UPDATE: ‘NIGHT OF THE CREEPS’ DVD RELEASE DATE PUSHED BACK

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has pushed the former October 20th Release date for the NIGHT OF THE CREEPS dvd back to October 27th.  Not a big push, but I guess we’ll just have to wait a bit longer for our alien slug/zombie goodness.  Once again, here are the features:

• Commentary with Writer / Director Fred Dekker
• Cast Commentary
• Birth of the Creeps
• Cast of the Creeps
• Creating the Creeps
• Escape of the Creeps
• Legend of the Creeps
• Tom Atkins: Man of Action
• Original Theatrical Ending
• Trivia Track
• Deleted Scenes

As soon as we get some DVD art, we’ll be sure to post it here at BACKWOODSHORROR.com

NIGHT OF THE CREEPS U.S. DVD DETAILS

Thanks to the good folk over at Ain’t It Cool News, we’ve got some more details on the upcoming October 20th release of NIGHT OF THE CREEPS

Check it out:

– “Birth of Creeps” featuring Dekker talking about the origins of the project
– “Cast of the Creeps” featuring Jason Lively, Tom Atkins, Steve Marshall and Jill Whitlow

– “Creating The Creeps” featuring interviews with SFX creators David B. Miller and Robert Kurtzman

– A special Tom Atkins centric piece called “Tom Atkins: Man of Action”

– “Escape of the Creeps” a detailed look at the post-production.

– Deleted scenes

– Fred Dekker solo commentary

– Cast commentary featuring Atkins, Whitlow, Marshall and Lively

– The original theatrical ending

– And footage from the Cast and Crew reunion screening at the Alamo Drafthouse.

For more on the story, check this link…

UPDATE:
More info. came down the line to yours truly about our favorite zombieslugalien splatterfest, apparently to appease the CREEPS fans, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Amazon.com are sponsoring a unique contest in which fans can vote on the film’s final DVD box art. Log on to Amazon.com for more details beginning June 29, 2009.

FUCKING SWEET!!!

ATKINS MANIA IS RUNNIN\' WILD!

NIGHT OF THE CREEPS COMING TO DVD!!!

HOLY FUCKING YES!!  The LONG anticipated Special Edition release of NIGHT OF THE CREEPS is coming to DVD finally.  You know it; the 1986 Fred Dekker (Monster Squad) Horror Dramedy with Slugs, Zombies, and Tom “The Good News Is, Your Dates Are Here…The Bad News Is…They’re Dead!!” ATKINS!?!?  ‘Ol Michael “Slipcase” Felsher has been taking heat about it on Deadpit forever and now Sony’s finally giving it the release it deserves.  Here’s more from Slippy:

“In October Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will be releasing Night of the Creeps to DVD in a directors cut special edition, it is coming out officially for the first time ever. Fred Dekker is already working on it, It’s going to be the director’s cut with the original ending. We’re going to go balls to the wall with the special features on it … I talked to Sony today its official, we’re going ahead and its coming out in October! It’s officially In production…and moving forward, its coming!”

Fans have been waiting for this one for a while.  With any luck, it’ll get at least the 2 disc deal like Monster Squad, and possibly a Blu-Ray.  Hot Damn!!

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD DOCUMENTARY COMING THIS FALL!

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Source: HorrorNews.net

For those of you (like me) living in the NYC area, the IFC Center will be premiering the new Night Of The Living Dead documentary BIRTH OF THE LIVING DEAD this fall (November 6th 2013)! Check out the details in the following press release:

In 1968 a young college drop-out and aspiring filmmaker named George A. Romero directed Night of the Living Dead, a low-budget horror film that shocked the world, became an icon of the counterculture, and invented the modern movie zombie, which has spawned legions of films, books, comics, and video games, generating billions of dollars.

