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I unabashedly love Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf and, on July 14, the patron saints of classic cult film- Scream Factory- are resurrecting Philippe Mora’s sequel on Blu-ray. In honor of its release, I was fortunate to be able to speak with Mora about his experiences working on the film, collaborating with both Sybil Danning and the legendary Christopher Lee, and how the latter had quite a lifetime of experiences even before he became one of the greatest actors to grace the silver screen.
Thank you so much for taking the time to speak with me, Philippe- I am a huge fan of Howling II and I even have an original one-sheet hanging in my kitchen.
Philippe Mora: Oh, thank you so much! Let me tell you how that image came about. One day we were filming a scene with Sybil who is supposed to be in »
- Heather Wixson
The Locarno Film Festival's announced that it'll screen Hong Sang-soo's Right Now, Wrong Then and Andrzej Zulawski's Cosmos in competition. Also in today's roundup of news and views, the new Film Comment is out, featuring Kent Jones on Pedro Costa's Horse Money, Amy Taubin on Marielle Heller's The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Richard Combs on Richard Lester and more. The Chiseler's posted pieces on Patricia Highsmith, Clifton Young and the late Christopher Lee. An Audrey Hepburn exhibition opens in London today. And Paul Thomas Anderson will write—and may end up directing—a live-action take on Pinocchio starring Robert Downey Jr. » - David Hudson »
Director Robin Hardy, of British classic The Wicker Man, aims to complete the loose trilogy begun by that Christopher Lee and Edward Woodward-starring film in 1973 and continued in 2011’s The Wicker Tree. Hardy has taken to IndieGoGo and launched a campaign for the long-gestating The Wrath of the Gods, seeking to raise $210,000 for…
The post Wrath of the Gods: Robin Hardy Crowdfunds Third ‘Wicker’ Film appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Samuel Zimmerman
From spoofs to point-and-click adventure games, here are 10 of the most memorable unusual incarnations of Sherlock Holmes...
We don’t know a great deal about the content of the 90-minute Sherlock special set to air later this year, but one thing has emerged from the set photos and tantalising titbits of information we’ve seen so far. Sherlock Holmes and John Watson will be in nineteenth-century garb, pitching them back into the setting of the legendary detective’s original adventures: 1895, to be precise. Why that happens is as yet unclear, but all will be revealed.
For those still craving their Holmes fix in the meantime, the new film Mr. Holmes offers us Ian McKellen’s take on the character, musing upon an old case as he looks back on his long career from the vantage point of retirement. Jonny Lee Miller’s ultra-modern, Us-based Sherlock will be entering his fourth »
By Lee Pfeiffer
Director Joe Dante is revered by his fans not only as a filmmaker but also because of his genuine passion for classic and cult cinema. Dante, like so many other filmmakers and actors who became successes, was a protégé of Roger Corman, starting out as an editor. Before long, he had progressed to directing and had a hit with his 1978 horror flick "Piranha". His deft ability to make audiences cringe as well as laugh became his trademark. More successful films followed including a segment of the "Twilight Zone" feature film, his werewolf classic "The Howling", "Gremlins", which is considered a classic by the generation who saw it as children, "Innerspace", "Amazon Women on the Moon", "The 'Burbs", "Matinee" and "Small Soldiers". In recent years, Dante has been busy operating his extremely popular web site Trailers From Hell, which showcases original movie trailers from decades ago, complete with »
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By Lee Pfeiffer
Christopher Lee and Boris Karloff collectively made countless films that varied widely in terms of quality. However, they always brought dignity to every role they performed. Sadly, the two icons of the horror film genre only worked together twice.The first time in the late 1950s in "Corridors of Blood" and the second and last time in what turned out to be the final film of Karloff's career, the 1968 Tigon Films production of "The Crimson Cult" (released in the UK as "Curse of the Crimson Altar" and in some territories as "The Crimson Altar" and "Black Horror"). Karloff barely got through the arduous shoot during a particularly cold and unpleasant British winter. However, always the ultimate professional, he persevered and continued the film until completion, even after having been hospitalized with pneumonia. The result is a film that is not particularly well-loved by horror film fans »
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By Mike Thomas
In the beginning, there was Lon. As the disfigured antagonist in The Phantom of the Opera, his half-masked face hid a horrible secret, only to be revealed at the climax of the film. The formula of the masked villain had been played out in countless films, with the hero unmasking the villain in the end. This worked well for suspense, and it an easy gimmick for an exciting reveal.
