This Day in Horror

24 May 2010

Camp Blood - Friday the 30th - UPDATE

It appears the Camp Blood venue has changed. Instead of the Hilton Garden Inn, the convention will be held at Sneaky Pete's Sports Bar & Banquet Facility. Which actually makes for a better venue as it overlooks Lake Lewisville and has an actual camp feeling about it.

John Gray posted on the forum, "We are turning the "conventional convention" on it's ear with this one folks, and believe you me, what we are planning with Sneaky Pete's is going to blow you away. I wanted to wait until we could announce it officially on the site, but of course, it was just a matter of time I'm sure before word got out that the venue was changing."

According to John, there is much more room than before as well as Studio Movie Grill being right next door. So the all day Friday the 13th film festival is going to be in an actual theater (with beer and food) on Friday August 13th with celebs and panels. "So basically, you can register in the morning and then watch all the original Friday's on the big screen, in 35mm!" John posted.

GUEST UPDATES:

Derek Mears has yet to confirm on his appearance stating a schedule conflict but had this to say: "Right on. Please tell John that I sincerely appreciate the offer to attend Camp Blood. The reason I haven't committed to John's show is that I am scheduled to be out of town working on a feature at the time of the show. If by any chance my schedule changes, or the shoot dates are moved, I will immediately contact him about attending. Camp Blood sounds great and I hope the con is a success for him."

Kevin Bacon also hasn't confirmed his appearance but rumor has it, it's a no from him.

Miguel Nunez has officially joined the show. You may remember him as Demon from Friday the 13th Part V. Let's just hope Sneaky Pete's doesn't serve any of those "damn enchiladas"!!

We'll let you know when more info becomes available!!

Scream 4 Update



As shooting is scheduled to get underway in July in Michigan we can expect news to keep rolling in on Scream 4. Several casting possibilities have been leaked today including Hayden Panettiere, Ashley Greene and Rory Culkin. According to imdb.com, Lake Bell has also joined the franchise.

If all deals go through, Greene would play Neve Campbell's cousin Jill and Panettiere would be cast as her BFF and uber film geek (no doubt taking the place of Randy). Culkin would play a love interest for Jill and Bell is negotiating to play a police officer who knew Sidney from high school.

And of course, we have the usual suspects, Campbell, Courtney Cox (God I hope her hair is better than Scream 3) and David Arquette.

23 May 2010

Humpty Dumpty Horror Movie?



Intandem Films is putting "Humpty Dumpty" back together again. The U.K. sales and finance house has picked up worldwide sales rights on the sci-fi horror flick about a half-human, half-alien creature and will seek out new financing in its role as executive producer on the project. Former New Line exec Mark Ordesky (Executive Producer of The Lord of the Rings) is producing with Darryn Welch of Instinctive Film and Suzanne de Passe and Madison Jones of the iDream Co. Fabienne Villette will co-produce.

The movie details the story of a creature who unleashes his rage on the world after an act of evil is carried out against his mother. It marks the debut movie from fledgling writer Billy Majestic and will be directed by "Final Destination 2 and Final Destination 4 3D" David R. Ellis. The release date is still TBA but we will let you know as details become available.

I'm not too sure what to think about this one yet. Guess we'll have to wait and see. So, for now, enjoy the art work then head on over and check out the Humpty Dumpty Movie on Facebook and Humpty Dumpty Movie on MySpace.

21 May 2010

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Pontypool 2008 - REVIEW



Pontypool is an adaptation of the novel "Pontypool Changes Everything" by Tony Burgess, who also wrote the screenplay. The film revolves around "Shock jock" Grant Mazzy (Stephen McHattie) who has shocked his way off the airwaves in the big city and now hosts the early morning show at CLSY Radio in Pontypool Ontario, which broadcasts from the basement of the town's abandoned church.

What begins as just another boring day of school closures, obituaries and have you seen my cat segments quickly turns deadly when reports of people developing strange speech patterns and committing horrendous acts of violence start flooding in. Before long, Grant and his staff of two, Sydney (Lisa Houle) and Laurel-Ann Georgina Reilly) find themselves trapped in the radio station. They soon discover that this insane behavior taking over the town is actually a deadly virus being spread through the English language. Not the entire language but certain words. Once a person fully understands the infected word the virus then takes over transforming them into vicious cannibals. Now they have to decide, do they stay on the air in the hopes of being rescued or, are they in fact funneling the virus over the airwaves and into the world?

What do you get when you combine a great script, a superb concept and a solid cast? Perfection of course!! That's exactly what director Bruce McDonald and Burgess have achieved with Pontypool. They've proven that a movie doesn't have to be riddled with effects or overflowing with a huge budget to frighten us. The concept is simple... imagine. That's all we have to do. Nothing is out of the question with this movie because it's left up to the viewer. And it's amazing what the mind can do with a few suggestions and some good sound effects. The possibilities are limitless. You would think, me being the huge gore freak that I am, I would've hated it. BUT, there's not much they could've put on the screen that compared to the images my warped and twisted mind came up all on it's own.

