Friday, March 18, 2016

All Hell Breaks Loose (2014) - DVD Review - Wild Eye Releasing

Nick Tries to Save His Girl and His Soul in...

All Hell Breaks Loose DVD cover

Released by: Wild Eye Releasing
Release Date: March 22, 2016
Production Year: 2014
Region Code: 0 NTSC
Running Time: 1:27:48
Audio: English Dolby Digital 2.0
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35 Aspect Ratio)
Subtitles: None

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THE FILM - [ 2.5 / 5 ]:

"All Hell Breaks Loose" combines classic elements of exploitation cinema: bikers, Satanism and gritty action. A murdered groom tries to save his wife's soul with the help of the local sheriff, a priest, and a cowboy who just might be God.

A story of love, leather ... and brutal violence! When the Satan's Sinners, a vicious biker gang, attack a bride and groom on their wedding day, they get a fight they never imagined. Now, armed with some divine intervention and firepower, the murdered groom is out to save his wife any way he can before she is sacrificed to Satan... even if it means dying over and over again until the job is done.

The film starts off feeling like an older slasher movie and it is probably my favorite part. As the film opens we also see that it has been given the "Grindhouse" treatment as in artificially aging the film with white specks and scratches which was a nice touch. During the commentary it's mentioned that the opening scene was shot later and basically with non-actors but it worked fairly well and for a low budget film, I really didn't think they were all that bad. Among the party goers is Tina (April Mai) who ends up being taken by Satan's Sinners and is later forced to strip and dance for them. 

Before long the evil bikers interrupt what should be a happy day for Nick (Nick Forrest) and Bobby Sue (Sarah Kobel Marquette). But their wedding day is turned upside down and becomes a real nightmare. Poor Nick, the lovable loser, has a good heart and intentions but just fails miserably at almost everything he tries to do in his attempt at rescuing Bobby Sue from the clutches of the bikers. 

"All Hell Breaks Loose" looks better than it probably should considering it sounds like it had a minuscule budget. Some of the CGI effects are apparently intentionally bad looking or cartoon-ish as mentioned in the commentary. Sadly a fair amount of the violence occurs off screen, which I would assume was done to save money. Some of the practical effects do look good though. It appears this was the first film for Nick Forrest and I hope to see more of him. As I am writing this review it dawned on me that his character reminds me a little of Lionel from Peter Jackson's "Braindead." For fans of TV's Jackass, the film does feature Ehren McGhehey (Danger Ehren) as one of Satan's Sinners. 

The film is touted as an homage to 70's biker and horror films and I think that is a very fair statement. Its story and aged appearance give the impression you are watching a film from that era. It would have been nice if the film had a larger budget for practical effects as I think it would have elevated the film to a whole other level. But I can't hold that against them. You can only work with what you have available.

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AUDIO - [ 3 / 5 ]:

The DVD comes with an English Dolby Digital 2.0 audio track. The audio was above average for the most part on this release. The sound quality does dip a little low a few times but otherwise I thought it was fine. Sometimes the dialogue can be slightly overshadowed by the volume of the music making it a little difficult to hear the actors. I loved the song that plays over the title card and opening cast credits. It has just enough of a spooky vibe to its sound that helps set the right tone. 

All Hell Breaks Loose screen cap Ehren McGhehey

VIDEO - [ 3.5 / 5 ]:

"All Hell Breaks Loose" comes to DVD thanks to Wild Eye Releasing. The film is presented in NTSC format with a 2.35 Aspect Ratio. As mentioned earlier, the video for the film has been altered to add scratches and white specks. With that said it looks fairly good for a super low budget film. Colors have that somewhat faded or flat look that they did in many 70's films. Skin tones looked natural and black levels looked okay. The film looks sharp in brightly lit scenes but tends to look a little soft otherwise, which really is the majority of the time. 

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Audio Commentary - The participants for this commentary track are director Jeremy Garner and writer Vocabulariast. The duo do a good job discussing what is happening on the screen. They also talk about members of the cast and crew as well as the films production including shooting locations, special effects and the script. 

Deleted Scene - Heartbreak Hotel (0:38) - A portion of this plays after the credits.

Deleted Scene - Start Dancing (1:24) - Bobby Sue refusing to dance and then being kicked and slapped around.
Original Trailer (2:15)

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OVERALL RATING - [ 3 / 5 ]

Nick Forrest in All Hell Breaks Loose

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Interview with Filmmaker, Stephen Biro of Unearthed Films

Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.” -Mary Oliver
Pushing boundaries and stepping into darkness is all in a day's work for maverick author, producer, director and craft service master, Stephen Biro. If you recognize titles like "Gini Piggu", "1-Ichi", "Rubber's Lover" and "Frankenhooker", you can thank Stephen Biro and Unearthed Films for getting them to you. Perhaps the greatest buzz about Stephen currently is his American Guinea Pig films and the brutal mastery he has already shown for this series.

