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The erotic thrillers that followed Basic Instinct’s success

Simon Brew Feb 3, 2017

When Basic Instinct hit big, Hollywood went hunting for more erotic thrillers. Er, it found some. Includes Kevin Spacey with odd hair.

When a movie hits big out of the blue, it’s unwritten Hollywood law that the imitators aren’t too far behind. That’s why, after American Pie brought Porky’s-esque sex-tinged (late) teen comedies back to prominence in 1999, the box office was flooded with similar fare for years after. The Blair Witch Project, meanwhile, hit out of nowhere, and found footage horror is only now dying away. The late Wes Craven, meanwhile, wryly noted just how quickly Hollywood had cashed in on the success of 1996’s Scream, when spoof Scary Movie popped out the year after.

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Going back to 1992, though, and it was the turn of the erotic thriller to enjoy its resurgence.
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Awfully Good Movies: Color of Night (Video)

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Color of Night (1994) Director: Richard Rush Stars: Bruce Willis, Jane March, Ruben Blades This weekend, Emily Blunt is getting caught up in a scary and sexy mystery as The Girl On The Train, so Awfully Good Movies is pulling out its magnifying glass--and pulling down its pants--to solve the mystery of the 1994 Razzie-winning erotic thriller Color Of Night, starring Bruce Willis! Yes, Bruce... Read More...
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Swing Tarzan Swing: Casper Van Dien in "The Lost City"

Nathaniel R's been revisiting (and ogling) past Lord of the Apes this summer. We've now reached the late 90s...

In our Swing Tarzan Swing series we've now reached the late 1990s. A time in which I, Greystoke-loving Nathaniel who is known to swing enthusiastically on the ropey vines of time between decades, am stunned into something approaching silence. I've sat on this one for over a week, struggling for something to say. 

What possessed anyone involved to dive headfirst into a schlocky old school Tarzan plot/adventure while also incongruously connecting itself to the (comparatively) high-brow Greystoke? Early Tarzan films avoided England but for onscreen talking points or origin story allusions. After Greystoke Tarzan films must begin there, goes the apparently unspoken rule. So we first meet John Clayton (Casper Van Dien) as a rich heir happily immersed in all things Jane (Jane March) in England. As with the new 2016 Tarzan,
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‘Flim: The Movie’ Review

Stars: Raffaello Degruttola, Steven Waddington, Rebecca Atkinson, Jody Marriott Bar-Lev, Kacey Barnfield, Camille Coduri, Josh Cohen, Shelley Conn, Collette Cooper, Dan Davies, Skye Lucia Degruttola, Simone Lahbib, David Elliot, Sadie Frost, Christopher Fulford, Abhin Galeya | Written and Directed by Raffaello Degruttola

Flim The Movie is a very clever, very funny mockumentary. It was a surprise hit at Raindance Film Festival 2014 and despite a low budget and miniscule marketing spend found itself nominated for a British Independent Film Award alongside big hitters like Calvary and The Imitation Game. The story centres around a hapless, wannabe Bollywood director called Ravi (played by Raffaello Degruttola). He claims to have made at least one short film back in India and has come to the UK to make his first feature film. Capturing this is the Nick Broomfield-cum-Louis Theroux documentarian Scott (played by Steven Waddington).

As well as star in it, Degruttola produced and directed it.
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‘Scream Queens: Horror Heroines Exposed’ Review

[Editors Note: Given that we've already reviewed the Vinegar Syndrome release of Graduation Day and both discs are virtually identical bar the extras, we thought we'd review the Major difference between the two Blu-ray releases - the bonus feature on the UK disc, the documentary Scream Queens: Horror Heroines Exposed]

It’s fair to say I’m a sucker for scream queen “documentaries”. Be they the T&A filled features such as Scream Queen Hollywood Hot Tub Party, more amateur-hour productions such as Donald Farmer’s shot-on-video Invasion of the Scream Queens, or the awesome scream queen interviews that featured in Stephen King’s World of Horror – if it features an interview with a scream queen then I’m there. I’m also a fan of the documentaries and Blu-ray extras produced by High Rising Productions – including their previously released slasher movie documentary: Slice and Dice: The Slasher Movie Forever.

Put the two together and… I’m in filmic heaven!

