The Horror News
You're Next Street Art - Not much explanation required here. This sweet street art for Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett's new horror flick exists somewhere in Toronto, where the film will soon be enjoying its world premiere.
Hellraiser and Halloween 3D On Ice - If you told me a few years ago I'd one day be sad to see a remake of Hellraiser and a sequel to Rob Zombie's Halloween halt development, I'd have laughed in your face then kidnapped you and sold you on the black market for being a time traveler from the future. However, after My Bloody Valentine and Drive Angry, I am legitimately bummed to hear that Todd Farmer and Patrick Lussier's pair of films have stalled over at the Weinstein camp. Yes, yes, I would love to see those two working on more original genre fare like Drive Angry, but sadly that's not always the reality of the business. The reality is that as long as studios own the rights to high profile franchises like Hellraiser and Halloween, they're going to inevitably try to get them remade, and I would much rather see Farmer and Lussier - two men who actually had it in their contracts that if Hellraiser got made by them, it would be R-rated - tackling those kinds of titles than I would a franchise killer like Eric Hesisserer, who has already come up short on A Nightmare on Elm Street, Final Destination 5 and, as this sad-in-the-brain clip seems to indicated, The Thing.
Undocumented Poster Gets Grim - Undocumented, a film about a group of filmmakers who set out to document what it's like to illegally immigrate to the United States, got under my skin without me ever even realizing it. I caught the world premiere at Fantastic Fest last year, I found it to be an intense and harrowing experience, and then I kind of moved on. It wasn't until weeks and months past that I realized I was still thinking about the film. It's bold and brash and will piss people off, just like this poster, and I respect the hell out of that. I highly encourage you to check it when it hits VOD next week.
Shriekfest Announces First Wave - I've never been to Shriekfest. Not because I get my film festival fill of horror at Fantastic Fest, but because I've never been to LA and have a dangerously snobish desire to never go unless I absolutely have to. But, every year they seem to put on a good show for indie horror, and the first part of this year's lineup is no different. Highlights include Rosewood Lane (Victor Salva's new flick), Livid (from the Inside directors), Dead Heads, Enter Nowhere (Sara Paxton is becoming a total scream queen at this point) and Stormhouse.
The Horror Reviews
I actually haven't been watching too many horror features in the past week, but I did find time to work my way through the third season of Tales From the Crypt, a show that I truly love despite its episodes being so consistently inconsistent. So, let's look at some season three highlights:
Carrion Death - Directed by Steven E. de Souza (writer of Die Hard) and starring Kyle MacLachlan, I loved Carrion Death for one simple reason: its ending. I actually can't stand MacLachlan in it, who overacts widely (and that's saying a lot considering Tales is a series that relishes in going over the top), but I love Souza's story about a fugitive being chased by a copy through the dessert, only to kill said cop right after the two are handcuffed together. He then has to lug the cop 8 miles through the scorching heat to the Mexican border and, well, it doesn't go so well.
Undertaking Palor - Directed by Michael Thau and starring John Glover, I quite dug this ep for two reasons. One, it's one of the few episodes I've seen that involves non-adult characters. And two, its story, about four kids who stumble onto a murder enterprise setup between their town's undertaker and the local pharmacist, is kind of like a prototype for found footage horror flicks. If anyone were looking to modernize and feature-ize a Tales From the Crypt episode, Undertaking Palor would be a great place to start (though change the name).
Mournin' Mess - Directed by Manny Coto and starring Steven Weber, Rita Wilson and Vincent Schiavelli. Great episode about a journalist who is trying to get back on top by breaking a story about someone who keeps killing homeless people. It's almost a rip off of Clive Barker's Midnight Meat Train short story, but it still works.
Yellow - Directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Kirk Douglas, Eric Douglas, Dan Akroyd and Lance Henriksen. Do I even need to point out why this is a highlight after listing the director and talent? Alright: It's also set on a World War I battlefield, making this not only one of the largest scale Tales episodes, but also one of its few period pieces.
Honorable mention goes to Easel Kill You (Tim Roth painting dead people and selling them to William Atherton!). Worst of the season (and of the series so far) goes to The Reluctant Vampire, which I'm convinced was written by an 8-year old, and not a particularly acute one, either.
The Horror Horizon
The only straight horror movie opening this week is Creature, but considering I've heard nothing but dreadful things about it, I'm going to recommend anyone in the mood for a grim time at the movies this weekend go check out Contagion instead. My recommending it shouldn't color your expectations of what the movie is - sorry, the people who die to this disease don't start walking the Earth - but it should give you a good idea of just how grim and apocalyptic the drama gets. Plus, the score is totally riffing on Goblin and Carpenter, so it's got that going for it, as well.