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For this, a very special Halloween edition of Video Home Invasion, we're going to take a look at Severin Films lovely collection of rare and unsettling cult horror films. I love horror movies as much as the next guy, but many of these titles had me scratching my head. The Sinful Dwarf, while not strictly horror, is certainly horrifying. Crucible of Terror is a blip in horror history, but a landmark in the career of Mike Raven. Then there are the lesser known works of Lucio Fulci, a personal favorite. Many films that deserve to be viewed at least once, given perhaps more recognition and attention than they sometimes deserve by a company dedicated to bringing evil into your home.
Lucio Fulci is a master of horror who is, by far, best known for his sizable and reputable collection of zombie films. However, he did make other films as well, »
By Fred Burdsall
I know I said I was going to foam at the mouth about the Cinema God known as Roger Corman this month, but it’s my column and I changed my mind. We’ll talk Corman next month or two.
August 20-22 saw the 15th Monster-Mania Con take place at the Crowne Hotel in Cherry Hill, NJ. There are several around the Ne portion of the Us held under this name and in March and August they hit NJ and attract any number of sci-fi and horror fans all looking for that elusive big name autograph or, in my case, the not so big names. I love the chance to talk to the stars one on one, since the Huge names never afford you that opportunity because they are the main focus and draw the fullest lines. If you want to meet up with unnamed “victim number »
- Movies Unlimited
If you have Netflix and are a horror fan in need of something to watch this Labor Day weekend, one look at this gargantuan list I compiled of the new terror titles Netflix has added for instant streaming in just the first three days of this month should keep you busy until Labor Day next year. You'll find something for everyone, from older titles to recent releases, famous to obscure, classic to not-so-classic, monsters to maniacs - you name it.
For the record, I considered compiling this list in alphabetical order or by year of the film's release, but then I realized I had already spent well over an hour just sorting through the massive catalogue of titles Netflix has now made available for instant streaming and realized Labor Day would be over by the time I finished arranging this list in any kind of order. Ready? Here you go. »
Ibsen's social conscience play An Enemy of the People was transposed to Long Island by Peter Benchley as the group jeopardy novel Jaws, which became in 1975 one of the most successful movies of all time under the direction of Steven Spielberg. In 1978, working for Roger Corman's exploitation stable, Joe Dante's Piranha shifted the setting to a Texas resort and replaced the giant man-eating shark with shoals of lethal piranha, accidentally released from a long-forgotten research station after being developed for a CIA project to destroy the river systems of North Vietnam. In this latest remake from the palindromic French horror specialist, the scene is a lake in Arizona populated by bodacious babes and horny guys during the spring break, and the giant, prehistoric piranha are released from middle earth by a seismic tremor. The boobs and the blood are laid on with a gusto that might shock the 84-year-old Corman or, »
- Philip French
The summer may be nearly gone, but Horror Is Eternal!! Monster-Mania 15 is set to hit the tranquil town of Cherry Hill, New Jersey (just north of Haddonfield ... no lie) this Friday, August 20th, running through Sunday, August 22nd.
The summer massacre is the biggest date of the year for Monster-Mania, and this show in particular will Not disappoint! The lineup includes director John Carpenter headlining alongside a Boondock Saints reunion with Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus and David Della Rocco, a Pet Sematary reunion with Brad Greenquist, Denise Crosby, Dale Midkiff, Andrew Hubatsek and Miko Hughes And A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child reunion with Lisa Wilcox, Danny Hassel, Beatrice Boepple, Erika Anderson, Kelly Jo Minter and Joe Seely.
The story so far: Following the release of Jaws, legendary exploitation-movie producer Roger Corman hired fledgling director Joe Dante to direct a rip-off movie about small, killer fish. The result was 1978′s gore-drenched, but tongue-in-cheek Piranha, which cost less than $1m to make and grossed around $14m in the U.S. alone.
The huge success of the original Piranha came as a surprise to Roger Corman. “Piranha achieved astonishing results,” says the producer. “These low-budget exploitation films can very often get a big gross the first week, but then fall away. Piranha did not fall away. It held, two and three weeks, »
- Clark Collis
Do you enjoy complex plotting? Subtle subtexts? Movies in which scantily clad people don’t get bitten to pieces by fish? Then you should think twice—actually, make it thrice—before seeing Piranha 3D, which opens this Friday.
