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Halloween 2017: 11 Movies You Should Watch on Shudder

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We’re in the last remaining days of October, meaning many of us will be trying to cram in as many horror movies as possible between now and Halloween. For my last round of Shudder picks this month, I thought I’d go with a much looser theme: there’s nothing that ties these titles together except that they’re really good movies I think you should watch. Some you may recognize, others may be less familiar to you. All of them are worth streaming on Shudder.

The Bride of Frankenstein (1935, dir. James Whale) It’s not officially October without the Universal Monsters, so big thanks to Shudder for adding most of the big ones to their expanding library of streaming options. There’s no wrong choice when it comes to the classics, but I’ll make the case that Universal never got better than The Bride of Frankenstein, James Whale
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Legendary Actress Barbara Steele To Appear At Monsterpalooza This Weekend In Pasadena

  • CinemaRetro
By Todd Garbarini

The Monsterpalooza convention in Pasadena, California this coming weekend will afford convention-goers a rare opportunity to meet the last of the great horror film stars, the Queen of Horror herself, actress Barbara Steele.

Ms. Steele, who is best known to genre fans for her work in Mario Bava’s Black Sunday (1960), Roger Corman’s The Pit and the Pendulum (1961), and Mario Caiano’s Nightmare Castle (1965), will be on hand to sign autographs and pose for photos with fans on Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8, 2017.

The convention will be held at the Pasadena Convention Center, 300 East Green Street, Pasadena, CA 91101 from April 7 to the 9th, 2017.

Full details can be found here.
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Off The Shelf – Episode 61 – New DVD & Blu-ray Releases For Tuesday, August 25th 2015

This week on Off The Shelf, Ryan is joined by Brian Saur to take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for the week of August 25th, 2015, and chat about some follow-up and home video news.

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Episode Links & Notes Follow-up Honeymoon Killers Don Hertzfeldt’s Kickstarter News Arrow’s Us announcements for November French Battlestar Galactica Blu-ray release Spartacus Restoration Screenshots City of Lost Children 20th Anniversary Blu-ray KLStudio Classics – I’m Gonna Git You Sucka, Delirious, Up The Creek Vincent Price Oop Moc Announcements: Shane, Robinson Crusoe On Mars, The Quiet Man New Releases

August 18th

Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem Burn, Witch, Burn The Couch Trip Cruel Story Of Youth (Masters Of Cinema) Day for Night (Criterion) Diggstown Dressed to Kill Elena Face to Face aka Faccia A Faccia Hackers The Hunger La Sapienza La Grande Bouffe My Darling Clementine Navajo Joe
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August 18th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Nightmare Castle, Nomads, and Burn, Witch, Burn

August 18th is bringing horror and sci-fi fans a bounty of home entertainment choices this week, especially if you’re into cult classics and indie genre films. Titles arriving on Tuesday include newer movies like Cub, Ejecta and Closer to God as well as the latest from the Soska Sisters, Vendetta. Several older films are getting an HD overhaul on Blu-ray too, including Nomads, The Hunger, Nightmare Castle, The Wife Killer and the supernaturally-infused Burn, Witch, Burn which was also co-penned by Richard Matheson.

And while it may not necessarily be a full-on genre movie, it’s worth noting that Shout! Factory is also releasing the criminally underrated cyber-adventure/thriller Hackers onto Blu-ray this week to celebrate its upcoming 20th anniversary.

Burn, Witch, Burn (Kino Lorber, Blu-ray)

The powers of dark magic rule the night in this chilling masterpiece of supernatural horror as a

college campus turns into a nest of evil.
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Severin Brings Nightmare Castle and More Barbara Steele to Blu

Barbara Steele, that striking figure of Eurohorror, is coming to Blu in Mariano Caiano favorite Nightmare Castle. Severin Films announced the release with a killer bonus: Castle of Blood and Terror Creatures from the Grave as supplements. Coming August 18th, Severin Films Severin Films announced “the global Blu-Ray premiere of Nightmare Castle starring the Queen…

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Franco’s Vampyros Lesbos is February’s Late Nite Grindhouse!

