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40th Anniversary edition of 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre'; Sally and Leatherface - Feminism vs. Patriarchy (an essay) and audio review

TCM 40th Anniversaryby Grace Fontaine

Sally and Leatherface- Feminism vs. Patriarchy (A very short personal essay)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre has been sequelized, prequelized and remade, but has never, ever been equalled. It is a highly important and influential film that manages to tick the box of being a good film and one that is culturally significant. However, I feel that this film would not have been the same were it not for Marilyn Burns’ Final Girl character Sally Hardesty.

These days, we tend to associate the moniker with the Smart, Resourceful, Shy and Conservatively Dressed Girl who escapes death seemingly because she is a virgin who is concerned by the notion of sex. Back in the 1970’s, society was seeing the revolutionary insurrection of feminism- up until that point women had always been portrayed as shrieking damsels in distress who needed the services of a brave, daring man to save them from death or worse. However, with the onset of the feminist movement, there came a brand new (?) notion that;

a) Women were more than capable of taking care of themselves, thank you very much


b) They too enjoyed the act of sex as more than a means of extending a brood.

Sadly this notion is still maintained by some Stone Age, pterosaur-wing munching knuckle-draggers, but fear not, for soon they shall sink into oblivion. In my opinion, although there is a strong sense of symbology in the general notion of the Final Girl, I am not a huge fan of the way this trope has been liberally thrown around as if it were candy. Just like with any gift, blessing or talent we are given, there comes a time of which we take it for granted, giving no thought to what it truly means and it may ultimately take it’s loss until we realise how valuable it is. In a sense it has become a trope, something essential.

There have been several few occasions of which this concept has been challenged, but it was Wes Craven’s post-modern satire face slap known as “Scream” that turned that element on its head and made us all take notice of this trope.

The thing is about Sally though is that we know next to nothing about her personal life, but from what we can see she dresses how she wants, acts how she wants and has an easy-going relationship with her boyfriend. Given this was the early 70’s and casual sex was starting to become an acceptable thing, the whole virgin notion was not even a factor.

'After School Massacre' brings the Slumber Party Slasher to VOD

After School Massacreby Seth Metoyer

After School Massacre is getting ready to release on VOD on November 4th. Don't miss this brutal slasher film from writer and director Jared Masters. Not every student will make the grade. Details below.

From The Press Release:
Brain Damage Films invites you to sleep over with After School Massacre on VOD this November 4th! Heads will roll, breasts will bounce, and these six girls will learn a new meaning for teacher appreciation in this fun yet brutal slasher. Availability will include all major and minor cable/satellite VOD operators, as well as major internet platforms including iTunes, Vudu, Amazon Instant, Google Play, Xbox Video, and more.

About the Film
After School Massacre (previously titled "Teachers' Day") is the latest from writer/director Jared Masters (Slink) and his production company, Frolic Pictures. The film, which was nominated for Best Feature at this year's Shockfest, is a sure hit among horror fans with its hot pink, ring-pop terror and wanton slaying of beautiful underwear-clad girls!

It stars Nikole Howell, Danika Galindo, Lindsay Lamb, Yasmine Soofi, and Simone Wasserman. Additional cast includes Art Roberts, Dawna Lee Heising, and fun cameos including Mindy Robinson.

Ain't It Cool News' Mark L. Miller says "This throwback to old school low budget slasher films has a lot of moments that made me smile ... there are some great moments of gleefully gory and carnage laden scenes ... it does slumber party horror with a wink, a nod, and a slash to fans who like low-fi horror."

A 12th grade European History educator, Ty Anderson, whose minor online communication with a teasing student finds him immediately terminated from school grounds and snaps him into a psychotic killing spree, terrorizing his former female students at their slumber party.

Mile High Horror Film Festival 2014 Feature Films announced

Mile High Horror Film Festival 2014 Headerby Seth Metoyer

It's that time of year again and this years Mile High Horror Film Festival is going to bring it!

Check out the full horror film feature film lineup below.

From The Press Release:
The Mile High Horror Film Festival returns to celebrate five strong years with our best film lineup yet.

This year, the festival expands to include 80 independent horror films from 18 different countries. From slasher maniacs to supernatural spirits, this year’s film lineup is sure to make your skin crawl.

