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Neon Noir Unveils ‘Brute 1976’: A Homage To Horror Classics – New Photos!

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Many 1970s horror films had a raw and gritty feel, partly due to lower budgets and less polished production style. This contributed to a more realistic and unsettling atmosphere, immersing viewers in a visceral experience. Films from this era also invested time in developing characters and iconic villains! The 1970s was a time of cultural and social upheaval, with concerns about family, authority, and the American dream. Horror films of this period often tapped into these anxieties, reflecting the cultural zeitgeist and resonating with audiences.

With that said, it is no wonder why horror fans adore films that pay homage to horror classics of the 1970s. Neon Noir, the production company formed by Marcel Walz, Sarah French, and Joe Knetter, just wrapped up production on their third film, Brute 1976, and the film promises to pay tribute to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Hills Have Eyes.

Marcel Walz, the director behind films like Blind, Pretty Boy, Blood Feast, and That’s A Wrap, consistently delivers a distinctive style characterized by a beautiful color palette, intense gore, and a penchant for going over the top. Given his track record, I do not doubt that his latest film will maintain this trend and not disappoint.

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Film Synopsis: “In 1976, Raquel and her girlfriend have car trouble and break down on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere. They stumble upon an abandoned mine and decide to explore it.

At the same time, a group of people are in the desert for the photoshoot. The plan is to do a salt and pepper-styled shoot to celebrate the Bicentennial unity sweeping across the nation. The magazine cover will feature two models, Roxy and Raquel. Since Raquel doesn’t show up, they enlist Sunshine, the make-up artist, to take her place.

After the shoot they stumble upon an abandoned town called Savage. It has a history of being very violent but has been vacant for years. It’s a perfect place to explore and take some photos. But they are not alone. A family of masked psychopaths have claimed Savage as their own and are hell-bent on living up to its name.”

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The film stars Adriane McLean (Miracles of Christmas), Sarah French (Blind), Gigi Gustin (The Retaliators), and Dazelle Yvette (Garden of Eden) Adam Bucci (NCIS Los Angeles).

The film is Executive Produced by Dirk Schürmann and Tobias Schürmann.

The Director of Photography is Marcus Friedlander, who also shot Neon Noir’s previous films, That’s a Wrap (streaming all over North America now) and Garden of Eden.

Brute 1976 – PHOTO by Kane Blust

Here is what the team had to say about the film:

“I’ve always been a huge fan of ‘The Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ and ‘The Hills Have Eyes’Both the originals and remakes. ‘Brute 1976’ was an amazing experience to shoot; it was hot, dirty, and bloody. I’m sure the audience will feel that on screen.” – Marcel Walz, Director.

“Brute is our love letter to ‘The Texas Chain Saw Massacre,’ which I consider to be the greatest horror film of all time. Shooting in the desert provided many challenges, but our cast and crew really delivered something special. – Joe Knetter, Writer.

“We went down and dirty, bloody, and brutal in the Nevada desert with this one, and you can feel it. Marcel, Joe, and I are horror fans through and through, and to be able to bring a film like ‘Brute 1976’ to life was a dream come true.” – Sarah French, Actress.

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‘Tales from the Crypt’ Publisher, EC Comics is Being Brought Back to Life at Oni Comics

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After seventy years of being shut down, the iconic EC Comics is coming back by way of Oni Comics. Originally founded as an educational comics brand, it would later become a publisher known for its horror comics and tales to keep you up late at night. William Gaines lead the way and during his time we were gifted with a run of comics such as Tales From the Crypt, The Haunt of Fear, The Vault of Horror, and of course Weird Science among others. Founded in 1944 and running to 1956 it was eventually shut down due to claims that comic books were affecting the minds of our adolescents. After reaching Congress the issue was large enough to take down the small comics publisher.

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Original Cover art for EC Comics Tales From the Crypt.

Of course, later on, HBO would take Tales From the Crypt and reboot it for television with a whole new generation. However, for comic collectors, it was up to either visiting select digital archives online or purchasing old issues by way of auction. It is exciting to hear that Oni Comics is going to bring EC Comics back to life.

“EC Comics is one of the most artistically important and culturally significant publishers of all time. In ways both artful and shocking, EC confronted the darkness lurking behind the thin facade of American society — a throughline of radically confrontational storytelling that we intend to both uphold and escalate with the first new EC tales in decades. We’re challenging ourselves to evolve EC’s relentless energy and fearless sensibilities in ways never before attempted. These are intense comics for our intense times.“ Oni Comics Publisher, Hunter Gorinson said.

