Humongous Coming to Blu-ray from Scorpion Releasing

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The desperate teens came to the island seeking sanctuary, but they found something sinister instead in 1982's Humongous, coming to Blu-ray in 2017 from Scorpion Releasing.

From Scorpion Releasing: "Here is an early preview of the upcoming Blu-Ray of Humongous

A group of teens on a boat trip get caught in a dense fog and run aground on the rocks of the mysterious 'Dog Island'. They take refuge on the island only to find one of the group is missing and another is critically injured. Unfortunately they are not alone on the island. Something is loose... it's angry... and very hungry! Starring Janet Julian (TV's Nancy Drew, Choke Canyon), David Wallace (Mortuary), Janit Baldwin (Prime Cut, Ruby) and directed by Paul Lynch (Prom Night, Cross Country), now watch this slasher classic in high definition!

The first 2,000 copies of Humongous will include a slipsleeve featuring custom artwork by artist Kung Fu Bob,
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Irish outfit Showtime secures funding from China's Alibaba

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Reported $1.3m investment will see the company developing products specifically for the Chinese market.

Irish start-up Showtime Analytics, which provides data analysis for the film industry, has secured investment from Yueke/Finixx, a subsidiary of Chinese media giant Alibaba Pictures Group.

According to a report by the Irish Times, the amount will be €1.2m ($1.3m).

Showtime has heralded the investment as Yueke/Finixx’s first investment outside of China.

Founded in 2014 by Richie Power, Joe Spurling and Paul Lynch, Showtime services cinema owners and film distributors with real time operational data that provides insights into business performance.

The money will fund a joint venture that will see Showtime develop products specifically for the ever-burgeoning Chinese cinema industry.

Valued at $9.6bn, Alibaba Pictures owns ventures ranging from production outfits to distribution and ticketing companies. Finixx, acquired by Alibaba in 2015, provides software systems for more than 2,000 theatres and 30 online movie ticketing platforms.

Alibaba’s other
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Day of the Dead List: Top 10 Most Piercingly Horrific Movie Screams

Top Ten Scream Queens: Barbara Steele, who both emitted screams and made others do same, is in a category of her own. Top Ten Scream Queens Halloween is over until next year, but the equally bewitching Day of the Dead is just around the corner. So, dead or alive, here's my revised and expanded list of cinema's Top Ten Scream Queens. This highly personal compilation is based on how memorable – as opposed to how loud or how frequent – were the screams. That's the key reason you won't find listed below actresses featured in gory slasher films. After all, the screams – and just about everything else in such movies – are as meaningless as their plots. You also won't find any screaming guys (i.e., Scream Kings) on the list below even though I've got absolutely nothing against guys who scream in horror, whether in movies or in life. There are
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De Palma Daydreams: On Hello Mary Lou Prom Night II

Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned. It has been three months since my last confession. I’ve disobeyed my parents many times. I’ve taken the Lord’s name in vain many times. I’ve had sinful relations with boys at my school. Many boys. Many times. There’s one more thing…I loved every second of it.” Paul Lynch’s…

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The Imaginary Documentaries of Montreal Filmmakers Frank Vitale, Allan Moyle, and Stephen Lack

The Bitter Ash

A rather precious thing happened in Montreal in the mid 1970s. Canadian cinema had been dominated by the National Film Board since its formation in 1940, and the generally-perceived character of Canadian film was all educational documentary, and not a lot of fun. Directors such as Claude Jutra, Don Owen, and Gilles Groulx struck off on their own to make the first Canadian new wave fiction films (A tout prendre [1963], Nobody Waved Goodbye, and Le chat dans le sac [both 1964] respectively), on the back of independents like Sydney J. Furie’s groundbreaking A Dangerous Age (1959) and Larry Kent’s student feature The Bitter Ash (1963), but for all their youthful, semi-bohemian trappings, these were still quite po-faced affairs. Then came the “genial loser” films of the 70s, led by Owen’s Goin’ Down The Road (1970), and others such as The Rowdyman (Peter Carter, 1972) and Paperback Hero (Peter Pearson, 1973), for the
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Obsessed with Pop Culture: Best of the Week

