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Die Hard on a Budget

Tom Jolliffe takes a look at some low budget Die Hard clones…

It may not have been the first of its kind, but when Die Hard came out, from the moment Bruce Willis entered the Nakatomi plaza, a new sub-genre all of its own was launched – ‘The Die Hard movie’. None have compared, whether it was the sequels to the original, or big budget escapades like Under Siege (Dh on a boat), The Rock (on Alcatraz), Executive Decision, Passenger 57 and Airforce One (Dh on Planes), Sudden Death (at an ice hockey stadium) or Skyscraper (Dh…back in a Skycraper…) to name a few.

There have been innumerable big screen riffs. At the same time, through the video era up until now, many a B movie god, or even Sean Astin (IcebreakerDie Hard at a Ski resort against a villanous Bruce Campbell) have delved into McClane’s territory. Die Hard on a shoe-string.
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Exclusive: New images from sci-fi explotationer ‘Robowoman’

New promo images have been released for filmmaker Dustin Ferguson’s forthcoming sci-fi thriller Robowoman, featuring the film’s stars Dawna Lee Heising (Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance), in the title role of Robowoman, Sue Price (Albert Pyun’s Nemesis franchise), Mel Novak, Vida Ghaffari (The Mindy Project) and Brinke Stevens. Check them all out below.

RoboWoman follows career woman Vivica Stevens (Heising) on her last night at a temp agency as she accepts a date with a pushy co-worker, played by Jonathan Nation (Elvis Lives). Soon she finds herself cornered in a dark park at night and brutally attacked, raped and left for dead by her date and his deranged friends. She’s found barely alive by her concerned roommate, Carlenee, played by Sue Price and undergoes illegal, experimental “cybernetic” surgery where she is given a replacement robotic arm and visor to correct her vision. However, the cybernetic surgery causes havoc to her brain,
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New Images Leaked for Dustin Ferguson’s Sci-Fi Thriller “Robowoman” starring Dawna Lee Heising, Sue Price, Mel Novak, Vida Ghaffari and Brinke Stevens

New images have been leaked for multi award-winning filmmaker Dustin Ferguson’s sci-fi thriller “Robowoman.” These photos feature the film’s stars: Dawna Lee Heising (“Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance”), in the title role of “Robowoman,” Sue Price (Albert Pyun’s “Nemesis 2-5”), Mel Novak, Vida Ghaffari (“The Mindy Project”) and Brinke Stevens. “RoboWoman” follows career woman Vivica Stevens (Lee Heising) on her last night at a temp agency as she accepts a date with a pushy co-worker, played by Jonathan Nation (“Elvis Lives”). Soon she finds herself cornered in a dark park at night and brutally attacked, raped and left for dead by her date and his deranged...

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‘Gigantic Army’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

A game that reveres the titles it takes gameplay cues from but due to several conflicting design choices as well as a control scheme that lacks response, never feels satisfying to play.

It was only a few years ago that a friend introduced me to Cybernator on the Snes, although I have payed mech games over the years, I struggled to remember one quite like Cybernator with it’s chunky combat and a real sense of weight to your mech. This is the game that Gigantic Army looks like the most if you were to look at screen shots of each game, unfortunately the similarity ends there.

The introduction of the game is given through scrolling text a la Albert Pyun’s 1989 classic Cyborg, then there is a brief Pov sequence which looks straight out of a PC game running on Windows 95 (good). This set up the tone of the
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The B to Z of Movies: The Independent Mavericks, and a Lasting Legacy

Continuing in our look at the B to Z of movies, Tom Jolliffe looks at the rogue film-makers who operated away from the studio systems, from the 50’s through to the prolific video era…

What do Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Ron Howard, Jonathan Demme, James Cameron, Jack Nicholson, Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and host of other icons have in common? They all had a significant helping hand in their fledgling careers by a certain Roger Corman. Corman began his career in the mail room of 20th Century Fox, working his way up to becoming a reader. When his input on the film The Gunfighter (with Gregory Peck) was left uncredited he left Fox and thus the studio system, and branched out on his own (he did briefly return to direct for Fox before branching away again). Corman fans will likely look at his early career with the greatest fondness
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HorrorNews Spotlight: Sheila Krause

HorrorNews Spotlight: Sheila Krause A New Star Is Born! Her name is Sheila Krause, and very soon her name will appear above the titles in theatre marquees. Sheila is only 12 years old, but her heritage is “show business.” Sheila’s mother Donna is a producer of films, the latest being Albert Pyun and Cynthia Curnan’s …

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Bad Ass Angels And Demons: Cult Icon Albert Pyun Launches Production In 360 Vr

Iconic cult director Albert Pyun - best known for directing The Sword And The Sorcerer and Cyborg - is apparently unstoppable. So while the director has been battling some significant health issues in recent years he's not about to let those stop him from doing what he loves best, and that's making movies. And so he's about to get up and running on his latest, a fantasy actioner titled Bad Ass Angels And Demons, which he'll be shooting in 360 Vr. Check out the details below! Shooting starts this weekend on cult director Albert Pyun's ambitious fantasy actioner Baad: Bad Ass Angels & Demons   The film stars  Mia ScozzaFave as Arch Angel Azrael,   Fulvia Santoni as Arch Angel Gabriel,...

