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It Came From The Tube: The Dead Don’T Die (1975)

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Director Curtis Harrington always offered up solid, unassuming genre fare on the small screen (How Awful about Allan, the wonderfully goofy Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell); and when he collaborated with noted scribe Robert Bloch (Psycho), the result was NBC’s The Dead Don’t Die (1975), an effective throwback to the Lewton/Turneur era beloved by both, shot through with a big dose of pulpy goodness.

Originally broadcast on January 14th as an NBC World Premiere Movie, Tddd didn’t stand a chance against the likes of the ABC Tuesday Movie of the Week or the ironclad CBS lineup of M*A*S*H/Hawaii Five-o, and Bloch is on the record as not being a fan. Oh well; I still dig its entertaining mashup of neo noir and old fashioned zombies even if he doesn’t. And you might too if that particular elixir peaks your interest.

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It Came From The Tube: The Strange Possession Of Mrs. Oliver (1977)

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TV horror lives and dies by the pen. From the ‘50s to the ‘90s, network TV shows and movies simply couldn’t carry the weight of special effects, and the content restrictions placed on TV (before the advent of cable, I’m talking the Big Three – ABC, CBS, NBC) back in the day did not allow for the most part a visceral experience. (Oh how times have changed.) So often the tale itself would have to suffice, and if it was gripping enough, blood speckled walls and torn limbs weren’t even necessary. Case in point: The Strange Possession of Mrs. Oliver (1977), an NBC Monday Night at the Movies written by none other than Richard Matheson, starring Karen Black.

Premiering Monday, February 28th, 1977, Strange’s beat down would come at the hands of ABC’s Monday Night Movie (I just love the creative monikers), which regularly trounced any and all comers in that time slot.
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Therapy For A Vampire – Review

Summer just officially started just a few days ago, so Halloween is months away. Perhaps a great way to get us cooled off, to put us in a Fall state of mind, would be to pay a visit to one of the oldest horror movie icons: the vampire. Everyone’s aware of how scary those fanged fiends can be, but you may have forgotten how funny they are (intentionally, of course). Movie audiences have emitted nervous laughter ever since Max Schreck emerged from the shadows in the silent classic Nosferatu. And certainly there are bits (and bites) of humor (mostly comic relief supporting players) in 1931’s Dracula and Mark Of The Vampire, both with Bela Lugosi. It wasn’t until 1948 that he was in an all out farce (though the Count is never lampooned) in Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein. After Hammer Studios brought back (in full gory color) the bloodsuckers ten years later,
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Sliff 2015 Review – Silver Skies

Silver Skies screens Sunday November 8th at 6:45pm at The Tivoli Theater as part of this year’s St. Louis International Film Festival. The film’s director, Rosemary Rodriguez, will be in attendance and will receive Sliff’s ‘Women in Film’ Award.Ticket information for the event can be found Here

Review by Dana Jung.

Today, more than ever, with our shortened attention spans, inundation by multi-media delivery systems, and almost obsessive need for instant information, it is easy to forget the wonderful actors of the 1960s, 70s, and 80s who inspired and influenced us. So many great moments created by sometimes iconic performers live on in the movies and television of certain eras. From Mr. Spock to Archie Bunker, Annie Hall to James Bond, or Mrs. Peel to Lieutenant Columbo, these and other memorable characters fueled everything from fashion choices to sexual fantasies. That’s why the new
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American Horror Story: Hotel Premiere Recap: Did You Enjoy Your Stay?

American Horror Story: Hotel Premiere Recap: Did You Enjoy Your Stay?
In its premiere, American Horror Story: Hotel went for the jugular, serving up everything from a blood-soaked foursome to an eyeless monster with a drill-bit dildo. But did it deliver shock and awe or shock and “eh”? Read on, then we’ll discuss.

