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Drive-In Dust Offs: The Manster (1959)

I love wordplay, and portmanteaus are my favourite. Come on over and I’ll tell you about The Manster (1959), part man, part monster, all good B movie madness. Two-headed Americans abroad in Japan is a very specific sub-genre, and underappreciated at that.

Originally released in Japan in July but not released stateside until March of ’62, United Artist Japan’s production was filmed there, and they spared every expense by using the same cardboard sets, flimsy, sparse labs and restaged hotel rooms as their American counterparts. (Papier mache volcano included.) But the mix of Japanese, British, and American actors gives The Manster (Aka The Split) a distinct flavor beyond the two pronged noggin. Oh, and the eyeball in the shoulder. Have I mentioned the caged sister with the melting face?

Our film opens on that mountainside by that gurgling volcano at the secret lab of Dr. Robert Suzuki (Tetsu NakamuraThe Last Dinosaur
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Contest: Win The Food Of The Gods / Frogs, Empire Of The Ants / Jaws Of Satan Double Features on Blu-ray

Tomorrow, Scream Factory's unleashing respective double feature Blu-rays of The Food of the Gods and Frogs, and Empire of the Ants and Jaws of Satan. We've been provided with three Blu-ray copies of each double feature to give away to Daily Dead readers.

The Food Of The Gods

"Legendary director Bert I. Gordon (The Amazing Colossal Man, Attack of the Puppet People) – the father of the "gigantic creature" genre – delivers this spine-tingling tale of ecology gone berserk. Based on H.G. Wells' classic horror novel, The Food of the Gods predicts a terrifying future where oversized animals are suddenly at the top of the food chain and ready to take over!

On a remote island, a mysterious substance is oozing from the ground. A farmer sees that it acts as a growth hormone and thinks his fortune is made. But when rats, chickens, worms and wasps begin sampling the potent substance,
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May 26th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Frogs, Let Us Prey, Cannibal Ferox

With Memorial Day behind us and summer just right around the corner, the horror and sci-fi home releases are really begin to heat up as we’ve got a bunch of great cult classics and new indie genre films to look forward to this Tuesday. Scream Factory is giving fans a double dose of double features with their The Food of the Gods/Frogs and Empire of the Ants/Jaws of Satan Blu-rays and we’ve also got the latest from Dark Sky Films- Let Us Prey- arriving on both Blu-ray and DVD on May 26th.

Anchor Bay is also bringing home Spike Lee’s Da Sweet Blood of Jesus this week, Vinegar Syndrome is giving the cult film Madman a high-def upgrade and Universal is keeping busy as well with their releases of Seventh Son, The Loft and the Orson Welles classic Touch of Evil too.
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Clips & Trailers from The Food Of The Gods / Frogs, Empire Of The Ants / Jaws Of Satan Double Feature Blu-rays

On May 26th, Scream Factory's unleashing nature-gone-wrong creature features, including the killer amphibians from Frogs, the giant rats from The Food of the Gods, the killer ants of Empire of the Ants, and the creepy king cobra from Jaws of Satan.

The Food Of The Gods

"Legendary director Bert I. Gordon (The Amazing Colossal Man, Attack of the Puppet People) – the father of the "gigantic creature" genre – delivers this spine-tingling tale of ecology gone berserk. Based on H.G. Wells' classic horror novel, The Food of the Gods predicts a terrifying future where oversized animals are suddenly at the top of the food chain and ready to take over!

On a remote island, a mysterious substance is oozing from the ground. A farmer sees that it acts as a growth hormone and thinks his fortune is made. But when rats, chickens, worms and wasps begin sampling the potent substance, they morph into bloodthirsty giants!
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The Food of the Gods / Frogs & Empire of the Ants / Jaws of Satan Double Feature Blu-ray Release Details

Long before he co-starred as James Dalton's memorable mentor and friend in Road House, Sam Elliott took on killer amphibians in 1972's Frogs, and with Scream Factory offering up two double doses of nature-gone-wrong creature features, Frogs is invading homes on Blu-ray this May along with the giant rats of The Food of the Gods, the killer ants of Empire of the Ants, and the creepy king cobra from Jaws of Satan.

Press release - "This spring, nature strikes back! On May 26, 2015 Scream Factory presents Food of the Gods and Frogs, two nature-gone-berserk shockers on Blu-ray for the first time. This release comes complete with bonus features, including new interviews with the films’ stars Belinda Balaski and Joan Van Ark.

The Food Of The Gods

Legendary director Bert I. Gordon (The Amazing Colossal Man, Attack of the Puppet People) – the father of the "gigantic creature" genre – delivers this spine-tingling tale of ecology gone berserk.
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Leonard Nimoy is Baffled! Next Wednesday at Schlafly Bottleworks – “Strange Brew”

Baffled screens Wednesday night October 1st at Schlafly Bottlework at 8pm

You never know what’s brewing at Webster University’s Strange Brew cult film series. It’s always the first Wednesday evening of every month, and they always come up with some cult classic to show while enjoying some good food and great suds. The fun happens at Schlafly Bottleworks Restaurant and Bar in Maplewood (7260 Southwest Ave.- at Manchester – Maplewood, Mo 63143).

