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Tubi TV Spits on Your Valentine’s Day

Posted by Steve Barton on February 8, 2017

The fiends over at Tubi TV just sent over a list of new horror flicks hitting their service just in time for Valentine’s Day!

New for Valentine’s Day:

  • My Bloody Valentine (1981)
  • I Spit on Your Grave (1978)
  • I Spit on Your Grave 2 (2013)
  • Time (2006)
  • Bad Guy (2001)

My Bloody Valentine

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10 Best Remakes from 2000 and Beyond

Posted by Matt Molgaard on January 5, 2017

We don’t get good remakes very often. It seems that Hollywood and the studios that put these flicks together are more than happy to bypass quality while holding their hands out hoping for major coin to come falling in.

But every once in a while a gang of creative minds come together to give classic titles the love and care they deserve…

The Hills Have Eyes

Excluding remakes released prior to 2000, these are the best of the best. Get your mental notebooks ready; nothing here is to be missed.

10 My Bloody Valentine (2009)
Often overlooked when discussing successful remakes, My Bloody Valentine made just enough unique maneuvers to feel fresh and new, but also played faithful enough to the 1981 original to win over fans of the first big Valentine’s Day slasher. This is the film that helped reignite the 3D craze, although that, too, is often forgotten. It’s relatively creepy, technically pretty solid and boasts some very cool kills, impressive performances and the strangest nude scene to be featured in a genre film in a mighty long time!

09 The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014)
The Town That Dreaded Sundown is a little bit remake, a little bit reimagining and a little bit sequel. It utilizes a meta angle that caught many off-guard, but I’ll be damned if it doesn’t work surprisingly well. For my buck, the original is still the creepier of the two films, but this pic did proper justice to Charles B. Pierce’s 1976 effort, which went terribly underappreciated for years prior to the release of Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s film. Gomez-Rejon’s movie successfully breathed new life into the brand, and we should all be thankful for that gift!

08 Maniac (2012)
If you caught William Lustig’s unflinching exploitation feature from 1980, you know this story is dark, horrifying and risqué in all the proper places. This is savage film, and we all groaned a bit when we learned that the film was tapped for the remake treatment in 2012. A remake couldn’t possibly be anywhere near as revolting as Lustig’s film… it just couldn’t. But it could! And it is! Thanks to Alexandre Aja and Franck Khalfoun, the movie is every bit as gruesome as the original, and it differs from most other modern remakes because it’s put together with no bells or whistles. It’s just a brutal examination of a lunatic with an affinity for human scalps and a plethora of mental issues to live with on a daily basis. Maniac isn’t pretty, and that’s a major reason it’s so great.

07 Godzilla (2014)
Godzilla is the kind of franchise that really had nothing to lose in being remade yet again. Some of the Godzilla flicks are amazing, some are decent and some are downright embarrassing. Gareth Edwards – who helmed the amazing Monsters – took to the director’s seat for this one, and he pretty much passed every test thrown his way. There are a few issues to be had with the film, but honestly, this is one of the greatest Godzilla films ever made.

06 Dredd (2012)
Dredd was everything I’d hoped to the cinema gods that Judge Dredd would be. Well, there was about a 17-year additional wait, but the Dredd we all deserved finally made his way to the big screen. General moviegoers didn’t seem to eat it up initially, but the film quickly picked up a cult following that would grow to respectable size. It all happened for good reason, as the picture – a blend of thriller, action, sci-fi and a small dash of horror – not only helped erase the sour taste of Danny Cannon’s campy picture, it also felt like an honest adaptation of some of the comic work to feature Dredd. It looked great, featured awesome sound design and proved absolutely relentless. It’s not a sleeper anymore; now it’s just a badass remake that has fans practically begging for a follow-up that studios seem determined to ignore.

05 The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
Alexandre Aja’s picture will always hold a high position on lists of this nature. It’s a great but merciless piece of work that shows marked improvement over the great Wes Craven’s own 1977 film of the same title. It isn’t easy to outshine Craven, so when it happens, we’re all pretty stunned. All the greatness of the original has been ramped up a few degrees, and a few of the characters, while no more likable, are indeed a bit more memorable. It is fun, it is gory and it never ceases to entertain.

04 The Crazies (2010)
Without a doubt the least appreciated film in this entire lineup, Breck Eisner’s take on George Romero’s story is absolutely mesmerizing. It’s inventive in all the little places that allow the film to distance itself from the original, and it is mighty creepy. A number of huge sequences barrel viewers over, and once they do get going, on that damn baseball field, they don’t let up until the film has run its course. This may not be the most popular opinion out there, but The Crazies is a 2000-and-beyond, top five remake. If you missed this one, you’ve only done yourself an injustice.

