Well, unfortunately last week’s announcement of Robert Englund returning to fill Freddy’s glove once again was a cruel April Fool’s joke. The good news is the excellent fan-made series “Krueger” continues this week with part 4 of the story of the man before the burns.
Starring Roberto Lombardi as everyone’s favorite dream-stalker, this prequel from director Chris R. Notarile just keeps getting better.
You can see the first three chapters right here, and please enjoy the newest installment “The Slasher From Elm Street” below.
Be sure and stay tuned to the official Krueger Facebook page for more updates and info about the series. I know I will be looking forward to the next chapter!
Misty Marie, also known as “Kittie”, has been creating her own unique brand of clothing with us weirdos in mind for the last ten years now. She tells me that she started out cutting up band shirts, and using patches to make corsets, shoes, jewelry, and much more.
With a decidedly unique horror-themed approach to designing artwork as clothing, she began experimenting with different designs and fabrics, all created with the passion of someone who loves what they are doing.
She says, “I consider my clothes as art because they never turn out as I think they will, always changing my idea through making them, and most of the time my best pieces are made by accident. I’ve been a traveler most of my life and I had to make some kind of trade to make some money. One day I discovered cutting the tops of dresses and sewing on different bottoms looked really awesome, so I also got into doing patch-work. The first pair of pants I made were so awesome and I sold them for a 40oz and some food money to a very excited girl, who had wanted them for awhile…”
We share her work often on the Horror Homework Facebook page, as she is constantly working on new designs and presenting them for sale on Etsy for anyone who is looking for something one-of-a-kind for someone with a dark side!
Don’t forget, Mother’s Day is coming up!
Do you have a favorite horror movie?
Hellraiser, of course. But i enjoy them all even the B’s.
Has there ever been something that you created that you found difficult to part with?
Yes, most of my pieces I create an attachment to. My art is like my babies.
I’ve actually not sold some items to people because I felt they wouldn’t take care of them.
Everything looks so soft and cozy. What kind of fabrics do you use?
I use cotton,Lycra, soft vinyl, and leather. On my furries I use faux fur.
Lol yeah I make furry costumes too. I have a fetish for being a kittie so I made myself a kittie costume and posted it and started getting orders for them. Mine are unique I make corsets to match.
Is there a dream project you have not gotten around to yet?
Yes! To make a full burlesque outfit! Made out of serial killer fabric.
Serial killer fabric? Where do you find such a thing?
I print my own fabric. I printed my john Gacy and Hellraiser fabrics, and can print any image into fabric for custom orders.
Netflix is a gift and a curse.
Since it’s arrival on the Home Video scene, the company has all but destroyed video stores and rental services as we knew them, and re-invented the way we get our movies. Streaming is the way of the future, and Amazon and many other video services have followed suit and created their own ways of getting the instant gratification we are all seeking.
However, Netflix is still the leader in this area, and one would be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t kick down the 8 bucks a month for unlimited movies.
The problem comes with the choices. There are so many, and some are categorized very strangely, that it is possible to just scroll through the choices for hours at a time without making a decision.
I get asked for recommendations consistently, so what follows is a list of hidden gems and new additions to Netflx Streaming that you may have missed, recommended for your horror/weirdo viewing pleasure!
I hope you guys enjoy the list that follows, and if I have missed any of your favorites, please leave a comment. I am always looking for new things to creep me out as well!
Contracted is a recent addition to the service, released a few months ago.
An excellent premise presenting the zombie virus as a mysterious sexually transmitted disease, this one is definitely worth a late night watch.
Not for the squeamish or promiscuous, the film features a dark social commentary with some disgusting practical effects. Add to that a solid performance from Najarra Thownsend as Samantha, this is one will stick with you.
I wrote a full review of Contracted upon it’s release, which you can see here.
The Lair Of The White Worm
Ken Russell’s follow-up to the 1986 film Gothic was this loose adaptation of Bram Stoker’s less-known final novel, The Lair Of The White Worm. Featuring a young Hugh Grant in his first starring role as James d’Ampton, ancestor of a legendary giant worm-slayer, this flick messed with my head as a youngster. The psychedelic sequences brought on by the seductive snake lady Sylvia March make the film worth a watch, and the overall mythology of the legendary White Worm make for a unique horror experience.
