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The Top 20 Non-Traditional Christmas Movies

24 December 2013 9:54 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Last year Wamg brought you our list of the 15 Best Non-Traditional Christmas Movies to watch after the Holiday ham, pretty presents, and multiple viewings of White Christmas, Home Alone and Miracle On 34th Street were a thing of Christmas Past.

Minus the warm and fuzzy, our choices are filled snarky mistletoe carnage and crafty comedy – Geek style.

We made a list and checked it twice with our new lineup of the Top 20 Non-Traditional Christmas Movies. You better believe that Santa Claus is coming to town in these “More Naughty Than Nice”. films.

We kick off our list with our Honorable Mention -

Jingle All The Way

Christmas; It’s the most magical time of the year. High powered businessman Howard Langston (Arnold Schwarzenegger), is hard at work taking last-minute orders from customers to whom he just can’t say no; like his son, Jamie (Jake Lloyd), asking for the hottest »

- Movie Geeks

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Holiday Horrors: Rankin and Bass' The Thing

20 December 2013 12:33 PM, PST | | See recent Dread Central news »

Thousands of years ago it crashed, and this thing... gets thrown out, or crawls out, and it ends up freezing in the ice. Chariots of the Gods, man. They practically own the North Pole. I mean, they taught the elves everything they know.

Out of all the mash-ups we've seen on the Internet, I can finally say that we have a new favorite.

YouTuber Brad Rodriguez has taken the time to create a simply brilliant combination of John Carpenter's classic take on The Thing and the old Rankin and Bass holiday favorite Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. We applaud you, Mr. Rodriguez! Thank you for this wondrous sliver of tinsel laden terror! That being said...

I know you gentlemen have been through a lot, but when you find the time, I'd rather not spend the rest of this winter Tied To This Fucking Sleigh!

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- Uncle Creepy

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Review: John Carpenter’s Body Bags

20 December 2013 12:01 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Even though most of my childhood was filled with an array of films from John Carpenter and Tobe Hooper, Body Bags isn’t a film that I was really all that familiar with. I had borrowed a VHS copy of it from a friend in early 1994 and the tape broke about 15-20 minutes in, so when it came time to finally get myself fully-acquainted with it, I was game for anything, especially considering the level of talent involved all-around.

While the new release of Body Bags on Blu-ray is definitely a fun watch- a cavalcade of who’s who in horror cameos and Carpenter’s performance as the wrap-around segments’ host “The Coroner” being the real highlights of this anthology- the movie itself is an oddball mix that didn’t wholly connect with me.

Body Bag’s first installment, “The Gas Station,” is easily the best of the bunch- the »

- Heather Wixson

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Big Trouble in Little China Blu-ray Review

17 December 2013 8:22 AM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Big Trouble in Little China has made its way onto Blu-ray for the first time a couple of years shy of its 30th anniversary, and it’s a really lovely release. Drew Struzan’s wonderful original art adorns both the Deluxe Blu-Ray and SteelBook editions, and alongside the classic special features there are brand spanking new interviews with everyone from John Carpenter and Kurt Russell, to the stuntmen and visual effects producers. Needless to say it’s a must for any diehard fans of the film, but how does Carpenter’s cult martial arts comedy stand up in 2013?

It’s easy to see how Big Trouble failed to fully connect with audiences upon its 1986 release, and why it has remained divisive since despite its cult following. Whether deliberately or not, Carpenter crafted a movie that’s constantly hard to get a handle on. Expectations are constantly being subverted, red herrings »

- Joe Cunningham

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‘Big Trouble in Little China’ Review (Arrow Video)

16 December 2013 1:25 PM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Kurt RussellDennis Dun, Kim CattrallJames Hong, Victor Wong, Kate Burton, Donald Li, Carter Wong, James Pax | Written by Gary Goldman, David Z. Weinstein | Directed by John Carpenter

When you have favourite movies it always comes as a surprise when you hear that they bombed on original release, even more of a surprise when you learn that most of its failure was down to being buried by the film companies.  This is the case of Big Trouble in Little China, a movie that now has such a cult following that it’s hard to see how it could have failed.  Luckily for us we have Arrow Video to give us a Blu-ray steelbook release to truly celebrate the film.

Jack Burton (Russell) is the ultimate American hero, in his own mind.  When he finds himself in the middle of gang warfare in Little China between the forces of »

- Paul Metcalf

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Blu-ray Review - Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

16 December 2013 9:09 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Big Trouble in Little China, 1986

Directed by John Carpenter

Starring Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun, James Hong, Victor Wong


An All-American trucker gets dragged into a centuries-old mystical battle in Chinatown.

