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Film Review: ‘King Cohen’

One of the loopier careers in and on the fringes of mainstream Hollywood is paid loving tribute in Steve Mitchell’s documentary “King Cohen.” There’s nothing particularly inspired about Mitchell’s treatment here — he’s directed a lot of DVD extras, and this first feature feels like a plus-sized version of one — but there’s considerable entertainment value in its subject. Particularly these days, when most commercial cinema seems given over to cookie-cutter sequels, spinoffs and remakes, a wellspring of original (not to mention frequently bizarre) ideas like those of producer-director-writer Larry Cohen seems akin to a fabled magical fountain.

Even back in his 1970s and ’80s heyday, when the ebbing drive-in theater market and growing presence of home-video got a lot of goofy genre exercises greenlit, Cohen’s films were notable for their eccentric individuality. Those who haven’t tasted the hybrid delights of “God Told Me To,
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Maniac Cop, The Stuff, It's Alive: Larry Cohen Doc Gets Theatrical, VOD Release

Maniac Cop, The Stuff, It's Alive: Larry Cohen Doc Gets Theatrical, VOD Release
Buckle up for King Cohen, the true story of writer, producer, director, creator and all-around maverick, Larry Cohen. Told through compelling live interviews, stills and film/TV clips, the people who helped fulfill his vision, and industry icons such as Martin Scorsese, J.J. Abrams, John Landis, Michael Moriarty, Fred Williamson, Yaphet Kotto and many more, including Larry himself, bring one-of-a-kind insight into the work, process and legacy of a true American film auteur. Few can boast of a career as remarkable or prolific, spanning more than 50 years of entertaining audiences worldwide.

Larry Cohen, best known for resourceful low-budget horror and thriller films that combine social commentary with prerequisite scares and welcome humor, is responsible for celluloid classics including Black Caesar, It's Alive, Q: The Winged Serpent, and The Stuff. He was also a major player in the Blaxploitation films of the 1970s, as well as a prominent Hollywood screenwriter (Phone
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Dark Star Pictures Acquires North American Rights to Documentary King Cohen, Us Theatrical Release Planned for July

We've been excited for Daily Dead readers to watch the documentary King Cohen since Heather Wixson called it "a lively and entertaining celebration of a filmmaking pioneer" in her four-star review. Now that Dark Star Pictures has acquired North American rights to the Larry Cohen doc, the wait won't be much longer stateside, as a July 7th theatrical release is being planned, followed by an August 14th VOD release:

Press Release: Los Angeles, CA – – Dark Star Pictures has acquired North American rights to Steve Mitchell’s King Cohen, the true story of writer, producer, director, creator and all-around maverick, Larry Cohen.

Dark Star is planning a July 7th theatrical roll-out followed by an August 14th VOD release. Dark Star Pictures President Michael Repsch negotiated the deal with Bill Straus of Bridge Entertainment.

"Larry Cohen is one of a kind – a true film auteur. Steve Mitchell has brilliantly captured his essence
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Barry Williams Celebrates Life on 'The Brady Bunch' and Beyond (Exclusive)

A key element of The Brady Bunch was the little life lessons and morals that the show would offer up in pretty much every episode. Whether you viewed them as corny or enlightening, they made an impact. And it was certainly one of the big appeals to not only the audience, but the young cast who brought the bunch to life. For actor Barry Williams, who played oldest boy Greg, it was the way the show ended for real (rather than reel) that, ironically, served as perhaps the greatest lesson of all. The Brady Bunch, which brought together a lovely lady with three very lovely girls and a man with three boys of his own, made its debut in 1969 and ran for five seasons, concluding in 1974. At the end of that fifth season, there was every expectation the cast and crew would be back for a sixth. But just three
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Frightfest 2017: ‘King Cohen’ Review

Featuring: Martin Scorsese, Eric Roberts, Traci Lords, J.J. Abrams, john landis, Robert Forster, Barbara Carrera, Rick Baker, Joe Dante, Yaphet Kotto, Michael Moriarty, Fred Williamson, Eric Bogosian | Written and Directed by Steve Mitchell

Buckle up for the true story of writer, producer, director, creator and all-around maverick, Larry Cohen. Told through compelling live interviews, stills and film/TV clips, the people who helped fulfill his vision, and industry icons such as Martin Scorsese, John Landis, Michael Moriarty, Fred Williamson, Yaphet Kotto and many more, including Larry himself, bring one-of-a-kind insight into the work, process and legacy of a true American auteur…

I’m not going to lie, there’s no way I can talk about the documentary King Cohen without any bias. Larry Cohen is, to this day, one of my all-time favourite filmmakers. He has been since the first time I saw Q The Winged Serpent on TV. Seeing
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Horror Channel FrightFest 2017 reveals its full line-up

Horror Channel FrightFest has today announced the full line-up for the 18th year of the world-renowned horror and fantasy film festival, which will run between August 24th and August 28th at Cineworld Leicester Square and the Prince Charles Cinema, and features 64 films including 20 World, 22 European and 18 UK Premieres.

