Shaenon K. Garrity, the self-professed Mayor of Horror Movies, is mostly a cartoonist who just happens to watch a lot of scary movies whi...
Sunday, July 31, 2016
Saturday, July 30, 2016
* There may be minor spoilers ahead *
Who didn't want their dreams to come to life, as a kid? But on the flip side, who was afraid to see their nightmares come to life? In 'Before I Wake', we find out exactly what that reality might be like.
Directed and co-written by Mike Flanagan ('Oculus', 'Hush' and 'Absentia'), he's one of the new crop of horror directors slowly making a name for himself. Granted, I see him taking more of a mainstream approach to his film making, he still has a solid sense of style and substance. His filmography contains slick, well produced, horror films with themes of fear and loss. In the past two months, I've had the chance to watch everything he's done, so far ,and I've already seen a progression in his direction and style. I don't feel that his best work has happened yet, but he's got a solid future ahead of him, if he continues on this same path. 'Before I Wake' stars Kate Bosworth as Jessie ('Blue Crush', '21' and 'Superman Returns'), Thomas Jane as Mark ('The Punisher', 'Drive Hard' and 'The Mist') and Annabeth Gish as Natalie ('Beautiful Girls' and 'Mystic Pizza'). All of them brought fairly well rounded characters to the screen and provided a solid base for the newcomer, Jacob Tremblay who plays Cody. In reality, Jacob's charm and charisma is what holds this film together. He's got a very natural style, almost unusually natural and that makes his take on Cody seem very genuine. It's hard to even say that for some seasoned actors, let alone a boy his age. With music by Danny Elfman and The Newton Brothers, they round out a very solid cast and crew, that all set the tone for a rather unique horror going experience. Something that I don't know that I've ever quite seen before and the more I've thought about it, the better the concepts have become.
As per my usual tactics, that's all I'm going to give you. After all, this movie hasn't even hit the theaters yet and isn't due out until September 9th. I wouldn't want to spoil anything for you, before you've had a chance to see it. This film is a mixed bag, in terms of so many things, but that's not a negative in this case. Being a somewhat jaded horror lover, in terms of the bigger budget Hollywood attempts, this one already had a slightly lower expectation than it really should have. Mike Flanagan has already proven that he can create suspense, dread and good, solid scares, when he wants too. What set this film apart from those other cookie cutter type spooky monster movies, is the creativity behind it all. The concept that a little boys dreams of an event he witnessed through his own eyes, manifesting itself in the real world, is really unique. It takes the things that used to hide under our bed and pulls them out into the open. All the things that we used to imagine were in the dark corner, behind the chair with the coat on it, are now right in front of us. Suddenly the monsters we feared are no longer just an over active imagination. Despite the negative results, the reality is that Cody actually has a gift. That brings me to the next aspect of this film that makes it different from all the rest. It contains a lot of very beautiful and quite magical images. Especially the Christmas light butterflies. It's almost like something out of a fairy tale. When you take something like that and suddenly twist it into the glowing eyes of your worst nightmares, it's unsettling and incredibly effective. The beautiful and the ugly come together to create something else. This, alone, is reason enough to recommend 'Before I Wake'.
My initial reaction was not as positive as this review may sound, but I slept on things last night and when I re-visited everything that happened in the film, I realized exactly how smart and well done this really was. With that being said, if you've made it this far into my review, please watch 'Before I Wake' with the mindset that The Canker Man and the others he's consumed, is only a piece of a much larger puzzle that is telling a story of love, loss and magic. Something I never thought I'd say about a horror film. With a second or third viewing, I believe this will reveal a few more truths, but for now, I'm giving it 4 out of 5 stars. Not necessarily because I absolutely loved it, but because it took risks and provided something new to the genre. 'Before I Wake' also did it with very seamless skill that made me not even notice the man behind the curtain, until it was over. I recommend going to see this one, when it hits the theaters. If you think you've seen everything that the world of scary movies has to offer.... you might be wrong.
