18 items from 2017
Synapse Films made many viewers happy last year with their Collector's Edition Steelbook Blu-ray release of Dario Argento's Phenomena, aka Creepers, and if you didn't pick up the Steelbook, you'll soon have a chance to purchase the film in a standard (but still extraordinary) two-disc Blu-ray this September, along with The Creep Behind the Camera.
Featuring three separate cuts of the film, the Phenomena Blu-ray will be released on September 12th, the same day of Synapse Films' Blu-ray and DVD release of The Creep Behind the Camera, which explores the stranger than fiction story of the making of The Creeping Terror (which is included in the special features with a new 2K scan). Below, we have official press releases with full details, as well as a look at the cover art for both films.
Press Release: One of legendary filmmaker Dario Argento’s most shocking »
- Derek Anderson
Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.
Films by Fosse, Visconti, Chabrol, and Ed Wood play as part of “Quadrophilia: Queer Edition.”
Maurice and Funeral Parade of Roses continue playing.
A Father’s Day special occurs this Sunday. »
- Nick Newman
In The Overlook, A.V. Club film critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky examines the misfits, underappreciated gems, and underseen classics of film history.
“Picture a flat surface. Out of the surface, one letter rises.”
“From the alphabet?”
Far beyond the merely shitty and indifferent lies the valley of the bone-deep bad—the transcendently bad, the Ed Wood bad, the “Manos” The Hands Of Fate [sic] bad, the bad that is wrongly fascinating and captivating, the bad that spawns cults. When we speak of having a taste for these Z-grade bad movies, even treasuring them, what we’re talking about are those peculiar cocktails of the cringe-inducingly sincere and the vain, the obvious and the baffling, the naïve and the lurid, the out-of-nowhere and the plodding—the tendency of truly artless and amateurish movies to do everything in extremes. Anyone can be incompetent, but what distinguishes the bad sublime is ...
- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Written and directed by Jose Prendes
A couple of year ago, documentary filmmaker Rodney Ascher brought us Room 237, a film that explored the conspiracy theories behind Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. They were all incredible stretches of the imagination, but there was something to be admired in each subject’s dedication to their readings of the text. You can agree or not that The Shining was Kubrick’s admittance to faking the moon landing, or you can think those who believe so are crackpot weirdos; to each their own. With Unspeakable Horrors: The Plan 9 Conspiracy, low-budget horror writer and director Jose Prendes parodies the ideas behind Room 237, but not with great results. »
- Luke Owen
Mark Harrison May 19, 2017
If you haven't caught up yet, Their Finest is currently playing in UK cinemas and it's a gorgeous little love letter to perseverance through storytelling, set against the backdrop of a film production office at the British Ministry of Information during the Second World War. Based on Lissa Evans' novel, Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy play characters whose access to the film industry has been contingent on the global crisis that takes other young men away from such trifling matters, and it's a real joy to watch.
Among other things, the film got us thinking about other films about making films. We're not talking about documentaries, even though Hearts Of Darkness, the documentary about the making of Apocalypse Now, may be the greatest film about »
Horror icons are reimagined as popsicles in Freddy in Space's new enamel pins from Pin & Seller, and we have a look at all six collectibles and their release details in today's second Horror Highlights. We also have news on Charlie Sheen's upcoming appearances at Wizard Worlds in Minneapolis, Des Moines, and Philadelphia, as well as release details for The Follower and lineup info on both the fifth annual Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival and this year's Sci-Fi-London Film Festival.
Freddy in Space's Horror Popsicle Pins: From Freddy in Space: “Freddy in Space horror popsicle pins are now available through Pin & Seller. Can grab individuals or sets of three!”
Depicting horror icons as popsicles, these handmade enamel pins from Freddy in Space are now available as a set of three for $30.00 or as individual items priced at $12.00 apiece from Pin & Seller on Etsy. To learn more, visit:
- Derek Anderson
Directed by Peter Hurd, The Control Group will be released on DVD this May from Wild Eye Releasing. Also: season four of The Walking Dead is set to air on Universo, and the Splathouse podcast team discuss Ed Wood's cult classic Plan 9 from Outer Space.