RelatedAhs: Hotel Scoop: Lady Gaga Will Romance Angela Bassett

Tourist Trap | As “Checking In” began, two comely Swedish girls — unimpressed by the retro-fabulousness of the Hotel Cortez — were trying to get their money back from bespectacled front desk clerk Iris (Kathy Bates) so that they could stay somewhere else. But, informed that a refund was
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Sandler to Have Biggest Opening Weekend of His Career with 'Hotel Transylvania 2'? Think Again.

'Hotel Transylvania 2.' 'Hotel Transylvania 2' far surpasses expectations at domestic box office: Adam Sandler a hit when heard but not seen Adam Sandler has been having his share of domestic box office flops lately. Chris Columbus' Pixels, which opened in late July to scathing reviews and indifferent audiences, was the latest one: a reported $88 million production (plus marketing and distribution expenses) that earned $76.67 million in the U.S. and Canada (plus an estimated $145.1 million elsewhere). But now comes the Sony Pictures release Hotel Transylvania 2, the concisely titled sequel to the late Sept. 2012 hit Hotel Transylvania. Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, the $80-85 million-budgeted animated feature should open around $48 million from 3,754 theaters according to early weekend box office estimates found at Deadline.com. The report adds that some “rival studio box office analysts” believe Hotel Transylvania 2 may actually pass the $50 million mark. On Friday, Sept. 25, '15, it collected a better than expected (estimated) $13.5 million.
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Richard Benjamin To Attend "The Sunshine Boys" 40th Anniversary Screening In L.A., August 4

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Herbert Ross’s 1975 film The Sunshine Boys, which stars Walter Matthau, George Burns, and Richard Benjamin, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. The Royale Laemmle Theater in Los Angeles will be holding a special one-night-only showing of the 111-minute film on Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 at 7:00 pm. Actor Richard Benjamin is scheduled to appear at the screening and is due to partake in a Q & A and discussion on the making of the film.

From the press release:

Fortieth anniversary screening of The Sunshine Boys (1975), Tuesday, August 4 at 7 Pm at the Royal.

Walter Matthau, George Burns, and Richard Benjamin star in the film version of Neil Simon's hit Broadway comedy about a pair of feuding vaudeville stars who are pressured to reunite for a TV special. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards, and Burns won the Oscar for his first significant film role since Honolulu in 1939. The
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Westworld

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As a kid, you can’t be picky where you find your fix of sci-fi and horror. Sometimes it’s the big screen, but often (for me, anyway) it was that living room landmark, television. I remember being seven and watching a Western where a couple of guys are on vacation at a resort where you can be a cowboy and have gunfights with androids (Sci-Fi, sweet!). And then…bad things start to happen. The androids break down, and now they’re killing the guests (ooh, Horror!). My head reeled from this magical swirl, a mesh of circuitry and chaos. Welcome to Westworld (1973), and its parent resort, Delos. Their slogan: Have we got a vacation for you.

This was a pretty good year for Sci-Fi. Soylent Green made a splash (“It’s Peeoople!!!”), the latest installment in the Apes franchise, Battle for the Planet of the Apes, and Woody Allen
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Warner Bros.’ Archive Collection Covering All Bases With Everything From Wolfen to Noir-Classic Satan Met A Lady

Warner Bros.’ Archive Collection has been doing quite the job giving genre and non-genre fans an extensive amount of DVD and Bluray releases of classic horror, crime noir and comedy films, some of which are available for the first time. Sure there are Quite a lot of new genre films to keep us busy for ages, but it does feel good to sit back and watch classic films that not only inspired today’s film-making, but paved the way for a lot of recent films.

We thought it would be nice to write a bit about some of our favorite releases from WB’s Archive Collection, thanks to the gang over there for sending a few titles my way to check out. Read on!

