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When I started this blog I initially
pitched it to our Commander in Chief, Chris Alexander, as a one off piece for
the print magazine. I wanted to tell the story of a new wave of indie
filmmakers who were out there on the fringes, making incredible films in
innovative new ways. I quickly realized this couldn’t be some one-off piece as
there was a real scene and movement out there that I felt needed to be
documented so Chris kindly agreed on this blog.
I’m now pleased to say we are changing
formats a bit again and this is due to the great response to the blog and the
sheer volume of incredible stuff out there that I feel is worth sharing with
the FANGORIA Faithful. Long Live the New Flesh will now appear twice a week: On
Tuesday, readers can get the roundup of news and announcements from around the
indie scene in a segment I’m calling Chunks of Flesh. Every Thursday will be
something more akin to the regular Long Live the New Flesh format, feature pieces
or long form reviews of individual films. I hope everyone enjoys this shake up
and the growing power of this movement in film.
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Here is what is happening out there, fellow
• Over this past
weekend the UK short horror anthology BLOODY CUTS released their fifth in a 13-film
sequence of terror, SUCKABLOOD. The BLOODY CUTS team keep going from strength
to strength and this is easily their most impressive and ambitious work to
date. I’ve been pleased to have been following their career since the third in
their series, STITCHES, and I have to say again: every BLOODY CUTS release is
an event to watch for. Get yourself right over to BLOODY CUTS and settle
in for SUCKABLOOD! (If you enjoyed SUCKABLOOD and want to know
some more about BLOODY CUTS’ other films, check out what I had to say about
their previous outings MOTHER DIED and STITCHES.
• The co-op filmmaking
project from SKG Films and director Jason Armstrong, INSPIRATION, has a trailer
I spent some time on the set of Armstrong’s most recent production—the
successfully crowdfunded THE GHOST IS A LIE—and I have to say both films look
fantastic, but most importantly I really fell in love with their approach to
making movies. Great people all around and exceptionally
talented. A full set report from THE GHOST IS A LIE is coming soon!
• The Toronto After
Dark Film Festival is doing things a little different this year and putting on
two double feature screenings as a summer preview of the big show in October.
For those of you near Toronto, June 27th kicks things off with the Cuban zombie
film JUAN OF THE DEAD, which I simply cannot wait to see. Following that, is
the very creepy looking THE PACT. It’s going to be an awesome night so come on
out! You can check out the official page at Toronto After Dark for details, trailers and showtimes.
• Troma Entertainment
have pushed back the release date for the FATHER’S DAY Blu-ray and DVD set
until July or August, but they are apparently expanding the set for 4 discs. I
have no idea what is going to be on those discs though because the rift between
Astron-6 and Troma is sadly only getting wider. Stay tuned for my Thursday
feature for more on the troubled relationship.
• Nictophobia Films have officially launched the website for their simply incredible looking NIGHT
OF THE LIVING DEAD LIVE stage adaptation of the zombie classic. Executive
produced by George Romero himself as well as Russ Streiner and John A. Russo,
this show is set to really blow the roof off the place. You simply have to see
what they have planned to believe it.
• This is only
slightly shameless self-promotion, but I really want to encourage people to
check out The Cutting Room podcast on the Horror Palace network. The show is
put on by a great team (including director Joe Christiana who happens to have
made the first film I ever featured on this blog, THE NIGHTMARE) and it is a
wickedly entertaining and crazy in-depth piece of business. They were kind
enough to have me as a guest on a recent episode and we had a hell of a good
time. You can find the show here.
Check it out and subscribe!
• THE SOCIAL MEDIA
MASSACARE continues in director Ron Purtee’s sequel to FROM THE HEART entitled
FROM THE WOMB.
It’s a continuation of the story and themes of FROM THE HEART which I found so
interesting in terms of how Purtee presented them. It’s genuinely creepy stuff
and FROM THE WOMB really cranks it up a few notches.
So that was my week. Stay tuned Thursday
for a special feature on the fractured relationship between Troma Entertainment
and Astron-6 over FATHER’S DAY. There are two sides to every story and I try
and bring it to you! Until then, in the immortal words of Dr. Frank N. Furter –
“Be it, don’t dream it…”
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