New Home Viewing Releases for October 2014!


Halloween is almost upon us, and another October has arrived crammed full of DVD and On Demand releases for your enjoyment! One month from now, on Halloween, we will be relaunching the Horror Homework site with an all-new version featuring tons of new quizzes, reviews, and all the horror news you have come to expect from us over the past three years.
So, get excited for Horror Homework 2, and check out some of these new releases to keep you busy until then…

First up, I have decided to include the newest releases for Netflix Streaming in this list from now on. So we will keep you informed of the new horror additions to the most popular streaming service from now on.
If you don’t have Netflix (why not?), please follow the links in the titles to find each film for purchase on Amazon. Enjoy!

October 1stShivers (Netflix Streaming)


That’s right, starting October first David Cronenberg’s first feature film Shivers will be available on Netflix. A film that repulsed and terrified critics and audiences way back in 1975, Cronenberg even claims he got kicked out of his apartment at the time due to a “morality clause”.
Synopsis : The residents of a suburban high-rise apartment building are being infected by a strain of parasites that turn them into mindless, sex-crazed fiends out to infect others by the slightest sexual contact.

October 2ndCarrie 2013 (Netflix Streaming)

An unnecessary but surprisingly watchable remake. I actually enjoyed this one.
Synopsis : A reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White, a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother, who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.

October 2nd — ABCs Of Death 2 (On Demand with a limited theatrical release to follow on October 31st!)


This follow-up to 2012’s first outing has an impressive line-up of directors and the goodwill of the horror community after offering up a letter to an unknown director in a great contest last year. I don’t expect it to all blow my mind, but I am hopeful that at least a few of the segments will be great!
Synopsis : Be ready to learn your ABC’s again with 26 new directors and 26 new deaths bring your kids to a blood and gore filled horror so good your face will be blood red.

October 3rd — Exists (On Demand)


A found footage Bigfoot film from Eduardo Sanchez. It will have to work hard to top Willow Creek, in my opinion.
Synopsis : For five friends, it was a chance for a summer getaway— a weekend of camping in the Texas Big Thicket. But visions of a carefree vacation are shattered with an accident on a dark and desolate country road. In the wake of the accident, a bloodcurdling force of nature is unleashed—something not exactly human, but not completely animal— an urban legend come to terrifying life…and seeking murderous revenge.

October 3rd — Inner Demons (On Demand)


It looks kind of crazy. From IFC Midnight.
Synopsis :   Follows an ‘Intervention’-style reality show crew that films an episode about a sixteen-year old girl, a former A-student, who is fighting addiction but may in fact be suffering from something even more destructive: demonic possession. The movie is an inquiry into the truth about her – with symptoms that straddle the disturbing and scary intersection between insanity, addiction and true possession.

October 10thDead Snow 2: Red vs Dead (On Demand with a limited theatrical release.)


Really looking forward to this one. It looks like a great sequel to a fun flick!
Synopsis : Picking up immediately where the original left off, Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead wastes no time getting right to the gore-filled action, leaving a bloody trail of intestines in its wake. Director Tommy Wirkola returns to the helm with a vengeance, coming up with more inventive ways to maim and dismember than you ever thought possible. Combining wry humor with horrific worst-case scenarios, this follow-up to the 2009 Midnight classic is sure to shock the weak-of-heart and delight even the most hard-core fans of the horror genre. Colonel Herzog is back, and he is not to be fucked with.

October 10th — The Canal (On Demand and limited theatrical release)

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Synopsis : Set in rural Ireland, THE CANAL stars Rupert Evans (Hellboy) as David, a film archivist with a morbid fascination for old films in which the subjects have since died. Right after learning that his wife (Hannah Hoekstra) may be cheating on him, she mysteriously disappears at the same time that his assistant Claire (Antonia Campbell Hughes) finds an old reel of film that points to a murder that took place in his house a hundred years ago. David starts to suspect her disappearance may involve some form of the supernatural but he also quickly becomes the prime suspect.

