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October Horrors 2017 Day 12 – It (1990)

12 October 2017 4:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It, 1990.

Directed by Tommy Lee Wallace.

Starring Tim Curry, Jonathan Brandis, Seth Green, Emily Perkins, Brandon Crane, Adam Faraizl, Marlon Taylor, Ben Heller, Richard Thomas, John Ritter, Annette O’Toole, Harry Anderson, Dennis Christopher, Tim Reid, and Richard Masur.


A group of childhood friends are reunited after a spate of gruesome murders in their former hometown suggest the return of “It”, a shape-shifting demonic entity that has terrorised the community for decades, possibly even centuries.

Stephen King has written a lot of books. Like lots of them.

Among his vast bibliography, one work has stood out as one of his most iconic and popular works; the mammoth 1986 novel simply titled It, a terrifying coming of age tale that resulted in everyone hating clowns. It’s also a book that has recently re-entered the public conscious thanks in no small part to the critically acclaimed big screen adaptation that has »

- Graeme Robertson

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The King of Clay: Willis H. O’Brien’s Stop-Motion Reality

2 October 2017 6:45 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

By Jacob Oller

King Kong had nothing on him. Because he made it. ou may know the name Ray Harryhausen as someone who was a stop-motion pioneer, but the first project Harryhausen ever worked on was as Willis H. O’Brien‘s assistant animator. O’Brien created dinosaur and ape effects for films like King Kong and Mighty Joe Young, but […]

The article The King of Clay: Willis H. O’Brien’s Stop-Motion Reality appeared first on Film School Rejects. »

- Jacob Oller

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The Wonderful Worlds Of Ray Harryhausen, Volume One: 1955-1960

30 September 2017 9:48 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Since the early days of home video Ray Harryhausen’s films have been a lightning rod for companies eager to one-up the competition with bigger and brighter releases of the beloved animator’s work. Located in the UK, Powerhouse/Indicator is the latest to jump on the bandwagon with lavishly appointed blu ray sets each featuring three of his films. Though all these movies have been previously released through other companies, Powerhouse has upped the ante with fresh transfers and a broad slate of new extras.

The Wonderful Worlds of Ray Harryhausen, Vol. One: 1955-1960 

Blu-ray – All Region


2001 / 1:85 / Street Date September 25, 2017

Starring Kenneth Tobey, William Hopper, Kerwin Matthews

Cinematography: Henry Freulich, Irving Lippman, Carlo Ventimiglia, Wilkie Cooper

Film Editor: Jerome Thoms, Edwin H. Bryant, Raymond Poulton

Produced by Sam Katzman, Charles H. Schneer

Music: Mischa Bakaleinikoff, Bernard Herrmann

Directed by Robert Gordon, Nathan Juran, Jack Sher

It Came from Beneath the Sea »

- Charlie Largent

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Horror Channel FrightFest announces line-up for Halloween 2017 event

28 September 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Horror Channel FrightFest has announced its lineup for the 7th annual West End Halloween chillorama, an all-day shocktoberfest at the Empire Haymarket on Sat October 28th 2017, which this year features one world, one European and five UK premieres.

“After FrightFest’s successful return to central London in August for our biggest and most acclaimed event yet, we’re pleased to announce our equally ambitious, and extended Halloween spooktacular,” said Alan Jones, FrightFest co-director. “The line-up is a heady cocktail of horror, fantasy and sci-fi, which we hope haunts your nightmares until our Glasgow grindhouser next March”.

Here’s the full line-up…

10:00 Horror Movie: A Low Budget Nightmare (European Premiere)

Director: Gary Doust. Cast: Craig Anderson, Dee Wallace, Gerard Odwyer, Bryan Moses, Robert Anderson. Australia 2017. 99 mins.

