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The Howling gets TwiHard

The Howling, for those who may or may not know, is one of my favorite werewolf films of all time.  The SFX, the cast, the feel of the movie is brilliant.  Now there have been many a sequel to follow it that have not lived up to the original (even Christopher Lee in the 2nd movie can’t stop it from being one of the worst.)  One of the better ones took place in a freakshow and had a vampire going up against one of the wolves.  But still…not a great film and nowhere near the level of the first.

Some months ago the news came out about a new Howling film looking to reboot the series.  And as is the want of Hollywood they decided to jump onto the Twilight train of teen romance mixed with the supernatural instead of going back to the dark, adult focusing world of the original.  Even the logo they were using at the time looked as though it came from a Stephanie Meyer cover.

Instead of a theatrical release, The Howling: Reborn is going direct to video.  And we now have a trailer to see just what route for certain they’ve gone with the story.  And what I’m taking from this is a film that has no idea what the hell its doing.  The trailer is more confusing than anything I’ve seen in a while.  I get a Lost Boys: The Tribe vibe for sure but is this guy Peter Parker?  What the hell is going on?  Someone has been watching MTV’s Teen Wolf…

For bad or worse, here is The Howling Reborn hitting DVD shelves on October 18th.

And for comparisons sake, here is the trailer for The Howling 2…which looks nearly as random (and is) as the trailer for the new pup on the block.

 

Zorro The Complete Series: DVD Review

Zorro The Complete Series:

Review by Jessica Dwyer

Back in the early 90’s The Family Channel had a series that made the little girl in me still squeal with delight.  And to this day I will always love Zorro.   Sure it was cheesy but it was fun and it brought back the character that inspired Batman and countless other masked good guys.

I never thought in a million years I’d ever get a chance to see the show on anything other than VHS recordings made WAY back then.  But now thanks to A&E, Zorro The Complete Series is available.  And when they say complete, they mean complete.  All four seasons of the show plus a bonus DVD with extras including The Mark of Zorro starring Douglas Fairbanks are included in the box set.

This is a must for fans of the character.  The series was a heck of a lot of fun and Duncan Regehr was an awesome man in black.  Oh and did you know that Daniel Craig was in an episode?  Bond and Zorro…together at last.

The set comes packaged nicely with each season in its own case as well as the extra features disc.  88 episodes in all with an unaired pilot included on the extras.

My only complaint about this set is the film quality of the episodes.  I don’t know how well that could have been helped though depending on the original prints etc.  It’s grainy and like watching…well…a VHS copy of the show.  But I can look past this since I’m just happy someone cared enough about the show to release it.   It’s like reliving my childhood a bit watching the show.  I make no excuses for the glee that comes over me watching Regehr be debonair and wearing a cape.

A&E did a great job putting this together.  The extras disc with the Douglas Fairbanks silent film also includes trailers for the Zorro serial and an episode of the 1930’s serial.  There are behind the scenes photos from the TV series and other goodies too.  All in all, this is a great tribute to an a classic character and a fun show that introduced him to an entire generation of fans.  If you have kids and want to share something special with them or if you’re just a big kid yourself (like me) pick up Zorro The Complete Series.  I recommend it.

Bill Nighy and Rupert Grint together Again! Also FREE STUFF!

Wild Target has Bill Nighy playing a hitman.  If you need to know more than that to want to watch it, well I can show you the trailer.  But really, do you need more? Okay how about Martin Freeman also playing a hitman who’s on Nighy’s trail.  Oh the fact that Rupert Everett is in it alongside Rupert Grint as Nighy’s newly found apprentice.  For all the fans of British comedy out there Wild Target has just about everything you could ask for.   

Sound good?  Well that’s great because Fangirl Magazine will be giving away two copies of Wild Target to celebrate the film hitting DVD.  If that doesn’t make you excited….well here’s that promised trailer.

Here’s a bit more info for you.

Join a star-studded cast in a hilarious action-packed comedy as
WILD TARGET arrives on Blu-ray and DVD February 8th!

