Horror remake

The Town that Dreaded Sundown(2014)

The Town that Dreaded Sundown(2014)

 

The Town that Dreaded Sundown is kind of a complex review. To start, The Town that Dreaded Sundown (2014) is in fact a continuation,…but still a remake…or as stated in the film, a legacy. Allow me to try to explain.

The Town that Dreaded Sundown the original was released in 1976, directed by Charles B. Pierce and was based upon a true story that happened in a sleepy little town called Texarkan. The town sits 50%on the Texas border side, the other on the Arkansas side.

The pressed called him “The Phantom Killer,” and referred to his crimes as “The Texarkana Moonlight Murders.” News of the bizarre and horrific killings transfixed an entire nation on the small town of Texarkana, Texas in early 1946, and the case remains one of the most notorious unsolved crimes in U.S. history.

 

The Phantom Killer as he was called, stalked the prey of young adults , usually parked alone in secluded areas for a little off-road romance.

Well from 1976 to 2014, here we are. Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. The story starts off on the anniversary of the Phantom Killer at a local drive-inn movie theater where annually they show none other that the 1976 classic, The Town that Dreaded Sundown.

Scared from the movie our young couple decides to leave and , wouldn’t you guess it, they go off and park in a nice quite area where only serial killers wearing a burlap sack for a mask would be hanging around.

And so starts our killings. The young male is forced to the ground and viciously stabbed to death while the killer makes the girl stand by , but with her back turned and was told “Don’t You Turn Around!!”

I’m not one for spoilers , but our young hussy escapes, and now becomes the center of the movie as others in town are now brutally murdered. it is also at this point where you find yourself in a movie, of a movie. Hence the copycat killer as he now terrorizes this quiet little town.

The film flashes from old kill to new kill and vice versa. Meaning, if the in the first film the killer shoved a stick of dynamite in a nuns ass a lit it, we are now re-living that same technique with our 2014 killer as he will then do the same.

The film presents some pretty good kill scenes and a decent amount of blood thrown in. I will say that the kills are also fairly vicious, a lot of  emotion seemed to have been put into each attack, I liked that.I will give credit where credit is due,…this film hid no kills in the dark, or lack of lighting. I get so sick of watching movies and feel as if I’m missing half of the good stuff because of dark scenes.

The cast as mentioned really wasn’t bad, no Oscars being handed out, but surprisingly enough a decent performance given by actor Anthony Anderson (whose roles normally I cant stand), played lead investigator Lone Wolf Morales.

 

The Town that Dreaded Sundown is a fair horror film that does offer a chilling hunt, yet in kind of almost hip way. I usually give it my once a year watch then back to the shelf it goes. The idea that Gomez-Rejon wasnt bad at all, just needed a little Texas heat . I will admit , I absolutely love the poster for the film though.

Keep it Evil.

Posted by John Roisland in GORE OR EXTREME HORROR, HORROR HISTORY, MOVIE REVIEWS, PREQUELS AND SEQUELS, REMAKES AND REBOOTS, REVIEWS, SLASHERS AND BAD HUMANS, THRILLER, 0 comments
Interview With The Vampire reboot is coming

Interview With The Vampire reboot is coming

Anne Rice fans had reason to rejoice in 2014, when Universal snapped up the rights to all 13 of the authors Vampire Chronicle novels,. They announced plans to make a series of films, including a remake to 1994's Interview With The Vampire, based on the books. Universal had also announced a reboot to the classic Universal monster movies, and both projects seemed like an attempt to create their own, horror theme, version of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Claudia burns in Interview with a Vampire

Claudia burns from Interview with a vampire

Now a little less than two years later, it looks like the reboot of Interview With The Vampire will be happening.   Josh Boone, director of the upcoming New Mutants film, teased fans by posting  the cover of a script for the reboot. Back in 2014 it was reported that Boone would be writing and directing versions of the second and third book, The Vampire Lestat and Queen of the Damned.

Aaliyah in Queen of the Damned

Aaliyah was the Queen of the Damned

Now it looks like they are doing the series right and starting at the beginning. At least as far as the time line goes. However he is also remaking a movie that was actually surprisingly well done and accepted, for the most part, by Rice's fans. The original 1994 film, directed by Neil Jordan, had a star-studded cast with heavy weights Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt as blood crossed lovers Lestat and Louis, and introduced us to a young Kristin Dunst who near stole the film as child vampire Claudia.

