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Rob Zombie’s 31, Black Christmas (1974) & More Movies Coming to Shudder in December

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Gather your fright-loving family members, fill your cup to the brim with egg nog, and find a comfy spot around the TV (or computer) screen, because enough horror movies to fill Santa's sleigh are coming to the streaming service Shudder this December, including Rob Zombie's 31, Bob Clark's Black Christmas, and many more.

Press Release: This December, there’s oh so much under Shudder’s tree. But before you get unwrapping, let’s shake the boxes a bit… We have something special for everyone, inside.

Love clowns? Coming exclusively to Shudder is Rob Zombie’s latest, 31, a vicious and characteristically Zombie film. Which is to say it’s dirty, mean and, from the get, right up in your face.

Looking to stay in? We’ve got a very special Shudder exclusive in Shrew's Nest. Directed by Juanfer Andrés & Esteban Roel (and produced by Alex de la Iglesia), this elegant,
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The Outre Eye of Daniel Xiii – New Reviews and Interview!

The Outre Eye of Daniel Xiii – New Reviews and Interview!
Belladonna Of Sadness

Release Date: Coming Soon from Cinelicious Pics Written By: Yoshiyuki Fukuda, Jules Michelet (novel), Eiichi Yamamoto Directed By: Eiichi Yamamoto Starring: Tatsuya Nakadai, Katsuyuki Itô, Aiko Nagayama

When I heard about Cinelicious Pics’ plans to restore and release the long lost 1973 anime Belladonna Of Sadness, I was well and truly excited. I’m a huge aficionado of 70s-era anime, and this baby has been a “holy grail” of sorts for folks like me for a good many years — much desired but damn near impossible to obtain. So that being said, and with those expectations set freakin’ sky high, let’s see if ol’ Belladonna was worth the wait or will it just fill me with sadness of my own!

Belladonna Of Sadness, based loosely (and by that I mean hardly at all) on the French novel La Sorcière by Jules Michelet, tells the brutal tale of Jeanne,
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February 2nd Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include He Never Died, Zombie Fight Club, Extraordinary Tales

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February’s home entertainment releases are kicking off in a big way, as horror and sci-fi fans have an extraordinary number of brand spanking new titles to choose from this Tuesday. From indie horror to cult classics to cult classics in the making, February 2nd’s Blu-ray and DVD releases truly do offer up something for everyone.

Scream Factory is offering up two modern genre films this week, Hellions and Zombie Fight Club and Cinedigm is keeping busy too on Tuesday with their releases of Extraordinary Tales and The World of Kanako. Vin Diesel’s latest, The Last Witch Hunter, arrives on both Blu and DVD and if you call yourself a Henry Rollins fan, you will definitely want to pick up He Never Died this week as well.

Other notable titles being released on February 2nd include From Dusk Till Dawn: Season Two, Falling Skies: The Complete Fifth Season,
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The Giant Spider Invasion – The Blu Review

Wisconson-based regional filmmaker Bill Rebane’s no-budget wonder ($300k to be exact) The Giant Spider Invasion was a hilariously cheesy 1975 throwback to the giant-monster flicks of the 50s, a trend then enjoying a revival with films like Empire Of The Ants and Food Of The Gods. This outrageous mix of giant monster motifs and backwoods sleaze plays like a hybrid of Tarantula and The Blob with its mixture of giant spiders and falling meteors. I saw The Giant Spider Invasion at the long-shuttered Ellisville Cinema in West St. Louis County (on a double bill with the David Niven vampire comedy Old Dracula). I recall the poster in the lobby which featured a gargantuan spider bearing down on a group of terrified people. In the air above the mega-arachnid was three helicopters and lying crumpled at the spider’s legs were burning cars as spotlights filled the sky. One of the
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Listen to This Week’s ‘We Are Movie Geeks The Show’ Podcast

The second episode of our podcast We Are Movie Geeks The Show is up and ready for you to listen to. Hear Wamg’s Michelle McCue, Jim Batts and Tom Stockman review the weekend box office hits Spy, Insidious 3, and Entourage. This week we also discuss Love And Mercy, Dark Star; H.R. Giger’S World, Saint Laurent, the Grindhouse Trailer we watched at last weekend’s Late Night Grindhouse, the upcoming Blu-ray release of The Giant Spider Invasion and much much more. We Are Movie Geeks The Show is a weekly podcast and we will soon be streaming at ONStl.com Online Radio.

