COMING SOON: NICK HUNT’S SAFE PLACE

BY AMY MEAD

 SAFE PLACE: COMING 2018

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SAFE PLACE

Directed by Nick Hunt (as Nicholas Hunt)

Screenplay written by Preston Fassel, Nick Hunt, Andrew J. Robinson and  Pennie Sublime

And starring Lara Jean Mummert, Ashley Mary Nunez, James Robert Taylor and Genoveva Rossi

 

So here’s some exciting news in the horror world…First time Director Nick Hunt has recently released the teaser trailer for his upcoming feature film, Safe Place.

Over the holiday weekend, it was announced that the teaser trailer was the first official selection for  THE DEAD OF NIGHT FILM FESTIVAL and we here at Death & Giggles would like to congratulate Nick and the entire crew on this success. We hope to see many more for them in the future!

 

For those of you not already in the know, the films synopsis is as follows:
 
Six students attend a party to celebrate their friend’s successful art show opening. Their presence triggers memories of a traumatic event in the host’s past, and he resolves to positively impact the course of their lives – by ending them.
 
When speaking with Nick, he had this to say about his upcoming film:

SAFE PLACE is a culmination of 10 years of careful planning, and 19 months of execution. It is above all a horror film FOR the fans, by the fans. We dedicate ourselves to not making a self aware horror film but a socially conscious horror film instead. You will go into SAFE PLACE thinking it’s like every other Horror film you’ve seen before, but then sooner than later we’ll surprise you, we’ll hit you in the gut, and do some things you (the fans) aren’t expecting. At the end of the day I am showing my appreciation for the genre, not my parody or attempt at recreation.

You can check out the teaser trailer below:

Safe Place

 

Safe Place is Nick Hunt’s directorial debut and will be released sometime in Februrary 2018.

We here at D&G are looking forward to seeing what he has in store for us!

Be on the lookout for more news as we receive it or you can check out their facebook page here , or their imdb page for more information here.

 

 

FEAR FRONT PUBLISHING TO RELEASE AUTOBIGRAPHY OF 45 GRAVE’S DINAH CANCER

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By Amy Mead

 

We have some exciting news for both music AND horror fans this afternoon!

 

Most of you will know Dinah Cancer and her band 45 Grave from their contribution to the Return of the Living Dead soundtrack with the song, “Party Time” and more recently for their contribution to the 2009 Night of the Demons remake with the song “Night of the Demons”.

 

It was announced by Rob DiLauro, CEO of Fear Front Publishing, via video message on facebook, earlier today that he and the legendary Dinah Cancer will be teaming up, and together they will unleash her autobiography upon the horrorpunk loving masses sometime in late 2017.

 

Here’s what FFP’s CEO Rob Dilauro had to say about the upcoming project:

In 1979 a fierce, driven woman fronted a band that would revolutionize a certain sound many had called Ghoul Rock and inspired a pure infusion of horror and music.

 

The lady behind the microphone with gothic beauty, manic and fiery energy, and a stage presence and persona that made her a queen was Dinah Cancer and the legendary band was known as 45 Grave.

 

Her life in the punk scene became a legacy, and after sharing the stage with acts like Black Flag, The Misfits, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, The Cramps, and The Damned, Dinah grew to be a symbol of strength, power, and fantasy for many fans through the decades. After success with songs like their single Party Time which became the anthem for the classic film Return Of The Living Dead, 45 Grave became a staple in the horror community that would never die.

 

Now it is time to tell the story of Dinah Cancer and her metamorphosis and journey to become one of punk’s reigning Queens.

 

Fear Front Publishing is honored and proud to announce a collaboration between the woman behind her persona, Mary Sims, and horror entertainer Rob DiLauro to give music and horror fans a true biographical account of her life, career, as well as her legacy that will never enter the grave.

 

She is 45 Grave, She is Dinah Cancer, and her story is coming to Fear Front Publishing in late 2017…

 

Dinah Cancer in makeup for Night of the Demons video

 

 

45 Grave's Dinah Cancer
Anti club, 1984, photo by Rocky de Vega

 

I also had the opportunity to speak with Dinah briefly today, and she is very excited to get moving on the project and share her story with all of the bands fans.

 

We here at D&G will do our best to keep you updated with any news regarding any developments with this exciting collaboration and when we can expect it to become available for your reading pleasure.

And don’t forget to head on over to www.fearfrontpublishing.com and check out all the great titles that are currently available through their publishing company! There are some great reads there!

