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Drive-In Dust Offs: It’S Alive (1974)

  • DailyDead
Cult filmmaker Larry Cohen is, and has always been, an idea man. Whether commenting on rampant consumerism (The Stuff), religious fanaticism (God Told Me To), or vigilantism (Maniac Cop), Cohen’s films (as director or screenwriter, often both) show an ambition beyond the zippered monsters and flying serpents. And while the biggest caveat regarding Cohen is that his reach often exceeds his grasp, that’s not always true. Case in point: It’s Alive (1974), Cohen’s potent take on abortion, the pharmaceutical industry, and (extremely) unconditional love.

Produced by Warner Bros. and Larco Productions, and distributed by WB, It’s Alive did not wow the executives, who gave it an obligatory release in October with little fanfare. And it did okay business for the small release it was granted. When a new regime came in to WB in ’77, Cohen asked them to take another look at the film – he felt
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American Horror Project – Volume 1 | Blu-ray Review

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In a commendable effort to save forgotten genre items either cloaked in obscurity or in danger of disappearing completely due to degrading source materials, distributor Arrow Video releases its first volume of a new series called American Horror Project. Fans of vintage indie horror from a game changing golden era should be enthused for this trio of inventive efforts even if not all live up to the excitement promised by the vibrant packaging. Lurid, carnivalesque, and even tawdry, it’s a new formidable platform for films unfairly dismissed upon release and deserving of another opportunity to provoke.

The earliest film here is the ungainly titled Malatesta’s Bucket of Blood, the 1973 debut and solo feature of Christopher Speeth. The plot synopsis promises palpable weirdness, concerning a middle aged couple, Mr. and Mrs. Norris (Paul Hostetler, Betsy Henn) who show up seeking employment at a seedy, run down carnival. Their zeal is a ruse,
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The Reivers

Steve McQueen spent most of the 1960s avoiding lightweight movie roles -- only to do well with his winning comedy-drama performance in William Faulkner's most cheerful tale of old Mississippi. Get set for music by John Williams and an exciting climactic horse race. In storytelling terms this show would seem to have given Steven Spielberg a few ideas. The Reivers Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1969 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 106 min. / Street Date August 25, 2015 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Steve McQueen, Rupert Crosse, Mitch Vogel, Sharon Farrell, Will Geer, Ruth White, Michael Constantine, Clifton James, Juano Hernandez, Lonny Chapman, Diane Ladd, Ellen Geer, Dub Taylor, Allyn Ann McLerie, Charles Tyner, Burgess Meredith. Cinematography Richard Moore Film Editor Thomas Stanford Original Music John Williams Written by Irving Ravetch, Harriet Frank Jr. from the book by William Faulkner Produced by Irving Ravetch, Robert Relyea Directed by Mark Rydell

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

What? This
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Inside "The Golden Anniversary Affair": Celebrating 50 Years Of "The Man From U.N.C.L.E."

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By Craig Henderson

Fifty years ago, the Great Society was launched, the Ford Mustang went on sale, the Beatles invaded America, and “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” quite arguably the most intriguing and original adventure series ever produced for television, debuted on NBC. In September, 100 U.N.C.L.E. fans gathered in Culver City, Calif., home of the once-glorious Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio where the show was filmed, to celebrate five decades of fascination with U.N.C.L.E. The event was strictly limited to 100 attendees and sold out quickly, an indication of the show's lasting legacy.

The two-day event, dubbed “The Golden Anniversary Affair,” started organizing only last May. Two lifelong U.N.C.L.E. fans — Robert Short, an Oscar-winning special effects artist who was introduced to the show even before it went on the air when his sister got a job as a photo and stunt double on the series; and Jon Heitland,
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‘Night of the Comet’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Video)

Stars: Catherine Mary Stewart, Kelli Maroney, Robert Beltran, Sharon Farrell, Mary Woronov, Geoffrey Lewis, Peter Fox, John Achorn, Michael Bowen, Devon Ericson, Lissa Layng | Written and Directed by Thom Eberhardt

It’s no surprise really that the Eighties are so fondly remembered for horror and science fiction, that was the time that VHS was growing allowing easier viewing of movies, and of course a time when a lot of people of my generation were growing up. Night of the Comet is one of those sci-fi horrors that never took itself too seriously and came to be known as a film that symbolised everything about the eighties. Yet another classic picked up by Arrow Video it epitomises everything we come to expect from a B-movie.

