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Christmas is a time for tradition – presents, decorations, carols, and mince pies. But what better tradition to celebrate than the Christmas movie? Join The Hollywood News for the Movie Advent Calendar – a film each day ’til Christmas. For the full Advent Calendar so far, click here.
Everybody has a favourite Christmas movie from their childhood, and it usually indicates their age. For me, and for millions of others who grew up in the 1980s and 90s, the ultimate festive film is Home Alone (1990). Directed by Chris Columbus and written/produced by John Hughes, it became an instant classic. The image of our hero, Kevin McCallister, screaming at the camera with his hands clasped to his face has been woven into the fabric of popular culture. The slapstick, the music, the right of passage, the surprising and possibly shocking levels of extreme violence and a polka-playing John Candy are but some »
- John Sharp
★★★☆☆ Opinions on what makes a good horror film usually fall into two distinct camps. On the one hand you have those which unsettle and shock audiences, but sends them home smiling. Then you have the likes of Deranged (1974), the notorious cult outing by directors Jeff Gillen and Alan Ormsbury - starring Roberts Blossom, Cosette Lee and Leslie Carlson - which leaves the viewer nauseated and repulsed, asking the question "Was that really necessary?" Deep in the heart of rural America, Ezra Cobb (Blossom) lives alone with his mother Amanda (Lee). When Amanda dies, Ezra is left to fend for himself.
Haunted by the presence of his overbearing mother, Ezra embarks on a series of inhuman acts which would go down in the annals of American history as some of the country's most depraved and heinous crimes. Over the years, the life of Ed Gein - the unhinged handyman from La Crosse County, »
- CineVue UK
While we’e been covering many of the Scream Factory releases for our Us readers, Arrow Video has been releasing horror classics in the UK for a while now and they recently announced their next set of Blu-ray releases. Take a look at release details, cover art, and bonus features for The Fall of the House of Usher, Lifeforce, Deranged, and Squirm. We’ve also included details for Motel Hell, which we covered earlier this week.
Motel Hell: “It takes all kinds of critters to make Farmer Vincent fritters!” cackle the brother-and-sister team behind the finest smoked meats in the county. They also run the friendly Motel Hello (the ‘o’ in the neon sign sometimes goes on the blink), and no matter how many times you’ve seen Psycho or The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, you can be sure that everything will be perfectly above board here as Vincent »
- Jonathan James
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 28, 2013
Price: DVD $24.95, Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Olive Films
Tom Conti stars in Reuben, Reuben.
Conti is Gowan McGland, a creatively blocked Scottish poet who ekes out a day-to-day existence by exploiting the generosity of strangers in an affluent New England suburb. His trick is to recite his verse to various arts groups and women’s clubs, bedding other men’s wives, and, hell, even steal tips from waiters at expensive restaurants. It’s not much of a life, but that’s all he has, until he meets and falls for young co-ed Geneva Spofford (Kelly McGillis, The Innkeepers). While Geneva has strong feelings too, she has everything to lose from a relationship with a drunken deadbeat poet who’s unable to hold a job.
Directed by Robert Ellis Miller, »
4 items from 2013
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