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DVD Review – The Slayer (1982)

The Slayer, 1982.

Directed by J.S. Cardone.

Starring Sarah Kendall, Frederick Flynn, Carol Kottenbrook, Alan McRae, Newell Alexander, and Ivy Jones.

Synopsis:

Two couples visit a secluded island where they are attacked by a monster linked to one of the visitor’s dreams.

Brother and sister Eric (Frederick FlynnThe Forsaken) and Kay (Sarah KendallThe Karate Kid Part II), and their respective spouses Brooke (Carol KottenbrookThunder Alley) and David (Alan McRae – 3 Ninja Kids), take a holiday on a remote island with the idea of helping Kay to try and rid herself of the nightmares she has had since childhood and that are now becoming so real they are affecting her work as an artist. Once they land on the island they are informed by their nervous pilot that a hurricane is incoming and so he drops them off and leaves quickly to avoid being stranded there himself, leaving the
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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Penn Badgley

Penn Badgley is an actor and musician who was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on November 1, 1986. In his music career, he is best-known as the lead singer in the indie band Mother, also known as ‘Mothxr’. In terms of his acting career, he is best-known for his role as Dan Humphrey in ‘Gossip Girl’, a series aired on The CW. In addition to his music and television work, Badgley has also appeared in many films. These have included ‘John Tucker Must Die’, ‘Easy A’, and ‘The Stepfather’. Here are five facts that you probably don’t know about this talented

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Penn Badgley
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Drive-In Dust Offs: The Stepfather (1987)

Without question, being a stepparent can be rough. It’s a balancing act between wanting what’s best for the child, and the need to ingratiate oneself and hopefully, earn and obtain love. This is a tightrope that Jerry Blake (Terry O’Quinn) has no interest in walking – if he can’t implement his perfect family plan, he switches policies in the most violent way possible. Welcome to the world of The Stepfather (1987), a pretty good thriller elevated to classic status due to a legendary performance by O’Quinn.

And while Jerry Blake has little patience for deviation from his ideals, so too do Henry Morrison and Bill Hodgkins – all identities that our stepdad creates in his twisted pursuit of perfection. (If at first you don’t succeed, kill and kill again.) The Stepfather proves that home is where the hurt is.

Released by New Century Vista Film Company in June,
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Interview: Charlie Clouser Discusses the Music of Wayward Pines

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Cinelinx had the opportunity to speak with Charlie Clouser, formerly of Nine Inch Nails, about his score for the new TV series Wayward Pines. Join us as we get an exclusive in-depth look at the techniques and inspiration behind the music for this hit new show.

Charlie Clouser is a multi-instrumentalist composer, musician, producer, programmer and remix artist who has worked with some of the seminal recording artists of the last twenty years. Charlie came into prominence as a member of Nine Inch Nails from 1994-2000. Before joining the band as keyboardist/programmer, he’d already built a following with his extreme synth work and remixes for Prong, Marilyn Manson, White Zombie, and others. Charlie’s first film scoring effort, Saw, became an instant cult classic. His scores for the subsequent Saw series continue to define the films. Raw, grinding, propulsive, punctuated by incredible layers of sound and energy, they
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Enderby Ent Whips Up ‘The Storm’ Under New Production Fund – Berlin

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Exclusive: La-based indie Enderby Entertainment has set a new production fund to finance two to four projects annually from various domestic and international partners with budgets of up to $15M. The first to be greenlit is Texas-set thriller The Storm. Nelson McCormick (The Stepfather, Prom Night) is directing from a script by Josh Campbell. Enderby partner Rick Dugdale will produce with Peter Toumasis; Enderby’s Daniel Petrie Jr (Beverly Hills Cop) is executive producing. Slated to shoot later this year, the film takes place in the midst of Texas storm season as a cold-blooded criminal seeks revenge on the small town sheriff who sent him to prison a decade earlier. With the sheriff mortally wounded, only an inexperienced deputy is left to protect the locals who are caught in the crossfire after a tornado rips through the town, cutting it off from the outside world.

