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John Carpenter, cult figure, master of horror, and electro-synth icon, has announced his first tour dates to promote his new album Lost Themes II, it was reported by EW today. Lost Themes II will be released on April 15th, so you'll have something fun to buy with your tax refund.The director of such classic cult and horror films such as Escape From New York, Halloween, The Fog, They Live, In The Mouth Of Madness, Big Trouble In Little China, and The Thing, has delivered the incredibly well-received Lost Themes Ep and is ready to unleash more of his trademark tunes --- not just in digital or physical forms, but Live! Currently, there's just one New York City date in July and some UK dates; check Carpenter's website for these and other upcoming...
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Last year legendary director and composer John Carpenter—along with Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies—unleashed Lost Themes, an album pulsating with synth-infused music that hearkened back to Carpenter's film scores with imaginative modern twists. Wasting no time, the trio will release their follow-up album, Lost Themes II, through Sacred Bones records on April 15th, followed by live performances beginning this summer:
Press Release (via Pressparty): On Halloween 2014, the director and composer John Carpenter introduced the world to the next phase of his career with “Vortex,” the first single from Lost Themes, his first-ever album of non-soundtrack material. In the months that followed, Lost Themes rightfully returned Carpenter to the forefront of the discussion of music and film’s crucial intersection. Carpenter’s foundational primacy and lasting influence on genre score work was both rediscovered and reaffirmed. Lost Themes was also a milemarker in its label’s catalog, »
- Derek Anderson
Some movies aspire to strangeness. Other movies have strangeness thrust upon them.
Saturn 3, released in 1980, was an intensely strange film. But unlike, say, Altered States (also released in 1980) it wasn’t made by a filmmaker with a taste for the oblique or the outre. Unlike Luigi Cozzi’s Contamination (1980 again), Saturn 3 wasn’t a low-budget shocker made in a hurry, but a relatively expensive exercise created by some of the most seasoned filmmakers in the business at that time. (For frame of reference, Saturn 3's budget was broadly the same as Alien’s, released less than one year earlier.)
On the surface, Saturn 3 sounds like a perfectly reasonable recipe for an intense sci-fi horror flick. It’s about a pair »
Viggo Mortensen steals the show as a father whose idealistic way of raising his children comes under attack by the real world
It’s always tricky using a modifier like “fantastic” in a movie’s title, because if the film doesn’t live up to it, the snarky review headlines just sort of write themselves. Sadly for copy editors the world over, Captain Fantastic won’t have that problem. Not only is it wonderful – it is heartfelt, comedic, gorgeous and just the right amount of sad. The sound of sniffling could be heard throughout the theater at Sundance, where it debuted this week.
Ben Cash (Viggo Mortensen) is raising his six children off the grid in rural Washington. They live in a sort of yurt with adjacent tree houses and other buildings, they hunt and farm all of their own food, and they celebrate Noam Chomsky’s birthday like it’s Christmas. »
- Brian Moylan
The Patriots might have gotten knocked out of the NFL playoffs, but quarterback Tom Brady and his supermodel wife Gisele Bündchen are in a good place, a source tells People. Bündchen, 35, posted a supportive Instagram of her husband cuddling their two children Monday after his big loss - but was spotted flying solo to Brazil the next day. Still, the source says the trip doesn't spell trouble for the stars' marriage, explaining that she's on her way back to Boston and had a pre-scheduled "obligation" in her home country. "She probably timed it right after the game thinking they were going to win, »
- Charlotte Triggs and Michele Corriston
Once again, a gifted film maker brings us a new work inspired by the last great global conflict, World War II. And like many other previous films, this is set in the concentration camps, pehraps the most famous of them all, Auschwitz. It is a tale of horror and redemption, sacrifice and suffering. Yes, movie goers have seen countless stories, in documentaries and docu-dramas. So, just what sets this one apart, why has it become the Oscar front-runner for Best Foreign Language Film? For one thing, the movie hails from Hungary, a fresh perspective from a revitalized film community. Plus, the imaginative and innovative way the story is told coupled with an riveting performance at its center accounts for the power reactions to Son Of Saul.
A brief written prologue expalins the function of the Sonderkommando, Jewish prisoners tasked with keeping the camps running smoothly for the Nazi officers. They live »
- Jim Batts
If you’re looking for a show to fill that Sons of Anarchy–size hole in your booze-and-nicotine-saturated heart, Wgn's Outsiders will do the trick. Poised somewhere between Quality TV pretentiousness and a 1970s drive-in picture that might have starred the pre–Smokey and the Bandit Burt Reynolds, it fits the template that fans of genre filmmaking have dubbed “whitesploitation,” recasting the lives of an insulated rural family as a macho melodrama about land and tradition.The Farrells, a clan of about 200 overseen by a matriarch called Lady Ray (Phyllis Somerville), have lived on the fictional Shay Mountain for two centuries, practicing a lifestyle that time forgot (bacchanals, knife skills). They live off the grid, are distrustful of money and guns, and have very little contact with the supposedly civilized world down below, except when they hop onto their all-terrain vehicles and rampage through nearby towns to get supplies they »
- Matt Zoller Seitz
The 32nd president Franklin Delano Roosevelt once said, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." Face your fears with Phobia Fest 2016, kicking off on March 12th in Michigan courtesy of the creators of Detroit Zombie Con, who have just announced new guests and screenings for the event.
