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My Love Affair With Frankenstein: The True Story – Guest Blog by Sam Irvin

“The greatest fantasy film of all time.” That was the delirious declaration I wrote in 1974 about Frankenstein: The True Story (see here for info on Dread Central’s upcoming special screening in NYC) when I put the movie on the… Continue Reading →

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Full Release Details for Elvira, Mistress Of The Dark (1988) Limited Edition Blu-ray

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Last year, German distributor Cinespectral Films announced their plans to honor the Queen of Halloween with a limited edition, all-region Blu-ray of Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (1988), and today they've released the full details and pre-order information for the anticipated home media release.

Limited to 3,000 overall items, the Elvira, Mistress of the Dark Blu-ray / DVD is available in three different cover art versions (limited to 1,000 apiece) and is slated for an April 24th release. Pre-orders are now open, and you can check out the full list of special features and cover art selections below. To learn more, visit Movie2Shop and Cinespectral Films.

Press Release: Elvira, Mistress Of The Dark Finally Busts Out In A Strictly Limited Collector’S Edition Blu-Ray Set On April 24th 2017! 3000 Copies Only!

Cinespectral Films proudly presents the 1988 cult comedy: Elvira, Mistress of the Dark for the first time ever on Blu-ray, in glorious all-new restored High Definition.
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Arrow Video Unleashing The Fury on UK Blu-ray Later This Month

The wizards at Arrow Video have been focusing their brain waves on bringing another cult treasure to hi-def life in the UK, and the result is a brand new restoration of Brian De Palma's The Fury, hitting shelves on October 28th. Don't stare too long...

From the Press Release:

Marking the film’s UK Blu-ray premiere in style, Arrow’s team of restorers have breathed new life into this telekinetic masterpiece – it’s crystal clear, incredibly vibrant and has been newly graded, all the while keeping true to Richard H. Kline’s brilliant original cinematography. 2013 year marks The Fury’s 35th birthday... it’s never looked better.

Restoration Supervisor James White says of the project – "It's been a great honour to restore The Fury, a truly fantastic film by one of my favourite directors. Its combination of sci-fi, horror and post-Watergate paranoia thriller makes it one of the key
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Tiff’s 25 Years of Midnight Madness: Best of the Fest #2

Tiff’s Midnight Madness program turned 25 this year, and for two and half decades, the hardworking programers have gathered some of the strangest, most terrifying, wild, intriguing and downright entertaining films from around the world. From dark comedies to Japanese gore-fests and indie horror gems, the Midnight Madness program hasn’t lost its edge as one the leading showcases of genre cinema. In its 25-year history, Midnight Madness has introduced adventurous late-night moviegoers to such cult faves as Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused and Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs. But what separates Midnight Madness from, say, Montreal’s three and half week long genre festival Fantasia, is that Tiff selects only ten films to make the cut. In other words, these programmers don’t mess around. Last week I decided that I would post reviews of my personal favourite films that screened in past years. And just like the Tiff programmers,
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Elvira's Haunted Hills Ready to Be Climbed in the UK

Sure our friends across the pond have all sorts of cool things at their disposal like the Film4 FrightFest and those wacky white-haired judge wigs, but they've been sorely missing one thing. Or should we say two things?

From the Press Release

UK distributor 4 DigitalMedia is turning up the heat in May when they release super-camp shlockbuster Elvira’s Haunted Hills via their Jonathan Sothcott Presents imprint.

The follow-up to 80s cult classic Elvira Mistress of the Dark makes its British DVD debut on May 28th, and 4Digital and Sothcott are bringing Elvira herself, genre icon Cassandra Peterson, to London to promote the film. Peterson will be appearing at the London Expo show on the 26th and 27th of May to meet fans and sign DVDs and will be participating in a publicity tour that week.