“We are excited to start financing new projects at Enderby,
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Amber Heard Covers "W"

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Sneak Peek revealing images of actress Amber Heard ("The Rum Diary"), in a recent issue of "W" fashion magazine:

Heard made her film debut in a the sports drama "Friday Night Lights", followed by small roles in "North Country" and "Alpha Dog".

Her first lead role was in the film "All the Boys Love Mandy Lane", followed by TV work in The CW's "Hidden Palms".

Her breakthrough came in 2008 with roles in "Never Back Down" and "Pineapple Express", followed by "The Informers", "The Stepfather", "Zombieland" and "The Joneses".

Heard then starred in "John Carpenter's The Ward", "Drive Angry" and "The Rum Diary".

Her recent films include "Paranoia", "Machete Kills" and "3 Days to Kill".

Click the images to enlarge...
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‘The Stepfather’ is a cold, calculating piece of brilliance

The Stepfather

Directed by Joseph Ruben

Written by Donald E. Westlake

USA / 1987

I would like to tell you about a monster, our final monster in our month of great monsters of the screen. The monster is the modern, American family.

So perfect is that wholesome, Norman Rockwell family that if it doesn’t work right, Terry O’Quinn will kill for it. Literally.

The Stepfather has grown into a cult classic, and it is well deserved of such a status. It opens with O’Quinn standing naked in a bathroom, shaving. Then he gets dressed, takes his bags, and walks out the door near the bodies of the family he just murdered. See, the catch with marrying gold ol’ Terry is that if even for a moment he doesn’t have a Rockwellian life, he’ll kill all of you.

The Stepfather was inspired by the true story of John List,
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Re-imagined Covers of Familiar Tunes Breathe New Life Into Trailers

A creepy lullaby rendition of Disney’s classic “Once Upon a Dream,” a grungy version of Ben E. King’s feel-good “Stand by Me,” and a brooding interpretation of Robert Palmer’s bouncy ’80s anthem “Addicted to Love” all exemplify a growing trend: songs creatively covered and “trailer-ized” to market movies.

“Trailer music supervisors are being asked for ‘something that everybody knows that no one’s ever heard before,’ ” says Steven Stern, VP of custom music production house Apm Music. “They’re trying to reach a broad market, so they need songs everybody knows across demographics, but it needs to be fresh, relate to the kids, and work for the film.”

Covering a familiar song cashes in on whatever emotional or cultural currency the song has, but gives it a loaded or ironic subtext paired with images from the marketed film.

Skylar Grey, a young singer-songwriter who co-wrote Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie,
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10 Horror Remakes That Are Better Than You Might Think

To preface this article, I’d like to openly acknowledge the fact that there isn’t a single “great” film on this list. Furthermore, given the concept of this piece, it’s safe to say that you’re not going to read about any significantly original films either.

The whole remake thing kind of blew those hopes out of the water. That said, we’re going to eye 10 remakes/reboots/reimaginings that were forced through the meat grinder upon arrival, despite the fact that they didn’t entirely deserve such brutish treatment.

Believe it or not, there are a few remakes out there worth watching. The horror world would have you believe that not a single film on this list qualifies, but I’m here – battling valiantly – to prove the voices of many wrong. Dig in for a closer look at some remakes that, while not monumental, still offer some redeeming qualities.
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Is Terry O'Quinn Wanted for Lex Luthor in Batman Vs. Superman?

Is Terry O'Quinn Wanted for Lex Luthor in Batman Vs. Superman?
There has been a lot of talk lately about the involvement of Wonder Woman and Nightwing in Batman Vs. Superman. Olga Kurylenko, Gal Gadot and Elodie Yung are reportedly in contention for Wonder Woman, with Adam Driver, Penn Badgley and Ezra Miller up for the Nightwing role, although neither character has been officially confirmed to be in the sequel.

Another character still yet to be cast is the villainous Lex Luthor, whose involvement was confirmed by director Zack Snyder during last weekend's online fan event. A new report has surfaced, indicating that Lost star Terry O'Quinn is on the short list of contenders to play Superman's bald nemesis.

