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The Pirates of Blood River

Can a pirate be a substitute monster? Hammer Films gives yet another genre a spin with this box-office winner that launched a sideline in costume adventures. The Hammer crew makes it work: Christopher Lee, Marla Landi, Marie Devereaux, Michael Ripper, Oliver Reed and Andrew Keir, plus yank assistance from Kerwin Mathews and Glenn Corbett.

The Pirates of Blood River


Twilight Time

1962 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 87 min. / Street Date October 17, 2017 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store / 29.95

Starring: Kerwin Mathews, Christopher Lee, Andrew Keir, Glenn Corbett, Marla Landi, Michael Ripper, Peter Arne, Oliver Reed, Marie Devereux.

Cinematography: Arthur Grant

Production Design: Bernard Robinson

Art Direction: Don Mingaye

Film Editor: Eric Boyd-Perkins

Original Music: Gary Hughes

Written by John Hunter, John Gilling, Jimmy Sangster

Produced by Michael Carreras, Anthony Nelson-Keys

Directed by John Gilling

Hammer Films didn’t start out as a horror studio, but after their big Technicolor successes in 1957-
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Sliff 2017 Interview – Blake Eckard: Writer and Director of Coyotes Kill For Fun

Blake Eckard’s Coyotes Kill For Fun screens Saturday, November 4th at 7:00pm at The Tivoli Theater (6350 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis) as part of this year’s St. Louis International Film Festival. Ticket information can be found Here.

Blake Eckard’s Backroad Blues screens Sunday, November 5th at 1:30pm at the .Zack (3224 Locust St.). The Backroad Blues screening is a free event.

In Coyotes Kill For Fun, the latest from Northwest Missouri indie filmmaker and Sliff favorite Blake Eckard, a backwoods babysitter agrees to help an abused mother of two escape her lunatic boyfriend, but his psychotic brother is headed back to the area, and he has a fraught history with everyone involved. Filmed over three years in Missouri, Montana, and La, “Coyotes” had a long gestation: Two-thirds was first shot back in March 2014, and a trio of cinematographers — Eckard, St. Louisan Cody Stokes, and American-indie legend Jon Jost
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Watch Ray Harryhausen's Awesome Early Test Footage For War Of The Worlds

Before CGI took over the special effects in all the movies in Hollywood, there was a master VFX legend named Ray Harryhausen. He helped create and develop some of the greatest classic sci-fi, horror, and fantasy films with creature designs and stop-motion animation. Some of the film he worked on included The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms, Jason and the Argonauts and Clash of the Titans, and more. 

I recently came across this amazing video at Den of Geek, that shows us a full special effects test that Harryhausen created in 1949 to help pitch an adaptation of H.G. Wells' World of the Worlds to the studios. It's extremely cool! I always loved Harryhausen's style and seeing that style to bring to life certain scenes from War of the Worlds is so damn cool!

Unfortunately, Harryhausen didn't land the gig, which just seems crazy. Here's the note that came with the video.
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Horror Highlights: Fright Rags’ Elvira Shirt, Comet TV May Contest, Hostile Poster, “Run For Your Life” Music Video, Gone With The Dead

The Mistress of the Dark and Fright Rags collide for a limited time in a new Midnight Madness shirt! Also: Comet TV's May contest details, a new poster for Hostile, a look at Doyle's "Run For Your Life" music video, and info on the zombie short story anthology Gone With the Dead.

Fright Rags' Elvira Shirt: From Fright Rags: "Hello Darlings! Since the 80s, Elvira has been tempting us as the horror hostess of our dreams (or maybe nightmares?). Late night so-bad-it’s-good horror movies were never complete without her hilariously quirky intros, her long black dress and her big… um… hair. We’re celebrating the Mistress of the Dark with a Limited Edition release at Midnight Tomorrow (Est)! They will be available for $18/ea for 24Hrs! Don't miss Midnight Madness!

Art by Christopher Franchi

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Comet TV's May Contest Details: "May
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Horror Highlights: Comet TV’s May Viewing Guide, El Gigante: The Comic, Sweet, Sweet Lonely Girl

Comet TV has plenty for horror, sci-fi, and fantasy fans to enjoy with their May lineup, including Jim Henson's Labyrinth. In today's Horror Highlights, we also have artwork and details on El Gigante: The Comic and streaming info for Sweet, Sweet Lonely Girl, which is now available to watch on Shudder.

Comet TV May Viewing Guide: Press Release: "You Don’T Need A Subscription To Watch These Great Movies

They’Re Airing For Free On Comet!

