It’s book central here at Backwoods Horror today it’d seem. I’ve had a copy of both of Tom Savini’s amazing GRANDE ILLUSIONS books for some time (one signed by the man himself), having found them in a box of books donated to the library I was working in at the time. You can imagine the freak-out that followed for yourselves. It was like finding buried treasure. On the inside cover of both, it said that the books were published by Morris Costumes specifically for the costume trade and have been, for the longest time, difficult to get ones claws on. It’s always been one of the high points of my collection. Now, it would seem, the rest of you finally get your chance to check out these amazing books in a re-release that combines both books into one mighty tome you’d be proud to have on your horror shelves.
Howdy Boils ‘n Ghouls! The great Backwoods Horror Fundraiser is in full swing right now and we’re trying to raise some money to make the site a bit more presentable (technical mumbo jumbo that I’m assured is important as our numbers keep growing). I just wanted to Alert you to some fantastic items up for sale (and auction) on eBay right now with all proceeds going to Backwoods Horror. Check ’em out below before they’re all gone!
We’ve got a copy of the out-of-print STEPHEN THROWER book NIGHTMARE USA on Auction right now starting at $150 with a buy it now price of $200. This is CHEAP folks, and it’s in perfect condition, so get it while you can!
A TEASER TRAILER AND POSTER HAVE BEEN RELEASED FOR DOC OF THE DEAD, THE ULTIMATE ZOMBIE DOCUMENTARY!
FROM THE PRESS RELEASE:
THEY’RE YOU. THEY’RE US. THEY’RE EVERYWHERE…THEY’RE ALL MESSED UP…THEY’RE DEAD. DOC OF THE DEAD is the definitive zombie culture documentary and speculative chronicle of the Zombie Apocalypse. The film features appearances by Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead) and the Grandfather of Zombie-dom, George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead). Others planned for the film include author Max Brooks (World War Z, soon to be a major motion picture starring Brad Pitt), Greg Nicotero (Executive Producer and make-up FX “The Walking Dead”), Charlie Adlard (Artist, The Walking Dead), Mick Garris (Stephen King’s “The Shining,” and “The Stand”), Steve Barton (Never Sleep Again, Hatchet II, Survival of the Dead, “Paranormal Paparazzi”), Alan Jones (Frightfest), and many more!
To learn more about the project and how you can help, visit the official Doc of the Deadwebsite, and “like” Doc of the Dead on Facebook! Also, be sure to check out the kickstarter page they still have running to help complete this amazing documentary!
The Zombie Apocalypse seems to be on everybody’s lips these days. Should we categorize it as fiction, dismiss it as far-fetched paranoia, or speculate about it as a plausible scenario? Doc of the Dead is brought to the screen by the creators of the groundbreaking participatory and award-winning The People vs. George Lucas – Director Alexandre O. Philippe, Director of Photography/Producer Robert Muratore, and Producer Kerry Deignan Roy. It’s co-hosted by Geekscape’s own Jonathan London and Red Letter Media’s infamous Mr. Plinkett (The Phantom Menace review), who will be sitting in his basement, far away from all the chaos.
Doc of the Dead delves deep into the myriad crevasses of zombie culture to deliver the first ever in-depth look at a contemporary social pandemic of global proportions. Shot and edited in a cinematically edgy, high-octane style, it will host a rich and entertaining dialogue with zombie experts and celebrities, seek participation from YouTubers and indie filmmakers, and examine viral cultural trends to explore the possibility and ramifications of an actual zombie outbreak with sociologists, virologists, chemists, and members of the Zombie Research Society.
In short, this is the film that zombie fans across the globe have been secretly waiting for; and because reality is scarier than fiction, prepare to be utterly and positively FREAKED OUT! And remember – always aim for the head.
Doc of the Dead is written and directed by Alexandre O. Philippe and produced by DoP Robert Muratore and Kerry Deignan Roy.
No reader of Backwoods Horror should be unfamiliar with Tom Savini’s work. Garnering at one time the Godfather of Gore, the King of Splatter, his special makeup effects work spans a great deal of the horror films we grew up with. FRIDAY THE 13th, FRIDAY THE 13th PART IV, DAWN OF THE DEAD, DAY OF THE DEAD, MARTIN, MANIAC, THE PROWLER, the list goes on and on. Something of a renaissance man of the film industry, though he’s known for his effects work, he’s also an accomplished stunt man, director, and actor. You name it, he’s done it. And now, finally, a documentary has been made about this incredible man.
