Z*CON, AN EXCITING NEW ZOMBIE FILM FOR CHARITY, LAUNCHES INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN!

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UPDATE: 6 DAYS LEFT TO MAKE THIS DREAM A REALITY! HEAD ON OVER TO THE INDIEGOGO PAGE AND CHECK IT OUT!

Source: Vince Collura & The Official Z*Con IndieGoGo Campaign:

Z*CON is feature length film about four teen podcasters who are trapped at a comic convention when the zombie apocalypse breaks out. They use social media to share what’s going on inside with the outside world. It’s kind of like “Goonies” meets “Shaun of the Dead” set in…well….a comic convention.

Oh…and 100% of the net proceeds from this film will go to charities such as The American Red Cross & Kids Need To Read! Pretty cool idea, huh? The IndieGoGo Campaign will be running from October 1st (hey, that’s today, so why aren’t you already donating?!) until November 9th, so while you have 40 days to contribute, you never know when the zombie apocalypse will hit, so head on over and start helping with the funding now!

I, for one, am incredibly excited about this project. If there’s any place for a zombie outbreak to occur, it’s going to be at a Con. Of course you’ll have your cowards and pants-pissers, but if I know anything, I know Con people, and I can guarantee that at least half (and this is a conservative number) have a zombie outbreak plan all ready to go. Weapons, however, will definitely prove an issue when all you have to work with is fake props and “boffer” swords. Regardless, we geeks are a hardy crowd and a zombie outbreak inside of a Con, while a nightmare to some, is a dream come true for horror fans!

CONTINUE READING FOR MORE ON THE INCREDIBLE, CHARITABLE, EXCITING NEW ZOMBIE FILM Z*CON!

NORMAN REEDUS ON HOW TO BE A BADASS

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With THE WALKING DEAD SEASON 4 premiere this Sunday October 13th, we here at Backwoods Horror (courtesy of AMC, of course) thought we’d share a few video extras in anticipation of what’s to come. First up is a video catching us all up on what happened at the end of the 3rd season. After than, we get an idea of what it takes to play a badass during the zombie apocalypse. Check ’em out after the break!

In the highly anticipated new season, we find Rick and the group fostering a thriving community in the safe haven of the prison. Sadly, in this brutal world, happiness is short-lived and walkers and outside threats are no match for danger brewing inside the fences. The group’s home and new way of life will be thoroughly tested, and their struggle to survive has never been so perilous. Season 4 also introduces several new characters including Bob Stookey (Lawrence Gilliard Jr.).

CONTINUE READING FOR A WALKING DEAD SEASON 3 RECAP & NORMAN REEDUS TELLING EXPLAINING WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A BADASS DURING A ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE!

CHECK OUT THIS SNEAK PEEK FROM THE FIRST EPISODE OF THE WALKING DEAD SEASON 4

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THE WALKING DEAD Season 4 premiere is THIS FRIGGIN SUNDAY, October 13th, and if you’re anything like me (and I’m sure you are, or else you wouldn’t be here), you’re chomping at the brains in anticipation. AMC has released a sneak peak from the first episode: 30 Days Without An Accident. Check it out after the break!

In the highly anticipated new season, we find Rick and the group fostering a thriving community in the safe haven of the prison. Sadly, in this brutal world, happiness is short-lived and walkers and outside threats are no match for danger brewing inside the fences. The group’s home and new way of life will be thoroughly tested, and their struggle to survive has never been so perilous. Season 4 also introduces several new characters including Bob Stookey (Lawrence Gilliard Jr.).

CONTINUE READING FOR A SNEAK PEEK AT THE FIRST EPISODE OF SEASON 4 OF THE WALKING DEAD!

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!

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN HITS TOMORROW NIGHT…ARE YOU READY?

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AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN hits tomorrow night and here’s hoping it starts with a bang and gives us everything we’ve been waiting for. After an exemplary second season that catapulted the show into true horror-dom (yes, I made that up, I’m a professor of horrorology, I can do that!), I have nothing but high hopes and expectations for the third. To celebrate, keep reading after the break for three new teasers. American Horror Story: Coven Premieres Wednesday, October 9 at 10p only on FX, starring Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Gabourey Sidibe, Patti LuPone, Emma Roberts, Angela Bassett, Taissa Farmiga, Frances Conroy, Lily Rabe, Evan Peters, Denis O’Hare, Alexandra Breckenridge, and Jamie Brewer.

In the new season a young girl, Zoe, is shattered to discover she possesses a strange genetic affliction tracing back to the dark days of Salem. Zoe is whisked away to Miss Robichaux’s Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies, a mysterious school in New Orleans devoted to safeguarding the few remaining descendants who share this unique bloodline. Harboring a secret agenda, Fiona Goode, the most powerful witch of their generation, returns to town, reigniting old rivalries with the Coven’s deadly enemies, the Voodoo.

CONTINUE READING FOR THREE NEW TEASERS AND MORE FOR AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN!

THE WALKING DEAD’S ROBERT KIRKMAN TO START NEW EXORCISM COMIC BOOK SERIES: OUTCAST

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From The Press Release:

Skybound is proud to announce OUTCAST, from Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta!

