IS ‘THE CONJURING’ A HERALD FOR GOOD TIMES AHEAD?

A Guest Post From Zeke Iddon & The New York Film Academy:

 

It’s been a bad decade for horror. While the early 2000s gave us plenty of memorable movies, from the original Final Destination to the zombie explosion following 28 Days Later, the years following have been a mixed bag; mostly terrible with a slew of bad remakes, and only a handful of really interesting fright-fests popping up in between (such as last year’s genre-busting Cabin in the Woods.)

Cabin In The Woods NYFA

Part of the problem, of course, is that we’ve become a generation of genre-savvy viewers who are growing harder and harder to scare. As we become increasingly reliant on technology, we’ve gained access to a great many things that earlier generations never had. We can watch news footage of atrocities from around the world, and the violent media helps to insulate us against the fake blood and gore on the screen. We’re also, as a whole, more cynical, more knowledgeable, and less afraid of the unknown – because in a world connected by the Internet, there’s very little “unknown” left.

All of which is not to say that we can no longer be scared. It just means that the things that frighten us have changed, and horror has taken a while to catch up.

CONTINUE READING AFTER THE BREAK FOR MORE ON THE FUTURE OF HORROR!

DARREN LYNN BOUSMAN’S THE BARRENS COMING TO BLU-RAY/DVD THIS OCTOBER

The last time we heard anything about Darren Lynn Bousman’s (SAW franchise, REPO: THE GENETIC OPERA) Jersey Devil feature THE BARRENS was months ago when a sales art poster was released for Cannes. Whether you’ve been a long time Backwoods Horror reader or have just joined the party, you may be aware that we are suckers for the ‘ol monster-in-the-woods horror flicks. While many other monstrous legends have often received the horror film treatment, the Jersey Devil has been woefully underdone, with perhaps the last decent film to broach the subject being Dante Tomaselli’s very creepy SATAN’S PLAYGROUND which came out in 2006 and featured Felissa Rose, Ellen Sandweiss, and Edwin Neal (the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre’s Hitchhiker).

With Bousman at the helm, THE BARRENS, starring Stephen Moyer, Mia Kirshner, Erik Knudsen, J Larose, Allie MacDonald, Max Topplin and Peter DaCunha may give the Jersey Devil the monster film treatment it deserves. Now we have news that Anchor Bay will be releasing THE BARRENS via DVD and Blu-ray/DVD combo pack on October 9th. The film will also hit theaters in a limited release and additional big-screen showings based on fan demand via a partnership with Tugg.

SYNOPSIS:

Despite their reluctance, Richard Marlow takes his wife Cynthia, their young son Danny, and his teenage daughter Sadie to the Pine Barrens for a long weekend of camping and family bonding. As they arrive at the Wharton State Forest, a mutilated deer runs out into the road, nearly colliding with the Marlows’ car. Later that evening, another bloodied animal falls from a tree. Bad turns to worse when, in the middle of the night, a college boy camping nearby disappears into the woods. Nevertheless, Richard presses the family to hike further into the forest, to the spot where he used to camp with his father. He is feverish and a past wound on his arm appears badly infected, but when it begins to rain, there is no turning back. Richard’s sickness soon becomes debilitating, his headaches turn to hallucinations. What’s worse, he believes there is something stalking them…something with yellow eyes, pointed horns, and the wings of a bat – THE JERSEY DEVIL. The disfigured bodies of the missing camper and another college boy soon turn up. The Marlows must fight for their lives as the horrifying answer reveals itself in a shocking and tragic conclusion.

The discs will present the movie in 16×9-enhanced 1.78:1 widescreen, with Dolby Digital 5.1 sound on the DVD and Dolby TrueHD 5.1 sound on the Blu-ray; extra features include commentary by Bousman and cinematographer Joseph White and a deleted scene. Retail prices are $26.98 for the DVD and $29.99 for the combo pack.

SAW FRANCHISE JIGSAW PUPPETS USED IN THE FILMS ARE FOR SALE ON eBay.

The original Jigsaw puppets used throughout the various SAW franchise are being sold on eBay (just follow the link to bid). No matter what you thought of the franchise (I thought they began to go downhill after the first 2), there is no denying that the Jigsaw puppets are perhaps the creepiest part about the films. And now you can have one…sitting in the corner of a room in your house…maybe the room you’re in…right now…staring at you…wondering if you want to play a game.

