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17 items from 2014


White Lightning – The Blu Review

7 December 2014 7:30 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“The good, they die young!”

White Lightning from 1973 is my favorite Burt Reynolds flick. Sure, Deliverance and Boogie Nights may be better movies, but White Lightning is the film that best showcases that special Burt magic. I saw it at the theater at least twice when it was new and it was a TV perennial for a while but a couple years back, I got the hankering to watch White Lightning again and was disappointed to find it had never had a DVD release. Now Kino-Lorber has rectified that with a fantastic new Blu-ray release – but with one major caveat.

White Lightning is full of booze, broads, car chases, corruption and revenge — all the things that make life worthwhile! The moonshiner has been a staple of the movies since Robert Mitchum made ‘em eat dust in Thuder Road in 1958. White Lightning was a tough country melodrama in which hard-driving Bogen County, »

- Tom Stockman

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Shane Black's 'Predator' Is a Sequel, Not a Reboot

25 June 2014 5:47 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The big news item that surfaced yesterday was that Shane Black has come aboard to direct, produce and oversee the writing process on 20th Century Fox's Untitled Predator Reboot. The filmmaker will first write the outline before his The Monster Squad co-writer Fred Dekker takes over screenplay duties.

Naturally, no plot details were revealed in yesterday's story, but today, Shane Black revealed in a new interview that this project is definitely not a reboot, calling it an "inventive sequel."

"Why start over, when you've all this rich mythology yet to mine? (I can) really get behind inventive sequels, the idea of expanding and exploring the existing Predator mythology, rather than hitting the restart button."

The filmmaker also added that Fred Dekker is the "perfect" choice to write the screenplay for Untitled Predator Reboot, and that he "had a blast" working with the writer on The Monster Squad.

Shane Black actually »

- MovieWeb

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'Predator' Reboot Gets 'Iron Man 3' Director Shane Black

24 June 2014 1:40 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

20th Century Fox has hired Shane Black to write, produce and direct a Predator reboot.

Shane Black will first write an initial outline laying out the story, before Fred Dekker, Shane Black's old college friend and co-writer of The Monster Squad, takes over screenwriting duties. Shane Black will oversee the entire writing process.

Shane Black, who was considered an early screenwriting phenom for his Lethal Weapon and The Monster Squad scripts, actually had a minor role as Hawkins in the original Predator. He was initially asked to rewrite the Predator script. After turning down the job several times, 20th Century Fox offered him the role of Hawkins, which he agreed to take on. Upon arriving to the set in South America, he was asked to take a look at the script, but he still refused to work on it.

John Davis, who produced the original Predator with Joel Silver and Lawrence Gordon, »

- MovieWeb

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Review: Evilspeak (Blu-ray)

20 June 2014 2:25 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Evilspeak wasn’t a film I grew up with, although it was one of those movies that I had always heard a lot about- mostly due to its ‘outrageously graphic’ content, which a good portion of ended up on the cutting room floor back in 1981. The cult classic has finally been resurrected in high definition, courtesy of Scream Factory, in a presentation befitting all of Clint Howard’s Satan-fueled nerd rage and gory aftermath that followed.

Howard plays Stanley Coopersmith, an orphan who is constantly bullied at the military academy that he is forced to attend after his parents were killed in an automobile accident. Stanley is the very definition of awkward, which makes it all the easier for his classmates (and even teachers) to pick on him and torment him mercilessly. While cleaning out the chapel’s basement on campus one afternoon, Stanley stumbles upon an ancient spell book »

- Heather Wixson

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‘Evilspeak’ Blu-ray Review (Scream Factory)

27 May 2014 3:05 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Clint Howard, R.G. Armstrong, Joe Cortese, Claude Earl Jones, Haywood Nelson, Don Stark, Charles Tyner, Hamilton Camp, Louie Gravance, Jim Greenleaf, Lynn Hancock, Loren Lester | Written by Eric Weston, Joseph Garofalo | Directed by Eric Weston

From the 1970’s and 80’s to now, one thing will always be a sad constant: bullies will always exist. And there will always be that weak-willed teenager who is the constant target of these awful people. But, there’s always this fulfillment that comes about from films like Patrick and Carrie, that the bullied kid has a tendency to lash out at those who oppress them with otherworldly forces. These kids search outward for any escape and that leads them to some very dark corners. In the case of Evilspeak, that dark corner is The Devil himself, and the results are typically gory and fantastically outrageous.

