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‘Blood Drive’ Gets Canceled After One Season, but at Least Syfy Is Taking Chances on Crazy Ideas

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‘Blood Drive’ Gets Canceled After One Season, but at Least Syfy Is Taking Chances on Crazy Ideas
It’s a sad day for fans of the ol’ ultraviolence, as Syfy’s “Blood Drive,” a gleefully disturbing mash-up of horror and sci-fi tropes, will not be returning for a second season. In a heartfelt letter to fans yesterday, creator James Roland described how much making the show meant to him — and how disappointed he was that it had been canceled.

“I got to make a show that I love so much I actually watch episodes as a fan (don’t tell anyone it makes me sound like a douchebag). The past two years are maybe the best of my life, creatively and personally. But none of that prepared me for how incredible it was seeing the show connect with you all on a deep level,” Roland wrote.

Set in a post-apocalyptic 1999, “Blood Drive” skewered both specific films (the show featured a cross-country road race similar to “Death Race 2000
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‘Blood Drive’ Gets Canceled After One Season, but at Least Syfy Is Taking Chances on Crazy Ideas

‘Blood Drive’ Gets Canceled After One Season, but at Least Syfy Is Taking Chances on Crazy Ideas
It’s a sad day for fans of the ol’ ultraviolence, as Syfy’s “Blood Drive,” a gleefully disturbing mash-up of horror and sci-fi tropes, will not be returning for a second season. In a heartfelt letter to fans yesterday, creator James Roland described how much making the show meant to him — and how disappointed he was that it had been canceled.

“I got to make a show that I love so much I actually watch episodes as a fan (don’t tell anyone it makes me sound like a douchebag). The past two years are maybe the best of my life, creatively and personally. But none of that prepared me for how incredible it was seeing the show connect with you all on a deep level,” Roland wrote.

Set in a post-apocalyptic 1999, “Blood Drive” skewered both specific films (the show featured a cross-country road race similar to “Death Race 2000
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Mr. Mercedes Season 1 Episode 5 Review – ‘The Suicide Hour’

Martin Carr reviews the fifth episode of Mr. Mercedes

This slowly gets under your skin. Working its way through open pores, seeping into sweat glands, tear ducts and every open orifice. Between the high-tech surveillance talk, on-line harassment and seedy conversations over webcam there are darker elements at play. Alcoholics, liars, incestuous couples and torture porn levels of discomfort are rife beneath the surface of Mr. Mercedes. Discussions on a Manson coined phrase known as creepy crawling adds real detail to the fictionalised world on offer. Four letter words are used with abandon by our recently retired policeman as he inches closer to his assailant, whilst he demonstrates a talent for burning bridges and sabotaging relationships.

Last week I pointed out that virtually everyone in this show is damaged and so it proves. Brady is so close to imploding you watch in awe as he indulges his madness, hatred and
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‘Blood Drive’ Review: You Won’t Believe The Sex and Violence Syfy’s Crazy Grindhouse Show Gets Away With

‘Blood Drive’ Review: You Won’t Believe The Sex and Violence Syfy’s Crazy Grindhouse Show Gets Away With
Here is the natural reaction to watching even just the first episode of “Blood Drive”: “This is seriously on ad-supported television?” Officially, Syfy isn’t subject to FCC rules, but what this weird-ass show gets away with goes well beyond anything you might have ever seen before.

At first, “Blood Drive” seems like a “Death Race 2000” riff with an important and bloody new angle, focusing on a cross-country car race across a dystopian America where all the cars are fueled by human blood.

Read More: Syfy Blows Up Its Brand, Orders ‘Krypton’ and ‘Happy!’ to Series As It Doubles Down on Genre

But the premise pushes well beyond that basic twist. Let’s be completely clear here: The guys at Starz Standards and Practices would probably watch “Blood Drive” and say to themselves, “This seems a little excessive.” Hell, Quentin Tarantino or John Waters might blush.

And that’s by design.
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‘Blood Drive’ Review: You Won’t Believe The Sex and Violence Syfy’s Crazy Grindhouse Show Gets Away With

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‘Blood Drive’ Review: You Won’t Believe The Sex and Violence Syfy’s Crazy Grindhouse Show Gets Away With
Here is the natural reaction to watching even just the first episode of “Blood Drive”: “This is seriously on ad-supported television?” Officially, Syfy isn’t subject to FCC rules, but what this weird-ass show gets away with goes well beyond anything you might have ever seen before.

