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Betsy Palmer, Actress Who Played Killer Cook in ‘Friday the 13th,’ Dead at 88

Betsy Palmer, Actress Who Played Killer Cook in ‘Friday the 13th,’ Dead at 88
Betsy Palmer, a veteran character actress best known for playing the homicidal cook and mother of Jason Voorhees in the 1980 horror classic “Friday the 13th,” died on Friday at age 88. She had been in hospice care in Connecticut. The Indiana native starred as nurse Ann Girard in 1955 movie “Mister Roberts” opposite Henry Fonda and Jack Lemmon. She was a regular on the TV quiz show “I’ve Got a Secret” in the 1950s and ’60s, and played the aunt of Joan Van Ark’s Val Ewing for two seasons of “Knots Landing” in the ’80s. Also Read: New 'Paranormal Activity,
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Fright At Home – May 26th: Reptiles, Houses and The Devil in A Cage

This week is a good one, you dear Fright Fanatics! Scream Factory, Dark Sky and Level 33 all put out some interesting and fun titles and what better way to tell you genre fans about them, than to well,..tell you about them. We picked a few of the titles to focus on, the ones we feel you should give a chance or even better, give your money to own. Read on!

Let Us Prey (Dir. Brian O’Malley)

Quite easily the standout film being released this week, Brian O’Malley’s Let Us Prey is a film that slowly gets under your skin, then proceeds to rip it off, with its completely engrossing plot and twists. Dealing with a rookie police officer (a Great performance by The Woman‘s Pollyanna McIntosh)’s first night on the job, the film throws her into a somewhat corrupt police department, one filled with
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Contest: Win The Food Of The Gods / Frogs, Empire Of The Ants / Jaws Of Satan Double Features on Blu-ray

Tomorrow, Scream Factory's unleashing respective double feature Blu-rays of The Food of the Gods and Frogs, and Empire of the Ants and Jaws of Satan. We've been provided with three Blu-ray copies of each double feature to give away to Daily Dead readers.

The Food Of The Gods

"Legendary director Bert I. Gordon (The Amazing Colossal Man, Attack of the Puppet People) – the father of the "gigantic creature" genre – delivers this spine-tingling tale of ecology gone berserk. Based on H.G. Wells' classic horror novel, The Food of the Gods predicts a terrifying future where oversized animals are suddenly at the top of the food chain and ready to take over!

On a remote island, a mysterious substance is oozing from the ground. A farmer sees that it acts as a growth hormone and thinks his fortune is made. But when rats, chickens, worms and wasps begin sampling the potent substance,
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May 26th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Frogs, Let Us Prey, Cannibal Ferox

With Memorial Day behind us and summer just right around the corner, the horror and sci-fi home releases are really begin to heat up as we’ve got a bunch of great cult classics and new indie genre films to look forward to this Tuesday. Scream Factory is giving fans a double dose of double features with their The Food of the Gods/Frogs and Empire of the Ants/Jaws of Satan Blu-rays and we’ve also got the latest from Dark Sky Films- Let Us Prey- arriving on both Blu-ray and DVD on May 26th.

Anchor Bay is also bringing home Spike Lee’s Da Sweet Blood of Jesus this week, Vinegar Syndrome is giving the cult film Madman a high-def upgrade and Universal is keeping busy as well with their releases of Seventh Son, The Loft and the Orson Welles classic Touch of Evil too.
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Blu-ray Reviews: Empire Of The Ants, Jaws Of Satan, Food Of The Gods, Frogs

Animal horror was big in the 1970s, and it’s not just the fault of Jaws. Environmental concerns carrying over from the previous decade were seeping into the American consciousness and, by extension, the American genre film.

Pesticides, pollution and ever-increasing concerns about nuclear power funneled their way into a slew of eco-horror movies in which mankind’s incessant tampering with the environment led Mother Nature to retaliate in the form killer animals, insects and fish, often mutated to gigantic size and always ready to kill. Titles like Grizzly and Night of the Lepus and Kingdom of the Spiders and The Swarm were de rigueur for ‘70s horror, and while the genre has never really gone away — every year sees a few new killer animal films (and that’s not counting the SyFy Channel nonsense like Crocosaurus) — it reached its zenith during that decade. Now as part of their Summer of Fear,
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Brand News Clips/Stills From Scream Factory’s Bluray Double Features of Empire Of Ants/Jaws Of Satan & The Food Of The Gods/Frogs

Scream Factory’s release of not only one solid double feature but two (2!!) doubles that feature four fan favorite creature feature flicks. On May 26th, the gang at Sf is ready to unleash both a double feature of Empire Of Ants/Jaws Of Satan, and the fan favorite old school classic films The Food Of The Gods/Frogs.

