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Death Race 2, the sequel to Paul Ws Anderson's remake of Death Race 2000, is out on a straight-to-dvd release this week, and apparently there's more on the way. According to Moviehole, Universal are so confident about the sequel that they've shoved Death Race 3 into development. Part II is a prequel to Anderson's Death Race, and it details the events that lead to the demise of racing champ Frankenstein at the beginning of the first movie. Money-hungry corporate types and morally dubious wardens founded the murderous cross-country race, in...
- Matt Maytum
Despite that Paul Ws Anderson's "Death Race" couldn't make back it's $45 million budget domestically, Universal Pictures decided to move forward with a straight-to-dvd prequel. The second installment will hit stores on January 18th, but the studio is predicting that it will perform very well, which is why Universal has already put "Death Race 3" into development. Anderson's film is a remake of the 1975 "Death Race 2000," and "Death Race 2" is a prequel. It's anyone's guess when on the timeline the new film will take place or whether Luke Goss, Danny Trejo, Sean Bean and Ving Rhames will return. Stay tuned. "Death Race 2" stars Goss as Convicted cop-killer Carl Lucas, a grizzled convict who arrives on Terminal Island to serve his life sentence just as ruthlessly ambitious television personality September Jones launches the ultimate reality show, called Death Race. »
Well 2010 is almost over and it’s time for my obligatory Top Ten of the year. As with last year I’ll be compiling two movie Top 10’s – one cinematic releases and one direct to DVD list. Why? Well the majority of movie sites and blogs give credence to all the big releases of the year but, as I try to do all year, I want to highlight some films which you might have missed that you really should hunt down and watch.
This list is completely subjective, and you may not agree with any or all of my choices or the order in which they appear. Either way I’d love to read your thoughts on my choices good or bad, so don’t forget to leave a comment. Anyway, onto the list:
10) Hunt to Kill
Death Race 2 may be the first prequel to a prequel. Set before Paul W.S. Anderson's Death Race, the movie follows the very first driver to assume the mantle of "Frankenstein" (Luke Goss) in the futuristic prison race. In the DVD commentary of Anderson's Death Race, the director described his movie as a prequel to Roger Corman's 1975 cult classic Death Race 2000, which was also the basis of Anderson's Death Race. Sound confusing? The two latest clips and featurette show that Death Race 2 has enough of the familiar car chases and tough guy speeches found in action movies to keep anyone from getting lost.
Link | Posted 12/28/2010 by Ryan
- Ryan Gowland
This prequel to 2008’s Death Race (itself a remake of Roger Corman’s cult classic Death Race 2000) tells the origin story of Frankenstein, the helmet-clad racer defeated by Jason Statham in the first movie, as he progresses through Death Match – yes, that’s right, Death Race 2 does not start out with the eponymous race, but rather a brutal televised show that pits the felons of Terminal Island against each other in hand to hand combat. It’s only when ratings dip, and the fact that the prison has plenty of cars in its scrapyard, that the Death Race is born…
There were many people that decried this proposed prequel to a film which already had a limited built-in audience, but for me there were »
It's that most wonderful time of the year once again, and as always I'm here to help you spread as much high-definition holiday fear as possible! Wondering what's worth the cash to get for the lucky horror-loving folks on your lists? Wonder no more!
There's no doubt Blu-ray players will once again be a pretty hot item this year, but what of the movies available for them? If you already own the DVD of your favorite flick, is there a need to replace it with a Blu-ray? I'm here to answer all of your questions in the third annual ...
Before we get into my picks (most of which are also available in new DVD versions; see review for information), let's take a second to explain once again how I rated them. They're broken down into three categories:
Can't Miss -- Must Haves: These are the cream of the crop! The »
- Uncle Creepy
The list is a little brief this week, but that’s all that was out there. However, the first three items thrill me so much, it sort of makes up for the overall brevity.
I have to say that I’m really thrilled to see Jack Sargeant blogging more lately, both re-printing older articles he’s written for others and new stuff. Sargeant is one of the most vital writers and historians of underground film we have today. And he has some great ones this week. First, there’s this fascinating profile of Samantha Sweeting, whose films sound so strange and lovely. And he has a nice overview / defense of UbuWeb, which originally appeared in FilmInk. A couple weeks ago, I publicly admitted my love of looking at old underground film flyers, posters, brochures, etc. To add to that jones, Landscape Suicide posted up an old flyer for a two-day »
- Mike Everleth
Director Paul W.S. Anderson's Death Race, a remake of Roger Corman's 1975 cult classic Death Race 2000, was a modest hit, earning $75 million in worldwide box office, yet news of a sequel surfaced last year anyway. This time, the sequel is a prequel, explaining how the race started, including how the first prisoner (Luke Goss) took on the persona of racing favorite Frankenstein. Originally titled Death Race: Frankenstein Lives, the sequel is heading for DVD at the end of the year. Death Race 2 stars Ving Rhames (replacing Joan Allen as another ambitious prison warden), Sean Bean, and Danny Trejo.
