Devour the Podcast 62: The Midnight Meat Train

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Welcome to episode 62 of Devour the Podcast

 

This Week:

 

-Jamie goes to war with the electric company….no really…..for like 10 minutes.

-Bo watched Chernobyl Diaries for some reason

-CHIMPS!

-We make fun of M Night Shamalamadingdong

-David bitches about Star Trek Into Darkness, raves about Wrath of Khan

 

Check out listener Ian’s site: http://ianthecomicartist.com/

 

 

NEWS:

-Jason returns to Paramount

-Blumhouse preparing The Purge 2

-The Walking Dead seaons 3 DVD/Blu-ray details

-Stoker coming to DVD and Blu-Ray

-Shocktillyoudrop gives us the 10 most influential horror films of the last 15 years

 

It Came from the Instant Queue:

House (1986)

Bo- 4.25/5

David-4/5

Jamie-5/5

 

Our Feature Presentation:

The Midnight Meat Train (2008)

Bo- C-

David- B

Jamie- B-

 

Next Episode:

We’re taking a trip back to the house for House 2 for our Instant Queue selection and we tackle Dread for our Feature Presentation

 

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Devour The Podcast Episode 60: The Lords of The Dead

 

It’s gonna be a fight!

 

Welcome back to another episode of Devour the Podcast.

 

News:

Ben Wheatley’s new film picked up by Drafthouse Pictures

Dominic Cooper to play Dracula

Luke Evans also in Dracula and now The Crow

Apparently we’ve got 3 Cabin Fever sequels coming

Three more coming to The Town that Dreaded Sundown

I Spit on Your Grave 2: Spit Harder coming this fall

RIP Ray Harryhausen

 

It Came From The Instant Queue:

Hold Your Breath

Bo- Fuck this Movie

David-1/5

Jamie-1/5

 

Bonus Review:

The Lords of Salem

Bo- B

David- C+

Jamie- A

 

Our Feature Presentation:

The Dead

Bo-A-

David- F

Jamie- A+

 

Next Week:

We’re taking on Paranorman for our Instant Queue selection and kicking off our series on Clive Barker with Book of Blood.

 

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Review: V/H/S 2

 

 

Let me start off by saying that at its core, I think the V/H/S films have a good idea, which is to take young directors and have them tackle the found footage genre in an anthological format. In theory this is great, however, like every anthology, the outcome ends up being a bit uneven, and while there were elements of the original film that I enjoyed, ultimately I felt like V/H/S was at best an interesting experiment that didn’t quite live up to its full potential, and when the sequel, original titled S-V/H/S (now simply the less interesting V/H/S 2) was announced, I thought this just might be the fruition of what the original concept hadn’t been able to achieve.

 

Boy was I wrong.

 

First, let’s address the elephant in the room, the biggest glaring problem of the original film, and one that gets dragged along into this one. Yes I realize the films are called V/H/S, but when the shorts themselves don’t look at all like they were shot on, or are being viewed on VHS, it raises the question of how the footage we are seeing got onto VHS tapes when clearly it was shot digitally. This problem plagued the original film, and it returns once again for the sequel, only this time we are presented with all new impossible segments, and better put together wrap around story, but one that isn’t much better than the abysmal wraparound of the original.

 

Things start our strong enough with the story of a man with a prosthetic eye that records everything the eye sees. This is easily one of the best segments of the film, although it gets problematic quickly and by the end just sort of falls apart.

 

The second segment is a zombie affair that I was bored with as soon as it became clear that it was a zombie story. The ending of this segment was saccharine and just plain dumb.

 

The Raid director Gareth Evans gives us easily the best of the lot with his entry into the film, and while it touches on some familiar ground, it uses the found footage elements excellently and has some of the best special effects in the entire film.

 

And then the whole things comes crashing down with an awful closing segment that tries to mine the sci-fi genre the way The Sick thing that happened to Emily when she was Young from the original did, but this time it’s just tedious, poorly shot and frustrating.