Just think about it for a second. You're trapped in a basement with no real clue what's happening outside. The only information you have is that zombie like cannibals are surrounding you and any word you or the person next to you says can turn you into one. You don't have to be bitten, spat on or ingest some mucousy liquid. Simply say the word. It's brilliant... talk about a mind fuck.

I had my doubts going in. I wasn't sure if it would hold up against higher caliber zombie flicks like Dawn of the Dead or Night of the Living Dead. I'd heard there wasn't much to it but as always, I had to see to believe. And what I found was an intellectual horror that grabbed me by the shoulders and shook me into submission. Although technically, I'm not sure it can be considered a zombie flick since the attackers aren't really reanimated corpses. They're victims of a virus. Oh well, that's a different discussion.

The most interesting character is, of course, that of the sarcastic and sometimes hateful Grant Mazzy. McHattie does a terrific job stepping into a rare starring role and giving us an honest performance. There's a bit of sporadic and very subtle comedy, like the "I forgot to give her her valentine." comment as the chick is bashing her face into the sound booth glass. And the voice, that voice is like butter to me. Yes, I know how that sounds. No, I don't really care.



Houle does a decent job as the tight laced producer. Her character is in a constant struggle to keep the loose lipped Mazzy under control while trying to piece together incoming information. The conflict between the two of them creates quite a bit of tension throughout the entire film. We also have the "technical cowgirl", Reilly, though not around for very long, starts off as a star struck Mazzy fan then transforms into a pretty creepy virus victim. She's also the first and only character we actually SEE transform into one of these mysterious cannibal like creatures. Then there's Dr. Mendez Hrant Alianak. I've read many negative reviews and heard comments about his inroduction into the film but I found his character useful enough. After all, he is the one that figures out the whole English language thing. He also brings in quite a bit of comedy relief, especially when he gets infected and starts randomly speaking in German.

I'll admit, there are some things in the film that could've been better. For example the makeup work on the visiting singers was just terrible. BUT, I've also heard that it was intentional and meant to ramp up Mazzy with the ridiculousness of it all. No one can say for sure except those that made the film. Think they'll ever tell?

If you're looking for a film that is full of gore and action, don't even bother with this film. The gore quotient is lower than my SAT scores and the action is equal to that of a geeky virgin. BUT, you'll also be missing some serious fun. This is a film very few people have attempted and even less have succeed in doing. I found it very intense and suspenseful and very well made. It's a definite MUST SEE!

"Pontypool my Pontypool."

16 May 2010

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2010 - REVIEW


As a huge fan of the original Nightmare on Elm Street, I found it hard to go in without that film in my head. I did my best to put aside my disdain for remakes and the disappointment that Robert Englund wasn't in the role that MADE Freddy Krueger a real life nightmare for us all. I've been mulling over this review for two days now. How do I put aside my faithfulness to the original and give this new film an honest review? The truth is, you can't. The original is there, and it's there to stay and you can't just unsee something. There's no switch you can flip and make like it was never there. With that said, I'll do my absolute best to give it an honest review while throwing in the differences between the two films.

I'm not gonna get into a long synopsis of the film because we all know the storyline, (this ain't our first rodeo). A disturbed child molester gets trapped and killed by avenging parents then comes back to get his revenge by haunting, torturing and killing their children in their dreams. In the original there was never any mention of molestation which amazingly makes 2010's Freddy (Jackie Earl Haley) even more despicable. There was a huge difference in the whole "making of Freddy" thing. This time around, he looked more like a healed burn victim whereas in the original he had a more recently burned look about him. As far as make up goes, I'd have to say 2010's Freddy won the battle.

Now you might ask which Freddy I like better and that's a great question however, I can't answer it. I've honestly never been so torn between an original and remake before. There was always that clear sucks ass or doesn't suck ass opinion in my head but not now. I found the new Freddy to be extremely creepy and more of a "I don't fuck around" kind of dude. The original Freddy had that "I'm gonna toy with you until you can't take anymore then I'm gonna put you out of your misery" thing going for him. As far as I'm concerned, they were both successful in their efforts to grab hold and demand your attention.


