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Like the cyborg killing machine it’s named for, James Cameron’s sci-fi action classic “The Terminator” is a blockbuster that simply refuses to die. And if the crowd at Wednesday’s 30th anniversary screening at the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre was any indication, it never will. Writer/director Cameron and writer/producer Gale Anne Hurd were on hand to celebrate three decades of robotic rampage in a lively Q&A moderated by Geoff Boucher.
Arnold Schwarzenegger was scheduled to join them, but a sudden flu kept him from attending. Instead, the actor sent a brief video greeting, which played before the film. Shot four hours prior, it showed the star recuperating in his bed and looking miserable. “I know machines are not supposed to get sick,” he joked wearily, “but I want to thank the millions and millions of fans around the world who’ve supported ‘The Terminator. »
- Matthew Chernov
One month from now, the 13th edition of the New York City Horror Film Festival will kick off and it has been announced that they’ll be honoring Norman Reedus and Angus Scrimmm for their contributions to the genre:
“New York, NY – Oct. 13, 2014. The 13th edition of the New York City Horror Film Festival celebrates two stalwarts of the genre with a Lifetime Achievement Award presented to 88-year-old Phantasm series star, “Tall Man” Angus Scrimm, and The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus receiving the Achievement in Acting Award for his strong dedication to the craft, currently creating new heights, and depths, as everyone’s favorite crossbow-wielding zombie-killer Daryl Dixon.
Award recipient Norman Reedus is internationally known for the role of Daryl Dixon in AMC’s immensely popular series, now entering its fifth season. Roles for Guillermo del Toro in Mimic and Blade 2 have led to the upcoming dark videogame Silent Hill, »
- Jonathan James
The arrival of WolfCop inspires us to take a look back at horror cinema's most unpredictable janitors, doctors, dentists and more...
Can we necessarily trust the dentist who stands over us with a tiny drill in his hand? Isn't the guy who's come round to install our cable television service just a bit too friendly for comfort? And the cop outside in his squad car - isn't he just a little bit, I don't know, hairy?
Some of cinema's darkest, most unpredictable and downright interesting characters often have the most mundane jobs, from teachers to photo developers and taxi drivers to school janitors. It's characters like these we're saluting here - some of them villainous, others strangely likeable despite their dark activities, while others are simply misunderstood.
So here's our pick of the most terrifying public sector workers in horror cinema, inspired by the imminent release of WolfCop - director »
I have read my fair share of comic books in my life, mostly on the DC side of things, but I have never had the urge to pick up an issue of the "Fantastic Four". I could not give you a particular reason as to why, but the concept of the team never appealed to me. The feature film adaptations did very little to sway me towards the team either, because those are two pretty terrible movies. I have seen the infamous Roger Corman produced Fantastic Four film, which is charming in its shlock but, again, never had me wanting to see further adventures. The prospect of a reboot in order for 20th Century Fox to hold onto the rights did not have me dancing in the streets. However, the upcoming The Fantastic Four (that "The" really makes a difference) does feature a very talented young cast, including Kate Mara, »
- Mike Shutt
We’ll be celebrating the 5th year anniversary of Super-8 Movie Madness at The Way Out Club in St. Louis on Tuesday October 7th with an encore performance of our most popular show. It’s Super-8 Vincent Price Movie Madness in 3D, the show that we took on the road to promote Vincentennial back in 2011. We’ll be honoring the hometown horror hero by showing condensed (average length: 15 minutes) versions of several of Price’s greatest films on Super-8 sound film projected on a big screen. They are: Master Of The World, War-gods Of The Deep, Pit And The Pendulum, The Raven, Witchfinder General, Tim Burton’s Vincent, Two Vincent Price Trailer Reels, Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein and The Mad Magician in 3D (We’ll have plenty of 3D Glasses for everyone)
- Tom Stockman
Three major cinematographers – Janusz Kaminski (“Lincoln”), Phedon Papamichael (“Nebraska”) and Wally Pfister (“The Dark Knight Rises”) – have teamed to present Advanced Filmmaking, a series of online instructional videos for aspiring filmmakers.
