Who Is Watching The Watchers? – A Review Of Nacho Vigalondo’s Open Windows (Cinedigm)

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I’m just going to come right out and say it, I am a huge fan of Nacho Vigalondo. He made one of the best “time travel” movies of all time, with Timecrimes in 2007. Since then, he has been involved with mostly horror anthology films, such as his segment ABCs of Death segment, A is for Apocalypse, and his segment titled Sins of the Father, for the STILL unreleased Profane Exhibit. For right now, we’ll focus on Nacho V’s high-tech, LSD-inspired love letter to Hitchcock’s Rear Window, Open Windows, starring Elijah Wood and Sasha Grey. I compare the film to Rear Window, because the influence is apparent. In all reality though, only the core concept of the film is borrowed, and used as a building block to form a complex, technological game of cat and mouse. The story would have you believe that this is simply about a blogger named Nick(Wood) and his adoration for a movie star named Jill Goddard(Grey). The setup is, he has won some sort of contest because of his blogs about the actress, and has been awarded the opportunity to have a dinner/interview with Goddard. When he receives a strange call on his computer, things become much more difficult than that.  Continue reading

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Toronto After Dark 2014 – Full List Of Films

 

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For at least the past few years, we have covered the Toronto After Dark Film Festival annually. Jeff Konopka attends the festival every year, and he usually brings some really good coverage back with him. I am always jealous when he’s there, because I’m listening to the footage that he has recorded, hanging out in a crowded bar talking with filmmakers, as well as other journalists attending the event. It sounds like a lot of fund, and I’d love to make the trip one year. Some of my favorite recent films were shown at Toronto After Dark. Cheap Thrills, Motivational Growth, The Machine, We Are What We Are, Resolution, The Battery, one of my all-time favorite films, Some Guy Who Kills People, and much, much more. Recently, the first 10 films for the 2014 festival were announced, and among them were some highly anticipated films. I will list them all below, but off the top of my head, The Babadook, Predestination, Dead Snow 2, Suburban Gothic, and plenty more. Today, the final films have been announced, so we have the full lineup for Toronto After Dark 2014. This year looks extremely solid, with an entire list of stuff that genre fans have been salivating over for months. Check out the full list below, from the Toronto After Dark website. They have also put together a YouTube playlist of trailers and promos, which you can find below as well. As usual, Jeff will be covering the festival again this year. I will be reviewing several of the films as well, since I was able to secure screeners for certain films that will be shown.  Continue reading

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DEADtime TV: Week Of 9/21/14

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Hey DEADheads, it’s Ryne from The Moon is a Dead World. We’re adding some shows to our roster this year, because it’s the fall season and the horror TV world is sort of busting at the seams. Shawn’s going to take Gotham, which isn’t really horror but it’s about fucking Batman so don’t bitch ya nerds. I’ve got Sleepy Hollow, heading into its sophomore season with another 13-episode arc. There’s definitely more to come, but these are the early premieres, along with the normal stuff like The Lottery, And Shawn’s show Z Nation.

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DEADtime TV: Week of 9/14/14

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Hey DEADtime fans, it’s Ryne from The Moon is a Dead World. Got a bunch of horror TV shows lined up for you this week. Like usual, Shawn has Z Nation, Kevin is in Jamaica, apparently, so his shows are on hiatus until his return. Have fun, asshole. 

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PG-13 Deadpool: You Should Quit Your Bitching

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A short time ago, the internet caught fire thanks to some leaked “test footage” of the elusive Deadpool movie with Ryan Reynolds. We were first exposed to Reynolds in the title role in the… less-than-great X-Men Origins: Wolverine movie that came out a few years ago. As awful as that movie was, Reynolds brought to life a character that many(well, let’s be honest here. A good chunk of the fans that exist now were unfamiliar with the character prior to his appearance on the big screen) had been clamoring for. Since then, it seemed only logical that FOX put together a Deadpool film with Reynolds as the lead. It took some time, but finally it was announced that Deadpool would get his own film. A script was written, a director was hired, and some footage was actually shot with Reynolds in-character. Then, radio silence. FOX continued to pump out X-Men-related movies, but no word on Deadpool. Then, a few weeks ago, some of the footage that was shot leaked onto the internet, and as a collective, we pooped our pants. It seemed to encapsulate everything we loved about the character, but at the same time, it made us sad that it would never become a reality. Shortly thereafter, an official, HD version of the test footage was released by the studio, which started talk about the very real possibility that Deadpool would be coming to the screen in the near future. Last week, in a shockingly non-shocking announcement, FOX alerted fans that not only would Deadpool be happening, but now it has a 2016 release date.  Continue reading