October 10th — The Houses October Built (On Demand with a limited theatrical release)


Pretty creepy looking, and a unique premise. I’m in.
Synopsis : Looking to find an authentic, blood-curdling good fright for Halloween, five friends set off on a road trip in an RV to track down these underground Haunts. Just when their search seems to reach a dead end, strange and disturbing things start happening and it becomes clear that the Haunt has come to them…

October 14thWitching & Bitching (DVD and Netflix Streaming)


I watched this one On Demand a few months back and it is pretty awesome. A very strange and fun flick! Recommended.
Synopsis : Revolves around robbers trying to flee to France after stealing 25,000 gold rings from a Spanish city. A curse falls on them and they fall into the clutches of the witches of the Navarrese in the town of Zugarramurdi.

October 14thHousebound (On Demand with a limited theatrical release)


This is a very cool looking horror comedy from New Zealand. Can’t wait to check this one out!
Synopsis :   Kylie Bucknell is forced to return to the house she grew up in when the court places her on home detention. Her punishment is made all the more unbearable by the fact she has to live there with her mother Miriam – a well-intentioned blabbermouth who’s convinced that the house is haunted. Kylie dismisses Miriam’s superstitions as nothing more than a distraction from a life occupied by boiled vegetables & small-town gossip. However, when she too becomes privy to unsettling whispers & strange bumps in the night, she begins to wonder whether she’s inherited her overactive imagination, or if the house is in fact possessed by a hostile spirit who’s not particularly thrilled about her return.

October 16th — The Town That Dreaded Sundown (On Demand)


A new “meta” take on the classic that inspired many that followed it. At least it is an interesting way to tackle a remake. Consider me curious about this one.
Synopsis : 65 years after a masked serial killer terrorized the small town of Texarkana, the so-called ‘moonlight murders’ begin again. Is it a copycat or something even more sinister? A lonely high school girl, with dark secrets of her own, may be the key to catching him.

October 16th — Wolves (On Demand)


So, writer and director (and former voice of Solid Snake!) David Hayter says this film is like “Twilight with a bit more bite to it, and without abstinence.” Might have to skip this one…
Synopsis : Cayden Richards, 18, has it all: Captain of the high school football team straight-A student gorgeous girlfriend. But when he wakes one dark night to find his parents brutally murdered, he is horrified to realize that he is turning into an animal: a wild, savage wolf.
Panicked, Cayden runs, determined to find out what is happening to him. His quest leads him to the strange, isolated town of Lupine Ridge, where two clans of wolves are on the brink of war. The opposing clans are lead by Connor, the powerful, pure-blood alpha of a savage pack and John Tollerman, an old farmer, committed to protecting the human citizens of Lupine Ridge.
But when Cayden falls for Angelina, the beautiful, young mate promised to Connor, a battle to the death is inevitable. And as the past begins to reveal itself, Cayden’s place in the world becomes clearer — As does his power to put an end to the savage violence building up around, and within him…

October 17thSee No Evil 2 (On Demand with the DVD release to follow October 21st)


I have to be honest. I never even saw the first one. But I will watch any thing that the Soska Sisters put their name on. I hope it is crazy.
Synopsis : A group of friends pays a late-night visit to the city morgue to surprise Amy (Harris) on her birthday. But the surprise is on them when the one-eyed corpse of brutal psychopath Jacob Goodnight (Jacobs) unexpectedly rises from a cold sub-basement slab. Their wild party quickly turns into a terrifying slay-fest as the sadistic mass-murderer resumes his savage rampage complete with hooks, surgical knives and power saws.

October 21stThe Purge: Anarchy (DVD)


A huge improvement over the first film. I thought this was a great sequel and look forward to more stories set in this insane alternate reality.
Synopsis : A young couple works to survive on the streets after their car breaks down right as the annual purge commences.

October 21stLife After Beth (DVD)


Aubrey Plaza as a zombie? Sold.
Synopsis : Revolves around a young man whose life takes a turn for the worse when he attempts to make amends after his recently deceased girlfriend returns from the dead.

October 21stPlay Hooky (DVD from Wild Eye Releasing)


Synopsis : Five high school friends skip class in hopes of finding the perfect spot to party. They chose the wrong place. Against all warnings, they break into an abandoned mental hospital, notorious for reports of ghost sightings, satanic rituals and demon possessions. Now, armed only with a camera, they are trapped inside, haunted and hunted by something they cannot stop, reason with, or describe. The camera captures every last breath in the fight for their lives.

