‘FATHER’S DAY’ DOCUMENTARY ‘NO SLEEP, NO SURRENDER’ TELLS OF TROUBLE WITH TROMA

Source: Fangoria

Before talking a bit about NO SLEEP, NO SURRENDER, I should probably give you a little rundown about the film it’s about, FATHER’S DAY.

SYNOPSIS:

The urban legend known as ‘The Father’s Day Killer’ began some years after the demise of serial rapist/murderer Chris Fuchman. Since the 1970’s, the use of contraceptives has tripled in North America alone and a generation of fathers fell asleep with the covers pulled tight, buttocks clenched. The story has become a fire-side cautionary tale on camping trips, often used by fathers to warn their sons of the dangers of unplanned pregnancy. That deep fear of penetration, violation, and eventual death waned as the murder and rape of fathers continued to decline all over the world. Unfortunately, those numbers didn’t remain low, and it would seem that the legend is not yet complete…

Ahab, a man obsessed with exacting a brutal, violent revenge on the man who murdered his dad joins John, an eager priest, and Twink, a hot-headed street hustler on an epic quest to find and defeat the mythical monster known as Chris Fuchman, aka THE FATHER’S DAY KILLER!

Now, it turns out that the production of FATHER’S DAY was a troubled one, and post-production was plagued with even more difficulties.

From Fangoria:

The title of Astron-6’s making-of FATHER’S DAY doc is inspired by a death-march like motto, NO SLEEP, NO SURRENDER, and the teaser shows us some of the hilarious and insane conditions the cast and crew had to endure while making a $10, 000 feature look like a million dollars. This will prove to be something to watch for all indie filmmakers out there. You can expect to see the blood, sweat and tears that were poured into the movie, but perhaps the most interesting aspect of this documentary is that it is being released by the film collective independently, and will not be appearing on the FATHER’S DAY set from Troma.

As of this writing the Blu-ray/DVD release has been pushed back to July/August. This alone reveals that there is a fracture in the relationship with Astron-6 and producer/distributor Troma Entertainment, but in the teaser we’re given a slice of some of the experiences that soured the relationship that the full doc will likely expand on. Accusations of broken promises and bad faith contracts are at the heart of it, but the trailer shows us other pitfalls like the charge that Troma was selling bootlegs of the movie at screenings that ended up on The Pirate Bay within a day.

Sounds like a wild ride. I can’t wait to check out the doc NO SLEEP, NO SURRENDER, and keep your eyes peeled here, boils and ghouls, for an upcoming review of the film FATHER’S DAY.

CABIN FEVER: PATIENT ZERO CASTING NEWS

Variety reports that the Kaare Andrews directed sequel CABIN FEVER: PATIENT ZERO, has begun casting with the news that Sean Astin (THE LORD OF THE RINGS, GOONIES), Brando Eaton (DEXTER, AMERICAN HORROR STORY), and Ben Hollingsworth have signed on to the film.

Shooting will start August 13 in the Dominican Republic, where the production company behind the film, Indomina, has part of its operations. It also plans to shoot CABIN FEVER: OUTBREAK in the Dominican Republic (more on that in a minute).

Original CABIN FEVER producer Evan Astrowsky and his Hypotenuse Pictures is also producing. Jake Wade Wall (THE HITCHER, WHEN A STRANGER CALLS) wrote the screenplay that:

Centers on a bachelor party cruise in the Caribbean unexpectedly running ashore on a medical research island, a deadly virus is unleashed.

The plan is to segue this film into a fourth sequel, CABIN FEVER: OUTBREAK to be penned by Adam and Deborah Marcus.

Personal note: this sounds like it’s going to be absolutely dreadful. I actually enjoyed the first CABIN FEVER, and liked the second as well, even if it was taken out of Ti West’s hands and mucked with, it was a funny flick. But this…this sounds like it’s going to sway a bit too much into SyFy territory. But I’ll wait to pass complete judgement on it until I actually see it. I may be surprised.

