Friday, October 30, 2009

Saw VI Review

Special Agent Strahm is dead, and Detective Hoffman has emerged as the unchallenged successor to Jigsaw's legacy. However, when the FBI draws closer to Hoffman, he is forced to set a game into motion, and Jigsaw's grand scheme is finally understood.

It's no secret that I love horror films. Those that know me know that I love the Saw series more than any other. I was lucky enough to get introduced to it for free at the Dallas Comic Con and had no I idea what I was walking into. After seeing that movie I was in love, but I never thought that I would be sitting here years later seeing Part 6. I have loved them all, but recognize some of the faults of a few of them. With the announcement of going to at least Saw IX, could VI keep up the great series or will it be torture to sit through?

I must say I loved Saw VI. With the various issues the previous few have had I have still enjoyed them, but VI seems to take us back. The story is intriguing and not just about the build up to the next trap. It really sucks you into the characters and trying to figure out what is really going on. This installment also has a decent message without being overly preachy. It gets the point across in spades, but at the same time it keeps the gore and creative killing factor up. The acting performances were also better than I have seen in some of them. I'm not sure what was done to make such a great movie, but it worked. There were some aspects that made me feel like when I saw the first one again, which has been missing. When walking out of the theater I was amazed at how much it made me think about the world today and it got me restless with anticipation of the next installments.

I was a bit worried with the announcement of doing 9 movies after seeing V. I loved it, but it just was lacking the edge the previous films had. VI brings it back full circle and uses the 5th film to connect to everything else, therefore making it an even better movie. How many films do you know that can make the previous film better, just by existing? Saw can and does! If you dig horror, torture, or just this series, check out Saw VI and you won't be disappointed. (review by Bobby Blakey of Last Stop Comic)

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EXCLUSIVE! MGF Tours Zombie Manor!

We got a chance to head out to DFW's premiere haunted house last night over in Arlington, TX. As soon as we got to Zombie Manor, we were met by a screaming lady being chased by a scarecrow dragging a sparking shovel on the ground.

Upon entering the front foyer, you are immediately hit with images of chattering crazy clowns, skulls hanging by chains, and other wonderfully gruesome things. I don't want to give anything away, but I will definitely tell you that I would find it very hard to believe that anyone entering the Manor would walk out with their bravery still intact.

These guys do a really great job at providing some pretty gory and disturbing imagery, yet keeping it fun. There are some really cool parts of the walk-through that are very unexpected.

If you're looking for a cool scare experience with a zombie twist and you don't feel like hitting the same old same old Jason / Freddy / Michael Myers-themed haunted house, you'll definitely want to check out Zombie Manor.

The Manor will be open Friday, October 30th from 7PM to 12AM and Saturday, October 31st from 7PM to 12:00AM.

It's located at 7501 Hwy 287 in Arlington, TX.

Friday night they are having a special promotional event that is being hosted by the people behind the upcoming horror / comedy Transylmania. Be sure not to miss this!

Check out their website here.

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EXCLUSIVE! MGF Goes To Star Wars Fan Days III

Star Wars Fan Days III has come and gone. What can be said? A whole lot. For instance, I can tell you that this was by far the best convention I've been to that was run and put together by C2 Ventures or Official Pix. There was tons to do and never a dull moment. Honestly, I don't even know where to begin this article. I guess I'll just start from the top and try to cover as much as I can remember.

We got to the Plano Center in Plano, TX around 11AM and headed for the back parking lot the same way we always do. There was one big difference this time, though. Driving up and down the aisles, it was pretty evident that every single parking space had already been taken. There were even people parked on the sides of the lot. That is insanity and was a sure sign of how packed it was inside.

Upon entering the building, we were immediately hit with the scene of tons of people in costumes. We're talking tons - Darth Maul, Boba Fett, Jango Fett, Asajj Ventress, Stormtroopers, Clone Troopers, Jabba the Hutt, Darth Vader, tons of Jawas, and many more I can't even remember. Let me explain why this is a big deal. Over the past couple of years, I've noticed a serious drop in people wearing costumes to the conventions in the Dallas area. People in costumes is really a big part of the convention experience, so when your not seeing hardly any at events, it starts to kind of effect the atmosphere of the whole show.

I didn't get hardly any time in the Dealer Room, as there way too many panels to attend. While I was in there, I did run in to Star Wars zombie artist Matt Busch. It was pretty strange, because I had just run across his work on because he had entered a contest for the new horror novel Death Troopers. He told me that Lucasfilm had taken down his art off their site, because someone there didn't like it (maybe it was too graphic or something?). That's too bad because the art he did was zombie parodies of the actual movie posters, and they were pretty cool.

(Picture taken by Reesa Cruz-Hawkins)

Next, I headed over to the main auditorium to check out the Don Bies question & answer panel. Very interesting person to hear talk, as he has not only starred in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi as Barquin D'an and Boba Fett in the special edition of the film and Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace at the pod racer mechanic, but he has also been the droid unit supervisor and R2-D2 operator for Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, and Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace . He also worked on Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (special edition), and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (special edition) as the ILM model and creature maker. It doesn't stop at Star Wars, either. You've seen his work in The Fly II , Flubber, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Ghostbusters II, Fire in the Sky, Congo, Starship Troopers, Galaxy Quest, Artificial Intelligence: AI, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, War of the Worlds, The Island, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, and many more.

