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The Movie World’s Greatest Criminal Lovers

On Thursday, Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek and Gary Oldman will hit the big screen in The Hitman’s Bodyguard (read our review here). In this action-packed comedy, agent Michael Bryce (Reynolds) must protect a past enemy in notorious hitman, Darius Kincaid (Jackson), who is one half of a criminal couple with Sonia Kincaid (Hayek). In honour of the film’s release, we’ve taken a look back at some other great criminal couples on film.

Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

The ultimate bad couple, Bonnie and Clyde, played by Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, rob banks and cars, and fall in love along the way. These guys are the original criminal couple, whose cross-country trip involves more shootouts than your average romantic getaway. Oscar winning Bonnie and Clyde follows the loved-up couple as they embark on a new life of crime together with the rest of their gang, and
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Blu-ray Review – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: 50th Anniversary Special Edition (1966)

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: 50th Anniversary Special Edition, 1966.

Directed by Sergio Leone.

Starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach.

Synopsis:

Okay, it’s been 51 years since The Good, the Bad and the Ugly was released, but who’s counting? This new 50th Anniversary Special Edition from Kino Lorber pulls out all the stops with a 4K remastered image, theatrical and extended versions of the film on separate discs, and a big helping of bonus features, including three commentary tracks, deleted scenes, and a bunch of documentary materials.

Some film fans revere Sergio Leone the way others revere Martin Scorsese, Stanley Kubrick, and other directors with more recognizable names. I’ll admit to having arrived at Leone a bit later in life. Sure, I recognized A Fistful of Dollars in Back to the Future Part II, I knew about the longer version of Once Upon a Time in America,
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Face to Face (Faccia a faccia; Von Angesicht zu Angesicht)

Writer-director Sergio Sollima gives us one of the best 'political' Italo westerns from the pre- May '68 era... with two top stars in great form, Gian Maria Volontè and Tomas Milian. This two-disc German import has both the long and short versions of the movie in HD, with full language options for each. Face to Face (Faccia a faccia; Von Angesicht zu Angesicht) Region A+B Blu-ray Explosive Media (Alive) 1967 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 93, 112 min. / Street Date April 29, 2016 / available at Amazon.de / E 21,93 Starring Gian Maria Volontè, Tomas Milian, William Berger, Jolanda Modio, Gianni Rizzo, Carole André Ángel del Pozo, Aldo Sambrell, Antonio Casas, Lidia Alfonsi, John Karlsen, Gastone Moschin, G&eacutge;rard Tichy. Cinematography Raphael Pacheco Film Editor Eugenio Alabiso Original Music Ennio Morricone Art Direction and sets Carlo Simi Written by Sergio Donati, Sergio Sollima Produced by Arturo González, Alberto Grimaldi <Directed by Sergio Sollima

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Wow,
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Film Review: ‘The Duel’

Film Review: ‘The Duel’
If you’re an actor playing someone who’s sick and twisted and evil, almost nothing will get you into character quite like a startling new look. That tends to be the case whether the look comes courtesy of the makeup department (think Heath Ledger’s Joker in “The Dark Knight” or Robert De Niro’s Al Capone in “The Untouchables”) or, simply, the electric razor. In “The Duel,” Woody Harrelson plays some sort of lethally charismatic Southern cult leader in the years after the Civil War, and his performance, which is all about being the kind of person no one can take their eyes off of, begins with his look: a shaved head, which seems like no big deal, but with matching shaved eyebrows (and occult tattooish squiggles in their place), all of which give Harrelson the appearance of a death-row psycho, or an overgrown baby, or maybe a strutting alien.
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Bitter Rice

Forget the proletarian messages, this Italian Neorealist classic is really an exploitation film about ogling brazen, buxom babes in short-shorts, up to their knees in a rice paddy. Hollywood actress Doris Dowling is the nominal star but new discovery Silvana Mangano became the knockout dream of every Italian male suffering from postwar shortages (cough). Giuseppe De Santis delivered the perfect combo -- an art film that pulled in every lonely guy nella cittá. Bitter Rice Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 792 1949 / B&W / 1:33 flat full frame / 109 min. / Riso amaro / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date January 12, 2016 / 29.95 Starring Vittorio Gassman, Doris Dowling, Silvana Mangano, Raf Vallone. Cinematography Otello Martelli Film Editor Gabriele Varriale Original Music Goffredo Petrassi Written by Corrado Alvaro, Giuseppe De Santis, Carlo Lizzani, Franco Monicelli, Carlo Musso, Ivo Perilli, Gianni Puccini Produced by Dino De Laurentiis Directed by Giuseppe De Santis

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Way back in
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10 Things About... True Detective and Hunger Games star Woody Harrelson

10 Things About... True Detective and Hunger Games star Woody Harrelson
Woody Harrelson began his career playing loveable barman Woody Boyd in the long-running sitcom Cheers, and has since gone from strength to strength.

