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Interview: Tony Jopia discusses ‘Damned Nation’

Damned Nation is the latest action-packed film from Cute Little Buggers (2017) director Tony Jopia. I got a chance to ask Tony a few questions about how he plans continue the story, what we can expect in the future and how fans can keep updated regarding the future of Damned Nation.

Damned Nation is an action packed short which gives us an introduction to an apocalyptic future. Why did you decide to complete a short film, and will you be looking to continuing the story as a feature film or a series?

We wanted to make it as enjoyable as we could. Just because it’s a short it doesn’t mean we can’t fill it with all the ingredients that make a fab action movie, in this case it’s all contained within a shorter amount of time. The overall idea is much bigger but unfortunately, we only had
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The Bottom Shelf: Damnation Alley and George A. Romero: Between Night And Dawn

Nick Aldwinckle Nov 27, 2017

Our latest round-up of genre DVDs and Blu-rays covers George A Romero, Damnation Alley and more...

With real life’s ridiculous news stories almost beyond parody, it seems fitting that 2017 was the year we saw George A. Romero, the master of satirical zombie tomfoolery, responsible for horror classics from Dawn Of The Dead through to Tales From The Dark Side, shuffle off this mortal coil. To commemorate three of Romero’s less celebrated early movies, Arrow Video has released the intriguing Between Night And Dawn set on Bluray, with ample extras to sate the most eager fanboy/girl.

First up, and by far the movie most will know (perhaps due to its 2010 remake), 1973's The Crazies plays out almost like a retread of Romero's 1968 debut Night Of The Living Dead, with a group of townsfolk again subject to a dodgy violence-inducing substance whilst military jackanapes try and control the epidemic.
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Film Review: ‘The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One’

Film Review: ‘The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One’
Despite its strenuously portentous title, which some might mistake for a herald of wink-wink satire, “The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One” is a straight-faced and serviceable sci-fi action-adventure set on a distant planet where corporate overloads exploit hard-bitten convicts as slave laborers for colonization efforts — and human guinea pigs for bioengineering experiments.

From her vantage point in a floating headquarters high above the wild world, Exor company executive General Lynex (Rachel Griffiths) appraises the progress of settlement construction — and encourages the mad-scientist activities of Warden Mordain (Temuera Morrison), who’s been charged with transforming part of his prison’s population into monsters programmed “to kill or assimilate indigenous species.” Evidently, Exor plays by the same rule book as the Umbrella Corp. in the “Resident Evil” franchise and Weyland-Yutani in the “Alien” movies.

When things go wrong, as they always do in pulpy scenarios such as this one, and the monsters are inadvertently freed during a
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Death Line aka Raw Meat

This early gore-horror picture has a remarkable emphasis on human values, believe it or not, with a ‘monster’ that nevertheless is a paragon of loving gentleness. Add Donald Pleasance as a surly, posh-hating police inspector, and the shock value makes the Hammer films of the early ’70s taste like weak tea.

Death Line

Blu-ray + DVD

Blue Underground

1972 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 87 min. / aka Raw Meat / Street Date June 27, 2017 / 39.98

Starring: Donald Pleasence, Norman Rossington, David Ladd, Sharon Gurney, Hugh Armstrong, June Turner, Christopher Lee.

Cinematography: Alex Thomson

Art Direction: Dennis Gordon-Orr

Film Editor: Geoffrey Foot

Original Music: Jeremy Rose, Malone Wil

Written by Ceri Jones from a story by Gary Sherman

Produced by Paul Maslansky

Directed by Gary Sherman

In 1972, making a horror film was a safe way to start a career: almost anything screen-able could get a release, and if your show had enough shock value, it might even get positive critical attention.
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Contest: Win The Serpent And The Rainbow Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray

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Today, Scream Factory releases Wes Craven’s The Serpent and the Rainbow Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray, 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) Collector’s Edition Blu-ray copy of The Serpent and the Rainbow.

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

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on February 29th. 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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Wes Craven (A Nightmare On Elm Street, Scream) directs this terrifying story of one man’s nightmarish journey into the blood-curdling, deadly world of voodoo.