Starry Eyes’: The feel disturbed movie of the year

This film is at its very core a success story. A very demented, gory, horrifying and darkly comical success story – one with tinges of satanic cult horror wrapped in psychological terror. The plot follows a young aspiring actress, Sarah, as she is called back to audition for a horror film that is being produced by a mysterious production company that pushes her to her limits – a dark exchange for fame and fortune… click here to read the article.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I’ is all prologue

In a previous review of the second instalment of The Hunger Games series for this website, I expressed some dismay that Catching Fire didn’t really have a conclusion to speak of, with its cliffhanger ending reminding me less of The Empire Strikes Back and more of The Matrix Reloaded orPirates of
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Television that Home Video Forgot: Darkroom (1981)


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Created by Peter S. Fischer

Produced by Universal TV

Aired on ABC for 1 season (7 episodes; 16 segments) from November 27, 1981 – January 15, 1982


James Coburn as the Host

Show Premise

Darkroom was a thriller anthology series, much in the vein of Night Gallery, where each story had an image to present before it began. The series was hosted by James Coburn, who introduced each story segment as a photographer in his darkroom, developing photographs and tales. The innovative aspect of this particular anthology series was that the story segments had free range to be as long or as short as the story needed to be, as long as the segments fit within the hour duration. Most episodes contained two stories, but at times there were three.

The tone of the stories presented on the series were mostly frightful tales, with grim twist endings that were enhanced with dark humor. The
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September 9th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Pumpkinhead, Prom Night

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For the second week of September, horror fans have a ton of Blu-ray and DVD titles they can choose from, including Stan Winston’s Pumpkinhead (the latest from Scream Factory), Synapse Films’ brand new Blu-ray of the original Prom Night, and Bobcat Goldthwait’s sasquatch tale Willow Creek.

Scorpion Releasing is also giving fans their first chance to own Oliver Stone’s directorial debut, Seizure, in stunning HD and Graduation Day is also making its Blu-ray bow this week as well. And as if all that’s not enough, we’re also getting a few re-releases as well including The Amityville Horror, a groovy 4 pack of horror movies from Image and a double DVD of House and House II: The Second Story.

Prom Night Special Edition (Synapse Films, Blu-ray & DVD)

Jamie Lee Curtis (the Halloween film series) and Leslie Nielsen (The Naked Gun film and TV series, Forbidden Planet) star
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Fantasia Film Fest announces full line-up

Following previous announcements of their film lineup, the Fantasia International Film Festival has released their full lineup of movies to be shown at the 18th Annual festival, starting July 17.

New additions to the lineup include 2014 Cannes Selection When Animals Dream, directed by Jonas Alexander Amby and the return of Fantasia’s showcase of animated films, Axis.

Tickets for the festival go on sale starting July 16, and the festival runs through August 5.

View the whole press release of additional announcements below:

Fantasia Celebrates Its 18th Birthday

With Over 160 Feature Films Montreal, Thursday July 10, 2014 – 2014 is the year that Fantasia turns 18. We can’t believe it either. Fantasia’s 18th birthday means over 160 features and something in the neighborhood of 300 shorts, many being shown for the first time on this continent, a good number screening here for the first time anywhere in the world.In addition to being stacked with a multitude of breathtaking debut filmmaker discoveries,
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Prom Night Blu-ray Release Date & Cover Art

Prom night… everything is all right!” If these lyrics make you recall Jamie Lee Curtis tearing up the dance floor at her high school prom in the 1980 slasher flick, Prom Night, then you might feel like dancing yourself now that Synapse Films has unveiled their Blu-ray cover art, bonus features, and release date for their Special Edition Prom Night Blu-ray that’s hitting shelves this September.

