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October Horrors 2017 Day 11 – Aliens (1986)

Aliens, 1986.

Directed by James Cameron.

Starring Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Lance Henriksen, Paul Reiser, Carrie Henn, and Bill Paxton.

Synopsis:

After her warnings about the monstrous creatures that killed her crew go unheeded, Ellen Ripley, the sole survivor of the Nostromo, is recruited by the military to return to the cursed alien planet when a human colony on the planet suddenly goes quiet. Upon arrival to the hostile planet, Ripley and her new allies are confronted with a whole army of the acid-blooded creatures that quickly threaten to wipe them out unless a way to escape the planet can be found, and fast.

Horror films have a knack for making sequels that suck. For every good film like Halloween, you’ll normally get about a dozen mediocre or terrible sequels. However, this is not always the case.

Having kicked off this year’s October Horrors by looking at Ridley Scott
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Terminator 6: why franchise-building is its biggest enemy

Ryan Lambie Sep 27, 2017

The Terminator series is making its third attempt at a trilogy. But would it be better as a one-off story, Ryan wonders...

Nb: The following contains spoilers for all the Terminator films released so far.

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Genisys probably seemed like a good idea at the time. After the so-so critical and financial performance of Terminator 3 and Terminator: Salvation, the fifth entry in the series would, as far as its producers were concerned, take the saga back to its glory days: the nightmarish chases of The Terminator and the eye-popping special effects of T2, widely regarded as the franchise's high-water mark.
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Predator with Nes Contra Sounds Is Exactly Why the Internet Rules

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Predator with Nes Contra Sounds Is Exactly Why the Internet Rules
Everybody loves 1987's Predator and a lot of people enjoy the Nintendo game Contra. So, why not put the two of them together? That's exactly what the RetroSFX YouTube channel wondered and so they actually did it and it's exactly what we need in our lives right now. Mashups are nothing new, but sometimes they work together just perfectly. We've seen the Muppets singing Beastie Boys songs all the way to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles mixed with Reservoir Dogs to amazing results, but somehow Predator and Contra are just meant to be together in way that you just have to see to believe.

The crew over at RetroSFX specialize in doing mashups with beloved movies and typically Nintendo Entertainment System games with varying results, but Contra and Predator work together way better than they should. The video starts with some of the theme to Contra while Major Alan "Dutch" Schaefer
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Contest: Win Timebomb (1991) on Blu-ray

After he took on the Terminator and an army of Xenomorphs, Michael Biehn faced off against a deadly government organization in Timebomb, and with the 1991 thriller out now on Blu-ray, Scream Factory has provided us with three Blu-ray copies to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.

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Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of Timebomb.

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2. Email: For a chance to win via email, send an email to contest@dailydead.com with the subject “Timebomb Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on September 6th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen
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The Dceu Must Die -- The Lrm Weekend

By David Kozlowski | 25 August 2017

Welcome to Issue #10 of The Lrm Weekend, a weekly column offering opinions about film, TV, comics, Star Wars, Marvel, DC, animation, and anime. We also want to hear from you! Share your feedback and ideas for future columns: @LRM_Weekend

Previous Issues: 8.18.17 | 8.11.17 | 8.4.17 | 7.28.17 | 7.21.17 | 7.14.17

Hey Lrm Weekenders, we've hit double-digits! This week we're taking a dive into the odd career of martial artist-action star Steven Seagal, exploring the creations of Hellboy's Mike Mignola, and reaching back to the amazing, epic sci-fi films of the 80s. But first, in our editorial we explain why WB needs to stick a knife between the ribs of the Dceu and dump it into the nearest body of water.

Warner Bros. Must Come To Their Senses And Kill The Dceu -- Focus On Stand-Alone Solo and Elseworlds Films!

Hollywood has fallen deeply, tragically in love with trilogies, franchises, and connected universes, often to the detriment of simple,
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10 Tombstone Facts You Never Knew Until Now

10 Tombstone Facts You Never Knew Until Now
Who doesn't love Tombstone? It's one of the most beloved Westerns of the modern era. And if you're a fan, you can undoubtedly quote most, if not all, of the lines delivered with scene-stealing flair by Val Kilmer in what's become the definitive portrayal of gambling gunslinger Doc Holliday. You may know every scene in this movie like the back of your hand, but today we've collected 10 Things You Never Knew About Tombstone. And you may walk away pleasantly surprised and shocked.

