Archive for May, 2012

EXCL: OREN PELI TALKS “CHERNOBYL DIARIES”

Posted in Gore, Interviews, Monsters, Movies, Violence with tags , , , , , , , on May 24, 2012 by darklordbunnykins

The DLB recently sat down with Oren Peli, the director of the first Paranormal Activity movie and producer of the upcoming horror film Chernobyl Diaries about a group of tourists visiting the site of the 1986 Ukrainian nuclear disaster. Here Peli talks about his memories of Chernobyl, working with first-time director Brad Parker, and scary Serbian secret forces dogs.

 

What memories, if any, did you have about the Chernobyl Disaster when you were coming up with the story idea?

I was 16 when it happened, and the main thing was there was so much confusion and misinformation about what happened. I remember that the Soviet government didn’t actually admit that anything was going on. I think it was either a Norwegian or Swedish scientist who noticed this big radiation cloud over Europe, and wondered what the hell was going on. And finally they did admit it, I think, two or three days after the fact. ‘Well, it was the weekend. We didn’t want to bother anyone during the weekend.’ All these weird excuses.

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WRETCHED REVIEWS: THE CORRIDOR

Posted in Eye Candy, Gore, Movies, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Violence with tags , , , , on May 18, 2012 by darklordbunnykins

The Corridor

Starring Stephen Chambers, James Gilbert and David Patrick Flemming

Directed by Evan Kelly

Written by Josh MacDonald

D Films

 

Horror and sci-fi intersect in interesting if odd ways in The Corridor, an independent Canadian thriller low in budget but high in concept.

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WRETCHED REVIEWS: MOTHER’S DAY

Posted in DVD, Gore, Movies, Remakes, Reviews, Rue Morgue, Serial Killers, Thriller, Violence with tags , , , , , , , on May 12, 2012 by darklordbunnykins

MOTHER’S DAY

Starring Rebecca De Mornay, Jaime King and Patrick John Flueger

Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman

Written by Scott Milam

Alliance Home Entertainment

 

It’s hard not to get excited about a movie when the director is excited. When I spoke to director Darren Lynn Bousman back in summer 2009 from the Winnipeg set of Mother’s Day for Rue Morgue Magazine, the Saw II – IV director was ecstatic about the film’s progress and his cast, which included Rebecca De Mornay as the titular psycho mom.

So seeing Mother’s Day released straight to video (sorry, DVD and Blu-ray) nearly three years after completion of filming made me think that a) Bousman was getting screwed or b) the movie must be awful, despite fellow horror journalists reporting how good it was. Fortunately, the latter has turned out to be (mostly) the truth.

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EXCL: CHLOE MORETZ ON GETTING HER “DARK SHADOWS” ROLE

Posted in Eye Candy, Ghosts, Gore, Goth, Interviews, Movies, Supernatural, TV, Vampires, Werewolves, Witches with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 11, 2012 by darklordbunnykins

The DLB spoke with actress Chloe Moretz recently in conjunction with the home video release of Hugo, her collaboration with Martin Scorsese. Of course we just had to ask about her role in Dark Shadows. Director Tim Burton’s much-anticipated movie version of the ’60s soap opera casts frequent Burton collaborator Johnny Depp as the cursed vampire Barnabas Collins, a role originated by recently deceased Canadian actor Jonathan Frid. Moretz plays Carolyn, the sullen teen daughter of Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, played by Michelle Pfeiffer.

 

What was it like working with Tim Burton?

Working with Tim was such an experience. I don’t even know what to say because he’s probably been my dream, dream, dream director, along with Scorsese of course, to work with.

My mom and my brother didn’t actually tell me because they had called in and they had said that they wanted me for the movie, and of course my mom and my brother didn’t tell me in case it didn’t go through or something, and if it feel through I would be so devastated.

So they didn’t tell me, but after the deal went through my brother and I had landed in New York to do a photoshoot, I think, or something. And we had just landed, got off the plane, and [Moretz’s brother] Trevor received an email from my mom saying the deal’s gone through, oh my gosh, we’re so excited. It’s happening. Of course he turns to me as we’re docking the plane, and he goes, ‘So Chlo, what we were going to tell you is you’ve booked a Tim Burton film for Dark Shadows and it films in three months, and I was like ‘What!?’ I just started freaking out on the plane, and everyone was like ‘what is wrong with that girl?’ And I was like freaking out, like ‘oh my Gosh!’ And I freaked out so much that I actually left my iPad on the plane. It was a pretty special thing.

I’m in love with Tim and I’m in love with Johnny and Helena [Bonham Carter] and Michelle Pfeiffer and everyone. It’s a really special, special movie.