The Control Group Release Details: Press Release: "New York, NY - Wild Eye Releasing has announced the North American Cable and Digital HD release of Peter Hurd's The Control Group. Starring Brad Dourif (The Child's Play series, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Lord of the Rings) as a mad scientist, The Control Group follows kidnapped coeds as they attempt to escape from his grasp. Writer-director Peter Hurd's debut feature is now available on cable and digital platforms, including iTunes, Dish Network, Vudu, Xbox, Google Play, and YouTube. A DVD release is planned for May.
Five college students wake up in an abandoned, »
- Tamika Jones
The premise that director Douglas Schulze and co-writer Jonathan D’Ambrosio have cooked up for their film The Dark Below is a bold one. This 75-minute thriller is dialogue-free, save one line at the start setting everything in motion, the story instead unfolding as a series of expressions through current duress and visually informative flashbacks while David Bateman‘s energetic score blasts you into the correct state of unease. Performances must be a bit over-the-top, with sight and sound bordering on manipulative, in order for it all to work, but we hope the result will be good enough to forgive any moments where these inevitabilities go awry. And for a time it is, our intrigue at what’s happening initially getting the better of disbelief. Sadly, that time is too short.
Kudos to the filmmakers for throwing us into the fire with frame one, though. I was genuinely interested because »
- Jared Mobarak
Almost like a surprise birthday present yesterday, ecstatic reviews came pouring in from South by Southwest (or SXSW) about a film that perhaps is the one I truly most want to see this year. It’s The Disaster Artist, an adaptation of the book of the same name, about the making of legendarily bad film The Room. Treated to a work in progress screening at the festival, it blew the lid off of the place. Stealing buzz away from Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver, which festival goers also loved, this is the surprise hit so far of the fest. Even more so, there’s an outside chance that this could even be the kind of thing that the Academy takes notice of. This movie is a look at how an unlikely friendship bloomed between struggling actors Greg Sestero (Dave Franco) and Tommy Wiseau (James Franco). Their chance meeting in an »
- Joey Magidson
It’s a film about the making of arguably the worst movie ever made. That is how the team behind “The Disaster Artist” will hope to sell it to a public that may have yet to experience the wonder of Tommy Wiseau‘s self-financed passion project, “The Room.” Just as “Plan 9 from Outer Space” had Tim Burton‘s “Ed Wood“ and “Troll 2” had Michael Paul Stephenson‘s documentary, “Best Worst Movie,” so now does “The Room” have James Franco‘s “The Disaster Artist.” How it will play to the uninitiated remains a legitimate question, but one thing is for certain: its base are going to be in Valhalla.
- Erik Childress
13 March 2017 1:04 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
For the uninitiated, an oddly accented man named Tommy Wiseau wrote, directed, financed and starred in a film called The Room, which opened in two Los Angeles theaters back in June of 2003, grossing all of about $1,200.
That normally would have been the end of the story, except for the fact that the $6 million production would go on to achieve a rabid cult following, earning dubious praise as “the Citizen Kane of bad movies” while Wiseau was dubbed a new millennium Ed Wood.
It has since gone on to inspire live stage readings, a video game and, now, »
- Michael Rechtshaffen
Tom Hiddleston’s talents are lost in this jumbled jungle caper that repeatedly indulges in anti-climax and silliness
Deep in the distant jungle … the undergrowth stirs, the lagoons froth, the branches shake and a huge monster rears terrifyingly up on its haunches, blotting out the sun. Run for your lives! It’s a 700 ft turkey, making squawking and gobbling noises and preparing to lay a gigantic egg.
This fantastically muddled and exasperatingly dull quasi-update of the King Kong story looks like a zestless mashup of Jurassic Park, Apocalypse Now and a few exotic visual borrowings from Miss Saigon. It gets nowhere near the elemental power of the original King Kong or indeed Peter Jackson’s game remake; it’s something Ed Wood Jr might have made with a trillion dollars to do what he liked with but minus the fun. The film gives away the ape’s physical appearance far too early, »
- Peter Bradshaw
Horror contains multitudes. In the film world alone, the genre can manifest as psychological, physiological, allegorical, or sometimes just plain gross. Finding a way into its myriad nooks and crannies, however, can be a daunting proposition. Film fans always benefit from cinematic mentors, after all, and Dr. Udru is here for anyone in need of guidance.
