Reviewed by Patrick Cooper
Craig R. Baxley is a former stuntman who directed three really, really good action films back-to-back. The first one is Action Jackson (1988) and the third is the Brian Bosworth vehicle Stone Cold (1991). Sandwiched in between those two is his weirdest film – one that doesn’t get as much love from action fans as the others – 1990′s Dark Angel (aka I Come in Peace). While not as quotable or explosively insane as Stone Cold (in which a man crashes a motorcycle out of a window and into a helicopter), Dark Angel is ripe for cult rediscovery. It’s certainly the best buddy-cop film I’ve ever seen about an extraterrestrial drug dealer harvesting human endorphins and decapitating people with a CD gun. READ MORE
Jason Pargin’s first novel, John Dies at the End, was originally published as an online serial. It eventually developed enough of a cult following to evolve into a full-blown book deal, with a hardcover print run and everything. The wacky misadventures of Dave and John––two 20-something slackers facing down a host of otherworldly monsters in their pathetic hometown––caught the attention of esteemed horror director Don Coscarelli (Phansasm, Bubba Ho-Tep), who adapted the novel into a Paul Giamatti-starring film that’s been bouncing around the festival circuit since January. Magnet is planning a VOD release sometime in late December.
It sounds like a dream scenario for any would-be novelist, but Pargin (writing under the pseudonym David Wong) proves he’s no fluke with the hilarious, hallucinatory sequel This Book is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It. Dave and John are back, this time attempting to quell a surge of giant parasitic spiders that have infected their undisclosed hometown. Their investigation goes predictably awry, resulting in a full-on zombie oubreak. This Book is Full of Spiders hit American bookstores back on October 2. Read on for the full review. READ MORE
Yes, that’s a groan-worthy headline and I’m aware of it. However, I don’t care because I have a very simply sense of humor and I’m still chuckling.
Warren, MI electronic hard rock band I See Stars was arrested on August 30th by Saline police for “possession & intent to use hallucinogenic drugs”. While no official statement has been released, vocalist Devin Oliver tweeted a bit about the event. The band mugshots can also be seen here.
Maybe I’m one of the weird ones but I figure a band that is signed, popular, and touring should try to avoid getting in trouble. After all, this is their livelihood. This is how they make a living.
Today we caught wind of a trailer for Jonathan Wright’s Psychotica (aka Nostrum), starring Christian Bako, Tara Joshi, Jordan Hayes and Megan Hutchings. The Canadian horror flick was shown in its home country last May, but has yet to get an official stateside release.
Rocked by the gruesome death of one of their best friends, a group of teenage heroin addicts barricade themselves in an abandoned farmhouse in order to kick the habit. Things get out of hand when the drugs they brought with them for one last ‘hoorah’ are more than they bargained for. They struggle to escape with their lives when one of them snaps and turns violent.
Caught in the middle of a menacing social experiment, the teens must overcome the murderous forces within the house as well as the threat that is closing in on them from down the road. With nowhere to run, they must face their greatest fears and fight for their very survival, or be overcome by the very storm they brought upon themselves.
Detective Jack Caine (Dolph Lundgren, Joshua Tree, The Expendables) thought he’d dealt with every kind of crime on earth. But now, someone is using human bodies to manufacture narcotics. Someone – or something – not of this world.
To the Alien that has arrived on earth, humans represent ideal drug factories because of our endorphins. To detective Caine, the Alien represents mankind’s worst threat. If the alien’s mission succeeds, our planet will be destroyed. Together with his straight-arrow FBI partner (Brian Benben, Private Practice) and his girlfriend, the city coroner (Betsy Brantley, Deep Impact), Caine is going to send this alien home in pieces!