I kept hearing about this film from the usual podcasts and movies community I frequent. The trailer looked decent and I haven’t seen a good creature movie in awhile so it went on my ‘to see’ mental list of about a million titles I have that I need to sit down with. Then I heard it was written and directed by Bryan Bertino of The Strangers fame so it instantly went to the top of my list. If he could pull out the tension and terror he did in The Strangers and put that into a creature film I was sold. In full disclosure AFTER I had rented the film and watched it I was contacted by Lionsgate about a screener copy. Which I said yes.
The movie starts out as more of a drama about a mother and daughter who are at odds with each other. It’s obvious this is a young mother who was not ready to be a mother and a young daughter that has had become the adult in her household because her mother is more concerned with partying and having a good time than being a responsible mom.
The story moves forward with the mother Kathy played by Zoe Kazan taking her daughter to stay with her father for a while. They of course get on the road about 5 hours late because the mother can’t seem to get over her hangover long enough to get ready. This sets the stage for them to have a car accident on a lonely country road.
From there we’re treated to a tense single location film as a monster seems to be lurking in the forest on either side of the road. In this movie the question isn’t ‘are monsters real’ but instead ‘what do would you do when you find out they are very real?’.
Both actresses do an amazing job and you really believe in their stress filled relationship. Ella Ballentine does as great job as the daughter Lizzy. It’s not hard to completely believe her fear and survival spirit.
I thought the creature design was well done. I like seeing practical monster effects on screen. It’s not a design that is going to blow any minds and we’ve actually seen designs close to this before. In fact the Blu Ray cover of this reminds me a little too much of the poster for Feast.
The only problem I really had was a small character decision towards the end of the film that doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense to me. I could see some arguments for why it is there but in the end fell completely flat for me but I did my best to not let it ruin the film for me.
The only special feature on the blu ray is a featurette called Eyes In The Darkness which is just a quick behind the scenes look. I had hoped for a little more on the creature design and story elements but in this streaming world such things are becoming less and less a priority.
All in all I would say that this is worth your time. Pop some popcorn, turn the lights off, and just let this creature feature take you away.
We have three copies of Roger Corman’s Death Race 2050 to give away on Blu Ray and DVD combo. How do you win? That’s easy. In the comments below comment with what your race name would be in you entered the Death Race. We’ll pick 3 lucky winners on Feb. 1 and they will win a copy. That easy. So comment below. Tell us what name you would want to be feared by if you entered The Death Race. Good luck!
Our friends over at Universal Studios were kind enough to send over a copy of Roger Corman’s Death Race 2050 and I couldn’t have been more excited.
Everything I had heard was that this was a sequel to the original Death Race 2000 but it’s actually a reboot. Taking the Death Race idea and putting it in the lens of where society could be in 30 plus years from now.
We have Manu Bennett (Arrow) taking on the persona of Frankenstein and putting him in the Death Race against such foes as Jed Perfectus, Tammy The Terrorist, and even A.B.E. a computer controlled car. And of course all of this is being run by The Chairman played by Malcolm McDowell with a slightly weird looking comb over. That seems weirdly familiar.
Overall the movie is a lot of fun and it’s obvious they knew this would be the perfect political climate to release it in. Planned perfectly with the week of the Inauguration. It seems to have a lot to say about the current status of the world but tries to at least be fun while doing it. While I don’t think it will be a cultural marker like the original Death Race 2000 I think it does it’s job just fine.
I’m trying to think of how to go into the production quality and acting but at the end of the day it’s a Roger Corman film so you kind of know what you’re getting into when you put the movie on. No one is winning any Oscars but everyone can say they had a great time making the movie.
The Blu Ray release comes with 4 featurettes which is more than most films now a days in the world of streaming. You get The Making Of Roger Corman’s Death Race 2050, The Look Of 2050, Cars! Cars! Cars!, Cast Car Tours, and some deleted scenes. All of the special features combined make a decent bonus for the purchase price. Only thing I would have liked to see would be an audio commentary with the director G.J. Echternkamp and Roger Corman. Maybe going over the differences in the shooting between this and the original.
A few years ago I made a short film called Psychedelia about the bad effects of taking mushrooms and this last week it made it’s way up onto Bloody-Disgusting as part of their World Of Death video series. I am super happy to see it up there. So head over and give it a watch along with all the other WOD epiosdes.
