“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.
The director of 1981?s An American Werewolf In London is getting back into the shape-shifting genre. John Landis has come on board SpectreVision’s [formerly the production company WoodShed ] Bad Vibes pic as an executive producer. “Based on the impressive slate of genre films that Elijah Wood and SpectreVision are producing, I am very excited that Dave Gebroe’s clever and scary Bad Vibes has found the perfect home,” Landis said in a statement [earlier this month]. Produced by Wood, Daniel Noah, and Josh C. Waller’s newly renamed company, the 1960s psychedelic rock music scene-based werewolf film is being directed by Gebroe. The Zombie Honeymoon helmer also wrote Bad Vibes’ original screenplay. Indie musician Ariel Pink has also joined the film as composer. Landis served as EP on the 2011 comedy horror pic Some Guy Who Kills People. Known for directing Animal House, The Blues Brothers and Eddie Murphy’s Coming To America as well as Michael Jackson’s Thriller video, the last feature Landis directed was 2010’s UK comedy Burke And Hare. He also directed an episode of the Brit show Psychoville in 2011. Along with BadVibes, SpectreVision’s has the horror-comedy Cooties starring Wood, Alison Pill and Rainn Wilson; ToadRoad; and the Iran-set vampire love story A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, which is in postproduction. Landis is repped by Resolution.
Roger Corman is back in a big way, producing his newest B-movie flick ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT CHEERLEADER (apparently in 3D…which, if done well, could be very…er…interesting), directed by Kevin O’Neill, and written by Mike MacLean. The film is being produced by EPIX pictures, and will be appearing on the EPIX website August 25th at 10pm, which is kind of sad in a way…I mean, this is ROGER F-ING CORMAN, he at least deserves the SyFy Channel, but then again, SyFy would cut his film to shreds so all the, er, good bits wouldn’t even be in it and we’d have a 30 minute movie.
Below, we have gathered a large (see what I did there) amount of material from the film, including stills, a poster, a teaser trailer, and multiple clips. ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT CHEERLEADER will star Sean Young, Ryan Merriman, TREAT WILLIAMS, Sasha Jackson, TED RAIMI, Jena Sims, Tony Evangelista, MARY WORONOV, Ariana Madix, Angelina Armani, A.J. Lamas, Olivia Alexander, Anne McDaniels, Jason Etter, Mercy Malick, Ashley Morgan Kilbride, and it looks as though a pirate JOHN LANDIS will be making a guest star appearance (see stills below). And be sure to follow updates on the film here and on the official facebook page.
A modern day take on the great Roger Corman genre pictures and his first ever 3D film. Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader follows a college coed who uses an experimental drug to transform herself into a popular beauty – but at a huge price.
CHECK OUT MORE PICS AND CLIPS FROM THE FILM AFTER THE BREAK (more…)
“We can all agree the legendary Dick Miller deserves his own doc. So, let’s all agree to help out.
Elijah Drenner, the man behind 2010’s exploitation doc AMERICAN GRINDHOUSE and a host of DVD special features over the years, wants to tell the tale of a Hollywood legend. One Dick Miller.
Miller, who came up under Roger Corman (and could be best known for his starring role in the wonderful horror beatnik sendup A BUCKET OF BLOOD), has gone on to cinema infamy as an unstoppable character actor, and frequent collaborator/friend to Joe Dante.
Drenner is aiming to fund THAT GUY DICK MILLER, as it’s titled, through Kickstarter. It’s lunacy a higher financier doesn’t want in on this, but this is a great opportunity for film fans to aid something great and wholly deserving of donation. Miller, who’s worked endlessly over the years with the likes of Fred Dekker, Quentin Tarantino, Samuel Fuller, James Cameron and more is a cinematic mainstay and the type of fellow with stories galore, both personal and professional, and when the likes of him, Joe Dante, John Landis, etc get talking, you want to listen.
You can learn much more about Drenner’s plans with THAT GUY DICK MILLER, and see rewards for donating (including original scripts from Miller, a date with Dick and more) at the film’s official Kickstarter. You can also see the pitch video, below. Thanks to Badass Digest for the heads up.”
At first glance, Ken Boyd may seem like an average comic enthusiast, living with his mother and working to make ends meet as an underpaid, underappreciated ice cream parlor attendant. But Ken has a dirty little secret: he fantasizes about killing people. After being released from a stay in the loony bin, for severe mental trauma suffered when he was beaten and tortured by a gang of high school thugs, Ken’s repressed anger suddenly reaches a boiling point. With gleeful enthusiasm Ken hunts down his tormentors, one by one, and exacts his bloody revenge.
Produced by John Landis (AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, ANIMAL HOUSE, BLUES BROTHERS) and starring Kevin Corrigan, Barry Bostwick, Karen Black, Leo Fitzpatrick, Ariel Gade and Lucy Davis, SOME GUY WHO KILLS PEOPLE was directed by Jack Perez and written by Ryan Levin.
Anchor Bay Entertainment will be releasing the horror comedy DVD on July 3rd, 2012.
Director, Writer/Producer Commentary
Short Film, “The Fifth,” That Inspired The Feature
Featuring: Kevin S. Tenney, Uwe Boll, Tiffany Shepis, Lloyd Kaufman, Harry Manfredini, Dean Bertram, Michael Felsher, David Gooslin, Clayton Hill, Sharon Hill, Andre’ Gower, Elske McCain, Kane Hodder, Betsy Palmer, PJ Soles, John Landis, Gary Klar, Jay Reel, Tony Moran, etc.
