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Jerry Lewis – Satirical Impressions in Pantomimicry

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Part of the Jerry Lewis tribute A Mubi Jerrython. Writer, director, star of stage, screen and television, humanitarian, producer, and total filmmaker—Jerry Lewis was all of the above. For the first six years of his career he was also a professional lip syncher. At age twelve, desperate to follow his parents on stage, Jerry began developing a “record act.” A staple on the lower rungs of the Borscht Belt, burlesque, vaudeville, and nightclubs, record acts (a.k.a. dummy acts) were cheap and easy: they consisted of a performer or performers miming away to recordings. Always considered pretty corny, they were the poor stepchildren on the theatrical bills, but there were plenty of budding comics who broke into show business that way. Jerry Van Dyke was another newbie who started his career doing record acts, and much later Andy Kaufman would put his own spin on it mouthing only
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Full Release Details for Elvira, Mistress Of The Dark (1988) Limited Edition Blu-ray

Last year, German distributor Cinespectral Films announced their plans to honor the Queen of Halloween with a limited edition, all-region Blu-ray of Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (1988), and today they've released the full details and pre-order information for the anticipated home media release.

Limited to 3,000 overall items, the Elvira, Mistress of the Dark Blu-ray / DVD is available in three different cover art versions (limited to 1,000 apiece) and is slated for an April 24th release. Pre-orders are now open, and you can check out the full list of special features and cover art selections below. To learn more, visit Movie2Shop and Cinespectral Films.

Press Release: Elvira, Mistress Of The Dark Finally Busts Out In A Strictly Limited Collector’S Edition Blu-Ray Set On April 24th 2017! 3000 Copies Only!

Cinespectral Films proudly presents the 1988 cult comedy: Elvira, Mistress of the Dark for the first time ever on Blu-ray, in glorious all-new restored High Definition.
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Jerry Lewis: A Career in Pictures (Photos)

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Jerry Lewis: A Career in Pictures (Photos)
The zany Lewis found an ideal straight man in crooner Dean Martin in 1945. They took their stage act to radio, then television, and then to film, where they appeared together 17 times. A haunted castle, a beautiful ghost and a menacing zombie gave Lewis plenty of comedy ammo in 1953’s “Scared Stiff.” Golf pros of the era Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Byron Nelson and Julius Boros joined Martin and Lewis in “The Caddy,” which also featured the Dean Martin classic song “That’s Amore.” Don’t let the title “Artists and Models” fool you. Shirley MacLaine co-starred in this 1955 gem about a.
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All the Original Ghostbusters

A history of paranormal exterminators in pop culture pre-1984.

Anytime you have a remake or reboot of a popular movie or franchise, fans of the original are going to whine about it. With Ghostbusters, there’s a new level of objection, some of it stemming from the same sort of nostalgic ownership of any beloved property from childhood and some of it arising out of misogyny. The only thing they ought to be concerned with is whether or not fans of the new movie will recognize its roots. And that’s not exclusive to the 1984 movie it’s based on and its 1989 sequel, Ghostbusters II.

The Ghost Busters

Most famously, there was already something titled The Ghost Busters, a live-action TV series for children that ran for 15 episodes in 1975 and featured two men and a gorilla hunting mostly spirits and also sometimes famous monsters like Dracula and Dr. Frankenstein’s Creature. The
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The Ghost Breakers

Filmed in 1940, director George Marshall’s elegantly eerie spook-fest looks better with each passing year. Bob Hope, in top form, plays a radio star who finds himself in the middle of a Havana-bound haunted-house mystery. Paulette Goddard is his luscious companion and as his valet the great Willie Best gives Bob as good as he gets in his definitive performance as a comic foil. Director Marshall went on to film the remake, Scared Stiff, starring Martin and Lewis (with a cameo from Hope and Crosby).
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Movie Poster of the Week: The Posters of Jerry Lewis