In the Golden Age of Horror, villains - monsters - had faces. Frankenstein. Dracula. the Wolfman.. With these characters, it was the creature that was important, not the actor. So anyone, from Bela Lugosi, to John Carradine, to -- Leslie Nielsen could portray the undead creature of the night. (Bar Bet: though Lugosi is most identified with Dracula, it was Count Dooku, Christopher Lee, who played the part more than any other actor). In the Universal Monsters era, »
- Mike Thomas
Macnee's family confirmed earlier today (June 25) that the legendary Avengers actor had passed away at his California home.
Moore's seventh and final James Bond movie A View to a Kill famously featured Macnee as the spy's sidekick Sir Godfrey Tibbett in a tongue-in-cheek nod to his Avengers past.
Writing on Twitter today, Moore paid tribute to Macnee: "So very sad to hear Pat MacNee has left us.
"We were mates from 1950s and I have so many happy memories of working with him. A true gent."
So very sad to hear Pat MacNee has left us. We were mates from 1950s and I have so many happy memories of working with him. A true gent.
— Sir Roger Moore (@sirrogermoore) June 25, 2015
Fans and friends the world over have been paying tribute to Macnee »
While Macnee was best known for playing John Steed, he also played Doctor Watson opposite Sir Christopher Lee's Sherlock Holmes, scared a whole generation of kids as Battlestar Galactica's Imperious Leader, and spoofed his beloved spy role in A View to a Kill.
In honour of the late actor, we look back at his life in pictures:
What was your favourite role from Patrick Macnee's career? Let us know in our comments section below: »
A statement posted on the English actor's official website announced that he passed away at his family home.
The statement read: "Daniel Patrick Macnee died a natural death at his home in Rancho Mirage, California, at age 93, with his family at his bedside, according to his son, Rupert."
Macnee is best known for playing the quintessential secret agent John Steed in the beloved television series The Avengers from 1961 through 1969.
Aside from the iconic spy series, he also played Arthur Conan Doyle's Doctor Watson opposite the recently-deceased »
A man who personified the epitome of the British gent across the world is gone. Patrick Macnee, who most famously played John Steed in The Avengers during the 1960s and ‘70s, has died at the age of 93.Born in London, Macnee was a school contemporary of Sir Christopher Lee, with whom he acted in several productions, then went to Eton College where he initially excelled before being drummed out for selling pornography to his fellow students and acting as a bookie. He enlisted in the Royal Navy and became a navigator on motor torpedo boats patrolling the English Channel and North Sea. His true acting ambitions would come after his military service: he began trying his hand in London, and worked on the stage, but the real boost to his career came when a friend offered a job in Canada. He began taking small, uncredited roles and extra work in »
Warner Bros. is gearing up to give fans of Hammer Horror a Halloween treat, when they unleash Horror Classics, Vol. 1 on October 6th. A four film Bluray boxset featuring Hammer classics Taste the Blood of Dracula; Dracula Has Risen from the Grave, Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed, and The Mummy, the boxset is just what horror lovers need to fill their Hammer, Cushing and Lee fixes.
Being a huge fan of Hammer Films and not only their classic films, but even the recent revival of the studio (Let Me In, The Woman In Black, The Quiet Ones), this announcement brings quite the smile to my face and I’m sure you horror lovers feel the same.
The Mummy (1959)
In this vivid Technicolor® reincarnation of The Mummy, screen horror icon Christopher Lee wraps on the moldy gauze bandages and emerges as the tormented Kharis, an avenger stalking the hills and bogs of »
- Jerry Smith
In addition to getting their Blu-ray horror and sci-fi fix from Shout! Factory's booth #4118 at this year's Comic-Con, fans can also experience exciting future Scream Factory title announcements at the "Inside Look" panel taking place Friday, July 10th at 7:30pm in Room 24Abc:
Press Release: "Now a mainstay at San Diego Comic-Con International, Shout! Factory returns to the convention in 2015 with a dynamic line-up sure to delight pop culture enthusiasts of all ages. Shout! Factory is a leading multi-platform entertainment company, and its Comic-Con offerings, which span its popular Shout! Factory, Shout! Kids and Scream Factory™ brands, are sure to please devoted fans of popular home entertainment properties, collectors and pop culture enthusiasts alike. This year, Shout! Factory unveils an exciting panel event, new home entertainment products, Comic-Con exclusives and engaging booth activities. Fans and attendees are invited to join in on the excitement at the Shout! Factory »
- Derek Anderson
Last week, we took at look at the career of the late, great Christopher Lee. This week’s guy seems to be dedicated to giving Lee a run for his money as far as credits/iconic status goes... Samuel L. Jackson I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get around to Sam the Man. Certainly, if anyone out there deserves to be called a badass, it’s Samuel L. Jackson.... Read More »
- Chris Bumbray
Extraordinary Tales Animation Gets October Release Date
Five of Edgar Allen Poe’s best-known stories are brought to vivid life in this heart-pounding, visually stunning animated anthology featuring Sir Christopher Lee, Bela Lugosi, Guillermo del Toro, Roger Corman and Julian Sands. Murderous madmen, sinister villains and cloaked ghouls stalk the darkened corridors of Poe’s imagination, as his haunting tales are given a terrifying ...
