REVIEW: DARK WAS THE NIGHT (2014 / Released 2015)

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Distribution/Production Company(s): RLJE/Image Entertainment, Caliber Media, Sundial Pictures, Foggy Bottom Pictures, Molecule, Preferred Content
Directed by: Jack Heller
Written By: Tyler Hisel
Starring: Kevin Durand, Lukas Haas, Bianca Kajlich, Heath Freeman, Sabina Gadecki, Steve Agee, and Nick Damici
Running Time: 1 hr. 34 min.
Rating: Not Rated (As Far As I Could Tell)

SYNOPSIS:

Maiden Woods is a remote and quiet town of decent hard-working people, but something stirs in the dark woods surrounding this isolated community. After a logging company decimates an area of the forest, a rash of increasingly violent and unexplainable events transpires. Sheriff Paul Shields (Kevin Durand) and his deputy (Lukas Haas) struggle to confront their own personal demons while facing down a new breed of raw terror that is possibly older than humanity itself… And much, much hungrier.

When DARK WAS THE NIGHT began with images of trees being cut down and sawdust & wood shavings being spewed out of a chipper, I was worried we were going to have to sit through another “don’t mess with nature, or you’ll piss nature off!” kind of film. Thankfully we get out of this without yet another speech drafted by the PR folk over at Greenpeas. That being said, it’s the very action of logging (and the swift, bloody death of a logging crew and Steve Agee) that sets the beast on it’s rampage 90 miles to the south in the little, isolated, backwoods town of Maiden Woods.

We’re first introduced to Sheriff Paul Shields and his deputy Donny Saunders as they are investigating the strange disappearance of horse number 88 (they all have numbered bridles…don’t worry, like Chekhov’s gun, this comes into play later in the film). With other things on his mind, and what seems to be nothing more than a possible open gate (though the farmer denies it) and an escaped horse, Sheriff Shields leaves stating that he’ll look out for the missing horse 88.

CONTINUE READING FOR THE ENTIRE DARK WAS THE NIGHT REVIEW!

THE WORLD’S END GETS BLU-RAY/DVD RELEASE DATE & ART

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Source: Daily Dead

It has been announced that we’ll see THE WORLD’S END Blu-ray / DVD release in November. Now we have a look at the official cover art, along with details on bonus features. Check ’em out after the break!

Directed by Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz), The World’s End’s irresistible humor has made it the toast of film reviewers across the nation. Labeled “sheer comic perfection!” by Peter Travers of Rolling Stone and called “Hilarious!” by Entertainment Weekly’s Chris Nashawaty, The World’s End stars Simon Pegg (Star Trek Into Darkness, Paul) and Nick Frost (Snow White and the Huntsman, Paul). This is the third and final film in Wright’s The Ultimate Three Flavors Cornetto® Trilogy, which also features hits Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz starring Pegg and Frost, available exclusively on Blu-ray November 19th.

The World’s End also stars Paddy Considine (The Bourne Ultimatum), Martin Freeman (The Hobbit), Eddie Marsan (Sherlock Holmes), and Rosamund Pike (Jack Reacher). The Blu-ray™ Combo Pack serves up more than two hours of bonus content, including a gag reel, feature commentary with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, and an insider’s look at the making of the funniest reunion picture ever made.

CONTINUE READING FOR MORE ON THE WORLD’S END BLU-RAY/DVD RELEASE INCLUDING SPECS AND ART!

WITH THE WORLD’S END NOW IN THEATERS, CHECK OUT 16 MINUTES OF BEHIND THE SCENES FOOTAGE!

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With THE WORLD’S END now in theaters, check out 16 minutes of behind-the-scenes b-roll footage! We should warn you, however, that if you have yet to see THE WORLD’S END (what are you waiting for?), the footage does contain some spoiler-esque material, so view at your own peril. PERIL, I SAY!

Directed by Edgar Wright, THE WORLD’S END stars Wright regulars Simon Pegg & Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan, and Rosamund Pike. The Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy (also known as the Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy), the unofficial Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost trilogy that began with Shaun of the Dead finally comes to an explosive end.

CONTINUE READING FOR 16 MINUTES OF BEHIND-THE-SCENES FOOTAGE FROM THE WORLD’S END!

CHECK OUT THIS FRIGHTENING CLIP FROM IFC MIDNIGHT’S ‘RITES OF SPRING’

IFC Midnight & Padraig Reynolds’ creature feature RITES OF SPRING will be released on VOD July 27, alongside a limited theatrical release at New York City’s IFC Center. I initially thought it was going to be just another kidnap-torture-kill kind of flick (don’t get me wrong, I dig those kinds of films, but we’ve recently been inundated with quite a few of them). And then…then I found out there was going to be a monster in addition to the kidnap-torture-kill aspect. I’m a sucker for creature features, so I decided to check out the official site, and now all I can say is that I’m incredibly excited to see it. Now we’ve recently come across a clip from the film. Check it out below!

