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Underground Film Screening: Austin, September 23, 1966

From the Austin Daily Texan, September 22, 1966

Film-Makers’ Co-Op Shows ‘The Wild One

The Gulf Coast Film-Makers’ Co-Op, an off campus student organization, will inaugurate its Film Factory at 8 p.m., Friday.

Founded to encourage student film-making, Film-Makers’ Co-Op is a result of interest among university students for a place to show and make films. Spokesmen cite the fact that at present there isn’t any University course for the beginning student who wants to make creative films, and of the two courses devoted to film on campus, both are oriented for radio and TV majors.

The Group has received support from the New American Cinema groups on both east and west coasts. Independent film-makers like Bruce Baillie and Robert Nelson from California have provided films for the first program. In New York, Pop Artist Andy Warhol will provide his newest film, “Camp” with Baby Jane Holzer and Jack Smith, for
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Review: "Day 6" (2009) DVD Release From One 7 Movies

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By Todd Garbarini

Varo Venturi's Day 6 is another genre outing that has made its rounds under different titles: Alien Exorcism (U.S.), Alien Encounter (U.K.), 5 Giorni Sulla Terra (Italy), Eirian-Baasasu-Ekusoshituto (Japan), and 6 Days on Earth. Now out on DVD from One 7 Movies, Day 6 introduces a story that is intriguing but tests the audiences' patience by inundating them with so much information that it becomes a bit much to follow. Although spoken (and apparently also dubbed) in English, there are no subtitles, and their absence is heavily felt. In a nutshell, the film is a fair attempt of mixing aliens with evil spirits. Dr. Davide Piso (Massimo Poggio) is a scientist who has dedicated his life's work to the study of alien abductions. You would think that he would have taken notes from Whitley Strieber's 1987 book on the subject, Communion, as he speaks with and studies people who claim to have been abducted.
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Jews in the News: Philippe Mora's 'Three Days n Auschwitz'

Wednesday January 27, 2016 was International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the date the United Nations has chosen to commemorate victims of the Holocaust during World War II. Six million Jews were murdered by Germany's Nazi regime, along with 5 million non-Jews who were also murdered. The anniversary, marked each year since 2005, falls on the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in Poland by the Russian army in 1945. One million people died there.

Film director, Philippe Mora and music legend Eric Clapton have joined forces to co-produce a very personal film – "Three Days in Auschwitz" – which details life and death in the Auschwitz concentration camp.

The official synopsis describes the film as follows:

As a Jew, born the year after the end of World War II, Philippe Mora was a second-generation holocaust survivor who lost eight members of his family at Auschwitz. Unaware for many years about the role his father played in the French Resistance and how his mother had evaded certain death at Auschwitz by one day, Philippe Mora takes us on a personal journey that many holocaust survivors have had to walk to try to come to terms with the scale of inhumanity that the Nazis showed towards the Jews. From Melbourne to Paris and London, Mora traces the people who lived through the horrors of concentration camps and discovers how his own life was very nearly extinct before he was even born.

"Three Days in Auschwitz" is the story of how Mora was eventually driven to visit Auschwitz itself after decades of avoiding this death camp. His message is that while it remains a chapter in our history that must never be forgotten – it should also be remembered that monsters did not carry out Hitler’s instructions for the Final Solution of the Jewish Question, they were ordinary human beings. ‘To ignore this fact’, states Mora, ‘is to allow the next Hitler to arise and commit genocide.’ As well as being a co-producer, Mora’s heartfelt film boasts a score which has been specially composed and performed by Eric Clapton.

The haunting sound of Clapton’s guitar accompanying the train trucks ferrying thousands of Jews into their death on the rail tracks of Auschwitz is unforgettable, according to Mora, who has a long-standing friendship with Clapton that goes back to their days as flatmates around the Kings Road in Chelsea when Mora was a young artist and Clapton about to hit the big time in music. As well as Clapton’s soundtrack, Mora who has directed many films including Communion, Howling II and III, Mad Dog Morgan, has showcased some of his paintings that were inspired by the memories of holocaust survivors and his feelings about the Nazis. ‘Are you a Jew?’ Hitler asks Mickey Mouse in one of Mora’s paintings.

"Three Days in Auschwitz" will be released on DVD and digital by Screenbound Pictures on 9 May 2016, along with special public screenings.
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50 forgotten sci-fi films from the 1990s

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We may remember Independence Day, The Matrix, The Phantom Menace. But what about these forgotten 90s sci-fi films? And are any worth seeing?

