Night Terrors Series: Phase 7 DVD Giveaway!

A huge thanks to our friends over at Platform Media Group as well as the The Collective and Bloody Disgusting Selects for this DVD giveaway opportunity for the wonderful Phase 7 horror film.

Heralded for its clever combination of humor and gore, PHASE 7 follows its successful theatrical run this summer with a nationwide release October 4th, 2011 on DVD, iTunes, TV Video on Demand and other platforms.

PHASE 7 mixes satire, humor, horror and social commentary in a way that reminds viewers of the arch SHAUN OF THE DEAD and the savvy claustrophobia of [rec]. An Argentine apocalyptic horror film, PHASE 7 was directed and written by Nicolás Goldbart; produced by Sebastian Aloi; executive produced by Steven Schneider (Insidious, Paranormal Activity). With a “top-notch” cast, the movie stars Daniel Hendler (LOST EMBRACE); Jazmín Stuart (THE PARANOIDS); Yayo Guridi (LOS RODRIGUEZ); and Federico Luppi (PAN’S LABYRINTH).”

Now you might be wondering how you can win the DVD? In the comments section all you need to do is type in the name of your favorite Horror movie to watch during the Halloween season. It is simple as that and next week we shall use our patented bag of twenty-sided dice to choose our winner…or possibly go for the less scientific method!

Night Terrors Series: Cold Fish (2010)

As always I want to give a huge thanks to our friends over at Platform Media Group and The Collective for allowing me an advanced screening of their latest in the Bloody Disgusting Selects Night Terrors Series, Coldfish.

Coldfish is directed by Shion Sono (Suicide Club) and is based on a true story. The story deals with mild mannered fish shop owner, Shamoto (Mitsuru Fukikoshi), who is living a quiet if perhaps unhappy life. His wife, Takeo (Megumi Kagurazaka) has been at times physically attacked by her teenaged stepdaughter, Mitsuko (Hikari Kajiwara) who obviously resents not only Takeo but Shamoto as well. So it’s safe to say that Shamoto’s home life is less than ideal. Then Mitsuko is caught shoplifting which leads all three to come into contact with the larger than life character of Yukio Murata (Denden) who not only is kind enough to get Mitsuko’s shoplifting charges dropped but gives her a job at his own fish shop, a much bigger and far more successful business than Shamoto’s own. I don’t want to step too far into spoiler territory but believe me when I say this turns out to be the worst thing to ever happen to the family.

This film is incredibly well shot and I can not praise the principal actors enough. Though Mitsuru as Shamoto does such wonderful job of making you feel every excruciating decision he has to make throughout the film, I feel that Denden kind of steals the show as the seemingly friendly business owner who is quick to help out others.

I have to warn you though, this is a very brutal film in terms of gore and sexuality, it’s disturbing but I think that is what a horror film should be. It’s not about supernatural monsters this time, these monsters are the ones that scare me the most, the type of people who just might be your neighbor…and when you see what they are really like…Brrr.

Cold Fish kind of reminded me a little of Sam Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs from back in 1971. Shion Sono’s film is one of those movies that I kind of wished I would have been able to see with friends, if I was lucky enough to have a participating AMC Theatre, so that after the movie we could all just talk about it for a couple of hours.

Night Terrors Series: Coldfish

A huge thanks to our friends at Platform Media Group and The Collective for this update on the latest in the Bloody Disgusting Selects Night Terrors Series being held at participating AMC Theatres!

“Cold Fish from Sion Sono, the director of LOVE EXPOSURE and SUICIDE CLUB. COLD FISH has won acclaim at both the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals. In the film, mild-mannered Shamoto’s teenage daughter gets caught shoplifting. A generous fellow fish-store owner and his wife appear to help resolve the situation by having her work at their fish store. Too good to be true? You bet! Shamoto soon discovers the horrific truth about this seemingly perfect couple…who inextricably weave him into their grisly rituals. Inspired by true events, COLD FISH is a twisted, brutal, blood-soaked drama that reveals the underlying insanity of an ordinary man pushed well beyond the brink.”