BOUSMAN’S ‘THE BARRENS’ GETS FIRST POSTER FOR CANNES

The last time we heard anything about Darren Lynn Bousman’s (SAW franchise, REPO: THE GENETIC OPERA) Jersey Devil feature THE BARRENS was way back in October 2011. In honor of Cannes Film Market, however, Bousman and the marketing crew behind the film have released a wicked Stephen Moyer centric sales poster (below).

Whether you’ve been a long time Backwoods Horror reader or have just joined the party, you may be aware that we are suckers for the ‘ol monster-in-the-woods horror flicks. While many other monstrous legends have often received the horror film treatment, the Jersey Devil has been woefully underdone, with perhaps the last decent film to broach the subject being Dante Tomaselli’s very creepy SATAN’S PLAYGROUND which came out in 2006 and featured Felissa Rose, Ellen Sandweiss, and Edwin Neal (the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre’s Hitchhiker character). Now, with Bousman at the helm, THE BARRENS, starring Stephen Moyer, Mia Kirshner, Erik Knudsen, J Larose, Allie MacDonald, Max Topplin and Peter DaCunha may give the Jersey Devil the monster film treatment it deserves.

Synopsis:

Despite their reluctance, Richard Marlow takes his wife Cynthia, their young son Danny, and his teenage daughter Sadie to the Pine Barrens for a long weekend of camping and family bonding. As they arrive at the Wharton State Forest, a mutilated deer runs out into the road, nearly colliding with the Marlows’ car. Later that evening, another bloodied animal falls from a tree. Bad turns to worse when, in the middle of the night, a college boy camping nearby disappears into the woods. Nevertheless, Richard presses the family to hike further into the forest, to the spot where he used to camp with his father. He is feverish and a past wound on his arm appears badly infected, but when it begins to rain, there is no turning back. Richard’s sickness soon becomes debilitating, his headaches turn to hallucinations. What’s worse, he believes there is something stalking them…something with yellow eyes, pointed horns, and the wings of a bat – THE JERSEY DEVIL. The disfigured bodies of the missing camper and another college boy soon turn up. The Marlows must fight for their lives as the horrifying answer reveals itself in a shocking and tragic conclusion.

 

SHOOTING BEGINS FOR BOUSMAN’S ‘THE BARRENS’

Posted on 3rd October 2011 by aaron in News - Tags: , , , , , , , ,

The upcoming Jersey Devil film, THE BARRENS, from Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw Franchise, Repo The Genetic Opera) began principal photography last week in Canada, though, I mean, it is supposed to be set in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey…which was wide open to film in. It will be interesting to see his take on the Jersey Devil myth. Hopefully he won’t stick to the “eyewitness” illustration of the thing, because, well, it’s friggin’ ridiculous.

The Barrens, will star True Blood’s Stephen Moyer, and has an expected release date of sometime in 2012. Plot synopsis:
Despite their reluctance, Richard Marlow takes his wife Cynthia, their young son Danny, and his teenage daughter Sadie to the Pine Barrens for a long weekend of camping and family bonding. As they arrive at the Wharton State Forest, a mutilated deer runs out into the road, nearly colliding with the Marlows’ car. Later that evening, another bloodied animal falls from a tree. Bad turns to worse when, in the middle of the night, a college boy camping nearby disappears into the woods. Nevertheless, Richard presses the family to hike further into the forest, to the spot where he used to camp with his father. He is feverish and a past wound on his arm appears badly infected, but when it begins to rain, there is no turning back. Richard’s sickness soon becomes debilitating, his headaches turn to hallucinations. What’s worse, he believes there is something stalking them…something with yellow eyes, pointed horns, and the wings of a bat – THE JERSEY DEVIL. The disfigured bodies of the missing camper and another college boy soon turn up. The Marlows must fight for their lives as the horrifying answer reveals itself in a shocking and tragic conclusion.

Jersey Devil...Horse, Bat, Goat thing...

Jersey Devil...Horse, Bat, Goat thing...

NEW ‘SAW VI’ TEASER TRAILER ONLINE

Posted on 23rd July 2009 by aaron in News - Tags: , , , , , ,

From Justin.tv:

The new teaser trailer for the upcomming SAW VI has come online.  If you’re anything like me, you burned out on SAW after the 2nd one, but hell, this franchise is raking in the dough.  I’d keep makin’ ’em too!  Check it out!

Watch live video from Saw VI on Justin.tv