Kick-Ass 2 is yet another Summer film that has the grue-crew divided on their opinions with not everyone on board enjoying the return of Kick-Ass, Hit-Girl and Chris D’Amico. Co-hosts Doc Rotten, Dave Dreher, Santos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr., Thomas Mariani and Vixen recap and review the graphic, brutal and funny super-hero film. We also have Jay Lee, the director of Alyce Kills, joining us to discuss his film out on DVD August, 20, 2013. Dave fires up the crypt-keepers with the horror news of the week and Doc has another contest to share.
0:02:46 – Kick-Ass 2 recap and review
Kick-Ass 2, based on the further adventures of the characters created by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr., continues to explore what would happen if a teenager decided to become a superhero in the real world, amplifying the violence, consequences and gore. Aaron Taylor-Johnson returns as Kick-Ass and Chloe Grace Moretz reprises her role as Hit-Girl. While Hit-Girl all but owns the movie, the amazonian-sized Mother Russia threatens to steal the entire picture. Brilliant! In a rare turn of events, Santos is the one who praises the film the most from the crew while Vixen cannot hold back her disdain. It’s a lively discussion about the film.
0:32:22 – Interview with Jay Lee, director of Alyce Kills
This week we have an Interview with Jay Lee, the director of Alyce Kills; the unrated DVD is out August 20, 2013. The film explores a dark downward spiral of a young woman who tries to cover up the tragic events that lead to the death of her roommate. The more the fingers of lies and deceit close their grip, the more unhinged Alyce becomes until she fully embraces the evil that blossoms in a gory, bloody night of horror. Jay Lee speaks with Doc and Dave about the origins of the film, casting Jane Dornfeld as Alyce and the significance of Alice in Wonderland to the plot
0:54:48 – Horror news of the week
Dave Dreher’s horror news of the week begins with the extensive Blu-ray documentary collection about Friday the 13th series of films called Crystal Lake Memories. This is followed by the grue-crew trying to make out what the heck The Stranger teaser trailer from J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot is actually all about. Thomas is especially interested in Dave’s news about Escape from Tomorrow about a man on the brink of insanity when he receives bad news while visiting a Disney theme park. The extended Nightbreed re-cut from Clive Barker’s script gets an official name: Nightbreed the extended director’s cut. Look for it soon from Scream Factory. Dave ends the news with the sales trailer and poster from Timur Bekmambetov’s Squirrels. Doc steps in with more news about HorrorNews.Net presents Dead Afterlife, including the launch of their IndieGoGo site.
1:17:25 – HNN Contest to win one of 3 copies of the Absence Blu-ray
It is time for another crazy contest on the podcast, for this one 3 lucky winners will each win a copy of the Absence Blu-ray. The contest is open until Midnight (EST), Sunday, August 25, 2013 and is open to US addresses only. You have two options to win! The first option is to join the HorrorNews.Net Podcast group, www.facebook.com/groups/HorrorNewsNetPodcast/, and complete the poll on the following question: What is your favorite Found Footage horror film? The second way to win is to answer the same question in an email sent to DocRotten@HorrorNews.Net with Absence in the subject line along with your mailing address. Here is the synopsis of the film, Absense: “Expectant mother Liz wakes to discover that her unborn child has disappeared overnight. She travels to the mountains with her husband and brother to escape the attention of prying neighbors and police – and to try to make sense of what happened, where they realize that their ordeal is not yet over.”
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Vixen: twitter @purevixen44
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