 Summary: Critically-acclaimed as an uproarious and not-to-be-missed hit, WILD TARGET shoots onto Blu-ray and DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment on February 8.  This fast-paced British comedy aims to kill with lively performances by Bill Nighy (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1), Emily Blunt (The Young Victoria, The Devil Wears Prada), Rupert Grint (Harry Potter Series) and Rupert Everett (My Best Friend’s Wedding, Shrek 2).

 From director Jonathan Lynn (The Whole Nine Yards) comes this lively British remake of the 1993 French hit “Cible Emouvante.”  Victor Maynard (Nighy) is a middle-aged, solitary assassin whose professional routine is interrupted when he falls for his intended hit, Rose (Blunt).  When he spares Rose’s life, Victor inadvertently acquires a young apprentice, Tony (Grint). Believing Victor to be a private detective, his two new companions tag along, while he attempts to thwart the murderous intentions of his unhappy client, resulting in comedic mayhem.

Wild Target is available in 1-Disc Blu-ray and 1-Disc DVD for the suggested retail prices of   $29.99 / $22.98 respectively.  Discs are available only in the U.S.

Wild Target Blu-ray

• Feature Film

• On Target with Emily Blunt

Wild Target  DVD

• Feature Film

• On Target with Emily Blunt

Zorro baby! Swish Swish Swish!!!

I’m not gonna lie, I love me some Duncan Regehr.  He played Charles in V and then stole my heart when he played Dracula in The Monster Squad.  Then he tried to just blow my mind when he strapped on a sword and a mask in Zorro back in the 90s.  It was great casting since Regehr played Douglas Fairbanks in the made for tv film about his life.  He was tall, athletic, suave, and had a great mustache.

I never missed this show.  It was complete fluffy fun and awesome.  And had the best theme song ever.

 

 

 

THIS JANUARY, JOIN A&E HOME ENTERTAINMENT FOR

THE DVD DEBUT OF A LEGENDARY HERO’S LONG

SOUGHT-AFTER TV SERIES

 

ZORRO: THE COMPLETE SERIES

 

All 88 Episodes of the Fan-Favorite Series – Not Seen Since Their Family Channel Airing in the Early ‘90s – Finally Arrive in an Extras Laden Collection, Featuring The Original, Swashbuckling Douglas Fairbanks Film, The Mark of Zorro, Chapter 1 of the 1939 Theatrical Serial, Zorro’s Fighting Legion, Never-Before-Seen Footage from the TV Series and Much, Much More!

 

 

IN STORES JANUARY 25

 

NEW YORK, NY — “Out of the night a hero must rise with courage that even a mask can’t disguise!”  So begins the celebrated adventures of Zorro — swordsman, scientist and relentless defender of the oppressed.  Beginning in 1919, with the publication of Johnston McCulley’s story, “The Curse of Capistrano”, the legend of Zorro was further cemented a year later when Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford produced The Mark of Zorro — with Fairbanks as the title character — as the inaugural film for United Artists.  Since then, the swashbuckling hero has inspired more than 40 films and nearly a dozen TV series – one of which has been eagerly awaited by legions of fans for years.  And, this January, the wait ends as A&E Home Entertainment unleashes ZORRO: THE COMPLETE SERIES in a heroic collector’s set!

 

Filmed entirely in Madrid, Spain, ZORRO aired on The Family Channel for four seasons, from 1990-1993, and, for the very first time, this spectacular DVD MegaSet™ collects all 88 episodes from the classic ’90s series that brought Zorro to life for a whole new generation of fans.  The legend of Zorro begins in the early 1800’s, when Los Angeles was a dusty pueblo, the farthest colonial outpost of the Spanish empire. This wild and untamed land was governed by the Alcalde, a corrupt mayor whose word was law and whose law was absolute.  Young and dashing Don Diego de la Vega (Duncan Regehr, Monster Squad), pretending to care only for science and study, secretly creates a bold alter-ego: Zorro — the Fox.  And aided by his mute servant Felipe, inspired by the faith of the beautiful tavern-keeper Victoria, and carried into battle by the mighty steed Toronado, the masked crusader thwarts the Alcalde’s plots at every turn.  With his trademark whip and sword, he is everywhere and nowhere, quick to defend the innocent and attack the guilty.  And he always leaves his trademark symbol ‘Z,’  – the mark of Zorro!  

