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‘Lavalantula’ DVD Review

5 May 2017 4:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Steve Guttenberg, Nia Peeples, Patrick Renna, Carlos Bernard, Michael Winslow, Marion Ramsey, Leslie Easterbrook, Ralph Garman, Danny Woodburn, Noah Hunt, Diana Hopper | Written by Neil Elman, Mike Mendez, Ashley O’Neil | Directed by Mike Mendez

Back in 2012 I reviewed a Syfy channel monster movie called Arachnoquake, which saw an earthquake in New Orleans unleash fire-breathing giant spiders. Flash forward to today and we have a Syfy channel monster movie called Lavalantula which… features giant fire-breathing spiders unleashed by an earthquake And erupting volcano in Los Angeles! Retreading old ground? Technically yes. But given that this is a movie by Mike Mendez, there’s guaranteed to be some air of originality about it.

As the cover art states, Lavalantula is something of a Police Academy reunion. Not only does the film star Steve Guttenberg, but also featuress Michael Winslow, Marion Ramsay and Leslie Easterbrook – who buys the farm in truly spectacular fashion, »

- Phil Wheat

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10 Memorable Gong Show Clips to Celebrate Chuck Barris

23 March 2017 11:08 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Chuck Barris, one of the most influential figures in American television history, died Tuesday at the age of 87.

Harris, whose career involved songwriting, working in ABC’s standards and practices department and — according to him — working for the CIA, was the creator of The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game, both hugely important watersheds in the annals of television history.

Barris would then go on to create and host The Gong Show, which is best remembered for being one of the first barrels of unadulterated insanity to air on network television. Basically a variety competition “talent” show, Gong Show was »

- Alex Heigl

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Chuck Barris, 'Gong Show' and 'Dating Game' Creator, Dead at 87

22 March 2017 7:44 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Chuck Barris, the quirky host of the controversial and absurd Seventies series The Gong Show and creator of hit game shows like The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game, died Tuesday. He was 87.

Barris died of natural causes at his home in Palisades, New York, his longtime publicist told The Associated Press.

Dubbed the "King of Schlock," Barris' long career in show business began behind the scenes, first on programs like American Bandstand and then as a songwriter thanks to Freddy Cannon's "Palisades Park." The song peaked at Number »

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January 3rd Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Blair Witch, 2 Lava 2 Lantula

2 January 2017 3:12 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Well, 2017 is off to a quiet start, at least on the home entertainment side of things, as horror and sci-fi lovers out there only have eight Blu-ray and DVD titles to look forward to this week. Lionsgate is releasing Adam Wingard’s Blair Witch on multiple formats this Tuesday, and for those of you who enjoy monster movies (and Steve Guttenberg), Anchor Bay is unleashing 2 Lava 2 Lantula on DVD, too.

Other releases for January 3rd include The Girl, The Shelter, Zombie Massacre 2, American Beast, Fire Twister, and Ouija 3 (which has nothing to do with the hugely popular film series from Universal Studios and Blumhouse).

2 Lava 2 Lantula (Anchor Bay Entertainment, DVD)

Steve Guttenberg is back as arrogant action star Colton West, slayer of lava-spewing spiders and savior of Los Angeles. But when Colton's stepdaughter is trapped in Miami by a bigger, meaner wave of lavalantulas, Colton heads to Spring Break with »

- Heather Wixson

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