Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Dangerous Days: The making of Blade Runner

Well, it took me a few years and several attempts, but I finally got through the three and a half hour documentary, Dangerous Days: The Making of Blade Runner. My final verdict, after all my failed efforts to view it? 

Well worth it.

Why did it take me so long to watch it? Well, it's not exactly a feature for the casual fan of Ridley Scott's cyber-punk cult classic. As with a lot of films from the early 80s and earlier, a lot of the cast and crew have got on in their years and can be a bit rambling, and there is quite a slow pace to the entire thing, which I guess is understandable for such a long piece. I was hooked on a 4 hour Nightmare on Elm Street documentary, so someone into Blade Runner is bound to think I'm crazy for what I say.

The interviews are comprehensive, with guests Frank Darabont and Guillermo Del Toro contributing opinions, though I did notice that star Harrison Ford doesn't appear until quite late. Even so, he, and everyone, are very honest about their opinions on the film. Everyone is frank, to the point that differing opinions are brought back up for the documentary. An acknowledgement must be made of Rutger Hauer's fabulousness and insanity. The troubled production is brought to light and the poor response and recutting are analysed in detail, which are some of the most interesting parts, in my opinion. 

This was made by Charles de Lauzirika, the same man who is responsible for the brilliant Blu Ray and DVD special editions and documentaries of Alien Anthology, so you should know you are in very good hands.

I would like to have seen something about all the different versions of the film that have surfaced over the years, but I guess it wasn't felt necessary, seen as the documentary is packaged in the five disc special edition of the film, as well as a 2-disc edition with the final director's cut.

All in all, I'm glad I finally gave it the attention it deserved. The pure honesty from everyone, whether right or wrong, is enthralling and refreshing in an age of mouthpiece EPKs. It's not a documentary you can put on in passing. It demands your time, but in return, you reap a new story that is just as dramatic and enthralling as the fictional one.

Oh, what's this? The FULL documentary below?!

Thank you, TheFilm2001forall, you have helped us spend 3 and a half hours in a very interesting way!

Monday, 28 November 2011

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Ginger Snaps: Deleted Scenes

At some point, I must go in to detail about this fantastic metaphor-riddled masterpiece of a werewolf movie (I know, there CAN be such a thing as a good werewolf movie!), but for now, please enjoy the deleted scenes from the film, which are interesting in so much as they are only found on the collector's edition DVDs, which were not released in the US or UK. Very unusual for anyone apart from the yanks to get the good stuff! The scenes themselves are also gold, and not some pathetic pieces that were always destined for the cutting room floor. No, some of this material is actually very enjoyable and provides a more in-depth picture of what the film might have been, had it been longer. Also, they're high quality, that's always a bonus.

Thanks to Ariessfij!

Friday, 25 November 2011

WARNING: Avoid Quarantine 2

Oh lord, I just realised I didn't write about this film after I saw it. I guess that makes sense because it is a black abyss of a film that will suck your soul for fooling you in to watching it. What I'm trying to say is, DON'T WATCH THIS FILM.

This direct-to-DVD follow up to the adequate remake Quarantine is a turd. There is no other way of putting it. I normally try to give films a bit of credit where it's due, but not here. This film is dreadful. Whereas the previous installment followed relatively closely to it's source material (the immensely superior Spanish jumper REC), this one completely diverts from REC 2's plot (which stays centred in the same apartment complex and is a mixed bag of a film in itself). Quarantine 2: Terminal makes itself a new little 'story', though calling it a story is generous. 

What I'm saying is I didn't like the film.

The film starts off with some potential, being set on a near empty plane, possibly getting set to play on terrorism paranoia and the claustrophobia of the tin can in the sky. 'But Horrorface', I hear you say, 'I thought you weren't going to give this film any credit?'. I reply 'shut up, I'm typing here'. This potentially decent plot is quickly done away with in favour of the passengers and crew being quarantined in the airport hanger (guessing the sets were cheaper). From here, it doesn't matter what happens. Zombies happen, I guess. It's almost like the film hypnotises you. I know stuff happens, but it's all a vague blur of stupid violence, bad acting and nonexistent plot.  

I did, however, make me want to go on a long holiday.

