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The undersea horror movies of the late 1980s

Ryan Lambie Jun 2, 2017

Inspired by James Cameron's The Abyss, the late 80s brought with it a wave of brilliantly cheesy undersea horrors, Ryan writes...

Hollywood studios occasionally have an uncanny knack of announcing almost identical film projects at the same time. In the 1980s, we had rival police dog movies K-9 and Turner And Hooch. The 90s saw the release of rival eruption movies (Dante's Peak and Volcano), opposing killer space rock pictures (Deep Impact and Armageddon) and duelling insect comedies (Antz and A Bug's Life). We provided a detailed run-down on these rival movies back in 2015.

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Around the year 1989, meanwhile, film producers briefly fell in love with a curiously specific genre: undersea sci-fi horror. Between January 1989 and the spring of 1990, no fewer than five films all came out with a similar theme - DeepStar Six was first, followed by Leviathan, Lords Of The Deep,
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Feeling the City: Abel Ferrara's "Fear City"

Abel Ferrara's Fear City (1984) is playing on Mubi June 19 - July 18, 2016 in the United States.Abel Ferrara’s first feature film, 9 Lives of a Wet Pussy, which I have not seen, was a late-70s porno made three years before his cult hit The Driller Killer. Paired with the director’s politics, his debut is likely an orgy of contradictions: rugged but titillating, primal and intellectual, feminist yet exploitive of women’s bodies. Ferrara’s most profound work isn’t political in any usual sense. His films don’t have a message or agenda, and if any other filmmaker were to make them, they would be mute or problematic—shocking sex and violence without significance or pathos. He has a unique way with images and cuts, creating meaning through feeling, and not the other way around. He often works within the confines of genre and exploitation films, but never feels imprisoned.
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Collins' Sex Novels Have Enjoyed Unexpectedly Few Film Versions (The Stud, The Bitch)

Joan Collins in 'The Bitch': Sex tale based on younger sister Jackie Collins' novel. Author Jackie Collins dead at 77: Surprisingly few film and TV adaptations of her bestselling novels Jackie Collins, best known for a series of bestsellers about the dysfunctional sex lives of the rich and famous and for being the younger sister of film and TV star Joan Collins, died of breast cancer on Sept. 19, '15, in Los Angeles. The London-born (Oct. 4, 1937) Collins was 77. Collins' tawdry, female-centered novels – much like those of Danielle Steel and Judith Krantz – were/are immensely popular. According to her website, they have sold more than 500 million copies in 40 countries. And if the increasingly tabloidy BBC is to be believed (nowadays, Wikipedia has become a key source, apparently), every single one of them – 32 in all – appeared on the New York Times' bestseller list. (Collins' own site claims that a mere 30 were included.) Sex
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The Dusty VHS Corner: Pm Entertainment

In the latest edition of The Dusty VHS Corner, Tom Jolliffe digs out a trio of actioners from Pm Entertainment…

Between 1989 and 2002, Pm Entertainment was a strong force in the straight to video action arena. Founded by directors Joseph Merhi and Richard Pepin, they set about trying to deliver big thrills on low budgets. At some stages, largely during a peak period in the mid-90’s, they managed to do that.

Certain stars would become synonymous with the company, and they largely worked with the same ethos as other bigger companies and action specialists, in that you need to have a name attached to sell your picture. Pm worked, sometimes repeatedly, with a slew of video action stars such as Gary Daniels, Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Cynthia Rothrock, Jack Scalia and Jeff Wincott.

Pm Entertainment would also work largely out of La. Whilst other rival companies decided Canada or Eastern
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Without Theatres: ‘Fear City’ is the murky answer to ‘Taxi Driver’

Fear City

Written by Nicholas St. John

Directed by Abel Ferrara

USA, 1984

New York City holds a large cinematic history of being a hotspot for noirish sleaze, a stage for a morally ambiguous society held together by a justice system without empathy or remorse. The playground was manifested in Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver as a window to the subversive end to the American Dream, a place underneath the hopeful symbols of the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty. The apocalyptic mood of Scorsese’s revelation was transplanted into the works of Abel Ferrara, a Bronx-born local whose early focus on the deep evils of his immediate landscape labeled him a mainstay in exploitative film. After The Driller Killer (1979) and Ms. 45 (1981), Ferrara continued his narrative strength of depicting the consequences of homicidal justice-seekers with Fear City, regarded as a relative failure due to its mainstream compromises without mainstream appeal.
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New Revolution Season 2,Episode 10 Official Spoilers,Plotline Revealed By NBC

