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Eli Roth’s latest project, The Green Inferno, is currently in post production and is scheduled for release sometime later this year. An homage to the classic Italian exploitation flicks Cannibal Holocaust, Cannibal Ferox and Man From Deep river (among others). Bloody Amazonian carnage in the classic Mondo stylings, The Green Inferno is high on my list of Must See films of 2013. Check out the bloody first image released from the film, below.

Official Synopsis

A group of student activists travel from New York City to the Amazon to save a dying tribe but crash in the jungle and are taken hostage by the very natives they protected.

 

First Still

The Green Inferno

Evil Dead 2013Five friends head to a remote cabin, where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads them to unwittingly summon up demons living in the nearby woods. The evil presence possesses them until only one is left to fight for survival.
Director: Fede Alvarez
Writers: Fede Alvarez (screenplay), Diablo Cody (screenplay)
Stars: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas
Release Date: 5 April 2013 (Not Ireland!)
Budget: $14,000,000
Taglines: The most terrifying film you will ever experience.
Evil Dead (2013) on IMDb

Evil Dead

Reviews and thoughts by Thepuremassacre (myself), my brother PC74 (that’s his real name, weird huh) and my wife aka The Wife (who I dragged to see the film). Two horror freaks and an innocent woman along for the ride; Evil Dead in their own words. Enjoy!


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Evil Dead opens to a frantic scene involving a group of apparent backwoods hillbillies chasing a very distraught young woman. She is mercilessly hit in the face and subdued by the deranged attackers, awaking sometime later tied to a post in a dark and rotting cellar. Urgent dialogue is spoken in a foreign language by a maniacal old crone as her hideously mutated – and obviously inbred – offspring look on with dire trepidation. The old hag mentions an evil book and insists that the young woman must be purified; purified by fire. Her father steps forward, pours gasoline on his daughter and sets her ablaze, awakening an evil inside her that laughs and taunts him, calling her own mother a whore. He aims a shotgun at her and blows his burning daughters head off……. thus begins Evil Dead. (more…)

The Colony

April 12, 2013(Canada)

Forced underground by the next ice age, a struggling outpost of survivors must fight to preserve humanity against a threat even more savage than nature. Directed by Jeff Renfroe. Written by Jeff Renfroe and Svet Rouskov the post apocalyptic flick The Colony explores the aftermath of Earth after a gripping global ice age has occured. PA fans rejoice! The Colony stars Laurence Fishburne, Kevin Zegers and Bill Paxton. Theatrical release April 12, 2013(Canada). The trailer looks pretty awesome, check it out!



Next Up: some warm clothes and a hot coffee….. (more…)

Lord of TearsLord of Tears is a British Chiller in the classic tradition of films such as The Wickerman, The Innocents and The Haunting. Our story concerns a man trapped in a crumbling mansion, stalked by Owl Headed monster in the misty highlands of Scotland, on a mission to piece together a childhood broken apart by repressed memory and dark secrets. It takes inspiration from classic mythology, ancient history and modern legends such as those of – Slender Man!

I became aware of Lord of Tears through a fellow blogger a couple of weeks back and visions of the Owlman have haunted my waking hours ever since. It’s twisted, mind-bending visage is sure to leave a lasting impression on the face of horror. I haven’t seen a more disturbing “monster” in a long time, kudos to Writer/Director team Sarah Daly and Lawrie Brewster for creating one uniquely horrific fiend with the Owlman. The trailer exudes a creepy, brooding psychological horror; depicting the apparent descent into madness of a tormented schoolteacher. Set against the bleak and forbidding Scottish highlands, Lord of Tears promises to be every indie horror fans wet dream. (more…)

A true-crime writer finds a cache of 8mm home movies films that suggest the murder he is currently researching is the work of a serial killer whose career dates back to the 1960s.
Release date: March 11, 2012 (initial release)
Director: Scott Derrickson
DVD release date: February 19, 2013
Running time: 110 minutes
Screenplay: Scott Derrickson, C. Robert Cargill
Stars:Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, James Ransone
Sinister (2012) on IMDb