Put simply, Evilspeak, is about a thousand pounds »

- Nathan Smith

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May 13th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Evilspeak and I, Frankenstein

12 May 2014 3:35 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Hey everyone! We’re back again with a look at the DVD and Blu-ray horror titles coming your way this week. Not only does Scream Factory have a double dose of terror in high definition on tap for you guys but we’ve also got two different collections of modern horror goodies being released by Anchor Bay Entertainment as well.

And for those of you who might have missed it in theaters earlier this year, I, Frankenstein is making its home debut this week as well. It’s kind of a light week for horror fans but there are definitely some worthwhile goodies to bring home this week- check them out below!

Spotlight Titles:

Evilspeak (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)

Life sucks for Stanley Coppersmith (Clint Howard, Rock ‘n’ Roll High School), a teenage outcast who’s bullied by everyone at a strict military academy. When Stanley discovers the crypt of a »

- Heather Wixson

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‘The Beast Within’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Video)

12 May 2014 12:07 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Ronny Cox, Bibi Besch, Paul Clemens, Don Gordon, R.G. Armstrong, Katherine Moffat, L.Q. Jones, Logan Ramsey, John Dennis Johnston, Ron Soble, Luke Askew, Meshach Taylor, Boyce Holleman | Written by Tom Holland | Directed by Philippe Mora

The Beast Within is a strange movie, you spend a lot of the time thinking it’s a strange werewolf film and the rest wondering just what the hell the beast is.  The fact is though if you take your time and watch it you realise that the so-called Beast is unique, by listening to the commentary and watching the documentary included in this release you realise that the creature is in fact a cicada.  I know, I had to look up what it was too.

The Beast Within starts with newlyweds Eli and Caroline MacCleary (Ronny Cox and Bibi Besch) enjoying their honeymoon until their car breaks down on a cold dark country road. »

- Paul Metcalf

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The Beast Within Blu-ray Review

11 May 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Philippe Mora

Starring: Ronny Cox, Bibi Besch, Paul Clemens, Don Gordon, R.G. Armstrong, Katherine Moffat, L.Q. Jones, Logan Ramsey, John Dennis Johnston

Running Time: 98 Minutes

Certificate: 18

Extras: Making Of, Director’s Commentary

The Beast Within hints towards a werewolf film, with its imagery of a full moon and a credit mentioning “Transformation effects.” However, this is far from a werewolf tale although it does take onboard some of the key elements. In order to make this a much fresher piece there are ideas of possession too and an overall theme of circularity and metamorphosis.

Ronny Cox and Bibi Besch play a just married couple whose car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, as Eli (Cox) goes for help, Caroline (Besch) is attacked by an unseen creature who rapes her before disappearing into the night. 17 years later and the couple now have a 17 year old son who is a »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Original Trailers for Evilspeak and Final Exam

29 April 2014 8:22 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Scream Factory’s May releases include 80′s cult classics Evilspeak and Final Exam, and they’ve released the original theatrical trailers for both titles.

