NEW ‘NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET’ REMAKE TRAILER HITTING THE WEB

Source: SHOCK TILL YOU DROP

For those of you who can’t get enough tasty tidbits about the upcoming NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET remake, a new trailer will be hitting Myspace (why?  Is myspace somehow still relevant?) at 12am Pacific this Thursday, February 25th.  As soon as I get my grubby hands on it, I’ll be posting it here!  Keep it tuned boils ‘n ghouls!

REVIEW: INTO THE PIT: THE SHOCKING TRUE STORY OF DEADPIT.COM

Review: INTO THE PIT: THE SHOCKING TRUE STORY OF DEADPIT.COM

Directed by: Kelly Marcott

Starring: Wes Vance (aka The Creepy Kentuckian) & Aaron Frye (aka Uncle Bill)

Featuring: Kevin S. Tenney, Uwe Boll, Tiffany Shepis, Lloyd Kaufman, Harry Manfredini, Dean Bertram, Michael Felsher, David Gooslin, Clayton Hill, Sharon Hill, Andre’ Gower, Elske McCain, Kane Hodder, Betsy Palmer, PJ Soles, John Landis, Gary Klar, Jay Reel, Tony Moran, etc.

Ok boils ‘n ghouls, before I get into the review, a little horror-talk-radio history lesson.  Back in the cold December of 2005, two Eastern Kentucky natives decided, not knowing many local fiends for horror, to produce an online horror talk radio show.  Now, in 2010, the DeadPit show (found online at www.DeadPit.com and on iTunes) has thousands of listeners worldwide.  Nearly every week has a new celebrity guest from Horror Greats such as George A. Romero and John Carpenter, to people like James Bryan (director of Don’t Go In The Woods…Alone!) and many others.  DeadPit has become something of an internet phenomenon, changing the world of horror and warranting a documentary!

I’ve been a fan of DeadPit (a “Pitimaniac” if you will) since early 2007, finding myself with an iPod and nothing of note to put on it (except, well, Creedence and White Zombie…I will always love you guys…er…ahem), and, looking for something horrorific, happened upon the DeadPit show.  Finally, two guys with even deeper southern accents than me (I’m from the boonies of NC) talkin’ about all things horror!  I’ve come to think of Uncle Bill and The Creepy Kentuckian almost as friends, listening every week to their ideas and commentary on the genre.

INTO THE PIT takes a look at the people behind the Uncle Bill and Creepy Kentuckian talk show personalities, humanizing what had previously been only voices in my headphones (and in my car).  Through interviews with parents and lifelong friends, we discover the early years of Aaron Frye (UB) and Wes Vance (CK).  Childhood friends, they found themselves to be outcasts within a small town (Prestonsburg Kentucky, waaaay back in the hills) populated by those who found themselves interested in Hunting, Nascar, Church, Country Music, and Burt Reynolds flicks (not that there’s anything wrong with Burt Reynolds flicks), more than Horror Movies and Metal.  Like me, and perhaps quite a few horror fans the world over, Wes and Aaron found themselves going to the local 1 or 2 screen theater and watching the latest big-screen horrors like the Friday the 13th flicks, and popping in at the neighborhood mom ‘n pop video store (I miss ’em), to rent the seemingly endless supply of horror on VHS.  Aaron’s father, we learn, is also a horror fan, and raised him right with all the classics.  I imagine them, like me, sitting in their rooms at night and reading the latest Fangoria (back when the mag was worth reading) and listening to some Iron Maiden.

We then move to present day and learn not only about how DeadPit came about, but also what the guys are doing when they’re not putting together the latest show.  It’s interesting to note that people who aren’t horror fans are always so surprised to learn that horror fans (with SOME exceptions, of course) are some of the nicest, most down to earth, NORMAL people, and it’s no different with Aaron and Wes.  These are normal guys, with normal jobs, who happen to be two of the world’s biggest horror fans.

It’s interesting to note that fans of the show, upon listening for the first time, are sometimes a little put-off by the heavy, HEAVY southern accents.  These guys are from eastern Kentucky, after all, in the heart of the Appalachian mountains.  In the documentary, a fan from Australia says that when he first listened to DeadPit, he imagined that Uncle Bill and The Creepy Kentuckian were two “rednecks” back in some shack in the hills watching old and new horror releases on some rickety old VHS player.  They even got emails from places like England from fans stating, in awe, “People actually TALK like that?!”  What these listeners, and everyone else, come to find is that these guys have an almost encyclopedic knowledge of horror, from the classics to the obscure, Uncle Bill and The Creepy Kentuckian can spout off a list of facts and trivia that’ll leave your head spinning.  These guys have seen just about EVERYTHING and INTO THE PIT gives us a look inside what makes these guys tick.

