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Blood Simple

17 September 2016 10:06 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Neo-noir got a major boost with this splendid first outing for the Coen Brothers, who planned to produce something commercially viable but broke through with a new style in fashionable genre mayhem. A fantastic cast helps, including the auspicious debut of the great Frances McDormand. Blood Simple Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 834 1984 / Color / 1:85 anamorphic 16:9 / 95 m. Starring John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya, M. Emmet Walsh, Samm-Art Williams. Cinematography Barry Sonnenfeld Production Designer Jane Musky Film Editor Roderick Jaynes (Ethan Coen & Joel Coen), Don Wiegmann Original Music Carter Burwell, Jim Roberge Writing credits Ethan Coen and Joel Coen Produced by Daniel F. Bacaner, Ethan Coen Directed by Joel Coen

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Although I hear a fair amount of grousing against the Coen Bros. entire approach to filmmaking, they've earned their place through the sheer entertainment value of their work. Reading a Variety review of movies debuting at a »

- Glenn Erickson

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The Horrible Dr. Hichcock

12 September 2016 3:08 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

"Death will take you as you sleep! A sleep as deep as Death!" Barbara Steele doesn't realize that her husband is using her to recover a forbidden sexual thrill. Riccardo Freda's film plays games with Alfred Hitchcock's filmography, but it also generates a Euro-horror spell like no other. Outrageous in 1962, it was a Technicolor ode to funereal surrealism. New in this review -- a crazy theory that might upend story assumptions about L'orribile segreto del Dr. Hichcock. The Horrible Dr. Hichcock Blu-ray Olive Films 1962 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 77 88 min. / Street Date September 13, 2016 / L'orribile segreto del Dr. Hichcock; Raptus The Secret of Dr. Hichcock, The Terror of Dr. Hichcock / available through the Olive Films website / 29.98 Starring Barbara Steele, Robert Flemyng, Montgomery Glenn (SIlvano Tranquili), Teresa Fitzgerald (Maria Teresa Vianello), Harriet White (Harriet White Medin), Spencer Williams, All Christianson, Evar SImpson, Nat Harley. Cinematography Donald Green (Rafaele Masciocchi) Film Editor Donna Christie »

- Glenn Erickson

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Join Norman Bates and His Mother Midnights This Weekend at The Tivoli – Psycho

11 September 2016 6:13 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“She might have fooled me, but she didn’t fool my mother.”

Psycho (1960) plays this weekend (September 16th and 17th) at the Tivoli as part of their Reel Late at the Tivoli Midnight series. 

Everyone remembers the most famous scene in Psycho: the oft-copied but seldom equaled artistry of the shower murder, with its nerve-wracking staccato string music, its implied nudity and stabbing, and its 78 separate edits. But what everyone does not realize is that this iconic sequence – one of the most famous in film history – was actually a creative response thought up by Saul Bass and Alfred Hitchcock to avoid censorship. In 1959, censorship (the Code) was still alive and well in Hollywood, movie ratings were still years away, and Alfred Hitchcock was at a crossroads in his career. With a string of box office hits and a popular hit TV show, Hitch was one of Hollywood’s most bankable and recognizable directors. »

- Tom Stockman

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Revisiting the film of Stephen King's Carrie

4 September 2016 4:10 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Becky Lea Sep 5, 2016

Brian De Palma memorably brought Stephen King's novel Carrie to the screen. We take a look back...

Welcome to the very first instalment of our journey through the world of Stephen King screen adaptations and oh, what a varied bunch it will be. We shall begin as all things must, at the beginning, with the first of King’s adaptations to appear in the cinema, Brian De Palma’s high school classic, Carrie. What better place to start than with a cautionary tale of why you should never bully the quiet girl with the latent telekinetic powers?

The Film:

Carrie (Sissy Spacek) is the shy and quiet girl at the back of the gym class. When she heads into the showers after the lesson, she gets her period. Having been raised by a nightmarish mother (the imperious Piper Laurie) who neglected to mention any of these biological developments to her daughter, »

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Blu-ray Review: Psycho IV: The Beginning

30 August 2016 2:05 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The only thing more amazing than the fact that there are three sequels to Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho—an untouchable classic that defies sequelization—is the fact that all three sequels are surprisingly good. This is a horror franchise that never should have existed, and yet it is one of the few horror franchises without a single stinker in the bunch… that is, until we get to the 1987 made-for-tv spinoff movie Bates Motel and Gus Van Sant’s shot-for-shot remake in 1998. For our purposes, let’s just stick to the original series of Psycho films starring Anthony Perkins. Anything without the original Norman Bates just ain’t Psycho.

