Monday, 31 October 2011

MAMA

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!




In celebration of the day of Samhain, here is a fantastic and imaginative short film directed by Andy Muschietti called Mama (yes, yes, I know it's like 2 years old, but it's still a great watch!). Hopefully you'll get a bit of a spook from it, as Guillermo del Toro must have, as he is allegedly working with the filmmakers to develop it into a feature film.


Please please PLEASE do yourself a favour, give this your full attention, with the lights down and the volume loud. You won't regret it!



Don't forget to share with your friends!!!

Sunday, 30 October 2011

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Saturday, 29 October 2011

FRIGHT NIGHT audio commentaries

Righty, here be the second collection of FREE audio commentaries.

Go HERE to find not one but TWO commentaries for 80s tongue in cheek hit Fright Night.

Again, major thanks to Tom Holland and Icons of Fright for giving something back to the fans!!

God Hates the Lords of Salem


Above is the new teaser poster for Rob Zombie's latest horror flick, The Lords of Salem. Posted by the man himself at his official facebook just 2 hours ago, the new one sheet is nothing short of captivating.


This Horror is your Face will keep the updates about the film coming in as it can (which has completed 10 days of filming at this point), as I am very excited for this new horror fare, and you should be too! I think Suspiria is the last time witches were scary, but if anyone can bring them back, it's Zombie.


From Beyond



For most people, when you mention Stuart Gordon, Brian Yuzna and Jeffrey Combs, they immediately think Re-animator. What most people don't realise is this trio (along with a host of others) collaborated on a wide array of H. P. Lovecraft-inspired fare. From Beyond, aside from Re-animator, is probably the most noteworthy. But the question is, is it actually superior to its predecessor?


Expanding on Lovecraft's story of a scientist who develops a machine to connect with an unseen dimension through stimulation of the pineal gland, we follow genre favourite Jeffrey Combs as Crawford, the reasonable partner to Ted Sorel's deranged and S&M enthusiast Dr. Pretorius, as he is put under the watch of Dr. Katherine McMicheals after the suspected murdering his associate. While the world sees him as a lunatic, Crawford is actually innocent, with Dr. Pretorius actually killed by the other worldly beasts he couldn't resist exploring.


Freddy's Dead has nothing on this.


Ken 'Dawn of the Dead' Foree is brought in to keep an eye on Crawford as Katherine gets him to recreate the acts that would prove his story true. Succeeding, the group are permanently changed by the machines actions and they encounter a beastly Dr. Pretorius. As Crawford gets sick from his changes, Katherine finds herself becoming obsessed, just like the doctor before her. Indeed, she follows almost exactly in his footsteps, trying to bridge the gap between the two dimensions. 


Brian Yuzna productions are not for your casual film watcher, pushing gore and excess to the extreme, but always keep a slightly surreal humour. Re-animator is a cult classic that is even name-checked in 'real' films like American Beauty. From Beyond shares a lot of similarities, including cast, source author, crew, gore and humour, but Re-animator it is not.


This is normal...


Not a bad film per se, From Beyond feels very cheap and considerably limited in scope, with most of the action taking place in two locations. The device to stimulate the pineal gland looks like a prop salvaged from a 1950s B-movie and the lighting scheme is very staged. Though the film was always intended to be a cult piece, these elements just make it that bit tacky. HOWEVER, this is pretty much the biggest downfalls of the film. The rest of it is what fan favourites are made of.


The cast is solid, with Jeffrey Combs essentially reprising his Herbert West character to great effect. Ken Foree is the most pleasant surprise, not for giving a spectacular performance, but for the brilliant mustache he sports and just how pimp he is. Everyone else seems like they are in a film. He seems like a man who was given an assignment and was thrust into a world of headfuck. The more I think of it, the only character Ken Foree plays is Ken Foree.

Who's a sex machine to all the chicks?


