It’s an exclusive, so I won’t be posting it here, but there is a fucking awesome interview with make-up effects legend RICK f’n BAKER over at Shock Till You Drop. JUST FOLLOW THIS LINK
Source: Cinema Blend
Ok…what? I’m fairly certain there was ALREADY a JAWS 3-D flick, but with the added popularity of AVATAR in 3-D, among many others, it seems that UNIVERSAL has decided to jump on the bandwagon. In a way, if done correctly (for example, if JAMES CAMERON did it), this could be interesting. Right now, this seems to be a rumor, but here’s the beef from Cinema Blend:
A source of ours over at Universal Pictures says the studio is strongly considering a remake of the summer blockbuster in hopes of dazzling younger audiences with new special effects. Their claim is that people now expect more, visually, from their film-going experience. So, Hollywood studios are inclined to take some of their tried and true franchise names like Jaws and bring them into the 3D world.
Our insider says Tracy Morgan was at one point being considered for the part of Matt Hooper, previously played by Richard Dreyfuss. While it’s uncertain whether that’s still the plan, it does indicate that they seem to be taking a more comedic direction with the part.
This is just a rumor, from a source we’ve spoken with, but never used before. We’re working on some sort of official confirmation. In the meantime file this under gossip which, let’s face it, isn’t hard to believe. Universal already busted out a few laughable Jaws sequels in the 80’s. They even tried their hand at a 3-D version of the shark with 1983’s Jaws 3-D. It only makes sense to come back to the idea now that they have the technology to do it right.
Wait, WHAT THE FUCK?!?!?! TRACY FUCKING MORGAN?!?!?!?! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!111!1!!!!1! Ah fuck, you remember all that I said about the potential awesomeness? Yeah, out the fucking window. It also makes me think this HAS to be a rumor. PLEASE let it be a rumor if they’re looking at that kind of casting.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, I couldn’t properly wish Uncle George a very happy 70th Birthday on Wednesday. So, for George, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Here’s some video Q&A Footage from the Rue Morgue Festival Of Fear (and some viddy at the bottom from my brief introduction to the man). We here at BACKWOODS HORROR LOVE ALL OF YOUR HARD WORK AND DETERMINATION. He is not only a pioneer in horror filmmaking, or zombie filmmaking, but filmmaking in general. He is a credit to the independent soul of the true filmmaking artist. Cheers!
George A. Romero Q&A
Dario Argento and George A. Romero Q&A
Meeting him myself at a local comic shop HEROES. Friggin’ awesome!
Ok, ya’ll know I’m just a sucker for bigfoot flicks. Hell, I’m one of the only people I know who absolutely fuckin’ LOVE THE LEGEND OF BOGGY CREEK. So, of course, I watch just about every movie made about the big, hairy bastard (even the piece of shit flicks that dominate the genre these days…poor Lance Henriksen). That being said, I’m looking forward to another one, this time about the legendary Grassman, Ohio’s Bigfoot legend (on which there was an episode for the show Monster Quest). Obviously a heavily independent flick, I look forward to giving it a shot. So far, I don’t have much information on the flick, but check out the production blog HERE.
Here’s a lil trailer for ya:
Those tea-drinking, queen loving bastards are at it again with their awesome editions of shit we in America would OBVIOUSLY appreciate more (though, more than likely, we’ll eventually get it…but I want it NOOOOOOOOOOOOOW). What am I ranting about? Oh, well, only a new special edition of DAY OF THE DEAD on Blue-Ray (with an added DVD for more special features). That’s right, the love that has been shown only to NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD and DAWN OF THE DEAD (I still drool over my Ultimate Edition black case of zombie lovin’), is finally coming to the classic DAY OF THE DEAD. This new edition for the 25th Anniversary (which Brits can pick up March 29th) is going to kick some major f-ing ass, and, once we in the STATES get it, well, it’s BLU-RAY time for the shack. Check out the article at Shoot For The Head for an in-depth look at what this sweet, sweet edition has packin’! LUCKY BASTARDS!
Well before I began writing for BackwoodsHorror.com, I had heard through the wire, then watched, a small, independent slasher flick in the vein of HALLOWEEN entitled MALEVOLENCE, written and directed by Stevan Mena. Put together on half a shoestring budget, Mena created something very special…a GREAT flick full of suspense and terror, a film lauded by many within the horror community. Upon watching the film, I found myself agreeing with nearly EVERYONE in the positive. MALEVOLENCE is a very competent piece of horror filmmaking. But, well, then what happened? Shock Till You Drop got the news that a prequel is on the way, the second part in what is intended to be a trilogy of terror. Here’s the scoop:
It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about Malevolence: Bereavement, the prequel and first part of the intended trilogy to Malevolence from filmmaker Stevan Mena. Fangoria caught up with the filmmaker to get a status update on the movie, which wrapped principle photography over two years ago.
“The film is in final post-production, so we’re just working on the final touches of the sound mix,” Mena tells Fango.