Muscles, magic and a wonderful mullet, John Carpenter's cult classic Big Trouble in Little China hits Blu-Ray for the first time today.

Telling the story of ordinary trucker Jack Burton as he finds himself caught up in a war of Chinese magic and mythology so he can get his truck back, Big Trouble in Little China is a bonkers, exciting and frankly hilarious adventure movie. Capturing everything that makes a Carpenter film a fun experience, Big Trouble in Little China might be the most enjoyable movie put out by the Carpenter/Russell team-up. The Thing and Escape From New York might be more acclaimed, but there is something so unashamedly fun about Big Trouble in Little China »

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The Salt City Horror Festival Lineup Includes Sleepaway Camp, 13 Ghosts, Pumpkinhead

16 December 2013 8:33 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The Salt City Horror Festival keeps getting better and better. We attended the horror film festival years ago, when just a handful of movies screened. Now, they have a lineup that features ten horror films all being shown from 35mm prints, including the original 13 Ghosts, Sleepaway Camp, Pumpkinhead, and more.

The event will take place on April 19th at The Palace Theater in Syracuse, New York. Doors open at 11:00am and the first film screens at noon. Alcohol is being served to those 21 years of age and older, and the lobby is said to be filled with vendors and a number of surprises. Here’s the full lineup of films that will be screening:

Lost Boys Invisible Man (original) 13 Ghosts (William Castle using Illusion-o vision viewers) Pumpkinhead John Carpenter’s Halloween 2 Candyman Sleepaway Camp Story Of Riki-oh Ernest Scared Stupid Jack Ketchum and Moderncine 2007 Horror Film:  The Girl Next Door. »

- Jonathan James

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The Gates Of Hell Are Made Of Ice In UK Trailer For ‘Blood Glacier’

15 December 2013 8:47 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Formally titled The Station (where it is know in it’s Austrian homeland), a tense UK trailer has surfaced for gripping science-fiction body horror Blood Glacier. The film is directed by Marvin Kren and is gaining some impressive reviews where many are comparing its gruesome style to the classic John Carpenter remake, The Thing. It certainly has that sort of brooding isolated tone and throwing in a few grotesque creatures always adds another exciting element for genre fans. I’m in!

Working in a remote outpost of the German Alps, technician Janek and a cohort of scientists are stunned to discover a bleeding blood glacier parked high up in the mountain range. As the gory infected berg melts the blood attracts the local wildlife only to transform them into hellish hybrids and monstrous mutations. As this fusion of nightmarish creatures evolves in the life-giving mountain air, a second group including »

- Craig Hunter

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Wolf Children, out this week on DVD & Blu-ray

13 December 2013 10:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Wolf Children | Misfits: Series 1-5 | Big Trouble In Little China | Elementary: Season 1 | Elysium

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It hasn't been a banner year for animated movies. The not-as-good-as-the-first-one Despicable Me 2 cleaned up at the box office, while the offerings from the usually reliable Pixar and Ghibli, Monsters University and The Wind Rises, were good rather than great. Even with Disney's remarkable Frozen as a late entry, Wolf Children is easily the best animated movie of 2013.

Director Mamoru Hosoda, who brought us the stunning The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Summer Wars, finally cracks the mass-appeal code with this beautifully told, thoroughly modern fairytale of a single mother raising her werewolf kids/cubs, emotively mixing fantasy and reality in a way that recalls prime Ghibli output. It packs a lot in: city-dwelling student Hana falling for classmate Ookami, the last in a long line »

- Phelim O'Neill

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Here Comes The Devil Score Is Mondo’s Next Vinyl Release!

13 December 2013 3:00 PM, PST | | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Following their top notch double-lp release of John Carpenter’s Halloween, the limited edition specialists at Mondo are planning to bring Adrian Garcia Boglian0′s Here Comes The Devil score to vinyl! The sexual satanic-horror just opened on VOD and select theaters today, and although we haven’t seen it yet, the praise from fellow journalists suggest this is something you need to see immediately!

Read on for the press release below, and pick yours up January 24th!

Press Release:

Mondo is pleased to announce the soundtrack release for director Adrian Garcia Bogliano’s psychological horror film Here Comes The Devil on vinyl & digital download. A hit with audiences at Fantastic Fest, the film opens in theaters and is available on VOD today. On January 24, Mondo will release the score on limited edition vinyl, and beginning December 17 the soundtrack is available through digital platforms including iTunes & Amazon. “As a collector »

- Justin Edwards

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Friday The 13th Tribute To "Friday The 13th" (1980)

13 December 2013 9:19 AM, PST | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Ernie Magnotta

Over the years, Friday the 13th has been called many things. Upon its release in May of 1980, critics who reviewed the low budget, independent wonder called it everything from a blatant Halloween clone (which director Sean Cunningham never denied it was) to an overly violent dead teenager movie made with no apparent talent or intelligence.