If you like this, also check out Mike Flanagan's other work: 'Oculus', 'Absentia' and 'Hush'
Friday, July 29, 2016
Thursday, July 28, 2016
BrinkVision to bring the 80’s-style slasher to Blu-Ray, DVD & VOD on !
LAKE NOWHERE, the 80s-style slasher horror film that Fangoria called “a little slice of heaven for fans of vintage bloodfests” has unveiled a brand new, hand-painted poster to the celebrate itsrelease on Blu-Ray, DVD & VOD! BrinkVision recently acquired the U.S. Distribution rights to the film and plans to deliver a “Limited Edition” Blu-Ray/DVD combo jam-packed with special features, including a half hour behind-the-scenes featurette documenting the skeleton crew’s six fateful days on location at a remote lakeside cabin.Fresh off its festival run, LAKE NOWHERE has been lauded for its authentic recreation of the look and feel of a long lost bootleg tape. Preceded by original trailers & commercials, the film resurrects the thrill of gorymovies for an hour-long plunge into the depths of horror. LAKE NOWHERE traces the familiar tale of a group of friends who arrive at a desolate lakeside cabin only to be stalked and murdered by a “Masked Maniac.” This age-old tale of senseless slaughter quickly spirals into the realm of supernatural horror and classic monster movies, as we learn the true power that lies within LAKE NOWHERE.The “Limited Edition” Blu-Ray/DVD combo will include the behind-the-scenes featurette, along with a writer/director commentary, actors’ commentary, and several previously unreleased teaser trailers for HARVEST MAN, one of the trailers which precedes the film.The film was directed by Christopher Phelps and Maxim Van Scoy, produced by R. S. Fitzgerald and Rose Sambrato in association with Ursidae Parade and The Ravacon Collective. Additional film & VHS processing by Muckraker Productions. The film stars Laura Hajek, Wray Villanova, Nathan Andrew Wright, Oscar Allen, Melody Kology, Paul Gagnon, Charles Gaskins, and Matthew Howk as the “Masked Maniac.” Cover art by Rain Delmar.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Pre-Orders Coming Soon!
Visionary Swedish metallers SOILWORK have officially announced the release of a special collection of rarities, entitled Death Resonance, on via Nuclear Blast. More information on the album and pre-orders will be announced soon.
SOILWORK comments, "Attention SOILWORK fans! Although The Tour Majestic is far from over, we've put together a very special release for you all. Death Resonance compiles fifteen rare and unreleased tracks ranging all the way back to Stabbing The Drama. Many of these tracks were previously only available in Asia. Two songs are brand new and five others have been remixed for your listening pleasure. More details to follow soon. Stay tuned!"
SOILWORK recently wrapped up a U.S. tour with headliners FEAR FACTORY. In addition, drummer Dirk Verbeuren has recently been providing his talents to thrash kings MEGADETH on tour and will continue to do so over the course of the next few months.
See below for all currently confirmed SOILWORK international tour dates. Visitwww.soilwork.org for tickets and more information.
