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Archive for April, 2014

For No Good Reason

Ralph-Steadman_Johnny-Depp_bannerRalph Steadman is the last of the original Gonzo visionaries. Made over the course of fifteen years, For No Good Reason, explores the connection between life and art through the eyes of seminal British artist, Ralph Steadman.

Director Charlie Paul spent fifteen years meticulously amassing footage and creating the animation for the film to match the same anarchic energy, anger and free spirit of Steadmans pictures. Presented by Johnny Depp, featuring interviews with Terry Gilliam and Richard E. Grant, as well as footage of Hunter S. Thompson and William Burroughs, this promises to be a riot.


Escape From New York – Poster by Gabz

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Wolfcop

wolfcop_posterIt’s not unusual for alcoholic cop Lou Garou to black out and wake up in unfamiliar surroundings, but lately things have taken a strange turn. Crime scenes seem oddly familiar. Lou’s senses are heightened, and when the full moon is out, he’s a rage-fueled werewolf. Wolfcop is one cop’s quest to become a better man… one transformation at a time.

Check out the official webpage HERE or the facebook page HERE


Horror Icon Art From VHS Tapes

VHS_Horror_Icon_ArtOld VHS turned into… old VHS Horror icons by artist Patrick Massobrio. Click on the image to scroll through larger individual images of each Horror Icon. Check out his site for more weird and wonderful art HERE


Super Duper Alice Cooper

Super Duper Alice Cooper is the twisted tale of a teenage Dr Jekyll whose rock n roll Mr Hyde almost kills him. It is the story of Vincent Furnier, preacher’s son, who struck fear into the hearts of parents as Alice Cooper, the ultimate rock star of the bizarre. From the advent of Alice as front man for a group of Phoenix freaks in the 60’s to the hazy decadence of celebrity in the 70’s to his triumphant comeback as 80’s glam metal godfather, we will watch as Alice and Vincent battle for each others’ souls. The film is the first ever ‘doc opera’ – a dizzying blend of documentary archive footage, animation and rock opera that will cement forever the legend of Alice Cooper… my childhood hero.


Friday the 13th the Series… Again

Friday-the-13th_Jason-Voorhees_by_Ytse80Jason Voorhees is ready to slash his way to small-screen stardom. Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films and Crystal Lake Entertainment have set a deal to produce a new hour-long dramatic series based upon the characters and settings of Friday the 13th. That’s average news, not sure how this would play out… bad news is that Sean S. Cunningham, who helmed the 1980 original, will be executive producer along with EFO Films principals Randall Emmett & George Furla, Mark Canton of Atmosphere Entertainment MM, Steve B. Harris of Diversion3 Entertainment, and Ted Fox of Fox Entertainment. Also producing is Horror Inc. president Robert Barsamian, who produced the features… That’s an awful lot of ‘interference’ from a production standpoint, it looks bad already.

Bill Basso (Terminator) and Jordu Schell (Avatar) have been set to script a storyline that re-imagines Jason in multiple time periods. Roy Knyrim (Gods And Monsters) of SOTA FX will coordinate the special make-up effects for the series. If you recall, the original was set at a summer camp, closed because of the drowning of an unattended child. Promiscuous counselors tried to re-open the place, but they began dying. Jason actually took root as the indestructible villain in the second film, with his signature hockey goalie mask coming later. The series is contemporary, focusing on the eclectic characters of Crystal Lake who are forced to confront the return of the killer, as new secrets about his wacky family are revealed.

“Jason Voorhees is synonymous with the genre and we plan to build on this legacy with a provocative and compelling take that expands upon the storylines that have already thrilled millions worldwide,” explained Cunningham. Said Barsamian: “Expect the show to take viewers in some exciting new directions that we’re confident will not only excite existing fans of Friday The 13th but also attract new audiences to the situations and characters that inhabit the small town of Crystal Lake.”

Credit where it’s due, Cunningham made the original Friday the 13th, however that movie apart, Cunningham has never understood Jason, he’s never understood why he worked or why he was so popular. Since his return to the franchise he’s done two of the worst series movies in Jason Goes to Hell and Jason X. What he’s always wanted to do and fail at, is make over-sexed-teen comedies. This is a money grabbing exercise… again.


Return of the Living Dead – BTS

Return-of-the-Living-Dead_BTS_1Dan O’Bannon’s directorial debut after years of prolific genre screenwriting, RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD was unlike anything previously released. The film mixed a punk rock attitude and pitch black humor with practical effects-heavy horror. The characters were endearingly surreal, American zombies had never been grosser and Linnea Quigley reinforced her position as one of the sexiest Scream Queens of all time. Fun, frightening and still a blast after all these years, it’s great to see the smiles throughout these rare pictures, knowing that everyone involved had fun making it. Check out these awesome photographs from RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD…

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