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I, Madman Savant Blu-ray Review I, Madman Blu-ray Scream (Shout!) Factory 1989 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 89 min. / Street Date July 21, 2015 / 24.97 Starring Jenny Wright, Clayton Rohner, Randall William Cook, Stephanie Hodge, Michelle Jordan. Cinematography Bryan England Production Designer Matthew C. Jacobs, Ron Wilson Visual Effects Jim Aupperle, Randall William Cook Film Editor Marcus Manton Original Music Michael Hoenig Written by David Chaskin Produced by Rafael Eisenman Directed by Tibor Takács
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
A rich vein of horror seldom tapped in the movies is to be found in vintage pulp magazines, the kind of bone-chilling 'dread' stories that make one feel insecure and off-balance. This 1989 release from Trans World Entertainment brings back memories of creepy illustrations in old horror anthologies. The classic example is this: in a dusty corner of a forgotten library, a sleepy old researcher is dozing off over an ancient book. But from out of a picture in the book reaches a skeletal hand. »
- Glenn Erickson
Twenty years ago today, Bryan Singer, the director of the “good X-Men movies” (read: all of them except X3), and writer Christopher McQuarrie (Mission: Impossible – Rogue One) rounded up five thieves for the heist of the 90’s. It all starts out with a seemingly harmless lineup, but Keyser Söze – bogeyman of the criminal underworld – has very specific (and sinister) plans for The Usual Suspects’ Dean Keaton (Gabriel Byrne), McManus (Stephen Baldwin), Fenster (Benicio del Toro), Hockney (Kevin Pollak), and Verbal Kint (Kevin Spacey). Bonus points to Singer for casting Giancarlo Esposito (“Breaking Bad”’s Gus Fring), who looks ridiculously young as one of the FBI agents after Keyser Söze.
From pool sharks and grifters to tricksters, card cheats and American hustlers, here’s our rundown of the most memorable con artists in movie history.
Warning: Spoilers ahead.
One of the finest fraudster films to ever »
- Daniel Bettridge
When audiences see 20th Century Fox’s “Fantastic Four” reboot this weekend, they’ll likely assume that it’s the third entry in the cinematic superhero saga. But a new documentary hopes to dispel that myth once and for all.
“Doomed: The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s The Fantastic Four” reveals the baffling circumstances that led to the filming of an unreleased 1994 feature film starring Marvel’s comic book quartet that was never meant to be seen publicly.
The story goes like this: In late 1992, three years after the success of Tim Burton’s “Batman,” producer Bernd Eichinger approached low-budget filmmaking maestro Roger Corman about making a movie based on the Fantastic Four. Eichinger, the German producer of “The Neverending Story,” had acquired rights to the superhero team’s story and needed to begin production immediately.
In short order, a professional cast and crew was assembled, sets and costumes »
- Matthew Chernov
Yonderland was a resounding success for Sky1 in 2013 - The Guardian called the playful fantasy series "perfect family viewing" while Total Film favourably compared the first series to both Jim Henson's 1986 classic Labyrinth and the works of Monty Python.
Mathew Baynton - co-creator, writer and star - admits it came as "a massive relief" when critics and the public at large embraced Yonderland - a comedic fantasy adventure which, in its sensibilities and its use of puppets, recalls films like The Dark Crystal, The NeverEnding Story and - yes - Labyrinth.
"It's quite a weird show," he concedes. "The pitch for it doesn't sound like surefire, mainstream TV gold, so in that sense [the success] probably was a bit surprising. But we believed in it, and thought it was hilarious, so I felt more relief than anything else - that people loved it as much as we do."
Yonderland was produced »
This Sunday brings us the season finale of Game of Thrones Season 5, and HBO has released a few images from the episode that give us a tease of what’s to come. The show traditionally has its “big” episode just before the finale, with the finale acting as a sort of denouement for the events that occurred, but this season may be a bit different. Last week’s installment certainly did close on a “big” moment with Dany literally riding a dragon like it was Falkor from The Neverending Story, but what was intended to be a cheerful conclusion was tainted by the events that preceded the Meereen-set scene: boring Stannis doing something awful. This season has really seen showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss tread new territory as they surpass the books in most of the storylines. Some of it has been great, like the “ice zombie” battle and »
- Adam Chitwood
The Babadook, released on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital on February 16th, tells the story of a widowed mother Amelia (Essie Davis) battling with the loss of her husband, and her son’s growing fears of a monster invading their house. When a strange new book is found by Samuel (Noah Wiseman), reading it seems to invite a sinister presence in to the house, leaving both Amelia and Samuel to face their fears.
This isn’t the first time in film history that we’ve been shown the sinister power of books. Using the right book at the wrong time can lead to all sorts of issues or adventures. In anticipation of The Babadook’s home release, we take a look – in no particular order – some of the most sinister books in film.
1. Evil Dead – The Necronomicon
Klaatu… verata… n… Necktie. Nectar. Nickel. Noodle. Or something like that, right?
The Necronomicon, »
- Phil Wheat
6 items from 2015
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