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.

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BEHIND-THE-SCENES CONSTRUCTION VIDEO OF CHUCKY FROM 1988’S CHILD’S PLAY

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I came across this sweet little 10 minute video of some behind-the-scenes footage for MGM’s CHILD’S PLAY on YouTube. Within, you’ll find discussions with such luminaries as special effects makeup artist and “Godfather Of Gore” Tom Savini along with creator/writer Don Mancini, as they talk about the film that spawned the Child’s Play franchise. One of the best parts about the video, however, is the part where the special effects team displays the creation of the Chucky doll itself. Check it out!

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.

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THE GREAT BACKWOODS HORROR FUNDRAISER!

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FUNDRAISER!

Howdy Boils ‘n Ghouls! The great Backwoods Horror Fundraiser is in full swing right now and we’re trying to raise some money to make the site a bit more presentable (technical mumbo jumbo that I’m assured is important as our numbers keep growing). I just wanted to Alert you to some fantastic items up for sale (and auction) on eBay right now with all proceeds going to Backwoods Horror. Check ’em out below before they’re all gone!

We’ve got a copy of the out-of-print STEPHEN THROWER book NIGHTMARE USA on Auction right now starting at $150 with a buy it now price of $200. This is CHEAP folks, and it’s in perfect condition, so get it while you can!

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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.

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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.

FROM THE PEOPLE WHO BROUGHT YOU
NEVER SLEEP AGAIN: THE ELM STREET LEGACY

“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!

TOM SAVINI’S 1990 NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD COMING TO BLU-RAY

I don’t think Tom Savini’s remake of George Romero’s classic NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD gets the love it deserves. It was, after all, written and produced by Romero himself in an attempt to correct how he felt about the Barbara character and to perhaps finally make some money back on the movie he may be perhaps most famous for, as we all know there were copyright issues involved with the original. While not nearly as great as the original, it is still a damn fine film with incredible acting and makeup effects (much of which was cut by the MPAA).

Now it’s finally coming to Blu-Ray via Twilight Time (a company I haven’t heard of until now), though I have my doubts about it. I think a Blu-ray for NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD 1990 is necessary, and I believe the transfer will probably be adequate, the disc doesn’t even have all of the special features the DVD had. Commentary and Trailer, rather barebones for a film I believe deserves more. Additionally, I haven’t heard anything about it being an uncut version as well, something that is sorely needed given the MPAA cut the HELL out of this film.

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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.

CHILDREN SHOULDN’T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS REMAKE OFFICIALLY IN THE WORKS

Who knows why, but the camp classic CHILDREN SHOULDN’T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS, directed by the late, great Bob Clark, is being remade. Seriously, folks…stop it with the remakes already! Particularly remakes of cult classics much of today’s audience has never heard of. That being said, Fangoria Entertainment and Anchor Bay Entertainment are teaming up to make a new version of  Clark’s ’70s zombie flick a reality. Drew Daywalt scripted the update and Tom Savini is on board to direct so with any luck the special makeup effects will be up to par. I wonder if the remake will retain the same campy humor so prevalent in the original.

In the original film thespians, led by Alan Ormsby’s character, go to a graveyard on a remote island to perform a necromantic ritual. The ritual works and soon the dead are walking about and chowing down on human flesh. The remake, from what we know so far, follows a similar storyline with a group of filmmakers  accidently awakening the undead. Zombie mayhem ensues.

Special Effects Documentary In October From Starz

Coming October 7th, 2008 from STARZ Entertainment, is the new Special Effects Documentary: FANTASTIC FLESH: THE ART OF MAKE-UP EFX. This from Shock Till You Drop:

Starz’s original series Starz Inside turns to the movie FX biz in Fantastic Flesh: The Art of Make-Up EFX, an hour-long documentary airing October 7th at 10pm.

Executive produced by KNB EFX’s Greg Nicotero and directed by Kevin VanHook, the doc peels back the skin on the FX biz and looks at the various generations of artist who have contributed to it. Appearing in the special: Howard Berger, Rob Bottin, Josh Brolin, John Carpenter, Wes Craven, Joe Dante, Frank Darabont, Peter Dinklage, Mick Garris, Jordan Ladd, John Landis, Greg Nicotero, Simon Pegg, Robert Rodriguez, George Romero, Eli Roth, Tom Savini, Dick Smith, Quentin Tarantino and Dee Wallace.

Film critic Richard Roeper hosts. If you miss its premiere, Fantastic Flesh will re-air on Oct. 8th, 15th and 16th. Check your local listings for times.

Kind of bittersweet in a way, with the recent passing of Stan Winston ‘n all.  I’ll be sure to check this one out for sure though.  Keep your sets tuned boils and ghouls