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12 Days of Christmas Horror: Day 4 – Gremlins (1984)

Gremlins, 1984.

Directed by Joe Dante.

Starring Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, Polly Holliday and Francis Lee McCain.

Synopsis:

Young Billy receives a rather unusual Christmas gift from his father in the form of a furry little creature called a Mogwai. Christening the fuzzy pet Gizmo, Billy is given three strict rules on how to deal with a Mogwai: don’t let them near bright lights, don’t get them wet and most importantly, don’t feed them after midnight. A series of mishaps ensures that Billy unwittingly breaks all the rules resulting in a whole horde of fuzzy little creatures being spawned, and after a midnight feeding these fuzzy creatures transform into hideous green monsters intent on causing mischief around Billy’s small town.

It’s Christmas time and I’m doing a series in which I’m reviewing Christmas horror films, and if you’re doing that you
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Netflix Will Stream 7 Albert Brooks Movies for the First Time

Netflix is throwing a film festival for Albert Brooks: The service is making seven movies written and directed by the comedian available for the first time on a subscription-streaming service, starting Friday, July 1.

The films are: “Defending Your Life,” “Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World,” “Lost in America,” “Modern Romance,” “Mother,” “The Muse” and Brooks’ directorial debut “Real Life.” The titles will be available only to Netflix’s U.S. subscribers.

Albert Brooks and his films have been a huge influence on American comedy,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer. “His innovative early short films and comedy albums lead to body of film work that thrives in the culture and keeps us laughing today. We are proud to have our U.S. Netflix members revisit these great works and to help introduce Brooks’ comedies to the next generation of fans.”

Brooks currently can be heard as
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Joe Dante Looks Back at Gremlins: The Movie that Launched His Career, Forever Changed Pop Culture and Challenged the MPAA

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[A variation of this interview appeared in the December 2014 issue of Deadly Magazine] Released more than 30 years ago, Joe Dante’s Gremlins has left an indelible mark on both the horror genre and the entertainment world as a whole. The movie was a true rarity at the time, masterfully blending a heartwarming holiday story with a cautionary tale of what happens when you let nature run amok, Gremlins has become a true classic film that continues to impact new generations of fans.

At the time he came onto Gremlins, Dante had mostly independent projects under his belt, making the project a huge leap for him as a filmmaker. In fact, when he was first approached to direct Gremlins, he thought it was a mistake after receiving Chris Columbus’ initial spec script in the mail one day unexpectedly. “Chris had written Gremlins initially as a spec script and it was intended to be the first, low-budget horror movie out of Amblin Entertainment. I remember
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Interview: Zach Galligan Reflects on Gremlins of Christmas Past

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[Originally published in the December 2014 issue of Deadly Magazine] A little over thirty years ago, an inventor named Randall Peltzer walked into a tucked away antique shop in Chinatown in search of a memorable present for his son, Billy. Amidst the store’s candlelit relics, Randall discovered a cute critter known as a Mogwai. Against the owner’s wishes, he bought the Mogwai and later named him Gizmo, bringing him home to become a part of the family.

When Billy unwrapped Gizmo in the glow of the fireplace’s flickering flames, he became fast friends with the furry brown-and-white creature. Gizmo provided escapism to Billy, an aspiring cartoonist working at the local bank to help support his mom and dad. But the creature would unintentionally unleash manic mayhem on the tiny town of Kingston Falls, leading to a Christmas Eve nobody would forget… if they survived.

The star of the dark comedy creature feature, Zach Galligan, chatted with us
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The Future is Back: Revisiting ‘Back to the Future’

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“Great Scott, Marty, it’s been thirty years…..!!”

On July 3rd 1985, Robert ZemeckisBack To The Future split movie screens wide open with a time travel action adventure that’s yet to be equalled. A film’s film if you will, and a movie so complete in its box ticking it’s almost unbearable. One is inclined to wax complimentary about this masterpiece in hushed tones given the current onslaught of mostly tepid and utterly pointless remakes and reimaginings. One can also only hope that the hacks that some day decide upon remaking this most sacred of cows will find themselves mysteriously crammed into a DeLorian one dark and stormy night and swiftly eighty eighted back to a time where they can do no harm.

