NEW YORK READERS, JOIN FANGORIA AND GUNNAR HANSEN AT TIMES SCARE!

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Gunnar Hansen, the original Leatherface, cuts deep into the making of a classic in Chronicle Books’ forthcoming CHAIN SAW CONFIDENTIAL. New York-area fans can meet the man, pick up an advance copy of his tome and get it signed at a special event that FANGORIA’s hosting at Times Scare next week!

CONTINUE READING FOR MORE ON THE CHAIN SAW CONFIDENTIAL EVENT AT TIMES SCARE!

TWIN PEAKS & FIRE WALK WITH ME BLU RAY SET COMING SOON?

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David Lynch followed the conclusion of his and Mark Frost’s enrapturing, sometimes frightening, sometimes goofy influential television series TWIN PEAKS with astounding, tragic masterpiece TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME. Will all of it hit Blu-ray together next year? Production seems underway.

The saga of Laura Palmer, her death, and the townspeople affected and disaffected by it is one that continues to live on in the minds of fans the world over. This very loyal fan base has, in recent years, received what has, until now, been the definitive release of the complete series. Perhaps a smaller, but no less die hard set of fans of TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME currently only have the option of a Region 2 Blu for the best presentation. That release is still missing a huge wealth of deleted material (causing much in the way of garmonbozia, aka Pain and Sorrow), and other special features.

While there’s no confirmation such material will be included, The Digital Bits has brought news that CBS is currently toiling away at the aforementioned set, stating, “Speaking of which, work on Twin Peaks: The Complete Series on Blu-ray is also well under way at CBS, with a release expected in time for the end of the year or early next. Multiple sources tell us that a deal has been made to allow the inclusion of David Lynch’s Fire Walk With Me in the package, so fans will at long last be treated to a truly complete set.”

Much more to come! For a full rundown of the deleted material in FIRE WALK WITH ME, see the four-part series at David Lynch and TWIN PEAKS resource, DugPa.

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TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D VIRAL IMAGERY & NEW PHOTOS FROM THE FILM

A slew of imagery has recently been released regarding the upcoming TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D including a viral police folder from the official facebook page and a variety of stills from the film.

The film is being directed by John Luessenhop from a screenplay by Adam Marcus, Debra Sullivan and Kirsten Elms. Dan Yeager, John Dugan, Bill Moseley, Alexandra Daddario, Sue Rock, Tania Raymonde, Scott Eastwood, Gunnar Hansen, Tobe Hooper, Paul Rae, Keram Malicki-Sánchez, Ritchie Montgomery, Trey Songz, Marilyn Burns, Shaun Sipos, Thom Barry and Richard Riehle star. It’s been rated “R” by the MPAA for “strong, grisly violence and language throughout.

The film hits theaters on January 4th, 2013.

SYNOPSIS:

Texas Chainsaw 3D continues the legendary story of the homicidal Sawyer family, picking up where Tobe Hooper’s 1974 horror classic left off in Newt, Texas, where for decades people went missing without a trace. The townspeople long suspected the Sawyer family, owners of a local barbeque pit, were somehow responsible. Their suspicions were finally confirmed one hot summer day when a young woman escaped the Sawyer house following the brutal murders of her four friends. Word around the small town quickly spread, and a vigilante mob of enraged locals surrounded the Sawyer stronghold, burning it to the ground and killing every last member of the family – or so they thought.

Decades later and hundreds of miles away from the original massacre, a young woman named Heather learns that she has inherited a Texas estate from a grandmother she never knew she had. After embarking on a road trip with friends to uncover her roots, she finds she is the sole owner of a lavish, isolated Victorian mansion. But her newfound wealth comes at a price as she stumbles upon a horror that awaits her in the mansion’s dank cellars…

KEEP READING AFTER THE BREAK FOR MORE IMAGERY AND STILLS FROM THE FILM!

ROBERT HALL’S LIGHTNING BUG HEADING TO BLU-RAY!

While it’s not exactly a horror film, I absolutely love Robert Hall’s LIGHTNING BUG. Makeup FX artist Robert Hall is perhaps been best-known as the director of his ultragory LAID TO REST movies, but he launched his filmmaking career with the less gory, but still genre-friendly LIGHTNING BUG, a film I still consider to be his masterpiece.

From Fangoria:

LIGHTNING BUG hits hi-def disc January 15, 2013 from Image Entertainment in the U.S. and Anchor Bay in Canada, and will be chock full of previously unseen features. Most notably, Hall tells us, “In addition to the theatrical cut, the disc will include an ‘Extended Cut’ that has never been seen before. It contains an entire subplot with Don Gibb in a hilarious role that was cut from the [previous] Anchor Bay version for time. We’re also working on a retrospective with all-new interviews with the key players that we’re hoping to include if we can get it done in time.”

