UNSEEN HALLOWEEN DEAN CUNDEY TEST FOOTAGE

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Speaking of Dean Cundey…

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Check out the following unseen footage from 1978, where John Carpenter was in pre-production on Halloween.

This is the first ever Panaglide test by Dean Cundey and Ray Stella back in 1978; right before Halloween‘s principal photography began,” Kirkus explains. “[It was] filmed outside and inside the Panavision studio. Halloween was the 4th movie to use this system.

Trolling forums, he explains the footage: “The first part is Dean Cundey at the camera, then Ray Stella. Krishna Rao is also there too. Notice the station wagon, that is the Myers parents car from the first scene.

He also states that this is just “one clip of rolls of 35mm film I have of footage from the original Halloween (both behind-the-scenes footage, and film from the actual production). This footage is not color-corrected and just quickly transferred by Don May, Jr. few years ago. The actual film footage is of much, much better quality.

Want to see more of the lost Halloween footage? He says to contact Trancas International Films and let them know you want to see the “Unseen Halloween.”

Halloween Panaglide Test, Pre-Production before Principal Photography began. from Billy Kirkus on Vimeo.

HALLOWEEN 35TH ANNIVERSARY BLU-RAY RELEASE ART AND SPECS

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Another year, another special edition release for John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN. Thankfully, ever since the Anchor Bay DVD days, I’ve held out. This particular edition, however, seems to be the one we horror fans are clamoring to get our bloody little claws on. Check out the info. below:

For this very special release, Anchor Bay and Trancas International went back to the vaults to present this legendary terror classic as never before, including creating an all-new HD transfer personally supervised by the film’s original cinematographer, Academy-Award nominee Dean Cundey, a new audio mix (as well as the original mono audio), a brand-new feature length audio commentary by writer/director John Carpenter and star Jamie Lee Curtis, an all-new bonus feature with Ms. Curtis, as well as selected legacy bonus features from previous ABE releases.

Available in a collectible limited-edition book-style package (available only for the first printing) with 11 pages of archival photos, an essay by Halloween historian Stef Hutchinson and specially commissioned cover art by Jay Shaw.

“Anchor Bay Entertainment has been home to Halloween for almost 20 years,” noted Malek Akkad, President of Trancas International Films and son of Moustapha Akkad. “I’m so happy that we’re partnering with them to present the definitive edition of what is widely acknowledged as one of the seminal horror films of the 20th century.


Bonus features on the Halloween 35th Anniversary Blu-ray include:

  • All-new commentary track with writer/director John Carpenter and star Jamie Lee Curtis;
  • “The Night She Came Home” new featurette with Jamie Lee Curtis (HD)
  • On Location
  • Trailers
  • TV & Radio Spots
  • Additional Scenes from TV Version

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FIRST LOOK AT THE NEW GODZILLA’S FACE FROM THE SDCC GODZILLA EXPERIENCE

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Ok, so for those of you lucky enough to attend this year’s SDCC (San Diego Comic Con), you may have braved your way through the Godzilla (which I always pronounce GO-JEE-RA!) Encounter Experience. If so, not only were you treated to a city block of mayhem and carnage along with your Godzilla awesome-fix, but reports surfaced of an elevator visitors were rushed into. They were then taken to a room with monitors that looked EXACTLY like windows, with blinds and everything, and treated to a rumbling room and power outages as Godzilla lumbered by some high-rise building. Just when you thought you were safe, suddenly the big atomic beast reared it’s horrific head and stared right at you! There was, for a short time, a leaked spy-cam bit of footage of the entire thing. After watching it, I (less than) tirelessly searched in vein to find it again to show you, my gentle, depraved readers. What I did find, however, was a still image (of negligible quality) showing a first glimpse at the big guy’s face. Check check check it out!

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I know, not the best imagery in the world, but it’s one step closer to what I can only imagine will be an amazing film. Granted, it only has to live up to the originals (originals, I might add, that spew atomic fire farts all over the 90’s remake of a giant iguana), but I have a feeling that this is going to be one amazing disaster pic. Legendary Pictures put together an amazing Godzilla Encounter walk-through that gave fans one hell of a tease of what’s to come in Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla, opening May 14th, 2014. Though guides strictly said that this would not be the finished look, I’m fairly certain we’re damn close at this point. I can’t wait.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Richard T. Jones, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, David Strathairn, Patrick Sabongui, Yuki Morita, Brian Markinson, Juliette Binoche, Akira Takarada, Victor Rasuk, C.J. Adams, and Ken Watanabe star.

Gareth Edwards is directing the film from a screenplay by Max Borenstein, Frank Darabont, and Dave Callaham. Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni are producing with Mary Parent and Brian Rogers. Alex Garcia and Patricia Whitcher are serving as executive producers alongside Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira.

CONTINUE READING AFTER THE BREAK FOR A FEW SPECIAL SDCC GODZILLA VARIANT POSTERS!

