With The Lords of Salem still fresh in theaters, Rob Zombie has been doing quite a bit of press for the film. And he’s a great interview. However you feel about his work, he doesn’t seem to bullsh*t quite as much as a lot of other celebrity horror directors and I found him impressively candid in my interview with him a few weeks back.
He recently spoke to The Playlist and elaborated on his experiences with the Halloween films. “I really like those films. I didn’t have a good time making them. It was actually a kind of miserable experience. Anytime they vary from the format is when I really like them.”
And varying from the format is what he wanted to do with his remake of The Blob, though the fact that it was another remake at all seems to be what turned him off to the project. Head inside for his take on that! READ MORE
In the first Cold Prey, a burly man slaughtered a group of friends in an abandoned hotel in the mountains of southern Norway with a pickaxe. Cold Prey II kicks in with the lone survivor of the group, Jannicke (Ingrid Boldo Berdal), stunned and nearly frozen to death on the side of the road. She’s taken to a nearby hospital and the nightmare finally seems over as Jannicke begins her quiet recovery. Local authorities travel to the scene of the crime and retrieve the bodies of her friends, as well as the killer’s. All of the corpses are brought to the same hospital Jannicke is resting in and needless to say she flips the fuck out when she sees the killer’s body bag. READ MORE
With Halloween being one of the all-time great landmark horror films, it’s hard to overestimate just how important each piece of that film is. And a fairly important component of that film, Nancy Kyes (aka Nancy Loomis, as she was originally credited in the film), was born on December 19th, 1949.
Not only did she play Annie Brackett in the Halloween she had a small appearance in Halloween II (as the same character) and played Tom Atkins’ ex-wife in Halloween III: Season Of The Witch, which I believe makes her to only performer to actually be onscreen in the first three Halloween films. She also had a great role in John Carpenter’s The Fog.
I actually included her in a post earlier this year on underrated horror performances in which I wrote, “It’s a shame that Nancy Kyes (aka Nancy Loomis) has disappeared from the film world. She was an intelligent, strong and funny screen presence whose combined attributes made her sexy. And her Annie Brackett might just be my favorite character in John Carpenter’s ‘Halloween’. Where Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode was stridently virginal and demure and P.J. Soles’ Lynda was stridently sexual and rebellious – Annie struck a good middle ground between those two extremes.“
You know you love Halloween 2. Even if you haven’t seen it, if you’re here you love it. Which is why, if you live in Los Angeles, you should head over to the New Beverly Cinema (7165 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90036) to see the continuing adventures of Laurie Strode! While it’s not quite as good as the original Halloween it has the benefit of picking up exactly where that film left off, which means no bullsh*tting around. It also has more gore courtesy of new director Rick Rosenthal and it was even written by John Carpenter and Debra Hill (even though he states he needed a 6-pack a night to make it through the process).
Bloody-Disgusting alum Brian Collins will be presenting the film as part of his Horror-Movie-A-Day screening series at the New Beverly Cinema. Tickets (which you can buy here) are only $8 – so this is a win-win scenario for you. It all goes down this Saturday, October 27th at 11:59PM. The print will be 35MM.
Head inside for a trailer and the event poster! READ MORE
Trying to figure out what horror to pick up this Halloween season? Check out my recommendations spanning home video horror releases from late last September all the way thru the end of the month.
Leading the way for moi wasHalloween III: Season of the Witchfrom Scream Factory. Speaking of Scream Factory, they’ve been killing it of late with releases of all sorts of horror goodies. Just check out their release schedule over the last couple months. For the old school horror lovers Universal recently released Blu-rays for the classic monsters. And there’s plenty more horror for every type of fan. We’ve really been spoiled as of late, especially on the old/cult horror faves available on Blu-ray front.
Check out the rest below and happy Halloween viewing. READ MORE
The original Halloween, released in 1978, changed the face of the horror genre. Although there had been earlier “slasher” films (notably, Black Christmas in 1973), this low-budget independent film was the first to make it big and really bring the subgenre to the mainstream. It was soon followed by Friday the 13th and other films that amped up the gore and number of teen victims. Thus, when it came time to bring Michael Myers back to the big screen, the filmmakers behind Halloween II followed suit and tried to combine the original’s suspense with the new demand for more graphic and bloody sequences. READ MORE
On September 18, 2012, fans will rejoice as Shout! Factory’s Scream Factory branch unleashes Halloween II Collector’s Edition and Halloween III: Season of the Witch 30th Anniversary Special Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray and DVD. These two formidable titles inaugurate the Scream Factory home entertainment series and are now available to preorder! Something you can do here and here.
But in case you weren’t already sold, we’ve got trailers for those releases inside! Along with full specs of course! READ MORE
Further underscoring its position as a leading curator and home entertainment provider of many memorable cult movie classics, Shout! Factory is proud to announce the launch of Scream Factory, a new home entertainment series created to celebrate some of the most enthralling horror and sci-fi films with massive cult followings in cinematic history.
Debuting this September, Scream Factory boasts a scary slate of fan-favorite thrillers from the 1980s, many of which have never been available on Blu-ray before. Titles include Halloween II and Terror Train, (both starring “Scream Queen” Jamie Lee Curtis); the 30th Anniversary release of Halloween III: Season of the Witch; They Live from director John Carpenter (The Thing); Peter Benchley’s The Island starring Michael Caine, The Funhouse from director Tobe Hooper (Poltergeist); the nightmarish Phantasm II; and the much-anticipated DVD debuts of Deadly Blessing, directed by Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream) and featuring Sharon Stone in an early role, and Death Valley starring Peter Billingsley (A Christmas Story). Each title will be presented in anamorphic widescreen, and most will be released in a “Collector’s Edition” packed with new bonus content, archival materials, a collectible cover featuring newly rendered retro-style artwork, a reversible wrap with original theatrical key art and more!
On September 18, 2012, fans will rejoice as Shout! Factory unleashes Halloween II Collector’s Edition and Halloween III: Season of the Witch 30th Anniversary Special Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray and DVD. These two formidable titles inaugurate the Scream Factory home entertainment series and are now available to preorder at ShoutFactory.com and Amazon.com. Get the full specs inside!
Universal has just announced a 30th Anniversary Blu-ray release for Halloween II, this time with more than just the trailer and text notes/bios as special features!
The Blu-ray – dated for September 13 – will feature DTS 5.1 audio, along with an alternate ending, the awesome ‘Terror in the Aisles’ doc, an OOP compilation reel with trailers and scenes from a few beloved genre flicks. No word on whether or not the extras are in HD.