Z*CON, AN EXCITING NEW ZOMBIE FILM FOR CHARITY, LAUNCHES INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN!

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UPDATE: 6 DAYS LEFT TO MAKE THIS DREAM A REALITY! HEAD ON OVER TO THE INDIEGOGO PAGE AND CHECK IT OUT!

Source: Vince Collura & The Official Z*Con IndieGoGo Campaign:

Z*CON is feature length film about four teen podcasters who are trapped at a comic convention when the zombie apocalypse breaks out. They use social media to share what’s going on inside with the outside world. It’s kind of like “Goonies” meets “Shaun of the Dead” set in…well….a comic convention.

Oh…and 100% of the net proceeds from this film will go to charities such as The American Red Cross & Kids Need To Read! Pretty cool idea, huh? The IndieGoGo Campaign will be running from October 1st (hey, that’s today, so why aren’t you already donating?!) until November 9th, so while you have 40 days to contribute, you never know when the zombie apocalypse will hit, so head on over and start helping with the funding now!

I, for one, am incredibly excited about this project. If there’s any place for a zombie outbreak to occur, it’s going to be at a Con. Of course you’ll have your cowards and pants-pissers, but if I know anything, I know Con people, and I can guarantee that at least half (and this is a conservative number) have a zombie outbreak plan all ready to go. Weapons, however, will definitely prove an issue when all you have to work with is fake props and “boffer” swords. Regardless, we geeks are a hardy crowd and a zombie outbreak inside of a Con, while a nightmare to some, is a dream come true for horror fans!

CONTINUE READING FOR MORE ON THE INCREDIBLE, CHARITABLE, EXCITING NEW ZOMBIE FILM Z*CON!

NORMAN REEDUS ON HOW TO BE A BADASS

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With THE WALKING DEAD SEASON 4 premiere this Sunday October 13th, we here at Backwoods Horror (courtesy of AMC, of course) thought we’d share a few video extras in anticipation of what’s to come. First up is a video catching us all up on what happened at the end of the 3rd season. After than, we get an idea of what it takes to play a badass during the zombie apocalypse. Check ’em out after the break!

In the highly anticipated new season, we find Rick and the group fostering a thriving community in the safe haven of the prison. Sadly, in this brutal world, happiness is short-lived and walkers and outside threats are no match for danger brewing inside the fences. The group’s home and new way of life will be thoroughly tested, and their struggle to survive has never been so perilous. Season 4 also introduces several new characters including Bob Stookey (Lawrence Gilliard Jr.).

CONTINUE READING FOR A WALKING DEAD SEASON 3 RECAP & NORMAN REEDUS TELLING EXPLAINING WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A BADASS DURING A ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE!

CHECK OUT THIS SNEAK PEEK FROM THE FIRST EPISODE OF THE WALKING DEAD SEASON 4

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THE WALKING DEAD Season 4 premiere is THIS FRIGGIN SUNDAY, October 13th, and if you’re anything like me (and I’m sure you are, or else you wouldn’t be here), you’re chomping at the brains in anticipation. AMC has released a sneak peak from the first episode: 30 Days Without An Accident. Check it out after the break!

In the highly anticipated new season, we find Rick and the group fostering a thriving community in the safe haven of the prison. Sadly, in this brutal world, happiness is short-lived and walkers and outside threats are no match for danger brewing inside the fences. The group’s home and new way of life will be thoroughly tested, and their struggle to survive has never been so perilous. Season 4 also introduces several new characters including Bob Stookey (Lawrence Gilliard Jr.).

CONTINUE READING FOR A SNEAK PEEK AT THE FIRST EPISODE OF SEASON 4 OF THE WALKING DEAD!

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN HITS TOMORROW NIGHT…ARE YOU READY?

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AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN hits tomorrow night and here’s hoping it starts with a bang and gives us everything we’ve been waiting for. After an exemplary second season that catapulted the show into true horror-dom (yes, I made that up, I’m a professor of horrorology, I can do that!), I have nothing but high hopes and expectations for the third. To celebrate, keep reading after the break for three new teasers. American Horror Story: Coven Premieres Wednesday, October 9 at 10p only on FX, starring Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Gabourey Sidibe, Patti LuPone, Emma Roberts, Angela Bassett, Taissa Farmiga, Frances Conroy, Lily Rabe, Evan Peters, Denis O’Hare, Alexandra Breckenridge, and Jamie Brewer.

In the new season a young girl, Zoe, is shattered to discover she possesses a strange genetic affliction tracing back to the dark days of Salem. Zoe is whisked away to Miss Robichaux’s Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies, a mysterious school in New Orleans devoted to safeguarding the few remaining descendants who share this unique bloodline. Harboring a secret agenda, Fiona Goode, the most powerful witch of their generation, returns to town, reigniting old rivalries with the Coven’s deadly enemies, the Voodoo.

CONTINUE READING FOR THREE NEW TEASERS AND MORE FOR AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN!

PUMPKIN CARVING TIPS FROM ELVIRA & THE HAUNTED HISTORY OF JACK-O-LANTERNS!