He boasts an astonishingly wide variety of film roles, spanning violent zombie killer Tallahassee in horror comedy Zombieland, self-assured bounty hunter Carson in No Country for Old Men, mass murderer Mickey Knox in Natural Born Killers, blind telemarketer and pianist Ezra in Seven Pounds, and alcoholic anti-hero Haymitch Abernathy in the Hunger Games franchise.

Woody was Oscar nominated for his roles as adult magazine publisher Larry Flynt in The People vs. Larry Flynt and troubled war hero Will Montgomery in The Messenger.

If all this wasn't exhausting enough for one man, he's now dominating our small screens once again alongside Matthew McConaughey in acclaimed crime drama True Detective, and remains one of Hollywood's most interesting and colourful characters - the following ten fast facts stand as proof.
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Ms. Vampy and Dr. Gash Team Up for Five Tips to Get You Through Valentine's Day

When she's not working as one of our favorite scream queens, Ms. Vampy herself, Brooke Lewis, has an alter-ego, that of advice columnist for Huffington Post. For Valentine's Day we took some of her dating tips and horrified them up a bit.

Lewis is the author of the popular column Ask the Drama Queen, and she recently appeared on "San Diego Living" to give some tips to help people get the most out of their dates, be it with a new person or their spouse or longtime partner.

Even we bloodthirsty beasts at Dread Central can appreciate a good love story (as long as someone's heart is ripped out at the end) so we thought we'd share some of Brooke's dating tips and explain them in a way we all understand.

Happy Valentine's Day, Dreadies!

Tip #1-Plan Ahead

Brooke wants you to be sure to have your dinner plans made,
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The Forgotten: Horrible, Sexy

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I've wanted to see the movie The Horrible Sexy Vampire (1970) ever since I learned there was a film called The Horrible Sexy Vampire. If I'm honest, I've probably wanted (subconsciously) to see The Horrible Sexy Vampire even before I knew there was a film called The Horrible Sexy Vampire. I suppose I must like bad films. I do think films should aspire to be good. But then, isn't that a form of the intentional fallacy? We can't know if a film really aspired to be good or not, and so if a film isn't good, we can't know if it's failed at what was intended, or succeeded at something else.

Anyhow, as long as I've been alive, and probably longer (although that makes no sense since I am three years older than The Horrible Sexy Vampire) I've wanted to see The Horrible Sexy Vampire. And now here I am, seeing it.
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Mickey Knox, Actor and Sergio Leone Writer, Dies at 92

Mickey Knox, Actor and Sergio Leone Writer, Dies at 92
Mickey Knox, an actor who after he was blacklisted in Hollywood served as the English dialogue writer on two classic Sergio Leone spaghetti Westerns, died Nov. 15 in Los Angeles, his daughter Valentina said on Facebook. He was 91. Knox played Marty Parisi, one of the crime bosses who is riddled with bullets in a helicopter attack, in The Godfather: Part III (1990) and appeared in Beyond the Law and Wild 90, a pair of 1968 films directed by his onetime brother-in-law, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Norman Mailer. The Brooklyn native and World War II veteran appeared as

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Woody Harrelson's 9 Woodiest Roles

Environmentalist. Cannabis spokesperson. Playwright. Vegan. Cannabis enjoyer. Woody Harrelson is a complex individual and a multifaceted presence on screen, his roles running the range of clean-cut cowboy to cold-blooded killer. But no matter who he's playing there always seems to be a lingering essence of the real Woody, and that's why he rules.

This week sees the former TV star getting "Cheers" for his role as a stage-magician-cum-bank-robber in "Now You See Me" and this November he'll reprise the part of Haymitch Abernathy in his first-ever sequel, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." We're stoking the fires of Woody worship as we pay tribute to our favorite High Times cover boy with nine of his quintessential roles.

