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17 items from 2017


‘Crimson’ DVD Review (Black House)

27 April 2017 4:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Paul Naschy, Silvia Solar, Olivier Mathot, Evelyne Scott, Claude Boisson, Gilda Arancio | Written by Juan Fortuny, Marius Lesoeur, H.L. Rostaine | Directed by Juan Fortuny

Crimson, also known as The Man With The Severed Head (which was the title this film previously debuted under on Arrow’s Arrowdrome label), opens up with a nice gang of criminals taking part in the lovely of activity of robbing a jewelery store. However, it all goes pear shaped when due to well placed idiocy (oh the film world, we do love you) one of the criminals sets off an alarm while trying to steal a lovely pearl necklace. The gang tries to escape but disaster strikes when Paul Naschy’s character gets shot in the head. Realizing that they can’t exactly take him to a hospital they do the next best thing and seek help from a doctor friend of theirs who is somewhat indebted to them. »

- Mondo Squallido

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Patrick Stewart’s Drag Persona Draws Comparisons to Kellyanne Conway — Is SNL in His Future?

28 March 2017 10:13 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Step aside, Kate McKinnon.

Fans are calling for Patrick Stewart to play Kellyanne Conway on Saturday Night Live after photos of the actor in drag drew comparisons to President Donald Trump‘s adviser.

A Reddit user resurfaced old photos of Stewart dressed as a woman last year to promote his sitcom Blunt Talk, donning a long blonde wig, fake eyelashes and a pink ensemble. “Sir Patrick Stewart in drag looks a lot like Kellyanne Conway,” they observed, to the agreement of thousands.

Others realized that even Google had trouble differentiating between the two: a reverse image search for Stewart’s »

- Stephanie Petit

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Movie Review: I Called Him Morgan examines one of jazz’s most macabre stories

21 March 2017 10:00 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

One of the most macabre tales in the annals of jazz is the death of the hard-bop trumpeter Lee Morgan in 1972. Morgan, one of the virtuosos of the stylistic explosion that followed postwar bebop, was shot in the chest during a late-night gig at the already notorious Lower East Side club Slugs’ Saloon by his common-law wife and manager, Helen More, and bled to death while awaiting an ambulance that was trapped for almost an hour in a snowstorm. Adding an extra mythic dimension to this gruesome scene was the fact that Morgan had survived a terrifying car crash on his way to Slugs’, reminiscent of the death of his mentor, Clifford Brown, who was killed on the way to a gig at the age of 25, when the driver of the car he was in lost control of the vehicle in a rainstorm. The parallel was not lost »

- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

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The Nature of Borowczyk’s Passion: Close-Up on "The Beast"

21 March 2017 12:32 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Close-Up is a column that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. The retrospective The Many Sins of Walerian Borowczyk is showing February 12 - June 18, 2017 in the United States and in many other countries around the world.As the reverberation of horses fervently neighing and clomping their hooves begins to permeate the opening credit soundtrack of The Beast, one may recall the similarly orchestrated donkey brays that introduce Robert Bresson’s Au hasard Balthazar (1966). Or, given its title, and the very basic concept of a young woman becoming enamored with an savage creature, one may be tempted to compare this 1975 feature to the many variations of Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve’s classic fairy tale, La belle et la bête. One would be more than a little confounded, however, by making either inadequate association. If Walerian Borowczyk’s semi-porn-semi-art-semi-monster movie bears any resemblance to another film or story, it would be »

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The Bottom Shelf: Frankenhooker, We Are The Flesh

20 March 2017 12:33 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Apr 28, 2017

Lucio Fulci, Frankenhooker and more in our round up of new horror Blu-rays and DVDs...

So, what’s your personal idea of hell? For this writer, it would almost certainly involve being chained down in the audience of an eternal live filming of Loose Women as Donald Trump waves a slice of tiger bread, forever just out of reach. Yours is likely to be similar, though it would have to be pretty grim indeed to come anywhere near Lucio Fulci’s 1981 career-best infernal vision and perhaps the definitive (obviously other than Little Nicky) cinematic depiction of eternal damnation, The Beyond.

