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Arrow In The Head recently got their claws on the trailer for William Brent Bell’s (THE DEVIL INSIDE) upcoming werewolf film WER, and now, boils ‘n ghouls, we’ve got it up here on Backwoods Horror. While I wasn’t really the biggest fan of The Devil Inside, my favorite movie monster (as you all probably know by now) is the werewolf, so any news on a new werewolf film and I can’t help but be drawn to it…even if the trailer screams “stay away” with its overabundance of CGI and the werewolf itself looking more like a hairy hobo than the bi-pedal wolf from hell I hold near and dear to my heart.


Following the brutal slaying of an American family vacationing in rural France, a peculiar man living near the crime scene is blindly charged with their murders. Believing her client is innocent, expatriate American defense attorney Kate Moore and her team decide to take a scientific approach in order to prove his physical incapability to local authorities.  As she delves into his enigmatic family history, she uncovers evidence that suggests the rebirth of an unexpected legend.  When a bloodbath ensues, Kate must do whatever she can to survive the surrounding terror and prevent the chaos from spreading. A.J. Cook, Simon Quarterman and Brian J. O’Connor star.



John Landis


Source: Deadline

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 Bad Vibes, SpectreVision’s has the horror-comedy Cooties starring Wood, Alison Pill and Rainn Wilson; Toad Road; and the Iran-set vampire love story A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, which is in postproduction. Landis is repped by Resolution.

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It’s Werewolf Wednesday here at Backwoods Horror!

Arclight Films’ genre label Darclight Films has acquired Full Moon, an effects-driven horror movie, presumably about werewolves, to be directed by stuntman-turned-director Lauro Chartrand, reports Deadline. Currently there are no plot details known but producer Daljit DJ Parmar says that “Lauro Chartrand brings his high-powered stunt and special effects team to achieve unsurpassed production value that moviegoers around the world have come to demand.”

The film is set to go into production this year.

Chartrand was the action director of the Toronto Midnight Madness title Afflicted, and his credits as stunt coordinator include The Last Samurai, The Twilight Saga and Elysium.

Nastasha Baron penned the script, and production companies include DreamChaser Productions and Original Entertainment. Daljit DJ Parmar and Chartrand will produce, and executive producer is Jennifer Esquivel. Arclight is handling sales worldwide.



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Source Fangoria:

“The first poster has hit for the new Werewolf film WER, from the director of THE DEVIL INSIDE, [William Brent Bell]. Star A.J. Cook stars as a defense attoney who learns her defendant, accused of murder, is  actually a werewolf. FilmDistrict is releasing, and I’m curious to see, despite its large opening weekend, how naming THE DEVIL INSIDE on the one sheet will play. If you’ll remember, that film’s decision to close with a URL drew much ire from audiences.”

They had me at Werewolf Film. If any long time (or, hell, new) readers know much about my personal taste, I absolutely LOVE werewolf movies, even awful ones. Unfortunately, this poster isn’t telling us much so far, but I’m still looking forward to it. Hopefully the werewolf will actually LOOK like a werewolf instead of just an overly hairy Italian or Greek guy…



If I had to choose my favorite classic horror monster, it’d have to be the Werewolf. Vampires have become so droll over the years with their whining and emo hair. There’s just something about werewolves that’ve always tickled my horror bone (it may have a lot to do with watching that show WEREWOLF growing up) and I’ll watch just about any werewolf flick, no matter what…even if I can’t pronounce its name correctly. Such is the case with Ukranian werewolf film SYNEVIR, which has been flying under my (and many other people’s) radars until recently when it was accepted at a US film festival and a poster and subtitled trailer hit the web (you can check those out below).

This from Shock Till You Drop:

The 6th Annual B-Movie Celebration’s Film Festival in Columbus, Indiana is welcoming the Ukrainian horror film Syvenir next month and a English sub-titled trailer has found its way online.

Directed by Alexandr and Vyacheslav Aleshechkin, this werewolf – or tale of a dog headed creature – opens overseas in 3D (it will play in 2D at the aforementioned festival).


Set against the backdrop of Syvenir Lake in the Carpathian Mountains – known for its rich history of supposed mysterious occurrences – the film finds “a group of students who decide to spend a weekend at the lake. They do not believe in those stories about Lake Synevir and the strange creatures around it. Too bad for them….

