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Ghost Stories From 'Unsolved Mysteries' That Still Haunt Us to This Day

Contrary to popular belief (and most people's Netflix queue) the public's obsession with the paranormal isn't anything new. Just because there are more options to indulge in the occult these days — whether it be podcasts, documentaries or TV shows — doesn't mean that the fascination hasn't always been a guilty pleasure. Take the iconic series Unsolved Mysteries as a prime example. Having first aired in 1987, the spooky series, originally hosted by Robert Stack and later hosted by Dennis Farina, has been captivating audiences for decades. Anyone who has seen a single episode should have no trouble figuring out why! Despite the somewhat corny reenactments, the subject matter is beyond riveting, particularly when it comes to paranormal activity. Below, are the seven best Unsolved Mysteries ghost episodes.
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'Unsolved Mysteries' Had a Whopping Five Hosts During Its 14 Seasons

Throughout Unsolved Mysteries' long run on TV, one host stood out: Robert Stack. The late actor, sportsman, and television host served as the face (and voice!) behind the true crime show from 1987 to 2002. It began its run on NBC as a series of specials before turning into a full-fledged series on CBS for ten seasons. After its 1999 cancellation, it returned to Lifetime with an addition 103 episodes before Robert's passing in 2003. But, even though the show hasn't produced new episodes years, it still airs in syndication. So, naturally, people are curious about Robert's career and life because viewers are continually learning about the true crime mysteries years after they initially aired. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) However, if you're watching Unsolved Mysteries in 2018 — there's a good chance you will watch a host that isn't Robert as well. The late Raymond Burr and Karl Malden presented the show alongside Robert in 1987. Later,
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This Is Why Mindhunter Feels Just Like Silence of the Lambs

Image Source: Netflix If you're into the serial killer genre, your next favorite show is bound to be Netflix's psychological thriller Mindhunter, which is about two FBI agents who interview serial killers in order to gain insight into how the minds of these kinds of murderers work. If you think that sounds an awful lot like the plot of an Oscar-winning film or an Emmy-nominated TV show, you'd be right. So just what kind of connection does Mindhunter have to The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal? The four books in the Hannibal Lecter series were written by Thomas Harris between 1981 and 2006. In them, one recurring character is Jack Crawford, the agent in charge of the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit, and here's where the connection to Mindhunter comes in. Crawford is based on John E. Douglas, the real-life FBI criminal profiler that Jonathan Groff's Mindhunter character is based on
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Blu-ray Review – Madhouse (1981)

Madhouse, 1981.

Directed by Ovidio G. Assonitis.

Starring Trish Everly, Michael MacRae, Dennis Robertson, Allison Biggers, Morgan Most, Edith Ivey, and Jerry Fujikawa.

Synopsis:

Julia is approaching her 25th birthday but unfortunately her estranged twin sister Mary sees this as an opportunity to escape from her hospital bed and torment her just like when they were kids, culminating in a birthday party straight out of a nightmare.

Originally released at the peak of the first slasher boom, Madhouse (a.k.a. There Was a Little Girl & And When She Was Bad) gained something of a reputation by being added to the Dpp Video Nasties list back in the 1980s but, like most of the movies on that list, is it really that depraved and corrupt or is it just another example of the authorities knee jerk reacting to nothing more than a slightly bloody thriller where somebody happens to brandish a knife in a menacing way?
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Inventory: The Second(-Billed) City: 19 great Chicago character actors

  • The AV Club
Chicago is a “that guy” kind of town, its very history shaped by political machines and criminal syndicates whose leaders all resembled character actors of one type or another. It’s also home to venerable ensemble theater companies such as Steppenwolf and improv comedy institutions like Second City, which has made it a crucible of talent that’s produced scene stealers on screens big and small. Mind you, Chicago and its suburbs have produced plenty of big stars with local roots—your Harrison Fords, your John Malkoviches, your John Cusacks, your Jennifer Hudsons, your, uh, Jim Belushis. But our metropolis of underdogs has a deep self-identification with the perpetually second- and third-billed, the sort of hometown pride that could make Dennis Farina a bona fide local celebrity and inspire a popular Italian beef joint to plaster pictures of Joe Mantegna on its wall. As part of The A.V. Club
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‘Snatch’ Review: One Punch From Brad Pitt Had More Power Than Crackle’s New TV Show