Quite the set of releases, both Empire Of Ants/Jaws Of Satan and The Food Of The Gods/Frogs are releases that not only provide some hellish entertainment, but interesting trivia, included via brand new interviews with the films’ stars and special effects people as well. I don’t know about your friend fanatics, but these larger than life films are made even more enjoyable after hearing stories about everybody’s experiences with making the films.

The Food Of The Gods

Legendary director Bert I. Gordon (The Amazing Colossal Man, Attack of the Puppet People
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Clips & Trailers from The Food Of The Gods / Frogs, Empire Of The Ants / Jaws Of Satan Double Feature Blu-rays

On May 26th, Scream Factory's unleashing nature-gone-wrong creature features, including the killer amphibians from Frogs, the giant rats from The Food of the Gods, the killer ants of Empire of the Ants, and the creepy king cobra from Jaws of Satan.

The Food Of The Gods

"Legendary director Bert I. Gordon (The Amazing Colossal Man, Attack of the Puppet People) – the father of the "gigantic creature" genre – delivers this spine-tingling tale of ecology gone berserk. Based on H.G. Wells' classic horror novel, The Food of the Gods predicts a terrifying future where oversized animals are suddenly at the top of the food chain and ready to take over!

On a remote island, a mysterious substance is oozing from the ground. A farmer sees that it acts as a growth hormone and thinks his fortune is made. But when rats, chickens, worms and wasps begin sampling the potent substance, they morph into bloodthirsty giants!
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The Food of the Gods / Frogs & Empire of the Ants / Jaws of Satan Double Feature Blu-ray Release Details

Long before he co-starred as James Dalton's memorable mentor and friend in Road House, Sam Elliott took on killer amphibians in 1972's Frogs, and with Scream Factory offering up two double doses of nature-gone-wrong creature features, Frogs is invading homes on Blu-ray this May along with the giant rats of The Food of the Gods, the killer ants of Empire of the Ants, and the creepy king cobra from Jaws of Satan.

Press release - "This spring, nature strikes back! On May 26, 2015 Scream Factory presents Food of the Gods and Frogs, two nature-gone-berserk shockers on Blu-ray for the first time. This release comes complete with bonus features, including new interviews with the films’ stars Belinda Balaski and Joan Van Ark.

The Food Of The Gods

Legendary director Bert I. Gordon (The Amazing Colossal Man, Attack of the Puppet People) – the father of the "gigantic creature" genre – delivers this spine-tingling tale of ecology gone berserk.
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2 Classic Horror Br Double Packs Due in May

Food Of The Gods / Frogs & Empire Of The Ants / Jaws Of Satan

On Blu-ray May 26, 2015

This spring, nature strikes back! On May 26, 2015 Scream Factory presents Food of the Gods and Frogs, two nature-gone-berserk shockers on Blu-ray for the first time. This release comes complete with bonus features, including new interviews with the films’ stars Belinda Balaski and Joan Van Ark.

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Scream Factory Gives Horror Lovers Two Creature Double Features This May!!

In the words of the great Samuel L. Jackson: “Hold onto your butts”. Always known to please genre fans, whether they be the Halloween types of the more obscure genre films like Exterminators Of The Year 3000, it’s safe to say the gang at Sf know their audience and kick ass giving fans fun and exciting releases. Coming this May 26th, Scream Factory is not only release one creature feature double feature, but Two, with the release of Food Of The Gods / Frogs and Empire Of The Ants / Jaws Of Satan. I don’t know about you fright fanatics, but the news of these releases gives me one hell of a grin. Each double feature set includes an H.G. Wells adaption, along with another creature film to wet your whistle for days.

