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Halloween 2017: “Why Am I Always The Last To Know?” Double Feature – Carnival Of Souls (1962) and Dead & Buried

[To get you into the spooky spirit, the Daily Dead team is spotlighting double features that we think would be fun to watch this Halloween season. Keep an eye on Daily Dead for more double feature recommendations, and check here for our previous Halloween 2017 coverage.]

It’s always been my dream to own a movie theater and program just my favorite genre fare. Of course, showing nothing but the oeuvre of William Girdler would leave me destitute within a month (okay, a week), so naturally I’d have to expand my programming. I’ve always found that double features are a great tool (and if anyone knows what it’s like to be a great tool, it’s me) for finding the connective tissue between films that may appear to be dissimilar upon a quick pass, or to highlight and illuminate similarities that create an entirely new experience.

First up in my double feature entitled "Why Am I Always The Last To Know?" is Herk Harvey’s Carnival of Souls (1962), a Twilight Zone-ish tale of a young woman who finds herself in a state of disconnect following a car accident, constantly followed by ghoulish visions at every turn.
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Dead And Buried Midnights This Weekend at The Moolah

“You can try to kill me, Dan. But you can’t. You can only make me dead. ”

Dead And Buried screens Midnights this weekend (March 24th and 25th) at The Moolah Theater and Lounge (3821 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, Mo 63108) as part of Destroy the Brain’s monthly Late Night Grindhouse film series.

1981 was a stellar year for horror films! Just ask Andy Triefenbach, who programs at Late Night Grindhouse midnight series. The Evil Dead, The Burning, My Bloody Valentine, The Beyond, House By The Cemetary, and Nightmare have all played midnights at the Late Night Grindhouse monthly film series in recent years and they all celebrate their 36th anniversary in 2017. Dead And Buried, co-written by St. Louis native Dan O’Bannon (two years after he co-wrote Alien and 3 years before he wrote and directed Return Of The Living Dead – another Lngh fave) may not be as well-known as those shockers,
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10 Crucial George Segal Roles Beyond ‘The Goldbergs’

10 Crucial George Segal Roles Beyond ‘The Goldbergs’
George Segal rode talent and a hot streak to the top of the movie heap from the mid-1960s into the 1980s. If you only know Segal for his popular TV series “Just Shoot Me” and “The Goldbergs,” here are crucial earlier roles to check out.

King Rat (1965), dir. Bryan Forbes:

This was a break-out role for Segal, a prestigious WWII drama with a mostly British cast that included John Mills, Tom Courtenay, James Fox, Patrick O’Neal, and Denholm Elliott. Segal played a charismatically amoral American sharpie, scrambling to maintain his place at the top of the black-market heap in a Japanese prison camp.

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), dir. Mike Nichols:

Segal earned his lone Oscar nomination for this role, in Nichols’ adaptation of Edward Albee’s stinging marital drama. He brought brains and vulnerability as a college professor who, with his mousy wife (Sandy Dennis
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Gene Wilder: 12 Things You Didn’t Know About His Early Career

Gene Wilder: 12 Things You Didn’t Know About His Early Career
Before he achieved movie superstardom in the 1970s, Gene Wilder did Brecht on Broadway, Shaw in Louisville, and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” with Kirk Douglas on the Great White Way.

Wilder, who died Aug. 28 at the age of 83, also once pocketed $7,000 in an arbitration case waged by the Writers Guild of America West because of four little words: “A Mel Brooks Film.” Here are 12 intriguing facts from Wilder’s early career, as documented in the pages of Variety.