Play Hooky – Trailer from Wild Eye Releasing on Vimeo.

October 21st — Red Nights (DVD from Breaking Glass Pictures)


Synopsis : During the reign of the first emperor of China, an ingenious torturer concocted an elixir that paralyzed its victim’s limbs, while increasing the sensitivity of their nerve endings tenfold. Kept in a jade skull, the elixir could provoke sensations in infinite variations-everything from erotic caresses to appalling lacerations. Haunted by the desire to experience the extreme sensations caused by the elixir, the executioner kills himself with his own poison, intensifying his death experience. His pursuers never found the skull, which had been concealed within a large imperial seal. But the curse of the jade skull, responsible for its creator’s death, will endure within the seal, bringing misfortune to all of those who possess it. Until today…

October 21stWrong Turn 6: Last Resort (DVD)


Wow, there are six of these fucking things now? Geez. I liked the first one, and the second because of Henry Rollins in Rambo mode, but….
Synopsis : A sudden and mysterious inheritance brings Danny (Anthony Ilott) and his friends to Hobb Springs, a forgotten resort deep in the West Virginia hills. Hobb Springs is being looked after under the watchful care of Jackson and Sally, a socially awkward couple who introduce Danny to the long lost family he’s never known. A clan by the name of Hillicker. But soon Danny learns his relatives have a different way of living, that for generations, the Hillickers have observed ancient traditions rooted in cannibalism and other taboo rituals. These practices have kept the family strong if not necessarily pure. And tempted by the forbidden, Danny is forced to choose between his friends and his bloodline.

October 23rd — V/H/S : Viral (On Demand)


I really enjoyed parts of the first two, and can’t wait to see what they come up with for this one. I hope that there is at least one segment that is as insane ans the cult sequence from part 2.
Synopsis : V/H/S: VIRAL’s segments include the story of a deranged illusionist who obtains a magical object of great power, a homemade machine that opens a door to a parallel world, teenage skaters that unwillingly become targets of a Mexican death cult ritual, and a sinister, shadowy organization that is tracking a serial killer. The segments are tied together by the story of a group of fame-obsessed teens following a violent car chase in LA that unwittingly become stars of the next internet sensation.

October 24thStonehearst Asylum (On Demand with a limited theatrical release)


A high profile Edgar Allan Poe adaptation with some big stars and an excellent director. Count me in for this one.
Synopsis : Revolves around a Harvard Medical School graduate who takes a job at an insane asylum, unaware of the fact that it has been taken over by its occupants.

October 28thDeliver Us From Evil (DVD)


I missed this one in the theaters a few months back, but it looked pretty interesting.
Synopsis : Eric Bana plays an Irish Catholic cop working a case when he meets a renegade priest. Despite the cop’s beliefs, he’s convinced by the priest that there is a demonic element and together they work to solve the case and combat the paranormal forces working against them.

October 28thNightbreed: The Director’s Cut


Finally, the long-awaited director’s cut of Clive Barker’s unique vision of monsters and rednecks will be available for watching in your very own home. I saw the “Cabal Cut” of this last year (and transcribed Mr. Barker’s Q&A here) and this version is the definitive version of Nightbreed at last, according to all parties involved in it’s creation and restoration. There are two separate versions available.
Synopsis : A troubled young man is drawn to a mythical place called Midian where a variety of monsters are hiding from humanity.

So there we have it, freaks and geeks!
Tons of choices for your home entertainment viewing for this coming month. There are some great choices to be had, for sure.
Let us know which of the titles you enjoyed in the comments below, and have a great Halloween!
Keep it weird.


Doctor Mordrid : Master of the Unknown on Blu-Ray!


I have to be honest. I had never heard of this film until it found it’s way into my P O Box thanks to the good people at Full Moon Studios. But just looking at the Blu-Ray cover made me giddy.
An early 90s fantasy horror flick starring Jeffrey Combs? Sold.


It turns out that Doctor Mordrid is everything you would expect from that cover above, plus a little more. Directed by Full Moon’s ubiquitous overlord Charles Band teaming up with his father Albert Band, Doctor Mordrid is a project that was meant for other things before taking shape as the fun film it is.
In the late 1980s and early 90s, Marvel comics was not the entertainment force it is today and the thought of quality superhero movies on the big screen was insane. Doctor Mordrid began life as an adaptation of Marvel’s Dr. Strange, and Charles Band was developing the film when the rights were lost. So he changed a few names, added some boobies and a particularly vulgar character and had an all new film starring Jeffrey Combs as a confident wizard destined to protect Earth from an “unspeakable evil”.


