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Drive-In Dust Offs: Deadly Eyes (1982)

  • DailyDead
Until you start watching killer rat movies, you don’t realize how few killer rat movies there are. It’s not a sub-genre that sparked off franchises (does Willard and its sequel Ben count? Let me know) or inspired Funko toys, but rather has films strewn here and there throughout horror history. Today we’re scurrying back to my particular turf for Deadly Eyes (1982), Golden Harvest’s Canadian-lensed attempt to move over from Kung Fu to Rodent Fu. (Sorry Joe Bob Briggs, I couldn’t resist.)

Released in October by Golden Harvest (the Honk Kong based studio with nearly 300 production credits) in Canada and stateside by Warner Brothers the following April, Deadly Eyes (aka Night Eyes) laid droppings all over the place according to critics and audiences alike, and was quickly relegated to clamshell heaven. Was it a film ahead of its time? God no. But Deadly Eyes is way more fun than I remembered,
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Fred Weintraub, Producer of ‘Enter the Dragon,’ Dies at 88

Fred Weintraub, Producer of ‘Enter the Dragon,’ Dies at 88
Fred Weintraub, producer of Bruce Lee’s “Enter The Dragon,” died March 5 at his Pacific Palisades home due to natural causes related to Parkinson’s disease. He was 88.

Weintraub began his career in the entertainment business in the late 1950s when he started a jazz club in Cuba shortly before Fidel Castro came to power. In the early 1960s, he opened the Bitter End coffee house in Greenwich Village and booked such notables as Bob Dylan, Richard Pryor, Neil Diamond, Woody Allen, Frank Zappa, Lily Tomlin, Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell, George Carlin, Barbara Streisand, Joan Rivers, and Cheech and Chong.

The goateed and pony-tailed Weintraub hosted a live weekly television show, “Live At The Bitter End,” with his St. Bernard dog at his feet.

Weintraub became the VP of Creative Services at Warner Bros. in the late 1960s and served on the studio’s board of directors. He was involved
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Jackie Chan's Police Story Series 1985 - 2013

Recently I have been going through my old Hong Kong movie catalogue and have re-watched a number of classics and not so classics. With this I decided to recheck one of Jackie Chan’s most popular series of films, The Police Story series, which began back in 1985, with the latest instalment only being a few years ago in 2013. Police Story – 1985 Jackie Chan had previously tried to make it in Hollywood with Battle Creek Brawl (1980), The Cannonball Run (1981) and its sequel Cannonball Run 2 (1984), none of which used him to his best potential. In 1985 Jackie Chan tried once more to break the Hollywood market. His attempt at this turned out to be James GlickenhausThe Protector (1985). The film...

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'Hunter' is Now Available on Demand

  • MoreHorror
By Dawna Lee Heising

Hunter, the urban action thriller directed and produced by award-winning filmmaker Gregory Hatanaka, is now available on demand at Amazon, Google, iTunes and Cable.

Noted actor Ron Becks is the writer-producer and star of Hunter where he plays the title role of Lt. Ramsey Hunter. Hunter's life changes drastically when several cases hit him simultaneously.

In no time, our hero has to contend with a rogue cop killer, a beautiful Southern runaway serial killer and his corrupt police captain boss blackmailing him. But only one of the cases leads him to an ending of universal truth. Mystical Cop. Deadly Force. Champion of People. Beck’s Hunter is all that and more in this moving thriller that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats. Hunter has a quick draw and a heart of gold.

Becks stars opposite budding executive producer and co-star Salih Mayi,
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'Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance' a Sold Out Smash in Hollywood

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MoreHorror was on the scene in Hollywood at an exclusive advanced screening of the sold out Hollywood hit Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance.

The screenings sold out on October 9 and 10, 2015. Please check out some photos of the event from John Cox/Polymedia Photography as well as video interviews with some of the stars and the director, below the event details.

Cinema Epoch presented exclusive sold out screenings of award-winning filmmaker Gregory Hatanaka’s Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance on Friday, October 9th and Saturday, October 10th at the Laemmle Noho Theatre at 7:20 pm. Hatanaka (Mad Cowgirl, Blue Dream) and the stars of the film conducted a Q and A after the film on both nights. The Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance website will go live next week for merchandise and updates. The film is then traveling to other cities, including New York, Austin, Denver, Portland, Chicago, Winchester,
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The Raymond Chow And Golden Harvest Era (Part 2)

(1981-1989 – The Three Dragons)

After the early 1980’s, Golden Harvest started to branch out into the modern-day world leaving behind the Kung Fu cinema age and progressing into something massive. From 1981 onwards, Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao (The Three Dragons) were about to embark on a sensational journey, progressing from there Kung Fu genre into modern-day Martial Arts and stunt work, something Shaw Brothers were left behind and Golden Harvest was to be the new global company.