Feburary’s Late Nite Grindhouse show was originally going to be Duke Mitchell’s Massacre Mafia Style. Unfortunately, there was a scheduling conflict with the only 35mm print of that film. Therefore, we have had to book another title. Massacre Mafia Style will show at a later date but I feel extremely lucky to bring you guys the restored version of Jess Franco’s Vampyros Lesbos. If that title sounds saucy, it’s because it is. Nudity, sex and blood will be shown on the big screen at the Hi-Pointe next weekend and you should join us!

Vampyros Lesbos

1971 / dir. Jess Franco / Digital

From Jess Franco, the filmmaker The Vatican called “the most dangerous director in the world”, comes the most celebrated movie of his legendary career: Stunning Soledad Miranda stars as a vixen vampire who lures women to a Mediterranean island to satisfy her insatiable lust for female flesh and blood.
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A Destitute Waif

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In Dimitri Kirsanoff's Menilmontant a destitute waif, betrayed and abandoned by the man who seduced her, sits on a park bench with her newborn infant. Beside her is an old man eating a sandwich. This wordless exchange is one of the greatest moments ever committed to film. Nadia Sibirskaia’s face reveals all of life’s cruel mysteries as she gazes upon a crust of bread.

The persistence of hope is the dark angel that underlies despair, and here it taunts her mercilessly. A whole series of fluctuations of expression and movement in reaction to anguish, physical pain involving hesitation, dignity, ravenous hunger, survival, self-contempt, modesty, boundless gratitude. All articulated with absolute clarity without hitting notes (without touching the keys). Chaplin could have played either the old man on the bench (his mustache is a sensory device!) or Nadia. And it would have been masterful and deeply affecting,
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Take Three: Barbara Steele

Craig here with this week's Take Three: Barbara Steele

Barbara Steele in Federico Fellini's immortal 8 ½

Take One: Black Sunday (1960)

In Mario Bava’s Black Sunday (also known as La maschera del demonio or The Mask of Satan) Steele plays Princess Asa Vajda, a woman put to death by her brother in Moldavia, 1630 only to be resurrected 200 years later as a vampire-witch. Steele also has a second, key role, as local woman Katia Vajda. Princess Asa’s eager to wreak the long-promised revenge upon her descendants – thus proving Sunday is far from a day of rest for the undead. Black Sunday, highly influential and memorable to future horror like Bloody Pit of Horror, Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Sleepy Hollow, features some of Steele’s best work.

That's particularly true in the film's gory opening prologue where she meets her first death. Many horror fans recall with wicked grins this
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Review: "Horror Express" Comes To Blu-ray From Severin Films

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By Todd Garbarini

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My love of horror films didn’t start until I was twelve, but as a child in 1974 I recall seeing scenes from a film that featured a white poodle and a monster with eerie, red eyes. I didn’t know the name of it until my grandmother bought a VHS copy of Horror Express in September 1985 from K-mart for the then unheard of amount of eleven dollars. I immediately recognized the images and was delighted to finally know the film that had unnerved me years earlier.

Horror Express takes place at the turn of the 20th Century. Sir Alexander Saxton (Christopher Lee), a British anthropologist, discovers frozen fossils during an archeological dig and takes them aboard the Tran-Siberian Express en route to England. Accompanying him are his colleague Dr. Wells (Peter Cushing) and his assistant Mrs. Jones (Alice Reinheart). Almost immediately,
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The Faceless Monster (Nightmare Castle) Movie Review

Review by Colleen Wanglund, MoreHorror.com

Written and directed by Mario Caiano, The Faceless Monster (1965) is an Italian horror movie that was released in the United States with the original title Nightmare Castle. Upon its release to video it was given the different title. Although in my opinion, The Faceless Monster doesn’t fit the movie and is a bit misleading as to the subject matter.

