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Review: Old 37 Starring Kane Hodder & Bill Moseley (Available on DVD Today)

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What is better than a film that stars Kane Hodder or Bill Moseley? A film that stars both of them! The duo of horror icons play Darryl (Moseley) and his little brother Jon Roy (Hodder). Old 37 is a twisted tale that is sure make you think twice about calling 911. 

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Old 37 was written by Paul Travers and Joe Landes, directed by Alan Smithee. Besides Hodder and Moseley, the film stars Jake Robinson, Sascha Knopf, Olivia Alexander, Brandi Cyrus and Kenneth Simmons. 

There are not enough synonyms for “awesome” to use that would accurately convey how great this film is. It is original and chilling with a dash of comedy. For me, it brought back the Chop-Top Bill Moseley, many of the lines that he had reminded me of his lines from TCM 2 when they break into the radio station studio, I was waiting to hear “lick my plate you dog dick!“. Kane did what he does best, he destroyed people. It was a bit like watching him play a combination of Jason Voorhees and Victor Crowley, he was shy, silent and brutal. Combining Moseley’s humor with Hodder’s intensity make for the perfect storm.

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Old 37 is a bit like a drama meets horror, it’s almost like watching two different films in one. More times than not, those types of films tend to fall apart and only leave the audience scratching their heads, but the different stories within Old 37 are blended perfectly to make up one awesome movie. The conflict within this film are endless, there is domestic violence, insanity, murder, revenge, betrayal, standard bitchy teenage behavior and so much more. What’s not to love?

The plot twists are insane. I saw a couple of them coming, but it was entertaining nonetheless,I enjoyed it and I am not going to hold it against the film. There were a few that did catch me of guard. Long time horror fans may see what is around the corner, but if you are newer to the genre, you are in for one twisted roller coaster ride.

The cast as a whole was phenomenal. There were veterans and some newer to the game, but everyone was so professional that it was difficult to tell the difference between them. 

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Final Verdict

If you are into disturbing, revenge filled films, Old 37 is perfect. I loved the film and would love to see Travers write another film and include Moseley and Hodder, his writing combined with their talent and chemistry make for one hell of an awesome horror movie. I am going to have to recommend Old 37 to everyone that I know and you should probably tell a couple friends too. 

Get social with Old 37 by liking the Facebook page and following @Old37movie on twitter. You should also check out old37themovie.com for more exclusive videos, photos and awesome merch.

Old 37 is available on DVD today at Walmart, Best Buy and other retailers, so head out an get a copy! Use #OLD37 when sharing your thoughts and pictures.

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Want to win $10,000? Submit your short film to The Horror Block Film Festival

HbFilmFestRecAttention Indie Horror filmmakers, Horror Block has teamed up with Rue Morgue to bring you The Horror Block Film Festival. They are offering some pretty great prizes and have even more surprises planned which will be announced through the month. There are $20,000 dollars in cash prizes up for grabs, 1st place gets $10,000, 2nd place $5,000 and 3rd place $2,500. I know, that doesn’t add up to 20,000, there will be other cash prizes like $1,500 for best effects and $1,000 for best scream.

How do you enter? What are the rules? How much does it cost to enter? Well boils and ghouls the rules are quite short and simple to follow.

  • Must have an active subscription to Horror Block. Don’t have a subscription? Pick one up at HorrorBlock.com.
  • No submission fee. All you pay for is your box of horrifying goodies.
  • You’re film MUST be under 10 minuets long.
  • Submissions close March 16, 2015
  • Upload your submission here >>> horrorblock.com/r/filmfest <<<

When sharing any information about The Horror Block Film Festival or if you have already entered, asking for votes, use the official hashtag, #HBFilmFest.

To keep up to date on the film festival and other Horror Block news, be sure to like the Horror Block Facebook Page and follow them on twitter, @Horror Block.