‘Snatch’ Review: One Punch From Brad Pitt Had More Power Than Crackle’s New TV Show
It’s been 16 years since Guy Ritchie’s London crime story, “Snatch,” first debuted in the U.S., and, while the black comedy pulled in a decent sum, its primary accomplishment was of a cult fandom (and earning Guy Ritchie a shot at the big time). With that in mind, I don’t feel too bad for only remembering a few key moments from a film built on a sharp wit and distinct characters:

Alan Ford’s thick, creepy glasses; Dennis Farina’s crass American foil to all those classy Brits; Jason Statham proving he can do more than just beat the hell out of his co-stars; the tragic fate of Benicio del Toro’s Franky Four Fingers; and, of course, the sole iconic element of Ritchie’s first major studio film (aside from ultra slo-mo fight scenes): Brad Pitt’s gibberish-spouting gypsy boxer with a devastating right hook,
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Unsolved Mysteries: Amazon to Stream Robert Stack Series with Case Updates

Amazon is cracking the case. The Wrap reports the streaming platform has acquired the original episodes of Unsolved Mysteries.Hosted by Robert Stack, the long-running true crime series profiled real-life unsolved crimes. The show ran on NBC from 1987 to 1998, moved to CBS from 1997 to 1999, and aired on Lifetime for one season before ending its run on Spike TV with host Dennis Farina.Read More…
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Ray Donovan recap: ‘Chinese Algebra’ not as hard as Ray’s life

Spoilers This week’s episode of Ray Donovan saw Ray’s world pivot to the shit — as his luck is nowhere near as persistent as his dad Mickey. In the episode, Chinese Algebra, we remember the edict from the late actor Dennis Farina (Cousin Avi) in the Guy Ritchie film Snatch about “sneaky f****n’ Russians” like Boris the blade, who kept screwing him over. These sneaky f*****g Russians do not disappoint. Ray (Liev Schreiber) is dealing with the devil, Dmitri (Raymond J. Barry), for Avi’s (Steven Bauer’s) life, while he’s also managing Frank Barnes’s (Michael McGrady’s) inquisitive speculation — which deepens. And then there’s the...read more
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Review: "Romeo Is Bleeding" (1994); Twilight Time Limited Edition Blu-ray

  • CinemaRetro
By Todd Garbarini

I first became acquainted with director Peter Medak’s work in 1983 when I saw his 1980 masterwork The Changeling, one of the most frightening ghost stories shot in color. Also known for 1972’s The Ruling Class and 1990’s The Krays, Mr. Medak made the film noir Romeo is Bleeding, shot in 1992 and released on Friday, February 4, 1994. The film is told in an elliptical narrative fashion, starting with the end and going back in time to show us how the protagonist got to where he is. We first see Jack Grimaldi in a dilapidated diner, his voiceover indicative of a man full of regrets who is probably in the Witness Protection Program and forced to lead a life bereft of any true purpose or feeling. Once upon a time, he was a police officer in New York City and his partners are comprised of actors we know well today:
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Blu-ray Review – Midnight Run: Collector’s Edition (1988)

Midnight Run, 1988.

Directed by Martin Brest.

Starring Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin, Yaphet Kotto, John Ashton, Dennis Farina and Joe Pantoliano.

Synopsis:

Midnight Run arrives on Blu-ray in the Us in a new Collector’s Edition from Shout! Factory that includes a new interview with Robert De Niro along with the interviews that were part of the Blu-ray released in the UK in 2015. A vintage “making of” featurette is also included. The disc features a new 2K scan of the film.

In the annals of great screenwriting, Midnight Run is an underrated classic. It’s one of those movies with a great setup and nearly flawless execution through acts two and three. The story twists and turns in unpredictable but satisfying ways, reversals of fortune happen at the right moments, and the ending isn’t a surprise, but it feels just right. Throw in a great cast and top-notch directing,
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‘Family Guy’ Won’t Do Any More ‘Star Wars’ Parodies, and Here’s Why

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‘Family Guy’ Won’t Do Any More ‘Star Wars’ Parodies, and Here’s Why
Don’t expect to see any more “Star Wars” parodies from Fox’s animated hit “Family Guy.”

