12 items from 2015
The British invasion that hit these shores during the swinging '60s went beyond such musical acts as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. There also was an army of acting talent that charged into U.S. movie houses, a dazzling array of angry young men and alluring mod women who held us captivated through much of that turbulent period and beyond. Many have since gone on to that great Carnaby Street in the sky: Alan Bates and his Georgy Girl, Lynn Redgrave; Peter O'Toole, who redefined the words "matinee idol" in "Lawrence of Arabia"; Oliver Reed, who so unforgettably wrestled sans attire with Bates in "Women in Love"; Richard Harris, the essence of machismo served raw in "This Sporting Life"; David Hemmings, the smug photog caught up in a conundrum in "Blow-Up"; Laurence Harvey and Dirk Bogarde as predatory males trying to catch Julie Christie’s wandering eye in "Darling. »
- Susan Wloszczyna
It looks like this company we all love will release The Manchurian Candidate! pic.twitter.com/rAH4QQPrU3
— Ryan Gallagher (@ryangallagher) November 11, 2015
While the film has been released on Blu-ray, both directly from MGM and recently from Arrow in the UK, the film is ripe for a new proper restoration.
A few months back I learned that Criterion wouldn’t be presenting at the Wexner Center as they have done for the past few years in October. In February 2016, the Wexner Center will be bringing back their “Cinema Revival: A Festival Of Film Restoration”, and they’ll be showing off Criterion’s new restoration of The Manchurian Candidate:
Get an early look at an upcoming Criterion Collection release.
Captain Bennett Marco’s (Frank Sinatra) nightmares about platoon hero »
- Ryan Gallagher
On October 27th, Scream Factory will inject extreme body horror into the Halloween season with their Blu-ray release of The Human Centipede: The Complete Sequence, and we've been provided with three copies to give away to Daily Dead readers.
Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of The Human Centipede: The Complete Sequence.
How to Enter: For a chance to win, email email@example.com with the subject “The Human Centipede Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on November 1st. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.
- Derek Anderson
Extreme body horror will haunt viewers this Halloween season, as Scream Factory has teamed up with IFC Midnight to release The Human Centipede: The Complete Sequence Blu-ray set on October 27th, and we have trailers from the collection's three films.
Blu-ray set details: "Directed by Tom Six and starring Eric Roberts, Dieter Laser, Ashley C. Williams, Laurence R Harvey, and Maddi Black, the scandalous The Human Centipede: The Complete Sequence features the unrated director’s cuts of all three films and comes loaded with bonus features, including new featurettes The Ladies of the Human Centipedes and The Making of The Human Centipede 3; new audio commentary with director Tom Six, the new color version of The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence), interviews with Tom Six, casting tapes, deleted scenes, an alternate ending, behind the scenes footage and set tours, foley sessions, theatrical trailers, and more! Fans of this brazen trilogy »
- Derek Anderson
Extreme body horror will haunt this Halloween season, as Scream Factory has teamed up with IFC Midnight to release The Human Centipede: The Complete Sequence Blu-ray on October 27th. In addition to containing all three Human Centipede films, the collection also includes new bonus features.
Press Release: Upon its release, The Human Centipede became a cultural sensation. On October 27th, 2015, get ready to experience the “complete sequence” of the infamous Human Centipede series with the release of The Human Centipede: The Complete Sequence on Blu-ray from Scream Factory, in partnership with IFC Midnight. Directed by Tom Six and starring Eric Roberts, Dieter Laser, Ashley C. Williams, Laurence R Harvey, and Maddi Black, the scandalous The Human Centipede: The Complete Sequence features the unrated director’s cuts of all three films and comes loaded with bonus features, including new featurettes The Ladies of the Human Centipedes and The »
- Derek Anderson
Ron Moody as Fagin in 'Oliver!' based on Charles Dickens' 'Oliver Twist.' Ron Moody as Fagin in Dickens musical 'Oliver!': Box office and critical hit (See previous post: "Ron Moody: 'Oliver!' Actor, Academy Award Nominee Dead at 91.") Although British made, Oliver! turned out to be an elephantine release along the lines of – exclamation point or no – Gypsy, Star!, Hello Dolly!, and other Hollywood mega-musicals from the mid'-50s to the early '70s. But however bloated and conventional the final result, and a cast whose best-known name was that of director Carol Reed's nephew, Oliver Reed, Oliver! found countless fans. The mostly British production became a huge financial and critical success in the U.S. at a time when star-studded mega-musicals had become perilous – at times downright disastrous – ventures. Upon the American release of Oliver! in Dec. 1968, frequently acerbic The »
- Andre Soares
Photo: IFC Midnight
Disclaimer: This essay contains Spoilers for all three Human Centipede films. Also, in order to accurately discuss the films mild descriptions of extremely graphic scenes exist within, so read at your own caution and have a wonderful day!
