ANCHOR BAY BRINGING ‘EXCISION’ TO BLU-RAY & DVD THIS HALLOWEEN

Anchor Bay has announced that, just in time for Halloween, they’ll be releasing EXCISION (see my review here) on Blu-ray October 30th, 2012. If you’ve read my review, you know I’m a huge fan of the film. I know what’s going on my Halloween list (it’s like a Christmas list, but better!).

FROM THE PRESS RELEASE:

On October 30th, Anchor Bay Films presents the harrowing coming-of-age horror film EXCISION from writer/director Richard Bates Jr., which Sundance Channel deemed “Without question the most mind-blowingly grotesque film to screen at this year’s fest.” Boasting an eclectic cast including AnnaLynne McCord (The CW’s “90210,” Transporter 2, Fired Up, FX’s “Nip Tuck”), Traci Lords (Blade, Zack & Miri Make a Porno), Ariel Winter (ABC’s “Modern Family”), Roger Bart (Hostel Part II, Law Abiding Citizen, American Gangster), Malcolm McDowell (The Artist, A Clockwork Orange, Rob Zombie’s Halloween) and cameos including director John Waters, Marlee Matlin and Ray Wise , Excision comes to Blu-ray™ for an SRP of $24.99 and DVD for an SRP of $22.98

EXCISION turned critics’ stomachs as well as heads, garnering much attention at festivals this past year. Noel Murray of AV Club calls it “One of the damnedest ‘adolescent misfit’ movies you’ll ever see — for those who can stomach the splatter, that is” and Chris Bumbray of JoBlo exclaims
“While it’s more than a little sick, and will likely leave you queasy by the time the credits roll, Excision is nonetheless a truly unique horror ride into the scariest of all places- the mind of a teenaged misfit.” Excision holds a 94% “want to see” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Based on a short film of the same name, EXCISION follows a disturbed and delusional high school student, Pauline (AnnaLynne McCord), who, with aspirations of a career in medicine, goes to extremes to earn the approval of her controlling mother (Traci Lords). While dealing with being an outcast teenager and obsession over curing her sister’s cystic fibrosis, Pauline becomes continually deranged as her fascination with surgery and the human flesh grows into something abysmal and demonic.

Bonus features on the Excision Blu-ray™ and DVD include an audio commentary, a behind-the-scenes featurette, and collectable O-card packaging (for the DVD).



NEW PHOTOS FROM ROB ZOMBIE’S ‘THE LORDS OF SALEM’

Now that it has been announced that Rob Zombies THE LORDS OF SALEM will be the main event at the Midnight Madness selection at TIFF, new photos from the film have hit the web check ’em out below!

Sheri Moon Zombie, Meg Foster, Ernest Thomas, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Torsten Voges, Bruce Davison, Billy Drago, Richard Lynch, Lisa Marie, Maria Conchita Alonso, Ken Foree, Barbara Crampton, Michael Berryman, Sid Haig, Judy Geeson, and Patricia Quinn star in the film which has yet to secure a release date.

Sid Haig in Costume

SYNOPSIS:

Sheri Moon plays Heidi, a DJ at a local radio station, who, together with the two Hermans (Whitey and Munster), forms part of the “Big H Radio Team.”

A mysterious wooden box containing a vinyl record arrives for Heidi, a gift of the Lords. She assumes it’s a rock band on a mission to spread to spread their word. As Heidi and Whitey play the Lord’s record, it starts to play backwards, and Heidi experiences a flashback to a past trauma.

Later, White plays the Lord’s record, dubbing them the Lords of Salem, and to his surprise, the record plays normally and is a massive hit with his listeners.

The arrival of another wooden box from the Lords presents the Big H team with free tickets, posters and records to host a gig in Salem. Soon, Heidi and her cohorts are far from the rock spectacle they’re expecting. The original Lords or Salem are returning and they’re out for blood.

