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Cinematic Titanic: The Complete Collection Review

Brad Cook reviews Cinematic Titanic: The Complete Collection…

The end of Mystery Science Theater 3000’s first run didn’t spell the end of riffing on bad movies. Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett continued the tradition with The Film Crew and RiffTrax, and Joel Hodgson, Trace Beaulieu, Frank Coniff, Mary Jo Pehl, and J. Elvis Weinstein created Cinematic Titanic. Shout! Factory was previously involved in The Film Crew, and now they’ve put out all 12 movies riffed by Cinematic Titanic in a new Complete Collection.

Hodgson and his fellow riffers play themselves in Cinematic Titanic. The premise is that a mysterious organization, perhaps a corporation or a military force, has kidnapped them and forced them to riff on bad movies as part of a complicated plan that has something to do with a tear in the “electron scaffolding.” It seems a bit convoluted and unnecessary – I have always
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Happy 90th Birthday to Roger Corman – Here Are His Ten Best Films

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, and Tom Stockman

Happy 9oth Birthday to a legend! Roger Corman has directed more than 50 low-budget drive-in classics, produced and/or distributed 450 more, and helped the careers of hundreds of young people breaking into the industry. A partial list: Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Irvin Kershner, Monte Hellman, Peter Bogdanovich, Gail Ann Hurd, James Cameron, Jonathan Kaplan, Joe Dante, Robert Towne. Considering Corman’s own films, Jonathan Demme has stated. “Roger is arguably the greatest independent filmmaker the American film industry has seen and probably ever will see.” And he’s still going strong, currently producing the upcoming actioner Death Race 2050. We Are Movie Geeks has taken a look at Corman’s career and here are what we think are the ten best films that he has directed:

Honorable Mention. The Premature Burial

The Premature Burial (1962) is the ‘odd man out’ among the
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Notebook's 8th Writers Poll: Fantasy Double Features of 2015

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How would you program this year's newest, most interesting films into double features with movies of the past you saw in 2015?Looking back over the year at what films moved and impressed us, it is clear that watching old films is a crucial part of making new films meaningful. Thus, the annual tradition of our end of year poll, which calls upon our writers to pick both a new and an old film: they were challenged to choose a new film they saw in 2015—in theatres or at a festival—and creatively pair it with an old film they also saw in 2015 to create a unique double feature.All the contributors were given the option to write some text explaining their 2015 fantasy double feature. What's more, each writer was given the option to list more pairings, with or without explanation, as further imaginative film programming we'd be lucky to catch
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A Bucket of Blood | Blu-Ray Review

Though producer Roger Corman’s contributions to independent cinema are arguably unparalleled, the enduring quality of his directorial efforts is another story. By the end of the 1950s, Corman had directed about two dozen of his own films in roughly five years, many of these derivative genre efforts rivaling the quality of Ed Wood. But 1959 found Corman trying to switch things up a bit, and he delivered two of his more flavorful works. Besides unleashing the Susan Cabot headliner The Wasp Woman (which remains a fun, eccentric commentary on feminine standards of beauty), Corman would skewer the pretentiousness of self-important artists and the hypocrisy of what defines art in A Bucket of Blood, a much more salacious title than the material warrants. Written by Charles B. Griffith, (who would go uncredited next to Corman on his The Little Shop of Horrors a year later), the film is an early lead
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Remembering Kubrick Actress Gray Pt.2: From The Killing to Leech Woman and Off-Screen School Prayer Amendment Fighter

Coleen Gray in 'The Sleeping City' with Richard Conte. Coleen Gray after Fox: B Westerns and films noirs (See previous post: “Coleen Gray Actress: From Red River to Film Noir 'Good Girls'.”) Regarding the demise of her Fox career (the year after her divorce from Rod Amateau), Coleen Gray would recall for Confessions of a Scream Queen author Matt Beckoff: I thought that was the end of the world and that I was a total failure. I was a mass of insecurity and depended on agents. … Whether it was an 'A' picture or a 'B' picture didn't bother me. It could be a Western movie, a sci-fi film. A job was a job. You did the best with the script that you had. Fox had dropped Gray at a time of dramatic upheavals in the American film industry: fast-dwindling box office receipts as a result of competition from television,
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The Forgotten: "Rapsodia Satanica" (1917)

