Sunday, 28 July 2013

Arrow Video to Unleash Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 in Glorious Special Edition


The Arrow Video folks have done it again. One of the few remaining distributors that actually care about putting out good home video releases have set their sights on one that it is shocking has taken this long to finally be released as a special edition in the UK/Ireland; The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. Though released on DVD here before, the special edition from America never made it over to us here. Until now, that is. And even better, this is going to be a beautiful Blu-Ray, and Arrow never skimp on their Blu-Rays. 3 discs. That's enough to get anyone's chainsaw revving. 

The first disc in the release seems to be pretty much a straight port of the US release and it's features, which I reviewed in depth HERE (and wasn't exactly crazy for). The main attraction with this release is the inclusion of director Tobe Hooper's first feature film, Eggshells, and a short, The Heisters, as well as some other Arrow Vid unique features. It'll be lovely to finally see Hooper's early work, and realised in such a loving manner.

Expect this one to be released in the UK/Ireland on October 14.

Here's the current list of features, as released on the Arrow Video website:


3-DISC LIMITED EDITION SET FEATURES:

-High Definition digital transfers of three Tobe Hooper films
-Original uncompressed audio tracks for all films
-Limited Edition Packaging, newly illustrated by Justin Erickson
-Individually Numbered #/10,000 Certificate
-Exclusive Limited Edition Extras

DISC 1 – THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2
-High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation from a digital transfer supervised by Director of Photography Richard Kooris
-Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
-Audio commentary with director and co-writer Tobe Hooper, moderated by David Gregory
-Audio commentary with stars Bill Moseley, Caroline Williams and special-effects legend Tom Savini, moderated by Michael Felsher
-“It Runs in the Family” – A documentary looking at the genesis, making-of and enduring appeal of Hooper’s film. With interviews including star Bill Johnson, co-writer L. M. Kit Carson, Richard Kooris, Bill Moseley, Caroline Williams, Tom Savini, Production Designer Cary White and more!
-Alternate Opening sequence with different musical score
-Deleted scenes
-“Still Feelin' the Buzz” - Interview with horror expert Stephen Thrower, author of Nightmare USA
-Original Trailer

DISC 2 [BLU-RAY] & DISC 3 [DVD] – TOBE HOOPER’S EARLY WORKS – LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE
-High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition (DVD) presentation of two of Tobe Hooper’s early works, available on home video for the first time in the world
-The Heisters (1964) Tobe Hooper’s early short film restored in HD from original elements [10 mins]
-Eggshells (1969) Tobe Hooper’s debut feature restored in HD from original elements [90 mins]
-Audio Commentary on Eggshells by Tobe Hooper
-In Conversation with Tobe Hooper - The legendary horror director speaks about his career from Eggshells to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2.
-Trailer Reel of all the major works by Tobe Hooper

100-PAGE BOOK – LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE
-Exclusive perfect bound book featuring new writing on the film by John Kenneth Muir, an overview of the Chainsaw franchise by Joel Harley and an investigation of Tobe Hooper’s three-picture Cannon deal by Calum Waddell, illustrated with archive stills and posters with more to be announced!

All The Love You Cannes


Once again, I am a major sucker for Troma, and the always candid behind-the-scenes documentaries are always nothing short of entertaining. It's not just what goes on in a Troma documentary that is captivating, but with how open and willing Lloyd Kaufman and co are to look bad for the sake of authenticity. It can't help but make me respect Troma on another level entirely.

First up, All The Love You Cannes, where we follow the Troma team at the 2001 installment of the reputable French film festival, and the chaos and anarchy that goes on trying to market and sell their indie films when up against the likes of Warner Bros.



Next, there is a bit of context needed. It all starts with Tales From The Crapper, a bizarre film in the Troma canon. Shot digitally, the film is notorious for producer India Allen delivering a below-par film while using all the budget and the inadequate reshoots and extended editing period that followed to try make some sense out of what was salvageable. Kaufman has been very public in his condemnation of what was initially shot, and the tie-in documentary The Thick Brown Line focuses on the reshoot from hell coupled with his own thoughts on what went wrong and where he was to blame. 

It's interesting in that it features a scene where Troma members make fun of Wes Craven for donating $100 to the production while he was in the building (which I think they are wrong to do. It's not like the guy carries wads of cash on him!):



These videos are taken from Troma's YouTube channel, where an extensive selection of their back catalogue is available FOR FREE. Use it or lose it, folks.

Saturday, 27 July 2013

All The Cannibal Holocaust You Can


My latest review has gone live on Gorepress, and it is for the grandaddy of them all; CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST. I have written about the infamous video nasty a few times before, but restrained myself to a hopefully articulated review for people who know nothing about the most banned film of all time. Please check it out and comment and share and the sorts. 

To try and get the last residuals of Ruggero Deodato's film from my system, I have decided to share some of the fantastic DVD cover art from around the world that I came across on my travels. There is some colourful and lovely stuff included below, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. If you google the film, you will find all manners of incredible poster and VHS artwork. Consider this your gateway drug.


ONCE UPON A TIME...

The original GO Video classic cover.

AND NOW...

Grindhouse's definitive US release 
(although it has a rubbish cover)

Siren Visual Entertainment's Australian release, pretty much 
identical to the Grindhouse release, except classier cover art.


HOLLAND


EC Entertainment bring the love to Holland with some lovely artwork,
including my favourite; the skull.


FRANCE


The Blu-Ray isn't very pretty, but the other art is interesting.


GERMANY
My first copy of Cannibal Holocaust, and still one of
the best cover arts out there.