Body Count Rising: You first owned Hooked on Comics then you owned Video Mayhem and now Unearthed Films, Books and Music. Does Unearthed have an actual storefront, or does it exist entirely online?

Stephen Biro: It’s entirely online. It used to have a storefront in the very beginning. The company became so popular that I was always working. I just could not continue to rent out movies so it transitioned online. Moving from Video Meyhem to Unearthed Films saved on overhead to some extent, but now there’s just a new type of overhead. Plus it seems like most of my customers became filmmakers! There’s a new video store here in Tampa called Grindhouse Video and they help me get out with orders and promote Unearthed on their website.

Body Count Rising: Are you still affiliated with Paul White (who was integral in sealing the “Guinea Pig” deal) and Rhett Rushing who you founded Unearthed with in 2001?

Stephen Biro: Yeah. Rhett Rushing is still part of Unearthed films. Great guy and great friend! And Paul White does multiple jobs while I am working on writing, working with filmmakers and doing some ghost writing here and there. We’re just one big happy family. We’re an honest company right now and everything’s moving ahead.

Body Count Rising: I love that. “Right now.” (laughing)

Stephen Biro: You know… I value honesty and I know the filmmakers do too. Either they come to us because of that, or some of those that haven’t come back say they wish they had. For example, I was going to pick up this one movie and they ended up going with another company. Later I got this email saying “I really wish I would have gone with you guys because it’s shelved and nobody knows the movie exists.” 

Body Count Rising: Are you still working with MVD for distribution?

Stephen Biro:Yeah. Those guys are honest and up front. We started out with MVD and ended up going with another company because they were bigger and they sold more, but the other company completely ripped us off. I wish we never would have left MVD because we’d be in a totally different place right now. We would have received all of the money we were due. We’re back with them now and I couldn’t be happier.

Body Count Rising: Did you always have the vision of what this company would become, or has it evolved over time?

Stephen Biro: The initial vision was to be a comprehensive label. Comparing back then with where we are now, I’d say we actually accomplished that. People around me are helping me out because the company is growing so fast and so big. Everybody helps promote and it’s just really cool.

Body Count Rising: Absolutely! I love that the goriest and the grittiest films are all there in one place. How do you decide which films you’re going to pick up?

Stephen Biro: I look for both the forgotten gems and the diamonds in the rough. I look for a good story and for quality. I form relationships with the filmmakers so they’ll want to work with us on future projects. Plus I do a lot of work internationally, so that also expands the market.

Body Count Rising: I saw you have “Cannibal” on your site, have you ever talked to Marian Dora?

Stephen Biro: No, nope. I haven’t. There’s a German company we deal with. I think he’s rather elusive, like he prefers to stay in the shadows.

Body Count Rising: Oh yeah… I heard he’s a surgeon and “Marian Dora” isn’t even his real name.

Stephen Biro: Oh yeah? I heard he worked in the post office. (laughing)

Body Count Rising: (laughing) Moving right along… What made you decide to expand to Unearthed Books and Unearthed Music Group?

Stephen Biro: I have written a couple books myself. I started with the memoir ‘Hellucination’. I was shopping around to different publishers and the regular publishers thought it was too rough. Horror publishers didn’t quite know what to make of it because they felt it had a Christian theme to it. I mean I’m not proselytizing. This actually happened to me, so I created Unearthed Books to just get it out there. It worked out pretty well. The market is flooded, so I’m careful about the books I choose. I don’t want to promote anything that won’t make the novelist money. If I don’t think I can sell it well, I’ll hold off. The last thing I want is a bunch of pissed off horror novelists.

Body Count Rising: Has segmenting Unearthed created any special challenges?

Stephen Biro: Oh yeah! In the horror genre, it’s very hard to get reviewers to sit down and do reviews for a book that will take them a week or two to read. Now the music industry is also flooded, but the nice thing is that we have a push with the excitement behind the Unearthed fans. The idea is to make everyone money. Bands generally would need to tour to make money. The speedcore DJs and horrorcore rap is intense and wouldn’t always get the right kind of marketing that they need while touring. In effect by promoting these books and this type music along with the Unearthed brand of film is a cross-pollination. The fans of each genre will step back and say “Hey wait. What the hell’s going on over here?” The music fans were looking at the books. Horror film fans became fans of bands like Screamerclauz. It helped to bring awareness across the board. We support the physical media for all… getting them promoted and into the right stores.

Body Count Rising: You must have retailers that just don’t want your particular grade of horror in their stores though.

Stephen Biro: It’s lightening up a little bit, but the bigger issue is with large retail chains that require a phenomenal amount of units up front. If a certain retail chain requests a film and I know they don’t have a good history of sales with these type of films, I will turn them down. Say they want 40,000 units and they will sell whatever they can if they bother to take the shipment out of their storeroom and put it on the shelves

Body Count Rising: Oh no!