SOILWORK 2016 International Festivals and Headliners:
6.8.2016 Copenhagen, Denmark - Biblioteket
6.9.2016 Sölvesborg, Sweden - Sweden Rock Festival w/ Queen, Twisted Sister and others
6.11.2016 Tampere, Finland - South Park w/ Slayer, Triptykon and others
6.17.2016 Dessel, Belgium - Graspop Metal Meeting w/ Black Sabbath and others
6.24.2016 Dokkum, Netherlands - Dokk'em Open Air w/ Doro, Testament and others
6.25.2016 Dischingen, Germany - Rock am Härtsfeldsee w/ Powerwolf
6.26.2016 Pordenone, Italy - IL DEPOSITO w/ Despite Exile, LOGICAL and more
6.28.2016 Wien, Austria - Szene
Dornbirn, Austria - Conrad Sohm
Cassinone di Seriate, Italy - Sottozero Summer Festival
Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7 (headlining show)
Kavarna, Bulgaria - Kavarna Rock Fest
Ballenstedt, Germany - Rockharz Open Air w/ Saxon, Avantasia and more
Bangalore, India - Bangalore Open Air
Rasnov, Romania - Rockstadt Extreme Fest
Dinkelsbuhl, Germany - SummerBreeze Open Air
Sinbronn, Germany - Motocultor Festival
SOILWORK August 2016 UK Tour with ARCH ENEMY:
Tickets available from seetickets.com
Sheffield, UK - Corporation w/ ARCH ENEMY Norwich, UK -Waterfront w/ ARCH ENEMY
Cardiff, UK -Tramshed w/ ARCH ENEMY
Southampton, UK - Engine Rooms w/ ARCH ENEMY
8.25.2016London, UK - The Underworld (tickets) (headline - NO ARCH ENEMY)
SOILWORK in South America:
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Treato Odisseia
Sao Paulo, Brazil - Clash Club
Curitiba, Brazil - Music Hall
Buenos Aires, Argentina - Uniclub
Montevideo, Uruguay - MM Box
Santiago, Chile - Blondie
Lima, Peru - The Blood
Bogota, Columbia - Auditorio Lumiere
Guadalupe Inn, Mexico - Lunario
KREATOR, SEPULTURA, SOILWORK, ABORTED European Tour:
Presented by: EMP, ESP, Meinl, Metal.de, Metal Hammer, Metal + Wine, Metalnews.de, Musix, Nuclear Blast, Peta, Piranha, RTN-Touring, Tätowiermagazin, Visions.
SOILWORK's The Ride Majestic is available to order now in CD, vinyl, or digital formats.
More on SOILWORK:
"Death In General" music video: https://youtu.be/kme-sxY2pAQ
More on SOILWORK:
"Death In General" music video: https://youtu.be/kme-sxY2pAQ
"Enemies In Fidelity" music video: https://youtu.be/
"The Ride Majestic" song stream: https://youtu.be/
"The Ride Majestic" song stream: https://youtu.be/
Visit SOILWORK online at www.soilwork.org.
Björn "Speed" Strid (vocals)
Sven Karlsson (keyboards)
Dirk Verbeuren (drums)
Sylvain Coudret (guitar)
David Andersson (guitar)
Markus Wibom (bass)
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
When two rival crews head into the desert to shoot a reality show based on a series of murders in the southwest, they discover that truth is not only stranger than fiction, it's more dangerous. Something wants to keep them from digging deeper and from escaping the desert alive.
"The Before Time" is available on DirecTV, Dish Network and itunes:
Review coming soon!
Monday, July 25, 2016
Australia’s MONSTER PICTURES counts Cannes breakout film RAW
among its Marche acquisitionsIn their most successful market outing to date, Monster Pictures, genre label and producers of Australia’s premier cult film festival Monster Fest (set for November 24-27, 2016) have picked up eight new titles at this year’s Marché du Film, including the festival’s most coveted genre buzz film and feature debut of French director Julia Ducournau, RAW.Adding to its recently-announced first quarter slate of acquisitions (including Argyris Papadimitropoulos’ acclaimed SUNTAN, Danny Perez’ ANTIBIRTH and Jim Hosking’s THE GREASY STRANGLER) and Ducournau’s RAW– about a vegetarian who takes a dark turn following a carnivorous college hazing ritual - Monster is now the proud ANZ distributor of Anurag Kashyap’s Bombay crime thriller PSYCHO RAMAN, Nicolas Pesce’s haunting directorial debut THE EYES OF MY MOTHER, Billy O’Brian’s I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER starring Christopher Lloyd and young actor Max Records (WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE), Rohit Mittal’s angry feature debutAUTOHEAD, supernatural horror SATANIC, UK/Dutch slasher THE WINDMILL MASSACRE from the producers of FRANKENSTEIN’S ARMY (and starring Aussie actor Noah Taylor) and a highly anticipated in-production horror anthology to be announced shortly.To book Monster Pictures titles for festival or theatrical play, contact Monster Fest Director Kier-La Janisse at email@example.com. Submissions for Monster Fest 2016 are open until August 12th atmonsterfest.com.au.To contact Monster Pictures regarding acquisitions, please contact Neil Foley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, July 24, 2016
Saturday, July 23, 2016
Every once in a while, you'll see a trailer for a film that gets you excited to be a horror nerd. Something that speaks to some primal part of your psyche. It doesn't happen very often, but when it does, it's like trying to wait for Christmas Day for that particular film to come out. For me, 'Carnage Park' was one of those films. I'd never even heard of it, before the trailer came up in my Facebook feed. I wasn't even sure what it was, at first. All I knew was that it sounded interesting and Pat Healy's face was telling me to watch it. After 2 and a half minutes, I was sold. It looked like a cross between 'The Hills Have Eyes' and 'House of 1000 Corpses', in all the right ways. After only having to wait about 2 weeks, it has officially been released in a limited theatrical run and on VOD. Last night, I had the chance to see if it lived up to my initial hype or not.