Think back to the science fiction cinema of the 1990s, and some of the decade's biggest box-office hits will immediately spring to mind: The Phantom Menace, Jurassic Park, Independence Day, Men In Black, Armageddon and Terminator 2 were all in the top 20 most lucrative films of the era.

But what about the sci-fi films of the 1990s that failed to make even close to the same cultural and financial impact of those big hitters? These are the films this list is devoted to - the flops, the straight-to-video releases, the low-budget and critically-derided. We've picked 50 live-action films that fit these criteria, and dug them up to see whether they're still worth watching in the 21st century.

So here's a mix of everything from hidden classics to forgettable dreck,
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July 14th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include It Follows, Ex MacHina, Howling II

  • DailyDead
July 14th may not have a lot of genre-related titles arriving on DVD and Blu-ray, but the films making their home entertainment debuts this week are a rather stellar bunch nonetheless. For anyone who may have missed two of the best indie films this year in theaters—Ex Machina and It Follows—you’ll have a chance to catch up with both this coming Tuesday.

Scream Factory is also keeping busy this week with their high-def release of Philippe Mora’s cult classic, Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf, and they also have two double feature Blu-rays coming out as well. Severin Films has put together an extensive special edition release of the recent documentary Lost Soul, which follows the troubled production of Richard Stanley’s Island of Doctor Moreau and looks pretty incredible and for all you X-Men fans out there, the Rogue Cut version of Days
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Howling II Blu-ray Clips & Trailer

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Scream Factory's bringing full moon frights to their Summer of Fear Part 2 with tomorrow's Blu-ray release of Howling II. To give Daily Dead readers a look at the film's high-definition upgrade, we have clips and trailers from the upcoming home media release.

Synopsis: "Your Sister Is A Werewolf!

After countless millennia of watching, waiting and stalking, the unholy creatures known as werewolves are poised to inherit the earth. Legendary horror icon Christopher Lee faces off against sexy cult favorite Sybil Danning (Battle Beyond the Stars, Chained Heat, Grindhouse) in this terrifying descent into a world of nightmares that turns out to be all too real!

After newscaster Karen White's shocking on-screen transformation and violent death (in the original The Howling), her brother Ben (Reb Brown, Yor, the Hunter of the Future) is approached by Stefan Crosscoe (Lee), a mysterious man who claims that Karen has, in fact, become a werewolf.
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Contest: Win Howling II on Blu-ray

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Scream Factory's bringing full moon frights to their Summer of Fear Part 2 with next Tuesday's Blu-ray release of Howling II, and we've been provided with three copies to give away to Daily Dead readers.

Synopsis: "Your Sister Is A Werewolf!

After countless millennia of watching, waiting and stalking, the unholy creatures known as werewolves are poised to inherit the earth. Legendary horror icon Christopher Lee faces off against sexy cult favorite Sybil Danning (Battle Beyond the Stars, Chained Heat, Grindhouse) in this terrifying descent into a world of nightmares that turns out to be all too real!

After newscaster Karen White's shocking on-screen transformation and violent death (in the original The Howling), her brother Ben (Reb Brown, Yor, the Hunter of the Future) is approached by Stefan Crosscoe (Lee), a mysterious man who claims that Karen has, in fact, become a werewolf. But this is the least of their worries.
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People Under The Stairs, The Howling II, Dog Soliders and Many More Highlight Scream Factory’s Upcoming Lineup!

Let’s just face it: Scream Factory’s insane amount of releases aren’t about to slow down anytime soon, and well, I think I speak for most horror fans when I say that that’s something to celebrate. Not only are they continually putting out great Bluray releases of older and almost forgotten titles like their Tentacles/Reptilicus, but the Collector’s Editions like the recently announced People Under The Stairs and I, Madman releases are definitely ones to celebrate.

In case you fright fanatics haven’t been paying attention or just haven’t gotten around to checking out some of the oncoming onslaught of titles, here are a few that are quite exciting for us at Icons of Fright. Read on!

