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December 4th, 2009
|firstratedevil||02:37 am - ISSUE #10-THE HORROR DRUNX Online Magazine-DEC 2009 IS HERE!|
THE HORROR DRUNX
DECEMBER 2009 ONLINE MAGAZINE
Just CLICK the cover below to read it!
Never before seen! PLANET OF THE APES exclusive behind the scenes photos!
Hammer Films spotlight: THE KARNSTEIN VAMPIRE SERIES!
HOLIDAY HORROR HITS! Movies you MUST see this Holiday season!
NEW FILM MAKERS - Continuing the Legacy of Horror
MONSTERS BEING HUMAN - Horror Stars candid photos! Holiday Edition!
CHRISTOPHER LEE - The newest member of Horror Drunx Hall Of Fame!
TIM BURTON - enters PUMPKIN KICKERS Hall Of SHAME!
THE GREEN HORNET - Heading back to the big screen!
THE PRISONER - The 1967 TV Legend and its 2009 remake!
"V" The Alien Invasion TV Series
SAW: THE VIDEO GAME! (review)
THE BOX (review)
EVILUTION (film / dvd review)
BASEMENT JACK (film / dvd review)
The winner of the 2009 HORROR DRUNKETTE OF THE YEAR title!
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August 28th, 2009
|firstratedevil||05:50 pm - ROB ZOMBIE'S HALLOWEEN II EXCLUSIVE ON-SET NEWS!|
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April 11th, 2009
|Discounted Jupiter Hotel Reservations for Prom Night!!|
|Jupiter Hotel Reservations for the night of the prom |
The Jupiter Hotel is giving prom attendees a very VERY special rate for this week only!!! So, if you know someone coming in from out of town for the prom or you just want to get a room to avoid drinking and drivng, the Jupiter is very close to us.
You could walk to the prom!
Current Mood: excited
April 2nd, 2009
Current Mood: excited
March 27th, 2009
|shaved_ape||09:16 pm - Fistful Of Brains: Review|
A while ago I went to a book signing - Al Ewing was signing copies of his book "I, Zombie." I blogged an entry here as I usually do but found myself considerably shocked next time I logged in to find he had replied to my entry. I know on one level this is the internet (a fairly public place) rather than a lockable private diary but I was still surprised that anyone other than a close circle of friends had read something I wrote, particularly a published author whose book I had just bought.
This was topped a few months ago when I wrote an entry giving some very brief reviews of a handful of zombie movies I had recently seen. Christine Parker, the director of one of them also replied to my entry. She thanked me for the honest review and offered to send me a copy of her new film to see if I would like to write a review for that too.
So I finally got around to watching the film today, and what follows will be my thoughts about the film. There is a degree of pressure this time around as there is a huge difference between writing a glib review that only your mates will see and writing a review of someones work when you know they will be reading your words. The deal was that I will be honest though, so I will strive to be that.
FISTFUL OF BRAINS:
Christine Parker's second outing (this follows The Forever Dead) is the third Zombie Western Ive seen but the first to get both the tone and the setting right. "Undead Or Alive" was a comedy more akin to Jackie Chan's "Shanghai Noon" while "The Quick And The Undead" had very much the spaghetti western tone but had a contemporary rather than period setting.
The pacing in the first 1/3 of the film lets it down a little. Some scenes are brushed over far too quickly robbing some sequences of their full potential in terms or both drama and (possibly more importantly) their full horror. Other scenes are left to drag somewhat and unnecessarily delay the arrival of the action. Before we hit the halfway point the film finds its own rhythm and it marches along quite nicely right to the end.
Some of the acting performances vary wildly. Often the standards seem to be of daytime soap-opera quality, but equally there are many game characterisations and the impression is very much created that everyone on screen was there very much because they wanted to be there.
Some of the characters come across as a little 2-D but all the great Western stereo-types are accounted for (from mule skinners to whores). The presence of the zombies help keep everyone interesting though. You will have seen versions of these characters dozens of times before but you will never have had to see them react to zombies before, which I guess is partly the reason why a zombie-western is such an exciting proposition.