We have several special events lined up that pay homage to the genre: a 60th anniversary presentation of CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON in 3D with actress Julie Adams in person, a 40th anniversary presentation of THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE with the original 'Leatherface,' Gunnar Hansen in person, CANDYMAN with horror icon Tony Todd in person, and a 15-year anniversary reunion for THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT with directors Dan Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez in person.

For fans of monster flicks, our films EXISTS (2014 USA), X MOOR, and LATE PHASES (2014 USA) are sure to please. Slasher fans, don’t miss PRESERVATION (2014 USA), DER SAMURAI (2014 Germany), and DEAD SNOW 2 (2014 Norway/Iceland).

If you like psychological thrillers, this lineup is sure to keep the heart pumping all weekend long: THE MAN IN THE ORANGE JACKET (2014 Latvia/Estonia), BLOOD PUNCH (2013 USA), HOOKED UP (2013 Spain), THE RECONSTRUCTION OF WILLIAM ZERO (2014 USA) STILL LIFE (2014 Argentina), and HOUSEBOUND (2014 New Zealand).

Take a sneak peek of 'Dwelling' scream queens Erin Marie Hogan and Devanny Pinn

Dwelling with Devanny Pinn and Erin Marie Hoganby Seth Metoyer

An early sneak peek clip of the upcoming paranormal thriller Dwelling has been released.

Take a look at the creepy clip starring two of my favorite 'Scream Queens' Erin Marie Hogan and Devanny Pinn under the official details.

From The Press Release
BeWILdered Media Productions, the independent film production company based in Buffalo, New York, has just released an exclusive sneak peek at their upcoming film “Dwelling”.

The clip screened at Scare-A-Con in Syracuse, NY last Friday starring Erin Marie Hogan and Devanny Pinn as sisters Ellie and River, respectively.

Written and directed by Kyle Mecca, the story follows Ellie (Erin Marie Hogan), a young woman who deliberately buys a haunted house in attempt to make contact with the spirit world. Driven by a horrific experience in her past involving her sister, River (Devanny Pinn), Ellie releases a soul that is more malevolent and terrifying than she could ever imagine preying upon her family. Co-starring Mu-Shaka Benson as Gavin and introducing Abigail Mary as Izzy.

Produced by Brandyn T. Williams and Arlynn Knauff of BeWILdered Media Productions LLC in Buffalo, NY and shot by Matthew A. Nardone of NDstudios Inc.

Invaders from Mars (1986) review

Invaders from MarsReviewed by Kevin Scott

Invaders from Mars (1986)
Directed by: Tobe Hooper
Written by: Richard Blake, Don Jakoby, and Dan O’Bannon
Cast: Hunter Carson (David Gardner), Karen Black (Linda Magnusson), Timothy Bottoms (George Gardner), Laraine Newman (Ellen Gardner), James Karen (Gen. Climet Wilson), Bud Cort (Mark Weinstein)

The best that I can tell, nostalgia runs on a thirty year cycle. I can speculate that what everybody watches as children, shapes them into adults with a deep seated desire to emulate it or watch it being emulated. A select few make it to a position where they can actually interject that nostalgia into the contemporary mainstream, and satisfy both the fans of the original material, but also put such a spit shine on the old premise that even the youngsters dig it, and have no idea that it’s based on something way older than they are. In the 1980’s we were nostalgic for the 1950’s mainly because the filmmakers of that area were kids back then. They sat in ornate downtown movie houses and watched the original versions of the homages they would later film. The old school adventure serials that inspired Indiana Jones for Speilberg, and all the western and sci fi stuff that planted those seeds of greatness for the one and only John Carpenter. We are now enjoying a resurgence in the slasher genre from you guessed it, thirty years ago. I’m definitely not complaining. I’m actually loving every minute of it, and I’m grateful that I’m still around to be the guy that knows all the references to the original stuff, but can still appreciate what’s new and creative.

