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Trilogy of Terror

The 70s brought forth some well-remembered TV horror movies, that shocked impressionable kids back in the days of Watergate and Sonny & Cher. Karen Black top lines Dan Curtis’s trio of malevolent tales, all from original stories by Richard Matheson.

Trilogy of Terror


Kl Studio Classics

1975 / Color / 1:37 flat television / 72 min. / Street Date October 16, 2018 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Karen Black, Robert Burton, John Karlen, George Gaynes, Jim Storm, Gregory Harrison, Kathryn Reynolds, Tracy Curtis.

Cinematography: Paul Lohmann

Film Editor: Les Green

Original Music: Bob Cobert

Written by Richard Matheson, William F. Nolan

Produced and Directed by Dan Curtis

As a celebrated horror phenomenon Dan Curtis pretty much passed me by. I know that TV’s Dark Shadows entranced a generation of horror-starved TV fans, but little that I’ve seen from the producer-director made a dent with me, including his feature films and his TV movies of horror classics.
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Back to Black: Three Faces of Karen in Curtis’ Delightful Cult Anthology … Trilogy of Terror | Blu-ray Review

One of the greatest unsung cult anthology treasures is the 1975 television omnibus Trilogy of Terror, which famously featured New American Cinema maven Karen Black in four different roles within three different, delightfully bizarre segments of stories/scenarios from Twilight Zone alum Richard Matheson. Genre enthusiasts have long been aware of Matheson’s considerable contributions and influence, though he’s perhaps most revered for his novel I Am Legend, remade three different times under three different titles starring the likes of Vincent Price, Charlton Heston, and Will Smith.…
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Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival 2018 Lineup Includes Satan’S Slaves and The Witch In The Window

The Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival (Puff) and its array of indie movies, including Satan's Slaves, The Witch in the Window, Butterfly Kisses, The Queen of Hollywood Blvd., and Luciferina, will descend onto film fans in the Philadelphia area starting on September 5th. Continue reading for the full lineup, because there are some fascinating films being showcased:

Press Release: The Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival is once again ready to unleash the finest independent genre cinema upon the City of Brotherly Love. Returning to the Proscenium Theater at the Drake in Center City Philadelphia from Wednesday, September 5 to Sunday, September 9, Puff is back for its third annual edition, with an extended feature program, special presentations, and much more.

In the 2018 edition of the Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival, genre fans will have the opportunity to check out eleven feature films — the biggest lineup in Puff history — as well as four short film programs.
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Trilogy Of Terror (1975) 4K Restoration Coming to Blu-ray This October from Kino Lorber

Last year, Kino Lorber Studio Classics revealed that they were bringing the beloved TV movie Trilogy of Terror to Blu-ray, and now they've revealed the release date, new artwork, and full list of special features for the new Blu-ray, including a new 4K restoration that should make the movie's possessed doll even more creepy!

Check out the new artwork by Jacob Phillips and the full list of special features below, and in case you missed it, read Scott Drebit's It Came From The Tube retrospective on Trilogy of Terror, as well as Kino Lorber's previous reveal of their upcoming Kolchak Blu-rays!

From Kino Lorber: "Coming October 2nd on DVD and Blu-ray!

Just in Time for Halloween!

Trilogy of Terror (1975) with optional English subtitles

• Brand New 4K Restoration

• New Audio Commentary by Film Historian Richard Harland Smith

• New Interview with Composer Bob Cobert

• Audio Commentary with Karen Black and writer William F. Nolan
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Prime & Hulu: Wonder Wheel, I Tonya, Bull Durham, Etc.

Time to play Streaming Roulette. Each month, to survey new streaming titles on the various services, we freeze frame the films at random places and whatever comes up, that's what we share, no cheating!  Today, we're looking at Prime and Hulu (which often have the same titles for some reason). Which of these will you be streaming this month for the first time or as a rewatch? Which would you most to see covered at Tfe? Please do tell us in the comments. 

Ready? Let's go...

I am Not obsessed with it!

