Thursday, January 7, 2016

Enter to Win a Copy of 'Sinister 2' on Blu-ray from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment - Available on Digital HD December 22nd 2015 & Blu-ray and DVD January 12th, 2016

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment has been kind enough to offer the chance for one lucky person to win a free Blu-ray of "Sinister 2" which is available on Digital HD now and will be out on Blu-ray and DVD on January 12th, 2016. 

To enter for your chance to win, all you need to do is send an e-mail to with "Sinister 2" as the subject and include your full name and shipping/mailing address. 

Please note that this contest is open to U.S. residents only and your information will not be used for any purpose other than shipping you the prize if you are the winner.

The contest will remain open until 12:01 A.M. PST, January 12th, 2016.

Good Luck!

Sinister 2 Blu-ray cover


Mysterious found footage reveals a series of gruesome murders in Sinister 2, the chilling sequel to the sleeper horror hit available on Digital HD on December 22, 2015, and on Blu-ra, DVD and On Demand on January 12, 2016 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The latest heart-stopping tale from series co-creators and screenwriters C. Robert Cargill & Scott Derrickson (who directed the first installment), producer Jason Blum of Blumhouse (Insidious, The Purge) and director Ciarán Foy (Citadel), Sinister 2 on Blu-ray and DVD is packed with bonus features including filmmaker commentary, a peek behind the camera and deleted scenes that raise the fear factor to unprecedented heights.

In the aftermath of the shocking events of Sinister, a protective mother (Shannyn Sossamon of Wayward Pines) and her nine-year-old twin sons (real-life brothers Robert and Dartanian Sloan) find themselves marked for death in a rural house as the evil spirit of Bughuul continues to spread with frightening intensity.

  • Extended Kill Films 
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Time to Watch Another: Making of Sinister 2 – In this behind-the-scenes featurette, filmmakers discuss how they built the new story upon the first film and brought back “Deputy So & So” to continue the hunt for Bughuul.
  • Feature Commentary with Director Ciarán Foy

Cast: Shannyn Sossamon, Robert Sloan, Dartanian Sloan, James Ransone, Ethan Hawke, Clare Foley, Nicholas King
Directed By: Ciarán Foy
Written By: Scott Derrickson, C. Robert Cargill
Produced By: Jason Blum, Scott Derrickson, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Anger of the Dead - Film Review - Uncork'd Entertainment

In a world ravaged by a virus that turns people into cannibals, survivors endeavor to reach an island, however, it's not just the zombies that are a threat.

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Right from the opening where a little girl gets eaten you know it's not going to be a fluffy DTV addition to the genre. Writer/Director Francesco Picone's offering looks bigger than it is with real locations, lots of gore and a steady pace. Zombie completists au fait with Eaters (2011), Apocalypse Z (2013) aka "Zombie Massacre" and Zombie Massacre 2: Reich of the Dead (2015) will be familiar with the makeup style and saturated look that the talented (and friendly) Luca Boni and Marco Ristori have delivered in the past. Here they hang up their directing hats and don producer roles (along with Uwe Boll who incidentally has very little involvement, House of the Dead - this is not).

Picone takes up the reins and delivers similar aesthetics to Boni and Ristori. Jokes aside I tip my hat to Boll and company who appear to be single handily reviving the Italian zombie scene with another sub-genre addition.  However, Picone's film is more refined, it's void of comedy, the make up is more realistic and the script along with the acting are better.

The blood, bite wounds, severed limbs are effective. After the strong opening it then jumps four months after the outbreak with a road trip storyline that includes a pregnant woman Alice played memorably by Roberta Sparta. It has emotion and some tension between her and Peter as they are chased down by the sound attracted fast moving infected. The characters have to make hard choices along the way. Both Désirée Giorgetti as the Prisoner and Aaron Stielstra as Rooker are notable, their story thread is hard hitting at times with a nasty female abuse subplot reminiscent of Joe Chien's Zombie 108's (2012). However, when the story follows Alice and Peter and the zombies are in the forefront it works much better.

The acting, make up effects and camera work is solid enough, and even though all the players appear to be named after characters or actors synonymous with the zombie genre it's not a Syfy channel production. Also refreshing its not set in the USA, the locations are quite interesting and to Picone's credit it benefits from a nihilistic down beat ending.

Anger of the Dead (A.K.A Age of the Dead) is worth viewing especially if you liked the aforementioned films, that said Picone's offering is appreciatively far more serious and debatably superior due to it's darker tone.

3 for effort


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Monday, January 4, 2016

The Black Tape (2015) - Film Review - Phenomenon Cinema

Shot by Me, Cut by Me, Music by Me, Murder by Me, Now Watch Me!

