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PENNYWISE-IN-A-BOX? [“It” Wraps Filming]

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Well, it’s official: the book-to-film adaptation of Stephen King’s It has wrapped,and it’s safe to say that Andres Muschietti‘s impending remake is one of the most eagerly anticipated horror movies of 2017. Which, as terrified of clowns as I am, is understandable considering that it’s an adaptation of Stephen King‘s fan favorite 1986 novel of the same name. Need further evidence that this film might terrify you? Well pretty much everything that’s been released regarding 2017’s It has, rather helpfully, been terrifying. Which now includes this Jack In The Box toy to celebrate the end of its production that is set to sink into your brain and into your nightmares; just so it can haunt you for weeks. This weathered jack-in-the-box with Pennywise – as the clown – popped out shares the same design as the photograph that came out earlier this year. [The jack-in-the-box picture will be posted below!]

It opens upon with the murder of a child by the name of George Denbrough in the fall of 1988, who is killed inside the storm drain of a small town. Close to a year later, in the summer of 1989, George Denbrough‘s older brother Bill gathers together a group of his friend to try and find the murderer. What they don’t know is that the murder was actually committed by an evil entity known as Pennywise, who awakens every three decades as an ageless, shapeshifting demon..

For those interested, Barbara Muscietti‘s Instagram is packed full of images from It’s shoot. So those of you that are looking to devour every little bit of information that you can regarding this horror remake should immediately head over to her page to increase your excitement for the film. I’m trying to avoid it, both because of spoilers and that fear of clowns keeps looming over my shoulder!

Now I turn to You – the reader. Are You excited for It? Why or why not? Maybe you’re a huge fan of Stephen King and are curious about this “version” of Pennywise; or maybe – like myself – you’re afraid of clowns and morbidly curious.. Let me know in a comment below, and if you enjoyed this list; go and follow me over on my Facebook page! [we’re at over 150+ likes – let’s get to 200!] By clicking that “like” button, you’ll see every post from warrenisweird the very moment it’s been “gone live” online; and I also share links to articles and pictures/videos that will not be featured here on the blog. So go follow over there too!

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ALSO, on a quick note: seeing as it’s almost October, I have been in the slow process of starting the plans for this year’s Weirdo’ween, so keep an eye open for more on that – it may not be as extravagant as last year’s one movie a day [I’m super busy with two jobs, and my college prep!] but there definitely will be something! STAY TUNED

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April Fool’s Day: a little horror film from 1986

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[NOTE: this is the font I’ll most likely use from now on when posting a picture]

Do you know what day it is? okay yes, it’s Friday, but what I mean is that today is none other than April Fool’s Day! It’s a special, one day event where you’re supposed to play a trick on someone – or a group of people – just because someone a long time ago thought of it as harmless fun. Maybe it is, I’ve never been one to take part in it, at least – not to the point of driving someone over the edge..like some people. Today though, being April 1st, I’m taking a different approach to April Fool’s Day, I’m not going to talk pranks and tricks, but I’m going to talk about a little cult classic horror movie with the same title: April Fool’s Day. As with many, if not all, expect spoilers in this review. I’m going to cover the entire movie. I mean, I have to, if I’m going to explain why I didn’t like it the first time around. [Since my reasoning is “the twist at the end” and who the killer turns out to be]

Directed by Fred Walton, April Fool’s Day is a 1986 American mystery/horror film that follows a group of college students and their weekend getaway to an island estate [belonging to another, but wealthy classmate] which seems to be infiltrated by a killer on the loose. It’s not necessarily a “scary” movie, when I first watched this movie – I didn’t enjoy it. Actually, I was quite upset with it; I couldn’t believe the ending. I took it as a cheap way to write everything off.. but watching it again, I came to understand: it does take place over April Fool’s Day and the weekend following. [oddly enough, this movie’s “April Fool’s” takes place on a Friday, kind of like today!]

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Our movie revolves around eight people: Harvey, Nikki, Rob, Skip, Nan, Chaz, Kit, Arch and the rich Muffy St. John. Almost immediately, The tone is set, with Muffy preparing little details around the house, and finds an old jack-in-the-box. Her friends, meanwhile, are joking around on a pier, waiting on a ferry. But while on their way to the island, Buck, a deckhand on said ferry, is seriously injured in a gruesome accident.

