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Friedkin Responds To Botched "Sorcerer" DVD Release

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By Lee Pfeiffer

The latest issue of Cinema Retro (#29) features my exclusive interview with Oscar-winning director William Friedkin in relation to the recent restoration of his 1977 epic adventure film Sorcerer. Regular readers of our magazine and web site know that we have been championing this great movie for years. It was a commercial and critical failure at the time of its release but its stature has grown over the decades and Friedkin told me he considers this his best film. That's quite a statement coming from the man who directed The French Connection and The Exorcist. In the interview, Friedkin discusses his painstaking efforts to finally get a proper video release of the film. An initial DVD release from Universal back in the 1990s was sub-par, to say the least. The print was less-than-stellar and Friedkin was annoyed by the fact that the movie was presented in the wrong aspect ratio. »

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Not Safe For Work: Top 13 Wtf Moments in Horror

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The big payoff moment. The money shot. The Omg/Wtf/Nsfw scene in horror. These are the moments that define films. The moment that either grosses and disgusts or shocks the audience in such a way that they have to come back for the sequel. Here are our Top 13 Wtf Moments in Horror.

We're going to try to keep this to relatively mainstream films. That's not to say that some lesser known indies haven't had some shocking moments, but things seem that much more disturbing when the movie in question reaches a wide audience.

Beginning with our honorable mentions, we've got to include I Spit on Your Grave, one of the most censored and banned films of all times. Camille Keaton played Jennifer Hills who was raped for the better part of the first half of the film. Plenty of Nsfw moments there. Also those infamous shit-eaters in Salo: 120 Days of Sodom were certainly shocking. »

- Scott Hallam

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The Details: Masters Copy

22 April 2014 8:29 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

“Money alone sets all the world in motion.”

—Publilius Syrus, Maxim 656

The desire for money, for personal gain or business interests, is a frequent catalyst for dramatic action in William Friedkin’s films. In The Night They Raided Minsky’s (1968), The French Connection (1971), Sorcerer (1977), The Brink’s Job (1978), Deal of the Century (1983), To Live and Die in L.A. (1985), Blue Chips (1994) and, more recently, Killer Joe (2011), the pursuit of money entails underhand tactics, struggle, betrayal and violence. Dollar bills are passed from one person to another, in plain view or sight unseen; or promised at the completion of a job; or seized, burned or spent. But the money always materializes again, somehow, coursing into the narrative economy and organizing social relations.

In a notable sequence in To Live and Die in L.A. we see this material created illegally, and witness its eruption and flow into the system. Friedkin here offers an »

- Yusef Sayed

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Star Wars Was Offered To William Friedkin, But He Passed

22 April 2014 6:58 AM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Timing is everything. You can spend years toiling away on a film production, perfecting the casting, the shoot, and the grinding edit. You prepare to release the film, then realize that it.s opening in theaters one month after a cultural phenom known as Star Wars. That.s what happened to poor William Friedkin when he attempted to release his South American thriller Sorcerer in June 1977. At the time, no filmmaker was hotter. Friedkin was coming off of The French Connection (1971) and The Exorcist (1973). He assembled a team around Roy Scheider to play outcasts hired to transport a load of unstable dynamite through the jungles of South America in beaten-up old trucks. Sorcerer had some obstacles to overcome during production, but none were anywhere near as massive as the 800-pound gorilla that was Star Wars, plopping down in theaters and changing the landscape for the types of films audiences now »

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New on DVD/Blu-ray: A William Friedkin Classic Finally Arrives in HD

21 April 2014 7:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Sorcerer - Warner Bros. - Blu-ray Director: William Friedkin Cast: Roy ScheiderBruno CremerFrancisco RabalPeter CapellRamon Bieri. Full cast + crew I actually have never seen Sorcerer, but here's what I know: many think it's William Friedkin's greatest film, it's been overshadowed by big commercial hits of his like The Exorcist and The French Connection, and it's a remake of The Wages of Fear. I also know that Warner Bros.' new Blu-ray for the film features a complete remaster of the movie and is the closest possible version of Friedkin's original vision for this film about four men who are transporting dynamite through a South American jungle. Special Features: None beyond a beautiful, proper HD restoration...