300 years earlier on the very streets of Salem that the townspeople walk on today, innocent folk were rounded up from their homes, convicted of being witches and sentenced to death. The Lords of Salem ran the town with an iron fist, but four witches who were tortured and killed in secrecy vowed that one day they would be back for revenge.

 

SCREAM FACTORY BRINGS ‘THEY LIVE’ TO COLLECTOR’S EDITION BLU-RAY!

The new Shout Factory horror division Scream Factory has announced that it will be releasing John Carpenter’s cult classic THE LIVE to collector’s edition Blu-ray and DVD.

FROM THE PRESS RELEASE:

The truth is more than meets the eye. You’ve been listening to their speeches and watching them on TV. They influence our decisions without us knowing it. Think again and the choice is yours! On November 6, 2012, SCREAM FACTORY™ presents John Carpenter’s politically-charged science fiction thriller THEY LIVE Collector’s Edition Blu-ray and DVD. Featuring anamorphic widescreen presentation of this cult classic movie, this special collector’s edition home entertainment release of THEY LIVE boasts a bounty of special bonus content, a collectible cover featuring newly rendered retro-style artwork, a reversible wrap with original theatrical key art and much more! THEY LIVE Collector’s Edition Blu-ray has a suggested retail price of $29.93 and $16.50 for the DVD. Fans and collector’s can pre-order now at ShoutFactory.com and Amazon.com.

Production now underway for extensive and insightful bonus features that include all-new interviews, an audio commentary and archival material. Shout! Factory will announce in-depth bonus features and additional news in next couple months.

Avid John Carpenter fans, movie enthusiasts and collectors please take note: Order this collector’s edition Blu-ray or DVD directly from ShoutFactory.com and receive an exclusive 18”x24” poster featuring the newly commissioned artwork! Less than 500 have been made, so these are only available while supplies last.

Horror master John Carpenter (Halloween, The Thing) directs this heart-pounding thriller in which aliens are systematically gaining control of the Earth by masquerading as humans and lulling the public into submission. Humanity’s last chance lies with a lone drifter who stumbles upon a harrowing discovery — a unique pair of sunglasses that reveals the terrifying and deadly truth.

For more information, visit the official The Scream Factory website, and “like” The Scream Factory on Facebook.

Pre-order links:

 

VIDEO: NEW DEXTER SEASON SEVEN PROMO: THE BEGINNING

The latest promo for Showtime’s DEXTER‘s seventh season, titled The Beginning, has hit the web. As with the other promos, we get snippets of Dexter’s sister Deb finally discovering his “dark passenger,” but it also gives a little glimpse of what happens next. Check it out, and don’t forget to tune in to DEXTER with new episodes beginning September 30th, 2012.

Yvonne Strahovski, Calista Flockhart, Matt Gerald, Ray Stevenson, Jason Gedrick, and Katia Winter join series regulars Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, Lauren Vélez, David Zayas, and James Remar.

PASCAL LAUGIER’S ‘THE TALL MAN’ HITS VOD IN AUGUST!

Image Entertainment has officially announced that Pascal Laugier’s (MARTYRS) THE TALL MAN will be hitting VOD on August 1st before it’s theatrical release August 31st. THE TALL MAN will be hitting Blu-ray/DVD September 25th.

FROM THE PRESS RELEASE:

Image Entertainment presents a harrowing, bleak thriller of a small town plagued by a grave mystery with The Tall Man, from the intense and intricate mind of writer/director Pascal Laugier (Martyrs) and starring Jessical Biel (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), fresh off of her lead role in Columbia Pictures’ new blockbuster Total Recall. Also featuring Jodelle Ferland (Cabin in the Woods, Silent Hill) and Stephen McHattie (300, Watchmen), The Tall Man comes to VOD starting August 1st available on cable and satellite systems, including Comcast, Cox and Dish. Consumers will be able to see The Tall Man on VOD well before its August 31st theatrical engagements!

