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Blu-ray Review – Psycho II (1983)

Psycho II, 1983.

Directed by Richard Franklin.

Starring Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, Meg Tilly, Robert Loggia, Dennis Franz, Hugh Gillin, and Tom Holland.

Synopsis:

22 years after he was incarcerated for murder Norman Bates is declared sane and released back to his motel but Mother isn’t likely to let him live a peaceful life.

Sequels to acknowledged classic movies often bring about derision and a bit of a sniffy attitude, especially belated ones not made by the original crew or featuring different actors, but every so often a worthy successor appears just to prove there are exceptions. Psycho II appeared in 1983, 23 years after Alfred Hitchcock’s seminal original, and reunites original cast members Anthony Perkins and Vera Miles but with Hitchcock having died in 1980 Universal Pictures turned to Richard Franklin, one of his students, to helm the project, based on a script written by Tom Holland (Fright Night/Child’s Play
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C.H.U.D.

Can an old-fashioned monster movie still work in the 1980s? The dedicated cast for this overachieving chiller takes its story of ‘Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers’ in directions most punk-era horrors do not.

C.H.U.D.

Blu-ray

Arrow Video (U.S.)

1984 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 96 + 88 min. / Street Date November 22, 2016 / Available from Amazon Us 39.99

Starring John Heard, Daniel Stern, Christopher Curry, Kim Greist, Eddie Jones, Ruth Maleczech, J.C. Quinn, John Ramsey, George Martin, John Bedford Lloyd, Frankie Faison, John Goodman, Hallie Foote, Jon Polito.

Cinematography Peter Stein

Editor Claire Simpson

Makeup Effects John Caglione Jr.

Original Music David A. Hughes

Written by Parnell Hall, Shepard Abbott

Produced by Andrew Bonime

Directed by Douglas Cheek

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

How does the monster show C.H.U.D. rate in the general parade of 1980s horror features? I don’t know — I spent the ’80s avoiding those pictures. A few years earlier at the New Beverly, Sherman Torgan
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John Sayles’ City Of Hope Screens at The Tivoli September 26th – The Greater St. Louis Humanities Festival

Money talks nobody walks.” As part of this year’s Greater St. Louis Humanities Festival – which runs from Sept. 23-Oct. 2, and whose theme is “E Pluribus Unum?” – Cinema St. Louis presents a free screening Monday, September 26 at 7 Pm of writer/director John Sayles’ masterful City Of Hope (1991), which compellingly explores the racial attitudes and socioeconomic forces that divide the citizens of the fictional (but all too realistic) Hudson City, N.J.

An ambitious, richly detailed panorama of a city in decline – and rapidly approaching crisis – City Of Hope addresses urban decay in the United States by poking around in Hudson City’s political garbage, turning over and exposing the contaminated dirt of patronage, bribery, and special interests, demonstrating how the toxins trickle down to the middle class and poor, seep into our attitudes, and poison our thoughts. The sprawling cast includes actors from the director’s informal stock company – Joe Morton,
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First trailer and posters for neo-noir mystery series The Cobblestone Corridor

Cptv has released the first trailer and eight posters for the upcoming neo-noir mystery The Cobblestone Corridor. Starring Erik Bloomquist, Danielle Bonanno, Michael Bakkensen, Ehad Berisha, Nick Moss, Camrus Johnson, Amelia Dudley, Taylor Turner, and Bill Raymond, the series is based on the Emmy nominated short film of the same name and is set to get underway in October.

In The Cobblestone Corridor, the classic film noir cityscape takes the form of a posh New England preparatory school. There, a group of intelligent and diverse student newspaper staffers investigate Alfred Pierce Preparatory School’s most exciting and forbidden mysteries. With quick wit, deeply rooted integrity, and a dose of nostalgia, The Cobblestone Corridor explores the definitions of truth, progress and tradition.

