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First wave of films announced for A Night of Horror & Fantastic Planet Festival(s)

Presented by Deadhouse Films, the 11th annual A Night of Horror International Film Festival and Fantastic Planet, Sydney Sci-Fi and Fantasy Film Festival announce the first wave of programming for the 2017 event today. Both festivals will run concurrently at Dendy Cinemas Newtown, from November 29th to December 3rd 2017. Says programming director Dean Bertram:

The festivals’ programmers are delighted to announce a stunning array of frightening, bloody, and awe-inspiring cinema from around the world. This first wave is an international cinematic buffet. It includes the freshest and best of this season’s fantastic genre fare: incredible films from Australia, Europe, North and South America, and Africa.

The first eight feature films announced by the two festivals – all of which are Sydney, Australian, or international premieres – are below. More program details and guest announcements will be revealed at the end of the month when tickets also go on sale.

Bad Black (dir: Nabwana I.G.G.,
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October Horrors 2017 Day 8 – The Omega Man (1971)

The Omega Man, 1971.

Directed by Boris Sagal.

Starring Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe, Paul Koslo, and Rosiland Cash.


Government scientist Robert Neville struggles to survive in a world where much of humanity has either been wiped out by biological warfare or they have been transformed into nocturnal creatures hell-bent on having him killed, with Neville possibly being the last normal human left on the planet.

In 1954, Richard Matheson published his novel I Am Legend, a chilling work about the last surviving human in a world overrun with vampires. It’s an influential novel that has left a long legacy, with it helping to inspire the modern zombie genre, with the late zombie king George A. Romero citing the book as an influence on his debut film Night of the Living Dead.

The novel itself has been adapted to film several times with various degrees of success, most recently in 2007 with
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The Deuce season 1 episode 1 review: The Pilot

David Crow Sep 27, 2017

David Simon's The Deuce arrived last night in the UK. Spoilers ahead in our Us chums' review of episode 1...

This review contains spoilers.

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1.1 The Pilot

The New York City of 1971, the New York City of The Deuce, is before my time. The days of fabled sleaze and seduction, vibrancy and violence, which piled onto the sidewalks like so many ripped garbage bags, have long passed… albeit, the garbage stacks remain. Even upon first visiting the Big Apple nearly 20 years ago, Giuliani Time was deep in the rearview, for better or worse. The crime rate is still way down, and you could walk through Times Square without being bombarded by trash, porno theaters, and rented
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Andy Muschietti interview: directing Stephen King's It

Matt Edwards Sep 5, 2017

Ahead of thee release of the new take on Stephen King's It, we chatted to its director, Andy Muschietti...

It’s not often that you get to describe your afternoon's work as ‘top secret clown business’. On an angrily sunny bank holiday Monday I pulled my curtains shut, bundled the door closed and prepared to interview director Andy Muschietti about his new film, an adaptation of Stephen King’s horror tale It. It was spooky clown business of the creepiest order, and embargoed clown business to boot.

In spite of our phone connection, which ran between the UK and La, being tormented by an evil entity (the signal must have passed through Derry, Maine), it was great fun chatting with the director about watching horror movies, unpredictable clowns and scaring children. Here’s how we got on.

Congratulations on the film.

Thank you very much. Did you enjoy it?
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War For The Planet Of The Apes – Review

And just a week after the highly entertaining reboot of the web-slinger, here comes another franchise reboot, but rather than a first entry, here’s the third chapter, the rumored final one (only the grosses will tell) of a trilogy launched six years ago. But its roots go back nearly 50 years (we’re getting into Bond territory). Oh, and this is really the second reboot (first one didn’t…take). That original ancestor is that 1968 classic Planet Of The Apes, the movie that gave Charlton Heston an iconic role not from biblical times, rather it established him as a science fiction star (mainly in dour futures as with The Omega Man and Soylent Green). Sure Chuck brought the adults in and made it “respectable”, but for the younger set, the flick was all about the fabulous simian make-ups enveloping some great character actors. Those John Chambers designed prosthetics continued on
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The Beautiful and the Damned Dirty Apes: A History of The Planet of The Apes

Author: Cai Ross

The original Planet of The Apes movies occupied a curious netherworld of critical opinion. With each film, the budget was sawn in half, leading to a successive pattern of diminishing returns that led to a cheapening of its esteem. The spin-off TV show was quickly cancelled, further dulling the lustre and few people even remember the animated series that finally put the Apes to bed until a rude awakening in 2001.

However, for all their child-pleasing capers (the family-friendly G rating was a mandatory stipulation from the studios), the Apes movies deftly juggled important themes and arguments about slavery, free-will, nuclear war, vivisection, racism and oppression, and man’s innate capacity for cruelty. In pure storytelling terms, the circuitous plot links the first five movies (and the new post-Rise cycle) into a pleasing, if relentlessly pessimistic, self-perpetuating full-circle.