FULL TRAILER FOR FRANKENWEENIE HITS THE WEB

Arriving October 5th in 3D in theaters everywhere, the full trailer for Tim Burton’s FRANKENWEENIE (based on a short film Burton created back in 1984 starring Shelley Duvall and Daniel Stern) has hit the web. The voice cast will feature Winona Ryder, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, and Atticus Shaffer.

SYNOPSIS:

A heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life—with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor’s fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new “leash on life” can be monstrous.

A stop-motion animated film, ‘Frankenweenie’ will be filmed in black and white and rendered in 3D, which will elevate the classic style to a whole new experience.

Without further ado, the full trailer:

DRILLS OF THE DEAD: MAINE PREPARES FOR ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE

Source: RT

Just weeks after the federal government and CDC safely assured us all that there was no such thing as zombies, emergency officials in Maine are taking part in a training exercise to prepare for the, you’re reading this correctly, ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE!

From RT:

Around 100 emergency responders from eight different counties participated in the event in the quiet city of Bangor.

The premise: an unknown virus originating from Jamaica has reached Maine, turning the infected into zombies. Once infected, the virus quickly spreads to the brain, and turns the host into a full-fledged zombie, who has only one thing on its mind: biting other people.

The officials were armed with two would-be vaccines – one to prevent the infection from reaching the brain, and one to bring the zombies back to life.

We have identified in several states, particularly Texas, New York, Illinois outbreaks of these civil disturbances and biting,” one official said. “And in conjunction with that there are also widespread power outages.

The event may have been a staged act, with locals playing zombies, but it gave emergency responders an opportunity to prepare for a real life epidemic.

This gives us the opportunity to do something a little bit different, but it still has the same principles that would apply in a real situation,” Kathy Knight, director of the Northeastern Maine Regional Resource Center told the Bangor Daily News. Emergency workers “need to figure out what they need, how they’re going to respond and how they are going to share their resources to respond to the disaster. They need to know who to go to outside their community to find the resources they don’t have, so it’s a different twist.

Be Prepared, that’s what they always taught me in scouts, and Maine is preparing for an all out zombie holocaust. Bitchin’!

HALLOWEEN 4 & HALLOWEEN 5 COMING TO BLU-RAY FROM ANCHOR BAY

Nearly a month ago, we told you that HALLOWEEN 2 & HALLOWEEN 3 were coming to Blu-ray via Scream Factory. Now, Anchor Bay has announced that they’ll be releasing HALLOWEEN 4 & HALLOWEEN 5 on Blu-ray on August 28th. Coming to Blu-ray with all new HD transfers and over an hour of both archival and newly created bonus features, Halloween 4 and Halloween 5 both hit retail with an SRP of $24.99.

HALLOWEEN 4

He had maimed 16 people to get to his sister. He was shot and incinerated, but still the entity that Dr. Sam Loomis (the legendary Donald Pleasence) calls “Evil on two legs” would not die. Tonight, Michael Myers has come home again…to kill! This time, Michael returns to Haddonfield for Jamie Lloyd (Danielle Harris) – the orphaned daughter of Laurie Strode – and her babysitter Rachel (Ellie Cornell). Can Loomis stop Michael before the unholy slaughter reaches his innocent young niece?

Bonus Features: Deleted & Alternate Scenes (30 minutes of NEW scenes!), Audio Commentary with Director Dwight H. Little and Author Justin Beahm (NEW), Audio Commentary with Actors Ellie Cornell and Danielle Harris, Audio Commentary with Writer Alan B. McElroy, Halloween 4/5 Discussion Panel, and Theatrical Trailer

HALLOWEEN 5

Michael Myers survived the mine explosion thought to have killed him. One year later, his traumatized young niece Jamie is horrified to discover she has a telepathic bond with her evil Uncle…and that Uncle Michael is on his way back to Haddonfield. But Dr. Loomis has a new plan to destroy The Boogey Man in his childhood home using Jamie as bait. With enhanced gore and effects, vengeance has never looked so gruesome!