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Dead Air Episode 60: Bargain Bin Madness Finale 976 Evil 2 / Waxwork

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This week on the show, Jeff (@Jeff_FOTD), Jesse (@DestroySuperman), James (@DrJimmyTerror), and Shawn (@TheLiberalDeadfinish the infamous Lionsgate Horror 8-Pack and wrap up the unofficial “Bargain Bin Madness” series. Yes, Shawn is still alive. Continue reading

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DEADtime TV: Week of 9/7/14

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Hey Deadheads, it’s Ryne from The Moon is a Dead World here with all the horror TV shows for the week. As we move into the Halloween season, more and more will be debuting. This week, Shawn adds Z Nation to the mix, and DEADtime TV finishes off The Leftovers and Teen Wolf. Kevin is on Vacation, so coverage of the rest of his shows will be on hiatus for the time being. 

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Celebrate Halloween With Scream Factory!

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It’s impossible for me to hide the fact that Scream Factory is one of my favorite boutique media labels. As far as content goes, they give me the type of films that I really want to see on the Blu-ray format. They’ve had a strong first couple of years, and I see no signs of them slowing down anytime soon. Two of the biggest… neigh, THE two biggest releases of the 2014 Halloween Seasons is coming from these guys. I’m speaking, of course, about the Director’s Cut of Nightbreed, as well as the Complete Halloween Collection. But you’ve already heard about those, and pre-ordered them, right? Well, here is their entire fall(Sept/Oct… And some November, cause shut up.) lineup, in case a few have slipped by you.  Continue reading

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Red Band Trailer: V/H/S: Viral

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Say what you want about the first V/H/S film, I happen to enjoy it. However, I will defend V/H/S/2 to the death. What a great anthology that was. Dark, creepy, gory and inventive, V/H/S/2 does what any good sequel would. Take what made the first film effective, and make it even more so. I personally haven’t watched this red band trailer for the new sequel, V/H/S: Viral, because I don’t want a single second of this film spoiled for me. If you’re braver than I, though, here it is, for your viewing pleasure. V/H/S: Viral will be available on VOD on the 23rd of October. A limited theatrical engagement will follow, beginning on November 21st.  Continue reading

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Dead Air Episode 59: Bargain Bin Madness – C.H.U.D. II: Bud The CHUD / Class of 1999

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This week on the show, Jeff (@Jeff_FOTD), Jesse (@DestroySuperman), and James (@DrJimmyTerror) dig deeper into the infamous Lionsgate Horror 8-Pack and continue the unofficial “Bargain Bin Madness” series (because there’s nothing really worth watching in theaters). Continue reading

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Blu-ray Review – Disaster L.A. (Warner)

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So, comets hit L.A. and people begin turning into zombies. What? No, I’m serious. This is a movie about comets or meteorites or some such nonsense, hitting L.A. and turning people into… well, I guess compelling them to put zombie masks on, because you can see people’s faces underneath the makeup. In all seriousness, I had no idea what to expect from Disaster L.A.. The cover made it look like just another generic, poorly-done zombie movie, but the fact that it was being released by Warner Bros – albeit a straight-to-video release -, and the fact that I had friends assuring me that this one was different, meant that I would give it a chance. Zombie movies used to be my favorite sub-genre of horror, up until they became popular, and studios started exploiting that popularity to death. Lately, I try and steer clear of all-things-zombie, unless it’s something that really stands out. The Battery, The Dead, The Dead 2, these are “good” examples of zombie films. Yes, it’s still zombies, but the filmmakers involved with those films, cared enough about their art, and cared enough about us would-be viewers, to put some thought into the script, and some effort into the execution. For the record, Disaster L.A. isn’t the worst zombie film I’ve ever seen. Hell, it’s not even the worst zombie-related piece of media that I’ve seen this week. However, it’s so soulless, so by-the-numbers that I can’t imagine anyone getting really excited about it.  Continue reading

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Blu-ray Review – The Battery (Scream Factory)

