Archive for the Upcoming Horrors Category
Wishing all my firends, family and fans a happy new year. Best wishes to my non-readers except you can’t see this so you lose out…jerks.
2010 will be a horrific year and I plan to share every moment.
All this talk of censorship and video seizures has compelled me on a new quest, I’m highly impressionable. Over the next couple of months I plan to track down the video nasties one by one. I will update as my horde of depravity grows.
I’ll start with the 39 actually prosecuted entries and then potentially move on the larger list of movies the British Police had a hard-on for (do you hyphenate hardon? Hard on? Hadron?) I’m off to a great start as I already own 8 of them:
The Boogey Man
House by the Cemetery
The Evil Dead
Flesh For Frankenstein
Some of these movies have alternate titles for different regions but I’ll only clarify if it becomes too confusing.
Once my horror kingdom has a strong base of nastification I will watch and review one “Nasty” a day until I’ve been through the entire catalog.
Make sure you stay tuned as I hunt and trap these movies and pass some along if you happen to cross their paths 🙂
It has begun.
Tired of getting short-changed by DVD extras? So is cult film authority Xavier Mendik.
Features where everyone just grins into the camera and talks about how great the production was are superficial, he says. Moreover, they “don’t do fans justice.” What extra features do you want to see? Tell us in the comments below
Mendik, the director of Cine-Excess, an international conference and festival on cult film, is doing something about it by partnering up with distributor Nouveaux Pictures to re-master cult horror movies.
Besides giving fans a chance to see cult classics for the first time on DVD, the label – whose slogan is “Taking Trash Seriously” – sets itself apart with extra features created by academics, he says.
The label has already re-released 1980s favorite “Amsterdamned” and in January 2010 comes a remastering of “Suspiria,” Dario Argento’s stomach-turning horror set in a ballet academy.
The restoration on the Blu-Ray and DVD release of “Suspiria” will include four new documentaries that examine everything from gender controversy in the film to its style and politics in Italy in the 1970s.
“It will be the ultimate DVD,” says Mendik, who says the label is responding to what fans want.
Cult devotees have more to look forward to.
Cine-Excess has been given rights to a catalog of 300 movies owned by B-movie producer director Roger Corman and is planning to release 15 films in the next 12 months with Nouveaux Pictures, says Mendik.
The label is aimed at both the everyday cult fan as well as the growing educational market that has emerged around cult, says Mendik, who teaches cult film and TV at Brunel University in the UK.
With all this in mind, we asked Mendik to list his top five horror cult movies of all time. His picks and comments are below:
1. “Suspiria” (Dario Argento, 1977): “Being in the position to re-release this film is phenomenal.”
2. “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (Tobe Hooper, 1974): “It remains a profoundly shocking film.”
3. “Deranged” (Jeff Gillen and Alan Ormsby, 1974): “For its gore and gross out factor – a look at depravity with a wonderful, near hysterical performance by the central lead.”
4. “Venus in Furs” (Jesus Franco, 1969): “A psychedelic dream scene horror with a freestyle jazz structure.”
5. “Cabin Fever” (Eli Roth, 2002): “A new talent in the horror field to keep an eye on.”
Thank you CNN!
Low budget awesomeness from Canada’s wang (southern Ontario sort of hangs off of the rest of the country, in all fairness though, it’s penetrating the U.S.)
Support indie horror.
I may be slow on the uptake but the adorable Mia Wasikowska who played the title character in I Love Sarah Jane (scroll down, it’s on this page) will be playing Alice in Tim Burton’s upcoming Alice in Wonderland. Depp, Glover, Wasikowska, win!
Also, in a shameless attempt to drive some traffic to my homely horror site I’m making a shout out to http://www.condron.us It’s a neat site that lets you preview many blogs in not many seconds.
Von Trier (The Kingdom, Dancer in the Dark) is causing a stir with his newest film The Antichrist. The trailer doesn’t give much away but I’m excited both for Willem Dafoe starring and for Von Trier releasing a new film.
Check it out!