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It’s the Halloween Season, boils ‘n ghouls, and for those of you out there wracking your (or someone else’s) brain when it comes to the delicate art of pumpkin carving, Elvira, Mistress Of The Dark & The Hostess With The Mostest, has come to your rescue. I came across this little clip that should help any Jack-O-Lantern newbies get into the, er, spirit of the season. So take it from a pro and get to it because before you know it, all manner of ghosts ‘n goblins will be wandering the earth and who knows what will happen if you’re caught without the protection of a glowing, grinning visage of ‘ol Jack sitting upon your front steps.

CONTINUE READING FOR A LITTLE HAUNTED HISTORY ON THE TRADITION OF JACK-O-LANTERNS!

NEW TRAILER AND FULL SPECS FOR RESTORED NOSFERATU: A SYMPHONY OF HORROR.

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Eureka! Entertainment announced the home video release of an eagerly awaited new restoration of F. W. Murnau’s legendary silent cinema horror classic NOSFERATU: A SYMPHONY OF HORROR (1922), expertly restored in Germany by the world-renowned Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung.

From Bloody Disgusting:

The earliest adaptation of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” has become one of the most iconic and of all horror films – and silent films – in the history of cinema, ranked #21 in Empire magazine’s 2010 poll of the 100 greatest films in world cinema and included in the recent Critic’s Poll by Sight & Sound magazine as one of the 250 greatest films ever made. With an incomparable lead performance as the vampire by Max Schreck — whom some believe to have been an actual vampire, it is the film behind E. Elias Merhige’s John Malkovich-starring Shadow of the Vampire and the inspiration behind Werner Herzog’s Klaus Kinski-starring 1979 feature adaptation, released theatrically by the BFI in the UK on November 1, 2013.

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Following a UK & Eire theatrical run where it will open in cinemas nationwide from Friday October 25, 2013, Blu-ray, Dual Format (Blu-ray + DVD) SteelBook and DVD editions featuring a raft of special features to be announced nearer the release date, will be released as part of Eureka! Entertainment’s award-winning The Masters of Cinema Series on November 18, 2013.

CONTINUE READING FOR A LOOK AT THE NEW TRAILER, EXTRA FEATURES LIST, & BLU-RAY ART!

UPDATE: SHADOWY PENNY DREADFUL TEASER COMES INTO THE LIGHT (NOW WITH OFFICIAL TEASER POSTER GOODNESS!)

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PENNY DREADFUL, the upcoming psychosexual horror TV series created for Showtime by John Logan (Screenwriter of such works as Gladiator, Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street, & Skyfall) and executive produced by Logan and Sam Mendes (Road To Perdition, Skyfall) released a short teaser following the series finale of DEXTER. The teaser asks if we believe in curses, demons, and monsters. The answer here at Backwoods Horror is a resounding HELL YES! Check it out after the break!

In the series, some of literature’s most famously terrifying characters – including Dr. Frankenstein and his creature, Dorian Gray and iconic figures from the novel Dracula – become embroiled in Victorian London, weaving together the origins of such famous literary horror characters as they grapple with their monstrous alienation in Victorian London. YES, YES, & YES! I’m in already! The series will premiere in 2014.

CONTINUE READING FOR THE PENNY DREADFUL TEASER & MORE!

CHECK OUT THE NEW TRAILER FOR ‘TORMENT,’ STARRING KATHARINE ISABELLE

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I’ve been holding off on coverage of Jordan Barker’s TORMENT until we had a bit more information other than having the ever lovely Katharine Isabelle starring in it, not that that’s not enough to drive some people to pick it up. Recently, however, Filmax has released the festival trailer, which features GINGER SNAPS, & AMERICAN MARY star Katharine Isabelle. Robin Dunne and Stephen McHattie also star.

Synopsis:

The story concerns Cory Morgan, his wife and their 3 year old daughter Emily who decide to spend a quiet family holiday alone. When Sarah starts seeing strange things around the house, it soon becomes clear that they have some unwanted guests. Now the family are forced to fight for their lives in what has become a festival of terror of epic proportions.

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CONTINUE READING FOR THE INCREDIBLY CREEPY TORMENT TRAILER & POSTER ART!

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!

TEASER FOR BATES MOTEL SEASON 2

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While things got off to a bit of a slow start in the first season of BATES MOTEL, the story slowly began to escalate into madness; not just Norman’s but the psychosis of the entire town as well. It’s the kind of show that grows on you as it takes things slow to build character and story (a rare thing in modern horror/thriller films and television). In addition to the relationship between Norman Bates and his mother Norma, we’re treated to all kinds of weirdness within the picturesque town itself. While not exactly Twin Peaks, there are definitely some elements of that show thrown in as well.

Synopsis:

A modern re-imagining and prequel to the movie Psycho (1960), “this story begins with the earlier years of a teenage Norman Bates and his mother Norma who live in an old house overlooking the adjoining motel which they are renovating. The house and hotel both come with secrets of their own as does the new town which the Bates’ now call home.

CONTINUE READING FOR A LOOK AT THE CREEPY TEASER FOR BATES MOTEL SEASON 2!