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Above: Danish poster for Geisha Boy (Frank Tashlin, USA, 1958).On March 16 Jerry Lewis turns 90 years old, making him one of the oldest living great filmmakers along with Jonas Mekas (93), Seijun Suzuki (92), Stanley Donen (91), D.A. Pennebaker (90), Claude Lanzmann (90) and Andrzej Wajda (90). And if you have any doubt about his status as one of the great auteurs go and see any of the films he directed at Museum of Modern Art's’s current retrospective: Happy Birthday, Mr. Lewis: The Kid Turns 90.To flip through the films of Jerry Lewis in poster form is to encounter an awful lot of crossed eyes, toothy grins and outsized heads on small bodies (a familiar trope for comedians in movie posters whether it's Fernandel or Cantinflas or Buster Keaton.) That said, Lewis also seems to have inspired illustrators around the world. The French love Jerry Lewis, as the cliché goes, but so, it seemed, did the Germans,
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Lizabeth Scott, Film Noir Star, Dead At Age 92

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Lizabeth Scott, the sultry blonde who epitomized cinematic "bad girls" in film noir productions, has passed away at age 92. Scott specialized in playing hard-bitten, self-confident femme fatales usually from the wrong side of the tracks. Her leading men included Robert Mithchum, Burt Lancaster, Michael Caine, Charlton Heston, Elvis Presley, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis and Kirk Douglas. Her film credits include "Loving You", "Dark City", "I Walk Alone", "Too Late for Tears", "Pitfall" and "Scared Stiff". Her last screen appearance was in director Mike Hodges' acclaimed 1972 cult movie "Pulp", which was a send-up of the film noir genre. Scott's career began to fade in the late 1950s though she did make occasional appearances in TV series in the following years. In more recent years, she occasionally appeared at film festivals to discuss her work and career. Click here for more. 
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Film Noir Star and Elvis Presley Leading Lady Scott Dead at 92

Lizabeth Scott dead at 92: Film noir star of the '40s and '50s Lizabeth Scott, a Paramount star in the 1940s usually cast as film noir heroines, died of congestive heart failure on Jan. 31, 2015, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Scott, born (as Emma Matzo) on Sept. 29, 1922, was 92. (See also: Lizabeth Scott photo at recent The Strange Love of Martha Ivers screening.) Among the two dozen film featuring Lizabeth Scott – whose hair-style and husky line delivery were clearly inspired by Paramount's own Veronica Lake (along with Warner Bros.' Lauren Bacall) – were the following: John Farrow's You Came Along (1945), with Robert Cummings. Lewis Milestone's The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946), with Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, and Kirk Douglas. Desert Fury (1947), with Burt Lancaster. Dead Reckoning (1947), with Humphrey Bogart. Pitfall (1948), with Dick Powell. Dark City (1950), with Charlton Heston. The Racket (1951), with Robert Ryan and Robert Mitchum.
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Watch the Newest Installment of Holiday-Themed Fan Film Jason Xmas Part VI

Filmmaker Douglas A. Plomitallo is well known to Dread Central readers as the man behind the Scared Stiff short film production company. He’s also been working on a series entitled Jason Xmas. To celebrate Christmas Day 2014, here’s Part VI… Continue Reading →

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Indie Spotlight: Ghost Trek, Kane Hodder, The Kiss, State of Desolation

We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a full episode of Ghost Trek, first details on a Kane Hodder figurine by DeConte Figures & Collectibles, a new State of Desolation poster, a casting update from Welcome to Purgatory, distribution details from Dark Was the Night, a trailer for What’s Kind About the Dark, and much more:

Watch Ghost Trek: Goomba Body Snatchers Mortuary Lockdown: “Ghost Trek is an episodic supernatural-comedy series that follows the Paranormal Underworld Detective Society (Puds) as they investigate haunts across the U.S. and abroad between tanning beds, babes, body-building, and bong hits – all the while risking life and limb capturing the undead and unexplained on video. The series is not a “parody” of paranormal reality shows, Admittedly, Ghost Trek pokes fun at all the ghost hunting programs but
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Movie Poster of the Week: “Scared Stiff”

