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Singapore Festival: Three Questions With Yuni Hadi

Yuni Hadi, the Sgiff’s executive director, explains what hot at this year’s festival. And why.

Variety: What’s new at the festival in 2017?

Yuni Hadi: The introduction of the Southeast Asian Producer’s Network is a natural extension of the Southeast Asian Film Lab. We have the closed-door session where it’s a full day session discussing the success and challenges of a project, analyzing numbers and ultimately, having working producers share information that can used to achieve wider distribution for Southeast Asian independent films. For our first year we have guest speakers who are commissioners of cable and Internet platforms like Astro, Catchplay and HBO Asia.

We also have Midnight Mayhem which is the new branding of our late-night films which started to have a real following- with the filmmakers of “Salvage: Malay Wild” and “Mayhem” in Singapore to bring different perspectives of genre films

Variety: What is new and noteworthy in the past
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Artists Selling Incredible Night of the Demons Posters at Upcoming New Jersey Horror Con

A staple of every horror fan’s Halloween viewing should be Kevin Tenney’s cult classic Night of the Demons, (we’d also Highly recommend Brian Trenchard-Smith’s sequel, Night of the Demons 2) and for good reason… it’s goddamned good spooky fun! The… Continue Reading →

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Watch Nasa Short Film Entry Children Of The Cosmos From O Diabo Mora Aqui Group

Dante Vescio and Rodrigo Gasparini, the directing duo behind Brazilian horror flick O Diabo Mora Aqui and other short films, took a time out from horror to direct a short science fiction film and enter it into Nasa's CineSpace short film competition.    Together with their regular writer Rafael Baliú they made Children of the Cosmos. The short reflects on the wonders of the Universe and the cosmos, with a surprise ending. You just have to watch for yourself.   The Cosmos. Mankind. The meaning of Life. Come play with us.  Ozploitation legend Brian Trenchard-Smith praised the duo and their short film via his Facebook yesterday which sent the lads over the moon. Winners of this year's CineSpace competition will be announced this Fall.   ...

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"The Sinbad Trilogy"- 6 Disc Blu-ray/DVD Limited Edition Set From Indicator

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A Mixed Bag In A Big Box

By Darren Allison

‘I was there; I was in that picture, fighting the Cyclops on the beach, running from the dragon! I was enthralled. It's one of my strongest childhood memories.’ It’s very hard to argue with director John Landis’s vivid account of his earliest memories and the fantasy films of Ray Harryhausen and producer Charles H. Schneer. They seemed to touch us all in an indelible manner and took us into a fantasy realm far beyond our imagination. Indicator has (for the first time in the UK) combined the three Sinbad adventures in one very handsomely produced package. It’s a magical box that has very little trouble in sending us on a journey, and back to a place called innocence…

The Seventh voyage of Sinbad (1958) was something of a revelation back in its day. Ray Harryhausen’s pioneering stop-motion
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The Siege Of Firebase Gloria

Director Brian Trenchard-Smith’s brash melodrama about the Tet Offensive underscores the action with a thoughtful subtext about the futility of war. Starring Wings Hauser and Full Metal Jacket’s foul-mouthed gunnery sergeant R. Lee Ermey, the 1989 film was written by Ermey as well. Gritty and action-packed, the film has acquired quite the cult following among war-movie aficionados.
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Exclusive Interview: Director Sanjeev Sirpal and composer Bryce Jacobs discuss their collaboration on Random Tropical Paradise

As La La Land reminded us this year, every movie needs to have a good score or theme. Without it, a movie just doesn’t feel complete. Prime examples being Rocky without Bill Conti’s motivating ‘Gonna Fly Now’ theme or Hans Zimmer’s whole Inception score for that matter. They would just be completely different films. Continuing the conversation of importance a score has on a film in today’s market, we decided to speak with writer/director Sanjeev Sirpal and composer Bryce Jacobs and discuss their collaboration on the upcoming film, Random Tropical Paradise which is being released in theaters & VOD June 9th and stars Bryan Greenberg (The Mindy Project), Brooks Wheelan (Saturday Night Live), Spencer Grammer, Jessica Lowe and Joe Pantoliano. Read the full interview below…


You wrote and directed Random Tropical Paradise, How did you initially come up with the idea for the film? Was
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Electric Boogaloo, the wild untold story of Cannon Films

Director and documentarian Mark Hartley scores both a film history and comedy success with this ‘wild, untold’ account of the 1980s film studio that was both revered and despised by everyone who had contact with it. The ‘cast list’ of interviewees is encyclopedic, everybody has a strong opinion, and some of them don’t need four-letter words to describe their experience!