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I was on board with The Battery very early on. In all honesty, all it really took to rope me in was the unveiling of this badass, old school poster. I looked around on the net for reviews, but information was sparse. When the film was released on VOD/Digital, I jumped at the opportunity to watch it. I wasn’t expecting much from a no-budget zombie film. Little did I expect that it would secure a spot on my list of the best films of the year in 2013. I did what I could to promote the film, and let people know that this was something truly special. I managed to get a few people to watch it, and then it started getting more popular, as it screened at the 2013 Toronto After Dark Film Festival. People I had assured that they NEEDED to see this film, such as Jeff and Heather, found it to be spectacular as well. The extremely limited budget of the film ($6,000) certainly adds to the charm of the film. But, it’s the fact that the movie looks as good as it does, with performances as good as they are, and music as great as it is, despite that non-budget. How many multi-million dollar zombie films have we seen that were borderline unwatchable? Tons, even more than tons. I’d wager that around 1 out of ever 10 zombie films that are released today, are even worthy of consideration. The Battery is the zombie film, made for those of us that have had it with the genre. It’s the anti-zombie film, that manages to be better than any zombie film that may or may not be sitting next to it on the shelf. It’s one of the best no-budget films I have ever seen.  Continue reading

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Blu-ray Review – Godzilla (Warner)

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Godzilla has a cinematic history that has lasted longer than almost every other currently-running franchise. However, only a couple of times has an American filmmaker tackled the beast, and not always with satisfactory results. In 1956, King of All Monsters was released, but it used clips from the original film, and blended it with a mockumentary style wrapping. Later, we would get King Kong VS. Godzilla, as well as Godzilla 85. During the eighties, there was talks of an American Godzilla film, written by Fred Dekker and produced by Steve Miner, but nothing ever came to fruition. In 1998, a big budget American Godzilla was unleashed onto the public, and it was mostly awful. For starters, the creature in the film didn’t even resembled Godzilla, a creature that has the most recognizable form in monster movie history. Instead, it seemed like a generic Jurassic Park ripoff, with terrible running gags, and an overall lackluster public reception. To this day, Godzilla ’98 is considered to be the worst entry in the series. When it was announced that a new American Godzilla film in the works, fans were skeptical. When it was revealed that Gareth Edwards would be behind the lens, most of the skepticism turned into anticipation. Edwards made a low budget monster movie a few years ago called Monsters. We knew he could pull it off under a tight budget, so giving him millions seemed like the best possible idea. Godzilla 2014 was released to theaters, and met with mostly positive reactions. It has its detractors, but what film doesn’t? Finally, Edwards version of the King of Monsters, is available on home video.  Continue reading

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Blu-ray Review – Eraserhead (Criterion)

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When speaking of surrealistic cinema, it is impossible to leave David Lynch’s Eraserhead off of the list.  This film was released in 1977, but it wasn’t until the early nineties when I would be exposed to it. A friend of mine was telling me about the most “fucked up” movie he’d ever seen. At the time, it couldn’t be found at any video stores, at least in my area. I asked my friend how he was able to see it, and he said that his dad had a dubbed copy. When we finally sat down to watch it, it appeared to be a fifth, or even sixth generation copy of a somewhat degraded original tape. It’s okay, though, because that only added to the charm of this nightmare-turned-movie. And indeed, Eraserhead was the strangest thing I had ever seen up until that point. I had seen some things by then, too, so that was no easy feat. Maybe it’s just me, and the way my brain works while I’m asleep, but never before had a film managed to encapsulate what my dreams were made of like Lynch’s Eraserhead. It’s a film where the oddities portrayed on screen are only rivaled by the sound design of the film itself. Something you don’t watch, but experience. Eraserhead was my first exposure to the world that is David Lynch, and an experience that would stick with me, all throughout my life as a filmaholic.  Continue reading

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Blu-ray Review – Willow Creek (Dark Sky)

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Would you believe me if I told you that Bobcat Golthwait contributed more to the world of film than just screaming a the camera? I’d wager to say that even casual viewers of cinema have seen a film that the man has directed, even if they didn’t realize it. Recently Bobcat came back onto the scene with a little angry film called God Hates America, and it was one of my favorite films the year it was released. When I heard he was trying his hand at horror, with a Bigfoot-themed “found footage” film, it immediately piqued my interest. Based on everything I had read about the film, it promised to be returning to the roots of found footage, and styling itself more after Blair Witch than anything else. I’m happy to report that those claims are valid, and it really is an interested little take on the genre. It’s bound to piss some people off, because it is a true exercise of the notion that less, is actually more. If you’ve ever seen Blair Witch, you’ll pretty much know what type of structure to expect here. And what Willow Creek does, is give even veterans of found footage something that feels unique, albeit familiar.  Continue reading

