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FACES OF DEATH Has A Director And A Studio!!

Hey, everyone. ”Moriarty” here. Well, then. Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back in May of 2005, we were the first ones to break the story that Angry Films was developing a film that would use the FACES OF DEATH title to jumpstart what they hope will be a new horror franchise. At that point, there was no director attached and no studio involved. All that appears to have changed now according to a story in VARIETY today. I'd heard that JT Petty (SOFT FOR DIGGING) was involved in the film, and based on the early word of mouth on S&MAN, his latest film, he might be the right guy for the job. Rick Benattar, Susan Montford and Don Murphy are going to produce the film, and they'll be using Dr. Francis B. Gross, the only real "character" from the original films, as the focal point of this new version. With SAW III opening today to what I'm sure will be a monstrous opening weekend, the horror craze continues unabated, and I'm sure we'll see this one onscreen soon.

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  • Oct. 27, 2006, 3:38 a.m. CST

    too much horror

    by CaseyMcCall

    Way too much mutilating going on, but hey, it brings it boxoffice, right. Could it be so? Am I first?

  • Oct. 27, 2006, 3:42 a.m. CST

    isn't Saw III basically just...

    by mattyholmes

    Faces of Death anyway?

  • Oct. 27, 2006, 3:50 a.m. CST

    i agree

    by Li75

    surely cashing in on the video nasty back catalogue to launch a new horro genre isnt wise. we all know faces of death from years ago. real people being killed and dieing. anyone else dispair at humanity sometime? arent they just another type of snuff movie?? 8mm anyone?

  • Oct. 27, 2006, 4:16 a.m. CST


    by BannedOnTheRun

    You'll shit yourself!

  • Oct. 27, 2006, 5:22 a.m. CST


    by Franklin T Marmoset

    I was never a big fan of this gimmicky insertion of non-letters into words. I didn't like it when they kept telling me Seven was actually called Se7en. 'Why?' I would say. 'Why can't it just be called Seven?' Thir13en Ghosts, that was another silly one. This S&man takes the biscuit, though. It's a triumph of clever daftness. That said, if the film turns out to be a satirical indictment of the corruption of language due to the pernicious influence of 'txt-ing', I take it all back.

  • Oct. 27, 2006, 5:32 a.m. CST

    Wasn't the original like a collection of shit....

    by MattCG can see on the internet today for free? How the fuck could this possibly be interesting? Also, I'd like to take a moment to tell everyone who is currently involved in this current "Snuff Horror" trend that I hope you are beaten to death with your own children and if you don't have any children, I hope you are beaten to death with your own severed legs. Then I hope you burn in hell, you waste of fucking life, talentless fucks.

  • Oct. 27, 2006, 5:36 a.m. CST

    A film actually titled "S&man"?

    by SalvatoreGravano

    Pitiful, unless it's a goofy cartoon. If this is actually used in the film - whatever its plot is - then it should have a wonderful run outside USA, with people probably referring to it as "Sachtman", "Shuitman", "Svosyemman"... (Actually, "Sachtman" would sound fine. "Ich bin... Zachtmann!" The rest, on the other hand...)

  • Oct. 27, 2006, 5:39 a.m. CST

    By the way, who wouldn't have erupted in a loud laugh..

    by SalvatoreGravano

    ...if, say, 8 years ago someone said: "Hey, did you hear that big Hollywood producers want to remake that crappy video series 'Faces of Death' as a real film with a huge budget!" I'm waiting for feature-length remakes of TV ads now. Everything else seems to have been remade as films already - even Disney park attractions.

  • Oct. 27, 2006, 7:18 a.m. CST

    You're right, MattCG

    by rev_skarekroe

    Maybe they could just project a slideshow of pics from and call it a movie.