Despite some of the sillier elements inherent in this pre-CGI fantasy flick, it turns out to be pretty damned entertaining. I have to admit that a certain amount of the pleasure I took from it was watching Jeffrey Combs keep a straight face. But the sets are extravagant and fanciful, filled with cool touches like the good doctor’s faithful companion, a raven named Edgar.


So the story goes that the evil sorcerer known as Kabal is seeking a collection of mysterious elements that will allow him to open the portal to Hell and unleash his minions to wreak havoc upon the earth. Dr. Mordrid is Earth’s only defender against this threat and of course is misunderstood and impeded by the ones he is trying to protect. The only one on his side is charismatic young police consultant Samantha Hunt, and the two team up to stop Kabal as he makes his moves toward world domination.


tumblr_m6vefq4Enh1qieyxio1_250tumblr_m6vefq4Enh1qieyxio2_250tumblr_m6vefq4Enh1qieyxio3_250It all leads to an awesome final battle inside the Cosmopolitan Museum, featuring stop-motion dinosaur fossils. Yeah, that is just as awesome and nostalgic as it sounds, and the film ends with the promise of a sequel, which unfortunately never happened.

tumblr_mk6ki49wPp1r3d7d2o1_1280The new Blu-Ray release is stuffed with special features, including a commentary with Jeffrey Combs and Charles Band, a walk-through of how they shot the dinosaur scene, some candid and flirtatious interviews with Jeffrey Combs and Yvette Nipar (Samantha Hunt), and one really awkward and entertaining inclusion of an interview between Combs, William Shatner (!), Barbara Crampton, and Stuart Gordon (director of Re-Animator).

This movie works for me in the way all of those late 80s/early 90s B flicks always did for me, and it is really cool to see one now that I missed as a kid. So I am giving it a +1 for nostalgia. Overall, Doctor Mordrid is a really fun, weird flick and definitely recommended.
Find it for sale on Amazon here, or visit Full Moon and sign up for their unique Streaming service for all kinds of cool stuff!





20 horrific recipes for your Halloween party!


With Autumn and the Halloween season rapidly approaching, we decided it was high time at Horror Homework to bring you a list of unique recipes and decorations for you to darken your dinner parties this year. Check out the following list of creative ideas to scare aware all of your guests this season!

Adam’s Ribs.This is as simple as it gets. Two barbecued racks of ribs and a heart made from a red bell pepper. For a super creepy added touch grill some sausage links and cover in bbq sauce — instant entrails!!
Recipe here.

Another take on this, a meat feast where you get to crack open his delicious ribs and devour everything from his face to his entrails!
 A meat hand. Delicious meat loaf covered in cheese, using slivers of onions for bones and fingernails.
Just add ketchup for that super gruesome detail.
Spider cookies. Nothing more frightening than thinking you have just bitten into a huge chunk of spider. Just take a toothpick and drag out the melting chocolate chips into legs while the cookies are cooling.
More here.
Meatloaf zombies/ mummies.
Who doesn’t love the flesh of a cow ground into bits covered in the fleshy fatty goodness of it’s friend the delicious pig, all molded into the face of the undead?
Necronomicon pizza. We must try this because it is so damn cool!
Intestines for dessert made with puff pastry and cherry pie filling. She has some good ideas about savory substitutions as well with sloppy joe’s or taco meat, even shredded pork in bbq sauce would do the trick.
Learn how to make your very own edible entrails here.
Do it yourself vampire blood lollipops. You could get creative and add candy bugs to them or edible fondant body parts.
Black “poisoned” candy apples.
Found here.
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Any dried cured meats would serve as flesh for a great meat and cheese tray, prosciutto being the best of course. Cranberry horseradish spread would not only taste great but make really good curdled blood for spreading on crackers with meat.
Severed children’s fingers. You can also use a vegetable peeler and skin them to make it look like the nail bed has been ripped off.
Found here.
Marinated mozzarella eyeballs. It would also be great to add to an antipasto salad, the meat would look like chunks of flesh.
Seen here.
The Halloween human torso appetizer is pretty cool idea using an assortment of veggies and cheeses.
Find out how to make one here.

