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Trailer Trashin’: San Diego Comic-Con Movie Trailer Roundup

5 August 2016 4:04 PM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

Hello again, dear readers. This week sees the release of Suicide Squad, the latest DC Comics film adaptation. In the meantime, the latest Trailer Trashin’ is my quick take on some of the major movie trailers to come out of the recent San Diego Comic-Con.

  Doctor Strange

Premise: After Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), the world’s top neurosurgeon, is injured in a car accident that ruins his career, he sets out on a journey of healing, where he encounters the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), who becomes Strange’s mentor in the mystic arts.

My take: After the huge superhero brawl of Captain America: Civil War earlier this summer, the next film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe takes things in a very different direction. This is an exposition-heavy trailer, laying out the basics of who Doctor Strange is and the nature of his powers to help general audiences get on-board with »

- Timothy Monforton

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[Giallo July] What is Giallo and As A Horror Fan, Why Should I Care?

8 July 2016 9:33 AM, PDT | Destroy the Brain | See recent Destroy the Brain news »

For the month of July, contributing writers of will be watching, reviewing and commenting on giallo cinema. We will be covering the sub-genre from a beginner’s angle and on the assumption that the majority of our readers are not aware of this giallo. Later on in the month, we will be getting into recent films that celebrate the idea of gialli cinema. Thanks for reading!

How Does One Get Into Giallo Cinema?

When I was mass exploring the VHS & DVD territories of horror cinema in the 90’s and into the mid-2000’s, most of my film discoveries were American horror films. Yes, there were some films, as I would later come to find, that were imports from Italy but when I watched those, I just figured there was bad dubbing and didn’t take into play that they were re-edited foreign films. In the early 2000’s, I »

- Andy Triefenbach

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June 28th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Return Of The Killer Tomatoes

27 June 2016 5:37 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

June is ending on a quiet note for horror and sci-fi home entertainment releases, as we only have six titles coming our way on June 28th.

Blue Underground has shown some love to two cult classics with their Blu-ray double feature of Circus of Fear and Five Golden Dragons, and Arrow Video is resurrecting another cult classic (albeit one that is a bit more recent) with their Return of the Killer Tomatoes Special Edition Blu-ray.

Other notable titles being released this Tuesday include Alien Strain, Shark Exorcist, Forgotten Tales, and Hotel Inferno.

Alien Strain (Mti Home Video, DVD)

After his girlfriend vanishes without a trace on a camping trip, he quickly goes from witness to suspect. Now, a year later, she returns to the very spot from which she was taken, but not like she was before.

Circus of Fear/Five Golden Dragons Double Feature (Blue Underground, Blu-ray)

Circus Of Fear »

- Heather Wixson

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Nicolas Winding Refn to produce remake of What Have You Done to Solange?

29 May 2016 5:10 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Nicolas Winding Refn has already added two remakes to his upcoming slate this month in Maniac Cop and The Witchfinder General, and now we have a third, with Deadline reporting that the Danish filmmaker is set to produce a new version of Massimo Dallamano’s 1972 giallo What Have You Done to Solange?.

The Los Angeles-set remake will team Refn with Fulvio Lucisano, who produced the original film and has released all of Refn’s films in Italy. The duo reportedly decided to move forward with the project after Refn presented a restored cut of Lucisano’s Planet of the Vampires in Cannes last week.

“[The remake is part of a] continuing renewal of genre movies, and bringing them to a new audience,” said Refn. “I’ve really cherry-picked films that I think have a strong potential to be reinvented and also something that is artistically out there.”

What Have you Done to Solange? is loosely based »

- Gary Collinson

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Refn To Produce Giallo Remake "Solange"

23 May 2016 11:03 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"Drive" director Nicolas Winding Refn has added a third remake of a classic horror film to his upcoming filmmaking plans and, like those films, he's set to only produce rather than direct for his Space Rocket banner.

This third one, which follows on from the long announced "Maniac Cop" remake and the recently announced "Witchfinder General" remake, will be a new version of Massimo Dallamano's 1972 giallo film "What Have You Done To Solange?".

