July 14, 2012

The Italians invade Dr Terror's Blog of Horrors!

The picture above says it all! The cinematic beast that is Dr Terror is currently hosting Italian Horror Week, where you can find all manner of terrific articles, giveaways and other such Roman goodness. So, I suggest you head on over and show your love!

You can find this feast of carnage by clicking here.

Filthy Review - Intruders

Intruders (2011)

Review by Jude Felton

Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s 2007 sequel 28 Weeks Later was, and still is, in my opinion one of the better sequels out there. Having not seen his 2001 film Intacto I was intrigued to see what he would do with an original film that stood on its own, which leads me to Intruders starring Clive Owen.

New trailer for Cronenberg's 'Cosmopolis'

David Cronenberg is one of the few directors that, having started their career in the 70s, has still yet to let me down. Whereas most of the so-called horror greats of that era have rested on their laurels and proceeded to churn out crap movie after crap movie, Cronenberg has continued to evolve. Sure, his films might not be the body horrors of old, but he sure knows how to create a good solid movie. Next up from the Canadian is Cosmopolis, and there's a new trailer to share with you. eONE Films will be distributing the film, and it is released in the U.S. on August 17th.

July 13, 2012

'Greystone Park' from Sean Stone coming soon

Set to hit VOD on September 13th and DVD on October 16, through Xlrator Media, is Greystone Park. The movie is the directorial debut of Sean Stone, who is the son of Oliver Stone. I have to say, I really dig the promotional artwork. Synopsis and cast details below, and hopefully I will have a review nearer to the release date.

Universal give 'The World's End' the green light!

After months of speculation and rumors, it is now confirmed that the team of Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost will be reuniting for The Worlds End. The film which follows on from the teams previous movies together; Shaun of the Dead and Hott Fuzz, is now in pre-production for an October shoot . Am sure you will agree that this is outstanding news! The teaser poster, which you can see above, was released today at Comic-Con.

July 12, 2012

'I, Robot' coming to Blu-ray

Some news in that I thought was cool, hence my sharing it with you. I, Robot will be hitting Blu-ray on October 23rd from Twentieth Century Fox. However, for those of you heading to Comic-Con in San Diego this weekend, you will be able to pre-order this limited edition version for $99.00 at the Fox Booth #4313. There's only 250 of them, and it comes with the new 3D Blu-ray, DVD of the film and an extra DVD full of extras.

July 11, 2012

Latvian horror flick 'Hybrid Vigor' get new poster

Currently lensing in Latvia, from American director Brandon Fowler, is the horror flick Hybrid Vigor. Currently in production, the film is looking for backers on its Kickstarter page and is about love, death, violence, morality and immortality. You can help by following the link below. In the meantime, above is the new promo poster for you to check out.

Arrow get Troma-tastic with three classic releases

The fine folk at Arrow Video are getting ready to unload a triple salvo of classic Troma releases on August 6th. Hitting Blu-ray and DVD will be Class of Nuke 'em High, and hitting DVD will be Combat Shock and the wonderfully named Surf Nazi's Must Die! All three will have a ton of special features, and I have listed them all below.

'Piranha 3DD' Blu-ray and DVD release details

September 4th will see the release to Blu-ray combo pack (pictured above) and DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment. And, quite frankly I would pick it up for the cover alone. I've heard mixed opinions on it, with the film debuting on VOD not so long ago, so I am eager to cast my own eyes over it.

July 10, 2012

'The Dark Knight Rises' Soundtrack details

On July 17th WaterTower Music will be releasing the soundtrack to the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises. Once again Hans Zimmer, who I am a big fan of, has composed the score and I have to say that from what I have heard of it, it is very good so far. Am currently working my way through it, and will have a full review later this week. Full details below.

'Frankenstein's Army' propaganda artwork revealed

Director Richard Raaphorst has revealed the first piece of propaganda artwork, via his Twitter account, for his upcoming movie Frankenstein's Army. I previously covered the movie here and am excited about its release, further down the road. 

Filthy Giveaway - The Perfect House - Closed

Yes my good friends, it's giveaway time once again at The Lair. This time it is for a copy of the movie The Perfect House, which hits DVD and VOD on July 17th. The anthology, which is directed by Kris Hulbert, was the first film to premiere on Facebook, and now you can be in with a chance of winning one of 3 DVD's. Oh, and there's an added bonus for one of the winners!