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films

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Umbrella Entertainment (Au, all-region

2014 / Color / 1:77 widescreen / 106 min. / Street Date April 4, 2017 / Available from Umbrella Entertainment / 34.99

Starring: Menahem Golan, Yoram Globus, Al Ruban, Alain Jakubowicz, Albert Pyun, Alex Winter, Allen DeBevoise, Avi Lerner, Barbet Schroeder, Bo Derek, Boaz Davidson, Cassandra Peterson, Catherine Mary Stewart, Charles Matthau, Christopher C. Dewey, Christopher Pearce, Cynthia Hargrave, Dan Wolman, Daniel Loewenthal, David Del Valle, David Paulsen, David Sheehan, David Womark, Diane Franklin, Dolph Lundgren, Edward R. Pressman,
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This spectacular documentary follows a Norwegian sailing ship on its voyage from Oslo to the east coast of the Us and back. It was produced in Cinemiracle, a curved-screen process similar to Cinerama which was retired after this initial outing and bought out by Cinerama. Brian Trenchard-Smith explains the differences between the presentations and why many thought Cinemiracle an improvement over Cinerama.
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Dead End Drive-In

Director Brian Trenchard-Smith takes the notion of the drive-in theater as a haven for nostalgic escapism and turns it on its head, imagining the park as a concentration camp for the dregs of society. A dystopian future fantasy that combines elements of The Wild Angels, Road Warrior and Wild in the Streets, Trenchard-Smith’s ode to the glory days of Aip wears its Australian roots proudly on its sleeve (appropriately, Roger Corman’s New World Pictures distributed the film in the U.S.).
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Daily Dead’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide & Giveaways: Day 9 – Horror Lego Figures, Arrow Video, Last Shirt on the Left, Monster High & More!

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Welcome back for Day 9 of Daily Dead’s fourth annual Holiday Gift Guide, readers! Once again, our goal is to help you navigate through the horrors of the 2016 shopping season with our tips on unique gift ideas, and we’ll hopefully help you save a few bucks over the next few weeks, too. For today’s gift guide, we’re showcasing several of the amazing Arrow Video releases of 2016, and we're also featuring the work of IBTrav Illustration & Design, the Mondo soundtrack release for Deathgasm, more enamel pins, a book celebrating Marvel’s Doctor Strange, Horror LEGOs, recent Monster High releases, and so much more!

This year’s Holiday Gift Guide is sponsored by several amazing companies, including Mondo, Anchor Bay Entertainment, DC Entertainment, and Magnolia Home Entertainment, who have all donated an assortment of goodies to help get you into the spirit of the season. Daily Dead also recently
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Blu-ray Review: Dead End Drive-in, Punks, Classic Cars and Explosions From Brian Trenchard-Smith

Director Brian Trenchard-Smith is a giant among men when it comes to exploitation cinema. The director, a British transplant to the Land of Oz, is responsible for some of the most incredible examples of Ozploitation that the island has to offer.  Among his contributions to cinematic ignominy are the insanely over-the-top post-apocalyptic action bacchanal Turkey Shoot, the extremely vivid BMXploitation king BMX Bandits (starring a very young Nicole Kidman), and the crazy combination of rock 'n roll and death-defying stunts, Stunt Rock. However, the film that is perhaps my favorite Brian Trenchard-Smith (Bts) project is the punks-gone-wild bonanza, Dead End Drive-In. In the film, naturally set after the world's economy has collapsed and Australia has turned to martial law, society's undesirables are lured to the...

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Neon Soaked & New Wave, Dead End Drive-in is Also Oddly Prescient [Review]

The good folks at Arrow Video are releasing a new Blu-ray of Brian Trenchard-Smith's Ozploitation flick, Dead End Drive-in, this week so I gave the new disc a spin. While I wasn't surprise to find I was bowled over by the film's gorgeous new 2K remaster, I was shocked at how culturally savvy the film is and how prescient it feels in the current political climate.

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September 20th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Beware! The Blob, Labyrinth 30th Anniversary Edition

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The third week of September has a lot of fantastic horror and sci-fi home entertainment offerings coming our way, including an incredible pair of Criterion Blu-ray releases—Cat People (1942) and Blood Simple—as well as the 30th Anniversary Edition of Labyrinth and the Special Edition of Brian Trenchard-Smith’s Dead End Drive-In. Other notable titles being released on September 20th include the horror doc The Blackout Experiments (which premiered earlier this year at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival), Sacrifice, The Rift (1990), Beware! The Blob, and a Blu-ray set featuring all kinds of Twin Peaks goodness.

Beware! The Blob (Kino Lorber, Blu-ray & DVD)

Newly Re-mastered in HD! The Blob returns... more outrageous than ever in this 1972 sequel to the popular sci-fi classic! Plenty of familiar faces, including Robert Walker Jr. (Ensign Pulver), Larry Hagman (Dallas), Sid Haig (Busting), Burgess Meredith (Rocky), Dick Van Patten (Eight is Enough), Godfrey Cambridge
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[DVD Review] ‘Body Melt’ is a Satirical Slapstick Splatter Fest!

