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5 items from 2009

Fango scribe’s Blood Spattered Book!

23 September 2009 2:32 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

If you enjoy Fango blogger/writer Chris Alexander’s contributions to this site, you’ll want to run out and grab Chris Alexander’S Blood Spattered Book when Midnight Marquee Press publishes it in November. The tome is a collection of essays and writings on films—many featured here in his Blood Spattered Blog —that have personally affected Alexander and often, flown under the radar of many others.

The essays, many never before published, address a wide variety of genre fare, including Alice, Sweet Alice, Anthropophagous (a.k.a. The Grim Reaper), City Of The Living Dead (a.k.a. The Gates Of Hell), The Lair Of The White Worm, Count Dracula’S Great Love, The Sentinel, Lifeforce, The Devil’S Nightmare, Demon Seed, Ravenous, Land Of The Minotaur, Nomads, Angel Heart, Psychomania and more. The book will also include new interviews conducted by the author with such film personalities as directors Roger Corman, »

- (Samuel Zimmerman)

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Harper’S Island (Mike's DVD Review)

16 September 2009 12:17 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Viewing the CBS slasher series Harper’S Island one episode after another on the recently released four-dvd set, as opposed to waiting week by week to catch the next installment, has an unusual effect. It makes the 13-episode show’s earlier, weaker parts more tolerable, while somewhat diminishing the effectiveness of its later, stronger episodes.

Mixing elements of nighttime soap opera into its murder mystery, Harper’S Island gathers together a large crew of friends and family members to attend the wedding of Henry Dunn (Christopher Gorham) and Trish Wellington (Katie Cassidy) at the titular locale. Henry is working-class and Trish comes from money, so the ensemble necessarily includes Trish’s equally well-to-do bridesmaids and Henry’s party-hearty buddies, though the central character is Abby Mills (Elaine Cassidy), Henry’s best friend from their childhood growing up on Harper’s Island. Abby has long been absent from the place, ever »

- (Michael Gingold)

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DVD Review: Guilty Pleasure ‘Harper’s Island’ Could Become Cult Hit

9 September 2009 12:26 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – I’m still a little miffed that the “Harper’s Island” experiment didn’t work out for CBS. The show was far from perfect, but I still like the idea of a limited series with a predetermined beginning, middle, and end. Sadly, no one tuned in to watch “Harper’s Island” on CBS but the guilty pleasure could have a second life on DVD.

DVD Rating: 3.5/5.0 Was “Harper’s Island” any good? It depends on what you mean by “good”. If you’re looking for witty dialogue, detailed character, and clever plotting, look elsewhere. But not every show needs to be intellectually satisfying. For the same reason we go see silly horror movies, sometimes you just want to enjoy a guilty pleasure and “Harper’s Island” was the guiltiest of 2009.

Elaine Cassidy plays Abby Mills, the heroine returning to the titular body of land after seven years. Back then, »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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Harpers Island (DVD Review)

7 September 2009 10:00 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Grabbing my late-night viewing snack, the “thwrick” of the TV snaps on and I “thump” back onto the couch.  The hesitant “tick…tick” of the clock is heard overhead as time seems to suddenly stop.  The sandpaper, “thrush” of my jittery fingers drag the volume up on the TV; “nick, nick” the volume rises.  All of these exonerated, over-the-top emotions are courtesy of the brilliant and nail-biting CBS television show Harper’S Island. 

The series, being dealt the DVD edition treatment this week from CBS DVD, is a series I originally looked over this past spring season.  The show, created by Ari Schlossberg, who penned the 2005 horror/thriller Hide And Seek, and from Executive Producer Jon Turteltaub, who helmed the other CBS hit Jericho, take us on a wild gut-wrenching thriller ride.  Excellently these two masterminds have brought us a series that is unique and original, something that horror and »

- (Ben Smith)

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Simon Says, slitherin’ snakes and more DVD news

4 April 2009 11:57 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Crispin Glover fans have no doubt been wondering what happened to Simon Says, the indie slasher opus starring the eccentric actor as homicidal twins, which was made nearly three years ago and has only made a few festival appearances in North America since. Well, the wait is finally over.

Lionsgate Home Entertainment will release the William Dear-written/directed flick on DVD June 23. The cast also includes From Within’s Margo Harshman and Kelly Blatz, Greg Cipes, Carrie Finklea, Kelly Vitz, Artie Baxter, veteran actor Bruce Glover and Gossip Girl’s Blake Lively along with her siblings Lori and Robyn and their father Ernie, and the disc will contain a widescreen transfer with Dolby Digital 5.1 sound, a filmmaker audio commentary and possibly other extras. Retail price is $26.98.

Genius Products will give Sea Beast, the latest Sci Fi Channel creature feature from Snakehead Terror and Yeti director Paul Ziller, its DVDebut »

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