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Horror Highlights: Kid Savage, The Shadow Effect Q&A, Bride Of Re-animator / Society Double Feature, 15 Second Horror Film Challenge

Free Comic Book Day is right around the corner, and Man of Action fans on the East Coast will have the chance to meet Kid Savage creators Joe Kelly and Ilya at select locations. Also in today's Horror Highlights: a Q&A with The Shadow Effect (out now on VOD, Digital HD, and DVD from Momentum Pictures) co-director Obin Olson, details on a Hollywood double feature screening of Bride of Re-Animator and Society, and information on the 15 Second Horror Film Challenge.

Meet the Kid Savage Creators on Free Comic Book Day: "Saturday, May 6 on Free Comic Book Day

Signing Image Comics/Man of Action's Silver Selection

Kid Savage

Meet Joe Kelly

Kid Savage creator/writer and Man of Action partner

11:00 Am - 12:30 Pm

The Comic Book Depot in Wantagh, NY 2847 Jerusalem Avenue

1:00 Pm - 3:00 Pm

Grasshoppers Comics in Williston 76 Hillside Avenue

Meet Ilya

Kid Savage
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Demons (1985)

Movies are so rarely great art that if we cannot appreciate great trash we have very little reason to be interested in them. – Pauline Kael.

The above quote from the late, legendary American film critic Kael was most certainly not referring to Lamberto Bava’s Demons (1985), but a lot of films in our beloved genre bow to this description. Demons is great trash – it wants nothing more to assault your senses with a barrage of images and sound for 88 minutes before you even know what hit you, and does so while breathing that rarified Italian air.

But I’m sure she was referring to a film like Demons – one made with a ton of style, by a filmmaker impassioned with his chosen topic, as ridiculous as that plays on the screen. And make no mistake, Demons is ridiculous; as a matter of fact, it starts there before rapidly ascending to the sublime.
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Interview: The Rats Are Coming! Geretta Geretta is Here!

Shock talks shop with actress Geretta Geretta about her days with Bruno Mattei in 1984’s Rats. Notorious Italian exploitation guru Bruno Mattei’s most infamous work might be 1981’s Hell Of The Living Dead (aka Zombie Creeping Flesh aka Night Of The Zombies aka Virus aka…well, aka lots of titles) but that outrageous Dawn Of The…

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When Italy remade Aliens and called it Terminator 2

In 1989, Italian director Bruno Mattei made an amalgam of Aliens and The Terminator. We look back at a wonderfully bad film...

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then a 1989 Italian film called Shocking Dark pays James Cameron the ultimate compliment: it openly steals from not one but two of his 80s hits.

Now, it’s no secret that B-movie filmmakers have long taken ‘inspiration’ from hit genre movies - Star Wars, Alien, Jaws and Mad Max are some of the most imitated films of the 70s and 80s, spawning such cult B-movies as StarCrash, 1990: Bronx Warriors and Contamination.

Shocking Dark, on the other hand, occupies its own special place in movie history. We’re not just talking about an attempt to evoke the general atmosphere of a successful film here - we’re talking about the wholesale recreation of entire sequences. As an example, consider the following
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Ft. Lauderdale’s Shock Pop Comic Con Guests Include Robert Englund, Elvira, Adrienne King & Danny Trejo

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Early next year over Valentine’s Day weekend, horror hounds can gather in Ft. Lauderdale with their loved ones to celebrate three horror movie anniversaries: Friday the 13th (35th anniversary), A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (30th), and Demons (30th). Cast/crew from all three films will be in attendance, including Crystal Lake’s Adrienne King and the man of your nightmares, Robert Englund:

“Ft. Lauderdale, Fl – Nov. 25, 2014 – Masters of mayhem collide in an ultra-cataclysmic Friday the 13th celebration during the Shock Pop Comic Con at the Ft. Lauderdale Convention Center, Feb. 13-15, 2015!