Directed by French horror auteur Alexandre Aja (Mirrors, 2006′s The Hills Have Eyes remake) the film’s cast features both an Academy Award winner in Richard Dreyfuss, who cameos as his Matt Hooper character from Jaws in all but name, and an Oscar nominee in Elisabeth Shue, who plays the movie’s sheriff-heroine. But this Arizona-shot tale of prehistoric piranhas feasting upon »
- Clark Collis
No new genre films hit theaters this weekend, but fear not: Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski once again rev up the time machine and take you five decades into the past for a look at one of the greatest horror films of all time, director Mario Bava's masterpiece of black-and-white Gothic horror, Black Sunday (a.k.a. The Mask of Satan, 1960), starring the Queen of Horror, Barbara Steele. It's all part of Cinefantastique's on-going celebration of 1960's science fiction, fantasy & horror films. Also on the menu: a weekly round-up of news, upcoming events, and home video releases. In This Episode: 1. News 2. Opening in Theaters 3. 50th Anniversary Discussion: of Black Sunday 4. New on Home Video 5. New at cfqmag.com Check out previous episodes of the Cfq Podcast v1n25 - Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore v1n24 - Eyes Without a Face v1n23 -. »
- Dan Persons
If anyone has known me for many years, they’ll know that I’m an avid Joe Dante lover. And who can deny that love? From Gremlins to Matinee, to The Howling and The ‘Burbs, nobody has done a better job in contemporary Hollywood genre films and also had a critical following as well. Shout Factory! Has just released his first breakthrough hit, a Roger Corman produced horror comedy that many have passed over as a Jaws ripoff. The film is Piranha.
It’s more than just a simple ripoff. Even Corman himself has said that they couldn’t just use another big sea fish, so instead he opted for the smaller and still deadly piranha. Plus the deaths could be more gruesome and in the year 1978 and the slasher boom about to hit, gratuitous gore was the in thing. But Piranha has something more than many of the ‘animals »
- James McCormick
If we could kiss, cuddle, and embrace Shout! Factory until we both weep, I think that we would. After reading the following news, we're fairly certain you'll want to join in on our video induced love fest.
From the Press Release
Just when you thought it was safe to take a dip in the water again…they’re baaaack! This summer rediscover two enduring Roger Corman underwater thrillers filled with unstoppable action and edge-of-your-seat suspense as Joe Dante’s Piranha and Humanoids from the Deep, directed by Barbara Peters, debut August 3, 2010 for the first time on Special Edition Blu-ray and DVD from Shout! Factory, in association with New Horizons Picture Corporation. These two definitive Special Edition home entertainment releases from Roger Corman’s Cult Classics are sure to cause a feeding frenzy among thrill seekers and loyal fans of Roger Corman and Joe Dante. Piranha Special Edition offers two highly »
- Uncle Creepy
Hey, "Dark Shadows" fans! Do we have some news for you! Your favorite toothy vampire, Barnabas Collins, is back with the man who gave him his bite, Jonathan Frid, once again steering the old terror ship!
From the Press Release:
Big Finish Productions is proud to announce that Jonathan Frid will be returning to the role of vampire Barnabas Collins for the very first time in The Night Whispers, an all-new Dark Shadows audio drama. As reluctant vampire Barnabas Collins, Jonathan Frid helped establish Dark Shadows as a pop culture phenomenon. Joining him for this special release is Emmy Award-winner John Karlen as Willie Loomis with legendary horror star Barbara Steele, who played Dr Julia Hoffman in the 1991 Dark Shadows remake on NBC.
- Uncle Creepy
Big Finish Productions announced that Jonathan Frid will be returning to the role of vampire Barnabas Collins for the very first time in The Night Whispers , an all-new Dark Shadows audio drama. Dark Shadows , the classic horror soap opera, originally aired from 1966-1971 on ABC-tv. A feature film remake, starring Johnny Depp, from director Tim Burton, is due to begin shooting before the end of 2010. As reluctant vampire Barnabas Collins, Jonathan Frid helped establish Dark Shadows as a pop culture phenomenon. Joining him for this special release is Emmy Award winner John Karlen as Willie Loomis, with legendary horror star Barbara Steele, who played Dr. Julia Hoffman in the 1991 Dark Shadows remake on NBC. Dark Shadows audio producer and writer Stuart Manning comments: »
You just can’t keep a good serial killer down, especially when he only exists in our imaginations. Freddy Krueger returns once again this Friday, April 30, but this time without Robert Englund. Jackie Earle Haley slips into the scar makeup and knife-fingered glove this time around, hoping to give new life to an old favorite. Haley has already proven himself is short time to be one of this generation’s great character actors, with a knack for the dark and creepy side of the craft. In light of the new Nightmare On Elm Street film, We Are Movie Geeks has compiled our Top Ten List of the Best Creepy Character Actors.
Honorable Mention: Rondo Hatton
Of all the actors on this list, none has had a more tragic personal story as Rondo Hatton. As a young man Hatton was diagnosed with a rare pituitary disorder known as acromegalia (the studios »
- Movie Geeks
Filmmaker Curtis Harrington: 1926-2007.
Our Friend Curtis Harrington
by Jon Zelazny
Curtis Harrington was born in Los Angeles in 1926. He made short films as a teenager, graduated from USC, and began his Hollywood career in the 1950’s. By the end of the decade, he was directing: independent films, studio pictures, made-for-tv movies, and episodic TV. He completed his last short film in 2002, and died in 2007 at the age of 80.
I knew Curtis well in his final years, as did writer-producer Dennis Bartok, the former head programmer of L.A.’s famed American Cinematheque.