Once the friends arrive on the island [and into the mansion], it turns out what Muffy was doing earlier was setting up a variety of little jokes, from simple whoopee cushions,and  “dribble glasses”, to the more complex and somewhat disturbing “pranks”. [We see her put an audiotape of a baby crying in someone’s room and even heroin paraphernalia in another person’s wardrobe! She sees this as “just for fun!”] Though somewhat harmless, the friends – over all – try to relax..It’s just April Fool’s Day, right? Except then, Skip goes missing.. and Kit catches a glimpse of what looks like his dead body! Next, Arch and Nan go missing. [wait, what?] During the search for Arch/Nan, Nikki falls into the island’s well – only to find the severed heads of Skip and Arch and the dead body of Nan[what the hell is going on?] Trying to escape the killer, the remaining group learn that the phones are dead, and there is no way to get off the island until Monday..

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With already half of the group of friends left, something need, or someone, needs to explain themselves. People keep dying. One after another, people keep vanishing, only to end up being killed with their bodies being found. Finally, we get some answers. It turns out that Kit and Rob put together some of the clues in front of them, learning that everyone’s earlier assumption is wrong. It turns out the deckhand who got injured earlier, is nothing but a red herring and it turns out that Muffy, has a violent [and insane] sister: Buffy, who has escaped! That’s right: the “Muffy” they have been around since the first night on the island was actually Buffy pretending to be Muffy.. This causes them to discover Muffy‘s severed head in the basement. [did you catch that? I got confused just typing it out] So there’s your twist: Muffy is actually Buffy, and is killing everyone..or is she? By this point, Buffy‘s true identity is discovered, so she chases them around the mansion with a butcher’s knife separating the remaining people. While Kit flees from Buffy into the living room, she finds everyone else [who previously died] there, fully alive and calmly waiting for her..REWIND a second, WHAT THE HELL?

Think about it for a second. What weekend was it? April Fool’s Day. It was all a joke, or more accurately, a dress rehearsal. It is becomes clear to the audience that the whole movie that we just experienced was never meant to be a slasher film, but rather pretending to be one. Muffy actually has hopes to turn her mansion into a horror themed resort. She even had a friend who does special effects and make-up for Hollywood to help out with everything. As for the victims? They all agreed to take part as things were [slowly] explained to them..

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Now that that’s all done and over with, everyone has a laugh and break out the bottles of champagne. Later that night, while talking about their “experience”, a half-drunk Muffy goes to her room. She finds a wrapped present on her bed. Smiling, she opens the gift. Turns out, it’s the jack-in-the-Box we saw at the beginning of the movie. Savoring her new found surprise, she turns the handle slowly. When “Jack” finally pops out, Nan appears behind Muffy and slits her throat with a razor! [there’s our killer, right?] Naturally, Muffy screams, but then realizes she isn’t really bleeding. She “got” her with a trick razor and stage blood.. The film ends with the Jack-in-the-box winking at the audience.


Arguably, I think it’s pretty obvious why I didn’t like this movie the first time around: I just didn’t enjoy the concept of a movie that turns out to be “fake” all along. As I said at the beginning of this review, I thought it was a cheap way out of explaining everything  at first. I understand that it was April Fool’s Day during the weekend at the mansion, but it feels “too easy.” It must have been though, because in 2008, they remade the film [as a straight to DVD release] with the same title: April Fool’s Daythough the story and characters in this version are radically different. I enjoy the movie now, but it wouldn’t make it into my top five slasher films of the 80s, if such a list existed. For now, here’s a trailer for the more tolerable [but questionable] original 1986 film.

As always, now I turn to You. What are Your thoughts on a movie such as April Fool’s Day? Is it an interesting concept, or is that ending just too cliche? Let me know your thoughts in the comments! If you find yourself to enjoy what I do on here, then please take a minute and follow me over on my Facebook page [it’s at over 145+ likes – only a few more and we’ll have reached over 150!] By clicking that “like” button, you’ll see every post from warrenisweird the very moment it’s been posted online; and I also share links to articles and pictures/videos that will not be featured here on the blog.

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[here’s that really cheesy wink at the end of the film for your entertainment!]

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Trailer Thoughts: A CHRISTMAS HORROR STORY [2015]

We’re going from classic Halloween [see my Frankenstein Friday Fun Fact] to..Christmas? Wait, hold on.. let me try that again… ahem.

