Daily Dead http://dailydead.com - Your Source for Daily Zombie, Horror, and Sci-Fi News Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:00:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 First Photos from Ryan Gosling’s Lost River http://dailydead.com/first-photos-ryan-goslings-lost-river/ http://dailydead.com/first-photos-ryan-goslings-lost-river/#comments Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:00:30 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=73023 Previously known as How to Catch a Monster, Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut is now titled Lost River and the first photos from the movie have made their way online. Lost River will be screening during the Cannes Film Festival next month and stars Christina Hendricks, Saoirse Ronan, Eva Mendes, Matt Smith and Ben Mendelsohn: “Set against the […]

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Lost-River-boxPreviously known as How to Catch a Monster, Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut is now titled Lost River and the first photos from the movie have made their way online. Lost River will be screening during the Cannes Film Festival next month and stars Christina Hendricks, Saoirse Ronan, Eva Mendes, Matt Smith and Ben Mendelsohn:

“Set against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city, Billy, a single mother of two, is swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while her teenage son discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town. Both Billy and Bones must dive deep into the mystery, if their family is to survive.”

It’s common for trailers or clips to be put together specifically for Cannes, so hopefully we’ll have more to share with Daily Dead readers over the next month. These photos are thanks to /Film!

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Early Look at The Walking Dead #129 Cover http://dailydead.com/early-look-walking-dead-129-cover/ http://dailydead.com/early-look-walking-dead-129-cover/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:58:15 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=73017 “Even now, they still find new ways to dispose of the dead.” If you were hoping that the latest cover art for The Walking Dead would give you clues as to how All Out War ends, you’re out of luck, but we’re loving these new covers and can’t wait to see what Robert Kirkman has in […]

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Walking-Dead-129-box“Even now, they still find new ways to dispose of the dead.” If you were hoping that the latest cover art for The Walking Dead would give you clues as to how All Out War ends, you’re out of luck, but we’re loving these new covers and can’t wait to see what Robert Kirkman has in store for the “New Beginning”.

All Out War only has one issue to go and everyone is wondering who’s going to survive. The post-All Out War covers have raised more questions than answers, especially since it features a new cast of characters, but we’ll know everything less than one month from now.

The new cover art is thanks to TheWalkingDead.com! We’ve included a look at the upcoming covers below and you can check out the All Out War cover art, along with our previous interviews with Robert Kirkman, at:

ALL OUT WAR Release Schedule:

  • THE WALKING DEAD #126 – APRIL 23
    • The Conclusion.

Next Story Arc (A New Beginning):

  • THE WALKING DEAD #127 – May 14
    • In the aftermath of ALL-OUT WAR we discover… A NEW BEGINNING.
  • *UPDATED* THE WALKING DEAD #128  - June 11
    • After all this time, she should be more prepared.
  • *UPDATED* THE WALKING DEAD #128  - June 11
    • After all this time, she should be more prepared.

THE WALKING DEAD #129

  • STORY: ROBERT KIRKMAN
  • ART: CHARLIE ADLARD, STEFANO GAUDIANO & CLIFF RATHBURN
  • COVER: CHARLIE ADLARD & DAVE STEWART
  • JULY 9
  • 32 PAGES/BW/M
  • $2.99

“Even now, they still find new ways to dispose of the dead.”

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Exclusive: Clifton Collins Jr. Talks Transcendence and 101 Ways to Cook Ramen (PRISON STYLE) http://dailydead.com/exclusive-qa-clifton-collins-jr/ http://dailydead.com/exclusive-qa-clifton-collins-jr/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:24:48 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=73010 Clifton Collins Jr. is the latest actor to take part in our Q&A series and he should be no stranger to genre fans with recent roles in Pacific Rim, Hellbenders 3D, and Transcendence. In this feature, Clifton Collins Jr. talks to us about working with Johnny Depp, researching the technical singularity, his role in Stung, and his […]

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Clifton-Collins-boxClifton Collins Jr. is the latest actor to take part in our Q&A series and he should be no stranger to genre fans with recent roles in Pacific Rim, Hellbenders 3D, and Transcendence. In this feature, Clifton Collins Jr. talks to us about working with Johnny Depp, researching the technical singularity, his role in Stung, and his upcoming book, 101 Ways to Cook Ramen (PRISON STYLE):

Thank you for taking the time to talk with us today. We’re big fans of your work over here and always look forward to talking with you about your latest project. What was it that initially drew you to Transcendence and the character of Martin?

