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Blu-ray Review – Phenomena: Limited Edition (1985)

Phenomena, 1985.

Directed by Dario Argento.

Starring Jennifer Connelly, Donald Pleasence, Daria Nicolodi, Patrick Bauchau, Fiore Argento, Federica Mastroianni, and Michele Soavi.

Synopsis:

A teenage girl with telepathic abilities moves to a Swiss boarding school and uses her gift to communicate with insects in order to solve a spate of murders.

If something is worth doing then it is worth doing more than once, and so Italian horror maestro Dario Argento begins another movie with a young woman arriving at an exclusive school in a foreign country just as strange events begin to occur. 1977 saw this approach set up Argento’s spooky masterpiece Suspiria and he used it again in 1985 for Phenomena (a.k.a. Creepers in the Us) as actor’s daughter Jennifer (Jennifer ConnellyLabyrinth) arrives at a very expensive Swiss boarding school during a troubled time for the locals as a killer is on the loose. However, the
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Arrow Video Announces Evil Ed and Brain Damage Limited Edition Blu-rays

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Arrow Video will have special treats in store for horror fans this spring with their limited edition Blu-ray releases of Evil Ed and Brain Damage.

Both Evil Ed and Brain Damage will be released on Blu-ray in the Us and the UK this May, and you can check out the impressive lists of bonus features below, as well as the eye-popping cover art for the releases.

Arrow Video has also announced a new UK Blu-ray release of Dario Argento's Phenomena (aka Creepers), which includes the 116-minute Italian cut of the film.

Evil Ed Blu-ray / DVD: "New UK/Us Title: Evil Ed (Dual Format Blu-ray & DVD) Limited Edition

A veritable smorgasbord of flying limbs, exploding heads, busty babes and creepy creatures!

Pre-order your copy via Arrow: http://bit.ly/2kRcxF2

Pre-order via Amazon.co.uk: http://amzn.to/2kRgU2Y

North American pre-orders links should be live soon!

Release Dates: 29/30 May

When His Mind Blows,
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The Pretender: The NBC Series Premiered 20 Years Ago (9/19/1996)

The Pretender TV show premiered 20 years ago today. Starring Michael T. Weiss, as Jarod, the action-adventure drama, created by Steven Mitchell and Craig van Sickle, ran for four seasons before being cancelled in 2000, by NBC.The series also starred: Andrea Parker, Patrick Bauchau, Jon Gries, Ryan Merriman, Richard Marcus, Alex Wexo, James Denton, Sam Ayers, Harve Presnell, Paul Dillon, Willie Gault, Dennis Cruzado, Pamela Gidley, Jason Brooks, and Ashley Peldon. Read More…
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The Girl King | Review

The Throne of Loneliness: Kaurismaki Cartoons Christina

Considering it’s been forty years since her last notable on screen incarnation, the time has come for a new biopic on that other famous ‘virgin’ queen, Christina of Sweden. Iconically portrayed by Great Garbo in 1933’s Queen Christina, and then again in 1974 by Liv Ullmann in The Abdication, these are significant footsteps to follow, especially considering these productions are best remembered for their female leads and not their directors (Rouben Mamoulian and Anthony Harvey, respectively). Finnish director Mika Kaurismaki, the brother to world renowned auteur Aki Kaurismaki, aims to resuscitate her provocative legacy with The Girl King, though its use of archaic language concepts (such as ‘girl’ and ‘virgin’) hint at a certain ignorance of both femininity and lesbianism despite a screenplay penned by Michel Marc Brousard (Lilies; Tom at the Farm). A handsome costume drama, this international co-production is more often distracting than relevant,
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Film Review: ‘The Girl King’

Film Review: ‘The Girl King’
Already portrayed onscreen by Greta Garbo and Liv Ullmann, Sweden’s 17th-century “virgin queen” Christina becomes a mercurial tomboy with marked Sapphic tendencies in “The Girl King.” Finnish veteran Mika Kaurismaki’s English-language multinational co-production won Malin Buska the best actress nod at Montreal, also capturing the audience award for best feature. But this is biographical melodrama in a Ken Russell-esque mode of over-the-top histrionics, albeit without that late helmer’s distinctive visuals or touch of directorial madness; it’s hectic, unsubtle, borderline cartoonish. It won’t lose much in translation to the small screen, where its ermine-lined, sword-crossing passions will fit comfortably alongside costumed cable skeins. Lgbt-cinema specialist Wolfe Video plans a multiplatform U.S. launch in early December.