Having succeeded with raising a few bucks with their kickstarter campaign, Jason Baker and MIJO Films present SMOKE AND MIRRORS: THE STORY OF TOM SAVINI, a film that delves into his early life, career, and legacy by not only interviewing the man himself, but everyone he’s worked with throughout the years, featuring interviews with Academy Award winning special effects make-up artists Greg Nicotero and Howard Berger of KNB EFX, Video Watchdog founder and film critic Tim Lucas, The Misfits’ Jerry Only, and legendary filmmaker George A. Romero among others…people who have considered him a lifelong friend. For those of you lucky enough to be at the Montreal Comic Con Horrorfest, Baker will be debuting the film on Saturday, September 15th, at 10:15pm with Tom, the man himself, in attendance. I am so incredibly excited that someone has finally made a documentary about a man whose artistry has changed the course of horror films forever and I can’t wait to see it.
I was lucky enough to meet Tom Savini in Asheville, NC at a small lecture he was giving about his career in makeup and special effects to a theater class at UNCA. I wasn’t a part of the class and so was not allowed to attend as there were only 12 or 13 seats, but he came walking out of the room before the lecture and saw me standing there with my EVIL DEAD t-shirt on and began talking to me about what an awesome film it was. Then he introduced himself, as did I while also telling him I knew exactly who he was and what a fan I was of him and his work but wasn’t allowed to attend the lecture. Not only did he get me in, and right at the front row, but he signed my copies of his Grande Illusions books, A rare DAWN OF THE DEAD poster book, and was nice enough to take a photo with me. He’s an incredible man who has done some incredible work both behind and in front of the camera, and this documentary has been a long time coming.
According to Screen Daily, Exhibit A Pictures, the outfit behind THE PEOPLE VS. GEORGE LUCAS are currently working on a documentary that will explore zombies in-depth in all their film incarnations.
Director Alexandre O Philippe has revealed that he is already at work on DOC OF THE DEAD, a thorough new film that will explore zombies on screen in all their manifestations. Shooting is currently underway. Philippe has already spoken to SHAUN OF THE DEAD’s Simon Pegg for the film and is shortly to interview zombie guru George Romero (NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, DAWN OF THE DEAD, DAY OF THE DEAD, etc.) on camera.
It’s no secret that we here at Backwoods Horror are zombie marks (even checking out the shittiest zombie flicks ever made…like the DAY OF THE DEAD REMAKE.), and there have been various documentaries focusing on particular zombie films, and even one or two documentaries about zombies in general, but nothing that has really gone in depth and explored zombies from the very beginning and given the subgenre the respect it deserves. Fingers crossed, this will be the one.
More as it develops.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, I couldn’t properly wish Uncle George a very happy 70th Birthday on Wednesday. So, for George, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Here’s some video Q&A Footage from the Rue Morgue Festival Of Fear (and some viddy at the bottom from my brief introduction to the man). We here at BACKWOODS HORROR LOVE ALL OF YOUR HARD WORK AND DETERMINATION. He is not only a pioneer in horror filmmaking, or zombie filmmaking, but filmmaking in general. He is a credit to the independent soul of the true filmmaking artist. Cheers!
George A. Romero Q&A
Dario Argento and George A. Romero Q&A
Meeting him myself at a local comic shop HEROES. Friggin’ awesome!
Ok, took a look at the new ...OF THE DEAD trailer over at Fangoria (see below). What can I say… this movie looks like it’s going to blow as much as DIARRHEA OF THE DEAD . Come on Romero. I love ya, I really do…but…you know…this is starting to get embarrasing. Check the trailer to see what I mean. Looks like a Sci-Fi Original. Damn, I really was hoping for a return to form, some last hurrah, but this thing looks like ass. DAMN!
Here’s a video where I meet George A. Romero for the first time. I’m a bit star-struck, I must say. Another video will be coming soon about what I got signed and how the experience kind of sucked really (NOT GEORGE’S FAULT).
HORROR FANS WILL GIVE THANKS FOR THE “THANKSGIVING DAY OF THE DEAD”, AS MONSTERS HD COOKS UP A CORNUCOPIA OF UNDEAD THRILLS WITH TWO CULT CLASSIC ONLINE PREMIERES: “DAY OF THE DEAD” AND “THE RAGE” – ONLY AT MONSTERSHD.COM!
Just got the following press release. For those of you lucky enough to get MONSTERSHD, here’s what you get to look forward to this Thanksgiving when you’re munchin’ on your turkey and mashed ‘taters.
This Thanksgiving, MONSTERS HD cordially invites viewers to cozy up to a free undead buffet with all the trimmings: “Thanksgiving Day of the Dead.” The George Romero cult classic Day of the Dead and the neo-classic, The Rage, from director and special-effects master, Robert Kurtzman will be available to watch on MONSTERSHD.com on Thanksgiving. So, this holiday, while everyone else is gobbling turkey, sink your teeth into “the other white meat” with these tasty zombie offerings, premiering on November 27.
BETTER THAN FOOTBALL, HAH!