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Electric Boogaloo review

  • Den of Geek
The rise and fall of Cannon Films is told in Mark Hartley's wildly entertaining documentary, Electric Boogaloo. Here's Ryan's review...

Producers Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus were famous (or infamous) for many things, but a stringent approach to quality filmmaking was hardly one of them. At the height of their success in the 1980s, the Israeli cousins, and their company Cannon Films, were synonymous with cheap B-movies of just about every kind: Chuck Norris action flicks, sex comedies, ninja martial arts epics, dance movies and tawdry slasher horrors.

Their films frequently horrified critics, but became a staple of video rental stores: with Cannon Films cranking out as many as 50 or so pictures a year at its peak, the company's distinctive logo and self-explanatory film titles (New Year's Evil, Avenging Force, Enter The Ninja) were ubiquitous throughout the 80s and early 90s. The company was eventually brought down by its fast-and-loose approach to film production,
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Rip Menahem Golan 1929 – 2014

Director and producer Menahem Golan has passed away at the age of 85. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he died this evening in Israel in the city of Jaffa after losing consciousness.

Although this Israeli filmmaker mostly dabbled in the world of action, his impact on the world of horror was palpable, especially in the '80s. He formed Cannon and, with cousin Yoram Globus produced films like New Year's Evil, X-Ray (aka Hospital Massacre) and the Tobe Hooper films The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Part 2, Invaders from Mars and Lifeforce.

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Rest in Peace Menahem Golan

Menahem Golan. For fans of 80's films the man is nothing short of a legend. It's with a truly heavy heart that we report today that his truly explosive genius is no longer with us. Read on for details, and pay tribute to the man who gave us so very much.

According to Yahoo! Movies, Golan, co-founder of The Cannon Group production company and Israeli cinema pioneer, has died. He was 85. According to multiple Israeli news outlets, Golan lost consciousness while visiting the city of Jaffa with family members in the early hours of Friday evening.

Ambulances immediately rushed to the scene, and following attempts to resuscitate him, paramedics pronounced him dead.

With cousin and partner Yoram Globus, Golan ran Cannon Films for a decade, releasing more than a dozen films a year in its prime. They bought the ailing company, which was launched in 1967, for $500,000 in 1979 and fueled an
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Founders Day Gets Scary; Concept Trailer, Artwork, and More!

In the tradition of occasion-based horror movies such as Graduation Day, April Fool's Day, Final Exam, Black Christmas, Halloween, New Year's Evil, and more comes a new slasher ready to take his aggression out on nubile young victims! Get set for Founders Day!

From the Press Release

MainFrame Pictures is proud to announce the release of the official concept trailer for their forthcoming feature film Founders Day.

Principal photography on the trailer took place entirely in the state of Connecticut from August 14-18, 2013. The production included 18 actors, 20 crew members, and dozens of extras from across the Northeast.

In Founders Day the quaint suburban town of Fairfield is shaken by the shocking murder of high school student Melissa Thompson. The prime suspect is jailed, and the residents look to the town's bicentennial celebration to provide a sense of strength and normalcy. When more bodies turn up, however, the citizens of Fairfield
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Awfully Good: New Year's Evil

  • JoBlo
  New Year's Evil (1980)   Director: Emmett Alston Stars: Roz Kelly, Kip Niven, Grant Cramer A serial killer calls in to a rocking New Year's Eve party and promises to kill one person at the stroke of midnight across the country. There are a lot of holiday-centric horror movies, and even other New Year ones, but New Year's Evil might take the cake on sheer goofiness alone. In it, Blaze, the middle aged "First Lady...
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Your DVD Collection Will Be Feeling Antisocial in 2014

When it comes to horror films to watch at the start of every new year, all we've really ever had to turn to is 1980's New Year's Evil. That changes in 2014, when Cody Calahan's Antisocial (review) injects a lethal virus into the new year's festivities.

Details await you below!

From the Press Release

Breaking Glass Pictures, Monster Pictures, and Vicious Circle Films are excited to announce the January 28th DVD release of Antisocial. The feature debut of director Cody Calahan, which has been scaring up impressive reviews on the international festival circuit, Antisocial sees a New Year's Eve celebration between a small group of friends turn into a vicious fight for survival when a mysterious viral outbreak forces them to stay indoors.

Five university friends gather at a house party to ring in the New Year. Unbeknownst to them, an epidemic has erupted outside, causing outbreaks around the world.
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Holiday Crowdsourced Meme

  • The Backlot
We'll be back to a regular schedule tomorrow, but today we'll have a TvoT, Briefs and a couple of special posts. So how was your Nye? Any tales of debauchery you want to share? Or can't you remember? Feel free to spill your guts ... if you haven't already. We won't judge ... much. Or if there are any fun or newsy items you want to share with your fellow Ae readers, by all means!