Finally we finish off the wrap around story and the whole thing just ends rather unceremoniously.

 

Putting aside my issue of “How did any of these films get onto VHS tapes”, I’m left wondering do any of the events in theses shorts exist in one world? Do these events take place in the same universe as the wrap around story, and if so, what are the repercussions? Do these tapes exist as views into alternate dimensions or something? I’m not asking much here, I just want a little clarity is all.

 

Overall, V/H/S 2 falls into the same trap its predecessor does, keeping a dumb story premise and being a showcase for a couple of really talented directors to shine while the others flounder about with poorly written/directed segments.

 

Grade: D

 

The Good-

Gareth Evans knows what he’s doing.

 

The Bad-

WHY DID YOU KEEP THE GOD DAMN VHS GIMMICK?

Was the dog really necessary? Really?

Review: The Dead (2010)

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Synopsis: When the last evacuation flight out of war-torn Africa crashes off the coast, American Air Force Engineer Lieutenant Brian Murphy (ROB FREEMAN) emerges as the sole survivor in a land where the dead are returning to life and attacking the living.

Fuck You Howard and Jonathan Ford, just Fuck You.

I can’t remember the last time I’ve been as disgusted with a film as I was watching The Dead. On paper, the idea of a zombie film set in Africa sounds interesting and original, but that originality is quickly thrown out the window when the hero of the film is a white American, and not the native African Daniel (Prince David Oseia) who should have been the lead.

First and foremost, the story is derivative and dull. Zombie outbreak has started, we follow a couple of characters as they try to survive and come back to their families, and everything ends badly for everyone.

If that was the film’s only major flaw, I don’t think I would be as angry about it as I am, but the fact that I sat through an hour and forty five minutes of what can best be described as a “White Savior” zombie film is not only infuriating, it’s disgusting.

Why in the hell would you bother to make a zombie film set in Africa and then make the hero of the film A WHITE AMERICAN? I’d be willing to say “Well, you’re making some commentary” if he’d been a white South African, but he’s not, he’s just another White American Male saving minorities, and one scene toward the end of the film, after I was starting to be relieved that I only had about ten more minutes of this tripe to deal with, we’re given the perfect summation of exactly what this film is all about.

The White Man is the savior.

(What you can’t hear is the angelic choir singing on the soundtrack.)

This movie is derivative, racist and painfully long.

F

Pros: None

Cons: Everything.

Press Release: Musician Voltaire to direct adaptation of his comic Oh My Goth!

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Aurelio Voltaire to direct film version of his comic book OH MY GOTH!: an irreverent, comedic trip through horror and science fiction

Monsters, rock and roll, comedy and sex

(May 7th, 2013 – New York City, NY) – On behalf of musician and filmmaker Aurelio Voltaire, we’re excited to announce his upcoming full-length film as director: an adaptation of his comic book OH MY GOTH! featuring his musical talents.

Synopsis:

When the reanimated skeletons of Necronus, a cemetery planet across the dark expanse of space, decide they need Earth paved into a landing strip, they send, possibly the worst of their agents to undertake the task. Arrogant, pompous and not the brightest laser in the arsenal, Heironymous Poshe , takes on human form and travels to Earth aboard his Black Spire, a space ship that could easily pass for a giant, black cathedral. However, Poshe has plans of his own, namely to avoid a desk job on the Necrid home world and live a life of leisure in a fixed orbit above Earth. For centuries, Poshe (along with his robot slave and an imprisoned midget) has avoided his prime directive. Instead he has spent his time abducting Earth women, celebrities and bands for a non-stop, nightly party above the Black Spire.

