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Perhaps best remembered for the huge success of teen comedy Porky’s (1981) and perennial yuletide fave A Christmas Story (1983), Bob Clark will forever be known to horror fans as the director of Black Christmas (1974) , the taut, flat out scary as hell blueprint for John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978) . However, the same year he made BC, came the potent anti Vietnam parable Deathdream, aka Dead of Night, a chilling indictment on the ravages of war mixed with a spooky EC Comics vibe. Rarely talked about, it still packs a wallop today.
Made right after Clark’s rather boring zombie debut Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things (1972), but not released until August of ’74, Deathdream didn’t make much of a ripple at the box office but did see some solid notices. At the time, there weren’t a lot of films tackling the Vietnam War (most notable was 1968’s execrable John Wayne »
- Scott Drebit
Burbank, Calif. May 19, 2015 – On June 2, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (Wbhe) will release The John Wayne Westerns Film Collection – featuring five classic films on Blu-ray™ from the larger-than-life American hero – just in time for Father’s Day. The Collection features two new-to-Blu-ray titles, The Train Robbers and Cahill U.S. Marshal plus fan favorites Fort Apache, The Searchers and a long-awaited re-release of Rio Bravo. The pocketbook box set will sell for $54.96 Srp; individual films $14.98 Srp.
Born Marion Robert Morrison in Winterset, Iowa, John Wayne first worked in the film business as a laborer on the Fox lot during summer vacations from University of Southern California, which he attended on a football scholarship. He met and was befriended by John Ford, a young director who was beginning to make a name for himself in action films, comedies and dramas. It was Ford who recommended Wayne to director Raoul Walsh for the male lead in the 1930 epic Western, »
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The 90-second promo spot for the 16th annual Newport Beach Film Festival, running April 23-30, has a vaguely Eastern European air about it. It features a spiky-haired, trap-shooting goth girl who wouldn’t look out of place in the upcoming “Mad Max” sequel. As she hits her targets, the black-and-white imagery is flooded with explosions of color, as the screen displays the mantra “Know new art.”
The clip is a compelling blend of artsy and populist elements, and suggests the sense of discovery all first-class film festivals strive for. And for roughly the week the Nbff takes over more than a dozen screens in the area, Orange County — largely underserved in the arthouse arena — is fed an alternative to multiplex fare.
Gregg Schwenk, executive director-ceo of the Nbff who co-founded the event 17 years ago, has done his homework. A Uc Berkeley alum who once worked on a project for the »
- Steve Chagollan
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