It isn't known who else is on the studio's list. Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston was once rumored to be a front runner for the villain, although the actor shot down those rumors in September. Mark Strong was also rumored to be a contender this June,
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Ginnifer Goodwin First Look From Nat Geo Channel Killing Kennedy

Killing Kennedy is liable to become a massive hit for the National Geographic Channel, and Once Upon a Time‘s Ginnifer Goodwin isn’t going to hurt things at all. As production gets underway, a couple of first looks have hit, and they’re pretty impressive. The two images are almost creepy, especially if we put them through some filters. Look for doctored versions to start making the rounds as the marketing heats up. Well, that’s what I’d do.

Are you looking forward to this one?

First look of Ginnifer Goodwin as First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy on the set of National Geographic Channel’s Killing Kennedy, which started production this week in Richmond, Va. Nat Geo will air the television event this November. Photo by Kent Eanes/National Geographic Channel

First look of Rob Lowe as President John F. Kennedy on the set of National Geographic Channel’s Killing Kennedy,
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Lead Actors: The Overlooked and Underrated

This article is dedicated to Andrew Copp: filmmaker, film writer, artist and close friend who passed away on January 19, 2013. You are loved and missed, brother.

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Looking at the Best Actor Academy Award nominations for the film year 2012, the one miss that clearly cries out for more attention is Liam Neeson’s powerful performance in Joe Carnahan’s excellent survival film The Grey, easily one of the best roles of Neeson’s career.

In Neeson’s case, his lack of a nomination was a case of neglect similar to the Albert Brooks snub in the Best Supporting Actor category for the film year 2011 for Drive(Nicolas Winding Refn, USA).

Along with negligence, other factors commonly prevent outstanding lead acting performances from getting the kind of critical attention they deserve. Sometimes it’s that the performance is in a film not considered “Oscar material” or even worthy of any substantial critical attention.
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Amber Heard: The Bird Is The Word

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Sneak Peek actress Amber Heard, co-star of the 2012 feature "The Rum Diary" in a video compilation of her hottest film roles :

Heard's first leading role was in "All the Boys Love Mandy Lane", followed by CW's "Hidden Palm (2007). Her breakthrough came in 2008 with roles in "Never Back Down" and "Pineapple Express". In 2009, she starred in "The Stepfather" and a small role in "Zombieland". In 2010 she starred in "The Joneses",  "And Soon the Darkness", John Carpenter's "The Ward" and "Drive Angry".

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Amber Heard"...
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'Gossip Girl' Stars on the Big Screen: Who Does It Best?

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It seems like just yesterday that Serena van der Woodsen was coming back from boarding school to find that her former Bff, Blair Waldorf, had become Queen Bee. Tonight, TV's "Gossip Girl" comes to an end, leaving with it a slew of absurdly attractive young stars unemployed.

Of course, we've seen a number of them on to the silver screen already — including Leighton Meester "That's My Boy" and "The Oranges" and Blake Lively in Oliver Stone's "Savages."

Since the world of these privileged few thrives on competition, it only made sense to see which Gg star's movie career leaves the rest of the beautiful people in the dust. Read our (very scientific) rankings to find out, then weigh in yourself in our poll below.

5. Ed Westwick

He may have gotten his big break as Chuck Bass, the "bad boy" of the Upper East Side, but since then he has branched out,
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Joe Dante to Direct Air Disturbance; First Look at the Teaser Artwork

Producer Tom Malloy checked in with us this morning to share some info on and early artwork for the feature Air Disturbance, a flick set to be directed by Joe Dante (Gremlins) that is slated to go before cameras this November 27th in Los Angeles.

Written by Jeremy Sklar and described as “Paranormal Activity in an airplane without the found footage” by Malloy, the film has genre legend Robert Englund and Dylan Walsh (The Stepfather, “Nip/Tuck”) attached to star. Malloy and Nesim Hason (The Alphabet Killer) will produce with planned 2013 theatrical distribution via Hason’s New Films International Distributing Worldwide. Have a look at some teaser art below.

Synopsis:

In Air Disturbance the horrific action takes place at 35,000 feet on a transcontinental flight from Los Angeles to Toronto. Dylan Walsh plays Sam Davidson, a widowed father of two, whose wife recently committed suicide. When strange atmospheric conditions begin to affect the aircraft,
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Joe Dante to Direct Robert Englund in Air Disturbance

Joe Dante to Direct Robert Englund in Air Disturbance
New Films Cinema will start filming on November 27 in Los Angeles for the horror-thriller Air Disturbance, which will be directed by Joe Dante (Gremlins, Small Soldiers) and stars Dylan Walsh (The Stepfather, The Lake House) and Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Freddy vs. Jason). The female lead has yet to be cast.

