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Freebie and the Bean

Here’s how one pushed the limits of good taste in 1974. James Caan and Alan Arkin run the gamut of racist, raunchy, sexist & homophobic jokes as bad boy cops breaking the rules, and director Richard Rush delivers some impressive, expensive action stunts on location in San Francisco. Does it get a pass because it’s ‘outrageous?’ The public surely thought so. If the star chemistry works the excess won’t matter. With Valerie Harper, Loretta Swit and Jack Kruschen.

Freebie and the Bean


Warner Archive Collection

1974 / Color / 2:40 widescreen / 113 min. / Street Date August 8, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Alan Arkin, James Caan, Valerie Harper, Loretta Swit, Jack Kruschen, Mike Kellin, Paul Koslo, Linda Marsh, Alex Rocco.

Cinematography: Laszlo Kovacs

Film Editors: Michael MacLean, Fredric Steinkamp

Original Music: Dominic Frontiere

Written by Robert Kaufman, Floyd Mutrux

Produced and Directed by Richard Rush

‘Buddy’ pictures have been around forever, but I
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Review: "The Wonderful Country" (1959) Starring Robert Mitchum; Kino Lorber Blu-ray Release

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By Doug Oswald

Robert Mitchum is Martin Brady, an American hired gun living in exile in Mexico in “The Wonderful Country,” a Blu-ray release from Kino Lorber. While waiting on the Rio Grande for his contact for a gun smuggling job, Brady decides to escort the wagon north to Puerto, Texas, and pick up a cache of guns on behalf of his employers, the Castro brothers. Pancho Gil (Mike Kellin), another agent of the Castros, arrives to escort the guns they’re buying from a man named Sterner, but Brady insists on picking up the guns himself. When one of Brady’s associates reminds him that he’s a wanted man in America, Brady states, “I want to see the other side of the river.”

Arriving in Puerto, a tumble-weed startles Brady’s horse and he breaks a leg in the fall. He’s aided by Dr. Herbert J. Stovall
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The Boston Strangler

True-Crime Terror! Richard Fleischer and Edward Anhalt’s riveting serial killer makes extensive use of split- and multi-screen imagery. One of the most infamous murder sprees on record fudges some facts but still impresses as a novel approach.

The Boston Strangler


Twilight Time

1968 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 116 min. / Street Date November 15, 2016 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store 29.95

Starring Tony Curtis, Henry Fonda, George Kennedy, Mike Kellin, Hurd Hatfield, Murray Hamilton, Jeff Corey, Sally Kellerman, George Furth

Cinematography Richard H. Kline

Art Direction Richard Day, Jack Martin Smith

Film Editor Marion Rothman

Written by Edward Anhalt from the book by Gerold Frank

Produced by Robert Fryer

Directed by Richard Fleischer

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Twelve years ago i wasn’t all that impressed with The Boston Strangler. I thought it too slick and felt that its noted multi-screen sequences were a trick gimmick. I appreciate it more now — except for the name cast,
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Larry Cohen’s God Told Me To is Next Month’s Late Nite Grindhouse!

I am super psyched that we were able to grab the 4K restoration of Larry Cohen’s masterpiece, God Told Me To for our March Late Nite Grindhouse show. Come see what Time Out New York claims is one of the 100 best horror films.

God Told Me To is without question one of darkest, sharpest, oddest films on this list, a tale of serial murder, religious mania and alien abduction shot on some of mid-’70s New York’s least salubrious streets. Cohen deserves to be mentioned alongside Carpenter and Craven in the horror canon – this might be Cohen’s masterpiece!”

- Time Out New York God Told Me To

1975 / dir. Larry Cohen / 4K Digital

A rooftop sniper guns down 14 pedestrians on the streets of New York City. A mild-mannered dad takes a shotgun and blows away his wife and children. A cop goes on a sudden shooting spree at the St.
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Horror Round-Up: God Told Me To Theatrical Re-Release, Scream Queens Casting Update, Society & Island of Death Blu-ray / DVDs

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Welcome to another horror round-up! This time around we’re focusing on Blue Underground’s theatrical re-release of Larry Cohen’s God Told Me To, a Scream Queens casting update, and Arrow Video’s upcoming Blu-ray/DVD releases of Society and Island of Death.

God Told Me To: Press Release – “One of the most disturbing and thought-provoking horror films of our time, God Told Me To was written, produced and directed by Larry Cohen (It’S Alive, Q- The Winged Serpent) and stars Tony Lo Bianco (The French Connection, The Honeymoon Killers)

Co-starring Deborah Raffin (Death Wish 3), Academy Award® winner Sandy Dennis (Who’S Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?), Academy Award® nominee Sylvia Sidney (Beetlejuice), Sam Levene (Brute Force), Robert Drivas (Cool Hand Luke), Mike Kellin (Sleepaway Camp), Richard Lynch (Bad Dreams), and Andy Kaufman (Taxi)

Confirmed theaters and dates, with additional cities coming soon.

