Hey kiddies! This is my new project called PERSEPHONE, named after a figure from Greek mythology. Persephone was a nature goddess who became Queen of the Underworld after being abducted by Hades. The myth of her abduction represents her role as the personification of vegetation - which shoots forth in spring and withdraws into the earth in autumn. When she is in the Underworld we experience winter.
The scariest goddamned movie we’ve seen so far this year, Mama, is coming out this upcoming May 7th, and we’ll be watching it in the daytime instead of a dark theater with the sound cranked to the max – don’t want the neighbors hearing so much terrified screaming they call 911! Oooo, and look at all these goodies…
DELETED SCENES with Commentary by Director/Co-Writer Andy Muschietti and Producer/Co-Writer Barbara Muschietti (more from us later on shots from the trailer not in the theatrical release).
ORIGINAL SHORT WITH INTRODUCTION BY GUILLERMO DEL TORO with Commentary by Director/Co-Writer Andy Muschietti and Producer/Co-Writer Barbara Muschietti
THE BIRTH OF MAMA: MAMA began as a chilling short that announced a new voice in the horror genre. Exclusive interviews with Executive Producer Guillermo del Toro and the filmmakers track the bloodline of the feature and explore changes needed to make the transition to a film.
Will they include the original ending to the short (extended, alternate, and even scarier), or they one cut by about 20 seconds that was released as a promo (introduced by Del Toro) closer to the movies release? We hope they have both, because they cut out a BIG twist. Don’t worry, we’ll re-post the original, longer version either way. Any takers?
FEATURE COMMENTARY with Director/Co-Writer Andy Muschietti and Producer/Co-Writer Barbara Muschietti
We can’t WAIT, and just hope they include Javier Botet in all the making-of footage (and a better copy of the now-viral, nightmarish, ‘Mama Motion/Movement Test” featuring Javier Botet – click here if you haven’t seen it yet) and the bonus “in-depth exploration of the digital and practical effects employed to shape the film’s phantom presence” the press release mentions. Surprise surprise, Netflix isn’t even bothering posting a release date, just “Unknown”. Oh, how helpful. This one, though, might actually be worth the extra features to cough up the $ to purchase the Blu-ray.
- DVD releases for the week of May 2, 2013 (independentmail.com)
- Mama has the perfect setup for suspense (guardianlv.com)
- This week’s new DVD & Blu-ray (guardian.co.uk)
- Get ‘Mama’ On DVD (102jamzorlando.cbslocal.com)
OK, because 24 hours from now we’ll have seen the gory, fun, roller-coaster ride of a flick, we somehow controlled ourselves and stopped watching half-way through the B-roll footage. You WILL be spoiled! It’s not boring, either. We’re talking chopped-up but still possessed bodies being buried, things on fire, Deadites on fire… you’ve been warned.
We also get to see the beautiful Ms. Lucas getting her missing chunk of face-makeup prosthetics applied. FUCK YEAH, PRACTICAL EFFECTS! Sorry, this is like trying to calm down and try to fall asleep when you’re a kid all hyped up on Christmas Eve.
Actually, all the female cast are beautiful. I didn’t recognize Jane Levy out of make-up at the premiere. I’m not that familiar with her work since according to her bio she was born after I graduated from high school (SIGH, but hey, we got to grow up in the 80s Horror Boom, so who’s REALLY lucky?) and we don’t watch Subpugatory (great title, though). Yeah, she looks fucking horrifying as a Deadite, but in the footage and stills of her being chased, getting more or less raped by a couple of evil trees, and the scenes of shaking with fear and whispering to her brother We… have… to… get… OUT… of… here, I still don’t know how the made the stunning, wholesome redhead look as unhealthy and exhausted as she does in the first part of the movie. See below:
Well, they do have excellent make-up talent on board.
We’ll make another post soon with some screen grabs that aren’t too spoiler-y if you don’t want to ruin anything by watching B-roll footage, etc. You probably already had this idea occur to you, but check theater listings. If you can’t wait till Friday (we sure fucking couldn’t) there seem to be a TON of Thursday showings, some starting at 10:00PM and then again at midnight. A good half-dozen theaters in our area code did!
