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October 24th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Annabelle: Creation, War For The Planet Of The Apes, The Old Dark House

  • DailyDead
With Halloween only a week away now (how in the heck did that happen?), of course there are a ton of horror and sci-fi home entertainment offerings arriving on Tuesday, ready to get you primed for all your spooky shenanigans leading up to October 31st. In terms of new titles, both War of the Planet of the Apes and Annabelle: Creation hit various formats, and Criterion has put together a stellar release for Olivier AssayasPersonal Shopper as well.

On the cult side of the genre spectrum, we have a myriad of movies to look forward to, including a quartet of titles from Vinegar Syndrome: The Corpse Grinders, Demon Wind, Blood Beat, and the double feature of Prime Evil and Lurkers. Arrow Video has assembled a special edition set for Herschell Gordon LewisBlood Feast that’s a must-own for any splatter fans out there, and the Warner Archive Collection
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‘Doll Squad’ and ‘Batman’ Actress Francine York Dies at 80

‘Doll Squad’ and ‘Batman’ Actress Francine York Dies at 80
Actress Francine York, who had more than 150 television and film credits, died Friday in Van Nuys, Calif., She was 80 and had cancer, according to her close friend Pepper Jay.

York once declared the 1973 cult film “The Doll Squad” her most popular film, but she played everything from an alien to a exotic belly dancer. On “Batman,” she played Lydia Limpet, the Bookworm’s henchwoman. Her credits include guest roles on “Bewitched,” “General Hospital,” “I Dream of Jeannie” and “My Favorite Martian.” She also appeared in “Tickle Me” with Elvis Presley. Her more recent roles include “Family Man” with Nicolas Cage, “Hot in Cleveland” and “Star Trek: Progeny.”

Born Francine Yerich, she was raised in Aurora, Minn. and Cleveland, where she performed in school plays. She danced as a showgirl in San Francisco before moving to Los Angeles, where she played the Moulin Rouge nightclub. Her screen career was launched when
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‘Doll Squad’ and ‘Batman’ Actress Francine York Dies at 80

‘Doll Squad’ and ‘Batman’ Actress Francine York Dies at 80
Actress Francine York, who had more than 150 television and film credits, died Friday in Van Nuys, Calif., She was 80 and had cancer, according to her close friend Pepper Jay.

York once declared the 1973 cult film “The Doll Squad” her most popular film, but she played everything from an alien to a exotic belly dancer. On “Batman,” she played Lydia Limpet, the henchwoman of the Bookworm (Roddy McDowall). Her credits include guest roles on “Bewitched,” “General Hospital,” “I Dream of Jeannie” and “My Favorite Martian.” She also appeared in “Tickle Me” with Elvis Presley. Her more recent roles include “Family Man” with Nicolas Cage, “Hot in Cleveland” and “Star Trek: Progeny.”

Born Francine Yerich, she was raised in Aurora, Minn. and Cleveland, where she performed in school plays. She danced as a showgirl in San Francisco before moving to Los Angeles, where she played the Moulin Rouge nightclub. Her screen career was launched when Jerry Lewis cast her
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Francine York, Alluring Actress of the 1960s, Dies at 80

Francine York, Alluring Actress of the 1960s, Dies at 80
Francine York, the statuesque actress who showed off her sexuality as The Bookworm's moll on Batman and in such films as It's Only Money, Cannon for Cordoba and The Doll Squad, has died. She was 80.

York died Friday morning at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys, Calif., after a battle with cancer, her friend, television producer Pepper Jay, told The Hollywood Reporter.

A native of Aurora, Minn., York appeared in scores of TV shows, from Rescue 8 in 1959 to The Mindy Project in 2015. She played a seductive Venus de Milo on an episode of Bewitched, a bake-off...
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Francine York, Alluring Actress of the 1960s, Dies at 80

Francine York, the statuesque actress who showed off her sexuality as The Bookworm's moll on Batman and in such films as It's Only Money, Cannon for Cordoba and The Doll Squad, has died. She was 80.

York died Friday morning at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys, Calif., after a battle with cancer, her friend, television producer Pepper Jay, told The Hollywood Reporter.

