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Class of 1986: Six Horror & Sci-Fi Movies Released in 1986 That Deserve More Love

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When it comes to horror and sci-fi movies from 1986, there are several milestone titles that always come to mind first: Aliens, The Fly, Blue Velvet, Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives, Manhunter, Poltergeist II: The Other Side, or even Psycho III, just to name a few. But like any great year of cinema, there are always a few underrated gems that get overshadowed along the way and should receive a little extra love. Here are six films from 1986 that I think deserve to be on every genre fan’s radar:

F/X: A movie about a special effects artist who gets mixed up in a government conspiracy, at a time when practical effects were in their heyday? Yes, please. F/X isn’t a film I hear a ton of folks talk about, but it has been on cable a lot lately, which means I’ve spent a few nights revisiting it,
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Review: Evil Bong 420

Let’s be honest here, you’re not exactly expecting Chinatown or Citizen Kane when you sit down to watch a film called Evil Bong 420. Charles Band and his Full Moon Pictures company knows exactly what they want to make and do a hell of a job doing so. I’ve never understood hate towards films like this one, or the Gingerdead Man series. The fact is, what you see on the cover and in the title, is exactly what you end up getting. So with all of that being said, Band’s newest installment into the crossover franchise dealing with the foul mouthed “evil bong” and the murderous (and very horny) Gingerdead Man is exactly what one would expect from Band and the series he got going: a lot of boobs, murder and well,…weed aplenty.

Filled with cameos from characters previously featured in previous installments, Evil Bong 420 deals
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Blu-ray Review: Ghoulies / Ghoulies II

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Though it’s often remembered as one of the many Gremlins rip-offs of the ‘80s, Ghoulies has its origins in 1983 (or a year before Gremlins hit screens), when producer Charles Band and creature effects guru Stan Winston dreamed up a film called Beasties about a bunch of small creatures wreaking havoc on a group of young people. It underwent some changes on the way to the screen: rather than Band directing as originally planned, the film would be helmed by actor Luca Bercovici, who had previously worked for Band on 1982’s Parasite. Stan Winston would not design the creatures, either; those duties fell to John Carl Buechler. And despite what its title might suggest, there wouldn’t end up being very many ghoulies in Ghoulies.

Instead, the 1984 film focuses mainly on a man (Peter Liapis) who inherits a mansion from his father (rocker Richard Des Barres) and ends up conjuring
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August 5th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Oculus, Phantom of the Paradise

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It’s hard to believe that it’s already August, which means fall (and Halloween!) are just right around the corner. To keep all you genre fans busy in the meantime, there are a couple of classic releases coming this week from Scream Factory, as well as Mike Flanagan’s Oculus.

Spotlight Titles:

Oculus (20th Century Fox, Blu-ray & DVD)

Ten years ago, tragedy struck the Russell family, leaving the lives of teenage siblings Tim and Kaylie forever changed when Tim was convicted of the brutal murder of their parents. Now in his 20s, Tim is newly released from protective custody and only wants to move on with his life; but Kaylie, still haunted by that fateful night, is convinced her parents’ deaths were caused by something else altogether: a malevolent supernatural force­­ unleashed through the Lasser Glass, an antique mirror in their childhood home. Determined to prove Tim’s innocence,
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Full Specs on Scream Factory’s ‘Phantom Of The Paradise’ Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray

Scream Factory is just cranking out the classics! Brian De Palma’s cult hit Phantom of the Paradise will be making its American Blu-Ray debut on August 5th and we have all the detailed specs for you down below. While I’m not sure why the second disc isn’t a Blu-Ray, this looks like a great set for fans of the film.

From the Press Release

Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song, Score and Adaptation, as well as a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score – Motion Picture, Phantom of the Paradise is the Faustian tale of Swan, (Paul Williams, who also wrote the acclaimed score) an evil record tycoon who is tormented by the disfigured composer Winslow Leach (William Finley, Sisters) he once wronged. Also starring Jessica Harper (Suspiria, Shock Treatment) and Gerrit Graham (Used Cars, Terrorvision), Phantom of the Paradise is a hilarious send-up
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Scream Factory Belts Out Full Release Details for Phantom of the Paradise Blu-ray

As we learned last year, our friends over at Scream Factory are bringing Brian De Palma's cult classic horror musical Phantom of the Paradise to Blu-ray for the very first time this summer, and on tap for you today are those full release details that you've been waiting for.