Press Release: The team behind Detroit Zombie Con plan a bolder and bloodier return this March with Phobiafest. Phobia is a two day and night horror-themed experience that focuses on all that we fear.
Zombies, Clowns, Serial Killers and more will converge upon Mpi studios in Troy, Michigan Saturday and Sunday, March 12th and 13th for a round-the-clock fright fest. Phobia will feature a film festival with 12 Midwest premieres, live role playing events, special guests, and even a Miss Phobia pageant.
- Tamika Jones
It's one of the great suspense scenes in 50s genre cinema: a woman swims in the clear cool water of an Amazonian lagoon, blissfully unaware of the grotesque creature emerging from the depths beneath her. The score builds to a crescendo as the monster closes in, reaching out with a clawed, webbed hand...
Director Jack Arnold directed some of the best American sci-fi movies of the post-wwii era, and Creature From The Black Lagoon is perhaps his most famous. About a team of scientists investigating the fossilised remains of a strange man-fish hybrid - and discovering the thing still very much alive in the depths of the Amazon - the movie was a sizeable hit for Universal when it came out in early 1954.
The cultural impact »
Because I’m a fan of musical accompaniment in storytelling, I’d recommend hitting play on the track below to accompany your reading.
Hopefully, if you are reading this, you know about our Late Nite Grindhouse program. Late Nite Grindhouse was a crazy idea I had of solely showing horror, cult and genre cinema theatrically at midnight. Being located in St. Louis, Missouri was a tough thing for a film fanatic of genre cinema. I would see theaters in major metropolitan areas like Los Angeles and New York or a college town like Austin, Texas – courtesy of the terrific Alamo Drafthouse – get these great repertory films that would show theatrically. I wanted in on that. I figured, that I would work with a theater that shared the same dream I had of celebrating film. Granted, I wanted to show a specific type of film but I was also wanting to build a community. »
- Andy Triefenbach
Alien invaders behave intelligently before acting really, really stupidly in “The 5th Wave,” a tween-oriented sci-fi adventure that synthesizes “They Live,” “The Hunger Games,” and countless other visitors-from-another-world sagas. Based on the first of Rick Yancey’s series of novels, director J Blakeson’s film opens with young Cassie (Chloë Grace Moretz) running through the forest with a machine gun, finding a convenience store, and killing a suspicious man she suspected was hiding a weapon inside his coat. This marks Cassie as a do-what-you-gotta-do brand of heroine, and sets the stage for her ensuing ordeal combatting a race of extraterrestrials known as “The Others” who — for reasons that are never properly revealed — are bent on taking over Earth. Flashing back to the day before The Others’ arrival, “The 5th Wave” details Cassie’s calm-before-the-storm Ohio high school life, an existence full of partying with her Bff, flirting with football player »
- Nick Schager
John Carpenter celebrated his 68th birthday a few days ago, so it felt like a no-brainer that I should cover one of his films this week. We here at Fsr are big Carpenter fans and have already covered several of his films on Commentary Commentary — Halloween, The Fog, Escape from New York, The Thing, Big Trouble in Little China, They Live — but while those titles are beloved I’m turning this week to one of his less-respected titles that I happen to love. 1987’s Prince of Darkness is a fun mix of gory horror and metaphysical mumbo-jumbo, and while some sketchy acting hurts it the film as a whole is terrifically creepy entertainment. The score is fantastic, the film ends strong, and the cast includes a bevy of Carpenter favorites including Donald Pleasence, Victor Wong, and Dennis Dun. Keep reading to see what I heard on the Prince of Darkness commentary. Prince of Darkness »
- Rob Hunter
Let's begin with a warning: There's a lot of silly dialogue in Colony. Good guys ask bad guys how they "slap on a suit and a smile and dick over their own kind." Teen bullies harass their classmates by warning, "No trading goes on without me getting my beak wet." A moody ex-fbi fugitive hunter, when pressed about his past, mumbles about being "good at finding people." And most regrettably, a black woman running bootleg pharmacies brags about how no one makes good insulin "except old Heloise."If you had high hopes that USA would follow up Mr. Robot with another stirring original drama, don't fret: The pilot's unconvincing script doesn't spell Colony's early doom. Executive producers Carlton Cuse and Ryan Condal have conjured an urban dystopia with promising similarities to genre contemporaries (from District 9 to Fear the Walking Dead) and thematic forebears (They Live, Escape from L.A. »
- Kenny Herzog
After batting the MPAA and ironing out an R rating for his upcoming horror flick entitled 31, Rob Zombie celebrated by taking to Facebook and sharing the film’s official poster.
31 tells the story of five carnies in 1976 kidnapped on the morning of Halloween and held hostage in a remote industrial Hell. While trapped, they are forced to play a violent game called 31. The mission is to survive 12 hours against an endless gang of grease-painted maniacs.
31 premieres at Sundance later this month, and stars Sheri Moon-Zombie (The Devil’s Rejects), Malcolm McDowell (Halloween), Richard Brake (Thor: The Dark World), Elizabeth Dailey (The Powerpuff Girls), Meg Foster (They Live) and former porn star Ginger Lynn.
- Robert Kojder
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