12-13-00 FANGORIA's WEEKEND OF
Well, it seems that
Fango has moved their New York convention from the usual January date back to
April 7-8, 2001. It will still be held at the New Yorker Hotel. The
scheduled guests are as follows (keep in mind, guests are 'tenative'):
Bruce Campbell, Danielle Harris, Joeseph Stefano, Kane Hodder, Tom
Atkins, David DeCoteau, Rob Zombie (there to
preview his movie HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES with members of the cast) Gunnar
Hansen. Also, other major talent from SOUL SURVIVORS and THE MUMMY RETURNS
will be announced shortly.
state the at dates from both an LA show as well as a Chicago show will be posted
shortly. I personally hope the
Chicago show would happen, but I'm not getting my hopes too high.
12-11-00 FRANCO AND
According to the report on the Mark of Naschy website, Jesus Franco reported that his remake of his own 1961 film THE AWFULL DR. ORLOFF, is scheduled to start filming in March of next year. Paul Naschy will be taking on the leading role of the demented doctor. Also starring in the film will be Caroline Munro and Lina Romay. The plot will follow the original, but with a surprise.
The film will be a Spanish-British-US co-production.
12-6-00 Misc. News
If you're looking for some cool
websites to check out, here's a couple. The first one is the official site
for Argento's latest film, I CAN'T SLEEP. Even though it's in
Italian, it's still a really cool site.
And this one is the official site for THE
SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE.
Speaking of Nosferatu, next January, a newly
re-mastered and re-scored version of NOSFERATU will be released. It will
have quite a few extras as well. This is one DVD that should be in any
11-23-00 CHRISTOPHER LEE
SPEAKS ABOUT ACKERMAN!!!
got this entertaining little bit of news from DVD
DRIVE-IN, which I found very amusing. On the DVD for HORROR HOTEL,
there is some hidden footage of Lee making a few comments, one about Famous
Monsters creator Forrest Ackerman. Lee says: "he's a weird guy, he really is. Not an unpleasant man, but he's STRANGE. He came to see me in London and signed a visitor's book: 'Forrest J. Ackerman -
Horrorwood, Karloffornia!!!," as Lee shakes his head in disbelief.
11-19-00 LETTERS TO THE KRYPT:
recently received this email from Greg Wells. Greg was lucky enough to
have a bit part in the film DEATH DREAM when he was 8 years old. Here's
what he had to say about being in the film:
"I was in 3rd grade. My best friend's
parents were actors in Winter Park, Florida. His mother ran the theater part of
a summer camp at Rollins College and I was in her drama class at day camp. Her
agent asked her to get a couple of kids to audition for the movie and she
brought me along. I was totally psyched about getting to be in a movie. I was on
set for one day. I remember two things vividly about the movie. One was all the
crap food and soda I could eat and drink (probably ate 5 or 6 of those nasty
hostess pies. hey, I was 8 or so). The other was when they had to make the dog
look like it was growling at Andy. In order to make the dog look like he was
growling, they took a rubber band, hooked it around his eye teeth and ran it
over the top of his snout. then they pulled his lips up so it looked like he was
snarling. Then Richard Bachus held the dog with his thumb and pinky under his
front legs and the other fingers around its neck and shook it so it would look
like he was choking the dog. We were actually in front of the camera for less
than an hour. I had something to say, but I have no memory of what it was.
I do vaguely remember the director, Bob Clark (tho I didn't
remember his name), being nice to us. So was Richard Bachus. Kinda found it
strange this was listed as a Canadian movie, since at least our part was filmed
hour or so from Orlando.
I really wanted to see it as a kid. It was rated R (I think),
and my Mom was busy the first weekend it came out. We were going to go see it
the second weekend, but it didn't make it to the second weekend. About 20 years
ago I got a residual check (heh, I think it was $20) from Channel 5 in
Washington, DC because they were going to show it. Also kinda strange 'cause I
had moved back to DC by then. I watched the TV Guide for months, but I never saw
This movie launched my distinguished commercial acting career
for a couple of years. Free Spirit Bicycles, Pizza Hut, Stars Hall of Fame, and
my big national break, New York Life Insurance (where I got to yell "I
wanna go to college!" when my commercial Dad scored a touchdown.
<sarcasm off> Anyway, tons of fun for an 8 year old."
11-4-00 MORE MISC NEWS!
After rumors about
WES CRAVEN'S DRACULA 2000 going straight to video / DVD, it looks like it will
be going to the theaters as originally planned on December 22nd.
Variety, the psychological thriller SPIDER will be the next film by David
Cronenberg. It stars Ralph Fiennes who is an outpatient from an asylum who
is trying to piece back together his past. Miranda Richardson is to
listed a couple of new titles set to be released on DVD.
HYSTERICAL - This is the horror spoof by the Hudson Brothers,
which parodies such movies as DRACULA, THE AMITYVILLE HORROR, THE EXORCIST and
many more. This was always a very hard video to find. It stars
Murray Hamilton, Bud Cort, Cindy Pickett, Richard Kiel, Julie Newmar and Charlie
TWITCH OF THE DEATH NERVE (a.k.a. BAY OF BLOOD, CARNAGE) -
Yet another classic from Mario Bava coming to DVD. This film must of
inspired some of the FRIDAY THE 13th films. After the Countess Frederica
is killed by her husband, who then is killed himself by someone else. Many
different people are killed many different ways. Not one to miss.
Bon Jovi has signed to play the lead role in the sequel to JOHN CARPENTER'S
VAMPIRES. What character he will be playing is not known. The sequel
is to be produced by Sandy King with Carpenter being the executive producer,
with Tommy Lee Wallace directing from a script that he wrote. I got to
admit that I don't know about that casting. Time will tell.
to Variety, Lions Gate Films has picked up the U.S. rights for the first four
films by Fantastic Factory, from producers Brian Yuzna and Julio
Fernandez. The films are Yuzna's FAUST, Jack Sholder's ARACHNID, Stuart
Gordon's DAGON (which should start filming shortly) and BEYOND RE-ANIMATOR (no
details on this one yet). It hasn't been determined as to whether they
will be going straight to video or if they will get a theatrical release.
Let's hope for the theaters.
next film by Spanish director Jaume Balaguero, has been picked up by
Dimension. The movie will be shot in English and will start filming next
year in Spain. As part of the deal, Dimension also got the U.S. rights to
Balaguero's THE NAMELESS, which was based on a novel by Ramsey Campbell.
NEWS & INFO
Chuck Parello's film ED GEIN won the award for best film at
the Sitges International Film Festival of Catalonia. Steve Railsback, who
plays the title character also won the award for best actor as well.
Geoffrey Wright won the best director award for his film
Tonight on Showtime, they will
be playing the film POSSESSED. This is the movie that tells the true life
story of the 1949 exorcism that happened in St. Louis. This is what gave
William Peter Blatty the idea for his book THE EXORCIST. The film stars
Timothy Dalton, Christopher Plummer, Piper Laurie, and Jonathan Malen.
(Thanks to Dr.