Sinister tells the tale of a true crime writer, Ellison Oswalth (Ethan Hawke), researching a series of seemingly unrelated serial murders that have spanned decades. Of course he moves into the house where one of the murders took place. Of course. What better way to get “into” a story than by secretly moving your entire family into a house where a family of four was murdered; strung up and hung from the old tree in the backyard. (more…)

Dont Go in the Woods

Dont Go In The Woods. 2010

A young band heads to the woods in order to focus on writing new songs. Hoping to emerge with new music that will score them their big break, they instead find themselves in the middle of a nightmare beyond comprehension.
“Making a hit can be a killer……”
Director: Vincent D’Onofrio
Writers: Sam Bisbee (screenplay), Vincent D’Onofrio (story)
Stars: Bo Boddie, Eric Bogosian, Gwynn Galitzer
Runtime: 83 min
Don't Go in the Woods (2010) on IMDb

Holy shit! I’d thought I’d seen it all. Every blood soaked, gore filled, poorly executed, crappy acted, horribly directed, plot holed, budget strapped, shitty movie put out in the last couple a years. I was wrong. Horribly wrong. I read the crackflix synopsis, pretty much told me that a bunch of teens head into the woods and run afoul of a sledgehammer weilding maniac! Perfect, sounds like a nice slasher set up to me. Directed by Vincet D’Onofrio, he’s got some star power, Don’t Go In The Woods should be alright I thought. Well the film turns out to be a freaking musical slasher. Therein the problem lies; I love slashers, but I hate musicals. The combination is (in this case anyway) absolutely terrible. (more…)

Crawl

Posted: February 20, 2013 by puremassacre in Movies, Thriller, Trailer
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Crawl

Crawl

Crawl is a character-driven thriller set in an unknown, rural town. A seedy bar-owner hires a mysterious Croatian to murder an acquaintance over an unpaid debt. The crime is carried out, but a planned double-crossing backfires and an innocent waitress suddenly becomes involved. Now a hostage in her own home, the young woman is driven to desperate measures for survival. A suspenseful, yet darkly humorous chain of events builds to a blood-curdling and unforgettable climax.Director: Paul China
Writer: Paul China
Stars: Andy Barclay, Paul Bryant, Lauren Dillon
Country: Australia
Release Date: 2 February 2013 (DVD/Blu-Ray, Download)
Budget: AUD 500,000
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Silent Hill Revelation

Silent Hill Revelation. 2012.

Heather Mason and her father have been on the run, always one step ahead of dangerous forces that she doesn’t fully understand, Now on the eve of her 18th birthday, plagued by horrific nightmares and the disappearance of her father, Heather discovers she’s not who she thinks she is. The revelation leads her deeper into a demonic world that threatens to trap her forever.

Director: Michael J. Bassett
Writer: Michael J. Bassett
Stars: Adelaide Clemens, Kit Harington, Sean Bean
Release Date: 26 October 2012
Runtime: 94 min
Budget: $20,000,000
Silent Hill: Revelation 3D (2012) on IMDb

Silent Hill

Christopher, Rose and Sharon from the First Film.

I caught Silent Hill Revelation on demand recently, a little late and unfortunately not in 3D; but having been a big fan of the original Silent Hill and all it’s hellish glory, as well as the intensely creepy video game series, I immediately rented it when it popped up. Silent Hill Revelation takes places some years after the original; Sharon (Adelaide Clemens) and her father Christoper (Sean Bean) have been living under assumed identities after the events of the first film. Rose (Radha Mitchell) discovers a doorway linking the world of Silent Hill and the real world; using it, she sends Sharon back, trapping herself in Silent Hill in the process. We learn all of this in a very short flashback, featuring a young Sharon and a grieving Christopher. Christopher, now going by the name of Harry, promises Rose that he will protect their daughter from the evil forces of Silent Hill that are seeking her. Sharon, now 18, is plagued by constant visions and waking nightmares of a dilapidated town and it`s demonic inhabitants. We find out that she has no recollection of the past events or her role in the first film. Silent Hill is calling her back. Read review…

