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Blu-ray Review: Black Christmas (1974) Collector’s Edition

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There is no definitive answer as to what the first slasher movie really is. Many point to Michael Powell's Peeping Tom or even Psycho as the film that launched the genre. Others suggest it's Mario Bava’s Bay of Blood (aka Twitch of the Death Nerve) that invented the slasher tropes. Some still say it's John Carpenter's original Halloween, a movie that, even if it is not the first slasher movie ever made, can still be called the most influential. It (and Bava’s Bay of Blood) is the movie that producer Sean Cunningham was ripping off when he made the original Friday the 13th, the copycat that launched a thousand more copycats. There has been a push in the last 10–15 years, though, to recognize Bob Clark's 1974 film Black Christmas (aka Silent Night, Evil Night) as the first “real” slasher, as a clear line can be drawn
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Daily Dead’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide & Giveaways: Day 6 – Dark Bunny Tees, Black Christmas Soundtrack, Zombie Science Kit & More!

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Welcome back for Day 6 of Daily Dead’s fourth annual Holiday Gift Guide, readers! Once again, our goal is to help you navigate through the horrors of the 2016 shopping season with our tips on unique gift ideas, and we’ll hopefully help you save a few bucks over the next few weeks, too. For today’s offerings, we’re taking a look at some fun ideas from Diamond Select Toys, Dark Bunny Tees, artist Chad Savage, the soundtrack for Bob Clark’s Black Christmas, a Zombie Science Kit for kids (includes fart putty!), and so much more.

This year’s Holiday Gift Guide is sponsored by several amazing companies, including Mondo, Anchor Bay Entertainment, DC Entertainment, and Magnolia Home Entertainment, who have all donated an assortment of goodies to help you get into the spirit of the season. Daily Dead also recently teamed up with Texas-based artist Dustin Pace of
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Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things

Hey, let's dig up a rotting corpse, just for fun! A group of crazy Florida theater students plays a group of crazy Florida theater students in Bob Clark's no-budget, spirited attempt to ride in the wake of Night of the Living Dead. An hour of bad jokes is capped by a satisfying zombie onslaught that got the film a major release and launched a career. That's how a score of good directors got started in the 1970s. Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things Blu-ray Vci Entertainment 1972 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 76 min. / Street Date February 23, 2016 / 24.99 Starring Alan Ormsby, Valerie Mamches, Jeffrey Gillen, Anya Ormsby, Paul Cronin. Cinematography Jack McGowan Film Editor Gary Goch Art Direction Forest Carpenter Original Music Carl Zittrer Special Makeup Creator Alan Ormsby Written by Bob Clark, Alan Ormsby Produced by Gary Goch Directed by Bob Clark credited as Benjamin Clark

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Hitting film school,
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Waxwork Records to Release Black Christmas Score on Vinyl

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Watching Bob Clark's Black Christmas is a holiday tradition for many horror fans, and if you've ever wanted to simply listen to the film's eerie soundtrack while lounging by the fire, then you'll be pleased to know that Waxwork Records has announced the first-ever official release of Black Christmas' creepy score.

The folks at Waxwork Records announced today that they have teamed up with Black Christmas composer Carl Zittrer and Thomas Dimuzio of Gench Mastering to give Black Christmas' score its first release on any format.

The album cover is adorned with new artwork by the talented "Ghoulish" Gary Pullin, and pre-orders for the vinyl will go up this Friday, December 4th on Waxwork Records' website.

From Waxwork Records: "Waxwork Records is thrilled to announce that we are releasing the score to Black Christmas! Directed by the late Bob Clark and released in 1974, Black Christmas follows a
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Whatever happened to Elizabeth Berkley? 8 things she did after Showgirls and Saved by the Bell

Whatever happened to Elizabeth Berkley? 8 things she did after Showgirls and Saved by the Bell
Elizabeth Berkley was all set to make Hollywood waves after achieving teen cult status as 17-year-old Jessie Spano, grappling with amphetamines caffeine pill addiction in Saved by the Bell.

Yet a swimming pool splash-about with Kyle MacLachlan in Robocop director Paul Verhoeven's 1995 skin flick Showgirls - the Us's first and only big-budget Nc-17 - unfortunately torpedoed her career before it began.