The general premise of the film is intriguing. The idea of co-existing realities that never interact is given a good run here, with the idea of pleasure coming from a seemingly horrific assimilation (á la Hellraiser) is one of the strongest aspects of the film. Dr. Pretorius' attempts to procure those from our reality is unnerving, never giving us too much information but always being invasive. Well done, From Beyond!


The stand out sequence for me is Katherine's obsessions growing after she experiences the other worlds. She comes across Dr. Pretorius' bondage gear and can't help but be drawn to the cold leather and straps. She proceeds to change into the full outfit and even makes out with a very erotic lipstick (ok, I'm overselling that, but it is pretty hot). Now ready for the best goth spots in town, she sets about getting off on a comatose man. There is that shock value to the scene that is good to watch, but it is the psychological drawn of a respectable woman unable to control herself and going against her cores values that is captivating. Granted, this is a theme I'm a sucker for, but check out the scene for yourself. It is something.


Yup, this REALLY interests me! Psychologically, of course.


The special effects in the film are low budget grade, but high in concept, which ends up being a fair trade off. You know what you are seeing isn't real, but it has obviously gone out of its way to make you feel that bit uncomfortable that you would be a fool not to reveal in it.




Overall, the film is worth checking out, but doesn't exactly hold up to repeated viewing. There isn't enough depth or display here to make the film stand out in your mind like Stuart Gordon's previous film did, and it is a bit too slow and narrow in scope to be a party piece, but for those looking for a charming and intimate bizarre film, From Beyond should be very high up on your list.


Below you will find a trailer. The film has a decent uncut region 1 release but nothing substantial on region 2, sadly. That said, there are many charitable souls who have decided to share the film with the world on Youtube. Certainly I do not endorse this, but if you are like me and have difficulty in finding the film, well... Where there's a will, there's a way.


Click HERE for the trailer.

Oh wait... That's... Well... A surprise!


HERE'S the trailer:

Thursday, 27 October 2011

The Wicker Tree is Burning


Robin Hardy's quasi-follow-up to 1973 classic The Wicker Man is preparing to unleash itself upon us, released by horror favourite Anchor Bay on January 27. Ladies and gentlemen: The Wicker Tree.


I have to say, this trailer makes it look like it's going to be a good film! I have read reviews to the contrary, and let's face it, if The Wicker Man was released in this day and age, no one would give it a second glance. But so it is a product of it's time, the original provided us with one of the greatest endings in horror history, and Hardy's latest effort, based on his novel Cowboys for Christ, seems poised to tonally match up nicely.


Though not a sequel, prequel or remake, the financially-plagued production of The Wicker Tree stands in place to be a companion to The Wicker Man. This may be a perfect slow-paced throwback that can stand side-by-side with its predecessor without too much of a jolt.


The plot: a born-again pop star travelling to Scotland to try preach the word of Christ to some wayward members of the flock, where she and her partner are invited to a small town, where they become embroiled in all the paganistic hell they can shake their crucifixes at.


Bloody Disgusting were given the below teaser poster, baring the tagline 'He is Returning'. Could our wicker friend be making an appearance?


Oh, and by the by, it features a small role by Christopher Lee, who may or may not be reprising his Lord Summerisle role!

Eraserhead Deleted Scene?

Sleep tight...


I'm not too sure about the authenticity of this clip, but hell, Eraserhead is a brilliant film, so any reminder of that can only be good...



What do you think? Real or fake?

Also, I stumbled across this page, entitled 'How Can I Appreciate David Lynch?'. Let's be honest, we all asked this question at one time or another!

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Demons caught on tape?

Just in time for Halloween, are you ready for some real scares? Then this mysterious recording may be just right for you.

Close the curtains, turn off the lights and turn the sound up loud, cuz you don't want to miss this...

Monday, 24 October 2011

Is Insidious just TOO similar to Poltergeist?


One of the biggest horror films of early 2011, Insidious is a popular horror film from Saw creators James Wan and Leigh Whannell and Paranormal Activity helmer Oren Peli. Why? I do not know.