Having never seen the 1990 made-for-cable sequel/prequel Psycho IV: The Beginning prior to Scream Factory’s new Blu-ray release, I was sure this would be the entry in the Psycho series that dropped the ball—the one that looked like what I »

- Patrick Bromley

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Emmy Predictions 2016: The Unconventional Dominate the Score and Sound Races

26 August 2016 11:54 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

If there’s a running theme in this year’s race for score and sound, it’s being unconventional.

For series dramatic score, look for “Chef’s Table’s'” Duncan Thum to get the win for the poignant “Grant Achatz” episode about a Chicago celebrity chef losing his sense of taste while undergoing cancer treatment. However, Thum faces stiff competition from Chris Bacon for the offbeat “Bates Motel” finale, in which Norman (Freddie Highmore) and Norma (Vera Farmiga) face the point of no return, and from Mac Quayle’s eerie “Mr. Robot” opener (“Hello Friend”).

Fargo” and “The Night Manager,” which go head to head in dramatic score for limited series, movie or special, offer a ’70s vibe and Mediterranean sense of romance, with the nod likely going to “Fargo’s” Jeff Russo.

Meanwhile, “Game of Thrones” and “Fargo” are the definition of unconventional. “Got” should win for series sound »

- Bill Desowitz

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Emmy Predictions 2016: The Unconventional Dominate the Score and Sound Races

26 August 2016 11:54 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

If there’s a running theme in this year’s race for score and sound, it’s being unconventional.

For series dramatic score, look for “Chef’s Table’s'” Duncan Thum to get the win for the poignant “Grant Achatz” episode about a Chicago celebrity chef losing his sense of taste while undergoing cancer treatment. However, Thum faces stiff competition from Chris Bacon for the offbeat “Bates Motel” finale, in which Norman (Freddie Highmore) and Norma (Vera Farmiga) face the point of no return, and from Mac Quayle’s eerie “Mr. Robot” opener (“Hello Friend”).

Fargo” and “The Night Manager,” which go head to head in dramatic score for limited series, movie or special, offer a ’70s vibe and Mediterranean sense of romance, with the nod likely going to “Fargo’s” Jeff Russo.

Meanwhile, “Game of Thrones” and “Fargo” are the definition of unconventional. “Got” should win for series sound »

- Bill Desowitz

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Frank Ocean Shares His Favorite Films, Including Tarkovsky, PTA, Kurosawa, Lynch, Kubrick & More

23 August 2016 9:17 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

After a few delays, Frank Ocean‘s Channel Orange follow-up, Blond, has now arrived and, with it, not only an additional visual album, but Boys Don’t Cry, a magazine that only a select few were able to get their hands on. (Although, if you believe the artist’s mom, we can expect a wider release soon.) In between a personal statement about his new work and a Kanye West poem about McDonalds, Ocean also listed his favorite films of all-time and we have the full list today.

Clocking at 207.23 hours, as Ocean notes, his list includes classics from Andrei TarkovskyDavid Lynch, Ingmar Bergman, Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, Orson Welles, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Jean Cocteau, Alfred Hitchcock, Francis Ford Coppola, Fritz Lang, Werner Herzog, Akira Kurosawa, Ridley ScottBernardo BertolucciSergei Eisenstein, F. W. Murnau, Luis Buñuel, and more.

As for some more recent titles, it looks like The Royal Tenenbaums »

- Jordan Raup

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Why Music In Films Matters

14 August 2016 6:20 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Neil Calloway argues that soundtracks and scores can make or break films…

This week, Flickering Myth’s own Oli Davis made the persuasive case that Suicide Squad‘s various cuts could be seen in the music they used; with David Ayer’s original version using different styles of music to the final cut by Trailer Park. There was also the release of a report titled “The Effect of Background Music in Shark Documentaries on Viewers’ Perceptions of Sharks” that suggested people are afraid of sharks because of the ominous music used to score film scenes where they are present.  Personally, I’m frightened of sharks because I don’t want one to bite my leg off, leaving me to die an agonising death in the water while wearing only swimming shorts.

What both these stories remind us is the huge part scores and soundtracks play in films; when you get »

- Neil Calloway

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Jonas Mekas Stars In ‘I Had Nowhere to Go,’ a Jarring, Original Biopic — Locarno Review

5 August 2016 10:25 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In the 98 minutes of “I Had Nowhere to Go: Portrait of a Displaced Person,” there are about 10 minutes of visuals. The rest of the experience takes place on a black screen as accompanying audio tracks doing the legwork. It’s a bold gamble by director and veteran artist Douglas Gordon that doesn’t always pay off, but a big part of the experience stems from the ever-engaging storytelling at its center. Narrated by legendary avant-garde film diarist Jonas Mekas, now 93 and livelier than ever as he recollects his wartime experiences, “I Had Nowhere to Go” attempts to capture the journeys of a man known for capturing images through their absence. Though not always the sum of its compelling ingredients, “I Had Nowhere to Go” applies an appropriate degree of cinematic innovation to one of the medium’s greatest advocates.

