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Ranked: Every Summer Movie Season Since 1980 - Part 2

14 September 2014 6:33 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

We’ve reviewed every summer movie season since 1980 to find out which are the best, and which are the worst. Last week we posted our picks for the worst, and here we post our picks for the best. 

2015 and 2016 may just be the most overthetop summer movie seasons yet. It seems like nearly every movie slated for a summer 2015 or 2016 release is heavily anticipated. Because of these impending summers of movie awesomeness, we’ve decided to take a look back at summer movie seasons of years past. The idea of the summer movie season is currently in full swing, but it didn’t catch on immediately. Hollywood had to do its fair share of experimenting to determine what types of films would be most successful. As a result, some summer movie seasons have been better than others. We’ve reviewed them all for you and ranked them from worst to best. »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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September 9th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Pumpkinhead, Prom Night

8 September 2014 6:02 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

For the second week of September, horror fans have a ton of Blu-ray and DVD titles they can choose from, including Stan Winston’s Pumpkinhead (the latest from Scream Factory), Synapse Films’ brand new Blu-ray of the original Prom Night, and Bobcat Goldthwait’s sasquatch tale Willow Creek.

Scorpion Releasing is also giving fans their first chance to own Oliver Stone’s directorial debut, Seizure, in stunning HD and Graduation Day is also making its Blu-ray bow this week as well. And as if all that’s not enough, we’re also getting a few re-releases as well including The Amityville Horror, a groovy 4 pack of horror movies from Image and a double DVD of House and House II: The Second Story.

Prom Night Special Edition (Synapse Films, Blu-ray & DVD)

Jamie Lee Curtis (the Halloween film series) and Leslie Nielsen (The Naked Gun film and TV series, Forbidden Planet) star »

- Heather Wixson

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Pumpkinhead Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Review

8 September 2014 1:31 PM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

With Aliens already a hit and Stan Winston having achieved legendary status in the visual effects community, it was time for him to step behind the camera and finally call the shots. The unusual project he chose to spearhead was Pumpkinhead, a film never destined for commercial success but one that carves a niche all its own. Thanks to Shout Factory, Pumpkinhead will finally make its high definition home video debut in a collector's edition package, and look better than it ever has.

Winston enlisted Aliens colleague Lance Henricksen to star in Pumpkinhead as a backwoods father consumed by hatred and anger after a group of obnoxious city thrill-seeking 20-somethings kill his son in an legitimate accident. Henricksen gets to put his dramatic skills on display as he enlists the help of a rotting old witch to conjure up a spell and unleash a monster on the kids to exact his revenge, »

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The Essential Films and TV to Stream – September 8th 2014

8 September 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

After last week’s news about Netflix securing The Blacklist for a record fee, a similar story came to light this week concerning the pre Batman prequel series Gotham. Now rather than getting it day and date after Us broadcast as per Breaking Bad and From Dusk Till Dawn, Gotham’s entire run will just arrive on Netflix after it’s finished its TV broadcast. Worse news is that this means you have to wait for Channel 5 to get their finger out and schedule it on one of their three channels and then muck it around the schedule just to confuse you further and for it to finish its run there. Kind of takes the wind out the sails doesn’t it? I wouldn’t expect to see Gotham on Netflix until this time next year at best but we will see.

In better news David Wain’s relatively well »

- Chris Holt

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Aliens: Fire and Stone #1 Preview Pages

6 September 2014 9:47 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

If you’ve wondered what it was like on the moon Lv-426 when the Xenomorphs overran the terraforming colony later visited by Ellen Ripley and the Colonial Marines in James Cameron’s Aliens, then the new Aliens: Fire and Stone comic book miniseries from Dark Horse should interest you. We have a handful of preview pages from the first issue that shows panicked people pursued by Xenomorphs.

Aliens: Fire and Stone #1 (comes out on September 24th)

Writer: Chris Roberson

Artist: Patric Reynolds

“During a vicious xenomorph outbreak, terraforming engineer Derrick Russell leads a desperate group of survivors onto a rickety mining vessel. They hope to escape the creatures overrunning their colony—but they’ll face horrors both in space and on the strange planet they crash on. Ties in with the Prometheus and Aliens films!”

