Archive for January, 2010

LAMB OF GOD FRONT MAN D. RANDALL BLYTHE EXPERIENCES A WEEKEND OF GUTS AND GLORY

Posted in Events, Monsters, Movies, Music, News, Zombies with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 29, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

Lamb of God's Randall Blythe

NOT ONLY NOMINATED FOR A GRAMMY, HIS HORROR FILM THE GRAVES PREMIERS THIS SATURDAY AT THE AFTER DARK HORRORFEST 4
After Dark’s 4th Installment of 8 Films to Die For opens in theatres throughout America today!  THE GRAVES, written & directed by Brian Pulido and Kevin Hamedani’s Horror Comedy ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction’s Red Carpet Premiere takes place on Saturday January 30th at the Beverly Center Cinemas in Hollywood, CA. The event is open to the public.

THE GRAVES is about two sisters whose visit to Skull City Mine turns into a mind bending fight for survival against menaces both human, and supernatural, starring Bill Moseley (The Devil’s Rejects), Tony Todd (Candyman), D. Randall Blythe (Scream, LAMB OF GOD), Clare Grant (MTV’s $5 Cover), and Jillian Murray (Wild Things).

In attendance: Bill Moseley (Texas Chainsaw Massacre II), Tony Todd (24), Clare Grant (Masters of Horror), Jillian Murray (Wild Things), Shane Stevens, Brian Pulido (Writer / Director), Brian and Dean Ronalds (Producers/Co-Stars), Francisca Pulido (Production Designer/Producer), Jim Casella (Composer), Barbara Glover (Mama).

Special Guests: Seth Green (Robot Chicken, Austin Powers), Dave Foley (Kids in the Hall, News Radio”, Jason Mewes (Clerks), London May of Samhain, and Ken Colom (The Shield). More attendees to be announced.

ZMD: ZOMBIES OF MASS DESTRUCTION takes place in an idyllic island town that goes under attack by the most invasive of pests: zombies starring Janette Armand, Doug Fahl, Cooper Hopkins, Ali Hamedani, Victoria Drake, Director of Photographer John Guleserian and Director Kevin Hamedani.

In attendance: Janette Armand, Doug Fahl, Cooper Hopkins, Ali Hamedani, Victoria Drake, Director of Photographer John Guleserian and Director Kevin Hamedani.

Special Guests: Matthew Lillard (Scream), Chris Wylde and Abraham Benrubi (ER), Director Mike Milion (Tenure) and Director Nicholas Jasenovec (Paper Heart).

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010
Press Arrivals: 6:00 p.m.
Celebrity Arrivals: 6:30 p.m.
Film Screening: 7:30 p.m. THE GRAVES
Film Screening: 10pm ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction

WHERE: Beverly Center 13
8500 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048-6201
(310) 854-0070
Get directions

BUY TICKETS HERE:
http://www.movietickets.com/house_detail.asp?house_id=16501&rdate=1%2F30%2F2010

The Graves & ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction are part of After Dark Horrorfest 4. After Dark Films is a leader in independent film finance, production and acquisition of genre films for theatrical release.

NOTE: Both films are rated R by the MPAA for strong bloody violence and gore.

THE GRAVES Trailer: http://www.horrorfestonline.com/?p=534

ZMD Trailer: http://www.horrorfestonline.com/?p=767

Check out www.thegravesmovie.com and  www.zmdthemovie.com for more info.
For more information about After Dark Films visit www.horrorfestonline.com

For all things LAMB OF GOD, please visit www.lamb-of-god.com.

MACABRE MUSIC: INTERVIEW WITH L.A. GOTH ROCKERS DOMMIN

Posted in Interviews, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 26, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

Dommin's Billy, Cameron, Kris Dommin and Konstantine

Almost exactly one year ago, The Dark Lord Bunnykins was combing the online concert listings for Austin, Texas. That was my next vacation destination, and besides the BBQ and the Alamo Drafthouse, I wanted to check out the city’s allegedly lively music scene. (This is the site of SXSW, after all.) My first night listed a gig by horror rocker Wednesday 13 at some punk dive called Red 7. Opening for him was Dommin, an L.A. “goth” rock quartet newly signed to Roadrunner. Their MySpace prominently featured their song ‘My Heart, Your Hands’, a dark and anthemic ballad that could be goth or it could just be good. Either way, I got my contact at Roadrunner to get me on the guest list.