My next stop was the Prop Replica Room. This place delivered big time. They had a full size C-3PO, Battle Droid, Pit Droid, mouse robot, and several other cool items. They had R5-D4's dome and the crowning piece of the room - a wall mount Han Solo in carbonite. It was just like a flat plaque with his face and body parts sticking out, but it did the job of looking cool and fulfilling my dream that was shattered the night before at Star Wars in Concert. As I mentioned in my Star Wars in Concert article, they failed to have the Han Solo in carbonite displayed at the Tour Exhibit. The coolest thing was, they had it mounted on the wall and Boba Fett and Jango Fett props were standing guard in front of it.

I rushed back to the main auditorium to catch part of the Ray Park Question & Answer panel and got there just in time. Ray shared stories about how he got into acting through his martial arts. He also talked about his dream role of getting to play super hero Iron Fist in the future. I asked him what the face mask he wore in G.I. Joe as Snake Eyes was made out of and he answered that it was a type of Lycra or something of that nature. He said that he couldn't hardly breathe in it and would keep pulling it down to take breaths and the crew would get worried about him tearing it up.

The Lucasfilm: The Future of STAR WARS presentation by Head of Fan Relations Steve Sansweet and Clone Wars supervising director Dave Filoni was pretty cool. Sansweet shared some convention footage, a trailer for The Old Republic video game that's coming out, a trailer for The Clone Wars: Season One DVD that's coming out next week, and talked about how they're still trying to find a location for the upcoming Celebration V event. The Old Republic game looks really cool, and I don't even play them. Then, Dave Filoni joined him onstage and told us what we could expect from the upcoming episodes of Clone Wars, and how the animation and the show have progressed positively since it's beginning. I have to agree that the animation has definitely improved and become more fluid since the theatrical release of the "pilot" episode.

After the Lucasfilm presentation, I just wandered around a bit and shot some pictures of the Yak's Pub set and visited with the guys from Texas Frightmare Weekend. If you're not familar with Yak's Pub, you have to go to their website immediately. It is a sort of comic strip done with Star Wars action figures acting out different stories in the character Yak's pub, which I believe is the Mos Eisley cantina playset. It's absolutely genius. Think Star Wars meets Cheers. The Texas Frightmare Weekend guys never stop working. I think they add a new guest to their already unbelievably impressive guest list every other day. They also had some new prop friends for their full-sized Jason they take around with them. They had Michael Myers and Freddy Krueger joining the party this time around.

I headed to the main auditorium again for the Live Auction that was benefiting polycystic kidney disease. They had all kinds of Star Wars memorabilia, old unopened toys, and collectibles they were giving the audience members a chance to fight over. Steve Sansweet was the auctioneer, which was very cool and added a special air of "officialness" to it. I got to get a jab in when he was presenting an Ewok alarm clock for the auction and I said quite loudly "Burn it, Burn it!" He gave me a dirty look and found it necessary to defend the Ewok products for the rest of the event. The craziest thing I saw during the auction was a guy paying $1,600 for an autographed trading card from George Lucas. It was the one of I think they said nine.

To end the day on Saturday, there was a costume contest. Like I said earlier, it's been a long time since I've seen so many costumed convention-goers. The entire room was filled with spectators and contest entries. I didn't get to stay for the whole thing, but it was craziness. The Star wars costume that should have won the entire contest was a kid dressed up in a fully homemade Cad Bane outfit. We're talking homemade mask complete with tubes coming out of it, the clothing, and even the spaghetti western Clint Eastwood hat. It was incredibly well-done. There were also a couple of non- Star Wars costumes, like Ghostbusters, and Left 4 Dead characters.

The only thing I really got to do on Sunday was attend the Star Wars: The Clone Wars Question & Answer panel. It was not only a Q&A panel, though. This time, the cast did a live reading of a script in their individual characters. Dave Filoni had written it on the fly while taking red eye flight from California to the event. It was made up of two parts. One part for the good guys, which included Matt Lanter (Anakin Skywalker), Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano), Catherine Taber (Padme Amidala), James A Taylor (Obi-Wan Kenobi), Tom Kane (Yoda), and Dee Baker (Commander Rex, Cody, and all Clone Troopers). The last part was for the bad guys (and girl) and that one included Matthew Wood (General Grievous), Nika Futterman (Asajj Ventress), and David Acord (A-4D). Stephen Sansweet acted as the Narrator of the proceedings. Then, Filoni offered a little verbal behind-the-scenes of how a typical reading and recording for the show goes. He bragged about how many voices James A. Taylor could do by making him read the parts of Obi-Wan and Anakin in the character of Doc Brown and Marty McFly from Back to the Future. This was unbelievably hilarious, as I'm sure one would expect. It was funny hearing him talk about General Grievous, Asajj Ventress, and the Clone Wars in those voices.

I got to talk to Dave Filoni briefly about him possibly showing Grand Moff Tarkin a little love in The Clone Wars. He replied with a sly smile "Interesting Question" and then said something of the nature of that part of the glory of doing a television show is your pretty much open to expand on anything story wise or character wise.

The other thing I got to do Sunday was see the legendary 3D footage of Star Wars: A New Hope. Yes, it really is happening. T3D Media out of Carrolton, TX was at Star wars Fan days III with their home theater set-ups. Yes, that's right - Real 3D home theater systems. They had two big-screen TV's hooked up. One was for a receiver that played the "official" 3D movies that have been released for home viewing. Supposedly, there's only around 70 right now. On that screen, they were playing the Star Wars: Episode IV footage, which consisted of the Star destroyer flying over Tatooine and the battle in the corridors of the Rebel Blockade. All I can say is wow. I can't wait to see this thing completely transformed in the theater. They had a couple of minutes of footage of Star Wars: Episode II, as well. That footage consisted of the scene where Anakin and Obi-Wan are chasing that shape-shifter through the city of Coruscant, and it was equally impressive. The other television they had hooked up to a receiver that they have that actually takes any DVD you would have at home and transfers it to Real 3D on the fly. I know, it's almost too good to be true, but you read it right. Get this thing set up at your house and you can watch any DVD movie - Lord of the Rings, Terminator 2, Transformers, you name it - your little heart desires.

