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‘Heavy Metal’ Magazine Documentary in Development at Fox Digital

Fox Digital Studio, Heavy Metal Media, and 4th Row Films are currently developing a feature film documentary about the history and influence of the quintessential sci-fi/horror/ fantasy comic magazine Heavy Metal according to an exclusive report from Variety.  

Director Douglas Tirola is attached to the film, making it the second time that the director has worked on a documentary based on a magazine, the first being The National Lampoon documentary entitled Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead. 

Steven Johnson, Fox Digital’s VP of Production, praised the project, stating that “We are very interested in making pop-culture docs and horror/sci-fi content at FDS. Heavy Metal is the perfect fit; it was a tremendous influence on so many great artists and filmmakers of the genre, and Douglas has a vision that’s going to deliver something really unique.” read more

Artwork Released for ‘The Dark Heart of Jason Voorhees: The Making of the Final Friday’

Horror fans love “making of” documentaries. What fan doesn’t want to find out what was going through the director’s mind as they filmed a particular favorite scene or killed off a main character? Well, director Nick Hunt (Safe Place) and producers Adam Marcus (director of Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday) and Johnny Macabre (Don’t F*ck in the Woods) will be taking us on a journey of what was going on behind the scenes of that crazy ninth installment of the Friday the 13th franchise: Jason Goes to Hell.

While the team is keeping tight-lipped on what stars from the 1993 film are appearing in the documentary, they are set to begin filming later this year in hopes of a late 2018 release. According to their press release, “through interviews and behind the scenes details, you will understand the unique landscape the series was in at the time, having just changed studios and already being on the road to the eventual Freddy vs. Jason film which wouldn’t see release for another 8 years. You will see the unusual hand Adam Marcus was dealt and the immense pressure and scrutiny which was placed on him during production. And you will see genre greats, both who were in the film and not, weigh in on Jason’s journey to hell.”

In preparation for their release, Nick Hunt has released the first artwork (below) for the documentary done by artist Chris Fischer.

 

Stay tuned to Horror News Network for more info on The Dark Heart of Jason Voorhees: The Making of the Final Friday as it drops.

 

Stay gory my friends.

Funko Announces Cereal Line Featuring Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, Freddy Krueger, and Beetlejuice

In an announcement sure to excite Funko collectors, horror fans, and non-healthy cereal aficionados everywhere, Funko Founder Michael Becker just unveiled a new cereal product line, and naturally, mini-Pop figures will be included in the box.

Becker revealed this surprise in an interview with The Coronado Eagle and Journal and said that the Funko O’s line would include Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, Freddy Kruger, and Beetlejuice, among others.

Becker stated that the complany will ” …start shipping to stores in June and we have the distribution set up and the product is pre-sold. It’s just one more of those feel-good Funko items. I used to watch cartoons on Saturday mornings while I was eating cereal. There are prizes in the cereal and it will sell for $7.99 a box. When you add milk to the Freddie Kruger cereal, it looks blood red. With the Beetle Juice cereal, when you add milk it looks like slime.”

Don’t start forming a line at your local supermarket however, as “The idea is to sell the cereal to retailers who carry collectibles. We can’t compete with Kellogg’s at Ralphs (a California Supermarket chain). We think people will buy one box to stock and one to rock. They’ll probably open one box and enjoy it and never touch the other one, because it’s a collectible.”

In addition to the cereal, Funko collectors will be interested to hear that a documentary about the origins of the company will soon be revealed in Making Fun – The Story of Funko.  Check out the trailer below and stay tuned to Horror News Network for more information about the cereals and further Funko Toy news.

HNN Productions Unveils Poster Art for ‘Halloween in a Box’ Documentary

For many of us, the Halloween season triggers fond memories of selecting a Halloween costume based on our favorite monsters, superheroes and more. For kids today, picking out just the right costume shares many similarities with the process of the past (Who is my favorite character? Just how scary do I want my costume to be?). However some of the characteristics of classic Halloween costuming for kids have been lost to time. Fortunately, HNN Productions will soon have fans covered on all of the gritty details with a feature-length documentary on the storied history of the classic retail costumes of yesteryear!

Entitled Halloween in a Box, the film will explore the history of a time when costumes came in a complete package in a decorative window box. Spanning the 1920s to the 1990s, the documentary will cover the tradition of trick or treating in costumes by such classic manufacturers as Ben Cooper Inc, Collegeville and Halco.

Directed by HNN founder Rob Caprilozzi, the working title for the film was originally Plastic Masks and Vinyl Smocks. Caprilozzi said the title was changed to more accurately reflect the complete scope of the content of the project: “When I was a kid the costumes were made out of vinyl. I didn’t want people to think this was just about my era. This documentary encompasses the complete history of Halloween costumes.”

Horror News Network is pleased to share a first look at the official poster art for the film! Created by artist Jeff Zornow, the image captures the look and feel of the nostalgic memories we all have of trick or treating as kids. Caprilozzi says that Zornow was his first choice for the film’s poster art since the advent of the project: “I wanted an artist who not only loved these costumes but could also add their unique feel to it as well.”

