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If you’re a fan of end-of-the-world movies such as The Road Warrior, Escape from New York and The Terminator, then you may want to check out Flickering Myth contributor david j. moore’s new book World Gone Wild: A Survivor’s Guide to Post-Apocalyptic Movies, which has recently been released by Schiffer Publishing.
The deluxe hardback book is packed with over 800 movie reviews, ranging from blockbusters such as The Hunger Games, The Matrix Trilogy and World War Z to cult B-movies like Cyborg, Fortress and Hell Comes to Frogtown, providing the definitive guide to the genre.
As well as the exhaustive selection of reviews, the book also contains interviews with over 60 filmmakers and actors, including Albert Pyun, Russell Mulcahy, Neil Marshall, Roger Christianson, Martin Campbell, Paul W.S. Anderson, John Hillcoat and Roddy Piper, and 427 colour photographs.
You can order World Gone Wild: A Survivor’s Guide to Post-Apocalyptic Movies via Amazon. »
- Gary Collinson
With a career spanning over 30 years, Hawaiian director Albert Pyun has worked in just about every genre, and forged a reputation as a modern era answer to Ed Wood. Pyun’s career has pretty much entirely taken place in B movies. Almost fifty films ranging from low budget, to virtually no budget. His passion for movie-making is immense and he still works to this day, even through ill-health.
Pyun broke through in the early 80’s with fantasy epic, The Sword and The Sorcerer, which alongside Conan The Barbarian, played it’s part in re-popularising the sword and sorcery genre throughout the 80’s. He followed that with a string of often strange, cult films (Radioactive Dreams being a stand out). Pyun was also at the helm of an unsuccessful Captain America film back »
- Gary Collinson
Tom Jolliffe delves into The Dusty VHS Corner for the second part of his Bloodfist marathon (read part 1 here)…
In many a film franchise there comes a point where the steam train is running out of steam. Generally the closer you get to hitting double figures, the closer you get to creative oblivion. Some film series might manage to re-ignite and hit new highs, such as the fifth and sixth Fast & Furious films, which were the best of the whole bunch upon finally realising that it didn’t pay to take them too seriously.
Still, the general rule of thumb is that there’s normally a gradual decline, be it Nightmares on Elm Street, Treks in the stars, or the jump the shark brilliance of putting Jason Vorhees in space.
The Bloodfist saga was no different. A first three with not particularly much to pick between them. Then the fourth »
- Gary Collinson
by Seth Metoyer, MoreHorror.com
Check out all of the many project details coming soon from Ryan in the official release below, which include trailer links and project artwork.
From The Press Release
Wild Eye Releasing will be unleashing Shane Ryan's latest film, My Name is A by anonymous, on September 23, 2014. A tells the inspired-by-true-story of Alyssa Bustamante, who was accused of stabbing, strangling, and slicing the throat of her 9 year old neighbor. Alyssa was just 15 at the time of the murder. Watch Trailer.
Coincidentally Ryan's Amateur Porn Star Killer Trilogy is being re-released for a 3rd time in a limited box set by Cinema Epoch on the same day, with an early release on Amazon in July. Ryan recently »
Albert Pyun is fighting through his health issues, and nothing's more therapeutic than doing what you love so he's back behind the camera for The Interrogation of Cheryl Cooper, a one-take film for which Pyun has released a short teaser.
The Interrogation of Cheryl Cooper stars Tommie Vegas, Shane Ryan, and Brittany Bochart. It's written by Cynthia Curnan, shot by Michael Su, and produced by Su and Curnan with music and sound design by Tony Riparetti.
The film is about a young woman name Cheryl Cooper (Vegas), who wakes up in what she believes is an interrogation room in a police station. She is interrogated by Detective Ben (Ryan) about being found at an unfinished Las Vegas hotel where there was a mass killing.
The detective is assisted by a young female rookie police officer named Officer Bardo (Bochart). Both try to get the details from Cheryl, and as they do, »
- Debi Moore
Well, the big day is finally here! After leading the Avengers in stopping an alien invasion Summer before last, our favorite shield-slinger returns to the multiplexes in an all new solo adventure (well, he’s got some help from the Black Widow and the high-flyin’ Falcon)! Before you head out, you may want to brush up on all things Steve Rogers (don’t worry, this won’t be on the final!)! Have fun and buy bonds!
Read my original review of Captain America Here.
Here’s my original article that ran on Wamg before Captain America: The First Avenger was released in 2011.
The very first appearance of the sentinel of liberty.