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‘Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

It’s the brand that would spawn the Fallout franchise, and this throwback to late-‘90s roleplaying was directed by none other than the prestigious Brian Fargo. Sadly, while this sequel – which arrives on Switch (in its 2015 Director’s Cut form) 30 years after the first game – shows fleeting flashes of old school charm, as a game it is ugly, clunky and unwelcoming, and it’s a technical mess on Switch.

The post-apocalyptic setting here is barren Arizona, and your four-person squad operate as Desert Rangers, policing the titular wastes. You go with the default team or create your own – selecting skills, perks, appearance etc – and then, via the tried and tested world map, you make your way through the sprawling gameworld toward your objective, dodging radiation zones and trying not to die from dehydration. Find a settlement and the view moves closer in, and you explore the region in real-time.
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Direct-to-Video Pioneer David A. Prior – The Career Restrospective

Article by Mark Longden

David A. Prior is one of those people who filled up video shelves for us back in the days of Blockbuster. If you’re a normal movie fan, chances are you passed over one of his incredibly generic sounding titles while looking for something else; if you’re a cult movie nerd, then you’ll have probably seen “Deadly Prey” and you might be interested in what happened to him and his actor brother Ted. Either way, hope you enjoy this retrospective.

When you watch the movies of David A Prior, you’re struck by the sense that, like so many famous / notorious low-budget directors, his personal obsessions are aired out over and over again. They feel more personal than the sort of thing you’re going to see at a multiplex, and while that doesn’t make them good, it at least makes them interesting.
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Legendary Filmmakers Albert Pyun and Cynthia Curnan Overcome Adversity To Make “Bad Ass Angels and Demons”

Legendary Filmmakers Albert Pyun and Cynthia Curnan Overcome Adversity To Make “Bad Ass Angels and Demons” Albert Pyun is an award-winning American filmmaker and director whose contributions to the film industry are substantial, particularly in the science-fiction and action genres. Pyun, in fact, is credited with pioneering the cyborg sub-genre. With over 50 titles to …

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Blu-ray Reviews: Cyborg & Ninja III: The Domination

There will never be another studio like the Cannon Group, the company co-owned by Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, who famously churned out dozens upon dozens of low-budget genre films in the 1980s. Though known for producing mostly schlock, the Cannon run of the ‘80s is one of my favorite periods for movies, probably because they made exactly the kinds of movies I grew up loving and still do to this day.

A shameless combination of Flashdance, The Exorcist, and a ninja movie, Ninja III: The Domination is the third installment of Cannon’s “ninja” trilogy, none of which have anything to do with one another except that Sho Kosugi appears in all of them, each time playing a totally different character. It begins as all ninja movies do: on a golf course. We’re then introduced to Lucinda Dickey (Breakin’), who stars as a woman who works on telephone
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Interview: Acting legend Mel Novak

Mel Novak is an action star who is best known for his performance as Stick the Assassin in Bruce Lee’s final film Game of Death (1978). Having starred in more than 60 feature films, he has given no indication that he is slowing down and following on for the success of Syndicate Smasher (2017) Mel has several new projects which are due for release soon. I got a chance to ask Mel as few questions about how he got into acting, doing his own fight scenes, stunts and whether there are any characters he like an opportunity to portray on screen again…

How did you first get into acting originally?

I had initially acted in some plays in school and a couple in local theatres. In La, I got a job with an insurance company as a bodily injury claims adjuster. It was there that I met a gal that set up
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Blu-ray Review: Cyborg Kicks its Way Home

Shout Factory's new release of Cannon FilmsCyborg is likely the best the film has ever looked since it's initial theatrical release. As a fan of most of Cannon's canon, I'm sad to say that 1989's Cyborg didn't do it for me, story or acting wise, but even typing that feels silly, as Cannon weren't usually known for fantastic acting or scripts. The Blu-ray sure does look great, however, and the sound is just fine for a film like this one. Let's face it: Cyborg was never made to win an Oscar.  Written and directed by B-movie king Albert Pyun, who was credited as Kitty Chalmers on the screenplay, Cyborg stars everyone's favorite kickboxer, Jean-Claude Van Damme, as he kicks and screams his way through a post-apocalyptic hellscape. You see, he's taken...

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Contest: Win Cyborg Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray

Scream Factory takes viewers into a dystopian future of cannibal pirates, human/robot hybrids, and Jean-Claude Van Damme in their new Collector's Edition Blu-ray release of Cyborg, and with the cult 1989 sci-fi thriller out now on home video like never before, we've been provided with three Blu-ray copies to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers!

