CRYSTAL LAKE MEMORIES IS GETTING A COLLECTOR’S EDITION RE-RELEASE IN SEPTEMBER!

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In case you missed the original release of the most comprehensive documentary on the entire Friday The 13th series that has been, or ever will be, released, you’ll get another chance coming this September.

RLJ Entertainment will be releasing CRYSTAL LAKE MEMORIES: THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF FRIDAY THE 13TH on DVD and Blu-ray release on Sept. 8, 2015  and on Digital on Oct. 6, 2015.  The film stars  Sean S. Cunningham (Friday the 13th), Corey Feldman (Stand by Me), Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Robert Englund (Freddy vs. Jason), Alice Cooper (Wayne’s World), Frank Mancuso Jr. (Ronin), Adrienne King (Friday the 13th), Amy Steel (“All My Children”), Ari Lehman (Friday the 13th), Betsy Palmer (I’ve Got a Secret), Erin Gray (“Silver Spoons”), Kane Hodder (Se7en), Lar Park Lincoln (Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood), Robbi Morgan (Friday the 13th), and Stu Charno (Friday the 13th Part 2) and directed by Daniel Farrands.

CRYSTAL LAKE MEMORIES: THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF FRIDAY THE 13TH  takes viewers behind the mask on an epic journey into the making of the landmark horror franchise-from its humble beginnings in 1980 at a New Jersey summer camp to the blockbuster release of its 2009 “reboot.” Combining hundreds of rare and never-before-seen photographs, film clips, outtakes, archival documents, conceptual art and behind-the-scenes footage, and featuring interviews with more than 150 cast and crew members spanning all twelve films and the television series, CRYSTAL LAKE MEMORIES is the ultimate tribute to one of horror’s most iconic and enduring franchises.

Keep watching this space for a review folks. (I was supposed to get a review screener last year, but it never arrived. With any luck, I’ll get the blu edition of the film and will be able to comment not only on the documentary itself, but the supplementary contents as well).

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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!

JAMIE LEE CURTIS & STEVE MINER COLLABORATING ON NEW ‘FINAL GIRLS’ TV SHOW

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Source: Deadline

ABC Family has closed a deal for a high-profile horror spec script by writer Jeff Dixon, which has Jamie Lee Curtis attached to star and Steve Miner to direct and executive produce if the project goes to pilot. That would mark a reunion and return to the horror genre for the Halloween H2O star Curtis and its director Miner. While there is no green light yet for the project, I hear it is being put on a fast track.

Titled THE FINAL GIRLS, the drama revolves around a group of girls who have, in essence, survived their own personal horror stories and are brought together by a mysterious older woman (Curtis) to channel the stress and scars of their experience for some greater good. Horror launched Curtis’ feature career with the Halloween movies, starting with the original 1978 franchise-starter Halloween. Miner also helmed the second and third installment of another popular horror movie franchise, Friday The 13th.

In addition to Halloween H20, Miner directed Curtis in Forever Young. He recently has been working mostly at ABC Family, directing the pilots and multiple episodes of the network’s Make It Or Break It and Switched At Birth. If The Final Girls gets the green light, it would mark Curtis’ first series regular role since 1989?s Anything But Love. She recently did an arc on NCIS and guest starred on New Girl. Curtis is with CAA, Miner and Dixon with Gersh.”

CRYSTAL LAKE MEMORIES SALES SHEET SURFACES

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FROM THE PEOPLE WHO BROUGHT YOU
NEVER SLEEP AGAIN: THE ELM STREET LEGACY
Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th
Definitive documentary to be released Friday, September 13th
Pre-orders available now on CrystalLakeMemories.net

For those of you, like me, who have been voraciously chasing down every bit of information available on the upcoming definitive documentary on the Friday The 13th series, CRYSTAL LAKE MEMORIES: THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF FRIDAY THE 13th, a sales sheet has now hit the web. The sheet states, definitively, that the documentary is going to be a 4 disc set (2 blu-rays and 2 dvds), includes a bit more information about the doc itself, and includes a few images from the film.

CONTINUE READING FOR A LOOK AT THE CRYSTAL LAKE MEMORIES SALES SHEET!

6 NEW CLIPS FROM CRYSTAL LAKE MEMORIES: THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF FRIDAY THE 13th

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Source: Crystal Lake Memories Official Website & Dread Central:

As reported a few weeks ago, CRYSTAL LAKE MEMORIES: THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF FRIDAY THE 13th (now available for pre-order on the official site, with the official release coming Friday, September 13th) will be coming our way soon from 1428 Films, the same folk who brought us the outstandingly in-depth NEVER SLEEP AGAIN: THE ELM STREET LEGACY. With a running time of approximately seven hoursCrystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th explores each film — from the seminal 1980 slasher hit to the 2009 reboot, including the hit syndicated television series — in chronological order, and promises to be the definitive documentary on one of the most enduring horror franchises in motion picture history.

CONTINUE READING TO CHECK OUT 6 NEW CLIPS FROM CRYSTAL LAKE MEMORIES: THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF FRIDAY THE 13th!

