In addition to the usual reviews and comments you would find on a horror movie blog, this is also a document of the wonderfully vast horror movie section of the video store I worked at in my youth.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Don't Kill The Messenger IX

On The Fence

I saw the trailer for Sam Raimi's new horror flick Drag Me To Hell in front of Last House on Friday. I didn't figure out what I was watching until half-way through, which is a rarity these days. I have to say that it looks pretty medicore and that's not the reaction I was hoping for. I don't know. From what I saw, it looked like a mish-mash of stuff we've seen before... the J-horror that Raimi loves so much, Platinum Dunes' recent dud The Unborn, the nineties King adaptation Thinner. I remain cautiously optimistic because Sam is my boy, and I know he can pull this off. This is it though. Todd at Twitch told me yesterday that the suits stayed out of Sam and Greg's (Nicotero of KNB EFX) way while they were making this - as they should; Sam's only made a bazillion dollars for Sony over the last seven years - so if Hell blows, there will be no excuses. This is the return to horror that his fans have been waiting for and I pray he doesn't disappoint. See the trailer for yourself below.

Listed Brit

Over the past few months, as part of a series called Twitch Video Salute, Twitch has been inviting genre filmmakers to submit articles about films that they love and were inspired by. Past contributors have been Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Splice) and Fabrice du Welz (Calvaire, Vinyan). This week, outspoken Brit Adam Mason (The Devil's Chair, Blood River) wrote a little something about his favourite horror films. Mason, and his partner-in-crime Simon Boyes are regular fixtures on the site, as their intermittent podcasts (featuring the musings of two English filmmakers trying to make it in LA) can be found there. I respect their brutal honesty. They cow-tow to no one, which sometimes sees whole episodes disappear for 'legal reasons'. And even though I only agree with Mason about fifty percent of the time, there can be no denying that his TVS list is solid. Click here to check it out.

Laid To Rest

I just wanted to finish up with another trailer. In 2005, I saw this cool little coming-of-age indie about a teenage horror fan growing up in a small town. The writer/director Rob Hall was there and his passion for the genre was immediately apparent. That film was Lightning Bug. Now, his new film Laid To Rest is being released by Anchor Bay. It looks like a straight-up slasher and has enough in the trailer to make me interested. See for yourself below.

Okay, that's it for now. Resident Evil 5 beckons.

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