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Monday, 28 July 2014

Moviepilot Horror Vs Rob Zombie.

What the hell has happened to Moviepilot? I wrote a number of articles for them last year sometime, and generally received great feedback. Lately, I have been noticing more and more articles that have very little basis in fact. The majority of them are speculative to say the least, while some are total bullshit.

There has been an article posted on Moviepilot, where the administrator of Moviepilot Horror, Amy Martin, wrote an article claiming that Rob Zombie had been shooting his mouth off saying how his version of Halloween was so much better than John Carpenter's original. It seems the article has been removed, which goes to show just how wrong it was. Below, you can see Rob Zombie's reply to this poorly written article full of lies and statements taken completely out of context.

"Who ever wrote this (Amy Martin) is a trouble making cunt. I love John Carpenter's Halloween and John knows that. Why? Because I told him. In fact he was the first person I called and told about my film. He said he was cool with it. I actually said to him "if this is a problem, I won't do it". Simple as that.

I have never compared the two films and never will. Taking a bunch of things I said years before I even made the film to try and start trouble is typical internet nonsense. I never pointed out flaws in the original. I pointed out things that weren't in the original that I could put in mine. Not because I thought my way was better, but because I thought it would be different. Since I figured trying to make the exact same film was sort of silly.

Here is cute quote from this bullshit article "I don't want to jump to conclusions, but I would say that Zombie is totally lying when he says that he likes and respects the original Halloween, but is just saying that for fear of losing fans if he said otherwise."

Here's a direct quote for you Amy Martin... "FUCK YOU MOTHERFUCKING PEICE OF USELESS SHIT!" Don't misquote that.

BTW your article reads like it was written by a fourth grader".

I think that says it all. The fact she has the audacity to even hint that Zombie has no respect for Carpenter's Halloween shows that this lady is out for Zombie's blood, and is obviously not a fan of his work at all. I followed Zombie's remake of Halloween very closely, and remember reading that he actually went to John Carpenter and asked his permission to do certain things with the film, and John Carpenter's reply was "Make it your own". Anyone who has seen Zombie's remake can see the passion for the original material, whilst also building on the bricks Carpenter laid in '78.

Any writer will agree that it is always best to be unbiased. Just because you hate something (and I really don't see the point in hating anything that is out of your control) then don't watch/read/listen to/look at it. Why anyone would waste time to write an article full of lies is beyond me (I didn't realize the Daily Mail and Moviepilot were so closely linked).

It is a shame it had to come to Rob Zombie commenting on the article for everyone to see that none of the things stated in the article are true. Hopefully this makes other writers sit up and take note. Lies, trying to stir the shit pot and sensationalizing things will not get you anywhere, because there is always someone out there who will put you right.

I extend my middle finger to Moviepilot, and I hope they know that I personally will not be writing for them again for the simple fact that this article contained so much rubbish and not an ounce of truth, and every other article I see is either speculation or stolen from another news site. If they ever start promoting original content again by people who can actually type coherent sentences and try and give up trying to make the rumour mill move faster, then I might consider reading what they post. Until then, I will avoid everything they put out. If that offends anyone, then so be it, but I will not be a part of something that gives voices to ill-informed people with a basic grasp of writing pouring out their silly and immature vendettas in the form of thinly veiled articles/attacks on filmmakers. #

Darkest regards......Dani.


Friday, 25 July 2014

'See No Evil 2' trailer is here!!

It's finally here! The trailer for 'See No Evil 2', directed by Jen and Sylvia Soska and starring WWE Superstar Kane as Jacob Goodnight, Danielle Harris and Katherine Isabelle, looks incredible. While I wasn't that impressed with the first film (it had a couple of decent kills, but was hampered by a story that took far too long to go anywhere) I love the character of Jacob Goodnight, and he looks even more pissed off in this sequel. The addition of a mask also makes the character that much creepier. Check the trailer out below.

