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4 items from 2012

31 Days of Horror: ‘Creature from the Black Lagoon’ should have stayed from whence it came

16 October 2012 7:16 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Creature from the Black Lagoon

Directed by Jack Arnold

Written by Harry Essex and Arthur A. Ross

U.S.A. 1954

The Universal monsters that so many people recognize and accept as iconic and saw the light of day on the cinema screen were products of the 1930s, the two most popular being of course Frankenstein and Dracula, each released as early as 1931. By the 1950s, the studio’s output with regards to ‘classic’ creatures had dwindled considerably, even though science-fiction flicks were tremendously popular by then, with plenty of adventures concerning the invasion of outer-space attackers descending upon our planet. There was one particular outing that would, in fact, have a lasting impact on the collective minds of monster movie fans, that being Creature from the Black Lagoon. Part of the film’s popularity had to do with its presentation in 3D. Yes, studios were testing that technology out even »

- Edgar Chaput

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The 10 Hottest Men of Horror Films

2 October 2012 1:08 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

All moviegoing human beings go through a horror fixation at some point, and part of that ride is discovering that scary movies feature pleeeeenty of hot men. Sure, it's mostly the female babysitters and big-breasted sorority girls who steal most of the screen time, but tons of notable horror flicks feature hunks in key roles. And in key death sequences. Which is somehow therapeutic to me. Don't ask.

In honor of October's shadowy pall, here are the 10 greatest hunks of horror. Pay attention, because some of these gents may pop up again in our Best Movie Ever column this month.

10. Rider Strong, Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever is so gross, but so righteously bizarre. Part of its appeal is the eminently lovable Rider Strong, the Boy Meets World alum who rents a cabin in the woods with his idiotic friends and suffers the wrath of a disgusting virus. But before the bloody bombast takes over, »

- virtel

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Digital Fury: DVD Essentials for September (Part 1)

11 September 2012 3:11 PM, PDT | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

A Planet Fury-approved selection of notable genre releases for the first two weeks of September.

Mother's Day (1980) Anchor Bay Blu-ray & DVD Available Now

Though the company had yet to be formed, Mother’s Day was the first unofficial Troma film. Written and directed by Charles Kaufman (Loyd’s brother), it’s a violent, cheapjack revenge film with several of the patented Troma ingredients already in place. Uneasy comedic elements, amateur performances, sketchy scripting and aggressive misogyny abound. In spite of all this, Mother’s Day is also a fairly engrossing little exploitation film that seems to get better with age. Featuring the late, great Beatrice Pons as Mother Rose.

Special Features Include:

* Feature Length Audio Commentary with director Charles Kaufman and assistant art director Rex Piano

* Behind the Scenes of the Original Mother’s Day: includes Super 8 footage of screen tests and special effects (with Charles Kaufman commentary)

*Original trailer

* "Ike, »

- Bradley Harding

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The Magnetic Monster (1953) DVD Review!

3 March 2012 1:10 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

The Movie Pool has a strange attraction to The Magnetic Monster DVD!

The Set-up

Scientists battle an out-of-control isotope that sucks up energy and threatens to destroy all life on earth.

Directed by Curt Siodmak 


The Delivery

You might be surprised to learn that there is no actual monster in The Magnetic Monster. Instead, we have a killer isotope. Seriously. We have a renegade element that goes crazy after some scientist that lives above an appliance store bombards it with gamma rays or some such, much like how Bruce Banner became the Hulk. To the filmmaker's credit, they attempted to base their science fiction film on actual science, with hit and miss results. Some of it actually makes sense, but most is just technical goggledygook that sounds absurd by today's level of technical knowledge.

The film capitalized on the fear of technology and atomic power that raged in the country during the 1950s, »

- feeds@themoviepool.com (Victor Medina)

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