In 2009, the horror genre was in one of its many frequent transitions. The Saw franchise was wrapping up, Hostel Part 2 landed with a redundancy, and Paranormal Activity had taken the country by storm thus cementing the evolution from "torture porn," to the bloodless Blumhouse fare that is still being released monthly to this day. The 'gore hound' faction of the horror audience was settling back into the comfortable "been there done that" zone. It seemed as though the only way we would be able to spend our Friday nights looking at blood splatter on a wall was with casual reboots of franchises long past their prime such as »
- Bryan Baca
Today we have a new trailer for "The Human Centipede - Part 3 (Final Sequence)," which is once again directed by Tom Six and stars Eric Roberts, Dieter Laser and Laurence Harvey. It's set to be released in theaters and on VOD on May 22nd. Check out the trailer below. Plot: Bully prison warden Bill Boss (Laser), leading a big state prison in the Us of A, has a lot of problems; his prison statistically has the highest amount of prison riots, medical costs and staff turnover in the country. But foremost he is unable to get the respect he thinks he deserves from his inmates and the state Governor (Roberts). He constantly fails in experimenting with different ideas for the ideal punishment to get the inmates in line, which drives him, together with the sizzling heat, completely insane. Under threats of termination by the Governor, his loyal right hand man »
Tom Six's The Human Centipede is the cult horror franchise that just keeps giving. And giving. And giving. And with the third - and final - installment now nearing release the first trailer for the general madness has arrived.Eric Roberts, Bree Olson and Robert Lasardo join original mad doctor Dieter Laser, part two star Laurence Harvey and a whole lot of (not actual) prison inmates in this quest to assemble a centipede hundreds of people long.Yes, you already know if you're interested in this or not. And if you are then the trailer is below!...
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Today we have the trailer for "The Human Centipede - Part 3 (Final Sequence)," which is once again directed by Tom Six and stars Eric Roberts, Dieter Laser and Laurence Harvey. It's set to be released in theaters and on VOD on May 22nd. Check out the trailer below. Plot: Bully prison warden Bill Boss (Laser), leading a big state prison in the Us of A, has a lot of problems; his prison statistically has the highest amount of prison riots, medical costs and staff turnover in the country. But foremost he is unable to get the respect he thinks he deserves from his inmates and the state Governor (Roberts). He constantly fails in experimenting with different ideas for the ideal punishment to get the inmates in line, which drives him, together with the sizzling heat, completely insane. Under threats of termination by the Governor, his loyal right hand man Dwight »
I. The Landmine
In August 1955, George Devine, director of London’s Royal Court Theatre, ventured to meet a promising writer, living on a Thames houseboat. “I had to borrow a dinghy… wade out to it and row myself to my new playwright,” he recalled. Thus began a partnership between Devine, who sought to rescue the English stage from stale commercialism, and the 26 year old tyro, John Osborne. Together, they’d revolutionize modern theater.
Born in London but raised in Stoneleigh, Surrey, Osborne lost his father at age 12, resented his low-born mother and was expelled from school for striking a headmaster. While acting for Anthony Creighton’s repertory company, his mercurial temper and violent language appeared. In 1951 he wed actress Pamela Lane, only to divorce six years later. Osborne soon immortalized their marriage: their cramped apartment, with invasive friends and intruding in-laws, John and Pamela’s pet names and verbal abuse, »
- Christopher Saunders
The Manchurian Candidate, 1962.
Directed by John Frankenheimer.
A former Korean War Pow is brainwashed by Communists into becoming a political assassin. But another former prisoner may know how to save him.
Exploring the extremes of cold war paranoia in a stylish cloak and dagger format that must have raised more than a few eyebrows on its release in 1962, The Manchurian Candidate is a film that takes a look beyond the usual political invective.
Following the terrifying experiences of Korean War veterans as they attempt to settle back into ‘normal’ American life, the film is a supremely dark portrayal of influence and control. Laurence Harvey (Room at the Top, Darling) as Raymond Shaw creates a terrifyingly understated performance as the pawn in the games of the political elite. Specifically, his character is controlled through the use »
- Robert W Monk
12 items from 2015
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