15 Apr 2011

Keeping up with the Loomis

Deadly Movies | Connections

Sam Loomis
The surname Loomis has unwillingly become the name of choice in slasher films and, like so many Deadly Movies connections, it can be traced back to the master’s Psycho (1960). Sam Loomis, played by John Gavin, was Marian Crane’s boyfriend, hopelessly searching The Bates Motel for clues to the whereabouts of his AWOL girlfriend. The Loomis family would return to the Psycho universe in Psycho 2 (1983).This time Sam’s widow Lila Loomis (Marian’s sister no less, now a Loomis) and daughter Mary Loomis turn up to exact some bitchin Loomis revenge on Norman.

Dr Loomis
John Carpenter’s 1979 Halloweenutilised elements of Psycho to create a template that would become the modern slasher blueprint, but this wasn’t all he borrowed. He also grabbed his leading lady from Psycho stock, Jamie Lee Curtis, daughter of Janet Leigh (Marian Crane) and he directly borrowed a character name, Sam Loomis. Although rather than the grieving boyfriend, his Loomis was a child psychologist and obsessive nemesis to serial killer Michael Myers. Like Psycho before it, one film in a franchise is never enough for a Loomis. Dr Sam Loomis would return toHalloween in four more films and two remakes. It’s also worth noting that the character of Annie Brackett is played by Nancy Loomis.

Billy Loomis
Then it would be the turn of another horror legend, Wes Craven, creator of horror cornerstones The Last House on The Left (1972), The Hills Have Eyes (1977), and A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). In 1996 Craven’s Scream would reference and parody the forefathers of horror, especially Halloween of which both score and movie feature directly in the film, as does the name Loomis. Here however Loomis is on the wrong side of the knife handle. Billy Loomis is the mastermind behind the ‘Ghost Face’ killings, while his mother Mrs Loomis (going all Mrs Voorhees) would take up the knife and mask in Scream 2 (1997). Although the Loomis’s would get name checks inScream 3 (2000) and Scream 4 (2011) no actual family members reappear. 

50 years, 12 films, 8 actors, 6 characters, 1 surname

Sam Loomis (John Gavin, ‘Psycho’ 1960)
Lila Loomis (Vira Miles, ‘Psycho 2′ 1983)
Mary Loomis (Meg Tilly, ‘Psycho 2′ 1983)
Sam Loomis (Viggo Mortensen, ‘Psycho’ 1998)
Dr Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasence, ‘Halloween’ 1978, ‘Halloween 2′ 1981, ‘Halloween 4′ 1988, ‘Halloween 5′ 1989, ‘Halloween The Curse of Michael Myers’ 1995)
Dr Sam Loomis (Malcome McDowell, ‘Halloween’ 2007, ‘Halloween 2′ 2009)
Billy Loomis (Skreet Ulrich, ‘Scream’ 1996)
Mrs Loomis (Laurie Metcalf, ‘Scream 2′ 1997)

8 Apr 2011

Exit 13 Production News

Deadly Movies Indie Scene | Exit 13

Exit 13

Last time Deadly Movies spoke to Indie Filmmaker Andretti Dante he was in the midst of ‘Book of 1,000 Deaths‘ now he’s gearing up for his latest venture, road-trip horror ‘Exit 13‘. Hit ‘more’ for a full plot synopsis, as well as ways in which you can support the production and the perks available for investors.

In this chilling, psychological horror, five friends embark on a road trip but something goes terribly wrong, setting off a series of terrifying events that forces them to Exit 13, an exit that’s hauntingly familiar. Soon after, an unforeseen event occurs trapping the group inside an abandoned cabin. But this isn’t just any cabin, and it seems the dark and evil past has been re-opened.

With the recent passing of his mother and desertion of his father, Adam Payson is drifting into a dark and dangerous place, isolating himself from the one who loves him most, his girlfriend Madison. Unable to get through to him, she turns to Adam’s best friend Brandon for help.

Jealousy and rage begin to spread like a deadly virus as tensions run high, and through many twists and turns, secrets unravel and relationships are pushed to their breaking point. As a result, Madison experiences a disturbing encounter but when she awakes, the real nightmare has only begun; A member of the group is suddenly missing and in a race to find them and escape the demonic evil that is tormenting its new occupants, a shocking and deadly secret is discovered, one that could make this exit their last…

If you would like to support ‘Exit 13‘ please visit the project page over at KickStart

1 Apr 2011

Movies You’ve Probably never Heard Of #14

‘The Wild Women of Wongo’ (1958)

Romance, Adventure..., Sexism!