Bonus Features: Audio Commentary with Director Dominique Othenin-Girard and actors Danielle Harris and Jeffrey Landman; Audio Commentary with Actor Don Shanks and Author Justin Beahm (NEW); Halloween 5: Orginal Promo (NEW) and Halloween 5: On Set Footage (NEW – 17 mins. of raw footage)

VIGGO MORTENSEN OFFERED LEAD IN ‘LAST VOYAGE OF THE DEMETER’

Source: Bloody Disgusting

Interesting news has hit the web concerning THE LAST VOYAGE OF THE DEMETER, a film that’s been stuck in development hell since it was first announced way back in 2004. Currently, it is property of Millenium Films with Neil Marshall (DOG SOLDIERS, THE DESCENT) attached back in May to direct.

From Bloody Disgusting:

Although yet to be confirmed, we’re told Ben Kingsley is still attached to play the film’s Captain. In addition, Viggo Mortensen (A History of Violence, The Road, The Lord of the Rings) has been offered the lead role of “Henry Clemens,” a source exclusively reveals to Bloody. There’s no real word on Noomi Rapace, coming off Prometheus, other than she “may” still be starring as “Anna Billington.” I can only guess it comes down to scheduling, especially with a movie that’s been stuck ashore for nearly a decade.

SYNOPSIS:

Demeter” is the name of the ship that carried Dracula’s coffin from Transylvania to England in Bram Stoker’s classic tale.

The story, penned by Bragi Schut Jr., is based on a chapter in Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” describing the arrival of the vampire count in England on a cargo ship that has crashed into the rocks at Whitby with no crew and the dead captain lashed to the steering wheel. Stoker tells the story via the captain’s log of the voyage, which begins in Bulgaria and becomes increasingly disjointed as members of the crew disappear.

Written by Bragi Schut (The latest draft was written by Lowell Cauffiel), it’s said to place the voyage center stage in a tale that is reminiscent of the first movie in the ALIEN franchise, in which a crew is slaughtered one-by-one by a mysterious passenger.

The Last Voyage Of The Demeter

A TRAILER HITS THE WEB FOR SYFY CREATURE FEATURE ‘BIGFOOT’ STARRING ALICE COOPER, BARRY WILLIAMS & DANNY BONADUCE

This Saturday, June 30th, SyFy will be premiering it’s latest creature feature (the last in a month of Saturday creature features) titled BIGFOOT. Obviously, it’s going to be another schlock fest with bad CGI, bad writing, and bad actors, so why are we here at Backwoods Horror so interested? Because we’re marks for squatchsploitation flicks…big marks. I, personally, am a huge fan of films like LEGEND OF BOGGY CREEK, CREATURE FROM BLACK LAKE, LEGEND OF SASQUATCH and the countless other newer sasquatch/bigfoot movies that have come out straight to DVD over the past decade. I know they’re bad, but I can’t help myself. If it has anything to do with that big ‘ol hairy beast, I’m watching it, no matter how terrifyingly awful it is.

From Dread Central:

Danny Bonaduce (AKA “Danny Partridge” of “The Partridge Family”), Barry Williams (AKA “Greg Brady” of “The Brady Bunch”), Howard Hesseman (AKA “Dr. Johnny Fever” of “WKRP in Cincinnati”), Sherilyn Fenn (of “Twin Peaks”), Andre Royo (of “Fringe” and “The Wire”), 80’s rocker Billy Idol, and horror rocker Alice Cooper star in this newest slice of Sasquatchploitation produced by The Asylum for Syfy. Actor Bruce Davison of X-Men and a long list of movies steps behind the camera to direct.

Now behold, the trailer…

RIDLEY SCOTT, TONY SCOTT PRODUCING A&E LABOR DAY MINI-SERIES EVENT: COMA

On Labor Day Monday September 3 at 9E/8C, A&E will be airing COMA, the 2 night, 4 hour mini-series event from producers Ridley and Tony Scott. Keep reading after the press release for a preview.