Directed by UK-horror scene stalwart Calum Waddell and hosted by scream queen Debbie Rochon (Terror Firmer, Tromeo and Juliet) Scream Queens: Horror Heroines Exposed features, in a change of pace for horror documentaries, especially those focusing on females in the genre,
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Graduation Day, Mother’s Day & Don’t Go in the Woods… Alone Featured in UK Blu-ray Slasher Classics Collection

Earlier this summer we reported that 88 Films will be releasing Graduation Day and Mother’s Day to Blu-ray in the UK, and now 1981′s Don’t Go in the Woods… Alone will also be given the UK high-definition treatment. Together, these three releases make up the first wave of 88 Films’ Slasher Classics Collection, and the documentary, Scream Queens: Horror Heroines Exposed!, has been included on Graduation Day‘s special features.

Graduation Day will hit Blu-ray in the UK on October 13th, while Mother’s Day will be available in the high-definition format sometime in early 2015. An official release date for Don’t Go in the Woods… Alone has not yet been announced. Below are two official press releases and a look at the Blu-ray cover art. The first release has full details on Graduation Day‘s special features, including the documentary, Scream Queens: Horror Heroines Exposed! (thanks to Blu-ray.
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88 Films announce specs for ‘Graduation Day: Special Edition’ Blu-ray

Released in 1981, Graduation Day has become a favourite of slasher movie fans thanks to its plasma-spurting set pieces, maniacal mystery-killer storyline and a cast of cult celebrities that includes Christopher George (City of the Living Dead), Vanna White (Wheel of Fortune) and the perennially topless Scream Queen Linnea Quigley. Now set for a Blu-ray release, with a stunning print restored and re-mastered from a colourful 4k scan, from the folks at 88 Films, Graduation Day will arrive in the UK with an array of newly created special features from High Rising Productions including a new feature length documentary entitled Scream Queens: Horror Heroines Exposed.

Hosted by the legendary Debbie Rochon (Tromeo and Juliet, Terror Firmer), this insightful investigation into the challenges of women working within a genre frequently associated with a masculine fanbase is unique in featuring all-female perspectives. Names that have been caught on camera for this epic expose
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10 Failed Attempts To Sell A Movie With Sex

Sex sells; there is absolutely no getting away from the fact that in every walk of life, a nice pair of breasts or a guy’s pert arse is going to sell whatever product they’re attached to, and more than anywhere else – other than porn, perhaps – that is true of movies.

Who isn’t going to enjoy a steamy sex scene in the middle of a movie? Sure, it might be gratuitous and completely pointless to the plot and/or the characters, but hey, it provides a nice break in the other action and gives us a bit of a thrill at the same time.

However, some movies have sold themselves on sex and come up short, as must be embarrassing for the owners of the bodies involved. After all, how much must it suck if you confidently flaunt your body on screen, and the box office tallies tell you,

The 9 Worst Nude Scenes in Movies

Warning: Somewhat Nsfw.

If there's one thing you can count on from "The Hangover Part III," it's that at some point in the film, Zach Galifianakis (and probably Ken Jeong, too) is gonna let it all hang out.

Now, while we respect such a display of uninhibited revelry, it doesn't mean that anybody — and we mean anybody — necessarily wanted to see such a thing. Let's face it (or, rather, let's not) — there are just some people who need to keep their junk in the trunk.

Speaking of which, here are nine nude scenes that made us wanna cover our eyes.

9. Philip Seymour Hoffman, 'Before the Devil Knows You're Dead' (2007)

The opening shot of director Sidney Lumet's last film shows Philip Seymour Hoffman energetically humping Marisa Tomei. Say what you will about the big guy, but he seems a more than capable lover ... not that we needed any visual proof of that.
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Why Did ‘Basic Instinct’ Cause All the 90s Scandal When ‘Color of Night’ Was So Much Trashier?

When you think about 90s pop culture, you have to think about Paul Verhoeven’s 1992 erotic thriller, Basic Instinct. That movie dropped like a bomb, dominating the entertainment news cycle for months and inspiring years worth of parodies. Its success didn’t come because Michael Douglas’ cop character investigating a murder made for all that interesting a story, or because Verhoeven orchestrated the thing all that well either. It came almost solely because people were so shocked by the content. There were threesomes, ice pick murders, and, of course, there was that interrogation scene where you could catch the briefest glimpse of Sharon Stone’s vagina if you turned your head sideways and squinted. The 90s were more innocent times—before the near daily release of celebrity sex tapes—so this was intense stuff, and Basic Instinct made a mint off the scandal. Two years later, a sporadically working director named Richard Rush tried to cash in
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Trailer: Asylum's Jack the Giant Slayer Rip-Off Looks Terrible