Yay for exploitation cinema. Without it I wouldn’t have much to write about, and more importantly, the world of cinema would be deprived of the likes of ‘The Wild Women of Wongo‘. Sexist, and even some racist, stereotypes are the dish of the day in this piece of uber hilariousness from ‘director’ James L. Wolcott. Ok here’s the rub: The ‘wild women’ of the tropical island of Wongo are actually hot 50s type starlets mincing about the place in swimsuits (little effort here in tribal costume) with only savage beast-men for company. Meanwhile, as luck would have it, on a neighboring island are a tribe of equally sexy, and even more mincing, men, who coincidentally, live with a bunch of beast-like women. See where this is going? Anyway, after much dancing, sexy liaisons, lady-kung-fu, and stock footage crocodiles, the good looking tribes hook up, leaving the butt-ugly lot to have the kind of sex seen only by the most intrepid sexual fetishist. So the message of the movie is that good looking people are superior beings. Thank god we have moved on from 1958. Amen to that brother. Oooooh Yeah.

23 Mar 2011

Deadly Movies Top 10 Cult Heros

Deadly Movies on Jameson Cult Film | Top 10 Cult Heros, Part One, 10 – 6

Check out Deadly Movies guest blog over at Jameson Cult Film Club, counting down the Top 10 Cult Movie Heros Part 1, 10 through 6. Exclusive to JCFC. Click here or on the image below to be forwarded to JCFC.


Do You Remember When..,

.., Crappy Aligator Man wrestles an actual Alligator in ‘The Alligator People’ (1959)?

Man fights drugged up gator

The Alligator People‘ is a pretty solid 50′s sci-fi, creature flick. Ok there’s some pretty racist characterization in places (which you see coming from a 1959 film that has the tag-line “Terror In The Bayou”) and some very unexpected woman slapping and near rape. These moments of exploitation cinema sit rather uneasily In a film which, otherwise, is a fairly standard example of 50s B-movie sci-fi. So as you can imagine there are many-a-memorable moment to be found in ‘The Alligator People‘. But one moment sticks out in particular. After the titular Alligator-person goes from guy with bad skin condition (actually very good makeup effects) to full on man-gator (not so good), he takes off into the darkness of the bayou in his flimsy alligator rubber mask. Apparently man-gator is so pissed off by his ludicrous costume that he takes his frustration out on a real alligator (which is either dead or drugged). Cue fabulous scene of stuntman in crap rubber outfit wrestling catatonic reptile.

18 Mar 2011

Horror’s Top 5 Cheap Scare Tactics

Deadly Movies | Top 5′s
Horror movies are not just known for their cliches and conventions but celebrated for them. They are in equal measure a hinderance to creativity and a device to meet audience expectation an enjoyment. Anyone who’s seen Scream (1996) knows all too well the plot and narrative devices used by filmmakers to facilitate such devices. One of the signle biggest cliches of the genre can be found in the camera tricks used to extract a cheap, or fake-out, scare from the audience. A scare that is either fake or a scare that isn’t caused by the true evil of the film. The filmmakers use these to highten nerves and expectations for the next scare, and to take you out of your comfort zone. Great fun, and great devices as they are, Hollywood has become rather lazy and uses the same old scare tactics over-and-over again. Here’s some of Deadly Movies favorite cliched scare tactics:

5: Sudden out-of-frame Vehicle:
Culprit: Final Destination's great bus kill prompted many a carbon-copy
Exterior Daytime, busy street sidewalk.
Paul, who earlier that day thought he was beeing followed, has met up with ethnic friend Lamar to have a coffee and laugh about how paranoid he was being. The two finish their no-fat lattes and bro-hug before Paul heads off to the library.
Paul: “Thanks for the chat man”
Lamar: “No problem dude. Just remember, there’s no such thing as an ancient Irish family curse”
Paul: “I know. Hey, wanna catch the game later (no specific game, just a game)?”
Paul says this while backing aimlessly out into the street when…, BANG enter bus/ambulance/truck from out-of-screen traveling at speeds way too fast for a busy city street because, more than likely, this isn’t even a composite shot it’s simple a lazy-ass CG bus that looks like shit if you watch in slow motion.
4: Sudden (often) Nonsensical Character Appearance:

Culprit, Scream: Silly Gale, it's not Ghostface it's just Dewey

Interior Night, suburban house
A young, sexy, vulnerable, frightened female is alone in spooky house. She hears a noise, someone or something is outside. She goes to the window to investigate. Did she see something move, or was it just the wind in the trees? She backs away from the window into the middle of the room, the camera tracks her movement, keeping her tight in frame. Suddenly she backs-up into someone, quickly turning around in terror and…., It’s good old Mark from next door who just popped over to bring that unimportant thing back which he borrowed last week before the movie started. You now know that Mark is either the killer when the reveal comes or that you just got punked by a lame fake scare tactic.
3: Figure in the Doorway in the Background:

Culprit, Halloween H20: Michael spends a lot of time walking past windows and doorways. He's behind you Cool J