From the Press Release

The music made him do it! Phantom of the Paradise, the darkly satirical cult favorite from acclaimed writer and director Brian De Palma (Carrie, Dressed To Kill) will make its American Blu-ray debut as a Collector’s Edition 2-Disc set on August 5th, 2014 from Scream Factory. The new edition of this Academy-Award nominated horror musical classic is packed to the rafters with bonus features, including new interviews with Brian De Palma, Paul Willaims and Tom Burman; new audio commentary with producer Jack Fisk, a new audio commentary with Jessica Harper, Gerrit Graham and the Juicy Fruits (Archie Hahn,
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Full Specs/Release Date Announced For Scream Factory’s Phantom Of The Paradise Bluray!!

Very few musicals hit me the way that Brian De Palma’s 1974 underrated cult classic, Phantom Of The Paradise does. It’s just an absolutely delightful tale of revenge, selling souls and a songstress caught in the middle of it all. Definitely one of my favorite films of all time, you can definitely color me anxious as hell regarding Scream Factory’s announcement today of the full specs and August 5th release date of a brand new collector’s edition Bluray. For the complete info, read on! Long live Death Records!

“The music made him do it! Phantom of the Paradise, the darkly satirical cult favorite from acclaimed writer and director Brian De Palma (Carrie, Dressed To Kill) will make its American Blu-ray debut as a Collector’s Edition 2-Disc set on August 5th, 2014 from Scream Factory. The new edition of this Academy-Award nominated horror musical classic is packed to the rafters with bonus features,
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‘Bad Channels’ DVD Review (88 Films)

Stars: Paul Hipp, Martha Quinn, Aaron Lustig, Charlie Spradling, Ian Patrick Williams | Written by Jackson Barr | Directed by Ted Nicolaou

I’m a bad Full Moon fan. I really am… I can now cross Bad Channels off my list of Full Moon flicks I know of but haven’t seen.

Yet another collaboration between Charles Band and his Subspecies director Ted Nicolaou, Bad Channels tells the story of Dangerous Dan (Hipp) a newly employed DJ at Kdul who is returning to the airwaves after a six month suspension by the FCC for a stunt he pulled while on the air. Covering Dan’s return to the airwaves is Lisa Cummings (Quinn) who doesn’t trust Dan and thinks he’s a hoax. She becomes the butt of his jokes when she spots a UFO landing near the radio station and Dan is quick to laugh until the alien breaks into Kdul.
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7 Movie Theme Songs We Can't Believe Exist

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7 Movie Theme Songs We Can't Believe Exist
The 1980s were an interesting time. You had shoulder pads, Ronald Reagan, big hair, neon everywhere you looked and Don Johnson. We also saw a trend at the local cinema that has never really been replicated in any other decade. We had actual 'theme' songs that accompanied some of our biggest hits throughout this ten-year span of time. In listening to these strange, sometimes beautiful, sometimes awful, sometimes just pure 80s cheese pieces of ear gold, we have to keep in mind that these songs were written by adults. And some became big hits...But most did not. Some are beyond juvenile, and likely written on a napkin during an 80s power lunch as an after thought. These are songs that, had there not been a movie to accompany them, most likely never would have existed. And lets be honest...Some of them shouldn't exist. At all. However, these movies
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Jerry’s Best of Empire International Pictures!!

Hey everyone. I was relaxing last night, enjoying Scream Factory’s great release of Ted Nicolaou’s 1986 monster film Terrorvison, when I thought that it would be fun to go over my five favorite films that Charles Band’s Empire International Pictures had released during their very impressive run. Sure, they went on to form Full Moon after Empire’s end, but I’ve always been more inclined to revisit the Empire days, as I felt like those films were more ambitious and were approached better. So, here they are: My five favorite Empire movies. Read on!

*Not in any particular order*

1.) Stuart Gordon’s Re-animator (1985)

Based on an H.P. Lovecraft story, Stuart Gordon’s Re-animator isn’t just one of the best films made by Empire, it’s one the best movies made by anyone. It’s a perfect blend of humor, gore and everything that Gordon’s films are known for,
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Digital Fury: DVD Essentials for February and March

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Here's a Planet Fury-approved selection of notable genre DVD releases for the months of February and March 2013.