But Poshe’s days of care-free, hot-babe abduction are coming to an end. Tired of Poshe’s lack or results, Lord Krom Wrath, supreme ruler of the Necrus, launches a full scale invasion of Earth. Poshe bands with the only people on Earth who understand his cause (a group of Goth kids, a cadre of ninja priests and a small army of Hasidic Rabbis- ironically, all of them people who wear all black!) to repel the oncoming armada of Necrid ships. The final space battle is the “Jews in Space” Mel Brooks promised us and never delivered!

After performing worldwide onstage, directing commercially, and following the film festival circuit with his stop-motion animated films, Voltaire will now direct a feature film based on his own comic work. The feature version of OH MY GOTH! will have that strange brand of dark comedy and music that he has been performing at Goth clubs and sci-fi and horror conventions across the land.

“It was time to finally unite my storytelling, my music, my twisted humor and filmmaking sensibilities all into one project,” says Voltaire. “It has all the things I love: monsters, rock and roll, comedy and sex mashed into a giant ball of awesome.”

Producer Keryn Thompson is very excited about the content: “There’s loud music. There’s scantily clad girls. There’s Satan,” she says.

 

James Morgart, also producing, says that he joined the project because “Voltaire’s material stretches across so many genres that he sort of encompasses every bastardized sub-genre to be associated with the Gothic tradition since Walpole’s Castle of Otranto.  His plans for this film are to give his fans all of their favorite aspects of his work: music, animation, and subversively witty humor.”

OH MY GOTH! the film is currently in pre-production and will shoot in the New York City metro area.

Genre: Horror/Musical

Directed by: Aurelio Voltaire

Screenplay by: Aurelio Voltaire, Based on his comic book OH MY GOTH!

Produced by: James Morgart, Keryn Thompson

About Voltaire

Aurelio Voltaire is a media personality and respected authority on all things Gothic, Horror, Sci-fi, Steampunk and involving “geek” culture. He is often referred to as a modern day renaissance man having achieved success in the fields of animation, music, comics, books and toys.

Voltaire’s career began in the 1980s as a stop-motion animator and director, creating some of the award-winning, classic MTV and SyFy channel station IDs. He worked in television, animating and directing commercials for nearly twenty years when he realized it was time for him to tell his own stories. Finding comic books to be a vastly more economical tool than feature films Voltaire told his first epic tale, “Chi-chian” in comic book form. This dark, Cinderella story set in Manhattan’s future, was published and led to a 14-episode animated web series directed by Voltaire for the SyFy channel’s website. His success in comic books also led to several underground hits including the comic book series Oh My Goth!, Human Suck! and most recently Deady. The latter featured collaborations with some of the biggest names in horror and comics including Neil Gaiman, Clive Barker, James O’Barr, Roman Dirge, Gris Grimly and many others. It also spawned a long list of toys including plush toys for Six Flags, Hot Wheels cars for the Japanese market and over a dozen vinyl toy releases including collaborations with Disney and Skelanimals.

In yet another career swerve, 1995 saw Voltaire took the stage at a New York City club where he launched his music career. His songs are a strange brew of murder ballads, tongue-in-cheek exercises in the macabre with just enough bawdy Star Trek and Star Wars songs to keep convention audiences rolling in the aisles. Many in the mainstream know Voltaire as the writer and performer of the songs Brains! and Land of the Dead from the Cartoon Network show, The Grim Adventures of Billy And Mandy. Almost constantly on tour, he has played his music around the world and released eleven full length CDs to date.

Voltaire also wrote the popular books What is Goth? and Paint it Black: a Guide to Gothic Homemaking (Weiser Books) and has appeared on numerous television shows and documentaries as an authority on Goth, Horror and Steampunk. Appearances include Fox News, Biography, MTV News, Fearnet, IFC, PBS and others.

When not touring, writing books or designing toys, Voltaire teaches stop-motion animation at the School of Visual arts and continues to make short films. His “Chimerascope” series of stop-motion shorts are perennial film festival favorites. The five shorts have won a combined 31 awards and feature the voice talents of Deborah Harry, Richard Butler, Gerard Way, Gary Numan and Danny Elfman.

