FEATURES BRIAN PULIDO’S THE GRAVES & KEVIN HAMEDANI’S ZMD: ZOMBIES OF MASS DESTRUCTION
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Hollywood, CA January 26th 2010 –After Darks 4th Installment of 8 Films to Die For opens in theatres throughout the country Friday January 29th 2010. THE GRAVES, written & directed by Brian Pulido and Kevin Hamedani’s Horror Comedy ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction’s Red Carpet Premiere takes place on Saturday January 30th at the Beverly Center Cinemas in Hollywood, CA. The event is open to the public.
THE GRAVES is about two sisters whose visit to Skull City Mine turns into a mind bending fight for survival against menaces both human, and supernatural, starring Clare Grant (MTV’s $5 Cover), Jillian Murray (Wild Things), Bill Moseley (The Devil's Rejects), Tony Todd (Candyman) and D. Randall Blythe (Scream, Lamb of God).
In attendance: Clare Grant (Masters of Horror), Jillian Murray (Wild Things), Bill Moseley (Texas Chainsaw Massacre II), Tony Todd (24), Shane Stevens, Brian Pulido (Writer / Director), Brian and Dean Ronalds (Producers/Co-Stars), Francisca Pulido (Production Designer/Producer), Jim Casella (Composer), Barbara Glover (Mama).
ZMD: ZOMBIES OF MASS DESTRUCTION takes place in an idyllic island town that goes under attack by the most invasive of pests: zombies starring Janette Armand, Doug Fahl, Cooper Hopkins, Ali Hamedani, Victoria Drake, Director of Photographer John Guleserian and Director Kevin Hamedani.
In attendance: Janette Armand, Doug Fahl, Cooper Hopkins, Ali Hamedani, Victoria Drake, Director of Photographer John Guleserian and Director Kevin Hamedani.
Special Guests: Matthew Lillard (Scream), Chris Wylde and Abraham Benrubi (ER), Director Mike Milion (Tenure) and Director Nicholas Jasenovec (Paper Heart).
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010
Press Arrivals: 6:00 p.m.
Celebrity Arrivals: 6:30 p.m.
Film Screening: 7:30 p.m. THE GRAVES Film Screening: 10pm ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction WHERE: Beverly Center 13 8500 Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90048-6201 (310) 854-0070
The Graves & ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction are part of After Dark Horrorfest 4. After Dark Films is a leader in independent film finance, production and acquisition of genre films for theatrical release.
NOTE: Both films are rated R by the MPAA for strong bloody violence and gore.
Years ago a controversial filmmaker made a movie entitled THE HILLS RUN RED. The movie was said to be so horrific, it drove the man insane. The film was burned, and the filmmaker disappeared. Thus begins this movie.
Next, move forward several years. A young man, a filmmaker in his own right, has been obsessed with the idea of finding the rumored last surviving copy of this movie. He and his friends head out into the backwater hills (a la The Wrong Turn) to track down members of the original cast and crew in a documentary style quest. He succeeds in finding the filmmaker's daughter, now living and working in a brothel.
And from there, the movie takes the audience on a roller coaster ride with misdirection, bloody scares, unexpected turns, and even bloodier deaths.
The scenery in this film-within-a-film is gorgeous. The acting is pretty damn good. The deaths are spectacular. And the little twists in the plot that I never saw coming were a nice touch. Add some extensive behind-the-scenes tracks as some of the bonus features, and you have a great little independent feature. Not to mention the birth of a new masked sadistic killer, Babyface.
Two young couples are heading for what looks and sounds like a weekend of fun in the sun at a beach resort. They have food, drinks, surfboards, extra cans of gas...and hospital masks.
You don't get the impression that this is an apocalyptic film, and that these four people are among the last survivors of a devastating plague. There are no zombies in this film. No mutants or cannibalistic hoards who have managed to overtake society. This is a nice, quiet, unassuming movie about four people trying to survive in a world that no longer exists. By the time you've come to realize this, this film has gotten under your skin. And from there, it scares the hell out of you.
There's no cure for this plague, and the "rules" regarding infection and treatment are simple. From the father trying anything to save his infected daughter, to the group of men who try to lay claim to the two heroines (apparently the ratio of men to women is heavily stacked in the men's favor, which leave women as highly desirable property), this movie throws one surprise after another at you. You actually start to feel for the victims as they face inevitable death.
One other very pleasant surprise is the quality of acting, and the number of well-known actors involved in this independant flick.
E I E I O
And on this farm he had some pigs,
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With a hack hack here, and a chop chop there,
Here a shriek, there a scream,
Everywhere the blood streams...
Old MacDonald had a farm,
E I E I O
In rural Georgia in 1931, a man was lucky to get any kind of work. Which was why Cletus Pink felt he'd been blessed when an old farmer named MacDonald offered him a job. But what was making the horrific sounds coming from the main house? Worse, why was there always fresh blood oozing out from underneath the kitchen's back door?
To conclude my quickie takes on Season One of the Masters of Horror series from Showtime. By the way, if you decide to go ahead and splurge on the entire 13 episodes, they come in this neat little mausoleum vault.
