Sunday, July 29, 2012

NEWS: Snow White and the Huntsman: Extended Edition

The September 11th release of Snow White and the Huntsman Blu-ray combo pack also comes with DVD, Digital Copy and UltraViolet. Not only is it packed full of bonus features, it includes a never before seen extended edition.

“Skin as fair as snow, lips red as blood, hair dark as a raven's wing,” Hemsworth's voice narrates.  Snow White's mother wishes for a daughter with the “strength of a rose that blooms in winter.”  As much as you've heard how dark this film is, never fear, it is also full of magnificent innocence.  There are moments so enchanting it brought tears to my eyes. 
(Read my full review Here.)


In this spectacular action-adventure, Kristen Stewart (Twilight) is Snow White, the only woman in the land fairer than the evil queen Ravenna (Oscar winner Charlize Theron).  Ravenna wants nothing more than to destroy her young rival, but she doesn't know that Snow White has been training in the art of war with a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) the queen dispatched to kill her.  Together with a handsome prince (Sam Claflin) enchanted by Snow White's beauty and power, they assemble an armed force to recapture the kingdom.  This breathtaking new vision of the legendary tale from Joe Roth, the producer of Alice in Wonderland and acclaimed director and state-of-the-art visualist Rupert Sanders is, in the words of Shawn Edwards, Fox-TV, "A film that soars with creativity, stylistic genius and amazing battle scenes."

Monday, July 23, 2012

Top Sixx: Backwoods Crazies

This “genre” is definitely my favorite. Taking a road trip is one of my favorite things to do and I always try to plan a less traveled route.  I like to take my time, stopping whenever something sparks my interest and taking photos.  I love to drive through areas just like in these films, so I've included my personal photography from trips I've been on.  This 'Top Sixx' is just one installment of this project with many more to come.  I hope you enjoy my film selections.  Let the countdown begin!

The typical setup:

First we stop at a creepy gas station, then the car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, and on our mission for help we walk right into the house of the killer.

6. Misery (1990)

Location: Sidewinder, Colorado
Stranded by: Blizzard
Crush: Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates)
Crazy: Biggest fan; Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates)
Brutal Moment: Annie realizes Paul (James Caan) had been out of his room, so she puts a piece of wood between his feet and smashes them with a sledgehammer, or better know as the 'hobbling'.
Kill Count: 2

(Photo: Olympic National Forest, Washington)

5. Wolf Creek (2005)

Location: Wolf Creek, Australian Outback
Stranded by: Car was sabotaged.
Crush: Nathan Phillips (Ben Mitchell)
Crazy: Mick Taylor (John Jaratt)
Brutal Moment: Mick severs Liz's (Cassandra Magrath) spine and turns her into a 'head on a stick'.
Kill Count: 3

(Photo: Mark Twain National Forest, Missouri)

4. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006)

Location: Texas
Stranded by: Totaling their jeep by crashing into a cow that was standing in the middle of the road.
Crush: Eric (Matt Bomer)
Crazies: The Hewitt Family; Uncle Charlie/Sheriff Hoyt (R. Lee Ermey), Leatherface/Thomas (Andrew Bryniarski), Monty (Terrence Evans), and Luda Mae (Marietta Marich).
Brutal Moment: Leatherface beats the owner of the slaughterhouse to death with a sledgehammer.
Kill Count: 11

(Photo: Waco, TX)

3. Wrong Turn (2003)

Location: Greenbrier Backcountry, West Virginia, Appalachian Mountains
Stranded by: Spike chain in the road pops their tires, then along comes Chris (Desmond Harrington), who has gotten wrong directions (another set-up), isn't paying attention and crashes into them.
Crush: Scott (Jeremy Sisto)
Crazies: Trio of inbred cannibalistic mountain men; Three Fingers (Julian Richings), Saw-Tooth (Gary Robbins), and One-Eye (Ted Clark).
Brutal Moment: The 3 remaining survivors are up in the trees and Carly (Emmanuelle Chriqui) gets an axe to the face. The top half of her head stays there, but the rest of her body falls, hitting each branch on the way down.
Kill Count: 10

(Photo: Hoosier National Forest, Indiana)

2. The Hills Have Eyes (2006)

Location: New Mexico Desert
Stranded by: Short cut directions, which leads to a booby trap that blows all their tires and causes them to wreck.
Crush: Brenda Carter (Emilie de Ravin)
Crazies: Hill people disfigured by nuclear testing; Pluto (Michael Bailey Smith), Lizard (Rober Joy), Goggle (Ezra Buzzington), Big Brain (Desmond Askew), and Big Mama (Ivana Turchetto).
Brutal Moment: The opening sequence, 3 people are testing the radioactive levels and are killed very quickly with a pickaxe, one is slammed repeatedly against the rocks.
Kill Count: 15

(Photo: Middle of nowhere, Texas)

 1. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

Location: Texas
Stranded by: Choice, stupidity and looking for more fuel.
Crush: Pam (Terri McMinn)
Crazies: Family of cannibals; Hitchhiker (Ed Neal), Old Man (Jim Siedow), Leatherface (Gunnar Hansen), and Grandpa (John Dugan).
Brutal Moment: Pam is put up on the meat hook and forced to watch Leatherface saw Kirk (William Vail) up.
Kill Count: 5

(Photo: The ACTUAL house used in the film.  I will share more from that trip in the future.  Kingsland, TX)