So, where to start with a movie this good? Everywhere you look there’s treasure in abundance. Blessed with a phenomenal cast, production and score,
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'Back to the Future' Cast Reunite in 30th Anniversary Photos

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'Back to the Future' Cast Reunite in 30th Anniversary Photos
While it's not quite as big as San Diego Comic-Con, London did hold it's own Film and Comic-Con this past weekend. And they manages to nab a special Q&A panel reunion that the States missed out on. Yes, over the weekend, over 2,000 fans gathered to celebrate the Back to The Future 30th Anniversary with a Cast Reunion that included both Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, along with leading lady Lea Thompson. The iconic Marvin Berry (Harry Waters Jr.) of Marvin Berry and the Starlighters was also on hand to sing a few verses of Earth Angel. Universal has promised video of the panel is coming later in the week. Today, we have photos from the cast reunion.

In 1985 Director Robert Zemeckis, Executive Producer Steven Spielberg and Producer/Screenwriter Bob Gale embarked on a three-part journey through time that broke box-office records worldwide and catapulted Back to The Future
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What Michael J Fox Really Thought Of The DeLorean

In a world where the Jurassic Park franchise churned out another installment, Arnold Schwarzenegger is playing the Terminator again, and the Star Wars saga is coming back with both the old and a new cast, might there be hope for more Back to the Future? The classic film featured time travel, a nutty professor and Michael J. Fox. It has a massive fan base and seems ripe for the same treatment, if not now then a decade from now. But even if you.re secretly holding out hope for a sequel of some sort, Fox doesn.t want you to hold your breath.  According to Radio Times, Fox joined fellow cast mates, such as Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Claudia Wells, Marc McClure, Frances Lee McCain, James Tolkan, Donald Fullilove and Harry Waters Jr., for a Back to the Future retrospective at London Film & Comic-Con this past weekend. While reflecting on
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‘Back to the Future’ cast celebrate 30th anniversary in London

Christopher Lloyd, Michael J. Fox & Lea Thompson at London Film and Comic Con. Photo Credit: Kat Smith

We are just a few short months away from that October 2015 date that featured in time-travel classic Back to the Future Part II. The film showed us what people living in the 1980’s thought the world would look like in what, to them, was the future. Sadly, although we don’t have true hoverboards, we do still have a very special occasion to mark.

Way back in the year 1985 Robert Zemeckis, with help from Steven Spielberg, created Back to the Future, a wonderful science fiction movie that featured a time-travelling Delorean. The film captured the imagination of a generation and subsequent generations thanks to its ‘outta time’ feel and tone.

This weekend sees London’s Olympia Hall taken over by comic book and movie fanatics for the annual London Film and Comic Con,
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The Future is Back: Revisiting ‘Back to the Future’

“Great Scott, Marty, it’s been thirty years…..!!”

On July 3rd 1985, Robert ZemeckisBack To The Future split movie screens wide open with a time travel action adventure that’s yet to be equalled. A film’s film if you will, and a movie so complete in its box ticking it’s almost unbearable. One is inclined to wax complimentary about this masterpiece in hushed tones given the current onslaught of mostly tepid and utterly pointless remakes and reimaginings. One can also only hope that the hacks that some day decide upon remaking this most sacred of cows will find themselves mysteriously crammed into a DeLorian one dark and stormy night and swiftly eighty eighted back to a time where they can do no harm.

So, where to start with a movie this good? Everywhere you look there’s treasure in abundance. Blessed with a phenomenal cast, production and score,
See full article at SoundOnSight »

Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd for Back to the Future reunion event

Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd for Back to the Future reunion event
Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd are to appear at a special Back to the Future reunion event in London.

Several cast members from the classic 1985 film will mark its 30th anniversary at Showmasters London Film and Comic Con in July.

Also attending are Lea Thompson (Lorraine), James Tolkan (Strickland), Claudia Wells (Jennifer), Marc McClure (Dave), Harry Waters Jr (Marvin Berry), Donald Fullilove (Goldie), Jeffrey Weissman (George McFly in II and III), Frances Lee McCain (Stella) and Ricky Dean Logan (Data).

Fans will also be able to take photos with the 1885 clock tower, 1955 clock tower, Gibson amp and guitar, Doc Brown tombstone and, of course, the DeLorean itself.

The cast will take part in a special Q&A session with a moderator with questions from the fans.

