Last Week in Horror News: April 12 to the 19th


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Theatrical Trailers and Clips

  • HALLOWEEN 2 – Clip from Entertainment Tonight.
  • CREEK – Lionsgate has yet to pin a release date for Joel Schumacher’s Nazi experiments flick once titled TOWN CREEK.

Studio News and Attachments

  • Fox Atomic Dies – Fox Atomic is, in all likelihood, getting folded back in to 20th Century Fox.  How this alters plans for JENNIFER’S BODY or the hypothetical 28 MONTHS LATER is unclear.
  • OFFSPRING – Ghost House Pictures picks up Jack Ketchum’s OFFSPRING, joins already acquired THE CHILDREN and SEVENTH MOON.
  • DRAG ME TO HELL – Looks like Ghost House opted to release the PG-13 variant.  Don’t blame ‘em.
  • ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE – Has a US theatrical date of July 17th, which is 361 days after the film’s release on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK; oh, and those discs are only $8 and $15, respectively.  Despite having a region listing on the back, my Blu of MANDY LANE plays just fine in a PS3.  This wait is ridiculous.
  • THANKSGIVING – Eli Roth is currently pitching a deal to direct a more accessible disaster(ish) film for $80mil if the studio involved will also pay $5mil for a feature length do-up of the hit trailer.

Remakes

  • MY BLOODY VALENTINE 3-D – Lionsgate has no plans for a sequel, but has 30 minutes of deleted scenes and an alternate ending ready for the disc due in May.
  • FRIDAY THE 13TH – Out on DVD and BRD June 16th.
  • EYES OF LAURA MARS – Chris Fischer, writer of S. DARKO tells fans at Weekend of Horrors that he has writing duties on the John Carpenter remake.

Indie, Foreign and Random News

  • HATCHET 2 – Adam Green says the sequel is happening likely next winter, but is unsure the extent of his involvement.
  • I, FRANKENSTEIN – Classic monsters in a neo-noir mystery produced by Ryan Rotten of Shock and Robert Sanchez of IESB.net.

Non-Theatrical Trailers and Clips

Last Week in Horror News: February 22nd to March 1st


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  • MANDY LANE – Senator is finally going to release ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE (review) on July 17th?  I wouldn’t count on it.
  • SPLICE – Senator must be on a PR kick as they also slipped Bloody-Disgusting some photos from the upcoming Vincenzo Natali directed chimera-horror flick.  Pics look great, though if one commenter is to believed, the script is awful.
  • REPOSSESSION MAMBO – The Jude Law starring sci-fi tale of borrowed organs gets an R rating.

Remakes

  • FRIDAY THE 13TH 2 – How does BD surmise the headline, “FRIDAY THE 13TH Sequel Officially Announced” and then link to a source article that clearly states, “Insiders caution that there is no green light”.  We all know there is going to be a F132, but man, let’s wait until that “officially” means the same thing the dictionary says it does.
  • THE BIRDS – According to Brenna Roth, who is in talks for a role in the Platinum Dunes recash, THE BIRDS will be shot in 3-D.
  • TOTAL RECALL – Neal H. Moritz, yes the NHM curse of PROM NIGHT ’08, is allegedly bringing TOTAL RECALL back to the big screen his bank account.
  • SORORITY ROW 2 – Summit has yet to release the remake of THE HOUSE ON SORORITY ROW and already the sequel is on a word processor somewhere.

Indie, Foreign and Random News

  • 100 FEET – The Sci-Fi channel will be premiering Eric Red’s impressive haunter (review) on April 26th.

Non-Theatrical (US) Trailers and Clips

Last week in Horror News, February 8th to the 15th.


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Theatrical Trailers and Clips

  • THE DESCENT 2 – Trailer.  Gander it quick as it keeps getting yanked from YouTube.  Despite severely hating the first one, this looks like like a solid flick.

Studio News and Attachments

  • SUBTERRANEAN – Sean Hood has scored writing duties on Marcus Nispel’s next film, as explained by this amusing anecdote from the writer himself.  A plot set in an underground labyrinth of tunnels below NYC helps explain Nispel’s need for Jason to run around tunnels of his own.
  • UNTITLED SHITTY MOVIE – Dimension Films wants to do a thriller based around some kind of social networking app.
  • JONAH HEX – Josh Brolin now vs. John Malkovich.

Remakes

  • THE GATE – Alex Winters, yes that Alex Winters, will be directing a remake of the Tibur Takacs flick from ’87.
  • FRIDAY THE 13TH – Surprise, there was material left out of the theatrical cut!  And not just an extra dollop of karyo syrup.  Also, it now holds an opening weekend slasher record at over $42mil.
  • NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET – Samuel Bayer, perhaps best known for creating the Smells Like Teen Spirit music video, will be calling the shots on Platinum Dunes’ next remake.
  • NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET – If you believed that Lindsay Lohan was going to star in the reboot you are a sucker.
  • DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS – BBC is doing a two-part mini-series remake that will star Brian Cox and Eddie Izzard.  Sold!

Indie, Foreign and Random News

Non-Theatrical Trailers and Clips

February 2009 Horror DVD and Blu-ray List.


