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Tyburn Films: British Horror’s last line of Defence

1976 saw the publication of John Brosnan’s excellent book The Horror People. Written during the summer of 1975, it makes interesting reading 40 years down the line. Those who feature prominently in the book – Peter Cushing, Vincent Price, Jack Arnold, Michael Carreras, Sam Arkoff, Roy Ward Baker, Freddie Francis, Robert Bloch, Richard Matheson and Milton Subotsky – were still alive, as were Ralph Bates, Mario Bava, Jimmy Carreras, John Carradine, Dan Curtis, John Gilling, Robert Fuest, Michael Gough, Val Guest, Ray Milland, Robert Quarry and Michael Ripper, all of whom were given a mention. Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Junior, Michael Reeves and James H Nicholson were not long dead. Hammer, Amicus and American International Pictures were still in existence. George A Romero had yet to achieve his prominence and Stephen King wasn’t even heard of!

Brosnan devoted a chapter to a new British company called Tyburn Films. Founded by the charismatic and ambitious Kevin Francis,
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R.I.P. TV/Film Composer John Cacavas

TV/film composer and conductor John Cacavas, whose credits include Airport 1975 and 1970s TV series Kojak, died January 28 at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 83. The South Dakota native scored numerous TV series and films throughout his career beginning with the 1972 feature Horror Express. He went on to score the next two movies in the Airport franchise, Airport 1975 and Airport ’77. Cacavas had developed a strong friendship with Telly Savalas, leading to a long tenure as composer for the Kojak TV series (1973-78), including the series theme for its fifth and final season on CBS. His other TV credits include Hawaii Five-o, Matlock, Switch, Columbo, Mrs. Columbo, Quincy, Buck Rogers, Gangster Chronicles, Lady Blue, Four Seasons and Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. He also composed movies-of-the-week, TV pilots, mini-series and specials such as A Time to Triumph, Eddie Capra Mysteries, She Cried Murder, Time Machine, By Reason Of Insanity,
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Hudson Horror Show to Russell Up Some Scary on November 16 in Poughkeepsie, NY

The Hudson Horror Show returns to Poughkeepsie, NY, on November 16, and this installment of the event is bringing some truly iconic Kurt Russell films as well as some forgotten gems.

Headlined by Russell's classics Escape From New York and The Thing, this edition of Hudson Horror Show may end up being the best one yet. In addition to those two films, you'll also get Invasion of the Bee Girls and Horror Express as well as a fifth "mystery" film which won't be announced until the day of the show.

The last event completely sold out so if you're interested in attending, we'd recommend you get yourself moving and order your tickets today. Plus, yours truly will be there hosting and handing out goodies!

For more info and to purchase tix, visit the official Hudson Horror Show website, "like" Hudson Horror Show on Facebook and follow Hudson Horror Show on Twitter
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Escape from NY and The Thing Screening at Hudson Horror Show 8

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The lineup for Hudson Horror Show 8 has been officially announced and includes 35mm screenings of Escape From New York, The Thing, and more:

“Hudson Horror Show is proud to announce our full lineup for the Hudson Valley’s horror and exploitation film festival, Hudson Horror Show. Hhs #8 will be on Saturday, November 16th 2013, at Silver Cinemas South Hills 8 in Poughkeepsie, NY. Doors open at noon, show starts at 1Pm.

Headliner #1 is the 1981 sci-fi/action classic Escape From New York. John Carpenter directed one of the most amazing genre casts ever featuring Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasance, Isaac Hayes, Harry Dean Stanton, Adrienne Barbeau, Tom Atkins, Lee Van Cleef and of course Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken, who we all heard was dead.

Headliner #2 is the 1982 horror/sci-fi thrill ride John Carpenter’S The Thing. Carpenter and Russell teamed up again for one of the scariest films ever made, which boasts the
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Your 2013 Halloween Season TV Preview (abridged) with Schedules

Last year we ran a schedule of every TV/Cable network schedule we could find that could be construed as Horror or Halloween related for the month of October. Let’s just say it proved useful for our readers and even for our staff when they were looking to find something to watch, wanted to program their DVR’s or didn’t want to miss out on some great “live” Horror. Isn’t there something about having a movie fed to you on TV as opposed to watching it on Blu-ray or DVD or streaming? We may not like commercials, but the randomness that you can associate with a TV program itinerary is novel. It removes a little bit of control from the audience who is all to concerned with being in control these days (just look at the reasons behind publishing a piece like this).