Interior Night, living room.
The light switch isn’t working. Suzzy isn’t worried, there’s been a lot of roaming blackouts recently. Suzzy heads to the kitchen to get some candles (show sharp kitchen tool for finale exposition). As Suzzy potters around in the foreground, in the semi-darkness, looking for the candles. A dark figure walks past the kitchen door in the background (pull focus just too late). Someone is in the house. Their silhouette is incredibly well lit considering the lights are out, probably the moonlight somehow. Suzzy doesn’t know it yet, but in about 5 minutes she is about to be in a knife fight with some dude who’s three times bigger than she is.
2: Bathroom Cabinet Mirror Reveal:

Culprit, RZ's Halloween: Michael in the Mirror

Interior, dorm bathroom
Michelle is cleaning her brilliantly white teeth. Wearing hot-pants and a guy’s shirt, unbuttoned (no nipples showing though), Michelle always brushes her teeth wearing stilettos for some reason. Looking into the bathroom cabinet mirror as she brushes, Michelle is safe in the knowledge that she is all alone in the room reflected behind her. Time to floss! Better open the cabinet to get the floss. Michelle opens and closes the cabinet. Still that same old empty room in the reflection. Campus security is doing a great job. Flossing done, time to put the floss back in the cabinet. Oh No! This time when she closes the cabinet a really pissed off man has appeared in the reflection behind her, I don’t think it’s Michelle’s new Drama tutor. Michelle gets brutally macheted to death. He remains take a month to identify.
1: It’s Only a Fucking Cat!

I blame Jonsey from 'Alien' for all It's A Cat fake-outs

Interior, some kind of warehouse or industrial building.
Security Guards Brian and Trent investigate the messy warehouse with torches, someone has reported seeing an intruder in the area. The torch batteries are running out. Trent knew he should have bought Duracell. Brain (the elder securiy guard) tells Trent (new on the job, first shift tonight) how he hates investigating this particular warehouse, seems it has a dark past. Suddenly there’s a noise, Brian and Trent draw their guns. Slowly they move over towards the source of the sound when suddely something jumps out at Trent knocking him to the ground, what could it be? Leatherface? Brundel Fly? Aliens? Jason Fucking Voorhees? …, No, because writers are so lazy that in fact, IT’S A CAT, it’s always the bloody cat. Needless to say both Trent and Brian die in about 85 seconds anyway when the real, whatever it is, turns up.

11 Mar 2011

Cool SAW Infographic

Deadly Movies | News

Check out this new Hi-Res info-graph which Deadly Movies received this week. It’s pretty cool and was put together to celebrate the UK DVD release of SAW The Final Chapter. If you’re a Jigsaw fan then knock yourself out with info on deaths, traps, boxoffice, and other such statacular stats. Click the thumbnail left to view full size.
Note: I still think SAW 3D (aka Final Chapter, aka SAW VII) was a big letdown. “All my work has been leading to this” says Jigsaw in the trailer. TO WHAT?!

Thanks to the guys at Way to Blue for sending this over. They’ve mocked up a little fairwell memorial video to the franchise which you can see here That’s some good funeral work boys.

6 Mar 2011

Deadly Movies speaks to Director Rene Perez about ‘The Dead and the Damned’

Deadly Movies Indie Scene | The Dead and the Damned

The Dead and the Damned

Rene Peraz has created a cracking zombie flick. I usually die a little inside when I receive another zombie horror to look at. However this is a distinctly different beast. A period horror set in the Wild West, ‘The Dead and the Damned‘ is well shot, well acted, and very well executed, a feat lost on most Indie horror films (especially zombie movies). I genuinely have no hesitation in saying ‘The Dead and the Damned‘ is hands down the best Indie zombie film I’ve ever been asked to look at (and I get sent a lot  of  bloody zombie films!). This week Deadly Movies chatted to the director Rene Perez about the movie, gore effects, low budget filmmaking, zombies, cowboys, and all things in-between. Click more to read the full interview as well as more exclusive images, poster art, and trailer link.

Deadly Movies: Zombies and Westerns? Genius. The zombie market is incredibly cluttered these days, everyone with a video cell phone is making zombie movies. You’ve come up with something a little different here that instantly sparks intrigue.
Rene Perez: I’ve think if your gonna do something, make it as unique as possible. If I were to make a regular zombie movie, I would have to compete with all of the bigger budgeted zombie movie’s out there. In Hollywood an ultra low budget movie is a half million to one million dollars. And since our entire budget was only thirty thousand dollars, I had to find an option to stand out in a big way. I thought we could do that by best setting the story in the wild west.
DM: One thing that low budget and Indie filmmakers often get wrong is the effort put into the physical look of the movie. Your movie looks great, how have you achieved this on a budget?
RP: One of the reasons I chose the wild west is because we could get the look right. I wouldn’t have done a western unless I thought we could make it look real. My crew and I live in California and there’s a lot of wild west re-enactors and aficionados. We even found a couple of really nice people who had built wild west towns on their properties for their own enjoyment. For us it was like having a giant movie sets. Both of those things gave us a genuine costume and set look. As for lead actors, I chose an actress with natural beauty as opposed to a modern glamour look. Our lead male actor was a friend of mine and I knew he has a star presence but in a more subtle way. Our Indian warrior actor was a real life Apache so that was lucky for us. All in all, the actors looked like they could be in a big budget movie instead of a low budget movie which is usually filled with college students.

