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‘Dunkirk’ Is Too Loud For Some Viewers, But Christopher Nolan Says That’s the Way He Likes It

26 July 2017 12:51 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Yesterday during an advance screening of “Atomic Blonde,” the roar of “Dunkirk” from the theater below could be heard — and felt — above and beyond an ass-kicking Charlize Theron. Christopher Nolan’s World War II movie is loud — but when does soundscape become bombast?

Read More: Here’s Why ‘Dunkirk’ Will Likely Make $200 Million At the Domestic Box Office

“It was Very loud. Too loud in fact,” wrote a Reddit user in a popular post titled “PSA: A warning about Dunkirk.” “It might be the loudest movie I’ve ever seen. I don’t mean like a gun shot here or an explosion there, I mean sustained loud noises for minutes at a time. For large sections of the movie the soundtrack and the effects merge in this cacophony of noise and it becomes difficult to differentiate between any of the sounds. On a number of occasions it actually distracted me »

- Chris O'Falt

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Drive-In Dust Offs: Bug (1975)

8 July 2017 11:57 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Known as the King of the Gimmicks, producer/director William Castle will surely be remembered for such B staples as House on Haunted Hill (1959), The Tingler (also ’59) and 13 Ghosts (1960), cheap but fun pictures with added pleasure for the moviegoer by the use of ingenious devices such as Emergo, Percepto, and Illusion-o. It’s only fitting that he ended his career as co-writer/producer of Jeannot Szwarc’s Bug (1975), a nature gone amok flick that becomes a Weird-o halfway through to detail a descent into madness.

Distributed by Paramount Pictures in June, Bug didn’t make much of a dent in the summer box office, bringing in a little over $3.6 million and infuriating critics. Richard Eder of The New York Times called it “sick, and literally sickening.” Some people just can’t handle arson prone killer cockroaches, I guess. Never mind them, because the rest of us get to revel in »

- Scott Drebit

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Wild, Dangerous, Imperfect, Wounded Grandeur: 18 Double Features About America

2 July 2017 9:02 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

The United States is “my country, right or wrong,” of course, and I consider myself a patriotic person, but I’ve never felt that patriotism meant blind fealty to the idea of America’s rightful dominance over global politics or culture, and certainly not to its alleged preferred status on God’s short list of favored nations, or that allegiance to said country was a license to justify or rationalize every instance of misguided, foolish, narrow-minded domestic or foreign policy.

In 2012, when this piece was first posted, it seemed like a good moment to throw the country’s history and contradictions into some sort of quick relief, and the most expedient way of doing that for me was to look at the way the United States (and the philosophies at its core) were reflected in the movies, and not just the ones which approached the country head-on as a subject. »

- Dennis Cozzalio

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Book Review: "Robert Wise: The Motion Pictures" By Joe Jordan

14 June 2017 6:31 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Dean Brierly 

For a film director with such an iconic resume, there’s a surprising scarcity of scholarly books devoted to Robert Wise, the man who directed such classics as  "West Side Story" (1961), "The Haunting" (1963), “The Sound of Music” (1965), “The Curse of the Cat People” (1944), “The Day the Earth Stood Still” (1951), “The Sand Pebbles” (1966) and many other critical and commercial successes. To say nothing of his stature as the man who edited “Citizen Kane” (1941) and “The Magnificent Ambersons” (1942) before taking up decades-long residence in the director’s chair.

Wise brought a self-effacing approach to directing, one that never drew attention to itself. He may have had the most “invisible” style of all the major directors from Hollywood’s Golden Era, which no doubt helps explain why he never had the auteur imprimatur conferred upon him by French critics who swooned over Welles’ baroque visuals, Douglas Sirk’s melodramatic excess, »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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The Picasso Summer

3 June 2017 11:54 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Yet another puzzle picture, that came out on DVD back with the first wave of Wac films in 2010. An expensive romance with Albert Finney and Yvette Mimieux, it was filmed in Europe, co-written by Ray Bradbury and bears the music of Michel Legrand, including an exceedingly well known pop song. Yet it sat on a shelf for three years, only to make a humiliating world debut on TV — on CBS’s Late Nite Movie. It was clearly one of those Productions From Hell, where nothing went right.