When a comet which hasn’t flown past this earth since the extinction of the dinosaurs pays a return visit most of the population of Earth
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TCM Remembers James Garner with All-Day Marathon on July 28

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will remember award-winning actor James Garner on Monday, July 28, with an all-day marathon featuring 12 of his films. The Oscar nominated actor passed away on Saturday in Los Angeles at age 86.

TCM’s lineup features Garner’s performances in such movies as Toward the Unknown (1956), which marked his film debut; the racing drama Grand Prix (1966); the popular romantic comedy The Thrill of It All (1963); the Paddy Cheyefsky-penned The Americanization of Emily (1964); the groundbreaking drama The Children’s Hour(1961); and the gender-bending Victor/Victoria (1982).

The following is the complete schedule for TCM’s tribute to James Garner.

TCM Remembers James Garner – Monday, July 28

6 a.m. – Toward the Unknown (1956) – starring William Holden, Lloyd Nolan, Virginia Leith and James Garner

8 a.m. – Shoot-Out at Medicine Bend (1957) – starring Randolph Scott, James Craig, Angie Dickinson and James Garner

9:30 a.m. – Grand Prix (1966) – starring James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, Brian Bedford and Yves Montand

12:30 p.
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Director Richard Rush To Appear At "The Stunt Man" Screening, Landmark Theatre, L.A. February 19

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The Stunt Man, Richard Rush’s spectacular and highly entertaining 1980 film starring Peter O’Toole and Steve Railsback, will be screened on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at the Landmark Theatre in Los Angeles. Director Richard Rush is scheduled to appear at the screening, and other cast members are due to be determined as the screening date approaches. From the press release:

Vietnam veteran Cameron (Steve Railsback) is on the run from the police when he stumbles onto the set of a war movie directed by megalomaniac Eli Cross (Peter O'Toole). But when the young fugitive is forced to replace a dead stunt man, he falls in love with the movie's leading lady (Barbara Hershey) while trying to avoid getting arrested or killed. Is Eli trying to capture Cameron's death on film? And what happens to a paranoid stunt man when illusion and reality change places? Completed in 1979 but unreleased until 1980, this innovative
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31 Days of Horror: 100 Greatest Horror Films: Top 75

Every year, we here at Sound On Sight celebrate the month of October with 31 Days of Horror; and every year, I update the list of my favourite horror films ever made. Last year, I released a list that included 150 picks. This year, I’ll be upgrading the list, making minor alterations, changing the rankings, adding new entries, and possibly removing a few titles. I’ve also decided to publish each post backwards this time for one reason: the new additions appear lower on my list, whereas my top 50 haven’t changed much, except for maybe in ranking. I am including documentaries, short films and mini series, only as special mentions – along with a few features that can qualify as horror, but barely do.


Special Mention:


Directed by Benjamin Christensen

Denmark / Sweden, 1922

Häxan (a.k.a The Witches or Witchcraft Through The Ages) is a 1922 silent documentary about the history of witchcraft,
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‘It’s Alive’ – one of the all-time underrated horror movies

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It’s Alive

Directed by Larry Cohen

Written by Larry Cohen

1974, USA

Although not his first feature, It’s Alive helped establish Larry Cohen’s reputation as a director of ingenious low-budget genre films, which come with unexpected twists, conflicted anti-heroes, dark humour, and sympathy for monsters, both human and non-human. Cohen, writer and director of such projects as God Told Me To and Q, made his first foray into the horror genre with this low-budget cult favourite about a murderous mutant baby on a killing rampage. Lenore Davis (Sharon Farrell) gives birth to the hideous clawed and fanged offspring, which immediately slaughters the delivery team and then escapes the hospital to continue to conduct a flurry of killings in its search for food and shelter. When the story becomes front page news, father Frank (John Ryan) joins the police manhunt, determined to exterminate the baby himself.

Scratching under the
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Hopper, Godard, Hitch, Fellini, Bigelow and More

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Updated through 6/12.

Let's begin this quick run through goings on in New York and with J Hoberman in the Voice: "Dennis Hopper changed the game with Easy Rider (1969), blew up his career with The Last Movie (1971), and then, through a never clearly explained series of events, took over and reconfigured a Canadian tax-shelter project for which he had been hired to act, thus contriving a dialectical comeback with his brutal, accomplished Out of the Blue (1980)."

