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Eli Roth Talks Cabin Fever, Hostel 3, Endangered Species, Thanksgiving, and More!Next week Cabin Fever (the movie that made me use a little extra caution every time I shave my legs) and its sequel, Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever, will be coming out on Blu-Ray and DVD, respectively.

Dread Central found this to be the perfect reason to catch up with writer/producer/director-turned-notable actor Eli Roth to reflect on the film that put him on the horror map and what he’s doing these days when he isn’t celebrating all the award season success of Inglourious Basterds, the highly acclaimed Quentin Tarantino flick that was released this past summer.

Cabin Fever was part of a new breed of horror that took audiences to visceral levels. Several years leading up to 2003, when Roth’s vision of horror was unleashed onto unsuspecting fans, the genre had been playing it safe with a slew of PG-13 releases. Studios wondered if audiences were ready to dabble in some R-rated horror.

Roth knew they were. I asked Roth to discuss his experiences with his journey of getting Cabin Fever onto the big screen.

I wrote Cabin Fever in 1995 so it was an eight-year process for me,” explained Roth. “It took six years just to raise the money. So many people told me that I was crazy because horror was a dead genre when I was working on trying to make Cabin Fever happen. But I knew I had to keep persevering to make the movie become a reality.

We had the wildest audience during the test screening, which is what convinced Lionsgate to release it in theaters. I really think 2003 was the breakthrough year for R-rated horror, and I am honored that I got to be a part of that,” Roth added.

While it’s not unusual for a director to step away from directing a sequel in a franchise he starts, I wanted to find out from Roth what his actual involvement was with Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever.

Roth said, “When we sold the original Cabin Fever, the first thing we discussed was that I had to do a treatment for a sequel as part of my deal. My idea for the sequel was a ‘Song of the South’ horror movie filled with corpses and sex. The studio wasn’t on board with that so I wished them the best of luck and moved on.

When I met Ti West, I really liked him and I liked his work. I told the producers to hire Ti and told him to go nuts and make the sequel completely his own vision. So he took it in a totally new direction,” added Roth.

Another franchise that Roth had under his belt was Hostel, and since I knew he wouldn’t be back to helm the third installment, I asked him to talk about his decision to step away from the series.

In terms of Hostel 3 I feel like I pretty much have given all I could to the first two films,” explained Roth, “but I have imagined what I would do if I was doing a third film. I’d want to do it in black & white and make it feel like a 40s post-war horror movie.

Since Roth won’t be heading back into Hostel or Cabin Fever territory anytime soon, it was time to find out just what he has been up to these days. Turns out, he has multiple projects on his plate.

Roth said, “I recently ran into Robert Rodriguez, and we were talking about how happy he is with Machete and how we need to get Thanksgiving done. Jeff Rendell is currently working on the script so I can focus on my next project, Endangered Species.

What I can say though, remembering back, is that Thanksgiving was the most fun thing I have ever shot, especially the scene with the girl on the trampoline. We were all supposed to stay in the grindhouse style of shooting, using one to two takes for each shot. But as soon as I get a hot girl on a trampoline, I suddenly turn into Stanley Kubrick and now we’re doing 74 takes,” Roth joked.

While Roth had to stay pretty tight-lipped on his current script project for Endangered Species, I asked him to talk about what he loves about science fiction.

I love sci-fi movies, especially Alien and Star Wars,” explained Roth. “I think sci-fi as a genre has been taken over by outer space movies, so people have forgotten what real science fiction is. I want to bring back real old-school science fiction with Endangered Species. It’s going to be something really different.

Will Roth succeed in reviving old-school science fiction? Only time will tell. For now, you’ll have both Cabin Fever unrated on Blu-ray (review here) and Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever on DVD (review here) to tide you over.

Heather Wixson

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Wanna See Something REALLY Scary? Gruesome Demonic Possession Video

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Wanna See Something REALLY Scary

“Wanna see something REALLY scary?”

To horror fans who came of age in the 1980s, the line above instantly evokes memories of Dan Aykroyd and Albert Brooks in the opening scene from Twilight Zone: The Movie. Now, on a bi-monthly basis, I’ll be asking, “Wanna see something REALLY scary?” with the goal of shocking you with chilling footage plumbed from the darkest corners of YouTube.

While The Blair Witch Project, released in 1999, didn’t invent the found footage subgenre of horror, it certainly popularized the concept, making it a common trope throughout the 2010s. The idea of finding misplaced film or video that reveals a terrifying truth is instantly compelling, and films like The Ring and Sinister have taken this concept outside of the found-footage arena, promoting the concept of cursed media.

