NSFW Clip of the Week

From Dusk till Dawn

According to the commentary, Mr. Cheech Marin actually did ad-lib 99% of this genius bit-all in one take (notice it’s a montage). I’d kill to see the uninterrupted take!

Another fun fact: there actually IS a club with this name.* It’s in Italy.  Here’s how I know!   I told my husband to try to get me a t-shirt when they play there.

*at least I hope they named the place for the club/bar in Dusk Till Dawn because they’re fans of the movie, and the place isn’t full of hungry naked vampires waiting for dinner.  Santanico Pandemonium,  you find some other band to eat!

(Sleaziest) Trailer of the Week- Piranha 3DD

Well, when the movie has a title like that, it’s not going to be too classy (especially when David Hasslehoff plays himself, and Gary Busey shows up in the cast as a lead).. Some people (even fans of the first -the 2010 re-make) might be rolling their eyes. You may have heard me refer to the original in this blog as “Goriest R-Rated Movie made to date”, “I have no motherfucking idea how this movie pulled off an R-Rating” and also mention that all I could come up with it that it was a mainstream horror/action flick with a built-in audience/fan-base. I know one thing: over the horror movies I’ve ever counted down the most obsessively and impatiently to the theatrical release date (usually not opening for goddamn months) Piranha 3D (2010) may be in the top five most anticipated, along with Final Destination 3**, and GRINDHOUSE. While I don’t think they’ll be able to top (or equal) the glorious 2010 film, it still looks like a hell of a lot of sleazy fun simply seeing them try to top it…

EXTREMELY NSFW New Red-Band Pirhana 3DD Trailer Below:

*top five limited to theatrical releases

**I even recall the exact moment I went from, Level 1 excitement (Definitely going to be there opening weekend or I am SO THERE!)  to Level 2 excitement/geek-out  (When the FUCK do tickets go on sale? Hell, I feel like lining up now if I could) escalating to Level 3. Level 3 constitutes snapping like that and losing my motherfucking MIND at the idea I’ll have to wait even another week to see it.  Just insert a string of curses that Tony Soprano would say when he’s more stressed-out and pissed-off than usual, mixed in with geek gibberish here;  whatever ‘language’ you think of, I probably said it out loud even if I was alone in the room at the time). For FD3, that *snap* when my excitement suddenly and completely blows my mind to geek circuit overload, temporarily losing all capacity of rational thought or articulation (other than wanna see it now NOW NOW NOW NOW!) happened when I heard the Final Destination-Formula Opening Disaster Premonition was a roller coaster. A roller coaster?  A ROLLER COASTER ACCIDENT/MASSACRE THAT WILL CLAIMS THE LIVES OF AT LEAST 6 CHARACTERS (and I was not disappointed, even though I couldn’t bring down my wildly high expectations, no matter how hard I tried to lower them)!   For Piranha 3D, those moments of escalation were (following the Holy crap, the news says shot for 3D? I’d be just as psyched to see it in 2D.

  • Level 1.= Christopher Lloyd plays an eccentric fish scientist, Ving Rhames a really bad-ass Town Sheriff, and Richard Dreyfuss has a cameo before the title card in which he might as well be playing a 25-yeas older version of Matt Hooper.
  • Level 2.=I read the news that Nicotero/Berger were doing all the effects.
  • Level 3=seeing the “banned” sizzle reel posted online at  ShockYa!, mainly comprised of scenes from the Lake Victoria massacre that were so gory, it never made it past being banned as soon as it was pre-screened for Comic Con 2010.

Background on that sizzle reel: Someone had snuck in, along with their snuck-in iPhone, and it’s clear it was NOT shown to anyone but a small group; the only audio reactions were from the guy who snuck in, filming secretly and thus trying not to draw any attention to himself by any normal-volume- level  comments. You can hear him quietly muttering through his teeth,  “Oh my god”, “Holy shit,” and a more harshly whispered “Fuck!” during the top three very, very adults-only shots, such as the girl in the string bikini who is sliced in half with a wildly-whipping power cable (which also conveniently cuts off the strings holding her bikini top) . I’m pretty sure they knew it would probably create much more buzz when the reel didn’t make it past the private screening, so they really stepped it up gore-wise to ensure there was no way it could NOT be banned for being too shocking and gruesome. And you know what? That PR tactic worked. like a MoFo.