The festivities will get underway with the global premiere of Universal’s Cult of Chucky [watch the trailer here], with writer and director Don Mancini and stars Jennifer Tilly and Fiona Dourif in attendance, alongside the iconic deadly doll of destruction himself.

Two more of the horror genre’s most popular and beloved franchises are given their World Premieres: to celebrate a decade of his cursed Victor Crowley creation, writer/director Adam Green is returning to FrightFest with a version of Hatchet never seen before. Plus, there is a presentation of Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo’s Leatherface, the stunning prequel to the terror classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.
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Frightfest 2017 line-up announced – includes 64(!) films!

Back in the heart of London’s West End for its 18th ‘adults-only’ anniversary, the world renowned horror and fantasy film festival will take place at the Cineworld Leicester Square and The Prince Charles Cinema from Aug 24 – Aug 28 2017, taking over five screens to present 64 films including 20 World, 22 European and 18 UK Premieres. Fourteen countries are represented spanning five continents, reflecting the current global popularity of the genre.

The opening night attraction is the global premiere of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s criminally entertaining Cult of Chucky (pictured above), with writer and director Don Mancini and stars Jennifer Tilly and Fiona Dourif in attendance, alongside the iconic deadly doll of destruction himself. Mancini said today:

It’s a true pleasure to be hosting the world premiere of Cult Of Chucky at FrightFest. I have fond memories of unveiling Curse Of Chucky there in 2013 so it’s great to be returning to the
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Colossus: The Forbin Project & The Taking Of The Pelham One Two Three Director Joseph Sargent Dead At 89

The director that epitomized the 1970’s, Joseph Sargent, has sadly passed away. (1925-2014)

With a career lasting 50 years, Sargent brought to the big screen such thrilling cinema as The Taking Of The Pelham One Two Three, MacArthur, White Lightning and Colossus: The Forbin Project.

Directors Guild of America President Paris Barclay made the following statement upon learning of the passing of director Joseph Sargent:

“When it comes to directing Movies for Television, Joe’s dominance and craftsmanship was legendary – for the past 50 years. With eight DGA Awards nominations in Movies for Television, more than any other director in this category, Joe embodied directorial excellence on the small screen. He was unafraid of taking risks, believing in his heart that television audiences demanded the highest quality stories – whether chronicling uncomfortable historic events like the infamous Tuskegee syphilis study in Miss Evers’ Boys, or compelling personal stories about inspiring individuals like
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Joseph Sargent, Award-Winning Director, Dead at 89

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Joseph Sargent, the director of the original film adaptation of “The Taking of Pelham 123,” died on Monday at his home in Malibu, California as the result of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 89.

A prolific director who got his start in the 1950s, Sargent has more Emmy wins for television films or mini-series than any other director. He took home four Emmy awards for directing out of nine total nominations. He also won four Directors Guild of America awards out of nine nominations.

See photos: Hollywood’s Notable Deaths of 2014 (Photos)

The DGA proudly noted of the late director,
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Big E's “Bad” Movies That Hurt So Good: “Curse Of The Black Widow” (1977, TV Movie)

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“If a movie makes you happy, for whatever reason, then it’s a good movie.”

—Big E

*******Warning: Review Contains Spoilers*******

By Ernie Magnotta

If there’s one thing I love, it’s 1970s made-for-tv horror films. I remember sitting in front of the television as a kid and watching a plethora of films such as Gargoyles, Bad Ronald, Satan’s School for Girls, Horror at 37,000 Feet, Devil Dog: Hound of Hell, Scream Pretty Peggy, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, Moon of the Wolf and The Initiation of Sarah just to name a few. Some of those are better than others, but all were fun.

When I think back, there have been some legendary names associated with small screen horrors. Genre masters John Carpenter (Halloween), Steven Spielberg (Jaws), Wes Craven (Nightmare on Elm Street), Tobe Hooper (Texas Chainsaw Massacre) and Joseph Stefano (Psycho) all took shots at television
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"Steven Spielberg And Duel: The Making Of A Film Career"; Interview With Author Steven Awalt

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Steven Awalt – author interviewed by Todd Garbarini

“Well, it’s about time, Charlie!”