Burnt Offerings (1976) on Prime and Hulu

Karen Black alert! We were just talking about her. I think this movie is famous but I'm not sure why exactly. It's of the supernatural horror genre but horror is one of my weakest genres in terms of knowledge.
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Bruce Labruce Does Women: Softcore Radical Lesbian Terrorism from the Queercore Icon

Bruce La Bruce does not care if you’re offended. Probably the most respected filmmaker to also claim a robust oeuvre of pornography, his work often includes Bdsm, sex work, fetishes ranging from gerontophilia to amputees, castrations, and vampire sex. It is also biting social satire with a queer punk sensibility and a deep love of cinema, made by the X-rated love-child of John Waters and Robert Altman. Labruce’s newest film, “The Misandrists,” is true to form, but with one important difference: This time, it’s all about the women. And not just any women — it’s militant lesbian separatists trying to overthrow the patriarchy.

“It’s kind of an exploitation movie, or it certainly references a lot of exploitation genres,” Labruce told IndieWire during a recent phone interview. “There’s nunsploitation in there, there’s ’70s softcore sexpolitation films, which quite often have lesbian undertones. And there’s the reform-schoolgirl genre,
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Philip Roth Dies: Pulitzer Prize Winning ‘American Pastoral’ Author Was 85

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Philip Roth Dies: Pulitzer Prize Winning ‘American Pastoral’ Author Was 85
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Philip Roth died from congestive heart failure on Tuesday in a Manhattan hospital, according to The New York Times. He was 85.

Roth was born in Newark, N.J. and attended Rutgers University and later transferred to Bucknell University. After receiving an M.A. in English literature from the University of Chicago, his first story was published in The New Yorker in 1958.

His first collection of short stories titled Goodbye, Columbus was published in 1959. This would be one of his many influential works that was adapted into a film. Goodbye, Columbus was directed by Larry Peerce and was nominated for an Academy Award for an adapted screenplay written by Arnold Schulman. His first novel, Letting Go, was published in 1962.

His works explored his perception of America and American themes. More specifically, he explored Jewish identity, anti-Semitism and the Jewish experience in America. In 1997 his book American Pastoral earned him a Pulitzer Prize.
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Contest: Win Larry Cohen’s It’S Alive Trilogy Blu-ray Box Set

Larry Cohen's movies about eerie infants with murderous intentions are now on Blu-ray like never before in Scream Factory's It's Alive trilogy box set, and we've been provided with two box sets to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers!


Prize Details: (2) Winners will receive (1) It's Alive Trilogy Blu-ray box set, including:

It's Alive It Lives Again It's Alive III: Island of the Alive

How to Enter: We're giving Daily Dead readers multiple chances to enter and win:

1. Instagram: Following us on Instagram during the contest period will give you an automatic contest entry. Make sure to follow us at:


2. Email: For a chance to win via email, send an email to contest@dailydead.com with the subject “It's Alive Trilogy Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on May 22nd.
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May 15th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include It’S Alive Trilogy, Bill & Ted’S Excellent Adventure 30th Anniversary Steelbook, Rick And Morty Season 3

Genre fans have many reasons to rejoice this Tuesday, as we have numerous home media releases to look forward to that day. Arrow Video has put together stellar Blu-rays for Two Thousand Maniacs!, and Scream Factory is celebrating Larry Cohen’s It’s Alive trilogy with a mind-blowingly great box set for all three films. The Return of the Swamp Thing is also getting a brand new Blu-ray, and for all you Wyld Stallyns enthusiasts out there, Shout Factory’s 3oth anniversary Steelbook for Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure is a must-own.

Other notable releases for May 15th include Black Panther, Doctor Blood’s Coffin, Rick and Morty: Season 3, The Manor, Apartment 212, and Platoon of the Dead.

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure: 30th Anniversary Steelbook

Bill and Ted are high school buddies starting a band. However, they are about to fail their history class, which means Ted would be sent to military school.
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Smackdown '70 Companion Podcast Pt 2: "Five Easy Pieces" and "The Landlord"

Smackdown in 3 Parts

• The Write-Ups

• Podcast Companion Part 1

And now the conclusion!...

