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Tuesday Terrors: We Review The Factory and Mimesis

The Following renewed for a second season

By Tim Janson     March 05, 2013
Source: Mania.com

Here is the latest Terrifying News from Mania.com's Tuesday Terrors!

 

Gary Oldman Joins Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.  Gary Oldman is joining the cast for the next Planet of the Apes film.  Set 15 years after the events of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn finds most of humanity wiped out and the intelligent apes ruling over the world. Part of the film's focus is said to be on a small group of San Francisco-based scientists that are forming a resistance against the apes and part follows Serkis' Caesar as he, like his namesake, tries to maintain order and power within his new civilization.

 

Texas Chainsaw DVD/blu-ray special features.  Lionsgate Home Entertainment has revealed the special features that will be included in the forthcoming DVD and Blu-ray release of Texas Chainsaw.  Due out on May 14th.

 

Audio commentary with producer Carl Mazzocone and filmmaker Tobe Hooper

Special "Chainsaw Alumni" audio commentary with stars Bill Moseley, Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns and John Dugan 

 

  • "Texas Chainsaw Legacy" featurette - A look back at the history and 40 year legacy of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre series with filmmaker Tobe Hooper
  • "Resurrecting The Saw" featurette - A look at the development of Texas Chainsaw with Director John Luessenhop, Producer Carl Mazzocone and Writers Adam Marcus, Debra Sullivan, Kirsten Elms and Stephen Susco
  • "The Old Homestead" featurette - A detailed look at the re-creation of the shooting location from the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre with Production Designer William A. Elliott and cast members (and Chainsaw series alumni) Bill Moseley, Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns and John Dugan
  • "Casting Terror" featurette - Interviews with the cast including Alexandra Daddario, Trey Songz, Tania Reynolds, Keram Malicki-Sanchez, Kyle Eastwood, Sean Sipos and others
  • "Leatherface 2013" featurette - An interview with Leatherface actor Dan Yeager on his interpretation of this legendary role, along with a look at the creation of Leatherface's costume, mask and signature chainsaw
  • "Lights, Camera, Mayhem" featurette - A look at the film's 3D photography with Director of Photography Anastas Michos along with a look at the creation of several sequences from the film
  • "It's in the Meat" featurette - An detailed look at the film's grisly special make-up effects with Make-Up Effects Supervisor Robert Kurtzman, and Make-Up Artists  Alex Diaz and Mike McCarty
  • On-Set Short Subjects: Five Minute Massacres: Burning Down The House, Trapped in the Van, Carnival Time, Leatherface In Action, Hot Times In Louisiana, Bloody Good Times

 

Official US. Trailer for Stitches.  Years after a cruel kids’ prank during a birthday party for 8-year-old Tommy (Tommy Knight, Doctor Who, The Sarah Jane Adventures) left hired clown Richard “Stitches” Grindle (Ross Noble) dead on the kitchen floor, the childhood friends gather to plan a birthday bash to end all bashes. But they haven’t counted on the degenerate jester rising from the grave to seek vengeance on the children who mocked him and caused his grisly, untimely end. 

 

Release Date set for Resident Evil 6.  Yes there will be one more Resident Evil film.  Director Paul W.S. Anderson and Sony have confirmed a release date for September 12, 2014 which means Anderson and star Milla Jovovich will likely begin shooting the new film this fall.  No story details yet.

 

The Following renewed for a second season.  Fox has confirmed that The Following has been renewed for a second season.  Fox President Kevin Reilly commented, “From the very beginning, we felt Kevin Williamson and Marcos Siega had created a high-quality, edge-of-your-seat drama that could break from the pack, and it is exciting to see the audience responding. Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy have given us two of the most compelling characters on television and the entire cast is incredible. I’m delighted to have this thrill ride continue for another season,"  

 

The Following has benefitted greatly from social media attention as well as strong DVR numbers.

 

Robert Kirkman developing new TV series dealing with Exorcism.  The Walking Dead co-creator is working on a new TV series based on his upcoming Image comic book.  The series follows a young man, Kyle Barnes, who has been plagued by possession since he was a child. Now an adult, he embarks on a spiritual journey to find answers but what he uncovers could mean the end of life on Earth as we know it. Kirkman will serve as executive producer alongside The Walking Dead executive producer David Alpert

 

Cult already in trouble?  It has only had two episodes so far but it appears as if the new CW series Cult is already in trouble.  It’s premiere on February 18 drew a feeble 0.3 rating and its second episode did even worse.  Beginning March 8 the CW is moving the show to Fridays.  If you’re a fan I guess don’t get too wrapped up in it.