One thing that I’m becoming more and more of a fan of, is holiday themed horror movies. Whether we’re talking ones that take place on Halloween or on St. Patrick’s Day, movies that have their story revolved around such a holiday are a guilty pleasure of mine. 2015 is quickly proving to have a wealth of holiday horror headed our way, with Michael Dougherty‘s Krampus, and now, Grant Harvey and Steven Hoban‘s very own A Christmas Horror Story! Like most cases in most holiday themed horror films, the last place you want to be alone on the Christmas Holidays is in a small town. In the upcoming film A Christmas Horror Story, the small town in question is none other than Bailey Downs. The film will follow five different [yet, interwoven] stories that take each take place on Christmas:starting with one which is told by a festive radio host, another follows a family who brings home more than just a Christmas tree, a student-made documentary becomes a living nightmare, a Christmas spirit terrorizes the naughty [and the nice!], and also: Santa Claus slaying evil Elves! If this sounds like something you’d be interested in watching, then I’ve got exciting news for you: the synopsis for the film has been released, and so has the trailer! Catch up and read the synopsis down below!

Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy, peace and goodwill. But for some folks in the small town of Bailey Downs, it turns into something much less festive. When Krampus – the anti-Santa who punishes the naughty children – is summoned by a young boy, everyone’s fight for survival begins..”

you can’t not say that Santa looks pretty bad ass in this screenshot!

Another awesome thing to note about this film [which I’m sure you’ll notice in the trailer] is that a certain famous actor appears: none other than William Shatner! I mean, if that doesn’t sell you on A Christmas Horror Story, I don’t know what will! A Christmas Horror Story is scheduled for theatrical release on October 2, 2015 and I haven’t been this excited for a film involving Christmas in a long time.. Be sure to check out the trailer for A Christmas Horror Story at the bottom of this paragraph, and let me know what you thought about the trailer for the film. Is it a film you’d consider watching? Or do you think it looks like B-Movie garbage that’s trying too hard to be a cult classic?

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I mean come on guys.. It’s William [freaking] Shatner!!

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SCREAM FACTORY announces TEN new releases!

You know what I love? movies. You know what I love more than movies? [my wife – yes I can say that now] when a cult movie gets re-released! That’s where Shout! Factory [and their sister site; Scream! Factory] succeeds; and quickly became one of my favorite film/TV on DVD distributors. Starting back in 2004, Shout! Factory released the complete series of cult classic TV show: Freaks and Geeks with tons of bonus features – which they’ve since become known for. I won’t go far into their history, because that’s not why you’re here, so let’s get on with the horror! As I said above, Scream! Factory is the side of the company that releases the cult horror; which is what I am [slowly] starting to collect. With titles like Sleepaway Camp and even one of my personal favorites: Army Of Darkness on it’s way, the company seems to know what their fans want. With #SDCC long and done for this year, many things were mentioned [see my last post*] and one such thing was Scream! Factory‘s plan to release TEN new films on Blu Ray!

That’s right, ten brand new titles, successfully acquired for Blu-Ray release. While none of the following have solid release dates yet, most [if not all] are expected before the end of 2016. I suppose this only means that my movie shelf is slowly going to collapse under it’s own weight, cause each one is either a film I’ve been looking to pick up, or I haven’t had time to pick up. So enough talk and let’s look at these expected releases, shall we? I’ve included the movie’s poster, and a quick plot synopsis, just to get you in the mood for some cult film! Truthfully, I’m actually excited for quite a few of these! Ready..Go!

 Women’s Prison Massacre: this film follows Emanuelle, who is a reporter who comes just a little too close to exposing a corrupt city official, and is therefore sent to prison on charges. [because relevance, I guess] While in prison, the inmates are constantly harassed [and even tortured] by the prison workers. It’s the kind of place where overly loving prisoners have their heads forced underwater, while others are told to look, so they know what could happen to them.. Emanuelle finds an enemy in the deranged Albina, someone who “runs the prison.” For the pleasure of the warden, Emanuelle and Albina are forced to fight each other..with knives! It doesn’t help that four men from inside the prison escape and ultimately, take over the prison. Women’s Prison Massacre is violent, it’s gory, and it’s Italian. What’s not to like?


Blood & Lace: with a title like Blood & Lace, you know it’s going to be interesting. Our story here follows young Ellie Masters, who’s prostitute mother and her lover are beaten to death in bed while little Ellie is sent to an isolated orphanage run by Mrs. Deere and her handyman who ‘helps’ out at the orphanage. The only one who seems to be taking an interest in her well being is detective Calvin Carruthers. While a lot of unpleasant surprises are in store for Ellie in this movie, the biggest is the fact that Mrs. Deere [and her handyman] are both brutal sadists, who run the orphanage like a concentration camp, proving that her mother’s hammer-wielding killer is now most likely stalking her!