For more information, be sure to check out the official site (the link’s in English…you’re welcome…)!


Sad news hit yesterday morning (June 20th, 2012) that genre and character actor Richard Lynch had passed away at the age of 72. Details have yet to come in as to cause of death, but the NY Times has stated that Mr. Lynch’s representative, Mike Baronas, said that a friend found Mr. Lynch on the kitchen floor, and that “from what I currently understand, no investigation into the cause of his death will be made.”

His last film role was in Rob Zombie’s forthcoming LORDS OF SALEM. Rob Zombie had this to say about Mr. Lynch on his facebook page when he broke the news yesterday morning: “I woke up this morning to the news that our friend Richard Lynch has passed away. Richard was great to work with and really gave it his all. I will never forget the way he scared the crap out of the kid actors in ‘Halloween’. As soon as I said action! He dove in his role of Principle Chambers at top volume. He will be missed.

His work was prolific to say the least. This is his bio from his official IMDB page:

Richard Lynch was born on the 12th of February 1940 in Brooklyn, NY. He is one of seven children. Before starting a career as an actor, he joined the Marine Corps in 1958. He served for 4 years where he made Corporal, and did a tour of the Mid-East with the Sixth Fleet. Mr. Lynch began his training with Herbert Berghof and Uta Hagen at H.B. Studios in New York’s Greenwich Village, and later went on to train extensively with Lee Strasberg at Carnegie Hall. In 1970, he became a lifetime member of the Actors Studio and spent years in the NY theater community playing in dozens of on- and off-Broadway productions. The more notable plays were: “The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel”, “The Lion in Winter”, “The Devils”, “The Lady from the Sea”, “Action”, “Live Like Pigs”, “Richard III”, “Offi on a Tangerine”, “A View from the Bridge”, “The Man with the Flower In His Mouth” and Shelley Winters‘ “One Night Stands of a Noisy Passenger”. He made his film debut in the 1973 film classic Scarecrow (1973), winner of the Grand Prix Award at the Cannes Film Festival. His performance in Scarecrow (1973) launched his film career and brought him to Hollywood, where he has worked in film and television for over twenty years. His more prominent film work has been in: Scarecrow (1973), The Seven-Ups (1973), Open Season (1974), The Formula (1980), Little Nikita (1988), Invasion U.S.A. (1985), Bad Dreams (1988), Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment (2002) and William Peter Blatty‘s The Ninth Configuration (1980). His performance as the evil “King Cromwell”, in the successful fantasy film The Sword and the Sorcerer (1982), won him the Saturn Award for Best Actor from the Academy of Science Fiction and Fantasy. He also starred in numerous T.V. shows and Movies of the Week, such as Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story (1980) (TV), Sizzle (1981) (TV), Vampire (1979) (TV) and “Star Trek: The Next Generation” (1987)’s two-part episode “Star Trek: The Next Generation: Gambit: Part 1 (#7.4)” (1993) / “Star Trek: The Next Generation: Gambit: Part 2 (#7.5)” (1993). His work in a variety of indy films has won him a high profile internationally. He has also worked in China, where he played in the first joint production between the Screen Actors’ Guild and the People’s Republic of China, The Korean Project. In his spare time, Richard enjoys fishing, the arts, architecture, music and poetry. He is also fluent in several languages including German and Italian.


Long time readers of Backwoods Horror know that my favorite horror monster is the Werewolf (I’m even working on a screenplay for, what I consider of course, the ULTIMATE werewolf film). So of course I was excited to hear about an upcoming independent werewolf project titled AUTUMN MOON.  

Written and Directed by Randy Fabert (who will also be featured in the film), AUTUMN MOON is currently in pre-production. The film’s cast includes Joe Kidd (That’s What She Said), Nathan Grauwelman (Abraham Lincoln vs Zombies), Iabou Windimere (Psycho Killer), Jocelyn Tanis (The Medal), Larry Combs, Gerri Sutyak (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Sonny Burnette (Zombies R Friends) and Richard Aughpin (Architect of Chaos). The werewolf practical make-up effects will be created by Fabert’s Postmortem EFX Studio. Michael Spivey co-wrote the screenplay with Fabert.