Stephen Biro: They ship you back whatever they don’t sell, so now you could be sitting on 35,000 copies. And I’ve had that happen once or twice with movies back in the day. Next thing you know I’m at a convention throwing countless copies at the guys behind the Troma booths and I’ve got another 8,559 to go.

Body Count Rising: Man, I had no idea they could do that. The first film you produced, Andrey Iskanov’s “Philosophy of a Knife” was unbearably brutal. Did this set the tone for the type of films you would be involved with going forward?

Stephen Biro: Oh sure, somewhat.

Body Count Rising: Would you say “Unearthed” is the hallmark of underground gore, grit and true nastiness?

Stephen Biro: Well fuck yeah! (laughing)

Body Count Rising: Which of the Unearthed projects are you most excited to be promoting right now?

Stephen Biro: We’ve got a lot of films lined up and each announcement is going to create an interesting splash across the internet.

Body Count Rising: Oh yeah it is.

Stephen Biro: And more and more people will know what Unearthed is about. It’s going to be a fun year. Right now… “Mecanix" and "Sheep Skin”. “Mecanix” is a wonderful, visual masterpiece like the Bros Quay and Svankmajer, shot on 16mm while “Sheep Skin” is a werewolf mystery /drama horror film that is pretty amazing that comes out in May. We just announced “Atroz” and “Lilith’s Hell” and I’m working with Deodato on the extras for those films. I think that’s really exciting. I mean I could sit here and talk about “American Guinea Pig” nonstop because Marcus Koch did an amazing job directing “AGP: Bloodshock”. I’ll be announcing a new giallo or two, in about two weeks and people are going to be really fired up about those.

Body Count Rising: I know I am! So, was there ever a film, book or band you had to turn away because they were just too heavy or brutal?

Stephen Biro: We had to turn down a Marian Dora film, “Meloncholie der Engel” because of animal cruelty. His people said he killed a cat in it; then after I turned it down they came back and said it was fake. There were some other scenes that didn’t quite fit in with us too, so I just had to pass. That pushed my boundaries and I wasn’t comfortable with it.

Body Count Rising: Wow… for YOU to say that, I can’t even imagine. (laughing) You’re the guy that put out "Philosophy of a Knife" after all! I made it through a lot of films but that one… I just couldn’t make it through the whole thing.

Stephen Biro: It’s so long! (laughing)

Body Count Rising: It’s a lot... It’s a lot. (laughing)

Stephen Biro: We (Iskanov and I) actually fought about that. I tried to get it cut for film festivals because no film festival is going to want to screen a four hour long movie. I didn’t want to cut any of the gore or violence; just the snow shots and such just to reduce the time. Man, we really went back and forth on that. I just wanted to tighten it up for a film festival version.

Body Count Rising: Was there ever any you had to refuse for just not being brutal enough?

Stephen Biro: Consistently. I turn down movies every week. I feel really bad because I know the filmmakers spent a year, a year and a half, two years putting their hearts and souls in a movie and they say “Here’s my movie!” and I watch it and it’s got bad acting, bad dialogue, bad something… and I feel like “Oh you poor guy!” Here’s what’s fucked up: 95% of all movies don’t make their budget back.

Body Count Rising: Wow…

Stephen Biro: And this is the case even before now, when the industry was great. People make a film for half a million dollars. They sell it to the US for forty to eighty thousand, they sell it to Germany for twenty, Japan for ten, France for ten, the UK for fifteen, Australia for five… Yeah, that’s not even close to half a mill. A lot of films just don’t make their budget back. The industry is just so hard.

Here’s the criteria for Unearthed Films. Is it gut-busting? Is it over the top? Is the gore phenomenal? Is there a good story to it? Is it psychology in-depth where it plays with your mind? From a business sense, if a film doesn’t have the qualities that are important to me, I have to turn it down.

Body Count Rising: What effect does streaming movies have on the sales of physical media for a film?

Stephen Biro: Oh the torrents are just killing the industry. They just steal like little robber fucking pieces of shit. They don’t realize or understand that they’re hurting the filmmakers, they’re hurting the actors and they’re hurting the industry. Every single person that’s on the list for the cast and crew of that film gets hurt by illegal downloading. Right now it’s a dangerous time.

Body Count Rising: What about Netflix, Hulu or the Roku streaming channels?

Stephen Biro: Back in the day, people would watch a movie on cable and go out and find the movie later to buy it. And Netflix, Hulu and the streaming channels on Roku can be good. But I know of filmmakers that have their movies streaming on Roku and they’re getting ripped off as well. They haven’t seen a dime for streaming their whole collection on a Roku channel, and that’s because they’re dealing with a greedy middle man. Netflix and Hulu aren’t bad. Netflix doesn’t pay a lot, but extra money coming in is good for the filmmakers.

Body Count Rising: Plus you had commented in a previous interview that in general the new generation of horror fan does not collect physical media like previous generations.