According to Debra Hill,
HALLOWEEN will be getting a re-release in the theaters, just as THE EXORCIST
did. Let's just hope they don't screw with that one.
(Thanks to Gorezone)
10-19-00 MORE DVD TITLES
OUT THIS MONTH FROM ANCHOR BAY!
THE STUFF - The
killer ice cream movie of the century! Starring Michael Moriarty, Paul
Sorvino, Danny Aiello, and Garrett Morris. The DVD is in widescreen format
(1.85:1) and has an audio commentary by director Larry Cohen, along with the
original theatrical trailer.
SLUGS - One of the best killer bug movies out there.
Based on the best selling novel by British horror author Shaun Hutson, and
directed by J.P. Simon, who brought us PIECES. The DVD is in widescreen
format (1.85:1), and includes the original theatrical trailer.
Both DVDs are price at $24.98, and should be available on
9-20-00 SATAN GOES
TO THE MOVIES!!!
sure everybody has heard that on September 22nd, the new version of THE EXORCIST
will be re-released in the theaters. Imagine my surprise when I caught the
headlines of the Tuesday edition of the Chicago Sun-Times:
the story, "For the first time in it's 160-year history, the Archdiocese of
Chicago has appointed a full-time exorcist. The article goes on to explain
what they do and that the number of possessions has gone up over the last
Then they mentioned the little news bit about an impromptu
exorcism that Pope John Paul II had to carry out on a 19-year old Italian girl
early this month. Apparently, it only had a temporary effect on the girl.
Okay folks, here's my take on the whole matter. With
the re-release of THE EXORCIST coming out, this is great publicity. My
guess is that Warner Brothers made a call to the Catholic Church HQ and offered
a big fat "donation" to the church, if they start getting this whole
exorcist thing in the news. Next thing you know, the Pope is doing a
surprise exorcist, and now the Chicago gets their own exorcist. Now before
the movie was going to be coming out, there was never really any news of any
possessions or anything. Now, according to Rev. James LeBar, an exorcist
for the Archdiocese of New York, there has been a "large explosion" of
exorcisms over the last decade, with New York having 300 in the last
decade. Is it just me, or does this just not sound right.
VCI has recently announced they will be releasing Mario
Bava's THE WHIP AND THE BODY! For those who have not seen this film, it's
one of my favorite Bava films. They will also be releasing Bava's BLOOD
AND BLACK LACE as well. Both DVD's will have extras like audio
commentaries, still galleries, and much more.
MGM has announced (finally)
that early next year, they will be releasing both THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES and
DR. PHIBES RETURNS on DVD!!!
Apparently, Tobe Hooper's
latest, CROCODILE didn't do that well. It's already hitting DVD / video
this December. It does have a bunch of extras, such as audio commentary,
making of documentary, deleted scenes, and more.
(Thanks to DVD NIGHTMARE)
According to Variety, there
will be a sequel to JOHN CARPENTER'S VAMPIRES. This sequel will be
directed by Tommy Lee Wallace, who wrote the script, while Carpenter will be
executive producer. The title right now is being called John Carpenter
Presents VAMPIRES: LOS MUERTOS. The only returning character from the
first film will be Father Adam, who will be once again played by Tim Guinee.
I don't know about his one folks. It doesn't sound
good, but Wallace has come across in the past with some great flicks.
Maybe he can do it again.
(Thanks to DR. CASEY)
For some Halloween TV news,
there are two documentaries coming out next month that you may want to mark on
your calendars. The documentary on independent horror films by Adam Simon,
called THE AMERICAN NIGHTMARE, will be making it's cable debut on Friday,
October 13th, on the Independent Film Channel. This could be pretty
Also on cable in October, is
the original new Turner Classic Movies documentary on silent film star Lon
Chaney, called LON CHANEY: A THOUSAND FACES. The documentary is hosted by
Kenneth Branagh. This should be really good. TCM will also be
showing several of Chaney's films. It will be shown on October 24th.
SCREENWRITER CURT SIODMAK DIES!
According to the Los Angeles Times, writer and director
Siodmak passed away back on September 2, in California. Fans of the
Universal horrors will be very familiar with Siodmak, being that he wrote THE
WOLFMAN. He also had his hands in such films as I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE,
CURUCU: BEAST OF THE AMAZON, EARTH VS THE FLYING SAUCERS, plus many more.
He was even a successful author, with his best know novel being DONOVAN'S
BRAIN. He was 98 years old.
(Thanks to DR. CASEY)
Also, for fans of Lon Chaney
Sr., mark your calendars for October 24th. They will be premiering their
new original documentary on the great Chaney, entitled LON CHANEY: A THOUSAND
FACES. After the show, they will also be showing his films TELL IT TO THE
MARINES, THE ACE OF HEARTS, THE UNHOLY THREE, and WEST OF ZANZIBAR. The
following week, on Halloween night, we will be replaying the documentary, along
with some of the Chaney classics. This should be one not to be missed.
Next week will see the release
of THE OMEN DVD box set. This is a must for us horror fans. While I
haven't seen the second and third one in quite some time, the first one remains
as classic among the genre.
Plus, according to an
interview with John Landis over at DVD Review, he was asked about any plans for
a Special Edition of his American Werewolf In London. Apparently,
Universal in the UK is getting some stuff together for it. Hopefully they
will remaster the print, as well as have some really cool extras.
According to Anchor Bay's
site, THE WICKER MAN DVD will have a 50 minute featurette, which will have
interviews with Christopher Lee, Edward Woodward, and other members of the cast
and crew. More extras to be announced later.
Anchor will also be releasing
NATTEVAGTEN (aka NIGHTWATCH), Ole Bornedal's excellent dark thriller (the
original, not the lame-ass remake), which will also feature commentary by the
We've recently seen the new
Spanish film, THE NAMELESS, which is based on a novel by Ramsey Campbell.
This is another film that has shows some great talent from a first time
director. While it does seem to have a lot of influences from SEVEN, and
maybe even JACOB'S LADDER, but still does give a real impact once watched.
Look for a full review of the film shortly in our Review section.
And also, while not really a
horror film, we've recently got the newly released Ultimate Edition DVD of
TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY. It is amazing. Even though I've seen the
film countless times, it looks and sounds incredible. Plus there are tons
of extra supplementary material.
But folks, here's a couple of notes about
the three versions of the film that it has. The DVD and packaging make no mention or
reference to the Extended Special Edition that was suppose to have an extra 5
minutes that have never been seen before. You need a special code for
it. To do this, go to DVD
Nightmare, to their review of the dvd and they will tell you what to
do. Secondly, this extra footage is really only about 3 minutes, and is
the footage of Sarah and John Connor grown up, playing in a playground with
John's daughter, showing that they had change the future. This segment was
shown during one of the documentaries that I had seen. But none the less,
the DVD is still well worth the cost.
It's official! Director Stephen Norrington and writer
David Goyer have signed on to do the GHOST RIDER film. Both had worked
together on the first BLADE movie. Goyer describes the movie "As a kind of turbo-charged gothic/horror/western movie. Kind of like a cross between Road Warrior, Vanishing Point, Badlands and The Hitcher."
