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12 Controversial Movie Endings That Came Out Of Nowhere

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The final moment of a film is one that writers and directors will pour over for a long time – choosing the right note to finish a movie on is a very difficult task. And no wonder. Some endings can make good movies great, of course, but there’s always the risk it could spoil all the good that came before.

The endings that audiences tend to find most interesting, however, are those of all the controversial kind – especially when they have a tendency to emerge from nothing, forcing you to shake your head and mutter “What the hell?” under your breath as you head home, desperate to check the internet for clues and answers.

Divisive and unexpected in equal measure, here are twelve controversial movie endings that came out of nowhere, provoking disagreements, disputes, debates and dissension…

12. Jake & The Giant TarantulaEnemy A42 Films

Enemy, a surprisingly
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Robert M. Fresco, Documentarian and Horror Pic Writer, Dies at 83

Robert M. Fresco, a writer of horror films who went on to win a 1969 Oscar for his documentary short “Czechoslovakia 1968,” died in Manhattan of cancer on Feb. 14. He was 83.

The docu short, produced, written and directed by Fresco and Denis Sanders, traced Czech history from Wwi to the Prague Spring uprising of 1968. Much of the archival footage in the film had been smuggled out of then-Communist Czechoslovakia.

For public television in 1970, Fresco and Sanders produced the six-hour documentary “Trial: The City and County of Denver vs. Lauren R. Watson,” about the criminal case against a Black Panther Party member. At the time, only a few states including Colorado allowed cameras in the courtroom, and the docu is considered, as the New York Times described it, “the first complete account of a trial to be shown on American television.”

Robert Maurice Fresco was born in Burbank, Calif., to a family
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The James Clayton Column: Sci-fi films ready for a remake

Feature James Clayton 7 Feb 2014 - 06:15

With the new RoboCop out now, James considers some sci-fi films that might, just might, benefit from an imaginative remake...

They remade RoboCop. I'm still finding it hard to get my head around that fact, even as I arrive at the moment I get to see the new reboot in cinemas. RoboCop remade. Paul Verhoeven's dystopian masterpiece of 1987 - the ultimate techno-tinged sociopolitical action movie - remade. Really? I mean, really?

I'm pretty sure that in ancient aeons past a divinely-appointed prophet laser-scribed "Thou shalt not remake RoboCop, creep!" on a titanium slab of commandments to be observed by obedient future generations. Nothing is sacred though and, alas, RoboCop is remade, rebooted and upgraded in line with modern filmmaking standards for today's drastically altered multimedia marketplace.

To fill you in on the details you probably already know, the PG-13 rated reboot (really?) is
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Fright At Home: November 12th’s DVD & Blu-ray Releases!

Another Tuesday, another round of Fright At Home to give you the lowdown on this week’s must-have DVD & Blu-ray releases! November 12th is filled with an eclectic mix of genre titles, and in some cases making their way to both formats for the first time! Such an example is shot-on-video classics Black Devil Doll From Hell and Tales From The Quadead Zone. Both films from director Chester N. Turner are some of the rarest and obscure tapes in circulation, and have been known to fetch hundreds of dollars. Massacre Video was able to track down the thought dead director, and bring it back into print to melt the minds of a whole new generation.

Scream Factory has saved John Carpenter & Tobe Hooper’s horror-anthology Body Bags from its long-oop DVD release, reissuing the film onto Blu-ray in its uncut form with a slew of newly produced features. I’ve
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Clips from John Carpenter’s Body Bags

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John Carpenter’s Body Bags was released today as a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray / DVD combo pack and Scream Factory has provided us with a number of clips to share with Daily Dead readers.

“For the first time on Blu-ray, John Carpenter Presents Body Bags features John Carpenter as a creepy-looking coroner introducing a trilogy of blood-curdling tales: “The Gas Station” (starring Robert Carradine, Revenge of the Nerds and Alex Datcher, Passenger 57), “Hair” (starring Stacy Keach, The Bourne Legacy), and “Eye”(Directed by Tobe Hooper, Poltergeist, and starring Mark Hamill, Star Wars). With special appearances by Deborah Harry (Scarface), Sheena Easton (Miami Vice), Twiggy, David Naughton (An American Werewolf in London), John Agar (Tarantula), David Warner (The Omen) and cameos by notable horror film legends Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Tobe Hooper (Lifeforce, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead), Roger Corman (House of Usher
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Trailer for John Carpenter’s Body Bags

