Slasher Studios Exclusive: Dismembering Christmas Blu-Ray Preorder

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The wait is finally over! Our limited edition, hand numbered Dismembering Christmas Blu-ray is now available for preorder. Only 300 hundred of these bad boys will ever be made, so here’s your chance to snag a piece of slasher history. After the backers/cast & crew, we have less than 100 left already. Blu-rays will start shipping the first week of October in time for the October 13th release date. Please note that these will be first come, first served and we cannot guarantee we will have any blu-rays left after the preorder has ended. DVD preorder begins on September 14th.

Three options for preorder! We have the limited edition blu-ray for $20, the limited edition blu-ray with 11×17 poster for $25, or the limited edition blu-ray with poster & full length soundtrack for $30. Get yours today and get in the Christmas carnage spirit.

Extras include:
Audio commentary with Actor/Director Austin Bosley
Audio commentary with Writer/Producer Kevin Sommerfield
2hr+ long behind-the-scenes documentary with exclusive clips only available on blu-ray
Bloopers
Fly on the Set: Making Of Dismembering Christmas
Theatrical Trailer
Teaser Trailer


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Movie Poster Fridays: The House of the Devil (2009)

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Last time on Horror Movie Poster Fridays, I discussed the classic Gremlins and Gremlins 2: The New Batch. This time, we’re covering the best 70s horror film to be made in 2009.

The House of the Devil is full of rare traits for modern horror films: first of all, it’s shot on 16mm film to emulate the look of 1970s horror which is a genius decision. It also takes a slower approach to the story to build tension and dread. With a budget of just under $1 million, Ti West accomplishes something that lots of big budget films don’t. The beautiful style and effortlessly likable characters (fan favorite Megan comes to mind) make this little gem my favorite horror movie of the 2000s.

Today, I’m going over some of the beautiful posters this film has (whether official or unofficial).

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Check back next time for an all new Horror Movie Poster Fridays.

–Noah Nicholas Nelson

80’s Style Slasher: “Lost After Dark” (2015) Review

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During the night of their school dance, a group of teens decide to ditch. In the process, they steal a school bus and take it to find a new place to party. Along for the ride is the shy Adrienne (Kendra Leigh Timmins) who joins to group to get close to her crush Sean (Justin Kelly) along with his crew. During the joy ride, the bus breaks down and the group finds themselves stranded. When they venture to a nearby farmhouse, they cross paths with a vicious killer they know from an urban legend.

Lost After Dark is directed and written by newcomer Ian Kessner, whom brings his first full length film after a handful of short films. There is no question about it that Kessner is a major fan of the genre and was hell-bent on bringing a throwback film to 80s slashers that works. And it sure as hell works. For starters, the production value screams 80s in the most perfect way possible and features aspects of grind house pictures as well. Granted one aspect involving a “missing reel” did leave me a little disappointed as far as continuity for the scene and the character. The story itself is also very 80s slasher style, but it blends the terror of both 80s horror and the horror of today to make it appeal to both. However, I will say it will only appeal to huge horror fans who are exposed to more than just today’s modern horror. The characters themselves couldn’t be more stereotypical if it tried. And this isn’t a bad thing, because it is extremely self-aware of this fact, and not only does Kessner own this, but so do the actors. We have our straight A good girl, the kind hearted jock, the feisty but kind best friend, the dim-witted blonde, her asshole boyfriend, the token black guy, the pitiful geek, and the rebellious girl. Each actor really sells their role as the stereotypes, albeit a little over-the-top at moments, but those moments just add more comedy to the story.

The cast also plays off of each other really well and seem to be having a great time with it. Also worth mentioning is Robert Patrick as the teens’ Vice Principle who delivers a top-notch and very funny performance as the disgruntled but determined authority figure and steals every scene he’s in. When the story gets going it doesn’t let go, it perfectly builds up and gives plenty of room between kills. And I have to say, the kills in this were fantastic and gory, very pleasing to slasher fans. The killer at hand here, Junior Joad, is pretty terrifying, not only in his appearance but also that he shows no mercy whatsoever. He’s a cold blooded killing machine. I very much got a Texas Chain Saw Massacre/Friday the 13th vibe from Junior and the whole story. Now, my favorite aspect of the film was that it does an EXCELLENT job pulling the rug from under the viewer. Kessner perfectly executes the ability to leave us guessing just who will come out alive. Everyone is an easy target, and anyone could potentially make it out. This is what sets is apart from many slashers, it has the stereotypical elements, but it gets flipped in the most unexpected ways. Finally, there is the excellent use of location. The farmhouse and the lands/woods around is very eerie and it uses all of the locations around to its advantage.

Lost After Dark is the perfect throwback to 80s slashers while also bringing something new to the table. Everything that’s supposed to be cheesy and predictable about it works so much in its favor. The director/writer and the cast knew what they had in front of them and definitely knew what do with it. It’s easily one of the best slasher films I’ve seen in a long time. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have its faults either that trip it on occasions.

–Cody Landman

3.5

Slasher TV: MTV’s “Scream” – Season 1 Review

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The night that everyone has been waiting for has finally arrived. After nine episodes of mystery and death, the season one finale of MTV’s Scream has arrived. Let me start off by saying that MTV needs to really learn what a tribute is to somebody. The tribute they paid to Wes Craven was a joke. This show would not have existed had it not been for him and all he gets is a “Thanks for the screams!” They could have tweeted that.

