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Artists’ Addiction Soundtracks Releases “Saw V” Soundtrack

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MINISTRY, TESTAMENT, FILTER, SKINNY PUPPY, THE ALMIGHTY, AND THE REVOLTING COCKS ARE AMONG THE BANDS ON THE UNRELENTING, BALLS-TO-THE-WALL SOUNDTRACK

SAW V, THE LATEST INSTALLMENT OF THE HORROR MOVIE FRANCHISE, HITS THEATERS OCTOBER 24

September 29. 2008 – “Hello…want to play a game,” those are the immortal words Saw‘s sadistic purveyor of self-imposed twisted justice Jigsaw utters to his victims as they come to. And if you hear those words you’re soon to find yourself in a world of hurt. Back for the fifth installment of the Saw horror series this Halloween (in theaters October 24 to be exact), moviegoers will once again cringe in their seats as blood, guts and body parts are up for grabs.

And because every sick & twisted horror honcho needs an explosive soundtrack, Artists’ Addiction Soundtracks has compiled a list of incendiary artists such as Ministry, Skinny Puppy, Testament, and Revolting Cocks among the 14 tracks for the volatile digital-only release.

What started out as a “little” indie horror movie back in 2004 has turned into a juggernaut go-for-the-throat franchise so gruesome you want to turn away, yet so compelling you just can’t. And fittingly enough, the movie soundtracks have always been amicable counterparts assaulting the senses in a fashion that would make Jigsaw proud.

Adding to the sonic assault to Saw V is Charlie Clouser (ex-Nine Inch Nails), no stranger to the Saw soundtracks, with his cuts “Trap Attacks” and “What It Takes,” as well as Filter’s remix version of “What’s Next.” Other killer songs include: Testament’s “True Believer,” Ministry’s “Death and Destruction (Remix),” Prong’s “The Banishment,” Die Krupps’ “The Dawning of Doom,” Skinny Puppy’s “ugLi” and The Revolting Cocks’ “Wizard of Sextown.”

Artists’ Addiction Soundtracks’ Jonathan Platt says of the Saw V Soundtrack: “We feel that we have put together a collection of songs that really mirrors the chaos onscreen. All of our acts are big fans of the Saw series and were excited to be a part of the soundtrack and I think that energy really comes across.”

Lionsgate Releases “Punisher: War Zone” Soundtrack

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SANTA MONICA, CA, October 20, 2008 – Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) is pleased to announce the upcoming soundtrack release to PUNISHER: WAR ZONE, from Marvel Comics’ latest film adaptation of fictional vigilante and deadly antihero Frank Castle. The lethal motion picture soundtrack features a powerful collection of A-list rockers including the first new music in 3 years from Rob Zombie in addition to heart-pounding songs from rock icons such as Seether, Slayer, Slipknot and Rise Against. The fifteen-track album attacks stores on 11/25/08. The film opens nationwide on December 5th, 2008.

The original track “War Zone”, written for and inspired by the film, contains the kind of raw, throttling energy that has made Rob Zombie a platinum selling artist. The song will also serve as the first single from the soundtrack. About his contribution, Rob Zombie said: “I love writing music for films, rather than just throwing them an unwanted B side or remix. This track was written exclusively for Punisher War Zone. A punishing track for a punishing movie.”

The record also features Slayer’s 2008 Grammy winning “Final Six” and current chart-topping singles from Slipknot “Psychosocial” and Seether “Fallen”. The beatdown doesn’t stop there, with a broad mix of new and unreleased music that spans every niche of the rock genre, including unreleased songs by premiere punk group Rise Against and emo scenesters Senses Fail. Dan Trapp of Senses Fail had this to say: “We are super excited to be a part of the Punisher legacy…when we heard we were going to be involved, we all threw up in our hands out of excitement.”

Adding to the epic soundscape of PUNISHER: WAR ZONE is one lucky winner from the Lionsgate/Clear Channel “Unsigned Artist Contest” that was hosted last month. The contest attracted over 5,000 bands and millions of listeners. The winner will be announced on 10/24/08 at www.punisherwarzonemusic.com. Lionsgate Music President, Jay Faires adds, “teaming up with Clear Channel has been a phenomenal experience. The response to the Punisher contest has been incredible, and we are absolutely thrilled about introducing one of these talented unsigned bands to the world”

Providing extra ammunition to round out the album are emerging artists Kerli, highly praised electronica duo Justice, and an inspired, propulsive original score by Michael Wandmacher. This all adds up to make the PUNISHER: WAR ZONE soundtrack one of the most anticipated of the season.