I must start this review by saying that I am actually a fan of the found footage genre and the home invasion genre, I have seen many over the years and i'm glad I recieved this one to review as it's right up my shaky camera alley!
An intruder breaks into the home of an unsuspecting family in order to make a home made murder film. That right there is the basic premise of the movie, however it offers alot more in terms of originality and clever camera work than you would actually be led on to believe. When I first read the synopsis I was expecting a strange mixture of Funny Games, Paranormal Activity, The Blair Witch Project, The Purge and the like. and you would be forgiven for thinking the exact same thing. However this movie adds more creeps, tension, clever editing and back story than some of the others in the over crowded found footage genre.

I cannot delve too deeply into the plot of this movie without giving away alot of it's little surprises, but I will say that the story holds up, admittedly at times a little on the "how is that possible" or "how come they don't see him standing there" but then again alot of found footage movies have the exact same issues, it's just part and parcel of the making of these types of movies, by showing too much people insult it, by showing too little people insult it you can't win, but this movie does tend to hold up very strong without any gaping flaws.
A thing that may split opinion on this movie is the jump cuts back and forth through a selected time period, I personally believe it is effective, it adds alot more to the understanding of what is going on, I praise it for that and for doing something different to delve more into character development. The thing that stood out to me the most upon watching this movie is the very clever lighting and camera angles, the found footage genre is very unforgiving on artistic measures like this, but within this dark twisted world of The Black Tape Killer it really does work. I won't give it away but the way the sex scene is handled is a masterstroke of clever lighting genius.

The movie is shot from the point of view of the killer (they are making their own murder movie of course), and this is one of the things that makes this movie stand out above alot of others. The only time a main character picks up a camera (shaky of course, those pesky non-killer amateurs) is to give you a set up to not only a creepy nightvision sequence but also a jump that literally made me leap off my chair (even tho in hindsignt it was obvious it was coming but damn it was effective).

I am aware that my review of this movie sounds a bit kiss arsey in tone, and there is a reason for that, i frickin' loved it! It's hard for me to find fault with a movie that has entertained me, made me jump and added something new to an already over cluttered genre. It sparks a fresh breath of life into the found footage genre, and gives it a much needed kick up the butt. My worry is this movie will get buried beneath a pile of below par movies and won't be given it's chance to shine. If you are going in expecting the greatest movie ever made, the biggest budget, Oscar worthy performances, then you will be disappointed. However if you are a found footage fan and home invasion fan you could do a hell of alot worse (and trust me I know, i've seen them!)

So there we have it, a fun frolic through the darkest innermost thoughts and sights of The Black Tape Killer, a movie that I hope will get the attention it deserves and will be remembered for years to come. If there is one flaw I could find about the movie it's that it's too short! Well it's not short it's movie length (92 Minutes) but it speeds along nicely and before you know it it's all over, back to reality. I demand a sequel!

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Sunday, January 3, 2016

Uwe Boll Explores the 'Anger of the Dead' in His Latest Film

Uwe Boll is Back With 'Anger of the Dead'

Anger of the Dead

Writer-director Francesco Picone and producer Uwe Boll (House of the Dead) present Anger of the Dead, released this January from Uncork’d Entertainment. The highly-anticipated post-apocalyptic horror film releases in theaters in NY and LA as well as Digital.

Anger of the Dead still
In a world ravaged by a virus that turns people into cannibals, a pregnant woman (Alice) manages to survive. Alice, in the company of two other men, strives to reach an island untouched by the plague. Meanwhile, a dangerous individual is on the trail of a mysterious girl, which causes Alice to realize that the Zombies are not her biggest and only threat.

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Aaron Stielstra, Marius Bizau, Désirée Giorgetti, Michael Segal, Roberta Sparta, David White, Claudio Camilli, and Chiara Paoli star in the feature adaptation of Picone’s short film of the same name.

Anger of the Dead, in theaters January 8, 2016.


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Interview with Legendary Writer, Legs McNeil

If you look up “Legs McNeil” on IMDb a result will state he is a character in the film “CBGB”. While he truly is a character, there is nothing fictitious about this author. He is as real and honest as his experiences and the pieces he writes.

Inspired by the likes of Norman Mailer, Legs McNeil is a punk rock historian who lived the history. When the Heartbreakers played with Richard Hell, he was there. When the Ramones played their exhaustive final gig at CBGB after being reunited he was there, and not simply as a silent observer. He is the personification of the punk scene. He coined the term and he’s the original documentarian. He’s been there from the Dictators to Blondie and everything in between, including managing the hard-hitting band, Shrapnel. In effect, he was the midwife to the birth of punk, and he brought a candid awareness to the masses that is still celebrated today.

