Wednesday, 24 June 2009
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
Monday, 22 June 2009
Mike from Flash-Bang recently asked if I would interview Richard Stanley at Optimum Releasing's London offices in support of their release of the film on DVD and Blu-ray. I liked Hardware, so jumped at the chance. Having never done a face to face interview before, I was nervous about the whole thing. It was at this point that I realised that I had "forgotten" Richard Stanley and his subsequent career after Dust Devil. I had watched Dust Devil but didn't feel satisfied by the version that I saw. Through reading film magazines, I knew that there had been studio interference in the release of the movie and that was that. A 5-disc version was released in the US but it never blipped on my radar, strangely.
Back in 1990 I went to a screening of Hardware and it impressed me, largely because it was not a rip-off of The Terminator as the publicity implied in it's overt tagline. Instead it was a thought provoking movie that is as relevant now as it was then. However, the VHS copy was horrible. I remember the beginning sequence in the wastelnad as being orange not red. Of course I could have been rather drunk whilst watching it but the memory remains. As no decent copy had been released in the UK up until now, I had forgotten about this classic.
So, I did some research for the interview. In particular I must thank "Between Death and the Devil" for such a wealth of interesting information. Richard's MySpace page is also a treasure trove of interesting, insightful blogs.
This all made me feel as if I'd missed out on something all these years. I can't turn back the clock but I've decided to catch up by ordering the Limited 5-disc version of Dust Devil which, as I've read, contains a wealth of fascinating material.
Richard Stanley was a pleasure to interview but 15 minutes just wasn't enough. He's an extremely amiable and mesmerising person to talk to and has a lot to say on my favourite subjects.
The interview feature is here.
Other interviews and resources worth checking out if you have an interest in the career of this remarkably creative director are below;
Monday, 15 June 2009
SFAppeal posted this article;
Sunday, 14 June 2009
Saturday, 13 June 2009
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Mike reviews this Uwe Boll movie over at Flash-Bang Movie Reviews
I had to laugh at Mike's opening line in this review; "I’ve had a dig or two at director Uwe Boll in the past"! Really? What self-respecting movie geek hasn't? But, I have to say, the trailer doesn't look all that bad. I found the trailer for Postal tasteless and amusing in a Borat kind of way. And I *cough* kinda enjoyed House of the Dead. Yep, you knows it, I'm a sucker for the Zed movie :O
Frankly I'm not going to slag off a guy's movies if I havent' seen them and clearly a lot of "reviewers" don't actually watch them. I won't name and shame, they're obvious and have talkbacks ;o)
Check out Stoic if you've got an open mind.
...the one where Flash-Bang Mike and myself get a mention. Thanks guys!
"Four reviews of some very popular movies. First, we start off with 2 Nazi Zombie movies: Dead Snow and Outpost. Both movies are relatively unknown movies, although Dead Snow will get a limited theatrical release soon. From there, we move to Toby Wilkins' Splinter, a new age monster movie that is gaining some steam these days. We round out the podcast with a discussion on End of the Line. Get our takes as well as opinions from some of our listeners on these four horror movies.
Also, we continue with our Top 50 Horror Movies of all-time list with numbers 31-35.
News includes updates on Trick 'r Treat and the new Scream trilogy."
These guys know their horror, even if they don't always agree with us ;o) Life would be boring if they did :O)
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The return of Pig Hunt!
"The wildest American horror movie of the year!" plays the Roxie Cinema as a selection of the Another Hole in the Head Festival.
- Saturday • June 13th, 7:15 pm
- Monday • June 15th, 9:30 pm
3117 16th Street
San Francisco, CA
To purchase advance tickets: http://holehead.bside.com/
Will sell out. Buy seats early...
Get on the hunt! www.pighuntmovie.com
PIG HUNT is...
