Thursday, February 21, 2013

Xan Cassavetes' KISS OF THE DAMNED

In case anyone reading here hasn't already heard about Xan Cassavetes' upcoming horror film Kiss of the Damned I wanted to share both the poster and trailer.  The film, which stars Josephine de la Baume, Milo Ventimiglia, Roxane Mesquida, Anna Mouglalis, Michael Rapaport and Riley Keough has been getting quite a bit of acclaim and the cinema of our man Jean Rollin has been cited as one of the film's biggest influences.  Here's the film's gorgeous poster:



And here is the trailer (Fangoria pointed out the Fascination font!):

More information on Kiss of the Damned can be found over at Facebook, Twitter and this official Tumblr page which has images from the film, as well as the films that influenced it (I was happy to see Rollin represented by a few images that I believe I captured originally here).

I am really excited about Kiss of the Damned and I hope the film finds a lot of success.  It is awesome to finad a young filmmaker citing Rollin as an influence especially when it is someone as talented as Xan Cassavetes, whose Z Channel:  A Magnificent Obsession is one of the best documentaries of the past decade. 

 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Back Into the Depths: ZOMBIE LAKE on Blu-ray

Jean Rollin's infamous 1981 Eurocine clunker Le lac des morts vivants (Zombie Lake) is resurfacing again thanks to a gorgeous new Blu-ray from Kino/Redemption that hits disc later this month.  Fans of the film will be happy to hear that the new Blu looks terrific and it is safe to say that Zombie Lake has never looked, or sounded, this good.  While my feelings on the film itself haven't changed, I was quite blown away by just how great the film looks via this new disc and it doesn't feel quite as horrid thanks to this new HD master. 
The New Redemption disc features both the English language dub and a French track (featuring optional English subs).  Both tracks sound quite good and there aren't any major distractions audio or video-wise through the whole disc.  While this is the first disc in The Cinema of Jean Rollin line that hasn't featured a Tim Lucas penned booklet, there are a couple of extras on hand including some alternate 'clothed' sequences and the English language titles.  Some trailers are also included. 
Zombie Lake will always stand as one of my least favorite Rollin works but I am glad to see represented so well on this new Blu-ray, as I know the film does have an adoring fan following.  I am also happy to see Redemption unleashing Jess Franco's Eurocine shocker Oasis of the Zombies the same day for obvious reasons. 
Big Kudos to Redemption and Kino for continuing their spectacular Jean Rollin line with Zombie Lake.  Two big ones are coming in March, The Grapes of Death and The Night of the Hunted!