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10 (Kind Of) Great Classic Sci-Fi Flicks You May Have Never Heard Of

We know the greats; movies like Metropolis (1927), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Star Wars (1977).

And there are those films which maybe didn’t achieve cinematic greatness, but through their inexhaustible watchability became genre touchstones, lesser classics but classics nonetheless, like The War of the Worlds (1953), Godzilla (1954), Them! (1954), The Time Machine (1960).

In the realm of science fiction cinema, those are the cream (and below that, maybe the half and half). But sci fi is one of those genres which has often too readily leant itself to – not to torture an analogy — producing nonfat dairy substitute.

During the first, great wave of sci fi movies in the 1950s, the target audience was kids and teens. There wasn’t a lot in the way of “serious” sci fi. Most of it was churned out quick and cheap; drive-in fodder, grist for the Saturday matinee mill.

By the early 1960s,
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Before They Were Famous… They Were in The X-Files

Gary Collinson with a selection of star names who made an early 'before they were famous' appearance in The X-Files...

Over the past few months I’ve been revisiting Chris Carter’s classic science fiction TV series The X-Files on DVD and besides jogging my memory as to just how good of a pairing David Duchovny’s Fox Mulder and Gillian Anderson’s Dana Scully made, I’ve found myself surprised at the number of famous faces who’ve cropped up across the series’ nine-season run.

Now I’m not talking about those guest stars who were already firmly established (or pretty much on their way) by the time they made an appearance – the likes of Bruce Campbell (The Evil Dead), Brad Dourif (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest), R. Lee Ermey (Full Metal Jacket), David Faustino (Married… with Children), Terry O’Quinn (The Stepfather), Burt Reynolds (Deliverance), Kurtwood Smith
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FEARnet Presents Trick 'r Treat: 4 Rules; Announces New Acquisitions and Programing Initiatives

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Are you all caught up on the very cool Trick 'r Treat shorts FEARnet has been putting out over the past several months? In honor of the Halloween holiday and the all-day Trick 'r Treat marathon they'll be running on the 31st, the network has released four more new videos entitled Trick 'r Treat: 4 Rules. In addition they've made a huge announcement about FEARnet's slate of Halloween and year-round programing initiatives that are sure to satisfy horror fans' thirst for genre content through 2012.

The four "4 Rules" videos are, unfortunately, not embeddable so you'll need to click here to see them. To help pique your curiosity, here are the rules:

Rule #1 - Wear a Costume. Obey or Beware. You've Been Warned.

Rule #2 - Pass Out Treats. No One Likes Pennies or Floss.

Rule #3 - Don't Ever Blow Out a Jack o'Lantern or He'll Come for You.

Rule #4 - Check Your Candy.
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The 10 finest sewers of B-movie cinema

Sooner or later, all monsters end up hiding in a sewer. Here’s our list of 10 particularly fine B-movie drainage systems…

If you were a hideous monster mutated by toxic waste or radiation, where would you hide? In the warmth of a garden shed? In the car stereo section of Halfords, perhaps? Of course you wouldn’t. Instead, you’d scuttle straight for the nearest sewer, where you can hide safely in the darkness and trickling effluent.

If B-movie cinema is to be believed, the tunnels beneath our streets are positively teeming with all manner of cannibalistic monsters and hideously outsized prehistoric lizards. This list, therefore, is all about the fine sewer systems of B-picture cinema, where some of mankind’s greatest fears lurk…

Them! (1954)

The classic noir thrillers He Walked By Night (1948) and The Third Man (1949) were probably the first movies to set foot in a sewer, but they
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DVD Review - Buried Alive (1990)

Buried Alive, 1990.

Directed by Frank Darabont.

Starring Tim Matheson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, William Atherton and Hoyt Axton.

Synopsis:

A man is left buried alive after a failed murder attempt by his wife and her lover.

