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Drive-In Dust Offs: Hunter’S Blood (1986)

In the grand tradition of Deliverance (1972), Rituals (‘77), and Up the Creek (1984) comes Hunter’s Blood (’86), a backwoods hicksploitation actioner that more than gets by with a cast handpicked by the B movie gods and a script wittier than it has to be. Who says the outdoors hold no charm? (Well, normally that would be me.)

Based on the novel by Jere Cunningham (who later wrote the story for Judgment Night, which is just the urban version of the same tale), Hunter’s Blood was released by Palace Pictures in the U.K. in September, and picked up by Roger Corman’s Concorde Pictures for release stateside in January of ’87, where soon after it was destined to languish on home video shelves, with store clerks puzzled as to where it should be stocked. (By the by, I always saw it in the Horror section, where I think it rightfully belonged.) Hard
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Criterion Reflections – Episode 10 – Random Wrap-Up of 1969

Criterion Reflections is David Blakeslee’s ongoing project to watch all of the films included in the Criterion Collection in chronological order of their original release. Each episode features panel conversations and 1:1 interviews offering insights on movies that premiered in a particular season of a year in the past, which were destined to eventually bear the Criterion imprint. In this episode, David is joined by William Remmers, Josh Hornbeck, Jason Beamish and Aaron West to discuss a selection of short films released in 1969. Titles include: Carroll Ballard’s Rodeo and The Perils of Priscilla; Paul Bartel’s Naughty Nurse; Les Blank’s The Sun’s Gonna Shine; Octavio Cortázar’s For the First Time; Hollis Frampton’s Carrots and Peas and Lemon; and Clu Gulager’s A Day with the Boys.

Episode Time Markers Introduction: 0:00:00 – 0:04:51 The Sun’s Gonna Shine: 0:04:52 – 0:17:58 For
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Drive-In Dust Offs: From A Whisper To A Scream (1987)

Ever since seeing Creepshow (1982) when it first arrived on video, I’ve been enamored with anthology films; reaching back to Amicus’ ‘60s and ‘70s treasures like Tales from the Crypt (1972) all the way up to Epic PicturesTales of Halloween (2015), omnibuses scratch a very particular itch for this viewer. Falling somewhere in the middle of my terrorline is From a Whisper to a Scream (1987), a proud and nasty addition to the sub-genre. This bugger does not mess around.

Released by Moviestore Entertainment stateside and by Cineplex-Odeon up here in Canada the following year, From a Whisper to a Scream (Aka The Offspring, which is what I knew it as) made back its $ 1.1 million budget plus a few dollars more, and the film received mixed reviews from critics in its limited release. Scrappy and mean, with a delightful turn from Vincent Price in the wraparound, From a Whisper to a Scream
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A Letter To Rian Johnson

It feels a little bit like Christmas morning around the house this morning, even though we’ve still got a week and change to go before the actual day, and that’s undoubtedly because all the women here are rousing themselves a bit early to get ready for what amounts to Christmas 2017, Hollywood style. (The cats have been up for some time already, and they too are very excited, but you know, that’s just their way.) You see, in a couple hours we’re all piling into the car and making the pilgrimage up the hill to Universal City to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi. When it comes to buying advance tickets for a big movie for the whole family to see together my dear wife knows no restraints, and if the movie is prefixed with the words “Star Wars,” then all bets are most assuredly off.
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The Hidden

The Hidden


Warner Archive Collection

1987 / Color /1.78:1 / Street Date October 4, 2017

Starring Kyle MacLachlan and Michael Nouri

Cinematography by Jacques Haitkin

Written by Jim Kouf

Produced by Stephen Diener, Dennis Harris, Jeffrey Klein

Directed by Jack Sholder

After a demanding evening spent bumping and grinding at The Harem Room, a weary young dancer packs up her gear and exits the club to a chorus of catcalls. She responds by whipping out a state-of-the-art shotgun and laying waste to not only to the would-be lotharios but a good section of Hollywood Boulevard. Is this the continuing story of Abel Ferrara’s Ms. 45? No, it’s Jack Sholder’s The Hidden, one of the wittiest B movies of the eighties.

