Monday, April 30, 2012

Fox Makes Another 'Wrong Turn' This May

PRODUCTION OF
WRONG TURN 5
NOW UNDERWAY

Declan O’Brien Returns as Writer/Director of the Fan-Favorite with
Horror Legend Doug Bradley Leading the Cast

LOS ANGELES, CA - April 30, 2012 - Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has started production on the next installment of the horror genre hit, Wrong Turn. Director and writer Declan O’Brien (Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings, Sharktopus) returns to the helm of his third film in the franchise, with Doug Bradley, best known for his role of ‘Pinhead’ in the Hellraiser films, leading the cast. Filming is underway in and near Sophia, Bulgaria and is expected to end May 5.

In the next chilling chapter of Wrong Turn, a small West Virginia town is hosting the legendary Mountain Man Festival on Halloween, where throngs of costumed partygoers gather for a wild night of music and mischief. But an inbred family of hillbilly cannibals kill all the fun when they trick and treat themselves to a group of visiting college students who are dying for a good time.

The film is slated for release on Blu-ray and DVD later this year. Read The Full Post HERE!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

IFC Midnight Will 'Entrance' You This May!

New Psychological Thriller
ENTRANCE
In Theaters and Available Nationwide on IFC Midnight Cable VOD and Digital Outlets

LOS ANGELES - April 29, 2012 - ENTRANCE is a riveting new psychological thriller from newcomers Dallas Hallam and Patrick Horvath, exploring the thin line between anxiety and naked horror in the life of Suzy (SUZIEY BLOCK), a young woman in Los Angeles who can’t get comfortable in her own skin. A loner who wallows in nostalgia and finds herself wandering aimlessly through life in the city, she can’t shake the gnawing suspicion that a true menace grows just outside her field of vision. As she scrambles to take control of her life, her anxiety rises to a fever pitch that boils over into a waking nightmare.

An official selection of the Los Angeles Film Festival, ENTRANCE is an intimate character study directed with a formalist restraint. Suziey Block's fearless performance injects both terror and poise as this uniquely-styled thriller climbs from spark to inferno.
In Theaters and Available Nationwide on IFC Midnight Cable VOD and Digital Outlets (SundanceNOW, iTunes, Amazon Streaming, XBOX Zune, Playstation Unlimited) on May 18, 2012.
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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Power Up For 'Chronicle' This May!

What Are You Capable of?
CHRONICLE

Featuring an Extended Cut Loaded with Must-See Deleted Scenes,
The Intense Sci-Fi Thriller Flies On To Blu-ray and DVD May 15

LOS ANGELES, CA - April 28, 2012 - Take an extraordinary journey with three teens who uncover a power greater than anything they’ve ever imagined. Up-and-coming actors Dane DeHaan (“True Blood”), Alex Russell (Almost Kings) and Michael B. Jordan (“Friday Night Lights”) star alongside Michael Kelly (The Adjustment Bureau) in the innovative action film CHRONICLE, debuting on Blu-ray and DVD May 15 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Three high school students make an incredible discovery, leading to their developing uncanny telekinetic powers beyond their understanding. As they learn to control their abilities and use them to their advantage, their lives start to spin out of control as their darker sides begin to take over. What starts out as fun and games quickly becomes dangerous and they must face the inevitable question of whether they can handle the responsibility that comes with their remarkable powers.

Utilizing hand-held filmmaking techniques to create a realistic and exciting viewing experience, the CHRONICLE Blu-ray boast a director’s cut of the film and unseen footage that offer a deeper glimpse into the events that took place with the students. Special features include deleted scene, camera test, pre-viz materials and more. The film will be available as a Blu-ray combo pack with DVD and digital copy for an average retail price of $39.99 and the DVD is $29.98 respectively. Prebook is April 4.

DIRECTOR’S CUT CHRONICLE Blu-ray Combo Pack

Deleted Scene – Matt and Casey in the Kitchen
Pre-Viz
Camera Test
Theatrical Trailer
Chronicle Soundtrack Info
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Catch 'Headspace' On Demand Now!

HEADSPACE: DIRECTOR’S CUT
NOW AVAILABLE

FREESTYLE DIGITAL MEDIA SCARES UP NEVER SEEN R-RATED DIRECTOR'S VERSION ON CABLE AND INTERNET VIDEO ON DEMAND

LOS ANGELES, CA - April 28, 2012 – Freestyle Digital Media announces the release of HEADSPACE: THE DIRECTOR’S CUT on cable and internet video on demand in North America this week. The film, originally released theatrically in February, 2006, has been updated by director Andrew van den Houten and will actually run five minutes shorter than the original theatrical version. Scripted by Steve Klausner and William M. Miller from a story by Troy McCombs, the film was produced by van den Houten and Miller, with Marius Kerdel executive producing.

When Alex (Christopher Denham) encounters a mysterious stranger, he begins to get smarter each day. It's not long before he realizes that his new intellect comes with deadly side effects. Headaches and visions plague him at every step. Soon, savage unexplainable murders are linked to him. Now, it's a race against time as Alex discovers that the source of this evil may not be human and the key to this mystery may be in his own past.

Running 84 minutes, the streamlined Director’s Cut will also be available for the first time in high definition. This will also be the first time an R-rated cut of the film will be available for audiences as a previously edited version was shown on basic cable in 2009.

"I'm thrilled that I'm finally able to make my intended vision of Headspace available to the public” said van den Houten. “This director's cut serves the story better while emphasizing the amazing abilities of everyone involved. When I revisited my first feature, I realized that there was a better more taut way to present this thriller for a more satisfying experience for the viewer."

Since the initial release, many cast members have gone on to larger screen roles including Christopher Denham (Shutter Island, and the upcoming releases Sound of My Voice and The Bay), as well as Paul Sparks (“Boardwalk Empire”) and Pollyanna McIntosh (The Woman, Land of the Lost, Burke and Hare).

Rounding out the cast is Olivia Hussey, William Atherton, Sean Young, Dee Wallace and Udo Kier. Van den Houten recently produced the horror-thriller THE WOMAN, and the upcoming FUNERAL KINGS.

