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THE SEMI-DAILY HORROR MOVIE QUOTE OF THE DAY-SEPTEMBER 29, 2013

From Martyrs and featuring Catherine Bégin as Mademoiselle (quote) and Morjana Alaoui and Mylené Jampanoï as Anna and Lucie:

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Martyrs are exceptional people. They survive pain, they survive total deprivation. They bear all the sins of the earth. They give themselves up. They transcend themselves… they are transfigured.

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THE SEMI-DAILY HORROR MOVIE QUOTE OF THE DAY-MAY 30, 2013

From Motel Hell and featuring Rory Calhoun as Farmer Vincent Smith:

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THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2 (FULL SEQUENCE)

THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2 (FULL SEQUENCE)-United States-2011

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Ashlynn Yennie as Miss Yennie-Centipede #1

Ashlynn Yennie as Miss Yennie-Centipede #1

Laurence Harvey as Martin

Laurence Harvey as Martin

Written and directed by Tom Six

The Plot (Taken from IMDb.com): Inspired by the fictional Dr. Heiter, disturbed loner Martin dreams of creating a 12-person centipede and sets out to realize his sick fantasy.

The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) is a vile, depraved and disgusting film that deserves no recognition and no place in cinema. Writer/director Tom Six can kiss my ass. On second thought, no he cannot kiss my ass; I don’t want to give him any ideas for future movies. I refuse to waste any more words on this garbage.

TRIVIA

On June 6, 2011, the BBFC (UK certification board) refused to grant this film a certificate, effectively banning the movie from being shown in cinemas or DVD in the UK. However, on October 6, 2011, the BBFC granted the film an 18 certificate after 32 cuts totaling 2 minutes and 37 seconds were made.

When Laurence R. Harvey auditioned, Tom Six asked him to “rape” a chair, which he did.

Miss Yennie tells Martin she can’t believe she’s auditioning for a Quentin Tarantino movie. Tarantino shot portions of Kill Bill: Vol. 1 in black and white to appease gore-sensitive censors; it’s rumored that Tom Six filmed The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) in black and white for the same reason.

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A Q and A with Jody S. Dean

Jody Dean is an independent filmmaker. His film is entitled “Don’t Go on the Trail”. He was kind enough to grant me an informal Q and A. Check it out.

Let’s do this. First of all, can you tell me a little bit about yourself and what lead you to pursue a career in film making?

Well, my name is Jody Dean; I was born and raised in Largo Florida. I’m 28 years old. I’m a father to a beautiful little girl and a handsome young man. I have the best girlfriend in the world; she even plays the role of being a personal assistant on set/script supervisor. I have been addicted to good horror films since I was a little boy. I started writing music/songs at the age of 9 years old and was pursuing a career in music until the end of 2011. The music game made me sick after trying to catch my big break for 17 years and a couple years ago I started making films. I never thought I would be able to make movies. It sounded like only something Hollywood could do. But with technology and a little bit of money over time I was able to acquire all I needed to make feature film – straight to DVD releases.

I think what pulled me into this role of being a film maker is my passion for writing and making art, I’ve always had a very vivid imagination and what better way to use my talent than making movies of my own. Making films is so much fun, I can’t see myself quitting; only advancing and trying to always top my last piece of work.

One thing I think people will learn about me is I prefer to work with a small crew. My movie “Don’t Go on the Trail” was made by me and some help from my girlfriend. I do almost 30 different people jobs and that’s why I was able to pull this film off for $10,000 dollars. All the money went into equipment, sfx, make up and props.


Photo courtesy of Jody Dean

Okay, sounds good. Why horror?

I love horror, I love monsters, I love getting scared, and I really love seeing other people get scared. I have learned to enjoy my nightmares instead of fearing them and sometimes I even write them down thinking ‘hey this is a movie!’ Horror gets my blood going. For some its bungee jumping; for me its 1O gallons of fake blood and a crazy deformed killer baring a jagged blade standing over his victim.

Mr. Dean, I like the way you think. It appears to me that you subscribe to the ‘gore is more’ sub-genre of horror. Who and what were some of your influences once you decided to tread the dark path of horror?

Well thank you! In the beginning it was “Child’s Play”, Freddy Krueger, “Halloween”, “The Exorcist” and even “Scream”. But now “Wrong Turn”, “Resident Evil”,” Dawn of the Dead”,” The Last House on the Left”, “I Spit on Your Grave” and “28 Weeks Later” are some of my favorite films and I would say they’re influences. I would say learning Special FX has been influencing, knowing that I can bring nightmares to life by making them into a movie and I’ve always loved acting so to act in the kind of film I love is beautiful.