I’ll tell you what I haven’t seen much of is homages of the homages of 1950’s alien invasion films. Hope that makes sense. James Gunn did it pretty well with “Slither”, and Robert Rodriguez held his own as always with “The Faculty”, but I do miss anything like what Tobe Hooper gave us with the remake of “Invaders from Mars”. Tobe Hooper is underrated anyhow. Maybe not as charismatic as his contemporaries, but a solid director with a lot of underrated films that are really good. He did an upscale alien terror vampire film before this called “Lifeforce”, and of course his crowning achievement was “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”. I think that unlike his fellow directors, he was pigeonholed, and anything different that he attempted fell on unfavorable opinions. The classic example of that would be “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2” that came out the same year as “Invaders from Mars”. Hooper did a parody of the visceral film he did before. TCM part 2 still has a mixed following, but Sam Raimi did the same thing with “Evil Dead 2” without as much controversy. Hooper had his wagon hitched to Cannon Films at this time. If you watched an action film with Charles Bronson or Chuck Norris in the 1980’s, it was Cannon, and more specifically, a Golan-Globus production. I must admit, I am incredibly nostalgic for Cannon Films, and love just about everything they did (except Superman 4).

Dominion: Prequel to The Exorcist (2005) Review

DominionReviewed by Jesse Miller

Before Exorcist: The Beginning was set in motion, there was Dominion: Prequel to The Exorcist, which was in production with a different cast and different director before its company, out of fear it wouldn’t be successful, shelved it.

They re-tooled the cast, hired Renny Harlin, gave him a bigger budget and told him to go nuts with it.

This new film would go on to become what we know as Exorcist: The Beginning. However, when The Beginning underperformed, the company decided to resurrect Dominion, reshoot what needed to be done and finally release it to see how that version went.

I can see why the studio feared this take on the prequel story – I mean, when you hear The Exorcist, what do you think? Spider-crawling, vulgar babble, spinning heads and oh yes – vomit, lots of that sweet pea soup vomit.

See, Dominion doesn’t actually have any of that – it’s not interested in going down that same road, it’s more intent on examining the characters, letting atmosphere sink in so that the imagery featured throughout unsettles you, rather than the in-your-face gore and obscenities.

Apart from a few minor differences here or there, Dominion pretty much follows the same story as Exorcist: The Beginning, except that Beginning is noisier and flashier, where Dominion is more of a quiet and reflective character study that is particularly interested in examining the nature of evil.

For example, Dominion actually begins during a flashback to WW2, where Father Merrin witness an incident that causes him to lose his faith, something that is explored carefully throughout the film, where as Beginning reveals it to you over the course of its running time in the manner of flashy editing and so forth.

It’s here that I realised that Dominion is the sophisticated horror film, there are no cheap thrills here, scares are much more subtle and disquieting and because of this, the film is quite effective and haunting.

Motivational Growth (2014) Review

Motivational GrowthReviewed by Jesse Miller

Motivational Growth is the absurd horror-comedy by writer/director/editor Don Thacker that calls to mind other absurd films in a similar vein such as Return of the Killer Tomatoes or Little Shop of Horrors.

30-something Ian (Adrian DiGiovanni) is a recluse, hiding from the world in his brothel of an apartment where he watches bizarre shows on his ancient TV and contemplates suicide. Oh and then there’s The Mold (voiced by Jeffrey Combs) in Ian’s bathroom, a smooth talking entity that tries to get Ian to clean up his act. But The Mold is up to something sinister and its plans go beyond the quiet life of Ian in what ends up a battle of good and evil.

First things first about this crazy little feature – it’s quite energetic. It’s energetic in its cinematography, its energetic in its writing full of ideas, satire, camp and horror and it is energetic in the characters that inhabit the world and the actors who disappear into the characters.
The film has such an energy about it that watching it becomes so delightful and the energy in the production is just quite infectious that I couldn’t help but be caught up in tumbling down the rabbit hole with poor Ian and going along for the ride.

Adrian DiGiovanni is Ian and it’s quite the performance. He’s the loveable slob, equal measures comical and then heartbreaking and it’s the performance of DiGiovanni that sells the character’s transition from comedy to its more dramatic elements.

More so than that, it’s DiGiovanni’s perfect comic timing that helps make the role. The script is throwing gag after gag at the audience that the seconds in a scene are precious and DiGiovanni hits every note and every beat wonderfully, delivering plenty of laughs.

Jeffrey Combs voices The Mold and is an absolute blast in the role. Whether The Mold is bursting into villainous laughter or delivering sage-like advice, its clear Combs is the person to voice this eccentric fungus and it’s clear he himself is having a blast hitting the right beats to deliver the goods.