So here’s the 2013 Halloween Seasonal TV Preview,
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"Zulu Dawn" From Severin Films

Sneak Peek director Douglas Hickox' 1979 action adventure "Zulu Dawn", prequel to the classic feature "Zulu", now available in a re-mastered HD Blu Ray/DVD Combo Pack from Severin Films.

The film stars stars Burt Lancaster, Peter O’Toole, Simon Ward, Bob Hoskins and Sir John Mills :

"...the shocking true story events of 'The Battle of Isandlwana', started January 1879, when arrogant officials of the British colony of Natal, Africa issued a list of unauthorized ultimatums to the 'Zulu Nation'.

"When the 'Zulu King' refused their demands, the Empire declared war.

"And in a series of grave tactical blunders, a garrison of 1,500 British soldiers faced an army of 25,000 enraged Zulu warriors in what would become the most horrifying disaster in British military history..."

Special features include short films with Zulu War expert Ian knight, the film's historical advisor Midge Carter, a visit to the actual locations of the battle of
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Mad Max's Weekend Movie Guide: 'The Croods' and More

"I am not a demon. I am a lizard, a shark, a heat-seeking panther. I want to be Bob Denver on acid playing the accordion." –Nicolas Cage

Greetings from the apocalypse! The spring equinox is upon us, and even though we know what it looks like from space what's more important is how it looks from Miami, Florida … bikinis and big booties, yo! This weekend there's lots in store for all my party peeps, unless you're on the east coast, in which case it might snow again. Spring Break, Y'all!

Friday, March 22

Pow! In Theaters

There's a cinematic grudge match happening this year between Roland Emmerich's big budget "White House Down" and this week's solid B-movie rip-off "Olympus Has Fallen," which is somehow hitting screens first. Despite a bravura attack sequence that will leave you genuinely shaken (and possibly xenophobic towards North Koreans), "Olympus" eventually descends into another carbon
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The Manson Family Hitting Theatres and Blu-ray!

If you've never witnessed the sheer unbridled lunacy of Jim VanBebber's The Manson Family, then do yourself a favor - correct that cinema sin Now. Or even better wait just a bit longer and see the flick like never before on the big screen and in 1080p!

From the Press Release

Severin Films announces the May 7th Blu-ray debut of Jim VanBebber’s legendary, award-winning indie The Manson Family on the 10th anniversary of its original release. Us theatrical dates in 20 major cities are scheduled through March and April, and new poster artwork has been created by artist Stephen Romano for the occasion. VanBebber’s highly anticipated new short Gator Green will accompany many of the screenings and will also be included in the extras-packed Special Edition Blu-ray release.

The theatrical run launches at Landmark Theatres locations in Denver and San Francisco on March 22nd and will continue through April,
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Essential 1970s Horror

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Essential 1970s Horror
Even the casual horror fan has seen ‘70s horror films like Halloween and Jaws, but if you take a step away from the mainstream, there is a veritable candy store of titles that influenced the horror boom of the ‘80s. We’ve put together a list of slightly lesser known 1970s titles that we think every horror fan should see. We have steered clear of the obvious choices. So you will not see Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Alien, or even Black Christmas on our list. We have dug a little deeper to spotlight some titles that don’t always get the mainstream acclaim or recognition that they most certainly deserve.

Below, you will find an assortment of films that we think will give any viewer not intimately familiar with the horrors of the 1970s a good jumping off point to embrace one of the richest decades that horror cinema has to offer.
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What to Buy This Week: DVD and Blu-ray releases for February 4th

It’s Monday, so we all know what that means! Yes, it’s time for another rundown of DVDs and Blu-ray’s hitting stores online and offline this week. It’s a very light week this week, so let us breakdown the new releases and highlight what you should – and shouldn’t – be buying from today, February 4th 2013.

Pick Of The Week

Death Race 3: Inferno (DVD/Blu-ray)

Repentant convict Carl Lucas (Luke Goss) aka Frankenstein is a legendary driver in the brutal prison blood sport known as Death Race. Only one victory away from winning freedom, Lucas is plunged into his most vicious competition yet: the first-ever desert Death Race. Through South Africa’s infernal Kalahari Desert, Lucas is pitted against ruthless adversaries and powerful forces at work behind the scenes to ensure his defeat. Also starring Danny Trejo and Ving Rhames, Death Race: Inferno is an insane, action-packed thrill ride.
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Trailers from Hell: Joe Dante on Lee & Cushing Team-Up 'Horror Express'

