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Contest: Win William Castle’s The Night Walker on Blu-ray

In 1964, legendary director William Castle took viewers into a world "between fact and fantasy" in the thriller The Night Walker, and with the Barbara Stanwyck-starring movie now on Blu-ray from Scream Factory, we've been provided with three high-def copies to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.

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Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of The Night Walker.

How to Enter: We're giving Daily Dead readers multiple chances to enter and win:

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2. Email: For a chance to win via email, send an email to contest@dailydead.com with the subject “The Night Walker Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on February 27th. This contest is only
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‘Noir Town’: Jordan Peele and Janelle Monáe Reimagine Hitchcock With A Woman Of Color in the Lead Role

‘Noir Town’: Jordan Peele and Janelle Monáe Reimagine Hitchcock With A Woman Of Color in the Lead Role
Jordan Peele was quite vocal about his intentions to subvert classic thrillers like “The Stepford Wives” in “Get Out,” and he’s up to something similar in a new project for W Magazine titled “Noir Town.” The publication asked the Oscar-nominated filmmaker to direct a fashion photo shoot, so he decided to call up his friend Janelle Monáe and create a story that subverts the Alfred Hitchcock noir by casting a woman of color in the lead role.

The photo spread tells the story of a private detective (Monáe) who is standing in a clock tower watching a parade unfold on the street below. The detective is searching for clues to a murder, but as she looks through her camera and studies the crowd she begins to notice one of the bystanders looks exactly like her. The identical stranger is one of many who begin to appear through the detective’s lens.
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February 20th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Mom And Dad, The Night Walker, Eaten Alive! (1980)

It’s a quiet week of horror and sci-fi home entertainment titles, as there are only a handful coming our way this Tuesday. There’s a limited edition release for Umberto Lenzi’s Eaten Alive! that Severin Films has put together, and Scream Factory is giving William Castle’s The Night Walker the HD treatment as well.

Other releases arriving on February 20th include Mom and Dad, Headgame, Downhill, Cannibal Hookers, and season one of Midnight, Texas.

Eaten Alive!: Limited Edition (Severin Films, Blu-ray)

Eight years after he first unleashed the Italian cannibal craze, spaghetti splatter master Umberto Lenzi (Nightmare City, Cannibal Ferox) returned to the jungle for this "graphic" (Monster Hunter), "sordid" (Geek Legacy) and "extreme" (Horror News) gut-muncher that still packs the power to knock you over. EuroSleaze hall-of- famers Robert Kerman (Cannibal Holocaust), Janet Agren (City Of The Living Dead), Ivan Rassimov (The Man From Deep
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The Blackcoat’s Daughter Writer-Director Oz Perkins Will Adapt Paul Tremblay’s A Head Full of Ghosts

“Scared the living hell out of me, and I’m pretty hard to scare.” – Stephen King on “A Head Full of Ghosts” You’ve got to love Oz Perkins. The man is the son of Psycho star Anthony Perkins but that hasn’t kept the young Perkins from creating his own growing legacy of horror. From his […]

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Hollywood Burns Release Must-Hear Track From Upcoming Album Invaders

Just last week, I wrote a piece about Hollywood Burns and their upcoming album Invaders. Today, the retro-infused synthwave artist has released the first track from that album and, readers, it’s a fucking banger. Dubbed “Scherzo No. 5 in Death Minor”, the song starts with an homage to Bernard Herrmann’s Psycho overlain with theremin “Oooohs” […]

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How Modern Technology Would Have Ruined These Classic Movies

The film industry has been thriving for over 100 years now, and throughout its history we’ve been treated to some absolute classics. But movies are products of their time, something that this new tool, created by the folks over at SunLife, reveals.

The animated device focuses on how modern technology could ruin some classic movies, and there are some absolute gems in there. For example, can you imagine if Alfred Hitchcock’s legendary 1960s movie Psycho were made today? Can you imagine people Googling the famous Bates Motel for reviews?

Or how about The Wizard Of Oz? Dorothy an co. venture off on a wondrous journey down the yellow brick road to a faraway land, but wouldn’t it have been oh so much easier (and quicker) with a map app?

The fun post also refers to other classic movies, including Sixteen Candles, The Shawshank Redemption – imagine if Andy Dufresne’s cell had CCTV – Casablanca,
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John Gavin obituary

Actor who played in Psycho and Spartacus – and almost became the next Bond

It must have been galling for the actor John Gavin, who has died aged 86, to have often been called “the poor man’s Rock Hudson”, but comparisons between the two actors were inevitable. Both were tall, dark, well built and handsome romantic leads. Both starred in glossy Ross Hunter productions during the 1950s and 60s, at the peaks of their careers. Moreover, both actors were favourites of the director Douglas Sirk, who gave them some of their finest roles. But Gavin could also claim to have worked with Alfred Hitchcock (in Psycho) and Stanley Kubrick (in Spartacus), which Hudson never did.