More on Aurelio Voltaire can be found on his official website: http://www.voltaire.net

Review: Maniac (2012)

 

Synopsis: The owner of a mannequin shop develops a dangerous obsession with a young artist.

 

If you’ve never seen the 1980 William Lustig film Maniac, you’re missing out on some of Tom Savini’s best early 80’s effects work.

 

But I’m not here to talk about that Maniac, I’m here to talk about the Franck Khalfoun directed, Alexander Aja/Gregory Levasseur penned remake.

 

First and foremost I’m an fan of Alexander Aja and Gregory Levasseur, and have been since seeing High Tension in 2004. I loved The Hills Have Eyes remake, and I loved Piranha 3D more than I probably should have, however when I first heard that Maniac was up to be remade with Aja and Levasseur writing I was giddy. Don’t get me wrong, I like the original Maniac, but there are some serious problems with it on a story level that I’m willing to forgive because the rest of the movie is good.

 

This Maniac is the kind of remake I love to see, one that takes into account all the good things about the original, while patching up and fixing the problems as well as adding its own new twists and spins on the subject.

The story is very similar to the original, Frank (Elijah Wood) is a man with severe mental problems with a decidedly homicidal bent, but when the right woman comes into his life, it seems like everything could change for the better……

 

The first thing that stands out about Maniac is that it’s shot all from Frank’s perspective, and while this at first can be a bit jarring and almost annoying, it actually ends up working in the films favor as we are forced, as the audience, to see the world as Frank sees it, to experience things through his eyes and his twisted mind. There are a few scenes where the camera does give us a more traditional third person perspective, but they are very few and far between, and when they happen, I felt as if they were meant to be a sort of out of body experience for Frank.

 

Elijah Wood’s performance is perfection, as he’s just handsome enough to be non-threating, but it’s those same good looks that hide the…Maniac within, and while we tend to only get glimpses of Wood on screen through mirrors and reflective surfaces, as well as the couple of third person shots, his delivery of lines and the reactions of the actors he’s talking to help to pull every scene together.

 

Without getting too deep into spoilers of this film, or the original, I will say that I appreciated what Aja and Levasseur did in clarifying Frank’s past, which in turn, leads to some fantastically unsettling flashback sequences and one of the single most disturbing murder sequences in the entire film near the end.

 

And what an ending! With all due respect to Lustig’s original film, the ending of Maniac (1980) doesn’t make a hell of a lot of sense. It’s a fantastic bit of special effects work, but it doesn’t make a lot of sense in the context of the film, and thankfully Aja and Levasseur kept most of that ending, while making things more clear.

 

Franck Khalfoun deserves just as much credit as Aja and Levasseur do because he directed the hell out of this film, from the opening with the two women coming out of the club and the tiny details of our first victim being harassed by random stranger on the street, to the vicious brutality of the ending, every scene was gorgeous to look at and the visual nod to the original film’s poster in one scene was excellent.

 

The score by the artist simply listed as Rob is exquisite, a throwback to 80’s synth driven scores that still feels contemporary and has been in heavy rotation for months even before I had a chance to see the film. Easily one of the best modern horror film scores of the past ten years.

 

Maniac is everything I hoped it would be and more, delivering a genuinely uncomfortable, beautiful remake that improves upon the original.

 

A+

 

Pros:

The Score

Elijah Wood’s performance

Aja and Levasseur’s script

Khalfoun’s direction

Special Effects

 

Cons:

Review: Rob Zombie’s The Lords of Salem

Synopsis: Heidi, a radio DJ, is sent a box containing a record — a “gift from the Lords.” The sounds within the grooves trigger flashbacks of her town’s violent past. Is Heidi going mad, or are the Lords back to take revenge on Salem, Massachusetts?