The weekend kicks off with a night of horror as director Sean Cunningham, final girl Adrienne King, composer Harry Manfredini, “Officer Dorf” aka Ron Millkie, and first Jason himself, Ari Lehman convene for the 35th Anniversary celebration of the classic Friday The 13th. Meanwhile our 30th Anniversary shindig for A Nightmare On Elm Street
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Derek Botelho and The Cannibal Films of Bruno Mattei

“My public wants one thing, and that’s blood, asshole!” shouts Grace Forsyte, a hard-nosed reporter with Tvn, whose program has seen a drop in the ratings, putting her show into hiatus. To put herself back on top, Grace gathers a team to go deep into the Amazon to capture the cannibalistic natives for a new and shocking program for the network. Grace and her team are so desperate for ratings they even go so far as to stage scenes of destruction and violence, only to have it visited upon them in reality. Released in 2004, Mondo Cannibal is a cheap, and frankly, poorly made attempt to shock an audience into being entertained. The biggest problem is, there’s nothing new here. The film is a near remake of Cannibal Holocaust, the legendarily banned and heavily censored film from Ruggero Deodato made twenty five years before Bruno Mattei (credited as Vincent Dawn
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Hell Comes in Synapse Films Bluray Release of Demons 1 and 2


Genre: Horror Production year: 1985

Director: Lamberto Bava

Stars: Urbano Barberini, Natasha Hovey, Geretta Geretta, Bobby Rhodes

They Will Make Cemeteries Their Cathedrals, And Cities Will Be Your Tombs!

From the minds of Dario Argento and Lamberto Bava comes the horrific Heavy Metal splatter film classic, Demons! Presented in a stunning new high-definition transfer and re-mastered audio!

A strange masked man offers tickets to a horror … Continue reading →
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Synapse Giving Demons and Demons 2 Bare Bones Blu-ray Releases

At the tail end of last year, Synapse Films released limited edition steelbook versions of Italian horror flicks Demons and Demons 2 on Blu-ray, which were packed with bonus features and sold out before most fans could say "Geretta Geretta."

As reported today by DVD Active, this November Synapse will be re-releasing both of the cult favorites onto Blu-ray, leaving behind the steelbook cases as well as the bonus content. Why is this noteworthy? Because the discs at long last give those of us who missed out on last year's souped up releases the chance to own the films in high-def without breaking the bank.

The site reports that the bare bones discs will likely have none of the exclusive extras that were available on the limited releases, though they note that both releases will include high-definition 1080p transfers taken from original vault materials in the 1.66:1 aspect ratio, featuring all-new color correction.
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Top 7 Creepiest Props in Horror Films

A good, creepy prop can make or break your production. If you get just the right item, you can make it a memorable and powerful addition to your film. In celebration The Monkey's Paw release on Blu-ray and DVD from Scream Factory, which contains a pretty gross prop of its own, we've decided to reminisce about some of our favorites.

Of course we must begin with some honorable mentions. The stickman figures that hung in the woods during The Blair Witch Project became the trademark for the film that scared the hell out of us that long ago summer.

If you pay close attention to Return of the Living Dead, you can see a reanimated half-dog (literally the left-hand side of a dog, bisected for research purposes) in the warehouse of the Uneeda Medical Supply Company. That's gotta get a nod.

Although perhaps more wardrobe than prop, "Buffalo Bill" Jame
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Knights of Badassdom Release Has Us Reminiscing about Unexpected Conjurings

There's nothing worse than finding a cool book or scroll or other form of communique containing a bunch of mysterious incantations. It's always a kick in the ass when you unsuspectingly read one of them aloud, and next thing you know... bad things start happening. Bad things, man.

Such is the case for our heroes in the upcoming film Knights of Badassdom. One little thing goes wrong, and the next thing you know our crew (played by Peter Dinklage, Steve Zahn and Ryan Kwanten) are fighting for their lives against the forces of evil.

This got us thinking back to some other unfortunate souls who did the same thing and found themselves with their asses in a sling when accidentally bringing something to our world from another realm. I can't even get the cable guy to come out to make a service call when I need him, and these guys are conjuring demons from beyond?
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New Details on Demons and Demons 2 Blu-ray Release

Synapse is planning to bring Demons and Demons 2 to Blu-ray later this year and have revealed new details on an upcoming limited edition steelbook release:

“This year, we’ve decided to do Limited Edition Steelbooks for both Demons and Demons 2, with exclusive new cover art by the amazing Wes Benscoter. While the street date is expected to be around November, anyone who orders the Limited Editions will be getting theirs shipped as soon as they are done and available (we’ll ship them as soon as they come in to our offices, regardless of street date). These Le Steelbooks will Not be available in stores and 3000 units will be available direct from our website right here at Once the units are sold out, they will no longer be available. These are One Pressing Only items. Once the Steelbooks are gone, they are gone forever and will Not be repressed.
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Demons & Demons 2 Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbooks From Synapse Films!