"Enjoyably offbeat...unpredictably mixing disparate pacing, tones, humor and brute action. Fans tired of rote remakes and ripoffs will appreciate the pics idiocyncracy. The action is no-holds-barred muscular." – Variety
"The finest horror film to have been made this year!" – Eye for Film
"Holy Sh*t - what a f***ing crazy flick! I was on the edge of my seat...It's one seriously balls out horror/action hybrid." – Arrow in the Head
"On the verge of kick-assery...Moments so exciting they can only be described with made-up words...triptacular. It's B-movie heaven" – Portland Daily Vanguard
"Pig Hunt retains an unpredictability that no bottom-line-focused mainstream horror film would dare...or even conceive of." – San Francisco Bay Guardian
"A total gore-filled freakfest of a film." – SF Weekly
"The wildest American horror movie of the year!" – Mitch Davis, Fantasia Film Festival
"PIG HUNT is an intense and scary ride that goes places you never expect." – Tony Timpone, editor FANGORIA
"It’s a big, bloody sausage that Isaac has packed with ground up bits of plot and camera angles from Deliverance, Predator and every monster movie from Evil Dead to Black Sheep." – Willamete Week
"I really liked this movie, I did. Pig Hunt is a flawed, but really fun film, that you'll enjoy..." – Film Threat
"Damn fun from start to finish!" – IndieWeek
“One sizzling hot slice of giant killer pig mayhem you are not going to want to miss. Harkening back to flicks like Deliverence, Razorback, and Piranha, Pig Hunt is a genre bending ass-kicker that is sure to please…”
PIG HUNT -- : synopsis by Another Hole in the Head
"The hunt begins in San Francisco, where John is about to take his group of weekend warriors on a male bonding excursion into the outback of the Californian hills to bag wild boar. As we are ushered away from the land of pretty views, Victorian houses and perfectly formed cappuccino foam, we are quickly introduced to tattooed war vets and crazed inbred hillbillies high on biker crank, gunpowder, and gasoline. This is also a world inhabited by sexy commune girls who grow pot, raise emus and worship pleasure, pigs and mud baths. And that’s before they cross paths with the legendary “Ripper,” a three thousand pound wild hog. PIG HUNT is unquestionably the best of its breed, with sudden impact, steaming guts, and heart-pounding chase scenes. A shot of pure adrenaline with a chaser of dark, dark humor. Pig Hunt delivers the goods in dripping buckets and an XXL side of bacon!"
Thursday, 11 June 2009
The Watchmen and X-Men screenwriter has joined forces with Pandemonium's Bill Mechanic to bring Gary Reed's comic to the big screen. Benedict Carver, who runs Dark Hero Studios with Hayter, is also producing.
Deadworld puts a new spin on the post-apocalypse zombie film, picking up after the undead have taken over the planet and focusing on King Zombie, a motorcycle-riding corpse with a grudge against human survivors.
"It's very much about the design of the Deadworld and creating cool, frightening but not necessarily gory creatures," Hayter said. "I am a huge fan of zombie mythology."
Wednesday, 10 June 2009
Previously called "Laundry Warrior" and now wisely renamed "The Warrior's Way", Twitch have posted a promo reel.
This looks like my kind of movie. Hopefully, the ropey CGI towards the end of the promo reel, will be fully rendered in the finished movie.
Bleeding Cool has posted this article.
You'd think I'd be pleased that the movie will potentially be set in London, but I wish they'd just leave the franchise alone. My recent review of Salvation recognised that a lot of work was put into the film but the story left a lot to be desired. So, I have little faith in a 5th production. Movie studios have got to realise that movies are successful for a myriad of reasons. Terminator 3 showed that, despite Jonathan Mostow's grand attempt, you can't match the Cameron vision. So, why bother?
And...if it turns out that the story is true, that Connor travels back to 2011, I will be pissed off. The Star Trek franchise showed how badly Time Travel can screw up with a story (apart from the recent reboot that is) the Terminator franchise is now a mess.
Tuesday, 9 June 2009
For a no-budget Zombie horror, this doesn't look too bad!
Synopsis: "A small, sleepy Utah town gets an undead wake-up call when all of the townspeople of Mormon faith suddenly transform into flesh-eating ghouls!
Now, a group of "non-believers" unaffected by the mysterious epidemic must band together to survive the night and answer the burning question: How do you kill a Mormon zombie?"
The Book Of Zombie Official Site
Thanks to Bloody Disgusting
I don't normally review Ashes to Ashes but the final episode of Series 2 was such a kaleidscope of emotion, action and twists that I had to put my fingers to the keyboard.
The writers easily equalled the stunning Life On Mars finale (the end of LOM Series 2).
So how did we get to this point, episode 8?
Well, Alex Drake (played alluringly, sexily and vulnerably by the fantastic Keeley Hawes) is still stuck in a 1980s mental fabrication whilst her physical body lies in 2008, and working with Gene Hunt (portrayed by Philip Glenister, with playful glee). Over the course of the previous 7 episodes, Alex has learned to "live" within this reality whilst looking for the trigger that will allow her to return to her understanding of normality and reunite her with her daughter. The series introduced a story thread involving the Masons, bent coppers, another visitor "from the future" and the mysterious "Operation Rose".
Episode 7 was the strongest episode yet with a number of huge reveals that have changed the course of the series, including Summers killing his younger self and putting Drake into a situation where she was partly culpable, and that Chris (compellingly played by Marshall Lancaster) had been on the take. Alex has also been recording her thoughts on her stay in the 1980s which will end up causing her problems. The bullet has been removed from Alex but it only signals more trouble for her.
Summers has been very persuasive in trying to get Alex Drake to join operation Rose and become a corrupt officer in order to get home.
