19 items from 2014
One of the many things I got into during my time here at Shock was helping program a some films, first at the New Beverly then at The Cinefamily. Even though I'm moving on into a new chapter of my career, I still want to help the fellas at Friday Night Frights from time to time. We've teamed up on titles like The People Under the Stairs, Critters 2, Night of the Demons and more...and we've found our next venture:
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- Ryan Turek
(Cbr) The dark corners of the DC Universe are no place for the average mortal or superhero. Malevolent forces lurking in the shadows regularly wield arcane magic, possess bodies and rip souls to shreds. That's where John Constantine comes in. Based on the popular comic book character, the freshman TV series "Constantine" follows the exploits of John Constantine (Matt Ryan), a smart-ass Brit who reluctantly stares death in the eye for the greater good. A self-proclaimed exorcist and master of the dark arts, Constantine is hoping to find some redemption after a job gone wrong lands the soul of a little girl in hell. "Constantine" executive producer Daniel Cerone recently spoke with Cbr News to discuss bringing John Constantine to the small screen, how Alan Moore's "Swamp Thing" plays into the first season's arc, the show's mythology and incorporating Dcu's mystical characters into the new television series. Cbr News: »
- Bryan Cairns, Comic Book Resources
One of the most fondly remembered eras in fright-film history is the golden age of Italian gore – a prolific period that brought such directors as Dario Argento, Lamberto Bava and Lucio Fulci to international attention and acclaim. Spawning all number of surreal sub-genres, including black-gloved killer-thrillers and stomach-churning cannibal adventures, this is a time that continues to crib a fresh generation of fascinated fans.
As such, 88 Italian have announced the UK Blu-ray release Zombi Holocaust (1980) and Burial Ground aka Nights of Terror (1981) – a pair of plasma-packed pot-boilers that could only have been dreamt up during the bygone boom in Euro-terror eccentricity.
In Burial Ground, the carcass-crunching action comes thick and fast as veteran director Andrea Bianchi (Strip Nude For Your Killer) evokes the sinister spirit of Lucio Fulci and George Romero. Also known as The Zombie Dead, Bianchi’s bout of bloodstained brilliance has a pack of ghoulish predators entrap »
- Phil Wheat
Stars: Michael Biehn, Cody Hackman, Krzysztof Soszynski, Anderson Silva, Lyoto Machida, Jess Brown, Daniel Faraldo, Nick Bateman, Tom Bolton | Written by Allan Ungar, Jerry Buteyn, Cody Hackman | Directed by Allan Ungar
The more things change, the more they stay the same… A mantra that couldn’t be more apt for a fight flick like Tapped Out.
As a child of the 80s I grew up on the likes of The Karate Kid and its sequels. As a film fan in the 90s I watched movies such as Showdown, Kickboxer, Bloodsport and A Dangerous Place. How are these film connected? And what do they all have in common with Tapped Out? Well essentially they all feature the same underdog story. An underdog story which has has existed, and has been re-used time and time again, in the martial arts genre for decades – taking in karate, taekwondo, kickboxing and now mixed martial arts (Mma).
- Phil Wheat
Reviewed by Chris Wright, Morehorror.com
Directed By: Joe D'Amato (As Peter Newman)
Written By: George Eastman
Starring: George Eastman (Mikos), Annie Belle (Emily), Charles Borromel (Sergeant Engleman), Katya Berger (Katia Bennett), Kasimir (Willy Bennett), Hanja Kochansky (Carol), Ian Danby (Ian Bennett), Ted Rusoff (Dr. Kramer), Edmund Purdom (Father), Cindy Leadbetter (Peggy), Lucia Ramirez (Angela), Michele Soavi (Biker), Martin Sorrentino (Deputy), Goffredo Unger (Machine Shop Owner)
“Absurd” is definitely absurd. This movie is truly grotesque at times. Joe D’Amato’s movies do not shy away from extremely gory moments. This Italian film is listed among the 39 prosecuted films listed on the British “video nasty” list that were banned entirely for graphic content. This film is under various names. In America, Wizard Video released a VHS big box with a new label called “Monster Hunter.” In some countries it was tacked on to the “Zombi” label as “Zombi 6: Monster Hunter. »
Glee and Friday The 13th collide in Jerome Sable's tongue-in-cheek slasher musical, which strains for Rocky Horror greatness, but ends up horrifying for all the wrong reasons. Despite sharing a name with five other films (among them Hitchcock's and Michael Soavi's superior efforts), Stage Fright has nothing to do with any of them, instead focussing on a summer camp for stage kids. Overseen by Meat Loaf's fame-hungry Roger McCall, the campers are preparing to put on a new production of The Haunting Of The Opera (nod, wink), which just so...