Stephen Biro: There are collectors out there, but the collectors market has changed so drastically. That is why there is such an emphasis on the artwork and the extras available when you purchase a physical version of the film. There is also a difference in the urgency. There is always great anticipation for a new release, but collectors will often say, I’ll pick it up when I have the cash. And that’s more to do with the economy.

Body Count Rising: Looking at “AGP: Bouquet of Guts and Gore” and “100 Tears”, your commentaries and behind the scenes are actually FUN. It’s like listening to a friend talk about the film. I have heard commentaries that are just so monotone and boring that it really makes me appreciate what you’re doing.

Stephen Biro: Well, I’ve been a collector for a long time and I also know that when listening to commentaries it can be a real snooze-fest. And dammit, gorehounds are more then friends, they're family!

Body Count Rising: Right! Exactly!

Stephen Biro: When I do a commentary I want it to feel like you’re sitting there with us, having a beer with us and listening like a fly on the wall. And I think that’s a lot more fun than just droning on about craft services and the ham and cheese sandwich we had.

Body Count Rising: I’m going to switch gears on you for a moment, because I have to ask. Is it safe to say you’re possibly one of the most controversial writers in the world? (For the dead baby books…)

Stephen Biro: Aww yeah… (laughing) At the time it was a bet between me and my ex-wife. I told her a couple of dead baby jokes and she said I bet you can’t make a whole book of those. And lo and behold “The Dead Baby Joke Book” was born. And holy crap I got so many death threats. And I kept my name off it because everyone said “Keep your name off it.” But I was like, “Oh hey, what’s the worst that could happen?” Then the death threats started happening from the UK. And ‘The Mirror’ and ‘The Sun’ did these whole exposes on how the dead baby jokes were harming the mothers there. Then the Prime Minister chimed in.

Body Count Rising: Oh my God! (laughing)

Stephen Biro: Oh yeah. (laughing) There was a press release threatening Amazon to take my book down. There were petitions… and it was just crazy, but their overreaction was great marketing and my sales in the UK skyrocketed. And I was like “Wow! OK!” so I put out my next dead baby item- a cookbook! And then when I published that, it seemed like everyone in the UK said “Wait a minute…” and they were onto me, so they ignored me and the sales just kind of stopped. 

Body Count Rising: Can we expect to see “Gator Green” as a feature length film in the future?

Stephen Biro: With the whole politically correct bullshit that’s going on, I just don’t know. The screenplay’s phenomenal. The short is something different than what the feature length would be. We’ll see how it goes. The guy is a just madman behind the camera in the best possible way. We’ll be releasing the “Gator Green” short, “My Sweet Satan” and “Roadkill” with all of the extras and commentary here soon.

Body Count Rising: Nice!

Stephen Biro: Yeah it will be nice! We’re trying to energize Jim because he’s got this new documentary coming out on him. And I think more people will see Jim for the filmmaker he is and he’ll be chugging out more films left and right.

Body Count Rising: And you’re in that documentary, right?

Stephen Biro: Yeah, I’m in it. It was shot over five years and I think it’s an interesting film and Victor Bonacore did a great job. I think Jim's fans are excited to see it.

Body Count Rising: Yeah I can’t wait to see it, for sure. Will Jim VanBebber be involved in future Guinea Pig films, like he was with “Bouquet of Guts and Gore”?

Stephen Biro: I’m trying to keep everything fresh with each new film, with all new actors and actresses. Everyone I cast will go through try-out regardless. It’s harder because you have to find the perfect people for torture on film.

Body Count Rising: Taking on the Guinea Pig franchise was absolutely brilliant. How did that transaction come about?

Stephen Biro: I’ve been trying to get the rights to “Guinea Pig” since 2002 and they wanted nothing to do with it. The movie has brought great shame to the country because of Miyazaki, the child murderer. Paul (White) was integral to the deal, and the President of the company in Japan was retiring, so he allowed us to access the rights. Now we’re moving forward with a whole new series.

Body Count Rising: How did you determine the timing of your series of eight?

Stephen Biro: Basically I’m trying to get them done as quickly as possible, but with the kind of quality the Guinea Pigs truly deserve. We’re putting together budgets for the next film with the help of crowd funding, and we just keep moving ahead. The next film is supposed to be done in South America and I’m working with some filmmakers in Chile who did “Visceral: Between the Ropes of Madness”. It’s a hair’s breath under Serbian Film. It’s going to be amazing. We had a producer drop out and I needed to temporarily put that project on hold, so now the focus is on “Exorcists”. Hopefully we don’t have to change the title because of “The Exorcist”.

Body Count Rising: Really?

Stephen Biro: Yeah, we might have to. It would really suck to get everything ready and printed and then to receive a cease and desist from Warner Brothers, who has a trademark on “The Exorcist.”

Body Count Rising: How much of your memoir ‘Hellucination’ or your past makes its way into “Exorcists”?