As for the movie itself, “It has been completely remastered and restored from the original print and color-corrected for Blu-ray, supervised my myself and DP Brandon Trost. We also fixed and enhanced some visual effects shots now that we have that luxury. It has never looked this good.”

KEEP READING FOR MORE AFTER THE BREAK INCLUDING THE NEW ART AND TRAILER!

CHILDREN SHOULDN’T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS REMAKE OFFICIALLY IN THE WORKS

Who knows why, but the camp classic CHILDREN SHOULDN’T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS, directed by the late, great Bob Clark, is being remade. Seriously, folks…stop it with the remakes already! Particularly remakes of cult classics much of today’s audience has never heard of. That being said, Fangoria Entertainment and Anchor Bay Entertainment are teaming up to make a new version of  Clark’s ’70s zombie flick a reality. Drew Daywalt scripted the update and Tom Savini is on board to direct so with any luck the special makeup effects will be up to par. I wonder if the remake will retain the same campy humor so prevalent in the original.

In the original film thespians, led by Alan Ormsby’s character, go to a graveyard on a remote island to perform a necromantic ritual. The ritual works and soon the dead are walking about and chowing down on human flesh. The remake, from what we know so far, follows a similar storyline with a group of filmmakers  accidently awakening the undead. Zombie mayhem ensues.

GORY PHOTOS AND TRAILER FOR INDY HORROR FILM ‘THE CEMETERY’ HIT THE WEB

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Until recently, I hadn’t heard anything about THE CEMETERY, the forthcoming film from writer/director Adam Ahlbrandt. And then, by chance, I happened upon a Fangoria article online about the film and was blown away by the special makeup effects in the photos and a trailer (available only on Fangoria for now) that left me wanting more.

A co-production with Adversary Films and Backseat Conceptions and filmed in the Philadelphia area, THE CEMETERY stars J.D. Brown, Natalie Jean, Adam Huss, Tim Cronin, and Ruby Larocca amongst others, with special makeup effects by Doug Sakmann and Tom Kollmer. Check out THE CEMETERY’s official website and Facebook page for more info.

SYNOPSIS FROM THE OFFICIAL SITE:

A team of paranormal investigators must fight for their lives after accidentally releasing a demon from a forgotten cemetery.

Deep in the Pennsylvania hills, a cemetery for those who died during exorcism remains a dark secret for the church. In 1671, hundreds of men, women, and children suffered in bloody, torturous rituals at the hands of priests unable to contain the evil of the possessed. Were these possessions real, or is the story a hoax to cover up the sins of the deranged priests thirsty for human blood? Bill and his team of cynical paranormal investigators plan to find out the truth. As the producer and host of the reality TV show “Ghost Seekers,” Bill and his crew have seen it all: abandoned prisons, haunted houses, and decrepit mental hospitals. Night after night of boring trips to empty run down buildings has left them sure that the dead stay dead and that ghosts are the furthest thing from being real. Their lack of faith will soon be repaid in blood. Armed with the church’s historical record, they set out into the wilderness to uncover this series of forgotten atrocities. The demons of the past are invited to return and the gory details of old sins are revealed as the possessed begin hunting the living. Alternately gut-punching hilarious and brutally violent, The Cemetery takes the best elements of the old-school slasher film and pushes them to the edge.

*** WARNING *** THIS FILM CONTAINS VIOLENCE, GORE, EXPLICIT LANGUAGE, NUDITY, AND SHEER BRUTALITY! NOT RATED AND INTENDED FOR MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY.

Sounds like it’s right up my dark and dreary alley. Check out the rest of the photos and official poster below.



OFFICIAL BLU-RAY / DVD RELEASE ART FOR ‘THE BOOGENS’

Almost a month ago, we here at Backwoods Horror told you THE BOOGENS was finally arriving on DVD/Blu-ray on August 7, featuring a newly mastered HD widescreen transfer from an archival 35mm print, with audio commentary by director James L. Conway, star Rebecca Balding and screenwriter David O’Malley (who wrote the script with THE HIDDEN’s Bob Hunt, a.k.a. Jim Kouf). Retail prices are $24.95 for the DVD and $29.95 for the Blu-ray. Now we finally have the OFFICIAL home video release box art for the film. Check it out!

I couldn’t be happier that they’re deciding to go with the old poster art for the cover. I sorely miss art like this on DVD/Blu-ray covers, art that harkens back to a happier time when, in the 80’s, I’d go to the local mom ‘n pop video store and drool over the latest horror releases, sometimes picking this one or that due to the fantastic box art alone.

In case you’ve never heard of THE BOOGENS, here’s a brief, BRIEF, synopsis:

THE BOOGENS takes place in the wintry mountain town of Silver City where a town falls prey to tentacled beasts from the deep when a formerly condemned silver mine is re-opened.