Trailer via IGN:

The post Aliens: Fire and Stone #1 Preview Pages appeared first on Daily Dead. »

- Derek Anderson

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The Awesome Fest’s 2nd Annual Summer Camp Sleepover Includes Screenings of Pumpkinhead, Dead Snow 2 & WolfCop

5 September 2014 1:43 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Do you have fond memories of watching fright flicks with your friends at sleepovers? The Awesome Fest ensures that those days don’t have to stay in your past with their 2nd annual Summer Camp Sleepover, an outdoor film festival taking place in the woods near Philadelphia. This year’s film lineup is a mix of retro favorites and new blood, with aliens, zombies, and Jason Voorhees set to appear on the big screen.

Presented by Founder/Artistic Director Josh Goldbloom and Film Programmer Scott Weinberg, the Summer Camp Sleepover will be pitching tents and rolling out sleeping bags at the Adventureland Day Camp in Bensalem beginning at 4pm on Friday, September 12th. Campfires, games, food trucks and more are on the schedule for this 21+ event. Below, we have the official press release with full details on the Summer Camp Sleepover that will feature the following six films:

Pumpkinhead (1988) Dead Snow 2: Red vs. »

- Derek Anderson

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Bluray Review: Pumpkinhead

5 September 2014 1:29 PM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

The first and only time I had seen Pumpkinhead was upon its initial release, maybe once since, but I can’t remember for the life of me. From what I recall, I liked it but never thought it was anything to write home about. Well, some things change, and some films age in ways that change the way we think about them. With life circumstances, changes in the way we look at various things and so on, sometimes films hit us differently later on. Such was the case when I recently sat down to revisit the film, via Scream Factory’s new Collector’s Edition Bluray of the 1988 Stan Winston creature feature. Does the disc provide the supplemental goodies that Jeff Nelson, Cliff McMillan and the Scream Factory are known for supplying? Yes. There are quite a few fun special feature docs, interviews, etc. Where the disc shines though, is the film itself. »

- Jerry Smith

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A Gingerclown Coming to Club You With a Funnybone

26 August 2014 11:54 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

What's scarier than an evil clown? How about an evil Gingerclown? Or something like that... Anyway, here's a new movie featuring a grease-painted psycho and Tim Curry. That should be enough to keep you reading.

Terrifying nightmares come to life in the thrill ride Gingerclown, arriving on DVD (plus Digital), Digital HD, and Video on Demand November 11 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Including a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, the Gingerclown DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $26.98.

When a group of high school kids break into an abandoned amusement park, they come to find it is overrun by monsters. A house of horrors reminiscent of It, Gingerclown stars Tim Curry (Charlie's Angels), Lance Henriksen (Aliens), Brad Dourif (Halloween), Michael Winslow (Spaceballs), and Sean Young (Ace Ventura: Pet Detective).

Synopsis

To impress the football team and the girl of his dreams, Sam dares to enter an old amusement park, »

- Steve Barton

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Travis Romero's Treachery Hitting VOD on September 1st

26 August 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

At the end of last year we got word that Traverse Media had acquired the rights to writer-director Travis Romero's Treachery, but then things got quiet. Today the silence ends as the film now has a North American VOD release date.

From the Press Release:

Talent management, production, distribution, and marketing company Traverse Media is pleased to announce a September 1st North American release date for Blanc/Biehn Productions' Treachery on Video on Demand (VOD).

Treachery stars Michael Biehn along with a fantastic ensemble cast that includes Jennifer Blanc-Biehn (The Divide, Everly, Wrong Cops), Sarah Butler (I Spit on Your Grave remake), Caitlin Keats (Kill Bill Vol. 2, Broken English), Chris Meyer (Among Friends), and Matthew Ziff (Truck Stop, Altered Perception).

Bringing to life real family drama, Treachery dives into the deep roots that bind a family and the darker secrets that family can create. Travis Romero (TV’s “White Collar, »

- Debi Moore

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Release Date Announced for Treachery, Starring Michael Biehn

25 August 2014 3:22 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

When a fractured family reunites, old wounds can be healed… or ripped open again, especially when a storm rolls in and keeps the argumentative group housebound for the night. Familial tensions boil over and old secrets surface in Treachery, an upcoming film from Blanc-Biehn Productions that stars Michael Biehn, features plenty of family drama, and has just received a release date.

Treachery will hit VOD platforms on September 1st. We have the press release with full details on the film, as well as the official teaser trailer for Treachery:

Los Angeles- “Talent Management, Production, Distribution and Marketing Company Traverse Media, announced today the North American release date for Blanc/Biehn Production’s latest Movie Treachery on Video on Demand (VOD).

