TOM SAVINI’S GRANDE ILLUSIONS SPECIAL EFFECTS MAKEUP BOOKS TO GET A RE-RELEASE

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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.

CONTINUE READING AFTER THE BREAK FOR MORE ON TOM SAVINI’S GRANDE ILLUSIONS RE-RELEASE!

SCREAM FACTORY ANNOUNCES NEW SPECIAL EDITION RELEASES FOR 2013

Source: SCREAM FACTORY Official Facebook Page

It’s no secret that Shout Factory’s special division SCREAM FACTORY is ahead of the game when it comes to releasing amazing special editions of horror and exploitation films we all hold dear to our cold black hearts. They remind me of Anchor Bay during the early days of their awesome DVD releases and are quickly becoming the kings of special edition horror releases. Now, SCREAM FACTORY has stated on their official facebook page a few of the special editions scheduled for release in 2013, and I for one can’t wait to get my blood soaked claws on ’em.

From the release:

The wait is over! We can now officially reveal some really cool and beloved horror classics from the 80s that will be coming from the “Factory” in 2013: 

  • THE FOG (1980): John Carpenter’s seaside ghostly revenge flick with Adrienne Barbeau and Jamie Lee Curtis. New extras are in the works! First time on Blu-ray.
  • THE BURNING (1981): Summer Camp. Garden shears. Tom Savini effects. Need we say more? First time on Blu-ray 
  • THE HOWLING (1981): Joe Dante’s ultimate werewolf pic with superb Rob Bottin effects. First time on Blu-ray. 
  • LIFEFORCE (1985): Tobe Hooper’s space vampires and light-show extravaganza finally gets its first ever anamorphic widescreen presentation! First time on Blu-ray.
  • NIGHT OF THE COMET (1984): Shopping and zombies highlight this post-Doomsday cult classic. First time on Blu-ray. 
  • DAY OF THE DEAD (1985): George Romero’s splattery undead classic gets a new collector’s edition with new extras. 

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.

KEEP READING FOR A LOOK AT THE TEASER TRAILER AND THE KICKASS NEW POSTER FOR DOC OF THE DEAD!

A TRAILER HITS FOR THE NEW TOM SAVINI DOCUMENTARY: SMOKE AND MIRRORS

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.

HELP SUPPORT INDEPENDENT HORROR FILM ‘THE THREE’ WITH HALLOWEEN CONCERT/COSTUME PARTY

Scott Goldberg and the rest of the cast and crew (including composer/producer Mark Nadolski, Ed Demko, Hugo Fernandez, and actor Chris Margaritis) need you, the horror film fans of the world, to help make the feature length version of THE THREE a reality.

From the event facebook page:

You Are Invited: “Us and Floyd” Pink Floyd Tribute Band Halloween Show/Halloween Costume Party at the Glen Cove Moose Club at 22 Continental Place in Glen Cove, New York on Saturday, October 20h, 2012. There will be free food, candy, fundraising raffles and more! Invite your friends to this event and help spread the word. Us and Floyd (the band I lead sing and perform in) www.UsAndFloyd.com will be doing three full sets of live Pink Floyd music, jamming out the classic tunes of Pink Floyd.

We are fundraising for our feature length version of THE THREE and hope that you will join us on Saturday October 20th, 2012 in Glen Cove, New York at the Glen Cove Moose Club.

The filmmakers have also started a kickstarter campaign to raise the necessary $250,000  goal by October 31st, 2012.

Your contributions will go towards building the underground bunker set in the Wampum Mine Facility that serves as the centerpiece for the entire film. Your contributions will also go towards necessary production related costs such as camera and equipment rentals and post productions costs. Any level contribution is incredibly appreciated by the filmmakers and, as with other kickstarter campaigns, not only will you help contribute to an independent,  high quality, dark, and thought provoking film, but at certain levels, you will also receive benefits such as a copy of the completed film with a collector’s edition 11×17 poster signed by the cast and crew of the film. At higher levels you can get your name in the credits as a special thanks or producer, as well as two tickets to the NYC premiere of the film with access to the V.I.P. section and an invitation to the after party with cast and crew.

Independent horror cannot exist without you, the fans, making it all possible. So head on over to the official THE THREE site for more information and to help contribute to modern, intelligent, independent cinema!

NEW DOCUMENTARY, DOC OF THE DEAD, TO EXPLORE ZOMBIES IN FILM

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.

