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22 hours ago | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Roger Corman's 1978 Jaws ripoff spawned remakes in 1995 (for cable) and 2010 (in 3-D) and its own "3-dd" sequel, as well as an Italian-made 1981 flying fish sequel directed by James Cameron. Altho released three years after Spielberg's blockbuster, Piranha hit the international jackpot especially in South America. Part '50s sci-fi spoof and part underwater gorefest, this vaguely subversive Joe Dante-John Sayles collaboration has proved amazingly durable over the years.


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Dementia 13 restored in HD – On Blu-ray July 26

26 July 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Horror News | See recent Horror News news »

The Film Detective Proudly Presents Dementia 13 See Roger Corman & Francis Ford Coppola as Never Before & Explore the Demented World of the Seedy, Greedy & Insane Restored in HD 1963 Horror Classic Available on Blu-ray July 26th — Produced by celebrated B-movie icon Roger Corman and directed by the legendary Francis Ford Coppola, …

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Music That Takes Us Beyond: A Guide to the Star Trek Movie Soundtracks

22 July 2016 4:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

To mark composer Michael Giacchino’s triumphant return with Star Trek Beyond, Sean Wilson explores the extraordinarily rich legacy of music from the Star Trek movies…

From being initially written off on the basis of the underwhelming trailers to its emergence as a funny, fast-paced and fan-pleasing summer blockbuster, Star Trek Beyond has according to most critics done a bang up job of both honouring and continuing the classic franchise on the eve of its 50th anniversary.

Key to its impact is yet another rousingly adventurous and rich score from Michael Giacchino, whose return to the Trek realm for the third time was launched with a spectacular live concert performance at the movie’s premiere in Los Angeles. But then music has always been one of the most important and powerful weapons in the Star Trek arsenal, several of Hollywood’s most legendary composers having beamed us into the unknown. »

- Sean Wilson

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Class of 1986: Somewhere That’s Green: Why Little Shop Of Horrors is Still One of the Greatest Movie Musicals Ever Made

14 July 2016 5:19 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

I fell in love with Frank Oz’s Little Shop of Horrors before I even saw a single frame of the film in December 1986. My mom’s boyfriend at the time worked for the Warner Bros. distribution center in Illinois, and sometime in the fall, he brought home an advanced copy of the soundtrack to Oz’s adaptation of the popular off-Broadway show, which of course was originally based on Roger Corman’s 1960 horror movie that featured performances from the likes of Dick Miller and Jack Nicholson.

And as I spent countless hours laying on my bedroom floor, humming along to the different songs (and singing the swear words whenever I thought I could get away with it), Little Shop of Horrors transported me to a place where underdogs could overcome the odds, alien plants could sing and craved human blood, and Steve Martin was a demented motorcycle-riding dentist addicted »

- Heather Wixson

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Horror Highlights: Game Of Thrones Sdcc Scavenger Hunt, Famous Monsters, Tales Of Poe, Spell On Wheels

14 July 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

To celebrate the success of a variety of Game of Thrones merchandise, HBO is hosting a scavenger hunt for fans at Comic-Con starting on Wednesday, July 20th at 6:00pm! Also: Famous Monsters at Sdcc 2016, Tales of Poe DVD and Digital HD release details, and info on Spell on Wheels‘ first issue debut.

Game of Thrones Sdcc 2016 Scavenger Hunt Details: Press Release: “Wednesday, July 13, 2016 — HBO Global Licensing is excited to debut a wide array of new Game of Thrones products and convention exclusives at this year’s San Diego Comic Con, and to highlight some of its bestselling products released throughout the series’ run. To help celebrate, HBO is inviting fans to participate in a Comic-Con Scavenger Hunt, sending them on a quest to find some of the coolest Game of Thrones products available on the Comic-Con floor.

