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15 items from 2015


Ten truly memorable zombies

15 March 2015 2:20 AM, PDT | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

Are zombies really that memorable? When you think about it, today’s undead munchers are not exactly an interesting crowd since all they do between meals is wander around in a trance. The pre Romero vegetarians are even worse, as they spend most of their time under the thumb of a zombie master, although on the odd occasion they do rebel against their tyrannical leader.

Zombie movies are a dime a dozen these days, and apart from a few moderately successful variations, they haven’t progressed beyond the flesh-eating antics of Night of the Living Dead (1968). But on the odd occasion a couple of zombies stand out from the faceless crowd of walking corpses, and what some these ghouls lack in personality, they make up for in other ways.

So here’s a list of ten memorable zombies that stood out for me, as an avid horror movie fan.

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‘Comedy of Terrors’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Video)

17 February 2015 1:56 PM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, Basil Rathbone | Directed by Jacques Tourneur

If you are anything like me and were told that the cast of a film was Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff and Basil Rathbone you’d be handing over your money to see it without question.  Add to this cast a director like Jacques Tourneur famous for films like The Cat People and Night of the Demon and this has classic written all over it.  Arrow Video have released Comedy of Terrors on Blu-ray and DVD, while it may not be a perfect film, there is a charm that is undeniable and infectious that make it hard not to fall for.

In Comedy of Terrors Vincent Price plays the role of Waldo Trumbull who partners with Peter Lorre’s Felix Gillie as funeral directors who have come upon a drought when it comes to work.  When »

- Paul Metcalf

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From Kubrick to Marilyn Monroe, Oscar Has a Stellar List of Shut-Outs

13 February 2015 4:54 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There are 195 individuals nominated for Oscar this year. And when the winners are named Feb. 22, they will become part of film history, joining such greats as Billy Wilder, Ingrid Bergman, Ben Hecht and Walt Disney.

But 80% of the contenders will go home empty-handed. However, there is good news: They are in good company as well.

Here is a sampling of nominees that didn’t win: “Citizen Kane,” “Chinatown” and “Star Wars”; directors Alfred Hitchcock, Howard Hawks, Stanley Kubrick and Ingmar Bergman; writers Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Dashiell Hammett, John Steinbeck, Graham Greene, Harold Pinter and David Mamet; actors Gloria Swanson in “Sunset Blvd.”; Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”; and Peter O’Toole in “Lawrence of Arabia.”

They managed to do Ok, though.

It’s hard to say why they didn’t win. Sometimes tastes change. Sometimes there’s too much competition in one year. Frank Capra’s 1939 “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington »

- Tim Gray

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New Poster for George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead

10 February 2015 3:48 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

“They’re coming to get you Barbara.” Spoken in Boris Karloff style amongst the tombstones Johnny’s kidding line to his sister was the last moment of innocence before the siblings and viewers alike are assaulted by the unrelenting terror of George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead.

The horrord of that classic mobir began in the cemetery with actor/assistant camera operator Bill Hinzman’s unforgettable living dead shamble, but as fans of the film know, there would be more fear, social commentary, and hungry zombies to be found at the farmhouse down the road.

Showing the film’s progressive link from the cemetery to the farmhouse and even incorporating the moon hanging above that fateful, horrific night when the dead got their feet back under them, artist Timothy Pittides’ new black and white poster for 1968’s Night of the Living Dead superbly captures the malicious mood of Romero’s classic film. »

- Derek Anderson

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Blu-ray Review – The Comedy of Terrors (1963)

9 February 2015 5:50 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Comedy of Terrors, 1963.

Directed by Jacques Tourneur.

Starring Vincent Price, Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, Basil Rathbone, Joyce Jameson, Beverly Hills and Alan DeWitt.

Synopsis:

A scheming undertaker resorts to extreme measures to bring in some new business in order to pay his rent.

