Earlier this year I reviewed Brett Piper’s latest b-monster epic, the swamp-stained, ooze-splattered Muckman — from a screener copy. I liked it, despite its low-budget limitations, or maybe because of them. Anyway, now I find that my name appears on the the cover of the soon-to-materialise DVD, endorsing its monstrous virtues:
Go read the review if you want to know all about the film — which features a monster with a conceptual relationship to the guy pictured below and who lives a similar life-style, albeit a bit less superhero-connected and without being an acquaintance of Howard the Duck:
According to distributor Chemical Burn Entertainment, Brett (Drainiac and much else besides) Piper and Mark (Splatter Beach) Polonia’s old school swamp monster movie Muckman is finally going to be released on DVD on September 20th, 2011. Besides the movie itself, the disc will also contain several special features, such as an audio commentary, a behind-the-scenes featurette, a photo gallery and a trailer show.
Muckman is a charming homage to the drive-in classics of yesteryear, which was originally shot in 2009. The film, which was just shown at Germany’s renowned Weekend Of Horror festival a few weeks ago, tells the story of a sensation-seeking TV crew that hunts down a fabled swamp thing-like creature, the so-called Muckman, in the musty mires of Pennsylvania. Featuring a talented ensemble cast including the lovely scream queens Anju (Shock-O-Rama) McIntyre, Alison (Bacterium) Whitney and Danielle (Halloween Night) Donahue, Muckman is jam-packed [more mud-packed, I would've thought] with all the ingredients of a highly entertaining retro-fright fest—gruesome rubber-suit monsters, wicked stop-motion critters, accomplished practical effects, likable characters, tongue-in-the-cheek humor and, of course, a slimy, tentacle-draped fiend from beyond the surface!
Here’s the full DVD cover, back and front, which you can study in detail with a flick of the mouse-finger:
So take a look at the trailer, all you swamp-monster aficionados, and start saving your detritus for the big day!
- Source: Brett Piper via Avery Guerra; more info about the film and the upcoming DVD release can be found on Brett Piper’s homepage (www.brettpiper.com) and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/
brettpiperofficial), as well as Chemical Burn Entertainment’s website (www.chemicalburn.org).
Addendum: Lest we forget Muckman’s old-school inspirations