New Revolution season 2,episode 10 official spoilers,plotline revealed by NBC. Recently,NBC dished out the new,official,synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Revolution" episode 10 of season 2. The episode is entitled, "Three Amigos," and it sounds like it'll be very interesting as Miles,Rachel, and Monroe get much more than what they bargained for, and more. In the new,10th episode press release: Miles will lead an unlikely trio in his ongoing quest to make amends. When Miles leads Monroe and Rachel south of the border, they are going to be met with much more than they bargained for as Neville and Julia dance a delicate dance. Meanwhile, Charlie and Gene will continue their search for Aaron. Jd Pardo, Christopher Cousins, David Aaron Baker, Matt Vairo, Jorge Jimenez ,and Jack Scalia will also appear in the episode. Episode 10 is due to air on Wednesday night, January 8th,2014 at 7pm central time on NBC.
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Briefs: “Teen Wolf” Roars Back, Smurfs For Marriage-Equality, and Alyssa Edwards’ Secret

Birthday shoutouts go to Noah Wyle (above), who is 42, and Angelina Jolie is 38.

The remainder of the French Open has been canceled, effective immediately.

Marriage passes in House Of Lords. “The Lords voted by 390 votes to 148 to reject an attempt by Lord Dear, a crossbencher, to defeat the bill at second reading.” Wait a minute … “Lord Dear, a crossbencher.” That’s a gold mine, folks.

Last night’s Teen Wolf return was the highest rated episode of the entire series.

In case you missed it in the Meme, our own Chris O’Guinn‘s Ya novel Fearless, about growing up and the strength that comes from friendship, is now available at Amazon.

Here’s the latest episode of American Savage, where he discusses why Sex-Ed programs should include gays.

Smurfs on marriage-equality.

Below you can see Stephen Colbert talk to out Democratic freshman Rep. Mark Pocan of Wisconsin’s 2nd
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'Dallas' Star Jack Scalia -- Charged in Lax Gun Bust

  • TMZ
Fact: playing dumb about a gun in your carry-on ain't much of an excuse -- something "Dallas" star Jack Scalia learned the hard way ... 'cause he's been slapped with 2 weapons charges, TMZ has learned.We broke the story ... Scalia was busted at Lax in October when Tsa agents found an unloaded 9mm Glock and a novelty police badge in his bag. He claimed the badge was a gift from Rudy Giuliani. As for the gun,
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AfterElton Briefs: "She-Ra: The Video Game," Neil Patrick Harris Meets The First Family, and a Supreme Court Analysis

Here is last week's caption pic winner. This week's caption pic is at the bottom of the page.

Thanks to everyone for participating! The winner is ...

"That awkward moment when Jacob realized that Edward was referring to a movie when he said he was into Dances with Wolves."

Thanks to Luke for this week's winning caption!

Weekend Birthdays! (Note: Birthday shoutouts are for out entertainers, allies, or for any celeb that seems to have a following on Ae). Happy Birthday to Ae member Cathy.In.Canada, Ian Somerhalder (above) is 34, Nicholas Hoult is 23, Kim Basinger is 59, Teri Hatcher is 48, Sinead O'Connor is 46, Dominic Monaghan is 36, Dame Judi Dench is 78, Felicity Huffman is 50, Sebastian Spence is 43, Jesse Metcalfe is 34, Donny Osmond is 55, Nicki Minaj is 30, and Mary Woronov is 69. Tom Cruise takes on 5 guys at once.Towleroad has an analysis of the Supreme Court news. Out Aussie singer-songwriter Sam Sparro released
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Anchor Bay Unleashes "The Dog Who Saved The Holidays"

Available December 5, 2012 on DVD from Anchor Bay, director Michael Feifer's family feature "The Dog Who Saved The Holidays", stars Dean Cain, Shelley Long, Michael Gross, Jack Scalia, Elisa Donovan, Gary Valentine, Joey Lawrence, Peyton List and Joey 'Coco' Diaz':

"...it's a sun-soaked holiday season for the 'Bannister' family as they travel to Southern California to stay with 'Aunt Barbara' (Long), who surprises them with a new puppy named 'Eve' (voiced by List). Everyone is smitten with Eve – except for the Bannister’s dog, 'Zeus' (voiced by Lawrence), who sees what a (bitch) she is when no one else is around. After deciding to run away from it all, Zeus suddenly spies thieves 'Ted' and 'Stewey', trying to break into the family home while the Bannisters are away. It’s then up to Zeus and Eve to team up to save the holidays for the family..."

