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The Stack: Holiday Gift Guide 2014, Scream Factory Part 4

22 December 2014 | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Welcome back to The Stack. We are finishing up our look at Scream Factory 2014 releases in yet another episode of what has been a mammoth gift giving guide. Lake Placid (1999) is one of those films that reminds me of Lewis Teague's 1980 film Alligator which was written by none other than John Sayles. I like Teagues film better and would sure like to see Scream Factory release an Se of it. But Lake Placid is awfully fun and has an amazing cast featuring Betty White, Oliver Platt, Bill Pullman, and Bridget Fonda. The alligator effects have stood the test of time pretty well too. This slipcased blu-ray has a ton of special features. Finally hitting blu-ray is Ginger Snaps (2000) a movie that really...

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60 Years of Godzilla: A History and Critique of the Greatest Monster Movie Series in Cinema

4 November 2014 3:35 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

**Massive spoilers for every Godzilla movie, with the exception of the 2014 reboot, and Mothra follow**

August 6th and 9th, 1945 forever changed the course of history. When the first nuclear bombs were dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, World War II ended, but a new fear was born that dominated the thoughts of all men, women, and children for decades to come. The Cold War, atomic bomb testing, a cartoon turtle telling children to “duck and cover”, and this new technology that had the actual potential to literally end the world changed the perception of what was scary. Art reflects life, so cinema began to capitalize on these fears. Gone were the days of creepy castles, cobwebs, bats, vampires, werewolves, and the other iconic images that ruled genre cinema in film’s earliest decades. Science fiction was larger than ever and giant ants, giant octopi, terror from beyond the stars, and »

- Max Molinaro

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Take A Dip In "Lake Placid"

13 August 2014 10:34 AM, PDT | | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Stop throwing heads at me!

Finally, after fifteen years of waiting, the Hollywood elites have come to their senses and released a collector's edition of Lake Placid (1999). Written by television's leading light in middle-brown comedy-dramas of the legal variety, David E. Kelley, and directed by that guy who directed other things you might vaguely remember, Steve Miner, this is the crocodile movie we know (possibly) and chuckle through. They scoured the world to bring you the features you'd expect from a collector's edition and more...or at least what was available. So come, come to Maine--not New York--and enjoy the untrembled waters of Black Lake, its charming vistas and campgrounds. But watch your head.



- Jason Ratigan

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Review: Lake Placid (Blu-ray)

19 July 2014 1:51 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Scream Factory is having one helluva summer with a cavalcade of high-definition genre goodies coming our way practically each and every week now. One of their recent titles, Steve Miner’s underrated creature feature comedy Lake Placid, recently arrived on Blu-ray and once again, Scream outdoes themselves with another stellar presentation that is a must-own for horror fans out there.

For those who may be unfamiliar with Miner’s killer croc tale, Lake Placid kicks off with Twinkie-loving Sheriff Hank Keough (Brendan Gleeson) and a Fish and Game officer out on the peaceful waters of Black Lake in Maine when they’re suddenly attacked by an oversized creature. This prompts the area’s Fish and Game Warden (Bill Pullman) to bring in paleontologist Kelly Scott (Bridget Fonda) to determine what kind of underwater beast they’re dealing with. From there, things go from bad to worse once the beast gets more and more aggressive, »

- Heather Wixson

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Stan Winston Week: A Letter from Matt Winston & Details on the Stan Winston School of Character Arts

13 July 2014 12:44 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Even though we lost the legendary Stan Winston over six years ago now, his legacy and passion for the visual arts still lives on through the Stan Winston School of Character Arts, which provides educational resources and tools for aspiring make-up effects artists everywhere.

Stan’s son, Matt Winston, practically grew up in Stan Winston Studios and continues to preserve the vision his father had for the industry and for the incredible work that special effects artists do each and every day. As we wrap up Daily Dead’s first-ever Stan Winston Week celebration, I thought there couldn’t be a better person to discuss how Stan’s vision continues to live on through educating aspiring f/x technicians and artists than Matt, who graciously provided us with a wonderful letter for Daily Dead readers and those interested in the Stan Winston School of Character Arts:

“Whenever anyone asked dad to name his favorite creation, »

- Heather Wixson

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Stan Winston Week: Celebrating Stan Winston’s Legacy with Steve Miner, Howard Berger and Tom Woodruff Jr.