Rene with both zombie and human cast

I don’t like to plan things out intellectually for artistic projects. Especially movie’s. Instincts are better than shot lists and plans in my opinion. I like to just feel things out when I get to the location. That way I can use the energy of the location and the actors to guide the way. Also on our budget, planning things out ahead of time is a waste of time because things change on a hourly basis. You can’t really plan things out unless you have the money to make those things happen. Basically I show up, see what changes/ restrictions have occurred due to money constraints and then try to achieve a good scene with what we do have on hand. So to answer your question, I think we achieved this look by being artistic as opposed to acting like filmmakers. Filmmakers need a lot of planning and resources. A real artist can make something out of anything.

DM: The costumes and makeup look superb.., I genuinely mean that. It’s all to easy to make sloppy, cheap looking Z-effects. But you’ve delivered some pretty gruesome looking members of the living dead that all have subtle difference in skin tone etc (I spotted some blue skin creatures in there, reminiscent of Savini’s ‘Dawn’ zombies?!). Talk us through the creature designs and makeup process.
RP: The make up cost us the most time, money and suffering more than anything else on this movie. But I think it’s imperative to have zombies that look scary. I’ve never understood how some zombie movie’s get away with just putting blood around an actors mouth with some light color make up pasted on their faces. They usually just look like people acting foolish. I wanted to avoid that at all costs. And if an actor looks scary, it’ll be easier to act scary. Making the movie scary was essential for me. So many zombie movies these days are overly campy, some by choice, some not. I myself don’t see the point in making a non-scary horror movie. Zombie movies are horror and I went out of my way to exclude any camp or comedy of any kind. I focused on suspense, action and horror. So having scary looking zombie’s was a must.

'The Dead and The Damned' poster art

DM: Horror fans can be brutal, and there’s one visual choice you’ve made a narrative decision that will stir some controversy…, Runners! Your zombies are of the fast paced variety made famous by ’28 Days Later’ and the ‘Dawn of the Dead’ remake (both great films IMO). Why did you go for runners over walkers and what do you say to those who will say it goes against all that is sacred in the zombie genre?
RP: Slow zombies only work in masses or in a confined space. If we had slow zombies in our movie, our hero’s would simply out run them. We have action heroes as our lead actors. Most horror movies have weak males so that the women feel more of the threat. For example, if the men in Jason movies were tuff, they wouldn’t be afraid of Jason. That’s why you don’t see a Rambo type guy playing the boyfriend in the Jason movies. In the Dead and the Damned we have a gun slinger bounty hunter and an Apache Warrior. And although they are afraid of the zombie’s, they fight back in a big way. So the zombie’s had to be fast and scary if they were going to fight against our hero’s. Also, our zombies are actually mutants. They aren’t back from the dead. Our story starts with a group of gold miners cracking open an ancient meteor. They were hoping to find emeralds but all they get were alien spores which mutated them into ravenous zombie’s. And since they aren’t back from the dead I saw no need to make them slow. Our zombie’s/mutants are faster and stronger than humans. They just aren’t as smart.
DM: I noticed the use of both practical and digital effect work in the kills. Where possible do you try to do practical ‘in-camera’ effects or are you an endorser or digital gore?
RP: I’m not sold on digital FX. Not for little movie’s like mine anyways. I tried to get as much of the effects to happen for real but practical FX are getting to be more expensive than CGI FX. It’s hard to believe but it’s true. For example, when one of the zombie’s got shot, we added in a CGI blood splatter instead of an old fashion squib inside of the costume. I prefer the look of the old fashioned squibs but once you do that the costume is ruined. And you usually only get one take, and you have to have a licensed Pyrotechnics guy who is part of a union to set up and pop off the squibs. So yeah, it gets expensive. On the other hand, the digital blood was very cheap. And all I had to do was film it in a way that the fake blood would not bring too much attention to itself. I’d say we had an equal amount of both types of effects.
DM: You’ve raised the dead in the Wild West. If you could make the dead walk in another time or place where would choose? I’ve always been partial to zombies vs the English crusades. I’ll split that idea with you if you like!
RP: Crusades sound great and this is a good question. I did think about a sequel right after we finished filming the first one. And I thought if there is a sequel, I’d like to set the time period in the 10th or 11th century. And I’d set it in Scandinavia so that I can use Viking warriors. That would take a bigger budget though. It could be ‘The Dead and the Damned- Viking Age’ or something like that.

Be sure to check out the ‘The Dead and the Damned’ trailer here, you won’t be disappointed.

