12 items from 2013
Following our interview with Dale Lloyd of Viva VHS, Paul Risker looks back at his VHS memories....
I class myself as one of the VHS generation, a generation who finds a place to belong here at flickeringmyth.com. Whilst the world is turning Blu, there remains a part of my film obsessed heart - beating at 24 frames per second – that still holds a great affection for VHS.
I can recall the excitement of walking into the video shop as a young boy, and seeing from floor to ceiling the rows of video boxes. Too I remember eying the VHS boxes of films such as Hellraiser and Fright Night and contemplating the terror contained on that video tape, know with hindsight realising that I was anticipating the pleasure I would derive from horror in the not too distant future.
There are those of us who remember a time when we uttered »
- Flickering Myth
It happens every year: a beloved celeb gets left out of the annual Oscars In Memoriam segment. So who ended up getting snubbed this year? Andy Griffith was the most noticeable star not on the list. The actor, who passed away last July, rose to prominence with his role in Elia Kazan's "A Face in the Crowd," along with the television series "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Matlock." Actor Alex Karras also missed out on the memorial tribute. Karras had starred in films including "Blazing Saddles" and "Buffalo '66." Another big omission: Richard Dawson, who, in addition to his hosting duties on "Family Feud," appeared in such films as "The Running Man" and the TV show "Hogan's Heroes." However, as Deadline points out, those three ended up getting honored on the Academy's website, in a gallery paying tribute to those we lost this past year. Granted, there were even more snubs on there, »
- Alex Suskind
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
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. »
- Justin Edwards
Argo For the next few days you're going to be seeing several articles talking about why Argo doesn't "deserve" to win the Oscar for Best Picture. Of course, the people making these arguments don't realize they are more-or-less shouting in the wind. From my perspective, Argo is a perfectly fine film. I enjoyed it, though I did have some issues with the pacing and the over-the-top dramatic ending that I didn't necessarily think fit with the pace of the rest of the film. Does it "deserve" to win Best Picture? Sure, then again, I don't really know what that means. What does a film have to do to "deserve" to win Best Picture and who decides if it's so deserving? What if you liked it and I didn't? Which one of us is "right"? This, my friends, is why I have fun predicting the Oscars, my level of "deserving" only »
- Brad Brevet
Feature Duncan Bowles Feb 4, 2013
High-octane car-crashing sequel Death Race 3: Inferno's out on DVD and Blu-ray. Here's Duncan to share a few of its craziest moments...
Chances are that if you’re reading this, then you’re already a convert to the ways of the Death Race franchise, so what you’ll probably want to know is how the new film, Death Race: Inferno, holds up compared to part two. Thankfully, Inferno is just as much B-movie fun, sticking to the traditional sequel convention of being bigger, louder and considerably more insane.
While Death Race 2 made every effort to build up the new character of Carl ‘Luke’ Lucas (played by Luke Goss), while introducing his own story arc, Inferno centres almost entirely on action and makes absolutely no apologies for it. So what better way to review the film than to highlight the more gloriously bonkers moments that perpetuate the it. »
As it turns out, it wasn't much of a contest after all. Terminator 2: Judgment Day was the clear winner of last week's poll, topping the list of Arnold Schwarzenegger movies with 42% of the votes. The closest challenger was Predator with 16% followed by Total Recall with 13%. The Terminator and True Lies rounded out the top 5. The remaining tallies were mostly predictable although I was a bit surprised to see Kindergarten Cop tied with Commando at #7. Way down at the bottom of the list, Raw Deal failed to receive a single vote. If that doesn't scream out underrated, I don't know what does! Do you agree with these results? 1. Terminator 2: Judgment Day -- 42% 2. Predator -- 16% 3. Total Recall -- 13% 4. The Terminator -- 7% 5. True Lies -- 6% 6. Conan the Barbarian -- 5% 7. Commando -- 3% 7. Kindergarten Cop -- 3% 9. Last Action Hero -- 2% 10. The Running Man -- 1% 10. Twins -- 1% 10. Red Heat -- 1% 13. Raw Deal -- 0%
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Nothing is more exciting than a fight to the death and with the release of Death Race 3: Inferno, on Blu-ray and DVD from 4th February, this has never been truer. Winner of four death races, Carl Lucas (Luke Goss) finds himself just one victory away from earning freedom for himself and his pit crew, but organisers and prison wardens are changing the track and the rules.