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Rapsodia Satanica belongs foursquare to the "diva dolorosa" school of Italian silent cinema, movies of and for and about their vampish leading ladies, in which melodramatic narratives might at any moment be entirely subsumed in welters of veiled languishing. Even by these delirious standards, Nino Oxililia's penultimate feature (before his death in Wwi) is heady stuff.The femme fatale in this case is Lyda Borelli, one of the top stars of the era. When we meet her in the prologue: she's a hunched, huddled crone, wrapping her natural exuberance within layers of black, hobbling around her "Castle of Illusions" shooting longing looks at the young people in love.Then, Mephistopheles appears, emerging from a painting in a marvelous bit of trompe l'oeil. Since the movie is hand-tinted, this red devil's transition from two to three dimensions is all the more compelling: the shimmering panels of color both augment and erase
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June 16th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Chappie, The Lazarus Effect, Tentacles / Reptilicus

This week, we’ve got another fantastic bounty of genre films hitting DVD and Blu-ray on June 16th, including a ton of cult classics like The Land that Time Forgot, Night of the Strangler and the Tentacles/Reptilicus double feature from Scream Factory.

Fans of Neill Blomkamp also have a lot to get excited about this Tuesday, as there’s a Limited Edition collector’s set featuring all three of his sci-fi actioners, with Chappie finally making his way home this week as well. Echo Bridge has put together two different DVD movie packs featuring a bunch of old-school horror movies, and the recent Blumhouse production, The Lazarus Effect, is arriving on Blu-ray and DVD, too.

Blomkamp3 Limited Edition Collection: Chappie/District 9/Elysium (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Blu-ray)

The world of Neill Blomkamp is unlike any other. Distinct of story and vision, and for the first
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The Blaxploitation Triple Feature at Super-8 Movie Madness September 3rd in St. Louis

All you jiveass cornpone peckerwoods head down to the Way Out Club on Tuesday September 3rd for Super-8 Movie Madness featuring the Blaxploitation Triple Feature! The Blaxploitation film era has had an enormous impact on American cinema and culture and its influence can still be seen today. If you dig black culture, music, and lingo from the 70′s you’ll have a chance to take in a triple threat of urban cinema presented on Super-8 sound film projected on a big screen with condensed (average length: 17 minutes) versions of three iconic Blaxploitation classics: Pam Grier in Coffy, Richard Roundtree in Shaft, and Fred ‘The Hammer’ Williamson in That Man Bolt!

The non- Blaxploitation films we’re showing on September 3rd are: John Carpenter’s Dark Star, Gil Lamb in the comedy short Baby Makes Two, the sexy caveman spoof When Women Had Tails, Abbott and Costello in Midget Car Maniacs,
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Upside Down | Review

Down and Out: Solanas’ Latest Lost in its Own Concept

For his latest film Upside Down, a French Canadian production from director Juan Diego Solanas, star crossed lovers are separated by not only bitterly enforced classist social mores, but the forces of gravity itself. A love story folded into high concept science fiction, Solanas attempts to create a brave new universe of diametrically opposed planes of existence, like if a bridge was built between Earth I and Earth II in Another Earth (2011) and humans reverted/continued to engage in savage tactics of colonization and segregation. Unfortunately, there’s absolutely no character development, tossing a poorly realized and mundane love story at us that’s furthered only by its nicely varnished visuals.

Adam (Jim Sturgess) and Eden (Kirsten Dunst) are in love, which poses a significant problem for them because they live in a world that consists of dual gravity, with Adam living in the poor,
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It Came from Yesterday Offers The Coolest Trailer to Hit the Web in Ages

It Came from Yesterday looks like the coolest tribute to 1950s science fictionhorror hybrids to hit the public in years. This is a trailer you must see If you love hokey robots men decked out in absurd monster suits preposterous dialogue and that treasured grainy visual youll find in flicks like The Killer Shrews The Wasp Woman The Day the Earth Stood Still Invaders from Mars etc. etc. then this is a feature youre going to want to track down Asap.
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Super-8 End Of The World Movie Madness February 5th at The Way Out Club in St. Louis

The Mayans were right. They were just off by a couple of months! It’s Doomsday February 5th and Ground Zero is Way Out Club on when we present Super-8 End Of The World Movie Madness!