Watch this one while medicated.
We Are What We Are
Another recent release that was just added the service is Jim Mickle’s excellent follow-up to Stakeland, this American remake of We Are What We Are. Since seeing this one, I have searched fruitlessly for a copy of the Spanish original, which I understand is very different.
Taken on it;s own, however, this film is a hypnotic slow-burning character study full of great performances. The story of the back-woods Parker family, the film begins as the family begins to fall apart with a shocking tragedy, and degenerates from there.
They are not what they seem, but they are what they are. The film plays out at a tragic measured pace, as the father tries desperately to keep his family together and their odd traditions alive, as a local doctor (played by the always awesome Michael Parks) gets closer and closer to the truth.
This one is a must see.
Drew : The Man Behind the Poster
A fascinating documentary about the legendary poster artist Drew Struzan, this film is required viewing for all creative people, or anyone who enjoys beautiful artwork. The name of Drew Struzan may not be instantly recognizable to all of you, but his classic poster work surely is.
He is the one responsible for all of those amazing posters we grew up drooling over in the 1980′s. Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Back To The Future, The Goonies — Drew Struzan was the man behind these iconic images we all know and love!
This documentary takes a look at his life and work, and gives a fascinating insight into the mind of a true artist. Just awesome viewing.
Attack On Titan
Okay. Anime is not my normal favorite thing. But this show…damn!
The premise is a unique and fully-imagined one, with a dark sense of humor and social commentary and they kill off characters with the sadistic glee of George Martin.
With all 25 episodes available (and the pushy way Netflix starts the next episode automatically 8 seconds after the last one ended) you would be hard-pressed not to get hooked immediately and waste a day binging on this unique series.
I won’t tell you much except that the story revolves around an isolated city surrounded by a series of giant walls designed to protect the inhabitants from the threat of the menacing Titans, over-sized mindless maniacs with a taste for human flesh. Each episode is action-packed and dramatic, and hard to stop watching once you start. Recommended.
FDR : American Badass
After an excited recommendation from a friend at fellow horror page Horror and Shit, I was inspired to watch this ridiculous satirical epic. With a concept so absurd and actors committed to the delivery of some of the most insane dialogue with the straightest of faces, this flick won me over in the opening scene where the titular president gets polio from a werewolf bite. Yup.
The 80 minutes or so that follow are a treasure trove of quotable lines and over-the-top slapstick violence as Barry Bostwick takes on a multi-national coalition of murderous werewolves. With writing and dry performances that bring to mind the old Zucker brothers’ classics from the 80s like Airplane! and The Naked Gun, this one is a real hidden gem.
Need a laugh at something so absurd it shouldn’t even exist?
Click on this one, and thank me later.
Tales From The Darkside : The Movie
A classic from my days growing up, the film version of Tales From The Darkside is hit-and-miss. Rumors have always floated that the film was intended to be Creepshow 3 (!), and it definitely has that flavor, with a wrap-around story that brings us Debbie Harry as witch planning a dinner party with a kidnapped child intended as her main dish who postpones his fate by telling her some progressively better stories.
The first story “Lot 249″ has always kind of bored me to be honest, despite the presence of Steve Buscemi. The second short, The Cat From Hell, ( a Romero/King collaboration) is fun but pretty empty. The last story, Lover’s Vow, is the one that has always stuck with me, following the life of a struggling artist and the promise he makes and breaks with horrifying consequences. Just a great story, with some fun practical effects!
The Soska Sisters haunting follow-up to Dead Hooker In A Trunk, American Mary tells the story of a young medical student hitting hard times, who stumbles into an underground body-modification culture where she learns to flourish in a whole new way.
Ginger Snaps’ Katherine Isabelle (all grown up!) stars convincingly as Mary, and we are taken along her journey into a dark hidden world full of creeps and weirdos, as well as surprisingly genuine beautifully-modified people. The film works on all of these levels, and is destined for cult classic status.
Check it out.
Looking for a good fast-paced gore-fest? Then, look no further than Frankenstein’s Army!
A found-footage flick set in the end days of World War II, we go along for the ride as a group of Russian soldiers stumble into the ruins of a village occupied only by a mad scientist and his awesomely designed monstrous creations.
