Walking Dead Season 3 Comic-Con Trailer! It’s here Walking Dead Fans! A long sneak peek at Season 3 courtesy of Comic-Con.
New clip for Silent Hill: Revelations 3D movie. At Comic-Con, the Silent Hill panel featured a new clip for the upcoming 3D sequel which will release on October 26. The film will star original cast members Sean Bean, Deborah Kara Unger and Radha Mitchell along with Adelaide Clemens, Kit Harington, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Malcolm McDowell.
Resident Evil Damnation Comic-Con Trailer. Capcom and Sony Pictures have released the new Comic-Con trailer for Resident Evil: Damnation, the all-new, 3D sequel to the full-length CG animated feature Resident Evil: Degeneration. Resident Evil: Damnation will feature as its main character Leon S. Kennedy.
Greystone Park from the son of Oliver Stone coming soon. Well it’s another found footage film but I’m a sucker for films about old mental institutions. Based on true events, the film follows three aspiring filmmakers trying to document unexplainable events in an abandoned insane asylum known as Greystone Park. Urban legend has it that anyone who ventures into the forsaken hospital will suffer the consequences and face their own horrors. The trio stumble across a mysterious realm of escaped patients, ghosts and demonic shadows, as they try to uncover the truth behind Greystone Park. Coming to DVD in September.
Trailer For the Dinosaur Project. A trailer for the found footage film The Dinosaur Project has now been made available. In the film, a father-son embark on an expedition in the Congo with a TV documentary crew in tow. After all the parties mysteriously go missing, recovered footage shows stunning images of dinosaurs thought to be extinct for 65 million years.
Teaser Trailer for American Mary. At Comic-Con, the Soska sisters (Dead Hooker in a Trunk) showed off a teaser trailer for their latest film, American Mary. American Mary is the story of a medical student named Mary who is growing increasingly broke and disenchanted with medical school and the established doctors she once idolized. The allure of easy money sends a desperate Mary through the messy world of underground surgeries, which leaves more marks on her than the so-called freakish clientele.
Neil Gaiman returning to Sandman. The announcement was made today at Comic-Con that Neil Gaiman will be returning to the Vertigo character he created for another mini-series commemorating the 25th anniversary of the character. "When I finished writing The Sandman, there was one tale still untold. The story of what had happened to Morpheus to allow him to be so easily captured in The Sandman #1, and why he was returned from far away, exhausted beyond imagining, and dressed for war. It was a story that we discussed telling for Sandman's 20th anniversary... but the time got away from us.” Watch the announcement below:
New anthology film based on Creepy Magazine coming! Producer/Director Chris Columbus is putting together a new anthology film based upon the legendary 1960s/1970’s Warren magazine Creepy. Columbus will also write and produce a segment of the four-part anthology.
Tom Savini directing remake of Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things. Fangoria has announced that they are teaming with Anchor Bay Films for a remake of Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things, with Tom Savini directing. The original 1972 film was directed by Bob Clark (yesp, the same guy who directed the holiday classic, A Christmas Story). “Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things means something special in my life,” says Savini.
The new film will follow the basics of Clark’s original film, in which a group of low-budget filmmakers unwittingly awaken an army of the long-deceased during an occult ritual on a remote island.
Savini will be looking to create the most frightening zombies ever. “I want to make something unique and interesting, and I also want to take zombies to a new level,” says Savini. “The best zombies of late have been what Greg Nicotero has created for THE WALKING DEAD. They’re fabulous…the best I’ve seen. But the zombies in CHILDREN are not your on-the-street they-just-died-and-now-they-are-zombies kind of living dead. They have already been dead for a while, sometimes a great while.
“So these are not just zombies, they are cadavers—walking cadavers—and that is what I want to show, what I want to make you afraid of…we want to make zombies scary again.”
Starz announces new Dracula TV Series. From the channel that brought you Spartacus comes a new genre series, Vlad Dracula. J. Michael Straczynski teams with horror master Roy Lee, in blending the historical facts of the 15th century Prince of Wallachia, with the fictional Dracula whose story is known around the world and continues to fascinate audiences. “Vlad Dracula” traces his evolution from a revered ruler to the world’s most feared vampire, and his slow downfall as he struggles desperately to hang on to his humanity, his wife and his kingdom.
Piranha 3DD Blu-ray/DVD Details. Scheduled for release on September 4th, Anchor Bay Entertainment has released some of the details for the blu-ray/DVD combo pack extras. Ppecial features include an Audio Commentary with the filmmakers; “The Story Behind the DD”; “The Hofftastic World of David Hasselhoff”; “Busey’s Bloopers”; “Wet and Wild with David Koechner”; Deleted Scenes; and “A Lesson with John McEnroe – A Dimension Short Film.”