Freestyle Digital Media’s recent slate of releases includes DEADHEADS, the acclaimed horror-comedy from directors Brett and Drew Pierce, SWINGING WITH THE FINKELS starring Mandy Moore and directed by Jonathan Newman, and TOMORROW, WHEN THE WAR BEGAN directed by Stuart Beattie, which also marked the first feature film debut on Facebook back in February.
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'Re-Animator' Musical Returns to Life This May!

"Musical of the Year"
Re-Animator™ The Musical
Wins 6 LA Weekly Theater Awards
And Re-Animates Onstage

With New Hayworth Theatre Run Opening May 3, 2012 in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, CA - April 28, 2012 - Earlier this month, Re-Animator™ The Musical won six LA Weekly Theater Awards including "Musical Of The Year." It also won: "Original Music" - Mark Nutter, "Direction of a Musical" - Stuart Gordon, "Musical Ensemble" - The Cast, "Adaptation" - Dennis Paoli/William J. Norris/Stuart Gordon, and "Blood Effects" - Stuart Gordon! Now Re-Animator The Musical re-opens at a new location - The Hayworth Theatre - for a limited ten-week engagement, prior to its performance dates in New York and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

In 1985, Stuart Gordon directed his first feature film and created a sensation. It was H.P. Lovecraft’s Re-Animator, a smashing popular success produced by Brian Yuzna that delivered as many laughs as it did screams, making it a cult classic among horror fans and winning a Critic’s Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Last year, Gordon and his co-writers Dennis Paoli and William J. Norris, and composer/lyricist Mark Nutter turned Re-Animator into a musical for the stage, playing to rave reviews and standing ovations for a sold-out six month run.

Re-Animator tells the story of Herbert West, a brilliant young medical student who has created a glowing green serum that can bring the dead back to life. What should be a medical breakthrough results in hideous monstrosities and ghastly consequences. “I guess he just wasn’t fresh enough,” is West’s constant refrain as his quest for fresh subjects results in the murders of half the faculty of the medical school.



The original cast is back! George Wendt, best known as the affable Norm from Cheers plays the Dean of the Medical School who West transforms into a mindless zombie. Chris L. McKenna, the star of Gordon’s neo-noir thriller King of the Ants is Dan Cain, Herbert’s hapless roommate who finds himself drawn into the mayhem. And operatic Jesse Merlin, who played the President of the United States in the long-running The Beastly Bombing is Dr. Carl Hill who loses his head for Meg, the dean’s beautiful daughter (Rachel Avery) only to actually lose it at the hands of Herbert West. But thanks to the glowing re-agent, Dr. Hill is still able to take his curtain call with his head tucked underneath his arm. Rounding out the cast (in alphabetical order) are Mark Beltzman, Cynthia Carle, Brian Gillespie, Marlon Grace and Liesel Hanson, and featuring Graham Skipper as Herbert West.




Special effects are being done by the same guys who did them for the 1985 movie: Tony Doublin, John Naulin and John Buechler, joined by Greg McDougal and Tom Devlin. And the blood will flow so freely that the first few rows will be designated as a “splash zone.” They also just won an LA Drama Critics Circle Award for their amazing work on Re-Animator The Musical.



Laura Fine Hawkes, who last designed The Lieutenant of Inishmore at the Taper, will provide the creepy sets, Joe Kucharski the moldering costumes, and Jeff Ravitz the cadaverous lighting. Stage managing the madness is the unflappable Mike Lemek.



Mark Nutter is composer and lyricist who also won a LA Drama Critics Circle Award for his cheerfully disturbing score for Re-Animator The Musical. His previous stage credits include the international hit The Bicycle Men; Christmas Smackdown (created with the equally demented Cynthia Carle); and Wild Men. He’s also known for his work on 3rd Rock From the Sun and Saturday Night Live. His recent CD, Twisted Songs for Twisted Sophisticates, has been banned from the airwaves.

 

 Re-Animator The Musical Trailer on Youtube



Stuart Gordon directs. Prior to the Re-Animator movie, he spent fifteen years as the founder and artistic director of the Organic Theater of Chicago, where he co-created and directed 37 original productions including Bleacher Bums, and the world premiere of David Mamet’s Sexual Perversity in Chicago. Gordon has also directed four more films based on Lovecraft (among them From Beyond and Dagon.) Gordon’s most recent stage credits include the still running Nevermore, An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe starring Re-Animator film star Jeffrey Combs.



You won’t want to miss the award-winning Re-Animator The Musical. You only have 10 weeks before it heads off to New York and begins its international tour.



For more about Re-Animator's awards, check out http://blogs.laweekly.com/arts/2012/04/theater_awards_winners.php and http://ladramacriticscircle.com/2011-awards/

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WHAT: A limited 10-week engagement of the award-winning hit Re-Animator™ The Musical. The Los Angeles run precedes upcoming performances in New York and Edinburgh. http://www.reanimatorthemusical.com

WHO: Book by Dennis Paoli, Stuart Gordon and William J. Norris. Music and lyrics by Mark Nutter. Adapted from the story by H.P. Lovecraft. Based on the film H.P. Lovecraft’s Re-Animator produced by Brian Yuzna. Musical Director: Peter Adams. Choreography by Cynthia Carle. Directed by Stuart Gordon. Produced by Dean Schramm and Stuart Gordon.

WHERE: The Hayworth Theatre, on the main stage, 2511 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90057.

WHEN:
Previews: Thursday, April 26, 2012 to Sunday, April 29,2012 plus Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Opening: Thursday, May 3, 2012
Closing: Sunday, July 8, 2012
Show Days: Nightly Thursdays through Sundays
Showtimes: All shows start at 8:00pm, except for Saturday performances, which start at 7:00pm and 10:30pm

ADMISSION: $35-$60. Previews $30-$55.

