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Severin Films to Bring 1970s Horror Movies to the Holidays with December Release of The Amicus Collection Blu-ray Box Set

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Severin Films will bring horror to the holidays this December with their box set of three 1970s movies from Amicus Productions, aka "The Studio That Dripped Blood."

Slated for a December 5th release, Severin Films' The Amicus Collection includes Blu-rays of Asylum, And Now the Screaming Starts, The Beast Must Die, and a bonus disc of interviews, trailers, and more.

Each remastered Blu-ray is packed with new special features that offer insights into the making of the movies and the creative minds behind each effort.

The Amicus Collection box set is priced at $54.99, and it's also available in a special bundle that includes a T-shirt, enamel pins, book, and artwork (for an overall price of $129.00). You can also pick up And Now the Screaming Starst and Asylum as individual Blu-rays for $24.99 apiece).

For more information about The Amicus Collection, we have the full release details, cover art images, and
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Drive-In Dust Offs: The Legend Of The 7 Golden Vampires (1974)

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By the early ‘70s, Hammer films was wheezing and sputtering just to stay alive. Their attempts to stay current with the changing tides of horror were often misbegotten and misdirected (Dracula A.D. 1972, anyone?) as the plots continued to recycle shopworn ideas when audiences were ready for more modern concerns, such as hulking maniacs with chainsaws. In essence, time was passing Hammer by, and they were willing to try anything. Hence we arrive at The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974), a delightful elixir of Dracula and…Kung Fu. This was the last gasp for Hammer’s beloved franchise, and it’s a very worthy burial.

Aka 7 Brothers Versus Dracula, 7 Brothers and a Sister Meet Dracula, 7 Golden Vampires, and Enter The Dracula (no, but who screwed up that marketing?), Legend was a co-production between Hammer and Shaw Brothers, the immortal Chinese martial arts film studio that would crank out 10, sometimes 15 films a year of kinetic,
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Drive-In Dust Offs: The Psychopath (1966)

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With the advent and huge success of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960), studios were quick to hop aboard the killer train. Out were the outsized monsters of the ’50s, in were mama’s boys and socially maligned women dealing with sins of the past. Dementia 13 (’63) and No Way to Treat a Lady (’67) are just a sample of the ’60s horror films that focused on smaller scale, human dilemmas, regardless of how twisted they may be. One film that seems to have been misplaced in the schizoid shuffle is Freddie FrancisThe Psychopath (1966), a lean little thriller that acts as a gateway for one of the most revered European horror sub-genres: the giallo.

Of course, Psycho plays a major part in this association; the Italian-originated giallo wallowing in mysteries of the mind shot through with a razor-sharp emphasis on the visceral, stemming from a psychological need, a desire, to fix wrongs,
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Drive-In Dust Offs: The House That Dripped Blood (1971)

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From the mid sixties to the mid seventies, omnibus (or anthology, or portmanteau if you’re really fancy) horror films were big business. And Amicus Productions ruled the roost. Between ’65 and ’74 they released seven such films, starting with Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors (not to be confused with Dr. Tongue’s Evil House of Pancakes) and culminating with From Beyond the Grave. Today’s film lands in the middle, The House that Dripped Blood (1971) showcasing a company just starting to hit their stride with anthologies.

Popularity of the omnibus format has ebbed and flowed throughout the last 50 years; after Amicus stopped making them, George Romero and Stephen King collaborated on one of the finest, Creepshow (1982), which didn’t so much kick start a revival as have everyone afraid to compete. Throughout the late ‘80s and ‘90s there were pockets of inspiration, Tales from the Hood (1995) and of course HBO
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Don’T Bother To Knock (1952)

The icon-establishing performances Marilyn Monroe gave in Howard HawksGentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) and in Billy Wilder’s Some Like It Hot (1959) are ones for the ages, touchstone works that endure because of the undeniable comic energy and desperation that sparked them from within even as the ravenous public became ever more enraptured by the surface of Monroe’s seductive image of beauty and glamour. Several generations now probably know her only from these films, or perhaps 1955’s The Seven-Year Itch, a more famous probably for the skirt-swirling pose it generated than anything in the movie itself, one of director Wilder’s sourest pictures, or her final completed film, The Misfits (1961), directed by John Huston, written by Arthur Miller and costarring Clark Gable and Montgomery Clift.