Initially one would think INTO THE PIT would be a documentary limited to the DeadPit fans alone, but I’d say this is a documentary for HORROR fans as a whole.  Uncle Bill and The Creepy Kentuckian are like us, horror fans, who took their love of the genre and did something about it, creating the world’s first (and best) internet horror talk radio show and, through it, living the horror fan dream.  They’ve become horror icons themselves, being invited to various horror conventions and becoming known as experts in the genre.  One of the best parts of the documentary is a glimpse inside what I call the “DeadPit Dungeon.”  There are thousands upon thousands of old VHS tapes and DVD’s along with just about every sort of horror memorabilia out there.  Original posters, 8×10’s, Jason Hockey masks, you name it, signed by all the horror greats.  The documentary also showcases a list of who’s-who within the genre, all talking about DeadPit.  There’s even a brief bit with Uwe Boll, perhaps the worst filmmaker of all time (yet people STILL give him money), responding to the verbal lashing UB and CK have given him over the years (the even, once, challenged him to a wrestling match).  INTO THE PIT documents the lives of the new kings of horror fandom(with the passing of Forrest Ackerman, they’re the obvious heirs to the throne), humanizing the DeadPit personalities and showing us that horror fans rock the world over!

What I viewed was a screener, so there were a few sound-sync issues I’m sure will be cleaned up before release.  Also, I can’t comment upon special features, though I wouldn’t be surprised to see a lot of extra footage show up, perhaps some more interviews with horror celebrities, a commentary with Kelly, Uncle Bill and The Creepy Kentuckian HAS to be on there, and who knows what other goodies are on the way.  Keep it tuned to BackwoodsHorror.com for updates on when INTO THE PIT: THE SHOCKING TRUE STORY OF DEADPIT.COM will be available for purchase.  I’ll be getting a copy, by Gawd, so should you!

4 skulls outta 5!
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Check out the Trailer and Kick-ASS poster courtesy Into the Pit the Movie,L.L.C. & Rusty Robot Productions:

Into The Pit Poster

‘I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE’ REMAKE? UH…WHY?

So this is the first time I’m hearing about a REMAKE of I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE, the exceedingly visceral rape/revenge thriller directed by Meir Zarchi in 1978.  Also known as DAY OF THE WOMAN, the film follows a woman who has come to the country to work on her novel in peace and quiet, only to be violently assaulted and raped by a group of local yokels.  After healing a bit, she launches into a campaign of vicious revenge against her attackers (including cutting off one guy’s dong!).

As hard as the original film is for me to watch (because of the rape/assault part that seems to last FOREVER), I’m certain that I’ll be having a more difficult time trying to watch the remake (because, obviously, it’s going to suck).  This version is directed by Steven R. Monroe and stars Sarah Butler, Daniel Franzese, Chad Lindberg, Rodney Eastman and Andrew Howard.  I’m guessing the financing came through after the somewhat successful LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT remake happened as I really can’t see how a remake of a film such as I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE could get produced.  Of course we all know that this flick is going to FAIL.  The original was made at a specific time, when exploitation flicks were synonymous with independent filmmaking.

On top of that, Anchor Bay has agreed to put the remake out this fall in a targeted (read: limited) theatrical release!? To be followed by DVD release early 2011.  Really Anchor Bay?  Really?  I remember the days when I worshiped at the DVD alter of Anchor Bay, in the early days of DVD releases when they were putting out all the great horror classics.  Now I have THIS.  Ah well, it’s business, but a remake of I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE will not only suck balls, but it’s really something more apt for a Brain Damage release.

‘DESCENT 2′ COMING TO U.S. DVD FROM LIONSGATE

Source: Shock Till You Drop

Here’s a plot synopsis for Descent 2:
Emerging from the cave system alone, distraught and covered in the blood of her missing companions, Sarah is incoherent and half-wild with fear. Skeptical about her account of events and convinced Sarah’s psychosis hides far darker secrets, Sheriff Vaines doesn’t waste time. Along with his partner Rios, and their cave rescue team Dan, Greg, and Cath, Vaines forces Sarah back into the caves to help the rescuers find her friends.

This from the boils ‘n ghouls over at STYD:

Lionsgate Home Entertainment announced it’s releasing the sequel on April 27. Here’s a look at the cover art; stay tuned for more specific details as they come in. Click on the title for pics, trailers and more.

Update: Fangoria got a listing of the special features which will include audio commentary by Harris and actresses MacDonald, Krysten Cummings and Anna Skellern, deleted scenes, “The Making of THE DESCENT: PART 2: Deeper and Darker” featurette, storyboards.

