Last Week in Horror News: June 28th to July 5th

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Theatrical Trailers and Clips

  • CARRIERS – Studio PG-13 horror that looks Badass?  Like woah.

Studio News and Attachments


  • PREDATORS – AICN confirms that Nimrod Antal will be directing the Robert Rodriguez produced franchise reboot, complete with an encouraging Q&A with Rodriguez about.
  • HELLRAISER – An official sign that, after two director’s dumping the project, HELLRAISER has hit a red light.
  • LET THE RIGHT ONE IN – Director Matt Reeves passionately defends the remake decision, expressing hope that people will give the film a chance.
  • AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON – John Landis confirms to BD that Dimension films is busy approaching the paperwork for getting rights tot he remake.

Indie, Foreign and Random News

  • I SELL THE DEAD 2? – Director Glenn McQuaid has plans to develop a sequel titled THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF GRIMES &BLAKE, first as a comic and then, hopefully, as a film.
  • BEWARE THE DEVIL – Shane Meadows makes horror his next genre stop, exorcisms and all.
  • ORPHAN Controversy – Apparently parents are shouting at WB over a line from the trailer for THE ORPHAN.  Offense in question?  “It must be hard to love an adopted child as much as your own.”
  • FEED – Orbit Books has just picked up the FEED trilogy books about a future in which bloggers are the key to surviving a global zombie outbreak.
  • GRACE – You can pick up GRACE, which Scott Weinberg describes as “easily one of the best horror films of the year”, on September 15th on DVD and Blu-ray.
  • FANTASIA 2009 Lineup – Very impressive roster of films, though, for my interests, not as on the money as:
  • FILM4 FRIGHTFEST – Damn do I want to be in London for this.  Who wants to fly me out?

Non-Theatrical Trailers and Clips

PSA: LET THE RIGHT ONE IN on Netflix Watch Instantly With Original Subtitles

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Earlier today I was bouncing around Netflix adding titles to my Instant Queue when I noticed LET THE RIGHT ONE IN (review) as an offering.  Once the 360 finished streaming an episode of David Attenborough’s THE LIFE OF MAMMALS (get on Attenborough if you’re not already, btw) I set out to see if the Netflix stream used the dumbed down subtitles still currently on retail DVDs and BRDs.  I only did a spot check, but from what I could discern the Netflix stream, a service free to almost all but the most minimal of subscribers, used the original, context keeping Swedish subtitles.

I actually returned my Blu-ray of the magnificent film out of protest, so I find this highly amusing.  Has Magnolia begun printing and furnishing the new discs?  Did Netflix correct the issue themselves?  No idea, but as far as I’m aware, streaming LET THE RIGHT ONE IN from Netflix in HD is currently the most pristine way to see the film in America.

Evening Write: 30+ Works I Should Have Read in 2008, Magnolia Doinks LET THE RIGHT ONE IN Subtitles

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Vince Liguano passed out to the LOTTD the press release containing the finalists up for a 2008 Bram Stoker Award, which only served to make me feel an invalid.  I did not read a single title on this list.  Not one.  And that includes nominee UNSPEAKABLE HORROR, an anthology released by Vince and fellow LOTTD’er Chad Helder.  Once again I am reminded of how unsatisfactory my reading habits are.  What fleeting time I did have in ’08 to devote to reading, typically on a long haul flight, was most often dedicated to either Science Fiction (please do read ANATHEM) or non-fiction (and certainly please do read THE ALCHEMY OF AIR: A JEWISH GENIUS, A DOOMED TYCOON, AND THE SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY THAT FED THE WORLD BUT FUELED THE RISE OF HITLER).

Now I’ve got yet another list of back catalog to work through.  Quitting my job damn well better be bliss come June.

I’ll post the entire list of nominees at the end.  Oh, and best of luck to Chad and Vince on their nomination!