Link | Posted 10/3/2010 by Ryan
- Ryan Gowland
The always fantastic Fantastic Fest begins today, and to celebrate, they've released six incredible new posters for select films and events taking place over the next week. The posters were created by various artists for Mondo, the Alamo Drafthouse's collectible art boutique. In addition, we have details on the title card in the 2010 Fantastic Debates.
Not familiar with the Debates? Here's the skinny:
This is a yearly event where press, filmmakers and film professionals enter a Fantastic Fest arena for a formal debate followed by a single round of boxing. In this ring the great issues facing the fan community are solved once and for all. The headlining bout will feature Michelle Rodriguez (Avatar and the upcoming Citizen Jane), star of the most successful film of all time, debating against Fantastic Fest founder and noted film enthusiast Tim League on the topic "Avatar should have won the Academy Award for Best Feature Film. »
- Uncle Creepy
If everything I’ve heard about Fantastic Fest is even half-true, then people attending this year’s festival are going to have a blast. There’s a killer line-up which includes Let Me In, Red, Stone, and tributes to Roger Corman and Bill Pullman. The festival has also announced that Alamo Drafthouse CEO and Fantastic Fest co-founder Tim League will debate/box Michelle Rodriguez over whether or not Avatar deserved to win the Oscar for Best Picture. It’s worth noting that Rodriguez’ breakthrough role was as a female boxer in the 2000 film Girlfight.
Additionally, there are going to be some incredible posters created specifically for Fantastic Fest and Mondo, the Alamo Drafthouse’s collectible art botique. Hit the jump to check out the incredible posters for Let Me In, Roger Corman, Red White & Blue, Nevermore, Rubber, and X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes . Fantastic Fest starts tomorrow and runs to September 30th. »
- Matt Goldberg
Paul W.S. Anderson must have learned something remaking the Roger Corman-produced 1975 cult classic Death Race 2000 as 2008’s Death Race. Anderson’s third go-round in the director’s chair as the auteur and scribe of the popular Resident Evil series benefits from a Corman-esque sense of economy: In classic B-movie form, most of the film takes place on a single set, a prison where a motley crew of survivors has taken refuge from a zombie apocalypse accidentally caused by an evil multinational corporation named Umbrella. Corman would also approve of the film’s embrace of trendy spectacle »
This year’s Fantastic Fest will honor legendary filmmakers Roger and Julie Corman with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Following the award ceremony will be the world premiere of the Cormans’ new Syfy movie Sharktopus. For those who don’t know, the Cormans are the minds behind numerous cult classics including Death Race 2000, X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes, and The Little Shop of Horrors. The two also helped discover acting and directing luminaries including Jonathan Demme, James Cameron, Ron Howard, Joe Dante, Martin Scorsese, Jack Nicholson, Charles Bronson, Robert De Niro, and Sylvester Stallone.
Sharktopus will play as the second-part of a double feature with the U.S. premiere of Mark Hartlety’s documentary about Philippine exploitation films of the 70s and 80s, Machete Maidens Unleashed! (check out the great trailer here). The presentation of the Lifetime Achievement award will take place between the two films. Tickets for »
- Matt Goldberg
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Roger and Julie Corman will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 6th annual Fantastic Fest, it was announced today. The fest is scheduled for Sept. 23-30, in Austin, Texas.
The award coincides with the world premiere of the Corman’s new Syfy movie “Sharktopus,” starring Eric Roberts and Sara Malakul Lane. The film will play as the second part of a double feature with the U.S. premiere of Machete Maidens Unleashed!, a documentary about Philippine exploitation films from the 70’s and 80’s directed by Mark Hartley (Not Quite Hollywood), which features Roger Corman prominently.
From the release:
Roger Corman received an Honorary 2010 Oscar for his contributions to filmmaking, and is the legendary director and producer of numerous cult classics, among them It Conquered the World, Death Race 2000, The Little Shop of Horrors, and a series of Edgar Allen Poe adaptations that starred Vincent Price, »
- Sean O'Connell
Whether you love his work or hate it, you’ve got to admire Roger Corman’s dedication to schlock cinema, as he’s been making movies like SyFy’s upcoming grand opus Sharktopus for over 50 years. Battle Truck, Deathsport, and Humanoids from the Deep are Shout Factory’s latest restored Corman productions, on sale on DVD today. If you’re a Corman fan or just looking for something crazy to watch, you might want to check these out. Hit the jump for reviews.
