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Horror Headlines: Tuesday June 11th, 2013

James Wan's "The Conjuring" will make it's big debut at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 21st. The film is supposedly based on a true story of two paranormal investigators who try to help a family being terrorized by an evil spirit. The film will then see a wide release on July 19th. I will be on a podcast shortly after that talking about how the whole thing is BS.

I've been holding off on seeing the Hammer classic "Dracula: Prince of Darkness" for 35 years because there has yet to be a US Blu-Ray release for the film. I know, it's weird that I would take a firm stance for so long considering that Blu-Ray hasn't even been around for 10 years. Well good news for me because the Christopher Lee blood sucker is finally coming our way thanks to Millennium Entertainment on September 3rd. I'll be chock full of commentary, behind the scenes features and other extras. I don't pretend to understand my madness.

Daniel Radcliffe doesn't have half the forehead that Christina Ricci has but still he's going to play Igor in Paul McGuigan's "Frankenstein". I'm not really sure why you need a big forehead for that but the film has been slapped with a October 17, 2014 release date so let's see how Radcliffe does with this bold casting move. Again I don't really know why Ricci's big forehead would make her a better choice but I stand by my statement.

Adam McKay , the guy who produced "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters", has let out that director Tommy Wirkola is being let loose to make the sequel as balls out as he'd like. I guess that also means if the follow up is a pile of doody it's all Wirkola's fault but let's look on the positive side here.

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Apparently it's illegal to place a sex ad on Craigslist for your neighbor if she pisses you off. Thank god I found this out before the weekend.

What do you do when you're a youngster on the way to school and you spot a man having sex with a dog? You whip out your cell phone and record the whole thing for all to enjoy. At least that's what these kids in Detroit did. They eventually showed their school's secretary who called the police and the man was arrested but I like to think it made the rounds in homeroom before that. This is Detroit after all.

Horror Headlines: Tuesday, June 18th, 2012

The folks over at New Line have set their sights on a remake of the 1973 murder mystery film "The Last of Sheila". As of now they've yet to settle on a writer or director for the movie that revolves around a group of people invited to a scavenger hunt aboard a yacht owned by a man whose wife was killed in a hit and run a year earlier. I have no idea how you have a scavenger hunt on a boat so that's really what I'm interested to find out here. Also if someone uses the words "poop deck".

We already know that "The Woman in Black: Angels of Death" is in the works. Remember when I told you about that? You don't, do you. Sometimes I think I'm wasting my time coming up with witty comments day after day. Well maybe you'll listen to this! According to Hammer CEO Simon Oakes there are hopes that "The Woman in Black" will live on well past 2 films and become a franchise of sorts. Maybe it could even spawn other story lines. Like "The Woman In Plaid", about a ghost who terrorized hillbillies in the woods or something. This is going to be big.

Cam Gigandet, who's last name is impossible to pronounce, will be joining Emily Browning in a new film titled "Plush". Gigandet plays a psychic doctor who helps patients get over their past by drilling down into their memories. Browning plays a young teen who possesses the same gift. "I'm in your head!", "Well now I'm in your head!". And hilarity ensues.

Little known writer Jay Basu and UK director Tom Green have been picked up to bring "Monsters 2", the follow up to the the 2010 mumble core underground little movie that could. The only way I could be excited about this is if the real Tom Green, the bum bum song guy, was directing and starring in it. In fact I would only be excited about this if it was titled "Freddy Got Fingered 2".

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Ya know everyone seems to hate bullies these days so I'm a little surprised that this teacher in Texas has been fired for having his class line up and slap a known bully in the face one by one. And in Texas of all places. I thought they loved violence. I'm disappointed.

We've all hated our neighbors at one time or another. Honestly in the 10 years I've lived on my own I've probably spoken to my neighbors a total of 0 times. I just keep it gangsta. But this woman in South Carolina went a different direction and decided to throw a pan of hot grease at hers after they had an argument. Now that I think of it she might be keeping it gangsta and I just kind of keep it quiet.