Tombstone boasts one of the most formidable macho ensembles imaginable: Kurt Russell, Sam Elliott, Bill Paxton, Powers Boothe, Michael Biehn, as well as smaller roles for Michael Rooker, Thomas Haden Church, Stephen Lang, Billy Zane, Jason Priestly, Billy Bob Thornton, and Terry O'Quinn. So let's get into it, shall we?

Tombstone is missing a few Earps.

The heroic ensemble at the center of Tombstone includes Wyatt Earp, played by Kurt Russell,
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Five actors who should play Obi-Wan Kenobi (who aren’t Ewan McGregor)

Anghus Houvouras with a satirical take on five actors who could replace Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi…

Star Wars is back, baby! And better than ever. There’s a new Obi-Wan Kenobi movie in the works over at Disney, and I thought it was time to chime in with five actors who could easily step into the role if Ewan McGregor doesn’t come back to don the brown robes. So let’s take a look at five actors who could play Obi-Wan who aren’t Ewan McGregor

Johnny Depp

This just makes too much sense. Depp has been Disney’s pride and joy since Pirates of the Caribbean launched a billion dollar franchise for the House of the Mouse. And let’s face it, audiences could potentially start tiring of Captain Jack Sparrow in another four or five installments. Johnny Depp has the charisma and defined acting chops that
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Theater Chains Are Accelerating The Death Of Movie Industry -- The Lrm Weekend

  By David Kozlowski   |   18 August 2017

Welcome to Issue #9 of The Lrm Weekend, a weekly column offering strong opinions about film, TV, comics, Star Wars, Marvel, DC, animation, and anime. We also want to hear from you, our awesome Lrm community! Share your feedback or ideas for future columns: @LRM_Weekend and we'll post your Tweets below!

Previous Issues: 8.11.17 | 8.4.17 | 7.28.17 | 7.21.17 | 7.14.17 | 7.7.17

Hey Lrm Weekenders, this week we're featuring some of the most intriguing, powerful, and successful women in Hollywood. Its easy to become fixated on our male action stars, since that's how Hollywood tends to market their films, so we sometimes fail to recognize the contributions and accomplishments of our female action stars! But first, we want to discuss the elephant in the room: the dwindling audiences at movie theaters -- we'll explore some problems, one potential solution, and hopefully provide some insight into an issue that's only going to get worse if everything remains status quo.
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The tiny plot detail that Terminator: Genisys tellingly missed

Ryan Lambie Jun 12, 2017

Flies and sweaty skin. What does the lack of them tell us about Terminator: Genisys’ storytelling deficiencies? Ryan explains all...

Nb: The following contains spoilers for Terminator: Genisys and some saucy language.

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When James Cameron made Terminator 2: Judgment Day in 1991, he turned what was originally a standalone sci-fi film into a major Hollywood franchise.

It’s worth remembering that, when independent studio Carolco purchased the rights for The Terminator, Cameron’s debut feature, it had made a multi-million dollar gamble. The Terminator, released in 1984, was a considerable hit; when Carolco spent millions on buying the property, and around $100m on making T2, it was betting that Cameron could turn a low-budget sci-fi thriller with horror overtones into a major summer blockbuster.

In the end, of course, the investment proved to be a shrewd one: T2 was a massive success,
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‘The Chamber’ Review

Stars: Johannes Kuhnke, Charlotte Salt, James McArdle, Elliott Levey | Written and Directed by Ben Parker

When submarine pilot Mats (Johannes Kuhnke) is approached by a low-rent Donald Pleasence to take a three-man Special Ops team deep into contested waters near the 38th Parallel, he’s understandably sceptical. Leading the mysterious trio is “Red” Edwards (Charlotte Salt), who’s joined by the belligerent Parks (James McArdle) and the gentle Denholm (Elliott Levey).

While submerged, the top ship is boarded, and suddenly the four explorers are trapped together in the underwater chamber. To add vinegar to the wound, catastrophe strikes and they start taking on water. Tensions fray. Clichéd dialogue is exchanged. Who, if anyone, will emerge alive?