Stephen Biro: I have a bunch of people anticipating this film because they know it’s going to be like ‘Hellucination’, and they’re like “Holy shit.” And they want to be involved. A little bit of the film is based on my past. I’ve met the Devil on occasion, and you can quote me on that. I met God and it was the most frightening experience you can ever have in your life.

Body Count Rising: So, when you say you met the Devil and you met God, that’s figuratively because you were on LSD, right?

Note: ‘Hellucination’ is a memoir of a time when Stephen would take LSD and use nitrous on his search to find God. The book was called a “drug-fueled trip through the gruesome levels of hell”.

Stephen Biro: I’ve seen people possessed who knew things that no one would. The next thing you know they snapped out of it and were freaking the fuck out. They say the Devil likes to masquerade… Well, it’s all in the book. And I’m really proud that I managed to write that book without sounding batshit insane. It really does pack a psychological and mental punch. I’ve had emails from people that had nightmares for weeks after reading it.

Body Count Rising: Reviews for your book express the positive message in Hellucination…

Stephen Biro: Uh-huh! 100% Actually, I almost became a priest. But as a priest, minister or teacher, you’re held under stricter laws. With that full realization I abandoned the idea.

Body Count Rising: Did you go through formal training to be a priest?

Stephen Biro: I started to and then I quit. I’ve had people talk to me about religion, but I don’t push myself on anyone. You know, someone who is spiritual can be just as fucked up as anyone else. It’s like we’re not alone out there, except in some ways we are. It’s pretty heavy. I was actually an atheist for most of my life until I hit 30 years old.

Body Count Rising: OK, so if “Exorcists” is based on ‘Hellucination’ and ‘Hellucination’ had a positive message… Well, your films just don’t seem to end too positively.

Stephen Biro: No they don’t. (laughing) I’m not going to tell you where “Exorcists” ends, but it does follow the “Guinea Pig” model. People are going to want to go find a fuzzy animal to hug after watching that film.

Body Count Rising: You have an effects credit for “Bouquet of Guts and Gore” and you also had effects master, Marcus Koch on set. What effects did you work on specifically?

Stephen Biro: Oh! What didn’t I? The eyeball scene was one of them. I worked on a lot of the effects. Working with Marcus closely, I got a crash course in effects. Hey, I worked on the effects in “Bloodshock” too, but Marcus didn’t give me any credit. Boo hoo hoo! (laughing) It’s cool. I can do some stuff, but I can’t even come close to the stuff Marcus can do. In one week I watched that guy make seven dicks.

Body Count Rising: I heard he was the dick guy.

Note: Marcus proudly deemed himself the dick guy in a previous interview.

Stephen Biro: He is the dick guy. He makes all sorts of dicks. He made seven different dicks for seven different films. In the coming year we can expect quite a bit of dick mutilation. Now when you see those independent movies come out, you can say “Marcus made that!” He loves a challenge, and when I say “Hey, I’d like to do this!” he will say “That’s never been done before, but I’ve got ideas.

I do a lot of things that I don’t list myself for, because, you know, it would be like blowing smoke up my own asshole. Did I say I was in charge of location? No. Am I going to say I was the prop master? No. Craft services? I did craft services. Am I going to put that in the credits? No! (laughing)

Body Count Rising: I’m going to put that in your intro. “Craft Service Master, Stephen Biro.

Stephen Biro: Yeah… I can just see filmmakers saying we need to get that Steve Biro, Craft Service Master from the "Guinea Pig" series.

Body Count Rising: It’s true. He makes a hell of a ham sandwich.

Stephen Biro: That’s right. He makes a HELL of a ham sandwich.

Body Count Rising: I understand “Exorcists” will have some insane effects. What else can you tell us about this upcoming film?

Stephen Biro: We’re going balls to the wall. It’s going to be hard because we’re going to be compared with "The Exorcist" since it is the greatest exorcism film of all time. No movie can hold a candle to that film. But this will be my baby. “Bouquet”; I did that as the bridge between the 1st series and ours. It's not polished. It's gritty, ultra violent and harkens to the day when tape trading was at its peak and tape collectors went for the worst stuff first. “Exorcists” will be a completely different beast just as “Bloodshock” is a completely different beast compared to “Bouquet”. I don't think anyone has come close to “The Exorcist”, not even in the gore department so what I will be going for is an outright extravaganza of gore and what evil truly is.

Body Count Rising: You know what though? You’re going up against “Guinea Pig”. And all of the blood, guts, gore and crazy madness that is the “Guinea Pig” franchise will be expected from the fans. You’ve set your own standard high, and when you hold yourself to your own standard, you’re going to kill it. Speaking of, how did the fans handle “Bouquet of Guts and Gore” at the festivals? I know I had to pause it a couple of times and get up and walk around and come back.

Stephen Biro: The film festivals were fun. We had people leave and come back, leave and stick their heads in the door… We showed “Bloodshock” in its full completed state at the festival. Marcus has been editing this thing for the past year. We had one person that had to run out and barf. Marcus really hit it out of the park with this film.