Outcast is the story of Kyle Barnes, a young man who has been plagued by possession since he was a child. Now an adult, he embarks on a journey to find answers, but what he uncovers could mean the end of life on Earth as we know it.

Slated to come out early 2014 as a monthly comic release, Robert Kirkman promises a dramatic, realistic horror concept similar to THE WALKING DEAD. Fox International is currently developing a potential television series with Kirkman based off Outcast, which he has been working on for over 2 years. Despite his recent involvement in TV, Kirkman reassured us, “I still love comics, that is my main focus.”

CONTINUE READING FOR MORE ON THE POTENTIAL OUTCAST TELEVISION SHOW & A TEASER LOOK AT THE COMIC!

GUILLERMO DEL TORO TO RELEASE HIS CABINET OF CURIOSITIES

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From The Press Release:

“For more than two decades, writer-director Guillermo del Toro has mapped out a territory in the popular imagination that is uniquely his own. From his first feature-length film, the modern classic Cronos, to his best-selling novels, to his latest movie Pacific Rim, del Toro has proven himself to be a one-of-a-kind creative visionary able to bring his singular sensibility equally to Hollywood blockbusters such as Hellboy and to more personal projects such as the Oscar–winning Pan’s Labyrinth. Now comes a gift and gorgeous keepsake for his legions of fans: GUILLERMO DEL TORO CABINET OF CURIOSITIES: My Notebooks, Collections, and Other Obsessions (Harper Design; On Sale October 29, 2013: $60.00, 256 pages; ISBN: 978-0-06-208284-8), a lavishly illustrated book that is an intimate look into one of the most imaginative minds of this century. GUILLERMO DEL TORO CABINET OF CURIOSITIES—written with New York Times best-selling author and filmmaker Marc Scott Zicree—contains notes, drawings, and untold creatures from Guillermo del Toro’s private journals and filmmaking diaries, with never-before-seen characters, art, and ideas of things to come. The book is a captivating, intimate glimpse into the life and mind of one of the world’s most creative visionaries.

CONTINUE READING FOR MORE INFORMATION, A LOOK AT THE LIMITED EDITION, AND BOOK TRAILER!

DANTE TOMASELLI’S TORTURE CHAMBER COMES HOME NEXT JANUARY

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I’ve been a huge fan of Dante Tomaselli’s work since first viewing his films HORROR and SATAN’S PLAYGROUND. His films take on this incredibly horrific nightmarish quality I have yet to see equaled. Based on what I’ve seen so far, I am excitedly looking forward to his upcoming film TORTURE CHAMBER. And now we’ve finally received a release date for his next nightmarish vision of horror. Directed by Dante Tomaselli, TORTURE CHAMBER, is set to be released to DVD on DVD this January 28th via Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment, and stars Vincent Pastore, Christie Sanford, and Lynn Lowry among others. In another bit of news, what looks like the potential DVD box art has hit as well (though this is not confirmed). Check it out after the break!

Synopsis:

13-year-old Jimmy Morgan is possessed by an evil too powerful to be exorcised by any religion. After escaping from a mental institution, Jimmy is back with a vengeance – and an army of children who follow his every murderous desire. The town trembles in fear as the youths attack and abduct its residents – innocent and guilty alike – dragging their victims to an abandoned castle and subjecting them to grisly torments deep within its underground tunnels.

CONTINUE READING FOR MORE ON DANTE TOMASELLI’S TORTURE CHAMBER INCLUDING A TRAILER AND THE POTENTIAL DVD BOX ART!

CHECK OUT THE ALTERNATE POSTER FOR ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE

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After YEARS and YEARS, Jonathan (Warm Bodies) Levine’s ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE has finally been released in the US. The film hit on demand September 6th and will be playing theaters October 11th – SEVEN YEARS after its Toronto Film Festival Midnight premiere due to so many distribution problems.

Check out my review of the film (from 2008)… I was rather harsh on the film in my early (read: Young and Impetuous) days reviewing horror films, so I’ll probably be doing a secondary review on the film upon viewing the new release now that I’ve grown as a writer & reviewer. My knowledge on the genre and filmmaking in general has improved over the years as well, which can only help. My memories of the film are fonder than my original viewing, so we’ll see. Who knows WHY this flick was shelved so damn long!

In celebration of the theatrical release, an alternate poster has been released that looks like something MONDO might’ve released. Check it out after the break!

CONTINUE READING FOR A LOOK AT THE ALTERNATE POSTER AND TRAILER FOR ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE!

PUMPKIN CARVING TIPS FROM ELVIRA & THE HAUNTED HISTORY OF JACK-O-LANTERNS!

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It’s the Halloween Season, boils ‘n ghouls, and for those of you out there wracking your (or someone else’s) brain when it comes to the delicate art of pumpkin carving, Elvira, Mistress Of The Dark & The Hostess With The Mostest, has come to your rescue. I came across this little clip that should help any Jack-O-Lantern newbies get into the, er, spirit of the season. So take it from a pro and get to it because before you know it, all manner of ghosts ‘n goblins will be wandering the earth and who knows what will happen if you’re caught without the protection of a glowing, grinning visage of ‘ol Jack sitting upon your front steps.

CONTINUE READING FOR A LITTLE HAUNTED HISTORY ON THE TRADITION OF JACK-O-LANTERNS!