Although a little light on substance, this one works as a late-night thrill ride, and is reminiscent of being pushed through a well-done haunted house attraction.
Jump scares and gory scenes galore!
Looking for something light-weight and different with gorgeous monster effects?
Check out Frankenstein’s Army!
Night Of The Living Dead (1990)
This is one of the few films that makes the case for why remakes exist, even though so many of them fail. Tom Savini’s directorial debut takes George Romero’s original terrifying concept to a new colorful level in this excellent remake.
Starring pre-Candyman Tony Todd as Ben, and Patricia Tallman as Barbara, the film hits the ground running and doesn’t slow it’s pace until the final haunting scenes. Savini’s experience as a special effects master brought a new level of realistic decay to the film’s look, and kept all of Romero’s original social commentary intact, resulting in a film that works so well on every level. This is definitely one of my favorite remakes of all time, and one of my favorite ever horror films, period. Tom Savini does an amazing job with this modern classic, and it is a shame he hasn’t directed more films!
Riki-Oh : The Story Of Ricky
So…I was going to end this list at 10, but this one goes to 11!
I just discovered, through my browsing, that The Story Of Riki is now available on the service, and this one is a must see for fans of, well, movies.
If you have never seen this insane bit of awesomeness, stop what you are doing right now and start it up. That’s all I have to say about that.
For any of you who don’t have Netflix, or have the inferior service across the pond, all of these recommended flicks are available through Amazon Streaming or purchase using the widget below. Enjoy!
Great news for us horror fans came in today, with the announcement that New Line Cinema has finally decided to listen to the pleas of fans and bring back Robert Englund as Freddy for one last hurrah!
Even better, similar to last week’s news of a secret Phantasm sequel, this new Nightmare film has already been shot, by none other than Freddy creator and original Nightmare director Wes Craven!
The film is currently being edited by Craven and long-time collaborator Bob Shaye with practical special effects all done by FX master Tom Savini, and they are hoping for an October release.
Calling the 2010 remake of the beloved cult classic a “disgrace”, Craven claims to be bringing the iconic film series back to it’s roots, with a new vision of what could be the darkest and most disturbing take on the legacy of Fred Krueger ever.
Our source says that Craven has utilized every dark and horrific idea that he was never allowed to put into the older films into this new version of Freddy, and claims that this will be the film that turns Freddy back into the horrifying villain he was at the beginning of the franchise in 1984.
“Over the years,” says our source, “Fred Krueger somehow transformed from the awful nightmarish creature he was into a comedy sketch version of that. Our intention is to return the character to his dispicable roots, and make the audience fear him rather than cheer for him.”
We are very excited by this news here at Horror Homework, and will be sure and keep you updated as more details emerge about this dream come true film!
I mean, what one of us out there doesn’t want to see one more Nightmare On Elm Street sequel starring the original icon?
I know that I would love to, if this news were true!
Happy April first, everyone.
Some very sad news came in late last night.
Reports were popping up everywhere that David Brockie, better known to us as Oderus Urungus~Scumdog Of The Universe, was found dead by his room-mate Sunday evening at the age of 50.
Reported first in his hometown of Richmond, Virginia by StyleWeekly early this morning, it has since been confirmed by several close friends and band members.
David Brockie has died.
Gwar is no more.
Dave Brockie was 50 years old at the time of his death, but as we all know, the legend Oderus Urungus was 43 billion years old, and was assembled on a planet called Scumdogia in “Syntho Womb 5″ after pieces of his moldy war frame were found scattered throughout the galaxy.
He has survived vicious penguin attacks, raining maggots, sleazy music business honchos, and an ongoing cosmic battle with his arch-enemy, Techno-Destructo. The ever-expanding mythology of Gwar and their adventures out there in the universe have entertained the weird masses for years, spanning 13 albums and many low-budget feature films. They were nominated twice for Grammy awards for Best Metal Performance in 1995 and Best Long-Form Music Video in 1993, losing out to Nine Inch Nails and Annie Lennox, respectively.
Oderus even showed up recently as the next door neighbor in Adam Green’s web-series, Holliston.
Aside from fronting the relentlessly-touring band, Brockie was also a prolific painter.
His artwork has a chaotic and rough style, and he has consistently produced new and interesting work over the years.
