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October 16th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Trilogy Of Terror, Schlock, Dracula A.D. 1972, Steelbooks of Halloween II (1981) and Halloween III: Season Of The Witch

With Halloween nearly two weeks away now, we have another great new batch of horror and sci-fi Blu-rays and DVDs coming out this week that genre fans are undoubtedly going to want to add to their home media collections, as they are not only perfect to enjoy for the remainder of October, but pretty much any time of year. The two biggest highlights for me personally are Scream Factory’s absolutely stunning Steelbook editions of Halloween II (1981) and Halloween III: Season of the Witch, and Kino Lorber has also put together a brilliant Blu-ray presentation of Trilogy of Terror as well.

Warner Archive is resurrecting Dracula A.D. 1972 in HD this Tuesday, and Agfa is doing the dark lord’s work with their Schlock Blu-ray. Plus, if you’ve never had the chance to experience the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Olive Films has put together a new special
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Halloween II (1981) and Halloween III: Season Of The Witch Limited Edition Steelbooks Revealed by Scream Factory

Scream Factory is making October dreams come true today. Following their announcement of a new Trick ’r Treat Collector's Edition Blu-ray, they've now unveiled two other autumnal treats: Steelbook Blu-rays of Halloween II and Halloween III: Season of the Witch.

Due out on October 9th, both Halloween sequel Steelbooks come with new 4K scans, artwork by Nathanael Marsh, and special features included on previous Blu-ray releases.

Check out the full release details for both Steelbooks below, and let us know if you'll be adding them to your home media collections this fall!

Halloween II Steelbook Blu-ray: "Picking up exactly where the first film left off, Halloween II follows the same ill-fated characters as they encounter the knife-wielding maniac they left for dead in the first film. But the inhuman Michael Myers is still very much alive and out for more revenge as he stalks the deserted halls of the Haddonfield hospital.
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Rogue One screenwriter developing The Last Starfighter reboot

The Book of Eli and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story screenwriter Gary Whitta has taken to social media to reveal his next project, a reboot of the 80s cult sci-fi The Last Starfighter!

Whitta is currently working on the script with co-writer Jonathan Betuel, and has shared some early concept art from illustrator Matt Allsopp; check it out here…

Okay, probably shouldn’t show you this so early but here’s a little something I’ve been tinkering on with my co-writer Jonathan Betuel. You might recognize the ships. Thanks to the amazing Matt Allsopp (lead concept artist on Rogue One) for creating these images for us. pic.twitter.com/CIobLYYRHk

— Gary Whitta (@garywhitta) April 4, 2018

People seemed excited by the first tweet so here’s a tiny bit more of Matt’s concept art. Can’t show anything more after this, it’s all too spoilery #GreetingsStarfighter pic.twitter.
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The Last Starfighter reboot in the works with Rogue One scribe

  • HeyUGuys
Rogue One scribe Gary Whitta has taken to social media to share concept art for a reboot of Nick Castle’s 1984 sci-fi film The Last Starfighter, announcing he is working on the project with co-writer Jonathan Betuel.

Whitta stated on the post via twitter: “You might recognize the ships. Thanks to the amazing Matt Allsopp for creating these images for us.” He was also asked if it was a reboot or a sequel to which he only responded: “Forgot to cc @Sethrogen since I know he’s a fan :)… Okay, back to work… might have a bit more for you later”

Also in the news – Scarlett Johansson in final talks to star in Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit

Okay, probably shouldn’t show you this so early but here’s a little something I’ve been tinkering on with my co-writer Jonathan Betuel. You might recognize the ships.
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Rogue One's Gary Whitta working on a reboot of The Last Starfighter

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Rogue One's Gary Whitta working on a reboot of The Last Starfighter
Do you remember The Last Starfighter? Well, here's a quick refresher: The 1984 sci-fi film found Alex Rogan (Lance Guest) becoming embarrassingly good at an arcade game called Starfighter. Once he becomes the highest-scoring player, Rogan is approached by the game's creator who reveals that the game is a recruiting tool for a real intergalactic conflict. There have been rumblings... Read More...
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Last Starfighter Reboot Artwork Revealed By Rogue One Writer