Star Wars Fan Days III was probably the best sci-fi or comic book convention I've been to in the DFW area in a long while. It was jam-packed with things to do and there really was never a spare moment to be bored. It was non-stop activity from start to finish. Kudos to Ben Stevens, Mark Walters, and Philip Wise for a very memorable event. (Article by Eric Shirey)

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EXCLUSIVE! MGF Attends Star Wars In Concert

What a great idea. Take the greatest science fiction saga of all time, put it on the road with a live accompanying symphony orchestra, laser lighting, one of the most memorable characters of the film series narrating the whole thing, and a traveling props / costume exhibit and you've got one of the years most anticipated events for the fans. That's exactly what Lucasfilm did with Star Wars in Concert. It is most definitely a spectacle to behold.

My wife and I attended the event in Dallas, TX at the Cowboys Stadium. The first thing I'd like to say is, the inside of that place matches how big it looks from the outside. What a monstrosity. As soon as we walked in the place, there was a barrage of costumed characters walking around. Darth Vader, Stormtroopers, Clone Troopers, Princess Leia, Jango Fett, you name it.

There was even a "pimp" Darth Maul that was pretty funny to see. Some guy actually put on a brown tunic, colored his face green, and wore huge paper mache-molded Yoda ears. We also saw actor Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) walking around to get to his seat. Apparently, a ton of Star Wars and Lucasfilm folk were there because of the Star Wars Fan Days III event that was happening the next day in Plano, TX.

The traveling exhibit of props and costumes was pretty cool. They had the staple items that did the rounds with the Star Wars Museum exhibit like Darth Vader's costume, Chewbacca's costume, Amidala's costume, etc.

They also had some new items that were exciting to see like Plo Koon's costume, a Yoda model, Kit Fisto's costume, some different laser guns, and such. There were also cool multimedia videos that went with each piece, which concentrated on everything from CGI animation to the way they replaced the stuntmen's faces for Dooku and Palpatine by grafting on the actors' faces into the actual scenes. The one thing they didn't have, which was seen in every piece of promotion for the event and was the crown jewel for me, was Han Solo frozen in carbonite. I was super disappointed by that. It was one of the key reasons I was so excited about this event. The exhibit area was a zoo. You couldn't even walk around. It was like wall-to-wall people going in every direction but the same.

When we went to get our seats, we found out that they had undersold the show, so we got to move down an entire level and pretty much pick our seats. We went and sat basically directly under the video screen (yes, the one that just won for biggest TV screen or monitor in the Guinness Book of World Records). Man, it was sight to behold. When the lights dimmed and the stage lit up, it was quite a spectacle.

There were lasers shooting out from the stage, a digital screen behind the main part of the stage showing scenes from the film, more digital screens mounted on top and on the sides of that digital screen shadowing it with different images, and it was all framed by a tie-fighter looking window. It was incredible.

The performance by the orchestra was phenomenal. It was synced with the movie images perfectly. The movie images were from every film and then some original Ralph McQuarrie artwork of the characters and events. Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) narrated the whole show and was his usual witty and charming self.

I wish I could have a better report about the crowd in attendance. The audience for this event was an atrocity. It was so loud from people talking during the ENTIRE thing that there were times you couldn't even hear Mr. Daniels...over a million dollar sound system. Absolutely ridiculous. I really didn't expect that from 16,000 Star Wars fans. I expected there to be a little bit more respect, especially taking into consideration the price people paid to be there. I literally felt like I was at a circus or (ironically) a football game.

I would recommend this tour to any fans of Star Wars out there. It was a blast and the show is done and organized very well. You just need to hope that wherever you see it, the audience won't be as obnoxious as the one in Dallas. (Article by Eric Shirey)

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Columbia wants more 'Men in Black'

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

EXCLUSIVE - Star Wars - The Clone Wars Cast Script Reading

We had the opportunity to video an actual script reading with the actors of Star Wars - The Clone Wars this past weekend at Star Wars Fan Days III in Dallas, TX. The script was written on the fly by supervising director Dave Filoni while he sat on a red eye flight from California. The script was done in two parts - one for the good guys and one for the bad guys.

The actors that did the reading for the good guys part included Matt Lanter (Anakin Skywalker), Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano), Catherine Taber (Padme Amidala), James A Taylor (Obi-Wan Kenobi), Tom Kane (Yoda), and Dee Baker (Commander Rex, Cody, and all Clone Troopers).

The bad guys section included Matthew Wood (General Grievous), Nika Futterman (Asajj Ventress), and David Acord (A-4D). Lucasfilm Head of Fan Relations Stephen Sansweet acted as the Narrator of the proceedings. What we've got here is the whole reading, except about 20 seconds where we switched over to the bad guys. It was a real honor to get to sit in on this event and see all this voice talent on one stage at the same time. I'm sure you'll agree.

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Be Sure To Hit DFW's Premiere Horror Attraction This Halloween - Zombie Manor!

