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My Love Affair With Frankenstein: The True Story – Guest Blog by Sam Irvin

“The greatest fantasy film of all time.” That was the delirious declaration I wrote in 1974 about Frankenstein: The True Story (see here for info on Dread Central’s upcoming special screening in NYC) when I put the movie on the… Continue Reading →

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Dread Central to host Free Retro Screening of Frankenstein: The True Story in NYC with Guests!

Dread Central and Forbidden Planet will be hosting a free retro screening and discussion of the classic 1973 miniseries Frankenstein: The True Story on Tuesday, June 27 at the Quad Cinema (34 West 13th Street, off 6th Avenue; 212-255-2243). A… Continue Reading →

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Fantastic Fest 2014: Interview with Larry Fessenden from ABC’s Of Death 2

After seeing ABC’s Of Death 2 at Fantastic Fest (you can read my review of the film Here), I was able to sit down with the director of one of my favorite shorts in the anthology – Larry Fessenden. His short “N is for Nexus” is a break-neck countdown through the streets of New York as Halloween night approaches. A couple preparing their Frankenstein costumes for a party sets in motion a series of events that intersect and slowly affect one another, leading to a devastating conclusion. Fessenden is practically a legend in the indie horror genre. He has worked as an actor, cinematographer, writer and director since the later 70’s and has created a named for himself with such feature films like Habit, Wendigo, and The Last Winter, while also appearing in films like I Sell The Dead, Stake Land, and Jug Face. I was lucky enough to sit down
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#SDCC14 Exclusive: Anne Rice Talks Prince Lestat, Future Vampire Chronicles, Updates on Her Werewolves, Witches, and More!

With vampires and witches descending on Sdcc today, we squeezed in a few moments with someone who knows a thing or two (or 20) about both types of creatures: author Anne Rice, in town to promote Prince Lestat.

Since "True Blood," "The Vampire Diaries," "Salem," and "American Horror Story: Coven" were all in town, Saturday was the perfect time to head over to the Hyatt for a quiet one-on-one with Ms. Rice, one of the forerunners when it comes to stories about these two uber popular supernatural beings.

We dug right in to find out all we could about Prince Lestat. With so much time having passed since her last entry in The Vampire Chronicles and considering all the various incarnations of vampires over those years, we first wanted to hear from Anne about what excited her most about reconnecting with her muse, Lestat. What was her favorite reaction to revisiting
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Thn Talk To Tom Baker At Horror Channel’s ‘Doctor Who’ Launch

Doctor Who is now known and celebrated across the globe, with its popularity rapidly increasing with every adventure. As the fandom and fifty-year legacy expands, Doctor Who has become very special television for millions of fans young and old. As with all cult favourites, there exists a personal connection and this is particularly prominent with Doctor Who, especially as we travel the Universe with a new Doctor and a new face, every now and then.

Tom Baker is a wonderful example of a well-known associate after portraying the fourth Doctor from 1974 to 1981. As such an iconic and legendary part of science fiction, Baker is arguably the most beloved and adored actor to play The Doctor to this day. After the star made his unexpected return in the shows’ 50th Anniversary last year, the popularity of Baker among newer fans has soared to the stratosphere. Last week Thn had the amazing,
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1970's TV Movie Frankenstein: The True Story Finally Arriving on UK DVD

With I, Frankenstein in theatres, The Creature is sure to be on a lot of people's minds; and if you're in the UK, you'll soon get a chance to check out Michael Sarrazin in the role when 1970's TV movie Frankenstein: The True Story finally arrives to your shores.

One of the most acclaimed versions of Mary Shelley’s classic tale, Frankenstein: The True Story, featuring a stellar all-star cast including James Mason and Leonard Whiting, makes its UK DVD debut on 10 March 2014 thanks to Second Sight Films.

Originally airing on NBC in 1973, this much lauded film also stars David McCallum ("The Man From U.N.C.L.E."), Jane Seymour ("Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman"), Tom Baker ("Doctor Who"), Ralph Richardson (Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes), John Gielgud (Ghandi), Peter Sallis (Last of the Summer Wine), and Michael Sarrazin (They Shoot Horses, Don't They?; Feardotcom) as The Creature.


In 19th century England,
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Horror Comedy Dry Bones Wraps; The Legend of Six Fingers Begins Production

Author and filmmaker Gregory Lamberson is one of the busiest guys we know. He just wrapped on horror comedy Dry Bones, kicked off The Legend of Six Fingers, and has two more projects already waiting in the wings!