RESERVATIONS: (323) 960-4442

ONLINE TICKETING: www.Plays411.com/reanimator
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Madison County (2011)

James and his friends set out to interview an author who claims that the people of Madison County have been hiding a serial killer in their midst, but unfortunately for them, it's true! Director Eric England has unwittingly unlocked the secret to destroying suspense in his new film MADISON COUNTY. Moody atmosphere and creeping terror need not apply in this boring, generic Slasher. Instead, the kills are committed by a villain who literally walks up and stabs his victims in broad daylight, a villain who doesn't even give the audience the slightest bit of satisfaction by ripping off a few heads or tearing out his victims' throats. MADISON COUNTY is completely uninventive in every way, and England makes no attempt to hide the numerous genre influences that helped to shape the film. Horror fans will easily pick out the direct visual and audio references to THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, MOTEL HELL, THE DEVIL'S REJECTS, and many more. As if things were not bad enough, MADISON COUNTY is nauseating to watch thanks to the constantly-shaking camera. Not even the mediocre acting from the cookie cutter characters can save the film from falling into the sea of forgettable Slashers.

Rating: 6/10.

Movies like MADISON COUNTY:
CYRUS, FRIDAY THE 13TH, POPULATION 436, DONNER'S PASS, MOTEL HELL, THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, CABIN FEVER, THE DEVIL'S REJECTS.

Trailer:
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The Fields (2011)

Young Steven is sent to live on his grandparents' farm, where he finds a dead body hidden amongst the corn fields. Unsure of who to trust, Steven keeps the information to himself, but whatever is lurking in the corn now has his scent! There is a heartfelt story buried somewhere within THE FIELDS, but it has yet to be discovered. The film feels like a hazy memory, and one that is filled with irrelevant facts and details that in no way serve to better the plot. At best, it represents the underlying fear and paranoia that spread following the Manson Murders, however, the remote location and un-compelling characters do nothing to draw us in. The documentary-style filming does lend an air of authenticity to the events, along with the set and costume designs. Although we want to root for Joshua Ormond as Steven, he simply isn't prepared to carry the male lead in a feature film. Between this and the general inactivity on-screen, it becomes difficult to recommend THE FIELDS to anyone outside of the True Crime enthusiasts.

Rating: 6/10.

Movies like THE FIELDS:
BEREAVEMENT, MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE, THE MESSENGERS, THEM, SUMMER OF SAM.



Trailer:
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Friday, April 27, 2012

The Omen (2006)

The opportunists at 20th Century Fox were finally given the perfect excuse for a major Hollywood remake on 6/6/2006, the day the Antichrist was reborn. THE OMEN comes as close to being a shot-for-shot remake as any film since Gus Van Sant's PSYCHO, which makes the motives behind the film's making that much more clear. None of the deaths serve to shock or surprise, when they are all taken directly from the original without any reworking. John Moore directs based on David Seltzer's earlier screenplay as well, with few variations. Just in case anyone had any doubts after the ambiguous ending of Richard Donner's film, Moore has hired the evilest looking actor he could possibly find to fill the role of Damien. This, along with the unnecessary nightmare sequences, strips away what little mystery and suspense were left. Instead, we are left with a boring retread of the same exact film as played by a half-hearted cast. Moore has given us no reason to choose to watch his version over the original, so it is best left forgotten.

Rating: 7/10.



Trailer:
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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Omen 4: The Awakening (1991)

All the York's ever wanted was a little girl, but they will get more than they bargained for when they adopt young Delia into the family... A number of strange deaths lead Mrs. York to suspect that there is something terribly wrong with her new daughter, but the truth is more horrifying than she could ever imagine! This ill-conceived rebirth of THE OMEN series wreaks of bad television, with comically overacted characters abound and plenty of artless direction. Nothing can be taken seriously in THE AWAKENING. It is made clear from the very beginning that Delia is evil, so the game isn't to find out whether or not she is truly the devil's daughter, but how and when she will strike next. That being the case, Asia Vieira plays the part well as the cunning and manipulative little liar. It is too bad the same can't be said for her adult counterparts. Some guilty pleasure can be found in the FINAL DESTINATION-like death scenes, but not enough to justify the rest of this tacky production.

Rating: 5/10.


 

Trailer:
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The Omen 3: The Final Conflict (1981)

The battle between good and evil will now be decided in THE OMEN 3: THE FINAL CONFLICT! Damien Thorn has eased his way in to political power through the international peace missions of his company, Thorn Industries, but with each step closer to the presidency, Damien's plans for world domination near completion. There is only one power that can stop him now: The second coming of Christ, whose rebirth is marked by the alignment of three stars in the heavens. Now, Damien seeks to destroy The Nazarene while corrupting as many souls as he can in the process!

Director Graham Baker follows the same relaxed pace in THE FINAL CONFLICT as we have seen in the first two OMEN films, but unfortunately, his timely approach never pays off. There is no 'final conflict,' as the title suggests. Instead, the series stops short with a disappointing and anticlimactic finale. That isn't to say that this third entry is entirely without merit, however. Sam Neill steps straight out of the Book of Revelations with his frightening portrayal of the Antichrist. He is handsome and charming, yet behind every crooked smile, we can see his sinister intent. Neill delivers several earth-shattering monologues that are sure to make even non-believers uncomfortable. THE FINAL CONFLICT also boasts some of the darkest moments in the series, including Damien's plan to rid England of all male children born on March 24th in the hopes of killing the Christ child. As the closing chapter to the original lineage, THE OMEN 3 is a worthwhile addition to the series, though the abrupt ending and condensed storytelling leave something to be desired.

Rating: 7/10.



Trailer:
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Monday, April 23, 2012

The Bride Wears Red in '[Rec] 3'!

Check out the official US poster for the upcoming release of
[REC] 3

Meet the bride below…

LOS ANGELES, CA - April 23, 2012 - Koldo and Clara are about to celebrate the most important day of their lives: their wedding. Everything appears to be running smoothly and the bride and groom and their families are enjoying a wonderful day; that is until some of the guests start showing signs of a strange illness. Before they know what’s happening, the bride and groom find themselves in the middle of a hellish ordeal, as an uncontrollable torrent of violence is unleashed on the wedding. Amidst the chaos, Koldo and Clara become separated and begin a desperate search for one another. What started off as an idyllic day quickly descends into a nightmare of the worst kind...