Medusa ice face and hands punch. For an extra creepy touch make the hands and face with cranberry juice cocktail or cherry/fruit punch. I recommend peach vodka & crown royal and cranberry! It’s called a Royal Flush.

Carrie cake.
Pretty simple idea : just bake cake, add barbie, then cover in edible blood.
Spied here.

Bat wings. Just add black food coloring to your normal wing sauce. Looks creepy.
Spotted here.

Pork dumplings look a lot like brains! Just saying.
Recipe here.
Pork Wonton Mini-brains. A111113 Food & Wine Halloween w/Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka Oct 2012
The Bloody Brain Hemorrhage shooter. Looks cool but doesn’t sound like it would taste great.
Seen here.
Do it yourself pumpkin keg!
Find out how here.
Just a simple carved mushroom but great for a Halloween veggie tray.
Jello blood worms. Add liquor and slurp up delicious worms till your drunk!

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Help support independent horror with Bad Medicine!


If there is one trend in horror films I would love to see replace the current glut of remakes, prequels and re-imaginings, it would be more anthology films!
Although most attempts at this type of film are generally uneven, they still tend to entertain most of the time. The shorter lengths help the cause, and if you didn’t care for one story or style, maybe the next one will prove more to your liking. In most cases, even if every short isn’t a home run it is usually possible to find something to enjoy.
Personally, I would love to see more films like this, where a collection of different writers and directors get to play in a loosely-shared world. There are so many short films out there waiting to be seen, and much of the time they get lost in the shuffle at film festivals and buried on Youtube channels. Bringing them to the big screen is a fine idea, and a trend to get behind!
In fact, this coming year will bring us several new attempts at the horror anthology, including The ABC’s Of Death 2 and XX, the first ever anthology directed exclusively by women.
With any luck (and some generous donations), we will also see Bad Medicine, a new anthology from Venomous Little Man Productions, creators of “Ascension”.
The crew of VLM seem to have their heads in the right place regarding practical effects and their intention is to bring true horror to the screen!


According to the press release :

Bad Medicine is a feature length, psychological horror film. It takes place in a mental health ward during a therapy session, where the participants tell their individual stories of the horrific and shocking events that led them to be where they are now. The film is a horror portmanteau featuring five short films bound together by a wrap -around story.
With filming scheduled to start in December 2014 in and around Birmingham, “Bad Medicine” was written by Amazon #1 bestselling horror author DAVE JEFFERY, and is the follow-up to the highly successful “Ascension”, which scooped the “Best Director” gong at the 2013 Bram Stoker Film Festival for JAMES HART.
It is no coincidence that some of the actors who worked on VLM’s previous film have not hesitated to sign up again for this next thrilling project. Based on the praise that “Ascension” received, they have all jumped at the chance to be part of what promises to be another “scarily-good” film.
“Bad Medicine” will be edited by Richard O’Connor. As the prime editor on award-winning “Ascension”, O’Connor has extensive experience in lighting and stage design and an impressive history of theatre.


For more information, you can find their indiegogo campaign here, currently underway until October 30th. They can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.
Check out Venomous Little Man and help support independent horror!

Artist Trevor Henderson’s retro Horror Hangers!

Series 2, available October 1st!

Artist Trevor Henderson first caught our attention last year when he created a gorgeous poster for the Evil Dead remake. While following him on Facebook and instagram, I noticed his unique new project picking up steam and becoming a reality just in time for our cooler Autumn weather.
He has created a series of “Horror Hangers”, which are a throwback to the Halloween decorations of the 1980s reinvented to reflect the tastes of the discriminating modern horror fanatic.

Series 2, available October 1st!

Series 2, available October 1st!

