schreiber followed up DEATH TROOPERS with another, more ambitious zombie tale within the STAR WARS universe, titled, STAR WARS: RED HARVEST. RED HARVEST isn’t so much a sequel to DEATH TROOPERS as it is another take on zombies in the STAR WARS universe (in it, a dark Sith Lord uses a rare plant as the final ingredient in a concoction that can raise the dead).

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So the ball is in your court J.J Abrams and Disney. Just imagine how much money could be made from a film that combines the STAR WARS franchise with the zombie sub-genre. The possibilities are endless.

What do you think? Would a STAR WARS -zombie flick work? Is it something you would want to see? Sign off in the comments section below.

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Angus Scrimm (1926-2016)

It is with profound sadness that Anythinghorror must report the passing of the great Angus Scrimm, best known around these parts for his recurring iconic role as The Tall Man in the PHANTASM series.

“Angus Scrimm passed away peacefully tonight surrounded by his friends and loved ones,” PHANTASM director Don Coscarelli wrote on his Facebook page. “He was 89 years old. His performance as the Tall Man is a towering achievement in horror film history. He was the last in a long line of classic horror movie stars. Angus was a terrific actor and an even better friend. He will be missed.”

AS3Angus was born in Kansas City, Kansas in August 19, 1926, with the more ordinary moniker of Lawrence Rory Guy. He was originally a journalist and has written and edited for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, Cinema Magazine and TV Guide, to name but a few. He has also had a successful career writing liner notes for thousands of LPs and CDs over the decades (hey, did you think those things wrote themselves?) for artists including Frank Sinatra, the Beatles, Judy Garland, Dean Martin and Itzhak Perlman (he even won a Grammy in 1974 for the notes he wrote on the album Korngold: The Classic Erich Wolfgang Korngold, making him probably the only Grammy winner to be featured on Anythinghorror.

However, he majored in Drama at the University of Southern California under William C. DeMille, who was Cecil B. DeMille’s brother, and was a schoolmate of future director Sam Peckinpah. he used to do theatre off-campus, but DeMille didn’t like his students doing that, so he adopted a stage name: Angus Scrimm (Angus after a relative of his, and ‘scrim’ from a type of theatre curtain), a stage name he’d revive decades later…

AS6Scrimm loved performing on stage, but he had a greater love for the movies, going back to his days as a teenage usher, learning by heart all of the dialogue of the movie playing there, FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLF MAN (1943). And though he would remain a lifelong fan of classic horror films like this, he also admired the works of William Powell and Cary Grant, and his dream acting role would have been in a comic one.

After finishing his studies at USC, his first professional acting job was portraying another tall man, Abraham Lincoln in a series of short biographical films for the Encyclopedia Britannica in 1951, although his real big screen debut would be at the age of 46, appearing in SWEET KILL (1972), produced by Roger Corman.He went on to do SCREAM BLOODY MURDER and JIM THE WORLD’S GREATEST, the latter for Don Coscarelli (who was 18 years old at the time!), who would subsequently hire him for this unusual low-budget horror flick he was working on, for which Lawrence would resurrect his stage name. And enter immortality…

AS5At his peak, Scrimm stood around 6 foot 4 inches, though in recent years age had reduced this to around 6 foot 1; to make himself appear even taller when playing the Tall Man, he wore suits that were several sizes too small and platform shoes. but even without such help, Scrimm’s voice and leer would have been enough to make him an iconic villain. At a time when horror villains were all solo bedraggled mute slashers of horny campers, the Tall Man had class, articulation, purpose, an arsenal of flying Swiss Army knives, an army of hooded dwarves – and a good suit!

PHANTASM helped give him a steady acting career in film, theater and television. In addition to the four PHANTASM films released to date, he could be seen in such movies as THE LOST EMPIRE (1984), DEADFALL (1993), even did a gleeful parody of himself as a hulking henchman in the comedy TRANSYLVANIA TWIST (1989).

AS12I was especially impressed by his dual role in MINDWARP (1992), a movie produced by Fangoria (for whom he played the Tall Man in a rare TV commercial for their magazine, which you can view here) that also starred Bruce Campbell and featured themes that would be later explored in movies like THE MATRIX Trilogy. Even cameos and voiceovers like JOHN DIES AT THE END, SATAN HATES YOU and WISHMASTER were guaranteed to raise the quality of your production.

(In the mid-90s the British Encyclopedia of Horror printed a book with a little thumbnail sketch in which Angus was alluded to as a minor American horror icon. He subsequently wrote them a letter saying the following: “I’m so grateful to be listed at all, and I realize at my age I’m not apt to attain the record of a Boris Karloff or a Bela Lugosi, but if I manage before my end to make another two or three significant horror films do you think I might be up to a middling horror icon?”)

AS2But it was the PHANTASM movies that he would be best remembered for. After the fourth movie, he was asked about reprising the role. “I’d jump at it. I’m a little protective of the Tall Man. I’d be reluctant to make a PHANTASM that wasn’t up to the other four. I think it’s a very good quartet of motion pictures. If we did another picture it would need to be just as original and just as sparkling in its ideas and freshness as the first and as the subsequent ones. That would be the deterrent and then of course getting it financed in today’s film industry would be a challenge.”

True enough: PHANTASM V: RAVAGER has been kicking around since 2005. Scott reported here that production was underway, and in fact at this point has been completed, and is only waiting a distributor for sometime late in 2016. I hope that Coscarelli makes sure it’s dedicated to Scrimm – and that it doesn’t get remade. A PHANTASM movie without Scrimm would be like a Michael Bey movie without at least one mindless explosion.

AS11My buddy Scott had the supreme privilege of seeing Scrimm in person at the Texas Frightmare Weekend in 2011, and by all accounts found him to be a charming, affable individual with many anecdotes and positive and interesting things to say about horror and his own career (read his full review here, where you can also see and hear Scrimm sing and do Shakespeare soliloquies!).

Rest in Peace, Angus. Thanks for the chills…