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Action-Horror ‘High Moon’ Howls to DVD July 2nd

Action-Horror ‘High Moon’ Howls to DVD July 2nd

Chad Michael Collins and Sean Patrick Flanery Take on Werewolf Bikers in Genre-Bending Horror Film!

 

LOS ANGELES, CA – Sharpen the axes and load the silver bullets for HIGH MOON round 2! Things are about to get messy (again) when a cowboy gunslinger awakens in the modern-day, just in time to take down a gang of vicious werewolf bikers – this time on DVD after a successful run on VOD/Digital earlier this spring!

Written and directed by Josh Ridgway (Lionsgate’s THE SECTOR), the film stars Chad Michael Collins (Sony’s SNIPER military action franchise, CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 2019) alongside co-stars Sean Patrick Flanery (SAW 3D, BOONDOCK SAINTS), Chelsea Edmundson (DAYLIGHT’S END, THUNDER ROAD), and Matthew Tompkins (SICARIO). HIGH MOON is “BLADE from the old west,” inspired by the classic ‘80s / ‘90s camp creature features from John Carpenter and Fred Dekker. 

 

Colt (Chad Michael Collins)—a gunslinging werewolf slayer from the old west—mysteriously rises from the grave, only to find that the band of werewolves that brutally murdered his wife are still running rampant generations later. Aided by a beautiful widow (Chelsea Edmundson), a skeptical town sheriff (Matthew Thompkins) and a corrupt Mayor (Sean Patrick Flanery), Colt must face off with the bloodthirsty creatures once again to save a sleepy southern town from destruction. 

The DVD for HIGH MOON is currently available for pre-order on Amazon, and in such retail giants as Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy, Fry’s, and Barnes & Noble with availability on RedBox in the near future.

 

Filmed in and around Dallas, Texas, HIGH MOON (formerly titled HOWLERS) is being distributed by Distribution Solutions / Alliance Entertainment and Archstone Distribution. Producers are Rishi Chitkara, Josh Ridgway, and Chad Law. Executive Producers include Larry LeMaster, Heath Calhoun, and Greg Fussell. Lead actor Chad Michael Collins is also an Associate Producer.

 

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MOVIE REVIEW: Bone Tomahawk (2015)

MOVIE REVIEW: Bone Tomahawk (2015)

By Dixielord

Usually when I get excited for a movie it leads to disappointment, so I went into Bone Tomahawk with some trepidation. However, this is one of those rare times that I walked away happy. Bone Tomahawk is everything it promised. Horror films that flirt with the Western genre don't have a great track record, there are a few good ones like High Plains Drifter, but many more that just don’t cut it, like Gallows Walker and The Killing Box. Bone Tomahawk is one of the good ones, one of the best.

Kurt Russell in Bone Tomahawk

Kurt Russell in Bone Tomahawk

In Bone Tomahawk, a pair of murderous thieves, played by Sid Haig and David Arquette, inadvertently lead a tribe of cannibalistic troglodytes back to a peaceful western community. There they kidnap several townspeople in the middle of the night. The next morning the Sheriff (Kurt Russell) leads a small but determined posse in an attempt to get them back. The posse includes Matthew Fox (Lost) as a local gunman and Indian fighter, Richard Jenkins (Burn After Reading) as back up deputy Chicory, and Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring), whose wife was taken by the cannibals. But the trail to the missing townspeople may be as dangerous as the troglodytes themselves.

Bone Tomahawk does so many things right. It's a horror movie, but it is also a legitimate western. You can completely remove the horror tag, and western fans will be able to enjoy it. The horror aspect doesn't really kick in till over half way into the film. There are a few brutal scenes early on, but I was beginning to believe it was going to be simply a cowboy film. Then the posse makes it to the cave of the troglodytes.

Bone Tomahawk

Bone Tomahawk

Dear people talking about how extreme the gore was in The Green Inferno, check out Bone Tomahawk. While scene for scene it might not contain as much gore, Bone Tomahawk is more squirm-inducing than The Green Inferno. There is one scene that looks incredibly real and it looks to be all practical effects. You want a hard to watch kill scene? Watch Bone Tomahawk.

And it's not just gore that makes this film work. Russell is excellent as an aging sheriff. He might not be as fast, or as smart as some of the members of the posse, but he is determined, honorable (to a fault at times), and wise. He's also tired, and you can see the weight of the bad decisions on his face. He seems to know this is his last hurrah and he will save his people, even if he doesn't come back alive.

