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  • Chilling behind-the-scenes clip from “FROZEN” DVD/Blu-ray

    Originally posted on 2010-09-08 20:38:49 by

    Shooting the survival thriller FROZEN on a mountainous location in the midst of a blizzard would be enough to leave anyone cold…but now you can get a taste of it in the warmth of your own home, thanks to a newly posted clip from the upcoming DVD/Blu-ray releases of Adam Green’s movie. See it after the jump.

    This on-location excerpt is just a small part of the copious extras on the FROZEN discs, which street September 28 from Anchor Bay Entertainment; you can see the full details here. Shawn Ashmore, Emma Bell and Kevin Zegers star in FROZEN as three friends who wind up accidentally stranded high up on a ski lift in the dead of winter. You can read the first part of a Green interview on his next film, HATCHET II, in Fango #297, on sale this month.

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  • “MY SON, MY SON, WHAT HAVE YE DONE” (DVD Review)

    Originally posted on 2010-09-08 20:22:21 by Clay McLeod Chapman

    In the course of a single year, Werner Herzog has unleashed a pair of peculiar potboilers in quick succession: BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL—NEW ORLEANS and MY SON, MY SON, WHAT HAVE YE DONE—two films that announce to their audience of devotees that we are now a far cry from the preferred rough country of FITZCARRALDO. Though the Urubamba River makes a guest plotline appearance in MY SON (on DVD September 14 from First Look), Herr Werner has traded in his Amazonian stamping grounds for the vastly bland urban wasteland of southern California, leading one to speculate that Herzog himself has now suddenly become the fish out of water for once, rather than the parade of hubristic protagonists from his films past.

    Miss McCullum (Grace Zabriskie) is dead, slashed at the hands of her son Brad (Michael Shannon). The weapon of choice? An antique sword that would have served as a prop in a production of the Greek tragedy ORESTES—where, during rehearsal, Brad presciently states to his director, “Some people act a role, others play a part.”

    Herzog’s plot (scripted with Herbert Golder) is rooted within the true story of UCSD student Mark Yavorksy, who murdered his own mother with a similar saber, paralleling his part in a play he was set to perform back in 1979. True to his character’s testament, Shannon enters into the pantheon of oddball actors who have worked under Herzog’s demanding eye—an esteemed club of eccentrics including favorite fiend Klaus Kinski and, more recently, Nicolas Cage. And yet, where Kinski and Cage externalized their own patented brands of madness, mincing about like orangutans force-fed copious amounts of acid, Shannon, himself appearing akin to a shaved Yeti, heads in a different direction altogether. His particular insanity seems to seethe out from behind his lazy eye, barely bottled beyond its boiling point and just about to blow. Listening to a crackly recording of “I Am Born to Preach the Gospel,” Brad mistakes Washington Phillips’ warbling blues tune for the voice of God. The very visage of his holy master manifests itself in the logo of a “Puritan Oats” container—a rather unsubtle substitute for the Quaker Oats bloke. “I’m going to stunt my inner growth,” Brad utters. “I think I shall become a Muslim. Call me Faruk.”

    While the film is presented as a whydunit rather than a whodunit, the mystery behind Brad’s actions never seems all that mysterious. What does remain a question, however, is what exactly happened behind the camera. With David Lynch serving as one of the executive producers, MY SON is something of a cinephile’s wet dream. One can’t help but imagine what alchemy such a collaboration of cinematic masters could wring. But beyond the cosmetic casting crossovers of Brad Dourif as a racist ostrich rancher, Willem Dafoe as a police detective and Zabriskie’s smothering mother, it is unclear where one’s contribution ends and the other’s begins. Aside from choice moments of oddball dialogue reminiscent of TWIN PEAKS, including Brad’s coffee-mug banter (“Razzle dazzle, razzle dazzle”), it is Herzog’s aesthetic that ultimately shines through. Those raw moments of improvised awkwardness make for the most exciting scenes in MY SON, a Herzog specialty—and a contrarian ingredient to the antiseptic precision of Lynch’s own aesthetics. At one point an ostrich gulps down Udo Keir’s glasses, only for a ranch-hand to manually cause the bird to regurgitate them back up…and it all looks painfully real. This happy accident caught on camera shows Herzog at his best, making way for those moments in his storyline that present man and nature clashing in the most unexpected ways.

