In 2009, the Ford Brothers unleashed a trailer for their upcoming zombie film simply entitled THE DEAD. The trailer quickly became a viral hit for the horror community, many members flocking to watch the 3 minute preview of the latest offering in the zombie genre and eagerly awaited its release.
It was until 2011 that the film was released, and for most – it was well worth the wait. The film provided a bleak, depressing, and harrowing adventure with that old school spice zombie fans had been yearning for. The vast plains of Africa opened up a world of undead horror both on and off the screen – the film was a hit, and it was only a question of not if but when we would see a sequel.
That time is now. Read More
Archstone Distribution announces the VOD, Digital Download and DVD release of A RESURRECTION from Writer/Director Matt Orlando (Barbershop). The film stars Mischa Barton (Fox’s “The OC”), Devon Sawa (CW’s “Nikita”) Jonathan Michael Trautmann (96 Minutes) and the late Michael Clarke Duncan (The Green Mile).
“We are thrilled to be apart of this exciting, one of a kind thriller,” said Brady Bowen of Archstrone Distribution. “The sheer quality of the film coupled with the unique talent of Misha Barton, Devon Sawa, Jonathan Michael Trautmann and the legendary Michael Clark Duncan will make it a must see.”
A RESURRECTION follows down to earth school psychologist, Jessie (Barton), who tries to help a mentally ill student, Eli (Trautmann). As they begin to connect, she unravels the truth behind the death of Eli’s brother. Are Eli’s stories true? Will his brother resurrect and avenge his death against those responsible for his murder? Or are these stories just in Eli’s imagination?
A RESURRECTION will be available on VOD on July 23, 2013 and on DVD on August 6, 2013 for an SRP of $14.99.
No this isn’t an announcement…yet.
A good friend of mine by the name of Stacy Still has set out in a similar endeavor to my quest to get THE VIDEO DEAD released on DVD.
As many of you know, that campaign got its start right here on the interwebs and Stacy has asked me if I wouldn’t mind helping her get the word out that she’s trying to do the same thing with her favorite film. I couldn’t find a reason to say no.
So head on on over to her Facebook page and click that like button, let’s see if we can indeed get lightening to strike twice and make another fan’s favorite film get the release it justly deserves!
Everyone has had the childhood fear of the monster(s) living under their bed, the gnarled hand that will grab you when you dare set foot off, the razor sharp teeth, glowing red eyes – it all comes home in Steven … Read the rest of this entry
Funny man Dan Fogler is taking on a new role that strays from his usual forte – substituting the usual laughs, this year he’s featured in a much more serious role in a new horror/thriller from directors Kevin Goetz and Michael … Read the rest of this entry
The biggest issue with horror comedies is finding the right balance of either genre to satisfy fans that are there to see both. There’s always the chance of the horror overshadowing the comedy or vice versa which can turn into a rather messy situation for the genre fans looking for that close encounter of the creepy kind. Very few mixing genre films have managed to find this balance that settles into a perfectly blended experience of gut bursting laughter, mixed with stomach churning horror.
The first and most recent that comes to mind is Edgar Wright’s British ZomCom SHAUN OF THE DEAD which delivered the laughter and horror in spades. An equal mix of both zombie carnage and side splitting jokes made the film one genre fans just ate up solidifying its reputation as a cult classic. Other films in the same vain include THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, FEAST, FRIGHT NIGHT, and NIGHT OF THE DEMONS (1988). As you can probably tell the list of horror/comedy films that do work is rather short because frankly – most of them go too far on one side of the spectrum to be considered a mix but in one genre or another. An example of such a film is RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD PART II which favored comedy over horror and suffered for it with genre fans, but has become a cult favorite over the years. Read More
Rob Zombie is a name that’s pretty universal amongst horror fans, not only is he a popular musician – but in recent years, has undertaken directing feature films. With his shtick being aimed primarily at the horror genre, and with his status as a genre fan, it was only a manner of time before we would see him sitting in the director’s chair and in 2002 – he did just that with his feature debut, HOUSE OF 1,000 CORPSES. A film that split genre fans right down the middle, some celebrated it, others despised it – a film that obviously borrowed from 70s horror and exploitation; this was a film that either worked or it didn’t.
Up next Rob came out with his sequel to CORPSES, following his over the top dialogue, gritty atmosphere and a seemingly much more clearer aim at what genre he was paying tribute to – THE DEVIL’S REJECTS was unleashed with a much more positive buzz. Seeing him mature as a director and a writer, fans were ready for what Mr. Zombie had to offer next…well, at least they thought they were. In 2007 Rob Zombie’s remake of HALLOWEEN became the bastard child of any horror fan’s collection which was also the same fate of his sequel HALLOWEEN II which was released in 2009. Both films shared Rob Zombie’s white trash style of filmmaking, constant obscenities, over the top violence, and dream like visuals; things that HALLOWEEN fans were not eager to embrace.
Flash forward to now, four years after his last film – Rob Zombie debuts his first original film in almost a decade; THE LORDS OF SALEM. Read More
Halloween is pretty universal holiday for horror fans, it’s the one day a year our love for the genre comes in handy and a chance for some of us to experiment with the newest make up kits on our friends. It’s no surprise that several horror films have been made that either take place or build up to the glorious holiday – one franchise even spawned a horror icon that has thrives as I write this.
Bryan Norton is a director most horror fans may not recognize, but it’s one that I feel some day will be on the tip of their tongue. Mr. Norton made his debut with a short entitled PENNY DREADFUL – no, not the After Dark Filmfest one – about a family who moves into a home and begins seeing grisly apparitions. With Betsy Palmer and Warrington Gillette as cast members, it was no surprised that fans took notice of this innovative short film and saw the potential of the up and coming director. Read More
In the zombie subgenre, it’s hard to bring new life into the films being made of recent. While many are content with the same stories rehashed with a new gang of cast members, others do their best to push the genre forward rather than keep it at the same level.
Throughout the years we’ve had zombie love stories, pet zombies, zombie buddies, films from the zombies’ perspective and yes, even zombie musicals. While zombie films with varying concepts and ideas are being made, to some they’re not as welcome as one might think. The a-typical zombie fodder is more than enough for some fans, and when done properly is enough for me as well. However, I cannot argue that when a new concept is brought to the table and it is pulled off; I am grinning from ear to ear. It’s not just because there’s something new for me to marvel at, but because it opens the doors for more filmmakers to try something different as well and not just stick with the typical run of the mill zombie flick.
The makers of this film must have missed the memo on that one. Read More
So here’s the deal, the insane mental patient escapes from hospital and attacks a group of twenty- somethings has been done to death. Pardon the pun but literally, it has been done to death. It was the basis of the classic HALLOWEEN, was utilized in the criminally underrated ALONE IN THE DARK from 1982, and it even made an appearance in the 1987 cult hit SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE. That’s just to name a few, to be short and sweet; it’s a concept that I feel like has been fully utilized.
I mean really what more can you do with such an idea that will bring something new to the table? Gory deaths, interesting characters aside, there isn’t much that can breathe life into this very used and very tired concept.
So when I heard the storyline of ESCAPEE – you can imagine why my interest wasn’t exactly through the roof. However, after checking out the cast and seeing some behind the scenes clips – my enthusiasm grew. The filmmakers and cast sounded very sure of their little film, very confident what they were doing was not only going to be scary; but possibly bring life to a long dead concept. I found myself now excited and looking forward to a sleeper hit that I could tell all my fellow horror fiends about. Read More