Meet the Norwegian Cowboy Being Chased by 300 Angry Investors Over a Failed Western

Meet the Norwegian Cowboy Being Chased by 300 Angry Investors Over a Failed Western
On June 22, Ryan Wiik walked into a conference room at an Oslo law firm and faced down a large group of his former friends. They were carpenters, plumbers and mechanics, mostly from his seaside hometown of Drobak.

They had invested millions of kroner — in some cases, their life savings — in his dream to build a billion-dollar movie company. Wiik planned to produce and star in a Western based on the “Morgan Kane” series of novels, which were popular in Scandinavia. But a decade had gone by, and no film had materialized. A few days earlier, two investors had reported him to the Norwegian police.

As he took his seat in the conference room, a young man walked up. “Ryan Wiik?” he asked.

“Yes,” replied Wiik. The man dropped a fraud lawsuit in his lap. “In your face,” someone said, in English, as the crowd snickered.

Wiik had come to the annual meeting to try to set the
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Class of 1986: Six Horror & Sci-Fi Movies Released in 1986 That Deserve More Love

When it comes to horror and sci-fi movies from 1986, there are several milestone titles that always come to mind first: Aliens, The Fly, Blue Velvet, Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives, Manhunter, Poltergeist II: The Other Side, or even Psycho III, just to name a few. But like any great year of cinema, there are always a few underrated gems that get overshadowed along the way and should receive a little extra love. Here are six films from 1986 that I think deserve to be on every genre fan’s radar:

F/X: A movie about a special effects artist who gets mixed up in a government conspiracy, at a time when practical effects were in their heyday? Yes, please. F/X isn’t a film I hear a ton of folks talk about, but it has been on cable a lot lately, which means I’ve spent a few nights revisiting it,
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Hot Dog… The Movie Remake Could Be Mike Marvin’s Mad Max: Fury Road

Marvin, the writer of the original Hot Dog now has a working script and $12 million in financing

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Awfully Good: The Wraith

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Sorry, Aaron Paul. You might have a Need For Speed, but I'd rather go for a ride with... The Wraith (1986) Director: Mike Marvin Stars: Charlie Sheen, Sherilyn Fenn, Nick Cassavetes The Crow meets Knight Rider meets Death Proof. Starring Charlie Sheen. There's nothing I don't love about The Wraith. It's all the best parts of the 80s wrapped up in to one awesome package. Sweet rides, vehicular revenge, cheesy dialogue, a glorious synth soundtrack, Charlie Sheen.this...
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Nick Cassavetes Directing Wall Street Thriller ‘Carousel’ (Exclusive)

Nick Cassavetes Directing Wall Street Thriller ‘Carousel’ (Exclusive)
“The Other Woman” director Nick Cassavetes has come on board indie Wall Street thriller “Carousel.”

Producers are Richard Salvatore (“The Big Wedding”), David E. Ornston (“Blonde Ambition”), Mike Marvin (“Atlas Shrugged Part 1”) and Alan Saretsky through his All For One, One For All Entertainment banner.

Cassavetes and Marvin will polish the script, written by Saretsky about his own story of going from the streets of New York City to a rogue broker taking Wall Street by storm.

Fox will release Cassavetes’ dark comedy “The Other Woman,” which stars Cameron Diaz, Kate Upton and Leslie Mann, on April 25. His other credits include “John Q,” “Alpha Dog” and “The Notebook.”

Salvatore and Ornston are repped by Paradigm.
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2012 Arizona Underground Film Festival: Official Lineup

To celebrate their 5th anniversary, the Arizona Underground Film Festival has expanded to a whopping nine nights on Sept. 21-29 for a cinematic event the likes of Tucson has never seen before!

The shenanigans kick off with the opening night film The Legend of Kaspar Hauser, an experimental Italian feature directed by Davide Manuli and starring Vincent Gallo as the hero and the villain to a strange young boy, then end with the closing night film Jason M. Solomon’s nostalgic documentary 7 Years Underground: A 60′s Tale, which profiles the legendary Cafe Au Go Go in NYC that hosted such up-and-coming acts such as Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, George Carlin, Lily Tomlin and more.

In between those two films lies a twisted carnage of movie mayhem, including Spencer Parsons’ demented homage to ’70s mystery cartoons Saturday Morning Massacre; Michael Melamedoff exploitative semi-doc The Exhibitionists; Stephen Amis’ Australian WWII sci-fi
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[DVD Review] The Wraith

Lots of odd things came out of the 80s: a love for bright red leather jackets, lots of bad horror films, and The Wraith. One part love song to muscle cars and another part someone's badly conceived sci-fi, beyond the grave romance. It really is hard to pinpoint exactly where this should fall in the grand spectrum of teen flicks. The Wraith has the things you'd expect from that genre: a bully with a gang of moronic cohorts, a quiet-type hero, and a little bit of nudity. The dialogue is laughable, the acting is melodramatic, and then there's Randy Quaid trying his best to play a stern sheriff, a role no one who's seen Christmas Vacation will ever accept him in – even though he tried again in Hard Rain.