That’s right; we’ll be showing condensed (average length: 15 minutes) versions of several apocalyptic disasters on Super-8 sound film projected on a big screen. Here’s the judgment day lineup: War Of The Worlds (1953), When Worlds Collide, Crack In The World, Meteor, and Charlton Heston in Earthquake, and The Day The Earth Stood Still.

Other (non-doomsday) films screening on February 5th are: Robert Redford in Jeremiah Johnson, Tom and Jerry in Million Dollar Cat, Jane Fonda in Barbarella, Woody Allen in Take The Money And Run, The Wasp Woman, The Deadly Mantis, a James Dean Clip Reel, and The Warriors.

Cover charge is a mere $3.00 and the show begins at 8pm. We’ll
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Underground Film Links: December 2, 2012

So, recently, I’ve gone from skipping links posts to having these posts be the only thing I’m updating on the site lately. That’s due to having a bit of a crisis of where to go from this point forward, plus I’ve been hit up with a few freelance projects for clients lately — which is a good thing for me personally, but a bad thing for people who enjoy this site as my time is being eaten up. Anyway, here’s this week’s (brief) list. Hmmm, perhaps others are in the same boat and not blogging as much…

Electric Sheep examines the little-examined sub-genre of sci-fi “monster women” movies, such as The Wasp Woman, which has the best poster of a creature not actually seen the film. And in related reading matter, they also review the new book House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography
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Marvel Superheroes – A Look Back at the 1966 Cartoon

The astronomical success of The Avengers and its $200 Million worth of state-of-the-art CGI effects shows how far the Marvel Universe has evolved. Marvel Comics first foray into film was a 1966 syndicated package of cartoons called Marvel Superheroes that ran on local TV stations. Marvel comics announced the upcoming series in the “Marvel Bullpen Bulletins” of the November 1966 issues, stating “It won’t be long before our swingin’ super-heroes make their star-studded debut on TV, appearing five nights a week – that’s right, five – count ‘em -five nights a week, for a half-hour each night. So you’ve just got time to make sure your set’s in good working order – check your local paper for time and station – and prepare to have a ball!”

Featured in Marvel Superheroes were Iron Man, The Hulk, Sub-Mariner, Captain America, and Thor. The show was a collaboration between two TV companies: Krantz Films was
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Super-8 Movie Madness at The Way Out Club in St. Louis June 5th

Super-8 Movie Madness at the Way Out Club will be held on Tuesday June 5th from 8pm to Midnight. These are Super-8 Sound films condensed from features (they average 15 minutes in length) and will be projected on a large screen at the Way Out Club. Admission is only Three Bucks!!!!

The films on the June 5th are: An Avengers Triple Feature: The Hulk, Iron Man, and Thor (these are the 1960′s cartoons), The Day Of The Jackal, The Wizard Of Oz, Christopher Lee in Taste The Blood Of Dracula, It’S Not The Size That Counts, Frankenstein Meets The Wolfman, The Wasp Woman, Tora Tora Tora, a James Bond 007 Trailer Reel, The Who’s Tommy, The Guinness Book of World Records Volume 2, and Monty Python And The Holy Grail !

There will be lots of posters and T-Shirts and stuff given away. The Way Out Club is located at 2525 Jefferson Avenue in South St.
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[Now Streaming] Halloween: All Horror Special Edition

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Each week within this column we strive to pair the latest in theatrical releases to worthwhile titles currently available on Netflix Instant Watch.

This week in honor of the release of Paranormal Activity 3 and in anticipation for Halloween, we’re dedicating the entire column to all things horror. Whatever your preferred Halloween watching — be it satanic scares, ghoulish ghosts, creature features or humorous horror — we’ve got you covered with the spookiest movies streaming online.

Is it spawns of Satan that scare you most? Then pregame for Paranormal Activity 3, by taking in the prequel’s sister flicks…or visiting with another little brunette girl plagued by dark forces.

Paranormal Activity (2007) Shortly after moving in together, Katie and Micah begin to experience strange late night phenomenon. Initially amused, Micah decides to set up a camera to record the paranormal activity, never realizing he’ll shoot his own demise. This
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Say it ten times fast Buy Blood Bath on Mod DVD!