Wolfen (1981)

The story of a series of murders being investigated by a detective and his new partner (Albert Finney and the absolutely gorgeous Diane Venora), Wolfen suffered,
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Bluray Review: Love At First Bite/Once Bitten & Vampire’S Kiss/High Spirits

Giving genre fans a hefty amount of vampiric love for 2015’s upcoming Valentine’s Day, Scream Factory has done a great job deciding on a couple of double features that not only go for the neck (literally), but also leave you with a bunch of haunted fun. The newly released double features of Love At First Bite/Once Bitten and Vampire’S Kiss/High Spirits are both a couple of releases that prove to be not only great and somewhat forgotten films, but also ones that showcase the talent of performers that would eventually go on to be huge A-list stars.

Love At First Bite/Once Bitten

With the Love At First Bite/Once Bitten double feature, we’re given not only an early performance in Once Bitten from future megastar Jim Carrey, but in the case of Love At The First Bite, a satirical look at the vampire subgenre,
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[Home Invasion] New Blu-ray Releases For February 10th, 2015

Here are your new releases for February 10th, 2015:

Nightcrawler. Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet Universal Studios. 2014.

A young man stumbles upon the underground world of L.A. freelance crime journalism.

Don’t Look Now. The Criterion Collection Criterion. 1973.

Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie mesmerize as a married couple on an extended trip to Venice following a family tragedy. While in that elegantly decaying city, they have a series of inexplicable, terrifying, and increasingly dangerous experiences. A masterpiece from Nicolas Roeg, Don’t Look Now, adapted from a story by Daphne du Maurier, is a brilliantly disturbing tale of the supernatural, as renowned for its innovative editing and haunting cinematography as its explicit eroticism and unforgettable denouement, one of the great endings in horror history.

Predestination. Sony Pictures. 2014.

The life of a Temporal Agent sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to ensure the continuation of his law enforcement career for all eternity.
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February 10th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Nightcrawler, Once Bitten, Vampire’s Kiss

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For the week of February 10th, your horror and sci-fi home entertainment choices are practically boundless, as we’ve got a bevy of great films being released (something that might be helpful for those of you still in search for a gift for your Valentine). Scream Factory is pulling double-duty with both of their dual Blu-ray releases, Love at First Bite/Once Bitten and Vampire’s Kiss/High Spirits, and the cult classic Nekromantik 2 is getting a high def upgrade as well.

Other notable titles to look forward to this Tuesday include Nightcrawler, Predestination, Fear Clinic, Z Nation: Season One and the Criterion release for the classic thriller Don’t Look Now.

Love at First Bite/Once Bitten (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)

Love At First Bite: George Hamilton is possibly the tannest vampire in screen history in 1979’s Love at First Bite. When Count Dracula (Hamilton) is forced
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Trailers & Clips from Vampire’s Kiss / High Spirits & Love at First Bite / Once Bitten Blu-rays

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Love can be complicated, especially when a relationship has supernatural elements. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, Scream Factory is about to release two Blu-ray double features that celebrate love in various forms: the obsessive nature of Nicolas Cage’s Peter Loew in Vampire’s Kiss, the ghost/human coupling in High Spirits, the desperate seeking of companionship in Love at First Bite, and the wide-eyed puppy love of Jim Carrey’s Mark Kendall in Once Bitten.

These double bill Blu-rays are due out from Scream Factory on February 10th, and we have a batch of clips and trailers from the films that tease the pleasures and pains of paranormal romance and supernatural seduction.

High Spirits: “Daryl Hannah, Peter O’Toole, Steve Guttenberg, Beverly D’Angelo, Jennifer Tilly, Peter Gallagher and Liam Neeson star in this hilariously haunting comedy! When a castle-turned-hotel owned by Peter Plunkett (O
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Scream Factory Gears up for A Load of New Releases

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Scream Factory’S February Of Frights And Funnies

Love At First Bite & Once Bitten, Vampire’S Kiss & High Spirits,

And New Year’S Evil On Blu-ray In February 2015

Sink your teeth into a pair of fangtastic vampire comedies, Love At First Bite and Once Bitten, on February 10, 2015 for the first time on Blu-ray!

Love At First Bite

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Scream Factory Set To Make Your February A Busy One With Vampires, Ghosts and Slashers!