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- Peter Hall

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The Definitive Religious Movies: 20-11

13 April 2014 9:41 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

We move into the top 20 now, where the films become incredibly spiritual. One major component seen in many of these religious films: the overtones meant to instill a sense of mystery and wonder. You see it in films set in both sweeping landscapes and intimate settings. Whether or not any of the films on this list are condoning the acceptance or rejection of faith and religion is almost beside the point. The real point is that it is so influential on our culture that movies will always be made about it.

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20. Babette’s Feast (1987)

Directed by Gabriel Axel

The 1987 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winner (beating Au Revoir Les Enfants), Babette’s Feast is the story of two devout Christian sisters whose father – the leader of a small Christian sect in Denmark – has died. Unfortunately, Martine (Birgitte Federspiel) and Philippa (Bodjil Kjer) find they have no way to gain new members, »

- Joshua Gaul

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William Friedkin: The Hollywood Sorcerer Interview

13 April 2014 1:36 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

William Friedkin: Why Sorcerer’s Spell Refuses to Die


Alex Simon

In the mid-1970s, there were few American filmmakers riding as high as William Friedkin. The French Connection swept the 1971 Academy Awards, nabbing Friedkin a Best Director statuette. The Exorcist, released two years later, broke box office records to become one of the top grossing films of all time. Boasting creative power and freedom that most directors could only dream about, Friedkin opted to film an updated version of French auteur Henri-Georges Clouzot’s classic The Wages of Fear (1953).

The result, 1977’s Sorcerer, became one of the most notorious box office bombs of the decade. Its dark, unrelenting tale of four desperate, disparate men (Roy Scheider, Bruno Cremer, Francisco Rabal, Amidou) who undertake a suicide mission by driving truckloads of nitroglycerine across the rugged South American jungle wasn’t what the changing tide of audience tastes were buying then, »

- The Hollywood

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AMC Networks’ Yeah! App Offers Up This Is Spinal Tap Free Through 4/11

1 April 2014 6:59 PM, PDT | | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Whether you’re new to Tap, or have seen them in concert (like me), it’s hard to argue with free, and the Yeah! App from AMC Networks is offering This is Spinal Tap – The Special Features Version for free through April 11th.

Far more than just a ‘Pop Up Video’ version of films, the Yeah! App gives you a completely unique experience, and none of the films is packed with more awesome than This is Spinal Tap, which not only pulls in hundreds of cool notes, but gives you some incredible insights from a variety of legendary rockers… and Jack Black.

Check out the full details below, and make sure you don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy this truly special viewing experience.

Yeah!, the New iPad Movie App from AMC Networks, Offers This Is Spinal Tap – The Special Features Version Gratis to All iPad Users Through April 11

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- Marc Eastman

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Win Pit Stop on Blu-ray

30 March 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

To mark the release of Pit Stop on 7th April, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.

The most dangerous game ever devised, to pit man against man, flesh against steel – the figure-8 race! Jack Hill (Coffy, Foxy Brown) follows up Spider Baby, once again teaming up with Sid Haig (House of 1000 Corpses) in one of his greatest roles for this action-spectacular crash-o-rama!

Richard Davalos (East of Eden) stars as Rick Bowman, a street punk who winds up in jail after a street race goes wrong. Bailed out by race promoter Grant Willard, Davalos is put in the deadly track where he comes up against Haig’s maniacal winner Hawk Sidney. Featuring an outstanding supporting cast including Brian Donlevy (The Quatermass Xperiment) in his last film appearance, Ellen Burstyn (The Exorcist), billed as Ellen McRae, and Beverly Washburn (Spider Baby), Pit Stop is one of Hill »

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'Exorcist' Director: It Worked Because 'I Made That Film As a Believer' (Video)

29 March 2014 3:44 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

1973's The Exorcist, the first horror film nominated for best picture, earned $441 million because its creator believed in God, said director William Friedkin. “I made that film as a believer,” he said March 26, speaking to students at Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television. “The reason that all the sequels to The Exorcist are rotten chunks of excrement [is] because they are made by non-believers. And what they all attempt to do is to defrock the story and to send the thing up.” But Friedkin revealed the man who played the demon-fighting title

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- Tim Appelo

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Jerry’s Ten Greatest Horror Films Of All Time!!

