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Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume Xxxix Review

Brad Cook reviews Mystery Science Theater 3000 Volume Xxxix…

MST3K Volume Xxxix is a bittersweet release because it marks the end of an era. Yes, this is Shout! Factory’s final new volume of Mystery Science Theater 3000 episodes. (They’ll keep re-releasing the old Rhino sets, however.) They say on their site that it’s the “almost certainly, probably definitely, maybe unquestionably final collection of never-before-released episodes,” so maybe there’s still some hope of more volumes in the series. Maybe?

Fittingly, this collection includes the show’s final episode, which skewers the 1968 spy film Diabolik, which was produced by Dino de Laurentiis. That one probably would have been worthy of a retrospective featurette, but the subject was understandably pushed aside in favor of Showdown in Eden Prairie: Their Final Experiment (10 minutes), which looks back on the making of the final episode.

The series finale sees Mike and the
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“Pray for Day”: Scream Factory Reveals Full Bonus Features & New Release Date for Hell Night Collector’s Edition Blu-ray / DVD

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After facing off against the demon Pazuzu in The Exorcist, Linda Blair faced off against a vicious murderer that made some horror fans "pray for day" in the 1981 slasher film Hell Night (read our own Scott Drebit's Drive-In Dust Offs on the film here), coming out this January on a Collector's Edition Blu-ray / DVD combo pack from Scream Factory that's brimming with almost four hours of bonus features:

Press Release: One dark night 12 years ago, madman Raymond Garth butchered his wife and children in their mansion before killing himself. Legend has it that one child survived the slaughter and remains hidden in the house as a deformed monster. Years later on pledge night, a group of new fraternity and sorority pledges must spend an evening in this creepy mansion on the anniversary of the killings. But what starts off as a night of innocent pranks and rowdiness soon turns deadly…
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Horror Highlights: MST3K Turkey Day Marathon, Comet TV’s November Programming, The Ninth Passenger, Blood Bound, Occupation, My Neighbors Are Dead Podcast, Live-evil

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Gather the family around the table, count your blessings, eat lots of food, and then maybe check out the MST3K marathon! Also: a look at Comet TV's November programming, Afm screening details for The Ninth Passenger, Blood Bound, and Occupation, My Neighbors are Dead podcast details, and three clips from Live-Evil.

MST3K Turkey Day Marathon Announced: Press Release: "It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without turkey—cinematic turkey, that is! This Thanksgiving, grab a heaping helping of Mexican three-layer dip and pureed giblets and join your fellow MSTies for the beloved traditional Mystery Science Theater 3000 Turkey Day Marathon. Hosted by show creator Joel Hodgson and MST3K stars Felicia Day and Jonah Ray, this year’s marathon features six classic episodes of MST3K never before included in a Shout! Factory Turkey Day Marathon.

Starting at 12 pm Et / 9 am Pt on Thursday, November 23rd, the holiday marathon will showcase six classic MST3K episodes,
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The Magicians: Season Three; Felicia Day Joins Syfy Series

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Felicia Day is heading to Syfy. Nerdist reports the Mystery Science Theater 3000 star has joined season three of The Magicians.Based on the novels by Lev Grossman, the supernatural drama follows the students of Brakebills University, a school for students of magical ability. The cast includes Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Arjun Gupta, Hale Appleton, Summer Bishil, Jade Tailor, and Rick Worthy.Read More…
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Film Review: ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

Film Review: ‘Thor: Ragnarok’
Hey, comicbook fans, it’s another Thor movie, and that can only mean one thing: It’s almost time for another Avengers movie! While you wait, Disney and Marvel Studios hope to loot another half-billion dollars or so from the world’s wallets with this outlandish amuse bouche featuring the God of Thunder and his Abs of Steel, with yet another confusing plot crudely bastardized from Norse mythology in which most of the action takes place on a parallel world you care nothing about.

Like Thor’s two previous solo outings (definite low points in the Marvel oeuvre), this one is pretty much skippable, although it’s not without its pleasures — most notably, the fact that Thor’s not so solo this time around, with cameos/co-starring opportunities for the Hulk, Doctor Strange and a few leftover bits of Tony Stark’s wardrobe (including a retro Duran Duran T-shirt that’s good for a laugh). And while it
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Happy Death Day – Review

There are certain stereotypes and tropes that have existed in the horror genre for decades. In the 80s, the slasher genre made popular the idea of a masked killer stalking a group of teenagers. As often was the case, a “final girl” was left as the killer’s last victim, being forced to do battle and reveal to the audience who has been picking off her friends one by one.

