11 items from 2016
A Tribute to King Kong takes place as part of the The St. Louis International Film Festival Sunday, Nov. 6 beginning at 6:00pm at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium. The first film screened will be the new documentary Long Live The King, which explores the enduring fascination with one of the biggest stars — both literally and figuratively — in Hollywood history: the mighty King Kong. Produced and directed by Frank Dietz and Trish Geiger, the creative team behind the award-winning “Beast Wishes,” the documentary devotes primary attention to the 1933 classic, celebrating the contributions of filmmakers Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, stars Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, and Bruce Cabot, writer Edgar Wallace, and especially stop-motion innovator Willis O’Brien. But Kong’s legacy is also fully detailed: the sequel “Son of Kong,” the cinematic kin “Mighty Joe Young,” the Dino DeLaurentis and Peter Jackson remakes, even the Japanese versions by Toho Studios. »
- Tom Stockman
What's the right thing to say about a closeted movie career in an industry that feeds on gossip? There's plenty to say, if you're Tab Hunter. The '50s heartthrob breaks his silence with a remarkably candid and positive account of his astonishing, unique Hollywood experience. Tab Hunter Confidential Blu-ray FilmRise 2015 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 90 min. / Street Date August 23, 2016 / 19.95 Starring Tab Hunter, Allan Glaser, Clint Eastwood, Connie Stevens, Portia de Rossi, Robert Wagner, Debbie Reynolds, Lainie Kazan, George Takei, Noah Wyle, John Waters, Liz Torres, Tab Hunter, Dolores Hart, Terry Moore, Don Murray, Robert Osborne, Darryl Hickman, William Wellman Jr., Rae Allen, Rona Barrett, Venetia Stevenson, Rex Reed, Etchika Choureau, Marilyn Erskine, Henry Willson, Shannon Bolin, Eddie Muller, Ronnie Robertson, Gary Giddins, Tamara Asseyev, Neal Noorlag, Marilyn Gevirtz, Jo-An Cox Bunton, Lou Simon, Evelyn Kramer. Cinematography Nancy Schreiber Film Editor Jeffrey Schwarz Original Music Michael Cudahy Produced by Allan Glaser, Neil Koenigsberg, »
- Glenn Erickson
Beginning today, Scream Factory is taking viewers into the creepy confines of Ashland Sanitarium with their high-def release of Pierre De Moro’s Hellhole, and we’ve been provided with three Blu-ray / DVD combo pack copies to give away to Daily Dead readers.
Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray / DVD combo pack copy of Hellhole.
How to Enter: For a chance to win, email email@example.com with the subject “Hellhole Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on August 1st. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.
- Derek Anderson
July 26th has an eclectic assortment of horror and sci-fi offerings for fans, including a pair of cult classics—The Boy Who Cried Werewolf and Hellhole—from the fine folks at Scream Factory. Severin Films resurrects Doctor Butcher M.D. and Zombie Holocaust in HD this week, and Karyn Kusama’s superb psychological thriller The Invitation comes home on Tuesday courtesy of Drafthouse Films.
Richie Bridgestone’s parents are getting a divorce, but that’s the least of his problems at the moment. Richie is hoping his parents will reconsider and on a visit to his father’s secluded cabin, he witnesses his dad being attacked by a werewolf. Much like the tale of the boy who cried wolf, »
- Heather Wixson
On July 26th, fans of Pierre De Moro’s film can take as many visual trips to Ashland Sanitarium as their little hearts can manage with Scream Factory’s Blu-ray / DVD release of Hellhole (1985). Do a brief stint there now, if you dare, with two Blu-ray clips and the official trailer for the film courtesy of Scream Factory.