SYNOPSIS:

In an isolated, slowly dying mining town, children are vanishing without a trace – abducted, the townsfolk whisper, by a mysterious entity known locally as “The Tall Man.” Town nurse Julia Denning (Jessica Biel) seems skeptical…until her young David disappears in the middle of night. Frantic to rescue the boy, Julia lives every parent’s darkest nightmare in this twisting, shock-around-each-corner thriller from acclaimed director Pascal Laugier (“Martyrs”) called THE TALL MAN.

THEATRICAL DATES & LOCATIONS FINALLY ARRIVE FOR ‘V/H/S’

Magnet Releasing has released a new information for the upcoming horror film V/H/S directed by David Bruckner, Glenn McQuaid, Radio Silence, Joe Swanberg, Ti West and Adam Wingard. Starring Calvin Reeder, Lane Hughes and Adam Wingard V/H/S will be opening on VOD August 31st, and will be hitting theaters October 5th.

Watching a horror film on VOD is a fine method of viewing a film, it’s like watching a dvd of sorts, but you don’t get that same experience you get when sitting in a theater, the world around you darkened, sounds of terror coming at you from every angle while the unflinching silver screen never wavers from showing you exactly what you came to see the way it was meant to be seen. Now we have a list of the first theatrical dates and locations for V/H/S/! Check ’em out after the synopsis and trailer below.

SYNOPSIS:

When a group of petty criminals is hired by a mysterious party to retrieve a rare piece of found footage from a rundown house in the middle of nowhere, they soon realize that the job isn’t going to be as easy as they thought. In the living room, a lifeless body holds court before a hub of old television sets, surrounded by stacks upon stacks of VHS tapes. As they search for the right one, they aretreated to a seemingly endless number of horrifying videos, each stranger than the last. 

Bringing together some of the top filmmakers in the game today, this wickedly conceived horror anthology sends the viewer through a gauntlet of suspense, terror, shock, and downright brutality—instantly distinguishing itself from a sea of lackluster found-footage horror flicks. The diverse and deviously creative minds behind V/H/S shatter any preconceived notions about the genre, making it feel inventive and captivating once again.

V/H/S THEATER DATES AND LISTINGS:

10/5/2012
Berkeley, CA: Shattuck Cinemas 10
San Diego, CA: Ken Cinema
San Francisco, CA: Lumiere Theatre 3
West Los Angeles, CA: Nuart Theatre
Denver, CO: Mayan Theatre
Washington, DC: E Street Cinema
Indianapolis, IN: Keystone Art Cinema 7
Cambridge, MA: Kendall Square Cinema 9
Minneapolis, MN: Lagoon Cinema
University City, MO: Tivoli Theatre
New York, NY: Sunshine Cinema 5
Portland, OR: Hollywood Theatre
Philadelphia, PA: Ritz at the Bourse
Seattle, WA: Varsity Theatre

 10/12/2012

Atlanta, GA: Midtown Art Cinemas 8
Brookline, MA: Coolidge Corner Theatre
Pleasantville, NY: Jacob Burns Film Center

10/19/2012
Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa, Bijou Theater

10/25/2012
Charlotte, NC: Movies @ CrownPoint 12

10/26/2012
Maitland, FL: Enzian Theatre
Toms River, NJ: Traco Theatre
Tulsa, OK: Circle Cinema

11/2/2012
Columbus, OH: Gateway Film Center 8

BRANDON FOWLER’S INDIE HORROR FILM ‘HYBRID VIGOR’ SUCCESSFULLY SURPASSES FUNDING GOAL

First, CONGRATULATIONS to Brandon Fowler, the writer/director/producer of the upcoming Latvian horror/drama HYBRID VIGOR on successfully achieving, in fact surpassing, his fundraising goal on kickstarter to get this film made, no doubt through a remarkably successful internet crowd sourcing campaign and the hard work of everyone involved in the film! This is always incredibly exciting news for independent filmmakers.

I have been seeing news of the film HYBRID VIGOR for a few weeks now but had yet to post anything about it until I had a clear understanding of everything involved. All I had gathered up until this point was that it was a genre film made in LATVIA of all places, which had me assuming it was a Latvian film. I was dead wrong. So now, boils ‘n ghouls, you’re going to get the full story.