The beginning feels cheap, but had story potential, but the second they left the airplane and decided to make a film that seemed to give less of a shit about its characters than I did, it lost me. Again, bad acting, bad script, incoherent plot. Rubbing salt in the wounds is the films vague attempts to connect to the other films by being shot documentary style, which makes it feel like a college student side project more than a film that cost a few million. The score is nonexistent, again to add to that documentary sense, and works on the plane, but once stepping into lame B-movie land, it just becomes a blatantly ridiculous device. The filmmakers obviously weren't clever enough to come up with an effective found footage device, so instead went with a cheesy alternative.

How can a film with this scene in it blow so hard?
I mean blow in a bad way.

I would love it if someone who made it reads this and drops me a line, because the ineptitude of this film has actually angered me. How many people will pick this up on the good faith of the original, thinking it might be a bit of a romp, and end up feeling shellshocked at the mess then just paid for?

This film is stupid. Don't waste your time. 

Suddenly, I Am Omega is a viable alternative.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

MTV's DEATH VALLEY: Wish You Were Here

Well, yesterday I finished the first season of MTV's Death Valley. After a very ropy start, I have to say, the show has me hooked! And now I want to try get some of you hooked.

The premise of the show is that California's Death Valley is overrun with a plague of zombies, werewolves and vampires, but they aren't the George Romero deadheads or Twilight sparklers. Nope, these zombies is seen as a pest that is more of an everyday inconvenience, the werewolves are taken care of like a stray animal would be dealt with, and vampires are prostitutes, selling sex for blood. The UTF, or Undead Task Force, is charged with controlling these problems. Think like regular police, but for monsters. Oh, and it's all shot documentary-style by a camera crew that interact with them. Don't lie to yourself, that is an amazing premise. And we have Rob Zombie's little brother Spider One to thank for it. 

Mama Zombie has an interesting taste in names.

I first heard about the show through Fangoria, and enjoyed the concept a lot, but the first few episodes of the show felt a bit like they were struggling for laughs, with some characters seeming lame. This may have just been teething pains however. By episode 3, I was appreciating the ridiculously straight-laced, square officer who I really despised initially, and understood I was supposed to cringe and hate his cocky partner. As time went on, characters grew and arcs developed. Relationships were established and suddenly I could appreciate this team. I have to say, never once did I question how awesome the captain was. Pure hilarity through dry humour all the way through.

The season is 12 episodes long, a bite-sized 20 minutes each. The series just goes from strength to strength, with the final two episodes being the pinnacle. It really is the MTV alternative in a Walking Dead world. Do yourself a favour, get a hold of these guys now and sit back in to a fun night of blood, guts and werewolves (which really are the least focused on group because, well... werewolves suck). Judging by the type of show, I can only bet that the second season is going to be a step above.

I'm partial to pandas. You say you'll bring back a panda, but no one ever does.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Hostel Part 3 Trailer: Are you ready for more torture?

And now, here is the trailer to the new sequel to the original shock monger, Hostel, aptly titled Hostel 3.

Watched it? Good. Now on to the facts.

This is being released straight to video without any participation from original creator and director Eli Roth. However, executive producer of the previous two installment, Scott Spiegel, takes the reins as director. You might recognise him as one of the writers of the classic Evil Dead 2, which does automatically earn him brownie points. In his deficit though, he is also responsible for From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money.

It says it right there: DIRECTOR.

Michael Weiss pens the flick, boasting a CV of a lot of forgettable sequels and Brendan Fraiser's Journey to the Centre of the Earth. The only star I'm going to note right now is Thomas Kretschmann, who is almost always a hoot (King Kong and a Resident Evil sequel!). I'm not being sarcastic, I actually like him!

So, it was inevitable that the original torture porn feature (which I of course took my girlfriend to on our second date, being the well adjusted man I am) would spawn sequels, and we are now in franchise territory with this little guy. Being the third in a series and released direct to video is normally a very bad sign, but I have to be honest, that trailer is pretty good. The production value seems high. The story line fits nicely with previous Hostel flicks (even the dull and obtuse Hostel 2). There is even a bit of fetishism with a cheerleader. There's no word on genre heroes popping up, but it's early days, and I'm ignorant. However, a character from Avatar appears to have wandered on set, but we'll run with it.

