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Frog Dreaming: a strange and wonderful should-be Australian classic

Starring Et’s Henry Thomas, this is magical, smartly crafted B-grade 80s nostalgia, if you look past the casual racism

Tucked away in the shadowy annals of Sbs On Demand, along with all the stuff you used to discover on the channel at 2am on a sleepless night, is a strange and rather wonderful should-be Australian classic: a children’s adventure film from 1986 called Frog Dreaming.

Frog Dreaming (variously retitled The Quest and The Go Kids for the world market) plays like a lost tradition of politically incorrect kids’ cinema. Its boy hero is a 15-year-old American called Cody (played by Henry Thomas, the star of Et) who lives in an idyllic Australian valley town. A boy MacGyver equipped with an extensive bank of practical knowledge, Cody is resourceful, unsurprised by anything and ready for everything. One dull day, he takes his two buddies, Wendy and Jane, to venture into Devil’s Knob national park,
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September 20th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Beware! The Blob, Labyrinth 30th Anniversary Edition

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The third week of September has a lot of fantastic horror and sci-fi home entertainment offerings coming our way, including an incredible pair of Criterion Blu-ray releases—Cat People (1942) and Blood Simple—as well as the 30th Anniversary Edition of Labyrinth and the Special Edition of Brian Trenchard-Smith’s Dead End Drive-In. Other notable titles being released on September 20th include the horror doc The Blackout Experiments (which premiered earlier this year at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival), Sacrifice, The Rift (1990), Beware! The Blob, and a Blu-ray set featuring all kinds of Twin Peaks goodness.

Beware! The Blob (Kino Lorber, Blu-ray & DVD)

Newly Re-mastered in HD! The Blob returns... more outrageous than ever in this 1972 sequel to the popular sci-fi classic! Plenty of familiar faces, including Robert Walker Jr. (Ensign Pulver), Larry Hagman (Dallas), Sid Haig (Busting), Burgess Meredith (Rocky), Dick Van Patten (Eight is Enough), Godfrey Cambridge
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Turkey Shoot (1982)

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Dystopia! What a place to be. Well, except when people are mulched to feed an over populated society (Soylent Green) or killed at the age of 30 to control it (Logan’s Run); and in the case of Turkey Shoot (1982), hunted for sport by society’s elite. Come to think of it, Dystopia is kind of a bummer.

Released in its native Australia in October, Turkey Shoot wouldn’t see the light of day in the U.S. until September of ’83 under the title Escape 2000. Both titles work; the former playing into the more lurid elements, while the latter highlights the cut rate sci-fi angle. And it’s the swirling combination of the two that gives this sucker its punch. Turkey Shoot is A class exploitation with a down under smile.

Travel with me to the near future of 1995. (The “near future”, in filmmaking terms, means the viewer is treated
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Watch John Cusack take a dangerous joy ride in Drive Hard trailer

Watch John Cusack take a dangerous joy ride in Drive Hard trailer
John Cusack takes Thomas Jane on a dangerous joy ride in the trailer for Drive Hard.

Jane is a driving instructor in the new action comedy film, and soon finds his instruction vehicle hijacked by an armed thief.

John Cusack, Adrien Brody join Jackie Chan's Dragon Blade

The duo then go on the run from the police, putting trust in one another as their only chance for survival.

Drive Hard was shot on location along Queensland, Australia's Gold Coast.

Brian Trenchard-Smith - whose long career has included directing cult classics BMX Bandits and The Quest - has overseen the new movie.

Drive Hard opens on October 3 in the Us. A UK release has not been set.
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Vale Everett De Roche

Prolific screenwriter Everett De Roche, who died in Melbourne yesterday, was one of the instigators of the Ozploitation genre movement of the 1970s and 80s.

The Us-born writer, who migrated to Australia with his wife in 1968, was 67. He had battled with cancer for three years. He started as an in-house writer for Crawfords for four years in the 1970s, penning episodes of Homicide, Division 4, Ryan and Matlock Police.

His first feature screenplay was Colin Eggleston.s Long Weekend in 1978. Among his film credits were Richard Franklin.s Patrick (1978), Simon Wincer.s Harlequin (1980), Franklin.s Roadgames (1981), David Hemmings. Race to the Yankee Zephyr (1981), Russell Mulcahy.s Razorback (1984) and Franklin.s Visitors (2003).

In 2008 he and director Jamie Blanks collaborated on a remake of Long Weekend, for which he added two characters, a baby dugong and several scenes. "The basic environmental message works as well today as it did in 1978," he said.
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Trenchard Smith to direct Weekend Warriors

Trenchard Smith to direct Weekend Warriors
Brian Trenchard Smith will direct Australian action film Weekend Warriors.

The Spice Factory, Hannay Productions/Vincero Productions and Stealth Australia are on board to produce.

Stealth is handling sales.

Trevor Howis writes the script, about an army reserves officer who is disgraced and plots his revenge on his psychopathic former mentor.

The writer is Dhp head of development Trevor Howis. The producers are Michael Cowan, Jason Piette, David Hannay, and Trevor Howis.