A Harvard anthropologist (Bill Pullman,
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February 23rd Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include American Horror Project: Vol. 1, The Serpent And The Rainbow

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February’s home entertainment releases are ending on a high note, so genre fans should get their wallets ready in anticipation of all the great horror and sci-fi titles coming our way on the 23rd. Scream Factory has several fantastic releases planned for this Tuesday, including the highly anticipated Blu-ray for Wes Craven’s The Serpent and the Rainbow as well as double features of The Curse / Curse II: The Bite and Millennium / R.O.T.O.R.

Candyman director Bernard Rose’s latest endeavor—the modern interpretation of the classic Frankenstein tale—hits Blu and DVD this week, and the cult classic Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things is getting an HD overhaul this Tuesday as well.

Other notable Blu-ray and DVD releases on February 23rd include The Bees, Bigfoot Vs. Zombies, Moonwalkers, Demonoid, American Horror Project: Volume One and Upsidedown Cross.

Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things (Vci Entertainment,
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The Serpent And The Rainbow Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Clips & Trailer

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Next Tuesday, Scream Factory will bring viewers to the “forbidden world between life and death” with their Collector’s Edition Blu-ray of the late Wes Craven’s The Serpent and the Rainbow. To give fans an idea of what to expect from the special release, we have high-definition clips and a trailer from the anticipated Blu-ray.

Wes Craven (A Nightmare On Elm Street, Scream) directs this terrifying story of one man’s nightmarish journey into the blood-curdling, deadly world of voodoo.

A Harvard anthropologist (Bill Pullman, Lake Placid, Independence Day) is sent to Haiti to retrieve a strange powder that is said to have the power to bring human beings back from the dead. In his quest to find the miracle drug, the cynical scientist enters the rarely seen netherworld of walking zombies, blood rites and ancient curses.

Based on the true-to-life experiences of Wade Davis, starring Cathy Tyson (Mona Lisa), Zakes Mokae (Dust Devil,
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Scott Drebit Looks Back at Wes Craven’s The Serpent And The Rainbow

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I didn’t even know he was ill. When Wes Craven’s passing was announced I was numb. The gravity of the loss felt in the film world was palpable, especially in horror. Mr. Craven was one of us, a great champion of the genre. And for those that called him a hack – and there were a few – if they didn’t know it then, know it now, and remember it forever - he revived the genre not once but twice.

Slashers had choked like weeds all the freshness from horror until Mr. Craven came along with the startlingly original A Nightmare on Elm Street. And then, in the 90’s as we wept for anything fun in the genre, he came roaring back with the astounding Scream and revitalized the genre, again.

As I was asked to write this piece on Serpent and the Rainbow, I thought back on what
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15 underappreciated books: sci-fi, fantasy, horror fiction

Looking for a good book recommendation? Our writers have a few unsung sci-fi, fantasy and horror gems up their sleeves...

Other people. What’s the point of them? They’re noisy and everywhere.

There is one thing they’re especially good at, however, and that’s recommending new stuff. In the spirit of that, we asked our writers to recommend great books that, for whatever reason, haven’t been surrounded by as much fuss and recognition as they deserve.

Nominations came in for personal favourites in fiction, non-fiction, children’s books and graphic novels, so we’ve divided them up into a series of features, the first of which is below, on great unsung sci-fi, fantasy, horror and thriller adult fiction.

Our hope is that you’ll demonstrate your worth as other people by carrying on the recommendations in the comments section below. Thanks in advance.

The Ladies Of Grace
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Super-8 Robert Redford – Paul Newman Movie Madness June 3rd at The Way Out Club

We like to celebrate great actors at Super-8 Movie Madness at The Way Out Club. We’ve had past shows highlighting the careers of Charles Bronson, Boris Karloff, Clint Eastwood, Lee Marvin, Christopher Lee, Vincent Price, Peter Cushing, and Burt Reynolds. On Tuesday, June 3rd, we’re offering a double dose of Actor Madness with Super-8 Robert Redford/Paul Newman Movie Madness!

That’s right, these two Oscar-winners paired up famously in two films: Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid and The Sting and we’ll be showing both of those. To highlight Mr. Redford’s solo career we’ll be showing Jeremiah Johnson and The Great Waldo Pepper. And Mr. Newman’s solo career will be represented with The Towering Inferno and Slap Shot.