Treachery stars Michael Biehn along with a fantastic ensemble cast that includes Jennifer Blanc Biehn (The Divide, Everly, Wrong Cops), Sarah Butler (I Spit on Your Grave remake), Caitlin Keats (Kill Bill Vol. »

- Derek Anderson

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Shlocky charms: The crazy rise and 'terrifying' return of 'Leprechaun'

25 August 2014 5:27 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

How did a low budget horror movie about a diminutive Irish monster spawn five sequels, a new reboot, and the career of Jennifer Aniston? EW tracks the deranged history of the Leprechaun franchise.

British actor Warwick Davis says he has “specific” fans—well-wishers who want to discuss just one of the several fantasy franchises in which he has appeared. “People talk about Star Wars, people talk about Harry Potter,” he explains, “and people talk about Leprechaun.”

Alert readers will have noticed that one of these franchises is not like the others. While Star Wars and Harry Potter have raked in billions of dollars, »

- Clark Collis

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Ghostbusters 1 & 2 Blu-ray Special Features, National Ghostbusters Day Announced

21 August 2014 9:11 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

“It’s the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.” It may be hard to believe, but it’s already been 30 years since Dr. Ray Stantz thought of happy memories that conjured up the towering, walking marshmallow in 1984′s Ghostbusters. The upcoming anniversary celebration keeps getting bigger, as a National Ghostbusters Day has been announced just a few weeks before the new Blu-rays hit the shelves.

Sony is releasing the Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray on September 16th. If you’re wondering where the love is for the film’s 1989 supernatural sequel, don’t despair: Ghostbusters II is coming to Blu-ray for the first time via a 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray, also set for a September 16th release. Here are the official special features for each release:

Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Blu-ray Special Features:

New! Who You Gonna Call: A Ghostbusters Retrospective – Roundtable Discussion with Director Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd (Part 1) New! »

- Derek Anderson

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Sigourney Weaver Doesn’t Want To Be An ‘Expendabelle’

21 August 2014 2:45 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Easily one, if not the most iconic action heroine to grace the silver screen (sorry, Linda), it seems that Sigourney Weaver isn’t in a hurry to return to her action roots. When the first The Expendables film was announced people weren’t overly thrilled with the idea however once they saw how much fun the film was they soon changed their minds. The success led to two sequels and whilst the most recent film struggled at the box office (probably not helped by the family friendly 12A rating) it was still lovely to see all the big action heroes share screen time.

An all-female spin-off was announced a long time ago and is slowly heading for production next year the project has lost one of its most wanted actresses. Sigourney Weaver found herself the figurehead icon for the strong action heroine after James Cameron got his hands on her »

- Kat Smith

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Thursday, August 28 Is “National Ghostbusters Day”

20 August 2014 12:56 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Who you gonna call?  On Thursday, August 28, 2014, grab your Proton Pack and hop in your Ecto-1 for National Ghostbusters Day!

Celebrate the 30th anniversary theatrical re-release of the blockbuster classic with your fellow Ghostbusters, but beware of Slimers and menacing marshmallow men.

The original 1984 film has been restored and remastered in 4K and will be returning to the big screen from Sony Pictures Entertainment, in over 700 locations in the United States and Canada, for a limited engagement starting August 29 (Labor Day weekend).

Take a Ghostbusters selfie in your Ghostbusters gear, with your favorite Ghostbusters products, etc. using the hashtag #GB30 and post on your social media handles. They are going for the world record for the largest number of Ghostbusters selfies.

Following the theatrical release of the film, on September 16, fans will be able to own the Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray and the Ghostbusters II 25th Anniversary Edition, »

- Michelle McCue

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I Ain't 'Fraid of No New Ghostbusters Trailer

20 August 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Ghostbusters is on its way back to theatres and coming home completely remastered, and right now we have a look at a new sizzle trailer to help commemorate the wondrous piece of exctoplasm-soaked celluloid!

About Ghostbusters' 30th Anniversary

Sony Pictures Entertainment will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its blockbuster franchise Ghostbusters with a series of special events and home entertainment releases.

As a highlight of the celebration, the original 1984 film has been restored and remastered in 4K and will be returning to the big screen, in over 700 locations in the United States and Canada, for a limited engagement starting August 29 (Labor Day weekend).

Commenting on the announcement, Rory Bruer, President, Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures, said, “Ghostbusters is still one of our studio’s most beloved franchises – I was lucky enough to work on the release of the film on its first run so it’s a real thrill »

- Steve Barton

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August 19th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Only Lovers Left Alive, Leviathan, The Sacrament

18 August 2014 6:11 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

For the third week of August, there are a handful of great horror and sci-fi titles being released this week on DVD and Blu-ray including Jim Jarmusch’s stunning vampire love story Only Lovers Left Alive, Ti West’s The Sacrament, Scream Factory’s high definition release of Leviathan and much more.

