REVIEW: DARK WAS THE NIGHT (2014 / Released 2015)

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Distribution/Production Company(s): RLJE/Image Entertainment, Caliber Media, Sundial Pictures, Foggy Bottom Pictures, Molecule, Preferred Content
Directed by: Jack Heller
Written By: Tyler Hisel
Starring: Kevin Durand, Lukas Haas, Bianca Kajlich, Heath Freeman, Sabina Gadecki, Steve Agee, and Nick Damici
Running Time: 1 hr. 34 min.
Rating: Not Rated (As Far As I Could Tell)

SYNOPSIS:

Maiden Woods is a remote and quiet town of decent hard-working people, but something stirs in the dark woods surrounding this isolated community. After a logging company decimates an area of the forest, a rash of increasingly violent and unexplainable events transpires. Sheriff Paul Shields (Kevin Durand) and his deputy (Lukas Haas) struggle to confront their own personal demons while facing down a new breed of raw terror that is possibly older than humanity itself… And much, much hungrier.

When DARK WAS THE NIGHT began with images of trees being cut down and sawdust & wood shavings being spewed out of a chipper, I was worried we were going to have to sit through another “don’t mess with nature, or you’ll piss nature off!” kind of film. Thankfully we get out of this without yet another speech drafted by the PR folk over at Greenpeas. That being said, it’s the very action of logging (and the swift, bloody death of a logging crew and Steve Agee) that sets the beast on it’s rampage 90 miles to the south in the little, isolated, backwoods town of Maiden Woods.

We’re first introduced to Sheriff Paul Shields and his deputy Donny Saunders as they are investigating the strange disappearance of horse number 88 (they all have numbered bridles…don’t worry, like Chekhov’s gun, this comes into play later in the film). With other things on his mind, and what seems to be nothing more than a possible open gate (though the farmer denies it) and an escaped horse, Sheriff Shields leaves stating that he’ll look out for the missing horse 88.

CONTINUE READING FOR THE ENTIRE DARK WAS THE NIGHT REVIEW!

SALES TRAILER FOR LUCKY MCKEE’S ALL CHEERLEADERS MUST DIE HAS HIT!

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Source: ShockTillYouDrop

Image Entertainment picked up the Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson-directed film out of the Toronto International Film Festival. Caitlin Stasey, Sianoa Smit-McPhee and Tom Williamson star; a theatrical release is planned for spring 2014.

Synopsis:

When tragedy rocks Blackfoot High, rebellious outsider Mäddy Killian shocks the student body by joining the cheerleading squad. This decision drives a rift between Mäddy and her ex-girlfriend Leena Miller – a loner who claims to practice the dark arts. After a confrontation with the football team, Mäddy and her new cheerleader friends are sent on a supernatural roller coaster ride which leaves a path of destruction none of them may be able to escape.

CONTINUE READING AFTER THE BREAK FOR THE SALES TRAILER!

OFFICIAL TRAILER HITS FOR ‘SHIVER’ STARRING DANIELLE HARRIS

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Source: Igorslab.com

Image Entertainment has acquired the US rights for SHIVER, a new serial killer/slasher film starring Danielle Harris, and the official trailer has hit the web. The film, scheduled for release on October 8th, is directed by Julian Richards and stars Danielle Harris, John Jarratt, and Casper Van Dien.

Synopsis:

Danielle Harris (Hatchet II & III) stars with Casper van Dien (Starship Troopers) and John Jarratt (Wolf Creek) in this savagely entertaining horror-thriller. The Gryphon is a serial killer with a flair for the dramatic — and a grisly trophy case of victims. But when he sets out to add shy, young secretary Wendy Alden (Harris) to his macabre collection, he gets more than he bargained for. Unfortunately, Wendy’s escape from his first assault only deepens the killer’s twisted obsession — and affection — for her. Always one step ahead of pursuing Detective Delgado (van Dien), the brilliant psychopath penetrates police lines at will, circling ever closer to the target of his deranged fantasies. Until, finally, the only thing standing between Wendy and the Gryphon’s unthinkable desires is her own desperate, indomitable will to survive.

CONTINUE READING FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ‘SHIVER’ & A LOOK AT THE NEW OFFICIAL TRAILER!

