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Drive-In Dust Offs: Ruby (1977)

Curtis Harrington’s Ruby (1977) is a perfect example of what I like to call a or something film, to wit: Piper Laurie follows up her Academy Award nominated turn in Carrie (’76) to headline as a former gun moll haunted by her dead ex while she runs a drive-in and her 16 year old becomes possessed by said dead ex. Or something. Fractured and scattered but a whole lot of fun, Ruby is positively littered with or something’s and I kind of love it for that.

Released by Dimension Pictures in late June, Ruby was a big hit with audiences, returning $16 million off of a sub million dollar budget. This was clearly the Carrie effect; I remember the trailer playing on TV at the time, and my wee mind was blown by the final image – a woman in a red dress being dragged underwater. For a kid with an early thirst for horror,
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Movie monsters that could eat your city

Is there a better way to spend an afternoon than watching larger than life movie monsters destroy our largest cities and greatest landmarks? We have put together a list of some of cinema’s greatest monsters, aliens, and forces of nature who climbed their way into our hearts by smashing everything in sight. Attack of the 50ft Woman What is scarier than an angry woman who happens to be 50 feet tall? The husband who cheated on her would answer absolutely nothing! Made in the 1950s (and then again in the 1990s), Attack of the 50 Foot Woman follows the events...read more
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The Noose Hangs High

Even lesser Abbott & Costello movies are still comedy gravy to the avid fans of the fast-talking duo. Their first film deal away from Universal yields a so-so production graced with a string of their patented old-time comedy routines. And the transfer beats anything we’ve yet seen.

The Noose Hangs High

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1948 / B&W / 1:37 Academy / 77 min. / Street Date August 15, 2017 / available through ClassicFlix / 24.99

Starring: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Joseph Calleia, Leon Errol, Cathy Downs, Mike Mazurki, Fritz Feld, Murray Leonard, Ellen Corby, Russell Hicks, James Flavin, Minerva Urecal, Fred Kelsey.

Cinematography: Charles Van Enger

Film Editor: Harry Reynolds

Assistant Director: Howard W. Koch

Original Music: Walter Schumann

Written by John Grant, Howard Harris from an earlier screenplay by Charles Grayson, Arthur T. Horman story by Julian Blaustein, Daniel Taradash, Bernard Feins

Produced and Directed by Charles Barton

A few famous movie comedy teams prospered with good will and parted with hugs,
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Drive-In Super Monster-Rama 2017 Lineup Includes Munster, Go Home (1966), Creature From The Black Lagoon (1954) & More

One of Daily Dead’s favorite horror events, Drive-In Super Monster-Rama returns to the Riverside Drive-In this September to celebrate its 11th anniversary with screenings of nine horror movies over two nights, including one film featuring everyone's favorite frightening (and fun) family from 1313 Mockingbird Lane.

Drive-In Super Monster-Rama 2017 takes place Friday, September 8th and Saturday, September 9th at the Riverside Drive-In Theatre in Vandergrift, Pa. The celluloid celebration kicks off on Friday with screenings of The Tingler (1959), Munster, Go Home (1966), a surprise 1960s monster movie, and Atom Age Vampire (1960).

The fright-filled fun continues on Saturday with screenings of five horror films: Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman (1958), Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954), It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958), She Demons (1958), and Half Human (1958).

The reels begin rolling at dusk each evening and continue deep into the night. Admission is $10.00 per person and free for children 12 and under (with a parental
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It’s Elvira! The Mistress of the Dark Reveals Her Favorite Horror Movies

It’s Elvira! The Mistress of the Dark Reveals Her Favorite Horror Movies
Cassandra Peterson has spent over half her life playing Elvira, the Mistress of the Dark.

“I can’t believe I’m celebrating 35 years with this character,” Peterson, 65, tells People of creating the iconic horror character as part of a local Los Angeles TV show. “But I think she’s got just the right mix of sexy, scary and funny for everyone to find something to love about her.”

