Saturday, November 30, 2013

R.I.P. Paul Walker

Actor Paul Walker, perhaps best know for his role in The Fast and the Furious movies, has died. He was 40 and leaves behind a 15-year-old daughter.

Word has it he was a passenger in a friend's car when the vehicle crashed. His death was confirmed in a tweet by New Regency productions. He was attending a charity event for Reach Out Worldwide at the time.

Walker was working on the latest Fast and Furious movie under director James Wan and had another film, Hours, slated for release this month.

A statement by Universal: "All of us at Universal are heartbroken. Paul was truly one of the most beloved and respected members of our studio family for 14 years, and this loss is devastating to us, to everyone involved with the 'Fast and Furious' films, and to countless fans."

While the Fast and Furious movies were Walker's gravy train, he also did stellar work in the flick Running Scared, a Basement favourite. No one likes to see someone's life ended so soon. This is truly a sad event, and our hearts go out to Walker's family and friends.

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A new look at Tom Hardy as Mad Max

Yes, George Miller's latest installment in his Mad Max franchise is still a couple of years away, but our boys at Arrow in the Head have scored a new look at the new Max.

And it can be confirmed that Tom Hardy, who steps in for Mel Gibson, does indeed look like the Road Warrior. This is a good thing. Observe:

We don't know much about Mad Max: Fury Road other than it's a continuation of the series, not a reboot or remake. Gibson didn't return because, well, you know.

Mad Max: Fury Road also stars Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. It hits theatres in the three-extra-dollars format on May 15, 2015

Source: Arrow in the Head

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Friday, November 29, 2013

Jason and Shawn versus Bounty Killer and I Declare War

Bounty Killer

Jason: I am madly in lust with Mary Death, AKA Christian Pitre. She's one bad ass chick and looks dead sexy in every shot she's in. And although exceptionally hot, I still believed she could kick all that ass. Kudos to her. Bounty Killer does overstay it's welcome a bit. And Gary Busey is underused, although he was probably drunk and/or high for most of the filming. But I'd still watch this again. There's been few movies in the last year that have been as violent, bloody, funny and sexy as this. Which is to say I was highly entertained by this flick. It's a Good.

Shawn: Now here is a movie that is geared for adults in every way, shape and form. Did I dig this post apocalyptic business killing dreamland? You betcha, I had a great time....for one watch. I'll give it a Bad, but it was much closer to a Good than some. It dragged on a tad too long, tried to tie in too much story in a movie that was mostly straight forward. I wouldn't seek it out to watch again, but if I walked in a room while someone was watching it, I'd watch it too!

I Declare War

Jason: I Declare War perfectly captures the drama, double crosses, bitter rivalries, and over-active imaginations that all boys -- at least the ones that I knew -- had playing war. Hell, to this day I blow people up with my mind or laser vision. The best part of this movie was seeing the war game through the kids' eyes. Sure, they were carrying toys and sticks and had to make “pow pow” sounds. But we saw it as they saw it, real guns firing real bullets. Real grenades that really exploded. None of this paint BS. While some sensitive types might cringe at this portrayal, I loved it. I will watch this again. Hell, I intend to own it. And anyone that enjoys a good damn movie should watch it. 'Cause it's Good!

Shawn: Interesting concept. But BIIIIIIGEST gripe with this movie is who the flaming fuck is the target audience supposed to be, hmmmm???!?!!? As a parent, I don't care to see a bunch of 11 year olds running around the woods swearing and torturing each other. War is fine, but what was with the "realism" of the imagination taking over. I mean, cool that you did that, if the target audience was kids. But the profanity and levels of racism etc is for the adults, but then you left out the gory part, as if it were for kids. Points for originality, but not enough for a Good. Bad. I spent the bulk of the movie not understanding why it was made. And the lead kid needed a good smack. Period.
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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Jason versus The World's End

Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and writer/director Edgar Wright hit comedy gold with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. Do the comedic trio score a hat trick with their latest effort? Stick with me!

Five friends who reunite in an attempt to top their epic pub crawl from 20 years earlier unwittingly become humankind's only hope for survival.

First off no, this isn't as funny as Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz. Which isn't to say that it isn't hilarious or equally as entertaining. But The World's End isn't a laugh riot, although it is pretty damn funny. Reading my email?

The World's End is more reflective; it's a study of one hitting middle age with a career, wife and kids -- or, as is the case with Pegg's character, hitting middle age with none of the above -- and looking back on your youth and dreams for the future and how it all sorted out.

It's also a movie about aliens taking over the world. For the record.

Suffice to say, The World's End is a ride. It's funny, touching, exciting and full of humanity. And there's fighting, lots of drinking, and more than a few reflections on life, the universe and everything. If any of this makes any sense drop me a line at I've had a few myself.

Bottom line, I enjoyed the hell out of The World's End. I found all the characters relatable -- even the alien Network -- and had a hoot during the entire running time. Wright, Pegg and Frost are a tough act to beat, so I say join 'em! A Good for me. Fans won't be disappointed. 
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Horror Hottie Month: Bounty Killer, I Declare War and the Jessica Cameron interview

What's the only thing better than one horror hottie? How about two! Which is why The Basement's Horror Hottie Month continues with a 30-minute conversation with award-winning, Canadian-born scream queen Jessica Cameron.

Jessica starred in dozens of projects before doing double duty on the horror flick Truth or Dare, which is currently earning rave reviews on the festival circuit. When Jessica wasn't being menaced in front of the camera on this dark tale, she was calling the shots behind the scenes in her directorial debut.

This scream queen is one candid chick, and the interview she had with Jason is one Basementites won't soon forget. As Jason and Shawn like to say, stick with us!

And stick around for reviews of the post-apocalyptic action/comedy Bounty Killer and the Canadian action flick I Declare War. Well, it's as actiony as a movie about 11 year olds can get. How do these two flicks stack up? Tune in tomorrow morning when the podcast goes live!

Now for a look at our fine entertainment.

Bounty Killer

I Declare War

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

80s horror anthology Monsters heads to DVD

I never got to check out any of the 72 episodes that made up the hit syndicated show Monsters during its original run from 1988 to 1991. Nor have I caught the reruns on Syfy or Chiller, or our Space network for that matter.

But Basementites will soon have the chance as the complete series is scheduled for release on DVD via Entertainment One on Feb. 25 with a retail price of about $100. No special features have been announced for the nine-disc set.

Monsters was produced by the same company behind the popular Tales from the Darkside TV series, and featured such notable guests as John Saxon, Lili Taylor, Meat Loaf, and Adrienne Barbeau.

The DVD box art is by way of Fangoria. Can't say it does much for me.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Jason Voorhees kills again in 2015

First the latest chapter in the Insidious franchise claimed a 2015 release date and now another popular, and long running, horror series has asked fans to save the date that year.

The next Friday the 13th movie lands on March 13, 2015. That's a Friday, for the record.

Nothing else is known about the flick. There's no script or director attached, no confirmation on whether or not it'll be a direct sequel to the 2009 film or found footage, as some recent rumours suggest. And no one has been cast, so who's to say if Derek Mears, Kane Hodder or any of the other former Jasons will once again put on the hockey mask and wield the machete.

What we do know is countless Friday the 13th fans just plugged that date into their calendar.

More on this project as it develops.

Source: Bloody Disgusting
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