24 Feb 2011

Women in Horror Month 2011

Deadly Movies Top 5 | Final Girls
“Behind every great (boogey) man (of horror) there stands a great woman (about to decapitate him)” Old Arabian proverb
Horror fans everywhere love that great staple of the genre, The Final Girl. She embodies the mental toughness, morality, and strength that allows her to not only stay off the often male antagonist, but also outlast and outlive most of the male cast. She may not always be as hot as some of her doomed friends (unless you dig the whole androgynous thing) but she’s pretty useful to have around if you find yourself backed in a corner by a masked mummy’s boy. So join Deadly Movies in a celebration of the very best of the best hardcore horror chicks.
Sally Hardesty

5: Sally Hardesty (Marilyn Burns) in ‘ The Texas Chain Saw Massacre’. Oh man does sally go through it. Surviving the dinner party from hell, and corpsey Grandpa’s deranged version of bobbing for apples, Sally escapes through old fashioned spirit and determination. Jumping clean through a plate glass window, Sally not only escapes but manages to get ‘The Hitchhiker’ mashed by a truck. Covered head to toe in her own blood, Sally is the only survivor of one of cinema’s most brutal killing sprees. True she may be bat-shit-crazy by the time she escapes, but escape she does.
Tracy Harris

4: Tracy Harris (Jennifer Jason Leigh) in ‘Eyes of a Stranger’: Tracy Harris has to be one of horror’s most disadvantaged Final Girls. It’s bad enough when you find yourself as the last line of defense, but being blind and mute is hardly ideal when faced with a knife wielding creepo rapist. Tracey Harris is so hardcore that she manages to survive this ordeal, fighting so hard that she remarkably regains her eyesight to-boot! She’s hard as an eight-ball in a sock and a miracle of physics.
Nancy Thompson

3: Nancy Thompson (Heather Langenkamp), ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’: Nancy has balls of the steel. Most women can relate to being pursued by men with terrible skin conditions, but nothing quite like Nancy, the first lady to ever take down Freddy Krueger. Using her brain and muscles, Nancy rigs her house with anti-Freddy booby-traps that would give Kevin McCallister a run for his money. It’s hard enough taking down a finger clawed child molester at the best of times, but one who can exist in both the dream and physical worlds is a whole new challenge.
Ellen Ripley

2: Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), ‘Alien’: You know Ripley could kick the shit out of you worse than Macho Man Randy Savage. Alien’s are hardcore savage beasts, what’s worse, they’re designed by H R Giger, meaning that they’re essentially huge angry erections on legs. Erections that, if too excited, will leak acid at you. Avoiding acid, face rape, and unwanted death by alien birth, Ripley outsmarts and outmuscles cinema’s single most famous extra terrestrial, not once, but four times.
Laurie Strode

1: Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), ‘Halloween’: Fans of ‘Black Christmas’ (and I’m one) will argue otherwise, but Laurie Strode IS the archetypal Final Girl. Yes she borrows from heroines that went before her, but her performance against ultimate boogeyman Michael Myers became the blueprint for three decades of Final Girls. Resourceful, tough, and with a moral compass that would bore your grandma, Laurie gives nightmares to the nightmare men. Laurie made a further four more outings against her deranged brother, and Jamie Lee went on to reprise the Final Girl role in a multitude of horror films during the 80s and 90s.

23 Feb 2011

UK DVD Review: ‘SAW: The Final Chapter’

Deadly Movies | Reviews

Due out on DVD and Blu-Ray on March 7th, Deadly Movies reviews the forthcoming UK release of ‘SAW: The Final Chpater’ and it’s exclusive to t5m click the image below or here to read.

DVD review of SAW The Final Chapter, exclusive to t5m

18 Feb 2011

UK DVD artwork and Clip from ‘SAW The Final Chapter’

Deadly Movies | News
UK based SAW fans get ready for the DVD release of SAW The Final Chapter (aka SAW 7, aka SAW 3D) on March 7. Left is the DVD and Blu-ray artwork, click more for an exclusive clip from the DVD.  Also out on DVD and Blu-ray on March 7 is the complete franchise set, SAW: The Final Cut, the Limited Edition Ultimate Collection of all 7 movies.

If Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984) has taught us anything it’s that we can expect at least six more SAW movies, a bad SAW TV series, SAW novellas, SAW comic books, a Jigsaw vs Freddy movie, and a SAW remake by 2020.

Remember to click more below for an exclusive clip from the March 7 DVD release from Lions Gate Home Entertainment UK.

Find out SAW purchase info at Play.com and join the official SAW Facebook group


16 Feb 2011

Roger Corman will do anything for a gold doubloon

Deadly Movies Cameos | Roger Corman in ‘Sharktopus’ (2011)

There’s only one thing Roger Corman enjoys more than a cameo in one of his own productions, and that’s saving a buck. In the wonderfully (woefully?) titled ‘Sharktopus’ Corman gets to do both. Walking along a beach, exposing his old-man chest, Corman watches on as a blonde filly gets dragged into the brine by some awful CGI. Less bothered about the young lady’s fate, Corman turns his attention to a shiny coin that the ill-fated blonde had previously dug out of the sand. Why save a life when you can save a dollar? That’s how you get to be a movie producer. Watch the clip below taken for the Corman produced ‘Sharktopus‘, complete with director and producer commentary.

