18 items from 2013
I don't know what's going on nowadays, but these podcasts are getting really long. Today's clocks in just under two hours as we talk even more Iron Man 3, look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases, talk about seeing trailers for Man of Steel and The Hangover Part III and some stories from last night's screening of The Great Gatsby. Of course, from there we answer your questions and voicemails, play some games and shuffle off into the sunset. I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. An alternative to that option is a new »
- Brad Brevet
Signifying our society’s maturing from the sarcastic negativity that defined the ’90s, into the cheerily positive attitude toward brand exploitation that is the more modern form of cynicism, remakes are now in the works for 10 titles from American International Pictures—the B-movie studio perhaps best known as one of the top suppliers of terrible films to Mystery Science Theater 3000. Among the first MST3K-mocked Aip movies being readied for updates are The She-Creature, Teenage Caveman, Viking Women And The Sea Serpent, The Undead, and War Of The Colossal Beast, all of which were churned out on the »
For ten years, Mystery Science Theater 3000 gave us the worst movies ever made, and proceeded to riff the living daylights out of them. In doing this, they made these movies bearable to watch, and frequently even made watching these movies an enjoyable experience.
However, some movies were simply so bad that no matter how high quality the riffing, the movie just plain hurt. This article will review those, despite the agony it will bring to my brain, having to remember these movies…
10. The Final Sacrifice (1990)
Summary: This amazing turkey from Canada chronicles the journey of a young boy named Troy McGregor, who begins investigating the death of his father 7 years earlier. Eventually he uncovers a map to a lost city, and somehow that very day a bloodthirsty cult winds up on his front porch. “I know you have the map Troy! I want it!”
As Troy attempts to escape »
- J.D. Westfall
It’s not easy being a 1960’s teen idol, especially when you’re trying to sing a romantic song about the girl you love in a low budget b-movie about a rampaging caveman. Arch Hall, Jr., gives it his all crooning a love song about his lady love, Valerie, even though his lady love was actually named Roxy.
Eegah is a classic of bad cinema whose legacy was fully cemented when it was immortalized on “Mystery Science Theater 3000”. Arch Hall, Sr.’s attempt to turn his son, Arch Hall, Jr., into a matinee idol in this music-filled mix of teenage drama and monster movie may be the source of much ridicule today, but given what a financial hit the $15,000 movie was back in 1962, it’s easy to say they got the real last laugh.
Throughout the film Junior performs romantic numbers about girls named “Vicky” and “Valerie”. That his »
We’re back with the latest edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes release details for Zombie Squash with George Romero, the announcement of a Reaper cast reunion special, release details for Bad Kids Go to Hell, and much more:
Zombie Squash Release Details: “Acw Games released their new game Zombie Squash (Free) today at Amazon as well as on GooglePlay this weekend. The free game stars George A. Romero, the godfather of all zombies and the iconic director of ‘Night of the Living Dead’ who provides the voice of Dr. B.E. Vil. The free game is compatible with over 2,400 Android devices. An HD version for the iPad was recently released on iTunes. The iPhone version is expected to be available on iTunes May 1st, 2013.
Zombie Squash is a world where plants and vegetables like turban squash and »
- Tamika Jones
Shout! Factory has announced that Mystery Science Theater 3000: Xxvii will be available on DVD this summer and includes The Slime People, Rocket Attack USA, Village of the Giants and The Deadly Mantis. Continue reading for a list of bonus features, additional release details, and the cover art:
This summer, throw a mad monster party with motley crew of the Satellite of Love as they celebrate the release of Mystery Science Theater 3000: Xxvii! Available July 23rd from Shout! Factory, this 4-dvd box set is a schlock-tastic Monster Movie Mash featuring four episodes never before available on DVD: The Slime People, Rocket Attack USA, Village of the Giants and The Deadly Mantis.
Also included are all new bonus features, including an introduction by Mary Jo Pehl, an all-new featurette Chasing Rosebud: The Cinematic Life Of William Alland, Life After MST3K: Trace Beaulieu, an interview with Village of the Giants star Joy Harmon, »
- Jonathan James
I realize I’m jeopardizing my Geekcred here, but when I was a kid I never was much of a monster movie fan. After I got past James Whale and Ishirô Honda, it was pretty much “if you’ve seen one slimy green tail, you’ve seen them all.” Of course, this was prior to the proliferation of porno. My pathetically mature attitude kept me away from Marvel’s monster comics prior to Fantastic Four #1 (the first one). That changed with Fin Fang Foom and Strange Tales Annual #1, and it changed with Steve Ditko’s Amazing Adult Fantasy. (Memo to self: define “adult.”) It became impossible to pass up any Jack Kirby or Steve Ditko effort, be it superhero or monster. Hell, I even bought Ditko’s Hogan’s Heroes adaptations. »
- Mike Gold
Chicago – If a “Mount Rushmore” of American film critics was ever considered, one of the men that would be a strong candidate is Leonard Maltin. An influential film essayist, critic and historian since the 1960s, Maltin also wrote the go-to directory for film buffs prior to the internet, “Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide.”