June 16th-




It’s angry. It’s hungry. It’s extremely well-armed and it’s descending on a small seaside town to sample the local cuisine!
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Howling II Blu-ray Release Details and Cover Art

  • DailyDead
Scream Factory's bringing full moon frights to their Summer of Fear Part 2 with the Blu-ray release of Howling II, starring Christopher Lee and Sybil Danning. Howling II hits Blu-ray on July 14th and we have release details on the werewolf sequel:

Press Release -- "After countless millennia of watching, waiting and stalking, the unholy creatures known as werewolves are poised to inherit the earth. Legendary horror icon Christopher Lee (The Lord of the Rings, Count Dracula) faces off against sexy cult favorite Sybil Danning (Battle Beyond the Stars, Chained Heat, Grindhouse) in this terrifying descent into a world of nightmares that turns out to be all too real! Fans of the popular Howlings movies rejoice as the long-awaited Blu-ray edition of Howling II hits home entertainment shelves everywhere on July 14, 2015 from Scream Factory™. This high-anticipated release contains extensive bonus content, including all-new interviews with actor Reb Brown, actress Sybil Danning,
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The Nightmare Review [Hot Docs 2015]

Some weird stuff happens when you’re asleep. Just about everyone can attest to that, whether they just half-remember an unusual dream or they’re susceptible to sleepwalking. But The Nightmare points out that for some people, there’s something bad waiting for them in the dark when they go to sleep. A horrible force that makes them fear the very act of lying down to rest.

The unusual nature of sleep paralysis is the subject of this documentary, and as for the movie itself, it’s an unusual way to address the topic. The Nightmare, in essence, is a horror documentary, set-up like a horror movie, shot like a horror movie and delivered like a horror movie. It’s perhaps the most based on a true story “based on a true story” horror ever made.

If The Nightmare breaks the documentary mode, it should be unsurprising, as it comes from Rodney Ascher.
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The top 25 underappreciated films of 1989

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From a crazy early Nic Cage role to a lesser-known film starring Robert De Niro, here's our pick of 25 underappreciated films from 1989...

Ah, 1989. The year the Berlin Wall came down and Yugoslavia won the Eurovision Song Contest. It was also a big year for film, with Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade topping the box office and Batman dominating the summer with its inescapable marketing blitz.

Outside the top 10 highest-grossing list, which included Back To The Future II, Dead Poets Society and Honey I Shrunk The Kids, 1989 also included a plethora of less commonly-appreciated films. Some were big in their native countries but only received a limited release in the Us and UK. Others were poorly received but have since been reassessed as cult items.

From comedies to thrillers, here's our pick of 25 underappreciated films from the end of the 80s...

25. An Innocent Man

Disney, through its Touchstone banner, had high hopes for this thriller,
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Sundance Film Review: ‘The Nightmare’

Sundance Film Review: ‘The Nightmare’
If there are few things less interesting than hearing other people talk about their dreams, then director Rodney Ascher has pulled off something uniquely impressive, if still somewhat overstretched, in “The Nightmare,” an intriguing documentary-horror hybrid centered around the experiences of eight individuals who have suffered from the mysterious phenomenon of sleep paralysis. Mixing talking heads, surreal bedtime re-creations and shamelessly assaultive scare tactics, Ascher’s playful, visually inventive sophomore feature isn’t at the same level as “Room 237,” his brilliant 2012 inquiry into the mystique of Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining.” But it shares with its predecessor a warped affection for eccentric storytellers and a desire to give vivid cinematic form to their darkest imaginings, if that is indeed what they are.

World premiered as a midnight entry at Sundance, “The Nightmare” won’t be any independent distributor’s idea of a commercial dream, but could amass a following
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Syfy developing novel adaptation Hunters with The Walking Dead producer

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Fans of the Alien Hunter novel rejoice, it’s getting a TV version called Hunter with a The Walking Dead producer…

Syfy (Dominion, Helix, formerly Battlestar Galacticia) is looking to invest even more in geeky programming it would seem – news today broke that they’re working on a new series based on the best-selling novel Alien Hunter by Whitley Strieber.

Strieber is a prolific author, whose work has previously been adapted thrice for the big screen – Wolfen, The Hunger and Communion (all in the 1980s) were the resultant films.

The new show will be titled Hunters, and will run for thirteen episodes. Gale Anne Hurd, an executive producer for The Walking Dead, is on board to produce the show, which should premiere in 2016.

The novel centred around a cop disappearing in Philadelphia and the existence of a covert government team hunting for extra-terrestrial terrorists. It will be adapted for screen by HeroesNatalie Chaidez.
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Jews in the News: Totally Absurd!

