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Arrow Season 6 Episode 9 Review – ‘Irreconcilable Differences’

Jessie Robertson reviews the ninth episode of Arrow season 6…

The Band is Back to being split up. Trust is like the title cards to Arrow – it’s always present in this show one way or another. The reveal that a member of the team gave Oliver up comes as a shock out of nowhere because it seemed what could be the motivation? So, we go all Dark Knight on the team (I swear this has happened before) and of course, they’re not one bit pleased about it. The reveal of Rene as the whistleblower was done well on-screen and while the reasons seemed plausible, not seeing her evidence feels like she could have easily been bluffing.

Having a party for Oliver and Felicity’s nuptials was a really pleasant scene which Arrow has too few of, and it reminded you these are real people with real lives outside of that bunker.
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Willard and Ben — Region B

Guest Reviewer Lee Broughton is back, with a rodent roundup of horror, or more accurately, psychological suspense interrupted by a few salacious slayings. What would Mickey say?

The brief synopses of Daniel Mann’s Willard and Phil Karlson’s Ben that appeared in the horror movie books and magazines that kids in the UK loved to pore over during the late 1970s always gave the impression that this pair of killer rat films were hardcore horror shows.

In truth, the actual horror content of both films is relatively mild and infrequent. In spite of this, Willard and Ben still tend to be discussed in terms of their relation to the often more extreme movies that appeared in the “animals attack” cycle of horror films that flourished during the 1970s.

That particular subgenre represents something of a niche interest area that is governed by a pretty tight set of boundaries. The
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‘Willard/Ben Limited Edition’ Blu-ray Review

When people hear the Michael Jackson song Ben, many don’t know that it was written for a movie. With the remake of Willard, a lot of horror fans were made aware of the story of a boy and his rats. Now both are available in the Willard/Ben Limited Edition Blu-ray box set.

Willard Styles (Bruce Davidson) is somewhat of a social misfit. Made fun of by his co-workers and pushed out of his father’s company his only friends are rats, especially Ben and Socrates. When Socrates is killed at his workplace, Willard decides to get revenge on the people who have wronged him, with his rats. Bruce Davidson plays the part of Willard well, and having Ernest Borgnine as his nemesis, you really do pity him. That is why the relationship with the rats is so endearing to the audience. They give him an escape from the
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Blu-ray Review – Willard/Ben Limited Edition Box Set

Willard/Ben Limited Edition Box Set

Directed by Daniel Mann/Phil Karlson.

Starring Bruce Davison, Elsa Lanchester, Sondra Locke, Michael Dante, Lee Montgomery, Joseph Campanella, Arthur O’Connell, and Meredith Baxter.


Box set containing two cult classics about killer rats from the early 1970s.

Something of a ‘lost’ cult film from 1971, Willard is often cited as a forerunner for all of those ‘nature gone wild’ movies that came in the wake of Jaws in 1975 and there is a bit of truth in that as the plot does revolve around rats that seemingly kill on the command of the titular character (played by a very young Bruce ‘X-Men’ Davison. However, the similarity really ends there as most of those animal movies that came afterwards were essentially horror movies based around whatever creature hadn’t been shown killing in a movie before and Willard, despite that plot point of rats killing,
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The Bottom Shelf: Willard, Ben, Street Trash and The Wonderful Worlds of Ray Harryhausen

Nick Aldwinckle Oct 30, 2017

This month's round up of genre DVDs and Blu-rays features Ray Harryhausen, Willard, rats on the rampage and more...

The underappreciated ‘nature gone wild’ porn horror movie subgenre has a somewhat patchy history, with a viewer’s search more likely to end up in some SyFy channel Megapterranoshark Versus Crocosaur cul-de-sac than something of the calibre of a Jaws or Arachnophobia. Sharks, spiders and gators are all well served, though (alongside the glaring lack of a movie adaptation of Guy N. Smith’s glorious Night Of The Crabs books) rodents have had something of a raw deal.

