The Last Horror Blog: 'Saw,' 'Sinkhole 2,' Home Video Picks and More

The Last Horror Blog: 'Saw,' 'Sinkhole 2,' Home Video Picks and More

Nov 09, 2017

Saw VI

Newest episode of web series Horror Timelines tackles Saw – Most horror movies basically start out as standalone titles – they’re a single movie meant to tell a story and maybe tease a potential sequel, but they have to work as a complete tale on their own. But if the film makes money, they spawn sequels – and sequels have the unenviable task of continuing stories that were originally supposed to work on their own. And the new writers sometimes muddle things up as a franchise moves into ever-higher numbers.

Saw is a great example of this. Including the recently-released Jigsaw, there are eight films (Tobin Bell above in Saw VI) so far, they jump around in time (some things even happen concurrently between films) and you basically need a flow chart to keep it all together.

Or, maybe you just need this new video from Josh Spiegel.

Spiegel makes Horror Timelines videos (and covers other genres too) that attempt to help you make sense of the sprawling timelines of classic horror franchises like Friday the 13th. His latest, which you can watch below, does a pretty good job of making sense of Saw without requiring you to sit through something like 12 hours of movies. Check out more on his YouTube channel.

 

Airplane meets Tremors in Sinkhole 2 – Eduardo Sanchez, the codirector of the original Blair Witch Project, is back with a new feature that’s being billed as a "cross between Airplane, The Naked Gun, Earthquake, Jaws, and Tremors" in the upcoming Sinkhole 2. Before you ask, I don’t think there was actually a Sinkhole 1 – unless this is some sort of quasi-sequel to a 2013 film with the same name…

No, this appears to be something all it’s own – a mixture of humor and horror that should theoretically delight fans of films like Dead Alive and Tucker & Dale vs. Evil. There’s no trailer yet, but check out the synopsis:

"Angry sinkholes attack a small, nondescript town, engulfing people and buildings one by one. These ravenous monsters appear without warning, sucking terrorized townsfolk (including a former porn star turned reality show celebrity) into oblivion. Enter a seismological specialist with a secret past, hellbent on revenge. He joins forces with the local sheriff, who is on a personal mission to save his own daughter and town. Can this unlikely duo abort these monstrous cracks of death? Will our heroes survive overwhelming forces of nature with potentially explosive consequences? Can they combat a skeptical mayor with ulterior motives who will stop at nothing to serve his own selfish gains?"

No word yet on when Sinkhole 2 will hit theaters, but we’ll keep you posted.

 

Perfect Stranger Things is the spoof you’ve been waiting for – The second season of Netflix’s Stranger Things is currently all the rage, and since the show is so big on ‘80s nostalgia, I’m surprised no one got around to making this Perfect Strangers/Stranger Things parody sooner.

Jimmy Kimmel rounded up Mark Linn-Baker, Bronson Pinchot, and the Stranger Things kids for this spoof that finds the Dem O’Gorgon (is he Irish?) moving in with Balki and cousin Larry. Naturally, hilarity ensues.

I figure we’re going to see a whole lot more Stranger Things parodies in the months ahead as the show becomes a full-blown cultural phenomenon. I’m guessing most of them won’t be quite this much fun, though.

 

Get an early look at Blue Underground’s Deathdream Blu-ray – Mark your calendars, because November 28 is a special day for hardcore horror geeks. Bob Clark’s underrated chiller Deathdream makes its Blu-ray debut courtesy of Blue Underground – and to celebrate, they’ve released this sneak peek video highlighting some of the things you can expect when the disc hits store shelves.

Before we get to that, let’s cover the synopsis and all the goodies that are included in this package, shall we?

In this shattering variation on “The Monkey’s Paw,” grief-stricken suburban parents (Academy Award nominees John Marley of The Godfather and Lynn Carlin of Faces) refuse to accept the news that their son, Andy (Richard Backus), has been killed in Vietnam. But when Andy returns home soon after, something may be horribly wrong: Andy is alive and well… or is he? Produced and directed by Bob Clark (Black Christmas) and written by Alan Ormsby (Deranged), Deathdream was one of the very first films to confront the domestic ravages of the Vietnam War. More than forty years later, it remains one of the most chilling horror films of all time.

Special Features:

  • Audio Commentary #1 with Co-Producer/Director Bob Clark

  • Audio Commentary #2 with Writer/Make-Up Artist (Uncredited) Alan Ormsby

  • A Recollection with Star Anya Liffey and Writer/Make-Up Artist Alan Ormsby

  • Notes for a Homecoming – Interview with Composer Carl Zittrer

  • Flying Down to Brooksville – Interview with Production Manager John “Bud” Cardos

  • Tom Savini: The Early Years

  • Deathdreaming – Interview with Star Richard Backus

  • Alternate Opening Titles

  • Theatrical Trailer

  • Still Galleries

  • Alan Ormsby Student Film

  • BONUS: Collectible Booklet with New Essay by Critic Travis Crawford

 

Horror on the Horizon

You can tell that October is over – because there’s nothing releasing nationally that even remotely resembles a horror film.

Your only hope is catching Norwegian supernatural thriller Thelma in limited release, and I’m not really calling that a horror movie…

Things don’t get any better on November 17, but at least you can go catch Justice League – which may be a horror show for all the wrong reasons.

 

Horror on Home Video

I’d love to tell you that things will be better on DVD and Blu-ray over the next two weeks, but I’d mostly be lying. There’s a dearth of interesting releases even on home video as we inch closer to the holiday season.

November 12 does offer up The Paul Naschy Collection Volume 2, which features five more of The Wolfman of Spain's films. Available here are: Hunchback Of The Morgue, The Devil’s Possessed, The Werewolf and the Yeti, Exorcism and A Dragonfly for Each Corpse. If that’s not cool enough, you also get a 24-page booklet.

Also this week: The Psycho Collection, which features all four of Norman Bates’ outings, and season 2 of AMC’s Preacher.

November 21 is pretty much devoid of anything that’s overtly horror. You get season 3 of the Gillian Anderson series The Fall and Luc Besson’s sci-fi flick Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

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