Frontman Kris Dommin

Wow. Dommin impressed the black-clad audience with emotive but hardly emo rock with a distinctly dour edge to it. They even covered Depeche Mode’s ‘People Are People’ without embarrassing themselves. In fact, you can watch that here:

A little over a month later, in March ’09, Dommin made their way up to the icy climes of Canada to play Canadian Music Week, Toronto’s annual music festival, and I arranged to speak with their namesake, singer/songwriter/guitarist Kris Dommin. At that time, Love Is Gone, their debut album, was about to come out and the band was excited. Since then, Love Is Gone was pushed back and the non-stop tours continued (including support slots with The Birthday Massacre, The 69 Eyes and, currently, Lacuna Coil). But the album is coming out next week, Feb. 2, and it’s rather brilliant. Unconvinced? Watch (and listen to) ‘My Heart, Your Hands’:

I know, right? So here is some of that raw Q&A (and video) from the DLB interview with Kris Dommin:

On the Goth tag: “That’s the box. I’ve never considered us goth rock. To me it’s always been rock & roll, and I just like the fact that we have keyboards because it’s like having an orchestra at your fingertips. So I can put pretty much any sound I want in there. But I’ve never felt like I was stuck creating dark music, or that it had to be spooky or something. It’s been the funniest experience with that label of being gothic because there were gothic clubs in LA that we wanted to play who said, ‘We won’t have you because you’re not gothic.’ And then we would play for normal audiences and they’d say, ‘Oh, you’re gothic.’ So we were always stuck in this middle-ground. The gothic people saying you’re not gothic and the rock or metal people saying, ‘Oh, you’re a gothic band.’ It’s like call us whatever you want. You can label it whatever you want so you can understand it better, but I just call it rock & roll.”

What he gets out of songwriting: “There’s definitely that element [of catharsis]. I still ask myself that question. What is it that I’m really getting out of this? Some people listen to music to change their mood. For me, when I’m angry, I like to listen to angry music. When I’m sad, I want to listen to sad music. It’s almost the same as telling a friend how you’re feeling so that you just have someone to talk to. It’s the kind of thing where I play the music that I would want to hear under those circumstances.”

On ‘My Heart, Your Hands’: “The root of it obviously came from a relationship that came after another one. Unsure about how much you can trust somebody because you’d been crushed before. Really feeling like your heart is in somebody hands, and their hands are just closing, closing, closing, and you’re just getting more and more scared; that being the stem of it. But ultimately what it’s about is my own fear of being vulnerable. That song is purposely made really epic because I wanted it to feel huge, I wanted it to feel overwhelming, I wanted it to feel like I’m small and afraid because that’s the emotion that’s behind it. So it’s really more about my own fear than it is about a relationship, but that relationship is what spawned [the song]… My fear was a reaction to that.”

Does he take notes on relationships?: “There’s been a couple of times where I’ve kind of just been feeling something and there was just something that just aligned, I was just kind of saying it to myself, more like you have an inner dialogue of ‘this is what I’m going to say to this person’. There’s probably been a couple of times when I’ve written stuff like that down, but for the most part I say it’s all in retrospect. It’s hard for you to see things clearly when you’re in it, and it’s only after the fact when you’re out of it that you can say, ‘Okay, that’s why that happened.’ You react non-emotionally and kind of see it for what it is. I think that’s when I do most of the songwriting.”

On the influence of Depeche Mode:

Love Is Gone comes out Feb. 2 on Roadrunner Records.

HORROR THEATRE IN TORONTO: THEATREFRONT Presents THE MILL Part Three: THE WOODS

Posted in Events, Ghosts, News, Theatre with tags , , , , , , on January 21, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

Holly Lewis as Lyca, photo by Chris Gallow

THEATREFRONT

Presents

THE MILL

Part Three: THE WOODS

“The productions are outright superb” National Post
Award-winning company THEATREFRONT continues their ghost story serial, THE MILL, with Part Three: THE WOODS, written by Tara Beagan and directed by Sarah Stanley.

A Canadian horror story, THE WOODS takes place in 1640, two centuries before Part One and Part Two. The mill does not yet exist.  The woods conceal a First Nations burial ground; the former site of a Wendat (Huron) settlement decimated by the imported ideals, and epidemics, of the French settlers.

Alberta born and raised, Tara Beagan has found an artistic home in Toronto. Her first play, Thy Neighbour’s Wife won the 2005 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play (Independent) with Beagan receiving an acting nomination for her role in the production. Writing credits include Dreary and Izzy and TransCanada, (Native Earth Performing Arts); Bad As I Am (Tarragon Playwrights Unit); and the multi-disciplinary site-specific Fort York (Crate Productions).

Former Artistic Director of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Sarah Stanley is a director, dramaturge, and theatrical investigator. Directing highlights include the award winning Oedipus (Ned Dickens), Beaver (Claudia Dey), Steel Kiss/Gulag (Robin Fulford) and Romeo and Juliet (under the Bathurst Street bridge).

Part One: NOW WE ARE BRODY, written by Matthew MacFadzean and directed by Daryl Cloran, and Part Two: THE HURON BRIDE, written by Hannah Moscovitch and directed by Christian Barry, which premiered in the fall, will return for the final week of THE WOODS’ run.  Part Four: ASH, written by Damien Atkins and directed by Jennifer Tarver, will conclude the cycle next season, with all four plays running in repertory.