DO NOT DISTURB COMING TO DVD AUGUST 6th

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From the Press Release:

IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS

 DO NOT DISTURB

 Highly Anticipated Thriller Available on DVD Aug. 6, 2013

Image Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment brand, announces the release of DO NOT DISTURB, available on DVD on Aug. 6, 2013, at an SRP of $27.97. Directed by BC Furtney (New Terminal Hotel), this horror film stars Stephen Geoffreys (Friday Night), scream queenTiffany Shepis (Cyrus), Ezra Buzzington (Fight Club) and Corey Haim (The Lost Boys) who sadly passed away in 2010.

SYNOPSIS:

Holed up in a seedy hotel, Hollywood screenwriter Don Malek (Geoffreys) is scripting a diabolical plan for revenge. But instead of writing about a bloodthirsty serial killer, Don is doing the dirty work with his own hands. Horror icons Tiffany Shepis and Corey Haim also star in this gritty, jolting thriller where no one is safe…and checkout time is sooner than you think.

CONTINUE READING AFTER THE BREAK FOR THE FULL TRAILER AND POSTER FOR THE UPCOMING DO NOT DISTURB!

REVIEW: THE TALL MAN (2012)

Theatrical Release Date: August 31, 2012
Distribution Company: Image Entertainment
Written and Directed by: Pascal Laugier
Starring: Jessica Biel, Jodelle Ferland, Stephen McHattie, William B. Davis, and Samantha Ferris Running Time: 106 minutes
Rating: R

“800,000 Children are reported missing each year in the USA. Most are found within a few days. 1000 Children disappear without leaving a trace…”

I wasn’t, at first, certain a review for Pascal Laugier’s THE TALL MAN was appropriate for this site. The marketing campaign and all the news leading up to this film led me (and everyone else) to believe the film was going to be an incredibly dark horror film, something incredibly twisted from the director of MARTYRS. What Laugier created, however, turned out to be an incredibly dark,  grim, shadowy mystery thriller.
In an isolated, slowly dying former mining town of Cold Rock, nestled in a valley between the haunting, misty mountains somewhere in the Pacific Northwest, children are vanishing at an alarming rate without a trace – abducted  by a mysterious entity known locally, whispered amongst the townsfolk as “The Tall Man.” Abducting children in the blink of an eye, what few eye-witnesses there are describe a tall, man-like creature clothed in a black, tattered, hooded cloak, and as the legend spreads the story even makes state television news.
With the kidnappings becoming an epidemic and making national news, a federal investigator Lt. Dodd (Stephen McHattie) is called in to assist the local sheriff, Sheriff Chestnut (William B. Davis) in his efforts to track down this mysterious legend, be it man or beast. Despite their best efforts, however, they are unable to stop the abductions as more and more children continue to disappear leaving the town in a state of panic and fear as one of their children may be next.

Julia Denning (Jessica Biel) runs the area’s free medical clinic, a task left to her after her husband (the town’s only doctor) passed away. Multiple town residents looked to her husband as the one man who kept the town together after the mine shut down and Julia, “only a nurse,” tries somewhat unsuccessfully to fill his shoes as most of the townsfolk tend to inexplicably treat her like dirt. Living outside of town in a rather large home in the woods (perhaps another reason the townsfolk don’t like her, given that the majority of people in town live in trailers and shanties) with her sister or nanny (it isn’t made quite clear in the film) Christine, it turns out that even she isn’t immune to the tall man as her son David (Jakob Davies), is violently abducted from their home one night.
Julia, awoken by a radio blasting a holy roller station finds Christine, beaten and gagged, in the corner. Panicking, she runs upstairs to find David gone, running back downstairs only to catch a glimpse of The Tall Man as he runs with almost supernatural speed to an old truck reminiscent of the truck from JEEPERS CREEPERS. Unwilling to give up without a fight, she’s able to latch onto the truck and a fight ensues between her and The Tall Man (while a German Shepard gnaws on her leg by the way) that results into the truck crashing and The Tall Man escaping into the woods with David. This is all witnessed by Jenny (Jodelle Ferland), a mute trailer park pre-teen Julia has been trying to help throughout the film who plays a role later on but…spoilers…
I can’t go into much more detail here without giving away spoilers but suffice it to say that what we’ve been led to believe about everything: the townsfolk, The Tall Man, and even Julia is not at all what it seems, with Lugier playing upon our presumptions of just what exactly is going on. Here, a well constructed, dark thriller becomes a mystery as the viewer is left wondering just what exactly is going on.
While I was initially annoyed at the marketing bait ‘n switch, expecting a warped supernatural horror film from one of the new wave of french horror directors. After my first viewing, I was going to give this one a pass as far as giving it a review, given that it doesn’t exactly pertain to what this site is all about, but then I watched it again…and again, and came to realize that this film was not only beautifully shot (kudos to cinematographer Kamal Derkaoui), but came to the realization that Pascal Laugier is an artist when it comes to manipulating expectations and emotions. With MARTYRS, he filled us with a sense of dread and carried that emotion throughout the film, not only creating what many have termed a “gore film,” but a work of art that transcended such simplistic notions and made us question ourselves as well.