Troll/Troll 2: Probably the film[s] I’m most excited for on this list, the Troll movies are bad – like “Oh My Godddddd!bad, but you know what? It’s probably the reason I love them so much. This one was a long time coming from Scream! Factory so I’m definitely going to have to grab this one on Blu Ray. Though I doubt it, I’m hoping for one of the special features to be Best Worst Movie, which is the documentary about the making of Troll 2. Fun Fact, did you know this film featured a ‘hero’ named Harry Potter before the boy wizard? Weird, I know..


Ghost Story: In this movie, we meet four successful [yet elderly] gentlemen, who are all members of a group known as The Chowder Society, where they tell ghost stories to one another. The interesting thing is that all four men share a gruesome, 50-year old secret.. and I’m not talking about their friendship! But when one of Edward Wanderley‘s twin sons dies in an accident, the group begins to see a pattern of frightening events developing before their eyes.


The Guardian: I’m just going tothrow you right into the plot for this film, okay? Meet Phil and Kate. They have a baby boy. His name is Jake. The happy couple decide to hire a babysitter named Camilla to look after Jake, and quickly she becomes almost like part of the family. The family’s neighbor, Ned, ends up takes a liking to Camilla and asks her out on a date. Quickly, she refuses, but heartbroken Ned follows her home, only to discover that she is not quite human. When Camilla discovers that she has been followed, she leaves a message for Phil and Kate which reveals that she has special plans for young Jake..


The Car: While traveling through the desert on their bikes, two teenage are murdered by a black car. When this car hit a hitchhiker and the crime is witnessed, Sheriff Everett puts his men on high alert and plans to put road blocks in the area to arrest the driving murderer. Sooner than later, he becomes a victim of the car and newly appointed Sheriff Wade Parent begins a man hunt for the vehicle that is seemingly threatening his town. Though, it seems to be impossible to be located. It’s only then that Wade realizes that he might be dealing with a car with supernatural powers.


Nightmares: An anthology film full of horror! Once again, this is one of the releases I’m most excited for. In one story, a woman who leaves her house late at night to drive to the store while a killer is loose..and encounters some problems. In the second, an arcade kid’s obsession with a game leads to deadly consequences. The third story follows a small town priest who loses his faith and decides to leave town – only to be stalked by a mysterious black pick-up truck.. Ending with the final story, with a family’s problem with a rat is larger than they think..


Death Becomes Her: Helen, a writer. Madeline, an actress. These two have hated each other for years. For good reason though, since Madeline is married to Ernest, who was once Helen‘s fiance! After recovering from a mental breakdown, Helen swears her revenge by planning to steal back Ernest and killing Madeline. But both rivals have secretly swallowed a miracle cure for aging; as they accidentally discover, when trying to eliminate the other, that they have both become immortal and that “life” will never be the same again..


The Garbage Pail Kids Movie: I’m sure I don’t have to say much about this movie; it’s definitely a “you love it or hate it” kind of film, but it’s a cult classic for sure! It follows seven [disgusting] kids who each have their own set of interesting personalities. They’re being made of the green mud coming out of garbage can, and once alive; their master gives them rules to obey.. Though, they think that life is funnier without following stupid regulations like no television or no candy. Naturally, this might just cause some problems. It’s gross, it’s raunchy, it’s everything you want – it’s The Garbage Pail Kids!


The Return Of The Living Dead: MORE BRAINS! It usually follows the idiots, doesn’t it? When a pair of idiotic employees at a medical supply warehouse accidentally release a deadly toxin into the air, the vapors cause the dead to re-animate as they go on a rampage through Louisville, Kentucky seeking their favorite food – brains. This film is already a classic, but with the Tarman, it’s easily one of the better zombie classics.


Hopefully this list didn’t feel too long, but if you’ve made it this far; I need to know..for science – what re-release are you looking forward to? Is it something sadistic like Blood & Lace? Or are you more a fan of The Garbage Pail Kids? Let me know in a comment or two below! Also, If you found yourself to enjoy this article, please take a minute and follow me over on Facebook where you can click thelikebutton on my Facebook page. By clicking “like”, you’ll see every post from warrenisweird the very moment it’s been posted. I also share links and pictures that will not be featured here on the blog. Every “like” helps me a ton, giving me the ability to write more articles, so be sure to tell the horror enthusiast in your life to do the same, and share the page with your family and friends!

