June 11, 2011

Coming Soon - Norwegian Flick Thale

One to keep an eye on methinks. From Director Aleksander Nordaas comes this tale based on Norwegian folklore. The teaser doesn't give too much away, although I did find this info over on the excellent Twitchfilm.com.

Nordaas' picture revolves around a huldra - a seductive forest spirit who appears from the front to be a beautiful young woman but who also has a cow's tale and whose back appears to be like a hollowed out tree. The huldra has been known to offer rewards to those who satisfy them sexually and death to those who fail to do so and are also prone to stealing human babies.

The film has a Facebook page which can be found here

June 10, 2011

This Month's Reading Material

Despite the obscene amount of information out there in Interwebland I still like nothing more than sitting my ass down with a print magazine. Truth be known I fucking detest reading off a screen, the Net is great for sourcing info and what have you, I just find reading a magazine to be more satisfying.

With that being said here's what is on my shelf, or printer as the case may be, right now.

I was actually hoping to pick up UK mag Total Tattoo, but Borders didn't have it. I'm not a great fan of US tattoo magazines, Skin and Ink being the only one that I do like. Plenty of good things in the August issue, and let's face it that cover is great!

The one magazine that I have a subscription to, even though there seems to be some ongoing problem with getting them out at a reasonable time. Regardless, Fangoria is kicking ass right now and issue 304 is no exception. Highlights for me this month are articles on Wichfinder General, Kidnapped and Joe Mckinney, although that would be doing a disservice to all of the other top-notch articles. Another winner for sure.

Hailing from the country of my birth, Shock Horror is great for checking out the horror scene from a UK perspective. Still a new magazine, this is issue 4, and to me still finding its feet somewhat, this still has some damned good stuff in it. Highlights being pieces on Peter Cushing and the redux of I Spit On Your Grave.

A magazine that really is new, Mad Monster is currently on its first issue and is proving to be a fun read. Articles on Christine and Videodrome being definite high points for me.

I do like to pick up a copy of Horrorhound once in awhile. The May/June issue being one I did grab, and it's got some good stuff in it. The article on 1981 is great and I did enjoy the piece on Arrow Video. Someone I do have a lot of time for is Jon Kitley, and his piece on Great White and Blood Beach is well worth checking out.

Finally we have the mighty Ultra Violent. If you can't find something in here to enjoy you must be on crack, or have no real interest in horror or exploitation movies. Extensive interviews with Geretta Geretta and Lynn Lowry are just two of the cracking reads in issue 11.

So yeah, there you have it. These pretty much cover all my bases when it comes to what I am looking forward to in a magazine. No Rue Morgue on there for me. It's a cool enough magazine and I do occasionally read it, although I am still pissed off with a lazy and offensive review I read a while back. I can't even remember the film being reviewed but I can assure you that ridiculing your readers, even if it is a small group within that readership, is never a clever idea.

Right, I think I might make a trip and see if Borders don't have that Total Tattoo I was looking for....

June 9, 2011

Get Ready To Be Scared - Insidious Hits DVD In July

Insidious hits DVD and Blu-ray July 12th. Definitely one of the best flicks I have seen this year and I plan on snapping up a copy. 

The most terrifying film since The Exorcist.” - Steve O’Brien, WCBS Radio

“Insidious has some of the most shivery and indelible images I’ve seen in any horror film in decades.” - Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

It's Not the House That’s Haunted. 
From the makers of Paranormal Activity
and Director James Wan and Writer Leigh Whannell,
Comes the $50+ Million Box Office Hit

Loaded with Bonus Materials Including
Three Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes

Debuting on Blu-ray and DVD July 12th   

CULVER CITY, CALIF. (May 23, 2011) – Described as the “the scariest horror film since Poltergeist” (Jason Bene, KillerFilm.com), the hair-raising horror film Insidious debuts on Blu-ray and DVD July 12th from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Patrick Wilson (Lakeview TerraceThe A TeamLittle Children), Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids, upcoming: X-Men: First Class) and Barbara Hershey (Black Swan) star in the frightening story of a family looking to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a mysterious realm called “The Further.” Bonus materials include three behind-the-scenes featurettes: “Horror 101: The Exclusive Seminar,” “On Set with Insidious,” and “Insidious Entities.” Insidious will be available on Blu-ray for $35.99 SRP and on DVD for $30.99 SRP.

From the makers of Paranormal Activity and Director James Wan and Writer Leigh Whannell, Insidious is the terrifying story of a family who shortly after moving discover that dark spirits have possessed their home and that their son has inexplicably fallen into a coma. Trying to escape the haunting and save their son, they move again only to realize that it was not their house that was haunted.

Directed by James Wan (SawDead Silence), Insidious was written by Leigh Whannell. Jason Blum, Steven Schneider and Oren Peli produced, with Brian Kavanaugh-Jones acting as executive producer.

DVD and Blu-ray Bonus Features Include:
§         “Horror 101: The Exclusive Seminar” Featurette
§         “On Set With Insidious” Featurette
§         “Insidious Entities” Featurette

Insidious has a runtime of approximately 102 minutes and is rated PG 13 for thematic material, violence, terror and frightening images, and brief strong language.

June 7, 2011

New Release - The Wrong House

Hitting the stores today (June 7th), thorugh Elite Entertainment, is the cracking Indie flick The Wrong House. This was one of my personal favorites of last year (hence the cover quote), so it is great to finally see it get a proper release. You can check out my here

An isolated house in the woods looks like an easy mark to a group of friends camping in the Maine wilderness. The thieves haul away several ounces of pot and hallucinogenic mushrooms in the heist. But when the homeowners track them down, the friends learn too late that there are some people you just shouldn't mess with... and that they picked The Wrong House.

Buy at Amazon and Tower amongst others.

June 5, 2011

New Release - Midnight Movie Killer Cut

2008's Midnight Movie was a cool enough movie, even if it didn't exactly blow me away. That being  said I did like its retro feel and it did have a cool killer. It's certainly worth checking out, and what better time than now (well, June14th anyway), as there is the Director's Cut, or Killer Cut if you will, being released. Might be worth checking out methinks.

Special Features
Cast and Creative 
Team Interviews 
Deleted Scenes 
VFX Feature Outtakes
New - Extensive Behind the Scenes 
New - Director's Commentary
Jack Messitt s award winning horror film can finally be seen as it was intended. With new and enhanced visual effects, never before seen footage and extended scenes.

At a run down theater in a sleepy suburban town, a group of friends attend the midnight screening of a 1970s cult horror film. These unsuspecting teenagers are unaware that the director and star of the movie made a bloody escape from a psych ward five years earlier and may still be on the loose.

As the midnight movie begins, the kids heckle the old black-and-white scenes. But they are jolted when the killer butchers one of their friends...on screen! They soon realize that the killing is not a prank. They are locked inside the theatre and the killer from the movie is after them!

Caught between reality and the screen's flickering shadows, are they becoming the unwilling stars of the very horror movie they are watching?