You've only got one weekend left to hit up the Halloween seasons most exciting horror attraction - Zombie Manor! As you can see in the pictures above, these guys were the official Zombies for the Texas-area advanced screenings of Zombieland, so you know they have to have a top-notch establishment. Check out the background story of the Manor.
In the late 1800s a wealthy landowner, Dean Delacroix, moved his entire family, estate and holdings from the murky lowlands of Louisiana to Texas. Delacroix built a large manor house her referred to as Landrun Manor since the eye could see as far as the land runs. Landrun Manor was erected on an open prairie beside an old, withered cemetery and a lush, flowing creek (it is believed this property was constructed in the area now considered the Arlington-Mansfield region along what is now US Highway 287).

Many Delacroix laborers had never been to Texas before but oddly warmed up to having the manor house built next to a cemetery. One Delacroix house servant was a young and beautiful Creole woman named Badula.

Bedulas Creole ancestors were steeped in the practice of voodoo and the spiritual rituals that come with it. Her mother and her grandmother were highly regarded priestesses from islands in the Caribbean. Bedulas great grandmother secretly taught young Badula voodoo spells before she cold even walk and many of Delacroixs servants and field hands were well aware Bedulas amazing powers of perception and healing even at such a young age.

When Badula turned 17 she became Delacroixs household manager responsible for supervising the staff for the entire estate. This was a position of great honor and responsibility. This also meant Badula had a room of her own in the manor house; she was no longer living amongst those in the cramped and decrepit shacks at the edge of the estate beside the cemetery. Badula settled into her new position of standing and several prosperous years passed by. Badula and Delacroix worked in harmony for many years. Then Badula fell in love with the Manors Stableman. She married and had a child.

The years passed by and Badulas young daughter grew to become a beautiful woman just like her mother. One day, after a long night of drinking with other wealthy landowners, Delacroixs long hidden passion for Badulas beautiful young daughter took control of Delacroix. His ill thought out advancement on the young house girl enraged Badula. She could not believe the man she had grown to trust and respect, treating her as almost family, could do such a terrible thing to her daughter. Badula became so infuriated that her powers, all but buried away for nearly two decades, reared up in fury. Erupting in a rage of anger Badula cursed Delacroix, his family and land. Reaching back to days gone by of her voodoo practices she called upon her ancestors to strengthen her forgone powers and summon up pure evil to infest Delacroix and all of his holdings.

Very shortly after, a foreboding sense of dread seems to have filled the Manor. Crops spoiled, livestock mysteriously died and an infectious plague came over the Delacroix family along with anyone who stepped foot on Delacroix soil. Strangely though, even these “dead ” appeared cursed – as it seems death may have only been the beginning! Shortly after the last breadth escaped their gaping mouths the body came back to walk the earth.

And, these living dead were really not quite either, living or dead. It was not long before Delacroixs land was besieged by the walking dead, zombies.

As the years and decades rolled by, Landrun Manor slowly rotted away to a dilapidated state of rot and decay. The land slowly grew up around this creepy, old property. Then one day a stranger arrived…or DID he? They called him the Caretaker. Town lore states there are believers that swear they hear mysterious wails and groans surrounding Landrun Manor late at night.

Some even claim the Caretaker can be seen shuffling through the cemetery when the night is bright by the glow of the moon but he was never REALLY seen by the local townspeople.

TODAY, the area has become thick with mesquite and sagebrush. Only recently was the property leased by Eerie Industries, Inc. searching for a vacant site in which to build their new chemicals processing factory.

While Eerie Industries management had been told all about the strange history of the property and the mysterious past of the Delacroix estate management nonetheless decided this was the perfect site for their new research. Over the next several months, a series of green metal warehouses were constructed on the site. Under the cover of darkness, large panel trucks could be seen removing large metal barrels down a dirt road through a groove of heavy mesquite.

As the months passed by, there became no more room to bury the large metal barrels so Eerie Industries decided to merely dump the barrel contents over the barren, once hallowed ground neighboring a stream. The phosphorescent liquids slowly seeped into the ground where legend believes the Delacroixs and several of their servants have been entombed for several hundred years.

Be it from the curse of Badulas revenge or the chemicals poured into the soil by Eerie Industries, bodies buried deep beneath began to rise once again. Strangely, Eerie Industries employees disposing of this chemical waste suddenly were no longer seen at work again. A mysterious plague once again fell upon this land and the towns water supply became contaminated.

Townspeople started becoming ill with fever, then chills, slight dementia, vomiting and pain in the joints. Within hours, victims would suffer a loss of muscular coordination, followed by paralysis of the lower body, a slowed heart rate and finally then slip into a coma until the heart stopped beating and the body registered zero brain activity. By stopping the heart, the infected subject is rendered dead. The brain, however, surprisingly remained alive, and then the real horror began when after approximately 23 hours reanimation occurred. A Class 1, low-level outbreak has occurred on this historic site as infected townspeople began to feed on any living human being they came across.

Is it Badula coming back to claim lost souls or the dumping of unknown chemicals that cause the dead to walk amongst us? You will find your answer beside the old cemetery, near the dry creek bed – inside ZOMBIE MANOR!
The Manor will be open Thursday, October 29th from 7PM to 10:00PM; Friday, October 30th from 7PM to 12AM; and Saturday, October 31st from 7PM to 12:00AM.

It's located at 7501 Hwy 287 in Arlington, TX.

Friday night they are having a special promotional event that is being hosted by the people behind the upcoming horror / comedy Transylmania. Be sure not to miss this!

Check out their website here.

Check out the video commercial that was shot for MTV below to see what you've got in store for you when you take a tour of Zombie Manor!

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Theater Listings For Boondock Saints II

We're posting a link to the list of theaters that The Boondock Saints 2: All Saints Day is going to be playing in starting this weekend. Unfortunately, the list doesn't include any theaters in the Texas area at all.