It’s a new year and it’s time for a new BOOOOOOOY! We have 3 sets of Phantasm Remastered and Phantasm Ravager on blu ray that we are giving away. How do win these silver spheres of awesome. It’s pretty easy. Between now and January 15th head over to the GeekNerdery Facebook Page and in the post that is pinned at the top we want you to go into the comments and comment with your best Phantasm Meme that describes 2016. Whatever that means to you put it in a meme and comment with it. For example:
We’ll pick the best 3 and those people will win a copy of Phantasm Remastered and Phantasm Ravager on blu ray. This is a combined gift from us at GeekNerdery and also us at The Last Horrorcast. Check them out and I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with. See you on the 15th. BOOOOOOOOY!
I think she was really the first love for most boys my age. My wife didn’t seem to understand why I cried the first time I saw the trailer for Force Awakens. I had to explain that for a creative type that when you were younger and you played with your Star Wars toys that you had to create new adventures because there weren’t any. Then at 36 here it was. The adventures were continuing. They were real. Everything my mind had made up as a kid could now be real. It was everything I had wanted my whole life without realizing it.
Princess Leia of course played into that. Seeing the original Star Wars trilogy when I did at 5 years old (or even before for all I remember) it bonded deeply to my soul. Everything I did from then forward had Star Wars involved somehow even if it wasn’t apparent at first. Somewhere in the back of my mind it would always be there in every interaction. Even as a grown man I can’t pick up a flashlight without making the Lightsaber noise in my head when I turn it on.
But enough about that. This is about Love right? After watching what became A New Hope you immediately put yourself into the movie. When you hear Luke says those words “I’m Luke Skywalker, I’m Hear To Rescue You.” you want to put yourself in that spot. You want to be the one that is there to rescue the Princess. You want to be the hero that blows up the Death Star. I think that wanting to protect the Princess makes you fall in love with her. Especially at 5 years old. You immediately feel that protective bond. Plus she’s pretty awesome. You find out that she’s not just some damsel in distress. And you find out later on she’s actually pretty bad ass herself. But that first moment of seeing her on screen will connect with me forever. I fell in love with her without even realizing what that was. Of course when I got older it became about the gold bikini because I’m a man and puberty does awful things to your brain but at 5 that unabashed love was there.
Seeing her again in Force Awakens made me get butterflies in my stomach. Seeing your first love again. I know Princess Leia and Carrie Fisher are not the same but try telling 5 year old me that. So when I read that she had had a heart attack I was sad and upset. Waking up to the news this morning that Carrie Fisher had passed destroyed me. Thank you. For a long time you were my only hope.
Some trailers got released and they are for highly anticipated movies.
First up Keanu Reeves is back in John Wick 2. Really the first John Wick movie should not have been good. Like at all. When you explain it to people they look at you weird. Like a movie where Keanu gets mad because someone killed his dog and he goes on a shooting rampage after the mob isn’t a movie you would want to see. But it actually is. So now we’re back and it looks like we’re getting Keanu and Larry Fishburn in a movie together again. Check it out:
After that is a trailer for a movie that for me falls into the “I don’t know if this is a good idea” category with Blade Runner 2049. I mean I hope they prove that I’m wrong and that it holds up to the original but I always get worried about movies like this. Who knows. At least we’ll get to see Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford have a brood off.
And lastly for this trip to the park I’m including the trailer for Despicable Me 3. Trey Parker going from the foul mouthed animation we’re used to into a full on kids movie as an 80’s styled bad guy to trouble Gru and his team. Seems like everything I could want.
Comet is back with some more giveaways! If you love Stargate Atlantis then this is your contest. All you have to do is take a look at the GIF below that shows the highlights of what Comet will be airing this month and in the comments below tell us what you’re looking forward to the most on Comet this month. Then on New Year’s Day we’ll pick one lucky winner to win a swag bag with the following!
One COMET / Stargate Atlantis Exclusive Shirt – This shirt features an exclusive design which will put you on the level of a Stargate traveler – you are officially part of the Space & Interdimensional Exploration Division!
One Comfy Alien Head Beanie – Perfect to set you apart from other boring humans and perfect for the chilly December evenings!
One Stargate Atlantis Necklace – Sure to make you the envy of all your friends!
Two Stargate Patches – Show that Stargate love and officially join up with the Space & Interdimensional Exploration Division!
One COMET Alien Head Stress Ball – because nothing relives stress like squishing an Alien head!
So tell us what you are excited for this month on Comet!
I was going back and forth on posting this but then realized “I’m for sure going to watch it so who cares?” Ducktales is coming back. Next year we’ll be seeing Scrooge and friends getting back into adventures and taking dives into the money bin. They have announced the cast in a fun way by having them all do a sing along to the Ducktales theme song. Instead of telling you the cast I’m just going to encourage you to check out the video below.