Visit the official Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/rec3

Magnet will release the film on VOD August 3 and in theaters starting September 7.
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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Trailer for 'Area 407' Crash Lands!

WHAT IS THE GOVERNMENT HIDING BEHIND 
'AREA 407'?

Find out in the newest trailer below!  

LOS ANGELES, CA - Aprill 22, 2012 - After taking off on a flight from New York to Los Angeles on New Years Eve, the passengers of Flight 37A are soon sent into shock and alarm as the plane experiences severe turbulence. The relentless weather attack causes panic and terror amongst the passengers until the plane ultimately crashes in a remote government-testing reserve, AREA 407. Through footage captured by two teenage sisters, the accident and crash lead to further events that should not be viewed by the faint of heart. As they continue to film, it becomes apparent that the remaining survivors of Flight 37A may not survive the night.

Directed by Dale Fabrigar and Everette Wallin, AREA 407 stars Abigail Schrader, Samantha Lester, James Lyons, Melanie Lyons, Brendan Patrick Connor, Ken Garcia, Samantha Sloyan, Everette Wallin and Jude Gerard Prest. The film was written by Robert Shepyer.

AREA 407 will be available nationwide on IFC Midnight Cable VOD and Digital Outlets (SundanceNOW, iTunes, Amazon Streaming, XBOX Zune, Playstation Unlimited) and select theaters on APRIL 27, 2012.

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Frantic (1988)

Dr. Richard Walker's wife vanishes without a trace from their Parisian hotel room, and the authorities are helpless to find her. Has his wife run off with a mysterious person from her past, or has she become the unwitting pawn in an international smuggling ring? It will take the help of a young Parisian prostitute to find out the truth. Roman Polanski returns with another top-rate thriller in FRANTIC! While "frantic" would never be used to describe the relative pacing of the film, it certainly fits Harrison Ford's electrifying performance. The unassuming Dr. Walker sees sudden breaks in his calm exterior when he is faced with bureaucratic red tape and incompetent police work. Each new clue only seems to drive Dr. Walker farther from the truth, until he finally gathers enough information to confront his wife's kidnapper. FRANTIC is cleverly written and beautifully set in the bustling streets of Paris, but if one thing can be counted against it, it is the seemingly spontaneous unraveling of the plot. The final reveal, then, becomes so random as to render much of its build useless. It is saved by Polanski's tasteful European style and the playful relationship that exists between Harrison Ford and Emmanuelle Seigner in her international film debut. Despite its flaws, FRANTIC stacks up against many of Hitchcock's lesser films, and offers more than its fair share of mystery and suspense.

Rating: 8/10.



Trailer:
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Friday, April 20, 2012

Damien: The Omen 2 (1978)

Damien Thorn is placed in the care of his uncle, the owner of Thorn Industries, after the untimely deaths of his parents. As he approaches his thirteenth birthday, the demonic forces at work will stop at nothing to see the Antichrist rise to power, meaning death to all those who oppose him! The next thrilling chapter in THE OMEN series is an excellent continuation of Damien's story. Damien is just coming to understand his own powers, but he has not yet accepted the role of the destructor. As a budding adolescent, he is caught between the innocence of childhood and the unholy destiny that awaits him. Jonathan Scott-Taylor embodies these dual personas beautifully, allowing the audience to relate to the unfortunate circumstances that surround him though they despise the growing evil that dwells within him. This is only achieved through Don Taylor's deliberately slow pace and a character-driven story arch. Academy Award winner William Holden also offers a dignified performance as Richard Thorn, while Jerry Goldsmith returns with another powerful score. The scene is now set for the Antichrist to come to full power in THE OMEN 3: FINAL CONFLICT.

Rating: 8/10.



Trailer:
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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Elvira's Haunted Hills (2001)

Elvira's back in another kooky adventure! After being picked up on the road to Paris, she and her faithful servant Zou Zou are taken to the Castle Hellsubus, where they become entangled in an ancient family curse that involves the death of the late Lady Hellsubus. Can the Mistress of the Dark free herself from the evil forces that have drawn her here? This thwarted production was a labor of love by Elvira star and creator Cassandra Peterson, who set off to revive the character on an independent budget this second time around. While it may not stack up to her first film, there is certainly enough raunchy humor and wackiness to keep her fans more than entertained. Placing the character in a period setting is a brilliant move on her behalf, and the Gothic backdrop frequently references the classic Corman pictures from AIP. Elvira's clever wit has mostly been replaced with sharp, cynical humor and cheap slapstick, however. Even her bulging bustline can't help save her from the Pit and the Pendulum in the film's grand finale! A cult-classic only amongst fans, but otherwise good for a few guilty laughs.

Rating: 6/10.



Trailer:
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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Books of the Dead Publishes 'Little Deaths'

Books of the Dead Press Publishes
Little Deaths
By John F.D. Taff

ST. LOUIS, MO - April 17, 2012 - Within the next several days, Books of the Dead Press will release Little Deaths, a collection of short horror fiction by author John F.D. Taff. The book features 19 short stories, some previously published, some appearing for the first time.

Little Deaths is the first collection of short fiction by John F.D. Taff, whose career spans 25 years as a horror and dark speculative fiction author, with more than 60 stories in print in magazines (Cemetery Dance, Eldritch Tales, Deathrealm, Aberrations, Morpheus Tales) and anthologies (Hot Blood: Seeds of Fear, Hot Blood: Fear the Fever, Shock Rock II, and Best New Vampire Tales.) Four of his stories were chosen as honorable mentions by Datlow and Windling in their Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror anthologies. His short fiction has appeared so far this year in Best New Werewolf Tales, Vol. 1, Big Pulp, Evil Jester Digest Vol. 1, and the AmFAR charity anthology Horror for Good.