Discovering The Host (Gwoemul)

…the memories are there, fresh as that night five years ago, when I forgot about everything that was not The Host for the two hours I watched, even the fact that I was sitting in a theater.

Five years ago on this very night*, I discovered the South Korean monster movie The Host. Five minutes ago, I accidentally deleted an elaborate, thoughtful post, because apparently I STILL haven’t learned my goddamned lesson about composing posts in RTF or MS Word format and ‘saving early and often’ before I post them.  I’ll add my post, because this is not only an amazing, flawless, highly entertaining horror movie, it has sentimental value for me on many different levels. For one, it led to me discovering that some of the finest films ever made were South Korean.

But enough of that for now, before I delete this too. Hey! Here’s the trailer!

Great Trailer- STILL Doesn’t Do the Movie Justice

Fun Fact:

Director Bong Joon-ho and the designer of the creature nicknamed it Steve Buscemi, based on the actor’s screen persona and the way he acted in the movie Fargo. ** (OK, the scene I linked to isn’t a great example, but I’ve seen that clip 100 times and it’ still gold every time.)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0468492/trivia?tab=tr&item  :

Not-So-Fun Fact:

The event described in the beginning of the film is based on an actual event. In February 2000 at a US military facility located in the center of Seoul, a US military civilian employee named Mr. McFarland was ordered to dispose of formaldehyde by dumping it into the sewer system that led to the Han River, despite the objection of a South Korean subordinate. The government attempted to prosecute Mr. McFarland in court, but the US military refused to hand over the custody of Mr. McFarland to the South Korean legal system. Later, a South Korean judge convicted Mr. McFarland in absentia. The public was enraged at the government’s inability to enforce its law on its own soil. In 2005, nearly five years after the original incident, Mr. McFarland was finally found guilty in a court in his presence. However, he never served the actual prison sentence, and there have been no sightings of a mutant creature in the Han River …yet.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0468492/trivia?tab=tr&item=tr0663591 :

Though one of my least favorite qualities in a person and especially in myself is cynicism, I actually figured something along these lines had happened before I discovered the actual facts. One of the main complaints on message boards about this movie (not a valid one, as far as I’m concerned, but it’s up there, sadly) is that it is “Anti-U.S. Military”. Riiight, because there’s certainly no history of the US Military (especially during the Bush administration) making cowboy mistakes that result in going to other countries and ruining them over mis-information that no-one bothered to do much research on, then making up some total bullshit fabricating information to save face.

…and that’s not the worst news.

More to come soon.  It’ll also help add a little flavor to this post when I dig up my copy of the movie to watch it, but as I said (or DID before the fucking post vanished, grrr), the memories are there, fresh as that night five years ago, when I forgot about everything that was notThe Host for the two hours I watched, even the fact that I was sitting in a theater.


*March 19, 2007 – which happened to be one of the absolute shittiest months of my life, other than the evening I watched this kick-ass movie.

**Oh, screw it. One of Buscemi’s funniest lines in the movie (and every line he had was funny) that I doubt other Fargo fans will mind watching again:

Trailer of the Week- Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

I first read about this Finnish movie in Fangoria, back in 2010. It went right on my IMDB “Watch List”. In fact, the Watch List feature on the IMDB was fairly new at the time, so it was one of the first five movies, maybe even the first three, that I added. So, I waited. And waited. And waited. Last year, when I was poking around On Demand to see if any movies on my must-see list had popped up under “Digital Premieres,”, “Just In”, or “IFC Midnight”, I saw a movie listing for Saint stating that the Finnish title was Rare Exports. Ha-HA!  Gotcha, Rare Exports!  Was it subtitled, not dubbed? Yes, by God, it was!

The menu screen has an image of a scary, scrawny elderly man with a white beard and yellow eyes that look like high-beams, so I’m sold on that alone.

