4 items from 2014
Thirty years ago, a killing machine from 2029—assuming the form of an Austrian bodybuilder—arrived with a lethal directive to alter the future. That he certainly did. The Terminator, made for $6.4 million by a couple of young disciples of B-movie king Roger Corman, became one of the defining sci-fi touchstones of all time. Its $38 million gross placed it outside of the top-20 box-office releases for 1984, yet the film grew into a phenomenon, spawning a five-picture franchise that’s taken in $1.4 billion to date and securing a place on the National Film Registry, which dubbed it “among the finest science-fiction films in many decades. »
- Joe McGovern
It was back on June 8th, 1984 when Joe Dante’s now-classic horror comedy Gremlins arrived in theaters for the very first time, pushing the boundaries of PG-rated entertainment and delivering a timeless tale with some of most memorable cinematic creatures that were created by special effects artist Chris Walas.
At the time, Walas only had a handful of credits to his name, including Humanoids from the Deep, Piranha, Scanners and Raiders of the Lost Ark, but the rising F/X star would prove to be the perfect artist to tackle the daunting task of bringing both the Mogwai and Gremlins to life. Considering that Walas’ special effects work on Gremlins still remains one of the most impressive feats of practical F/X mastery in film history, we thought that speaking with the man behind the monsters would be the perfect way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Dante’s beloved dark comedy. »
- Heather Wixson
Welcome to the first in a new feature here on Nerdly where we take a look at some of the weeks new releases in smaller, more succinct capsule reviews with a rating to let you know whether to Rent, Buy, or wait for Netflix and/or other streaming services…
In a remote mountain lodge, five college friends are spending time together to help one of them get over a break up. After a late night drunken party the friends decide to play with a Ouija board, with terrible consequences. An unholy evil is unleashed and the friends must battle evil and each other, as the lines between reality and imagination blur the struggle to save them begins.
- Phil Wheat
Called “A long overdue addition to the horror pantheon!” from Robert Englund himself, Hidden Horror: A Celebration of 101 Underrated and Overlooked Fright Flicks features insights from 101 of the most passionate horror enthusiasts from all across the globe. From Aaron “Dr. AC” Christensen, the mind behind Horror 101: The A-List of Horror Films and Monster Movies, the film is composed of essays dripping with love for some of the most overlooked, forgotten, or dismissed horror films. This is a book that I’ve been looking forward to for a very long time, as I was fortunate enough to be asked to contribute. Contributors include Fangoria’s Tony Timpone and Chris Alexander, Rue Morgue’s Dave Alexander, Monica S. Kuebler and John W. Bowen, HorrorHound’s Kristy Jett, Kenneth Nelson and Nathan Hanneman, Videohound’s Mike Mayo, Twitch’s Dave Canfield, FEARnet’s Lawrence P. Raffel and John Squires, and many more. »
- BJ Colangelo
4 items from 2014
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