The Picasso Summer

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The Warner Archive Collection

1969 originally / Color / 1:85 enhanced widescreen / 90 min. / Street Date May 28, 2010 (not a mistake) / available through the WBshop / 17.99

Starring: Albert Finney, Yvette Mimieux, Luis Miguel Dominguín, Theodore Marcuse, Jim Connell,

Peter Madden, Tutte Lemkow, Graham Stark, Marty Ingels, Georgina Cookson, Miki Iveria, Bee Duffell, Lucia Bosé, Jean Marie Ingels.

Cinematography: Vilmos Zsigmond

Original Music: Michel Legrand

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- Glenn Erickson

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Rescuing the Runes: The Almost-Lost Original Long Cut of Night of the Demon

20 May 2017 10:29 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

 

— A Savant Guest Article by Wayne Schmidt

Fires, clerical errors, and lab mistakes have caused films to become unavailable in good quality, or even lost forever. Studio indifference also allows vintage films to be ignored to death, while their negatives rot in cans. So it’s great to hear a ‘lost film’ story with a happy ending.

A note from Glenn Erickson: About twenty years ago, when I worked at MGM, I had some contact with MGM’s in house Film and Video Services team, and learned how the department maintained the MGM library of film titles. My old friend Wayne Schmidt was at the time over at Sony, and busy doing much the same work for that studio’s older Columbia film library. Naturally, the first thing I asked about was the status of both studios’ Hammer film collections!

Wayne had also been a video editor, and even »

- Glenn Erickson

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#Brainwaves Episode 44: Terry Castle on William Castle and the Curse of Rosemary’s Baby Listen Now

10 May 2017 10:05 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

The latest episode of Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio was one for the books, kids! Joining us was Terry Castle, daughter of the great William Castle, whose movies like The Tingler, The House on Haunted Hill, 13 Ghosts, Mr.… Continue Reading →

The post #Brainwaves Episode 44: Terry Castle on William Castle and the Curse of Rosemary’s Baby Listen Now appeared first on Dread Central. »

- Steve Barton

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Tonight! #Brainwaves Episode 44: Terry Castle on William Castle and the Curse of Rosemary’s Baby

10 May 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

The next episode of Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio will be one for the books, kids! Joining us will be Terry Castle, daughter of the great William Castle, whose movies like The Tingler, The House on Haunted Hill, 13… Continue Reading →

The post Tonight! #Brainwaves Episode 44: Terry Castle on William Castle and the Curse of Rosemary’s Baby appeared first on Dread Central. »

- Steve Barton

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#Brainwaves Episode 44 Guest Announcement: Terry Castle on William Castle and the Curse of Rosemary’s Baby

5 May 2017 4:26 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

The next episode of Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio will be one for the books, kids! Joining us will be Terry Castle, daughter of the great William Castle, whose movies like The Tingler, The House on Haunted Hill, 13… Continue Reading →

The post #Brainwaves Episode 44 Guest Announcement: Terry Castle on William Castle and the Curse of Rosemary’s Baby appeared first on Dread Central. »

- Steve Barton

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John Waters Touts New Indie Theater as ‘Heartbeat’ of Baltimore Film — Watch

4 May 2017 10:43 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

There’s a new independent film venue in Baltimore, and John Waters is the theater’s biggest fan. The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway, a newly-renovated three-screen theater in the heart of Baltimore’s Station North Arts and Entertainment District, opened Wednesday for the first night of the 2017 Maryland Film Festival, which will now call the theater home. Waters’ 1974 film “Female Trouble” will be the first title to play at the theater following the conclusion of the Maryland Film Festival.

Read More: Trump Protest Screenings of ‘1984’: Here’s What Audiences Had to Say After One Packed Screening

“You need a theater like the Parkway to be the heartbeat where everybody comes, a center where everybody can hang out and meet people that are trying to do the same thing you are,” Waters said in a video about the renovation of the theater. “We will be able to see all the »

- Graham Winfrey

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Contest: Win The Screaming Skull (1958) on Blu-ray

25 April 2017 9:12 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

A newlywed believes her husband's late wife still lingers in their home in The Screaming Skull, and with the 1958 horror film now out on Blu-ray from Scream Factory, we've been provided with three copies to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.