Peterson — who co-wrote and starred in two Elvira movies — has watched with pride and awe as Elvira grew into a cult-favorite character with costumes, comic books, action figures, trading cards, pinball machines,
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Blu-ray Review: The Boy Who Cried Werewolf (1973)

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As someone who has always considered the werewolf to be his favorite movie monster, it has long been disheartening to see just how few truly good werewolf movies exist. Opinions may vary, of course, but I’d put the number somewhere between 10 and 20. While it’s not without its own charm, 1973’s The Boy Who Cried Werewolf, new to home video from Scream Factory after years of being unavailable, probably won’t be making that list.

A unique hybrid of monster movie, children’s fantasy, and 1970s domestic drama, The Boy Who Cried Werewolf finds young Richie Bridgestone watching the marriage of his parents dissolve. While on a trip to the family cabin with his dad (Kerwin Mathews), the pair is attacked by a wolf that bites his father. Before he can say, “I’m pretty sure my dad is a werewolf,” Richie’s dad becomes a werewolf and starts killing people.
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Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten White People Doing The Right Thing

I think everyone in this country should be aware by now that our race relations are at an all time low. It seems every time we hear the news another black citizen has been shot by the police or police have been shot by someone angry about these shootings. It cannot continue. We as a nation cannot keep going down this road.

I have always sympathized with Black Americans. In fact as a Scot and Irish American I have always sympathized with anyone who ever got pushed around, starting with Native Americans, Asians, Jewish immigrants, women of any ethnic group, Hispanics from any country.

I also sympathize with the people who are tasked with law enforcement. It’s a tough job. I had some training in that area. A couple of years ago I was hired by a Security company and was trained in unarmed, and armed, uniformed security. I
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July 26th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Zombie Holocaust, The Invitation, The Boy Who Cried Werewolf

July 26th has an eclectic assortment of horror and sci-fi offerings for fans, including a pair of cult classics—The Boy Who Cried Werewolf and Hellhole—from the fine folks at Scream Factory. Severin Films resurrects Doctor Butcher M.D. and Zombie Holocaust in HD this week, and Karyn Kusama’s superb psychological thriller The Invitation comes home on Tuesday courtesy of Drafthouse Films.

Other notable Blu-ray and DVD releases coming our way on July 26th include Five Miles to Midnight, the Killer Thrillers Collection, Consumption, and Exorcist House of Evil.

The Boy Who Cried Werewolf (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)

Richie Bridgestone’s parents are getting a divorce, but that’s the least of his problems at the moment. Richie is hoping his parents will reconsider and on a visit to his father’s secluded cabin, he witnesses his dad being attacked by a werewolf. Much like the tale of the boy who cried wolf,
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Contest: Win The Boy Who Cried Werewolf (1973) on Blu-ray

Scream Factory unleashes full moon frights on July 26th with their Blu-ray release of The Boy Who Cried Werewolf (1973), and we’ve been provided with three copies to give away to Daily Dead readers.

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Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of The Boy Who Cried Werewolf.

How to Enter: For a chance to win, email contest@dailydead.com with the subject “The Boy Who Cried Werewolf Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on July 31st. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.

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The Boy Who Cried Werewolf Blu-ray: “Richie Bridgestone’s parents are getting a divorce, but that’s the least of his problems at the moment. Richie is hoping his parents will
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The Boy Who Cried Werewolf (1973) Blu-ray Clips & Trailer

Richie witnesses his father being attacked by a werewolf while spending a weekend with him at a secluded cabin. Will the townspeople believe that his father will turn into the beast beholden to the moon? Check out these clips and the official trailer for Nathan H. Juran’s (Attack of the 50 Foot Woman) The Boy Who Cried Werewolf (1973) before its Blu-ray release on July 26th from Scream Factory.