03 The Ring (2002)
Ringu may generally be considered a darker, creepier version of The Ring, but that doesn’t mean this American remake didn’t deliver in a huge way. The film features one of cinema’s greatest jump scares, an amazing villainess and a video that’ll have you looking over your shoulders. You’ll probably dump all of your old OOP VHS tapes after watching this one – the movie has a serious impact, if you know what I mean. Gore Verbinski scored a huge hit here, and that was really evidenced by the flood of J-Horror remakes we saw arriving on the heels of The Ring. So, not only was The Ring an amazing remake, it was a front-running piece for a brief but dramatic change in horror scenery. Watch both versions of this film; you won’t be disappointed.

02 Dawn of the Dead (2004)
You knew this was coming, right? Zack Snyder’s feature-length debut also happens to be his greatest film to date. I know, his work has taken an incredibly strange turn, as Snyder goes bigger with each film he makes, and each film seems to be worse than the last. If you’re the man who makes Batman vs. Superman unwatchable, things aren’t panning out with your films, whether your pockets are fat or not. But let’s get back to what matters: this masterful retelling of George Romero’s timeless classic of the same name. The movie is arguably superior to Romero’s work, even if it does feel even more transparent from time to time. The performances are stellar, and the chemistry, all around, is damn organic. Loads of good zombie terror and atmosphere here, and if anything, Dawn of the Dead will leave you really wishing Snyder had kept it about storytelling rather than ridiculous visuals.

01 Evil Dead (2013)
The Evil Dead remake ranks right up there with some of history’s greatest remakes. It’s hard to even pretend to rival the genius of Sam Raimi’s original 1981 gem… hell, it’s hard to conceive of that timeless beauty actually being retold with any success. But Fede Alvarez wasn’t just successful in retelling the story, he hit it out of the park while managing to inject new and refreshing story elements. And the gore… sweet mother of god, the gore is brilliant. The cast is young, inexperienced and shockingly refined. The visuals never fail to impress, and they never lean on computers to generate terror. No, this is an old school film in a modern day landscape, and boy, does it shine. If you haven’t seen this one yet, you’re missing out on something absolutely amazing.

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Top 10 Horror Movies that Deserve a Sequel

Posted by Kieran Fisher on June 7, 2016

Horror fans often complain about sequels, due to the endless glut of them that have a tendency to decrease in quality with each new entry.  However, every once in a while a movie comes along that calls for one, and they never come to be for various reasons.

Sometimes they don’t make enough money to justify a sequel; other times it’s because of legal reasons. Sometimes they’re neglected to the point they’re forgotten.  It’s difficult to get a movie off the ground, and sometimes our wishes don’t come true because the people with the power to grant them don’t share our enthusiasm. 

Jack Brooks

However, that doesn’t mean we can’t still dream, so here are a few movies that are calling for sequels, some of which still could happen if the stars align the right way.

Drive-Thru (2007)

Drive-Thru is a dumb teen slasher for the MTV generation.  It “borrows’’ heavily from the classics of yesteryear, and the villain is a fast-food mascot named Horny the Clown.  It’s not a good movie by any stretch of the imagination, but it is a lot of dim-witted fun – and popcorn entertainment was built on such admirable ethos.

Drive-Thru, despite its many flaws, did have some franchise potential:  In a world where Killjoy has sequels, is it such a terrible idea to give Horny at least one?  In 2010 there was reportedly one in the works, but there hasn’t been any word of it since, meaning the chances of it happening are about as likely as Ronald McDonald becoming the next great horror icon.

Jack Brooks Monster Slayer (2007)

As a child, Jack Brooks (Trevor Matthews) witnessed his family being massacred by a monster, which leads to him growing up to become a troubled plumber with serious anger issues.  In a bid to get his life on track, he takes night classes at a local community college and visits a therapist, but he just can’t find that peace of mind he needs in order to find a purpose in life.  Beleaguered by his inner demons, his problems worsen when he unleashes a curse that turns his professor (played by Robert Englund) and peers into actual demons.  Finally, Jack’s life has meaning – as a badass MONSTER SLAYER!

Unfortunately, we never got to see Jack embark on further monster-slaying adventures.  Originally, this was supposed to be the first movie in a planned trilogy, but director Jon Knautz has chosen to pursue other projects since.  Thankfully, they just happen to be as good as this gem.  Maybe one day we’ll get to see Jack fulfill his destiny, but seeing Knautz fulfill his own as a brilliant filmmaker is more likely – and satisfying.

Hobo With a Shotgun (2011)

It was a city ruled by crime and polluted with corruption.  It took a hobo and his shotgun to clean the streets of scum and filth.  All he wanted to do was cut grass, but sexual deviants, crooked cops, demonic assassins, and psychotic killers provided too much of a distraction from garden maintenance.