But in Don’t Bother to Knock (1952) she delivers a powerful dramatic performance as Nell, a psychologically devastated, delusional, perhaps psychotic young woman apparently on
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Torture Garden

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Horror comics and magazines filled my shelves as a kid, titles such as Creepy, Eerie, House of Secrets and The Witching Hour weakening my eyes and troubling my sleep. I simply could not get enough of them. However, when I discovered that there were films made in the same multistory, blood soaked spirit, well, I forgot about sleep altogether. My first stop was Creepshow (1982), and delighted with that, I made my way back through earlier (and gentler) excursions of terror. Step right up ladies and gentlemen! Enter the Torture Garden (1967), a carnival exhibit where the evils of man are laid before you…for a price.

Released by Columbia Pictures November ’67 in the U.K. and July ’68 in North America, Torture Garden was the second film of Amicus Productions (Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors (’65) being the first) that followed the omnibus format. Amicus, started by producers Max Rosenberg and Milton Subotsky,
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British Film Noir Collection | DVD Review

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In a novel effort to stress that film noir wasn’t a film movement specifically an output solely produced for American audiences, Kino Lorber releases a five disc set of obscure noir examples released in the UK. Spanning a near ten year period from 1943 to 1952, the titles displayed here do seem to chart a progression in tone, at least resulting in parallels with American counterparts. Though a couple of the selections here aren’t very noteworthy, either as artifacts of British noir or items worthy of reappraisal, it does contain items of considerable interest, including rare titles from forgotten or underrated auteurs like Ronald Neame, Roy Ward Baker, and Ralph Thomas.

They Met in the Dark

The earliest title in this collection is a 1943 title from Karel Lamac, They Met in the Dark, a pseudo-comedy noir that barely meets the criteria. Based on a novel by Anthony Gilbert (whose novel
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The Following Season Premiere Recap: Wait, Who Was Driving That Car?

The Following Season Premiere Recap: Wait, Who Was Driving That Car?
Kevin Bacon spends most of the first eight minutes of The Following‘s Season 3 premiere smiling. This is notable, because it’s the longest stretch we’ve seen the eternally tortured Ryan Hardy happy in the series to date.

And given what happens in rest of the hour, it’s likely the last time we’ll see him this way for quite a while.

What new ways have the depraved minds of the world found to torment Bacon’s beat-down alter ego? What threat lurks now that Joe Carroll is — for the moment, at least — locked away in a federal prison?
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The Greatest Horror Anthology Film Segments of All Time

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Popular in the 1960s and early 1970s with more rare appearances in the 1980s, 1990s and the 2000s, the anthology-style horror film has made a solid resurgence in recent years with such portmanteau releases as The ABCs of Death films and the V/H/S series.

With Mexico Barbaro, Fear Paris and other projects in various stages of completion, the anthology horror film looks to continue to be an important part of the horror cinema landscape.

Some anthology films employ a framing or wraparound sequence in an attempt to connect the segments that make up the film while others dispense with this classic Amicus-style approach entirely and simply present a collection of short films connected by genre.

Either way, a horror anthology film is ultimately about the quality of its individual segments and this article will take you on a tour of the greatest horror anthology segments of all time.
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Release Details & Cover Art for October Dreams II, Featuring Stories by Ray Bradbury, Dean Koontz, Robert Bloch & More

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As another autumn approaches, horror hounds look forward to the chill of pumpkin guts on their hands, the crunch of leaves under their shoes, and, for some, pulling their copy of October Dreams: A Celebration of Halloween off the bookshelf for another round of seasonal reading. Published in 2000, Cemetery Dance’s collection of Halloween stories, reflections, and essays now has a sequel on the way.

Featuring an abundance of short pieces by a wide range of authors, October Dreams II: A Celebration of Halloween doesn’t yet have an official release date, but it is expected to come out soon in a hardcover edition from Cemetery Dance. The tome of terror includes stories by Ray Bradbury, Dean Koontz, Robert Bloch, and many more. We have the official release details and cover art below. To learn more or pre-order a copy, visit:

http://www.cemeterydance.com/page/Cdp/Prod/chizmar18

“October
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Tales That Witness Madness

Here's another installment featuring Joe Dante's reviews from his stint as a critic for Film Bulletin circa 1969-1974. Our thanks to Video Watchdog and Tim Lucas for his editorial embellishments!

Fairish collection of mini‑chillers has Kim Novak and class cast for marquee plus routine horror angles. Title may prove a hindrance, otherwise a passable ballyhoo entry. Rating: R.

