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Exclusive Interview: George and Alexander Mendeluk talk The Terror Experiment

  • DailyDead
The Terror Experiment was recently released on Blu-ray/DVD, and I had a chance to talk to director George Mendeluk and his son Alexander, who worked together on this film. Continue reading to learn more about the challenges of making a low-budget zombie movie, their inspirations, and their next project.

Thank you for taking the time to talk with Daily Dead. How did this project come about and what made you interested in telling a zombie story with so many already available?

George: The project came to us, because I was setting up another movie and an investor shied away from it. When this came up, I was intrigued as a director to take on the challenge of working on a limited one-set situation and pull it off. The claustrophobia and building became a challenge to work with. I hope it wasn’t obvious, but the building was only
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I Want to Live in 'Corman's World'

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It's hard to overestimate Roger Corman's significance. As the director of low-budget fare like It Conquered the World and Creature from the Haunted Sea, Corman is often regarded as a schlockmeister. And though that may be true, Corman is also a groundbreaking filmmaker without whom the landscape of contemporary cinema would look very different.

Thankfully, to remind us of Corman's immense importance to Hollywood comes Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel, an in-depth new documentary from Alex Stapleton — and I cannot think of a better Christmas gift.

Corman got his start back in the 1950s, working extensively for American International Pictures, the independent production house responsible for so many of the B-movie drive-in flicks made during the '50s, '60s and '70s. Along the way, he shepherded the careers of budding filmmakers such as Francis Ford Coppola, Ron Howard and Martin Scorsese.

With the mandate "make
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Stills We Love: Street Girls!

Happy harlots love stills…Joe Dante loves stills…Joe Dante was a happy harlot?!?

Not that I was doing some duly diligent fact checking (lest I publish something here that’s wrong or false or or equally ill repute to all previous posts), but The IMDb claims the tagline for Street Girls was “Happy harlots: turning tricks before they turn 18!” Might have a guy or two that can confirm or deny such things, right after you look at this still. Just look at it!

“Wet dreams and open jeans!” was the ad line publicity director Jon Davison cooked up for Street Girls, a sleazy indie shot in Oregon that Roger Corman picked up for distribution by New World.

A very low budget precursor to Hardcore shot in grainy 16mm, it featured Carol Case as a runaway hippie followed to the big town by her dirtbag father. Much nudity, coupling and golden showers ensue,
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TCM Drive-In Doubles Week 4

Dante gives us the details of TCM’s June 23rd back-to-back-to-back double-features.

Another week in June means that TCM — possibly the best channel on any cable box anywhere — is back with another Thursday night chock full of monstrous mayhem. This week they’re turning their attention to something near and dear to our very hearts: underwater fiends.

Here’s Joe (and company) with the rundown:

June 23

It Came From Beneath The Sea - The top half of what Bill Warren has called the greatest double bill of the 50s (withCreature with the Atom Brain), this Harryhausen classic benefits from its newsreelish location shooting. Ernest Dickerson appreciates it here.

The Monster That Challenged The World – A surprisingly well produced cheapie with a cool, if immobile, monster by Augie Lohman that takes place on the Salton Sea. It’s a far cry from The Magnificent Ambersons, but a bulky Tim Holt makes
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TCM Airing Drive-In Monster Movie Marathons Every Thursday in June

Assuming you have a humongous front door or outstanding insurance, Thursdays in June will be good night to pull your car into the living room, park it in front of your flatscreen, turn the channel to TCM, and try to relive the golden age of drive-in monster movies as TCM is loading its schedule this month with nothing but classic old school monster movies.

As if Turner Classic Movies wasn't already a fantastic channel as is (they're airing the 1977 Jaws with claws cult classic Grizzly this Friday at 2:00 Am Et), every Thursday in June they'll be running all-night Atomic Age monster movie marathons. From Godzilla to Harryhausen, from classics like The Thing from Another World to not-so-classics like Creature from the Haunted Sea to bad movie greatness like The Giant Claw... Here's TCM's own press release:

It came from the drive-in! The al fresco movie theater, a rage of the 1950s and '60s,
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Larry Blamire Renaissance Man

Larry Blamire Renaissance Man
Interviewed by Jessie Lilley

And just what is a “Renaissance Man” anyway? No, I’m not referring to the Voyager episode and I’m also not talking about the Penny Marshall film. In this context, the term Renaissance Man is defined as a person who excels at many different endeavors: the guy can do a lot of stuff and he does it all quite well. Such a one is the subject of this interview.