Matthew Fox's character is almost immediately unlikeable. Along the trail we learn about his history, and why he hates Native Americans. He becomes a valuable asset, and by the end I had actually developed some respect for him.

Patrick Wilson ends up being the most unlikely hero of them all. Shackled with a bad leg, that's getting worse along the way, he still plays a major part in the resolution. His wife (Lili Simmons) is one of the townspeople kidnapped by the trogs, and he will die to get her back. It is slightly telegraphed that he is going to “save the day” and while logically it might seem contrived, it never feels that way in the film. Instead of shaking my head and laughing, I was cheering him and the rest of the posse on.

On of my favorite characters was Richard Jenkins as Chicory. He is almost a stereotypical western deputy, but it works perfectly. He's fiercely loyal to Sheriff Hunt and determined to follow him into danger. He adds a lot to the western feel. He's a throw back to great western characters like Pea in Lonesome Dove and Mose in The Searchers. There isn't a lot of humor in Bone Tomahawk, but most of it is provided by Jenkins.

One of the things I most disliked about The Green Inferno was the injection of humor into the film. The cannibal films that The Green Inferno paid homage too weren't funny. They were brutal, depressing, and dark. It's almost Eli's calling card to inject humor into his gore fests. It works at times, but with Bone Tomahawk, director S. Craig Zahler (in his directorial debut) plays it straight, with no silly comedy or fart jokes. There are some small humorous moments, but they are all natural and develop from the characters, mostly Chicory’s personality.

Bone Tomahawk takes it time developing. It's a bit of a slow burn as the posse takes time to get to its destination, but it's never boring. The group of would be heroes face adversity every step. There's a run in with bandits that leaves the men on foot. There are battles not only with the horse thieves but with themselves, and with the infection raging in Wilson's leg. The trek there also gives them time for character development that seems natural and unforced. It might be slow, but it is never boring.

Some people may claim it isn't really horror, but it contains suspense, murder, cannibalism, and on screen gore. It's a horror movie. Maybe it's not supernatural, but it's horror. And it's also a legitimate western. I just love this film, no holds barred and no reservations. It is a slow burn, but it isn't boring and the pay off is totally worth it. I give Bone Tomahawk my highest rating, 10 out of 10.

Bone Tomahawk's Kurt Russell, Matthew Fox and Richard Jenkins

Kurt Russell, Matthew Fox, and Richard Jenkins in Bone Tomahawk

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COMING SOON: Bone Tomahawk (2015)

Dixielord

Kurt Russell in Bone Tomahawk

Western horror movies are a somewhat rare thing, especially good ones. This Halloween, the genre gets a new entry with Bone Tomahawk, which will also bring Kurt Russell back into the horror genre. Russell is popular with horror fans from his starring role in John Carpenter's classic The Thing, as well as Carpenter's not quite horror, but still classics Escape From New York and Big Trouble in Little China. Bone Tomahawk won't be Russell's only dip into the western genre this year. December will see the release of Quentin Tarantino's Hateful Eight which will also star the former Snake Plisken.

Bone Tomahawk will be the directorial debut of writer/director Craig Zahler. The cast, along with Russell will include Patrick Wilson, David Arquette, Matthew Fox, Sean Young and horror icon Sid Haig. Timothy Olyphant and Jennifer Carpenter were originally set to star in the project but have since dropped out, replaced by Russell and Lili Simmons.

Kurt Russell and Sid Haig in Bone Tomahawk

Kurt Russell in Bone Tomahawk

Bone Tomahawk is set in the 1800s on the border between Texas and Mexico. It tells the story of a small town raided by a group of “cannibalistic troglodytes.” The cannibals kidnap several townspeople, and a posse, led by Russell, sets out to rescue them.

Just on the surface the film bears a passing resemblance to The 13th Warrior, with cannibals attacking a small town, and a group of warriors going in pursuit. The 13th Warrior was in itself based on the classic tale of Beowulf and Grendel. Whether or not this is just a surface resemblance we won't know until it releases next month.

The movie will world premiere September 25 at Fantastic Fest, and will screen at the London Film Festival October 15, 2015. Bone Tomahawk will is set for a limited theatrical release on October 23, 2015 just in time for Halloween.

Halloween is going to be a sweet time for Horror fans with The Green Inferno opening late September, Crimson Peak in October as well as Bone Tomahawk. And you can never go wrong with Sid Haig being back on the big screen.