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES BEGINS VIRAL MARKETING CAMPAIGN

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Though not quite horror, the new breed of PLANET OF THE APES films does possess some horrific sci-fi ideology so I thought I’d include a bit of the new viral marketing campaign that premiered this year after SDCC…

Source: Shock Till You Drop

If you recall from 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the same chemical that enhanced the apes proved to be fatal to humans. The website, SimianFlu.com, explains all the symptoms of the disease as well as an interactive map showing a timeline of its spread. You can check it out by hitting the link above and don’t forget to take a look at their PSA after the break.

Directed by Matt Reeves with a script from Scott Z. Burns, Amanda Silver, Rick Jaffa and Mark Bomback, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes continues the story that began in 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes and features a cast that includes Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Enrique Murciano, Kirk Acevedo, Jocko Sims, and Judy Greer.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will open on July 18, 2014.

CONTINUE READING AFTER THE BREAK FOR THE VIRAL DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES SIMIAN FLU PSA!

DO NOT DISTURB COMING TO DVD AUGUST 6th

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From the Press Release:

IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS

 DO NOT DISTURB

 Highly Anticipated Thriller Available on DVD Aug. 6, 2013

Image Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment brand, announces the release of DO NOT DISTURB, available on DVD on Aug. 6, 2013, at an SRP of $27.97. Directed by BC Furtney (New Terminal Hotel), this horror film stars Stephen Geoffreys (Friday Night), scream queenTiffany Shepis (Cyrus), Ezra Buzzington (Fight Club) and Corey Haim (The Lost Boys) who sadly passed away in 2010.

SYNOPSIS:

Holed up in a seedy hotel, Hollywood screenwriter Don Malek (Geoffreys) is scripting a diabolical plan for revenge. But instead of writing about a bloodthirsty serial killer, Don is doing the dirty work with his own hands. Horror icons Tiffany Shepis and Corey Haim also star in this gritty, jolting thriller where no one is safe…and checkout time is sooner than you think.

CONTINUE READING AFTER THE BREAK FOR THE FULL TRAILER AND POSTER FOR THE UPCOMING DO NOT DISTURB!

HORROR DÉCOR GALORE

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So while you all know, boils ‘n ghouls, that we here at Backwoods Horror spend a hell of a lot of time covering horror films (news, reviews, and everything in between), we all know that our fandom doesn’t apply to films alone. We find ourselves often staring for hours at all things horror, whether they be action figures, t-shirts, or, yes, even home décor. I’m certain by now that you may all know of the fantastic site HORRORDECOR.com, and those of you who don’t, I suggest checking them out as soon as you can drag your bloodshot eyes away from this post. Full disclosure: these folk aren’t paying me (yet) to talk about these things, I just happen to find ’em very cool, so as the site goes on I’m going to be posting more and more about the various items that truly round out our horror-for-life collections.

As far as the site mentioned above, there are quite a variety of various horrific images for the home including some of my personal favorites: pillows. That’s right, soft, fluffy, horror-themed pillows. The best of these are the recent availability of pillows that look like VHS tapes that you can purchase individual labels for. While there are only a few titles currently available, the list is growing larger every day, so go check ’em out and dig on the base design below…

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Certain labels include a variety of horror/exploitation films and even one of my favorites in cooperation with Lunchmeat Magazine (yours truly having been a contributor in Issue Seven for the only-on-vhs title HUNTER’S BLOOD:

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The site also includes a wide variety of various other abhorred household goodies including lampshades, sheets, shower curtains, etc. So if you’re in desperate need of something to go with your horror movie and poster collection, give ’em a shot.

I’ve recently also come across various other nifty household items no horror fan could do without. Macabre goodies such as Skeletal Flamingo lawn ornaments:

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And a cutting board that looks like someone’s had a little too much fun with their knives…

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Which would go incredibly well with a certain table designed by John Nouanesing I’ve come across:

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I could go on, but I think I’ll save more of this incredible horror gear for another post. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy these little home horror accoutrements in one of the first of a new breed of Horror Gear segments.

Keep it Creepy!

REVIEW: THE TURNPIKE KILLER (2012)

Distribution/Production Company: New York Horror Film Productions
Directed by: Evan Makrogiannis
Written By: Evan Makrogiannis & Brian Weaver
Starring: Bill McLaughlin, Edgar Moye, Lyndsey Brown, Vinny Ward, Ruby Larocca, & Manoush
Running Time: 129 minutes
Rating: Unrated

Synopsis:

In a city that never sleeps, a killer prowls the streets at night. Over a span of ten years, the butchered remains of New York City women have been found dumped along the New Jersey Turnpike. The sadistic fiend behind these horrific murders has been dubiously termed “THE TURNPIKE KILLER.” His search for “The Chosen One” leaving an endless trail of bloodshed and brutality, NYPD Homicide Detective Lloyd is on the case as “The Turnpike Killer” continues to evade capture. Keep off the streets at night, stay out of the tunnels, and avoid the bridges because you can’t escape when all roads lead to terror!