The two MacManus brothers have been in deep hiding with their father, Il Duce in the quiet valleys of Ireland, far removed from their former vigilante lives. When word comes that a beloved priest has been killed by sinister forces from deep within the mob, the brothers return to Boston to mount a violent and bloody crusade to bring justice to those responsible. With a new partner in crime and a sexy FBI operative hot on their trail…the Saints are back!

The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day is directed by Troy Duffy and stars Norman Reedus, Sean Patrick Flanery, Billy Connolly, Clifton Collins Jr., and Julie Benz.

The movie hits limited theaters this coming Friday, October 30th.

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Director And Cast Spend Some Time In The House Of The Devil

Here's a little more from the official press kit for the upcoming horror film The House of the Devil. Director Ti West talks about actor Jocelin Donahue; Jocelin Donahue discusses her role as Sam; and Greta Gerwig tells us about her role as Sam's best friend Megan.
Director Ti West did audition relative newcomer Jocelin Donahue for the lead role of Sam, calling her back three times after he initially spotted her in a big casting session. Although she had worked in one horror film, JT Petty’s THE BURROWERS, West knew her role in THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL would be much more demanding, both physically and psychologically. West got a vote of confidence in Donahue from Petty, then made the decision.

“Jocelin’s great,” West tells a visitor close to the end of the shoot. “[To help her prepare] I made her an 80s mix tape, asked her to watch commercials from the 80s on YouTube. She’s been a trouper, because we’ve really beaten the sh@! out of her. It’s been very good: she’s held her own.”

Donahue talks about a performance she was surprised West asked her to look at to prepare for Sam: that which Ralph Maccio gave in THE KARATE KID.

“They are a lot alike,” says Donahue. “They are both sort of kicking around life, kind of spacey, kind of overwhelmed,” she says. “So that movie really covered the realism of the character. Ti also asked me to look at some horror classics: TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, ROSEMARY’S BABY. Not that he wanted this movie to be derivative, but he is clearly referencing some of those elements.

“What I love about Sam is that she’s so normal, and I think a lot of people will be able to relate to her,” Donahue continues. “Ti’s writing makes the ‘real life’ side of the story seem authentic, so that when the terror happens it’s really scary. I was attracted to a role of a girl who is responsible, trying to get her life together. It’s a great horror script, but it’s also a good story about friendship, coming of age, and it’s set in the 80s, so that brings in a whole other element which is really interesting to me.”

When asked if she thinks Donahue could become a horror movie “scream queen,” Woronov quickly recalls that she felt “offended” when she was included in a book titled Scream Queen and that “I hope for much more for Jocelin, because she’s a really good actress. She’s worth much more than being locked into scream queen territory. But horror movies are all the rage these days so maybe that’s not such a bad thing.”

Donahue’s best friend Megan is played by Greta Gerwig, who also came to THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL right off a horror project – well, BAGHEAD, a movie that spoofs the “group of horny friends alone in the woods” horror genre. THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL is also the first movie Gerwig has made strictly as an actress and not as a collaborator on the script, which has a distinct influence on how Gerwig sees her character.

“For my character, THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL is a genre film, but it’s not a horror film, it’s a buddy comedy, and I just happen to walk into a horror film. Most of my interaction with Sam could be straight from a John Hughes movie.

“I wanted to do something like this,” Gerwig continues, “because I hadn’t made a movie purely as an actress and I’d known Ti since we were at SXSW together in 2006, so it was an easy decision. Ti showed me a cut of CABIN FEVER 2 in his apartment to give me a sense of his work. Making this movie was the safest possible place to take this step, and it’s worked out. Ti really wanted me to avoid overplaying, and so with every first take I let the campy physical comedienne in me out. Then he reigns me in.”

“I think this movie has plenty of comedy in it,” West says later, “but my sense of humor is very dry. I don’t like in-you-face camp, but there are little things in THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL that are meant to be funny, like the scene where Greta eats some petrified candy out of a dish in a stranger’s living room.”

West also mentions that he was able to hire many of the talented people he worked with on CABIN FEVER 2 for THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL, namely cinematographer Elliot Rockett and special effects makeup artist Ozzy Alvarez.

“Ozzy and team are amazing,” West offers. “They really understand how I want to use the gore, as graphic crime scene violence that furthers the story as opposed to the kind of gratuitous stuff that gets people cheering in some splatter films. I’ve never understood that.”
Sam is a pretty college sophomore, so desperate to earn some cash for a deposit on an apartment that she accepts a babysitting job even after she finds out there is no baby. Mr. and Mrs. Ulman are the older couple who lure Sam out to their creeky Victorian mansion deep in the woods, just in time for a total lunar eclipse. Megan is Sam’s best friend, who gives her a ride out to the house, and reluctantly leaves her there despite suspecting that something is amiss. Victor at first seems like just a creepy guy lurking around the house, but quickly makes it clear that Sam will end this night in a bloody fight for her life....

The House of the Devil is directed by Ti West and stars Jocelin Donahue (JT Petty’s forthcoming THE BURROWERS), Greta Gerwig, Tom Noonan (SNOW ANGELS, MANHUNTER), Mary Woronov (EATING RAOUL, THE DEVIL’S REJECTS), AJ Bowen (THE SIGNAL) and Dee Wallace (E.T., Rob Zombie’s HALLOWEEN).

The movie has already come out on VOD and hits limited theaters this coming Friday, October 30th.