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The Italian gore icon behind such genre classics as Zombie Flesh Eaters and The House By The Cemetery offers ostensibly a zombie film set in »

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DVD Review – Zombie Lake (1981)

20 March 2017 4:20 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Zombie Lake, 1981.

Directed by Jean Rollin.

Starring Howard Vernon, Pierre-Marie Escourrou, Anouchka, Antonio Mayans, and Lynn Monteil.

Synopsis:

A French village becomes overrun with Nazi soldiers killed in World War II who have returned as zombies.

The launch title for new label Black House Films, 1981’s Zombie Lake is considered something of a classic amongst genre devotees so for a new label trying to establish itself by putting out a series of Euro-horror staples it makes sense to start with a well-known title. However, movies can be called a ‘classic’ for many different reasons and being good is not always one of them, and Zombie Lake is definitely not a good film.

In fact, it is an absolute turkey and when you look into its production history and discover that original director Jesus Franco (Vampyros Lesbos/White Cannibal Queen) – a man not exactly known for his scruples when it came »

- Amie Cranswick

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‘Zombie Lake’ DVD Review (Black House)

17 March 2017 11:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Howard Vernon, Pierre-Marie Escourrou, Anouchka, Antonio Mayans, Lynn Monteil, Youri Radionow, Gilda Arancio, Marcia Sharif, Yvonne Dany, Jean Rene Bleu, Jean Rollin | Written by Julián Esteban & Jess Franco | Directed by Jean Rollin

The residents of a small French village are shocked when a young girl goes missing whilst visiting the nearby lake and another girl is found brutally murdered within the village itself. Naturally, they turn to their friendly neighbourhood mayor (Howard Vernon) to find out what has happened.It turns out that during WW2 the Nazis had occupied the village and instead of bowing down, a group of rebel villagers led by the mayor himself rallied together to fight back. Taking the platoon by surprise they gun them all down and to avoid suspicion further suspicion from potential soldiers, dump the bodies in the lake. As it turns out, one of those killed was actually the father of Helena, »

- Mondo Squallido

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Competition: Win 2 of Screenbound’s new Euro-horror DVDs

17 March 2017 5:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Screenbound’s two brand new Euro cult film labels, Maison Rouge – which will specialise in Euro sleaze and Black House Films, which will focus on Euro Horror. The label has already launched with two releases: Jess Franco’s Female Vampire (aka Bare Breasted Countess) and Helga: She Wolf of Stilberg, released this week.

The next release, on Screenbound’s Black House label, is the zombie classic Zombie Lake from French horror maestro Jean Rollin – which is released on DVD on 20th March.

Thanks to Screenbound we have three copies of Zombie Lake and three copies of Helga: She Wolf of Stilberg to giveaway on DVD. To win a copy of each, just answer the following question:

The next release on the Black House label is Paul Naschy’s Crimson, but by what other name is the film known? Is it:

a) The Man With the Severed Head

b) The Man With the Golden Arm »

- Phil Wheat

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DVD Review – Female Vampire (1975)

15 March 2017 3:50 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Female Vampire, 1975.

Directed by Jesus Franco.

Starring Lina Romay, Jack Taylor, Alice Arno, Monica Swinn, Jesus Franco, and Luis Barboo.

Synopsis:

The last descendant of the evil Karlstein family of vampires lures unsuspecting victims to their doom.

The first release from new Screenbound Pictures imprint Maison Rouge, Female Vampire – a.k.a. Bare Breasted Countess – is something of an erotic classic from the 1970s. Directed by notorious purveyor of sleaze Jess Franco (A Virgin Among the Living Dead/Eugénie), the film is an otherworldly blend of softcore porn and the mildest of vampiric horrors, in as much as the lead character is introduced as a vampire and does indeed suck the bodily fluids of her victims (note – not just the blood) but there is very little gore and no other vampire folklore apart from the mention of her murderous ancestors.

