6 items from 2015
'The Beginning or the End' 1947 with Robert Walker and Tom Drake. Hiroshima bombing 70th anniversary: Six movies dealing with the A-bomb terror Seventy years ago, on Aug. 6, 1945, the U.S. dropped the first atomic bomb over the city of Hiroshima. Ultimately, anywhere between 70,000 and 140,000 people died – in addition to dogs, cats, horses, chickens, and most other living beings in that part of the world. Three days later, America dropped a second atomic bomb, this time over Nagasaki. Human deaths in this other city totaled anywhere between 40,000-80,000. For obvious reasons, the evisceration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki has been a quasi-taboo in American films. After all, in the last 75 years Hollywood's World War II movies, from John Farrow's Wake Island (1942) and Mervyn LeRoy's Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944) to Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan (1998) and Michael Bay's Pearl Harbor (2001), almost invariably have presented a clear-cut vision »
- Andre Soares
Now expanding to the Big Apple, the New York Haunted Hayride will take place on October 2nd. Also: details on both Tales from Beyond the Pale at Fantasia International Film Festival and a kaiju marathon of Godzilla-sized proportions on Shout! Factory TV.
New York City Haunted Hayride: Press Release: "Ten Thirty One Productions (Tto), the worldwide leader in producing live horror attractions, will expand the most popular Halloween attraction in the country, Los Angeles Haunted Hayride, to New York City this October for the first time ever. The wildly popular attraction, annually held in Los Angeles, led Mark Cuban to make the largest investment in “Shark Tank” history as well as a second investment by Live Nation. Tto will now be bringing its biggest and best scares from seven years of haunting the west coast to the east coast for the most horrifying experience in town.
“This expansion to »
- Tamika Jones
If you're one of many Americans not familiar with Eiji Tsuburaya, that's all the more reason to appreciate today's Google Doodle. For the search engine's daily redesign of their logo, Google celebrates the birthday of Tsuburaya, who was born on July 7, 1901. You're definitely familiar with his work, as he co-created the title creature for the original 1954 version of Godzilla, coming up with the idea to portray the monster as a man in a suit rather than through stop-motion animation. Before that, he was already an effects legend in Japan for his work with realistic miniatures in war films, such as the 1942 Pearl Harbor-bombing-commemorative propaganda effort Hawai Mare oki kaisen (The War at Sea from Hawaii to Malaya), scenes from which the U.S...
- Christopher Campbell
If you see a movie for the first time and swear you've heard the score before, it may not be your imagination...
Last month, the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (Afm) sued six major studios for reusing film soundtracks in other films without paying the appropriate compensation. It's the kind of news that will make people roll their eyes. Ah yes, they'll say after seeing the headlines. Typical Hollywood. Not even the music's original any more.
But go beyond the headlines about reusing the same music too much and delve into the lawsuit and it reveals an interesting insight into the kind of situations where music does get repeated.
The lawsuit, it soon becomes evident, isn't about the use of music in itself (a quick browse through the soundtracks for the titles in question, such as This Means War or Argo, reveals that they have »
Release Date: 8 April, 2015 (available for preorder)
Writer: Zander Cannon
Artist: Zander Cannon
Publisher: Oni Press
This is it. The one you’ve been waiting for. The debut issue you absolutely cannot miss. The comic book about…
… giant monsters in maximum security prison guarded by an Ultraman-esque super-warden named Kang.
Silly? Yes. Ingenius? Also yes, if only for the fact that these monsters are painted in hues brighter than technicolor (à la old tokusatsu TV shows), exclaim Oh my Goj instead of Oh my God (if I have to explain that reference to you, well, I’m sorry), and have pissing contests involving mechas on a conversion mission (“Go back to the lab, you load-lifters!”).
And while the genre nods and winks are endless and welcome, the most successful angle that Zander Cannon’s new book chooses to pursue is that of following hardcore prison story clichés: the outdoor gym, »
- Holly Interlandi
Nightbreed: The Cabal Cut (Scream Factory)
This limited special edition of Clive Barker’s heavily discussed alternate cut has finally arrived. For fans of the film, this version is everything you wanted. More monsters and more narrative allow the film to progress more fitting to Barker’s intention and style.
Beautiful. The guys from Death Waltz have again given genre fans something to be excited about. The 1954 soundtrack of Toho’s “Godzilla” is stunning, a true pleasure to hear on vinyl.
The septet UK group The Laze released their accompaniment for 1925’s “Phantom of the Opera” off One Way Static Records. Styled with a range of musical influences the group makes a worthy companion score to the classic film.
One of the greatest classic »
- Monte Yazzie
6 items from 2015
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