Sure, it’s formulaic, but the concept spawned hundreds of films and continues to inspire modern filmmakers to put their own spin on the sub-genre. Powerhouse production company Blumhouse has hired Christopher Landon (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones) to breathe life into their own clever take on the slasher film with Happy Death Day. Instead of a group of kids each facing their individual demise, you have one girl standing in the place of them all. How, do you ask?
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‘Patton Oswalt: Annihilation’: Trailer For New Stand-Up Special Brings Humor With Hope — Watch

‘Patton Oswalt: Annihilation’: Trailer For New Stand-Up Special Brings Humor With Hope — Watch
Patton Oswalt is coping with a tumultuous year the only way he knows how — through humor. His new hour-long comedy special, “Patton Oswalt: Annihilation,” is set to debut on Netflix October 17. The Emmy-winning comedian will be talking about overcoming grief during what he described, in a March Facebook post, as “easily the most horrific 12 months I’ve had to wade through in my 48 years on the planet.”

According to Entertainment Weekly, the special was filmed at Chicago’s Athenaeum Theatre and will address the devastating loss of his wife, Michelle McNamara, who died suddenly last April. Enjoying Oswalt’s award-winning 2016 special “Talking For Clapping” wasn’t easy for fans of the comedian, considering the news of his wife’s passing hit the day before its release. But a year later, fans can expect closure, hope, and many, many jokes about the president.

Read More:Patton Oswalt Talks Privacy in the Social Media Age,
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‘Patton Oswalt: Annihilation’: Trailer For New Stand-Up Special Brings Humor With Hope — Watch

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‘Patton Oswalt: Annihilation’: Trailer For New Stand-Up Special Brings Humor With Hope — Watch
Patton Oswalt is coping with a tumultuous year the only way he knows how — through humor. His new hour-long comedy special, “Patton Oswalt: Annihilation,” is set to debut on Netflix October 17. The Emmy-winning comedian will be talking about overcoming grief during what he described, in a March Facebook post, as “easily the most horrific 12 months I’ve had to wade through in my 48 years on the planet.”

According to Entertainment Weekly, the special was filmed at Chicago’s Athenaeum Theatre and will address the devastating loss of his wife, Michelle McNamara, who died suddenly last April. Enjoying Oswalt’s award-winning 2016 special “Talking For Clapping” wasn’t easy for fans of the comedian, considering the news of his wife’s passing hit the day before its release. But a year later, fans can expect closure, hope, and many, many jokes about the president.

Read More:Patton Oswalt Talks Privacy in the Social Media Age,
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Decades-lost Ed Wood film screened at Fantastic Fest

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As a noted enthusiastic fan of bad movies, I of course adore Ed Wood films. They're bad in all the ways bad movies should be: bad acting, inexplicable story choices, shoddy sets and effects...the whole nine yards. While Wood is not the worst director ever (not even of his time period, as anyone who ever watched Mystery Science Theater 3000 can attest to), but there's definitely charm to his films. Like The... Read More...
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New Halloween Release Date & Special Features for Dawn Of The Dead (2004) and Land Of The Dead Collector’s Edition Blu-rays

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Earlier this summer, Scream Factory got down with the sickness with they announced new Collector's Edition Blu-rays for the Dawn of the Dead remake and George A. Romero's Land of the Dead. Now they've announced a new Halloween release date for both Blu-rays, as well as a bunch of new bonus features, including interviews with James Gunn, makeup effects artists David Anderson and Heather Langenkamp Anderson (who also played Nancy in the Nightmare on Elm Street movies), actor Ty Burrell (see a tease of that interview here), and much more:

Press Release: This Halloween, get ready for a double dose of zombie apocalypse mayhem and trips to hell! On October 31, 2017, Scream Factory™ is proud to present Dawn Of The Dead Collector’s Edition 2-Disc Blu-ray andGeorge A. Romero’s Land Of The Dead Collector’s Edition2-Disc Blu-ray. These two definitive collector’s editions boast new 2K transfer,
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Drive-In Dust Offs: The Brain That Wouldn’T Die (1962)

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Filmed in 1959 but not released until Aip picked it up in ’62, The Brain That Wouldn’t Die is a weird little treasure that deserved to be saved from the wreckage. It surpasses all yardsticks of measurement such as taste or talent, and instead floats to the surface on sheer strangeness and a stringent commitment to sleaze. Man cannot live on refinement alone.