The 1984 sci-fi cult classic The Last Starfighter is getting a reboot from Rogue One‘s Gary Whitta, and he just shared the first details. Centered around a young kid named Alex Rogan (Lance Guest), The Last Starfighter takes audiences on a wild adventure through unusual circumstances. Alex becomes a warrior after successfully beating The Last Starfighter game, which was actually just a training mechanism to find help in this war.
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DVD & Blu-rays: Jaws sequels, Chuck Norris

Nick Aldwinckle Sep 2, 2016

Our latest The Bottom Shelf DVD and Blu-ray round-up features Jaws 2, Jaws 3-D, Jaws: The Revenge and Chuck Norris...

With Shark Week arguably America’s most beloved religious festival and the unprecedented worldwide cultural impact of Anthony C. Ferrante’s acclaimed Sharknado trilogy showing no sign of letting up, who could deny the necessity of the Jaws sequels finally getting a Blu-ray release?

The immediate answer is obvious (well, anyone), though this belated look at Jaws 2, Jaws 3-D, Jaws: The Revenge and Jaws 5: The Sharkening was, for this writer at least, a nostalgic journey through a world where morbidly obese fish bear grudges, Michael Caine fights a script far deadlier than any marine predator and where lines such as “Weld that sonuvabitch” are somehow deemed passable.

Generally considered the best of the sequels, perhaps Jaws 2 holds a special place in the heart of the reader who,
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Jaws The Revenge: How the sequel went so horribly wrong

Ryan Lambie Jul 25, 2016

It's famously one of the worst sequels ever, but why did Jaws The Revenge go so wrong? Ryan looks at its disastrous nine-month production...

It's an oft-repeated adage that nobody sets out to make a bad movie, but Jaws The Revenge is so legendarily, comically bad that it almost looks like an inside job. The fishy sequel, released in 1987 to scathing reviews, famously stars a rubbery shark that growls when its head rears out of the water, Michael Caine spouting bizarre dialogue and some of the most glaring continuity errors this side of an Ed Wood movie.

What separates Jaws The Revenge from the usual bad-movie crowd is its otherwise decent pedigree. It was the product of a major Hollywood studio. The budget was generous. The director, Joseph Sargent, was far from a hack - a veteran of TV and film, he'd previously made the classic thriller
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The Last Starfighter

Lance Guest plays a teen obsessed with an arcade game named “Starfighter” that turns out to be an intergalactic training vehicle. Thanks to his high scores, he’s whisked away by avuncular alien Robert Preston to join other warriors in protecting his home planet. Director Nick Castle (best known for portraying Michael Meyers in Halloween) was one of the first directors to make extensive use of CGI and that, combined with its Archie Andrews in Space storyline, helped make the film a modest hit that would gain a substantial afterlife due to its ubiquitous presence on early cable broadcasts.
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The Last Starfighter could soon become the world's first virtual reality TV show

The Last Starfighter could soon become the world's first virtual reality TV show
If you're a fan of the cult classic sci-fi movie The Last Starfighter, you could soon be able to explore its intergalactic world.

The original film's screenwriter Jonathan R Betuel is teaming with virtual reality company Surreal to turn it into the first-ever virtual reality television series.

Director Nick Castle's cult classic film followed a teenage boy (Lance Guest) as he joined with an alien army in an intergalactic war.

The Last Starfighter made history as one of the first movies to use extensive CGI in 1984, and now it could be on the cutting edge of technology again.

In a new story focused on an alien police force, some scenes in The Last Starfighter TV show will break the traditional television frame to expand for viewers using virtual reality devices.

"It's a very interesting blend," the writer told Variety. "The other-worldiness of it lends itself to Vr."

