March 26, 2011

Chaos Theory - Sons of Chaos preview

Am liking the look of this short movie from France. Written and directed by Mathieu Turi, it is due to premiere in May 2011. 

2154. To become a son of chaos, and protect the people, Oca, a young warrior, has to succeed three tests. Ouranos, his master, can't help him. Oca has to find a building in the forest, then reach the roof, without a weapon, and finally, kill a Howler, a dangerous and horrible creature 

March 25, 2011

From the Vaults - Zombie Ciao Down

First published in 2002, Eaten Alive: Italian Cannibal and Zombie Movies by Jay Slater is the definitive book for those that love the mixed bag of tricks that was the Italian cannibal and zombie sub-genre. The genre peaked in the late 70's to early 80's but actually spanned the 30 years, and this book covers them all. From 1964's War of the Zombies, from director Giuseppe Vari, through to Michelle Soavi's 1994 flick Delamorte Dellamore (aka Cemetery Man) this book covers them all. The information contained within is pretty damned useful too, for example covering all the alternate titles for the movies as we all know they loved to give each movie around about 1700 different titles depending on where it was released etc.

Eaten Alive really is a love letter to an often maligned breed of film and this is a book I quite often pick up to thumb through. It really is quite staggering how many of the films I have still yet to see, and I have seen a good chunk of them.  Featuring contributions from folk such as Nacho Cerda, Jim Van Bebber and Brian Yuzna amongst many others plus interviews with the likes of Jorge Grau and Catriona MacColl and a tons of cool photos and posters this book comes highly recommended by my good self.

Buy it here

March 24, 2011

Silence in one shot

La Casa Muda (The Silent House) is a flick from Uruguay that unfolds in one continuous shot. Hopefully it works better than Albert Pyun's Invasion. The trailer looks promising though and the movie is scheduled for an April 8th release in the UK through Optimum Releasing. 

Filmed in one single continuous shot of seventy-eight minutes, La Casa Muda focuses on Laura, who, second by second, intends to leave a house which hides an obscure secret. Laura and her father, Wilson, settle down in a cottage they have to renew since its owner will soon put the house up for sale. They intend to spend the night there and make the repairs the following morning. Everything seems to go smoothly until Laura hears a sound from outside that gets louder and louder on the upper floor of the house. Wilson goes up to see what is going on while she remains downstairs on her own, waiting for her father to come down.

There's no place like home...

You can't beat a good home invasion movie, give me Ils (Them) over The Strangers any day of the week. Now Spanish movie Secuestrados (Kidnapped) is set to release on June 15th through IFC Midnight. The film is directed by Miguel Angel Vivas.

Three hooded Eastern-European criminals burst into a home in a Madrid gated community, holding the family hostage in its own home, and forcing the father to empty his credit cards. But the family fights back - brutally.

March 23, 2011

Donnie Yen: Legend

First we have Ip Man 2 hitting DVD and Blu-ray as mentioned here on April 19th. Now Donnie Yen will be seen on the big screen, in what I imagine will be a limited release, for Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen, directed by Andrew Lau, on April 22nd. Both releases are through Well Go USA

Legend of the Fist Official Site

Official Synopsis
Presumed dead after single-handedly defeating all the Japanese fighters at the Hongkou Dojo to avenge his master, Chen Zhen (Donnie Yen) joins the Labour Corps during the First World War. Deciding to return home to defend his country, he arrives in Shanghai disguised as a wealthy businessman named Qi. He quickly befriends the notorious mafia boss Mr. Liu (Anthony Wong), owner of the nightclub Casablanca, and Kiki (Shu Qi), the club’s star hostess. With the rapid expansion of Japanese influence in China, the military releases a death list, sending Shanghai into complete panic. As assassinations become rampant in the city, Chen disguises himself as the Masked Warrior to protect those who have been targeted

German Zombies invade the States

German zombie flick Rammbock, which is also known as Siege of the Dead, will be hitting the US on May 4th courtesy of AMC Theaters. Which is all good and well if you have one near you, I don't so balls to that haha!!

