REVIEW: STRANGE BEHAVIOR (1981)

Directed By: Michael Laughlin
Written By: Bill Condon & Michael Laughlin
aka: Dead Kids

Ok, this flick apparently (according to the almighty internets) has something of a cult following.  I don’t know why. This was one of the biggest snoozefests I’ve seen in a while, and I just watched SYNGENOR.  I took a shit-ton of notes (kind of like a play by play) while watching this thing and found THAT more entertaining.

Here’s the reader’s digest version.  Weird Shit is going on in this lab at the college. To get a little extra money, this guy Pete is told by his pal Oliver that he can subject himself to a couple of experiments at $100 a day.  Ok, college kids do stuff like that all the time for extra money, right? Uh…right?  Anyway, so there’s this whole convoluted backstory about a Doctor LeSage and behavioral-mind-altering-weird-as-fuck-shit going on before Pete was born and now the lab is under the microscope *ahem* again as kids start turning up dead in this small, sleepy, murder-less town.  Pete’s dad is the Chief of Police by the way and he has a certain personal history with LeSage possibly being responsible for his wife’s death and all, but LeSage is dead, right, so what’s going on?

Ok, this movie sucked ass.  It was boring, the gore was almost non-extant, we get to see man-ass in the first few minutes of the thing (with no boobs to balance out this horrid equation), and the story was just, meh.  There were some definite Lynchian-wannabe efforts made here with some weird scenery and dialogue.  I think the one scene that really held my interest was when we found this 11 year old kid getting hacked up by some fat chick.

There were some interesting parts here and there, but, I mean, oh fuck I just realized I’m never getting that time of my life back.  MotherFUCK!  This movie is the perfect thing if you have insomnia.  Very light on gore, story, entertainment value, it’s just sort of…blah, just sort of…there.  That’s the best thing I can say about this movie, it’s just sort of…there, with no real purpose or reason for being.

The DVD was light on features, some trailers and stills and filmmaker bios (if I remember right), but that’s about it, no commentary or anything so fairly bare-bones, not that I’d really invest much into super-special-featurettes territory either for this one. Blah.  The transfer’s fairly nice though, so if you ARE a fan and have an old VHS copy hangin’ about, it’s a worthy upgrade.

If you’re looking for something worth a damn, look elsewhere.  Check out the trailer below and you can have a gander at my notes after the break.

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VIDEO HORROR KILLED THE RADIO STAR

Posted on 22nd November 2008 by aaron in Personal - Tags: , ,

So this is a purely personal post. I’ve been thinking long and hard (that’s what she said) about doing a kind of CREATURE FEATURE type thing in relation to the site. Something like THE BACKWOODS HORRORSHOW, only as a visual (aka video) medium.  Something kind of along the lines of THE COOL GHOUL or ZACHERLY’s schtick, but with my own, backwoodsy kind of spin on it. I’d create a character and do movie reviews and maybe MST3K a few flicks (public domain, obviously, because studios get all huffy about using their flicks without authorization). Any thoughts from you readers out there, feel free to use the “comment” feature.

And speaking of comments, I’ve been thinking about adding a forum to the site; in a way trying to create a sort of BACKWOODS HORROR fan community, though I don’t know how many of you are out there and if that’d be a waste of time or not. Let me know by commenting below or by sending me an email at: aaron@backwoodshorror.com

Let me know what you think!

“KEEP AMERICA STRONG, WATCH HORROR MOVIES!”
Aaron

HILARIOUS Q&A WITH BRUCE CAMPBELL AFTER MY “NAME IS BRUCE” SCREENING

Posted on 22nd November 2008 by aaron in Uncategorized

Check it out, seems like Bruce could always start a career in stand-up:

KICKASS POSTER ART FOR PERKINS’ 14

Posted on 22nd November 2008 by aaron in Indie Horror News,News - Tags: , ,

Source: Bloody-Disgusting.com

Check out this kickass post art for the upcoming PERKINS’ 14:

Robert Perkins builds an army of 14 people brainwashed through cult-like methods to protect him from his parents’ killers. When Perkins is imprisoned, the police unwittingly unleash his followers on a small town and they’ve only got one thing on their mind: “Kill for Mr. Perkins.”

Perkins 14 is the winner of the After Dark Films and Massify.com venture dubbed “Ghosts in the Machine.” It’s the first feature film developed entirely via the internet and gave the massify.com community the tools to create, submit and choose the idea for a unique motion picture. The winning pitch and audience selection was Perkins’ 14.

Sounds like a winner!

WHITE ZOMBIE BOX SET “LET SLEEPING CORPSES LIE” IS ALMOST HERE

Posted on 22nd November 2008 by aaron in News,Personal - Tags: , , , ,

November 25th, baby! Fuck yeah! I know, cd’s aren’t all the rage anymore, but fuck people, listen: 4 cd’s of every fucking song white zombie’s ever done, along with a dvd on which I suppose there’d be music videos and maybe more. So, if you want to get me something for Christmas, get me this shit! I suppose I should explain…I have two favourite, top-of-the-list bands: White Zombie & Creedence Clearwater Revival (and I already got THEIR box set). FUCK YES!


