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Drive-In Dust Offs: The Manitou (1978)

When I think of some of my favorite B films of the 1970s, my mind tends to drift towards the works of the late filmmaker William Girdler. This man made nine movies in six years before his tragic death in ’78 at the age of thirty; chief among them Abby (’74), Grizzly (’76), and Day of the Animals (’77). Now, quantity obviously doesn’t equal quality, and he made a few outright stinkers. But he was exciting to me because he became a better, more confident filmmaker with each film; this is especially evident with his final release, The Manitou (1978), your typical ancient Native American little person demon growing out of the back of a woman’s neck who fights the heroes in space with laser beams kind of flick. You know the type.

Independently produced, The Manitou was released by Avco Embassy in late April, with a June rollout across North America, and worldwide the following year.
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Fright At Home: November 26th’s DVD & Blu-ray Releases!

It’s the last Tuesday before we all gather around and gorge ourselves silly with turkey and pumpkin pie, so Fright At Home is here with a list of must-own discs that are perfect for putting on before we all slip into a week-long food coma! Scorpion Releasing and Scream/Shout! Factory own this week, as per usual lately; both labels have two releases a piece this week that cover all genres. Scream has the wild, late ’80s slasher, The Horror Show making it’s HD debut; Shout! has George A. Romero’s fantastical-action film Knightriders on Blu; and Scorpion brings ’70s animals-run-amok classic Day Of The Animals to Blu-ray and obscure double-bill Lurkers / Die Sister, Die! to DVD!

As always, Amazon purchase links are attached. Till next week, Happy Thanksgiving, and may god have mercy on your wallet.

Day of the Animals

Blu-ray & DVD / Scorpion Releasing

Synopsis:

Scientists warn
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Actor Jon Cedar Dies

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Actor Jon Cedar Dies
Hollywood actor Jon Cedar has died after a brief battle with leukaemia.

The star passed away on Thursday in Tarzana, California. He was 80.

Cedar started his career on the stage, appearing Off-Broadway and in tours across the U.S. in shows including The Deputy and South Pacific.

He also racked up a number of roles in feature films including Foxy Brown, Capricorn One and Murder in Mind, while also appearing in TV shows such as Hogan's Heroes, Moonlighting, Matlock and Murder, She Wrote.

Cedar is survived by his longtime companion, Elynore Leigh, his actress daughter Loren Thompson, producer son Michael and his actor brother George, as well as several grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday at the Groman Eden Mortuary in Mission Hills, California, according to Variety.com.

Actor Jon Cedar Dies

The star, Jon Cedar passed away on Thursday in Tarzana, California. He was 80.

Jon Cedar started his career on the stage, appearing Off-Broadway and in tours across the U.S. in shows including The Deputy and South Pacific.

He also racked up a number of roles in feature films including "Foxy Brown", "Capricorn One" and "Murder in Mind", while also appearing in TV shows such as Hogan's Heroes, Moonlighting, Matlock and Murder, She Wrote.

Jon Cedar is survived by his longtime companion, Elynore Leigh, his actress daughter Loren Thompson, producer son Michael and his actor brother George, as well as several grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday at the Groman Eden Mortuary in Mission Hills, California, according to Variety.com.
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[DVD News] - 2 Grindhouse double features for Srs

Grindhouse Double Feature - Make Them Die - 2 DVD set of "Campfire Tales" / "Kiss Daddy Goodbye" Stars Gunnar Hansen, Fabian Forte, Marilyn Burns, Jon Cedar, Nell Regan Two classic tales of chills and thrills! First up, sit back for "Campfire Tales" ! It's a fun anthology with gore and effective rock music. -The Psychotronic Video Guide. "Twenty dead bodies. No breasts. Intestine-ripping. Blood-puking. Arm-hacking. Multiple pizza faces. Finger-eating. Face-eating rats. A 78 on the Vomit Meter. Gratuitous pumpkin pie. Heads roll. Finger rolls. Ear rolls. Zombie Fu. Two and a half stars." -Joe Bob Briggs. While out camping in the dark woods, three young people are approached by a creepy derelict who tells them a collection of grisly stories, each one more shocking than the...
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