Darkest regards......Dani.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

I Spill your Guts 2.

James Balsamo's 'I Spill your Guts' is in my eyes at least, a classic low budget exploitation movie that manages to please on so many levels, be they aesthetic, storywise, nudity-wise and splatter, the man delivered! So it is with great anticipation that I can reveal that James Balsamo has set up an indiegogo campaign up for 'I Spill your Guts 2', as he wants to make it a theatrical release, which I am sure will please all of his fans out there. The Indiegogo project ends on September 20th, so get sharing and donating!

 Here is the synopsis from the man himself :-

"A blood-crazed vigilante is carving through New York's political empire, dismembering one corrupt politician after another. Only known as the American Executioner, this mask-wearing maniac is fueled by revenge to kill a senator who he blames for losing his voice and the suicide of his fiancé. This hooded assassin, with nothing to loose, has his sight set on the sex-craved senator whose lust for big-breasted women may cost him more than his political career. As he disembowels money-hungry sleazebags, no one is safe from this savage military mercenary. Tortured by the voices in his head and haunted by the ghosts of his victims, the only way to bring closure to his madness is to paint the city red with revenge. A hero to some and a nightmare to others, The American Executioner is lurking the streets. Just hope he's not coming for you in I Spill Your Guts 2"

Now the only thing left to do is get donating and/or spread the word about this amazing project!

You can find the 'I Spill your Guts 2' Indiegogo by clicking  HERE. And please, don't forget to share it with all your horror and exploitation loving friends. Please!

James Balsamo is a true visionary. We have all seen that he is very capable of making great cinema with very little money. Let's see what he can unleash on the world this time! The indie uprising has begun, and James is leading the charge!

Darkest regards......Dani.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Pieces of Talent (2014).


'Pieces of Talent' is the latest movie from writer/director Joe Stauffer. As many fans of horror know. originality doesn't come easy in the horror genre, but I have to mention just how original the premise of this film sounds. The fact I have seen it described as 'Beautiful Horror' has certainly made me even more interested in seeing the film, as beauty in horror always fascinates me, and is rarely something that filmmakers manage to achieve. I definitely recommend checking this film out. Check out the synopsis below, and then visit the official website and go and 'Like' the Facebook page too.

Set in the small coastal town of Bright Leaf, North Carolina, 'Pieces of Talent' centers around Charlotte (Kristi Ray), a disillusioned aspiring actress working a night job as a cocktail waitress in order to make ends meet. Charlotte catches a break when seemingly chance circumstances put her in contact with a local filmmaker, David Long (David Long). David and Charlotte form a quick friendship that leads to Charlotte landing the starring role in David’s newest project. David quickly becomes obsessed with Charlotte and begins building his bloody masterpiece. He films each encounter with the ultimate goal of filming Charlotte as his final installment. David is a happily obsessed individual willing to do whatever it takes to make “true art”. He utilizes his charm and skills to make something dark and deranged seem utterly beautiful and loving.

You can check out more information about the film, as well as purchase it on both DVD and VHS by visiting the Official 'Pieces of Talent' website.

Go on over to Facebook by clicking HERE and click 'Like' to keep up to date with all things 'Pieces of Talent'.

You can see the trailer for 'Pieces of Talent' below.

'Pieces of Talent' will be reviewed for Doctor Carnage's World of Horror soon.....Keep 'em peeled!

Darkest regards......Dani.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Facebook horror groups and horror virgins.

Facebook horror groups. Many are the bane of horror fans everywhere, with their continuous posts reviling 'A Serbian Film' and any remake they come across, whilst posting idiotic 'battles' between two horror villains, such as 'Pinhead versus Leatherface' for example. Michael 'Mad Mike' Nagy wrote an excellent post explaining where horror pages on Facebook let everyone down, and also of the incredibly small minded attitudes you face on there. I do suggest reading it, as he explains very well the exploits of these pages and how they effect horror fans, both new and old. (Click HERE read his post).