The Cobblestone Corridor premieres on October 16th.
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David Oyelowo & Dianne Wiest Star in 'Five Nights in Maine' Trailer

"Why did you come here? Trying to see what she was hiding from?" FilmRise has released the first trailer for an indie drama called Five Nights in Maine, starring David Oyelowo and Dianne Wiest. Oyelowo plays a man struggling to cope with the tragic loss of his wife, who travels to rural Maine to meet his wife's estranged mother, who is also struggling with grief and guilt. The full cast includes Rosie Perez, Teyonah Parris and Bill Raymond. This looks like a very emotional film that deals with some tough topics in a very raw, very powerful but earnest way. It has played at festivals all over and definitely seems worth seeing. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Maris Curran's Five Nights in Maine, direct from YouTube: A young African American man, reeling from the tragic loss of his wife, travels to rural Maine to seek answers from his estranged mother-in-law,
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David Oyelowo and Dianne Wiest Spend ‘Five Nights in Maine’ in First Trailer

One of the top up-and-coming actors teams with an Oscar winner for a new drama this summer. Five Nights in Maine marks the feature debut of writer-director Maris Curran and its just been treated with its first trailer. With a haunting, eerie piano swelling over a rich color palette and praise for the film, Curran looks to be making a strong debut.

The story follows a showdown between a grieving husband (David Oyelowo) and his mother-in-law (Dianne Wiest), both of whom are coping in drastically different ways that could only be volatile. Premiering at Toronto International Film Festival last fall and arriving in theaters this summer, the cast is rounded off by Rosie Perez, Teyonah Parris, and Bill Raymond.

See the trailer below, along with a poster.

Sherwin considers himself a good man, though flawed like any other. He is deeply in love with his wife, Fiona. When she starts
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The bushwhacker's boy by Anne-Katrin Titze

An enthusiastic Quentin Tarantino with Six of The Hateful Eight: Tim Roth, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demian Bichir and Bruce Dern Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

At the brunch, introduced by Harvey Weinstein and Uma Thurman and following the discussion with Samuel L Jackson, Walton Goggins and Jennifer Jason Leigh of Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight, I spoke with the man who may or may not be the new sheriff of Red Rock about Sergio Leone's The Good, The Bad And The Ugly with Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach and the Golden Globe winning composer Ennio Morricone. Goggins, who was in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln with Bill Raymond and Daniel Day-Lewis, had a special treat for us. Weinstein had Django Unchained star Leonardo DiCaprio on his mind when he noted that Alejandro González Iñárritu's Golden Globe winner The Revenant was experiencing the same global warming in Vancouver,
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Watch An Exclusive Clip From True Event Horror Foreclosure; Hits VOD Today!

Last month we brought you the news that Virgil Films’ upcoming Unsolved Mysteries-esque Foreclosure was hitting VOD today, and then to DVD next week on February 10th. If that’s your sort of thing then you’re in luck, because we’ve been provided with an exclusive clip of the horror starring Michael Imperioli and Breaking Bad‘s David Costabile.

Watch below!

Synopsis:

Bill Landopolous (Michael Imperioli of The Sopranos and Goodfellas), his son Steven (Spencer List, Black Dog, Red Dog) and his father-in-law Ray (Bill Raymond, Damages, Michael Clayton) move into the Queens, New York, home of their recently deceased relative Cal, who took his own life. The three hope to put their cares behind them and start afresh. But things get off to a shaky start when a local police officer (Matt Servitto, The Sopranos) points out all the numerous foreclosures, bank-owned properties and short sales that
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The Sopranos’ Michael Imperioli Leads Based On True Events Haunted Neighborhood Film Foreclosure; Hitting VOD/DVD This February

If there is a show that still scares the living hell out of me, even as an adult, that show is Unsolved Mysteries. It just gets under my skin every single time I watch it. One episode of that show in particular, is the one titled, “Black Hope“, an episode that revolved around a series of houses that were seemingly haunted by the ghosts of people buried under the land many years ago, with the new housing developments build on top of the land. It’s a scary as all hell episode, and though I get creeped out every time I think about it, I’ve always thought it would make for a great film.

Fast forward to today, when the folks at Virgil films sent us the press release for their upcoming DVD release of Richard LedesForeclosure, a film that sound eerily close to that Unsolved Mysteries episode,
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Foreclosure Thriller Lands at Virgil Films

Foreclosure, a thriller we were first to break the news on a bit ago, getting a release through Virgil Films, reports Screen Daily.  

Richard Ledes writes and directs, Michael Imperioli, Wendell Pierce, Bill Raymond, Jeff Burchfield, Meital Dohan, Brandon Gill, Spencer List, Tristan Laurence Perez, William Stone Mahoney and Roger Robinson star.

We spoke to Ledes exclusively about the project back in 2010.

