Drive-In Dust Offs: Just Before Dawn (1981)

Although he hasn’t made very many films, Jeff Lieberman is a unique voice in the world of horror. From Squirm (1976) through to Satan’s Little Helper (2004), he’s crafted only a handful of feature length films, each one different than the last. Watching him tackle a different sub-genre is like looking at a new painting by a great artist. Just Before Dawn (1981) is his take on backwoods butcher clans, an inbred cross of Deliverance and Friday the 13th. Everyone should own a Lieberman. This one is mine.

Released by Picturmedia (the fine folks behind Mako: The Jaws of Death) in October, Just Before Dawn played the grindhouses and drive-ins before shuffling off this mortal coil. Of course it had a home video release, but slipped through the cracks there as well. It’s only been with the advent of the internet and social media that people are starting to
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DVD Review: "The Odd Couple" (1968) Starring Jack Lemmon And Walter Matthau; 2-dvd Paramount Special Edition

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Paramount has released a 2 disc special edition of the 1968 comedy classic The Odd Couple as part of the studio's Centennial Collection. The film retains all of its initial appeal, despite the fact that virtually every baby boomer has committed the scenes and dialogue to memory. Although most people regard this as the first historic pairing of Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, in fact, that occurred with Billy Wilder's 1965 gem The Fortune Cookie which saw Matthau winning the Oscar for supporting actor. The genius behind the story, of course, is Neil Simon, who adapted his smash hit Broadway play for the film. The part of Felix Unger was originally played on Broadway by the great Art Carney, but Lemmon was a much hotter box-office property and got the role in the feature film. The film is creative in the ways
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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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Nail Gun Massacre, Just Before Dawn, and The Electric Chair Coming to Blu-ray Next Year; Plus More Code Red 2013 Releases

With other companies making waves releasing cult horror films on Blu-ray, it's no surprise Code Red DVD is getting in on the trend by bringing Nail Gun Massacre, Just Before Dawn, and The Electric Chair to hi-def.

Code Red announced on its blog that the company's first foray into Blu-ray will be the 1974 obscurity The Electric Chair. I’m not even familiar with this one. Are you? If so, you might be excited to hear a 97-minute cut of the film will be coming to a loaded Blu-ray to be hosted by former WWE diva Maria Kanellis and TV’s “Monster ManCleve Hall.

Following that will be the notorious 1985 splatterfest Nail Gun Massacre, about members of a construction crew that gang-rape a young woman and then begin getting brutally killed off by a mysterious maniac wielding a nail gun. Code Red promises another loaded disc boasting both a brand
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Greatest Slasher Films (1970 – 1990)

The definition of a slasher film varies depending on who you ask, but in general, it contains several specific traits that feed into the genre’s formula. Author Vera Dika rather strictly defines the sub-genre in her book Games of Terror by only including films made between 1978 and 1984. In other words, she saw it as a movement. When someone describes Brick, they don’t define it as a noir, but instead neo-noir . In other words, it’s a modern motion picture that prominently utilizes elements of film noir, but with updated themes, content, style, visual elements or media that were absent in those from the 1940s and 1950s. So does one consider Scream a slasher film or a neo-slasher, or simply put, a modern slasher?

Some consider Thirteen Women to be the earliest slasher – released all the way back in 1932. Personally I think that is rubbish. Thirteen Women is more like Desperate Housewives on sedatives.
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100 + Greatest Horror Movies (Pt. 2): 124-101

Throughout the month of October, Editor-in-Chief and resident Horror expert Ricky D, will be posting a list of his favorite Horror films of all time. The list will be posted in six parts. Click here to see every entry.

As with all lists, this is personal and nobody will agree with every choice – and if you do, that would be incredibly disturbing. It was almost impossible for me to rank them in order, but I tried and eventually gave up.