  • Oct. 27, 2006, 7:26 a.m. CST


    by teh ran

    What the hell is all that about? I was a child of the 'video nasty' era growing up in the 80's watching horror films and not really understanding them. I saw the whole back catalogue but the one that scared me most was Dawn of the Dead. We're talking of an era where social clubs would run tuesday night film clubs and show everything from Indy to Dirty Harry and they didn't care who was in as long as they paid. I was 12 when I saw Dawn of the Dead and it was my first real experience of fear and true horror in a film. I'm not saying I didn't enjoy it but growing up at that time has given me an appreciation of Horror films and it's a genre I really like. And this is why I get so annoyed at film makers who miss the mark so widely. Blair Witch is a scary film, Hostel is a (not funny)comedy. I always remember watching a TV show in the 90's where a number of the best horror directors of the time (Clive Barker etc) discussed what would make the best horror film and I seem to remember they came up with Mr Frost?!? Anyway Hollywood people stop marketing heavy gore as horror you are an insult to it's definition!

  • Oct. 27, 2006, 7:39 a.m. CST

    So are they gonna have 2 hours of all fakes deaths?

    by triplefive

    i dont see the point.

  • Oct. 27, 2006, 8:25 a.m. CST

    Don Murphy is attached! YEAH!

    by tile_mcgillus

    The man, the myth, the LEGEND. With his wonderful resume of fine cinema it makes perfect sense that this glorious attempt at cashing in on REAL people's untimely demise by helmed by that genius. His follow up to the soon to be transcendant film Transformers is this masterpiece. Long live Don Murphy. May he prosper in life and find joy everywhere he goes.

  • Oct. 27, 2006, 8:35 a.m. CST

    Don't all horror movies these days basically...

    by LeiaDown&FuckHer

    ...have 2 hours of all fake deaths these days, or did I miss a memo again?

  • Oct. 27, 2006, 8:38 a.m. CST

    Wow, that was poorly written...

    by LeiaDown&FuckHer

    Let that be a lesson to you all. Don't post drunk kiddies, it's just not worth it.

  • Oct. 27, 2006, 8:47 a.m. CST

    Picked up John Gulager's "FEAST" (Project Greenlight)

    by JDanielP

    Horror is probably my least favorite of all genres. But when it is mixed with other genres (like ALIENS or SEVEN), it can mean much more to me. Being a fan of Project Greenlight and believing in John Gulager's talent (even if the man doesn't communicate quite as well as he should), I was REALLY looking forward to seeing "FEAST"... and purchased the dvd as soon as I had the opportunity. For me, it was like a favorite team reaching the championship game. I guess, in a sense, I saw a small part of myself in Gulager. Such opportunity seems to always escape people like us, it seems. But John Gulager had made a video entry for Project Greenlight that showed his talent... and it was just enough to get him the job, despite his horrible interview. Having watched "FEAST", I feel that John Gulager proved himself. Sure, he WILL have to work on his communication if he wants to survive in the business. But I think his talent showed to some degree. Unfortunately, the story/screenplay wasn't all that good. --Sorry to post off subject. It seemed as good a place as any.

  • Oct. 27, 2006, 8:53 a.m. CST


    by teh ran

    I just realised I talked about being scared by Dawn of the Dead and thought that some people might think I was talking about that pile of crap remake with a zombie baby. The only thing scary about that remake was it's indication of the route of most horror remakes and the sad realisation that not many people know how to make scary films any more.

  • Oct. 27, 2006, 10:01 a.m. CST

    "FEAST" screenplay (spoiler warning)

    by JDanielP

    I didn't really get to finish my previous post about "FEAST"... so yeah, the story/script didn't seem to be especially entertaining. And what was up with all the humping that the creature was doing? Was it meant to appeal to the teenage audience??? --I feel that John Gulager does belong in a director's chair. But I can't help but feel a little disappointed that he didn't communicate better to some degree, which could have helped some performances. One example: When the "hero" storms in, bloody and with a shotgun in hand, giving his speech, ...I feel the actor should've been much more winded (possibly having the actor run a 100 yards or more to the door) and give his speach with more energy, more determination, broken up between breaths. Perhaps with some anger(?). (And why didn't he ask about his wife?) --And if you wanted to (attempt to) milk some laughter from the "creature humping", it would've been interesting to not only see everyone's reaction... but if John Gulager was in the flick, too, ...he could've chimed in "This reminds me of a time at Band Camp..." Yeah, one of the actors could say such a line, ...but somehow, it seems funnier if Gulager was to say it. I do think that the movie would've had better results if only Gulager would have communicated better with his actors, as long as he has an understanding of how the characters feel whithin those moments of each scene. I honestly wish John Gulager the best of luck. I look forward to seeing what else he directs, in the future. And I do hope that he will make some attempt to communicate better. We will all benefit from it, ...including John, himself.