Sothcott, producer of such schlocky B-movies as Strippers vs. Werewolves and Big Fat Gypsy Gangster,
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Home Invasion: DVD & Blu-Ray Releases for October 4th, 2011

Home Invasion is a weekly article that we post to compile all the DVD & Blu-Ray Releases for this week that might be of interest to you. Included are links back to Amazon.com to purchase the item(s). We also included the descriptions and Specifications of the discs – if provided.

DVD & Blu-Ray Releases for October 4th, 2011:

Aaahh!!! Real Monsters: Season One

Scary doesn’t get any sillier than Season 1 of the hit Nickelodeon show Aaahh!!! Real Monsters! These monsters-in-training make fright a hoot as they try to learn the tricks of the scary monster trade. Check out Ickis, Oblina, and Krumm and their herculean efforts to master The Gromble’s class on proper scare techniques. So pull up a seat in the Monster Academy, the scariest (Not!) place under the city dump, and get ready for lessons so bizarre, they’re scary!

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Forgotten Action Cinema: Oblivion

Imagine, if you will, a cheap, second-rate sound stage dressed to resemble a typical Old West-style township, complete with poorly constructed storefronts and several idiosyncratic ceiling fans mounted from a selection of elevated planes at various intervals up and down this impossibly familiar setting. However, instead of cowboys and Indians and hookers and gunslingers and a drunken George Takei roaming the streets, you have cowboys and Indians and hookers and empaths and aliens and a drunken George Takei spouting incredibly awful “Star Trek”-related puns to the stunning sound of suffocating silence. Is this skewed sci-fi scenario a delicious fever dream perpetrated by office-born illnesses, you ask? Not quite. In fact, all of this giggly nonsense can be found lurking within the folds of director Sam Irvin’s 1994 impossibly wonky Full Moon effort “Oblivion”, a story so monumentally epic that it became necessary to split the tale into two complete feature-length productions.
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Retro Slave: Original cowboys and aliens flick Oblivion coming from Shout! Factory

Fans of Full Moon might be happy to hear that Sam Irvin's 1994 cowboys and aliens yarn Oblivion is getting the royal treatment from Shout! Factory in July. A wise move considering a certain other film involving Cowboys and Aliens is coming out around that time. Maybe you've heard of it?

Synopsis:

Zack Stone must return to Oblivion after his father is killed by the evil Red Eye. Zack is a pacifist but Oblivion needs a new sheriff to foil Red Eye and his gang of hellions.

No news on the bonuses yet, but since it's not part of a two pack and considering the great work they've been doing on their Roger Corman stuff of late i imagine it'll come with some nice extras for fans.

You can pre-order Oblivion here.

Check out the trailer after the break.

Also from Full Moon: Trancers: The Cult Classic Trilogy

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The Other 'Cowboys and Aliens' Trailer

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Filed under: Trailers and Clips, Cinematical

Back in 1994 there was a very real movie called 'Oblivion', starring Richard Joseph Paul, Jackie Swanson and Andrew Divoff, among many other people you've probably never heard of (except for maybe Isaac Hayes and George Takei, who ad-libbed a number of 'Star Trek' jokes found in the movie ). In the film, Paul played Zack Stone, a cowboy who returns to the seedy town of Oblivion after his father is killed by the villainous Red Eye. Can Zack step up and become the town's new sheriff in order to rid it of Red Eye and his evil gang of aliens?

Produced with a budget of around 2.5 million, 'Oblivion' came with the tagline: "On this planet, it's Cowboys and Aliens", which is comical, of course, because in 2011 we actually have a film coming out called 'Cowboys & Aliens'. Based on the
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The Other 'Cowboys and Aliens' Trailer

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The Other 'Cowboys and Aliens' Trailer
Filed under: Trailers and Clips, Cinematical

Back in 1994 there was a very real movie called 'Oblivion', starring Richard Joseph Paul, Jackie Swanson and Andrew Divoff, among many other people you've probably never heard of (except for maybe Isaac Hayes and George Takei, who ad-libbed a number of 'Star Trek' jokes found in the movie ). In the film, Paul played Zack Stone, a cowboy who returns to the seedy town of Oblivion after his father is killed by the villainous Red Eye. Can Zack step up and become the town's new sheriff in order to rid it of Red Eye and his evil gang of aliens?