 

Renowned for swashbuckling, edge-of-your-seat adventure as well as its top-notch cast, ZORRO featured Regehr and Emmy® winner Henry Darrow (“The High Chapparal”, “Santa Barbara”) as Zorro’s father, Don Alejandro de la Vega, as well as  guest stars such as Daniel Craig (Quantum of Solace) , Pete Postlethwaite (Amistad, The Usual Suspects), Doug McClure (The Land That Time Forgot), Adam West (“Batman”), Warwick Davis (Willow), Andre the Giant, Philip Michael Thomas (“Miami Vice”), Jesse Ventura and many more! 

 

Aside from the 88 remastered episodes on 14 DVDs, ZORRO: THE COMPLETE SERIES also features an exclusive bonus disc presenting some of the masked defender’s most influential appearances as well as rare behind-the-scenes material from the 1990 series.  Included is “The Mark of Zorro” starring Douglas Fairbanks — the original, full-length silent film that defined the “swashbuckler” genre; Chapter 1 of the 1939 theatrical serial, Zorro’s Fighting Legion; trailers for the serials Zorro’s Fighting Legion, Zorro’s Black Whip and Zorro Rides Again ; the original, never-before-released pilot for the “New World Zorro” and a photo gallery from “New World Zorro”.

 

Day-and-date, A&E will also release the four seasons of ZORRO individually.  ZORRO: THE COMPLETE SEASONS 1-3 are each comprised of 4 collector’s discs and are priced at $29.95srp.  THE COMPLETE SEASON FOUR, which wraps up the series, includes 2 DVDs and is priced at $19.95srp.

 

Don’t miss out on this fan favorite TV classic in which villains always learn that crime doesn’t pay and that the people of Los Angeles can always count on “one who’s larger than life and defender of all. He’s the one who strikes back for the poor and oppressed. A hero . . . whose name is Zorro!”

 

 

  

And the fangirls and fanboys drooled.

THE FORCE IS STRONG WITH THIS ONE

 

 

 

THE MOST ANTICIPATED BLU-RAY RELEASE IN THE GALAXY

IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR WORLDWIDE PRE-ORDER STARTING TODAY

 

LAS VEGAS (Jan. 6, 2011) – The most anticipated Blu-ray release ever – the Star Wars™ Saga – emerges from light speed this September 2011. For the first time, all six of George Lucas’ epic films (Episodes I-VI) are united in one complete set. Fans worldwide are able to pre-order now with online retailers.

 

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release Star Wars in three distinct sets to meet the needs of every Star Wars fan:

 

-          Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray (9-disc Set includes all six films)

-          Star Wars: Prequel Blu-ray Trilogy (3-disc set includes Episodes I-III)

-          Star Wars: Original Blu-ray Trilogy (3-disc set includes Episodes IV-VI)

 

STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA ON BLU-RAY will feature all six live-action Star Wars feature films utilizing the highest possible picture and audio presentation, along with three additional discs and more than 30 hours of extensive special features including never-before-seen deleted and alternate scenes, an exploration of the exclusive Star Wars archives, and much more.

 

Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray will be available for $139.99 US/$179.99 CAN and the Star Wars: Trilogy Sets for $69.99 US/89.99 CAN.  Pricing for each set will vary by international territory.

 

Flanked by a  legion of his finest  Imperial Stormtroopers, Darth Vader himself joined Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment President Mike Dunn at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to announce the release, vowing  “The forces of the Empire will be at your disposal to assure the success of this endeavor.’’

 

“The Star Wars Saga is the most anticipated Blu-ray collection since the launch of the high-def format,” Dunn said. “The epic franchise pioneered sound and visual presentation in theaters and is perfectly suited to do it again in the home, with a viewing experience only possible with Blu-ray.”