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Toronto: Michael Imperioli’s ‘Foreclosure’ Closes Deal

Toronto: Michael Imperioli’s ‘Foreclosure’ Closes Deal
Virgil Films has acquired U.S. rights to horror film “Foreclosure,” starring Michael Imperioli, and plans a first-quarter release theatrically and on VOD.

The deal was announced at the Toronto Film Festival.

Ged Dickersin is the producer. “Foreclosure,” directed by Richard Ledes from his own script, will be the third Ledes title that Virgil has distributed, following the Elliott Gould-starrers “Fred Won’t Move Out” and “The Caller.”

Imperioli plays a man who travels with his young son and his father-in-law to the house of a recently deceased relative. Horrifying events occur after he discovers a disturbing photograph in the basement.

Also starring are Spencer List, Bill Raymond, Wendell Pierce, Matt Servitto and David Costabile.

Deal was negotiated by Virgil Films President Joseph Amodei and Josh Braun of Submarine Entertainment.
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Toronto: Michael Imperioli’s ‘Foreclosure’ Closes Deal

Toronto: Michael Imperioli’s ‘Foreclosure’ Closes Deal
Virgil Films has acquired U.S. rights to horror film “Foreclosure,” starring Michael Imperioli, and plans a first-quarter release theatrically and on VOD.

The deal was announced at the Toronto Film Festival.

Ged Dickersin is the producer. “Foreclosure,” directed by Richard Ledes from his own script, will be the third Ledes title that Virgil has distributed, following the Elliott Gould-starrers “Fred Won’t Move Out” and “The Caller.”

Imperioli plays a man who travels with his young son and his father-in-law to the house of a recently deceased relative. Horrifying events occur after he discovers a disturbing photograph in the basement.

Also starring are Spencer List, Bill Raymond, Wendell Pierce, Matt Servitto and David Costabile.

Deal was negotiated by Virgil Films President Joseph Amodei and Josh Braun of Submarine Entertainment.
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Toronto: Virgil Films Acquires Horror Pic ‘Foreclosure’ For VOD Release

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Toronto: Virgil Films Acquires Horror Pic ‘Foreclosure’ For VOD Release
Virgil Films acquired the U.S. rights to Foreclosure, a Richard Ledes-directed horror film that stars Michael Imperioli, best known for his work in mob sagas The Sopranos and Goodfellas. This is the third distribution arrangement between Virgil Films and writer-director Ledes, following Fred Won’t Move Out and The Caller, which both starred Elliott Gould. Submarine’s Josh Braun made the deal with Virgil president Joseph Amodei. They’ll put it out VOD early next year. Ged Dickersin is producer and Joseph Infantolino is exec producer. Related: Toronto: Virgil Acquires Bloodworth Thomason’s ‘Bridegroom’ Imperioli plays a man who takes his father-in-law and son to Queens to to the house of a recently deceased relative. The neighborhood has been decimated by foreclosures, but they try to get a fresh start in the house. Then stuff starts happening. Spencer List, Bill Raymond, Wendell Peirce, Meital Dohan, Matt Servitto and David Costabile also star.
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Bill Raymond interview about Lincoln

Bill Raymond, formidable as Lincoln's Speaker of the House Schuyler Colfax, speaks out on the collaboration between Spielberg and screenwriter Tony Kushner, which has already picked up seven Golden Globe nominations and 10 BAFTA nods. Bill revealed how Daniel Day-Lewis stayed Mr President on and off-set, and how he and Mad Men's Jared Harris (General Ulysses S Grant) have both a Hamlet and Grant connection.

I first got to know the actor Bill Raymond at the Us premiere for Lars von Trier's Dogville at the New York Film Festival. One day before Epiphany, on the first weekend of the New Year, the café in Manhattan's East Village where I met up with Bill, still smelled of pumpkin pie and cloves.

Anne-Katrin Titze: Tell me about working on Lincoln! How long were you filming? You had no scenes outdoors, am I correct?

