Friday, August 21, 2009


Universal Pictures Releases Trailer; Cages Beast Until 2010

Back in February we reported with some delight that the website for the remake of The Wolfman had just gone live. The bigger part of the elation was that the project would be fronted by the multi-talented Benicio Del Toro in the leading role of Lawrence Talbot. At the time, we also promised to keep you in-the-loop on the ongoing status of this production. True to our word, we bring you some good news, albeit wrapped in a little bit of the bad stuff.

First the good news: Today Universal Pictures released the first full trailer for The Wolfman (view trailer HERE).

The Wolfman - Key Poster Art.

The remake, helmed by Joe Johnston, is directly based on the 1941 classic that starred Lon Chaney Jr. in the role of Talbot, a man who upon returning to his ancestral homeland is bitten and cursed by a werewolf. Part of the good news is that the trialer packs some stunning visuals by cinematographer Shelly Johnson and potentially frightful moments that evoke and pay homage to the original film while employing a trick or two from the modern scare tactic book. Even if you've never heard of the Wolfman (anything is possible), the trailer quickly sets up the folklore in just a few swift shots and soundbytes and sets you straight.

Another feather in the film's cap: special effects makeup master extraordinaire: Rick Baker, who has won a remarkable six Oscars ® for his work. 'Nuff said.

But aside from aesthetics, the prime question on the mind of every true fan of the classic is whether Del Toro can match - or surpass - the angst and foreboding that Chaney brought to the original. OR, if he'll bring something new to the role and make it his own. That is still to be seen (there's that tick again).

The production also boasts a star-studded cast that includes Academy Award-winner Anthony Hopkins, the ever-fantastic Hugo Weaving, and Golden Globe-winner Emily Blunt.

Now the silver bullet: Unfortunately, the suits at Universal Pictures giveth with one hand and taketh away with the other, and have put the half-man, half canine beast back in its cage - until 2010! This marks the fourth time the film's release date has been pushed back by UP. It was first scheduled to see the light of day this past Feb 13th, then bumped to April 3rd, then up to Nov. 6th.

The new release date is set for February 12th, just two days shy of Valentines Day. Is Universal seriously looking at releasing this pictures as a romantic drama? Not likely. Part of the decision, if one is to be believe Adam Fogelson, president of marketing and distribution for Universal, may be based on the fact that horror typically fares better at the box office during the first few month of the year rather than later in the year, say, for example, in November:

“We have seen just how enormous first quarter movies can be,” he said, citing the $215 million that studios generated on the February weekend this year, versus the $136 million that pics earned on the November date last year. [Variety]

But if that was the actual basis for their decision, then why not release it this past February 13th? (those exasperated HOWLS you hear are the thousands of fans who have been anticitpating this film for nearly a year now)

I've always said that horror fans are a loyal bunch. But they also have memories like elephants, industry-related blogs, fan sites with incredible viral capacities, and the purse strings. The folks at UP should be cautious not to bring out the monster in THEM, and risk bringing a curse (read backlash) upon their house... you f * * k with the beast, and you get the fangs!



SIDEBAR: As if to add salt to our already burning wounds, Universal has provided a widget that counts down the days until the film's new, new, new, new premiere date. Not excactly sure that reminding us how much more we have to wait until the film hits theaters is the best tactic right about now.

For more info about the movie:

You can join the The Wolfman group at FACEBOOK.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Monday, August 3, 2009



August 14th - 16th - Los Angeles

On August 14th a major milestone in humankind's history will reach critical mass: VAMPIRES WILL INVADE AND CAPTURE A MAJOR U.S. CITY!