One the reasons for the delay? “There’s a tremendous amount of plot that I’m trying to get into a two-hour movie, so certain things couldn’t make it in, and it was a long process for me to decide what should and shouldn’t be in the final picture. The initial cut was about three hours long, so it has been a laborious process to kind of kill my babies and figure out what the final film’s gonna be. It has taken me a while to really get my head wrapped around that, and now I’ve finally done it.”
While the prequel depicts the backstory of how little Martin Bristol is kidnapped by serial killer Graham Sutter and himself turned into the killer that we meet in the first Malevolence, Mena has opted to drop the “Malevolence” moniker and simply title it “Bereavement”.
“We wanted this film to be its own entity,” explains Mena. “There are certain things which will be obvious if you’ve seen the original. And if you haven’t, it certainly stands on its own. I’d say that you should see this, and then watch Malevolence.”
Bereavement also boasts an interesting cast including fan fave Michael Biehn (Planet Terror), John Savage (Carnivàle), Brett Rickaby who plays Graham Sutter and can be seen later this month in The Crazies remake. Lead actress Alexandra Daddario will next be seen in The Lightening Thief. Spencer List, Jennifer Blanc and Kathryn Meisle (Basket Case 2) round out the rest of the cast.
Here’s a little look at some behind-the-scenes action on BEREAVEMENT:
Those of you in the Horror Community are probably aware of the varying issues going on right now with Fangoria. A major shift in content and power has, it would seem, found its way to those bloody shores. For those not so aware, I’ll give a brief overview.
First off, take a gander at FANGORIA’S OFFICIAL SITE. Look a little different? The thing’s been gutted through and through. When you get there, you’ll be taken to a blog trying to explain things. What you’ll come to realize, however, is that Fangoria.com, even with recent efforts, has not been too terribly functional, rarely giving the horror-loving audiences what they want, what they CRAAAAAAAAAVE. Of course, this has been great for sites like Shock Till You Drop, Bloody-Disgusting, BackwoodsHorror (heh, shameless plug). Fangoria, supposedly THE horror rag (though I’m a Rue Morgue man meself), just couldn’t keep up with the demand online. Why? Well, JAMES ZAHN (former FANGOR contributor) can fill you in on those shenanigans on his Facebook blog right here: WTF IS UP WITH FANGO?
Other than the website being an overall piece of shit, its dirt nap (until it’s potential resurrection) may very well have something to do with the shift of EDITOR IN CHIEF power within. That’s right, the mad reign of Timpone has come to an end, and in his place, former RUE f’n MORGUE scribe Chris Alexander is taking the reins. This can only be a good thing in my eyes. Fangoria’s glory days have long since passed, and I believe that is due, in part, to the masturbatory nature the mag has taken to EVERYTHING that has come out. Nothing in horror can do no wrong, it’d seem, ESPECIALLY (ka-ching, ka-ching) the big budget flicks. One could tell this just by the ever increasing amount of cover stories devoted to films that a rabid baboon could tell you sucked balls.
I have great faith in this new direction in that I believe Mr. Alexander could potentially take Fangoria BACK to a place where it was an honest, enjoyable, and informative horror source again. Fangoria could even, potentially, become a halfway decent rival to the ass-kicking rag RUE MORGUE, and this, my friends, is good news for all of us. CLICKY CLICKY for another angle on the Chris Alexander story from SHOCK TILL YOU DROP.
One of my New Year Resolutions was to update more on BackwoodsHorror.com. Though I’ve been slow to it, I’m building up steam as I look forward to a new kickass year in Horror. January was so friggin’ awesome that visitors KILLED MY BANDWIDTH! And I’m not using a tiny little pissant bit of bandwidth, either, so thanks for kickin’ ass! As the year progresses, I have some plans that I hope can come to some form of fruition. Easiest will be to start THE BACKWOODS HORRORSHOW Podcast back up, perhaps with a bit more technical flair. I also plan (we’ll see which way the money train goes) to work on producing HORRORSHOW, a video-cast about all things horror. The latter is a bit ambitious, but I want to take BackwoodsHorror in a more high-octane direction.
KEEP IT CREEPY!
From SHOCK TILL YOU DROP:
Camelot Entertainment Group, Inc. announced today that Camelot Distribution Group has added two horror documentaries to its lineup: Unearthed: The Hellraiser Saga and Zombie Culture: Documentary of the Living Dead.
Both will be distributed through Camelot’s DarKnight Pictures, a division of Camelot Distribution Group. Anthony Masi (Halloween: 25 Years Later, His Name Was Jason) will produce.
“Hellraiser is one of the most recognizable horror franchises and with the studio reboot in 2011, this is great time to produce and release a behind the story feature,” commented Camelot’s Jaime Thompson. “Zombie Culture capitalizes on how zombies have become the most popular movie monster. The film will document zombies from their humble beginnings to their seemingly unstoppable universal appeal.”
Unearthed steps behind the scenes and explores every facet and theme of Clive Barker’s two decades of Cenobites in the Hellraiser series. Zombie Culture, meanwhile, is a retrospective on an eight-decade international obsession with cinematic zombies.