Photo courtesy of Jody Dean

From seeing the trailer for “Don’t Go on the Trail” it seems that the film is a combination somewhere between “Hatchet” and “I Spit on Your Grave.” Not to mention also that the title hearkens back to all those old films that had the word ‘don’t’ in the title. Am I fairly close? How did the project start for you?

Well, I have yet to see “Hatchet” but it looks great! I actually wrote the script (for “Don’t Go on the Trail”) before I ever saw “I Spit on Your Grave”, but I can see a connection as far as a girl gets raped and then seeks revenge, but like I said I wrote “Don’t Go on the Trail” a long time ago and until last year I’m sorry to say I didn’t even know “I Spit on your Grave” was a remake, late bloomer to the oldies. As far as how it started: I had a vision of the character, I saw the movie and how it would play out in my mind, I started writing and 3 months later the script was finished. Lots of blood, sex, profanity, intensity, scares and overall it’s a film that needed to be made.

How hard was it to raise the funds for the production? I did a similar Q and A with Christina Raia and she used kickstarter.com as a way to raise the $12,000 she needed for her first feature film, “Summit”. Was your experience anything like hers?

Well, not like hers at all. I have raised money before for other projects, but this particular project was funded partially from a settlement I received back in January of this year and the rest from my personal life savings. If this film doesn’t blow up I’m out 10k. But I have faith it’s going to blow up and if it doesn’t I’m okay with that, at the end of the day I’m proud I made something so brutally fucking awesome! But like I said I think this film is going to blow up and I believe it will have the same impact as a major when it comes to DVD sales.

So, is it safe to say that you still have both kidneys? As for direct to DVD I used to be a major snob when it came to that. But then I realized how much I was actually missing out on. There have been some great movies and there have been those that have been total shit.

Yeah, I still have both kidneys and I’m hoping to keep them. Yeah, I can see your point. I think there may be a time I probably felt the same, but I love the fact that when you hear about the movie you can also buy it on DVD a couple months later, opposed to hearing about a movie then having to wait 2 months until it hits theaters and having to pay an arm and a leg to go see it; then 3 to 6 months in some cases before it comes out. If your film flops at that rate you already missed time where you could have been on set working on your next movie. That’s just my minds comparison of straight to DVD releases and major releases.

Tell us about “Don’t Go on the Trail”. Who stars in it? When can we hope to see it?

“Don’t go on the Trail” is going to be epic! It stars a new face to the game, Allie Madison, who plays the role of the killer Hellady Marie James, and then you’ve got Morgan Middlebrook who has delivered an electrifying performance, and me.

This film has what the horror hounds want, lots of blood, real special effects; none of that CGI stuff, great music and scoring. It will keep you interested beginning to end. The actors all delivered a great performance and the style of my work will separate me from everyone else and give horror hounds something new to look forward to for years to come.


Photo courtesy of Jody Dean

Wow! Those are bold words from a man who is confident in his work. Jody, I wish you the best of luck and in keeping with the informal tone of this Q and A I have one final question: you’re trapped on an elevator with a midget, a machete, a hamster and a copy of Fangoria magazine. What do you do?

I would eat the hamster, then stand on the midget’s shoulders and make him read Fangoria so he would be sure to stay focused while I use the machete to cut my way out the top of the elevator.

Jody, I appreciate your time. Thank you.

Absolutely, thank you!

Photo courtesy of Jody Dean

For more of Jody Dean you can visit the following sites:

www.sickafyedfilms.net

www.vampage.com

www.dontgoonthetrail.com

www.twitter.com/sickafyedfilms

www.facebook.com/sickafyedfilms

www.imdb.me/jodysdean

SCREAM OF THE BANSHEE

SCREAM OF THE BANSHEE-United States-Made for TV-2011

Laura Holly as Professor Isla Whelan

Directed by Steven C. Miller

Written by Anthony C. Ferrante

Story by Anthony C. Ferrante and Jacob Hair

BAD MOVIE!! BAD MOVIE!! Sorry, I had to smack this one on the nose with a rolled up newspaper. The damn thing pissed all over my carpet. I guess that’s what I get when I watch a movie with the SyFy label on it. Fucking trickster; it had the After Dark label on it, too. That’s what made me give it a chance. It’s like George Bush said: After Dark kind of good, SyFy very bad.