The female vampire in question is Countess Irina Karlstein, played »

- Amie Cranswick

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Can Crowds Fund Anything?

15 March 2017 11:52 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

No, but Netflix can. Our streaming overlords buy themselves some Orson Welles.

Movies need money. They can win hearts, minds and lay the ground for thousands of little websites like this one to talk about them, but ultimately they need someone with bags of cash behind the scenes. Netflix, proud owner of one thousand hours of original content among other things, just dumped some of their cash bags on a movie called The Other Side of the Wind. It was filmed by Orson Welles in the early ’70s, stared Susan Strasberg, John Huston and Peter Bogdanovich, and was never fully edited or released to a general audience.

Welles’ movie had been initially funded by a mysterious Spanish producer (rumored to be Andrés Vicente Gómez) who, in turn, embezzled the money. It was then funded by Mehdi Bushehri, brother of the Iranian Shah, whose assets were seized after the Shah was overthrown in the Iranian Revolution. Then »

- Andrew Karpan

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Horror Highlights: The Strange Case Of The Disappearing Man, Wizard World Cleveland, Cavity Colors, Blue Underground, Apocalypse Kiss, NJ Horror Con

15 March 2017 9:51 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Dark Horse's The Strange Case of the Disappearing Man comic book series tops today's Horror Highlights, which also includes Wizard World Cleveland, new releases (respectively) from Cavity Colors and Blue Underground, Apocalypse Kiss, and the New Jersey Horror Con.

The Strange Case of the Disappearing Man Comic Book Series: Press Release: "Milwaukie, Ore., (March 14, 2017)—Victorian horror fans, rejoice! Dark Horse is delighted to announce the follow-up to 2011’s cult classic The Strange Case of Mr. Hyde, with The Strange Case of the Disappearing Man. Mr. Hyde’s Cole Haddon brings fans even more Thomas Adye adventures, while Sebastián Cabrol (Thief: Tales from the City, Caliban) lends his beautiful art to the story, and Hernán Cabrera (Caliban) brings the art to life with his gorgeously grotesque color palette.

The Strange Case of the Disappearing Man finds Inspector Thomas Adye of Scotland Yard struggling to return to normalcy after his run-in with »

- Derek Anderson

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‘Bare Breasted Countess’ DVD Review (Screenbound)

3 March 2017 10:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Lina Romay, Jack Taylor, Alice Arno, Monica Swinn, Jess Franco, Luis Barboo, Jean-Pierre Bouyxou, Raymond Hardy, Anna Watican | Written and Directed by Jess Franco

Countess Irina Karlstein (Lina Romay) is as beautiful as she is deadly. She is a bloodthirsty vampire of course. However, unlike most who have fallen foul to the curse, she doesn’t revel in her acts of fatal lust. Her hunger for genuine love is just as strong as the hunger for the bloody stuff (as well as some of the other bodily fluids available.). Her quest for both finds her returning to her ancestral home. Unfortunately, her insatiable hunger claims many victims. From her gardener (Roger Germanes) to the local dominatrix (Monica Swinn), no one is safe. With an inquisitive forensic pathologist by the name of Dr. Roberts (Jess Franco himself) and his blind sidekick Dr. Orloff (Jean-Pierre Bouyxou) on her case, you’d »

- Mondo Squallido

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Uncut! Uncensored! Remastered! Jess Franco’s Women In Cellblock 9 Comes to DVD

4 February 2017 12:00 PM, PST | Horror News | See recent Horror News news »

Full Moon presents The 8th Release from The Jess Franco Collection Women In Cellblock 9 Franco’s notorious women-in-prison shocker comes to DVD, Amazon and Full Moon Streaming, totally remastered and uncut! From the fevered, wonderfully perverted minds of Spanish filmmaker Jess Franco and Swiss producer Erwin C. Dietrich (Jack The Ripper) comes the notorious women-in-prison …

