Friday, August 29, 2014

DEADPIT Radio - Return of the Rejects

August 29th, 2014

Creepazoids and B'Yotches rejoice because this week CK and The B Plan go through all of the week's latest horror news and much more! The possibility of 'The Devil's Rejects 2' , The Damien TV Series, and The Ring 3D PLUS news on the brand new DEADPIT Website debuting on 9/26, the next Two Against Podcast episode, The DEADPIT Roku channel and much more on an hour plus edition of everyone's favorite horror show...DEADPIT Radio!


Friday, August 22, 2014

DEADPIT Radio - The Horrors Of 1984

August 22nd, 2014

Join us for an action packed 2 hour plus romp with CK, Uncle Bill AND The B-Plan. As the summer draws to an end we have some of that good ol creamy horror news for you discussing 'As Above, So Below' , 'Necromantik' on Blu-Ray, 'Scream' TV Series and much more. Later on UB and CK go through the horrors of 1984, which was not only a great year for horror films but a great year for films in general. All of this plus more on the new DEADPIT Radio website, remaining horror films this year and more this week on everyone's favorite horror show, DEADPIT Radio!


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Ginger Snaps (2000) Scream Factory Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Collector's Edition

 Welcome to the omega of the "goth" age, and with it one of the more impressive modern werewolf films to ever come out. Ginger Snaps landed with a dull thud right in the middle horror's detour into the depressing minimalist world of the handheld, post-Scream era nihilism. Sort of a period (can't help but blush at the unintended pun of "period" for this film) of piecemeal regrouping for horror films, it's a modern retelling of an ancient monster flick. Somehow, however, it manages to stay away from many of the typical teenage horror film clich├ęs and steers right into the dull, dark atmosphere of films of the day like "Donnie Darko".

Unusual for any horror film, the main protagonists here are sisters- Brigitte and Ginger Fitzgerald. Even more unusual is how the female leads are treated in the film- complex characters struggling with the world they live in rather than big-titted nymphomaniacs or one note heroines. Elizabeth Perkins (Brigitte), at the time already a veteran of the horror scene after playing one of the child leads in "IT", and Katherine Isabelle (Ginger) play the apathetic and homely girls to the hilt. Both sisters are obsessed with death, in particular suicide, and spend their spare time fantasizing about ways to die and creating photo montages of their own staged suicides. Being the social misfits that they are, the run afoul of the popular crowd, leading them to seek revenge on one mean girl by way of staging the death of her beloved dog. In the process, Ginger is attacked by some creature and soon finds herself with super-human healing powers, extra hair, yadda yadda yadda- you get the idea. The rest of the movie centers around Ginger evolving into a hypersexual femme fatale, while Brigitte struggles with her own insecurities and Ginger's literal and figurative "transformation".

I suppose one could go on about all of the female subtext in the film (the cycle of the werewolf transformation is tracked by the cycle of Ginger's period), and the family subtext (sisters struggling with growing apart, social strata, and the transformation of puberty). In general though, Ginger Snaps is just a well-made, smaller film with an excellent cast that plays well off each other. The look of the final wolf is just average, at least done with practical makeup, but more astounding is the makeup showing Ginger's gradual descent into wolfiedom. The look of the film is indie, with some clear Canadian generalness that may take away some from the overall rewatchability of the film. The cast and the tone will always be there with this one, and the evolution of an age old concept is definitely worth the effort.

Scream Factory includes new interiews with actress Emily Perkins and Jesse Moss, make-up effects artist Paul Jones, and composer Mike Shields. New Women in Horror Panel Discussion. Audio Commentary with Director John Fawcett. Audio Commentary with Writer Karen Walton. Deleted scenes with optional commentary. Cast Auditions. Creation of the Beast Featurette. 

Friday, August 15, 2014

DEADPIT Radio - Leatherface In Love

August 15th, 2014

This week is a very special DEADPIT mini episode talking about the week's latest news topics including yet another Texas Chainsaw Massacre prequel, Eli Roth's films being banned from theaters and even some Star Wars Episode VII talk! Join CK and The B Plan on this episode of the number one rated horror podcast on the planet, DEADPIT Radio!!!


