17 items from 2015
Senior Staff Writer Scott Davis looks at this week’s big Blu-ray releases in the Us…
All roads have led to this point, as they say. The final film in both The Hobbit Trilogy and J.R.R. Tolkien adaptations (at least for now), director Peter Jackson bids a fond farewell to Hobbits, Orcs and Wizards alike. Martin Freeman, Ian e, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lily and Orlando Bloom return amongst the stellar cast, as Bilbo and friends face the final battle to save Middle-earth from the deadly Smaug.
You read what Flickering Myth contributor Alfie Nobes made of the final chapter here.
Order The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies On Blu-ray Here
While it failed to make as much of an impact along the awards season over the last few months, Angelina Jolie’s excellent sophomore directorial effort made over $160 million »
- Scott J. Davis
For the second to last week of March, genre fans have a lot to look forward to as there are a ton of titles making their home entertainment debut this Tuesday. Image Entertainment is releasing Digging Up the Marrow, the latest from filmmaker Adam Green, on both Blu-ray and DVD and Grindhouse Releasing is doing the dark lord’s work with their stunning 3-Disc Collector’s Edition of Lucio Fulci’s cult classic, The Beyond. Wild Eye Releasing also has several films being released on March 24th and Shout Factory has another great Mystery Science Theater 3000 box set coming out as well.
The Beyond: 3-Disc Collector’s Edition (Grindhouse Releasing, Blu-ray)
The seven dreaded gateways to hell are concealed in seven cursed places... And on the day the gates of hell are opened, the dead will walk the earth! From legendary Italian horror master Lucio Fulci comes the ultimate classic of supernatural terror. »
- Heather Wixson
Death Waltz Recording Company in partnership with Mondo have exhumed a classic soundtrack of the living dead. From the twisted mind of Lucio Fulci comes Zombi 2 aka Zombie Fleash Eaters. A notorious gore classic and the poster child for the video nasty generation, the film takes viewers on a terrifying journey from New York City to a mysterious Caribbean island where sharks fight zombies and no eye ball is safe.
Fabio Frizzi's score is a standout of the film and one of my personal favourite horror scores. The pulsing, almost breathing of the opening is the stuff of nightmares.
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These are tough times: budgets keep getting cut and small companies are having a hard time keeping their head above water. But what about monsters? In Employee of the Month, Swiss director Olivier Beguin shows a gallery of various creatures struggling to get a job. As the short's teaser outlines it, unemployment is the great evil of our time. Thankfully, the Agency for Professional Reorientation for Myths and Legends can guide creatures into their professional life. The short stars Catriona MacColl (Lucio Fulci's City of the Living Dead and The Beyond) as the social adviser who helps demons, fairies and mummies to find jobs that could suit their special condition. With fun and gory bits, Employee of the Month offers situation comedy - have you...
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“We Are Still Here” makes a concerted effort to mimic the style of certain 70s/early ’80s supernatural thrillers — Lucio Fulci’s “The House by the Cemetery” (1981) is one clear model here, with its slightly “off” foreigner’s vision of American life and crude yet effective ghoul in the basement. Ted Geoghegan’s feature directing debut somewhat awkwardly straddles straight-up horror and tongue-in-cheek homage, its humor seldom foregrounded yet still sufficiently omnipresent to somewhat undermine the scares. Still, genre fans with a sense of history should make this entertaining chiller a sought-after item for midnight slots, and a welcome pickup for specialty home-format distribbers.
A rare horror exercise whose characters are nearly all well into middle age, “We Are Still Here” introduces the Sacchettis as they drive toward their new home in upstate New York in the dead of winter. Both are grieving the recent loss of their only child, »
- Dennis Harvey
Are zombies really that memorable? When you think about it, today’s undead munchers are not exactly an interesting crowd since all they do between meals is wander around in a trance. The pre Romero vegetarians are even worse, as they spend most of their time under the thumb of a zombie master, although on the odd occasion they do rebel against their tyrannical leader.