A native of Aurora, Minn., York appeared in scores of TV shows, from Rescue 8 in 1959 to The Mindy Project in 2015. She played a seductive Venus de Milo on an episode of Bewitched, a bake-off...
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Kevin Meaney, Veteran Actor and Stand Up Comedian, Passes Away at 60

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Kevin Meaney, Veteran Actor and Stand Up Comedian, Passes Away at 60
Kevin Meaney, stand up comedian and actor who starred in the TV adaptation of “Uncle Buck,” died Friday, October 21 at his home in Forestburgh, New York. He was 60.

“It is true as confirmed to me by his family. It is a tremendous loss to the comedy community as well. He was loved and will be missed,” Meaney’s agent Tom Ingegno told Laughspin. The comedian was scheduled to perform in East Providence, R.I. on Saturday night. No cause of death has been determined.

Meaney was a breakout star of the ‘80s comedy scene, appearing on the “Uncle Buck” TV series inspired by the John Candy film of the same name, and various late night shows including “The Tonight Show” and “Late Night with David Letterman.” He was best known for his catchphrase, “That’s not right!,” said to be an imitation of his mother.

He also appeared in episodes of “30 Rock,
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Ted V. Mikels, Legendary Grindhouse Filmmaker Behind ‘The Doll Squad’ and More, Dies At 87

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Ted V. Mikels, Legendary Grindhouse Filmmaker Behind ‘The Doll Squad’ and More, Dies At 87
Ted V. Mikels, a grindhouse legend and B-movie mainstay for decades, passed away in his Las Vegas home on October 16, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The cause of death hasn’t been specified beyond mention of a “long illness,” but it is known that the 87-year-old filmmaker known for such films as “Girl in Gold Boots,” “The Astro-Zombies” and “The Doll Squad” will leave a lasting legacy in his corner of the film world.

Read More: Herschell Gordon Lewis, Horror’s ‘Godfather of Gore,’ Dies at 87

Born Theodore Mikacevich on April 29, 1929 in St. Paul, Minnesota, Mikels had an interest in everything from photography to fire-eating in his younger years. He began producing educational documentaries and short films in the 1950s, by which time he lived in Bend, Oregon, before making his first film, “Strike Me Deadly,” in 1963. He became highly prolific thereafter, staking a claim for himself in the realm
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Ted V. Mikels’ “Ten Violent Women: Part Two” Focuses on Empowering Women

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Ten Violent Women: Part Two, the sequel to Ted V. Mikels’ highly successful film "Ten Violent Women", has started filming in Las Vegas, Nv. "Ten Violent Women" is one of Mikels’ most successful films, and the sequel has empowering women as the motive of the action. “Ten Violent Women: Part Two” is being produced and directed by legendary filmmaker Ted V. Mikels. John Cornett is the first assistant director, and Wendy O. Altamura, PhD, is the editorial consultant. The director of photography is Noah Kiriu. Dawna Lee Heising of More Horror plays Joanna, one of the ten violent women in the film.

"Ten Violent Women, Part Two" is a feature film about women bodybuilders, dedicated to active exercise and female empowerment. The sequel is a heavy drama about the drug syndicate, kidnappings, murder, and vengeance, and will include good cops, bad cops, good guys and bad guys. The film stars Donna Hamblin,
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Legendary Filmmaker Ted V. Mikels Initiates Fund Raising Drive for '10 Violent Women: Part 2'

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Mikels Announces Acting Auditions in Henderson, Nevada on August 9, 2015

Tvm Studios has announced that the studio’s new production, Ten Violent Women: Part Two, has scheduled acting auditions at the company’s Las Vegas Studio on August 9, 2015 in Henderson, Nevada. "Ten Violent Women: Part Two", the sequel to “10 Violent Women”, will star Francine York, and will explore females who seek recognition for their physical beauty, muscular bodies, martial arts, wrestling, boxing, and beauty pageant appearances. Check out this great video from Mikels: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=14&v=dSJ-nzyuFpM

Ted V. Mikels, the film’s legendary director, has announced a campaign to raise the necessary production funds. Mikels notes that he has been making movies for over 65 years. “I have made dozens and dozens of movies over the years, including such titles as ‘Astro Zombies,’ ‘The Doll Squad,’ ‘10 Violent Women,’ ‘The Corpse Grinders,’ ‘Girl In The Gold Boots,
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‘The Doll Squad’ DVD Review (88 Films)

Stars: Francine York, Sherri Vernon, Tura Satana, Leigh Christian, Michael Ansara, Anthony Eisley, John Carter | Written by Ted V. Mikels, Jack Richesin, Pam Eddy | Directed by Ted V. Mikels

A rousing cocktail of bombs and bikinis, topped with a slick 70s score, The Doll Squad (ask Seduce and Destroy) was produced, directed, written and edited by low-budget exploitation mogul Ted V. Mikels, the man responsible for The Corpse Grinders (1971) and Blood Orgy of the She-Devils (1974).

