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Shudder will take viewers to the place that's "not as brightly lit" this Halloween season, as the 1980s anthology series Tales From the Darkside will be available to watch in its entirety on the horror streaming service beginning October 1st:
Press Release: New York, New York – September 26, 2016 – The AMC-backed streaming service, Shudder, is The entertainment destination for everything you need to watch this Halloween season. Whether you’re a hardcore horror fan or simply looking for the scariest films to celebrate this time of year, Shudder has something for everyone in its sweeping library, carefully curated by some of the top horror experts in the world.
As Halloween approaches, Shudder is expanding its database with a variety of new titles including cult favorites, blockbuster hits, and classic thrillers. Additionally, for the first time ever, Shudder will be offering horror TV series to complement its expansive film library.
Premiering October 20th »
- Derek Anderson
Lloyd Kaufman has been a major innovator in the indie film industry since the ’70s, and now his company, Troma Entertainment, is entering the world of online streaming with their new service Troma Now.
The notoriously irreverent filmmaker took to Reddit yesterday to discuss his biggest Hollywood fans, his most famous films and even the state of current reality television (and how he would improve upon it.) Check out some of Kaufman’s most entertaining answers below.
What do you think of the current state of “midnight movies”? Would you like to see them make a comeback?
I think they are making a comeback. Not so much at theaters but at places like Tromadance/other festivals, college film societies, and lots of bars. I specialize in showing movies at bars because I am an alcoholic.
Could you create a Troma today, with Netflix/YouTube etc? Would it be easier?
That is a great question, no. Today is harder, Netflix does nothing today to support independent cinema. The marketplace is controlled by a very small number of media conglomerates. The good news is that you do not need a lot of money to create something amazing, check out Troma’s “Father’s Day,” which was made with under a 25k budget. This is due to young filmmakers having a solid grasp of this new digital age, which I myself need to work on still. The “Return To Nuke’Em High” budget is 400k per volume, for example.
Will Troma Now get an Android TV/Apple TV apps in the future? What do you think about the dwindling relevance of physical media?
Go ahead and watch “VHS Massacre” on Troma Now (working on the apps!). I am a believer in new technology in the same way I would not use a buggy whip to get around town, I would use a car. I believe digital looks better than 35mm which is why I shot the volumes of “Return To Nuke’Em High” digitally, not in film.
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I want to say how sorry I was to hear about Joe Fleishaker’s death. Did he have a role in “Return to Nuke ‘Em High Volume 2”? Looking forward to checking out Troma Now!
Spoiler Alert: You will see Joe Fleishaker and the late Lemmy Killmister in “Return To Nuke’Em High, Volume 2.” We will be dedicating Vol. 2 to the memory of these two wonderful Troma friends.
What are a few of your favorite scenes or elements in Troma films?
Penises! Farts! Explosive Diarrhea! Lesbians! Fighting against the conspiracy of elites! And of course, certain Hideously Deformed Creatures of Super Human Size & Strength!
Hey Lloyd, big fan! I’ve seen quite a few of your movies but “Poultrygeist” may be my absolute favourite – do you have any memorable experiences from working on that one?
The entire experience was a nightmare of the most horrible kind. If you’d like to see it, go to Troma Movies on YouTube and watch the feature length behind the scenes documentary “Poultry in Motion: The Truth is Stranger than Chicken”. You will see fist fights, people getting on bended knee asking for hands in marriage, as well as Uncle Lloyd being an asshole!
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Hi Lloyd! What have been some directors or specific movies that inspired how you make your own?
Chaplin, Keaton, Stan Brakhage, Jean Renoir, Fritz Lang, Samuel Fuller, Roger Corman, comic books by Stan Lee (who is a good friend and with whom I wrote a screenplay in the early 70s). Today I am inspired by directors who were inspired by me: Trey Parker, Quentin Tarantino (who inspired me to make “Return to Nuke ‘Em High” a two-part event film), and Takashe Miike. Most recently, John Brennan’s “Kabukiman’s Cocktail Corner” changed my whole worldview.
What do you think of reality TV? Its more or less today’s cheap, popular exploitation media?
I believe that reality TV could be terrific, but unfortunately it aims at the lowest common denominator. They all seem to be scripted and want to appeal to Kim Kardashian. We are developing a reality show starring Kim Kardashian and Kim Jong Un. It’s called “I Love Myself, I Love My Ass.”
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- Kate Halliwell
The chatter of gunfire. The distinctive high-pitched xenomorph shriek. The satisfying ping of a metal sphere against a bumper. Wait, what?
Yes, that's what we have to look forward to in Aliens Vs Pinball, a collision of the Alien franchise and Zen Studios' series of virtual pinball games.