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The Giant Spider Invasion Spins Its Web on Blu-ray This Summer

If you ever invite yours truly to a party and you’re ready for me to hit the proverbial road, all you have to do is start playing a movie that prominently features spiders. I’ll be out the door before you… Continue Reading →

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Vci Entertainment to Release The Giant Spider Invasion on Blu-ray Collector’s Edition

Vci Entertainment to Release The Giant Spider Invasion on Blu-ray Collector’s Edition

This little independent film went through the roof in 1975 and made box-office history, becoming one of the Top 50 highest-grossing films of 1975. Few movies in film history have enjoyed the success, notoriety and shelf life of this all-time, cult classic – “The Giant Spider Invasion.” Produced on a miniscule budget of only $300,000, ...

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Come to the Grindhouse Midnights at The Tivoli This Weekend

“White meat, dark meat. All will be carved. Thanksgiving!“

Time to revisit the days of the double feature when Grindhouse (2007) plays at the Tivoli Friday and Saturday as part of the Reel Late at the Tivoli Midnight film series this weekend (May 2nd and 3rd).

The Beast Must Die with The Spectre Of Edgar Allen Poe. Old Dracula with Squirm. The Devil’S Rain with The Giant Spider Invasion. These are just a few of the many double features I saw on the big screen back in the 1970’s (not to mention the hundreds of double and triple features I caught at the drive-ins back then) –now’s your chance to relive those days

Grindhouse was incredibly risky, and for that it paid the price of box-office disappointment. I don’t know many people who liked both Planet Terror and Deathproof equally. Yes, they’re both exploitation pictures, but one
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B-Sides: Bigfoot Is Really Just a Sensuous Tiger

I kind of feel the need to apologize in advance for this one. There is a good chance you might find this week’s B-Sides especially painful. Any time one is forced to listen to half-baked disco music performed by the whitest people imaginable, the results are never pretty. No wonder Bigfoot goes on a rampage.

From the maker of The Giant Spider Invasion comes The Capture of Bigfoot. Bill Rebane’s 1979 entry into the genre of Sasquatchploitation took a page from the classic British giant monster movie Gorgo by having a Yeti go on a rampage after some hunters capture its kid and decide to make a fortune turning the little creature into a tourist attraction.

The setup for one of this Bigfoot’s attacks has him prowling outside a lodge in which a party is taking place. A band called The Friends are performing a disco number titled
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Super-8 Giant Monster Movie Madness at the Way Out Club in St. Louis May 1st

Super-8 Giant Monster Movie Madness at the Way Out Club in St. Louis will be held on Tuesday May 1st from 8pm to Midnight. These are Super-8 Sound films condensed from features (they average 15 minutes in length) and will be projected on a large screen at the Way Out Club. Admission is only Three Bucks!!!!

The giant monster movies we’re showing are: War Of The Colossal Beast, The Giant Claw, Mighty Joe Young, Reptilicus, 20 Million Miles To Earth, Yongary Monster From The Deep, Destroy All Monsters, a Stop-Motion Trailer Reel featuring many of Ray Harryhausen’s giant beasts, and a 35 minute cut of The Giant Spider Invasion. The non-giant monster movies we’re showing May 1st are: The Marx Brothers in Duck Soup, Charlton Heston in Ben Hur, W C Fields in It’S A Gift, a Clint Eastwood Trailer Reel, and for the fourth time the Little Rascals
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The Giant Spider Invasion – A Retrospective

A 35-minute cut of The Giant Spider Invasion will be shown on Super-8 sound film at Super-8 Giant Monster Movie Madness next Tuesday, May 1st at The Way Out Club in St. Louis.

Wisconson-based regional filmmaker Bill Rebane’s no-budget wonder The Giant Spider Invasion was a hilariously cheesy 1975 throwback to the giant-monster flicks of the 50s, a trend then enjoying a revival with films like Empire Of The Ants and Food Of The Gods. This outrageous mix of giant monster motifs and backwoods sleaze plays like a hybrid of Tarantula and The Blob with its mixture of giant spiders and falling meteors. I saw The Giant Spider Invasion at the long-shuttered Ellisville Cinema in West St. Louis County (on a double bill with the David Niven vampire comedy Old Dracula). I recall the poster in the lobby which featured a gargantuan spider bearing down on a group of terrified people.
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A celebration of spiders in the movies

Whether they’re bigger than a bus or smaller than your fist, spiders are commonly feared. Here’s Matt’s celebration of arachnids in the movies…

It is one of life's great mysteries, at least for me, that there aren't more films made about spiders. Preferably great big giant ones. They constantly top the lists of ‘most scary things ever’, and so, in an era of horror movie-making where directors turn to such unlikely quarters as pool cleaning robots and Teddy Ruxpin for our frights (Paranormal Activity 2 and 3 respectively), why are spiders not exploited more in the movies?

