mutants

The original “The Hills Have Eyes” is a film enshrined in the upper most tier of the cult movie pantheon. It’s a fascinating slice of cinema in that it embodies so much of what makes American movies and in particular American “genre” movies what they are, what they were and what they can be. The film’s brutal narrative punch is still palpable today and it works wonderfully as a companion piece to Wes Craven’s earlier film “The Last House on the Left”, teasing out and further exploring innate, instinctual violence and its relationship to the family and self.

The horror world received news that the 4th entry in the Wrong Turn series will be available on October 18th, 2011. Like parts 2 & 3, the latest offering will be a direct to DVD release as well.

In a genre whose fans pride themselves on being able to stomach whatever is thrown their way, horror directors continue to push buttons in an attempt to leave a lasting impression. Many amateur filmmakers often choose to keep their finger on the shock button rather than craft an experience that truly sticks. Despite offering up the semi-memorable "Gutterballs" in 2008, director Ryan Nicholson falls headlong into the abyss of forced depravity with 2009's "Hanger."

Some nice images from the French zombie film "Mutants" I told you guys about last week. Still looking forward to this one, even though the small amount of buzz it's hard so far has not been great.

Another day, three more "Friday the 13th" Special Edition DVD's with horrible covers. And as someone who checked out all three that came out before, the new "special features" aren't all that special either. The one shining light here is if you're a fan of commentaries, because all three films (4-6) come with commentaries for the first time.

I'm not sure that this means anything, but it's wacky so here it goes. A Japanese Tim Burton fansite seems to have gotten its hands on a WB release schedule, and claims that they have "Dark Shadows", Burton's remake of the classic vampire soap, slated for a 2010 release in Japan. That's all the info available, and I linked to the Japanese site just for the fun of it so it's probably not worth clicking on it, unless of course you're really curious as to what a Japanese Tim Burton fansite looks like. Let's face it, who isn't.

George Romero's going to write Zombie novels now, apparently. Me, I'm still waiting for time to wash away the sour aftertaste left in my mouth from "Diary of the Dead", aka the worst student film I've ever seen. The man may have made some of the greatest horror films of all time, but that doesn't mean he's infallible, people.

Here's the very first pic from "The Crazies" remake which just recently wrapped production in Georgia. It hits theaters September 25th.

I don't usually post foreign language trailers on the site until they have subtitles, but this one caught my eye today so I wanted to bring it your way. It's for a French film titled "Mutants", by a young director named David Morlet. From what I'm seeing here and the synopsis, it appears to be an artsy zombie film. The trailer looks great, but word is it has gotten some bad buzz from a recent film festival in Germany. It still doesn't have a rating on IMDB, which means that not a lot of people have had the chance to see it yet. So, check the synopsis and trailer below.