Without a doubt the biggest story of the week of April 19-25, 2009, was the debut of the trailer for Rob Zombie’s H2 — just take a look at the number of comments it’s gotten. Passions run high when a filmmaker tampers with a much beloved horror icon and the formula that made him so popular in the first place.
Therefore, in an effort to help give people something else to think about, this week’s Wrap-Up will focus on slightly less volatile productions, or at least those which show all the signs of being true to and respectful of their source material.
- First is Tonight of the Living Dead, a CD collage of restructured audio plus a 12-page booklet of photo treatments that focuses on the more understated and haunting moments of the movie, drawing out the sense of bewildering relentlessness and hypnotic inevitability as the characters wait in an old farm-house for the world to end. As George would say, “That’s heavy, man.”
- Second is Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated. Artists are encouraged to contribute their own original black and white animation to match the film’s soundtrack. If the trailer and photo published with the article are any indication, this is definitely one to watch out for.
Waiting on a film’s release is something director Eric Red must be extremely familiar with given the excruciatingly long timetable for his ghostly revenge flick 100 Feet. But, at long last, the wait is over as The Woman’s Story of the Week attests: We finally have the full Scoop on the 100 Feet DVD. Though the exact date is still yet to be announced, we at least know the DVD will be “unrated, uncut … and fully director approved” and should be available within a few months. Praise Jesus, Allah, Yahweh, and every other deity that comes to mind. If, however, you can’t wait even one second longer, it’ll be broadcast as a “Sci Fi Original” this coming Sunday, April 26, with the standard cut DVD and Blu-ray available exclusively at Hollywood Video the following Tuesday, April 28. Me? I’m taking my chances and holding out for the real deal deluxe edition. But did they have to remind us that Red was one of the writers of the abysmal Hitcher remake right on the cover of the DVD? Good thing we horror fans are such a forgiving audience!
Until next time …
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