Time again for another Tuesday Terrors and I have my own horror story to share. Finally got my Toshiba laptop back after it crashed just 40 days after buying it. The Retailer refused to exchange it even though I was just 10 days past the return date. But out of the kindness of their hearts they waived the $80 diagnostic fee. It was sent off to the Toshiba service center where they not only replaced the motherboard, but also the CPU and hard drive…meaning I basically ended up with a new computer anyway. Sheesh!
So you can’t get enough of the Walking Dead? Well check out the news below for an announcement of the upcoming Walking Dead magazine. In the reviews section we’ve got two new books and one new DVD to check out.
THE TERRIFYING NEWS!
WWE Studios producing “The Hive” WWE Studios and Troika Pictures today announced they will co-produce and co-finance the upcoming thriller, The Hive, starring Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin. The thriller, to be directed by Brad Anderson (The Machinist, Transsiberian), was written by Rich D’Ovidio (Exit Wounds, Thir13en Ghosts) and based upon a story by Rich D’Ovidio, Nicole D’Ovidio and Jon Bokencamp.
Emergency Call Center Operator Jordan (Halle Berry) takes a call from Casey (Abigail Breslin) a teenage girl who has been abducted and carried away in the trunk of a car. The kidnapping plays out in real time as Jordan and Casey work together to track down the killer in this high stakes thriller.
Walking Dead: The Magazine coming in October. Titan Magazines and Skybound are pleased to announce the launch of The Walking Dead, The Official Magazine, based on Robert Kirkman's Eisner Award-winning comic book series and Emmy-winning AMC television series based upon them.
The Walking Dead, The Official Magazine will feature an inside look at the comic and show as only a fully sanctioned quarterly can. No one will get more exclusives than this magazine. Get exclusive access to the most successful television adaptation of a comic ever, including in-depth interviews Kirkman, Executive Producer/Writer on the show; Glen Mazzara, Showrunner/ Executive Producer/Writer of the series and David Alpert, Executive Producer of the series. That's not all, readers will hear from all of the leads on the hit TV show beginning with Andrew Lincoln, who stars as Rick Grimes; Sarah Wayne Callies, who stars as Lori Grimes, and Jon Bernthal, who played fan-favorite bad boy Shane.
The Walking Dead, The Official Magazine debuts on October 23rd with 100 pages of all access, no holds barred zombie festing and feasting. With all the latest news, revelations and tips for fans of the television show and the graphic novels.
New zombie film “The Revenant” releasing in August. Lightning Entertainment has struck a deal with independent distribution company Paladin to handle the theatrical release of the award-winning horror comedy The Revenant. Paladin plans to release the film theatrically in August in an initial 10 markets. The DVD will be released through Lionsgate under Lightning Media’s on-going partnership with the company.
A horror comedy in the vein of Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland, The Revenant tells the story of a soldier and his slacker best friend who become zombies, and then use their newfound powers to become vigilante crime fighters with hilariously mixed results when their adventures become more complicated and bloody than expected. Here is the UK trailer…
Munger Road coming in the Fall. Freestyle Digital Media has acquired the rights to Munger Road, a suspense-thriller from Insomnia Productions that will debut on DVD, Digital Download and Video On-Demand. The film was written and directed by Nicholas Smith, produced by Kyle Heller and stars Bruce Davison (X-Men). The film is slated for release on September 11th.
Munger Road takes place in a sleepy Midwestern town on a night when a group of teens explore the famed ‘Munger Road’ – a spot where a horrific tragedy occurred years earlier.
Casting news for Cabin Fever: Patient Zero. Kaare Andrews (Altitude) is set to star in the next film in the Cabin Fever franchise along with Sean Astin, Brando Eaton and Ben Hollingsworth.
Patient Zero is set on a cruise ship in the Caribbean that collides with an abandoned research vesse. A deadly virus is unleashed and the passengers must find a way to survive before the flesh eating disease consumes them all.
Hugo Weaving and Ryan Kwanten to star in thriller “Mystery Road”. Hugo Weaving, and True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten, will join star Aaron Pedersen for the thriller Mystery Road, now shooting in Australia. Pedersen plays detective Jay Swan who returns home to an outback town to solve the murder of a teenage Indigenous girl, whose body is found under the trucking route highway out of town."
New Horror comedy “The Selling” coming in August. GoDigital announced the acquisition of the horror-comedy The Selling. Directed by Emily Lou, from an original screenplay by Gabriel Diani, The Selling is a supernatural comedy about ghosts, demonic possession, and real estate, which picked up 5 awards at least year’s LA Comedy Film Festival, including Best Feature.