There are, of course, plenty of reasons why nobody (other than SyFy and The Asylum, who both seem to have an almost fetishistic fondness for all things spider and shark-related) is particularly interested in making these movies. The main reason being that generally, they're just not very good. There's not a great
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The Giant Spider Invasion to be Remade as a Musical Comedy

Sometimes a news story comes along for which there are no words. When rumors swirled back in 2008 that b-moviemaker Bill Rebane was planning to remake his 1975 bad movie cult hit The Giant Spider Invasion I merely scoffed. Now word is the remake will be a musical worthy of Mel Brooks. Today I am speechless.

For those in need of a refresher, The Giant Spider Invasion was a sci-fi horror movie about meteors from another dimension landing in Wisconsin that crack open to reveal otherworldly spiders, one of which grows to gargantuan proportions. And by gargantuan proportions, I mean it looks like a cheap Mardi Gras float decorated over a Volkswagen. There’s a very good reason why “Mystery Science Theater 3000” had a field day with this movie.

The Giant Spider Invasion is now poised to become a comic musical. I think the only way to better explain this concept
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Monster A-Go Go Hits DVD in October

Any time that we get to report on a classic horror film hitting DVD in style, we cannot help but smile. Especially when the title is something as obscure as Monster A-Go Go!

From the Press Release

In celebration of the film’s 45th anniversary, a special DVD collector’s edition of the iconic cult favorite Monster A-Go Go is being released just in time for Halloween, October 19, from Synergy Entertainment.

Upon its release, it was billed as “The picture that could set our space program back at least 50 years.” Voted “The Worst Movie Ever” by Mystery Science Theater 3000 (and just about everyone else), it’s so bad it’s good!

Directed by Bill Rebane (who also brought you 1975’s The Giant Spider Invasion) and Herschell Gordon Lewis (known for his exploitation films and often referred to as the “Godfather of Gore”), Monster A-Go Go was initially released in 1965.

Originally titled Terror at Halfway,
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Wicked Wood and a Bad Case of Maggots

Despite boasting a title perfectly suitable for a Ron Jeremy porno flick, Wicked Wood is actually a new indie horror flick about a couple that make the grave mistake of bringing home a mysterious wood carved figure called Splinter that comes to murderous life.

The official website for Wisconsinite filmmaker Krist Rufty's Wicked Wood is now online, and you can check out the trailer below. The synopsis for this Autumn Night Studios/Lazarus Entertainment production goes a little something like this:

"After a much needed vacation, Heather and Ian Dunlap visit Harper's Store, a wood carving/gift shop that's owned by a man known by the locals as Mr. Hands. They stumble upon Splinter, an old hand-carved creation that's been around for centuries. After they are warned to keep away, Ian decides he must take Splinter against all warnings. When Splinter is taken from his base, the evil is released,
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Wicked Wood director’s new projects; site, trailer on-line

Indie director Krist Rufty let us know that the official website for his fright flick Wicked Wood, which is currently in postproduction (and which we first reported on here) has gone on-line, containing a trailer which you can also see below. He also let us know about a bunch of fright features he has on tap for 2009.

The site can be seen at www.wickedwoodthefilm.com; “I’m sure it’ll show up in porno search engines across the board,” Rufty laughs. “There seems to be a high demand for Wicked Wood; we’ve been contacted by distributors about it already, and I hope we have a product that lives up to the hype it’s already getting.” The Autumn Night Studios/Lazarus Entertainment film stars Billy Garberina and Vanelle as a couple who are terrorized by a carved wooden figure called Splinter (created by FX artist Hank Carlson, who
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DVD news: Gellar’s Possession & S. Darko details, creature features, etc.

• After long being announced as a theatrical title from the Yari Film Group, whose distribution arm recently filed for bankruptcy, the Sarah Michelle Gellar-starring supernatural film Possession is going straight to disc instead. Fox Home Entertainment will release May 12, and art and specs have recently appeared.

The movie will be presented on DVD and Blu-ray in anamorphic 2.40:1 widescreen with Dolby Digital 5.1 sound, accompanied by:

• Making-of featurette • Four deleted and alternate scenes • Alternate ending • Theatrical trailer

Retail price is $22.98 for the DVD, $29.99 for the Blu-ray. In the film, a remake of the Korean Jungdok (Addicted) directed by Joel Bergvall and Simon Sandquist from a script by Queen Of The Damned’S Michael Petroni, Gellar plays a woman whose husband Ryan and ne’er-do-well brother-in-law Roman are involved in a horrible car crash. When Roman awakens, he seems to be possessed by Ryan’s spirit. Pushing DaisiesLee Pace, Michael Landes,
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