Now if you are like me and sadly not near a participating AMC Theatre, Cold Fish will hit store shelves on August 23rd!

Rammbock: Berlin Undead On DVD June 28th!

A huge thanks again to our friends over at the Platform Media Group as well as The Collective for letting us know that the fantastic Rammbock: Berlin Undead will be released on DVD on June 28th.

Here is the cover to the DVD!

If you click the link up above to the Rammbock review you’ll see how impressed I was by what the filmmakers Marvin Kren and Benjamin Hessler were able to accomplish. Don’t take my word for it:

“Short, sharp, and sometimes shocking, RAMMBOCK is a poignant slice (or is that bite?) of Berlin-based un-life. «««” —Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle

“What a joy to see a body-count movie where the main figure is actually clever and methodical. «««” –Minneapolis Star-Tribune

“…scores with its pathos and its DIY ethos…RAMMBOCK may turn out to be the most valuable and instructive zombie movie of them all. Laughs and exploding heads? Seen it, done it. But a zombie movie with heart? That’s novel. «««” –Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel

“Will please more than just die-hard zombie fans…Packs a punch!” –Variety

“RAMMBOCK is stylish and exciting … a horror picture worth paying attention to.” –Mike McGranahan, The Aisle Seat

Remember that Rammbock was just the first film in the Night Terrors Series that Bloody Disgusting Selects, the Collective, and AMC Theatres teamed up to bring to us lucky horror fans, the second film being the incredible Yellowbrickroad! Coming around the corner at participating AMC Theatres is Phase 7 on July 13th and then Cold Fish in August.

Night Terrors Series: Phase 7

A huge thank you to our friends over at the Platform Media Group as well as The Collective for being kind enough to send me a screener for Phase 7, the third entry in the Night Terrors Series. The Collective, AMC Theatres, and Bloody Digusting Selects have teamed up to bring horror fans the best films around the world, which after seeing the first three entries (Rammbock, Yellowbrickroad, and now Phase 7) anyone that considers themselves fan of the horror genre should be very grateful they have done so.

Phase 7 is an Argentinian horror film that feels like it came from the 1980s and considering the site you are reading this review on that is high praise indeed. Directed and Written by Nicolás Goldbart, Phase 7 deals with Coco (Daniel Hendler) and his 7 month pregnant wife Pipi (Jazmín Stuart) as they deal with what at first seems to be a singular medical epidemic as they are quarantined along with a handful of neighbors to their new apartment complex.

Nicolás does a fantastic job of letting the tension grow naturally in the film, for this movie is very much a potboiler of a tale. Though thankfully there is more than a touch of black humor to help ease some of the tension, generally in how Coco is not cut out to be a hero…and that is putting it mildly…he is kind of a cross between Simon Pegg from Shaun of the Dead and Jeff Bridges from the Big Lebowski. Since the film deals with a viral epidemic there is a lot of suspicion as to which neighbor is infected and this is where the horror aspect of it all really kicks in, in my opinion the issue of trust is the main point of the movie.

To be fair I’m not sure the trailer above paints the film the right way, as I mentioned before this film is very 80’s, even the music by Guillermo Guareschi reminds me of the legendary film scores by John Carpenter. Very simple but it helps to build the tension in a subtle way. I feel I need to give kudos to Daniel Hendler as well as to Yayo Guridi who plays his paranoid neighbor, Horacio. Not to step too deeply into spoiler territory but I was left wondering if perhaps Horacio was the only person in the film that truly knew what was going down.

Phase 7 opens theatrically on July 13th at participating AMC Theatres so make sure to check your local listings or go to Bloody Disgusting Selects for tickets and show times. I know I say this with every review but I certainly am a bit jealous of you readers that have the opportunity to see these movies in the theatre!