Over the weekend I got into a debate with Lonmonster and Mr. Disgusting on Twitter. It all started when Lonnie asserted that Slither was a remake of Night Of The Creeps and pretty soon we got into discussing which one of them might be the better film. A lot of folks I respect have mentioned the Creeps vs. Slither thing to me over the years, so I figured I’d finally weigh in with my thoughts here.
First of all (and with all due respect to my colleagues), I’d like to say that Slither is in no way a remake of Night Of The Creeps. Yes, I will concede the point that the biology of the slug creatures is quite similar (especially when you consider the fact that they “possess” people). Aside from that though, I don’t see a whole lot of similarity. The slugs in James Gunn’s film are part of a host of creatures that all tie into the consciousness of the creature that has taken hold of Michael Rooker’s Grant Grant. While the slug induced infections in both films threaten world domination, the psychology of the creatures is wildly different. The creature inside Grant Grant is a world conqueror, we see through its memories that it has effortlessly toppled more feral planets. But the stumbling block on Earth is that it has to confront one of the elements that makes us well… human. Love. READ MORE
Reviewed by Patrick Cooper
Following the overwhelming success of Halloween, John Carpenter and producer Debra Hill could have played it safe with a rehashed slasher following the conventions that made them the wunderkinds of the horror genre. Instead, they crafted a highly unconventional little ghost story that’s more Edgar Allen Poe than Michael Myers. Despite its flaws, The Fog holds up really well and its darkness-drenched atmosphere still manages to deliver a wicked bad case of the willies over 30 years later. READ MORE
Time heals all things. For me, this rings especially true of film criticism and the public’s assessment of a film’s quality. When John Carpenter’s The Thing was released in 1982, it was rejected by audiences and critics alike. Meanwhile, MGM’s remake of The Amityville Horror grossed well over $100M worldwide upon its release in 2005. Who has even seen that movie in the past 7 years?
To that end, there are a few films whose legacies and merit I feel deserve some modicum of reconsideration. I’m not saying I’ve picked 5 movies that are secretly The Thing level of quality – none of them are THAT good. But I still think that these are deserving films that got short shrift. They’re the epitome of “underrated.”
Head inside to check out 5 Underrated Horror Movies!!! READ MORE
Speaking of Scream Factory, their Blu-ray release of The Fog will be the first time that film has landed on the high-def format in the US. And they’ve just unveiled the cover for their product! As always, you can just flip the insert around if you want the original poster.
“Look what just rolled in…our newly retro-styled designed artwork for John Carpenter’s THE FOG! This new “remix” of the ghostly classic comes to us from artist Justin Osbourn. As always with our Collector’s Editions, the reverse wrap will have the original theatrical key art (the iconic one with Jamie Lee Curtis bolted up against the door).”
The DVD & Blu-ray go on sale July 30th. An announcement of the bonus features is forthcoming. Head inside for the art! READ MORE
Halloween III: Season of the Witch has always been the black sheep of the franchise, mainly because it’s the only film to not feature Michael Myers as a character (though, there are Halloween TV commercials playing in the background), but it’s always been my second favorite entry. The original film does a great job of establishing a villain who is just plain evil without the use of an unnecessary long-winded explanation or convoluted back story, and has an ending that drives the idea that evil can never really be defeated home. With the exception of Season of the Witch, every other film in the series tried building up the mythology and failed because they were based on a half-baked idea (the sister thing is still dumb, but the Thorn cult could’ve been neat – key word here is “could’ve”), boring, edited into oblivion, or a combination of all three. READ MORE
Why do you guys like Maniac Cop? And by “you guys” I mean whoever created the demand for multiple sequels and this upcoming Blu-Ray? Maybe it’s Bruce Campbell fans, maybe it’s Tom Atkins fans, or is it just people who had a really good year in 1988? I mean, I love Atkins and Campbell as much as the next guy but as Atkins himself insinuates in his supplemental interview, it’s far from the best work he’s ever done.
On October 11, Synapse Films will debut Maniac Cop on Blu-ray. Innocent people are brutally killed on the streets of New York by a uniformed police officer. A young cop, Jack Forrest (Bruce Campbell, TV’s BURN NOTICE and The EVIL DEAD Trilogy) finds himself marked as the chief suspect after his wife is murdered. As Lieutenant Frank McCrae (Tom Atkins, DRIVE ANGRY and LETHAL WEAPON) investigates, the death toll rises and he suspects a mysterious police cover-up. This “maniac” cop must be stopped, but it might not be so easy. He seems inhuman, and ready to take on the entire police force, hell-bent on revenge! Restored and remastered from original vault materials by Synapse Films, Maniac Cops looks and sounds better than ever in this brand-new 2011 high-definition transfer, featuring newly remixed DTS-HD Master Audio surround sound! Long considered a classic of the horror genre, Maniac Cop was written and produced by Larry Cohen (IT’S ALIVE, PHONE BOOTH) and directed by William Lustig (MANIAC, VIGILANTE).
Bonus Features include Maniac Cop Memories Featurette, Out the Window – Interview with Tom Atkins, Three Minutes with Danny Hicks Featurette, Motion Still Gallery, Additional Japanese TV Scenes, Theatrical Trailer, TV Spots, Spanish Radio Spot.
The story centers on a man (Cage) driven by rage who is chasing the people who killed his daughter and kidnapped her baby. The vendetta/rescue spins out of control as the chase gets bloodier by the mile, leaving bodies strewn along the highway.
In this newest action horror shot in 3D, a vengeful father (Nicolas Cage) hunts down the people who brutally killed his daughter and kidnapped her baby. As the chase gets bloodier by the mile, his rescue spins out of control, leaving bodies strewn along the highway. Amber Heard (Pineapple Express), Billy Burke (The Twilight Saga), William Fichtner (The Dark Knight) and David Morse (Disturbia) also star. Patrick Lussier directs from the original screenplay he co-wrote with Todd Farmer who previously collaborated with him on My Bloody Valentine 3D.
In the remake Tom (Jensen Ackles) returns to his hometown on the tenth anniversary of the Valentine’s night massacre that claimed the life of 22 people. Instead of a homecoming, Tom finds himself suspected of committing the murders.
A documentary that follows the evolution of the ‘Halloween’ movies over the past twenty-five years. It examines why the films are so popular and revisits many of the original locations used in the films – seeing the effects on the local community. For the first time, cast, crew, critics and fans join together in the ultimate ‘Halloween’ retrospective.
Innocent people are being brutally murdered on the streets of New York by a uniformed police officer. As the death toll rises and City Hall attempts a cover-up, Frank McCrae heads the investigation. A young cop, Jack Forrest, finds himself under arrest as the chief suspect, having been the victim of a set-up by the real killer and a mysterious woman phone-caller. Forrest, his girlfriend Theresa, and McCrae set out to solve the puzzle before the Maniac Cop can strike again.
Alien brain parasites, entering humans through the mouth, turn their host into a killing zombie. Some teenagers start to fight against them.
An evil toymaker plans to kill all the kids out for Halloween in this non-sequel to the other Halloween movies