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Sam Raimi HINTS at an ‘Evil Dead crossover’ film with ASH & MIA!

Remember Evil Dead ? It was easily one of, if not – my favorite film of it’s year. It was gruesome, it was totally not what I expected, it was violent, and it was a remake [one of the only remakes I actually enjoy!] of one of my favorite films ever: The Evil Dead. With San Diego Comic Con wrapping up this past weekend, a lot has been mentioned/shown to audiences lucky enough to be forward enough, but of everything shown, I’m finding myself looking forward to most but mainly — two specific things; Ash VS Evil Dead and [more recently hinted at] an Evil Dead crossover film featuring both Ash and Mia.. and this is coming from Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi themselves!

In addition to showing off their first full trailer for Ash VS Evil Dead[which I’ll include in this post, near the end!]  plus telling a room full of over 1000 people that the new series will premiere exclusively on Starz on Oct. 31st — that’s Halloween, for you primitive screwheads who can’t already tell — Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell also let the notion of a [major] possibility for what we might expect from the next Evil Dead movie.

When asked whether Raimi, who is an executive producer on Ash VS Evil Dead [and director of its first episode], would ever like to make another Evil Dead film, Raimi had a this to say:: “After working with Fede Alvarez, who did a terrific job on the Evil Dead remake…we loved that movie and we [are] thinking we should do a team-up eventually of his great heroine and our hero for a joint-Evil Dead reality.

For those who don’t know; Instead of clumsy yet loveable Ash, the remake saw Mia [played by the beautiful Jane Levy] as the heroine of the film, becoming a Deadite-like creature herself, before ultimately stopping the horde of enemies from taking over.. though by then, She was much too late. Without getting into it too much, it was essentially exactly what I wanted from the series: I just didn’t know it until I saw it with my own two eyes! Going back to the topic at hand, what it seems that Raimi is suggesting is a crossover between the original Evil Dead films’ star [Ash] and the hero[ine] from the remake; making this a team up so much more groovy than anything we’ve come to see from the film series we already know and love! In retrospect, this would explain why [SPOILERS! but not really] Ash appears at the end of the remake’s credits just simply stating ‘groovy’!’ Obviously, this is just all “a possibly” right now — with nothing confirmed just yet.. All that is certain is Ash VS Evil Dead, which is coming together perfectly. It’s really coming to feel like the original Evil Dead series again; with blood, guts, and even some comedy thrown in the mix — something that was missing from the remake, which made it effective as fuck. [seriously: that remake was great, even if it was pure terror!]  Also, if you haven’t – check out the first full trailer for Ash VS Evil Dead, below!

So now I turn to you, with today’s question which is: Did you like the Evil Dead remake? Or did you find the lack of comedy just “not Evil Dead” ? What about a crossover with Ash and Mia? Is this something you’d want to see on the big screen, or should the two series be left to their own series? Let me know in a comment or two!! Also, If you found yourself to enjoy this article, please take a minute and follow me over on Facebook where you can click thelikebutton on my Facebook page. By clicking “like”, you’ll see every post from warrenisweird the very moment it’s been posted. I also share links and pictures that will not be featured here on the blog. Every “like” helps me a ton, giving me the ability to write more articles, so be sure to tell the horror enthusiast in your life to do the same, and share the page with your family and friends!

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SPECIAL REVIEW: “THE SKY HAS FALLEN”

One of the perks about writing about horror films is that occasionally, film makers will send me copies of their film to review – it’s not a paid gig, and I don’t expect it to be: I do it for the sheer entertainment of it. Whether it’s horror or otherwise, I’m always up for watching something to help someone get noticed in the film industry. It’s generally by email [where I get contacted through my contact page] and I’m asked if I’m willing to do a review, which I’m not one to turn down. It’s kind of like when I wrote the last film study, I was requested to write my thoughts on the info-graph and without hesitation, [because I thought it was interesting] I jumped at the opportunity. Same goes for movies, I’m not against reviewing every film I can, it’s just a matter of if I can get to each [and every] one of them, and having time.