No network
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The Last Starfighter spinoff may be heading to TV

Over three decades after the release of the sci-fi fantasy film The Last Starfighter, a report from Variety claims that a TV spinoff of the cult classic, entitled The Starfighter Chronicles, is in the works.

The original writer of the 1984 film, Jonathan Betuel, is working with virtual reality company Surreal to give viewers a unique and immersive experience with the show. On top of being able to view Chronicles on regular television sets, if all goes well, people who own virtual reality headsets will be able to watch the show with a 360-degree view.

Chronicles is in very early stages of development, and is obviously an extremely ambitious idea for a series, so fans are going to have to wait and see how far this concept can go.

The project will not continue the story of Alex Rogan, a skilled teenage video game player who is recruited by aliens to fight in an interstellar war,
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The Last Starfighter Sets Course For TV

The Last Starfighter Sets Course For TV
It’s been the white whale for filmmakers for years, with the likes of Steven Spielberg and Seth Rogen trying to shoot their remake spears into The Last Starfighter. But after years of brushing aside every request, original writer and rights-holder Jonathan Betuel is spearheading not a new film, but a TV series that will only obliquely reference the 1984 original.The film, which some may fondly remember from the early days of home VHS machines (it was the first film this writer’s family rented), The Last Starfighter was the story of Alex Rogan (Lance Guest), a video game-obsessed teenager who becomes Starfighter’s highest scorer and is whisked off to help fight in a massive alien conflict. Although initially reticent, he agrees when he discovers that the enemy has wiped out most of the pilots who trained with him.Despite his own stand against remakes in the years, Betuel
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The Last Starfighter – Midnights This Weekend at The Tivoli

“Teriffic. I’m about to get killed a million miles from nowhere with a gung-ho iguana who tells me to relax!”

The Last Starfighter screens midnights this weekend (June 12th and 13th) at The Tivoli Theater as part of their ‘Reel Late at The Tivoli’ Midnight Series.There will also be a 10am screening Saturday the 13th.

The Last Starfighter, the 1984 sci-fi film about a video-gaming teen (Lance Guest – remember him?…me neither) who finds himself recruited as a gunner for an alien defense force, will probably be best remembered as one of the first science-fiction films to feature fully computer-generated images instead of model shots, and that’s unfortunate. Slick, fun, and full of energy, The Last Starfighter is one of the better “forgotten” science fiction films of the ‘80s – a movie with fun characters, an involving story, and enough action and adventure to keep both kids and adults entertained.
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‘Night of the Wolf: Late Phases’ DVD Review

Stars: Nick Damici, Ethan Embry, Tom Noonan, Tina Louise, Rutanya Alda, Caitlin O’Heaney, Lance Guest, Erin Cummings, Larry Fessenden | Written by Eric Stolze | Directed by Adrián García Bogliano

If there is one sub-genre of horror that tends to struggle right now it is that of the werewolf, though WolfCop has gone a long way to give it the kick up the ass that it needed with a healthy dose of comedy. For a more serious take on the lycanthropic furry moon obsessives though we now have Late Phases... or as it appears to be known in the UK Night of the Wolf: Late Phases.

When blind veteran Ambrose (Nick Damici) moves into a retirement community the welcome from the locals isn’t exactly what he expected. Learning that the residents have recently been the victims of a spate of wild dog attacks, he soon finds himself victim but manages to fend them off,
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'The Last Starfighter' Remake Eyed by 'Star Wars' Writer

'The Last Starfighter' Remake Eyed by 'Star Wars' Writer
Though not a substantial hit when it first arrived in theaters way back in 1984, The Last Starfighter, renowned for being one of the first movies to ever use CGI visual effects, has gained quite a cult audience over the years. A remake seems like a no brainer, especially with its timely story of a video game obsessed teenager who is called upon to save the universe. But that may not happen anytime soon according to writer Gary Whitta, who loves the idea of doing a reboot. Unfortunately, it seems the rights are currently tied up and almost impossible to obtain.