This film is a huge improvement on "Forever Dead." Higher production values are present in many forms but are most visible in the form of decent sets. Too many independent zombie films are set almost entirely in empty warehouses. "Fistful" also has its fair share of good horror set pieces. The ripping out of a man's (intact) rib-cage and the biting off of a very fake looking breast are two of the highlights but are also fairly representative of what I'm learning is the trademark Parker humour.
Its always great to see independent zombie films being made, and this is head and shoulders above most of the ones I have seen. When watching it I found myself caught in the dichotomy of both admiring its independent and inventive production while simultaneously imagining what the finished product would have looked like if it was backed by Hollywood blockbuster levels of resources. I cant really answer that question but the gap between the two was considerably smaller on this film than in "Forever Dead."
I would have no problem in recommending this film to other zombie freaks like myself. I guess the more telling question is would I recommend the film to people who are considerably less into zombies then me (i.e. most normal people)? The answer is probably yes. If I was trying to impress a non-zombie fan this may not be the first film I would reach for but its definitely something I would put on the table. its independent production being part of what makes it so positive rather than the excuse why it isnt actually better.
As a P.S. I would say that the one thing I did miss from the first film was the zombie bunny. Tonally there was no space for that in this film but I think the production company is missing a trick not having the bunny in its production somewhere, either like the MGM lion in the start of its movies or just in the logo somewhere. Just a thought.
Current Mood: impressed
Current Music: War - Low Rider
February 26th, 2009
|shaved_ape||12:48 pm - The Day Of The Dead|
Its taken me a while but Ive recently caught up with the remake of Day Of The Dead. If this movie had a cinematic release in the UK then I must have blinked and missed it and the universally foul reviews Ive read have put me off getting the dvd until I found an uber-cheap copy.
As zombie movies go I would say its probably just about average (but in a genre befouled with cheap nastiness thats not a brilliant compliment). It makes some mistakes tonally (adding humour where its really not needed and not even that well) but would otherwise be just a very forgettable, straight to dvd genre piece.
The problem, which would have been very easily avoided, is claiming this film has any connection to the Romero classic. The script, the characters, the setting and just about any measure you want to make are at least 99% different from the original film. There was no need to draw a comparison with the original Day of The Dead film but in doing so the makers invited a comparison and came up wanting. I think this is why the film received such a critical mauling from zombie fans and can only be motivated by the desire to make a few more bucks. Without the Romero remake angle this would have just been an average and anonymous zombie movie (assuming it got made at all) but now looks all the worse for it.
Dawn of the Dead was a superb effort, I thought. It was still inferior to the original but managed to balance keeping the same setting while trying to do something new. The Italian Job also springs to mind. The remake could have been an okayish (but probably anonymous) heist movie, but by calling it a remake of the original classic - when it had almost nothing in common apart from the mini's - just made it look very poor by comparison. Its all worth it if it gets those few extra dollars it seems.
This week I have been mostly reading: Blues For Bird by Martin Gray
Current Mood: annoyed
Current Music: Kenny Rogers - What Condition My Condition Was In
February 3rd, 2009
|shaved_ape||04:17 pm - Fistful Of Brains (apologies!)|
When I typed in this link I put in the letter O rather than the number 0. I blame my eyesight...Bring on the zombies!
but if all else fails go google Fistful Of Brains & Christine Parker.
Current Mood: embarrassed
Current Music: Placeebo - Special Needs
|shaved_ape||03:37 pm - Fistful Of Brains|
At last! A zombie Western!
This week I have been mostly reading: America Unchained by Dave Gorman
Current Mood: optimistic
Current Music: Nat King Cole - Let There Be Love
|firstratedevil||12:45 am - Night of the Living Dead- UNCUT and on the Big Screen|
For over a decade the only prints that have been available for NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD theatrically have been censored and cut TV prints, colorized, or edited to contain nearly 15 minutes of newly shot and badly matching footage. We have borrowed a complete original print from a private collector just for this show! Don't miss this rare chance to see the infamously notorious ORIGINAL CUT of this film on the big screen!
PLUS: An amazing reel of rare vintage Horror trailers! AND: Surprise collectable gifts for lucky audience members!
MIDNIGHT FRIDAY FEBRUARY 6TH - At THE NEW BEVERLY CINEMA, 7165 BEVERLY BLVD, LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA
Hey Zombies, creep by in costume!