The movie stars Barbara Steele in a dual role—as Muriel, the wife of scientist Stephen Arrowsmith (Paul Muller) and Jenny, Muriel’s step-sister. Muriel is having an affair with the handyman David (Rik Battaglia) and one night they are caught red-handed by Stephen. With the help of his loyal housekeeper Solange (Helga Line), Stephen kills Muriel and David, removing their hearts and using their blood for some experiments involving a youth serum.

Muriel was the one with the money and before her death
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Video Home Invasion: Severin Film's Blood Spattered Bounty

For this, a very special Halloween edition of Video Home Invasion, we're going to take a look at Severin Films lovely collection of rare and unsettling cult horror films.  I love horror movies as much as the next guy, but many of these titles had me scratching my head.  The Sinful Dwarf, while not strictly horror, is certainly horrifying.  Crucible of Terror is a blip in horror history, but a landmark in the career of Mike Raven.  Then there are the lesser known works of Lucio Fulci, a personal favorite.  Many films that deserve to be viewed at least once, given perhaps more recognition and attention than they sometimes deserve by a company dedicated to bringing evil into your home.

Lucio Fulci is a master of horror who is, by far, best known for his sizable and reputable collection of zombie films.  However, he did make other films as well,
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Top Ten Tuesday: Creepy Character Actors

You just can’t keep a good serial killer down, especially when he only exists in our imaginations. Freddy Krueger returns once again this Friday, April 30, but this time without Robert Englund. Jackie Earle Haley slips into the scar makeup and knife-fingered glove this time around, hoping to give new life to an old favorite. Haley has already proven himself is short time to be one of this generation’s great character actors, with a knack for the dark and creepy side of the craft. In light of the new Nightmare On Elm Street film, We Are Movie Geeks has compiled our Top Ten List of the Best Creepy Character Actors.

Honorable Mention: Rondo Hatton

Of all the actors on this list, none has had a more tragic personal story as Rondo Hatton. As a young man Hatton was diagnosed with a rare pituitary disorder known as acromegalia (the studios
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Severin Feels Birdemic Coming On

Severin Films, the DVD outfit that released Hardware and Nightmare Castle last year, has taken the worldwide rights to James Nguyen's Birdemic: Shock and Terror . Shot on the cheap over the course of four years, Nguyen's effort is described as a "romantic thriller" set against the backdrop of a homicidal bird invasion in Northern California. "Birdemic is truly unlike any other film we've ever seen," says Carl Daft, CEO and co-founder of Severin Films. No shit. Check out the trailer below and be amazed. "The fact that James Nguyen wrote, produced, directed, financed and self-marketed such a unique feature is in itself a story worth celebrating. On a certain level, this is a landmark independent production and James is truly an auteur for our time....
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Bsb: Mario Caiano's Nightmare Castle

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Bsb: Mario Caiano's Nightmare Castle
In the annals of classic Italian Gothic horror, one name immediately does Not spring to mind, that of genre hopper Mario Caiano. Usually it’s Mario Bava or Antonio Margheriti who get the accolades and of course, there are very serious, legitimate reasons for this. But Caiano has one advantage over his early 1960’s, Mediterranean contemporaries: he directed the 1963 supernatural melodrama masterpiece Nightmare Castle, and they didn’t. It’s that simple.

Made in the wake of the international success of Bava’s immortal Black Sunday, Caiano and company stole that film’s iconic femme fatale, Barbara Steele and fashioned a shuddery, haunting and occasionally unbearably frightening high contrast black and white shocker that exploits Steele’s cruel beauty to even greater effect, placing her in a duel role and surrounding her in a nasty, elegant narrative.