NECA’s new Friday the 13th figures. NECA is releasing two 7 1/2-inch tall versions of Jason Voorhees to celebrate the Friday the 13th Part 2 film. Regular Jason includes a unique mask and head sculpt, along with signature machete and bonus axe. Battle Damage Jason is all bloodied up and grimacing, and includes a unique mask and head sculpt along with signature machete and a bonus spear gun.
Evil Ernie rises again! First published in 1991 by defunct Chaos Comics, Ernest Fairchild was a kind and gentle soul…until one day something in him snapped, leading him to one of the most notorious killing sprees in American history. With 665 kills to his name, “Evil Ernie” requires ONE more murder to complete the ritual he started and seal his deal with the Devil. Problem is: he’s just been EXECUTED! Evil Ernie makes his long-awaited return this October from Dynamite Entertainment from the creative team of Jesse Blaze Snider and Jason Craig.
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Dead Season DVD Review
In theory, it should not be that difficult to make a decent zombie film. It’s one sub-genre where fans don’t mind you sticking to a tried and true formula…in fact most zombie film fans prefer that you do. You can make a good zombie film on a very small budget and with actors who have little or no experience. George Romero and many others have proven this over and over…But you know what you don’t want in a zombie film? You don’t want an overly complex plot and unfortunately that’s what you get with Dead Season.
Dead Season begins by staying within the usual zombie formula…a zombie outbreak has hit the world as a handful of survivors struggle to carry on. Elvis and Tweeter (and I swear that is their names in the film) are a pair of survivors who meet by chance. They are able to procure a boat to take them to DeSoto island, off the coast of Florida, where there is a rumored safe harbor. They arrive to find that a group has established a fort at a former naval gunnery range. The fort is commanded by Kurt Conrad who runs things just like a military base.
After the first half hour, Dead Season slows to a crawl, concentrating far too much on drama within the camp rather than surviving against the undead. Kurt keeps his young daughter locked up in her room all day for her protection. Elvis and Kurt battle over philosophical differences and then a silly twist that conjures up memories of the 1970s sci-fi film Soylent Green completely unhinges the film. When a zombie film is good, you can easily overlook things like bad scripting and acting. But when it’s not good, those things stand out even more. Dead Season is loaded with holes. The make-up effects are average. There’s nothing much in the way of rotting zombies, just sort of standard pale makeup and blood effects. Not bad but nothing stands out. Moreover a morose piano soundtrack helps keep the tone slow and depressing.
This is a film that started out on the right path but director Adam Deyoe simply tried to do too much and didn’t concentrate on just making a zombie film.
I’m torn on ATM. On one hand it’s overwhelmingly dumb and filled with plot holes and yet, somehow, I still liked the damn thing. At an office Christmas party, David has just gotten up the nerve to talk to co-worker Emily (Alice Eve) and offers to give her a ride home. However his friend Corey (Josh peck from Nickelodeon’s Drake & Josh) decides to be a third wheel and tags along for a ride home as well. Corey asks to stop at an ATM on the way home and that is where the trio’s night of terror begins.
They stop at one of those enclosed, cabin-type of ATMs that requires your debit card to get into. As they turn to leave the ATM they see a man standing outside staring at them. He’s dressed in a hooded parka, hiding his face. Thinking he might want to rob them the three remain inside the safety of the ATM. But when their tormentor kills a man walking his dog, they realize their situation is much more grave than they thought. Soon the trio turns on each other as paranoia begins to grip them as the mysterious man just stands outside the ATM, daring them to try and escape.
ATM is certainly an interesting concept. Most of us probably utilize an ATM at least once a week and while I’ve never used one of these enclosed types of ATMs, I know I certainly always am aware of my surroundings when I use one. Director David Brooks builds suspense nicely as well as the mystery of their assailant. I quite enjoyed Josh Peck, having a son who loved Josh and Drake I was very familiar with him and he makes a strong transition to a more adult role.
But as mentioned, ATM is quite dumb and if you can’t suspend disbelief you’re likely not going to enjoy the film much. There are holes aplenty in the plot. Why does David park some 60 – 70 feet from the ATM when the parking lot is completely empty, especially when it is below freezing outside? And the precept that got all three inside the booth was downright silly. It makes no sense in reality but made no sense in the film either as it wasn’t necessary. With two relatively in shape males and one female all in their 20’s, why not rush the man, especially after it was made clear he had no gun or other dangerous weapon? Why not run in three different directions? At least two would have escaped and been able to get help.