Maltin’s love of film began in his childhood in Teaneck, New Jersey. He turned that love into self publication at the age of 15, distributing “Film Fan Monthly,” a fanzine dedicated to films from the golden age of Hollywood. This publication led to the next phase in his life, which he relates in a story below. The “Leonard Maltin Movie Guide” became the bible for film lovers – again before the internet – solving many a movie dispute and leading to the phrase “let’s look it up in Maltin.”
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
“The poet Tennyson wrote that in spring our fancies lightly turn to thoughts of love. This spring, turn your fancies to the intrepid crew of The Satellite of Love with the latest installment in the Mystery Science Theater 3000 line: Mystery Science Theater 3000: Xxvi. Available March 26th, 2013 from Shout! Factory, this 4-dvd set is a must-have for fans of cult television shows and B-movies alike. Featuring four episodes previously unreleased on DVD: The Magic Sword, Alien From L.A., Danger!! Death Ray and The Mole People; MST3K: Xxvi also includes all new bonus features including a new interview with Alien From L.A. director Albert Pyun, an interview with The Magic Sword director Bert I. Gordon, Life After MST3K: Mike Nelson, »
- Jonathan James
We return with the latest edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes details on graphic novel Graveyard of Empires, the Season 2 premiere of Scott Ian’s Blood and Guts, Cowboys Vs. Vampires distribution news, and much more:
Graveyard of Empires Graphic Novel: “From Alexander the Great’s Macedonian army to Genghis Khan’s Mongol horde to the British Imperial machine of the nineteenth to the Soviet Union to the twenty-first century United States of America, no occupying force has ever been able to control Afghanistan — the very reason it’s known as the Graveyard of Empires. Mark Sable and Paul Azaceta drew upon that history in their Image Comics series Graveyard Of Empires, set in present-day Afghanistan, where American troops are caught in a seemingly unending conflict with the Taliban. That is, until a new enemy enters the field: the undead. »
- Tamika Jones
Amazon constantly rotates their DVD/Blu-ray deals and I've grabbed the best ones and linked them below. Remember, if you spend over $25 you get free shipping and many of the deals change based on inventory so don't wait too long. Over 200 Blu-rays under $10 Over 100 DVDs under $5 Veronica Mars: The Complete First Season $12.99 (79% off) Argo (Blu-ray/DVD Combo+UltraViolet Digital Copy) $14.99 (58% off) Skyfall (Blu-ray/ DVD + Digital Copy) $17.99 (55% off) Kick-Ass (Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy) $7.99 (47% off) Looper (+ UltraViolet Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] $17.99 (50% off) Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy) $10.49 (54% off) ParaNorman (Two-Disc Combo Pack: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) $14.96 (57% off) RoboCop Trilogy [Blu-ray] $17.99 (70% off) Michael Jackson: This Is It [Blu-ray] $5.85 (71% off) Dragon Ball Z Kai Seasons 1-4 on DVD/Blu-ray 57% off Mystery Science Theater 3000 Volumes XVI, Xxiii, Xxiv, and Xxv 59% off Avp: Alien vs. Predator / Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (Unrated Two-Pack) [Blu-ray] $11.99 (70% off) Predator Collection (1 & 2) [Blu-ray] $14.49 (64% off) The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
We spotlighted Titan Comics’ It Came!, an upcoming 1950′s sci-fi B-movie mini series in comic book form. Now we have some interior art from the project from Dan Boultwood.
Fans of Mystery Science Theater 3000 will love this hilarious B-movie romp, a knowing throwback to the heyday of low-budget Sf cinema – in comic book form!
In It Came!, ‘director’ Dan Boultwood has unearthed a lost classic from the forgotten Pinetree Studios.
An enormous alien robot lays waste to the English countryside, annihilating bunting, villages and diagonally-sliced sandwiches alike! Only the pipe-chomping space scientist Dr. Boy Brett and his assistant Doris Night (a lady) stand a chance of stopping it from marching all the way to London – but can they possibly escape the grasp of Grurk and get the might of the British Army on their side?!
Keep your upper lips stiff, your ties immaculately knotted, and your notions of gender »
- Andy Greene
Prepare to exult in the resplendent genre that is 1950′s B-movie Sci-Fi, coming in the form of a 4 issue mini series from Titan Comics. The series comes from Dan Boultwood, and issue #1 is coming August 7th.