Hobo With a Shotgun is a masterpiece of grindhouse entertainment and a lethal cocktail for genre fans thirsty for gore, action, depravity, and unhinged madness.  It’s arguably the most entertaining starring vehicle of the legendary Rutger Hauer’s prolific career – which has included classics like The Hitcher, Blind Fury, and Split Second.   Director Jason Eisener has stated his plans for a spin-off movie about The Plague in the past, along with possible sequels with Hauer reprising his role as The Hobo.  Right now, though, it’d just be nice to see Eisener direct another feature.  However, returning to the universe of Hobo With a Shotgun someday would be a treat for us genre fans.

My Bloody Valentine (2009)

Remakes are a divisive topic among horror fans.  While many hate to see their beloved classics for new generations, or have originality take a back seat to rebooting old properties, there have been enough good ones to warrant their existence – not to mention successful box office takings.  My Bloody Valentine is one of the few that’s considered enjoyable by the majority of genre fans.  It was also a financial success, grossing over $100 million on the back of a $14 million budget.  Moreover, it ended with the killer presumed dead and escaping on the fly.  All of the ingredients for a sequel were there, but it never transpired.

My Bloody Valentine is a fun retro-inspired slasher that should have produced a slew of sequels until the franchise imploded on itself.  They could have provided annual Valentine’s Day entertainment for lovesick loners and couples tired of formulaic rom-coms, much like the Saw films did for Halloween cinemagoers.  There was a sequel in the works, but it was rumored that Lionsgate wanted to cull its association with genre films at the time; therefore, it wasn’t to be.

Evil Dead (2013)

Yes, another remake – and one that just so happens to be a retelling of one of the greatest horror films ever made.  When Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell hand-picked Fede Alvarez to re-adapt their seminal classic for modern audiences, few were expecting him to deliver something this formidable.  Much like Raimi’s original, this was a confident debut by a young director looking to leave his mark on the horror genre, and he succeeded triumphantly.

Evil Dead is, by all accounts, a remake.  It doesn’t stray far off the path treaded before it, but it does add enough unique nuances to leave its own giant footprint.  That being said, it’s a remake that’s set in the same universe as the original, and there’s no reason why a sequel couldn’t live alongside its progenitors – or even intersect with them.  The potential crossover appeal has been acknowledged, but with the success of TV series “Ash vs Evil Dead,” any sequels that were in the works have been put on hold for now.

Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)

Horror fans have been waiting on a sequel to Killer Klowns from Outer Space for nearly 30 years.  At times we’ve been led to believe that it’s actually happening, and according to IMDb, Return of the Killer Klowns is planned for a 2018 release.  Given that it’s still a beloved part of pop culture with a diehard fan base, it’d be a damn shame if our favorite alien Klowns didn’t receive at least one more opportunity to cause havoc.  It’s not like there isn’t an audience for it after all these years.

But, as we all know, some things are just too good to be true in the movie business, and any news of a future sequel should be taken with a grain of salt.  Horror movies are supposed to instill us with pessimism; yet, we fans are still an optimistic bunch when a small nugget of information does enough to get our hopes up.

Dog Soldiers (2002)

Neil Marshall’s Dog Soldiers is widely regarded as one of the best werewolf movies of all time, and it’s one of the films that put British horror back on the map during a quiet period.  Supposedly a sequel was in the works to be released in 2014.  It never happened, and we were all fools to believe that it would.  That being said, that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t get a sequel.  In a list dedicated to daydreaming and pining for films that will probably never happen, Dog Soldiers deserves a spot.

Freddy vs. Jason (2003)

Despite being the two most popular icons in the history of horror cinema, the idea of putting Freddy and Jason in the same movie was a ludicrous one that should never have worked as well as it did.  It’s a rare occasion when pitting iconic characters against each other actually produces good results, but Freddy and Jason actually complemented each other surprisingly well.  The film is the Jason show for the most part, although it feels very much like an Elm Street movie through its atmosphere.  It’s much better than it has any right to be, and it is heartbreaking to think they’ll never go to war again – at least not with Robert Englund reprising his role as Freddy anyway.

Upon its release, the film was a modest critical and commercial success, and it ended with enough life left in both characters to warrant one last showdown. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be although the idea of a sequel with Ash from the Evil Dead franchise was thrown around.  While that didn’t come into fruition in cinematic form, the story was adapted for a comic book mini-series from DC in 2007.

Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)

When the end credits of Bubba Ho-Tep jokingly told fans to keep an eye out for a sequel titled Bubba Nosferatu: Curse of the She-Vampires, that’s exactly what they did.  Following the amazing experience that was Bubba Ho-Tep, we were hungry for more Elvis Presley going up against the forces of evil.  The demand was so great that a script was completed with Paul Giamatti attached to star, in addition to championing the idea on numerous occasions.  So far it hasn’t happened, but this idea is just too good to lie around collecting dust – even though that’s probably its fate.