“This May, Scream Factory™ invites loyal fans and horror movie enthusiasts to combat the stress associated with long office hours and final exams with a double dose of 80s high-camp horror romps when Eric Weston’s Evilspeak, starring Clint Howard (Rock ‘n’ Roll High School), R.G. Armstrong (Children of the Corn), Joseph Cortese (Death Collector), Claude Earl Jones (Dark Night of the Scarecrow), Haywood Nelson (What’s Happening!), Don Stark (That ‘70s Show), Charles Tyner (Father Murphy), Lenny Montana (The Godfather), Richard Moll (Night Court), and Jimmy Huston’s Final Exam, starring Cecile Bagdadi, Joel S. Rice (Bounty Hunters), arrive on Blu-ray™ for the first time on May 13, 2014. Each movie collection boasts anamorphic widescreen movie presentation and insightful bonus content. Evilspeak and Final Exam Blu-ray™ editions »

- Jonathan James

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Watch the Story Behind Jean-Claude Van Damme as the Original 'Predator'

8 April 2014 5:23 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Before Jean-Claude Van Damme had his breakout role in the martial-arts drama Bloodsport, the Muscles from Brussels was originally set to play the title character in Predator. At the time, the creature design was much different, with the actor spending a few days on the set running around in a red, lobster-esque suit, which we can now see thanks to The Monster Show, a web series put on by the Stan Winston School of Character Arts. Steve Johnson, who worked on Predator and a number of iconic movies such as Ghostbusters and The Abyss, explained how unhappy Jean-Claude Van Damme was with the suit, how he thought he would be able to showcase his martial arts skills in this movie and much more, along with footage from his early days on the set, and images of the original costume design.

Of course, after the 5'9" Jean-Claude Van Damme left the project, »

- MovieWeb

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For Love of The Devil and Witchcraft: Jerry’s Five Favorite Cult Films!

3 April 2014 8:52 PM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Let’s face it: being bad is always so much more interesting than being good. Much of my early years were spent in a small church, filled with many youth sleepovers in which a young Jerry would get scared shitless by people saying that Satanists were kidnapping and killing kids everywhere and that I would burn in hell if I listened to metal or watched horror films. Bummer for those folks, because talks of cults and the devil and metal and horror films only led to what ended up becoming an obsession, due to those subjects being so “bad” and taboo.

I grew up with an obsession and adoration of horror films involving cults, the devil and witches, and since April is Icons of Fright’s 10-year anniversary, we wanted to provide a nonstop assault of fun, original content, all written in our own respective voices. When thinking of that, »

- Jerry Smith

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New on Video: ‘El Dorado’

13 March 2014 9:17 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

El Dorado

Written by Leigh Brackett

Directed by Howard Hawks

USA, 1966

When El Dorado was first shown in 1966, the Western in its classical form was beginning to disappear from American cinema. John Ford, synonymous with the genre, released his last feature that year, and El Dorado would be the second-to-last film by its own legendary director, Howard Hawks. The Western was evolving and its old masters were giving way to modern innovators. The stylishly self-conscious films of Sergio Leone first signaled the shift (the films of his “Dollars Trilogy” came out in 1964-1966), and it was certified by the critical, ominous, and violent The Wild Bunch, directed by Sam Peckinpah in 1969. Hawks decried the slow-motion bloodletting of Peckinpah. He argued that he could kill four men, get them to the morgue, and bury them before this newcomer could get one on the ground.

With this as the context of its gestation, »

- Jeremy Carr

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2 New Reasons to Scream – Evilspeak and Final Exam!

5 March 2014 1:25 PM, PST | Horror News | See recent Horror News news »

This May, Scream Factory™ invites loyal fans and horror movie enthusiasts to combat the stress associated with long office hours and final exams with a double dose of 80s high-camp horror romps when Eric Weston’s Evilspeak, starring Clint Howard (Rock ‘n’ Roll High School), R.G. Armstrong (Children of the Corn), Joseph Cortese (Death Collector), Claude Earl Jones (Dark Night of the Scarecrow),  Haywood Nelson (What’s Happening!), Don Stark (That ‘70s Show), Charles Tyner (Father … Continue reading →

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- Horrornews.net

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Scream Factory Reveals Full Details on Evilspeak and Final Exam Blu-ray Releases

5 March 2014 12:14 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

A double dose of 1981 horror flicks will usher us into the summer, courtesy of our friends over at Scream Factory. Read on for full details about both releases, which put Evilspeak and Final Exam on Blu-ray for the very first time!

