Darren Lynn Bousman

“In some cases however, the passage of time is a blessing…Time heals all wounds, makes us forget, or, allows us a chance to reflect. Three years is an abundance of time. A lot can happen in 36 months: wars have been fought and lost, relationships have blossomed and then been destroyed, children have been conceived, born, and taken their first steps. In the case of Mother’s Day, 3 years was the amount of time it took me to become disillusioned with the filmmaking process.” That’s director Darren Bousman revving the horror engine on a nightmare. It doesn’t involve a reverse bear trap or a team sent back for your organs, so it’s probably scarier. It’s the story of how a movie that Bousman made that simultaneously met his creative vision and received high praise from testing audiences went from a huge potential opening to a release last weekend that no one heard about. Bousman goes into deep detail, chronicling the journey of a movie that wrapped in 2009 and didn’t see the light of day until 2012. It’s a must-read piece for how candid Bousman is regarding a hell on the other side of development. Let’s call it Post-Production Hell. His segment on what watching a test audience react to his work is especially enlightening. Ultimately, the train of events looks something like this:

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Calling in from a dirty van somewhere in the American south, Darren Bousman speaks with the kind of quiet calm that has seen the heights of horror success and the self-made sweat of passion projects being wrung out in the system. It’s half electricity, half exhaustion. His latest flick 11-11-11 hit DVD yesterday, and watching the film, it’s easy to climb inside the writer/director’s own struggles with faith and depression. He’s a remarkably open filmmaker, sharing his personal feelings (no matter how dark) with his fans, never sparing the emotional details. Fortunately, it’s that incredibly candid spirit that comes alive in this conversation. From the bloodiness of the Bible to why 11-11-11 wasn’t his finest hour to the thrills of taking his Devil’s Carnival on the road, Bousman is as blunt as they come. Download This Interview

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Saw II, III, and IV mastermind Darren Lynn Bousman turned his talents to a horror remake post-icky torture porn delights with his take on the Troma classic Mother’s Day. A spin on Charles Kaufman and Warren Leight’s 1980 film of the same name, Bousman moves the action of his film out of the woods (boo!) and into suburbia (further boos!), though he appears to hew to the original idea of three bad brothers bent on impressing their sicko mom with lots of blood and torture and crime. Hey, every family is different! Bousman’s film stars Rebecca De Mornay as dear sweet Mother (going back to her Hand That Rocks the Cradle creepy best), with Patrick Flueger, Warren Kole, and Matt O’Leary as her evil spawn. The three younger Koffins rob a bank, go to hide out in their family home, only to find that Mother lost it to foreclosure. That’s too bad for the house’s new owners and all their innocent party guests. Homeownership is a bitch – and so is Mother. The film first played way back at Fantasic Fest 2010, and Fure wasn’t too crazy about it then, but I’m willing to bet it can stir up some basic scares. Take a looksie after the break.

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If you had asked me about The Devil’s Carnival yesterday, I wouldn’t have known what you were talking about. I probably would have assumed it was a 70s exploitation flick that took place behind a patchwork tent where a woman gets raped in a pile of elephant dung and then seeks revenge (or something). But I would have been wrong. The movie is a new project from the overworked Darren Lynn Bousman, who has a full dance card but decided he wanted to put another record on. The teaser trailer for the movie is an extended, 11-minute-long shot of a woman (Emilie Autumn) going about her lingerie-clad business. It’s experimental, but it looks more like it was directed by Bela Tarr because it’s a lot of nothing. There are clever little notes that are struck with some cartoonish CGI, but mostly it’s a woman just hanging around doing nothing in particular. Now, that doesn’t mean the movie itself won’t be a hellish explosion of style. According to Shock Til You Drop, Bousman is collaborating again with Repo! writer Terrance Zdunich. Check it (and the poster) out for yourself:

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For most of us, we look at a date like 11-11-11 and shrug it off while making a few jokes. Maybe we make a wish at 11:11 (and then again at 11:11pm). For Darren Lynn Bousman, numbers are enough to build a horror film on. 11-11-11 seems to reach back to those fantastic horror films like City of the Living Dead and Ghostbusters to use the mystical date in order to open up a mystical gate. What might come through is anyone’s guess. The teaser trailer is strong, though. It says very little about the plot, gives some spooky visuals, and definitely leaves you wanting more. Check it out for yourself:

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In the web of steps to getting a movie made, making a proof of concept or teaser trailer or director’s test can be a crucial part as we all know. This isn’t what sells the movie to an audience, it’s what sells a movie to a potential foreign buyers. It needs to be a bit of a different animal. That being said, this particular promo for Darren Lynn Bousman’s Mother’s Day remake does seem eerily close to how the movie might be sold when trailer time rolls around. Make sure not to have any wire hangers around Rebbecca De Mornay.

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The Saw and Repo! The Genetic Opera director gives us a few first looks at his brand new film, Mother’s Day. We almost light Reject HQ on fire. It’s a pretty normal Friday around here…

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Give Darren Lynn Bousman the keys to the slaughterhouse and let him fill it with blood? Apparently one company intends to do so. And the world will be a better place for it.

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As if you needed an excuse to dust off that VHS copy of Troma’s Mother’s Day this weekend, we’re getting word that a remake is brewing, and the mind behind Repo! is directing.

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Our very own Ashley Demma has a geek-girl-gasm at her Chicago Repo viewing. Her words of advice to us all: If Repo! is coming to a city near you, go. Don’t think, just go.

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Repo! The Genetic Opera

Repo! The Genetic Opera stood out as one of the best films at this year’s Fantastic Fest, and we got a chance to sit down and talk with director Darren Lynn Bousman, writer/actor Terrance Zdunich, and music producer Joseph Bishara.

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Paris Hilton may have finally found a role that fits her as well as that time when she got impaled by an ice pick. This time she’s singing and teaching kids about how to use drugs.

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Repo! The Genetic Opera

For years, musical film fans have waited for a film they could latch on to and call their own. Repo! The Genetic Opera is that film.

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Repo! The Genetic Opera

Does “Repo! The Genetic Opera” rock Robert Fure’s casbah or leave him bleeding a bathtub full of ice sans spleen? Only one way to find out.

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Step into the mysterious, wonderful, and strangely colored world of “Repo! The Genetic Opera.”

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Joe Ngo

Saw IV

Movie Reviews By Joe Ngo on November 1, 2007 | Comments (1)

If it’s Halloween… it must be SAW. Those words definitely ring true this Halloween Season. Unlike Halloween, Saw IV has allowed Jigsaw to rise from the dead and grace us with his delightfully deranged tests and traps during Halloween.

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Kevin Carr

Saw IV

Movie Reviews By Kevin Carr on October 26, 2007 | Comments (6)

Ever since the first Saw cut into the American mainstream in 2004, it has been often imitated but rarely matched. The fourth installment of the series hits the theaters in time for Halloween, making a visit to the theater for more of Jigsaw’s antics a seasonal tradition for me.

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