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This week on Off The Shelf, Ryan is joined by Brian Saur to take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for the week of November 10th, 2015, and chat about some follow-up and home video news.
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- Ryan Gallagher
Hey creeps, today’s lil interview is with the die-rector of the new horror on the highway flick Wrecker, Micheal Bafaro! So why not buckle up and join us as we speed along at 666mph in the ol’ Horror Hearse!
Famous Monsters. What inspired you to barrel headlong into Wrecker?
Micheal Bafaro. I’ve had a lifelong love of the open road. I think it’s symbolic of the freedom and adventure that America is suppose to offer, and it’s something that connects with youth across generations. At first you’re surrounded by familiar sights, but as time passes and you get further down the road, you start to find that the familiar is gone and you’re left feeling alone and isolated. I originally got the idea for Wrecker while on a road trip doing research for a different film. I stopped off at a gas station and »
Stephen King was not one of the 100-plus horror luminaries to participate in our Ultimate Horror Movie Poll (though we did ask), but it's safe to assume that the Master of Horror wouldn't have included Stanley Kubrick's 1980 adaptation of "The Shining" in his personal Top 10. The author famously disliked -- one might say even hated -- what the director did with his second novel, complaining about Jack Nicholson's unhinged performance as Jack Torrance ("where is the tragedy if the guy shows up for his job interview and he’s already bonkers?"), the depiction of Shelley Duvall's Wendy as "this sort of screaming dishrag" and Kubrick's "cold" approach to the material. Yet King is clearly in the minority regarding the film, which not only finished at No. 2 in the Top 100 but represents one of only two adaptations of the author's work to make the cut (the other was Brian De Palma's "Carrie, »
- Chris Eggertsen
If the transformation is a character’s external change then the meltdown is the internal equivalent. Sometimes the most terrifying part of a horror film isn’t when the monster pops out, but when a character loses his or her grip on reality. The psychosis can begin gradually, exacerbated by stress, sickness, or an outside tormentor. Often the character begins a film in complete control of his or her mental faculties. But control is a relative term, and in a horror film, the illusion of control can be just as powerful as actual agency. The options: denial or embracement. The psychological break will come soon enough. The only question is, how broken will the person be once it does?
Alien (1979) – Ash malfunctions
The crew of the cargo ship Nostromo has just about had it. Awakened from a cozy hypersleep to answer the worst wrong number in interstellar history, they then »
When Roger Corman told American International Pictures (Aip) that he wanted to make a film based on Edgar Allan Poe's, The Fall of the House of Usher, the studio balked. They didn't think that younger people would pay to see a movie based on reading teachers handed out in school. Never one to take "no" for an answer, Roger Corman pressed the issue.
He had loved reading Edgar Allan Poe when he was younger. The classic author's gothic tales of the ghastly and the macabre were ripe for the film treatment. The issue was that The Fall of the House of Usher was more psychological. Aip was known for quick films featuring creatures of every ilk that viewers knew were bad. Edgar Allan Poe's story didn't seem to have that going for it.
Eventually, Aip, probably thinking they had him licked, asked Roger Corman, "Where's the monster?" "The house is the monster. »
The hotel that inspired Stephen King's The Shining, could be about to get a whole lot scarier.
Owners of The Stanley Hotel in Colorado have decided they want to cash in on the horror connection and turn it into a terrifying museum.
Plans for the conversion include a building that would house the main museum, plus a film production studio and film archive.
The Stanley Film Centre would also hold events and invite travelling film exhibits to take part, as well as partner with the Colorado Film School on educational projects.
According to the La Times, the owners are asking for $11.5 million in Colorado tourism funds to top up the $24 million it would cost to complete the "year-round horror destination".
King used the hotel to model his terrifying Overlook Hotel and it currently offers ghost tours and hosts a yearly horror film festival.
The Shining was released in 1980 and »
Sometimes when you're scrubbing the kitchen, you can overlook some terrible stains. Shelley Duvall is here to help you clean. That's actually comedian and actor Dudley Beene as Shelley, and his commitment to Shelley's particular flightiness is admirable. Also, that is a very, very accurate representation of what Shelley wore in the movie. If only Stanley Kubrick was here to get 126 more takes. »
- Louis Virtel
The job of a movie poster is simple: it needs to invoke a sense of curiosity and excitement for the movie prior to release. Because of this, many movie companies often overcomplicate movie poster designs, jam-packing them with imagery, slogans and unnecessary marketing fodder. Every now and again, though, you see a movie poster that has a simple, refined design; it's usually these types of posters that go on to become iconic, well-known posters in the following years. We've rounded up some of our favourite, minimalistic movie posters below. Many of them are iconic and you'll likely recognise them, but there's sure to be a few in there that you haven't seen before (we hope). Remember, you can order them online if you like from poster printing companies such as FastPrint.