If that isn’t enough, read this description: “Fans of Mystery Science Theater 3000 will love this hilarious romp, a knowing throwback to the heyday of low-budget Sci-Fi cinema! Trundling through the 1950s British countryside, unthinkingly misogynistic space scientist, Dr. Boy Brett and the suitably chaperoned Doris Night pop into a quaint village pub for a cheese ploughman’s… But waiting for them outside is a most unwelcome visitor: Grurk, an indestructible, rampaging robot from outer space, on a mission to harvest the British Blitz spirit for energy! Pursuing Grurk in their Morris Minor, will Boy and Doris be able to save the British from a life without stiff upper lippedness, or will Her »
- Andy Greene
It's time for the annual "Bachelor: Women Tell All" reunion special, where the women get to snipe at each other and Bachelor Sean for two whole hours. Get your wine ready and settle in.
But before we can get to any of the drama, Chris Harrison and Sean are ... crashing a "Bachelor" viewing party? With a bunch of 15 year-olds? That's kinda weird. Then they go to a sorority house and approximately 300 girls are crammed in a room watching the show.
Admittedly, that would be kind of fun -- hanging out with your girlfriends and drinking wine and watching "The Bachelor," "Mystery Science Theater 3000"-style. But that's kind of what I feel like we do here every week, readers. *virtual hugs*
And again, before we can get to any actual discussion, we have to relive the season in a video montage that includes roughly 42 shots of shirtless Sean.
The Drama »
Submit your vote for Reviewer of the Year!
Every year, the Classic Horror Film Board recognizes the best in the horror/sci-fi/fantasy realm with the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards. Fans of the genre can vote for their favorites in over thirty categories, and this year, Cinelinx would like to ask you to vote for one of our own, staff writer Victor Medina, as Reviewer of the Year (Category 29)! We've even included the ballot below so you can vote!
Votes must be submitted by copying and pasting the ballot into your personal email, making your choices, including your name, and sending it in. Votes for Reviewer of the Year are write-in only, so you must be sure to include Vic's name yourself under Category 29 when you vote. Pre-filled ballots are not allowed, so we can't do it for you! Remember, you must write in "Victor Medina, Cinelinx.com" yourself. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
We return with the latest edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes details on a new comic series from Titan Comics, a trailer for Wesley Snipes’ Gallowwalkers, and more:
Gallowwalkers Trailer: “A mysterious gunman, Aman (Snipes), is the son of a nun who breaks her covenant with God to ensure his survival. This act brings a curse upon Aman – all those that die by his gun will return. Soon, he is hunted by a gang of his undead former victims, led by the vicious Kansa. Aman enlists Fabulos, a new young warrior, to fight by his side.”
Gallowwalkers was directed by Andrew Goth and stars Wesley Snipes, Tanit Phoenix, Riley Smith, Kevin Howarth, and Patrick Bergin. The movie has been finished for over five years, but Vmi Worldwide recently picked up sales rights to the movie and we should see »
- Tamika Jones
“Movie Houses of Worship” is a regular feature spotlighting our favorite movie theaters around the world, those that are like temples of cinema catering to the most religious-like film geeks. This week, reader Patrick Costello highlights one of his favorite theaters. His comments are those quoted. If you’d like to suggest or submit a place you regularly worship at the altar of cinema, please email our weekend editor. The Colonial Theatre Location: 227 Bridge St. Phoenixville, Pa Opened: 1903, as “The Colonial Opera House” — the first stage show was held September 5th and the first film program shown December 19th. After changing ownership through the decades and then a few years out of commission in the 1990s, it was restored and re-opened on October 1, 1999. No. of screens: 1 Current first-run titles: None, although they are currently showing the Oscar-nominated shorts (including the documentaries, which screen tomorrow night) and screen second-run films like This is Not a Film, which »
- Christopher Campbell
Michael J. Nelson and his team are giving two legendary horrible science-fiction films more screentime than they would've ever had otherwise. Nelson -- along with his former "Mystery Science Theater 3000" cast mates Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett -- are returning "Manos: The Hands of Fate" and "Plan 9 From Outer Space" to theaters in January. And no worries, it will come with all the fun and snark that the team from RiffTrax (what was formed after MST3K was cancelled) can muster. "I'm really excited because it's not every day you get a chance to see the worst movie ever made, and then a week later, see a movie even worse than that," Nelson said in a release. "Truly, you owe it to yourself to see these classics of the genre." Both presentations are encores of screenings already conducted »
18 items from 2013
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