One such movie I was asked if I was willing to review was called The Sky Has Fallen, and the request to review was coming straight from the director/writer. I had never heard of such a film, but armed with the knowledge that it won “Best Horror Feature” at the Horror Freak Show Festival in 2009, and that the director insisted on only using practical effects; I was sold already. I looked into it a little, [not the trailer though, I wanted to go into the film blind] and found out it started out on Kickstarter, and already had a ton of people praising either the film, or the fact that Mr. Roos [the writer/director] was using practical effects, which one fan even called “a dying art” – which I must agree with. Roos also seemed to be a reader of warrenisweird, because he had mentioned in his email that he had read my thoughts on [bad] CGI, and even agreed with me! I was beyond excited for this film. With this excitement [and free time] ahead of me: I dove into the horror award winner, known only to me as: The Sky Has Fallen.

for an indie film – these effects are flawless.

The movie begins with telling us that the world has [more or less] ended, and that within a couple of hours, a new disease has wiped nearly the entirety of humankind. Trying to avoid this “infection”, people have started to evacuate cities, fleeing to remote locations such as back woods, or by the river. Some survivors have also claimed that they have been seeing mysterious black figures carrying away the dead and actually experimenting on them. Now, our two “heroes”: Lance and Rachel, are determined to fight back and plan on killing The Leader of these creatures before the rest of humanity disappears: for good. As you can tell from the above picture, the practical effects I was told about are beyond what I expected; with an almost Sam Raimi feeling attached to them. This is a great thing, as I’m a huge fan of the original Evil Dead trilogy, and Raimi is a practical effects master! [as far as I’m concerned] I would have loved to see more of the make up effects though, because as the creatures show up, you could tell that there was great effort put into the detail, but as soon as you want to get a clear look, the camera either looks away, or pans to another scene. If I had to make a constructive criticism on one thing though, it’d be that the back woods they were walking through could have used more scenery. By this, I just mean that most – if not all – the film takes place with just trees as background. If we saw maybe some survivor huts, or some sort of structures to add more to the feeling of moving forward; giving the characters a feeling of traveling further into the woodlands.

The other thing is the acting. Overall, it’s mediocre at best, but as a lower budget flick; I’m not overly surprised. The dialogue, however, is where I have a slight complaint. It’s just how the actors deliver their lines: they’re almost over-dramatic bursts.. This can be overlooked thanks to the special effects and the story, but it’s something that sometimes feels out of place at times. My absolute favorite thing about this film [besides the use of practical effects] is that the story was not fully explained. Although that can sometimes be a downfall – especially in the horror genre – I like that other than talk of: a plague, some zombie-like beings, horrible and violent deaths, and something weird happening to humanity. That’s really the only explanation we’re given. It’s strange and obscure, but we never really know what’s actually going on or even why these two “heroes” were immune to.. whatever this virus really is: It’s subtlety at it’s finest.

Ultimately thought, in an age films are filled with CGI – which I absolutely detest –  it’s so freeing to see that practical effects are still something people play with. It’s something we need more of, even if CGI can fix what practicality can’t, it’s the effort and the time that’s put into it that makes it feel so special. The Sky Has Fallen isn’t the most perfect film I’ve ever seen – but it’s great to look at visually, and for a low budget film; it’s brilliantly put together. It’s a great first [full length] film from Director Doug Roos, and I look forward to his next film[s] ! If you like zombies, swordplay, and violence – check out The Sky Has Fallen over here: it’s not free to watch, but it’s definitely a fun film to spend an hour and a bit on. Definitely Recommended.

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[very] NSFW: Bouquet Of Guts & Gore gets itself a grotesque trailer

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Oh yes. this is happening. and no, I’m not that excited for it.

Inspired by the original Japanese Guinea Pig movies, one of which famously is known for having led Charlie Sheen to call the FBI under the impression it was a real snuff film! This “chapter” promises a “bouquet of guts and gore”, [hence the film’s title] and have thus released an extremely NSFW trailer. [due to the graphic content of the following video, you might have to sign into Youtube to confirm your age]

Looking at the trailer above, it shows that some horror fans really can’t get enough of the gore. and for that reason, they will try to find the goriest film[s] they can find – whether it’s for entertainment purposes or to shock friends and/or family. Eventually, if they were to look hard enough, they’d come across The Guinea Pig films. [also known as “ギニーピッグ” or “Ginī Piggu”] Because not much is known about this “sequel” other than what the trailer has shown us, let’s talk about the original film[s] for a bit.

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a face only a mother could love..