Now he’s done it again with THE TALL MAN. Laugier is a master at writing and direction when it comes to bringing the best out of his actors. He pushed Morjana Alaoui to the absolute limit of emotional expression in MARTYRS. And he’s done it again in THE TALL MAN. Jessica Biel is incredible in this film. Known throughout the industry as “just another pretty face,” she broke away from that notion giving a believable, heart-wrenching, award winning performance. Though horror fans and gore hounds may find themselves let down by THE TALL MAN, once again, as with MARTYRS, Laugier truly reached deep into the audience with this film,  having us question our perceptions, ourselves, and, end the end, what is wrong, and what is right…and can the two be the synonymous…

The rating system is going to be a bit tricky here, because as a horror film, THE TALL MAN, well, simply isn’t, not really. But as a mystery/thriller, as well as an incredible film overall, THE TALL MAN performs incredibly well. So in the history of BACKWOODS HORROR REVIEWS, a film gets two ratings.

AS A HORROR FILM: ONE SKULL OUT OF FIVE

AS A DARK MYSTERY/THRILLER: THREE AND A HALF SKULLS OUT OF FIVE
 

 

CHECK OUT THE COOL NEW MOTION POSTER FOR PASCAL LAUGIER’S THE TALL MAN!

Check out this cool new motion poster for Pascal Laugier’s creepy new film THE TALL MAN which yes, you can turn off and replay to your black heart’s desire. THE TALL MAN hit VOD back on August 1st, and while VOD is fine ‘n dandy, there’s nothing quite like watching a well made film in a theater. THE TALL MAN will have itstheatrical release August 31st, and will be hitting home video on Blu-ray and DVD September 25th. Yours truly will be attending a press screening of the film this Wednesday, August 15th and you can expect a review sometime around August 28th!

SYNOPSIS
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In an isolated, slowly dying mining town, children are vanishing without a trace – abducted, the townsfolk whisper, by a mysterious entity known locally as “The Tall Man.” Town nurse Julia Denning (Jessica Biel) seems skeptical…until her young David disappears in the middle of night. Frantic to rescue the boy, Julia lives every parent’s darkest nightmare in this twisting, shock-around-each-corner thriller from acclaimed director Pascal Laugier (“Martyrs”) called THE TALL MAN.

JESSICA BIEL HITS THE ROAD IN THIS CLIP FROM PASCAL LAUGIER’S ‘THE TALL MAN’

Pascal Laugier’s (MARTYRSTHE TALL MAN hit VOD yesterday, but for those of you waiting to see it when it hits it’s theatrical release August 31st, check out the tension filled clip below. THE TALL MAN will be hitting Blu-ray/DVD September 25th.

SYNOPSIS:

In an isolated, slowly dying mining town, children are vanishing without a trace – abducted, the townsfolk whisper, by a mysterious entity known locally as “The Tall Man.” Town nurse Julia Denning (Jessica Biel) seems skeptical…until her young David disappears in the middle of night. Frantic to rescue the boy, Julia lives every parent’s darkest nightmare in this twisting, shock-around-each-corner thriller from acclaimed director Pascal Laugier (“Martyrs”) called THE TALL MAN.

PASCAL LAUGIER’S ‘THE TALL MAN’ HITS VOD IN AUGUST!

Image Entertainment has officially announced that Pascal Laugier’s (MARTYRS) THE TALL MAN will be hitting VOD on August 1st before it’s theatrical release August 31st. THE TALL MAN will be hitting Blu-ray/DVD September 25th.