Puppet Master X: Axis Rising (2012) review

Puppet  Master XReviewed By Chris Wright, Morehorror.com

Puppet Master X: Axis Rising (2012)
Directed By: Charles Band
Written By: Charles Band & Shane Bitterling
Starring: Kip Canyon (Danny), Jean Louise O’Sullivan (Beth), Oto Benzina (Freuhoffer), Scott King (Moebius), Brad Potts (Seargent Stone), Kurt Sinclair (Major Collins), Stephanie Sanditz (Uschi), Paul Thomas Arnold (General Porter), Terumi Shimazu (Ozu)

Nothing says “Full Moon” like the “Puppet Master” franchise. I am always surprised they come out with a new film and we are already up to the tenth entry! I have had mixed feelings about this franchise and this movie is no different. While it is better than the ninth installment, it is lacking the magic the first films had. Charles Band returns to write and direct this entry.

The movie continues where the previous movie left off. Danny and Beth have discovered that the Nazis have Tunneler and want to extract the serum from him to create super soldiers. The Nazis create evil puppets in the experimentation process. A very random comment is that the plot about super soldiers immediately reminded me of the last season of the X-Files. I wonder if that is where Charles Band got the plotline from? “Puppet Master X” is more polished than the last one, which is an upgrade as the last installment did not have good cinematography.

Danny and Beth are alright protagonists but left a lot to be desired. I guess I miss Toulon as he was a much more superior character that you can actually like. Sadly William Hickey or Guy Rolfe is no longer with us so they’d have to find a new Toulon for a film in this time period for the future. The Nazis were, sadly, the more interesting bunch of characters mostly due to the entertaining over-acting. I did enjoy the evil puppets and their “cat fight” with the puppets.

'Welcome to my Darkside: Women in Horror Documentary' to release in November

Welcome to My Darksideby Seth Metoyer

Last Doorway Productions will be releasing Welcome to my Darkside: Women in Horror Documentary on November 18, 2014 in stores. The DVD features many of my favorite horror actresses, Scream Queens and other female horror people.

World Wide Multi Media will be releasing the DVD in Walmart, Best Buy, Amazon and more. Check out the official details below.

From The Press Release
Welcome to my Darkside has over 30 women including Brooke Lewis, Mo Whelan, Adrienne King, Christa Campbell, Lynn Lowry, Monique Dupree and many more. An array of females in the horror genre including Actresses, Film Makers, Radio Personnel, Horror Hosts and many more talking about how they feel about nudity, a male dominated industry and what it is about horror they can’t get enough of.

Dive into the world of why females in the horror industry love being sick and twisted and of course covered in blood. Reyna Young embarked on the journey of making this Documentary back in 2008 and even though it’s been quite a journey to get this film released, she cannot be thankful enough for World Wide Multi Media to love and want this film to be released.

New Horror film 'Desolation' from Ryan M. Andrews announced by Jessica Cameron

Desolationby Seth Metoyer

A triple horror feature has been announced by Jessica Cameron, including a new film from director Ryan M. Andrews (Save Yourself, S.I.C.K) called Desolation.

The film has been added to the upcoming three picture extravaganza that also includes feature film MANIA and the documentary Kill the Production Assistant. Read all the complete details below.

From The Press Release

Jessica Cameron and Jonathan Scott Higgins (Truth or Dare) are preparing for their triple feature cross-country horror project with the feature film MANIA and the documentary Kill the Production Assistant. They are pleased to announce their collaboration with filmmaker Ryan M. Andrews (Save Yourself, S.I.C.K) with his feature film, Desolation. Check out the new double-bill Grindhouse poster below.

MANIA was written by Higgins and will be Cameron’s 2nd directing vehicle. Kill the Production Assistant will be the feature-length documentary that catalogues the entire experience so that YOU can get a glimpse into the independent world of filmmaking. Cameron and Higgins will produce all three projects.

This November, Cameron, Higgins, and Andrews will load into an RV with other cast/crew and depart from Los Angeles to make back-to-back feature films while traveling cross-country. Read below for more information.

Filming will take place all over the United States, but the filming locations will be decided upon by fan participation. The top 6 cities and states with the most interaction and financial contributions through the project's website (killtheproductionassistant.com) will determine the route the filmmakers will take. The more people contribute, the more pins will be dropped onto a digital map on the project's website for the home city/state of the contributor.  Thus far, the top states are Arizona, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, and California.

By visiting www.KillTheProductionAssistant.com fans can contribute to the project and get cool merchandise. Fans can contribute to the project until October 6th at which point the route will be finalized.


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