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

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:

https://www.instagram.com/dailydead/

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

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on May 1st.
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Clips & Trailer from Scream Factory’s Cyborg Collector’s Edition Blu-ray

Jean-Claude Van Damme? Check. Cyborg hybrid? Check. Flesh-eating pirates? Check. On April 24th, Scream Factory will release the Collector's Edition of Cyborg (1989) on Blu-ray, and we have three high-def clips and a trailer from the sci-fi gem to share with Daily Dead readers:

Cyborg Collector's Edition Blu-ray: "Jean-Claude Van Damme stars as the future's most fearsome warrior in this adrenaline-charged sci-fi thriller.

Deteriorating from a deadly plague, 21st-Century America is descending into a barbaric nightmare. Only Pearl Prophet (Dayle Haddon), a beautiful half human/half cyborg, has the knowledge necessary to develop a vaccine. But during her quest to gather data and bring the cure to the world, Pearl is captured by cannibalistic Flesh Pirates who plot to keep the antidote for themselves and rule the world. Now, only saber-wielding hero Gibson Rickenbacker (Van Damme) can rescue her and save civilization.

Bonus Features

New 4K Scan From The Original Film
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Epic Trailer for Albert Pyun's Indie Space Opera Interstellar Civil War

Epic space battles, sandy wastelands, mysterious magic... I'm not sure exactly what's going on in Interstellar: Civil War, the new space opera from Albert Pyun, but there's ambition to spare in the first real trailer from the movie.

Albert Pyun is mostly known for his post-apocalyptic B-movies including Cyborg, Nemesis, Knights and others, but the director has done quite a variety of films over the years, even, pioneering the one-shot feature with dashcam alien invasion film Invasion.

Synopsis:

A elite team of Imperial Empire Galactic R
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Scream Factory Details ‘Cyborg’ Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Starring Jean-Claude Van Damme

Scream Factory has passed along the details for the upcoming April 24th release of Cyborg Collector's Edition starring Jean-Claude Van Damme on Blu-ray.

Expect Cyborg to look better than it ever has as this latest version includes a new transfer taken from a 4k scan of the original film elements.

That alone might be enough to entice you, but there's more. Several new bonus features were commissioned for this collector's edition as outlined below.

New 4K scan from the original film elements

New Audio Commentary with writer/director Albert Pyun

New A Ravaged Future – The Making of Cyborg - featuring interviews with writer/director Albert Pyun, actors Vincent Klyn, Deborah Richter and Terrie Batson, director of photography Philip Alan Waters and editor Rozanne Zingale

New Shoestring Fantasy - The Effects of Cyborg – featuring interviews with visual effects supervisor Gene Warren Jr., Go-Motion technician Christopher Warren and rotoscope artist Bret Mixon
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Full Release Details for Scream Factory’s Cyborg Collector’s Edition Blu-ray

Pitting Jean-Claude Van Damme against the Flesh Pirates, the 1989 sci-fi thriller Cyborg is coming out on a Collector's Edition Blu-ray from Scream Factory this April, and we have a look at the full list of special features, including several interviews and a new audio commentary from writer/director Albert Pyun:

Press Release: Los Angeles, CA – Jean-Claude Van Damme stars as the future’s most fearsome warrior in the adrenaline-charged sci-fi thriller Cyborg, available on Blu-ray in a Scream Factory Collector’s Edition set loaded with new bonus features, on April 24, 2018.

Deteriorating from a deadly plague, 21st-Century America is descending into a barbaric nightmare. Only Pearl Prophet (Dayle Haddon), a beautiful half human/half cyborg, has the knowledge necessary to develop a vaccine. But during her quest to gather data and bring the cure to the world, Pearl is captured by cannibalistic Flesh Pirates who plot to keep the antidote
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Albert Pyun Confirms Cyborg Bonus Features

Shout! Factory have announced they will release Albert Pyun's post-apocalyptic, cyberpunk hybrid Cyborg on Blu-ray in April but they haven't released any bonus features yet. We previously reported the release was scheduled for January 30, but it was pushed back to April. Perhaps we've learned more about why.

The film's director Albert Pyun confirmed on Twitter today that he is scheduled to record a new commentary for the film as well as partake in a series of interviews (a [Continued ...]
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Poster & two clips from ‘Nemesis 5: The New Model’

Albert Pyun’s Nemesis franchise was a staple of the Dtv era, with the Olivier Gruner starring first film exploding into video stores in 1992 and a further 3 installments released in 1995 and 1996 – probably because Pyun churned out the sequels in order to cash in on the popularity of the original… Why the history lesson? Well a Fifth film in the franchise, Nemesis 5: The New Model, is currently in production! Pyun is not behind the camera this time, merely a producer, with filmmaker Dustin Ferguson (The Amityville Legacy) taking the directorial reigns.

It is the year 2077 and terrorist organization known as The Red Army Hammerheads now dominate the Earth. The fate of humanity now rests in the hands of The New Model, Ari Frost (Schuylar Craig). Trained under the wing of Alex Rain (Sue Price), she must form an army of Cyborg Humans to take down the regime and regain control.
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