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While everyone is waiting with bated breath for the next look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a rare behind-the-scenes video from the original 1977 Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope has surfaced online, and it shows a deleted scene coming to life on set. Though silent, this footage clearly features Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker working alongside director George Lucas, and we even get to see the infamous Biggs Darklighter.
The first half of the clip has George Lucas, then in his thirties, going over this much-talked about deleted scene with cinematographer Gilbert Taylor. The cut scene finds Luke Skywalker and Biggs Darklighter (played by Garrick Hagon) walking around the Tatooine settlement known as Anchorhead. Actress Koo Stark (The Rocky Horror Picture Show) is also seen in this footage.
Luke Skywalker often mentions his friend Biggs throughout Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, and we »
Welcome back to The Stack! While I'm doing gift guide episodes, I also need to do one or two regular episodes covering the other stuff that pours into ye olde office. But the truth is that all of this stuff makes for great gift giving. The following are some horror films that have arrived in in the last couple of weeks. Shock Waves (1977) is the granddaddy of Nazi zombie movies like Dead Snow (2009) and Dead Snow 2: Red Vs. Dead (2014) and...uh...you know, all those other Nazi zombie movies. It's also undeniably creepy and stars John Carradine, Peter Cushing and Brooke Adams. Carradine and Cushing are recognizable for their legendary status as horror icons and while they don't have any scenes here it's nice to see them...
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"This is about the new generation of characters; I think that's the most important thing. It's the opening act of a whole new approach to the storytelling," Hamill explained.
He continued: "I never thought I'd be involved in it again, period. And then when George [Lucas] said that they wanted to do more, I rightly assumed that it wouldn't be our story, because we had a beginning, a middle, and an end.
"This must be our offspring and the current generation, with us there lending the kind of support that Peter Cushing and Alec Guinness did in the original. So no, that didn't surprise me. And I mean, »
There's just over a year to go before Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrives in cinemas, and both Lucasfilm and Disney will be rubbing their hands thus far at the reaction to the first teaser trailer that landed a week or two back.
One person who wasn't in that trailer, to the surprise of many, was Mark Hamill. We got lots of new characters, but we didn't get Luke Skywalker. Chatting to Yahoo!, Hamill has explained that.
"This is about the new generation of characters; I think that’s the most important thing", he said. "It’s the opening act of a whole new approach to the storytelling".
"I never thought I’d be involved in it again, period", he admitted. "And then when »
A fortnight ago, we got our first glimpse of Disney’s Star Wars sequel trilogy with the release of the first teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with J.J. Abrams opting against showing any returning characters from the original movies in favour of giving us the briefest of introductions to the new cast members. Speaking to Yahoo!, Mark Hamill has admitted that this came as little surprise to him, as the movie is shifting the focus away from the likes of Luke, Han and Leia to a younger crop of characters:
“This is about the new generation of characters; I think that’s the most important thing. It’s the opening act of a whole new approach to the storytelling. So I never thought that the stories would be – first of all, I never thought I’d be involved in it again, period. And then when George [Lucas] said »
- Gary Collinson
The launch of the first teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens focused on the newer members of the ensemble for J.J. Abrams’ film - John Boyega, Daisy Ridley and Oscar Isaac. Noticeably absent were any of the original starring trio including Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher. But as Hamill explains, that was by design.“This is about the new generation of characters; I think that’s the most important thing,” he tells Yahoo Movies. “It’s the opening act of a whole new approach to the storytelling. So I never thought that the stories would be – first of all, I never thought I’d be involved in it again, period. And then when George Lucas said that they wanted to do more, I rightly assumed that it wouldn’t be our story, because we had a beginning, a middle, and an end. This must be our offspring and the current generation, »
Out doing press for the NBC holiday special "Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas," it's understandable that those interviewing Mark Hamill about the show are much more keen to ask him about "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," his return to the franchise that made him famous.
Speaking with Yahoo! Movies, Hamill was asked about the film's trailer and the distinct lack of showing any of the original cast in it. He says it's understandable:
"This is about the new generation of characters; I think that's the most important thing. It's the opening act of a whole new approach to the storytelling. I rightly assumed that it wouldn't be our story because we had a beginning, a middle, and an end. This must be our offspring and the current generation, with us there lending the kind of support that Peter Cushing and Alec Guinness did in the original."