A funny, sad, candid and revealing documentary on the making of Red Christmas, a recent FrightFest favourite. Sick of playing quirky roles on Australian TV shows, »

- Gary Collinson

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FrightFest Halloween 2017 line-up announced

28 September 2017 7:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

The line-up for this years Horror Channel FrightFest Halloween 2017 event has just been announced and features seven choice shockers for the 7th annual West End Halloween event. This year, the all-day shocktoberfest is at the Empire Haymarket on Saturday October 28th and embraces one world, one European and five UK premieres, spanning three continents… And what a selection! The latest film from Lawrie Brewster (Lord of Tears); the UK premiere of Beyond Skyline And the UK premiere of It Came From the Desert!, the giant ant movie based on the classic Cinemaware video game!

From the emotional making of a low-budget slasher to zombie nightmares, Gothic horrors, an outrageously strange mind cult, a sci-fi alien action extravaganza, a comic strip creature feature and the last word in Killer Clowns, this year’s line-up is an eclectic mix of the quirky, unusual and extreme. Alan Jones, FrightFest co-director said today:

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- Phil Wheat

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The Chase (UK)

25 September 2017 5:24 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

A big welcome to UK disc purveyors Indicator, or Powerhouse, or how does Powerhouse Indicator sound? Savant’s first review from the new label is a favorite from the Columbia library. The extras are the lure: they company has snagged long-form, in-depth interviews with James Fox and director Arthur Penn. Everybody’s written about The Chase but here Penn tells his side of the story.

The Chase (1966)

Blu-ray + DVD

Powerhouse: Indicator

1966 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 134 min. / Street Date September 25, 2017 / Available from Amazon UK / £14.99

Starring: Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda, Robert Redford, E.G. Marshall,

Angie Dickinson, Janice Rule, Miriam Hopkins, Martha Hyer, Richard Bradford,

Robert Duvall, James Fox, Diana Hyland, Henry Hull, Jocelyn Brando, Clifton James, Steve Ihnat

Cinematography: Joseph Lashelle

Production Designer: Richard Day

Art Direction: Robert Luthardt

Film Editor: Gene Milford

Original Music: John Barry

Written by Lillian Hellman from the novel by Horton Foote

Produced by Sam Spiegel

Directed by Arthur Penn

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- Glenn Erickson

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One Million B.C.

12 September 2017 11:16 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Leapin’ Lizards!  The original cavemen vs. dinosaurs saga is a winner — if viewer involvement trumps visual effects, it’s got a narrow lead over the Hammer/Harryhausen remake. Victor Mature, Carole Landis and Lon Chaney Jr. all made career hay out of their weeks spent running in loincloths, out in the desert. And Vci’s new disc is a terrific UCLA Archive restoration.

One Million B.C.



1940 / B&W / 1:37 Academy / 80 min. / Street Date September 12, 2017 /

Starring: Victor Mature, Carole Landis, Lon Chaney Jr., Conrad Nagel, John Hubbard, Nigel De Brulier, Mamo Clark, Jean Porter, Inez Palange, Edgar Edwards, Jacqueline Dalya, Mary Gale Fisher.

Cinematography: Norbert Brodine

Film Editor: Ray Snyder

Original Music: Werner R. Heymann

Visual Effects: Roy Seawright, Jack Shaw, Frank Young

Written by Mickell Novack, George Baker, Joseph Frickert

Produced and Directed by Hal Roach

In the late 1930s fantasy and science fiction movies were few and far between, »

- Glenn Erickson

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Michael Giacchino interview: the art of scoring movies

12 September 2017 10:29 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Sean Wilson Sep 29, 2017

War For The Planet Of The Apes, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Star Wars and more, as we chat to composer Michael Giacchino...

Few blockbuster composers are in as much demand as Michael Giacchino. Having risen through the ranks of video game scoring and smash-hit TV sucesses with the likes of Lost, the versatile composer has over the last decade musically defined several enormous franchises. From Rogue One to Jurassic World to acclaimed Pixar Oscar-winners like Up, there's no end to Giacchino's talents.