And now on to the LET THE RIGHT ONE IN (review) subtitle scandal that Icons of Fright broke and that has irritated supporters of the film large and small: Cinematical, CHUD, Hollywood Elsewhere, Evil on Two Legs, MTV, NYM.  I recommend taking a second and clicking on over there to scan through their proof of failure screen captures as there is no point in my reposting them all here. Magnolia’s handling of the Region 1 consumer release is inexplicable, to say the least.  What they so graciously put into theaters contained the proper English subtitles, what they put on DVD and Blu-ray contains egregious mistranslations.

These are no mere instances of crossed tounges.  These new subs defile crucial context.  And at the benefit of what?  Nothing.  Nothing at all.  It would be a stretch to say that the offending sections ruin the film entirely, but that concession provides no justification for the changes.  Gone is the playful mystery in Eli and Oscar’s first encounter.  Gone is the soulful empathy of Eli’s handler’s encounter with a jar filled with a certain liquid.  Gone is nuance, gone for no reason.

March 2009 Horror DVD and Blu-ray list.

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March 3rd

Dimension Extreme have been on a streak of good-to-great titles for the past year, culminating in the hit that is EDEN LAKE (review). I don’t know much about DEAD IN 3 DAYS, but I’m willing to give Dimension’s acquistions department an edge once again. Hopefully their streak stays intact.

Oddly enough, DEAD IN 3 DAYS is the only standard definition title of note for the week.  On Blu-Ray we’ve got SILENCE OF THE LAMBS.  I own the out of print Criterion Collection of the classic, so I’m not jonesing enough to do a double dip for it in HD.

March 10th

The week everyone is looking forward to.  LET THE RIGHT ONE IN (review) hits on both DVD and BRD.  As I find myself repeating again and again, there is no point in saying any more about LTROI at this point.  We all know this is a must see movie, my only fear is that those who haven’t seen it must have the highest hopes in the world at this point.  For that I apologize, I try to keep the hype down.

Don’t know a whole lot about DARK REEL except that it has Lance Henriksen in it, which means I am contractually obligated to the universe to see it.  Filling out the other straight-to-DVD titles for the month are CROWLEY (co-written by Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson), STASH (cover beyond my tolerance for sleaze) and the hilarious looking, gamer-themed fantasy flick BEN X.

LET THE RIGHT ONE IN is the only Blu.

March 17th

A week of straight to DVD titles and a few reaches into deep catalog territory.  STDers are WALLED IN and SATAN, while the catalog titles are the F.W. Murnau classics THE HAUNTED CASTLE and FAUST.  These two titles are also included in a new Murnau boxset along with NOSFERATU, THE LAST LAUGH, TARTUFFE, and THE FINANCES OF THE GRAND DUKE.

On Blu-ray we’ve got Neil Jordan’s THE COMPANY OF WOLVES.  I confess to never having seen it, though if I recall someone suggested it last time I was in a horror rut.  I further confess I never got around to half of those titles.  As LaTour recently pointed out, I was probably watching a giant lizard on the Sci-Fi channel and am thusly self-shamed.

March 21st

As if the novels and film weren’t driven enough by their own fan based self-promotion, TWILIGHT’s release on DVD and BRD apparently requires its own retail day.  Though I am far removed from its target demographic I can still say it’s not a bad movie.  I’d rather watch it again than half the crap that ends up getting reviewed on HND, if that’s any measure.

March 24th

Brace yourself for LOCUSTS: THE 8TH PLAGUE, THE GRUDGE 3: GRUDGIEST and PASSENGERS.  Or brace yourself for a week in which you won’t spend a dime.

Nothing on the genre Blu-ray front, though I would be remiss if I went without mentioning the Criterion Collection of THE 400 BLOWS.

March 31st

Before the ADF flood, let me not forget the title of the week: TIMECRIMES (review).  I’ve seen it twice now and it only gets better with each viewing, unlike some time travel centric pictures.  I’ll be adding this to the collection for sure.

Here comes the genre onslaught, thanks in large part to After Dark Films dropping off its 2009 Horrorfest titles.  The only one I heard great things about was THE BROKEN, the only other I heard decent things about being FROM WITHIN.  Rounding out that series is AUTOPSY, PERKIN’S 14, SLAUGHTER, THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT 3, VOICES and DYING BREED.