 

“With all six episodes available for the first time in one collection, this is a great way for families and home audiences to experience the complete Saga from start to finish,” said Doug Yates, Vice President of Marketing, Online, Distribution, Lucasfilm Ltd. “And with the quality of high-definition, Blu-ray provides the most immersive home experience possible.”

 

“The Star Wars franchise has been one of the most anticipated Blu-ray releases by Amazon’s customers,” said Bill Carr, Vice President of Music and Video at Amazon. “We think that Star Wars will be incredibly popular with our customers, and we expect pre-orders to be very strong.”

 

Oink Oink Kill – Pig Hunt DVD Review

Here, piggy-piggy

Pighunt

By J Fountain

Of all the giant killer pig movies, Pighunt is perhaps the best.  The reason: the film refuses to simply retread the clichés of Razorback (1984) [essentially a pop music video with a killer boar] and Chaw (2009) [essentially Jaws with a pig…and set on land, otherwise the pig would drown], and move in a different direction.  But first, let’s set the scene.  The movie opens with a hunter being chased by something and betting caught.  So far, so run-of-the-mill.  The credit sequence kicks in with some naïve paintings of a happy-land style liberation of Iraq.  This is actually an important underpinning for the film, so pay attention.  We then are introduced to young former soldier John Hickman (Travis Aaron Wade) and his sexy Asian girlfriend, Brook (Tina Huang), who we soon learn is the artist responsible for the painting.  John is the hunter’s nephew, and has decided to gather a group of his friends (none of whom really seem to get on) to go to his deceased uncle’s cabin in the woods and hunt some pigs.  It’s never really clear if he knows what has killed his uncle, but he does seem to have an ulterior motive. 

Joining him and Brook on the trip are loud-mouthed wannabe soldier Ben (Howard Johnson Jr), laconic Wayne (Ravij Shah) and lardy dog-lover Quincy (Trevor Bullock).  And Wolfgang the dog.  As a dogy-daddy myself, my heart sank when I saw that a dog was involved in the movie.  Things never end well for the dog in movies like this.  The group set out into the backwoods, stopping off at a stereotypical roadside convenience store for directions.  During this little break, the group meet Kukri-wielding hippy overlord Cimi and a couple of his drugged up beauties, and manage to kill a snake.  Once back on their journey, they pass through the territory of the local clan of inbred hillbilly rednecks, who are John’s former friends.  However, the meeting is brief as the city-folk drive straight through, sharing only suspicious glances with the locals. 

Once they reach the cabin, it seems as if John’s uncle was a little cracked; the place is festooned with skull, antlers, newspaper cuttings and various unpleasant phrases such as “Death Walks On All Fours” daubed on the walls.  Sensibly, the group decide to camp outside.  As the sun comes up, John and Brook are rudely awoken by two of the locals, Ricky and Jake.  It turns out that they and John share a rocky history; John gave Ricky a bad scar when they were children.  There is something of a rivalry between them.  While the men (save John) posture and swagger, and Brook suffers lecherous comments, Quincy tries to make friends and score some drugs at the same time. 

This is not a functional group.  Setting out to find the main wallowing ground of the wild pigs, things don’t go according to plan; a pig cripples Wayne, and relations deteriorate further when a crop of high quality marijuana plants are found on John’s property.  The deterioration of relations leads to a gunshot, and a very pissed of redneck.  Realising things have begun to spiral out of control, John decides to abort his mission of vengeance in favour of getting his friends home safely.  The group splits up…but those who survive will find themselves at the mercy of not just a giant, mutated pig, but also those who worship it…

 This is a great, entertaining movie.  From the opening shot of a sunrise, to the bloody finale, it doesn’t really stop moving for long.  Channelling the best of various exploitation movies from the 70s (indeed, a strong 70s vibe runs through the whole film), such as Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Death trap, both incidentally Tobe Hooper films, it doesn’t need the gimmicks of retrosploitation fare such as Deathproof and Planet Terror; it achieves it’s goals through an excellent verisimilitude, aided and abetted by wonderfully grimy cinematography, and expert direction. 

