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Sometimes They Come Back…Again, starring Hilary Swank as a damsel in distress prone to and-then-i-woke-up-and-it-had-all-been-a-dream moments, was bad enough, but anyone seeking proof of how desperate producers are to profit from the King brand need look no further than Carrie The Musical.
Transferred to Broadway at a cost of $8 million (more than Brian De Palma’s 1976 film cost to make), the production was compared to the Hindenburg disaster by critic Frank Rich, who lambasted its “faceless bubble-gum music” and “uninhibited tastelessness.” He had a point. Act II opened with Out For Blood (which was presumably performed ‘unplugged’), a song and dance number about the slaughter of a pig.
The show opened on May 12, 1988, to widespread derision, »
- Ian Watson
This week on Off The Shelf, Ryan is joined by Brian Saur to take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for the week of October 27th, 2015, and chat about some follow-up and home video news.
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Episode Links & Notes Follow-up Apple TV: Which version to buy? Kino Lorber Studio Classics Cartoons Update / Original post Kino: Jacques Rivette’s Out 1 delayed until January Latest Thunderbean update Twilight Time: November Pre-order News Warner Archive Collection: Passage To Marseille Blu-ray Kino Lorber Studio Classics: Gorp, The Purple Plain, Stanley Donen’s Movie Movie Kino: Fantomas Blu-ray Collection Criterion: More Almodovar rumored Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase 2 Shout! Factory: Vincent Price Collection: Volume 3 Hammer Horror: The Warner Years Kickstarter Lobster Films / Buster Keaton Kickstarter New Releases Army Of Darkness The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms Dark Blue Deadly Bees Dr Terror’s House of Horrors Edgar Allan Poe »
- Ryan Gallagher
Hope everyone has their boomsticks ready, as this final week of October is looking to be yet another banner week for genre Blu-ray and DVD releases, highlighted by the anticipated Collector’s Edition set for Sam Raimi’s cult classic Army of Darkness from Scream Factory. The recent thriller, The Gift, is also making its way to multiple formats on October 27th and for those of you fans of The Fifth Element out there, Sony is putting together a nifty Cinema Series release that arrives this Tuesday.
Olive Films is also keeping themselves busy this week with several cult classic releases including Breeders, Sometimes They Come Back, Dr. Terror's House of Horror and Saul Bass’ Phase IV, with Warner Home Video resurrecting several classics in HD as well—The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, Son of Kong, Them! and the Special Effects Collection box set.
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- Heather Wixson
Probably one of the more overlooked Stephen King adaptations has got to be Tom McLoughlin’s Sometimes They Come Back which first aired on network TV in 1991. A film that I don’t think I fully appreciated until I got a little older (and much wiser), this revenge tale is centered around a troubled teacher (Tim Matheson) who is haunted by a gang of greasers who killed his brother and were obliterated in the attack as well, some 27 years after the tragedy. A creepy yet poignant exploration of loss and regret, Sometimes They Come Back is truly a film I think only gets better with time.
For Sometimes They Come Back, Matheson was joined onscreen by a talented ensemble featuring Brooke Adams (Invasion of the Body Snatchers ’78), Robert Rusler (A Nightmare on Elm Street 2), Nicholas Sadler (Twister), William Sanderson (Blade Runner), and Bentley Mitchum (Demonic Toys). Daily Dead recently spoke »
- Heather Wixson
Admit it. A little part of your soul died when you heard Netflix greenlit a 13-episode revival of Full House. Sure, it was all fun, flannel, and Doc Martens when Showtime announced they were bringing back Twin Peaks and Fox agreed to re-open The X-Files. But then Coach got inexplicably thrown back in the game, and Full House was resuscitated as Fuller House, and suddenly you were side-eyeing your television, afraid it was about to morph from a sleek wide-screen into a clunky 1990s Crt.
But don’t despair. Fuller House isn’t a sign TV’s current “golden age” has ended; it’s actually a sign that it’s still thriving. There is such a surplus of good, original television content available from so many sources that it’s nearly impossible for productions to get noticed. It’s understandable that networks are tempted by known commodities that can generate instant buzz. »
- A.R. Wilson
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With sales in excess of 350 million copies, Stephen King is one of the bestselling authors of all time and has seen his work adapted for film, TV and stage more than any other, but to paraphrase a remark made by the man himself, you soon realise that if you don’t keep your sense of humour when it comes to adaptations of his work, you’re done for.
It’s apt that King, who once likened his own popularity to that of a Big Mac and large fries, should occasionally be brought to the screen by directors with the filmmaking instincts of Ronald McDonald. Instead of learning their craft, they just slap something together according to a formula and serve it up to a demographic too undemanding to complain.
- Ian Watson
6 items from 2015
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