As far as cinema goes, there’s nothing more punk rock than horror, exploitation and sleazy grindhouse flicks. The feeling harkens to the thrusting surge of a screaming chorus with the frontman covered in sweat giving way to an almost orgasmic release, the money shot, the final kill. It’s raw, transparent passion, and Leg’s McNeil knows passion, so we’ll take a moment to pick his brain about the genre.

Body Count Rising: What’s your favorite type of horror?

Legs McNeil: I find a lot of escapism in alien films like Carpenter’s “The Thing” or with Charlie Sheen in “The Arrival.” When someone knows the aliens are here and no one else believes them... Paranoia is a pretty good plot device. “Rosemary’s Baby” is a good example of that use of paranoia.

Body Count Rising: So do you feel the same way about the paranormal?

Legs McNeil: Yeah, but they never do it well enough. It’s like those ghost busters that go in there with the flash lights and they hold them under their chin. They’re like “Wow it’s getting cold in here, isn’t it? Yeah… it’s really cold…”

Body Count Rising: It seems like sometimes they overdo it with the CG and that just kills it for me. It’s the subtlety that makes the movie…

Legs McNeil: Exactly. I hate CG. They did the remake of Shirley Jackson’s “The Haunting” and it was truly awful.

Body Count Rising: What level of importance do you think a soundtrack has on the film?

Legs McNeil: Very much. It’s funny; I was watching John Carpenter’s “The Thing” the other day and I noticed he uses this kind of drum machine to mimic the heartbeat. It was very effective.

Body Count Rising: Would you say “The Thing” is your favorite horror movie?

Legs McNeil: No. It’s probably “The Exorcist” because it’s just so good, you know. They spend like an hour of character development of Regan MacNeil and they keep building and building. And it’s worth it in the end because you have the big pay off.

Body Count Rising: Which film series in the horror genre do you consider to be the most punk rock or to have the most heart?

Legs McNeil: I would have to say the Living Dead films, where they come up from the ground, you know, that hand emerges all covered in dirt and it’s just really powerful.

Note: McNeil’s fond embrace of the filthy, gritty feel of the 70’s is also reflected in his writing.
“Like those nights at the Mudd Club when the sexy little nurse would show up every weekend and drag me out to her van to fuck my brains out—and when we were finished, she’d start the engine and turn on the headlights– and we’d see every inch of ground covered in rats– scurrying away from the light.” -Legs McNeil, Spin 2014

Body Count Rising: How do you feel about musicians like the Ramones or Henry Rollins crossing over into acting, like with “Rock and Roll High School” or “He Never Died”?

Legs McNeil: Well, you have Theodore Bikel, who made an excellent transition to film. And Henry Rollins was shot by Al Pacino in “Heat”. I haven’t seen “He Never Died” yet.

Body Count Rising: It’s mostly an autobiographical film about Rollins. I’m kidding. He plays Cain. He’s shot multiple times and can’t be killed.

Legs McNeil: So it is autobiographical. Henry’s a good guy.

Body Count Rising: Would you say your success with journalism has been more from initiative, knowledge and the research you do, or the sheer tenacity of assuring you’re in the right place at the right time?

Legs McNeil: Really, there are just some things I think can be defined more to articulate a feeling and to offer a different perspective.

A perfect example of how McNeil can articulate a feeling:
“Ah, summer in New York,” I sighed, swatting giant flies that were dive bombing my head as I sat sipping my first beer of the day at Manny’s pool hall. It was a scorcher of a day, temperatures rising to about 102 and it was so humid you had to cut the air with a chain saw in order to get a hunk to breathe.” -Legs McNeil, Hit Parader 1978

Body Count Rising: You’re so prolific and your perspective does make you unique, and sets you apart from other writers. What advice would you have for an aspiring writer?

Legs McNeil:
Don’t. (laughing) The nice thing is that you can do it anywhere. You don’t need to be in a specific place to write.

Legs, who is known for his work (co-founder, senior editor, writer…) on important magazines like “Punk”, “Spin” and “Nerve” also has authored “The Other Hollywood: The Uncensored Oral History of the Porn Film Industry” and even the script for the Marilyn Chambers film “Still Insatiable”. The 20th anniversary edition of his landmark punk bible, co-authored with Gillian McCain, “Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk” is being re-released April 2016 with exciting new chapters. Currently Legs is working on a book called “69: An Oral History” which encompasses the 1964 – 1970’s Mansonesque hippy scene. As with all of Legs’ writing, this will be a vivid, immersive experience into that time.

Keep up with Legs McNeil’s projects on his official website or read his bio on IMDb.
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