DVD ART FOR “SPLINTER” HITS THE WEB

Posted on 19th November 2008 by aaron in Indie Horror News,News - Tags: , , ,

Source: SHOCK TILL YOU DROP

Here’s the scoop from the good ‘ol boils ‘n ghouls over at SHOCK TILL YOU DROP:

DVD release details have surfaced for Toby Wilkins’ Splinter. DVD Active got their hands on an early look at the official cover art (below), not to be confused with the leaked version a few weeks back. The disc streets on January 27th with behind-the-scenes footage, deleted scenes and a making-of featurette.

Starring Shea Whigham, Paulo Costanzo and Jill Wagner, Splinter finds a young couple retreating to the wilderness for a camping weekend, but their romantic idyll is shattered when they are car-jacked by an escaped convict and his girlfriend on the run from the police. As the foursome travel the backroads together, each plotting their next move, they find themselves in deeper trouble than any of them could have imagined – a blood-crazed, parasitic creature that absorbs the corpses of its victims has laid claim to the woods, and the two couples are now in its sights. Finding shelter at an abandoned gas station, they must use their wits and every weapon at their disposal to stave off the onslaught, not only from the insatiable creature, but also each other…

Lookin’ forward to this one.  Keep it Creepy!

THANKSGIVING DAY OF THE DEAD ON MONSTERS HD

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

Source: Foundrywire

HORROR FANS WILL GIVE THANKS FOR THE “THANKSGIVING DAY OF THE DEAD”, AS MONSTERS HD COOKS UP A CORNUCOPIA OF UNDEAD THRILLS WITH TWO CULT CLASSIC ONLINE PREMIERES: “DAY OF THE DEAD” AND “THE RAGE” – ONLY AT MONSTERSHD.COM!

Just got the following press release. For those of you lucky enough to get MONSTERSHD, here’s what you get to look forward to this Thanksgiving when you’re munchin’ on your turkey and mashed ‘taters.

This Thanksgiving, MONSTERS HD cordially invites viewers to cozy up to a free undead buffet with all the trimmings: “Thanksgiving Day of the Dead.” The George Romero cult classic Day of the Dead and the neo-classic, The Rage, from director and special-effects master, Robert Kurtzman will be available to watch on MONSTERSHD.com on Thanksgiving. So, this holiday, while everyone else is gobbling turkey, sink your teeth into “the other white meat” with these tasty zombie offerings, premiering on November 27.

BETTER THAN FOOTBALL, HAH!

MY NAME IS BRUCE DVD DETAILS

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

Source: Shock Till You Drop

Check out the details below for the upcoming awesomeness of the MY NAME IS BRUCE DVD:

As we mentioned here, Image Entertainment is planning a DVD and Blu-ray release of Bruce Campbell’s My Name is Bruce for February 10th. Today, the distributor has unveiled the special features (cover art is on the right) that will be included in their presentation. Expect…

• Feature Commentary with Bruce Campbell and Mike Richardson
• Heart Of Dorkness
• Awkward Moments With “Kif”
• Bruce On…
• Cavealien 2 Trailer
• Beyond Inside The Cave: The Making Of “Cavealien 2″
• “Kif’s” Korner
• Poster Art Gallery
• Props Art Gallery
• Photo Gallery
• The Hard Truth
• Love Birds
• Easter Eggs
• Trailer

The Blu-ray disc will host similar features but will set you back $35.98 whereas the DVD will retail for $27.98 – but we all know you’ll find it cheaper, right?

I Can’t FUCKING WAIT!!!

TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE SEASON 1 DVD ART REVEALED

More from the boils ‘n ghouls over at Shock Till You Drop. This time they got the goods on the first season of the horror anthology show TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE. Check it out:

“Man lives in the sunlit world of what he believes to be reality. But, there is, unseen by most, an underworld, a place that is just as real, but not as brightly lit…a dark side.”

Paramount Home Entertainment will finally give Tales from the Darkside a home on DVD. The complete first season is arriving on February 10th!

This 30-minute horror anthology series followed in the vein of Creepshow with George Romero on board to executive produce for Laurel Entertainment. The show ran from ’84 to ’88 delving into original stories and adapting works from writers like Stephen King and Clive Barker. A feature anthology film, Tales from the Darkside: The Movie, opened in theaters in 1990.

I’m gonna need a better job with all of this cool shit coming out, the next story will be about MY NAME IS BRUCE DVD Specs. SWEET!

DVD ART FOR “HIS NAME WAS JASON” REVEALED

Shock Till You Drop got their hands on the cover art for the upcoming documentary HIS NAME WAS JASON. More on the story and that cover art as follows from Shock Till You Drop:

ShockTillYouDrop.com has nabbed an early look at the DVD cover art for the upcoming documentary His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th. We’ve been informed that this is still being tweaked, but you get the idea. The doc recently received a warm reception at the Starz Denver Film Festival. It hits DVD on February 3rd.

Hosted by special effects master Tom Savini, and with more than 80 interviews – including every Jason and the “Final Girls” who survived him – and clips from the films, His Name was Jason examines how the legend of Jason Voorhees has evolved from a ghost story that oversexed camp counselors tell around the bonfire into a full-blown Hollywood institution. The film was directed by Daniel Farrands and produced by Anthony Masi and MasiMedia.

Looks Fucking Sweet. You Better Believe I’ll Be Getting This One!!!