The HATCHET panel
was up next, also moderated by Ryan Rotten and featuring
cinematographer Will Barrett, Victor Crowley himself
Kane Hodder, and writer/director Adam Green.
Adam immediately proclaimed how cool it is to have Kane (Jason) in
his flick and that he still can’t believe it. “I’m
really a big fan. I brought shit for Kane to sign right after this
panel!” HATCHET just picked up awards for Best
Actor (Kane Hodder), Best Special Effects Make-Up and the audience
choice award for Best Picture at last week’s Fantastic Fest
in Texas, so Adam brought along 2 clips from the film. The first was
of Kane Hodder out of make-up playing Victor Crowley’s
father, and the scene showed the origin of Victor Crowley via a flashback
sequence. It’s great to see Kane without the make-up for a change
and see the heart behind Victor Crowley’s backstory. (It’s
the stuff of classic 80’s American horror!). (cont.)
The second clip was the same one shown
in Burbank which featured a nice little old couple getting brutally
murdered by the insane, deformed and twitching Victor Crowley.
Wait until you guys see this!!! Yet again, the entire audience ripped
into applause by the end of the scene. When asked to clear up the
rumors about the release of HATCHET, Adam couldn’t say much,
but he did confirm “HATCHET WILL be in theaters EVERYWHERE in
January of 2007.” Let’s hope the MPAA doesn’t force
them to cut out too much! Also, depending on how HATCHET
does, he's ready to jump right into a sequel, having already planned
the plots of 2 & 3.
Adam Green and Will Barrett sign limited
edition HATCHET prints for fans.
New Line Cinema presents a TEXAS
CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE BEGINNING panel featuring R.
Lee Ermey, actress Jordana Brewster, actress
Diora Baird, director Jonathan Liebesman,
and producers Andrew Form & Brad Fuller.
The panel started with the theatrical trailer of the new Chainsaw,
and was followed by 2 clips from the movie. Both were brutal and difficult
to watch. (Even for a hardcore fan-boy, such as myself) The first
had R. Lee Ermeys’ character Sheriff Hoyt patronizing
and beating two pretty-boy actors into the pavement of the side of
the road. The second showed Leatherface peeling the
skin off of one of his victims and (for the first time?) donning his
infamous mask made of human flesh. Again, both clips left me rather
uncomfortable, especially the peeling of the young man’s face.
I’m amazed a commercial studio would put out a flick like this,
but the times are a’ changin’! (When there's money’s
to be made, that is.) (cont.)
Jordana Brewster said
that she was a huge fan of the first movie (the remake I assume, NOT
the original) and really wanted to be a part of this new prequel.
She also tells the audience that she’s already seen it twice
and she loves it. The producers confirmed that if this one is successful,
they have a few ideas for yet another Chainsaw movie. Possibly one
that takes place in between this new prequel and the remake, which
would explain the story of the first film’s hitchhiker. The
producers also said that they have nothing to do with the recently
announced Chainsaw Chronicles, but that they just
finished their latest remake of ‘THE HITCHER’
staring Sean Bean (in the Rutger Hauer
role), which is due out in April of 2007. They are also trying to
get their remake of ‘THE BIRDS’ ready
to shoot. And are sorting out the rights issue so they can move forward
on their 'FRIDAY THE 13th' remake. (With 'Beginning'
director Jonathan Leibesman) Gee, guys… here’s
a thought… Stop remaking all of my favorite films and try making
an original one? Please? Oh well.
Next up was a panel for THE
GRUDGE 2 with lead actress Amber Tamblyn
and director Takashi Shimizu who helmed the first
GRUDGE as well as the original JU-ON
films. He was joined on stage by an interpreter. They screened for
us the theatrical trailer and then 2 clips from the actual movie.
One of them (SPOILER!)
showed the death of Sarah Michelle Gellar’s
character. Stylistically, the new Grudge looks pretty good. (Better
then that second Ring movie!) But I’m bummed that it’s
getting the PG-13 rating, just like the first. Takashi says that he
hasn’t had much trouble in regards to working with the studios
here in America, and that whenever he does run into trouble, Sam Raimi
always has his back. Speaking of Raimi, Takashi says that “Sam
Raimi likes Japanese school girls.” Think that one
Ron Perlman and writer/director
Larry Fessenden stopped by to show clips from Larry’s
latest film ‘THE LAST WINTER’ as well
as trailers to ‘AUTOMATONS’, ‘I
CAN SEE YOU’, and ‘TRIGGERMAN’.
During the panel discussion Perlman admitted to becoming something
of a curmudgeon lately in terms of sitting for long periods of time
while uncomfortable make up is applied and also voiced his regret
over not being cast in Fiddler on the Roof. He then
launched into a flawless impersonation of Harvey Fierstein,
and he and Larry closed the panel by singing a few panels of “If
I were a rich man” much to the amusement of the audience.