Nesim Hason (Dead Awake, Chain Letter) produces with Tom Malloy (The Alphabet Killer, Sprawl) and the film will be distributed by Hason's New Films International. Jeremy Sklar (Freerunner) wrote the script.

In Air Disturbance, the horrific action takes place at 35,000 feet on a transcontinental flight from Los Angeles to Toronto. Dylan Walsh plays Sam Davidson, a widowed father of two, whose wife recently committed suicide. When strange atmospheric conditions begin to affect the aircraft, Sam protects his children and his psychic girlfriend from some of the other passengers, particularly a fanatical minister (Robert Englund) who believes
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Joe Dante Back Behind the Camera for Air Disturbance

Joe Dante is gearing up to direct a new film called Air Disturbance.  According to a press release, Dylan Walsh (Nip/Tuck, The Stepfather) and Robert Englund are set to star in the supernatural thriller written by Jeremy Sklar.

The film takes place at 35,000 feet on a transcontinental flight from Los Angeles to Toronto.  Walsh plays Sam Davidson, a widowed father of two, whose wife recently committed suicide.  When strange atmospheric conditions begin to affect the aircraft, Sam protects his children and his psychic girlfriend from some of the other passengers, particularly a fanatical minister (Robert Englund) who believes that the supernatural phenomena could be a sign from God. 

Weird, because Dante was previously attached to another project set aboard a plane...

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Joe Dante to Direct Air Disturbance , Starring Walsh and Englund

New Films Cinema will start filming on November 27 in Los Angeles for the horror-thriller Air Disturbance , which will be directed by Joe Dante ( Gremlins , Small Soldiers ) and stars Dylan Walsh ( The Stepfather , The Lake House ) and Robert Englund ( A Nightmare on Elm Street , Freddy vs. Jason ). The female lead has yet to be cast. Nesim Hason ( Dead Awake , Chain Letter ) produces with Tom Malloy ( The Alphabet Killer , Sprawl ) and the film will be distributed by Hason's New Films International. Jeremy Sklar ( Freerunner ) wrote the script. In Air Disturbance , the horrific action takes place at 35,000 feet on a transcontinental flight from Los Angeles to Toronto. Dylan Walsh plays Sam Davidson, a widowed father of two, whose wife recently committed suicide. When...
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FEARnet's October Schedule to Culminate with 24-Hour Trick 'r Treat Marathon

Halloween is always in season at FEARnet, but this October the network is going all out with world premieres and petrifying programming leading up to a 24-hour Trick ‘r Treat marathon from 6 a.m. to 6 a.m. Et/3 a.m. to 3 a.m. Pt on Halloween.

From the Press Release:

“This is the only time of year that other networks concentrate on the horror realm, while we do this all year long,” said Sarah Shannon, FEARnet’s director of programming. “So we put together a schedule that stands out—a month-long bender of some of the best programming we’ve ever had and some of the best features we’ve ever aired. From the world premieres of Quarantine 2 and Dolan’s Cadillac to acquired classic TV shows like ‘Tales from the Crypt’ and ‘The Real Ghostbusters’, there will always be something for fans to watch. Not just all month long,
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Amber Heard Photo: SAG Awards 2012

Amber Heard Amber Heard, among whose credits are Patrick Lussier's Nicolas Cage action flick Drive Angry, Zombieland, and the Johnny Depp box-office disappointment The Rum Diary, arrives at the 2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards. The SAG Awards ceremony was broadcast on TNT/TBS directly from the Shrine Auditorium on January 29 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage.) Among Amber Heard's other screen credits are Pineapple Express, The Joneses, The Stepfather, John Carpenter's The Ward, And Soon the Darkness, and The River Why. Aram Rappaport's Syrup, in which Heard is featured opposite The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2's Kellan Lutz, Prom Night's Brittany Snow, and Red Riding Hood's Shiloh Fernandez, is expected to open later this year.
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