The Drill (yowzers)

Ever since I started this website (1996?) I’ve been pretty excited (and slightly freaked out) by the e-mails I get.  In the early days almost all the e-mail was from survivalist types and they were usually giving me tips about what I should be hoarding and what skills I should be developing for the End Times.  It got to the point where if I saw that the e-mail was sent from the Contact Form on the old site, I knew it was just going to reek of crazy.

Well, things are slightly changing.  Now I mostly get e-mails from people developing/promoting films or festivals or whatnot.  Heck, I’m not complaining.  Any apocalypse-related e-mail is a good thing in my book.  But, sometimes I really miss the crazy factor.  Heck, what would be better would be a crazy e-mail promoting some sort of insane movie, right?  Heh.. wait for it.

Well, today I was trying to clean up my 900+ message inbox and I found a few messages from the site that I must have skipped over somehow.  One of them was promoting a post-apocalyptic movie called “The Drill“.  The old me would have had a field day with this one, but the new me just wants to present the information and let you all make up your own minds.

Here’s a plot synopsis from The Drill Website:

In the future, conflict between the entangled world governments and religeons will bring civilization to an end.
From the ashes of destruction a new world will eventually rise

until then…

A farmer, will toil in the wasteland, doing anything to provide for his family. Against drought, famine and opression -they will fight for survival.

their biggest threat…

A mysterious cult (The Tower Of Light), formed in the underground shelters after WWIII, the first and most powerful to rise, will seize the opportunity to dominate and shape the world in their own image -it will fight for control.

there is only one thing standing in it’s way…

A lone rebel, surrounded by the lore of murderous-drill-weilding-madman, will do anything to bring down the cult. When his motives are finally made clear, it will be too late -he will
fight for revenge.

Yup.  The hero kills people with drills.  But all sorts of drills, apparently.  Hell, even his motorcycle is a drill!  My favorite still is “The Drill” emerging from the ocean with some sort of speargun drill and a old school deep sea diver’s helmet.

"The Drill" - This time, he's enjoying some SCUBA

Click that image if you want to see more images from their Stills Gallery.  There is also a trailer for The Drill and you are doing yourself a disservice if you don’t go and check that little beauty out.  Just try and not get any crazy on yourself while you are over there.  Although, in all fairness, this looks like something I would have watched when I was making my way through all of the Italian post-apocalyptic movies from the mid 80s… so I guess it’s not really that crazy.  Just be careful.

Trailer: Duty of Living

So, I’m wading through 800 old e-mail messages (apparently I caught senior-itis in October) and I found one from the producer of a new movie called The Duty of Living. It looks pretty great, but check out the trailer for yourself.

The Duty of Living – Official Trailer from Brandon Hunt on Vimeo.
Juan Riedinger is starring in this feature (Hardwired, Jennifer’s Body, The Day the Earth Stood Still).  I’m actually pretty excited about it.  Based on the trailer, it looks like it will spend more time on the human drama of a zombie apocalypse instead of all the exploding brains and whatnot (don’t get me wrong.. both are good).  We just don’t really get that angle very often.

I’m also excited for this film because of the sense of tension that you get in the trailer.  You know how the best horror movies of the seventies spent a lot of time establishing tension (almost to the point of uncomfortableness) before the horror really kicked in.  I get that impression from this trailer…. and I like it!

Book of Eli: Going to suck?

So, I just watched the Book of Eli trailer.  I’m not quite as psyched as I think I was expecting to be.  I wasn’t sure at first what it was and then I realized that I want my post-apocalyptic heroes to be everyday types and not complete martial arts experts.  What’s the story here, was he a ninja before the apocalypse or did he find some sort of Zombie Dojo? (Note: Excellent idea for a movie)  Anyway, if someone has more information, lemme know.  Until then, I’ll just remain cautiously optimistic.

Trailer – Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse

Woah woah woah.  Is this for real or a gag?  Don’t get me wrong, I freaking love apocalypse movies of every size and shape.  But, comedy apocalypse?  Yes please.  I’ll take an extra helping if you got it.  I’m starting to wonder if 2009 is primed to be the apocalypse movie’s second golden age.  In the 80s we had a real bumper crop of PA (thank you very much Ronald Reagan) and apparently shitty economic times have the same result?  Hay, if being broke is the price I have to pay to get Seth Rogen in a post-apocalyptic movie.  I’ll take it.