Monday, August 11, 2014

Two Against Podcast Episode 30

Episode 30: Boogeyman Fan Commentary

This time Dana and Steve check out Ulli Lommel's only good movie about A young girl witnesses her brother murder a man through a reflection in a mirror. Twenty years later the mirror is shattered, freeing his evil spirit, which seeks revenge for his death...Lets Go Boogie with The Boogie Woogie Man!!  


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Scanners Criterion Collection Blu-Ray Review

Scanners (1981)
Dir: David Cronenberg
Reviewed By Uncle Bill

John Carpenter once said there are two types of horror: horror from “without”- which includes things like aliens, creatures, monsters, etc.- and horror from “within” which is the horror of losing control of oneself or being afflicted with something unknown to us. No other director has exploited and expanded this idea moreso than David Cronenberg. His earliest films- “The Brood”, “Rabid”, “They Came from Within”- center around the delicate nature of the human body and how are own internal conflicts manifest in horrifying external ways. In 1981’s “Scanners”, Cronenberg finally managed to mature as a director to the point that he was able to convey a social message effectively while simultaneously shocking the audience with state of the art makeup effects. The sad conundrum of horror is that you have to get someone’s attention in order to slip any kind of latent message into your film. Such has been the pattern of directors like George Romero, who had to take gore to zenith levels in “Dawn of the Dead” in order to grab the viewer’s attention long enough to impart his message about the perils of capitalism. On the backside, “gore” or “splatter” films are often seen as vile, perverse and ultimately childish attempts at shock- certainly not as social mores carriers. I argue that the now wildly infamous, and GIF crazy, “head explosion” scene was simply a catalyst that Cronenberg used to shed light on a pharmaceutical industry that, at the time, was only beginning to become more of a health hazard than the conditions it was attempting to treat.

Scanners tells the story of two competing groups of psychics with telekinetic powers strong enough to kill and manipulate those around them. On one side is the charismatic and unstable antagonist, Darryl Revok (played suitably unhinged as always by Michael Ironside), who believes that the scanners should unite in a play for world domination against “normal” society. On the other side is Dr. Paul Ruth (and I couldn’t help but chuckle every time someone said “Dr. Ruth” in a serious manner throughout the film), who recruits a mysteriously powerful scanner, Cam Vale (a noticeably out of his league Steven Lack), to help fight against the assaultive Revok.

The crux of the film hinges around a drug called “Ephemerol”, which controls the scanners racing thoughts and silences their psychic powers for brief periods of time. Interestingly, the drug has no effect on “normal” people. We begin to find out that the drug had many unintended side effects throughout the years of it’s testing, and may have actually birthed the scanners phenomenon into existence. In the ultimate irony, it is now the only drug that can help control the chaos it created. In this conflict, we see the perfect parallel for modern psychopharmaceuticals, which often times create side effects and new maladies that are more horrifying than the ones they claim to fix.

According to many reports, the filming of Scanners was a chaotic, tumultuous, and ultimately hasty affair. In many places throughout the film, this is evident. The pacing is sluggish and often the acting is sub-par from Lack- maybe even below par. The version of this film that I watched was the new Criterion Collection blu-ray, so you know the special effects are both vivid and raw. The real meat of this film comes in the battles between the two opposing sides. The final battle between hero and villain and the now infamous exploding head duel are both painful and exciting to watch in equal measure. This is an interesting film to watch in order to see a director on the cusp of harnessing his powers as a storyteller and artist. You can see the start of something brilliant in many of the scanners battles and the underlying tone of the film. The tension in the film isn’t seen again in another Cronenberg film until the wonderful standoff between Ed Harris and Viggo Mortenson in History of Violence. Revisit this one just for the purpose of seeing the clear upwards trajectory of Cronenberg’s work at this period of time, as well as an indication of where he was heading. As in turns out, it certainly was “explosive”….ehhhhhhh.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Two Against Podcast Episode 29

Episode 29: Nightmare Holocaust

This time Dana and Steve check out the new blu-rays of Nightmare in a Damaged Brain and Canniabal Holocaust and check out the best Canadian Twin Brothers Martial Artists who fight these kyarny punks.