Dennis Weaver utters these words in my favorite Steven Spielberg film, Duel, a production that was originally commissioned by Universal Pictures as an Mow, industry shorthand for “movie of the week”, which aired on Saturday, November 13, 1971. The reviews were glowing; the film’s admirers greatly outweighed its detractors and it put Mr. Spielberg, arguably the most phenomenally successful director in the history of the medium, on a path to a career that would make any contemporary director green with envy. Followed by a spate of contractually obligated television outings, Duel would prove to be the springboard that would catapult Mr. Spielberg into the realm that he was shooting for since his youth: that of feature film directing. Duel would also land him in the court of Hollywood producers David Brown and Richard Zanuck and get him his
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The Outre Eye Of Daniel Xiii: Beneath, The Human Race, The Twilight Zone Essential Episodes and Septic Man!

The Outre Eye Of Daniel Xiii: Beneath, The Human Race, The Twilight Zone Essential Episodes and Septic Man!
I got a real treat for ya my ghouls: more of what you love… namely, yours cruelly! Ya see, creeps, this here bit o’ wretched writing debuts a brand new format from the ol’ Ouija Board Kid, wherein I annoy—err—entertain you with even more revoltin’ reviews, insane interviews, and other assorted ass-foolery! I present to you the Giant-Sized Man-Thing Treasury Edition Super Special debut of The Outre Eye Of Daniel Xiii!

This week I turn my unblinking third eye upon the following fearsome flicks: Beneath, The Human Race, The Twilight Zone Essential Episodes, and Septic Man!

Release Date: Available Now on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Prime, Xbox, Time Warner, Comcast and Direct TV Written By: Patrick Doody, Chris Valenziano Directed By: Ben Ketai Starring: Jeff Fahey, Kelly Noonan, Brent Briscoe

Can You Get A Grip On The Thrills Of Beneath’S Long, Dark Shaft?

Caves and mines: not
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San Diego Comic-Con 2014: Entertainment Earth Adds Some Color to Your Twilight Zone and Game of Thrones Collections

Entertainment Earth is starting to unveil the exclusives they'll be bringing to the 2014 Sdcc, and first out of the gate is Bif Bang Pow!'s new line of six colored "Twilight Zone" 3-3/4-inch action figures.

In addition, we have a look at Artisan Designs' "Game of Thrones" Dragon Egg Prop Replica Set. After that finale with its Harryhausen-esque skeleton warriors, plus the previously revealed cannibals and White Walkers, we'd say there's plenty in "GoT" for the horror crowd, including this impressive set!

Just click any of the individual item links for more details, including pre-ordering info from Ee.

Attending the show? Be sure to visit Entertainment Earth at San Diego Comic-Con, July 24-27. They'll be in Booth #2343, hosting celebrity signings, photo opportunities, convention exclusives, product debuts, and first-look prototypes.

"Twilight Zone" Gremlin 3-3/4-Inch Figure In Color - This authentically designed and rendered plastic action figure sports 5 points of articulation: neck,
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5 Comic-Con Exclusive Twilight Zone Action Figures!

Entertainment Earth has revealed five radical action figures that are inspired by some of the classic characters that we've seen in the classic 1960s TV series The Twilight Zone. These are exclusive action figures that were created in conjunction with San Diego Comic-Con, which is set to take place this coming July. The figures include the Gremlin; William Shatner's Bob Wilson; Invader; the alien Kanamit; Henry Bemis, and Talking Tina. The Twilight Zone is my favorite series of all time, and I want these!

The toys will be available at the Entertainment Earth booth #2343. I've included the descriptions that came along with each of the figures.

Bif Bang Pow! presents The Twilight Zone Gremlin 3 3/4-Inch Action Figure in Color, the horrifying creature from the memorable The Twilight Zone episode "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" that starred William Shatner. You wish you had it before, so don't let it pass you by now!
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The Twilight Zone Action Figures Announced as Sdcc 2014 Exclusives

From the panicked airplane passenger who sees a hairy surprise through his window in “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” to the bespectacled man in “Time Enough at Last” who is finally able to read without any interruptions, Bif Bang Pow! is bringing a batch of classic characters from some of the most popular episodes of The Twilight Zone to action figure life, and they’ll be available first as San Diego Comic-Con exclusives at Entertainment Earth’s Booth 2343.

Depicted in color with a 3.75-inch scale (though individual heights vary), these six action figures from The Twilight Zone will become available online in the first week of August if there are any left after their run at Sdcc. If you can’t make it to Sdcc this year, you can pre-order these figures now and hope that some are left over after the show. We have each figure’s image, details and backstory
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Twilight Zone 3 3/4 action figures coming from Bif Bang Pow!