THE MILL is the largest and most ambitious project to date for THEATREFRONT.  Four plays, created by four playwrights and four directors, span four hundred years in order to investigate Canada’s haunted relationship with its past.

What the critics have said about THEATREFRONT’S THE MILL so far:

“You’ll probably have the shit scared out of you by Hannah Moscovitch’s The Huron Bride. The second installment of The Mill, a four-part series of supernatural tales set in Upper Canada, is full of mysterious things that go bump in the night.” NOW Toronto

“My heart was racing, my skin crawled, and my whole body tensed. I was at the Tank House Theatre and I was terrified.” Twisitheatreblog.com

“When you walk into the theatre you see and smell wood, you smell sawdust, it’s fantastic and incredibly effective.  The Mill is a spooky romp, the cast is very fine, effects are eye-popping, and characters fly.  It keeps the hairs on the back on your neck spiked!”
CBC Radio One

“Holly Lewis’ Lyca, the frightfully alluring ghost figure is about as creepy as it gets. You’ll be looking under the bed twice before turning off the lights tonight. Is it too early to speculate if The Mill is destined for Shaw Festival country?” TorontoStage.com

“The Mill, set in northern Ontario, is [Theatrefront’s] Canadian project. So far, it’s a winner. It may even have invented a new genre, Pioneer Gothic.” National Post

THEATREFRONT presents

THE MILL Part Three: THE WOODS

Written by Tara Beagan, Directed by Sarah Stanley


The Mill Ensemble: Maev Beaty, Frank Cox-O’Connell, Richard Greenblatt, Eric Goulem,

Ryan Hollyman, Michelle Latimer, Holly Lewis and Michelle Monteith

Set Design – Gillian Gallow o Costume Design – Dana Osborne

Lighting Design – Andrea Lundy

Sound Design and Composition – Richard Feren o Projection Design – Ben Chaisson

Young Centre for the Performing Arts, Tank House Theatre, Distillery Historic District

March 18-April 3, 2010

Part Three: THE WOODS previews March 18 & 19, Opens Saturday, March 20

Runs March 24, 25, 26, 27, 31, April 3 @ 8pm, and March 27 and April 3 @ 2pm

Part One: NOW WE ARE BRODY runs March 29, and April 1 @ 8pm

Part Two: THE HURON runs March 30 and April 2 @ 8pm

All Tickets $30 / Students $20 o Previews $15

Box Office 416.866.8666 or http://www.youngcentre.ca

http://www.theatrefront.com

TONIGHT IN TORONTO! RUE MORGUE’S CINEMACABRE PRESENTS TAXIDERMIA!

Posted in Events, Movies, News, Rue Morgue with tags , , , , , on January 21, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

In Toronto tonight, Jan. 21? I’ll meet you at The Bloor for Cinemacabre…

Rue Morgue Magazine presents

György Pálfi’s
TAXIDERMIA

Thursday January 21 @ 9:30pm
exclusively at
The Bloor Cinema
506 Bloor Street West – Toronto, Canada

Classic Trailers!

“A man who ejaculates flame; a morbidly obese eating champion; a baby born with a tail and a taxidermist with a hideous flair for the artistic. Outside of David Cronenberg, you’ve never seen body horror as disturbing, perverse or original as in the bizarre journey into the grotesque that is TAXIDERMIA. Hungarian director György Pálfi’s genre-bending look at three generations of strange men will at times turn your stomach, make you laugh, creep you out and touch a nerve. Find out for yourself why TAXIDERMIA is a work of truly disturbing genius.”

One Night Only!
Ghastly Prizes!

“Taxidermia sets a benchmark for body horror in the cinema.” – Variety

TORONTO 1-YR ANNIVERSARY OF REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA SHADOW CAST THIS FRIDAY! DIRECTOR PRESENT!

Posted in Events, Music, News with tags , , , , , , , , on January 20, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

"Graverobber, Graverobber..."

Perhaps not unexpectedly, the cult of director Darren Lynn Bousman’s oddball Goth rock opera Repo! The Genetic Opera — the one that co-starred Paris Hilton, Skinny Puppy’s Ogre and Buff’y‘s Anthony Stewart Head — continues to thrive, with multiple “shadow casts” (who, Rocky Horror Picture-style, act out the on-screen action live and in costume) popping up across North America in the wake of its release back in the fall of ’08. Toronto’s company, the “Repo! Shadow Cats,” are celebrating their one-year anniversary this Friday, Jan. 22, at The Bloor Theatre with a special Repo burlesque show “where all your favourite Repo characters will be stripping down” apparently. Largo, too?