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UPCOMING MOVIE REVIEWS: THE BOOGENS, INTO THE PIT, THE WOLFMAN, POOR PRETTY EDDIE

This week I’ll be posting reviews for THE BOOGENS, INTO THE PIT: THE SHOCKING TRUE STORY OF DEADPIT.COM, THE WOLFMAN, and POOR PRETTY EDDIE.  The first is an old favorite from the early 80’s that hasn’t yet made it to (legitimate) DVD release.  INTO THE PIT is a documentary about the DeadPit Horror Talk Radio boys The Creepy Kentuckian and Uncle Bill.  THE WOLFMAN was just fucking godawful and I will pull no punches.  Finally, POOR PRETTY EDDIE falls within what you could call Hicksploitation and, being that this is BackwoodsHorror.com, I’m going to start reviewing quite a few flicks within this genre.  Stay tuned!

‘SUICIDE GIRLS MUST DIE’

Sparse deadline, I know, but it got yer attention.  I thought about putting a question mark after that title, because, after all, who’d wanna hurt those tender young girls who want nothing more than make the world a better place…with TITTIES!  WHOOOOO!  Ahem, anyway, SUICIDE GIRLS MUST DIE is the title of an upcoming movie directed by Sawa Suicide (obviously a suicide girly herself, the only pic I could find of her you’ll find below).  Also below, you’ll find the teaser poster (first glimpsed over at AICN) and a teaser trailer.

SUICIDE GIRLS MUST DIE Synopsis:
When Missy and Sawa invite twelve of their favorite Suicide Girls to a remote cabin in Maine to shoot a calendar video, none of the models had any idea they planned to shoot the Suicide Girl version of a horror movie. At first Bailey and then Evan go missing and the idyllic vacation photoshoot quickly degenerates into a chaotic nightmare for the models who each think they could be next to disappear.

Now for the Goods:

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Trailer thanks to Shock Till You Drop

And, finally, the elusive Sawa Suicide:
Sawa Suicide
Seriously, that was the best pic I could find of the woman!  Ah well, fitting as she’s the director.  And now, for you kiddies disappointed in the overall lack of titties in this post, take a sweet (NSFW) gander after the cut (SUICIDE GIRLS MUST NEVER DIE!):
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LIONSGATE TO RELEASE ‘THE LAST EXORCISM’ (FORMERLY KNOWN AS ‘COTTON’)

Source: Shock Till You Drop

I hadn’t really heard much about the Exorcist-meets-Blair Witch flick COTTON.  I happened upon this little story while browsing Shock Till You Drop:

Lionsgate has picked up the US distribution rights for the Eli Roth produced horror thriller The Last Exorcism (formally titled Cotton).

Helmed by German director Daniel Stamm, the cinema-verite style pic stars Patrick Fabian as a troubled evangelical minister who allows his final exorcism to be filmed by a documentary crew. (It’s the “found footage” formula with an exorcism.)

“It’s always great to work with our friend Eli, who has played a key role in establishing Lionsgate in the vanguard of the horror genre,” said Jason Constantine, Lionsgate’s prexy of acquisitions and co-productions. “The Last Exorcism feels as close to a real exorcism as anyone would ever want to get — audiences are going to find this movie scary as, well, hell.”

The Last Exorcism will premiere next month at SXSW in Austin, Texas. We’ll keep you posted on an official release date as soon as one is locked down.

With any luck, Eli Roth hasn’t tainted this flick by producing it.  I’d hate to see a director fail because his film wasn’t the way Lionsgate’s “good friend Eli” wanted it to turn out (i.e. shitcakes).

MARCH NO LONGER THE ‘SEASON OF THE WITCH’

Source: Variety

LionsGate has decided to pull the Nicholas Cage starring SEASON OF THE WITCH from its March 19th release date, according to Variety:

The minimajor hasn’t yet set a new launch date for “Witch,” which also stars Ron Perlman, Ulrich Thomsen, Stephen Campbell Moore, Stephen Graham and newcomer Claire Foy.

“We’re looking for the best release date,” said a spokeswoman on Friday.

“Season of the Witch,” directed by Dominic Sena from Bragi Schut’s script, centers on 14th Century knights transporting a girl suspected of being the witch who has spread the Black Plague.


BIG BAD WOLVES ATTACK IN ‘THE GREY’

Source: Shock Till You Drop

Ok, this sounds like absolute shit.  Really, who cares about killer wolves?  I mean, so far, there doesn’t seem to be anything remotely supernatural about the whole mess, so, who fucking cares, really?  You?  Well, get outta my shack! This is what Shock Till You Drop had to say:

Variety is reporting today The A-Team‘s helmer Joe Carnahan (also of Smokin’ Aces) is jumping into a man versus nature thriller. He’s set to direct The Grey which, get this, tells of plane crash survivors who are hunted by a pack of wolves.

Bradley Cooper (also seen in this summer’s A-Team) is set to star for producers Ridley and Tony Scott.

RICK BAKER TALKS ‘WOLFMAN’ IN MYSPACE FEATURETTE

Source: MySpace

Myspace popped a video of Rick Baker talking about things WOLFMAN.  Check it out:


Rick Baker (The Wolfman) Featurette

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