Rob Zombie and I have a bit of a strange relationship, such as it is. I’m a casual fan of his work with the band White Zombie, but I loved Hellbilly Deluxe as an angsty teen, and so when I first heard about House of a 1000 Corpses all those years ago, I was excited.

Anyone who’s ever brought that film up knows I hated it. I’ve seen it at least three times and I hated it every single time. It’s a dull, overly long music video with only one really impressive shot in its entire running time.

The Devil’s Rejects was much more in line with what I expected from Zombie as a director, grittier, more vicious, sleazier, more 70’s.

Then he took on Halloween and its somewhat misguided sequel, H2, further dividing the horror community on whether or not Zombie was a director to keep an eye on or just a hack.

Finally, the much talked about The Lords of Salem has arrived, Zombie’s big return to original storytelling, and while it certainly has elements I enjoyed, it also feels too much like a step backward.

Lords is visually fantastic, blending the flashback scenes of Salem’s past with the modern city, visual references to any number of bands and other films, and somehow making it all sort of work, at least on the visual side.

The story on the other hand can best be summed up as Rosemary’s Baby, and while Polanski managed to wring every last drop of tension and believability out of his premise, Zombie just isn’t that strong of a writer or director. The dialogue is wildly uneven, at times jaw dropping in how bad it is, at other times strangely perfect, but the film always seemed to keep me at arm’s length. I never felt drawn into the story, as it seemed like every time I would start to be drawn in, some incredibly silly bit of dialogue would be throw out or something just plain dumb would take place.

The pacing surprised me, as the film unfolds at a slow, deliberate pace that kept my interest throughout.

Unfortunately, the story itself just isn’t that good, and the ending is almost laughably bad. That shot of Sherri Moon Zombie riding on a goat like it’s a mechanical bull is real, and it’s set in what is supposed to be a great trip out sequence that for the most part came across more like the youtube video of a high school Satanist than the final act of a feature film.

The Lords of Salem feels too much like a bubblegum pop approach to the “Devil among us” films, and while it was fantastic to see Ken Foree working in something that isn’t a direct to video piece of shit, and Dee Wallace and any number of other recognizable actors (including a blink and you’ll miss it scene with Barbara Crampton) none of them is really able to elevate the poor writing, though the team of Wallace, Judy Geeson and Patricia Quinn steal every scene they’re in and manage to add some gravitas to the nonsense they have to say.

I didn’t hate Lords of Salem but I also wasn’t particularly impressed with it either. For all the promise the visuals have, the story just never rises to match, and when it was over, I was left with an overwhelming sense of wanting to see what Zombie could do as a director with someone else’s script.

C+

Pros:

Fantastic casting

Great Visuals

Good Score

Cons:

It’s Rosemary’s Baby but with Sherri Moon Zombie instead of Mia Farrow.

Some truly dreadful dialogue.

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Devour the Podcast Episode 59: The Scream Retrospective Part 4: Scream 4

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We’re still watching this shit?

Welcome back to another episode of Devour the Podcast!

 

It’s been a long break, but we’re back now with a triple review episode!

 

Spoiler Warning: We spoil Audrey Rose, Evil Dead (2013) and Scream 4.

 

 

It Came From the Instant Queue:

Audrey Rose:

Bo: 2/5

David: 2.5/5

Jamie: 3/5

 

Evil Dead (2013)

Bo: B+

David: C+

Jamie: A-

 

The Scream Retrospective part 4: Scream 4

Bo: D-

David: F

Jamie: D-

 

Next Episode:

We’re covering The Asylum flm Hold Your Breath and The Dead for our feature presentation.

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Devour the Podcast 58: The Scream Retrospective Part 3

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What do you know about trilogies?

Welcome to part 3 of Devour The Podcast Presents: The Scream Retrospective.

This week:

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Due to the start of David’s new job, episodes 59 and 60 of Devour the Podcast may be slightly delayed. Don’t worry, they’ll come out but going forward shows may not be out Saturday mornings as usual.

