14 items from 2012
Review by Sam Moffitt
Bad movies have been a cult all their own at least since the publication of the Medved Brother’s book The 50 Worst Movies of All Time. Although my bet is that it started with the publication of Joe Dante’s article the 50 Worst Horror Movies of All Time (Or was it 25?) in Famous Monsters of Filmland in the 1960′s I had that issue and had seen some of those movies. I assumed Joe Dante was a grown man and found out years later he was about the same age as me when he submitted that article to Forry Ackerman. I loved reading Famous Monsters and Monster World but it never occurred to me to write an article and submit it as Joe Dante did (and Stephen King as Forry later told in interviews, although he made it a point not to publish fiction).
After the Medved »
- Movie Geeks
In a perfect video to watch on Election Day — or really any day for that matter — video mixologists Wreck & Salvage have put together an astounding compendium of clips of U.S. presidents from sci-fi flicks, comedies, drama, action movies and more. If you have trouble matching each Potus with each movie, below is a handy guide provided by W&S of the 51 films they’ve cribbed from.
The clips, of course, aren’t strung together willy-nilly. There’s a definite arc, flow and rhythm that provide a quasi narrative. Most movie presidents are there to deliver the “oh shit” news to the country — aliens are going to kill us all, an asteroid is going to kill us all, the economy’s in the toilet, all plant life is dying, etc. You know the “oh shit” news is coming when you hear the clichéd refrain, “Good evening, my fellow Americans.” (Actually, »
- Mike Everleth
Special effects king Ray Harryhausen revolutionised cinema with skeletal armies and man-eating dinosaurs
Ownership of films is usually the preserve of directors and actors. You will hear of the new Paul Thomas Anderson movie, or the new Tom Cruise vehicle. But such films as The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, (1958), Jason and the Argonauts (1963)and Clash of the Titans (1981) are Ray Harryhausen films, regardless of who directed and acted in them. One Million Years BC, a film for which, unusually in his career, he was brought in as a hired hand, (1966) isn't even regarded as a Hammer or Raquel Welch movie. No other technician or artist working in film can make such a claim.
"Everyone has their own right way of doing things," explains Harryhausen, now aged 92. "I'd probably call myself a film-maker rather than just a special effects man. I'd often come up with the story, advise on the script, »
- Phelim O'Neill
Reviewed by Chris Wright, MoreHorror.com
Directed by: Fred Olen Ray
Written by: Fred Olen Ray
Starring: Jo-Ann Robinson (D.J.), Richard Hench (Randy/Black Claw), Roger Maycock (Kershaw Ellerbe), Frank McDonald (Ben), Carol Sue Flockhart (Louise), Barbara Magnusson (Ellen), Kirk Alyn (Professor Machen), Carroll Borland (Dr. Sharon Reynolds), Cynthia Hartline (Ann), Forrest Ackerman(Professor Trentwood), George Randall (Billy), Jay Walker (Kyle)
I went into Scalps with the notion that I was going to hate it but wound up being pleasantly surprised by the film. This movie was far from perfect but I enjoyed it for the most part. First released in the United States in 1983 with one of Continental Video’s trademark “double feature” VHS and later released as an anniversary DVD.
The premise for this one is fairly simple. Several college kids taking archaeology classes together travel to an ancient Indian burial ground to search for artifacts. »
Can you imagine a world without Indiana Jones, Back to the Future or Reservoir Dogs? These films are acknowledged as timeless classics, with generation after generation able to enjoy their brilliance. But in our cinematic world of blistering highs and gut wrenching lows, there are hundreds of projects that miss their chance to reach the big screen. Some are crazy projects and dreams of individuals, many remaining as scripts and doodles in attics and garages as the passing of time and people leads them to become little more than rumours in the wind. How different could things have been? Were we saved from these disasters or did we miss out on just as equally great films as mentioned earlier?
In this new weekly feature, if you’ll allow me, I’d like to celebrate the “what if?” projects that range from the greatest and grandest biographies to the alternative versions »
- David Brake
For years now Island Of Lost Souls has been DVD’s most glaring omission from the Golden Age of Horror. It won the Rondo Award several times for Film Most in Need of DVD Released or Restoration , but last October, classic horror fans rejoiced when Criterion finally released the film. They were not disappointed and this year, not surprisingly, Island Of Lost Souls won the Rondo for Best Classic DVD.
Island Of Lost Souls (1932), the first adaption of H.G.Well’s 1896 novel The Island of Dr. Moreau was one several shocking horror films from the early 30′s that helped advance the enforcement of the Hays Code, Hollywood’s self-censoring rules deeming “no picture shall be produced that will lower the moral standards of those who see it.”. It wasn’t Island Of Lost Souls’s radical scenes of horror (like Freaks) or the deviant sexuality (like the Frederick March version of Dr. »
- Tom Stockman
DC nerds (by which I mean comic book fans, not policy wonks) are currently in a wait-and-see period. All eyes are on next year's "Man of Steel" to see if that somehow perpetuates a DC Movie Universe. One possible future includes a string of films jumpstarted by the Christopher Nolan movies. If things continue linearly from "The Dark Knight Rises" it means we may see Joseph Gordon-Levitt zipping across the night skies of Gotham as Batman. Or Nightwing. Or Robin. Or maybe we won't see him at all.