 

Kathy Bates on board for American Horror Story Season 3.  Remember how downright badass Kathy Bates was in Misery?  Get ready for more as the actress joins American Horror Story season 3.  Producer Ryan Murphy spoke about her character in a recent interview, “Oh, Kathy’s never [played] someone this bad,” Murphy said. "Her [character] is a bad, bad woman!” he said, adding that she'll be “five times worse than [her] Misery character — which is why she liked it."

 

"When I pitched this to Kathy, her mouth was drop-jawed because what I was pitching actually happened," Murphy continued. “It’s a true event… You’ll see. It’s some good stuff.”

 

Trailer for The Conjuring.  The Conjuring tells the horrifying tale of how world renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were called upon to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse.  Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.

 

The film is the latest effort from James Wan (Saw, Insidious) and stars Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingston, and Lili Taylor.

 

U.S. Trailer for Thale.  Directed by Aleksander Nordaas, Thale concerns two crime-scene cleaners who discover a mythical, tailed female creature in a concealed cellar. She never utters a word, unable to tell her story, but the pieces of the puzzle soon come together: she's been held captive for decades for reasons soon to surface.  Look for Thale to hit DVD April 23rd.

 

Tormented coming to DVD/blu-ray April 2.  From the legendary director of The Grudge, Takashi Shimizu, Daigo doesn't speak anymore. Not since he killed that rabbit on the playground at school. His sister, Kiriko, is worried. He's bullied. He sleepwalks. And their father is no help, trapped in his own grief and illustrating fantasy worlds where families are happily reunited and no one dies.  They never should have gone to that 3D movie. The one with the stuffed rabbit that floated out of the screen. Now Daigo is missing. He's in danger, and Kiriko will have to follow him into a world of nightmares to discover the truth. And the truth is worse than any dream.

 

Dragon Wasps coming to DVD March 7.  When her father mysteriously disappears on an expedition, beautiful entomologist Gina Humphries and her fiery assistant, Rhonda, set out to search the rain forests of Belize. Due to numerous robberies and assaults in the jungle, they are escorted by heavily-armed soldiers. Guerillas, lead by the infamous Jaguar, ambush the convoy and incite a bloody shootout. Just when things can’t get worse, a horde of murderous Dragon Wasps, massive flying bugs that shoot flame from their abdomens, swarms the soldiers. Now the military must defeat Jaguar’s bandits and survive the fearsome insect onslaught as they venture inside the Dragon Wasps’ hive. 

 

Trailer for Shadow People.  Coming to DVD/Blu-ray March 18.  They are known by many names in many cultures. In Persia they are called “Bakhtak.” In Japan, they are the “Kanashibari.” In Mexico they’re called the “Subirse el Muerto” and the “Suk Ninmyo” in New Guinea. In America, they are known as “Shadow People.” They are very real, yet no one who has seen them have lived to describe them. Are you willing to believe? Victims report waking from sleep to find themselves paralyzed, a noise buzzing in their head, while a shadowy figure stands watches them, or sometimes even climbs onto their bed. The sightings are widespread around the globe for centuries, but many are afraid to talk about their encounters. According to experts, these appearances may be tied to a medical mystery of unexplained nocturnal deaths.

 Shadow People is based on a true story about small town radio personality Charlie Crowe (Dallas Roberts)  who unravels a conspiracy about encounters with mysterious beings. These “Shadow People” were the cause of hundreds of unexplained deaths.  He encounters CDC Epidemic Intelligence Agent Sophie Lancombe (Alison Eastwood), whose investigations entwine her with Charlie’s own discoveries leading them both into a dark world and a decades old cover-up.

 

THE TERRIFYING REVIEWS

 

Batman: Night of the Owls Hardcover (DC Comics)

Grade: A-

 

Night of the Owls is a follow up to the Court of Owls storyline and collects 14 single issues from 12 different titles, basically crossing through all of the various Batman and Batman related titles along with All-Star Western.  Following the events in Court of Owls, that shadowy group decides to unleash all of its Talons, it’s deadly assassins whom they keep in a kind of suspended animation sleep.

 

The beginning actually takes place in the 1800s as Jonah Hex and his companions battle the forces of the Court of Owls before cutting to the present.  This helps serve to setup the fact that the Court has been operating in Gotham for well over a century.  In the present, Batman notifies the Batman Family about the threat of the Talons so we get individual tales of Batman allies Batwing, Nightwing, Batgirl, Catwoman, and the Birds of Prey in their fights against the Talon.

