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Catalog From The Beyond: The Killer Shrews (1959)

21 December 2016 3:00 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Ah, the carefree days of 1950s America. Suburban families had the white picket fence in the yard, the 2.3 kids in the living room, and the persistent anxiety of dying in a blast of radioactive flame. The Cold War had eyes tilted skyward in anticipation of the day the Kremlin decided to drop the big one on the Us. And while there were “plans” in place (duck and cover, kids!) most people knew that there really wasn’t a whole lot they could do if a fifty-megaton warhead came to town.

As is often the case, the horror genre reflected this anxiety through the metaphor of scientists who, instead of creating giant weapons, created giant creatures. We had enormous lizards, gargantuan spiders, and even humongous blobs of unidentified slime. By 1959, if there was something that could have been made huge, it had likely been made huge. Enter Ray Kellogg, a former »

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Killer Shrews Gear up for the Attack

4 July 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Horror News | See recent Horror News news »

For the past two years, Niagara Falls based White Lion Studios has been cooking up something awful: A splatstick remake to the 1959 cult classic “The Killer Shrews”, a low budget creature feature made popular by Mystery Science Theatre 3000.    The original film, directed by Ray Kellogg and starring James Best, is best known …

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Doris Roberts -- Film Project in Jeopardy ... Cast Keeps Dying

19 April 2016 2:34 PM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Doris Roberts' death is causing turmoil for a movie she was set to headline ... because she's the third big name attached to the flick who has died. One of the last movie roles Doris signed on for was the female lead in "Old Soldiers" ... which is still securing its last bit of financing before it starts production. Problem is ... 2 of the other major roles belonged to Mickey Rooney and James Best ... who died in 2014 and 2015 respectively. »

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Review: "Hooper" (1978) Starring Burt Reynolds, Sally Field And Brian Keith; Blu-ray Release

11 February 2016 1:22 PM, PST | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By John M. Whalen

Back in 1978, Burt Reynolds was still at the beginning of a cycle of six action comedies that he made with director Hal Needham—a cycle that started with “Smokey and the Bandit “(1977) and ended with “Cannonball Run II” (1984).  One of the best of these films was “Hooper”—a tribute to Hollywood’s unsung hero, the Hollywood stunt man. “Hooper” was a very personal film for both Reynolds and Needham who both started their movie careers as stunt doubles. Needham started doing stunt work in the early years of live TV in New York and is best remembered for his stunt driving in Steve McQueen’s “Bullitt” (1968). Reynolds also began in TV and parlayed his athletic ability along with his good looks to become one of tinseltown’s biggest stars. In a very real way, “Hooper” is even more personal film for Reynolds, because one of the »

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