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Shudder will take viewers to the place that's "not as brightly lit" this Halloween season, as the 1980s anthology series Tales From the Darkside will be available to watch in its entirety on the horror streaming service beginning October 1st:
Press Release: New York, New York – September 26, 2016 – The AMC-backed streaming service, Shudder, is The entertainment destination for everything you need to watch this Halloween season. Whether you’re a hardcore horror fan or simply looking for the scariest films to celebrate this time of year, Shudder has something for everyone in its sweeping library, carefully curated by some of the top horror experts in the world.
As Halloween approaches, Shudder is expanding its database with a variety of new titles including cult favorites, blockbuster hits, and classic thrillers. Additionally, for the first time ever, Shudder will be offering horror TV series to complement its expansive film library.
Premiering October 20th »
- Derek Anderson
My guest for this month is Christa Mrgan, and she’s joined me to discuss the film she chose for me, the 2001 surreal horror-comedy film The Happiness of the Katakuris. You can follow the show on Twitter @cinemagadfly.
Takashi Miike has made an astonishing 90 films in his career, but none quite like this one Thematically it would be hard to have two films as different as this one and our last episode on Ozu’s An Autumn Afternoon Arcadia, California was home to at least one video store, in 2004 It really is quite hilarious that both An Autumn Afternoon and this were released by Shochiku, how the world changes Shochiku were, of course, also the sometime home to films by Nagisa Oshima, and Mikio Naruse As well as the phenomenally goofy films of their horror period, so brilliantly captures by Criterion in the When Horror Came to Shochiku »
- Arik Devens
Since any New York cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.
You’ve read of Rainer Werner Fassbinder‘s ten favorite films — now you can see them. The German titan’s beloved titles are celebrated in a new series: Johnny Guitar screens this Friday; Saturday offers Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Night of the Hunter, and the rarely seen The Red Snowball Tree; on Sunday, one can »
- Nick Newman
Arrow Films/Video has been in the home video business for years, but it wasn’t until 2015 that the UK-based label set up shop here in North America. The months since have already seen some must-own releases for genre fans including Brian Yuzna’s terrifically icky Society, Takashi Miike’s delightful The Happiness of the Katakuris, and near-forgotten slashers like Blood Rage and The Mutilator. It’s their love for the near-forgotten that has led to their latest endeavor — the ambitious and important American Horror Project. The goal is to dig deep into American horror films with a focus on titles from the ’70s and ’80s that never quite caught on despite their merit. These are movies that saw limited, if any, theatrical release and met a similar fate on home video. Arrow’s plan is to treat them with the same love and respect they give to their higher-profile titles including the best possible restorations and »
- Rob Hunter
See Also: Pre-order Audition Via Amazon
One of the most shocking J-horror films ever made, Audition exploded onto the festival circuit at the turn of the century to a chorus of awards and praise. The film would catapult Miike to the international scene and pave the way for such other genre delights as Ichii the Killer and The Happiness of the Katakuris. The latter which was made available by Arrow Video on Blu-ray and DVD last year.
Recent widower Shigeharu Aoyama is advised by his son to find a new wife, so he seeks the advice of a colleague having been out of the dating scene for many years. They take advantage of their position in a film company by staging an audition to find the perfect woman. »
- Gary Collinson
★★☆☆☆ Where on Earth do you start with Takashi Miike's latest offering Yakuza Apocalypse (2015)? Perhaps the best place is with two words that will immediately signal to many people whether or this a film that they might enjoy - with emphasis on the word 'might'. Those words are 'Yakuza Vampire' and this symphony of schlocky slapstick will reward those for whom they conjure up palpable anticipation of gangsters meeting the undead in a bout of comically absurd blood-letting. This is Miike back in kinds of waters that he navigated in 2002's The Happiness of the Katakuris and fans of his more chaotic work should be well served. Of course, for one man's chaos read another man's shambles.
- CineVue UK
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