March 22, 2011

Where is Mother?

Good question. Originally slated for an April 1st theatrical release, Mother's Day will not be seeing the light of day then. Apparently it will see a theatrical release but director Darren Lynn Bousman has no idea when. I have a sneaky suspicion it will end up coming out around....Mother's Day in May. Of course I could be wrong.

March 21, 2011


More like Goddamn Fucking Ghouls! Here's the teaser art for Indonesia's The Mo Brother's G.F.G. The Director's previously gave us the short film Dara, which was then fleshed out and made into Macabre.

March 20, 2011

More ass-kicking with Donnie Yen!

Marital Arts Icons DONNIE YEN and SAMMO HUNG Star
in Asia’s Highest Grossing Film of 2010,
and Nominated for 10 Awards at the 30th Hong Kong Film Awards
Two-Disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray and DVD Contains
More Than 160 Minutes of Bonus Material, Including
Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes, Deleted Scenes and a Shooting Diary
The Kung Fu Spectacular Hits Blu-ray and DVD April 19
PLANO, TEXAS. (March 2, 2011) – International superstar Donnie Yen (Ip Man, Hero, Seven Swords) reteams with Director Wilson Yip (Flash Point, IP Man) to reprise his iconic role as IP Man against the formidable competition of martial arts legend Sammo Hung (Kill Zone, 14 Blades) in IP Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster, when the global box office hit debuts on Blu-ray and DVD April 19 from Well Go USA. The film takes up where its predecessor left off, with Ip Man escaping the Japanese occupation of his hometown and arriving in Hong Kong, where he opens a martial arts academy to teach his unique Wing Chun style. But Ip must first prove himself to the corrupt cabal of Hong Kong martial arts masters— which he does, in one of the most amazing fight sequences ever committed to film, showcasing a dazzling variety of martial arts styles.
Escaping CGI, MTV-style editing, and blasting techno music for a return to skilled performers, ace choreography, and top-notch production values, the Ip Man films have ushered in a new era of Hong Kong filmmaking and cemented its status as a trailblazer by receiving 10 nominations at the 30th Hong Kong Film Awards, including Best Film, Best Director, and Best Action Choreography. The Blu-ray and DVD feature both the original uncut and un-dubbed subtitled version and a brand new English-language dub. Bonus features include the in-depth, behind-the-scenes featurettes “The Making of Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster” and “Behind the Sets,” as well as deleted scenes and a shooting diary. IP Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster will be available in a Two-Disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray for $32.98 SRP and Two-Disc Collector’s Edition DVD for $29.98 SRP. The film will also be available as a Single Disc Blu-ray for $26.98 SRP and on Single Disc DVD for $24.98 SRP.
Master Ip (Donnie Yen), a new arrival in British-occupied Hong Kong, wants to open a martial arts academy to teach his unique Wing Chun style. A corrupt group of martial arts masters, led by Master Hung (Sammo Hung) refuses to allow him to teach in peace until he proves himself as a kung fu master. Ip’s trouble continues when he is forced to enter a brutal “King of the Ring” boxing match against Twister (Darren Shahlavi), a Western-style boxer who insults the Chinese locals, in a East versus West knock-down, drag-out fight to the finish.
Bonus Features Include:
§ Featurette: “The Making of IP Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster
§ Featurette: “Behind the Sets”
§ Deleted Scenes
§ Shooting Diary
IP Man 2 has a runtime of approximately 108 minutes and is rated R for violence.

Forthcoming Attractions - The Super

From Noose Hill Entertainment The Super is a sleazy and violent flick that brings to mind movies such as Maniac. I am told that the filmmakers are currently in the process of trying to secure a distribution deal, which hopefully won't take too long as The Super is well worth checking out. My review can be found here at

Directed by Evan Makrogiannis and Brian Weaver and starring Demetrius Kallas, Lynn Lowry, Manoush, Necro, Raine Brown and Brandon Slagle.