As you can see, where there are Infinite Earths, there is Crisis. The good news is this: if you want to see Jgl as a superhero you don't have to wait for the Yellow Sun to align perfectly with the Hollywood studio system. You can go see "Premium Rush" this weekend.
"Premium Rush?" The bicycle movie? Hells to the why ee ess, »
- Jordan Hoffman
Lorelei is a seductive succubus who battles a murderous cult to save the world as she makes her graphic novel debut in the 152-page paperback.
According to the official description:
She stalks the streets of New York: a redheaded angel of vengeance named Lorelei, who preys on those who would prey on the weak. As deadly as she is beautiful, she takes from evildoers the one thing for which they no longer have a use: their souls. And now she's ready to face her greatest challenge: the graphic novel market.
Lorelei: Sects and the City is a mature readers graphic novel written by bestselling author Steven A. Roman (X-Men: The Chaos Engine Trilogy, The Saga of Pandora Zwieback), with art by Eliseu Gouveia (The Phantom, Infiniteens), Steve Geiger (Web of Spider-Man, »
- David Bentley
7:35 Pm: Editor in Chief Ed Blair is introducing the Famous Monsters panel, starring the 2012 Comic Con All-Star Team!
7:45 Pm: What is Famous Monsters doing at Comic Con? We’ve just introduced issue #263, featuring 2 stunning and collectible covers: 100 Years of Universal Pictures (complete with out favorite Golden Age monsters), as well as 30 years of John Carpentar’s The Thing! 30 copies of the special Comic Con edition of The Thing cover are running out fast!
7:46 Pm: We are giving out a custom gaming computer commemorating the life and works of Ray Bradbury. See the Famous Monsters Facebook page for information on how to enter and win the limited and very special edition!
7:48 Pm: Dan Herman of Hermes Press describes the plan to go back and digital reconstruct each and every issue of Famous Monsters of Filmland. They will reproduce the magazines in hardback, archival editions that generation after generation can enjoy. »
- Brandon Moore
The science fiction world suffered a great loss with the death of the legendary Ray Bradbury, who departed this universe on June 5th 2012 at the age of 91. An incredible influence on the genre during the forties and fifties, Bradbury re-defined 20th Century American fiction with a prolific output that tackled a wide variety of subjects. But it was science fiction that he will be best remembered for. Most of his short stories and novels depicted a bleak utopian future ruled by media technology. This was made all the more unique by the fact that Bradbury never drove a car. His most famous works are The Illustrated Man, Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles.
The family tree itself had one interesting skeleton in the cupboard. Bradbury’s ancestor was Mary Bradbury, who was tried as a witch during the infamous Salem Witch Trials of 1692. She was married to Massachusetts born Captain Thomas Bradbury. »
By Jason Lees, MoreHorror.com
My love of all things Chainsaw knows no bounds. I love the movie and everything about it. I think it’s a time capsule of an era of filmmaking we’ll probably never see again. I also think it’s still one of the scariest damned movies ever made.
Having said that (repeatedly) I should also point out that this means I watch and read just about everything I can on the film. That means documentaries and books, and I’m always on the lookout for reviews and interviews. One of my faves is by John Bloom that’s floating around the internet.
It’s not exactly that hard these days to find stuff on Chainsaw. It used to take some serious searching through old Fangorias and Gorezones to find little bits of info. Now all it takes is wi fi or a dvd player. »
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By Todd Garbarini
New Zealand film director Peter Jackson is a favorite among genre fans most notably for his early, off-the-wall gross-out comedy/horror films. Anyone who has seen Mr. Jackson's early work – specifically Bad Taste (1987), Meet the Feebles (1989), and Dead Alive (1992) – cannot help but wonder how in the world he managed to score the director’s chair for the film versions of J.R.R. Tolkien’s massive epic about hobbits and Middle Earth. These three films, while highly entertaining, are exercises in excess and were not embraced by the masses, although they have all since developed cult followings. Bad Taste, about aliens who invade a fictitious village in New Zealand in order to harvest human beings for their outer space franchise of fast food, took four years to make on weekends and was a gross-out success. It permitted Mr. Jackson to secure »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Horror fans today are spoiled. With the vast array of films available on DVD and Blu-ray via storefronts like Best Buy and Fye, online outlets like Amazon and Deep Discount, and rental/streaming services such as Netflix, there are few films that are unattainable. Virtually anything one might hear of is available some way, somewhere. But it wasn't always so...
Back at a time before disc (or VHS for that matter), the only way - and I mean the Only way - to see classic and not so classic genre pictures was on broadcast television. As a kid, I remember getting the local TV Guide and a yellow highlighter and systematically going through the listings, marking each and every show time of movies I'd heard about either from friends or ones that were obliquely mentioned in Forry Ackerman's Famous Monsters of Filmland . I would meticulously go over each entry »
A new B-movie zombie film, slash vampire film, is being released by Phase 4 Films May 1st on DVD called The Dead Undead. The film stars Luke Goss as Jack a leader of a group of commandos. They are trying to eradicate a disease that turns vampires into the undead? The plot seems slightly confusing, but this is essentially vampires vs. zombies. In the trailer below, there is lots of gunfire as Jack holds back the hordes of the undead. The awkward pauses in the clip dampens the affect. However, there are lots of zombie film fans out there, so give the reel a look inside.
Release Date: May 1st, 2012 (DVD).
Prepare for lots of gunfire. The trailer for »
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14 items from 2012
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