Also, be sure to catch up with Rue Morgue, they are a phenomenal horror magazine. Like the Rue Morgue Facebook Page and follow them on twitter, @RueMorgue.

Best of luck to all that enter!

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My Top 10 Horror Films From 2013

2013 has given us some new, impressive horror films and a few really good re-imaginings.  With the year drawing to a close, I figured it was time to give you guys my top 10 horror films of the year.

  1. Hatchet III
  2. American Mary
  3. Curse of Chucky
  4. The Conjuring
  5. Evil Dead
  6. Carrie
  7. Maniac
  8. Shiver
  9. Would You Rather?
  10. Among Friends

Movie Review: CUT (2010)

CUT-D-Poster-1024Written By: Dominic Burns

Directed By: Dominic Burns

Starring: Zach Galligan, Dominic Burns, Simon Phillips and Danielle Lloyd

Synopsis:

Five friends return from a cocktail party to a cottage deep inside the English woods of the Peak District. Having brushed off the notion of urban legends as rubbish, never occurring in reality, our protagonist’s slowly find themselves weaving through their very own horror story.

I stumbled upon CUT at a local movie store and being a fan of Zach Galligan and a good dark comedy, I decided to give it a try.  I was pleasantly surprised by this film.  CUT is a British dark comedy that was filmed in one continuous shot.

The main reason I liked CUT is the fact that this is another horror movie that could happen to someone.  There is something about the exploitation of a primal fear that many people have about being trapped with nowhere to go by a band of psychopaths that makes a film more enjoyable.  The cast was fantastic.  They all seemed legitimately frightened by the events that were unfolding.    Zach Galligan was leading man Jack and I must say, he definitely isn’t the sweet, Gizmo toting Billy anymore.  Galligan was a badass in this film, much like he was in Hatchet III.

Because CUT is a dark comedy, there is witty humor seamlessly sewn into the constantly twisting plot.  I will caution you, if you are offended by the use of the word “fuck”, I would not suggest that you watch this film.  Many times when a horror film tries to take the path of a dark comedy, it becomes way too camp and loses the horror aspects, but CUT added a great deal of humor without losing the suspense and the drama.

All in all, CUT was conceptually great and well executed.  As a matter of fact, my only real complaints about the film are that the audio seemed a little off (this could have just been the copy that I have) and the pizza boy’s unibrow.

CUT, in my opinion, is another film that was low balled by the critics.  It is one of those films that you either like or you don’t.  I happen to like it and I give CUT a 7 out of 10.

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Movie Review: The Bay (2012)

Automatik EntertainmentWritten By: Michael Wallach and Barry Levinson

Directed By: Barry Levinson

Starring: Will Rogers, Kristen Connolly, Kether Donohue, Frank Dealer and Stephen Kunken

Synopsis:

Chaos breaks out in a small Maryland town after an ecological disaster occurs.

The Bay is quite a different pace from the other gory movies I typically review.  This film is more of an attack on many people’s worst fear, a severe bacterial outbreak.  What makes this film scary is that it is a horror that very well could happen to us.  It is that fact that makes it more chilling than a movie with an unstoppable killer.

The Bay is shot in a different manner than other film.  You view the film through the prospective of police dash cameras and video that was filmed by others.  I do not want to go into it too far because I do not want to give too much away.  I am not typically a fan of this style of filming, but The Bay really was creatively done.402384_026

This film was definitely disturbing and I would compare it to a modern day Jaws.  Clearly there isn’t a rogue man-eating shark on the prowl, but in my opinion, this is much worse.  Having lived near the Chesapeake Bay, it freaked me out a lot more.  If I was still living there, not to sound like a big wuss, but I don’t think I would want to just hop in the water for a while.  That’s what makes a horror film great though, making people think and making the-bay-outbreakthem want to take that extra second before they just jump right into something.  When people begin to get infected, the sores that form on them are rather grotesque.  I by no means have a weak stomach, but there were a couple of scenes that made me turn my head.  I would not recommend enjoying your lunch or snack while watching this one.