Not really. The opening scene was promising, though I got nervous when a holiday song sung by kids was in English. Uh-oh. Then I started to get really pissed off. Not only was it dubbed, the dubbing job was one of the ones so shitty that it can actually ruin a top-tier movie. You know the kind I mean. The ones where you wonder if the voice “talent” was even actually paid, or to save money they just grabbed a few people looking to break into voice-over work, and offered them their start, working for scale. Possibly even for free. The kind where it doesn’t sound like they had more than three people; all the female voices, from teenage girls to women in their sixties, sound like one woman in her 30s (because she sure as hell doesn’t sound like a teenager) did all the voices. The one or two men are equally un-listenable. They all sound like the voice a black comedian uses to imitate how white guys talk (at best). Funny when Pryor or Murphy does it, but not an actual white guy in a movie you paid the price of admission to see does it for 90 minutes. Even though the movie had a great opening, I just shut down before the halfway point and could barely finish it. I honestly couldn’t tell you how it was resolved, even if I racked my brain. I ended up getting the charge taken off our Comcast bill on the grounds that the listing had stated “Finnish with English Subtitles”, but the movie contained no such thing. I put it on the mental back-burner until I found a DVD. Finally, I saw it pop up on Netflix. I had it in my queue, it didn’t show, I filled out the form and they sent me a new copy that showed up today. I’m sitting down to watch it now, but the Red Band trailer was so fun, I had to include it before I viewed the DVD tonight. Merry fucking Christmas! (actual line of dialogue from the trailer below).

Oh, and this should be interesting – for one thing, I noticed trivia on the IMDB page that said there were no women in the movie.  Wait, what? Are there TWO Finnish horror movie based on Santa Claus being real, but in fact an evil demon of some kind? In both he is skinny, his Santa suit is filthy and just makes him look creepier, he’s mute …and I have no clue.* I do know that, in that movie, after the cool opening the plot seemed to center on a group of really unlikable students (all evidently voiced by the same three people) and that’s when my brain started to power down–though I did perk up a little when there was a good kill, or something shocking happened. Since I can’t read English subtitles and research this online at the same time, it’ll have to wait. The review should be coming up soon, though. The menu screen has an image of a scary, scrawny elderly man with a white beard and yellow eyes that look like high-beams, so I’m sold on that alone. I still don’t know what the hell that Finnish movie I saw On Demand was, and I distinctly recall reading somewhere trustworthy that the movie had been re-titled Saint for the English release. I guess I’ll need to figure it out later. Oh, and here’s a short teaser (that doesn’t really indicate this is a horror movie, but is still cool and worth a look).

*I do remember seeing an American horror-comedy movie in 2009 on Fearnet that was actually pretty entertaining, considering that it starred a WWF pro-wrestler as a murderous Santa Claus. That and the fact that watching a movie on Fearnet (On Demand, anyway) you’re unfamiliar with is a gamble. I only discover one good movie out of ten atrocious, boring ones. I will give them credit, though, for introducing me to Memories of Murder. Anyway, the US Evil Santa-movie got off to a roaring start in a pre-credits sequence filled with celebrity cameos like James Caan and Fran Dresher, during which ‘Satan Claus’ crashes down a chimney and slaughters an entire family sitting down to Christmas dinner in various creative holiday-themed ways. My husband even watched it with me (the rum-soaked eggnog we’d downed earlier didn’t hurt ,and enhanced the movie …though I watched it the next Christmas sober, and it was still entertaining). I’m thinking it might have been titled something along the lines of, “Santa’s Slay”. I’ll figure it out…

Happy B-day, Mr. White, Yo!

IN honor of Bryan Cranston’s birthday, here’s a clip from Breaking Bad that showcases Mr. Cranston AND some gore. I think this is the scene that permanently hooked me on the show.

So there’s that.

Seven South Korean Crime/Revenge Dramas in Seven Days (March Update)

There’s a line of dialogue from A Bittersweet Life (original title: Dalkomhan insaeng), another amazing crime drama from South Korea’s Jee-Wong Kim, the writer/director also responsible for I Saw the Devil and what many agree is the deeply frightening, yet beautifully shot South Korean horror films ever created, A Tale of Two Sisters). The line is repeated more than once in the film:

You can do a hundred things right, but it takes only one mistake to destroy everything.