A haunted house film about a family that move into a new house, just to have the son go into a coma after seeing something inexplicable in the attic. The mother, Renai (Rose Byrne) experiences some paranormal events and the family move house, only to have the occurrences continue. It comes down to calling in the paranormal investigators and psychics, who explain the son has astral projected himself and wandered too far from his body to get back without the interference of demons.

The poor little boy...

What follows includes back story to drive our third act, an ending, an ending, and a twist ending. Don't worry, even a blind person could foresee the surprises.


What does this all add up to? Well, the first 40 minutes have some decent jumps and thrills, as does the final few minutes. The rest? Meh. So many of the scares are a bit too obvious for my liking, undermining the uncertainty factor of 'did I see something out of the corner of my eye?'. However, I did get freaked out by my own reflection while making some tea (which I am enjoying while writing this entry. Yum.), so something has to be said for that. 


Patrick Wilson plays the father, Josh, and outperforms everyone else in the cast (bar Leigh Whannell. He's always great). I shouldn't have been rooting against Rose Byrne as I did, but let's put it like this, it's a good thing she isn't the main focus of the whole film. The ghosts themselves are a bit of a hit and miss bunch. Our lead villain has a great vaudevillian tone to him, always welcome. Some of the others are cliché, though they do have their moments. The final act exploration of the house is at the very least engaging in its portrayal of dark memories and the other side.

Craig T.... I mean, Patrick Wilson as the dad. 
Featuring Darth Maul, apparently.

Overall, there's no big shakes here. There are some creepy moments and, though maybe a bit derivative of Paranormal Activity, the plot is quite strong. I'm a big fan of Wan, Whannell and Peli, and they made a solid average horror flick. And they get points for originality. Oops, wait, I mean they must have been watching Poltergeist all the way through the creation.


It must be difficult to make a haunted house film when there have really only been two name players in the genre (Poltergeist and The Haunting), but here we have the young child, the young parents, being stuck on the other side, the paranormal investigators, the videotaping, the psychic, and the harmless and the malevolent ghouls who trick the kid. The list goes on. The 'convincing' ending followed by another climax is one of Poltergeist's crowning achievements. Hell, even Patrick Wilson has more than a passing resemblance to Craig T. Nelson.


Lin Shaye as the psychic.


I'm not going to be harsh here. They knew they were referencing Poltergeist, what with the stakes on Whannell's face on the kitchen counter, and I am happy to revel in a film that knows where to pay homage. It's just the attention the film got also must make it all that more relevant to point out its roots. We can't have people new to horror not knowing about Poltergeist!


The monster attacks Rose Byrne.

With some luck, someone out there who loved Insidious has stumbled upon this blog, never having heard of Poltergeist, but now knows better. Trust me, imaginary adventurer, even though the films are similar, don't forget to check out Poltergeist!


Hopefully you will be another convert!

Oren Peli Produces The Lords Of Salem!


Oren Peli, director of the ridiculously obvious yet highly effective Paranormal Activity, is producing Rob Zombie's original new horror, The Lords of Salem!!!


If you detect a note of excitement in my typing, it's because Peli seems like a chap with his head screwed on right and made one of the scariest movies of the past ten years. I am also watching Insidious as I type, not aware he produced it until the opening credits.

Oren Peli, seen here fulfilling many a filmmaker cliché.

I have high hopes for Zombie's latest flick, having mulled over Devil's Rejects just the other day and concluding he is the new breed of horror director (Craven and Carpenter have to pass the torch eventually!). I'll be detailing what production details I know of The Lords of Salem in an upcoming post.


Be prepared for This Horror Is Your Face to go goo goo over Zombie!

Don't let me down *Shakes fist*


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Thursday, 20 October 2011

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D


The Texas Chain Saw Massacre has, for one reason or another, angled its way back into my heart recently. Just in time, it seems, for a new sequel entitled The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D.

