Τρίτη, 9 Σεπτεμβρίου 2014

Wolf Greek 2

Wolf Greek 2




Australia is the country with the most dangerous animals and insects on earth. But also is the country for a few but very interesting Australian horror films. In 2005, we were introduced to Australian horror film Wolf Creek by Greg McLean. Eight years later in 2013 Greg McLean co wrote and directed the sequel of the first film. Wolf Creek 2 was presented on Venice Film Festival on 30 August 2013 and released in Australia in February 2014.

The Production of Wolf Creek 2


The write and director of the successful film Wolf Creek (2005) McLean was working on the film Rogue rather to develop a sequel for the film. Five years after the release of the fists film McLean announced that he was developing a sequel for Wolf Creek.

There was litigation between the first investors for the production of Wolf Creek 2. Because of the litigation there was a delay on filming about two years. Finally Filming began in 2012 and continued into early 2013.  

The main persons behind the Wolf Creek 2 


As I have already mentioned the film was co – written and directed by Greg McLean, it was produced by Helen Leake, Greg McLean, Steve Topic. The script of the film it was written by Aaron Sterns and Greg McLean. Director of Photography is Toby Oliver, the soundtrack of the film was composed by Johnny Klimek.

The Production of the film is the product of collaboration between Duo Art Productions and Emu Creek Pictures. The film was distributed by “Roadshow Film Distributors”.

The cast of the film


The main character in the film is the villain “Mick Taylor” and his part is played by John Jarrat. Also in the film perform Ryan Corr, Shannon Ashlyn, Phillipe Klaus, Shane Connor, Ben Gerrard, Gerard Kennedy, Annie Byron, Chloe Boreham.

The plot of film “Wolf Creek 2”


The story line of the film is developed around a series of real events that took place in Australia. The main character in the film is a serial killer and the basic horror concept a team or couples of innocent visitors, travellers and drivers are trapped into desert and are under the attack of the evil force of a lunatic killer.

You can watch the trailer of the film “Wolf Creek 2”



        

Τετάρτη, 11 Δεκεμβρίου 2013

The awakening

The awakening


The Awakening is one masterpiece of Horror Cinema. The film produced in United Kingdom by David M. Thompson and according to Cinema critics is a good film (rotten tomatoes average score 5.7 /10, Daily Telegraph rated the film 4/5).



 The cast of awakening


In film perform Rebecca Hall plays the main female role of Florence Cathcart, Dominic West, Imelda Stauton, Lucy Cohu, John Shrapnel and Shaun Dooley.    

The plot of Awakening


The story line of the film is about supernatural phenomena in a boarding school and the period after World War I. The main character is Florence Cathcart a published and respected author on supernatural hoaxes. Her reputation is so well established that Florence works with Police in many cases to reveal charlatans etc.

Robert Mallory is a teacher from a boarding school and visits Florence with a request to investigate the unexplained death of a student and to research the hypothetical relation with the sighting of a child ghost.

Florence visits the boarding school. Her first though was that the sighting of a ghost of a child is a prank played by one of the students. Florence starts her work by interviewing the teacher who was the last who saw alive the dead student.  After a few days the school is closed for half – term and the only occupants left are Robert (the teacher), Maud (the housekeeper), the lonely boy whose parents live in India and Florence.

It was unexplained the attack from a mysterious hand to Florence from the pond. The others believe, the attack was a suicide attempt. After the recovery Florence recovers and hears another unexplained noise. A mutual attraction is developed slowly between Florence and Robert.

Unexplained supernatural events appear and more revelations. Florence walks in the woods when the Edward the grounds keeper attacks her in an attempt to rape her. Florence fights to defend herself and she is helped by an unexplained supernatural force. Florence kills Edward.

At the last 30 minutes of film a series of revelations appear. Scene by scene, the fiction of the film travel the viewer to the background, of Florence childhood.  

You can wath the trailer of the film, bellow: 


 In case you would like to read this article in Greek language you can visit by clinking here on serrres news site. 

        

Δευτέρα, 9 Δεκεμβρίου 2013

The Conjuring

The Conjuring



Sorry, for not writing the previous months! I was very busy about other unwelcome projects but I’m back with a new masterpiece of Horror Cinema,

The Conjuring is a supernatural – horror film, directed by James Wan in North Carolina. According to film – the fiction location of the film is Harrisvile in Rhode Island.  The story line of the film follows the usual fictional structure – group of innocent people, in Conjuring case , a family with five daughters is trapped in a house under the unexplained and deadly force of a demon. The film uses supernatural powers as villain and the main characters are the family and two supernatural investigators.

The cast of “The Conjuring” film


Vera Farmiga performs the part of Lorraine Warren (Supernatural Investigator). Patrick Wilson plays the part of Ed Warren (Supernatural Investigators).  Ron Livingston plays the part of Roger Perron (father of the family), Lilli Taylor plays the part of Carolyn Perron (mother of the family). Five daughters – five young actresses - Οι Shanley Caswell, Hayley McFarland, Joey King, Mackewnzie Foy, Kyla Deaver.