One of the main goals of the found-footage presentation is to blur the line between fiction and reality. From this perspective, it’s as though a filmmaker is acting as an objective third party, offering a “discovery” without validating its authenticity. And while there are indeed real-life examples of lost media revealing compelling or harrowing secrets (surveillance footage, lost cameras, etc.) has anything ever been unearthed that compares to the terror induced by movies like Blair Witch.

Perhaps.

The Paranormal Scholar is a YouTube channel dedicated to scientific, academic explorations of supposed real-life supernatural phenomenon. While the majority of their video essays end by debunking popular urban legends and modern creepypastas, they recently explored a potentially legitimate reel of found film—and it’s utterly horrifying.

Wanna see something REALLY scary?

According to The Paranormal Scholar, the footage below was discovered in the attic of a newly purchased home in Iowa around 1973. Unfortunately, no other significant details are known—which is convenient if it’s a hoax. The video looks almost too good to be real (meaning it’s genuinely disturbing) but the fact that it can’t be immediately debunked is instantly unnerving.

The subject of this supposedly found footage is one many horror fans find intriguing: Demonic possession. Give it a spin and let us know what you think in the Comments section. Do you know anything about this mysterious footage? Do you think it’s real or a clever fake? Let the debate begin!

Warning: Mature Content!

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Class of 1999 Graduates to Blu-Ray in 2018

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Coming to blu-ray in early 2018 will be Class of 1999, which was originally released in 1990 and designed to be an unofficial sci-fi sequel to 1982’s Class of 1984, which itself received a special edition blu-ray in 2015. Confused yet?

In 1982, writer-director Mark L. Lester made Class of 1984, a slightly futuristic action thriller about teachers contending with teenage gangs in an inner-city high school. Lester would go on to grace us with Commando and Firestarter before returning to the premise in 1990 to give us the very futuristic Class of 1999. This time the action takes place near the turn of the millennium when gang violence overruns inner-city high schools to the point that the government steps in and replaces the teachers with reprogrammed military-grade battle androids. The super soldier cyborg faculty revert to their militaristic ways, naturally, and rack up quite a body count as they declare war on the student body leading to teenage gangs putting aside their difference to lead an anti-robot uprising in the halls of the school.

The time is the future, and youth gang violence is so high that the areas around some schools have become “free fire zones” into which not even the police will venture. When Miles Langford (Malcolm McDowell), the principal of Kennedy High School, decides to take his school back from the gangs, robotics specialist Dr. Robert Forrest (Stacy Keach) provides “tactical education units.” These human-like androids have been programmed to teach and are supplied with weapons to handle discipline problems. These kids will get a lesson in staying alive!

Boasting a screenplay by Full Moon stalwart C. Courtney Joyner and a cast including the likes of Stacy Keach, Pam Grier, Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Kilpatrick, and Traci Lind; Class of 1999 and its unique Stand and Deliver meets The Warriors meets The Terminator premise has garnered a loyal cult following over the years. We won’t mention the sequel. Forget I even brought it up. Sequel? What sequel?

Lionsgate Home Entertainment has announced Class of 1999 will be the next title getting a blu-ray release as part of their Vestron Collector’s Series in the first semester of 2018 with a fully loaded edition guaranteed to please fans and those that have yet to be educated on this enjoyable early Ninties b-movie extravaganza.

Disc extras will include:

Audio Commentary with Producer/Director Mark L. Lester
Interviews with Director/Producer Mark L. Lester and Co-Producer Eugene Mazzola
Interview with Screenwriter C. Courtney Joyner
Interviews with Special Effects Creators Eric Allard and Rick Stratton
Interview with Director of Photography Mark Irwin
Trailer & TV Spot
Still Gallery
Video Promo
Optional English, English SDH, and Spanish subtitles for the main feature

Class of 1999 graduates to blu-ray on January 30th.

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Eibon Press have announced that they’re starting Black Friday a day early and will be running their specials for almost a week, through November 28th. This year, they’re doing something a little different, a little more interesting. Rather than reduce prices on their inventory, they’re doing a deal where depending on how much you buy from their store, you’ll get a certain amount of free swag in addition to your order.

The first tier sees anyone who makes a purchase getting two double-sided mini-posters featuring art from their upcoming Bottomfeeder and Maniac and The New York Ripper series. The second tier sees anyone who spends at least $30 getting a free copy of their VHS Comics titles Laserblast plus the mini-posters. The final tier is for those who spend $50 and more and that will net the mini-posters, the #1 issue of Laserblast, and a free copy of Lucio Fulci’s Gates of Hell #2.

Lastly, five random people will receive an extra bonus gift, which they won’t reveal but promise that, “…you’ll love it!

All order cans be placed via Eibon Press.

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