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Friends, if I told you to name the title of a movie based on the following plot description, what movie would you guess?
Plot: A group of teenagers spend a weekend in the wilderness and unwittingly release a plethora of stop-motion monsters after discovering an ancient text.
Your answer would likely be EVIL DEAD. Not the wrong answer, per se, but what if I told you I was thinking of a different film?
In the spirit of of the upcoming holidays (and since Editor Andy Burns was late getting this piece up – Andy), it’s all too appropriate to highlight Jeff Lieberman’s black comedy/horror film for this edition of Lucas Mangum’s Hidden Horror Gems. In this film an imaginative but painfully naive little boy becomes the pawn of a masked serial killer on Halloween night.
Eight years after the bizarre and somewhat tired Seed of Chucky, creator Don Mancini delivers the sixth entry in the Child’s Play franchise. The film picks up in the present day and seems to ignore the last two entries (more on that later). The Chucky doll arrives at the house where the paraplegic Nica (played by Fiona Dourif) lives with her mother Sarah. Sarah’s death at the hands of Chucky is seemingly a suicide and the rest of Nica’s family shows up to make funeral arrangements. What follows is Chucky’s signature brand of chaos, as well as a deepening backstory.
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Those familiar with Alejandro Jodorowsky’s work know that it’s pretty much impossible to categorize. His work is filled with imagery that is haunting, surreal, beautiful, and funny (often at the same time). The closest thing to a horror film he ever did was this gruesome gem about a boy and his mother and the murder of jealous women.
Absentia is a 2011 horror film written and directed by Mike Flanagan. The story concerns the pregnant Tricia whose husband Daniel has been missing for seven years. Her recovering addict sister, Callie, comes to support her as she prepares to declare him “dead in absentia. Callie’s fascination with a nearby tunnel prompts the unraveling of the mystery behind Daniel’s disappearance and how it ties into a long series of missing persons cases in the country and throughout history. More after the jump.
You’ve got to hand it to John McNaughton for following up his bleak, nihilistic (but brilliant!) crime thriller, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, with this bizarre, quirky sci-fi horror outing. The film is about a criminal alien sentenced to a be devolved into a human being and set loose on “savage planet Earth,” for his crimes. There’s just one problem, his head keeps exploding and he needs to borrow another one. This makes for some truly over-the-top shenanigans. Standing in his way is tough city cop (Rae Dawn Chong) whose beliefs in reality are challenged when headless bodies pile up and witness all give similar accounts of a strange alien creature.
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I am thrilled to have Joseph A. Gervasi as a guest today here at Biff Bam Pop! Joseph is one fourth of Exhumed Films and the curator of the project, Loud! Fast! Philly!, a video history that examines the world of Philadelphia Hardcore Punk. He was nice enough to stop by and talk a little bit about that aforementioned project, the rich culture of Hardcore, and what makes Philly’s scene unique.
On the weekend of June 21st to the 23rd, Philadelphia area moviegoers were treated to an experience of which few have had the privilege. Local film screening outfit, Exhumed Films showed the complete 4 hour version of Quentin Tarrantino‘s magnum opus Kill Bill at the International House. Before this past weekend, this version has only been seen twice before: once at Cannes, and once in Tarrantino’s private theater in L.A. The cut features new scenes, additional gore, and nixes some of the bridging scenes from when the film was split. Most famously, the big fight scene during Volume I never fades to black and white as Uma Thurman’s Bride cuts up several dozen Yakuza.
Exhumed Films, known mostly for their annual 24-Hour Horrorthon, hosted three shows, all of which sold out quickly. For attendees, it was a bloody entertaining way to start off the first official weekend of summer. For this Tarrantino fan, seeing the film the way it was meant to be seen was real treat. Hats off to Exhumed Films for making it happen!
This past spring, I had the pleasure of being on the set of Christian Jude Grillo’s latest thriller Apocalypse Kiss. For those not familiar, he was responsible for last year’s controversial Deer Crossing and the quirky indie Booley. Apocalypse Kiss stars a ton of genre favorites including DC Douglas (best known as the voice of Albert Wesker to all you Resident Evil fans), Carmela Hayslett (Roxsy Tyler’s Carnival of Horrors), Tom Atkins (Halloween III, Drive Angry 3D), Tom Detrik (Booley), Lloyd Kaufman (president of Troma), and Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes, The X Files). My role was that of a sector guard (in the trailer, I’m the tall drink of water in a gas mask wielding a CGI taser). This past week after much anticipation, Grillo released the official trailer. Check it out below.
Synopsis: In this futuristic science fiction thriller, government security agent Jerry Hipple has been unsuccessfully tracking the city’s most infamous criminal The Red Harvest Killer. When two nomadic lovers, Katia and Gladys enter the city the death count rises and are being credited as Red Harvest killings. Obsessive compulsive Adrian, the actual Red Harvest Killer becomes furious that the sexy serial killing duo are grabbing media attention under his alias. Not only does Adrian attempt to reclaim his rightful reputation but he also decides to cleverly aid his detective counterpart through the case. All the while, killers and victims alike are unaware the world is about to reach an abrupt catastrophic ending.
Apocalypse Kiss is set for an early 2014 release.