-David watched The Lost Boys

-David and Bo talk about John Dies at the End

-Jamie and David complain about The Hobbit

-The crew finally catches up on  The Walking Dead (but still haven’t covered the episode that aired 3/17)

News:

-ERHMAGERD A GERSBUMPS MERVIE? Goosebumps movie has a director

-Hatchet 3 teaser trailer is out,  film to be released June 14th

-Grandpa Craven talking about remaking Shocker

-WB officially announces start of production on Godzilla, Ken Watanabe added to the cast

-Tom Arnold joins cast of Downer’s Grove

-American Horror Story season 3 has a title………

It Came From the Instant Queue:

Black Rat (2010)

Bo:  1.5/5

David: 2/5

Jamie: 3/5

The Scream Retrospective Part 3:

Scream 3 (2000)

Bo: D

David: D

Jamie: D+

Next Episode:

We’ll be wrapping up our Scream retrospective with Scream 4 and taking a look at the 1977 Anthony Hopkins film Audrey Rose.

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Devour the Podcast 57: The Scream Retrospective Part 2: Scream 2

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A real life Stab 2? Why? Sequels Suck……

Welcome back to another episode of Devour the Podcast and part 2 of our Scream Retrospective.

This week:

-Jamie gives us her best game show intro which leads to madness

-Bo got all up in Salems Lot

-David talks Team America, Blood Boobs and Beast, Everything or Nothing and the first hour of Manhunter

-Skyrim and FUCK YOU DRAGONS!

-80’s Vampire project

-Designing Women references? Really?

NEWS:

-Carrie the Musical is coming to LA…….god help us all….

-The Black Dahlia Haunting gets US Distribution

-Wes Craven talks about Scream 5

-Famous Monsters team up in Monster X………because we need a Monster Avengers?

-Evil Dead 2 script is in the works

-Frances Conroy talks AHS season 3

-Maniac remake FINALLY gets a release date of June 21st

-James McAvoy says those Crow rumors ‘Not for real’

-Hey remember that Poltergeist remake no one asked for? It’s got a director again!

It Came From the Instant Queue:

Darkness Falls (2003)

Bo: 2/5

David: 2/5

Jamie: 2/5

Our Feature Presentation:

Devour the Podcast Presents: The Scream Retrospective: Part 2

Scream 2 (1997)

Bo: B-

David: A-

Jamie: B

Next week:

We’re taking a chance on the Japanese film Black Rat for our Instant Queue selection, and rounding the bend on the Scream Retrospective with Scream 3.

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Devour the Podcast 56: The Scream Retrospective Part 1

56Hello Sydney

 

Welcome to another episode of Devour the Podcast.

This week we kick off our Scream Retrospective.

 

-David hated Silent Hill: Revelation so much he wrote a four page review of it.

-David was also bored with Resident Evil: Damnation

-Jamie and Bo didn’t watch much

 

News:

-Full Moon joins the VOD business with GrindhouseFlix.com, unleashes vaguely racist sounding, Black Devil Doll rip off, OogaBooga

-Universal sets DVD/Blu-Ray release date for Mama, special feature details revealed

-Dexter Season 8 will be the last season…..

-Sony has a release date for as yet untitled 6th Resident Evil film…..because…….ummmm….

-American Mary has US release date

 

It Came from the Instant Queue:

Creep Van (2012)

Bo: 1/5

David: 1/5

Jamie: 1/5

 

Our Feature Presentation: The Scream Retrospective Part 1:

Scream (1996)

Bo: A+

David: A+

Jamie: A+

 

Next Week:

We continue on with our Scream retrospective with Scream 2 and take a chance on our first PG-13 horror with Darkness Falls for our Instant Queue selection.

 

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Devour the Podcast 55: Dr. Black and Mr. Hyde (Plus Jamie’s Return!)

