REVIEW: DARK WAS THE NIGHT (2014 / Released 2015)

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Distribution/Production Company(s): RLJE/Image Entertainment, Caliber Media, Sundial Pictures, Foggy Bottom Pictures, Molecule, Preferred Content
Directed by: Jack Heller
Written By: Tyler Hisel
Starring: Kevin Durand, Lukas Haas, Bianca Kajlich, Heath Freeman, Sabina Gadecki, Steve Agee, and Nick Damici
Running Time: 1 hr. 34 min.
Rating: Not Rated (As Far As I Could Tell)

SYNOPSIS:

Maiden Woods is a remote and quiet town of decent hard-working people, but something stirs in the dark woods surrounding this isolated community. After a logging company decimates an area of the forest, a rash of increasingly violent and unexplainable events transpires. Sheriff Paul Shields (Kevin Durand) and his deputy (Lukas Haas) struggle to confront their own personal demons while facing down a new breed of raw terror that is possibly older than humanity itself… And much, much hungrier.

When DARK WAS THE NIGHT began with images of trees being cut down and sawdust & wood shavings being spewed out of a chipper, I was worried we were going to have to sit through another “don’t mess with nature, or you’ll piss nature off!” kind of film. Thankfully we get out of this without yet another speech drafted by the PR folk over at Greenpeas. That being said, it’s the very action of logging (and the swift, bloody death of a logging crew and Steve Agee) that sets the beast on it’s rampage 90 miles to the south in the little, isolated, backwoods town of Maiden Woods.

We’re first introduced to Sheriff Paul Shields and his deputy Donny Saunders as they are investigating the strange disappearance of horse number 88 (they all have numbered bridles…don’t worry, like Chekhov’s gun, this comes into play later in the film). With other things on his mind, and what seems to be nothing more than a possible open gate (though the farmer denies it) and an escaped horse, Sheriff Shields leaves stating that he’ll look out for the missing horse 88.

CONTINUE READING FOR THE ENTIRE DARK WAS THE NIGHT REVIEW!

WHERE THE HELL HAVE I BEEN?

Depending on whether you’re still reading this page, you may or may not have missed my brilliant horror news, reviews, and everything in between. Well, I reckon I’ll tell ya! I’ve been writing. True, I haven’t been writing for BackwoodsHorror.com, but I have been working on a variety of screenplays (some spec, some revisions to the work of others). I’ve also found myself on the end of a variety of editorial work for blogs, websites, and magazines here in NYC. The majority of my work, however, has been on the research and writing of my own screenplays and teleplays. As much as I love keeping current on all the horror news and reviews out there, I’ve had to buckle down and focus on the various tasks at hand. That being said, I can’t stay away. I was once known as someone with a firm severed hand on the spurting pulse of horror, but I’ve fallen behind whilst trying to become a part of the genre I know and love. What? That’s right, I’m writing works of horror. The world doesn’t need more sappy drama and fart-joke comedies. The world needs some damn good horror! It may be hubris to think I’m the one to do it, but hells bells if I’m not going to try! Besides, it takes an amazing amount of confidence (real or imagined) to believe in yourself enough to push ahead and attempt to make your dreams a reality. I may crash and burn, true, but I’ll hate myself forever if I don’t try.

So what does this mean for the site? It has meant that I’ve been woefully absent, but I plan to rectify that very soon. I may not always be there to bring the freshest horror news kicking and screaming out of the ether, but reviews will definitely be coming. The first of which will be a review for DARK WAS THE NIGHT (see trailer below), a fitting Backwoods Horror film for my shallow dive back into reviews. I still have a second viewing before writing my thoughts on the film (as I always give a film two viewings before I feel able enough to have collected my wandering thoughts about the damn thing). I’m a little rusty writing anything non-fiction, but with a few scratches and a little blood, I’ll hopefully be back to my regular self again in that regard. Besides, I’ve spent almost 8 years keeping this site going. I’m not going to just let it die anytime soon. And even if I did, I’d dig it up and reanimate it to do my evil will…BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Er, um, yes, so stay tuned, kiddos!

Also, search on the site isn’t working for some goddamn reason or another. I’ll take the weekend and try to figure it out.

ASH VS. EVIL DEAD TRAILER HAS HIT!

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I’m sure you’ve all seen this by now, boils and ghouls, but in case you’ve missed it, check it out!

REVIEW: SEPTIC MAN (2013)

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Distribution/Production Company(s): Starz Digital Media
Directed by: Jesse Thomas Cook
Written By: Tony Burgess
Starring: Jason David Brown, Molly Dunsworth, Tim Burd, Robert Maillet, Julian Richings
Guest Starring: Stephen McHattie
Running Time: 87 minutes
Rating: Rated R for disturbing vile and gruesome images, violence and language

Before we get going with a synopsis for SEPTIC MAN, I’d like to treat you to the very opening scene of the film. It may give you a little insight into what you have to look forward to throughout the rest of the film.

And thus our tale begins…

Synopsis:

From the creators of MONSTER BRAWL, EXIT HUMANITY, and PONTYPOOL comes this award-winning origin story of Jack, a sewage worker who’s determined to uncover the cause of the town’s water contamination crisis. But when he becomes trapped underground in a septic tank without food or water he undergoes a hideous and repulsive transformation. In order to escape the tank, he must team up with a docile Giant and confront a murdering madman. Hailed as a “stunning” (Little Red Umbrella), “funny” (TwitchFilm), and “visceral story that will leave you shaken – and desperate for a shower” (Rue Morgue Magazine), SEPTIC MAN is a cinematic odyssey into the darkest depths of horror and beyond.

CONTINUE READING FOR THE ENTIRE SEPTIC MAN REVIEW!