Moving onto the rest of the cast who, for all intensive purposes, were just drones added in to give Freddy something to play with. I didn't get why almost the first full hour of the film was dedicated to Kris (Katie Cassidy) when she was in fact the modernized version of Tina who was tossed around the room The Entity style and gutted within the first 15 minutes of the original. Why waste an hour of the film on someone who ISN'T the main character? Didn't make sense to me. And some of her scenes (the one where she wakes up screaming in class) were actually Nancy scenes in the original. She's sitting in class and hears Tina's haunting calls. When she looks out into the hallway, Tina's battered and bloody corpse is there, in a leaky body bag then dragged away. THIS is how we know Nancy has gone from being awake to dreaming. There was always a transition in the original. In the remake it was so hard to tell what was truly going on and I think it has a lot to do with the introduction of "micro-napping" which is described plainly as your brain shutting down. You're awake but you're so tired that your mind just starts dreaming. (Yeah, okay)


And the character of Nancy (Rooney Mara) was a total misfire in every way. Every time I saw her, I thought of the little girl from The Ring. Did she bathe at all during the making of this film?? She was so dull and boring. I found nothing likable about her at all and she really wasn't given much to do. I mean the movie is 1 hour and 35 minutes long and the majority of it was focused on Kris. For the most part, the whole cast seemed like a bunch of blindfolded penguins just running around bumping into each other.

Kyle Gallner, who plays Quentin, is effective as Reed Garrett on CSI: NY but here, he falls way short. Another blogger said he looked like a reject from the Twilight saga and I couldn't agree more. I won't even get into Thomas Dekker's portrayal of Jesse (who is suppose to be Rod) except to say he needs to cut back on the guyliner.


I did appreciate the way Samuel Bayer incorporated pieces of the original into the new one i.e. the bloody body bag in the hallway, the bathtub scene, Freddy's face stretching out of the wall. There are also new things added in and changes made that I couldn't even wrap my brain around. Like, Nancy is this meager, timid young girl who hides in her room and sketches. But the first sign that she's deep into a micro-nap she sticks a car lighter to her arm and barely makes a face? Whatever dude, no one is THAT tough.

Also, in the original they were all basically best friends sharing the same dream about the same scary guy in the red and green sweater and the dirty fedora. Now, they're strangers who were actually friends in preschool but don't remember because their parents killed the sadistic freak that was molesting them all. Okay, all together now..... HUH?????????????????? What the fuckity fuck fuck were Wesley Strick and Eric Heisserer thinking when they came up with that switch? Let's break it down --- They were all friends when they were little, right? Right... ok so, please explain to me how they all grew up in the same town, went to the same school, ate at the same restaurant and never, ever, EVER remembered that they all used to get a little pickle tickle from the freaky gardener?? Come on!!! You're not just making this movie for horror starved teens! WE ARE HERE!!! The people who've known and yes loved Freddy Kreuger and the NOES franchise since 1984. To us he's a horror icon and if you're gonna redo it, holy fuck, make it good. Is that too much to ask??


Bottom line, Haley delivers and totally carries the whole movie. The changes they made sucked and disappointed but at least the story line stayed the same. I can't say don't go see it because it's not terrible but I'm not sure that it'll be one I rush to get when it comes out on DVD.

The Legend of Bloody Jack 2007 (SPOILERS) - REVIEW



The Legend of Bloody Jack is based on the legend of Jack the Ripper and set in the Alaskan wilderness. It begins with a relative of a murderous occult Lumberjack (GAG) reciting an incantation from an ancient book of spells attempting to resurrect him. Of course he succeeds but isn't able to convince the axe wielding killer that blood is thicker than water and ends up dead. A couple of days later, Ray (Travis Quentin Young), his sister Dawn (Erica Curtis), her boyfriend Nick (Craig Bonacorsi) and a few more of their friends pull up outside a quaint little cabin looking forward to a weekend of relaxation. Unfortunately, the sadistic Lumberjack has plans of his own and starts to slaughter the friends, one by one.

Todd Portugal wrote, directed, produced and edited what can easily be called the most laughable horror movie of the decade. The characters are unlikable and unbelievable. The script is completely nonsensical. The camera work, the editing, the effects... everything was just so bad. I haven't even gotten to the Lumberjack yet. As far as villains go, he's more like Jim Carrey's character in that Lemony Snickets movie. It's almost like Portugal is taking cheap shots at horror fans everywhere. Poking at us in a way that says "You're too stupid to know better." And just when you think it can't get any worse, in comes the "twist" ending.

I'm going to alert you now to **SPOILERS** even though, I'm hoping beyond hope that none of you ever waste your time watching this farce.

So, just before the movie is over, it cuts back to Ray telling his story. Turns out the crapfest we've just sat through for 80 minutes is just him telling a story. His friends berate him for telling such a lame story (I can sympathize) and begin to pick it apart and laugh at him. Then, to add insult to injury, the Lumberjack shows up and kills everyone of them in less than a minute. If he'd done that in the first place it would've saved everyone the time and the headache.

