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The Other Side of the Booth: A Profile of James B. Harris in Present Day Los Angeles

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Courtesy of James B. HarrisIt’s a Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles and 89-year-old writer/director/producer James B. Harris (Some Call It Loving, 1973; Fast-Walking, 1982) has agreed to meet me for brunch at Coogie’s Cafe. Coogie’s is exactly the sort of unassuming American diner where girls in pink velvet jackets and shimmery silver skirts go to blend in with the Pepto-Bismol-colored booths. There are a pair of flat screen TVs on the wall, which are mercifully muted. A radio in some far-off corner of the kitchen can be heard playing inoffensive pop tunes of yesteryear. It is also the sort of quiet place where someone like Harris is well-known, well-liked, and referred to as “Mr. James” by the entire waitstaff. The impression is one of polite reverence and earned familiarity, built up over time and solidified through an appreciation of his impressive filmography, as well as his continued business.
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Zombie (1979)

“The boat can leave now. Tell the crew.” With these words, a horror classic was born. Zombie (1979) was the first Lucio Fulci film that assaulted my eyeballs, And it was the first zombie flick I ever saw. Heady stuff for a quivering ten-year-old, but it proved to be the perfect gateway to the splattery splendors of Italian terror, a door that will forever remain ajar.

Let me be as straightforward as I can: if you’re a fan of Fulci but haven’t caught this yet, you can forget about the surrealism of The Beyond (1981) or the Lovecraftian flourishes of City of the Living Dead (1980). This is Fulci driving a simple narrative right through the hearts of horror lovers everywhere, coming out the back bloodied and unbound, unapologetic in its mission statement to horrify and repulse. Mission accomplished.

Zombie was released in Italy in August of 1979 as Zombi 2, titled
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October Horrors Day 4 – Zombie Flesh Eaters (1979)

Zombie Flesh Eaters, 1979

Directed by Lucio Fulci

Starring Ian Mculloch, Tisa Farrow, Richard Johnson and Al Cliver

Synopsis:

A seemingly abandoned sailboat arrives in New York City; however, when police check it out they are attacked by an assailant of the not quite dead variety. Soon after, reporter Peter West comes into contact with Anne Bowles, whose father owned the boat and who was last seen on a research expedition to the Caribbean island of Matul. As our leads travel to the island, the possibly insane Dr Menard and his wife are attempting to figure out the cause of an increasingly deadly undead uprising, which soon threatens to engulf the rest of the world.

From the legendary “godfather of gore” Lucio Fulci, comes Zombie Flesh Eaters or Zombi 2 as it was called in its native Italy, where it was made mainly to cash in on the success of the
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It Came From The Tube: The Initiation Of Sarah (1978)

Brian DePalma’s Carrie (1976) has cast a very wide shadow since it hit theatres. Many horror films have used the trope of telekinesis for the greater bad following its release, including Jennifer, The Fury, Patrick, The Medusa Touch (all ’78), Scanners (’81), and several more. (You can’t make me mention Friday the 13th Part VII. Oh. Dammit.) Of course, television is anything if not inclusive, and the networks scrambled to come up with their own takes on teenage angst. However, ABC’s The Initiation of Sarah (1978) took a slightly different tact and sent the girl off to college – and ended up serving a strong dose of female empowerment.

First broadcast on Monday, February 6th, Sarah had her work cut out, not so much from NBC, who provided their own Monday Night at the Movies, but from CBS’ juggernaut of M*A*S*H/One Day at a Time. Regardless of ratings,
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On the Hunt: The Films of James B. Harris

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CopAt the ripe age of twenty-six—the two were born within days of each other in 1928—James B. Harris and Stanley Kubrick formed Harris-Kubrick Productions. With Kubrick leading the charge behind the camera and Harris acting as the right-hand-man producer, the duo completed three major critical successes: The Killing (1956), Paths of Glory (1957), and Lolita (1962). But where Kubrick’s subsequent work has achieved a supreme, hall-of-fame stature, Harris’s own directorial career—consisting of five excellent movies made across a four-decade span—remains, despite the valiant effort of a few notable English-language critics (Michael Atkinson, Jonathan Rosenbaum), on the relative sidelines. The latest attempt to boost Harris’s reputation: BAMcinématek’s week-long retrospective of Harris’s producing and directing output, selected by “Overdue” co-programmers Nick Pinkerton and Nicolas Rapold.Harris and Kubrick stopped working together amidst a pre-production disagreement during the making of what would become Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
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The Evolution Of The Zombie – Film Series at Webster University Begins This Week

“They’re coming to Webster U, Barbara…..!”