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My Super Psycho Sweet Sixteen Review

A pampered teen convinces her wealthy father to renovate a dilapidated roller rink for her sweet sixteen bash, only to have the party crashed by the serial killer who haunted their town ten years earlier. Madison Penrose is pretty, popular, and partial to getting what she wants. Her... sixteenth birthday fast approaching, Madison pleads with her father to stage the soirée at a run down roller rink that was once home to notorious serial killer Charlie Rotter. It's been a decade since Charlie donned a mask and began systematically slaughtering the local teens, and his killing spree came to an abrupt end when his five year old daughter Skye caught him in the act and called the police. When the vehicle that was transporting Rotter to prison was decimated in a fiery crash, the locals thought they had seen the last of the psychotic, so-called "Lord of the Rink." Today, fifteen year old Skye is a strong-willed misfit who has recently attracted the attention of Madison's hunky ex-boyfriend Brigg, a star athlete at their high school and the object of every female student's affections. Jealous, Madison encourages her friends to humiliate the unassuming Skye, who plots revenge by crashing the well-publicized party with her geeky guy pal Derek. Later, at the party, all hell breaks loose when Rotter makes his presence known by using a severed head as a cake topper, and Madison must team with Skye, Derek, and Brigg to rid their town of the resilient maniac once and for all.

What a great promotional ploy. Take the premise of one of your most possible television “reality” series, mix it with the popular PG-13 teen-safe slasher genre, and release it the weekend before Halloween. I’ve got to admit, when it comes to shamelessly plugging itself and leading teens wherever they want them to go and to listen to whatever they want you to, MTV has it figured out. Do I sound like an old man? Of course I do. The sad part is I’m alright with it now, where about three years ago I wasn’t.

My Super Psycho Sweet Sixteen starts out mildly promising with a pretty cool killing scene and a kind of “flashback” to the mid 90’s to establish what happened in the roller-skating rink that the bratty teen wants reopened and remodeled for her big sixteenth birthday bash. Right off the bat, you definitely hope for the horrible death of the girl and her pathetic father who caters to her every whim. Like I said, it’s a promising start. They are definitely trying to recapture the whole Scream, Urban Legend, I Know What You Did Last Summer vibe.

The teen actors are all really great as their superficial spoiled brat characters and fulfill all that the roles demand of them. You’ve got your smart-mouthed jock goon, the sensitive jock who just wants to do something besides be known as a lunkhead sports guy, the misunderstood “weird” girl who just wants to be normal (which apparently means being a spoiled-rotten bleach blond whiner), the pathetic best friend who is equally as “weird” as the misunderstood girl (i.e. an updated version of Ducky from Pretty in Pink), the obnoxiously popular snobby girl that every other girl wants to be, and then all her sad and hopeless followers that don’t even really like her but stick around to be “cool.” The cool thing is that unlike your high school and real life, you get to see them all slaughtered before your very eyes. It’s almost like therapy for you to get to watch examples of all the kids that picked on you in high school being slashed in front of you.

Unfortunately, the entire middle of the film is weighed down with a whole lot of fluff and the real good stuff doesn’t even start until about thirty minutes before the film ends. It also doesn’t help that they show you who the killer is 40 minutes into the film, which as far as I’m concerned, defeats the purpose of even watching movies like this. The other thing that was really funny about this movie, is the way they try to use a lot of dreamy, atmospheric indie rock music to give this a sort of emotional Virgin Suicides vibe. One thing that I can say is that director Jacob Gentry (The Signal) definitely does have an eye for cool camerawork, but doesn’t use it to his full potential here.

Another thing that makes this movie so funny to watch is that it is so based in reality. If you’ve ever seen My Super Sweet Sixteen you would know how pathetically close to real life this movie really is. It’s truly sad. They really didn’t even have to hire a professional cast of actors to make this movie. They could have just taken footage of any of the episodes of the show and then use the actual real people and hire some guy to run around in a black robe with a mask and stage killing scenes. It might have saved them some production cash…and they could have used the new all-too-cool faux documentary Paranormal Activity gimmick and made this even more popular.

This is a movie where the end almost justifies the means. As soon as they showed the killer halfway through the movie, I basically gave up on the film. I had a really bad case of déjà vu, feeling that maybe I was being served another helping of the unbelievably horrible Prom Night remake. I say almost, because it did it’s very best to redeem itself with a witty ending that you kind of half-expect but still walk away feeling was a good attempt at being smart.

Would I recommend this to die-hard slasher fans? No way. If you’re looking for something that the non-genre fans can watch and be “safely” scared by, then DVR this thing one of the million times they’re replaying it on MTV and serve it up on Halloween to them. For die-hard slasher fans, the only thing this is good for is a night of making fun of it with a group of friends or to help put you to sleep after eating a bunch of candy you stole from your kids or kid brother from their trick-or-treating stash. (Review by Eric Shirey)

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The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Title Logo Revealed!

Summit Entertainment released the title log artwork for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse on Twitter. Check it out above. I have high hopes that this chapter of the Twilight saga will probably be a bit darker than the first two, considering that the man behind the camera, David Slade, directed 30 Days of Night and most definitely knows how to treat vampires on film. Obviuously, I'm not hoping for something as intense and graphic as 30 Days, but maybe he can add some cool elements of darkness to the project.

Slade is always pretty regular on his Twitter and revealed the other day that filming on the movie is winding down:
"Last day on the battlefield, shot a huge day, tomorrow there may be a party, while battles ensue on mountain tops..."