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Blu-ray Review – The Dead 2 (Starz/Anchor Bay)

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The Ford Brothers’ The Dead is one of the best examples of modern zombie filmmaking. I know it has its detractors, mostly because of the slow-going nature of the film, but I found it to be breathtaking, which isn’t a word you hear tossed around when describing zombies anymore. The Ford Brothers managed to capture what made films like Day of the Dead have such a strong impact on viewers. It wasn’t a comedy, or even an action movie. It was a bleak, slow-burning tale of the dead returning to life, in a post-apocalyptic West Africa. While the setting of some zombie movies comes as an afterthought, in The Dead, it played as important of a role as any character in the film. While The Dead 2 takes somewhat of a different approach – at least in regards to the pacing of the film – it still retains that aspect of the first film. It’s no longer set in Africa, however. This time around, the action – and I do mean action – moves to India, where an American contractor is about to wrap-up the job he’s doing, and once the zombies make themselves known, he does whatever he can to make it to his local, pregnant girlfriend, so that she can make the trek back to America with him. The main difference here, is that The Dead 2 is a lot more action-oriented than the first film. Sometimes that doesn’t work very well, causing the film to lose the original tone, but in the case of The Dead 2, it makes it one of the most beautiful and exciting zombie films I have seen for a while.  Continue reading

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Blu-ray Review – Prom Night (Synapse)

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Prom Night is a very Eighties movie. My personal favorite Eighties slasher movie is probably The Burning, but when someone mentions “slashers” I can’t help but picture Prom Night in my head. Some movies just encapsulate the genre for the decade in which they appeared. Prom Night is such a film. I expected – with the current resurgence of Eighties horror in HD – that somebody would be releasing this film to Blu-ray. When I learned that Synapse were going to be the ones to do it, it quickly became one of my most anticipated releases of the year. The beginning of this movie – where some kids chase each other around in a dilapidated warehouse of some kind – used to make me very uncomfortable. In fact, it’s the first thing that I recall when discussing the film. There is plenty to love about Prom Night, though, ranging from terrific performances from certain members of the cast, to Jamie Lee Curtis teasing us with, what some would argue would be the best, erm… set of lungs, in the history of the genre. We get decapitations, impalement, and all sorts of various ways to dispatch of a character. And then, when all is revealed, we’re kind of on the killer’s side, more than anyone else. Prom Night might not be the best slasher film ever, but it has certainly earned its cult status. Continue reading

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DEADtime TV: Week of 8/31/14

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Hey DEADheads, it’s Ryne from The Moon is a Dead World here with all of your favorite horror shows. Actually, I’m here with only a couple of shows – my stuff’s taking a break this week, so we’ve only got The StrainTeen Wolf, and Under the Dome. But soon, we’ll have a lot more.

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Dolls: Collector’s Edition Blu-ray – November 11th From Scream Factory

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I can’t wait for this release to finally come to fruition. It has been a long time since I have seen Stuart Gordon’s magical killer dolls film, so when Scream Factory announced it, they had my attention immediately. This is a “Collector’s Edition” so it looks as if it is getting the appropriate treatment. The artwork has been revealed, and the extras exposed. There appears to be a good mixture of both old and new. Including, but not limited to - all-new retrospective featuring interviews with director Stuart Gordon, producer Brian Yuzna, stars Carolyn Purdy-GordonIan Patrick Williams, executive producer Charles Band, and special make-Up effects artists Gabe Bartalos, andJohn Vulich and more! Check out the press release below, and pre-order your copy by either clicking here for Shout!’s website, or here for Amazon Continue reading

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“The Doctor and the Devils” on Blu-ray Nov. 14 from Scream Factory

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This is one of the reasons I love Scream Factory so much. The Doctor and the Devils is a film that I have never seen. I’ve heard it mentioned a couple of times, but never did the opportunity arise for me to have seen it. It’s weird, because it sounds right up my alley. Thankfully, on November 14th, Scream Factory will be dropping the film onto Blu-ray. Check out the press release below, and be sure to pre-order your copy by either clicking here to purchase on Shout!’s website, or here for Amazon.  Continue reading

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