Spotlight Titles:

Only Lovers Left Alive (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Blu-ray & DVD)

The tale of two fragile and sensitive vampires, Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton), who have been lovers for centuries. Both are cultured intellectuals with an all-embracing passion for music, literature and science, who have evolved to a level where they no longer kill for sustenance, but still retain their innate wildness. Their love story has endured several centuries but their debauched idyll is threatened by the uninvited arrival of Eve’s carefree little sister Ava (Mia Wasikowska) who hasn’t yet learned to tame her wilder instincts. »

- Heather Wixson

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Growing Up Geek: How Aliens Changed My Life

18 August 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

I think your first R-rated movie in a movie theater is almost a rite of passage for any movie geek. At least it was for me. Seeing an R-rated movie was kind of a big deal as a kid, as I was always told I couldn't see them. I was 8 years old when I saw my first R-rated film, and it opened up a floodgate of awesomeness! 

When I first saw the trailer for James Cameron's Aliens I knew I had to see that film. It was the first trailer I ever saw that gave me goosebumps and got me really, genuinely excited about seeing a movie. My heart sank when I found out it was rated R because I didn't think there was any way in hell that my parents were going to let me see it. 

Of course I begged them to let me go! I was »

- Joey Paur

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Meet This Month's "Smackdown" Panelists

18 August 2014 6:30 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

The Supporting Actress Smackdown of '89 arrives on Sunday August 31st, two weeks from now. We'll be celebrating 1989 here and there until then as "the year of the month". You need to get your votes in, too, (instructions at the end of the post). If you've wandered in from elsewhere and are like, "What's a Smackdown?," here's how it started and here's last month's entry on 1973 with its companion podcast. The year in question this time is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

no, these ladies are not the panelists

The Smackdown Panel for August

Without further ado let's meet the voices who will be watching and discussing the '89 hits Steel Magnolias and Parenthood. They'll also be sounding off on the Oscar-winning bio My Left Foot and the underseen actressy curio Enemies: A Love Story. Stay tuned.

new panelists

Kevin B Lee

Kevin B. Lee is a filmmaker, film critic and »

- NATHANIEL R

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Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988) review

17 August 2014 8:42 PM, PDT | MoreHorror | See recent MoreHorror news »

Reviewed by Grace Fontaine, MoreHorror.com

Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)

Director: Tony Randel

Writers: Clive Barker (story), Peter Atkins (screenplay)

Starring: Clare Higgins as Julia Cotton

Ashley Laurence as Kirsty Cotton

Kenneth Cranham as Dr. Philip Channard/Channard Cenobite

William Hope as Kyle MacRae

Imogen Boorman as Tiffany

Doug Bradley as Pinhead/Captain Elliot Spencer

Nicholas Vince as Chatterer/Chatterer II

Simon Bamford as Butterball Cenobite

Barbie Wilde as Female Cenobite

Sean Chapman as Frank Cotton

Hellbound: Hellraiser II could have been an unquestionably inferior sequel to the amazing first film if it had been placed into the hands of a director who had a conflicting visionary approach to material that had been strongly established by Clive Barker, but wouldn’t you know it, director Tony Randel delivers one of those few follow ups that manages to stand on its own merits and follow suit to its predecessor.

After the unusual »

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'Edge of Tomorrow' Blu-ray and DVD Releases October 9th

14 August 2014 2:03 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Live, Die, Repeat when Edge of Tomorrow arrives onto Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on October 7 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Directed by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Mr. and Mrs. Smith), Edge of Tomorrow stars Oscar nominee Tom Cruise (Born on the 4th of July, Jerry Maguire, Magnolia) and Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada, The Adjustment Bureau).

Warner Bros. Pictures' and Village Roadshow Pictures' sci-fi thriller Edge of Tomorrow was directed by Liman from a screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie and Jez Butterworth & Jez Butterworth, and based on the novel entitled "All You Need is Kill" by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. Edge of Tomorrow is the first motion picture to be shot at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden.

Edge of Tomorrow was produced by Erwin Stoff, Tom Lassally, Jeffrey Silver, Gregory Jacobs and Jason Hoffs, alongside executive producers Doug Liman, Dave Bartis, Joby Harold, Hidemi Fukuhara and Bruce Berman, »

- MovieWeb

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