The Living Dead are coming to Webster University!

The Evolution of the Zombie, a film series based around our unquenchable appetite for all things undead, kicks off this Wednesday with the 1932 Bela Lugosi classic White Zombie (considered the first zombie film)and runs through October 20th. John Russo, who penned Night Of The Living Dead, the seminal Zombie film way back in 1968, will be a guest at the fest and will host a writing workshop. This will be a fantastic opportunity for fans of the zombie genre to see several of their favorite flesh-eaters on the big screen and for film students to meet the man who help developed the rules by which all the living dead live (while dead)!

Tickets

Unless otherwise noted, admission is:

$6 for the general public

$5 for seniors, Webster alumni and students from other schools

$4 for Webster University staff
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Lucio Fulci’s Zombie Shirt and Poster

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The latest t-shirt and poster from Cavity Colors features the maggot-infested zombie from Lucio Fulci’s Zombie. Regarded in Italy an unofficial sequel to Dawn of the Dead, Zombie follows a group of survivors caught in an onslaught of flesh-eating zombie, whilst a doctor tries to find a cure. Cavity Colors have announced a tribute t-shirt and poster that will be available on Friday, September 6th:

“As we are gearing up for Fall and the season of ghouls and witches,we wanted to bring you something special that is inspired by one of my personal favorite zombie movies. As a total horror nerd, we all know there’s a ton of amazing zombie related movies such as return of the living dead, dawn and day of the dead, and of course night of the living dead. But one movie sort of stands out from them all when it comes to realism and absolute gore,
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Night Of The Demons, Witchboard, & TV Terrors Double Feature Coming From Scream Factory!

Scream Factory went ahead and dropped another acquistion bomb today, revealing that they have Kevin S. Tenney’s essential 80s horror’s Night Of The Demons and Witchboard lined up for early 2014! Both will hit Blu-ray, with Notd being branded as a Collector’s Edition!

From Scream Factory’s Facebook page:

“Director Kevin Tenney’s ouija board hit Witchboard and the “Eat a bowl of F*@K” classic Night Of The Demons (which, in particular, has quite a vocal following and has been requested many times here) will both be coming to Blu-ray in early 2014! No details to report other than Demons will be a “Collector’s Edition” and the artwork is already in the works.”

Also on the docket from Scream Factory is a new double feature line called TV Terrors, a line of releases devoted to vintage made-for-television genre films! The first volume includes 1978′s The Initiation Of Sarah
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The Forgotten: Go Ask Alice

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La course du lièvre à travers les champs (The Race of the Hare Across the Fields a.k.a. ...and Hope to Die, 1972) is an interesting late entry in the career of French crime specialist René Clément, a kind of smorgasbord of his favorite stuff: hardboiled crime, knotty sexual triangles, a hero on the run, convoluted crime schemes, with a harkening back to childhood sins that suggests his classic Jeux interdits (Forbidden Games, 1952). This might suggest desperation to recapture past glories, but the film is also stuffed with experimentation and up-to-the-minute influences (a train station confrontation early on suggests Leone) which confirm the filmmaker as alert to new possibilities.

But the film could just as easily be approached through the sensibility of its writer, Sébastien Japrisot, a key figure in French cinema and crime cinema, or even through that of the author of the source novel, David Goodis.
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Blu-ray Review - Zombie Flesh Eaters (1979)

Zombie Flesh Eaters, 1979.

Directed by Lucio Fulci.

Starring Tisa Farrow, Ian McCulloch, Richard Johnson and Al Cliver.

Synopsis:

When a supposedly abandoned yacht sails into New York Harbour, a journalist and scientists Daughter investigate only to find themselves in a zombie nightmare!