Clip comes courtasy of Anchor Bay’s ‘Sharktopus‘ DVD and Blu-ray release. Find it on March 15.

Two Behind-the-Scenes Clips From The Walking Dead Season 1

Deadly Movies | News

Deadly Movies has got hold of two exclusive looks at the behind-the-scenes extras from ‘The Walking Dead’ season 1 DVD. The Complete First Season is released on DVd and Blu-ray on March 8. Click more to to check out the videos.

11 Feb 2011

New Clip From Vampire Action Flick ‘The Bleeding’

Deadly Movies | News
Deadly Movies received this clip last night from new ‘vampire-action’ film ‘The Bleeding’. Due out on DVD and Blu-ray on March 1st, the movie follows Shaun Black as he hunts for revenge against the vampires (lead by Vinnie Jones) that slayed his parents and left him for dead, with the help of Michael Madson’s Reverend Roy (nice name). Anchor Bat are pushing this as ‘Blade’ style vampire shoot’em’up. Check out the clip below to judge for yourselves. Click more to see the full press release and DVD cover art.

Shawn Black (Matthias) knows pain. His parents and brother were killed in front of him. Beaten, bloodied and left for dead by a gang of ruthless vampires led by the charismatic Cain (Jones) and his lethal lieutenant Vanya (Kat Von D). But like his would-be murderers, Shawn has come back from the brink of death to take his revenge. He soon comes upon Reverend Roy (Madsen), who reveals to Shawn his calling as a “slayer,” the only human capable of truly destroying vampires.
Dark, brooding and with a palpable layer of cowboy justice, THE BLEEDING spins a tale of otherworldly influences running headlong into the very human thirst for revenge. Redemption comes with a heavy, and bloody, price in THE BLEEDING.
Official Website: http://www.thebleedingonline.com/

3 Feb 2011

Deadly Movies Celebrates Shit Movie Stuntmen

Deadly Movies Shit Stuntmen | ‘Dead and Buried’ (1981)

Christopher Allport (left) Meg Ryan (Right)

Deadly Movies loves nothing more than the glorious laugh out loud production errors that litter the wonderful world of horror. Be it boom mics dropping into shot, sets wobbling, terrible practical effects, or awful lip syncing. But better than all of these things is the stuntman who’s face pops into shot and he couldn’t look less like the actor he portrays. It’s a classic of the genre. So here we go with 1981′s tremendous ‘Dead and Buried‘. Genre stalwart Christopher Allport (‘The Twilight Zone, ‘Invaders From MarsJack Frost‘) kicks things off by visiting a small seaside town only to get jumped and savagely murdered by the locals. CUE THE STUNTMAN! During said beatdown Allport is replaced by a man in a stupid blonde wig who pops into shot (appologies for not getting a crisper screengrab of the dude’s mug). The wig is especially funny, making the stuntman look more a Meg Ryan drag-queen than a body double. Classic.

Do You Remember When..,

.., Kong smiles as he blow-dries Jessica Lange in ‘King Kong’ (1976)?

Gurning Idiot. This is the face of a sex offender

Horny Kong strikes again! King Kong has a 80 year reputation for abducting and thoroughly molesting blonde starlets. But that’s just Hollywood for you. In 1976 Kong got very excited as he dipped a scantly-clad, hot as jalepenos, Jessica Lange under a waterfall. A kind of Skull Island wet t-shirt competition. Surveying Lange, in all her wet glory, Kong puffs out his huge inflatable cheeks to give her a little blow-dry and grins profusely from ear-to-ear as if he’d been up all night smoking dubes and watching Ren and Stimpy. He then goes on to poke and prod her like most men do to women when they try picking them up in bars. Good work Kong, good work.

EFFECTS! Even dodgy 70s effects can stop the grinning

Note: yes that is Rick Baker in that suit, and yes those are his sex offender eyes (disclaimer: Rick Baker is NOT a sex offender).

The Walking Dead: Season 1 DVD Trailer

Deadly Movies | News

The Walking Dead’ Complete First Season arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on March 8. Containg all 6 episodes of the first season on a 2-disc set and behind-the-scenes featurettes and extra footage. See below for the trailer and click ‘more’ to see a DVD artwork and full run-down of special features.