Pt 2 (39 minutes)

On the second half of the Supporting Actress Smackdown podcast we discuss Hal Ashby's debut film The Landlord (1970) starring Beau Bridges and Lee Grant. We theorize about why it's not more famous and what would have happened with the great African-American actress Diana Sands if she hadn't died so soon after the movie. We also make some time for the Best Picture nominee Five Easy Pieces and its abundance of actressing, not just Karen Black!

You can listen to the podcast here at the bottom of the post or download from iTunes. Thanks again to the panelists: Mark Blankenship, Dan Callahan, Denise Grayson, Lena Houst, and Bobby Rivers . Continue the conversations in the comments, won't you?
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Smackdown '70: Maureen, Helen, Lee, Sally, and Karen Black

Presenting Oscar's Chosen Supporting Actresses of the Films of 1970. The Academy welcomed back one enduring icon (Helen Hayes), two of the eventual giants of this particular category (Maureen Stapleton and Lee Grant), and two new stars of the moment (Sally Kellerman and Karen Black).

The Nominees  

Their characters were a devastated soon-to-be widow, a sneaky old lady flying the friendly skies, a pregnant waitress confused by her man, a wealthy "liberal" snob who is more conservative than she thinks, and a disciplined but highly excitable military nurse. 1970's supporting shortlist was more "pure" than the category often is now (only Karen Black could be argued as a lead... but she's on the borderline so it's fine) but how strong were the roles and how good the work?
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Clips from Scream Factory’s It’S Alive Blu-ray Trilogy

It's alive! And for the first time on Blu-ray! For newer fans, It's Alive is a trilogy from the mind of Larry Cohen (The Stuff) that follows the parents of a child with dangerous mutations with the subsequent sequels ramping up the suspense and tension from there. The Blu-ray will be released on May 15th by Scream Factory and you know that it is packed with bonus features. After reading about the special features, check out a handful of clips as well as the official trailer for this tale warning against environmental destruction!

It's Alive Blu-ray Trilogy: "For the first time on Blu-ray, and in a new, deluxe box set, the It’s Alive trilogy is reborn! On May 15, Scream Factory will release the It’s Alive Trilogy in a 3-disc set packed with bonus features, including new interviews, and new 2K scans of each film.

It's newborn and … It's
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It Came From The Tube: Curse Of The Black Widow (1977)

Look, anyone who knows me is aware of my severe lack of fondness for spiders, as well as my love for movies about them. (I am riddled with inconsistency.) 1977 was a vintage year for arachnids; in addition to one of my all time favorite movies, Kingdom of the Spiders, the small screen offered up the telefilm Curse of the Black Widow, a Dan Curtis effort that never fails to entertain. Just keep the buggers away from me, okay?

Originally broadcast September 16th as part of The ABC Friday Night Movie, Curse went up against Logan’s Run/Switch! on CBS, and the much tougher competition, NBC’s The Rockford Files/Quincy, M.E. For those not inclined to have Jack Klugman yell in their face for an hour, Curtis’ Curse offered a fun, goofy alternative.

Let’s crack open our cobwebbed faux TV Guide and have a look see:

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Interview with Scream Queen Debra Lamb (Part Two)

Recognised as one of the original scream queens and a career spanning over three decades, Debra Lamb continues to work in film both as an actress and writer. I was lucky enough to talk with Debra about working on her upcoming film projects There’s No Such Thing as Zombies and Expresso to Die For, the title of a scream queen title, her short stories and an idea for the delicious sounding vegan dish ‘Lamb Stew.’ Check out part one of this interview right here.