Zombie movies are a dime a dozen these days, and apart from a few moderately successful variations, they haven’t progressed beyond the flesh-eating antics of Night of the Living Dead (1968). But on the odd occasion a couple of zombies stand out from the faceless crowd of walking corpses, and what some these ghouls lack in personality, they make up for in other ways.
So here’s a list of ten memorable zombies that stood out for me, as an avid horror movie fan.
Recently, the kind n’ sexy rascals at Necrostorm sent ol’ Xiii a special delivery scare package packed to the gills with gruesome gore-soaked fright flicks that will appeal to anyone raised on the likes of splatterific gems like Street Trash or Slime City, far out schlockers like The Toxic Avenger, and of course the lunatic visions of the one and only Lucio Fulci! With those aesthetics in mind, let’s dip our toes into this putrid pool starting with their latest release, entitled simply Judy!
From what I will soon discover as these revoltin’ reviews role on is that I am starting with a bit of an atypical release from ol’ Necrostorm, as Judy has more of a psychological bent »
Shot in 1971, released in 1972, and almost immediately forgotten, Amos Sefer's An American Hippie in Israel was a cult classic just waiting for a rebirth when the film was found by Grindhouse Releasing co-founder, Bob Murawski. Murawski is best known outside of the cult film world as an Academy Award winning editor (The Hurt Locker), but his apparent passion is cultivating a new crowd for lost classics like this film. Through the creation of Grindhouse Releasing with the late Sage Stallone, Murawski has helped to put films like this, Lucio Fulci's The Beyond, and the unique, indiosyncratic oeuvre of Duke Mitchell (Massacre Mafia Style, Gone with the Pope) back on cinema screens where they belong for nearly 20 years.An American Hippie in Israel is...
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Welcome to another horror round-up! This time around, we have details on how you can support Tom Savini's Nightmare City remake that's presented by Umberto Lenzi, the director of the 1980 original, a look at a new poster and information for the Halloween-related documentary, Horror Icon: Inside Michael's Mask with Tony Moran, and the reveal of who will play the lead role in Fox's Frankenstein pilot.
Tom Savini's Nightmare City Remake: Tom Savini, the Godfather of Gore, is fittingly set to direct and supervise the special effects on the Monsta Worx remake of Umberto Lenzi's zombie movie, Nightmare City. Lenzi himself is associate producing and presenting the project, with shooting slated to begin late this year in Pittsburgh and Los Angeles. In addition to his duties behind the camera, Savini is also attached to play a role in the film, along with Judith O'Dea (Barbra from Night »
- Derek Anderson
On this new episode of The Golden Briefcase 2.0, Tim and Jeremy touch on this past week's Academy Awards (winners list here), share some Picks of the Week and then touch on a variety of topics including Lucio Fulci films (hence the image), Neill Blomkamp's Alien remake, Fantastic Fest horror film Spring (read Jeremy's review / watch the trailer) and so much more. They also touch on the notion of awards shows during their Oscar talk and discuss views on them in general and their place in today's world. Send us topic suggestions, arguments, links, or whatever you want, and we will do our best to talk it through on the show. During the break, the guys took the time think about the future and mission of the podcast and have decided to return to what they love most about the show: talking about movies. Listen to our premiere episode – 2.01 – to »
- Tim Buel
Lucio Fulci, the “Godfather of Gore,” is known for his fetishistic ocular violence, blood-soaked special effects, and dizzying predilection for pan, zoom, and rack-focus. But Fulci’s place in the annals of Italian horror cinema is still widely contested. Unlike his contemporary Dario Argento, now known as an auteur, Fulci built a reputation on derivative, cheaply…
- Samuel Zimmerman
Welcome to another horror round-up! This time we have release details on the Ryan Reynolds-starring horror-comedy, The Voices, as well as a look at Death Waltz and Mondo's upcoming vinyl soundtrack releases of Maniac Cop 2 and Lucio Fulci's Zombie Flesh Eaters, aka Zombi 2.