Anyway rant done. Keep in mind I’m going to try be as spoiler free as possible. So, with the Pilot episode we are given the urban legend of one, Brandon James, the town psychopath. The killer shows up wearing the same mask as Brandon and ensues havoc on the town of Lakewood. The first victim is the high school slut/bitch. We also get a taste of voyeurism that plays a theme during the season. For the most part, it does a good job of building up the mystery and who is committing these murders. And for an MTV series, it delivered some pretty fine and gory death scenes. One thing that did please me is that amount of nods/homages to moments from the original film series and managing to make them their own in a fine light. And while we are given a couple of chase scenes (and a decent ones), though very brief, but sometimes we gotta take what we can get. Unfortunately during the course of the series, the deaths come to a halt and leave us horror hounds with nothing. And when we are, it’s more often someone we really don’t give two shits about. On top of this, and what really brought it down, was the amount of pointless drama that served no purpose whatsoever. An example being a plotline involving Brooke’s (Carlson Young) mother. Some can argue it served as a purpose to shape her character (fair enough), but in the grand spectrum of things, it didn’t do anything for the story (if this was longer than ten episodes I would have given up and waited for the finale).

That being said, I tried to have hope that this would all build to a great finale episode. For the most part, the finale had MANY great scenes, and some very thrilling ones that take place at Brooke’s house once the killer crashes the party. But by the end, I was very disappointed. If the killer wasn’t predictable during the latter half of the season, the finale beats you over the head with it to where only the dumbest person (or the most uneducated horror fan ever) wouldn’t be able to see it. That being said, the performance given by the actor during the reveal was pretty solid (though very familiar to Emma Roberts’ in Scream 4). As for the motive, it went for the most tired one possible (another familiar one). Of course our leading lady Emma (Willa Fitzgerald) gets into a literal fight to the death with the killer, Fitzgerald turns in her better performance of the season here. The showdown is engaging for sure (some may say comical), but I loved that they were going all out with it, but unfortunately it was short lived (I wanted more). It all ends with a disgustingly happy ending, but also one final twist (gets a small nod of approval) for next season.

During the course of the season we have our main sets of characters. Some we genuinely grew to like and lost too soon, some we thought “finally”, and some we just didn’t care about because they weren’t important. Some characters even had way too many close calls to death and always conveniently got away (not gonna lie this pissed me off). From the beginning I always liked Emma and Willa’s performance, the only downside was that the character didn’t get a great amount to do a majority of the time. The finale made me enjoy the character and performance even more. Upon introduction I didn’t care for the character of Audrey (Bex Taylor-Klaus), I saw her as very pitiful “woe is me” type. But she grew out of that fast and quickly grew on me as she showed more of her personality. She had some of the best lines of the season. Along with Audrey was her best friend Noah (John Carna) I liked this character from the start as well as the horror fanatic. But I can see why some got annoyed by him. Admittedly there were moments where his quirky lines got old (especially in the finale) but I still liked him enough. As for the other characters, my feelings towards them didn’t change.

Contrary to how most people feel, I couldn’t stand the character of Brooke or Carlson Young’s acting throughout. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a good bitch in a horror, but Brooke wasn’t even a bitch after the first two episodes, she was more of a whiny, self-involved brat. I was hoping Young would at least step up her game to try deliver a good performance, but I could only tolerate bad crying and weak line delivery so much. Don’t get me started on her squawk (I mean scream). Call me bias or a hater if you want, but the character, nor the actress did anything for me. Neither did Tom Madden as Jake (what was his point?). The rest of the cast did okay at best but the above were the only ones worth mentioning. With all of this being said and combining the story with the characters, one would think that we would get a blood bath in the finale, right? WRONG! We are only given two deaths in the finale, and neither are people we cared about (I honestly mean this), there might as well have been no deaths at all. As a massive horror (especially slasher) fan, I spent nine episodes, a majority of them kill free, to see shit go down and characters die (whether I liked them or not), and this is what I got. A handful of survivors. This to me made this whole season pointless. Instead of being true to slasher form, it decided to focus on bad teen drama with Scooby Doo exploring. They may have saved these characters for season two, but regardless there were WAY too many survivors than there needed to be. Again, this made the whole season pointless and more of a drama than a horror/slasher show.

If you are a massive slasher fan expecting horror and carnage, you will be disappointed. If you are a young teen with a low IQ and no knowledge of the horror genre whatsoever, you may just love it. Some may find even ground in it and like it. As for me, this was a huge slap in the face as a slasher fan and overall left a bad taste in my mouth and unsure whether to tune into season two. Despite some fine performances and characters, great nods to the original films, nice deaths (from what there was), and some thrilling moments, MTV’s Scream was basically Pretty Little Liars with actually bloody kills in it. Overall, I say pass on this one and watch My Super Psycho Sweet 16 instead. You get what this whole season had, plus a pleasuring amount more in 90 minutes.

–Cody Landman

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Horror Movie Poster Fridays: “Gremlins” & “Gremlins 2: The New Batch”

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Last time on Horror Movie Poster Fridays, I covered posters from the immortal classic The Exorcist. This time, I’m taking on the holiday horror-comedy Gremlins, directed by Joe Dante, and its sequel. Full of wintery goodness, evil mogwais, and dark comedy, Gremlins is cherished by both horror and comedy fans everywhere. Gremlins 2 takes a lighter approach to the comedy, filled with enjoyable slapstick moments and featuring returns by such stars as Phoebe Cates and Zach Galligan. Today, I’m going over some of the beautiful posters that have been created in the 31 years since this wonderful series was created.

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Join us next week for an all new Horror Movie Poster Fridays.

–Noah Nicholas Nelson