Special Q&A’s with Larry Cohen Tba!
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Review: Sleepaway Camp (Blu-ray)

If there was one horror movie growing up that was my favorite to show friends at a slumber party, it had to be Robert Hiltzik’s cult classic shocker Sleepaway Camp, which proved that eighties slashers weren’t always a dime a dozen. Scream Factory brings this often overlooked gem home to Blu-ray with a stunning transfer and presentation that would certainly live up to Aunt Martha’s high standards.

The story of Sleepaway Camp is pretty much everything you’d expect from a slasher movie and nothing you’d ever expect, which is what makes Hiltzik’s campy and disturbing summer camp tale still one of the more memorable horror movies I’ve seen. It follows a traumatized teenager, named Angela (Felissa Rose), who witnessed her entire family gruesomely killed after a tragic boating accident. She’s been living with those haunting events for the last eight years as
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Required Reading: Movies Directors Regret and ‘Sleepaway Camp’ Cult

The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere. There will be a quiz later. Just leave a tab open for us, will ya? “Sleepaway Camp” — Scott Tobias at The Dissolve celebrates the cult majesty of the horror film footnote perhaps most famous for its shock value. “One of the many great comic sidebars to Sleepaway Camp is Arawak’s cigar-chomping, skirt-chasing, pastel-ensconced leader (Mike Kellin), who frets, after three corpses and counting, that no one will want to send their kids to Camp Arawak anymore. There’s really no end to the strange revelations and bits of business, some of which are foregrounded, and other of which demand repeat viewings.” “Why Mad Men Ended Its Season With a Lie” — Katey Rich at Vanity Fair digs into the all-singing, all-dancing, all-suited sales pitch that the best things in life are free. “Do Filmmakers Ever Change Their Mind About Their Own Documentary?” — Chris Campbell
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Fright At Home: November 12th’s DVD & Blu-ray Releases!

Another Tuesday, another round of Fright At Home to give you the lowdown on this week’s must-have DVD & Blu-ray releases! November 12th is filled with an eclectic mix of genre titles, and in some cases making their way to both formats for the first time! Such an example is shot-on-video classics Black Devil Doll From Hell and Tales From The Quadead Zone. Both films from director Chester N. Turner are some of the rarest and obscure tapes in circulation, and have been known to fetch hundreds of dollars. Massacre Video was able to track down the thought dead director, and bring it back into print to melt the minds of a whole new generation.

Scream Factory has saved John Carpenter & Tobe Hooper’s horror-anthology Body Bags from its long-oop DVD release, reissuing the film onto Blu-ray in its uncut form with a slew of newly produced features. I’ve
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Voices From Beyond, Just Before Dawn, and Nightmare City Hitting Blu-ray

Three truly obscure titles are getting set to hit Blu-ray for the first and very limited time. That's right, kids! Jeff Lieberman's hillbilly slasher Just Before Dawn is on its way along with Fulci's Voices From Beyond and Umberto Lenzi's Nightmare City!

There's a catch though... Just Before Dawn and Voices From Beyond will only be sold through the Code Red website and will both be granted an Extremely limited run. Order Just Before Dawn here and Voices From Beyond here. No firm release date has been given for either film. Hurry up! These two will likely sell out fast.

Now on to the good news... for the first time we are getting the original uncut version of Just Before Dawn from the original InterNegative. Also included will be an extended cut (for overseas distribution) and the original theatrical trailer.


Five friends set out for a weekend camping excursion to drink,
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Sleepaway Camp Gets Modern Day Reboot from Producer Jeff Katz

Cover your ears and hide your eyes, horror fans. Another classic is getting the reboot treatment. This time, its sexually confused slasher Angela who is being updated for a new generation, as New Line Executive Jeff Katz sets up a series based on the 1983 thriller Sleepaway Camp.

Katz has optioned the remake rights from the original movie's rights holders, which include Angela herself, actress Felissa Rose, the original's writer/director-turned-lawyer Robert Hiltzik and original producer Michele Tatosian. They will all return as producers of this new version, which should help lend the film some credibility.