Enormous box office successes in their early stages, they spawned
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Night Of The Comet (1984)

Post-apocalyptic films were a dime a dozen in the early ‘80s. They were almost always done on the cheap – a small cast of a few survivors, a barren desert and some rags for wardrobe, and voila! Throw it on HBO for a few years and call it a day. But sometimes ambition seeps in, and Night of the Comet (1984) is one of the best examples of low budget ingenuity, smart, sharply drawn characters, and a whole lot of heart. When the aliens return to take back the earth (do you want to claim responsibility for this freak show?) and wish to be shown a film indicative of the ‘80s, show them this – it represents all the best qualities of the decade’s filmmaking.

Distributed by Atlantic Releasing Corporation in mid-November, Night of the Comet brought in over $14 million against a $700,000 budget, making it an indie success with audiences and critics alike.
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Ghosts of Futures Predicted: How Hollywood Imagined We’d Be Living Now

Author: Cai Ross

Earth’s future has always proved a playground of possibility for scriptwriters and directors. Artists are rarely content to make do within the confines of what is merely possible. Setting a movie years in the future is a way of letting their minds off the leash, while usually offering an allegorical reflection of the times in which we currently live. As one fictional time-travel expert once said, “The future is not set. There is no fate but what we make for ourselves.”

Snow White & The Huntsman director Rupert Sanders is the latest in a long line of visual soothsayers who has made his own fate in the form of Ghost In The Shell, which offers us a metropolitan futureworld full of gymnastic augmented cybernetic agents, colossal 3D advertisements and the increasingly regular sight of Juliette Binoche in a lab-coat.

Like many futuristic sci-fi movies, Ghost In The Shell
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Writer William Peter Blatty Dead at 89 – Wrote The Exorcist

Responsible for one of the most iconic horror novels (and films…and posters!) of all time, The Exorcist author William Peter Blatty has passed away at age 89. Blatty started as a scriptwriter with credits including the Blake Edwards comedy A Shot In The Dark and (uncredited) The Omega Man. He adapted his 1971 best-seller The Exorcist for the screen in 1973, which resulted in his Oscar win for ‘Best Adapted Screenplay’. In 1980, he directed an unusual film I saw at the theater then, but have never seen since. The Ninth Configuration, an odd allegory starring Stacey Keach and Neville Brand about a remote castle that served as an insane military asylum, deserves to be rediscovered. In 1996, he wrote and directed The Exorcist III, based on his novel Legion. Just last year, the director’s cut of the film, now titled The Exorcist III: Legion, was released on Blu-ray. Blatty had a type of blood cancer.
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Passengers – Review

You can usually count on big-pedigree sci-fi films like Arrival to contain truly challenging ideas, but how, this late in the game, can we still get a movie like Passengers, one of the most misguided big-budget sci-flicks in recent memory?

Set in an unspecified future, Passengers stars Chris Pratt as Jim Preston, a mechanic onboard the spaceship Avalon. Like the other 5000 passengers, Jim is in suspended animation for the ship’s 120-year journey to the planet Homestead II, where earthlings are colonizing after overpopulation problems back home. Unfortunately, Jim has the misfortune of waking up 90 years too soon when his sleeping pod malfunctions. He sends an email back home to apprise someone of his predicament, but is informed it will take decades for that message to transmit, so like Chuck Heston in The Omega Man, he settles in to his role as the last man (not) on Earth. After a year of shooting hoops,
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The Quiet Earth

Remember the warning to avoid ‘crossing the streams’ in Ghostbusters? Director Geoff Murphy enjoyed a world-wide release for this eerie sci-fi fantasy about a scientist who becomes unstuck in time-space, alone in an empty world.

The Quiet Earth


Film Movement

1985 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 91 min. / Street Date December 6, 2016 / 39.95

Starring Bruno Lawrence, Alison Routledge, Pete Smith

Cinematography James Bartle

Production Designer Josephine Ford

Art Direction Rick Kofoed

Film Editor Michael Horton

Original Music John Charles

Written by Bill Baer, Bruno Lawrence, Sam Pillsbury from the novel by Craig Harrison

Produced by Sam Pillsbury, Don Reynolds

Directed by Geoff Murphy

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

New Zealand was indeed quiet on science fiction filmmaking before the massive production Lord of the Rings. When Geoff Murphy and Bruno Lawrence surfaced in 1985 with The Quiet Earth it was received as a pleasant surprise, a brainy alternative to the Australian Road Warrior series. Distinguished
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The legend of Ridley Scott’s I Am Legend

Padraig Cotter Oct 5, 2016

Arnold Schwarzenegger was set to star in I Am Legend, with Ridley Scott directing. We look back at a lost movie...

Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend is one of the greatest vampire novels ever written, and is a noted inspiration on people like Stephen King and George Romero. The book tells the story of Robert Neville, who is seemingly the lone survivor of a plague that turned most of humanity into bloodsucking ghouls. Neville survives nightly attacks by hordes eager for his blood while trying to overcome the crushing loneliness of being the last human left. It’s a book that manages the twin feat of being a great horror story and an achingly sad character study; it’s got a gut-punch of a twist too.