With his 50th birthday concert at the Royal Albert Hall coming up on 20th October, we were delighted to catch up with Michael to ask that all-important question: what makes a truly great film score?

Well, it's been 15 years since I was playing Medal Of Honor: Frontline on the PS2 and now I'm sat here talking to its composer! Seriously, how hard were the tanks to defeat in that game? »

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‘Starcrash’ Blu-ray Review

11 September 2017 6:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Caroline Munro, David Hasslehoff, Christopher Plummer, Marjoe Gortner, Robert Tessier, Joe Spinell, Nadia Cassini, Judd Hamilton, Hamilton Camp | Written by Luigi Cozzi, Nat Wachsberger | Directed by Lewis Coates (aka Luigi Cozzi)

The entire galaxy is in peril and infamous space-smuggler Stella Star, the greatest star pilot ever to command a vessel, is its only hope. The evil Count Zartharn from the League of the Dark Worlds has constructed a weapon of unlimited power capable of destroying anything in its path. Our heroine Stella Star and her loyal crew must navigate the darkest corners of the solar system to find the Count’s hideout and bring his reign of terror to an end.

The success of George LucasStar Wars in 1977 led to a myriad of clones and quick cash-ins, the most famous (or infamous) of which was Starcrash. A heady mix of Barbarella, Star Wars and even the films of Ray Harryhausen, »

- Phil Wheat

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Toho Dreams

10 September 2017 9:23 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Is it possible, in the grand age of visual and storytelling sophistication in which we live (the sarcasm is coming through, isn’t it?), to experience the exquisite delirium of an old Japanese kaiju movie, say, anything in the Godzilla-and-related-monsters series from roughly 1957 to 1975, without responding to it simply as inept camp, or as something to be immediately discounted or condescended to because of the “fakeyness” of its special effects? (In that time range I’ve deliberately left out the original Gojira, released in 1954, a movie that has always, and particularly since its original Japanese version was re-distributed in the Us in 2004, enjoyed a measure of respect from demanding genre audiences because of its status as a painful and powerful response to the devastation at Hiroshima and Nagasaki in World War II.) Is it possible to enjoy these usually formulaic rubber-monster orgies of destruction precisely because of their artificiality? »

- Dennis Cozzalio

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The Morning Watch: Ray Harryhausen’s ‘War of the Worlds’ VFX Test, The Movie Alphabet & More

8 September 2017 5:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.) In this edition, check out a visual effects test that was […]

The post The Morning Watch: Ray Harryhausen’s ‘War of the Worlds’ VFX Test, The Movie Alphabet & More appeared first on /Film. »

- Ethan Anderton

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The Lost World (1925)

4 September 2017 1:09 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

*Sigh* — Not a day goes by that I don’t miss my escaped brontosaurus. This wonder movie of the silent era, which pits five intrepid explorers against Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s fantastic South American plateau where marvelous animals from the dawn of time still live. Blackhawk Films and Lobster’s latest digital restoration includes footage never before seen, in original tints; it’s dedicated to film restorer David Shepard.

The Lost World

Deluxe Blu-ray Edition

Flicker Alley

1925 / Color / 1:37 Silent Ap / 110 min. / Street Date September 19, 2017 / 39.95

Starring: Wallace Beery, Lloyd Hughes, Bessie Love, Lewis Stone, Alma Bennett, Arthur Hoyt, Margaret McWade, Bull Montana, Frank Finch Smiles, Jules Cowles, George Bunny, Leo White.

Cinematography: Arthur Edeson

Writing credits: Marion Fairfax from the novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

New Music Score: Robert Israel

Technical Director: Willis O’Brien, assistants & effects men Marcel Delgado, Ralph Hammeras, Fred Jackman, Devereaux Jennings, Hans Koenekamp, »

- Glenn Erickson

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Krakatoa East of Java

2 September 2017 1:16 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

‘Things Blowing Up Good’ has been surefire entertainment since the beginning of cinema, but this ill-fated Cinerama extravaganza about the biggest explosion in recorded human history limps along despite some pretty darned impressive volcanic effects. It’s quite an entertaining spectacle, with various good performers in three soap opera plots, either overacting or loitering about with nothing to do. And don’t forget the from-left-field musical striptease.