Starting Wednesday, July 20th, at 6 p.m. Pt when the convention floor opens for Preview Night, »

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Glenn Close Zombie Pic ‘The Girl With All the Gifts’ to Open Locarno Fest, Lineup Announced

13 July 2016 3:10 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome — The world premiere of Scottish director Colm McCarthy’s post-apocalyptic thriller “The Girl With All the Gifts,” starring Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine and newcomer Sennia Nanua, will open the 69th Locarno Film Festival.

The buzzed-about zombie pic, which unfolds in an underground bunker where children are being examined by scientists hoping to find a cure for a fungal spore that has infected the planet, will kick off the Swiss fest dedicated to indie cinema on August 3. “Girl” will screen on Locarno’s 8,000-seat Piazza Grande venue with talents Arterton and Nanua, who is 13, in tow. Nanua plays a uniquely gifted child in the lead role.

Based on the novel by M.R. Carey, “Girl” is financed by the BFI (British Film Institute), Creative England, and Altitude Film. Camille Gatin and Angus Lamont produced. U.S. rights were acquired in Cannes by Saban Films. Warned Bros. is releasing in the U. »

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2016 Locarno Film Festival Announces Full Lineup

13 July 2016 3:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Locarno Film Festival is known for an eclectic lineup that combines newcomers and veterans of international cinema alongside mainstream fare that screens in its massive outdoor space. The newly announced 2016 edition, which runs August 3 – 13, looks to be no exception. In addition to featuring 16 titles in the Piazza Grande section, 15 in the international competition and another 15 in the Filmmakers of the Present section, the Swiss event will also honor a range of talent.

RelatedHere Are the Participants For the 2016 Locarno Critics Academy

Bill Pullman will visit the festival this year to receive the Excellence Award Moet & Chandon, while the Visions Award will go to “The Lord of the Rings” composer Howard Shore. Participant Media CEO David Line will receive the Premio Raimondo Rezzonico. Locarno will also host tributes to filmmakers Alejandro Jodorwsky, Jonas Mekas, Roger Corman and the late Abbas Kiarostami. Additionally, seven short films produced at Kiarostami’s filmmaking »

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Class of 1986: Six Horror & Sci-Fi Movies Released in 1986 That Deserve More Love

10 July 2016 3:27 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

When it comes to horror and sci-fi movies from 1986, there are several milestone titles that always come to mind first: Aliens, The Fly, Blue Velvet, Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives, Manhunter, Poltergeist II: The Other Side, or even Psycho III, just to name a few. But like any great year of cinema, there are always a few underrated gems that get overshadowed along the way and should receive a little extra love. Here are six films from 1986 that I think deserve to be on every genre fan’s radar:

F/X: A movie about a special effects artist who gets mixed up in a government conspiracy, at a time when practical effects were in their heyday? Yes, please. F/X isn’t a film I hear a ton of folks talk about, but it has been on cable a lot lately, which means I’ve spent a few nights revisiting it, »

- Heather Wixson

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Review: "Nightmares" (1983) Starring Cristina Raines, Lance Henrikson And Emilio Estevez; Blu-ray Special Edition

10 July 2016 3:07 AM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Lee Pfeiffer

By the early 1970s there had been a revival of interest in the format of anthology suspense/horror stories. This genre had been all the rage in the late 1950s and early 1960s with shows like "The Twilight Zone", "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" and "Thriller!" (hosted by Boris Karloff) attracting loyal audiences. "Twilight Zone" creator and host Rod Serling had two bites at the apple when he introduced "Night Gallery" as a TV movie in 1969 (giving young Steven Spielberg his first major directing gig) and then spun it off into a moderately successful weekly TV series. The early to mid-1970s also saw a major resurgence in horror-themed anthology feature films. The concept was hardly a new one for the big screen as the first major film of this type was "Dead of Night", released in 1945.  Roger Corman oversaw some similarly-themed big screen anthologies in the early to mid-1960s, »