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'Dallas' Star Jack Scalia Shocked At Gun in His Lax Carry-On

  • TMZ
Jack Scalia was blown away when cops found a gun in his bag at Lax this week ... telling TMZ the whole thing was just one big, innocent mistake.As TMZ first reported, the "Dallas" star was busted Thursday after Tsa agents found an unloaded 9mm Glock and a novelty police badge in his carry-on bag.Scalia's rep, Steve Jaffe, tells TMZ the gun was a gift from a friend and the badge was a courtesy
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Dallas Star Jack Scalia Arrested at Airport for Carrying a Handgun

Dallas Star Jack Scalia Arrested at Airport for Carrying a Handgun
Jack Scalia encountered some turbulence before he even had a chance to hop on a plane. The actor, who starred in the original Dallas TV series, was arrested at Lax Thursday for carrying a concealed handgun, E! News has confirmed. According to airport authorities, Scalia was stopped at a screening station at around 1 p.m. after airport security discovered that the 61-year-old had a handgun in his carry-on. The weapon was reportedly unloaded. The actor was charged with possession of a concealed handgun and transported to the airport's police station, where he was booked. After his stint on Dallas, which lasted from 1987 to 1991, Scalia appeared on several TV shows, including General Hospital, as...
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Former 'All My Children' Star Arrested at Lax

Former 'All My Children' Star Arrested at Lax
Police confirm to Et that former All My Children star Jack Scalia was arrested this afternoon at Los Angeles International Airport on suspicion of possessing a concealed handgun.

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"Today at approximately 1:00 p.m., Los Angeles Airport Police officers responded to Terminal 7 for a report of a weapon at the transportation security administration screening station," Sgt. Belinda Nettles of the Lax Police said in a statement to Et. "Our investigation revealed suspect, 61-year-old Jack Tomaso Scalia of Los Angeles had an unloaded weapon in his carry on bag."

Scalia, who played Chris Stamp on ABC's canceled soap opera, was later booked at Lapd 77th Division.
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'Dallas' Star Jack Scalia Arrested for Trying to Board Airplane with Gun

  • TMZ
Actor Jack Scalia -- who starred on "Dallas" back in the 80s -- was arrested at Lax this afternoon for trying to bring a gun onto an airplane, TMZ has learned.Lax police tell TMZ, Scalia was popped at the security checkpoint at Terminal 7 when Tsa agents discovered he had a 9mm Glock in his carry-on bag. The gun was Not loaded.Upon searching him, Lax police tell us, Tsa agents also discovered a novelty police badge in his pocket.
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Predators Prize Pack Giveaway: Bait, Piranha 3Dd, and Jersey Shore Shark Attack on Blu-ray

What’s scarier than going to the beach with a really bad beach body and getting laughed at by all the hardbodied boys and girls? Sharks in the water. Or piranhas. Or even worst, sharks that shoot piranhas out of their mouths. There are no piranha-shooting sharks among the three titles that we’ve assembled to give away in this Ocean Predators Blu-ray Giveaway, but there are plenty of frenzied piranhas and hungry sharks, and yes, lots and lots of fodder for the chomping. Thanks to the good folks at Anchor Bay Entertainment, we have a Blu-ray prize pack featuring three killer titles to give away to one lucky winner. Head on below for the details. The prize pack will include these three titles: Jersey Shore Shark Attack Starring Paul Sorvino, Jack Scalia, Tony Sirico, Joey Fatone, Grant Harvey, Jeremy Luc, Melissa Molinaro, Vinny Guadagnino With summer in full swing
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Which Vinny Will You Find in New Jersey Shore Shark Attack Clips?

You know the premise of this is so ridiculously absurd we're pretty jazzed to see it! Feast your eyes on the majestic stupidity of these latest clips from Jersey Shore Shark Attack then stare in the mirror and realize just how out of shape you actually are.