There are also questions which seem to crop up all of the time on horror pages, and these are sometimes informative, but mostly just go over the same things again and again. For example, I myself was banned from a horror page for saying that 'Blade Runner' isn't a horror film. When I made the point that both 'Predator' and 'The Terminator' have more elements of horror than the aforementioned movie, I was laughed at. In the end, I got kicked, and that was that. One thing that bothered me was that I was never given a single reason as to why this person considered 'Blade Runner' a horror film. It just was. I tried seeing things from this persons point of view, but unfortunately my head wouldn't reach my rectum, and I haven't yet had a glass stomach fitted that would aid me visually should I try and see things somebody elses way again.

A very common question asked, is "What is the sickest horror film ever"? I think this is a difficult question to answer, not at least because people find different things sickening. It could be rape, dismemberment, child killing. I know 'A Serbian Film' features all three of these (and other things which totally break the boundaries of taste) but I in no way consider it to be the sickest film made.

There is only one film that deserves that title to this day, and I still feel it has such power, and is completely timeless in it's commentary on humanity. That film is 'Cannibal Holocaust'. It shows the sickness every man and woman possesses when confronted with something different, and the idea that they can control other humans, and do what they will with them without any repercussions. It is this realism, that strikes a chord with me and turns my stomach every time. Compared to 'A Serbian Film's' over the top content, 'Cannibal Holocaust' might look tame to some, but I deny anyone not to be effected in some way by the idea of superiority of an advanced civilization to that of a tribe, where the people from the apparently more intelligent part of the world come across as primitive beyond belief. This 'sickness' seems to be inherent in many around the world, and because the film shows it so well, certainly manages to chill the spines of many horror fans, whilst the behaviour, actions and finally deaths of the films protagonists definitely fill the gore quota.

I know the film features real animal deaths, but I understand all of the animals were eaten by the cast and crew. These deaths are again chilling, but it is no different to what goes on in abattoirs around the world. I am not condoning animal cruelty in any shape or form, and perhaps the murder of the Muskrat definitely goes too far, it is a true and again very fitting commentary on our behaviour that still exists to this day.

This is only my view don't forget, and I am sure there are many of you out there who will say just how wrong I am, and start mentioning titles such as 'Salo' or 'Nekromantik', but I can honestly say that none of those films have had the same effect on me.

Another question that seems to be asked alot is "I am just getting into horror. What should I watch"? What I am going to do next, is make some suggestions to anyone that hasn't seen many horror films, what they should think about watching. Again, this is just my opinion, so agree or disagree. That's your prerogative.

'Nosferatu' (1922). This expressionistic horror classic deserves to be seen by everyone. What it manages to achieve is far beyond any other silent film. There are shots featured in films that are taken from 'Nosferatu' to this very day. The atmosphere is enveloping, dark and brooding, and the characters, especially Count Orlok, imprint themselves on your very being (or at least in your nightmares).

'The Phantom of the Opera' (1925). Beautiful photography coupled with a truly chilling villain make 'The Phantom of the Opera' another horror film that should be viewed by everyone. The make up alone (devised by Lon Chaney, who also plays the phantom) is enough to make a grown man quiver in fear. Everything about this film screams 'Grandeur', and the sets seen in the film are nothing short of beautiful. Again, the film oozes atmosphere and creates such a feeling of horror, it will take you a while to get over what you have just seen.

'Black Sunday' (1960). Mario Bava manages to mix the gothic sensibilities of Hammer with a precursor to the gore seen in later Italian horror films. The opening scene alone is enough to make anyone squirm, and the atmosphere is think and suffocating throughout the entirety of the movie.

'Blood Feast' (1963). Herschell Gordon Lewis' first splatter film might be considered silly by todays standards, but I still consider it a classic. While there have been many films that have been much gorier, 'Blood Feast' bares the title of having done it first. Just watch to see pretty ladies meet a grisly end, and the birth of 'Splatter'. I feel those are reason enough for this to be on every budding horror fans list.

