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1978 cast a long shadow in the world of horror. From Dawn of the Dead to Halloween, the landscape was abundant with everything from the socially relevant to the singularly terrifying, from superior remakes (Invasion of the Body Snatchers) to quirky haunted houses (The Evil). And then there’s the red headed stepchild that no one talks about: Brian DePalma’s The Fury. Frenetic, action packed, and gruesome, The Fury never gets the love from even most DePalma fanatics. What a shame – it’s never less than entertaining, and at its best showcases the director’s mesmerizing visual touch.
Released in March by Twentieth Century Fox, The Fury made $24 million against its $5.5 million budget. That’s good green, folks, and DePalma received favorable reviews, still basking in a critical glow left over from his previous effort, Carrie (’76). So why is it so easily dismissed, ranked along the lines of efforts like Wise Guys, »
- Scott Drebit
The Star Wars universe has lost an important figure today, one who helped bring the franchise's most beloved droid to life. BBC is reporting that Tony Dyson, who built the original R2-D2 robots for the 1977 sci-fi classic Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, has passed away at the age of 68. He passed away from natural causes, but an autopsy is being performed to determine the official cause of death.
Tony Dyson owned the The White Horse Toy Company, and in the late 1970s, he was commissioned to build R2-D2 robots for the 1977 classic Star Wars: A New Hope. He ended up building two robots equipped with a seat for actor Kenny Baker to sit in, along with two more "throw away" units that were used in a bog scene in the 1980 sequel Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back. He ended up creating eight R2-D2 robots in total, »
Tony Dyson, a special effects supervisor and robotics expert who built the iconic R2-D2 droid for the Star Wars franchise, was found dead on the Maltese island of Gozo where he lived. He was 68. An autopsy is being carried out to determine exact cause of death, but investigators said foul play isn't suspected and Dyson likely died of natural causes, the BBC reports.
At the time of Star Wars, Dyson was the owner of the White Horse Toy Company, which was commissioned to create the eight R2-D2 models, including four with remote control capabilities. »
Some movies aspire to strangeness. Other movies have strangeness thrust upon them.
Saturn 3, released in 1980, was an intensely strange film. But unlike, say, Altered States (also released in 1980) it wasn’t made by a filmmaker with a taste for the oblique or the outre. Unlike Luigi Cozzi’s Contamination (1980 again), Saturn 3 wasn’t a low-budget shocker made in a hurry, but a relatively expensive exercise created by some of the most seasoned filmmakers in the business at that time. (For frame of reference, Saturn 3's budget was broadly the same as Alien’s, released less than one year earlier.)
On the surface, Saturn 3 sounds like a perfectly reasonable recipe for an intense sci-fi horror flick. It’s about a pair »
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