Deep Rising (1998)

Deep Rising is a movie that set out with a sequel in mind, but its poor performance at the box office ensured that any chance of that happening was effectively dead in the water, much like the victims claimed by the film’s giant murderous sea creature.  It ended with the survivors holed up on an island with active volcanoes and an unseen beast roaring from the jungle.  Over the years the film has amassed a cult following, but the chances of a sequel ever happening were left shipwrecked on the island with the doomed survivors.

That’s our list.  Are there any movies you feel deserve a sequel? Chime in below!

 

 

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Legally Stream FREE Horror Classics in The Paramount Vault

Posted by Steve Barton on May 13, 2016

The words “legal” and “streaming” don’t often go together, but thanks to The Paramount Vault on YouTube, you can now stream tons of your favorite movies for free without robbing anyone. Saints be praised!

Streaming now on the service:

  • My Bloody Valentine
  • Ghost Team One
  • Twisted
  • Area 51
  • Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh
  • Tales From the Darkside
  • Satan’s Satellites
  • Rumpelstiltskin
  • In Dreams

And tons more full movies and clips! You have no reason not to head over and get your horror on! Do it!

My Bloody Valentine

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Tubi TV Kill of the Week – My Bloody Valentine

Posted by Steve Barton on May 4, 2016

Our buddies over at Tubi TV, the FREE streaming service, just put up their latest Kill of the Week video, and we approve!

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10 Awesome Original Songs Written for Horror Movies

Posted by John Squires on October 3, 2015

Music has proven itself to be an integral part of our favorite horror films, to the point that iconic scores like Halloween and Psycho are as important to the enduring popularity of those classics as the stories and characters themselves. But it’s not exactly scores we’re here to talk about today.

It’s not something that often happens nowadays, but back in the 80s and 90s, it wasn’t all that uncommon for studios to task musicians with writing and performing original songs for their horror movies – which would typically play over the opening or ending credits of the film.

To show you what we mean, here are 10 of our favorite horror movie songs, all of which would’ve been given awards at the Oscars if we were in charge!

This first one actually WAS nominated for Best Original Song at the 1973 Academy Awards. Believe it or not, it was 1972’s Ben, a sequel to Willard, that this song was written for, and Michael Jackson’s beautiful rendition of the loving ode made it a bona fide chart-topping hit. The song, which was originally written for Donny Osmond, was performed by Jackson over the ending credits of the film. Yep. A young Michael Jackson singing a love song about a rat. Gotta love it!

Something you might not know about the late David Hess, who played Krug in the original Last House on the Left, is that he was a singer/songwriter before he ever became an actor. In fact, it was Hess who performed the original recording of “All Shook Up,” which Elvis Presley went on to turn into a #1 hit. Because of his flair for music, Hess composed the soundtrack for The Last House on the Left, in addition to starring in it. “Wait for the Rain” is the most noteworthy song from the soundtrack, which played over the opening credits sequence. Eli Roth was such a fan that he used the song in his debut feature, Cabin Fever.

Horror movie songs don’t get much more iconic than this one, written and performed by Alice Cooper. “He’s Back (The Man Behind the Mask)” was a perfect companion piece to the fun and self-referential Friday the 13th sequel Jason Lives, celebrating the return of the real Jason Voorhees. Ensuring its future as an awesome export of the 1980s, the end credits song was given its very own music video (above), which saw Alice Cooper being attacked by Jason and featured several clips from the film. The personification of everything we love about the 80s, right here.


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The Bad Boys of Horror

Posted by Trisha Chambers on June 3, 2015

Are we predisposed to find men with dark personalities attractive? Although conventional wisdom maintains that we should beware of men who say and do the right thing with too much ease, we often can’t help but find them utterly appealing. Sexy. An I-can’t-keep-my-hands-off kind of guy. There is something about bad boys that we find incredibly appealing even though we often regret the experience afterwards.

But this beauty, this bad boy charm is what makes us easy prey, as we’ve seen in horror movies as well as real life horror like, for instance, Ted Bundy or Ken Bianchi. We believe their charm and trust them because of their looks. “He could never hurt me. He isn’t creepy at all.” And it’s not just looks; some bad boys are charming because of their way with words. We’re attracted to their minds, and this may be even more dangerous than just looks alone.

Norman Bates

Whatever it is, the reasoning of why they are so attractive and interesting to us makes them even more intriguing. So of course I had to list some of my favorite bad boys of horror because, hey, why not?!?

