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Grindhouse Trailer Classics Vol. 3
Nucleus Films follow up the critically acclaimed first two volumes in the Grindhouse Trailer Classics series with this all-new third volume, featuring even more outrageous and crazy trailers for movies from the heady days of cult and exploitation cinema, the likes of which have sadly been lost in this day and age of Hollywood blockbusters and high definition entertainment.
Throwing politically correctness out the window, the trailers in this third epic volume run the gamut from sexploitation movies (which seem to have an obsession with swinging Sweden and the activities which apparently go on there), biker movies, blackploitation classics – who doesn’t want to watch The Spook Who Sat By the Door?, martial arts masterpieces such as Deadly China Doll and Revenge of the Ninja, good old nazispolitation (Nazi Love Camp 27 I’m looking at you »
For the horror buff, Fall is the best time of the year. The air is crisp, the leaves are falling and a feeling of death hangs on the air. Here at Sound on Sight we have some of the biggest horror fans you can find. We are continually showcasing the best of genre cinema, so we’ve decided to put our horror knowledge and passion to the test in a horror watching contest. Each week in October, Ricky D, James Merolla and Justine Smith will post a list of the horror films they have watched. By the end of the month, the person who has seen the most films wins. Prize Tbd.
Justine Smith (9 viewings) Total of 40 viewings
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Directed by Tobe Hooper
The term “giallo” initially referred to cheap yellow paperbacks (printed American mysteries from writers such as Agatha Christie), that were distributed in post-fascist Italy. Applied to cinema, the genre is comprised of equal parts early pulp thrillers, mystery novels, with a willingness to gleefully explore onscreen sex and violence in provocative, innovative ways. Giallos are strikingly different from American crime films: they value style and plot over characterization, and tend towards unapologetic displays of violence, sexual content, and taboo exploration. The genre is known for stylistic excess, characterized by unnatural yet intriguing lighting techniques, convoluted plots, red herrings, extended murder sequences, excessive bloodletting, stylish camerawork and unusual musical arrangements. Amidst the ‘creative kill’ set-pieces are thematic undercurrents along with a whodunit element, usually some sort of twist ending. Here is my list of the best giallo films – made strictly by Italian directors, so don’t expect Black Swan, Amer or »
Shout! Factory:Shad (Richard Thomas) must scour the cosmos to recruit mercenaries from different planets and cultures in order to save his peaceful home planet from the threat of the evil tyrant Sador (John Saxon), who's bent on dominating and enslaving the entire universe. Joining this magnificant seven of mercenaries are the deadly Gelt (Robert Vaughn), carefree Cowboy (George Peppard) and the sexy Valkyrie Saint-Exmin (Sybil Danning). The film brought together some extremely talented people behind the scenes who went on to bigger and better things: Academy Award winning director James Cameron as the art director, Academy Award winning composer James Horner (Titanic, Avatar), screenwriter John Sayles (Lone Star, Piranha) and producer Gale Ann Hurd (Aliens, The Incredible Hulk) as an assistant production manager. If you »
It's been one full week since a billion sexy nerds descended upon San Diego for their annual Comic-Con event, which has become the premiere Hollywood launching pad for just about everything in the way of entertainment. This was a strange year, as no one property walked away from the grit, glitz, glamour, and geek sweat of the experience better for showing off its wares to what has become a very bored public.
It's true. If Comic-Con 2011 will be remembered for anything, it's the ennui that lingered around most attendees like the stench of the dead. They didn't want to be impressed, and even the Twihards stayed quiet when it came to their precious The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1. Maybe that's because, four years into the franchise, they know damn well what they're going to get. There was an enthusiastic showing, one of the biggest ever, for Glee's Hall H presentation. »
A variety of new home video releases this week offer audiences their pick between pop entertainment and thought-provoking fare.
Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III (Warner Home Video) – As the first “Robot Chicken” release to arrive on Blu-ray, “Star Wars Episode III” offers a dubious historical benchmark for the long-running series. But as the latest in a seemingly endless spate of “Star Wars” send-ups, it also feels like the last gasp of fanboy pandering. »
- Todd Gilchrist
Michael York dashes onto the cinematic scene as the blundering but very enthusiastic D'Artagnan in Richard Lester's hugely enjoyable period comic romp. The late great Roy Kinnear is the long-suffering vassal of aristocratic swordsmen Oliver Reed, Richard Chamberlain and Frank Finlay, whilst Raquel Welch and Faye Dunaway shine as heroine and villainess, respectively. Producers Alexander and Ilya Salkind filmed the following year's sequel back-to-back with this more successful first part, which approach they would revisit shortly for Superman and Superman II. Dumas with wit, energy and integrity.