The show produced three “Star Wars” homages (2007’s “Blue Harvest,” 2009’s “Something, Something, Something Dark Side” and 2010’s “It’s a Trap!”) several years ago. But that was back before Disney acquired Lucasfilm and jumpstarted the franchise.

“The new regime is a little more difficult to deal with,” executive producer Alec Sulkin said. “Before we were just dealing with Lucasfilm. Seth [MacFarlane] had a good relationship with them. It’s not that Seth has a bad relationship with Disney, but they’re a bit more rigid.”

Executive producer Rich Appel said it was understandable, as “they’re a little more careful now that they’re rolling out new movies.”

Read More: 8 of Indiewire’s Favorite Talking TV Animals

Meanwhile, David Tennant, Kyle Chandler, Jacob Tremblay and the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea are among
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May 24th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Manhunter, Killer Dames Collection

Tuesday, May 24th has several fantastic DVD and Blu-ray releases that should get horror fans excited, especially the highly anticipated Collector’s Edition release of Manhunter from the fine folks at Scream Factory. Arrow Video is also releasing a stunning limited edition set entitled Killer Dames, featuring two overlooked giallo cult classics, and for those of you American Gothic fans out there (like myself), the entire series is finally making its way to DVD this week.

Other notable Blu-ray and DVD releases for this Tuesday include Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema Collection, Specters, Paranormal Sex Tape, and The Devil’s Woods.

American Gothic: The Complete Series (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, DVD)

Visit Trinity, South Carolina, a small town with more chills than charm. Sheriff Lucas Buck (Gary Cole) won’t let anyone – including local doctor Matt Crower (Jake Weber) or the determined Gail Emory (Paige Turco
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Contest: Win Manhunter Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray

Co-starring Brian Cox as Dr. Hannibal Lecktor, Michael Mann’s Manhunter comes out on a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray on Tuesday from Scream Factory, and we’ve been provided with three copies to give away to Daily Dead readers.

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Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Collector’s Edition Blu-ray copy of Manhunter.

How to Enter: For a chance to win, email contest@dailydead.com with the subject “Manhunter Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on May 27th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.

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From the Press Release: “This May 24 from Scream Factory comes Manhunter [Collector’s Edition], a killer Blu-ray release of one of the most unnerving serial killer movies ever made. With more than 5 hours of bonus content,
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Manhunter Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Clips & Trailer

Brimming with bonus features, including interviews with William Petersen, Joan Allen, Tom Noonan, and Brian Cox, Scream Factory’s Collector’s Edition Blu-ray of Michael Mann’s Manhunter hits shelves next Tuesday, and we have high-definition clips and a trailer teasing the new release of the Red Dragon adaptation:

From the Press Release: “This May 24 from Scream Factory comes Manhunter [Collector’s Edition], a killer Blu-ray release of one of the most unnerving serial killer movies ever made. With more than 5 hours of bonus content, including over 2 hours of new interviews, this greatly anticipated release is a must-have for fans.

Tom Noonan (Heat, Robocop 2), Joan Allen (The Bourne Legacy), Dennis Farina (Get Shorty), Kim Greist (Brazil) and Stephen Lang (Avatar) co-star in this gripping thriller from director Michael Mann (Heat, Miami Vice) and adapted from the novel Red Dragon by Thomas Harris.

The first film to feature the iconic character Hannibal Lecktor, Manhunter
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Snatch: Crackle Orders Drama Series Based on Guy Ritchie Film

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Crackle has ordered the Snatch TV series, based on Guy Ritchie's 2000 film of the same name (pictured above). The first season order is for 10 one-hour episodes of this new crime drama. The cast and premiere date are yet to be determined. When we know, you will.

The cast of the Snatch feature film which inspired the new series includes: Jason Statham, Brad Pitt, Benicio Del Toro, Dennis Farina, Stephen Graham, Vinnie Jones, Rade Šerbedžija, Alan Ford, Mike Reid, Robbie Gee, Lennie James, Ewen Bremner, Jason Flemyng, Ade, Goldie, William Beck, Sorcha Cusack, and Andy Beckwith.