Krakatoa East of Java


Kl Studio Classics

1969 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 131 min. / Street Date September 12, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Maximilian Schell, Diane Baker, Brian Keith, Barbara Werle, Sal Mineo, Rossano Brazzi, John Leyton, J.D. Cannon, Jacqueline (Jacqui) Chan, Victoria Young, Marc Lawrence, Geoffrey Holder, Niall MacGinnis, Sumi Haru.

Cinematography: Manuel Berenguer

Film Editors: Walter Hannemann, Warren Low, Maurice Rootes

Production Design: Eugèné Lourié

Costumes: Laure Lourié

Special Effects: Eugèné Lourié, Alex Weldon, Francisco Prósper

Original Music: Frank De Vol

Written by Clifford Newton Gould, »

- Glenn Erickson

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Film News Roundup: Ruth Negga Joins Brad Pitt’s Sci-Fi Film ‘Ad Astra’

7 August 2017 4:40 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In today’s film news roundup, Ruth Negga joins Brad Pitt in “Ad Astra,” Florence Pugh is cast opposite Chris Pine in “Outlaw King,” and more …


Ruth Negga has joined Brad Pitt in the sci-fi adventure “Ad Astra,” with James Grey directing from a script he co-wrote with Ethan Gross.

New Regency, 20th Century Fox, and Bona Film Group are financing “Ad Astra.” Fox will distribute in the movie in all markets, aside from China, where Bona Film Group will distribute.

The story centers on a man’s journey across a lawless solar system to find his missing father, a renegade scientist who poses a threat to all of mankind.

Pitt, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Kleiner are producing through their Plan B company with Rt FeaturesRodrigo Teixeira, Keep Your Head Productions’ Anthony Katagas, and Gray. Mad River’s Marc Butan, and Rt Features’ Lourenco Sant’Anna and Sophie Mas are executive producing, along »

- Dave McNary

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Jon Favreau in Visual Effects Society honour

7 August 2017 5:08 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Directing credits include The Jungle Book, Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Elf.

Jon Favreau will receive the Visual Effects Society’s Ves Lifetime Achievement Award at the 16th Annual Ves Awards on February 13, 2018.

Jon Favreau has introduced the reinvention of a new style of film that demands visual effects artists to push beyond the boundaries of what can and has been done before,” Ves board chair Mike Chambers said. “He has created exceptionally humanistic stories through his vision, unique approach to storytelling and full embrace of emerging technology to enhance the movie-going experience.  

“With this journeyman at the helm, having acted, written, directed and produced across many breakthrough projects, we expect to witness new kinds of entertainment from Jon that utilise VFX at its core and help redefine entertainment on a global level. For this, and more, we are honored to award him with the prestigious Visual Effects Society Lifetime Achievement Award.”

Favreau’s director »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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King Kong documentary 'Long Live the King' releases

17 July 2017 8:05 PM, PDT | MoreHorror | See recent MoreHorror news »

Seth Metoyer


Long Live The King is a feature documentary about the enduring popularity of the character King Kong, and how the 1933 film has inspired countless artists, writers and filmmakers. The film is now available to rent or buy on Amazon.com.

Check out all the details about this great documentary from the official release below.

About Long Live The King

The 8th Wonder of the World! The name King Kong immediately brings to mind images of the mighty Beast whose legendary love for a Beauty was his undoing. Since 1933, this majestic, tragic character has enthralled moviegoers and inspired creativity.

