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New Stills From S-VHS!

Posted in 2012 with tags , , , , , , on November 30, 2012 by 42ndego

Following up to this year’s V/H/S, S-VHS will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival January 17-27. Cast will include Kelsy Abbott, Adam Wingard, Lawrence Levine, L.C. Holt and Hannah Hughes.

Synopsis: “Searching for a missing student, two private investigators break into his abandoned house and find another collection of mysterious VHS tapes. In viewing the horrific contents of each cassette, they realize there may be terrifying motives behind the student’s disappearance.”

 

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Source: Collider

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New Trailer/Clip For Texas Chainsaw 3D

Posted in 2012 with tags , , , , on November 30, 2012 by 42ndego

Spit vs Spit

Posted in 2012 with tags , , , , , on November 26, 2012 by 42ndego

Todays Classic vs. Remake is “I Spit on Your Grave”  originally a Grindhouse flick made in 1978, it was remade in 2010. I spit on your grave is a tale of rape and revenge, pure and simple. While it’s not as fun to watch as Freddy or Jason, the story is realistic, and it could happen, and very well does on a daily basis.

Here’s the facts:

Originally titled “Day of the Woman” the film changed titles a few different times before it was re-released as “I spit on your grave” in 1980. (My vote is for “How Jenny got her Groove Back”)  Writer/ director Meir Zarchi had a hell of a time trying to get his film distributed. In the year that saw the release of Halloween, The Toolbox Murders, and Jaws 2, Mr. Zarchi had to take his film to the MPAA multiple times before they would allow a release. Apparently you can chop a woman up 9 ways to Sunday, just don’t anally rape her on film.  Financially, the film did good enough to barely break even.
The 2010 remake of “I spit on your grave” features a cast of relatively unknown players. The original director, Meir Zarchi, was an executive producer for this film. Financially it was a disaster, with a budget of $2 million, and bringing in $572,809. (The budget for the original film was $650,000.)

Here’s the opinions:

The original “I spit on your grave” was pretty rough, due to subject matter, as well as bad acting. It feels like a less than polished version of “Last House on the Left”.  The rape scenes are kinda corny, mostly due to overacting on the part of the men. They do, however, get the point across. The revenge scenes are lacking… but interesting, also on the part of the men. (I don’t understand how after gang raping and supposedly murdering Jennifer Hills, the Johnny character would willingly get into a car with her behind the wheel.)  A lot of critics *coughRogerEbertcough* accuse the film of being pro feminist and anti-male. I’m just not seeing it. While the roles in the film are unique to man and woman, (probably the most common of all rapist/rapee scenarios.) One needs to look no further than “Deliverance” to see a man in the reversed role.  I see neither glorification of violence towards women, nor hardcore feminine propaganda in this film.  The strongest theme by far is revenge.

“I spit on your grave ” 2010 is seriously an excellent remake.  This film drops all elements of the campy exploitation flick, and makes the feeling of the film as dark as the subject matter. They made the antagonists even darker than the original. The rape scenes were very graphic and not at all corny as in the 1978 version. By adding the sheriff to the group of rapists, this film provides and even darker outlook than the first.  Sarah Butler does an incredible job in her portrayal of Jennifer Hills, in both the vulnerable and empowered scenes. I appreciate the fact that Jennifer kidnaps her aggressors opposed to seducing them as she did in the original. The acts of revenge are also more  creative and gory. Eyelids pierced and pulled open with fish hooks, a man’s face melted off by lye… Not gonna lie, my favorite scene is the sheriff with a shotgun forcibly inserted into his anus.

So, today I act out of character and actually go for the remake above the original.  Crucify me if you like.  They’re both worth a view,  but the remake does an better job of bringing home the darkness of the subject matter, and the revenge is much more triumphant.

The Creep

Exclusive Interview With Mark Dossett!

Posted in 2012 with tags , , , , , on November 25, 2012 by 42ndego

We recently sat down with Mark Dossett to discuss his upcoming film, The Torment of Laurie Ann Cullom. For the interview click here.

Halloween (1978) vs Halloween (2007)

Posted in 2012 with tags , , , , , on November 25, 2012 by 42ndego

As a fan of horror I see a lot of my longtime favorite classic (70s 80s 90s) horror films remade. So,  I am comparing the remakes with their  classics.   Today’s subject : Halloween.   *cue Michael Myers theme song*

The facts:

The OG Halloween film was key in pioneering  the teenage slasher genre. Michael Myers predates Freddy, Jason and pinhead. This film established “The Rules” … as in the rules to surviving a horror movie  illustrated by Seth Green in “Scream”.  The original Halloween also launched the career of Jamie Lee Curtis.