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Fear not, though, faithful readers: we’re not going to drift off into Stuart Little territory just yet (that’ll be next month’s Stuart Little IV: The Rattening), as this month brings with it not one but two seventies rat-themed monster movie classics (well,
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Will & Grace Recap: The Other Man

Will & Grace Recap: The Other Man
You’d think that a cancer scare would have to be the worst part of anyone’s day. But that just isn’t how Grace Adler rolls. So in Thursday’s Will & Grace, her unnerving trip to the gynecologist was overshadowed by an unexpected reunion with ex-husband Leo (Harry Connick Jr.) that was so fraught, it left her eating strawberry ice cream with chicken satay for a spoon!

It all started going downhill for Grace when she got so dolled up for her doctor’s appointment that Jack quipped, “If I was straight, I’d stare at you like a
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Total War: Warhammer II reveals the final playable race

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For a few months now I’ve put up posts on Creative Assembly’s upcoming game Total War: Warhammer II. Where four races are locked in deadly battle to determine a survivor. Such races as the noble High Elves, the deadly Dark elves, the Savage Lizard men and the … Hmm. All this time and we still don’t know who the fourth race is supposed to be. Well today it’s been announced that the fourth and final playable race will be …. The Skaven.

The Skaven (aka Ratmen, or Ratkin) are an evil race of humanoid rat-creatures who inhabit a massive inter-continental underground lair known in their tongue simply as the Under-Empire. Lets check out the cinematic trailer below:

Led by Queek Headtaker and Lord Skrolk, the Skaven can be seen in the new cinematic leading a host of monsters and madcap machinery against the Dark Elves and Lizardmen. Their motives obscured,
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Twin Peaks Episode 10 Recap: Mom's (Most Likely) the Word

Twin Peaks Episode 10 Recap: Mom's (Most Likely) the Word
Anything is possible in the world of Twin Peaks, and in this new season it’s been ridiculously hard to draw any conclusions or make any predictions at all. But, as the weeks go by, it only becomes clearer that evil Richard Horne is in fact the child of Audrey and Evil Coop. I didn’t want it to be true. I hated the idea that Evil Coop raped Audrey (while she was comatose in the hospital after the bank explosion way back in the series finale). But Richard was so evil in this episode, who else could be his dad?
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Cannes Film Review: Todd Haynes’ ‘Wonderstruck’

Cannes Film Review: Todd Haynes’ ‘Wonderstruck’
Todd Haynes is a transcendent filmmaker, one who can haunt your imagination and carry you away, but in “Wonderstruck,” there’s more artistry in his storytelling than there is in the intricate mechanical story he’s telling. We’re watching a visionary humanist apply his luminous voice to a piece of emotional Tinkertoy. The film is based on an illustrated children’s novel by Brian Selznick, who wrote and drew “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” which served as the basis for Martin Scorsese’s widely praised but — to me, at least — frenetic and overwrought gimcrack fantasy “Hugo” (2011).

Wonderstruck” is a supple and flowing experience by comparison. Haynes, working from a script by Selznick, guides and serves the material with supreme craftsmanship. For a while, he casts a spell. Yet one of the film’s noteworthy qualities is that it creates a nearly dizzying sense of anticipation, and the payoff, regrettably,
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May 16th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, Dracula and The Mummy Legacy Collections

May has been a great month for horror and sci-fi releases so far, and this Tuesday looks to be another great week for fans looking to expand their home entertainment collections.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is bringing home the latest installment in the Resident Evil franchise on May 16th, with several types of releases for Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, as well as Resident Evil: The Complete Collection, which brings all the films in the series together.

Scream Factory is keeping busy with their two rat-tastic cult Blu-ray titles on Tuesday, Willard and Ben, and with the new Mummy movie coming our way, Universal has assembled several Universal Monsters box sets that classic horror fans are going to want to pick up this week.

Ben (Scream Factory, Blu/DVD Combo)

Ben is back! When detective sergeant Cliff Kirtland (Joseph Campanella, Meteor) investigates the horrifying murder of Willard Stiles by a band of rats,
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Contest: Win Willard (1971) and Ben (1972) on Blu-ray / DVD

If you make him angry, you'll have hundreds of his little friends after you. Rat attacks reign supreme in the 1971 horror film Willard and its sequel, Ben, and with Scream Factory releasing both films on Blu-ray / DVD beginning May 16th, we've been provided with three copies of each movie to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.


Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive:

(1) Blu-ray / DVD combo pack copy of Willard (1971) (1) Blu-ray / DVD combo pack copy of Ben (1972)

How to Enter: We're giving Daily Dead readers multiple chances to enter and win:

1. Instagram: Following us on Instagram during the contest period will give you an automatic contest entry. Make sure to follow us at:

2. Email: For a chance to win via email, send an email to with the subject “Willard & Ben Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details:
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‘Whitewashing’ Accusations Fly as Zach McGowan Cast as Hawaiian WWII Hero

‘Whitewashing’ Accusations Fly as Zach McGowan Cast as Hawaiian WWII Hero
Actor Zach McGowan has been cast as Hawaiian native Benehakaka “Ben” Kanahele in the upcoming WWII film “Ni’ihau,” reigniting the “whitewashing” controversy in Hollywood where Asian/Pacific Islanders are portrayed by white actors.Ni'ihau (2018)[/link]

The film chronicles the true story of the Ni’ihau Incident, in which Kanahele rescued Shigenori Nishikaichi, an Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service pilot who participated in the bombing of Pearl Harbor, after he crashed his plane onto the Hawaii island of Ni’ihau. After Nishikaichi escaped and banded with three local Japanese to terrorize American locals, Kanahele and his wife ultimately killed him. Kanahele, who was shot by Nishikaichi, was later hailed by the U.S. government as a hero for helping prevent a takeover on the island. The incident also prompted President Franklin D. Roosevelt to issue an executive order placing thousands of Japanese-Americans in internment camps, widely regarded as one of the darkest hours in U.
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Scream Factory Announces Special Features for Willard (1971) and Ben (1972) Blu-rays

This May, Scream Factory will re-introduce horror fans to rats that attack in their Blu-ray / DVD combo pack releases of Willard (1971) and Ben (1972), and the recently revealed special features include new audio commentaries and interviews that should please fans of the films.

Press Release: The furry little menaces from the genus Rattus are something to be feared in the repellent rodent films Willard and Ben. Making their Blu-ray and DVD debuts May 16th, 2017 from Scream Factory, these two twisted “tails” feature brand-new bonus material, including new scans, new audio commentary and interview with actor Bruce Davison, new audio commentary and interview with actor Lee Montgomery, theatrical trailers, still galleries, and more! Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting

In Willard, Willard Stiles (Bruce Davison, Insidious: Chapter 4) is a young man with a big problem. He lives alone in a crumbling house with his ailing mother (Elsa Lanchester,
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12 People with 10+ Oscar Nominations and No Wins

12 People with 10+ Oscar Nominations and No Wins
At the Academy Awards on Sunday night, Kevin O’Connell just broke the longest streak for Oscar nominations without a win. The 59-year-old New Yorker had been nominated 21 times in total, making 2017 a very good year for him.

Who else among Hollywood’s finest has had to weather a storm of nominations without a win? Well, even just keeping it to over 10 nominations, it’s a healthy list. Let’s take a look.

Greg P. Russell

O’Connell’s win must have been somewhat bittersweet for Russell, who’s directly behind the elder sound mixer in the category of most nominations without wins.
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Beverly Hills Police Confirm Child Abuse Claims Involving Presley Family – Tennessee Authorities Investigating

Beverly Hills Police Confirm Child Abuse Claims Involving Presley Family – Tennessee Authorities Investigating
Police in Beverly Hills have confirmed they received child abuse allegations involving the Presley family last summer – and that they have referred the investigation to authorities in Tennessee.

Authorities also confirmed that they served a search warrant “at a residence in the City of Beverly Hills that led to the seizure of several items.”

The statement from the Beverly Hills Police Department to multiple news outlets comes after explosive allegations of child abuse and neglect made by Lisa Marie Presley in a divorce filing against her estranged husband, Michael Lockwood.

In court papers filed earlier this month, Presley claimed that the couple’s twin daughters,
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Lisa Marie Presley’s Twins, 8, in Protective Custody After Indecent Material Found on Her Ex’s Computer, Court Docs Claim

Lisa Marie Presley’s Twins, 8, in Protective Custody After Indecent Material Found on Her Ex’s Computer, Court Docs Claim
Lisa Marie Presley‘s 8-year-old twin daughters are in the custody of child protective services in California after disturbing photos of children were allegedly found on a computer belonging to Presley’s estranged husband and the twins’ father — musician Michael Lockwood — according to explosive new court documents filed by Presley’s legal team.