Before turning his hand to bringing Stephen King’s material to the big screen with acclaimed adaptations of The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile and The Mist, filmmaker Frank Darabont was earning a living as a screenwriter, churning out scripts for the cult horrors A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, The Blob and The Fly II. He finally stepped behind the camera in 1990 for his first full-length feature, the made-for-television movie Buried Alive, which now comes to DVD in a move that would have tied in nicely with the premiere of the second season of The Walking Dead, if it weren't for Darabont’s controversial departure as showrunner for the award-winning series this past July.
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Doctor Gash's Tip of the Scalpel: A Tribute to Bill Moseley

The Tip of the Scalpel tribute is awarded to individuals who have impressed the genre community with their contributions to the world of horror. Our first honor goes to Bill Moseley.

“The boogeyman is real, and you found him.”

It was those words that transformed our first Tip of the Scalpel recipient, Bill Moseley, from a ‘one-hit wonder’ to an iconic figure in modern horror.

Moseley has been in a number of films, but it’s two roles in particular for which he is recognized here.

He skyrocketed to prominence in the horror community in 1986 with his role as Chop-Top in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. Although moviegoers were standing in line to see Leatherface up to his old tricks again, it was Moseley’s portrayal of Chop-Top which completely stole the show. From the original look of the character with the “Sonny Bono wig,” to his unveiled head wound,
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Have CG monsters ever been frightening?

As the latest crop of invaders in Cowboys & Aliens fail to intimidate, Simon wonders, has a computer-generated monster ever been truly scary?

Walking out of a screening of Cowboys & Aliens, I couldn’t help but think that when the film was a western, it worked, and when it was to do with aliens, it didn’t. One of its faults, to my mind, was that it relied on CG monsters to try and intimidate, scare and interest its audience. And for my money, the computer generated aliens managed to do none of those things.

I’d had a similar reaction this summer to the last act of Super 8, and it got me thinking: has there ever been a point when a CG monster has been scary in any way whatsoever? The closest I could come were some of the dinosaurs in the original Jurassic Park (they weren’t outright terrifying for me,
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5 Films Frank Darabont Should Consider Making Next!

So amidst countless budgetary battles which left him over-worked (as they could not afford a writing staff to help him out) and completely exhausted, Frank Darabont last month shockingly decided to quit as showrunner of AMC’s The Walking Dead and cited his eagerness to get back into full time feature film-making. Much of the success of the terrific zombie show we put down to Darabont’s imagination and willingness to always think with a big screen mindset and although we shed many a tear at his departure just weeks into filming on it’s second season, clearly what is The Walking Dead’s loss is going to be cinema’s gain.

Darabont has been making feature films now for 16 years. His debut, the iconic prison drama The Shawshank Redemption is regularly cited among the very top films of the 1990′s with towering performances from Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins.
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The Small Screen: Frank Darabont Quits As Showrunner On 'The Walking Dead'

Frank Darabont has had a career full of ups and downs. Starting out as a screenwriter (including "The Blob" and "The Fly II"), his directorial debut "The Shawshank Redemption" came and went from theaters quickly, but soon became one of the most beloved films of the 1990s. It took him half-a-decade to follow it up, but it came with another Stephen King prison picture, "The Green Mile," both a critical and commercial hit, despite a three-hour-plus running time. But his next film, "The Majestic," was just the kind of folly we talked about last week, and, while horror dream project…
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25 Best Alien Invasion Movies

With Battle La unleashed on Blu-Ray this week, Falling Skies debuting on UK TV last week and Super 8 due out in three weeks … I decided to gather together my Brains Trust and have a conversation about Alien Invasion Movies. It very quickly became obvious that there are more of them, and a wider variety of them, than you might at first think.

Firstly we found ourselves breaking them down into five sub-genres:

The Small Town Invaders: These invasions begin small in some hick town in the armpit of nowhere and begin to build a bridgehead that way.

The Worldwide Invaders: Often arrive more publicly and aren’t shy about landing on the White House lawn.

The Solo Invader: Arrives by itself, often by accident, but promises to take over the world eventually anyway.

The Friendly Invaders: Means us no harm and generally finds that the sentiment is not reciprocated and,
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Match Cuts: "Dark Star"

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Match Cuts:
In Match Cuts, we examine every available version of a film, and decide once and for all which is the one, definitive cut worth watching. This week, in honor of John Carpenter's new film "The Ward," we're looking at his very first film: "Dark Star."