See MoreAvant-Garde Legend Jonas Mekas Offers Filmmaking Advice in New Book »

- Eric Kohn

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Newswire: Godfather of Gore H.G. Lewis to host a marathon of his splatter classics

29 July 2016 11:48 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

The godfather of gore himself, Herschell Gordon Lewis, will be hosting a marathon of his films at the International House Philadelphia on Sunday, August 21. “The H.G. Lewis Gore-a-Thon” will feature Blood Feast, 2000 Maniacs, Color Me Blood Red, and The Gruesome Twosome, before closing out the night with 1967’s The Wizard Of Gore. All the films will be presented in glorious 35mm, the only way Exhumed Films knows how.

Blood Feast is generally credited as the first “gore film.” Lewis’s low-budget shlocker from 1963 was a response to Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, which Lewis felt cheated the audience by showing the aftermath of murder, but ton the action. The director shot Blood Feast over four days in Miami with a budget of $24,000 and utilized real gore like the a sheep’s tongue used in a scene where a woman gets her tongue ripped ...

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- Mike Vanderbilt

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Crimes of Passion

26 July 2016 2:37 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Flamboyant artist Ken Russell was eventually sidelined for what the industry calls 'excess,' but he was a genuine artist, as indicated by this, his last American film. Absolutely beyond the pale in terms of polite viewing, it's by turns awkward and insightful, profane... and more profane. Crimes of Passion Blu-ray + DVD Arrow Video (UK) 1984 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 112, 107 min. / Street Date July 12, 2016 / Available from Amazon UK 39.95 Starring Kathleen Turner, Anthony Perkins, Annie Potts, Bruce Davidson, John Laughlin. Cinematography Dick Bush China Blue's dress Ruth Myers Original Music Rick Wakeman Written and Produced by Barry Sandler Directed by Ken Russell

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

What separates exploitation trash from progressive film art? They say it's an artist's vision, and Ken Russell certainly has plenty of that. I can admire Russell's house brand of outrageousness but I also find much of his work just too fussy, too indulgent. He's excellent when trying »

- Glenn Erickson

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Editorial: I Support Rihanna As Marion Crane

25 July 2016 5:03 PM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Let’s start with a fair warning: if you are not caught up on Bates Motel and want to avoid spoilers, then stop reading now!! In order to make my argument, I have to make specific references to events in the series.

Ok, so as everyone knows, Rihanna was recently announced as the new Marion Crane to be introduced during the final season of Bates Motel. The reactions only are of, let’s just say, of a strong nature. I anticipated seeing more reactions towards the fact that Rihanna is 100% a pop star and hasn’t dabbled too much into acting aside from small roles here and there. What I didn’t anticipate was the race card. Seriously? It’s 2016 and we have a black president. Get the fuck over it, people! What sparks my curiosity is how the conversation started with the possibility of having her on the show. »

- Jovy

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Bates Motel: Marion Crane Coming; A&E Drama Officially Ending with Season Five

23 July 2016 11:25 AM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

There won't be a sixth season for Norman Bates. A&E has announced that season five will indeed be the end of their Bates Motel TV show. https://twitter.com/InsideBates/status/756621330292760576In addition, it's been revealed that pop star Rihanna will be checking into the Bates Motel as Marion Crane, the ill-fated character that Janet Leigh first played in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho feature film. Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Drive-In Dust Offs: The Psychopath (1966)

23 July 2016 9:47 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

With the advent and huge success of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960), studios were quick to hop aboard the killer train. Out were the outsized monsters of the ’50s, in were mama’s boys and socially maligned women dealing with sins of the past. Dementia 13 (’63) and No Way to Treat a Lady (’67) are just a sample of the ’60s horror films that focused on smaller scale, human dilemmas, regardless of how twisted they may be. One film that seems to have been misplaced in the schizoid shuffle is Freddie FrancisThe Psychopath (1966), a lean little thriller that acts as a gateway for one of the most revered European horror sub-genres: the giallo.