The first series is selling out quickly at his etsy store and the artist has been hard at work creating a second series of the hangers (above), which will be available at the beginning of October.
I asked artist Trevor Henderson what inspired this idea, and he told me :

I was  inspired by the nostalgia for Halloween when I was a little kid. My parents would always put up the same decorations, and they included a big goofy wall hanger of Frankenstein’s monster. I also have a lot of nostalgic memories of watching countless horror films with my dad. It occurred to me that combining icons from well-known (and not so well known…) horror icons with affordable decorations for the upcoming Halloween season could be really cool! The hangers are made from start to finish in about six to eight hours each using acrylic ink on illustration board, and then they are printed on 100 pound card stock to be cut and assembled. I try and include a cool accessory or gimmicky feature with each one, as if it were a cheesy 80’s action figure. I have a huge backlog of characters I want to paint, with the second wave hitting (hopefully) on October 1st!

Check out the available hangers in the gallery below, and click the photos to take you directly to Trevor Henderson’s etsy store to get these suckers up on your wall in time for Halloween.
And be sure and stay up to date with the release of series 2 and future artwork from the artist by following him on Facebook, Twitter, and instagram.









Red band trailer for V/H/S Viral!


Coming this October is another installment of the hit or miss anthology franchise V/H/S. While I found the first two films to be worth watching, they both had thier high and low points, which is to be expected from a free for all from some insane directors. The newest installment looks interesting, and features five films from directors Todd Lincoln (The Apparition), Nacho Vigalondo (the upcoming Open Windows), Marcel Sarmiento (The ABCs of Death), Gregg Bishop (Dance of the Dead), Justin Benson (Resolution) and Aaron Moorhead (A Glaring Emission).
Check out the newest red band trailer below :

Looks like a lot of fun!
What do you guys think?
V/H/S Viral hits On Demand just in time for Halloween home viewing on October 23rd, and will get a limited theatrical release November 21st.
Count me in!



Doomsday is coming. What are you going to wear?

Introducing Vulvatron, the new front-woman for GWAR!


Only a few short months after the devastating loss of David Brockie (aka Oderus Urungus) left the fate of the influential theatrical metal band Gwar in limbo, the group of intergalactic Scum-dogs has re-emerged with some radical new changes. For decades, this band of misfit miscreants has entertained and horrified audiences, and they show no signs of slowing down now, despite the loss of their fearless leader.
To be honest, the thought of Gwar minus Oderus did not sit well with this long time fan at first, until I saw this interview last month with long time member Beefcake the Mighty, where he said “Oderus always intended for Gwar to last 1000 years.”
And the thought of that is enough to make any fan of the one of a kind spectacle that is Gwar very happy.


So how does one go about replacing the presence of one of the most charasmatically deranged onstage presences of the last three decades? They don’t.
The upcoming tour will follow the storyline of The Search For Oderus, and the focus will be shifted to the newest Gwar front-woman, Vulvatron, as the Scum-dogs of the Universe scour the earth looking for their missing leader. An ingenious way to keep the spirit of the band alive without the sacrilegious idea of replacing Brockie.

Vulvatron – aka Kim Dylla – is the first female member of Gwar since the departure of the dancer/backup vocalist Slymenstra Hymen in 2000 and the band’s first female vocalist. Dylla is also been a member of the Kung Fu Dykes who appeared at the annual GWAR-B-Q last year. According to the band, the Kung Fu Dykes were “born during a forgotten dynasty when fire and death spewed from the earth, [when] three lesbians were miraculously transformed into the gorgeously disfigured rock superstars.”

Vulvatron had her onstage debut with the band on September 12th, alongside the reinvented alter ego of long-time band member Michael Bishop (Beefcake The Mighty) as Blothar, an armored Scum-dog who boasts shoulder-antlers and an udder. Vulvatron sports some fashionable spiky armor and huge breasts that spray blood, but she is not a gimmick, rather the proverbial real deal.
According to the new band leader herself, “Vulvatron is nobody’s girlfriend, or groupie or background dancer; Vulvatron is in charge … Representation matters, and now, all of a sudden, there’s a big, brash, bold new female personality on stage with a legendary band. Moreover, she’s just as gross and goofy as her male band-mates, whether she’s slaying dinosaurs or disemboweling Nazi skinheads onstage or drenching her minions with … [artificial] boob-blood.”
The newly re-invented band will begin the quest for their missing leader on October 15th in Brockie’s hometown of Richmond Virginia, with a full North American tour to follow.
Follow Gwar on Facebook and Twitter to stay abreast of the tour and news from everyone’s favorite band of psycho hate-fueled mutants.
Long live Gwar!
Here’s to the next 1000 years!