It will have a budget somewhere around $75 million.
(Thanks to Dr. Casey)
ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK is
finally hitting DVD from MGM. The good news is that it will contain a new
anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen transfer as well as a Dolby Digital Surround Sound
format. The bad news is that the only extra the DVD will have is the
theatrical trailer! From what I've heard, MGM couldn't make a deal to get
the audio commentary that was on the laserdisc. Plus, why couldn't they
get the uncut footage that Carpenter was always talking about and that they show
part of on the laserdisc? What a crock.
8-16-00 ROMERO TO
APPEAR AT THE CINEMA WASTELAND CON????
There are rumors about that Romero may be showing up at the
Cinema Wasteland convention next month in Ohio. Romero has stated on his
website's message board, "I'll do my best to be there."
This will be the ultimate show for fans of DAWN OF THE
DEAD. Here's some of the DAWN cast who is already scheduled to be there:
Dave Emge (Flyboy), Ken Foree (Peter), Scott Reiniger (Roger), and Tom
Savini. As well as James Baffico, Tony Buba, David Early, Leonard Lies,
Jim Krut, Bob Michelucci, and Marty Schiff.
PLUS, Tom Sullivan, who was the makeup effects guy on the
first EVIL DEAD film. This is his first convention appearance. Also
is cult director Ted Mikels, who made such classics as ASTRO-ZOMBIES, THE DOLL
SQUAD, BLOOD ORGY OF THE SHE DEVILS, and of course THE CORPSE GRINDERS.
Plus many more. For more info, click here.
8-15-00 MORE MISC.
According to Daily Variety, production for TREMORS 3: BACK TO
PERFECTION will begin in October. Michael Gross will be returning in his
role of the survivalist Brent Gummer to battle the graboids. Brent Maddock
will be directing. He was the co-writer of the first two films.
Director Stephen Norrington,
(DEATH MACHINE, BLADE) might be directing the live action version of the
Marvel's comic book character GHOST RIDER. David S. Goyer, who wrote the
screenplay for BLADE, is working on the screenplay. Their looking at
budget around $75 million. With the success of THE X-MEN, we are going to
be seeing a lot more of these live action comic book adaptations.
According to reports at the
Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors convention last weekend, the SEED OF CHUCKY sequel
is dead. Screenwriter Don Mancini told the crowd that Universal was a
little embarrassed that BRIDE OF CHUCKY made so much money.
I'm actually surprised that being that it did make so much money that they weren't
up 2 or 3 sequels. Isn't that what Hollywood does?
And last but not least, according to The
Hollywood Reporter, Kevin Williamson will return to the horror genre with an
adult oriented serial killer film that he will be writing and producing for
Dimension films, called CURSED. I thought they would of learned their
lesson with THE FACULTY and TEACHING MRS. TINGLE. Guess not.
8-12-00 MISC. NEWS
Apparently Pinhead is going straight to DVD / Video this
October. HELLRAISER: INFERNO will be released on DVD on October
10th. This newest entry was directed by Scott Derrickson, and stars Craig
Sheffer and Nicholas Turturro, with of course Doug Bradley as Pinhead.
This story is about a bad LA cop who finds the puzzle box,
opens it, and releases Pinhead. All those around him start to die, he sets
out to destroy Pinhead and escape from the Hell he's in.
The DVD features a 16x9 Enhanced transfer in the movie's
original 1.78:1 aspect ratio, as well as a Dolby 5.1 sound track. The DVD
will also have a Featurette called SECRETS OF PINHEAD REVEALED, as well as a
conversation with Bradley.
This doesn't look good folks, when the first news about this
film is the straight to video / DVD release announcement. Of course, could
it be any worse than the last two entries?
announced another two entries in the FRIDAY THE 13th series to hit DVD.
FRIDAY THE 13th: PART 3 will be released on October 17th, in
a 16x9 - 2.35:1 ratio. It does come with trailer, but unfortunately won't
be in 3-D. The retail price will be $29.99.
FRIDAY THE 13th PART 4 will also be released on the same day,
but will only be in 1.85:1 ratio. This also only comes with a trailer, and
has the same retail price.
coming out from Paramount is a special edition of ROSEMARY'S BABY. The
excellent tale of witches from Roman Polanski will be in 16x9 - 1.66:1 format
and have some cool extras, such as a Making of documentary, and interviews with
Polanski, producer Robert Evans and production designer Richard Sylbert.
This will also have a retail price of $29.99, and will be
released October 3rd.
And for a few
other news tidbits:
Bill Paxton will be making his directing debut on a horror
film. The film is called FRAILTY, and is about a single father of two
boys, and may or may not have the power to identify demons. He sets out to
kill the evil people. One of his sons sees him as a hero while the other
sees him as a killer.
For a while there, I had figured Paxton had forgotten what
genre his roots were in.
Daily Variety, Edward Furlong will be reprising his role as John Connor in the
upcoming TERMINATOR 3.
casting news, it looks like cult faves Sid Haig and Karen Black have leading
roles in Rob Zombies HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES. I sure hope this turns out to
be a good movie.
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND MORE!
During a recent chat sessions with a rep from Anchor Bay, the
follow titles have been announced, including a bunch more Hammer titles.
Of course, we all know that just because AB announces them . . . Let 's just say
they we hope they come out.
THEATRE OF DEATH
DARK EYES OF LONDON
CIRCUS OF HORRORS
The classic 1945 DEAD OF NIGHT
ZOLTAN HOUND OF DRACULA
BLOOD FROM THE MUMMY'S TOMB
DEMONS OF THE MIND
SCARS OF DRACULA (commentary by Christopher Lee and Roy Ward Baker)
TO THE DEVIL A DAUGHTER
FEAR IN THE NIGHT
LUST FOR A VAMPIRE
DR. JEYKLL AND SISTER HYDE
STRAIGHT ON TIL MORNING
Also, Image will be releasing the excellent early sci-fi / horror flick THE
CRAWLING EYE in December. If you're not familiar with this film, check out
our reviews section.
And last but not least, George Romero's
site, is now somewhat open. For right now, there only seems to be
something the news section. But he says that it will also be having a
message board, Q&A section, a store, and even a chat room, where Romero
himself will be participating in. In the news section, Romero discusses
what has been going on with his career in the last few years. With his
tales of Hollywood, it's enough to make a someone with dreams of becoming a
filmmaker change his mind real quick.
LOVE OFF CARPENTER'S MARS FILM
Apparently due to an ankle injury, Love
will not be in the new Carpenter film, THE GHOSTS OF MARS. According to Variety.com, due to the tight budget, they can't wait for her ankle to heal, and
will be looking for a replacement. Love injured her foot while going
through the training for the physical demands of her role.
7-21-00 THE BEYOND DVD
DETAILS - Look and drool!