Gwar was the first “shock rock” band that really made an impression on me in those young formative years. As much as I wanted to get into the other scary bands at the time, the serious Satanic schtick always turned me off. Then came Gwar.
These were guys who didn’t take themselves so fucking serious, and played some heavy songs to scare the parents, dressed in ridiculous costumes and claimed to be from outer space. Now this was something my teenage self could get behind!
Songs like “Sick Of You”, “Sexecutioner” and “Meat Sandwich” helped alleviate the boredom of algebra, and I became a full-blown super-fan after seeing the band live for the first time, at the age of 18.
I will never forget it.
It was in the middle of summer in Ybor City Florida, and the show was outdoors in the courtyard of an old historic theater. Until that point, I never knew how many weirdos there were out there. The show was a loud, obnoxious spectacle and we all left there covered in sweat and fake blood and wearing huge grins.
One of my favorite memories, to be sure.
It seems that Brockie was acutely aware of his own mortality, especially following the shocking death of Cory Smoot, aka “Flattus Maximus” back in November of 2011.
In a January 2012 interview with Full Metal Jackie, Brockie stated about Smoot’s passing: “I think Cory’s death is a big wake-up call for all of us. We all breathed a big sigh of relief when we found out it wasn’t a drug overdose, to speak quite frankly. But then to think that he was 34 and died of a heart attack — it’s really scary.”
He continued: “Everybody out there needs to take care of themselves, especially you guys who are playing in bands and starting to get up into your 40s and you’re all sitting there just like me saying, ‘Holy shit, this is still going on and I can keep doing this probably for the rest of my life?’ Yeah, you can, but you have to take of yourself. You really, really, really, really do. So I’m trying to quit smoking right now.”
Whether you loved him or hated him, David Brockie made his mark on the world, to be sure. These are my favorite people, the ones who get away with it.
A prolific and creative entertainer who delighted in obnoxious subversiveness and over the top theatrics, his voice will be sorely missed.
In the words of another late cult hero, Hunter S. Thompson, “He was a high-powered mutant never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, too rare to die.”
Rest in peace, David Brockie
August 30th, 1963 – March 23rd, 2014
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!
Anyone who remembers the classic horror anthologies such as ASYLUM, with Robert Powell and Peter Cushing, or King and Romero’s CREEPSHOW will have an idea of what VLM Productions is hoping to achieve with its next project. BAD MEDICINE is a psychological horror film that contains five stories – or segments – united by a wraparound story. The film is set in a modern day mental health unit where a therapist is holding a group therapy session. Five participants each recount their story in the hope the therapist can resolve their trauma and help them to move on. But what happens if the therapist is not what he seems and has something far more sinister in mind for his patients?
The project will be shot in five phases. The first installment, Tainted Love, is expected to shoot in late April, 2014.
Your donations will help to hire professional crew and equipment, industry standard sound, make up and FX artists to ensure that what ends up on screen is of high quality and reflective of the standards an audience expects from a film on a big screen. There will also be a heavy emphasis on practical creature FX as seen in seminal movies such as AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON and THE THING.
As a project, we at VLM Productions are excited at the prospect of revisiting the classic kind of storytelling that has made shows like THE TWILIGHT ZONE, TALES FROM THE CRYPT and OUTER LIMITS such a long lasting success. We believe that quality filming making from an award winning company BAD MEDICINE will resonate with any member of the audience who wants more from their movie experience than cheap make up and meaningless violence.
The filmmakers have already assembled an impressive cast, including Barbie Wilde (Hellbound: Hellraiser II), Derek Melling, (Ascension, Inbred, The Electrician), Laurence Saunders (Ascension, Deadtime, The Seasoning House, The Village, EastEnders, Doctors), Tom So (Casino Royale, Sherlock, Being Human), Anthony Miles (Quizmaster, Blood and Bone China) and Mark Rathbone (Ascension, Inbred, Cradle of Fear).
Billing itself as “the only film magazine made by filmmakers” the new bi-monthly print magazine Delirium is available now!
Edited by master horror journalist Chris Alexander (former columnist for Rue Morgue, and current editor of Fangoria and the newly-resurrected Gorezone), Delirium is a different kind of magazine.
Brought to us under the banner of Full Moon Pictures, this new periodical is meant to focus on the work and films of Mr. Charles Band.