And if you are adverse to having the life sucked from your body, you might want to avoid the following zip-codes from August 14–16 (or, wear your best chastity scarf!): 90036 and 90028 (Los Angeles, CA). That, my friends, is Ground Zero for what is being billed as the world’s first full-out, fangs-in-your-face convention entirely devoted to Vamp-Pop culture. VAMPIRE-CON! [look for staff horrorphile Gary Deocampo's highlight reports from the field]

First off, let's clarify what Vampire-Con is not: a zombie walk. Rather, it's a family reunion of sorts for those other creatures of the night who have seen a marked renaissance of late in everything from graphic novels to major Hollywood movies. The convention boasts a fully stocked film festival, bloody curated panels, and sexy rave parties. I'm told there will be vampirerotic dancers - and a special performance by DJ XIAN (Christian Madrid) of I'd buy that for a dollar!

Even tough this is the first year Vampire-Con comes into the light, the organizers have hit the floor running with an alluring print campaign, and six clever, high-grade value promos that are well worth a looky-look. [sample and link below]

The film fest kicks off on Friday, August 14th with three movies befitting the evening's theme "Bad Boys," hosted by author David J. Skal (V Is For Vampire: The A-Z Guide For Everything Undead). “Count Yorga, Vampire” (1970) will screen first at 7:30 PM in honor of star Robert Quarry, who passed away earlier this year. The 9:30 slot is occupied by cult favorite “The Lost Boys” (1987), starring Keifer Sutherland, Corey Haim, Corey Feldman, Dianne Weist, Jason Patric and Jami Gertz. Cast members Jamison Newlander, Chance Michael Corbitt and others will appear in person to talk about the making of the film. Friday at midnight, Vampire-Con will unveil a WORLD PREMIERE sneak preview of “Midnight Son,” the new film from writer/director Scott Leberecht and executive producer Eduardo Sanchez, the visionary behind The Blair Witch Project! Members of the cast and filmmaking team are expected to be in attendance.

The theme for Saturday, August 15th's double feature is Lesbian Vampireotica, hosted by author Pam Keesey (Daughters Of Darkness: Lesbian Vampire Stories). The evening opens at 7:30 PM with the 1971 Roger Corman production “The Velvet Vampire,” starring Celeste Yarnall. Celeste will be attending the screening as well as joining the “Vampires & Sexuality” panel discussion on Sunday, August 16th! At 9:30 the film festival concludes with “The Hunger,” the stylish and steamy 1983 classic directed by Tony Scott and starring Susan Sarandon, David Bowie and Catherine Deneuve.

On Sunday evening, Music Box Theatre @ Fonda in Hollywood Fonda transforms into VAMPIRELLA’S ® BALL, a heart-pounding 21 & over danse macabre. Vampires and humans alike will experience the dark side of Los Angeles’ acclaimed underground vaudeville cirque “Lucent Dossier” and revel the night away to the blood-churning beats provided by DJ Gary Calamar, music supervisor of HBO’s TRUE BLOOD and host of KCRW’s The Open Road.

Vampire-Con is set to re-animate Vamp-Pop fans of all ages with a world-class convention that is sure to leave you drained of your daily societal woes.

Tickets are $15 for the Sunday day-walkers and $30 for Vampirella’s ® Ball. Film festival admission is $7 per night (cash only).

For more info about the festival:

And join the Vampire-Con group at FACEBOOK

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Introducing GARY "EL BOY" DEOCAMPO - LATIN HORROR's New Team Member

Dear LATIN HORRORphiles:

It is with great pleasure that I introduce you to the latest addition to the LATIN HORROR team, GARY "El Boy" DEOCAMPO.

A life-long horror fan, Gary will cover the horror film festival, horror convention, and comic con circuits for LATIN HORROR, providing insightful profiles & reviews with his own original tongue-in-cheek, macabre, fan-boy style. Gary is part of our concerted effort of growing the LH team and expanding our reach to better serve the community - and niche - we are slowly but surely building. We are extremely exited about this small but significant step forward and promise many more surprises in the months and years to follow.

And, NO, this WILL NOT be just another boy's club -- the "horror feminine/fan-girl" point-of-view will play a major role at LATIN HORROR (look for our next announcement, coming shortly).