Night of the Living Dead is not only internationally recognized as an art film, revered for its groundbreaking treatment of American race relations and allegorical references to the Vietnam war, the film still maintains its cult status as a classic horror masterpiece. The film made history when it simultaneously screened at MOMA and the notorious grind-house theater circuit on 42nd Street. Since its release Night of the Living Dead has been selected for preservation by the Library of Congress and the National Film Registry.

CONTINUE READING AFTER THE BREAK FOR MORE ON BIRTH OF THE LIVING DEAD INCLUDING A TRAILER AND POSTER ART!

FRIGHT NIGHT SPECIAL EDITION COMING SOON??

Picked this bit of news up from SHOCK TILL YOU DROP:

Cast and crew members from Fright Night sat before a sold-out crowd at the NuArt Theater in Los Angeles last night to reminisce about the 1985 horror film. And yes, there was a DVD crew in attendance documenting the Q&A led by moderator Tim Sullivan.

What’s the word on the street about a long-awaited Fright Night special edition DVD? Well, there is a production team currently gathering up bonus features.

Those I talked to last night danced around who’s behind it, but according to some sources, Sony is not producing the disc. Instead, another distributor – one known for years for taking genre titles under their wings (and are now getting into acquisitions and original content) – is possibly getting involved: Anchor Bay.

Another source told me there are some deals that need to be firmed up before celebrations can begin, but fans should keep their fingers crossed.

Hot damn that’s some good news.  Speculative, but good none the less.  I’m still keepin’ my fingers crossed for a Special Edition NIGHT OF THE CREEPS DVD to come out soon!  I’m lookin’ at YOU, MIKE “SLIPCASE” FELCHER…

And here’s a little NIGHT OF THE CREEPS GOODNESS:

RELEASE DATE AND BLU-RAY ART REVEALED FOR MANIAC REMAKE

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IFC has given a release date and art design for Franck Khalfoun’s MANIAC REMAKE, starring Elijah Wood and written by Alexandre Aja and Gregory Levasseur. Thomas Langmann, Aja, Levasseur and Lustig produced the remake, while Antoine de Cazotte, Daniel Delume, Andrew W. Garroni, Pavlina Hatoupis and Alix Taylor are attached as executive producers. The film, which has already been playing festivals, a limited theatrical run, and a successful VOD release, will be released on October 15th on both DVD and Bluray. That’s the good news. The bad news is the art design for the DVD/Blu-Ray cover. Given the incredible minimalist art that we were given with the poster, it seems as though IFC chose to overlook artistic merit for the standard photoshopped floating head scenario we’ve all come to loathe.

CONTINUE READING FOR A LOOK AT THE MANIAC REMAKE BLU-RAY ART & MORE!

NOTLD DOCUMENTARY BIRTH OF THE LIVING DEAD GETS A RELEASE DATE!

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In 1968 a young college drop-out and aspiring filmmaker named George A. Romero directed Night of the Living Dead, a low-budget horror film that shocked the world, became an icon of the counterculture, and invented the modern movie zombie, which has spawned legions of films, books, comics, and video games, generating billions of dollars.

Robert Kuhns’s BIRTH OF THE LIVING DEAD, a new documentary available on iTunes October 15 and limited theaters October 18, shows how Romero gathered an unlikely team of Pittsburghers — policemen, iron workers, teachers, ad-men, housewives and a roller-rink owner — to shoot, with a revolutionary guerrilla, run-and-gun style, his seminal film. During that process Romero and his team created an entirely new and horribly chilling monster — one that was undead and feasted upon human flesh.

CONTINUE READING FOR MORE ON BIRTH OF THE LIVING DEAD INCLUDING A TRAILER AND THE AMAZING POSTER ART!

NEW OFFICIAL CLIP FROM THE POSSESSION: THE BOOK

With THE POSSESSION hitting theaters today, we have another official clip, titled “The Book,” to give you another little glimpse of just what you’ll have in store when you go out tonight to the cinemas for a good old fashioned creepshow demon possession flick.