The Chamber is the feature debut for writer-director Ben Parker, and it’s a pretty standard micro-budget setup: a high-concept thriller almost entirely confined to a single set. Sadly, it’s a bit of
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Wonder Woman opens Huge, Alien 5 officially dead, Dan Aykroyd slams Paul Feig and more – Weekend News Roundup

Wonder Woman’S Huge Opening

Early projections for Wonder Woman‘s opening were around $65 million, which then dropped to nearly $40 million when the pre-order numbers were released. However, due to some great reviews and positive word of mouth, Patty JenkinsWonder Woman has opened huge for the Dceu. The movie debuted in several big territories – including China, South Korea and the UK – and pulled in $223 million worldwide. The domestic opening of $100 million makes Jenkins the first female director to hit that mark in her first weekend. Read more here.

Pine Shoots On Avengers

During the press tour for Wonder Woman, star Chris Pine has said some harsh words against Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War. “Within this genre, it’s difficult to do something new, and usually you just see a bunch of people killing one another in outfits, and blowing up cities,” said Pine. “Like I know there’s a
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Neill Blomkamp says his Alien 5 is “totally dead”

Some bad news for anyone holding out hope that 20th Century Fox could resurrect Neill Blomkamp’s planned Alien 5, as the filmmaker has revealed to The Verge that the project is “totally dead”.

“I think it’s totally dead, yes,” said Blomkamp. “That would be an accurate assumption at this point. It’s sad. I spent a long time working on that, and I feel like it was really pretty awesome. But politically, the way it’s gone now, and the way that it all is — it’s just not going to live.”

Asked whether studio politics has played a part, Blomkamp responded that: “Yeah. Ridley Scott was one of my idols growing up. He’s so talented and he’s made this film that really set me off in a direction. I want to just be as respectful and not go stamping around in this world that he created.
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The undersea horror movies of the late 1980s

Ryan Lambie Jun 2, 2017

Inspired by James Cameron's The Abyss, the late 80s brought with it a wave of brilliantly cheesy undersea horrors, Ryan writes...

Hollywood studios occasionally have an uncanny knack of announcing almost identical film projects at the same time. In the 1980s, we had rival police dog movies K-9 and Turner And Hooch. The 90s saw the release of rival eruption movies (Dante's Peak and Volcano), opposing killer space rock pictures (Deep Impact and Armageddon) and duelling insect comedies (Antz and A Bug's Life). We provided a detailed run-down on these rival movies back in 2015.

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Around the year 1989, meanwhile, film producers briefly fell in love with a curiously specific genre: undersea sci-fi horror. Between January 1989 and the spring of 1990, no fewer than five films all came out with a similar theme - DeepStar Six was first, followed by Leviathan, Lords Of The Deep,
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The Lifecycle of a Franchise: "Alien" and its Offspring

Alien: ConvenantThe eight films that encompass the Alien series—including its succession of sequels, prequels, and spin-offs—make up a widely varying compendium of consistencies and contrasts. The latest entry, Alien: Covenant (2017), is no exception. As the critical reviews of this new installment are now sufficiently mingled with the predictably deviating audience reactions, one thing about the popular franchise remains clear: each title will forever be burdened and bolstered by the films that came before it. Of course, this isn’t all that surprising; sequels are usually judged by their precursors. But with the Alien anthology, it’s not just about the quality of one film as opposed to another, it’s about a deference to the fictional narrative construct (few movie cycles are as preoccupied with a generally coherent narrative thread) and the anticipation derived from an incorporation of familiar themes and visual motifs (there have likewise been
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Today in Movie Culture: Why 'Deadpool' Should've Been an Oscar Contender, Why 'Alien' is a Classic and More

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Reworked Movie of the Day: Remember when Deadpool had Oscar buzz for a second? Here's a reworking of the movie so it's more of an awards-bait drama: Video Essay of the Day: With Alien: Covenant out this week, Frame by Frame explores what makes the original Alien such a classic: Vintage Image of the Day: Bill Paxton, who should have turned 62 today, Michael Biehn, Lance Henriksen and Carrie Henn celebrate someone's birthday(?) on the set of Aliens: @lazygamereviews Love these behind the scenes pics ?? pic.twitter.com/0AUtw74I9Z — Kaarlo Moran (@Padawanmage) February 26, 2017 Bad Film Analysis of...