Mr. Kang’s character from A Bittersweet Life makes an excellent point here. If I needed to come up with a quote that captures the mood and message of many South Korean crime thrillers (one that didn’t contain the word fuck or any variations thereof), that one would definitely be my go-to line. Actually, it could be used for more traditional South Korean entries in the horror genre as well.*

OK, where were we? Ah yes. So, previously on  “Horror Boom Blogger Attempts Seven South Korean Crime/Revenge Dramas in Seven Months”:  I first introduced the idea, then speedily discovered that I could quite possibly be in just a teensy bit over my head, at least in terms of turnaround time. Christ, at the speed I’m writing about these films, it’s going to turn into “Seven South Korean Crime/Revenge Dramas in Seven Months” if this pace keeps up. If I really apply myself, I could possibly do it in seven weeks.  My birthday showed up between then and now, along with some great birthday gifts from my husband. So of the seven movies I chose on my original bullet list, I now own:

  • Chaser (Original South Korean title: Chugyeogja)
  • The Man from Nowhere (on Blu Ray no less)
  • Memories of Murder

There were things that took place in Chaser I either forgot about, or blocked out/compartmentalized (probably a mix of both) because the movie as I recalled it was very, very intense. Since then, I’ve been trying to hunt down the director’s second film, The Yellow Sea; he has several of the actors from Chaser cast in major roles, and the plot sounds really promising.** I keep reading variations on the same review: “It’s not Chaser (but then again, nothing is), however, don’t let that stop you. It’s an excellent sophomore effort and a must-see”.

No special features on Chaser,  unfortunately (I would have killed for loved a commentary track), but the movie is more than enough to engage and enthrall you. I also did some research on the movie’s claim that it was based on a true case in South Korea. Disturbingly, it IS based on an actual case. Possibly more disturbing are the facts that 1. The pimp*** whose escorts were being slaughtered alerted the police as soon as he starting putting together what had happened, but no-one seemed to care enough to look into it 2. the killer served no time, though he confessed and 3. the body count was nearly 25 poor young women; in the film I doubt it is even ten. When I do the full write-up,  I’ll post a really interesting link to a (translated into English) in-depth interview with the pimp, who ended up writing a book about the case.

Now that I think of it, that’d make an appropriate alternate tagline for more or less all the seven movies listed. Chaser: Fuck, I Don’t Know.

Another disturbing bit of information I discovered was that the movie rights were bought by a major US studio, and Leonardo DiCaprio was attached to star. Noooooooooo!  The project has since been all but abandoned, thank God. They could easily just re-release the movie in its original form, and even if it was a limited release import (which was the case with Thirst, I Saw the Devil, and The Host). I guess chances of that happening are slim, but it’s just uncalled for to re-make. Of the many US remakes of Asian horror, I have seen exactly two that did justice to the original films: The Ring and The Grudge. However, since the Grudge/Ju-On was remade in Japan, with the original writer and director (Takashi Shimizu). Ghost House Productions wisely gave Shimizu-san free rein to use the same crew, sets, and scenes–and only recast a few of the leads as Americans (who were re-written as travellers from the US to Japan in a way that was completely plausible and kept all the original actors otherwise)– I’m not even sure if it counts as a remake. Yes, it was all shot on location in Japan, and best of all, he kept the original Kayako, and her family.

OK, I’ll save any more gushing about the Ju-On series for a special section or a separate Ju-on fan site. Also, we’re on South Korean horror/thrillers– and not one the South Korea OR Thailand imports have been remade in a way that satisfies American horror fans, let alone those who saw and loved the original years before the stupid fucking American-Remake trend started.

So, I own three of them now, plan to pick up The Unjust and No Mercy if I find them for a decent price. Though I’ve seen it multiple times (probably more than was healthy) I’ll grab up I Saw the Devil on Blu Ray if I can as well. I’d buy Bedevilled in a heartbeat, but I can’t even find a copy on eBay, let alone a retail site. Hell, I’ll be lucky if Scarecrow Video has it. I watched it (once) on YouTube.

