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A podcast for true horror fanatics. Each week we will take a deep dive into the best horror films of all time and some movies that aren't so great as well. We will also review current horror films and break down different categories for what we loved, what we hated and whether or not these movies actually scared us.

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    An Education in International Horror w/ Special Guest Rabia Sitabi — Episode 65

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 85:46

    Great filmmaking can happen anywhere and there's no better evidence to that than the long history of horror films from across the globe. From iconic Italian horror films created by directors such as Dario Argento and Lucio Fulci to the rise of the South Korean scene with movies like “Train to Busan” and critically acclaimed hits such as “Tigers are Not Afraid” out of Mexico, there's no shortage of truly terrifying movies that are spawned from every corner of the world. Some would argue the most haunting and perhaps the most groundbreaking films in horror are coming from places like Indonesia, Japan, France and Sweden rather than the United States. In the latest episode of Rewind of the Living Dead, we're going to travel across the globe as we welcome in our special guest Rabia Sitabi to serve as our tour guide as we take a deep dive into the world of international horror…. 

    Ghostbusters: Afterlife — Episode 64

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 92:59

    Rumors about a “Ghostbusters” sequel have persisted ever since “Ghostbuster II” was released in 1989 including a version penned by Dan Aykroyd that involved the original team traveling to an alternate hellish landscape where the boys in grey would literally battle with the devil. Numerous other versions took shape over the years but each one seemed to stall out after original cast member Bill Murray stated that he just wasn't that interested in coming back for another sequel. The death of Harold Ramis in 2014 also dampened interest in another “Ghostbusters” movie because he had been so instrumental in the first two films both behind and in front of the camera. But then out of nowhere, Jason Reitman — son of original “Ghostbusters” director Ivan Reitman — announced in early 2019 that he was going to direct a new sequel that would carry on the legacy of the original story while also paying homage to the past. While new faces were added to the film, a huge hurdle was cleared when almost all of the original cast members agreed to return after reading the script, which Aykroyd called “beautiful” and “heartfelt” that also “takes the DNA from the first two movies and transfers that directly to the third.” In the latest episode of Rewind of the Living Dead, we're going to repair the Ecto-1 and make an emergency call to Ray's Occult as we review the 2021 sequel “Ghostbusters: Afterlife”…

    Ghostbusters - Episode 63

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 95:05

    Fascinated by the paranormal, Dan Aykroyd originally came up with a concept for a movie after reading a story about quantum physics and parapsychology that gave him the idea about trapping ghosts. He was also interested in creating a modern comedic ghost film following in the footsteps of icons such as Abbott and Costello as well as Bob Hope. He wrote the script with plans to star alongside his friend John Belushi and he pitched the idea as “three men who chase ghosts” and basically compared it to pest control for the undead. Of course, Akyroyd's original script also took place in the future and director Ivan Reitman estimated that it would take $300 million to film his version of the movie. That's when Harold Ramis joined the project and helped rework Aykroyd's script with a setting in present day New York. Sadly, Belushi's death forced Aykroyd to look elsewhere for his co-star and that's when he pitched the idea to fellow SNL alum Bill Murray, who agreed to do the film so long as the studio would allow him to remake the movie “The Razor's Edge.” Ramis then decided to star in the film as well after they struggled to find an actor who could portray one particularly brainy character in the script. Principle photography on the film started in October 1983 with the story set around a group of scientists who start a company together in the business of catching ghosts…In the latest episode of Rewind of the Living Dead, we're going to charge our proton packs and roast some Stay Puft marshmallows as we look back at the 1984 classic “Ghostbusters”…

    The Lost Boys — Episode 62

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 137:24

    Vampires have always been a huge staple in horror but a script that first began circulating in the mid 80s that envisioned child-like characters more in the same vein as Peter Pan, who never grew old and could never die but were far from the bloodsucking fiends best known throughout cinema. The film was essentially capitalizing on the popularity of “The Goonies,” which had come out two years earlier and Richard Donner, the same director for that movie, was initially attached to this one as well. When he dropped off the project to go direct a little movie called “Lethal Weapon,” Joel Schumacher was hired to lead the film but he had a much different idea for the project. Writer Jeffrey Boam was brought on to rework the script with teenage leads with a sexier and more dangerous vibe than the original version of the film. With a group of up and coming stars cast in the lead roles including Jason Patric and Kiefer Sutherland, the film ended up becoming one of the most iconic horror movies of all time while also serving as the inspiration for dozens of books, comics and movies for decades to come. In the latest episode of Rewind of the Living Dead, we're going to put the taxidermy in the closet, order some Chinese food while sharpening our stakes as we look back on the 1987 film “The Lost Boys”… 

    Last Night in Soho — Episode 61

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 75:33

    It was over a decade ago when director Edgar Wright was gifted a book called “Hammer Glamour: Classic Images from the Archive of Hammer Films” that showcased iconic women from the studio's vast history except this wasn't just some glossy coffee table book. Instead, Wright was struck by the sheer number of those women whose careers were cut short or lives that ended tragically. Combined with his own history for a certain neighborhood in North London and Wright started to get an idea for a story that would document the hardships about a young ingenue who discovers the underbelly of the entertainment industry when she's trying to make it big. Wright eventually found the actress he wanted to star in the film after he watched Anya-Taylor Joy in her breakout role in Robert Eggers' “The Witch,” but plans to shoot the movie were soon complicated by a number of outside factors and other projects. When Wright finally decided to revisit the project, he changed the role that Joy would play while also casting Thomasin McKenzie, who just found success in her breakout role in “Jojo Rabbit.” The movie follows an ambitious young girl moving to London for the first time as she seeks to become a fashion designer but dreams about a 1960s starlet attempting to make it big soon turn to nightmares that don't go away when she opens her eyes.In the latest episode of Rewind of the Living Dead, we're going to put on a Petula Clark record and dream of 1960s London as we review the new film “Last Night in Soho”…

    Pumpkinhead — Episode 60

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 76:26

    Originally inspired by a creepy poem by Ed Justin that also served as the basis for the Misfits song of the same name, the DeLaurentis Entertainment Group began development for a film about a vengeful spirit conjured to exact justice for those who have been wronged. The studio eventually brought the project to famed creature creator Stan Winston — best known for his work in films such as ‘The Terminator' as well as ‘Aliens' and ‘Terminator 2,' which earned him several Academy Awards — in order to develop the right look for the monster in the movie. Winston was immediately hooked by the story and decided to use this particular vehicle for his directorial debut. While he was working on the story with another writer, Winston actually allowed his team to help craft the look for the creature and one of his employees actually ended up wearing the suit in the movie. The end result was a story about a grief stricken father calling on a local witch to conjure a creature to seek vengeance on a group of teenagers who accidentally killed his son. In the latest episode of Rewind of the Living Dead, we're going to head up to Razorback Hollow and dig up some bones as we look back on the 1988 cult classic horror film “Pumpkinhead”…