'Cabin in the Woods' Blu-ray and DVD details

It may have taken it's good sweet time getting on to the big screens, but you won't have to wait too long to see the quite terrific Cabin in the Woods on Blu or DVD. The Drew Goddard directed flick will be hitting both on September 18th from Lionsgate, with both coming with Digital Copies. And, in a funky twist, it will also be available for early digital download two weeks prior to that on September 4th. Me? I'll be getting myself a shiny Blu version. Keep reading for this healthy looking list of special features.

Comic-con Teaser Poster for 'Hatchet 3'

Here's a first look at Victor Crowley in the teaser poster for Hatchet 3. The poster will be distributed at the upcoming San Diego Comic-con on July 14th. The sequel to Adam Green's movies is being directed by BJ McDonnell and will once again star Kane Hodder.

July 9, 2012

'Basket Case' Trilogy get the special edition treatment

Here's some great news for genre fans, especially those in the UK (or with region-free hardware). Second Sight, who recently brought us the Return of the Living Dead special edition, have announced that they are to release the Basket Case trilogy on a Special Edition Steelbook Blu-ray, as well as a Special Edition DVD. Release date is slated for Oct 22nd.

New stills from Noboru Iguchi's 'Dead Sushi'

Noboru Iguchi's Dead Sushi is set to have it's world premiere at the Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival on July 22nd, with Iguchi and star Rina Takeda scheduled to attend. To whet the appetite for this I have some brand new stills to share with you. Judging from the pictures I am sure we can expect plenty of craziness!

July 8, 2012

Filthy Puritanical Review - Twins of Evil

Twins of Evil (1971)

Review by Jude Felton

Hammer Horror films have always held a spot close to my heart. I grew up in England watching them as a kid and even to this day there is just nothing like them. Sure, there were some pretty grim movies released, but there were also some absolute gems. And, regardless of later appearances by Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee in the Star Wars films, it will always be the Hammer films that I remember them for.

Filthy Review - Cherry Bomb

Cherry Bomb (2011)

Review by Jude Felton

Shooting its way onto Blu-ray from Well Go USA is the rape/revenge flick Cherry Bomb, and who am I to turn down another addition to this sub-genre? I’ll grant you that the cover artwork, which is very pleasing to the eye, kind of lets you in for what kind of movie you are in for. And I do mean that in a good way.

Filthy Review - We Need To Talk About Kevin

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)

Review by Jude Felton

The nature versus nurture debate, regarding human behavior, has raged on for years. Are people molded by external influences or are they born the way that they are? It is a debate that will no doubt continue for many more years to come. The film We Need to Talk about Kevin delves into this, and raises as many questions as it does answers, and will leave the viewer pondering this, and more, long after it finishes.

Filthy Review - Plot of Fear

Plot of Fear (1976)

Review by Jude Felton

The world of Italian Giallo cinema is a truly fascinating area of film, which boomed in the 1960’s and 1970’s, and was probably most famous for the films of such directors as Dario Argento, Mario Bava and even early Lucio Fulci. Those three names only scratch the surface of what was an incredibly productive time for Italian cinema. The quality sometimes varied, greatly, but there are always new titles for the discerning fan to discover.

Filthy Review - Monster Brawl

Monster Brawl (2011)

Review by Jude Felton

The monster mash-up has been a popular style of entertainment for many years, in different formats. From the Godzilla movies starting back in the 1950s’ through to more recent movies such as Freddy vs. Jason and the two Alien vs. Predator flicks, they have had fans waiting anxiously. Indeed the Freddy vs. Jason film, and Alien vs. Predator, languished in development hell for many years before finally seeing the light of day.

Filthy Review - Michael

Michael (2011)

Review by Jude Felton

For his feature length debut, director Markus Schleinzer has pulled no punches in the subject matter of the film, or indeed the content of it. Michael is a film about child abduction and pedophilia, subject matters that could quite easily have been taken and turned into a trashy and exploitative mess. The fact that Michael is neither of these is a testament to not only Schleinzer’s director, but also his writing of the screenplay. Michael is certainly not the film that you might expect it to be.

German actor Michael Fuith, who also starred in the recent German zombie opus Rammbock: Berlin Undead, stars as the title character. He works in insurance and leads a quiet, so-called normal, existence, in fact to say his life is mundane and boring would be to undersell it completely. It is far from normal though, and is revealed very early into film that he has a 10 year old boy locked away in a room in his basement.