If you can look beyond the many plot holes, ATM is a flawed, but fun film.
Zombie Movies The Ultimate Guide Book Review 2nd Edition By Glenn Kay (Chicago Review Press)
I had a chance to review the original edition back in 2008 and all I can say is that a great book gets even better! Glenn Kay's book touts itself as the ultimate guide to zombie films and it's not too far off with that claim. Kay reviews nearly 400 films in a genre that seems to keep growing every year. Nearly 100 additional films have been added to this second edition. Certainly the look, style, and behavior of zombies have changed over the decades from mindless servants to flesh eating ghouls...We have slow-moving zombies and speedster zombies, scary zombies and funny zombies, and Kay does his best to include all of them. He provides a humorous review grade to each film, basically on a scale of one to five but using zombie icons instead of numbers.
Kay has taken a chronological approach to setting up his book rather than alphabetical. By starting with the earliest zombie films the reader can see how the genre has developed over the years and Kay earns big points for this. While there may have been borderline zombie films going back to the silent era, the first, true recognized zombie film is White Zombie from 1932. In the 1930s and 40s, most zombies that appeared onscreen were of the Haitian/Caribbean, voodoo created variety. They were mindless slaves with glazed over eyes, and were generally played by African American actors. Often times they the subject of as much humor as horror such as in the Bob Home films Ghostbreakers (1940) and in the unintentionally silly King of the Zombies (1941).
The chapters are each dedicated to a different decade and the 40s and 50s are filled with primarily poverty row and insipid SciFi "B" movies. Zombie films would change forever in 1968 with the release of George Romero's "Night of the Living Dead". Suddenly zombies were not just mute slaves but bloodthirsty terrors looking to take a bit out of anyone they could get their hands and teeth on. This was the watershed moment of the zombie film. The Vast majority of the page count begins in the 1970s and carries on to present day. The popularity of home video in the 1980s meant now that films could be made for the home market. This decade saw one bad film after another but sprinkled with gems like Day of the Dead, Re-animator, and The Return of the Living Dead.
Kay does his best to unearth every zombie film he could find and I was surprised by how many titles I did not recognize. There's certainly a good reason for that as most of them are rated very poorly but you still have to admire his in-depth research. In addition, the book includes interviews with noted horror personalities Antonella Fulci, Greg Nicotero, and Tom Savini. Kay also gives his list of the twenty-five greatest zombie films and reasons why they are great. Zombie Movies: The Ultimate Guide 2nd Edition lives up to its name and is an indispensable guide for any fan of zombie films.
The Night Eternal (The Strain Trilogy) by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan (Harper) Mass market paperback
The Night Eternal is the third and final novel in the Strain Trilogy. Can this book live up to the previous two and deliver a resounding conclusion? Well…nearly…This book begins two years after the events of the previous novel. After a nuclear holocaust, the world has been enveloped in darkness. Vampires now rule over the world essentially and have setup human farms where people are harvested for their blood. Behind it all is The Master, an ancient being that has been plotting this takeover for thousands of years.
Opposing him is a handful of surviving humans led by former CDC doctor Eph Goodweather. He’s joined by former scientist Nora Martinez, Vasily Fet, who now exterminates vampires instead of rats; Augustin “Gus” Elizade, a former gangbanger and a half-breed vampire who seeks to kill the vampires. Eph mourns the loss of his son, who was captured by The Master, and vows to do whatever it takes to rid the earth of the monsters. The motley band’s hopes all rest upon the information found in an ancient book which reveals the origin of the Master and a way to destroy him once and for all. Oh and a homemade nuke might also help!
Like the first two books, The Eternal Night reads in a very cinematic style. This is not surprising since it was co-written by Del Toro. And you really do have to read the first two books although I suppose that goes without saying. That said, The Night Eternal was the worst of the three books. Not that it was bad but Del Toro and Hogan just threw so much extraneous crap at the reader that it muddled the plot. Too much nonsense about Vampires in ancient Rome, Archangels in Sodom, Old Testament hooey, and too much letting the heroes off the hook with numerous Deus Ex Machina moments. I didn’t like what was done to Eph’s character either. Eph starts to become the target of suspicion by the rest of his group which is kind of a crappy thing to do to him considering everything he’s been through what with being stalked by his vampire ex-wife and losing his son to The Master.
But the Night Eternal ultimately plays out well because the action sequences are incredibly thrilling and you do end up caring about all of the characters. Sure there are some inevitable plot holes and continuity gaffes but you’re going to get that in a story that plays out over three books. So when are they going to start making the movie?
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