Leatherface! Leatherface! Leatherface!

So I started noticing that on my WordPress dashboard the amount of people who have found the blog by Googling “Leatherface” was kind of high, so I looked it up and since September more than 900 people have visited the blog looking for Leatherface. Now, since Leatherface happens to be one of my absolute favorite horror villains ever, and the fact that I’ve only ever written one short rant on the subject I decided to (hopefully) satisfy those looking for the man in the dead skin mask and celebrate all things Leatherface in this ridiculous tribute post! Enjoy…

POSTERS!!!

TRAILERS!!!

Greatest Trailer EVER! Ha ha!

RANDOM CRAP!!!

MY SON AS LEATHERFACE!!!

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Want to read about THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE ATARI Game??? Head over to THE MANCHESTER MORGUE (one of the best damn blogs on the planet!) HERE

Want to win a totally non Leatherface related prize??? Of course you do! Simply email basementscreamsblog@gmail.com and answer this trivia question: IN WHAT 1987 COMEDY DID TWO STUDENTS DO A “BOOK REPORT” ON THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE????? Winner will be chosen randomly out of all correct submissions.

That’s all for my ridiculous Leatherface post! Have a happy and safe New Years and remember, The Saw Is Family!!!

This Weeks New Horror Releases

Three big ones hit shelves today…

9 looks like the best thing that’s had Tim Burton’s name attached to it in any capacity in a long time. available on DVD and Blu Ray.

High school horror from JUNO scribe Diablo Cody. You know the only reason to see this, and you also know you’ll be disappointed because Megan Fox remains clothed! available on DVD and Blu Ray

and of course the little horror engine that could. available on DVD, Special Edition DVD/T-Shirt Set, and Blu Ray.

For a full list of this week’s new horror releases check out Amazon HERE

Evil Things Await…

Back in early October, Johnny from FREDDY IN SPACE put out a call to arms to the horror blogging community to spread the word on a little seen film called EVIL THINGS. Disappointed by the lack of attention the film had been receiving compared to the similarly P.O.V. style PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, it was set up to get screeners out to the horror bloggers to review and get this film a little more attention. As far as the handheld/P.O.V. style of filmmaking goes, I’m kind of on the fence. I think with certain films it adds tension and depth to the film (BLAIR WITCH, [REC.] and it’s US counterpart QUARANTINE are all great examples of this.) But then with others I think it completely ruins the film and makes me want to throw the disc out the window (DIARY OF THE DEAD and CLOVERFIELD both fall into this category for me. Admittedly though I have been meaning to re-watch CLOVERFIELD lately just to give it a fighting chance.)  With EVIL THINGS the POV style works great. It is shot from the point of view of one of five early twenty-somethings en route to a weekend in the Catskills to celebrate on of their 21st birthdays. The plot of EVIL THINGS isn’t anything original, five kids heading to a remote house being stalked by a mysterious truck. But for the most part, it’s done incredibly well and stylistically looks way better than the POV stylings of PARANORMAL ACTIVITY. To say EVIL THINGS is a slow burner is an understatement. Not much happens in the first forty or so minutes of the film. There are a few moments of tension spread out here and there, but most of it is saved for the last fifteen minutes. Which brings me to my major gripe with the film. We finally get to the good stuff and there’s kids running, and kids screaming, and tensions mounting and… nothing. It ends. I understand that the kids were supposedly never found and by showing a bunch of death and blood (of which there are none in the film, and I have no complaints about that at all) would ruin that premise. But I think the ending should have been stretched out a little bit longer. We finally got to the confrontation between the kids and the mysterious creepy truck guy and it’s over as quickly as it started.Other than that, EVIL THINGS is a well shot little flick that keeps your interest throughout, even when nothings happening. I think that the director, first time filmmaker Dominic Perez, definitely has a future ahead of him, and I’ll be looking out for his name on other projects. Besides the film itself, the website for the film is worth checking out as well. Besides the usual still shots, trailers, etc the site features videos of the missing kids families and friends talking about their loved ones. This, along with the FBI “confidential file” packaging the DVD screener came in, really add to the film. The amount of time and work put into the promotion of the film, equals that of the film itself, and I wish more filmmakers and distributors did that. You can check out the official EVIL THINGS website HERE.