9. 'A Scanner Darkly' (2006)

There's no denying the essential Woodiness of stoner dude Ernie Luckman in Richard Linklater's rotoscope animated take on one of Philip K. Dick's most grounded and personal novels.
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All Work And No Play: Five Great Movie Psychos

To celebrate the re-release of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining in cinemas, The Hollywood News has decided to look back over the very best nut-jobs, maniacs, lunatics, mentalists and down right crazies ever to grace the silver screen. Here are five absolute crackers…

Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) – American Psycho (2000)

Age: 27

Occupation: Investment banker

Location: Manhattan, New York

Hobbies and Interests: Valentino, Jean Paul Gaultier, Louis Vuitton and the music of Phil Collins.

‘I have all the characteristics of a human being: blood, flesh, skin, hair; but not a single, clear, identifiable emotion, except for greed and disgust. Something horrible is happening inside of me and I don’t know why. My nightly bloodlust has overflown into my days. I feel lethal, on the verge of frenzy. I think my mask of sanity is about to slip.’

Patrick Bateman is simply a deranged serial killer, with a penchant for prostitutes and
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'Seven Psychopaths': 3 Exclusive Woody Harrelson Photos

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Sure, Woody Harrelson might be hard-drinking but big-hearted Tribute mentor Haymitch Abernathy in "The Hunger Games" to us now, but let's not forget that he was also once charismatic yet most definitely psychopathic mass murderer Mickey Knox in "Natural Born Killers."

Woody gets to bring back a little of that Mickey mojo for his role as Charlie, the temperamental (to say the least) gangster in "Seven Psychopaths." The greatest love in Charlie's life is his pet shih tzu, and when the pooch gets snatched ... well, Charlie gets even more temperamental than usual.

Check out our exclusive pics of Woody living the hectic life of a movie criminal once again. "Seven Psychopaths" opens Oct. 12.

And Check Out This Hilarious, Nsfw Red-Band Trailer for 'Seven Psychopaths'
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NCIS Star Mark Harmon Finally a Star!

After a nearly 40 year career in film and television, NCIS star Mark Harmon has been honored with a star on the Hollywood walk of fame. Harmon was joined by his NCIS co-stars, the series has just kicked off its tenth season with absolutely no sign of slowing down.  Harmon's career in practically minted in Television, but he has been featured in several features as well; among his quirkier roles, Harmon played "Newspaper Reporter" in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and stood in for Mickey Knox in faux video reconstruction  footage for Oliver Stone's ultra-violent Natural Born Killers.

"He was one of the first to say it's our duty, as a family, that when someone's having a bad day we need to carry them through."  Co-star Cote de Pablo said at the event. "That kind of attitude is very team-oriented."

Harmon has received tons of praise from earlier co-stars in the past,
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DVD Release: Eclipse Series 35: Maidstone and Other Films by Norman Mailer

DVD Release Date: Aug. 28, 2012

Price: DVD $39.95

Studio: Criterion

Norman Mailer (l.) and Rip Torn go at it in Maidstone.

Eclipse Series 35: Maidstone and Other Films by Norman Mailer puts Mailer’s novels, essays, articles, activism and ego aside and chronicles a largely forgotten chapter of his life: His his late-1960s, headlong, kamikaze-style plunge into making experimental films.

Mailer’s rough-hewn, self-financed, largely improvised cult works all star Norman himself and feature technical assistance from cinema verité trailblazers D. A. Pennebaker and Richard Leacock.

The fullest realization of his directorial efforts is undoubtedly 1970’s blustering Maidstone, wherein Mailer plays a filmmaker and presidential candidate who may be the target of an assassination attempt.

As is the case with all of Criterion’s Eclipse releases, there are no bonus features included in the collection.

Here’s a look at Maidstone and the other two movies that comprise the two-disc set:

Maidstone (1970)

Over a booze-fueled,
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Woody Harrelson Brings Fire to 'Out of the Furnace'

Woody Harrelson is going to get to play the bad guy.

The "Hunger Games" mentor is set to trade drunken guidance for seething villainy as he's signed on to play the heavy in the crime drama, "Out of the Furnace," according to Variety.

Woody joins Christian Bale and Casey Affleck in the hardcore tale of Russell and Rodney Baze, two brothers who live in the economically depressed Rust Belt and dream of better lives. But when a cruel twist of fate lands Russell in prison, Rodney is lured into one of the most violent and ruthless crime rings in the Northeast by kingpin Curtis DeGroat (Harrelson).