There was obviously no effort put into this film and I'm gonna give you just a few examples how to tell...
It was made clear at the beginning that it was summer in Alaska and that the sun never sets. Well, when Lisa is trapped in the bathroom she climbs out the window. As the audience sees outside, it's clearly dark but when the camera cuts to the exterior shot and her landing on the ground, it's daylight.
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Then there's Deputy Vince (Jeremy Flynn) who drops by the cabin for no reason and seems unconcerned that one of the friends is missing and a blood trail has been found. He tells them he can't get a search party out until the morning, leaving the impression that it's nighttime. Then he walks outside, in the brightness and uses a flashlight. (W-T-F!?!?)
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Any interior shot that catches a window, you see that it's pitch black out.
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There's a scene where Dawn and Nick are sneaking up on Jack as he's chopping away at one of their friends and she says to him... "Don't be nervous." (WHAT?!? Are you fucking kidding me? That has got to be the lamest placement of dialogue in horror history!!!)

Ultimately this movie is a complete joke as a teen slasher. But, let's be honest, what can you expect from the guy who brings us Thumbtanic and The Blair Thumb?

No way would I recommend this movie. Myself? I'd much rather jam a wire hanger up my cooch than watch that mess again.

14 May 2010

Greatest Horror Movie Quotes

When it comes to movie quotes, very few chill us to the bone like horror movie quotes. Writers have been mind fucking us with their ominous script for over a century but if not for the cannibals, slashers and demons from Hell they would simply be just words on a page.

We here at Twisted Central are proud to bring you our favorite horror movie quotes. If for some reason yours is not included, feel free to comment and set us straight!

“We all go a little mad sometimes.”
Psycho 1960

“I have such sights to show you.” Hellraiser 1987

“I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass… and I’m all out of bubblegum.” They Live – 1988

“When there is no more room in Hell, the dead will walk the Earth.” Dawn of the Dead – 1978 & 2004

“You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” Jaws 1975

“Be afraid… be very afraid.” The Fly 1986

They’re heeeeeeeeeeeeeeere.” Poltergeist 1982

“It’s alive! It’s alive!” Frankenstein 1931

“They’re all gonna laugh at you” Carrie 1976

“I want to play a game.” Saw 2004

“Heeeeeere’s Johnny!” The Shining 1980

“Kill her mommy. Kill her.” Friday the 13th 1980

“You can’t kill the boogeyman.” Halloween 1978

“I see dead people.” The Sixth Sense 1999

“Hi, I’m Chucky, wanna play?” Child’s Play 1988

“They’re coming to get you Barbara.” Night of the Living Dead 1968

“I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.” Silence of the Lambs 1991

“One thing about living in Santa Carla I never could stomach, all the damn vampires.” The Lost Boys 1987

“Whatever you do, don’t fall asleep.” A Nightmare on Elm Street 1984

“I kick ass for the Lord!” Dead Alive 1992

“I’ve seen enough horror movies to know any weirdo wearing a mask is never friendly.” Friday the 13th VI Jason Lives 1986

“To die! To be really dead, that must be glorious!” Dracula 1931

“Have you checked the children?” When a Stranger Calls 1979

“The power of Christ compels you!” The Exorcist 1973

“Thrill me.” Night of the Creeps 1986

“You’ve gotta be fucking kidding.” The Thing 1982

“You’ve got red on you.” Shaun of the Dead 2004

"I am the devil, and I am here to do the devil's work." The Devil’s Rejects 2005

"I hope I give you the shits, you fucking wimp." Dog Soldiers 2002

“Where are the fucking twinkies?” Zombieland 2009

“Get away from her you bitch!” Aliens 1986

“Don't ask me why I can't leave without my wife and I won't ask you why you can.” The Crazies 2010

AND THE GREATEST LINE OF ALL.....

13 May 2010

Tell-Tale 2009 - REVIEW



In Edgar Allan Poe's classic "The Tell-Tale Heart" a murderer's guilt causes him to hear the pounding of his victim's heart and soon drives him mad. In this adaptation, it's the heart itself that drives the story.

Terry, (Josh Lucas) is your average really nice guy except the fact that his adult life has been stricken with one hardship after another. His wife left him with a daughter, Angela (Beatrice Miller), who has a rare genetic disorder that turns tendons and muscle into bone, leaving her disfigured and without full use of her arms. As if that's not enough, he's plagued with heart problems. Add it all up and you've got yourself the perfect makings for a Lifetime movie. At least that's what I was thinking anyway.

Fortunately, director Michael Cuesta does a terrific job of not fixating on these misfortunes but rather easing us into them and weaving them into the story so subtly that you are never focused on just that aspect of the film. Yes, you recognize that this is a family who's been knocked down time after time but they always seem to recover and carry on nicely.

However, the moment he's given a new lease on life, Terry begins to have horrific visions. It doesn't take him long to figure out that these flashes of his "past life" only occur when he gets within a few feet of certain people. But now, it's not just flashes of visions, it's flashes of hatred that propel him forward with an anger that only revenge can get rid of.