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More like Dr.Black and Mr. Honkey

It’s that time again!

Welcome to another episode of Devour the Podcast. This week we’re wrapping up our look back on blaxsploitation horror with Scream Blacula Scream and Dr.Black, Mr. Hyde. Also this episode features the return of Jamie! Hooray!

-David watched Stakeland

-Marble Hornets is awesome and you should watch it (https://www.youtube.com/user/MarbleHornets)

-The gang discuss Slenderman and the nature of internet urban legends

-David hate’s Resident Evil 6 with a passion

-Bo started playing Skyrim again

-Did we mention Jamie is back?!

 

Walking Dead spoilers from 16:55-25:28

 

News:

-Kurt Sutter of Sons of Anarchy developing a new horror series for FX

-del Toro talks a bit more about Dark Universe

-The Sixth Gun, Downer’s Grove and The Remaining and The Crow all have casting news

-The Hills Run Red’s Janet Montgomery joins CBS’s Gothica

-Kathy Bates will grace our screens as a part of American Horror Story season 3

 

It Came From the Instant Queue:

Scream Blacula Scream (1973)

Bo-4/5

David-4/5

Jamie-3.5/5

 

Our Feature Presentation:

Dr.Black, Mr.Hyde (1976)

 Bo- C-

David- C

Jamie- C+
Next Week:

We’re kicking off our next retrospective with the 1996 slasher classic Scream for our feature presentation and taking a trip in the Creep Van for our instant queue selection.

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Press Release: Velvet Vengeance

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The original Velvet Vengeance short revolved around Alice, a young woman on a quest to prove once and for all that her brother’s death was the result of more than one killer. After a year of visions and dreams guided by her brother’s ghost she sets out to revisit the area where he died. Accompanied by her friends, a new nightmare begins that pits her against a psycho sister act with a masked axe wielding sister as the co-antagonist.

The short went on to get strong reviews and be nominated for multiple awards at various film fest. It eventually won best short film at The San Antonio Horrific Film Fest. Jeremy Campbell is setting out to bring the story to life with even more action and horror in a the feature version.

The film is in the late stages pre-production and the two pivotal characters that make this project so exciting have already been cast. Those two roles feature very strong female characters on opposite sides of the equation. There is the determined, innocent spirit driven by a need for justice that transforms into a sort of modern day warrior princess and then there is the dark soul that embodies true evil set out on an endless, vicious bloodlust in classic slasher fashion. This clash of forces is what sets at the core of  Velvet Vengeance and the fact that both characters are played by two strong female actors as forces to be reckoned with is what makes the story fresh in horror cinema.

Dani Bliss Gavit is set to take on the role of the ax wielding, brutal slasher wearing a baby doll mask and racking up a sick body count. The killers name is Dolly. Gavit is a true fan of horror with a love of independent. Dani had the privilege of being a judge at the Phil Anselmo (Pantera) Housecore Horror Film Festival in San Antonio as well as being a avid competitive runner and burlesque performer. She also has a thing for duct tape. Now Gavit can add the gorific title of homicidal psycho killer to that ongoing list of awesome! There is a lot about this young newcomer that is both fascinating and inspiring to any generation both in and out of the horror community.

Playing the girl next door that becomes the killer of killers is Andee Martin. Jeremy Campbell stated that Andee Martin really is Alice which is why the director could only see the feature film adaptation happening if Andee agreed to reprise the role. It is something that the young actress was more than willing to do noting with enthusiasm her excitement toward revisiting the character in a broader, more intricate story.

The feature will take a more action driven approach focusing stronger fight sequences while holding on to the classic horror based atmosphere. She is currently training in the art of Maui Tai, Boxing and Grappling, which is pretty awesome in and of itself! There is also plans for intense weapons training all of which should come in handy when forced to confront homicidal maniacs whose “mascot” comes in the form of a brutal ax wielding psychopath who finds comfort behind a baby doll mask.