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Bruce Campbell and Edgar Wright will be on hand for a groovy 35mm double bill of The Evil Dead and Evil Dead II at this October's Beyond Fest, held in Los Angeles and presented by Shudder. Other screening highlights include the Kurt Russell-starring Bone Tomahawk, Karyn Kusama's The Invitation, the Henry Rollins-starring He Never Died, and much more.
Press Release: Los Angeles, CA - Thursday, September 3, 2015- Beyond Fest, the highest attended genre film festival in the Us, is excited to announce its full slate of 2015 programming featuring 25 events of mind-bending, movie madness. Presented by Shudder, Beyond Fest returns to Hollywood's famed Egyptian Theatre for 11 days of movies, music and mayhem spanning Thursday, October 1st - Monday, October 12th to generate funds for co-presenter, the nonprofit American Cinematheque.
With a diverse slate that includes films from all corners of the globe Beyond Fest is proud to present »
- Derek Anderson
I don.t want to alarm anyone, but this might be the best mashup video of all time. The opening title card sets the scene: "There is a place or fictional characters meet. Outside of time, outside of all logic. This place is known as Hell.s Club." Watch the mashup below. Antonio Maria Da Silva of YouTube has created some dynamite mashups in the past, including his "Bruce Lee vs. Bruce Lee," "Terminator vs. RoboCop," and "Fight of the Universe," the latter of which inserts Neo from The Matrix, Batman from Christopher Nolan's films, Spider-Man from Sam Raimi.s films, and the like into one epic movie battle. This time around, Silva has smooshed together some of our favorite movie characters so that they all interact in a mystical dance club called Hell.s Club. It.s all strategically centered around the futuristic alien bar from Star Wars »
We all know the “Xena” reboot is happening — in as much as any reboot bandied about to take the pulse of public interest can be considered happening. NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt confirmed as much last month. But since the idea is still in its infancy, no one seems to know how Lucy Lawless will fit in. Den of Geek recently spoke to Ms. Lawless about her role in the upcoming “Ash vs. Evil Dead” series, but the question of reviving the Warrior Princess soon came up. Ms. Lawless was not optimistic about her return to the iconic leather miniskirt. “No one really dies! Screw her head back on, it’s a bit wonky, and she’s got a really bad attitude since she’s been in a box for 20 years. […] I’m probably not up for that gig. I can’t imagine how you could tell the story with me »
- Donna Dickens
Thirty years ago, Marty McFly was riding high with the smash hit Back To The Future, while Sylvester Stallone enjoyed his most successful year yet with the one-two punch of Rambo: First Blood Part II and Rocky IV. It was an era of family sci-fi and teen comedies and bullet-spraying action, where The Breakfast Club and Teen Wolf rubbed shoulders with Death Wish 3 and Commando. Then there were low-key dramas like Out Of Africa and The Color Purple, which were both awards magnets at the Oscars.
Away from all those big hits, 1985 saw the release of a wealth of less successful movies, some of which found a second life on the then-huge home video circuit. Here's our pick of 20 underappreciated films from the year of Rambo, »
How do you go about adapting a supposedly unadapatable text? While faithful translations tend not to artistically successful, a faithful adaptation with fetishistic attention to detail can create something unique. While Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller had it comparatively easy when adapting Miller’s Sin City to screen as they more or less would just be recreating paintings but with moving parts, Zack Snyder’s Watchmen adaptation painstakingly recreated much of Alan Moore’s tome by hand, capturing much of Moore’s world in camera. Snyder creates a lived-in and breathing universe, a key part to selling the idea to the audience of this time-hopping opus about the natural decline of superheroism. Watchmen is often accused of being too literal, speaking in the language of comics instead of cinema, but it is precisely this literal approach that makes Watchmen a stellar page-to-screen success. By being a “literal” film, it becomes personal, »
20. Story of Ricky (Lik wong) – Starring Siu-Wong Fan as the titular character, Riki Oh, based on a manga series which eventually became an anime, marks the end of an era of Japanese exploitation flicks, before the new generation of filmmakers such as Takashi Miike took over. Unlike Miike’s movies, or other recent entries such as Tokyo Gore Police, Riki Oh’s tone borders on comedy, played up by bad voice dubbing, foolish plot lines, cartoonish gore and eccentric characters (including a one-eyed assistant warden with a hook for a hand). For a prison film, the movie never seems mean-spirited, and if anything it masquerades as a bizarre superhero flick. The effects are the main draw – Riki Oh exists simply to showcase several outlandish set pieces, ramping up the level of violence, gore and action with each new scene. Made before the days of CGI, director Lam relies simply on practical effects, »
In retrospect, the Amazing Spider-Man turned out to be a failed experiment. It turned out that people weren.t really interested in seeing a rebooted version of the wall-crawler so soon after Sam Raimi.s trilogy, and to make matters worse the two movies are mediocre at best. It turns out that this thinking is not at all lost on star Andrew Garfield, who has pin-pointed the reason for why the films were ultimately disappointing: they tried to appeal to absolutely everybody. The actor has been talking about the Amazing Spider-Man movies a lot recently (thanks to the fact that he is on the press tour for his new movie 99 Homes), and it was while talking with The Playlist that the actor revealed his thoughts on why his Spidey adventures didn.t work out as well as we all hoped. Speaking to the idea of trying to please everyone, Garfield »