However, instead of taking the route of subjecting the audience to scenes of graphic cruelty, the takes the less is more approach, in so much as the audience is well aware of what is happening, but there is fortunately no need to show it on screen. This actually makes Michael harder to watch, as it conjures up images that no film could portray, or indeed want to portray.

Rather than focus on the more obvious and physical aspects of the relationship between Michael and his captive, Wolfgang, who incidentally is played quite wonderfully by David Rauchenberger, a lot of the focus is on how complicit Wolfgang becomes in the horrific situation he finds himself. There are many aspects to the relationship that could almost been seen as family-like in their portrayal, which in effect makes the entire scenario all the more disturbing to watch unfold.

The focal point of the film though is without a doubt Michael himself, and Michael Fuith puts in a chilling performance. This is not your archetypal monster, who through cheap tactics entices the viewer to despise him. Instead, Michael is just a cold and sad young man. He has virtually no people skills and you almost feel uncomfortable for him as he interacts with other characters. You will despise him of course, more for the fact that he isn’t portrayed as a monster, even though his actions are despicable, he is played as a deeply flawed human.

The fact that Schleinzer has infused a very rich vein of incredibly black humor throughout the film’s duration only heightens the discomfort the film resonates with. The humor, thankfully, is not in the actions between captor and captive but instead in other areas of the film when the action is drawn away from Michael’s apartment.

The film itself is a fairly slow moving affair, but this works in the film’s favor as it gives the viewer time to absorb the subtle details that are working in the film, and it also makes for an even more uncomfortable viewing experience. Michael is not a graphic slice of cinema, aside from possibly one scene that involves Wolfgang in an uncomfortable scene with a female companion, instead the viewers’ mind will do all of the work. You know what is going on, it sickens you, yet you are forced to confront it.

Michael is quite simply a stunning character study, the performances are terrific and Markus Schleinzer has set his stall as a director to keep an eye out for in the future. The DVD, which is another fantastic release by Strand Releasing, only has some trailers, as so far as special features go, but the film itself more than makes up it and comes highly recommended.

Filthy Review - The Vow

The Vow (2012)

Review by Jude Felton

Hitting Blu-ray and DVD just in time for Mother’s Day is this romantic drama, from director Michael Sucgy, in which the events portrayed on screen were inspired by true events. Now, as with most movies based on, or inspired by, true events there will almost always be changes made, and that is no exception here. Suffice to say though that the core of the story is true, but most of the rest of the movie is a Hollywood version of the story. The link to the book of the actual events can be found at the end of this review.

Filthy Review - Men in Black 2

Men in Black 2 (2002)

Review by Jude Felton

With the amount of money taken at the box office by 1997’s Men in Black, there had to be no surprise that a sequel would be made. It might be a little surprising that it took five years to get around to it. Maybe it was the work schedules of the lead actors, or returning director Barry Sonnenfeld, or maybe there was some other reason. Either way, they took their time between flicks, although granted not as long as between this sequel and the upcoming Men in Black 3. Regardless of the wait between movies, Men in Black 2 did finally get made and it still did solid business, not quite as much as the first time around, but still not shabby figures.

Filthy Review - Men in Black

Men in Black (1997)

Review by Jude Felton

Director Barry Sonnenfeld had scored moderate to high box office success with his films The Addams Family (1991), the follow-up Addams Family Values (1993) and the terrific Get Shorty (1995), but it wasn’t until Men in Black was released in 1997 that one of his films hit the big, big bucks. The three previously mentioned films combined a gross in the region of $230 million, which isn’t small change, Men in Black however grossed in excess of $320 million worldwide, which puts the movie squarely in the blockbuster category. Now, just because a film makes a ton of money does not necessarily equate to a quality movie. In the case of Men in Black though it does; this is a fun flick.

Filthy Review - Domain

Domain (2009)

Review by Jude Felton

French actress Beatrice Dalle first came to the public’s attention in the 1986 Jean-Jacques Beineix directed movie Betty Blue, which itself is an excellent movie. Since then she has starred in around 40 movies, with the combination of her usually terrific acting and alluring good looks mesmerizing audiences. Even when she is playing an absolutely terrifying character, such as the mysterious woman in 2007’s Inside, she maintains a strangely sexy appeal.