Lionsgate Music oversees music for Lionsgate’s film and TV slate, releases its soundtracks and scores and signs artists for publishing and records. The music team has received two Oscar nominations with Marco Beltrami’s score for 3:10 TO YUMA and Bird York’s song “In The Deep” for Best Picture Winner CRASH. On the film and TV music front, they have brought in new music from Linkin Park, Serj Tankian, The Flaming Lips, Dr. Dre, Elvis Costello, John Legend, James Blunt, Amy Winehouse, and Gladys Knight. Upcoming soundtracks include W featuring songs from Gene Autry and Willie Nelson, RELIGULOUS featuring songs from the Talking Heads and Bob Dylan, PUNISHER: WAR ZONE featuring cues from Justice and Seether, Vol. 2 of “Madmen” featuring songs from Chubby Checker and Peter, Paul and Mary and the next volume in the “Weeds” series. Building on LG’s top 10 iTunes album for IRON MAN for Paramount, will be the release of the score for Frank Miller’s THE SPIRIT, Paul Canteleon’s score for W and David Carbonara’s score for “Madmen”. On the heels of signing Grammy winning reggae legend Lee Scratch Perry, three-time International Bluegrass Music Association award winners The Infamous Stringdusters, and breaking alternative act Glacier Hiking, the music team is releasing the upcoming album from Grammy-nominated Cajun act, the Pine Leaf Boys.

About Lionsgate

Lionsgate is the leading next generation filmed entertainment studio with a major presence in the production and distribution of motion pictures, television programming, home entertainment, family entertainment, video-on-demand and digitally delivered content. The Company is leveraging its content leadership and marketing expertise through a series of partnerships that include the operation of the highly successful FEARnet branded channel with Sony and Comcast, the recent announcement of the fall 2009 launch of a new multiplatform entertainment venture with partners Viacom, Paramount Pictures and MGM, investment in the leading young men’s digital distribution platform Break.com, ownership of the premier independent television syndication company Debmar-Mercury LLC and an alliance with independent filmed entertainment production and distribution company Roadside Attractions.

The Company’s feature films have generated more than $450 million at the North American theatrical box office in the past year and has also forged leadership positions in television and home entertainment with the production of such critically-acclaimed television series as “Weeds” and “Mad Men”, the distribution of “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne”, “Family Feud”, “South Park”, “Trivial Pursuit,” “The Wendy Williams Show” and Tyler Perry’s “Meet the Browns,” among others, and approximately 8% market share and the industry’s leading box office-to-DVD conversion rate in home entertainment. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 12,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company’s core businesses. The Lionsgate brand is synonymous with entrepreneurial innovation and original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the globe.

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Asylum

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Director: David R. Ellis
Cast: Sarah Roemer, Mark Rolston, Cody Kasch, Jake Muxworthy, Carolina Garcia
Runtime: 93 minutes
CARA Rating: R for Srong horror violence and terror, disturbing images, language and brief nudity

“Give me your suffering!”
-Doctor Burke (Mark Rolston)

Another day, another standard fare horror film. Asylum goes from a film that seems to have something to say to a film that simply regurgitates what other films have already said better pretty quickly and disappointingly.

Asylum begins with the all-too-common opening sequence from our heroine’s childhood to explain to us, without any actual explanation, that her father was crazy and killed himself. Since Madison (Sarah Roemer) would later recap all of this to one of her classmates, there’s really no point to the scene. But, then, a good deal of this film is gratuitous.

Madison heads off to college. We learn that this is the same college where her brother also committed suicide. This is apparently an attempt by Madison to both overcome the memories of her father and brother and also prove to herself that she is not also predestined to lose her mind. Attending a college that is located next to an old abandoned asylum, then, is laughably ironic. There, she meets the exact cast of characters that we’d expect her to: the creepy janitor who seems to know something, the campus security cop who is convinced he’s far more than that, the jock, the outcast weird kid, etc. All parties involved turn in performances just as memorable as their characters. We then discover that the asylum was home to the twisted Dr. Burke, a huge proponent of performing lobotomies on teenaged patients, who was killed in a patients’ revolt, vowing revenge – of course.

The students in the dorm, of course, fall prey to the spirit of Dr. Burke one by one. At times here, the film borders on an intelligent revisit of Nightmare on Elm Street, in its personalized attacks that seek out each victim’s weaknesses, fears and past traumas. It then abruptly shifts gears and quickly devolves into a mindless revisit of the later Elm Street sequels, though, with the evil doctor hamming his way through his “treatments” and seeking to skewer his victims with his orbitoclast ice picks while seeking revenge on “the creepy janitor who seems to know something” who, it so happens, was a patient of the doctor’s years ago. Why he returned to this place, of all places, for a job and why he and the doctor never previously crossed paths while he was there are never explained.