With another wonderfully inspired vision, this time in the form of a Jackanory episode told by Gene Hunt, Drake's latest predicament is revealed; an infection is spreading and only a "kill or cure" 50cc of drug can save her. it suggests that if she doesn't solve what is going on with Operation Rose she will be stuck where she is.
Following last week's events, Chris is still treated as a Pariah. Even his jokes (however good) are being ignored by the team. Shaz (played with red eyed conviction by Montserrat Lombard ) just looks on, unable to sort out her feelings for him. Chris, like Alex is looking to change his lot.
He's given the chance as Gene, Alex and Ray discover that a bullion heist is on the cards, one that Alex remembers hearing about. They find out through the femme fatale Jenette and her meathead brother, "Tiny Tim". TT is scared of Operation Rose despite being renowned for being a heavy. The conspiracy surrounding this heist goes right to the top and has been insidously behind events all through this second series.
As the episode continues, it becomes obvious that all Operation Rose is, is a group of corrupt policeman looking to make a substantial amount of money. On paper this might look like a let down, in the plot of episode 8, but it is merely the plot device to move things inexorably to the end.
Chris has been given an opportunity to redeem himself by accompanying the robbers to the location of the heist. Shaz, instead of treating him like a leper, confesses that she was proud of him for the way he handled the mess he'd got himself into and agrees that the wedding is still on.
The shoot-out echoes the train robbery in S2 of Life On Mars. Shaz gets a great scene where she saves Chris, dressed in a wedding dress.
It transpires that Summers was not the bad guy after all. This is surprising because he had become almost demonic in his hounding of Alex. Summers had been testing Drake's corruptibility to lead her to this point and the opportunity for him to get redemption for what happened when he was a young man. He got paid to turn a blind eye to the robbery and the guilt had eaten away at him.
It looked there was a clear route back to 2008, solve this crime and go back. The countdown to 50cc of "cure" is shown explicitly through signs, in posters, alarm clocks and crisp packets. Her, Gene and Summers meet in a face off but Drake doesn't go home. Not surprisingly we get to see Jenette's true colours as she threatens to kill Drake. Hunt fires but gets Drake instead.
Drake wakes up in 2008 to find herself with Molly Outside Alex's room, Summers body is wheeled out from the room next door. Alex is relieved and happy but finds that Gene Hunt is on the monitors telling her that he is being blamed for the shooting. Drake, gets up out of bed asking for help only to find that every monitor has Gene asking for help.
So, is she in a coma in 1982, dreaming of 2008. Is she in 2008 hallucinating about Gene still? Is it a kind of purgatory that she's in?
The third series is supposed to clear all this up.
The last time that I remember a BBC drama having as compelling a series finale is this is Blake's 7. Bearing in mind the writers were unsure that a Series 3 would be greenlit, it could have been the actual end.
I'm looking forward to next year and to see if they can top this second series. Will John Simm return? Who knows....
Monday, 8 June 2009
Directed by Patrick Lussier
Starring: Jensen Ackles, Jamie King, Kerr Smith, Tom Atkins
Harmony is an American town whose economy relies on the Hanniger Mines. The owner employed his son Tom (Jensen Ackles) to the annoyance of the other workers. One night Tom screws up and a methane explosion causes a cave-in that seals several workers inside. Only one survivor, Harry Warden (Rich Walters) is found, in a coma. Harry survived by killing his fellow workers to conserve oxygen. Neat trick! His signature method was to despatch them with a pickaxe. A year later Harry wakes up and proceeds to commit mass murder in the same fashion, that culminates in him attacking some youths having a party in the mines where it all began. Harry is shot by town sheriff Burke (Tom Atkins) before he can kill Tom. Harry Warden is assumed dead when another cave in is caused, trapping him in the mine.
Ten years later the residents of Harmony have gone on with their lives. Tom returns to the town after his father has passed away, to sell the mine. Tom's childhood sweetheart Sarah (Jamie King) has married his old friend Axel (Kerr Smith), who become the town sheriff replacing the now retired Burke. Tom's not the only person to have returned. A lone figure dressed as a miner and armed with a pickaxe carries out a new killing spree that the townsfolk immediately blame Tom for. They guess that Harry Warden has returned and is out to get Tom, not caring who's in the way. Many people die in glorious 3-D before the truth is revealed.
I was never a great fan of the 80s slashers, I was more into the Argento/Fulci/Romero/Carpenter outputs. John Carpenter, of course, could be blamed for the rise in the slasher thanks to Halloween. Therefore, I always kept an eye on the genre. The director of My Bloody Valentine, Patrick Lussier, doesn't do a bad job on this even if I'm not a great fan of this particular type of horror movie. At least slashers were more fun than some horrors, if you didn't read much into them.