"Widely banned and/or shoved under the rug at the time of its limited release primarily due to its violently bonkers ending, the film's alternately herky-jerky and languid cadence is suggestive of a terminally wounded body undergoing a death rattle." Joseph Jon Lanthier in Slant: "This produces a look and feel that communicates the blind rage and ennui out of which punk's jabby power chords and raucous lyrics sprang. But the film's punk apotheosis — the
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DVD Playhouse--June 2011

DVD Playhouse June 2011


Allen Gardner

Kiss Me Deadly (Criterion) Robert Aldrich’s 1955 reinvention of the film noir detective story is one of cinema’s great genre mash-ups: part hardboiled noir; part cold war paranoid thriller; and part science- fiction. Ralph Meeker plays Mickey Spillane’s fascist detective Mike Hammer as a narcissistic simian thug, a sadist who would rather smash a suspect’s fingers than make love to the bevvy of beautiful dames that cross his path. In fact, the only time you see a smile cross Meeker’s sneering mug is when he’s doling out pain, with a vengeance. When a terrified young woman (Cloris Leachman, film debut) literally crossed Hammer’s path one night, and later turns up dead, he vows to get to the bottom of her brutal demise. One of the most influential films ever made, and perhaps the most-cited film by the architects
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Movies About Movies + Win The Stunt Man on Blu-Ray!

Richard Rush’s The Stunt Man comes to Blu-Ray. It’s glorious and stacked and one of the great movies about movies. You could win one courtesy our friends at Severin Films!

I got my hands and eyeballs on The Stunt Man Blu-Ray earlier this week and, I have to say, it’s really fantastic. Peter O’Toole is a total madman, Steve Railsback crushes every scene he’s in and Barbara Hershey’s just gorgeous. Richard Rush’s head-spinning, often hilarious, quite subversive littler thriller about stunts and moviemaking and love and death and all the other things that make life important is a classic. We’re really hoping to get Richard Rush to join us on the site and, hopefully, that will happen soon.

Until then, if you haven’t seen this or if you’re still stuck with the 2001 DVD release, you need this Blu-Ray. It’s positively stacked.
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Marlowe - DVD Review

James Garner steps into the shoes of Raymond Chandler.s Phillip Marlowe and updates it to modern times. well 1969 when the film was made. It may seem more like the Rockford Files, but it does entertain. Phillip Marlowe (James Garner) has taken a charity case for the sum of $50 from mousy Orfamay Quest (Sharon Farrell). Seems her brother Orrin (Roger Newman) has gone missing, but Marlowe has a lead to a seedy hippy motel. The room Orrin is supposed to be occupying is housing the shifty Grant Hicks (Jackie Coogan) who takes Marlowe.s card and promises a call if he comes across Orrin. He returns to tell Orfamay that the case is a dead end and
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Exclusive: Marlowe DVD Clip

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Exclusive: Marlowe DVD Clip
We have an exclusive clip from the brand new Warner Archive title Marlowe, which is available on DVD starting today. Click below to watch a scene where James Garner tries to give Sharon Farrell a shoulder to cry on.

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Five-hundred bucks doesn't come easily for private eye Philip Marlowe (James Garner). But when it comes by way of a bribe, it might as well be five cents. He rejects Winslow Wong (Bruce Lee) and his offer of cash...and Wong promptly karates the detective's office into a junkpile. In a colorful whodunit based on Raymond Chandler's The Little Sister, Garner's easygoing style contrasts agreeably with the grim task of sleuthing a case of missing persons, blackmail and ice-pick murders. Carroll O'Connor, Rita Moreno, William Daniels, Sharon Farrell and
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A look back at Night Of The Comet

  • Fangoria
So you just saw Zombieland and you're desperately looking for another fun zombie-filled end of the world movie with strong female characters? Look no further than the brilliant '80s horror comedy Night Of The Comet!

When a comet passes over the earth, rendering everyone witnessing it into red dust, the only survivors are two Valley Girl sisters, responsible Regina (Catherine Mary Stewart) and her little sister, spoiled cheerleader Samantha (Kelli Maroney).

The two girls wander Southern California, enjoying malls without crowds, driving fast through empty streets and even DeeJaying at an abandoned radio station (Samantha cheerfully announces she'll be taking requests "from all you teenage mutant comet zombies!"). In a funny commentary on boy/girl relations, when Regina and Samantha run into some teenage box boys, they plan to kill and eat the girls!

Night brings in a secret underground lab, a virus, and other apocalyptic motifs, but never
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