Of course, Psycho plays a major part in this association; the Italian-originated giallo wallowing in mysteries of the mind shot through with a razor-sharp emphasis on the visceral, stemming from a psychological need, a desire, to fix wrongs, »

- Scott Drebit

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Rihanna Checks In For Fifth And Final Season Of Bates Motel As Marion Crane

23 July 2016 9:22 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Rihanna has booked her place in Bates Motel‘s fifth and indeed final season, and the singer-songstress has clinched a famous role on A&E’s prequel drama.

Word comes by way of San Diego Comic-Con, where the show’s producers confirmed that Rihanna – who has flirted with acting via Battleship, Annie, This is the End and, soon, Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets – will play the highly-anticipated part of Marion Crane, the hapless visitor originally portrayed by Janet Leigh in Alfred Hitchcock’s seminal classic.

Have a gander at Rihanna’s official announcement, below.

.@rihanna to check into #BatesMotel as Marion Crane in the 5th and final season!https://t.co/7t2pRL43cf

Bates Motel on A&E (@InsideBates) July 22, 2016

Even after the events of season 4, Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga are both on board for next year’s curtain call, and in »

- Michael Briers

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Sdcc: Rihanna to take a shower in Bates Motel as Marion Crane, series ending after season 5

23 July 2016 3:50 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Sad news for fans of A&E’s acclaimed Psycho prequel series, as the network announced during its panel at the San Diego Comic-Con yesterday that Bates Motel will be closing its doors following the upcoming fifth season.

It's official, the #BatesMotel will close after Season 5 #Sdcc

Bates Motel on A&E (@InsideBates) July 22, 2016

See Also: Freddie Highmore channels Anthony Perkins in Bates Motel promo image

Meanwhile, the panel also brought the news that Freddie Highmore (Norman Bates) and Vera Farmiga (Norma Bates) are to be joined in the cast by pop star Rihanna, who will step into the shower in the role of Marion Crane, played by Janet Leigh in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 classic.

“We wanted to thrust the iconic role into a contemporary spotlight and redefine it in a meaningful and exciting new way,” said executive producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin. “We also heard Rihanna was a fan of the show, »

- Gary Collinson

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Rhianna Joins T.V.’s Bates Motel In Iconic Psycho Role

23 July 2016 3:25 AM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Ok, I know Bates Motel is firmly in the realm of television, but the recasting of the Psycho’s iconic Marion Crane (played by Janet Leigh in Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller) is a big deal. With the prequel series winding with it’s fifth series, it will finally be catching up with the first movie, and at San Diego Comic-Con it has been announced that none other than Rhianna will be taking that fateful shower in the Bates Motel when Crane makes her series debut. It’s unknown what changes will be made to the character (who was presented as the films lead before being memorably dispatched halfway through), and how big a role she will have in the final season. Speaking of the casting choice, executive producer Carlton Cuse and Kerry Erin had this to say, which admittedly smacks of PR speak: We wanted to thrust the iconic »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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Bates Motel Season 5: Rihanna Joins Final Season as Spoiler!

22 July 2016 8:01 PM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

Move over Janet Leigh, there's a new Marion Crain in town!

Leigh played the iconic, never forgotten and ill-fated character in the 1960 Hitchcock classic, and Rihanna is set to take over for the 2017 Bates Motel edition.

In fact, Rihanna was so excited about it, she even filmed a bit of her own shower in her own bedroom to share the news.

Executive producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin released a statement after the panel:

“We wanted to thrust the iconic role into a contemporary spotlight and redefine it in a meaningful and exciting new way."

"We also heard Rihanna was a fan of the show, and we were huge fans of hers, so it was the perfect collision of creativity and fate.” 

Separately, Cuse talked to EW before the panel, “We are going to meet Marion Crane, but what we don’t want to do is create the impression that »

- Carissa Pavlica

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Rihanna Will Head Over To Bates Motel And Play Marion Crane For Final Season

22 July 2016 6:18 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Rihanna has been tapped to play the iconic role of Marion Crane, formerly played by Janet Leigh, in the fifth and final season of A&E’s hit drama series Bates Motel. The highly anticipated casting announcement was made today during the season five panel at San Diego Comic-Con via video.

Creators and executive producers Kerry Ehrin and Carlton Cuse were on hand with cast Vera Farmiga (“Norma”), Freddie Highmore (“Norman”), Max Thieriot (“Dylan Massett”) and Nestor Carbonell (“Sheriff Alex Romero”) to celebrate the casting, the series and speak to the final season.

Executive producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin said: 

"We wanted to thrust the iconic role into a contemporary spotlight and redefine it in a meaningful and exciting new way.  We also heard Rihanna was a fan of the show, and we were huge fans of hers, so it was the perfect collision of creativity and fate"

Additional »

- Kellvin Chavez

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