Recently voted IndieWire’s PROJECT OF THE WEEK and with a twitter following of over 250,000 followers (good GAWD!), HYBRID VIGOR has surpassed its initial kickstarter goal of $50,000 and filming has already begun. This is all incredible news as it is so incredibly difficult to get an independent film made these days, funding always being such a problem to get things off the ground. Fowler even had to leave the US, going to a country few people other than Latvians ever even think about to get the film made. That’s f-ing dedication if I’ve ever heard it. So what is HYBRID VIGOR?

Excerpted from the Press Release:

Hybrid Vigor Films, LLC announced that Brandon Fowler, the director of the upcoming Latvian horror/drama HYBRID VIGOR, has just surpassed his fundraising goal on crowd funding platform Kickstarter  raising additional funds from a wide Twitter fanbase. The film stars an emerging Latvian cast that includes Velta Buka in her feature film debut and also co-stars Jevgenija Mirosnicenko and Aleksandr Ivanov. All three actors are native to Latvia and no other parts have been officially cast. Fowler (Executive Producer of “Loren Cass”), who wrote the script, is also serving as the film’s producer.

The film, which began principal photography in March, has already shot large portions on Lake Peipus in Estonia, and also in several locations in Latvia. The film is scheduled to complete shooting later this year. Specific release dates and markets will be announced shortly thereafter.

HYBRID VIGOR is a feature film about life, death, violence, morality, immortality, love, and loss in the USSR during Soviet times, and in present day Latvia. It opens on frozen Lake Baikal in Siberia during the Soviet era, but most of the film takes place in present day Latvia. More details about the plot will be revealed in the coming months.

HYBRID VIGOR offers unique perks to its members who sign up to pledge money to the production. Donors will have their photo added to the film’s photomosaic movie poster as well as have their names listed in the end credits. With over 250,000 followers on Twitter, the production raised a majority of the funding directly from their followers.

“We are at the beginning of what will be an independent filmmaking renaissance period. Crowfunding/crowdinvesting coupled with open access social media sites and affordable, professional quality cameras are going to empower a whole new generation of indie filmmakers,” said Fowler.

For more information go to the OFFICIAL KICKSTARTER PAGE, the TUMBLR Page, the FACEBOOK Page, TWITTER, and there’s even a making-of series on YouTube.

SYNOPSIS:

HYBRID VIGOR is a feature film about life, death, violence, morality, immortality, love, and loss in the USSR during Soviet times and in present day Latvia. It opens on frozen Lake Baikal in Siberia during Soviet times. Most of the film takes place in present day Latvia. More details about the plot will be revealed in the coming months.

Velta Buka, the star of Hybrid Vigor, has something she wants to tell you…

ROBERT ENGLUND OFFICIALLY CAST IN BEFORE THE MASK: THE RETURN OF LESLIE VERNON

Scott Glosserman’s BEFORE THE MASK: THE RETURN OF LESLIE VERNON, is certainly picking up steam. While not quite completely funded just yet, a few days ago, we reported that Kane Hodder had joined the cast with a larger role than last time where he was just seen angrily walking away, and now news has come down the wire that another genre legend, Robert Englund, has signed on to be a part of the film as well to reprise his role as Doc Halloran. And if the news couldn’t get much better, Mr. Englund has also agreed to help produce the film as well.

Even though Englund & Hodder hav been the cast, and Englund is helping with production duties, the film cannot be made without the support of you guys. So if you would like to see the film come to fruition, please head on over to their Kickstarter campaign and help these guys bring forth more horror goodness and for more information, hit up their official Facebook page, and Twitter!

PREVIEW: TRUE BLOOD SEASON 5 EPISODE 5.09 – EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD

Unfortunately, I missed last night’s episode of HBO’s TRUE BLOOD as I was out at a screening of Killer Joe (but, thanks to HBO on demand, I’ll be watching it today). It seems that the war between Humans and Vampires is coming to a head and I can’t wait to see what I missed last night. In the meantime, here’s a preview of next Sunday’s episode 5.09 of TRUE BLOOD: EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD.