The [generalized] plot revolves around a man dressed as a samurai [played by Hino himself] kidnapping a woman, drugging her and taking her to his home. When they arrive, he then proceeds to dismember her and ends by finally adding her body parts to an extensive collection. These films are actually a seven-part series [yeah! you read that right! there are seven of these films!] of controversial Japanese gore horror films, which were made from the 1980-1990s. The series went on to become a blemish on the horror genre globally, mainly for the fact that the producer needed to prove that nobody was actually hurt or murdered! The producer of these “films”, Hideshi Hino, has claimed that the original concept for the movies, was to create a film adaptation of his manga work. The special effects were explained in the 1986 documentary Making Of Guinea Pig.

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the “official” poster for the upcoming film..

So the real question here is how do you feel about this “movie” ? is it just mindless violence; or is it “art”? Let me know in a comment or two below! Also, note that I kept putting the word “movie” in quotations during this post- before I get a 1000000 questions as to why, it’s just that I really wouldn’t consider this cinema/art.. be sure to follow me over on Facebook, less than 40 more likes until 100[I’d really appreciate it if you hit that “like” button!]

THANKS FOR READING.

FRIDAY FUN FACT: Gremlins [1984]

well, he doesn’t look like he’s having any fun at all..

Welcome to warrenisweird‘s newest segment: Friday Fun Facts. In this series, I will be sharing various trivia about a different film every Friday. Whether I tackle well known [horror] films, or films nobody knows/that haven’t been released yet, there will a little something for everyone! For today being the first in the Friday Fun Fact series, I’m going to talk about one of my more favorite classics from the 80‘s: Gremlins.

Everybody, and I mean everybody, has at least heard of the movie Gremlins: it’s a cute story about a cuddly looking Mogwai named Gizmo who has a specific set of rules attached to him: (1) no bright lights, (2) don’t get him wet, and (3) never feed him after midnight, no matter how much he begs! These rules were set in place for the following reasons: bright light physically hurts him, and sunlight can kill him. If he gets wet, he pops out more Mogwai. If fed after midnight, a Mogwai will spin into a cocoon and undergo metamorphosis; turning him into an evil, trouble-making gremlin, causing all sorts of havoc!

but did you know?

In the original script for the film, there were a handful of dark[er] scenes that were taken out from the final script, which included the Gremlin decapitating Billy‘s Mother, and actually eating his dog. [jealous of another pet, much?] There was even a scene planned which had the Gremlins invade a McDonald’s, and ultimately – feast on all the customers inside the restaurant! if that isn’t dark enough, Mr. Hanson, the science teacher, originally died with dozens of hypodermic needles stuck in his face. But, by request from Spielberg, this scene was re-shot so it with just a single needle in the ass. doesn’t sound like the Gremlins I know and love!
 Another major change from the original draft to the finished script was that the cute and heroic Gizmo was supposed to turn into Stripe [above] by the end of the first film. It wasn’t until Steven Spielberg stepped in and completely removed this idea, with the assumption that audiences would probably fall in love with the character of Gizmo, and would want him to stay good natured and present throughout the whole film. In the end, Stripe ended up being a mischievous Mogwai that becomes main villain of the film/sequel.

Look carefully! In the scene where the Gremlins are watching Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs at the local cinema, one of the Gremlins wears Mickey Mouse ears.

So that about wraps up the first [of many] edition of Friday Fun Fact here on warrenisweird. I hope I helped you look at the classic Gremlins film[s] in a different light; and if you have any suggestions or requests for future Friday Fun Facts, let me know in a comment or over on the Facebook Page!
THANKS FOR READING.

Challenge #1: check out “13 SINS”

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Like most horror fans, I have come to realize that there are a ton of “dark” movies on Netflix [their choice of words, not mine] and while most are either films I’ve already seen or just plain boring, I found something that could be considered a special little gem: 13 Sins. I had seen the trailer before, and was genuinely curious, but never got around to actually sitting down and watching the movie..until last night.

The film follows Elliot Brindle: a boring but likeable guy who has the worst luck imaginable— from getting fired, [while hoping for a promotion] to having hardly any income for his pregnant fiancée. [who his racist father despises] while driving home one evening, Elliot gets a weird call who offers him $1,000 to swat a fly that keeps buzzing in his car. True to the anonymous caller’s word, Elliot earns himself the money and the caller tells him if he completes just 12 more challenges [the “sins”], he will find himself to be a very rich man. The twist is though, if he accepts this “game”, he must complete each and every one of the 13 ‘sins’ or all the money he’s made up until that point will be lost.

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“I’m telling you man, 13 Sins is fucking gold!”