Also new –a trailer for Bedevilled, and I also added to the snippets of cool dialogue included in my original post. OK, OK, A Bittersweet Life wasn’t one of the seven on the list (it almost made it, and still may get swapped out with Memories of Murder; if so, don’t worry, I have a boatload of interesting things to discuss about the sheer brilliance of that gem), but I overlooked that technicality due to… well, the quote itself, and the attitude often displayed by both of the characters in SK movies in the crime genre.

A Bittersweet Life

Mu-sung: Apologize, then nothing will happen. “I… was… wrong.” Three little words. If you say those three words, nothing horrible will happen. “I… was… wrong.” Just three words.
Sun-woo: Fuck… off… asshole.

the Man from Nowhere

Tae-Sik Cha: You live only for tomorrow.
Man-seok: What?
Tae-Sik Cha: The ones that live for tomorrow, get fucked by the ones living for today.
Man-seok: What are you babbling about?
Tae-Sik Cha: I only live for today. I’ll show you just how fucked up that can be.

I Saw the Devil

Kim Soo-hyeon: I will kill you when you are in the most pain. When you’re in the most pain, shivering out of fear, then I will kill you. That’s a real revenge. A real complete revenge.

For some reason, one of my absolute favorite lines from Memories of Murder:

Detective Park Doo-Man: Fuck, I don’t know.

That’d make an appropriate alternate tagline for nearly all these movies. No Mercy: Fuck, I Don’t Know.

Here’s that perfectly executed (ha) trailer for Bedevilled. They keep it simple and give just the right amount of information to reel you in, but not so much that you’ll see what’s coming when you actually watch the film. I love the dissolve to the island at 1.15.

More updates as they come in! I do hope to get off my behind soon to dive into writing about what I, and many others, consider several South Korean masterpieces of dark cinema.

*As I wrote this, I also realized that in fact, the quote is relevant to many J-horror and Thai Horror movies too. Shit, in some of those–especially J-Horror. In that case, the mistake could just be noticing something just the slightest bit unusual, or innocently showing up somewhere in your daily routine… but barring disaster, I’ll have plenty of time to devote to J-Horror later.
**from the American Press kit for The Yellow Sea (original title Hwanghae): The film is the story of a cab driver in Yanji City, a region between North Korea, China and Russia. His wife goes to Korea to earn money, but six months pass without hearing from her. He plays Mah-jong to make some extra cash, but this only makes his life worse. Then he meets a hitman who proposes to turn his life around by repaying his debt and reuniting with his wife, just for one hit.  (Sold!)
***I don’t yet have a definitive answer, but I’m pretty sure pimping and quite possibly actual prostitution is legal in parts of South Korea. No-one seems to ever worry about getting busted by the cops (perhaps because in these movies, at least, that is SO the least of their problems).

Review- Funny Games (the 1997 Original, NOT the American Remake)

   *** This review may contain spoilers , nothing too major though.***

I’m not quite sure what to make of this movie, I do know one thing: I’ve never seen a movie quite like this before. I saw it because John Waters said it was his favorite movie of the year, and also because it was supposed to be very shocking and disturbing.

After I watched it, I just kind of sat there blinking thoughtfully, not really knowing what to think. That’s not necessarily a bad thing; let’s face it, with many movies these days, you forget about them within a minute of the end credits finish. This movie wasn’t really what I expected. I didn’t expect the movie to have such a cold, flat tone, for one thing. For another, I didn’t expect it to be so depressing.

The plot concerns a family–two parents, one young boy, and a dog–have recently arrived at their summer home by the lake for a nice relaxing vacation. Two young men trick their way into their home and, for no apparent reason, proceed to play mind games with them, torture them psychologically, emotionally, and physically, and kill them. That’s about the extent of the plot.

Here’s the bizarre opening credits sequence, beware of terrible music:

I’m not really sure what to make of this movie, or even how to find the words to describe it. Usually I write reviews fairly quickly, for this one I almost felt like I was back in college trying to answer an essay question.; I guess that says something right there. You can find some trivia here. The director, Michael Haneke, kind of comes off as a pretentious douche, but still interesting (especially if you’ve seen Funny Games).