To celebrate the release of Death Race 3: Inferno, we look at some other cinematic blood sports that have kept us on the edge of our seats until the very last moment.
6. Death Race 2000 (1975)
The Annual Transcontinental Road Race, is an American coast-to-coast, three-day race run on public roads, where points are scored not just for speed, but for the number of innocent pedestrians struck and killed. Frankenstein (David Carradine) is the most celebrated driver, but secretly plans to end the cruel »
- Simon Gallagher
Although the jury is still out on whether or not Arnold's comeback is a success, in the meantime it seems only appropriate that we reflect back on the highlights of his Hollywood career up to this point. Unlike some action stars, he is far from a one-hit wonder and there are quite a few classics in his back catalog... to the point where choosing a favourite is not as clear cut as you might expect. I still think it's inevitable that this will end up a two or three horse race but hey, don't count out those comedies just yet! So what do you think is Arnie's finest film to date? Cast your vote in this week's poll and then sound off in the comments below. What is the Best Arnold Schwarzenegger Movie? The Terminator Terminator 2: Judgment Day Commando Predator True Lies Total Recall Conan the Barbarian The Running Man »
"What's the number one television show in the whole wide world?”
When discussing my favourite movie from everyone’s favourite Austrian, I’m met with puzzled looks when I say The Running Man. It could easily be argued that The Terminator is Arnie’s best movie and Predator is the most enjoyable in terms of action while Kindergarten Cop is high on the ‘guilty pleasures list’, but The Running Man is a different kind of Arnie movie. It has all the clichés associated with his acting career, but it’s surrounded by a movie that is trying to make a bold statement about TV and the media. It doesn’t really work, but it gives it a good go. »
The 80s were a defining decade for Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Terminator, Predator and Conan all helped to launch his career and make him one of the most recognisable stars in the world. However, there’s one film, one which wasn't anywhere near as ground-breaking as the aforementioned, that is held in the hearts of many Schwarzenegger fans, and for very good reason.
Commando isn’t his best film (Terminator 2: Judgement Day probably gets that accolade), but it’s his most unashamedly entertaining. The ‘plot’, for lack of a better word, begins with John Matrix (yes that is his name) enjoying the wildlife up in his mountain-based home with his daughter. A particular highlight sees them petting a deer. »
Odd List Ryan Lambie Jan 16, 2013
When it comes to action movie heroes, the time doesn't always fit the crime. We look at a few characters who faced wrongful imprisonment...
"Everyone in here is innocent, you know that," Morgan Freeman's character says in The Shawshank Redemption. If a prison were populated with heroes from action movies, that statement would be absolutely true. Looking back over the last quarter century of genre flicks, it soon becomes apparent that if an action protagonist goes to prison, it's usually for a crime he (or she) didn't commit.
This is probably because most action stars don't want to play convicted murderers (a trend bucked by Vin Diesel in Pitch Black), though as the list below proves, there's at least one macho actor who seems to like films which involve being sent to jail in dubious circumstances. What follows isn't an exhaustive list, but it at least illustrates that, »
Last night, Don Cheadle won a Golden Globe for his House of Lies role, and the timing couldn't have been better since season two launched just as the awards show wrapped up, giving fans the perfect post-show celebration destination.
And now that you've seen the season premiere, you've gotta check out my post-mortem with Cheadle and his pregnant co-star Kristen Bell, who rubbed her burgeoning baby bump throughout our chat. Not only did I find out what the future holds for Marty and Jeannie, but Bell shared the secret to reveling in, and concealing, her pregnancy.
Don Cheadle: I do.
Kristen Bell: I do as well. It's not a comparison to season one at all, it's simply that this season is really, really, really good. It's very, very funny and it goes a lot deeper »
12 items from 2013
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