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To kick off the month of July, there are a ton of genre Blu-ray and DVD releases coming out that should get you through the long holiday weekend if barbecues and fireworks aren’t necessarily your thing.
Not only will Cannibal Holocaust finally be getting its due in high definition this week, but Scream Factory is also bringing us The Final Terror and Sony is releasing the stellar indie horror flick Afflicted to DVD and Blu-ray as well. And if you’re a horror geek who can’t get enough of Echo Bridges’ multi-title releases, well then you’ll want to check out a few more of their collections which will be arriving this week too. Also, for those of you Twilight Zone fans out there, Image Entertainment has put together a great collection of the series’ most beloved episodes for you to enjoy in honor of the upcoming 55th anniversary of the show. »
- Heather Wixson
The Weekend Watch is an open thread where you can share what you’ve recently watched, offer suggestions on movies and TV shows we should check out (or warnings about stuff to avoid) and discover queue-filling goodies from other Fsr readers. The comments section awaits. I’ll get the ball rolling with the movies/TV my eyeballs took in this weekend. Try, for a second, to imagine a world where the director of The Fugitive (Andrew Davis) made a film that starred Rachel Ward, Daryl Hannah, Joe Pantoliano *and* Adrian Zmed. I know. It sounds like pure fantasy. But I’m here to tell you it’s real. The Final Terror is an early ’80s “killer in the woods” flick that used to be played regularly on HBO, but I hadn’t seen it in decades. Scream Factory’s new Blu-ray gave me the opportunity to revisit it, and while I remembered it being a fun thriller »
- Rob Hunter
Release Date: 7/1/14 on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack
Directed By: Andrew Davis
Review by Daniel Xiii.
Does The Final Terror Have the Goods Out in the Woods?
Hey creeps, I just sat down with Scream Factory’s Blu-ray of The Final Terror, and I feel like it’s my civic duty to get something out in the open right from the start. Much like the lies propagated by The Neverending Story (which did indeed end after a paltry 90 minutes!) before it, The Final Terror is not what the title proclaims. I mean, there have been like hundreds of horror films made after this movie came out (in 1983)—some even have “terror” in the title!
Well, I guess the best thing »
- Holly Interlandi
Identical twin brothers (both played by Blake Rayne) are separated at birth during the Great Depression. Their parents (Brian Geraghty, Amanda Crew) just cannot afford to give them both a life beyond poverty, so one is adopted by loving family. Despite their very different upbringings, the boys' shared passion for music causes their lives to unknowingly intersect as they experience a powerful and mysterious connection often felt by twins. Check out the first trailer for The Identical featuring co-stars Ashley Judd, Seth Green and Ray Liotta. Then read on for more information about this new heartfelt musical drama.
One of the boys becomes the most famous rock 'n' roll legend in the world, Drexel Hemsley, while Ryan Wade struggles to find balance between his love for music and trying to please his evangelist father (Ray Liotta) and his devoted mother (Ashley Judd) who have very different plans for his life in the ministry. »
Genre mash-ups may be commonplace these days, but it took a mad genius to even consider combining film-noir and teen sex comedy back in 1983. Paul Brickman’s wildly successful experiment, Risky Business, not only launched the career of Tom Cruise, it set a new benchmark for substantive sex comedies. Here, we had an observant and erotic satire that always entertained and never sermonized. Through the use of film-noir conventions and evocative symbolism, Brickman’s classic takes the teen movie into shadowy territory while still remaining accessible. It’s a masterful script that warrants closer analysis.
Risky Business towers above its 80’s contemporaries because writer/director, Paul Brickman, was less concerned about the loss of virginal innocence than the loss of moral innocence. Our hero, totally unprepared for the shady inner-workings of the adult world, tumbles deeper into chaos with each new indulgence. Instead of letting Joel Goodsen (Tom Cruise) off »
- J.R. Kinnard
Scream Factory is absolutely killing it this year with their releases and one of the many films being added to the ever-growing collection in the coming months is the 80s backwoods slasher flick The Final Terror, making its way out of the woods on July 1st.
Read on for a complete rundown of all the release info, including bonus features and box art!
