Live Chat with The ABCs of Death Producers and Directors

•February 19, 2013 • Leave a Comment

You have a chance to get your answers from 17 directors and producers from the film The ABCs of Death with this opportunity to live chat with them.

Director and producers from The ABCs of Death participating in reddit AMA live chat include: Nacho Vigalondo (A is for Apocalypse), Adrian Garcia Bogliano (B is for Bigfoot), Ernesto Diaz Espinoza (C is for Cycle), Marcel Sarmiento (D is for Dogfight), Thomas Malling (H is for Hydro-Electric Diffusion), Jorge Michel Grau (I is for Ingrown), Simon Rumley (P is for Pressure), Adam Wingard (Q is for Quack), Srdjan Spasojevic (R is for Removed), Lee Hardcastle (T is for Toilet), Ben Wheatley (U is for Unearthed), Kaare Andrews (V is for Vagitus), Jon Schnepp (W is for WTF), Xavier Gens (X is for XXL), Jason Eisener (Y is for Youngbuck), Ant Timpson (co-producer), and Tim League (co-producer).

Join the chat tomorrow, February 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. PST on reddit.

Simply log in to reddit and leave your comment to receive answers in real time.

SPIDERS Trailer

•February 19, 2013 • Leave a Comment

SPIDERS is a creature feature about giant mutant spiders. It immediately creeps me out. I am not a fan of the eight-legged creatures. Shudders. The film tells the story of a transit supervisor and health inspector attempting to save their daughter and prevent the creation of a massive army of killing spiders. Not a fan of spiders, but it’s a mutant beasty flick.

The film was released theatrically and on premium video on demand on February 8.

SPIDERS will be available on DVD, Blue-ray (3D and 2D), and video on demand on Tuesday, March 12.

SPIDERS centers on mutant spiders that fall to earth from a disabled Soviet space station. With New York City threatened to be overrun, it’s up to transit supervisor Jason Cole and health inspector Rachel Cole to save their daughter and prevent the colossal Queen Spider from uniting with her eggs and creating an army of massive killer spiders.

Greatest Film Moments Redux – Dracula

•February 18, 2013 • Leave a Comment
Do not look directly into the light.

Do not look directly into the light of my eyes. Too late.

Count Dracula. Two words come to mind when that character is named: Bela Lugosi.

When I hear the film Dracula mentioned, I think of “crazy eyes” or more appropriately the haunting gaze of Bela Lugosi on screen.

It was all about the eyes with his performance, the mesmerizing gaze of a vampire seducing its victims and spellbinding those human he used as puppets.

His performance in Dracula became the template for the men who would wear the fangs long after him, becoming a dark and mysterious presence to lure and ensnare others.

Telling the vampire-horror story of Count Dracula, the 1931 film is widely regarded as a classic in the genre. Dracula begins with the arrival of Renfield in Transylvania, on his way to conduct business with the eccentric Count Dracula.

Warned off by the fearful villagers, Renfield continues to the castle, welcomed warmly by the charming Count, who is a true vampire. Renfield is easily enslaved by Count Dracula, ensconcing the Count’s coffin aboard a vessel on its journey to England.

I'm stark, raving mad.

I’m stark, raving mad.

Renfield is found as the only survivor of the vessel upon its arrival.

Seen as a raving lunatic by the authorities, he is sent to a sanitarium adjacent to Carfax Abbey, the property that brought him to Transylvania and his business with the Count.

His performance in the film is another cornerstone of Dracula, Renfield has lost himself to madness.

He seems to show signs of his former self, but it is overshadowed by his newfound lust for life, specifically the lives of small creatures like bugs and spiders.

After his arrival in England, Count Dracula finds himself under the scrutinizing gaze of Abraham Van Helsing as he stalks the nights for lovely necks to bite. A battle of wills is fought between the professor and the Count, culminating with Count Dracula revealing his true nature to Van Helsing.

Not the cross!

Not the cross!

There is no real love affair between Count Dracula and Mina Seward, though she is slowly changing into a vampire under the Count’s machinations. She is merely another victim of the charming Count Dracula, much like her dear friend Lucy whose blood was feasted upon by the Count.

Van Helsing’s wits and Renfield’s stupidity spell the end for Count Dracula, leading Van Helsing and John Harker, Mina’s fiance, to Carfax Abbey. Count Dracula is trapped by the rising sun, hunted by Harker and Van Helsing and forced into his coffin. Van Helsing ends the Count, and Mina returns to normal.

He is ours. And we shall call him Ren. And we will love him and bite him and squeeze him.

He is ours. We shall call him Ren. And we will love him and bite him and squeeze him.

The only drawback that I have found during the multiple viewings of Dracula is the limited screen time for the Count’s lovely brides.

Those lovely vampiresses need to be seen more, which they have been in later film adaptations, but those are not the same lovely ladies of the night (And I do not mean those “ladies of the night”).

Dracula is a quintessential part of horror. It is one of the films that laid the foundation for the genre. Dracula opened the door for other vampire-horror films, both successes and failures, and several film adaptations of the novel its based on along with some amusing parodies.

The Silence Poster

•February 15, 2013 • Leave a Comment

The Silence opens in theaters on March 8, and with its upcoming theatrical release comes the film poster. The Silence tells parallel stories that center around a single field of wheat with 23 years separating the murdered Pia and the missing Sinikka.