Showmasters has also created an initiative titled Up to 88!, which aims to raise $88,000 to support the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.
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Class Disparities and Prostitution Tackled in Early Female Director's Drama

Pioneering woman director Lois Weber socially conscious drama 'Shoes' among Library of Congress' Packard Theater movies (photo: Mary MacLaren in 'Shoes') In February 2015, National Film Registry titles will be showcased at the Library of Congress' Packard Campus Theater – aka the Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation – in Culpeper, Virginia. These range from pioneering woman director Lois Weber's socially conscious 1916 drama Shoes to Robert Zemeckis' 1985 blockbuster Back to the Future. Another Packard Theater highlight next month is Sam Peckinpah's ultra-violent Western The Wild Bunch (1969), starring William Holden and Ernest Borgnine. Also, Howard Hawks' "anti-High Noon" Western Rio Bravo (1959), toplining John Wayne and Dean Martin. And George Cukor's costly remake of A Star Is Born (1954), featuring Academy Award nominees Judy Garland and James Mason in the old Janet Gaynor and Fredric March roles. There's more: Jeff Bridges delivers a colorful performance in
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30 years since Gremlins: Stars of the Christmas cult classic then and now

30 years since Gremlins: Stars of the Christmas cult classic then and now
Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without a heavily tinseled tree, a tipple before midday and Gremlins on the telly at some point during the day.

The Joe Dante-directed black cult comedy sees protagonist Billy Peltzer being gifted with Gizmo, a cute furry Mogwai discovered by his inventor father in a mysterious Chinatown antique store.

Of course the creature comes with three special instructions which, if not adhered to, result in the spawning of grizzly Gremlins hell-bent on havoc.

The Steven Spielberg-produced movie - which is

currently being fast-tracked by Warner Bros for a remake - celebrated its 30th anniversary earlier this year, and here's what the main cast members got up to after the movie's success:

1. Zach Galligan

Zach Galligan plays William 'Billy' Peltzer who becomes enthralled by his unusual Christmas gift - yet careless with the three golden Gizmo rules.

Galligan's notable film roles following the success
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80s Flashback: Remembering the First ‘Gremlins’ Movie

If there was one great gift the 80s gave us, it was the gift of the B-flick, horror movie. Malicious villains like Freddy Krueger and Jason were born in Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th. Both of these films kept children awake at night with nightmares of gruesome deaths. Parents regretted not heeding the “R” rating that drove those children into their beds. I still remember my dad waking up with bruises left from me kicking him in the back. Shame on him for allowing this five-year old kid to watch Freddy eviscerate everyone on Elm Street. The Gremlins was one movie that received acclaim during this era of low-budget horror. The story revolved around a young boy who received a pet Mogwai, named Gizmo, as a gift. However, much like the Amazing Spider-Man, with great Mogwai comes great responsibility. When two rules are broken, all hell breaks
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The Gremlins Are Back… on Blu-Ray!

The first Gremlins has been on Blu-Ray for a bit now, but today marks the release of both of Joe Dante’s beloved monster flicks Gremlins and Gremlins 2: The New Batch on Blu-Ray!

Hit up your local video store or Amazon and snag these bad boys now! We’re going to revisit both Gremlins movies in high definition and have a review for you on both discs by the weekend. Should give us enough time to devour all the extras. And God, it’s been a while since I’ve seen these so I’d like to savor the experience! More on the new Gremlins Blu-Ray releases shortly!

Gremlins” was written by Chris Columbus, directed by Joe Dante and produced by Steven Spielberg and stars Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, Polly Holliday, Frances Lee McCain, Dick Miller and Corey Feldman.

Gremlins 2: The New Batch” was written by Charlie Haas,
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365 Days, 100 Films #95 - Gremlins (1984)

Gremlins, 1984.

Directed by Joe Dante.

Starring Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, Frances Lee McCain, Corey Feldman, Dick Miller and Judge Reinhold.

Synopsis:

A small town is invaded by a gang of destructive creatures at Christmas.

“There’s a man out there. I-i-i don’t mean a man, I mean, I don’t know what I mean. I mean, maybe a…what did they call them during the war. You know, the pilots?…Gremlins. Gremlins!”

William Shatner whispers the above in his uniquely staccato way during The Nightmare at 20,000 Feet, arguably the most famous of Twilight Zone episodes. Boy, he sure looked like Orson Welles when he was younger.

He’s accompanied by melodramatic music and filmed in a distressed close-up, but the immense terror of the situation blinds you to its exaggerated style. Shatner, playing a man recently recovered from a nervous breakdown, keeps seeing a figure on the wing of his plane.
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Footloose - Blu-ray Review

Put on your dancing shoes, that is unless it.s been banned in your small town. Footloose boogies onto Blu-ray with some nice new special features, but an uneven transfer. The film that made Kevin Bacon some bacon is still fun, but also features a thoughtful performance from a supporting member. The Reverend Shaw Moore (John Lithgow) is in the pulpit Sunday preaching against the evils of a sinful life with his wife Vi (Dianne Wiest) sitting approvingly in the choir. One of his new parishioners is Ren McCormack (Kevin Bacon) who is not a local but moved there with his mom (Frances Lee McCain) from the big city of Chicago. The town doesn.t take kindly to his
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