That stripper’s gun-happy rampage is just the latest in a series of increasingly bizarre crimes catapulting the baffled police into a futile game of whack-a-mole; as soon as the cops eliminate one gunman,
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Halloween 2017: Wtf: 10 Bonkers Movies to Watch on Shudder

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As horror fans, we are constantly seeking out the new and the different. Because the genre is marked by so much sameness—sequels, franchises, remakes, copies of copies—it can sometimes be a challenge to find those horror films that truly carve out their own space. They don’t even have to be great movies, necessarily; many times, “different” is enough to make us happy.

With that in mind, here are 10 horror movies currently available on the terrific streaming service Shudder that are, if nothing else, different from almost anything else you’ll watch this October. They vary in quality from title to title, but what even the roughest among them lacks in technical polish, it more than makes up for in sheer maniac insanity. After you’ve cycled through all your favorites this October, why not add a little Wtf to your lineup?

1. Beyond the Darkness (1979, dir. Joe D
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From VHS to VOD #1

I don’t know if you’re anything like me, but I can often spend hours upon hours trawling through iTunes looking for new movies to buy… Usually I’ll randomly come across a title I haven’t seen in years and use the “Cast & Crew” links to make my way down the rabbit hole to the more obscure side of Apple’s digital movie service.

Now whilst many will decry that iTunes is a terrible VOD service due to Apple’s desire to lock its audience to their platforms, if you have an Apple TV or iPad be aware – there are some truly obscure films hidden away in the depths of the vast collection of movies. Some of which have been made available in the UK for the first time since VHS and a Lot that have been added to the service in their original uncut form!

So, with
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Blu-ray Review: The Initiation

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The thing I miss the most about the heyday of the ’80s slasher movie is that there were so many of them that eventually filmmakers had to start finding ways to shake up the formula and continually introduce weirder and weirder stuff. That's not to say that all of these movies were necessarily "good," but that they managed to be distinctive within a sub-genre known for its sameness. For as good as horror is today—and we are in a really good place for horror—there is no one corner of the genre that is so prevalent as the slasher once was that inspires various permutations. We don't get a Sleepaway Camp or a Blood Rage much anymore. The reasons for this are ultimately positive and encouraging—the current crop of horror films are so vastly different from one another that we avoid this phenomenon—but it still makes me
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Blu-ray Review – The Initiation (1984)

The Initiation, 1984.

Directed by Larry Stewart.

Starring Daphne Zuniga, Clu Gulager, Vera Miles, James Read, Marilyn Kagan.


When a college prank goes wrong a group of teenage girls find themselves at the mercy of a killer.

Originally released during the dying breaths of the first run of slasher films, The Initiation is a film that ticks all the boxes as far as slashers go but doesn’t do enough to raise the bar in any way, and seeing as this came out a month after Wes Craven’s groundbreaking A Nightmare on Elm Street changed the horror landscape forever it does look a little old hat when put up against that film and the Friday the 13th sequels that were proving popular at the time.

Kelly Fairchild (Daphne ZunigaThe Fly II) is a teenage student who suffers from bad dreams about a man on fire attacking her parents.
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The Revenge of… A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’S Revenge

31 years ago, the sequel to the surprise hit A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) was rushed into theaters to capitalize on that film’s box office success. A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985) made $21 million at the box office, a mere $4 million less than its predecessor, and certainly more than enough to keep the burgeoning franchise going. But alas, for poor Freddy, the wrath for this film over the years has withered its reputation to whispers and snickers, with the occasional outburst of foaming conjecture. I don’t get it. I love Freddy’s Revenge.

So why all the shade? First of all, Freddy’s Revenge has the misfortune of sitting in-between the original classic and a follow-up that most consider the best of the sequels, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. Both of those films have the involvement of the late horror guru Wes Craven
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October Horrors Day 23 – Return of the Living Dead (1985)

Return of the Living Dead, 1985.