Both these films came out in 1960, when Gavin was at the height of his fame. In Spartacus, he played a muscular, youthful Julius Caesar, wary of opposition. In Psycho, he was Sam Loomis, boyfriend of Marion Crane
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'The Silence of the Lambs': THR's 1991 Review

'The Silence of the Lambs': THR's 1991 Review
On Feb. 14, 1991, Anthony Hopkins' Hannibal Lecter hit the big screen in The Silence of the Lambs. The film went on to claim five Oscars at the 64th Academy Awards, including in top categories for actor, actress and director. The Hollywood Reporter's original review is below.

Before he skins them, the killer sticks a moth down his victim's throat, symbolic of his own aberrant psycho-sexual condition, the need to turn from a moth to a butterfly. A curdling Psycho-drama in the highest Hitchcock order, The Silence of the Lambs should itself emerge as a butterfly at the box office,...
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John Gavin, ‘Psycho’ Actor & Ronald Reagan’s Ambassador To Mexico, Dies At 86

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John Gavin, Psycho actor, has died at age 86. His death was confirmed by Budd Burton Moss, the manager of Gavin’s wife, actress Constance Towers. A cause of death was not specified. John Gavin Dies At 86 Gavin began his acting career in a handful of B-movies in the 1950s before landing his first lead role for A Time […]

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John Gavin, Actor And U.S. Ambassador, Dead At 86

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Gavin in Alfred Hitchcocks 1960 classic "Psycho".

By Lee Pfeiffer

John Gavin, a long-time Hollywood star who gravitated into a career in politics, has died at age 86 following some bouts with ill health. Gavin, a former U.S. Naval Intelligence officer, entered the acting profession in the mid-1950s, an era in which Hollywood studios were looking for beefcake type leading men. Gavin fit the bill with his handsome looks and impressive physique. It wasn't long before he was scoring prominent roles in major films such as "A Time to Love and a Time to Die" and "Imitation of Life". Alfred Hitchcock cast him as the heroic leading man in his 1960 "Psycho" and he was seen on screen the same year playing Julius Caesar in "Spartacus". Despite his good looks and competent acting skills, however, the major roles began to dry up. Gavin would still score some prominent parts in major
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John Gavin Dies: ‘Psycho’ & ‘Spartacus’ Actor And Former SAG President Was 86

John Gavin Dies: ‘Psycho’ & ‘Spartacus’ Actor And Former SAG President Was 86
Actor John Gavin, who starred in Psycho, Spartacus and Imitation of Life and later served as President Reagan’s U.S. Ambassador to Mexico in the 1980s, died Friday. He was 86. Gavin’s longtime friend William Friedkin confirmed Gavin’s passing in a tweet. A sad day, my great friend John Gavin diedThis morning. One of the finest men I knewAnd like a brother to me. May he Rest In Peace — William Friedkin (@WilliamFriedkin) February 9, 2018 SAG issued a statement later…
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John Gavin Dies: ‘Psycho’ & ‘Spartacus’ Actor And Former SAG President Was 86

Actor John Gavin, who starred in Psycho, Spartacus and Imitation of Life and later served as President Reagan’s U.S. Ambassador to Mexico in the 1980s, died Friday. He was 86. Gavin’s longtime friend William Friedkin confirmed Gavin’s passing in a tweet. A sad day, my great friend John Gavin diedThis morning. One of the finest men I knewAnd like a brother to me. May he Rest In Peace — William Friedkin (@WilliamFriedkin) February 9, 2018 SAG issued a statement later…
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John Gavin, ‘Psycho’ and ‘Imitation of Life’ Actor, Dies at 86

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John Gavin, ‘Psycho’ and ‘Imitation of Life’ Actor, Dies at 86
Actor John Gavin, best know for his role in Alfred Hitchcock’s cult horror “Psycho,” has died. He was 86. “A sad day, my great friend John Gavin died This morning,” director William Friedkin wrote on Twitter. “One of the finest men I knew And like a brother to me. May he Rest In Peace.” Gavin also starred in films like “Imitation of Life,” “Spartacus” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” He was famously set to play James Bond in 1971’s “Diamonds Are Forever” before Sean Connery chose to return to the franchise. Also Read: Mickey Jones, 'Justified' and 'Total Recall' Actor, Dies at 76 His other...
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John Gavin, Actor in ‘Psycho’ and ‘Spartacus,’ Dies at 86

John Gavin, Actor in ‘Psycho’ and ‘Spartacus,’ Dies at 86
John Gavin, who reached the pinnacle of his acting career with roles in Douglas Sirk’s “Imitation of Life,” Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” and the epic “Spartacus,” later serving as president of the Screen Actors Guild in the early ’70s and as U.S. ambassador to Mexico under Ronald Reagan, died Friday morning in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 86.