He then talked about his look for the film, »
- Garth Franklin
Reviewed by Kevin Scott, MoreHorror.com
Torture Garden (1967)
Written by: Robert Bloch
Directed by: Freddie Francis
Cast: Burgess Meredith (Dr. Diablo), Jack Palance (Ronald Wyatt), Beverly Adams (Carla Hayes), Peter Cushing (Lancelot Canning), Maurice Denham (Uncle Roger), Robert Hutton (Bruce Benton), John Standing (Leo Winston), John Phillips (Eddie Storm), Bernard Kay (Dr. Heim), David Bauer (Mike Charles)
It goes without saying how much I love the Amicus and Hammer anthology films. So elegantly terrifying with a prim and proper British flair, I would love to see a film like that today. Not saying that there aren’t good anthologies made now, but I haven’t seen any that mined that perfect blend of EC comics pulp horror and some solid style as classically trained actors and actresses bring it to life. I can even look past all the neckerchiefs and high 1970’s fashion, in fact I kinda like it.
Mark Hamill has been making the press rounds to discuss his role in NBC's holiday special Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas, which airs December 16. And talk has naturally shifted to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The actor previously spoke about his reaction to the trailer, but in a second interview with Yahoo! Movies, Mark Hamill sheds new light on his Jedi beard, the ball droid Bb-8, and reuniting with Harrison Ford.
Mark Hamill first revealed that he isn't exactly a fan of his scruffy Obi-Wan Kenobi look. In fact, he pretty much detested the beard he had to grow as an aging Jedi Knight. He stated:
"That is what I call my contractually obligated beard. Listen: I think they look fine on other people. It's just not me. I never got used to it. But face foliage is almost a part of the costume. And it does bring a gravitas, »
“That is what I call my contractually obligated beard,” Hamill told Yahoo Movies. “I never got used to it. But face foliage is almost a part of the costume. And it does bring a gravitas, perhaps unearned, but nevertheless, it makes a statement that they wanted to make, and I’m more than happy to oblige them.”
The first teaser trailer for “The Force Awakens” sparked plenty of conversation (and imitation) after rolling out online and in select theaters over Thanksgiving weekend. “Star Wars” creator George Lucas recently admitted that he hadn’t seen the trailer.
Hamill, on the other hand, said he watched the new footage online, and the genre icon seemed enthusiastic about the response: “The great thrill for me »
- Marianne Zumberge
Art by Chema Mansilla
During a recent interview with Yahoo Movies, Mark Hamill talked about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In the process, he revealed some pretty cool information. He talked about how he hated the beard he had to sport during the shoot, what it was like reuniting with Harrison Ford, the focus of the new film, and the fact that the new droid Bb-8 is actually a practical effect! Regarding his new beard, he says,
"That is what I call my contractually obligated beard. Listen: I think they look fine on other people. It’s just not me. I mean, I never got used to it. But face foliage is almost a part of the costume. And it does bring a gravitas, perhaps unearned, but nevertheless, it makes a statement that they wanted to make, and I’m more than happy to oblige them."
I'm not a »
- Joey Paur
Usually I take a lil’ time here to welcome you all to the latest collection of my putrid pontifications, but I don’t want to keep you from the majesty of the image I dug up for our first review, Shock Waves… I mean, it just has it all: a random arm playin’ a round o’ grab-ass, an amused Baywatch extra, and the titanic disembodied head of screen legend Peter Cushing surveying the everglades with a perpetual look of mild annoyance. I wish Blue Underground had used this beauty for their Blu-ray, but alas, they went the more traditional route (for the record, I spent countless seconds—at least 4 or 5—scouring the internet for an image of the box art that was larger than a postage stamp from the bottled city of Kandor). Anyway, reviews!
Happy December! Its hard to believe the holiday season is really here, but, with Christmas only a few weeks away now, it seems like time is just ticking away. And if you’re still in need of some gift ideas, thankfully there are a handful of Blu-rays and DVD’s coming out this Tuesday that would make perfect gifts to go under the tree (or tucked in the stockings) this year.
Scream Factory is giving horror fans a double dose of terror this week with their Tales From the Crypt/Vault of Horror Blu-ray and sci-fi fans can finally bring Caesar and all his primate friends home, as 20th Century Fox pulling out all the stops with a stunning collector’s edition of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes too. A few Star Trek: The Next Generation titles are also getting a high-def release on December 2th and »
- Heather Wixson
Making their Bluray debut here in the U.S., Amicus Films’ film adaptions of Tales From The Crypt and Vault Of Horror scores well, courtesy of Scream Factory. The two anthology films,featuring excellent short stories pulled right from the classic E.C. Comics, look better than ever, and in the case of Vault Of Horror, offers viewers three different editions to choose from.
For fans of both classic anthologies, or just new viewers stumbling upon them, Scream Factory really does yet another excellent job bringing new life to classic horror films dying to enter your collection.