Digging a little, here is the info I can give you. It will be a 3D film (I’m a genius, ain’t I?) and is set for release on October 5th, 2012. Chainsaw is still one word, not two, like the original. It is being made by Twisted Pictures (the folks behind the Saw franchise), in a deal for 6 movies, after Platinum Dunes decided not to follow on from TCM: The Beginning, with the writer/director of Jason Goes To Hell helping with the scripting duties.

Ignoring all the films except the original, including Tobe Hooper’s own TCM2, the film picks up right after the 1974 original, with a girl named Heather going to pick up an inheritance with her friends. Little does she know the inheritance includes Leatherface…

Ok, I’m not too sure what way inheritances work, 
but I’ll run with it.

Probably the most exciting aspect of this project that sets it apart from all the other heirs to the Chainsaw thrown is that it features big returning TCM cast. First off, Gunnar Hansen, the original Leatherface, makes his first appearance in the series since the very first. John Dugan reprises his role of Grandpa (ironically, closer to his characters age than he was in the original, when he was only 19). In a fantastic turn of events, Bill Moseley, who is best remembered as Chop Top in TCM2, takes over the role of Drayton Sawyer, popularly played by Jim Siedow, who passed away in 2003. And last but not least, original scream queen Marilyn Burns also has a cameo. Wow. There is nothing not to love here.

Bill Moseley has 2 modes: Awesome and awesomer.

But wait.

This is pretty much where all the excitement for Chainsaw fans ends. The rest of the cast are the up and coming type, as to be expected (and can be used to achieve realism and the likes), but in their midst is the obligatory rapper-cum-actor, Trey Songz (I don’t know…). Ok, let’s not tar everyone with the same brush, but there really is a certain calibre of film, within reason, that has rappers or singers expanding into new territories, and they aren’t the films that terrify a generation. Once you notice this, you then quickly notice that there is also a hitchhiker, ‘along for the ride who knows more than he lets on’. Domino effect ahoy. Ugh…

This. With chainsaws.

Let’s look at the positives first. Having the original cast make an appearance does count for something. Gunnar Hansen has even said it isn’t a bad script (thought not what he would have written, apparently!). The idea of Bill Mosely playing a different character in the series, and one with such importance and resonance, is actually kind of touching. Marilyn Burns and John Dugan just solidify the notion that this is a proper sequel.

HOWEVER… There already HAS been a proper sequel. The makers of TCM 3D are determined to make a gritty and realistic film, in direct opposition to the slick ‘music video’ style the Platinum Dunes releases had (I use quotations because, though not scary, the Dunes films were slick and some of the best entries in the cannon, not fodder).

But the thing is, the original TCM has a lot of humour to it. People just missed it because they were shitting their pants. The series has always walked a fine line between black comedy and ridiculousness, and so far only Hooper has succeeded. We’ll see, but I’m not expecting a dead set serious fare to be very memorable. TCM2 is a worthy sequel and ignoring it seems mainly to be a retcon to keep Leatherface in the mix. Being a Lionsgate release with a contract for 6 films, we can expect the identity-challenged butcher to really get a lot of bang for his buck.

Or buzz for his saw, if you will.

As great as the original actors appearing in the flick (which is really the biggest seal of approval it could have), the story sounds very simplistic, an excuse to hack up some more generic teens we don’t care about and have the law goof around, unable to outwit our villains. Though set directly after the original, it is set modern day, which should bring an interesting modern twist to the primitive savagery of the Massacre, but I am still sceptical and worried it is going to end up a very generic horror fluff.

I’m both excited beyond measure and worried to the point of illness thinking about what way this film will take the series. Texas Chainsaw Massacre has been the attempt of many a studio to start a franchise, and really, it’s got a solid premise and built in fanbase, yet we are now on our third start. I don’t know if the family can sustain another blunder like TCM: The Next Generation.

This is truly terrifying, but for all the wrong reasons.