    Halloween Kills — Episode 59

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 78:31

    When David Gordon Green and Danny McBride kicked off production on 2018's “Halloween,” the duo had already thought about shooting a pair of films back-to-back but they ultimately decided to wait until the first film came out to discover how audience felt about the movie before shifting gears into a sequel. Once “Halloween” opened to rave reviews and became a box office smash, producer Jason Blum gave the greenlight on not only a second film but a third in the series to complete a new “Halloween” trilogy. Green and McBride once again teamed up on the script with all of the cast from the 2018 film signing onto return for the sequel. Green also agreed to direct and the initial plans were to film the movies together and then release them in October 2020 and October 2021 to complete the trilogy. Sadly, the global pandemic shut down those plans so only the sequel was filmed after production started in late 2019 with the film then set for release in October 2021. The sequel dealt with themes of long term trauma and a town that had finally been pushed too far by a deadly legacy that haunted them since 1978…In the latest episode of Rewind of the Living Dead, we're going to jab ourselves with a needle and grab our pitchforks and torches as we review the 2021 sequel “Halloween Kills”….

    'Scream' and 'Black Phone' Trailer Reaction

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 16, 2021 13:47

    In this special episode of Rewind of the Living Dead, we react to the new "Scream" trailer, which reunites the original cast including Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette as they go up against a brand new Ghostface. Plus we discuss the new trailer for the upcoming film "Black Phone," which stars Ethan Hawke as a terrifying serial killer and he's teaming up with "Sinister" director Scott Derrickson again for this new horror film. 

    Halloween (2018) — Episode 58

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 83:57

    The “Halloween” franchise has been one of the most active in horror history with very little time passing between sequels and remakes ever since the original film was released in 1978. After Rob Zombie found success with his version of “Halloween” in 2007 and a subsequent sequel in 2009, a third film was ordered but the rock star turned director didn't want to return for another film. There was talk about a movie called “Halloween 3D” that would have kept the same characters from Zombie's films but that plan was eventually scrapped. Then another sequel was plotted called “Halloween Returns” that would have direct ties to the events that took place in both “Halloween” and “Halloween II” but a poor script delayed production so long that the rights to the franchise reverted back to Miramax from Dimension Films. That's when uber horror producer Jason Blum got involved and pitched an idea for a co-production that would revive the entire “Halloween” franchise. David Gordon Green and Danny McBride eventually joined the production with an idea for a story that would essentially eliminate all of the previous “Halloween” sequels except for the original 1978 film. After receiving a blessing from John Carpenter for their idea, Green and McBride moved forward with the project that also saw Jamie Lee Curtis return to reprise her role as the original final girl, Laurie Strode. In the latest episode of Rewind of the Living Dead, we're doing to record a serial killer podcast and turn on the gas in our basement prison as we look back on the 2018 sequel to “Halloween”….

    Halloween (1978) — Episode 57

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 91:21

    Following the buzz around his first film “Assault on Precinct 13,” director John Carpenter was sought out by a pair of producers named Irwin Yablans and Moustapha Akkad to make a movie about a psychotic killer who stalked babysitters. Carpenter agreed to do the project so long as he had complete creative control over the film. He then got to work on the script with his girlfriend Debra Hill with the original title of the film as “The Babysitter Murders.” The script reportedly took only a couple of weeks to complete with Carpenter and Hill working in tandem on the story and the dialogue. Once finished, it was the producers who mentioned the possibility of releasing the film around Halloween and with that suggested the title of the movie should change as well. Shot on a shoestring budget of just $300,000, Carpenter's unique approach to several different shots including the iconic point-of-view from the killer have been praised by other directors for more than 40 years. Carpenter also managed to compose the entire score himself, which included arguably the most iconic horror theme of all time. The film absolutely terrified audiences as a faceless psychopath named Michael Myers stalked his hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois and killed any and every babysitter that stood in his path…In the latest episode of Rewind of the Living Dead, we're going to put on our William Shatner masks and sharpen up our kitchen knives as we discuss the iconic 1978 film “Halloween”…Follow the hosts: Damon Martin @DamonMartinPatrick Guera @DirectorPatrickEmail us questions at:

    Basket Case - Episode 56

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 63:29

    The term “cult classic” can be seen as a compliment or an insult when it comes to a movie because many times that designation means the film is so bad that audiences can't help but enjoy it but other times that just shows the dedication fans have to a particular work of art. For director Frank Henenlotter, arguably his greatest success was also his greatest shame. After he was inspired to write a script following a simple idea about a monster living inside a basket, Henenlotter ended up with his first feature length film. Shot on a shoestring budget against the backdrop of New York City where filming was done without any permits or permission, Henenlotter and his tiny crew — a group so small he actually made up names for the credits just so it looked like the movie had more people working on it — made what would go onto become a true cult classic with horror fans for many years to come. Despite the film's success and two subsequent sequels, Henenlotter says he was “horrified at the results” of what actually ended up being shown in theaters. In the latest episode of Rewind of the Living Dead, we're going to make sure lock is on tight and turn off the voices in our head as we review the 1982 movie “Basket Case”….

    Episode 55 — Malignant

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021 84:32

    In the era of modern horror films, few directors are as revered as James Wan after he terrified audiences with films such as “Saw” and “Insidious” and eventually creating a massive franchise based around “The Conjuring.” Of course, Wan's talent eventually landed him blockbuster movie credentials after he directed the first “Aquaman” movie but as he was preparing to shoot the sequel, he decided he wanted to return to his horror roots and create an entirely different kind of film. Inspired by the Giallo movies in Italian cinema along with Dario Argento and Brian DePalma, Wan had a desire to pay homage to the films from the late 1980s and early 1990s that were such a huge part of his experience growing up where he would scavenge the very back wall of the horror section and look for the most interesting VHS cover available. What resulted was a movie about a woman haunted by visions of a vicious killer, who is drawing nearer and nearer to her with every dead body that surfaces.In the latest episode of Rewind of the Living Dead, we're going to check for bleeding on the back our heads and look for clues to solve a murder as we review the 2021 horror film “Malignant”…

    Episode 54 — Manhunter

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2021 80:27

    Following the release of the novel “Red Dragon” in 1981 by author Thomas Harris, a film adaptation was put in the works just a few years later with Dino De Laurentiis serving as producer. The search started for a director capable of adapting the material and David Lynch was initially offered the job but he ultimately turned it down. That's when Michael Mann stepped into the role after he had found massive success as a showrunner on the hit series “Miami Vice.” Mann didn't change a lot from the original book, although he definitely added his signature touch when it came to the visuals and the cinematography including the colorful lighting throughout the film. William Peterson eventually landed the lead role as retired FBI profiler Will Graham and a British actor named Brian Cox was cast as the serial killer named Hannibal Lecktor. The title of the film was eventually changed from “Red Dragon” because De Laurentiis had just experienced a flop with the movie “Year of the Dragon” and he didn't want this adaptation to be confused for some sort of martial arts spectacle. When the film was released, critics were not kind with one reviewer calling the movie a “chic, well cast wasteland” but eventually years later, Mann's work gained a cult classic status among cinephiles. In the latest episode of Rewind of the Living Dead, we're going to talk into our tape recorders while listening to “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” as we look back on the 1986 film “Manhunter”…