At first, “Blood Drive” seems like a “Death Race 2000” riff with an important and bloody new angle, focusing on a cross-country car race across a dystopian America where all the cars are fueled by human blood.

Read More: Syfy Blows Up Its Brand, Orders ‘Krypton’ and ‘Happy!’ to Series As It Doubles Down on Genre

But the premise pushes well beyond that basic twist. Let’s be completely clear here: The guys at Starz Standards and Practices would probably watch “Blood Drive” and say to themselves, “This seems a little excessive.” Hell, Quentin Tarantino or John Waters might blush.

And that’s by design.
See full article at Indiewire »

10 Best TV Shows to Watch in June: Killer Cars, Putin Speaks and More

10 Best TV Shows to Watch in June: Killer Cars, Putin Speaks and More
It's a strange month for TV, a sort of negative zone after the networks wrap up their big-ticket programming and before they launch their summer favorites. (Game of Thrones doesn't come back until July, so we can all chill, if not Netflix-and-chill, for another few weeks.) While a few favorites will make their long-awaited returns this month – good to see you again, Preacher! How ya been, Orphan Black? – there's no better time to investigate something new and/or more unusual. Say, a Florida noir touched up with ridiculous humor, or
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The Overlook Film Festival 2017 Interview with Roger Corman

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At this past weekend’s Overlook Film Festival, Roger Corman was on hand to receive the “Master of Horror Award,” presented by Mick Garris. There are few people in the movie industry that have had the long lasting effect that Roger Corman has, and I was honored to speak with him during the festival to get his thoughts on modern filmmaking, seeing his older films digitally restored, and he also gave his advice to young filmmakers looking to stand out from the pack.

Congratulations on receiving the Master of Horror Award at the Overlook Film Festival. It’s such a great team behind the festival and I’m happy to see you as the first in hopefully a long line of “Master of Horror” recipients.

Roger Corman: I'm very pleased because I know the festival. I know this is the first time it's been held here, but I've known Mick Garris for many years,
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Roger Corman Wants to Make a Movie About Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte

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Roger Corman Wants to Make a Movie About Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte
Roger Corman is best known as the B-movie maverick behind such cult favorites as “Death Race 2000” and “Piranha,” in addition to his role in mentoring talented filmmakers ranging from Martin Scorsese to James Cameron. At 91 years old, Corman hasn’t stopped producing low-budget exploitation movies — the direct-to-dvd “Death Race 2050” came out earlier this year — and he’s still keen on injecting his projects with pointed social commentary about modern times. The next project he’s developing may be his most topical in years.

While President Donald Trump has been recently assailed for inviting Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte to the White House, Corman has already been cooking up a movie inspired by the controversial figure, whose anti-drug crackdown has led to a reported 7,000 extrajudicial killings. Tentatively titled “Death Squad,” the movie focuses a post-apocalyptic world in which a tyrannical ruler orders extrajudicial killings supposedly to alleviate crime, which leads
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Guardians of the Galaxy and Its Exploitation Influences

Ben Robins on Guardians of the Galaxy and its exploitation influences…

Exploitation is a bit of a nasty word no matter the context, and in the movie world, it usually means something cheap and in many cases, derivative. It’s never properly been defined, and doing so here without page after page of background would prove tough, but the term, in a nutshell, is usually used to describe low-brow ‘B-movies’ that rip-off or ‘exploit’ mainstream heavy-hitters. After Steven Spielberg’s Jaws there was Michael Anderson’s Orca, and Joe Dante’s Piranha. After The Italian Job there was everything from Death Race 2000 to Vanishing Point (that was in itself, lovingly rejigged for Tarantino’s 2007 exploitation send-up Death Proof). They make just enough from the cult crowd but very rarely breach the dominant markets. Unless, of course, the film’s name is something stupid enough to go viral, like Sharknado.
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Competition: Win Roger Corman’s ‘Death Race 2050′ on DVD!

A delirious blend of high-octane action, razor-sharp political satire and full-throttle mayhem, Roger Corman’s Death Race 2050 is the highly anticipated reboot of the cult classic Death Race 2000 (which itself was remade in 2008) . The film straps viewers into the driver’s seat of the ultimate auto showdown, a blood-splattered no-holds-barred virtual-reality show that gleefully pits hardened road warriors against each other — and their audience.