- Widescreen Presentation (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs
- Rare On-Set Interviews with Lucio Fulci
- International Theatrical Trailer
- German Theatrical Trailer
- U.S. Re-release Theatrical Trailer
- Music Video: Necrophagia/And You Will Live In Terror - directed by Jim Van Bebber
- Audio Commentary with stars David Warbeck and Catriona MacColl
- Lost German Color Pre-credit Sequence and Main Titles
- Languages: English & Italian
- Still Galleries & Much, much More
- Liner Notes by Chas. Balun
- Dolby Digital 5.1 (English) & Mono (Italian)
7-19-00 NEW DVD
TITLE RELEASES & MORE
Criterion will be putting out the following titles:
THE BLOB ('58 version)
-New anamorphic 1.66:1 transfer
-Mono audio track
-2 commentaries from producer Jack Harris and one from actor Tony Fields
-New anamorphic 2.35:1 transfer
-New and improved subtitle translation of original Japanese track
-Duel layer disc
-Uncut 164-minute version
-New anamorphic 1.85:1 transfer
-Mono audio track
Elite will be putting out House on Sorority Row.
VCI will be releasing Mario Bava's BLOOD AND BLACK LACE this October. It will be the best looking version, as well as being completely uncut.
-Anamorphic widescreen transfer
-Expect the original Italian soundtrack as well as the English track
-Optional English soundtrack
Thanks to DVD NIGHTMARE
John Carpenter, Debra Hill and Kurt Russell are looking to bring Snake Plissken to the small screen for a new tv series. The series will follow the further
adventures of Snake. Kurt will not be playing the role, just as co-producer. If the series does well, a third movie might be maid, with the title currently ESCAPE FROM EARTH. Sorry folks, but these both sound like abortions waiting to happen.
Thanks to Fangoria
According to DVD
Maniacs, ROSEMARY'S BABY, THE DEAD ZONE, and PET SEMATARY will be released
on DVD this September. All the titles will be 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen
versions, with the first two titles having a new 5.1 mixes. ROSEMARY'S
BABY will include new interviews with the cast and crew. That should be a
very cool disc.
FRIDAY THE 13th Pt 3 & 4 are also coming out
on DVD. Unfortunately, part 3 will not be in 3-D, but will be in 2.35:1
widescreen. Part 4 will be in 1.85:1. They will both be released in
7-12-00 MISC. NEWS!
Yea, I know it's been a
while for a News update. Other than DVD releases and announcements, there
hasn't been a great deal of news as of late. But here are a few items for
There are no plans for another DVD release of Peter Jackson's
THE FRIGHTENERS. The special edition laserdisc has a huge documentary, as
well as about 12 minutes of extra footage. The DVD release of it was just
the original theatrical versions. Fans of this movie (including me) have
been hoping for a new DVD release, but it looks like it ain't gonna happen.
MGM are currently working on a DVD release for Joe Dante's
THE HOWLING for sometime next year. No info yet on whether it will have
any extras or not.
MGM is also stating that they own the rights for RETURN OF
THE LIVING DEAD and do not have it listed on any DVD release schedules.
On October of this year, MGM will be releasing John
Carpenter's ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK on DVD. It will contain a commentary and
a making of documentary. Hopefully it will have the same commentary that
was on the laserdisc, with Carpenter and Kurt Russell, which is very
THANKS TO DVD
6-21-00 ARNOLD TO
DO TERMINATOR 3 - PLUS MORE BIG NEWS
According to Variety.com, Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed on to star in TERMINATOR 3.
They're aiming for a late spring of next year. No word on who's directed.
Cameron has stated before that he has no intention of revisiting the property
GEORGE ROMERO COMES TO
Romero will be appearing at the School of the Art Institute
of Chicago at the end of July. The Institute will be screening a few of
Romero's films. The films to be shown are:
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD
They will also be previewing his latest film BRUISER
Romero will at the screenings of MONKEY SHINES and
BRUISER. For more details click here.
(THANKS TO DVD MANIACS)
It also looks
like there will be a third film in the TREMORS series. It will have the
original scriptors and producers, but no details yet on the cast.
According to Fangoria, Italian director Pupi (THE ARCANE ENCHANTER) Avati is deep into production on his latest film, THE KNIGHTS OF THE QUEST. While the title clearly positions it as a period adventure, our source tells us that the movie also involves "black magic, exorcism and demon possession."
And as I'm sure most have already heard or read this, but Anchor Bay Entertainment has announced they will be releasing Dario Argento's SUSPIRIA on DVD sometime next year. It will be in it's original uncut form and featuring a widescreen transfer (2.35:1). No details as any extras yet, but they are expecting something close to what was on DEEP RED and INFERNO.
MARIANO BAINO FLICK!
Baino is currently working on his long awaited follow up project since his first feature DARK WATERS (aka DEAD WATERS). His newest film, entitled RITUAL, based on the 1988 novel by Graham
Masterton, is being filmed in Lost Angeles. Louise Salter, who was the lead in DARK WATERS, is once again playing the lead. Also starring is Doug Bradley.
Also, Jess Franco might be remaking his own 1962 film AWFUL DR.
ORLOFF. Eurocine, the producers of the first version, are going to do the remake as well. There's even talk of Udo Kier playing the title role.
BEFORE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL EDITION DVD!!!
Finally coming this October to DVD, Tim Burton's NIGHTMARE
will be hitting DVD again. But this time it will be the Special Edition
version. This version will contain extras such as the making of
documentary, audio commentary with Burton, deleted scenes, production stills,
and Burton's FRANKENWEENIE and his awesome short film VINCENT. I'm
guessing it's the same stuff on the laserdisc box set, which used to retail for
$80-$90. So for only a third of that, you can have it all on DVD.
According to DVD DRIVE-IN, Sam Sherman
of Independent International Films, said that he will be putting out DVD's of
six films that were made in the Phillipinos. Such as the Blood Island
films: BRIDES OF BLOOD, MAD DOCTOR OF BLOOD ISLAND, and BEAST OF BLOOD.
Along with CURSE OF THE VAMPIRES, THE BLOOD DRINKERS, and even Al Adamson's
BRAIN OF BLOOD. This is some great news.
there's more! Sherman also said that through Image Entertainment, they
will be releasing John Gilling's masterpiece THE FLESH AND THE FIENDS (aka
MANIA), which stars Peter Cushing and Donald Pleasance. This is the best
version (in my opinion) of the tale of Burke & Hare and Doctor Knox.
This is one incredible film.
Entertainment has also announced a series of DVD's on the careers of different
film directors, simply called DIRECTORS. The first title that was
announced was DIRECTORS: DAVID CRONENBERG, which should be released in
September. Another genre director listed is DIRECTORS: WES CRAVEN, which
will also be released in September.
6-3-00 WRITER /
DIRECTOR ERIC RED INVOLVED IN CAR CRASH.
Eric Red is known in the horror genre for writing such
classic films as THE HITCHER and NEAR DARK. According to Variety.com, two
men have died after Red ran his vehicle into a crowded pool hall near the UCLA
campus on Wednesday. Red remained in critical condition after trying to
cut his own throat after the crash.
Red had been working with Artisan on his first picture in
five years, a thriller called TEACHER'S PET.
TITLES FROM IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
BLACK SABBATH - Mario Bava's classic anthology, starring
Boris Karloff. This dvd will feature the uncut version. It will be
in Italian, with English subtitles. It will include a filmography,
production info and stills, trailer, and even some deleted footage.
