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Angry Bear Spirits Stalk Finland in Carcass



We don’t often hear much news around these parts about horror movies from Finland, but then we don’t usually get movies based on Finnish mythology about pissed-off killer bear spirits. Such a movie, Carcass, is in pre-production in Finland.

One of the oldest rites of the ancient Finns was the ritual for sending a bear to the underworld after it was killed. A celebration was held to make sure the bear’s appeased spirit would return to home. The prey was treated as a honored guest at the celebration so that it would return to the forest with its family and tribe. But the worst offense of all was to kill a sleeping bear in its winter nest. And the punishment for such a crime was the most ferocious of all. And, judging by Carcass, supernatural in nature.

24FramesPerSecond brings news of the Finnish fear flick Carcass, to be directed in both native Finnish and partially in English by co-directors Marko and Matti Jatkola. They also bring us a teaser poster and a fairly detailed plot synopsis.

“Killing a sleeping bear in its nest is the worst crime of all; punishment for that is the most ferocious of all” – An old Finnish belief. English paparazzi Tom Simmons realizes his lifelong dream and becomes a nature photographer. His decision has been encouraged by the death of a celebrity, whom Tom photographed as his last job. A new life, far away from London and accusing reporters, is waiting in Finland. In the bear lands of Kainuu, Tom prepares a photo shoot with the help of local safari entrepreneur Veikko Huttunen. Tom is enjoying his newfound peace and unbelievably beautiful nature. But when he witnesses local hunters Vilmunen and Sutela kill a bear in its winter nest, the dream turns into a nightmare. Scary noises and visions are just the beginning when something much more terrifying is discovered in the woods. A nightmarish spirit guarding the laws of the forest will not allow Tom to return to civilization. The true purpose of the spirit is revealed when Tom finds both Veikko and the hunters butchered and gutted like the cows in an abattoir. Tom knows he will be the next victim of the spirit and makes one last desperate plan to escape. Weeks later he staggers back to civilization. Trying to piece together what happened to him, the police start watching the footage on Tom’s video camera. Tom appears on screen making chilling sounds and eating a rotting carcass like an animal. Is this the madness of one man, or is there truly some malicious force hiding in the woods?

I’m not entirely sure if I even need to see the movie now that I’ve read this synopsis. Did that just reveal the whole movie, or did it stop short of spoiling the film’s ending? Carcass is due out next year so we’ll have to wait to find out.

Angry Bear Spirits Stalk Finland in Carcass

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Who Goes There Podcast: Ep 140 – Pet Sematary 2



Ahoy there, fuckos! This week’s episode is brought to you by none other than Chris Franco! That’s right, it’s a Chris pick! So you know what that means, we’re cranking the cheese factor up to eleven! This week we’ve got $5 Furlongs, naked women with dog heads, and accents that are more forced than a Bill Cosby sexual encounter! That’s right, we watched  Pet Sematary 2 so you don’t have to!

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Sometimes, dumb is better. It’s the Who Goes There Podcast episode 140!

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Night of the Living Dead 4K and The Silence of the Lambs Come to the Criterion Collection



It’s been a long time coming for these two classics, especially Night of the Living Dead after the ridiculously bad transfer put out by Mill Creek Entertainment, whose transfer was supposedly remastered from a new 2K scan. I swear I thought it was some kind of a joke when I first put it on to watch. In any event…

IndieWire is reporting that horror classics Night of the Living Dead and The Silence of the Lambs will be added to the 2018 Criterion Collection, a hallmark label for home video cinephiles.

According to the site, Criterion will release a new 4K digital restoration of The Silence of the Lambs, which has been approved by the movie’s cinematographer Tak Fujimoto. Included on the DVD and Blu-ray sets are 35 minutes of deleted scenes and audio commentary from 1994 featuring the late Jonathan Demme (director), stars Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins, screenwriter Ted Tally, and former FBI agent John Douglas.

Night of the Living Dead will also be released in 4K with never-before-seen 16mm dailies included as a bonus feature(!).

These will be added in February of 2018 so make sure you save up some cash after the holidays!

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DIS Review – Not for the Faint of Heart!



Starring Bill Oberst, Jr., Lori Jo Hendrix, Peter Gonzales Falcon

Directed by Adrian Corona

I’ve made this claim many a time on this website before, and in the company of film friends as well: Bill Oberst Jr. is one of those actors that can literally be thrust into ANY role, and deliver a performance with so much harnessed electricity that you couldn’t believe that it was possible. I was the lucky recipient chosen to get a look at his latest project, titled DIS, and I think that I can honestly say – this is the stuff that nightmares are constructed of.

Directed by Adrian Corona, this 60-minute dive into the black depths of hell, and in actuality DIS is located between circles # 6 and 9 in Dante’s Divine Comedy, and trust me when I tell you – there’s not a shred of comedic relief in this demented presentation. Oberst Jr plays an ex-soldier named Ariel, and his seemingly harmless jaunt through the woods will become anything but that, and judging from the film’s opening scenes, you are meant to feel as uncomfortable about this watch as any you might have checked out in recent memory.

Perversion is the norm here, and lord help you if you’re caught where you shouldn’t be…my skin’s crawling just thinking about what I saw. Ariel’s travels are basically dialogue-free, but it only adds to the infinite levels of creepiness – you can tell he’s being stalked, and the distance between he and the horrors that await are closing in rather quickly.

Visually by itself, this hour-long chiller can sell tickets without any assistance – hollowed-out buildings and long sweeping shots of a silent forest give the movie that look of complete desolation. Sliced up into three acts, the film wastes no time in setting up the story of a killer needing fresh blood to appease his Mandrake garden – seriously guys, I can’t type as much flashy stuff as there needs to be in order to describe this innately disturbing production.

If you’re one of those types who tends to shy away from the graphic side of things, then I’d HIGHLY advise you to keep your TV tuned to the Hallmark Channel for some holiday entertainment, because this one registers high on the “I can’t believe someone thought of this” meter. So the quick recap is this: Oberst Jr in a standout performance, visual excellence, and an unshakable sense of debasement on a cellular level – keep the kiddies out of the living room with this one. Corona should be lauded (or locked up – just kidding) for his work on this one – HIGHLY recommended, and one that I’ll throw down as a top 5 for me in 2017.

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Director Corona should be lauded (or locked up – just kidding) for his work on this one – HIGHLY recommended!

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