I’m a huge Stephen King nerd. To anyone that knows me this is not a surprise. In the sub-set of this I am a big Dark Tower fan as well. Reading through his books and finding the connections was a giant thrill. Even before getting into the Dark Tower set of books knowing that in Needful Things we revisit the farm from Cujo made me excited. Reading and seeing that the monster that Tad is afraid lives in his closet in Cujo is Frank Dodd from The Dead Zone blew my mind.
While today shared universes are abundant in films and even some in books back when these books were coming out it wasn’t nearly as common. So getting a reference to another book you had read was like a new experience.
Later I got into the Dark Tower books and found out that everything King has written is connected to this one set of stories. Every character and every plot can be traced back to the Tower through any amount of small to large references.
When it was announced that at Comicon that they were actually printing up versions of the childrens book Charlie The Choo-Choo as exclusive items I tried to get anyone I knew that was there to grab me one. Sadly it was not meant to be. Luckily Simon and Schuster saw there was a demand for this so they decided to make it a mass market book.
I was lucky enough to get sent a review copy and I was jumping up and down with glee when it came in the mail. It serves as a basic meta prop from the Dark Tower book. Jake finds a copy of Charlie The Choo-Choo in a book store in the Tower books and now there is a real version you can hold in your hands.
With the movie coming up it’s a fun item to have. I read through it and it is presented with great artwork from Ned Dameron as it tells the tale of old Charlie as he is seen as obsolete next to the more modern diesel engine, who looks like I imagine Blaine The Mono looks from The Wastelands. It’s a fun thing to own if you’re a big King fan like I am. I have it sitting on my shelf with the Dark Tower books.
I was lucky enough to be on the Talk Without Rhythm podcast to talk about 2 Michael Mann films Thief and Collateral. Stop in and take a listen.
This week on the Talk Without RhythmPodcast I’m joined by my buddy Bryan of The Last Horrorcast and Geek Nerdery for a truly Mannly double-feature of Michael Mann movies. We’re discussing how the best laid plans of professionals and psychopaths so often go awry with 1981’s Thief and 2004’s Collateral.
I like coloring. It’s relaxing to just sort of sit and grab the colored pencils for a little while. And if you’re like me then you like things of more of the creepy persuasion.
Well I was excited to get this Creepy Christmas Coloring Book in the mail. Flipping throught it I could see it was right up my alley. Awesome pictures just waiting for me to color of Krampus, reindeer, and all sorts of Christmas themed horror. The atwork of Mister Sam Shearon is just great. Each image represents the folklore of different regions around the world and is even accompanied by a poem with each one. Dive into the folklore history of Christmas and help get into the spirit.
Of course what I picked was Santa Claws. This is the type of Santa I would have wanted to send after my brother when he was annoying me when I was little.
if you have someone in your life who would appreciate this stocking stuffer in your life you can grab one over at CreepyChristmasColoringBook.Com. Get them ready for the horror of next Christmas and learn about monsters and folklore from all over the world.
Ever since it was announced I was super excited about this game. Why has it taken this long? The idea of a multiplayer game where one player is Jason and you hunt down, kill, and dismember camp counselors controlled by other players seems like a no brainer.
Add in that you can select specific skins to pick your favorite Jason, different weapons to make the kills variable, and mo-capped by Kane Hodder himself and this becomes a must buy.
Today they broke the news that a new playable character may in fact give Jason a run for his money. Tommy Jarvis from parts 4-6 has come to Camp Crystal Lake. This Tommy is based on the version from part 6 when Thom Mathews played him. He sports the classic denim jacket and bad attitude.
I can’t wait to jump into the game on either side to stalk/run through Camp Crystal Lake and see what Easter Eggs await. The website http://f13game.com/ allows you preorder the game now. It looks like the multiplayer version will hit early 2017 with a singler player version coming out later in 2017. Are you picking this up?
I’m a fan of Wes Anderson. Sometimes his schtick works. Sometimes it doesn’t. But I think he’s got a decent track record. my favorite films of his are still Rushmore and Life Aquatic. It’s fun to see him stretch out into other media such as commercials when it happens. He did an American Express commercial a few years ago and now he’s back with his easy to spot visual style in the new H&M Christmas commercial. He enlists frequent Anderson actor Adrian Brody to bring the holiday cheer. Below is the full length trailer. Shorter versions have been running on TV nation wide. Enjoy.
Ever since it was announced that Marvel and Sony had struck a deal to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe people wondered what would his fist solo movie entail. Well we’ve been waiting since Civil War premiered. Now we’re here. Some fun shots of The Vulture in costume and a pretty creepy line from Michael Keaton delivered in perfect bad guy mode. Can’t wait to see it this July. What about you?
