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Oh, Sadako 3D. How unfulfilled I was left after watching you. I waited many months for a proper U.S. release and Well Go USA fulfilled my want. Unfortunately, my excitement was drowned out by an offensive mish mash of A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, and The Exorcist: The Version You've never Seen.
A high school teacher named Akane (Satomi Ishihara) hears rumors of a cursed video clip circulating online. The clip is said to show a man, Kashiwada (Yûsuke Yamamoto), commiting suicide. Supposedly, anyone who watches the video is driven to commit suicide themselves. Akane refuses to believe the rumors until one of her students mysteriously dies after viewing it.
Akane soon discovers that Kashiwada intends to use the clip to cause chaos and death, which will help the spirit of Sadako (Ai Hashimoto) find a host body for her to possess. »
- email@example.com (Eric Shirey)
Their creations are towering achievements in genre entertainment, and on June 26 the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films will recognize the continually influential work of Richard Matheson, William Friedkin, and Vince Gilligan at the Saturn Awards.
From the Press Release
This year’s Saturn Awards ceremony will be hosted by actress Virginia Madsen, who won a Saturn Award as Best Actress for her performance in 1992’s Candyman and received an Oscar® nomination for Actress in a Supporting Role for 2004’s Sideways. Matheson, Friedkin, and Gilligan are all expected to attend the Saturn Awards ceremony at the Castaway Starlight Ballroom in Burbank, California.
“The recipients of this year’s special Saturn Awards have influenced generations of fans – not to mention other creative minds – and their accomplishments truly rank among the great contributions to science fiction, fantasy, and horror,” said Academy President Robert Holguin. “They have provoked our thoughts, invaded our dreams, »
- Uncle Creepy
The long delayed Robert E. Howard adaptation Solomon Kane is finally coming to DVD and Blu-Ray. The Anchor Bay Entertainment film, that’s directed by Michael J. Bassett and stars James Purefoy, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Max von Sydow and Pete Postlethwaite, is coming to retail stores on July 16th. Read on for the press release.
Beverly Hills, CA – Anchor Bay Entertainment and RADiUS-twc announced today the Blu-ray™ and DVD release of Solomon Kane. The film was directed by Michael J. Bassett (“Da Vinci’s Demons” and Silent Hill: Revelation 3D) and stars James Purefoy(“The Following”), the late Pete Postlethwaite (In the Name of the Father), Rachel Hurd-Wood (Peter Pan) and Max von Sydow (The Exorcist). The character Solomon Kane was created by pulp-era writer and mind behind Conan the Barbarian, Robert E. Howard. Solomon Kane heads to retail on July 16, 2013 for an Srp of $26.99 for the Blu-ray™ and $22.98 for the DVD. »
- Andy Greene
Solomon Kane is a flick that's gotten a lot of flack over the last couple of years. Is it perfect? No, but it is pretty damned good. Then again, what the hell do I know? I liked The Devil Inside. In any event, the flick is finally headed to Blu-ray and DVD.
From the Press Release
Anchor Bay Entertainment and RADiUS-twc announced today the Blu-ray™ and DVD release of Solomon Kane. The film was directed by Michael J. Bassett (“Da Vinci’s Demons” and Silent Hill: Revelation 3D) and stars James Purefoy (“The Following”), the late Pete Postlethwaite (In the Name of the Father), Rachel Hurd-Wood (Peter Pan), and Max von Sydow (The Exorcist). The character Solomon Kane was created by pulp-era writer and mind behind Conan the Barbarian, Robert E. Howard. Solomon Kane heads to retail on July 16, 2013 for an Srp of $26.99 for the Blu-ray™ and $22.98 for the DVD. »
- Uncle Creepy
It has just been announced that Solomon Kane will be released to Blu-ray and DVD in July. Continue reading for official release details and a look at the cover art:
“Beverly Hills, CA – Anchor Bay Entertainment and RADiUS-twc announced today the Blu-ray™ and DVD release of Solomon Kane. The film was directed by Michael J. Bassett (“Da Vinci’s Demons” and Silent Hill: Revelation 3D) and stars James Purefoy (“The Following”), the late Pete Postlethwaite (In the Name of the Father), Rachel Hurd-Wood (Peter Pan) and Max von Sydow (The Exorcist). The character Solomon Kane was created by pulp-era writer and mind behind Conan the Barbarian, Robert E. Howard. Solomon Kane heads to retail on July 16, 2013 for an Srp of $26.99 for the Blu-ray™ and $22.98 for the DVD.
Captain Solomon Kane is a brutally efficient 16th century killing machine. Armed with his signature pistols, cutlass and rapier, he and his men »
- Jonathan James
Eileen Dietz, the woman who brought to life Pazuzu, the demon that possessed Regan in William Friedkin’s The Exorcist, recently released a biography, entitled Exorcising My Demons: An Actress’ Journey To The Exorcist And Beyond. The tell-all book recounts many tales about The Exorcist, as a young actress and her own life story. This Sunday May 19th, she’ll be making an appearance at Dark Delicacies, the renowned horror book store at 3512 W. Magnolia in Burbank, CA, to sign copies of the book, which she co-wrote with Daniel Loubier. She’ll be there at 2 Pm for the exciting event.
