8 items from 2016
Zombies have never been quite the same since the Tarman popped out of his Trioxin barrel in Dan O'Bannon's The Return of the Living Dead. Over three decades and five films later, the influential franchise is explored in Christian Sellers and Gary Smart's book The Complete History of The Return of The Living Dead, and to celebrate its recent re-release by Plexus Books, we've been provided with three paperback copies to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.
Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) paperback copy of The Complete History of The Return of The Living Dead.
How to Enter: For a chance to win, email email@example.com with the subject “Return of The Living Dead Book Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on December 21st. This contest is only open to those who »
- Derek Anderson
Some very sad news is circulating today, as it's been reported that Don Calfa has passed away at the age of 76.
Multiple sources, including The Hollywood Reporter, reveal that Calfa passed away at his residence in Yucca Valley, California.
For many horror fans, Calfa will forever be known as Ernie, the mortician who helped his friend Burt and a group of young punks take on an army of zombies in Dan O'Bannon's The Return of the Living Dead. In addition to his indelible dialogue, Calfa's believable role as Ernie grounded the film in reality—his reactions to the dead coming to life mirrored how many might have reacted in a similarly bizarre (and frightening) situation.
A go-to character actor, Calfa's film credits also included roles in The Postman Always Rings Twice, Weekend at Bernie's, Chopper Chicks in Zombietown, and Martin Scorsese's New York, New York, and he also »
- Derek Anderson
James Cameron's superb spacemen vs. monsters siege battle epic is back in a reissue with an extra collector goodie or two, still looking good on Blu-ray for its 30th Anniversary. And that heroine Ripley is still the most combat-worthy space cadet in the galaxy. Aliens 30th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Fox Home Entertainment 1986 / Color / 2:35 1:85 widescreen 1:37 flat full frame / 137, 154 min. / Street Date September 13, 2016 / 24.99 Starring Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, William Hope, Jenette Goldstein, Al Matthews, Mark Rolston, Ricco Ross, Colette Hiller, Daniel Kash, Cynthia Scott. Cinematography Adrian Biddle Film Editor Ray Lovejoy Original Music James Horner Written by James Cameron, story by Cameron, David Giler, Walter Hill from characters by Dan O'Bannon, Ronald Shusett Produced by Gale Ann Hurd Directed by James Cameron
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
I know I'm in a minority when I confess that I had little use »
- Glenn Erickson
This might be a first for ScreenAnarchy. Today we are checking out the Scream Factory collector's edition Blu-ray of Dan O'Bannon's The Return of the Living Dead. This marks the third time we've reviewed a Blu-ray release of this film and I can't think of another time we've done that. Just in case you've never seen the film, here are some of my thoughts from previous pieces: As I've mentioned in several previous pieces, The Return of the Living Dead is a film that speaks to all of my obsessions and came into my life at just the right time. While I was learning to channel my anger and frustration with all of the assholes in the world through music, I was also expanding my...
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Scream Factory celebrates over three decades of Dan O'Bannon's graveyard bash at this year's Comic-Con with a special Return of the Living Dead autograph signing, and their annual "Inside Look" panel will feature the eagerly anticipated announcements of future releases
Taking place at Shout! Factory's booth (#4118) on Friday, July 22nd, The Return of the Living Dead autograph signing will feature cast members Thom Mathews (Freddy) and John Philbin (Chuck), as well as Sean Clark, who hosted a new episode of Horror's Hallowed Grounds for the Collector's Edition Blu-ray of the beloved horror comedy.
"An Inside Look at Shout! Factory and Scream Factory" panel, meanwhile, will be held in Room 29Ab at 8:00pm. Below, we have the official press release with full details:
Press Release: Now a mainstay at San Diego Comic-Con International, pop-culture purveyor Shout! Factory returns to the convention in 2016 with a dynamic lineup, featuring captivating panel events, »
- Derek Anderson
Even shorn of its sound, Alien remains a masterpiece of tension thanks to the power of its physical performances, Ryan writes...
This article contains spoilers for Alien.
When a film works - really, really works - its combination of acting, cinematography, music, sound design, lighting and editing come together so seamlessly that it can become difficult to pin down exactly why it’s so effective. Take Alien for example: beautifully shot by Ridley Scott and cinematographer Derek Vanlint, cut with razor-sharp perfection to Jerry Goldsmith’s piping eerie score, it’s a masterpiece of genre filmmaking.
In the years since Alien’s release in 1979, various aspects of it have been singled out for praise: Hr Giger was rightly handed an Oscar for his part in the seductively hideous xenomorph in its various stages. The film’s story and nightmare imagery is still picked over for its Freudian and feminist subtexts. »
I have professed my love for Dan O'Bannon's The Return of the Living Dead many times on these pages. It is, without a doubt, my favorite film of all time. So, when Shout! Factory horror sub-label Scream Factory announced that they'd acquired it for release in the Us, I was tentatively excited. There is an exceptional release of the film in the UK from Second Sight, which features the long unavailable original audio, and I thought it was going to be tough for Scream Factory to manage those rights, but I'm happy to say that it appears they've done it and their release details looks stellar. Also included with this new release are a boatload of new and expended bonus features to complement a new...
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At first, they might look as different as night and day. One is the directorial debut from a maverick Canadian director, the other is a Hollywood movie funded by 20th Century Fox. One is set in deep space, the other in a luxury apartment block on terra firma. One had a decent amount of money to throw at the construction of sets and special effects, the other was made for a few thousand dollars.
Yet Alien, released in 1979 and triggering a franchise that is still growing and mutating today, has more in common with Shivers than at first meets the eye. Cronenberg made Shivers for approximately $130,000 in 1975. Could it be that this low-budget shocker inspired what is still considered to be the ultimate space horror movie? »
8 items from 2016
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