But as Showgirls celebrates its 20th anniversary this week, having been reappraised and reborn as a midnight movie regular, a musical masterpiece (tagline: "Singing. Dancing. Tits") and a classic exploitation film of our time (not our words, but Jim Jarmusch's), we look at what happened to the actress best known as Nomi Malone.

1. She won two Razzies

Worse than being on the end of a critical and commercial panning was Berkley's personal haul of Golden Raspberry awards for Showgirls, one for Worst Actress and Worst New Star
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From Romero to 'Walking Dead': A Brief History of Zombies in Pop Culture

From Romero to 'Walking Dead': A Brief History of Zombies in Pop Culture
Think of a teeming metropolis like New York City. Now double that in size. If every single person who lived there, every hot-dog vendor, third-grader and euphoric Mets fan, was in fact a flesh-eating zombie, that would roughly equal the 17.3 million people that tuned into last October's fifth-season premiere of AMC's The Walking Dead, the most-watched episode of anything in cable history. Those are blockbuster numbers and they occurred week after week. The demand for the show has become so huge that a prequel spinoff, Fear the Walking Dead, debuts this Sunday.
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Premature, a Teen Sex Comedy with the Plot of Groundhog Day

Premature, a Teen Sex Comedy with the Plot of Groundhog Day
Porky's, the first of Bob Clark's two enduring coming-of-age films (along with A Christmas Story), was once considered notorious and is now weirdly archetypal. The tits-and-zits genre, revived by American Pie, is fundamentally masculinist in way that feels uncomfortable post-Isla Vista, portraying a world in which the problems of men don't just supersede those of women; it's a world in which only men have problems, of which women are one.

Premature, you will be exhausted to hear, is a teen sex comedy with the plot of Groundhog Day, its supernatural comedy hearkening more to Scott Baio's Zapped! than to Porky's.

Uptight Ron (John Karna) keeps reliving the same day, waking up on the morning of his college entrance i...
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The Scream Factory Serves Up Motel Hell Blu-ray Details

Originally announced on Dread Central Live, we now have the official details and more for The Scream Factory's upcoming Blu-ray release of the Eighties classic, Motel Hell. Read on for details.

From the Press Release

People come from far and wide to sample Farmer Vincent's distinctively flavored dried, smoked sausages, but one might well ask why there are so few people staying at the nearby kitschy Motel Hello. Also, have you ever wondered about the secret ingredients that make his meats taste so darn good? The ‘80s cult classic horror-comedy film Motel Hell, directed by Kevin Connor (At The Earth's Core, The House Where Evil Dwells) takes on a frighteningly funny look into the different kinds of critters that make up Farmer Vincent's fritters with plenty of surprises. On August 12, 2014, Shout! Factory is bringing Motel Hell Collector’s Edition Blu-ray+ DVD combo pack to home entertainment shelves in the U.
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Blu-ray Review: 'Porky's'

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★★★★☆The Star Wars of smut-tinged coming-of-age comedies, Bob Clark's Porky's finally gets a new high-definition lease of life this week courtesy of cult connoisseurs Arrow Video. Unlike The Last American Virgin, another recent acquisition of theirs which covers similar terrain, the years have been much kinder to this 1982 Us-set, Canadian-funded production. It's a better-acted and immeasurably funnier film then the countless imitators it spawned (including two inferior sequels). Set around a fictitious area in 1950s Florida named Angel Beach, the film follows a group of libidinous high school buddies who are forever cooking up ways to lose their virginities.
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'Mannequin' Director Michael Gottlieb Dead at 69

Michael Gottlieb, the writer and director of comedies like "Mannequin" and "Mr. Nanny," was killed in a motorcycle accident last Friday at the age of 69. Gottlieb began his career as a fashion photographer, moved into advertising, and later transitioned into a career as a producer, writer, and director. Gottlieb was also a professor at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design, where he taught screenwriting.