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I wanted to post something truly terrifying for Halloween this year—the first year I believe that Halloween has fallen on a Movie Poster of the Week Friday since I started—but then I came across this beautiful Boris Grinsson poster. Tu Trembles, Carcasse..., which translates very inelegantly as “You are trembling, corpse” is the French title for the Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis comedy horror musical Scared Stiff, which was the 8th of their sixteen collaborations (or 9th of their seventeen if you include their cameo in the Road to Bali, a gag appearance that was reciprocated by Bing Crosby and Bob Hope in Scared Stiff). Scared Stiff was actually a 1953 remake of a 1940 Bob Hope film The Ghost Breakers, made by the same director, George Marshall, and it was made at the height of Martin & Lewis’s success, when they were the biggest double-act in America. It was
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Scared Stiff Collection Releases for Halloween – Cinema Epoch

Horror fans have been demanding quality scares and Cinema Epoch has answered the call with the “Scared Stiff Collection,” a series of award-winning feature films being launched with 11 titles unleashed on the public. The launch titles for this series include all of things that you would expect, including zombies, hauntings, slashers, monsters, serial killers and even some crazy and sexy women ready to kill for the viewing pleasure. Edgy, gory, scary, and pushing the … Continue reading →
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Need a Dose of Holiday Cheer? Check Out Part 3 of Web Series Jason Xmas

Sure, we know it's nearly June, the summer is approaching, and December is as far from our minds as it can possibly be. But for those of you craving a little Christmas in the spring, take a look at Part 3 of Scared Stiff's holiday-themed slasher Jason Xmas.

For those of you unfamiliar with Scared Stiff, it's an original horror anthology series created by horror fans for horror fans, and all of the content is free! Each unique tale features a variety of ghosts, madmen, vampires, and the unknown.

We've included Parts 1-3 of their fan film Jason Xmas below, and you can find plenty of other goodies, including The Zombie Chronicles, on the official Scared Stiff YouTube Channel.

For even more visit the official Scared Stiff website, "like" Scared Stiff on Facebook, and follow Scared Stiff on Twitter (@scaredstiffshow).

This episode finds Jason hot on Michelle's trail; how will
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The Pinball Arcade (PlayStation 4) Review

The Pinball Arcade for PlayStation 4 is the best pinball game I have ever played. Let’s just get that out of the way right now. It takes the nearly flawless gameplay from the previous console versions and enhances their graphics with sharper images and gorgeous new lighting effects. If you are even slightly interested in pinball, you need to play this game immediately.

Unlike most video pinball games, The Pinball Arcade uses licensed digital recreations of real-life pinball tables from real pinball manufacturers. Williams, Bally, Stern and Gottlieb tables are all available. This, coupled with pinball physics that are second to none, makes a huge difference in both the authenticity and enjoyment of the experience.

Another nice feature of The Pinball Arcade is the inclusion of a very helpful set of instructions for each table. Pinball tables can be a lot more complex than some people might imagine, and each
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Ready for Mama? Check Out these New Contests and More!

It won't be long now. The eagerly anticipated Guillermo del Toro produced film Mama hits theaters on January 18th, and we've got some new goodies and contests to tide you over until the release. Read on!

Mama stars Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau ("Game of Thrones"). The film was directed by Andrés Muschietti, who co-wrote the screenplay with Neil Cross and Barbara Muschietti.

deviantART Scared Stiff Contest

You've got to move quickly on this one as the deadline is January 9th.

deviantART wants to know about your scariest childhood memory. Enter the deviantART Scared Stiff Contest and depict your scariest childhood memory in any visual medium. Winners will be selected by Mama filmmakers Andy and Barbara Muschietti and Guillermo del Toro. More than $10,000 in cash is available to the winners as well as deviantART merchandise and memorabilia. The contest ends January 9th, 2013!

Mama Chillergraphs

Creepy images from
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Scared Stiff Films Brings Us New Short - Alone

Doug Plomitallo of Scared Stiff Films, the creators of such memorable shorts as Closet Monster, Tiny's Halloween and Predator: The True Horrors of Halloween, just dropped their newest short, a creative 10-minute joint entitled Alone... and we've got it here for you.