Really appreciate that, nothing better than good folks who appreciate ones work! I think that’s what keeps me working as hard as I do, so thank you for that!

Johnny Depp for starters. I’ve been trying to work with JD since way back when I auditioned for that gang episode on 21 Jump Street. He’s really created an amazing library of fantastic characters throughout his career. His range is pretty amazing, and I think any actor would jump at an opportunity to work with him. Now, simply add living legend Morgan Freeman, and the rest of the tre-talented cast, top it off with Oscar winning Wally Pfister & Mr. Nolan, and voilà ! My draw to Transcendence. ;)

Regarding the role of Martin, for me this was a very different role. I read a few versions of the script and in each one his expertise in electrical engineering, nanotechnology and singularity consistently intrigued me. I also thought the relationship between Dr. Castor and his wife was so tragically romantic, I love that kind of drama. I’m aware that I am NOT Dr. Castor, but a situation arises in which Martin has to sort of be Dr. Castor’s “mouth piece” so to speak, almost embodying him. That really drew me in. Not to mention that all the technology in this feature can all be researched and studied, always a plus as its really enjoyable to have access to these kinds of tools in prepping this kind of role. So much so that it allowed me to get wonderfully lost surfing the web, discovering lectures by Ray Kurtzwell and Neuroscientist Randal Koene.

Transcendence follows Dr. Will Caster and his transformation from artificial intelligence researcher to someone who becomes both man and machine. What role does your character have in the events that transpire?

I both design and build the info structure necessary to power a facility on the scope of which can enable Dr. Castor to continue developing this life saving nanotechnology. And it’s imperative that all this be done in complete secrecy, and off the grid, keeping the Castor family safe from those that might attempt to kill them in order to steal and/or destroy his research.

Wally Pfister is well known for his work as a cinematographer and is making his feature directorial debut with this film. Having worked on many film sets, what would you say was Wally Pfister’s strongest trait as a director? What was it like working with him on set?

That’s an understatement! He’s known for his badassery in cinematography, I think 19 noms? It’s absurd, watching him hold the camera, its seriously like Tech Porn hahahaa…. Wally’s a team player, I think that’s a strong trait, very personable, approachable, fun to be around, and you actually really like the guy. His knowledge of camera work and angles etc. goes without saying, so there’s something very comforting in experiencing that as well. The responsibilities of taking on a film of this scope can spread one really thin, and the fact that he could still find the time both on or off set to collaborate really says a lot about him. I really enjoyed the process.

After joining this project, did you do any research on artificial intelligence building? Was there anything specific that fascinated you about the science behind this movie?

I got so excited about doing the research on this picture that I think I even mentioned a lot of this in the answer to #1, but believe me, I can go on! Much like singularity, it is infinite…

Do you have a favorite on-set memory or experience that you can share with our readers?

There were so many as we all got along pretty famously, both on and off set. As you know some of our cast are English, and that said, me and Rebecca Hall had this scene in the desert, we picked up the shot that started with me laying in the warm hot sand, which I’m very comfortable with btw, and I just wanted to see how attentive Reb was, so when Wally called action and Rebecca walked up to me she just burst out laughing. Everything in the sand just blends in, but she was still able to read my finger writing in the sand that spelled out “wanker” hahaha, she’s awesome and attentive!

I understand that you’ve been working on a new book that’s titled “100 Ways to Cook Ramen ‘Prison Style’”. Can you tell our readers a bit about what they can expect?

For starters if you’re a college student or in that what we call “Ramen Phase” of your life, or simply just dig it, there are a slew of great recipes. On a bigger note, every recipe is matched with a real cautionary tale of whom the dish was learned from and what they learned by going to jail and or prison. The hopes being that people will both be entertained and also take account and be grateful for all that they do have, for we don’t really miss or appreciate much until it’s too late. Some of the proceeds will be going to Father Gregory Boyles Homeboy Industries which helps at risk gang youths, and that feels really good!

