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31 Days of Horror: ‘Squirm’ Blu-ray Review

19 October 2013 2:49 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Don Scardino, Patricia Pearcy, R.A. Dow, Jean Sullivan, Peter MacLean, Fran Higgins | Written and Directed by Jeff Lieberman

The 70s was, shall we say, an “interesting” time in cinema. Whilst mainstream Hollywood was churning out some of its most revered movies – The Godafather, The Exorcist, Mean Streets, and pretty much the entire oeuvre of Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola – low-budget cinema and in particular genre movies were exploring very different cultural avenues.

Whilst we had the likes of Night of the Living Dead, which explored soci-cultural issues, using the genre as a metaphor for much bigger “stories”, we also had the birth of the slasher movie boom in John Carpenter’s Halloween. Yet slipped somewhere in between was a strange sub-genre: the nature-run-amok film. Jaws, Piranha, Killer Bees, The Swarm, Grizzly, Day of the Animals, Kingdom of the Spiders, Phase Four, Bug; the animals ran rampant and so did zoological horror… »

- Phil Wheat

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The 25 Greatest Game Shows Ever, In Honor Of The Daytime Emmys

14 June 2013 1:47 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Big bucks, expensive vowels, and a million cackling Whammies.

The Daytime Emmys are this Sunday, and for the first time ever, there’s a gay nominee for Best Game Show Host — the marvelous and frightfully funny Billy Eichner. Wahoo! To celebrate, let’s rank the 25 best game shows of all time. Get out your purse and prepare to buy some vowels, gents.

25. Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?: Sorry Double Dare, but Carmen Sandiego is the greatest kids’ game ever. It made geography cool while highlighting the glamorous felonies of a femme fatale. I wish more TV shows concluded with the entire cast yelling in unison, “Do it, Rockapella!”

24. Let’s Make a Deal: Carol Merrill and Monty Hall could woo you into anything. Though if you’re already wearing a chicken outfit, you probably don’t need much coercing.

23. Sale of the CenturyJim Perry »

- Louis Virtel

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Jeff Lieberman Restores and Reprograms His Remote Control for DVD and Blu-ray

25 March 2013 7:45 AM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

The year was 1987. Kevin Dillon (better known as Johnny Drama from the HBO series "Entourage") was just a pup, and Squirm director Jeff Lieberman would pit him against an alien invasion. Any of this sound familiar? Well, if it doesn't, get ready to rediscover a long lost classic.

Lieberman dropped us a line to let us know that he has personally produced a 25th Anniversary Edition of his Eighties favorite Remote Control, and even cooler? You can order the movie here - Right Now!

The flick also stars Jennifer Tilly, Deborah Goodrich, and Christopher Wynne.


Video store employees Cosmo Diclemente and Georgie go to one customer’s house to drop a video off, only to see the girl’s boyfriend strangling her. They discover that videos of the 1950s science-fiction film ‘Remote Control’ contain subliminal mind-control messages that turn all who view the film into mindless killers. As they investigate further, »

- Uncle Creepy

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