The YouTube channel’s numerous videos succinctly and eloquently break down the origins, influences, and ripple effects of several subgenres, including slashers and Korean revenge films. It also zeroes in on particular talents (Ed Wood, Peter Jackson), properties (Hannibal Lecter, Tales from the Crypt), and industry curiosities (one video explores whether Steven Spielberg actually directed Tobe Hooper’s Poltergeist).
Dr. Udru’s video on body horror is one solid example of the channel’s efficiency. In little more than six minutes, the host outlines the genre’s cultural underpinnings using specific examples from its »
- Randall Colburn
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: Seed of Chucky is the best Child’s Play movie by John Waters that he never directed. And to me, it’s probably the most underappreciated entry in the entire series, because if you take a moment to look at what Don Mancini did with this 2004 sequel, you’ll realize it’s a brilliant celebration of B-movies that also cleverly mixes up the Child’s Play franchise formula once again.
Seed of Chucky picks up after the events of Bride of Chucky, addressing the deaths of both Chucky (voiced by Brad Dourif) and Tiffany (voiced by Jennifer Tilly), and the birth of their unlikely progeny, who was rescued from the graveyard by a ventriloquist named Psychs (Keith-Lee Castle) and now works as a dummy named “Shitface” (voiced by Billy Boyd). One night, Tiffany and Chucky’s offspring sees what »
- Heather Wixson
“Twin Peaks” actor Warren Frost, who played Will “Doc” Hayward on the cult ’90s ABC series, has died. He was 91. Frost passed away at his Middlebury, Vermont, home on Friday following a lengthy illness, TheWrap has learned. The veteran actor was also the father of “Twin Peaks” co-creator, Mark Frost. Frost was set to reprise his role on Showtime’s highly-anticipated revival, and the network confirmed his death in a statement. Also Read: George 'The Animal' Steele, WWE Hall of Famer and 'Ed Wood' Star, Dies at 79 “We’re saddened today to announce the passing of our dear old dad, »
- Debbie Emery
Paris — Paris-based Pyramide International, one of Europe’s foremost arthouse sales agents, will introduce to buyers at Berlin’s European Film Market both “Rainbow,” the latest film from 2012 Berlin Golden Bear winners Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, and “Number One,” from France’s Tonie Marshall (“Venus Beauty Institute”).
After world premiering in last month in Sundance’s World Cinema Dramatic Competition to a highly upbeat reaction, “The Wound,” a third title on Pyramide Intl.’s sales slate at Berlin, will open the Berlinale’s Panorama section.
Starring upcoming Italian actors Luca Marinelli, Valentina Bellè and Lorenzo Richelmy, and adapting “Una Questione Privata,” a novel by Beppe Fenoglio, “Rainbow” is set during World War II. It turns on Milton, a member of the Italian resistance who courts a woman who, he discovers, is secretly in love with Giorgio, a fellow partisan. He decides to seek Giorgio out, only to discover he has been arrested by the fascists. »
- John Hopewell
31 January 2017 2:03 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
If Ed Wood and John Waters somehow adopted a baby and raised them to make a film in modern-day midtown Manhattan, the result could be something like Future ’38, an ultra-kitschy and mildly entertaining spoof on classic B-movies, screwball comedies and our technology-driven society. Winner of an audience award at this year’s Slamdance Film Festival, this low-budget labor of love could find a minor cult following on the fest circuit and in select midnight screenings, with psychotropics strongly recommended before each viewing.
A faux TV-movie show introduction by none other than Neil deGrasse Tyson – who claims that this is »
- Jordan Mintzer
Dax Shepard seems to be pulling an Orson Welles (or an Ed Wood, depending on how it all turns out) by writing, directing, producing, and acting (as co-lead Jon Baker) in the new CHiPS remake, based on the popular cop show starring Erik Estrada (forever known, to me at least, as the voice of Marco from Sealab 2021). Joining him, in the aforementioned Estrada role of "Ponch", is none other than... Read More »
- Damion Damaske
18 items from 2017
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