The gang at Scream Factory are making it incredibly easy to choose Valentine’s Day gifts for your significant horror loving other, with the announcement of Five titles, all ranging from hilarious to frightening. Personally, I’m looking forward to all of the February releases and think it’s pretty awesome how all across the board the films are.

Making their Scream Factory Bluray double feature debut on February 10th is the one-two punch of both the Love At First Bite/Once Bitten double, but also, Vampire’S Kiss/High Spirits, two films that are a lot of fun on their own.

Love At First Bit/Once Bitten

Love At First Bite

George Hamilton is possibly the tannest vampire in screen history in 1979’s Love at First Bite. When Count Dracula (Hamilton) is forced out of his castle to make room for an Olympic training facility, he relocates to New
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Scream Factory Announces Blacula / Scream, Blacula, Scream Double Feature Blu-ray

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Scream Factory is on a blood-sucking blitz. Hot on the heels of announcing Love at First Bite and Once Bitten Blu-rays to come out near Valentine’s Day, the diligent distributor has now revealed they are bringing Blacula and its sequel, Scream, Blacula, Scream to Blu-ray for the first time in February, adding to the month’s fanged fiend theme.

Both 1972’s Blacula and 1973’s Scream, Blacula, Scream star William Marshall in the sharp-toothed titular role, with the iconic Pam Grier as Lisa Fortier in the sequel. Extras have not been revealed at this time, but are likely cooking in the cauldron. Here’s the official announcement from Scream Factory on Facebook:

“- In Feb, a blood-sucking double feature of guilty pleasures Blacula and its sequel Scream, Blacula Scream from the 70s will bare their fangs on blu-ray for the first time too in the U.S. and Canada. Both
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Scream Factory Announces Class of 1984, Supernova, and a Blacula Double-Feature Blu-ray for 2015

A few days ago it was a Love at First Bite/Once Bitten double feature. Scream Factory is continuing its “Shocktober” surprises with word that Supernova, Class of 1984, and a double dose of Blacula are headed to Blu-ray next year.… Continue Reading →

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Scream Factory Announces Handful of Upcoming Titles Featuring Vampires, Spader and Punks!

As if we weren’t excited enough about Scream Factory‘s upcoming lineup of titles making their Bluray debuts, the gang at Sf have decided to make horror fans’ mouths water even more, with a handful of announcements regarding even More upcoming titles set to be unleashed in the near future. Not only do we get an update on the final release date on Sf’s Vault Of Horror/Tales From The Crypt double feature, but it’s official that Voh will be the uncut version!

Personally, I’m a fan of most of the films in the announcements, so obviously I’ll be jumping at them when they hit. The amount of times I watched Once Bitten as a kid is in the triple digit amount, so the announcement of the Love At First Bite/Once Bitten double is enough to make me smile from ear to ear. I
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Sink Your Fangs into Scream Factory’s Love at First Bite/Once Bitten Double Feature Blu-ray

With Halloween season now officially here, it comes as no surprise that Scream Factory would kick off the month of October with a surprise announcement. Announcing a double-feature Blu-ray of the vampire comedies Love at First Bite and Once Bitten… Continue Reading →

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Scream Factory Announces Love at First Bite and Once Bitten Blu-rays

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The vampire sub-genre can be as dark and foreboding as the basement of a Transylvanian castle, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be navigated with a well-lit lantern of laughs. Today, the folks at Scream Factory ushered in October with the announcement that they are bringing the vampire comedies Love at First Bite and Once Bitten to Blu-ray for the first time.

Scream Factory plans to release 1979’s Love at First Bite and 1985’s Once Bitten to Blu-ray sometime around Valentine’s Day 2015, so take note if you’re already looking for date night movies. Extras have yet to be revealed, but based on their solid track record, Scream Factory is likely cooking up some bonus goodies in the cauldron.

Love at First Bite stars George Hamilton as a bride-seeking Count Vladimir Dracula wandering the New York City streets after being kicked out of his Transylvanian abode. Once Bitten
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