Loosely based on the Edgar Wallace mystery novel, the story is set at an all-girls school where a killer is on the loose. A gym teacher, who has been sleeping with one of his students, becomes a suspect and sets out to find the real killer.

Fulvio Lucisano, who produced the original and has released all of Refn's films in Italy, will produce. Refn presented a restoration of Lucisano's "Planet Of The Vampires" at Cannes last week. »

- Garth Franklin

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Refn Completes Horror Remake Trilogy With Giallo Film What Have You Done To Solange?

23 May 2016 9:31 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

With the confirmation of Maniac Cop moving forward and the addition of Witchfinder General Danish filmmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn has added the final piece to a trio of horror film remakes.   Deadline reports that Refn has added the 1972 Giallo flick What Have You Done To Solange? to his production slate and will set the tale in Los Angeles.    He will work with Solange's original producer Fulvio Lucisano who also released all of Refn's films in Italy. Lucisano also produced the 1965 film Planet of the Vampires which Refn screened a restoration of at Cannes this year. Much like Refn working with his UK distributor Rupert Preston on Witchfinder Refn is recognizing Lucisano's loyalty throughout his career. Loosely based on the Edgar Wallace...

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Examining Hollywood Remakes: King Kong

16 May 2016 8:35 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Our series continues with a special installment that compares not just one but Two remakes to a classic original. This week, Cinelinx goes ape and looks at all three versions of King Kong.


King Kong was created in 1933 by Universal Pictures and was the prototype for the Kaiju genre, years before Godzilla ever stomped on Tokyo. The image of Kong atop the Empire State Building is one of the most iconic images in the history of film and pop culture. The first film led to a sequel (the Son of Kong), an animated series, lots of rip-offs (Mighty Joe Young, Konga, A*P*E, the Mighty Peking Man) and years later inspired a pair of remakes (Not counting the campy Kaiju films King Kong vs. Godzilla and King Kong Escapes.) After all these years, Kong remains one of the greatest giant movie monsters of all time. Let’s take a »

- (Rob Young)

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Bluray Review: What Have You Done To Solange?

25 March 2016 3:23 PM, PDT | | See recent Icons of Fright news »

As the then brand-new format of the Digital Versatile Disc began making it presence quite apparent in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, hundreds upon hundreds of horror films that had either been forgotten or banished into obscurity suddenly began to resurface and slowly obtain a devoted audience. Everything from lesser-known slashers and overlooked art-house fare to catalogs full of lushly photographed pieces all coming out of the seventies and eighties  were either finding their first ever releases on the format or being re-released in limited special editions.  Distributors like early forerunners Anchor Bay were taking it upon themselves to locate and dig out these movies, give them glorious restorations and special features and release them to the buying public, delighting horror connoisseurs across the world. What resulted was an overwhelmingly renewed interest in and unexpected demands for films of that era, in particular the giallo that all began in »

- Leonel VHS

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Round-Up: Holliston Graphic Novel, Shudder’s Guest Curator, Circus Of Fear Blu-ray, Viktorville, Shark Exorcist

18 March 2016 8:03 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Holliston: Friendship is Tragic, the graphic novel based on the Holliston TV series from Adam Green (Frozen), features characters from the show and will be released in October. Also: Alexandre Aja’s curator collection on Shudder, Circus of Fear and Five Golden Dragons double feature Blu-ray details, a Viktorville poster, and a Shark Exorcist trailer.

Holliston: Press Release: “Source Point Press has announced they are currently in production on a graphic novel titled “Holliston: Friendship is Tragic”, based on the horror sit-com Holliston tv series created by filmmaker Adam Green. This announcement coincides with Source Point’s debut publisher booth at C2E2 in Chicago, and to celebrate the announcement the first promotional image for the comic will be available as a C2E2 exclusive art print limited to only 50 copies. Writer Greg Wright, artist Stephen Sharar, Editor Travis McIntire, and colorist and letterer Joshua Werner will »

- Tamika Jones

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