The last time I mentioned Deadgirl, a rather confrontational horror film written by Troma-vet Trent Haaga, I hadn’t seen it. In the meantime I have done, and I loved it. Of all of the straight-to-DVD films I’ve seen this year*, I’d say Deadgirl is the lead for my favourite. Perhaps I’m a little but biased because I love zombie movies and this was a very skewed and imaginative take on the genre, though there’s no use in denying that it’s a serious film with some smarts and clear intent to say something worth listening to.
As a direct result of this, the news that Haaga has optioned a script called Chop to polish up and make his directorial debut has me very interested indeed. That there’s some comparison already being made to Fargo and Oldboy is just sugar on top.
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Marcel Sarmiento and Gadi Harel‘s Deadgirl is already available on DVD in the UK but still awaiting cinema release in the US. Ahead of its bow in ‘limited engagement’ from July 24, Bloody Disgusting have received a top quality bootleg leak of the trailer which you can see below the break. If you want to catch the picture in cinemas, there’s a list of it’s currently scheduled engagements also at the site.
The film is essentially a zombie picture, as the trailer will reveal. Not the typical zombie picture, mind. It revolves around two young men who find a woman chained up in an abandoned asylum and, upon discovering that she’s undead, wonder just how they might enjoy (read: exploit) her.
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No, we’re not talking about the long speculated Borat sequel. Ash Baron Cohen is making a movie. That’s right, Sacha Baron Cohen’s brother.
Ash Baron Cohen has actually been directing films since 1995. His previous efforts include Bang, Pups (which starred Micha Barton and Burt Reynolds), and This Girl’s Life (James Wood, Kip Pardue, Rosario Dawson, Michael Rapaport). His first feature, Bang, was named one of the Top 10 films of 1997 by the Los Angeles Times.
Even if you’ve seen one of his films, you probably wouldn’t know it because until know he’s gone under the name “Ash”. Yeah, that’s right – just ASH. I wonder if that will change in the aftermath of Borat’s success.
Let’s take a look at some of Ash’s previous work:
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