Produced with a budget of around 2.5 million, 'Oblivion' came with the tagline: "On this planet, it's Cowboys and Aliens", which is comical, of course, because in 2011 we actually have a film coming out called 'Cowboys & Aliens'. Based on the
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Charle's Band's Oblivion and Seeing Stars: A Sci-Fi Movie Review

*Full disclosure: A DVD screener of this film was provided by Full Moon Features for review.

Director: Sam Irvin.

Writers: Charles Band, John Rheaume, Greg Suddeth, Mark Goldstein, and Peter David.

Oblivion is a sci-fi re-release of Full Moon Features original 1994 production. This picture spawned a sequel in 1996 and both films have a good selection of stars. Andrew Divoff stars as a snaked skinned villain, while South African born Musetta Vander adds an uncontainable and appealing sexuality. Both stars lay waste to a western town, set over a thousand years in the future.

The film begins with a this town is too small for the two of us type scenario and the winner is not the local sheriff, but a scaly creature known as Red Eye (Divoff). Things turn from bad to worse for the locals, as the villains turn prim and calm to sin and harm. The sheriff
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Review: A New Biography of Joan Crawford Claims "Mommie Dearest" was Mostly a Lie

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Bette Davis and Joan Crawford (right) in Baby Jane

How's this for a provocative take on Joan Crawford? Although she is one of the most-written-about women of the 20th century (and the subject of the most famous celebrity tell-all of all time, Mommie Dearest, written by her daughter Christina), much of what was written about her was ... an outright lie, or at least partially wrong.

That's the very interesting perspective behind Possessed: The Life of Joan Crawford by Donald Spoto (William Morrow, $25.99).

Spoto is a long-time biography veteran with dozens of other titles to his name (about Grace Kelly, Jackie Kennedy, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, and many others). But he seems to have a particular affinity for Joan, and even opens the book with her very kind and detailed response to a fan letter he wrote to her when he was eleven years old.

What's been written about Joan that isn't true?
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book review: Kay Thompson: From Funny Face To Eloise

By Sam Irvin (Simon and Schuster) If you only know Kay Thompson as the charismatic fashion magazine editor in the 1957 musical Funny Face, or as the author of the delightful children’s book Eloise, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Thompson was a force of nature: an innovative singing star on radio in the 1930s, a major contributor to the sound of the MGM musicals of the 1940s who created vocal arrangements and coached such eager pupils as Judy Garland and Lena Horne, the highest paid nightclub performer of the late 1940s and early 1950s, a fashion trend-setter, talent scout, mentor,…
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Fletcher, Tyson go high-def for 'Squeaky' pic

Louise Fletcher and Cicely Tyson have signed on to star in the high-definition indie Fat Rose and Squeaky for Etc...Group Entertainment. Sam Irvin will direct. The story revolves around two women and their friendship. Shooting on the film began Tuesday in San Jose, Calif. "We're very excited that our script attracted these two very talented leading ladies," Etc...Group Entertainment president Stan Harris said. "We've assembled a highly experienced production team and state-of-the-art, high-definition digital technology to support our director and put a high-quality product on screen."

'Cool' running on here! TV

'Cool' running on here! TV
The gay and lesbian premium cable network here! TV has begun production on what it calls the first-ever gay-themed family holiday special, Too Cool for Christmas. The network also has plans to film a second version with a straight-themed story line, titled A Very Cool Christmas, that will be sold internationally. Cool, produced in association with Shavick/Insight Studios, stars Brooke Nevin, George Hamilton and Donna Mills. The special, written by Michael Gelbart and directed by Sam Irvin, will air on here! TV in December.

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