CAVE OF THE LIVING DEAD
CRUCIBLE OF TERROR - Mike Raven stars as a mad sculptor.
FEMALE VAMPIRE - Jess Franco's awesome vampire tale, starring
his wife Lina Romay, and also with Jack Taylor. This is listed with a
running time of 110 minutes, and is in 2.35:1 ratio. It will also have a
trailer, and alternate footage from the horror-only version of the film,
FRANKENSTEIN'S DAUGHTER - Starring John Ashley, and the dvd
will include production stills.
GRUESOME TWOSOME (Special Edition) - Another classic from H.G.
Lewis. This dvd will feature audio commentary by Lewis, the Herschell
Gordon Lewis Gallery of Exploitation Art, trailer, and the archival short
HOUSE OF SEVEN CORPSES - John Caradine classic.
MY SON THE VAMPIRE - Really a comedy but features Bela Lugosi
and was directed by John Gilling.
OLIVER TWIST - For the Lon Chaney Sr. fans out there.
This silent film has Chaney playing Fagin to Jackie Coogan's Oliver. Also
as an added bonus, the DVD will feature the short film THE LIGHT OF FAITH,
starring Lon Chaney.
6-1-00 EVEN MORE
The release date for JASON X has been moved back a year
until next April! Why am I mentioning this? Since for a (very) short
time, I actually thought this could be a pretty cool movie. But after
hearing that David Cronenberg was going to have a bit part and says "I
basically play a stupid doctor who deserves to die.", it sounded just like
all the other idiot slasher films out there. And now that they're moving
it back a whole year, that usually doesn't mean a good thing. Of course,
that's just my little opinion.
Speaking of stupid movies,
even after the God-awful sequel WISHMASTER 2, it seems they want to beat a dead
horse even more so and make 2 more sequels. At least Andew Divoff has
gotten some dignity and won't be in them.
Universal is putting more of the classic horrors out this fall. They include CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
(CLaude Rains), and THE INVISIBLE MAN. Most of them will have extras like commentary, production notes, stills, and a
Francis Lederer passes away on Thursday, May 25th, of natural causes. Most horror fans will know him from his role as a vampire in the 1958 film RETURN OF
And the best news, as to what
sounds like the possibility of a great movie, French director Christophe Gans
new film is called THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF. Gans directed the awesome
action film CRYING FREEMAN (which still has yet to be released over here in the
States), which is filled with some great atmosphere and style. He also
directed on the episodes in the Lovecraft anthology film NECRONOMICON.
His latest is based "18th century legend of a mysterious beast that left a trail of mutilated victims and spread terror among the peasants in southeast France" (source: The Hollywood Reporter, 2/7/00).
King Louis XV sends a young detective to investigate the strange murders in the
south of France. Shades of SLEEPY HOLLOW???
The film had a budget of $30 million, which would make it one
of the most expensive French productions of the year.
Let's just hope that it's as good as Gans previous work.
5-26-00 NEWS! NEWS!
Apparently after the
success of George Clooney's live TV movie FAIL SAFE, he's decided on doing
another one. Clooney will now produce a live TV version of THE THING,
based on the original short story "Who Goes There?" by John W.
Campbell. It'll be interesting on how they do it. Obviously, it
won't have the special effects that John Carpenter had in his version, but it
still will be interesting.
Also, from some of the early
reports that I've heard / read, Anchor Bay's CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD does not
have the quality one would of expected. You may want to wait before
picking this one up folks, or getting rid of the EC laserdiscs if you were lucky
enough to pick one up. I know I'm glad I didn't drop mine on eBay once the
DVD announcement came out.
5-20-00 DVD NEWS
For fans of Cameron's TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY, you will
be getting one hell of a Special Edition coming out soon. Just to name a
few details, but it will include 3 different versions of the movie (one that
will have an additional 5 minutes of footage never seen before), audio
commentary with 26 cast & crew members, 2 or 3 different "making
of" documentaries, the entire screenplay, over 700 storyboards, and much
more. This is going to be one amazing dvd.
For more details, check out DVD
Also, the upcoming dvd release
of TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2 will be the 100 minute director's cut of the film.
DVDs COMING THIS MONTH!
On the 23rd of this month, THE FOUR SIDED TRIANGLE,
QUATERMASS 2, and THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN will be out on DVD.
THE FOUR SIDED TRIANGLE is presented in full-frame and
includes the World of Hammer episode THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN.
QUATERMASS 2 is also presented in full-frame, has audio
commentary by director Val Guest and writer Nigel Kneale. It will also
include the World of Hammer episode SCI-FI, and a U.S. theatrical trailer of
ENEMY FROM SPACE (the American title).
THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN is presented widescreen (2.35:1) and
includes audio commentary by director Val Guest and writer Nigel Kneale, a
theatrical trailer, as well as the World of Hammer episode PETER CUSHING.
5-11-00 Tons of
News From Anchor Bay Entertainment
Along with audio commentary tracks, the upcoming special
editions of HELLRAISER and HELLBOUND: HELLRAISER 2 will also have new
Anchor Bay is trying to
reconstruct the most complete print of the classic film THE WICKER MAN from
several sources from around the world. Additional supplements are already
in the making, including featurettes and commentary tracks.
The three ILSA films have been
pushed back from June to July. Maybe they don't have the full uncut prints
after all? Wouldn't be the first time.
Fulci's HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY
is scheduled for release in January of next year.
Ruggero Deodato's CUT AND RUN
is now scheduled for sometime next year. They say they're still trying to
'secure' the longest version of the film. That's funny, since when they
announced the film, it sounded as if they already had the uncut print.
Anchor has also announced they
will be releasing Lamberto Bava's directorial debut, MACABRO, as well as Albert
De Martino's THE ANTICHRIST, one of the better EXORCIST spin-offs.
I wouldn't be dumping any
laserdiscs or old pre-records just yet folks. I'll be waiting till they
get released and made sure are the complete versions.
5-8-00 THE BEYOND
DVD FINALLY ANNOUNCE & MORE!
After years and years of waiting, Grindhouse has finally announced
officially that THE BEYOND and CANNIBAL FEROX will be released on DVD.
CANNIBAL is scheduled for June 13th, while THE BEYOND is set for September
19th. Here's more details on what they will have:
New 16x9 high definition transfer
Digital stereo soundtrack
Commentary from stars Catriona MacColl and the late, great David Warbeck
Italian, US and German trailers
Liner notes by the infamous Chas Balun
The rare alternate version of the pre-credit sequence in FULL COLOR!!! presented as a special supplemental bonus
And a few other surprises still in the works.
Uncut digitally remastered letterboxed transfer of the original
Digital stereo soundtrack
Commentary from Umberto Lenzi and John Morghen
Original Italian language soundtrack
Extensive still gallery
Italian, US and German trailers
On camera interview with Umberto Lenzi
Liner notes by the legendary Bill Landis of SLEAZOID EXPRESS fame
Extensive chapter stops, filmographies and bios
A bonus 10x14" reproduction of the original US movie poster
Also, in other DVD news, it looks like there will
be a special edition of THE CROW. This Collector's Edition will have
commentary, along with the alternate cut of the movie which includes the Skull
Cowboy (played by Michael Berryman) sequences. This should be one hell of
a DVD. It'll be very interesting to see this footage, as well as hear the
commentary about the film.