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A funny thing happened when I saw Star Wars: Episode II—Attack of the Clones in theaters back in 2002. Much had been written about how George Lucas decided to shoot this film entirely in digital and how divisive it was for purists and fans. I remember thinking that it all looked good, essentially, considering how much of a new colorful and vibrant screen palette Lucas had wanted to create. Then, late in the film, there was a show-stopping scene where master Yoda walks into a lair and begins to fight in a kinetic lightsaber duel with Count Dooku (Christopher Lee). And while the audience cheered and screamed in delight I remember leaning forward and studying Christopher Lee’s face…or was it his face?>> - Nelson Carvajal »
Canadian actor and comedian Rick Ducommun has died at age 62, according to multiple media reports as well as director Joe Dante, who announced the sad news on Twitter. Ducommun died on June 12 in Vancouver, where he was surrounded by family. Ducommun starred alongside Tom Hanks and Bruce Dern in Dante’s black comedy “The ‘Burbs,” in which he played a motor-mouthed suburbanite who suspects his neighbor is a murderer. He also worked with Dante on “Gremlins 2: The New Batch.” Also Read: Christopher Lee, 'Count Dracula' and 'Lord of the Rings' Star, Dead at 93 Ducommun co-starred alongside Bill Murray in “Groundhog. »
- Jeff Sneider
Ex to Grind: Dante’s ZomCom Never Finds Its Pulse
Zombies are difficult subject matters for the screen. A staple of a popular subgenre, original narrative inspiration is rare in a field of low yield thrills from contemporary films unable to match the iconic masters, like early George Romero. Of course, every now and then, something innovative and exciting comes along, such as Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later (2002), and it’s surprisingly energetic sequel. But increasingly, like all glorious horror tropes, comedy has taken the place of tension. Sometimes, in the right hands, this can also be inviting. So it’s disappointing to see a director like Joe Dante, the man who balanced these elements deftly in classics likes Piranha (1981), Gremlins (1984), and The ‘Burbs (1989) turn up with his latest, Burying the Ex. With its overtly fresh faced young cast and first time script from Alan Trezza (adapted from his own »
- Nicholas Bell
Christopher Lee’s regal tones will again be heard in a new movie at multiplexes after an animated film based on the stories of Edgar Allan Poe that features his voice was picked up for Us distribution.
Lee is a narrator for the Extraordinary Tales project, with horror directors Guillermo del Toro, Roger Corman and actor Julian Sands also taking part. The film will cover Poe’s stories The Tell-Tale Heart, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Facts in the Case of M Valdemar and The Masque of the Red Death, though which storyteller will work on which tale is not known.
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- Ben Child
This week on Off The Shelf, Ryan is joined by Brian Saur to take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for the week of June 16th, 2015, and chat about some follow-up and home video news.
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Episode Links & Notes Follow-up Unopened movies Christopher Lee News Thunderbean: Willie Whopper Blu-ray Pre-order Criterion September Line-up Scream Factory to release Army Of Darkness, Demon Knight and Bordello of Blood Arrow Video: Zardoz, The Mutilator, Requiescant, The Firemen’s Ball, Closely Watched Trains, Hard To Be A God, Society Masters Of Cinema / Eureka: The Skull Warner Bros. Hammer Horror Blu-ray Box Set Warner Bros Special Effects Boxset (Them!, The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, Son of Kong, Mighty Joe Young) Sony to release The Last Dragon on Blu-ray Scorpion: Burn Witch Burn Kino Cartoon Classics Announced Kl Studio Classics F/X 2 and The Challenge Universal to put out »
- Ryan Gallagher
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