1972’s Tales From The Crypt has everything that a good anthology needs: great storytelling, excellent performances and having the direction by Hammer mainstay Freddie Francis doesn’t hurt either. While a lot of people who haven’t seen the film thus far might expect a creepy and entertaining anthology entry, what they’re »
- Jerry Smith
Who is the greatest Doctor of all time? Matt Smith’s old man alien in a young man’s body? David Tennant with his emotional powerhouse performances? Tom Baker with all his charisma or Jon Pertwee’s debonair gentleman? Has Peter Capaldi won your heart already? Or are you one of those who think Colin Baker was deeply maligned and is actually deserving of greatness?
It comes down to your Doctor – the Doctor you first started watching – and the stories they had. Great companions help too. But it also depends on how your favourite Doctor rises above a terrible script. If the episode is pants but you’re still entranced by the Doctor, then the chances are he’s doing something right.
- Baz Greenland
In 1975, Steven Spielberg’s Jaws made theatergoers scared to swim in the ocean. Two years later, another movie made viewers wary of the sea: the Nazi zombies in Ken Wiederhorn’s Shock Waves. It’s been playing at select theaters ahead of its Blu-ray release and we have details on a special screening of Shock Waves taking place next Monday night at Brooklyn’s Nitehawk Cinema:
Monday, November 24, 9:30pm
Nitehawk plunges into the deep end of horror with a screening of a new restoration of the water-logged zombie flick Shock Waves. Director Ken Wiederhorn will be here for a Q&A after the film moderated by Fangoria’s Sam Zimmerman.
Remember that episode of Gilligan’s Island where the crew of the Minnow met up with an old SS scientist who was once in charge of a squad of unstoppable, underwater Nazi zombies? »
- Derek Anderson
Scream Factory delayed the Tales from the Crypt / Vault of Horror Blu-ray release, but for good reason: they’re prepping three different cuts of Vault of Horror. To hold horror hounds over until this much-anticipated Blu-ray becomes available on December 2nd, Scream Factory has given us a look at three clips and an original trailer that show off the movies’ high-definition upgrades.
“Scream Factory invites you to embrace the chills this December with two classic British horror films! On December 2nd, 2014, Scream Factory will release Tales from the Crypt and Vault of Horror on Blu-ray for the first time! Featuring the rare, uncut version of Vault of Horror, the two disc set includes three different cuts of the cult classic. The first disc will include Tales from the Crypt and Vault of Horror’s uncut widescreen presentation. The second disc will include Vault of Horror’s theatrical PG cut and »
- Derek Anderson
Shock Waves screens midnights this Friday and Saturday (November 14th and 15th) at The Hi-Pointe Theater (1005 McCausland Ave., St. Louis, Mo 63117)
Nazi Zombies! – we know you well. Dead Snow 2 just had its St. Louis premiere at the Mx last month, but the subgenre dates back to at least The Frozen Dead in 1966 and maybe earlier than that. But the undisputed king of undead Gestapo cinema has to be the 1977 shocker Shock Waves, a great, low-budget atmospheric gem that will be playing this weekend (November 14th and 15th) midnights at The Hi-Pointe as part of Destroy the Brain’s monthly Late Night Grindhouse
A pleasure cruise goes horribly wrong, two couples and the boat’s three-man crew get stranded on a nearly-deserted island. An aging Nazi scientist orders them to leave before horrible things start happening, the N.Z.’s rise up from their watery graves, and, well, horrible things start happening, »
- Tom Stockman
Ken Wiederhorn’s Shock Waves, one of my favorite cult horror movies from the ’70s, is heading to Blu-ray thanks to Blue Underground, but it has also been announced that the movie is getting a limited theatrical release and we have all the details:
Confirmed theaters and dates, with additional cities coming soon. Special guest appearances Tba!
10/31 – 11/6: Plaza Theatre, Atlanta Ga
11/14 & 11/15: Hi-Pointe Theatre, St. Louis, Mo
11/14 & 11/15: Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline, Ma (Ken Wiederhorn In-Person 11/14)
11/17: Alamo Drafthouse Vintage Park, Houston, TX
11/21 & 11/22: Music Box Theatre, Chicago, Il
11/24: Nitehawk Cinema, Brooklyn, NY
(Blu-ray release event! Screening and After-party hosted by »
- Jonathan James
With the arrival of Ken Wiederhorn's Shock Waves on Blu-ray, distributor Blue Underground is bringing the '70s horror film back to the big screen to celebrate its 40th anniversary. It is doing so with a brand-new Dcp and you'll find a complete breakdown of theater listings below.
- Ryan Turek
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