Books of the Dead Press, based in Toronto, was founded by James Roy Daley in 2009. The company is focused on publishing quality horror books by quality authors. Recent works published by Books of the Dead Press include: Berserk by Tim Lebbon, Husk by Matt Hults, Gary Brandner’s The Howling Trilogy, Pain Cages by Paul Kane, Badass Zombie Road Trip by Tonia Brown, the Zombie Kong anthology, and James Roy Daley’s novella Zombie Kong. Read The Full Post HERE!

The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence (2011)

Martin receives a spark of inspiration after watching THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE, which prompts him to do a little creative surgery of his own as he forms THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2! The first HUMAN CENTIPEDE was only mildly acceptable thanks to the absurdist humor that came out of Dr. Heiter's character. That humor is now far removed from this second film, along with every last shred of decency. THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2 is even more sick and depraved than the original, with few redeeming qualities outside of the shock and gore. Martin is a disgusting human specimen on his own, let alone his plans in creating a new 'pet.' Laurence R. Harvey's screeching, bug-eyed dwarf instantly puts audiences on edge with his unnerving appearance and disreputable acts. Martin's methods lack the clinical precision of Dr. Heiter; they are crude and ineffectual, using blunted knives and a staple gun to perform his 'surgery.' The bloody results become unbearable to watch, as tendons are torn free and his twelve victims are left writhing in one big, long chain of human perversion. If anything can be said for director Tom Six, it is that he knows exactly which buttons to press in order to maximize the horrified response in his viewers. No one will leave THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2 unscathed, and hopefully, no one will take after Martin.

Rating: 7/10.



Trailer:
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Chicago Latino FF to Host 'Beyond the Grave'

BEYOND THE GRAVE
Brazilian Horror Feature heading to Chicago Latino FF

PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL - April 17, 2012 - The feature film BEYOND THE GRAVE (aka PORTO DOS MORTOS), produced by Lockheart Filmes Ltda., has its Chicago premiere set to April 21 at the Chicago Latino Film Festival. Written and directed by Davi de Oliveira Pinheiro (who's also producing with Isidoro B. Guggiana), BEYOND THE GRAVE (2011) follows the unstoppable hunt of a vengeful cop (Rafael Tombini) for a supernatural serial killer. In its film festival circuit the Brazilian fantasy feature gained international acclaim, being also selected for the Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano (Cuba) and granted with two awards: Best Horror Feature Award at the Arizona Underground Film Festival and Audience Choice Award for Best Latin American Feature at Montevideo Fantástico (Uruguay).

Shot in the city of Porto Alegre, south of Brazil, BEYOND THE GRAVE is an art-house mixture of road movie, spaghetti western and different horror sub-genres such as zombie and black magic. "I tried to bring in everything I had learned about cinema and humanity from the beginning of my conscious life till the moment of locking the final cut. I think we should be respectful of genre, of course, but a rigid tone is more important than a rigid genre. We’re in an age where amalgamations are common nature in art. Cinema shouldn’t be excluded", believes the Brazilian filmmaker.

About Davi de Oliveira Pinheiro
Born July 28, 1979, in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Davi de Oliveira Pinheiro is writer, producer and director. He is the producer of the documentary feature series Boundaries of Thought featuring Peter Greenaway, Michel Houellebecq, Pierre Levy, among others, and the five episodes of the on-line series Think Thank starring David Lynch, Wim Wenders, José Padilha and others. Davi also written and directed the segment THE SOUL DETECTIVE (2009), starring Lynch. BEYOND THE GRAVE is his debut as a feature film director.

Release dates at the Chicago Latino Film Festival
Saturday, April 21, 2012, 9:15 pm at Landmark Theatres - 2828 N. Clark St. - Phone: 773-509-4949.
Thursday, April 26, 2012, 8:45 pm at Landmark Theatres - 2828 N. Clark St. - Phone: 773-509-4949.

Chicago Latino Film Festival
http://chicagolatinofilmfestival.org/

Official Site
http://www.beyondthegravemovie.com

Official Facebook Page
http://www.facebook.com/porto.dos.mortos.oficial

Trailer


IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1075642/

Synopsis
In a devastated post-apocalyptic world where the rules of reality are transformed by magic and madness, a vengeful police officer searches for a possessed serial killer in a battle of the not-so-good versus absolute evil.

Crew
LOCKHEART FILMES LTDA. presents BEYOND THE GRAVE, starring RAFAEL TOMBINI, ALVARO ROSACOSTA, RICARDO SEFFNER, AMANDA GRIMALDI, LUCIANA VERCH, LEANDRO LEFA, TATIANA PAGANELLA and ADRIANO BASEGIO, Makeup FX ANDRE GUERRERO, KAPEL FURMAN and RICARDO GHIORZI, Special Effects KAPEL FURMAN, Sound Designer LEO BRACHT, Post-Production and Visual Effects by PEDRO MARQUES, Edited by MARCELO ALLGAYER, Production Designer CARMEM FERNANDES, Director of Photography MELISSANDRO BITTENCOURT, Music by AUGUSTO BORNHAUSEN, BRUNO FRITZEN, GABRIEL FRITZEN, FELIPE LERMEN & FELIPE LONGHI, Songs by FELIPE LONGHI, Executive Producers DAVI DE OLIVEIRA PINHEIRO, GLAUCO URBIM and ISIDORO B. GUGGIANA, Produced by ISIDORO B. GUGGIANA, Written, Produced and Directed by DAVI DE OLIVEIRA PINHEIRO.
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Monday, April 16, 2012

The Omen (1976)

The newly-appointed ambassador to England begins to suspect that his changeling son may actually be the spawn of Satan after a rash of unexplained deaths suddenly overtake his family in THE OMEN. Evil has taken a new form, that of an innocent child who is unaware of the sinister fate that surrounds him. THE OMEN is a fitting follow-up to ROSEMARY'S BABY, as it shares the same underlying sense of delusion and paranoia. We can never really be certain as to whether or not Damien truly is the son of the devil, although we are clearly being swayed in one direction by Jerry Goldsmith's operatic score and the overwhelming amount of evidence laid before us. Still, the deaths of Damien's nanny and the others can just as easily be dismissed as unfortunate coincidences, which makes Robert Thorn's ultimate decision that much more suspenseful in the end. Young Harvey Stephens is expertly cast as Damien. He is sweet and naive, and even if we are to presume that he is the devil in the flesh, we can't bear to see any harm come to him. Gregory Peck provides a genre-defining role as the grief-stricken Robert Thorn. Even in his more outlandish moments, he commands the screen. Director Richard Donner also strikes an even balance between the growing tension and outright shocks within the film. An all-time classic, to say the least.