Wilder’s first mention in Variety came in the March 7, 1961, edition, in a review of an Off Broadway play directed by Mark Rydell. “Roots” was described as a “seamy” English family drama with not much going for it, per our critic. But Wilder was “well-cast as the thick-skinned son.” 1963 was a busy year for Wilder. In March he co-starred with Anne Bancroft in a Broadway production of Bertolt Brecht
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A. Martin Zweiback, Screenwriter on Katharine Hepburn's 'Grace Quigley,' Dies at 85

A. Martin Zweiback, who wrote the screenplay for the 1984 black comedy Grace Quigley, which starred Katharine Hepburn in her final leading role, has died. He was 85. Zweiback died Saturday at his home in Santa Monica of cancer, his friend Joan Dykman told The Hollywood Reporter. Dykman is serving as trustee and executor of his literary estate. Zweiback received a WGA nomination for writing Me, Natalie (1969), which starred Patty Duke and James Farentino and featured Al Pacino in his first big-screen appearance. He also wrote and directed the anti-war melodrama Cactus in the Snow (1971), starring

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Drive-In Dust Offs: Dead & Buried

1981 was an amazing year for horror. An American Werewolf in London. The Beyond. The Evil Dead. The Funhouse. The Howling. The list goes on and on. However, one that always seems to fall through the cracks of time and memory is Dead & Buried.

Released in May 1981, Dead & Buried did not set any box office records. This is due to the fact that it is very hard to categorize. Is it a slasher ala Friday the 13th Part 2? No, but there are some gruesome and realistic deaths courtesy of late effects whiz Stan Winston. Is it a monster movie like The Howling? Not exactly, but the movie involves transformations (of a sort). Is there a mystery to solve? Definitely, and this is what drives the story forward and through the disparate elements at play.

60’s and 70’s TV survivor James Farentino stars as Dan Gillis, Sheriff of the seaside town of Potter’s Bluff.
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Oscar Winner Went All the Way from Wyler to Coppola in Film Career Spanning Half a Century

Teresa Wright and Matt Damon in 'The Rainmaker' Teresa Wright: From Marlon Brando to Matt Damon (See preceding post: "Teresa Wright vs. Samuel Goldwyn: Nasty Falling Out.") "I'd rather have luck than brains!" Teresa Wright was quoted as saying in the early 1950s. That's understandable, considering her post-Samuel Goldwyn choice of movie roles, some of which may have seemed promising on paper.[1] Wright was Marlon Brando's first Hollywood leading lady, but that didn't help her to bounce back following the very public spat with her former boss. After all, The Men was released before Elia Kazan's film version of A Streetcar Named Desire turned Brando into a major international star. Chances are that good film offers were scarce. After Wright's brief 1950 comeback, for the third time in less than a decade she would be gone from the big screen for more than a year.
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This Week in The Vault: Rebekah McKendry and Dave Parker Chat About 'Dead & Buried'

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This Week in The Vault: Rebekah McKendry and Dave Parker Chat About 'Dead & Buried'
In The Vault this week, we welcome director Dave Parker (The Hills Run Red, ColdWater) and journalist Rebekah McKendry from Fangoria. These are two of the biggest horror nerds I know (and I know a lot of horror nerds) so they give some great insight on this week's film, Dead & Buried.

Dead & Buried is a kind of low-key zombie flick. I had never even heard of it until we started working on The Vault. The small New England coastal town of Potter's Bluff is a popular vacation spot, but visitors frequently end up, well, murdered. But thanks to some voodoo witchcraft, the dead rise again, as residents who don't eat brains and, frankly, act as if nothing happened - except, of course, when it is time to kill the newbies.

Directed by Gary Sherman (Poltergeist III, Raw Meat), the screenplay comes from Dan O'Bannon, best known for writing the original Alien.
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'Argo' and 'Abbey' Upset Competition at SAG Awards

'Argo' and 'Abbey' Upset Competition at SAG Awards
The ensemble casts of Argo and Downton Abbey upset the competition at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Sunday night at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. In the ceremony honoring the year's best performances in film and television, other unexpected and/or well-deserved wins went to Daniel Day-Lewis, Jennifer Lawrence, Bryan Cranston, Tina Fey, Anne Hathaway and Claire Danes. Read on for the recap…