The main persons behind “The Conjuring” film


As I have mentioned above the film “Conjuring” was directed by James Wan. The script of the film is written by Chad and Carey Hayes. The horror masterpiece was produced by Tony DeRosa – Grund, Peter Safran and Rod Cowan.

The soundtrack of “The Conjuring” film


The music of the film was written by Joseph Bishara but beyond the main theme, songs of The Zombies “Time of the season”, Betsy Bryce “Sleep Walk” and Dead Man’s Bones “In the room where you sleep” enrich the film.

Commercial Success of the Film


The box office of film “The Conjuring” is beyond 300 million USD, 145 million from United States Market and the other from International Market (Asia, Europe, Australia and South America). Obviously “The Conjuring” is a huge commercial success and soon it will be a horror film franchise, the pre production of Conjuring II is has already started.

On the following video, you can see the trailer of film “The Conjuring”.




Τρίτη, 28 Μαΐου 2013

Braindead (Peter Jackson, 1992)

Braindead a horror film from New Zealand



Braindead film is a characterized my a large number of film critics as the goriest zombie horror ever made. PeterJackson raised the blood bar to dizzying heights with this groundbreaking masterpiece. Jackson’s landmark splat – stick blacl comedy, in which custard pies are replaced with fountains from assorted body parts, was the most fountains from assorted body parts, was the most original and outstanding work of 1990’s and there will never be a bloodiest, more hilarious, more outrageous, gross – out zombie film.

The script of the film “Braindead


The script of the horror film “Braindead” was developed by Peter Jackson, Flames Walsh and Stephen Sinclair. I need to highlight the fact that the trio of writers had worked together also on the screenplay for Jackson’s film “Meet the Feebles” (1989) and went on the glory and Hall of Fame with the film trilogy “Lord of the Rings” (2001 – 2003).

The plot of “Braindead


The story is about a virus that transforms human being’s into living dead monsters. The story – plot is not developed as an apocalypses but the story line is restricted into the limits of a family and a neighborhood of WellingtonNew Zealand.  

The style of “Braindead” film


Peter Jackson’s style of flamboyant gore de force includes “kung fu priests”, “point of view shots” and “murderous spinal column’s”. Also, Jackson used a large number of weapons like – blades and ornamental flying ducks to landowner blades and unbiblical cords.

You can see the trailer of the film "Braindead". 



   
           




Παρασκευή, 18 Ιανουαρίου 2013

The Cast of Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Tobe Hooper, 1974)


The Cast of Texas Chainsaw Massacre  (Tobe Hooper, 1974)




As I have already mentioned the film “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” is one of the most successful independent horror films ever with a huge impact on horror cinema. The Production Budget of the film was very law and because of limited financial resources the majority of the cast are young actors.

Marilyn Burns – plays the part of Sally
Allen Danziger – plays the part of Jerry
Paul A. Partain – plays the part of Franklin
William Vail – plays the part of Kirk
Teri McMinn – plays the part of Pam
Edwin Neal – plays the part of Hitchhiker
Jim Siedow – plays the part of Old Man (also known as the Cook)
Gunnar Hansen – plays the part of superstar “Leatherface
John Dugan – plays the part of Grandfather
Robert Curtin – plays the part of Window Washer
William Creamer – plays the part of bearded man
Johny Henry Faulk – plays the part of storyteller
Jerry Green – plays the part of Cowboy
Ed Guin – plays the part of Cattle Truck Driver
Joe Bill Hogan – plays the part of Drunk
Perry Lorenz – plays the part of pick – up driver
John Larroquette – plays the part of narrator

Only Jim Siedow who performs the part of the old man know as the “Cook” was a professional actor, also Paul a Partai had performed in the past in a supporting role in Sidney Lumet’s “Lovin’ Molly” (1974).

After Texas Chainsaw Massacre Marilyn Burns went to play a role in the film “Eaten Alive” later performed the role of “Linda Kasabian” in the Manson Family TV biopic Helter Skelter (Tom Cries, 1976), in 1985 reunited with Edwin Neal in “Future - Kill” (Ronald W. Moore, 1985). Gunnar Hansen after Texas Chainsaw Massacre performed in the parody – horror film “Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers” (Fred Olen Ray, 1988). Jim Siedow played also a part in the sequel film “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and then he concentrated on his theater career. William Vail who plays the part of Kirk after Texas Chainsaw Massacre performed in Mausoleum (Michael Dugan, 1983) and Poltergeist.

 You can watch on video an interview of Marilyn Burns on youtube:







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Πέμπτη, 17 Ιανουαρίου 2013

The Soundtrack of Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Tobe Hooper, 1974)


The Soundtrack of "The Texas ChainSaw Massacre" (Tobe Hooper, 1974)



The Score of the masterpiece “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 

As I have already mentioned on previous relative articles “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” is an independent film project and it’s among the most successful horror films ever. Texas Chainsaw Massacre had a huge impact on industry and actually redefined cannibal theme movies and enforced the “last girl” concept on the horror genre.