Some people have said the movie is very unrealistic. Those of us who have known someone who was the victim of a motive-less homicide in their own home would disagree. Most killers do get into someone’s home by talking their way in, or taking advantage of a situation where someone doesn’t want to be rude. I have always been extremely careful, and never open the door of my home to a stranger. After watching this movie, any stranger I find in my home will probably end up being beaten by a pulp to me, even if they turn out to be completely harmless. Also, never trust anyone who is wearing surgical gloves for no apparent reason. Husbands, if your wife asks you to throw someone out of the house, don’t ask questions first-just do it. Perhaps the only part I thought was unrealistic was the fact that the husband takes several fatal minutes to try to hear both sides of the story before deciding to do anything. If my spouse walked in, saw two men in our house we barely knew, and me on the verge of tears telling him to make them leave, they would either be gone in less than 5 seconds or something violent would occur.

People have called this movie extremely disturbing. I’d give it maybe a 7 or 8 on a scale of one to ten, one being Scream and ten being, say, Man Behind the Sun. What kept it from being all-out disturbing for me? Fortunately, one of the killers frequently breaks the “fourth wall” and talks directly to the camera. (spoilers coming, skip this next and the next 2 paragraphs if you don’t want to know). There’s also a scene where one of the killers grabs the TV remote control and – re-windthe movie for a couple of minutes so they can change the outcome. While I admire the film-maker for being original, and I understand the statement he was trying to make with this, it mostly killed my suspension of disbelief (characters stopping the action by turning to the camera and asking the viewer a question will definitely do that). I’m glad this happened, however. Otherwise, this movie would have given me nightmares.

I don’t even know who to recommend this movie to. I’m at a loss, which is pretty rare for a loudmouth like me.

Characters you care about don’t survive, and in fact, come to fates that you would not wish on your worst enemy. As in life, there’s no reason for the crime other than the killer’s personal amusement. And as is so often sadly the case, the killers will probably never are convicted (let alone arrested) and seem to feel no guilt or shame. They permanently destroy an innocent person’s life as casually as someone would kill a spider.

The scene about 2/3 through the movie that people mention as being the most shocking and upsetting was so painfully realistic I had to look away. We don’t see the actual act, just the aftermath, which is much more effective. I don’t think I’ll get the image of Anna on the couch out of my head for a long, long time; the director shot the scene in ‘real time’, and everything is so still for so long that I actually thought for a minute that my DVD had frozen up.

Again, I’m not really sure what to make of this movie, or even how to find the words to describe it. Usually I write reviews fairly quickly, for this one I almost felt like I was back in college trying to answer an essay question. I guess that says something right there.

On the negative side, I don’t like when directors manipulate the audience’s emotions, especially with gimmicks. The plot is very thin, and there is no real ‘climax’ at the end; something happens and the movie just sort of meanders off. I also felt at times like I was being preached to.

I can’t really use the word ‘positive’ to explain the things that I thought were effective, or say that there were things I ‘liked’ or ‘enjoyed’. This is not a likeable movie. Instead, here are the things that I thought worked well or were memorable. The acting was superb; the actress playing Anna was so good that I actually had to remind myself at times that I was watching a movie and not a documentary or snuff film. There’s no score. I was never able to predict what was going to happen next. We never see the act of homicide, only the aftermath. This is not what I would call a gory movie, but it is still sickening enough that I couldn’t eat while watching. The film never glamorizes violence, makes it look cool, or portrays the slightest bit of likeability in the killers. It has the courage to be utterly downbeat and grim. It reminded me I need to get a stronger chain bolt installed on our front door.

I don’t even know who to recommend this movie to. I’m at a loss, which is pretty rare for a loudmouth like me. Adults only. Perhaps people who saw Natural Born Killers and thought Mickey and Mallory were the heroes, or people who went out and bought OJ Simpson masks to wear as a Halloween costume should see the victim’s side. I know who should NOT see the movie: those who are easily disturbed, worry obsessively about something happening to their family or have lost someone they know to a homicide, or people expecting something enjoyably spooky. If you want black humor, watch Bad Lieutenant or something else. I have a pretty morbid sense of humor at times and I didn’t crack a smile once.

Till I read several reviews after I watched, I had never heard the director’s statement that “people who walk out because they can’t take the movie don’t need it, while the people who sit through the entire movie do”. Since I sat through the movie, I’d really rather not dwell on what that says about my personality and morals. You know what? No thanks, I don’t think I’ll go there. I think I’ll put “Bye Bye Birdie” in the DVD player instead and try not to think about it….