SYNOPSIS:

Starring AJ Bowen (THE SIGNALHOUSE OF THE DEVIL) and Anessa Ramsey (YELLOWBRICKROADTHE SIGNAL), a group of kidnappers abduct the daughter of a wealthy socialite and hide out in an abandoned school in the middle of the woods. But feelings of guilt soon overtake them, dividing the group and putting their entire plan in jeopardy. The evening further spirals out of control when their poorly chosen hideout becomes a hunting ground for a mysterious creature that requires springtime ritualistic sacrifices!

Additionally, it will also feature creature design by Aaron Sims (A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET: THE DREAM CHILDWRONG TURNTHE MISTI AM LEGENDCLASH OF THE TITANS, & THE THING) and  makeup effects artist Toby Sells.

 

IFC MIDNIGHT’S ‘RITES OF SPRING’ CREATURE PHOTOS AND CONCEPT ART REVEALED!

IFC Midnight & Padraig Reynolds’ creature feature RITES OF SPRING will be released on VOD July 27, alongside a limited theatrical release at New York City’s IFC Center. When I initially watched the trailer (see below), I thought it was going to be just another kidnap-torture-kill kind of flick (don’t get me wrong, I dig those kinds of films, but we’ve recently been inundated with quite a few of them). And then…then I found out there was going to be a monster in addition to the kidnap-torture-kill aspect. I’m a sucker for creature features, so I decided to check out the official site, and now all I can say is that I’m incredibly excited to see it.  The story, artwork, stills, and trailer have me thinking we might have a fantastically creepy indy horror flick on our hands. And NOW, thanks to Movies.com we have photos, sculpt design, and concept art of the creature itself (currently known as WORMFACE)! Check it all out below after the trailer and synopsis and click here for an interview with Reynolds, creature designer Aaron Sims and makeup effects artist Toby Sells. This creature looks AMAZING!

SYNOPSIS:

Starring AJ Bowen (THE SIGNALHOUSE OF THE DEVIL) and Anessa Ramsey (YELLOWBRICKROADTHE SIGNAL), a group of kidnappers abduct the daughter of a wealthy socialite and hide out in an abandoned school in the middle of the woods. But feelings of guilt soon overtake them, dividing the group and putting their entire plan in jeopardy. The evening further spirals out of control when their poorly chosen hideout becomes a hunting ground for a mysterious creature that requires springtime ritualistic sacrifices!

Additionally, it will also feature creature design by Aaron Sims (A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET: THE DREAM CHILDWRONG TURNTHE MISTI AM LEGENDCLASH OF THE TITANS, & THE THING) and  makeup effects artist Toby Sells.

WORMFACE:

CHECK OUT THE CONCEPT ART & CREATURE SCULPT AFTER THE BREAK!

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2 NEW STILLS FROM IFC CREATURE FEATURE: RITES OF SPRING

IFC Midnight has set a release date for Padraig Reynolds’ creature feature RITES OF SPRING. The film will be released on VOD July 27, alongside a limited theatrical release at New York City’s IFC Center. This film had, until recently, been flying under my radar. When I initially watched the trailer (see below), I thought it was going to be just another kidnap-torture-kill kind of flick (don’t get me wrong, I dig those kinds of films, but we’ve recently been inundated with quite a few of them). And then…then I found out there was going to be a monster in addition to the kidnap-torture-kill aspect. I’m a sucker for creature features, so I decided to check out the official site, and now all I can say is that I’m incredibly stoked to see it.  The story, artwork, stills, and trailer have me thinking we might have a fantastically creepy indy horror flick on our hands.

Now we have two new stills that have hit the web, check ’em out below!

SYNOPSIS:

Starring AJ Bowen (THE SIGNALHOUSE OF THE DEVIL) and Anessa Ramsey (YELLOWBRICKROADTHE SIGNAL), a group of kidnappers abduct the daughter of a wealthy socialite and hide out in an abandoned school in the middle of the woods. But feelings of guilt soon overtake them, dividing the group and putting their entire plan in jeopardy. The evening further spirals out of control when their poorly chosen hideout becomes a hunting ground for a mysterious creature that requires springtime ritualistic sacrifices!

Additionally, it will also feature creature design by Aaron Sims (A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET: THE DREAM CHILDWRONG TURNTHE MISTI AM LEGENDCLASH OF THE TITANS, & THE THING).

IFC MIDNIGHT TO RELEASE CREATURE FEATURE ‘RITES OF SPRING’ THIS JULY

IFC Midnight has set a release date for Padraig Reynolds’ creature feature RITES OF SPRING. The film will be released on VOD July 27, alongside a limited theatrical release at New York City’s IFC Center. This film had, until recently, been flying under my radar. When I initially watched the trailer (see below), I thought it was going to be just another kidnap-torture-kill kind of flick (don’t get me wrong, I dig those kinds of films, but we’ve recently been inundated with quite a few of them). And then…then I found out there was going to be a monster in addition to the kidnap-torture-kill aspect. I’m a sucker for creature features, so I decided to check out the official site, and now all I can say is that I’m incredibly stoked to see it.  The story, artwork, stills, and trailer have me thinking we might have a fantastically creepy indy horror flick on our hands.