Both comedy and terror are two of the hardest genres to get right and combining the two successfully is even harder, so calling your film The Comedy of Terrors is going to give it a lot to live up to right from the off. Luckily the opening scene of a misty graveyard playing host to a funeral as several mourners look on sets the scene perfectly as once the service is over and the mourners depart, undertaker Waldo Trumbull (Vincent PriceThe Fall of the House of Usher) and his assistant Felix Gillie (Peter Lorre - Casablanca) give each other a nod and they’re off to work, »

- Gary Collinson

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Horror / Thriller Round-Up: Nick Carter’s ‘Dead West’, The Comedy of Terrors UK Blu-ray / DVD, USS Indianapolis Shark Attack Film

31 January 2015 4:09 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Welcome to another horror/thriller round-up! This time around we have details on Backstreet Boy Nick Carter’s in-the-works zombie western movie, release details for Arrow Video’s UK Blu-ray / DVD of the Vincent Price-starring The Comedy of Terrors, and an update on Warner Bros.’ and Team Downey’s in-development film based on the real-life sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the subsequent shark attacks on the surviving crew members.

In an interview with Noisey, Backstreet Boy Nick Carter revealed that he will be directing and starring in a zombie western called Dead West (not to be confused with Joe R. Lansdale’s 1986 zombie western novel, Dead in the West) for Asylum this March. Carter also co-wrote the script and has a couple of potential cast members in mind (excerpts from Noisey via Shock Till You Drop):

“It’s called Dead West. [Laughs.] It’s a zombie horror western movie. »

- Derek Anderson

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Lauren Bacall: Behind the Closed Doors of Her $26 Million Apartment

23 January 2015 6:50 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

On a high floor in the famous Dakota building in New York City's Upper West Side lived screen legend Lauren Bacall. Surrounded by personal treasures, the late actress spent more than 30 years in the space, decorating it with memories that spanned decades. Following Bacall's death in August, an estimated $3 million worth of her jewelry and art will be auctioned off March 31 and April 1 at Bonhams New York. Her Manhattan home is also now up for sale. Valued at $26 million (she bought the property in 1961 for $48,000), the luxe apartment overlooks Central Park at 1 W. 72nd St. in a landmark building »

- Jacqueline Andriakos, @jandriakos

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Lauren Bacall: Behind the Closed Doors of Her $26 Million Apartment

23 January 2015 6:50 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

On a high floor in the famous Dakota building in New York City's Upper West Side lived screen legend Lauren Bacall. Surrounded by personal treasures, the late actress spent more than 30 years in the space, decorating it with memories that spanned decades. Following Bacall's death in August, an estimated $3 million worth of her jewelry and art will be auctioned off March 31 and April 1 at Bonhams New York. Her Manhattan home is also now up for sale. Valued at $26 million (she bought the property in 1961 for $48,000), the luxe apartment overlooks Central Park at 1 W. 72nd St. in a landmark building »

- Jacqueline Andriakos, @jandriakos

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Interview: Frankenstein Vs. The Mummy Director Damien Leone

22 January 2015 4:00 PM, PST | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

Hey creeps. Ya know what ol’ Xiii really digs? Why… yeah, I guess you’re right, I do enjoy a good brioche… so much rich and tender texture, so bready…so… Dammit, you know that’s not what I was thinking about! Of course I was referring to my ne’er ending love of all things “monster”. So you can only imagine my delight upon hearing that there was a new monster mash headin’ our way entitled Frankenstein Vs. The Mummy! While I will be turning my outré eye upon the film soon, I thought I’d chat up the films die-rector, diabolical Damien Leone!

Famous Monsters. Hey Damien, how in the hell did you come to work on a flick with a rad-ass concept like Frankenstein Vs. The Mummy?

Damien Leone. I was approached by producer Jesse Baget about doing the makeup effects on a project he had in development called “Frankenstein vs. »

- DanielXIII

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TV Review: ‘Sons of Liberty’

22 January 2015 7:15 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The founding fathers receive the “Vikings” treatment in “Sons of Liberty,” a six-hour miniseries that History channel will air over successive nights. Produced by Stephen David Entertainment – best known for heavily re-enacted docu-hybrids, like “The World Wars” – this scripted production is clearly intended to bring history to life, but sometimes at the cost (with apologies to Sam Adams) of feeling a bit too much like a beer commercial. Although generally interesting and handsomely done, the program isn’t without its excesses, and some of the liberties taken here, creatively and historically, have little to do with the price of tea.