George LutzThe Amityville Horror (2005)
When the devil takes over your body and wants you to kill your family, you – of course – have to take off your shirt and cut wood with your boy.

Tom HannigerMy Bloody Valentine (2009)
With his good looks he was able to convince his friends and us (the audience) that someone else was the killer. But let’s not forget that Tom was hallucinating that it was Harry Warden, the man who nearly killed Tom ten years ago all the while.

Norman BatesPsycho (1960)
With his innocent boy charm and his baby face, nobody ever expected that Norman was a mother-loving psycho freak.

Billy LoomisScream (1996)
Billy was brilliant with his cunning ways and bad boy looks. Even his friends didn’t know that he was a deranged serial killer.

OtisThe Devil’s Rejects (2005)
There’s something about his hillbilly looks. This guy gets it because he doesn’t give a shit. A tall cup of gin who wears that hair long and stringy like a rock star and gives it to you straight while planning on having some fun with you and then killing you.

Patrick BatemanAmerican Psycho (2000)
Here’s a guy who’s a Wall Street hotshot by day and a psycho serial killer by night. He is one of the most narcissistic characters ever to be in a horror movie by far, and he is one of my favorites!

Dr. Hannibal Lecter – “Hannibal” TV series (2013- )
What can I say? Hannibal is the best of the best when it comes to the bad boys of horror. He’s got it all: looks, charm, brains, fashion sense, and man, can he cook! Hannibal can eat me anytime!

So, who are some of your favorite bad boys of horror? Do you think we missed any? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Top 7 Horror Sequels We Hoped For But Never Got

Posted by Doctor Gash on March 13, 2013

Sequels... how we love them. Not sure why we love them because except for a few rare exceptions, they are normally tremendous letdowns, but we love them nonetheless. There's just something about seeing that next chapter in our favorite stories that's so damn alluring.

Sequels are great for several reasons. Aside from the fact that we get another look at characters we fell in love with, sequels also keep the story arc going (sometimes good, sometimes bad), and sequels usually make a shit-ton of money... and it's always nice to see a horror film at number one at the box office.

Sometimes sequels put a bad taste in our mouths (Blair Witch 2), but other times they deliver big time (Evil Dead 2). Some are still promising us sequels (Wolf Creek) while a few gave us sequels that barely seemed to be part of the original film (Queen of the Damned). Regardless, we've got a list of movies that never made sequels, and they are films that we would have loved to have gotten a little more from.

Top 7 Horror Sequels We Hoped For But Never Got

Zombieland
Forget cardio; rule number one is when your horror or horror-comedy film gets this much attention and positive chatter, you've got to make a sequel. Fans fell in love with Zombieland instantly and figured a sequel was all but guaranteed. But when you feature stars like Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and Jesse Eisenberg (thanks a lot, The Social Network) who don't have any trouble finding work in Hollywood, there's no guarantee they'll be back for another round of undead shenanigans. Thus is the fate of Zombieland. Although there are always rumors swirling around about a second film, and with a TV series in the works, it doesn't look very promising that we'll be seeing Columbus and Tallahassee again on the big screen anytime soon.

Shaun of the Dead
This was another beloved horror-comedy that looked destined for a follow-up; however, one never came. The film vaulted Simon Pegg to hero status in the zombie sub-genre of horror as fans simply devoured this British import. Shaun of the Dead was the perfect undead parody, and fans clamored to see more of Shaun, Ed and Liz. But alas, we would see no more of the gang after the hilarious final perfect scene of the film. Although fans have come up with great titles like Shaun of the Dead 2: From Dusk 'Til Shaun and Shaun of the Dead 2: Night of the Living Ed, it's been confirmed that there will be no part two. Bollocks.

Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon
Leslie Vernon was never meant to be a one-shot character. A mockumentary that can safely be described as horror's version of "The Office," fans fell in love with the quirky lead character played by Nathan Baesel, and it was always assumed a second film would follow. In fact, another script was written, and Before the Mask: The Return of Leslie Vernon was well on its way to being a reality. But financial issues plagued the sequel which never materialized... yet (even though the Before the Mask Facebook page has over 15,000 likes).

The Strangers
This movie had such promise. The trailer made it look like a nightmarish home invasion film that would turn the horror world on its ear. Unfortunately, in the opinion of most, it did not live up to its outstanding potential. However, there was always hope that a sequel would be able to capture the best parts of the original and build on them, bringing us the film we hoped the original would be. Here we seem to have another case of a sequel dying on the vine as The Strangers 2 remains in limbo. The last rumors had Liv Tyler and all the masked killers returning for a second round, but that was quite awhile ago, and as time moves on, fans are less and less interested in a sequel to The Strangers. So it appears this film is also going to fall into the "one and done" category.