Aliens Vs Pinball will, according to Eurogamer, have three tables each modelled on the franchise - the first, and the one with the most obvious geek appeal, is based on the 1986 film Aliens. The second is based on Creative Assembly's nervy survival game Alien: Isolation, while the third will take in Alien Vs Predator.
The first trailer can be found below. Poor old Ripley looks a bit stiff around the joints these days, but you can bet the sound effects will be top-notch. »
Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products announced today an out-of-this-world global celebration of the Alien franchise culminating with a special 24 hour, fan-focused social media event on April 26th, a nod to Lv-426, the planet from the iconic Alien films. Alien Day (#AlienDay426) will encompass a wide range of executions including nationwide screenings, never-before-seen consumer product activations and the kickoff of the Alien: Ultimate Trivia Challenge, allowing fans to test their Alien knowledge, with the chance to win memorable prizes every 42.6 minutes on Twitter.
Fox Consumer Products has teamed with an impressive portfolio of licensing partners; showcasing everything from unique apparel to exclusive comic books to high-end collectables. One of the most-requested licensed products, the Reebok Alien Stomper worn by Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley, as well as the mid tops worn by Lance Henrikson as the Android Bishop, are being released by Reebok in limited edition to mark Alien Day. »
Reebok's iconic Alien Stomper Sneakers are making a comeback! Reebok will release an exact replica of the Aliens High-Top Stompers worn by Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley in the 1986 sci-fi classic directed by James Cameron. One of the most-requested licensed products of all time, the Reebok Alien Stomper, as well as the mid top version worn by Lance Henriksen as the Android Bishop, are being released by Reebok in limited edition to mark Alien Day.
These iconic movie sneakers will be available beginning April 26th at Reebok.com and select Reebok stores worldwide. This is just one of the exciting announcements made in anticipation of Alien Day, which is happening April 26. The Alien franchise returns to theaters across the country on that date as well. In over 20 cities, including Austin, New York, Los Angeles and Dallas, participating Alamo locations as well as partner venues will showcase a double-feature presentation of Alien and Aliens. »
Grab your calendars Monster Kids, and clear your schedules on 4/26 (a nod to Lv-426) for a 24-hour homage to Alien and Aliens. Companies like Neca, DC Comics, Reebok, and more will be releasing new merchandise in honor of the iconic franchise. Fans can also join in on social using #AlienDay426, and tune in of Twitter for the ultimate Alien trivia event. Check out the full list of events and releases below.
Los Angeles, CA (March 29, 2016) – Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products announced today an out-of-this-world global celebration of the Alien franchise culminating with a special 24 hour, fan-focused social media event on April 26th – a nod to Lv-426, the planet from the iconic Alien films. Alien Day (#AlienDay426) to encompass a wide range of executions including nationwide screenings, never-before-seen consumer product activations and the kickoff of the Alien: Ultimate Trivia Challenge, allowing fans to test their Alien knowledge – with the chance »
- Caroline Stephenson
With a new Alien movie coming out next year, there’s already a lot to be excited about, but the folks at Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products have now given fans an official time to celebrate their favorite franchise by announcing Alien Day, which will take place on April 26th (in honor of Lv-426) and feature the release of new collectibles (including replicas of Ripley’s Reebok Alien Stomper shoes), screenings of the first two Alien films, online trivia with prizes, and much more.
Press Release: Los Angeles, CA (March 29, 2016) – Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products announced today an out-of-this-world global celebration of the Alien franchise culminating with a special 24 hour, fan-focused social media event on April 26th – a nod to Lv-426, the planet from the iconic Alien films. Alien Day (#AlienDay426) to encompass a wide range of executions including nationwide screenings, never-before-seen consumer product activations and the kickoff of the Alien: Ultimate Trivia Challenge, »
- Derek Anderson
Holliston: Friendship is Tragic, the graphic novel based on the Holliston TV series from Adam Green (Frozen), features characters from the show and will be released in October. Also: Alexandre Aja’s curator collection on Shudder, Circus of Fear and Five Golden Dragons double feature Blu-ray details, a Viktorville poster, and a Shark Exorcist trailer.
Holliston: Press Release: “Source Point Press has announced they are currently in production on a graphic novel titled “Holliston: Friendship is Tragic”, based on the horror sit-com Holliston tv series created by filmmaker Adam Green. This announcement coincides with Source Point’s debut publisher booth at C2E2 in Chicago, and to celebrate the announcement the first promotional image for the comic will be available as a C2E2 exclusive art print limited to only 50 copies. Writer Greg Wright, artist Stephen Sharar, Editor Travis McIntire, and colorist and letterer Joshua Werner will »
- Tamika Jones
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