    While it’s safe to say that this is not one of Herzog’s—or Lynch’s—best, MY SON does have much to offer fans of the maverick director. As often occurs, however, Lynch’s imprint is sorely missing from the special features, which include a CliffsNotes commentary by Herzog, along with Golder and producer Eric Bassett. Hearing the director delve into his film’s deeper meanings is something of a safari into the psyche, and one might wish Herzog was actually sitting next to them for couchside observations to further enhance the viewing experience of MY SON, much like the epic narrations of his documentaries. This makes the inclusion of Ramin Bahrani’s short “Plastic Bag” an odd aperitif to Herzog’s own feature. Originally produced as part of the Independent Television Service’s FUTURESTATES series for public television, this 20-minute curio is narrated by none other than the shoe-eating director himself, starring as—wait for it—a plastic bag. It doesn’t get more Lynchian than that.

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  • “NO FLESH SHALL BE SPARED” by Fango scribe

    Originally posted on 2010-09-08 19:57:31 by FANGORIA Staff

    Longtime Fango contributor, International Horror Guild Award nominee and general lover of the macabre Carnell (pictured) has just unleashed his debut novel, NO FLESH SHALL BE SPARED. This “GLADIATOR meets DAWN OF THE DEAD”-esque horror/action epic aims to crush your skull and eat your guts…but in that dreamy way that the author often wrangles with his words.

    Here’s the skinny on the synopsis:

    “The novel is set in a near future where society has dealt with a global outbreak of the living dead and is finally starting to move on. As the world begins to pull itself back together, a new, highly lucrative international sport—zombie pit fighting—emerges, which, in a very short period of time, manages to surpass all previous sports revenue and attendance records. The World Gladiatorial Federation and The Undead Fight League have grown bigger and more influential than the NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball combined. From the League’s ratings and their fighters’ popularity, it is apparent that the living have not quite finished with the dead.

    “A fighter, Cleese, is recruited and indoctrinated into this violent world where every match could be the fighter’s last. NO FLESH SHALL BE SPARED is the tale of Cleese’s rise to supremacy in the sport and the unanticipated fallout of that involvement. The Dead will fall. Friends will die. The question that arises is that of Cleese’s fate in the ensuing mayhem.”

    “Carnell writes with the raw sense memory of a battered child and the brute muscularity of a bouncer in a bar fight. NO FLESH SHALL BE SPARED is scarred, scary, deeply disturbed and worth every bloody minute of it. You have to read this book. But you might need therapy later.”

    —Craig Spector, author of UNDERGROUND, TO BURY THE DEAD, THE LIGHT AT THE END

    To learn more about the novel and the work of Carnell, visit his official website; pre-order the book (the first 250 copies of which will be signed and numbered) before September 30 for a discount! And be sure to regularly buy FANGORIA, where esoteric and interesting horror-culture coverage by the writer can always be found.

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  • “COLIN” and “BEYOND THE GRAVE” set premieres

    Originally posted on 2010-09-08 15:36:50 by

    A pair of international horror movies—COLIN (pictured left), from Britain, and the Brazilian BEYOND THE GRAVE—have announced where they’re making their U.S. premieres. The latter has set its world premiere as well, and its producers have released a few new photos.

    COLIN, the acclaimed $70 zombie feature written and directed by Marc Price, will make its North American debut at the 13th Floor Haunted House in San Antonio, Texas. It’ll be screened at the attraction—part of the American Haunts network—on Thursday, September 23, with other U.S. screenings to follow across the country (see more info here). COLIN stars Alastair Kirton as a young man who gets bitten by a zombie during an undead outbreak in Britain, and follows him as he transforms and wanders through the postapocalyptic landscape. Check out Fango #298, on sale in October, for Price’s observations on the making of COLIN, and see the movie’s official website here.

    BEYOND THE GRAVE, written and directed by Davi de Oliveira Pinheiro, is also set in a wasted world, where a cop named Lockheart (Rafael Tombini, pictured in top photo below) pursues a supernatural serial killer called The Dark Rider. This film will have its U.S. premiere on Saturday, September 25 at the Arizona Underground Film Festival, and its world premiere tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 9 at the CineFantasy fest in São Paulo, Brazil. “BEYOND THE GRAVE is a genre film based on the loneliness of a postapocalyptic planet,” Pinheiro says. “Through the creation of this particular world, I tried to convey not only the films that I love, but the fragility of the human being in this time of fear and battle against nature, without of course forgetting to bring some great action and adventure with it!” Check out BEYOND THE GRAVE’s trailer below the pics, and its official site here.

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  • “GIALLO,” “WHALE WATCHING MASSACRE,” lots more DVD art/dates

    Originally posted on 2010-09-08 19:28:36 by

    As the Halloween season approaches, the DVD horror market is shifting into high gear. A whole bunch of cover art and dates have come to light in the last week, and we’ve got ’em collected for you below.

