Spaghetti Westerns have never been on my cinema radar and although I consider myself a genre aficionado, I’ve largely ignored whatever appeal they have. However, I’m always looking for new areas to explore. After all what’s the point of immersing one’s self in cinema culture if you’re taste is limited. With that in mind, I recently attended a screening of the 1971 British made spaghetti western Hannie Caulder directed by Burt Kennedy and starring American sex symbol Raquel Welch in the title role. The film right from the beginning embraces the shoot-em-up ultra-violent attitude of both 70s commercial film culture and spaghetti westerns complete with bank robberies, gun fights, murder, and mayhem in frontier land. Caulder manages to serve up a nice helping of it all while simultaneously throwing in the proverbial monkey wrench in the form of the smoking hot Welch.
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Here’s a film that I wasn’t sure what to think about when I first heard they were remaking it. Such a film, with its exploitative roots; would it work in today’s society? Also, the film still haunts me with its rape scenes. The violence I can easily deal with, but the repeated rape of a woman… it always destroys me emotionally.
Enough of that, I did get to see a screening of it but that’s all I can say right now. I will be writing a review a week before it comes out but for now, all I can say is that I saw the film already.
After the break, watch the full trailer which premiered on Yahoo. Thanks to Shock Til You Drop for bringing it to my attention.
It’s Friday again, and you’ve been waiting for it; it’s my weekly science fiction roundup! In case you haven’t been following my posts, I usually spend Friday afternoon scouring the internet for relevant sci-fi news, then post it all in a consolidated, quick, hopefully quick-witted post. It’s like a Sci-Fi Happy Meal, cheap and easy and designed to entertain without slowing you down. With that said, let’s find out what’s going on out there in sci-fi-dom. Continue Reading…
Every time I see something new from the upcoming AMC show The Walking Dead, which is of course based on the wonderful comic book by Robert Kirkman, it gets me more and more excited. This time, KNB shows us how they created the first big zombie makeup job in the show.
Bicycle Girl. If you know the comic book, you will jump up and down with glee. If you don’t but you love zombies, you will do what I just said as well.
Thanks to AMC for showing people that horror will work in a dramatic setting on television. Check the video below the break.
Get yours minds out of the gutter, you sick perverts. It’s in regard to the picture from Joe Lynch’s new film, The Knights of Badassdom. Which frankly has the greatest name ever for a film. Well, it’s a close second to The Gingerdead Man 2: Passion of the Crust.
The film has a really awesome cast, with Summer Glau, Peter Dinklage, Steve Zahn, Ryan Kwanten and Danny Pudi amongst the primary actors. We’ll definitely keep a close eye on this film int he coming months because any film that has a cast like that and has decapitations, random heavy metal demons and LARPing must be amazing.
So what is this film about? See after the break for the plot synopsis and the wonderfully gorey photo from the film.
Ugh. That’s the one word that comes to mind when I keep thinking about an An American Werewolf in London remake. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not against remakes in general. Hell, I even wrote an article about it in Paracinema Magazine. Buy a copy, if you want to check it out. It’s the issue with the They Live cover.
But when I read the remake of Werewolf is being done by The Number 23 writer Fernley Phillips, I just kind of threw my arms in the air and said, “I give up!” I’m sorry, but 23 really sucks and I can’t put any faith in this remake now at all. I’m not expecting a Dawn of the Dead quality film. Maybe more along the lines of a Prom Night.
Thanks to Shock Til You Drop for the story.
If anyone knows me, I’m a bit of a poster freak. I haven’t bought any in awhile due to being poor, but I have acquired a nice little collection over the years, especially some amazing posters from Nakatomi Inc. and Mondo Tees. Are they on my walls? Nope. Why is that? Because I need a ton of frames. Sorry, I’m not in high school anymore and I won’t use silly tack to ruin and wrinkle my prized possessions.
Why am I speaking about posters so intensely? Because Magnolia Pictures has just premiered a new poster for their upcoming Neil Marshall film Centurion, starring Michael Fassbinder and I have to say it’s a doozy, mainly for the fact that it’s not the usual horrible photoshop job we see way too often, with multiple floating heads in the sky. Instead they opted to get world renowned comic artist Simon Bisely to draw it up and frankly it’s a keeper. It makes me yearn for the old days of theatrical posters.
No witty title there because you should be smiling and giggling already in anticipation when it comes to the announcement of SyFy’s original movies schedule for the month of August.
This Saturday, August 7th at 9 p.m., will be the Dean Cain headlining movie Frost Giant, which follows a group of explorers searching for a 19th century shipwreck but instead unearth an alien creature in the ice who wreaks havoc on all of them. Hmm, sounds kind of familiar. I wonder why…
And then the sequel nobody has been waiting for, Lake Placid 3: Electric Boogaloo will be premiering August 21st at 9 p.m. as well. Eureka’s very own Colin Ferguson stars as a game warden who has moved his family to Lake Placid itself. He is told the crocodiles are no where to be found anymore and not to worry, yet his son finds a few baby crocs and starts feeding them. And the growing begins. Michael Friggin’ Ironside also stars as some bad ass character who might be bad, but is most definitely bad ass.
And you would think people would be more wiser than to live around there. Same goes for Camp Crystal Lake too. Nobody ever learns in these films.
And where’s my Mansquito 2?
I almost forgot this film was actually made, let alone been sitting on a shelf for the last year or so. Dylan Dog is such a great comic book character (created by the great Tiziano Sclavi), who was last seen on the big screen via Michele Soavi’s wonderful Dellamorte Dellamore.
Sadly I can not speak Italian anymore, so I’m at a loss when it comes to truly understanding what’s going on in these short clips and what kind of show this really is. But it seems to be that they’re excited to see Superman himself, Brandon Routh, donning the gun and snide attitude of Dylan Dog.
And no, it isn’t a remake of the Billy Crystal/ Robin Williams team up comedy. Now that was a horror film. Troma is producing the new in-house production, produced by Lloyd Kaufman himself and directed by Adam Brooks. It tells the tale of one man who is on the hunt for the serial rapist who killed his father.
Warning to anyone squeamish about someone’s groin being bludgeoned repeatedly: This trailer has plenty of it. And the hero of our story looks like Louis C.K. So it has that going for it. It looks like it’s in the same vein of the new wave of Troma Films, which started with Poultrygeist, in my opinion.
Check out the trailer below.