Before The Texas Chainsaw Massacre  

On my previous article about “Origins and Inspirations” of Texas Chainsaw Massacre  I had mentioned that Tobe Hooper was influenced by the Wisconsin real crime cannibal case of Ed Gain. The same real crime case inspired also another one masterpiece of horror cinema the Alfred Hitchcock's film “Psycho” and after Texas Chainsaw Massacre the same real crime case inspired the masterpiece “Silence of the Lambs”.

I would like to highlight the fact that the soundtrack of Psycho is based dissonant strings and it was the trademark of the genre for many decades. Also, Psycho’s score is the most copied film soundtrack in the history of cinema.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is different


The score of Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a mixture of country songs heard on radio and they are used very cleverly to counterpoint the horrific visuals. Also during the scene with the extreme close shot of Sally’s eyes the music was played by Tobe Hooper and Wayne Bell from bassy rumbles through clanging cymbals to stings.

There are also extreme follies from animals like pigs and caws. But, the most influential of all is the revving and whirring sound of the ever – presented CHAINSAW.

Personal Opinion
 

The Texas Chanisaw Massacre  is a not just a film it’s a masterpiece. Students and film fans must study it frame by frame. It’s a unique project produced with low budget but huge passion, talent and unique point of view. Texas Chainsaw Massacre has a unique mood it’s summer and the weather is very hot, the plot structure of the film presentes in 80 minutes the innocence of the youth, the barbarism of a weird family and bizarre crimes somewhere into the unknown Texas.

Even, with limited resources Tobe Hooper produced an unforgettable film. All of as who love, study, write direct or produce films have to respect and follow film making rules of cinema geniuses like Tobe Hooper.


The soundtrack of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (Tobe Hooper, 1974) film consists of the following songs.

(1). “Fool for a Blonde” - Roger Bartlett  & Friends
(2). “Waco” – Timberline Rose
(3). “Daddy’s Sick Again” - Arkley Blue
(4). “Misty Hour of Daylight” – Arkley Blue
(5). “Feriade las Flores” – Los Cyclones
(6). “Poco a Poco No” – Los Cyclones
(7). “Glad Hard” – Timberline Rose

You can watch on youtube the “Fool for Blonde” song - Tribute to Texas Chainsaw Massacre


 

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Τετάρτη, 16 Ιανουαρίου 2013

Origins and inspiration for the Texas Chainsaw Massacre film (Tobe Hooper, 1974)


Origins and inspiration for the The Texas Chainsaw Massacre film (Tobe Hooper, 1974)


“Who will survive and what will be left of them?”


The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (Tobe Hooper, 1974) is one of the most significant and box office successful horror films. Texas Chainsaw Massacre is an independent film written, produced and directed by Tobe Hooper the majority of film makers and actors   were students from University of Texas at Austin. The film Texas Chainsaw Massacre has a huge impact on film industry and it’s considered that redefined the “last girl” horror film concept.



Tobe Hooper's  inspiration for Texas Chainsaw Massacre



Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a “meat movies” according to a large number of very well established film critics and academics because the main concept of the film beyond the title! The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is not a film about Chainsaws and not a film about a massacre.  It’s a film about a cannibals family in Texas fictionalizing  the most bizarre crimes in American history through camera lens using “cinema verite” (documentary) film making style.

In the beginning of cinema the act of cannibalism was not shown on camera, films like “Dr X” (Michael Curtiz, 1932) and “Sweeney Todd:The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”  (George King, 1936) were the first films about fictional stories of cannibals.

Four decades later, in 1963 HG Lewis a southern independent filmmaker filmed the prototype for the gore, the legendary film “Blood Feast” and for the first time in cinema audience watched the cannibalistic intentions of fictional characters but there are restrictions to limb – lopping and tongue – pulling aplenty and there is no “human flesh consumed”. In 1972, Gary Sherman directed in London the film “Death Line” (in USA it was distributed) under the title “Raw Meat”. The plot structure of the film is based around the history of the “Man” a fictional character who was cannibal and he killed his victims in the tunnels around Russell Square tube station. In 1973 Fassbinder protégé Ulli Lommel directed the film “Wolves” / “Zaerlichekeit Der Voelte” the story of the film is about a true – life case of cannibal killer Fritz Haarmann.

Tobe Hooper’s idea about Texas Chainsaw Massacre                     


One Christmas during Tobe Hooper’s early life, the teenager Tobe Hooper was trapped in the hardware department of Montgomery Ward’s by the throng of seasonal shoppers. Tobe Hooper was looking around to find a way to escape he saw a chainsaw and immediately realized that the only way to get out from his trap was to use the chainsaw – the broad outline of the film’s plot and feel followed soon after.

The real crime case (cannibal case) of Wisconsin grave ripper and ghoul Edward Gein influenced the creation of Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Kim Henkel co written the script of the film and during one interview she revealed that a local real crime case known as “Candyman Murders” influenced the script development and the creation of the film Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Also, Tobe Hooper said that EC Comics influenced him for the creation of plot structure. 


You can see a Tobe Hooper interview about The Texas Chainsaw Massacre film series  




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