DVD and Blu-ray bonus features include:
• The Making of THE WALKING DEAD
• Inside THE WALKING DEAD: Episode 1-6
• A Sneak Peek with Robert Kirkman
• Behind The Scenes Zombie Make-Up Tips
• Convention Panel With Producers

Extra Footage:
• Zombie School
• Bicycle Girl
• On Set With Robert Kirkman
• Hanging With Steven Yeun
• Inside Dale’s RV<br /> • On Set With Andrew Lincoln

31 Jan 2011

Joe Dante Digs Deep to Rekindle a 80s adventure

Deadly Movies DVD Reviews | The Hole on Blu-Ray and DVD 17th January
Available 17th January

The 80s is a hot decade for producers to pillage. The past ten years have seen 80s horror movies remade to death, 80s TV shows have been dusted down and given feature length treatment, and 80s action he-men have had a big screen renaissance. Surprisingly then, that most endearing sanctum of 80s childhood memories, suburban kids have a wacky adventure, has been all but untouched. Movies like ETThe GooniesGremlins,Back to the FutureStand By MeExplorers, and The Never Ending Story (go on you know you can list a lot more) have been untouched by the evil remake claw (although the remake whores at Platinum Dunes have acquired the rights to Monster Squad). Which leads us nicely to The Hole, not a remake, but a film very much with 80s sensibilities, and helmed by non other than Joe Dante, the man who gave us Gremlins.

Here we get all traits and fingerprints that made those movies so enjoyable, and for most of us, relatable to our greatest childhood fantasies: Middle class suburban kids come across something extraordinary that leads to adventures where they, not the adults or parents, are the heros, and the adults are often the villains. It’s not that the 90s or 00s haven’t offered such movies, but where Dante really taps into the success of those 80s classics is to reintroduce kids to horror. That’s right horror. Remember that wolf in The Never Ending Story? ET going all white and corpsey? or Spike’s face melting off in Gremlins? It was the mixture of adventure, suspence, and, all-be-it mild,  horror that made those films so memorable for kids. In The Hole Dante treats his audience with a respect that has been lost of late, a knowledge that kids can not only take a little scare here and there, but actually enjoy it!

The Hole then is a simple premise, two brothers, Dane and Lucas, and the love interest neighbor Julie, find a seemingly bottomless hole underneath their, yes suburban, home. That’s the kind of simplicity kids love. What’s down there? Where does it go? Are there monsters down there? Of course like any kids, they are going to find out. The temptation for most other kids movies at this time would be to transport the kids to somesort of Narnia, probably New Zealand shot, fantasy world. Dante however, high on 80s space candy, keeps us at home, and gives us creepy figures, demonic shadows, and possessed dolls. In short the hole is evil. Along the way, help and advice is imparted by 70s and 80s icon Bruce Dern which is another nice touch. When we finally arrive inside the whole we’re treated to a twisted world of German Expressionism rather than dwarfs and fairies. It does fall apart slightly during Dane’s final confrontation with the true evil that lurks down there, but that doesn’t take away from the enjoyment of the ride. Ultimately this is a welcome return to form for Dante who remembers to keep things simple, hire strong young actors (all three are fantastic), and that kids actually like being scared.

The DVD and Blu-Ray transfers look fantastic, although of course the theatrically 3D effects are lost in 2D translation leaving some effect shots looking a little odd. An unavoidable curse of the 3D movie to 2D DVD release. The extras consist of one making of featurette ‘Making of The Hole‘, Interviews with Cast & Crew, and a Behind the Scenes feature.

The Hole is released on Blu-Ray and DVD on January 17th 2011

27 Jan 2011

Deadly Movies’ Alternative Oscars 2011

And the nominees are..,

Deadly Movies Oscars

If you’re dreading the wall-to-wall Oscar Porn that will be lavished over by the media during the next few months then join Deadly Movies for a decidedly alternate list of the best-of-the-best (well alternative except for ‘Black Swan‘ but that was just too bloody good).

NOTE: These are films whose wide release in the theatre or on DVD occurred in 2010

Best Picture
Rare Exports A Christmas Tale
House of the Devil
The Human Centipede
Piranha 3D
Black Swan
Let Me In

Best Director
Gareth Edwards – Monsters
Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza – [REC]2
Adam Green – Frozen
Jalmari Helander – Rare Exports A Christmas Tale
Darren Aronofsky – Black Swan

Best Actress
Sarah Polley  – Splice
Emma Bell  – Frozen
Robin McLeavy  – The Loved Ones
Natalie Portman  – Black Swan
Ashley C Williams  – The Human Centipede

Best Actor
Onni Tommila – Rare Exports A Christmas Tale
Dieter Laser – The Human Centipede
Kodi Smit-McPhee – Let Me In
Jean-Pierre Martins – The Horde
Josh Stewart – The Collector

Best Supporting Actress
Betsy Russell – SAW 3D
Kelly Brook – Piranha 3D
Mila Kunis – Black Swan
Delphine Chanéac  – Splice
Jessica Alba – The Killer Inside Me

Best Supporting Actor
Kane Hodder  – Hatchet 2
Elias Koteas  – Let Me In
John Brumpton – The Loved Ones
Jerry O’Connell  – Piranha 3D
Mark Ruffalo  – Shutter Island