You can read Gary's full bio at --

AND, please take a moment and help us welcome Gary aboard the LATIN HORROR staff by sending him your regards directly at : (and remember, be kind, Gary may be reviewing your next horror film!):

OR, you can post a message at Facebook:

OR, Myspace:

There will be SANGRE!

Edwin Pagan

"The Official Publication of Latin Horrorphiles Everywhere"

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


There Will Be SANGRE @ the 2009 New York International Latino Film Festival


Dir. Claus Groten | A woman guards a junkyard trailer loaded with medical supplies. A young boy, begging for food, breaks into her encampment, but she forces him back out into the terrifying world beyond. Then she realizes the mistake she's made. 15 min.

Thu, Jul 30 @ 5:00 PM

Sat, Aug 01 @ 2:00PM

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Marco Aguilar | A young couple attempting to survive a zombie outbreak, decide to travel by river to safety. But they soon learn that traveling by river has its perils and sometimes zombies aren't the only thing you have to worry about. 14 min.

Thu, Jul 30 @ 10:00 PM

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Dir. Israel Luna | A second-rate film crew sets out to shoot the third in a trilogy of cheesy, tasteless horror movies. The schmuck-of-a-director maintains an active casting couch, the spineless producer never gets his due credit, the supporting actress keeps pouting that she should be the lead, and the rest of the crew is secretly making plans to shoot their own movies. On-the-set shenanigans turn scary when cast and crew members turn up as brutally murdered corpses...and everyone realizes they’re in a real-life horror movie. 103 min.

Fri, Jul 31 @ 10:30 PM

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Dir. Samuel Benavides | In another realm, a creature exists in a horrific place known as "Mansfield Path." His only purpose and sole job is to extract, protect and then bury the souls of the dying. It is here where the evil souls are to be brought in and buried for eternity. 40 min.

Thu, Jul 30 @ 10:00 PM

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Dir. Phil Roc | Backed by beats from DJ JUDAH, rising hip hop star SHIVA dominates the NYC freestyle scene, driving his nemesis (fading diva HEAVEN) into a competitive fury. After an MC battle, Heaven’s hype man is devoured by a shadowy figure. As more killings occur, a sinister climax with Heaven nears. Judah is forced to ask: are Shiva’s cannibalistic lyrics just an act… or is he really a serial killer? 22 min.

Sun, Aug 02 @ 5:15 PM

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Friday, July 24, 2009

ON THE HORRIZON: "SAW VI" Teaser/traier & Red Band Carousel Clip

In the midst of all the fanboy/fangirl frenzy taking place at this year's Comic Con International (July 23-26, 2009) in Diego, CA., LIONS GATE has officially released the trailer/teaser for the highly anticipated SAW VI (that's "6" for the roman numerically-challenged and franchise deficient).

It has also simultaneously put out an extended and uncut clip from the film that is much more in line with what we've come to expect from the mini-major that helped solidify the horror/splatter subset now referred to - both disparagingly and with affection - as "torture porn."

One obvious faux-pas that I see in LG's marketing strategy of "give them more" is that the message can get lost in the overwhelming nature that is the unsaid hallmark of these events. This is especially true given the current venue: Comic Con International is the largest gathering of it kind in the world, and with the hundreds of so-called groundbreaking announcements being launched in a three-day period, bite-size portions of information are easier to digest than large spoonfuls. Instead, the trailer/teaser should have been released weeks before Comic Con to whip up fan hype (like they really need it) as a setup for the main event: the reveal of the extended "Red Band - Carousel" Clip (which would have been exactly what the demented doctor ordered).

In all fairness to LG, they did attempt (barely) to get some pre-release "buzz" before the convention by releasing a motion poster for the film. But due to the dudish nature and flat design of the motion poster that left a great many scratching their heads and somewhat wanting, that push, needless to say, has worked against them as has been evidenced by the susequent blogaphere backlash. I called it "lame," others have called it worse.

BUT I think the extended clip gives us all hope that the franchise still has some steam left in its engine. The Carousel scene keeps us on the edge our seat and wanting to know who will weasel their way out of getting whacked, hacked, and restacked. Some serious tension here!