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REVIEW: ‘HIS NAME WAS JASON: 30 YEARS OF FRIDAY THE 13th’

HIS NAME WAS JASON: 30 YEARS OF FRIDAY THE 13th
Directed By: Daniel Farrands
Writers: Thommy Hutson, and Anthony Masi (Though, it’s a documentary, so…writers??)
Cast: Just About Everyone EVER In Every Friday The 13th Flick

A Synopsis From The ANCHOR BAY Press Release:

He first became known to audiences on May 9, 1980. Over the course of nearly three decades and eleven films (soon to be twelve with next year’s remake), he has inspired terror in the hearts of film fans the world over. He redefined the concept of immortality and invincibility. He gave horror a new face…by not having one. His name is Jason Voorhees and this is his story.

His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th, the ultimate tribute documentary about one of horror cinema’s most enduring icons, has been acquired by Anchor Bay Entertainment, the leading horror programmer, for North American DVD distribution. It will be released as a “splatter edition” DVD on February 3, 2009. Then, on February 13th, 2009, Starz will host the broadcast premiere of the documentary – in celebration of the infamous date and its most famous posterboy. In addition, the documentary will have its World Premiere Friday, November 14 at the 31st Starz Denver Festival during The Watching Hour, the festival’s midnight film series. Ari Lehman, the “first” Jason and other special guests will be in attendance.

Produced by Anthony Masi (Halloween 25 Years of Terror, The Psycho Legacy) and Thommy Hutson (Prank) and directed by Dan Farrands (The Girl Next Door, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers), In addition to the full-length documentary, the DVD is anticipated to contain over four hours of bonus features, including additional interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and more.

Hosted by legendary special effects make-up artist Tom Savini – whose (literally) eye-popping prosthetics were featured in such gorefest classics as 1979’s Dawn of the Dead, Creepshow, Maniac, and the original Friday the 13th – His Name Was Jason is the definitive look at the history and cultural legacy of this 20th Century boogeyman. Extensive interviews were conducted with over eighty people involved throughout the entire Friday the 13th franchise, as well as filmmaker and fan testimonials.

Jason fans who watch His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th will be treated to reminiscences and ruminations spanning Jason’s entire film history, as well as a virtual “who’s who” of contemporary film horror, including:

Actors: Betsy Palmer (1), Adrienne King (1 and Part 2), Larry Zerner (Part 3-D), Bonnie Hellman and Judie Aronson (The Final Chapter), Shavar Ross and Debi Sue Voorhees (A New Beginning), Darcy DeMoss and Vincent Gustaferro (Part VI), Lar Park-Lincoln, Elizabeth Kaitan and Diana Barrows (Part VII), Peter Mark Richman and Jensen Daggett (Part VIII), Lawrence Monoson and Camilla More (The Final Friday), Lisa Ryder (Jason X), Seth Green and Travis Van Winkle (2009 remake);

Jason Voorhees portrayers: Ari Lehman (1), Warrington Gillette (Part 2), Richard Brooker (Part 3-D), Ted White (Final Chapter), C.J. Graham (Part VI), and Kane Hodder (Part VII, Part VIII, The Final Friday, Jason X);

Filmmakers: Sean S. Cunningham (Director, 1), Victor Miller (Writer, 1) Danny Steinmann (Writer/Director, A New Beginning), Tom McLoughlin (Writer/Director, Part VI), John Carl Buechler (Director/Special Makeup Effects, Part VII), Joseph Zito (Director, The Final Friday), Greg Nicotero (Special Makeup Effects, The Final Friday), Marcus Nispel (Director, 2009 remake), and Composer Harry Manfredini, creator of Jason’s signature musical cue “Sh-sh-sh-sh, ha-ha-ha-ha.”

This documentary (in an UBER-DELUXE 2-Disc Set, by the by) is an absolute MUST for Friday the 13th completists.  While watching HIS NAME WAS JASON, I couldn’t help but think that this is the sort of thing that should’ve been included with the Friday box set Paramount put out back in ’04 and should DEFINITELY be included with the upcoming Blu-Ray box set Paramount’s releasing (if it can be finagled with Anchor Bay).  Any true fan of the series will not be learning anything new here as the writers, directors, and stars remenisce about the good ‘ol days of making the Friday films.