The effects in The Bay were quite believable.  There were a few parts that I said to myself,imagesthat is so a dummy“, but I admire that in a film.  Not every effect was an expensive CGI masterpiece and for that I give this film more acknowledgement.

I am not typically a fan of films like this, but The Bay really got me thinking and actually made me turn my head away a couple of times.  It was really a roller coaster ride.  For that I did really enjoy it.

I feel like The Bay was low balled by the critics with an average rating of 5.5.  I give it an 8 out of 10.

Movie Review: Among Friends (2012)

Among-Friends-movie-posterI have been waiting a while to see Danielle Harris‘ directional debut, Among Friends.  Among Friends was written by Alyssa Lobit and directed by the lovely Danielle Harris.  It stars Jennifer Blanc, AJ Bowen, Christopher Backus, Brianne Davis, Kamala Jones, Alyssa Lobit and Chris Meyer.

Synopsis:

A group of friends get together for a murder mystery party, but things take a dark turn when 1377552356_3one hijacks the evening and is out for blood.

I was so excited to see the debut of Danielle Harris as a director, but I must say, Among Friends was kind of a let down.  In my opinion, it had nothing to do with Danielle‘s directing ability, but the script that ruined this film for me.

The plot of Among Friends held a lot of promise, but was not carried out to its full potential.  There were many holes in the plot and a lot of 2013_08_18_-_AMONG_FRIENDS_004_1“what the fuck” moments.  With this film being a dark comedy, every cliche stereotypical characteramong-friends-dvd-4 from traditional horror films were made fun of, and that is all well and good but the best part/character of the whole film was Kane Hodder’s cameo as the perverted limo driver.  I loved that we got to see Kane’s funny side when he spoke to the passengers of the limo, and none of his lines were scripted, it was all him.

To be completely fair, Among Friends was conceptually great.  Everyone wants to call their friends 1377552356_2out on their bullshit and we would all like to know what people do and say about you behind closed doors. This film to me was a bit of a fucked up dinner among-friends-dvd-3-300x169party with elements of Saw thrown in.  The ending was a total let down and completely confusing.

I love Danielle and I hope she continues to direct, but Among Friends was not a very good film in my opinion.  I give Among Friends a 5 out of 10 for a decent plot concept and a good cast, but the plot did not tie together well at all.

 

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Interview with Gary J. Tunnicliffe/ Judgement the Movie

aajudgementposterhero1 (1)Gary J. Tunnicliffe is a name best known in the world of special effects makeup, but he now has a feature of his own coming in 2014 called Judgement.  I have been granted the opportunity to conduct an interview with Gary about his career and his new film.

For those that do not know who Gary J. Tunnicliffe is, he was the makeup effects designer for films such as My Bloody Valentine 3D, Exorcist: The Beginning, The Collection, the Hellraiser series and many others.

Judgement synopsis:

‘Judgement’ is a place where heaven and hell collide, ‘a spider’s web’, one of many of hundreds, maybe thousands littered all across the world, a place where the good and the bad are processed, ‘audited’.

One man’s demise marks the beginning of a police detective’s journey into this world, a world where all is uncovered, where the very blood in your veins reveals the secrets of who and what you are.

But even the machine that has run so smoothly for a millenia can falter when something new, something ‘different’ is added to the mix and that something will create ripples that become waves, cause black and white to become grey and cause shifts in the powers of good and evil.

Gary has started a KICKSTARTER campaign for his film.  The set goal is $195,000.  Not only will you be helping a great project that even Doug Bradley calls “Visually Arresting“, but there are perks for the levels of donations.

