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6 items from 2013

Fright At Home: November 26th’s DVD & Blu-ray Releases!

26 November 2013 7:13 PM, PST | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

It’s the last Tuesday before we all gather around and gorge ourselves silly with turkey and pumpkin pie, so Fright At Home is here with a list of must-own discs that are perfect for putting on before we all slip into a week-long food coma! Scorpion Releasing and Scream/Shout! Factory own this week, as per usual lately; both labels have two releases a piece this week that cover all genres. Scream has the wild, late ’80s slasher, The Horror Show making it’s HD debut; Shout! has George A. Romero’s fantastical-action film Knightriders on Blu; and Scorpion brings ’70s animals-run-amok classic Day Of The Animals to Blu-ray and obscure double-bill Lurkers / Die Sister, Die! to DVD!

As always, Amazon purchase links are attached. Till next week, Happy Thanksgiving, and may god have mercy on your wallet.

Day of the Animals

Blu-ray & DVD / Scorpion Releasing


Scientists warn »

- Justin Edwards

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Revolt of Nature Horror Films: The Must-Sees

26 October 2013 10:14 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Writer Lee Gambin calls them Natural Horror films, other writers call them Revenge of Nature or Nature Run Amok films and writer Charles Derry considers them a type of Apocalyptic Cinema.

Of course we’re speaking of one of the great horror subgenres for which we’ll employ writer Kim Newman’s tag: The Revolt of Nature.

Since the end of the 1990s, lovers of animal attack films have been subjected to copious amounts of uninspired Nu Image, Syfy Channel and Syfy Channel-like dreck like Silent Predators (1999), Maneater (2007) Croc (2007), Grizzly Rage (2007) and a stunning amount of terrible shark attack films to name a few that barely scratch the surface of a massive list.

These movies fail miserably to capture the intensity of the unforgettable films they are imitating and the recent wave seems to carry with it the intent of giving the Revolt of Nature horror film a bad name. »

- Terek Puckett

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Honorary Oscar-Winning Stunt Worker Who Directed Burt Reynolds in Several of His Biggest Hits Has Died

25 October 2013 10:41 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Stuntman and Burt Reynolds director Hal Needham dead at 82: Received Honorary Oscar in November 2012 Veteran stuntman and stunt coordinator Hal Needham, whose stunt-work movie credits ranged from John Ford Westerns to Roman Polanski’s Chinatown, and who directed a handful of popular action comedies starring Burt Reynolds, died today, October 25, 2013, in Los Angeles. Needham, who had been suffering from cancer, was 82. (See also: "Stunt Worker Hal Needham: Honorary Oscar 2012".) Born in Memphis, Tennessee, on March 6, 1931, Hal Needham began his long Hollywood stuntman career in the mid-’50s. A former tree trimmer and paratrooper, and a motorcycle and car racer, Needham performed stunts in both big-screen and small-screen Westerns, such as John Ford’s 1962 classic The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, starring John Wayne and James Stewart; the all-star 1963 Best Picture Academy Award nominee How the West Was Won; and the television series Have Gun - Will Travel, doubling for star Richard Boone. »

- Andre Soares

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31 Days of Horror: Horror Cinema’s Greatest Savants

19 October 2013 8:18 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

In the world of horror cinema, the best way to fight a monster–be it supernatural, human, or natural one–is with a character that possesses special knowledge and skills. These experts, recruited into battle by other characters or colliding with the conflict intentionally, are the savants of the horror world.

Examples of savant characters include David Warner’s bat expert Phillip Payne in Nightwing, Zelda Rubinstein’s spiritual medium Tangina in Poltergeist, Matthew McConaughey’s dragon slayer Denton Van Zan in Reign of Fire, Lin Shaye’s paranormal investigator Elise Rainier in Insidious, and Otto Jespersen’s monster killer Hans in Trollhunter.

This article, divided into three sections based on what type of monstrous force is being fought, focuses on the greatest savant characters the horror genre has to offer.


Vs. The Supernatural

Peter Cushing as Doctor Van Helsing in Horror of Dracula and The Brides of Dracula: In these two Hammer films, »

- Terek Puckett

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Director & Actor Teams: The Overlooked & Underrated (Part 2 of 2)

14 July 2013 2:16 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Following are some supplemental sections featuring notable director & actor teams that did not meet the criteria for the main body of the article.  Some will argue that a number of these should have been included in the primary section but keep in mind that film writing on any level, from the casual to the academic, is a game of knowledge and perception filtered through personal taste.


Other Notable Director & Actor Teams

This section is devoted to pairings where the duo worked together at least 3 times with the actor in a major role in each feature film, resulting in 1 must-see film.

Terence Young & Sean Connery

Must-See Collaboration:  From Russia with Love (1962).

Other Collaborations:  Action of the Tiger (1957), Dr. No (1962), Thunderball (1965).

Director Young and actor Connery teamed up to create one of the very best Connery-era James Bond films with From Russia with Love which features a great villainous performance by Robert Shaw »

- Terek Puckett

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Back Issues! Get All Those Elusive Editions For Your Collection!

13 January 2013 9:42 PM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

This Page Is Under Construction And Will Be Completed Shortly. 

Highlights Of Issue #24 (September, 2012):

Major celebration of The Poseidon Adventure's 40th anniversary with articles by David Savage, Tom Lisanti, James Radford and Chris Poggiali. Includes many rare photos, international movie posters and interviews with Carol Lynley and Mort Kunstler, the legendary artist who created the movie poster. Kunstler also provides his original sketches for the ad campaign, reproduced in this issue for the first time.  40th anniversary tribute to Deliverance. John Exshaw visits director John Boorman at his home in Ireland for exclusive interview about working with author James Dickey on the landmark film. Gary Giblin takes an in-depth look at another classic film celebrating its 40th anniversary: Alfred Hitchcock's Frenzy, complete with rare stills from sequences that the Master cut from the final version of the movie. Matthew R. Bradley looks at one of the screen's legendary baddies, »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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