A bunch of Irish Knights from the 12th century trap a banshee and a group of dumbass archaeological students and their professor let it loose in this piece of shit movie. After they let it loose they have to figure out how to trap it. That’s the whole damn plot of this movie. This thing is so bad my mind began to wander all over the place. Scream of the Banshee is directed by Steven C. Miller so I thought Steve Miller and was hoping they would play ‘Jet Airliner’ or maybe ‘The Joker’ in the movie. I see Lauren Holly and start thinking about the very first time I saw her on Picket Fences. She was wearing a black bikini and bringing chocolate cake in a dream to the sheriff’s son. That memory caused an odd side effect that I will not go into further detail about. Oh, look, Lance Henriksen is in this movie. The DVD box says “Lauren Holly and Lance Henriksen”; so you would think he would be in the damn movie for more than five minutes.

The banshee looks like the Wicked Witch of the West after somebody dropped a giant box of oatmeal on her head. Yes folks, it is official; this movie sucks worse than a Kardashian on date night. Who said that? I said that!

NO TRIVIA

½

WRONG TURN 4: BLOODY BEGINNINGS

WRONG TURN 4: BLOODY BEGINNINGS-United States and Germany-93 Mins. 2011

Jennifer Pudavick as Kenia

Tenika Davis as Sara

Kaitlyn Wong as Bridget

Terra Vnesa as Jenna

Written and Directed by Declan O’Brien

Wrong Turn 4 is a heartwarming family movie about 3 young boys who, despite their individual physical and mental deformities, are able to band together as one and survive in a world that is cruel to them at every turn.

Nah, I’m just f**cking with you. It’s a prequel to the original Wrong Turn and it has lots and lots of blood, gore, dismemberment and decapitation. It tells the story of Three Finger, One Eye and Saw Tooth from the time that they are kids incarcerated at Glenville Sanatorium in 1974; to 2003 when they entrap, torture and kill a group of teenagers holed up in the now abandoned building to escape from a horrific snowstorm. Hmm, I really think that it might have been in their best interest to take a chance with the blizzard.

Now, anyone who is a fan of the Wrong Turn series knows that it’s famous for one thing and that is lots and lots of gore. That’s why I was a little worried when I saw that the writer/director for this film was Declan O’Brien. O’Brien was the director of Wrong Turn 3, which was by far the weakest film in the bunch. So I was a little worried. But after the death by garroting/decapitation and the human fondue scene I can easily say my worries were for naught. O’Brien seems to have learned from his mistakes and his time behind the camera for this installment is well spent.

Wrong Turn 4 is not going to appeal to everyone. If you like a gory horror film then it is definitely for you. If not, there’s always Twilight.

Trivia

Sean Skene, the actor who portrays Vincent, also doubles as Three Finger in the film.

In the special features section of the DVD, Terra Vnesa, Jenny Pudavick, Caitlyn Wong and Tenika Davis name the cutest of the inbred Hillbillies.

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REINCARNATION

Takashi Shimizu au festival Fantastic'Arts en 2008

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REINCARNATION-Japan-96 Mins. 2005

Directed by Takashi Shimizu

Written by Takashi Shimizu and Masachi Adachi

Starring

Yuka as Nagisa Sugiura

Karina as Yayoi Kinoshita

Kippei Shiina as Ikuo Matsumura

Tetta Sugimoto as Tadashi Murakawa

Shun Oguri as Kazuya Omori

Reincarnation is a Japanese film released in the United States as part of the After Dark Horrorfest series. Each year a series of anywhere from seven to eight films is released on DVD under the collective title of either ‘Films to Die For’ or ’8 Films to Die For.’ The films are usually pretty good but there have been a few misses here and there and I hate to say it but I have to put Reincarnation in the ‘miss’ section.

The film is about a film crew that travels to a hotel where a college professor murdered his children and nine other people before committing suicide. The director wants to make a film about the victims and not the killer. He feels that if he makes the film and tells their story then they will be able to find peace in the world beyond. Yeah, not a good idea. Next thing you know they’re up to their ears in ghosts.

The main thing that I liked about this film is that it made you feel like it was a film within a film without making you feel like it was a film within a film. We are watching a film about a crew that is making a film about a murder that took place in a motel many years ago. The main thing I didn’t like is that the film tended to drag a bit and get bogged down. The story is good, the acting is very good (especially from Yuka as Nagisa Sugiura). There is also a doll in this film that has to be one of the creepiest dolls I have ever seen in a horror film.  The film also tends to get a bit confusing at times. Are the actors the reincarnation of the murdered people? I never really understood if that was the case.