    • Below you can check out the covers for Dario Argento’s GIALLO (pictured), coming from Maya Entertainment October 19 (though it’s already rentable as a Blockbuster exclusive now), and a slew of IFC Films/MPI Media Group DVDs: Rupert Glasson’s COFFIN ROCK and Jake West’s DOGHOUSE, coming Oct. 12; Mark Tonderai’s HUSH and David Morley’s MUTANTS, out Oct. 26, and Stuart Hazeldine’s EXAM and Kristian Levring’s FEAR ME NOT, streeting November 16. No special features have been announced for GIALLO, and specs have yet to be made available for the IFC/MPI titles; we’ll keep you posted.

    Image Entertainment has picked up the Gunnar Hansen-starrer REYKJAVIK WHALE WATCHING MASSACRE and partially retitled it HARPOON: WHALE WATCHING MASSACRE, setting a street date of December 7 on rated and unrated DVD as well as unrated Blu-ray. The Icelandic slasher/survival shocker, directed by Julius Kemp, will be presented in anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio on the DVDs (which will retail for $27.97 each) and DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio on the Blu-ray (retailing for $29.97). Image also has THE LOST TRIBE, Roel Raine’s film pitting Lance Henriksen, Emily Foxler and others against prehistoric semihumans on a remote island, coming on DVD Oct. 19, with an anamorphic 2.35:1 transfer, Dolby Digital 5.1 sound and these extras:

    • Audio commentary by producer Mohit Ramchandani and actor Hadley Fraser

    • Behind-the-scenes featurette

    • Trailer

    Retail price is $27.97. The company has also set a Nov. 9 DVD/Blu-ray street date for DAMNED BY DAWN, Brett Anstey’s Aussie frightfest in the EVIL DEAD tradition about a farm family terrorized by evil spirits. This one will be presented in anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen with Dolby Digital 5.1 sound on the DVD and DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio on the Blu-ray; special features are:

    • Audio commentaries

    • “Making the DAMNED Film” featurette

    • Trailer

    Retail price is $27.97 for the DVD, $29.97 for the Blu-ray.

    • The well-reviewed indie RULE OF THREE will hit DVD Oct. 26 from Big Screen Entertainment. Set in a single hotel room, the movie concerns a father’s desperate search for his missing daughter, with flashbacks to various time periods revealing the awful truth surrounding what happened to her. The bonus features include:

    • Audio commentary by director/producer Eric Shapiro

    • Audio commentary by scriptwriter/actress Rhoda Jordan

    • Trailer

    Retail price is $19.95.

    • The art and info for Magnolia Home Entertainment/Magnet’s DVD and Blu-ray releases of S&MAN were revealed a little while back, but the movie’s so cool we figured we should include them here just in case you missed ’em. Filmmaker J.T. Petty’s study of the underground horror scene—including one auteur who may be taking his quest for murderous images too far—will hit both formats Oct. 12, accompanied by:

    • Audio commentary by Petty and “S&Man” Eric Rost

    • Audio commentary by Petty, Erik Marcisak and producers

    • Deleted scenes

    • Complete “S&Man” film

    • Excerpts from underground films

    Retail price is $19.96 for the DVD, $24.96 for the Blu-ray.

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  • New “LET ME IN” TV spot appears

    Originally posted on 2010-09-08 15:25:38 by Allan Dart

    The face of an angel, the thirst of a vampire… The American remake of the Swedish vampire sensation LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, written and directed by Matt Reeves, opens October 1. Check out a new TV spot after the jump.

    Dread Central posted the clip. LET ME IN stars KICK-ASS’ Chloe Moretz, THE ROAD’s Kodi Smit-McPhee, SHUTTER ISLAND’s Elias Koteas and THE BROKEN’s Richard Jenkins. You can read an exclusive interview with Reeves in Fango #297, on sale this month.



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  • “I SPIT” trailer, “RENFIELD” poster contests

    Originally posted on 2010-09-08 14:52:33 by

    A pair of upcoming genre features—Anchor Bay’s I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE remake (pictured) and the indie vampire flick RENFIELD THE UNDEAD—are giving fans and filmmakers a chance to get involved. Find out how after the jump.