The Woman in Black is the highest grossing British horror film in 20 years

Hammer's "The Woman in Black" continues to chug along as in the UK, the film grossed nearly $24 million making the film the highest grossing horror flick to come out of Britain in nearly 20 years! In total, the film has crossed the $50 million mark making Radcliff's first post "Harry Potter" roll a pretty big success.

Horror Headlines: Wednesday, February 22nd, 2011

To help my daughter sleep we have this stuffed animal with a small radio in the back that plays the sounds of rain falling or a river flowing for 45 minutes when you push a button. This morning at 5am somehow she rolled over in her sleep in pushed the button so I was awoken to the sound of running water blasting in our bedroom over the baby monitor. I've never believed in ghosts but for a split second this morning I honestly thought our house was haunted.

Because he isn't busy enough Guillermo del Toro has decided to take on the producer role for a new CG animated flick titled "Day Of the Dead". Jorge R. Gutierrez will direct the love story in the vein of "Romeo and Juliet" set against a Mexican “Day of the Dead” backdrop. That "Haunted Mansion" flick is still happening, right? I've been excited about that for over a year now and I'm starting to get a little pissy.

I have no idea what this means but I bet Casey is going to be as giddy as a school girl about it. Hammer Films has decided to open their script archive to the public. So I guess that means we can go there and just start reading stuff? I haven't watched a lot of their movies but from what I can gather the best part of them is the girls with all their parts hanging out so I'm not really sure how reading is going to make me happy.

Set your hunk-o-meter to stun folks because it's been confirmed that Michael Fassbender will in fact star in Ridley Scott 's next film which is titled "The Counselor". The movie is about a big time lawyer who gets mixed up with the drug selling business... and then aliens attack everyone. That last part isn't true but the thing sounds kind of boring right now so I hope they're open to suggestions.

If you kids can remember all the way back to our "Mother's Day" remake episode then you know the gang was all pretty positive on the film. I think. Honestly I can't remember back that far but let's just go with it. The point is the Darren Lynn Bousman film finally has a release date of May 8th for DVD and Blu-Ray and will also be getting a limited theater run starting May 4th. May the 4th be with you! I wonder if they thought of that when the picked the date. Man I hope so. I love that crap.

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Here's a fun story about a guy who broke into a house and started trying on clothes because he said a small Asian boy invited him. The Asian boy turned out to be a bunch of flowers but he apologized so all is forgiven. Just kidding he's in jail.

A man in Quebec is in hot water after he pulled a buddy of his down the street on a couch tied to his car. The kids call it "couch surfing" I guess and apparently his friend wiped out head first into an oncoming car. I don't know what the French word is for cowabunga.

1951 Down Place goes vampire hunting with "Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter"

It's been some time since I've mentioned it last, but you may remember that I have a third podcast with my friends Brother D and Need a Nickname Scott over at Mail Order Zombie. The show is called 1951 Down Place and it's dedicated to Hammer Horror! With the release of The Woman in Black coming from the newly re-birthed Hammer Studios this weekend, I figured it would be a good time to start sharing my love off Hammer with you all.

Hammer classics slated for Blu-Ray restoration, lost material dredged up

Since the studio has come back to life in 2007, Hammer Studios have been hard at work putting out some quality content. High quality flicks such as "Let Me In" and the upcoming "The Woman in Black" help to prove that they mean business with their return to the big screen. With this news story over on the BBC this morning, Hammer is now planning to impress us even more with plans to restore thirty of their past horror classics for Blu-ray release!

Horror Headlines: Thursday October 20th, 2011

Ahh bizkits! A few months back the BGH crew got a full on robot chubby (name the movie) when we watched "Tucker and Dale vs Evil" and now it looks like the horror comedy is finally getting a DVD and Blu-Ray release. November 29th is the day you can get your disgusting little mits on this romp about a weekend vacation gone wrong. I'm sorry about the disgusting mits comment, I just get so excited sometimes.