Book Synopsis: Eileen Dietz seeks to enlighten young actors attempting to break into the business, clear up misunderstandings about her role in the making of The Exorcist, and unleash her own personal demons in her compelling biography.
“Exorcising My Demons” chronicles Eileen’s journey through family tragedies to the worlds of theater, »
- Andy Greene
In a recent interview with New York Times writer Dave Itzkoff, iconoclastic filmmaker William Friedkin sat down to reflect on his diverse career, which spans 19 feature films since the mid-60s. Friedkin, 77, didn't have a breakout until 1970 with "The Boys in the Band," a campy gay farce that actually still plays well today. The next year, Friedkin would go on to win Best Picture for one of his many masterpieces, "The French Connection," and a filmography chock-full of controversial classics from "The Exorcist" to "Cruising" followed. With the huge success of "French Connection" and "Exorcist," the 70s were Friedkin's heyday. Until recent years, with his wonderfully disturbing adaptations of Tracy Letts' southern gothic plays "Bug" and "Killer Joe," the director was churning out lackluster efforts such as "Rampage" and "The Guardian." His film maudit "Sorcerer" (1977), the notoriously thwarted action adventure starring Roy Scheider, is now enjoying a repertory revival with a new print. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
One of television's all-time greatest sci-fi series has finally arrived on 13-disc DVD boxset - the truly breathtaking The New Twilight Zone: The Complete Collection - and to celebrate the release we have a copy to give away to one lucky winner! Read on for a synopsis and details of how to enter the competition:
Featuring an unbelievably stellar line-up of creative talent right across the board – from the stars to the writers and directors involved – the highly-acclaimed 1980s incarnation of “The Twilight Zone” comes to DVD as a digitally remastered 13-disc collection featuring all three seasons of the series that redefined the fantasy/anthology genre and raised the bar for quality television in general.
Travel into the fifth dimension once again with The Twilight Zone, testing the limits of reality and exploring the mysteries of the universe. Airing from 1985 to 1989, this critically acclaimed anthology series carried on the »
- Flickering Myth
In 1971 and 1973, William Friedkin found himself on top of the film world with the one-two punch of The French Connection and The Exorcist. Then things got interesting: Friedkin’s next film, 1977’s impossibly ambitious Sorcerer, flopped, and subsequent films, such as 1980’s controversial Al Pacino S&M thriller Cruising, didn’t fare much better. Along the way, however, these titles have been rereleased and reevaluated, and opinions have changed. Sorcerer is now considered by many critics — including this one — as a masterpiece; 1985’s To Live and Die in L.A. gave us one of the best car chases of all time and introduced audiences to then-unknowns Willem Dafoe, William Peterson, and John Turturro; and in recent years, Friedkin’s film versions of the Tracy Letts play Bug (with Michael Shannon) and Killer Joe (with Matthew McConaughey) have won him high acclaim. Now Friedkin has published a surprisingly forthright and fascinating memoir, »
- Bilge Ebiri
Legendary filmmaker William Friedkin joined HuffPost Live on Thursday to discuss the release of his new memoir, "The Friedkin Connection," and his career as a director of classics such as "The Exorcist" and "The French Connection."
When host Ricky Camilleri asked about one of Friedkin's more shocking films, "Cruising," a murder mystery set against the backdrop of the hardcore gay S&M scene in New York City, Friedkin revealed he wasn't the first director chosen for the story. It was actually Steven Spielberg. Look at the trailer below and try to imagine Steven Spielberg directing this film.
Friedkin tried to imagine how the film would be different, saying "there might have been a shark running around in the damn club!"
"Cruising" was released in 1980 and immediately met with protests from both the gay community, which felt it would promote old stereotypes, as well as conservatives offended by the film's frank depiction of S&M culture. »
- Ricky Camilleri
Rome, May 3 (Ians/Efe) Us director William Friedkin, creator of films such as "The Exorcist" and "The French Connection", will receive the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at this year's Venice Film Festival, organizers said Thursday.
The award is to be presented to Friedkin, 77, during the Aug 28-Sep 7 event, which will also feature a screening of a restored version of his 1977 film "Sorcerer".
"Venice, especially during the film festival, is a spiritual home to me," Friedkin said in a statement. "The Golden Lion is something I never expected but am proud to accept it with gratitude and love."
He described "Sorcerer". »
- Amith Ostwal
American director William Friedkin will receive the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 70th Venice International Film Festival (28 August – 7 September 2013).
In presenting his recommendation for the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement to the Board of Directors, Alberto Barbera wrote that William Friedkin “has contributed in a prominent way – the revolutionary impact of which has not always been recognized – to the profound renewal of American cinema regarded as ‘the New Hollywood’.”
Friedkin’s prominent films are The French Connection (1971, which won five Oscars, including Best Film and Best Director), The Exorcist (1973), Sorcerer (1977),Cruising (1980), To Live and Die in L.A. (1985) and Jade (1995, presented at the Venice Film Festival). Most recently, he presented Killer Joe in competition at Venice film festival 2011.