FAIR HAIRED CHILD
Directed by William Malone
"A teenage outcast is kidnapped by a strange couple and locked in a basement with their son, who has a dark secret."
My take: A somewhat predictable tale, and not very horrific IMHO. Bury it.
Directed by Lucky McKee
"A female insect enthusiast starts a relationship with another woman, but then also finds herself involved with a rather predatory and aggressive insect."
My take: This one got to me. Then ending had me both laughing and screaming. Rent it.
PICK ME UP
Directed by Larry Cohen
"Two serial killers (one who kills hitchhikers, another who kills anyone who gives him a ride) clash over their latest victim."
My take: Just when you think you've come across a typical serial killer movie, it turns on you. And then the ending bites you in the butt. Rent it.
Directed by John McNaughton
"In the 1850s, a man on his way to his sick father in upstate New York, seeks shelter in a secluded cabin owned by a mysterious couple where he becomes involved in a grotesque orgy of the undead."
My take: Gruesome, controversial, and will definitely haunt you long afterwards. Buy it.
Directed by Takashi Miike
"A 19th century American tourist gets much more than he bargained for while searching for a Japanese prostitute he fell in love with years earlier."
My take: This one was never shown with the others during the series' run. Instead it was finally released straight to DVD. It's extremely controversial, but you might want to go ahead and rent it. But be warned, and have a strong stomach.
To continue with my quick takes regarding Season One of the Masters of Horror episodes shown on Showtime from 2005-2006:
Directed by Dario Argento
"A police officer saves the life of a hideously deformed young woman, only to find himself drawn into a web of murder and self-destruction which he finds hard to break away."
My take: Gives "Beauty and the Beast" a whole new meaning. Rent it!
Directed by Mick Garris
"A recently divorced young man begins experiencing the world through the senses of a woman he's never met after eating a sample of chocolate. But his quest to meet her face-to-face leads to drastic consequences."
My take: Creepy with a strange ending. I'll say rent it if you have absolutely nothing else better to do.
Directed by Joe Dante
"Political satire in which the reanimated corpses of soldiers killed in Iraq return in an attempt to sway the presidential election."
My take: A fresh new look at zombies. Rent it.
Directed by John Landis
"A police detective investigates a series of brutal murders which are committed by an ancient creature in the form of a beautiful woman whom is spawned from a Native American mythology in this horror-comedy."
My take: Beware the words "horror comedy". Bury this one.
Directed by John Carpenter
"A man searches for the last surviving print of a rare film that allegedly drove the only audience that ever viewed it into a fit of homicidal frenzy."
My take: A strange little film that left me uneasy. Rent it and see if you don't agree.
Back in 2005-2006, Showtime began a new series of horror shorts called Masters of Horror. The impetus behind this series was two-fold:
- Produce hard-core, uncut horror along the lines of those shown in theaters, but in one-hour formats
- Have these shorts directed by the Cream of the Cream in horror directors
With the likes of John Landis, John Carpenter, Larry Cohen, Joe Dante, and Tobe Hooper coming aboard, expectations were high.
My verdict overall is a solid 6 out of 10. Some episodes were disturbing. Some were silly (as in ridiculous). And some were... well...
Starting today, I'll be hitting both seasons with quick blurbs and a short 'yea' or 'nay'. So if you've never had the chance to view any of these little gems, you might want to check out those that interest you. However, I must add that these shows ran just short of an hour, so you might feel short-changed in paying full video rental price for them.
INCIDENT ON AND OFF A MOUNTAIN ROAD
directed by Don Coscarelli
"A young woman matches wits with a deformed and sadistic serial killer on and off a remote mountain road."
My take: A terrific start to the series. Think "Hills Have Eyes" out in the middle of the mountains. This one doesn't give you a moment to breathe.
H. P. LOVECRAFT'S DREAMS IN THE WITCH HOUSE
directed by Stuart Gordon
"A college student renting an old room in a boarding house discovers a plot by sinister, otherworldly forces to sacrifice his neighbour's infant."
My take: I tried to like this one, but it was too rambling and too confusing to follow.
DANCE OF THE DEAD
directed by Tobe Hooper
"A teen girl living in a post-apocalyptic village befriends a group of rough punks who hang out at a sinister bar which reanimated corpses dance on stage."
My take: A very sick episode once you think about it. A dark futuristic tale that doesn't leave you with any warm fuzzies. I didn't see the ending coming.
I was sooo looking forward to this movie. I loved the first two WRONG TURN movies, and this one promised to kick butt. In short, our family of cannibalistic killers are still roaming the woods, looking for nice, tasty, lost campers to help fill their larders. Except in this case, they come across a bus that has been wrecked at the edge of the woods. A bus that's filled with convicted criminals of the worst ilk, namely rapists and murders. Now it's an all-out blood war to see who will end up the survivor.
Well, at least the premise sounded promising. Wish the movie had done the same. For one thing, the acting is too stilted in some places, and too over the top at others. Many of the gore shots are preceded with CGI effects that simply don't blend in with the cuts. Too many scares are signaled ahead of time, and those that come just don't work. There's a good nipple piercing at the beginning, but overall I can't remember anything else that impressed me. Same goes for this movie.