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Drive-In Dust Offs: The Manster (1959)

  • DailyDead
I love wordplay, and portmanteaus are my favourite. Come on over and I’ll tell you about The Manster (1959), part man, part monster, all good B movie madness. Two-headed Americans abroad in Japan is a very specific sub-genre, and underappreciated at that.

Originally released in Japan in July but not released stateside until March of ’62, United Artist Japan’s production was filmed there, and they spared every expense by using the same cardboard sets, flimsy, sparse labs and restaged hotel rooms as their American counterparts. (Papier mache volcano included.) But the mix of Japanese, British, and American actors gives The Manster (Aka The Split) a distinct flavor beyond the two pronged noggin. Oh, and the eyeball in the shoulder. Have I mentioned the caged sister with the melting face?

Our film opens on that mountainside by that gurgling volcano at the secret lab of Dr. Robert Suzuki (Tetsu NakamuraThe Last Dinosaur
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How Horror Movies Conjure Nightmares out of Human Sexuality

  • Collider.com
Violence and sex have always gone hand in hand, for as long as horror has existed. As the narrator explains in the 1965 film Faster Pussycat, Kill Kill!, “While violence cloaks itself in a plethora of disguises, its favorite mantle still remains…sex”. From the moment Bela Lugosi seduced his first maiden in the 1931 Universal monster movie Dracula, penetrating her flesh and sinking his fangs into her supple skin; since Lon Chaney Jr. unleashed the beast within in 1941’s The Wolf Man, falling in love with a girl while simultaneously hunting down prey at night; all the way …
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Blu-ray Review – The Howling (1981)

The Howling, 1981.

Directed by Joe Dante.

Starring Dee Wallace, Christopher Stone, Patrick Macnee, Robert Picardo, Dick Miller, John Carradine, Elisabeth Brooks, Dennis Dugan, Belinda Belaski, and Kevin McCarthy.

Synopsis:

A female reporter is attacked by a notorious murderer so to get over her trauma she is sent to The Colony for relaxation. And then her problems really begin…

After meeting up with notorious killer Eddie ‘The Mangler’ Quist (Robert PicardoStar Trek: Voyager) in a dark porno theatre as part of a police sting, television reporter Karen White (Dee WallaceE.T./The Lords of Salem) starts to experience strange visions, resulting in her distancing herself from husband Bill Neill (Christopher StoneCujo) and being unable to do her job. On the advice of her doctor George Waggner (Patrick MacneeA View to a Kill), Karen and Bill are sent to The Colony, Waggner’s coastal retreat where Karen is advised
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Crypt of Curiosities: Ho Meng Hua’s Black Magic Duology

  • DailyDead
What do you think of when you read the words “black magic”? Covens of witches? Cackling necromancers? Card games? Or maybe, you think of gross Asian horror. For over forty years, the black magic sub-genre has dominated all sorts of weird cinema discussions, encompassing a myriad of films from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Indonesia focused on hexes, curses, and witchcraft. Since there are tons of these films out there, it can be daunting to find where to jump in, but for my money, there’s no better place to start than at the beginning, with Ho Meng Hua’s genre-defining duology, Black Magic.

Ho Meng Hua was, without a doubt, one of the oddest directors working for the fabled Shaw Brothers studio. In the 1960s, he made a quadrilogy of fantastical films based on the legendary Journey to the West, and when the ’70s rolled around, he jumped right on
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Duel in the Sun

David O. Selznick’s absurdly over-cooked western epic is a great picture, even if much of it induces a kind of hypnotic, mouth-hanging-open disbelief. Is this monument to the sex appeal of Jennifer Jones, Kitsch in terrible taste, or have Selznick and his army of Hollywood talents found a new level of hyped melodramatic harmony? It certainly has the star-power, beginning with Gregory Peck as a cowboy rapist who learned his bedside manners from Popeye’s Bluto. It’s all hugely enjoyable.

Duel in the Sun

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Kl Studio Classics

1946 / Color / 1:37 flat Academy / 144 min. / Special Edition / Street Date August 15, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring Jennifer Jones, Gregory Peck, Joseph Cotten, Lionel Barrymore, Lillian Gish, Walter Huston, Butterfly McQueen, Charles Bickford, Tilly Losch.