Larry Blamire first came across my radar when he and I were both living in Hollywood. I was at a private screening in the home of a friend of mine and he rolled a film called The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra. I was transfixed. What a delightful way to spend some time; laughing yourself silly. I immediately found a way to contact this man as I wanted to know what makes him tick.

It’s now years later and,
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DVD and Blu-Ray Releases for January 18, 2010

Hey Fiends! Happy Monday! Got another list of flicks on the format of your choice.

Roger Corman’s Cult Classics Triple Feature (Attack of the Crab Monsters / War of the Satellites / Not of This Earth)

Format: DVD

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Three Films Produced And Directed By Honorary Academy Award Recipient And King Of B-Movies, Roger Corman: With All New Film Transfers From The Negative!

In Attack Of The Crab Monsters, a group of scientists become marooned on an island while investigating the disappearance of researchers who were looking into atomic activity in the Pacific. They quickly fall prey to giant, mutant crustaceans that have the ability to absorb the minds of their prey. Starring Russell Johnson (Gilligans Island), Richard Garland and Mel Welles (Little Shop Of Horrors).

An alien comes to Earth, masquerading as a human, to scout our planet for a new blood source in Not Of This Earth. He needs
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DVD and Blu-Ray Releases: January 18th - Buried in a Death Race Too

Does claustrophobia set in easily for you? Then you may want to steer clear of the video aisles of your favorite stores as last year's intense buried alive flick (starring the future Green Lantern) is coming on home.

Being that this is another light week release wise, you don't have too many other options. That is unless you're in the mood for high speed chases featuring coffin-looking vehicles that could end up causing just as much anxiety.

Or maybe you'd just like to find comfort in another Roger Corman fest from a kinder, gentler era - a triple treat that has nothing to do with coffins. Yay!

Buried (Blu-ray Review)

Directed by Rodrigo Cortés

Starring Ryan Reynolds, and the voices of Samantha Mathis, Erik Palladino, José Luis García Pérez, Robert Paterson, Stephen Tobolowsky

Paul Conroy is not ready to die. But when he wakes up six feet underground with no
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DVD Releases - October 12th: Hex a Doll and Whisper to the Lost Boys

This week's roundup of DVD releases include fan favorites from TV, a scarred comic book antihero, the next installment of The Lost Boys, the requisite creature features, a Roger Corman set, and SyFy's apocalyptic view of the world. Also, don't forget to check out the soundtrack from the hottest vampire TV show right now (well, there's only one playing currently) at the very end of this list.

While waiting for your orders to arrive by mail, you can always catch up on Camera Obscura for free with our Episode 1-7 episodes & recap or watch the newest episodes on Dailymotion. You can also learn all about creature making from our Q&A With Camera Obscura's FX Maestro Jeff Farley.

On with the list....

Jonah Hex

Directed by Jimmy Hayward

Out of the pages of the legendary comics and graphic novels steps Jonah Hex (review), a scarred drifter and bounty hunter
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And The Oscar Goes To: Roger Corman

…Ho yeah, it happened. On the evening of November 14th, and with surprisingly little fanfare.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences bestowed an honorary Academy Award to Roger Corman at the Inaugural Governor’s Awards in Los Angeles this past Saturday. The event was attended by many of Corman’s former colleagues, including Jack Nicholson (who appeared in a handful of early Corman pictures, such as the original The Little Shop of Horrors and The Raven), Ron Howard (whose directorial debut was the Corman-produced Grand Theft Auto in 1977) and Gale Anne Hurd (who was Corman’s executive assistant during her New World tenure). The award was presented by Quentin Tarantino.

In the words of the Exeter, formerly of Metaluna, “Whether you consider me a saint or a sinner is unimportant…” That is to say, many have lauded this irony-defining turn of events because of Corman’s overall contributions to film.
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