14 items from 2015
Although it's not the New Year yet, Scream Factory's already gearing up for 2016 by announcing two double feature Blu-ray releases for February 23rd: The Curse / Curse II: The Bite and Millennium / R.O.T.O.R.
From Scream Factory: "More retro double features are planned for blu-ray release in the beginning of the new year! Read on for all the details:
- The Curse (1987) Young Zach Hayes' (Wil Wheaton, Stand by Me) life on the family dairy farm is what anyone would expect. Hard work, long hours and the normal family squabbles. When an ice-blue meteor plunges through the midnight sky, Zach sees in hand on their property. Zach and the local doctor discover that something inside the meteor is infecting the local water on their farm. Fruits, which looked perfect on the outside are teeming with worms… and Zach's family is beginning to change… »
- Derek Anderson
I know what I’ll be getting for myself for a late Valentine’s Day gift and we can all thank Scream Factory for that. Today, the gang over at Sf announced Bluray double features of ’80s horror/sci-fi gems The Curse/Curse II: The Bite and Millennium/R.O.T.O.R, with both hitting shelves this coming February (which makes my Valentine’s Day opening make a little sense I guess). Growing up in the ’80s, I was a big fan of all four films, so if you haven’t seen them, get ready for some fun, because they’re all four a lot of fun (especially The Curse/Curse II). While the specifics as far as supplemental material goes haven’t been announced as of yet, we’ve got the artwork and release date (Feb. 23rd) as well as each film’s synopsis and pre-order info below. »
- Jerry Smith
Last month, we reported that the Maniac Cop remake is gearing up to start production next spring, with John Hyams (Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning) set to direct and filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn on board as a producer. While we still have several months before filming will begin, Bloody-Disgusting spotted the first sales artwork for the remake at the American Film Market in Santa Monica, California. There are no cast members attached so far, but the poster teases the gritty look that the filmmakers intend to deliver.
The original Maniac Cop is set in New York City, following a string of grisly murders that eyewitnesses say were committed by a cop. Tom Atkins plays Frank McCrae, who heads up the investigation that eventually points to a young police officer named Jack Forrest (Bruce Campbell), who was set up by the real killer and a mysterious woman. Both Frank and Jack, »
The Stop and Frisk initiative in New York is about to get a whole lot scarier. The Maniac Cop remake is finally getting ready to shoot on location in the city, with production kicking off in the spring of 2016. John Hyams, best known for his Universal Soldier sequels Day of Reckoning and Regeneration, is directing. Cult favorite director Nicolas Winding Refn, the man behind 2011's Drive starring Ryan Gosling, will produce alongside William Lustig.
Maniac Cop has been in development since 2012. The screenplay is being penned by prolific comic book writer and raconteur Ed Brubaker. John Hyams says that William Lustig, the man who directed the original Maniac Cop trilogy, specifically sought him out for the role. The director explains.
"I'm a huge admirer of both producers and I'd been looking to do something that bridges the gap between action and horror like this. The script is able to re-invent »
“I’m a huge admirer of both producers and I’d been looking to do something that bridges the gap between action and horror like this,” he said. “The script is able to re-invent the original with the same mythology. We had thought about shooting in the fall, but we decided on the spring to give ourselves enough time to get the best cast and crew.”
The 1988 original, directed by Lustig, follows a murderous cop who »
- Dave McNary
Lookalike suicides in New Tricks, Dwayne Johnson flexes financial muscles in Us comedy Ballers and deputy head Mr Norman sorts stuff out in Educating Cardiff. Plus: Liz Bonnin explores India in Nature’s Wonderland, as does Dominic West in West Meets East and Liz McIvor surveys Britain’s waterways in Canals – The Making Of A Nation
Second part of Liz McIvor’s survey of Britain’s inland waterways. Tonight, she examines an unintended consequence of carving canals across the landscape. The expansion of internal transportation during the industrial revolution also advanced the sciences of geography and geology, it being difficult to successfully gouge through the earth unless you know exactly what it’s made of. The first geological map of England and Wales was created by William Smith, a surveyor on the Somerset coal canal. Andrew Mueller
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- Andrew Mueller, Mark Gibbings-Jones, Ben Arnold, Graeme Virtue, David Stubbs, Julia Raeside, Paul Howlett
Same-sex couple James Yates and William Smith, Jr., finally obtained a marriage license from the Rowan County, Kentucky, court Friday! Yates and Smith were denied a license multiple times by Kim Davis, who cited her religious beliefs and "God's authority" for not issuing the documents to same-sex couples. She was jailed Thursday because she disobeyed a court order to issue the licenses despite her personal beliefs. She denied the couple more than three times, so U.S. District Judge David Bunning found her in contempt of court. "The court cannot condone the willful disobedience of its lawfully issued order," Bunning said in holding Davis in contempt, per the New York Times. "If you give people »
Slasher // Video and Olive Films recently gave ’80s horror fans something to celebrate by announcing their upcoming Blu-ray releases of Killer Workout, Shock ’Em Dead and DVDs of Death Nurse, Boardinghouse, and more. Now the companies have announced the special features for the anticipated horror home media releases.
