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Houston! Bruce Campbell! Michael Biehn! THE EVIL DEAD Trilogy! Splatterfest!

Nordling here.

Splatterfest (September 27th - October 1st, 2011 at the Alamo Drafthouse West Oaks) sounds like it's going to be crazy fun this year.  I'll let the press release speak for itself:

Houston – August 30th, 2011 - SplatterFest is excited to announce MICHAEL BIEHN, star of Aliens, Terminator, The Rock, The Abyss and more, will appear at SplatterFest with his directorial debut THE VICTIM, as well as with the World Premiere of his latest film JACOB, September 30th!
JENNIFER BLANC-BIEHN, star of the Victim and the upcoming Puncture with Chris Evans, will also be a guest of SplatterFest.
Adding to the excitement, the EVIL DEAD TRILOGY (Army of Darkness, Evil Dead, and Evil Dead 2) will be screening alongside Bruce Campbell’s appearance Saturday night, October 1st at the Alamo Drafthouse Westoaks in Houston Texas.
Bruce Campbell will appear during the day and sign autographs (for a fee), as well as Q&A session on Oct. 1st.  Michael Biehn will appear Sept. 30th. SplatterFest VIP holders will get priority access to Bruce, Michael, the Evil Dead Trilogy, and to all SplatterFest screenings. For tickets and information, please visit
SplatterFest kicks off with it’s short film competition screenings Tuesday September 27th & 28th, followed by feature film screenings the 29th & 30th, including Michael Biehn’s directorial debut THE VICTIM, and the World Premiere of JACOB, and culminates with the Evil Dead Trilogy screening Saturday night.

The short film competition is always fierce, and we're going to get the EVIL DEAD trilogy with Bruce himself there.  Plus Michael Biehn is bringing THE VICTIM, a grindhouse film that I thought was a lot of fun.  I'm also eager to see JACOB as well.  But Splatterfest this year sounds like a can't-miss event for the Houston area.  We don't get many geek events like this, so any time something like this comes along I'm going to report about it.  Can't wait!

Nordling, out.

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  • Aug. 31, 2011, 1:18 p.m. CST

    wondering about The Victim

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    I want it to be good.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Bruce must hate these films by now

    by Jaster Mareel

    He has tried so many times to make a name for himself outside of this series, and it has always fallen flat. So herehe is...again.....doing an Evil Dead Q&A. That's gotta be kinda soul-crushing.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 1:34 p.m. CST

    I love to watch Bruce Campbell in anything...

    by nomihs

    Hell, I'll even pay to see one of his movies, but to pay for an autograph? I just won't do it. It's not like he needs the money. Guess I don't agree with that whole bit, but to each their own. Sounds like a good time in Houston.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 1:51 p.m. CST

    I enjoy contributing to AICN's Talkback...

    by Kevin

    (for a fee)

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Here's a shocker: a new ED 2 Blu-Ray is coming out!

    by Beezbo

    Do they make a new edition of these films every year?

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 1:56 p.m. CST

    LOL, signing (for a fee)

    by Atomic_Dildo

    I'm sure part of that press release is just meant as a joke. Anyone who has read Bruce's memoir would know how sardonic he is.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 2 p.m. CST

    No, Bruce refuses to sign autographs unless he is paid

    by Jaster Mareel

    He has said this on his website. Bruce is kind of a dick. After reading his website for a few weeks and listening to a radio interview in which he constantly shits on his fans, I decided I didn't give a fuck what he did anymore. And have you seen his last couple of movies? YEEESH!

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 2:11 p.m. CST

    yeah, he does seem a bit of a douchebag

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    I think he finally became bitter. As well he might, if you consider what a funny and talented performer he is. Biehn and Campbell have a lot in common. Neither really got their due, and each of them got shafted by their patrons when they hit the big time. I mean, would it have killed Raimi to put Campbell in a substantial role in Spiderman? I don't buy that he didn't have any pull. Same for Cameron and Biehn. Despite the Avatar rumours, I still think something went down between those two. He stepped in for Hicks and knocked it out of the park; when he's called upon again he gives a career-best performance as Coffey, and THEN you decide not to use him again. Pulling his T2 cameo seemed like a diss. Biehn isn't the sort to take this type of thing lying down though, so maybe i'm wrong, or maybe Biehn has calmed down and is less likely to bitch about those who may yet use him again.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 2:23 p.m. CST