124: (Tie) Inside (À l’intérieur)

Directed by Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury

Written by Alexandre Bustillo

2007, France

Four months after the death of her husband, a pregnant woman is tormented by a strange woman who invades her home with the intent on killing her and taking her unborn baby. This movie is not recommended for women on the brink of motherhood. Inside is one of the most vicious and
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The Happy Hooker Sequel Director Responsible for Desert Warrior, Later Transmogrified into Islamophobic video

Innocence of Muslims / 'Desert Warrior' director Alan Roberts best-known for '70s soft-core porn The polemical anti-Islam "film" (actually, a cheap, grade Z amateur video), now has not only a producer, but also a director. The "Israeli entrepreneur Sam Bacile" has been exposed as the Egyptian Coptic Christian Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, who allegedly misled all (or most) involved in the production. And Gawker has reported that Alan Roberts aka Robert Brownell, the director of a handful of softcore porn movies in the '70s and early '80s, helmed "Desert Warrior," a cheesy Arabian adventure that was to become -- following some sloppy overdubbing -- Innocence of Muslims. Besides the now infamous Islamophobic YouTube sensation, which has been blamed for riots in several Muslim countries from Tunisia to Pakistan, Alan Roberts' movie credits include several now long forgotten titles. (Please scroll down for more details.) Alan Roberts also produced several little-known movies,
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Fight for Horror Supremacy Week 4

For the horror buff, Fall is the best time of the year. The air is crisp, the leaves are falling and a feeling of death hangs on the air. Here at Sound on Sight we have some of the biggest horror fans you can find. We are continually showcasing the best of genre cinema, so we’ve decided to put our horror knowledge and passion to the test in a horror watching contest. Each week in October, Ricky D, James Merolla and Justine Smith will post a list of the horror films they have watched. By the end of the month, the person who has seen the most films wins. Prize Tbd.

Justine Smith (9 viewings) Total of 40 viewings


The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

Directed by Tobe Hooper

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is one of the best horror films ever made, in competition with Possession, The Exorcist, The Birds and Suspiria.
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Robertson Laid To Rest

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Oscar-winning actor Cliff Robertson has been laid to rest in a private ceremony in Long Island, New York.

The star died of natural causes last weekend, just one day after his 88th birthday.

Following news of his death, actor Rob Lowe paid tribute to Robertson, who played his dad in 1983 movie Class, writing on, "Goodbye to my father in 'Class', the great Oscar winner Cliff Robertson. Lovely man, fantastic actor and full of... Class."

On Friday, around 100 close friends and family gathered at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in East Hampton to remember the veteran star.

During one of four eulogies at the funeral, his actor stepson Christopher Lemmon said, "He was one of the greatest men I have ever known."

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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Sony Releases 6-dvd Jack Lemmon Collection

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Sony has released a six-dvd boxed set tribute to Jack Lemmon, marking the first-time release of these films in the DVD format. Here is the official press release. Normal 0 false false false En-us X-none X-none MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 In a career that spanned half a century, Jack Lemmon was truly America’s Everyman. Although he worked in every genre from musical to western, he truly excelled at comedy, turning in a series of nuanced performances that garnered worldwide acclaim. On June 9, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (Sphe) honors one of the most versatile and accomplished actors in Hollywood history with The Jack Lemmon Film Collection, in partnership with Chris Lemmon, Jack’s son and biographer. This must-have six-disc boxed set features five classic performances from the gifted two-time Academy Award® winner for Save the Tiger (1973) and Mister Roberts (1955). The set includes Phffft! featuring Kim Novak, Operation Mad Ball, featuring the film debut of Ernie Kovacs,
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Chris Lemmon: The Hollywood Interview

Actor and author Chris Lemmon.

Chris Lemmon Sheds Light On Jack Lemmon: The Man Behind The Magic


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Contrary to popular belief, not all movie stars’ offspring had dysfunctional lives filled with drug abuse, domestic violence and self-destruction. Some children of stars have even gone on to live “normal” lives outside of La-la land, and hold their famous parents in high esteem. Take the case of Chris Lemmon. Born June 22, 1954 in L.A., Chris is the son of two-time Oscar winning actor Jack Lemmon and actress Cynthia Stone. Although his parents divorced when he was young, Chris remained close to both throughout their lives and penned a tribute to his father, (who passed in 2001) called A Twist of Lemmon in 2006, published by Algonquin Books.

A successful actor in his own right and a graduate of Cal Arts, Chris Lemmon most recently has collaborated with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
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Lemmon Extracts On DVD

The first DVD box set devoted to the beloved late actor Jack Lemmon isn't quite what his son, Chris Lemmon, originally envisioned.

"I thought it would include his gems with Billy Wilder," says Lemmon, who was approached by Sony, the owners of Columbia Pictures, his father's home studio in the 1950s and '60s.