I'm still hoping, however, that the suits at LIONS GATE will take the time to throw us another bone or two with some meat on it to help whet our appetites before the film's wide October 23rd release.

BTW: It's worth noting, at least to my warped mind, that given the forward-thinking platitudes spoken by the unseen Jigsaw about healthcare and greed in the Carousel scene, that a new more "humane" hand is at work pulling the strings of the death games from behind the curtian: President Barack Obama. Sorry - I couldn't resist :)

Edwin Pagán, for Latin Horror

SAW VI Onesheet

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


The Hollywood marketing machine is always looking for new ways to attract more eyeballs and parley that into bottoms in theater seats. The latest viral gimmick that is rapidly catching on with the studios: MOTION POSTERS.

Motion posters, in essence, are nothing more than FLASH or Activex animations that simply take on the aspect ratio of the traditional movie one sheet (poster / key art), and utilize them in the same manner that early web designers used animated GIFs—and later FLASH—to make images stand out among all the static ones. The more interesting motions posters take advantage of elements that are germane to the film's concept, taking story points or visual cues and integrating them into the overall animation (another way to look at them is as oversized banner ads on speed).

The current trend is to release the motion poster as a prelude to the film's trailer in an effort to generate early buzz and anticipation, and later as a complement to it.

The first "motion posters" I saw were for A HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT, and TERMINATOR SALVATION. As a visual creature myself, I immediately found the numerous creative applications and possibilites exciting.

My personal favorite to date is for THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT. It appears to be in 3D and reminds me of the holographic travel postcards of my youth. The supernatural ectoplasmic chunks seems to be coming right at you (yuck!). The motion poster for TERMINATOR SALVATION is another good example of smart design as explosions give way to a revelation of the grand machine's ominous face emerging from a futuristic armageddon-like metropolis, piercing volcanic eyes continuing to "loop" in trails of smoke and destruction.

LIONS GATE recently released a motion poster for SAW VI. And, to cut straight to the chase: it is rather LAME. LG could have done much more given all the franchise's built-in horror imagery. How could they get it so wrong with SAW when they rocked it with THE HAUNTING? [look for our review of SAW VI's trailer after its release on July 23rd at San Diego's International Comic Con]

Going forward the only thing standing in the way of truly captivating and dynamic motion posters is the imagination of the creative minds working in the studios' art bullpens and marketing departments (if the latter doesn't cancel out the other - think SAW VI).

NOTE: The motion posters shown below contain a mix of samples that automatically "loop" and some that may need for you to refresh your browser in order to replay the animation. Also, move your curser over the images to see if they contain any additional interactive capabilities or links.

Saturday, July 4, 2009


In the year 2019, a plague has transformed most every human into vampires. Faced with a dwindling blood supply, the fractured dominant race plots their survival; meanwhile, as the human population nears extinction, a researcher - Edward Dalton - works with a covert band of vampires on a way to save humankind.

Watch the trailer and read our quick & dirty review at -


Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Get an EXCLUSIVE "First Look" of Franc. Reyes' Trailer for THE MINISTERS

Dear LATIN HORRORphiles:

We are delighted to have the opportunity to be the very first venue to present an exclusive "first look" of Franc. Reyes' hot new trailer for his latest feature film, THE MINISTERS, starring John Leguizamo and Harvey Keitel. View the film's one-sheet below.

The trailer will screen as part of "The HORRORphiles #3 - Summer Scream" taking place tomorrow (July 2, 2009) at Anthology Film Archives in New York City. Trailer courtesy of MAYA Entertainment and ALUMBRA Films.

Please join us for a full night of Rum & Coke cocktails during reception, Latin horror films, exclusive trailers, and a Q&A session with the filmmakers in attendance immediately following the screening.

Full program lineup at -

There will be SANGRE!