A legend in the horror industry, Mr. Band is responsible for many of the classic Empire films of the early 80′s before forming Full Moon Studios and bringing us many new staples of the genre.
In fact, over the past four decades, Mr. Band has had his hand in hundreds of films of varying quality and relevance. The goal of this new magazine is much more than a simple advertisement for the works of Charles Band, it is a glossy look into the past and future of everything Band-related.
The first issue smartly kicks off with an informative look back at the definitive cult classic Re-Animator, as you can see on the beautiful cover above.
The format of the magazine closely resembles the Rue Morgue layout from Alexander’s tenure, beginning with a brief editor’s note and a quick look at notable releases. News about the new web-series “Trophy Heads” and a re-release of the “ganja-version” of 1996′s “Head Of The Family” quickly leads into the Re-Animator coverage.
The articles include an insightful interview with director Stuart Gordon and a nice chat with scream queen Barbara Crampton (complete with stills of her assets). Capping it off with a look at the much-loved score by Richard Band and a fascinating serial memoir from Gordon himself, the Re-Animator coverage is informative and fun. Everyone seems to remember it fondly, and it is great to learn some inside information on the making of the classic film!
Followed by an article called “The Birth Of A Director”, Alexander next interviews Douglas Aarniokoski about his experience in the movie industry. Known as the director of the new film Nurse 3D, as well as past experiences as an AD for Robert Rodriguez and Sam Raimi, Aarniokoski’s story is one of those great ones. A guy who loves movies just goes for it, and his hard work and dedication pays off. A very inspiring story!
Next, we get an inside look at Full Moon’s Wizard Studios imprint, which is designed to spotlight international indie filmmakers and give them a wide distribution through the new streaming service. They give us quick looks at three upcoming titles from the service, alongside quick chats with the creative people responsible for them.
A peek at the sequel for Killer Eye follows that, and a long and loving look at Stephanie Rothman’s 1972 film “The Velvet Vampire” which is one of many titles streaming under the Grindhouseflix label. In fact, the next article gives us quick synopses of a selection of titles also available to stream under the Blue Underground license. Some serious classics are on this list of exploitation flicks, including The Blood Spattered Bride, The Church, and Lamberto Bava’s directorial debut, Macabre.
Things get wrapped up with a long and loving look back at Tourist Trap, and a final thank you from Charles Band himself, reminiscing of the days of old Marvel Comics and the fond memories of “Stan Lee’s Soapbox”, where the readers were treated to a look inside the windows of the life of the creative person. This seems to be the mission of Delirium magazine : to take a long look back at the decades of work put in, and have a little fun doing it!
Over all, I very much enjoyed the first issue of Delirium, even though at some points it feels uncomfortably clear that it is essentially a 52-page advertisement for the films and services of Mr. Band. To be fair, however, the man has had a long and fascinating career in the horror industry, and it seems unlikely that Alexander and the other contributors to the magazine will run out of interesting stories any time soon!
Looking forward to the second issue, which will feature a close look at the great “Tombs Of The Blind Dead” series, and many more!
Subscribe to the magazine and peruse the unique Streaming Service here , and be sure to check them out on Facebook for updates and news about new and upcoming issues.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
In my inbox this morning was a press release for a new film from the creators of the Leprechaun series.
And it is called, no shit, “Vamprechaun”.
According to writer and director Mark Jones :
Having created the successful “Leprechaun” horror franchise, I felt the time was right to create another “horror comedy” franchise that would appeal to the same audience but have a unique and contemporary feel to it.
Realizing Vampires are wildly popular, but not wanting to rehash the same, I thought combining the Leprechaun mythology with that of Vampires, would enable us to have a new brand of “horror creature” that the audience for these movies would embrace and love.
I feel “Vamprechaun” will surpass the popularity of the “Leprechaun” movies as there is much more we can bring into the stories with a character that has even more dimension and facets and will enable us to launch a new franchise that will have endless room for continuing sequels.
In fact, they claim to be in talks with Warwick Davis for the titular role, and have a nifty indiegogo campaign launching today to help fund this crossover.
The official synopsis of the film says :
What happens when an evil, greedy, wicked little leprechaun is bitten by a blood-thirsty Vampire? A bizarre twist on two classic horror monster legends results in a new and original horror creature that represents the worst in both monster breeds. A horrific, malevolent blood-sucker that will thrill contemporary audiences worldwide, while scaring them out of their seats….. Vamprechaun!