The actor was signed to a contract and almost played James Bond in the film “Diamonds Are Forever.”

Gavin was SAG president from 1971-73 and was President Reagan’s first ambassador to Mexico from 1981-86.

His two films with German-born director Douglas Sirk in the late 1950s, “A Time to Love and a Time to Die” and “Imitation of Life,” greatly raised his profile in Hollywood and around the country.

Shot in black-and-white CinemaScope, and adapted from the novel by “All Quiet on the Western Front” author Erich Maria Remarque, “A Time to Love and a Time to Die” (1958) was the first
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John Gavin, Actor in ‘Psycho’ and ‘Spartacus,’ Dies at 86

John Gavin, Actor in ‘Psycho’ and ‘Spartacus,’ Dies at 86
John Gavin, who reached the pinnacle of his acting career with roles in Douglas Sirk’s “Imitation of Life,” Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” and the epic “Spartacus,” later serving as president of the Screen Actors Guild in the early ’70s and as U.S. ambassador to Mexico under Ronald Reagan, died Friday morning in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 86.

The actor was signed to a contract and almost played James Bond in the film “Diamonds Are Forever.”

Gavin was SAG president from 1971-73 and as President Reagan’s first ambassador to Mexico from 1981-86.

Gavin made two films with German-born director Douglas Sirk in the late 1950s, “A Time to Love and a Time to Die” and “Imitation of Life,” that greatly raised his profile in Hollywood and around the country.

Shot in black-and-white CinemaScope, and adapted from the novel by “All Quiet on the Western Front” author Erich Maria Remarque, “A Time to Love and a Time to Die” (1958) was
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'Psycho' Star John Gavin Dead at 86

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"Psycho" star John Gavin -- who appeared in several other classics such as "Midnight Lace" and was the Us Ambassador to Mexico under Ronald Reagan -- has died.  John -- who played Sam Loomis in the classic horror flick -- died Friday morning ... TMZ has learned. We're told he succumbed to complications from pneumonia and had battled leukemia for a long time. John was first hospitalized just before Christmas and died just before 6 Am Friday at his Beverly Hills home,
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R.I.P. Original ‘Psycho’ Star John Gavin Has Died

“I didn’t have an inkling they would be classics. Had I realized that, perhaps I would have paid more attention,” John Gavin once reflected on his two most iconic roles, which saw him play Sam Loomis, Marion Crane’s boyfriend, in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho and Julius Caesar in Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus. Today we’re sad to report […]
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Rest in Peace: John Gavin

Sad news as The Exorcist director William Friedkin has announced via Twitter the passing of John Gavin, who not only acted for over two decades but was also Ronald Reagan’s first ambassador to Mexico. Gavin is known to horror fans for his portrayal of Sam Loomis from Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film Psycho. Loomis was the […]

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‘Riverdale’ Borrows From ‘Psycho’ and ‘Blood Simple’ as Archie Is Lured by the Dark Side

‘Riverdale’ Borrows From ‘Psycho’ and ‘Blood Simple’ as Archie Is Lured by the Dark Side
[The following contains spoilers from “Riverdale” episode “Chapter Twenty-Six: The Tell-Tale Heart.”]

Archie Andrews (Kj Apa) just proved he has a tolerance, and therefore the potential, for darkness after his love for Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes) made him side with her shady parents. On Wednesday’s episode, that meant he turned a blind eye to mob dealings and may have even inadvertently caused the murder of a the gangster deliciously named Papa Poutine.

That wasn’t all that went down on Wednesday’s jam-packed “Riverdale” though. The Cooper mother and daughter hid the corpse of a man Chic (Hart Denton) killed, the Mayor (Robin Givens) stepped down to avoid a scandal, Archie’s FBI guy proved to be a fake, and the mastermind behind the ruse was none other than Hermione Lodge (Marisol Nichols).

Sitting in the director’s chair for the episode titled “The Tell-Tale Heart” was none other than Julie Plec, creator of
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Mary Harron’s Manson Family Pic Moves Forward, Set to Launch in Berlin

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“American Psycho” director Mary Harron is one step closer to tackling one of the most infamous crimes in history. Matt Smith (“The Crown”) and Suki Waterhouse (“The White Princess”) have been added to the cast of “Charlie Says,” Harron’s upcoming drama about the Charles Manson murders. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news. The pic will be introduced to buyers in Berlin later this month.

Based on Ed Sanders’ “The Family” and Karlene Faith’s “The Long Prison Journey of Leslie Van Houten,” “Charlie Says” follows the three young women — known as members of the “family” — who were sentenced to death for their involvement in the crimes. Their sentence changed to life imprisonment when the death penalty was lifted. Faith was “sent in to teach them, and through her the film will follow their transformations as they face the reality of their horrific crimes,” THR summarizes.
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