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Dachshunds dressed up as giant rats terrorize Toronto in a nature gone amok thriller from the director of Enter the Dragon. Guilty pleasures don’t get much guiltier than Deadly Eyes, and surprise announcements don’t get much more surprising than Scream Factory’s plan to release this 1982 creature feature.
It really would be an understatement to state that Scream Factory’s announcement Friday afternoon that they have acquired the rights to the early Eighties Warner Bros./Golden Harvest mutant rat b-movie bonanza Deadly Eyes came as a surprise to most everyone.
This slice of Canuxsploitation starring Scatman Crothers (The Shining) and Canadian scream queens Lesleh Donaldson (Curtains) and Lisa Langlois (Happy Birthday to Me) has been toiling in obscurity for so long I don’t think too many people expected to ever see it get an official release in any post-vhs form. This will mark the first time Deadly Eyes »
Scream Factory announced that they’ll be releasing Deadly Eyes, a little-known horror movie from the 80′s that features giant rats. Also known as The Rats, this Canadian horror movie was released in the Us in 1983 and has actually never been available on DVD. Scream Factory announced that they’ll be releasing the movie to both Blu-ray and DVD next year:
“Fans of Canadian 80′s horror and animal attack films are in for a treat next Summer as we will be releasing 1983′s rat infested Deadly Eyes–which has never been on DVD or Blu-ray before.
The film stars Scatman Crothers (The Shining), Canadian Scream Queens Lesleh Donaldson (Curtains, Funeral Home) and Lisa Langlois (Happy Birthday to Me, The Nest) and if you’ve seen it, you know what a guilty pleasure it is.
More details on the release will become more clear in early Spring next year.”
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- Jonathan James
Lesleh Donaldson with Cinema Retro columnist Todd Garbarini.
By Todd Garbarini
Richard Ciupka’s unfairly maligned 1983 horror film Curtains was screened recently as part of the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Scary Movies 7 exhibition that also included screenings of Lucky McKee’s new film All Cheerleaders Die, Michele Soavi’s highly regarded Cemetery Man (1994), Eli Roth’s new film The Green Inferno, John D. Hancock’s ultra creepy Let’s Scare Jessica to Death (1971), the New York premiere of Clive Barker’s 1990 film Nightbreed - the Cabal Cut, and Peter Carter’s brilliant Rituals (1977), better known as The Creeper, which stars Hal Holbrook and Lawrence Dane in a film that is clearly influenced by John Boorman’s Deliverance (1971) but easily stands on its own as a strong piece of independent filmmaking.
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Director Richard Ciupka’s Curtains, the 1983 Canadian thriller about six actresses vying for the part of “Audra” at the home of film director Jonathan Stryker, will screen on 35mm (courtesy of yours truly) on Friday, November 1st, 2013 at the Francesca Beale Theater near Lincoln Center at 7:00 pm. Actress Lesleh Donaldson, who plays ice skater Christie Burns in the film, is scheduled to appear at the screening. The film is part of the … Continue reading →
- Jonathan Stryker
Beginning on Halloween night and running through November 7th, New York's Lincoln Center is once again playing host to a horror film festival called Scary Movies, which will see both world premieres of new horror films as well as screenings of genre faves from the past.
With oodles of filmmakers in attendance, and tons of movies being shown, it looks to be another can't miss event. Read on for all the details!
From the Press Release
The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s annual horror fest Scary Movies returns for its 7th edition featuring several U.S. and New York City premieres among its lineup of highly anticipated horror films and thrillers, genre rarities and fan favorites. Appearances include filmmakers Eli Roth, Andrew van den Houten, Cliff Prowse and Derek Lee.
- John Squires
With an exciting mix of majorly-hyped upcoming releases and cult classics, New York City’s seventh incarnation of their screening series Scary Movies has revealed their full schedule! Check out the official blurb below!
The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s annual horror fest Scary Movies returns for its 7th New York City premieres among its lineup of highly anticipated horror films and thrillers, genre rarities and fan favorites. Appearances include filmmakers Eli Roth, Andrew van den Houten, Cliff Prowse and Derek Lee. Among the nine U.S. or NYC premieres are; Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson’s high school horror-revenge film All Cheerleaders Die (with producer Andrew van den Houten on hand to introduce the film); Eli Roth’s Cannibal Holocaust homage, The Green Inferno (with Roth in person); the Italian supernatural meets nature film Across The River; creepy psycho-thriller Proxy; creepy psycho-comedy Cheap Thrills; Mark Hartley’s retelling »
- Justin Edwards
This has got to be the best news to break all week if you're a slasher movie fan. We just learned that Synapse Films is prepping a 2k restoration of the little seen 1983 Canadian slasher gem Curtains.
According to the Synapse Facebook page, today marks the beginning of what will hopefully be a glorious resurrection of Richard Ciupka's eerie and incredibly bizarre Curtains. The only question is whether or not the film's elements have held up over time, so let's hold our breaths and hope for the best.
Today is the kind of day I both loath and love about this business. We have, in our hands, the only existing vault materials for a horror film that many love and have wanted for years to be done right on home video. I'm assigned to the task. The excitement is overwhelming just to See the film and find »
- Matt Serafini
Tickets are now on sale for GLAAD’s big event Saturday in Hancock Park in Los Angeles. “Enjoy delicious tasting stations from incredible, high-end Los Angeles restaurants and caterers, entertainment, and an amazing food and wine-themed silent auction.” Plus it’ll have appearances from such faves as Mike C. Manning, Max Adler and Darryl Stephens. *If you buy your ticket before 6 Pm Pst on Wednesday, you’ll be entered to win a complimentary ticket for a friend!
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J. Lee Thompson is an auteur – he’s an amazing director with a personal sense of style, usually low-key and humorous, and actors love working with him. With films like The Guns of Navarone (1961), Cape Fear (1962), Conquest of the Planet Of the Apes (1972) and Battle For the Planet Of The Apes (1973), J. Lee Thompson is a favorite amongst genre fans. My personal favorite is The Reincarnation Of Peter Proud (1975), starring Michael Sarrazin, Jennifer O’Neill and Margot Kidder. If you haven’t seen this film, you need to run to your nearest video/dvd rental store – David Fincher currently holds the remake rights, so it’s only a matter of time before we see a redux! In the early 80s, Thompson directed the popular horror cult classic Happy Birthday To Me (1981), starring Melissa Sue Anderson (of Little House On The Prairie fame) Glenn Ford (who needs no introduction), and Lesleh Donaldson »
- Lianne Spiderbaby
By Todd Garbarini
Horror films are a hot commodity. Some of the most well-known slasher films of the 1980’s have been re-issued on DVD and Blu-ray by companies looking to cash-in on audiences’ seemingly insatiable appetite for murder and mayhem while also introducing them to a whole new generation of fans with disposable income. Two titles that fans want on DVD and Blu-ray in the way of special editions are Paul Lynch’s Prom Night (1980) and Richard Ciupka’s Curtains (1983), both Canadian productions through Simcom, the former having fared far better on home video than the latter.
Prom Night was originally released theatrically by Avco Embassy Pictures in July 1980. It was distributed on VHS by McA Home Video in 1981 and again by Virgin Vision, Inc. in 1988. McA also released a laserdisc pan-and-scan version on their laser rot-prone DiscoVision line in 1981 (curiously, the film bypassed the RCA Select-a-Vision Capacitance Electronic Disc »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
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