Pre-dating the likes of Charlies Angels (which was clearly influenced by Mikels’ feature), the film sees a group of female special agents brought together by the CIA for a special mission after a space shuttle launch is sabotaged by the megalomaniacal Eamon O’Reilly. The titular Doll Squad are tasked with bringing down O’Reilly and his private army which has warned that if its demands are not met it will strike again. Closing in
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Celebrate Valentine’s Day Prematurely with ‘The Centerfold Girls’ at Late Nite Grindhouse

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

Banned In Iceland! 35Mm Film Print!

Synopsis

A reedy man wearing saddle shoes and an ill-fitting suit drags the nude body of a young woman—her throat slit– along an otherwise empty beach. Soon a number of other beautiful women turn up dead, their throats also cut open. Nurses, students, stewardesses… what’s the common thread? All were centerfold models for a popular men’s magazine, prey to a bloodthirsty psychotic with a straight razor!

Framed by an unusual three-story arc and jam-packed with delectable nudity and grim violence, The Centerfold Girls is an exploitation masterpiece, a depraved hell-ride through the skuzzy Seventies grindhouse circuit where sleaze and mean-spiritedness prevailed. Starring Tiffany Bolling (The Candy Snatchers), Aldo Ray (The Psychic Killer), Ray Danton (The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond), Francine York (The Doll Squad
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Cinematic Titanic Riffs on The Astral Factor Saturday at The St. Charles Family Arena

Cinematic Titanic is the live movie riffing show from the creator and original cast of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and they’re bringing their show to St. Louis this Saturday October 12th for what they’re calling their ‘Farewell Tour’ which I guess means this is the last time you’ll be able to see these guys riff on movies. Like MST3K, the show was created by Joel Hodgson and features the same team that first brought the Peabody award winning cult-classic series to life: Trace Beaulieu (Crow, Dr. Forrester), J. Elvis Weinstein (Tom Servo, Dr. Erhardt), Frank Conniff (TV’s Frank), and Mary Jo Pehl (Pearl Forrester), Cinematic Titanic continues the tradition of riffing on ‘the unfathomable’, ‘the horribly great’, and the just plain ‘cheesy’ movies from the past.

Four years ago when Cinematic Titanic came to the St. Louis area’s St. Charles Family Arena, they riffed on
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Fright At Home: September 10th’s DVD & Blu-ray Releases!

It’s Tuesday, so it’s time for the weekly rundown of what’s hitting stores with Fright At Home! This week may be one of the most important and jam packed as it’s filled with must-own cult obscurities & horror classics alike that deserve a spot in your collection. For better or worse, Friday The 13th: The Complete Collection Blu-ray set is finally out. It’s been met with quite a bit of controversy for many reasons (no Blu-ray 3D for Friday The 13th Part III: 3D, no unrated cut for Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday, missing extras, etc.), but for those just happy to just have the entire franchise collected in HD and housed all in one set, then this is for you. For those who feel burned once again by Paramount/Warner Bros, have no fear because the definitive documentary Crystal Lake Memories: The
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Wamg Interview: Joel Hodgson Aboard the Cinematic Titanic

Interview conducted by Tom Stockman November 8th 2012

Cinematic Titanic is the live feature-length movie riffing show from the creator and original cast of Mystery Science Theater 3000. Like MST3K, the show was created by Joel Hodgson and features the same team that first brought the Peabody award winning cult-classic series to life: Trace Beaulieu (Crow, Dr. Forrester), J. Elvsi Weinstein (Tom Servo, Dr. Erhardt), Frank Conniff (TV.s Frank), and Mary Jo Pehl (Pearl Forrester). Cinematic Titanic continues the tradition of riffing on .the unfathomable., .the horribly great., and the just plain .cheesy. movies from the past. Cinematic Titanic is coming to St. Louis. The St. Charles Family Arena will be hosting Joel and the gang on Saturday, November 17th) starting at 7:30 (doors open at 6:30). The movie that will be riffed on this year is Ted V. Mikel.s 1973 classic Doll Squad starring the late Wamg muse Tura Satana.
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Tura Returns! The Doll Squad to be Riffed at Cinematic Titanic in St. Louis November 17th