Billy Bob Thornton was originally attached to the role of DeGroat, but Woody's definitely more than just a consolation prize. Harrelson recently brought a charismatic edge to his villainous turn in "Rampart," a companion performance of sorts to his unforgettable turn as mass murderer
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Woody Harrelson: my father, the contract killer

Woody Harrelson plays psychopaths brilliantly. It couldn't be anything to do with his dad's day job, could it? He talks about coming to terms with the terrible truth and his new film, Rampart

I'm not looking forward to meeting Woody Harrelson. I'm a bit scared, to be honest. I've just seen Rampart, his new movie in which he plays a racist, psychopathic police officer. Harrelson is terrifying in it. Terrifying when he's chasing villains, bullying juniors, beating the crap out of innocents, stalking the mothers of his children. He's even terrifying when he's making love. His body, specially slimmed-down and muscled-up for the part, pulses with a tension permanently on the cusp of violence.

It's not as if this is a one-off – there's his sickening Mickey Knox in Natural Born Killers ("At birth, I was cast into a flaming pit of scum"), deranged killer Tallahassee in Zombieland, Charlie in the
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Woody Harrelson Is One of 'Seven Psychopaths'

Woody Harrelson is set to go stark raving mad.

The "Hunger Games" star has joined Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell and Colin Farrell in Martin McDonagh's dark crime comedy, "Seven Psychopaths," according to Deadline.

"Seven Psychopaths" follows a screenwriter (Farrell) as he struggles to finish his new screenplay, "Seven Psychopaths" (ah, it's a meta-comedy!), and gets drawn into the dog-napping escapades of his friends (Rockwell and Walken). Once the beloved Shih Tzu owned by a psychopathic gangster (to be played by Woody, who's replacing Mickey Rourke) goes missing, the screenwriter finds himself fueled with all the drama he needs for his screenplay ... if he can stay alive long enough to write it all down.

This sounds like more than a worthy companion piece to McDonagh's "In Bruges" (which also starred Farrell), which is one of the best movies ever made, quite frankly.

Woody Harrelson is no stranger to playing a violent lunatic,
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10 of Horror's Most Ruthless Women

On October 14th, Lucky McKee's new film, The Woman (review here), adapted from the Jack Ketchum novel, will open in limited release. It's the story of a feral woman and the unfortunate family who attempts to civilize her. Believe me, this chick needs more than finishing school.

To help usher in The Woman, we thought it would be cool to compile a list of 10 of horror's favorite psycho chicks. Yeah, scream queens are one thing, but these ladies are of a completely different ilk. These ladies bring the pain. Here's the 10, in no particular order ...

Baby Firefly (Sheri Moon Zombie in House of 1000 Corpses/The Devil's Rejects)

Let's start off the list with psycho lady that's got it all. Baby Firefly is hot as Hell, horny, vicious and absolutely devoid of mercy. But on top of her obvious physical beauty and bloodletting skills, Baby tends to bring a
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Blu-ray Review: Once Upon a Time in the West – An Artful, Intense and Thrilling Epic

Released two years after his iconic, Italian-made “Dollars trilogy” – which launched the career of TV actor Clint Eastwood and created the “Spaghetti Western” sub-genre – 1968′s Once Upon a Time in the West is arguably director Sergio Leone’s crowning achievement. The inspired casting of blue-eyed American great Henry Fonda as a cruel villain is matched by the spectacle of Charles Bronson as the mysterious “Harmonica” and Jason Robards as the likeable gun-slinging outlaw, whilst Ennio Morricone’s score – and an ingenious diegetic sound-scape - upstages everyone in a near three-hour epic with less than 15 pages of dialogue.

In many ways Leone was the original Quentin Tarantino: a dedicated cinephile who made films which consciously referenced those that inspired him. In Once Upon a Time in the West there are clear allusions to the work of John Ford, Howard Hawks and Nicholas Ray, among others. Yet far from being a derivative hack,
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Top ten examples of ‘Nice Guy’ actors playing evil roles

The Bad Guy is always the best character in a movie. Hans Gruber, Darth Vader and Gollum are all far more fun than their heroic counterparts, and Anthony Hopkins manages to steal the show in Silence of the Lambs with barely ten minutes of screen time. We all love to hate a villain, and the best baddies are remembered long after they’ve been rightfully dispatched (or not!).

Occasionally, a villain comes along that shocks and horrifies us because they are played by someone we were fooled into thinking was one of us, one of the Good Guys! These baddies are the most effective of all, because they get us where we live. We open our doors to them and invite them in...

10. Vince Vaughn - Psycho (1998)

There wasn’t a huge amount to recommend the remake of this classic horror, and on initial viewing, Vince Vaughn’s casting seemed
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