My Bloody Valentine
We’re going way back to the golden age of the slashers with this one. My Bloody Valentine was released in 1981 and was well known for being a big target of the MPAA, who cut nine minutes from the original film, including footage from every death scene. The movie concludes with proof that the killer, Harry Warden, has disappeared into the tunnels of the mine and will live to strike again another day. In fact, Warden did indeed return; however, that was in the 2009 3D remake of My Bloody Valentine, and we never did get any closure on that original film.

Funhouse
Okay, so here is a title out of the blue. Tobe Hooper's Funhouse continues to be one of the most underrated '80s horror films. And sandwiched by franchise launchers like Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Funhouse seemed to be the perfect candidate to continue on as a series. Sure, the two-faced kid bit the big one in the original film, but think of the possibilities: another new freakshow killer in each film. It would have been great... the bearded lady could be the killer in part two, the sword swallower in part three and so forth. Alas, The Funhouse came and went, and a sequel was never to be, which is unfortunate because the original was such a hugely entertaining film.

Near Dark
It's hard to believe a film with as many fans as Near Dark never produced a sequel, but that is the case. However, a quick historic investigation unveils the reason studios never pursued a part two in this vampire/western horror flick: Near Dark was made on a budget of $5 million while the movie's total box office take was under $3.4 million. Mystery solved. The fact was not lost, however, that Near Dark eventually generated a cult following, not to mention the fact that it was directed by the magnificent Kathryn Bigelow and talks of a remake were being bandied about. That was all squashed, though, by the Cullen family and the Twilight films as the folks behind the Near Dark remake felt it would be too similar to Twilight, and the plans were scrapped. Thanks a lot, Edward.

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Todd Farmer Talks My Bloody Valentine 2, Halloween 3D, The Monkey’s Paw, and More!

Posted by Jinx on February 15, 2013

Todd Farmer Talks My Bloody Valentine 2, Halloween 3D, The Monkey's Paw, and More!Now that Valentine’s Day has passed, this writer must ask: How many of you horror fans celebrated by watching My Bloody Valentine 3D, the wickedly fun 2009 remake of the 80s slasher classic?

Given the nature of that film’s ending, have you ever wondered why a sequel has never materialized? To ring in this V-Day right, Dread caught up with MBV3D co-writer Todd Farmer to discuss the sequel-that-never-was.

Dread Central: My Bloody Valentine 3D opened over four years ago in early 2009, reportedly made on a budget of $15 million dollars. It went on to gross over $50 million domestically and over $100 million worldwide. That success, coupled with the sequel-friendly nature of the film’s conclusion, leads me to ask – where’s the sequel?!

Todd Farmer: I wish I knew! Patrick and I had a wonderful take. We pitched it a couple of weeks before MBV3D came out and everyone was excited. We were gonna bring the whole gang back, cast and crew. But... you know. It came down to ARRRGGGGGG. I don't know. We heard lots of reasons. We heard there were rights issues; then we heard there were internal conflicts... it went on and on, and in the end none of it really matters because a great many cosmic cogs just tumble and turn in just the right direction for a movie to get made... but it only takes one "no".

Dread Central: MBV3D director Patrick Lussier had previously spoken to Dread Central, mentioning Lionsgate’s somewhat vague reasoning for abandoning the sequel. Was there ever a concrete explanation eventually given to either of you as to why the studio wasn’t willing to move forward with this potentially lucrative franchise?

Todd Farmer: In the end we heard Joe Drake, the studio head at the time, didn't feel comfortable with genre films and wanted to move the company in another direction. Now is that concrete? Who knows?

Dread Central: The original My Bloody Valentine had a rather open-ended finale as well. When you first began writing the remake, did you always see your conclusion as being somewhat of an homage to the original’s ending, or were you intending to leave the door open for another installment? Can you discuss what direction MBV2 might have gone in?

Todd Farmer: If memory serves, when we started the shoot, we had a final end to the thing but changed as we went on. Patrick came up with the idea of keeping the myth alive. You'd have to ask him his reasons, but if I had to guess, I think he loved the cast and loved telling this story. It felt like a great world and wonderful characters to revisit.

And no spoilers. Hollywood is too fickle. Who knows, one day we might come back. Of course, IF we had recently spoken with anyone about the slim possibilities of relaunching the franchise... well, I obviously wouldn't be able to tell you.

Dread Central: Given that Lionsgate still seems to be in the horror business, what with their recent success with Texas Chainsaw 3D, do you feel as though there might still be a chance that audiences could see the continuing adventures of Harry Warden/Tom Hanniger? Would you and Patrick Lussier consider reteaming for the sequel if the opportunity arose?

Todd Farmer: Yes and yes. Again, we had fun with the first one. Patrick and I weren't writing partners at the time, although we more or less were. This is the movie that made us official. So yeah, we've discussed it over the years, and it's hard not to love the little miner than could.