Jackie Chan back then headed to the United states to try to break into the international market, but the movies he appeared in didn’t really take off and Jackie was also disappointed with the filming of The Big Brawl. Jackie felt he never had chance to show off his action choreography and wasn’t given the space to add his world of experience to the movie. Although it was Directed
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Exclusive screenings for 'Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance' announced

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by Seth Metoyer

MoreHorror.com

Special screenings for Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance have been announced. Check out all the details below and as well as some movie stills, video interviews with Joe Williamson, an Associate Producer on the film and Joycelyne Lew who plays Lady Okamura.

Keep checking back to MoreHorror.com as we have more details and interviews with the cast and crew coming soon!

From The Press Release:

Cinema Epoch presents exclusive screenings of award-winning filmmaker Gregory Hatanaka’s Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance on Friday, October 9 and Saturday, October 10th, at the Laemmle Noho Theatre at 7:20pm. Hakanaka (Mad Cowgirl, Blue Dream) and the stars of the film will conduct a Q and A after the film. More screening dates to be announced soon.

This much anticipated sequel to the legendary cult classic, Samurai Cop (1991), explores the dynamic duo of Detective Frank Washington (Mark Frazier
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The Raymond Chow And Golden Harvest Era (Part 1)

Golden Harvest started in 1970, after Raymond Chow had left Shaw Brothers studios along with producer Leonard Ho and decided to start there own company and go up against the dominance of Shaw Brothers.

Shaw Brothers had been the leading studio for many years, showcasing legendary Directors, Actors and Marital Artists. Raymond Chow and Leonard Ho knew they had to come with something big and make a huge noise in the world of cinema and indeed they did just that. They made a few movies in 1971 such as The Angry River, Lady Whirlwind and One Armed Boxer. But one Actor stood out over the rest, showcasing his incredible talent for the first time in a big movie and his name was Bruce Lee. When the Big Boss premiered in Hong Kong, the audience cheered and mobbed Bruce after the movie had ended.

Raymond Chow and Bruce Lee

Also at this time
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Wrestling Legend Ox Baker -- Dead At 80 ... Famously Battled Kurt Russell

  • TMZ
Wrestling legend Ox Baker -- who famously battled Kurt Russell in "Escape from New York" -- has died at the age of 80. Baker was awesome -- he wrestled with everyone from Hulk Hogan to Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka ... and even had a rivalry with "Macho Man" Randy Savage.  After he retired from wrestling, Baker got into acting ... landing the role of Slag in the famous gladiator-style fight scene in the 1981 classic "Escape from New York." Baker
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'Meatballs' Movie Reunion: Classic Canadian Comedy Gets Its Due

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Last week at Tiff Bell Lightbox, there was a camp reunion of sorts, where cast and crew from the Canadian comedy classic "Meatballs" came to share their memories to a receptive crowd. The charity screening was organized to support Action Against Hunger, a local group that is also celebrating its 35th birthday.

A number of people associated with the film, both behind and in front of the camera, came out to show their support. Dan Goldberg was one of the main writers and producers of the film, and it's clear that the film quite literally changed his life. "For me, no, nothing was the same [after 'Meatballs']," Dan shared. "It's the biggest change in my life, it's the thing I appreciate the most, and the most enjoyable hit I ever had. Going from zero to that was much bigger than going from that to anything else."

Nabbing Bill Murray

Goldberg worked with
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New DVD Blu-ray: '42,' 'Evil Dead,' 'Bullet to the Head'

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Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week

"42"

What's It About? Brian Helgeland's biopic tells the story of baseball great Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) and the legendary manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford. Rickey made history by breaking baseball's color line in 1946 and signing Robinson, while Number 42 went on to made history on the field.

Why We're In: While Helgeland's film is in no way groundbreaking, it is still a dedicated and endearing tribute to two great heroes of American sports. Boseman, an unknown to the big screen, stands out for his commendable portrayal of Robinson, and Ford gives one of his best performances in years.

Watch a Special Feature from "42"

Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week

"Lord of the Flies" Criterion Collection

What's It About? In Peter Brooks' 1963 ("King Lear") adaptation of William Golding's novel, a group of schoolboys get shipwrecked on an island and
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