A figure of understandably great fascination over the centuries, Christina Augusta’s brief, tumultuous reign over the Swedish empire was marked by war, religious conflict, court intrigue, attempts at aggressive modernization,
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Wim Wenders’ ‘Every Thing Will Be Fine’ Finds Home At IFC Films – Toronto

IFC Films has acquired U.S. rights to Wim Wenders' Every Thing Will Be Fine, the pic that stars James Franco, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Rachel McAdams, Marie-Josée Croze, Robert Naylor, Patrick Bauchau and Peter Stormare. IFC plans a December 4 release date after the film makes its North American premiere in Toronto next month in the Masters section. It had its world premiere earlier this year in Berlin. The 3D drama centers on a tragic car accident links the lives of a…
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Toronto: James Franco’s ‘Everything Will Be Fine’ Bought by IFC

Toronto: James Franco’s ‘Everything Will Be Fine’ Bought by IFC
IFC Films has acquired U.S. rights to Wim Wenders’ “Everything Will Be Fine,” which stars James Franco, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Rachel McAdams and Marie-Josee Croze.

The 3D drama will make its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in the Masters section. IFC Films will release the film on Dec. 4.

Wenders directed from Bjorn Olaf Johannessen’s script, in which a tragic car accident links the lives of a struggling writer (Franco), his long-suffering girlfriend (McAdams), a grieving mother (Gainsbourg) and a publisher (Croze). Robert Naylor, Patrick Bauchau and Peter Stormare also star.

Franco’s character accidentally causes the death of a child and spends the next 12 years examining the effect of the tragedy on his life and that of the child’s mother.

The film was produced by Gian-Piero Ringel and executive produced by Jeremy Thomas, Hussain Amarshi, Erwin M. Schmidt and Vince Jolivette.

Sundance Selects/IFC Films
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James Franco, Rachel McAdams 3D Drama ‘Every Thing Will Be Fine’ Sells to IFC Films

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IFC Films has acquired U.S. rights to Wim Wenders‘ 3D drama “Every Thing Will Be Fine,” which stars James Franco, Rachel McAdams, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Marie-Josée Croze. The film will make its North American premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival in the Masters section. IFC Films will release “Every Thing Will Be Fine” on Dec. 4. The story follows a tragic car accident that links the lives of a struggling writer (Franco), his long-suffering girlfriend (McAdams), a grieving mother (Gainsbourg) and a publisher (Croze). Peter Stormare co-stars alongside Robert Naylor and Patrick Bauchau. Also Read: Bryan Cranston Joins James Franco in Comedy.
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First Look at 'Glee' Star Dianna Agron in 'Headlock'

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First Look at 'Glee' Star Dianna Agron in 'Headlock'
Glee star Dianna Agron is transformed into a gun-toting wife in the first official photo from her upcoming movie Headlock, which doesn't have a release date in place.

Writer-director Mark Polish co-stars as Kelley Chandler, a CIA recruit surviving on life support after a tragic accident. Dianna Agron plays his wife Tess, a former CIA agent herself, who goes on her own secret mission to find out what happened to her husband. Take a look at Dianna Agron like you've never seen her before in this image from Headlock, which doesn't have a release date in place yet.

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Headlock (@Headlock_MOVIE) September 6, 2014

After new CIA recruit, Kelley Chandler (Mark Polish) is seriously injured during a mission, surviving only on life support, his wife Tess (Dianna Agron), a former CIA operative, becomes determined to find out what happened to her husband. As
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The Five Obstructions | DVD Review

Now over a decade since its 2003 release, Kino Lorber is releasing the Lars Von Trier and Jorgen Leth experiment/documentary The Five Obstructions in a Special Remastered Edition. While this serves as an excellent opportunity for those unfamiliar with the title to take a gander, the timing serves as more of an interesting conversation piece in regards to Von Trier’s release of the final chapter in his Depression trilogy (or quadrilogy, if you will).

Around the same time that Von Trier’s masterpiece Dogville was provoking audiences, he unleashed this exciting exercise in filmmaking that’s as engaging as it is thoroughly entertaining. As much as it is an examination of filmmaking, it’s also a rather brilliant motivation to goad one friend into creative action, for, as we move along through the film, one can assume that Von Trier and Leth both seem to struggle with issues of depression,
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Watch the First 3 Minutes of Big Ass Spider!

