Greg Lamberson’s Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival (formally Buffalo Screams) will host a sneak peek of Troma Entertainment’s Return to Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1. Return is the fourth film in the Nuke ‘Em High film franchise, and is the first sequel directed by Lloyd Kaufman.
Kaufman will be in attendance for a Q&A following the event. The sneak peek screening will take place on Saturday, November 9th at 9:30 pm at Dispon’s Amherst Theatre, 3500 Main Street, Buffalo NY. Admission is only $8.00
Had Andy Kaufman had been a child of the late Eighties, it’s pretty safe to say Tony Clifton would’ve been a different beast altogether. A Borscht-belt insult comic made a lot of sense as a vehicle with which to vent against a lazy entertainment culture for a kid who grew up on Long Island in the Nineteen-Fifties. Sadly, whatever relevance that kind of figure once had is now relegated to distant nostalgia and shitty roast specials on Comedy Central.
Had Andy been a child of the late Seventies, perhaps he would have turned his wrath into a savage exploration of our culture largesse through satire of infomercials and lo-fi cable access shows, such as Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim have with their Awesome Show/Tom Goes To The Mayor/Check It Out! mini-empire on Adult Swim. Yet, had Andy Kaufman been born in the early-to-mid Eighties, just old enough to remember the world as it was pre-internet, but young enough to have spent since his early teens completely immersed in the world of the wide web, it is almost doubtless how his ire would have manifested…
…as a satire of the goddamned “wacky” micro-celebrity vlogger.
Horror icon Charles Band has launched Full Moon Streaming.com just in time for Halloween. The new service allows Full Moon fans to stream movies from the Full Moon and Grindhouse catalogs for a small monthly fee. Not all the Full Moon titles are available just yet, but Band has promised to add a new movie every week. Full Moon Streaming.com members will also have access to contests, all the old and new Videozones, rare-behind the scenes footage, and premieres of Band’s newest films.
The service kicked off with the world premiere of Trancers: City of Lost Angels. The never before seen Trancers sequel is part of Band’s unreleased Pulse Pounders anthology from 1988. Band started releasing the individual segments to DVD, starting with The Evil Clergyman in 2012. City of Lost Angels will be available on DVD in November, and the sequel to Dungeonmaster will be released sometime next year.
“Ken Marino can’t act anything but stupid,” my buddy Andrew said to me as I was starting to wrap up our conversation to attend a screening of the new horror comedy Marino stars in, Bad Milo. We quickly went over his long list of television roles, realizing that he’s done surprisingly well since The State. Yet we weren’t sure how he would be as the leading man in a horror film. Now that I’ve seen it, I’m telling you: he’s perfect.
In fact, the only character who manages to overshadow him in this excellently funny new horror comedy is the title character, Milo. And Milo is a little monster that is living inside of Ken Marino’s guts.
Have you ever watched an episode of Scooby-Doo and wondered what a “real world” adaptation of might look like? Not a “live action” one like the films from a few years back, but a version in which the characters fit perfectly into our “reality”, as opposed to adapting it into live action representation of the cartoon universe, with a computer generated Scoob, ghosts, and monsters.
Well, wonder no more, for it has finally been accomplished. Saturday Morning Mystery (also known as Saturday Morning Massacre) is basically an unofficial adaptation of the Scooby-Doo toon, done “real world” style. Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby are now Chad (aka Fred, Adam Tate), Gwen (aka Daphne, Josephine Decker), Nancy (aka Velma, Ashley Rae Spillers), Floyd (aka Shaggy, Jonny Mars) and Hamlet (aka Scooby, now a real dog).
In my opinion, the Child’s Play franchise should have ended with Seed of Chucky. It was the ultimate ending to a solid horror franchise, but Universal has decided to give the little guy another chance on the direct-to-DVD market. Unfortunately the humorous nature of the fifth film turned off a lot of fans, forcing Don Mancini to scrap the wink at the camera formula in favor of a more serious film.
Mancini is bringing Child’s Play back to its roots with the upcoming Curse of Chucky. Not only did Mancini get rid of any humor, he has also restored Chucky’s classic look. Chucky’s patchwork face has been replaced by his original Good Guy Doll image from the first film. This is also Chucky’s first direct-to-DVD sequel, and I’m glad Universal has decided to forgo movie theaters. It puts less pressure on the film to perform, and it could possibly open the door for more sequels in the future.
The makers of the short film Eaglewalk, which we covered several months ago on the site, have started a Kickstarter campaign to help them raise money for a new short set in the same universe as their earlier film. It’s going to be called At The Dark Divide, and they’ve announced a noble mission statement for the creation of this film: “making Bigfoot scary as hell.”
These guys have only got 12 days to come up with the funding to make the prequel to the best damn killer Bigfoot short film we have covered on the site since we came into being. But don’t take my word for it; go click that link down there, visit their Kickstarter, watch Eaglewalk for free on the page, and, if you like it and you can, donate some money.
MAD Z Productions announced today that they have teamed up with Obolus Entertainment to produce a new horror anthology entitled Box. The new film features seven segments tied together by a frame about a box that terrorizes anyone who dares to open it. MAD Z has released one sheets for first five segments of the film. You can see them all at the MAD Z Productions website. Box is currently in pre-production with a shoot date of June 2013, and a tentative 2014 release.
I learned of High Rising Productions, the company that created Slice and Dice, through the work that they did producing extras for Arrow Video’s DVD and Blu-ray releases. Before High Rising Productions made extras a lot of UK horror releases either didn’t have them, or claimed an interactive menu was an extra feature.
The first High Rising Production extra I saw featured cast interviews, the thoughts of the director, and was made for a much more interesting viewing experience. To the point where, if some of their short documentaries like ‘From Romero to Rome’ had been longer, perhaps they could have been stand alone features.