Cinematography Lee Garmes, Ray Rennahan and Harold Rosson

Production Designer J. McMillan Johnson

Film Editor Hal C. Kern, John Saure and William H. Ziegler

Original Music Dimitri Tiomkin

Written by Niven Busch,
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How to Save the Dark Universe

Harrison Abbott on how Universal can save the Dark Universe

Whilst its international take is admittedly surpassing its domestic performance by quite some way, it is still reasonable to suggest that The Mummy hasn’t been the mega-hit that Universal were hoping for. Weighed down by astonishingly clunky exposition, countless instances of tonal whiplash and a certain high profile ego to contend with (not to mention that embarrassing PR blunder with the trailer audio), the film has been the deserving subject of bad word of mouth and a relentless onslaught of critical maulings. Suffice it to say, it has been something of a rocky journey for the first instalment in the fledgling ”Dark Universe”.

In case you need catching up to speed, this Dark Universe is essentially the latest attempt to revive all of Universal’s classic movie monsters. Many efforts have been made in the past to reboot these characters,
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‘The Mummy’ Review Round-Up: Some Fun to Be Had, But It’s a Derivative, Messy Adventure

  • Slash Film
‘The Mummy’ Review Round-Up: Some Fun to Be Had, But It’s a Derivative, Messy Adventure
Last night brought the first round of press screenings for The Mummy, the first film in Universal’s ambitious Dark Universe franchise that will see remakes of classic monster movies from the studio’s history, including The Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Wolf Man, The Invisible Man, Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, as well as recently announced […]

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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Universal’s Classic Monsters

  • TheMovieBit
The Mummy hits our screens this week, and with it the beginning of Universal’s Dark Universe, a new, ambitious shared universe which brings together all their classic monsters under the same banner. We’re talking Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, even The Creature from the Black Lagoon all getting re-imagined for a new generation. Running from the 1930’s to the 1950’s, the studio's iconic creations have endured until today, but some facts have been lost to history. So, here’s five things you didn’t about Universal’s classic monsters. 1. The name of The Mummy’s titular bandage enthusiast, Imhotep, was the name of an actual ancient Egyptian. However, the real Imhotep was the architect who designed the Pyramids, and instead of dying in disgrace, he was the only Egyptian, other than the pharaohs, to be made a god after his death. 2. Even though the movie is named after her,
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Spider Baby (1967)

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Never mind the holidays; dealing with family can be stressful any time of year. Birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, or just a mandatory visit to a forgotten aunt you haven’t seen in 15 years can all hold their share of tension and misery. But at least be thankful you’re not part of the Merrye clan, the family at the center of Jack Hill’s Spider Baby (1967), a quirky yet clever examination of the prototypical horror tribe that influenced the likes of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) and The Hills Have Eyes (1977).

Filmed in 1964 but not given a limited release by American General Pictures until late ’67, it languished in general obscurity until a video restoration in the mid ‘90s shone a light on its peculiar charms. Filmed in 12 days on a budget of $55,000, Spider Baby, or The Maddest Story Ever Told (full title) is like watching The Addams Family shake the family tree and having incest,
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Dark Universe Still Wants The Rock as the Wolfman

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Dark Universe Still Wants The Rock as the Wolfman
Last June, a rumor surfaced that Universal Pictures was courting action superstar Dwayne Johnson to portray The Wolf Man in their growing monster reboot universe, which the studio revealed last week will be called Dark Universe. Between then and now, Universal hasn't provided any updates whatsoever regarding their Wolf Man project, but a new report claims that rumors about Dwayne Johnson starring as The Wolf Man are still prevalent, although nothing is set in stone quite yet. The studio's Dark Universe is set to launch next week with The Mummy, so it's possible that the studio could unveil more details about this universe soon.

