Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Bigfoot Movie Podcast

As previously mentioned, I recently appeared on The Paranormal Chronicles Network with Gavin Davies to chat about some movies on the 2 and a half hour bigfoot special. You can now listen to the segment on it's own, in all it's glory with some very amusing slideshow pictures. Hear us discuss "Exists", "Night of the Demon" and "Harry and the Hendersons" in some pretty graphic detail. We had a blast doing this so I hope you enjoy TMMDI's first foray into the podcast world!

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Puppet Master reboot gets a director

Rumours have been swirling for a while now that a Puppet Master reboot is in the works, and now the director's chair has been filled. Fresh off his horror-western masterpiece Bone Tomahawk (2015), S. Craig Zahler will be looking to reinvigorate the long running franchise. Considering the huge impact he's made with only one film behind him, I find it a little odd that he would choose to take on a reboot (of a series with no less than 10 entries!) but I'm guessing that he must already be a fan. 

As you can see from the poster, the film already has a title and a distinct Nazisploitation approach (following on from the previous 2 entries) which makes me wonder if this will really be a reboot or just another sequel. We'll find out, when the project finally surfaces

Do you want to see an 11th Puppet Master film? Would you rather Zahler direct original projects?

Monday, 2 May 2016

TMMDI on The Paranormal Chronicles Network

It gives me great pleasure to announce the very first collaboration between They Made Me Do It and The Paranormal Chronicles network. TPCN will be releasing a series of podcasts analysing various areas of the paranormal and will feature yours truly covering representations of those topics in movie form. The very first episode covers all things Bigfoot and features interviews with experts, eyewitnesses and me at 2:05, enjoy and let us know what you think!

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Sunday, 1 May 2016

Movie B Bad #7: Night of the Demon (1980)

Night of the Demon is a 1980 Bigfoot horror film. Directed by James C Wasson and starring Michael Cutt (Volcano) and Paul Kelleher (Spirits of the Fall). The film appeared on the original video nasties list due to "gory mayhem".

The movie is told as a flashback from the perspective of Professor Nugent, an anthropology professor who takes his students on a field trip to look for bigfoot. After recounting several grisly incidents in the classroom (again in flashback format) they take to the hills where they locate local landowner Lou Carlson and get him to spill the beans on his own Sasquatch encounters. This eventually leads them to discover a cannibalistic, pagan cult lurking in the woods and, in turn, links them to "crazy Wanda", a local woman who has had some serious bigfoot encounters. She regails them with her tale of being raped by bigfoot and producing a lovechild before the beast storms the cabin and lays waste to our overly curious heroes.

Night of the Demon is utterly incomprehensible. Most of the film is told through a flashback, and sometimes flashbacks within flashbacks, and it's never clear who is relating the scene or how it fits into the time line. The editing is psychotic, the acting hideous and the soundtrack endlessly irritating. The "mayhem" that landed it on the video nasties list is laughable and the effects are pretty shoddy for the time.

However, the real draw with this movie is the ambition and creativity with which the bigfoot creature maims and kills his victims. The attempts to further the plot are certainly tedious, but when bigfoot gets going, it's like a mix tape of things you thought you'd never see in a movie. This includes bigfoot raping a young girl, a sleeping bag hammer throw, intestine flailing, forcing girl scouts to have a knife fight, ritualistic gimp sex and, most famously, ripping the dick off a biker.

Like many video nasties, night of the demon is an appallingly made film and a real struggle to get through. Those who do will be rewarded with schlocky violence and really quite perverse sex scenes. If you're a bigfoot or video nasty completist then it may be worth a watch, otherwise you may never get these 95 minutes back.

* 1 Star

Have you managed to see the movie? Do you know any other Bigfoot movies?

Saturday, 30 April 2016

King Kong runs into legal trouble

It would seem that the upcoming Kong: Skull  Island has run into some legal trouble according to The Hollywood Reporter. Legendary/Warner Bros. are being sued by Joe DeVito, a man who claims that he created the entire Skull Island universe years ago and had in fact pitched the idea to the studios themselves. He is alleging that his ideas have been stolen without credit or compensation and are being used as the basis for the upcoming 2017 blockbuster origin story.

With shooting well underway and a $190 million budget invested, you can bet Mr DeVito is going to receive a hefty settlement, but what does this mean for the reputation of Legendary and their planned LCU?(Legendary Cinematic Universe)

What do you think of these claims? Do you think Skull Island was stolen?

Thursday, 28 April 2016

"Newt" returning for Alien 5

Neil Blomkamp's Alien 5 has finally revealed a much rumoured casting choice in announcing that Carrie Henn will be reprising her role as Newt from Aliens (1986). She will be joining Michael Biehn as Corporal Hicks despite both characters having died between the events of Aliens and Alien 3 (1992). Many seem happy to ignore the main canon in favour of reviving these characters but we'll have to wait for Ridley Scott to release his own "Alien: Covenant" before getting a chance to see the grown up Newt and Hicks in action.

What do you think of the decision? Is the Alien universe becoming too complicated?

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Midnight Special (2016): Review

Midnight Special is a 2016 science fiction film. Directed by Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter, Mud) and starring Michael Shannon (Bug), Joel Edgerton (Animal Kingdom), Adam Driver (The Force Awakens) and newcomer Jaeden Lieberher (St Vincent) . This is Nichols fourth feature film and the fourth to feature Michael Shannon.

The film revolves around “special” child Alton (Lieberher) as he flees a Texas cult with his father Roy (Shannon) and family friend Lucas (Edgerton). After an FBI operation storms the cult, led by Sevier (Driver), we learn that Alton has unique powers including being able to predict the end of the world from government satellite data. Along with Alton’s mother Sarah (Kirstin Dunst) the group are chased across the state by FBI and cult members alike as Alton’s health begins to deteriorate rapidly. With a little help from Sevier, Sarah and Alton are able make it to a set of co-ordinates and we finally find out what happens on the 6th March.

Nichols himself has stated the vastly underrated Starman (1983) as a major influence on this film and the presence of John Carpenter and Steven Spielberg is felt throughout. However, unlike Starman, Nichols chooses to start the film with Alton already on the run and maintains this tense, nostalgic chase feel throughout the film. The film also feels a lot like A.I (2001), another underrated piece, and the talented young Lieberher provides the central performance that really draws you in (much like the young Haley Joel Osment).

The supporting cast are also excellent in the form of the always reliable Michael Shannon and Joel Edgerton and Adam Driver turns in a very timely subtle performance to counter balance his recent turn as pantomime villain in Star Wars. Nichols direction is impeccable and the cinematography and use of light easily puts this film up with the best of Spielberg and Carpenter, visually speaking. That being said, the script is no slouch either and manages to create a genuine, sentimental tone (but not sugary) to a film that is essentially about a boy that can shoot lasers out of his eyes and bring satellites crashing to earth with an emotion.

A rare example of a thoughtful and original sci fi film that weaves mystery around a solid emotional core. Midnight special captures the mood of Carpenter and Amlin films without becoming a pastiche and is able to tell a fresh and intriguing story through rose tinted glasses (much like JJ Abrams' Super 8). Nichols continues to prove he is an indy filmmaker with an ambitious vision and Midnight Special may just prove to be one of the best sci fi films of the year.

**** 4 Stars

What did you think of the film? Does it borrow too much from older films?