If you’ve never seen any of the Friday films or are just getting into the series, HIS NAME WAS JASON serves as an excellent primer for the series and will definitely get you pumped about seeing the films.  Tom Savini hams it up as only Tom Savini can do as the Hostest with the Mostest in a semi-wraparound bit that also features a girl running around screaming and, at one vital point, boobies.  BOOBIES!!!!

Really, this flick is much like the HALLOWEEN: 25 YEARS OF TERROR Doc that came out a couple of years back.  In fact, I believe some of the same parties are involved in this as well.  The doc could’ve had a few more people involved to make it fully all-inclusive (NO CRISPIN GLOVER?), but overall, the filmmakers did a pretty damn good job of gathering the majority of everyone who ever had a hand in the making of the legend of Jason Voorhees and Friday the 13th to talk about their memories and experiences.

I could’ve done without a few of the talking heads who had nothing to do with the films.  I can understand it to a degree, getting “famous fans” to talk about their favourite Friday memories, but overall it was relatively filler and useless.  I could have ALSO done without the last 10 or 15 minutes of the film being devoted to the new “re-imagining” of Friday the 13th (see review HERE).  I suppose it was necessary for completion’s sake, but as the film wasn’t even released when this Doc was made and because it’s not a part of the original canon, it could’ve easily been left out.  So could the FREDDY VS. JASON segment for that matter (a truly terrible film in and of itself).

Definitely a flick for fans and completists, but not necessarily for everyone.  If you’re visiting Backwoods Horror.com, though, there’s a good chance you’ll get something out of it.

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RUE MORGUE MAGAZINE TURNS 11

Got a sneak peak of the new 11th anniversary Halloween edition of Rue Morgue magazine.  This from the Rue Morgue forums, check it out:

FAMOUS MONSTER
When Famous Monsters of Filmland hit newsstands in 1958, it united an entire generation of creature-loving children and sparked genre fan culture. No one anticipated the effect it would have on some of those “Monster Kids,” who would go on to become genre legends. This Halloween, Rue Morgue celebrates the 50th anniversary of the magazine that started it all via a conversation with founding editor Forrest J Ackerman. Featuring words with and by filmmakers John Landis and Joe Dante, rock legend Gene Simmons, legendary cover artist Basil Gogos, SFX Wizard Rob Bottin, and more. Plus! Director Tim Sullivan takes us on a guided tour of the Ackermansion in its heyday, and much more!
by Paul Corupe, Gene Simmons, Jovanka Vuckovic, Joe Moe, Tim Sullivan, Forrest J Ackerman, Dave Alexander and Rob Bottin

THE GORE-MET’S 50 ESSENTIAL GORE FILMS
A comprehensive list of vital cinematic atrocities every hardcore horror fan needs to see. Bring on the blood!
by The Gore-met

NOCTURNAL ADMISSIONS

American Baroque painter Michael Hussar reveals the very personal meaning behind his perverse and morbid body of work.
by Jovanka Vuckovic

THE SIMPSONS VAULT OF TERROR
Once a year The Simpsons is taken over by The Treehouse of Horror Halloween special. Time to take stock of nearly two decades of hilariously blood-curdling cartoons.
by Philip Brown

SHOCKWAVES: A CLASSIC HORROR RADIO ROUNDUP

Gather ’round the wireless and set your transistors for terror as Rue Morgue explores the sinister chills and thrills of yesteryear’s audio plays.
by Richard Gavin

FESTIVAL OF FEAR 2008
Pics from our 5th annual horror convention.
Photos by Ashlea Wessel and Ian Goring

COSMIC CARNAGE
Gory new video game Dead Space launches the survival horror genre deep into outer space. Plus: Downfall, the animated prequel.
by Monica S. Kuebler

DEVIL’S ON OUR SIDE
The Creepshow, Canada’s horrorbilly sensation returns with an album warning you to Run for Your Life.
by Trevor Tuminski

DOUG BRADLEY’S DEADTIME STORIES

Everyone’s favourite cenobite tackles Lovecraft in a new type of audio book.
by James Grainger

NOTE FROM UNDERGROUND
Famous Monsters of Filmland.