Michael Gottlieb's "Mannequin" starred Brat Packer Andrew McCarthy as an artist who falls in love with the fashion mannequin he created. Kim Cattrall, who'd previously appeared in "Porky's," "Police Academy," and "Big Trouble in Little China," co-starred as Emmy, the mannequin that occasionally returns to life to hang out with her new pal. Gottlieb's "Mr. Nanny" starred Hulk Hogan and former New York Doll David Johansen. He also directed the comedy "The Shrimp on the Barbie" under the pseudonym "Alan Smithee," and "A Kid in King Arthur's Court
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How 'A Christmas Story' Went From Cult Movie to Holiday Classic in 30 Years

There's a menswear store on a quaint cobblestone street in my suburban New Jersey town whose Christmas window display each year includes a lamp shaped like a woman's leg in a fishnet stocking. That no one thinks this is tacky or even unusual is a tribute to how remarkably pervasive "A Christmas Story" has become over the past three decades.

At the time of its release 30 years ago this week (November 18, 1983), the movie was a cult favorite at best. Since then, however, it's become the indispensable Christmas movie for a couple of generations of viewers, as essential a holiday staple as "It's a Wonderful Life." Tens of millions are expected to watch at least some part of the film when it airs 12 times in a row during the annual TBS "24 Hours of 'A Christmas Story'" marathon on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

How did the movie go from
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See Aubrey Plaza Lose Her V-Card and Blue Jasmine's Amazing Cast

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See Aubrey Plaza Lose Her V-Card and Blue Jasmine's Amazing Cast
From The Wolverine to The To Do List, here's what to see and what to skip in theaters this weekend: See This:The To Do List Every generation needs its Porky's. Hey, that's not a bad thing - you don't want to know how many times I've seen Kim Cattrall howl like Lassie. It just warms my deviant heart that this particularly funny raunch-fest comes from the female perspective.     Parks and Recreation's delightful Aubrey Plaza stars as Brandy Klark, high-school valedictorian and confirmed virgin. Determined to lose her v-card before college, Brandy makes a list of sexual acts to complete,
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Horror Remakes We'd Love to See

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Horror Remakes We'd Love to See
Like most horror fans, I'm not always pro remake. There are some films that simply should not be remade. However, I am supportive of remaking a film if the creative team behind the reboot can bring something new to the table or improve upon what the original film did, in some way. Case in point, Tobe Hooper improved on the source material in his 2004 remake of The Toolbox Murders. Hooper's remake was a more cohesive film than the original and was more effective at keeping its viewer engaged throughout the film. The original was poorly paced with the entire middle of the film being exhaustively sluggish. As for bringing something new to the table, James Gunn and Zak Snyder didn't outdo the original Dawn of the Dead with their 2004 reimagining, but that's not what the duo was trying for. Instead, they provided a highly enjoyable companion piece with their reboot
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Football Player Turned Actor Karras Dead at 77. Featured in Three Popular Comedies

Alex Karras dies: Football player turned actor in movies such as Blazing Saddles, Victor Victoria, Porky's Karras, a former football player for the Detroit Lions but known internationally for his roles in the aforementioned three highly successful comedies, died earlier today, Wed., Oct 10. Karras, who was 77 years old, suffered kidney failure, and had been reportedly suffering from cancer and dementia according to the Los Angeles Times obit. The son of Greek immigrants, he was born on July 15, 1935, in Gary, Indiana. He had a long and successful run with the Detroit Lions despite becoming enmeshed in a serious gambling controversy in the early '60s that, as described in the La Times obit, ultimately got him temporarily suspended. Karras Hollywood career from the mid-'70s to the late '90s After his football career came to a halt in 1971, the former sportsman turned to acting. As per the IMDb, he was
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Former Lions Star Dies

Former Lions Star Dies
Detroit — Alex Karras was one of the NFL's most feared defensive tackles throughout the 1960s, a player who hounded quarterbacks and bulled past opposing linemen.

And yet, to many people he will always be the lovable dad from the 1980s sitcom "Webster" or the big cowboy who famously punched out a horse in "Blazing Saddles."

The rugged player, who anchored the Detroit Lions' defense and then made a successful transition to an acting career, with a stint along the way as a commentator on "Monday Night Football," died Wednesday. He was 77.

Karras had recently suffered kidney failure and been diagnosed with dementia. The Lions also said he had suffered from heart disease and, for the last two years, stomach cancer. He died at home in Los Angeles surrounded by family members, said Craig Mitnick, Karras' attorney.

