DVD Release of Sundown: The Vampire In Retreat

Posted on 30th June 2008 by aaron in News - Tags: , , , ,

Shock Until You Drop just released the DVD art and specs for the release of Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat.  I read about this flick in Bruce Campbell’s autobiography If Chins Could Kill, but have never seen it, mostly because it can’t really be found except maybe on VHS on ebay where copies have sold for as much as $100.  But now it’s going to be going into my netflix list when released on September 23rd.  

The special features will include:
• Memories of Moab featurette (an all-new interview with Bruce Campbell)
• A Vampire Reformed featurette (all-new interview with David Carradine)
• The Making of Sundown featurette
• Audio commentary with director Anthony Hickox and director of photography Levie Isaacks 
• Photo Gallery

According to Wikipedia: A colony of vampires takes over a ghost town of Purgatory, and under the leadership of Jozek Mardulak are developing a method of making artificial plasma. But another elder, Jefferson, who abhors the idea of vampires being anything other than predators, organizes a revolution. At the same time, a descendant of the original Abraham Van Helsing (played by Bruce Campbell) shows up, trying to fulfil his family “destiny.” David Carradine plays the lead Vampire named Jozek Mardulak.

Below you’ll find a “trailer” (made by a fan) I found on YouTube and the dvd art, as well as original poster art…

Trick ‘r Treat Back On The Distribution Wagon?

Posted on 30th June 2008 by aaron in News - Tags: , , , ,

Ever since I first saw the trailer for Michael Dougherty’s Trick ‘r Treat (see it in all its horror anthology glory below), I’ve been waiting and waiting for it to come out in theaters. Unfortunately, earlier this year, Warner Brothers dropped the film from its 2008 release schedule (after it had already been dropped from its October 2007 release date).  Well, our friends down in Aussie town at Moviehole.net had a little chat with Mr. Dougherty and came back with the following quote: “The struggle continues. There’s interest from another distributor so negotiations have begun. Keep your severed fingers crossed!”  Hot Damn! Here’s hoping we’ll finally get to see something.  I mean, I’d prefer seeing it in a theater, but even if I have to watch it on dvd only, that’s still better than nothing.  

For those of you not in the know, Trick ‘r Treat, according to Wikipedia, follows the following plotline: 

“It is said that Halloween is the night when the dead rise to walk among us, and other unspeakable things roam free. The rituals of All Hallows Eve were devised to protect us from their evil mischief, and one small town is about to be taught a terrifying lesson that some traditions are best not forgotten.

Nothing is what it seems when a suburban couple learns the dangers of blowing out a Jack-o-Lantern before midnight, a terrifying principal with a serial killer attitude teaches one neighbor the true meaning of Halloween, Laurie (played by the always luscious Anna Paquin), a young woman dressed as little red riding hood, is stalked by a mysterious hooded figure at a local Halloween Festival; a group of pranksters goes too far and discovers the horrifying truth buried in a local urban legend of a school bus massacre; and a cantankerous old hermit is visited by a strange trick-or-treater with a few bones to pick.

Costumes and candy, ghouls and goblins, monsters and mayhem…the tricks and treats of Halloween turn deadly as strange creatures of every variety—human and otherwise—try to survive the scariest night of the year.”

Pumpkinhead 20th Anniversary DVD!

Posted on 29th June 2008 by aaron in News - Tags: , , , ,

HOT DAMN! Pumpkinhead is a movie that I’ve loved since I was in diapers.  For whatever reason, it’s never been given the respect it deserved on dvd.  This being Backwoods Horror, with emphasis on BACKWOODS, those of you out there in horrorland should know why I’d have such an affinity for this film.  For the rest, I’ll explain.  The film takes place in the Appalachian mountains (that look curiously like California…hmmm), and revolves around this guy Ed Harley, played by the always kickass Lance Henriksen.  These punkass “city kids” happen to come round and start tearin’ ass all around the place on their motorcycles.  Well, Ed Harley’s little boy goes chasing after his dog because it went apeshit about all these kids on motorcycles.  The kid gets run over and most of the kids (I call them kids, though they look to be in their late twenties in the movie) take off, leaving the kid to die, except for, of course, the “good” ones who stay after to tell Ed Harley about what happened.