Ray Harryhausen Films – Airing all Month

The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)

Sunday May 7 at 11:30Am/10:30C

Friday May 12 at 4P/3C

Monday May 22 at 6P/5C

The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973)

Sunday May 7 at 1:30Pm/12:30C

Saturday May 27 at 10P/9C

The 3 Worlds of Gulliver (1960)

Sunday May 7 at 4P/3C

Friday May 26 at 10P/9C

Jason and The Argonauts (1963)

Sunday May 7 at 6P/5C

Friday May 12 at 6P
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Don’t Miss the Ray Harryhausen Movie Marathon on Comet TV Sunday, May 7th

“The gods of Greece are cruel! In time, all men shall learn to live without them.”

Sunday, May 7 marks the 4th anniversary of the legendary visual effects guru Ray Harryhausen’s death. Read what We Are Movie Geeks thinks are Harryhausen’s top ten films Here

To celebrate this master of illusion, Comet TV ( is running a Ray Harryhausen Marathon of movies on Sunday, May 7 beginning at 11:30am Est/8:30am Pst. The complete marathon will run as follows:

11:30am Est / 10:30am Ct / 8:30am Pst – The 7th Voyage of Sinbad

In many ways the ultimate combination of stop motion animation, adventure, and overall production quality, 7th Voyage Of Sinbad is still one of Harryhausen’s most popular works. It was also a turning point for Harryhausen, establishing the framework for not only his other Sinbad films, but all animated adventure films in general
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Check Out Ray Harryhausen’s 1949 “Little Red Riding Hood” Stop Motion Animation

Given where we are technologically with movies today, sometimes it’s nice to look back at some of the pioneers who had the amazing skills to make characters from books and comics come to life. All of us will always point to Walt Disney in the world of animation but there’s another name that doesn’t go nearly as recognized. That name is Ray Harryhausen. He’s considered a legend in stop motion. Harryhausen is the director of classics like The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958) and Jason and the Argonauts (1963). But well before these films he brought his developing SFX wizardry

Check Out Ray Harryhausen’s 1949 “Little Red Riding Hood” Stop Motion Animation
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The Valley of Gwangi

Gwangi! Ready your rifles and lariats because this is one of the best. Harryhausen’s happiest dinos- à go-go epic comes thundering back in HD heralded by Jerome Moross’s impressive music score. Unless you count The Animal World, all of the stop-motion magician’s feature films are now available in quality Blu-rays.

The Valley of Gwangi


Warner Archive Collection

1969 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 95 min. / Street Date March 14, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: James Franciscus, Gila Golan, Richard Carlson, Laurence Naismith, Freda Jackson, Gustavo Rojo.

Cinematography: Erwin Hillier

Visual Effects by Ray Harryhausen

Art Direction: Gil Parrondo

Film Editor: Henry Richardson

Original Music: Jerome Moross

Written by William E. Bast

Produced by Charles H. Schneer

Directed by Jim O’Connolly

“Ladies and Gentlemen, what you are about to see has never been seen before, I Repeat, has never been seen before by human eyes!”

In just the last month three
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When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth

When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth


Warner Archive Collection

1970 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 100 96 min. / Street Date February 28, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Victoria Vetri, Robin Hawdon, Patrick Allen, Drewe Henley, Sean Caffrey, Magda Konopka, Imogen Hassall, Patrick Holt, Jan Rossini, Carol Hawkins, Maria O’Brien.

Cinematography: Dick Bush

Film Editor: Peter Curran

Visual Effects: Jim Danforth

Original Music: Mario Nascimbene, Philip Martell

Written by: Val Guest, J.G. Ballard

Produced by: Aida Young

Directed by Val Guest

When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth didn’t get much attention when released here early in March of 1971. Only film fanatics obsessed with special effects had much to say about it. Cinefantastique magazine showed a still photo or two of dinosaurs on the rampage, and told us that stop-motion effects notable Jim Danforth, who we knew from mentions in Famous Monsters, was attached. We also learned that an animator named David Allen had worked on one sequence.
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Oscars 2017: Are We Experiencing a Comeback For Stop-Motion Animation Filmmaking?

Kubo and the Two Strings’ (Courtesy: Laika)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

If the nominations for best animated feature this year tell us anything it’s that we might be experiencing a comeback for stop-motion animation. Two of this year’s nominees are stop-motion films: Kubo and the Two Strings (a critically acclaimed letdown at the box office) and My Life as a Zucchini (which just so happens to be a foreign film, too). Let’s look at the relatively recent history of the best animated feature category to see how stop-motion is coming into its own and theorize on why that could be happening.