How long have you been working on this book and who are some of the people who contributed stories/recipes?

I started working on this project after visiting my old homeboy Gustavo Alvarez aka “Goose”. Chino State Prison was on a lockdown after the vicious riot of 09, I went to visit after it was lifted. Ironically I had just returned from shooting The Experiment with Adrian Brody and Forest Whitaker, and doing my Hollywood riot scene while my dude was fighting for his life in his own riot. At the end of the riot, Goose and a few other Ese’s made a big giant Ramen spread to feed all the Brothers, that the C.O.’s left out in the cold, that compassion that was demonstrated by the same people who were initially fighting against each other is what this book is about, these spreads erased color lines, brought these people together.

Some of the people that have contributed are pretty spectacular, Roger Avery (Writer/director, Oscar for PULP FICTION, Taryn Manning (ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK), Danny Trejo (MACHETTE), Jacob Vargas (Oscar winning TRAFFIC, CHAVEZ), Father G, some amazing art work from legend Mister Cartoon and Estevan Oriole (LA WOMAN, LA PORTRAITS), and the word eventually got out, so now we may be stacking up stories for Cook book #2 hahaha! Hey, as long as the message keeps getting out I’m happy! My friends that own El Compadres in Down town LA all already planning the release party, its seriously that kind of love!

Can you tell our readers where they can learn more about the book? When will it be released?

We’re collecting a few last stories, and are going out to publishers next week, so there’s still a lot of work to be done, but it’s a special project as the love for this type of healing continues to grow. It’s one of the blessings of being a public figure, being able to give back, “Spreading” the love so to speak. ;)

Last year, we covered your roles in Pacific Rim and Hellbenders. Another movie we’ve been covering is Stung, which looks like a lot of fun. Can you tell us about your role in that film?

Stung was a fun crazy film we shot in Berlin with renowned Hacker brothers behind the effects, I play sort of Anthony Perkins/Norman Bates kinda guy who’s been looked after by his mother most of his life, so I’ll let you run with that from there, that one is gonna be a crazy ride ! Notice that I took out anything to do with things that “sting”. :) Some really awesome practical effects, there were days that I felt like I was working on a contemporary version of THEM. Got to work with some talented young actors, Matt O’Leary, Jessica Cook and legend Lance Henriksen, that’s right, I said it, Lance Henriksen! Badass!

Do you have any other horror/sci-fi projects coming up? Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?

Just keep ya’lls eyes peeled, there’s some good work coming up ahead! And I’m insanely grateful for you all, for without my fans to appreciate what I do, I am nothing, love you guys!

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Scream Factory to Release Pumpkinhead and Pumpkinhead II on Blu-ray http://dailydead.com/scream-factory-release-pumpkinhead-pumpkinhead-ii-blu-ray/ http://dailydead.com/scream-factory-release-pumpkinhead-pumpkinhead-ii-blu-ray/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:14:50 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=73001 Those who follow Scream Factory on Facebook know that Pumpkinhead is a regularly requested title and it’s one that has seemed likely, given the fact that Scream Factory has been releasing plenty of MGM horror classics on Blu-ray. Today, Scream Factory made horror fans everywhere happy with the announcement that they are bringing both Pumpkinhead and Pumpkinhead II: Blood […]

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PumpkinheadThose who follow Scream Factory on Facebook know that Pumpkinhead is a regularly requested title and it’s one that has seemed likely, given the fact that Scream Factory has been releasing plenty of MGM horror classics on Blu-ray. Today, Scream Factory made horror fans everywhere happy with the announcement that they are bringing both Pumpkinhead and Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings to Blu-ray this September:

via Scream Factory: “Stan Winston’s 1988 monster film PUMPKINHEAD (one of our most highly-requested titles) will be coming to the ‘factory’ on Blu-ray for the first time this September! And…its 1993’s sequel PUMPKINHEAD II: BLOOD WINGS will be released on the same date too!