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Not sure if anyone cares but me, but I’ll be covering more Blu-ray titles from here on out.  Also, dipping out of the spectrum of this site real quick, but 2008’s best documentary, DEAR ZACHARY: A LETTER TO A SON ABOUT HIS FATHER, comes out.  I highly, highly, highly recommend seeing it.  NetflixAmazon.


February 3rd:

In advanced honor cashing-in-on of the Platinum Dunes FRIDAY THE 13TH reboot, new additions of Parts 1-3 have hit on DVD.  Sadly the first part is the only one available on Blu-ray in the states, whereas all three are on BRD in the UK.  Shrug.  Part 3 is also in full 3-D for the first time on disc.

Continuing with the hockey mask is the documentary HIS NAME WAS JASON which chronicles the culture of Voorhees.  It’s not quite as good as HALLOWEEN 25 YEARS OF TERROR, but it’s worth a Netflix for completist fans.

Then of course there are the Straight-to-DVDs fo the week, BLACK SWARM and KILLER MOVIE.  I don’t know anything about either, though a lot can be inferred from their covers.


February 10th:

Stepping just outside the genre, but still in the realm of science fiction, we have BLINDNESS.  The rather tepid response it got from critics had me in no rush to see BLINDNESS at a theater, but CONSTANT GARDNER and CITY OF GOD director Fernando Meirelles has me interested in the story of a world struck with an outbreak of, well, look at the title.

MY NAME IS BRUCE also got a general consensus of ‘meh’ so I’ve yet to see.  Game on now, though.  Also available on Blu-ray.

Steven Segal + vampires = AGAINST THE DARK.

Kicking off the trifecta of red themed titles of the month is RED MIST, once known as FREAKDOG, from Paddy Breathnach.  I’m not a fan at all of the wasted potential that was Breathnach’s SHROOMS, but I’ll give RED MIST a shot.

Second up is RED VICTORIA which judging from its cover looks in the vamp fantasy vein, but IMDb lists a plot about a person, “forced to write a horror movie by an undead muse who motivates him by killing his friends and family.”  Could be passable.

FRIDAY THE 13TH THE SERIES VOLUME 2 is exactly what that mouthful explains.  THE LODGER is a remake of Hitchcock’s THE LODGER, though the filmmakers would rather you think of it as a retelling of the novel THE LODGER.  Either way it calls upon Alfred Molina, which gives it slightly more credibility.

Also, A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE hits Blu-ray.  Not a horror title by any stretch, but it is David Cronenberg, this site’s favorite director.  Already have my pre-order in.

Edit: And to add TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE because apparently I’m the biggest asshole ever for forgetting it.


February 17th:

Ugh.  FEAST III: THE HAPPY FINISH.  FEAST II (review) was an awful, awful, awful movie and I have no reason whatsoever to think that things are going to turn around.  They couldn’t even get their lame sex-subtitle right.  Is it not a HAPPY ENDING, not a HAPPY FINISH?  Never going to see this.

Ah, THE MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN (review).  If you haven’t caught this OnDemand yet, today it finally hits DVD and BRD.  I’m rather indifferent to the film.  By no stretch is it a bad movie, but I wasn’t all that blown away, either.  I’ll be giving it a second shot at some point.

QUARANTINE (review) doesn’t need much explanation.  If you’ve not seen [REC] and don’t feel like buying a Canadian copy, which is surprisingly not a euphemism for bootleg, I suppose QUARANTINE will do.  It’s whatevs.

Remember SCREAMERS?  Kind of?  Get ready for SCREAMERS: THE RISING.

Last up of the STD titles is ALIEN RAIDERS, which I’ve heard very good things about.  Expect a review later in the month.


February 24th:

In advanced honor cashing-in-on the remake of THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT is a new “unrated” copy of Wes Craven’s first film.  I’m no lover of the seasoned shocker so I won’t be replacing my older, never watched copy of the film.

If the DVD cover doesn’t give it away, CYCLOPS was a Sci-Fi channel premiere.  I caught bits and pieces of it and well, that cover delivers and then some.  Unlike most films on The Most Dangerous Night of Television, the eponymous beast actually doesn’t look a Sega Saturn rendering, more like a Playstation 2, and is actually shown quite a lot.

Expect a review of RED SANDS at some point, the newest flick from the guys behind DEAD BIRDS (review).  I’m really digging the cover which looks straight out of 1997.  I’m game.

I dodged THE HAUNTING OF MOLLY HARTLEY at theaters and will continue to do so on DVD.

EPITAPH is a Korean horror flick set in a hospital in the ’40s.  Like most films following the bust of Korea’s new wave of cinema, EPITAPH isn’t bad, but it’s nothing spectacular.

I’m hugely behind on Dario Argento.  Behind as in I’ve only seen two or three of the Italian maestro’s films.  Shrug.  February gives us FOUR FLIES ON GREY VELVET on DVD and THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE on Blu-Ray.

Also, AKIRA on Blu-ray.  Not horror, but the audience overlap makes it worth mentioning.


Netflix’ing the Month:

  1. THE MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN
  2. ALIEN RAIDERS
  3. MY NAME IS BRUCE
  4. AGAINST THE DARK
  5. RED SANDS
  6. RED MIST

Last Week in Horror News: January 25 to February 1st


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For those keeping tabs, I’m back home.  Don’t expect my rantings about Asian movies to end, though.

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Last Week in Horror News: December 14th to the 21st


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Last Week in Horror News: December 7th to the 14th


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