In addition to Kubo and the Two Strings and My Life as a Zucchini in the best animated feature category, there’s a solid showing by other styles. There are two Disney hits, Zootopia and Moana, that feature computer animation and one Studio Ghibli underdog,
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Pete’s Dragon (2016)

Does anybody still care about great movies for small children? If so, here’s a good one. A big, furry green dragon named Elliot is the kind of playmate every lonely kid wants. It’s a non-musical rethinking of the old 1977 movie, made with taste, discretion, and plenty of heart.

Pete’s Dragon

Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD

Walt Disney Studios

2016 / Color / 2:39 widescreen / 103 min. / Street Date November 29, 2016 / 39.99

Starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford, Oakes Fegley, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban, Oona Laurence, Isiah Whitlock Jr. .

Cinematography Bojan Bazelli

Film Editor Lisa Zeno Churgin

Original Music Daniel hart

Written by David Lowery, Toby Halbrooks based on screenplay by Malcolm Marmorstein based on a story by Seton I. Miller, S.S. Field

Produced by James Whitaker

Directed by David Lowery

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

I think I watched only about four minutes of the old Pete’s Dragon on TV long ago, before ditching out.
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Some of Our Favorite Fantastic Beasts From Other Movies

This week marks the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the latest cinematic entry into J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world. But instead of concentrating on only the Harry Potter movies, I wanted to take a look at some of the coolest “fantastic beasts” that exist outside the realm of that franchise, and basically use this as a means of pointing out some of my favorite crazy creatures in film history. The only criteria: none of the beasts chosen for the list can be animals that currently exist in our real world. So with that out of the way, let’s get on with the choices!

Cyclops, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad

Having only one eye is a given, but aside from that, most depictions of Cyclopses (Cycli?) that I’ve seen in movies basically just look like giant versions of men. This one adds furry legs and hoofed feet,
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The Return of Dracula

Expatriate Francis Lederer is a cultured menace in UA's revisit of the Dracula myth, made just before Hammer Films staked its claim on the horror genre. Avid Hitchcock fans may find the storyline very familiar, when European cousin Bellac strikes up a 'special' relationship with his American cousin Rachel. The Return of Dracula Blu-ray Olive Films 1958 / B&W / 1:85 widescreen / 77 min. / Street Date October 18, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Francis Lederer, Norma Eberhardt, Ray Stricklyn, Virginia Vincent, John Wengraf. Cinematography Jack MacKenzie Film Editor Sherman A. Rose Original Music Gerald Fried Written by Pat Fielder Produced by Arthur Gardner, Jules V. Levy Directed by Paul Landres

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

The Levy-Gardner-Laven producing combo, minus Arnold Laven this time out, assemble what was probably their most successful drive-in cheapie for United Artists. Promoting their secretary Pat Fielder to screenwriter, they had already done okay with a contemporary, non-Gothic vampire story
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Game of Thrones’ Miguel Sapochnik to direct Sinbad movie

Sinbad the Sailor looks set for a return to the big screen, with THR reporting that Studio 8 has won a bidding war for a new live-action fantasy, which is being scripted by Kyle Killen (Lone Star) and has Game of Thrones helmer Miguel Sapochnik (Battle of the Bastards, The Winds of Winter) attached to direct.

“Sinbad was a rare comprehensive and engaging pitch which lends itself to an international audience and big visual set pieces but also distinct and unique actor roles for a diverse cast of characters,” said Studio 8 in an official statement. “This project is part of Studio 8’s ongoing commitment to working closely with filmmakers on the re-imagination of genres.”

Sinbad’s tale feature as part of One Thousand and One Nights, and follow the Baghdad sailor as he embarks on fantastic adventures and quests across seven fantastic voyages. The stories have spawned numerous film, TV and animated adaptations,
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The Director of Game Of Thrones' Epic 'Battle of the Bastards' Is Helming a Sinbad Film

The director behind the insanely epic Game of Thrones episode "Battle of the Bastards," Miguel Sapochnick, has just landed another feature film directing gig. Studio 8 has hired him to develop a new Sinbad film with writer Kyle Killen, who is the creator of the TV series Lone Star and Mind Games.

If you've been watching Game of Thrones, then you know that directing those episodes looks like it is just as daunting as directing an epic big budget feature film. The episode "Battle of the Bastards" is easily one of the most epic things HBO or any other network has done for TV. 