The post Uncut! Uncensored! Remastered! Jess Franco’s Women In Cellblock 9 Comes to DVD first appeared on Hnn | Horrornews.net - Official News Site »

- Horrornews.net

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Now on Blu-ray: Suddenly In The Dark and Night Has A Thousand Desires From Mondo Macabro

31 January 2017 9:00 AM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Mondo Macabro has done it again with another killer pair of Blu-ray releases for films you didn't even know you couldn't live without. This time around the company tackles a duo of sexy horror films from opposite ends of the globe. First up is director Go Yeong-nam's Suddenly in the Dark, a Korean horror film about a nanny who is up to no good. Second is one of Jess Franco's least seen films, 1984's Night Has a Thousand Desires. These two films are well worth your hard-earned money, but take a look below the break to find more details....

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Dr. Orloff’s Monster

28 January 2017 2:55 PM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Dr. Orloff’s Monster

Blu-ray

Redemption / Kino Lorber

1964 / B&W / 1:66 widescreen / 84 min. / El secreto del Dr. Orloff, Brides of Dr. Jekyll, Les maitresses du Dr. Jekyll / Street Date February 7, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Hugo Blanco, Agnès Spaak, Marcelo Arroita-Jáuregui, Luisa Sala, Perla Cristal, Magda Maldonado, Pepe Rubio, Pastor Serrador, Daniel Blumer, Manuel Guitián, Mer Casas.

Cinematography: Alfonso Nieva

Film Editor: Á Serrano

Original Music: Fernando García Morcillo, Daniel White

Written by: Jesús Franco, Nicole Guettard, A. Norévo

Produced by: Marius Lesoeur

Directed by Jesús Franco

Arguing the merits of Jesús Franco seems a blind alley to me. I know academic film writers that have seen dozens of his films and who assure me that they perceive an artist amid all the exploitation and pornography. Why not? I continue to see Franco as a fringe filmmaker of little talent and less interest. Keep anything up long enough and it »

- Glenn Erickson

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Details & artwork for Screenbound’s first 6 Euro-horror releases

27 January 2017 7:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

UK distributor Screenbound are set to take the plunge into the sleazy world of Euro-horror with not one but Two new labels dedicated to the genre(s). Launching in March, Black House looks to cover the more horrific side of European cinema, whilst – at least based on their first releases – Maison Rouge offers up a little more sleaze…

Official announcement:

A selection of World Horror and Erotica Cult classics get the Screenbound touch! Throughout [the] year we will be releasing a host of films directed by horror and erotica industry legends, such as Jess Franco and Patrice Rhomm. Watch out for the new labels “Black House” and “Maison Rouge”, labels dedicated to these fantastic releases. The first DVD is set to be released… in March.

The first releases from these two new sub-labals are Jean Rollin’s Zombie Lake, on the Black House label, which streets on March 20th; and the »

- Phil Wheat

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American Genre Film Archive Adds Arrow, Severin, Vinegar Catalogs

12 January 2017 7:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Alamo Drafthouse’s nonprofit American Genre Film Archive has added the catalogs for Arrow Films, Severin Films, and Vinegar Syndrome, Variety has learned exclusively.

The archive announced last year that it would begin distributing titles theatrically and on home video in partnership with Seattle’s Something Weird Video. Agfa touts itself as the largest non-profit genre film archive in the world and offers 4K and 2K scanning to preserve 35mm and 16mm films.

Titles in Arrow’s catalog include Mario Bava’s “Blood and Black Lace,” “Blood Rage,” and Japan’s “Female Prisoner Scorpion.” Severin’s catalog includes Italian zombie title “Burial Ground,” Jess Franco’s “Vampyros Lesbos,” and “Birdemic: Shock and Terror.” Vinegar Syndrome’s catalog include James Bryan’s “Don’t Go Into the Woods,” Rudy Ray Moore’s “Dolemite” series, and holiday horror film “Christmas Evil.”

“We’re incredibly excited about Agfa’s expanding mission, with our »

- Dave McNary

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