Rating: 9/10.

Movies like THE OMEN:
ROSEMARY'S BABY, THE EXORCIST, DARK FORCES, DON'T LOOK NOW, 666: THE CHILD, DEMON CHILD, FEAR NO EVIL.


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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (1988)

Horror hostess Elvira sets off on her own spooky adventure in ELVIRA, MISTRESS OF THE DARK! After being fired from her late night television gig, Elvira learns that she has inherited her great aunt's creepy old mansion as well as her mysterious cookbook. The buxom beauty is left to defend herself against the puritanical citizens of Fallwell, Massachusettes, and the her conniving uncle, who will stop at nothing to retrieve his sister's ancient book of spells! ELVIRA is busting at the seems with the same bad puns and tasteless humor that made Movie Macabre such a smash sensation in the 80s! Cassandra Peterson single-handedly sells the act as the always ditsy (but never dull) Elvira, whose quick wit is only exceeded by her stunning good looks. The Queen of Camp faces off against Edie McClurg as the prissy Chastity Pariah and William Morgan Sheppard as the delightfully devious Vincent Talbot. When it comes to double entendres and Double D's, one can do no better than ELVIRA, MISTRESS OF THE DARK!

Rating: 7/10.

Movies like ELVIRA, MISTRESS OF THE DARK:
REPOSSESSED, TRANSYLVANIA 6-5000, ONCE BITTEN, INNOCENT BLOOD, STUDENT BODIES.

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New Clip Available From Fatal Pictures' 'Familiar'



Familiar will be screening at Texas Frightmare Weekend May 4, 5,and 6, and at Dark Bridges Film Festival May 3, 4, 5, and ! Catch this critically-acclaimed short at your local film festivals while you can!

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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Mother's Day (2010)

Mama's boys have really done it this time... After a botched bank robbery, they return home to find that mama's been evicted, and that all of the money they've been sending home has mysteriously disappeared. Unfortunately for the new owners and their party guests, that means that they have just become hostages to a crazed family and their keen but equally insane mother! Rebecca De Mornay stars in Darren Lynn Bousman's sleek restyling of the cult classic MOTHER'S DAY, which takes us back to the early days of Exploitation with its raw violence and ruthless characters. What begins as a generic thriller quickly escalates into an all-out nightmare that explodes with many unexpected moments of bloody carnage. Bousman keeps with the dark satire of the original in portraying the average American family turned upside down, whose corrupted sense of morality leads to death and destruction. Rebecca De Mornay is perfectly cast as Mother Koffin, bringing power and authority to the role along with a sadistic sense of humor. MOTHER'S DAY is a surprise hit that flows from the same vein of trash cinema as THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT or I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE.

Rating: 8/10.

Movies like MOTHER'S DAY:
THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, THE HOUSE AT THE EDGE OF THE PARK, AMERICAN GOTHIC, I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE, THE DEVIL'S REJECTS.

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IFC Midnight Presents 'Penumbra' This April!

IFC MIDNIGHT
Presents
PENUMBRA
In Theaters and Available Nationwide on IFC Midnight Cable VOD and Digital Outlets (SundanceNOW, iTunes, Amazon Streaming, XBOX Zune, Playstation Unlimited) on APRIL 20, 2012

Written and Directed by Adrian & Ramiro García Bogliano

Starring Cristina Brondo, Camila Bordonaba, Sebastián Berta Muñiz, Mirella Pascual, Diego Cremonesi, Victoria Witemburg, Omar Gioiosa, and María Nela Sinisterra

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Synopsis: Combining stylistic elements of classic Polanski with a contemporary vision that rivals anyone working in horror today, the Bogliano brothers' PENUMBRA is a superbly realized South American horror slow-burner. Marga is a highly motivated, arrogant and successful businesswoman on assignment in Buenos Aires — a city she hates and whose people she loathes. While in the Argentina capital on a day the whole population is waiting to view a rare solar eclipse she must also find a new tenant for her family's decrepit apartment. Rapidly losing her patience waiting for one applicant she runs into the mysterious Jorge lurking outside the front door of the place who informs her that he has a client willing to pay four times what she is asking in rent. There's one catch — the paperwork must be signed immediately. As greedy Marga waits to complete the transaction several of Jorge's associates suspiciously appear at the apartment ready to strip the wallpaper. And what's behind the décor signals a startling fate worse than death -- or should that be life!

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The Dark Crystal (1982)

Somewhere, in a world beyond imagination, a young Gelfling sets off on a perilous quest to save his dying planet by returning a missing shard to the planet's power source: The Dark Crystal. An evil race of bird-like creatures known as the Skekses look to stop Jen, but with the help of his newfound friends, he will gather the strength and courage needed to overcome all obstacles and free the world from their tyranny! THE DARK CRYSTAL is one of the greatest cinematic accomplishments achieved through the combined talents of Jim Henson and Frank Oz. It is the first feature film to be constructed out of an entirely inhuman cast, using the advanced methods of animatronics and puppetry that the directors helped to conceive throughout the late 70's. With the help of artist Brian Froud, this creative team has developed a fantasy world unlike any other, complete with its own unique creatures and wondrous landscapes. It is, however, a dark and terrifying film as well, much unlike the cheerful children's programs for which the directors had previously been known. Along with LABYRINTH and THE NEVERENDING STORY, THE DARK CRYSTAL is a cult classic when it comes to dark Children's Fantasy and Horror.

Rating: 9/10.