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There’s going to be a TV show based on Guy Ritchie’s ‘Snatch’

A TV series based on Guy Ritchie’s 2000 movie Snatch is in development over at Crackle.

The planned show was mentioned in an official press release sent out by the U.S. streaming service just yesterday. Here’s a bit more about it from that original release.

New 10-episode, one-hour drama series based on the world of the wildly popular Guy Ritchie movie, Snatch.

Much like the television series, ‘Fargo,’ Crackle will carry the spirit of the setting in the original feature film, while creating a new world born from the original movie. Informed by a real life gold bullion heist in London, the show centers on a group of twenty-something, up and coming hustlers who stumble upon a truck load of stolen gold bullion and are suddenly thrust into the high-stakes world of organized crime. The boys must quickly learn to navigate the treacherous waters of London’s underworld as rogue cops,
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Crackle Plans A "Snatch" TV Series

Crackle has ordered a ten-episode, one-hour drama series based on Guy Ritchie's 2000 heist film "Snatch".

Said to be in the vein of FX's "Fargo," the series intends to continue the spirit and setting of the original film, but at the same time "create a new world".

The first season is inspired by a real-life heist in London and follows a group of twenty-something, up-and-coming hustlers who stumble upon a truck load of stolen gold bullion and are suddenly thrust into the high-stakes world of organized crime.

The hoods must quickly learn to navigate London's underworld in encounters with rogue cops, gypsy fighters, international mobsters and local villains descend. No air date has yet been set.

Benicio Del Toro, Brad Pitt, Vinnie Jones, Dennis Farina, Jason Flemyng and Jason Statham starred in the original film.

Source: Variety
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Manhunter Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Bonus Features Revealed

May 24th will be a day of celebration for fans of Michael Mann’s Manhunter. The 1986 film adaptation of Thomas HarrisRed Dragon will be released as a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray from Scream Factory containing nearly three hours of new bonus features, including interviews with William Petersen, Joan Allen, Tom Noonan, and Dr. Hannibal Lecktor (spelling adjusted for this film) himself, Brian Cox.

Press Release: This May 24 from Scream Factory comes Manhunter [Collector’s Edition], a killer Blu-ray release of one of the most unnerving serial killer movies ever made. With more than 5 hours of bonus content, including over 2 hours of new interviews, this greatly anticipated release is a must-have for fans.

Tom Noonan (Heat, Robocop 2), Joan Allen (The Bourne Legacy), Dennis Farina (Get Shorty), Kim Greist (Brazil) and Stephen Lang (Avatar) co-star in this gripping thriller from director Michael Mann (Heat, Miami Vice) and adapted from the novel Red Dragon by Thomas Harris.
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9 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Leap Year

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9 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Leap Year
Happy Leap Day - and Leap Year, too, of course. And if you're one of the few who happen to be born on this day, happy birthday - finally! Leap Day is literally the rarest of dates on which anything can happen, but it's not without its merits and its not without its share of historical happenings. It's just that it gets a lot fewer of them, as a result of a cruel quirk of the Gregorian calendar. In case you've written this day off as just an extra 24 hours tacked randomly onto the shortest month, well here's a list
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Bottle Shock – The ‘Tribute to Alan Rickman’ Review

I Hate wine! Seriously, no kidding, I cannot drink it, smell it and I don’t like to talk about it. The origin of this distaste for fermented grape juice? It was when I was in the Navy (there he goes again!) I was on liberty in Brindisi, Italy (Bill remembers!) We were in a restaurant on a bright, sunny Italian Sunday afternoon. We ordered food and wine. The wine came in pitchers, not bottles. I don’t recall the food ever arriving, don’t remember leaving the restaurant, going back to the ship, none of that, complete blackout.

Literally one minute in the restaurant, the next lying face down in my rack strangling on my own sick. I won’t go into any more sordid details, I’ll spare you that. Sufficient to note I was in trouble with the Navy, had gotten horribly sick on a liberty boat,
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