The third book in the series has also been previously adapted into film starring the late actress/singer Aaliyah and directed by Michael Rymer. I have no clue why the powers that be chose to skip the second book, but Queen was not as faithful adaptation as Interview, and had much more of an “MTV” feel. This may have been more in line with the modern setting versus the setting of Interview, but it just didn't have the feel of Rice's Lestat. It wasn't a bad movie, and Aaliya showed a lot of potential that was sadly cut short with her death.

So Universal is taking a controversial step by remaking a film loved by a lot of fans. I'm not a fan of remakes myself, and a lot of horror fans feel the same. However if you are going to do the whole series, maybe you should start from the beginning. The only other real choice would be to start at book two, then remake or skip three, making the series even more disjointed. Personally the second book was always my favorite, and it was the first I read. So I am eager to see The Vampire Lestat brought to the big scene. Right now though we only have a tease. Is the script completed, or still a work in progress? Who will be the new Lestat and Louis? Who will be the new Claudia? Anne Rice fans are quivering with anticipation (sorry Frank) for any new news.

Mea culpa: Interview With THE Vampire.

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Jen and Sylvia to remake Rabid

Jen and Sylvia to remake Rabid

Fans of the Twisted Twins are celebrating today with the news that Jen and Sylvia Soska will be directing the remake of David Cronenberg's Rabid. Yes, you heard that right, The Soska sisters have been picked to helm a remake to the cult classic from the king of body horror.

Jen and Sylvia Soska direct Rabid

The Twisted Twins, Jen and Sylvia Soska take aim at Rabid

The original Rabid stared 70s porn star Marilyn Chambers (Beyond the Green Door). Chambers was attempting to turn her pornographic career into a more mainstream career. The film combines zombies, vampirism and Cronenberg's trademark body horror. Chambers plays a woman injured in a motorcycle wreck and undergoes an experimental surgery. The operation appears to be a success, but Chambers soon develops a vestigial appendage in her arm pit that feeds on human blood. Those drained become ravenous zombie like creatures that spread the contagion across the country.

Rabid was one of the first of many of Cronenberg's films to reach cult status. He followed it with films like Scanners, Videodrome, The Brood, The Dead Zone and the Fly. The Fly was a remake of the classic Vincent Price horror film. More recently Cronenberg moved to more mainstream films, and even more critical acclaim with A History of Violence.

The Soska Sisters came to the attention of the horror world with their low budget hit, Dead Hooker in a Trunk. They solidified their fan base, and their legitimacy with the hit American Mary starring Katharine Isabelle (Hannibal) and Tristan Risk. They followed this success with the sequel to See No Evil, starring the WWE's Kane as Jacob Goodnight.

Jen and Sylvia Twisted Twins

Jen and Sylvia Soska, the Twisted Twins

Remakes are always a risk with horror fans. Many fans resent a favorite classic film being remade and tampered with. In general, I'm not a huge fan of horror remakes, but this seems to be a good match.

Jen and Sylvia Soska made their mark in Hollywood, with female centric films Dead Hooker and American Mary. Even their remake of See No Evil, which only got a luke warm response from many horror fans, had a strong female cast including Danielle Harris, Katharine Isabelle and Chelan Simmons. Rabid, if it follows the original to any extent will need a strong, yet vulnerable female lead, and directors who know how to handle that lead role.

Plus Cronenberg is the undisputed master of body horror. Rabid was one of his earliest forays into that subgenre. Jen and Sylvia had their greatest success, so far, with American Mary, which was a form of body horror. The biggest difference was that American Mary highlighted body modification of the medical variety, while Rabid's body mods were of a supernatural origin.

Katharine Isabelle in Jen and Sylvia Soska's American MAry

Katharine Isabelle in Jen and Sylvia Soska's American MAry

To say the Soska Sisters have a loyal and rabid fan base is an understatement. The twins repay this loyalty with true love and affection. Will the new Rabid be a critical success or reach cult status? It's way to early to tell, but the odds are it will be hit with the fans. Hopefully Jen and Sylvia can work the American Mary magic one more time.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Poltergeist (2015)

MOVIE REVIEW: Poltergeist (2015)

They're Here...

And if you're a fan of the original, it's going to piss you off

By Amy Mead

Poltergeist poster

Directed by Gil Kenan

Starring Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie Dewitt, Kennedi Clemens, Jared Harris, Jane Adams and Saxon Sharbino

The Bowens are a family of five, consisting of Mom (Amy), Dad (Eric), and three kids (Kendra, Griffin, and Madison). They move into a new suburban home due to some financial woes and the children do not seem pleased about it. Meanwhile, Eric and Amy appear as though they are under a great deal of stress.