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Invisible Invaders

7 July 2016 8:03 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

"Earth Given 24 Hours to Surrender!" Invisible murderous moon maniacs invade, with invisible troops and invisible flying saucers! John Agar, Jean Byron and John Carradine do their best to keep this underfed sci-fi turnip on its feet --- and we diehard monster fans love it. Invisible Invaders Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1959 / B&W /1:66 widescreen / 67 min. / Street Date July 12, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring John Agar, Jean Byron, Philip Tonge, Robert Hutton, John Carradine, Paul Langton. Cinematography Maury Gertsman Film Editor Grant Whytock Original Music Paul Dunlap Written by Samuel Newman Produced by Robert E. Kent Directed by Edward L. Cahn

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

At the tail end of the '50s monster boom the pickings became lean indeed. For every killer matinee filler like The Blob or The Fly, cheap double bills encouraged by American-International's example became even cheaper. Producers at Columbia, Allied Artists and United Artists turned out »

- Glenn Erickson

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Horror Highlights: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 Screening, Dementia 13, Cod: Infinite Warfare, Torchwood

7 July 2016 7:52 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, a screening of the film will occur at this year's Popcorn Frights Film Festival on Friday, July 8th. Also in today's Horror Highlights: info on the digital restoration of Roger Corman and Francis Ford Coppola's Dementia 13, and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Torchwood #1 San Diego Comic Con 2016 details.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 30th Anniversary Screening Details: "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2: 30th Anniversary Screening.

This Friday Night. July 8th at 11pm. Presented by Popcorn Frights Film Festival.

Giveaways by Scream Factory and Neca.

O Cinema Wynwood: 90 Nw 29th St, Miami, Fl 33127.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 will be preceded by Aj Briones’acclaimed short-film “Smiling Man”.

The Buzz Is Back!!! Over ten years after making the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Tobe Hooper returns to his deranged family of reclusive cannibals for another round of chainsaw chases and non-stop screaming. »

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The Academy’s 2016 Summer Screening Series Includes West Side Story And My Own Private Idaho

6 July 2016 4:52 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

The Academy celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Academy Film Archive with the screening series “Archival Revival – 25 years of the Academy Film Archive,” curated from the extensive, diverse collection of motion pictures that the archive has restored and preserved. The series, which runs fromJuly 18 through September 12, will showcase a broad range of titles – musicals, documentaries, silent films, Pre-Code comedies, experimental films and horror classics.

In 1991 the Academy’s Board of Governors made a commitment to create a world-class archive for the preservation, restoration, documentation and study of motion pictures. The Academy Film Archive currently holds more than 190,000 elements, including trailers, feature films, and the film collections of such artists as Alfred Hitchcock, Penelope Spheeris, James Wong Howe, Albert Maysles and Su Friedrich. It also holds the collections of such institutions and programs as the Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival and the Student Academy Awards.

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Early Francis Ford Coppola Film ‘Dementia 13’ Digitally Restored In All Its Horrific Glory

30 June 2016 12:44 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

What did Francis Ford Coppola do before his “The Godfather” trilogy and “Apocalypse Now”? One of his first efforts was the 1963 horror film “Dementia 13,” which most cinephiles consider to be first mainstream and legitimate directorial effort. Coppola was just 24 when he made it.

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For quite some time, however, the film’s 35mm print was considered to be likely lost. Enter The Film Detective, a company known for its restoration ventures, who has now announced that it has brought the film to digital HD. In a press release announcing the restoration, the owner of The Film Detective, Phil Hopkins, said, “As a huge enthusiast of ‘Dementia 13,’ I’m very proud to be releasing the film on Blu-ray for the first time in its correct aspect ratio. The Film Detective team took great »

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Corman! Band! Get a Free DVD Copy of Kings Of Cult Doc!