Multiple‑story horror films have met with some commercial success recently but few, if any, have amounted to much as movies. The plots usually rely entirely on gimmicky "kickers" at the end, and by now, the supply of possible twist endings seems to be depleted. As a result the stories often seem maddeningly predictable. Such is the problem with Tales That Witness Madness, a four‑story British effort that appears headed for just fair boxoffice response in saturation ballyhoo markets, despite a classy cast toplining the long‑absent Kim Novak.
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Tyburn Films: British Horror’s last line of Defence

1976 saw the publication of John Brosnan’s excellent book The Horror People. Written during the summer of 1975, it makes interesting reading 40 years down the line. Those who feature prominently in the book – Peter Cushing, Vincent Price, Jack Arnold, Michael Carreras, Sam Arkoff, Roy Ward Baker, Freddie Francis, Robert Bloch, Richard Matheson and Milton Subotsky – were still alive, as were Ralph Bates, Mario Bava, Jimmy Carreras, John Carradine, Dan Curtis, John Gilling, Robert Fuest, Michael Gough, Val Guest, Ray Milland, Robert Quarry and Michael Ripper, all of whom were given a mention. Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Junior, Michael Reeves and James H Nicholson were not long dead. Hammer, Amicus and American International Pictures were still in existence. George A Romero had yet to achieve his prominence and Stephen King wasn’t even heard of!

Brosnan devoted a chapter to a new British company called Tyburn Films. Founded by the charismatic and ambitious Kevin Francis,
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65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Winners

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The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the winners of the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards this evening. The 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, aired live on Sunday, September 22 (8pm Et / 5pm Pt) on CBS. Take a look at The Emmy Awards winners and nominees below.

Outstanding Drama Series

Breaking Bad &#8226 AMC &#8226 Sony Pictures TelevisionDownton Abbey &#8226 PBS &#8226 A Carnival / Masterpiece Co-ProductionGame of Thrones &#8226 HBO &#8226 Bighead, Littlehead, Television 360, Startling Television and Generator Productions in association with HBO EntertainmentHomeland &#8226 Showtime &#8226 Showtime Presents, Teakwood Lane Productions, Cherry Pie Productions, Keshet, Fox 21House of Cards &#8226 Netflix &#8226 Donen/Fincher/Roth and Trigger Street Productions, Inc. in association with Media Rights Capital for NetflixMad Men &#8226 AMC &#8226 Lionsgate Television

Outstanding Comedy Series

Modern Family &#8226 ABC &#8226 Picador Productions & Steve Levitan Productions in association with 20th Century Fox TelevisionThe Big Bang Theory &#8226 CBS &#8226 Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. TelevisionGirls &#8226 HBO
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Emmys 2013 winners list: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Gunn and more

"Veep" star Julia Louis-Dreyfus took home her fourth career win, and her second for her HBO comedy, at the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday (Sept. 22), while "Breaking Bad" actress Anna Gunn earned her first award ever for her final season as Skylar White.

The complete winners list below:

Outstanding DRAMABreaking BadDownton Abbey Game of Thrones Homeland House of Cards Mad Men

Outstanding Actress In A Drama Connie Britton, Nashville Claire Danes, Homeland Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men Kerry Washington, Scandal Robin Wright, House of Cards

Outstanding Actor In A Drama Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom Jon Hamm, Mad Men Damian Lewis, Homeland Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones Christine Baranski, The Good Wife Morena Baccarin, Homeland Christina Hendricks,
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65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Nominations

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The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the nominations for the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards this morning. The 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air live on Sunday, September 22 (8pm Et / 5pm Pt) on CBS. Take a look at The Emmy Awards nominees below.

Outstanding Drama Series

Breaking Bad &#8226 AMC &#8226 Sony Pictures TelevisionDownton Abbey &#8226 PBS &#8226 A Carnival / Masterpiece Co-ProductionGame of Thrones &#8226 HBO &#8226 Bighead, Littlehead, Television 360, Startling Television and Generator Productions in association with HBO EntertainmentHomeland &#8226 Showtime &#8226 Showtime Presents, Teakwood Lane Productions, Cherry Pie Productions, Keshet, Fox 21House of Cards &#8226 Netflix &#8226 Donen/Fincher/Roth and Trigger Street Productions, Inc. in association with Media Rights Capital for NetflixMad Men &#8226 AMC &#8226 Lionsgate Television

Outstanding Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory &#8226 CBS &#8226 Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. TelevisionGirls &#8226 HBO &#8226 Apatow Productions and I am Jenni Konner Productions in association with HBO EntertainmentLouie &#8226 FX Networks &#8226 Pig Newton,
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Drive-In Super Monster-Rama to Screen 8 Peter Cushing Movies, Including From Beyond the Grave, Asylum, Shock Waves

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One of our favorite horror events of the year is Drive-In Super Monster-Rama, which takes place every September and shows eight classic horror movies over two nights on a huge drive-in screen. This year, they’re doing something different by dedicating the entire event to movies that feature Peter Cushing.

