One Way Static has announced that their remastered Last House On The Left soundtrack, which was composed and performed by David Hess, will be getting a limited picture disc variant for Record Store Day. Limited to only 1,5000 copies, the records are almost certainly going to sell out within minutes and become a collector’s item, so be sure to keep this title in mind when you hit stores on April 19th! READ MORE
Record Store Day 2014 is gearing up for one amazing run of titles on April 19th. While the full list has not yet been compiled there are some supposedly confirmed titles that are just too awesome to pass up! For instance, it looks like Bathory is getting not one, not two, but SIX picture discs! Also, Insominum‘s The Candlelight Years is getting a 7xLP 180-gram colored vinyl box.
When it comes to horror, Exclaim! is stating that Death Waltz will be releasing Anto Maiovvi‘s Original Music from the Short Film in limited yellow vinyl. In two separate 7″ releases, there will be the themes to The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits as well as instrumentals for Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Munsters.
With the holiday season upon us, let us not forget the aural treats that lurk around every corner! There are a plethora of awesome music releases that you should be keeping an eye on for the music lover amongst your circle of friends/family. Hell, maybe you just want to get some awesome new tunes just for yourself! If that’s the case, then look no further as we at BD are here with some suggestions to get your MP3 player packed to the brim with awesome new tunes! Head on down to see what we culled from this year!
One Way Static Records has teamed up with Exclaim.ca to stream the entire soundtrack for the upcoming remastered re-issue of Wes Craven’s 1972 classic rape-revenge thriller Last House On The Left. The music was composed by David Hess, who portrayed the villainous Krug in the film, and can be heard below.
One Way Static comments, “David’s work here contains some truly beautiful songs, the discovery of which, for some, may be in stark contrast to the brutal displays of sadism and violence for which he was known to purvey onscreen. The fact that Hess could perform as both the poet, and the monster, is a testament to his skill as an artist. The soundtrack to Last House on the Left is a brilliantly unique and diverse mixture of farcical comedy, poignant, reflective folk music and instrumental experimentalism. Hess constructed a wonderful counterbalancing entity, which serves only to accentuate the impact of the movie.”
Horror and vinyl are two things collectors and enthusiasts go absolutely berserk for. It is entirely fascinating that both are bigger than ever, breaking through what some consider a niche market. The horror genre has become completely mainstream and vinyl sales have been climbing yearly to impressive numbers. But what happens when the horror and the vinyl combine? A synergy forms that shows no signs of plateauing. Death Waltz Recording Company, One Way Static, and Waxwork Records are the three main labels responsible for this storm of commotion, and for good reason. I recently headed a rare roundtable discussion with the three labels (Spencer Hickman of Death Waltz Records, Sebastiaan Putseys of One Way Static Records, and Kevin Bergeron of Waxwork Records), diving into what is sure to be each label’s most successful month thus far. READ MORE
One Way Static Records has announced that their reissue of the Last House On The Left soundtrack, which was composed by David Hess (who played the murderous rapist Krug Stillo in the film), is now available through their site (for UK and European customers) as well as through their partner Light In The Attic (for US and Canadian customers). In total there will be 5 editions of the OST, a limited edition vinyl, a regular vinyl, a CD, a digital version, and a Cassette Store Day exclusive cassette version.
The Wes Craven film, which was released in 1972 (and subsequently remade in 2009), follows the story of Mari Collingwood and Phyllis Stone who wish to go to a concert. While trying to score some weed, the two run into the murderous team of Krug, Junior, Sadie, and Weasel. From there, their night of horror only begins. You can watch the trailer for the film below. READ MORE
Evan Dickson is back with more from the SXSW Film Festival, this time sharing his review from the World Premiere of Plus One, the latest film from The Last House on the Left‘s Dennis Iliadis.
In the horror party starring Rhys Wakefield, Logan Miller, Ashley Hinshaw and Natalie Hall, three college friends go to the biggest party of the year, each looking for something different: love, sex and a simple human connection. When a supernatural phenomenon disrupts the party, it lights a fuse on what will become the strangest night anyone has ever seen.
“Plus One demands that you pay attention if you want to keep up, something you’re not usually asked to do in sci-fi horror movies soaked in booze and sexuality,” says Dickson. “If you do, you’ll find that the film has a lot on its mind. It’s an inspired take on what happens when we choose to view the world through a fearful lens rather than an accepting one.”
As for the style, well, it’s got a lot going on, too: “It sets up a unique Project X via Can’t Hardly Wait universe and melds it into an Invasion Of The Body Snatchers shaped mold.”
Plus One isn’t for everybody. It sets up a unique Project X via Can’t Hardly Wait universe and melds it into an Invasion Of The Body Snatchers shaped mold. This ultimately might not be the best delivery system for its message, but it swings for the fences in a way I wasn’t expecting and – at the very least – succeeds in being an utterly original (and visually appealing) experiment. After more or less knocking it out of the park with his remake of The Last House On The Left, director Dennis Iliadis (along with writer Bill Gullo) has fashioned something different altogether here.
David [Rhys Wakefield] has just irrevocably damaged his relationship with his girlfriend Jill [Chronicle's Ashley Hinshaw] on the eve of the year’s biggest college party. They’re both still going – but not together. Jill brings a new suitor while David teams up with the impressively horny Teddy [Logan Miller] as his wingman. The party itself is an utterly debauched spectacle with enough drugs, sex, dancing and copious nudity to make Todd Phillips (or Roger Avary) proud. It’s a fun chunk of film that is choreographed exceedingly well (this pays off even more when certain beats start repeating themselves). Not long after they get there, things begin to go awry – the result of a meteor crash that has cloned everyone in the vicinity and placed them in the same space but not at the same time (everyone’s second version is about 30 minutes behind their primary self).
If that sounds confusing, it is. But as Plus One progresses and the two divergent timelines grow closer together, it becomes apparent that there’s a cataclysmic event waiting in the wings if any of the partygoers run into the secondary versions of themselves (or vice versa). Of course, there’s no set rule that one version of any person has to destroy the other – the danger comes from society’s inherent expectation that anything that defies explanation must be dangerous. For David, this is an opportunity to re-do a botched apology he made to Jill earlier in the evening. For Suzanne McCloskey’s (in the Lauren Ambrose role) wonderfully sweet and assertive character, it’s a chance to get to know herself better. For almost everyone else, it means terror and reactionary violence and there’s a protracted scene featuring two identical mobs that takes quite a brutal turn.
While I never found myself particularly liking the character of David, most of the leads turn in good work and the film (shot by The Master DP Mihai Malaimare Jr.) never falters on visual aesthetic. Plus One also pretty much demands that you pay attention if you want to keep up, something you’re not usually asked to do in sci-fi horror movies soaked in booze and sexuality. If you do, you’ll find that the film has a lot on its mind. It’s an inspired take on what happens when we choose to view the world through a fearful lens rather than an accepting one. It also has interesting things to say about being in love with the idea of somebody rather than the actual person.
You may or may not like it, but Plus One certainly isn’t a waste of your time. Go with an open mind and you might just have a lot of fun with it.