    Episode 53 — Candyman (2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2021 81:26

    Originally based upon a Clive Barker short story called “The Forbidden,” director Bernard Rose optioned the tale for a film called “Candyman” that was first released in 1992. The movie did solid enough business at the box office to deliver two forgettable sequels but more importantly was the chord it struck within audiences to turn the movie into a bona fide cult classic. Talks of a sequel or a remake were rumored for years but then in 2018, Academy Award winner Jordan Peele entered talks to create a “Candyman” sequel through his Monkeypaw Productions company. Eventually, Peele brought on Nia DaCosta — a rising star director who had received critical acclaim or her film “Little Woods” — and together they crafted a new world surrounding the haunted character called Candyman who inhabited a Chicago neighborhood called Cabrini-Green. Rather than do a remake, Peele and DaCosta decided to create a sequel to the 1992 original film but this time focusing on the newly gentrified Cabrini-Green and the vengeful spirit who was gone but never quite forgotten.In the latest episode of Rewind of the Living Dead, we're going to chant into the mirror five times and summon a spirit as we review the 2021 film “Candyman” 

    Episode 52 — Wrong Turn (2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 76:12

    Ever since Ned Beatty was told to “squeal like a pig” in “Deliverance,” tales of survival have been fodder for many writers and directors across the globe with films such as “The Hills Have Eyes” becoming horror classics. In 2003, a film called “Wrong Turn” was released from director Rob Schmidt with a story and script from Alan McElroy. The movie told the story about a group of teens in the wrong place at the wrong time after they encounter a group of backwoods cannibals. The first film was successful upon its release, which meant there were going to be plenty of sequels to follow. All told there were five more “Wrong Turn” movies released but they were mostly straight-to-video films with each subsequent installment seemingly getting worse and worse in terms of actual plot and execution. In 2018, rumors started swirling that a new “Wrong Turn” movie was being made but this time McElroy was returning to the franchise he started while penning the script for an entire reboot of the series. Director Mike P. Nelson signed onto helm the project and this time the group of teenagers in the wrong place at the wrong time ran afoul of an entire society of mountain people living off the grid.In the latest episode of Rewind of the Living Dead, we're going to sharpen our knives and prepare to survive as we review the 2021 horror film “Wrong Turn”…

    Episode 51 — Friday the 13th IV: The Final Chapter

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2021 90:53

    The rise of slasher films in the 1980s has been well documented but months before Freddy Kreuger started haunting the dreams of the Elm Street children, Jason Voorhees was going on his fourth rampage through a group of teenage kids dumb enough to stay near Camp Crystal Lake. Following the release of “Friday the 13th Part III, which was rumored to be the final film in the series, Paramount decided to do one more movie to finally kill off Jason once and for all. The studio hired Joseph Zito, who was coming off his own slasher film called “The Prowler,” and he was asked to write and direct a fourth “Friday the 13th” movie. There was only one problem — Joseph Zito wasn't a writer. But after the studio doubled his pay to serve as both writer and director, he accepted the job and then hired a ghost writer named Barney Cohen to actually write the script. Once completed, the film featured a major change from previous installments to the franchise because this time around there would be no “final girl” but rather multiple survivors of Jason's deadly rampage. The film introduced Tommy Jarvis for the first time — a character who would later be considered Jason's greatest foe — and Tom Savini returned to handle the effects after previously working on the first “Friday the 13th” film. The story is continuous from the conclusion of Part III to the beginning of Part IV as Jason once again wakes up and starts his killing spree all over again, except this time he runs into more formidable foes including the brother of one of his previous victims. On April 13, 1984, “Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter” opened in theaters and it was intended to be the last of the series…In the latest episode of Rewind of the Living Dead, we're going to shave our heads and grab a machete as we look back at the 1984 sequel “Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter”…

    Episode 50 — The Fear Street Trilogy

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2021 69:29

    R.L. Stine — an author nicknamed “the Stephen King of children's literature” — penned a series of over 100 books in his “Fear Street” catalog and much like his beloved “Goosebumps” series, there were plenty of attempts to eventually adapt his stories into a film or television show. In 1997, Hollywood Pictures retained the rights to the “Fear Street” franchise with the intention of making a series of “Scream” like movies after the success of those films from director Wes Craven. The project lingered in development hell until 2015 when 20th Century Fox got a hold of the rights and started to work on a new film based on the original books. That eventually transformed into a trilogy of films with Leigh Janiak taking over as director with plans to shoot the movies back-to-back and then release them into theaters over the course of three months. Finally in 2020, the production company behind the new films cut ties with Fox after they were sold to Disney and a new deal was struck at Netflix. The final result was a series of three films set in three different time periods — 1994, 1978 and 1666 — about a cursed town called Shadyside that had become the Killer Capital of the World. In the latest episode of Rewind of the Living Dead, we're going to crank up some nostalgic music and wait for the killers to arrive as we review the “Fear Street” trilogy from Netflix… 

    Episode 49 — Dog Soldiers

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2021 73:39

    Long before he was directing epic battles on “Game of Thrones,” Neil Marshall was a just a film school graduate looking for some kind of way to get involved in the industry. After he completed school, Marshall and a friend were both toiling away at various jobs including editing before eventually working on a small film called “Killing Time.” It was during production that Marshall decided it was finally time to make their own movie and he pitched his friend on a simple concept — “what about soldiers versus werewolves?” Thanks to his own family having deep roots in the military, Marshall had always wanted to tell a story based around that and because he grew up as a child of the 1980s, he also watched films such as “An American Werewolf in London” and “The Howling” and it seemed like an interesting idea to combine the two into a single movie. He then spent the next six years writing the script before finally getting the money to shoot the film. While he didn't have a big budget, Marshall made the most of his situation and having a hand in just about every part of production, particularly the look of his werewolves, which was a unique and original take on a genre that dated back decades. The final result was a film that combined elements from one of Marshall's favorite directors John Carpenter along with movies such as “Alien” and “The Predator” and its been hailed as one of the most original werewolf films of all time. In the latest episode of Rewind of the Living Dead, we're going to check our ammo and make sure the doors are locked as we review the 2002 film “Dog Soldiers”  