Although a bit slow getting started, it's worth hanging in there with Alone until the unique concept begins to unfold before you. It's another well-thought-out twist from the Scared Stiff team. The film was written and directed by Plomitallo and stars Analisa Robertson. Also featured are Joe Nemchek, Jon Geter, Alexander Higle, John Siragusa, Fred Bonheim and Plomitallo.

You can check out all of the group's films at the official Scared Stiff website. And now, enjoy Alone.

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Episode Recap: CSI: NY - 1.15: "Til Death Do We Part"

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In Story 1, a bride dies at her wedding after dead doves fall to the floor. Mac (Gary Sinise) asks if anyone is superstitious here as it's bad luck for birds to fly indoors. Mac: "It could happen to you, you know." Danny: "What marriage?" Mac: "Love." Danny: "Don't even say stuff like that Mac, it's not even funny." Well someone found it funny and appealing since Danny (Carmine Giovinazzo) did find love and marriage, but sadly most of us thought with the wrong woman. Mac notices redness in her eye, caused by external injuries or allergies. She has a slight redness on her skin and Mac thinks she's displaying symptoms of chemical exposure. Mac: "Two dead doves, one dead bride, looks like foul play to me." Ahh so bad you'd think Stella (Melina Kanakaredes) thought of it! Det Kylie Macca (Kelly Hu) returns to investigate the case and has a comment to make,
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Here's a Web Series Guaranteed to Have You Scared Stiff

Horror is everywhere. You just have to know where to look. Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, we are no longer forced to wait for the big film companies to burp out a new horror offering for us (which more often than not is a big letdown). Simply by turning to the web, you can find web series created for the sole purpose of giving you nightmares. And we've recently discovered a great one…Scared Stiff.

Producer Douglas A. Plomitallo has been creating episodes of the Scared Stiff web series for the past three years and now has 25 released with more coming shortly. He recently sent a few episodes to the Dread Central offices for our perusal, and from what we've seen, he's got a quality product.

The films are between 5 and 15 minutes long and have a great "Tales from the Crypt" feel to them with the real jerk-offs
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New Paranormal Activity Viral Clip

New Paranormal Activity Viral Clip
The tension won’t stop as we build to the release of the third installment in the Paranormal Activity franchise. Here for your today we’ve got a new viral clip from Paranormal Activity 3 to satisfy your thirst for thrills. Watch it with the lights out and the sound high:

Scared stiff yet? Watch more clips and trailers below:

From the Press Release

In an unprecedented move, Paramount Pictures will debut Paranormal Activity 3 exclusively in cities where the most fans “Tweet To See It First”. This first ever of its kind campaign is open to fans worldwide. Paranormal Activity 3 will premiere on October 18th in the top 20 cities with the most tweets, three days before the film’s global release.

“The support of this franchise from the online community is phenomenal. We again look to reward them for that support by offering them the chance to see it first,
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Lizabeth Scott, Robin Swicord at The Strange Love Of Martha Ivers Academy Screening

Robin Swicord, Lizabeth Scott, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers screening Veteran actress Lizabeth Scott and screenwriter Robin Swicord (Little Women, Memoirs of a Geisha) attended a screening of Lewis Milestone's 1946 The Strange Love of Martha Ivers back in June 2010. (Click on the image to enlarge it.) Scott, who'll turn 89 next September 29, was a Paramount star in the second half of the 1940s. In addition to Martha Ivers, her credits include the melodramas You Came Along (1945), Desert Fury (1947), Easy Living (1949), and Paid in Full (1950); the film noirs Dead Reckoning (1947), I Walk Alone (1948), and Dark City (1950); the Dean Martin-Jerry Lewis comedy Scared Stiff (1953); and the early Elvis Presley vehicle Loving You (1957). In The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, Scott played opposite Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, and Kirk Douglas. This mix of crime thriller and psychological melodrama was shown as part of the "Oscar Noir" series at the Academy
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