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The Best Ensembles

The night's top award, Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, went to the 13 actors of Argo, with a stunned Ben Affleck excitedly making sure he thanked his wife Jennifer Garner and studio, Warner Bros. in the middle of lauding the many speaking roles required for his film: "They wanted to kill it to make the movie better," he said, declaring of the win, "I am really amazed and stunned." The true-life Iran hostage tale beat out Lincoln
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'Modern Family' & 'Homeland' Top Primetime Emmys

'Modern Family' & 'Homeland' Top Primetime Emmys
Showtime's Homeland and ABC's Modern Family were the big winners at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday night, airing live from the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Read on the for the recap…

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The Drama

Homeland bested drama contenders Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Mad Men and Game of Thrones for the Outstanding Drama series honor. The show's leading man Damian Lewis pleasantly surprised the room with an Outstanding Lead Actor win over tough competitors Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey) and Michael C. Hall (Dexter). "I'm one of those pesky Brits, apologies," he said, acknowledging his fellow nominees and the Homeland cast members that he likes "to dine with."

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Damian's Homeland co-star Claire Danes won for Outstanding Lead Actress. Besting Glenn Close (Damages), Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey), Julianna Margulies ([link
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Review: Dead & Buried (Blu-ray)

Potters Bluff is a quaint seaside town in Rhode Island that’s “the size of a postage stamp” according to its Sheriff, Dan Gillis (James Farentino). He has a beautiful wife, Janet (Melody Anderson), and the respect of the townspeople. It’s the kind of place where everyone is happy to see you, and they hope you’ll stick around for a long, long, time.

However, Sheriff Gillis has a problem no civil servant wants to have: His small town has been the site of several mysterious tourist murders. With the help of the local coroner, Mr. Dobbs (Jack Albertson), the poor Sheriff is in a no-win situation as bodies keep showing up.

Written by Dan O’ Bannon (Alien) and Ronald Shusett, Dead & Buried is the kind of really weird, and chokingly atmospheric horror movie they just don’t make anymore. Everything is shrouded in fog, day and night. And everyone acts a little strangely,
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ER Actor James Farentino Cause of Death: A Broken Hip?

ER Actor James Farentino Cause of Death: A Broken Hip?
James Farentino, a prolific character actor who in later years played George Clooney's estranged father on ER, was originally said to have died last week following a long illness. But that's not the whole story, according to the death certificate released today by the L.A. County Department of Public Health and obtained by E! News. What did the document reveal? Primary cause of death was noted as "sesquelae of right hip fracture," which basically means Farentino died of complications from a broken hip. More: View the death certificate The exact nature of those complications—"sesquelae" is a pathological condition resulting from disease, injury or...
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Farentino Died From Broken Hip

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Farentino Died From Broken Hip
Veteran actor James Farentino died as a result of a broken hip, a Los Angeles coroner has ruled.

Farentino, who enjoyed recurring roles in some of America's biggest TV shows, was suspected to have died of heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on 24 January, but the star's cause of death has now been listed as "sequelae of right hip fracture" - an injury he sustained after falling out of bed at his California home in December, according to TMZ.com.

The exact nature of the hip complication has not been listed.

The fractured hip wasn't 73-year-old Farentino's only health problem - he also suffered from heart disease, diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a condition which makes it difficult to breathe.

Farentino rose to fame in the 1960s and became known for starring opposite Patty Duke in 1969's Me, Natalie. He also became a TV favourite on shows like Police Story and Dynasty.

Hollywood Legend James Farentino -- Killed by a Broken Hip

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Hollywood legend James Farentino didn't die from heart failure -- according to the actor's death certificate, obtained by TMZ, he died from every old person's worst nightmare ... a broken hip.There were reports the actor croaked thanks to a bum ticker -- but while his heart may have been a contributing factor in his demise ... the official cause of death is listed as "sequelae of right hip fracture."For those who don't know ... sequela is
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James Farentino, TV And Film Star, Dead At 73

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Farentino in The Bold Ones TV series in 1969