Here are a couple of items to start.

What was the #1 song 30 years ago this week? Here are your hints - It was the biggest hit for the #1 rock duo of all time. It was the fifth of their six #1 hits. It was the first single from the album H2O.

Do you have any Nye or Day rituals? I always find time to spend with my beloved Roz Kelly, as she tries to survive the New Year's Evil!
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The 10 Most Shocking Holiday Horror Movie Moments

We here at ShockTillYouDrop.com are a festive bunch.  We enjoy a good holiday murder spree as much as the next person.  In preparation for the upcoming festivities, we've compiled a list of what we consider to be ten of the most shocking scenes in holiday horror films.

This list is time-appropriate, considering Christmas and New Year's-themed horror films.  Feast your eyes on ten of the most brutal, sadistic and masochistic moments holiday horror has to offer.

(Although we considered several New Year's themed horror films for this list, none of them actually made the cut.  Films like New Year's Evil and Bloody New Year, although mildly entertaining, provide little more than run-of-the-mill scares  The real shock value lies within the more plentiful selection of Christmas themed horror films.)

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City of the Dead (Horror Hotel) Remake on its Way

If you've never seen the classic film City of the Dead, aka Horror Hotel, starring Christopher Lee before, to say that you're missing out is an understatement. Parts of this movie have shown up everywhere, including the mock documentary "The Curse of the Blair Witch". With a remake officially on its way, you may wanna get busy!

From the Press Release

Welsh production company Pillay-Evans Productions has announced that it has teamed up with independent producer Adam Stephen Kelly to produce and develop a remake of 1960's classic British horror film The City Of The Dead, known in the USA as Horror Hotel.

The film is to be written and directed by BAFTA member Sj Evans, who made his feature debut to critical acclaim with the documentary Tattoos: A Scarred History. He noted, “The remake of The City Of The Dead will stay true to the original and concentrate on
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'New Year's Evil' - Movie Review

  • MoreHorror
by Chris Wright, MoreHorror.com

Ring in the New Year with this punk rock slasher flick! New Year's Evil is far from perfect and only has a few good moments. I personally prefer Bloody New Year but this, as far as I know, isthe only other New Year’s themed horror movie. It’s only been released once on VHS and for that reason, is highly sought after by horror movie collectors. Whether this will ever get a decent re-release is unknown, but for slasher fans, this is a must see.

The plot is fairly simple. A crazed person on New Year’s Eve wants to kill off people with important connections to the lead character one by one. This occurs at the dawn of New Year’s as it relates to each time zone. All the while, he corresponds with the lead through a pay phone using a voice modifier to disguise his identity.
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New Year's Eve Horrors Redux

No, you're not getting a remake of New Year's Evil . But a thriller is on the way that plays on New Year's festivities gone awry. The project is called Liars All and Matt Lanter, Sara Paxton, Torrance Coombs, Gillian Zinser, Alice Evans, Tiffany Mulheron and Randy Wayne will star. Directed by Brian Brightly, Liars All , according to THR, tells of "a group of friends celebrating New Year.s Eve in London by playing a provocative game that ultimately gets terribly out of control." Indie Entertainment and Sundial Pictures are producing.
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A Massive List of New Netflix Instant Streaming Horror Titles

If you have Netflix and are a horror fan in need of something to watch this Labor Day weekend, one look at this gargantuan list I compiled of the new terror titles Netflix has added for instant streaming in just the first three days of this month should keep you busy until Labor Day next year. You'll find something for everyone, from older titles to recent releases, famous to obscure, classic to not-so-classic, monsters to maniacs - you name it.

For the record, I considered compiling this list in alphabetical order or by year of the film's release, but then I realized I had already spent well over an hour just sorting through the massive catalogue of titles Netflix has now made available for instant streaming and realized Labor Day would be over by the time I finished arranging this list in any kind of order. Ready? Here you go.
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Horror at the Oscars Part 2: This Time It's Personal

Horror fanatics are still buzzing like chainsaws over the Academy Awards’ genre montage. Anywhere there could be a conversation about it online, there was one. Many were upset over the Twilight ‘tweens’ participation, as if their mere presence sent a message about the state of scary in Hollyweird, USA.

A few seemed happy, though, to just get a glimpse of their beloved Evil Dead and Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 if only for a few seconds. But many called the selections generic and thoughtless, demanding the likes of Demons and TerrorVision instead (well, maybe not TerrorVision; that was just me).

How about Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer? Re-Animator? It’s Alive? Tombs of the Blind Dead? Coffin Joe? No list is perfect, but with a bit more care and a phone call to any one of us, the Oscars could have elevated that section into a real scream. Or maybe they
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