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We recently let you know that Big Ass Spider! will receive a digital download, DVD and Blu-ray release on January 7th. If you want a better idea of what to expect from the creature feature, we now have the first few minutes for you to watch right now.

“An exterminator (Greg Grunberg) and his Hispanic sidekick (Lombardo Boyar) are caught in an epic battle when a military assault fails to contain a giant alien spider rampaging through the city of Los Angeles.”

Big Ass Spider! was directed by Mike Mendez, written by Gregory Gieras, and stars Greg Grunberg, Clare Kramer, Lombardo Boyar, Ray Wise, and Patrick Bauchau.

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Big Ass Spider! Blu-ray Review

Director: Mike Mendez,

Starring: Greg Grunberg, Lombardo Boyar, Clare Kramer, Ray Wise, Patrick Bauchau, Lin Shaye, Lloyd Kaufman,

Running Time: 81 Minutes

Certificate: 15

Look at that title! Interested? Then read on. Otherwise, you know where the door is. Like Sharknado, Snakes On A Plane, or Piranhaconda, the title is the first clue as to how you are going to rate this film. Big Ass Spider! Screams silly, budgeted, and fun, which is exactly what I got from it. It seems odd that some people still decry such things as “stupid” and “ridiculous” when that seems to be the entire point. Whatever next? Complaining that McDonalds doesn’t offer the same sort of fresh, healthy, and filling meals as fancier restaurants?

That’s not to give Big Ass Spider! a free pass though. It still needs to fulfil certain objectives in order for it to be considered a success. First of all
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Big Ass Spider! Blu-ray / DVD Release Details and Cover Art

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It has been announced that Big Ass Spider! will receive a digital download, DVD and Blu-ray release on January 7th. Here’s a look at the official cover art and trailer:

“An exterminator (Greg Grunberg) and his Hispanic sidekick (Lombardo Boyar) are caught in an epic battle when a military assault fails to contain a giant alien spider rampaging through the city of Los Angeles.”

Big Ass Spider! was directed by Mike Mendez, written by Gregory Gieras, and stars Greg Grunberg, Clare Kramer, Lombardo Boyar, Ray Wise, and Patrick Bauchau.

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Film Review: ‘Big Ass Spider!’

Film Review: ‘Big Ass Spider!’
The fate of Los Angeles — and maybe mankind — rests in the hands of a single lowly exterminator in “Big Ass Spider!,” an exceedingly good-natured Z-grade creature feature that finds Angel City under attack by a quite literal spider from Mars. Made with tongue welded firmly to cheek, loads of affection for big rubbery monsters, and some surprisingly accomplished bargain-basement effects, director Mike Mendez’s fifth schlock feature is strictly for genre buffs who’ll delight at the sight of Troma impresario Lloyd Kaufman get devoured by a giant arachnid — as well as anyone who found “Sharknado” a bit too highbrow for their taste. Many worse ways to spend 80 minutes can easily be imagined.

Surely when Walter Scott wrote “Oh, what a tangled web we weave,” he wasn’t picturing a Kong-sized black widow capable of cocooning an adult human in a matter of seconds — or tearing one to pieces with its telephone-pole pincers.
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Greg Grunberg’s Big Ass Spider Gets a Big Ass New Trailer

Check out the ass on that spider! Now that’s what I call big! (Spiders have asses, right?) Hey, fans of spiders — and especially you fans of really big ass spiders — check out the new trailer for director Mike Mendez’s “Big Ass Spider”. I think at one point someone wanted to call this movie “Mega Spider”. Which is dumb. Because, you know, obviously, “Big Ass Spider”. You can’t beat that, kids. It’s like “Ghost Tornadoes”. Or “Shark Hurricanes”. It just Is. The movie stars Greg Grunberg, who played Matt Parkman on “Heroes”, Fyi. Boy, I bet he could use Sylar’s help about now, huh? A giant alien spider escapes from a military lab and rampage the city of Los Angeles. When a massive military strike fails, it is up to a team of scientists and one clever exterminator to kill the creature before the city is destroyed.
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Big Ass Spider Trailer

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Big Ass Spider Trailer
Chaos spreads throughout the streets of Los Angeles in the first trailer for Big Ass Spider, director Mike Mendez's horror-comedy that debuted at the South By Southwest Film Festival last spring. Greg Grunberg stars as an exterminator, who teams up with a Latino security guard (Lombardo Boyar) to take down the biggest spider on record, a 50-foot tall arachnid that leaves massive amounts of destruction in its wake. Co-starring Lin Shaye, Ray Wise, Clare Kramer and genre icon Lloyd Kaufman, Big Ass Spider debuts in theaters and VOD platforms October 18. In addition, you can also take a look at the poster that debuted earlier this year.

