9 items from 2015
Genre fans have a very light week of home entertainment releases to look forward to on Tuesday, April 28th. Scream Factory is giving the Vincent Price cult classic From a Whisper to a Scream a high-def upgrade with their latest Blu-ray, and Universal Studios is bringing home J.Lo and her cookies with their DVD and Blu-ray for The Boy Next Door. Lord of the Flies is also making its bow on Blu-ray this week, courtesy of Olive Films, and the indie vampire flick Hunted is making its way onto DVD as well.
Jennifer Lopez leads the cast in The Boy Next Door, a psychological thriller that explores a forbidden attraction that goes much too far. Directed by Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious) and written by Barbara Curry, the film also stars Ryan Guzman, »
- Heather Wixson
The Criterion Collection has announced its new release line-up for June with five new titles set for a Blu-ray release in June.
On July 7, it will release Robert Siodmak’s The Killers (1946) and Don Siegel’s The Killers (1964). On July 14, it will release Alain Resnais’ Hiroshima mon amour, Jan Troell’s Here’s Your Life, and Carroll Ballard’s The Black Stallion. And on July 21, it will release Stephen Frears’ My Beautiful Laundrette and Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom.
Ernest Hemingway’s simple but gripping short tale The Killers is a model of economical storytelling. Two directors adapted it into unforgettably virile features: Robert Siodmak, in a 1946 film that helped define the noir style and launch the acting careers of Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner; and Don Siegel, in a brutal 1964 version, starring Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson, and John Cassavetes, that was intended for television but deemed too »
- Scott J. Davis
Sometimes a release comes that could very easily be worth the price of purchase, just based on the film itself. Sure, it’s always a plus to have some kickass special features, and that’s good and all, but some films just grab you by the collar and scream out: Buy Me!! Those releases are fine, but there’s a special bonus feeling of excitement when you not only get one of those special films And enough supplemental material to last for Hours. That, my loyal fright fanatics, is what I’d like to call an “Ayfkm” release. Enough suspense, it stands for Are You Fucking Kidding Me?!
Jeff Burr’s terrifying and bloody as all hell anthology, From A Whisper To A Scream (aka-The Offspring) is just that type of Bluray release, adding yet another title to an already Very impressive line of films that the gang at »
- Jerry Smith
Earlier this week, we gave you details on first wave of special experiences and events taking place at the 2015 Stanley Film Festival. We now have details on their impressive slate of features, short films, and additional special events, including screenings of The Final Girls, Deathgasm, Stung, The Invitation, and We Are Still Here.
We're teaming up with the festival for live coverage and special opportunities for Daily Dead readers, so be sure to check back all month for contests, features, and more.
"April 2, 2014 (Denver, Co) - The Stanley Film Festival (Sff) produced by the Denver Film Society (Dfs) and presented by Chiller, announced today its Closing Night film, Festival lineup and the 2015 Master of Horror. The Festival will close out with The Final Girls. The film, directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson, is the story of a young woman grieving the loss of her mother, a famous scream queen from the 1980s, »
- Jonathan James
Scream Factory is bringing yet another badass anthology your way, when they give a brand new collector’s edition Bluray of the 1987 Jeff Burr (Leatherface: TCM III, Stepfather 2)-helmed From A Whisper To A Scream (also known as The Offspring) to shelves on April 28th. Set in a single small town, the film is a lot of fun, and I, for one, couldn’t more more excited not only for the film to finally get a HD release, but for the pretty impressive list of special features (including two commentaries And feature length docs as well), because as we all know, director Jeff Burr is a man who loves to talk and his stories are absolutely great. The film was also legend Vincent Price’s final horror film, so it’s one to pick up for many reasons!
“On the night his niece is executed for committing a string of brutal killings, »
- Jerry Smith
We're back with a special round-up, taking a look at three upcoming horror film Blu-rays, two of which star the legendary Vincent Price. Scream Factory revealed the bonus features for the anthology horror film, From a Whisper to a Scream, Kino Lorber has announced they're bringing Jacques Tourneur's War Gods of the Deep, a.k.a. The City Under the Sea, out on Blu-ray with a new extra, and Olive Films has slated a Satan's Blade 30th anniversary Blu-ray for a spring release.
From Scream Factory: "**Extras for From A Whisper To A Scream Revealed!**
Fans of this underrated 1987 gem with Vincent Price (in his last role in a horror film) are in for a super treat. Check out the extensive line-up »
- Derek Anderson
Along with partners the American Cinematheque and Jumpcut Cafe, the Underground Film Journal is thrilled to be co-presenting the first ever Hollywood Underground Film Festival, which will be a one-night event at the Egyptian Theater on Saturday, February 21.
The festival will include two screenings. First, there will be a short film program at 7:30 p.m.; followed at 10:00 p.m. by the world premiere of the exciting new anthology film Betamax, which features new work by Los Angeles underground filmmaking legend Damon Packard.
The shorts lineup will include the U.S. premiere of the latest film by longtime Journal favorite Brian Lonano, Crow Hand!!!, which is bloody and fantastic; and Mike Olenick‘s visual epic Red Luck, which won the Best Looking award at the 2014 Chicago Underground Film Festival and the Best Experimental Film at the 2015 Slamdance.
Other shorts include a blazingly fun biopic of Hollywood icon Russ Meyer, »
- Mike Everleth
We’re back with another horror round-up. This time around, we focus on the slight delay in the upcoming premiere of Penny Dreadful Season 2, a new teaser for the second season of Salem, and details on the new street date for Scream Factory’s From a Whisper to a Scream Blu-ray.
“This season, Vanessa and Ethan form a deeper bond as the group, including Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), and Sembene (Danny Sapani), unite to banish the evil forces that threaten to destroy them. Meanwhile, Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), the Creature (Rory Kinnear) and Brona (Billie Piper) are all waging battles of their own. Patti LuPone will guest star as a mysterious character of »
- Derek Anderson
Boulevard Ballads: Baker’s Enigmatic Journey into Hollywood’s Facade
For those familiar with the cinematic offerings of Sean Baker, it will come as no surprise that his latest feature, Tangerine, focuses on a group of people defined, in part, by a specific locale, but are generally invisible as cinematic subjects. Hardly banal or niche, his work avoids labels by refusing to adhere to them, rather focusing on the “regular people” (as those in this current title are also described) within the frame. Crackling with an infectious, garrulous energy, he deposits us in the captivating hands of two black, transsexual hookers that journey back and forth from Sweetzer to Vermont Avenue along Santa Monica Boulevard over the period of one sun-soaked Los Angeles day. On paper, these labels sound crippling, but Baker is hardly a steward of melodrama, and transcends any and all assumptions with this title that recalls the »
- Nicholas Bell
9 items from 2015
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