Hammer Films' "The Woman In Black" kind of came out of nowhere but hot diggity dog if it hasn't captured my heart and mind. Maybe it's because it's got Harry Potter in it or maybe it's because I'm a sucker for creepy kids. We may never know. But today we've got a new motion poster for the flick that hits theaters on February 3rd. Just to be clear Daniel Radcliffe is in the movie, it isn't really Harry Potter.

If you didn't play "Red Dead Redemption" then I'm not sure I want to be your friend anymore. The game was super dope to the max! And now Christian Cantamessa, the lead designer on the game, is directing and co-writing a new flick called "Wake Cycle". The movie takes place in an underground facility where two workers find they're running out of air after a nuclear fallout. I'm just kidding about the friend thing, I don't know what I'd do if I lost you.

George A. Romero looks to be eyeing a film version of the book "The Zombie Autopsies" which is about a group of scientists who discover that zombie apocalypse was actually brought on by a group trying to topple the economy. Nothing is confirmed on the project and right now it looks like the idea is just a twinkle in Romero's cataract-addled eye but the project sounds right up his alley. And by that I mean boring and confusing to me.

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I have never wanted to be a cop so bad in my life after reading this story about an Ohio man who released about 50 animals from his small zoo and then killed himself. Why do I want to be a cop? Because how often do you get to hunt and kill a Bengal tiger in the middle of Ohio? If that's not fun I don't know what is.

A New York man is in prison after he was caught selling prescription drugs to people from his ice cream truck. I wonder if he put the pictures of what he had on the side next to the bomb pops and choco taco? I also wonder if his customers called him Big Worm.

Snapshots: Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed

I used to be a fan, but this latest season of Dancing With the Stars is just getting weird.

My New Podcast: Welcome to 1951 Down Place!...

I've mentioned my love of Hammer flicks many times over on the Bloody Good Horror Podcast. I've never really gone in depth with this love affair on the air however. Seeing as I love to talk movies and books and such, why not bring in some friends to talk Hammer films? Luckily, I have two friends that love Hammer as much as I do, so I've joined forces with Derek, a.k.a.

Horror Headlines: Tuesday April 12th, 2011

Matt Reeves has signed up to write and direct the big screen adaptation of the short story "8 O’Clock in the Morning". Why is this exciting? Well, you cynical son of a bitch, the short story just happens to be the inspiration for everyone's favorite bubblegum flick "They Live". Now are you interested? What if I told you this news post comes with a free frogurt? FYI: No Frogurt will be given.

Good news for those of you in the world who love cleavage, and honestly, if you don't I'd ask that you get your un-American ass of our site, "Elvira's Movie Macabre" will bee hitting DVD in the near future with two double features. One featuring "Night of the Living Dead" and "I Eat Your Skin" and another with "The Satanic Rights of Dracula" and "The Werewolf of Washington". Double features... there's a boob joke there right? It's a little too obvious.

Speaking of cleavage, aren't those Hammer movies supposed to be chock full of them? What the hell happened?! Take a look at the new trailer for "The Woman in Black" starring Daniel Radcliffe. Nothing, nada. The movies focuses on lawyer who finds himself in a small village that's cursed by the ghost of a woman. Keep your fingers crossed, maybe it's a stripper ghost.

A couple new images from the set of "Silent Hill: Revelation" have hit the tubes and it looks to be set in a spooky carnival. I'm just guessing here, but I'm betting that these two images will be the high point of the movie. Maybe that's just me, I'm a glass half full kind of guy. Honestly, I still don't understand that saying though, so I could be using it wrong.

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A man in a Utah Mental Facility has been brought up on charges after he reportedly strangled his roommate to death because he couldn't take his snoring anymore. Not going to say I agree with what the guy did, but I understand. I'm looking at the rest of you Bloody Good Horror crew! Just because it's Horror Hound Weekend doesn't mean I don't want to sleep!

You've got to give this guy points for creativity. A Pennsylvania doctor is being accused of sexual assault after he tried convincing a number of women looking to lose weight that he could help them burn 200 calories by giving them an orgasm. Oddly enough this is the same logic I used on myself, and that is why I am no longer allowed in any New York Sports club in the greater tri-state area.

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