FROM THE PRESS RELEASE:

Image Entertainment presents a harrowing, bleak thriller of a small town plagued by a grave mystery with The Tall Man, from the intense and intricate mind of writer/director Pascal Laugier (Martyrs) and starring Jessical Biel (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), fresh off of her lead role in Columbia Pictures’ new blockbuster Total Recall. Also featuring Jodelle Ferland (Cabin in the Woods, Silent Hill) and Stephen McHattie (300, Watchmen), The Tall Man comes to VOD starting August 1st available on cable and satellite systems, including Comcast, Cox and Dish. Consumers will be able to see The Tall Man on VOD well before its August 31st theatrical engagements!

SYNOPSIS:

In an isolated, slowly dying mining town, children are vanishing without a trace – abducted, the townsfolk whisper, by a mysterious entity known locally as “The Tall Man.” Town nurse Julia Denning (Jessica Biel) seems skeptical…until her young David disappears in the middle of night. Frantic to rescue the boy, Julia lives every parent’s darkest nightmare in this twisting, shock-around-each-corner thriller from acclaimed director Pascal Laugier (“Martyrs”) called THE TALL MAN.

RE-ANIMATOR IS COMING TO BLU-RAY THIS SEPTEMBER

Source: Dread Central

“Image Entertainment has now announced that this September Stuart Gordon’s 1985 gleefully gory horror classic Re-Animator will be getting a digital upgrade.

The cult favorite H.P. Lovecraft tale that made Jeffrey Combs a horror icon, solidified Barbara Crampton’s status as one of the 80’s leading scream queens, and gave new meaning to the term “giving head” thanks to the late David Gale’s decapitated deviancy is coming to Blu-ray on September 4th.

Image Entertainment has not specified the disc extras other than to state it will be “packed with bonus features (existing from earlier DVD releases), including audio commentaries from the film’s director, producer and cast, interviews, extended scenes, galleries, and more.”

The suggested retail price is $17.97, but right now you can pre-order it on Amazon for $12.58.


SYNOPSIS:

Herbert West (Combs) is obsessed with the idea of bringing the dead back to life. Experimenting with a glowing green fluid, he successfully reanimates dead tissue. Unfortunately, the dead are uncontrollable and difficult to subdue. Dr. Carl Hill, West’s instructor, is determined to steal his secret and take all the credit for the discovery. Herbert isn’t willing to give it up so easily. No matter what the consequences are! Stylishly directed by Stuart Gordon (From Beyond), this film adaptation of the H.P. LOVECRAFT short story “Herbert West: Re-animator” is a non-stop gore fest filled with wit and humor.

CHECK OUT THE OFFICIAL DOMESTIC TRAILER FOR PASCAL LAUGIER’S THE TALL MAN

A few weeks ago, we saw the release of an international poster and trailer for Pascal Laugier’s (MARTYRS) upcoming horror film THE TALL MAN (known outside the US as THE SECRET). Now the domestic trailer for the film has hit the web!  Starring Jessica Biel, THE TALL MAN will be hitting home video release via Blu-Ray/DVD on September 25th, after a  theatrical release August 31st (list of cities as soon as we get word).

SYNOPSIS:

In an isolated, slowly dying mining town, children are vanishing without a trace – abducted, the townsfolk whisper, by a mysterious entity known locally as “The Tall Man.” Town nurse Julia Denning (Jessica Biel) seems skeptical…until her young David disappears in the middle of night. Frantic to rescue the boy, Julia lives every parent’s darkest nightmare in this twisting, shock-around-each-corner thriller from acclaimed director Pascal Laugier (“Martyrs”) called THE TALL MAN.

THE TALL MAN, written and directed by Pascal Laugier is produced by Clément Miserez (Radar Films) and Kevin DeWalt (Mind’s Eye Entertainment) along with Jean-Charles Levy (Forecast Pictures) and Scott Kennedy (Highwire Pictures). Jessica Biel (New Year’s Eve, The A-Team), Jodelle Ferland (The Cabin in the Woods, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse), Stephen McHattie (Immortals, 2012), William B. Davis (“The X-Files,” Passengers), Samantha Ferris (Along Came a Spider), and Katherine Ramdeen (The World, The Flesh & The Devil) star.

THE TALL MAN

Distribution Company: Image Entertainment

Theatrical Release Date: August 31, 2012

Written and Directed by: Pascal Laugier

Starring: Jessica Biel, Jodelle Ferland, Stephen McHattie, William B. Davis, and Samantha Ferris

Running Time: 106 minutes

Rating: R

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