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As I talked about last week, Ridley Scott’s direction and H.R. Giger’s concept art for Alien set the bar for science-fiction horror crossovers high, but it’s Dan O’Bannon’s screenplay that imbued the film with a sense of sexual horror that establishes its visceral and uncomfortable tone as a horror movie. Lifeforce, one of Dan O’Bannon’s later projects, deals with similar themes of sexual panic. A box office bomb adapted from the 1976 novel The Space Vampires, directed by Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Poltergeist), and produced with little oversight by The Cannon Group, Lifeforce is in many ways a spiritual sequel to the first Alien film, albeit on a more global scale. Visually and tonally, Alien and Lifeforce are entirely different, as the latter film lacks all the claustrophobia and body horror that gives Alien its iconic look. My previous piece in »
- Nathan Smith
California's entire earthquake fault line goes haywire, with 9-point-plus shocks on the Jerry Lee Lewis Rigor Mortis scale! The geological wipeouts include Boulder Dam, downtown Los Angeles and most of the San Francisco peninsula. This expensive-looking Dwayne Johnson disaster spectacle looks sensationally good, with excellent 3-D effects and nearly wall-to-wall fun effects work, even if your Cal-tech experts will turn green at some of the overstated Temblor Tech Talk. San Andreas 3-D Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Warner Home Video 2015 / Color / 2:40 widescreen / 114 min. / Street Date October 13, 2015 / 44.95 Starring Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, Ioan Gruffudd, Archie Panjabi, Paul Giamatti, Hugo Johnstone-Burt, Art Parkinson, Will Yun Lee, Kylie Minogue. Cinematography Steve Yedlin Film Editor Barry Chusid Production design Bob Ducsay Original Music Andrew Lockinton Written by Carlton Cruse, Andre Fabrizio, Jeremy Passmore Produced by Beau Flynn Directed by Brad Peyton
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Computer Generated Imagery has evolved to the »
- Glenn Erickson
It's the spookiest month of the year, and you know what that means! It's time to figure out whether you believe in curses or simply unfortunate coincidences. A reboot of the classic 1982 horror film Poltergeist came out this year, but let's be honest: nothing could compare to the original. While no horrific accidents occurred on the set of this year's film (that we know of, anyway), the release reminded us of the rumors of a curse on the original film trilogy's cast. The movie revolves around a suburban family who move into a new home and begin to notice strange things surrounding their young daughter. Take a look below to find out about the mysterious events that have made people speculate that Poltergeist may be the most cursed franchise in Hollywood. Source: Getty / MGM The Whole Ordeal Began With Human Skeletons One of the most famous scenes features JoBeth Williams's character, »
- Maggie Pehanick
See Also: Read our ★★ review of the Poltergeist remake
Ripp is set to roll cameras on The Curse of Poltergeist in November, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Robins is the only surviving child star from the film, as his on-screen sisters Heather O’Rourke and Dominique Dunn both passed away in the years following Poltergeist‘s release.
Believers in the curse suggest that the use of real human skeletons as props in several of the films may have contributed to a supernatural force turning against the production.
Robins said: “It »
- Tom Beasley
Fans of E! and their True Hollywood Story docu-series will be quite familiar with the supposed 'curse' surrounding the Poltergeist franchise. It was a subject that was fully explored on that program quite well. Now, the mystery behind the curse will hopefully be solved in what promises to be a very spooky new documentary titled The Curse of Poltergeist.
The Curse of Poltergeist hopes to unravel the truth behind all the ugly incidents that have followed those associated with the 1982 classic and its sequels. Producer and filmmaker Adam Ripp wants to get to the bottom of this intriguing and scary curse that has plagued the cast and filmmakers behind the Steven Spielberg produced horror movie series for the past three decades. Adam Ripp is directed the movie through his Vega Baby company. Vega Baby is financing the project, and producing along with Indonesian studio MP Pictures. Shooting will start in November. »
Any number of famous horror movies are supposed to have had a curse that plagued their cast and crew both during the shoot and subsequently. The Exorcist is one; Poltergeist is another. And the latter is now set to be the subject of a documentary. Producer and director Adam Ripp is putting together The Curse Of Poltergeist, taking the life and experiences of actor Oliver Robins as its starting point and main focus.What's the supposed curse? A number of deaths, basically. Actress Heather O'Rourke - the trilogy's cute Carol-Anne - died suddenly at the tragically young age of 12, just before the release of Poltergeist 3. Dominique Dunne, who played Dana, was killed by her boyfriend in 1982, not long after the first film. Bit-part player Lou Perryman was the victim of an axe murder in 2009. Will Sampson died two years after appearing in Poltergeist II. And Julian Beck - Poltergeist II »
Following the unprecedented success of his monolithic sophomore feature, 1974’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which would forever immortalize director Tobe Hooper in the annals of great horror filmmakers, he would return to the Southern Fried grindhouse realm with 1976’s Eaten Alive, another ‘based-on-a-true-story’ effort featuring a set of original backwoods kooks. Though the film failed to attain the same attention, Hooper managed to obtain a higher profile cast for a film arguably less off-putting thanks to its more comedic moments.