The Asylum is the studio behind such cheap rip-offs as "Transmorphers" and "Snakes on a Train." It's now back with "Jack the Giant Killer," which is a rip-off of Bryan Singer's upcoming "Jack the Giant Slayer." And today we have a trailer for the new movie, showing that it also borrows from Guillermo Del Toro's "Pacific Rim." Check it out below. Plot: A giant beanstalk brings Jack to a land in the clouds filled with snarling, evil beasts. When the creatures make their way to Earth, Jack must figure out how to get back down before they destroy his hometown and everyone in it. "Jack the Giant Killer" is directed by Mark Atkins (Sand Sharks), and stars Jane March (Color of Night) and Ben Cross (Chariots of Fire). It's set to be released on VOD and DVD/Blu-ray on March 12th, just eleven days after Singer's "Jack the Giant Slayer" hits theaters.
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Would You Trade Some Magic Beans for Artwork and a Trailer for The Asylum’s Jack the Giant Killer?

The Asylum’s Jack the Giant Killer likely won’t prompt legal action from Bryan Singer’s similarly titled blockbuster since it appears to be set in the early 20th century, the giants are dinosaur-like monsters, and I’m unaware of any version of “Jack & the Beanstalk” that includes a giant robot.

Jane March (Color of Night), Ben Cross (Chariots of Fire), and newcomer Jamie Atkins star in writer-director Mark Atkins’ (Sand Sharks) Jack the Giant Killer, coming to VOD/DVD/Blu-ray on March 12th. That’s 11 days after Jack the Giant Slayer beanstalks theaters worldwide.

So how is The Asylum version of this classic fairy tale different?

A giant beanstalk brings Jack to a land in the clouds filled with snarling, evil beasts. When the creatures make their way to Earth, Jack must figure out how to get back down before they destroy his hometown and everyone in it.
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More on The Asylum / Warner Bros. Hobbit Fiasco

Curiously enough, even before the recent court ruling suspending the release of The Asylum's latest mockbuster, Age of the Hobbits, Redbox’s website has a listing for the film, slating it for Redbox rental on December 31st.

The “Coming Soon” listing shows the exact same artwork but with the title Clash of the Empires in lieu of Age of the Hobbits. Presumably, that Redbox release with the alternate title will also scrapped due to the court injunction, but as of the time I am writing this, Clash of the Empires is still being listed on Redbox’s website.

Age of the Hobbits (review) may not be the only mockbuster affected by the Warner Brothers lawsuit. The Asylum had just recently announced Jack the Giant Killer starring Jane March and Ben Cross slated for DVD/Blu-ray release on March 12th, around the same time as Bryan Singer’s big budget Jack
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Interview: Martin Kemp talks ‘Stalker’

Martin Kemp, the famed actor/musician has turned his hand to horror, bringing us his impressive directorial debut Stalker. It’s not often that a woman stalks another woman in this genre and here Jane March, who found fame in The Lover, plays the part of a psychotic female to chilling perfection. In this interview Kemp talks about being a horror fan, why he prefers directing to acting and compares his experience in the Celebrity Big Brother House to The Thing.

You wrote the screenplay for Stalker, where did the inspiration for the story come from?

Jonathan Sothcott, the producer, came to me asking me to rewrite the seventies movie ‘The House On Straw Hill’, but after looking at it I decided to just take a seed from it and send it on to a different journey, but the basic principle is still there.

Are you a big horror fan?
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Horror Channel announce “Stalk and Slash” season

Our friends at Horror Channel have just sent us details of their latest themed “event” which will be slicing its way through their schedules every Friday night throughout October – Stalk and Slash Season. Yes, Horror channel are celebrating the slasher films, both classic and contemporary, as only they know how. From October 5th there will be four double-bills, headed up by four UK TV premieres; and as a huge slasher movie fan I’ll be tuning in for Every one!