The Boy Who Cried Werewolf Blu-ray: “Richie Bridgestone’s parents are getting a divorce, but that’s the least of his problems at the moment. Richie is hoping his parents will reconsider and on a visit to his father ’s secluded cabin, he witnesses his dad being attacked by a werewolf. Much like the tale of the boy who cried wolf, no one in the town will believe Richie’s claims that his father will change into a werewolf at the next full moon.
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Happy Birthday Ray Harryhausen – Here are His Ten Best Films

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, Sam Moffitt, and Tom Stockman

Special effects legend Ray Harryhausen, whose dazzling and innovative visual effects work on fantasy adventure films such as Jason And The Argonauts and The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad passed away in 2013 at age 92. In 1933, the then-13-year-old Ray Harryhausen saw King Kong at a Hollywood theater and was inspired – not only by Kong, who was clearly not just a man in a gorilla suit, but also by the dinosaurs. He came out of the theatre “stunned and haunted. They looked absolutely lifelike … I wanted to know how it was done.” It was done by using stop-motion animation: jointed models filmed one frame at a time to simulate movement. Harryhausen was to become the prime exponent of the technique and its combination with live action. The influence of Harryhausen on film luminaries like Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Peter Jackson, and
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Scream Factory Announces Handful of July Releases!

July looks like a decent month for the gang over at Scream Factory, with the announcement of four upcoming releases with both long lost titles and newer films (courtesy of their partnership with IFC Midnight). Kicking thing off on July 5th, the Sf/IFC Midnight films The Pack and Cabin Fever (the odd remake which used most of the script from the original film) are set to hit DVD/Bluray, while later in the month (July 26th), the long-lost cult favorites Hellhole and The Boy Who Cried Werewolf are set to make their Bluray debuts as well.

Cabin Fever & The Pack (July 5th)

It will make your flesh crawl … Executive Producer Eli Roth presents Cabin Fever, a reboot of his instant classic gorefest. Featuring all-new characters and all-new kills, Cabin Fever also includes the featurette “The Making of Cabin Fever” and theatrical trailer as bonus features. This story is familiar: Just out of college,
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Blu-ray Release Details for Hellhole (1985) and The Boy Who Cried Werewolf (1973)

A sanitarium with a sinister staff and a family with a hairy (and scary) dilemma will get the high-def treatment on July 26th with the respective Blu-ray releases of 1985’s Hellhole (being distributed on a Blu-ray / DVD combo pack) and 1973’s The Boy Who Cried Werewolf. With summer heating up, Scream Factory has revealed the final list of special features for each film, as well as another look at the previously revealed cover art:

Press Release: This July, Scream Factory presents two long-lost cult favorites on Blu-ray for the first time. Hellhole and The Boy Who Cried Werewolf debut in a Blu-ray + DVD combo pack, and on Blu-ray, respectively.

Hellhole

Having witnessed her mother’s brutal death, Susan (Judy Landers, Dr. Alien) gets amnesia from a fall while being pursued by the killer, Silk (Ray Sharkey, The Idolmaker). Awakening in Ashland Sanitarium, she is once again terrorized by Silk, disguised as an orderly.
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On This Day: Marilyn Mania and Sarah Connor x 3

May your 19th be beautiful.

On this day in history as it relates to the movies...

1536 Anne Boleyn is beheaded. Her tragedy is later reenacted by hundreds of actresses on tv, stage and film including Natalie Portman, Vanessa Redgrave, Helena Bonham Carter, and Genevieve Bujold (Oscar nomination).

1836 Cynthia Ann Parker is kidnapped in Texas during an Indian raid after her family is slaughtered. That's a tough break but not many people get to live on in history through multiple classics albeit under pseudonyms like "Debbie Edwards" (Natalie Wood in The Searchers) and "Stands With Fist" (Mary McDonnell in Dances With Wolves). 

1925 Malcolm X is born. 67 years later Denzel Washington wins his second Oscar playing him (Shut up! This is our preferred version of history because Al Pacino in Scent of a Woman. Ugh, really?)

1941 Nora Ephron is born spewing witticisms.

1958 Attack of the 50 Foot Woman is released in movie theaters.
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The Boy Who Cried Werewolf (1973) Blu-ray Announced by Scream Factory

Richie (Kerwin Matthews) witnesses a werewolf attack his father, but who will believe him?! Nathan Juran’s The Boy Who Cried Werewolf will be released on Blu-ray on July 26th courtesy of Scream Factory.