Acting jobs aren't easy to come by.

The only oddities I can spin on this trailer (as I love to do) is the fact that it is set in America, which does defuse a lot of the allegory behind Roth's original film. It also seems they are staying in a hotel, not a hostel (though I will probably be proven wrong there). Something that tends to happen with companies looking to make sequels is that an unrelated script is adapted to fit the established continuity, and I guess that might be the case here (my bet is it was a script for CSI: Las Vegas). Again, that's just a guess.

All in all, coming off the heels of an abysmal Hellraiser sequel trailer, Hostel 3 is restoring my faith in the horror sequel. Don't you let me down, Hostel 3!

Sunday, 20 November 2011

American Horror Story: Possibly the creepiest opening titles ever?

I just have to share with you the opening credits to the new FX horror show, American Horror Story. Whereas the show itself has taken a few episodes to peak my interest (though it seems to have some so with a bang now), from the get go I knew that the opening title was something special.

Composed by former Nine Inch Nails keyboardist Charlie Clouser (who is also responsible for the famous theme from the Saw films), and Cesar Davila-Irizarry, the opening theme is very reminiscent of the remixed Closer used to open Se7en, but this theme might actually make you jump out of your skin.

Very NIN reminiscent, this is the first horror show opener that actually delivers some actual frights, which all of them intend but never deliver on (I'm looking at you, Master of Horror). The quiet/loud dynamic, mixed in with the bizarre and off-key notes is just sinister. Needless to say, the basement visuals with the typical horror stalemates just adds to it all. Very slick, very sick. I'm going to put it up there (with House M.D.) as one of my favourite openers to a show.

The theme with the video is unusually hard to find on Youtube, and I even tried to put it up there but was immediately told it was blocked (and I even gave credit and an advertisement for the show, silly FX), but, the internet being the internet, I found the video on some French site.

So please, get the room quiet, turn up your volume, click the link and load up the sucker!

American Horror Story Opening

And for those who don't wanna jump from the page, you can always just enjoy the audio of the intro:

A Horror Night In With Friends

Having the post-Halloween lulls? Missing the macabre and madness that seemed to be in abundance in the run up to October 31st? Wish you could engage in more of the eerie and dark side before Christmas comes full tilt? Well, I have a very simple and very effective solution: MOVIE NIGHT!!!

Recently, for my birthday, some friends and I set out on a quest for slightly cheesy, but wholey over-the-top films, and by gum, we have a nice threesome for you.


This is easily the big turkey of the night, and a great way to ease people in, because it really doesn't matter if you pay attention to the dialogue or not (even if you chose to listen to it, there are loooooong quiet sections). This is very famous for being an I Am Legend ripoff made by crap-mongers The Asylum (famous for other knock-offs like Transmorphers and Snakes on a Train), with the focus being on making a cheap film quickly. 

I'm sure it's just a coincidence...

I feel sorry that someone involved with this might have actually thought they were involved with a serious production. Instead, we have a laughable film where the 'last man on earth' can't seem to help but constantly put himself in dangerous situations, drive a convertible where monster attacks seem constant (I guess he might be going through a midlife crisis), our hero can't believe someone is getting in touch with him by video-call online (oh ye, the internet works), then he runs out of the room at the sight of a woman, some dodgy folk have trouble with the impenetrable fortress that is a chain link fence, one of said men is killed but can't inconvenience his friend, so readily picks himself up when he needs to be moved. We get to view all of this through some bizarre graduated filter, and everything is set in the (conveniently cheap) hills. Of course, we get the obligatory bad CG effects. 

This is pretty much how I imagine The Asylum.

This flick is so bad, it really is good. People will walk in and out and get settled in for the night to it. It is so bad, it even makes it impossible for the lead actor to maintain one race. He appears white, Hispanic, Asian, you name it. This makes NO SENSE. That's why you have to love it. Try not waste your money on it. I got it as part of an 8 films for $5 pack (when I was in America). I think the cheese factor was worth the 62c.


Another disasterpiece from the 8 films for $5 pack, this is directed by famous schlock-meister Charles Band. No, really, he's famous... He directed Puppetmaster and produced... er... well, a load of shite really, but his name seems to sell films, so let's roll with it.