Notable Quotable: "That man in his time has insulted me, broken my father's sword, had me clubbed to the ground, laid violent hands on the woman I love! He is inconvenient. "
A few weeks ago we posted news that Shout! Factory were planning to release Battle Beyond the Stars on Blu-ray as part of their Roger Corman Cult Classics collection, and today's mail brought me details. Among the goodies included are a commentary track with writer John Sayles and producer Roger Corman, and a couple of featurettes that sound really cool. All in all a worthy package for the greatest Star Wars rip-off in a crowded field.Details follow:this Summer, Get Ready To Embark On An Electrifying Space Adventure With Roger Corman'S Science Fiction Classic In High-def For The First Time!Shout! Factory Presentsbattle Beyond The STARSStarring Richard Thomas, Robert Vaughn, George Peppard, John Saxon, Darlanne Fluegel, and Sybil Danning30th Anniversary Special Edition Blu-ray™ and DVD Landing On »
Undoubtedly, Nancy Thompson has been one of the horror genre’s most beloved heroines ever since she made her big screen debut back in the original A Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984. Played by Heather Langenkamp, Nancy was remarkable in many ways- she was one of the rare horror heroines that not only came back for several sequels, but fans also saw her character evolve from a teenager into a mother.
As someone who grew up admiring several women characters in the horror genre, Nancy has always been by far my favorite. Not only was she strong and intelligent, but she was always the perfect yin to Freddy Krueger’s (Robert Englund) yang and wasn’t just another faceless teenage victim.
Since Langenkamp is about unveil a brand new documentary called I Am Nancy that explores the relevance of heroes and heroines in the modern horror age, I thought it »
The Movie Pool hails the DVD release of the sci-fi cult classic Queen of Blood!
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 enhanced for widescreen TVs
Running Time: 81 minutes
Rating: Not rated
Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0
Special Features: None
The DVD is offered as part of MGM's "Limited Edition Collection" on DVD, which are available from select online retailers and are manufactured only when the DVD is ordered. The DVD features a simple menu with no menu for chapters or scenes. Chapters are set every ten minutes. Manufacture-On-Demand (Mod) DVDs will play in DVD playback units only and may not play in DVD recorders or PC drives. This DVD did not play in our laptop DVD drive but did play in our Toshiba DVD recorder.
American astronauts on a rescue mission to Mars find a sole survivor: an alien woman, who turns out to be much more dangerous than she appears to be. »
With ActionFest well under way, they handed the festival awards today with many a montage and tribute. Buddy Joe Hooker, Stunts Unlimited, Michael Jai White, Richard Ryan and their 30 seconds of Action film Contest, before handing out the Awards, the Best Film in Competition went to A Lonely Place To Die, whose director, Julian Gilbey is sitting behind me as I type this watching the John Saxon Drive-In classic The Glove here in the Action Lounge, waiting to introduce his film to the ActionFest audiences momentarily. The entire set of Awards announced this afternoon are below:Best Action Sequence: Tomorrow When the War Began (a nighttime garbage truck and armed dune buggy chase which ends in a bit of vehicular tetherball!)Best Stuntwork: Team Bangkok Knockout »
The success of Star Wars inspired a legion of similarly themed rip-offs. Here, Rob salutes some of the best and worst…
1977 was a big year for sci-fi, given that it's when George Lucas first gave the world Star Wars. And while it's been said that George himself 'borrowed' from a lot of other films to make the original trilogy (and from a lot of poor computer games for the latter ones), there were those who jumped on the sci-fi bandwagon at the time and tried, no matter what the quality, to give us more space opera fun.
Here, then, we salute 11 films and TV shows that tried to be another Star Wars....
Star Trek 2: The Wrath Of Khan (1982)
Celebrity Bowling—that unabashedly silly but undeniably entertaining weekly TV show that ran for eight years in the 1970s (from 1971 though ’78) is coming to DVD From S’More Entertainment.
The Celebrity Bowling 3-dvd Collector’s Set will be available on June 14.
Hosted by Jed Allan (CSI: Miami), Celebrity Bowling featured a pair of two-celebrity teams competing on regulation size bowling lanes that were actually installed inside the show’s studio at L.A.’s Kttv Channel 5.
The rules of the game were known as “best ball”—each team member would take a shot on their own lane. If neither bowled a strike, then whoever rolled the worse shot would try to put up a spare on their partner’s lane. Winning teams garnered prizes (usually appliances, but occasionally even cars!) for audience members both present and sitting at home.
Although it played mostly second feature dates, this acclaimed Korean war indie by the Sanders brothers (who began as second-unit directors on The Night of the Hunter) took home many kudos from international fim festivals.John Saxon is memorable in the lead as a soldier turned serial killer. This marked the beginning of a fruitful relationship between co-star Robert Redford and soon-to-be director Sydney Pollack, who has a supporting role. »
London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts recently hosted a murderous double bill to celebrate the imminent Blu-Ray release of 2009’s postmodern Giallo homage Amer, directed by real world couple Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani, both of whom were on hand to provide an insightful Q&A session after the screening, alongside a rare projection of the 1982 genre classic Tenebrae, one of the macabre maestro Dario Argento’s finest and most beloved entries to this blood spattered school of mystery and violence. Hosted by Frightfest guru Alan Jones, one of the world’s leading authorities on that Italian sub-genre so beloved of the horror connoisseur, the event illustrated the compelling and competing factors of the Giallo movie, illustrating how it oscillates from the sublime to the ridiculous. Though it may invite a bloody homicide from the rabid fans of the Grand Guignol, one might well assert that the black-gloved little bastard »
15 items from 2011
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