From Scream Factory: “Last week we announced the werewolf film Bad Moon and now we have even more to howl in joy about: 1973’s long-lost The Boy Who Cried Werewolf will be making its home video debut on the Blu-ray format on July 26th and will sport a brand-new HD transfer! Pre-order begins on our site first @ https://www.shoutfactory.com/film/film-horror/the-boy-who-cried-werewolf

Synopsis: Richie Bridgestone’s parents are getting a divorce, but that’s the least of his problems at the moment. Richie is hoping his parents will reconsider and on a visit to his father’s secluded cabin, he witnesses his dad being attacked by a werewolf. Much like the tale of the boy who cried wolf,
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Spider Baby | Blu-ray Review

Arrow Video resurrects Jack Hill’s first solo directorial effort, Spider Baby (1967) for lovers of cult oddities. Prior to becoming a lynchpin in the Blaxploitation film movement with his signature Pam Grier titles such as Coffy (1973) and Foxy Brown (1974), Hill knocked around as co-director on B-grade horror films, including Roger Corman and Stephanie Rothman projects. Unfortunately, this strange little number didn’t see release for several years due to its producers getting tied up in bankruptcy. Originally titled “Cannibal Orgy,” the theatrical release kept the extended title of Or the Maddest Story Ever Told (several other venues played it under the title The Liver Eaters). Not nearly gritty or violent enough to warrant such provocative monikers, its eventual name remains the most befitting. Featuring horror alum Lon Chaney Jr. and an eerie early role for (an almost unrecognizable) Sid Haig, Hill was obviously inspired at arming popular genre motifs with teeth.
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The Hypnotic Eye

Most movie trailers boil down a film to its essence, resulting in 2½ minutes of unbridled sensationalism. That’s pretty much a trailer’s raison d’être and we love ‘em for it. But what if the entire movie was like that? Such is the case for another of the films in our Great Global Trailer Search, 1960′s The Hypnotic Eye.

The film opens in the deceptively bland manner of a shampoo commercial; a lovely young blonde enters and goes through the routine of washing her hair. Instead of using the sink however, she turns on the stove and drops her head into the flames. The film’s titles run over the appalling sight of her agonized expression being consumed in the fire.

Directed by the usually good-natured George Blair (TV’s Adventures of Superman), The Hypnotic Eye continues in that sadistic vein with a gruesome plotline seemingly inspired by the
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Top Ten Tuesday – The Best of Ray Harryhausen

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, Sam Moffitt, and Tom Stockman

Special effects legend Ray Harryhausen, whose dazzling and innovative visual effects work on fantasy adventure films such as Jason And The Argonauts and The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad passed away last month at age 92. In 1933, the then-13-year-old Ray Harryhausen saw King Kong at a Hollywood theater and was inspired – not only by Kong, who was clearly not just a man in a gorilla suit, but also by the dinosaurs. He came out of the theatre “stunned and haunted. They looked absolutely lifelike … I wanted to know how it was done.” It was done by using stop-motion animation: jointed models filmed one frame at a time to simulate movement. Harryhausen was to become the prime exponent of the technique and its combination with live action. The influence of Harryhausen on film luminaries like Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Peter Jackson,
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The James Clayton Column: Epic little greatness and miniature heroes

Feature James Clayton 24 May 2013 - 06:11

As DreamWorks' Epic arrives in the UK, James thinks back to other movies where their characters are shrunk to miniscule size...

You can do a lot with little. A little can go a long, long way. Anyone who's ever tasted wasabi knows this to be true, but I'm not here to serve you sushi - I'm here to discuss cinema and size up the issue of size and the beauty of little things on the big screen.

I'm moved to do so as cinemas show Epic - the fresh animated family-friendly adventure film from Blue Sky Studios. There's irony in the title as the movie - an adaptation of William Joyce's book The Leaf Men And The Brave Good Bugs - is actually about miniscule warriors who live in a forest. A teenage girl gets shrunken by a glowing leaf and, thus, finds
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