From the Press Release:

Author and filmmaker Gregory Lamberson (Slime City Massacre, The Jake Helman Files) has wrapped principal photography on the horror comedy Dry Bones and has announced a full slate of upcoming independent feature film projects which will be filmed in the Buffalo-Niagara region.

Lamberson wrote Dry Bones, which he co-produced and co-directed with Michael O’Hear (pictured below), who stars alongside Debbie Rochon (also pictured below), who endured a seven-hour make-up and costuming process to become the succubus Lilim. “We shot Dry Bones over 19 days, mostly on weekends,” says Lamberson. “It looks terrific, and the performances are first rate. I put together a great team to make this, and
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Michael Sarrazin obituary

Canadian actor who had a decade of Hollywood success playing anti-heroes

The Canadian-born actor Michael Sarrazin, who has died of cancer aged 70, was so visible in Hollywood movies from 1967 to 1977 that one may wonder what happened to his subsequent career. A facetious answer might be that he moved back to Canada and made Canadian movies. Another answer might be that his sensitive, gently rebellious, flower-child persona and his lanky, boyish looks, with his long hair and soulful eyes, were no longer appropriate to the roles he took as he got older.

However, during the decade of his stardom, Sarrazin seemed to fit the anti-hero ethos of the era, often playing rootless characters, typically in his most celebrated role as the ex-farmboy drifter in Sydney Pollack's They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969). Sarrazin, idealistically willing to let fate take a hand, is paired with an embittered Jane Fonda in a dance
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Obituary: Actor Michael Sarrazin, 1940-2001

Michael Sarrazin, a handsome, sensitive-looking leading man who was a staple in movies throughout the late 1960s and 1970s, died of cancer on Sunday, April 17. He was 70 years old.

Disc Dish’s favorite film starring Mr. Sarrazin was 1975’s The Reincarnation of Peter Proud, a creepy horror mystery about a college professor who begins to experience eerie flashbacks from what he believes a previous life incarnation. Directed by J. Lee Thompson, the film foresaw a slew of life/after-life movies that we’ve seen over the subsequent decades, including The Sixth Sense (1991), What Dreams May Come (1998) and Dead Again (1991).

Unfortunately, Peter Proud has never been released on DVD, so it might be hard to track down (even on VHS). Here are five other films Afeaturing the late Mr. Sarrazin that we recommend and are a bit easier to obtain.

They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)

They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?
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Rest in Peace: Michael Sarrazin

Actor Michael Sarrazin, whose roles in the genre have ranged from The Creature in the 1973 TV movie "Frankenstein: The True Story" to a small supporting part in FeardotCom, has passed away in Montreal after a brief battle with cancer. He was 70.

Aside from the aforementioned appearances, along with a few more on TV's "The Outer Limits" and "Poltergeist: The Legacy", Sarrazin was best known (and beloved) by horror fans for his portrayal of the titular character in director J. Lee Thompson's 1975 classic The Reincarnation of Peter Proud. In the non-genre realm, Sarrazin's greatest acclaim came for his performance opposite Jane Fonda in Sydney Pollack's Depression era-set They Shoot Horses, Don't They?.

Sarrazin was born Jacques Michel André Sarrazin in Quebec City in 1940. "Michael was one of the most talented, generous and committed actors I have ever worked with," George Mihalka, who directed Sarrazin in 1993's La Florida, told the Montreal Gazette.
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Blu-Ray Review: ‘Fall of Fear’ HD Titles Including ‘Army of Darkness,’ ‘Shaun of the Dead,’ More

Chicago – Universal is getting an early jump on the annual wave of horror-themed titles that usually hit stores in the week before Halloween with new Blu-Ray editions of three horror-comedy classics and, well, one stinker that surely looks good in HD if nothing else. Add “An American Werewolf in London,” “Army of Darkness,” “Shaun of the Dead,” and “Van Helsing” to your collection.

The “Fall of Fear” promotions actually includes 31 re-promoted titles with Halloween-themed wrap but only four are available on Blu-Ray and were sent for review. But the standard releases include reissues by two of our favorite directors and influential filmmakers in the genre - John Carpenter and Wes Craven.

For Carpenter, repackaged titles include “The Thing,” “Prince of Darkness,” “They Live,” and “Village of the Damned”. Personally, we would suggest picking them up in that order. As for Craven, the titles are “The Serpent and the Rainbow,
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