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Interview:

LBoH: What got you interested in the effects industry?
GT: Horror films fundamentally and so I suppose if I backtrack my Brother, he was five years older than me and on Friday nights in the UK they would play horror films, he would get to watch them and would then tell me in detail what they were about. Eventually I was allowed to watch them and from there my obsession began (I read Dracula when I was 7) by the time I was 12 or 13 I was a full fledged horror junkiejudgementmontage1sepia – then when I was about 15 a friend of mine handed me a copy of Fangoria magazine..it was like PORN for a horror movie lover and when I saw pictures of people sculpting monsters and applying make up’s it changed my life!
LBoH: What was your first effects project?
GT: Personally…probably a cut or a bruise on my younger sister..professionally  it would have been working on ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ (for Christopher ‘The Elephant Man’ Tucker’) stage musical, creating the foam latex appliances for Michael Crawford (and the other actors around the world) to wear every night.
 LBoH: How long have you been in effects?
GT: A long time :-)…since I was 19…and I’m 45 now..so there’s the blog readers math puzzle for the day!
LBoH: What was your favorite film to work on?
GT: Truthfully they are all fun in some way, there’s always at least ONE fun moment….in some ways its weird, you tend to remember the bad experiences over the good ones and oddly enough rarely does the quality of the final film have anything to do with the experience you had making it. I had a nightmare of a time on SLEEPY HOLLOW, but the film came out great!….DINO SHARK was god awful but I had such an amazing time working on it in Mexico, Exorcist: The Beginning in Rome was very cool, I really enjoyed making the Dracula films (Dracula 2000, Ascension and Legacy) and I think the films are cool too
LBoH: How different is it to go from working on someone else’s project to being in charge of your own?
AAJURY (1)GT: If you mean in terms of being an fx artist working as part of a crew is a LOT easier, your responsibilities stop the moment you leave the shop at night, as the designer its all on you, your managing the look of the things the producers and director are buying but you’re also managing the finances of the build, the day to day running of the shop, crew, materials etc, etc…wow…perhaps I should go back to working in a crew, just reading that is a revelation!
 If you mean in terms of going from being an fx artist to being a director (as a full bloodied control freak) it usually makes me a lot happier, although there is a lot more work, but I’ve never been afraid to make decisions and stand by them and I think that is the key to being a good director sometimes.
 LBoH: What advice would you give anyone looking to come into the world of special effects make up?
GT: Learn computer graphics…it’s cleaner, safer and in the future there is going to be a LOT more work doing CGI than make up fx. Deny it if you like, romanticize that make up fx will make a huge comeback, mourn the poor quality and fake look of cgi sometimes…but have no doubts that cgi will take over 90% of the fx industry eventually…make up fx are CD’s to CGI’s downloads…the writing is on the wall. BUT if you simply must be a make up effects artist DON’T go to make up fx school!…save yourself the cost of tuition!…buy some clay, sculpt, read make up fx books and research on the internet, sculpt, apply make ups on friends, visit conventions, sculpt, send letters to make up effects artists asking for advice (and start establishing a relationship) sculpt, enroll in the Stan Winston School of Character Arts on line and watch their tutorials by industry vets (like yours truly!) sculpt, sculpt and sculpt…if you took a year and did the above without going to a ‘make up fx school’ you would save the huge cost of tuition and housing etc….but if you wanna go party with a bunch of like minded people and generate a portfolio that is a replicate of EVERYONE else in the class (past and previous) and blow Mom and Dad’s hard earned moolah – knock yourself out! 🙂
LBoH: Where did your inspiration for Judgement come from?
GT: The idea basically was born out of what I thought HELL might really be like, a processing machine and then wondering how it works, who it’s manned by and the ‘jobs’ they perform and also the idea that Heaven and Hell might actually operate in tandem….that is what spawned the story.
 LBoH: How long have you been working on Judgement?
GT: Over three or four years now since I mused the first concept, we could have launched on Kickstarter over a year ago, but honestly I was busy working on a project so I didn’t see the point, that extra year also gave me a chance to polish the script.
LBoH: Are you working on the special effects of this film?
GT: We will be creating everything for the film, but we wont begin until (if) we get funded, but as a company we will be involved in set JUDGEMENTBONECOLLECTORdressing, props and all the make up and special effects.
LBoH: How would you best describe this film, gory, psychological, a combination of the two or something completely different?
GT: Definitely a combination of the two and a lot more, but in NO WAY is this a gorefest, torture porn or mutilation or titilation….most of all ‘JUDGEMENT’ will be like no other horror film, a bold statement I know, but sincerely there are concepts and images that have never been seen like what is in this movie I want ‘Judgement’ to be a horror film your uneasy about putting in the dvd, a film that lives in your mind long after you turn the tv off, a film that will show you things, ask you things, that will frighten you, intrigue you, horrify you. If you take the dictionary at its word then – ‘horror’ (noun) meansdismay, alarm, appall, horrify and when was the last time a film did all those? ‘JUDGEMENT’ will.…but if you want the soundbite pitch?…”It’s Se7en meets Hellraiser”
LBoH: Who will we see starring in this film?
GT: Honestly until we are funded  I have no idea, I didn’t want to go to actor friends ‘cap in hand’ I would rather do this the proper way, get funded and then cast the movie with a casting director and get the very best people who are right for the roles, who are availaible and with who the material resonates.
LBoH: What can fans expect to see from Judgement?
GT: Images unlike anything they have seen before, content that stimulates unease and discussion…and few sharp intakes of breath, a heavy experience that lives with you long after you have watched it.
LBoH: Anymore film writing/directing/producing aspirations for the future?
GT: Right now just this, I have turned down several directing projects that I felt were derivitive and formulaic, I dont think I can be involved directing a project again that I am not 100% behind, I’m done compromising as a director…its just too demoralizing. My focus right now is this movie and the sincere hope that we get it funded and we can make this film and deliver horror in its purest, undiluted form.
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A special thank you to Mr. Gary J. Tunnicliffe for being so awesome!
Be sure to show your support for Judgement by liking the film’s Facebook page, visit the official site and of course donate to the funding of this film via KICKSTARTER.  Why would we not want to see an original film like this?  If you are as tired as I am of the same old Hollywood regurgitations they are trying to pass as “reboots” to the classics, then spread the word and help make Judgement a reality.
Also, be sure to check out Gary’s effects company, Two Hours In The Dark Inc
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Horror’s Hallowed Grounds: Revisited