Edwin Pagan

Friday, June 26, 2009

Exclusive Photos from M. Night Shymalan's THE LAST AIRBENDER

LATIN HORROR has attained exclusive photographs of the costume armor worn by the FIRE NATION Warriors on M. Night Shymalan's THE LAST AIRBENDER, including detail of the Fire Nation helmut. We also have an early rendition of the Fire Nation screensaver art from the film. The film is based on the first season of the animated television series that aired for three seasons on Nickelodeon.

The Nickelodeon Movies/Paramount production is currently shooting in Shymalan's native Philadelphia from a script by Michael Dante DiMartino. Cinematographer Andrew Lesni (all Lord of the Rings films) is lensing the film. Originally titled AVATAR: The Last Airbender, "Avatar" was dropped after James Cameron began production on a film of the same name.

Click on images for high-rez version.

Pictured in the manacing armature is New York-based actor / singer J.W. Cortes (A Kiss of Chaos / 44 / Sandman's Box), who was cast in the role of a Fire Nation Warrior.

Photos: Courtesy J.W. Cortes.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

LATIN HORROR and RUE MORGUE team up for "The HORRORphiles #3 - Summer Scream"

LATIN HORROR, in association with ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES, cordially invite you to another special edition of the NewLatino Filmmakers Screening Series — "The HORRORphiles #3 - Summer Scream" — featuring the work of emerging Latino/a directors working within the genre of horror.

LATIN HORROR inaugurates its Director's SINema Spotlight with three short-form horror films by Rodrigo Gudiño in an exclusive regional horror retrospectare. ALSO, we'll feature the northeast encore presentation of Pablo Proenza's critically-acclaimed DARK MIRROR.

Full program and film synopsis details at:

Thursday, July 2, 2009 ~ 6:00-9:30PM Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue at Second Street, NYC (Lower East Side)
$6 admission ~ at the box office ~ general seating

Series Director/Curator: Edwin Pagán (

6-7pm: RECEPTION - Complimentary RUM & COKE cocktail shots in theater lobby.

7-8pm: SHORTS FILM PROGRAM [Director's SINema Spotlight] -

* THE EYES OF EDWARD JAMES (2006), directed by Rodrigo Gudiño
* THE DEMONOLOGY DESIRE (2007), directed by Rodrigo Gudiño
* THE FACTS IN THE CASE OF MISTER HOLLOW (2008), directed by Rodrigo Gudiño

8-9:30pm: FEATURE PRESENTATION - * DARK MIRROR (2008), directed by Pablo Proenza

Thursday, June 4, 2009


Dear LATIN HORRORphiles,

Guillermo Del Toro (Pans Labyrinth, Hell Boy 1 & 2, Blade 2) will make a rare public New York City appearance to promote his first novel THE STRAIN, part one of three books in the serialized vampire trilogy. I'm 3/4 through the novel and haven't been able to put it down! AND, my wife, who abhors horror in general, read it before even allowing me to begin my read and review. So that should say something about the quality of the book.

I will be there to have my advance review copy signed by the master [look out for our review shortly]. Del Toro is one of the prime reasons I started LATIN HORROR. If you love horror, and your schedule permits, come out to support one of the most creative members of our industry - and certainly the current king of the genre of Latin horror. Hope to see you there.

He will make two appearances --

June 4 at 7 PM


33 East 17th Street

New York, NY 10003


June 4 at midnight


267 7th Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11215


There will be SANGRE!

Edwin Pagan



Wednesday, May 27, 2009

THE STRAIN - Guillermo Del Toro's First Horror Novel

Dear LATIN HORRORphiles:

"They have always been here. Vampires. In secret and in darkness. Waiting. Now their time has come.

In one week, Manhattan will be gone. In one month, the country.

In two months—the world."

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In exactly one week from today, the vampire genre is set to be changed as the first novel from one of our most creative writer/directors' first novel hits bookstores everywhere. GUILLERMO DEL TORO's "THE STRAIN" is a vampire trilogy that kicks off in New York City and spreads around the world and promises to inject the genre with new blood (pun intended!). Watch a short trailer at --

Thanks to the lovely & talented Jovanka Vuckovic (editor of Rue Morgue) for bringing this gem to my attention. LATIN HORROR will review the book shortly.