- New Photos, TV Spot And GORY Red Band Clip From “Evil Dead” 2013 (Spoiler-ish Clip) (horrorboom.com)
- The new Evil Dead movie could lead to a crossover, where Jane Levy’s Mia meets Bruce Campbell’s Ash! (io9.com)
- A Spoiler Free Look at the New Evil Dead (dreadcentral.com)
- *SPOILER* Evil Dead 2013 – Why You HAVE To Stay After Credits (Watch On Vimeo) *SPOILER* (horrorboom.com)
Hey! Kept trying to find a You Tube version of this nasty, GORY clip (just try not to wince and grab your face/eye during two certain nasty shots) which, strangely, doesn’t require age verification. Also, it isn’t described officially as red band, but oh, IT IS. For one thing, several… events… that are cut from the “green band” trailer, but are definitely on the notoriously gruesome (and COOL-ASS) red band trailer are here in the clip.
Here’s the thing, it’s kind of spoiler-y. OK, we’ve all seen the images of Olivia cutting off a chunk of her face, I assume? Also, the short (creepy) clip of her face in a bathroom mirror (which is a nice twist on the classic–some might call it cliché, but we’re not feeling cynical tonight– horror movie reveal/jump where a character opens a mirrored medicine cabinet, calmly gets something out/puts it back, then closes it to reveal someone or something horrible is now behind her) made the rounds, and it’s also briefly in the trailer. Saw it? Well, now you can see them in context in this whole fucked-up horrifying scene. HOWEVER, you also see a great ‘splat-stick’ Raimi-esque gag, plus the context of another hideous shot from the red band trailer that involves a needle waaaaay too close to an eye socket (if you did a frame-by-frame watch of the trailer like we did*, you’ll know the bit we mean). Also, we see what appears to be the brutal death of one of the five main characters (doubt it works for long, but it is brutal), and who’s responsible. Wonder if someone’s gonna walk in and find them like that?
Cool as it is, we did get that slight feeling of regret and disgust with our own impatience that immediately follows a spoiler. Not as major as when we caved and watched the mind-blowing after-credits scene, but still. So be warned: even though we’re 99% sure it happens in the first half hour of the movie, and is only the start of all hell breaking loose in the cabin, it could be a spoiler and needs an alert. Of the sites we’ve found the scene on, most have a spoiler warning of some sort from the staff before the clip. So we offer this…
you can click on this big red link above (until we can find a way to embed the clip) to see it briefly introduced by the much-more-attractive-than-they-appear-in-the-movie cast and watch the clip and get semi-spoiled, or you can also check out the gallery below of screen grabs of the clip instead… we caught all the shots showing off the blood-curdling, gruesome practical effects in it. We mixed up the order things happen in, too. Up to you! Click to enlarge any of the stills. EEK!
Also, there’s some other neat new official content if you do click on the link (you can skip the trailer, up to you). Besides, we couldn’t miss a chance to support Famous Monsters!
(Again, above logo is ©Phillip Kim, 2011)
*Which we don’t even consider being embarrassed of or apologizing for, and we’re proud to have achieved that level of geekiness.
If you’re itching for The Walking Dead S3 Finale on March 31st (Sunday), here’s a TON of content to keep you busy, including clips (the two ‘Sneek Peaks’ from AMC), interviews, a set report/visit on Season 4, and much, much more. Click the big red link below to check them all out!
- Another Still from The Walking Dead Season 3 Finale – Welcome to the Tombs (dreadcentral.com)
- TV: Minimalist Guide to ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 3 Finale (taniafuentez.wordpress.com)
- ‘People Will Definitely Die’ (huffingtonpost.com)
- Heartthrob Norman Reedus Talks Daryl’s Heartbreak On ‘The Walking Dead’ (socialitelife.com)
4/4 Update! Alas, someone ended up narcing to Tri Star Studios, and Vimeo had to remove the copyright-violating footage on 4/2 (surprised it was up for over a week before it got yanked). Hopefully everyone who wanted to see it and be spoiled got to, and now that The Evil Dead IS NOW IN THEATERS, HELL YEAH, WOOOOOO-HOOOOO! you can see it that way. STAY AFTER THE CREDITS! If you still want to use the link below to the Spoiler-Rama page, we’ll describe it briefly and you can highlight it to read. Now we don’t have to feel like Horror Boom has potentially offended …uh, the two guys involved in it.
-Mrs. Horror Boom
It’s exactly what you were hoping for …but somehow cooler.
That being said, if you can wait until you see it in the theater, WAIT AND SEE IT AFTER THE CREDITS THEN. It’s seconds long and worth waiting for. IF YOU HAVE WILLPOWER, JUST WAIT!