A trio of steelbooks. Oh, the colour!


DENMARK



SPAIN
The first non-English title, and some art
that's either lovely and dark, or cheap. I can't decide.


THAILAND
Definitely cheap looking, but eye-catching.


JAPAN or SOUTH KOREA
Not sure where this is from (someone please confirm,
if you can!), but had to include it. The art seems
to be unique to the release (and possibly not even from
Cannibal Holocaust).


GREAT BRITAIN/IRELAND
VIPCO's infamously butchered and shoddy releases, though
they get brownie points for including House on the Edge of the Park
as a bonus feature.

The current official UK release by Shameless, with reversible
artwork that harkens back to the best designs.


AND FINALLY
Some bizarre multi-disc release with soundtrack and
gorgeous figurine. Not sure where it's from or it's
availability (apparently Austria and ridiculously limited), 
but I love it. I'll take this over your
6-disc Blade Runner set any day!





Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Horror Lives! Episode 7, where ice smells...


WEEEEE'RRREEEE BAAAACCKK!

And this time, it is with a vengeance. A 3 hour vengeance! Yup, the new Horror Lives! podcast is up, and in this one, we hit up Pacific Rim, A Field In England and World War Z, because sometimes we are relevent. Then we go deep into the Frightfest line-up, where we give opinions (wanted or not) on EVERY film that will play, since Joey and I shall be brave adventurers and be attending the greatest horror film festival in the world. It's a long one, but by fuck is it not boring.

So, CLICK HERE to check out our Podomatic page, or click the embed below, and see the links at the bottom of the page for our iTunes and Twitter etc etc.



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An Irish Exorcism has a new trailer


You may not know much about this one yet. An Irish Exorcism is a found footage horror film featuring a lot of the cast and crew from my own feature (which, incidentally is taking preorders for DVDs, pimp pimp!), which IMDb summarises with: THE EXORCISM DIARY (the original title that they traded up from) is a story about an Exorcism carried out in a country house in Ireland. The tale deals with the effects of the Exorcism on the six individuals involved, two Priests, two students documenting the event, and a mother and daughter. 

Here be the trailer:

An Irish Exorcism Trailer 2 from Frame It Productions on Vimeo.

Joey, Ally and myself attended the premiere in Kildare awhile ago, full cast and crew in attendance. The film stars many Irish regulars including Brian Fortune and Paddy C. Courtney (an O'Briens alum, I must shamelessly pimp again) and directed by Eric Courtney. I'm not going to say anything about the film yet, but needless to say, there is found footage and there is exorcism, there is tension, and there are jumps. 

More on this when it comes in.

Brian Fortune as Fr. Byrne

Director Eric Courtney

If you look closely, you can see Joey, 
Ally and myself here. It's like Where's Wally?

Producer Richard Kearney

All premiere photos by Michal Okrajek.

Friday, 19 July 2013

Man, That's Good. Or Bad. Or Good-Bad. Or Bad-Good...

This freaked me out more than any horror film...

As we gear up for another podcast this weekend, I wanted to make sure you knew we have a TWO-PARTER out there online for you to enjoy while you hide from the heatwave. That's right, we had so much to say that instead of putting you through a loooooong individual episode, we gave you two equally entertaining parts for you to enjoy at your leisure. But guess what? We won't leave you on a cliff hanger. No, both parts are online RIGHT NOW and boy howdy, do I think you'll dig.

What are our intrepid explorers chatting about in these episodes? The best bad-good films out there today. Or the best good-bad, just tp shake it up. We hit the classics of Lake Placid, Birdemic, and Snakes on a Plane, and because we love to hurt ourselves, look at Jersey Shore Shark Attack, Manos The Hand of Fate and the illegitimate Evil Dead sequel, La Casa 3.

There's almost too much excitement for just 2 podcasts, but we know you can handle it. Check it all out HERE, below, or at iTunes.





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Sunday, 14 July 2013

Day of the Dead 2: Contagium is...


... a steaming pile of shit. 

This name-only sequel is wretched and should not be viewed by anyone. In fact, they should probably replace the DVD cover with those pictures from cigarette packages, just so everyone is clear that the 'film' (and I use this word lightly) may in fact be hazardous to your health. Don't put yourself through it. Even you masochists out there might find yourself getting in over your head and crying for mummy.

Wikipedia's 'reception' section has this fantastic summary of what reviewers found wrong with it: 'Heavy criticism has also been aimed at the film's acting, special effects, and script'. Dear Ana Clavell, James Glenn Dudelson and Taurus Entertainment, damn you for making this complete mockery of entertainment and taking away time that could have been used for better things, like watching grass grow or paint dry.

Go watch George A. Romero's original Day of the Dead instead. I think we can all agree now it is one of the greatest zombie films ever.

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Now Curse of Chucky Has A Trailer



Gah! I watched this trailer and I can't contain myself. I LOVE IT. New style, new Chucky look, just darkness. Man, what is not to like? Check out the real short trailer that has got me this excited:


So, the film will be screened next month at Frightfest (where I will see it, and on that day I will be extremely irritating in my excitedness) and released on VOD in the US on September 24, followed by a Blu-Ray/DVD release on October 8 (and Bloody Disgusting report a full Chucky film collection also coming out at the same time. Swoon). I am more than a little irked that pretty much every film that excites me barely gets a token release (The Lords of Salem) or goes straight to VOD and home video (American Mary and Antiviral). I understand that it is a less risky and cost-effective way to get these films out there, though I do miss seeing a lot of these amazing films in the cinema. 

Oh well, I will see Chucky on the big screen, AND I WILL LOVE IT.