I”m a HUGE fan of Scream Factory and what they do. Today they announced upcoming Collector Editions of Robocop 2 and 3. Now you can set these next to your Criterion Collection of the first one. So get your jet pack ready and pre-order now!
From Scream Factory:
Fans of the popular Robocop sci-fi franchise and are for a treat next year as we’re bringing both ROBOCOP 2 & ROBOCOP 3 into the Scream Factory family on March 21st!
– Both Blu-ray releases will be branded as “Collector’s Editions” that will come with a slipcover (guaranteed for three months after its original release date).
– The newly-commissioned front-facing artwork you see pictured on both comes to us from artist Paul Shipper (Escape from New York, The Thing) The reverse side of the wraps will showcase the original theatrical poster art designs.
– Bonus features and specs are still in progress and will be announced sometime in Feb.
James Gunn posted on Facebook that the trailer for Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 has become the biggest trailer debut for Marvel Studios yet.
I have watched the trailer at least ten times since it debuted online on Saturday. Guardians was a surprise hit for me as I knew nothing about the team other than they had been in a Marvel coming at some point in history. So when I went in with no expectations I was not expecting to leave the theater with a new favorite movie in my top 5 of all time.
I told a friend once that I felt like I did the first time I watched Star Wars as a kid. He was surprised but for me I just knew this was something special and I was hoping that it being connected to this bigger Marvel Cinematic Universe would not eventually drag the franchise down and making it fall in line with all the others. Don’t get me wrong I am a big MCU fanboy but this feels like something different. Something special. I just didn’t want that shiny wearing off when you have guidelines to fulfill when it has to fall in line with the other films.
Well this trailer looks like Gunn and company are still going full steam ahead on doing their own fun filled space adventure. I can’t wait to check it out next summer. Have you checked it out yet?
Anyone who knows me knows I started my podcasting days on a video podcast called Horror Junk. Well November marked the 10th Anniversary of the first episode so we decided to get together and do a fun episode to mark the ocassion. So for the first time ever all three hosts of Horror Junk sit down to review a ultra low budget horror film in old Horror Junk fashion. Enjoy.
I’ve always said that how I thought Arrow got on the air was that someone went and pitched a Batman TV show but got turned down as they felt that the Batman property was too big to be on TV. They looked at each other and said “Is there another billionaire hero we can just put in his place? Green Arrow is rich right?”
I’m not saying that that’s a bad thing as it has worked out perfectly. On paper there is no way this show should work. A super hero show on the CW where we explore the relationship between Oliver Queen, Laurel (Dinah) Lance, and their peers. Ugh. Sounded horrible. I passed until I kept hearing after the first season that it was actually pretty good. I saw it on Netflix and figured why not. After the first episode I was hooked.
Since then we’ve seen them borrow plenty from the Batverse. Deathstroke while not defined as a Bat Villian has played a big part in the Bat mythos. Rhas Al Ghul and the League Of Assassins were the center point of season 3. Similar starts being portrayed as a dark vigilante. A secret headquarters full of gadgets and weapons. Eventually creating a superhero family around him. Last season his tech savy girlfriend and side kick Felicity got shot and was in a wheelchair giving her an Oracle feel about her.
This week we’ve been watching a 4 part crossover between all the CW DC shows (which we can thank Arrow for all the spin off shows) called INVASION! Slight spoilers below.
On Flash we saw that a handfull of the heroes were abducted by the Dominators. On Arrow we find that the heroes (Oliver, Sarah, John, Ray, and Thea) were hooked up to a machine that put them in a dream state where they were living out what would be their perfect life. This immediately made me think of . . . yep something from Batman.
Specifically Batman: The Animated Series. In an episode titled Perchance To Dream Bruce Wayne awakens to find that his parents never died. He’s happy and it turns out that someone else is Batman so he can just relax and enjoy life as Bruce Wayne. But of course nothing ever stays happy. What I didn’t know about this episode was that it was written by horror novelist Joe R. Lansdale.
There is always minor things like this that make me think more and more that I was right about the original pitch meeting. I’m not sure why I’m okay with that happening on this show as any other show stealing ideas, villians, or storylines I would not be very excited about it. But with the CW DC Universe I am perfectly fine. Maybe it’s my distaste of Gotham that lets me enjoy this as my Batman alternative. Regardless I’ll still be tuning in every week. What do you think?
The date is finally nearing and The CW has dropped a full length trailer for the Supergirl, Flash, Arrow, and Legends Of Tomorrow crossover. It shows us a lot more of what the threat is and what we have in store. How Supergirl makes it onto Earth 1 is still unknown but we’ll get to see what is probably our best bet for the live action Justice League on TV now with the DC movies in full swing. So feast your eyes below and get ready for November 28th.