A little, evil leprechaun searches for the most precious mineral on earth, more valuable than platinum or gold. A rare substance called… Red-Gold! This precious mineral is known only to exists in the deep, dark, hidden caverns in Ireland and guarded by magical Red Vampire Bats. Our leprechaun, in his quest to acquire this Red-Gold discovers its hidden location… only to be bitten by one of the Red Vampire Bats that transforms him into a Vamprechaun! When “Natural Selection” goes horribly wrong, a new blockbuster Comedy Horror Franchise is born…
So there you have it!
Help the producers of the film spread the word on their Official Vamprechaun Facebook page, and be sure and drop a few coins in the cauldron over at their indiegogo page, and stop bitching about no original ideas in Hollywood.
You don’t get much more original than this one…
There is an interesting story behind this new trailer for The Pick-Axe Murders III : The Final Chapter.
First of all, this is part three of a series that has no first two.
That’s right, taking a cue from old George Lucas himself, director Jeremy Sumrall has started his story in the middle.
But there is good reason for this, and Mr. Sumrall won’t bullshit you like Mr. Lucas and say it was all part of a grand master plan. The reason is simple logic. Director Sumrall reasonably thought, “Well, if my first movie sucks, and a sequel is always called shittier than the original, why not make a sequel to a movie that never existed?“
In fact, this film almost didn’t exist at all. If it weren’t for some good connections and plain old luck alongside dedication and perseverance, no one would have ever been murdered by the titular Pick-Axe.
As a wanna-be writer who struggles with finishing anything I start, the story of how this film finally came to be resonates deeply with me. I was lucky enough to get in touch with the director and get the scoop on how his dream became reality.
Find the answers below!
To answer your question, I’d have to start with the middle of 2007, before I ever even worked on SWEATSHOP, which was my first time on any film set. I had fallen in with a group of horror nerds and filmmakers, who had all worked on each others’ projects, etc. A real incestuous family of sorts. We’d gather once a month to talk whatever horror movies we were fans of, or whatever horror was out at the time. I distinctly remember sitting and dissecting Rob Zombie’s take on Halloween at one of these meetings. Anyway, one of the prevalent questions I’d get asked at the time was “When are you going to direct one?”, but I didn’t have any real desire to do so at the time. I always just figured I’d be a writer, or just one of the guys who hangs out on set and pisses everyone off by doing nothing and just eating craft services.
Needless to say, the more it got asked of me, the more I thought about it, so I thought to myself, “Well, if everyone thinks I should, maybe I could…”, which of course, got me to thinking about how everyone’s first films SUCK, right? So, I said, “Well, if my first movie sucks, and a sequel is always called shittier than the original, why not make a sequel to a movie that never existed?”
Now, mind you, this was YEARS before I even sat down to write the script. But, that’s where the initial nugget came from.
After slogging it out in the trenches on several indie films, from doing cameos, to producing, to even writing and directing a feature, then doing a few shorts, I was burned out. I wasn’t sure where I wanted my career to go next, so I considered taking a bit of a break. I had been asked to help produce another friend’s film, and as much as I wanted to, I just couldn’t get that motivated. I knew I wanted to direct again, but I wasn’t sure what exactly that would be.
Shortly after working on SWEATSHOP, I had began a script for Pick-Axe, but it never went anywhere. It was just 40 pages of nothing. So, it sat in a drawer collecting dust.
Flash forward to 2011, and through Facebook and a few mutual friends (I think it was actually Ted Geoghegan and Frank Sabatella) introduced me to this retro poster artist named Marc Schoenbach. I dug his work, and knew that we’d be friends. One night, he and I were having a conversation about poster artwork, and it got me kinda motivated. I thankfully knew a few models and photographers who were basically down to do whatever, so we threw together an impromptu photo shoot, and did tons of different styles of stuff. One theme, of course, was a “sleepover” with a killer… I mean, we did tons of photos like that. One of them happened to be very heavily influenced by the old Slumber Party Massacre artwork, and I sent it to Marc to add his personal touch to it, along with the title of “The Pick-Axe Murders Part III: The Final Chapter”. Now, mind you, this was all just supposed to be in fun. There wasn’t really supposed to be a film like this. It was just a half-assed unfinished script with a quirky title.