Big Ass Spider comes to theaters October 18th, 2013 and stars Lin Shaye, Greg Grunberg, Ray Wise, Clare Kramer, Lloyd Kaufman, Patrick Bauchau, Lombardo Boyar, Alexis Peters. The film is directed by Mike Mendez.
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Greatest TV Pilots: Carnivále

Carnivále, “Milfay”

Written by Daniel Knauf

Directed by Rodrigo Garcia

Originally aired: September 14, 2003

From the first few remarks of a cryptic prologue, Carnivále’s pilot, “Milfay,” ushers in a different sort of drama, a form of storytelling comfortable with its own weirdness and undaunted by grandiose ideas. Just as one might expect from the acts of a traveling circus, there’s much more to Carnivále than meets the eye, and its ambitious first episode deals with themes of magic and a conflict of biblical proportions.

In the first few moments of Carnivále’s inception, Ben Hawkins (Nick Stahl) keeps vigil over his dying mother’s sickbed. When he reaches out to help her, she shrinks from him as if he were evil incarnate. A carnival passes by later as Ben digs a grave and argues with a demolition worker sent by the bank over who has rights to his mother’s property.
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Big Ass Spider Movie Review

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Big Ass Spider Movie Review
Title: Big Ass Spider Screened At: SXSW 2013 Directed By: Mike Mendez Starring: Greg Grunberg, Lombardo Boyar, Clare Kramer, Ray Wise, Patrick Bauchau, Lin Shaye With a name like “Big Ass Spider,” all you can really ask is that the filmmakers make due on the title, and Mike Mendez gives you that big ass spider and then some. Greg Grunberg leads as Alex, your friendly neighborhood exterminator. After suffering a nasty spider bite, Alex takes a quick trip to the hospital for a routine shot to clear up the problem, but, just before he can get on his way, his nurse volunteers his services to clear up the hospital’s own [ Read More ]

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FEARnet Movie Review: 'Big Ass Spider'

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FEARnet Movie Review: 'Big Ass Spider'
I'm a huge fan of spider cinema, and I'm not talking about superhero silliness. I mean flicks like Tarantula (1955), The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957), Tarantulas: The Deadly Cargo (1977), Kingdom of the Spiders (1978), Arachnophobia (1990), Spiders (2000), Eight Legged Freaks (2002), and a dozen others you've probably never even heard of. Like most people, I have a natural wariness of spiders, but like most horror fans, I love to see the creepy little buggers wreak havoc safely within the world of movies. Of course sometimes the spiders aren't so little, and that's when I know I'm dealing with a flick I'll probably enjoy.

Simply put: one of the most entertaining things about movies is that they can deliver funny stuff that you'd (hopefully) never see in real life, stuff like a giant spider wreaking havoc across Los Angeles as it skewers screaming people with its spindly legs and wraps other victims up in webbing and swallows them whole.
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SXSW Midnight Slate Revealed

SXSW Midnight Slate Revealed
Last week the Midnight slate for SXSW was revealed, showing us what horror titles we can expect from the festival. The movies range from Rob Zombie to creature feature to a dose of Vincenzo Natali and even to the realm of sequels (hello V/H/S 2). Here’s the list, showing the cast and the director(s) and screenwriter(s) behind the films.

Big Ass Spider!

Director: Mike Mendez, Screenwriter: Gregory Gieras

When a giant alien spider escapes from a military lab and rampages across the city of Los Angeles, it is up to one clever exterminator and his security guard sidekick to kill the creature before the city is destroyed.

Cast: Greg Grunberg, Lombardo Boyar, Clare Kramer, Ray Wise, Lin Shaye, Patrick Bauchau

Cheap Thrills

Director: E.L. Katz, Screenwriters: Trent Haaga, David Chirchirillo

Recently fired and facing eviction, the married father of a newborn has his life turned upside
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