As I posted back in September, the feature-length continuation of the Infinite Santa 8000 animated web series will be premiering via VOD on December 1st from Midnight Releasing. The series of animated shorts takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where Santa Claus does battle with an array of mutants, cyborgs and mad scientists, and is available to watch via their website. To get you in the holiday spirit we have an exclusive clip to share with you of Santa doing his thing . Check it out.
For months now the demonic duo of Nom DePlume and Razor88 from The Church of Splatter-Day Saints and I have been trying to join forces for a joint review, only to have the idea put on the back-burner countless times for countless reasons. Finally the dark stars have aligned and we agreed to cover a film that none of us had seen before. We decided on David Paulsen and John Mason Kirby’s 1979 effort Savage Weekend, and who wouldn’t? It’s got Savage right in the title, right? And the poster is all kinds of badass, right? Unfortunately for all involved, this was yet another case of THE POSTER IS FUCKING LYING! Let’s do this shit, shall we?… Continue reading
Everyone seems to be loving the shit out of The Conjuring, the latest fright flick from director James Wan. Truth be told, I haven’t seen it yet. But I will, when it’s released on disc on October 22nd, and you can too – for free, even. We have a copy of The Conjuring on Blu-ray for one lucky reader to win. All you have to do is email email@example.com with THE CONJURING in the header with your name and the name of your favorite James Wan film. Easy enough. The contest will run until October 22nd and is open to US residents only. But before you enter, check out the following 5 things to know before watching The Conjuring.
Yes folks, it’s that time of year again. The season of the witch is upon us and if you’re a horror fan there’s a good chance at some point this month you’ll be sitting down with a bowl of candy corn and a six-pack of something delish (or at the very least cheap) and watching the granddaddy of modern slashers, John Carpenter’s Halloween. For many it’s THE go-to flick for the season, and rightfully so. It’s personally my favorite film (horror or otherwise) of all time, and I look forward to my annual viewing of it and a few of its sequels. Which brings me to the point of this. I want to know what your favorite entry in the franchise is, besides the original. Maybe you’re a first-night purist and love Halloween II. Perhaps you like to shake it up a bit and dig Season Of The Witch. Or maybe the Thorn curse bent middle entries tickle your fancy. Hell, maybe you’re a complete fucking moron and really like H20 or Resurrection. I’m not here to judge (much), I just want to know. So take a second and vote in the poll below and let us know which Haddonfield (or Santa Mira) horror is top of your list. I even threw in the Rob Zombie remakes for fun (or something).
People can say what they want about the third installment of the Texas Chainsaw franchise, but when it comes to pure, unadulterated ridiculousness of epic proportions, it’s clear that the trailer for Leatherface stands tall. I remember the first time I saw this back in 1990. When the saw came flying out of the lake my thirteen year old jaw dropped. A classic, albeit cheesy, trailer to a much under-rated flick.
Philadelphia based artist and friend of the Basement, Chris Garofalo has been cranking out some of the highest quality film-inspired prints for the past couple years and his latest is no exception. Pre-orders are now live for Chris’ take on Dario Argento’s masterpiece Suspiria, just in time for the season of the witch to begin! Each 18″ x 24″ print is signed and numbered by the artist and printed on Razzle Berry Pop Tone French Paper (in English that means it’s fucking pretty!) Check it out for yourself…
Like I said, she’s fucking pretty. Pre-order price is a mere $25 so head over to the Quiltface Studios online shop here and take her home with you today. You can also join the Quiltface Army by following him on twitter @QFSChris
It’s been almost three years since Infinite Santa 8000, the animated web series from the creators of Drive-In Horrorshow, wrapped up its first season. Instead of jumping into a second season, creators Michael Neel and Greg Ansin decided to turn the series into a feature and the first trailer has just been released. For the uninitiated, IS8000 takes place in (you guessed it) the year 8000. There are very few people left on the planet, but one of them is Santa Claus. I mean, who else would you expect to survive the fucking apocalypse? In a world inhabited by mutants and the evil Dr. Shackleton, Santa must do what he has to do to survive. The series is a lot of fun and you can check out all the episodes at their website. Infinite Santa 8000 The Movie will be released in time for the holidays this December. In the meantime check out the trailer below.
Hidden In The Woods is a bleak bastard of a film. A bleak, bloody, half-retarded bastard of a film. While definitely not for everyone, director Patricio Valladares has crafted a modern exploitation film that fans of the grimy side of cinema will surely love to get filthy with. It’s a twisted hybrid of rape/revenge, backwoods horror and crime film (with a pinch of cannibalism for flavor), but I would never ghettoize it into any one of those categories, because none of those descriptions of its parts do the film justice as a whole.