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John Carpenter’s Body Bags is one of Scream Factory’s upcoming titles and will be released as a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray / DVD combo pack. Here’s a look at the official trailer for the anthology horror movie:

“For the first time on Blu-ray, John Carpenter Presents Body Bags features John Carpenter as a creepy-looking coroner introducing a trilogy of blood-curdling tales: “The Gas Station” (starring Robert Carradine, Revenge of the Nerds and Alex Datcher, Passenger 57), “Hair” (starring Stacy Keach, The Bourne Legacy), and “Eye”(Directed by Tobe Hooper, Poltergeist, and starring Mark Hamill, Star Wars). With special appearances by Deborah Harry (Scarface), Sheena Easton (Miami Vice), Twiggy, David Naughton (An American Werewolf in London), John Agar (Tarantula), David Warner (The Omen) and cameos by notable horror film legends Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Tobe Hooper (Lifeforce, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead
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On This Day in Horror Movie History October 14th

On this day in 1916 Jack Arnold was born in New Haven Connecticut. He directed several classic SciFi horror films in the 1950s for Universal. Among others genre fans may recognize It Came from Outer Space (1953) Tarantula (1955) and The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957). Yet he is best known for his own addition (if relatively late) to the pantheon of most loved Universal Monsters the Gill Man which debuted in The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954).
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Full Details Unzip For Scream Factory’s Blu-ray Of John Carpenter & Tobe Hooper’s Body Bags!

Ready for some more Carpenter via our friends/wallet drainers at Scream Factory? Of course you are! In addition to a new Blu-ray Collector’s Edition release of Assault On Precinct 13, John Carpenter and Tobe Hooper’s early 90s horror-anthology Body Bags is unzipping onto Blu-ray come November 11th! Icons friend Justin Beahm (dig on our exclusive interview with him!) was an integral part in the making of the bonus features, all of which you can check out below! Looks like another true Collector’s Edition from the Factory, and a major stuff up in quality from the prior cut & barebones DVD release.

Body Bags unzips onto Blu-ray & DVD November 11th!

Synopsis:

Two Masters of HorrorJohn Carpenter (Halloween, The Thing) and Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Lifeforce) – come together to create a chilling anthology of terror.

Alex Datcher (Passenger 57) stars as a woman working the
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John Carpenter’s Body Bags Blu-ray & DVD Release Details

Scream Factory will release John Carpenter’s Body Bags as a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray / DVD combo pack on November 12th. We’ve already given you a look at the cover art and we now have the list of bonus features that will be included:

“For the first time on Blu-ray, John Carpenter Presents Body Bags features John Carpenter as a creepy-looking coroner introducing a trilogy of blood-curdling tales: “The Gas Station” (starring Robert Carradine, Revenge of the Nerds and Alex Datcher, Passenger 57), “Hair” (starring Stacy Keach, The Bourne Legacy), and “Eye”(Directed by Tobe Hooper, Poltergeist, and starring Mark Hamill, Star Wars). With special appearances by Deborah Harry (Scarface), Sheena Easton (Miami Vice), Twiggy, David Naughton (An American Werewolf in London), John Agar (Tarantula), David Warner (The Omen) and cameos by notable horror film legends Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Tobe Hooper (Lifeforce, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
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Body Bags, Assault on Precinct 13 Blu-ray Details & Art!

Scream Factory continues to slay its DVD and Blu-ray competition. This November, Look for the John Carpenter Presents Body Bags and Assault on Precinct 13 special editions on November 19th.

For the first time on Blu-ray, the former features John Carpenter as a creepy-looking coroner introducing a trilogy of blood-curdling tales: “The Gas Station” (starring Robert Carradine, Revenge of the Nerds and Alex Datcher, Passenger 57), “Hair” (starring Stacy Keach, The Bourne Legacy), and “Eye”(Directed by Tobe Hooper, Poltergeist, and starring Mark Hamill, Star Wars). With special appearances by Deborah Harry (Scarface), Sheena Easton (Miami Vice), Twiggy, David Naughton (An American Werewolf in London), John Agar (Tarantula), David Warner (The Omen) and cameos by notable horror film legends Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Tobe Hooper (Lifeforce, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead), Roger Corman (House of Usher) and Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead), this
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Horror as Metaphor: Creature from the Black Lagoon: Ecology and Gill-Man

Most people look at the Creature-Feature Monster Movies of the 1940’s and 1950’s as schlocky kitsch whose only entertainment value is that they are so cheesy that they’re enjoyable. Yet if one were to dig just a little bit under the foam latex surface of these films one would be surprised at the sub-context and messages these films are trying to get across.

Case in point: Jack Arnold’s 1954 B-Movie classic The Creature from the Black Lagoon. The film centers on a group of Ichthyologists who, after finding fossils in the Amazon that could reveal the missing link between humans and fish, take a barge deep into the Amazonian jungle to prove this discovery. While there, they come upon a lush and pristine lagoon that is home to the Creature (or “Gill Man” as he is affectingly known to fans). After many failed attempts at capturing the Creature, they
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Mad Max's Weekend Movie Guide: 'Texas Chainsaw' & More

"See the lonely boy, out on the weekend. Trying to make it pay." – Neil Young

Greetings from the apocalypse, and welcome to the new weekly feature where our lone warrior gives you the play-by-play for how your filmgoing weekend can unfold, Friday-to-Sunday, morning-to-night.

No, the Mayan doomsday didn't actually come to pass, but we are in the moviegoing wasteland known as January. Get out your grandfather's Geiger counter buried under the porno mags in his fallout shelter, because the risk of contamination is high from the radioactive lineup of post-Christmas studio dumps. As our nation does a "Thelma & Louise" over the fiscal cliff, we're diving head-first into the cinematic 'pockyclypse that is 2013, and with my help you just might survive the long nuclear winter.

Friday, January 4

Nothing says "dog days of January" like a sequel to a remake to a warmed-over horror franchise from the studly '70s. "Texas Chainsaw 3D
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Forgotten B&W Horror #12: Monster on the Campus

This week I got to watch a rather enjoyable movie for the 12th installment in the Forgotten B&W Horror series. With this entry, we look at Monster on the Campus, a 1958 teenage drive-in movie that was sure to cause your girlfriend to hide her face in your chest.

Director Jack Arnold, whose cult-classic Tarantula I possibly reviewed a little harshly, gives us the story of a college professor and his unfortunate encounters with gamma rays, fish blood, and prehistoric man. Sounds fun, right?

Monster on the Campus starts with a series of sculptures showing mankind’s evolution. We then see our hero, Professor Donald Blake, using his girlfriend to create a plaster cast for his newest sculpture in the series – “modern woman”. This is how we learn Professor Blake is an expert on evolution. Next we see a frozen coelacanth (an ancient species of fish thought to be extinct
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Forgotten B&W Horror #11: Tarantula

We’re back with the eleventh installment in the Forgotten B&W Horror series. With this entry, we continue to look at a few movies that blur the line between horror and science fiction – a blurring that occurred with many sci-fi movies of the 1950′s.

Tarantula (1955) begins, oddly enough, with a man and his hideously misshapen face wandering through the desert until at last the man falls down dead. The county sheriff believes the man to be Eric Jacobs, a local scientist who works with Professor Deemer, a scientist who lives 20 miles out in the desert. The local doctor, Matt Hastings (who for some reason has his office in the lobby of the local hotel in the town of Desert Rock), doesn’t believe the official cause of death and begins poking around at Professor Deemer’s research lab. Along the way he meets up with the new lab assistant,
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Top 7 Actors Who Should Play Father & Son

We start the Top 7. You finish the Top 10.

In honor of That’s My Boy, a comedy that pairs together Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg as father and son, let’s imagine other pairs of actors who would make for dynamic father/son duos. And we’re not gonna just put two actors together and let you imagine the rest. We’ve got plot summaries too. So now I’ll just sit by the phone and wait for agents and Hollywood executives to green-light this gold.

Read Nick Allen’s “That’s My Boy” Scorecard Review (2/10)

Here are the Top 7 Actors Who Should Play Father & Son in a film.

7. Christopher Plummer (“Priest”) & Michael Fassbender (“Prometheus”)

Tentative Title: “Ice Cream Men”

Reason: Fassbender plays the world’s biggest Cher fan, who earns his keep by driving an ice cream truck for a picky boss (played by Jackie Chan) to the different towns of Death Valley.
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TV review: UEFA Champions League Final: Bayern Munich v Chelsea

Adrian Chiles on ITV is like watching with a comedy uncle. But Sky has Jeff Stelling

Did any other guys out there have the same conversation with the missus? Along the lines of: "I know I said it was the end of the football season, but that was the league and this is the Champions League." Bet you haven't even told her about Euro 2012 yet, have you? Yes, I know loads of women are into football, but there are loads who aren't as well. Including the one glaring murderously at me.

This is it then, UEFA Champions League Final: Bayern Munich v Chelsea (ITV1). ITV means it's Adrian Chiles in charge at Munich's Allianz Arena: "a cathedral to football," he calls it. (Later, commentator Clive Tyldesley describes it as "a spaceship of a stadium", which is better.)

There's some time before kick-off – to be filled with the usual rousing montages,
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The Giant Spider Invasion – A Retrospective

A 35-minute cut of The Giant Spider Invasion will be shown on Super-8 sound film at Super-8 Giant Monster Movie Madness next Tuesday, May 1st at The Way Out Club in St. Louis.

Wisconson-based regional filmmaker Bill Rebane’s no-budget wonder The Giant Spider Invasion was a hilariously cheesy 1975 throwback to the giant-monster flicks of the 50s, a trend then enjoying a revival with films like Empire Of The Ants and Food Of The Gods. This outrageous mix of giant monster motifs and backwoods sleaze plays like a hybrid of Tarantula and The Blob with its mixture of giant spiders and falling meteors. I saw The Giant Spider Invasion at the long-shuttered Ellisville Cinema in West St. Louis County (on a double bill with the David Niven vampire comedy Old Dracula). I recall the poster in the lobby which featured a gargantuan spider bearing down on a group of terrified people.
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Super-8 Clint Eastwood Movie Madness Tuesday Night in St. Louis

We like to celebrate the great Hollywood tough guys at Super-8 Movie Madness and this February’s show is no exception. We’ve had Super-8 Charles Bronson Movie Madness and Super-8 Lee Marvin Movie Madness and on Tuesday February 7th at The Way Out Club we’ll be keeping up the tradition with Super-8 Clint Eastwood Movie Madness !!!

That’s right; we’ll be showing condensed (18 minute) versions of several of Clint Eastwood’s greatest films on Super-8 sound film projected on a big screen. Here’s the Clint line-up: Escape From Alcatraz, Where Eagles Dare, The Eiger Sanction, and a 35-minute cut of High Plains Drifter. We’ll also show 8-minute version of two films that Clint made early appearances in: Revenge Of The Creature and Tarantula. Then we’ll haul out our 16mm projector and screen a 16mm print of an episode of the ’60s TV series Rawhide
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Top Ten Tuesday: The Best Of Clint Eastwood (The Actor)

When J. Edgar was released last Fall, We Are Movie Geeks published our Top Ten Tuesday article on Clint Eastwood’s best films as director. With word that Eastwood has come out of acting retirement, it’s time for another Top Ten list, this time of movies that Clint has starred in. Trouble With The Curve is currently filming and stars Clint as an ailing baseball scout in his twilight years who takes his daughter (played by Amy Adams) on the road for one last recruiting trip. This will be Clint’s first acting role since Gran Torino in 2008.

Super-8 Clint Eastwood Movie Madness will be a great way to celebrate the life and films of this legendary American actor. It takes place February 7th at the Way Out Club in St. Louis (2525 Jefferson in South City). Condensed versions of these memorable Clint Eastwood films will be shown on a
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Interview: Sierra Holmes (Scream Queen Campfire, Scream Queens)

The title “Scream Queen” became popular in the late 70′s & is still popular today. But in actuality they’ve been around since the fifties, they just weren’t given the title of “Scream Queen”. Beverly Garland (The Alligator People), Mara Corday (Tarantula) & Yvette Vickers (Attack Of The Killer Leeches) are perfect examples of actresses who became very familiar to moviegoers in the fifties & sixties who frequented horror/sci-fi films. The tradition continued through the sixties (Barbara Steele) & seventies (Caroline Munro, Jamie Lee Curtis). But the eighties was the decade that the title “Scream Queen” became very well known & … More
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