Cinematic Titanic is the live movie riffing show from the creator and original cast of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and they.re bringing their show to St. Louis on Saturday November 17th. Like MST3K, the show was created by Joel Hodgson and features the same team that first brought the Peabody award winning cult-classic series to life: Trace Beaulieu (Crow, Dr. Forrester), J. Elvis Weinstein (Tom Servo, Dr. Erhardt), Frank Conniff (TV’s Frank), and Mary Jo Pehl (Pearl Forrester), Cinematic Titanic continues the tradition of riffing on ‘the unfathomable’, ‘the horribly great’, and the just plain ‘cheesy’ movies from the past.

Three years ago when Cinematic Titanic came to the St. Louis area.s St. Charles Family Arena, they riffed on the deliciously riffable 1964 gem Santa Claus Conquers The Martians. The next year they chose a 1968 Kaiju I was unfamiliar with called War Of The Insects (aka Genocide) but
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June Preview: ‘Prometheus,’ ‘Rock of Ages,’ and ‘Brave’

Monthly Movie Preview – June 2012

No offense to people who like the month of June, but this might be the weakest month of the summer movie season. Especially with G.I. Joe: Retaliation going Mia from the month’s slate, this one doesn’t have the firepower of May (The Avengers, Men in Black 3), July (The Amazing Spider-Man, The Dark Knight Rises) or possibly even August (The Bourne Legacy, The Expendables 2).

Instead, this month looks to have some of the most random offerings of them all. Sure, Prometheus, Brave, and Rock of Ages are mixed in there, but so is another Tyler Perry movie (Madea’s Witness Protection), Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and yup, that Channing Tatum stripping movie Magic Mike. Oh, and a movie in which Mark Wahlberg hangs out with a raunchy teddy bear (Ted) for good measure. Add a Pixar movie on top, (Brave), and you’ve got June.
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Oscar 'In Memoriam' Omits Stars Of 'Grease,' 'Rambo'

Jeff Conaway, character actor Charles Napier and 'Batman' star Michael Gough among those left out of segment on Sunday's show.

By Gil Kaufman

Jeff Conaway in "Grease"

Photo: Paramount Pictures

Some people watch the Oscars to see the pretty dresses, look for potential nip slips, revel in the weepy acceptance speeches, root against the leading contenders and yes, a few even tuned in for host Billy Crystal's paint-by-numbers movie spoofs.

But then there are those of us who wait for the annual "In Memoriam" segment that pays tribute to those the movie world has last over the past year, eager to see who has been omitted. In the past two years, that list has included "Airplane!" star Peter Graves and "Lost Boys" actor Corey Haim. In 2010, some fans were outraged that former pin-up and "Charlie's Angels" star Farrah Fawcett (who appeared in films including "Logan's Run" and
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Tura Satana obituary

Actor best known for her role as a go-go dancer in Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

The actor Tura Satana, who has died aged 72, lived a life as eventful as the plots of the lurid B-movies that made her a star. Almost 6ft tall and trained in martial arts, she specialised in a kind of tough charisma that has rarely been matched on screen.

She was best known for her role in the Russ Meyer sexploitation movie Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965, tagline: "Superwomen! Belted, buckled and booted!"). As Varla, the leather-clad leader of a gang of thrill-seeking go-go dancers, Satana was given an opportunity by Meyer to perform her own stunts and choreograph fight scenes, as well as to adlib dialogue. She responded by channelling a kind of controlled rage, stating in an interview: "I took a lot of my anger that had been stored inside for many years and let it loose.
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Wamg Tribute: Tura Satana Has Died

The Super-Sexy, Super-Violent, Super Vixen Tura Satana has died! If Tura had done nothing else in her life except star as Varla, the homicidal go-go girl in Russ Meyer’s 1965 masterpiece Faster Pussycat Kill Kill, the world would still be mourning the passing of a major cult movie icon for it was that great film which forever cemented her fame. Tura died Friday night of heart failure in Reno, Ne where she lived with her daughter. She was somewhere between 72 and 78 years old (depending on who you believe)

If the gods could bestow perfect names on people, they would have named young Tura Luna Pascual YamaguchiTura Satana’, a name that fit her like the black leather gloves she wore in Faster Pussycat, but they didn’t have to. Tura married John Satana when she was just 13 years old. Her first marriage didn’t last long but she kept that great name.
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