I’ll leave my thoughts on the new film with this; there is a script leaked online at the moment and, unusually for me, I am very tempted to check it out, to see if they went in filming with a solid foundation. This is a tough call simply because this film has so many pros and cons that it could go either way.

Hopefully they’ll leave Leatherface’s mask on this time.

This is my 50th post, and to celebrate, I now have a tumblr account too, so you can enjoy more of the same over where the wild ways are. Follow me at http://thishorrorisyourface.tumblr.com/.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

The Piranha 3DD Teaser Trailer is HERE!!!!

Piranha 3DD Teaser Trailer

"Bring me my legs."




I cannot wait for this one. Piranha was one of my favourite films of last year, and this one is shaping up to be just as shlocktastic!

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Trick 'r Treat - Making Friends

Trick 'r Treat - Making Friends

I haven't fully fanboyed out about Trick 'r Treat, the delightfully sweet yet fantastically spooky feature which is destined to stay a seasonal classic, but for those who already love it, or those who just like a bit of morbid humour, here we have, just in time for Halloween, a new short by director Michael Dougherty.

Technically, it is actually a commercial for FEARnet's marathon on Halloween, but screw it, this short is just too much fun to cast under any diminishing lights. Heck, we even have a cameo by everyone's favourite, Sam.

Sit back and enjoy 2 minutes of innocent entertainment!

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Ryan James - River of Bones

The new music video for Ryan James' song River of Bones has been floating around for a few weeks now, but I should do my best to raise awareness of it!

Filmed in Swansea in June/July over a few days, it's a slightly abstract video (but there is a story, I swear!), keeping in tone with the brilliant song from the album of the same name.

It stars the fantastic Charley R. Hall and features Ryan James himself. Lighting by Ciarán Buckley, assistance by Eoin McLoughlin and camera/direction by myself. Please watch, enjoy and share!



Or if Vimeo doesn't work for ya:


www.ryanjamesmusic.com

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2: The Gruesome Edition Review

The Saw Is Family: Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

In 1974, director Tobe Hooper browned the underwear of a generation of cinema goers with the visceral Texas Chain Saw Massacre. The story of a group of teenagers being hacked up into pieces by cannibalistic maniacs was gritty and stark in its realism, earning deserved accolades and reverence. In 1986, Hooper went back to the well with a sequel.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 is a very different beast than its predecessor. Hooper felt people were too busy being terrified to notice the dark humour he had put in the original, so he went a new route and made the sequel an over-the-top, dark humoured gorefest.

Not pictured: Whatever I mentioned in the previous paragraph

Telling the tale of the continued attacks of the cannibal clan from the first film, a DJ named Stretch gets embroiled in a revenge plot by a vigilante named Lefty (played gleefully by Dennis Hopper, with an insane amount of insanity. Yes, I did say that), who has been hunting the family after they killed members of his family. Stretch is kidnapped by the psychos when she plays a recording of one of their massacres on air, and is taken to their lair, beneath an abandoned fun park.

Lefty infiltrates the lair, not to save Stretch, but for his vengeance. What ensues is a prolonged, and very bizarre, mindfuck of a dinner, followed by Leatherface love and a brilliant daylight ending.

 Plus a motherfuckin chainsaw duel!!!

Whereas the original is sparse on blood (though the film was almost banned, they actually intended to make a PG film), Tom Savini, of Dawn of the Dead fame, provides bucketloads of glorious gore, so over the top that your tongue is almost ramming through your cheek. Set pieces are captivating, with an attack on a short bridge that seems to be stuck in a timewarp that makes it never ending, some sexual teasing in a radio station, and the most convincing hideout of any villain I have ever seen. There are no loose ends in the cast. Everyone fits into what can only be described as a truly bizarre flick. Dennis Hopper stands out for hamming it up, but by the nature of his straight laced character and having such fantastic scene stealers as Bill Moseley and Jim Seidow, everything balances out.

 Shine on, you crazy diamond.