Lamberto Bava (son of Italian horror godfather Mario Bava)’s splatter-fest Demons is one of the most seminal Italian splatter films of the 80s. Goblin member Claudio Simonetti’s score is full of metal hair rage, Sergio Stivaletti’s special FX makeup is the gooiest & grossest of all time; it’s an insane neon nightmare from start to finish. While it’s meta sequel Demons 2 isn’t at the same level is predecessor is, it’s still admirably gonzo and inherently weird.

Both have seen countless releases on every format thus far, but from the looks of it, Synapse Films have created definitive releases. Available for Pre-Order only through Synapse directly, Demons and Demons 2 are being released as Limited Edition Steelbooks, limited to a strict, one pressing 3,000 copies. These will run you $45.95 shipped, and you’ll receive yours around the tentative street date of October 29th.

Don May
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Synapse Shows Off its Demons and Demons 2 Blu-rays

Okay, kids. Time to drool a little bit as we're about to show you two amazing packages for Synapse Films' upcoming Blu-ray releases of the classic flicks Demons and Demons 2. The word "badass" is an understatement.

From the Synapse Films Website

We wanted to keep everyone updated on Demons and Demons 2, and we’re pleased to announce a little surprise with these two titles. Synapse Films has been approached by Scanavo, the makers of the Steelbook cases for Blu-ray and DVD, and we have decided to do something a little special for the fans.

As many of you know, for the past few years, Synapse has done “Limited Edition” versions of some of our titles near the holidays. We did the limited edition Blu of Intruder with the workprint (sold out in 3 weeks), and last year we did the limited edition Blu of The Definitive Document Of The Dead
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Insane Steelbook Special Releases For 'Demons' and 'Demons 2' Announced

Insane Steelbook Special Releases For 'Demons' and 'Demons 2' Announced
Synapse Films has announced new special edition prints of Demons and Demons 2, each in a special steelbook case with new cover art from Wes Benscoter. Limited to a strict run of 3000 copies, once they are gone, they are gone. They aren't cheap: $39.95 each, but the list of extras is pretty impressive.


- Limited Edition Steelbook Featuring All-New Artwork from Wes Benscoter

- Each Steelbook is Blu-ray packaging sized, and will be a “Combo Pack” containing both a Blu-ray (Bd-50) and a DVD (DVD-9) of the feature and extras.

- Unlike previous releases, we have the original Italian Language Stereo mix, the “International” stereo alternate dub mix and the original U.S. mono soundtrack!

- Audio Commentary Track with Cast & Crew Featuring Recollections from Director Lamberto Bava, Make-up Effects Artist Sergio Stivaletti, Musician Claudio Simonetti and actress Geretta Geretta.

- Removable English Subtitles for both the U.S.
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'Demons' (1985) Review

Review by Chris Wright,

Demons” (1985)

Directed By: Lamberto Bava

Written By: Dario Argento, Lamberto Bava, Franco Ferrini, Dardano Sacchetti

Starring: Urbano Barberini (George), Natasha Hovey (Cheryl), Karl Zinny (Ken), Fiore Argento (Hannah), Paola Cozzo (Kathy), Fabiola Toledo (Carmen), Nicoletta Elmi (Ingrid), Stelio Candelli (Frank), Nicole Tessier (Ruth) Geretta Geretta (Rosemary), Bobby Rhodes (Tony), Guidi Baldi (Tommy), Bettini Ciampolini (Nina), Giuseppe Mauro Cruciano (Hot Dog), Sally Day (Liz)

Demons” is one of the definitive horror movies for any fan of Italian horror films. It was one of the first Italian films I ever watched several years ago and instantly became one of my favorites. It’s not perfect by any means but I don’t think that was the intention. The movie makes up for any flaws with its superb practical effects that constantly keeps the story moving in its speedy pace.