    by slappy magoo

    I'm not so sure that he doesn't need the money. Despite the fact that he's in an assload of movies, plus all the merchandise, it's not like anything is bringing in Star Wars/Harry Potter/Lord of the Rings money, either. While I'd guess that he has more money than I do in the bank, I also wouldn't be surprised to find out he still needs to keep working, and as Campbell and guys like him keep getting older, where fewer movies are written where you can realistically play lead, a few weekends a year signing autographs and getting your ass kissed can really make up for all the deals that fall through, all the auditions that don't result in work, etc.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Saw Bruce at Philly's Wizard World

    by Blanket-Man

    Didn't pay for an autograph, mind you, but I saw him. What made his appearance stand out was that he was wearing a shiny white tuxedo - at a comic book convention. I found it amusing (and I'm sure that was his goal when he dressed himself that morning).

  • I swear.. he IS

  • When I met him in seattle he was polite and nice, said thanks for being a fan and we spoke for about 10 minutes or so..

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 2:42 p.m. CST

    "for a fee" -- Bruce gotta eat!!

    by ATARI

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 2:46 p.m. CST

    I met him this past May in Orlando at a horror con,

    by Michael_Jacksons_Ghost

    and he was dressed like a 70's pimp/sleeze detective! Class act though, was nice to me, and I got a pic with and me doing the Charlies Angels pose. Fucking awesome guy.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Michael Beihn not becoming a star is a real tragedy

    by Jaster Mareel

    He is an excellent actor. I'm sure he assumed Navy Seals was his ticket to blockbuster action status, but no such luck. It's just embarrassing that he's been relegated to a couple of STV shitfests after being completely riveting in every role. We need Quentin Tarantino to get him back in the spotlight like he did with Travolta and Jackson.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 2:50 p.m. CST

    So why can't Evil Dead 4 happen?

    by ZOMBRE

    Instead we are getting a (shudder) remake with no Sam Raimi, and no Bruce Campbell. Those two guys are a very big part of what makes Evil Dead great. I'm beginning to think that Campbell and Raimi think they are too old for another one. What other possible reason could they have? There's no story? Bubba Ho Tep was a fuckin' slam dunk of a movie. Old Bruce Campbell. He rocked that shit. Old Bruce fighting deadites in the future could be a starting point. Just turn Grand Torino into Evil Dead 4. Sam Raimi I'm sure has a dumptruck full of money and could get this made pretty easily. So I conclude that those two guys, Sam and Bruce, think that Evil Dead needs a new fresh face without them. I hope at least the Evil Dead remake cast isn't too WB looking and that the movie doesn't have cgi everywhere....

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 2:56 p.m. CST


    by pk68

    The BD of Evil Dead is done by Lionsgate, it's the first time on BD. Anchor Bay were the ones that did umpteen versions on DVD.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Campbell's got to be fat n' happy with the success

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    of Burn Notice, one of USA's top series. Sure he does this for the fans...and the cash on the side.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 3:14 p.m. CST

    HA! Ill bet Bruce cant sit through ED anymore.

    by Knobules

    Give the guy a break, hes been saying come get some for 30 years.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 3:17 p.m. CST

    ED 2 Blu

    by Beezbo

    Anchor Bay already released a Blu. This is Lion's Gate first go-round in the format (with many more to come, I'm sure).

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Biehn and Cameron

    by Keith

    I have never heard Biehn say anything bad about Cameron. Indeed, I have frequently heard him defend Cameron as essentially a perfectionist who achieves great results BECAUSE of his demanding nature, and that Biehn has never had a problem with this. He's said on several occasions stuff along the lines of, "There's pretty much nothing I wouldn't do for Jim Cameron". I think Biehn made a couple of duff choices in the early 90s that stalled his career when it might have taken off more. I remember when K2 came out that he was on chat shows and starting to be regarded as a minor but bona fide star, but he seemed to do little after that for a while, aside from Tombstone. Did he ever have drug or booze problems? It seemed like he kind of disappeared for no apparent reason.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 3:23 p.m. CST


    by Keith

    Talking of Henriksen, I would recommend his memoirs to anyone. That guy has had a fucking CRAZY life.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Bruce Campbell's a stand-up guy

