Fans of guilty pleasures, I mean, uh, really intense and well-thought out original horror programming have cause to celebrate! The third and last season of the vampire/werewolf/Frankenstein/gypsy horror drama mashup, Hemlock Grove, has been announced to premiere October 23rd on Netflix.
Let’s get this right out of the way. Cabin Fever: Patient Zero, is the best of all three of the Cabin Fever films so far. You’ll probably react to this news in one of two ways: Indifference, or you’ll defend the Eli Roth original to the death as the One True Cabin Fever film. The problem with this is that the horror genre has moved beyond the referential “Homages and passion are enough” status quo. 2012’s Cabin In The Woods changed all of that. When Cabin Fever came out, it flopped pretty hard but the theater of people I saw it in were changed forever. It’s a raucous film that has energy and lots of flaws, but it’s lots of fun. The sequel was a bizarre result of studio intervention and Alan Smithee-esque levels of final cut butchery, so it’s best left forgotten.
Eli Roth has always promoted the use of a bit of claret in his movies; this is the guy that introduced splatter porn to the world after all. So it comes as no real surprise to find out through Dread Central that his new movie Green Inferno has received an R rating from the MPAA
“For aberrant violence and torture, grisly disturbing images, brief graphic nudity, sexual content, language and some drug use.“
So it looks like Eli hasn’t lost any of his bite with his new film. Roth’s films are usually an extension of the Slasher genre stuff of the ’80s where the stars of the show were actually the kills. But this time around he goes all the way back to the ’60s with the Splatter movies Hershell Gordon Lewis was making.
First it was Lillyhammer, then the wildly popular (especially among the Congress crowd) House of Cards, later this summer it will be Arrested Development, but right now it’s Eli Roth’s Hemlock Grove‘s time.
Premiering on Friday, April 19th, Netflix again released the entire 13 episode season at once for all of us who enjoy bingeing on TV shows in one or two sittings. I’ll admit that I’d never heard of the book by Brian McGreevy (who is an executive producer for the series) and don’t normally keep up with all news vampire and werewolf related so I had heard nothing about this show until it started getting buzz right before it premiered. Of course I then went out and found the trailer and Netflix lets you know right away what you might find in their new series.
After 2007’s Grindhouse, the many fake trailers that played between the double feature are now actually being updated into feature films. It started with Machete, moved on to Hobo with a Shotgun, and is now making its way to Thanksgiving, the Eli Roth directed slasher film that takes place on the 3rd Thursday of November. Following in the footsteps of two excellent Grindhouse homages (Hobo with the Shotgun being the better of the two), Eli Roth looks to continue the trend with what he hopes will be a great addition to the series.
I’m honestly a huge Eli Roth fan. Cabin Fever and Hostel: Part II are two of my favorite horror films of the 2000s, and I think his upcoming film with RZA, The Man with the Iron Fists, is going to be a lot of fun. Thanksgiving has the potential to be really awesome, especially if they include the scene where the girl gets impaled by a knife in her vagina whilst jumping on a trampoline. Or the scene where the guy gets his head chopped off during a blowjob…a Thanksgiving blowjob.
I’m also a bit skeptical about the whole thing because unless he finds a way to make a story out of it, it might become a little bit repetitive and monotonous. What made the trailer great was that at no point did it ever hint that there’d be a story. It just killed teenagers for two minutes in creatively hilarious ways. A deeper investigation into the killer’s motives might be interesting and of course the one protagonist who seems to always escape the killer’s clutches.
You can check out the original Thanksgiving trailer below and leave your opinions under that. If you had the chance to write the screenplay for this movie, what major changes would you make to the story, if any at all?
The things I think need to be in the film are:
- The Thanksgiving dinner scene where someone screws the cooked body
- The obscenely deep-voiced narrator
- The killer POV shots
- Julie as the main protagonist, including all the sexually charged killing scenes
- The blue-ish tint throughout the film
- Michael Biehn…’nuff said