Movies like THE DARK CRYSTAL:
LABYRINTH, LEGEND, THE NEVERENDING STORY, WILLOW, JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH.

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Monday, April 9, 2012

Shivers (1975)

A state-of-the-art apartment building is overrun by some strange, man-made parasite that secretes a powerful aphrodisiac as it spreads like a venereal disease throughout the complex. Soon, the tenants of the high-rise apartments are turned into a pack of mindless rapists and murderers who are driven only by the hungers of the flesh. SHIVERS announces the arrival of David Cronenberg into modern Horror, along with his particular brand of "Body Horror." If PSYCHO showed us that we cannot trust our friends or neighbors, SHIVERS tells us that we cannot trust even ourselves, since the real terror is in our own flesh as our bodies begin to betray us. Cronenberg envisions the end of the world not under the cloud of a nuclear holocaust, but as one big, beautiful orgy where man has reverted entirely to an animalistic state. SHIVERS derives much of its fear and paranoia from INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, where we are unable to tell the infected apart from the sane or rational. On top of this, Cronenberg adds grotesque images of the creatures writhing in their victims' skins, just a hint of the horrors to come in his later films like RABID and VIDEODROME. While it is still an early testing ground for the psychosexual revolution that is present in Cronenberg's films, SHIVERS remains an important milestone both in his own career, and in the Horror genre at large.

Rating: 8/10.

Movies like SHIVERS:
RABID, SLITHER, INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, NIGHT OF THE CREEPS, THE STEPFORD WIVES, FAMILIAR.

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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Death Proof (2007)

Eight sexy young women are about to take the ride of their lives when they are stalked by a predatory stunt driver who uses his car as a weapon in Quentin Tarantino's DEATH PROOF! DEATH PROOF is trademark Tarantino: Overly long, pretentious strings of dialog that are aimed at indulging the director more so than progressing the plot. The exhausting speeches that these broads deliver never make up for the overall lack of action, and are far less amusing than the director intended them to be. This is especially true when they are coming from a collection of characters that never would possess such finely-tuned powers of articulation. Tarantino is simply setting us up for his now-expected action beats that place an exclamation point at the end of each drawn out piece of exposition. With the exception of a big-name cast, Tarantino comes far closer than Robert Rodriguez in emulating the Exploitation experience during his half of the GRINDHOUSE double-feature. He achieves a gritty realism using fast-paced and explosive car chases that have been have not been tampered with using computer enhancement, which amplifies the excitement and danger. It is in these moments that Tarantino succeeds most, creating the modern equivalent to his own personal favorites VANISHING POINT and DIRTY MARY CRAZY LARRY. It takes so long to finally get to these last-minute thrills that most of the audience has likely checked out already. DEATH PROOF does provide enough momentary satisfaction to make it worth sitting through to the end, however, and the final chase at least adds a heart racing grand finale to an otherwise dull movie.  

Rating: 7/10.

 Movies like DEATH PROOF:
VANISHING POINT, DIRTY MARY CRAZY LARRY, KILL BILL.

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Friday, April 6, 2012

Fright Night 2 (1988)

The nightmare isn't over for Charley Brewseter, who is now in college after defeating the evil vampire next door just a few years earlier. Now, the beautiful vampiress Regine and her fiendish entourage have arrived seeking revenge against those responsible for her brother's death! William Ragsdale and Roddy McDowall return for another spooky adventure care of the talented Tommy Lee Wallace, who steps in to direct for series creator Tom Holland. Wallace gives us many more ambitious and atmospheric moments, including a werewolf's vertical ascent up the dormitory wall, several swooping crane shots from the wings of the bat, Regine's swirling appearance out of the mist in Charley's dorm room, and the grand entrance into Regine's lair that is suddenly lit by hundreds of candles. These touches keep with the Gothic traditions of the original FRIGHT NIGHT, but are updated with more modern make-up and special effects. This is where the lower budget is most evident, however, since the costumes fall slightly behind the incredible work that was shown before. Julie Carmen is dark and mysterious as the temptress Regine, although she does not have quite the presence as her toothy counterpart, Chris Sarandon. Unfortunately, Roddy McDowall is given few moments to shine this second time around, as his character simply goes through the same motions as he had in the first film. Jon Gries, Brian Thompson, and Russell Clark, on the other hand, provide memorable bits playing Regine's evil cohorts. FRIGHT NIGHT 2 strays very little from the formula laid out in the original, but it is still an enjoyable sequel that is sure to appease fans of the series.

Rating: 7/10.


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Malcolm McDowell to Star in Anchor Bay's 'Silent Night' Remake

ANCHOR BAY FILMS PICKS UP CHRISTMAS HORROR REMAKE
SILENT NIGHT

Malcolm McDowell Set to Star

Inferno International’s Genre Label Ember Will Sell International

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - April 6, 2012 - Anchor Bay Films has nabbed North American rights to the upcoming feature SILENT NIGHT with Malcolm McDowell set to star. The film will be released theatrically worldwide this holiday season. Steven C. Miller will direct. Today’s deal was announced by Bill Clark, President of Anchor Bay Entertainment.

Written by Jayson Rothwell, Silent Night will be produced by Richard Saperstein, Brian Witten and Shara Kay of The Genre Company and Phyllis Laing of Buffalo Gal Pictures. Steve Ruff and Thomas M. Kastelz will executive produce and Armen Aghaeian will co-produce. The picture is currently in pre-production with principal photography scheduled to begin later this month.

Project is the first production under Inferno International's recently formed Ember Productions banner which focuses on producing commercial, theatrically-driven genre pictures. Gary Preisler, who heads up the new division, will executive produce and D.J. Gugenheim, who brought the project into the company, will serve as co-producer.

Silent Night is the story of a local police department’s search for the killer Santa Claus terrorizing their remote Midwestern town on Christmas Eve. McDowell will play Sheriff Cooper, a small-town hero ready for some big-time action. Film is a loose remake of the controversial 1984 horror sensation Silent Night, Deadly Night, which went on to spawn four sequels.