We announced these on the latest episode of “Choice Cuts” over at Shock Till You Drop. Check out the full episode where we also talk at length about our process, titles and more @ http://bit.ly/1ha5vkW

PUMPKINHEAD will be a “Collector’s Edition” (in fact, artwork is just about done) and PUMPKINHEAD II will be its own separate release. No further details to report at this time but we’ll keep you posted on developments during our “Summer of Fear”.”

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Review: Cabin Fever: Patient Zero http://dailydead.com/review-cabin-fever-patient-zero/ http://dailydead.com/review-cabin-fever-patient-zero/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:40:49 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=73002 Eleven years after Eli Roth’s Cabin Fever, and five years after Ti West’s Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever, horror’s tiniest serial killer is back, with a new installment from Kaare Andrews, a director probably best known for his 2013 ABCs of Death segment. Officially a prequel rather than a sequel, Cabin Fever: Patient Zero attempts […]

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Cabin-Fever-US-boxEleven years after Eli Roth’s Cabin Fever, and five years after Ti West’s Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever, horror’s tiniest serial killer is back, with a new installment from Kaare Andrews, a director probably best known for his 2013 ABCs of Death segment.

Officially a prequel rather than a sequel, Cabin Fever: Patient Zero attempts to provide an origin story for the virus, while still delivering enough laughs and gore to keep fans of the previous two films happy. However, like its predecessor Spring Fever, this latest strain of the franchise lacks the infectious inventiveness and sheer bite that made Roth’s first film a cult classic: in horror terms, think mild rash, rather than full-on flesh-eating fury.

Employing a dual narrative technique, Andrews’s film splits the action into two distinct storylines. One of these centers on a remote research facility, where scientists battle to find a cure for a mysterious new disease. Their secret weapon is the eponymous “patient zero,” a man infected with the virus but somehow immune to it (played by Lord of the Rings star Sean Astin). Meanwhile, a group of friends – bridegroom-to-be Marcus, Marcus’s brother Josh, and best mates Dobbs and Penny – head to an idyllic Caribbean island, intent on having one last party before Marcus’s big day. It soon becomes clear there’s more than a spot of trouble in paradise: the island’s crystal seas are polluted by hordes of rotting fish, and before long, tell-tale red marks start appearing on Penny’s skin…

Patient Zero’s strongest scenes are probably those set in the research facility. Sean Astin provides the film with its most credible performance, portraying an increasingly desperate man, more concerned with finding his wife and son than with his status as a potential virus cure. The research center itself is ludicrous, but in an enjoyable way:  Astin is essentially kept in a cage, infected rodents run amok, and the high-tech security system allows intruders to break in within minutes. Currie Graham plays man-in-charge Dr. Edwards, a scientist so palpably cold, unremorseful and evil, he’d be snapped up within minutes by any 1950s B-movie laboratory. Naturally, Dr Edwards is joined by a number of attractive female colleagues, all of whom sport bikinis under open lab coats – a look inexplicably yet to catch on in any major research institutions outside of the cinema.

While parts of the film are enjoyably ropey, other parts are just plain bad. The dialogue, most of the characters and the storyline itself are all disappointingly clichéd, reminiscent of things we’ve seen in other films, while a love triangle between Penny, Marcus and Josh elicits little sympathy, mainly because none of the three characters are really distinct enough for an audience to care about.  Luckily, lack of personality doesn’t prevent anyone in the film from suffering an enjoyably gruesome death. There’s enough skin-peeling, flesh-melting fun to keep fans of the original happy, including a gleefully disgusting oral sex scene.  The film also follows the well-established rule that, if you depict a large black dildo in Act 1 of a horror flick, by Act 3, that dildo needs to be involved in someone’s brutal dispatch.

Sadly, Sean Astin, some inventive gore and a few amusing scenes aren’t really enough to save Patient Zero. Back in 2002, Eli Roth’s first Cabin Fever attracted fans because of its low budget creativity and freshness. Its laughs felt sharper, and its body horror more transgressive than anything Andrew’s latest installment has to offer. There was a genuinely shocking edge to the way the characters in Roth’s film turned on each other:  when lead character Karen was infected, her friends succumbed to paranoia, and locked her in a shed to die. In Patient Zero, when Penny gets sick, her friends nobly team up to try and save her, leading to a Cabin Fever film that, somewhat ironically, lacks any sense of actual cabin fever.