Here’s the details:

Fri Oct 5th @ 22:55

The season kicks off with the premiere of Going To Pieces: The Rise And Fall Of The Slasher Film (2006) a documentary which features a host of genre legends including Wes Craven, Rob Zombie & John Carpenter, who take us on a journey to the darkest recesses of cinematic shock. This is followed at 00:40 by Black Christmas (1974). Bob Clark’s Sorority House horror classic,
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Kellan Lutz: Tarzan 3D Movie

Kellan Lutz (photo), best known for playing Emmett Cullen in the Twilight movies, and Resident Evil actress Spencer Locke, will star in the performance-capture 3D movie Tarzan, adapted from Edgar Rice Burroughs’ classic tale, and to be directed by Animals United’s producers / directors Reinhard Klooss and Holger Tappe. Needless to say, Lutz will bring Tarzan back to life, while Locke will play Jane. The screenplay was written by Klooss, Ice Age: Dawn of the DinosaursYoni Brenner and Jessica Postigo, whose sole listed credit on the IMDb is Harald Zwart’s The Mortal Instruments, currently in pre-production. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it updates Burroughs’ story by having Tarzan’s parents killed in a plane crash, the CEO of Greystoke Energies as the film’s chief villain, and Jane as an environmentally conscious heroine. Come to think of it, the first "update" isn’t something really new: Boy’s
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We Shine the Spotlight on Our Favorite Middle Star Eden Sher

After three seasons of The Middle serving up big name guest stars for older brother Axl (Kristin Cavallari ) and younger brother Brick (Chord Overstreet, Doris Roberts, Betty White), middle child Sue Heck is finally getting her long overdue moment to shine. In tonight’s episode, Sue finds a kindred spirit in Jane March, her school guidance counsellor played by none other than Whoopi Goldberg, who inspires her to reinvent herself. But what exactly does that reinvention entail? Well, we recently had the pleasure of catching up with Sue’s real-life alter-ego Eden Sher, who was only too happy to preview some of the hilarity that ensues and why she couldn’t be prouder to play Sue Heck. See for yourself, after the jump.

Having watched every other member of the Heck family get to act opposite a big name guest star over the course of the past three seasons, Sue
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What To Buy This Week: Blu-ray and DVD releases for January 30th 2012

Another week, another Monday. So it’s time for the rundown of DVDs and Blu-rays hitting stores online and offline this week. It’s another packed week, with plenty of movies waiting to take you money, so let us breakdown the new releases and highlight what you should – and shouldn’t – be buying from today, January 30th 2012.

Pick Of The Week

Rolling Thunder (Blu-ray)

After spending eight years in a Vietcong prison camp, Major Charles Rane (William Devane, 24) returns home to a small town in Texas to be greeted as a hero with a Cadillac convertible and couple thousand dollars in silver coins, one for each day of his imprisonment. Struggling to go back to his former life, Rane faces another ordeal as a gang of thugs set their sights on his cash prize… Now living only for vengeance, he heads to Mexico to exact his own brand of justice on the fleeing crooks.
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Competition: Win a copy of video nasty remake ‘Stalker’ on DVD

Ex-pop singer turned actor Martin Kemp makes his directorial debut with Stalker, a remake of the classic 1976 video nasty Expose which starred Fiona Hayden and Linda Hayden – who also appears in this film alongside Jane March, Colin Salmon, Anna Brecon, Billy Murray and Jeniffer Matter.

Following a stress induced breakdown after producing a bestseller, writer Paula Martin (Anna Brecon) retreats to Bidford House, her childhood holiday home to get away from it all and begin work on her next novel. However, the old house is full of secrets and mystery which distract and disturb the fragile Paula. She calls her agent for help to take the pressure off and Linda (Jane March) arrives appearing to be a godsend and getting Paula back on track. But all is not as it seems. Is Linda a serial killer who’s been stalking Paula for years? With slimy journalist Robert Gainer (Billy Murray
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Win! Signed DVD Copies Of Stalker!

To celebrate the DVD release of the award-winning Stalker, The Hollywood News has teamed up with Black and Blue Films for this exclusive give away.

The directorial debut of Martin Kemp, Stalker tells the story of Paula (Anna Brecon), a troubled novelist who returns to her isolated family home to overcome her writer’s block. But when her new Pa (Jane March) arrives the bodies begin the pile up, and Anna finds herself trapped in a web of madness and murder.

Stalker was a critical success last year, and cleaned up at the Scream horror awards, nabbing the gongs for Best Film, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actor (for Billy Murray) amongst others.

The Hollywood News has five DVD copies of the Stalker to give away – All Signed By Writer-director Martin Kemp!

To win yourself a signed copy of Stalker just answer the following question –

Martin Kemp starred alongside his
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