"But I quickly learned that studios -- MGM owns most of the Wilder pictures -- aren't interested in collaborating," he says. "And Sony wanted to focus on his lesser-known films from Columbia.
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DVD Playhouse--June 2009

DVD Playhouse—June 2009


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The International (Sony) An Interpol agent (Clive Owen) joins forces with a Manhattan D.A. (Naomi Watts) to bring down an arms dealing ring and a corrupt global banking cartel that’s funding them. Superlative thriller was oddly ignored by critics and audiences alike, but expertly blends intelligence (courtesy screenwriter Eric Warren Singer’s masterfully-crafted script) and full-throttle action (director Tom Tykwer stages one of the great film shoot-outs in New York’s iconic Guggenheim Museum), making this dynamite thriller reminiscent of the best work from masters such as John Frankenheimer and Robert Aldrich. Armin Mueller-Stahl is wonderful as a world-weary covert op. Bonuses: Extended scene; Featurettes; Trailer. Widescreen. Dolby 5.1 surround.

The Jack Lemmon Film Collection(Sony) Five films from the two-time Oscar winning actor, focusing on his early career: Phfft! is a zippy comedy from 1954, one of Lemmon’s earliest films, in which
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DVD Round Up, Mar. 23, 2009: ‘Lilo & Stitch,’ ‘The Odd Couple,’ ‘To Catch a Thief’

Chicago – A Disney movie and two all-time classics being inducted in Paramount’s “Centennial Collection” make up this week’s version of the “DVD Round-Up,” your safety net for titles that may have slipped by your home entertainment radar.

The Round-Up,’s famous recurring column about lesser Blu-Ray and DVD titles that may have slipped through your fingers at the store recently, brings you three catalog titles being reissued for DVD in new two-disc editions.

“Lilo & Stitch: 2-Disc Big Wave Edition,” “The Centennial Collection: The Odd Couple,” and “The Centennial Collection: To Catch a Thief” will all be released on March 24th, 2009.

“Lilo & Stitch: 2-Disc Big Wave Edition”

Photo credit: Disney Piggy-backing on the more awesome and high-profile Blu-Ray release for “Bolt,” Disney is giving fans a chance to catch up on one of their bigger titles from the early part of the decade, 2002’s “Lilo & Stitch,” now
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[DVD Review] The Odd Couple: The Centennial Collection

The Odd Couple really is a great movie. Some of its initial themes of suicide and heartbreak really stand the test of time, and while the humor is altogether far too dry and expositional for most modern tastes, there are still laughs to be had. But unfortunately, as a whole the movie hasn’t dated well.

Unlike more dramatic films of the same era, the film suffers greatly when viewed from a modern perspective. The slow pacing of the comedy and the squeaky-clean manner the would-be vulgar characters sets it firmly in a time unknown to the younger generation. While other, more socially and politically pointed films of the 1960s have perhaps only become more relevant, The Odd Couple has only been hurt by the passage of time. It doesn’t show how comedy has evolved over the years, as it’s cemented so distinctly in a bygone era, and
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DVD Playhouse--March 2009

DVD Playhouse—March 2009


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Let The Right One In (Magnolia) An awkward 12 year-old boy, ignored by his mother and the target of bullies, finds himself drawn to his new neighbor: a girl his own age who only appears at night, and seems herself to be as lonely an outcast as he. Haunting film from Sweden is best described as The 400 Blows meets Nosferatu, and contains some of the most haunting imagery of any film in recent memory. Truly a unique and memorable work. Bonuses: Deleted scenes; Featurette; Photo and poster gallery. Widescreen. Dolby 5.1 surround.

Paramount Centennial Collection Paramount offers two more classic titles, restored, remastered and loaded with extras. Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch A Thief stars Cary Grant as a retired jewel thief trying to enjoy his sunset years on the French Riviera with a minimum of drama, until he catches the eye of a high-maintenance heiress (Grace Kelly,
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Ex-cop In Hot Seat Over Tape

Drew Peterson. You know the name. The much-publicized, silver-haired mustachioed former cop from Illinois someplace. The multiple-married, one-time police sergeant who is being questioned about whether he was instrumental in whatever reason his last wife's body seems to stay unfound. The guy who also - while he's at it and while the fuzz are at it - possibly knows who maybe knocked off a previous wife.

Out on bail, initially arrested on weapons charges, known to have possessed 11 guns, this cool dude's repeatedly been on morning TV pooh-poohing all allegations including, most recently, the newest information which is that friends - now
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