From the Press Release
This summer, one of the most sought-after and long-lost slasher films from the 80s is being unleashed on Blu-ray™ and DVD for the first time! Produced by Joe Roth (Snow White and the Huntsman) and directed by Andrew Davis (The Fugitive, Under Siege), backwoods slasher cult classic The Final Terror features an all-star cast of John Friedrich (Baretta), Rachel Ward (The Thornbirds), Adrian Zmed (Bachlor Party), Mark Metcalf (Zero Dark Thrity), Daryl Hannah (Kill Bill, Blade Runner), Ernes Harden Jr. (White Men Can »
- John Squires
Another 80′s cult classic is making it’s way to Blu-ray and DVD for the first time. Scream Factory just revealed full details on their upcoming release of 1983′s The Final Terror and we have a look at the cover art and list of bonus features:
“This summer, one of the most sought-after and long-lost slasher films from the 80s is being unleashed on Blu-ray™ and DVD for the first time! Produced by Joe Roth (Snow White and the Hunts Man) and directed by Andrew Davis (The Fugitive, Under Siege), backwoods slasher cult classic The Final Terror features an all-star cast of John Friedrich (Baretta), Rachel Ward (The Thornbirds), Adrian Zmed (Bachlor Party), Mark Metcalf (Zero Dark Thrity), Daryl Hannah (Kill Bill, Blade Runner), Ernes Harden Jr. (White Men Can’t Jump ), Joe Pantoliano (The Matrix, The Fugitive) and Lewis Smith (Django Unchained). On July 1, 2014, Scream Factory™ will unleash The Final Terror »
- Jonathan James
Now that it is just barely summer, it’s time for the networks to try their best to get you excited for fall television. ABC wants you to get excited for their schedule, and their new shows, and I’ve got some previews for you, as well as some initial thoughts.
I have to tell you, ABC is looking more and more strange as time goes on, and the overall efforts of the network really have to make you wonder. While there are some hints of interesting shows, and one or two that might turn into worthwhile vehicles, in the Eddie and the Cruisers world of television, ABC is Joe Pantoliano, clutching his tapes, and furiously blathering about the lunacy of not giving the idiotic public what they want, especially since they keep demanding it.
To that end, ABC has declared Thursday, Shonda Rhimes night, largely because someone apparently had »
- Marc Eastman
In just four weeks, we’ll find out if Anthony Lapaglia and David Schwimmer will stage comebacks to prime time, or if Flash will really fly for the CW. Chances are it will, but what about those comic book-inspired dramas in the works at Fox and NBC?
Here’s your chance to see all the possibilities, but don’t get your hopes up too high: A majority of these pilots won’t make the cut for fall.
- Lynette Rice
Once more, fans of a certain age may have cause to rejoice! As we reported not too long ago, director Richard Donner confirmed (via TMZ, so take it with a grain of salt) that he was indeed preparing The Goonies 2, hopefully with the entire original cast back in their parts. Now Donner has also mentioned, once more to TMZ, that original writer Steven Spielberg has come up with a new idea for the sequel.
The Goonies might not be familiar to those who did not grow up in the 1980s, but it has passed into the realm of Hollywood legend. It’s been referenced on shows like Bob’s Burgers, and remembered with fondness by an entire generation for such moments as the Truffle Shuffle, and Sean Astin back before he was a Hobbit. A sequel has always been in the offing, of course, but since the entire cast »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
What if Elvis Presley’s identical twin brother hadn’t been delivered stillborn? What if he had been surreptitiously adopted and raised to adulthood by other parents, without the King ever knowing, and wound up achieving fame and fortune as — get ready for it — a really terrific Elvis Presley imitator? Such speculation provides the narrative foundation for “The Identical,” an indie-produced film a clef that unfortunately falls short of fully realizing its provocative high concept. Plot elements involving religious influences might help Freestyle market the pic as faith-based entertainment during its scheduled Sept. 12 theatrical rollout, but don’t be surprised if diehard Elvis fans prove to be its harshest critics.
Not surprisingly, names have been changed — and pop-culture history has been reimagined — by scripter Howard Klausner (who also wrote the speculative Hank Williams drama “The Last Ride”) and first-time feature helmer Dustin Marcellino. In this variation of the story behind the story, »
- Joe Leydon
With a name like HeyUGuys, it’s hard for us to hide our love of The Goonies and after being talked about for years and last week Richard Donner (known by everyone as Dick Donner) confirmed to the world that a Goonies sequel is in the works. We’ll still believe it when we see the cameras start to roll but for now, a fantastic documentary entitled ‘The Making of a Cult Classic, The Unauthorized Story of The Goonies’ has been released on YouTube. Thanks to our Goonies correspondent Andy Petrou for the heads up.
In 2010 the home of the Goonies, Astoria Oregon played host to the 25th anniversary of the movie where many stars from the film gathered to celebrate it’s awesomeness. During that event, the photo you see atop of this post was taken and the documentary was played to a crowd of people who had flown »
- David Sztypuljak
Richard Donner has been captured on video – albeit by the ethically questionable TMZ – stating categorically that The Goonies 2 is a go. The clip, which sees the director being questioned while signing autographs, shows him clearly saying of his 1985 classic film, “We’re doing a sequel.” When asked which of the original stars would return, he is heard to reply, “Hopefully all of them!”
The Goonies was one of those movies that surprised everybody and passed into Hollywood legend. Like Gremlins, The Lost Boys, or The ‘Burbs – it was a 1980s film that featured relatable characters dealing with situations that had a decidedly sinister edge to them. With a screenplay by Chris Columbus (Nine Months), based on a story by Steven Spielberg (who also executive produced), The Goonies was an adventure comedy about a group of teenagers living in the ‘Goon Docks’ area of Astoria, Oregon. In trying to save their homes from demolition, »
- Sarah Myles
TMZ was with Donner in person when he confirmed they are doing a sequel. Asked if any of the original film's stars are coming back, he said "hopefully all of them".
Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman, Martha Plimpton, Jonathan Ke Quan, Kerri Green, Jeff Cohen, Robert Davi and Joe Pantoliano starred in the original about a group of kids set out on an adventure in search of pirate treasure that could save their homes from foreclosure.
Two of the original cast members, Anne Ramsey (Mama Fratelli) and John Matuszak (Sloth) have since passed away. Brolin, Astin, Plimpton, Davi and Pantoliano are all still busy working actors to this day. Green only occasionally acts and now produces films as well, Cohen has become an entertainment lawyer, and »
- Garth Franklin
Freestyle Releasing, which has seen a surprise success with “God’s Not Dead,” has acquired U.S. rights to the music-driven family drama “The Identical.”
Freestyle plans to release Dustin Marcellino’s directorial debut nationally on Sept. 12.
Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd, Seth Green and newcomer Blake Rayne star. Producers are Mark G. Mathis, Yochanan Marcellino of City of Peace Films, Matthew Dean Russell, Coke Sams and Clarke Gallivan; Michael Edious Johnson, Yochanan Marcellino and Liotta are exec producers.
Howard Klausner (“Space Cowboys”) wrote the screenplay, inspired by an idea from Wade Cummins. Rayne portrays identical twin brothers separated at birth during the Great Depression with both sharing a similar passion for music, causing their lives to unknowingly intersect as they experience a connection often felt by twins. »
- Dave McNary
London — As the lineup for the third Sundance London film and music festival is unveiled, Variety talks to John Cooper, director of the Sundance Film Festival, and Trevor Groth, Sundance’s director of programming, about the selection (see below for full lineup).
Sundance London, which runs April 25-27, will include 21 feature films and 18 shorts across five sections, as well as live performances by a number of musical acts, which will be linked to movies screening at the fest, and a series of panel discussions.
Cooper says that when Robert Redford and the Sundance team set up the London event, one of their motivations was to give added exposure to U.S. indie films in the international market.
“We realized that the international life of an American independent film was crucial to its success,” he says. The London fest’s creation was partly driven by an impulse to do “anything we »
- Leo Barraclough
The half-hour multicamera project produced by 20th Century Fox Television stars Tom Papa as a husband and father who decides to make a career change so he can, as the show’s title suggests, spend more time with his family. Lenehan (“The New Adventures of Old Christine”) will play Tom’s mother. Joe Pantoliano has already been cast as his father.
- Whitney Friedlander
Wendell Pierce (The Wire) has signed on to CBS‘ multi-camera comedy pilot The Odd Couple, a take on the Neil Simon classic. Co-written and executive produced by Matthew Perry, Odd Couple revolves around two mismatched roommates — the messy Oscar Madison (Perry) and neat freak Felix Unger (Thomas Lennon). Pierce will play Teddy, a neurotic cop and a good buddy of Oscar’s who goes to his apartment every week for Game Night. Pierce, repped by Chris Schmidt at Paradigm and Donald Spradlin at Essential Talent, recently wrapped the fourth and final season of HBO’s Treme and will appear in a multi-episode arc on Showtime’s Ray Donovan. Related: 2014 CBS Pilots Nancy Lenehan has been cast in CBS’ multi-camera comedy pilot More Time With Family, executive produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon and written/exec produced by Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith. Based on the stand-up of Tom Papa and the experiences of Damon, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
MGM’s plan to remake the award-winning 1980 musical drama The Idolmaker has so far had a bumpy ride. Ryan Gosling was originally attached to star, as well as intending to make it his directorial debut, but pulled out due to scheduling issues. Now, as Justin Timberlake closes a deal to produce, director Craig Brewer (Hustle And Flow, Footloose) has reportedly thrown his hat in the ring.
The Idolmaker was originally directed by Taylor Hackford (Ray), written by Edward Di Lorenzo (Miami Vice), and starred Ray Sharkey, Peter Gallagher and Joe Pantoliano. Loosely based on the life of Bob Marcucci – the rock promoter and manager responsible for the careers of artists such as Frankie Avalon and Fabian – the story follows songwriter and manager Vincent Vacari through his obsession with finding ‘the next big thing’. After guiding a local band to success and expanding his client list, his obsession becomes a destructive »
- Sarah Myles
The original film, released in 1980, starred Ray Sharkey as a mercenary music promoter who takes on two boys with the intent of turning them into teen idols. The story was based on the life of the life of rock promoter and manager Bob Marcucci, who discovered and promoted Frankie Avalon and Fabian.
“The Idolmaker” was one of the MGM library projects that were put into development in 2011 after the storied studio went through a pre-packaged bankruptcy in late 2010. It also began working at that point on reboots of “RoboCop,” which was released through Sony last month, and “Poltergeist,” due to be released next eyar through Fox. »
- Dave McNary
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