Bousman will be there and The Dark Lord Bunnykins is trying to wrangle the man into an on-camera interview to discuss the Repo! phenomenon yet again. We’ll also ask about his upcoming re-imagining of the Troma “classic” Mother’s Day, his recent wedding, and his thoughts on that other organ repossession film coming out this spring, Repo Men.

So come out to the Bloor to “celebrate one year of organ reposessions, blood, boobs and dirty humour.”

More details are available on the Shadow Cats’ Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/event.php?eid=226738229135&index=1.

See you at the opera!

TERRIFYING TUESDAYS: PANDORUM (2009) DVD REVIEW

Posted in DVD, Monsters, Reviews with tags , , , , , on January 19, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

PANDORUM (2009)

Starring Ben Foster, Dennis Quaid and Antje Trau

Directed by Christian Alvart

Written by Christian Alvart and Travis Malloy

Alliance


Like Event Horizon before it, Pandorum combines visionary science fiction themes with horror tropes, to only mixed success.

Dennis Quaid as Payton

Played by the intense Ben Foster (30 Days of Night), our hero Bower is a crew member aboard the malfunctioning deep space craft Elysium. Newly awakened from cryogenic suspension, Bower cannot initially remember who he is, how long he’s been asleep, or his mission. His superior officer Payton (Dennis Quaid: Dreamscape) revives and Bower goes out to investigate the seemingly dead ship, only to discover that the Elysium, which is carrying the remnants of humanity to a new world after the destruction of the Earth years before, is infested with vicious monsters hungry for flesh. Those few passengers who have revived live in fear of both the creatures and their fellow men, some of whom will do anything to survive.

Antje Trau as Nadia

Pandorum (the word refers to an insanity developed by astronauts during their years of deep space travel) is the result of a synthesis of two scripts, neither of which seem to have paid much attention to character development. Director Christian Alvart (Antibodies) keeps the film humming along action-wise, and he and his crew’s attention to detail make Pandorum one of the most realistic-looking and conceptually fully-realized sci-fi films ever made. (He freely admits his indebtedness to Alien and the world it created on the commentary track he shares with producer Jeremy Bolt.) The creatures which terrorize the crew members are also impressive, most of their physical creepiness the result of practical effects, with only slight and unnoticeable assists from CG. (Alvart cast André Hennicke, the star of his first film, the impressive serial killer thriller Antibodies, in the role of the lead hunter.)

Quaid with Cam Gigandet as Gallo

What makes Pandorum especially disappointing is its unrealized potential. The film’s mythology, well-explicated in the DVD’s behind-the-scenes featurettes and the filmmaker commentary, is involving, especially the origins of the monsters roaming the Elysum, baying for blood. It’s great to see Dennis Quaid onscreen, and Foster does his best with an underwritten role. (Brief flashbacks to his character’s wife, meant to humanize him according to Bolt, come off as perfunctory; concessions to character before getting back to the action.)

Ben Foster as Bower

A serious film, Pandorum has its fair share of scares but not a lot of thrills.

Rating: 3/5

NEW ZOMBIE SHOW, WOKE UP DEAD, TO BROADCAST ON SHOWCASE.CA

Posted in News, Zombies with tags , , , on January 14, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

PRESS RELEASE:

ZOMBIES ATTACK SHOWCASE.CA


Website gets exclusive rights to hit online comedy series Woke Up Dead

Series stars Napoleon Dynamite’s Jon Heder and Seinfeld’s Wayne Knight


Showcase.ca hooks viewers up with the exclusive Canadian premiere of zombie comedy Woke Up Dead. The web series stars Napoleon Dynamite himself, Jon Heder, appearing in top-notch zombie form during the series of 22 five-minute webisodes. New episodes of Woke Up Dead invade showcase.ca three times a week beginning February 1, 2010 through the end of March 2010.

Woke Up Dead stars Jon Heder as “Drex Greene,” a down-and-out college grad who finds himself undergoing a sudden and inexplicable transformation from everyday zero to zombie hero. With his newfound zombie powers and the help of his best friend, wannabe filmmaker Matt (Josh Gad) and med student Cassie (Krysten Ritter), Drex breathes new life into his dead-end job and lackluster love life. In his quest for answers, Drex discovers that being dead has its privileges.

Woke Up Dead is a perfect fit for showcase.ca. It’s hilarious, outrageous and it complements the existing line-up of top-notch original video content available on our site,” said Chris Harris, Director, Online Content, Canwest Broadcasting.

Woke Up Dead is an American web series that premiered on Crackle, the Sony Pictures Entertainment owned website. Woke Up Dead is a production of Electric Farm Entertainment and is executive produced by Brent V. Friedman, Stan Rogow, and Jeff Sagansky. The series was created, written and directed by Josh Had. Heder’s co-stars are Krysten Ritter, Josh Gad and Wayne Knight.