Released in May after Aip purchased it and thrown to the wolves on a double feature with Invasion of the Star Creatures, The Brain That Wouldn’t Die (Aka The Head That Wouldn’t Die) came and went like the patrons at a Dusk to Dawn bill by the local drive-in. Mass production on the public domain line ensured faded memories and dimmed shocks until Mystery Science Theater 3000 gave it new life. Regardless of how you’ve come to it, Brain still retains the title of best
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Jackals Coming to Blu-ray and DVD This October

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From Kevin Greutert (Saw 3D: The Final Chapter) and Tommy Alastra comes Jackals, starring Johnathon Schaech, Stephen Dorff, and more. After Justin (Ben Sullivan) is taken and brainwashed by a cult known as the Jackals, his family battle the cult in order to bring him home, and you can watch their brutal battle for family when Jackals hits Blu-ray and DVD on October 3rd from Scream Factory:

Press Release: From director Kevin Greutert (Saw 3D: The Final Chapter) and producer Tommy Alastra (Sunset Strip) comes a disturbing vision of a fractured family that will do anything to get the son they love back from the unspeakable evil that has taken control of his mind. A potent blend of the horror, thriller and home-invasion genres, Jackals makes its Blu-ray and DVD debut on October 3rd, 2017 from Scream Factory. The release also includes a commentary with director Kevin Greutert and writer Jared Rivet,
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Silent Night, Deadly Night Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Includes New Cast & Crew Interviews & Billy Chapman Figure from Neca

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As fans of Silent Night, Deadly Night know, you really don't want to end up on Billy Chapman's naughty list, because you'll get something much worse than coal. Initially announced at their Comic-Con panel, Scream Factory has now revealed the full details for their Silent Night, Deadly Night Collector's Edition Blu-ray, which will come out on December 5th with a new 4K scan from the original camera negative, new interviews with the cast and crew, and an eight-inch Billy Chapman figure from Neca:

Press Release: Los Angeles, CA – Community leaders tried to stop the release. The P.T.A. fought to ban it. Now one of the most controversial slasher films of all time, Silent Night, Deadly Night, is back in a new high-definition release! On December 5, 2017, Scream Factory™ will celebrate the horror holiday favorite with a 2-disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray, complete with a transfer restored from the
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The Best Comedies on Netflix, Ranked

The Best Comedies on Netflix, Ranked
Netflix first made a name for itself with dramas such as “House of Cards,” “Hemlock Grove” and “Orange is the New Black” (which, despite its initial insistence to the contrary, was indeed a drama). But comedy wasn’t far behind. The streaming giant first got into the comedy game in 2013 with the “Arrested Development” revival, and by 2015, premiered signature shows like “Master of None” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”

Befitting its desire to offer something for everyone, Netflix has quickly cast a wide comedy net — dark comedy, multi-camera shows shot in front of a studio audience and absurdist humor, among other variations. The best original series from the streaming giant evoke more than just a few chuckles, to be sure. They share insights into the world we all share and offer various perspectives from around the globe. They tell exciting, addictive, and yup, sometimes even alarming stories that will surprise.

But the good ones,
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The Best Comedies on Netflix, Ranked

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The Best Comedies on Netflix, Ranked
Netflix first made a name for itself with dramas such as “House of Cards,” “Hemlock Grove” and “Orange is the New Black” (which, despite its initial insistence to the contrary, was indeed a drama). But comedy wasn’t far behind. The streaming giant first got into the comedy game in 2013 with the “Arrested Development” revival, and by 2015, premiered signature shows like “Master of None” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”

Befitting its desire to offer something for everyone, Netflix has quickly cast a wide comedy net — dark comedy, multi-camera shows shot in front of a studio audience and absurdist humor, among other variations. The best original series from the streaming giant evoke more than just a few chuckles, to be sure. They share insights into the world we all share and offer various perspectives from around the globe. They tell exciting, addictive, and yup, sometimes even alarming stories that will surprise.