20130128-221208.jpgThe film centers around mysterious events that happen to a group of people attempting to cross the Mexico/Arizona border on the Mexican holiday; Cinco de Mayo. Darren Lynn Bousman director of Mothers Day and 11/11/11 has a new project in the works; Cinco de Mayo. I don’t really have a lot of info on the flick right now other than the trailer and a release date. Check the trailer out, looks alright.
Director: Darren Lynn Bousman
Release Date: May 5, 2013



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The Lords of Salem

The Lords of Salem, 203. A Rob Zombie Film

The Lords of Salem is a 2012 horror film written and directed by Rob Zombie. It is about the city of Salem, Massachusetts being visited by a coven of ancient witches. Wikipedia.
Director: Rob Zombie
Writer: Rob Zombie
Stars: Sheri Moon Zombie, Bruce Davison and Jeff Daniel Phillips
Budget: $1,500,000 (estimated)
Runtime: 101 min
Theatrical Release Date: April 26, 2013

Heidi DJs at the local radio station, and together with the two Hermans (Whitey and Munster) forms part of the ‘Big H Radio Team’. A mysterious wooden box containing a vinyl record arrives for Heidi, “a gift from the Lords”. She assumes it’s a rock band on a mission to spread their word. As Heidi and Whitey play the Lords’ record, it starts to play backwards, and Heidi experiences a flashback to a past trauma. Later, Whitey plays the Lords’ record, dubbing them the Lords of Salem, and to his surprise, the record plays normally and is a massive hit with listeners. The arrival of another wooden box from the Lords presents the Big H team with free tickets, posters and records to host a gig in Salem. Soon Heidi and her cohorts find that the gig is far from the rock spectacle they’re expecting; the original Lords of Salem are returning, and they’re out for blood. (Wiki)


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Mama

Posted: January 29, 2013 by puremassacre in Horror, Movies, Supernatural, Thriller, Trailer
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Mama. 2013

Mama. 2013

Annabel and Lucas are faced with the challenge of raising his young nieces that were left alone in the forest for 5 years…. but how alone were they?
Director:Andrés Muschietti
Produced by: J. Miles Dale, Barbara Muschietti, Guillermo del Toro
Writers: Neil Cross, Andrés Muschietti
Stars:Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Megan Charpentier
Budget: $15,000,000 (estimated)
Runtime: 100 min
Release Date: 18 January 2013 (Canada)

Looks creepy! In my opinion anything that involves kids and ghosts and weird forest type creatures is creepy. My only problem with this is going to be the PG-13 rating; not a big fan of that. Will be watching soon…..Mama @ IMDb.



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The Following

Posted: January 28, 2013 by puremassacre in Series, Thriller, TV
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20130128-212646.jpgThe Following is an American television drama that is airing on Fox during the 2012-2013 television season. The creator and executive producer of the series is Kevin Williamson.
First episode: January 21, 2013
Network: Fox Broadcasting Company
Program creator: Kevin Williamson
Starring: Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy and Shawn Ashmore

A brilliant and charismatic, yet psychotic serial killer communicates with other active serial killers and activates a cult of believers following his every command.

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Based on the Jack Ketchum novel of the same name, The Girl Next Door follows the unspeakable torture and abuses committed on a teenage girl in the care of her aunt…and the boys who witness and fail to report the crime.