Who would have thought 8 films for $5 would be poor quality?

A complex film, Evil Bong is set around a group of young men who purchase a cursed bong that sucks in their souls and kills them one by one. Oh, did I say complex? I meant simple. Like monkey simple. Like rock simple. 

That may be insulting to rocks.

The film is 80 mins, which is about 60 mins too long (I'd make the 80 mins too long joke, but it would making a rocking 20 minute film). For that, we have the situation of a nerd type moving in with stoners in their one roomed apartment. 'Hilarity' ensues, including someone who can only afford to live in an apartment where he sleeps in the same room as all the other tenants buying a bong believed to be cursed off the internet (seriously, cheap films seem to think the internet is the magic answer to every plot hole). It arrives, and everyone who uses it has their soul sucked in to a strip club where characters from other Charles Band films appear for no reason, then the people are killed by a woman wearing odd bras. Oh, and Tommy Chong shows up. Yup, that's normal. 

The film is soooo long and boring in places, especially with lame character establishing sections, an odd marijuana leaf transition and some bizarre rant the granddad of one of the guys goes on. But when it hits gold, it hits gold. Included is some 'cameos' from other actors (Bill Mosely being the only one I recognised), Roland from Sabrina The Teenage Witch showing up, the Gingerdead Man, Chong (cuz he can't help but be amusing), and a masturbating doll. That last one will be the one to get ya.

I typed 'evil bong masturbating doll' into Google Image Search. 
I got what I deserved.

That said, the film is so sluggish, it does take the tone of the party down. It's easy to make fun of I Am Omega for being serious, but this knows it's rubbish. There are honest to God only 2 sets, scenes are definitely stretched to get the film to its 80 min run time, the cameos serve no purpose and are confusing (unlike normal cameos, these ones just don't make sense). Some people had actually nodded off watching this film, definitely not what you want. The weird moments do make up for it somewhat, as does the fact you can say you watched a film called Evil Bong. The odd thing though, even though the film was generally unpleasant, there is a trailer for Evil Bong 2 during the end credits, and we all wanted to watch it.

Charles Band, I hate you.


This film should need little to no introduction, and yes, it IS the Peter Jackson splatterfest. Whereas the other films were more 'so bad it's good' territory, this film is just good. 

A tongue-in-cheek zombie film about a mummy's boy, whose mummy becomes a zombie after being bitten by a rat monkey (the results of rats raping monkeys, of course), the son has to try control the insanity that occurs after she becomes a stiff. 

Famous for being one of the bloodiest films ever, I have seen this a lot of times, but was shocked at all the gags I missed or forgot about. I recently wrote about Peter Jackson and Bad Taste, which was solely brought on by how much affection this film returned him for me. Well shot, clever, and relentless, this is a group film. Some scenes that never did it for me along (such as the graveyard kung-foo scene... wait, how did that never appeal to me!?) just work fantastically with a group. People weren't able to speak up and insert their on witticisms into the film, because it did it all itself really. It actually drew people in to it and not a single person was disappointed.

What's funnier than a baby in a blender? 
Stop me if you've heard this one.

People talk about Zombieland and Shaun of the Dead, but you have to know, before Lord of the Rings, Peter Jackson was there and done that, and this film is the living testament to how clever and hilarious he can be.

This is the finalé, the piece-de-resistance, the cherry on top. Whatever Evil Bong took away from the movie night, Braindead more than made up for. Not only is this a recommendation, this is an obligation I am putting on all zombie fans; watch this movie!!!

The beginning of the lawnmower sequence, or the greatest splatter
scene you will ever see.

On a small side note, this film has yet to see a decent DVD/Blu-Ray release. Synapse Films is 100% NOT releasing a special edition for the foreseeable future (fuck me, I actually contacted someone for an article!? What am I, some sort of writer?). Rumour has it Jackson might get on it when he returns from Middle Earth, but most people aren't holding their breath. There must be a wealth of stories to the film. Hopefully some day we can reveal in them. For anyone in a position to make that happen, consider this me going HINT HINT.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Deleted Scenes: The Return of the Living Dead Workprint

I've been on a massive Return of the Living Dead binge recently, and why not? Madman Dan O'Bannon's horror-comedy classic defines the eighties in so many ways. If there was a time capsule for the decade, all you'd need is this and Top Gun and you're sorted. 