“We conceived Advanced Filmmaking as a way to communicate lessons that aren’t normally covered in film school,” says Papamichael. “In our interactions with students and young filmmakers around the world, we saw a thirst for information about other topics like successful collaboration, making good career decisions and managing your personal life.”
Course modules vary in length, averaging about a half hour, and can be can be rented for one week via video sharing site Vimeo for $3.95.
The d.p. trio know one another well, having met at the beginning »
- Peter Caranicas
The Hurt Locker producer gives ten tips for producing award-winning films at the right budget.
Voltage Pictures president Nicolas Chartier, producer of The Hurt Locker and executive producer of Dallas Buyers Club, used his keynote speech at the Zurich Summit to offer ten tips for ‘producing award-winning films at the right budget’.
The tongue-in-cheek speech, which went down a storm, included plenty of sage advice.
Chartier agreed to share the speech with Screen and below is the near-entire transcript…
‘Good morning. So yesterday on the plane I was reading Hope For Film, the biography of Ted Hope who for those who don’t know him, was one of the founders of Good Machine, a great independent company which produced Crouching Tiger, Ice Storm, In the Bedroom, Brothers McMullen and many other independent films.
He wrote, I quote: “To make art, survive independently, and make a living that is tied to modest financial gain, you have to »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
The Independent Film and Television Alliance (Ifta) has announced the results of its annual elections, selecting the new executive committee and board of directors.
Ifta represents more than 145 member companies from 21 countries and organizes the American Film Market which takes place every year in November in Santa Monica.
“The newly elected board and executive committee members are an exceptionally talented group,” said Ifta chairman Paul Hertzberg. “Their experience and perspective will add immeasurably to our deliberations on key issues affecting the industry and Independent sector. We welcome them warmly and look forward to working with them over the next two years.”
The 2014-2016 executive committee will be headed by Hertzberg (CineTel Films) and includes members: Nicolas Chartier (Voltage Pictures), Clay Epstein (Arclight Films) Brian O’Shea (The Exchange) and Michael Ryan (Gfm Films). Continuing for the second year of their terms are Kirk D’Amico (Myriad Pictures) and Lise Romanoff »
- Shelli Weinstein
Independent Film & Television Alliance membership held their annual elections on September 24 for the executive committee and board of directors.
Ifta chairperson Paul Hertzberg of CineTel Films will head the executive committee. The committee members for 2014-16 are: general vice-chairperson Nicolas Chartier of Voltage Pictures (pictured); chairperson of export alliance Clay Epstein of Arclight Films; vice-chairperson/finance Brian O’Shea of The Exchange; and general vice-chairperson/non-Californian Michael Ryan of Gfm Films.
Gene George of Starz Media; Jay Joyce of Artist View Entertainment; Lloyd Kaufman of Troma; Brad Krevoy of Motion Picture Corporation Of America; Robbie Little of The Little Film Company; Nicole Mackey of Fortissimo Film Sales »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Much like the Orion Pictures logo that recently resurfaced and excited Generation Nostalgia™, you probably know the Cannon Films emblem, may remember their films and might even fetishize their library. But unlike Orion, which gave cineastes nine Woody Allen movies, unimpeachable genre classics like “RoboCop,” “The Terminator” and four Best Picture Oscar winners (“Platoon” among them), Cannon’s independent outsider brand was immediately defined by its lack of quality, good taste and sense. A schlock ‘em, sock ‘em house of shameless low-rent, Z-grade movies, the rogue and independent Cannon broke through the mainstream film market in the 1980s with its rash of no-budget exploitation pictures that even Roger Corman would be appalled by. Starting with Charles Bronson's "Death Wish II" (and its subsequent sequels), through "highlights" like Tobe Hooper's “Lifeforce," “American Ninja” and “Breakin’,” Cannon delighted B-movie genre heads with their »
- Rodrigo Perez
Despite a game lead performance from smallscreen star Katie Cassidy (“Arrow”) as a young woman with multiple personality disorder and an incorrigible punk attitude, this latest low-budget outing from helmer John Suits simply doesn’t have the imagination or resources necessary to pull off its clumsy stabs at visual pizzazz. Instead, the result resembles what Zack Snyder’s maligned curio “Sucker Punch” might have looked like if it had been made by “Sharknado” producers the Asylum. Prefabricated for a cult following unlikely to ever materialize, “The Scribbler” faces a bleak future beyond the margins of a Sept. 19 day-and-date limited theatrical/VOD release followed by a homevid bow one month later.