Press Release - "Santa Monica, CA (February 23, 2015) -Ryan Reynolds (upcoming Mississippi Grind, The Proposal)plays a simple, likeable guy trying to do the right thing with the help of his talking pets - but accidentally winds up as a serial killer in the black comedy, The Voices, arriving on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD April 7th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The film is currently available via On Demand. Directed »
- Derek Anderson
A smart, snappy “Pygmalion” for the millennial age, “The Duff” gives a modernized makeover to a classical scenario involving an outcast who tries to fit in with the help of a good-looking, popular mentor. The ugly duckling in this case is Bianca (“Arrested Development’s” Mae Whitman), a high-school senior who’s initially defined by her denim overalls, penchant for burping, and extremely attractive and sought-after BFFs, Jess (Skyler Samuels) and Casey (Bianca Santos). Oblivious to the fact that she’s the most ignored member of her friendship threesome, Bianca finds her world upended when her lifelong neighbor, quarterback Wes (Robbie Amell), bluntly informs her that she’s a “Duff” – the Designated Ugly Fat Friend who functions as the gatekeeper for those interested in finding out about, or getting closer to, her more desirable comrades. Thus an identity crisis is born, one that director Ari Sandel and writer Josh A. Cagan »
- Nick Schager
Sure, it’ll be Valentine’s Day in about one week, but Halloween is less than nine months away, so it’s definitely not too early to start thinking about costumes and cobwebs, even as you chow down on candy hearts and foil-wrapped chocolates.
The folks at Trick or Treat Studios are definitely in the fall frights spirit, as they recently unveiled their entire 2015 lineup of masks, including some familiar faces from AMC’s The Walking Dead, Clive Barker’s Nightbreed, Lucio Fulci’s Zombie, John Carpenter’s Halloween II, Topps’ Garbage Pail Kids card line, George A. Romero’s Land of the Dead, Steven Spielberg’s Jaws, Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story: Freak Show, and many more.
- Derek Anderson
Those groovy exploitation dealers at Grindhouse Releasing are finally releasing Duke Mitchell’s Gone With The Pope. I have been waiting to see this film for some time and missed the only theatrical showing in St. Louis because it was shown at a different theater on the same nights I did a Late Nite Grindhouse show 5 years ago. This is awesome news for fans coupled with the release of Duke Mitchell’s later film, Massacre Mafia Style, hitting Blu-Ray later this month.
Trailer From Grindhouse Releasing’s website:
Lost for over 30 years, Gone With The Pope stars famed nightclub performer Duke Mitchell as Paul, a paroled gangster with an unholy scheme: to kidnap the Pope and charge “a dollar from every Catholic in the world” as the ransom.
- Andy Triefenbach
UK residents have been enjoying Arrow Video Blu-ray releases of cult films like Maniac Cop and The Funhouse for years, and soon horror hounds living stateside can enjoy the diligent distributor’s offerings now that Arrow Video is expanding to the Us. To commemorate their growth, Arrow Video has announced upcoming North American Blu-ray releases of Mark of the Devil, Blind Woman’s Curse, and more.
Making their Blu-ray debuts in the Us, 1970’s Mark of the Devil will come out on March 17th and 1971’s Blind Woman’s Curse (aka Black Cat’s Revenge on March 24th. Arrow Video will also release the Blu-ray of Blood and Black Lace on April 14th and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Miss Osbourne to Blu-ray on April 21st. All four releases will include a DVD copy, as well. We have the official press release with full details, as well as »
- Derek Anderson
Matteo Lovadina’s Paris-based Reel Suspects has sold U.S rights to supernatural fantasy “Horsehead,” a French genre auteur fest hit, to Raymond Murray’s Artsploitation Films, a indie distributor specializing in unsettling art or genre film fare from around the world.
The sale comes as Reel Suspects’ “German Angst,” a horror triptych, has been selected for the Rotterdam Festival. Artsploitation aims to give “Horsehead” a limited theatrical release before its distribution on DVD and VOD.
A first feature from France’s Romain Basset, but shot in English, “Horsehead” has played many of the world’s top genre/fantasy fests, establishing its credentials among fanboys (and girls), including Austin’s Fantastic Fest, Spain’s Sitges, Mexico’s Morbido Fest, the Buenos Aires Rojo Sangre meet, and Germany’s Exground Filmfest.
- John Hopewell
17 items from 2015
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