- Josh Winning
One Way Static is now taking pre-orders for two October vinyl releases. The first - and this is the way that get my little black heart pumping - is Simon Boswell's score for Stagefright (or Stage Fright or Stagefright: Aquarius or Bloody Bird or Deliria - you pick the title you prefer) by Michele Soavi. Those in the U.S. can pre-order this one through Light in the Attic.
- Ryan Turek
By Darren Allison
Following the break-up of Emerson, Lake and Palmer at the end of the 1970s, Keith Emerson ventured into the world of film soundtrack composition with his score for Italian director Dario Aregento’s horror film Inferno in 1980. This, in turn, led to Emerson being commissioned to compose and perform the music for the Sylvester Stallone film Nighthawks in 1981. From here a succession of film scores were to follow for directors in Italy, Japan and the United States. At the Movies gathers together Emerson’s music for seven movies including Nighthawks, Best Revenge, Inferno, La Chiesa (The Church), "Muderock, Harmagedon and Godzilla Final Wars.
Disc One (Us Movies) contains 2 full soundtracks. Firstly, there is Nighthawks (1981) an enjoyable cop thriller from Sylvester Stallone. The movie co-starred Billy Dee Williams as Stallone’s partner, Lindsey Wagner (of TVs Bionic Woman fame) as the love interest and Rutger Hauer as terrorist Heymar Reinhardt. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Synopsis: A musical theater troupe is stalked by a deranged killer, all to music!
When I first heard of Jerome Sable’s Stage Fright (2014), my initial reaction was that it was a remake of Michele Soavi’s superb 1987 directorial debut of the same name. After all, the genre has been overrun of late with remakes and reimaginings to keep up with the demands of home video and video-on-demand. More horror product and an … Continue reading →
- Jonathan Stryker
One more plug for our YouTube channel - please head over there and give it a "subscribe." Over the weekend, I uploaded to that spot the latest episode of Insert Scream Here, which you can now watch here. I'm still focusing on my favorite slasher movie moments and felt the need to depart from the usual U.S. fare for something that hails from overseas...like Michele Soavi's Stagefright. If you've listened to The Bloodcast podcast, you know I'm a huge fan of this film, so I'm thrilled to talk about it some more.
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- Ryan Turek
Arguably the best Italian slasher film not directed by Dario Argento is Michele Soavi’s stunning directorial debut Stagefright (1987). A longtime favorite among horror fans of the giallo and slasher genres, Stagefright has never been accurately represented on home video, with the exception of the beautifully British DVD done in 2000 from the original camera negative. All other pressings of this film have been from less-than-stellar elements. All of that is about to change now … Continue reading →
- Jonathan Stryker
Locked inside a theater overnight with a murderous madman, a musical’s cast will have no trouble portraying real fear, but this type of method acting could be the death of them all. In 1987′s StageFright, the actors unknowingly performing beside a murderer in an owl mask could break a lot more than a leg in perhaps their final performance on this earth. The Blu-ray upgrade of StageFright‘s uncut and uncensored camera negative is making its Us debut this fall from Blue Underground.
Available to pre-order starting on August 12th and officially hitting shelves on September 23rd, Blue Underground is coupling StageFright‘s high definition transfer with a host of bonus features and some glass-shattering cover art.
“While a group of young actors rehearse a new musical about a mass murderer, a notorious psychopath escapes from a nearby insane asylum. But when the show’s director locks his cast in the theater overnight, »
- Derek Anderson
Michael Soavi's classic film StageFright is heading to Blu-ray and DVD in grand fashion from our friends over at Blue Underground, and right now we have a look at the artwork and more for ya! Go ahead! Spice up your Friday!
Look for it in stores on September 23, 2014.
Also known as Aquarius, Deleria, and Bloody Bird, this brutal shocker has been newly transferred in gore-drenched high definition from the original uncut and uncensored negative and comes loaded with exclusive new extras!