It's just a few weeks before high school graduation, and although most girls Bella Swan's age would be focused on what to wear to the big dance or how to pass Calculus, Bella has a few more important things on her mind. Now that she's been reunited with her vampire boyfriend Edward, Bella must decide whether --- and when --- to join him and his coven, to forsake her mortality (and her friends and family) to live, like Edward, forever.

Bella is finally thinking a little about the implications of her decision to become a vampire and even standing up to Edward's dominating, overprotective tendencies. Edward is an old-fashioned guy. He won't turn Bella into a vampire unless she marries him first, and the idea of telling him she's getting married at 18 is more terrifying than admitting to her future transformation. Bella would also have to move far away from her beloved father during their dangerous "newborn" vampire period, when she would be unable to control her bloodthirsty urges. And then there's Jake, the werewolf who finally pledges his love to Bella.

Is she really ready to leave him behind? Bella does feel some urgency for this decision, though. She has made some enemies who would be more than happy to harm her while they still can. What's more, there's a newborn vampire on the loose in Seattle, terrorizing humans and threatening either the Cullen family or Bella herself. Clearly, time is running out while Bella hesitates.

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is directed by David Slade and stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene, and Bryce Dallas Howard.

The film is set to be released on June 30th, 2010.

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Horror Remix Presents ZOMBIES 2 - Oct. 30th!

Horror Remix Presents… ZOMBIES 2
2 Hours of UnDead Madness!

Friday, October 30th 10PM

Alamo Drafthouse
Austin (Lake Creek)

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Houston (West Oaks)

Studio Movie Grill
Addison, TX (North Dallas)

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Dallas (Royal)

Yes, yes ya’ll. Zombie films. The formula is very simple; an environmental catastrophe occurs in the opening sequence and for the next 90 minutes, the living are trying to avoid a zombie attack. It’s a rock-solid formula that’s extremely popular, but unfortunately most zombie flicks lack an inspired punch. However, every few years someone dares to inject some life into a mostly stale genre. Not necessarily groundbreaking; it just seems the filmmaker gives a sh!$. Those are the zombie films we love. Just because zombie films are brain dead, doesn’t mean they can’t have heart.

The Video Dead (1987)
The Video Dead starts off with a wacky premise and presses on a path that is hilarious and occasionally frightening. With tongue firmly planted in cheek, The Video Dead should probably be considered a horror-comedy. Normally, Horror Remix finds this sub-genre repulsive. In trying to be both, they accomplish neither. But this is no cartoon like you may find in the Evil Dead series. The comedy lies in the weirdness of the premise and the wacked-out situations the characters find themselves in.

The Video Dead walks the fine line between comedy and horror like no other. Why this film succeeds while others fall flat, I can’t say. The biggest mystery is why this classic is not on DVD.

FleshEater (1988)
FleshEater is about as straight forward as a zombie film can be. From beginning to end this is a zombie blood bath and nothing more. No cool twists. No undercurrent of social commentary. No irony. However, with the obvious budget constraints, this bright-eyed film truly goes for it. It steps on the gas, blows it out and never looks back.

FleshEater’s attempt to stick rigidly to the formula and play it simple somehow works. Maybe the entertainment lies in the casting of locals and goofy teenagers. Hey, this is classic 80s, plus it’s got a massive body count. There is no doubt that these guys put everything they had into this movie and you gotta love that.

Notable Actor: Bill Hinzman (Night of the Living Dead, the Majorettes) also writing and directing FleshEater!

So, bring your friends and GET THERE EARLY! This is a Friday show, so I’m hoping for packed theaters. And don’t forget, lots of fun extras, shorts and your puppet MCs, Cheesecake and Thunderclap. SO BAD… IT’S GOOD! and FREE!!!

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Are The Boondock Saints Coming To Your City?

If you're interested or a huge fan of the original Boondock Saints, you should cruise over to the official website here and download the countdown widget for the new movie to your social networking profile or blog. It also includes a search box that helps you to find if it's playing in your area and what time.

The two MacManus brothers have been in deep hiding with their father, Il Duce in the quiet valleys of Ireland, far removed from their former vigilante lives. When word comes that a beloved priest has been killed by sinister forces from deep within the mob, the brothers return to Boston to mount a violent and bloody crusade to bring justice to those responsible. With a new partner in crime and a sexy FBI operative hot on their trail…the Saints are back!

The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day is directed by Troy Duffy and stars Norman Reedus, Sean Patrick Flanery, Billy Connolly, Clifton Collins Jr., and Julie Benz.

The movie hits limited theaters this coming Friday, October 30th.

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Why Would Anyone Go Into The House Of The Devil?

Once again, the good people over at Magnolia Pictures and Magnet have provided us with a cool little article straight out of the press kit for the upcoming horror film, The House of the Devil.

The movie looks like a 70's style The Shining or Rosemary's Baby type flick. Obviously, the director is going for that whole feel, as is evident with the retro-looking posters they've been using to promote it.
Whenever you are in the huge, Lime Rock, Connecticut landmark Victorian that serves as the main location for THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL, it is probably at night and even more probably quite late at night.

On this particular night Mary Woronov, the cult actress who has starred in such Paul Bartel classics as “Eating Raoul” and “Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills,” emerges from the darkness of the dining room during a rare pause in the action. It's the first time her character meets that of Jocelin Donahue who, like most of the crew, was not yet born when Woronov made those movies. Wearing a great big intimidating fur coat, Woronov rehearses her lines like a pro – “You're here for mother?” Then she pauses, mentioning to the First AD that her rehearsal, which he had not called, is for her, not him.