Overall, Cabin Fever: Patient Zero is a silly, schlocky, gore-fest, perfect for providing a few laughs on a night in, but nowhere near as enjoyable as Roth’s original film.  When Roth included all these elements in his first film, it felt like a work of passion; a loving homage to the 1980s horrors that Roth grew up with. Here, it just feels like a contrived, somewhat cynical attempt to keep a franchise alive. The virus might be back, but, this time round, it’s unlikely to claim many new victims.

Movie Score: 2/5

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Cover Art for The Walking Dead Volume 21: All Out War (Part 2) http://dailydead.com/cover-art-walking-dead-volume-21-war-part-2/ http://dailydead.com/cover-art-walking-dead-volume-21-war-part-2/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:22:44 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=72997 We’ve been covering quite a bit of The Walking Dead‘s All Out War story arc, but we know that there are many of you who prefer to read the volumes over individual issues. You’ll get your chance to read the second half of this epic story arc on July 23rd, when The Walking Dead Volume 21: All Out […]

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Walking-Dead-Vol-21-boxWe’ve been covering quite a bit of The Walking Dead‘s All Out War story arc, but we know that there are many of you who prefer to read the volumes over individual issues. You’ll get your chance to read the second half of this epic story arc on July 23rd, when The Walking Dead Volume 21: All Out War (Part 2) is released.

The Walking Dead Volume 21 contains issues #121 – 126 and takes readers to the end of All Out War, where Rick continues his battle against Negan and The Saviors. We want to thank TheWalkingDead.com for an early look at the cover art! We’ve combined much of our recent coverage, so check out the links below for upcoming issue cover art and our exclusive interviews with Robert Kirkman:

 

THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 21: ALL OUT WAR PART 2

  • STORY: ROBERT KIRKMAN
  • ART: CHARLIE ADLARD, STEFANO GAUDIANO & CLIFF RATHBURN
  • COVER: CHARLIE ADLARD & DAVE STEWART
  • JULY 23
  • 136 PAGES/BW/M
  • $14.99

“Alexandria has been destroyed. Can Rick rally the other communities against Negan’s army?”

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Syfy Renews Face Off for a Seventh Season http://dailydead.com/syfy-renews-face-seventh-season/ http://dailydead.com/syfy-renews-face-seventh-season/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:12:04 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=72994 While it probably won’t come as a surprise, Syfy announced that Face Off will be back for a seventh season that will kick off in July. Here’s a look at the official press release that also reveals that a new judge will be joining the special effects make-up competition: “After a bold and extreme season […]

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While it probably won’t come as a surprise, Syfy announced that Face Off will be back for a seventh season that will kick off in July. Here’s a look at the official press release that also reveals that a new judge will be joining the special effects make-up competition:

“After a bold and extreme season of competition, three artists remain in the fight for the title of season 6 Face Off champion – George Schminky of Walnut Creek, CA by way of Puerto Rico; Rashaad Santiago of Bronx, NY; and Tyler Green of Litchfield, CT. For their final challenge, they will each create a pair of rival alien races, all of whom will be performing in an electrifying dance performance for world famous music producer and DJ, Rusko. The season 6 finale episode of Face Off airs Tuesday, April 22 at 9PM ET/PT on Syfy.

Syfy also confirms that the critically-acclaimed series will return in July 2014 for a high-stakes 7th season themed “Life and Death.” Each week the contestants will face creative challenges designed to inspire them to explore life, death, rebirth and mortality. Season 7 will also introduce new judge, Lois Burwell, a renowned Academy-Award winning makeup artist known for her work on Lincoln, Braveheart, Saving Private Ryan, War Horse and War of the Worlds.