Friday night’s lineup includes Brides of Dracula, Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed, Fear In The Night, and From Beyond the Grave. Saturday night’s lineup includes Madhouse, At the Earth’s Core, Asylum, and Shock Waves. For those that have attended the previous events, the pricing and setup is about the same. Admission is $10 per person each night, admission for children is free, and overnight camping is available.

The event is taking place once again at the Riverside Drive-In Theatre in Vandergrift, Pa and you can learn more at: http://dvddrive-in.com/driveinsupermonsterrama13.htm

The post Drive-In Super Monster-Rama to Screen 8 Peter Cushing Movies,
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Watch 15 Great Horror Short Films

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The anthology horror film is back in the wake of the success of chapter-style horror films like The Theatre Bizarre (2011) and its announced follow-up, V/H/S (2012), the soon-to-be-released sequel V/H/S 2 (2013) and The ABC’s of Death (2012).

While this movement generates a good deal of conversation about the fondly remembered Amicus productions of the 1960’s and 1970’s like Dr. Terror’s House Of Horrors (Freddie Francis, 1965), Torture Garden (Freddie Francis, 1967), The House That Dripped Blood (Peter Duffell, 1971) and Asylum (Roy Ward Baker, 1972) among others, the comparison is not exactly accurate across the board.

While the segments of V/H/S are unified by shared visual style and a wraparound story, The Theatre Bizarre and The ABC’s of Death come off as collections of essentially unrelated horror short films loosely bound by a flimsy wraparound segment in the case of The Theatre Bizarre or a basic concept as
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"Argo," "Downton Abbey," "Modern Family" Big Winners at 2013 SAG Awards! See Full Winners List!

Ben Affleck's "Argo" continues its march as the Oscar front-runner this awards season. Yesterday, the film was the big winner at the 2013 Producers Guild Awards, and tonight, it won the big prize at the Screen Actors Guild Awards taking home the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture trophy.

As predicted, Daniel Day-Lewis won the Lead Actor award for "Lincoln" while Jennifer Lawrence won the Lead Actress award for "Silver Linings Playbook."

Tommy Lee Jones won the Best Supporting Actor award for "Lincoln," and my fave, the lovely Anne Hathaway won the Best Supporting Actress award for "Les Miserables."

In the television category, "Downton Abbey" won Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series and "Modern Family" took home the Comedy Series award.

Here's the complete 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® Winners (bolded and highlighted); for winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies, click here:

Theatrical
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SAG Awards Spread the Wealth: 30 Rock, Modern Family, Homeland, Breaking Bad, Downton Win

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SAG Awards Spread the Wealth: 30 Rock, Modern Family, Homeland, Breaking Bad, Downton Win
The 19th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were held Sunday night at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles, and NBC’s 30 Rock was TV’s only multiple winner, as both Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin grabbed bronze statues.

ABC’s Modern Family kept the Peacock’s soon-to-end sitcom from running the table, however, by winning best comedy ensemble.

On the drama side, SAG spread the wealth, with a different series topping each category.

Dick Van Dyke, meanwhile, was the recipient of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award — and needs to be cast as Phil Dunphy’s grandfather now..

Related | Producers Guild Awards Honor Homeland,
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Here’s This Year’s Screen Actors Guild Award Nominations

Not that anybody much cares or respects what actors have to say about this year’s films, the Screen Actors Guild insists on getting involved with their own list of nominations, all of which you can read below and ponder why Glee is still finding itself getting nominated for things. And apparently SAG were hugely enamoured with Silver Linings Playbook, probably because of all the great performances, but also because they could all really use a gig working with David O. Russell: he’s winning people Oscars these days, right?

Here’s the complete list:

Best Ensemble

Argo

Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Les Miserables

Lincoln

Silver Linings Playbook

Best Male Actor In A Leading Role

Denzel Washington, Flight

Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables

Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook

John Hawkes, The Sessions

Best Female Actor In A Leading Role

Helen Mirren, Hitchcock

Naomi Watts, The Impossible

Marion Cotillard,
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