Thanks to DVD REVIEW for the info.
ARGENTO CASTING NEWS and
Max Von Sydow is confirmed to have the lead role in Argento's
next film, I CAN'T SLEEP. Shooting is to start in a couple of weeks.
Thanks to the great Argento website DARK DREAMS OF DARIO ARGENTO for the info.
Also, in other movie news,
apparently the supposedly gruesome ending to the book HANNIBAL is being changed
for the film version. The new ending is suppose to be in the same feeling
as the original ending. Thomas Harris, author of both the SILENCE OF THE
LAMBS and HANNIBAL novels has approved of the new ending. Of course, I'm
sure that has nothing to do with the $10 million dollar check he got for the
film rights. With Ridley Scott directing, I'm sure it's going to be pretty
damn good. Let's keep our hopes up.
Richard Donner has finished the audio commentary for the new
THE OMEN DVD. There will be a making of documentary as well.
The newer versions of
HELLRAISER and HELLBOUND: HELLRAISER 2 will have audio commentary by both Clive
Barker and Ashley Laurence. Director Tony Randel will be on HELLBOUND as
5-1-00 NEW DRACULA
This is to be a modern retelling of Stoker's famous
novel. Christopher Plummer has been announced to play the Dracula's
nemesis Van Helsing. The other main roles have not yet been cast.
Wes Craven is producing the film, while Patrick Lussier, who
was the editor of Craven's SCREAM TRILOGY, MUSIC OF THE HEART, and also of
HALLOWEEN H20, will be taking the directorial chair.
Let's just hope that while editing H2K and those SCREAM
films, he knows just what a bad movie looks like.
Craven will not SCREAM again!
Wes Craven has
recently spoken out about the chances of him doing another entry in the serious.
"Consider this the final word. I have no intention or making Scream 4.
I have several projects that will keep me occupied for the next couple of years. While the Scream films have been a wonderful experience, I have other projects to pursue. I certainly appreciate the loyalty of the Scream fans and their enthusiasm for the films, but I think that we've done what we had set out to do.
I would also appreciate it if you would squelch the rumor that I am accepting Scream 4 scripts. We have been inundated with amateur writers that are saying that they heard this was true."
The only bad thing (yes, I did
say bad thing) is that just because Craven isn't going to do it, doesn't mean
somebody else won't. Trust me. There will be a SCREAM 4. God
help us all.
FRANCO'S DR. ORLOF
COMING TO DVD
Image Entertainment will be releasing Jess Franco's THE
AWFUL DR. ORLOF on DVD this July. This 1962 black and white film is very
different from the later films that Franco made. This was is actually very
chilling and atmospheric. This is one of those classics that should be in
The DVD apparently doesn't have any extras.
4-29-00 VAMPIRE LOVERS
Since acquiring the
Orion Pictures library, MGM Technical Services have been compiling the
inventories they had gotten. It seems that the first film that is going
under restoration is the 1970 Hammer film VAMPIRE LOVERS. After years of
rumors of different cuts, it looks like this film will not only be released
uncut for the first time, but will be the best quality transfer yet, since it
will coming right off the original negative.
The cuts that are being restored are the extra gore in the decapitation
of the vampire in the very beginning of the film. Also there are several
cuts restored at the end of the film, with Peter Cushing putting an end to the
vampire, played by Ingrid Pitt. There is an extensive staking sequence as
well as the decapitation, including Cushing holding the dripping
There were also rumors of some more nudity during the bath
sequence. This was not on the prints that were found. Also not found
were some shots of the vampiric Kate O'Mara biting into a breast. These
maybe just that, rumors.
In any case, this is some great news for horror fans,
especially fans of the Hammer Films. There is no mention of when the
release date is expected, or if will be released on video and DVD, or just
video. I'm sure it will be released on both.
4-27-00 MORE MOVIES!
JAWS will be coming to DVD on July 11th. This Special
Edition DVD will feature tons of extra cool stuff. It will have a 2.35:1
anamorphic transfer, outtakes, deleted scenes, a new "Shark World"
educational video on sharks, storyboards, a photo gallery with advertising
materials and production photos, and a trivia game, along with trailer,
production notes and cast and crew biographies. The only bad thing is that
the two hour documentary that was on the laserdisc is going to be cut in half to
fit on a one sided disc. What a crock!
MGM ANNOUNCES A FEW MORE
TITLES FOR VIDEO RELEASE!
Coming soon to (only) video from MGM are the following:
VAMPIRE LOVERS, RETURN OF COUNT YORGA, SCREAM AND SCREAM
AGAIN, and THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN. Still no reason for no DVD
releases. Probably after everybody buys the videos, then they'll put it
out. Who knows.
4-21-00 DVD NEWS
MGM has announced a few interesting titles that should be
coming out this fall.
THE FOG, THE HOWLING, MISERY, PUMPKINHEAD, SCANNERS, TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2,
TERMINATOR: Special Edition, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK: Special Edition.
4-17-00 DVD NEWS
Anchor Bay has released some info about a few upcoming DVD
releases that might interests us horror fans.
ANGUISH (1986) - Zelda Rubinstein and Michael Lerner star in
this bizarre tale by the controversial Spanish writere / director Bigas
Luna. Released in 2.35:1, with 5.1 Dolby Digital, and comes with trailer.
BLOOD SPATTERED BRIDE (1972) - Vicente Aranda's tale of
reincarnation and lesbian, based on the Le Fanu's CARMILA. The film
has been restored from the original negative materials and is presented uncut
and uncensored. There's been rumors for years about the missing heart
removal footage, which I think is just that - rumors. But we'll see what
Anchor Bay comes up with. This will be released in 1.85:1, English dubbed,
mono, and comes with a trailer.
CANNIBAL MAN (1974) Eloy de la Iglesia tale about a man who
becomes a cannibalistic murderer. Released uncut and uncensored, in
1.85:1, English dubbed, mono, and comes with a trailer.
FOR LUCIO FULCI FANS!
CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD (1980) - Released as GATES OF HELL,
this will be (hopefully) the definitive version of this Fulci classic.
Comes with trailers, cast / crew biographies, in 1.85:1, 5.1 Dolby Digital.
DON'T TORTURE A DUCKLING (1972) - While not as gory as some
of his more famous films, this Fulci film is one of the most disturbing. This re-discovered classic has been restored from the original vault materials and is presented completely uncut and uncensored.
Presented in 2.35:1, English dubbed, in mono, and comes with cast & crew
The release dates for all above DVD titles is May
I keep seeing news about Anchor Bay getting
the rights to Hammer's SCARS OF DRACULA, LUST FOR A VAMPIRE, and DR. JEKYLL
& SISTER HYDE. But I've checked out their site, including their
upcoming release dates and can't find any mention of them.