Bill Raymond: The...
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In the Works: Housing Horror, Wandering Skater, "Badass" Texan, Adult Artists & Soccer Impact

In the Works: Housing Horror, Wandering Skater,
Three of the films profiled in this week's "In the Works" coincidentally deal in some way with the home foreclosure crisis, beginning with Richard Ledes' horror thriller, the aptly titled "Foreclosure," starring Michael Imperioli, Wendell Pierce, and Bill Raymond; as well as documentaries-in-progress "Dragonslayer" and "Total Badass." Two Kickstarter projects round out this week's films. Editors Note: "In the Works" is a weekly column taking a look at upcoming films, in ...
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Michael Imperioli joins the 'Foreclosure'

Michael Imperioli ("The Sopranos") will star in the indie horror-thriller "Foreclosure." He joins a cast that includes Wendell Pierce ("Treme," "The Wire"), Bill Raymond, Jeff Burchfield, Meital Dohan, Brandon Gill, Spencer List, Tristan Laurence Perez, William Stone Mahoney and Roger Robinson.According to Variety, writer-director Richard Ledes ("A Hole in One," "The Caller") begins shooting next week in Queens, New York. The ghost-themed film, inspired by the mortgage crisis, is set on a neighborhood block in which almost every house sits empty and bank-owned."Foreclosure" is produced by Ged Dickersin ("City Island") and co-produced by Lila Yomtoob. Imperioli recently appeared in Peter Jackson.s "The Lovely Bones."
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Michael Imperioli Suffers A "Foreclosure"

Michael Imperioli has joined the indie supernatural horror-thriller "Foreclosure" for Submarine reports Variety.

Penned and directed by Richard Ledes ("A Hole in One," "The Caller"), the story is set on a neighborhood block in which nearly every house sits vacant and bank-owned.

Wendell Pierce ("Treme"), Bill Raymond, Jeff Burchfield, Meital Dohan, Brandon Gill, Spencer List, Tristan Laurence Perez, William Stone Mahoney and Roger Robinson also star.

Ged Dickersin ("City Island") produces. Filming kicks off next week in Queens.
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Michael Imperioli Sends Horror into Foreclosure

Ah, young Christopher. He always wanted to make it in the horror business. It's too bad that damned Tony had to whack him before he really got a chance to spread his wings. It's a good thing for us his real-life counterpart got away unscathed.

According to Variety "Sopranos" star Michael Imperioli will star in the indie horror-thriller Foreclosure, joining Wendell Pierce ("Treme") and Bill Raymond.

Details are kind of on the lean side of the fence, but we do know that Foreclosure is a ghost story inspired by the mortgage crisis where on a neighborhood block nearly every house sits vacant and bank-owned. Sign of the times, man. Sign of the friggin' times.

Writer-director Richard Ledes begins shooting next week in Queens. Look for more soon as we get it! Bada bing!

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Michael Imperioli to star in 'Foreclosure'

Michael Imperioli to star in 'Foreclosure'
Michael Imperioli has been cast as the lead in writer-director Richard Ledes' horror-thriller "Foreclosure."

The former "Sopranos" star joins Wendell Pierce, Bill Raymond, Jeff Burchfield, Meital Dohan, Brandon Gill, Spencer List, Tristan Laurence Perez, William Stone Mahoney and Roger Robinson in the creeper.

With a tagline of "ghosts don't move out," "Foreclosure" sets its action in a nearly empty, economically depressed neighborhood block, amid the real-life context of the mortgage crisis where so many homes are bank-owned.

Ged Dickersin ("City Island") is producing the project, which Ledes will begin shooting in Queens next week.

"Michael Imperioli is a great actor with a deep understanding of filmmaking," said Ledes. "Like a jazz ensemble, I can't imagine a better artist to join the two cats with whom I've had the privilege to work previously and who are back for 'Foreclosure': Wendell Pierce and Bill Raymond."

Reppedby UTA and Tmt Entertainment Group,
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Michael Imperioli to Star in Foreclosure

ShockTillYouDrop.com reports that Michael Imperioli ( The Lovely Bones , "The Sopranos") will star in writer/director Richard Ledes' horror-thriller Foreclosure . Imperioli joins a cast that includes Ledes regulars Wendell Pierce ("The Wire") and Bill Raymond ( Michael Clayton ), as well as Jeff Burchfield, Meital Dohan, Brandon Gill, Spencer List, Tristan Laurence Perez, William Stone Mahoney and Roger Robinson. The film is about a broken family striving to stay together while a curse and the ghosts of a haunted house try to tear them apart. Shooting starts next week and you can keep track of the production at GhostsDontMoveOut.com .
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