Along with reading the brilliantly comprehensive The Complete History of the Return of the Living Dead, my girlfriend also got me a poster signed by original cast members Brian Peck, James Karen and Beverly Randolph, which I kind of only mention because that's awesome. 

I have this mans autograph. Boo yah.

But to loosely tie it in, the book mentions a deleted scene of Burt being bit by a zombie, a scene which didn't appear in the film but is allegedly connected to the workprint of the film.

For the uninitiated, a workprint is typically a rough cut or assembly cut of a film that normally contains most of what was filmed in order to see what is and isn't needed for a finer cut. They normally have rough sound and are missing visual effects. They have gained a reputation among many film enthusiasts as many directors who claim to have had their vision ruined by studio interference are normally backed up by workprints that contain a vision closer to a directors intention. The most famous example of this is Blade Runner, whose workprint eventually was reworked into a proper director's cut.

And an extended cut. And a test screening cut. 
And a director's neighbours cut. And a...

These are particularly talked about with horror films because, let's face it, there are a lot of bad horror films, and studio interference is commonplace. Myths surrounding these films are often very strong, talking about missing subplots that would have made the film Gone with the Wind, or gore that would have knocked your iron socks off. Films from the Friday the 13th, Halloween and Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise are notable for workprints that would allegedly make them infinitely better.

Though there definitely is a case for some films that were better before their released versions, but more often than not, the workprints contain superfluous material that was best excised.

Case in point: The Return of the Living Dead workprint.

In fairness, how can you improve on what's there already?

What you will see below is all the changes in the workprint compared to the final cut of the film set out, almost like deleted scenes from a DVD. The quality is poor, which was the standard for workprints of that era, but more importantly is the ostracised and alternate material. The scene that made me go exploring the workprint (the biting of Burt), doesn't actually exist in the scenes, disappointingly. Most of the bits on show are extended or alternate takes of what is already in the film. My two cents? There's a lot of crumby shots and poorer alternate takes on show. The only piece that stands out as a nice scene is a moment where Ernie tried to comfort Tina by telling her Freddy has gone to Heaven and those are just brain-hungry dead bodies. There are also some bits that are worth a chuckle, plus some good old fashioned racism.

Would a black-face joke be inappropriate here?

Not included on any DVD release, the scenes are a must-see for any ROTLD fan, and seeing the scenes in isolation is more than enough to enjoy them (it seems like it'd be a waste of time watching the full workprint when the final cut is so enjoyable). Maybe not for the casual fan, but anyone else infected with ROTLD-fever like I am will enjoy.... 

Coming soon: A review of More Brains: The Definitive Return of the Living Dead Documentary, from the makers of Never Sleep Again, which I will write when the fecker arrives! The signed poster arrived before the DVD, how odd.... Either way, the DVD and the book I mentioned before? Recommended:

Sunday, 13 November 2011

The Crow remake concept art is HERE

Those lucky buggers at Bloody Disgusting have just got their mits on some concept art for the now-dead Crow remake (yup, a remake of everyone's favourite goth flick). And it is...

... ridiculous. 

Seriously, it looks like they nicked an Alice Cooper publicity shot. I'm not a massive fan of The Crow and think some day it could be remade as an awesome dark film, but right now, all I can think is 'too soon', and now 'too stupid'. However, though the remake seems to have fallen apart (yay), I have the utmost belief it will, in true 'leave no classic untainted' fashion, get back on track, probably in an even lesser form (boo).

But what do YOU think? Could this hold a candle to Brandon Lee's iconic image and performance?

Why you MUST see Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

Simply put, it's brilliant!

Taking the typical horror cliché of kids in the woods being hunted by crazed hillbillies, Tucker and Dale vs. Evil takes this genre template and subverts it. Instead of following the kids, we follow the hillbillies, and watch all the standard slasher film scenarios unfold before us, but discover that the creepy encounters, kidnappings and murders are all just untimely accidents.

It's not what it looks like...