Editions:

-Original Movie Cut (1974): 68 minutes

-Theatrical Cut (1975): 83 minutes

The Story:

The four-man crew of the spaceship Dark Star is twenty years into their mission to locate and destroy unstable planets that pose a threat to future Earth colonies. The spacemen, led by Lt. Doolittle (Brian Narelle), dump bombs on the unstable planets then blast away at hyperspeed before they explode. Their lives between detonations are boring and tedious; the crew is so disengaged and disinterested in their jobs that they barely notice that Dark Star has been damaged in an asteroid storm, and that the malfunction could have disastrous consequences for their next bombing run.
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Closed for the Season Opens on DVD and VOD in August

One indie flick we've had our eye on for a while now, Closed for the Season, is getting set to hit you in every digital way imaginable (with the exception of Blu-ray), and we've got the details of what to expect when it gets here. Plus we get to run that truly bitchin' poster art!

Look for the flick on DVD, VOD, and Digital Download from Mti Home Video on August 23rd. Special features include a behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted scenes, and trailers.

"Closed for the Season stars Aimee Brooks (Monster Man, The Mangler Reborn, Critters 3), Damian Maffei (the upcoming Joe R. Lansdale’s Mister Weed-Eater, Thomas Jane presents Suckerfish), and Joe Unger (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Leatherface, Broke Sky). Written and directed by Jay Woelfel (Live Evil, the upcoming Season Of Darkness with Richard Hatch, Tim Thomerson, and Tiffany Shepis, Unseen Evil) and produced by Jay Ellison and
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Twitch Poll: The "Worst Horror Remake Ever"

When I say "horror remake," you say "yuck," right? Probably, and in most cases I'd certainly agree. But if we have to muddle through five or six pieces of junk to discover and then savor David Cronenberg's The Fly, John Carpenter's The Thing, and (hell yeah) Chuck Russell's The Blob -- then that's a sacrifice the serious horror fan is prepared to make. It was during a typically geeky conversation with my pal Russell "Rusty" Gordon that a fun idea for a new "Weinberg's List" was born:The "Worst Horror Remake Ever" Poll.The goal of this project is to: A) give the Internet one central master list of all the American horror remakes imaginable, B) ascertain (through the combined power of Twitch & Twitter) which horror...
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MoreHorror Prepares for Texas Frightmare Weekend

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by Gary Berger, MoreHorror.com

Hello my horror brethren…just wanted to let you know I will be headed down to

Dallas, Texas for Texas Frightmare Weekend at the end of this month. I intend on posting a review at the end of each day, with (fingers crossed) video interviews as well.

The line-up of guests looks amazing, here is a little tease:

Cary Elwes (Saw, Saw 3D, The Princess Bride, Hot Shots, Glory, Shadow of the Vampire, etc.)

Shawnee Smith (Saw, Saw II, Saw III, Saw VI, The Blob, The Stand, Carnival of Souls)

Clive Barker (director)

Roger Corman (director)

Angus Scrimm (Phantasm I-IV, Masters of Horror, I Sell the Dead)

Robert England (A Nightmare on Elm St, Galaxy of Terror, Masters of Horror)

Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange, Halloween, Halloween II, Caligula, Time After Time, Cat People, etc.)

Dieter Laser (The Human Centipede)

Tom Six (director The Human Centipede
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Indie Horror Month: Exclusive - Director D. Kerry Prior Talks The Revenant

A few weeks back we posted a couple of cast member interviews from the indie horror flick The Revenant (review here), and we pick up our Indie Horror Month coverage today with an interview with the film’s director, D. Kerry Prior.

