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We’ve covered plenty of obscure films available on iTunes in previous From VHS to VOD columns but Apple’s digital service is not the only VOD service making waves into the strange and obscure – there’s plenty of odd, unseen and unreleased (well unreleased on disc formats) films available on Amazon Video.
Unlike iTunes, a lot of the more obscure titles are only available for streaming rather than purchase, though the wide variety of films you don’t, and probably won’t see elsewhere makes up for that. Like iTunes there are some truly obscure films hidden away in the depths of Amazon’s vast collection of movies. Some of which have been made available in the UK for the first time since VHS and a Lot that have been added to the service in their original uncut form!
So, with that said here’s highlight some of the best (well, »
- Phil Wheat
After taking viewers into Hell House and journeying to Witch Mountain, director John Hough introduced moviegoers to an island where strangers are sinners, and "Ma" and "Pa" aren't afraid to dole out lethal punishment. Initially announced during Scream Factory's Comic-Con reveals, the American Gothic (1988) Blu-ray now has an official December release date and cover (featuring the film's original poster art):
From Scream Factory: "We are now taking pre-orders for our upcoming release of the eccentric stranded-on-an-island 1988 thriller American Gothic which makes its Blu-ray format debut! Release date is planned for December 19th.
When six young friends fly off on a weekend getaway and suddenly find themselves with engine trouble, they have no choice but to land on a remote Pacific island. Looking for shelter, they are grateful when they meet "Ma" and "Pa" and their children – an bizarre family still living in the backwoods as if it's still the 1920s. »
- Derek Anderson
The Munsters are set to make their return to the small screen, with Variety reporting that Seth Meyers is set to executive produce a reboot of the classic comedy series, which has Jill Kargman (Odd Man Out) penning the script.
Inspired by the original series – which starred Fred Gwynne as Frankenstein’s monster father figure Herman Munster, Yvonne De Carlo as Bride of Frankenstein Lily Munster, Al Lewis as vampire Grandpa Munster, Butch Patrick as werewolf son Eddie Munster and Beverly Owen/Pat Priest as normal teenage niece Marilyn – the new take “will follow an offbeat family determined to stay true to themselves struggles to fit in in hipster Brooklyn.”
The Munsters ran for two seasons between 1964 and 1966 before being cancelled due to low ratings; however, it subsequently enjoyed great success in syndication and spawned several spinoff movies and a sequel series The Munsters Today, which aired between 1988 and 1991. In »
- Gary Collinson
Author: Zehra Phelan
The show, which is being developed for Universal TV and NBC, is said to be following the same format as the original show with thirty-minute episodes and will focus on the Munster family trying to stay true to themselves while living in the hipster haven of Brooklyn.
Originally airing in 1964, the series only last two years with only seventy episodes under its belt before being dropped due to low ratings after the premiere of Batman. It followed a family of friendly, quirky monsters and was a satire of both traditional monster movies and the wholesome family fare of the era.
All the costumes and the characters, except one, were based on the classic films from Universal Studios between the 30’s and 40’s. »
- Zehra Phelan
NBC is giving The Munsters another go. Deadline reports the network is developing another reboot of the classic TV show.In 2012, NBC ordered a remake of the '60s sitcom from Bryan Fuller called Mockingbird Lane. However, the show was never picked up. The original series followed a family of monsters and starred Fred Gwynne, Yvonne De Carlo, Al Lewis, Butch Patrick, and Pat Priest. The show ran on CBS from 1964 to 1966.Read More… »
Tony Sokol Aug 11, 2017
A newly-rebooted series of The Munsters will see the offbeat family become fish out water in hipster Brooklyn...
Another '60s TV classic sit-com is being resuscitated, and this time the main character has knobs on the side of his neck for easy jump-starts. Yep, NBC is rebooting the classic sitcom The Munsters. The series will be executive produced by Late Night host Seth Meyers, and the script for the pilot is being written by Odd Mom Out creator and star Jill Kargman.
The planned series will be a half-hour, single-camera sitcom. According to the logline (via Deadline), The Munsters “follows members of an offbeat family who are determined to stay true to themselves but struggle to fit in in hipster Brooklyn.”
The Munsters satirised wholesome 1950s family comedies by casting classic movie monsters like vampires, Frankenstein monsters and wolfmen. It reteamed Fred Gwynne, who played 151-year-old laboratory creation Herman Munster, »
NBC is cracking open a coffin — again — and seeing what’s lurking at 1313 Mockingbird Lane.
The network is developing a new reboot of the classic sitcom The Munsters, according to our sister site Deadline. Late Night host Seth Meyers is onboard as an executive producer, along with Odd Mom Out creator/star Jill Kargman, who’ll write the pilot script.
The new take on The Munsters will switch coasts, with the family of oddball creatures landing in hipster-infested Brooklyn, where they struggle to fit in with their neighbors. »
A reboot of the classic sitcom “The Munsters” is in the works at NBC, Variety has confirmed.
The planned reboot is inspired by the original series and will follow an offbeat family determined to stay true to themselves struggles to fit in in hipster Brooklyn. Jill Kargman will executive produce and write the script, with Seth Meyers and Mike Shoemaker also executive producing. Universal Television (Utv) will produce along with Meyers’ and Shoemaker’s Sethmaker Shoemeyers Productions, which is set up with a first-look deal at Utv.
The development “The Munsters” reboot keeps Meyers in business with NBC, where he currently hosts the late-night series “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” In addition, the network recently ordered the Meyers-produced comedy “A.P. Bio” to series.
Kargman is repped by ICM. Meyers and Shoemaker are repped by CAA. Meyers is also repped by Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
The original series aired for two seasons and 70 episodes from 1964-1966. It starred Fred Gwynne »
- Joe Otterson
The wait is over for home media horror fans, as nine new Blu-ray titles were announced for release later this year and in 2018 at Scream Factory's coveted annual Comic-Con panel, including Collector's Edition releases of Drag Me to Hell, The Strangers, and Misery.
From Scream Factory: "We just revealed the following upcoming Scream Factory Blu-ray releases at our Comic Con panel this evening. Here's the line-up that will be coming soon to you in Nov and early 2018:
Silent Night Deadly Night (1984) – Ho Ho Horror! The anti-holiday slasher cult classic favorite is being prepped for release before Christmas.
The Strangers (Collector’s Edition) (2008) – One of »
- Derek Anderson
Director Steve Sekely’s hardboiled film noir leans heavily on the talents of star-producer Paul Henreid and camera ace John Alton — the three of them whip up the best gimmick-driven noir thriller of the late ‘forties. Strained coincidences and unlikely events mean nothing when this much talent is concentrated in one movie. It’s also a terrific show for star Joan Bennett, who expresses all the disappointment, despair and angst of a noir femme who knows she’s in for more misery.
Kl Studio Classics
1948 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 83 min. / Street Date April 18, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95
Starring: Paul Henreid, Joan Bennett, Eduard Franz, Leslie Brooks, John Qualen, Mabel Paige, Herbert Rudley, George Chandler, Robert Bice, Henry Brandon, Franklyn Farnum, Thomas Browne Henry, Norma Varden, Jack Webb.
Cinematography: John Alton
Film Editor: Fred Allen
Original Music: Sol Kaplan
Written by Daniel Fuchs from a »
- Glenn Erickson
10 items from 2017
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