“Venice, especially during the Film Festival, is a spiritual home to me,” said William Friedkin. “The Golden Lion is something I never expected but am proud to accept with »
William Friedkin will be honored at this years Venice International Film Festival with the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement. This is the 70th year for the festival which will take place from August 28th - September 7th. Oscar Award winner Friedkin is known for films such as "The French Connection," "The Exorcist" and "Killer Joe" among others. The festival will screen a restored version of his 1977 film "Sorcerer," which he has said is his most personal film. Friedkin was personally recommended by the festivals Director, Alberto Barbera. Friedkin stated, “Venice, especially during the Film Festival, is a spiritual home to me. The Golden Lion is something I never expected but am proud to accept with gratitude and love." »
- Cristina A. Gonzalez
Rome — William Friedkin will be feted with the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement by the 70th Venice Film Festival where a pristine restored and recolored copy of his 1977 thriller “Sorcerer” will world preem.
Friedkin is a Lido aficionado. The U.S. helmer’s latest pic, “Killer Joe,” screened in competish at Venice in 2011.
Venice topper Alberto Barbera praised Friedkin for playing a prominent role in the renewal of American cinema, which started in the late 1960s, known as “the New Hollywood,” and later “basically inventing the modern blockbuster” with “The French Connection” (1971) and “The Exorcist” (1973), before going on to make many works “ahead of their time” including “Sorcerer,” “To Live and Die in L.A.” and “Jade,” he said in a statement.
- Nick Vivarelli
Rome – William Friedkin, the Oscar-winning director behind The Exorcist and The French Connection, will receive a lifetime achievement honor at the 70th edition of the Venice Film Festival, organizers announced Thursday. Venice’s second-year artistic director Alberto Barbera praised Friedkin, saying he has “contributed in a prominent way -- the revolutionary impact of which has not always been recognized -- to the profound renewal of American cinema regarded as the ‘New Hollywood.’” It will not be Friedkin’s first trip to Venice: his 1995 crime drama Jade premiered out of competition on the Lido, and two years ago Killer Joe,
- Eric J. Lyman
There are few cinematic ranconteurs as engaging as William Friedkin. Candid and filled with a career's worth of stories from the perspective of a filmmaker who has seen the industry change from the freewheeling '70s to the belt-tightening, tentpole focus of today, Friedkin's perspective is unique. And with his new memoir “The Friedkin Connection,” he's put down a lifetime of wisdom into one must-read volume, but of course, there's always more, and the director recently chatted with The New York Times and shared a few more fascinating morsels, reflecting on his own ego, stories from shooting "The French Connection," "The Exorcist," and more. While for most, winning an Oscar means a step up into bigger and better projects, Friedkin freely admits it went to his head. "I had no perspective back then. After I won the Oscar, I thought I was bulletproof. And I wasn’t. But I thought I was. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Harper has made available a generous excerpt from William Friedkin’s newly published autobiography, The Friedkin Connection. Anyone familiar with Sidney Lumet’s memoir Making Movies will find their rat-a-tat-tat no-time-for-bullshit prose style quite similar. »
- Ryan Adams
This story first appeared in the May 3 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. I was in San Francisco on my last night of a press tour for The French Connection in 1971. I'd finished my interviews for the day and saw this package I had just thrown into my bag, with the name "William Peter Blatty" on the return address -- the manuscript for The Exorcist. I opened it and started to read the novel. After the first 20 pages, I canceled my dinner plans. I read the entire book that evening. Photos: 'The Exorcist': Photos From the 1973 Horror
- As told to Gregg Kilday
‘Cursed productions’ are not exclusive to horror pictures. But, it’s typically horror films that garner the most attention for tumultuous circumstances surrounding their filming. At one point, people seemed to like the idea of those involved with horror movies being condemned for their participation in the devil’s work. But, these days, many people would, attribute a cursed production to nothing more than bad luck, negligence, unfortunate circumstances, or a combination of the above factors. Films from The Wizard of Oz to Superman have spawned rumors of a curse associated with their production. But, a lot of people argue that there is a slightly less fantastical explanation for films that endured a particularly turbulent shoot.
Despite the fact that people try to tell us that there is no such thing as a ‘cursed production’, we thought it would be interesting to reminisce on some of the most notorious ‘cursed productions’. As a disclaimer, »
- Tyler Doupe
Born in Detroit to a French father and Belgian mother, Marcel was eager to fight in WWII, enlisting at age 17. He returned to Michigan after he finished his tour, got his high school diploma, married, and headed out to Los Angeles.
Once on the West coast, he started working at the studios sweeping stages, and doing welding and carpentry. This led him into special effects, explosives, car stunts, and the other exciting aspects of films we love so much. His resume consists of less than a dozen credits, including Deliverance and Police Academy 6, but the project he is best-known for is one of the greatest in the history of horror cinema. The Exorcist.
Most notably, Marcel created the robotic double of Linda Blair with the rotating head. "He had made this »
- Alyse Wax
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