Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Horror Movie Review Preview: Wizard of Gore

Coming Soon...The Wizard of Gore. Montag the Magnificent is a master illusionist who performs at underground venues, selecting female volunteers from his rave-like audiences. To their hysteria, it appears he's dismembered their bodies, but his sleight of hand has fooled them. However, female bodies show up dead from the same wounds performed on stage. Investigators are baffled, and the chase to find the killer begins.

The Wizard of Gore

What are you afraid of?

Starring Kip Pardue, Bijou Phillips, Crispin Glover, Jeffrey Combs, and Brad Dourif, The Wizard of Gore is a remake of the 1970 Herschell Gordon Lewis cult classic and premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on May 17, 2007.

Join us soon to see if The Wizard of Gore...entertains.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Horror Movie Review: Attack of the Killer Tomatoes

Starring: David Miller, George Wilson, Al Sklar, Gary Smith, Sharon Taylor, and J. Stephen Peace

Directed by: John de Bello

Written by: John de Bello, Costa Dillon, J. Stephen Peace, and Rick Rockwell

Release Date: October 1978

Production Company: Four Square Productions

Let's face it. You sit down to watch a movie like Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, you know what you're getting into. It's not going to be serious and it's not going to be a bonanza of the best film making practices. The point here is to have fun and if the mic gets in the shot, who cares, that's kind of the point.

What you have here is a spoof of the great sci-fi radioactive monster movies. It directly spoofs The Blob and Jaws, but you can find similarities to such greats as Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959) and Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman.

The government, trying to create a better tomato, accidentally created mutant killer tomatoes. They are predominantly normal sized tomatoes with the ability to kill, but there are also a few giant tomatoes, stronger and deadlier. They are devious, crawling up through plumbing to catch housewives unaware and coming from under the ocean waves to kill unsuspecting swimmers. In response, the government puts together a special force to combat the tomato menace: disguise master Sam Smith, Lt. Wilbur Finletter, and lead by Mason Dixon. Meanwhile, journalist Lois Fairchild tries to get to the bottom of the tomato scourge while Ted Swan tries to spin the chaos for the president.

The jokes are funny and un-PC. "Technically sir, tomatoes are fags."
"He means fruits."

The gags are slapstick and silly, and in the end...it's a great deal of fun. Yes, the effects are cheesey, but they're supposed to be. Sit back and let the tomfoolery...or would that be tomato-foolery...take you away.

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Return of the Killer Tomatoes

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The Blob

One of the inspirations for Attack of the Killer Tomatoes...The Blob.

Attack of the 50 ft. Woman


Attack of the Giant Leeches

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Horror Movie Review: Black Sheep

Black Sheep

Starring: Nathan Meister, Peter Feeney, Danielle Mason, Tammy Davis, and Tandi Wright

Director: Jonathan King

Written by: Jonathan King

Release Date: September 10, 2006

Awards: the Audience Award and the Special Jury Prize at the GĂ©rardmer Film Festival, and the Achievement in Make-Up Design in Film and Achievement in Sound Design in Film awards at the New Zealand Film and TV Awards.

Two brothers inherit a sheep farm in New Zealand. One brother, Henry, suffers from a debilitating fear of sheep. The other, Angus, is a bit of an ass. So Henry returns to the family for one reason...sell his portion to older brother Angus.

But as sheep farmers around the world know, things don't go quite as planned. First the Oldfield farm is visited by Grant and Experience, animal rights activists out to let the Oldfield know they disapprove of their practices. Grant ends up stealing a biological sample being sent to be disposed of, but in escaping the security, Grent falls and breaks the cannister. Thus the horror begins as the creature in the container bites Grant and shambles off to bite other sheep. The result? Killer sheep and weresheep!

As you can guess with anything containing killer sheep, Black Sheep is horror comedy. Like when farm hand Tucker asks Henry, "What about the sheep?" and Henry responds, "Fuck the sheep." Tucker's response is perfect, "No time for that, bro. Go, go, go!"

It's also got some good gore as Experience and Henry try and cross the sheep infested farm witnessing countless sheep eating people.

The genetically engineered sheep of Angus's employee Dr. Rush keep the thrills and chills going. Just don't watch this film before going out to feed your sheep...trust me.

Related Trailers

Peter Feeney, who played Angus Oldfield, appears in the vampire film 30 Days of Night

Black Sheep writer and director jonathan King co-wrote The Tattooist.

Black Sheep reminded me of the Aussie creature feature Razorback. Unfortunately it seems only available in Region 2 and 4 formats. When will a distributor release it in Region 1 format?

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Horror Movie Review Preview: Black Sheep

Coming Soon...Black Sheep. An experiment in genetic engineering turns harmless sheep into blood-thirsty killers that terrorize a sprawling New Zealand farm.

Get ready for the Violence of the Lambs!

Get the flock out of here!

There are 40 million sheep in New Zealand... and they're pissed off!

A new breed of comedy horror

The sheep on this farm have turned to the baaaaaad side

Shear terror!

Starring Nathan Meister, Peter Feeney, Danielle Mason, Tammy Davis, and Tandi Wright, Black Sheep won the Audience Award and the Special Jury Prize at the GĂ©rardmer Film Festival, and the Achievement in Make-Up Design in Film and Achievement in Sound Design in Film awards at the New Zealand Film and TV Awards.

Join us soon to see what the flock is up with...Black Sheep