A slightly longer question for you here. Although you have worked in the various genres over the years, your name has been synonymous with the term Scream Queen. There has been some debate recently as to whether the Scream Queen title is still relevant and if it is being overused. How do you feel about the title Scream Queen having been one of the originals along with Linnea Quigley,
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‘Truth or Dare’ Film Review: Blumhouse College Horror Doesn’t Make the Grade

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‘Truth or Dare’ Film Review: Blumhouse College Horror Doesn’t Make the Grade
The title of this horror movie on-screen is officially “Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare,” maybe to differentiate it from, say, “Madonna: Truth or Dare” or some other film based around this game, which may still be popular among more repressed high school and college students. Anyone who played truth or dare as a teenager will know that it usually ends badly, but not quite as badly or ludicrously as it does here.

The concept in this horror movie “Truth or Dare” is that the game itself is somehow possessed by a demon, and this means that, whenever a participant is possessed by said demon, they are forced to make the face that Karen Black makes at the end of the cult TV movie “Trilogy of Terror.” Black pulled that face just once at the end of the Zuni doll segment, but the unfortunate cast of “Truth or Dare” is forced to make it continually throughout the film, often with laughable results, even when it is accompanied (as it sometimes is) by red demon eyes.

Truth or Dare” begins with a battered-looking woman who grimaces into that Karen Black mug before lighting another woman on fire. We then meet the main characters of the film, young people who are all going down to Mexico for spring break. Director Jeff Wadlow (“Kick-Ass 2”) indulges in some split-screen effects under the credits to show us their progress and their drunken, obnoxious spring break revels. If the intention was to make us hate them and want to see them suffer, mission accomplished.

Watch Video: 'Truth or Dare' Trailer: Watch Lucy Hale and Tyler Posey Play Deadly Game

Olivia (Lucy Hale) is a petite brunette moralist, and her best friend Markie (Violett Beane, “The Flash”) is a blonde who is in mourning for her father, who recently committed suicide. Penelope (Sophia Ali, “Grey’s Anatomy”) has a drinking problem, and her boyfriend Tyson (Nolan Gerard Funk, “The Canyons”) is a medical student who sells prescriptions of Adderall and other drugs to fellow students. Lucas (Tyler Posey) is Markie’s boyfriend, and Brad (Hayden Szeto, “The Edge of Seventeen”) is a gay guy who is closeted to his family. Rounding out the cast is Ronnie (Sam Lerner, “The Goldbergs”), who acts aggressive to compensate for his feelings of inadequacy.

All of them are roped into playing a game of truth or dare by Carter (Landon Liboiron, “Frontier”), and the results are as expected, at first. Ronnie is made to give Tyson a lap dance, and Brad admits that he wouldn’t mind making out with Carter, but “Truth or Dare” is squeamish when it comes to sex or nudity. When Lucas is made to get naked, he runs around in the dark in such a way that we barely see any of his body.

Also Read: 'Rampage' Stomps Into Theaters in Need of Big Overseas Launch

The editing here by Sean Albertson (“Warrior”) is expert and fast and helps to move this enterprise along, but it can be a little abrupt, as when Brad moves in to kiss a guy during spring break, and the camera cuts away as soon as it can. (Does this count as some kind of progress in depicting a same-sex kiss of any kind in a studio movie?)

There is a very suspenseful and well-shot sequence where Penelope is walking along the edge of a roof of a house while drinking, and Olivia and her friends have to try to save her, but Wadlow falters whenever he has to rely on Google searches and Facebook clicking to give us plot exposition. You can’t avoid texting and online searching in movies now because that’s the way we live our lives, but no one has been able to make this cinematically exciting yet, unfortunately.

Also Read: Kevin Bacon, David Koepp to Team Up for Blumhouse's 'You Should Have Left'

The premise of “Truth or Dare” is needlessly convoluted, and it is overloaded with information and side characters. By the time Olivia is driving down to Mexico to meet a deus ex machina nun named Sister Inez (Vera Taylor) to solve the mystery of why they have been possessed by this game, “Truth or Dare” has entered pretty absurd territory.