Ed gets pissed and goes to see this old witch way back in the woods who tells him about this demon, Pumpkinhead, that’ll do the dirty work and take revenge out on these kids who killed his little boy.  So Ed Harley has to go out to this cemetery, dig up this old, rotting corpse, and bring it back to the witch.  She does her hoodoo and we get a pissed off demon hell bent on revenge for ‘ol Ed.  Only, there’s a catch.  If you haven’t seen it, I’m not going to give the rest of it away, but it’s a pretty damn good, Backwoods Horror seal of approval flick, so get off your ass and rent the dvd, but don’t buy it because the 20th anniversary edition is coming out September 7th (this news courtesy Fangoria).  On the dvd you’ll get commentary by co-screenwriter Gary Gerani and creature FX creators Tom Woodruff Jr. and Alec Gillis, moderated by Scott Spiegel (Stan Winston, unfortunately, couldn’t participate as he was ill when Mike “slipcase” Felcher was putting all of the bonuses together), seven all-new featurettes (in one of which they got the old woman who played the witch Haggis to do a rare little interview, thanks to the Deadpit boys for that one), behind-the-scenes footage and a still gallery.  This is fuckin’ Christmas as the previous dvd didn’t have shit other than the movie itself.  I can’t wait.  So save your pennies, kiddos, because September 7th is just around the corner.

Keep away from Pumpkinhead,
Unless you’re tired of living,
His enemies are mostly dead,
He’s mean and unforgiving,
Laugh at him and you’re undone,
But in some dreadful fashion,
Vengeance, he considers fun,
And plans it with a passion,
Time will not erase or blot,
A plot that he has brewing,
It’s when you think that he’s forgot,
He’ll conjure your undoing,
Bolted doors and windows barred,
Guard dogs prowling in the yard,
Won’t protect you in your bed,
Nothing will, from Pumpkinhead.
  

Halloween 3-Disc Super Deluxe Edition

Posted on 26th June 2008 by aaron in News - Tags: , , ,

If you were excited about the headline, take a breath and sit back down because it’s going to be a 3-disc edition of Rob Zombie’s Halloween.  Yeah…the sucky one. According to Fangoria, included is going to be a FOUR AND A HALF HOUR DOCUMENTARY on the making of the film.  I guess all I can say is, even if you aren’t a fan of the movie (and we here at Backwoods Horror definitely are NOT), it could be an interesting look into the process of filmmaking.  And for that alone, I may just buy it.  Damn you, Zombie, you found a way to get me to buy that piece of shit movie.

See Kurtzman’s Big ‘ol Snake

Posted on 25th June 2008 by aaron in News - Tags: , , , ,

Seems like Robert Kurtzman can’t help himself.  After delivering one of the most horrid pieces of bile ever witnessed on film, last year’s THE RAGE, he’s at it again, this time with David Lynch’s daughter with a giant snake woman thing movie called NAGIN.  I have no idea what that title’s supposed to mean, and I’m absolutely sure, with Kurtzman involved, that the movie is going to be a piece of shit.  He has promised us that he “will present for the very first time an American Werewolf-style Human to Snake transformation utilizing state of the art special make-up and animatronics not seen in earlier incarnations of the Snake Women films.”  Oh wow, I am SO looking forward to that waste of time.  There are, as of this writing, only two things Robert Kurtzman can be proud of.  1. Being the “K” in KNB effects, and 2. writing the original story FROM DUSK TILL DAWN was based upon.  Also, poor choice in the title.  What exactly does Nagin mean, other than the Bollywood movie of 1976?  My official plea to Robert Kurtzman?  Stop making movies, man.  Please.

Rob Zombie’s TYRANNOSAURUS REX Art

Posted on 24th June 2008 by aaron in News - Tags: , , ,

Ok, so aside from his work on the long delayed The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto, Rob Zombie’s also been working on an extremely secretive project called Tyrannosaurus Rex that, according to him, has nothing to do with the dinosaur.  There’s a ton of speculation that the movie will revolve around the comic that he and Steve Niles did entitled The Nail, a comic that revolves around a semi-pro wrestler and his family traveling the country and running into a bunch of satanic bikers.  Haven’t read it myself, but after reading up on it, I’m damn well going to.  In any case, much of the news around Tyrannosaurus Rex has been speculation as Zombie’s rather Hush Hush on the whole matter, but he has just released some artwork for the film.  Judging from this alone, the movie might very well be as kickass as The Devil’s Rejects.

Review: True Blood(TV)

Posted on 23rd June 2008 by aaron in News,Reviews - Tags: , , , , ,

Alrighty, A television show about vampires set in the south.  Louisiana to be exact.  When I first heard (vaguely) about the premise of True Blood: Vampires have come “out of the coffin” and have revealed themselves to the rest of the world thanks to the Japanese who’ve invented a synthetic blood that vamps can drink instead of the real thing, thus, you know, allowing them to have friends and lead um, more normal lives, I was, kind of excited. Blah Blah.  Horror in the south, so you know it piqued MY interest.  