The movie takes place primarily inside a movie theater in Berlin.
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Indie Spotlight

We’re back with the latest edition of the Indie Spotlight, which contains all the independent horror news recently sent our way. This week’s edition looks be our biggest yet, with trailers for Molly Crow and VIViD, news on the Shriekfest Film Festival, a new clip from Bad Kids Go to Hell, multiple short films, and much more:

First Details on Alice D: “In the early 1900′s the Davenport House was a famous and successful brothel, until a young prostitute named Alice killed herself there. After her death, the brothel became haunted by Alice’s ghost, and was eventually abandoned. One hundred years later, the old structure is renovated into a beautiful mansion. It is still rumored to inhabit the ghost of Alice. Despite this, the new owner; the rich and arrogant heir to the Davenport fortune, decides to throw a wild party for his first night in the house.
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Have Yourself a Bloody Christmas This October

Even though Halloween fever is currently on everyone's minds (and rightly so), after it passes, the holidays will be right around the corner. Might as well start your planning so that they're as full of mayhem as they are mirth, and Bloody Christmas looks to be a great starting point!

From the Press Release

In the grand tradition of holiday horrors (Halloween, April Fool's Day, Happy Birthday to Me) comes Bloody Christmas, a new film from Long Island filmmaker Michael Shershenovich, available via Planetworks and Mvd on October 23rd. The film offers a unique experience by shying away from a typical slasher and drifting into stylish cinematography, all while not taking the subject matter too seriously.

Paul Awful of Movies From Mars writes:

"One scene that stands out visually is a dream sequence (or should I say nightmare) which was shot on 16mm that gets the audience inside a demented and damaged Santa Clause mind.
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Sneak Peek Of New Tmnt Series; & Nickelodeon Comments On Jason Biggs' Vulgar Tweets

At the end of last month the Republican National Convention took place. Mitt Romney, the presidential nominee of the party was paraded around along with his wife Ann, and his vice presidential choice, Paul Ryan and his wife, Janna. During the event Jason Biggs went on a vulgar tirade tweeting inappropriate comments toward Christians, Paul Ryan, Ann Romney, Clint Eastwood, and Janna Ryan. I deemed the tweets too offensive to be posted here, but you can view them at The Blaze. Biggs' tweets seem more like something Stifler, of his popular American Pie franchise, would've wrote, and less like an actor that was just hired to voice a character on a children's show. What makes things even worse, several days later the account used to promote Nickelodeon's Turtles series encouraged followers to check out Biggs' twitter page. The offensive tweets have been deleted and Nickelodeon has issued a statement: “Nickelodeon
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Doctor Gash's Tip of the Scalpel - The Community Theater and the Bloodbath of '86

As horror fans, many of us remember the exact moment we fell in love with the genre. Whether it was the first time we were blown away by a particular film or got our first look at some of the characters that would go on to become icons of modern horror.

Our love of scary movies had to come from somewhere, and most of us can remember precisely when and where that was.

I recall it quite clearly…a normal summer 26 years ago. It would not appear to be a particularly outstanding season to the average person, but it was that summer, the Summer of 1986, and one small town movie theater, that forged my love of horror. And it is for that reason that we give a big Doctor Gash Tip of the Scalpel to The Community Theater and the Bloodbath of '86.

Within my hometown of Catskill in upstate
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'Ghost Hunters' Jason Hawes on Grant Wilson and Jason Biggs' 'disgusting' Rnc tweets

For Roto-Rooter plumber (yes, he still does plumbing) and paranormal investigator Jason Hawes of Syfy's long-running Wednesday-night reality hit "Ghost Hunters," currently airing new episodes, life after his longtime partner, Grant Wilson, left the TV show is pretty much like life before he left the TV show.

"It's funny," Hawes says, "the absence of Grant is only to the viewers of the show. I still talk with Grant all the time; we meet up all the time. He's still involved in the Taps [The Atlantic Paranormal Society] home team and things of that nature, and other things we've been doing for many, many years.

"As for him not being on the show anymore and not being on the road with me, it was a little odd in the beginning, but then again, I worked with Steve [Gonsalves] for years before Grant and me hung out, and Grant was really involved.

"So, I roll into working with Steve and other members,
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