There are good parts to the film, yes. But the bad truly outweighs the good this time around.

Take care and stay scared.

I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE

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I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE-United States-101 Mins. 1978

Directed by Meir Zachi

Written by Meir Zachi

Starring

Camille Keaton as Jennifer

Eron Tabor as Johnny

Richard Pace as Matthew Lucas

Anthony Nichols as Stanley

Gunter Kleemann as Andy

A lot of things happened in 1978. Egypt made peace with Israel. Karl Wallenda of the Flying Wallendas fell to his death from a tightrope suspended between the two towers of the Condado Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Bruce Springsteen released what many consider to be his greatest album in Darkness on the Edge of Town. 1978 was also the year that one of the most controversial motion pictures of all time was released. The subject of the film was rape and revenge and it was called I Spit On Your Grave.

As a human male I can very quickly tell you that I do not know the first thing about rape. I cannot tell you what it is like to rape someone and I surely cannot tell you what it is like to be raped. I will never, ever tell a rape victim that I understand because I don’t. Rape is one of the most heinous crimes any one male or female could ever commit.

This blog is first and foremost a blog in which I watch and review horror films. I am supposed to be objective in my views and rate a film and its performers on the strength or weaknesses of their performances and the point that the film is trying to get across. I must therefore apologize to my readers because concerning I Spit On Your Grave that is something I cannot do. When I bought the DVD at FYE the store clerk told me two things. One, that it was the film that The Last House on the Left wanted to be when it grew up; and two that it was a life changing film. I silently disagreed with him on the first point and in the same way agreed with him on the second.

A woman from the city takes a sabbatical to the country to take refuge in a cabin for the summer. She is there to write a novel and likely chose the place for the peace and quiet. She stops for gas and encounters three men. The first mistake she makes is telling them exactly where she is staying for the summer. Later she meets Matthew, the mentally slower friend of the three original men. She makes her second mistake by telling him that she is living all alone. I understand that there are many women who feel that something like rape will never happen to them. The woman in this film is obviously one of those women.

The four men come at her like sharks as she lies relaxing in her boat. They circle her, finally moving in for the kill. On separate occasions they take turns raping, beating and sodomizing her. They take away every safe place. The lake, the woods, the cabin; there is nowhere that she can go for refuge. Finally, the men (a loosely used term) send the half-wit Matthew to kill her so that she can’t point them out. Matthew leaves her alive and it is a mistake that they will all regret.

As I said before, my job as a horror film reviewer and blogger is to objectively review and rate the films that I watch. I can’t do that in this case. All the time that I was watching this film I was hoping that these men would meet a slow and painful end. I have never felt that way about a film and I guarantee that it will be a long time before I feel that way again. When I finished watching the film I felt like I needed a shower. That’s not saying that this is a bad film. I believe that the sole purpose of this film is to manipulate the viewer into cheering for this woman. Even the tagline says that she has chopped, crippled and mutilated four men beyond recognition and that no jury in the world would ever convict her. I for one can’t say I’d blame them if they didn’t.

The 1978 version of I Spit on Your Grave is  disturbing, in your face and a masterful film. Anyone viewing it will not be able to get it out of their minds for quite some time. I know I won’t.

INTERMISSION

Cover of "Dead Snow [Blu-ray]"

Cover of Dead Snow [Blu-ray

I wanted to take this time between watching and writing about all those great and not-so-great horror films to let you know what I have planned for 2011 as far as Written in Blood is concerned.

First and foremost, it is my intention to break away from the wordpress.com label and have my own domain name. I know that it will cost, but not that much. After that I will be able to do so much more with my blog.

I also thought about reviewing films by theme. For instance, one month I will review films that have the word ‘Dead’ in the title. I have a lot of them-Dead Snow, Dance of the Dead, Dead Alive just to name a few. How about doing films based on novels such as Let the Right One In or Pet Semetary. I also intend to review films that were part of the After Dark Horrorfest. The possibilities are endless. What about films starring a particular actor or actress? These are just some of the ideas rolling around in my head.

I also welcome suggestions. If you have any ideas that would help make this blog as good as it possibly can be, then I am all ears. I write this blog first and foremost with you the reader and follower in mind. Your input means a lot to me and I will never take it for granted.

So, that will do it for this first intermission. I will be back on track very shortly with more reviews. Thank you.

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