I’ve been a Brian De Palma advocate ever since I first laid eyes on the iconic Scarface and soon after Carrie. Whether you like his stuff or not, De Palma’s majestic approach to filmmaking is cinema at its absolute purest. After the trend-setting techniques established by the brilliant Alfred Hitchcock (which he’s frequently been accused of being nothing more than a carbon copy of), this polarizing artist has continued on that fine tradition and in my opinion, took that cinematic language into new majestic heights. The horror/musical Phantom of the Paradise which he also wrote is a clear standout among his filmography. Sure, it contains his signature visual style and bag of tricks (split screen and POV shots aplenty) yet by operating in the musical realm, De Palma is liberated to take his operatic tendencies to new places. It’s a match made in heaven. READ MORE
Director Tobe Hooper’s career trajectory has been tumultuous at best. How one artist can have The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Night Terrors in the same filmography is a mystery to me. If we were judging the man’s worth by box office performance alone, it would be even less pretty. There isn’t another filmmaker working within the horror genre whose worth is as debated as Hooper’s. A lot of it stems from having something as impactful as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Poltergeist under his belt and even the latter is argued to this day since many circles believe Steven Spielberg was the one really calling the shots. I for one have always found myself defending the value of a chunk of his work. Even if his stuff was looked down upon during its initial release, home video companies such as Shout Factory and Arrow Video have done a great job of highlighting some of his under appreciated genre gems such as Lifeforce and The Funhouse. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 is the latest to be given the royal treatment. READ MORE
The Film: Tobe Hooper’s career has been head-scratching to say the least. His filmography contains everything from masterworks (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1& 2, Poltergeist) to the most half-hearted of efforts (Mortuary and Night Terrors). I often fail to grasp something resembling his signature style since every film is radically different in approach to the other. I have to admit, this has endeared me to Hooper all the more. If there is a movie that best embodies his highly erratic body of work, it has to be his most audacious; the sci-fi madhouse known as Lifeforce. READ MORE
If there is a true “master of horror” working in the comic book industry right now then it would have to be Stefan Hutchinson (“HALLOWEEN: NIGHTDANCE”, “DAY OF THE DEAD: DESERTION”). The scribe has been on fire in 2010 covering such beloved classics as Romero’s “DAY OF THE DEAD”, to writing sequels to cult hits like “DEMONS”, and now he is back again with yet another fan favorite title in “BATTLE ROYALE”. The original limited edition comic book will be packaged inside of the special edition DVD set that hits stores on Decemeber 13th from Arrow Video, and even though the set will be a Region 2 offering, the writer assures us that the DVDs will be completely region free! Inside you can get ALL the details as well as a 6 page preview! Read on for the skinny!
Who remembers the interview we did a few months back with “DAY OF THE DEAD: DESERTION” scribe Stefan Hutchinson regarding his smash-hit project with video distributor Arrow Video? For those of you who need a refresher course, Stefan told us that if things went well with “DESERTION” and the fans came out, that the scribe would be doing more stories based around othe fan favorites. Well you delivered, and now Stefan, Keating, and Jeff Zornow are making good on their word as the creative team are again paired up by Arrow to take on Dario Argento’s “DEMONS”! Beyond the break you can get all the details on the special edition DVD release, the specs, and even a 4 page ‘teaser trailer’ for the new original 2 part comic book to be packaged with the release aptly titled, “DEMONS 3″! Read on for the skinny!