Humanoids from the Deep is a film not to be missed if you enjoy gratuitous female nudity, special effects so hilarious they deserve to be remembered forever in the annals of history, or movies in which not one of the characters knows what’s going on at all. The movie is about the fishing village of Noyo, a small fishing town that’s suddenly plagued with dog murders and questionable fashion choices. »
- Laura Kelley
One of my fondest childhood memories involved a thrilling trip to a dank, grimy, old sewer tunnel, climbing in and placing my head between its enormous, seemingly razor sharp fan blades. Of course, I was in no real danger and everything had been constructed from wood. Still, it was an experience I wouldn’t forget – albeit a bizarre one. I was touring the set of a new Sylvester Stallone action opus. Yet, all was not well.
Our insightful tour guide explained the nightmarish production problems. Personnel changes (including the replacement of the film’s director and cinematographer at different points in production) and ever-changing script were leading to severe cost overruns. Executives were nervous because of tepid box office returns for the Stallone vehicle Lock Up. As such, the movie’s title, The Set Up, was being changed to Tango & Cash, to eradicate any association.
When it opened in December »
- Glenn Kay
This morning I figured it was time to bust out with some cult Pa news and since I just caught up with this newly released Roger Corman double-header disc featuring two old school Pa cheese fests and it turned out to be a blast-and-a-half to watch I figured I'd plug it.
What can we say about Deathsport. The worldwide success of Death Race 2000 fueled Corman’s desire to make Deathsport, which also stars David Carradine. It was not a direct sequel and not nearly as well conceived, but it's enough of a thematic follow-up. There's lots of motorcycle mayham and awesome scifi matte paintings that look totally fake, but I personally love that stuff.
Set 1,000 years in the future, following the Great Neutron Wars, Deathsport shows a world that is divided into desert wastes and isolated city-states. Lord Zirpola (David McLean, Kingdom of the Spiders) captures the notorious “Desert »
Ever wonder what it might have been like if Sylvester Stallone had been the guy to pilot the Millennium Falcon? Yeah, me either, but apparently Sly did answer a casting call for the role. In a Q&A with readers over at AICN, Stallone reminisced about his almost opportunity to travel to a galaxy far, far away.
When asked if he'd turned out of the auditions, Stallone told fans "Yes as a matter of fact I did and it didn't meet with much approval since when I stood in front of George Lucas he didn't look at me once." He then goes on to say that "Well, obviously I'm not the right type. [It] all worked out for the best since I don't look good in spandex holding a ray gun." Love you Sly, but spandex does sound a bit frightening.
Stallone might have had more of a shot at being »
- Alison Nastasi
When deciding on a movie to watch, you are hard pressed to go wrong when picking a film adorned with the title of “Roger Corman Cult Classics” right at the top of the case.
The genuine geniuses over at Shout! Factory have been slowly but surely knocking it out of the ballpark with each subsequent release of this massively expansive set, detailing cult classics like Death Race 2000, and rarely seen gems like Galaxy Of Terror.
The series has produced DVDs that not only have fantastic transfers, but also rather expansive special features, ranging from hour long documentaries, to interviews with Corman himself.
However, Shout! Factory may have finally hit a little bump in the road.
The newest release in the ongoing series, a special double feature featuring the sci-fi films Deathsport and Battle Truck (a.k.a. the best title in film history), aren’t truly bad releases. That said, »
- Joshua Brunsting
Hollywood has lots of explosions, big budgets and even bigger stars to bring attention to its offerings. But all the money in the world doesn’t guarantee a good film (*cough* *cough* Transformers), and a lack thereof doesn’t mean a film can’t capture the imaginations of its audience. There are plenty of great movies made on independent budgets, outside of Hollywood or even the United States, or that get straight-to-dvd releases. In Off the Radar, Bill takes a look at the best and worst of indie, foreign and straight-to-dvd releases. Death Race 2000 (Roger Corman’s Cult Classics) DVD In Death Race 2000, a lack of morals and political unrest leads society to find entertainment in the Transcontinental Death Race, a mix of car racing and scored vehicular manslaughter. But this year, a group of anti-race activists is doing its best to stop the race for good. David Carradine is Frankenstein, »
- Bill Jones
Comic-Con got a huge jolt of testosterone early Thursday evening as Harry Knowles of Ain’t It Cool News moderated The Expendables panel featuring Terry Crews, ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Bruce Willis (for a moment) and writer/director/star Sylvester Stallone. We got a trailer, a few new clips, a ton of laughs and plenty of curing and fun stories. Hit the jump for all the details.
After the lights went down and we were shown a trailer (which I haven’t seen before, but it could be out already) Knowles began to bring out the crew. First was Terry Crews, who was so pumped to be here, he jumped up on the table and ripped his shirt off. As Austin, Lundgren, Couture and Stallone joined him, it was a little less theatrical. Except that the entire Hall H chanted “Rocky, Rocky!” while Stallone shadow boxed. »
- Germain Lussier
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