slashers

It's never a good sign when a movie believes its own hype, especially when you're dealing with a straight-to-video horror picture that doesn't deliver the goods. If the DVD packaging and/or promotional material feels the need to constantly remind you that the film you're about to see is one of the most shocking, revolting, and/or mind-numbingly disturbing experiences you'll ever have, there's a very strong possibility that it's going to be a total letdown.

I'm been meaning to see this slasher classic, and it's about to get a lot easier to see it in it's intended form. "Happy Birthday To Me" was released on DVD by Columbia in 2004, but with crappy cover art and a disco soundtrack.

One of the biggest complaints against slasher movies is that the characters are dull and there’s so little effort put into making us care about them that when they finally do meet the wrong end of a machete it’s never really upsetting. The flip side of this equation is the quirky indie relationship movie where the characters and their interactions are the film’s raison d’etre, which critics contend results in a plotless bore of endlessly talking heads.

I mean for serious, what do you say about a horror film called "Paintball", other than the fact that it exists? Well, that, and maybe the fact that this trailer is much better than it has any right to be.

This comes from Filmax, the Spanish company responsible for "Beyond Re-Animator" from a few years back. Not sure that's a check mark in their column, but what are you gonna do. In the least maybe we'll see a severed penis and a rat fight it out to the death.



Robert Hall has quite the impressive resume when it comes to working special effects magic. From TV shows like "Firefly", "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", "Angel" and "The X-Files", to movies such as "Wishmaster", "Ghosts of Mars" and the recent "Red Sands", chances are as a horror fan you've seen his work somewhere. New from Anchor Bay, his second directorial effort "Laid To Rest" gives you the chance to see what Robert is capable of bringing when his work is done behind the camera.

Deep beneath the bowels of the Los Angeles Marriot Hotel resides Laemmle’s Grande 4-Plex Theater, a rustic Cineplex reeking with the age-old air conditioning, stale popcorn and urinal cakes. For some, a theater like this wouldn’t seem fitting for a Hollywood premiere. But when that film is a gritty slasher like Robert Hall’s "Laid to Rest", the combination is a match made in hell.

This past Saturday, a small crowd of die-hard horror fans assembled at the Grande 4-Plex to experience the the film's premiere, which hits DVD shelves everywhere this week.

Here's the video for the Joe Lynch-less "Wrong Turn 3". Looks like harmless, idiotic fun, the subtitle is "LEFT FOR DEAD". Anyone see anything wrong with that?

This entry into the mutant cannibal franchise hits DVD in October.

Rob Hall is a prolific special effects guru, responsible for work on series such as "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", "Firefly", "Angel" and "The Sarah Connor Chronicles". His film resume includes the current remake of George Romero's "The Crazies", among scores of others.

His wife, Bobbi Sue Luther, recently became his collaborator on Rob's latest directorial effort "Laid To Rest", a film in which she served as both lead actor and Producer. We sat down with the two of them recently to chat about the project, and here's what happened.