Almost immediately strange things begin happening within their new home. Strange noises in the walls, the electricity keeps flickering, cell phones are burning out, and there are "people" appearing in the TV talking to the youngest member of the family, little Madison. The whole family wakes up and Madison announces that "They" are here and the family soon discovers that the cemetery was "moved" when their subdivision was built, which of course, it wasn't. Their house does indeed rest upon the unmoved bodies, but they don't know that. Yet.

Shortly after moving into their new home, Eric and Amy attend a dinner party one night, leaving the three children at home, and in short order, Madison is lured to her bedroom closet and taken by unseen entities, clown dolls are coming to life, and trees are attacking poor Griffin, while a viscous goo seeps out of the floor, sprouting hands and attacking Kendra. It seems as though the attacks were a diversion by the spirits so that they would be able to get to Madison alone and lead her into the spirit world with them. Eric and Amy return home to find Madison missing and, after hearing her voice emanating from within the television, the family are forced to seek help from paranormal experts to find out if there is a way to get Madison back to her family where she belongs.

If you've seen the original, you pretty much know the rest, and how it all shakes out for the most part...

Poltergeist 2015 is an extremely watered down version of the beloved Tobe Hooper classic from 1982, that had almost no scares, thrill, or apprehension to it whatsoever. The scares are weak and seriously lacking in tension. It's almost as if the producers were holding so fast to that precious PG-13 rating that they forgot there was supposed to be a certain element of fear involved, making for a far less dramatic impact. I felt like there was no art behind it, they were just here for the cash cow that remakes invariably seem to be.

The acting is pretty much the only thing that wasn't a complete let down in Poltergeist 2015. There were some damn good performances, particularly from the younger cast members, ALMOST making it worth a one time watch. ALMOST.

I am not usually a remake snob and am generally willing to give almost anything a chance...This is one where I wished I hadn't watched it at all, let alone for $7.99 on VOD. But watch it I did, and I fucking HATED it. I should have known better, but for whatever reason (I think it must have been due to Sam Raimi's involvement), I had to see how big of a trainwreck it was. And holy shit, was it ever. I still want my time and money back and it's been a week.

There was nothing about this film that resonated with me in any way, shape, or form. Even going in expecting next to nothing, I was still a bit disappointed. One of the reasons I don't bitch too much about the endless stream of remakes is because I believe that they have the potential to gain the original films new followers. This version was so extremely unentertaining that I just don't see that happening.

Give me the brilliant Tobe Hooper version over this pointless, steaming pile of crap any day of the week. It's the only one worth watching.

I give this one 3/10 and that's only because I crush on Sam Rockwell and I am in a good mood.

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COMING SOON: Martyrs Remake (2015)

COMING SOON: Martyrs Remake (2015)

By Nick Durham

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So this is happening...

We are getting an Americanized remake of Martyrs, whether we want it or not. Now if you've never heard of Martyrs in the first place, I'm going to break it down for you. It goes without saying that you should strap yourselves in because I'm going to tell you really all you need to know in just one sentence.

Martyrs is a 2008 French film that will break your fucking soul.

Written and directed by Pascal Laugier, the original Martyrs tells the story of Lucie, who along with her friend Anna, embark on a mission of revenge against those who kidnapped and tortured her as a child. Things, of course, don't go too well for either of our heroines, and it isn't long before the shit really hits the goddamn fan. There's much, much more to Martyrs than that brief description. I don't want to give much, if anything else, away for anyone who hasn't seen the original film because you really fucking should. All else that I will say is that this film is brutal, both physically and psychologically. I'm not exaggerating when I say that it will break your fucking soul into pieces. It garnered a shitload of acclaim from critics and audiences, and is recognized as one of the pioneering films of the French new wave of extreme horror.

So yeah, we're getting an Americanized remake from Blumhouse of this film, and it's going to be distributed by Anchor Bay (who has been behind the remakes and sequels to I Spit on Your Grave among many other films) and directed by Goetz Brothers. Apparently this remake was filmed rather quickly and is going to be unleashed upon us very soon as well. That's a good sign right? That a movie gets filmed that quickly for a fast release? Well, what do you guys think?