    Episode 48 — Stephen King's Silver Bullet

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2021 71:20

    Back in the early 1980's, horror legend Stephen King was working on a calendar with illustrations that would tell the story of a year long saga involving a small town being terrorized by a werewolf. As the collection started to come together, King realized that his writing didn't really fit in the vignette form needed for the calendar. That's when he decided to adapt the material into a short novel with illustrations from famed comic book artist Bernie Wrightson. In 1983, the 127-page book was published as “Cycle of the Werewolf,” which because of the short length was technically classified as a novella and one of King's shortest books to date. Not long after the book was released, King began adapting the novella into a full length screenplay for a film. Initially Don Coscarelli was brought on board to direct the movie but a long drawn out argument over the look of the werewolf delayed production and he eventually left the project. Daniel Attias was then brought onto finish the film and with his direction actor Gary Busey was able to ad lib many of his best lines, which went beyond the script and many of those actually ended up in the final cut of the movie. While the film wasn't a critical hit when it was first released, the movie later became recognized as a cult classic and a beloved adaptation of King's work. In the latest episode of Rewind of the Living Dead as we carry on with werewolf month, we're going to look for some private justice as we look back at the 1985 film “Silver Bullet” 

    Episode 47 — An American Werewolf in London

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2021 74:17

    Back in 1969 while working as a production assistant on the film “Kelly's Heroes,” future director and writer John Landis was traveling through Yugoslavia when he was witness to a gypsy funeral where a body was being buried with the utmost precaution to prevent the dead from rising from the grave. That sparked an idea in Landis' mind after he realized that he would never be able to actually confront the undead and he wanted to write a script that reflected a young man going through that same ordeal. He finished the first draft but then tucked it away as he began working on crossing over into his own career as a director where he was behind the camera for massive comedy hits such as “Animal House” and “The Blues Brothers.” After he had found success as one of the hottest new directors in Hollywood, Landis decided to revisit his script from a decade ago. He secured financing for the film but Landis was told his script was “too frightening to be a comedy and too funny to be a horror film.” Landis them teamed up with special effects artist and creature creator Rick Baker to ensure that his film had the definitive transformation from man to animal as he brought his lycanthrope to life on the big screen.  In fact, Baker ended up taking home an Academy Award for his work on the movie — the first time the prestigious Oscars had ever given an award for make-up in filmmaking. In the latest episode of Rewind of the Living Dead, we're going to stay on the road and beware the moon as we look back at the 1981 horror classic “An American Werewolf in London”…

    Episode 46 — Werewolves Within

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 3, 2021 73:05

    When comedian and writer Mishna Wolff was invited to take part in the Women's Film and Television Fellowship at Ubisoft Film and Television, she was more than happy to attend but one of the perks that came along with the invitation was a stack of video games made by the company. One of those games centered around a whodunit set in a medieval town where a group of villagers are tasked with trying to find out which one of them is a werewolf in disguise before all of them are eaten. Wolff enjoyed the concept so much that she transplanted the idea into a screenplay adaptation but she changed the setting from medieval times to a small, one-horse town in the middle of Vermont. The screenplay eventually landed in the hands of Josh Ruben, who was fresh off his feature film directorial debut — the Shudder original called “Scare Me” where he wrote, directed and starred in the movie alongside “The Boys” Aya Cash. For his second feature film, Ruben decided to just stay behind the camera while directing Wolff's script, adding in a few more lines and a few dashes of comedy where it was needed. The end result was a horror-comedy that one reviewer praised as a rare video game adaptation that didn't make him want to “gouge” his eyes out after watching it. Set in the snowy town of Beaverfield where residents are caught in a grudge match with a fossil fuel company trying to run a pipeline right through their community and the sudden arrival of a murderous beast, neighbors are forced to band together to survive while also wondering which one of them might be the one howling at the moon. In the latest episode of Rewind of the Living Dead, we're going to lock the doors and load up our guns as we review the 2021 film “Werewolves Within”… 

    Episode 45 — Frailty

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2021 61:11

    Growing up in Texas with a religious upbringing that usually involved reading the Book of Revelations and the Old Testament in the bible, writer Brent Hanley was inspired to write a movie based on some of those same kind of themes. A huge fan of Alfred Hitchcock and Stephen King as well, Hanley crafted a story about a single father with two sons, who is visited by an angel one day and he's informed that he's been tasked by God to become a demon slayer. While one of the boys is more than happy to join this idyllic crusade, the other is horrified at his father's actions to snuff out people he's supposedly been told are evil doers. With a running narrative by Matthew McConaughey with Bill Paxton as a first time director, the film went onto be called an “underrated gem” while earning high marks from reviewers. In the latest episode of Rewind of the Living Dead, we're going to make our list and sharpen up our axe named Otis as we talk about the 2001 film “Frailty”…

    Episode 44 — The Burning

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 19, 2021 75:58

    The low-budget horror film has always been a staple of the movie industry but back in 1980, a producer named Harvey Weinstein was desperate to get his shot in Hollywood so he decided to try his hand at creating a scary movie after hearing stories about the Cropsey legend in upstate New York. He pitched the idea to his producing partner Michael Cohl, who knew this was a potential hit after the success of films such as “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” and “Halloween.” The initial pitch for the film took place prior to the success of “Friday the 13th,” although both movies share a somewhat similar premise involving a group of counselors getting hunted down at a kid's campground. Once the film was greenlit based on a treatment, a screenplay was written in just six weeks by Peter Lawrence and Bob Weinstein before going into production. With the effects done by the legendary Tom Savini, a new slasher film was born. In the latest episode of Rewind of the Living Dead, we're going to pick up our garden shears and run into an abandoned mineshaft as we talk about the 1981 film “The Burning”… 

    Episode 43 — George Romero's Lost Film 'The Amusement Park'

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 12, 2021 60:32

    It's difficult to remember the great George A. Romero as anything other than the father of the modern zombie movie and one of the best horror directors in the history of cinema. But after his breakout film “Night of the Living Dead” became a smash success, Romero found very little interest from audiences in his next two films. As he was preparing production on another feature length film that would become “The Crazies,” Romero was approached by the Lutheran Society about directing an informational movie that would deal with the subject of society's terrible treatment of the elderly. Writer Walton Cook provided the script — one of the only times Romero wasn't the author of his own films — and what he created was a 53-minute short film called “The Amusement Park.” The idea was that Romero's finished product would serve as a public service announcement that would be shown in Lutheran community centers. Unfortunately, the Lutherans were so disturbed by Romero's vision for the film that they shelved the project and ultimately the movie fell into obscurity for more than 40 years. Finally unearthed thanks to Romero's wife, the film received a 4K restoration and now his so called “lost” film has been made available again. In the latest episode of Rewind of the Living Dead, we're going to buy our tickets and hope to receive better treatment when we're in our golden years as we review the “lost” George Romero movie “The Amusement Park”…

    Episode 42 — The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 5, 2021 72:22

    In 1981, 19-year-old Arne Cheyenne Johnson was arrested and charged with the murder of his landlord after stabbing the man numerous times with a five-inch blade from his pocket knife. A media circus soon followed the sensational murder thanks to the attention brought on the case by famed demonoligists Ed and Lorraine Warren after they reportedly conducted an exorcism on a young boy that resulted in the spirit inhabiting the child then transferring to Arne. In court, Arne attempted to claim he was not guilty by reason of demonic possession. It was the first time a person had made that claim in the history of the American court system. While Johnson was eventually found guilty of manslaughter before spending five years in prison, the story fascinated people from around the world and books as well as films were produced about the terrifying incident. Over 30 years later, the highly publicized trial and the involvement by the Warrens served as the basis for the latest film in the growing “Conjuring” universe. While series architect James Wan was unable to direct, he passed those duties onto his hand chosen successor in Michael Chaves, the same many who had directed the “Conjuring” spinoff film “The Curse of La Llorona.” Filming took place in 2019 but due to the global pandemic the movie wasn't actually released until 2021. In the latest episode of Rewind of the Living Dead, we're going to search for totems and tell the judges that we're both possessed as we review the new film “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It.”….