This movie had a strange bit of promise to it. If you let your mind wander, the hodgepodge of filming styles, lighting changes and other ambient changes throughout the film could easily place our cast into a nightmare world of Burke’s devising, but that may be giving the film too much credit and ultimately only serves to introduce more holes into an already thin plot. Sadly, one is left feeling that this is just another knockoff attempt at the slasher genre that started with a semblance of moody, original thought and then got lost in the padded walls of its own asylum.

-Late

Asylum

Rating by Larry McCloskey: 1.5 stars
*1/2

Metalocalypse: Season Two

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Want Bonus Features? Go Forth and Find Them When Two-Disc DVD Comes out on December 2nd

The world’s biggest, most brutal, murderous and, well, incompetent heavy metal band will once again step into the spotlight in the upcoming Adult Swim DVD release, Metalocalypse: Season Two. From Adult Swim and Warner Home Video, this DVD will be available while the band is at the top of its game in both the real and animated worlds. Not only does the band’s mega-stardom rank them as the world’s 12th largest economy but the animated band, Dethklok, has also achieved unparalleled success in the real world. The level of brutality is raised to a whole new level as the band tries its hand at electrocutions, weddings and the glamorous world of publicity in the Metalocalypse: Season Two DVD, which includes all 18 second season episodes and a slew of hidden special features that fans will have to find. That’s right. Anything worthwhile demands some work. So buried within the DVD’s two discs will be a host of bonus features for fans to track down and blog about. Available on December 2nd for the suggested retail price of $29.98, the Metalocalypse: Season Two DVD’s preorder date is October 28th.

Created by Brendon Small (Home Movies) and Tommy Blacha (Da Ali G Show), Metalocalypse follows the on and off-stage adventures of the fictional Dethklok, the insanely popular animated Norwegian heavy metal band. In addition to being the world’s most brutal band members, Nathan Explosion, William “Murderface,” Skwisgaar Skwigelf, Toki Wartooth and Pickles are also stupid…dangerously stupid. From sold out concerts to late-night snack-attacks, the animated heavy metal band creates a wave of mayhem, death and destruction wherever they go, but thanks to their “really good lawyer” they manage to walk away legally unscathed on every occasion. Since debuting on Adult Swim in 2006, the series has become one of the highest-rated original series on the network and the second season was watched by more than five million 18-34 year-old viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. Moreover, the band’s debut CD  Dethklok: The Dethalbum  has become the fastest selling death metal album of all time since debuting at #21 on Billboard’s Top 100 list, and a real-live version of the animated band led by Brendon Small recently completed a sold-out 28-city tour.

Adult Swim will support the Metalocalypse: Season Two DVD release with a comprehensive marketing campaign including 30-second on-air spots on Adult Swim and online ads on various comic, entertainment, and underground sites.

Shutter

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Director: Masayuki Ochiai
Cast: Joshua Jackson, Rachael Taylor
Runtime: 90 minutes
CARA Rating: PG-13 for terror, disturbing images, sexual content and language

“Why all that effort if you don’t have something to say?”
-Ritsuo (James Kyson Lee)

 

Following in the footsteps of the many Asian horror films that have been remade and imported to the West comes Shutter, based on the widely-acclaimed 2004 Thai film of the same name. Coming after an award-winning original which billed itself as scarier than The Ring and The Grudge, would this westernization fare better than other contemporary remakes?

Shutter is more or less standard ghost story fare. Photographer Benjamin Shaw (Joshua Jackson) and his new bride, Jane (Rachael Taylor), travel to Japan for an important job shortly after their wedding. Early in their trip, they are involved in an auto accident that appears to lead to the death of a young woman. The mystery begins when the young couple and the authorities are unable to find any trace of a body or even any sign that anybody else had even been there.

The two eventually make their way to Tokyo to proceed with his job and the rest of their trip until strange lights begin appearing in his photographs, lights which we come to find out are “spirit photography” – essentially the spirit of the young woman from that night on the road haunting the couple. From there, the movie treads the familiar ground of our heroine trying to unravel the mystery before her while the tension, as well as the mysterious assaults on her, her husband and his friends escalate. The twist at the end seems, at first, wholly predictable but is then compounded with a second twist just when the viewer is sure that they’ve unraveled the mystery.

Despite some uneven pacing and acting, Shutter is a creepy movie that is good for some moody moments, if somewhat lacking in real scares. Definitely worth checking out one dark night when you’re in the mood for a good shudder or two of your own.

-Late

Shutter

Rating by Larry McCloskey: 3.0 stars
***

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