Blu-ray.com reports the numerous special features for the nine upcoming September 29th horror releases from Slasher // Video and Olive Films. One highlight in particular is the Director's Cut of Boardinghouse, which will include over 50 minutes of additional footage on the DVD.
"Killer Workout (Blu-ray / DVD)
Killer Workout is presented using the best available elements provided by Slasher // Video. Not sourced from an HD Master; remastered from from Pal Beta Sp and upconverted to Blu-ray and DVD specifications.
- Derek Anderson
Charlie Dixon, a programming executive with experience at both NBC News and Espn, is set to join Fox Sports as executive vice president of content and production at sports-cable outlets Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2, according to a person familiar with the situation.
Dixon is the first hire made by Jamie Horowitz, the TV executive who joined Fox Sports as president of Fox Sports National Networks in May. The two share a history: Dixon and Horowitz worked together at Espn, where they co-developed programs like “Olbermann,” “Numbers Never Lie,” Colin Cowherd’s “New Football Show” and a revamped “First Take.” Dixon was most recently a senior VP of development working with MSNBC and NBC News.
Dixon will report to Horowitz, »
- Brian Steinberg
Reviewed by Kevin Scott, MoreHorror.com
Hell Comes to Frogtown (1987)
Directed by: Donald G. Jackson
I don’t really know what to make of the name “Hell Comes to Frogtown”. I think it has served a dual purpose in being clever, and keeping me from seeing this film. The play on words is the clever part. Our hero’s name is Sam Hell, and guess what-he’s headed to Frogtown. Then again, it would be quite logical to assume that this could be a low budget Jim Henson film wannabe, and I guess it is. However, after I watched it, I’ve come to realize that it’s way more subversive than that. The two lead actors »
From anime to pitch-black thrillers, here's our pick of the underappreciated movies of 1987...
Sometimes, the challenge with these lists isn't just what to put in, but what to leave out. We loved Princess Bride, but with a decent showing at the box office and a huge cult following, isn't it a bit too popular to be described as underappreciated? Likewise Joe Dante's Innerspace, a fabulously geeky, comic reworking of the 60s sci-fi flick, Fantastic Voyage.
What we've gone for instead is a mix of genre fare, dramas and animated films that may have garnered a cult following since, but didn't do well either critically or financially at the time of release. Some of the movies on our list just about made their money back, but none made anything close to the sort of returns enjoyed by the likes of 1987's biggest films - Three Men And A Baby, Fatal Attraction »
Pacific Standard’s Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea (“Gone Girl,” “Wild”) will produce the film, based on Jessica Knoll’s eagerly-anticipated debut novel which will be released May 12 (Simon & Schuster).
“Luckiest Girl Alive” centers on Ani FaNelli, a twenty-eight-year-old New Yorker who appears to have it all: a sought-after position at a women’s magazine, a wardrobe to kill for, and a dream wedding with her handsome fiancé on the horizon. But behind that veneer of perfection lies a vulnerability that Ani holds close and buries deep—a dark trauma from her past resurfaces only to give her a chance to confront her most shocking secret of all—but not without unraveling her meticulously crafted life.
The novel, set for release next month, »
- Michelle McCue
If you thought the opening to Friends was awful and awkward without "I'll Be There for You" playing joyfully over the credits, then wait until you see this. YouTube user Bill Smith has decided to make the Academy Awards a little bit more boring and much more uncomfortable than the actual broadcast by removing all of Neil Patrick Harris' jokes and most of the crowd reactions. So it's pretty much just celebs like Emma Stone, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Keaton and Oprah staring up awkwardly as the host says nothing and sometimes stands there in nothing but his underwear. How long can you watch it without cringing at the video? We only made it 55 seconds in, and it was painful to make it that »
“I have this belief that most people you meet in life aren’t named Bill Smith,” Schur says. “From early on I thought, ‘Part of what’s going to make (the city of Pawnee) feel real is if people have weird names.'”
Over the years some of the silliest and strangest “Parks” names weren’t even heard on the show.
“There’s a whole family, the Lerpiss family,” Schur explains with delight. “You’ve never heard the name Lerpiss on the show, but there’s probably ten or twelve characters who have had the last name. It doesn’t play into any episode and there’s no plot that relates to it.
“If you look up Lerpiss on IMDb, we wrote character descriptions for them and how they’re related to each other. A »
- Geoff Berkshire
14 items from 2015
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