The story follows the summer camp exploits of a young girl, tormented and bullied by her so-called friends. This results in a torrential blood bath of terror that is memorable for its truly shocking (at least at the time) twist ending. This new version will be updated for a modern setting. And it promises to
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Ten Terrific War Movies You Probably Never Heard Of

I’ve always been a war film buff, maybe because I grew up with them at a time when they were a regular part of the cinema landscape. That’s why I read, with particular interest, my Sound on Sight colleague Edgar Chaput’s recent pieces on The Flowers of War (“The Flowers of War Is an Uneven but Interesting Chinese Ww II Film” – posted 2/20/12) and The Front Line (The Front Line Rises to the Occasion to Overcome Its Familiarity” – 2/16/12) with such interest. An even more fun read was the back-and-forth between Edgar and Sos’s Michael Ryan over the latter (“The Sound on Sight Debate on Korea’s The Front Line” – 2/12/12), with Michael unimpressed because the movie had “…nothing new to add to the war genre,” and Edgar coming back with “…‘new’ is not always what a film must strive for. So long as it does well what it set out to do…
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Exploring The Twilight Zone #104: The Thirty-Fathom Grave

With the entire original run of The Twilight Zone available to watch instantly, we’re partnering with Twitch Film to cover all of the show’s 156 episodes. Are you brave enough to watch them all with us? The Twilight Zone (Episode #104): “The Thirty-Fathom Grave” (airdate 1/10/63) The Plot: A hammering comes from down below. The Goods: While puttering around the ocean, a Navy Destroyer discovers a strange phenomenon bleeping on its radar. The crew agrees that it sounds like a hammer, but when they reach the source of the sound, there’s no ship to be found…on the surface. With the realization that the noise is coming from deep under the water, some joke that it’s a haunted submarine. It’s a suggestion that sets one of their own on edge, and on a course heading toward tragedy. Chief Bell (Mike Kellin) gets the bulkhead of the bluster here, playing
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Dread Central: Six Sites Remember the Class of 1981

When Lucio Fulci concluded The Beyond with the words "And you will face the sea of darkness, and all therein that may be explored", he might as well have been referring to the banner year of 1981.

Whatever your genre poison, 1981 delivered it in spades. Werewolves ruled the box office with films that not only redefined special effects artistry but remain stellar examples of modern lycanthropic horror – even today. Elsewhere, Satan's son reared his ugly head for a final conflict while David Cronenberg explored factions of warring psychics with Scanners. Sam Raimi's Candarian demons were unleashed in a Tennessee cabin while seemingly endless droves of slashers stalked theaters across the country. Wes Craven doled out one hell of a Deadly Blessing while The Boogens broke free from a Colorado silver mine, endearing themselves to a whole band of cult aficionados who've remained loyal to a film that, thirty years later,
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Riot – Jim Brown, Gene Hackman d: Buzz Kulik

Riot (1969) Direction: Buzz Kulik Cast: Jim Brown, Gene Hackman, Mike Kellin, Gerald S. O'Loughlin, Clifford David, Ben Carruthers, Frank Eyman Screenplay: James Poe; from Frank Elli's novel "A protest, a riot, I don't care what you call it," says Red (Gene Hackman), the mastermind of an audacious plan to break out of an Arizona prison in the 1969 release Riot, produced by William Castle, directed by Buzz Kulik (Brian's Song), and adapted by James Poe (They Shoot Horses, Don't They?) from Frank Elli's novel. [Note: Spoilers ahead.] Red and a small crew of fellow criminals — an ad hoc and suitably diverse bunch from the solitary confinement wing, including wrong-place-at-the-wrong-time protagonist Cully Briston (Jim Brown) — instigate an uprising among the other inmates, hoping to distract the authorities with their seemingly serious demands while they plot to sneak out through a tunnel under the prison auditorium. This line seems to betray a [...]
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DVD Playhouse--July 2009

DVD Playhouse—July 2009


Allen Gardner

Do The Right Thing: 20th Anniversary Edition (Universal) Spike Lee’s groundbreaking fable about race relations in an ethnically mixed Brooklyn neighborhood during a sweltering New York summer remains as potent, timely and prescient as it was in 1989. Lee is among the cast, which also includes John Turturro, Danny Aiello, Samuel L. Jackson, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, and Rosie Perez (to name a few), that provide the tableaux-like framework for this stunning work. Criminally ignored by Oscar (it wasn't even nominated for Best Picture, but did garner nods for Supporting Actor Danny Aiello and Lee’s screenplay), it endures as a timeless classic. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Commentary by Lee, Ernest Dickerson, Wynn Thomas, Joie Lee; Documentary; Deleted and extended scenes; Featurettes. Widescreen. Dolby and DTS 5.1 surround.

Coraline (Universal) A young girl moves into an old Victorian house with her parents
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