Opening with a line that would go on to be famously recycled by Quentin Tarantino, ornery redneck Buck (Robert England) assails Clara (Roberta Collins), a reluctant prostitute in a bad blonde wig. Kicked out of the brothel by the no-nonsense owner, Miss Hattie (Carolyn Jones), Clara stumbles through the swampy Louisiana bayou and comes upon a dilapidated motel run by Judd (Neville Brand). The lonely, repressed old coot gets overexcited »
- Nicholas Bell
• Release Date: Available Now on Blu-ray
• Written By: Walerian Borowczyk
• Directed By: Walerian Borowczyk
I absolutely love the off-kilter, ridiculously horny horror flicks of Polish madman Walerian Borowczyk! While undoubtedly a master of softcore shenanigans, ol’ Borowczyk plied his trade in the horror biz as well (most notably with The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Miss Osbourne), and the film I’m goin’ to be turnin’ my putrid peepers on today, The Beast!
Originally created for (and then cut from) Borowczyk’s Immoral Tales anthology (also available from Arrow on Blu-ray, but I opted out on that one as it’s primarily a horror-less softcore art film), La Bête (the footage of which now comprises a sizeable chunk of The Beast) presented the simple tale of a young lass who has copious amounts of sex with a continuously ejaculating werewolf »
After The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, it comes as no surprise that Tobe Hooper would move onto another horror based in the south. Taking inspiration from Jaws, Eaten Alive (aka Death Trap), even with some drama behind the scenes, still managed to be a memorable cult movie… Loosely based on the legend of Joe Ball (featured in a documentary on the Blu-ray) Eaten Alive tells the tale of a crazy old hotel owner Judd (Neville Brand) whose grudge against society sees him feeding most of his customers to his pet crocodile he conveniently keeps just outside the hotel doors.
- Paul Metcalf
Broadchurch‘s Andrew Buchan and JoBeth Williams (Poltergeist, Dexter) are set to star along with Harris Dickinson (Some Girls) and Sawyer Barth (Public Morals, Black Box) in TNT pilot Home, a dramatic thriller from writer Aron Eli Coleite and Jerry Bruckheimer TV. Home delves into the secrets lingering behind the façade of a seemingly idyllic suburban family. Rose Altman couldn't be happier: An accomplished designer with a successful business, the newly pregnant Rose is… »
Additionally, JoBeth Williams (Poltergeist), Harris Dickinson (Some Girls) and Sawyer Barth (Black Box) have landed co-starring roles in the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced project, which delves into the secrets lingering behind the façade of a seemingly idyllic suburban family.
Home centers on the not-yet-cast Rose Altman, an accomplished designer with a successful business who is expecting a child with husband Joe (Buchan), a highly regarded prison psychologist. »
Ahead of American Ultra’s release in UK cinemas, we look at the rise of the stoner in film, from the 30s to the present...
"The motion picture you are about to witness may startle you. It would not have been possible, otherwise, to sufficiently emphasize the frightful toll of the new drug menace which is destroying the youth of America in alarmingly increasing numbers. Marihuana is that drug - a violent narcotic - an unspeakable scourge - the Real Public Enemy Number One!
So reads the opening crawl to the now infamous film Reefer Madness. Originally released in 1936, it was designed as a hard-hitting expose of marijuana and its inherent dangers. The drug could cause "violent, uncontrollable laughter," the movie's introduction read. It could induce "dangerous hallucinations," "monstrous extravagances," all eventually leading to "shocking acts of physical violence... ending often in incurable insanity."
Reefer Madness was one of many »
According to the press release sent to us, Yorga-nna love this one! The always reliable gang at Scream Factory are set to release The Return Of Count Yorga to Bluray this October 13th, marking the first time the sequel to the 1970 film Count Yorga has seen an HD release in North America. The film, which sees Robert Quarry’s villainous Deathmaster wreak havoc on Santa Ana this time around, and also features the on screen debut of Poltergeist star, Craig T. Nelson. It’s always a fun one to watch and if we all know the Sf gang, the disc is sure to look good and perhaps have a few goodies to go with the film. Read on!
- Jerry Smith
In the modern era of filmmaking, ushered in when Steven Spielberg accidentally created the summer blockbuster with Jaws, cinema has become increasingly linked with nostalgia. For example, the early films of Spielberg and George Lucas were inspired by their childhood love of 40’s and 50’s adventure serials, yet directors from the next generation (most notably Jj Abrams, whose Super 8 is effectively a love letter Spielberg and whose next film is a sequel to Lucas’ beloved sci-fi classic) tend to go full circle and wear their childhood influences on their sleeve, creating effective pieces that are nostalgic about what was already a piece of nostalgia to begin with. Yet audiences are beginning to reject the idea of nostalgia. This summer alone, the two movies that have been trying to sell audiences nostalgia for the 80’s, Terminator: Genisys and Pixels, have both flopped at the box office, as audiences prove »
- Alistair Ryder
Chicago – A new and exciting voice in the cinematic universe is cause for celebration, and the 2015 Midwest Independent Film Festival will showcase that voice this Tuesday, August 4th, at the Landmark Century Centre Cinema. Director Christopher Kelley will present the World Premiere of his indie noir thriller “Full Frame.”