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Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of The Screaming Skull.

How to Enter: We're giving Daily Dead readers multiple chances to enter and win:

1. Instagram: Following us on Instagram during the contest period will give you an automatic contest entry. Make sure to follow us at:

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2. Email: For a chance to win via email, send an email to contest@dailydead.com with the subject “The Screaming Skull Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on May 2nd. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of »

- Derek Anderson

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April 25th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Underworld: Blood Wars, The Girl With All The Gifts

24 April 2017 9:22 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Tuesday, April 25th boasts an array of diverse Blu-ray and DVD offerings with a great assortment titles both new and old. Lionsgate is releasing one of the best zombie films I’ve seen as of late, The Girl With All the Gifts, on both formats, and the most recent sequel in the Underworld franchise, Blood Wars, arrives this week on 4K Blu-ray, as well as the typical Blu and DVD discs, too.

Scream Factory is resurrecting both The Screaming Skull and I Bury the Living on Blu this Tuesday, and Arrow Video has put together a fantastic 2-Disc Special Edition set for Caltiki The Immortal Monster that fans definitely will want to pick up.

Other notable titles coming home on April 25th include a special edition release of The Vampire Bat, Mean Dreams, Detour, From Hell It Came, and Psycho Cop Returns.

Caltiki The Immortal Monster: 2-Disc Special Edition (Arrow Video, »

- Heather Wixson

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Happy Birthday, William Castle: An Open Letter to a Dad and a Legend

24 April 2017 3:05 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Happy Birthday, Dad; you’re 103 and look marvelous. Or you would if I could see beyond the veil. I know you died thinking you were unsuccessful, but boy, have I got a surprise for you. You have fans, lots of… Continue Reading →

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- Terry Castle

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‘Feud: Bette And Joan’: Ryan Murphy Reveals Why Hiring Women to Write and Direct Mattered So Much

23 April 2017 8:30 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for “Feud” Episode 8, “You Mean All This Time We Could Have Been Friends?”]

Ryan Murphy knows what you thought “Feud: Bette and Joan” was going to be. And he believes that the show worked because, ultimately, it wasn’t.

“I think people were maybe thinking it was gonna be just a campy, bitchy exploration of these two women,” he told IndieWire from the set of “Versace: American Crime Story,” which has just begun filming. “But I was never interested in that. I was really interested in the sadness and the regret and the pain and also the reward, and just to show how hard they worked. Not only at their careers but on their facades.”

Read More: ‘Feud: Bette and Joan’: Alison Wright On How Her Fictional Character May Fare Better Than Real Women in Film

Facades make up a major part of the FX drama, which chronicled the long-time rivalry between Bette Davis (played by Susan Sarandon) and Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Feud: Bette And Joan’: Ryan Murphy Reveals Why Hiring Women to Write and Direct Mattered So Much

23 April 2017 8:30 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for “Feud” Episode 8, “You Mean All This Time We Could Have Been Friends?”]

Ryan Murphy knows what you thought “Feud: Bette and Joan” was going to be. And he believes that the show worked because, ultimately, it wasn’t.

“I think people were maybe thinking it was gonna be just a campy, bitchy exploration of these two women,” he told IndieWire from the set of “Versace: American Crime Story,” which has just begun filming. “But I was never interested in that. I was really interested in the sadness and the regret and the pain and also the reward, and just to show how hard they worked. Not only at their careers but on their facades.”

Read More: ‘Feud: Bette and Joan’: Alison Wright On How Her Fictional Character May Fare Better Than Real Women in Film

Facades make up a major part of the FX drama, which chronicled the long-time rivalry between Bette Davis (played by Susan Sarandon) and Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Camp John Waters Invites You to Sing Karaoke and Play Bloody Mary Bingo With the ‘Pink Flamingos’ Director

22 April 2017 11:05 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Never change, John Waters. The singular writer/director — whose 71st birthday it happens to be today — has announced the weekend-long Camp John Waters, an “adult summer camp” being held in Kent, Connecticut from September 22-24. Tickets aren’t cheap (they range from $499-$599), but they do prove a unique opportunity to spend three days with the man responsible for “Pink Flamingos” and other divine oddities.