The film is a real oddity. It has a large pinch of humour that Return of the Living Dead made mandatory for all horror films in the 80s, but whereas a lot of films aimed to be comic and expanded affairs, TCM2 instead focuses on just a few smaller sections. Indeed, the entire second half is spent in the lair of the clan, a setpiece that would normally be left for the closing scenes of the final act. The lair is confusing and peculiar in an organic way. It doesn’t feel like someone designed the set, it feels like these people collected these pieces and tried to make it function.

Bill Mosely’s Choptop, a character new to this film, who has a metal plate in his head he continuously scratches with a burnt coat hanger and carries around the limp remains of his brother, is genuinely creepy. At first, I thought I just didn’t like the character, but it turned out I was just uncomfortable. His introductory scene in the radio station is as unnerving as it anticipatory, with one of the few genuine scares of the film housed here.


Leatherface is played by a different actor this time, and Gunnar Hansen is missed in the role. Bill Johnson gives the role a good whack, but just doesn’t succeed. The film has a demented subplot of Leathface’s love for Lefty, not necessarily done well, but a creepy cherry on top of a creepy cake.

Unless I'm mistaken about female anatomy, 
she is about to have a great time.

This film is never going to make any horror classic lists, but by god, you will want to know about it. This is the kind of film you share with friends at a party or pass on to people in a ‘you wanna see something weird?’ kind of way. It’s a simple film, but it knows what it wants to do, and it does it well. Recommended for any collection.

On The DVD

Lots of you reading this will know the film, here’s the interesting new information for you.

For years, there was only the bare bones release of the film (which will forever remind me of oranges. No real relevance there, just wanted to share that with you).When The Shocking Truth documentary came out, the small section in it about TCM2 hinted at a lot of water under the bridge that would make for an amazing release, finally giving context to a film forever lost in the haze of its predecessor.
The occupier of bargain bins worldwide.

Cut to 2006, and TCM2 is released as THE GRUESOME EDITION. Commentaries, documentaries, deleted scenes. We get it all (well, unless you’re in Region 2 land, where the Gruesome Edition is just a reboxed bare bones version). However, there is bittersweet news here.

Indeed we get 2 commentaries, one good, one bad. First up is Tobe Hooper and The Shocking Truth’s director. Though Hooper is always relaxing to hear from, the commentary is pretty dull, with them mainly establishing the correlation between this and the first film. Next up is Bill Moseley, Caroline Williams, Tom Savini and the DVD producer. This is a lively and smile inducing track. There are no real nuggets of information here, but everyone seems delighted to be there and give enough new info to keep things entertaining. Best of all, Bill Moseley, who I have occasionally been given the impression no longer digs horror as much as he once did, shows an almost fanboy side with excitement for a role in a cult classic. Pleasing stuff.

Next up is the Cutting Room Floor, which is ten minutes(ish) of deleted scenes, taken from a VHS source (which I assume is the only source available). Difficult to see and to hear, there is a lot of interesting stuff here, including a gory massacre completely cut from the feature. However, though interesting, it’s not very good. A good example of scenes that were rightly cut. For those interested in making a fan edit, these scenes will never be able to be smoothly reinserted!

This is pretty much a DVD rip of the best deleted scene...

Finally, It Runs In The Family, a near-feature length documentary about the film. The Shocking Truth was a candid and informative documentary about the Texas Chain Saw Massacre. This documentary is winding and poor. Hooper isn’t involved in it for some reason and, though we are treated to some good info and lots of great Tom Savini behind-the-scenes footage, the documentary feels like a fluff piece. Nowhere do they go into detail about the studio interference or the film that could have been, which had been hinted at. For such a long running time, there really isn’t much here.

Overall, the DVD is only so-so. Enough time has passed that we could be treated to the inside scoop being the film, but this release let this down. A real shame as the film gets better with age. 


Better than a bare bones release and it is something to have if you’re a TCM fan, but there is a lot of meat still left to cut.