Brian Cox does a great job as the disgruntled detective, Phillip Van Doren, and even adds a bit of subtle comedy to each scene he's in. In fact, part of what makes this film worth watching is it's likable cast. Even the bad guys are good. BUT, for reasons I won't tell, we don't see much of them. Lena Headey isn't given too much to do as Dr. Elizabeth Clemson but definitely commands the screen when she's on it. David Callaham delivers an amazing script that even Poe would be proud to have his name attached to and the back drop of beautiful Providence, Rhode Island give it that like extra UMPH.

Without giving too much away, let me just say that not since the bus took out that blonde chick in the original Final Destination has my jaw hit the floor like it did with this one. I was even rewinding to make sure that what I thought happened HAD actually happened. It's filled with surprise after surprise that leaves you on the edge of your seat. And just when you think it's over, they throw such an unexpected curve ball you'll be saying "HOLY SHIT! WTF just happened?"

Once again, I'm not sure it should be classified as a "horror" but it's definitely full of suspense and a thrill a minute. I would recommend this movie to anyone, even non-horror lovers.

12 May 2010

Summer's Moon 2009 - REVIEW



Director Lee Demarbre brings us the story of Summer (Ashley Greene), who discovers her mom has been lying to her for years about who her father is. After confronting her about a letter she'd found from her father, she sets out on a cross country journey to find him. She soon has a run in with the law and much to her amazement, a local handyman, Tom (Peter Mooney), helps her escape. She is quickly charmed by him and accepts his invitation to spend the night. As she tries to sneak out the next morning, he informs her that she can't leave. Now, taken prisoner by a demented stranger, her dream of finding her father has come to an end and a nightmare has begun.



This film was originally entitled Summer's Blood but was changed to Summer's Moon to no doubt cash in on Greene's Twilight fame. I haven't seen any of the Twilight Series so I had no idea who she was until I read her bio. (What? Not all girls love pasty vampires and their shirtless werewolf foes.)

I have several problems with this film.
1)THE SCRIPT: Terribly bland and completely smothered with one cliche after another. However, it did seem to get a little better as the movie progressed. I'm not sure what Travis Stevens and Sean Hogan were thinking with that opening dialogue. I kept hoping it would tie in, and it did, but it was so far into the movie that you'd already forgotten about the opening sequence.
2)STORYLINE: The storyline of Tom is completely ridiculous. There are so many things, i.e. conversations and scenes, that easily could've been left out and it probably would've made the film better. Audiences like to know what's going on but you don't have to ram it down our throats. Slow and steady wins the race.
3)ENDING: From about 20 to 30 minutes in, you know exactly how things are going to turn out. BUT, they do throw in a little twist at the end that I didn't see coming.
4)GENRE: I'm not sure who actually decides what category movies go in these days but this one was way off. I didn't see anything in this movie that qualified it as a horror movie. If it was intended to be horror-ish, it was an extremely sophomoric attempt at horror. I would call it a suspense/thriller if anything. There was like 5 seconds of gore and here it is....


That's brain matter by the way. Yes, someone gets brained but not in a Jason Voorhees way.

Things get way more interesting when Daddy (Stephen McHattie) comes home and from that point on, the movie kinda shapes up. Unfortunately, it's well into the third act so most people would already be bored.

There were some decent performances by Greene, Barbara Niven and of course McHattie but he's always great. Mooney isn't a very convincing psychopath and comes off as more of a pussy cat most of the time.



Overall, not a bad film but not great either. It's a toss up. The build up was slow but once it got going, it never really slows down. There's alot of differing opinions on the ending but I thought it was rather good. Not sure that I would watch it again but it was.... ok.

11 May 2010

Upcoming Horror Remakes

Seems the most politically correct word in Hollywood Horror these days is "REMAKE". Just so happens one mention of that word and the stomachs of horror fans everywhere begin to churn. If you know me, you know that there are remakes that I really enjoyed and remakes that I would rather nail my own tongue to a table than ever watch again.

That said, everyone in the horror blogging biz knows that at any given time, there are no less than two dozen or so horror remakes in various stages of development. What? This surprises you?? Below is a list of pre or post production movies that caught MY attention. Some could use a remake and others should remain the cinema gold they are. Grab the tissues and prepare yourself.

An American Werewolf in London: In June 2009, it was announced that Dimension Films was working on this one. As of right now, there is still no information on who will write, direct or even star in the remake of this classic 1981werewolf tale.
(This one could possibly benefit from a remake. I enjoyed the original but at the same time, given all of the advances in film these days, would love to see where a remake could go. Depending on who they bring on, it could be great or it could completely flop.)

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes: As of March 2008, the creators of askaninja.com were writing a script for this remake of the super low budget 1978 horror comedy. No further movement has been reported.
(Why?!? What purpose does a remake serve? Are they under the assumption that they could possibly make it better? It's about fucking killer tomatoes!!! Jesus Christ!)