You can almost smell the rednecks, feel the mud in your eyes, and taste…well, taste the pig.  There is a fantastic musical sting that twangs into action whenever the heroes do, and it makes you want to yell “The South Will Rise Again”, even if you come from a middle-class British background.  Best if you don’t shout that, of course, or the neighbours may start to wonder what’s going on.  There is a subtext in the movie, perhaps more than one.  There is something in this film about the visceral nature of Man, and the fallacy in following the path of others.  More than that, there seems to be a comment about war.  Is this movie a metaphor for the war in the Middle East…no, but it wants to be.  There is something there, but it is so subtle as to be almost irrelevant.  That being said, the conflict between the three groups: city-folk, rednecks, and hippies, is well played.  Anyone who has seen Deliverance knows not to screw around with the locals, but hippies? 

There are some good performances in this film:  Travis Aaron Wade is excellent as the slightly distant, often lukewarm John; Tina Huang is excellent as the feisty and more than capable Brook, and Howard Johnson Jr is believable as a bravado-drunk loud-mouth out to prove himself a man.  Less remarkable are the rednecks, who seem to have fallen out of any number of “crazed-local” style films (with the exception of Nick Tagas and Jason Foster as Ricky and Jake, who are slight less broadly drawn). 

 The best thing about the film is, as has been said, that it refuses to bow down to established clichés.  What could have been a run of the mill giant pig movie with the whole hunter-prey dichotomy vacillating away at it’s centre does something more interesting: yes, the hunter-prey dynamic is there, but it is not focused on the pig.  The pig is merely the catalyst; the true dynamics of the piece are down to human interrelations and their failures.  Killing the pig won’t solves the problem, because the giant mutated killer pig isn’t the real problem: we are.  Many other movies have tried to present this philosophy and most fail because they flag the issues then try to drown the audience in their moralising and viewpoints.  Pig Hunt is not that blatant.  It is subtle in it’s voice.  Well, as subtle as a movie dealing with a giant mutated killer pig, psycho rednecks, and weird hippy-cults can be, anyway.

French Zombies eat more than snails: The Horde

Zombitastic!

The Horde

A Review for Fan Girl Magazine

By J. Fountain.

 

Welcome to the wonderful world of head trauma.  La Horde is a French zombie film, but don’t let that put you off.  Gone of the days of the “Grapes Of Death” and Jess Franco’s other forays into horror: La Horde is the way forward.

 Opening with the body of an undercover cop being angrilly surveyed by his boss, the Jeff Bridges-a-like Jimenez (Aurelien Recoing), the movie starts slowly…for about 5 minutes.  We meet the rest of the police task force: Ouessem (Jean-Pierre Martins), a moustachioed DeNiro impersonator; Aurore (Claude Perron) grim action chick with a secret pregnancy;  and beardy nice-guy Tony (Antoine Oppenhiem).  Together they raid the partially deserted tenement lair of Nigerian gangster Adewale Markudi (Eriq Ebouaney) and his hair-trigger head-case of a brother, Bola (Doudou Masta).  For a crack team of super-cops, they screw this mission up in a big way, very quickly: Jimenez critically injured, after which he comes down with a terminal case of bulletitus dans la cranium, and the others captured. 

Meanwhile, Adewale’s guards are noticing that all is not right in the wider world: the city beyond is lit by flames and flashes, and in Adewale’s bathroom, a recently executed police informant is alive…ish, and hungry for blood. Taking about 150 bullets in the body and limbs just seems to annoy him, and he sets about dismantling Adewale’s crew.  With his teeth.  When the victims begin to reanimate, the survivors decide to decamp, crooks and cops together.  When they realise the city is ablaze, and the zombies are coming, Ouessem makes a deal with the devil, Adewale, to work togther to get out alive.  From the start, you know this deal is never going to see the dawn, but you do extend some hope that human nature can be overcome  for the greater good. 

