Scream Television Series Details

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It seems that now you can’t have a movie without someone trying to turn it into a television series as well, first off it was Fargo and it now it looks like Scream is getting the same treatment.

After 4 movies, MTV have gotten their hands on the franchise and are going to turn it into a series.

The folks over at Bloody Disgusting have stated that it looks promising that Wes Craven, the director of the original films, will also direct the hour long pilot episode for the show. So at least that is one less thing to worry about.

Much like the films, the plot of the television will focus on the rules of a slasher film. These were pretty clear in the franchise so it will be interesting to see how this concept works on the small screen. Also the pilot “explores a YouTube video that has gone viral and causes problems for the protagonist, Audrey, who is caught in the middle of murder and the town’s troubled past.”

TV Line has some more details about some of the upcoming characters:

Harper Duval: A 16-year-old beauty “who’s a little too introverted and intellectual to be a social butterfly” but has nevertheless been annointed by the popular crowd to be one of their own. “She feels guilty that she has drifted away from former best friend Audrey,” but at least she’s got a Gilmore Girls-esque relationship with mom Maggie to keep her sane.

Audrey Jesen: Haper’s former BFF is described as “the bi-curious daughter of a Lutheran pastor” who’s “more arresting-looking than pretty.” This “artsy loner” dreams of being a filmmaker and shares a close bond with tech genius Noah.

Noah Foster: Audrey’s closest confidante is “creative, brilliant and tech-savvy enough to be the next Steve Jobs.” Lucky for him, he’s got a great sense of humor (“a la John Cusack in his teen prime”) that helps him navigate the halls of his high school. What’s more, Noah possesses “an encyclopedic knowledge of books, films, TV, apps, etc.”

Margaret “Maggie” Duval: Harper’s mom, in her early to mid-40s, is the town’s medical examiner, “a grown-up science geek who plays down her beauty.” Maggie spends a lot of her time trying to make up for the fact that Harper’s dad abandoned them. Oh, and she’s harboring “a dark secret from her past.”

Noah seems a lot like the character of Randy, played by Jamie Kennedy, from Scream 2 and the idea of a “bi-curious daughter of a Lutheran pastor” is not a sentence I ever thought I’d hear attached to the Scream franchise.

I am a huge fan of the first two Scream movies and depending on my mood I am always willing to give the third a shot, you can’t beat a Jay and Silent Bob cameo, however I wasn’t impressed with the fourth film. I am not holding my breathe for this television show, but seeing as how Craven is attached to the pilot episode it may actually be OK. We will just have to wait and see.

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Cabin Fever 3 – Review

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The horror genre is so popular because during the film, it allows the audience to have some nail biting, scary escapism for a few hours and then they are returned safely to their own lives knowing that some crazy axe murderer or in the case of Cabin Fever, a flesh eating virus is going to run amok and destroy their cozy day to day living. However, when something becomes popular and an unexpected hit with the fans, people always want more, and so the franchise is born.

Cabin Fever 3: Patient Zero, to give the film its full title, is the latest film to come under the Cabin Fever umbrella and I was sceptical to give a viewing, considering I am such a fan of the first movie. I have to say I hadn’t even considered watching the second one because I felt it couldn’t live up to the first. The reasoning behind me giving into this film is that it was marketed as a prequel and so I was curious as to how the story started.

First off let me just say in my opinion that this film is by no means an official prequel. It may carry the Cabin Fever title, yet it brings nothing to the story that was set out in the first film made by Eli Roth; that isn’t to say that it doesn’t work. It seems more like a companion piece to the franchise, but could quite easily be happening at the same time as the events in the first film or even be a sequel. The whole ‘patient zero’ part of the film is interesting, but it brings nothing else to the story; it just seems to bring in another element to the mythos in the films about how the virus affects everyone it comes into contact with.

