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Oh, to have been there at the drive-in in 1957 when this came out. Drive-ins were peaking in popularity, with over 4000 far and wide across North America providing countless hours of entertainment for youngsters, teenagers, and parents alike. However, if I was a little one and had seen this lurid and terrifying spectacle bleeding from the enormous outdoor screen, looming over the family car, I probably would have cried for my dad to rip off the attached speaker from the car window and make for the safety of home. And fast.
Released in the early summer of 1957, The Curse of Frankenstein was a huge hit worldwide, delighting audiences and – wait for it – appalling reviewers at the time. This isn’t much of a surprise. Curse is different from the Universal monster films of yore; even though it is set in the 1800’s, it has a direct, hip, and dare I say »
- Scott Drebit
Kino Lorber looks to provide plenty of onscreen summer scares this year via a diverse high-definition horror movie slate, with The Crimson Cult, Madhouse, Deranged, and Black Sabbath all scheduled for Blu-ray releases in July. Respectively starring genre legends Boris Karloff, Barbara Steele, Vincent Price, Peter Cushing and more, these home media releases come complete with bonus features and vintage cover art, and we have details on the former and a look at the latter.
Via their Facebook page, Kino Lorber revealed the final bonus features and cover art for the following:
The Crimson Cult (hitting shelves July 7th):
• In Conversation: 47 minute interview with Christopher Lee
• Music Macabre: An Interview with Composer Kendall Schmidt - Produced by Code Red
• Original UK and Us Trailers
Synopsis: "In this spooky thriller, an evil sorcerer invites an innocent young man »
- Derek Anderson
The Shout! Factory video company has launched an excellent new streaming site, www.shoutfactorytv.com that features dozens of classic TV episodes and cult movies every month. Best of all, you can view them for free! This month we recommend the 1970 Amicus horror flick "The House That Dripped Blood", a 1970 anthology of terror tales by Robert Bloch, author of "Psycho" and starring Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Ingrid Pitt and John Pertwee. Click here to view. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Boasting a legendary cast comprising Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, John Carradine and more, Pete Walker's House of the Long Shadows will be released on Blu-ray by Kino Lorber in time for Halloween. Our latest round-up also includes the trailer and release details for Russell Friedenberg's Everglades-set horror film, Wind Walkers, and news on who will score the sophomore season of Syfy's Dominion.
Synopsis: "An American writer goes to a remote Welsh manor on a $20,000 bet: can he write a classic novel like "Wuthering Heights" in twenty-four hours? Upon his arrival, however, the writer discovers that the manor, thought empty, actually has several, rather odd, inhabitants."
- Derek Anderson
Christopher Lee. Vincent Price. Peter Cushing.These were the titans of horror films for a good thirty year stretch beginning in the late '50s with Hammer Horror's rise following the release of The Curse of Frankenstein. Price focused more on the campy stuff once he realized he was good at it following his long standing collaboration with Roger Corman and American International Pictures, but Lee and Cushing have a much less fanciful CV behind them. Hammer Films was retelling the classic horror tales introduced to audiences by Universal's gothic romances with the romance largely replaced by vicious violence and unrelenting unpleasantness.It was this early willingness to go the extra mile to repulse audiences that made Cushing and Lee into icons of the new generation of horror...
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I. The Rattigan Version
After his first dramatic success, The Winslow Boy, Terence Rattigan conceived a double bill of one-act plays in 1946. Producers dismissed the project, even Rattigan’s collaborator Hugh “Binkie” Beaumont. Actor John Gielgud agreed. “They’ve seen me in so much first rate stuff,” Gielgud asked Rattigan; “Do you really think they will like me in anything second rate?” Rattigan insisted he wasn’t “content writing a play to please an audience today, but to write a play that will be remembered in fifty years’ time.”