RJ Sayer actually saw CTHULHU in theaters so it feels wrong to call it a Straight to DVD movie despite its biggest name being Tori Spelling.  I believer Sayer’s chief complaint about the movie was that it could have been much, much cooler.  Tame enough response to make me check it out.

From the catalog we’ve got the awesomely titled THE SINFUL DWARF and the even awesomer titled CAT IN THE BRAIN.  Know nothing of either, sorry.

On the Blu end we’ve got releases of both PITCH BLACK and CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK.  For some reason I can only attribute to pure malice, we’ve also got a release of GHOSTS OF MARS.  Christine and I tried watching this mess OnDemand not too long ago and barely made it 15 minutes in.  Awful, awful movie born of the age of the irrelevant John Carpenter era.

Topping off the month are Blu releases of the Harvey Keitel starring TWO EVIL EYES and Takashi Miike’s notorious ICHI THE KILLER.  Regretably unfamiliar with the former and not a fan of the latter, despite being a huge fan of Miike’s career as a whole.  Rarely a fan of pushing it to the extreme.  Give me the BIRD PEOPLE OF CHINA Miike over the ICHI brand any day, por favor.

Netflixing the Month


HND votes for the Cyber Horror Awards.

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As mentioned once before, B-Sol of the The Vault of Horror is orchestrating the first ever “Cyber Horror Awards”.  I went over his selected list of nominees earlier and now I’m posting my actual ballot.  On the day it’s due, mind you.  I think the official CHA nominees lacked in a few categories, so some of my selections include the encouraged write-ins.

And no, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN did not sweep.  Anyone who reads this site regularly should be able to guess what I threw the majority of my love at.  In fact, I’m going to go pop in the Blu-ray disc for my personal favorite ’08 horror flick right after I hit publish.


Horror 2008, a Retrospective: Part 5, News & Events

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Not necessairly the most important headlines of 2008 (yes, the writer’s strike ended), rather the, “Oh, I remember that” variety.  Note there is no chronological order to the listing of these events, the majority of which are derived from the creation/cessation of various production houses with the potential to shape the horror flow for the next few years.

Part 1: January to March.
Part 2: April to June.
Part 3: July to September.
Part 4: October to December.
Part 5: Events.
Part 6: Awards. (coming)

Horror 2008, a Retrospective: Part 4, October to December

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Not much to say other than enjoy Part Four of Horror’s Not Dead’s 2008 Retrospective.  Wasn’t a bad year, but now that all the major titles are in it, it wasn’t, as I like to say, good sex.

Part 1: January to March.
Part 2: April to June.
Part 3: July to September.
Part 4: October to December.
Part 5: Events.
Part 6: Awards. (coming)


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Directed by Tomas Alfredson, 2008
Written by John Ajvide Lindqvist from his novel

Knowing what is left to come and what has come before, I can’t imagine any film this year better equipped to touch quickened hearts, arrest lungs and widen minds than LET THE RIGHT ONE IN.

There is a reason Tomas Alfredson’s film currently finds itself with a 98% on the Tomatometer, an 8.5 on IMDB, and a place close to my genre marrow.  There is a reason I now feel indebted to the gent who passed the film along to me.  There is a reason I’ll be thinking about it for days.  There is a reason I want to watch it again right away.  There is a reason I wish it never ended.  There is a reason R.J. Sayer calls it, “one of the top 10 vampire films of the last 20 years”.  There is a reason it will not be dethroned as Best Genre Film of 2008.  There is a reason I do not believe any of the sentences just written are exaggerations, as none share the same reason, rather a myriad of inspirations.

Forgive the abstraction, but I can’t help but think of LET THE RIGHT ONE IN as an ember in the fireplace of vampire mythos.  An ember from an overly familiar source.  Our ideas of what vampire movies are has become safe.  Watching LTROI one can feel the undeniable warmth, but only with closer examination can one realize the temerity of that heat.  In certain light the ember doesn’t even look aflame.  Dim the surroundings and its radiant scorch glows.  Dim further and the ember revels its true color, the deep red of beating heart.  No matter the light, though, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN will hypnotize, drawing senses closer still, bracing for a burn it never quite lets you prepare for.

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