11 items from 2016
The thing I miss the most about the heyday of the ’80s slasher movie is that there were so many of them that eventually filmmakers had to start finding ways to shake up the formula and continually introduce weirder and weirder stuff. That's not to say that all of these movies were necessarily "good," but that they managed to be distinctive within a sub-genre known for its sameness. For as good as horror is today—and we are in a really good place for horror—there is no one corner of the genre that is so prevalent as the slasher once was that inspires various permutations. We don't get a Sleepaway Camp or a Blood Rage much anymore. The reasons for this are ultimately positive and encouraging—the current crop of horror films are so vastly different from one another that we avoid this phenomenon—but it still makes me »
- Patrick Bromley
In today's Horror Highlights, we have a look at Halloween Forevermore's limited edition Cthulhu statue, a horror DVD prize pack contest courtesy of Level 33 Entertainment, an excerpt from The Anatomy of Fear: Conversations with Cult Horror and Science-Fiction Filmmakers, a trailer for the haunting short film Agatha, the cast announcement for Manos Returns, a teaser video and poster for Barry Baker: Aspiring Serial Killer, and details on the All Through the House Blu-ray signing at Dark Delicacies in Burbank.
Halloween Forevermore's Limited Edition Cthulhu Statue: "Halloween Forevermore is a company known to many Halloween and Horror fans. Formed in 2014, they have released one dozen very popular and well-made wax warmers that appeal to both the seasonal Halloween fan and horror lifestyle enthusiasts. Their Undertaker and Cthulhu wax warmers were featured in Rue Morgue magazine. The company that trick-or-treats 365 nights a year is proud to announce a new limited edition »
- Derek Anderson
Sneak Peek footage, images and synopsis from "The Vampire Diaries" episode "The Night of The Comet", written by Kevin Williamson, Julie Plec and directed by Marcos Siega, that aired September 17, 2009:
"...as 'Mystic Falls' prepares for a festival to celebrate the passing of a comet, 'Vicki' is in the hospital recovering from the attack that she can barely remember. 'Stefan' goes to the hospital and tries to use his abilities to make sure Vicki doesn't remember what really happened, but his attempt is cut short when Vicki's brother 'Matt' arrives.
"'Jeremy' continues to struggle at school and with his feelings for Vicki. At a parent-teacher conference, 'Mr. Tanner' makes 'Jenna' feel she is failing as a surrogate parent.
"Then 'Elena' decides to go to the 'Salvatore' house to meet Stefan, but finds his charming brother 'Damon' instead. Damon reveals some surprising information about Stefan's past...
"...and when Stefan arrives home, »
- Michael Stevens
Cult filmmaker Larry Cohen is, and has always been, an idea man. Whether commenting on rampant consumerism (The Stuff), religious fanaticism (God Told Me To), or vigilantism (Maniac Cop), Cohen’s films (as director or screenwriter, often both) show an ambition beyond the zippered monsters and flying serpents. And while the biggest caveat regarding Cohen is that his reach often exceeds his grasp, that’s not always true. Case in point: It’s Alive (1974), Cohen’s potent take on abortion, the pharmaceutical industry, and (extremely) unconditional love.
Produced by Warner Bros. and Larco Productions, and distributed by WB, It’s Alive did not wow the executives, who gave it an obligatory release in October with little fanfare. And it did okay business for the small release it was granted. When a new regime came in to WB in ’77, Cohen asked them to take another look at the film – he felt »
- Scott Drebit
Stars: Daniel Hirsch, Kelli Maroney, Nicole Rio, Tom Shell, Jared Moses, Crystal Carson, Joe Estevez, John Michaels | Written by Robert Gilliam, Nico Mastorakis, Fred Perry | Directed by Nico Mastorakis
You could say that the 80s are the decade that just keeps on giving, especially when it comes to cult movies. There are some that may pass by your radar though, and you miss out on their glory. This is the case of The Zero Boys for me, and lucky Arrow Video’s new Blu-ray has allowed me to fix this.