Read original story ‘Truth or Dare’ Film Review: Blumhouse College Horror Doesn’t Make the Grade At TheWrap
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Coming Soon: Smackdown 1970 and Smackdown 1994

The next two regular Smackdowns were among the most requested years last time I shared the remaining years that haven't been done (among the years where it's still possible to find all five films -sigh). In both cases there are only 4 movies you need to watch to play along. I'm still on the hunt for panelists but in the meantime get to watching for the first time (or rewatching!)

Helen Hayes in "Airport"

May 6th "Supporting Actress Smackdown 1970"

Panelists: Tba; Nominees:

Karen Black, Five Easy Pieces Lee Grant, The Landlord Helen Hays, Airport Sally Kellerman, Mash Maureen Stapleton, Airport

Balloting is currently open and closes May 1st. Send your ballot to me with "1970" as subject line and a heart rating for each contender of 1 (awful) to 5 (perfection). Please only vote on the performances you've seen since the results are weighted accordingly so as not to punish the underseen or overvalue the widely seen.
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Full Release Details for Scream Factory’s It’S Alive Trilogy Blu-ray Box Set

Early this year, Scream Factory revealed that they would release Larry Cohen's It's Alive trilogy in high-def, and now they've revealed the full release details for the Blu-ray box set, including new interviews with Cohen and other cast and crew members:

Press Release: For the first time on Blu-ray, and in a new, deluxe box set, the It’s Alive trilogy is reborn! On May 15, Scream Factory will release the It’s Alive Trilogy in a 3-disc set packed with bonus features, including new interviews, and new 2K scans of each film.

It's newborn and … It's Alive … and murder is what it knows best! A proud couple's bundle of joy is really a newborn terror in filmmaker Larry Cohen's cautionary cult hit that tapped into environmental fears. The horror grows when multiple child monsters rampage in the first sequel It Lives Again as two brave parents try to stop
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‘Harold Buttleman’ VOD Review

Stars: John Hawkes, Anita Barone, Stephen Falk, Karen Black, Dan Castellaneta, Stephanie Jane Markham, Ryan Alosio, Rusty Schwimmer, Daryl Hury, Leon Russom, Carlos Jacott, Duane Whitaker, Todd Robert Anderson, Greg Benson | Written and Directed by Francis Stokes

A charming and endearing tale of one mans dare to dream attitude and his willingness to break every bone in his body on the way to that dream… With a beautiful re-scan, from 35mm film, of the classic award-winning comedy, Harold Buttleman: Daredevil Stuntman.

Oscar Nominee John Hawkes (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) is Harold Buttleman, a sweet, charming and somewhat clueless small town tuxedo salesman who wants to be the next Evel Knievel and he is willing to break every bone in his body to get there. Harold teams up with a couple of friends who share his passion for what he wants to accomplish and they shoot a crude video (made
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MST3K Season 12 Release Date, Trailer, Movies, Turkey Day

Gavin Jasper Joseph Baxter Nov 12, 2018

Mst3K Season 12 on Netflix is a go! Expect more Mystery Science Theater 3000 on your screens just in time for Turkey Day.

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Season 12 will head back to Netflix for more mirthful movie-riffing, just in time for a proper Thanksgiving Turkey Day marathon. Indeed, Jonah Ray, Felicia Day, Patton Oswalt will be back in their respective roles, joined, of course, by Crow T. Robot, Tom Servo and Gypsy.

Last year’s inaugural revival season was officially titled Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return. This time, however, the sophomore round will bear the formal title, Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Gauntlet. This is because the series is upping the cheesy movie stakes higher than ever with a cinematic sextet ominously referred to as “The Gauntlet.”

MST3K Season 12 Trailer Video of Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Gauntlet | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

The long wait is finally about conclude,
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Trilogy of Terror Finally Hits Blu-ray in 2018

Like many of you guys out there, we are huge fans of horror anthology movies. From Creepshow to Tales of Halloween we consume any and all anthologies we can find. One of the absolute classics of the subgenre is the 1975’s Trilogy of Terror starring Karen Black. Like all anthologies (other than Creepshow) Trilogy of Terror is […]

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