The plot is two stories that concurrently to one another. The first follows the life of ‘patient zero’, played by Sean Astin, (oh, how times have changed since Lord of the Rings) and his time in quarantine, where doctors are trying to understand the virus and possibly create a vaccination and find a cure. Much like any doctor in a horror film, the main behind the facility has his own plans, but these don’t come to light until later on in the film. The second story line, focusses on three brothers and a female friend heading off to a secluded island to celebrate the eldest brother’s last night as a single man, before his wedding. As you can most probably expect, things don’t go to plan and soon the happy campers end up infected with the virus. As the film progresses, the two groups come into contact and the story then follows the both of them together as they realise the full impact that the viral pandemic will have on the world.

Cabin Fever 3 is by no means the most original film, but it was certainly better than I expected it to be. The effects are really rather well done and it is nice to see some practical effects still being used in horror these days. The overall tone is certainly reminiscent of the first film and the script, written by Jake Wade Wall, really tries to bring in some of the humour of the first. The cat fight involving the two infected girls towards the end is one the highlights of the film, and I have never seen someone beaten to death by a giant black dildo before. Kaare Andrews, certainly looks like he can handle horror directing well, and it will be interesting to see what his next project is going to be.

Utero Finishes Principal Photography

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It has to be said that pregnancy can be a bit scary at the best of times, but when it is main theme of an upcoming horror movie, you know you are in trouble! That is especially the theory in the latest film from Bryan Coyne, Utero.

The plot of the movie, according to Coyne is:

“an agoraphobic unwed mother who finds her psyche unraveling as she becomes convinced that her unborn child is more monster than human.”

This certainly makes for an interesting premise for a movie. It has been a while since there has been any good body horror films within the genre and it will be interesting to see how this film plays out.

Coyne is very excited about the overall project himself:

“Shooting Utero was a dream come true for me. Like any filmmaking experience it was a grandiose challenge. But the commitment of our crew and cast, a wonderful commune of pure artists, helped me achieve something astoundingly effective. I can’t wait for this film to be seen.”

The films stars Jessica Cameron, who also helped produce the film, had this to say about her experience:

“I could not be more thrilled with the amazing production that has been Utero. The story, camerawork, and lighting, is all so impressive and fresh. I cannot wait to share this with audiences!”

I know it is common for the stars and makers of the films to be excited for their finished product and can’t wait for people to see their film, but it seems like both Cameron and Coyne are extra passionate about this film and I am really rather looking forward to seeing the completed piece.

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The Stuff – DVD Review

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The Stuff has always been on my list of films that I just had to see, but somehow had never managed to actually track down a copy and consume it, but now thanks to good folks at Arrow Films all that has changed. This week they have released a brand new transfer copy of the original 1985 cult classic on both DVD and Blu-Ray.

The man behind this fan favourite is Larry Cohen, who has brought us such other films as the It’s Alive franchise, Return to Salem’s Lot and wrote the screenplay for Phonebooth and Maniac Cop.

Whilst the plot may seem laughable by today’s standards, in the nearly 30 years that it has been out it had managed to gather such a cult following that fans of the film will welcome this new transfer and a whole host of extras into their home collection.

The story seems like a simple one; in which a mysterious substance in found in the ground which tastes great and so it is swiftly marketed as THE NEW desert for America. Little do the consumers know that the substance, called The Stuff, is actually turning them into mindless consuming zombies that just need of the product. Like the slogan says, “Enough is never enough!”. Underneath this simple plot, is a comment on how people are willing to buy into anything that they think is good for them without giving anything a second thought. As much as the characters try, they just cannot get any information as to what goes into the product and how it has become so popular.

