Contest – Win The Conjuring Blu-Ray

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Everyone seems to be loving the shit out of The Conjuring, the latest fright flick from director James Wan. Truth be told, I haven’t seen it yet. But I will, when it’s released on disc on October 22nd, and you can too – for free, even. We have a copy of The Conjuring on Blu-ray for one lucky reader to win. All you have to do is email basementscreamsblog@gmail.com with THE CONJURING in the header with your name and the name of your favorite James Wan film. Easy enough. The contest will run until October 22nd and is open to US residents only. But before you enter, check out the following 5 things to know before watching The Conjuring.

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Win A Copy of Waxwork Records’ ReAnimator Soundtrack LP

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Alright, now that you’ve read the interview with Waxwork Records chief Kevin Bergeron, I’m sure you’re all wetting yourself over the upcoming ReAnimator release, right? Well, good news for one of you – I have one copy of the limited glow-in-the-dark variant to give away to one of you lucky basement dwellers. These are super limited and being randomly inserted with the standard ReAnimator green vinyl when they are shipped out. SO, what do you have to do to get your paws on this slice o’ green goodness? Simple – email basementscreamsblog@gmail.com with the subject line “WAXWORK” and tell me your favorite horror score or soundtrack. That’s it. One winner will be picked at random on July 30th, the street date for the vinyl’s release. Only one entry per email address, contest is open worldwide! aaaaaaaaaannnndddd…. GO!

Win The Purge Prize Pack, and Murder Your Neighbors In Style

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If, on one night every year, you could commit any crime without facing consequences, what would you do?

Well, for starters, I’d probably hunt down whoever made the brilliant decision to make it so damn difficult to include outside widgets on this particular web host. See those numbers in the image above? They should be moving, but we’ll get to that. Other than that, I’d probably keep it simple – rob a White Castle and punch every bastard teenager in my neighborhood. Apparently, this is too tame for most people, who opt to go straight for the killing, as we will see in The Purge, opening in theaters June 7th.

In an America wracked with crime and overcrowded prisons, the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity–including murder–becomes legal. The police can’t be called. Hospitals suspend help. It’s twelve hours when the citizenry regulates itself without thought of punishment. On this particular night in 2022, plagued by violence and an epidemic of crime, one family wrestles with the decision of who they will become when a stranger comes knocking.

When an intruder breaks into James Sandin’s (Ethan Hawke) gated community during the yearly lockdown, he begins a sequence of events that threatens to tear his family apart. Now, it is up to James, his wife, Mary (Lena Headey), and their kids to make it through the night without turning into the monsters from whom they hide.

Seems simple enough, right? Well, if this sounds like your bag then maybe you’ll want to win a prize pack of The Purge goods, including a mask and t-shirt you can wear while you loot, rob and murder your way through the night. As you can see from the picture below, the mask won’t be much use to conceal your identity, but hey, you can always gouge someone’s eyes out with the stick, right? Right. I have one such prize pack to giveaway, and all you have to do to get your murderous mitts on it, is live in the US and email basementscreamsblog@gmail.com with the subject “I’ve got the urge to Purge.” One winner will be chosen randomly this Friday, June 7th to coincide with the opening of the film.

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Other ways to get extra entries will be announced over the next few days via our twitter feed, which you can follow @basementscreams. You can also click the image at the top (you know, the one that’s perfectly still) to take the Purge quiz, check out the trailer and have all kinds criminal fun.

The Style and Violence Of Hard Romanticker

The city of Shimonoseki in Gu Su-yeon’s Hard Romanticker is filled with yakuza, cops and  juvenile delinquents. Bleached-blonde loner Gu is about to cross paths with all of them. Gu is a cigarette smoking, attitude copping thug whose everyday routine consists of random acts of violence that would make any Droog stand down. Based on Su-yeon’s semi-autobiographical novel of the same name, Hard Romanticker starts with our anti-hero Gu tossing a naked girl aside as he makes a quick escape from a window to avoid a gang of attackers. Jumping from rooftop to rooftop as Kaoru Wada’s score kicks into a jazz frenzy, Gu narrowly escapes the bloodthirsty gang. We are then treated to the first of many brutal acts of violence as Masaru and Tatsu, two of Gu’s acquaintances,  mistakenly murder the grandmother of a local gangster. As the blame is placed on Gu he finds himself wanted by not only the cops, but every criminal in the city.

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After a run-in with a detective, Gu tries to find Masaru to find out what really happened and why his name is involved. Along the way he makes even more enemies by giving a gangster’s little brother a beating in an alleyway. This is the first of many scenes that rely on natural lighting, allowing the shadows to partially mask the on-screen violence, making it no less potent. Gu also starts a strange sort-of romance with a young girl named Mieko. After leaving town for a bit to work at a yakuza-run club in a nearby city, Gu finds out that Mieko isn’t what he thought she was and the results are brutal to say the least. All the while the manhunt for Gu is building and when he finally shows his face in town again, it all comes to a head. We’re introduced to a variety of characters and subplots along the way, all of which involve Gu gaining more enemies and getting into more confrontations, each more violent than the last.

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We’re not talking choreographed Hollywood-style violence either. Every fight and attack in this film feels real. It’s not precise or stylized, it’s messy and ugly. There is a scene involving a stabbing that midway through, the person wielding the knife loses their grip due to the amount of blood on the handle. The blade also gets stuck in the body, forcing them to actually work to get it out. This is no quick in-and-out slasher flick stabbing here. It is this harsh realism, coupled with Su-yeon’s ability to weave multiple subplots together without losing scope, that make Hard Romanticker a truly exciting watch. Shota Matsuda as Gu delivers a performance that is as cool as anyone from James Dean to Gosling’s Driver and as balls-out crazy as McDowell’s beloved Droog Alex. Nobody has dragged a lead pipe through the street with this much cool. From the opening rooftop chase to the knockout, drag-out insanity of the finale, Hard Romanticker doesn’t stop until everyone is beaten and bloodied. This is a must watch for any fan of not only yakuza or violent youth films, but of challenging cinema in general. Highly recommended.