1. The Birds
- CineVue UK
Magnolia Pictures recently released the very intense home invasion thriller The Blood Lands onto DVD/Bluray (now available), and it’s definitely a film that makes you think that you know what kind of film it is, before throwing quite a few curve balls. Revolving around a young British couple who buy a new home in Scotland, and are stalked and preyed upon by masked intruders, the film is not only a home invasion film, but also steers into some interesting statements on the social history and feud between England and Scotland.
We spoke to the film’s star, Pollyanna McIntosh, who is always absolutely wonderful in everything she does (The Woman and Let Us Prey are both phenomenal genre films that add something new to the mix), about the film and what leads her to take on such intense roles. Read on!
The Blood Lands was such an interesting and intense ride, »
- Jerry Smith
Stars: Shelley Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Janice Rule, Robert Fortier, Ruth Nelson, John Cromwell, Sierra Pecheur, Craig Richard Nelson, Maysie Hoy, Belita Moreno, Leslie Ann Hudson, Patricia Ann Hudson, Beverly Ross, John Davey | Written and Directed by Robert Altman
There are some movies that just get under your skin and cause you to have to think, and the worst part is you realise that they aren’t meant to be understood, and that is how they get their hooks into you. Robert Altman’s 3 Women was said to be based on a dream. I guess it comes as no surprise that it feels like it is one of the most haunting dreams you’ll have. With Arrow Video’s new Blu-ray it is also a dream of a release…
- Paul Metcalf
3 Women, 1977.
Directed by Robert Altman
An awkward adolescent begins work at a spa in the Californian desert. The shy and reserved young woman becomes overly attached to her more confident co-worker and eventual room-mate.
3 Women is a memorably disturbing film with its heart set firmly on the art house. Said to be inspired by a dream, Robert Altman’s (M.A.S.H., Short Cuts, The Player) feature is also strongly reminiscent of Ingmar Bergman’s beautifully nightmarish Persona. Indeed, both films focus on the transient nature of behaviour and psyche, and reveal the unlimited potential for personalities to rebuild and redevelop.
Taking a look at the mysteries of femininity through a male filmmaker’s hazy vision is something else both films have in common. This fear of pre-judged emotional unpredictability and instability has been »
- Robert W Monk
“Little pigs, little pigs, let me come in. Not by the hair of your chiny-chin-chin? Well then I’ll huff and I’ll puff, and I’ll blow your house in!”
The Shining (1980) screens midnights this weekend (July 17th and 18th) at The Tivoli Theater as part of their ‘Reel Late at The Tivoli’ Midnight Series.
Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 horror film, The Shining (based on the Stephen King novel) creates some of the most genuine spine chills ever filmed. Taking a job as a winter caretaker for a giant and remote hotel, Jack Nicholson, his wife Shelley Duvall, and his son Danny Lloyd, find that the long hallways and empty rooms contain more than a few ghosts. The film goes back and forth from scary to amusing as Jack, meticulously pacing his part, slowly turns into a psychopath, taking an axe to his loved ones. Kubrick’s use of space »
- Tom Stockman
A while back we posted a vintage half-hour documentary about the great cinematographer John Alcott. For Kubrick fans reluctant to commit to that whole program, here’s an excerpt in which Shelley Duvall talks about the director’s use of the 18mm lens on The Shining. The lens is great for furniture but terrible for faces, she says, speculating that Kubrick was trying to make everybody look more frightening. In her telling, Alcott tried to get Kubrick to occasionally relent and use a 50 or 75mm lens, but with no success. »
- Filmmaker Staff
The latest battle saw two brave ladies moving beyond their fear in order to overcome their respective mazes both of their mind and their physical being to ultimately survive. But as they took to the ring to defend these hardfought triumphs one of them had to fall. Im sad to say that Ms. Shelley Duvall The Shinings Wendy Torrance will fight no more. However moving onto the semifinals is disc jockey Stretch (Caroline Williams) of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2. Well see her soon up against an as of yet unknown foe. She fought valiantly and in the end her wit determination and flexibility (ahem) paid off See you soon Ms. Williams Final votes Williams 72 Duvall 38 »
Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson on the Oscars' Red Carpet Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson at the Academy Awards Eli Wallach and wife Anne Jackson are seen above arriving at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, held on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The 95-year-old Wallach had received an Honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards in November 2010. See also: "Doris Day Inexplicably Snubbed by Academy," "Maureen O'Hara Honorary Oscar," "Honorary Oscars: Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo Among Rare Women Recipients," and "Hayao Miyazaki Getting Honorary Oscar." Delayed film debut The Actors Studio-trained Eli Wallach was to have made his film debut in Fred Zinnemann's Academy Award-winning 1953 blockbuster From Here to Eternity. Ultimately, however, Frank Sinatra – then a has-been following a string of box office duds – was cast for a pittance, getting beaten to a pulp by a pre-stardom Ernest Borgnine. For his bloodied efforts, Sinatra went on »
- D. Zhea
Jennifer Kent’s disturbing directorial debut The Babadook arrives on Blu-ray this week, scoring some of the most critically acclaimed notices ever for a recent psychological horror film. With The Exorcist director William Friedkin’s glowing praise splashed over the front and back cover, proclaiming that he has “never seen a more terrifying film,” and that it will “scare the hell out of you as it did me,” (horror master Stephen King also submits his stamp of approval), Kent’s film has reached a level of unprecedented cultural saturation since premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Though pulling in a surprisingly paltry sum at the domestic box office in Australia, foreign markets embraced the film, including in France, the UK, and the Us, bringing its worldwide box office to just under five million.
Satisfying genre films are generally few and far between these days, so it’s with absolute delight »
- Nicholas Bell
Hollywood is not exactly a warm and fuzzy place where everyone gets along like best friends. That’s why so many film sets are hotbeds for drama. But no drama is more intense than the art-infused feuds between actor and director, because Art!
Here are some of the biggest and best actor-director fights in film history.
Let’s start with the most recent. After Mo’Nique won an Oscar for her role in Precious, she says Daniels told her she was blackballed for not playing the Hollywood game. Then recently she announced that she’d been offered roles in both The Butler and Empire, but never heard anything more until she learned Oprah and Taraji P. Henson were respectively playing what she’d been led to believe were her roles. Despite the struggles, Mo’Nique says she “could work with Lee Daniels tomorrow.”
- Courtney Enlow
Sad news for anyone eagerly anticipating the CGI animated Popeye movie that was being planned at Sony. Director Genndy Tartakovsky, best known for his Samurai Jack TV show and the 2012 hit Hotel Transylvania, is no longer with the project. Not only that, it may no longer be happening at Sony.
Genndy Tartakovsky's next project is Hotel Transylvania 2, which comes to theaters this fall. The first teaser trailer was released earlier in the week, with Moviefone speaking to the director. Even though an animation test for Popeye was met with enthusiasm, the recent regime change at Sony has seen production on the high seas adventure come to a halt. He explains:
"Popeye we put up a great screening, everybody really liked that sizzle, we got a positive reaction. I was in love with what we were doing, but I think the studio is going through changes and I don't »
Editor's Note: RogerEbert.com is proud to reprint Roger Ebert's 1978 entry from the Encyclopedia Britannica publication "The Great Ideas Today," part of "The Great Books of the Western World." Reprinted with permission from The Great Ideas Today ©1978 Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.
It's a measure of how completely the Internet has transformed communication that I need to explain, for the benefit of some younger readers, what encyclopedias were: bound editions summing up all available knowledge, delivered to one's home in handsome bound editions. The "Great Books" series zeroed in on books about history, poetry, natural science, math and other fields of study; the "Great Ideas" series was meant to tie all the ideas together, and that was the mission given to Roger when he undertook this piece about film.
Given the venue he was writing for, it's probably wisest to look at Roger's long, wide-ranging piece as a snapshot of the »
- Roger Ebert
Director: Robert Altman Writers: Arthur Kopit (play Indians), Alan Rudolph (screenplay), Robert Altman (screenplay) Starring: Paul Newman, Joel Grey, Kevin McCarthy, Harvey Keitel, Allan F. Nicholls, Geraldine Chaplin, John Considine, Robert DoQui, Denver Pyle, Frank Kaquitts, Will Sampson, Pat McCormick, Shelley Duvall, Burt Lancaster Thanks to Kino Lorber Studio Classics, there’s now an excuse to revisit a film you […] »
- Linc Leifeste
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