Dread Central: Speaking of sequels, could you give us an update on Halloween 3D?

Todd Farmer: You'd have to ask team Weinstein about H3D. I haven't heard anything in well over a year. Still marvel that we wrote a script in eight days AND that it was pretty good. I'm shocked the thing hasn't leaked online after all this time, but I suppose that's because there were only a handful who saw it.

Dread Central: Can you tell us what became of the Dark Castle remake of I Saw What You Did, which Mr. Lussier had discussed in the previously mentioned interview?

Todd Farmer: I Saw What You Did. Wow, what a fun one. Three Days of the Condor in High School. Least that's what Patrick came up with and brought me in on it. What a lovely script that was. We pitched it a four or five times, were sent off to write it, and then when we did, we were told we did exactly what we'd pitched and Rona wished he'd told use before we started that he really wanted a masked killer or a ghost. Oh. Okay.

Dread Central:Are you at liberty to discuss any of your upcoming projects? IMDb lists two upcoming features that you’ve written – Heavenly Sword and The Monkey’s Paw.

Heavenly Sword was based on the video game and is all but done. A week or two from finished. I've not seen it yet. My buddy Tom Jane does a voice so it should be fun. I'm doing the Gold Coast Film Festival in April - that's Down Under - and we plan on screening it there so I'll get to see it then.

Monkey's Paw is the darkest script I've written. It's with RKO Pictures and has a stunning new director attached, but we're waiting on him to finish The Crow. I guess I should make some calls and see if that's still the case.

Dread Central: You’ve recently had a comic book released by DC Comics, titled Insurgent, which is currently on its second issue. Can you discuss its origins a bit? Considering how cinematic the book seems at times, did it initially begin life as a potential film? Might there be an Insurgent movie at some point in the future?

FJ [DeSanto, co-writer] and I started talking Insurgent a dozen years ago. We called it Sleepers back then, named after sleeper agents. It did start as a movie concept. A big, high dollar action thing. Although I love horror, action was always a great love of mine so when the opportunity arose to do something outside my normal box, I jumped at it. We started at Wildstorm and somehow survived several company shifts and earthquakes to land at DC. Sort of amazing. And all due to FJ's dogmatic, never give up, never surrender attitude. And yes. There has been some feature interest. We'll see what happens. As we both know, it only takes one "no."

Dread Central: One parting question: As a writer who has worked consistently in the genre, can you tell your fans – why horror?

Why horror? Funny. I have my normal answer which is... when I started, only New Line and Dimension really embraced horror. Everyone else looked down their noses at it. But horror was the way to get in. The budgets were low, and there wasn't big A-list competition like there is now. And that IS why. But something funny happened along the way. Not only was I pretty okay at horror, I loved writing it. Because horror is in everything we do. There is no good without bad, no light without darkness. Horror is funny and sad and thrilling. I write horror because... it's my home now.

A very special thanks to Mr. Farmer for taking the time to speak with us. You can check out My Bloody Valentine on both DVD and Blu-ray, while the first two issues of Insurgent can be found at your local comic book shop.

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Todd Farmer Talks My Bloody Valentine 2, Halloween 3D, The Monkey’s Paw, and More!

Posted by Jinx on February 15, 2013

Todd Farmer Talks My Bloody Valentine 2, Halloween 3D, The Monkey's Paw, and More!Now that Valentine’s Day has passed, this writer must ask: How many of you horror fans celebrated by watching My Bloody Valentine 3D, the wickedly fun 2009 remake of the 80s slasher classic?

Given the nature of that film’s ending, have you ever wondered why a sequel has never materialized? To ring in this V-Day right, Dread caught up with MBV3D co-writer Todd Farmer to discuss the sequel-that-never-was.

Dread Central: My Bloody Valentine 3D opened over four years ago in early 2009, reportedly made on a budget of $15 million dollars. It went on to gross over $50 million domestically and over $100 million worldwide. That success, coupled with the sequel-friendly nature of the film’s conclusion, leads me to ask – where’s the sequel?!

Todd Farmer: I wish I knew! Patrick and I had a wonderful take. We pitched it a couple of weeks before MBV3D came out and everyone was excited. We were gonna bring the whole gang back, cast and crew. But... you know. It came down to ARRRGGGGGG. I don't know. We heard lots of reasons. We heard there were rights issues; then we heard there were internal conflicts... it went on and on, and in the end none of it really matters because a great many cosmic cogs just tumble and turn in just the right direction for a movie to get made... but it only takes one "no".