“Full Frame” has a Hitchcockian feel, all shot and produced in small town Quincy, Illinois, on a micro budget. A nebbish photographer stumbles upon the desperate circumstances of a local big shot, and gets involved in a game of life and death. Filled with modern takes on the dark places of the soul, “Full Frame” is both a fresh perspective on a familiar genre, and a throwback to the best that noir has to offer.
Scene from ‘Full Frame’
Photo credit: Table Sixteen Productions
Christopher Kelley took an unconventional route to his advocation as a director. When he was in college, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Warner Bros. has closed a deal with director Gil Kenan to take the helm of their video game adaptation Five Nights at Freddy's. We first reported on the project back in April, when Warner Bros. secured the rights to the popular video game series, created by Scott Cawthon, which launched just last year. The story takes place at a children's pizza restaurant, but it's much more dark and sinister than the setting may lead you to believe.
Five Nights at Freddy's centers on a group of people trapped inside a popular pizza restaurant named Freddy Fazbear's Pizza, which is similar to the Chuck-e-Cheese restaurant chain. They begin to relaize that, at night, an animatronic animal, part of the house band, comes to life and starts killing people left and right. Users play as the people who are locked inside, as they try to find a way to survive and make it out of Freddy's alive. »
"Another alien from outer space is featured in..." Ready for an awesome trip back in time? This video has been on YouTube for years, but it's surfacing again this week thanks to a post on The A.V. Club about just how awesome the movies from the summer of 1982 were. It's an uploaded recording of a segment from Entertainment Tonight in 1982 looking ahead at the upcoming summer of movies, specifically the science fiction movies playing that year. Many will recall that 1982 was one of the best years for sci-fi movies ever, and this preview reminds us of all the glorious movies that arrived that summer: Steven Spielberg's E.T., Poltergeist, Ridley Scott's Blade Runner, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, John Carpenter's The Thing, and Tron. Just... sit back, relax, and enjoy the crap out of this vintage TV summer movie preview. Thanks to SlashFilm for the tip on this, »
- Alex Billington
Lifeforce is the movie that pretty much killed Tobe Hooper's mainstream directing career. The first of his three-movie deal with the great Cannon Films, the film recouped less than half of its $25 million budget (which, for Cannon, might as well be Avatar money) upon its theatrical release and made Hooper something of a laughingstock in the process. Maybe because his previous movie, Poltergeist, had been so commercial (which has more to do with Spielberg’s influence than Hooper's), a lot of the audience for Lifeforce assumed Hooper didn't know what he was doing — they concluded that the movie just got away from him. Nope. Tobe Hooper knew exactly the movie he was making. Lifeforce is a crazy movie. It was designed as a crazy movie. It »
- Patrick Bromley
Audiences couldn’t wait to return to Jurassic Park.
After huge anticipation around the globe, Jurassic World debuted in the number one spot at the domestic box office with an estimated $204.6 million, according to Rentrak.
Globally the blockbuster became the first film ever to break the $500 million mark for a single weekend opener with an estimated $511.8 million.
Co-financed by Universal Pictures and Legendary, the PG-13 film bowed in 4,274 U.S. theaters. Final weekend box office numbers will be released by the studio on Monday.
Here’s a rundown of the all-time box office leaders for an opening weekend (Box Office Mojo)
1 Marvel’s The Avengers $207,438,708
2 Jurassic World $204,600,000
3 Avengers: Age of Ultron $191,271,109
4 Iron Man 3 $174,144,585
5 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 $169,189,427
6 The Dark Knight Rises $160,887,295
7 The Dark Knight $158,411,483
8 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire $158,074,286
9 The Hunger Games $152,535,747
10 Spider-Man 3 $151,116,516
11 Furious 7 $147,187,040
- Movie Geeks
We look at the films that slipped through Hollywood's net, from biblical epics to a time travelling Gladiator sequel...
This article contains a spoiler for Gladiator.
If you're one of those frustrated over the quality of many of the blockbusters that make it to the inside of a multiplex, then ponder the following. For each of these were supposed to be major projects, that for one reason or another, stalled on their way to the big screen. Some still may make it. But for many others, the journey is over. Here are the big blockbusters that never were...
The late Michael Crichton scored another residential on the bestseller list with his impressive thriller, Airframe. It was published in 1996, just after films of Crichton works such as Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure and the immortal Congo had proven to be hits of various sizes.
So: a hit book, another techno thriller, »
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