Okay fellow movie geeks! Ready for a bit of pop culture history? Before you head out to the multiplex this weekend to see Paramount’s Captain America: The First Avenger, let’s get better acquainted with the story of this star-spangled superhero. »
- Jim Batts
Before The Winter Soldier and The First Avenger there was. Captain America (1990) Director: Albert Pyun Stars: Matt Salinger, Ronny Cox, Ned Beatty Steve Rogers must save the world from Italian fascists and lousy production values. I hope you appreciate the current Marvel Cinematic Universe, because there was a period of time where comic fans had to deal with films like this. There was no Internet to hear gossip or get hints as to what was coming. You showed up, »
- Jason Adams
Superheroes might be big business in the movie world right now, but that hasn't always been the case. Despite the success of the early Christopher Reeve Superman films and Tim Burton's Batman outings, the genre was something of a poisoned chalice for filmmakers throughout the '80s and '90s. Buoyed by Richard Donner's Superman: The Movie, Hollywood mined the pages of DC and Marvel Comics in search of the next big thing. Unfortunately, small budgets and shaky scripts resulted in a string of flops ranging from Supergirl (1983) to Howard the Duck (1986). And yet, impossibly, things would get even worse for the comic book genre in the years that followed.
In 1989, the same year Tim Burton's Batman hit cinemas, Dolph Lundgren led The Punisher, a violent action-thriller based on Marvel character Frank Castle. A vigilante who takes revenge on criminals after his family is murdered in a mob killing, »
Cult film fans were dismayed to learn back in August that Cyborg director Albert Pyun was stepping away from his film career due to health issues. But proving that you can't keep a good man down - or, at least, that it takes more than Ms to do it - Pyun is headed back to the director's chair just seven months after that announcement to helm single take thriller The Interrogation of Cheryl Cooper.Cheryl Cooper (Tommie Vegas) wakes up in what she believes is a interrogation room in a police station where she is interrogated by Detective Ben (Shane Ryan) and young female rookie police officer named Officer Bardo (Brittany Bochart) about being found at an unfinished Las Vegas hotel where there was a mass...
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Shooting at 4k and 3D with 7.1 soundtrack, the flick will star Tommie Vegas, Shane Ryan, and Brittany Bochart. Filming starts this Friday (March 21) at the Indie Film Factory Stage in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Want to help out in the process? The first 100 people who send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org will be placed on a guest list see the first version of the film in an "interactive test screening" the day after shooting. Pyun will stream it online, and viewers will be able to post comments that will help shape the final version.
- Uncle Creepy
Released at the height of the straight to video techno-horror phase that rode in on the coat-tails of The Lawnmower Man and also saw the release of films such as Evolver and Brainscan, Arcade was, I think, unfairly overlooked, at least in the UK, at the time due to poor distribution, a lack of big-name stars (unlike Brainscan which had a post-T2 Edward Furlong, the biggest stars in Arcade were A Christmas Story’s Peter Billingsley and St:tng’s John De Lancie), and effects that – even though they were apparently redone after the film was completed – did not compare to other CGI-heavy films at the time.
- Phil Wheat
Two of my favourite Full Moon flicks, Dollman and Demonic Toys, have been given the Blu-ray treatment by the folks at 88 Films. Already owning the pair on DVD we take a look at these new releases to see how they compare and if the new Blus are worthy of an upgrade…
Former funnyman, turned TV stalwart, turned action star, Tim Thomerson had already made a name for himself in the Empire Pictures/Full Moon franchise Trancers before spoofing the very same character and his take no crap persona in Dollman for one of my favourite directors, Albert Pyun.
Brick Bardo (Thomerson) is a traveller from outer space who is forced to land on Earth. Though regular sized on his home planet, he is doll-sized here on Earth, »
- Phil Wheat
To paraphrase Sir William Wallace, every movie dies. But not every movie lives. It costs a lot just to release a film, let alone promote it. Those efforts are sometimes shirked for a chance to make a quicker, cheaper buck. In today.s age of rampant straight-to-dvd markets, that dollar has grown smaller, but only because so many more people are chasing it. But before the days where details of a movie would be everywhere during filming, movies were being filmed and held from release all the time. One such occasion for this was 1994.s The Fantastic Four. Marvel foolishly sold the film rights to their characters in the seventies and eighties, and their licenses were abused for several cheap attempts at bringing the characters to the big screen. What resulted was efforts like Albert Pyun.s micro-budget Captain America and Mark Goldblatt.s (actually pretty cool) direct-to-video The Punisher »
13 items from 2014
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