Trailers from Hell: Joe Dante on Lee & Cushing Team-Up 'Horror Express'
Christopher Lee Halloween! week continues at Trailers from Hell with director and Tfh creator Joe Dante introducing "Horror Express," calling the film "one of the most satisfying screen pairings of longtime friends Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing." This Spanish-British coproduction, shot in Madrid under the evocative title Panic on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, remains one of the most satisfying screen pairings of longtime friends Christopher lee and Peter Cushing. Nevertheless Cushing, mourning the passing of his wife, initially tried to leave the picture before shooting and had to be talked into going through with it by Lee, with both later admitting it was one of their most enjoyable experiences. Initially unheralded, it's since become a fan favorite.
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Film Junk Podcast Episode #380: Total Recall

0:00 - Intro 3:25 - Review: Total Recall 51:45 - Headlines: Vertigo Dethrones Citizen Kane as Best Movie of All Time, Jimmy Fallon to Host Academy Awards?, Jon Chu in Talks for He-Man Movie, Bill Murray Definitely Out of Ghostbusters 3, Eccentric Billionaire Wants to Make a Real Jurassic Park, Killing Them Softly Trailer 1:08:50 - Other Stuff We Watched: Bernie, Horror Express, Cannibal Ferox, Audition, Q: The Winged Serpent, Rec 3: Genesis, River of No Return, The Nesting, Code of Silence, Detachment, Total Recall 2070, Good Guys Wear Black, The Octagon, I Saw the Devil, Stand By Me, Star Trek: Tng on Blu-ray, Toy Story, The 400 Blows 2:19:10 - Junk Mail: Christopher Nolan Paying Tribute to the '60s Batman, What Does a Producer Do, Directors That Never Lived Up to their Potential or Went Downhill, 30 for 30 Faves + Gay Cinema, The King Sound Clip, Ranking the Adam McKay / Will Ferrell Comedies,
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"Horror Express" And "White Zombie" Double Feature, Roxy Bar & Screen, London, 7 July

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Cinema Retro has received the following press release:

Horror Hosts Cyberschizoid and Scare Sarah present the Classic Horror Campaign's most requested movie Horror Express (1972) in a diabolical double bill with Bela Lugosi creepy classic White Zombie! (1932)

The Classic Horror Campaign was set up to persuade the BBC to bring back their iconic Saturday night classic horror double bills which were so popular in the 1970′s and early 1980′s. The campaign has grown from an online petition and now includes this website, a Facebook Page, Twitter account and a regular series of classic horror double bill screenings around the UK.

Now you can recapture those halcyon days of the old BBC2 Saturday night horror double bills in a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere at one of London's premiere boutique cinema venues.

§ Saturday 7th July 2012 @3pm

§ Roxy Bar & Screen, Borough High Street, London

§ Admission £ 6 per person

§ Free horror giveaways from Shock Horror Magazine

§ Bar
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Motion Picture Purgatory: Horror Express

In honor of the recent Blu-ray/DVD release of the 1972 classic Horror Express by Mpi/Severin Films, Trembles tackles the tale in this week's Motion Picture Purgatory.

Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing star as rival turn-of-the-century anthropologists transporting a frozen "missing link" aboard the Trans-Siberian Express. But when the prehistoric creature thaws and escapes, it unleashes a brain-scarfing spree that turns its victims into the eye-bleeding undead. Can the crafty colleagues stop this two-million-year-old monster, hordes of zombie passengers, and a psychotic Cossack officer (Telly Savalas) before terror goes off the rails? Silvia Tortosa (When the Screaming Stops) co-stars in this all-time fright favorite from director Eugenio Martín and the blacklisted Hollywood screenwriters of Psychomania.

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Christopher Lee 90th Birthday: 90 Reasons The Horror Icon is Awesome

On May 27, British film icon Christopher Lee turns 90 years old. In his long and storied career, he's delivered countless fantastic performances in everything from medieval adventures to gothic scary stories. (You may know him as Saruman, Count Dooku, the Man with the Golden Gun or even Count Dracula.) And he has no plans to slow down, as indicated by recent roles in the Oscar-winning"Hugo" and this month's "Dark Shadows" -- not to mention an upcoming return to Middle Earth with this December's "Hobbit." Lee is not just an actor, but a decorated military man and bombastic heavy metal singer, with a crazy family lineage to boot. To celebrate the legend's 90th birthday, we present 90 reasons why Christopher Lee is awesome. 1. He's the step-cousin of "James Bond" creator Ian Fleming, and was the author's first choice to play Dr. No in the film adaptation. 2. He's in the Guinness Book of
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Take a Ride on the Horror Express [Review]