Schaffer adapts his own source material here, opting to tell a paper-thin story in a frustratingly convoluted way. Pic opens with Suki (Cassidy) defending herself to a crusty cop (Michael Imperioli) and sympathetic criminal psychologist (Eliza Dushku) after a string »
- Geoff Berkshire
Director Lasse Hallstrom brings us an intriguing drama with flashes of bloodshed but little satisfaction. Here's Aliya's DVD review...
Lasse Hallstrom is a director who brings a sharp eye to personal relationships. For instance, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993) and Chocolat (2000) are both films that take their time to investigate a family dynamic, building to a feeling of intimacy, and you get much the same kind of feeling in the best moments of his latest film, The Hypnotist. Unfortunately this emotional element is muddied by a plot that never quite ties up and a few characters who aren’t afforded the same kind of room to develop.
The film is based on the novel of the same name, written by a Swedish husband and wife team under the pseudonym Lars Kepler, and it contains every element you would expect from a Scandinavian crime drama, including snowscapes and jumpers and the »
Scream Factory recently gifted us genre fans a double dose of creature feature terrors with their Blu-ray releases of the killer rat flick Deadly Eyes and George P. Cosmatos’ hugely underrated deep sea horror film Leviathan. While both films aren’t necessarily well-known amongst more casual fans, it’s great to see Scream put such great effort into their presentations for each of these cult classics.
For those who haven’t seen it before, Deadly Eyes (or Rats)is a rather ridiculous (but wonderfully so) early ‘80s nature-run-amok story that plays up the concerns and dangers of modern urban society by way of roided-out killer rat infestations that have a penchant for human flesh. The film takes its premise very seriously, but it’s the use of Daschunds in rat costumes that has given Deadly Eyes something of an unintentional comedic spin, making for a rather uneven horror film.
- Heather Wixson
From rock operas to Wes Craven to Dazzler, here's some Marvel movies that never quite made it...
Recently, we looked at the DC movies that never got the greenlight. We saw hordes of Superman movies which didn’t make it to screen, along with Batman film ideas and whole hosts of other DC heroes whose movies plummeted out of production (You can read that piece here).
On the other side of the superhero cinema fence, we have the seemingly all-encompassing, game-changing Marvel Cinematic Universe at the height of its powers, the X-Men franchise in rude health and the still-fresh memory of Spider-Man’s hasty reboot. You could be forgiven for thinking that not as many Marvel movies have struggled to get made as their DC counterparts.
However, having delved once more into the ancient scrolls of cinema history (still better known as extensive Googling), we can confirm there’s plenty »
Honorary Award: Gloria Swanson, Rita Hayworth among dozens of women bypassed by the Academy (photo: Honorary Award non-winner Gloria Swanson in 'Sunset Blvd.') (See previous post: "Honorary Oscars: Doris Day, Danielle Darrieux Snubbed.") Part three of this four-part article about the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Honorary Award bypassing women basically consists of a long, long — and for the most part quite prestigious — list of deceased women who, some way or other, left their mark on the film world. Some of the names found below are still well known; others were huge in their day, but are now all but forgotten. Yet, just because most people (and the media) suffer from long-term — and even medium-term — memory loss, that doesn't mean these women were any less deserving of an Honorary Oscar. So, among the distinguished female film professionals in Hollywood and elsewhere who have passed away without »
- Andre Soares
Stephen King fans are well-aware of writer/director Mick Garris for his movie and TV adaptations of the master of macabre’s novels and screenplays, but in addition to his filmmaking, Mick is widely known for his insightful interviews of the horror genre’s eclectic collection of creative minds. These educational and entertaining conversations are being preserved for viewing on Mick’s new website.