It’s not long, however, before Bola and 80’s throwback Greco (Jo Prestia) are shoving spanners into the works.  While Aurore helps Tony, shot in the leg during Adewale’s interrogation of the cops, Ouess takes point as they begin to descend through the building.  Suddenly the building rocks with a nearby explosion, and the horde sweep between the two groups, separating Aurore and Tony from the others.  Greco, trapped on the wrong side of a fire-door vents his crazy martial-arts skills (stabbing zombies repeatedly with a flick-knife) before getting let back in.  Ouess is left with the three crooks, goaded by Bola and threatened by Greco, while Adewale stays to the agreement.  Cutting back to Aurore, we find her utilising every bit of equipment in a kitchen to batter a zombie-chick’s head.  Once dispatched by the judicious use of white-goods (a refridgeratior), she returns to Tony who reveals he has been bitten.  All this, and it’s only 40 minutes into the movie.  Ouess and Adewale’s group meet crazed Vietnam veteran Rene (Yves Pignot), who refers to the zombies as chinks and gooks.  Noticing Greco has also been bitten, Rene offers to help him out but cutting off the offending limb: this suggestion doesn’t go down well, and they decide to leave the problem for later…

 The Horde is a fantastic film, full of action and some great characters.  The two standout performances are Jo Prestia and Yves Pignot, both of whom bring a smile to the proceedings with their various kinds of crazy.  Ouess, being the nominal hero, is fine, but although most of the movie is essentially asking us to see through his eyes, he doesn’t have much of a personality.  We find that Adewale is more enticing as a leading man.  The interplay between Aurore and Tony discussing the backstory of the character’s pregnancy is perhaps the most important moment of the film, and it is well played by both actors.  Perron’s shift in character from slightly passive victim to grim survivor who will stop at nothing to save her unborn child is beautifully played and totally believable, and beside, she totally kicks zombie arse.  The other great character moments are between Adewale and his brother Bola.  The sibling rivalry is tense and layered, so you can feel the resentment on Bola’s behalf, but sympathise with Adewale’s brotherly love.  It helps that Jo Prestia gives a lovely “Iago”-like performance as he twists Bola against his brother.

The only complaint is that the zombies seem to arrive too quickly: although staged for maximum effect (the horde at the base of the building, their shadows stretching into the dark; a line of dead moving along the road from the distance) and they are indeed great shots, it just seems too soon.  The Horde seems to be homing in on this tenement only.  But, when that is the only complaint, things can’t be too bad.  The special effects are a mixture of practical and CGI; the practical works well, and the viscera is strewn around with abandon, while the CGI doesn’t quite work as well.  You’ll notice the more blatant use of CGI, and it will jar slightly.  However, you will forgive it, because they’ll be another crazy violent moment in a few seconds.  There seems to be a subtext in the film, probably one about colonial guilt, but it is so subsumed by the gore and the gunfire, it ceases to really matter.  The final moments of the movie are inevitable, but none the more shocking for that.

All in all, the movie screams out to be the first in a series, in the same vein as Romero’s work, because it is so gritty, so grim, and so full of zombie action, it would be a shame to leave this world of the Horde with a single movie.  A great film, that will leave you wanting to bash people’s heads against a concrete pillar screaming “I Am Nigerian!” for a few days.  And that’s not a bad thing.

Rocky Horror Giveaway filled with Anticipation…

 WINNERS YOU ARE DOWN BELOW.  SEE MY COMMENT FOR HOW TO GET YOUR COPY!

Don’t just dream it…watch it!!

That’s right Rocky fans, Fangirl Magazine is giving away a sweet (transvestite) copy of the fabulous that is The Rocky Horror Picture Show 35th Anniversary Blu Ray.   See all that pretty below.  It can be yours to fondle.

 

But how you may be asking?  Well as always you have to participate…just like the movie wants you to.  Comment below and tell us what your favorite cult classic is and why.  You have until the 25th of October and then we pick our winner.  And no throwing rice at your monitor.

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