Director Steven C. Miller’s latest film, The Aggression Scale, premiered during Midnight Madness at South by Southwest in March. He is represented by United Talent Agency and manager Adam Goldworm of Aperture Entertainment.

Jayson Rothwell, who will also executive produce, is represented by William Morris Endeavor Entertainment and manager Bard Dorros of Anonymous Content. The Order of the Seven, which Rothwell penned for Gunn Films and Walt Disney Studios, is currently in pre-production with Saoirse Ronan attached to star.

Malcolm McDowell is represented by manager Chris Roe of CR Management.

The North American distribution deal was negotiated by Kevin Kasha, Josh Thomashow and Marc Barson for Anchor Bay Films.
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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974)

Upon being imprisoned for bodysnatching and sorcery, a young surgeon learns that his esteemed mentor, the great Victor Frankenstein, is alive and well, and has been practicing his dark arts from within the prison walls as Dr. Carl Victor. Together, the pair manage to successfully transplant the brilliant mind of a scholar into the body of a murderous brute, but the body of the beast begins to take over its mind as it strikes off on a bloody rampage! Peter Cushing returns to the role of Baron Frankenstein in Hammer's sixth and final entry into the famed Horror series. Here, the character has taken a surprisingly modest turn that lacks the snide sense of superiority that defined Cushing's earlier performances. Cushing is in fine form, as always, and makes a grand entrance as he comes to the aid of young Simon. The plot, at this point, is quite derivative of the earlier films, but that makes it no less entertaining. Despite the shabbiness of the costume and an immovable facial apparatus, David Prowse manages to act through the make-up with his emotive gesturing and body language. FRANKENSTEIN AND THE MONSTER FROM HELL does bear the mark of Hammer's later films unfortunately, which attempted to exploit sex and gore in order to appeal to the changing tastes of the time. This film features the most graphic scenes in the series as a result, including a particularly nasty brain transplant and several bloody murders. As his last Horror film, however, Terence Fisher still retains many of the traditional Gothic trappings that gave him such success throughout the years. A lesser accomplishment in the series, to be sure, FRANKENSTEIN AND THE MONSTER FROM HELL is still a worthwhile entry for any fan of Gothic Horror.

Rating: 7/10.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Aliens Vs Predator: Requiem (2007)

Everything Science Fiction fans ever wanted in an ALIENS VS PREDATOR movie can be found in ALIENS VS PREDATOR: REQUIEM -- You just can't see it. AVP:R suffers from the absolute worst lighting of any Horror/Science Fiction film ever made. The only scenes that count are so abysmally dark that it becomes tiring and frustrating to watch, despite the incredible gory action that is occurring somewhere on screen. Following the conclusion of the previous film, a fallen Predator warrior gives birth to a Predalien hybrid, which destroys the remaining crew and causes the Predator craft to come careening back down to Earth along with its payload of alien facehuggers. Before long, the small mountain town of Gunnison, Colorado is overrun by the menacing aliens, and one of the Predator's most elite warriors is sent to clean up the mess. The Strauss Brothers come as close as they can to recreating many of the most successful scenes from either series in this failure of a film, with visual and audio cues dating back to the original PREDATOR and ALIENS. If it were left strictly to the battle sequences, AVP:R would have been an awesome, action-packed sequel, but if anything is worse than the lighting, it is the ridiculous human element that adds unnecessary clutter to the script. The awful characters are supplanted straight out of a bad teen serial, and contribute nothing to the plot. It is all the more enraging that these scenes are the only ones that are visible. The killer costume designs of Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr. cannot even be admired for more than a second between the blackness, the shaking camera, and the choppy editing. Complaining about story continuity is really irrelevant with all else that is wrong in AVP:R, so suffice it to say that the film is a lost cause with a few really cool looking aliens and explosions (which can't be seen).

Rating: 5/10.

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Monday, April 2, 2012

The Divide (2011)

THE DIVIDE opens with the end of the world. The tenants of a high-rise apartment complex escape the nuclear devastation by hiding out in a bomb shelter beneath the building, but hunger, fear, and paranoia soon begin to tear them apart. This new post-apocalyptic vision follows the same running theme of societal breakdown that is present in many of George Romero's early films, only it is taken through to a much nastier conclusion. Just as we have seen in DAY OF THE DEAD, the trapped survivors quickly descend into the darkest depths of depravity once the veil of civilization has been lifted. Although it is very strongly executed by FRONTIERE(S) director Xavier Gens, THE DIVIDE pushes too hard, making the actions of its characters intolerable to watch. Many tangents are created but then never fully explored, leaving a number of questions unanswered as the film attempts to pick a direction. The timing of events also comes into question considering how quickly things fall into chaos. Still, there is a power and intensity behind THE DIVIDE that borders on madness, giving it a nihilistic edge over other 'End of the World' thrillers.


Rating: 8/10.

Movies like THE DIVIDE: RIGHT AT YOUR DOOR, THE ROAD,DANCE OF THE DEAD, DAY OF THE DEAD,CABIN FEVER, MARTYRS, THE DESCENT.

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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Kraa! the Sea Monster (1998)

The evil Lord Doom sends an amphibious monster into the Omega Quadrant to initiate the destruction of Earth, and it is up to intergalactic policeman Mogyar and a group of unsuspecting humans to stop the 200-foot menace! KRAA is Full Moon's response to the GODZILLA remake of 1998, but even fans of the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers will find this all to be a bit silly. Considering the cheapness of the production, however, the scale miniatures and creature design are really quite impressive. An incredible amount of care has gone into the construction of this project, and Kraa's explosive rampage through the streets of New Jersey stacks up against many of the lesser Kaiju Eiga. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for the acting or plot, but anyone willing to pick up a film called KRAA! THE SEA MONSTER will know what to expect. A resume booster for the special effects team, but only mild entertainment for monster fans.

Rating: 4/10.

 Movies like KRAA! THE SEA MONSTER: ZARKORR! THE INVADER, GAMERA THE INVINCIBLE, VARAN THE UNBELIEVABLE.

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