From the Press Release

Attention all guidos and guidettes – get out of the water! On August 28th, Anchor Bay Entertainment will release on Blu-ray™ and DVD the movie Jersey Shore Shark Attack. This genre-busting film, which aired as a Syfy Saturday Original Movie on June 9th, follows a crew of Jerseyites who band together against killer sharks that threaten to spoil their summer fun by eating them alive. An entertaining and outrageous action-thriller, Jersey Shore Shark Attack features a talented cast including Jeremy Luke (Interpretation), Melissa Molinaro (“Making the Band 3”), Paul Sorvino (GoodFellas, Kill the Irishman), Jack Scalia (“All My Children”), Joey Fatone (N-Sync,
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Anchor Bay Bites Into "Jersey Shore Shark Attack"

From Anchor Bay, Sneak Peek the sci-fi action comedy, "Jersey Shore Shark Attack", available on Blu-ray and DVD, starring Paul Sorvino, Jack Scalia, Tony Sirico, Joey Fatone, Grant Harvey, Jeremy Luc, Melissa Molinaro and Vinny Guadagnino :

"...with the summer in full swing, as a record-breaking Fourth of July crowd soak up the boardwalk sun, Seaside Heights is the place to be in New Jersey. But when an illegal coastal drilling operation inadvertently unleashes a horde of man-eating albino bull sharks, the city is hurled into a deadly chaos. Can a local Jersey crew band together to fend off the blood-thirsty, ravenous sharks before the whole town is consumed?..."

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Exclusive: Jersey Shore Shark Attack Blu-ray Featurette!

Exclusive: Jersey Shore Shark Attack Blu-ray Featurette!
We have an exclusive featurette from Jersey Shore Shark Attack, arriving on Blu-ray and DVD from Anchor Bay August 28. Stars Tony Sirico, Daniel Booko, and Vinny Guadagnino talk about their characters in this horror-comedy spoof of MTV's Jersey Shore. Take a look at this video to see Vinny Guadagnino portraying his news reporter character, and much more.

Jersey Shore Shark Attack - Exclusive Featurette

Attention all guidos and guidettes - get out of the water! On August 28th, Anchor Bay Entertainment will release on Blu-ray and DVD the movie Jersey Shore Shark Attack. This genre-busting film, which aired as a Syfy Saturday Original Movie on June 9, follows a crew of Jerseyites who band together against killer sharks that threaten to spoil their summer fun by eating them alive. An entertaining and outrageous action-thriller, Jersey Shore Shark Attack features a talented cast including Jeremy Luc (Interpretation), Melissa Molinaro (Making the Band 3), Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas,
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Official Trailer for Jersey Shore Shark Attack

Anchor Bay will be releasing Jersey Shore Shark Attack on Blu-ray and DVD August 28th. The official trailer has been released and we have it for you to watch.

“Beverly Hills, CA – Attention all guidos and guidettes – get out of the water! On August 28th, Anchor Bay Entertainment will release on Blu-ray™ and DVD the movie Jersey Shore Shark Attack. This genre-busting film, which aired as a Syfy Saturday Original Movie on June 9, follows a crew of Jerseyites who band together against killer sharks that threaten to spoil their summer fun by eating them alive. An entertaining and outrageous action-thriller, Jersey Shore Shark Attack features a talented cast including Jeremy Luke (Interpretation), Melissa Molinaro (“Making the Band 3”), Paul Sorvino (GoodFellas, Kill the Irishman), Jack Scalia (“All My Children”), Joey Fatone (N-Sync, “Dancing with the Stars”), Vinny Guadagnino (MTV’s “The Jersey Shore”), William Atherton (The Last Samurai, Die Hard) and
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DVD Trailer for Jersey Shore Shark Attack

"Jersey Shore Shark Attack" already aired on the Syfy channel, and is now set to hit stores on DVD and Blu-ray on August 28th. And to promote the film, which stars Tony Sirico ("The Sopranos"), Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas), Jack Scalia ("Dallas"), Joey Fatone ('N Sync), William Artherton (Die Hard) and "Jersey Shore" star Vinny Guadagnino, Anchor Bay has unveiled a new DVD trailer, which you can watch below. Plot: Jersey Shore Shark Attack" unfolds during the July Fourth weekend at . where else? . the Jersey Shore, where rare swarms of sharks are converging due to illegal underwater drilling. Now the angry sharks are on a rampage, devouring residents, and leaving it up to the locals to try and save the day. Sirico is Captain Sallie, the wise veteran of boardwalk life and lore. Scalia is Moretti, former Guido beach bum and now police chief. Sorvino portrays the possibly corrupt Mayor and
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