The film stars Barry Bostwick, Simon Helberg, Janet Varney, Jonathan Klein, Nancy Lenehan and newcomers Gabriel Diani and Etta Devine. GoDigital will release the film on August 21, 2012 on all major Internet VoD platforms.
Lou and Diani bring to audiences a story about a too-honest-for-his-own-good real estate agent who must sell a haunted housebefore its ghostly inhabitants ruin his life.
New Scream Queens Documentary. Breaking Glass Pictures has announced the August 28th DVD release of Screaming in High Heels: The Rise & Fall of the Scream Queen Era. Edited for its TV debut earlier this year, the unrated DVD of Screaming in High Heels chronicles the careers of the original girls of terror as they show that cannibalism, demonic possession, flesh eating, and even chainsaw hookering is all in a days work.
Three girls living in Los Angeles, CA, in the 1980s found cult fame when they "accidentally" transitioned from models to B-movie actresses, coinciding with the major direct-to-video horror film boom of the era. Known as "The Terrifying Trio", Linnea Quigley "The Return of the Living Dead", Brinke Stevens "The Slumber Party Massacre" and Michelle Bauer "The Tomb", headlined upwards of ten films per year, fending off men in rubber monster suits, pubescent teenage boys, and deadly showers.
Halloween 4 & 5 coming to Blu-Ray. On August 28th, Anchor Bay Entertainment revamps two of the most iconic horror films to ever grace the big screen with Halloween 4 and Halloween 5. Coming to Blu-ray with all new HD transfers and over an hour of both archival and newly created bonus features, Halloween 4 and Halloween 5 both hit retail with an SRP of $24.99.
Curse of Chucky direct-to-video this Fall. Not sure when or if we’ll be getting the rumored Child’s Play remake but we will be getting a new Chucky entry. The next direct-to-DVD installment has "Chucky arrive to wreck havoc within a family that’s regrouped for a funeral. In the wake of her mother’s passing, a young woman – in a wheelchair since birth – is forced to put up with her sister, brother-in-law, niece and their nanny as they say their goodbyes to mother. When people start turning up dead, the fearless Nica discovers the culprit might be a “strange doll” she was sent a couple of days earlier."
Rob Reiner returns to horror! Director Rob Reiner whose last foray into horror was the 1990 adaptation of Stephen King’s “Misery” will return to horror for You Belong to Me. The new film comes from screenwriter David Murray and is likened to Cape Fear in its tale of a psychiatrist who forms a potentially deadly connection with a patient.
Michael Biehn stars in Anchor Bay’s “The Victim”. On September, 18th, Anchor Bay Films unleashes the provocative and gritty grindhouse thriller The Victim, written, directed and starring Michael Biehn (The Terminator, Aliens, Tombstone). Making his directorial debut to rave reviews and critical acclaim on the film festival circuit, The Victim comes to Blu-ray August 22nd.
Good time girls Annie (Jennifer Blanc) and Mary (Danielle Harris) find themselves in a life and death situation. Annie’s life is put in jeopardy when she is witness to a violent act at the hands of two Sheriff’s Deputies (Ryan Honey, Denny Kirkwood). With her pursuers closing in, she stumbles across Kyle (Michael Biehn), a recluse living in the middle of the woods. A rugged loner, Kyle finds the stillness of the woods comforting. He keeps civilization at arm’s length; that is - until a single knock on his door throws his solitary life into chaos. Two worlds collide in this nerve-fraying thriller that will keep audiences guessing until the very last frame.
William Sadler Joins the cast of “Machete Kills”. Joining the already huge cast of the sequel is William Sadler, who horror fans will know from his roles in The Mist and Demon Knight. Sadler joins Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Mel Gibson, Sofia Vergara, Demian Bichir, Amber Heard, Zoe Saldana, Edward James Olmos (rumored), Jessica Alba, Charlie Sheen, Electra Avellan, and Elise Avellan.
Cannibal Reign (Harper Collins) 502 Pages
By Thomas Koloniar
My first thought upon seeing this book was “Meh…another zombie book”, but Thomas Koloniar’s genre bender is actually a bit like The Road Warrior meets 28 Days Later with a dose of Deep Impact tossed in for good measure. And this blend makes for an enjoyable read. A scientist discovers that an asteroid is on a direct collision course for Earth, a fact the government is trying keep the concealed to avoid a panic. However one man who does know the truth is Green Beret Jack Forrest. He and a group of his fellow Green Berets build a secure shelter in an abandoned missile silo and prepare for the impending doom.
