Archive for February, 2012

Helldriver (I dig it I dig it!)

Posted in Horror Showcase, Updates with tags , , , , , , , , on February 26, 2012 by splatterpictures

To think back on my life before Helldriver I have some hard realizations to come to terms with. For example, before Helldriver I’d never seen a woman use a zombie’s spine like a stripper poll.  I’d also never seen a car made entirely of zombies, be driven by another zombie but I’m getting ahead of myself.

Helldriver was released by the good folks at Sushi Typhoon and was directed by Yoshihiro Nishimura. Nishimura, of course a longstanding figure in Japanese splatter flicks having worked on The Machine Girl and Tokyo Gore Police to name a few.

The movie probably has one of the longest pre-titles I’ve ever seen. It felt like I was already twenty minutes into the thing before the title flashed across the screen but it does give the skinny on the plot.

Six million citizens in Japan have become infected with a mysterious alien ash. This ash causes them to look and behave much like zombies, except for some volatile tumour on their heads. In an attempt to save as many people as they can the Japanese government builds a wall separating the north and south of Japan. There are a great many normal citizens (including the Prime Minister) who believes that these zombies shouldn’t be killed but rather cured.

Kiko (Yumiko Hara) is a young girl who comes from a tragic family. Her mother and uncle are a pair of cannibalistic psychopaths while her father was unfortunately disabled and unable to protect her from them. During a bizarre altercation Kiko’s mother rips out her daughter’s heart after a small meteor blows through her body. Her mother becomes the “Zombie Queen” and Kiko gets picked up by authorities and has an outboard motor installed in her chest that activates a chainsaw sword when she pulls the rip-cord.  (yeah I’m not kidding)

She and a small group of others travel deep into the zombie’s territory to attempt to kill the queen and end the nightmare. Along the way they are barraged by hundreds of flying heads, a pregnant zombie that uses her zombie baby attached to an umbilical cord like some kind of medieval flail. The stuff they come up with is just a mind boggling.

Helldriver thankfully feels closer to Tokyo Gore Police than anything else and that’s a good thing. It does have the typical “Sushi Typhoon standbys” Lots of awkward dance scenes with some dodgy CGI and long close-ups of people jamming disgusting things in their mouths which at this point seems like they do it just because they feel they have to. Strangely all of my complaints about the film were before the main story kicks off. When it gets into the meat of the action the film really starts to work.

Special effects are what these movies are really all about and I can tell they really kicked it up a notch especially with the whole look of The Zombie Queen. Throughout the movie there are a lot of really nice looking effects but only when they stick to the practical stuff.  Nishimura has this obsession with wriggling tendons and merging body parts together so his monsters always resemble some horrific modern art piece.

The CGI is -and probably always will be -the biggest weakness for this production company. It has a lot to do with their limited budget and the fact that they keep coming up with crazier and crazier things. Helldriver is no exception, the CGI looks incredibly synthetic and I’ve always found that to be a personal pet peeve of mine in any movie.

To be honest I’ve not enjoyed a lot of the stuff that’s come out of Sushi Typhoon lately. The stuff they’ve released was alright but there was something about their earlier films that I just liked more. I was generally disappointed with films like Robo-Geisha. Mutant Girl Squad and Vampire Girl Vs. Frankenstein Girl. They were too silly and chaotic and I couldn’t really say they were worth the price of the DVD but I feel this is probably the best they’ve released in awhile and I did actually find myself really enjoying it by the end. If you get a chance I’d say check it out. It’s a non-stop gore fueled comedy that just begs to be watched with a group of people.

This is a horde of zombies in the shape of a plane holding two rockets.

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The Raven (Quoth the Studio “Cha Ching”)

Posted in Horror News, Updates with tags , , on February 25, 2012 by splatterpictures

Sometimes I feel like Edgar Allen Poe would love to know just how many gothy teenagers lust after him more than a hundred years after he died. Anyways, film is taking a stab (unintentional pun) at his works but instead of a direct or loosely adapted take on one of his stories they are doing the “killer inspired by works of fiction angle”.

Here’s the trailer

My initial reaction was somewhat mixed. It looks decent and James McTeigue is directing who handled V for Vendetta but there is something about it that makes me kinda underwhelmed. What are your thoughts? Are you guys excited for this one?

Frankenweenie (Adorable or -too- adorable?)

Posted in Horror News, Updates with tags , , , on February 22, 2012 by splatterpictures

The poster for Tim Burton’s latest effort. It will be nice to see something coming out of that guy that is an original work considering how long it’s been. You can bet it will be a macabre tale that’s good for the kids and bound to spawn a merchandising machine that is probably the real monster in all of this.

Synopsis: “From creative genius Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland, The Nightmare Before Christmas) comes Frankenweenie, a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life—with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor’s fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new “leash on life” can be monstrous.”

Deliverence from Evil (A horror look ahead)

Posted in Horror News with tags , on February 20, 2012 by splatterpictures

Here at splatterpictures we love independent horror. It’s fantastic to see people out there just making movies with whatever they got.

Right now I want to direct your attention to Deliverance from Evil brought to us by the good folks at Pumpkin Patch Pictures. Just looking at the trailer I think this one has potential. Good practical special effects and that last shot was actually pretty creepy. check it out.

Synopsis:

Mike  (Jose Rosete) and Linda Sanchez (Angel Aviles), a young married couple, have just left everything behind on the East Coast and moves to San Francisco with their toddler son, Cory, Everything seems fine on their fights night as they are just happy to finally own their very own home. But when they lose their son in the house in a tragic accident, they begin to realize there is a very evil presence in their new home. An evil presence that dosent want them there. Soon, Mike and Linda are forced to come to grips with the supernatural reality that is haunting them…

I’ll be sure to give a full review once I get my hands on a copy when it gets released  this March.