The Birds: The Michael Bay led production company responsible for several recent horror remakes is in pre-production on a big budget redo of the Hitchcock classic. It was originally slated to star Naomi Watts, with Martin Campbell in talks to direct for a summer 2009 release. It has since been pushed back to 2013 and Campbell has left the project.
(This one, in my opinion, is one of those classics that should be locked away in a vault and never, EVER remade. It's Hitchcock for shit sake!)

The Blob: After remaking Halloween in 2007, director Rob Zombie announced that he was turning his attention to redoing the 1958 monster movie The Blob. No word on a date but 2012 seems likely.
(I grew up with the 1988 version of this film and later watched the original. I'm not crazy about what Rob Zombie did with Halloween so I'm not sure what to expect from this one. We'll see I guess.)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: It was reported in May 2009 that a "relaunch" of the vampire comedy was being considered but the project still remains in the very early pre-production stages.
(I'm torn with this one. Not sure if a re"vamp" of this one will help or hurt. I think the TV show starring Sarah Michelle Gellar totally surpassed it's big screen namesake.)

Children of the Corn: Just as a made-for-tv remake of the 1984 Stephen King adaptation was preparing to air on SyFy, Dimension Films announced their plans to do a theatrical remake. No release date has been set but Ehren Kruger has been tapped to write the script.
(AGAIN? Hasn't this one been done like 20 times already. Give it a rest!)

Child's Play: Things with this remake are very early at this stage. But if and when this landmark killer doll film does get remade, it will come from the same people who started it. Don Mancini and David Kirschner and that is something that can't be said about most other remakes. Don't expect to see anything before 2011.
(It's rumored that Catherine Hicks, Brad Douriff and Jennifer Tilly may be coming back to bring this remake back into the spotlight. Let's just hope it's better than that last one or I might have to ask Chucky for his Horror Card back.)

Creature From the Black Lagoon: This remake was originally scheduled to debut in late 2008 but plans were delayed due to the writer's strike and is now tentatively scheduled for 2011. Carl Rinsch has been brought in to direct with Gary Ross doing the script.
(My feelings on this one are much the same as An American Werewolf in London. A remake could possibly launch this one in a whole different direction. I bet an updated "Creature" would look awesome!)

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark: In May 2009, it was announced that Katie Holmes would star in this big-screen remake of the 1973 TV movie in which a young girl discovers creatures living in her father's home. Guy Pearce is set to co-star with Guillermo del Toro producing and co-writing. Expected to release in 2011.
(Any time I think of Katie Holmes, I think of Tom Cruise and he's become so over the top oogy in my book that it's hard for me to take her seriously in any role much less a horror movie. Not to mention that dancing thing last year? YIKES!)

The Fly: In September 2009 reports were swirling that David Cronenberg was in negotiations to remake his own remake although nothing has been finalized.
(Really? What is the sense? Are the people of Hollywood just trying to get rid of some film rolls? I'm sure they could donate them to a film school or something!)

Fright Night: It was announced in May 2009 that DreamWorks was doing a remake of the 80's vampire movie. In March 2010, Craig Gillespie was hired to direct and in April 2010, Anton Yelchin was tapped to star. Today, it was announced that Collin Farrell was brought in to play the part of Jerry Dandrige and Toni Collette is set to play Charley's mother.
(Given a pretty decent cast, this remake could turn out to be one of the best of the year. I'm actually looking forward to this one.)

The Gate: Alex Winter, Bill from Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure is directing this remake of the 1987 monster movie. It's reportedly suppose to be done in 3-D but given the small budget it's likely to have a 2011 straight to DVD release.
(Ok, #1, if you're going to remake a "cult classic" like The Gate, at least have a big enough budget to get it to the big screen. #2 Can a 3-D movie actually be considered low budget? #3.... I don't even have a #3. I'm so depressed.)

I Spit on Your Grave: This one has already finished shooting and is set to release in September this year. Click here to watch the trailer.
(This one, I'm a bit excited about. It's all riding on whether not Steven Monroe is able to get that same intensity the original had. We'll be watching!)

Night of the Demons: Shooting began in September 2008 with a cast that includes Edward Furlong, Shannon Elizabeth and Monica Keena. Filming has completed and the trailer has been released. It was slated for release in October 2009 then pushed back to February 2010 and has been pushed back again to September 2010.
(I know some people who were able to sit in on a screening of this film. One said it was messy and lazily done, the other said it was okay but nothing special. I probably watched the original 100 times and loved it. Don't know why but I did. We'll see what they've done with it. I'm not that crazy about Shannon Elizabeth but I'm sure the guys will love it!!)