12 July 2014 2:08 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

When I first started working on the Stan Winston Week series, the only real hopes I had were that I would be able to get a few cool interviews with some hugely talented folks for our readers to enjoy and put together a series that was worthy of Winston and his legendary talent and vision. What I didn’t expect was that, throughout the interview process, I’d be privy to so many incredibly touching and personal stories about Winston and how even the littlest things that he did in his career ended up having a huge impact on the special effects industry.

For award-winning special effects artist Howard Berger, the influence Stan would have over his life and career, began at a very early age. “I first met Stan when I was 12-years-old. I was living up in Northridge at the time and I was only about three miles »

- Heather Wixson

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Stan Winston Week: A Look Back at Aliens with Tom Woodruff Jr., Howard Berger & Exclusive Photo Gallery

11 July 2014 2:01 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

A little over seven years after the release of Ridley Scott’s Alien arrived in theaters, James Cameron brought out the big guns (literally) with his action-oriented sequel Aliens, which dominated over the summer of 1986 as it held the number one spot on the box office charts for four weeks straight.

Starring Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, Carrie Henn, Jenette Goldstein, Mark Rolston, and William Hope, Aliens follows Ellen Ripley, the sole (human) survivor of the events of Scott’s original film, and a rag-tag crew of Colonial Marines back to the planet Lv-426 where Ripley and her crew first encountered the deadly alien species after a terraforming colony located there mysteriously goes dark.

The complete antithesis of Scott’s Alien, Cameron’s sequel was a raucous action/sci-fi mash-up that took everything that made the original movie so great and then kicked it up »

- Heather Wixson

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Stan Winston Week: Celebrating The Terminator with Tom Woodruff Jr. & Exclusive Photo Gallery

10 July 2014 1:58 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

On October 26, 1984, James Cameron’s The Terminator stormed into theaters and instantly captured the imaginations of an entire generation of filmgoers who may not have realized the true impact Cameron’s independently-made passion project would continue to have on Hollywood and pop culture for decades to come.

Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn, Paul Winfield and Lance Henriksen, The Terminator was a huge success when it was released, taking the number one spot at the box office for its opening weekend against fellow newcomers, Body Double and Terror in the Aisles. The Terminator also enjoyed a lengthy theatrical stay as well- 12 weeks- which gave the buzz surrounding Cameron’s groundbreaking film plenty of time to continue to spread throughout the Us.

It’s no exaggeration to say that The Terminator changed the landscape of filmmaking and is probably one of the most influential pieces of cinematic sci-fi to have ever been created. »

- Heather Wixson

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Stan Winston Week: A Look Back at Predator with Carl Weathers & Exclusive Photo Gallery

9 July 2014 1:53 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

I’d have to say that 1987 was one of my favorite years to be a young movie fan. Because we didn’t have a ton of money, my mom and I would spend most of our weekends at the drive-in taking in double features of all kinds of now-classic films, which included John McTiernan’s eternally badass Predator.

Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Jesse Ventura, Bill Duke, Shane Black, Sonny Landham and Kevin Peter Hall as the titular intergalactic hunter, Predator opened at number one the weekend of June 12th despite receiving a lackluster response from critics at the time. Predator’s theatrical success would continue for another six weeks, with McTiernan’s genre-bending blockbuster eventually taking in almost $60 million during its run that summer.

Predator’s run wouldn’t end there though- there was also the release of the successful 1990 sequel Predator 2 starring Danny Glover and Gary Busey, »

- Heather Wixson

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Stan Winston Week: Celebrating Leviathan with Ernie Hudson, Tom Woodruff Jr. & Exclusive Photo Gallery

8 July 2014 2:11 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

For the second day of our Stan Winston Week celebration, I wanted to shine the spotlight on another monster movie that I’ve always enjoyed, but it never seemed to get as much love as I thought it should- George P. CosmatosLeviathan. It’s a movie that wasn’t perfect by any means, but it was endlessly entertaining all the same, featuring a top-notch ensemble and tons of wonderfully weird and creepy creature effects created by Winston and his team of artists.