    Episode 41 — The Conjuring

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2021 69:09

    For the better part of two decades, producer Tony DeRosa-Grund had been desperately trying to adapt a story told to him by paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren after hearing a chilling audio recording from one of their cases. The Warrens had already been considered the foremost expert when it came to hauntings and possession stories after they investigated infamous cases like the Amityville Horror as well as a man going on trial for murder, who claimed demonic possession was the reason for the crime he committed. Eventually, DeRosa-Grund brought on two new screenwriters to really put together the best script possible and before long there was a bidding war between studios for the chance to bring this project to life. The story focused on a family moving into a new farmhouse in Rhode Island but there were already condemned spirits inhabiting this home and that’s when Ed and Lorraine Warren arrive to find out if this was fact or fiction. Famed horror director James Wan was then hired to help the production after he had already shown great success in the genre with films such as “Saw” and “Insidious.” What resulted was a blockbuster horror film that grossed more than $300 million at the box office and spawned one of the most successful franchises in horror history. In the latest episode of Rewind of the Living Dead, we’re going to keep the cellar door locked and prepare for the exorcism as we review the 2013 film “The Conjuring”…

    Episode 40 — A Quiet Place Part II

    Play Episode Listen Later May 29, 2021 66:56

    Following the massive, worldwide success of “A Quiet Place” in 2018 — a film that grossed over $340 million at the global box office — Paramount immediately began looking into a possible sequel. The only problem was original star, director and co-writer John Krasinski wasn’t interested in creating a franchise but rather a one-off film, which he already made. The original screenwriters also bowed out of the project, opting to focus on creating new material rather than mining a sequel out of the first film. Eventually, Krasinski started brainstorming ideas for a possible sequel focused around a very simple concept — he wanted to make Millicent Simmons the hero of a second film. By August 2018, Krasinski was already hammering out a script and he finished his first draft for the movie in only three and a half weeks. A few months later, he was officially hired on to return as the director and the rest of the cast from the first film also agreed to return including his wife, Emily Blunt, who would take over the lead role responsibilities in the sequel. The film centered around the Abbott family leaving their home after family patriarch Lee was killed during the events in the first movie. What would they find in the outside world ravaged by these sound-seeking creatures? That’s what Krasinski aimed to find out. In the latest episode of Rewind of the Living Dead, we’re going to grab our amplifiers and make sure we have plenty of oxygen as we review “A Quiet Place Part II”…  

    Episode 39 — A Quiet Place

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2021 63:45

    When John Krasinski wrapped his role in “The Office” back in 2013, he was left at a crossroads in his career. He could have easily stuck to comedy, a genre that gave him a comfortable home for man years but he also yearned to branch out and do something different. So he began directing features as well as developing films such as “Manchester By the Sea” alongside Matt Damon. He also signed onto star in the Amazon Prime series “Jack Ryan,” which was based on the famed character from author Tom Clancy. It was around this time that two of the producers from the show asked him if he’d be interested in acting in a horror film. At first, Krasinski balked at the idea but then they told him the premise — “it’s about a family that can’t make any noise, and you have to figure out why.” He was immediately hooked and after reading the script from Bryan Woods and Scott Beck, Krasinski was convinced that he needed to make this movie about a family trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world where the smallest sound can result in monstrous creatures killing anything and everything around you. A suggestion from his wife, actress Emily Blunt, eventually led to him rewriting the script and signing onto direct the movie as well. The film then became a family affair after Emily read the script and decided she really wanted to play the wife in the movie, which is something her husband John had always wanted but didn’t want to pressure her into doing. Filmed on a $17 million budget, Krasinski took his small cast to upstate New York and what resulted was one of the most successful horror films in recent history after the movie opened with $50 million in the first weekend before grossing over $340 million worldwide. In the latest episode of Rewind of the Living Dead, we’re going to stay as silent as possible and avoid any nails on the stairs as we review the 2018 film “A Quiet Place”…

    Episode 38 — 'Sound of Violence' Writer and Director Alex Noyer

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2021 53:16

    Following a five year long journey making a documentary about the revolutionary Roland TR-808 drum machine, writer and director Alex Noyer wanted to transition into feature film making and he couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity than to dive into his favorite — the horror genre. The concept for his first film was simple yet nuanced at the same time — how about a movie you actually kill someone with a drum machine? From there, Noyer’s vision for a new project was born as he plotted out a story about a young girl traumatized by the murder of her family who soon discovers that her own passion for audio engineering could actually transform into a twisted sense of euphoria. He found his muse when connected with “The Leftovers” actress Jasmin Savoy Brown, who would go onto play the lead character in the film and she was joined by “Banshee” veteran Lili Simmons as well as HBO’s “Vinyl” star James Jagger in a movie that was just released with the tagline “her music kills.” In the latest episode of Rewind of the Living Dead, we’re going to put our headphones on and crank the volume up to 11 as we interview the writer and director behind the new film “Sound of Violence,” Alex Noyer…  

    Episode 37 — Army of the Dead

    Play Episode Listen Later May 22, 2021 83:45

    Over the past 20 years, Zack Snyder has become one of the most polarizing directors in the film industry, especially after he managed to remake an all-time classic like “Dawn of the Dead” and live to tell about it with horror fans actually embracing his idea about zombies invading a mall just like George A. Romero’s classic version from the 1970s. After the success he found with that film, Snyder decided he wanted to stick around the same genre so in 2007, he signed onto direct a movie called “Army of the Dead,” which focused on a father heading into a quarantined zombie hot zone in Las Vegas to rescue his daughter. Snyder fell in love with the material but studios weren’t exactly rushing to fund his post-apocalyptic vision for the future, which involved ever-evolving zombies who weren’t just mindless killing machines. Snyder eventually had to put his next zombie movie on hold as he took over the DC film universe with movies such as “Man of Steel” and “Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice” but he never forgot about his zombie roots. Finally, Netflix decided to fund Snyder’s dream project, which meant he got the budget he needed for a film that would showcase a rag-tag team of soldiers and specialists sent into a Las Vegas taken over by the zombie horde in order to steal a massive amount of money just hiding under the world famous Strip. In the latest episode of Rewind of the Living Dead, we’re going to check our weapons and decide which one of us is most important to the mission as we review the 2021 film “Army of the Dead”…