Billed as a “dramatic interpretation of events,” “Sons of Liberty” opens in 1765, with Sam Adams (Ben Barnes of “The Chronicles of Narnia”) being sought by British soldiers. Drunk and unshaven, he has run afoul of Massachusetts’ governor for refusing to collect all the taxes the Crown considers its due from his fellow colonists. »

- Brian Lowry

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The Top 10 Vincent Price Horror Films

21 January 2015 9:35 PM, PST | Best-Horror-Movies.com | See recent Best-Horror-Movies.com news »

When it comes to classic horror actors a couple come to mind like Bela Lugosi Boris Karloff Lon Chaney Lon Chaney Jr Christopher Lee Peter Cushing and of course Vincent Price. He was born in St. Louis Missouri on May 27 1911. He would go on to star in many genres especially in the earlier part of his career including renowned cinema classic Laura. But it was in the horror genre that he would find the most success and fame. »

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Review: "Out Of This World", Hosted By Boris Karloff, British Film Institute DVD Release

17 January 2015 12:56 AM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Out of This World: Little Lost Robot

DVD release from British Film Institute

Review by Adrian Smith

(This review pertains to the UK Region 2 DVD release)  

Alongside the recent BFI release of the BBC television series Out of the Unknown comes this oddity; the only completely surviving episode of Out of This World, a science fiction series produced in the early 1960s by independent television channel ABC. The series was created by Irene Shubick and produced by Leonard White, who would achieve lasting fame through his co-creating The Avengers. Like other anthology shows before it such as Armchair Theatre, this was conceived as an opportunity to present a variety of quality writing to mainstream audiences. It was Shubick's belief that science fiction contained some of the 'most original and philosophical ideas' in modern fiction.

Boris Karloff was employed as the presenter for the show. By this time he was »

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Kino Lorber Postpones Home Media Release of The Crimson Cult, Announces The Evil Eye Blu-ray

16 January 2015 10:22 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

If you’ve marked your calendar in anticipation of Kino Lorber’s high-definition release of The Crimson Cult in April, then you’ll have to use your eraser, because the release of the Boris Karloff and Christopher Lee-starring film has been postponed. There’s good news for Mario Bava and John Saxon fans, though, as the same distributor has announced the upcoming release of 1963’s The Evil Eye on Blu-ray.

Originally scheduled to hit shelves on April 14th, The Crimson Cult Blu-ray has been delayed, with no new release date set at this time. Giallo fans can look forward to the release of The Evil Eye (aka The Girl Who Knew Too Much) on Blu-ray sometime in May. Special features have not yet been revealed for The Evil Eye, but you can check out the cover art below, as well as the announced bonus features for The Crimson Cult »

- Derek Anderson

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Cinema Retro Exclusive: Interview With Ian Ogilvy

15 January 2015 10:27 AM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Ian Ogilvy in his latest film, "We Still Kill the Old Way", now available on Blu-ray and DVD.

Ian Ogilvy: Saints, Sorcerers and Secret Agents

Cinema Retro's Mark Mawston recently caught up with the legendary Ian Ogilvy to discuss projects past and present. 

Mark Mawston: Ian, your film career began in the mid 60’s with The She Beast, directed by Michael Reeves. You had a great relationship with him. How did that come about?

Ian Ogilvy: Well, when we were 15 years old we made a couple of amateur movies together after we were introduced by a mutual friend and we became great friends. I used to stay at his mother’s house with him in Norfolk and over two years we made these two little amateur movies. I then lost contact with him as I went off and did different things like attending drama school and he went »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Tales of Terror & The Crimson Cult Blu-ray Bonus Features Revealed

14 January 2015 9:04 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

One is written by Richard Matheson, based on the stories of Edgar Allan Poe, directed by Roger Corman, and stars Vincent Price, while the other features Boris Karloff, Barbara Steele, and Christopher Lee—you’d be hard-pressed to find more star-studded horror lineups than those included in Tales of Terror and The Crimson Cult, two films coming out on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber, the special features of which have been announced.

Here are the special features that are expected to be included on the Tales of Terror Blu-ray/DVD and The Crimson Cult Blu-ray, both of which are slated for an April release (bonus features via Kino Lorber):

Tales of Terror Blu-ray/DVD Bonus Features:

New on-camera Interview with Producer/Director Roger Corman New Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas New Audio Commentary by Vincent Price Historian David Del Valle & Actor David Frankham Original Theatrical Trailer Maybe more »

- Derek Anderson

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