GARY OLDMAN MEETS
There's a possibility that Gary Oldman will be in the SILENCE
OF THE LAMBS sequel, HANNIBAL. If so, he will be playing one of Lector's
patience that is seeking revenge on him. It should be a pretty intense
film with both Oldman and Hopkins in it. Let's all hope.
4-7-00 THE FLY DVD
A source to David Cronenberg is saying that he will be doing an audio commentary
for the DVD release of his 1985 remake of THE FLY. Hopefully it will have
some cool extras.
Also coming to DVD, Eddie Romero's take on the
ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU, TWILIGHT PEOPLE. This is a great movie for those who
haven't seen it. Of course, you really need to be a fan of Romero's work.
4-5-00 MORE ANCHOR
BAY DVD NEWS & MORE
Here's some more titles announced recently:
The Day the Earth Caught Fire
Emmanuelle In America
Garden of Allah
House II: The Second Story
The Many Faces of Christopher Lee
4-1-00 EVEN MORE DVD
Anchor Bay has acquired the rights to Albert Pyun's THE SWORD
AND THE SORCERER and will be coming to DVD Spring of next year. Starring
Lee Horsley, Richard Lynch, and Richard Moll, the film will be presented in its
original aspect ratio with other extras to be announced later. While some
may not consider this horror news, any film where you have demons who can rip
someone's heart out from across the room, or somebody ripping his own head in
half, I'd consider that pretty damn close.
Also, for some bad news. Anchor Bay have pulled the
Argento's OPERA from their production schedule until they can finishing negotiations
with the rightholders.
From Image Entertainment comes
even more exciting news. They will soon be releasing Mario Bava's HATCHET
FOR THE HONEYMOON. It will be widescreen (1.66:1), with production info by
Tim Lucas, Production Stills, Mario Bava Biographies, and Director Filmography.
Also coming in June of this year, the notorious CANNIBAL
FEROX Special Edition. This DVD will be in widescreen (1.85:1), with audio
commentary by director Umberto Lenzi and star John Morghen, trailer, production
stills, filmography, on-camera interview with Lenzi, and some other surprises as
They have also announced the Amicus anthology film ASYLUM to
be released on DVD this June. Unfortunately, it will be Full Frame.
But with this all-star cast, such as Peter Cushing, Herbert Lom, Britt Ekland,
Patrick Magee, and being directed by Roy Ward Baker,
this is a must have title.
And for some other slightly non-horror news, Image will also
be releasing a double feature DVD of two of Lon Chaney Sr.'s films, OUTSIDE THE
LAW (directed by Tod Browning) and SHADOWS. As mentioned, this aren't
horror films, but it's always nice to see one of the true masters of the silver
screen work his magic. Both films will feature new film scores and the
release date is set for late June of this year.
3-30-00 MORE DVD
TITLES FROM ANCHOR BAY!
VAMPYRES - Spanish director Jose Larraz's famous
erotic vampire movie. The film has been digitally mastered and will
contain audio commentary by Larraz and producer Brian Smedley-Aston, along with
talent bios, still gallery, and trailers.
POSSESSION - Available for the
first time in the US in it's original uncut version. The originally US
release had about 45 minutes cut from it. This DVD will have audio
commentary by director Andrzej Zulawski and biographer Dan Bird.
THE VAMPIRE HAPPENING - Freddie
Francis' horror / comedy about a girl traveling to Transylvania to sell the
family castle, but unknowingly unleashes her horny vampire ancestors.
Release date: May 9th.
3-28-00 THE HAMMER
FILM MUSIC COLLECTION Vol. 2 - CHEAP!
If you are a fan of Hammer films and
enjoy the music from the films, you might know about the collection of scores
put out by GDI Records in Englund. A couple of years ago, released Volume
1, which features 25 tracks from many different Hammer films. Well,
they've released Volume 2. Now most places are charging around $30 for
each cd. But I've recently found that you can order them from CDNOW.COM at a considerably lower price. They list it for around $24, plus if you
use one of the coupons (see main page for details) for $10 off, it makes it even
more of one hell of a buy.
3-15-00 Guillermo del
Toro to direct "Blade 2: Blood Hunt
Variety.com, New Line Cinema will be having Guillermo del Toro direct the sequel
to their very successful film BLADE. The sequel will have both Wesley
Snipes and Kris Kristofferson returning for the sequel. They are aiming
for a summer of 2001 release.
The sequel has been written by David Goyer, one of the
writers of the first film.
For those who are not familiar with del Toro's work should
check out his first two films, MIMIC and the excellent CRONOS.
Anchor Bay's release of Hammer's THE ABOMINABLE
SNOWMAN will be a 2.35:1 anamorphic transfer, and will include a commentary
track by director Val Guest and writer Nigel Kneale. It will also include
the WORLD OF HAMMER episode "Peter Cushing", as well as a
trailer. QUATERMASS 2 will also feature a commentary by Guest, Kneale, and
Marcus Hearn, the co-author of THE HAMMER STORY. Both will be released on April
3-5-00 EVEN MORE DVD NEWS!
Two separate double-feature DVD's for THE FLY movies on double sided disc. The first one will have the original THE FLY and RETURN OF THE FLY and then the second disc will have Cronenberg's remake of THE FLY along with THE FLY 2. All will be anamorphic, but any
extras have yet to be announced.
Carpenter's BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA is suppose to get a Special Edition treatment sometime early next year. Also in production from MGM are Carpenter's ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK and THE FOG.
Other titles from MGM include MISERY, Brian DePalma's BLOW OUT and DRESSED TO KILL. Plus there will be a special edition of THE TERMINATOR.
TERMINATOR 2 is getting special edition treatment from Artisan. This should be out by late summer, and will have tons of extras.
Also this summer should be the 25th Anniversary edition of JAWS. This is suppose to have same supplementary stuff from the laserdisc, but it's not confirmed if it'll have everything or an edited version.
(Thanks to DVD NIGHTMARE)
2-22-00 MORE DVD
Fox plans to release the first three OMEN movies on DVD
within a year. THE OMEN will be getting the Special Edition treatment,
which will tentatively have a new 16x9 transfer, 4 deleted scenes, and an audio
commentary by director Richard Donner.
Also announced for DVD is THE
HIDDEN and THE FLY. As to what extras might be on these is not known at
2-18-00 DVD NEWS!
Warner will be
releasing a new re-mastered version of INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE.
Included on the new DVD will be a Featurette, a audio commentary, intro from the
director, a still gallery and a trailer. The release date is set for early
Jess Franco will have something to cheer about soon. Elite Entertainment
will be releasing JACK THE RIPPER. Synapse will be putting out SHE KILLED
IN ECSTASY in June.. Anchor Bay will be releasing ILSA: THE WICKED WARDEN
in June. Image will supposedly be releasing AWFUL DR. ORLOFF, SADISTIC
BARON VON KLAUS, DR. JEKYLL'S MISTRESSES, A VIRGIN AMONG THE LIVING DEAD, FEMALE
VAMPIRE, DEMONIC, OASIS OF THE ZOMBIES and REVENGE OF THE HOUSE OF USHER.