Ultimately, Rattigan paired a brooding character study, The Browning Version, with a light farce, Harlequinade. Entitled Playbill, the show was finally produced by Stephen Mitchell in September 1948, starring Eric Portman, and became a runaway hit. While Harlequinade faded into a footnote, the first half proved an instant classic. Harold Hobson wrote that “Mr. Portman’s playing and Mr. Rattigan’s writing »
- Christopher Saunders
Every fan loves to play the game of ranking the Doctors and fierce debate normally breaks out about a writer’s choices. Fans feel these things deeply and they love their Doctors dearly. Growing up with a Doctor who felt as important as you as a parent, it is understandable that a fan will react with emotion when someone places their incarnation near the bottom. However objective they can try to be, your first Doctor is like your first love and will always occupy a special place in your Whovian heart(s).
Also, many factors can affect the effectiveness of the Doctor at any one time. Being a great actor helps to make a great Doctor but the quality of scripts and the direction a particular producer decides to take the show will also impact massively. If you don’t like Earth based tales then Jon Pertwee won’t appeal to you and, »
- Terry Warner
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.
Retro-active: The Best From Cinema Retro's Archives
(The following article was originally run in November, 2014)
By Adrian Smith
With around sixty special guests in attendance, the Westminster Central Hall on Saturday the 7th of November was packed to its domed roof with excited Hammer film fans.
Familiar faces including Caroline Munro, Valerie Leon, Madeline Smith and Martine Beswick were providing some glamour, but the organisers managed to make the event extra-memorable by securing the presence of Edina Ronay, George Cole, Freddie Jones and others who had not signed autographs at a fan event before. At times queues to meet them ran out of the building and down the street! Other rare UK appearances were made from Veronica Carlson and Linda Hayden, flown in from the Us to meet their fans. It was »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
With the most vivid, fully imagined universe in all of science fiction, Star Wars is one of the most beloved, storied franchises in cinematic history. This is thanks in no small part to a wildly original cast of characters, at once instantly understandable and delightfully alien.
The range of actors found in the series is nothing but impressive. You can find dozens of actors who got their start in the films, working right alongside established stars like Sir Alec Guinness, Peter Cushing (and later Ewan McGregor and Liam Neeson). Some of your favourites you may not even recognise out of character, but, even if they performed under masks and make-up, they were essential to bringing Star Wars to life.
Of course, when talking about a franchise with such incredible longevity, you’re bound to lose a few friends along the way. That’s certainly the case with Star Wars, »
- Jay Anderson
From early Bond to 21st century sci-fi, here's Ryan's pick of 11 unforgettable villain pairings from action cinema history...
You're generally lucky if a movie has one genuinely great villain in it, let alone two. This is probably because creating a villain takes great acting and writing - it's one thing to create a preening character who stomps around a story doing unpleasant things, but creating a villain who's three-dimensional, witty, scary and above all memorable requires considerable skill.
Every so often, a movie comes along which gives us not one, but two classic villains, with the personality of one complementing the other. A familiar dynamic was once laid out by Steven Spielberg: one is smart and eloquent , while the other is the tougher, more violent of the pair. It's a template that we've seen time and again in cinema, but it's only occasionally that both characters leap from the screen. »
Directed by the master of dark fairy tales, Guillermo del Toro, Crimson Peak is a haunting gothic horror story starring Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Charlie Hunnam and Tom Hiddleston (think Peter Cushing reborn). In the same vein as the classic, atmospheric movies from Hammer Films, Crimson Peak will be in theaters this Fall.
In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds…and remembers.
Crimson Peak opens in cinemas on October 16, 2015.
Visit the film’s official site: crimsonpeak.legendary.com
- Michelle McCue
Paul Toombes has played a horror movie antagonist for years, but the wicked ways of his onscreen persona are now trickling into his real life world in 1974’s Madhouse. In 1975’s The Land That Time Forgot, World War I-era castaways wash ashore on Caprona, a place where dinosaurs still stomp the scenery. And in similar fashion to Psycho‘s Norman Bates, Ezra Cobb kills people with his mother in mind in 1974’s Deranged. Kino Lorber recently announced that they are bringing these three diverse films out on Blu-ray in the near future, and we have the trio’s release details for those interested in making them new additions to their collections.