'Night of the Living Dead' (1968). What 'Night of the Living Dead' did for horror was revolutionary. Gone were the superstitious locals, the gothic scenery, the castles shrouded in darkness. This was replaced with real people behaving in such a realistic manner, that horror was bought into a different realm altogether. Add flesh eating ghouls into the mix, and you have the birth of a new type of horror, and of the flesh eating zombie. That really does deserve to be seen by everyone.

'The Exorcist' (1973). A movie that still has the same power today that it had when it was first released, the term 'Horror' could never be more fitting than it is here. A simple slow burn story that manages to increase tension to unbearable levels whilst throwing in scares that are both expected and surprising makes 'The Exorcist' one of the greatest horror films of all time.

'Halloween' (1978). I still consider this the scariest movie I have ever seen, like a row of Jack-in-the-boxs all set up and perfectly timed to deliver once scare after the other, executed with a perfect sense of suspense and terror. Michael's mask acts as something we project our own fears on to, and while there is very little blood in this film, it doesn't need it. This film is the stuff nightmares are made of.

Hellraiser (1987). Possibly (with the exception of 'Dracula') the greatest love (or should that be lust) story ever told. Steeped in sexuality and gore, 'Hellraiser' is a horror film like no other. Yes, there is a man with pins covering his head on the cover, but the films story, of a man coming back from the dead, and his brothers lover helping him become whole again by murdering men, is one of obsession and lust. The Cenobites are images of S & M depravity, icons of a pure embodiment of torture and horror. Everything about this film screams horror, and I deny anyone to say that they didn't enjoy the gleefully gory and anatomically brilliant special effects on show.

I could go on, but getting into horror should be a journey you take by yourself. Discover what you like, what you don't. Don't let others have any bearing on your own tastes, and always, and I really do mean always, like what you like no matter what anyone else thinks. There will be people out there who tell you how wrong you are for liking something, but if it makes you happy, how can you be wrong.

Darkest regards......Dani.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Alienween (2014)

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From the producers of 'The Pyramid' (reviewed HERE) comes a new horror/body-melt movie called 'Alienween'. The movie will be directed by the talented Frederico Sfascia ('I REC U') and produced by Empire Video's Alex Visani.

Inspired by classic melt movies such as 'The Incredible Melting Man', 'The Stuff' and 'Street Trash', 'Alienween' will tell the story of a group of young guys who, during a Halloween party, will face a slimy invasion from outer space. 'Alienween' promises "Hot girls, slimy mutants, splatter, weird situations, Irony and lots of crazy effects!

The movie will be shot in Italy in September, and will be out at the end of 2014.

Check out and 'Like' the 'Alienween' Facebook page by clicking HERE.

Check out and 'Follow the 'Alienween' Twitter page by clicking HERE.

88 Films presents The Slasher Classics Collection.


88 Films are releasing some classic films for us in the UK to finally get our hands on. This latest announcement will have slasher fans donning their hockey-masks and making their way to their nearest Blu-Ray/DVD stockist to purchase some incredibly over the top and boundary-pushing slasher movies.

The films being released as part of this collection are a digitally remastered DVD release of Don Ronquist's backwood slasher 'Unhinged', James Bryan's 'Don't Go In The Woods' on Blu-Ray, Herb Freed's Graduation Day on Blu-Ray and last but by no means least, Charles Kaufman's 'Mothers Day' on Blu-Ray. I am sure you will agree that it is fantastic that 88 Films is making an effort to release these movies from the blood spattered halcyon era of slasher movies.

Each release in this very special collection will boast a numbered spine, additional features, a reversible sleeve and an informative booklet with writing on each respective film from author Callum Waddell, producer of such films as 88 Films' own 'Slice and Dice: The Slasher Film Forever.

More importantly, 88 Films promise the films will be uncut and uncensored, with each death looking bloodier and better than ever before.

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