The quality will be better in the theater, too. But if you break down and watch it, you’ll get the idea. Don’t forget the get the volume cranked up, too.
It is something filmed new, not archival footage from one of the originals.
Click here to go to the “Spoiler-Rama” page of the Horror Boom site for the l
ink to watch it (because we still feel guilty for sharing it)! description (you’ll need to high-light it to read). If it’s The Evil Dead spoilers you want, here’s a TON of related articles. We still recommend waiting for the movie, though!
- EVIL DEAD! Feast On Over 20 Minutes Of B-Roll, Alternate Takes, Out-takes and Behind-the-Scenes Footage (Spoilers)! (horrorboom.com)
- SPOILERS! Check Out This Behind-the-Scenes, B-Roll Footage from Evil Dead, Opening April 5th (Daily Dead) (horrorboom.com)
- New Photos, TV Spot And GORY Red Band Clip From “Evil Dead” 2013 (Spoiler-ish Clip) (horrorboom.com)
- Exclusive Video: Fede Alvarez and Jane Levy on the New Evil Dead (MAJOR SPOILERS!) (dreadcentral.com)
Hi kiddies! While I am saving the debut of my big zombie photograph LAST STAND until the Last Rites Gallery opening in NYC on Memorial Day Weekend, here are some fun making-of pics from last week's photo-shoot.
We built our set at the 3rd St. Asylum Haunted House in Bonner Springs, Kansas. My cousins Jerry and Steve Hoffine did all of the carpentry and construction.
- Horror Photographer Joshua Hoffine's Zombie Photo Shoot Last Stand Leads to Greatest Harlem Shake Video Ever! (dreadcentral.com)
- 'Walking Dead' Q&A: Robert Kirkman talks the Governor, Andrea, and THAT shocking climax (horrorboom.com)
- Promo, Clip, and Image from The Walking Dead Episode 3.15 - This Sorrowful Life (dreadcentral.com)
- Researcher says interest in zombies waxes, wanes to mirror societal dissatisfaction (local-news.jtn-network.com)
- Free Speech Is Bad, Says Newspaper Publisher. Because of Zombies! (reason.com)
Here’s a really great, exhaustively researched and put-together article on Takeshi Yamada, artist and rogue (he currently appears on AMC’s “Immortalized”). In fact, this is the best, most complete one I could find.
I mentioned his work last week in this piece, and how I accidentally discovered his work on You Tube while surfing online when I couldn’t sleep–you know, the kind of online session where you invariably end up places with user comments like: “I think I landed on the weird part of the internet”. I couldn’t find the original video to post here. I recall it pretty well, though. The clip was presented with no explanation other than some title like “Nature’s Mistakes: Cryptozoology“* and just had a series of black and white photos of Yamada’s hair-raising art slowly fading in and out, including a couple where he poses on the beach with them as if he has discovered them, wearing a white lab coat (scroll to the very bottom of this post to see one I distinctly remember seeing and thinking something tells me in I’m for some real bad dreams tonight), set to creepy music. One of the user comments said to Google Takeshi Yamada. I did, and my first emotion was a wave of relief that these were photos of very realistically created works of art by a”rogue taxidermist” who specialized in carefully designing and crafting animals that didn’t actually exist. Nature’s Curiosities. A few on the You Tube video just looked a little too realistic (the obvious lack of Photoshop manipulation was unsettling). Then I found the article below and read for at least an hour. I looked him up again to read more later, when it was light out and my sleep cycle wasn’t troubled by nervous insomnia. Check it out below and prepare to be dazzled.