NEW RELEASE DATE SET FOR FRIDAY THE 13TH DOCUMENTARY: CRYSTAL LAKE MEMORIES

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New release date for Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th
Definitive documentary to be released Friday, September 13th
Pre-orders available now on CrystalLakeMemories.net

From The Press Release:

1428 Films, Panic Productions and Hutson Ranch Media have announced that the release date for Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th has been moved to Friday, September 13th, 2013. The documentary was originally slated for release on August 27th.

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“Because of the scope of the show and in order to craft the best, most interesting and entertaining look at the films and TV series, it became necessary to give the post-production process a bit more time,” says producer Thommy Hutson. “Ultimately, though, we are thrilled with the show and can’t wait for fans to get back to camp – and we think Mrs. Voorhees and Jason would be happy with the new date!”

“Having spent well over a year in production on Crystal Lake Memories, we wanted to take a little more time to give fans the definitive Friday the 13th documentary they’ve been waiting for,” explains writer/director Daniel Farrands. “Not only were we able to line up a couple of last-minute interviews for our bonus disc and record a full filmmaker commentary track, it just made more sense to wait a couple of weeks and release Crystal Lake Memories on the ‘unlucky day’ it celebrates: Friday the 13th.”

The three-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo pack of the documentary, which runs a staggering 400 minutes, can currently be pre-ordered exclusively via the film’s official website. An exclusive bonus disc containing approximately 4 hours of extended interview material will be included with orders placed on the website. After the soft release on September 13th, the film will be available to the general public on October 8th.

Corey Feldman (star of Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter) narrates Crystal Lake Memories, which features interviews with approximately 150 cast and crew members from all twelve Friday the 13th films and the syndicated television series, many of whom have never before appeared in on-camera interviews. Interview subjects include Kane Hodder, Robert Englund, Tom Savini, Danielle Panabaker, Sean S. Cunningham, Derek Mears, Betsy Palmer, Wes Craven, Robert Shaye, Alice Cooper and many more.

Crystal Lake Memories promises to be the definitive retrospective on the unstoppable Friday the 13th franchise. The film is written and directed by Farrands and produced by Hutson, who previously teamed up for the award-winning Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy.

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Pre-order Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th now at CrystalLakeMemories.net and be sure to Check out the official Facebook Page!

R.I.P. JESS FRANCO, ROGER EBERT, & RICHARD BROOKER

Death, it would seem, always seem to happen in threes. Recently 2 figures in the horror/exploitation community: Jess Franco and Richard Brooker (the first actor to ever wear the quintessential Jason Hockey Mask), and a great critic who would, at times, wage war against the genre, but always knew art when he saw it: Roger Ebert.

After the break, you’ll find obituaries celebrating the lives of these men who entertained and, at times, enraged us, but all the same, had our respect.

KEEP READING FOR INDIVIDUAL REMEMBRANCES OF MR. EBERT, MR. FRANCO, AND MR. BROOKER…

OFFICIAL TRAILER FOR THE DOCUMENTARY SLICE AND DICE: THE SLASHER FILM FOREVER

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The documentary Slice and Dice: The Slasher Film Forever – a look at horror’s slasher film boom – is hitting UK DVD May 13th.  While we don’t have any word on a U.S. release, we do have a trailer to share with you.

Filleting-up numerous facts, which will appeal to both the seasoned follower of shock-cinema, and the more passive fan of fear-films, and featuring interviews with Corey Feldman (Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter), Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), Mick Garris (Masters of Horror), Tom Holland (Child’s Play), Jeffrey Reddick (creator: Final Destination), Adam Green (Hatchet) and Scott Spiegel (producer: Hostel series) to name but a few, this is a documentary which aptly investigates the appeal of the ever-endurable stalk and slash trend. Slice and Dice: The Slasher Film Forever explores all of the genre’s most famous features – including Psycho, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Halloween and Friday the 13th – as well as various cult obscurities and long forgotten flops!

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.

FREDDY KRUEGER, JASON VOORHEES TOASTERS COMING SOON

For those of you interested in seeing something other than the face of Jesus on your toast, Warner Bros. and Dynamic Forces are collaborating to create a series of toasters that will brand images from WB properties onto your toasty white or wheat. Friday the 13thGremlins, Little Shop of Horrors, The Goonies, and A Nightmare on Elm Street are just some of the property designs that will be available. Why? Who knows, but it’s weird and it’s horror, so I’m passing this oddity on to you.

BleedingCool.com received a press release today that may give us some idea as to what this insanity is all about:

These collector toasters will imprint iconic images from your favorite Warner Bros. films and television series onto slices of bread to make a fun impression on your breakfast, lunch or midnight snack! The extra-wide slots allow you to not only toast bread, but also bagels and more. UL tested and approved, it includes illuminated function buttons for cancel, reheat and frozen. The toaster design is a beautiful glossy black finish featuring the logo from the film or television series, and is a compliment to any counter top.

Hmmmmm, what’s really sad is that I might be interested in getting a Friday the 13th toaster if they aren’t too terribly pricey. We can look forward to toaster horror in September.