6 items from 2016
Welcome back for Day 11 of Daily Dead’s fourth annual Holiday Gift Guide, readers! Once again, our goal is to help you navigate through the horrors of the 2016 shopping season with our tips on unique gift ideas, and we’ll hopefully help you save a few bucks over the next few weeks, too. For our second-to-last day of this year’s Gift Guide, we’re going to be featuring several great cult films that arrived on Blu-ray in 2016, as well as Star Wars books, a ton of horror-themed enamel pins, the amazing artwork of Hero Complex Gallery, FiverFingerTees, and much more!
This year’s Holiday Gift Guide is sponsored by several amazing companies, including Mondo, Anchor Bay Entertainment, DC Entertainment, and Magnolia Home Entertainment, who have all donated an assortment of goodies to help get you into the spirit of the season. Daily Dead also recently teamed up with »
- Heather Wixson
Stars: Tomas Arana, Barbara Cupisti, Hugh Quarshie, Asia Argento, Feodor Chaliapin, Jr., Giovanni Lombardo Radice | Written by Dario Argento, Michele Soavi, Franco Ferrini, Dardano Sacchetti, Lamberto Bava, Fabrizio Bava | Directed by Michele Soavi
It has been a Long time since I last watched Michele Soavi’s The Church - the last time I saw it was a rare TV screening on Bravo if memory serves… It’s not like I’m not a fan of the film, after all – thanks to the heavy promotion of the film in The Darkside magazine – I first saw the film on the very day it hit VHS here in the UK… I actually “pre-ordered” my rental of the film at my local, now long defunct, video store and fell in love with the glorious religious iconography and the overall otherworldy, eerie, look of the film – from the prologue, to the [literal] heart-wrenching scene featuring Tomas Arana, »
- Phil Wheat
For this final Tuesday in October (and the last day of home entertainment releases prior to Halloween), horror fans have a bunch of great new Blu-rays and DVDs coming out just in time for everyone’s favorite holiday. Scream Factory has given The Exorcist III an HD overhaul (including the original Director’s Cut of the sequel), which is something no genre lover will want to miss out on experiencing. Arrow Video is also keeping busy on October 25th with the release of their impressive 17-disc box set celebrating trailblazing filmmaker Herschell Gordon Lewis, and the recent supernatural thriller Lights Out is making its way to Blu-ray and DVD as well.
Cult film enthusiasts are undoubtedly going to be busy this Tuesday, with Severin Films releasing a 2K version of Burial Ground, Blue Underground showing Lucio Fulci’s Manhattan Baby some love this week, and Vinegar Syndrome giving »
- Heather Wixson
Simone Biles has not been shy about her longtime crush on Zac Efron, and the Olympic gold medalist finally got her much-deserved moment with the actor during the Rio Olympics on Tuesday. After being spotted touching down at the airport in Brazil, Zac seemed to head straight to where Simone was competing for a sweet meet-up, orchestrated by Today show hosts Hoda Kotb and Matt Lauer. Zac and Hoda watched Simone perform her floor routine; the actor admitted, "I totally have butterflies right now" and blew a kiss at the TV screen before tearing up as Simone accepted her gold medal. Awwww! The 19-year-old superstar gymnast took to Snapchat to share a video of the two together, and Zac gave her a cute peck on the cheek (which Simone, understandably, can't handle). She returned the favor in a supercute Instagram clip, and Simone's teammate Laurie Hernandez snapped a photo of »
- Brittney Stephens
Lucio Fulci’s Manhattan Baby (released in the Us in 1984), aka Eye of the Evil Dead, is being released as a three-disc limited edition Blu-ray on October 25th from Blue Underground, and we have details on the special features that will be unleashed on the masses as well as a look at some beautiful cover artwork.
Synopsis: “A young girl on vacation in Egypt is given a mysterious charm, causing her archeologist father to be struck blind inside an unexplored pyramid tomb. But when the family returns home to Manhattan, a plague of supernatural evil and sudden violence follows. Can this ancient curse be stopped before it is unleashed on the streets of New York City?
Christopher Connelly (1990: The Bronx Warriors), Laura Lenzi (The Adventures Of Hercules II), Giovanni Frezza (The House By The Cemtery) and Carlo De Mejo (City Of The Living Dead) star in Italian shock master »
- Tamika Jones
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. »
- Scott Drebit
6 items from 2016
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