Whilst some of the special effects are rather poor compared to the usual ones that audiences now expect, the film has a nostalgic feel about it and harks back to era in which it was made and also to time when everything wasn’t done with CGI and practical effects were the norm in cinema. There is a whole different array of exploding heads and melting bodies to keep horror fans happy throughout the film and it is just a joy to see the different ways in which The Stuff moves around the screen and interacts with its surroundings. That isn’t to say that the whole film is just filled with horrific scenes of huge gelatinous blobs attacking people from the inside out, far from it. There are some rather funny moments throughout the film and it really gives the whole piece a rounded feel, that the horror can be broken up with some humorous one liners such as; “Everybody has to eat shaving cream once in a while”.

Included in this new release is a 50 minute documentary that invites writer and director Larry Cohen to talk about the reason he made the film, and it gives a wonderful insight into the fact that he just didn’t want to make a usual horror film; he actually wanted to make a comment on society at the time and isn’t that what all great horror films do? They make us take a step back at look at what is going on in society and question how we are living our lives, after they have finished scaring us of course. The producer of the film takes this idea one step further and says he doesn’t even feel the film is a horror, although he does struggle to find a genre to fit it in. Alongside the documentary is a gorgeously produced booklet that contains an essay from Joel Harley which focusses on the topic of how food and horror films goes together and he manages to reference everything from Rope to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre to Poultrygeist. It certainly does make for an interesting read.

Whilst The Stuff may not be everyone’s cup of tea, it certainly has enough fans to warrant this new re-issue and I’m sure a lot of fans are going to be very happy to have this updated version in their collections. I know I certainly am. To find a copy of The Stuff for yourself, you can find it on the Arrow Films website, here

Stage Fright – Red Band Trailer

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Everyone loves a good horror comedy, well how about if you throw in some musical theatre as well?! This is exactly what has happened with the new film, Stage Fright, that is looking to take the upcoming SXSW festival by storm.

The film is released by Magnet and they have been so kind as to release a red-band trailer for the film, so just be careful if you decide to watch it at work.

The film looks a hell of a lot of fun, and seems to have a good overall mix of horror, comedy and music. I have to admit that I did laugh at the bukkake joke; call me juvenile if you want, but if something is funny, I will laugh.

The film is from first time writer/director Jerome Sable and features Minnie Driver and the one and only Meat Loaf! The plot is as follows

“Starry-eyed teenager Camilla Swanson wants to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become a Broadway diva, but she’s stuck working in the kitchen of a snobby performing arts camp. Determined to change her destiny, she sneaks in to audition for the summer showcase and lands a lead role in the play, but just as rehearsals begin, blood starts to spill, and Camilla soon finds herself terrified by the horror of musical theatre.”

Magnet are releasing the film on its own Ultra VOD program, iTunes and On Demand on April 3rd in the US. It looks like England will have to wait a bit longer for this one, which is a damn shame!

First Image and More Details From The Human Centipede Part 3

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Here is the first official image from The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence)  to give it its full name. Whilst some people never wanted a first film, let alone a second, director Tom Six is finally nearing the end of his cinematic vision with the final installment to his Human Centipede franchise.

I was a huge fan of the first film, however the second didn’t really sit right with me. I understand that he was trying to be self referential and show how the first film had such a huge impact on society; it never really lived up to first one. That is just my opinion and I know some thought that the first film was horrific and was used as a rite of passage with some teenagers to see if they would actually watch it.

In a recent interview with Entertainment WeeklyTom Six, had this to say about the film:

“THC Part 3 will be totally different from Parts 1 and 2 and certainly not as gross,” NOT AS GROSS, I don’t think fans of the first two films will be happy about this!

“But it will be the most controversial one politically-wise. It will have a lot of self-mockery and will be the most darkly comical of the three. Parts 1 and 2 have a very European feel. Part 3 is very American with the highest budget, a big movie score, widescreen, and an XXL human centipede. It’s set in an American maximum security prison in the middle of the desert. Plot-wise I won’t share details yet but if you let your imagination run wild you might get ideas.” It seems like Mr Six will be taking some ideas he used in second film, by referring back to the first, to the limit in this one, by even joking about his own films. I am quite interested to see how this turns out.