    Anchor Bay and Texas Frightmare Weekend have announced a trailer contest tying in with I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE’s Dallas premiere on September 30 at 8 p.m. at the city’s Angelika Film Center. Filmmakers are being invited to submit trailers capturing the exploitation-cinema vibe, and the top three selected will play before I SPIT at the premiere. The trailers must be original, but otherwise anything goes: “We’re looking for submissions that are over the top, scary, wild, absurd and freaked out,” according to the Texas Frightmare website, where the chosen previews will be posted. “Live action, animated, stop-motion, claymation…it doesn’t matter as we’ll consider everything submitted.” Winners will additionally receive an I SPIT/Texas Frightmare prize pack. Submissions can be sent to Texas Frightmare Weekend, PO Box 384, Grapevine, TX 76099 and must be received no later than September 24; they must be in DVD format, ready for presentation in NTSC video. Questions should be sent to loyd@texasfrightmareweekend.com. Check out Fango #297, on sale this month, for a feature story on I SPIT, which opens nationwide October 8; you can see its official site here.

    Meanwhile, the producers of RENFIELD THE UNDEAD, which we last covered here, are offering fans the chance to vote on the poster design that will be used to market the movie. Five different variations (including the one seen here) are up for consideration at RENFIELD’s official website; click on that link to see the different variations and choose your favorite!

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  • “THE WOMAN IN BLACK” claims two more

    Originally posted on 2010-09-08 14:44:19 by Samuel Zimmerman

    THE WOMAN IN BLACK (coming from the new incarnation of Hammer Films) has added two more actors to its cast, Ciaran Hinds and Janet McTeer. Hit the jump for more details on the roles!

    WOMAN follows a lawyer named Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) who moves into a small British town to put a recently deceased client’s papers in order. Working alone in the client’s remote mansion, he discovers dark secrets, including the titular spirit who is haunting the village. EDEN LAKE’s James Watkins will direct from a script by KICK-ASS’ Jane Goldman, based on the novel by Susan Hill.

    Deadline London is reporting that “Hinds will play the local landowner who counsels Daniel Radcliffe as he investigates this Victorian mystery,” while “McTeer will play Hinds’ on-screen wife, Mrs Daily.”

    Hinds was most recently seen in the supernatural Irish tale, THE ECLIPSE (check out our feature on that film and video interviews with the actor) and will turn up alongside Radcliffe in the upcoming final HARRY POTTER films.

    For more on THE WOMAN IN BLACK, head here to see what Radcliffe recently had to say about the movie. 

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  • “R.I.P.D.” getting ready for screen action

    Originally posted on 2010-09-08 14:27:47 by

    The Dark Horse-published, Peter Lenkov-scripted comic R.I.P.D. (Rest in Peace Department), which follows the exploits of cops of the dead, has been in development at Universal for a little while now, but the project is getting closer to fruition with the signing of a director.

    Variety reports that Robert Schwentke (pictured), the German filmmaker whose credits include the serial-killer flick TATTOO, the Jodie Foster thriller FLIGHTPLAN and this October’s actioner RED, will helm the R.I.P.D. movie from a script by CLASH OF THE TITANS’ Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi. Ryan Reynolds signed on this past April to star as Nick Cruz, a recently deceased cop who exchanges 100 years of service to the R.I.P.D. for the chance to avenge his own murder; his older partner has yet to be cast. Dark Horse’s founder/president Mike Richardson and Lawrence Gordon will produce with Original Film’s Neal Moritz.

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  • RIP “BEETLEJUICE” actor Glenn Shadix

    Originally posted on 2010-09-07 21:42:30 by

    Character actor Glenn Shadix, who will forever be remembered as Otho in Tim Burton’s BEETLEJUICE, has died at his home in Birmingham, AL. He was 58.

    Al.com quotes Shadix’s sister Susan Gagne as saying, “He was having mobility problems, and he was in a wheelchair. It looks like he fell and hit his head in the kitchen, and that’s the cause of death.” The actor only had a couple of small roles on his résumé when Burton cast him in 1988’s BEETLEJUICE as Otho, the pretentious interior decorator who’s curious to a fault about the ghosts residing in his clients’ home. He later acted for Burton in PLANET OF THE APES and voiced the mayor in the animated THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS. Shadix’s other credits include Michael Lehmann’s HEATHERS and MEET THE APPLEGATES, Mick Garris and Stephen King’s SLEEPWALKERS, Jeff Burton’s indie chiller ACTS OF DEATH, TV’s CARNIVÀLE and numerous animated series. He retired from acting four years ago and relocated to Birmingham, near where he was born, to be close to his family.

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  • 99 cent Whores!

    Originally posted on 2010-09-07 20:40:29 by Allan Dart

    That’s the price you’ll have to pay on iTunes to listen to The Cheetah Whores’ SHARKTOPUS theme song.