Zombie. Zombi 2. Island of the Living Dead. Zombie Flesh Eaters. Though it is known by many different names there is no doubting that this is one of the most well-known films in the zombie genre (and the film that put Fulci on the map as a ‘Godfather of Gore’). My first exposure to it was roughly 8 years ago, as I scoured the shelves of a local Blockbuster for a horror film. The tag line – “We are going to eat you!” – sounded so bad that I just had to try it. As someone who loved the Romero films, I thought it was a decent, if rather throwaway piece of shock entertainment.
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Ten Classic Cinematic Horror Deaths

Where would a horror movie be without a classic death scene – or two? We’ve had some great ones over the years: Janet Leigh’s shower to end all showers in Psycho (1960); the ill fated nude swim in Jaws (1975); David Warner’s famous decapitation in The Omen (1976); John Hurt’s serious indigestion problem in Alien (1979); and the exploding head in Scanners (1980). And let’s not forget the gruesome ends that befell pre-stardom Kevin Bacon and Johnny Depp.

Hang on a minute! I’ve just mentioned all the classic ones! Well let’s face it, so much has been written and discussed about those famous demises, they’ve been pretty much done to death (sorry!). Therefore, the following ten are horror-related deaths that deserve some kind of classic status, a couple of which are notable for their surreal and ambiguous nature.But beware...since most of the best death scenes are
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Film4 FrightFest Announces Halloween All-Nighter 2012 Lineup

Not content with dishing out just one of the premier events on every horror fan’s calendar year after year, the guys behind the Film4 FrightFest also run the Halloween All-Nighter – and we’ve got this year’s lineup right here for you, if you have the stamina to last it out!

From the Press Release:

The FrightFest Halloween All-nighter returns to the Vue in London’s Leicester Square on Saturday, October 27 for another helping of choice shock-around-the-clock horror. And this year horror fans around the country can join in the fearful fun as, on Saturday, November 3, the event travels to the Picturehouse Cambridge, the Empires in Sunderland and Newcastle, and The Watershed Bristol.

Here's the London line-up:

6.30pm - Excision (UK Premiere)

Alienated and mentally unhinged teen Pauline struggles with the pressures of high school, pleasing her demanding mother and losing her virginity. With a grotesque curiosity for the darker side of life,
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Home Invasion: DVD & Blu-Ray Releases for October 25, 2011

The Tuesday before Halloween is bound to have a lot of genre titles. There are some good ones too like Attack the Block, Blue Underground releases Fulci in High-Definition with Zombie and The House by the Cemetery, also Criterion releases The Island of Lost Souls on DVD & Blu-Ray and the most talked about film of last year, A Serbian Film finally hits the shelves. Read below, if you dare, for all your DVD and Blu-Ray releases for this week and if you plan on purchasing any films through Amazon, click on the buttons provided as they help us out with paying the bills around here.

Animal Attack Two Pack (Maneaters Are Loose/ Shark Kill)

Two savage and rare TV movies in the 1970s “Animal Attack” genre that have rarely been seen since their initial release, now back in print and together at last on DVD.

Buy the DVD @ Amazon.
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Lucio Fulci’s Zombie at the Hi-Pointe Midnights this Weekend!

Zombie , the audaciously disgusting spectacle from the late master of gruesome Italian horror Lucio Fulci, was made in 1979 and presented as a semi-sequel to George Romero’s Dawn Of The Dead from the previous year, (Dawn was released in parts of Europe as Zombie – Fulci’s film was known there as Zombie 2) though the films aren’t at all connected. Tisa Farrow and a group of vacationing tourists travel to an island where they find a doctor (Richard Johnson) who is attempting to cure a condition that reanimates the dead. Things quickly get out of control as undead Spanish conquistadors crawl from their graves hungry for human flesh. All this undead mayhem is highlighted by nauseatingly graphic set-pieces by make-up maestro Gianetto de Rossi. Zombie is an incredibly well-made shocker that was enormously popular worldwide and in many ways has aged better than the Romero film (it’s certainly scarier
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See Fulci’s Zombie In Theaters This Weekend!

Destroy the Brain’s monthly midnight program, Late Nite Grindhouse, is treating St. Louisian’s to a bonus show this month in conjunction with Blue Underground to celebrate the newly restored version of Lucio Fulci’s Zombie being released on Blu-Ray! Normally, our shows are the first full weekend of every month but we couldn’t pass this one up. Plus, who would complain about two shows in October, a month when everyone is in the mood for horror. Late Nite Grindhouse is exclusively at The Hi-Pointe Theatre. Below the Press Release, you can RSVP via Facebook and get all the details. We will have issues of Paracinema Magazine and even a special t-shirt a local designer made up in tribute of Fulci’s Italian undead masterpiece.