Director: Gregory Wilson
Writers: Daniel Farrands (screenplay), Philip Nutman (screenplay)
Stars: William Atherton, Blythe Auffarth and Blanche Baker
Country: USA
Also Known As: Jack Ketchum’s The Girl Next Door
Filming Locations: Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA
Runtime: 91 min

Jack Ketchum’s, The Girl Next door is loosely based on the grisly torture and subsequent murder of Silvia Likens by Gertrude Baniszewski during the summer of 1965; one of the most heinous crimes in American history. The plot centers on Meg (Blythe Auffarth) and Susan (Madeline Taylor) two sisters who have been sent from New York to live with their aunt, Ruth Chandler (Blanche Baker) and three cousins Willie (Graham Patrick Martin), Ralphie (Austin Williams) and Donny (Benjamin Ross Kaplan), in the wake of a horrific car wreck that killed both of their parents. The sisters soon find out that aunt Ruth is a sadistic psychopath that harbors a deep resentment of men and who thinks women are just filthy whores.  David, a young boy living in 1950’s Indiana, is neighbor to the Chandlers and becomes infatuated with Meg.

Never having read the original novel by Ketchum, I was aware of this twisted tale by a wiki article I’d read a few years back concerning the 1965 Likens murder; and was thrilled to see The Girl Next Door appear on Netflix a short while ago.  The film starts off with an older wealthy man reflecting on a past tragedy, things that could have been different, things he could have changed.  We learn that the older man is in-fact David, the protagonist of the film, who as a young boy, befriends Meg and Susan, the tragic victims of the story.  The Film is told mainly through David’s perspective as a flashback to his childhood during the summer of 1958.  The setting was spot on; retro clothing, classic cars and malt shops depicted a simpler time in The Girl Next Door.  One scene in particular involves David and Meg getting a few cheeseburgers and fries which he pays for with fifty cents (I wish).  From the chauvinistic macho attitudes to the smoking is healthy mentality, the film really nailed down small town 1950’s USA.

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Next Up: teaching my children well…..

The Oregonian. 2011.

The Oregonian. 2011.

Director: Calvin Reeder
Writer: Calvin Reeder
Stars: Lindsay Pulsipher, Robert Longstreet and Matt Olsen
Country: USANetflix
Release Date: 8 June 2012
Runtime: 81 min

The first time I came across the trailer for The Oregonian, I put that on my gotta watch list; I’m a fan of low budget independent horror. So I hopped right on it when I saw The Oregonian hit crackflix. The synopsis said “A strange young woman goes on the road to leave her past behind.” Sounds simple enough, but the term strange is a major understatement here! Could probably insert psychotic, mind-bending, crazy-ass and righteously fucked right up. (more…)

The Burning is a 1981 slasher film directed by Tony Maylam, with music by Rick Wakeman. It tells the story of a cruel, alcoholic, sadistic caretaker at a summer camp (nicknamed “Cropsy” and based on the urban legend of Cropsey) who falls victim to a prank that went out of control which leaves him horribly burned and disfigured. Following his release from hospital, he returns to his old stomping ground and begins a murder spree. The film was one of the first from Miramax Films: Harvey Weinstein produced the film and Bob Weinstein was a co-writer. Jason Alexander, Fisher Stevens and Oscar winner Holly Hunter all made their motion picture debuts in this film. (Wiki)

Release date: May 8, 1981 (initial release)
Director: Tony MaylamNetflix
DVD release date: September 11, 2007
Running time: 91 minutes
Screenplay: Tony Maylam, Harvey Weinstein

The Burning is a must see film for any fan of 80’s slashers. A maniac stalking the woods of a remote summer camp seeking vengence upon sex crazed half naked teens sounds all to familiar doesn’t it? While The Burning is a blatant rip off of Friday the 13th, who cares? It is a decent film in it’s own right. A cast of likable characters, tons of blood (by none other than Tom Savini) and a horribly disfigured villain. What’s not to like. Add in some 80’s synth (yeah!), full frontal female nudity, some gory deaths and a remote backwoods camp setting and you have all the right ingredients for a quintessential early 80’s slasher. While not perfect by any means, The Burning is definitely recommended viewing in my opinion. Oh ya and you get to see George Castanza with a full head of hair!! The Burning @ IMDb.