Legendary filmmaking icon, Roger Corman, is back with his most outrageous film yet in this sensational, action-packed and darkly humorous reboot of the original Death Race 2000! It’s the year 2050 and America is controlled by an all-powerful corporate government ruled by The Chairman (Malcolm McDowell). The masses have been brainwashed with violent virtual-reality entertainment. The event of the year is the Death Race, in which a motley crew of violent drivers compete in a cross-country road race, scoring points for shamelessly running people
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Win Roger Corman’s Death Race: 2050 on Blu-ray

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To celebrate the release of Roger Corman’s Death Race 2050, which releases on Blu-ray™ and DVD on 20th March, we are giving 3 lucky winners the chance to win a copy of the film on Blu-ray.

Legendary filmmaking icon, Roger Corman, is back with his most outrageous film yet in this sensational, action-packed and darkly humorous reboot of the original Death Race 2000! It’s the year 2050 and America is controlled by an all-powerful corporate government ruled by The Chairman (Malcolm McDowell). The masses have been brainwashed with violent virtual-reality entertainment. The event of the year is the Death Race, in which a motley crew of violent drivers compete in a cross-country road race, scoring points for shamelessly running people over and driving each other off the road. The reigning champion and fan favorite, Frankenstein (Manu Bennett), who’s half-man half-machine, wants to take the crown, but his
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The Soviet sci-fi film reworked by Francis Ford Coppola

Ryan Lambie Feb 21, 2017

Before he made The Godfather and Apocalypse Now, Francis Ford Coppola got his start by editing monsters into a Soviet sci-fi film...

Everyone loves a good success story, and Hollywood history's full of them. Actors sleeping in their cars until they get their first lucky break. Writers papering the walls of their lodgings with rejection letters until they finally get a script in front of a receptive producer. Filmmakers who've spent years paying their dues before a studio finally comes calling.

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Director Francis Ford Coppola, before he shot to fame - and, for a time, considerable wealth - with such films as The Godfather, The Conversation and Apocalypse Now, scrabbled around at the lower end of the industry like just about everyone else.
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Lee Daniels, Jessica Chastain, Zhang Yimou Set for Lmu Filmmaker Interview Series

Empire creator Lee Daniels, actress Jessica Chastain and director Zhang Yimou are set to take part in the seventh installment of the Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television's interview series The Hollywood Masters, which again will be moderated by The Hollywood Reporter's Stephen Galloway.

Roger Corman, who has produced more than 400 films, including Death Race 2000 and Little Shop of Horrors, and Sherry Lansing, the former chairman of Paramount Pictures and producer of Fatal Attraction, also will take part in the series this season.

Lansing also is the subject of Galloway’s new biography, Leading Lady, due out April 25....
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Lee Daniels, Jessica Chastain, Zhang Yimou Set for Lmu Filmmaker Interview Series

Lee Daniels, Jessica Chastain, Zhang Yimou Set for Lmu Filmmaker Interview Series
Empire creator Lee Daniels, actress Jessica Chastain and director Zhang Yimou are set to take part in the seventh installment of the Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television's interview series The Hollywood Masters, which again will be moderated by The Hollywood Reporter's Stephen Galloway.

Roger Corman, who has produced more than 400 films, including Death Race 2000 and Little Shop of Horrors, and Sherry Lansing, the former chairman of Paramount Pictures and producer of Fatal Attraction, also will take part in the series this season.

Lansing also is the subject of Galloway’s new biography, Leading Lady, due out April 25....
See full article at The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News »

Death Race 2050, Dragons, Worms and Parents: Jim Hemphill’s Home Video Recommendations

Paul Bartel’s 1975 road race movie Death Race 2000 is one of the great exploitation films of all time, a model of how to use the creative freedom of working with limited resources within a marketable genre for the purposes of subversive satire. Produced by Roger Corman, it has a deliciously nasty premise: in the (then) future, the population is kept pacified by gory reality entertainment in the form of a cross-country road race in which drivers receive points for mowing down pedestrians. Bartel and screenwriters Robert Thom and Charles Griffith milk this conceit for all that it’s worth, ramping […]
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Insane Death Cars Attack in Death Race 2050 Sneak Peek | Exclusive

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Insane Death Cars Attack in Death Race 2050 Sneak Peek | Exclusive
Last week, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment released their highly-anticipated action-packed thriller Death Race 2050, which was executive produced by original Death Race 2000 director Roger Corman. In case you haven't gotten the chance to pick up this movie yet, the studio has provided us with an exclusive preview video, featuring director G.J. Echternkamp and stars Manu Bennett (Frankenstein), Burt Grinstead (Jed Perfectus), Folake Olowofoyeku (Minerva Jefferson), Anessa Ramsey (Tammy) and Marci Miller (Annie Sullivan). G.J. Echternkamp reveals in this preview that he largely focused on the weapons of these cars, which fall between, "totally bad-ass and completely ridiculous."