    The Syfy movie premieres Saturday, September 25 at 9 p.m. and stars THE DARK KNIGHT’s Eric Roberts as a research scientist who, along with his daughter (Sara Malakul Lane), develops a secret military weapon: a hybrid shark/octopus that can be controlled by electrical implants. But, of course, the monstrosity escapes and goes on a killing rampage at some Mexican resort beaches. As for The Cheetah Whores, the band was handpicked by SHARKTOPUS director Declan O’Brien (WRONG TURN 3) to write and sing the pop theme song, which is now available at the iTunes website.

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  • “DEAD RISING 2: CASE ZERO” (Video Game Review)

    Originally posted on 2010-09-07 19:08:52 by Doug Norris

    Way back in 2006 at the dawn of the Xbox 360 era, Capcom ushered in the runaway smash hit DEAD RISING. Seeming passable at first glance, with the cover suggesting a potential DAWN OF THE DEAD ripoff, the game became a surprise success.

    Regardless of escort missions with uncooperative AI and clunky aiming controls, players clamored to wreak havoc throughout the shopping-mall playground of blood-spattered destruction, leaving trails of zombie corpses and fallen psychopaths behind as they turned anything and everything the mall offered into a weapon. Gamers took to DEAD RISING so much that its gritty, self-serving, pug-faced protagonist Frank West even became a sort of cult hero, garnering homage from the fellow zombie-smasher LEFT 4 DEAD series and appearing as a playable character in the fighting game TATSUNOKO VS CAPCOM.

    Flash forward to 2010, and DEAD RISING 2 has become one of the medium’s most highly anticipated sequels. Leaked trailers began appearing on YouTube as early as 2008, with footage of undead hordes lumbering across casino floors in droves several times larger than in the previous installment. Early news of “combining weapons” had fans champing at the bit to get their hands bloody again. E3 and San Diego Comic-Con gave fans even more news, screens and video of the upcoming zombie splatterfest. And on August 31, Capcom released DEAD RISING 2: CASE ZERO, an Xbox 360 exclusive prequel to the new game.

    CASE ZERO introduces us to Chuck Greene, the protagonist fighting his way through a zombie-infested outbreak area in the dusty setting of Nevada. We join Chuck and his daughter Katey as they pull their bloodstained pickup into the small and eerily quiet town of Still Creek. Distracted by news reports of a military quarantine, Chuck and Katey lose their wheels to a thieving-happy survivor, and are left in your hands to find a way out. Did we mention that Katey has been infected and needs regular doses of the rare and expensive suppression drug Zombrex to quell her eventual zombification?

    DEAD RISING 2’s promised updated features are very much evident in CASE ZERO. First and probably most important is the ability to combine weapons. Any item appearing in the game with a “wrench” icon can be combined with another selected item to form a superweapon of destruction—with the aid of Chuck’s infinite supply of duct tape, the sound of which will become music to players’ ears. Right out of the gate, Chuck takes a baseball bat and a box of nails and crafts a spiked bat that would make Mick Foley giddy with excitement. In the first installment, players could implant showerheads into zombie skulls, resulting in some of the more gruesome outcomes. In CASE ZERO, Chuck combines a bucket with power drills to create the worst possible choice of hat for any out-on-the-town ghoul. Propane tanks and nails? Pitchforks and shotguns? Car batteries and yard tools? Smashy smashy!

    Updates to the game play itself include improved physics and greatly improved aiming controls. The AI doesn’t drag you down nearly as much during the escort missons and can actually prove helpful, not only when wielding weapons but also while blazing a path through the quickest way to a directional point. The graphics are a lot sharper, which means that the blood stands out better: Fountains of gore gush from zombies upon attack, and the more carnage Chuck creates, the more crimson he makes the scene. His weapons become heavily bloodstained with use, as do the surrounding landscapes and Chuck’s choice of attire. Luckily, there’s plenty of wardrobe (men’s, women’s and children’s) for Chuck to don so he can always stay fresh and clean.

    Unlike normal demos that just give you a slice of the larger whole, CASE ZERO provides a full playable level that will be unavailable in DEAD RISING 2. What’s more, your achievements, points, level-ups and unlockables will all carry over to the actual game, so anyone downloading CASE ZERO will receive more rewards upon the sequel’s release. CASE ZERO does seem a tad short, in that it’s insanely difficult to complete all tasks within the tiny 12-hour window; but, as with its predecessor, players can simply ignore any task at hand and spend those hours slicing, dicing, smashing, exploding and shredding every once-taxpaying zombie victim trudging around the dusty streets of Still Creek. At only 400 points ($5), anyone looking to get a taste of the sequel prior to release or just have their first experience with the DEAD RISING franchise should consider this a steal. Besides, who doesn’t want to duct-tape chainsaws to the ends of a boat oar and paddle through a sea of undead?

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