DREADLINES
Toronto After Dark Film Festival continues growth for year three, Fright Channel to relaunch online, Teen filmmaker preps second horror feature.

THE CORONER’S REPORT

Weird stats and morbid facts. Sick Top Six Instances of Torturous Transformations.

NEEDFUL THINGS
Halloween Living Dead Dolls, Thanksgiving T-shirt, Royal Mail Classic Hammer Stamps, Toilet Ink.

CINEMACABRE
CineMacabre presents features on Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer, Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown and Wicked Lake. Abbreviated Terrors reviews 2007 Toronto After Dark Film Festival short film highlights. Plus! Reviews of Stuck, Death Race, Mirrors, Joy Ride 2: Dead Ahead, End of the Line, Shutter, Resurrection Mary, Rest Stop: Don’t Look Back, Dark Honeymoon, Triloquist, Steel Trap, Wide Awake and Trapped Ashes. Last Rites reviews The Raven, Kaw and Birds of Prey. Reissues presents features on Pieces, Fox Horror Classics Collection Volume 2 and Friday the 13th: The Series. Plus! Reviews of Child’s Play (1988), Barracuda (1978)/Island Fury (1989), Man of a Thousand Faces (1957), Psycho Kickboxer (1997), Swamp Thing The Series Volume 2 (1992-1993), The X-Files: Revelations (1993-1999), The Unseen (1981) and Virgin Witch (1972).

CINEMARQUEE
The Portrait of Dorian Gray (1945).

BOWEN’S BASEMENT

Spotlight: Invasion of the Blood Farmers.

BLOOD IN FOUR COLOURS
Steve Niles on Gotham after Midnight. Plus reviews of Almighty, City of Dust #1 (of 5), The Nightmare Factory Volume 2, Zombie Tales #4.

THE NINTH CIRCLE

Spotlight: Matthew Warner’s Horror isn’t a 4-Letter Word. Plus, reviews of A Hallowe’en Anthology: Literary and Historical Writings over the Centuries, The Alfred Hitchcock Story, The Book of Lists: Horror, Joe R. Lansdale’s Leather Maiden, Ryan Mecum’s Zombie Haiku, Ramsey Campbell’s The Grin of the Dark, and Bill Hussey’s Through A Glass Darkly.

TRAVELOGUE OF TERROR
Halloween in Sin City.

THE GORE-MET

Menu: Faces of Death.

AUDIO DROME
Spotlight: Son of Sam. Plus! Reviews of Hellboy 2: The Golden Army OST, The Midnight Meat Train OST, The X-Files: I Want To Believe OST, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor OST, Shutter OST, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Score, Midnight Syndicate, The Rotted, In a World…, Chris Alexander & Carrie Eliza, Displacer, Diemonsterdie, The Night Shift, Brother Von Doom, Ghosts Run Wild, Captain A-Hole a.k.a. Yogi, Leather Wolf, and more!

PLAY DEAD
Zombies!!! 7: Send in the Clowns!, Magic: The Gathering – Planeswalker, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.

CLASSIC CUT
Vampirella.

GIVEAWAYS THIS ISSUE!
10 new subscribers will win the Halloween: 30th Anniversary Commemorative Set on DVD, from Anchor Bay/Starz.

Hot dam that sounds like it’s gonna be one hell of an issue.  For those of you STILL not initiated, get yer arses over to Rue Morgue’s official site and subscribe…or go out and buy a copy.  Best damn horror mag out there.  And check out that Basil Gogos cover.  Fuckin’ A man!