The film follows Elliot‘s fall from quiet guy to mad-man with every challenge. It starts off easy enough, with eating the fly, [from earlier] but they slowly change into more twisted/fucked up “challenges”; making Elliot do things like make a child cry.. or even take a [dead] man out for coffee in a small frame of time. Of course, the cops are also after him [or are they?] so there’s that to consider as well! Eventually, our anonymous caller throws a twist in, one which has been in motion since the beginning of the film—we just weren’t told until the plot made sense of it: that all this time, there’s been another “player”; and if he/she completes all 13 challenges first, Elliot will lose everything. The ending is a jaw dropper [at least for me, it actually surprised me.. while others online said they totally expected it]

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13 Sins is actually a really fun film, it’s has some great acting, [Ron Perlman even makes an appearance in the movie!] the story is beyond entertaining, and the lack of gore [very little to none] makes it somewhat more believable. By the end of the film, you wonder if there could be a sequel, since we learn that “The Game” has been going on for centuries! If you have the chance, give it a shot.. I give this a recommend; just because it’s an all around good time.

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[wanna know what happens in this specific “challenge”? watch 13 Sins to find out!]

THANKS FOR READING.

Hell won’t have them: this is THE DEVIL’S REJECTS

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[Writer’s Note: this post is dedicated to Matthew McGrory, who played Tiny Firefly in the film, who died shortly after filming THE DEVIL’S REJECTS. RIP]

Have you ever seen a movie that felt so terribly realistic that you almost felt disgusted with yourself for enjoying the movie? I certainly have, a couple of times actually, but one of those times; it was because of this movie: The Devil’s Rejects. It has blood, it has guts, and a whole lot of fear attached to our “Rejects”. What I’m trying to say is, they aren’t exactly the nicest hillbilly redneck murderous family in the woods.

Although technically a sequel to House Of 1000 Corpses, the film can actually be enjoyed on it’s own — it just makes sense to see both, for the sake of the same characters in both films. However, we’re talking about [in my opinion] the better of the two films: the “second” one. The film begins in the late 70s [roughly 1978] with newspaper clips being shown about missing people and how they were found. [presumably the victims from House Of 1000 Corpses] the newspaper articles mention how Police had raided the Firefly home and had found body parts in the refrigerator, as well as furniture made out of skin. The article also mentions how there was enough evidence discovered, specifically in the basement, to put the body count at [at least] 75 people, and possibly more!

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The thing that makes this film so much more memorable than 1000 Corpses is that we, as the audience, get a better understanding of the characters of Otis, Captain Spaulding, and Baby [not so much Mama Firefly, as she spends most of her time in jail]— not to mention, this time around, we really get to see their true colors as the villains they truly are. This film is also more believable to their House counterparts; especially the entire motel scene between the traveling band, Otis and Baby. It’s just so gritty and yet raw to watch — it’s one of those moment swhere you want to look away..but just can’t.

Otis is also more extreme this time around too, [I didn’t think that was possible either] with both his violent nature, and his quotes that are just fucking awesome. In fact, one specific quote — “the next thing that comes out of your mouth better be some fucking brilliant Mark Twain shit, cause it’s definitely getting chiseled on your tombstone!” actually got Bill Moseley [actor of Otis] nominated for an award at the Chainsaw Awards, which I think is pretty bad-ass! If quotes aren’t your thing, the ending of the film [the last 15 minutes or so] is one of my all time favorite endings to a film, just hearing Free Bird being played during a bullet frenzy feels so right somehow. [if you’re not up to watching the entire film, you can always watch the “grand finale” that I’m talking about on YouTube here]

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left to right: Baby, Captain Spaulding, Otis

The Devil’s Rejects is definitely not a film for everyone, with such extreme violence, necrophilia, Death, and torturous natures just to name a few. For horror fans, it’s an essential addition to a movie collections everywhere. If you enjoy the film enough, [like I did] DVD/Blu-ray copies came with a special feature known as “30 Days In Hell” which was a two hour documentary about the making of The Devil’s Rejects, and if you like behind the scene features, it’s fantastic and definitely worth a watch!

Now I turn to you; have you seen either House Of 1000 Corpses or The Devil’s Rejects? what did you think? fantastic film[s] or much too violent for your taste? Let me know in a comment or two! Be sure to smack that like button a few times over on Facebook cause every click counts! Sometimes, I even share things there that you won’t find on here! [haven’t seen the movie? watch the trailer for The Devil’s Rejects over on YouTube!]

THANKS FOR READING.

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[also, Sherri Moon is still an attractive, but murderous bitch in the film — you’re a lucky man, Mr. Rob Zombie]