Ron Perlman chats with fans during
an autograph session following his panel.
Larry Fessenden & Ron Perlman pose
for a picture with Icons Robg.
Ryan Rotten moderated
a panel for SAW 3 featuring returning director Darren
Lynn Bousman. We were treated to the theatrical trailer and
a clip from the movie. The clip (which looked like a sick-o homage
to ‘Hellraiser’) featured Jigsaw’s latest victim
penetrated by numerous hooks and chains all over his body. Being a
criminal who spends most of his time in chains, Jigsaw gives him a
minute to “free himself of the chains” he’s so comfortable
in. Otherwise, they’d pull him apart. Much like the other SAW
traps, this one was so sick and inventive. It of course… ended
a few seconds before the conclusion. So, we’ll have to wait
until the end of the month to see what happens. Darren talked about
how this particular story developed and how it mostly focuses on the
relationship between Jigsaw and his new protégée Amanda.
In fact, when asked by an audience member how they go about thinking
up the deadly traps, Darren answered that they actually wrote the
entire story first and later fit in the “death traps”
into the film. Also, we were treated to a trailer for the new double-disc
SAW 2: UNCUT EDITION, also coming out later this
month. Darren tells us it will feature a slightly longer cut of the
movie as well as a 2 hours documentary on the full production of SAW
2. His first short film “Zombies”
will also be on the 2nd disc, and he jokingly tells us “Watch
my short, and you’ll realize that anyone can make a movie.”
In regards to a SAW 4? It’s possible, but he
feels this is HIS last SAW movie and that the 3 films
make up a nice little trilogy, story-wise. Well, we’ll just
have to wait another year to see if they’ll crank out another
SAW feature. (Which I'm betting they will!) In the
meantime, I’m excited for 3!!!
Robg. with SAW 3 director Darren Lynn
Icons Robg. with Fango's Ryan Rotten.
FRIGHT friend Tim Sullivan with Robg.
Sunday, Robert Joy showed up for his first ever Fango
convention appearance and panel! Before he took the stage, we were
treated to a montage clip of his work from The Dark Half,
Land Of The Dead, and The Hills Have Eyes.
We fielded numerous questions from the audience in regards to all
his work, including his recent appearances on CSI: NEW YORK
and tells us his role has been somewhat expanded this season. In regards
to The Hills Have Eyes, he says he’s still
never seen the original because director Alex Aja
asked the cast NOT to use it as reference. He also talks about a deleted
scene that was filmed that involved more interaction between himself,
Papa Jupiter and the rest of the family. I was surprised to hear about
this because it’s no where on the DVD and also one of the key
things I thought was missing from the Hills remake (The interaction
between the Cannibal family) He has a tough time watching himself
as Lizard in the trailer attack sequence and prefers not to sit thru
it. He also talked about his experiences with George Romero
and how he’d work with him in a heartbeat on anything. Although
it’s not official, he did sign a sequel contract for the character
of Charlie when he did Land Of The Dead and says
that all the surviving cast members are obligated to a sequel. (Simon
Baker & Asia Argento) He’s heard rumors that if (and when)
they do it, it will film or take place in Australia (Where lead Simon
Baker is from)
Robg meets actor Robert Joy!
John Torrani meets Robert Joy.
Max Brooks took the
stage next to talk about his books ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE
and his new book WORLD WAR Z. The hilarious Brooks
explained that he wrote Zombie Survival Guide more
as something to pass the time when he wasn’t working. And he
really put a ridiculous amount of thought into things that you’d
have to think about in the event of a zombie invasion. For example,
chainsaw’s run out of gas? As humorous as Zombie Survival Guide
is, he says his latest book World War Z is a more
serious approach to the zombie genre. He recounts that a bidding war
started for the movie rights to World War Z between
Brad Pitt’s production company and Leonardo DiCaprio’s
company and laughed about it, wondering why the urgency to adapt his
zombie epic. He also (naturally) says that he loves anything that
Romero does with the zombie genre. Max’s appearances are always
funny & entertaining, and I’m looking forward to checking
out both of his books.
Next up was the ‘REST
STOP’ panel featuring writer/director John
Shiban, actress Jamie Alexander, and FX
creator Jamie Kelman. REST STOP
is the first of 3 direct to DVD releases from the newly formed ‘RAW
FEED’ label, distributed by Warner Brothers. We were
treated to the trailer and 4 clips from the film. One of the clips
focused on the special features for the unrated REST STOP
DVD. John Shiban explains that since they’re
designing these movies specifically for the DVD market, they are making
special features that will further explain the films' backstories.
Rest Stop shot for 15 days, and on the 16th day,
bonus features were shot, which include 3 alternate endings. John
also has directed a few episodes of the hit television show ‘SUPERNATURAL’.
