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The Dusty VHS Corner: Anthony Hickox, from Sundown to Full Eclipse

3 August 2014 2:11 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

In the latest edition of The Dusty VHS Corner, Tom Jolliffe looks at the films of Anthony Hickox

Director Anthony Hickox comes from a strong cinematic lineage. His father, Douglas Hickox was also a director (Zulu Dawn, Theatre of Blood) whilst his mother is critically lauded editor Anne V. Coates (Lawrence of Arabia). A career in the film industry seemed destined, even if his start would require a lot of persistence and a lot of luck.

His debut film Waxwork almost didn’t see the light of day. Hickox met the producer, Staffan Ahrenherg when he crashed his car into the back of Ahrenberg’s. With barely a penny to his name, Hickox managed to persuade Ahrenberg to let him pay for the damage by letting him write a script for him on the cheap. Ahrenberg agreed, and Waxwork was written by Hickox in three days. The script was rejected from almost every studio, »

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Trailers From Hell Opens 'Eyes Wide Shut'

20 June 2014 9:43 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Today on Trailers From Hell, Dan Ireland assesses Stanley Kubrick's final masterpiece, "Eyes Wide Shut," starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. This dream-like treatise on sexual politics was Stanley Kubrick's final film (he died just days after previewing his final cut).  Perplexed audiences are still arguing about this one, but it nonetheless exerts the usual hypnotic Kubrickian aura. The elaborate production features a not-quite-real recreation of Greenwich Village at Pinewood's UK studios, further intensifying the distancing factor. Tom Cruise and the dazzling Nicole Kidman, whose real-life marriage was on the brink of crumbling, play a high-toned couple whose marriage is on the brink of crumbling.  For Us release the studio trimmed and digitally obscured some of the movie's ceremonial orgy scenes once Kubrick was unavailable to object.  »

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Trailers From Hell Gives Into 'Basic Instinct'

18 June 2014 10:11 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Today on Trailers from Hell, Dan Ireland looks back at Paul Verhoeven's schlocky-fun 1992 thriller "Basic Instinct," made famous by chilly blonde Sharon Stone's crotch shot for the ages. In the early eighties Hollywood was glutted with so-called "erotic thrillers" combining soft-core sex and hardcore violence that usually went straight to cable and video. In 1992, Paul Verhoeven took that same trashy template and directed "Basic Instinct," a big-budget exploitation film which didn't stint on its garishly amusing scenes of sex and violence, in fact it's probably even more provocative than its low budget forebears. Michael Douglas stars as the teeth-gritting cop who jumps into an ill-advised affair with a possibly murderous psychologist played with Hitchcockian flair by blonde ice-goddess Sharon Stone. »

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Trailers from Hell Talks Lawrence Kasdan's 'Body Heat'

16 June 2014 9:42 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Today on Trailers from Hell, Dan Ireland talks Lawrence Kasdan's sweaty, pulpy 1981 Southern gothic "Body Heat," starring Kathleen Turner. Archetypal film noirs like "The Postman Always Rings Twice" were steeped in sex but kept the main event behind closed doors. "Body Heat," Lawrence Kasdan's 1981 noir revival, puts the sex front and center (along with several other positions). Set during a heat wave in a tony Florida suburb, "Body Heat" was an enormous success and much of that can be attributed to Kathleen Turner's breakthrough performance as the sweaty femme fatale plotting her husband’s murder with her lover played by William Hurt. Mickey Rourke has an incendiary cameo as (appropriately) a demolition expert and  John Barry provided the laconically sexy soundtrack, heavy on the saxophone.  Look out for more psychosexual noirs this week, with "Basic Instinct" and "Eyes Wide Shut" coming up on Tfh! »

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Trailers from Hell Does 'The Pink Panther'

28 April 2014 8:14 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Today on Trailers from Hell, Dan Ireland takes on the first of the seven "Pink Panther" films, from 1964, starring Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau. A chameleon by nature, Peter Sellers had been turning in inspired comic performances since the early fifties - but it took the role of the habitually hapless Inspector Clouseau (originally intended for Peter Ustinov) in this first of seven "Pink Panther" comedies to catapult him to superstar status. Though director Blake Edwards' screenplay placed the bumbling detective at the center of a comic ensemble that included David Niven (who signed on expecting his role to be the lead), Capucine and Robert Wagner, Sellers would have free reign over the film's even funnier sequel, "A Shot in the Dark." Henry Mancini contributed the ultra-lounge score along with the  memorable theme song. A lamentable animated cartoon series helped kill off theatrical cartoons. »

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