Madhouse: Featuring a fresh HD master, Madhouse will hit Blu-ray in July. Bonus features and the cover art have not been revealed yet. Directed by Jim Clark, Madhouse stars Vincent Price, Peter Cushing, Robert Quarry, and Adrienne Corri.
Synopsis: “Masters of macabre Vincent Price, »
- Derek Anderson
Reviewed by Kevin Scott
The Beast Must Die (1974)
Directed by: Paul Annett
Cast: Calvin Lockhart (Tom Newcliffe), Peter Cushing (Dr. Christopher Lundgren), Marlene Clark (Caroline Newcliffe), Charles Gray (Arthur Bennington), Anton Diffring (Pavel), Ciaran Madden (Davina Gilmore), Tom Chadbon (Paul Foote), Michael Gambon (Jan Jarmokowski)
I’ve been on a werewolf kick here lately. I’ve watched new flicks like “Wolves” (review forthcoming), and some really obscure stuff like “Full Eclipse” about werewolf cops. It’s been purely unintentional, it just happened that way. This film is the one that lit the fuse, and the best of the pack. It has volumes of cool stuff going for it, and is ripe for a good remake with all new cool stuff made possible by modern technology. I’ll get to that later.
This is an Amicus film. »
Those groovy exploitation dealers at Grindhouse Releasing are finally releasing Duke Mitchell’s Gone With The Pope. I have been waiting to see this film for some time and missed the only theatrical showing in St. Louis because it was shown at a different theater on the same nights I did a Late Nite Grindhouse show 5 years ago. This is awesome news for fans coupled with the release of Duke Mitchell’s later film, Massacre Mafia Style, hitting Blu-Ray later this month.
Trailer From Grindhouse Releasing’s website:
Lost for over 30 years, Gone With The Pope stars famed nightclub performer Duke Mitchell as Paul, a paroled gangster with an unholy scheme: to kidnap the Pope and charge “a dollar from every Catholic in the world” as the ransom.
- Andy Triefenbach
Iconic Star Wars villain Grand Moff Tarkin re-emerges in two new clips from next week's Star Wars Rebels episode, "Call to Action", airing Monday, February 9 on Disney Xd. Stephen Stanton, who voiced Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, reprises his role in Star Wars Rebels, although it isn't known if his character will only appear in "Call to Action", or if there is a longer arc being planned for him.
The first clip show Tarkin arriving on Lothal, flanked by Stormtroopers, although he is clearly not pleased to be there. Tarkin must deal with the burgeoning insurgent activity on the planet, which the Minister has failed to keep in check. The second clip shows the Minister revealing that the insurgent leader is a Jedi, a theory that Tarkin is there to disprove, since he reveals to the Inquisitor and others that all of the Jedi are dead, »
Happy Tuesday the 13th! This week’s home entertainment releases are an eclectic bunch but we’ve got a lot of fun titles to look forward to including two sci-fi classics- At the Earth’s Core and Supernova- as well several recent indie titles including Honeymoon and Jessabelle.
At the Earth’s Core (Kino Lorber, Blu-ray)
They’re in it Deep now! Murderous monsters, scantily clad prehistoric playmates and telepathic pterodactyls inhabit the center of our world in this colorful fantasy-adventure about a manned “drill-craft” boring its way to the center of the Earth! Starring sci-fi superstars Doug McClure (The Land That Time Forgot), Peter Cushing (Nothing But the Night) and Caroline Munro (Maniac), this subterranean chiller is the most endearingly whimsical entertainment on – or under – the planet’s surface! There’s more than lava at the Earth’s core. There’s also Pellucidar: an underground empire »
- Heather Wixson
17 items from 2015
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