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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, »
Reviewed by Stacey Beth
The second that news is released about any beloved horror film getting the remake treatment, there's usually a collective upheaval in the horror community and the film is almost immediately shunned. To be honest, I am not one of those horror fans that totally shuts a remake out; I'm an equal opportunity viewer. When it was announced that everyone's favorite haunted family was going to be given a contemporary spin, I was pissed...and then I wasn't...and then I saw the movie. I am pissed again.
If you're not familiar with the original story of Poltergeist, it follows a family whose home becomes plagued by spirits and when they're terrorized one night by all kinds of supernatural mayhem, these spirits kidnap the youngest daughter, Carol Anne. From there a group of paranormal investigators come in to help find the little girl with the aid of clairvoyant, »
When "Poltergeist" was released to theaters, I was 12 years old, and it was smack dab in the middle of the best summer of movies I'd ever seen. Film after film after film, I felt like these movies were hitting me right smack dab in my own particular pleasure center, and when I walked into "Poltergeist," I was ready for anything. One of the most complicated things about my reaction to the film was thanks to JoBeth Williams, who played Diane Freeling in the movie, the mother to the family that was troubled by the visitation. In the movie, she was 33 years old, a suburban mom, pretty much the opposite of what most kids at the age of 12 would consider an object of desire. It is safe to say that I had a full-blown out-of-control crush on Williams by the end of the film, though, and I'm not sure I could »
- Drew McWeeny
The last time we caught up with director Colin Trevorrow, it was ahead of the UK release of his sci-fi rom-com, Safety Not Guaranteed in 2012. And how times have changed since; within months of that interview, Trevorrow and his writing partner Derek Connolly (who wrote Safety) had agreed to take on a fourth Jurassic Park movie - a project stuck in a production quagmire for more than a decade.
Trevorrow and Connolly's fresh perspective seemed to grease the gears on the project, and now, here it is: Jurassic World, the bigger, more evolved sequel to a series that hasn't been seen on the silver screen since 2001. Its story could be seen as a reflection of the filmmaking duo's journey from the east coast to the cutthroat landscape of Hollywood: in the movie, »
As director and producer, few storytellers have utilized the wonderment and fascination (and sometimes horror) of children as points-of-entry into the wonderment and fascination of the adult world more effectively than Steven Spielberg has. Conversely, Spielberg has also masterfully used the normalized responses of children to the abnormal as an approach to disarm world-weary grown-ups. From Cary Guffey in "Close Encounters" to Henry Thomas and Drew Barrymore in "E.T." to Heather O'Rourke in "Poltergeist" to Christian Bale in "Empire of the Sun" to Haley Joel Osment in "A.I." to Dakota Fanning in "Taken" and "War of the Worlds," Spielberg has always know that there's something pure and primal in the reactions of children and that those reactions can be used to steer the reactions viewers of all ages. Steven Spielberg is one of the executive producers of ABC's new "the kids are not alright" drama "The Whispers," but his participation »
- Daniel Fienberg
People have a pretty intimate relationship with music. The song that was playing when you had your first slow dance, broke up with that certain someone, or lost your virginity will rank higher for you than it will for some random listener. Even bad songs have a way of causing flashbacks, for better or worse. So when a movie ties a song to imagery we never imagined while making out in the back seat, it can shake up our reality a little. Say Anything permanently connected Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” with boom boxes and early-morning wake-ups, and who among us can hear Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl” without regretting that they spent good money to see Sleeping with the Enemy? Here are some other songs that celluloid changed forever.
“The Star-Spangled Banner,” Poltergeist (1982) – A whole generation hears this song with a sense of dread thanks to its »
- M. Robert Grunwald
The clown doll from Tobe Hooper's Poltergeist, Pennywise the clown from Stephen King's It, and the angry monster, Gunther, from Hooper's The Funhouse are the inspirations for three new Killer Carnival Punk Pillows now available from Horror Decor.
Priced at $25.00 apiece and also available throughout the rest of today in a discounted three-pack for $68.00 (sale ends after tonight), these free-standing, approximately 14-inch tall Killer Carnival Punk Pillows were designed by artist Matt Ryan:
"Inspired by classic knock-down dolls, these creeps aren't just normal pillows, they are free standing! A bean bag at the base allows you to put them on your couch, a shelf, or even create an actual carnival game with them!"
