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"Body horror, biological horror, organic horror or venereal horror is horror fiction in which the horror is principally derived from the graphic destruction or degeneration of the body" ~wikipedia
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
There is a place outside human knowledge, a place where myth and legend collide. A place far beyond human reasoning. The thin veil between reality and make-believe is lifted in The Endlands, a place not of imagination, for everything you see here is real.
In the Endlands, nothing is what it seems. noises are not what you think, no place is off limits.
Nothing is safe.
Welcome to a place where time stands still . . . no one leaves and no one will
Welcome to The Endlands
Monday, September 17, 2012
Whether you're a fan or not, you have to admit; the original THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE is a milestone of modern American cinema. It's gotten the remake treatment, (twice!) multiple sequels, and a prequel, not to mention numerous imitations. Having now found its way into the hands of Lionsgate, the production company that brought us the SAW series, the franchise is getting the 3D treatment.
Due for release in January, this latest murderous adventure of the series' unique main character are teased in a trailer that arrived just last week, which can be viewed here:
I'm not a reflexive hater of the remake trend; some decent ones have come along and the originals get a little attention during the cycle, so it's all good in my eyes. I don't have to watch the remakes of PULSE or BLACK CHRISTMAS, films that are already damn near perfect-and I haven't. TC3D, as I'm sure it will come to be known, appears to fall into the re-boot category -as opposed to a full-on remake or sequel; which means our friends at Lionsgate would have had to walk a line at some point between staying true to the expectations held by fans of the original, and crossing over into the expectations of today's casual horror moviegoer. Success is based on ticket sales, after all, and not the opinions of hardcore fans.
As one of the aforementioned hardcore fans of the original -and yes, some of the other entries- I have certain expectations of my own; cherished notions of what a TCM movie should be, you might say. Looking at the trailer, I mostly like what I see--mostly.
Tobe Hooper's "Bubba Sawyer" Leatherface, whose first appearance in the original is easily one of the most intensely terrifying moments in horror history, is a different kind of slasher, if he can even be called that. There are characters who kill because they enjoy it, and there are killers who kill because they have to-that voice in their heads you know, or that compulsion from a sinister source outside themselves. Leatherface -in his truest incarnation- kills because he sees it as a job. In his childish mind, he seems to have no more interest in what his victims are experiencing than any other butcher. We are food, ingredients for the chili and sausages and whatever other meat-based recipes his family might be cooking. Witness the dementedly poignant scene in TCM 3, in which a frustrated Bubba, engaging, perhaps, in some homeschooling on his See-and Spell, tries again and again to identify a picture of a boy , hunting and pecking the little keypad with his meaty fingers to spell F-U-D, over and over.
Even the 2003 remake and its prequel, with Leatherface pointedly made over as a different character with a new name (Thomas Hewitt) and different family, kept those elements of his personality that made us feel an odd sympathy for him--as though he was a hopelessly rabid dog who should be put down as a matter of mercy.
The TC3D trailer seems to paint a different picture. One telling scene has Ol' Leathy coming up behind a bound and seated captive, resting his chainsaw across her shoulder as if to mock her and instill terror, like one of the torture-happy villains of the Hostel films. Hardly something a butcher just putting in his daily hours would do with the unfortunate livestock sent to the slaughter on his watch. Perhaps I am reading the scene wrong. Time will tell. But the trailer, together with its synopsis, implies that our old meat-loving monster is sort of squatting in the film's requisite mansion, unattended by the also deranged but more functional family members who both cared for and manipulated the old Bubba--a manchild so unstable that it's doubtful he could have made it for long on his own; another reason he was of the "tragic monster" ilk, like so many classic horrors.
Now I have no problem with the notion that Leatherface could change, grow--even become more self-reliant to some degree. In TCM 2, we find our favorite hulking cannibal smitten with the film's Final Girl, even gifting her with the freshly-removed face of her dear friend, and coming to realize on some level that his beloved power tool is a surrogate phallus. If that's not character maturation I don't know what is.
However, reducing Leatherface to a silent, lumbering thrill killer seems a bit...generic, considering all that's come before.
Lionsgate has almost always been good to horror fans. Let's hope the film is so packed with amazing characterization that a brief trailer simply cannot do it justice-or that director John Luessenhop and the numerous writers have come up with a delicious twist that fits perfectly with Tobe Hooper's vision.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
The monstrous Tsul Kalu beasts of PROGENY are drawn from actual Cherokee mythological lore, underscoring the fact that there are legends of hairy humanoid giants in countless cultures throughout the world. Tsul Kalu is revered by the Cherokee (a.k.a. Tselagi) as The Ultimate Hunter. Its spirit was invoked in pre-hunt rituals designed to imbue the Indians with some measure of the great being’s stealth and skill.
From the North comes the term sasquatch, dervived once again from the Chehalis tribal name for a creature called sasq’ets, though the legend pre-dates the actual name. Also known as siatco, this version, like the Tsul Kalu, is considered a dangerous spiritual being, best left to its own devices.
Chiye-tanka, meaning literally “big brother” is the Lakota’s Bigfoot. By contrast to the Cherokee legend, to be touched by him, they believe, is to be blessed.
Dakota’s Ojibway nation sometimes refers to the beast
as “rugaru”, a Cree/ Algonquian pronunciation of the French term Loup Garou—or
There are numerous other North American Bigfoot legends-all from sources once isolated from one another before their myths and history began to be charted.
comes the legend of the Almasty-a female of whom is fabled to have long ago been
captured, trained, and even crossbred with men from a remote village!
Perhaps the most famous version of the creature is the Tibetan yeti-a reclusive-at times even invisible-entity revered in pre-Buddhist times-like the Tsul Kalu-as…God of Hunters.
Such coincidences would seem even less likely than the existence of the beast itself-if not for the many supernatural powers attributed to it. In any case, if the existence of the creature is ever confirmed, we may be opening an entirely different can of maggots—who is truly “superior”?