Trailer of the Week- INBRED (2011)

I am 100% there for this flick when it gets a U.S. release. OK, by ‘there’ I mean if it plays within this area code, which it very well may do. First, , a few months back, I saw a teaser trailer that looked really cool, with at least one awesome FX shot. After I saw the teaser, I hastily looked it up on IMDB, and found nothing but information that made me want to see Inbred even more, including the information that Inbred was ‘gory fun in the tradition of Dead Alive‘, * that the gore consisted mainly of practical FX from this cool-ass company  (check out their demo reel and Make-Up Effects showcase pics …unless you’re already feeling a little queasy), was politically incorrect, had a great tagline (“They Came In Peace, But Left In Pieces”) …not to mention loads and loads of positive reviews and comments (genuine reviews, not bullshit ones that were clearly left by someone who was officially connected or worked on the movie, either). Best of all, it appeared to be made by horror fans for fellow horror fans. In my experience, when the flick was indeed made by fellow horror enthusiasts– I’ve learned to spot the posers– they almost always turn out to be pure motherfucking gold.

I have no idea what the carrot is going to be used for, but it can’t be wholesome.

At that point the only official site was a Facebook page, and after I was approved to be added to the group, I double-checked the plot details and started posting as a fictional character who wanted to visit Mortlake (the name of the sociopathic village the movie takes place in)  with a group of students. The administrator then proceeded to reply in character, and spurred on my numerous ‘likes’, there was a series of fun exchanges. I only stopped because I was worried someone might think I was clueless enough to think that the village in the movie did in fact exist and was in fact trying to set up a road trip there, which is why my later comments included the 😉 WINK! emoticon. It was nice of them just to reply personally and thank me for my support of the film, as I’ve connected with/written to indie/unrated horror movie sites and only one other I can remember bothered to thank me. I just wish I could be writing a review instead of posting the trailer and trying to help other horror fans find it …because that would mean I DID NOT HAVE TO WAIT ANY LONGER TO SEE IT!  If you like the trailer and are anywhere near as psyched as I am to see Inbred, I highly suggest checking out the fresh new official Inbred site, signing up for the mailing list, official Facebook group page, or whatever else you can find. Since I’m the only one who works/writes on HorrorBoom, and I unfortunately can’t devote full-time to it because I have to earn an income to at least break even on the bills, I can’t promise any breaking news updates (I recommend Dread Central for news updates, and in general) and you’ll hear release dates faster from the film-makers than you will from me. Here’s the expanded red band trailer for INBRED.

OK, I don’t know if it’s an official red band trailer, but I do know you won’t see some of these shots in a mainstream trailer!  I have no idea what the carrot is going to be used for, but it can’t be wholesome. I hope to be posting updates about this movie –for example, how to go see it or obtain a copy for purchase. Oh, I should also point out that the caps in the title are mine, not the movie-makers trying too hard. I just thought it looked sorta cool in caps, that’s all.

*BTW, I’ve seen movies that come close to the wonderful practical FX, not to mention movies that also contain an over-the-top amount of gore (Hatchet II is high up there, but Dead Alive still tops it), movies with more disturbing, frightening gore (Inside), the goriest R-rated movie I’ve seen in a theater that I was actively shocked by (Pirhana 3D, and I still don’t know how they got away with what they did …not that I’m complaining. At one point I think my Real-D 3D glasses came off my head. They didn’t even BOTHER releasing an “Unrated Cut”, which 90% of horror movies that had a theatrical R-Rated release do automatically.  You know, with the DVD box boasting Deleted Footage Too Gory for Theaters!). However,  the Dead Alive uncut version with an extra 30 seconds or so of gore than the Unrated festival version, still stands decapitated-head-and-skinless-shoulders above the others. My experience of seeing it at a midnight showing in 1992 at the Seattle International Film Festival (on one of the best dates of my life, might I add) was so fucking fantastic that it deserves an entire piece. So does Pirhana 3D, now that I think of it, but Dead Alive still holds the bigger place in my heart.