Dennis Bartok: I think the most interesting aspect of Curtis’s career is that he was really the only filmmaker to successfully transition from the avant-garde scene of the late 1940’s to directing Hollywood feature films. And when you see how distinctive his movies are, you wish he could’ve made more… but when you »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
"So where are the virgins?!" asks Brad Dourif in the 2010 trailer for The Boneyard Collection , a tongue in cheek horror anthology that's been long in the making. Edward Plumb's film began production in 2003. Over the years, he has amassed a cast that includes the late Forrest J. Ackerman and other genre vets like Kevin McCarthy, Barbara Steele, Tippi Hedren, Ken Foree and George Kennedy. Also look for Shock pal Del Howison of Dark Delicacies! The film consists of four separate short films connected by host segments. The first one, Boogie with the Undead , has an all-girl rock band booked to play a gig in a town overrun by flesh-eating zombies. The Devil's Due at Midnight concerns a coven of beautiful witches who conjure up Brad Dourif as The Devil, and endures »
On Saturday Feb 21, 2010, author Maura McHugh, aka 'Splinister', wrote a blog post entitled 'SFX forgets women in horror', and the result has been nothing short of huge.
McHugh's article noted that out of 34 horror industry professionals interviewed for an important article in the U.K. SFX Magazine Issue # 192 about their favorite horror movies and books, not one was a woman. Of all their answers, she further points out, only one recommended the work of a woman...
SFX Magazine may not have immediately heeded one woman's intelligent argument that they either deliberately, or negligently, underrepresented women in the magazine, but the UK Guardian and feminist blog The F Word both picked up on it and made the discrepency a news topic that SFX editor Ian Berriman couldn't possibly ignore.
In addition to her blog post, McHugh wrote a direct letter to the editor expressing her disappointment at not seeing more women's »
Why do so many decent British actors slum it in effects movies? It may look like a sweet gig but there are hidden dangers, warns John Patterson
Paul Bettany is an actor worthy of our admiration and respect, given his work in Darwin, Gangster No 1, Master And Commander and others. But Legion – in which he's a rebel angel saving humanity from God's rage at a gas station in the Mojave Desert – is one of those movies where he's the best thing in it, and everything going on around him is nonsense. This drearily blood-soaked piece of drive-in ephemera, which lacks the courage of its B-movie convictions, and certainly doesn't deserve him, displays all the dread symptoms of the contemporary horror movie: noise, incoherence, effects that look dated by release day, and British actors pissing away their talent. Does Bettany really have to save Dennis Quaid, as he must in Legion? »
- John Patterson
You know what makes us happy? Reporting on a new film starring the still very much incredible Barbara Steele. It gets us especially happy when we report that joining Steele for the first time ever in a flick will be I Spit on Your Graves' Camille Keaton, P.J. Soles, Adrienne King, Heather Langenkamp, and Erica Leerhsen. We're talking four generations of scream queens here, folks! Does it get any better?
Below you'll find the first four stills and the plot crunch for Jonathan Zarantonello's new film The Butterfly Room, which also stars Ray Wise, Joe Dante (yes, that Joe Dante), and the great James Karen. How's that for a cast?!?!? Look for more on this one really soon!
Alice is an eleven-year-old girl who entices women in their sixties; by trickeries she makes friend with them, until becoming the cure for their “empty nest syndrome”. And once she »
- Uncle Creepy
Paolo Zelati has alerted us to a new horror film directed by Jonathan Zarantonello called The Butterfly Room , on which Zelati is shooting the behind-the-scenes footage. The film stars, check this out, genre vets Barbara Steele, Heather Langenkamp, Ray Wise, Erica Leerhsen, Adrienne King, Pj Soles and director Joe Dante. Shooting took place in Los Angeles. Below you'll find a full synopsis and a pair of pics from the production. Alice is an eleven year old girl who entices women in their sixties: by trickeries she makes friend with them, till becoming the cure for their "empty nest syndrome." And once she's become part of their lives, once they can't live without her, she benefits by asking for tips, that gradually become actual fees. A small price to pay to »
‘Dark Shadows’, the gothic daytime drama that premiered on the ABC Television network in 1966, was distinguished from other soap operas by it’s presence of vampires, werewolves, witches, and ghosts. The show was a cult phenomenon and there were soon ‘Dark Shadows’ board games, jigsaw puzzles, model kits, and other merchandise aimed at kids, even though it was adult women and college students who comprised it’s core audience. The breakout star of ‘Dark Shadows’ was Canadian actor Jonathan Frid who played Barnabas Collins, the 200-year-old vampire and heir to the Collingswood estate (where the show took place) constantly in search of fresh blood and pining for his lost love, Josette. In 1970 Dan Curtis, the show’s creator and producer, teamed up with MGM to make a theatrical feature spun from the show, and the result was House Of Dark Shadows. It was a huge success, spawning a sequel, Night Of Dark Shadows, »
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