Movies we’re showing that star neither Mr. Redford nor Mr. Newman are: Revenge Of The Creature, Disney’s Song Of The South, Creature With The Atom Brain,
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Blu-ray Release: The Mechanic (1972)

Blu-ray Release Date: June 10, 2014

Price: Blu-ray $29.95

Studio: Twilight Time

Charles Bronson is The Mechanic.

The 1972 thriller The Mechanic starring Charles Bronson—which was remade (unremarkably) by Simon West in 2011 as a star vehicle for Jason Statham (Killer Elite)—makes its Blu-ray debut from Twilight Time.

Directed by Michael Winner, The Mechanic stars Charles Bronson (Hard Times, The Great Escape) as a hardened professional hitman who’s feeling the strains of his profession. He joins forces with a ruthless up-and-comer (Jan-Michael Vincent, Damnation Alley) in a partnership that wavers between sustaining and profoundly dangerous…particularly when they get involved in a couple of tricky contracts.

Still considered by many to be the ultimate hitman flick, The Mechanic features a memorable score by the ever-prolific Jerry Fielding, available on this Twilight Time release as an isolated track.

As supplier Twilight Time prints up only 3,000 copies of each title, the time to pre-order
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Junot Díaz uses social media to share inspiration for Pulitzer-winning novel

Author credits Star Trek, 'over-active imagination' as a child and science fiction as springs for bestselling book

Pulitzer prize-winning author Junot Díaz has laid bare the inspirations behind parts of his celebrated 2008 novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao in a series of annotations to the text posted on a social media site that lets rap, rock and poetry fans share their passions.

The site, Rapgenius.com, taps into fans' enduring thirst for knowledge about the inspirations of their creative heroes, and enables users to post song lyrics, poems or passages of prose and to "collaboratively annotate" them.

Díaz's prize-winning novel follows the life of Oscar de León, a boy growing up as a Dominican immigrant in New Jersey who is obsessed with science fiction and fantasy novels, and is also falling in love. Diaz took to Rapgenius.com to share the backstory to one of the book's footnotes,
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Alan Sharp obituary

Swashbuckling screenwriter behind Rob Roy, Ulzana's Raid and Night Moves

Alan Sharp, who has died of brain cancer aged 79, once claimed that as a screenwriter he was most interested in "moral ambiguity, mixed motives and irony", all of which are applicable to two of his best movies, the western Ulzana's Raid (1972), directed by Robert Aldrich, and the thriller Night Moves (1975), directed by Arthur Penn. Most of his screenplays were written in the 1970s and reflect the era in which America was suffering the effects of the Vietnam war and post-Watergate paranoia. This goes some way to explaining the bleakness and cynical sense of destiny in Sharp's films, which he called "existential melodramas".

He was born in Alyth, near Dundee. Although the majority of his scripts were set in the Us, where he lived for many years, Scotland remained pre-eminent in his character and culture. His script for Rob Roy (1995), a
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: 1900

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 24, 2012

Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95

Studio: Olive Films

Bernardo Bertolucci’s (The Last Emperor) monumental 1977 film 1900 is both an epic history of 20th century Italy and an intimate portrait of two friends, both born on Jan. 1, 1900.

Set in Bertolucci’s ancestral region of Emilia in Northern Italy, 1900 zeroes in on same-day birthday boys Olmo Dalcò (Gerard Depardieu, Potiche), the son a socialist peasant farmer and Alfredo Berlinghieri (Robert De Niro, Stone), the son of the fascist landowner. The two youths grow into men (and ultimately old men!) and pass through the upheavals of the modern world, their personal conflicts becoming an allegory of the political turmoil of their ever-changing country.

1900‘s international cast includes Burt Lancaster (Sweet Smell of Success), Donald Sutherland (The Eagle), Sterling Hayden (The Killing), Dominique Sanda (Damnation Alley), Alida Valli (Senso) and Stefania Sandrelli (The Conformist). It’s superlative production credits include cinematography
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Top 9 Entertainment Podcasts According to Zack!

They’re like great radio shows of the Web. You can collect them and re-listen to them at any time! They’re podcasts, and today I’m going to list some of my personal favorites. These are all about my favorite subject: movies! I have the equivalent of a week total of the podcasts that are listed here on my iTunes. These aren’t in any particular order--not by popularity, not by year, not by hosts, not alphabetically. If you like these, please give them a listen. All of these are available for free on iTunes, but please visit their websites!