Aptly titled “Mick Garris Interviews”, the website serves as an online horror database. Visitors can watch video interviews conducted by Mick for FEARnet’s Post Mortem webseries and The Z Channel’s Fantasy Film Festival. Also featured are Mick’s commentary tracks from his Trailers from Hell segments and an assortment of bonus content in a section called the “The Vault”, including a behind-the-scenes video from the set of Gremlins.
- Derek Anderson
Honorary Oscars 2014: Hayao Miyazaki, Jean-Claude Carrière, and Maureen O’Hara; Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award goes to Harry Belafonte One good thing about the creation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Governors Awards — an expedient way to remove the time-consuming presentation of the (nearly) annual Honorary Oscar from the TV ratings-obsessed, increasingly youth-oriented Oscar show — is that each year up to four individuals can be named Honorary Oscar recipients, thus giving a better chance for the Academy to honor film industry veterans while they’re still on Planet Earth. (See at the bottom of this post a partial list of those who have gone to the Great Beyond, without having ever received a single Oscar statuette.) In 2014, the Academy’s Board of Governors has selected a formidable trio of honorees: Japanese artist and filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, 73; French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière, 82; and Irish-born Hollywood actress Maureen O’Hara, »
- Andre Soares
Heading into a three-day holiday weekend, it's fairly quiet in terms of blockbuster releases (it won't be a surprise if Guardians Of The Galaxy continues to top the box-office chart despite recent newcomers), but Austin has plenty of specialty screenings to catch your attention.
Austin Film Society is screening Roger Corman's bizarre postapocalyptic 1971 film Gas-s-s-s screening tonight and again on Sunday afternoon in 35mm at the Marchesa. On Wednesday night, Afs will also be offering a preview screening of No No: A Dockumentary (Caitlin's review) with director Jeffrey Radice, producer Mike Blizzard and editor Sam Wainwright Douglas in attendance. The film, which premiered at SXSW earlier this year, tells the story of how Dock Ellis pitched a no-hitter while on LSD in the 1970s. It's expected to open at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar next weekend and will also be available on VOD. We also get a new Essential Cinema series, »
- Matt Shiverdecker
Belafonte will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award while Carriere, Miyazaki and O’Hara will each be given an Honorary Award.
“The Governors Awards allow us to reflect upon not the year in film, but the achievements of a lifetime,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “We’re absolutely thrilled to honor these outstanding members of our global filmmaking community and look forward to celebrating with them in November.”
This year’s honorees fit the profile of past recipients: They are well-respected veterans and most have not won an Oscar in a competitive category.
The Governors Awards have become one of the industry’s hottest tickets and a key stop on the awards-campaign trail, with strategists making sure their candidates are in the room. Last year, »
- Tim Gray
Reviewed by Kevin Scott, MoreHorror.com
Produced by: Roger Corman
Directed by: Scott P. Levy
In this day of remakes and re-imaginings, this little anomaly would be anything but unusual. However in 1995, this was a strange curiosity, that was brought into existence for no particular reason that I know of. It was a made as TV movie for the Sci Fi Channel (Yep, that’s the old school spelling back in ’95) when it was still trying to find its niche. Then only three years old, the Sci Fi Channel was more than likely showing reruns of cult favorite tv shows, and had not tapped into the fertile ground of the nouveau B movie that it is now famous for. »
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