Hellhole Blu-ray: “Having witnessed her mother’s brutal death, Susan (Judy Landers, Dr. Alien) gets amnesia from a fall while being pursued by the killer, Silk (Ray Sharkey, The Idolmaker). Awakening in Ashland Sanitarium, she is once again terrorized by Silk, disguised as an orderly. To pry an incriminating secret from Susan’s brain, Silk forms an uneasy alliance with Dr. Fletcher (Mary Woronov, Rock ‘n’ Roll High School), a psychotic scientist who has been testing a new lobotomy technique, using helpless inmates as her guinea pigs. These vicious experiments are carried out in the “Hellhole, »
- Tamika Jones
Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, Sam Moffitt, and Tom Stockman
Special effects legend Ray Harryhausen, whose dazzling and innovative visual effects work on fantasy adventure films such as Jason And The Argonauts and The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad passed away in 2013 at age 92. In 1933, the then-13-year-old Ray Harryhausen saw King Kong at a Hollywood theater and was inspired – not only by Kong, who was clearly not just a man in a gorilla suit, but also by the dinosaurs. He came out of the theatre “stunned and haunted. They looked absolutely lifelike … I wanted to know how it was done.” It was done by using stop-motion animation: jointed models filmed one frame at a time to simulate movement. Harryhausen was to become the prime exponent of the technique and its combination with live action. The influence of Harryhausen on film luminaries like Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Peter Jackson, and »
- Movie Geeks
July looks like a decent month for the gang over at Scream Factory, with the announcement of four upcoming releases with both long lost titles and newer films (courtesy of their partnership with IFC Midnight). Kicking thing off on July 5th, the Sf/IFC Midnight films The Pack and Cabin Fever (the odd remake which used most of the script from the original film) are set to hit DVD/Bluray, while later in the month (July 26th), the long-lost cult favorites Hellhole and The Boy Who Cried Werewolf are set to make their Bluray debuts as well.
It will make your flesh crawl … Executive Producer Eli Roth presents Cabin Fever, a reboot of his instant classic gorefest. Featuring all-new characters and all-new kills, Cabin Fever also includes the featurette “The Making of Cabin Fever” and theatrical trailer as bonus features. This story is familiar: Just out of college, »
- Jerry Smith
A sanitarium with a sinister staff and a family with a hairy (and scary) dilemma will get the high-def treatment on July 26th with the respective Blu-ray releases of 1985’s Hellhole (being distributed on a Blu-ray / DVD combo pack) and 1973’s The Boy Who Cried Werewolf. With summer heating up, Scream Factory has revealed the final list of special features for each film, as well as another look at the previously revealed cover art:
Press Release: This July, Scream Factory presents two long-lost cult favorites on Blu-ray for the first time. Hellhole and The Boy Who Cried Werewolf debut in a Blu-ray + DVD combo pack, and on Blu-ray, respectively.
Having witnessed her mother’s brutal death, Susan (Judy Landers, Dr. Alien) gets amnesia from a fall while being pursued by the killer, Silk (Ray Sharkey, The Idolmaker). Awakening in Ashland Sanitarium, she is once again terrorized by Silk, disguised as an orderly. »
- Derek Anderson
Neca’s hand-painted three-foot tall foam replica of Slimer from Ghostbusters (1984) will be available this August. Also in this round-up: an update on the Hellhole Blu-ray / DVD and details on Gaming Heads’ BioShock Big Daddy statue.
Neca’s Life-Size Slimer Replica: From Neca: “Add a delightfully spooky touch to any room with a life-size replica of everyone’s favorite non-terminal repeating phantasm!
This actual size foam Slimer replica figure is based on the 1984 Ghostbusters movie and was re-created from original movie molds. The figure measures 3 feet tall and is made of foam rubber and latex that’s carefully hand-painted for realistic detail. Ships in one box, some assembly required.
Release Date: August 2016.”
To learn more about Neca’s life-size Slimer foam replica, visit:
- Tamika Jones
Stars: Crispin Glover, Allisyn Ashley Arm, Terry Moore, Paz de la Huerta, Michael William Hunter, Theodore Bouloukos, Sara Murphy, Gabby Tary, Rick Montgomery Jr., Charles Everett Tacker, Maria Deasy | Written and Directed by Hooroo Jackson
I like weird films, and because of this fact I tend to experience some truly strange and unique movies. Aimy in a Cage may be a step too far into the “weird” for some, but if you are a fan of the likes of A Clockwork Orange it may just push the right buttons for you.
Aimy Micry (Allisyn Ashley Arm) is a free spirited artistic girl who lives with her grandma (Terry Moore) who hates her. Seemingly out of control, her Grandmother and the rest of her family and friends use different methods to try and control Aimy, while an oncoming plague threatens to kill them all.
Aimy in a Cage is a film »
- Paul Metcalf
Ahead of its release next week, the second teaser trailer has arrived online for director Hooroo Jackson’s Bitcoin-funded fantasy drama Aimy in a Cage. The film is based on the graphic novel of the same name by Jackson and stars Crispin Glover, Allisyn Ashley Arm and Paz de la Huerta. Check it out below after the official synopsis…
Aimy Micry is set in an offbeat world in which rebellious kids are put through Wolworth Surgery, a mind-altering operation that prevents misbehavior. In the backdrop of the film, a plague is spreading through the world and worsening. Aimy’s family remains oblivious in their hedonistic lifestyle as things get more and more dire, and Aimy’s behavior more out of control.
- Amie Cranswick
11 items from 2016
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