ShukerNature: GIANT SEA SERPENTS AND CHUPACABRA SNAILS – WELCOME TO THE MONSTROUS MENAGERIE OF TAKESHI YAMADA
If you’d like to see him in action, talking about his work process and his art, and showing the viewer around his studio, I highly recommend you watch the below video (“Who is Takeshi Yamada?”) that AMC put together as an online extra for “The Immortalizer”:
The concept of the competition is that there’s four Immortalizers**, and each week some rogue taxidermist the showrunners picked comes on to challenge; they go in totally blind and they don’t even know the theme they’ll be given. The themes are pretty broad and always make a tiny part of me a little nervous as to what will be the final reveal of the art, such as “Your Worst Nightmare,” which another Immortalizer was picked for. That was kind of a relief, as even Yamada’s one depiction so far, for the theme “The Odyssey” featured a canine beast with something like nine heads, being circled by his ‘dragon-bats’, all with very sharp teeth–among other features– and if I owned it, I’d put it as far as possible from the bedroom or anywhere else I planned to sleep. See the ‘reveal’ in the below video (and note the sense of showmanship the artist has):
The challengers also don’t know which Immortalizer they’re going to be matched up to compete with–there’s a big build-up to the announcement and then the chosen Immortalizer makes their grand entrance. If I were in the guest challenger’s shoes (when the challengers are introduced, they always describe themselves as ‘edgy’ and ‘wild’ in varying degrees) when the reveal came for who they are up against, and Takeshi Yamada came strolling out smiling in his vintage top hat and tux, with his ubiquitous pet ‘Sea Rabbit’ tucked under his arm, I’d immediately want to throw up my hands and say, “Fuck it! I give up, never mind! You win, I don’t know what I was thinking.” Fortunately the challengers don’t do that, though, so you get to see Yamada really go to town:
If you want to see more but are in a hurry, I put together a small gallery of a few photos that I DO NOT CLAIM TO OWN THE COPYRIGHT TO (Mr. Yamada does in most cases) below; click to enlarge.
I sure as hell don’t claim to know everything, but I’m positive Takeshi Yamada is incapable of making a boring work of art. Even if he tried.
*I remember Googling the word ‘Cryptozoology‘ before I Googled ‘Takeshi Yamada’, and the definition of Cryptozoology and cryptids didn’t calm me down any at the time.
**Beth Beverly, Dave Houser, Page Nethercutt, and Takeshi Yamada are the four champion Immortalizers. If you’re a Brian Posein fan, he’s one of the three judges and says something hilarious (that usually has to have a word bleeped) at least once a show. I looked up the schedule on the official site and Yamada will next be featured in an episode with “Heaven and Hell” as the theme.
- Photo of the Day: Takeshi Yamada’s Freak Baby Museum at San Gennaro (horrorboom.com)
- Outrageous Taxidermy, the Subject of a New Show on AMC (blogs.smithsonianmag.com)
- Not A Sasquatchfish – An Oarfish! (controlledjibe.com)
- odditiesoflife: The International Cryptozoology Museum The… (seattle-gadgets.tumblr.com)
“My rewritten lyrics to Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth” should have been the theme song for Barricade, easily one of my least favorite horror movie experiences of the past year. A tedious and muddled mess boasting an ending so lame it made me reconsider how hard I was on The Devil Inside.”
-from the Barricade Review by Foywonder on DreadCentral.com
So, Mrs. Horror Boom has been having a rough month (as you can see from the almost bare-minimum amount of posts/pieces the last few weeks)* and watching as much as possible when she can for the entertainment and escapism value. Today I saw The Day (2012), which I was expecting to be about a 5/10 tops, with what I’d heard was a couple unexpected turns and some good acting from Ashley Bell (AKA, the actress whose amazing acting performance was the best thing in The Last Exorcism and the… OK, the only redeeming quality of The Last Exorcism 2). I admit, also heard there was at least one giant-sized, “HOAH!“** contained.
I’ll elaborate with my review later, but I was pleasantly (if you can describe a bleak post-apocalyptic horror/thriller movie with that adverb) surprised. Ashley Bell’s acting was nothing short of amazing (she may well have stolen the movie) and even though she plays a very stoic, tough woman who doesn’t speak one word more than she needs to, and makes some possibly questionable choices to survive, I was rooting for her to survive the movie. When I was briefly skimming some reviews before putting it in my Netflix DVD queue, I happened across a spoiler that some inconsiderate bastard didn’t feel it was worth the extra three-second hassle it would have taken them to put a spoiler warning in front of, even though it happens at the climax of the movie. Fortunately, they mixed up the characters in question, so it was still a jaw-dropper… and a pretty fucking awesome one.
I’d give The Day 7/10, only taking it down from an 8/10 because it was one of those bleak/dark movies the film-makers decide to bleach nearly all the color out of (à la 30 Days of Night, I’m too tired right now to look up the technical name of the process) expect for one flashback scene and adding some slight color to a couple other scenes, which isn’t a favorite choice of mine. Though in the filmmaker’s defense, I’m pretty sure in this case it was no avoid an NC-17 rating, because it is a violent, bloody movie, most of the gore coming from two or more humans trying to kill (and in one nasty case, torture) one another to survive. None of it is exploitational or really unnecessary, it fits in the plot and is earned, rather than just gore for the sake of gore. Don’t get me wrong, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t love Grand Guignol, as long as there’s some sense of showmanship about it, done right.