28 March 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | | See recent Icons of Fright news »

What better way to celebrate Icons of Fright’s ten year anniversary, than with a barrage of our favorites?, whether they be lists of our favorite entries into the French horror genre, our favorite badasses, or like this one, the films that make up what is (in my opinion), the greatest horror films of all time. Like always, art is subjective, so before you rabid fright fiends call foul on me, just remember, this is “Jerry’s Ten Greatest Horror Films of All Time”, so it is just that: mine. So if you disagree, comment and tell me yours, as Icons of Fright has always been for the fans and comprised Of fans, so feel free to sound off! With all of that said, it’s go time!


10.) Re-animator (1985)

Stuart Gordon’s film adaption of the H.P. Lovecraft story “Herbert West: Reanimator” is thought of to many, as one of »

- Jerry Smith

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The HeyUGuys Interview: Director Elliot Goldner on British horror The Borderlands

25 March 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

In anticipation of the latest found footage horror The Borderlands, HeyUGuys caught up with filmmaker Elliot Goldner to discuss investigating paranormal events in a remote church.

Elliot spoke to us about the marketing of a filmmaker’s vision, the inner workings of found footage, and whether it is a genre or a style of filmmaking. During our discussion he also touched upon the influence of the individual filmmaker, horror masterpieces directed by directors outside of the genre, as well as the terrifying presence of Richard Burton and Snow White’s nemesis.

The experience of a film can be radically different to what the poster quotes lead you to expect, as is possibly the case here. But then film like all art forms is dependent on the subjective reaction of a broad audience.

Well it’s interesting to have an idea of a film as you are making it and then »

- Paul Risker

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10 Great Horror Film Performances

10 March 2014 2:09 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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The horror genre is much maligned in general and often those actors and actresses who decide to appear in a horror film find themselves attacked from all quarters. Those who don’t like horror look at these films as simply a bloodbath of masked monsters hacking down teenagers. It has always been much more than this however.

The horror genre can not only be incredibly subtle, it can also have some incredibly affecting performances. There is work from actors and actresses which can really make you feel the terror and the sorrow that they too are feeling. Yes, the work of the directors and writers goes a long way into creating this but it is in the actors that we as the audience can really connect.

This is not a definitive list, but it does aim to highlight some of the great horror performances since cinema began. You will hopefully have many others. »

- Hugh Firth

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Director William Friedkin to Receive Honorary Award at Cph Pix

10 March 2014 8:20 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

At this year's Cph Pix, Denmark's biggest annual feature film festival, the Danish Film Academy will present Oscar-winning director William Friedkin ("The Exorcist," "Killer Joe") with a Lifetime Achievement Award, the Honorary Robert. The director himself will attend the festival from April 2nd-6th, presenting his landmark films that have been chosen for the Festival's retrospective commemorating the director's talents. When Friedkin receives his Honorary Robert, it will mark the first time the festival has bestowed the award on an international filmmaker. The Danish Film Academy is excited to enshrine and commemorate Friedkin's global filmmaking influence. As Kim Magnusson, Chairman of the Danish Film Academy, said, "William Friedkin's films are milestones in film history, and it is hard to overestimate the influence he has had and still has on filmmakers all over the world. We are proud Friedkin is coming to the festival to receive his Honorary Robert." »

- Luke Slattery

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10 Horror Movies That Won Academy Awards

27 February 2014 1:00 PM, PST | FEARnet | See recent FEARnet news »

It’s no secret that our beloved horror movies are often snubbed at the Academy Awards. The horror genre as a whole just doesn’t get all that much respect in the world of cinema, which is why it’s so important for us fans to support and spread the word on the movies we love. Quite frankly, if we're not doing it, nobody’s going to do it for us.

That said, there are a handful of horror movies over the years that have defied tradition, and have actually managed to snag themselves those little golden statues. With the 86th Academy Awards heading our way this weekend, today we shine the spotlight on 10 of those movies, which made all of us horror fans proud!

Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde

Though the Academy Awards ceremony wasn’t televised until 1953, it actually began way back in 1929, held at a private dinner party. »

- John Squires

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12 Things You May Not Know About Wes Craven's 'Scream'

26 February 2014 3:00 PM, PST | FEARnet | See recent FEARnet news »

As horror fans, we make it our business to know the most obscure details about our favorite films. We watch the bonus features on the Special Edition releases of our favorite DVDs; we read retrospectives and interviews in support of our most beloved titles. But even the most diligent fan is bound to miss something along the way. So, to help you get the lowdown, we're launching a new segment that rounds up some lesser-known trivia from your favorite horror films. For this installment, we're setting our sights on the 1996 Wes Craven classic Scream.      Scream is one of the most commercially and critically successful slasher films, and the thirteenth-highest grossing horror film of all time. There is a wealth of interesting information surrounding the film’s production, as you'll soon discover...   1. The Michael & Janet Jackson Song of the Same Name Inspired the Film’s Title   Scream was originally planned for »

- Tyler Doupe

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J.T. Petty Talks Hellbenders and More!