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For the past few years, horror fans have been yearning for a return to the heyday of 80’s slasher/grindhouse fare. This is probably due in some part to nostalgia, but I tend to believe that the horror films you and I grew up with, dear fiendish readers, are simply just so much better than the over-polished tripe that we’ve been fed for decades now. That’s not to say that a few gems haven’t shone through the immense amount of sludge, with even a few studio efforts making the grade. The finest horror fare these days, however, is thanks to independent filmmakers who just couldn’t get enough of the genre classics on VHS.

Some of my fondest memories are of going with my brother and father to the local mom ‘n pop independent video stores and staring longingly at hours on end of that wide variety of titles available with box covers, oven in gruesome blood red color, depicting a taste of what I could expect inside. Upon meeting the director of THE TURNPIKE KILLER, Evan Makrogiannis at a special screening of a VHS copy of the original Mother’s Day, I learned that he too was an independent filmmaker and kindred spirit when it came to the genre we all love and admire. After a brief conversation on the re-emergence of VHS as a popular platform, he produced a copy of his film, THE TURNPIKE KILLER, in, of all things, an 80’s style big-box VHS case. That’s right boils ‘n ghouls, Evan, being a true fan, put so much thought not only into his film, but it’s release as well. Inside I found not only the DVD, but a VHS copy and a signed poster for the film signed by none other than budding scream queen Ruby LaRocca!

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With all of this attention to detail, I couldn’t wait to watch the film (though, admittedly, it took forever to find a VCR because I wanted to see the film in the format it so clearly was meant for as well as the DVD). THE TURNPIKE KILLER is a very strong entry into the genre by a first time filmmaker on a budget. Shot originally on DV, the film was later put through a process to give it that grindhouse 16mm look we all know and love to better match the material within. I’m not talking about the fake pops and scratches Tarantino and co. poorly tried to replicate in his Grindhouse double feature. THE TURNPIKE KILLER looks as though it could actually be a lost film from the 80’s era. With this mood set, I was incredibly excited for the ride I was about to take and I was not disappointed.

CONTINUE READING AFTER THE BREAK FOR THE FULL REVIEW FOR THE TURNPIKE KILLER!

EVIL DEAD REMAKE CLIP: WHY NO ASH? BRUCE CAMPBELL EXPLAINS

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Source: Crave Online

Why is everybody’s favorite horror hero Ash Williams absent (or mostly absent from the new Evil Dead remake/reboot/sequel?  In this exclusive clip, Ash himself Bruce Campbell explains why he was sidelined for the new film — and why he’s totally OK with that.

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NEW MOTION POSTER AND CLIP FROM INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2

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So James Wan’s THE CONJURING hits the big screen today, and in celebration we’re offering up the new motion poster and clip for that other Wan flick coming out this year (Friday, September 13th) INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2.

SYNOPSIS:

The famed horror team of director James Wan and writer Leigh Whannell reunite with the original cast of Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Barbara Hershey and Ty Simpkins in INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2, a terrifying sequel to the acclaimed horror film, which follows the haunted Lambert family as they seek to uncover the mysterious childhood secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world.

KEEP READING AFTER THE BREAK FOR A LOOK AT THE NEW MOTION POSTER AND CLIP FROM INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2!

CHECK OUT THE FIRST CLIP FROM APARTMENT 1303 3D

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Check out the first clip from Gravitas Ventures’ APARTMENT 1303 3D, set to be one of the first indie titles to play in 3D in theatres and on Video on Demand simultaneously. The film stars Mischa Barton (“The O.C.”), Rebecca De Mornay (“The Hand That Rocks the Cradle”), and Julianne Michelle (“Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”), written and directed by Michael Taverna. Based on a novel by Kei Ôishi and is a remake of a Japanese horror title of the same name.  The film will be hitting theaters and cable/internet VOD on July 25th , and is currently available for pre-order and special pre-theatrical VOD.

SYNOPSIS:

Having grown up under the controlling grip of her fame-hungry mother (Rebecca De Mornay), Janet Slate (Julianne Michelle) jumps at the opportunity to move into what looks to be a great high-rise apartment in downtown Detroit.  Yet some deals are too good to be true as one night her boyfriend Mark (Corey Sevier) finds her in the middle of the street – having fallen from the balcony thirteen stories above.

When her sister Lara (Mischa Barton) tries to investigate the mystery of what happened, she moves into the same apartment and encounters the odd neighbors in the building, including an eerie nine-year old girl who seems to somehow know the real reason for Janet’s fall.  Lara soon realizes that her sister’s death might spell the same fate for her unless she can overcome the strange events that are terrorizing the inhabitants in Apartment 1303.

Using innovative 3D shooting techniques, director Michael Taverna creates a tense supernatural thriller that is adapted from a novel by Kei Ôishi.

KEEP READING AFTER THE BREAK FOR A LOOK AT THE NEW CLIP FOR APARTMENT 1303 3D!