Podcast: The Hollywood Saloon

Location: TX/CA Hosts: Andy Siems and John Jansen Website: http://www.hollywoodsaloon.com

These two guys have an absolute out-and-out love of film. Shows ranging from “Apocalypse Hollywood” to “Never Happened” include serious discussions on film grammar, direction, and execution and also fun and loose topics on sci-fi,
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Daily Briefing. Trailer for Wakamatsu's "Mishima"

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"Dream death-match to be sure, but I just noticed Koji Wakamatsu is actually making a new film based on Mishima's life," wrote Sanjuro six months ago, sparking a discussion in the Forum. 11.25 Jiketsu no Hi: Mishima Yukio to Wakamonotachi, with Arata taking the lead and Terajima Shinobu (Caterpillar) playing Mishima's wife, "focuses on the events of November 25, 1970, when Mishima entered the Tokyo headquarters of the Japan Self-Defense Forces along with four members of his private militia, the Tatenokai," wrote Nicholas Vroman in May at Toronto J-Film Pow-Wow. "Seizing control of the commandant's office, Mishima delivered a rambling speech from the balcony hoping to inspire a coup d'etat. He then returned to the office and committed suicide." He also notes that Wakamatsu's been blogging throughout the production. And today, Wildgrounds has posted the first trailer (above).

"Eco Sci-Fi" is the theme of the October issue of Electric Sheep, featuring David Cairns
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This week's new DVD & Blu-ray

Fringe: Seasons 1-3

There's a good side to science fiction programmes living under constant threat of cancellation, in that it presents the makers with a choice: to make it all safer and more popular or to stick to their guns and take it to some unusual and more imaginative places.

You can almost hear the producers shout, "Sod it, let's just do what we want" near the end of season one as it went from pleasantly watchable to completely unmissable. Fringe started out like other paranormal investigation shows that came in the wake of The X-Files, but a few interesting characters and situations made it stand out. Lead scientist Walter (John Noble from Lord Of The Rings and, ahem, TV's Home And Away) was presented as a burnt-out acid casualty of the progressive hippy science of 1960s Berkeley college, more a Timothy Leary than an Agent Mulder – an important
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Damnation Alley Blu Ray - Take A Spin Through The Apocalypse

Damnation Alley is a post-apocalyptic film that takes place in a universe where the Cold War never had a chance to fizzle out, but in it's past-tense future, ends with a bang as they say, and the launching of those dreaded Icbm's. The end of civilization however, is only the beginning! Now with 9/10ths of the population wiped out in one fell swoop, military officers George Peppard, Jan Michael-Vincent, and Paul Winfield can pull the multi-wheeled, weapon enhanced, amphibious all terrain bad ass vehicle, the LandMaster, out of mothballs, and take it for a real test spin. Underneath radiated psychedelic colored skies, our intrepid survivors set out to traverse the newly-wasted lands (that's the fastest fallout ever!) and make their way across the country...
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Party Favors: Radley Metzger

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Westwood - The master of sensual European cinema golden years have a tint of blue. UCLA just hosted retrospective of Radley Metzger’s films. His most important films are being released on Blu-ray. He’s about to take the director’s chair as he approaches 83.

His masterwork Camille 2000 was just released Blu-ray with an extended version from Cult Epics. The 1969 update of Dumas’ The Lady of the Camellias takes place in an esoteric Italy. The restored high definition transfer gives a detailed look at that magical time. The Party Favors had a chance to chat with Radley Metzger about the release.

Trailer provided by Video Detective

Radley is a true independent filmmaker. He owns the rights to his films instead of selling them off to distributor. He’s not at the mercy of an indifferent studio executive to keep his cinematic legacy available. The first question had to be
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DVD: DVD: Damnation Alley

In 1977, 20th Century Fox had two science-fiction adventure movies in the pipeline for release. The first was Star Wars, which came out in May with relatively low expectations and became an immediate, industry-changing sensation. The second was Damnation Alley, which Fox had originally thought would be its big year-end holiday blockbuster. Based on a well-regarded Roger Zelazny novel and directed by Airport 1975 and Midway helmer Jack Smight, Damnation Alley was intended to be a rousing post-apocalyptic actioner featuring mutated bugs, freaky marauders, and a badass armored vehicle—part Planet Of The Apes, part Them!, part On The Beach ...
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