Friday, 12 October 2007

What No House?

A few days ago the world received some very bad news, regarding the much anticipated fourth film in the ReAnimator series of films. It seems that House Of ReAnimator is now a no go according to both and This is extremely disappointing to hear, as much as I am a huge fan of Mr Jeffrey I am also a massive fan of the lovely and extremely sexy Barbara Crampton. This movie would have brought the two them back together on the screen once more, for their fifth or sixth (depending on how you want to look at it) motion picture pairing.

Fifth or Sixth? Yes I say this because of "Pulse Pounders (2002)", why? Well basically because the movie was never released. Pulse Pounders was mainly made up from archival footage, and was a Twilight Zone-esque kind of anthology movie. The segment that Jeffrey and Barbara were featured in, was a sequel to the Trancers or Future Cop (as it is known in Australia) series of movies. The segment also featured Tim Thomerson in his last outing as Jack Deth, the movies hero. Whilst there were 6 Trancers movies actually released, Thomerson declined to appear in the sixth one. I guess he was over the role, so to speak.

It is unclear what role Jeffrey actually played in Pulse Pounders, as his official site states he played "The Evil Clergyman" whereas IMDB states David Warner played that role and doesn't list the name of the character Jeff played. I guess the only way to confirm this would be to ask Jeff himself, either that or to have the film actually released. The later would be the nicer option, I know I want to see it as much as I am sure Daria from would want to.

Well I have detracted from the point enough now, here is what SciFi had to say with their in depth interview with Jeff.

'Blame it on Stuart Gordon shooting his mouth off too much about it being a political movie or just the climate of the times, but star Jeffrey Combs told SCIFI Wire that the much-anticipated House of Re-Animator sequel likely won't be happening.

"I wish I could give you a better prognosis, but that is one of the most-asked questions I've been getting lately, and it's not even close to getting made," Combs said in an interview. "Too many people feel the heat, and studios are wary of the subject matter."

Gordon, who helmed the first Re-Animator in 1985, wanted to make the latest installment with Combs, reprising the role of Dr. Herbert West, who can bring people back from the dead. Gordon and Combs plan to talk about the series at the Full Moon Convention in Little Rock, Ark., on Oct. 26. The original film was based on a story by H.P. Lovecraft.

Combs (USA's The 4400) described the movie's problem: "The latest idea is too on the nose, because it's about a vice president who has a heart attack and dies, which is terrible, because he runs the country, and a kind of Karl Rove-ian character brings Herbert to the White House to revive him. All is well for a little while, and then, of course, havoc has its day. A lot of people they took the idea to didn't want to touch it. And, of course, the real power in it would be to get it out before they are out of power."

Combs has discussed with Gordon the idea of masking the people in the White House. "My argument is that you can make it a corrupt [presidential] administration, but not necessarily this one, and then it's in Dr. Strangelove territory and the people are not so recognizable," Combs said. "Believe me, I've had this conversation many times with Stuart."

In any case, Combs said that he doesn't really agree with mixing politics and Re-Animator. "Melding political humor and reanimation hasn't happened before, so why now all of a sudden is it Michael Moore Meets Re-Animator?" he asked. "I'm as outraged as the next guy about what's going on in the country, but I think we can be less on-the-nose about it and still make the same points. But Stuart is rather tenacious, so he may still get his way someday." Combs will next be see reprising his role as another doctor in the Oct. 16 DVD release of Return to House on Haunted Hill.'

Well maybe there is still hope, I guess we will all find out more about it after the "Full Moon Convention" in Little Rock on October the 26th. It had been previously mentioned, that it may end up as a "Masters Of Horror" episode which I detested the thought of. Now that option is starting to look good for me, budgetary reasons were given for this idea. I have thought of an idea which which would solve that problem for Gordon, set up an investment company with listed shares for the movie. Then fans would get to see the movie they wanted, and at the same time have the option to profit out of it. Everyone would be happy then, wouldn't they? This could also make it a much higher budgeted movie as well. seems to share this idea, as well. 'Til next time all.


Tuesday, 18 September 2007

This Site Is Not Dead

Hello all, if you had been a visitor here before and had kept coming back you may have jumped to the conclusion that it had been abandoned. That would be a fair assumption, but if that was what you concluded you were wrong. There has been very little information or progress on the announced fourth film in the ReAnimator series, House Of ReAnimator. Although the ReAnimator movies are the main topic or guts of this site, other things will start to emerge shortly.