Long Live The King is a new documentary that explores our fascination with the great ape, and his impact on pop culture throughout the world. Featuring interviews with dozens of celebrated writers, actors, artists and filmmakers, this is a highly entertaining celebration of the greatest monster movie icon of all time. »

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"The Sinbad Trilogy"- 6 Disc Blu-ray/DVD Limited Edition Set From Indicator

15 July 2017 1:58 PM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

A Mixed Bag In A Big Box

By Darren Allison

‘I was there; I was in that picture, fighting the Cyclops on the beach, running from the dragon! I was enthralled. It's one of my strongest childhood memories.’ It’s very hard to argue with director John Landis’s vivid account of his earliest memories and the fantasy films of Ray Harryhausen and producer Charles H. Schneer. They seemed to touch us all in an indelible manner and took us into a fantasy realm far beyond our imagination. Indicator has (for the first time in the UK) combined the three Sinbad adventures in one very handsomely produced package. It’s a magical box that has very little trouble in sending us on a journey, and back to a place called innocence…

The Seventh voyage of Sinbad (1958) was something of a revelation back in its day. Ray Harryhausen’s pioneering stop-motion »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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How ‘Planet of the Apes’ Started Hollywood’s Franchise Obsession

13 July 2017 3:14 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

If Matt Reeves’ much-anticipated “War on the Planet of the Apes” (20th Century Fox) opens Friday to an expected $70 million or more, that would put it ahead (in domestic returns at least) of such recent high altitude-franchise stumbles as “Alien: Covenant,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” and “Transformers.”

Several factors contribute to the elevated respect for the series, going back almost half a century to when the first film, never intended as anything other than a standalone, became a surprise success in 1968.

Let’s track some curious highlights on the unusual trajectory that brings us to the ninth entry in the longest running English-language film series other than James Bond:

The Genesis Was a Stand-Alone Novel

Pierre Boule was well-known for the World War II novel “The Bridge on the River Kwai” which became a David Lean Best Picture winner and massive worldwide hit in the late 1950s. »

- Tom Brueggemann

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How sci-fi went mainstream

4 July 2017 6:51 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Jul 7, 2017

To tie in with the Into The Unknown exhibition, on now at London's Barbican, we look at how sci-fi has become a major cultural force...

It's not always easy being geeky. The celebrated genre writer Ray Bradbury knew this all too well; as a kid growing up in the 1920s and 30s, he was intoxicated by all things otherworldly and imaginative: classic horror movies, pulp sci-fi stories about Mars, comic strips detailing the exploits of Buck Rogers. Eventually, Bradbury's peers teased him mercilessly, until, in a bid to fit in, he ripped his Buck Rogers comics to shreds. But far from helping the young Bradbury draw a line under his obsessions, the destruction of his beloved comics left him feeling unhappy and soulless.

See related  Twin Peaks season 3 episode 8 review: Gotta Light? Twin Peaks season 3 episode 7 review: There’s A Body All Right Twin Peaks season 3 episode »

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How VFX Turned Javier Bardem Into the Creepiest ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Ghost Villain Ever

6 June 2017 3:37 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

With Javier Bardem playing the vengeful ghost pirate Salazar in “Dead Men Tell No Tales,” the “Kon-Tiki” directing team of  Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg knew they had to come up with a unique look. So they seized on the idea of Salazar and his crew falling apart and trapped in an underwater-like, slow-motion atmosphere. Salazar has a cracked, peeling, Kabuki-like face and a tattered uniform. Best of all, his straggly hair moves around like it’s also submerged.

Creating Salazar’s Disintegrating Look

“We needed something graphic,”said Sandberg. “We felt this hair was a strong connection with the sea and drowning. And it also feels ghostly, and his disintegration adds to the loss that Jack Sparrow [Johnny Depp] gave him.”

“Everything needed to be defined from the bottom up about how the hair moved,” said Rønning:  lighting. Ultimately, it is Javier’s performance that makes you believe in him, seeing »

- Bill Desowitz

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