"I was never Spider-Man." So says Andrew Garfield. After Sam Raimi directed Tobey Maguire in his trilogy of films, The Amazing Spider-Man and its sequel were not as well received by the public. Whether or not you believe Garfield was a poor choice for the character, the actor spoke out about his time in the role and thinks he failed in many ways. Garfield reflected on his portrayal during a roundtable interview for 99 Homes, which also stars Michael Shannon and Laura Dern. According to Zaki.s Corner with Zaki Hasan, Garfield is pulling a Pierce Brosnan. Much as the former 007 thought himself ill-equipped to handle James Bond, Garfield tried to explain why he failed in certain capacities. He said, I thought I was going to be Spider-Man, you know? I went into it going ... ego sh*t came in. It's like, 'Okay, here it is. I'm f**king Spider-Man. I f**king made »
Last week, promo art from Captain America: Civil War showed how the teams will be split down the middle. What the art didn't show was Spider-Man, and his allegiance to either Steve Rogers or Tony Stark. The comic book had him siding with Iron Man first, but he later defected to the side of America's first Avenger. A new rumor hints that the first part of this is true, while also positioning the idea that Stark plays an important role in the creation and myth that is Spider-Man. But is it true?
In the comic books upon which Captain America: Civil War is based, the billionaire industrialist Tony Stark gave teenage wall-crawler Peter Parker a set of armor dubbed The Iron Spider suit. It was an indestructible costume used in battle against the opposing superheroes. There are various reports that Peter Parker will be donning two very different, distinct suits »
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
"Mad Max: Fury Road"
Tuesday, September 1 will be a lovely day -- oh, what a lovely day! -- 'cause that's when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases "Fury Road" on 2D Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray, and DVD. Here are the special features on both Blu-ray editions: "Maximum Fury: Filming Fury Road," "Mad Max: Fury on Four Wheels," "The Road Warriors: Max and Furiosa," "The Tools of the Wasteland," "The Five Wives: So Shiny, So Chrome," "Fury Road: Crash & Smash," and deleted scenes. The "Mad Max 4-Film Blu-ray Anthology" will also be on sale September 1, including "Mad Max," "The Road Warrior," "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome" and "Mad Max: Fury Road" on Blu-ray, plus the documentary "Madness of Max" on DVD, and "Mad Max Anthology" trading cards. »
- Gina Carbone
The Spierig brothers’ self-financed debut film was filled with severed limbs, cut-price but surprisingly sophisticated special effects and lashings of humour
Many prominent film-makers have cut their teeth making low–budget horror movies. Undoubtedly, the ability to create elaborate visual environments using scant resources is appealing to producers and financiers. Big hitters including Peter Jackson, Sam Raimi and James Cameron kicked off their careers with splatstick flicks – involving aliens, demons and killer fish respectively – as did the German-born Australian film-makers Michael and Peter Spierig.
The Spierig brothers’ 2003 debut Undead was a hands-on affair; they shared duties in writing, directing, producing, editing and visual effects. Their self-financed budget totalled about $1m: an astonishingly small amount given the visually high-end result, on a par with the sophistication of many more expensive movies that come out of the Hollywood studio system.
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- Luke Buckmaster
A rehab facility is the perfect place to find someone to cook meth, right? Only in Blood Punch does that scenario feel appropriate as this dark comedy brings together actors from one of the many Power Rangers shows and one of the writers of The Tigger Movie in a bloody, drug fueled epic that will make you laugh and scream at the same time. This unlikely ensemble offer a screen experience that’s rare in terms of a film that doesn’t take itself too seriously, but avoiding any chance to create a shitty film. Even with all that, any movie that opens with a blood splattered title card exclaiming “You are watching Blood Punch” over blaring Insidious-like music has my attention.
- Jovy Skol
23 years on from the end of Army Of Darkness (or one of its endings at least) Bruce Campbell's Ash is still fighting Deadites, although he now seems to work at ValueStop rather than S-Mart. We've had trailers, posters and Comic-Con panels, and now here's a behind-the-scenes clip from the new TV series Ash Vs. Evil Dead. For a glimpse of some gory boomstick action and Campbell in a corset, take a sneaky look, like a witch peering up through a cellar door."He's selfish, lazy, but he's really good at fighting Deadites," says producer Rob Tapert of Ash, who we then see flinging an axe in slow-motion. "The idiots are back in town," grins Campbell. "Ash has always kept the chainsaw - and the shotgun and the book - but it's been rusting on a shelf somewhere so he has to reactivate it..."Evil Dead mindermast Sam Raimi has, »
Get a closer look at the gore and laughs that Ash vs Evil Dead is set to deliver this Halloween.
Bruce Campbell features in a new inside look from Starz, which promises a "bigger and badder and bolder and scarier" take on the horror franchise.
Ash vs Evil Dead is a 10-part TV sequel to the movies, with an older Ash coming out of retirement to tackle more Deadites and new nemesis Ruby (Lucy Lawless).
Sam Raimi - director of the original films - has helmed the pilot episode, which kicks off the series on Saturday, October 31 at 9/8c on Starz.
Ash is back: Everything you need to know about the Evil Dead TV show
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Press Release: Beverly Hills, Calif., August 25, 2015 – Starz today released a new inside look video into the world of the highly anticipated Original series “Ash vs Evil Dead” (premiering on Saturday, October 31 at 9 Pm Et/Pt). This comes on the heels of the official red-band trailer that was digitally released this weekend and features never-before-seen scenes.
The 10-episode first season of the half-hour series is executive produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Bruce Campbell, the original filmmakers, and Craig Digregorio who serves as executive producer and showrunner. “Ash vs Evil Dead,” is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film The Evil Dead.
- Derek Anderson
If the new trailer that debuted over the weekend didn't give you the Ash Williams fix you so desperately need, then perhaps this behind-the-scenes preview for Ash Vs. Evil Dead will do the trick. Series star Bruce Campbell (Ash Williams) is joined by his new co-stars Lucy Lawless (Ruby), Dana DeLorenzo (Kelly Maxwell) and Ray Santiago (Pablo Simon Bolivar). The cast and producers all discuss working with series co-creator Sam Raimi, who directed the pilot episode, while Lucy Lawless calls the show a "jolly splatterfest" and Bruce Campbell offers some insight into his beloved character
Bruce Campbell reveals that Ash has always kept his beloved chainsaw, shotgun and the Necronomicon, a.k.a. Book of the Dead for the past 30 years, but they've just been sitting on the shelf. The producers state that The Evil Dead fans will love the show because there are numerous "nods" to the original movies, »
A new Ash vs Evil Dead video give a behind-the-scenes look Starz today released a new inside look video into the world of the highly-anticipated original series “Ash vs Evil Dead” (premiering on Saturday, October 31 at 9 Pm Et/Pt). This comes on the heels of the official Red Band trailer that was digitally released…
The post Ash vs Evil Dead Video Takes You Behind the Scenes with Sam Raimi appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Max Evry
In the wake of Fantastic Four’s disasterous release, Josh Trank’s Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis released the first four pages of his own script for the reboot of Marvel’s First Family, which was ultimately rejected by 20th Century Fox. Well, now the writer has opened up to The Daily Beast about his vision for the movie, which would have been the first instalment of a trilogy.
“My Fantastic Four was an on-the-run movie. It begins with their origin, which is an illegal Branson-esque space launch where they want to go see this thing. They become the biggest celebrities in the world, except then they wreck and they get these horrible powers. The government is hunting them and they split up, and you really get into the dynamics of these people as they’re learning to control their powers. So the origin takes place in the first two minutes »
- Gary Collinson
Lakeshore Records will release the Pay The Ghost – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on September 18th. The album features the film’s original score by Joseph LoDuca (Spartacus, Ash Vs. The Evil Dead). “There are three aspects to my music for Pay The Ghost that made the experience memorable,” said LoDuca. “I am pleased with the result of my close collaboration with Uli Edel (director) on a horror/thriller score that relied primarily on electronic sound. Over several sessions together, creating dark atmospheres with a gnawing sense of tension was our primary objective.”
A supernatural thriller based on a short story by Tim Lebbon. Pay The Ghost kicks off on Halloween night, when a couple’s young son is mysteriously abducted. A year later, they begin to sense his presence in frightening ways. A string of terrifying clues draws them to search for the boy throughout New York, where they »
- Michelle McCue
15 years ago today, the Toros stepped out onto the football field and put some serious cheer back into the atmosphere. To steal a phrase from the film: Bring It On's the poo - so take a big whiff.
A Hollywood star from the age of 12 thanks to her breakthrough role in Interview with the Vampire, Dunst's star was burning brightly when she led the Toros as Torrance Shipman. Two years later, she went on to land her biggest role as Mary Jane Watson in Sam Raimi's three Spider-man films.
In recent years, she's reinvented herself as a critical darling, winning Best Actress at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival for Melancholia, »
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