Pet Sematary: In March 2010 Matthew Greenberg was brought in to revive this long gestating project. It was once rumored that George Clooney would star but that never panned out.
(Hey Hollywood, here's an idea... Leave our horror movies alone!!!!! I don't see anyone jumping at the gut to remake Gone with the Wind or Casablanca! Just back off and get some ideas of your own!)

Piranha 3-D: Scheduled for release in August 2009, filming on this remake of the 1978 killer fish tale has already completed and the trailer has been released.
(As far as I remember from the original it was kind of a low budget to begin with so a remake might do it some good. We'll let you know what we think!)

Poltergeist: In 2008 MGM brought in Juliet Snowden and Stiles White to script this remake. Vadim Perelman has been hired to direct. No word on how faithful it will be to the original.
(*fingers in ears* LALALALALALALALALALALALALALALALALALALALALALA I can't hear you!! LALALALALALALALALALALALALA)

The Rocky Horror Picture Show: MTV announced it's plans to remake this cult hit musical in July 2008. It's not clear yet if it will air on MTV or if it will be an MTV Films production for theatrical release.
(Isn't MTV the same people that brought us Beavis and Butthead? Do we really want to trust them to remake this clear classic??)

This is nowhere near the number of movies that are in the works to be remade as I type. These are just a few that kinda made me step back and wonder. In regards to most of them my thoughts were "WTF?!?!?" but there are a couple that I have The Crazies-est hopes for. Badada... get it? No?? Ok.

As we are here to deliver any and all news that comes to our attention and to review movies for our readers *looks to Horror Haven* We have readers right? Oh well, we are dedicated to suffering through them all to bring you our thoughts.

Feel free to comment below and let us know what remake you're looking forward to or dreading.

09 May 2010

Horror Movie Moms

As we celebrate another Mother's Day, it makes me think of all the things we subject our mothers to and what we as mothers must endure ourselves. From birthing them to the roadblocks we hit while raising them. Albiet, most every day moms go through nothing compared to that of a horror movie mom. We have put together a list of OUR top horrifying movie moms. The ones who have shown, through example, how to get the job done. They've stared death in the face. They've killed to avenge. They've even killed, or attempted to kill their own.

Margaret White

Who could forget this horror movie mom that took her faith in God to a whole new level. A woman who was teetering on the edge of sanity to start with. She saw everything as a sin and when her teenage daughter became a woman, she fell right off.



Donna Trenton

Death came looking for this horror movie mom in the form of a rabid St. Bernard. I remember watching Cujo as a young girl and thinking Holy Shit!. I'm sure a lot of us never looked at those cute, fuzzy cartoon dogs the same way again.



Rachel Keller

C'mon, admit it. If someone told you there was a movie that would kill you, you'd watch it just to see what happens. I would.



Pamela Voorhees

I don't know about you but I'd probably lose it too if a bunch of camp counselors were screwing around (literally) while my kid was drowning.



Chris MacNeil

So your kid is possessed by a demon huh? You have to wonder what was going through this mom's head as her daughter is thrashing about and doing a 360 with her head. Not to mention the green projectile vomiting.



Wendy Torrance

We all have our demons. They just don't usually come in the form of a possessed husband. Watching this film makes me really, really appreciate my husband.



Debbie Salt aka Mrs. Loomis

Ok so she's not your average horror movie mom but her motives are much the same as Pamela Voorhees. Though her son wasn't the innocent victim like Jason Voorhees, you still have to take into account the unconditional love thing. Right?



Rosemary Woodhouse

Such a torn mother. Kill or don't kill. Possessed, not possessed.



Alien Queen

She's that somewhat cuddly, drooling super mom we all love to hate. I mean if it wasn't for her, WWRD (What would Ripley do)?



Laurie Strode

She was already the ultimate survivor but give her a son and she becomes the protectant mother that even Michael Meyers can't defeat.



No doubt we've left off a few moms but as I said, these are "OUR" favorite horror movie moms. Feel free to comment below and add your favorite!!

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!!

07 May 2010

Backwoods 2008 - REVIEW



A couple of weeks ago, someone asked me to watch and review this film and I finally got around to doing it last night. I was told that it was a bit like 'Severance' and if I enjoyed that film (which I did) then I would enjoy this film as well. Hmm? The only resemblance to 'Severance' that I found was that the characters in this movie also go on a team building weekend. That's about as far as the comparison can go.

It seems director Marty Weiss and writer Anthony Jaswinski had an idea for a movie, threw together a script, shot it and stuck it out there. Or maybe they even had an idea for a movie, shot it, wrote a script to match then stuck it out there. That seems more likely.

Normally, this is where I'd break down the plot of the movie and tell you what I liked or disliked. Unfortunately right now, I'm feeling like I've already wasted 90-sum odd minutes watching it so I really don't wanna get into all over again. What I can tell you is there was absolutely no character development. The plot was just a mess. Even the editing was awful.

