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Drive-In Dust Offs: 10 To Midnight (1983)

Horror was so prevalent and popular in the early ‘80s that even the action genre wanted in on the…uh, action. Chuck Norris haiyah’ed a Michael Myers wannabe in Silent Rage (1982), so next up it was granite faced Charles Bronson’s turn to take on slashers with 10 to Midnight (1983), a sleazy yet fascinating trip through the mind of a serial killer. While it’s never as deep as it thinks it is, it’s smarter than it has any right to be.

Released in March, this Cannon production, co-distributed by MGM, recouped its 4.5 million plus a few million more at the box office. Certainly not Death Wish numbers, but it’s not really a Death Wish type of film (until it is). As for the critics, Mr. Ebert called it “a scummy little sewer of a movie”. He’s not completely right, though; the misogynistic male gaze is upended
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Wamg Interview: Charles Bronson Scholar Paul Talbot – Author of Bronson’S Loose Again!

Bronson’s Loose Again!: On the Set with Charles Bronson is author Paul Talbot’s all-new companion volume to his acclaimed Bronson’s Loose!: The Making of the ‘Death Wish’ Films. His new book reveals more information on the Death Wish series and also details the complex histories behind eighteen other Charles Bronson movies. Documented herein are fascinating tales behind some of the finest Bronson films of the mid-1970s (including Hard Times and From Noon Till Three); his big-budget independent epics Love And Bullets and Cabo Blanco; his lesser-known, underrated dramas Borderline and Act Of Vengeance; his notorious sleaze/action Cannon Films classics of the 80s (including 10 To Midnight, Murphy’S Law and Kinjite: Forbidden Sunjects); the numerous unmade projects he was attached to; and his TV movies of the 90s (including The Sea Wolf). Exhaustively researched, the book features over three dozen exclusive, candid interviews including
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Blu-ray Review – Black Eagle (1988)

Black Eagle, 1988.

Directed by Eric Karson.

Starring Shô Kosugi, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Doran Clark, Bruce French, Gene Davis and Vladimir Skomarovsky.


A top CIA agent investigates a Us military plane that has crashed somewhere over Europe but comes face to face with Soviet agents operating in the area.

Much like the 1986 The Karate Kid knock-off No Retreat, No Surrender, Black Eagle wasn’t always a Jean-Claude Van Damme movie; it was a movie that just happened to feature The Muscles from Brussels, albeit briefly, in a secondary role and before he was a huge star. The real star of Black Eagle is Shô Kosugi, a name that may not mean much to those not into 1980s martial arts movie but to many the man is an action film legend, appearing in such Cannon Films classics as Enter the Ninja, Revenge of the Ninja and the hilariously naff yet brilliant Ninja III: The Domination.
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September 2013 is like a Box of Chocolates

One of the reasons that I returned to the East Village so soon was that my previous August art stomp with David Carbone ran longer than expected and we did not get to visit The Sweet Life, a local candy store on Hester Street. So before David and I headed off to see what the art world had to offer, my sweet tooth had to be placated with chocolate cherries and licorice Scotty dogs. What we found after David slapped me out of my diabetic coma was much like the selection at The Sweet Life, extremely surprising and varied.

Speaking of treats, Marlboro Gallery on Broome Street (yeah, you heard me right) has its inaugural show up, entitled Pizza Time, September 8 - October 6, a show dedicated to one of New York’s unofficial edible staples. Beside some great wallpaper works by John Baldessari and a debatable work, "Untitled Circle"by Willem de Kooning,
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Exploitation Alley: 10 To Midnight!

Charles effin Bronson. By far one of the coolest human beings ever to have graced us with his cinematic presence. My adoration for “The Bronson” as I call him, dates back to me being a kid and having my saint of a grandma continually show me The Great Escape, Mr Majestyk and countless others great films with the manliest guy of all time in them. Out of them, Death Wish (previously reviewed here) and all, my favorite Charles Bronson film has always been the amazing 1983 film 10 To Midnight.

So alas, this week’s Exploitation Alley will be full of Bronson planting evidence, being a badass, and doing his best to stop a naked guy from killing ladies. Here we go!

10 To Midnight tells the story of Warren Stacy (Gene Davis, who was also awesome in the William Friedkin S&M thriller Cruising), a young man who gets his kicks off
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Ae Movie Club: Oscar Bingo, Vintage Newman and More!

Well dip me in gold and call me Uncle Oscar - it's time for another round of Hollywood hellraisin' courtesy of the Ae Movie Club.

This week the name on every film lover's lips is gonna be Roxy Oscar. They don't call it "The Gay Superbowl" for nothin' - a perfect storm of camp, artistry, spectacle, emotion, and cleverly-named appetizers, it's the biggest night of the year for many of us. If you're like me, the tears will start flowing long before the In Memoriam segment.

So this week we're focusing on all things Academy. We've got an Oscar party planner workshop, a Fast Five of fave Oscar surprises, Vintage Beefcake from an Award winner, an Oscar Bingo card, and more! Plus new posters, trailers, and other goodies that have nothing to do with the red carpet.

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Wait, sorry - before we start, can we just talk about this for a minute?
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Free Flick of the Day: 10 to Midnight

Free Flick of the Day: 10 to Midnight
Actor Charles Bronson and Cape Fear director J. Lee Thompson collaborated on numerous films over the years, and while it seems unlikely that anyone would cite 1983's 10 to Midnight as the best work the duo ever did, it does have the distinction of becoming one of my personal favorites. (So there.) A bizarre mixture of police procedural and slasher flick, this seedy little movie typifies Cannon Films' output in the '80s -- low budget and exploitative, but still competently made and entertaining.

This time out Bronson plays grizzled Lieutenant Leo Kessler, who teams up with Detective Paul McAnn (Andrew Stevens) to hunt down a sexual psychopath who's been slashing local women. The cops know their perp is Warren Stacy (Gene Davis), but Stacy is smart enough to have an alibi and kill his victims while naked so as not to leave any evidence behind. In his all-consuming quest to get his man,
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Gay Of The Dead 14: Final Destination and Day Of The Dead screenwriter, Jeffrey Reddick

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One of the nice things about being a gay horror filmmaker is, after you hang around awhile, you realize you’re part of a nice little club. And eventually, it feels like you all know each other.

I first met Jeffrey Reddick at a cast and crew screening of one of my films. Paul (Hellbent) Etheredge-Ouzts brought his friend “Jeffrey” to the screening, and we chit-chatted a bit afterward. On the way home my brain added up all the stuff we talked about, and suddenly it clicked—Was that the writer of Final Destination?

Since then we’ve become friends and, in the grand tradition of Hollywood, mainly see each other at screenings and conventions. He’s a busy guy, and kinda sorta has that career that many of us indie flick filmmakers dream of—access to the people who make it happen, and big(ger) budgets.

Jeffrey and I
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