Despite it's very simple premise and story line, 'Carnage Park' actually has a lot going for it. Mickey Keating creates a simple, kinetic thriller that grabs you from the opening sequence and holds on to you tightly until the film reaches it's ultimate climax. It does become a bit uneven at times, but it's never for very long. I think a large reason for this is because all of the actors are committed to their roles and it shows through in their performances. Pat Healy plays a great psychopath. Ashley Bell is a very strong 'final girl' and Alan Ruck is perfectly cast as the even tempered sheriff. There's really not a lot of complaints I have about the film. Ultimately, the question still remains, did it live up to the hype that the trailer created? In the end, I don't think it fully paid off the movie going experience it promised. It was still leaps and bounds ahead of a lot of the other similar films that are being made right now. However, it just felt a bit rushed and a little bit too sparse. Perhaps that's what Mr. Keating was going for? Maybe it was budgetary? Maybe he wanted to keep it simple and pure, so as not to muddy the waters too much. It was still a solid effort and shows a lot of promise of what's to come from him as a film maker. It also continues on the, already, well established reputations that the lead actors all have. They came into 'Carnage Park' with the intention of giving it their all, and they did just that.
If you like this one, check out: 'House of 1000 Corpses', 'The Hills Have Eyes' (2006) and 'The Day' (2011)
Friday, July 22, 2016
Thursday, July 21, 2016
WELCOME TO FRIGHT NIGHT... FOR REAL!From the team who brought you ‘Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser’ and ‘Hellhound: Hellraiser II’ comes this new and extensive look at the making of Tom Holland’s cult-classic vampire hit ‘Fright Night’ and it’s sinister yet campy sequel ‘Fright Night Part 2’ directed by Tommy Lee Wallace.‘You’re so cool, Brewster!’ casts ‘Hellraiser’ alumni Simon Bamford as your host, Peter Vincent and features a plethora of exclusive interview with both cast and crew, including Tom Holland himself, Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Stephen Geoffreys, Amanda Bearse, Jonathan Stark, Richard Edlund, Steve Johnson, Tommy Lee Wallace, Julie Carmen, Brian Thompson, Jon Gries and many more.
As well as being a tribute to the late, great Roddy McDowall, ‘You’re so cool, Brewster!’ reveals the behind the scenes tales of both productions showcasing rare photographs, storyboards and artwork that details the thirty year legacy of both horror classics. ‘You’re so cool, Brewster!’ also digs deeper into the real life Hollywood horror of the murder and betrayal that ultimately doomed the release of ‘Fright Night Part 2’ and future sequels.