hallowedI did an article about Sean Clark’s Horror’s Hallowed Grounds a couple of months ago, and I have decided to revisit it.  As a fan of horror, I am of course interested in seeing where my favorite horror films were filmed, and thanks to Sean Clark, we can all do that now.

For those of you that have not heard about or seen an episode of Horror’s Hallowed Grounds, here is a bit about it.

Did you ever wish that you could have actually been on the set of one of your favorite horror films? To have been right there where it all went down? Well in some cases you can, and that is what Horror’s Hallowed Grounds is all about. I will pick a classic horror or cult film and do a full retrospective on the film while visiting all of actual filming locations as they appear today. I will also take some of the film’s stars or filmmakers along to talk about what it was like to make these classic films. This has been a personal hobby of mine for over a decade, and I have traveled all over the world in search of actual filming locations from my favorite films. Now I’m ready to share them with you on Horror’s Hallowed Grounds.Written by Sean Clark

Sean has visited filming sites of some of horror’s most iconic film such as Halloween, Halloween II, Halloween III, 1974’s The Texas Chainsaw hall2blu_shot5lMassacre, A Nightmare on Elm Street and more recently, The Fog and The Howling for the Scream Factory BluRay release of the two films.

MV5BMjAwOTUyNjk4M15BMl5BanBnXkFyZXN1bWU@._V1._SX600_SY450_Sean may be able to walk us through these “hallowed grounds” by himself, but he has had a few guests help him along.  Horror greats such as P.J. Soles and Heather Langenkamp just to name a couple.