He commented on having Oscar nominated actor Eric Roberts in the film:

“Eric plays an a–hole governor, he is a great, underrated actor with a delicious, worn, malicious face. He was perfect for the part and a real gentleman. I love working with American actors and can’t wait to work with more famous American actors — if they have the b—s to work with me because some are scared to work with a sick European ‘horror’ film maker. I make ‘horrific’ movies, that’s true — but I don’t consider them as standard horror films. I think the genre with mostly masked killers or creepy ghosts on a killing spree is pretty boring and stupid.”

He also has actors from the first two films returning for this offering:

“Dieter Laser and Laurence R. Harvey play very different characters that will put Dr. Heiter and Martin in the shade. They are both brilliant actors with their own style. Laurence played a mute in Part 2; now he is a smart guy with a whole lot of dialog. Dieter played a cold, restrained doctor in Part 1; now he is a loud, racist, sadistic a–hole. Robert Lasardo plays a very cool, daring part, and I gave ex-porn star Bree Olson her first break as a serious actress, and she does one hell of a job. I play ‘Tom Six’ in the movie, which is an Oscar nomination performance.”

Six has always rumoured that the last film will feature a ridiculously large human centipede of about 500 people and he has finally come to confirm that this is true and how he got it made:

“By having a lot of brave American extras and doing it the megalomanic way like they did in Spartacus,” Six says. “F— CGI-created things.”

I for one am very excited to see how this trilogy ends, and hopefully it will be easier to see this time around without a lot of censors trying to get the film banned or edited too much! No word yet on any distribution, but all being well the film will be released later on this year.

Maniac – Review

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To a whole generation, Elijah Wood is Frodo Baggins, but since his departure from the Lord of the Rings franchise he done quite a bit to distance himself form this role and to spread his acting wings with a variety of different jobs. The most shocking, other than his brief cameo in Sin City as Kevin, and my personal favourite (after his appearance in Back to the Future 2) is the character of Frank in the 2013 film, Maniac.

Maniac is remake of the 1980 film of the same name, which I apologise that I have not seen, so I cannot comment on how the remake fairs compared to original; but the remake, to me personally is utter brilliance.

Watch our for *SPOILERS* in the upcoming plot description!

The story follows mannequin restorer, Frank, who ends up befriending artist, Anna, who takes in interest in his work as she wants to use his mannequins for an upcoming art show that she has. Little does she know that Frank is not as nice and quiet as she originally thinks. Frank has had a very troubled past due to his relationship with his mother (isn’t that how all disturbed killers start?!) and takes it upon himself to fill his life with other women. Although instead of just wining and dining them and taking them home after a night out, he likes to scalp his victims and place their scalps on on some of his restored mannequins. He talks to the various women in his life and treats them like his actual partner, until he realises that Anna is the one for him and she is going to take the place of all the other victims. He wants to take her home to meet his mother, which isn’t as easy as it sounds!

Whilst it could sound like Maniac is just your run of the mill remake of an 80s horror film, much like a lot of the cinematic offerings from the horror genre these days, you will be mistaken. Maniac uses first person shooting to bring the audience into the mind of Frank and give us a very unique perspective on the events that unfold. Elijah Wood narrates over the top of film, so we are given not only a visual from Frank’s point of view, but also what is going on in his head at the time as well. It almost seems like an insanely dark version of Peep Show. Some may not enjoy this style of filming, but I personally felt it brought so much to the film, and allowed it to have a lot more freedom, because the audience is drawn in on such a personal level with Frank.

The script was adapted by Alexandre Aja and Grégory Levasseur who have previously written Switchblade Romance and the remake of The Hills Have Eyes. If you are familiar with either of these movies then you will know that you are in good hands when it comes to this movie. Franck Khalfoun was the director and his previously worked the pair on other projects, including being an actor in Switchblade Romance.

Here is the opening 6 minutes of the film, to see if it peaks your interest!