Philippe Mora, the Australian-u.S. Producer of incredibly Jewish stories which are based on his own family is now showing his film Absolutely Modern on Amazon Instant Video and we think you should tune in. If Sandy Lieberson of Film London says that " Philippe Mora never ceases to surprise, challenge and amuse. He is a one man film industry and satire is his weapon. ” then it’s worth the look.

Philippe is best known in the film world for Brother Can You Spare a Dime (which was produced by Sanford Lieberson and David Puttnam and edited by Jeremy Thomas!) It was a great film, a nostalgic look back at the Great Depression with contemporary archival footage and film clips picturing James Cagney as an American Everyman that Dimension might still have for U.S. Other films he is known for —Mad Dog Morgan (1976),Howling III (1987) and Communion(1989) are just a few on a long, long list of films. Check him out on IMDb or IMDbPro now.

Here are some links to this smart, well reviewed comedy about muses, modernism and the role of sexuality in art as told by the famed art critic Lord Steinway when a football player, 29, confronts Steinway as his long lost son,.

Movie link: Amazon Instant Video

I hope all my film friends don’t ask me to do this, because I am not an advertising agency, but in the case of Philippe (we go back a long way!) I am happy to do this and besides it is a great opportunity to see how modern media can sell using modern technology. Dyi as its best!

And on another note, a documentary film titled Man Made Mora about him is being directed and produced by Alan Goldman and edited by Alex Soler for Blue Plate Productions.

The film is a feature documentary about Artist and Filmmaker Philippe Mora as he takes us on a unique journey into film, art and history, which reveals a tragic family past, but his family's survival and work represents a celebration of life, creativity and art.

Mr. Mora's parents were survivors of the Holocaust and moved to Melbourne, Australia from Paris when he was three years old. In 2010, he was attending a retrospective of his work at the New Horizons Film Festival in Wroclaw. As you probably aware Wroclaw was formerly part of Germany and was known as Breslau prior to the end of World War Two. Before he left for the festival his mother Mirka told him that she remembered his father telling her that his grandfather Max had gotten married there. The archivist said that she would help but needed a couple of days to see what she could find.

Upon his return Philippe was amazed to learn that the archivist had found a lot more than just the marriage certificate. She had unearthed a plethora of Third Reich documents revealing the fate of his great uncle Fritz Morawski, a wealthy businessman and landowner, who had all of his assets and possessions stolen by the Nazis and then, along with his family, he perished in Auschwitz. Mora recently passed the papers over to a lawyer who specializes in these types of claims who stated “this kind of extensive documentation—250 plus items—is extremely unusual because the Nazis destroyed such records.” By searching through the documents Mora has determined that eight of his relatives were murdered at Auschwitz.

Philippe is fascinated by the “banality of evil”, a theme flowing through all of his art and films. Although Mora has made four films about the scourge of Nazism, it is too simplistic to categorize him as a filmmaker obsessed with everything to do with the Third Reich. Mora is constantly turning over the rocks of history searching for answers to his questions. Philippe has examined subjects such as Marilyn Monroe’s mysterious death believing that “many important historical artifacts are just hiding in plain sight.” Why the continual search for answers? Is it because he recently discovered that the Nazis murdered eight of his relatives in Auschwitz, or because his father was an important member of the French resistance? Whatever the reasons, he has a desire to continue to question the past through his art, in an attempt to better understand how history has shaped our current day life. In Man Made Mora we will see Philippe tackle that past directly.

We will document Philippe’s journey back to Poland and Germany to find out what happened to his family and their possessions. The journey will serve as a physical and metaphorical means of structuring the film and will result in an intimate portrayal of the man. The audience will get an account of what happened to his family and witness Philippe sharing his own thoughts about their tragic past.
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B-Sides: That Time Christopher Lee Sang about Booze

You’ve seen him play Dracula and Sherlock Holmes, Sith lords and dark wizards, but have you ever heard Christopher Lee sing... about booze? And doing so in an effort to corrupt an alcoholic superhero into falling off the wagon? While surrounded by sexy back-up dancers and a goblin?

If you can answer yes to all of the above, then you’ve obviously see the 1983 Australian superhero musical comedy The Return of Captain Invincible.

From Philippe Mora, the director of Howling III: The Marsupials, The Beast Within, and Communion, and Steven E. de Souza, the writer of 48 Hours, The Running Man, and Die Hard (who co-wrote with Andrew Gaty), comes a musical comedy starring Alan Arkin as a bumbling alcoholic superhero (you thought Hancock did it first?) lured out of drunken retirement to save the world when his old nemesis Mr. Midnight (Lee) steals a military superweapon.