I Am Legend is an inherently cinematic concept, but it hasn’t had a smooth ride on the big screen.
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Apocalyptic Actioner Daylight's End Evokes the Classics

Written by Chad Law and directed by William Kaufman (Sinners and Saints), Daylight's End is a new post-apocalyptic actioner that evokes classics like The Omega Man and Assault on Precinct 13 as well as newer fare like The Colony.

The flick stars Johnny Strong, Lance Henriksen and Louis Mandylor among others and hits theatres and on-demand August 26, 2016. This looks like one to add to your watch list, folks.


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Review: "Number One" (1969) Starring Charlton Heston; MGM DVD Release

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By Lee Pfeiffer

Charlton Heston fans will appreciate the fact that one of his few major films not to be released on home video has finally made it to DVD through MGM. "Number One" (released in certain countries under the title "Pro") is an off-beat vehicle for the superstar, who was then at his peak of popularity. The fact that the movie under-performed at the box-office and failed to score with critics didn't diminish Heston's status as a leading man. He would go on to star in such hits as "The Omega Man", "Skyjacked", "Soylent Green" "Earthquake", "Midway"and "Airport '75"- with cameos in the popular "The Three Musketeers" and "The Four Musketeers". The poor response to "Number One" doesn't diminish its many merits - and the fact that Heston was willing to play against type in a largely unsympathetic role. For the film, he reunited with director Tom Gries,
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Interview: Actor Paul Koslo on the Making of The Omega Man

Shock talks to veteran 70s action movie star Paul Koslo about his role in 1971’s The Omega Man. In 1971, actor Paul Koslo starred in director Richard Sarafian’s existential 1971 automobile thriller Vanishing Point. But that same year, Koslo also starred in the second adaptation of Richard Matheson’s influential novella I Am Legend, The Omega…

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Sound Shock: Ron Grainer’s Score for 1971’s The Omega Man

Shock takes a look and listen to Ron Grainer’s lush score for 1971’s The Omega Man. Though it was rather faithfully adapted in 1964 with the Richard Matheson scripted (though credited under his pseudonym Logan Swanson) Italian/Us co-production The Last Man On Earth and then, decades later as the irreverently plotted but effective in tone…

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What Jurassic World Would Have Looked Like In 1978

While Jurassic World is, so far, the biggest hit of the year; we can.t help but wonder what it would have been like if it was released a couple decades earlier. Now, thanks to one especially creative YouTuber, we have a trailer for an alternate version of the film that does just that. Prepare for some retro themed goodness, and watch the trailer below. YouTube channel Chief Brody Rules is to thank for this glorious mash-up of actual footage from both Jurassic Park and Jurassic World, as well as a metric ton of 70.s Sci-Fi classics such as The Omega Man, Jaws, and . most notably - Westworld. If you thought Jurassic World was thrilling with Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas-Howard, wait until seen it with Michael Caine and Raquel Welch! Judging by the action in the trailer, Caine would be replacing Pratt as Owen Grady, with Welch
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The Strain Season 2 Episode 1 Review – ‘Bk,NY’

Martin Carr reviews the first episode of The Strain season 2…

Having failed to defeat The Master, Ephraim and his team retreat to Red Hook and begin fortifying their position…

Guillermo Del Toro directs the opening ten minutes of season two with skill, precision and delicacy. Coming across as part Grimm faery tale, part moral fable. We are treated to high-end storytelling, which adds breadth and backstory before dropping us back into present day Manhattan. Where a split second flashback to last season’s finale, aids the unfamiliar in catching up on The Strain as it hits the ground running.

Once more David Bradley’s Abraham Setrakian stands out from the crowd. Like an ailing Van Helsing circa nineteen seventy something, he piles conviction into a performance which never drifts into caricature. Kevin Durand’s Vasilly Fet meanwhile shows similar skill, playing quietly confident and unfazed without a false note. Just
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Who needs Will Smith? 'I Am Legend' is getting a reboot

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(Cbr) Warner Bros. is going back to the post-apocalyptic well with another adaptation of Richard Matheson’s "I Am Legend" film. This one won’t feature Will Smith, who starred in the 2007 film, and sounds as if it won’t have much in common with the source material. According to Deadline, the studio asked Gary Graham to repurpose his script "A Garden at the End of the World" into a reboot. The original screenplay, which garnered a lot of attention on the Black List website, was described as a sci-fi version of "The Searchers," the 1956 John Ford classic in which John Wayne combs the West for the Comanches niece kidnapped his nieces and killed the rest of the family. This will mark the fourth time Matheson’s 1954 novel has been adapted for film. Vincent Price starred in the 1964 film "The Last Man on Earth," Charlton Heston played the lead in
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I Am Legend Again and Again and Again

Richard Matheson's "I Am Legend" continues to inspire adaptations. The first starred Vincent Price and was called The Last Man on Earth. Later, Charlton Heston starred in The Omega Man. Then, there was I Am Legend featuring Will Smith.

Well, despite the fact that the Smith film grossed over half a billion dollars at the global box office, Warner Bros. wants to reboot I Am Legend.

There have been repeated attempts to bring about a prequel and a sequel to the big screen.

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