You can view the entire image below:

More promotional materials for Halloween in a Box will be available soon. Caprilozzi said, “We are currently in post production and are hoping to have a teaser trailer by the end of this year.” In the meantime, you can check out www.hnnproductions.net and stay tuned to Horror News Network for more details on this exciting project as they break!

‘Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary’ Review

Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary

Directors: John Campopiano and Justin White

Release Date: Special Combo Edition July 2016, Regular Edition October 2016

Rating: 9 out of 10

Synopsis: A thorough examination and reminiscence on an underappreciated horror film.

Our Thoughts:  1989 was not the best time for horror film fans.  The early 80’s slasher genre was all but dead, the innovative directors of the decade were starting to slow down, and a plethora of questionable sequels like Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason takes Manhattan and Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child filled your local multiplex.  This is not to say that I didn’t see these films; in fact, I saw pretty much all of them in the theater.  As a junior in high school who was obsessed with heavy metal and horror, it is pretty much a certainty that if you could get in a time machine and travel back to 1989, you would invariably find me and my friends at the theater on opening night, along with the raucous teen audiences who made even these “lesser lights” of the horror genre successes.   

Friday, April 21st of that year would be no exception.  I can recall the typical Friday night ritual of this night fairly accurately.  It involved a trip to Ponderosa for a cheap steak with a buffet/salad bar combo and a walk across street to the local UA Theater for the 9:30 showing of Pet Sematary.   The theater was packed and we were forced to sit closer to the screen than we would have liked.  I was more hopeful than usual that this film would deliver the horror goods, being based on a Stephen King novel.   I was not disappointed, but the film did not start well for me.  Due to a combination of factors (the Ponderosa meal, too much butter on the popcorn, or the proximity to the screen), when  Brad Greenquist’s character Victor Pascow appeared on the gigantic screen with his head smashed apart, I started to get sick.  Somehow I fought the urge to vomit, and I stayed for the rest of the show which turned out to be one of the more disturbing and scary films of that late decade.

The filmmakers of the new documentary Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary must have felt the same way as I did about this film, because it certainly appears to be a labor of love for an underappreciated horror film.  The documentary focuses on the entire process from the origins of the novel and the pre-production, to the tales of on-the-set antics and movie magic.  The fact that the directors John Campopiano and Justin White were able to put the entire story of this film together without footage from the actual film is a true achievement.  Most documentaries that attempt to tell the story of a film without the source material come off as amateur “fan-made” videos.  With Unearthed, it is barely noticeable due to the amount of archival footage and interviews with the cast and production crew.

Aside from King and the late Fred Gwynne, almost everyone involved in the production helps weave the tale of an ambitious and well-planned film.  Director Mary Lambert is particularly insightful, sharing set stories and also the motivation that went into choices that made the film a success.  She details everything from casting a male actor Andrew Hubatsek to play the horrific Zelda Goldman, to the conditions of the 1988 Writer’s Strike that allowed the production to start in the first place.  Lambert, who was primarily known for making Madonna music videos such as “Like a Prayer”  and “Material Girl”, did not work in the film industry much after this job (other than the forgettable sequel),  and it is unfortunate that she did not have the chance to work with the same high quality script and cast again.

All principal actors as well as the local Maine extras are interviewed and each adds varying degrees of insight and humor to the documentary.  Dale Midkiff and Denise Crosby detail much of the production as the mother and father of the Creed Family.  Gage Creed, the at times cherubic and demonic child, played by Miko Hughes also discusses what life was like on the set for a child actor and how his memories of the events and film have changed over the years.  The entire cast’s reflections on the late Fred Gwynne (of Herman Munster fame) are particularly poignant and they all give much of the success of the film to his contributions as an actor and mentor to many of the members of the crew.

No stone (or grave) is left unturned in this documentary.  Some highlights include the details and stories related to the misspelling of the word “Cemetary”, the extensive make-up and special effects (which my stomach “fondly” remembers), and how the Ramones were included in the score and the story behind the title track.  I would not be surprised if the success and quality of this documentary leads to a long-overdue updated blu ray edition of the feature film and I hope that Campopiano and White turn their attention to other genre gems of the 80’s.

The special edition film (now sold out) will be released by Terror Films this July, but the regular edition blu ray will be released during the Halloween season in October.  For more information, visit: https://terror-films.myshopify.com/

UNEARTHED & UNTOLD: THE PATH TO PET SEMATARY Trailer, Poster & Special Promotion

In celebration of the 27th anniversary of the theatrical release of Pet Sematary, Terror Films has released the the trailer, poster and special promotion for their documentary UNEARTHED & UNTOLD: The Path To Pet Sematary. You can view the official press release below.

Los Angeles, April 21, 2016

TERROR FILMS Presents   “UNEARTHED & UNTOLD: THE PATH TO PET SEMATARY”

Premieres the Official Trailer, Poster & Special Promotion

In September of 2015, TERROR FILMS announced that it had acquired, “UNEARTHED & UNTOLD: The Path To Pet Sematary” – the documentary chronicling the origins of Stephen King’s bestselling horror novel, “PET SEMATARY” and its journey from script to screen. read more