  • Oct. 27, 2006, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Another win for NYU class of 98.

    by Some Dude

    A story-based remake of one of the most ghoulish excesses of our childhood. I saw part three at a sleep-over when I was in 5th grade. I had to leave the room during the monkey scene. I also saw part 4 in the theater (and got a certificate of "survival" from the Angel of Death). I actually like this idea of doing a story about the fictional behind the scenes of a "reality" series. Kick its ass, JT.

  • Oct. 27, 2006, 11:02 a.m. CST

    The Douche is Back!

    by ZombieisaDouche

    Oh yes. Come to Gitmo where we torture terrorists by stuffing those fucks until their fat. The REAL victim is the poor plumber who has to unclog those poop-filled pipes. Anyway, the Faces of Death flick should have plenty of footage of beheadings and stonings from the Al-Jizzeria (sp?) website, so hey, they can bring it in under budget.

  • Oct. 27, 2006, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Coming soon: BANNED FROM TV remake

    by Vern

    and FACEZ OF DEATH. I don't know man, I think the people who jerk off to FACES OF DEATH will not want to see a completely unrelated movie where they aren't trick into thinking the deaths are real. They won't be able to get it up if they know it's fake. So they'll have to release it unrated and pretend it's a documentary.

  • Oct. 27, 2006, 11:24 a.m. CST

    It'll probably be a PG-13

    by dirtsandwich

    to bring in a broader audience. You know a little bit of bitch slapping, shit like that.

  • Oct. 27, 2006, 12:34 p.m. CST

    This would be so cutting edge

    by JackRabbitSlim

    except i can watch all the real life gore Iraqi-style i want on youtube. No Karo Corn Syrup in Baghdad, no sirree daddy-o! And i second the kudos to Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiyah - they are churning out some of the best uncut splattercore footage on the planet today. Tragic that SNBC (the Sudan National Broadcasting Corporation) are such slackers.

  • Oct. 27, 2006, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Ha ha I actually read that as S And Man

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    Sounded only slightly less stupid than "Sandman" looks written that way. LAME! Congrats to Francis Gross, lucky bastard lived long enough to exploit other peoples miseries again.

  • Oct. 27, 2006, 12:40 p.m. CST

    i actually read it as "S & M Man"

    by triplefive

    i thought it was an american remake of ichi

  • Oct. 27, 2006, 3:08 p.m. CST

    This pretty much says it all:

    by DocPazuzu

    "Our model will be what they did with the new Chainsaw, only with an original plot, since the tapes didn't really have any. A young, sexy group of kids have to figure out why all these strange deaths are happening in their small town" (from the 2005 AICN article) .......... Fuck nu-horror and every diabolical, soulless homunculus associated with its production.

  • Oct. 27, 2006, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Hey Doc...

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    What's new?

  • Oct. 27, 2006, 5:58 p.m. CST

    All too easy...

    by alienindisguise

    To show mass mutilations and graphic bludgeonings is too easy a gimmick but apparently directors and producers are too scared to try to actually have a story or some kind of justification for the obscene level of violence.

  • Oct. 27, 2006, 6:21 p.m. CST


    by Cpnspaulding

    Is actually pronounced "Sandman". and stop making fun of the film if you haven't seen it. I have and it's actually quite disturbing. It's a documentary about "underground" horror (fake snuff films like "August Underground" and other strange, unknown horror filmmakers and films)and the people who watch it. When you actually get to the "S&Man" part of the film (it's a series of short films that'll see...), I promise you, you will not laugh.

  • Oct. 28, 2006, 1:36 a.m. CST

    (S&MAN) = Sandman?

    by TheRealRatigan

    Not "Sampersandman"? Are you sure?