But, as luck would have it, it turned out to be a REALLY cool retro-looking poster. I showed it to a couple of friends, and they got a good laugh out of it like we did.
I thought nothing more of it at the time, and went about writing a different script entirely. The poster actually gave me a swift kick in the ass to start writing again, but it wasn’t supposed to be Pick-Axe. Instead, it was a creature feature, which I’ll get back to at some point in the near future.
One night, Marc calls me and tells me some good news. FANGORIA was interested in running an article on him and his art. They were noticing a new crop of retro-style poster artists, and he was the first one they wanted to do a story on. So, naturally, he asked me if he was allowed to include the Pick-Axe artwork, which I jumped at the chance for. I mean, any publicity is good publicity, even if the movie didn’t exist.
A few months go by, and we hear nothing from FANGORIA. Until, one night, after I had a successful award-winning Splatterfest short called “Stay With Me” that Marc also mocked up a few posters for… I was all ramped up about the team I had assembled for the competition, and wanted to make a feature, but again, I had no completed scripts. I toyed with the idea of directing a short that Marc had written, and I may still do it at some point, but before I could even entertain the thought further, I get a phone call from my brother, asking me if I was working on “…some movie called Pick-Axe”. He then told me FANGORIA had an ad for it in their current issue.
I had NO IDEA what the hell he was talking about. But, I figured out he must have been talking about the article on Marc, which I thought was cool. He reiterated that it was NOT an article on Marc, but just simply a full-page ad in FANGORIA. Nothing else.
I flipped through, saw the ad, and about fell out of my chair. I laughed, because the movie DID NOT EXIST.
So, I posted it on Facebook.
My phone starts going crazy, my inbox explodes, etc. Mass chaos. Everyone wants to know why I was holding out on them, or why I had made a movie without including them. Some others asked me when it was coming out, etc. I had to play it cool and act like it was the plan all along, but I was lying out of my ass. At that point, there was still only 40 pages of pure utter crap resembling a script.
So, in less than a month, I banged out a script, and fleshed it all out as a true love-letter to the slasher films of the 80s. Two months later, we were casting.
If Marc and I had never met, Pick-Axe wouldn’t exist. It’d just be another half-assed idea in a drawer of bullshit and forgotten dreams.
An inspiring story, to be sure.
At last, Jeremy Sumrall’s “love-letter” to the slasher films of the 80s is here for us all to enjoy!
Stay tuned to the official Facebook page for The Pick-Axe Murders III : The Final Chapter for more info and a release date. You can also see more of Marc Schoenbach’s awesome poster designs on his Facebook page Sadist Art Designs and here in this post I did about his work last year!
And be sure and check out this trailer for a film that almost didn’t exist, which is a sequel to a film that doesn’t exist…
Fans everywhere of the long-running “Vampire Chronicles” series from author Anne Rice rejoiced a few days ago, when she announced a new sequel about her beloved vampires.
After repeated denials that the series will ever have another installment, she claims to have finally found the voice of her “brat prince” Lestat!
The book is said to be a true sequel to “Queen Of The Damned”, the third book in the series. But Ms. Rice promises much more than that!
“It is a big vampire chronicle,” she said. “It’s all about Lestat and all about the vampires and what they’re doing right now. How they’re coming to terms with everything that’s happened to them, and how Lestat is dealing with demands from all sides that he step forward and become some sort of leader of the tribe.”
Calling it “Novel One” of a new incarnation of the Vampire Chronicles, the book is finished and ready for publication. It will be available for us all to devour on October 28th, 2014.
It must have been difficult for the very candid Rice to keep this secret, especially given that she has seriously embraced social media with her one million strong Facebook page.
“I don’t want to be irritating, or how should I put it, pretentious, talking about a character as though he’s a living being, but I really had to wrestle this guy to the ground and beat him up and say, ‘Look, you’ve got to talk to me. I want to know what you’ve been doing,’ ” she said. “I can’t really write novels about that character unless he wants to come through.”
She first made the announcement on her son Christopher Rice’s web-show, “The Dinner Party” on March 8th!
And it was later confirmed on her very entertaining Facebook page :