From the Press Release:

Experience the Italian horror maestro’s gore classic

as you’ve never seen or heard it before,

digitally restored and remastered!
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Blue Underground Presents Nationwide Theatrical Release of Lucio Fulci.s Zombie

Experience the Italian horror maestro.s gore classic

as you.ve never seen or heard it before,

digitally restored and remastered!

Blue Underground is bringing its digitally restored and remastered version of Lucio Fulci.s Zombie to theaters across the U.S. and Canada this month. The exclusive midnight screenings give fans the chance to experience Fulci.s horror classic as it.s never been seen or heard before in advance of Blue Underground.s release of Zombie on Blu-ray disc.

A listing of theaters and dates is attached; all screenings will take place on October 21 & 22, 2011, except where noted. Theaters and showtimes are online now at: http://www.blue-underground.com/zombie

“Like” it on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Blue-Underground-Presents-Lucio-Fulcis-Zombie/163552143731516

The late, great Lucio Fulci is known to horror fans for such wildly imaginative and outrageously gory films as The Beyond, House By The Cemetery, and City Of The Living Dead
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Lucio Fulci's Zombie Crashes Back into Theatres; New Theatrical One-Sheet, Trailer, and More!

Here at Dread Central there are few movies on the planet that we enjoy more than Lucio Fulci's classic undead feature Zombie (or Zombi 2 as it was originally known), and just in time for Halloween the flick is headed back into theatres like you've Never seen it before!

From the Press Release

Blue Underground is bringing its digitally restored and remastered version of Lucio Fulci’s Zombie to theaters across the U.S. and Canada this month. The exclusive midnight screenings give fans the chance to experience Fulci’s horror classic as it’s never been seen or heard before in advance of Blue Underground’s release of Zombie on Blu-ray disc.

All screenings will take place on October 21 and 22, 2011, except where noted. Click here for theaters and showtimes!

The late, great Lucio Fulci is known to horror fans for such wildly imaginative and outrageously gory films as The Beyond,
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'Antropophagus' Review

by Chris Wright, MoreHorror.com

Bring on the cannibalism! A title not so simply called Antropophagus made its way to the “Video Nasty” list in the UK. In horror fans language, the video nasty list means it should be watched! This movie had controversy at the time due to how realistic the gore looks. It was released in the U.S. in 1981 under the Monterey Video title “The Grim Reaper”, though heavily edited. This movie has numerous alternate titles half of which make no sense. This movie is also known as “Zombie 6: The Grim Reaper”, which is misleading as this is not a zombie movie. Even the title “The Grim Reaper” makes no sense as the killer doesn’t take souls. If you can find the Monterey Video release, grab it fast as it is rare! If you can find this movie uncut, you are game!

The plot of
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Zombie (1979) Review

by Chris Wright, MoreHorror.com

If you want a zombie movie that has hope at the end of the tunnel and light headed humor, then this hardcore Lucio Fulci zombie movie is not the right one for you! “Zombie” is directed by the infamous Italian horror director Lucio Fulci.

If you are a fan of his like I am, you will know he is coined “The Godfather of gore” and that certainly holds true in this horror flick. This movie has alternate names depending on where you are and what you have. This movie is commonly known as “Zombi II”, which would lead you to believe it is a sequel. The movie “Zombi” in Italian is referring to “Dawn of the Dead”, which is from George Romero. There is zero relation in any of the movies referred to as “Zombi”. It is also commonly known as “Zombie Flesh Eaters” as well.
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We Are Going to Eat You!

By Fred Burdsall

Since his debut in the Bela Lugosi film White Zombie, our friend Zed has always been the idiot bastard son of the horror movie genre. He never receives any credit for being a loyal, quiet servant to the practitioners of voodoo. Willingly performing any task given to him, no job too is menial and no respect is afforded.

George Romero came along and gave the zombie a little more “bite” by making him a flesh-eating ghoul, but zombie films were still few and far between. (The fact that Night of the Living Dead is shown virtually uncut on TV after being banned in more countries than we even knew existed still cracks me up.)

Well, the zombie is finally enjoying the fruits of his labors because he has Never been more popular. It seems like a new zombie film or five is coming out every year, and
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