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BOOK REVIEW: The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three (1987)

The Dark Tower II:
The Drawing of the Three

By Woofer McWooferson

The Dark Tower II: The Drawing Of The Three

The Dark Tower II: The Drawing Of The Three

Author: Stephen King; Publisher: Grant; ISBN: 978-0-937986-90-5; Media: Print (Hardcover); Length: 400 pages; Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Science fiction, Western; Country: USA; Language: English; Year: 1987

The Drawing of the Three, book 2 in Stephen King's magnum opus, the Dark Tower series, finds Roland sitting on a beach where book one ended. Roland's pursuit of the man in black has placed him in a position of vulnerability, and when this threatens his guns, he snaps out of a dream and back into reality. His guns, he has been taught, are everything to a gunslinger. Well, of course! How could one be a gunslinger with no guns? you might ask, but know that question will be answered in good time.

So worried about his guns (and rightfully so), he fails to comprehend the danger to himself from creatures that come out of the waves. After a brief encounter with the creatures, lobstrosities he calls them, he recovers himself and tends to his guns before beginning his journey up the beach. As he continues, he finds doors to New York City in various decades. Each door has a label (The Prisoner, The Lady of Shadows, and The Pusher), and it is through two of these doors that he meets those who will become part of his ka-tet. The other reveals a new foe in a new world. On the surface, the chosen two are unlikely candidates for companionship with Roland, but Roland can see what we cannot. Roland can see the steel in them.

The Drawing of the Three gives us more insight into Roland and his quest, through his actions alone as well as his interactions with his new companions. Where The Gunslinger was sparse like the desert Roland crossed, The Drawing of the Three is as relentless as his trek up the beach and as full and rich and varied as the city which he visits in our world. He leaves his mark on everything he touches, intentionally and unintentionally, and he eventually brings out the best in his companions. Filled with the rich descriptive narrative that Constant Readers have come to expect from Sai King, The Drawing of the Three is worthy follow up to The Gunslinger and segue into book 3, The Waste Lands.

10/10 claws – Make sure you have snacks, a drink, and a comfy seat because you will not want to put this down.

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BOOK REVIEW: The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger (1982)

The King of Horror Wrote a Series,
and Constant Readers Followed
A Short Review of The Gunslinger

By Woofer McWooferson

gunslinger

“The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.”

The opening line of Stephen King's The Gunslinger is one that Tower Junkies (as fans of The Dark Tower series call themselves) know well.

The Gunslinger is the first of eight novels (thus far) that comprise Stephen King's Dark Tower series. The series combines horror, science fiction, westerns, drama, romance, and intrigue into what King himself calls his magnum opus. Although this first book is a far different style and subject than most of King's fans expect, it is still clearly a King novel. Constant Readers (as King refers to his fans) are dropped into the middle of the gunslinger's pursuit of the elusive man in black as they trek across an unforgiving desert.

The Gunslinger is established as a western immediately but other elements and influences fall into place as the story unfolds. King's typically florid and descriptive prose is abandoned in favor of a languid and sparse style that matches the dry desert we cross with Roland, the gunslinger. Indeed, the Constant Reader gains keen insight into Roland's character and world as he travels. Other facets to Roland's quest are revealed as we follow his interactions with others (for there are a few souls who brave desert living, some in towns and some alone). On this journey, King introduces Constant Readers to what will be hallmarks of the series. We learn that the gunslinger has been chasing the man in black for a very long time, and his single-minded determination ensures that he will not stop until he catches him. We learn a little about his past and that he is last of his kind, a sort of enforcer whose effort to catch the man in black is but a portion of his true quest. We learn the measure of both the gunslinger and the man in black, and we learn that we have much, much more to learn.

To say much more would deprive the Constant Reader of the pleasure of experiencing The Gunslinger for the first time. As noted before, The Gunslinger's prose, tempo, and style may deter some, but it is appropriate and the Constant Reader will be well rewarded for continuing.

NOTE: There are numerous references to The Dark Tower series in many other King novels and stories. After King completed The Dark Tower series, he revised The Gunslinger to reconcile some issues between what he wrote in college with the rest of the series. This is known as The Gunslinger, Revised Edition.

Spoiler Alert: The man in black is neither the Dread Pirate Roberts nor Johnny Cash.

Watch for my reviews of the rest of the Dark Tower series as I once again follow the gunslinger and the man in black.

8/10 claws

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