Starring Peter Weller, Richard Crenna, Daniel Stern, Ernie Hudson, Amanda Pays, Hector Elizondo, Meg Foster, Michael Carmine and Lisa Eilbacher, Leviathan was released in theaters everywhere on March 17, 1989 and took a respectable second place for the weekend, right behind Chevy Chase’s Fletch Lives. It only stayed in theaters for a total of three weeks, but still managed to haul in over $15 million during that run, which »

- Heather Wixson

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‘Southern Comfort,’ ‘Red River,’ ‘The Raid 2′ and ‘Maidentrip’ Are the Best New Releases of the Week

8 July 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Welcome back to This Week In Discs! If you see something you like, click on the title to buy it from Amazon. Lake Placid An otherwise quiet lake in New England becomes a hub of bloody activity when a giant crocodile makes itself known by biting a diver in half. The local sheriff (Brendan Gleeson) calls in wildlife officials including Bill Pullman, and the pair are soon joined by academics Bridget Fonda and Oliver Platt. Together they work to capture or kill the beast, but the croc has other ideas. Steve Miner’s film belongs on the same shelf as Tremors as a terrific horror comedy that balances the laughs and the monster mayhem to near perfection. The cast is stellar across the board with spectacularly fun performances from Platt and Gleeson in particular. Betty White’s foul-mouthed turn is still a lot of fun too. The effects, a mix of practical and CGI, work »

- Rob Hunter

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July 8th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Bloody Birthday, Lake Placid, The Raid 2

7 July 2014 5:44 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

This week’s Blu-ray and DVD releases are an eclectic bunch, to say the least. Not only is Steve Miner’s criminally overlooked horror/comedy creature feature Lake Placid swimming its way onto Blu-ray, but Severin Films is also releasing a trio of controversial cult classics- Bloody Moon, The Baby and Bloody Birthday-all  in high definition for the first time ever.

The Time Machine is also getting a Blu-ray release this week, along with Gareth Evans’ stunning action masterpiece The Raid 2 and a handful of indie horror films, including the wickedly entertaining horror musical Stage Fright starring Minnie Driver and Meat Loaf. Overall, it’s a good week to be a genre fan with oddball tastes because there’s a whole lot of wonderfully weird stuff arriving this Tuesday.

Spotlight Titles:

The Baby (Severin Films, Blu-ray)

An A-list director. A jaw-dropping storyline. And depraved depictions of suburban violence, »

- Heather Wixson

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Stan Winston Week: Celebrating Lake Placid with Director Steve Miner & Exclusive Photo Gallery

7 July 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

To kick-off Daily Dead’s Stan Winston Week, I decided to start with Lake Placid, one of my favorite monster movies Stan worked on that I felt never got the attention it truly deserved. Sure, creating a crocodile might sound like an ordinary effects job on paper, but it’s the sheer magnitude of the monstrous croc that is something only legendary effects master Stan Winston could have tackled with such authenticity and dedication.

To honor Lake Placid and Stan’s contributions to the film and the industry as a whole, I recently spoke extensively with the film’s director Steve Miner about his friendship and professional relationship with Winston throughout his career. Miner, the man associated with several other classic genre films like Friday the 13th Parts 1 through 3, House, Warlock, and Halloween: H20 also discussed how Stan was solely responsible for getting Lake Placid financed after creating the monstrous animatronic crocodile. »

- Heather Wixson

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New Blu-ray DVD: 'Bad Grandpa.5,' 'The Raid 2'

7 July 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week

"Jodorowsky's Dune"

What's It About? Cult filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky's vision for a "Dune" movie was beyond remarkable; it was truly epic. Pink Floyd, H. R. Giger, and Mick Jagger were just a few of the names attached to the film - until it imploded. This is a documentary about a sci-fi film that was ahead of its time and the visionary behind it.

Why We're In: Tons of interviews, behind-the-scenes details, storyboards, and more make this a must-see for art house, midnight movie, and film history fiends.

Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week

"Point Blank"

What's It About? Lee Marvin and Angie Dickinson star in this cool crime drama about a thief who's out for revenge on the dude who double-crossed him. Mel Gibson's "Payback" was based on the same novel, "The Hunter" by Donald E. Westlake, but that shouldn't deter you. »

- Jenni Miller

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Starting July 7th: Daily Dead to Celebrate Special Effects Legend with Stan Winston Week!

27 June 2014 5:01 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Growing up, there was one man who brought so many of my favorite cinematic creatures to life and that was legendary special effects master Stan Winston.  For over three decades, Winston was responsible for some of the horror and sci-fi genres most iconic creations and made many of us fans believe in the existence of Aliens, Predators, and Terminators.

Before Daily Dead begins its live coverage of this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, a place where many go to celebrate the ever-evolving world of genre entertainment and its icons, we thought this was the perfect time to stop and pay tribute to Winston, one of the most influential monster makers of all time.