[DVD Review] ‘Body Melt’ is a Satirical Slapstick Splatter Fest!
When it comes to Australian genre films, or Ozploitation as they’re so often referred, I’m very much a novice. Yeah, I’ve seen all the Mad Max films and I’m a huge fan of Brian Trenchard-Smith (read my reviews of Turkey Shoot and The Siege of Firebase Gloria) but basically that’s where my knowledge ends. Fortunately Umbrella Entertainment […]
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Turkey Shoot (1982)

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Dystopia! What a place to be. Well, except when people are mulched to feed an over populated society (Soylent Green) or killed at the age of 30 to control it (Logan’s Run); and in the case of Turkey Shoot (1982), hunted for sport by society’s elite. Come to think of it, Dystopia is kind of a bummer.

Released in its native Australia in October, Turkey Shoot wouldn’t see the light of day in the U.S. until September of ’83 under the title Escape 2000. Both titles work; the former playing into the more lurid elements, while the latter highlights the cut rate sci-fi angle. And it’s the swirling combination of the two that gives this sucker its punch. Turkey Shoot is A class exploitation with a down under smile.

Travel with me to the near future of 1995. (The “near future”, in filmmaking terms, means the viewer is treated
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Brian Trenchard Smith Fans Rejoice – ‘The Man from Hong Kong’ is Coming to Blu-ray!

Brian Trenchard Smith Fans Rejoice – ‘The Man from Hong Kong’ is Coming to Blu-ray!
I’ve written about Brian Trenchard-Smith a number of times here on Bloody Disgusting. The BMX Bandits director is undoubtedly one of my favorites and one of the most underrated directors around. Slowly but surely I think more folks have started realizing just how talented Bts is. Last year two of his films, Turkey Shoot and The Seige of Firebase Gloria, made the […]
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Turkey Shoot

Brian Trenchard-Smith’s 1982 actioner is an exploitation riff on 1932’s The Most Dangerous Game featuring a cast made in mondo heaven including Steve Railsback, Olivia Hussey and Michael Craig (Harryhausen’s Mysterious Island). Brian’s claims for the film as a satire can be borne out by its British release title, Blood Camp Thatcher, a back-handed salute to the steely Prime Minister.
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Fantaspoa 2016 Interview: Brian Trenchard-Smith On Turkey Shoot And Dead End Drive-in

Fantaspoa’s tradition of paying homage to living legends of genre cinema, such as Lloyd Kaufman, Richard Stanley and Fabio Frizzi, continues in 2016 with a mini retrospective dedicated to fearless filmmaker Brian Trenchard-Smith, key figure of the so-called Ozploitation subgenre. In part thanks to the likes of Mark Hartley, director of the Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! documentary, and Quentin Tarantino, who dedicated a Kill Bill screening in Australia to Trenchard-Smith, new generations are learning about the importance of this crazy wave of Australian cinema, which even had a representative this year at the Academy Awards in the form of George Miller and his brilliant Mad Max: Fury Road. In conversation with Trenchard-Smith, this is what he had to say about...

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Revolt of the Slaves

Let's give a cheer for the lowly sword 'n' sandal epic. This persecution and torture spectacle also takes in the martyrdom of Saint Sebastian. The impressively mounted Italian-Spanish production stars Rhonda Fleming, Fernando Rey, Wandisa Guida, and as the slimy villain, none other than Serge Gainsbourg. Revolt of the Slaves MGM Limited Edition Collection 1960 / Color / 2:35 enhanced widescreen (Totalscope) / 103 min. / La rivolta degli schiavi / Street Date February 16, 2016 / available through Screen Archives Entertainment / 19.98 Starring Rhonda Fleming, Lang Jeffries, Darío Moreno, Ettore Manni, Wandisa Guida, Gino Cervi, Fernando Rey, Serge Gainsbourg, José Nieto, Benno Hoffmann, Rainer Penkert, Antonio Casas, Vanoye Aikens, Dolores Francine, Burt Nelson, Julio Peña . Cinematography Cecilio Paniagua Film Editor Eraldo Da Roma Original Music Angelo Francesco Lavagnino Written by Stefano Strucchi, Duccio Tessari, Daniel Mainwearing from the novel 'Fabiola' by Nicholas Patrick Wiseman Produced by Paolo Moffa Directed by Nunzio Malasomma

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

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The Man from Hong Kong rewatched – chopsocky fun at a cracking pace

During the filming of Australia’s first martial arts movie, director Brian Trenchard-Smith set himself on fire to prove a point. Starring Jimmy Wang Yu and George Lazenby, the Man from Hong Kong holds up well

The song jazzing up the opening credits of the director Brian Trenchard-Smith’s highly energetic 1975 action movie The Man from Hong Kong is British pop group Jigsaw’s disco tune Sky High. The chorus crescendos with the words “you’ve blown it all sky high,” which might as well be an anthem for the film-maker’s colourful career – forged in the fire of SFX-laden genre pics of the ’70s and ’80s, including Turkey Shoot, Dead End Drive-In and Stunt Rock.

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