Paul Lynch’s Prom Night is making its Blu-ray debut and a fresh appearance on DVD this September 9th. Featuring a 2K transfer update of the original camera negative, the Prom Night Blu-ray comes with a host of bonus features, including a new audio commentary:

Brand-New 2K High-Definition Transfer from the Original 35mm Camera Negative New 5.1 Surround Remix Specifically Created for this Release (Original 2.0 Mono Included) Audio Commentary with Director Paul Lynch and Screenwriter William Gray The Horrors Of Hamilton High: The Making of
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Synapse To Release Prom Night To Blu-ray & DVD September 9th!

It has been an extremely long time since I sat down to watch the classic “slasher” flick, Prom Night. So long, in fact, that I don’t think I even own a DVD version of the film. Synapse are about to remedy that problem, as they bring the classic home to Blu-ray for the first time ever. Synapse might not be quite as prolific as a company like Scream Factory, that pumps out multiple titles per month, but what they do release is A+ quality. They have shared several images throughout the restoration process, and based on that, I feel comfortable in saying that their Blu-ray release of this film will be something to behold. I’m excited, and you should be to. Check out the press release below, and make sure to pre-order a copy of your own from their website.

Some Will Be Crowned.

Others Will Lose Their Heads.
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Synapse Unveils Prom Night Blu-ray Specs

It was on July 19th of last year when we told you Synapse Films was busy restoring the slasher classic Prom Night as a means to put it out on Blu-ray high definition, and now today the studio has revealed what's in store for us!

According to Fangoria, Synapse has remastered and restored the Paul Lynch-helmed movie in 2K from the original camera negative, presenting it in 1.78:1 widescreen (1080p hi-def on the Blu-ray), with an all-new 5.1 Surround mix plus the original 2.0 mono sound.

Look for this one in stores and online this September.

In the interim behold Jamie Lee Curtis performing her Dance Of Disco Fury™ and wonder how insane it will look in 1080p! Serious Business!

Special Features

Audio commentary by director Paul Lynch and screenwriter William Gray “The Horrors of Hamilton High: The Making of Prom Night” featurette Collection of additional scenes added for television broadcast
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‘Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide Part 2 – Draconian Days’ gets a release date & Preview screening!

Prepare to be corrupted and depraved once more as Nucleus Films releases the sequel to the definitive guide to the Video Nasties phenomenon – the most extraordinary and scandalous era in the history of British film. Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide Part 2, a three-disc collector’s edition box set, is being released on DVD on July 14th 2014, to tie in with the 30th Anniversary of the Video Recordings Act 1984.

For the first time ever on DVD, all 82 films that fell foul of the Director of Public Prosecutions “Section 3” list are trailer-featured with specially filmed intros for each title, alongside a brand new documentary – Video Nasties: Draconian Days (review), directed by Jake West.

And to celebrate the release, Film4 FrightFest is hosting a special event – the world exclusive London Premiere of the finalised unseen extended 97 minute cut of Video Nasties: Draconian Days at The Prince Charles Cinema on Thurs 3 July, 8.30pm. The
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Synapse Restoring the Original Prom Night

Just because we're busy in San Diego with Comic-Con, that doesn't mean we are not keeping a watchful eye on the news everywhere else. This latest bit coming in from the Synapse Films Facebook page actually has us pretty giddy!

From the page...

And so, today, I have another surprise (although many of you kind of figured this was coming based on yesterday's reveal of Curtains). The [Prom Night] negative is reportedly in poor condition, but we're diving in today after our lab has performed many hours of fixing splices and repairs... A Texas Chain Saw Massacre-like restoration may be in order to make this work, but Synapse is up to the task.