The Blob (1958) Criterion Collection Blu-ray & DVD Available Now

This entertaining low-budget favorite gets some well-deserved respect from the folks at Criterion. A gelatinous creature from outer space begins to devour the inhabitants of a small town. Each time it consumes a new body, it grows bigger. A couple of teens (including the wooden Steve McQueen) attempt to warn the town and save the population from certain blech! Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr. directs the mayhem with a sure hand while Bart Sloane's great special effects still pack a punch. Followed by the bizarre comedy sequel, Son of Blob, in the early ’70s (directed by Larry Hagman!) and a great, underrated remake in 1988 by Chuck Russell.

Special Features:

* New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack

* Two audio commentaries: one by producer Jack H. Harris
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Fright At Home: February 19th’s Blu-ray & DVD Releases

Happy new release day Fright-fans! I’m back with another edition of Fright At Home to give you the lowdown on February 19th’s video releases. This week sees a slew of cult films being upgraded to Blu-ray (The Nest, Night Of The Demons 2), and in some cases making the transition from VHS to debuting on a disc based format for the first time (Terrorvision, The Video Dead, and Prison)! Also hitting today is one of last years’ best horror film (Sinister), and more than a few reissues (The Terminator, The Monster Squad, The Running Man, and Highlander 2) making their inevitable double dip.

Fright At Home: February 19th’s Blu-ray & DVD Releases

TerrorVision/The Video Dead (Scream Factory – Bd/DVD Combo)

After years of requests, Scream Factory has answered the cry’s of cult fans with a double feature, Bd/DVD combo pack release that comes loaded with bonus features.
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Blu-ray and DVD Release Details for The Video Dead, TerrorVision, and Prison

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In a very short period of time, Scream Factory has become the number one company to watch for cult horror releases. They have new titles planned every month and, in February, we’ll see the release of TerrorVision, The Video Dead, and Prison. We covered the initial announcement and we’re back with details on the presentation, bonus features, and cover artwork:

“Scream Factory™ invites loyal fans and collectors to embark on a journey filled with thrills, chills and 80s high-camp spills when Prison (starring Viggo Mortensen in an early career role) and a double feature presentation of Terrorvision and The Video Dead debut on home entertainment shelves everywhere on February 19, 2013. Prison Collector’s Edition and Terrorvision/ The Video Dead Double Feature are presented in Two Blu-ray + DVD combo packs. Each boasts original theatrical key art, anamorphic widescreen movie presentation and exciting bonus content.

Available for the first time on Blu-ray and DVD,
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Scream Factory reveal artwork & extras for ‘Prison’ and ‘Terrorvision/Video Dead’

Scream Factory have announced, via their Facebook page, the extras on the upcoming collector’s edition Blu-ray & DVD combos of Prison and the double feature Bd & DVD combo pairing of Terrorvision and The Video Dead – both of which are coming soon on February 19th 2013.

Prison:

Commentary with Director Renny Harlin Hard Time: The Making of “Prison” – An all-new retrospective with Director Renny Harlin, Producer Irwin Yablans, Screenwriter C. Courtney Joyner, Actor Tom Everett, Stunt Coordinator Kane Hodder, Special Makeup Effects Creator John Carl Buechler, Executive Producer Charles Band, Composer Richard Band, Production Designer Philip Duffin, and Production Assistant Patrick Denver U.S. Theatrical Trailer, Poster & Still Gallery and Original First-Draft Screenplay (Pdf format)

Terrorvision:

Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Ted Nicolaou and Stars Diane Franklin and Jon Gries Monsters on Demand: The Making of “Terrorvision” – An all-new retrospective with Writer/Director Ted Nicolaou, Stars Gerrit Graham, Mary Woronov,
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Prison Finds A Home With Scream Factory!

Before Renny Harlin further transformed Freddy Krueger into a wise cracking anti-hero with the MTV-toned A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, he came to America to make a horror film for Empire Pictures (one of my favorite, now defunct, studios’ who brought us Terrorvision, Re-Animator, and Dolls to name a few) titled Prison. It stars a then up-and-coming Viggo Mortensen, features some truly gnarly FX work from makeup wizard John Carl Buechler, and has a memorable appearance by Kane Hodder!

