Though a release date has yet to be revealed, I recently received the first two stills (if you don’t count the photo of the soundtrack cd roaming around the internet) for the upcoming film CURSE OF CHUCKY, written and directed by series creator Don Mancini! That’s right, intrepid readers, another Child’s Play film, but it would seem that the events of Bride of Chucky and Seed of Chucky are going to be completely thrown out in favor of a new tale altogether serving as, perhaps, a reboot to the franchise. The two new stills put the new Chucky doll, which is possessed by serial killer Charles Lee Ray (played and voiced by Brad Dourif), on full display (no scars or battle damage, which is what leads me to believe this film is serving as a beginning to a new franchise).
Nica (Fiona Dourif) is grieving over the gruesome suicide of her mother when her domineering older sister Barb (Danielle Bisutti) arrives with her young family in tow to help settle their mother’s affairs. As the sisters butt heads over Nica’s plans for the future, Barb’s young daughter comforts herself with a grinning, red-haired talking doll named Chucky (voiced again by Brad Dourif) that recently arrived mysteriously in the mail. But as a string of brutal murders begins to terrorize the household, Nica suspects the doll may hold the key to the bloodshed. What she doesn’t know is that Chucky has a personal score to settle. He’s determined to finish a job he started more than 20 years earlier, and this time he’s going to see it through to the bloody and shocking end.
As we’ve stated time and again, we here at Backwoods Horror are HUGE fans of Squatchsploitation flicks. From seeing 1980?s NIGHT OF THE DEMON and LEGEND OF BOGGY CREEK as a child, onto newer fare such as THE LOST COAST TAPES and the much anticipated EXISTS, we just can’t get enough of the big guy.
Now Bobcat Goldthwait (who happens to be a contemporary of bigfoot expert Scott Herriott) has written and directed a new found footage bigfoot horror film called WILLOW CREEK (which I’m assuming is a horror film by the trailer and the amazing poster), and now a new trailer has surfaced. Check it out after the break!
After the break you’ll find the trailer for JUG FACE, directed by Chad Crawford Kinkle. The film stars Lauren Ashley Carter, Sean Bridgers, Sean Young, Larry Fessenden and Daniel Manche. The film will have a pre-theatrical VOD roll out in the U.S. on July 8th, and is slated for a VOD release on August 9th. Interestingly enough, when I was still living in NC, I went to a place called Seagrove which is essentially a clayworker’s commune stretched across miles and miles of backwoods. While there, I happened to snap this photo that now seems creepy in relation to this film…
The film tells the story of a pregnant teen trying to escape a backwoods community when she discovers that she may be sacrificed to a mysterious pit. The entity in the pit requires a life for keeping the community safe. The face of the person to be sacrificed is crafted onto a ceramic jug. When ignored, the entity unleashes an evil onto the community. Now no one is safe as tragedy befalls each member one by one and they soon realize that the pit wants what it wants.
In a very classic nod to theater hucksters of old like William Castle, check out a photo posted on the HorrorSociety twitter account of a warning sign positioned outside of an advance screening of THE CONJURING:
Today, the YOU’RE NEXT campaign released a variety of animated .gif’s over a variety of sites that, when put together, create an interesting look at the new poster for the film. Check check check it out below! And be sure to check out the YOU’RE NEXT Tumblr.
NICE, right? Directed by Adam Wingard, the film stars Sharni Vinson, Rob Moran, Barbara Crampton, Ti West, Wendy Glenn, Amy Seimetz, Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen and Nicholas Tucci.
When a gang of masked, ax-wielding murderers descend upon the Davison family reunion, the hapless victims seem trapped… until an unlikely guest of the family proves to be the most talented killer of all.
Eureka Entertainment just announced that their next installment in their Masters of Cinema line will be none other than F. W. Murnau’s legendary silent cinema horror classic Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (1919). This release includes a UK theatrical run and selected cinemas nationwide on Friday October 25, 2013, just in time for Halloween.
In addition to the theaterical run Eureka will also be releasing it on DVD and Bluray with a bunch of different special features. They haven’t divulged any of those features yet but closer to the release date they will let us know. This particular print has also been masterfully restored in Germany by Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung (FWMS). We’ll let you know more as soon as we hear it.
After YEARS and YEARS, Jonathan (Warm Bodies) Levine’s ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE is finally gracing US shores. The film will be released on demand September 6th and in theaters October 11th – SEVEN YEARS after its Toronto Film Festival Midnight premiere due to so many distribution problems.
Check out my review of the film (from 2008)… I was rather harsh on the film in my early (read: Young and Impetuous) days reviewing horror films, so I’ll probably be doing a secondary review on the film upon the new release now that I’ve grown as a writer & reviewer. My knowledge on the genre and filmmaking in general has improved over the years as well, which can only help. My memories of the film are fonder than my original viewing, so we’ll see. Who knows WHY this flick was shelved so damn long!
Starring Amber Heard and Anson Mount, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane is about a group of high-schoolers who invite Mandy Lane, “a good girl” who becomes the object of everyone’s affection after returning from summer break, to a weekend party on a secluded ranch. While the festivities rage on, the number of revelers begins to mysteriously drop one at a time.
Following the it’s theatrical run, TOAD ROAD will be arriving on DVD & VOD this October thanks to a distribution deal through Arstploitation Films. Brian Sokel, vice president of Artsploitation Films, had this to say about the film …
“There is a nihilism and decay present within the characters of Toad Road that makes the film mesmerizing. The horror comes not from just a mystical location and inevitable conclusion, but a very real, very dark place in each of their hearts. It’s a unique film that must be seen.”
Director, writer and cinematographer Jason Banker directed and produced Toad Road, his first narrative feature, with Elijah Wood serving as executive producer.
Inspired by an urban legend, Toad Road is an intimate meditation on lost youth evocative of Gus Van Sant (with a racy touch of Larry Clark) and a radical deconstruction of genre cinema, a devastating and brilliant object of contemplation and dread, and a journey down unexpected paths. The story takes place in rural Pennsylvania near the town of York, an infamous area that – according to urban legend – has a trail in the woods containing the seven gates that lead to Hell.
Richard Burton Matheson (February 20, 1926 – June 23, 2013) was an American author and screenwriter, primarily in the fantasy, horror, and science fiction genres. He may be known best as the author of I Am Legend, a 1954 horror novel that has been adapted for the screen three times, although five more of his novels have been adapted as major motion pictures: The Shrinking Man, Hell House, What Dreams May Come, Bid Time Return (filmed as Somewhere in Time), and A Stir of Echoes. Matheson also wrote numerous television episodes of The Twilight Zone for Rod Serling, including “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” and “Steel”. He later adapted his 1971 short story “Duel” as a screenplay which was promptly directed by a young Steven Spielberg, for the TV movie of the same name.
Matheson was born in Allendale, New Jersey, the son of Norwegian immigrants Fanny (née Mathieson) and Bertolf Matheson, a tile floor installer. Matheson was raised in Brooklyn and graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School in 1943. He then entered the military and spent World War II as an infantry soldier. In 1949 he earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and moved to California in 1951. He married Ruth Ann Woodson on July 1, 1952 and had four children, three of whom (Chris, Richard Christian, and Ali Matheson) became writers of fiction and screenplays. He died at his home on June 23, 2013, at the age of 87