When the asteroid strikes, the surface world is plunged into a Hellish darkness that lasts for years. This is actually NOT a zombie book but as the title implies, a book about the survivors who de-evolve down to their basest instincts in order to survive, including eating human flesh when there is no food left. Meanwhile, Forrest and his group are living in their underground sanctuary as best they can but know the time will come when they have to face the horrors of the surface world.
So what Koloniar effectively does is meld the typical post-apocalypse scenario with a twist on the zombie story with human cannibals, raving and pillaging those that are not strong enough to survive the harsh new world. He does a wonderful job of developing characters that you come to care about a great deal over the course of the story and pervades it with a creepy sense of realism. A definite change of pace book that you will enjoy.
Caroline Munro, First Lady of Fantasy (McFarland & Co.) 164 pages
By Robert Thomas Cotter
For young men who grew up in the 1970s and were fans of horror and fantasy films, Caroline Munro was the object of OUR boyhood fantasies…a regal, Goddess with dark tresses who exuded sexuality. This book is a complete guide to all of Munro’s film and TV appearances in her long career that began in the 1960s.
The book is not a biography and that is both good and bad news. It’s bad news because we don’t learn anything at all about the person of Caroline Munro or his life. The reason for that is that Munro herself is hard at work on her own biography and agreed to do this book so long as there were only minor details about her life included. However for fans of Munro, this is a great resource to the many roles she’s played. Cotter lists each credit in chronological order, from Carol’s first credit in a film called Smoke over London right up to her most recent film, 2011’s Eldorado.
Cotter includes complete cast and crew credits for each entry along with a detailed synopsis, critical review, and commentary on the role that Caroline played in each production. Munro is one of the few women who has been a “Bond Girl” twice, first with a small extra role in the original “Casino Royale” and then with a much more meatier role in “The Spy Who Loved Me”.
Caroline co-starred in a string of wll-known 70’s horror films including Dracula A.D. 1972, The Abominable Dr. Phibes, Dr. Phibes Rises Again, and Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter…But for many of her fans, it was her role as Margiana in The Golden Voyage of Sinbad that made her a pin-up queen. Cotter’s commentary and reviews are not only knowledgeable but also surprisingly filled with humor and great anecdotes. A must have for Caroline Munro fans.
The Collapsed DVD Review
The Collapsed is one weird film and not really in a good way. After some unexplained apocalyptic event, a family of four struggles to survive and find safe shelter while being stalked by some unforeseen malevolent force. This is a very low budget film featuring a small, tight cast that is far too short on action and far too heavy on amateurish acting to hold your attention. Scott Weaver, wife Emily, teenaged daughter Rebecca, and 20’s son Aaron are the family in question who are on the move looking for secure shelter, and trying to avoid road bandits who will take whatever they want. The first 15 minutes of the film starts out fairly strong as they abandoned their shelter in a garage and secure a car. They are trying to make it to their other son who is presumably away at college.
However when they stop to scavenge for supplies at a gas station, they are forced to flee into the woods from a pair of armed men. Unfortunately the film breaks down from here as it moves at a plodding pace amplified by innate dialog. As the family stops to rest, Rebecca uses the respite to walk off in the woods by herself, despite all of the danger around them…to shave her legs by a stream. Nothing like having your priorities in order. Despite the fact that survivors of whatever disaster took place seem few and far between, the dad is determined to stay off the road and walk for over 7 days in the woods to get to their destination…despite the fact that they have little in the way of supplies.
The one thing that Director/Screenwriter Justin Mcconnell has going for him is that he does manage to build a bit of suspense and creepiness. The family feels the presence of some unseen, evil force stalking them constantly and it’s the one thing that holds your interest as you want to know how it fits into the story. But in the end Mcconnell fumbles this by falling back on a plot contrivance that has become far too overused in horror films recently. And the fact that we never get an explanation as to what exactly happened in the world makes The Collapsed an extremely hollow film.
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Tim Janson is a columnist and reviewer for Mania Entertainment. He writes Level Up, the weekly look at videogames and the horror dedicated column, Tuesday Terrors. Tim has written for Fangoria, Newsarama, City Slab Magazine, Twitch Film, and Cinefantastique. He is a member of the Horror Writers Association (HWA). Be sure to follow him on Facebook and Twitter.