Horror Express (1972) Stars: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Telly Savalas Director: Eugenio Martin Producer: Bernard Gordon, Gregorio Sacristan Writer: Arnaud d'Usseau, Julian Zimet (as Julian Halevy) Horror film fan favorites Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing are back together again in 1972s Horror Express, a tale of prehistoric terror set aboard a moving train. Unfortunately for both veterans stars, the promising premise of the film quickly…
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J Astro Reviews: “Rage” DVD

J Astro Reviews: “Rage” DVD
Rage

2010 USA 85min

Writer and Director: Chris Witherspoon

Starring: Rick Crawford, Audrey Walker, Chris Witherspoon, Anna Lodej, and M.L. Maltz

Review by J Astro

Rage was handed to me for review with no cover art or explanation, just a plain white disc with red lettering in a clear plastic cover. Within roughly the first ten minutes of watching it, it occurred to that I had actually heard of this movie before, having noticed a few reviews of it on various other individual blogs and sites in the past few weeks. Rage has been getting some solid attention recently, and deservedly so, because it is a standout among indie horror efforts. It’s by no means flawless or my new favorite movie of the year or anything, but it sure beats the hell out of most other “home grown” horror-thriller exploits. And I was happy to go into it “blind
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J Astro Reviews: “The Woman In Black”

The Woman In Black

2012 UK 95mins

Director: James Watkins

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Ciaràn Hinds, Janet McTeer, Misha Handley, and Liz White

Hammer Film Productions

Review by J Astro

Atmosphere, atmosphere, atmosphere. That is the key to The Woman In Black, legendary English studio Hammer Film Productions’ first original big-screen venture in decades. The Hammer brand, so infamous and beloved from the late Fifties and into the early Seventies for producing titillating tales of the macabre that helped to redefine classic monster icons and to introduce the fright genre en masse to the likes of Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Oliver Reed and countless others has returned, after lying dormant for many years. Upon being resurrected by its new backers, Hammer has recently had a hand in unleashing Let Me In on theater-goers, which was the English language remake of the popular Swedish vampire chiller Let The Right One In. Hammer has
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J Astro Reviews: “Born Of Earth” DVD

J Astro Reviews: “Born Of Earth” DVD
Born Of Earth

2008 USA 84mins

Director: Tommy Brunswick

Starring: Daniel Baldwin, James Russo, Shannon Zeller, Jennifer Kincer, and Brad Dourif

Entertainment One

Review by J Astro

Here it is, the year 2012, and we’re just getting around to this monstrous offering from back in ’08… not because we’re lazy, but because, from what I understand, it’s only now getting distribution attention. One could be forgiven for not exactly waiting with bated breath for this release. I had never even heard of it before, honestly. And for good reason – it just ain’t that special.

My main issue with throwaway films like Born Of Earth is a matter of simple volume. I honestly feel that too many movies get made nowadays “just because.” The market is over-saturated with knock-offs and cheap copies. Somebody gets themselves a fistful of cash and borrows a camera and decides to churn out some bare-bones semblance of horror flick.
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J Astro Reviews: “Def-con 4/Hell Comes To Frogtown” DVD

J Astro Reviews: “Def-con 4/Hell Comes To Frogtown” DVD
Def-con 4

1985 Canada 88min

Director: Paul Donovan, et al

Starring: Lenore Zann, Maury Chaykin, Tim Choate, Kate Lynch, Kevin King, and Jeff Pustil

Hell Comes To Frogtown

1988 USA 86min

Director: Donald G. Jackson and R.J. Kizer

Starring: “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, Sandahl Bergman, William Smith, Rory Calhoun, Cliff Bemis, Nicholas Worth, and Kristi Somers

Image Entertainment

Review by J Astro

Two cinematic blasts from Hollywood’s not-too-distant Cold War-inspired past are re-packaged together as a post-apocalyptic tag team on this two-for-one offering, which was made available by the folks at Image Entertainment just a few weeks ago (release date December 13, 2011). Each feature on this single-sided disc comes with its own title screen, scene selections, and a theatrical trailer. The DVD itself plays a few other vintage trailers (C.H.U.D., anyone?) before the main film selection menu. Otherwise, it’s all a pretty bare bones affair. But with mega-blockbusters like these,
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