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Cover art from EC Comics Tales From the Crypt.

The first two comics under the new partnership are two new anthology titles that both lend themselves to the flair of their classics. First up Epitaphs from the Abyss followed by Cruel Universe. You can check out the cover for Cruel Universe at the bottom of the page.

Although the partnership is said to not be about nostalgia, we are still hoping that following some of these new titles we do get a special revisit for Tales from the Crypt or one of the other classics.

Epitaphs From the Abyss is due out in stores beginning this July. Cruel Universe is set to arrive in August.

What do you think about the Oni Comics bringing back EC Comics? Let us know in the comments section.

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Cover for EC Comics upcoming title.

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Images and a Poster Have Arrived For Eli Roth’s ‘Borderlands’

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Eli Roth’s Borderlands is well on its way to a theater near you. The Gearbox Software game adaptation looks to take its characters, costumes, and the world of Pandora right from the game. So, that is a good sign. However, we are still on the fence with this one. We will have a better idea of what to expect when a trailer drops tomorrow. Today we have our first look at some images from the film along with a hyper-neon fun poster.

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Photo: Cate Blanchett as Lilith in Borderlands. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Lionsgate.

The synopsis for Borderlands goes like this:

Lilith (Blanchett), an infamous outlaw with a mysterious past, reluctantly returns to her home planet of Pandora to find the missing daughter of the universe’s most powerful S.O.B., Atlas (Ramirez). Lilith forms an alliance with an unexpected team – Roland (Hart), a former elite mercenary, now desperate for redemption; Tiny Tina (Greenblatt), a feral pre-teen demolitionist; Krieg (Munteanu), Tina’s musclebound, rhetorically challenged protector; Tannis (Curtis), the scientist with a tenuous grip on sanity; and Claptrap (Black), a persistently wiseass robot. These unlikely heroes must battle alien monsters and dangerous bandits to find and protect the missing girl, who may hold the key to unimaginable power. The fate of the universe could be in their hands – but they’ll be fighting for something more: each other.

Borderlands stars Cate Blanchett, Kevin Hart, Edgar Ramirez, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ariana Greenblatt, Florian Munteanu, Haley Bennett, Olivier Richters, Gina Gershon, Cheyenne Jackson, Charles Babalola, Benjamin Byron Davis, Steven Boyer, Bobby Lee, Ryann Redmond, Penn Jillette, and Janina Gavankar, and Jack Black.

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Borderlands arrives in theaters beginning August 9. Are you excited about this one? Let us know in the comments section.

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Micheal Keaton Says ‘Beetlejuice Beetlejuice’ Feels Like Original Including Practical Effects

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It feels like a ‘Beetlejuice’ sequel has been in the works for over 100 years. However, the timeline for an official production is much shorter and not as cluttered with faux fan posters. We’ve gotten spoilery glimpses of outdoor sets thanks to paparazzi and even seen some characters in costume. Everything so far boasts a handcrafted look. Additionally, it’s a bonus that Michael Keaton himself has said the sequel feels like the original and that it will be practical. Color us intrigued, Michael!

“It’s the most fun I’ve had on set in a long time…On one hand, you’d go, ‘Well, of course it’s the most fun. It looks like fun.’ As you know, it doesn’t always work like that.” Keaton told People.

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It is a well-known factoid that Keaton had more fun on the first Beetlejuice than any other film that he had made. It still stands up as one of his all-time favorites.

“The one thing that (director Tim Burton) and I decided on early, early, early on from the beginning, if we ever did it again, I was totally not interested in doing something where there was too much technology…It had to feel handmade…What made it fun was watching somebody in the corner actually holding something up for you, to watch everybody in the shrunken head room and say, ‘Those are people under there, operating these things, trying to get it right.’”

That sounds like a whole lot of practical magic to us. Plus, I’m sure that Burton himself has become a bit tired of turning to computer-rendered graphics for his films. They have become more and more filled to the brim with nothing but computer-designed worlds.

One of the most incredible achievements I’ve seen lately in terms of returning to practical effects has to be Netflix’s return to The Dark Crystal. If you watch the making of that film, it is incredible to see that even the backdrops were meticulously handpainted. Everything right down to the toenails was crafted. You should certainly give that a watch if you haven’t already. It is incredible and somehow was released at a time in which nobody watched it.

Well, we are pretty excited about what Keaton said concerning Beetlejuice Beetlejuice. Let’s just hope that it is not hype. What do you think about his statement? Let us know in the comments.

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