Best Foreign FilmRare Exports A Christmas Tale (Finland)
The Loved Ones (Australia)
The Human Centipede (Netherlands)
Harpoon (Iceland)
[REC]2 (Spain)

Best Cinematography
Rare Exports A Christmas Tale – Mika Orasmaa
Monsters – Gareth Edwards
Let Me In – Greig Fraser
Black Swan – Matthew Libatique
A Nightmare on Elm Street – Jeff Cutter

Best Visual Effects
Piranha 3D
Hatchet 2

Best Documentary Feature or Series
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy
A History of Horror With Mark Gatis
Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore

Best Make-up
The Wolfman
Hatchet 2

21 Jan 2011

Lessons learned from Black Swan

Deadly Movies Reviews (of sorts) | Black Swan (2010)

Natalie Portman in 'Black Swan'

This is less of a review of Darren Aronofsky’s superb ‘Black Swan‘ (you find them anywhere you want) and more of a op-ed on what horror can learn from it. Many will question Black Swan’s use in a horror article. Is it horror at all? In the the 1940s it would have most definitely counted as horror (psychological horror in the vain of ‘The Cat People‘). By today’s standards It’s much harder to pigeon hole into the horror genre. Not that it matters, It’s just a bloody good movie. But horror, which has become about as visceral as film can become, can learn a lot from it.

Claustrophobia: Aronofsky’s stylistic approach here is to not give Natalie Portman’s Nina or the audience any room to breath. The camera is in her face the entire time. We, and Nina, are kept locked in close frame for most of the movie. We barely get any release or relief from this tight claustrophobic atmosphere. What does this achieve? It achieves a heightened sense of tension for us and the character. Meaning that a simple fingernail or toenail tear is more excruciating than many gross-out kills which are the easy fallback for contemporary horror.

Ambiguity: Too many modern horrors rely heavily on stupid twists or reveals to present us with a truth.., or the ‘it was me all along’ moment. There is nothing wrong with keeping the audience guessing. The ending, and events leading up to the ending, of ‘Black Swan‘ are puzzling and disorientating. You can question not only the ending, but most of the events in the film. It leaves the audience gasping for breath when the credits role.

Simplicity: This was a horrible experience that happened to one girl as she, and everyone else, went about their daily business. You don’t have to be stranded in hillbilly land without mobile signal, you don’t have to encounter supernatural creatures, you don’t have to be the sole survivor or a zombie apocalypse. All of those conventions are fine and work. But there are other ways, simpler ways, of conveying horror.

These are just a few of my thoughts. Some modern horror is tremendous. Most is, sadly, awful. Aronofsky may not have delivered a modern horror classic (I’m sure that wasn’t the intention anyway) but ‘Black Swan‘ does show us how effective simple techniques can be in producing truly horrific scenarios.

20 Jan 2011

Roger Corman presents Dinoshark!


Deadly Movies | News

It’s always good news when a press release arrives in your inbox about a new Roger Corman film. It may well be battling Asylum in the stupid name category, but with Corman and Anchor Bay behind it, ‘Dinoshark‘ looks like it could be made from sounder monster bones. Check out the DVD artwork below and hit ‘more’ to read the press release. ‘Dinoshark‘ is released on DVD and Blu-Ray on April 26th.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – For millennia, it slept inside a frozen glacier: waiting to be set free.  But with an unexpected shift of climate, the glacier cracked, and what was once extinct was reborn to unleash terror in a brave new world. On April 26, Anchor Bay Entertainment releases the hit Syfy Channel original movie Dinosharkon Blu-ray and DVD. Produced by the legendary Roger Corman and Julie Corman, Dinoshark bites with an SRP of $24.99 for the Blu-ray™ and $19.98 for the DVD with pre-book on March 30th.

Born in Antarctica, Dinoshark noses his way down the warmer currents to Mexico, towards a popular vacation spot crowded with party-goers unwittingly ready to fall prey to a prehistoric eating machine.  When the killings begin, it becomes clear that no normal animal can be responsible for such savagery.

Local captain Trace McGraw (Eric Balfour – “24”, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Skyline) and marine biologist Carol (Iva Hasperger – “CSI”, “Cold Case”) seem to be the only ones convinced that the creature terrorizing their shores is something other than the expected man-eating shark.  They enlist the help of the world’s only expert on the Dinoshark (Roger Corman himself).  Together, will they be able to reel Dinoshark in?

Dinoshark is the story of a terrifying sea-creature that threatens to turn a holiday swim into a bloodbath.  This fierce, finned predator has to be seen to be believed:   if he will let you live that long!  Bonus feature includes a full-length commentary track with producers Roger and Julie Corman.

7 Jan 2011


Deadly Movies previews the deadliest movies of 2011 and It’s exclusive to t5m. Check it out here

Deadly Movies' 2011 Movie Preview

2 Jan 2011

Deadly Movies 2010 site review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how Deadly Movies did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of our overall blog health: The WordPress Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow (that’s a good thing).

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