HELP FUND DARK INDEPENDENT CINEMA BY CONTRIBUTING TO SCOTT GOLDBERG’S FEATURE FILM PRODUCTION OF ‘THE THREE’

About a week ago, we introduced you to a conceptual short horror film written and directed by Scott Goldberg titled THE THREE. Scott Goldberg, for those who haven’t heard of him, has made a name for himself within the indy horror community by writing, producing, and directing many award winning and festival favorite films. Much like what Sam Raimi did when he created WITHIN THE WOODS, Goldberg filmed the short film THE THREE  (filmed in the Wampum Mine storage facility where DAY OF THE DEAD was shot, and stars DAY OF THE DEAD Romero alumni Lori Cardille (DAY OF THE DEAD) and John Amplas (MARTIN)) as a concept film to raise the funding necessary for a feature length version of the film.

Now Scott Goldberg and the rest of the cast and crew (including composer/producer Mark Nadolski, Ed Demko, Hugo Fernandez, and actor Chris Margaritis) need you, the horror film fans of the world, to help make the feature length version of THE THREE a reality. The filmmakers have started a kickstarter campaign to raise the necessary $250,000 goal by October 31st, 2012.

For several years, the feature length version of THE THREE has been a dream for the filmmakers involved, and with your help they can make this dream a reality. In the video above, filmmakers Scott Goldberg and Mark Nadolski talk about the lack of originality in many modern horror films, as well as having what it takes (the right mindset and ideas) to make dark, original horror films.

Your contributions will go towards building the underground bunker set in the Wampum Mine Facility that serves as the centerpiece for the entire film. Your contributions will also go towards necessary production related costs such as camera and equipment rentals and post productions costs. Any level contribution is incredibly appreciated by the filmmakers and, as with other kickstarter campaigns, not only will you help contribute to an independent,  high quality, dark, and thought provoking film, but at certain levels, you will also receive benefits such as a copy of the completed film with a collector’s edition 11×17 poster signed by the cast and crew of the film. At higher levels you can get your name in the credits as a special thanks or producer, as well as two tickets to the NYC premiere of the film with access to the V.I.P. section and an invitation to the after party with cast and crew.

Independent horror cannot exist without you, the fans, making it all possible. So head on over to the official THE THREE site for more information and to help contribute to modern, intelligent, independent cinema!

FILMMAKER’S DISCLAIMER:

We appreciate Lori Cardille and John Amplas’s involvement in the short concept version of THE THREE. However, due to independently producing the feature length production of the film without studio backing, we unfortunately will not be able to cast them in the final film due to Union restrictions. We will, however, be working with up and coming talent and appreciate your contributions for the feature length production of THE THREE.

SCOTT GOLDBERG WANTS TO TAKE HORROR IN NEW, DARKER DIRECTION WITH ‘THE THREE’

A few weeks ago, we received an email from a producer about a conceptual short horror film written and directed by Scott Goldberg titled THE THREE. Scott Goldberg, for those who haven’t heard of him, has made a name for himself within the indy horror community by writing, producing, and directing many award winning and festival favorite films. Much like what Sam Raimi did when he created WITHIN THE WOODS, Goldberg created THE THREE short (filmed in the Wampum Mine storage facility where DAY OF THE DEAD was shot, and stars DAY OF THE DEAD stars Romero alumni Lori Cardille (DAY OF THE DEAD) and John Amplas (MARTIN)) as a concept film to raise the funding necessary for a feature length version of the film.

With THE THREE, Goldberg is looking to move away from the modern, slash ‘n dash horror film, and create something that burrows its way into your mind, eliciting fear and dread on a level jump scare films simply cannot provide. But who better to explain than Scott Goldberg himself in this promotional video:

Below is the short concept film THE THREE. It does its job of leaving the viewer with questions and wanting more. I look forward to what Goldberg can do with a feature length version of the film. Be sure to check out the official site for more information on the film and how you can get involved.

 

HAPPY LATE BIRTHDAY GEORGE A. ROMERO!! 70 YEARS AND GOING STRONG!

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!

NEW BLU-RAY ‘DAY OF THE DEAD’ SPECIAL EDITION…FOR THE UK

Those tea-drinking, queen loving bastards are at it again with their awesome editions of shit we in America would OBVIOUSLY appreciate more (though, more than likely, we’ll eventually get it…but I want it NOOOOOOOOOOOOOW).  What am I ranting about?  Oh, well, only a new special edition of DAY OF THE DEAD on Blue-Ray (with an added DVD for more special features).  That’s right, the love that has been shown only to NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD and DAWN OF THE DEAD (I still drool over my Ultimate Edition black case of zombie lovin’), is finally coming to the classic DAY OF THE DEAD.  This new edition for the 25th Anniversary (which Brits can pick up March 29th) is going to kick some major f-ing ass, and, once we in the STATES get it, well, it’s BLU-RAY time for the shack.  Check out the article at Shoot For The Head for an in-depth look at what this sweet, sweet edition has packin’!  LUCKY BASTARDS!

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