Packard (Nick Cassavetes) leads a really stupid troop of greasers who force other drivers into one on one racers where the
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After All These Years ... Mike Marvin Talks The Wraith

A dynamic if occasionally confusing confectionary of Clint Eastwood, David Lynch, John Hughes and George Miller, The Wraith remains one of the definitive guilty pleasures of 80’s sci-fi horror and a perennial favorite for those nostalgia nights in the company of a few select friends, a six-pack of beers and a bag of chips. In spite of its dated synth/soft rock score, awkward dialogue, bewildering concepts and – for the most part – unsympathetic teenage ciphers, it does retain a sleek brio and self-confidence that continue to hold the attention.

The literal borrowings from High Plains Drifter, Shane, The Road Warrior and The Thing are often distracting, but if its influences are plain to see, less visible to the casual viewer are the pain and tragedy involved in its troubled production. With the recent special edition DVD release of The Wraith (review here) from Lionsgate and the 25th anniversary of the film fast approaching,
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DVD: Review:The Wraith

The term “exploitation film” usually refers to those elements of a trashy movie that are easy to exploit for marketing purposes: sex, violence, and the like. Mike Marvin’s 1986 teen-oriented science-fiction/horror flick The Wraith was an exploitation film from the get-go—albeit one with a slightly bigger budget than the norm—but oddly enough, some of its elements are more exploitable now than they were then. With a few exceptions, The Wraith looks and sounds like every other over-lit, synthesizer-heavy, showdown-in-an-empty-warehouse ’80s actioner. But the soundtrack also features songs by Honeymoon Suite, Bonnie Tyler, Ozzy Osbourne, and a ...
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Weekend Weirdness: The Wraith Special Edition DVD Explores the Cult Status and Troubled Production of the (Oddly Lynchian?) ’80s Film

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Weekend Weirdness: The Wraith Special Edition DVD Explores the Cult Status and Troubled Production of the (Oddly Lynchian?) ’80s Film
It’s a crazy, mixed up world and we are thankful for movies, excluding Valentine’s Day starring every safe, boring white actor ever, that offer proof. Slashfilm's Weekend Weirdness examines such flicks, whether in the form of a new trailer for a provocative indie, a mini review or an interview. In 1986, a supernatural moto-fantasy about a murdered bro who returns via a phantasmic, black stealth race car to kill his killers was released on Earth and no one gave a shit. More than two decades later, The Wraith, though forever without a wet 'stache lick from Peter Travers, is cult-minted for being memorable-enough '80s-ploitation. Next month sees the release of a Special Edition DVD that adequately recognizes and explores the movie's legacy and history with commentary courtesy director Mike Marvin and featurettes on the film's semi-iconic Dodge racer and co-star Clint Howard (who, if not semi-iconic himself, sported
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The Wraith Roars Back to DVD Courtesy of Lionsgate!

Wow. Lionsgate is certainly determined to trump everyone else in fantastic special edition releases lately. They’re running with the big dogs at the very least, after such fantastic editions of The Monster Squad, Cujo, My Bloody Valentine and The Gate. This time, they’ve set their sights on the 1986 flick, The Wraith and I’m not gonna lie – I am very excited!

From the Lionsgate press release:

The Wraith, the cult classic starring Golden Globe® winner Charlie Sheen (TV's "Spin City"), Academy Award® nominee Randy Quaid (The Last Detail, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, 1973) and Clint Howard (Frost/Nixon), comes to Special Edition DVD from Lionsgate this March. The action-packed film tells the story of a mysterious figure seeking vengeance on a gang that's been terrorizing a small town and includes music from some of Rock-n-Roll's greatest legends including Ozzy Osbourne, Mötley Crüe, Robert Palmer and Billy Idol.
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Lionsgate Unleashes Wraith Special Edition

On March 2, The Wraith is back! Yes, that mysterious figure in the equally mysterious car that's out for revenge. Lionsgate Home Entertainment - who has given us special editions of My Bloody Valentine , The Gate and The Monster Squad - is issuing the '86 film in, yes, the special edition format which will include audio commentary, interviews with writer/director Mike Marvin and Clint Howard along with a featurette on the Dodge M4S that was used in the film. The film tells the story of vengeance and a gang that's been terrorizing a small town. Charlie Sheen, Nick Cassavetes, Sherilyn Fenn and Randy Quaid star and the soundtrack includes music from Ozzy Osbourne, Mötley Crüe, Robert Palmer and Billy Idol.
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