Horror News Roll Call 3/30/2023 – Charles Band Takes Us BTS Of JACK ATTACK, And Join Robert Kurtzman For A Watch Party………

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I spent the weekend with Charles Band at Horrorhound Weekend – and when he left Cincy, he was on his way to Cleveland as they were gearing up to begin filming on the latest Demonic Toys character to get a stand-alone film – the one and only JACK ATTACK. A fan favorite for sure, and today he posted up a short video giving us a brief but oh so awesome quick look behind the scenes at the production.

They pump these suckers out quickly so keep it here for updates on when and where will be able to see this one.

Join FX Legend Robert Kurtzman For An Online Viewing Party Of THE DEMOLITIONIST

Here’s a rare, and frankly, totally awesome invitation. Robert Kurtzman will be hosting an online viewing of his first directorial effort THE DEMOLITIONIST – and he wants you to join in on the fun.

This will be happening Saturday, April 1st (no, it’s not a joke) and in his posting Kurtzman says: “Join me and veteran B-movie producer Donald P. Borchers and surprise cast members in the chat box for a live discussion during the viewing!”

You’ll be able to join in by following the link below:

From the announcement:

This is an official “Donald P. Borchers Production.” The movie came about after a collaboration between Robert Kurtzman and myself on “Doppelganger” (1993). Robert, a fan of “Vamp” (1986), came up with his own take on vampires in a strip club concept fusing criminals “on the lamb” and was inspired by “Assault on Precinct 13” (1976) and “Night of the Living Dead” (1968). Characters are trapped and doing battle with outside forces. Later, Kurtzman would hire Quentin Tarantino to write the screenplay for “From Dusk Till Dawn” (1996). Robert asked me if I would be interested in producing with him directing the film. I immediately set up the project at Trimark but after Robert Rodriguez expressed interest in directing, Dimension films topped the offer. Kurtzman stepped down as director and asked me to do the same, which I did and we made “The Demolitionist” (1995) instead. “The Demolitionist” (1995) is an American science fiction/action superhero film from writers Brian DiMuccio, Anne Kurtzman, Robert Kurtzman, and Dino Vindeni, directed by famous make-up artist/ director/ producer Robert Kurtzman. The film stars Nicole Eggert, Richard Grieco, Bruce Abbott, Heather Langenkamp, Susan Tyrrell, and Tom Savini. This was Kurtzman’s first film as a director after co-founding KNB Effects Group. “The Demolitionist” starts in the not-too-distant post-apocalyptic dystopian future. The mayor of Metro City (Susan Tyrrell) introduces a law banning all guns in the city. Cut to the execution of the Mayor’s mortal enemy, Mad Dog (Richard Grieco), and his brother Little Henry. As the switch is about to be pulled on the twin electric chairs, one of the guards turns on the executioner, and the brothers are freed. Little Henry is killed during the escape however Mad Dog manages to escape from Death Row. Flash-forward a little way and Mad Dog has reclaimed his throne as gang leader and is back to wreak havoc on Metro City. He stages an unsuccessful attempt to kill the Mayor by attacking the mayor’s office (“Isn’t it a bit late to be cleaning windows?”.. smash! Ratta-tat-tat!) Female police officer Alyssa Lloyd (Nicole Eggert, a blonde bombshell from BAYWATCH) is then sent undercover as one of Mad Dog’s gang members, to infiltrate and get in a position to take him down again. Unfortunately, Mad Dog isn’t that dumb and realizes what’s going on. Alyssa’s partner gets exposed and is forced to play a game of Russian Roulette and dies. Alyssa is then mortally wounded in the line of duty by Mad Dog as a message to the Mayor that he’s back.

On her deathbed in hospital, cold-hearted government doctor/scientist (Bruce Abbott) who badly needs to prove himself to the Mayor has created a project called Lazarus to clean up the town. He asks Alyssa if she wants a new life. She gasps in agreement then passes away….only to be brought back to life from the dead as an invincible zombie warrior, in true comic-book form, resurrected to serve … as THE DEMOLITIONIST, the ultimate crime-fighting weapon in a city overrun by criminals and internal corruption. He gives her a kevlar suit, superfluous mask, and twin custom automatic pistols.

Like Robocop, they are ‘encoded’ for her use only. But better than Robocop’s police cruiser is the motorbike she receives. Then he sets her loose on Mad Dog & his morally degenerated gang, capable of anything. Her blood has been replaced with nano-bots that repair her body when she’s injured. The catch is she needs daily transfusions or she literally decays. So, every night the Demolitionist is forced to undergo horrific injections of doses of blood-substitute plasma which keep her alive and deadly. The scientist seems to forget that his prize specimen was/is a woman, with very human feelings, whose main psychological conflict is that she isn’t comfortable with the fact that she is dead yet she still has full control over herself, and is functioning better than ever thanks to her new high-tech blood.

At first, she doesn’t want to live, but then her thirst for revenge on Mad Dog and his crew keeps her flame lit. With her high-tech armor and armory, she yearns for her former life but is obsessed with tracking down her murderers,

Mad Dog and his criminal biker gang, while engaging in the requisite shoot-outs and explosions. Due to Kurtzman’s work on many genre films as a make-up artist, he was able to recruit an impressive cast, featuring a parade of cameo appearances from numerous ’80s genre stars!

These include Bruce Abbott (RE-ANIMATOR) as a stuffy doctor, Heather Langenkamp (A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET), Dan Hicks (Joe from EVIL DEAD 2), Reggie Bannister (the PHANTASM series) Joseph Pilato (Rhodes from DAY OF THE DEAD), fellow make-up artist/ actor Tom Savini (FROM DUSK TILL DAWN) and finally, everyone’s favorite shemp, Bruce Campbell (THE EVIL DEAD) makes an uncredited cameo appearance at (1:18:08), as one of Mad Dog’s gang members.

Plan on being there!

Dave Dreher
Co-Founder / Lead News Reporter at Gruesome Magazine
Dave is co-founder and lead news reporter for Gruesome. Dave has built his resume working for Diabolique Magazine, The Horror Channel, Horrornews.net, House of Horrors and Creature Corner. He has worked with Tom Savini on his official site since 1997 and is also co-host of the popular podcast Horror News Radio.