Starting on Monday, July 7th, we will be celebrating Stan Winston Week right here with seven days of exclusive interviews and never-before-seen photos that celebrate Winston’s vision, his legacy in the industry, and put the spotlight »

- Heather Wixson

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Early Roles for the Currently Famous

16 May 2014 3:28 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

There are plenty of lists waxing nostalgic about revisionist history online. Some even border on irritating, know-it-all anecdotes to drop on people at parties. “Speaking of Denzel Washington,” the partygoer will undoubtedly interject during the ongoing debate about Malcolm X’s role as a historical figure, “did you know he was in Death Wish?”

For such situations, I offer the following, less reported early roles with which to retort. Because for every Leonardo DiCaprio in Growing Pains, there’s one of these:

Jim Caviezel firebombed Alcatraz – The Rock

It’s easy to miss the Person of Interest star/Jesus as the fighter pilot who drops a load of bombs on Alcatraz, blowing Nicolas Cage out of the water (something we’ve secretly all wanted to do). That may have to do with the pilot oxygen mask covering his face during most of his screentime.

Jack Black was struck by lightning »

- Kenny Hedges

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Suspense Thriller Lake Placid Returns to Shelves on Bluray

9 May 2014 9:29 PM, PDT | Horror News | See recent Horror News news »

A Pulse-Pounding Suspense Thriller Written by David E. Kelley and Directed by Steve Miner

Lake Placid

Starring Bill Pullman, Bridget Fonda and Oliver Platt

Collector’S Edition Blu-ray™

Featuring All-New Interviews with Actor Bill Pullman, Filmmaker Steve Miner and More!

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Lake Placid Blu-ray Release Details

9 May 2014 3:35 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Scream Factory will give Lake Placid a high definition upgrade in July as part of their “Summer of Fear”. We’ve given you a look at the cover art, but now Scream Factory has officially announced the upcoming Blu-ray release and provided the list of bonus features:

“You’ll never know what bit you… It has existed prehistoric times and was worshipped by ancient cultures. It can kill a man with one crushing bite! This summer, one of the world’s oldest creatures has found a new home. Written by David E. Kelley (Ally Mcbeal, Boston Legal) and directed by Steve Miner (Halloween H20, Friday The 13th Part 2), Lake Placid stars Bill Pullman (Independence Day, The Grudge), Bridget Fonda (Jackie Brown, Point of No Return), Oliver Platt (X-Men: First Class, TV’s Fargo) and Brendan Gleeson (Troy, The Village). Brimming with heart-racing suspense and thrills, this bloody terrifying tale of man vs. »

- Jonathan James

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Lake Placid Blu-ray Artwork and Details Surface

9 May 2014 3:11 PM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

"If I had a dick, this is where I'd tell you to suck it!". That's right, kids! The great Betty White spoke those words way back in 1999 when Lake Placid took a bite out of theatres. The scene still brings a smile to my face, and given the Scream Factory's history, this Blu-ray will, too!

From the Press Release

You’ll never know what bit you… It has existed since prehistoric times and was worshiped by ancient cultures. It can kill a man with one crushing bite! This summer, one of the world’s oldest creatures has found a new home.

Written by David E. Kelley ("Ally McBeal," "Boston Legal") and directed by Steve Miner (Halloween H20, Friday the 13th Part 2), Lake Placid stars Bill Pullman (Independence Day, The Grudge), Bridget Fonda (Jackie Brown, Point of No Return), Oliver Platt (X-Men: First Class, TV’s "Fargo"), and Brendan Gleeson (Troy, »

- Steve Barton

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'Urban Legends: Final Cut' Deserves Another Chance, and Here’s Why...

14 April 2014 12:30 PM, PDT | FEARnet | See recent FEARnet news »

I’m not going to delude myself and think that we’re going to start a revolution, and that Urban Legends: Final Cut will somehow surpass Halloween as the better film. But just hear me out; it’s a much better film than people have ever given it credit to be.

I was surfing around Netflix and saw it had been added; I own the DVD but as is with our age of digital gratification I popped it on anyways. As the credits started I remembered back to when I first saw it. The year was 2000, and I was looking through the DVD selection at my local Ames; a chain long since extinct, and I spotted it. I didn’t even have internet at the time- (go ahead and judge), and had heard nothing about a sequel to Urban Legends. I bought it sight unseen after reading the description, for a modest $24.99. Yes, »

- Kristy Jett

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