Turns out there was a rough cut of the pilot “released/leaked” to the intarwebz so, of course, I watched it.  What a disappointment.  Let’s talk about those accents.  They were the most horribly contrived, fake, STUPID accents I’ve ever heard.  I mean, it was almost insulting, being a southerner myself.  The acting seemed completely unnatural.  I mean, it’s a show about vampires, so unnatural fits in there somewhere, but the acting?  The number one rule, aside from fantastic writing (which the show was also lacking), is believable, natural acting.  The audience has to BELIEVE.  You have to put the audience in a place where, once they believe in the characters, you can throw just about anything in there, be it vampires, killer chickens, whatever.  

Maybe it was due to the fact that the pilot episode was a rough cut, or that sometimes the first episode of a new series just sucks out loud, but the pilot for TRUE BLOOD just lacked any bite.  Heh, sorry, couldn’t help myself.  For those of you that might be interested, click on the vivacious Anna Paquin below (who stars as Sookie Stackhouse in the series).  The show’s set to air September 7, 2008. Hopefully it’ll get better as it progresses.

Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer

Posted on 23rd June 2008 by aaron in Indie Horror News,News - Tags: , , ,

Just ran across a story over at bloody disgusting about this new movie JACK BROOKS: MONSTER SLAYER.  I followed some links and came across the trailer.  The movie looks pretty damn kick ass!  The story follows Jack Brooks, a guy who saw his family killed by monsters as a child and now experiences…anger issues.  He’s just your regular everyman plumber who happens to come across an ancient evil and finds a good release for his rage in the form of kicking monster ass.  The makeup effects all seem to be practical with crazy monsters, blood and grue.  As an independent movie, judging from the trailer, it all looks really well done and may be the next EVIL DEAD 2 rife with gore and humor.  Can’t wait to see this one in theaters (though, more than likely, it’ll end up on dvd).  Click on the poster below to visit the official site.

He\'s here to kick ass and chew bubble gum...and he\'s all out of bubble gum.

Review: The Happening (SPOILERS)

Posted on 22nd June 2008 by aaron in Reviews - Tags: , , ,

“George, George, George of the Jungle, watch out for that tree.”  That quote kept going through my mind while watching this movie.  Well, that, and how much better it’d have been if it’d been a zombie movie.  As with all of Shamalan’s movies, The Happening was intensely character driven, evidenced as we follow Marky Mark and his wife (and some secondary characters) as they try to outrun…trees.  I had read online before going in to see this movie about how this was Shamalan’s preachy “Global Warmin Is Bad, mmkay” movie.  Sure, there was some “we’re a threat to the planet” thrown in but over all I believe the intent was to have an overall feeling of dread as people mysteriously began killing themselves all over the northeastern United States.  Apparently, trees and plants, sensing the danger humanity represented to them, began releasing some form of neurotoxin into the air causing people to go absolutely apeshit and begin offing themselves.  Hmmmm.

Ok, ridiculous premise aside, the movie wasn’t so bad.  This feeling I have about the flick might have something to do with the fact that I actually went and saw Lady In The Water. That movie, my friends, is a giant piece of all you can eat mexican night shit.  So I went in with low expectations and came out thinking “Hey, it wasn’t so bad.”  The acting was solid, though Marky Mark’s wife seemed a bit…stale.  John Leguizamo even put in a very convincing father role. 

I say that this movie would’ve been better as a zombie movie because, as the movie focused on the characters more than the killer toxic tree event, I was reminded of earlier Romero zombie works where we focused upon a group of characters, all with quirks and differing personalities of their own.  Had it BEEN a zombie movie, it would’ve been a hell of a lot better.  Much of the movie is rather dull, but there are a few scenes that come to mind (like when a guy just walks into a tiger pen and lets them rip his arms off…bad kitty, and when construction workers start falling from the sky, splattering all over.  Oh yes, and there’s a wonderful bit of “hot potato” with a police officer’s gun and some scenes of kids getting blown away).  

I suppose I’d say it’s a good movie to go out and see if you’re bored, or rent whenever it comes out, but not one to necessarily rush out like ravenous ghouls to see.  If I had some sort of point system, it’d probably rank a 6 out of 10.  Check it out if you’re bored.

“Tater Sack Jason” In Friday Remake?

Posted on 19th June 2008 by aaron in News - Tags: , , , ,

According to Bloody Disgusting, we’re going to be seeing “Tater Sack Jason”(phrasing coined by the Deadpit Boys) in the new Friday the 13th remake in addition to your standard hockey mask wearing, zombie-esque, psycho serial killer.  I’m not entirely sure why they’re even calling this “film” a remake though, because Jason wasn’t even really IN the first one except in some (spoiler) weirdo dream sequence as he popped up out of the lake as a little messed up looking kid.  This seems like a new Friday movie to me and I think they should just market it as that instead of a “remake.”  I mean, what are they remaking?  Kids in the woods getting killed by Jason?  If that’s a remake, then the Friday franchise was just one remake after another.  Hell…at least he’s not in space.
Click on the Pic for more information.