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Hard Romanticker scores 4.5 out of 5 Screaming Jamies

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Hard Romanticker hits streets tomorrow, January 22nd from Artsploitation Films, but lucky for you, dear reader, we have a copy of the DVD to give away to one of you. All you have to do is email basementscreamsblog@gmail.com with your name and mailing address. Just put Hard Romanticker in the subject line. That’s it. One winner will be chosen on Friday the 26th. Due to postage costs this contest is only open to readers in the US and Canada.

Synapse Sex & Violence Contest Winners!

Alright, it’s time to announce the winners of our latest contest! This morning two names were picked at random out of a scummy baseball hat by my son. Both will recieve a copy of one of the two latest DVD  releases from Synapse FilmsWide Open or Frat House Massacre! And the winners are… (lights dim, drums roll, crowds hush) … Fnxtdd and Jeanette Jackson! Congrats, I’ll be emailing you for your mailing addresses shortly. Oh, and to make things fun I won’t be telling you guys which of the films you’ll be getting. Surprises are fun, right? Thanks to everyone who entered, and to Shade at Synapse for supplying us with the DVDs.

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Contest – Synapse Sex and Violence Giveaway! Win Wide Open and Frat House Massacre DVDs!

As I posted last week, Synapse has two new releases coming to DVD on August 9th. They are Wide Open starring Swedish sex symbol and Thriller: A Cruel Picture star,  Christina Lindberg in her final starring role, and Frat House Massacre, from the creators of Camp Slaughter. Well the fine folks over at Synapse have supplied us with a copy of each to give away to two lucky readers. All you have to do to enter for a chance to win is leave a comment on this post with your email address and which DVD you would prefer to win, and do one of the following:

Either Sign up for the Basement Screams email list here or Follow Basement Screams on Twitter. Now how easy is that? Winners will be picked randomly and notified by email on Friday August 12th. Good luck!

Trick r’ Treat

Happy Halloween, everyone. I just wanted to do a quick post and wish everyone a safe Samhain and congratulate the winner of our zombie shirt contest. Trisha Butrum will be cozy watching Night Of The Living Dead in a limited edition shirt from RIPT Apparel! Congrats to her and for the rest of you, it’s not too late to get your mitts on one of these limited edition bad boys. They are available for ten dollars until midnight tonight from the RIPT website so before you head out begging for sweets go snatch one up for yourself! And don’t forget to make it in in time to check out the premier of The Walking Dead on AMC tonight! Happy haunting!

Win A Limited Edition Zombie Shirt From RIPT Apparel

RIPT Apparel is a t-shirt website that sells limited edition shirts from a variety of artists and designers, and when I say limited edition I mean VERY limited. Every day they post a new design on their site and it is available for a mere twenty-four hours before it is retired (or “sent to the graveyard” as they say on the site!) They have done a variety of designs and have done some very cool horror themed stuff in the past. They recently had a design featuring Shaggy from Scooby Doo trapped in a Jigsaw style trap, Scooby snack just out of reach. Fun stuff. Another great thing about these shirts is the price. Most t-shirt companies charge anywhere from twenty to thirty dollars each, or more. RIPT has a nice and tidy $10 price tag attached to all of their shirts. So you get a kick ass limited edition design for a great price.

This Sunday, on Halloween they will be releasing the above zombie design to the public, and we have your opportunity to save yourself a couple bucks and win one for free! All you have to do to enter for your chance to win is leave a comment below with your name and the name of your all time favorite zombie flick. That’s it!The winner will be chosen at random very early Sunday morning and will receive a coupon code via email to use that day on the RIPT Apparel site for their free zombie shirt. Just remember, the shirt is only available until midnight Sunday night, so you HAVE to claim your prize that day or it’s gone forever. Easy enough? I thought so. So leave your comment and good luck!

NOTE – Contest is open to US residents only! Sorry!

Win British Serial Killer Film Tony On DVD

A few weeks back I reviewed Tony, a British serial killer film from director Gerard Johnson. It’s the story of  Tony, an unemployed, socially inept recluse who has a love for old action films and a longing for companionship. It’s a creepy little flick and one of my personal favorites so far this year. So now we have a copy on DVD to give away to one lucky reader, provided by the folks at Revolver Entertainment! As I said, Tony loves nothing more than to curl up on the couch in his council estate flat and watch an old action flick on VHS. All you have to do to enter the contest is leave a comment telling what old action flick you would want to watch if you found yourself as Tony’s guest. Easy as that! The winner will be chosen at random on April 24th and the contest is only open to residents of the U.S. (sorry, postage is expensive!)

Childhood Traumas Pay Off: Demonic Toys 2 Contest Winners

Finally, the results are in! In order to choose the winners in this contest I assembled an all-star hack panel of judges consisting of myself, James a.k.a. the Bride of Murphenstein, Dr. Schlocktopus, and Seamus O’Helen. After much reading, giggling, rereading, arguing, and giggling some more we’ve picked our winners! Congratulations to Matthew and Tony R., who took third and second place, respectively. You will both be receiving the new Demonic Toys 2 DVD! And to Chris, our grand prize winner, you will be receiving the DT2 DVD and the Dollman vs Demonic Toys DVD box set! I really want to thank everyone who entered for entertaining me with their childhood trauma, it was a blast! You can read all the entries HERE