The daughter of Elvis Presley said she was “shocked and horrified and sick to my stomach” at the alleged discovery, which is detailed in papers filed in California Superior Court earlier this month as part of the couple’s ongoing divorce.

According to the filing, “Respondent was
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Harry Shearer webchat – your questions answered on the Simpsons, Spinal Tap and getting political

The actor and podcaster discussed everything from satirising Trump, cucumbers v courgettes, and the day Michael Jackson didn’t sing

2.23pm GMT

Thanks to Harry for taking questions on everything from Simpsons to Spinal Tap to Trump. As he mentions, he’ll be at King’s Place on 8 December for the charity event Christmas Without Tears.

The Guardian's lease on this office has run out, so I must gather my things and scram. Please, if you're in LOndon or thereabouts, consider coming over to King's Place Dec 8 for "Christmas Without Tears", an annual comedy-music variety show Judith Owen and I put on for charity, thjis year benefitting Shelter. Guests include Chris Difford from Squeeze, Jacqui Dankworth and Charlie Wood, two great nonexistent people (Barry from Watford and Tina C) and lots of surprise guests. See you there, or elsewhere. Thanks.

2.20pm GMT

George White asks

Is it true, Harry you did voiceovers for Monty Python?
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Blu-ray Review – Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf (1985)

Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf, 1985.

Directed by Philippe Mora.

Starring Christopher Lee, Sybil Danning, Annie McEnroe, Marsha J. Hunt, Reb Brown, Jimmy Nail, Ladislav Krecmer, James M. Crawford and Hana Ludvikova.


The brother of a girl murdered by werewolves hires an investigator to track the beasts from the Us across to Europe.

So the story goes, when Christopher Lee was cast in Joe Dante’s Gremlins 2: The New Batch the first thing the veteran actor did was approach the director and apologise for appearing in Howling II. Dante wasn’t involved in the sequel to his 1981 werewolf hit but it goes to show a) how fond people are of his movie and b) where Christopher Lee’s career was in the mid-1980s because Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf (a horrible title amongst a whole list of even worse alternatives) is both an insult
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DVD Review – Burnt Offerings (1976)

Burnt Offerings, 1976.

Directed by Dan Curtis.

Starring Oliver Reed, Karen Black, Burgess Meredith, Bette Davis, Eileen Heckart and Lee Montgomery.


A family rent a large house for the summer, unaware that it feeds off the energy of any occupants who suffer any injuries.

The 1970s was a very rich time for horror movies, especially those of a supernatural leaning, and while the likes of The Exorcist, The Omen and The Amityville Horror are regularly namechecked as the standards to beat and have earned their place in horror history, sometimes it pays to delve a little deeper to try and unearth those lesser-seen gems that may have been forgotten about, and on this occasion Arrow Video have done just that with Dan Curtis’ 1976 haunted house tale Burnt Offerings.

What is most striking about Burnt Offerings is that while you are watching it the plot details seem instantly familiar, almost cliché,
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TV Projects Tap Into Beatles, Motown and Dylan Music Catalogues

TV Projects Tap Into Beatles, Motown and Dylan Music Catalogues
Eight years ago, Australian writer-director-producer Josh Wakely began pitching Sony/Atv, the music publishing company that administers the rights to the songs of the Beatles, on his passion project: an animated children’s television series plotted around lyrics from the Fab Four. On Aug. 3, Netflix will begin streaming “Beat Bugs,” the original series Wakely wrote, directed, and produced through his company Grace, along with the TV and movie production group Thunderbird and Beyond Screen Prod. Last week at the Television Critics Assn. press tour, Netflix said that a second season will premiere Nov. 18.

Also at TCA, Netflix announced that Wakely will direct, produce, and showrun an animated children’s series based on the legendary Motown catalog, with Smokey Robinson as executive music producer. Inspired by Detroit’s soul music legacy, the as-yet-unnamed show follows a boy named Ben alongside a cast of “enchanting street art characters.” Each episode will include covers of songs by Motown artists such
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