The Hollywood Reporter has an extensive report on the future of this Dark Universe franchise, where they mention the Dwayne Johnson rumors, although no further information is given. As of now, The Wolf Man reboot doesn't have a release date or a director quite yet, and
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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of The Mummy, Starring Tom Cruise, In St. Louis

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On June 9, The Mummy will be awoken.

Tom Cruise headlines a spectacular, all-new cinematic version of the legend that has fascinated cultures all over the world since the dawn of civilization: The Mummy.

Thought safely entombed in a tomb deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.

From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.

Cruise is joined by a cast including Annabelle Wallis (King Arthur, television’s Peaky Blinders), Jake Johnson (Jurassic World), Courtney B. Vance
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TCM goes to war on Memorial Day: But thorny issues mostly avoided

Submarine movie evening: Underwater war waged in TCM's Memorial Day films In the U.S., Turner Classic Movies has gone all red, white, and blue this 2017 Memorial Day weekend, presenting a few dozen Hollywood movies set during some of the numerous wars in which the U.S. has been involved around the globe during the last century or so. On Memorial Day proper, TCM is offering a submarine movie evening. More on that further below. But first it's good to remember that although war has, to put it mildly, serious consequences for all involved, it can be particularly brutal on civilians – whether male or female; young or old; saintly or devilish; no matter the nationality, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or any other label used in order to, figuratively or literally, split apart human beings. Just this past Sunday, the Pentagon chief announced that civilian deaths should be anticipated as “a
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Javier Bardem Confirms Talks To Play Classic Monster Role

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Javier Bardem is one of my favorite actors to see on the big screen. From his Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in No Country For Old Men, to his role as a James Bond villain in Skyfall, Bardem always puts on quite a show. He will hit the big screen again this Friday in Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales as the vengeful Captain Armando Salazar. Now thanks to CinemaBlend, we have word on what might be his next role.

We know that next month Universal is going to be launching its classic monsters cinematic universe with The Mummy starring Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis and Russell Crowe. The studio has spent a lot of time planning this timeless universe out. Already having two other films scheduled one for April 13, 2018 and the other for February 15, 2019. Although the features
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Competition: Win the complete Universal Monsters on Blu-ray!

Universal Pictures’ classic monsters are available now on Blu-ray in four bonus-packed box sets; The Mummy Legacy Collection, The Frankenstein Legacy Collection, The Dracula Legacy Collection and The Wolf Man Legacy Collection. And we have two complete sets on Blu-ray to giveaway… Yes, Two!!

The Mummy Legacy Collection

All 6 Films From The Legacy Of The Original Mummy Includes: The Mummy (1932), The Mummy’S Hand (1940), The Mummy’S Tomb (1942), The Mummy’S Ghost (1944), The Mummy’S Curse (1944), and Abbott And Costello Meet The Mummy (1955)

The original Mummy is one of the silver screen’s most unforgettable characters and, along with the other Universal Classic Monsters, defined the Hollywood horror genre. The Mummy: Complete Legacy Collection includes all 6 films from the original legacy including the terrifying classic starring Boris Karloff and the timeless films that followed. These landmark motion pictures defined the iconic look of the ancient Egyptian monster and continue
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Win a Monster Legacy Collection box set on Blu-ray

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Author: Competitions

To mark the release of the Monster Legacy Collections on 8th May, we have the chance for 2 people to win a box set of their choice from the collection. The 4 box set options are The Mummy, Frankenstein, Dracula, and The Wolf Man.

The Mummy, Frankenstein, Dracula and The Wolf Man are some of the silver screen’s most unforgettable characters. Collectively these four classic monsters have inspired generations of filmmakers for years and paved the way for a rich and varied genre.

Combined the four box sets contain 27 classic monster movies, 22 of which have never been released on Blu-ray before.

Please note: This competition is open to UK residents only

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Open to UK residents only The competition will close 22nd May 2017 at 23.59 GMT The winner will be picked at random from entries received No cash alternative is available

The usual T&Cs can be found here.
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Universal unleashes the Classic Monsters with The Legacy Collection

As Universal Pictures prepares to launch its shared Monster universe with the upcoming release of The Mummy, the studio has opened the vault and unleashed the Classic Monsters with the release of the Legacy Collections, four Blu-ray box-sets for The Mummy, Frankenstein, Dracula and The Wolf Man, which features 27 classic movies, 22 of which have never been released on Blu-ray before.

Here’s the full product details for these rather fantastic collections…

The Mummy Legacy Collection

The Mummy (1932)

Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy* (1955)

The Mummy’s Hand* (1940)

The Mummy’s Tomb* (1942)

The Mummy’s Ghost* (1944)

The Mummy’s Curse* ((1944)

Special Features

The Mummy Feature Commentary with Film Historian Paul Jensen

– Mummy Dearest Featurette

– He Who Made Monsters: The Life and Art of Jack Pierce

Universal Horror (narrated by Kenneth Branagh)

– Unraveling the Legacy of the Mummy

The Frankenstein Legacy Collection

Frankenstein (1931)

Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

Son of Frankenstein* (1939)

– Ghost of Frankenstein
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Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair Gets Captain America Director

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Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair Gets Captain America Director
After announcing last year that the Chronicles of Narnia franchise will be "restarted" with the new movie The Silver Chair, the producers have finally found their director. Joe Johnston has signed on to direct this fantasy adventure, marking his first movie since the 2014 thriller Not Safe For Work. No cast members have been set at this time, but this story will feature characters from the original C.S. Lewis novels, who haven't been featured in any of the previous movies.

Variety broke the news today, which comes eight months after producer Mark Gordon joined forces with Sony's TriStar Pictures, eOne and The C.S. Lewis Company for this restart. David Magee came aboard to write the screenplay in 2013, although the studios haven't set a release date or a production start date at this time quite yet. Here's what producer Mark Gordon had to say about bringing Joe Johnston in to direct The Silver Chair.
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Universal Monsters: Beauty & The Beast Helmer Bill Condon In Talks To Direct Bride Of Frankenstein

  • LRM Online
In a few months, we will be getting a reboot of the Universal monster franchise, The Mummy. This film will kick off a shared universe of monsters that contain such iconic characters as the Invisible Man, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the creature from the Black Lagoon, and of course, Dracula.

We’ve only seen a teaser and a trailer for one film thus far, but Universal is still starting to put all the other pieces in place in case of success. We already know they’re starting work on other films like The Wolf Man and Van Helsing, but it sounds like they’re already taking some pretty big steps for another film of theirs, Bride of Frankenstein.

According to a new report from Deadline, Bill Condon, the man behind Disney’s latest $1 billion hit Beauty and the Beast, is currently in talks with Universal to helm the adaptation
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Aquaman’s Will Beall To Pen Creature From The Black Lagoon

Seems like writer Will Beall enjoys a good romp underwater, as Deadline is reporting tonight that after penning Aquaman for James Wan and Warner Bros., the scribe will head over to Universal to put together the script for Creature from the Black Lagoon, a remake of the 1954 classic which will also slot into the studio’s budding Monsters Universe. Of course, that’s all set to kick off with The Mummy this summer and Black Lagoon looks to be another exciting piece of the puzzle.

Not much is known about the project just yet, but Universal’s been working on this one for a while, trying to bring everything together. The original told the story of a “group of scientists on an expedition through the Amazon who discover a human-fish hybrid.” We imagine this new take on the film will follow a similar path, but at this time, we’ve
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Van Helsing screenwriter talks about the Universal Monsters reboot

Universal’s reboot of The Mummy hits cinemas this summer, launching the studio’s shared universe centred around its stable of classic Monsters.

Over the next few years, we can look forward to new versions of The Invisible Man, The Wolf Man, Bride of Frankenstein and Creature from the Black Lagoon, but it won’t only be the monsters themselves taking centre stage, as Universal has also tapped screenwriters Eric Heisserer (Arrival) and Jon Spaihts (Passengers) to pen a Van Helsing reboot, based of course on the iconic vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing from Bram Stoker’s Dracula. And, speaking to Collider, Heisserer has offered up some comments about the tone the duo are going for with their screenplay.

“I can say that my intent stepping in was to make it as scary as possible, partly because I know how to do that, and also because when you’re the
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