First broadcast in 1959, The Twilight Zone captured the imagination of millions and has been called one of the finest television series ever made. Toy company Bif Bang Pow! have been pumping out action figures and collectables from classic moments of the show and now they've released images of their latest series.

From the press release:

World-renowned manufacturer Bif Bang Pow! announced a creative partnership with Zica Toys in conjunction with David Lee, makers of high-quality retro-style toys and action figures, to produce a line of "The Twilight Zone" 3-3/4-inch retro action figures scheduled to ship in the fall of 2014.

The collection will focus on some of the most iconic characters from "The Twilight Zone" series, including William Shatner's nervous airline passenger Bob Wilson and the Gremlin that wants him to crash, both from the terrifying episode "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet"; the sly alien Kanamit from "To Serve Man"; the
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Bif Bang Pow! Officially Announces New 3-3/4" Twilight Zone Action Figures

During last month's Toy Fair we got word that Bif Bang Pow! is giving "The Twilight Zone" the vintage treatment with six 3-3/4" figures coming in the first wave, and now we have more details and official photos to share.

From the Press Release:

World-renowned manufacturer Bif Bang Pow! announced a creative partnership with Zica Toys in conjunction with David Lee, makers of high-quality retro-style toys and action figures, to produce a line of "The Twilight Zone" 3-3/4-inch retro action figures scheduled to ship in the fall of 2014.

The collection will focus on some of the most iconic characters from "The Twilight Zone" series, including William Shatner's nervous airline passenger Bob Wilson and the Gremlin that wants him to crash, both from the terrifying episode "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet"; the sly alien Kanamit from "To Serve Man"; the Invader from Agnes Moorehead's "The Invaders" episode; Burgess Meredith's
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Photos of The Twilight Zone Retro Action Figures

Retro action figures are gaining a lot of popularity these days, with companies producing figures we wish we had back in the 70′s and 80′s. Added to the list are a new line of The Twilight Zone retro-style action figures from Bif Bang Pow! and Zica Toys, with the first series including Talky Tina, William Shatner’s character from Nightmare at 20,000 Feet, a Kanamit from To Serve Man, and more:

“Los Angeles, CA (March 12, 2014) – World-renowned manufacturer Bif Bang Pow! announced a creative partnership with Zica Toys in conjunction with David Lee, makers of high-quality retro-style toys and action figures, to produce a line of The Twilight Zone 3 3/4-inch retro action figures scheduled to ship in the Fall of 2014.

The collection will focus on some of the most iconic characters from The Twilight Zone series-including William Shatner’s nervous airline passenger Bob Wilson and the Gremlin that wants him to crash,
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“The Twilight Zone: The Complete Second Season” Out On DVD Today

“The Twilight Zone: The Complete Second Season” Out On DVD Today
Image Entertainment, of Rlj Entertainment, has released The Twilight Zone: The Complete Second Season on DVD, this June 4th, 2013. For $29.98 you can get the entirety of the second season of Rod Serling’s classic sci-fi series, including appearances by William Shatner, Don Rickles, Art Carney and a ton more in what are some of the most indelible moments of the series. Check out the press release below, and stay tuned for a review by yours truly.

Image Entertainment, an Rlj Entertainment (Nasdaq: Rlje) brand, announces the release of the second season of Rod Serling’s groundbreaking, science fiction anthology The Twilight Zone: The Complete Second Season, available on DVD on June 4, 2013 at an Srp of $29.98. Season two features an incredible list of guest stars including Agnes Moorehead, Art Carney, Bill Mumy, Buddy Ebsen, Burgess Meredith, Dick York, Don Rickles, Rod Serling, Sydney Pollack, William Shatner and more!

The Twilight Zone
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Family Plot – The DVD Review

Review by Sam Moffitt

After seeing the wonderful new movie Hitchcock in a theater and now seeing it again on Blu-Ray I thought it might be nice to revisit one of the Master of Suspense’s own films, preferably one I had not seen in some time. Family Plot was Sir Alfred’s last film and a pretty good finale to an amazing career that started in the silent era, an apprentice ship at Ufa Studio’s in Germany, watching no less a master film maker than Fritz Lang and ended in the 70’s when all the rules of film making were being broken by a bunch of young mavericks who changed the language of film altogether.

When I was a kid I loved everything about Hitchcock. I read his mystery magazine avidly, often in high school study hall instead of reading from a text book. My Mother would let
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