THR says that the film will be a reimagining of the legendary Sinbad, who was introduced in The Arabian Nights. The Sinbad stories "followed the rising and falling fortunes of a wily sailor who finds himself stranded on various islands or lands. After each adventure, he returns
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'Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan' review

Reviewed by Kevin Scott,

I remember it like it was yesterday. Matter of fact, I probably remember it more vividly than I did the actual day before today. Because what I’m speaking of was a pivotal moment for me. It was 1981, and it just happened to be the only family vacation that me and my parents went ever went on. I didn’t have a dysfunctional childhood by any means, my parents just didn’t like going anywhere. They pioneered the concept of the modern staycation long before it was a broadly understood term in our lexicon. We ended up at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and we were staying in an actual old school “Devil’s Reject’s” style hotel.

What I mean is that it was longer than it was high and all the room entrances were on the outside of the building. They also had cable TV.
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Happy Birthday Ray Harryhausen – Here are His Ten Best Films

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, Sam Moffitt, and Tom Stockman

Special effects legend Ray Harryhausen, whose dazzling and innovative visual effects work on fantasy adventure films such as Jason And The Argonauts and The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad passed away in 2013 at age 92. In 1933, the then-13-year-old Ray Harryhausen saw King Kong at a Hollywood theater and was inspired – not only by Kong, who was clearly not just a man in a gorilla suit, but also by the dinosaurs. He came out of the theatre “stunned and haunted. They looked absolutely lifelike … I wanted to know how it was done.” It was done by using stop-motion animation: jointed models filmed one frame at a time to simulate movement. Harryhausen was to become the prime exponent of the technique and its combination with live action. The influence of Harryhausen on film luminaries like Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Peter Jackson, and
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Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan

Release the Kraken! They're only now releasing this Blu-ray in the U.S.. The patron saint of every special effect fan gets the royal treatment in this career overview capped with industry testimonials and rare film items from a cache of 35mm outtakes found packed away in Rh's storeroom. Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan Region B Blu-ray Arrow Video Us 2011 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 97 min. / Street Date June 28, 2016 / 19.95 Starring Ray Harryhausen, Peter Jackson, Nick Park, Phil Tippet, Randy Cook, Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam, Tony Dalton, Dennis Muren, John Landis, Ray Bradbury, Ken Ralston, Martine Beswick, Vanessa Harryhausen, Caroline Munro, Guillermo del Toro, Joe Dante, John Lasseter, James Cameron, Steven Spielberg, Henry Selick. Original Music Alexandre Poncet Produced by Tony Dalton, Alexandre Poncet Written and Directed by Gilles Penso

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

The time has long passed that Ray Harryhausen was merely a cult figure. By the release of Golden Voyage
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Scream Factory Announces Handful of July Releases!

July looks like a decent month for the gang over at Scream Factory, with the announcement of four upcoming releases with both long lost titles and newer films (courtesy of their partnership with IFC Midnight). Kicking thing off on July 5th, the Sf/IFC Midnight films The Pack and Cabin Fever (the odd remake which used most of the script from the original film) are set to hit DVD/Bluray, while later in the month (July 26th), the long-lost cult favorites Hellhole and The Boy Who Cried Werewolf are set to make their Bluray debuts as well.

Cabin Fever & The Pack (July 5th)

It will make your flesh crawl … Executive Producer Eli Roth presents Cabin Fever, a reboot of his instant classic gorefest. Featuring all-new characters and all-new kills, Cabin Fever also includes the featurette “The Making of Cabin Fever” and theatrical trailer as bonus features. This story is familiar: Just out of college,
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Blu-ray Release Details for Hellhole (1985) and The Boy Who Cried Werewolf (1973)

A sanitarium with a sinister staff and a family with a hairy (and scary) dilemma will get the high-def treatment on July 26th with the respective Blu-ray releases of 1985’s Hellhole (being distributed on a Blu-ray / DVD combo pack) and 1973’s The Boy Who Cried Werewolf. With summer heating up, Scream Factory has revealed the final list of special features for each film, as well as another look at the previously revealed cover art:

Press Release: This July, Scream Factory presents two long-lost cult favorites on Blu-ray for the first time. Hellhole and The Boy Who Cried Werewolf debut in a Blu-ray + DVD combo pack, and on Blu-ray, respectively.


Having witnessed her mother’s brutal death, Susan (Judy Landers, Dr. Alien) gets amnesia from a fall while being pursued by the killer, Silk (Ray Sharkey, The Idolmaker). Awakening in Ashland Sanitarium, she is once again terrorized by Silk, disguised as an orderly.
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