The sheer joy caused by the mere thought of seeing Jamie Lee Curtis performing her Dance Of Disco Fury™ in full 1080p is just staggering! Just too much for the mind to process! This chick's dance? This is Serious Business!
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Fans Petition For DVD Release Of "Curtains" And "Prom Night"

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By Todd Garbarini

Horror films are a hot commodity. Some of the most well-known slasher films of the 1980’s have been re-issued on DVD and Blu-ray by companies looking to cash-in on audiences’ seemingly insatiable appetite for murder and mayhem while also introducing them to a whole new generation of fans with disposable income. Two titles that fans want on DVD and Blu-ray in the way of special editions are Paul Lynch’s Prom Night (1980) and Richard Ciupka’s Curtains (1983), both Canadian productions through Simcom, the former having fared far better on home video than the latter.

Prom Night was originally released theatrically by Avco Embassy Pictures in July 1980. It was distributed on VHS by McA Home Video in 1981 and again by Virgin Vision, Inc. in 1988. McA also released a laserdisc pan-and-scan version on their laser rot-prone DiscoVision line in 1981 (curiously, the film bypassed the RCA Select-a-Vision Capacitance Electronic Disc
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A Humongous DVD is Finally on its Way

It's hard to believe that not every Eighties classic has made its way to DVD yet. How we long for a non-bootlegged copy of The Boogens, The Mutilator ... hell, we'd even settle for Spookies! Still, the fine folks over at Scorpion Releasing are scratching a Humongous one off of our want list in just a couple of weeks!

From the Press Release

On November 15th, Scorpion Releasing and Katarina's Nightmare Theater present Humongous. A group of teens on a boat find themselves in a fogbound night only to run aground on the rocks of the mysterious 'Dog Island' right before their boat goes up in flames. As they gather on the shoreline, one of them goes missing, another is critically injured and four go searching for shelter. They then decide to venture into the still standing house to summon help from its occupants...if any. Luckily, there is someone still dwelling there,
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Video: “Prom Night” actress, composer speak in Toronto

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Video: “Prom Night” actress, composer speak in Toronto
Check out a video shot during the Film School Confidential screening of Paul Lynch’s classic 1980 slasher Prom Night at Toronto’s Revue Cinema last Thursday, September 22. In this post-screening Q&A, you’ll see and hear Fango editor Chris Alexander talk to actress Mary Elizabeth Rubens (who played sexy, virginal Kelly, the film’s first murder victim) and legendary composer Carl Zittrer (who also scored Children Shouldn’T Play With Dead Things, Black Christmas and many, many more). Have a look and listen after the jump…

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Video: “Prom Night” actress, composer speak in Toronto

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Video: “Prom Night” actress, composer speak in Toronto
Check out a video shot during the Film School Confidential screening of Paul Lynch’s classic 1980 slasher Prom Night at Toronto’s Revue Cinema last Thursday, September 22. In this post-screening Q&A, you’ll see and hear Fango editor Chris Alexander talk to actress Mary Elizabeth Rubens (who played sexy, virginal Kelly, the film’s first murder victim) and legendary composer Carl Zittrer (who also scored Children Shouldn’T Play With Dead Things, Black Christmas and many, many more). Have a look and listen after the jump…

See full article at Fangoria »

Pirate radio rave tapes: 'You can't Google this stuff'

Happy hardcore, jungle, garage – as 90s pirate radio cranked it out, Mike Finch soaked it up on thousands of cassette tapes. Dan Hancox marvels at a treasure trove that's truly massive

"It was the sound of London when I was doing my GCSEs," says 31-year-old Mike Finch. "I remember in 1994 and '95 you would walk down Oxford Street and the stalls there would all have jungle playing; that Congo Natty ragga sound. It was there in the air anyway, and all you needed was a little radio to tune in." In many ways, Finch is not unusual – a rave everyman who had his life changed for ever by the music of the pirate radio stations. What makes him different is that the legacy he carries with him is also a tangible one: Finch has what must be Britain's largest archive of 90s pirate radio tapes. It's a combination of thousands of home-recorded C90 cassettes,
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