Ok boils ‘n ghouls, before I get into the review, a little horror-talk-radio history lesson. Back in the cold December of 2005, two Eastern Kentucky natives decided, not knowing many local fiends for horror, to produce an online horror talk radio show. Now, in 2010, the DeadPit show (found online at www.DeadPit.com and on iTunes) has thousands of listeners worldwide. Nearly every week has a new celebrity guest from Horror Greats such as George A. Romero and John Carpenter, to people like James Bryan (director of Don’t Go In The Woods…Alone!) and many others. DeadPit has become something of an internet phenomenon, changing the world of horror and warranting a documentary!
I’ve been a fan of DeadPit (a “Pitimaniac” if you will) since early 2007, finding myself with an iPod and nothing of note to put on it (except, well, Creedence and White Zombie…I will always love you guys…er…ahem), and, looking for something horrorific, happened upon the DeadPit show. Finally, two guys with even deeper southern accents than me (I’m from the boonies of NC) talkin’ about all things horror! I’ve come to think of Uncle Bill and The Creepy Kentuckian almost as friends, listening every week to their ideas and commentary on the genre.
INTO THE PIT takes a look at the people behind the Uncle Bill and Creepy Kentuckian talk show personalities, humanizing what had previously been only voices in my headphones (and in my car). Through interviews with parents and lifelong friends, we discover the early years of Aaron Frye (UB) and Wes Vance (CK). Childhood friends, they found themselves to be outcasts within a small town (Prestonsburg Kentucky, waaaay back in the hills) populated by those who found themselves interested in Hunting, Nascar, Church, Country Music, and Burt Reynolds flicks (not that there’s anything wrong with Burt Reynolds flicks), more than Horror Movies and Metal. Like me, and perhaps quite a few horror fans the world over, Wes and Aaron found themselves going to the local 1 or 2 screen theater and watching the latest big-screen horrors like the Friday the 13th flicks, and popping in at the neighborhood mom ‘n pop video store (I miss ’em), to rent the seemingly endless supply of horror on VHS. Aaron’s father, we learn, is also a horror fan, and raised him right with all the classics. I imagine them, like me, sitting in their rooms at night and reading the latest Fangoria (back when the mag was worth reading) and listening to some Iron Maiden.
We then move to present day and learn not only about how DeadPit came about, but also what the guys are doing when they’re not putting together the latest show. It’s interesting to note that people who aren’t horror fans are always so surprised to learn that horror fans (with SOME exceptions, of course) are some of the nicest, most down to earth, NORMAL people, and it’s no different with Aaron and Wes. These are normal guys, with normal jobs, who happen to be two of the world’s biggest horror fans.
It’s interesting to note that fans of the show, upon listening for the first time, are sometimes a little put-off by the heavy, HEAVY southern accents. These guys are from eastern Kentucky, after all, in the heart of the Appalachian mountains. In the documentary, a fan from Australia says that when he first listened to DeadPit, he imagined that Uncle Bill and The Creepy Kentuckian were two “rednecks” back in some shack in the hills watching old and new horror releases on some rickety old VHS player. They even got emails from places like England from fans stating, in awe, “People actually TALK like that?!” What these listeners, and everyone else, come to find is that these guys have an almost encyclopedic knowledge of horror, from the classics to the obscure, Uncle Bill and The Creepy Kentuckian can spout off a list of facts and trivia that’ll leave your head spinning. These guys have seen just about EVERYTHING and INTO THE PIT gives us a look inside what makes these guys tick.
Initially one would think INTO THE PIT would be a documentary limited to the DeadPit fans alone, but I’d say this is a documentary for HORROR fans as a whole. Uncle Bill and The Creepy Kentuckian are like us, horror fans, who took their love of the genre and did something about it, creating the world’s first (and best) internet horror talk radio show and, through it, living the horror fan dream. They’ve become horror icons themselves, being invited to various horror conventions and becoming known as experts in the genre. One of the best parts of the documentary is a glimpse inside what I call the “DeadPit Dungeon.” There are thousands upon thousands of old VHS tapes and DVD’s along with just about every sort of horror memorabilia out there. Original posters, 8×10’s, Jason Hockey masks, you name it, signed by all the horror greats. The documentary also showcases a list of who’s-who within the genre, all talking about DeadPit. There’s even a brief bit with Uwe Boll, perhaps the worst filmmaker of all time (yet people STILL give him money), responding to the verbal lashing UB and CK have given him over the years (the even, once, challenged him to a wrestling match). INTO THE PIT documents the lives of the new kings of horror fandom(with the passing of Forrest Ackerman, they’re the obvious heirs to the throne), humanizing the DeadPit personalities and showing us that horror fans rock the world over!
What I viewed was a screener, so there were a few sound-sync issues I’m sure will be cleaned up before release. Also, I can’t comment upon special features, though I wouldn’t be surprised to see a lot of extra footage show up, perhaps some more interviews with horror celebrities, a commentary with Kelly, Uncle Bill and The Creepy Kentuckian HAS to be on there, and who knows what other goodies are on the way. Keep it tuned to BackwoodsHorror.com for updates on when INTO THE PIT: THE SHOCKING TRUE STORY OF DEADPIT.COM will be available for purchase. I’ll be getting a copy, by Gawd, so should you!
4 skulls outta 5!
Check out the Trailer and Kick-ASS poster courtesy Into the Pit the Movie,L.L.C. & Rusty Robot Productions:
Fangoria got this great video interview with John Landis and his trials and tribulations growing up on movie sets to eventually make the classic we all love and know…AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON. Check it out: FANGORIA SCREAMOGRAPHY – JOHN LANDIS