Body Count Rising: How do you wash off “Bouquet" and "Bloodshock” and step into real life at the end of the day? Does it stop while you are filming, or is it always with you?

Stephen Biro: It’s always there.

Body Count Rising: What are the advantages of being an auteur with your “American Guinea Pig” films?

Stephen Biro: You know more of what your capabilities are from the beginning. You have a picture in your mind of how it will play out. Besides, I love writing because it’s about the only thing regarding filming that isn’t collaborative. You only limit yourself. Directing is different and you need to keep track of twenty different people.

Body Count Rising: You said you were interested in doing a video series on YouTube about film making. Is this your way of giving back to the independent film community?

Stephen Biro: I would like to share the reality of the industry. I’d love for a film school to come across the tutorials and recommend them to the classes. I think I’ll end up doing it. I just need to figure out the timing. I mean “Bloodshock” isn’t even out yet.

Body Count Rising: What is the main lesson or idea you would want to convey more than anything else?

Be happy with the contract and make sure you have an honest company with the right reach into the market you’re in.

Keep up with Stephen’s latest projects on the Unearthed official website, IMDb or follow him on Facebook.
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Sunday, March 13, 2016

First Photos from Horror Short 'Blood Bath' with Pandie Suicide and Jeordie White


Actress writer producer  Pandie Suicide filming Blood Bath

The first photos from the set of DEATHAUS FILMS' 'BLOOD BATH' have been released. Made by the same team behind MASSACRE (starring Pandie Suicide, Billy Morrison, London May, Jeordie White, Jeff Hilliard, Katy Foley, Rob Patterson), BLOOD BATH is written and produced by New Zealand-born actress and writer PANDIE SUICIDE (Ditch Day Massacre, David Lynch's 'Crazy Clown Time') and directed by award-winning filmmaker ERIK BOCCIO (director of Pussy Riot's 'Putin Lights Up the Fires', prolific Funny or Die director under the moniker 'WeirdFellas').

The film, which is a twist on the classic Blood Countess Bathory myth, sees musician and actor JEORDIE WHITE (Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails, A Perfect Circle), also known as ' TWIGGY RAMIREZ', star as the lead role of 'MARV' along with PANDIE SUICIDE as LIZ, actress KIMBERLY ABLES JINDRA (Insidious), and features a cameo appearance from SLIPKNOT DJ, SID WILSON (aka DJ Starscream, #0).

The four minute short film is intended to be released online, free to the public and features beautiful cinematography from DP EVAN PESSES, and bloody special FX from make up FX artist and FACE OFF! alumni LANEY CHANTAL. The film is expected to be released in late April online with a special premiere event being planned for Los Angeles, California. To find out more visit

Actress Kimberly Ables Jindra on set of Blood Bath from Deathaus Films

Director Erik Boccio with actorSlipknot DJ Sid WIlson in frozen FX make up by Laney Chantal on set of Blood Bath

FX artist Laney Chantal preps FX body parts on set of Blood Bath from Deathaus Films

Lead actor Jeordie White on set of Blood Bath with actresswriterproducer

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Arrow Video - US Releases for April 2016

Here are the upcoming April releases from Arrow Video US via MVD Entertainment Group

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The Zero Boys (April 26)

Arrow Video April Releases

MVD Entertainment Group furthers the distribution of Arrow Video in the US with several new titles in April.

(Limited Edition Boxset)

The Italian horror classics finally premiere on Blu-ray in this beautifully restored, limited edition collection.

Emerging at the peak of the giallo boom of the early '70s, Luciano Ercoli's Death Walks films are two superlative examples of the genre linked by their shared casting of the stunning Nieves Navarro (billed under her adopted stage name of Susan Scott) as the lead woman in peril. In Death Walks on High Heels (1971), exotic dancer Nicole (Navarro), the daughter of a murdered jewel thief, finds herself terrorised by a black-clad assailant determined on procuring her father's stolen gems. Fleeing Paris and her knife-wielding pursuer, Nicole arrives in London only to discover that death stalks her at every corner. Returning in Death Walks at Midnight (1972), Navarro stars as Valentina - a model who, in the midst of a drug-fuelled photoshoot, witnesses a brutal murder in the apartment opposite hers. But when it becomes clear that the savage slaying she describes relates to a crime that took place six months earlier, the police are at a loss - forcing Valentina to solve the mystery alone. Offering up all the glamour, perversity and narrative twists and turns that are typical of the giallo genre at its best, Luciano Ercoli's Death Walks on High Heels and Death Walks at Midnightanticipate the super-stylized trappings of Brian De Palma's early psycho thrillers (most notably, Dressed to Kill).