The Return of Captain Invincible
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The Scream Factory Offers Up Full Details on The Beast Within and Crawlspace Blu-ray Releases!

December brings some more horror-loving holiday joy our way from the Scream Factory as they've just dished the details on two of their upcoming releases: The Beast Within and Crawlspace! Read on!

From the Press Release

Scream Factory invites you to embrace the chills this December with two stalk-and-slash cult horror favorites, Crawlspace and The Beast Within, making their debuts on Blu-ray!

On December 17th, 2013, bring home the Klaus Kinski starring Crawlspace, the story of a demented son of a Nazi surgeon who runs an apartment house for women. His tenants, however, are unaware the house is equipped with secret passageways, hidden rooms and devices for torture and murder!

Also available on December 17th is the terrifying coming of age tale The Beast Within, the story of 18-year-old Michael MacCleary, who experiences growing pains of a most shocking sort!

Available for the first time on Blu-ray, each movie collection boasts original theatrical key art,
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Walking Dead's Hurd Developing "Hunters"

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"The Walking Dead" executive producer Gale Anne Hurd is developing the telemovie "Hunters" for the Syfy channel.

Based on "Communion" author Whitley Strieber's best-selling fictional novel "Alien Hunter," the story follows Pennsylvania detective Flynn Carroll who becomes the prime suspect after his wife mysteriously goes missing.

Determined to prove his innocence and find her, he uncovers evidence that dangerous alien cells are living among us and the U.S. government has a secret organization in place to thwart their efforts.

Natalie Chaidez ("Heroes," "V") will pen the script and executive produce alongside Hurd through her Valhalla Entertainment banner.

Source: The Live Feed
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Australian premiere set for Absolutely Modern

Philippe Mora.s Absolutely Modern, a comedy about Modernism, muses and the role of sexuality in art, will have its Australian premiere on November 30.

The venue will be the National Film and Sound Archive in Canberra, supported by the Jewish Film Foundation of Australia. Mora is in discussions with Australian distributors to set up a commercial cinema release.

The screening continues Mora.s relationship with the Nfsa, to which he donated his one-hour, pop art-inspired version of Shakespeare's Richard III,. described as the world.s first internet movie as it was uploaded and shared online in 1996.

A blend of fact and fiction, Absolutely Modern follows Lord Steinway, the .Method. art critic, as he makes a TV show, The End of Civilization, while he focusses on the famous Australian muse, Sunday Reed, and her ménage a trois with her husband John and young protégé Sidney Nolan.

Under their patronage Nolan produced
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Castle Round Table: "Scared to Death"

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"Scared to Death" brought one of the creepiest killing methods together with some of the funniest scenes of Castle Season 5.

Below, our Castle Round Rable team of Chandel Charles, Jim Garner, and Christine Orlando are joined by Castle fan Amanda from The 12th Fan Forum to ponder who was the biggest scaredy cat at the precinct and which celebrities made our bucket lists.


What was your favorite scene?  

Amanda: I loved the scene at the end where Kate saw Castle's "bucket list" from three years ago and learned that his number one was to be with her. Super sweet and romantic!

Chandel: Probably when Castle initially watched the deadly DVD. His face at the end, upon realizing the consequences was really worth a screenshot.

Jim: I liked Espo backing up Ryan on not watching the DVD. Tried to act all tough, but dude was afraid.

Christine: My favorite
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Review: 'Dark Skies' Is An Effective Alien Abduction Chiller Undone By An Ending That Fails To Deliver On Its Promise

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Alien abduction, the supposedly true phenomena wherein everyday citizens are stolen from their beds, experimented on, and returned, is a truly frightening idea – one whose super-scary possibilities have only really been explored in a handful of movies ("Communion," with Christopher Walken, most famously; the ingeniously structured "Fire In The Sky" most effectively). The ultimate alien abduction movie, something that could do for peaceful nighttime slumbers what "Jaws" did for a day at the beach, has yet to be produced and "Dark Skies," a new sci-fi horror thingee that grafts the alien abduction theme onto what is essentially a loose remake of "Poltergeist," certainly attempts such a feat. And it is pretty scary. Unfortunately, all its hard work is undone by a bewilderingly goofy ending that is roughly the cinematic equivalent of an unwanted anal probe. Just as "Poltergeist" was rooted in the suburban landscape of...
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