Highly Acclaimed New Trailer for The Millennium Bug | Horror Movie, DVD, & Book Reviews, News, Interviews at Dread Central
Millennium Bug, The (2011) | Horror Movie, DVD, & Book Reviews, News, Interviews at Dread CentralWe've been talking about the little indie flick The Millennium Bug (review here) for a long while around these parts, and with good reason ... it's a fun (if not a bit confused) little flick that's home to practical effects, mutant hillbillies, and giant monsters. What's not to like? A new trailer just debuted packing some buzz for the flick! Check it out!
Want more? If you head on over to the official Millennium Bug website, you can dig on a plethora of blogs that take you through the making-of the monsters and more!
When the Haskin family seeks refuge from Y2K hysteria in the isolated forests of the Sierra Diablos mountains, madness and terror find them there. Abducted by a vicious hillbilly clan, the Haskins fight for survival, but neither they nor the hillbilly Crawfords can comprehend the monstrous nightmare about to erupt from the bowels of the earth.
Y’see, the Crawfords are tired of their inbred offspring always ending up deformed, and they see Clarissa as just the right person to put a little chlorine into their gene pool. But shortly after Clarissa’s strange marriage to the Crawford family’s resident eligible bachelor Billa, both the Crawfords and the Haskins are forced to deal with a much bigger problem--namely, The Millennium Bug. Not the computer virus, mind you, but rather a huge, insect-like monster that only emerges once every thousand years.
The Millennium Bug, the debut feature of director Kenneth Cran, is an inventive and original monster mash-up that proudly wears its B-movie inspirations on its sleeve, combining cabin in the woods slasher films, hillbilly horror a la The Hills Have Eyes, and even a healthy dose of Japanese kaiju giant monster mayhem for good measure. Haters of CGI can rejoice as the creature and all other effects in the film are realized entirely through practical effects, with nary an offending pixel in sight. Of course, people who prefer practical effects because they think it looks more realistic than CGI may be a bit disappointed, since at no point does the titular giant bug look like anything other than what it is: a man in a monster suit menacing some miniature sets. But then again the monster’s old-fashioned appearance, along with the film’s other deficiencies (some obvious blue-screen work, sets that look like...well...sets), is part of the film’s charm. And realism aside, Cran has made an impressively stylish looking film on a very miniscule budget, with the moody cinematography and the artificiality of the sets combining to give the movie a surreal, off-kilter look that suits its tone and subject matter well. With more experience and a bigger budget, Cran could make a truly great looking film.
With that said, the film is not without its problems. Although the Crawford family members are appropriately colorful and weird, the Haskins are a bit on the bland side, the film lacking a central character as memorable as, say, Ash from the Evil Dead films. Some of the plotting and dialogue is a little rocky in places as well, but considering that this is Cran’s first feature, that’s forgivable. And with its copious gore effects, campy, sick humor, and frenetic pacing, Sam Raimi (not to mention Stuart Gordon and Bad Taste-era Peter Jackson) would approve wholeheartedly of this movie.
Must see NOW!!!!!!
That's really cool, I only re-embed it because folks need to see this and they tend not to click on non-vid links. Like that a lot.
This one is kinda silly, but still cool.
Last edited by jerseydevil; December 31st, 2011 at 05:16 PM.
BD Horror News - UPDATE: 'Piranha 3DD's' Release In Question As UK Dumps Sequel Direct-To-Disc
It's been debunked since it was originally speculated, but it is not the first bad rumor/news on this one. The release date has already been pushed back and the general feeling that you get is that the studio is not real happy with this. I hope that it's more because it's crazy/off like Feast 2 & 3 were than it's just bad. I cannot see a movie in 3d NOT getting at least a minor cash grab theater run.
Juan of the Dead Finds American Distributor | Shock Till You Drop
Have not seen this...but it is considered one of the best of the fests and one to watch for. Looks clever, only skeptical because of all the hype.Focus Features acquired the zom-com by director Alejandro Brugues. The company is debuting a digital distribution arm, Focus World, for films like Juan and it intends to release the film via VOD outlets like iTunes, Xbox, Playstation, etc.
No release date has been set. Focus World kicks off in February.
Synopsis: 50 years after the Cuban Revolution, a new one is about to begin. That revolution is zombies; filthy flesh-eating zombies. The Cubans face a large enough challenge dealing with a zombie infestation (allegedly started by U.S.-backed radical groups), but their procrastinating hero Juan (Alexis Diaz de Villegas) has to overcome his lazy lifestyle to save the world. At first, Juan doesn't pay the growing chaos in Havana any mind. When the rampant "social order disturbances" escalate and start to affect his routine, however, he realizes that the perpetrators are not in fact "dissidents" but rather are bonefide walking dead. Sensing an opportunity for a fast buck, he bands together a ragtag militia and commercializes a zombie cleaning service, Juan of the Dead,¯ to rid households of unwanted, undead loved ones.
Piranha 3DD Theatrical Release STILL on Track in the U.S. | Horror Movie, DVD, & Book Reviews, News, Interviews at Dread Central
Our friends over at the The Daily Dead recently caught up with co-writer Patrick Melton, who was more than happy to put out those nasty Internet rumor fires.
"To clarify, the Thanksgiving release was always overly optimistic. Marcus and I started writing the script around Thanksgiving a year prior," Melton tells the site. "Making the film within that time period is plausible (we’ve done it on Saw, obviously), but it became clear very early on that our goals were not realistic because we needed sun, water slides, and bikini-clad coeds ... three things not very prevalent in the United States during the months of January and February. We initially scouted Louisiana and realized that we wouldn’t be able to shoot until late March because of the cold weather. Now, with the additional FX work needed to create/enhance the piranhas, the Thanksgiving release was out the window."
Melton continues, "Nevertheless, we plowed on and finished shooting in late May. Over the summer, Gulager edited and picked up a few shots around Los Angeles. This is typical of every movie made. Scenes, jokes, and kills were simply enhanced to make the movie more of an event. About a month ago, it was tested and scored very well. So well the studio gave us more money to enhance the FX. Soon, it’ll be done and ready for a theatrical release. Because of the 'Spring Break' vibe in the film, spring was the obvious time to open it. And because Dimension Films financed the movie and owns the movie, they call the shots on when it’s released worldwide."
Piranha 3DD reteams Feast director John Gulager and writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan in the sequel starring Danielle Panabaker, Matt Bush, Chris Zylka, David Koechner, Meagan Tandy, Paul James Jordan, Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Hector Jimenez, Adrian Martinez, Clu Gulager, Gary Busey, Katrina Bowden, Christopher Lloyd, Ving Rhames, Paul Scheer and David Hasselhoff.
Having awoken from their spring break extravaganza at Lake Victoria, the swarm heads upstream where they look to make a meal out of Big Wet, a local water park where when it comes to fun, nobody does it wetter! Thought they came to get wet, get loaded and get some, the staff and patrons get more than they bargained for when they must face the fiercest, most bloodthirsty piranhas yet. Lead by the strong-willed, studious Maddy and her friends, Barry and Kyle, the trio must dive in and take on these man-eating creatures using every ounce of their being ... but can they be stopped?