Fabert says he hopes to make AUTUMN MOON …the most violent werewolf movie ever made.” 

 After checking out the film’s official facebook page, I came across this photo which may or may not depict the werewolf we’ll be seeing in AUTUMN MOON. I don’t recognize it from any other werewolf film (and I’ve seen quite a few if not all of them). If it is, all I can say is…BADASS!


Pulp writer Michael Renee Allen thought the house on the edge of the woods would be the perfect place to write his next novel. He soon finds that the forest has more to offer than just fresh air and a nice view. Something unspeakable is stalking the forest. A cunning force of pure evil that hunts by night, painting the forest with blood.

And now for a look at the first teaser poster for AUTUMN MOON:

In addition to the official facebook page, you can also follow AUTUMN MOON via the twitter handle @AutumnMoonFilm.


Posted on 29th June 2011 by aaron in News - Tags: , , , , , ,
"Yep, gonna get me them warwulfs!"

"Yep, gonna get me them warwulfs!"

Thomas Jane was recently quoted in an interview with that he was returning to horror with an upcoming werewolf film entitled THE LYCAN. Here’s what he had to say:

“I’m doing a werewolf movie called, The Lycan, which is a gothic werewolf romance set in the late 1700s. it’s fuckin’ cool. It’s basically Alien, set in a castle, with werewolves.”

Jesus on a bike, this sounds awful. Don’t get me wrong, werewolves are my favorite, FAVORITE monster (though, if you ask me, there has yet to be the ultimate werewolf movie…I’m working on that…just werewolf movies with a few good parts), but even the title here is awful. Ever since those Underwear, er, Underworld movies, werewolves seem to be called “lycans” which is bullshit. It’s also a period piece, and those are always tricky. I have a feeling we’re going to be seeing a lot of CG bullshit where the werewolf is concerned… No, this movie sounds like utter shit. I’ll probably see it at some point, but it’s going to get it’s due here in the shack, lemme tell ya.


Ok, first of all, how the hell did I miss that WEREWOLF was actually getting a proper dvd release?  I remember, years ago, spending $60 on bootlegs of taped episodes on dvd and thought that’s all I’d ever get, but NO, I’m gonna get something clear, and with special features!  HOT DIGGITY!  This series used to scare the crap out of me when I was a kid.  I had nightmares about one of the first episodes where the WEREWOLF rose from behind a couch.  Scared the shit out of me and I always thought one was going to pop up from behind MY couch.

In any case, even though the show is full of morality tales and gets into a Werewolf as the Hero type thing, I still have a fondness in my heart for this very short lived series.  I credit it with some of the beginnings of my fanaticism with horror and, particularly, my interest in the Werewolf.

This news from DreadCenral (with pic):

A little sliver of bad news for fans of “Werewolf”. We won’t be seeing it in stores as planned on September 1st from Shout Factory! Don’t get too broken up though; the delay is not a long one.

According to TVShowsOnDVD the five-disc DVD set has been pushed back about a month for an October 6th release.

The site also learned what a couple of the included special features will be. Fans can expect two featurettes for sure with more likely to come. Look for — The Man Who Was Alamo Joe with actor Lance LeGault and To Build a Better Werewolf with make-up F/X coordinators Greg Cannom and Gino Crognale to be tantalizing your supplemental bone. More soon!



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

Came across this story over at the Creepy Cool guys ‘n gals over at SHOCK TILL YOU DROP:

Production Weekly’s back with another quick, random update on a script currently garnering some form of attention in Hollywood (similar to their update on War – a script we’ve received since this report).

This time it’s High Moon. PW writes, “In Eddie Nickerson’s horror Western ‘High Moon’ a reckless outlaw is a small town’s only hope for survival from a vicious band of werewolves.” Those are the only details they’ve provided.

Our question: Is this an adaptation of Zuda Comics’ similarly-titled web series? (Zuda’s an imprint of DC Comics.) Created by David Gallaher and Steve Ellis, the story follows a bounty hunter who strolls into the town of Blest and finds himself neck-deep in lycanthropy and witchcraft.

We’ll do a bit of digging to find out more…

Bitchin’! I’ll watch that.  There seems to be a lot of potential for suckitude, but there also seems like a lot of potential for ass kicking.