    Episode 36 — Spiral: From the Book of Saw

    Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2021 71:45

    The sequel is a staple of the horror genre but few films have produced as many replicas in such a short period of time in recent years as the “Saw” series. With the original movie released in 2004, the “Saw” franchise had a new film released each year up until 2010 when “Saw 3D” was teased as the final movie in the series. Then seven years later, a new film was commissioned called “Jigsaw” that restarted the franchise yet again, although with less than favorable reviews but still proving to be a force at the box offices while grossing more than $100 million on a budget around $10 million. But “Saw” went dormant again after that film until comedian Chris Rock showed interest in reviving the franchise after revealing he was a huge fan of the series. A chance meeting with a Lionsgate executive led to Rock pitching them on an idea he had for reinventing the series while he also branched out from his comedy roots and did something a little more terrifying. Darren Lynn Bousman was brought onto direct the film after he previously helmed “Saw” II, III and IV. Rock was joined by legendary actor Samuel L. Jackson while playing a father-son cop duo who are soon investigating a horrific murder that echoes those of the long since dead Jigsaw Killer, John Kramer. It doesn’t take long for them to discover somebody wants to play a game. In the latest episode of Rewind of the Living Dead, we’re going to press play on the recorder and start our investigation as we review “Spiral: From the Book of Saw”… 

    Episode 35 — Saw

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2021 72:45

    When Australian director James Gunn and his writer friend Leigh Wannell graduated from film school, they decided to work together on a low budget horror film after being inspired by “The Blair Witch Project.” Another film titled “Pi” by Darren Aronofsky convinced them they could self-finance the film and they started coming up with ideas. They decided the cheapest film possible would involve two characters being locked inside of a room together. Wan then pitched the idea about two men being chained on opposite sides of a bathroom with a dead body in the middle as they scramble to figure out how they both ended up there. It wasn’t until months later when Whannel was convinced he might have a brain tumor after experiencing excruciating migraines that he came up with the concept about a character who only had a year or two to live and he decides to put other people into that same situation with only a few minutes to choose their fate. After making a short film with a scene that would later be used in the full length movie, they were given funding and 18 days to shoot it. The end result was the start of a horror franchise that would go onto produce seven direct sequels and a new film called “Spiral” due out in 2021.In anticipation of the new film “Spiral: From the Book of Saw” opening in theaters, Rewind of the Living Dead goes back to 2004 to review the original movie in the franchise — “Saw”…. 

    Episode 34 — The Wretched

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2021 86:07

    The Pierce brothers — Drew and Brett — were essentially born to do horror movies considering their father Bart was a photographic FX artist on the original “Evil Dead” movie by Sam Raimi. Following their first film “Deadheads” that came out back in 2011, the siblings decided to take a stab at a different genre in the horror field by focusing on witches. Inspired by the idea to build a different interpretation and mythology around witches, the Pierce brothers wanted to apply a dynamic to a supernatural creature that would only exist within a certain set of rules like Freddy Krueger in nightmares or Dracula stalking the night. The result was “The Wretched” — a film about a boy named Ben who goes to live with his father for the summer as his parents are stuck in the middle of an ugly divorce and he starts to notice that something is not quite right with his neighbor. When children start disappearing and nobody seems the wiser, Ben tries to take matters into his own hands. In the latest episode of Rewind of the Living Dead, we’re going to pour some salt out and check the basement as we talk about the 2020 film “The Wretched”….

    Episode 33 — Chopping Mall

    Play Episode Listen Later May 1, 2021 63:55

    It’s a well known fact that the 1980’s was arguably the most prolific and profitable time for horror films — sometimes for better, other times for worse. Julie Corman, wife of legendary horror producer Roger Corman, had a deal with Vestron video for a horror film that would take place in a shopping mall, which was the center of American consumerism in the 80s. She hired Jim Wynorski to pen the script and he only agreed to the project so long as he got to direct. He ended up writing a script after he was inspired by the 1954 film “Gog,” although many believe the film is much closer to the made-for-TV film “Trapped,” which starred James Brolin. The premise of the movie was rather simple — a group of employees get trapped in a mall after hours with a group of malfunctioning robots meant to serve and protect but instead they turn murderous. Shot at the Sherman Oaks Galleria, which is the same mall that appears in films such as “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” “Commando” and “Terminator 2,” the movie titled “Killbots” was released into theaters in 1986 but didn’t fare very well at the box office until a new name was finally suggested. In the latest episode of Rewind of the Living Dead, we’re going to buy some beer, get locked in a furniture store and talk about the 1986 classic “Chopping Mall”…  

    Episode 32 — Mayhem

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 24, 2021 61:54

    Horror crosses a lot of boundaries that go beyond the typical splatter fest, ghost movie or slasher extravaganza because there are a lot of films that can fall into this particular category. Director Joe Lynch definitely agreed with that ideology when he was plotting the course for his 2017 movie “Mayhem,” which was written by Matias Caruso. Inspired by films like “Die Hard” that is the ultimate action movie, which can also sometimes pass as a Christmas favorite, Lynch decided to check off as many boxes as possible while making this particular movie. When an outbreak occurs in an office building with a virus that essentially lowers inhibitions and dismantles morality in those infected, a mid-level attorney made out to be the fall guy in a corporate blunder decides to take matters into his own hands to get revenge on those who wronged him. The result is a bloody, hilarious thrill ride that would definitely make John McTiernan proud. In the latest episode of Rewind of the Living Dead, we’re going to grab our nail gun and find that level 3 key card as we review the 2017 horror-comedy “Mayhem.”

    Episode 31 — Jakob's Wife

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2021 63:16

    In 2015, horror icon Barbara Crampton was handed a script written by Mark Steensland that tackled issues often ignored in filmmaking. He had written a movie that focused on “a woman in the second stage of life, battling against a relationship that feels restrictive.” The result was a movie that took home the top prize at Shriekfest, a horror film festival in Los Angeles. After Crampton received the script, she spent the better part of the next five years trying to make the movie a reality after she connected to the material on a much deeper level after her own career hit a roadblock simply because she was no longer a young ingenue but instead a woman in her 30s. The story follows the wife of a small town minister, who seemingly gets lost in his shadow until an encounter with a vampire transforms her into a powerful new woman with an insatiable appetite for blood. In the latest episode of Rewind of the Living Dead, we’re going to visit the local mill and admit that things are getting really effed up as we review the 2021 horror film “Jakob’s Wife”… 

    Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Post Show

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2021 45:20

    In this special edition of Rewind of the Living Dead, we discuss the 2021 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards, breaking down all of the winners and giving some of our picks for the best in horror for the past year and what's coming next in 2021. 