Casting is underway with Maura Fay Casting.

Trenchard Smith’s credits include The Man From Hong Kong, Dead End Drive-In and The Quest.
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ABC 2013-2014 Schedule Full Preview With Trailers

At ABC‘s upfront, there were a few things that the network wanted to make sure you knew. 1) They are really impressed with the idea that people are going to watch Rebel Wilson do just about anything, and 2) There isn’t anything they’re happier about than bringing you more episodes of television created by Shonda Rhimes.

On these notes, the network would love for you to know that more Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal are coming your way. These, ABC would like to impress upon you (as advertisers) are really good shows. Because… hellllooo… so many people watch them that we’re bringing them back. But wait, don’t think that you’re as excited as you can get yet, because if those are your favorite shows, then we have a new one for you to fall in love with, Betrayal.

Also on the agenda, and actually looking like they might be interesting,
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Analog Terrors: A Post-Mortem of Lunchmeat 7

Issue #7 of Lunchmeat is now on sale via The Meat Market, and rather than do a typical review, we thought we'd post this post-mortem and include a look at a few pages from it. Check it out!

Hey, all you tape-heads out there riding the digital waves—Lunchmeat 7 has hit the savage streets featuring more “Blood! Terror! Babes! Monsters!” With its glossy slick and sick four-color cover and rock 'n roll junk zine interior, editor-in-chief Josh Schafer has concocted another delightful collection of analog things from genres past, forever exploring the landscape of the ravenous revival of VHS.

This issue is filled with reviews of flicks not available yet on DVD or Blu-ray, highlights of which include Tombstone Territory, The Shout, Madhouse Mansion, and Project Nightmare, none of which I remember ever renting in my VHS youth at Video Video or Video Magic in Old Bridge, NJ. But that’s
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DVD Release: Absolute Deception

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 4, 2013

Price: DVD $22.99

Studio: Sony

Cuba Gooding Jr. (The Hit List) continues his string of starring roles in straight-to-dvd action thriller films with his latest, 2013′s Absolute Deception.

When FBI Agent John Nelson’s (Gooding Jr.) key informant, Miles, is abducted and shot, all that’s left is a severed finger. In order to find a new lead, Nelson travels to New York City to learn what he can from Miles’ widow, Rebecca Scott (Emmanuelle Vaugier, Hysteria). Traveling to Australia’s Gold Coast, the two soon discover Miles may have been part of an elaborate “Ponzi scheme” to bilk investors—including a vengeful billionaire—out of millions of dollars. As more layers of Miles’ secret life are exposed, can the two stay ahead of the mysterious attackers who will stop at nothing to halt their investigation?

Originally entitled Deception, but craftily altered to the name Absolute Deception
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Rupert Grint: “The Love Life of Ron Weasley”!

October 17th, 2011, 12:19Am– With the upcoming DVD release of Rupert Grint‘s film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 next month, a new featurette has been released on Harry Potter – The Quest. The clip shows Rupert, Emma Watson, David Yates and David Heyman discussing the developements of the relation ship between Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger throughout the films. Emma Watson also remarks: “It was good. He’s a nice kisser.” You can view the entire clip on our Youtube Channel: Also, thanks to Rupert4Fans, we’ve got this nice HQ of Ron and Hermione’s kiss. Continue reading →
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Shark Night 3D review

Snakes On A Plane director David R Ellis turns his attention to the ocean for Shark Knight 3D. Here's Ron's review of this toothsome horror thriller...

The weather’s starting to get a little bit cooler, school is back in session for everyone of school age, and the last official day of summer is probably happening now while you’re reading this. It’s Labor Day weekend here in the States, and that means we get one last good day of summer fun, frolic, grilling out, and spending time with our families and friends before winter comes. For a group of college friends, this Labor Day might be their last.

Sara (Sara Paxton) has graciously invited her college friends Nick (Dustin Milligan), Beth (Katharine McPhee), Blake (Chris Zylka), Maya (Alyssa Diaz), Gordon (Joel David Moore), and Malik (Sinqua Walls) back to her family’s home in the middle of a lake in Louisiana bayou country.
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Ozploitation legend Brian Trenchard-Smith is back with Arctic Blast trailer

Brian Trenchard-Smith is awesome. He's like the Roger Corman of Australia. Escape 2000, Dead End Drive In, Night of the Demons 2, Frog Dreaming and Stunt Rock are just a few of the many kick ass titles in his arsenal of awesome.

Now the ozploitation master has returns with a schlocky made for TV post-apocalyptic flick called Arctic Blast. We reported on it a ways back, but we've got the trailer so it's time for an update.

Synopsis:

When a solar eclipse sends a colossal blast of super chilled air towards the earth, it sets off a catastrophic chain of events that threatens to engulf the world in ice!

Jack Tate is a brilliant yet troubled physicist specializing in Earth Sciences. Complicating his life is a messy divorce from the local medical examiner Emma (Alexandra Davies) and a strained relationship with his teenaged daughter Andrea (Indiana Evans). When Jack learns
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