    by Vegiterrorist

    I'm part of a film co-op in Philadelphia, and we had Bruce out on two different occassions: in '99 for a screening of ED2, and in 2005 to premiere his film MAN WITH THE SCREAMING BRAIN. The first time, Bruce hung out & signed autographs--free of charge--until 5am. He had agreed to do the show for essentially nothing because he was in town anyway for a convention & liked the idea of helping out some DIY nobodies trying to run a film series. When we sold out the 600 seat theater & made a good bit of money, we tried to give him extra cash, but he refused to take it. By the time we had him back out in '05, he had defintely changed his position on autographs, but can you blame him? Every 2nd & 3rd rate celebrity was charging $20 or more at conventions for pix & autographs; in fact, convention promoters were offering less money to bring out celebrity guests since they knew the celebrities would make so much cash in autographs. Bruce would be a fool not to charge when Lou Ferrigno wants $40 if you want to take a Polaroid picture with him! At any rate, regardless of whether the man charges for autographs or not, my experience on both occasions that I was able to host him was that Bruce Campbell was a generous, thoughtful, fun guy.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 4 p.m. CST

    Re: Beihn in Avatar

    by lochkray

    I recently read an interview (I think it was here on AICN, actually) where Beihn said that Cameron was thinking about giving him the antagonist role in Avatar, but when he cast Sigorney Weaver, he decided he didn't want to have too much of an Aliens reunion movie. In the interview, he didn't seem to have anything to say, but the best, about J.C.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 4:15 p.m. CST

    But never the other way round. I never hear Cameron talk about Biehn

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    He was an alcoholic, but he beat that, as only Michael Biehn can.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 6:33 p.m. CST

    See Biehns 'Bereavement'. Excellent Serial killer flick

    by the_shitweasel_with_a_quizzical_brow

    Why this didn't get a cinema release is criminal!

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 6:44 p.m. CST

    Evil Dead non-Trilogy

    by Neil

    Well it's just not. Could the second film not stand alone? I love the first two but Rami seem's to have problem's with the number 3. Spiders, dead evil things, whatever.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 7:26 p.m. CST

    I would really like to see Biehn in Avatar 2

    by ATARI

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 8:09 p.m. CST

    So if Bruce ever comes to Nashville

    by maxjohnson1971

    I'll have to pay him to sign my ED2 poster? It'd be worth it. Along with my brick!!!

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 8:12 p.m. CST

    Didn't charge me

    by thewyrm

    He came up to Anchorage a few years back. He didn't charge anyone for autographs and was way cool with everyone. He even shat to shit with me for a few moments after signing my book.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 8:15 p.m. CST

    he even shat to shit with me

    by Bobo_Vision

    Now that's one for the books. I've never shat with a celebrity. Lucky!!!

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 9:30 p.m. CST

    I would love to go with some friends, but I don't have any

    by Xen11

    All my "friends" were sucking me dry, so I had to fake my death. They were a real pain in the ass, man. If I ever saw Priscilla again, would she come with me? Would we still wanna fuck?

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 9:40 p.m. CST

    About Evil Dead 4

    by Xen11

    It shouldn't happen, ever. The trilogy is just perfect or something like it. There's no need to do something that's unnecessary and no need to ruin something that doesn't need to be messed with. Look at Crystal Skull. What a shitload of fuck that was. I back Raimi and Campbell on their commitment to not do Evil Dead 4 100%. Now if there was an Evil Dead 4, fuck yea I would be excited and would definitely watch it. But its just not worth it. It ended with Bruce at the apex of his youth and vigor, a fucking badass that will be remembered that way for as long as humanity lives with film icons or has any brain cells. As for the remake, I have no fucking idea what Sam and Bruce are thinking. My support for that is 0%. Sam and Bruce have obviously lost it and is further reason why they should never do an Evil Dead 4..... unless.... they are doing Evil Dead 4 and disguising it as a remake so that its fucking awesome when Ash appears out of nowhere and starts kicking Deadite ass while helping the young ones (who all die). But I've been surprised by remakes before. But there also are movies that should never be remade; Evil Dead is one of them.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 9:42 p.m. CST

    Cameron should have put Biehn in Avatar instead of Weaver

    by Mugato5150

    just for her betraying both of them for even appearing in Alien 3. Unless she was under contract or something.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 10:30 p.m. CST

    Uhhh . . . shat the shit

    by thewyrm

    That was an odd typo.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 2:12 a.m. CST

    Michael Biehn is indeed awesome...

    by Stegman84

    Hollywood's 'it' directors need to remember that fact and start throwing some more quality roles his way. After all, it's a proven fact, Beihn makes any film better. Lance Henriksen too for that matter. So cine in Hollyweird, save them both from dtv hell (though Biehn has done far better than Henriksen of late on that account). Oh, and I want roles for Beihn and Henriksen in the next two Avatar films please, mr Cameron. And Rodriguez, put Biehn in your next Sin City flick too, wile we're at it.