OK, I’ll save a longer review for later, but I do recommend The Day, especially if you like the survivalist genre, realistically tough chicks, and a clever script where the choices characters make are ones you could see yourself making. ANYWAY! The DVD rental showed a decent-looking preview for the movie Barricade, and it actually looked like a potential decent rental with a couple creepy moments in the preview. Not a lot of plot background, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad movie. Turns out in this case, it does!
“Detailed” plot synopsis from the IMDB, which doesn’t exactly set you on fire to see the thing in the first place:
This movie is about the Shade family, a year after the death of the mother/wife Leah, the husband and father (Eric McCormack) and his two children go to a cabin retreat in the mountains. While there they are tormented by visions and happenings that start to scare them. But are these incidents real or in their minds? The father feels compelled to barricade them in the cabin in order to keep them safe. But will it work out?
No, no it probably won’t work out, for them or the audience. Oh, and the Parent’s Guide (contributed to by one of those
neuters individuals that lists a man not wearing a shirt or a woman wearing a bikini, under “sex/nudity” …sigh) lists the following under ‘Violence/Gore’:
A younger man rough-houses an elderly man. There are sounds of someone in pain being heard frequently throughout the residence.
Oh, I don’t know if even us jaded horror buffs have the stomach to experience that! Inside (2007) and Hatchet 2 (2010) were one thing, but rough-housing is where I have to draw the line! Anyway, I had a dim memory that I may have been strongly warned against it, but since I could have confused it with a similarly-titled movie, I headed to trusty Dread Central (after seeing a 4.3 average on the IMDB) and discovered this hilarious review. Check it out below if you want a good laugh!
*Sorry for the skimpy content, an old friend had a very sudden, serious medical crisis last month and passed this week. Hard to focus much on anything and
both all of us at Horror Boom appreciate your patience – and thanks to those of you who sent kinds words.
**We’ve also heard this described as a “Holy Fucking Shit Moment” (or HFS moment, depending how easily offended the person you’re discussing it with is) Moment. Once we figured out how to spell it phonetically to exactly reproduce it, though, we like to use it a lot more. Example- audience reaction to a bus/car/truck coming speeding into frame out of nowhere suddenly and mowing down a character, often when they have just finished (or are even in the middle of) a sentence, sometimes causing them to more or less explode on impact. “HOAH!”
- Why You May End Up Waiting For DVD To See The Last Exorcism Part II (2013) – Review/Spoiler Link (Best-Horror-Movies.Com) (horrorboom.com)
- Review: Would You Rather (2013), Now Available On Demand and Amazon.com, Is Worth Your Time! (Includes Horror Boom and Dread Central’s Review) (horrorboom.com)
- Exclusive: Dread Central Chats with The Last Exorcism Part II’s Ashley Bell (dreadcentral.com)
- Madison County (2011): A Southern Slasher on the Cheap (mikesfilmtalk.com)
ETonline: …the season finale is almost upon us. How do you think fans will react to it?
Roberts: The Walking Dead fans will not feel cheated by the finale. It’s not a soft close for sure. As [the season] starts to wrap up, it gets stronger, crazier and weirder. Although you’ll never see it coming, when it cuts to black at the end of season three, there will be millions of mouths agape.
Click on the big red link below to read more in this interview with Dallas Roberts, who plays Milton on AMC’s The Walking Dead:
Anyone got any predictions on the horrible surprise we are all being told is waiting for us at the end of the season? If it’s anything like the comic, the parents I’ve heard who watch their kids under ten years old watch the show might be re-considering.. We’re actually nervous
Kirkman they’re going to fuck it up by doing something that can’t be un-done, only to regret it when Season 4 goes down-hill, ratings drop (though it’d take a lot to make THAT happen at this stage of the game) and that the creators of the show don’t have an exit plan. We honestly hope that isn’t the case, though, and we’re just being cynical.
- Andrew Lincoln & Laurie Holden: ‘Walking Dead’ at PaleyFest! (justjared.com)
- Walking Dead Gets Another Life With A Season 4; #SNEAKPEEK of new episode (soletschat.net)
- ET Interview with Kat Graham on Bonnie, Ruby, and Professor Shane (houseofvampires.wordpress.com)
- ET interview with Claire Holt on the cure and Stebekah (houseofvampires.wordpress.com)