 

EDITORIAL: REAL THOUGHTS ON ALIEN: COVENANT

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By Nick Durham

Ridley Scott is a visionary director, there’s no bullshitting about that. Look through that filmography of his: Blade Runner, Thelma & Louise, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, etc. Oh yeah…and Alien. A while back there was news buzzing about that revealed that District 9 director Neill Blomkamp was possibly going to be helming his own entry into the Alien franchise that would ignore Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection, and instead be a direct sequel to Aliens.

That’s right: we’d get Ripley, Hicks, Newt, and Bishop back, and pretend that the last two Alien movies never fucking happened. This was awesome news when first revealed months ago to go along with Blomkamp’s concept art. Needless to say, even though it was probably against our better judgment, we were pretty much looking forward to it. Not to mention the fact Ridley Scott was going to be gracing us with a sequel to Prometheus as well…for some odd reason. Yes, seemed like a good time to be a fan of the Alien franchise.

Then Blomkamp’s film got thrown in the shitter because Scott and 20th Century Fox decided his film was more of a priority, and so would be all the future sequels it would birth.

Now here’s the thing: if it was any other franchise I really wouldn’t care in all honesty about any of these kind of developments. That being said, Alien is something that is near and dear to me and always will be, and I remember all the hype and hoopla surrounding Prometheus in 2012. Scott had claimed this really wasn’t a prequel to Alien, but something that takes place in the same universe rather. Well, after middling box office and reception, I guess either Scott or 20th Century Fox decided let’s get on the prequel series train right the fuck right now, hence why Prometheus 2 is now known as the fairly generic sounding Alien: Covenant.

What we have here is in my opinion Ridley Scott pissing all over his own legacy. The original Alien, as we all know, is a classic of science fiction and horror cinema. It put Scott on the map as a visionary director, and marked the beginning of one of the most beloved horror/sci-fi franchises in cinema history. The beauty of it all was that the original film is just so simple when you think about it: it’s basically a slasher movie on a spaceship with a few clever surprises and original ideas thrown in along with brilliant acting and set design. These new films, while no doubt will more than likely be sights to behold (Scott’s films are marvels of cinematography and just have a feeling of large-scale epicness) are little more than studio-pushed cash-grabs, and the fact that Scott will be in the director’s chair for them is just massively disappointing.

So yeah…can you tell I’m not looking forward to it?

If you don’t agree with anything I’ve said above, that’s fine. We’re all entitled to our own opinions. That being said, if you don’t think Ridley Scott is pissing all over his own legacy, remember one other thing: he’s also behind the unwanted, upcoming sequel to fucking Blade Runner too. Maybe we’ll get a sequel to Thelma & Louise down the road where both of them come back from the dead and try to resurrect Michael Madsen’s career.

Bollocks.

REMEMBERING HERSCHELL GORDON LEWIS

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By Nick Durham

Herschell Gordon Lewis has passed away.

 

News broke earlier this afternoon that the legendary splatter director died at the age of 87. No specific details have broken yet, but we’ll keep you posted as more news develops.

 

Lewis’ career began in 1959. In addition to directing, Lewis also served as a producer, screenwriter, cinematographer, and even acting on occasion as well. While Lewis crafted educational and even erotic films, he really made a name for himself in the horror realm. Lewis’ extensive filmography includes films like Blood Feast, Two Thousand Maniacs, Monster-A-Go-Go, The Wizard of Gore, The Gore Gore Girls, and many more. Dubbed the Godfather of Gore, and credited with creating the splatter sub-genre of horror, his depictions of on-screen graphic violence broke boundaries for what kind of carnage could be seen on film, and would inspire generations of horror directors.

 

In addition to being a filmmaker, Lewis was also a former English professor, as well as an advertising executive. He ran into his share of controversies over the years, and went into semi-retirement from filmmaking in the mid-1970s. He eventually made his way into working as a copywriter and in direct marketing, and even published numerous books on the subjects as well.

 

I had met Lewis years back and he was one of the nicest, most down to Earth people I’d ever had the pleasure of meeting. Hearing the news of his passing today made me shed a tear, as the horror world has lost a true pioneer of the genre. He lived a long life and made a hell of an impact though, and his contributions and legacy will live on forever.

 

Rest in peace Herschell. We love you.