There's a part in the film where Adam (Ryan Merriman) and Lee (Haylie Duff) jump off a huge rock and into the water. You see them come up for air, climb out of the water and then in the next scene, they're all dry. I'm sorry but you might as well wave a red flag in front of my face and say "Hey! Can you tell that we don't give a fuck about the shooting and editing of this movie?"

Also, in the beginning, there's a girl that's kidnapped for breeding purposes. Yes, I said breeding purposes. In one scene she's very pregnant but at the end of the film, she's got her girly figure back. I never saw or heard anything that told me she'd popped that puppy out. I even rewound it to see if maybe I dozed off and missed it. Nope, I didn't. There was just no explanation and no sign of Jethro, uh, I mean the baby. That to me, is a total lack of commitment on the part of the director and editor.

The genre of the film was a bit confusing for me as well. It's listed as an action/horror/thriller. So let's start with action: Goonies was more action packed than this film. As far as horror goes, the scariest thing about it was it's lack of a consistency. And the thriller aspect: I didn't see Michael Jackson anywhere.

The plot flip flopped back and forth so much that I didn't know if I was watching a film about a paint-balling excursion gone horribly wrong or a film about government conspiracies. It's possible it was about a fucked up cult like family trying to weed out inbreeding by kidnapping women and giving them to this really huge dude named Josiah (Robert Allen Mukes).



If you've ever seen Wrong Turn, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Severance, Assault on Waco and Timber Falls, you've pretty much seen this movie. That's how chaotic it was.

It wasn't until the end of the film that I realized it was made for TV. Which would explain it's lack of gore so I can let that slide. However, at the end of the day, I'd rather sit and watch this over and over and over again:



To wrap this up, I'd have to say that watching this movie was kinda like telling my 4 year old to clean her room. Totally pointless and leads nowhere.

06 May 2010

Camp Blood: Friday the 30th

That's right... I said Friday the 30th. Why?? Because it's only been 30 years since the First Friday the 13th came out!! DUH!

So, to celebrate 30 years of slasher magic New Line Cinema, Paramount, Warner Bros., PitofHorror.com, Convention All Stars and Horror Hound Magazine have come together to sponsor the CAMP BLOOD: FRIDAY THE 30TH horror convention. C'mon, need I say more??

Guests will include so many actors from EACH movie as well as writers and directors that I'd be sitting here all day trying to add links to each name. We also heard from a little mouse that it's possible Kevin Bacon and Corey Feldman could make an appearance. Nothing confirmed yet but we'll definitely let you know if or when we find out.

I can't tell you how excited I am for this one!! Feel free to email us at
twistedcentral@gmail.com
or comment below if you plan to attend. We'll see ya there!!!

I Spit on Your Grave - Trailer

Finally the trailer for 'I Spit on Your Grave' has been released. In case you don't know, this is a remake of the 1978 film by Meir Zarchi.

I have high hopes for this movie (and no it's not because we met the cast and director). It's because I always like to see other people's interpretation of a movie. I'll be honest, I've absolutely hated most of the remakes that have come out (ahem, Rob Zombie) but I am always willing to give them a chance.

This one looks to be pretty good. Let's just hope Steven Monroe was able to capture the same intensity of the original.

I liked Sarah Butler in 'Flu Bird Horror' and Chad Lindberg, (c'mon, those gorgeous bedroom eyes), I'd watch him read the phone book!! Daniel Franzese, is just a character and such a joy to meet!

Be sure to enter our I Spit on Your Grave movie poster contest.

Enjoy!!

Cinespia - Cemetery Screening

I'm officialy jealous of you California people!

Cinespia Theater is doing it's annual cemetery screening beginning May 15th and continuing through May 30th. They have a great line up including

John Carpenter's The Thing
May 22nd













Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest
May 29th










Gates open at 7:00pm and the movie starts at 8:30. Parking is free on May 15th but there is a $5.00 charge on May 29th. As a courtesy to moviegoers, they ask that you DO NOT bring tall chairs.

For more information visit: Cinespia.org

Source: Phil Edwards Live_for_Films

04 May 2010

The Evolution of Movie Posters

Seems these days it's all about the poster. Makes sense right?? Because other than the trailer, isn't that pretty much what sells a film to viewers?

Remember the old saying: Out with the old and in with the new? OR, how about this one: What goes around comes around? OR: The circle of life? That's the best one because it implies that something starts in one place, makes a full circle and ends up right back at the beginning.

The same could be said for movies and with this recent rash of remakes (tongue twister) that really does prove to be true. With that, we bring you: THE EVOLUTION OF MOVIE POSTERS (you have to say that in a Star Wars voice with the echo and all). Enjoy and feel free to comment with which poster you like best. Old or new.

FRIDAY THE 13TH


HALLOWEEN


I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE


THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT


A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET


MY BLOODY VALENTINE


THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE


THE CRAZIES