Episode #57 (5.09): Everybody Wants To Rule The World”:
Airdate: Sunday August 5th, 2012

As the Authority proceeds with Lilith’s plan, Eric plots his escape. Gran directs Sookie to a clue to her parents’ murderer. Andy and Jason search for leads to the identities of the people behind the shifter killings. Alcide recalls his pack induction; Arlene gets caught in Terry and Patrick’s crossfire; Steve gets a new pet.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN HYPOCRITICALLY CALLS FOR INDUSTRY SUMMIT CONCERNING HOW ON-SCREEN VIOLENCE CAUSES REAL LIFE VIOLENCE

“Weinstein, behind some of the bloodiest films ever made, says Hollywood should discuss its role after ‘Dark Knight’ massacre in Colorado,” reports the NY DAILY NEWS.

Harvey Weinstein — the legendary movie mogul behind some of the most violent films ever made — says Hollywood should look in the mirror in the wake of the “Dark Knight” massacre. Weinstein is calling for an unprecedented summit of the industry’s top filmmakers to address how on-screen violence might be leading to real-life bloodshed. “I think as filmmakers we should sit down — the Marty Scorseses, the Quentin Tarantinos and hopefully all of us who deal in violence in movies — and discuss our role in that,” Weinstein told the Huffington Post. Weinstein insisted that the Hollywood elite can’t “shirk our responsibility” for potentially inspiring the rampage in Aurora, Colo., that killed 12 people and wounded 58 others.’

This is an obvious political/PR move if I’ve ever seen one. Harvey and his brother have made their fortunes on violent films. Their very first production, in fact, was the fantastic 80’s slasher THE BURNING. It’s Tipper Gore and Joe Lieberman all over again. Some of the other genre films the Weinsteins have made a lot of money on that were incredibly violent, gory flicks were:

HARDWARE, DUST DEVIL, THE CROW: CITY OF ANGELS, SCREAM, NIGHTWATCH (the Ewan McGregor one), MIMIC, SCREAM 2, THE PROPHECY 2, PHANTOMS, HALLOWEEN H2O: 20 YEARS LATER, THE FACULTY, THE CROW: SALVATION, SCREAM 3, PROPHECY 3: THE ASCENT, DRACULA 2000, MIMIC 2, Project Greenlight which produced FEAST, HALLOWEEN RESURRECTION, DARKNESS, CURSED, DRACULA 3: LEGACY, THE PROPHECY: FORSAKEN, VENOM, PULSE, GRINDHOUSE, HALLOWEEN (remake), ROGUE, THE MIST, HELL RIDE, FEAST 2: SLOPPY SECONDS, PULSE 2: AFTERLIFE, PULSE 3, FEAST 3: THE HAPPY FINISH, HALLOWEEN 2 (remake), PIRANHA 3D, SCREAM 4, APOLLO 18, and PIRANHA 3DD.

This list doesn’t even include all of the gory action/thriller films he’s been a part of, making buttloads of cash in doing so. So for him to do something like this is hypocrisy at its finest. The Weinsteins have their hands and money soaked in fake blood and gore. This is just ridiculous. Additionally, every on-the-level study done on violence in films vs. real life violence has shown that there is no connection whatsoever. There are things out there that do desensitize people to violence and slaughter: Slaughter House employees, for example, become incredibly desensitized and detached. The incident in Aurora Colorado was a hideous, tragic event, but it had nothing to do with the violence in the Batman films (which are rate PG-13 for cryin’ out loud!). It had everything to do with a crazy person doing a crazy, horrible thing. The MPAA already comes down hard enough on artists and their ability to create their films how they wish, and now we have a major Hollywood player who has made his fortune on violence suddenly wanting to bring everyone in the industry together to say “hey, maybe we shouldn’t make violent films), this WHILE he’s producing DJANGO UNCHAINED, a film I’m sure will be full of roses and butterflies. What a load of shit.