But the good ones,
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‘Disjointed,’ ‘Bojack Horseman’ Get Their Own Branded Weed for Netflix Pop-Up

‘Disjointed,’ ‘Bojack Horseman’ Get Their Own Branded Weed for Netflix Pop-Up
As part of a promotion for its upcoming series “Disjointed” — about a woman who lives her dream of opening a marijuana dispensary — Netflix is developing strains of marijuana inspired by ten of its shows.

Due to federal regulations, the strains will not be available for mail-order purchase. Instead, they’ll be for sale at a West Hollywood pop-up shop at Alternative Health Herbal Services this Friday to Sunday. Those with qualifying medical conditions requiring cannabis use (in possession of a medcard), will be able to purchase the branded strains.

According to a press release, “each strain was cultivated with the specific shows in mind, designed to complement each title based on their tone. For example, sillier shows may be more indica dominant, while dramedies will be more sativa dominant to help the more powerful scenes resonate.”

Three of the strains — the Omega Strain, Eve’s Bush, and Rutherford B. Haze — are inspired by “Disjointed,” from
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How I learned to stop worrying and love bad movies

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There are a lot of things I love. Movies, food, sleeping, sex (I assume). But, honestly, nothing beats sitting around with a few friends and some alcohol and watching a really shitty movie together. You’re bonding, hanging out, and having a great time. I mean, there’s a reason that the Mystery Science Theater 3000 formula has been successful for decades now (not just the original nine... Read More...
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Scream Factory Reveals Full List of Blu-ray Special Features for Dan O’Bannon’s The Resurrected

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Several years after unleashing clever zombies in The Return of the Living Dead, Dan O'Bannon turned his attention to H.P. Lovecraft with The Resurrected, coming to Blu-ray on September 12th with a final list of bonus features that have just been revealed by Scream Factory:

Press Release: Loyal fans of visionary writer/director Dan O’Bannon (The Return of the Living Dead) know well the terrifying thriller from his 1991 cult classic The Resurrected, based on the story by H.P. Lovecraft. The film stars John Terry (Zodiac, Full Metal Jacket), Jane Sibbett (Arrival II), Chris Sarandon (Fright Night), Laurie Briscoe (Breaking Point) and Robert Romanus (Fast Times at Ridgemont High). On September 12, 2017,Scream Factory™ Home Entertainment is proud to presentTHE Resurrected on home entertainment shelves. Available for the first time on Blu-ray™, this definitive release features new 2K transfer, interviews and revealing extras. A must-have for movie collectors, horror enthusiasts and loyal fans,
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Cinematic Titanic: The Complete Collection Review

Brad Cook reviews Cinematic Titanic: The Complete Collection…

The end of Mystery Science Theater 3000’s first run didn’t spell the end of riffing on bad movies. Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett continued the tradition with The Film Crew and RiffTrax, and Joel Hodgson, Trace Beaulieu, Frank Coniff, Mary Jo Pehl, and J. Elvis Weinstein created Cinematic Titanic. Shout! Factory was previously involved in The Film Crew, and now they’ve put out all 12 movies riffed by Cinematic Titanic in a new Complete Collection.

Hodgson and his fellow riffers play themselves in Cinematic Titanic. The premise is that a mysterious organization, perhaps a corporation or a military force, has kidnapped them and forced them to riff on bad movies as part of a complicated plan that has something to do with a tear in the “electron scaffolding.” It seems a bit convoluted and unnecessary – I have always
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James Franco’s Parody of the Making of ‘The Room’ Gets Its First Trailer

While there has always been a market for “so bad, they’re good” movies among casual cinephiles – look no further than the multiple iterations of Mystery Science Theater 3000 for proof – few can boast the mainstream popularity of The Room. Tommy Wiseau’s painfully serious melodrama, often cited as “The Godfather of bad movies” is the perfect case study of how not to make a movie. The acting is atrocious, the writing incoherent and the direction an utter travesty. The film was filled with more protracted sex scenes than a 1960’s porno, all of which looked to be just as

James Franco’s Parody of the Making of ‘The Room’ Gets Its First Trailer
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