Monday, November 24, 2014

Two Against Podcast Episode 36


Episode 36: Late Halloween


This time we go on a road trip to Skyline Drive and watch Night of the Living Dead,Evil Dead, and City of the Living Dead. We get wild for Halloween and review the new Raw Force Blu-Ray!!





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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Radio Show update

Unfortunately due to some scheduling issues we weren't able to get together to do a show this week however we are planning a LIVE show on Black Friday so stay tuned here on the website and or the DEADPIT Facebook page for details!!

Friday, November 14, 2014

DEADPIT Radio - Ash VS The Evil Dead


November 14th, 2014

After a one week hiatus DEADPIT returns this week with The Creepy Kentuckian and The B-Plan talking all of the latest horror news to hit since Halloween, including the big news on the Evil Dead TV show featuring the return of Bruce Campbell. Plus: Saw's rerelease bombing, Hellraiser remake news, Eli Roth's career still being shelved and MUCH MUCH MORE!!



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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Pumpkinead II: Blood Wings (1994)- Scream Factory Blu-ray






Revenge Never Dies! And with that tagline, we all bear witness to yet another film that seems completely clueless as to what made its predecessor so memorable. No, in Pumpkinhead II, we get Punky Brewster (Soleil Moon Frye), the dude from ROTLD 3 (I refuse to learn his name), Amy Dolenz, and, inexplicably, Andrew Robinson of Hellraiser and Dirty Harry fame.

The first Pumpkinhead was a moral tale, an allegory if you will, about the cost of vengeance. In that film, the bereaved father goes to a witch to help him exact vengeance on the kids he think murdered his son. In this film, well, I still really have no idea why the teens decided to perform a cult ritual to bring back the aforementioned vengeance demon, other than the fact they were bored. Needless to say, the old hag from the first film is back in this one, but she is really just a needless prop who is injured within the first five minutes of her appearance. Instead, she flails around in a hospital bed  whenever Pumpkinhead kills a victim. So, again, a really good use of a pivotal character from the first film... My biggest problem with this film isn't the cast- it's actually the horrible makeup effects, sets, and general look of the film. I was really confused when I noticed that KNB effects were behind recreating the monster here because it really resembles a giant Boglen. More so than the look of the creature is the way it is filmed. Whereas in the original Stan Winston was sparse and calculated with what he showed of the creature, it's clear that director Jeff Burr was told that Pumpkinhead must chew up the scenery. In showcasing the monster here, the audience also sees, in detail, all of it's clumsy, disjointed flaws. Instead of appearing menacing and dangerous, Pumpkinhead just appears goofy.

So, in summation, no real story here to speak. The film has the basic set up of a slasher with the role of Jason going to Pumpkinhead. No vision, no interesting kills, no budget, and nothing that adds even a little comedic insight.

Scream Factory has brought this classic to us all in an amazing transfer that would be worthy of a film like, oh I don't know- Phantasm or Suspiria. Instead we now all have an amazing edition of Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings complete with special features including:

Interview with director Jeff Burr
Recreating the Monster Featurette with Greg Nicotero, Gino Crognale, and Actor Mark McCracken.

The Dark Half (1993) Blu-ray: Scream Factory Collector's Edition

 
In the grand canon of forgotten Stephen King adaptations, George Romero's "The Dark Half" ranks near the top. The real travesty here is that it also happens to be a really good film. Rumor has it that around this time Romero had been busy working on Monkey Shines and thought he would eventually be doing the adaptation of "Pet Semetary" rather than this film. As such, he was said to have been not as committed as he should have been to the project. Honestly, I can't imagine either this film or 'Semetary' being directed by anyone else.

Thad Beaumont (the often forgotten but talented Timothy Hutton) is a small town college professor teaching creative writing. He's career as a writer seems stalled until we discover that he ghost writes a series of crime novels about a ruthless madman named George Stark. We learn through a series of flashbacks that when he was younger, Beaumont had an operation to remove a partially developed twin that had grown in his brain. In the spirit of Jekyll and Hyde, the twin comes out as the 'dark half' of Beaumont and causes chaos for the professor and his family.

First and foremost, the best thing about this movies is undoubtedly Timothy Hutton's performance as both the good Beaumont and the sinister Stark. The makeup effects (done by John Vulich) are so subtle but effective that- mixed with Hutton's understated performance and great one liners- the same actor effectively morphs into two entirely different people. The script and delivery of the dialog, especially in the case of Stark, is spot on an terrifyingly effective. Still, one of the biggest problems with the movie is the poor casting of a central lead in the film, Beaumont's wife "Liz" played by Amy Madigan. The portrayal is very stale to the point that you don't find anything to relate to in the character, which is particularly bad here because her character should be the most sympathetic in the whole film. Otherwise, though, Michael Rooker does another fine job playing another fine cop...There are other character actors strewn throughout but nothing particularly noteworthy.

One of my personal favorite parts of this little underrated gem is the use of the forewarning "The sparrows are flying again!" to signal when Stark will make his appearance. Of course, late in the film, there has to be ham handed explanation as to why sparrows signal him, but the effect is still chilling and relatable.

Scream Factory has once again done an incredible job with the transfer here, especially noting the visual effects throughout the film. The special features are also fitting for a film that is much better than has been noted in the past.


Special Features Include:



Audio Commentary with writer/director George A. Romero
"The Sparrow are Flying Again" Featurette w/ Romero, Vulich, actor Robert Joy and more of the cast/crew.
Deleted Scenes
Behind the Scenes Footage
Trailer
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