Doomsday is coming. What are you going to wear?

Review of Kevin Smith’s Tusk : A Truly Transformative Tale


I have to be honest here. I was predisposed to love this movie.
There are a number of reasons why, and I suppose you can take this review with a grain of salt, since I am admitting freely that I simply love the fact that this film even exists. It is a miracle of independent film-making that a movie about a deranged man transforming someone into a walrus is in my local theater, screening happily alongside the summer blockbusters.


Kevin Smith has long been one of my favorite directors, if only for the fact that since debuting with Clerks in 1994, he has consistently followed his own path. After making a series of great stoner comedies throughout the 90s, Smith seemed to lose his way in the early part of the 2000s. After an embarrassing attempt at a big budget buddy cop flick left him (and audiences) feeling empty, Smith was set to retire from film-making altogether. Then he took up a new hobby of smoking large quantities of high quality marijuana, and realized that he could and should be making the movies that he wanted to see.
Lucky for us, most of these ideas are deranged and tinged with horror. After impressively changing gears a few years back with the quick and dirty flick Red State, Smith subsequently lined up a whole roster of films he would love to create.
In fact, following Tusk, he has several other films and ideas in various stages of production, including a Krampus anthology and something he described as “Jaws with a moose.”
It is as if he is aiming to be the Roger Corman of the new millennium.


The simple fact that this idea went from an odd joke on one of Smith’s podcasts into a feature film in a little over a year should be incredibly inspiring to anyone who struggles with creativity. If you listen to the podcast, it sounds like a couple of friends sitting around the table talking shit and having some good laughs. The fact that they followed through with this crazy idea should be an inspiration to us all.

Another thing that makes this film unique is the fact that it is the first film to ever have an officially licensed marijuana tie-in. That’s right, here in the great state of California, Smith partnered with a very classy medical marijuana dispensary called Buds and Roses to produce two strains of herb to promote the film. The sativa strain was named “White Walrus” and the indica labeled as “Mr. Tusk”, and were available in limited quantities. I managed to get my hands on a gram of the White Walrus last night before the show, and it even came with a handy Tusk grinder!

Okay, so what about the movie.
After we fired up the White Walrus, a gimmick equatable to putting on the 3D glasses before the new Spider-Man flick, everyone in my group was feeling happy and excited to watch the Walrus movie.
Justin Long plays a slightly mean-spirited podcaster from Los Angeles named Wallace, who takes a trip to the frozen tundra of Canada to further humiliate a young man who has accidentally cut off his own leg in front of the whole wide internet. When it turns out this subject is unavailable he follows a trail that leads him to another eccentric weirdo, Howard Howe, played by the hypnotic Michael Parks.
The first third of the movie works in the atmospheric old school tradition of the classic Hammer films, as the two share drinks and swap stories in Howe’s creepy old mansion. The tension built up here is great, and Michael Parks could mesmerize anyone by simply reading his grocery list, but let’s face it, we all know that Long is going to end up as a walrus.
I mean, that is the spectacle we came to see.


And that is the main problem with the film. It’s scope is very limited, and there is only so much of the preposterous transformation that can be shown, so we get bogged down with sub-plots and offbeat characters to fill out the running time.
Especially a certain uncredited actor who has made a career playing “offbeat characters” who gets the spotlight for an inordinate amount of time right in the middle of the film, grinding it to a halt. Take away the sub-plot about Wallace’s girlfriend and best friend desperately tracking him down and the mumbling presence of bounty hunter Guy Lapointe, and audiences are left with only a few scenes of the good old gory walrus action we all came to see.
To be fair, those scenes are fantastic, and the sight of Long going “full walrus” is an image that will surely be burnt into the consciousness of audiences everywhere. The effects by Robert Kurtzman are grotesque and hilarious at the same time, and the punchline at the end of the film is worth the whole journey.


Over all, Tusk is a bizarre addition to the filmography of Kevin Smith, and a unique horror comedy. The film is not perfect, but it is definitely worth a watch. Get out to your local theater this weekend and support this kind of insanity at the movies! We need more madness at the multiplex, so help prove to the powers that be that there is an audience for experimental independent films made by stoned weirdos.