Gene Siskel was so outraged by the film that he called Cunningham “one of the most despicable creatures ever to infest the movie business.” Siskel even went so far as to publish the home address of actress Betsy Palmer (who gives a magnificent performance in the film) and he encouraged fans to write to her and express their disappointment in her taking a role in such a ghastly film.

Why did this creepy little horror film strike such a negative chord in critics all over the country? To answer that question, we »

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Icons Of Fright Presents Rob G.’S Top 10 Horror Of 2013!

13 December 2013 9:15 AM, PST | | See recent Icons of Fright news »

It’s always exciting when we reach December of every year and look back at how the horror genre has evolved over the course of the last 12 months; what new things were done, which films were the most surprising to discover, what old stories were retold and did they stand up against their earlier counterparts? It’s just a fun time to see what flicks other horror fans & peers truly embraced this year & maybe recommend something unique and original that may have slipped through the cracks for whatever reason. 2013 was actually a pretty darned good year for the genre! I had no problem pulling together 10 titles. In fact, I have a handful of notable mentions; horror films I didn’t love but that I thought were really, really good and it’s a rarity to have this many to choose from. Granted, I sadly didn’t get a chance to »

- Rob Galluzzo

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Afternoon Watch: This Cool, Artsy Short Film Gives Us Real-Life 'Space Invaders'

11 December 2013 2:30 PM, PST | | See recent news »

When you think of alien invaders, you probably think of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, or the extraterrestrials from Independence Day, or even the shape-shifting monster from John Carpenter's The Thing. What you probably don't think of are the little pixelized creatures from Space Invaders. And yet here are the classic gaming icons starring in a new short film from French filmmaker Thomas Lesourd.   The short, entitled Invaders from Space, merges the game characters with real-world actors and recycled footage to create what Lesourd calls "a photo-real experience of a war movie with real people fighting Invaders." I probably wouldn't call it that, personally -- I'd just call it strange and kinda cool, and reminiscent of an '80s music video. Same...

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- Mike Bracken

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Big Trouble In Little China Blu-ray Review

10 December 2013 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: John Carpenter

Starring: Kurt Russell, Kim Cattral, James Hong, Dennis Dun, Kate Burton, Victor Wong

Certificate: 15

Running Time: 99 minutes

Synopsis: Kurt Russell plays Jack Burton, a reasonable guy who is about to experience some unreasonable things in San Francisco s Chinatown. As his friend s fiancée is kidnapped Jack becomes embroiled in a centuries-old battle between good and evil. At the root of it all is Lo Pan, a 2000-year-old magician who rules an empire of evil spirits. Jack goes to the rescue dodging demons, goblins and the unstoppable Three Storms as he battles through Lo Pan s dark domain. 

Reuniting for the fourth time following Elvis: The Movie, Esacpe From New York and The Thing, legendary director John Carpenter and actor Kurt Russell’s 1986 bold and bonkers Big Trouble In Little China is every bit as enjoyable as its title suggests. Mixing breathless elements from countless genres, the »

- Craig Hunter

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9 dubious movie remakes: Psycho, Let Me In, Amazing Spider-Man, more

7 December 2013 1:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Remakes are nothing new in Hollywood. Take a look back through cinema history and there are plenty of example of ideas and stories being recycled for new audiences. Take, for instance, Robin Hood and Zorro, whose big-screen exploits stretch right the way back to Douglas Fairbanks in the silent era.

Right now two high profile re-dos - Carrie and Oldboy - are screening in cinemas. Considering just how well the originals are regarded, it begs one simple question - why? One carries a recognisable name, the other is a critically lauded foreign-language cult film that has a limited audience.

In the end it may all boil down to making money, but that's still no excuse for some of the remakes that have been served up in recent memory. Digital Spy looks at 9 cinematic remakes that didn't need to happen below...