Directed by Dan O’Bannon.

Starring Clu Gulager, James Karen, Don Calfa and Thom Mathews.


A mismatched group of chemical plant workers, punks and a mortuary worker find the living dead knocking at their doors in ever increasing numbers following the accidental release of a mysterious toxin that has not only brought the dead back to life, but also left them hungry for the brains of the living.

Now as you can probably guess from all the previous films featuring the living dead, I have a special affinity for zombies. In fact, at the risk of sounding like a hipster type, I liked zombies before it became cool.

But thank you nonetheless to The Walking Dead for helping to make this slightly niche horror sub-genre a lot more popular than it frankly deserves. Perhaps now you might consider ending soon – seven seasons of zombies
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Full Release Details for Arrow Video’s C.H.U.D., The Initiation, and The Driller Killer Blu-rays

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This November, Arrow Video offers horror fans a wide variety of thrills and onscreen kills with their respective Blu-ray releases of C.H.U.D., The Initiation, and The Driller Killer, and the full release details for all three Blu-rays have now been revealed.

Press Release: Mvd Entertainment Group furthers the distribution of Arrow Video in the Us with three great new titles in November. The month kicks off with The Initiation on Blu-ray, one of the best of the college-based slasher movies of the 1980s. One of the later entries into the genre, it had horror fans hooked with its tense stalk 'n' slash scenes and it's surprising twist of an ending.

The horror continues with C.H.U.D., the classic 80s horror featuring the Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers making their long-awaited debut on Blu-ray with a brand new restoration from original film elements.

Last but by no means least comes Arrow Video's
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Lee Marvin Died 29 Years Ago Today – Here Are His Ten Best Films

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, and Tom Stockman

Lee Marvin rose through the ranks of movie stardom as a character actor, delivering mostly villainous supporting turns in many films before finally graduating to leading roles. Regardless of which side of the law he was on however, he projected a tough-as-nails intensity and a two-fisted integrity which elevated even the slightest material. Born February 19, 1924, in New York City, Marvin quit high school to enter the Marine Corps and while serving in the South Pacific was badly wounded in battle when a machine gun nest shot off part of his buttocks and severed his sciatic nerve. He spent a year in recovery before returning to the U.S. where he began working as a plumber. The acting bug bit after filling in for an ailing summer-stock actor and he studied the art at the New York-based American Theater Wing. Upon making his debut in summer stock,
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Comic-Con 2016 Interview: Thom Mathews & John Philbin Reflect on The Return Of The Living Dead

The upcoming 30th anniversary of Tarman and his voracious appetite for brains was recently celebrated by Scream Factory in their Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release of The Return of the Living Dead. While the special Blu-ray was featured at San Diego Comic-Con, I had the honor of sitting down with cast members Thom Mathews and John Philbin to look back at the making of the beloved movie, including their experiences working with Dan O’Bannon, the extensive rehearsal period, visits to the set by George Clooney and Eric Stoltz, and much more.

When you guys were making this movie, did you have any idea that it would go on to have this kind of legacy and dedicated fanbase?

John Philbin: We were just happy to get a job because there was a strike and it was hot and it was the summer. All the people liked Dan O’Bannon,
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Blu-ray Review: Return of the Living Dead Collector’s Edition (Scream Factory)

Reviews like this are tough, because a movie like Return of the Living Dead has been discussed-to-death on the internet for at least the last two decades. What can one possibly say that another hasn’t already? In addition to that, this is also the third Blu-ray release of the film I have seen. There was the disappointing MGM release in 2010, and then much better Second Sight release from the UK that dropped in 2012 and resurrected the original audio track containing the songs that were cut from the Us release. And here comes Scream Factory to topple them all. Sorry to spoil my review, but this is the definitive Blu-ray release of Return of the Living Dead. I have never seen this movie look so beautiful in all the years I have watched it. Couple with that, the fact that there are several audio options for you to choose from,
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Contest: Win The Return Of The Living Dead Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray

Dan O’Bannon’s quotable, creepy, and downright fun 1985 horror comedy, The Return of the Living Dead, comes out on a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray on July 19th from Scream Factory, and we’ve been provided with three copies to give away to Daily Dead readers.


Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of The Return of the Living Dead Collector’s Edition.

How to Enter: For a chance to win, email with the subject “The Return of the Living Dead Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on July 22nd. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.


“On his first day on the job at a medical supply warehouse, poor Freddy
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Review: "McQ" (1974) Starring John Wayne; Warner Home Video Blu-ray Release

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By Lee Pfeiffer

By 1974 John Wayne was in the twilight of his long, distinguished film career that had spanned six decades. Although the genre that we associate him most with, the Western, was still in vogue, the trend among audience preferences had clearly shifted to urban crime dramas. Surprisingly, Wayne had never played a cop or detective - unless you want to count his role in the lamentable "Big Jim McLain", a 1952 Warner Brothers propaganda film that served as a love letter to Sen. Joseph McCarthy. In that turkey, Wayne played an investigator for Huac, the House UnAmerican Activities Committee that served as McCarthy's private police force, presumably searching out commie infiltrators. All they ended up doing was ruining the lives of left-wing people in the arts and academia. Wayne, for his part, remained unapologetic for his support of Huac even after McCarthy's popularity plummeted and he ended his career in shame and disgrace.
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The Return Of The Living Dead Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Clips & Trailer

If you’re hungry for a zombie horror comedy with brains, then you’ll want to put watching Scream Factory’s new home media release of The Return of the Living Dead at the top of your summer to-do list. Hitting shelves on July 19th, the Collector’s Edition Blu-ray is teased in high-def clips and a trailer that will make you want to revisit the party and surprising pathos of Dan O’Bannon’s 1985 film.

“On his first day on the job at a medical supply warehouse, poor Freddy (Thom Mathews) unwittingly releases toxic gas from a secret U.S. military canister, unleashing an unbelievable terror. The gas reanimates an army of corpses, who arise from their graves with a ravenous hunger… for human brains! And luckily for those carnivorous cadavers, there is a group of partying teens nearby, just waiting to be eaten!

Bonus Features

Disc 1:

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Blu-ray Review: The Return Of The Living Dead Collector’s Edition

It’s hard to believe that the same year George A. Romero released Day of the Dead, the ultra-gory, ultra-bleak conclusion of the trilogy he began with Night of the Living Dead in 1968, writer/director Dan O’Bannon was spinning Romero’s original classic into a totally new direction with The Return of the Living Dead. Whereas Romero’s film is dark and sober, Return is pure punk rock anarchy—a horror comedy that successfully manages to be equal parts horror and comedy while introducing one of the most significant elements into the zombie mythos since Romero first made them flesh-eaters 17 years earlier.

The film’s ingenious premise—which was “meta” before being meta was really a thing—is that the events of the original Night of the Living Dead really did take place and were covered up, with the zombies locked into airtight drums and left in the basement of a medical supply facility.
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New Audio Commentary Announced for The Return Of The Living Dead Collector’s Edition Blu-ray

Scream Factory already gave The Return of the Living Dead fans plenty of reasons to party with their extensive special features list for the upcoming Collector’s Edition Blu-ray of the film, but now they have added one more reason to celebrate with the announcement of a new audio commentary for the release.

Scream Factory revealed on Facebook that a new audio commentary with actors Thom Mathews, John Philbin and make-up effects artist Tony Gardner will be included on the The Return of the Living Dead Collector’s Edition Blu-ray (and also the sold-out Deluxe Limited Edition Blu-ray).

With new insights from the actors who played Freddy and Chuck, respectively, as well as one of the artists who helped bring the film’s zombies to living dead life, the additional audio commentary should be a special treat for fans when the Blu-ray hits shelves on July 19th. Below, we have
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