The Food Of The Gods

Legendary director Bert I. Gordon (The Amazing Colossal Man, Attack of the Puppet People
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Frogs (1972) review

Reviewed by Kevin Scott

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Frogs (1972)

Written by: Robert Huchison, Robert Blees

Directed by: George McCowan

Cast: Sam Elliot (Pickett Smith), Ray Milland (Jason Crockett), Joan Van Arc (Karen Crockett), Adam Roarke (Clint Crockett), Judy Pace (Bella Garrington), Mae Mercer (Maybelle), Lynn Borden (Jenny Crockett)

One great truth that I have learned is that there are truly no new things. There are only old things happening to new people. Agree or disagree, I’m using it in this particular instance to describe a little subgenre of the horror film, the eco horror film. My picks for horror movie watching in general are usually split between about 70 percent random and about 30 percent deliberate. It’s usually the random ones that are the most fun. I’m a sucker for American International Pictures flicks from the 1970’s. They fall under a few different types of classifications, but they are all Grindhouse
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Check Out the Knots Landing Reunion on Home & Family (Photos)

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Check Out the Knots Landing Reunion on Home & Family (Photos)
Since fans can't get back the cul-de-sac, Home & Family decided to bring the cul-de-sac back to fans! On Thursday, the talk show will feature a special reunion of Knots Landing castmembers Joan Van Ark and Donna Mills, as well as Kevin Dobson, Michele Lee and Ted Shackelford. Even Alec Baldwin, who appeared on the Dallas spin-off from 1984-85, showed up via Skype. The cast talked a lot about the primetime soap's legacy with hosts Mark Steines and Cristina Ferrare. "David Jacobs, who created the show with Michael Filerman, said that Dallas was about 'them' and Knots Landing was about 'us,
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Check Out the Knot's Landing Reunion on Home & Family (Photos)

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Check Out the Knot's Landing Reunion on Home & Family (Photos)
Since fans can't get back the cul-de-sac, Home & Family decided to bring the cul-de-sac back to fans! On Thursday, the talk show will feature a special reunion of Knot's Landing castmembers Joan Van Ark and Donna Mills, as well as Kevin Dobson, Michele Lee and Ted Shackelford. Even Alec Baldwin, who appeared on the Dallas spin-off from 1984-85, showed up via Skype. The cast talked a lot about the primetime soap's legacy with hosts Mark Steines and Cristina Ferrare. "David Jacobs, who created the show with Michael Filerman, said that Dallas was about 'them' and Knot's Landing was about 'us,
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“Knots Landing” Reunion, More on Hallmark’s Home & Family!

TV Picks: This Thursday tune into Hallmark for a special episode of “Home & Family” with a cast reunion from the classic nighttime drama, “Knots Landing”!On Thursday, December 11:Mark Steines and Cristina Ferrare are hosting a “Knots Landing” reunion with your cast favorites: Donna Mills, Joan Van Ark, Michele Lee, Ted Shackelford and Kevin Dobson as they share memories, surprises, and music! Michele Lee performs the holiday favorite “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”. Kevin Dobson and Ted Shackelford join Cristina in the kitchen to make a fluffy Angel Food Cake! Donna Mills shows us how to create makeup to […]
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Scream Factory Announces The Food of the Gods / Frogs Double Feature Blu-ray

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“Shocktober” continues with Scream Factory announcing two more titles they will be bringing to Blu-ray next year: 1976’s The Food of the Gods and 1972’s Frogs. The former (loosely based on an H. G. Wells novel) sees a pro football player take on giant rats, while the latter stars Sam (Road House) Elliot as a photographer evading murderous amphibians. Both take place on islands where nature has taken over.

“Happy Monday! Our month-long “Shocktober” celebration and countdown to Halloween continues with two more films to reveal: We are pairing 1972’s swampy Frogs (starring Sam Elliott) and 1976’s giant animal-ridden Food Of The Gods (starring Pamela Franklin) together on the Blu-ray format as a double-feature! Expect to see the release emerge next Summer.

We still have more films to announce this month so be sure to check back here on our page this month to be the first to see them!
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Briefs: Rebooting “The Powerpuff Girls,” Crowning Mr. Gay Europe, And Levi’s Shows Its Pride

Birthday shoutouts go to Justin Tranter (above), who is 34, Joan Van Ark is 71, Laurie Metcalf is 59, and Joe McElderry is 23.

6 Reasons Not To Miss Heathers The Musical

Cartoon Network is rebooting The Powerpuff Girls with an all-new series.