If you happen to be near the video monitor you'll see that the cinematographer Eliot Rockett is using the moment to frame and rehearse a deliberately slow zoom as Woronov and Jocelin settle onto the living room love seat together. The zoom establishes at once a certain intimacy - Woronov touches Jocelin's hair, which makes the crew laugh - and a kind of Kubrickian sense of menace. The shot begins framed by two dining room chairs and the polished hardwood table that reflects the light bouncing off the cream colored walls of the living room into which our camera peers. The scene will end with close-up shots feminine contrasts: a powerful broad of a certain age with great legs and a gentle smile that could be taken as lustily wistful or wistfully lusty and Donahue’s angelic, naïvely curious features, those of a young woman just beginning to understand the power of her allure.

A couple of takes in, a visitor asks Ti about the zoom and the moment when Mrs. Ulman touches Sam's hair. The director takes full credit for the former (“There may be too many zooms in this movie,” he says) while giving total credit to the veteran actress for the latter (“The idea to touch Jocelin that way was all Mary”). Later, Woronov will observe that she had to be careful with the gesture: “If I were to overdo it, the scene would almost cross into lesbianism and that’s not where Mrs. Ulman is coming from. It’s something a woman would do, but it also helps the audience see through her and see she’s not quite right.”

At this point Tom Noonan comes downstairs to join the scene. His eyes brighten at the sight of Woronov and later he says he is pleased to learn that a writer from Fangoria will be visiting set the next night. Noonan explains that he has participated in a couple of Fango’s “Weekend of Horrors” conventions and that he's even making a film about his experiences at them.

Although they have not worked in a film together until now, Noonan and Woronov are clearly pleased to be sharing scenes in THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL, creating an iconic “American Gothic” type husband and wife tableau and then exploding the expectations such an image suggests.

An aura of wry professionalism surrounds both actors. Between takes, while shooting a series of special still portraits in the attic, Woronov is asked by the photographer if she can “please be more intense”; to those present, this is clearly a joke, because Woronov is already staring down the camera with a murderous gaze that is at once terrifying and, somehow, funny. “Don't upset mother,” Woronov deadpans, and everyone cracks up.

Later, Woronov tells a visitor that she hasn’t made many movies recently, not because she doesn’t want to but simply because she decided a few years ago to stop auditioning. She notes that Rob Zombie cast her in THE DEVIL’S REJECTS without any hesitation and that she let Ti West in “not just because he is cool, but because he is also smart. His brain wouldn’t turn off and he kind of fascinated me.”

Noonan has worked with West once before, appearing in a cameo in the director’s first feature THE ROOST, a gig that lasted about three hours.

“I liked him and he liked me,” Noonan recalls, “and it’s growing more important as I get older that I like the people I work with, especially directors. I was impressed with Ti. He was serious about what he was doing, I understood him, and it was fun. I like young people. I like people who aren’t jaded yet. People like Ti, David Gordon Green, Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman, to a degree.”

After saying how happy he is to have cast Woronov and Noonan, writer-director West explains that “I met with Mary in LA about the script and told her I wanted an overbearing wife. Then Tom Noonan and I had a talk about how having an overbearing wife would be frustrating to his character. I don’t like to be too involved with actors in pre-production. I like to let an actor come to set with their own take on the character, then tweak it.”

“I’m not a method actress, I’m more or less a camp actress,” Woronov says. “But as far as Ti and what he’s after, it’s definitely necessary for us to appear as a normal family because he’s into showing opposites: normal family but not so normal. She may be good looking at first, but actually she’s really ugly. Instead of being Vincent Price-like and overdoing it, Ti’s asking us to play it a little bit straight. The worst thing you can do as a camp actress is ham it up, so we don’t ham it up, we go the other way. So at first we seem pretty normal, and I actually think the worst killers are pretty normal – on the surface.

“I think Tom probably is a camp actor, too,” Woronov adds, “not a method actor. I mean the how could he be? He’s him. The thing about camp acting is that you approach it the way a drag queen approaches his work: you’re not a woman, you can’t pretend to be a woman. But in the performance you comment on woman-ness. Tom could never pretend to be someone else, but he comments on things.”

Noonan concurs, explaining that rather than creating entirely new characters for each role, he thinks of all of his characters as related people, but in different circumstances.

So the band leader he played in SNOW ANGELS is somehow the distant cousin of Vincent Ulman? a visitor asks.

“Yes,” Noonan replies. “Human nature is very frightening.”

“People don’t direct me a lot,” Noonan concludes, “but Ti did mention that Mr. Ulman was not thrilled to be living under the thumb of his wife and mother-in-law. Living with two women who are dominating my life – that’s a drag.”
Sam is a pretty college sophomore, so desperate to earn some cash for a deposit on an apartment that she accepts a babysitting job even after she finds out there is no baby. Mr. and Mrs. Ulman are the older couple who lure Sam out to their creeky Victorian mansion deep in the woods, just in time for a total lunar eclipse. Megan is Sam’s best friend, who gives her a ride out to the house, and reluctantly leaves her there despite suspecting that something is amiss. Victor at first seems like just a creepy guy lurking around the house, but quickly makes it clear that Sam will end this night in a bloody fight for her life....

The House of the Devil is directed by Ti West and stars Jocelin Donahue (JT Petty’s forthcoming THE BURROWERS), Greta Gerwig, Tom Noonan (SNOW ANGELS, MANHUNTER), Mary Woronov (EATING RAOUL, THE DEVIL’S REJECTS), AJ Bowen (THE SIGNAL) and Dee Wallace (E.T., Rob Zombie’s HALLOWEEN).

The movie has already come out on VOD and hits limited theaters this coming Friday, October 30th.

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