Chase every dopey dream you ever have, so long as it doesn’t involve hurting or killing anybody.”
- Kevin Smith



Doomsday is coming. What are you going to wear?

Extreme Pinocchio comes to the Diabolique Film Festival!


French filmmaker Pascal Chind is a madman. Let’s just get that out of the way.
Need proof? Here is the synopsis for his new short film, Extreme Pinocchio :

Patrick, a dwarf junkie (and father-to-be) wants to clean up his act. But his dealers (the Cat and the Fox) have something else in mind: Patrick has to dress up as Pinocchio to steal money from a pedaphilic, schizophrenic, psychopath who thinks he’s Geppetto… 


The film is a berserk and stylish re-interpretation of the classic story, told in an undeniably endearing way. The look of the film is unique with its oddball diesel-punk aesthetic, something Chind used to great effect in his previous film Short Cut, which has gone on to become one of the most broadcast shorts on French television.
You can see his debut film below:

About Extreme Pinocchio, the director says :

Fairy-tales are often violent, and for me Collodi’s The Adventures of Pinocchio is one of the most brutal. There have been several film adaptions of the story (the most famous being Disney’s 1940s cartoon, of course), but I wanted to create my own, modern version, and play on the fears of today’s society.

My Extreme Pinocchio is deliberately politically incorrect. It takes the story out of its original context, and drops it smack bang into the unsavoury suburban slums of a faceless, modern city, where Gepetto is a pervert, Jiminy is a 10cm-tall rapper and the Blue Fairy is a transvestite. Patrick becomes a real-life ‘puppet’ when he agrees to steal money for his dealers and thus condemn himself to a lifetime of physical enslavement at the hands of Gepetto.

The themes of childhood and fatherhood run through the original book. I’ve made this the starting point for my film’s dark comedy: In Extreme Pinocchio’s upside-down world, loving, fatherly Gepetto is a psychopathic ogre of questionable repute, who lives in a world of toys and thinks that Pinocchio (because he is small) is a child.

And Patrick/Pinocchio (a little adult man) is about to become a father yet gets mistaken for a boy.The characters in my film live in a modern society, peppered with the relics of days gone by. I love mixing eras, fashions and technology to create new worlds that both surprise audiences and give them enough material to identify with. I like entertaining people by unsettling them and plunging them into dark, comical, retro-futuristic atmospheres.
This is what I hope to do with Extreme Pinocchio.


Extreme Pinocchio is currently touring the film festivals, and will be showing at the Diabolique Festival in Bloomington, Indiana on Saturday, September 20th.
For more info about the Diabolique International Film Festival, see here.
For more screening chances and options to see Extreme Pinocchio for yourself, check them out on Facebook and Twitter.
Check out the trailer for the film below.

Doomsday is coming. What are you going to wear?


New Blu-Ray covers for MGM/Fox horror films from amazing artists!


MGM studios is giving horror fans a real treat this month with a grand re-release of many of their classic horror films on very affordable Blu-Ray, complete with brand new covers designed by some of the best artists working in the industry right now. The artwork is a refreshing change of pace from many of the drab photoshopped DVD covers we see on most mass market releases these days.
Including original artwork from artists like Jason Edmiston, Ghoulish Gary Pullin, and other very talented artists, these new releases are in major retail stores right now, with a very modest price of 7-8$. These are some must have special editions and we can thank Skuzzles for bringing these into reality. Some of these works of art are also available as posters on the Skuzzles website, but they are going fast!
Check out the gallery of new covers below, and get your ass to the local Wal-Mart and start digging for these beauties!


– Jason Edmiston


– Todd Slater


– Ghoulish Gary Pullin


– Ghoulish Gary Pullin


– Joshua Budich


– Grzegorz Domaradzki


– Randy Ortiz


– Dan Mumford


– Jason Edmiston


– Justin Osborne


– Paul Shipper


– Francesco Francavilla


– Ghoulish Gary Pullin

This last one is not a DVD cover, rather a sold out limited edition poster from Godmachine.
Skuzzles claims that they never reprint anything, so at least we can all drool over it here.
Be sure and follow Skuzzles on Facebook to avoid missing out on unique deals like this in the future.


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