Obviously, it's a comedy, and a buddy comedy at that, with Firefly alum Alan Tudyk and Reaper's Tyler Labine taking the respective title roles. Tudyk plays the relatively smarter of the two, who of course must suffer for his extra IQ points, with Labine playing such a sympathetic idiot role that all you want to do is hug him. 

The typical teenagers are filled out with the sexy smart girl, the jock, the black guy, the neurotic guy and the vapid airhead (watch her. Seriously, comedy gold). I'm not too familiar with most of the others, but Jesse Moss of must-see Ginger Snaps plays the neurotic guy with glee.

It's not what it looks like...

From the first encounters at the gas station where Dale is given bad advice for how to talk to women, to the guys getting their dream home (a run down cabin á la Evil Dead), to the accidental kidnapping and hostage holding, Tucker & Dale just doesn't run out of steam. It has a great and simple concept, which is pretty much a film based around the red shirt of Star Trek, and plays out all the best scenarios you could hope for. A gag isn't missed, and if you take things from the kids point of view, you can still see it playing out as a typical slasher flick. 

It's not what it looks like...

The only drawback to the film is it's ending. The main climax is satisfying enough, though doesn't quite give the giggles of the rest of the film, but my main bone of contention is the end coda (is that the right terminology?). It's quite slow and borders on typical safe humour. But this is it. There is nothing else to detract from the film. It is almost a 100% in my book. It's easily the best horror send up since Scary Movie, perhaps far surpassing it. Don't go in expecting any scares because you won't find them. This is just a brilliant send up. To paraphrase a review I read, it will do for Hills Have Eyes rednecks what Shaun of the Dead did for zombies. 

It's not what it looks like...

I could write so much about this film, but I don't want to spoil it. Do yourself a favour and just see it!

I implore you, Tucker & Dale vs. Evil didn't get a theatrical release, even though it has almost universal positive reviews and is a festival favourite, but it IS out now on DVD, and by God, this is a film to buy and share with people! 

But a word of warning: DO NOT WATCH THE TRAILER. It gives away all the best gags and a substantial amount of the plot. Just take my word for it and give this 88 minute long film a try. You won't regret it!

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Peter Jackson's BAD TASTE Made Good Taste

Right off the bat, let me say I am a massive Peter Jackson fan. The guy just has a sense of humour that cannot be outdone. He still has plenty of potential for many more career highs (hopefully not all Hobbit-related), but for the moment, I'm going to step back into the past and look at the beginning of his career.

Some people won't believe that Peter 'Lord of the Rings' Jackson is the man responsible for some of the goriest and most stomach-churning films ever produced. Braindead is highly regarded as the bloodiest film ever, and Meet the Feebles makes me cringe in disgust every time I see it. 


But starting his splatter-fests is now cult classic Bad Taste.

Unabashedly low budget, Bad Taste is an off-the-wall story of aliens who kidnap an entire New Zealand town to be used as meat for their intergalactic fast food restaurant chain and the elite squad sent in to combat said aliens. Filmed on weekends over four years with a cast and crew of Jackson, his friends and co-workers (all filling multiple roles), the 16mm short film grew in to a full blown feature, given finishing money by the New Zealand government. Upon completion, the film would be hailed for it's bizarre humour and over the top effects. 

Though the lesser of his three main splatter films, for me at least, Bad Taste is a must see, if not for the fact you can say 'I have seen a fucked up cheap film that both made me sick in my mouth and smile ear to ear...' 
'unfortunately, it was at the same time.'

I don't know why, but no one has the ability to make me squirm like Jackson. Meet the Feebles and its fly is easily the winner in the gross-out stakes, but Bad Taste has plenty of moments that bring it in to a very strong second, including our protagonist Derek having to hold his own brain in after an accident leaves it slipping though his skull, and a particularly queasy gruel eating scene.

In terms of ingenuity, a scene where one character played by Jackson battles another character also played by Jackson wins out hands down. Seriously, sometimes it's not a case of how he does some of these things, but why? Either way, it worked, and the film even resurfaced when the Lord of the Rings came out, with it being promoted in Germany as from the director of LOTR, 13 years earlier (oh you crazy advertising guys)!

The man hasn't aged in 20 years!