  • dfdf

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 4:08 a.m. CST

    I always longed for an ED4...

    by workshed

    ...but, as Bruce gets older, the prospect diminishes with each passing day. It's in Ivan's hands really. If he can come up with a script worthy to be called an ED movie then, hell, yeah, go for it. They have about five years I reckon before Brucey gets waaaay too old to do it. The man will always be the essence of cool though. The nearest thing our generation had to a Clint Eastwood.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 4:41 a.m. CST

    Michael Biehn & Avatar

    by Henry Fool

    I have a friend that knows Michael Biehn. He has struggled with alcoholism for years. He was up for the Stephen Lang role in Avatar. When it went to Lang, he fell off the wagon. It's too bad but Stephen Lang gave my favorite performance in 'Avatar' so there ya go. He's awesome.<br /> <br /> From what I understand Michael Biehn's an intelligent, compassionate guy whose life has been very troubled because of addiction. I liked seeing him in "Grindhouse" and I hope we start to see him in more things.<br /> <br /> He was always my favorite early James Cameron lead. The Terminator, Aliens and The Abyss will always remain among my favorite films of all time. I hope he shows up in one of the "Avatar" sequels or a Tarantino film.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 5:35 a.m. CST

    some of comments make no sense..

    by paul burnett all, not askin any of you to hire aproof reader. But take a breath willya

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 5:48 a.m. CST

    If there's one thing all film geeks can agree on...

    by kwisatzhaderach

    it's that Michael Biehn is fucking awesome. We love that guy. Jim better get him in one of the Avatar sequels. How cool would it be to see Biehn taking on the Na'vi? The Terminator, Aliens, The Abyss, his cameo in Terminator 2, The Seventh Sign... Biehn rocks in all of them.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 6:53 a.m. CST

    they gotta rerelease them in 3d


    then my life will be complete

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Since they're filming in Michigan, I wouldn't be surprised

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    if Raimi finds Campbell a cameo spot in Oz.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 2:59 p.m. CST

    pk68, nope

    by Jaster Mareel

    Evil Dead II has been on Blu=-ray for 4 years:

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Alien 3 & Evil Dead 4

    by Jaster Mareel

    Sigourney Weaver executive produced Alien 3 and is a big reason why it wasn't that good. She INSISTED that there be no guns and that Ripley be on her own again. The notion that the first 3 films is a perfect trilogy is fine except that the ending of Army of Darkness is definitely a setup for a sequel. Bruce has said on his website (in his dick-ish way) that the reason there will never be an ED4 is because "You didn't go see Army of Darkness!", which seems odd because the only people who are going to bother going to his website have OBVIOUSLY seen Army of Darkness. I went and checked his site out and it's been completely revamped and scrubbed clean of his harsh blogging so I guess you have only my word on that stuff. Frankly it doesn't look like he has anything to do with the site anymore and he hires people to run it. But it doesn't really matter anymore what happens with the ED franchise because the magic that made it work is all gone now anyway. I sincerely doubt Bruce and Sam could come anywhere close to what they achieved in those 3 films today.

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 1:19 a.m. CST

    You didn't go see Army of Darkness

    by Xen11

    I can back that statement from Campbell up. He did say that in a blog long ago on his website. And yes, it would be hard to achieve what they did with the Evil Dead films in a fourth. Though, Raimi achieved that with Drag Me To Hell.

  • Sept. 5, 2011, 8:46 a.m. CST

    Someone ask Bruce...

    by SunTzu77

    Why he's supporting that shitty remake of "The Evil Dead?" I guess he needs the cash... but I figured "Burn Notice" would help in that department.

  • Sept. 5, 2011, 8:50 a.m. CST

    And by "supporting"...

    by SunTzu77

    Isn't both Bruce and Sam producing it? *sigh*