You can catch Sean Clark and Horror’s Hallowed Grounds on 2006’s Halloween: 25 Years ofhqdefault Terror and the Scream Factory BluRay releases The Fog and The Howling.

If you want to support Sean and Horror’s Hallowed Grounds, you can purchase a HHG t-shirt from HorrorHound.com.  You can also catch Sean in the new issue of HorrorHound Magazine with an article on the 314007_10151112817783455_693445506_nlocations of the classic The Howling.

Sean is a very social guy and a very genuine person.  You can like his Facebook fan page and follow him on twitter to keep up to date on Horror’s Hallowed Grounds and Mr. Clark.  Make sure to thank Sean at the next convention you see him at for all the amazing things that he does.

Keep an eye out for Sean’s movie The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond on September 10th, 2013!972254_328895427243490_1986188510_n

 

BigtimeTeez Review: DJ Incredibub T-Shirt

I recently received one of the coolest shirts from BigtimeTeez, the DJ Incredibub t-shirt.  This awesome funny t-shirt is inspired Incredibub-400x400by George A. Romero’s Day of the Dead.  Bub is a very memorable character from the film.

The design is an incredible blend of funny and an iconic horror image.  The DJ Incredibub t-shirt boasts a character inspired by Romero’s Bub as a DJ with the slogan “DJ Incredibub” on the top of the character and “Rockin Beats Hard Enough To Wake The Dead” below.  The design of this funny t-shirt is fairly large covering about 3/4 of the front of the shirt.

The t-shirt is comfortable and true to the size chart.  It is 100% preshrunk cotton, so you don’t have to worry about throwing it in the dryer.  The DJ Incredibub t-shirt is available in men’s, women’s and kid’s sizes.  It is also available in many t-shirt color options if you don’t want a regular black t-shirt.Incredibub-400x400 (1)

One of the best things about  the DJ Incredibub t-shirt is the price.  This awesome Romero inspired funny t-shirt starts at only $16.99.  If that isn’t a low enough price for you, like BigtimeTeez on Facebook (Facebook fans get 15% off) and follow them on twitter.  Don’t use social media sites?  No problem.  Just use code miss15 at checkout to DSCF7533 (2)receive 15% off your order.

I love the mash up of classic and modern that this shirt offers.  Definitely a unique design and was well thought out.  BigtimeTeez really hit the nail on the head with this awesome funny t-shirt.  I highly recommend this t-shirt to any fan of Day of the Dead, zombies, horror movies, funny t-shirts, or all of the above.

Be sure to head over to BigtimeTeez to pick up your awesome DJ Incredibub t-shirt today!

Teenagers and Horror: Reason for Lack of Quality Horror Films? Co-created by Matt Price

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I was given a great idea for an article via an Instagram contest,  @fyarl666 brought to my attention that the market for horror movies is geared greatly toward teenagers.  Many of which are not even old enough to view the movie in theaters or buy certain movies in stores.  With this being said, is this cause of the downgraded quality of horror movies we see today?

Most horror movies,well the good ones anyway,carry an R rating meaning 17 or older.  If you watch the trailers or read the plots for a horror movie, 95% of them have a teenage star and all of the marketing for that movie is geared towards teenagers.  In a sense, I do believe that this has had a lot to do with the downgrade of gore and may other aspects of a good horror movie.  17 maybe close to being an adult, but there is reason to believe that the movie industry in shielding them from true horror.

I’m not sure if it’s so much the target audience that is to blame for some of the horror abominations that have been released in the last few years or if the writers are just horrible nowadays.

Many of the leads in horror movies are 17 and under, so why gear a movie so heavily towards an audience that is not even old enough to buy a ticket on their own?

Take the poll below to give your thoughts on the teenage audience and their impact on movie content.

 

Thank you Matt Price (@fyarl666) for the great idea and the input!