  • Limited Edition boxed-set (3000 copies) containing Death Walks on High Heels and Death Walks at Midnight 
  • Brand new 2K restorations of the films from original film elements 
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Original Italian and English soundtracks in mono audio 
  • Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtracks 
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtracks 
  • Limited Edition 60-page booklet containing new writing on the films from authors Danny Shipka (Perverse Titillation: The Exploitation Cinema of Italy, Spain and France), Troy Howarth (So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films) and writer Leonard Jacobs


  • Audio commentary by film critic Tim Lucas
  • Introduction to the film by screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi 
  • From Spain with Love - featurette comprising newly-edited archive footage of director Luciano Ercoli and actress Nieves Navarro, interviewed at their home in Barcelona
  • Master of Giallo - screenwriter Gastaldi on Death Walks on High Heels and how to write a successful giallo 
  • Death Walks to the Beat - a career-spanning interview with High Heels composer Stelvio Cipriani 
  • Original Italian and English trailers
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx

  • Audio commentary by film critic Tim Lucas
  • Introduction to the film by screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi 
  • Extended TV version of the feature
  • Crime Does Pay - screenwriter Gastaldi reflects on his career in the crime film-writing business, including a look at Death Walks at Midnight
  • Desperately Seeking Susan - visual essay by Michael Mackenzie exploring the distinctive giallo collaborations between director Luciano Ercoli and star Nieves Navarro 
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx

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BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR [Blu-ray & DVD Limited Edition]

DATE. MATE. RE-ANIMATE. The success of Stuart Gordon's hit horror-comedy Re-animator meant that a sequel was all but inevitable. The resulting follow-up, Bride of Re-animator - this time helmed by director Brian Yuzna (Society, Return of the Living Dead 3) - would prove that there was a good deal more life left in the story of Dr. Herbert West and his ghoulish exploits. It is 8 years since the Miskatonic massacre. Unperturbed by the disastrous outcome of his previous meddling with the dead, Dr. West (again played by Jeffrey Combs) continues his research into the phenomenon of re-animation; only this time, he plans to create life - starting with the heart of his young protégé Dan's dearly deceased, Meg Halsey. Surely nothing could go wrong? With special effects master Screaming Mad George (the man behind the infamous "shunting" sequence in Society) on hand to contribute a host of characteristically weird and wonderful creations - including zombified bats and a one-eyed finger spider - Bride of re-animator is a more than worthy successor to Gordon's original cult classic.


  • Brand new 2K restorations of the Unrated and R-rated versions of the film, approved by director Brian Yuzna 
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations 
  • Original Stereo 2.0 audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray) 
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing 
  • Newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin 
  • Limited Edition Collector's Booklet 
  • Limited Edition Packaging to be revealed 


  • Brand new 2K restoration of the Unrated version 
  • Brand new audio commentary with Brian Yuzna 
  • Audio Commentary with Brian Yuzna, star Jeffrey Combs, visual effects supervisor Tom Rainone and the effects team including John Buechler, Mike Deak, Bob Kurtzman, Howard Berger and Screaming Mad George 
  • Audio Commentary with stars Jeffrey Combs and Bruce Abbott 
  • Brian Yuzna Remembers Bride of Re-animator - brand new featurette in which the director looks back at the making of the first Re-animator sequel 
  • Splatter Masters: The Special Effects Artists of Bride of Re-animator - Brand new FX featurette with a wealth of behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Robert Kurtzman of KNB, Screaming Mad George, Tony Doublin and John Buechler 
  • Getting Ahead in Horror - archive making-of featurette 
  • Deleted Scenes 


  • Brand new 2K restoration of the R-rated version 
  • PLUS more to be announced!

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In 1968, acclaimed director Toshio Masuda (Rusty Knife, Tora! Tora! Tora!) and rising star Tetsuya Watari (Tokyo Drifter) teamed up for Outlaw: Gangster VIP, a gritty yakuza yarn based on the writings of real life ex-gangster Goro Fujita. The series offers up a depiction of the Japanese underworld that was unprecedented in its realism and its sympathetic portrayal of its protagonist as a man haunted by his past, unable to escape a life of crime. The success of the initial instalment spawned five sequels, continuing the story of the lone wolf "Slasher" Goro and his quest for redemption. The films presented a new kind of realism and violence that would prefigure Kinji Fukasaku's Battles Without Honor and Humanity series, with their winning combination of brutal violence, gang warfare and sweeping romance, these films make for a unique and unforgettable viewing experience. The set includes six films in the Outlaw series released for the first time in the west: Gangster VIP, Gangster VIP 2, Heartless, Goro the Assassin, Black Dagger, and Kill!