Actor James Farentino died Tuesday in Los Angeles at age 73 following a lengthy illness. Farentino's good looks and charisma made him a star on the rise in the 1960s and he appeared in numerous films and TV series in recurring roles or as a guest. He also co-starred in the hit series The Bold Ones. His success in feature films was more erratic but he did land occasional prominent roles in films like Me, Natalie and in the sci-fi Pearl Harbor-themed hit The Final Countdown. Farentino lead a tumultuous personal life that saw him married four times. In 1994, his career went into a greater nosedive when he pleaded no contest to stalking ex-wife Tina Sinatra, youngest daughter of Frank Sinatra. He was sentenced to probation and ordered to get psychiatric care. Farantino admitted that his behavior was often appalling and led
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R.I.P. James Farentino

James Farentino, veteran actor of stage, movies and TV, has died in Los Angeles. Farentino was 73 and died Tuesday at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. A family member told AP that Farentino had a heart ailment. His work on Broadway included productions of Death Of A Salesman, Night Of The Iguana and a revival of A Streetcar Named Desire in which he played Stanley Kowalski. His movie resume included the sci-fi flick The Final Countown and horror movie Dead And Buried. He enjoyed a prolific TV career including ER, Dynasty and Melrose Place and several TV movies. Farentino’s marriages to Elizabeth Ashley, Michele Lee and Debrah Mullowney Farentino ended in divorce. Survivors include his fourth wife Stella Farentino and two children.
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Actor James Farentino of ER Fame Dies at 73

Some of you may have already heard the news, but for those who haven’t, the Associated Press reported the death of actor James Farentino earlier today. Farentino is probably most well known for his work on the show ER as the rough around the edges father of George Clooney. But those with a little bit more of a long term memory most likely recall his roles on Melrose Place and The Final Countdown.

Farentino was famous for playing characters that mirrored his own life. He was married four times and often found himself in trouble with the law including a recent battery charge. But his spirit shined in all of his roles; he was as coarse as he was sentimental. His death was the result of a heart failure.

Farentino’s career stretches back over 40 years in both film and TV, starring in starring in a couple of episodes of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour,
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Actor James Farentino Dead at 73

Actor James Farentino Dead at 73
James Farentino, who appeared in dozens of movies and television shows, died Tuesday in a Los Angeles hospital. He was 73.

A family spokesman told Fox News that Farentino died of heart failure after battling a longtime illness.

A recognizable character actor, Farentino had recurring roles on "Dynasty," "Melrose Place," "The Bold Ones: The Lawyers" and "ER," playing the estranged father of George Clooney's character. He was also nominated for an Emmy in 1978 for his
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Daily Briefing. Merv Bloch and "The Telephone Book"

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As a Hollywood ad man from the early 60s through the early 90s, Merv Bloch developed campaigns for dozens and dozens of major motion pictures (here's the tip of the iceberg), and he's got stories to tell, names to drop and photos to point to when Steve Macfarlane drops by his Upper West Side office for an interview for the L. "Bloch grew up in Manhattan; as a high school student, he caught word that a movie was being shot in his apartment building. He perched himself in a corner and, for hours, watched a scene reworked ad nauseum by a lanky, nasal-voiced director in his early 20s: it was Stanley Kubrick, shooting Killer's Kiss." The fun begins. Bloch produced but one feature, Nelson Lyon's The Telephone Book (1971), which he described in 2009 as "a dark comedy about a girl who falls in love with the world's greatest obscene phone call.
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Greek Director Theo Angelopoulos Killed Near Film Set

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Greek Director Theo Angelopoulos Killed Near Film Set
Greek director Theo Angelopoulos died Tuesday after being hit by a motorcycle, police told the Assoicated Press. He was 76. He had been shooting his latest film in Athens just blocks away from where the accident happened.   Angelopoulos' deliberate and episodic style made him an arthouse favorite, earning him the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for 1995's "Ulysses' Gaze." To his fans, he was a consummate filmmaker with a masterful command of the long-shot, but to his detractors he favored an overly ponderous style.  Also read: James Farentino, Actor in 'Police Story,'
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