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Gurus of Gold the latest Best Picture chart along with Globe predictions. I went out on a limb or two for fun because the Globes usually do at least one weird thing with winners.

Variety Guy Lodge on the foreign film finalist list 

Variety on the Peter Cushing visual fx in Rogue One and performers rights to their image after death (I suppose we should talk about this eventually but I am still really weirded out and uncomfortable about it)

Jezebel in case you missed the brouhaha about Tilda Swinton's conversation with Margaret Cho about whitewash casting in Doctor Strange 

Tracking Board Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig to headline a new musical comedy Everything's Coming Up Profits: The Golden Age of Industrial Musicals

The Gothamist loves Netflix's mystery series The Oa [Spoilers] from the pair that brought us that eco-terrorist thriller The East (Brit Marling & Zal Batmanglij), remember that one?
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Dalek Movies Mania, 2013-Style

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The recent release of the two Peter Cushing Doctor Who films from the 1960’s featuring a human Doctor and, of course, the Daleks, has created quite a bit of interest...

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Fantasia 2011: ‘Burke and Hare’ is an exceptionally well made Victorian-era horror-comedy

Burke and Hare

Written by Piers Ashworth and Nick Moorcroft

Directed by John Landis

UK, 2010

There have been several films about the infamous true-life grave robbers William Burke and William Hare, including Freddie Francis’s 1985 The Doctor And The Devils and John Gilling’s 1959 The Flesh and The Fiends. Perhaps the most famous is Robert Wise’s 1945 classic The Body Snatcher, which starred both Boris Karloff and Béla Lugosi. You can now add John Landis’s Burke and Hare to the list.

Burke and Hare marks Landis’s first feature theatrical release in twelve years, the last being 1998′s Susan’s Plan. Thankfully the director who gave us such classics as Animal House, An American Werewolf in London, Michael Jackson’s Thriller and The Blues Brothers still has a trick or two up his sleeve. Admittedly his latest feature pales in comparison to his earlier work, but Burke and Hare
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Blu-ray Review: Burke & Hare – Amusing But Minor Cameo Cramed, Ealing Style Caper

This isn’t the first time the grisly true-to-life exploits of Burke & Hare have made it to the big screen. In 1960 Donald Pleasance and George Rose were the bumbling duo in John Gilling’s vintage terror treat The Flesh and the Fiends – a film that headlined the illustrious Peter Cushing as a medical doctor who requires corpses for research endeavours. Then in 1972 came the undeservedly forgotten Vernon Sewell version ‘Burke & Hare’ which also played the horror elements dead straight. Now, under the revitalised Ealing Studios banner, John Landis‘ has reinterpreted the infamous West Port Murders of 1827-1828 as a comedic caper staring Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis as the deadly duo who go into a potentially lucrative body snatching business venture – which involves supplying cadavers to Tom Wilkinson’s esteemed medical professor.

It must have been an intriguing proposition; working at a revived Ealing Studios in an attempt to honour
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British Horror Film Producer Dies

British film producer Robert S. Baker teamed with Monte Berman to produce, and occasionally direct, a handful of Gothic horror and science fiction films in the late 1950s. The duo produced the classic 1958 terror tale Blood of the Vampire (1958) starring Sir Donald Wolfit, and the cult sci-fi thriller The Crawling Eye (aka The Trollenberg Terror) (1958) starring Forrest Tucker. They produced and directed the 1959 gruesome recounting of Jack the Ripper (1959), and told the tale of the bodysnatching team of Burke and Hare in 1960’s The Flesh and the Fiends (aka Mania, The Fiendish Ghouls) starring Peter Cushing and Donald Pleasence. They also produced the period thriller The Hellfire Club (1961) and the horror comedy No Place Like Homicide! (aka What a Carve Up!) (1961).

Baker was born in London on October 27, 1916. He served in the Royal Artillery in North Africa during World War II, before being transferred to the Army Film and Photographic Unit.
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Halloween 30th Anniversary DVD Set October 14th!

A few weeks back, Anchor Bay Entertainment announced a new 6 disc DVD boxed set to coincide with the 30th anniversary of John Carpenter's landmark film Halloween. Now, Anchor Bay has sent over the official press release (with complete details) and locked down October 14th as the release date! Check out the packaging in our previous news post Here! Full details below:

Laurie: “Was it the boogeyman?”

Dr. Loomis: “As a matter of fact, it was.”

Halloween 30th Anniversary Commemorative Set

6-Disc Limited-Edition Set Includes Blu-ray And

Official Display Replica of the Michael Myers mask!

Available October 14th

Burbank, CA – It just wouldn’t be Halloween without … Halloween.

In October 1978, John Carpenter released a small, independent horror movie that became a box-office phenomenon. Halloween became one of the most successful independent films of its time, and launched a franchise that would reinvent horror films and make household names out of
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Joe Dante on "The Fiendish Ghouls"

The truncated third Us release (after earlier tries as "Mania'", then "The Psycho Killers'") of John Gilling's 1960 retelling of the Burke and Hare story that formed the basis for Robert Louis Stevenson's "The Body Snatcher". Cut by a reel and a half and aimed at the lowest of brows, this version ends with Donald Pleasence getting a torch in his face.
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