 

Undoubtedly the highlight of the book is “The Attack on Wayne Manor” which took place in the pages of Batman # 8 & 9.  Bruce Wayne and Alfred find themselves trapped in Wayne Manor as a legion of Talons attack.  And I do mean Bruce Wayne and not Batman as he was taken completely unaware as the Talons even infiltrate the Batcave, discovering Wayne’s secret.  Batman unleashes a suit of Armor that might make Tony Stark jealous.  Alfred discovers the Talons have targeted just about every important public figure in the city and sends out the call to the family for assistance in taking down the assassins.

 

Besides the Batman story the other plot of special note is the two-part Nightwing story since it’s discovered Dick Grayson’s lineage is tied in to the Court and the Talons.  While the book was produced by numerous writers and artists, there is a strong consistency throughout.  Great job by the editorial staff to pull this sprawling story all together.  I still tend to hate these mass crossover stories that force you to buy titles that you ordinarily would not but this was an exciting and thrilling story.

 

The Factory DVD Review (Warner Bros.)

Grade: B

 

John Cusack and Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter) play Buffalo Police detectives who have been investigating a string missing prostitutes.  Mike Fletcher (Cusack) believes they are dealing with a serial killer but none of the bodies have ever been found.  However after several years of no new leads the investigation has grown cold and is about to be shut down.  That is until another young girl disappears to make the investigation personal for Fletcher when his own teenage daughter Abby comes up missing.

 

As Mike and Kelsey Walker (Carpenter) desperately chase down every lead possible, Abby finds herself trapped with several other young women in the basement dungeon of a psychopath named Gary who turns his captives into his own cult-like family.  He forces them to have sex with him so they can give him children, keeping them drugged and brainwashed into calling him “Daddy”.

 

Gary is played by Dallas Roberts who most people know from The Walking Dead as the scientist Milton Mamet who works with the Governor.  Roberts’ performance is sneaky effective, hitting just the right notes of Manson-like craziness yet still maintaining enough poise to keep his cover as a food service worker in a nearby hospital.  Cusack is normally known for lighter roles but does a nice job here as a cop who is obsessed with finding the psychopath even before his daughter went missing.  Carpenter plays a toned down, less bombastic version of her character of Debra Morgan from Dexter.  Only Mae Whitman as Abby seems to be in a little over her head although she’s a veteran young actress who has been around for nearly 20 years.

 

The Factory was shot in 2011 but never received a theatrical release.  Probably a good thing; It’s a fine film but definitely more of a direct-to-video film than worthy of a theatrical release.

 

Mimesis Blu-Ray review (Anchor Bay)

Grade C+


Mimesis is an interesting little take on the zombie film that manages to rise above its low budget roots, even if just barely.  Two buddies, Russell and Duane are attending a horror convention when they and several other fans are given an invitation to an exclusive after show party at a secluded farmhouse.  Duane is all in while Russell whines about having to work but ultimately goes along for the ride.  The drinks flow and the two friends, along with five other fans pass out, apparently drugged.  When they awake they find they are dressed as characters from the original Night of the Living Dead film.  And not only that, but they are being stalked by zombies who quickly take a bite out of Russell when he and Karen wake up in a cemetery in a recreation of the opening scene of the George Romero classic. 


Each of the fans shares the first name of the actor who played the role in the film.  Duane ends up playing the role of Ben which was played by Duane Jones.  Karl is dressed as uptight father Harry (played by Karl Hardman) and so forth.  Even the old rundown farmhouse seems to have been recreated.  Keith is the horror film expert and tries to figures out their next move as it related to the film and constantly reminds the rest that none of the characters survived in the film.  He warns Harry about trying to escape via an old pickup truck noting how the truck exploded in the film.  


When Harry ignores Keith the truck indeed explodes but because it was booby-trapped with a bomb.  The group quickly realizes that they are part of a deadly game setup by a group of psychotic horror fans who want a more realistic experience and have lured the unsuspecting convention goers into a real life horror film where the death is all-too real.


Mimesis has a fun premise and it’s a refreshing change on the usual zombie film but the film runs out of gas about two-thirds of the way through.  Once the “zombies” start talking and revealing their plans we realize that these guys are far too stupid to have pulled off this ruse and the film limps to the finish.  Still, there have been many far worse zombie films that weren’t nearly as ambitious.  Sid Haig has a bit role as a guest speaker at the convention.  Bill Hinzman, who played the cemetery zombie in the original 1968 Night of the Living Dead has a cameo as a cop in his final screen role.  Hinzman passed away in 2012.

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SarcasticCaveman 3/5/2013 11:50:18 AM

 Kathy Bates on American Horror Story will be AWESOME.

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