He tells us that one of his episodes (I believe the 4th one for Season
Two?) will deal with one of his favorite horror subjects …
killer clowns!!! REST STOP looked brutal and in the
style of High Tension and even the recent Hills
redux. John names Duel as a big influence, as well
as Halloween. This doesn’t look like your traditional
straight to DVD movie though, rest assured, Raw Feed
is producing high quality films for their label. Looking forward to
this one too and whatever else they've got for us in the future!
Fans line up for their REST STOP autographed
Mariano Baino was
on hand for a rare panel appearance to talk about his cult classic
DARK WATERS, which just was released by No
Shame on DVD. Our staffer John Torrani won a piece
of original artwork from DARK WATERS director Mariano
Baino for being able to name one of his early short films.
No Shame always does a killer job with their releases, so this is
one I’m curious to check out as well. (Plus, Mariano was so
darned humble and nice to everyone!)
We were treated to a preview of the
upcoming ANGEL’S BLADE, featuring actress Raine
Brown, actor Joe Zaso and director Robert
Stock. Fango guests were treated to free tickets of upcoming
screenings for Angel's Blade in Bellmore, NY. For
more info, check out the official Angel's
J.T. Petty, the acclaimed
director of SOFT FOR DIGGING and MIMIC: SENTINEL
previewed his latest documentary ‘S&MAN’.
Petty discussed why he chose to include
contrived footage in a film that’s supposed to be a documentary
about independent horror films. “After my film ‘Soft
for Digging’ made it into the festival circuit, people
started sending me movies. I would watch them, and often there is
an effect that doesn’t match the production value. And I would
have to wonder, ‘Did this person really cut himself?’
So the film is meant to produce in the audience the same ambivalence
and unease that I had about seeing these films.” Staff member
Bunni Speigelman won an “I Love Snuff” t-shirt
Also, in a rare convention appearance at the end of
the weekend, there was a panel with actor William Finley
moderated by Fango’s Michael Gingold.
Finley has a brief role in this years DePalma film
"The Black Dahlia", but his history with DePalma
goes much further back to the beginnings of both their careers. DePalma
and Finley met when they were both in college at
Sarah Lawrence, and this led to Finely appearing in DePalma's first
few films, notably "Sisters", and as the lead in DePalma's
horror musical "Phantom of the Paradise". Finley
also worked with Tobe Hooper in "The Funhouse"
and "Eaten Alive". Most interestingly was how he
revealed the amount of pressure Tobe Hooper had been
under by his producers on "Eaten Alive", which was
supposed to be his big follow up to "Texas Chainsaw Massacre".
Finley spoke about how the production was plagued with troubles, especially
with the alligator aninimatronics (which were designed by the team
that built "Bruce the Shark" for Jaws). The croc worked about as well
as the shark famously did. Finley also mentioned that "Phantom
of the Paradise" might still eventually happen on the stage,
as had been rumored since the film came out in the mid-70's, as some
Las Vegas producers were now interested in it.
Mike C. meets William Finley!
Finally, the panels concluded late
Sunday afternoon with one Mr. Tim Sullivan, of "2001
Maniacs" fame. Tim showed clips from the upcoming "Driftwood",
about a haunted boys prison camp. Tim was inspired by the death of
boys at teenage "boot camps" over the last years, and it really looks
to be both a powerful statement and an excellent horror film. I've
said before that the clips and trailers shown at the Burbank Fango
really drew me in, and each time I see Tim discussing this one, or
showing off new behind the scenes work I get even more excited. Tim
also premiered the trailer for "Snoop Dogg's Hood of Horror",
which he wrote. It's a hip-hop influenced homage to the E.C. Comics.
Tim amused the crowd by claiming that he can’t stop his compulsion
to cast Lin Shaye in all of his films and advising
that if one wants to cast Snoop Dogg in a film, for
every one day of shooting you need him budget for four. While HOH
doesn't sound too serious, Tim surprised everyone by annoucing that
the film has been picked up for a major theatrical release, hitting
1,100 theaters this January. He also begins shooting the sequel to
'2001 MANIACS' in February of 2007 and announced
that not only will Robert Englund return, but Tony
Todd is joining the cast as one of the banjo-totting musicians.
to PART ONE featuring Tony Timpone, Adam Malin, John McCarty, FEAR
OF CLOWNS 2 (Johnny Alonso, Tom Proctor, Kevin Kangas, Mark Lassise),
Michael Ruggiero, HELL ON EARTH (Ted Bohus, Mary Corrine Miller, Peter
Stickles, Brett Fallon, Terry Cruikshank), Dee Snider, Jesse Blaze
Snider, Phillip Nutman, Jack Ketchum, Mark Kidwell, Scott Licina,
Andrew Van Den Houten, Blanche Baker, Gregory Wilson, John Saxon,
Debbie Rochon, Adam Green, Lloyd Kaufman, Jason Yachanin, Harry Kumel,
William Lustig, Carrie Anne Fleming, Haley Joel, & Christie Sanford.