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Giveaway: Win a Copy of The Shadow Effect on DVD

It is giveaway time once again my pretties! ScreenAnarchy is giving away two DVDs of the Olson brother's action flick The Shadow Effect starring Cam Gigandet, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Brit Shaw, and Michael Biehn.    The film was released last week on DVD by Momentum Pictures, so we are a tad late on this one, but better late than never.    Obsessed with gene regeneration, and fascinated by the phenomenon of the waking dream, Dr. Reese (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) explores the psyche of Gabriel Howarth (Cam Gigandet), a young man whose life is turned upside down when his violent dreams begin to blend with reality. When Gabriel's dreams mirror political assassinations, he must race against the clock to not only save himself and his wife...

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Contra: Konami's arcade classic is getting a film adaptation in China

Ryan Lambie May 10, 2017

Classic run-and-gun arcade game Contra is to become a film courtesy of China's Beijing Starlit Movie company...

Released in 1987, Contra was an arcade game for an age of pumped-up, Reagan-era action films. About a pair of muscle-bound heroes, Lance and Bill, and their fight against enemy forces on a tropical archipelago, the run-and-gunner launched a series that, to date, contains 11 sequels and spin-offs.

Thirty years after its initial release, Konami's classic is set to stage a come-back from an unexpected angle: a Chinese production company has announced that it's making a movie adaptation. Aside from a slight change in location, the plot sounds broadly the same as the original game's back-story. Here's the official synopsis:

"In 1988, a huge meteorite lands on an uninhabited island in the South China Sea. Chen Qiang and Li Zhiyong investigate but come up empty handed. 29 years later, Chen sends commandos Bill and
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Alien: the stories the movie franchise has yet to explore

Ryan Lambie May 9, 2017

Ahead of Alien: Covenant, we take a look at the unexplored plot threads the existing Alien movies have left behind...

Nb: The following contains a mild spoiler for Prometheus as well as earlier films in the Alien franchise.

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When Prometheus emerged in 2012, it took the franchise in a very different direction - well away from the dark, metallic corridors of the main Alien movies and into broader sci-fi territory. Sure, Ridley Scott's Alien prequel contained plenty of slithering things and a splash of blood here and there, but the director evidently had bigger things on his mind than facehuggers and xenomorphs: the origins of life on Earth, godlike beings from the other side of the galaxy, and exactly how they came to crash-land on to encounter - or perhaps even create - the title Alien from Scott's 1979 classic.
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River Of Pain: what it adds to the story of Aliens

Rob Leane May 8, 2017

Audible’s Alien: River Of Pain expands the story of Aliens, giving us more Ripley and a deeper understanding of Hadley’ s Hope...

Alien: River Of Pain, the novel by Christopher Maggs, has been given a glossy audio drama adaptation by Dirk Maggs and the fine folks at Audible.

The story is set before and during the events of Aliens, offering further details about the Hadley’s Hope colony of Lv-426, what went wrong there, and how the decision was made to send Ripley, Burke, Bishop and the Colonial Marines to investigate.

A number of cast members from the film reprise their roles: William Hope as Lieutenant Gorman, Mac MacDonald as Colony Administrator Al Simpson, Stuart Milligan as the salvager that found Ripley drifting in deep space, and Alibe Parsons as Gateway Station’s med tech.

New additions to the cast include Colin Salmon, Alexander Siddig,
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Scream Factory to Release The Manster and Timebomb on Blu-ray This August

Scream Factory has just given horror and sci-fi fans another day to mark on their calendars this summer, as they've announced upcoming Blu-ray releases of The Manster (1959) and Timebomb (1991).

From Scream Factory: "If you’ve been enjoying some of our recent releases from the 50s (I Bury the Living, The Screaming Skull, etc.) then we have another fun one for you: The Manster!

American reporter Larry Stanford is assigned to a story on evolutionary theorist Dr. Suzuki and visits his secluded laboratory high in the mountains for Japan. Unwittingly injected with an experimental drug, Stanford becomes increasingly bitter and irritable towards his boss and his wife. Then one day, the appearance of a third eye on his shoulder hurls the reporter into a state of terror. The eye soon develops into a second head setting in motion a rampage of mayhem, madness and murder!

Official street date is August
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