Legendary filmmaking icon, Roger Corman, is back with his most outrageous film yet in this sensational, action-packed and darkly humorous reboot of the original Death Race 2000! It's the year 2050 and America is controlled by an all-powerful corporate government ruled by The Chairman (Malcolm McDowell). The masses have been brainwashed with violent virtual-reality entertainment.
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Frankenstein Teaches the Ruthless Rules of the Road in New Video for Roger Corman’S Death Race 2050

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Before you buckle up for the race from Old New York to New Los Angeles, sharpen your pencil and get ready to take notes, because Frankenstein is here to teach you the rules of the road in a new video for Death Race 2050, out now on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

"Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! Frankenstein (Manu Bennett) is here to remind you of the "Rules of the Death Race" before you shift into Roger Corman's Death Race 2050, now available on Blu-ray™, DVD, and Digital HD from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment."

Previous Press Release: Universal City, California, October 6, 2016 – A delirious blend of high-octane action, razor-sharp political satire and full-throttle mayhem, Roger Corman’s Death Race 2050 arrives on Blu-ray™ combo pack, DVD and Digital HD January 17, 2017, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The highly anticipated reboot of the cult classic Death Race 2000,
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Wamg Giveaway – Win Roger Corman’S Death Race 2050 on Blu-ray

Make way for the return of Frankenstein when Roger Corman’S Death Race 2050 arrives on to Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD on January 17, 2017 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment!

Now you can own the Blu-ray of Roger Corman’S Death Race 2050. We Are Movie Geeks has five copies to give away! All you have to do is leave a comment answering this question: What is your favorite movie directed by Roger Corman (mine is The Pit And The Pendulum). It’s so easy!

Good Luck!

Official Rules:

1. You Must Be A Us Resident. Prize Will Only Be Shipped To Us Addresses. No P.O. Boxes. No Duplicate Addresses.

2. Winners Will Be Chosen From All Qualifying Entries.

No purchase necessary

A delirious blend of high-octane action, razor-sharp political satire and full-throttle mayhem, Roger Corman’s Death Race 2050 arrives on Blu-ray™ combo pack, DVD and Digital HD
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If You Have to Visit Black Rock, This New Blu Is the Way to Go

Warner Archive Delivers the Best Way to Enjoy a Bad Day at Black Rock

Welcome to this week in home video! Click the title to buy a Blu-ray/DVD from Amazon and help support Fsr in the process!

Pick of the WeekBad Day at Black Rock [Warner Archive]

What is it? A one-armed man arrives via train in a remote western town, and the populace reacts with suspicion and violence.

Why buy it? Spencer Tracy excels as the polite but mysterious stranger whose presence sets everyone on edge, and the more he probes the harder they push. The film explores threads of America’s deep-seated racism and small-town insulation, and it pairs that commentary with a steadily increasing suspense. The themes and actions here are still sadly relevant, even now, and it makes for an important watch that still manages to entertain. Tracy’s potential adversaries include Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Walter Brennan, and
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‘Roger Corman’s Death Race 2050′ Review

Stars: Manu Bennett, Malcolm McDowell, Marci Miller, Burt Grinstead, Folake Olowofoyeku, Anessa Ramsey, Yancy Butler, Charlie Farrell, Shanna Olson, D.C. Douglas | Written by G.J. Echternkamp, Matt Yamashita | Directed by G.J. Echternkamp

G.J. Echternkamp and Matt Yamashita, who previously worked together on Virtually Heroes – a video game movie that told the story of two self-aware characters in a “Call of Duty” style game – re-team with their producer on that film, Roger Corman, for a remake of one of Corman’s most popular and enduring films.

Set in the year 2050 (obviously given the title) Death Race 2050 sees America controlled by an all-powerful corporate government ruled by The Chairman (Malcolm McDowell). The masses have been brainwashed with violent virtual-reality entertainment; and the event of the year is the Death Race, in which a motley crew of violent drivers compete in a cross-country road race, scoring points for shamelessly running people over and
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