Slow news week, kids! Midsommar seems to be doing well among the cinephiles and critics I trust. Someone even called it a low-key Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake, which piques my interest. I don’t think I’ll get to see it in the theater, but our fearless leader, Andy Burns, has a review for it HERE.
Can we talk about how awesome the poster is for Rob Zombie’s upcoming 3 From Hell? This will be the third film in the trilogy that started with House of 1000 Corpses and continued with The Devil’s Rejects. I’m ridiculously looking forward to this film, but I’m a little bummed out it will have such a short theatrical run. 3 From Hell is really leaning hard into the spaghetti western influence, right down to the title and poster. The former calls to mind the Lucio Fulci classic, Four of the Apocalypse. The poster feels very Sergio Leone by way of Fulci (with just a hint of Basket Case) while the trailer itself looks like The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly dipped in Charles Manson and LSD (fitting, considering TGTBaTU was the third film in Leone’s Man With No Name Trilogy). I love that Zombie has certain calling cards or themes that he returns to with each film, but that each film in the Firefly family saga feels very different. House had a Scooby-Doo meets The Addams Family in hell aesthetic and The Devil’s Rejects really leaned into Zombie’s obvious love for Texas Chainsaw Massacre. 3 From Hell hits theaters this September.
In case you didn’t know, Barnes and Noble is currently having a 50% off sale on all Criterion and Arrow DVDs and Blu-rays. While Criterion doesn’t have a very deep selection of horror films, their Cronenberg and Lynch sets are amazing (I just picked up Mulholland Drive). My local B&N had Arrow’s Children of the Corn displayed right up front, which was mighty hard to pass up, but I love Lynch’s films just a bit more. Maybe if Children hadn’t changed the ending of the story?