While a group of young actors rehearse a new musical about a mass murderer, a notorious psychopath escapes from a nearby insane asylum. But when the show’s director locks his cast in the theater overnight, the madman is accidentally locked inside as well. »
- Steve Barton
Rejoice! Michele Soavi's contribution to the '80s slasher genre, Stagefright, is coming to Blu-ray courtesy of Blue Underground. Fangoria says it will get the usual care and sweet sweet lovin' that Blue Underground bestows most of its transfers (1.85:1 hi-def transfer/1080p). There will also be a wide range of extras. The film concerns a theater troupe who are menaced by a killer named Irving Wallace, who dons an owl masks and stalks the actors of the doomed play they're at work on.
- Ryan Turek
The newest horror musical Stage Fright (review) is poised for release, and we have the scoop! Starring Minnie Driver and Meat Loaf, this retro slasher is a great throwback for fans of Phantom of the Opera and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Dread Central: I don't know if you remember me, but I was a huge supporter of your short film, The Legend of Beaver Dam. I love it so much! So I am wondering... when you got the backing to make a feature horror musical, why not go with expanding on The Legend of Beaver Dam?
Jerome Sable: Even though we made The Legend of Beaver Dam first, the idea for Stage Fright actually preceded it. Batalion and I knew we wanted to do a slasher film at a musical theatre camp, but we realized we would probably need to make a short film first, before anyone would back an entire feature. »
- Staci Layne Wilson
Now that Miss Robichaux’s Academy is closed for business after a season which played out like the bastard offspring of Dennis Wheatley and Jacqueline Susann, American Horror Story fanatics are already filled with a giddy sense of anticipation at what demented devilry the show’s creators will serve up when the fourth season rolls around in the fall.
The kind of creative risks and innovative storytelling displayed in American Horror Story might well have proven the kiss of death for a show in less capable hands. Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk cunningly side-stepped this by utilizing an anything-goes format and taking a familiar core concept (i.e. haunted house, institution, witches coven) in a refreshingly bold direction where nothing is outside the realm of possibility (and in many instances: of plausibility) and absolutely nothing is sacred.
So it begs the question: where will they go next? We know that »
- Alan Kelly
We have great news for those of you who subscribe to Full Moon Streaming. It has been announced that fifty Blue Underground titles have been acquired by Full Moon Features for their new streaming service:
“Los Angeles, CA, February 3, 2014 – Full Moon Features is proud to announce their most exciting acquisition yet – fifty of cinema’s most obscure and beloved classics from the Blue Underground label will debut on their new subscription-based video streaming service, Full Moon Streaming (www.fullmoonstreaming.com), home to the entire Full Moon Features library. The Blue Underground titles will be released once per week beginning in March, and titles will include Venom (a beloved thriller about a killer snake starring Klaus Kinski, Susan George, and Oliver Reed), Mondo Cane (the Award-Winning documentary that launched the whole “mondo” craze of the sixties), Contamination (a gory Italian homage to Alien), Violent City (the Charles Bronson action classic), Don »
- Jonathan James
Full Moon has been steadily beefing up its streaming service, and if you haven't had a chance to check it out yet, this latest announcement should persuade you and then some. Read on for details, and get those smart TVs ready!
From the Press Release
Full Moon Features is proud to announce their most exciting acquisition yet – fifty of cinema’s most obscure and beloved classics from the Blue Underground label will debut on their new subscription-based video streaming service, FullMoonStreaming.com, home to the entire Full Moon Features library.
Blue Underground titles will include Venom (a beloved thriller about a killer snake starring Klaus Kinski, Susan George, and Oliver Reed), Mondo Cane (the award-winning documentary that launched the whole “Mondo” craze of the Sixties), Contamination (a gory Italian homage to Alien), Violent City (the Charles Bronson action classic), Don’T Torture A Duckling (horror/thriller from Italian godfather of »
- Uncle Creepy
There is even a Omegle, which is pretty much Chat Roulette, compilation that features the Owlman scaring the shit out of some young people.
At the end, you find out that this is a creature related to a film called Lord of Tears. Check out the trailer:
Apparently, Owlman is based on local mythology. The trailer definitely gives a classic horror vibe in the same tone as something like The Wicker Man. Anything that gives me those types of vibes is automatically on my radar.
Turns out the film started as a Kickstarter project last March and is now out on Region Free Blu-Ray or DVD. This is a true independent film and in that fashion, you won’t find this »
- Andy Triefenbach
19 items from 2014
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