30 June 2016 6:47 AM, PDT | | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Roger Corman and Charles Band sit down and chat in this fascinating film. Truly, there’s no one else like Roger Corman and Charles Band left in the world. Corman, of course, invented the very idea of the successful independent genre film mogul and Band followed suit. Corman with his stint putting American International Pictures on…

The post Corman! Band! Get a Free DVD Copy of Kings Of Cult Doc! appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »

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Pretty Packaging: Arrow's Blood Bath Provides A Pool Of Different Versions

28 June 2016 4:00 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

When distributor Arrow announced their release of a title called Blood Bath, I assumed it would be another generic eighties'-slasher-with-its-own-peculiar-fans-who-consider-it-a-classic-though-i-have-never-heard-of-it. Looking a bit closer though, this turned out to be something much, much weirder, and Arrow's approach towards this release made it irresistible. Basically, Blood Bath is a weird little black-and-white vampire horror flick from 1966, produced by Roger Corman. Parts of it look really, Really beautiful though, and that is because they've been taken from another film entirely, a Yugoslavia-based crime thriller called Operation Titian. That film turned out to have a re-cut version with additional footage made for the Us as well, called Portrait in Terror, and Blood Bath itself got re-cut with additional footage again as Track of the Vampire. This release...

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James Cameron’s ‘Xenogenesis’: Watch the Lo-Fi, Futuristic 1978 Short Film That Gave Him His Start

26 June 2016 1:16 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Before he was working with hundred-million-dollar budgets — hell, before he was even making that “Piranha” sequel — James Cameron was an aspiring filmmaker like any other. He first announced himself to the world with 1978’s “Xenogenesis,” a 12-minute short made in 1978. If you’re curious where the king of the world got his start, watch the shoestring sci-fi project below.

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Beginning with a series of illustrations set to narrated voiceover, the film bills itself as “man’s ultimate adventure.” William Wisher stars as a passenger aboard a sentient spacecraft looking for a suitable environment to start anew — imagine a shoestring version of the prologue from “Prometheus.” Long before he reaches this new beginning, the spacefarer encounters a rather large robot whose functionality appears to extend well beyond maintenance and upkeep. This results in the »

- Michael Nordine

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Vincent Price The Last Man On Earth July 7th at Schlafly Bottleworks

16 June 2016 6:58 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

” You’re freaks! I’m a man! The last man!”

The Last Man On Earth starring St. Louis’ own Vincent Price screens Thursday July 7th at 7:00pm at Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Avenue Maplewood, Mo 63143). There will be Vincent Price Trivia with prizes!

Even though Richard Matheson’s novel I Am Legend has been filmed three times (officially), only one of the film versions worked with a script by Matheson himself (though billed as -‘Logan Swanson’). Originally a Hammer Film property (how great would that have been?), Matheson’s script was eventually sold to Lippert Productions and made cheaply in Italy with an Italian cast and crew, as The Last Man On Earth (1964). For its bankable American star, Vincent Price was cast as the lead. Price was at the peak of his popularity from a series of brilliant Edgar Allan Poe adaptations directed by Roger Corman (the producers wisely »

- Tom Stockman

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Lloyd Kaufman Ama: President of Troma Pitches Kim Kardashian/Kim Jung Un Reality TV Show

16 June 2016 7:33 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Lloyd Kaufman has been a major innovator in the indie film industry since the ’70s, and now his company, Troma Entertainment, is entering the world of online streaming with their new service Troma Now.

The notoriously irreverent filmmaker took to Reddit yesterday to discuss his biggest Hollywood fans, his most famous films and even the state of current reality television (and how he would improve upon it.) Check out some of Kaufman’s most entertaining answers below.

What do you think of the current state of “midnight movies”? Would you like to see them make a comeback?

I think they are making a comeback. Not so much at theaters but at places like Tromadance/other festivals, college film societies, and lots of bars. I specialize in showing movies at bars because I am an alcoholic.

Could you create a Troma today, with Netflix/YouTube etc? Would it be easier?