The main talking point, of course, is the 3-D aspect. Does it deliver the goods? I have to say that it does. It takes full advantage of the medium to fling pickaxes at us, explosions, splatter and nudity. Lussier gives us this amidst a taught screenplay by Todd Farmer and Zane Smith that happily recognises what was fun and watchable about the 80s slashers. Like the recent remake of Friday the 13th, this movie keeps the blood flowing with quite the body count. Gorehounds will not be disappointed.
Gary Tunnicliffe who created the superb monstrous effects for Feast is at the makeup FX helm, here. He does a great job and it astounded me that the movie got an R in the US and was passed seemingly uncut in the UK as an 18. Normally, this amount of gore and guts gets slightly edited for a cinema release (an unrated release in the US is the kiss of death at the box office where on DVD it's a joy to behold) and then gets a full uncut unrated release on DVD.
The cast is mainly a mix of well known and not so well known TV actors. This is not a bad thing as television shows are now competing with movies as far as quality is concerned.
Jensen Ackles takes time off from the superb show, Supernatural. Here, he is clearly trying to distance himself from the character of Dean Winchester, by changing his accent slightly. He doesn't sound quite so macho in this. Ackles gives a fine performance in this flick when he could have just coasted and picked up the cheque. Kerr Smith's Axel is sympathatic but you still want to punch him. Jamie King, who has been in Sin City does her best with her role. But, kudos has to be given to Betsy Rue as she spends all her fairly short screen time totally buck naked. That must have been a difficult shoot! Again, as she's seen fully nude I'd have expected the movie to be unrated. She reminds me of the scream queens of old, like Linnea Quigley. Lol! What a trooper! It's not like she's come from a porn background and used to this prolonged exposure on set.
Also highly memorable is the very welcome return of Tom Atkins. This guy impressed me as a young boy by nailing Jamie Lee Curtis in The Fog. He has had memorable roles in Escape From New York, Halloween III, Lethal Weapon and Night of the Creeps. He gives the production a kind of gravitas just by being on screen. When he's onscreen with Kevin Tighe (Road House) there's a little low budget movie magic going on.
So, all in all, entertaining. It's not going to appeal to serious horror movie goers who like brains writing their movie instead of being smacked out by a pick axe ;o) But there's enough going on to satisfy those who like a high body count and gory, inventive, deaths.
Sunday, 7 June 2009
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One of the best things about Terminator Salvation was the performance of Sam Worthington as the mysterious Marcus Wright. I may have seen SW in the movie Hart's War but don't remember much of a movie that was ok, but nothing special.
What does the picture above tell us about next year's remake of Clash of the Titans? Well, they seem to be going far away from the original's clean look. Looking at the cast, they've got a collection of decent thesps in; Liam Neeson as Zeus, Ralph Fiennes as Hades, Danny Huston (I'll forgive him for Wolverine) as Poseidon and Alexa Davalos as Andromeda. You might recall Alexa from the TV show Angel, Chronicles of Riddick and Defiance. Not only is she good looking, she is a great actress.
I'm intrigued as to how Manuela Velasco's character Angela survived the first film.
A movie that crept up on me without hearing any details, previously is Gamer. Gerard Butler heads a decent cast in a movie that deals with people being used for multi-player gamers. He plays a star player that decides he wants independence from the game's mastermind, played by Michael C Hall. Hall has proven himself to be not only a versatile actor but one of the best American actors on US television today. His role as the likeable serial killer Dexter is one that I look forward to seeing every time a new season airs.
Gerard Butler is famous for his role as King Leonidas in 300. He seems suited to be in action movies and should be good to watch in Gamer. This movie has a slight bit of Tron in the plot despite not being a CG movie. I guess that parallels will be drawn with the recent remake, death Race and perhaps the X-Files episode 7X13 "First Person Shooter"
Fearshop have another of their awesome podcasts this week; 10/06/09. Rumour has it that I might be mentioned which is unexpected but welcome, being the massive horror fan that I am.
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Ad Lane's project is moving forward with more people contributing to be producers. There's talk of a teaser trailer being made; a step forward that I feel is necessary. I've had feedback that there isn't enough content to reassure people that the project is viable; harsh but fair. I'm in and urge horror film fans to take a chance, especially those resident in the UK. I believe that AD Lane is the real deal and wants to produce an exciting twist on the zombie movie. A preorder DVD is less than a night out and gets UK residents the chance to be an extra.
My Zombie makeover
The Indywood site
His take on the sad passing of David Carradine, the trailer for Left for Dead 2 (vg), and notification that Empire mag has posted 10 minutes of the movie Doghouse! Cool! BTW Mail order Zombie Karoake has to be heard to be believed! Crazt Shit! lol!
Good news that a Ls Vegas convention is being considered for 2011 and forum members are being asked for their views. I'll be up for this, possibly.
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