This film has long been barred from receiving any sort of release outside the VHS realm (I still own my New World tape!); until now! Scream Factory is set to give Prison a home video resurgence next year onto a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray & DVD! Fans of Empire Pictures’ output (like myself) should rejoice, especially since Scream Factory is bringing From Beyond and Terrorvision to Blu-ray next year as well.
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B-Sides: Filmed in TerrorVision

Warning: If you listen to this B-Sides, it will be stuck in your head for the rest of the day. You will find yourself humming it. You will hear it in your sleep. It will echo around in your brain non-stop. You will experience TerrorVision.

Back in the 1980’s, before 90% of his productions were built specifically around pint-sized puppet killers or killer puppet-sized critters primarily designed to sell models, replicas, and action figures of later on, Charles Band wrote, directed, and executive produced some pretty inventive b-movies that even with their low budgets look like big budget special effects blockbusters compared to most of his modern output.

Such a movie was Ted Nicolau’s TerrorVision. Produced by Band’s Empire Pictures and starring Diane Franklin, Mary Woronov, and Gerrit Graham, the sci-fi horror comedy got in on this burgeoning new technology of the time called satellite television by crafting a
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Full Moon Film Festival Heads To New Jersey This Saturday

This past April we had the opportunity to chat with writer/director/producer and all-around entertaining guy Charles Band (read it here) about his latest project Evil Bong 3D: The Wrath of Bong and how he was taking the film on the road to share with fans in selected cities.

Well, if you’re living in the New Jersey area, Band has cooked up a day-long event for fans this Saturday, May 14th, which includes the East Coast premiere of the flick, a 25th anniversary screening of From Beyond which will be introduced by Barbara Crampton, a Puppetmaster 2 20th anniversary screening introduced by star and Full Moon Scream Queen Charlie Spradling, a performance by Charles Band’s Full Moon Roadshow, and more.

Read on for more details from the official press release to find out more about the event and how to score your tickets to the Full Moon Film Festival.
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Great Fake Trailers for B-Movies That Never Existed

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Filed under: Trailers and Clips, Movie News, The Twilight Saga, Horror, Sci-Fi, Cinematical

Faux movie trailers are nothing new, but when a series comes along that is well-crafted, amusing and made by a special effects makeup artist with over 50 titles to his credit ... well, you can't help but stand up and take notice. FX veteran Michael Deak -- who has done a bit of acting too -- has worked on recent films like 'Tron: Legacy' and 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,' but he's also made his mark on some 80's goodies like the VHS B-horror favorite 'TerrorVision' and the beasties bonanza, 'Ghoulies II.' Horror fans will have also seen his work on the Showtime 'Masters of Horror' series. In other words, this guy knows his stuff.

Deak can't seem to stay away from creature features in his off time. His pet project is the creation of these awesome,
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Great Fake Trailers for B-Movies That Never Existed

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Great Fake Trailers for B-Movies That Never Existed
Filed under: Trailers and Clips, Movie News, The Twilight Saga, Horror, Sci-Fi, Cinematical

Faux movie trailers are nothing new, but when a series comes along that is well-crafted, amusing and made by a special effects makeup artist with over 50 titles to his credit ... well, you can't help but stand up and take notice. FX veteran Michael Deak -- who has done a bit of acting too -- has worked on recent films like 'Tron: Legacy' and 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,' but he's also made his mark on some 80's goodies like the VHS B-horror favorite 'TerrorVision' and the beasties bonanza, 'Ghoulies II.' Horror fans will have also seen his work on the Showtime 'Masters of Horror' series. In other words, this guy knows his stuff.

Deak can't seem to stay away from creature features in his off time. His pet project is the creation of these awesome,
See full article at Cinematical »

Fantastic Fest 2008 Filmmaker Guests

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We'll have lots of guests at Fantastic Fest this year, more than ever before. Here are just a few of the many interesting people who'll be joining us this year, in no particular order. We'll continually update our roster so keep an eye on this page.

Filmmakers and Actors

Norihiro Koizumi (Gachi Boy: Wrestling With A Memory)

A young, talented director who is quickly making his mark in the Japanese filmmaking scene. At the tender age of 25, he directed his first major feature-length film, “Midnight Sun.” “Midnight Sun” was not only critically-acclaimed, but became a commercial hit, grossing over 1 billion yen at the Japanese boxoffice. His latest film, “Gachi Boy Wrestling with a Memory,” won the grand prix at the Udine Far East Film Festival.

Nacho Vigalondo (Shorts Program)

Last year at Fantastic Fest noted Spanish director Nacho Vigalondo won the Next Wave competition, later securing domestic distribution for Timecrimes
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