FROM THE PRESS RELEASE:

A&E Network presents Coma, a four-hour epic two-night event from Ridley and Tony Scott featuring a multiple Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning cast with Lauren Ambrose (“Six Feet Under”), Steven Pasquale (“Rescue Me”), Geena Davis, James Woods, Ellen Burstyn, and Richard Dreyfuss. Coma, a modern day retelling of the bestselling novel by Robin Cook and based on the film by Michael Crichton, premieres on Labor Day, Monday, September 3rd, and concludes on Tuesday, September 4th, airing at 9PM ET/PT on both nights.

Coma also stars James Rebhorn (“Law & Order,” “White Collar”), Joe Morton (“The Good Wife”), Michael Weston (“House”), and Joseph Mazello (“The Pacific,” The Social Network). Emmy Award winner Mikael Salomon (“Band of Brothers”) directs the John J. McLaughlin (Black Swan) penned script.

From the team behind A&E’s Emmy-nominated miniseries “The Andromeda Strain” and the hit drama series “The Good Wife,” Coma is a thriller about a young doctor (Ambrose) who discovers that something sinister is going on in her hospital after routine procedures send more than a few seemingly healthy patients into comas on the operating table.

Coma is produced by Sony Pictures Television for A&E Network. Executive producers are Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, David W. Zucker, Martin Erlichman, and Mikael Salomon.

I’m not entirely certain whether or not this is going to be a horror mini-series or not, but that’s the way it looks thus far. Check out the OFFICIAL SITE for more information.

PREVIEW: TRUE BLOOD EPISODE 5.04 “WE’LL MEET AGAIN”

Check out this preview, aired after Sunday night’s episode, for next Sunday’s episode of HBO’s TRUE BLOOD“We’ll Meet Again.

Episode #52 (5.04): “We’ll Meet Again”:
Airdate: Sunday, July 1, 2012

Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) and Bill (Stephen Moyer) have doubts they will survive the search for Russell (Denis O’Hare). Sookie (Anna Paquin) opens up to Alcide (Joe Manganiello). An irate Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) unwittingly puts Sookie’s life in danger. At Authority headquarters, Roman (Christopher Meloni) and Salome (Valentina Cervi) continue interrogating Nora (Lucy Griffiths) about the Sanguinistas – and a possible traitor within the Council. Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) forces Tara (Rutina Wesley) to toe the line; Andy (Chris Bauer) and Jason (Ryan Kwanten) go to a burlesque party; Sam’s (Sam Trammell) shifter friends invite him for a run; Terry (Todd Lowe) flashes back to a deadly night in Iraq; Hoyt (Jim Parrack) tests the fangbanger waters; Sookie drowns her sorrows. (Written by Alexander Woo; directed by Romeo Tirone.)

CHRISTOPHER HEYERDAHL TALKS ABOUT THE VAMPIRE BIBLE

Christopher Heyerdahl, who plays the character Dieter Braun, one of the members of the Authority in HBO’s TRUE BLOOD talks a bit about the Vampire Bible and what it means.

Don’t forget to check out tomorrow’s episode:

Episode 5.03: “Whatever I Am, You Made Me”
SUNDAY, JUNE 24 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)

Bill (Stephen Moyer) and Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) barter for their lives with the Authority Chancellors and their leader, Roman (Christopher Meloni). Salome (Valentina Cervi) and Roman enlist a new ally in the face of Russell’s return. Sookie (Anna Paquin) goes to Fangtasia to ask for help from Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten), who is still caught up in her memories of Eric and the strange murders at the Comstock Brothel. Andy (Chris Bauer)’s dalliance with Holly (Lauren Bowles) comes back to bite him in the butt; later, he’s visited by Gordon (Steve Rankin) and Barbara Pelt (Linda Purl), who are searching for Debbie. Jason (Ryan Kwanten) bumps into an old high school teacher, but their reunion brings up conflicting feelings. Written by Raelle Tucker; directed by David Petrarca.