The plot centers around Filipe, played brilliantly by Daniel Antivilo, who I would love to see star in a modern remake of a Naschy Hombre Lobo film. Filipe is a drug smuggler, a father and a complete piece of shit. When not busy stashing drugs for local crime boss Uncle Costello, he’s made it a habit of getting drunk and raping his young daughters, Anna and Annie. A habit that starts when Ana is very, very young and continues for years, even after she gives birth to her deformed brother-son Manuel. Upon Manuel’s birth Filipe immediately locks him away in a shed behind the house where he lives like a dog until one day, years later, when the police show up to investigate a tip they receive about domestic abuse. The police are able to free the children from Filipe’s evil hillbilly clutches, but aren’t as lucky themselves as we’re treated to a demonstration of Filipe’s chainsaw skills.
While dad is acting like the Chilean Leatherface, the kids escape and decide to hold up in their family’s cabin in the woods in a nearby town. After the cop slaughter, Filipe reaches out to Costello for help, only to be caught and thrown in jail. This makes Costello send his crew out to find the drugs that Filipe had stashed at his house. This is also the point where the film turns into complete whoresploitation for a bit, as Anna heads into town to find food for her siblings and is propositioned by a creep on the street while she’s trying to enjoy an apple from a trash bag. This is where we learn the harsh truth that every man in Chile is a super rapey creep.
Anna quickly realizes that there’s money to be made and proceeds to blow every willing guy in town. But while she’s out doing that , Filipe is making plans of getting his kids back, a couple of backpackers stumble upon the cabin where Anny and Manuel are hiding out, and Costello’s crew is on the hunt for the drugs, or whoever might have them. Hidden In The Woods takes a lot of twists and turns in the second half, and just when you think it can’t get any more fucked up it does. The violence is amped up in the third act and we witness some absolutely great moments of brutality, the most impressive of which involving Anny and the feral Manuel, and learn of some strange eating habits the kids have developed over the years. These scenes also bring the audience back to the state of unrest that we start the film with but is lost a bit during Anna’s blowjob spree in town.
Hidden In The Woods is the story of a family, who as fucked up as they are, are willing to go to great extremes to protect their own. It is also an experiment in how much filth and degradation one audience can handle in 98 minutes. Besides the three kids, every character in this film is a despicable piece of trash (and honestly, the kids aren’t THAT much better.) I know I make light of it here, but believe me there’s nothing funny about this film. It’s dark, it’s dirty and it’s also one of the better films in the genre that’s been released this year. If pure, unadulterated exploitation is your bag, definitely check this out. If you have a sensitive tummy when it comes to these things you may want to sit this one out.
Hidden In The Woods hits streets 9/24 via the ever-impressive Artsploitation label. It is available on DVD and VOD through Amazon and VHX. It will not be available on iTunes due to its graphic content… and because iTunes are pussies.
Score: 3.5 out of 5 Screaming Jamies
Alright, now that you’ve read the interview with Waxwork Records chief Kevin Bergeron, I’m sure you’re all wetting yourself over the upcoming ReAnimator release, right? Well, good news for one of you – I have one copy of the limited glow-in-the-dark variant to give away to one of you lucky basement dwellers. These are super limited and being randomly inserted with the standard ReAnimator green vinyl when they are shipped out. SO, what do you have to do to get your paws on this slice o’ green goodness? Simple – email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “WAXWORK” and tell me your favorite horror score or soundtrack. That’s it. One winner will be picked at random on July 30th, the street date for the vinyl’s release. Only one entry per email address, contest is open worldwide! aaaaaaaaaannnndddd…. GO!
If you don’t know the name Waxwork Records yet, you will soon. The New Orleans-based label will be releasing its debut vinyl offering at the end of this month in the form of a remastered edition of Richard Band’s classic score for ReAnimator. I had the chance to do a quick interview with label head Kevin Bergeron, and this is what he had to say…
First off, how did Waxwork come to be? Did you have any experience running a label previous to this?
Waxwork Records came to be because of my love for horror cinema. I’m obsessive about horror. Some of my earliest memories are of taking trips to the video store and renting a bunch of horror VHS tapes. I didn’t even acknowledge the other genres. It just consumed me.
I had just gotten back from touring Cuba with my old band. It was becoming obvious that the band was breaking up, but I wanted to stay involved with music on some level. I love music, and I’ve played in horrorinspired punk bands for the past 15 years.
I noticed other labels such as Mondo and Death Waltz and what they were doing, and I have respect for those guys. It seemed like something cool to get involved with because I’m passionate about it. Obviously, I want to put my own twist on it by always revisiting the master tapes to create a true analog product, get the composer and directors involved, creating full package artwork.
I’ve never run a label before Waxwork, but I’ve pressed vinyl with my old bands.