Unfortunately, Bad Taste has not found its way to Ireland or the UK in a decent DVD package (top honours going to the region 4 disc with Anchor Bays region 1 tailing it), but fingers crossed that once he returns from Middle Earth, Jackson might do for his early films what he did for The Frighteners (ie. make a comprehensive special edition for nerds like me).

For those in any way intrigued, here is a brilliant behind the scenes look at the making of Bad Taste. Briefly going over the production history, some of Jackson's early 8mm films, a cute interview with his parents, and the ingenious ways the props were done, all I can do after watching this documentary is stand up (not literally. I'm lazy) and applaude you, Jackson! You are a fan who took initiative, and a lot of would-be filmmakers would do better to learn from your can-do attitude. God knows it inspires me!

Yup, that'll do.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Eli Roth and CLOWN to make you shit your pants.

This little piece of fantasticness only came to my attention a few weeks ago though it is over a year old, but I decided I MUST share it with you who may not have seen it. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you... CLOWN.

Oh wow! A weird and possibly cheesy horror film directed by none other than Eli Roth and produced by Quentin Tarantino! This can only be amazing! It can only be fantastic! But... but... it's all lies.

Appearing around the time Roth was allegedly making a collection of faux trailers, like his Thanksgiving trailer for Grindhouse (which you can find below), Clown was thought to be part of this project. However, Roth had nothing to do with the video and didn't even know his name was on it until it was spreading across YouTube like wildfire. No, it was in fact made by commercial producers John Watts and Christopher D. Ford, who put the video up with Roth's name to lend their prank piece a bit of authenticity. Even horror Gods Bloody Disgusting were fooled.

Once the cat was out of the bag, you would think some lawsuits would follow, but no, this story has a Disney-like twist, where Eli Roth liked what he saw and is now really producing a feature adaptation made by the original makers. Wow. Here is what Roth had to say about the film, which is still awhile away from reaching our screens:

"I loved how ballsy they were, issuing a trailer that said, 'From the Master of Horror, Eli Roth.' Some people thought I'd made the movie, or that it was another fake Grindhouse trailer. The first thing they said was, 'Thank you for not suing us, but I told them, 'This is Hollywood, and while it's tradition that every movie eventually ends up in a lawsuit, you only sue when you are fighting over profits. It's no fun to sue before there's any money.' But I really felt these guys deserved a shot, and that people are truly freaked out by evil clowns. It's new territory to make this a version of The Fly, where this guy can feel himself changing, blacking out only to find blood all over his clown suit. You're sympathetic toward a monster until the monster actually takes over." 

God bless you, sir.

But what of the actual trailer? Does the film seem like it'll be worthwhile? Heck yeah!! Haven't you seen IT? People are terrified by clowns! I can't actually count myself among those people (unless the clown puppet from Poltergeist counts...)...

That fucker is scary.

... but I do adore a film where there is an uncontrollable change. The Fly similarities have already been noted, and I'll throw a bone to George A. Romero's little-seen gem Bruiser (about a man who wakes up to find a mask on his face that he can't take off) as potential ideas for what we can expect theme wise. 

The trailer hints at a curse (and the joker tarot card) behind the bizarre events that unfold and elsewhere I have read the story follows the family trying to save the father before it is too late. Right, I am totally sold. 

This film is going to be stupid, but in an unmissable way.

Oh, here's a REAL Eli Roth FAKE trailer (ugh... my head hurts...):

The fact this is pirated in a cinema just adds to it.

Monday, 7 November 2011

SID HAIG joins The Lords of Salem

Straight out of the Zombie-man's mouth (well, Facebook) just moments ago, Sid Haig is officially on the Lords of Salem roster. Could this film get more exciting? I don't think so!

Zombie has been a brilliant updater from the set of the film. This may be one of the most anticipated films for long time for me!

Here's what Rob Zombie just said at his official Facebook:

Hurray for Captain Salem! Yep, Sid Haig has joined the cast of THE LORDS OF SALEM as Dean Magnus the other half of the witchfinding duo known as The Brothers.

Sid is best known for cult classics like Spiderbaby, Coffy, Black Mama, White Mama, CC and Company, The Big Dollhouse, The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto, Halloween and of course he is loved world wide as everyone's favorite killer clown Captain Spaulding in House Of 1000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects.