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Let Us Now Praise The Mad Genius Of Richard Harland Smith

A few years ago, in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the death of influential film critic Pauline Kael, I wrote the following:

“I think (Kael) did a lot to expose the truth… that directors, writers and actors who often work awfully close to the surface may still have subterranean levels of achievement or purpose or commentary that they themselves may be least qualified to articulate. It’s what’s behind her disdain for Antonioni’s pontificating at the Cannes film festival; it’s what behind the high percentage of uselessness of proliferating DVD commentaries in which we get to hear every dull anecdote, redundant explication of plot development and any other inanity that strikes the director of the latest Jennifer Aniston rom-com to blurt out breathlessly; and it is what’s behind a director like Eli Roth, who tailors the subtext of something like Hostel Part II almost as
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Drive-In Dust Offs: It! The Terror From Beyond Space (1958)

For many people, Alien (1979) is the yardstick by which all “creature on a spaceship” films are measured. However, the first few inches on that stick are occupied by It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958), an effective low budget shocker that helped write the template still used in sci-fi and horror today. Climb aboard for a 69 minute rocket ride to Mars and back with an unwanted passenger. And no, I don’t mean (insert name or political affiliate you hate here).

Released in August stateside by United Artists, with a November drop in the U.K., It! was mostly dismissed by critics, with the exception of Variety who said, “It’s old stuff, with only a slight twist.” In the B world, that’s as close to a rave as one might get from the mainstream media, and that’s fine; audiences enjoyed the straightforward thrills and somewhat unique concept offered up,
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Horror Highlights: The Wraiths Of War Exclusive Excerpt, The Shelter, IFC’s Horror Marathons, 360 Degrees Of Hell, Slimer & Sloth Pins

The Wraiths of War hits shelves from Titan Books tomorrow, October 11th, so we encourage our readers to continue reading today's Highlights for an exclusive excerpt from Mark Morris' new novel. Also: a new trailer for The Shelter, IFC's "Wake Up and Smell the Evil" Marathon, 360 Degrees of Hell Vr experience, and photos / release details for the Slimer and Sloth pins.

Exclusive Excerpt from The Wraiths of War: Synopsis: "Alex Locke is desperately trying to hold onto the disparate threads of the complex web of time he has created. He travels to the First World War, living through the horrors of trench warfare in order to befriend a young soldier crucial to his story; then to the 1930s to uncover the secrets of a mysterious stage magician. He moves back and forth in time, always with the strange and terrifying Dark Man on his heels, gradually getting closer to
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Red Sea Media to sell Aip genre slate

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Exclusive: Roman Kopelevich’s La-based sales company has come on to handle international sales on a reboot slate of ten American International Pictures genre classics from the 1950s.

Cinedigm will distribute the films in the Us and producers Lou Arkoff and Hal Sadoff have lined up a September start on back-to-back shoots for the entire roster.

Cast and directors are expected to be announced shortly on the slate, which the producers aim to turn into an R-rated comic book-style cinematic universe with interconnecting characters.

The roster includes Girls In Prison, Viking Women & The Sea Serpent, The Brain Eaters (pictured); She-Creature and Teenage Caveman.

Rounding out the slate are Reform School Girl, The Undead, How To Make A Monster, The Cool & The Crazy and Day The World Ended.

Former New Line and Fox executive Jeff Katz wrote each script and the ten individual stories will feed into one overarching narrative. Sadoff is the former head of international and media
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The Brain Eaters, The She-Creature, The Undead & More Aip Titles to be Remade & Linked Together

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Roger Corman fans are familiar with at least a few of them, movie memorabilia collectors have hung posters of them on their walls for decades, and some first saw them at double bill matinees on Saturdays or summer nights at the drive-in. If you have fond memories of watching the pulpy onscreen offerings of American International Pictures from the bucket seat of a Buick or the comfortable cushions of your own couch, then you might be pleased to know that ten of the company’s titles have been acquired by Cinedigm and will be remade as individual films linked together by one massive story arc.

Girls in Prison, Viking Women and The Sea Serpent, The Brain Eaters, The She-Creature, Teenage Caveman, Reform School Girl, The Undead, War of the Colossal Beast, The Cool and The Crazy, and Day the World Ended will all be reimagined, with filming slated to start
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Aip Rises From the Dead With Roger Corman Remakes

Aip Rises From the Dead With Roger Corman Remakes
Back in the 1950s, the film industry went through some major changes. The studio system (in which the major studios had directors, actors, and writers under contract and matched them up for films) was dying, and the studios had lost ownership of most theater chains due to anti-trust laws, which meant theaters had more freedom in what they could screen. This gave rise to the independent studios, who would hire no-name directors and actors on a per-project basis, could churn out low-budget flicks with sensational topics that could turn a bigger profit.

American International Pictures (Aip) was one of the biggest independent studios of its time, with over 500 films produced and/or distributed by the company. Aip produced Roger Corman's earliest films. The company specialized in "teeny-bopper" films: juvenile crime, horror, and sci-fi tales. Throughout the years, Aip was bought and merged into a number of companies, with MGM
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Ten 50s Drive-Thru Films To Be Remade

Producers Jeff Katz, Lou Arkoff, and Hal Sadoff are planning to remake ten drive-in classic titles originally made at American International Pictures in the 1950s.

The list is said to include: "Girls In Prison," "Viking Women & The Sea Serpent," "The Brain Eaters," "She-Creature," "Teenage Caveman," "Runaway Daughters," "The Undead," "War of The Colossal Beast," "Cool & The Crazy" and "Day The World Ended".

All the projects will be shot back to back beginning this fall.

Source: Deadline
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A Bunch of 50s Flicks Like ‘Viking Women & The Sea Serpent’ are Getting Remade

Jeff Katz, Lou Arkoff, and Hal Sadoff are going to remake a bunch of American International Pictures’ (Aip) flicks from the 50s. The plan is to remake 10 movies, with the first group being Girls In Prison, Viking Women & The Sea Serpent, The Brain Eaters, She-Creature, Teenage Caveman, Runaway Daughters, The Undead, War of The Colossal Beast, Cool & The Crazy and Day The World Ended.

“The Aip spirit was all about innovation and giving new young talent a place to create,” said Arkoff. “We are now using that independent spirit and our library of classic titles to create something brand-new for the modern media model, with a coordinated social effort to accelerate interest in these properties. Our goal is to engage young audiences and drive the spirit of the times with the same excitement that fueled these titles decades ago”

Here’s Katz on why he wanted to embark on this
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Aip Remakes Set by Sam Arkoff’s Son, Hal Sadoff, Jeff Katz

Aip Remakes Set by Sam Arkoff’s Son, Hal Sadoff, Jeff Katz
Samuel Arkoff’s son Lou Arkoff, writer-producer Jeff Katz and Hal Sadoff are teaming to remake 1950s cult pics from the Arkoff-Nicholson library of American Intl. Pictures.

Katz, Arkoff and Sadoff will initially update 10 of the 25 low-budget titles in the library: “The Brain Eaters,” “Girls in Prison,” “She Creature,” “Viking Women & the Sea Serpent,” “Teenage Caveman,” “Runaway Daughters,” “The Undead,” “War of the Colossal Beast,” “‘Cool & the Crazy” and “Day the World Ended.”

All the redos will be set in the same Aip universe, with the possibility of the same characters appearing in several films. All 10 will be shot back-to-back, with production set to start this fall.

Lou Arkoff previously produced Aip remakes on Showtime’s Rebel Highway series in the 1990s, as well as a series of Aip creature titles for HBO Cinemas with Stan Winston.

Founded in 1954 by Samuel Z. Arkoff and James H. Nicholson, Aip was devoted to low-budget,
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10 Aip Remakes Planned, Including The Brain Eaters, She-Creature, The Undead

It has been announced that Jeff Katz, Lou Arkoff, and Hal Sadoff plan to remake 10 Aip horror titles from the 1950′s. If you’re a fan of classic horror films from the 50′s – 70′s, American International Pictures needs no real introduction. They were responsible for dozens of horror cult classics, including Roger Corman’s popular Poe adaptations starring Vincent Price.

The titles being remade are said to include: Girls In Prison, Viking Women & The Sea Serpent, The Brain Eaters, She-Creature, Teenage Caveman, Runaway Daughters, The Undead, War of The Colossal Beast, Cool & The Crazy and Day The World Ended.

The announcement lacked details on the cast and crew involved on these projects, but it’s said that all of them will be filmed back-t0-back with the first movie filming this fall. Most likely, these movies will be similar in quality and scope to what Roger Corman has been doing
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Aip's Old School Creature Features Being Remade...

Select titles from American International Pictures' library are being remade, says The Hollywood Reporter.

Those on the roster: Girls in Prison, Viking Women & The Sea Serpent, The Brain Eaters, She-Creature, Teenage Caveman, Runaway Daughters, The Undead, War of The Colossal Beast, Cool & The Crazy and Day The World Ended.

Some of those titles were already remade in the early-'00s.

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Aip Remake Plan In Place: Get Ready For Reboots Of ‘Girls In Prison,’ ‘She Creature’ And ‘Brain Eaters’

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Jeff Katz, Lou Arkoff, and Hal Sadoff plan to remake 10 titles in the Arkoff/Nicholson library of American International Pictures-produced 1950’s classics. That means a steady diet of antiheroes, monsters and naughty girls is back on the menu. They will start with these 1950’s drive-in classics: Girls In Prison, Viking Women & The Sea Serpent, The Brain Eaters, She-Creature, Teenage Caveman, Runaway Daughters, The Undead, War of The Colossal Beast, Cool & The Crazy and Day The World Ended. The plan is to shoot them all back to back, beginning this fall. The question will be how these films, distinguished more than anything by their titles, will play in the modern age. Aip was founded in 1954 by Samuel Z. Arkoff and James H. Nicholson, and churned out 500 low-budget, indies for teens that included the Beach Party series with Frankie Avalon and the late Annette Funicello, as well as the early films of director Roger Corman.
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Celebrate Roger Corman's Honorary Oscar with the Crapocalypse Landmark Day the World Ended

This weekend sees a planetary alignment that even the ancient Mayans couldn't have predicted. First, their misinterpreted calendar becomes the "basis" for 2012, which will surely sweep the box office like a five-mile tsunami over the Himalayas. Second, the high priest of Hollywood schlock, Roger Corman, will be inducted into the Academy pantheon with his very own honorary Oscar. When he's formulating the outline for his putative TV follow-up, 2013, Roland Emmerich could do well to pay heed to this synchronicity -- and then send himself off to mine Corman's first take on the apocalypse, 1955's Day The World Ended.
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Tuesday Morning Foreign Region DVD Report: "The State of Things" (Wim Wenders, 1982)

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"What did you do out in Hollywood?" Such is the question posed at the very end of this film, by some kind of auteur/mogul/god who has heretofore been inaccessible to director/potential auteur Frederich Munro, who has been making some sort of sci-fi film...where? At an abandoned resort in Portugal?

And that his science-fiction film is some sort of remake either of Allan Dwan's 1961 D-budget picture Most Dangerous Man Alive or of Roger Corman's The Day The World Ended. It really scarcely matters what the source material for the sepia-toned apocalyptic whirlwind being shot by a somewhat older but nevertheless Wenders-esque director (played by Patrick Bauchau) is supposed to be. The point is that the behind-the-scenes story of the unmaking of this fictional film is just as much a bit of science-fiction as any of the sepia-toned rushes are.

If only all filmmakers could be
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Forry tribute: Joe Dante speaks, rare on-set photos

In memory of Forrest J Ackerman, the Famous Monsters of Filmland editor and genre legend who died last week (see item here), Fango classic-horror specialist Tom Weaver sent in some rare pics of Forry on the set of the Roger Corman flicks Day The World Ended and It Conquered The World and Edward L. Cahn’s Voodoo Woman; you can see them below. He also arranged for Joe Dante, one of countless filmmakers inspired and influenced by Forry and FM, to pass along his own tribute:

“A lot of us so-called ‘Monster Kids’ can divide our lives into two parts: before Famous Monsters and after Famous Monsters. Before, we were just geeky fans of horror and science fiction movies, somewhat isolated in our devotion to stuff the rest of the world looked at askance, when they looked at it at all. After, we became part of an exclusive club, secure
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