From the Press Release

This May, Scream Factory™ invites loyal fans and horror movie enthusiasts to combat the stress associated with long office hours and final exams with a double dose of 80s high-camp horror romps.

Eric Weston’s Evilspeak, starring Clint Howard (Rock ‘n’ Roll High School), R.G. Armstrong (Children of the Corn), Joseph Cortese (Death Collector), Claude Earl Jones (Dark Night of the Scarecrow), Haywood Nelson ("What’s Happening!"), Don Stark ("That ‘70s Show"), Charles Tyner (Father Murphy), Lenny Montana (The Godfather), Richard Moll ("Night Court"), and Jimmy Huston’s Final Exam, starring Cecile Bagdadi, Joel S. Rice (Bounty Hunters), arrive on Blu-ray™ for the first time »

- John Squires

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Evilspeak and Final Exam Blu-ray Release Details

5 March 2014 9:44 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Scream Factory officially announced a May release for 80′s cult classics Evilspeak and Final Exam, and we have a look at the official cover art, along with the list of bonus features:

This May, Scream Factory™ invites loyal fans and horror movie enthusiasts to combat the stress associated with long office hours and final exams with a double dose of 80s high-camp horror romps when Eric Weston’s Evilspeak, starring Clint Howard (Rock ‘n’ Roll High School), R.G. Armstrong (Children of the Corn), Joseph Cortese (Death Collector), Claude Earl Jones (Dark Night of the Scarecrow), Haywood Nelson (What’s Happening!), Don Stark (That ‘70s Show), Charles Tyner (Father Murphy), Lenny Montana (The Godfather), Richard Moll (Night Court), and Jimmy Huston’s Final Exam, starring Cecile Bagdadi, Joel S. Rice (Bounty Hunters), arrive on Blu-ray™ for the first time on May 13, 2014. Each movie collection boasts anamorphic widescreen movie presentation and insightful bonus content. »

- Jonathan James

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‘The Beast Within’ Blu-ray Review (Scream Factory)

25 January 2014 12:54 PM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Ronny Cox, Bibi Besch, Paul Clemens, Don Gordon, R.G. Armstrong, Katherine Moffat, L.Q. Jones, Logan Ramsey, John Dennis Johnston, Ron Soble, Luke Askew, Meshach Taylor, Boyce Holleman | Written by Tom Holland | Directed by Philippe Mora

When I was a kid, there were two movies that terrified me as a kid. This wasn’t the creeping dread I felt when I watched Night of the Living Dead or The Twilight Zone. No, this was outright fear, the kind that sends you under the covers, sleeping in a sheen of sweat with the lights on. And maybe it sounds silly but as someone with a highly overactive imagination who lived in the woods, I don’t find it silly at the time. But now when you’re older, you look back and feel stupid about some of the things that terrified you or the film just isn’t that good. The »

- Nathan Smith

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Blu-ray Reviews: The Beast Within and Crawlspace

21 January 2014 10:44 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Scream Factory, ever busy preserving horror’s cinematic legacy, recently released another pair of cult classics on Blu-ray, The Beast Within and Crawlspace. Today, we have another double review taking a look back at these two often overlooked genre films.

The Beast Within: The Beast Within is the first theatrical screenplay by now genre vet, Tom Holland (Fright Night, Child’s Play). It follows a sickly 17-year-old named Michael MacCleary (Paul Clemens), who, as it turns out, has the misfortune of being the offspring of a violent encounter between a murderous swamp beast and his mother (Bibi Besch).  And as Michael begins awkwardly transitioning into a man on the eve of his 18th birthday, he’s also forced to deal with the terrifying evil growing inside that he must overcome. Because, if he doesn’t face his true nature, Michael may forever be lost to his swamp beast lurking »

- Heather Wixson

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