Psycho (1998)

Fresh from the success of Good Will Hunting, Gus Van Sant »

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[Comic Execution] 12/6 – ‘Grindhouse’, ‘The Fox’, ‘Burn The Orphanage’

6 December 2013 7:25 AM, PST | Destroy the Brain | See recent Destroy the Brain news »

So, Twitter news (cue most of you scrolling down past this part)… I recently griped on Twitter about Warren Ellis and Scott Snyder (one is the writer of ‘Transmetropolitan’, the other writes ‘Batman’). My gripe with Warren Ellis is that he’s moved on to writing novels and really doesn’t interact much at all with the comic book community as a whole, as well as letting his primary publisher, Avatar Press, fall to ruin with bad horror comics like ‘Crossed’. Snyder, on the other hand, ended his incredible run on ‘Swamp Thing’ far too soon in favor of writing the higher-profile and more expensive ‘Superman Unchained’, as well as publishing his excellent new sci-fi horror ‘The Wake’ through the loathsome Vertigo Comics.

I did Not expect to have a conversation with either of them, but I (sorta) did! Warren basically shot back with curt, colorless responses that pretty much »

- Chris Melkus

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Briefs: “F*ck You Mistletoe,” Bryan Singer’s Surprising “X-Men” Tweet, and the “Amazing Spider-Man 2″ Trailer

5 December 2013 3:40 PM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Zachary Quinto and Jj Abrams at the 41st International Emmy Awards

Birthday shoutouts go to Little Richard, who is 81, Frankie Muniz is 28, and Amanda Lepore is 46.

In ratings news, Grant Gustin‘s debut helped propel Arrow to its best ratings since last February. Meanwhile, Modern Family tied its season low.

Shep Smith Turns into Awestruck Fanboy During Chat with Joe Manganiello.

Robert Oscar Lopez is a vile piece of crap.


#Xmen #Apocalypse 2016!

Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger) December 5, 2013

Speaking of superheroes, here’s the brand new full trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, with our best look yet at Jaime Foxx as Electro and Dane DeHann as Harry.

Sam Champion receives an emotional send-off

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Below you can see comedian Kyle Dunnigan‘s obviously Nsfw “Fuck You Mistletoe.” What happens when you accidentally stand under the mistletoe with your straight best bud? It gets points taken off »

- snicks

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Review: "All The Boys Love Mandy Lane" On Blu-ray

5 December 2013 3:10 AM, PST | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Todd Garbarini

Amber Heard was nineteen when she played the title character in Jonathan Levine's slasher film All the Boys Love Mandy Lane; she can at least get away with playing a seventeen year-old. Mandy Lane, which debuts this month on Blu-ray, is better known for its reputation of having been shelved for seven years following its debut at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival for reasons best served by another article. Up to this point, Ms. Heard was already a veteran of four films and several television appearances; this is her first real starring role, as the film rests on her shoulders. She gives quite a remarkably natural performance and having seen her work since this 2005-lensed outing, I would attribute her onscreen “nervousness” as the object of affection by testosterone-driven wolves in her midst to her skill as a serious dramatic actress than to an inability to relax »

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Win Big Trouble in Little China on Blu-ray Steelbook Edition exclusive to HeyUGuys

4 December 2013 7:08 AM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

To mark the release of Big Trouble in Little China on 16th December, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray inside limited edition SteelBooks featuring Drew Struzan’s iconic artwork, (competition exclusive to HeyUGuys!).

Following Escape from New York and The Thing, John Carpenter and Kurt Russell re-unite for this mystical, action, adventure, comedy, kung-fu, monster, ghost story!

Russell plays Jack Burton, a reasonable guy who is about to experience some unreasonable things in San Francisco’s Chinatown. As his friend’s fiancée is kidnapped Jack becomes embroiled in a centuries-old battle between good and evil. At the root of it all is Lo Pan, a 2000-year-old magician who rules an empire of evil spirits. Jack goes to the rescue dodging demons, goblins and the unstoppable Three Storms as he battles through Lo Pan’s dark domain.

 Please note: This competition is open to UK residents only »

- Competitions

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Taking a Second Look at John Carpenter's 1988 They Live

3 December 2013 9:00 PM, PST | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

Remember how the design and F/X work in Elysium was so much more persuasive than its populist morals?

Medium and message are more congruent in John Carpenter's wonderful 1988 sci-fi agitprop They Live, which cost a thrifty $3 million and, frankly, looks it. The picture stars one Roderick George Toombs — better known to pro-wrestling devotees as "Rowdy" Roddy Piper — as a strapping, backstory-free drifter who boxcars into Los Angeles seeking work.

As with Keanu Reeves in the similar The Matrix, Piper's limited range is a feature, not a bug. (Could Daniel Day-Lewis improve upon Piper's line reading when tasked to tell a well-dressed older woman, "You know, you look like yo »

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