Before directing the project in 2008, Prior was well known within the horror world as a visual effects artists who has worked on some of the biggest projects we genre fans have loved for years (Nightmare on Elm Streets 3 & 4, The Lost Boys, The Blob remake, and Bubba Ho-Tep just to name a few). It was about a year before they began filming The Revenant when Prior realized it was time to step up to the director’s plate.

explained Prior. “There was so much going on in the script that it took me years to write. Then, I knew my next move would be to start getting people on
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Chuck Russell shares horror memories

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Chuck Russell shares horror memories
Writer/director Chuck Russell has done the seemingly impossible: He has directed both a sequel (A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors) and a remake (The Blob) that the majority of horror fans seem to love. No doubt it’s the engaging Russell’s background in theater and love for the actors he has worked with that helps give his films that little something extra. Heading back to his hometown of Chicago tonight for a showing of The Blob at Movieside Productions’ Sci Fi Spectacular 5 at the Music Box Theatre (see details here), Russell spoke to Fango about his genre work.
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Horror at the Oscars Part III

Tremors? Nightbreed? Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat? 976-evil? Are all on the list this year. And though there were not huge horror wins in sound editing through screenplays, the Technical Awards never cease to bring out the horror veterans. Notably Tim Drnec who contributed to such VHS classics as Alien Seed, Destroyer, and Prison won for his work on “Spydercam 3D volumetric suspended cable camera technologies.” An award also shared with Ben Britten Smith and Matt Davis who both also worked on Constantine.

But among all the winners, the Academy also honored some great loses in 2010. And though they mentioned some of our heroes, Dennis Hooper (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2), Kevin McCarthy (Invasion of the Body Snatchers) and Dino de Laurentiis (King Kong), they did not mention Zelda Rubinstein or Corey Haim. But we will in this last section and the others lost to us last year.

So farewell fight fans and remember,
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Chi-Town Tix Give Away: Midwest Premier of Rubber plus Meet Mick Garris and Chuck Russell!!!

There are a ton of reasons to attend this event whether you win tix or not.1. Chuck Russell doesn't do conventions. This is a rare opportunity to meet the man who directed The Blob (1988)2. This is the Midwest Premier of Rubber 3. Director/Producer Mick Garris is equally elusive and awfully nice for a guy whose had untold influence on the horor genre in the last ten years. 4. Best lineup movie-wise for this event in years. 5. I'll be there...yes, that's right I Will Be There.  Want to win tix. Email Here. Winners will be notified by email. We've got 3 pair of passes.Masters Of Horror Chuck Russell & Mick Garris To Attend The Sci-fi Spectacular 5! Buy Your Tickets Now & Save!!!Sci-Fi Spectacular 5 March 19, 2011 Music Box Theatre  3733 N. Southport...
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Win a Pair of Passes to the March 19th Sci-Fi Spectacular 5 in Chicago

Dread Central, in conjunction with the folks behind the fifth annual Sci-Fi Spectacular taking place Saturday, March 19th, at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, has three pairs of tickets to the event to give away to a trio of lucky winners!

To enter, send us an E-mail Here including your Full Name And Mailing Address, and we'll leave the winners' names at the box office -- just be sure to bring an ID!

Here are the details of Sci-Fi Spectacular 5:

The fifth year of the fantastic Sci-Fi Spectacular returns this March with special guests Mick Garris (Critters 2, The Stand) and Chuck Russell (The Blob, Nightmare on Elm Street 3) in attendance!

From noon ‘til late. Doors open at 11am.

14 hours of sci-fi/horror films and fun are all wrapped into the Music Box Theatre! Here's the current schedule:

11:30am – Trailer Trash (Vintage Sci-Fi/Horror/Crazy 35mm trailers
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Dahmer vs. Gacy Bringing Their Mayhem to Blu-ray and DVD

Freddy vs. Jason. King Kong vs. Godzilla. Alien vs. Predator. Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus. We've seen many famous fiends square off on film, but will any of those other great all-time match-ups compare to Dahmer vs. Gacy? The world will finally find out when the award-winning (yes, award-winning!) film hits Blu-ray and DVD shelves in May.

The serial killer smackdown produced and directed by Ford Austin from a script by Chris Watson and Andrew Rausch starring Austin as Jeffrey Dahmer and Randal Malone as John Wayne Gacy has already garnered "Outstanding Cast Performance" at the Action on Film International Film Festival in Pasadena, California, and was voted "Audience Choice Award" winner at the Bare Bones Independent Film Fest in Muskogee, Oklahoma.

A secret government lab has been trying to create the ultimate killer using the DNA of infamous killers Jeffrey Dahmer and John Wayne Gacy, but there's one big problem: They've escaped!
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