Face Off is a competition/elimination series exploring the world of special-effects make-up artists and the unlimited imagination that allows them to create amazing works of living art. As a member of the multi-generational family dynasty whose name is synonymous with the make-up effects field, actress McKenzie Westmore brings expertise to her role as host of the series. Some of SFX world’s most celebrated figures judge the competition – multiple Academy-Award winner Ve Neill (The Hunger Games, Pirates of the Caribbean), industry veteran Glenn Hetrick (CSI: New York, Heroes, Legion), and creature designer Neville Page (Avatar, Prometheus). World-renowned Hollywood makeup artist Michael Westmore (Star Trek) serves as the contestant mentor.

Face Off is a production of Mission Control Media with Dwight D. Smith, Michael Agbabian and Derek Atherton serving as executive producers.”

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New Godzilla Featurettes with Director Gareth Edwards http://dailydead.com/new-godzilla-featurettes-director-gareth-edwards/ http://dailydead.com/new-godzilla-featurettes-director-gareth-edwards/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:30:21 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=72602 *Updated* Godzilla‘s Gareth Edwards is the focus of four featurettes released by Warner Bros., with the director talking about his favorite movie monsters, taking on Godzilla, and starting out as a filmmaker. “An epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific […]

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Godzilla-Teaser-Poster-Box*Updated* Godzilla‘s Gareth Edwards is the focus of four featurettes released by Warner Bros., with the director talking about his favorite movie monsters, taking on Godzilla, and starting out as a filmmaker.

“An epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence. Gareth Edwards directs Godzilla, which stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, and Juliette Binoche, with David Strathairn and Bryan Cranston. The screenplay is by Max Borenstein, Frank Darabont, and Dave Callaham. Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni are producing with Mary Parent and Brian Rogers. Alex Garcia and Patricia Whitcher are the executive producers, alongside Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira.”

Godzilla will be released in the UK on May 15th, the US & Canada on May 16th, and will be presented in 2D, 3D and IMAX. For a list of release dates around the world, visit:

Catch up on our recent Godzilla coverage by visiting the following links:

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Review: Rewind This! (DVD) http://dailydead.com/review-rewind-dvd/ http://dailydead.com/review-rewind-dvd/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:53:37 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=72986 A light-hearted but entertaining look back at the glory days of VHS tapes and those who still remain passionate about them today, Rewind This! is a near-perfect documentary. Rewind This! explores the historical impact of VHS and celebrates everything we love about the now-dormant format that lives on through the collectors who still pound the pavement in […]

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Rewind-This-BoxA light-hearted but entertaining look back at the glory days of VHS tapes and those who still remain passionate about them today, Rewind This! is a near-perfect documentary. Rewind This! explores the historical impact of VHS and celebrates everything we love about the now-dormant format that lives on through the collectors who still pound the pavement in search of the perfect tape.

Directed by Josh Johnson, Rewind This! features a fantastic blend of informative interviews with those who were there firsthand when VHS forever changed the entertainment industry, including Charles Band, Lloyd Kaufman, Frank Henenlotter, Roy Frumkes, Cassandra Peterson and many others. Johnson uses his experts to lay the foundation and then fills in the gaps with an array of fan and collector interviewees that proves that even though VHS tapes are a thing of yesteryear, there may never be a format that will ever revolutionize home movie distribution the way that VHS did back in the 1980’s.

Beyond exploring just general VHS fandom and those who still collect and sell tapes today, Rewind This! also takes a look at the VHS/Beta War, how pornography, cult films and home fitness both were all revolutionized due to the advent of home distribution, and it does an incredible job of paying tribute to all the inventive and wonderful cover artwork that was created specifically for VHS. Johnson also does a great job exploring some more obscure topics as well like Japanese “V-Cinema” (which I will wholly admit I knew nothing about until this), the various projects of infamous DIY filmmaker David “The Rock” Nelson and there’s also a good discussion on the oddball workout tape of Bubba Smith, which was admittedly one of the weirder things I discovered here.

All in all, there’s a genuine enthusiasm for the topics discussed here, making Rewind This! all the more enjoyable with each passing moment. It perhaps spends a little too much time discussing pornography and not enough time delving deeper into more of how all the business aspects of home distribution changed in the 1980’s but those are minor quibbles at best. Anyone who ever grew up watching VHS or just finds themselves curious about just what makes videocassettes so special will find Rewind This! worth a viewing.