To learn more about Horror Decor's new pillows, visit:
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- Derek Anderson
Although “The Whispers” was developed by writer Soo Hugh, ABC is eager to cite Steven Spielberg’s involvement, and no wonder: This summer series is a veritable mashup of the director’s filmography — a pinch of “E.T.” here, a dollop of the Spielberg-produced “Poltergeist” there, and a soupcon of what might be called “Invisible Encounters of the Kid Kind.” None of that takes away from the modest enjoyableness of the show, which drips clues over the first three episodes, as kids interact with an “imaginary friend” only they can see. Less imagination is required to see “The Whispers” hooking enough viewers to make some noise.
The program opens on a creepy note, with a 6-year-old girl luring her mom up to a tree house, where the woman experiences a harrowing fall. The case catches the attention of an FBI agent, Claire Bennigan (Lily Rabe), who specializes in children, and begins »
- Brian Lowry
First of all, sorry for the delay folks. I would have had this yesterday as usual on Sunday, but this is a holiday weekend, so, of course, nobody was around reporting on b.o. tallies this weekend. The numbers have now come out, and they only cover Friday through Sunday, so every total you see below will be much higher when the Sunday night/Monday figures are added in. However, one question I have about this weekend's opening is why anyone would think that a remake of the 1980 horror film, "Poltergeist," was a good idea... We know that Hollywood is afraid of original ideas, but, seriously has it come to this? Now the original 1982 version, directed by Tobe Hooper »
The combined star power of Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Jude Law and Jason Statham in Paul Feig.s action-comedy Spy wasn.t enough to topple Mad Max: Fury Road from the top of the Australian box office over the weekend.
George Miller.s latest instalment to the iconic franchise scooped $4,149,968 over 273 locations, boosting its total domestic earnings to $12,557,065. The film, distributed by Roadshow, follows the plight of a road warrior Furiosa (Charlize Theron) who, with the help of Max (Tom Hardy) tries to save five imprisoned women from the clutches of Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne).
McCarthy stars in Fox.s Spy as Susan, an eager-to-please CIA employee who spends most of her time behind a desk acting as the eyes and ears of her partner and top operative Bradley Fine (Law). But when a Bulgarian arms dealer named Rayna Boyanov (Byrne) enters the picture, claiming to know the identities of all CIA operatives, »
- Emily Blatchford
When the announcement of a Poltergeist remake hit the internet, it was next to impossible to ignore the cries and groans from friends/acquaintances who were absolutely livid at the thought of one of horror’s classics being given the dreaded redux. Never letting that sway my interest in giving everything a fair shake, I decided to go for it and gave my hard earned money to my local cinema and…was it the worst thing ever, like so many fans crying “foul” predicted it to be? No. With that being said, was it the best thing ever? Nope,not even close. There have been worse remakes of horror royalty in recent years..*cough* Nightmare On Elm Street *cough*,but let’s face it…you fright fanatics work hard for your money, and well, I decided to sacrifice a small part of my weekend to watch it, so you don’t have to. »
Directed by Tobe Hooper
The original 1982 Poltergeist, directed by Tobe Hooper, opens with an apt image: an extreme close-up of a television set. Not only does the object prove pivotal to the film’s narrative, but the close proximity of the camera to the screen imbues the television with a strange, almost alien quality. Though it simply plays the national anthem over patriotic imagery, the signature sign-off for most TV stations in the 1980s, the close-up distorts the pictures and renders them wholly indeterminable. For a film that explores the dark unknowns that lie beneath the seemingly innocent and ordinary, Poltergeist certainly knows how to prime its audience for what’s to come.
As the channel transitions to the familiar static blizzard, five-year-old Carol Anne Freeling (Heather O’Rourke) awakens to the sound of voices emanating from the set. As »
- Jacob Carter
This Memorial Day weekend won’t set any box office records, but it should be interesting to watch nonetheless. One week after Pitch Perfect 2 and Mad Max: Fury Road surprised many of us with their bigger-than-expected debuts, there is still a lot of goodwill remaining for the two holdovers. Pitch Perfect 2 earned an estimated $9.7 million on Friday and is expected to bring in approximately $33 million this weekend. That will push the musical comedy well over the $100 million mark and may even be enough to give PP2 a second frame on top of the domestic box office. The fate of Pitch Perfect 2 hangs on the number of people that turn out to see Disney’s Tomorrowland this weekend. Initial projections had the PG-rated adventure claiming an easy win with at least $40 million over its debut frame. But based on Friday’s estimates, Tomorrowland may have to settle for second. »
- Nicole Pedersen
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