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First Look: Maidenhead!

13 December 2008 10:30 AM, PST | | See recent Icons of Fright news »

The cinematic vampire is no longer in retreat.

Popular in cycles, vampires in horror have been presented as everything from the romantic to the repugnant. With as many forms of vampire as there are it's not remarkable to note that the films featuring them have explored, stylistically, everything from the sublimely subtle to the supremely silly. This year the bloodsucker pendulum is swinging from the plasma-thin pop horror of “Twilight” to strangely beautiful “Let The Right One In”. Jim Spanos's “Maidenhead” falls somewhere between the beautiful and the silly. It's a humorous and unique take on the genre, featuring several striking performances and a stylishly retro look that immediately sets it apart.

Starring Aj Bowen (“The Signal”) as Martin, a young man with a unique disposition. A quiet, awkward man who attends bible study, enjoys the library and a quiet first date over a cup of coffee. He is leading a curious life, »

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First Poster for Maidenhead!

12 December 2008 4:01 PM, PST | | See recent Dread Central news »

As you may have noticed, I got a chance to check out the new film starring The Signal’s Lewis, A.J. Bowen and From Dusk Till Dawn sheriff Michael Parks, Maidenhead. The off-kilter vampire movie is definitely unique and although the poster you see below may make it seem like a Odd Couple-esque comedy, trust me when I say it’s anything but.

Keep it here for more on Maidenhead soon!

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Blu-ray Review: Kill Bill Volumes 1 and 2

7 September 2008 11:49 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

A month ago I brought you a look at Lady Snowblood (read that here), a film that played a major influence on Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill films, and at the time I had to take a peek at Kill Bill: Volume 1 and 2, but I knew the Blu-ray editions were coming my way and as pumped as I was to watch them both again at that time I held off for high-def Kill Bill glory. The wait was worth it as much as it was interesting to find I had a change in heart over one of the volumes. I still enjoy both volumes of Kill Bill, but I can't say the Volume 2 holds my interest the way it once did. Volume 1 remains an ass-kicking good time, but Volume 2 is too talky and outside of a few scenes (everything with Pai Mei and Esteban Vihaio played by Michael Parks »

- Brad Brevet

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Tarantino Eyeing a Couple of Superstar 'Bastards'

16 July 2008 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- It's been a very interesting week in Tarantino land. The notoriously snail-paced auteur has not only delivered the script for his long discussed WW2 men on a mission flick Inglorious Bastards (or Inglourious Basterds according to Qt's hand scribbled cover page), but he's also made constant promises to deliver the epic to next year's Cannes – a suicide mission in and of itself. He has gone out of his way in recent months to talk about how he took a drastically different approach in writing the film by not writing the characters with specific actors in mind, instead letting his imagination run wild and then finding a cast that could deliver. So we knew there would be some serious casting change-ups this time around, but who would have guessed that he would be eyeing the likes of Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio? That’s right, Tarantino looks to be hitting »

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