Ban on Gay Conversion Therapy Clears N.Y. State Assembly

Congrats to Jack Johansson, who has been named Mr. Gay Europe

Via Towleroad comes this sweet marriage proposal.

Levi’s has introduced a Pride Collection for June in select stores

Here’s the latest trailer for Broadway Bares, which takes place this Sunday.

And here’s The Weekly ShoutOUT™. Each week we’re going to focus on one out athlete/performer and feature a daily pic and career timeline. We’ll be showcasing the big names, but also the lesser-known gay celebs who deserve more recognition. This week we give a Birthday week ShoutOUT™ to … Joe McElderry.

Newly 23-year-old Joe first auditioned
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Exclusive: 'Knot's Landing' cast reunite for Oprah's 'Where Are They Now?'

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Exclusive: 'Knot's Landing' cast reunite for Oprah's 'Where Are They Now?'
The battling blondes of "Knot's Landing" are back. The stars of CBS' long-running primetime soap are reunite for this Sunday's "Oprah: Where Are They Now?," and we have an exclusive clip. The episode features stars Joan Van Ark, Donna Mills and Antonio Sabato, Jr.   "Knot's" was a spin-off of the legendary "Dallas," and aired from 1979 to 1993. Throughout its run, it also starred Nicollette Sheridan, William Devane, Michelle Lee, and many others. At the reunion, Van Ark and Mills reveal that they were always good pals offscreen, discuss the ups and downs of plastic surgery, and talk a bit about their personal lives. In the exclusive clip at the top of the page, Mills gets teary-eyed discussing her adopted daughter, Chloe Mills. Model-turned-actor Sabato, Jr. also opens up, discussing his Italian heritage and his arrival in the U.S. at age 13. Keeping the episode in soap land, Oprah also talks to Candy Spelling,
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Dallas Producers Revisit Jr's Funeral, Preview Mysteries Ahead

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Yesterday, the cast of Dallas spoke to TV Fanatic about their memories of Larry Hagman and how it felt on set working on the emotional farewell episode, “Jr’s Masterpiece.” Aside from the flowing of tears, however, the installment also masterfully included oodles of great story...

Are Sue Ellen and Gary going to hit the sheets or just fall of the wagon together? Will Emma have pills And John Ross as her new addictions? And what exactly does Bobby know about Jr’s death?

Who better to fill us in on the big story decisions from this week than Executive Producers Cynthia Cidre (who wrote last night’s fabulous episode) and Michael Robin. Read on for excerpts from our exclusive Q&A...

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TV Fanatic: I’m sure the whole challenge of taking the story from this point on was daunting. Where did you start?

Cynthia Cidre: Necessity is
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'Knots Landing' returns to UK TV on CBS Drama

Re-runs of classic Us soap Knots Landing will air on CBS Drama from April, it has been confirmed.

It will be the first time the classic TV show has aired in the UK for nearly 17 years. It joins CBS Drama's current lineup of classic Americans soaps, which includes original series of Dallas, Melrose Place and Dynasty.

The Dallas spin-off was a big ratings hit in the '80s for CBS in America. It originally aired in the UK on the BBC.

Chris Sharp, chief programming officer for CBS Chello Zone channels, said: "After the amazing success of Dallas on CBS Drama, our viewers have demanded that we show Knots Landing next, bringing it back to UK television after 17 years.

"We are very enthusiastic about its launch. The series has many energetic storylines and incredible captivating cliff-hanging episodes, which we're sure will appeal to our ever-growing, loyal audience."

Set in a fictional coastal suburb in La,
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What to Watch Tuesday: Private Practice's Big Goodbye, Parenthood's Season Finale and More

What to Watch Tuesday: Private Practice's Big Goodbye, Parenthood's Season Finale and More
On TV this Tuesday: Private Practice takes down its shingle, Flashpoint goes out with a boom, Pioneers of Television pays homage to Krystal Carrington and her ilk and Parenthood wraps its season. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.

8 pm The Taste (ABC) | Two-hour premiere: In this new series, 29 cooks try to impress foodies Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Ludovic Lefebvre and Brian Malarkey with a single spoonful. From there, they make it into the competition rounds… or don’t.

8 pm Pioneers of Television (PBS) | Adjust your shoulder pads and sharpen those claws,
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