Read More: ‘Feud’: John Waters on Becoming William Castle and His Love of Great Gimmicks

In addition to traditional summer-camp activities, the one-of-a-kind event will also entail watching not only Waters’ movies but also his one-man show, performing karaoke to “Hairspray,” playing Bloody Mary Bingo and enjoying scotch and cigars — which is to say, exactly the kind of wholesome pastimes you’d expect of the “Cry-Baby” and “Multiple Maniacs” director.

Read More: John Waters Wants You to Wreck Things From the Inside in ‘Make Trouble’ Book Trailer — Watch

Waters, »

- Michael Nordine

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Feud Exclusive: John Waters Portrays William Castle; Daughter Terry Castle Reacts; Never-Before-Seen Images of Joan Crawford

12 April 2017 4:01 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

This past Sunday on FX’s show “Feud,” which tells the tale of the legendary rivalry between Hollywood royalty Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, we saw one acclaimed filmmaker portraying another! That’s right… John Waters played none other than the great… Continue Reading →

The post Feud Exclusive: John Waters Portrays William Castle; Daughter Terry Castle Reacts; Never-Before-Seen Images of Joan Crawford appeared first on Dread Central. »

- Steve Barton

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2017 Overlook Film Festival Announces Inaugural Lineup, Including a Tribute to Roger Corman

11 April 2017 11:14 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The newly formed Overlook Film Festival has announced it inaugural year programming lineup, including 37 films (20 features and 17 short films from 16 countries), along with a bevy of location-appropriate genre-themed parties, interactive events, and live experiences. This year, the festival will also fete director Roger Corman with their Master of Horror Award. The award “was established to honor a living legend who has contributed lasting innovations to the genre throughout a long career, inspiring new filmmakers for years to come.”

The fest is styled a 4-day celebration of horror that runs from April 24 – 30 at the historic Timberline Lodge located in Mt. Hood, Oregon, featured in Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” as the location of the infamous Overlook Hotel. The new festival comes from some of the same minds behind the now-defunct Stanley Film Festival, a similar horror-themed gathering based in a hotel in Estes Park, Colorado that inspired Stephen King to write his 1977 “Shining” novel. »

- Kate Erbland

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Feud Recap: Charlotte's Web

9 April 2017 8:01 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Between the horrors of the Baby Jane shoot, Joan’s Oscar-night stunt, and her and Bette’s natural antipathy, you would think that the last thing either of them would ever do would be team up again. But desperate times call for desperate measures. So, with the mortal enemies’ stars fading down to mere flickers, Sunday’s Feud: Bette and Joan found Davis and Crawford signing on to headline Bob’s new thriller, What Ever Happened to Cousin Charlotte? How did it go? As if you don’t already know the legend, read on…

RelatedFeud Season 2 to Focus on Charles »

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‘Feud’: John Waters on Becoming William Castle and His Love of Great Gimmicks

9 April 2017 8:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

A dream came true for John Waters in “Hagsploitation,” Episode 6 of FX’s “Feud: Bette and Joan.” For decades, the iconic director has been a vocal fan of William Castle, the B-movie king of showmanship whose promotional stunts remain legendary. In fact, “I wish I were William Castle,” Waters wrote in the 1986 collection “Crackpot.”

And thus, Ryan Murphy asked Waters to appear in “Hagsploitation,” which opens with Waters as Castle, introducing an axe-wielding Joan Crawford (played by Jessica Lange) during a promotional tour for the 1964 film “Straight-Jacket.”

“It was an honor to be asked to do it, because I’m such a fan of William Castle,” Waters said about the unannounced cameo. “I had to keep the secret for so long because we shot it a long time ago. And the secret kept. I was surprised, because there were 100 extras there.” »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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