"Perhaps no player in Lions history attained as much success and notoriety for what
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Alex Karras, Football Great, Webster Dad, Dead at 77

Alex Karras, Football Great, Webster Dad, Dead at 77
Alex Karras has died. The football great-turned-tv and movie star of Webster and Blazing Saddles was 77, and had battled dementia. On Monday, it was reported Karras was near death after suffering kidney failure. The news moved his former team, the Detroit Lions, to pay prompt tribute.  "Perhaps no player in Lions history attained as much success and notoriety for what he did after his playing days as did Alex," Lions president Tom Lewand said in the Monday statement. Along with real-life wife Susan Clark, Karras parented child-star Emmanuel Lewis in the 1983-89 family sitcom Webster. Before that, Mel Brooks fans knew Karras as the horse-punching, man-beast Mongo in the 1974 Western send-up, Blazing Saddles. Karras was probably never more of the zeitgeist then when he was part of the Howard Cosell-era Monday Night Football broadcast team for three seasons, from 1974-1976. Other credits included the teen comedy Porky's, which also costarred Clark, the Oscar-winning Julie Andrews musical Victor Victoria and the thriller hit, Against All Odds. "I guess I've always been a performer," Karras once said. "But if I'd have told anybody back in high school in Gary [his Indiana hometown] that I wanted to be an actor, they'd have had me quarantined."
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Tom Savini Directing Dead Things

Tom Savini Directing Dead Things
A good few years after it was first mooted, the remake of cult zombie horror Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things is finally shuffling and lumbering forward. Veteran of the undead Tom Savini will be directing the comedy scarefest, and producer Thomas DeFeo promises "the most zombies ever in a feature film."Very much one from the vaults, the original Children was shot in a mere two weeks in 1972 by Bob Clark (who also made Black Christmas and Porky's), and involves a troupe of low-budget filmmakers and a seance-gone-wrong in an island cemetery for criminals.Back in 2010, Savini was talking about the new version as a potential project for himself and his Dawn Of The Dead mentor George Romero. There's no mention of Romero's being involved this morning though, and the deal that's been hammered out is a collaboration between Anchor Bay Films and Fangoria Entertainment. Fangoria was the last
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'A Christmas Story': 11 things you may not know about the holiday classic

TBS is in the midst of its annual 24-hour marathon of "A Christmas Story," the 1983 movie about a young boy's (Peter Billingsley) quest for a Bb gun that has become as much a part of the season as "It's a Wonderful Life."

But did you know that Jack Nicholson was considered for the role of Ralphie's father? So says TBS, which says Nicholson was offered the role and he was interested. The movie's producers became concerned about what they might have to pay Nicholson, however, and went with Darren McGavin instead.

Here are some other little- to well-known facts about "A Christmas Story."

- Author Jean Shepherd, who narrates the movie and whose book "In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash" is the basis for the film, also has a cameo. He's the annoyed man in the department store who tells Ralphie and Randy the line to see Santa starts back there.
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Porky's' actor Wyatt Knight commits suicide in Hawaii

Actor Wyatt Knight was found dead in Hawaii with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 56. The actor starred in the 1980s "Porky's" films. The AP reports that his family released a statement saying Wyatt chose to end his life after a painful bout with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which was in stage 4. He underwent radiation treatments that left him in "physical and emotional pain," and had a bone marrow transplant in 2003. "He was tired of the pain and after much contemplation, chose to end his life in a beautiful and a serene place," the statement said. "His family and friends are devastated. He was deeply loved by all who knew him and will be missed every day." Knight's most
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Wyatt Knight found dead: 'Porky's' bad boy's apparent suicide

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Wyatt Knight, best known for his portrayal of bad boy Tommy Turner in the popular '80s trilogy "Porky's", was found dead in Hawaii last week from a self-inflicted gunshot.

The 56-year-old actor was suffering from stage 4 non-hodgkins lymphoma. His wife, Silvana Knight, provided a statement to TheWrap: "He was tired of the pain, and after much contemplation, chose to end his life in a beautiful and a serene place. His family and friends are devastated. He was deeply loved by all who knew him and will be missed every day."

Knight also appeared on "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "T.J. Hooker," and "Chicago Hope." He is survived by his wife and two children from a previous marriage.
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