    Episode 30 — Sinister

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2021 59:19

    A nightmare after watching ‘The Ring’ inspired writer Christopher Robert Cargill to pen his own screenplay following visions in his head that he once found a film in his attic that contained disturbing footage of an entirely family being hanged. Eventually he teamed up with writer and director Scott Derrickson to flesh out the idea of a demonic creature, who lured children into his wicked web and an evil being later known as Mr. Boogie was finally born. Cargill and Derrickson finished a script that centered around a true crime writer named Ellison Oswalt, who finds a box of Super 8 films stashed in the attic of his new home that brings him closer to a set of gruesome murders than he could ever possibly imagine. The film became a breakout hit for a new studio called Blumhouse that was dedicated to featuring new voices in horror. A scientific study was then conducted in 2020 that sought to find the scariest movie in history with viewers hooked up to heart rate monitors to find out what truly terrified them. In the latest episode of Rewind of the Living Dead, we’re going to pour ourselves some whiskey, turn on the projector and talk about what is now called the scariest movie of all time, the 2012 film “Sinister”… 

    Episode 29 — The Dark and The Wicked

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2021 76:16

    Writer and director Bryan Bertino gained a huge following in horror after he served as the writer and director to the 2008 home invasion film “The Strangers,” which terrified audiences and left everybody in the theater feeling like this could happen to them. Bertino followed that up with the found footage film “Mockingbird” and then the 2016 movie “The Monster,” which kept him once again focused on a claustrophobic scenario featuring only a couple of key characters. Working alongside producer Sonny Mallhi, Bertino decided to turn his attention back to his home state of Texas for his latest project, which was actually filmed in his family’s house where he would often go to find inspiration while writing. Set against the backdrop of a sheep and goat farm, a pair of siblings return home to lend a hand to their mother, who has been caring for their ailing father. Despite their mother telling them not to come, the brother and sister defy her request and show up anyways but they soon find out what’s lurking inside the home is the reason why they should have stayed away. In the latest episode of Rewind of the Living Dead, we’re going to unplug the phone and turn off the lights as we review the 2020 film “The Dark and the Wicked”…

    Episode 28 — Maniac

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2021 67:20

    The slasher movie is a staple of the horror genre with classic films such as “Halloween and “Friday the 13th” influencing audiences and filmmakers for decades to come. In 1980, director William Lustic alongside writer and star Joe Spinell unleashed a different kind of slasher film that was more brutal and intimate than almost anything that came before it. A lonely man named Frank Zito leaves his apartment at night and seeks out women, who he then captures and murders in horrific fashion. Rather than follow the victims until the killer finds them, this film follows the serial killer as he stalks his prey across New York City. The movie was unrated at the time of its release and famed critic Gene Siskel reportedly walked out of the theater after a particularly disturbing death scene. In the latest episode of Rewind of the Living Dead, we’re going to prepare our mannequins and warn you not to go out tonight as we discuss the 1980 film “Maniac”…

    Episode 27 — The Rental

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 22, 2021 72:19

    At one of the most polarizing times in the history of the United States where trust seems to be at an all time low, actor Dave Franco couldn’t help but face his own paranoia about the home-sharing phenomenon where companies like Air BNB connect people with places to rent with those who need somewhere to stay without much else known about each other besides a few online reviews. Who stayed there before and who might not have ever left? That led Franco to begin fleshing out an idea for his first feature film, which eventually become his directorial debut while taking a step back from acting on one of the lead roles for the movie. Set against the backdrop of a gorgeous beach location, two couples decide to spend a weekend together to unwind but as tensions rise and secrets are unearthed within the group, everybody involved starts to feel like they are being watched but by who exactly? In the latest episode of Rewind of the Living Dead, we’re going to book our vacation destination, check for hidden cameras and talk about the 2020 horror thriller “The Rental”… 

    Episode 26 — The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Franchise Review

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 15, 2021 69:54

    In 1974, director Tobe Hooper shocked and stunned audiences with his magnum opus — “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.” It was a film Roger Ebert called as “violent and gruesome and blood-soaked as the title promises.” Hailed by some as a classic but others as a disturbing film not worthy of an audience, the original “Texas Chain Saw Massacre” eventually reached cult status and today it’s hailed as one of the single greatest horror films ever made. It wasn’t until 12 years after the original film was released that Hooper returned to create a sequel — “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2” — but he never intended this movie to mirror the original, instead opting to inject humor and over-the-top performances like the one on display from Dennis Hopper. From there, the “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” went onto spawn numerous sequels as well as a 2003 remake that terrified audiences all over again. As it stands now, the “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” franchise stands at eight total films with more on the way. In the latest episode of “Rewind of the Living Dead,” we take a final look back at the entire “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” franchise, the impact these films have had on the horror genre and rank the movies from the bloody best to the maniacal worst… 

    Episode 25 — Texas Chainsaw 3D and Leatherface

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 9, 2021 100:17

    Horror franchises have notoriously undergone a number of changes, reboots and recreations over the years but the Texas Chainsaw Massacre films stand in a class all on their own. In 2013, director John Luessenhop decided to take his own stab with “Texas Chainsaw 3D” — a film that sought to carry on the legacy of the original movie while trying to take advantage of the new 3D technology that was sweeping through movie theaters worldwide. The seventh overall film to feature the “Texas Chainsaw” name transformed Leatherface into a horror anti-hero while introducing audiences to a young actress named Alexandra Daddario, who would eventually become a household name. Four years later, Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo once again tried to reinvent the franchise with a prequel that was supposed to tie directly to the original film from Tobe Hooper while also sharing some of the same characters from “Texas Chainsaw 3D.” The end result was simply called “Leatherface,” although judging by the reviews of the film very few people who saw this movie actually like to consider it canon to the Texas Chainsaw franchise. In the final episode of our “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” franchise review series, we’re going to take a look at these last two films in the series as we discuss “Texas Chainsaw 3D” and “Leatherface”… 

    Episode 24 — Hunter Hunter

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 1, 2021 60:04

    Inspired by fairy tales about predators that call back to classics like Grimm brothers fables, Shawn Linden decided to create his own take on the genre in a modern setting. The story was plotted out during a trip home from a European film festival back in 2007 but Linden didn’t get to actually create the film until 13 years later. Set against the backdrop of a remote cabin in Canada, a family lives off the grid, working and surviving as fur trappers who have largely shunned the norms of society to instead live off the land. A father named Joseph spends hours each day trapping and capturing animals to provide for his family while also teaching his daughter the skills she’ll need to do the same as him one day. But when a wolf reappears in the woods near the family’s home, the need to survive is even greater because now it may be man vs. beast. Joseph leaves to go on the hunt but he’s forced to leave his wife and daughter behind and when they come upon an injured man in the woods near their home, they begin to wonder who is hunting who. In the latest episode of Rewind of the Living Dead, we’re going to set our traps, make sure our .22 is loaded and talk about the 2020 horror thriller Hunter/Hunter… 

