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Eduardo Sanchez Talks Seventh Moon, Plans for Blair Witch 3It was just ten years ago that director Eduardo Sanchez left his mark on the horror genre. His independent docu-thriller The Blair Witch Project not only raised the bar in terms of independent filmmaking, but it became a cultural phenomenon that still resonates a decade later.

Now Sanchez is back with his latest project, Seventh Moon (review here), starring Amy Smart. The director describes the film as “a low-budget trip into hell” based on the Chinese theory of the seventh lunar month when Buddha opens up the gates of hell and unleashes an army of hungry, vengeful ghosts.

It’s up to the living to leave offerings for Buddha and the spirits, and while city dwellers leave food and burn incense to appease the angry spirits, in the country, where sometimes civilization is left far behind, those people make horrific sacrifices.

What if these people saw this as an opportunity to rid their towns of ‘undesirables?’ And what would happen if you were caught in the middle of it?” Sanchez explained. “That just seemed like the ultimate hell where you are surrounded by evil.”

China was the perfect environment for this kind of ghost story. The land is still so full of mystery, and there is an incredibly long and storied history there. It was ripe for the picking, so to speak,” Sanchez added.

While working on the story for Seventh Moon, Sanchez always had Smart in mind to play the lead.

Sanchez said, “I always liked what Amy did in The Butterfly Effect – taking the same character and portraying it in several different ways. She really has ‘it.’ She can be both beautiful and approachable all at once, and not all actresses have that.

Sanchez found the experience of working in Hong Kong exhilarating but also overwhelming. The language barrier was a big obstacle on set.

The culture shock of being in Hong Kong for a few months was a little crazy,” explained Sanchez. “But both my family and I adapted after a few weeks. We had to keep a translator on set, though, because only about 5% of those working on Seventh Moon spoke any English. I had such a wonderful and great crew so I was really lucky.

Working in that environment definitely taught me a lot of lessons, especially when it comes time to make my next movie. The culture shock turned out to be needless because by the end of our stay, we realized China wasn’t such a scary place. I’d love to make more films there,” Sanchez added.

Now that Sanchez is looking toward future projects, there’s one in particular that is garnering a lot of interest in the horror community: Blair Witch 3.

Dan (Myrick) and I are indeed working on a script for The Blair Witch 3,” said Sanchez. “We had taken a break from working together so this was a good time to team back up again. I almost feel like I am taking Blair Witch seriously for the first time, and it’s an exciting process to return to this world.

A lot of stuff has happened in horror in the last ten years so I’ve always struggled with the questions of ‘when’s the right time to go back?’ and ‘what’s the right story?’ We definitely think now is the right time so both Dan and I just have to hope that Lionsgate will want to get behind the project since they own the rights,” Sanchez added.

So, ten years later, does Sanchez ever get tired of talking about Blair Witch? The writer/director offers up his thoughts on why he could never get tired of discussing the movie that put him on the map.

Sanchez explained, “Blair Witch will always be my calling card film so I could never get tired of talking about it. I am so proud I was a part of that moment in movie history. The mythology of those films lives with me every day so it was a natural progression to make another Blair Witch movie. It definitely feels good to dive back into that world.

Check out our exclusive Blair Witch reunion video below, and look for more soon!

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Who Goes There Podcast: Ep 140 – Pet Sematary 2

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

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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!

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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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