  • Limited Edition Box Set (3000 copies) containing all six films in the Outlaw series, available with English subtitles for the first time on any home video format
  • High Definition digital transfers of all six films, from original film elements by Nikkatsu Corporation
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Original uncompressed mono audio
  • Newly translated English subtitles
  • Audio commentary on Outlaw: Gangster VIP by Jasper Sharp
  • Visual essay covering the entire series by Kevin Gilvear
  • Original trailers for all six films
  • Extensive promotional image galleries for all six films
  • Exclusive gatefold packaging featuring brand new artwork by Tonci Zonjic
  • Booklet featuring an interview with director Toshio Masuda by Mark Schilling, plus new writing by Schilling, Chris D and Kevin Gilvear

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THE STUFF [Blu-ray + DVD]

Are you eating it ...or is it eating you? The Stuff is the new dessert taking supermarket shelves by storm. It's delicious, low in calories and - better still - doesn't stain the family carpet... What's not to like?! Well, for a start it has a life of its own, and we're not talking friendly live bacteria... Young Jason seems to be the only one who doesn't love The Stuff - in fact he won't go anywhere near it, after having seen the pudding crawling around the fridge one night. What's more, everyone who eats The Stuff has started acting really weird... Now, teaming up with wise-cracking industrial saboteur "Mo", Jason must put a stop to The Stuff and the organisation behind it or face a gooey, gloopy demise. Coming courtesy of horror auteur Larry Cohen (director of the It's Alive series and scribe behind the Maniac Cop trilogy), The Stuff is a titillating treat for the taste-buds which blends elements of films such as Street Trash with the straight-up B-movie flavour of The Blob. So grab a spoon and dig on into The Stuff - the taste that delivers... much more than you bargained for!


  • New High Definition restoration of the film from a brand new 2K scan of the original camera negative
  • Original stereo 1.0 uncompressed PCM Mono audio
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Can't Get Enough of The Stuff: Making Larry Cohen's Classic Creature Feature - Documentary featuring Larry Cohen, producer Paul Kurta, actress Andrea Marcovicci, Steve Neill (mechanical makeup effects) and Kim Newman
  • Introduction and trailer commentary by director and The Stuff fan Darren Bousman (Saw II, Saw III)
  • Original Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve with original and newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin
  • Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Joel Harley, illustrated with original stills and promotional materials

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We previously reviewed the Arrow Video UK Blu-ray which appears to be the same release, just encoded for Region A. 


NOBODY DID IT LIKE DILLINGER! The runaway success of Bonnie and Clyde in 1967 proved massively influential: it made stars of Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, introduced a new form of violence to the movies, and inspired a stream of imitators, including Bloody Mama, Martin Scorsese's Boxcar Bertha and the directorial debut of John Milius, Dillinger. Milius presents John Dillinger as an almost mythical figure, tracing the rise and fall of the Depression era's Public Enemy Number One as he takes on the banks and the G-men, led by the infamous Melvin Purvis. Starring Sam Peckinpah favorites Warren Oates and Ben Johnson as Dillinger and Purvis, and with a supporting cast including Harry Dean Stanton, Richard Dreyfuss and Michelle Phillips of The Mamas and the Papas, Dillinger is a top drawer gangster picture: explosive, stylish and hugely entertaining.


  • Brand new 2K restoration of the film from original film materials
  • High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray and Standard Definition DVD presentations of the film
  • Original mono soundtrack (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio commentary by Stephen Prince, author of Savage Cinema and Screening Violence
  • Shooting Dillinger, a newly-filmed interview with director of photography Jules Brenner
  • Original Gangster, a newly-filmed interview with producer Lawrence Gordon
  • Ballads and Bullets, a newly-filmed interview with composer Barry De Vorzon
  • Stills Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips
  • Collector's booklet containing new writing by Kim Newman on fictional portrayals of John Dillinger, plus an on-set report containing interviews with writer-director John Milius and others, illustrated with original production stills

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DAWN OF A NEW BREED OF HEROES From cult director Nico Mastorakis, the man behind such eclectic offerings as the controversial Island of Death and the Oliver Reed-starring actioner Hired to Kill, comes The Zero Boys - the genre-bending '80s classic with gruesome sequences that anticipate the torture porn horrors of Hostel and Saw. For a group of young friends, a weekend of survival games in the wilderness turns into a genuine battle of life and death when one of their number turns up dead. Finding themselves hunted by a bloodthirsty band of maniacs intent on slaughtering them one-by-one, the self-styled "Zero Boys" must now play their war games for real. Starring Kelli Maroney (Night of the Comet, Chopping Mall) and featuring an early score from the legendary Hans Zimmer (Inception, The Dark Knight Trilogy), The Zero Boys mixes action, survival and all-out slasher movie elements in a thrilling horror yarn that falls somewhere between Friday the 13th and Deliverance.


  • Brand new 2K restoration of the film, approved by writer-director Nico Mastorakis 
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Original Stereo audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio Commentary with star Kelli Maroney, moderated by Shock Till You Drop's Chris Alexander
  • Nico Mastorakis on... Nico Mastorakis - brand new interview with Mastorakis on the making of The Zero Boys
  • Brand new interview with star Kelli Maroney
  • Brand new interview with star Nicole Rio
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Stills Gallery
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
  • Fully-illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing by critic James Oliver

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