21 February 2014 11:58 AM, PST | | See recent Dread Central news »

J.T. Petty’s newest entry into the genre is the horror comedy hybrid Hellbenders (review), a lightweight but surprisingly warm-hearted adventure focusing on a group of debaucherous exorcists who stay in a constant state of sin in order to trap demons more effectively before being sent down the elevator to hell.

Petty enjoyed some success with 2008’s The Burrowers, and it isn’t hard to tell that the same set of eyes was behind the camera for Hellbenders. The director spoke to us briefly about the film, which is now available on Blu-ray in glorious 3D.

DC:i remember first meeting you at Fangoria Radio years ago when you were promoting The Burrowers, which I first saw at Fantastic Fest back in 2008. That film was a genre twist on a western, and Hellbenders is a twist on religious horror. Is the fresh take on an old idea what first gets you excited about an idea? »

- Drew Tinnin

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*Updated* Monsters TV Series DVD Release Gets New Date and Cover Art

21 February 2014 11:39 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

*Updated with new release date* We recently brought you news that Entertainment One will release all 72 episodes of Monsters on DVD. It has now been officially announced and we have all the details, along with a look at the cover art:

Press Release- “Leave the lights on! The fan-favorite syndicated horror anthology series from executive producer Richard P. Rubinstein (Tales from the Darkside, Dawn of the Dead, Creepshow, Frank Herbert’s Dune, Children of Dune) that ran for three heart-stopping seasons on the Sci-Fi Channel (now Syfy) in the 1990s makes its chilling DVD debut on March 18!

Across 72 episodes of this 9-disc collectors’ set, Emmy® and Academy Award®-winning make-up effects artist Dick Smith (The Exorcist, The Godfather, Amadeus) brings to life the monsters that nightmares are made of – from the gruesome and grotesque to mutations beyond your wildest dreams, Monsters’ horrifying creatures haunt each of the modern-day fables of »

- Jonathan James

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Monsters Collection Checking in a Bit Later

21 February 2014 10:29 AM, PST | | See recent Dread Central news »

Apologies, but due to supernatural circumstances beyond our grasp or comprehension, the street date for "Monsters: The Complete Series" will be slithering to March 18 (from the previously announced March 4). Please plan out your carnage accordingly.

From the Press Release

Leave the lights on! The fan-favorite syndicated horror anthology series from executive producer Richard P. Rubinstein ("Tales from the Darkside," Dawn of the Dead, Creepshow, Frank Herbert's Dune, Children of Dune) that ran for three heart-stopping seasons on the Sci-Fi Channel (now Syfy) in the 1990s makes its chilling DVD debut on March 18!

Across 72 episodes of this 9-disc collectors' set, Emmy® and Academy Award®-winning make-up effects artist Dick Smith (The Exorcist, The Godfather, Amadeus) brings to life the monsters that nightmares are made of - from the gruesome and grotesque to mutations beyond your wildest dreams, Monsters' horrifying creatures haunt each of the modern-day fables of fear and stories of »

- Uncle Creepy

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Top 13 Haunted House Favorites

17 February 2014 8:30 AM, PST | | See recent Dread Central news »

There are so many sub-genres in horror. The vampire movie, zombie apocalypses, torture porn. But there's nothing more classic and purely fright-inducing than the things that go bump in the night. To celebrate this week's release of The Invoking, we bring you our Top 13 Favorite Haunted House Movies.

Is anything creepier than when your own house turns against you? You can (theoretically) get away from zombies, vamps, slashers and werewolves. But when your own home sweet home is the enemy… it's tough to recover from that.

We have some great Honorable Mentions to start off with. Fantastic director James Wan really seems to have a knack for the haunted house movie as he has one entry on the list itself and also gets a nod for Insidious, a creative look at the inner, an outer, workings of a haunted house. A Haunting in Connecticut was impressive as, in addition to the actual haunting going on, »

- Scott Hallam

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