I will also be devoting attention to other movies that Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton have appeared in together. That's probably more than you think. I will also start writing about other mediums, such as the ReAnimator audiobook and also cover merchandise as well. First up though, I would like to bring to your attention an error on Jeffrey Combs Official site. That's right the one I used to work on, its nothing major and US fans would not even see it as being an error but it is.

Recently, Jeffs site reported the DVD release of "H P Lovecraft's From Beyond". The site mentions it is the first official release, this is completely untrue. Sorry Jeff, I don't mean to offend you mate. What the site should have stated was that it is the first official US release on DVD. I personally own a copy of the 2000 release, which came out in Germany. Although it is a german release, the disc does give you the option of the original English audio.

The US or zone 1 release, which came out on the 11th of September this year is the Director's Cut and not the cinema released version. I am yet to see this version, which is a bit of a first for myself just ask fan club president Cynthia Zimmerman. That's if Cynthia is still there, the staff page has now been removed so I can't confirm this, oh well. There are many differences though between the 2 editions on disc, most noteably I suppose the fact that the Directors Cut is in 16:9 where as the 2000 release is only in pan and scan.

The DVD extras are as folows for the "Director's Cut"

• Audio commentary by Gordon, producer Brian Yuzna and stars Jeffrey Combs* and Barbara Crampton
• The Director’s Perspective featurette (including an interview with Stuart Gordon done by the owner of the horror store, Dark Delicacies)
• The Editing Room “Lost and Found” featurette
• Interview with Composer Richard Band
• Photo Montage
• Storyboard-to-film comparisons:
- Introduction
- Appearance of Dr. Pretorius
- Death of Bubba
- Hospital Escape
- Katherine Frees Herself

This disc unlike the ReAnimator Millenium Edition, is only a single disc. Still a worthy addition to your library, if you are an avid collector like myself. This disc will sit proudly next to my german release of the original. The cover art for both versions can be seen below.

Director's Cut (2007 Release)

Original Version (2000 Release)

'Til next next time peoples, hopefully that's sooner rather than later.


Friday, 27 April 2007

ReAnimator (MUSIC VIDEO)

This has got to be one of the worst songs that I have ever heard. I stand by this statement, 100 percent. Well people, personally I used to be a DJ. I did it for roughly 14 years, both as a mobile DJ and later on as a Club DJ. Never in my life though, was I forced to play such pure unadulterated CRAP! Whoever it was that had the idea that singing about corpses, in the style of Barbie Girl by AQUA was good should be shot.

This "Music" Video, and I use the term music in its very loosest form here. Is only really here, because it actually contains footage from Beyond ReAnimator. Very little of it as well, but what it has are good scenes from Beyond ReAnimator. Its funny but its terrible at the same time. I am hoping that the group responsible for this have disbanded, or at the very least changed direction. If you haven't guys, please consider doing so. My ears were bleeding, after literally 30 seconds of this rubbish.

One interesting point about the music video though, is its inclusion of an end title sequence. Why? I really can't explain it, it almost indicates pride. I hope they don't want us to believe this is ReAnimator 3.1, or Beyond ReAnimator: The Directors Cut or something similar. You know what I mean. I usually finish off a post like this, with enjoy. Well if you are deaf then you will, otherwise it may be best viewed on mute. That's what I think, you make your own judgement. Feel free to use the comments link under the post, if you like. Here it is any way.


Beyond ReAnimator (SPANISH TRAILER) - R3

If you have stumbled across this site, and don't have a clue what the ReAnimator series of movies are about, check out the trailer for the third movie Beyond ReAnimator (SPANISH TRAILER). A word of warning, all of the series are rated R. So if you are minor, or have a weak stomach don't press play. Remember, it's only just the trailer the actual movie is a lot more graphic. Any way, I really just posted this one so you all could see what the movie is like in another language. I can't even speak Spanish. Here it is, enjoy.


Beyond ReAnimator (TRAILER) - R3

If you have stumbled across this site, and don't have a clue what the ReAnimator series of movies are about, check out the trailer for the third movie Beyond ReAnimator. A word of warning, all of the series are rated R. So if you are minor, or have a weak stomach don't press play. Oh I forgot, it also contains swearing. Remember, it's only just the trailer the actual movie is a lot more graphic. Any way, enjoy.

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