The Rob Zombie Halloween was a box office success, to the tune of $80 million.  The film featured the usual suspects from Zombie’s other movies. ( William Forsythe, Danny Trejo, Sheri Moon Zombie, even a brief appearance from Captain Spaulding himself,  Sid Haig.)

Here’s the opinions:

* Carpenter’s Halloween makes use of putting the camera in the killer’s perspective as a method to build tension in the audience. This film pioneered all different kinds of methods to scare the shit outta you without pimping the cheap shots, like abusing the gore or trying to make the antagonist a gaudy spectacle. The talented Mr. Carpenter went with a less is more approach with Michael Myers, turning man into a faceless shape making him the embodiment of “the boogeyman.” This faceless shape spawned 6 sequels, (Halloween had 7 sequels, but part 3 has no Michael.) Comic books, multiple novels, action figures, and even an atari video game. …all this off a character that doesn’t say a word in any of the films.

*Rob Zombie’s Halloween had the best intentions. I truly believe that Mr. Zombie remade this film for the love of horror. Zombie’s approach to Michael (showing Myer’s life and personality as a kid) is a unique idea, but kinda takes away from the faceless shape feeling of the original film. This version has  Michael surrounded by Zombie’s trademark elements of alcoholism, abuse, perversion and lots of fuckin cuss words.  Dunno,  maybe its just me, but i think its a little creepier under the idea that Michael Myers’ family came straight out of an L.L. Bean catalogue.

 

*one final note for extra measure :

The sequel to the remake starts off almost like its a remake of Halloween 2, but then dives off in a STUPID direction, making Michael’s mother the driving force behind his fury, commanding him as a ghostly vision atop a white horse.  Mas puto!  Michael Myers is not commanded by his mother…  Jason is.  It is the evil voodoo Samhain black magic from the cult of thorn that fuels Mr. Myers. Fuckin voodoo magic.

Rob Zombie had a hard task when he decided to remake a classic.  He did as he saw fit. His first remake was interesting in its own fashion.   I’m a fan of his other films, so the cast was identifiable, and for the most part likable. The sequel to the remake can suck my balls after about the first 15 minutes.  BUT… My love for the original is strong so I’m a tough customer to sell. when Rob Zombie remade it, he did an adequate job.  I just see a remake as kinda flimsy when they already made H2O, bringing in original players for a 20 year reunion. (At least that one had LLcoolJ)

– The Creep 

Clip From ‘The Collection’!

Posted in 2012 with tags , , , , on November 23, 2012 by 42ndego

Amityville vs Amityville

Posted in 2012 with tags , , , on November 21, 2012 by 42ndego

In the past decade or so, Hollywood has completely run out of original thought, almost exclusively in the genre of horror. As the demand is strong for good scary movies, filmmakers are remaking more and more classics.  I know none of this is news, but with that my introduction, I will be comparing various remakes with their classics. Today I took a look at The Amityville Horror movies.

If you’re not familiar with the story, basically the Lutz family moves into a new house, the house is haunted or possessed by evil spirits that drove the previous resident insane, causing him to murder his family in their sleep.  The evil now begins tormenting George Lutz, as he inches closer and closer to bringing the same gruesome fate upon his own family.

So here are the facts :

*the original Amityville Horror film was based on a best-selling novel of the same name by author Jay Anson. At the time of the film’s premier the story was widely accepted as true. (Since then, many have come forward stating facts that dispute the Lutz’s story.)  Either way, the film grossed 86 million bucks at the box office, and spawned 7 sequels along with 2 remakes.

*The Amityville Horror 2005 remake grossed over $108 million. The film was produced by Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes production company (The same company is also responsible for such remakes as Friday the 13th, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Nightmare on Elm St.)

Here’s the opinions :

*The OG Amityville Horror is a classic that emphasizes on storytelling rather than badass effects. True talent is needed to achieve tension and suspense in the audience without the abuse of gore or pimping the creepy monsters for cheap shocks.  This being said, there are times when the film can get kinda slow. (Possibly due to repeated viewing on my part.)  Regardless, the 1979 Amityville Horror is a classic that has withstood the the test of time and maintained its popularity with younger generations.

*The 2005 remake of Amityville adheres to the original story, and for that maintains some integrity.  Ryan Reynolds stars as George Lutz. No matter what role I see him in, he always adds an element of Van Wilder to his characters. The filmmakers have done their homework, even keeping elements of the original dialogue. There are a few instances where the original story is compromised, mainly making “Jodi” a little girl ghost instead of a pig demon.   The integrity fades as the abuse of CG turns the film into an action packed Michael Bay flick.

All in all, the remake of “The Amityville Horror ” isn’t too bad. (at least by remake standards)  definitely worth a view.

The Creep

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