What made you decide on ReAnimator as your first release?
I think ReAnimator is one of those horror films that wouldn’t be what it is without it’s score.
Richard Band’s ReAnimator score, in my opinion, is a true classic. I love the film, and it has one of those memorable scores that can stand on it’s own. ReAnimator was definitely on my wish list for a vinyl reissue.
Was Richard Band involved in the remastering process at all?
He supplied us with the original 1985 tape reels of the score to master from, which was insane. One day, I received a package with these old tapes that helped create one of my all time favorite horror movies. It was just nuts.
I’m a fan, first and foremost, so communicating directly with the composers and directors has been sobering and really cool. I had a question regarding ReAnimator, and Richard Band suggested I call up Stuart Gordon, and he gave me his phone number. All of a sudden, I’m on the phone talking about horror films with the guy that directed ReAnimator, From Beyond, and wrote Honey, I Shrunk The Kids.
The cover art for the release is done by Ghoulish Gary, and is amazing, can you tell us a bit about working with Gary? How did the relationship with him transpire?
My old band was featured in Rue Morgue Magazine a couple of times. I kept seeing these write ups and features on their art director, Ghoulish Gary. I was immediately attracted to his art work. I thought, “Maybe I can get this guy to do a logo or a tshirt for my band at some point”.
When Waxwork started, and I locked in ReAnimator it was a no brainer to contact Gary for art work. His art fits with the vibe of the movie. Working with him was killer. He’s a true horror lover, we chatted about the project, and the cover he created is amazing. He also designed the entire LP package, so there’s all kinds of other cool art from Gary on the inner sleeve, center labels, the poster.
Do you have plans to work with Gary again on a future release?
Already in the works for an upcoming release in December.
You guys have announced Day Of The Dead as the second release, what do we have to look forward to with that one?
We tracked down the original master tapes, and that’s allowing us to use every musical cue from the film. Over an hour of music. It’s never been done before.
The score is incredible, and massively underrated. I think due in part because it’s often overshadowed by Goblin’s score to Dawn of the Dead.
We’ve been working directly with the composer, John Harrison. Former White Zombie guitarist, J. Yuenger, is mastering the release for vinyl and he’s all about it.
It’s going to be a double LP package, super heavy, old school tipon gatefold jacket, 180 gram vinyl, we’re doing some really cool packaging on this release. George A. Romero happens to collect vinyl, and he’s thrilled about our upcoming Day of the Dead release. He even contributed liner notes, and that was totally unexpected.
We’re doing a record release for Day of the Dead in Hollywood. There’s going to be a screening of the movie, we’re going to be selling records, there’s going to be a Q&A after the film with both John Harrison and George Romero. It’s going to be great.
Can you say who will be providing the artwork for the Day Of The Dead release, or what the color variant will be (assuming there will be one, of course)?
Jay Shaw is doing the full package art for Day of the Dead. He’s a massive fan of the film, and he’s excited. I think his style of art fits perfectly with the overall vibe of the film. I love what he did for the Criterion Collection release of Repo Man, and his work for Mondo. He’s extremely talented. There will be a variant of zombie flesh-colored vinyl.
There has been a handful of great soundtrack/score labels that have popped up the past couple years. Is this something that informs your decisions on what to release? Like, is there a “I have to put this out before Death Waltz does” kind of pressure?
Not really. I really want to put out great film scores from the movies that I love and grew up with.
I can’t speak for the other soundtrack labels, but I think it’s incredible that there’s a few soundtrack labels out there doing something similar. Death Waltz might release something that we would never have thought to go after, and vice versa. I feel like that’s great for everyone. For the fans who collect these records. It’s great for the artists, for the independent record shops, for the pressing plants, for the composers. It keeps the vinyl resurgence growing. Forward movement.
Can you tell us what you have in store after ReAnimator and Day?
We’ve been in talks with Harry Manfredini and Paramount for months now, and just last week we finally locked in the Friday the 13th films that Manfredini scored. I absolutely love the Friday films and those scores are true horror classics.
What’s interesting about those scores is that they never received a proper vinyl release. I believe that the scores to Friday parts 1, 2 , and 3 were sort of cut up and condensed into a single 12” release. That release is incredibly expensive and hard to find.
What Waxwork is going to do is give each of those releases a proper vinyl release. It’s never been done, but I’m a massive fan and I’m going to do those scores right.
If you could get the rights to any score, what would be your absolute dream release?
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre by Tobe Hooper and Wayne Bell.
In closing, what are your all time top three film scores?
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Psycho and The Exorcist.
Thanks again to Kevin for taking the time to chat. You can pre-order ReAnimator and keep up to date with future Waxwork releases HERE