Remaking The Last Starfighter is Gary Whitta's dream project. And he's not alone. There are apparently many in the industry who would love to take on the project. About remaking The Last Starfighter, the former Star Wars Spin-Off writer states:

"Man, I wish. I'm one of a very long
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10 sequels that ignored previous films

In the wake of the Alien 5 news, here are 10 franchise sequels that also ignored at least one previous film.

We all have moments in our lives we'd prefer to forget, and so too do filmmakers. So what do you do when a movie franchise starts to go off the rails? Simple, just forget that the lesser films in the series never happened.

News recently broke that director Neill Blomkamp's taking this approach to the Alien universe. Recent interviews with both he and returning star Sigourney Weaver have revealed that Blomkamp's forthcoming sequel will not necessarily follow the events of Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection, and pick up the story from Aliens instead (although he has since given a brief update on that).

Of course, we'll have to wait and see exactly how all this pans out. But it's by no means the first time in history that a film's
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Review: Late Phases

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With Late Phases, filmmaker Adrian Garcia Bogliano pens a visual love letter to werewolf films, all while weaving a wonderfully nuanced story of an embittered and blind war veteran (Nick Damici) forced to fight a beastly killer preying on the seniors living in a quiet retirement community.

What it lacks in overt frills, Late Phases makes up for in compelling storytelling and wonderfully layered characters, courtesy of screenwriter Eric Stolze, who does an admirable job of making his werewolf tale a compelling allegory for the aging process and the idea of dying with dignity. Without a doubt, Late Phases is one of the finest lycanthrope films of the last 20 years and a shining example of great independent horror.

In Late Phases we are introduced to Ambrose (Damici), the stoic war vet who is being forced to move into the seemingly picturesque Crescent Bay retirement community as his son (Embry) begins
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Writer Eric Stolze Talks Late Phases, the Film’s Unique Setting, Practical Effects, and His Favorite Werewolf Films

I quite enjoyed Late Phases when I saw it back in March at SXSW. It's an intriguing werewolf mystery that uses a boatload of practical effects and has a rather unique take on this particular horror subgenre, which is exceedingly hard to get right. The film is set in a retirement home, which is probably the last place most financiers would like to capture on film in today's youth crazed horror market, but writer Eric Stolze more than makes it work with his blend of humor, pathos, and horror. I recently hopped on the phone with Stolze to talk about the film, which was directed by Adrian Garcia Bogliano (Here Comes Devil) and stars Nick Damici, Ethan Embry, Tom Noonan, Tina Louise and Lance Guest. Late Phases is currently in theaters and on VOD (iTunes link). Hit the jump for the interview. Question: I wanted to talk to you because
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Film Review: Late Phases (2014): Horror that Receives Few Praises

  Late Phases (2014) Film Review, a movie directed by Adrián García Bogliano, starring Nick Damici, Ethan Embry, Lance Guest, Tina Louise, and Tom Noonan. The feeling that I had after watching Late Phases was akin to the guilt that I carried after breaking up with a very sweet girl that I really wanted [...]

Continue reading: Film Review: Late Phases (2014): Horror that Receives Few Praises
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Exclusive: Nick Damici Discusses Late Phases, Upcoming Hap and Leonard TV Adaptation

  • DailyDead
In Late Phases, versatile actor Nick Damici (Stake Land, Cold in July) portrays a blind Vietnam vet who has recently moved into a senior living community that’s harboring a deadly secret- werewolves- and he must find a way to put an end to the beastly killings before it’s too late for everyone.

Daily Dead recently chatted with Damici about his experiences collaborating on Late Phases with director Bogliano and his co-stars as well as what initially drew him to the project and the challenges of playing a visually-impaired character. Damici also discussed his next project which has him re-teaming with Jim Mickle for a new television series on the Sundance Channel.

Written by Eric Stolze (Under the Bed) and helmed by Adrian Garcia Bogliano (Cold Sweat, Here Comes the Devil), Late Phases also stars Ethan Embry (Cheap Thrills), Tom Noonan (The House of the Devil, Manhunter), Erin Cummings
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