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The Weekly Wrap-Up: November 15-21, 2008

Let’s face it. Teenage girls like looking at hot teenage boys just as much as vice versa. And if they’re also hot vampires, all the better. Who are we to begrudge them an outlet for their burgeoning womanhood? Let them shriek and swoon and enjoy this weekend of Twilight while we focus on several of the smaller stories that broke during the week of November 15-21, 2008.

  • Director Kevin Munroe passed on some info about his interpretation of Italian comic Dylan Dog entitled Dead of Night. It offers a cornucopia of monsters: werewolves, zombies, and vampires – and a few sub-categories of those as well. I’m with Butane; this sounds like something to keep tabs on.

  • One upcoming project that gives me a very creepy vibe is Mel House’s Walking Distance, as evidenced by the disturbing exclusive behind-the-scenes stills Mel provided to us.

  • By far the best news of the week was confirmation that Paramount is at long last releasing Season One of “Tales from the Darkside” on DVD. Bye-bye VHS bootlegs!

  • Sometimes the shorter a film is, the better, and Jason Cuadrado’s “Monstrous Nature” looks to be quite good indeed. A nun and a werewolf? If nothing else, it makes a great intro for a joke: You see … A nun and a werewolf walk into a bar…

  • Kevin Munroe’s name came up again mid-week when we reported on his collaboration with Dark Horse Entertainment on War Monkeys. I love animals, but monkeys have always kind of freaked me out so this is one that I’ll probably have to watch with my hands over my eyes — and my security blanket nearby.

  • If you want to talk about freaky animal creatures, one of the most recognizable is the graboid, and I’m all for a fifth Tremors movie if Universal elects to continue the franchise. Hell, it can’t be worse than Saw V.

  • A couple of Dread Central’s own worked on the His Name Was Jason documentary, so show your support by pre-ordering the DVD in anticipation of its February 3, 2009, release date.

  • Time travel films would be an excellent topic for a documentary; there have certainly been plenty of them lately. Another new one crossed my radar this week: The Days Before. Warner Bros. picked up the alien apocalypse script from Chad St. John, and one of the producers is Gianni Nunnari of 300, From Dusk Till Dawn, and The Departed so color me extremely interested.

  • Go was my introduction to Timothy Olyphant, and I’ve been a fan ever since. His involvement with The Crazies remake can only help the project. Now if only someone would reunite Olyphant and Sarah Polley in a real down and dirty genre flick … then we’d be talking!

  • I’d say the quality of the past two After Dark Horrorfests has been slightly above average overall so I’m mostly looking forward to Horrorfest III come January 9-15, 2009. And now we finally have word on what the 8th Film To Die For will be: Voices from Korean filmmaker Ki-hwan Oh.

  • It’s hard to pinpoint what gives a film its “vibe”, but the director’s style has a lot to do with it, and the teaser for James Boss’ White Wall definitely shows some flair. But … He also stars in it, and as we all know, that situation can easily go either way.

  • One scenario that can only go in one direction — down, way down — is Gore Verbinski producing a remake of The Host. He’s probably already called Naomi Watts and David Dorfman — No reason not to change it to a boy who’s carried away, right? It’s Universal again, so at least they’re still willing to tackle horror projects. I just wish they’d balance out the reduxes and sequels with more fresh and original meat!

  • And beefcake. At heart I’m still one of those teenage girls who lusts after vampires and lycans so of course I have to mention the first poster for Underworld: Rise of the Lycans. Bill Nighy looks pretty fierce and forceful sitting on that throne, but I better see Michael Sheen in the next one, damnit! And then you guys can have Rhona.
  • But it won’t be long before all the Twilight and Underworld 3 hotness is replaced by cold, harsh rot. World War Z level rot in fact, which is why the Woman’s Story of the Week is Max Brooks Talks World War Z Adaptation. Not only is the source material brilliant, but the director who was just brought on board, Marc Forster, is incredibly gifted as well. His participation means my interest has increased dramatically. Not many critics besides Ebert and I were enthusiastic about Stay, but nobody doesn’t like Finding Neverland, and Monster’s Ball proved even more than The Dark Knight that Heath Ledger had what it takes to be a star. I cannot wait to see who shows up in the cast!

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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…

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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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