A Vincent Price Christmas Carol

I ran across this while looking for something else this morning on YouTube. It’s Vincent Price narrating a television broadcast of Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL from 1949. Vincent Price’s narration definitely lends something to the classic Christmas ghost story, and hell,  it’s two days to Christmas so here we go…

‘The Crazies’ Remake Might Not Suck After All…

When I first heard about the upcoming remake of George Romero’s THE CRAZIES (due out in February) I could only envision it as a bad version of 28 DAYS LATER. That coupled with the fact that most remakes suck (Hi Rob!) and remaking Romero is generally a fucking horrid idea, I dismissed it and avoided watching the teaser trailer and full trailer all together… until this morning. I’ve been hearing some good things from friends so when I got home from work this morning I decided to give it watch. I have to admit, shitty poster art aside, the flick looks pretty bad ass. I’m not sure how I feel about the make-up effects yet, the trailer doesn’t show much of them, but I think THE CRAZIES might actually turn out to be a half way decent film. It’s a very rare thing for me to say that about a remake, especially of a film I really enjoy, but after THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT remake I’ve learned to not count anything out before it’s time (unless, of course, Rob Zombie is involved.) Also, for all you High Def Romero fans, the original CRAZIES drops on Blu-Ray on February 23rd from Blue Underground. Til then, check out the trailer for the remake and tell me what you think….

Contest Winners!

Congratulations to “Crawlie” and “Charlesc09” who won our GIRLS AND CORPSES 2010 Calender contest! I emailed you both so just send me your addresses and your calendars will be in the mail! For those of you that didn’t win, shoot on over to GIRLSANDCORPSES.COM and grab one for yourself there. And if you haven’t done so already, be sure to enter our DEMONIC TOYS CONTEST HERE. Two winners will be winning a copy of the soon to be released DEMONIC TOYS 2 DVD and one grand prize winner will take home a copy of the DEMONIC TOYS 2 DVD as well as the DEMONIC TOYS VS DOLLMAN DVD Box Set! All you have to do is leave a comment with an unusual and/or spooky childhood toy story (parents, if you have a strange story about your child’s toy that works too!) So head to the above link and enter, and while your there read the stories that are already posted, there’s a couple that are hilarious!

R.I.P. Dan O’Bannon

On Thursday December 17th, writer/director DAN O’BANNON lost his ongoing battle with Crohn’s Disease at the age of 63. O’BANNON is best known to horror fans as the screenwriter of ALIEN, DEAD AND BURIED, and of course the 1985 punk zombie comedy THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, which also marked his directorial debut.  His films had a great impact on both the  modern science fiction and horror genres, his presence will be missed.

Nunsploitation Sunday: Killer Nun

One of the more well-known of the nunsploitation films is Giulio Berruti’s KILLER NUN, or SUOR OMICIDI, from 1978. LA DOLCE VITA’s Anita Ekberg plays Sister Gertrude, a nun who’s previously undergone a surgical procedure that has left her suffering intense headaches and attacks of paranoia. Because of this she has become addicted to morphine, which only adds fuel to the fire as she is prepared to do anything to obtain her relief, including killing patients for their drugs. KILLER NUN is a slow burner for the first fifty minutes or so, and even resembles the giallos of the time at parts. Things start to build slowly as Sister Gertrude heads into the city on a dope finding mission. She sells jewelry to a pawn shop and sits in a bar smoking cigarettes until she leaves, motioning for a man at the bar to follow. They head into an alleyway and the soft core nun humping begins!  Back at the hospital she seduces her nun room-mate, who’s been hot for her the whole time, and sabotages the hospitals head doctor’s job. Then a morphine induced flashback of her surgery turns into murder as a patient’s head is smashed in with a lamp. This sequence is very gialloesque and reminiscent of Argento. This is where the film really picks up pace and where we are introduced to Andy Warhol favorite Joe Dallesandro, as the doctor’s replacement, who is determined to uncover what’s really going on in the hospital, as he and the patients are becoming more and more aware of Sister Gertrude’s behavior.  This last half  is where the sleaze and blood pick up and it’s definitely worth the slow build up.  An agonizing scene where a crippled patient climbs up a flight of stairs only to make it to the top and have Sister Gertrude waiting is a slightly disappointing final kill,  and would have been better suited in the middle of the film. The twist ending, however, makes up for it even though if you’re paying attention you will have already seen it coming. All in all KILLER NUN isn’t the mother superior of nunsploitation flicks but it is a solid release and sleazy enough to make you say a rosary or two to repent.  Next Sunday we have a double feature of sacrilegious sleaze  as we tackle THE SINFUL NUNS OF ST. VALENTINE and THE SINS OF SISTER LUCIA. See you in Hell…

I’m Dreaming Of A Zombie Hooker Christmas

As the last living hooker on Earth, Lola’s taken her trailer all the way to the North Pole to unwrap a few choice packages. But where Lola goes, the zombies follow – and if she wants a roll in the snow with St. Nick himself, she’ll have to fight off the undead one more time”

Seriously, does it get any better than that??? Get in the Christmas spirit and click on the image above to play at adultwim.com! Ho, Ho, Ho!!!