Dread Central: MBV3D director Patrick Lussier had previously spoken to Dread Central, mentioning Lionsgate’s somewhat vague reasoning for abandoning the sequel. Was there ever a concrete explanation eventually given to either of you as to why the studio wasn’t willing to move forward with this potentially lucrative franchise?

Todd Farmer: In the end we heard Joe Drake, the studio head at the time, didn't feel comfortable with genre films and wanted to move the company in another direction. Now is that concrete? Who knows?

Dread Central: The original My Bloody Valentine had a rather open-ended finale as well. When you first began writing the remake, did you always see your conclusion as being somewhat of an homage to the original’s ending, or were you intending to leave the door open for another installment? Can you discuss what direction MBV2 might have gone in?

Todd Farmer: If memory serves, when we started the shoot, we had a final end to the thing but changed as we went on. Patrick came up with the idea of keeping the myth alive. You'd have to ask him his reasons, but if I had to guess, I think he loved the cast and loved telling this story. It felt like a great world and wonderful characters to revisit.

And no spoilers. Hollywood is too fickle. Who knows, one day we might come back. Of course, IF we had recently spoken with anyone about the slim possibilities of relaunching the franchise... well, I obviously wouldn't be able to tell you.

Dread Central: Given that Lionsgate still seems to be in the horror business, what with their recent success with Texas Chainsaw 3D, do you feel as though there might still be a chance that audiences could see the continuing adventures of Harry Warden/Tom Hanniger? Would you and Patrick Lussier consider reteaming for the sequel if the opportunity arose?

Todd Farmer: Yes and yes. Again, we had fun with the first one. Patrick and I weren't writing partners at the time, although we more or less were. This is the movie that made us official. So yeah, we've discussed it over the years, and it's hard not to love the little miner than could.

Dread Central: Speaking of sequels, could you give us an update on Halloween 3D?

Todd Farmer: You'd have to ask team Weinstein about H3D. I haven't heard anything in well over a year. Still marvel that we wrote a script in eight days AND that it was pretty good. I'm shocked the thing hasn't leaked online after all this time, but I suppose that's because there were only a handful who saw it.

Dread Central: Can you tell us what became of the Dark Castle remake of I Saw What You Did, which Mr. Lussier had discussed in the previously mentioned interview?

Todd Farmer: I Saw What You Did. Wow, what a fun one. Three Days of the Condor in High School. Least that's what Patrick came up with and brought me in on it. What a lovely script that was. We pitched it a four or five times, were sent off to write it, and then when we did, we were told we did exactly what we'd pitched and Rona wished he'd told use before we started that he really wanted a masked killer or a ghost. Oh. Okay.

Dread Central:Are you at liberty to discuss any of your upcoming projects? IMDb lists two upcoming features that you’ve written – Heavenly Sword and The Monkey’s Paw.

Heavenly Sword was based on the video game and is all but done. A week or two from finished. I've not seen it yet. My buddy Tom Jane does a voice so it should be fun. I'm doing the Gold Coast Film Festival in April - that's Down Under - and we plan on screening it there so I'll get to see it then.

Monkey's Paw is the darkest script I've written. It's with RKO Pictures and has a stunning new director attached, but we're waiting on him to finish The Crow. I guess I should make some calls and see if that's still the case.

Dread Central: You’ve recently had a comic book released by DC Comics, titled Insurgent, which is currently on its second issue. Can you discuss its origins a bit? Considering how cinematic the book seems at times, did it initially begin life as a potential film? Might there be an Insurgent movie at some point in the future?

FJ [DeSanto, co-writer] and I started talking Insurgent a dozen years ago. We called it Sleepers back then, named after sleeper agents. It did start as a movie concept. A big, high dollar action thing. Although I love horror, action was always a great love of mine so when the opportunity arose to do something outside my normal box, I jumped at it. We started at Wildstorm and somehow survived several company shifts and earthquakes to land at DC. Sort of amazing. And all due to FJ's dogmatic, never give up, never surrender attitude. And yes. There has been some feature interest. We'll see what happens. As we both know, it only takes one "no."

Dread Central: One parting question: As a writer who has worked consistently in the genre, can you tell your fans – why horror?

Why horror? Funny. I have my normal answer which is... when I started, only New Line and Dimension really embraced horror. Everyone else looked down their noses at it. But horror was the way to get in. The budgets were low, and there wasn't big A-list competition like there is now. And that IS why. But something funny happened along the way. Not only was I pretty okay at horror, I loved writing it. Because horror is in everything we do. There is no good without bad, no light without darkness. Horror is funny and sad and thrilling. I write horror because... it's my home now.

A very special thanks to Mr. Farmer for taking the time to speak with us. You can check out My Bloody Valentine on both DVD and Blu-ray, while the first two issues of Insurgent can be found at your local comic book shop.

My Bloody Valentine 3D poster!

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