So whey then, don’t the hardcore scholars of Eurohorror speak of Nightmare Castle
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Greatest Scream Queens

Debbie Rochon, often described as a scream queen herself, wrote in an article originally published in Gc Magazine that "a true Scream Queen isn't The Perfect Woman. She's sexy, seductive, but most importantly 'attainable' to the average guy. Or so it would seem." Nastassja Kinski Films: To the Devil a Daughter (1976) [1] Cat People (1982) [2] The Day the World Ended (2001) [3] Inland Empire (2006) [4] Kinski will always be remembered for the iconic photograph shot by Richard Avedon (with a snake coiled around her body) and her role in Paul Schrader's (not so good) remake of Cat People. Needless to say, it was a hit at the box office and Kinski deservingly received a Saturn Award for Best Actress. Caroline Munro Films: The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) [5] Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972) [6] Dracula A.D. 1972 [7] Maniac (1980) [8] Faceless (1987) [9] Demons 6 (1989) [10] Caroline Munro seduced audiences in her Hammer roles in films like Dracula A.D. 1972, but for gore hounds,
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Horror on DVD & Blu-Ray: Weekly Chopping List

It's a big week for horror titles arriving for in-home enjoyment. From indie-splatter to studio remakes, we've got the details on what you'll find this Tuesday - complete with last-minute additions and deletions.

Whether you prefer DVD or Blu-Ray, let's take a look at the full slate of offerings, in this weekly edition of the famous Fangoria Chopping List.

Available May 19th on DVD:

Bane

Four women awake in an underground cell with amnesia. The women soon discover that they are part of a secret experiment with no obvious purpose. They are visited, one by one, by the Surgeon who cuts a four digit number into each woman s skin...the exact time he will return to kill them. Each woman must quickly piece together the dark secret behind the gruesome experiment and somehow survive the Surgeon s nightly visits of pain, torture and grisly murder. Be prepared for a
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Tuesday DVD/Blu-Ray Chopping List 4/28/2009

Since it's Tuesday, that means it's time to take a look at the genre fare hitting retail on DVD and Blu-Ray this week.

In this newly-expanded weekly version of the Fangoria Chopping List, we've got the full breakdown of titles to watch out for, along with all the info you need to make your own list.

Grindhouse Double Feature: Beast Of The Yellow Night/Keep My Grave Open: Alpha

Keep My Grave Open: A crazy woman who lives in an old mansion thinks she's with her brother/lover, who lures victims to her.

Beast: Satan saves Ashley from death on condition he become his disciple (and, as it turns out, a hairy murderous beast).

The Centerfold Girls (special edition): Dark Sky

The most beautiful girls in the world... Some are for loving... Some are for killing!

A reedy man wearing saddle shoes and an ill-fitting suit drags the nude
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Severin’s Gregory talks House and more Eurohorror DVDs

Fango heard from filmmaker/DVD producer David Gregory, who gave us the scoop on a new disc he’s working on for Severin Films. “We’ve picked up the rights to EXPOSÉ, a.k.a. House On Straw Hill, with Udo Kier and Linda Hayden,” he tells us.

The 1976 chiller, written and directed by James Kenelm Clarke, stars Fango fave Kier as a writer who retreats to a remote house in the British countryside to work on his new novel, accompanied by a secretary (Hayden) who turns out to have a dark side. “We will most likely release the DVD under the U.S. House title,” Gregory says, “though it’s better known to me and my UK-based Severin partner Carl Daft as EXPOSÉ, the title under which it was banned in England. We have a soft, nostalgic spot for any film that was tagged as a ‘Video Nasty’ in
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The Wild World of David Gregory

Now, I'm straight, but I have a huge man-crush on David Gregory.

And really, if you're a fan of subversive cinema, what's not to love?

For those of you that don't know, Gregory is the UK born horror hero behind such counterculture cult film DVD imprints as Blue Underground and Severin Films and many of the supplemental documentaries that pad out their unique releases. Dedicated, ambitious and massively prolific, this incredible force of frightful celluloid nature recently wrapped his debut feature length shocker, the shot in 16mm Plague Town and has just re-issued, among a slew of other bizarre titles, two of Jess Franco's weirdest and wildest (I'm a devout defender of Franco, more on that in further Blood Spattered Blog entries) – the slasher Bloody Moon and the certifiably insane Devil Hunter - on his cooler than thou Severin label.

Since I so admire those that practice what they preach,
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