Films about mad artists have always been a personal favorite of mine. A basic list would include Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933) , House of Horrors (1946) starring the late great Rondo Hatton, House of Wax (1953), Bucket of Blood (1959), and the recent hilarious horror comedy Murder Party (2007). Have fun making up your own list. To it, make sure to add Blood Bath (1966). This weird little number was produced, written and directed by none other than the late ?great? Jack Hill. Hill made schlock but I'll wager you have fond memories of a few of his titles, especially if you are over 40. The Wasp Woman (1960), The Terror (1963), Spider Baby (1968), The Snake People (1971), The Fear Chamber (1971)...
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Exclusive: Cassandra Peterson Talks Elvira's Movie Macabre

Exclusive: Cassandra Peterson Talks Elvira's Movie Macabre
The first two installments of Elvira's new series featuring The Satanic Rites of Dracula and Night of the Living Dead arrive Tuesday, June 14th

Elvira is not just the Mistress of the Dark. She is an institution unto herself, and one of the few remaining late night horror hosts spooking around the graveyard that is antenna television. A horror mainstay throughout the 80s and 90s, Cassandra Peterson, the indelible woman behind the Elvira persona, re-launched her brand with an all-new midnight showcase that airs on various local stations across the country. Now, each episode from that series is set to hit DVD, starting with Elvira's Movie Macabre: Night of Living Dead and Elvira's Movie Macabre: Satanic Rites of Dracula this Tuesday, June 14th. The rest of the first season will arrive soon there after.

We recently caught up with the icon herself, Cassandra Peterson, to chat about Elvira's latest endevors,
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Drive-In Doubles on TCM: Week 2!

Get prepped for the second week of TCM’s series of Monster Movie double-features, with Joe Dante!

Our favorite TV channel is back with the second date in its month-long string of Thursday double-features, running some of the very best in monsterous sci-fi and horror films. Here’s what’s up this Thursday:

Thursday, June 9:

Them! – The template for the atomic mutant monster genre, another surprise hit despite studio jitters. Joe Dante covers it here:

Nine years after Hiroshima the atomic chicken has come home to roost in the shape of giant ants, soon to be followed by jumbo mutant radioactive lizards, locusts, scorpions, etc. The near-biblical template for the dozens of nuclear monster movies that followed it, this is one of the most influential movies ever.

The Cosmic Monsters – While in England making The Crawling Eye, Forrest Tucker starred inwhat would become its Us co-feature, shot under the
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TCM Airing Drive-In Monster Movie Marathons Every Thursday in June

Assuming you have a humongous front door or outstanding insurance, Thursdays in June will be good night to pull your car into the living room, park it in front of your flatscreen, turn the channel to TCM, and try to relive the golden age of drive-in monster movies as TCM is loading its schedule this month with nothing but classic old school monster movies.

As if Turner Classic Movies wasn't already a fantastic channel as is (they're airing the 1977 Jaws with claws cult classic Grizzly this Friday at 2:00 Am Et), every Thursday in June they'll be running all-night Atomic Age monster movie marathons. From Godzilla to Harryhausen, from classics like The Thing from Another World to not-so-classics like Creature from the Haunted Sea to bad movie greatness like The Giant Claw... Here's TCM's own press release:

It came from the drive-in! The al fresco movie theater, a rage of the 1950s and '60s,
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Roger Corman Reflects on His Vincent Price Years

For this writer, if I ever wanted to be alive during another era of filmmaking, my first choice would most definitely be the 1960s. During that time, some of the most fascinating genre work was being created from the likes of Alfred Hitchcock, Herschell Gordon Lewis, the Hammer House of Horror, George A. Romero, and of course legendary writer/director/producer Roger Corman.

Before the 60s, Corman established himself as an independent maverick of film with his work on films like Swamp Women, The Wasp Woman and A Bucket of Blood , but it’s safe to say that it wasn’t until the director and producer began collaborating with Vincent Price that his directorial work in the horror genre was elevated to an entirely new level.

In honor of Price’s upcoming 100th birthday (he was born May 27, 1911), Dread Central recently had the opportunity to speak with Corman about his
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