That is a great question, no. Today is harder, Netflix does nothing today to support independent cinema. The marketplace is controlled by a very small number of media conglomerates. The good news is that you do not need a lot of money to create something amazing, check out Troma’s “Father’s Day,” which was made with under a 25k budget. This is due to young filmmakers having a solid grasp of this new digital age, which I myself need to work on still. The “Return To Nuke’Em High” budget is 400k per volume, for example.

Will Troma Now get an Android TV/Apple TV apps in the future? What do you think about the dwindling relevance of physical media?

Go ahead and watch “VHS Massacre” on Troma Now (working on the apps!). I am a believer in new technology in the same way I would not use a buggy whip to get around town, I would use a car. I believe digital looks better than 35mm which is why I shot the volumes of “Return To Nuke’Em High” digitally, not in film.

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I want to say how sorry I was to hear about Joe Fleishaker’s death. Did he have a role in “Return to Nuke ‘Em High Volume 2”? Looking forward to checking out Troma Now!

Spoiler Alert: You will see Joe Fleishaker and the late Lemmy Killmister in “Return To Nuke’Em High, Volume 2.” We will be dedicating Vol. 2 to the memory of these two wonderful Troma friends.

What are a few of your favorite scenes or elements in Troma films?

Penises! Farts! Explosive Diarrhea! Lesbians! Fighting against the conspiracy of elites! And of course, certain Hideously Deformed Creatures of Super Human Size & Strength!

Hey Lloyd, big fan! I’ve seen quite a few of your movies but “Poultrygeist” may be my absolute favourite – do you have any memorable experiences from working on that one?

The entire experience was a nightmare of the most horrible kind. If you’d like to see it, go to Troma Movies on YouTube and watch the feature length behind the scenes documentary “Poultry in Motion: The Truth is Stranger than Chicken”. You will see fist fights, people getting on bended knee asking for hands in marriage, as well as Uncle Lloyd being an asshole!

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Hi Lloyd! What have been some directors or specific movies that inspired how you make your own?

Chaplin, Keaton, Stan Brakhage, Jean Renoir, Fritz Lang, Samuel Fuller, Roger Corman, comic books by Stan Lee (who is a good friend and with whom I wrote a screenplay in the early 70s). Today I am inspired by directors who were inspired by me: Trey Parker, Quentin Tarantino (who inspired me to make “Return to Nuke ‘Em High” a two-part event film), and Takashe Miike. Most recently, John Brennan’s “Kabukiman’s Cocktail Corner” changed my whole worldview.

What do you think of reality TV? Its more or less today’s cheap, popular exploitation media?

I believe that reality TV could be terrific, but unfortunately it aims at the lowest common denominator. They all seem to be scripted and want to appeal to Kim Kardashian. We are developing a reality show starring Kim Kardashian and Kim Jong Un. It’s called “I Love Myself, I Love My Ass.”

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- Kate Halliwell

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From Caged to Orange Is the New Black: A Brief History of Incarcerated Women on Screen

15 June 2016 11:10 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Orange Is the New Black returns June 17. The show has rightly earned praise for its nuanced, moving portrayals of female inmates of all stripes, and serves as a reminder of how far things have come in terms of images of incarcerated women on screen. In appreciation of series creator Jenji Kohan and the cast and crew's elevated take on the subject matter, we're looking back at the bleak and often exploitative history of the strange "women's prison drama" film genre. The portrayal of women in prison can be split - as most of Hollywood can - into two periods: Pre- and Post-Code. »

- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl

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From Caged to Orange Is the New Black: A Brief History of Incarcerated Women on Screen

15 June 2016 11:10 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Orange Is the New Black returns June 17. The show has rightly earned praise for its nuanced, moving portrayals of female inmates of all stripes, and serves as a reminder of how far things have come in terms of images of incarcerated women on screen. In appreciation of series creator Jenji Kohan and the cast and crew's elevated take on the subject matter, we're looking back at the bleak and often exploitative history of the strange "women's prison drama" film genre. The portrayal of women in prison can be split - as most of Hollywood can - into two periods: Pre- and Post-Code. »

- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl

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