SYNOPSIS:

Starring AJ Bowen (THE SIGNAL, HOUSE OF THE DEVIL) and Anessa Ramsey (YELLOWBRICKROAD, THE SIGNAL), a group of kidnappers abduct the daughter of a wealthy socialite and hide out in an abandoned school in the middle of the woods. But feelings of guilt soon overtake them, dividing the group and putting their entire plan in jeopardy. The evening further spirals out of control when their poorly chosen hideout becomes a hunting ground for a mysterious creature that requires springtime ritualistic sacrifices!

Additionally, it will also feature creature design by Aaron Sims (A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET: THE DREAM CHILD, WRONG TURN, THE MIST, I AM LEGEND, CLASH OF THE TITANS, & THE THING).

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REVIEW: SPLINTER(2008)

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Director: Toby Wilkins

Writers: Kai Barry, Ian Shorr, Toby Wilkins

Awards:
Splinter won six awards at the Screamfest Horror Film Festival: Best Editing, Best Score, Best Special Effects, Best Make-Up, Best Directing and Best Picture.
Splinter was nominated for Best Horror Film award by the 35th Annual Saturn Awards. Winners are due to be announced at a ceremony in Burbank, CA, on June 24th 2009.

A Brief Synopsis:
A young couple (played by Paul Costanzo and Jill Wagner) are out for an anniversary weekend of fun and camping.  Having to head back into town, they are stopped at gunpoint by two hitchhiking criminals heading north (played by Shea Whigham and Rachel Kerbs).  Things go from bad to worse as the group get a flat while running over a strangely active bit of roadkill.  Pulling into a gas station to take care of a busted radiator, the night takes a horrific turn as a strange, parasitic SPLINTER creature with the ability to inhabit, completely distort human (and any other mammal) bodies to use as their own personal death vehicles to attack other creatures while it continues to devour the creature it inhabits from the inside out.  CAN IT BE STOPPED?  WHO WILL SURVIVE?  WHAT WILL BE LEFT OF THEM?  (Wait, can I use that last bit?)

This movie was fantastic.  I can see why it won all of those freakin’ screamfest awards.  The makeup was spot on, the story was spot on, and most importantly (and something that generally brings down a good independent horror flick) the writing and acting was great!  I was drawn in by the story from the word go and the movie took hold and didn’t let go for the entire ride.  For fans of the site, it’s no real secret that I’ve been excited by this film since I first heard about it some months ago.  I mean, a movie set entirely in the backwoods, mainly a backwoods old gas station is sure to drag me in (look at the name of the site for cryin’ out loud), so when I found out that I was getting a review copy, I was stoked.  I watched the film a few days ago and decided not to write a review right after I saw it in order to let it roll around in the ‘ol noggin’ for a while.  I wanted to get over my initial excitement and see if the movie still had me after a while.

It does boils ‘n ghouls, without a doubt.

The only negative I can find with the movie would have  to be with the monster itself.  Though the last bit of the movie showed a good bit of the creature (in a way), I could’ve done with more.  I understand that keeping it to the shadows was probably both a budgetary and asthetic necessity, but, as with any good creature feature, I want to see the monster!  The hand gag, however, was freakin’ hilarious and reminded me of THE EVIL DEAD 2 a great deal.  I could probably have used a little more on the gore as well, but that’s just personal bias there.  What can I say, at times, I’m a gore hound.  One of the best aspects of the film would have to be watching Owen (from THE BACKWOODS HORRORSHOW and THE LINUX BLOG) jump at all the right places.  It’s great to see that kind of reaction from a horror film.

I look forward to the work Toby Wilkins will be doing in the future.  We have the potential for a new horror great on our hands.

HALLOWEEN 2 ‘UNCLE SEYMOUR COFFINS’ COMMERCIAL

Below is a commercial that’s been floating around the mighty internets for a bit now.  It’s a commercial from UNCLE SEYMOUR COFFIN’S CREATURE FEATURE SHOW from Halloween 2.  Hmmm.  Doubt it’ll be in the movie…probably a DVD extra if anything.
Uncle Seymore Coffins’ Creature Double-Feature

VIDEO HORROR KILLED THE RADIO STAR

Posted on 22nd November 2008 by aaron in Personal - Tags: , ,

So this is a purely personal post. I’ve been thinking long and hard (that’s what she said) about doing a kind of CREATURE FEATURE type thing in relation to the site. Something like THE BACKWOODS HORRORSHOW, only as a visual (aka video) medium.  Something kind of along the lines of THE COOL GHOUL or ZACHERLY’s schtick, but with my own, backwoodsy kind of spin on it. I’d create a character and do movie reviews and maybe MST3K a few flicks (public domain, obviously, because studios get all huffy about using their flicks without authorization). Any thoughts from you readers out there, feel free to use the “comment” feature.

And speaking of comments, I’ve been thinking about adding a forum to the site; in a way trying to create a sort of BACKWOODS HORROR fan community, though I don’t know how many of you are out there and if that’d be a waste of time or not. Let me know by commenting below or by sending me an email at: aaron@backwoodshorror.com

Let me know what you think!

“KEEP AMERICA STRONG, WATCH HORROR MOVIES!”
Aaron