The Rewind This! DVD also has a good amount of extras that are just as much fun as the main documentary itself. There’s an engaging commentary track that features Johnson, producer Carolee Mitchell, and DP/editor Christopher Palme, revealing many details on how they secured their interviews and their experiences with their lively participants along the way. There’s also a ton of additional interview footage that’s absolutely worth a watch for VHS enthusiasts as well as some bonus animation and a music video to boot.

A truly fun and often enlightening trip down memory lane, Rewind This!is made for those who have fond memories of clamshell cases and rewinding video cassettes and for those who maybe have always wondered what all the fuss has been about since the format went dormant almost 20 years ago now. Though VHS’ best days may have come and gone, Rewind This! certainly proves the case for the technology’s enduring legacy by speaking with those who were there to live through it and with those who continue to collect and sell tapes even today.

Movie Score: 3.5/5, Disc Score: 3.3/5

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Exclusive Q&A with Poseidon Rex Director Mark L. Lester http://dailydead.com/exclusive-qa-mark-l-lester/ http://dailydead.com/exclusive-qa-mark-l-lester/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:28:53 +0000 http://dailydead.com/?p=72980 Today sees the release of Poseidon Rex on iTunes and select theaters, and we caught up with director Mark L. Lester for our latest Q&A feature. Best known for directing Commando and Firestarter, Mark tells us about his fascination with creature features, developing Poseidon Rex, and what he’s working on next: Having been involved in creature features […]

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RexToday sees the release of Poseidon Rex on iTunes and select theaters, and we caught up with director Mark L. Lester for our latest Q&A feature. Best known for directing Commando and Firestarter, Mark tells us about his fascination with creature features, developing Poseidon Rex, and what he’s working on next:

Having been involved in creature features previously, what made you want to take on Poseidon Rex as your next film?

Mark L. Lester: I loved the idea of doing a sea creature movie and always wanted to make one, since I saw Beast of 20,000 Fathoms, as a little kid. That picture really haunted me.

Did you have any input in the story or was the script put together before you came on board?

Mark L. Lester: I developed the entire story from the beginning and had the script written by Rafael Jordan. I wanted to take elements from Into the Blue and make a thriller out of the movie as well. That’s why you have the local gangsters in the picture.

What are some of your favorite creature features and the movies that inspire you?

Mark L. Lester: I love many including Jurassic Park and of course one the classic Creature from the Black Lagoon. I was actually thinking of that movie during the underwater photography development of this picture. To create some suspense under the water was a goal.

What kind of input did you have on the creature design? Was there anything specific you wanted to incorporate and what was the inspiration for the creature?

Mark L. Lester: I designed the creature along with Scott Wheeler at Rouge State. I get a lot of dinosaur pictures and then work on making some kind of hybrid. There were a lot of pictures of Sea Dinosaurs, so definitely inspired by looking at those pictures. I wanted the creature to have big teeth, so he can take big chomp and bite out of this victims, makes it really scary.

What is the biggest challenge shooting a movie like this on the open sea?

Mark L. Lester: The water was very difficult. Boats are moving around in the waves so very complex to get steady shots of the action. Took a long time.

Do you have any advice for young filmmakers who may be looking to create an independent creature feature?

Mark L. Lester: My advice for young filmmakers is to come up with an amazing creature, that you can make great artwork and advertising from. Something Jungian that everyone might be afraid of. That makes it much easier to get financing for the film and excites the marketplace. Do not have creature that’s not scary and doesn’t make a statement. Dinosaurs are always good and there are lots of different ones that have not been done yet.

With Poseidon Rex wrapped up and hitting theaters soon, I know you have some other projects coming up. Can you tell our readers about what movies you’re working on?

Mark L. Lester: I’m really excited to be preparing the epics I am making Vikings Vs. Dinosaurs. The Vikings are going to end up on an island with dinosaurs and they have to use their Viking skill set To survive. Of course there will be a few Viking women as well. Also planning a remake of my classic Class of 1984. I have in the can already Dragons of Camelot I produced and directed. This is a fun movie where the knights of King Arthur have to fight the evil queen’s dragons to recapture Camelot.

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