Filthy Review - The Fields

The Fields (2011)

Review by Jude Felton

When a film release is accompanied with the words “based on actual events” it is always very easy to take it with a pinch of salt. Quite often it is nothing more than a marketing gimmick used in order to hype up the movie. In the case of The Fields though, there is nothing that happens that would leave the viewer in any doubt that this was a statement of fact, albeit embellished slightly for theatrical effect. The truth of the matter is that The Fields is a movie grounded very much in reality.

Filthy Review - Tyrannosaur

Tyrannosaur (2011)

Review by Jude Felton

Paddy Considine has always been a versatile actor, appearing in such varied faire as Hot Fuzz, Dead Man’s Shoes and Submarine, so it was always going to be interesting to see where he would take his feature length directorial debut. The resulting debut is Tyrannosaur, and what a debut it is. What is possibly more interesting is the tone in which Tyrannosaur assaults its viewer.

Filthy Review - In the Land of Blood and Honey

In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011)

Review by Jude Felton

When Angelina Jolie set out to write and direct her feature length debut, the world was probably expecting a multiplex friendly movie that would be sure to rake in a few dollars. What is probably also true is that a movie about the war in Bosnia, of the 1990’s, was also not what was expected. Add on to that the film would be shot in Bosnian, Serbian and Croatian and the shock would no doubt be complete. That is what she has done though with the In the Land of Blood and Honey and to her ultimate credit she has delivered a quite remarkable movie.

Filthy Review - The Sitter

The Sitter (2011)

Review by Jude Felton

Until recently Jonah Hill has been seen mainly in supporting roles, in movies such as Superbad, Knocked Up and Get Him to the Greek, and more often than not his performances have been incredibly funny. Chances are though that this will soon become a thing of the past, due in part to his recent Academy Award nomination in the Brad Pitt baseball drama Moneyball, and more serious roles will no doubt follow.

Filthy Review - Carnage

Carnage (2011)

Review by Jude Felton

Controversial Polish director Roman Polanski is not the most prolific director working in cinema today, quite possibly due to not being allowed into the United States in which many of his cast generally resides, but he has made some incredible movies. Films such as Rosemary’s Baby, Repulsion and Chinatown, amongst others, are all quite deserved of their classic status. Granted, the aforementioned were all made towards the start of his career, yet whenever he makes a film it is usually worthy of your attention.

Filthy Review - Immortals

Immortals (2011)

Review by Jude Felton

Immortals is a movie that is cut from the same sweaty loincloth as 300 and Clash of the Titans (2011), in fact it could be said that it has taken elements of both and squeezed them into one snarling beast of a film. However, that is not necessarily a good thing. 300 brought a fresh new visual style to the sword and sandals epic, similar to Sin City, and Clash of the Titans, whilst not in itself a terrific movie, was at least a fun story for the most part. Immortals, unfortunately, falls short of the mark in comparison to the aforementioned movies, even if it does have some redeeming features.

Filthy Review - The Woman in Black

The Woman in Black (2012)

Review by Jude Felton

Hammer horror films were a staple for many fans of the genre through the 50s’, 60s’ and 70s’. For many, it was their introduction to the world of horror (myself included), the British company putting the likes of Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and even Oliver Reed firmly into the limelight. The films were gory, sexy and quite often cheesy, and more often than not they were fun and offered up a few scares. Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster and all other manner of ghastly ghouls were the order of the day. Hammer helped to put British horror films on the map, and when they ceased production at the end of the 1970s’ a huge space was left.

Filthy Review - Gone

Gone (2012)

Review by Jude Felton

Jill (Amanda Seyfried) is a young woman with a troubled past. She is haunted by an event in her past in which she was abducted by a serial killer, or was she? Therapy has not done much to help her, and as such she is always on guard. This ordeal is brought very much to the fore when, upon arriving home from work, she discovers that her sister Molly (Emily Wickersham) is missing.

Filthy Review - Battle Royale

Battle Royale (2000)

Review by Jude Felton

The Japanese movie Battle Royale was originally released in 2000 and is based on the 1999 novel by Koushun Takami. Over the years it has seen a release, whether theatrically or for home entertainment, in most countries worldwide, yet never in the United States. That is all set to change on March 20th 2012, as this controversial movie will get a DVD release, and possibly most interestingly, a Blu-ray release.