Franco on DVD. What a wonderful world.
COMING TO DVD!!! Probably one of the best movies that I've seen in a long
time has been announced for release on dvd coming this May. The DVD will
have tons of extras (YEESSS!), such as commentary track, deleted scenes, and
more. Will post more details when we get them.
(Thanks to DVD NIGHTMARE)
2-15-00 BLAIR WITCH
NOMINATED FOR WORST FILM OF 1999!
The Golden Raspberry Foundation nominated THE BLAIR WITCH
PROJECT, along with BIG DADDY, THE HAUNTING, WILD WILD WEST, and STAR WARS:
EPISODE 1 - THE PHANTOM MENACE, for the worst movies of last year. It's
nice to know that there were a few people more than I originally thought that
didn't jump on the band wagon and realized just how bad this film really
was. Maybe there is still hope.
Also, Anchor Bay Entertainment announced some
more titles they've acquired:
CAT O'NINE TAILS
They also SHOCK will be
released on March 21st. CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD & POSSESSION will be
released on May 23rd. They are planning to have THE BEYOND out by
October. HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY has been delayed with no release date
given. This is not a good sign folks.
EXORCIST TO HIT THEATERS! Apparently, the are re-issuing the
uncut version of THE EXORCIST to the theaters. This is suppose to have the
10 minutes of extra footage that was cut from the original release. While
this isn't a bad thing, after seeing the extra footage on the special edition
DVD, I can see why and agree with director William Friedkin on why he cut those
scenes, especially the infamous "spider walking scene".
Maybe there just trying to us to buy yet another version on
DAUGHTER SUES UNIVERSAL
Sara Karloff is suing Universal Studios for $10 million in
damages, claiming the company used a bait-and-switch scheme to avoid paying her
royalties for the use of some classic Karloff characters: Frankenstein's Monster
and Ardath Bey and Imhotep from THE MUMMY.
Sara Karloff is saying that after negotiating a royalty
agreement with her for the use of the Boris Karloff characters in advertising
and promotions, Universal decided to avoid paying the royalties by tweaking the
Karloff characters just enough to create a generic Frankenstein's Monster and
Imhotep that looked confusingly similar to, but not precisely the same as the
(As reported by Variety.com)
HAMMER FILMS UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP
On Monday, January 31st, Hammer Film Productions Limited was
acquired by a private investment consortium. This consortium brings
together a group of media and entertainment entrepreneurs.
According to the press releases, "The recapitalised and
reinvigorated company plans to make an early return to film and television
production and to build Hammer into the leading horror brand in all media,
including the internet distribution and e-commerce.
"Hammer is the strongest name in horror", says new
chairman Larry Christfield. "We have brought together an exceptional
group of individuals who believe that in a fast-growing but volatile business
such as entertainment, a strong brand in a perennially popular genre has
Let's all hope that they continue the tradition and not ruin
it. I have my fingers crossed.
2-1-00 NO NEWS AND
SOME REAL NEWS
I try to keep this section updated with some interesting news
bits here and there. But you might of noticed a lack of info about certain
subjects here at the Krypt. There are reasons for that.
For instance, there's the news bite about SCREAM 3, and that
Wes Craven is not going to do anymore. And also that even the cast doesn't
know who the killer is this time. Who gives a
shit? Not me.
Example 2. Kane Hodder will not be playing Jason in the
Freddy vs Jason movie. Once again, who really cares?
And lastly, while looking on the Clive Barker Official site,
they made mentioned about the upcoming BOOKS OF BLOOD anthology movie. In
the New Info section, it states:
"Three first time gay directors / writers have been
hired to adapt PIG BLOOD BLUES, HUMAN REMAINS, and DREAD
for this BOOKS OF BLOOD anthology picture."
Is there a reason that they are pointing out the fact that
these directors are gay? What does that have to do with the price of tea
in China? I've liked most of Barker's film work. Hell, I'm one of the
few that think NIGHTBREED is an awesome movie! But why do we need to bring
their sexual tastes into the filmmaking process? It seems they are trying
to make more of a political statement than anything else.
NOW FOR SOME REAL NEWS!!!
Anchor Bay Entertainment will be release 4 more of their
Hammer Collection on DVD on March 21st. The titles include QUATERMASS 2,
THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN OF THE HIMALAYAS, X - THE UNKNOWN, and THE FOUR SIDE
TRIANGLE. These are some of Hammer's earlier films, but are all worth
getting. QUATERMASS 2 is exceptionally good, with a INVASION OF THE BODY
SNATCHER theme to it. I strongly suggest checking these out.
browsing through a mailer I received today about upcoming DVD's, Elite
Entertainment has quite a few more cool titles up their sleeve.
HOUSE OF SORORITY ROW
I EAT YOUR SKIN
SCREAM OF THE DEMON LOVER
WEREWOLF VS THE VAMPIRE WOMEN (Hopefully the
COUNT DRACULA'S GREAT LOVE (Ditto)
CASTLE OF BLOOD
THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN'T DIE
THE SLIME PEOPLE
THE NIGHT EVELYN CAME OUT OF THE GRAVE
KISS OF THE TARANTULA
LAST MAN ON EARTH
THE SCREAMING SKULL
NIGHT OF THE BLOOD BEAST
According to reports, Joel Schumacher and Warner Brothers are developing a
female version of the 1987 film LOST BOYS. Whether it will be a
remake, sequel or just re-hash of that theme is not stated. Schumacher
will be producing while someone else will be directing. I wouldn't get my
hopes up too high for this one. I still want to see the original story for LOST BOYS, being a vampire take on the PETER PAN story, as it was
originally suppose to be. Never heard of that? Let me know and I'll
fill you in.
WEEKEND OF HORRORS / CREATION SUCKS! - We survived another Fango show,
especially the trip. Let's just say it's a long drive from the Chicago are
to the Big Apple. The shows line-up pretty much sucked, except for Udo
Kier. Unfortunately, since I was watching my table most the time, I didn't
get the chance to hear Udo talk but for a few minutes. I did get a chance
to get some photos (none of which turned out!!!) and did get an autograph.
But there really wasn't that much else to draw. Even the number of dealers
seemed to be smaller than normal. With the last two shows Fango did in New
York pretty damn good, what happened?
But the biggest event of the weekend, was Creation proving
once again just how screwed up they are. It seems they try screw up more
with each show. We had left early for the trip so we would get there in
plenty of time for set up on Friday night. We made it in plenty of time,
even a couple hours to spare. But once set-up time roles around, no one
from Creation is there. Then when one of their minion does shows up he's
surprised that no one else from Creation is here. But instead of trying to
solve the problem, he just stands there and says "Oh this is bad," in
between the times he's talking about his Star Trek collection being the second
largest in the world. He even makes the comment that he's been doing shows
for 20 years. My reply was that you'd think after 20 years they could get
their shit together. Apparently not.
So, as usual, Creation screws up again. I just don't
get it. Each year, Creation pisses off more dealers who decide it's not
worth doing anymore. And when you combine that with the fact that Fango
can't keep getting decent guests, it's not easy to see why their shows are going
in the toilet.