 

Herschell Gordon Lewis

June 15, 1929 – September 26, 2016

EXCLUSIVE NEWS: BILL MOSELEY IS CREPITUS

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By Nick Durham and Amy Mead

We here at DEATH & GIGGLES are proud to announce to you our exclusive breaking news that Bill Moseley has been cast in the title role as a vicious serial killer clown in the upcoming film CREPITUS. This marks the first time that horror stalwart Moseley (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Devil’s Rejects, c’mon you know) has portrayed a creepy clown on film.  As for the film itself, CREPITUS is the first feature film to be shot in Cheboygan, Michigan.

Joining Moseley in CREPITUS are cast mates Raiden Moore as Julian, Caitlin Williams as Eli, and Mike Hard as Jed. The film is directed by Haynze Whitmore, written by Eddie and Sarah Renner, and produced by Lance Paul. Scott Kodrick provides the film’s visual effects.

We here at DEATH & GIGGLES are proud to break this news to you, and we would like to extend our thanks to Haynze Whitmore for allowing us to announce this exclusive here on our site.

PHANTASM V IS FINALLY COMING OUT!

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By Nick Durham

It’s happening, it’s finally fucking happening.

 

News broke today that Phantasm V: Ravager has finally found a distributor in Well Go USA Entertainment. Not only that, but Well Go USA has also acquired the rights to the whole Phantasm franchise as well, and will be releasing remastered versions of each film not only on Blu-ray, DVD, etc; but also in theaters as well.

 

This is fucking insane!

 

It feels like it’s been years that Phantasm V has been on the shelf waiting to be seen (and well, it kind of has) and now we’re actually getting it, and we’ll be getting it pretty damn soon. According to Entertainment Weekly, Phantasm V will hit select cinemas in late September, along with the original film, re-titled Phantasm Remastered; which is a brand new 4K restoration supervised by franchise creator Don Coscarelli as well as Phantasm superfan and Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams (of all people). This will be followed by home video releases, as well as a possible collector’s set featuring all the films together (which is good, because those Anchor Bay DVD’s from a few years back go for more cash on eBay than they probably should).

 

Yes folks, we’re finally getting Phantasm V. I just wish Angus Scrimm was still alive to see the swan song of the series get released. I also wish Coscarelli had actually directed this installment, but that’s another story.

 

Stick around for more news as it develops.

EDITORIAL: THE IT REMAKE IS COMING…FOR BETTER OR WORSE

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By Nick Durham

I’m going to get this out of the way right now and just say it…I’ve never seen what the big deal is about Stephen King’s IT. Yeah yeah, save your vitriol for the comments section, but it’s true. I’ve never ever seen what the big deal is about Stephen King’s IT. I’ve tried to though, I really have, even way back when I was just a little shitkicker of a kid.

 

I remember first seeing the TV film adaptation when I was about six years old in 1990. Even as a kid, it didn’t really scare me much. From what I remember, it bored me even back then. Fast forward into my teens, and I gave IT another chance. Well, my opinion of the TV film hadn’t changed all that much, other than the fact I had found much appreciation for Tim Curry’s ridiculous over-the-top performance as Pennywise. The TV film is a slow and plodding adaptation of Stephen King’s novel. Granted the novel itself is quite lengthy, but it never felt boring. The TV film on the other hand sure does, and it suffers from so much melodrama it isn’t even funny.

 

That’s why hearing about all the on and off again news on a theatrical reboot/remake over the past few years really hasn’t affected me all that much. Everyone else it seems has either been up in arms about a remake, or been super excited at the prospect of it. Is Stephen King’s IT really considered a classic or something to have that kind of effect on people? If so, I really, really don’t get why. Maybe I’m just being more prickish than usual….

 

…na…couldn’t be that.

 

Anyway, the IT reboot is finally coming out, and Hemlock Grove‘s Bill (brother of Alex) Skarsgard is playing Pennywise. There will be two films, the first focusing on the Losers Club as children and their first encounter with Pennywise, while the second film will focus on them as adults as they face him for the final time. This way makes sense, making two films instead of trying to cram everything into one movie. Maybe this time around things will be more faithful to King’s source material given not being restricted to TV rules? Who knows. It’s being reported that the time period has been updated, which means we could potentially get Pennywise hunting hipster douche bags, which would make me buy a ticket right then and fucking there.

 

Either way, for better or worse, and whether I care or not, the IT remake is finally happening, so strap yourselves in folks. I personally can’t wait for the inevitable porn parody. You know that will be happening, there’s a fetish for everything.