Anyway, I could bitch and moan all day about having another needless, Americanized remake of a startlingly original genre film that can never hold a candle to the original and will need to be dumbed down for mainstream American audiences (hello Oldboy), but here's the funny thing that most people don't know: we almost got a very different remake of Martyrs a couple years ago. The producers behind the Twilight movies (yes, you read that right) were looking to produce an American remake, with possibly Kristen Stewart (yes, you read that right, too) as one of the leads, and with a much "lighter" ending as well. This story has been passed around the horror doldrums for a while now, and it's only when the plug was pulled on the whole thing that Blumhouse and Anchor Bay jumped in instead, reducing the budget and (hopefully) turning away any kind of "lighter" shit as well.

So yeah, we could have had a Twilight-esque take on Martyrs...let that sink in guys.

The Martyrs remake premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Current release date is unknown. My hunch is that it gets released straight to VOD/DVD, etc.

Stay tuned.

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Who Will Be the Next Freddy Krueger?

By Kev B.

Freddy

With the announcement by New Line Cinema and Warner Brothers of yet another A Nightmare On Elm Street reboot or remake or re-imagining… An online petition is in place and has over 200 signatures in three days time. It’s not what you are thinking; they’re not trying to stop it from happening. The fans have taken to the Internet to see if they can exert some influence as to who will be wearing the infamous sweater and glove this time around.

Just who could or should try to fill the shoes of the irreplaceable Robert Englund in the role that saved New Line and pumped fresh blood into the slasher genre back in 1984? Roberto Lombardi is the people’s choice, having starred in several short films as Freddy Krueger (before the vigilante justice) in:

Krueger: The Legend of Elm Street (2016)
Krueger: The Slasher from Elm Street (2014)
Krueger: A Walk Through Elm Street (2014)
Krueger: Another Tale from Elm Street (2013)
The Nightmare Ends on Halloween II (2011)
Krueger: A Tale from Elm Street (2011)

The Krueger shorts and an appearance as Freddy Krueger in an episode of Deadpool titled “A Nightmare on Pool Street” have earned him rave reviews and a well deserved cult following. Check out Roberto Lombardi as Freddy Krueger in the Elm Street shorts here at and sign the petition.

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COMING SOON: I Spit on Your Grave 3 (2015)

COMING SOON: I Spit on Your Grave 3 (2015)

I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE 3:
VENGEANCE IS MINE

By Amy Lynes

Just in time for Halloween, I Spit On Your Grave 3: Vengeance is Mine will hit limited theaters on October 9th, with a Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD release to follow on October 20, 2015!
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Many people were surprised when, back in 2010, a remake of the 1978 cult classic was released. Almost instantly, people were bitching and moaning about it, with some flatly refusing to watch it.

Now, I am not usually one for remakes but after seeing it, I think all the negativity it got was extremely misguided. I'll probably get some hate for this, but I think I actually prefer the remake. Don't get me wrong, Camille Keaton is amazing in the film, but it is a slow burn, a bit too slow for my tastes. The 2010 version moves at a much faster pace, and the revenge scenes were much more gratifying to me, not to mention Sarah Butler did a fantastic job as Jennifer Hills. I had initially thought there was no way she would pull it off and make it believable, but she did just that. She was truly spectacular in the role.

In 2013, the remake spawned a sequel I Spit On Your Grave 2, which focused on an entirely new character in a whole new setting. Sadly, it was nowhere near as good as the 2010 remake. The revenge scenes were slightly lackluster and left me wanting something a little more. It did have its moments, though - I found the sequel much harder to watch during the rape scene than the 1978 and 2010 versions combined. It was extremely unsettling.

Now we hear that a third installment to the franchise has been completed, and the story will once again focus on Jennifer Hills. What little info on the synopsis I was able to find goes something like this: Jennifer now works for a crisis hotline (or possibly a support group), and it just so happens a vigilante type serial killer is using the hotline (support group) to target and victimize rapists. Jennifer's tragic past, of course, makes her a prime suspect to the detectives on the case.

Having enjoyed the 2010 version as much as I did, I was very happy to learn that Sarah Butler will reprise her role as Jennifer Hills in I Spit On Your Grave 3: Vengeance is Mine. The film also stars Gabriel Hogan (Television series Heartland), Doug McKeon (On Golden Pond and Mischief), Karen Strassman (The Ruins), and Jennifer Landon (Cinemax's series Banshee) and is directed by R.D. Braunstein (100 Degrees Below Zero).

I don't know about anyone else, but I enjoy these films and I am really looking forward to the latest addition to the franchise. October can't get here fast enough!

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