The Silence Film Poster

The Silence begins 23 years ago on a hot summer day, when a young girl named Pia is brutally murdered in a field of wheat.  Now, on the exact same date in the present, 13-year-old Sinikka is missing, her bicycle abandoned in the same spot.  As Krischan, the retired investigator of the unresolved case, and his younger colleague David struggle to solve the mystery of these parallel crimes, Sinikka’s distraught parents are trapped in an agonizing period of waiting and uncertainty.  Meanwhile, their daughter’s fate rips open old wounds in the heart of Pia’s mother, who is visited by an unexpected guest with an eerie connection to her daughter.  The unrelenting summer heat lies over the quaint family homes like a bell jar and behind closed doors, worlds begin to fall apart.

Frogs Got Ears; They Can Listen

•February 14, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Rick returns with the group of survivors to their camp, finally reuniting with his wife Lori, his son Carl, and his best friend Shane. However, the reunion does not last long when Rick decides to return to Atlanta to rescue Merle Dixon.

Rather be laughing than crying.

Rather be laughing than crying.

This episode begins by showing Merle still trapped on the roof of the department store, frantically trying to reach some tools left behind by T-Dog as “walkers” try to push through the padlocked roof access door.

Arriving at the camp, Rick is shocked and amazed to find Lori and Carl alive and well. Shane is equally surprised to see Rick, walking and talking, as the reunited family embraces. This is when the dynamics of the group begin to forever change.

Say what?!?

Say what?!?

And this episode introduces another fan-favorite, Daryl Dixon, the brother of Merle.

He is none too happy to learn that his brother was abandoned in Atlanta. And Rick himself is struggling with the fact that they left Merle on the roof alone.

Rick decides to return to rescue Merle and to retrieve the bag of ammunition and guns that he lost when he was overwhelmed by the zombies. Against Lori’s protests, Rick leaves with several other survivors of the group to return to Atlanta, including Daryl, T-Dog, and Glenn.

Are you picking up what I'm laying down?

Are you picking up what I’m laying down?

At the camp, Lori demands that Shane leaves her family alone now that Rick is back, ending their romantic entanglement with some choice words. Subsequently, Shane beats another survivor Ed within an inch of his life. Ed had become threatening after telling his wife to focus on her work washing clothes in a stream with the other “women-folk.”

Them's my crazy denial eyes.

Them’s my crazy denial eyes.

But Shane reveals his volatile temper and his aggressive behavior that becomes more and more of an issue as the season and the series continues.

Shane has his best friend back, but he has also lost his lover. He is heading toward a dark place inside himself.

Meanwhile, Rick and the others reach the roof of the department store, breaking through the chain with bolt cutters. Finding Merle is gone, Daryl goes into a fit of rage when all that can be found of his brother is his severed hand.

Rick is no longer the lone gunman. He is a part of a group now, and considering his relationship with Shane, the self-appointed leader thus far, Rick will play a larger part within the group of survivors.

Reunited and it feels so good.

Reunited and it feels so good.

Not only is he becoming a leader in the group, but he is once again a husband and a father.

There’s no turning back, everything is about to become even harder for Rick. He’s got power, responsibilities, and he has his own issues that he will begin to face soon enough.

The Walking Dead truly is a television show (and originally a comic book series) about the people, the survivors of a world overrun by reanimated corpses. It’s about surviving day to day, and what can survive of the society they once lived in.

SUSHI GIRL Trailer

•February 13, 2013 • Leave a Comment

SUSHI GIRL is a revenge flick about a group of thieves desperately trying to find their missing loot. After six years, the single thief caught is released from prison, celebrating his release with his fellow thieves with a meal of sushi served off the naked body of a young woman. Sushi seems to be quite popular as a subject nowadays.

SUSHI GIRL will be available on DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday, February 19.

Fish has spent six years in jail. Six years alone. Six years keeping his mouth shut about the robbery, about the other men involved. The night he is released, the four men he protected with silence celebrate his freedom with a congratulatory dinner. The meal is a lavish array of sushi, served off the naked body of a beautiful young woman. The sushi girl seems catatonic, trained to ignore everything in the room, even if things become dangerous. Sure enough, the four unwieldy thieves can’t help but open old wounds in an attempt to find their missing loot.

Supernatural Nevermore Review

•February 12, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Supernatural Nevermore Book CoverSupernatural Nevermore is another hunt for the Winchester brothers.

Called in for a favor, Sam and Dean Winchester deal with a band groupie ghost, but that is not the only strange thing happening in the boroughs of New York.

A ritualistic serial killer is reenacting murders from the works of a great horror storyteller: Edgar Allan Poe.

Sam and Dean investigate the first murders, including two students being beaten to death by an orangutan, while learning more about the shrieking groupie ghost living in a local rocker’s house.

A lovesick ghost and ritualistic murders based on horror stories of Edgar Allan Poe, Sam and Dean have enough to deal with their father’s recent passing, but the job never ends. And they have no intention of leaving without stopping this macabre serial killer.

Supernatural Nevermore keeps to the familiar storytelling of the television series, delving deeper into the introspection of both brothers. It is about them fighting evil, whether that is human made or those from the bowels of Hell.

And in the end, the groupie ghost that brought them to New York resolves her own murderous death after the Winchester boys investigate the local rocker’s band. Sam and Dean help in the apprehension of the Poe-inspired serial killer: an obsessive professor following a bogus ritual to bring back the dead.

Combining some favored fandoms, Supernatural Nevermore pulled me into another adventure with the Winchester brothers. It is a TV tie-in novel that can only fully be appreciated by fans of the television series, but anyone is welcome to read this first original Supernatural novel.