    Episode 23 — The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) and Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 22, 2021 89:42

    More than 25 years after Tobe Hooper created one of the most iconic horror films of all time with “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre,” action movie producer Michael Bay saw an opportunity to capitalize on the property after starting his own studio called Platinum Dunes that was created specifically with low budget films in mind. Eventually, Bay’s company purchased the rights to the “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and the work began on reviving the franchise. Rumors abounded that Tobe Hooper would be involved with the project but ultimately a new director — Marcus Nispel and a first time screenwriter named Scott Kosar were brought on board to create an entirely new version of the film. The Sawyer family was gone. Replaced by the Hewitt’s and many of the characters changed as well but one thing stayed the same — Leatherface was back. The remake was finally released in 2003 and after a small $9.5 million budget, the film raked in more than $100 million at the box office. Three years later, Platinum Dunes returned with “Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning,” which was a prequel to the remake film from 2003. A new director and writer were brought on board with several returning cast members from the Hewitt family including R. Lee Ermey and Andrew Bryniarski as Thomas Hewitt aka Leatherface. Despite a bigger budget, the film failed to find the same kind of success as the remake, although the movie was still profitable. Unfortunately, critics didn’t find much to enjoy about the prequel and plans for a third film in the franchise were scrapped. In the latest episode of Rewind of the Living Dead as part of our special “Texas Chainsaw” franchise series, we’re going to look back at “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” remake from 2003 and the “Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning” from 2006…

    Episode 22 — Blood Quantum

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 15, 2021 65:16

    Thanks to TV series such as “The Walking Dead,” the zombie genre has really been rejuvenated in recent years with a number of truly creative takes in horror films made across the globe. In South Korea, “Train to Busan” was a pulse-pumping thrill ride that was equal parts terrifying and claustrophobic thanks to the inventive way zombies were used in that movie. In 2019, writer and director Jeff Barnaby decided to take his own unique stab at the zombie genre by introducing the dead coming back to live in the early 1980’s near the home of a First Nations people based in Canada. Barnaby, who grew up on a Mi’kmaq reserve, said the movie combined two passions of his — classic horror films and the trauma faced by Indigenous people. In the latest episode of Rewind of the Living Dead, we’re going to close the gates and check for bites as we talk about the 2019 film “Blood Quantum”… 

    Episode 21: Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3 and Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 8, 2021 92:59

    The explosion of the slasher genre in the 1980’s had just about every studio in Hollywood thirsty for the next great horror franchise. New Line Cinema, which was the studio responsible for the rise of the Nightmare on Elm Street series, decided to reinvent the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise with a third film in the series with plans to focus more around Leatherface than his cannabilistic family. The result was the 1990 film “Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III,” which starred future Academy Award nominee Viggo Mortensen. Then in 1995, Kim Henkel, one of the original writers in the original “Texas Chain Saw Massacre” returned to the franchise to pen the script for “The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” which was the fourth film in the series. Starring Matthew McConaughey and Renee Zellwegger long before they were Oscar darlings, the film introduced a bizarre twist that the human flesh feasting Sawyer clan were actually part of a secret cabal responsible for many of the ills that befell the world. In part three of our ongoing examination of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise, Rewind of the Living Dead will take a look at two sequels from the 1990s that were meant to reinvigorate the series with “Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III’ and the fourth film later retitled “Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation”…

    Episode 20 — Spiral

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 1, 2021 54:09

    Horror films are best known for scaring audiences with gruesome scares or terrifying monsters but the horror genre has also been able to simultaneously tackle a lot of societal issues. Whether that’s facing the real life horror of prejudice and racism in films such as “Get Out” and “Candyman” or the class war displayed in movies like “Society” or “The People Under the Stairs,” horror films are often times overlooked for just how much they deal with serious, real world issues. In 2019, director Kurtis David Harder along with screenwriters Colin Minihan and John Poliquin examined the atrocities that befall a gay couple moving into rural suburbia when their neighbors are doing more than just glaring at them through open windows but as the occurrences start to mount, one man is left questioning if what he’s seeing is real or if he’s just haunted by a tragic incident from his past. In the latest episode of Rewind of the Living Dead, we’re going to travel back to 1995, turn on our dial up internet and examine the 2019 Canadian horror film called “Spiral”… 

    Episode 19 — The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 23, 2021 62:47

    In the latest edition of our ongoing series exploring the entire Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise, we take a deep dive on the original sequel "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2" where the buzz is back! Following the massive success of the original film, director Tobe Hooper returned to the franchise he made famous with the first sequel in the series, which also introduced horror icon Bill Moseley to the masses as the maniacal Chop Top. Take a listen to our newest episode where we talk all things "Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2"...

    Episode 18 - Anything For Jackson

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 16, 2021 59:05

    Possession and exorcism are both common themes when it comes to the horror genre. “The Exorcist” is widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time while “Rosemary’s Baby” still haunts audiences to this day. Of course more modern tales such as “The Exorcism of Emily Rose” and “The Last Exorcism” have received solid reviews from both critics and audiences. A new film on Shudder delves into those same subjects with director Justin Dyck and writer Keith Cooper abandoning their typical passion for Lifetime style movies about Christmas and deciding to do a deal with the devil instead. When an elderly couple are grief-stricken over the loss of their grandson, they turn to Satan in order to resurrect him. In the latest episode of Rewind of the Living Dead, we’re going to say trick-or-treat, stay away from the wood chipper and talk about the 2020 film “Anything for Jackson”….  

    Episode 17 — The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 8, 2021 71:42

    As part of a new series exploring different horror franchises, Rewind of the Living Dead will spend five episodes taking a deep dive into "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" as well as all of the sequels, remakes and reboots. The first episode will explore the original 1974 classic "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre." The word legendary gets tossed around a lot in the horror genre but Tobe Hooper’s first major film certainly fits the bill. Initially inspired by a Christmas shopping trip where he saw a rack of chainsaws as a method he could cut through a crowd of people, Hooper ended up writing a script for a movie he wanted to make called “Head Cheese” before then changing the name to “Leatherface,” based on one of the cannibals decorating his backwoods Texas tale about a group of travelers who end up at the wrong house where they are soon cut down and butchered one by one. Shot in 115 degree heat on a shoestring budget, Hooper initially wanted to make his movie PG rated so it could be seen by a wider audience. What actually resulted was one of the most terrifying horror films of all time with critics like Roger Ebert calling it as “violent and gruesome and blood-soaked as the title promises”. On the latest episode of Rewind of the Living Dead, we’re going to find out who will survive and what will be left of them as we discuss the 1974 film “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” … 

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