A group of survival game players, The Zero Boys decide to take a trip to the woods to let off some steam. With new friend Jamie (Kelli Maroney) tagging along everything seems to be going okay. When they discover a cabin in the woods though and decide to shack up there it doesn’t take long before they realise they »
- Paul Metcalf
Wayne Crawford, who produced indie hits including “Valley Girl” and “Night of the Comet” and acted in dozens of films and TV shows, died April 30 in Winston-Salem, N.C. He was 69 and had been ill for some time, according to a colleague, Gregory Small.
The 1983 “Valley Girl,” which he also wrote, was directed by Martha Coolidge and starred a punky Nicolas Cage with Deborah Foreman. The film included a New Wave greatest hits soundtrack, but notably didn’t include the Frank Zappa song “Valley Girl,” which Zappa would not allow.
Born in Geneva, New York, Crawford began his career as an actor in New York, working Off-Broadway and on truck and bus tours around America. While acting in a low-budget movie in South Florida, »
- Pat Saperstein
As the golden age of high-def horror continues, we aren’t just getting bells-and-whistles Blu-rays of films we never expected to receive such treatment—titles like The Mutilator and Squirm—but also of films some of us barely new existed. American Horror Project Vol. 1, the new Blu-ray box set from Arrow Video, collects three such films: low-budget independent horror movies from the 1970s that have either been forgotten or are in danger of being lost forever.
In attempting to find obscure titles that are still in good enough condition to be restored in high-def, the curators of American Horror Project Vol. 1 (among them Stephen Thrower, author of Nightmare USA, as well as books on both Lucio Fulci and Jess Franco) could easily have found esoteric films that fit the criteria but were, for lack of a more diplomatic way of saying it, better off staying lost. But that couldn’t be further from the case. »
- Patrick Bromley
In this episode of Off The Shelf, Ryan and Brian take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016.
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Follow-Up Twilight Time Quantity Updates: Used Cars and Center of the Earth Ryan is out of space, but still buying box sets! (Buyers remorse vs unwatched stuff) Hertzfeldt Kickstarter Arrivals News Star Trek: Digital Bits News (Animated Series on Blu-ray, Khan Uhd) Kino Lorber: Fathom, Star Slammer, Modesty Blaise, Gold (1934) Code Red: House on the Edge of the Park, Truck Stop Women, Hot Moves …bucket list fever! Scorpion: The Rift (from the director of Pieces) Blue Underground: Circus of Fear/5 Golden Dragons & The Shape of Things to Come Misc Links Larry Karaszewski on After The Fox Night of the Comet vinyl Kickstarter Links to Amazon After the Fox Bandits Black Mama, White Mama The Black Sleep Breaker! Breaker! »
- Ryan Gallagher
Zombies and vampires will sink their teeth into the silver screen at this year's April Ghouls Drive-In Monster-Rama, as the event will feature 35mm screenings of four living dead movies and four bloodsucking flicks over the course of two days in late April.
A companion marathon to September's Drive-In Super Monster-Rama (one of Daily Dead's favorite events of the year), the April Ghouls Drive-In Monster-Rama takes place April 29th–30th at the Riverside Drive-In Theatre in Vandergrift, Pa.
Tickets are $10.00 per adult each night, with children 12 and under admitted for free with an adult guardian. Beginning at dusk and stretching into the late hours of the night, here's the complete feature film lineup for the event:
Friday, April 29th:
Saturday, April 30th:
To learn more »
- Derek Anderson
The nightmare-inducing face of Pennywise—an entity that has haunted the Losers Club, readers, and moviegoers for generations—is featured in a new shirt from Fright Rags. Additionally, fans of Night of the Comet and the unstoppable Terminator also have fresh Fright Rags threads to seek out.
Priced at $25.00 apiece for the It and Night of the Comet shirts and $27.00 for the T-800 shirt, the clothes pictured below are now up for sale from Fright Rags. To learn more, visit:
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- Derek Anderson
Thom Eberhardt’s eerie 1983 chiller Sole Survivor discussed. For years, no one talked about Thom (Night Of The Comet) Eberhardt’s 1983 chiller Sole Survivor. It haunted video stores. It drifted across late night cable TV. That’s where I saw it. But no one else I knew had seen it. I had no one to share…
- Chris Alexander
11 items from 2016
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