With hours of bonus features including:
- Writing Horror: Tom Holland Feature
- Apes to Bats: Roddy McDowall Feature
- Peter Vincent Vintage Trailers
- Full Peter Vincent Host Segments
- Official Trailer
- Photo Galleries
- and much moreNow available to pre-order exclusively at http://www.cultscreenings.co.
uk/fright-night with estimated shipping in August 2016, this DVD/Blu-ray combo pack comes with an exclusive O-Card and an 8-Page comic book featuring Evil Ed and Peter Vincent. This set is limited to 1000 copies only and is sure to be a sought after item for Fright Night fans across the world. DVD/Blu-ray is region all/NTSC and will play on all international players
Get your copy today and take a peek behind the curtains of one of the most successful horror films of 1980s. Welcome to Fright Night… for real!
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Rave Rockers SEEK IRONY to Re-Release New Album
Tech N' Roll via UDR Music on July 29, 2016
Pre-Orders for Tech N' Roll Coming Soon
After witnessing the original release of what most consider Tel Aviv-native and now Austin-local electronic rock band SEEK IRONY's breakout album, Tech N' Roll, legendary rock label UDR Music has signed on to re-release it in its full glory on July 29, 2016. Boasting a heavy rock and electronic mixture with an alternative rock edge, SEEK IRONY is poised to join the ranks of genre-fusing greats like Rammstein, Nine Inch Nails, Rob Zombie and others with Tech N' Roll.
Upon its initial release, Tech N' Roll became a raging success in underground rock communities internationally, and SEEK IRONY built further upon a history which had already seen them headline festivals in Tel Aviv and Haifa, Israel as well as feature as a showcase artist at the South By South West Music Festival in 2014.
Tech N' Roll is chock full of loud, live and explosive musical energy. Lyrically, the album touches upon topics ranging from technological influences on society and foreign politics, but doesn't forget to have fun with fan-favorite anthems.
"The music is a process that we all contribute together, some songs are more guitar based in their nature, some are more electronica based," says founding member and vocalist Kfir. "Lyrical topics vary. Some are political, like "Ravelution (Push)" for example, which was inspired by an Israeli-Palestinian youth leadership program that I was invited to attend as an Israeli activist artist, which brought together youth leaders from both sides of the border. (Then) "Running Towards The End Of The World" discusses social media and technology and how it affects all of us in this day and age. Some are very deep and meaningful and some are kinda silly like "Tech N' Roll" which simply describes what Seek Irony's music is really about - the combination of Techno (EDM) and Rock N' Roll."
Get a taste of Tech N' Roll via their music video for the track "Devil In Me" here:
Tech N'Roll track listing:
- Tech N'Roll
- Devil In Me
- When You Lie
- Running Towards The End Of The World
- Peel Me Away
- Tragically Driven
- Head Above The Water
Tech N' Rollwas self-produced by the band at their own Keoss Studios in Tel Aviv, Israel and Evil Snail Studios in Austin, TX. The album was mixed by Phil Anderson at Powersound Studios in Edmonton, Canada and mastered by Maor Appelbaum (Faith No More, Yes, Sepultura, Ill Nino, Starset) at Maor Appelbaum Mastering in CA.
About SEEK IRONY:
SEEK IRONY's energy was forged early on by its founding members, Kfir (vocals) and Rom Gov (drums) who were furiously active in the music scene during their youth. After two successful trips to the US (and years of success and development in Israel) the brothers felt that it was time to take things to a whole new level and seek a new US pasture.
Austin, Texas was chosen for its rich, and open, musical history, and as part of the relocation plan, Kfir decided to also start up a new Austin based recording studio called "Evil Snail Studios", which will be the band's recording home. And after a few intense months of searching, the Gov brothers welcomed on board two new members, Austin's local Grammy nominated and Progressive Rock Hall of Fame guitar hero Alex Campbell, and bassist/sound engineer Adam Donovan who had already worked on tour as a live sound and light tech with Die Krupps and KMFDM.
SEEK IRONY is:
Kfir Gov - vocals
Rom Gov - drums
Alex Campbell - guitar
Adam Donovan - bass/ misa tri bass
SEEK IRONY online: