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Another Tuesday, another round of Fright At Home to give you the lowdown on this week’s must-have DVD & Blu-ray releases! November 12th is filled with an eclectic mix of genre titles, and in some cases making their way to both formats for the first time! Such an example is shot-on-video classics Black Devil Doll From Hell and Tales From The Quadead Zone. Both films from director Chester N. Turner are some of the rarest and obscure tapes in circulation, and have been known to fetch hundreds of dollars. Massacre Video was able to track down the thought dead director, and bring it back into print to melt the minds of a whole new generation.
Scream Factory has saved John Carpenter & Tobe Hooper’s horror-anthology Body Bags from its long-oop DVD release, reissuing the film onto Blu-ray in its uncut form with a slew of newly produced features. I’ve »
- Justin Edwards
The Counselor is dirty, very very dirty, sexy-dirty. Beginning with Michael Fassbender and Penelope Cruz in bed, to Cameron Diaz being as carnally, carnivorously slutty as you've never seen her before to Javier Bardem's jaw-dropping monologue describing a night with her, this is a pressure cooker of a film, exploding with steam.
It's also a bemusing piece that challenges actors to play a little outside their established roles. Brad Pitt is not the hero but a little bit of a coward, Fassbender's character is directionless, entirely at a loss for what he should do ... and how often is Javier Bardem a sympathetic good guy?
Writer Cormac McCarthy (No Country for Old Men) is at home in west Texas, but director Ridley Scott makes El Paso look a little more glamorous and busy than it really is. (Only pick-up footage was actually shot there, though.)
The story involves Fassbender, credited »
- Mike Saulters
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes news on the latest episode of Ghost Trek, an announcement for William Pattison’s new novel, Psychotic State, DVD release details for The Colony, a clip from Hitchhiker Massacre, and much more:
Details on Psychotic State: “The plot of Psychotic State tells the story of David Coleman, a bipolar twenty-six year old man who is one of those people that the world likes to pick on. David is bullied and abused by everyone around him, including his adopted father. When David gets fired from his job after a run in with a couple bullies he loses his medical and stops taking his medication. This causes David to go into a psychotic state and in a twisted idea of justice he decides that it is time for him »
- Tamika Jones
Hitchhiking is always risky, for both the driver and the hitchhiker; and in James L. Bills' Hitchhiker Massacre, the stakes are raised even higher... a murderer has dinner orders to fill, and those thumbing rides are on the top of the menu!
From the Press Release:
Director James L. Bills (Refuge of Last Resort) has just completed production on the ‘80s grindhouse horror title Hitchhiker Massacre. The film brings sexy hitchhikers off deserted roadways and into back alley kitchens. Hitchhiker Massacre was produced by Jason Horton (Monsters in the Woods, Edges of Darkness) and stars Playboy Playmate Veronica Lavery, Spanish songstress Stephanie Gerard, Calista Carradine (David Carradine’s daughter), Ely Lamay, John Blyth Barrymore (grandson of John Barrymore), and Rocky Christopher.
All these hitchhikers want to do is have a good time. They want to party and have fun! But a madman is stalking the dusty backroads of Northern California, »
- Debi Moore
Convicted Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro may have died by pulling a David Carradine ... hanging himself while masturbating -- an act known as auto-erotic asphyxiation -- according to a new investigative report that was just released by the prison.Castro was discovered in his cell by prison guards Sept. 3rd ... hanging from a hinge in the window of his cell ... with a bed sheet wrapped around his neck. His death was initially ruled a suicide.The »
- TMZ Staff
Retrofocus Pictures have this week released the first teaser trailer and a handful of stills from James L. Bills’ 80s grindhouse slasher film Hitchhiker Massacre which has just completed production. Produced by Jason Horton (Monsters in the Woods, Edges of Darkness), the film stars Playboy Playmate Veronica Lavery, Spanish songstress Stephanie Gerard, David Carradine’s daughter – Calista Carradine, Ely Lamay, John Barrymore and Rocky Christopher.
All these hitchhikers want to do is have a good time. They want to party and have fun! But, a madman is stalking the dusty backroads of Northern California. This killer has an eye for gorgeous women. His intent is both a cold-blooded and a culinary one. And, this murderer has orders to fill and hitchhikers are on the top of the menu.
Hitchhiker Massacre’s Facebook page is here: http://www.facebook.com/hitchhikermassacre and you can follow Hitchhiker Massacre on Twitter at http://twitter. »
- Phil Wheat
After the success of his film’s El Topo and The Holy Mountain, Alejandro Jodorowsky was given the green light to make whatever he wanted. Without hesitation he elected to adapt Frank Herbert’s Dune. He had never read the book, and instead had only heard from a friend that it was good. His decision turned out to be one that he’d never regret, it would go on to haunt and influence the rest of his life and play a pivotal role in the future of science-fiction film. An artist first and filmmaker second, Jodorowsky aimed to assemble a team of warriors who fought for artistic merit over money. Luckily, producer Michel Seydoux was not only one such warrior but also one who could scare up big money to bring the collective to fruition. The talent pool for the project was impressive, especially by today’s standards. It included such notable names as Dan O’Bannon »
- Michael Treveloni
Q The Winged Serpent
Directed by Larry Cohen
Written by Larry Cohen
Genre pioneer Larry Cohen takes a stab at the giant-monster genre with Q, The Winged Serpent, a first-rate grade-z schlock masterwork, which successfully combines a film noir crime story with good old-fashioned creature effects. The title refers to the winged Aztec god Quetzalcoatl, represented here as a dragon-like, flying serpent hovering over New York City. Detectives Shepard (David Carradine) and Powell (Richard Roundtree) investigate a bizarre series of deaths where victims have been snatched from high-rise buildings and dropped to the streets below, minus their head. After witnesses report seeing the flying creature, Shepard follows a lead that Quetzalcoatl has been brought back to life by a series of sacrifices performed by a killer they are also chasing. Meanwhile, when a diamond heist goes wrong, petty thief Jimmy Quinn (Michael Moriarty) hides out in the infrastructure of »
Directed by Frank Pavich
Alejandro Jodorowsky, Michel Seydoux, Frank Herbert, Chris Foss, H.R. Giger, Moebius, Magma, Pink Floyd, Dan O’Bannon, David Carradine, Mick Jagger, Amanda Lear, Orson Welles, and Salvador Dali. Yes, that’s quite an array of figures, isn’t it? Frank Pavich’s historically illuminating and expertly constructed documentary on one of the greatest films never made, Jodorowsky’s Dune, screened at the Toronto International Film Festival today. It’s no mean feat to win over a gaggle of cynical jaded hacks but that’s exactly what was achieved with this post-mortem on the omnipresent lack of originality among Hollywood executives, a impenetrable wall of financiers who crushed the dreams of one the industry’s most idiosyncratically original postwar shamans. After a whistle-stop tour of Jodorowsky’s phantasmagorical curriculum vitae—he’s a Mexican surrealist provocateur par excellence, the twisted psycho-nautical genius behind »
Jodorowsky’S Dune is Pavich’s first feature and the documentary had its premiere in Cannes at the 2013 Quinzaine des Realizateurs.
Starring his own 12 year old son Brontis alongside Orson Welles, Mick Jagger, David Carradine and Salvador Dali, featuring music by Pink Floyd and art by some of the most provocative talents of the era, including Hr Giger and Jean ‘Moebius’ Giraud, Jodorowsky’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel Dune was poised to change cinema.
“For me, Dune will be the coming of a god. »
- Michelle McCue
Directed by Wilson Yip
Hong Kong, 2008
In this biopic, Donnie Yen is Ip Man, one of the earliest Wing Chun martial arts exponents and the man credited to have elevated its popularity in the early parts of the 20th century. Best known for his role as Bruce Lee’s first mentor, Ip Man is godlike amongst martial arts fans. As far as biopics goes, Ip Man isn’t really award-winning material. The picture takes plenty of liberties with the facts of the legendary practitioner of the Southern Chinese fighting style. It’s slightly exaggerated and fairly straightforward storytelling, but first and foremost, Ip Man is an excuse for Yen to demonstrate his newfound mastery of the Wing Chun style – and on that front, the film succeeds brilliantly.
Ip Man is a joy on various levels due mostly to the quality of »
- Ricky da Conceição
Last year marked the 40th anniversary of the Us release of Five Fingers Of Death, the movie that began the martial arts film craze in America (buoyed also by the surprise TV hit of 1972, “Kung Fu” starring David Carradine). For a short time in the mid 70′s, a flurry of hastily dubbed and edited Eastern action programmers filled drive-ins and urban neighborhood grind house theatres. From this film frenzy a cinema icon emerged: Bruce Lee. After the low-budget sensation Fists Of Fury, Hollywood snapped him up for the martial arts epic Enter Of The Dragon. Lee’s untimely death struck a blow to the booming “kung fu fightin’” flicks. Sure there was Jackie Chan and Jet Li, but Lee’s shadow still looms large over this genre. There have even been several film biographies of Lee, the best of which may be the twenty year-old Us made Dragon: The Life Of Bruce Lee. »
- Jim Batts
Today may not be a massive day for home video for some people, but most people have not been introduced to the insane fun of I Come In Peace (or Dark Angel, whichever floats your Lundgren boat). It’s something of a miracle that Scream Factory’s brought it to Blu-ray, and a testament to how incredible they are. Also out from Scream & Shout Factory are Larry Cohen’s Q: The Winged Serpent on Blu-ray, Charles Bronson & Lee Marvin’s western team-up Death Hunt, an action-packed double feature of The Barbarians and The Norseman, and last but not least Season 3 of The Walking Dead from Anchor Bay.
I’ve attached artwork and links below to purchase if you so desire!
Fright At Home: August 27th’s DVD & Blu-ray Releases
- Justin Edwards
Martin Balsam: Oscar winner has ‘Summer Under the Stars’ Day on Turner Classic Movies Best Supporting Actor Academy Award winner Martin Balsam (A Thousand Clowns) is Turner Classic Movies’ unusual (and welcome) "Summer Under the Stars" featured player today, August 27, 2013. Right now, TCM is showing Sidney Lumet’s The Anderson Tapes (1971), a box-office flop starring Sean Connery in his (just about) post-James Bond, pre-movie legend days. (Photo: Martin Balsam ca. early ’60s.) Next, is Joseph Sargent’s thriller The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974). Written by Peter Stone (Father Goose, Arabesque) from John Godey’s novel, the film revolves around the hijacking of a subway car in New York City. Passengers are held for ransom while police lieutenant Walter Matthau tries to handle the situation. Now considered a classic (just about every pre-1999 movie is considered a "classic" these days), The Taking of Pelham One Two Three was »
- Andre Soares
Nearly three decades after the sci-fi monster movie craze of the 1950’s, Larry Cohen, director of such diverse films as God Told Me To, It’s Alive, and Black Caesar made Q, later re-titled Q: The Winged Serpent.
It was a different kind of monster movie from those audiences were accustomed to from years prior, outside of some of the earlier Universal Horror films which were more character driven than the schlock fests of the McCarthy era. A thinking man’s monster movie, it questioned man’s inhumanity to man as much as the struggle against the inhuman beast at large.
Michael Moriarty stars as Jimmy Quinn, a broke musician who can’t find an honest break. Out of desperation, he decides to get in on a jewel heist and things don’t go so well. Meanwhile, the city is plagued by strange deaths, which appear to be freak accidents »
- Derek Botelho
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? Australian filmmaker Baz Luhrmann's reinterpretation of the famous F. Scott Fitzgerald Depression-era novel is a glamorous and audacious one. The film follows the original story of the Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), mysterious millionaire who throws the most epic parties New York City has ever seen. His new neighbor Nick Caraway (Tobey Maguire) writes about the love and deceit surrounding Gatsby and his old love Daisy Buchanan (Carrie Mulligan) that spins out of control into tragedy.
Watch: Baz Luhrmann takes you behind the scenes of "Gatsby" (Video)
Why We're In: Blending the modern with the classic, Luhrmann's "Gatsby" both showcases the glitter and glamour of the 1920s alongside a modern pop music score. With extravagant CGI and music from Jay-z to Lana Del Ray, "The Great Gatsby" is unlike any of the film adaptations before it. While Luhramann's »
- Erin Whitney
Home Invasion is a weekly post every Tuesday which shows you what is being released on Blu-Ray & DVD today! We scoured through Amazon to bring you everything you might be interested in. Our Picks of the Week are releases that we are looking forward to checking out, have reviewed and/or were are Picks of the Week on the Dtb Podcast. All descriptions are courtesy of Amazon.com unless noted otherwise. If you are thinking about purchasing any of these items, by clicking via the links provided, you are supporting Dtb. Thank you!
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Ten people, strangers to each other, are invited to a lavish estate on an island. Through a recording, their mysterious host accuses each of his guests of murder and proceeds to exact justice. The tension mounts as, one by one, the number of people are reduced through the ingenious plotting of the unseen killer. »
- Andy Triefenbach
Also new this week is Michael Bay's darkly funny "Pain & Gain" starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson, the family drama "At Any Price" with Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron and the cult monster movie "Q: The Winged Serpent" on Blu-ray.
Box Office: $145 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 49% Rotten
Storyline: F. Scott Fitzgerald's Great American Novel gets the flashy Baz Luhrmann treatment in this adaptation starring Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway, a would-be writer who leaves the Midwest and comes to New York in the spring of 1922, an era of bootleg booze, jazz and loosening morals. Nick lives next door to the sprawling mansion of Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), which is across the bay from Nick's cousin Daisy »
- Robert DeSalvo
Carlisle, Iowa — Russell S. Doughten Jr., whose series of evangelical films about a post-rapture Earth was screened to millions of Christians in churches around the world, has died. He was 86.
Doughten died Monday at his home in Carlisle following a long battle with a kidney ailment, Peterson Funeral Home confirmed Saturday.
Although Doughten worked on various secular films – he helped produce the 1958 science fiction classic "The Blob," among other films – he was best known for his four-part film series about what life on Earth might be like after the rapture, or end of times, The Des Moines Register reported ( ). Evangelicals think true believers will ascend to heaven and those left behind will fight a war between Jesus and the Antichrist. http://dmreg.co/19EAcxG
The series, which began with 1972's "A Thief in the Night," follows a young woman who is among the non-believers left behind. Doughten appeared in the »
Latina is producing and directing “Snap Shot,” written by Gilbert Trejo. The duo worked through the Sundance Institute Artist Services program’s curated page on Kickstarter to raise funding for their project.
Carradine, the son of actor Keith Carradine, portrays a successful fashion photographer who gets caught in a harrowing labyrinth of intrigue and danger when the “wrong” camera falls into his possession, as sinister wrongdoing emerges within the images from the camera.
- Dave McNary
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