Here is a compilation of some of the stuff that mattered to me this week whether it be good or bad. This week we take a look at some Bedbugs, an insane rotoscoped trailer for Evil Dead II, what Martin Scorsese thinks about zombies and much more. Enjoy!
Jaws Gets its Long Awaited Blu-ray Release Date
Fans of Spielberg’s masterpiece Jaws have been waiting quite a while for news like this to float to the surface. The original classic film is finally headed to Blu-ray in all its breathtaking and terrifying glory. Jaws is one of the many films being digitally remastered for Universal’s 100th Anniversary celebration. Over the course of many months the best of the best at Universal Studios Digital Services went through the painstaking process of balancing color, removing dirt and scratches, and repairing any damage to the film elements. Universal released an amazing video showing the entire process of the restoration. The Blu-ray will hit shelves on August, 14th. If you are a fan at all of Jaws or are interested in this process you wont want to miss this. Check out the video below.
Great Looking ‘Natalie’s Lose Lose’ Poster
This new indie film, Natalie’s Lose Lose, released a great looking poster recently and you know me, I couldn’t help but share it with you guys. Written and directed by Eric Williford, the film is about a young woman by the name of Natalie who wakes up in what is probably the crappiest way to wake up when she finds herself bound and gagged to a chair. Who did this to and why do they wan’t her? Hopefully we will find out soon with a trailer but for now, check out the great poster.
The Walking Dead Mad Men
What do you get when two of AMC’s most popular shows have a baby? You get this hilarious little gem called The Walking Dead Mad Men. It definitely helps to be a fan of the shows to get the jokes but regardless this is a fantastic mash-up of two great TV shows. Check it out below.
Martin Scorsese Prefers Vampires Over Zombies
In a recent interview with GQ Scorsese started talking about the creatures of the night and anytime a director of Scorsese’s caliber starts talking about the horror genre it’s definitely something worth hearing. Here is what the director had to say about why he prefers vampires over zombies:
“The vampire thing always works for some reason. Always works,” Scorsese tells the site. “I happen to like vampires more than zombies. Well, a vampire, quite honestly, you could have a conversation with. He has a sexuality. Zombies, what are you going to do with them? Just keep chopping them up, shooting at them, shooting at them. It’s a whole other thing that apparently means a great deal to our culture and our society. There are many, many books written about it and many movies. I saw one in London when I was doing Hugo. I saw one late at night one weekend. It was called Colin, by a young filmmaker [Marc Price]. He shot it, I think, digitally by himself, edited it himself. It was savage. It had an energy that took the zombie idea to another level. Really interesting filmmaking. Disturbing.”
You really can’t argue with that kind of logic. I’d love to see Scorsese take a shot at the vampire or zombie genre, how cool would that be?
Evil Dead II Rotoscoped
There is no doubt that we have all seen Evil Dead II many times but I can assure you that you’ve never seen it like this before. Pretend for Real Studios used the same technique used in films like Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly by rotoscope animating the Evil Dead II trailer and it’s quite insane looking. The process to make a movie like this takes a ridiculous amount of work because you have to trace the animated image onto each frame which explains why they only did the trailer. I’m not sure If I would want to see the entire film like this because the 46 second trailer was crazy enough. Check it out.
Evil Dead Remake Begins Filming
I really wish I could be excited for this but considering Sam Raimi isn’t in the director’s chair and Diablo Cody revised the script it makes this a tough one to swallow. The film’s targeted release date is April 12, 2013 so earlier in the week the director Fede Alvarez officially began shooting the remake. Bruce Campbell is rumored to make a cameo in the film which may be the only thing to look forward to.
Stephen King’s Joyland
This isn’t quite movie news but anytime the master of horror himself announces a new book it is definitely something to get excited about. With King’s sequel to his classic tale of terror in The Shining called Dr. Sleep finished he is currently hard at work on his new slasher novel simply titled, Joyland. All that is known about the book thus far is that it is about an amusement park serial killer. And I’m sold. I don’t need to know anything else, take my money Mr. King.
Currently, King has a lot of his material in various stages of production which include the all ambitious Ron Howard’s The Dark Tower, Ben Affleck’s possible trilogy adaptation of The Stand, Showtime’s Under the Dome miniseries, Jonathan Demme recently picking up the rights to King’s latest novel 11/22/63, and last but not least, the recent resurrection of Carrie.
Ti West to Pen Bedbugs Screenplay
One of my favorite rising horror directors is easily Ti West, the man behind the fantastic House of the Devil and Innkeepers. Ben H. Winters’ bestselling novel of terror, Bedbugs, has set Ti West to write the screenplay for the film adaptation.
“ ‘Bedbugs’ is a tale of urban paranoia set in Brooklyn that follows the Wendt family as they move in to a new home and suddenly start to encounter strange occurrences. Susan Wendt begins suffering what she suspects are bedbug bites, but she’s the only one getting bitten and suddenly fears she may be going crazy. That’s until she’s confronted with a more menacing explanation for the strange things happening to her and the family.”
This sounds right up West’s alley and I have no doubt that he will deliver another great horror film.
There you have it, some of the stuff that mattered to me this week. It was a great week for horror related news and I hope you guys enjoyed it as much as I did.
As always, thanks for reading.