The interactive website for the book has just launched. Make sure to enter the Harper Collins prize giveaway. The Grand Prize winner will receive a DVD player, a DVD library of Guillermo Del Toro movies, a signed first edition of The Strain, and an advance readers copy of the second book in the trilogy, The Fall, as soon as it is available. Five (5) runners-up will receive a signed first edition of The Strain.

Join the Facebook group at --

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Saturday, April 25, 2009

FREE Ticket to Tribeca Film Fest Screening of HYSTERICAL PSYCHO


I got a pair of tickets for tonight's midnight screening of Dan Fogler 's new horror film, HYSTERICAL PSYCHO (Tribeca Film Festival) from my friends at FANGORIA Magazine. I am looking for a true horror fan to join me as my guest to the screening. The first horrorphile to reach back out to me, and confirm he/she can attend, will score the second ticket to the screening.

More about HYSTERICAL PSYCHO here --

Please reply back to this message with your email address and/or cell phone and I will contact the lucky winner with all relevant details. The winner will also get a complimentary entree into our next HORRORphlies #3 screening (DTB).

There will be SANGRE!

Edwin Pagan

"Scaring Up A Revolution"

Thursday, April 23, 2009


By Edwin Pagán, for LATIN HORROR

Seems like 2009 is the year when our marketable Latina actresses are taking the plunge into the darker side of the industry's genre landscape. First we mentioned here [] that Salma Hayek is riding a leading role in Paul Weitz' CIRQUE DU FREAK as the bearded lady of sideshow fame, now another venerable talent, Zoe Saldana (VANTAGE POINT, THE TERMINAL, PREMIUM, GUESS WHO), is set to hone her cognitive powers in the haunted-house thriller, THE SKEPTIC, which was written/helmed by Tennyson Bardwell (DORIAN BLUES) and hits theater in a limited run on May 1st at the IFC Center in New York and elsewhere. The film also stars Tim Daly, Tom Arnold, Andrea Roth, Edward Herrmann, Robert Prosky and Bruce Altman. The project marks Bardwell's second feature outing.

The suspense thriller follows a skeptical lawyer (Daly) who moves into a haunted mansion after the unexplained death of his aunt seeking to gain an inheritance and soon begins to experience supernatural incidents that increasingly become more terrifying and can no longer be ignored. Daly's character turns to a local coy medium, played by Saldana, who takes him on a journey to discover the long-hidden unspeakable truth that threatens to destroy him.

View the trailer here --

The New York-based actress who hails from the Dominican stronghold of Washington Heights, has had a meteoric career starting with stints on LAW & ORDER and leading to a breakout role in CROSSROADS (2002) as Britney Spears' BFF. She later went on to star in DRUMLINE, CONSTELLATION, DIRTY DEEDS, and PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL, among others. In 2009, her calendar is full with such top shelf projects as the highly-anticipated J.J. Abrams' blockbuster, STAR TREK, in the role of the beloved communications officer UHURA, and in James Cameron's next experiment, AVATAR. She is also on deck with s slew of pending ptojects such as Christopher B. Landon's BURNING PALMS, and Neil LaBute's DEATH AT THE FUNERAL.

The acquisition and release of the THE SKEPTIC also marks a recent trend at IFC to explore inroads into the highly lucrative horror genre. IFC also recently acquired the Latin horror gem, DARK MIRROR [], that is set to have its broadcast premiere on May 6th. The development looks promising for horror-handed filmmakers looking for alternative venues outside Lions Gate. The film opens May 1st at New York City’s IFC Center, on May 8th at Spectrum 8 Theatres in Albany (NY), and May 15th at Los Angeles’ Laemmle Music Hall 3. The film will also have a three-month run on the network's 'In Theaters' video-on-demand platform.