GEORGE ROMERO TO VOICE VIDEO GAME VILLAIN IN ‘ZOMBIE SQUASH’

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Last Halloween, a short demo for the game Zombie Squash was released to high praise and fan response by ACW Games owner and a former Fangoria writer Attila Juhasz. Two years in development, Juhasz is preparing to release the full version of the game this Halloween for PC and Mac. The game takes place in a world where a mad scientist named Dr. Beau E. Vil, voiced by the legendary godfather of Zombies George A. Romero, has turned formerly benign squash and other gourds into violent, zombie fiends bent on death and destruction. Players take on the character of an ass kicking rabbit by the name of Jack Stompingtail who, with an arsenal of projectile carrots, zucchinis and other garden-derived ammo, goes on a quest to stop the Zombie Squash from taking over the world.

From Fango (be sure to check out their exclusive trailer for the game here):

“I started developing ZOMBIE SQUASH two years ago,” says Juhasz, ACW Games owner and a former Fango scribe, “and released a short demo last Halloween, and the reactions have been outstanding.” Response was strong enough that Juhasz signed not only Romero to voice his villain, but music producer Roy Z. (Sepultura, Yngwie Malmsteen, Sebastian Bach) to co-write and produce the soundtrack and world-renowned illustrator Marc Sasso to create characters and the official cover. Next week, ACW will announce a ZOMBIE SQUASH Kickstarter campaign, offering rewards to backers that will include access to Beta releases, full DRM-free copies of the game, T-shirts, CDs, sponsorship and associate producer opportunities and more. An official press release will be out next week with more details; in the meantime, you can visit the game’s official website.

 

 

THE BOOGENS FINALLY COMING TO DVD & BLU-RAY

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FINALLY!!! Finally, the early 80’s monster flick (and a favorite of Stephen King and myself) THE BOOGENS is coming to DVD and Blu-Ray! This from Fangoria:

Olive Films has announced that it will release 1981’s THE BOOGENS on DVD and Blu-ray August 7, featuring a newly mastered HD widescreen transfer from an archival 35mm print, with audio commentary by director James L. Conway, star Rebecca Balding and screenwriter David O’Malley (who wrote the script with THE HIDDEN’s Bob Hunt, a.k.a. Jim Kouf). Retail prices are $24.95 for the DVD and $29.95 for the Blu-ray.

Here’s a brief synopsis in case you’re unfortunate enough to have never seen this gem:

THE BOOGENS takes place in the wintry mountain town of Silver City where a town falls prey to tentacled beasts from the deep when a formerly condemned silver mine is re-opened.

I know what’s going on my birthday list! Check out the trailer below.

WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY FANGORIA?

Those of you in the Horror Community are probably aware of the varying issues going on right now with Fangoria.  A major shift in content and power has, it would seem, found its way to those bloody shores.  For those not so aware, I’ll give a brief overview.

First off, take a gander at FANGORIA’S OFFICIAL SITE.  Look a little different?  The thing’s been gutted through and through.  When you get there, you’ll be taken to a blog trying to explain things.  What you’ll come to realize, however, is that Fangoria.com, even with recent efforts, has not been too terribly functional, rarely giving the horror-loving audiences what they want, what they CRAAAAAAAAAVE.  Of course, this has been great for sites like Shock Till You Drop, Bloody-Disgusting, BackwoodsHorror (heh, shameless plug).  Fangoria, supposedly THE horror rag (though I’m a Rue Morgue man meself), just couldn’t keep up with the demand online.  Why?  Well, JAMES ZAHN (former FANGOR contributor) can fill you in on those shenanigans on his Facebook blog right here: WTF IS UP WITH FANGO?

Other than the website being an overall piece of shit, its dirt nap (until it’s potential resurrection) may very well have something to do with the shift of EDITOR IN CHIEF power within.  That’s right, the mad reign of Timpone has come to an end, and in his place, former RUE f’n MORGUE scribe Chris Alexander is taking the reins.  This can only be a good thing in my eyes.  Fangoria’s glory days have long since passed, and I believe that is due, in part, to the masturbatory nature the mag has taken to EVERYTHING that has come out.  Nothing in horror can do no wrong, it’d seem, ESPECIALLY (ka-ching, ka-ching) the big budget flicks.  One could tell this just by the ever increasing amount of cover stories devoted to films that a rabid baboon could tell you sucked balls.

I have great faith in this new direction in that I believe Mr. Alexander could potentially take Fangoria BACK to a place where it was an honest, enjoyable, and informative horror source again.  Fangoria could even, potentially, become a halfway decent rival to the ass-kicking rag RUE MORGUE, and this, my friends, is good news for all of us.  CLICKY CLICKY for another angle on the Chris Alexander story from SHOCK TILL YOU DROP.

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