THE OFFICIAL GODZILLA 2014 TEASER HAS HIT! CHECK IT OUT!

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Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Richard T. Jones, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, David Strathairn, Patrick Sabongui, Yuki Morita, Brian Markinson, Juliette Binoche, Akira Takarada, Victor Rasuk, C.J. Adams, and Ken Watanabe star.

Gareth Edwards is directing the film from a screenplay by Max Borenstein, Frank Darabont, and Dave Callaham. Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni are producing with Mary Parent and Brian Rogers. Alex Garcia and Patricia Whitcher are serving as executive producers alongside Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira.

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THE GREAT 2013 EVADIA HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST WINNERS & READER’S CHOICE AWARDS!

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The winners of the annual EVADIA HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST  have been announced!  Now it’s your turn to go vote for your favorites for Readers’ Choice!  Visit any of the sites below to see who has won so far and to vote for your favorites in the comments. Each site will be picking a Readers’ Choice, so feel free to vote on all three!

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THE WINNERS!

Best Costume: Gina P, Zombie (#15)

Best Group Costume: Liam P, Wreck it Ralph and Fix it Felix (#18)

Best Makeup: Beth R, Calavara Catrina (#22)

Second Place Best Costume: Ani, Ood and Dr. Who Crab Monster (#24)

Second Place Group Costume: Jess L and Matthew H. (#13)

Second Place Best Makeup: Timothy B, Captain Spaulding (#21)

Best Appeal to a Corrupt Judge: Sophia, Luchadors (#32)

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To see the prizes go here and congrats!

For those of you who didn’t win the main prizes, don’t fret, we’re also offering a READER’S CHOICE AWARD for each site. Basically, the rules are thus: Check out the photos below on this site, The Year Of Halloween, & Superficial Gallery and leave a comment on each site of your favorite entry from the gallery below. There will be an (as of now, secret) Reader’s Choice prize for each site, so feel free to vote on each site and remember to leave your votes listing the number and why you think the costume is so friggin’ sweet in the comment sections.

Readers’ Choice Contestants – vote for your favorite in the comments!

 

SAMUEL L. JACKSON NABS ROLE IN STEPHEN KING’S CELL FILM ADAPTATION

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From The Press Release:

“Benaroya Pictures and The Genre Company announced today they have set Samuel L. Jackson to co-star with John Cusack in the apocalyptic thriller CELL, based on the bestselling novel by Stephen King. Tod “Kip” Williams will direct, with production set to begin in January. Benaroya Pictures is financing.

Samuel L. Jackson most recently co-starred in last year’s Django Unchained and next appears in the upcoming filmsOldboy and Robocop as well as Captain America 2: Winter Soldier and The Avengers sequel. He is currently in production on Secret Service.  In CELL, Jackson will play Tom McCourt, an engineer and former soldier who escapes from Boston along with Cusack’s character, Clay Riddell, after a mysterious pulse, transmitted by cell phones, spreads like a virus through the human population.

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CONTINUE READING FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING THE NEW POSTER (COURTESY OF BLOODY DISGUSTING) & SYNOPSIS ON THE FILM!

EARLY FOOTAGE OF NORMAN REEDUS LEARNING TO USE A CROSSBOW FOR THE WALKING DEAD

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Source: LaughingSquid

You might think “The Walking Dead” star is a natural badass with a crossbow, but you’d be wrong. Dead wrong.

On a recent episode of Conan, late-night host Conan O’Brien showed the audience hilarious early training footage of THE WALKING DEAD star Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon) struggling with a crossbow. Why shoot a zombie in the head with an arrow, when you can just throw the entire crossbow at it instead?

Check out the footage below!

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DETAILS REVEALED FOR THE SCREAM FACTORY RELEASE OF KEVIN TENNEY’S WITCHBOARD & NIGHT OF THE DEMONS

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I think it’s fairly obvious that we here at BackwoodsHorror are huge SCREAM FACTORY fans. A division of SHOUT! Factory, this company has been putting out some of the finest blu-ray editions of fan favorites for some time, reminding me of the glory days of Anchor Bay…perhaps even better. And now they’re releasing two of my favorite Kevin Tenney films: Witchboard, and perhaps my favorite, Night of the Demons on Blu-ray on February 4th, 2014. Check out the cover art and full specs after the break!

CONTINUE READING FOR THE COVER ART AND SPECIFICATIONS FOR THE BLU-RAY RELEASE OF WITCHBOARD & NIGHT OF THE DEMONS!

INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 2 GETS COVER ART AND HOME VIDEO RELEASE DATE

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From The Press Release:

“The famed horror team of director James Wan (Saw, The Conjuring) and writer Leigh Whannell (Saw, Saw III) reunite with the original cast in the highly anticipated, spine-tingling follow-up INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2, debuting December 24 on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Fans can delve deeper into “The Further” with more than an hour of bonus materials exclusive to the Blu-ray Combo Pack, including a three-part webisode called “Insidious: Spectral Sightings,” which gives an inside look at the business operations of Specs and Tucker from their early days as paranormal investigators through their investigation with Elise. Cast and crew highlights are also included in the three additional behind-the-scenes featurettes available exclusively on the Blu-ray Combo Pack, including a discussion about making INSIDIOUS 2 and what it was like to film at a haunted location. Fans can unlock secrets from this suspense thriller through two additional featurettes available on both the Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD. “Peripheral Vision: Behind the Scenes” takes fans onto the set of the film to see how it was created, and “Ghostly Transformation” follows the make-up effects used to create the ghosts in The Further.”

CONTINUE READING FOR THE COVER ART AND LIST OF SPECIAL FEATURES!