I was rather baffled when I heard that Webster University was screening a 1973 movie called Baffled on October 1st at Schlafly Bottleworks as part of the ‘Strange Brew’ film series. Baffled because I was completely unfamiliar with Baffled. I thought I was familiar with most ’70 psychotronic product and it was baffling that here was a film showing at this monthly cult film series that I had never heard of. It turns out Baffled is a 1973 Made-for-tv which
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Batman, Superman & More Now Available on Warner Archive Instant!

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World’s Finest Heroes – in an Instant!

Warner Archive Instant Now Streaming The New Adventures of Batman & The New Adventures of Superman; Filmation’s AquamanComing in June

Warner Archive Instant (Wai) Now Available with Airplay on AppleTV; Free Two-Week Wai Trial Membership Open to Everyone

Continuing to make available rare and hard-to-find classic films, TV movies and TV series, Warner Archive Instant is now streaming 50 animated episodes of The New Adventures of Batman& The New Adventures of Superman, with the animated Aquaman series making its debut this June on the popular streaming service.

Warner Archive Instant (Wai) is now even easier to incorporate into your digital life through Airplay on AppleTV. Simply download the app and log in for access to hundreds of films and TV series episodes running the gamut from fanboy favorites and cult classics to some of the finest films
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From Smaug to the Clangers: a brief history of dragons

As we finally come face to face with Tolkien's Smaug on the big screen, Philip Hoare sets off in search of the greatest of all mythical creatures – from the satanic lizards of the Bible to the Jungian monster within us all

I doubt if Jrr Tolkien would recognise his Smaug in Peter Jackson's new CGI Hobbit spectacular, with its colossal, grandiose dragon voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch. Tolkien's beast, at least in the author's original illustrations, was an elegant Rackhamesque creature: a fire-orange, slightly languid lizard, all stuck over with jewels from years of lolling about in his lair, where his vast treasure was stored.

Smaug was created by Tolkien out of his love for Beowulf, whose hero battles with "the fiery dragon, the fearful fiend". But Tolkien also threw in a little wordplay for good measure: the name came from the old German smugan, meaning to squeeze through a hole,
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Listen Now: A GeekCast Radio Network Update

Welcome back to our weekly look at the new podcasts available at our “partners in podcast crime” the GeekCast Radio Network. As usual here’s our weekly look at the podcasts from Gcrn, This Week in Geek and the latest toy review videos from Baltmatrix and Optibotimus, with descriptions and links to each and every podcast for your audio/visual pleasure! But first a word from Gcrn founder TFG1Mike:

So at the end of October beginning of November we held Tmnt Week! Previously in September we had Batman Week! Now from November 10th to December 22nd will be Bond Month! With blogs from MovieRevolt Dan, and the Shaken Not Stirred Series on Movie Week In Review. Where TFG1Mike and MovieRevolt Dan will review 18 of the 23 Bond Films! Before we get to that though, here’s last weeks regular content:

Interviews – Space Guys In Space

In this GeekCast Radio Interview,
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Pixar announces release dates, details for three new movie projects

Right now the nation's theater owners have assembled in Las Vegas for CinemaCon, the event where movie studios hype up their upcoming fares in the effort to whet the appetite (and open the checkbook) of the industry-goers. Studios are flying in talent, both actors as well as key personnel and suits, to present sizzle reels for movies coming out in 2012 and beyond.

At the Disney presentation Pixar's upcoming 2013 and Tba slate took everyone's attention. First up was the reveal of a new Pixar movie project to be directed by Toy Story 3 helmer Lee Unkrich set in the world of the Mexican holiday of Dia de Los Muertos, or translated, "Day of the Dead". This is the annual early November holiday observed in Mexico where the living pause and give remembrance to their loved ones that have passed on. Food, sweets and treats are presented to the spirits so they can
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The Last Dinosaur DVD Review

The Last Dinosaur Directed by: Alexander Grasshoff, Tsugunobu Kotani Written by: William Overgard Starring: Richard Boone, Joan Van Ark and Steven Keats The Last Dinosaur might be worth watching solely to see a clearly hammered Richard Boone scream at one his shipmates, calling him a, “ding dong.” And yes, Last Dinosaur was meant to be taken seriously. This is a co-production from longtime cartoon producers Rankin & Bass and Tsubaraya Productions, scheduled for a theatrical release stateside before being pulled for TV instead. The same two companies, or at least the same people, also delivered King Kong Escapes, a live action take on the Rankin & Bass “King Kong” TV series. That one is a blast, given a goofy, comedic tone, skilled miniatures, and one great looking T-Rex named Gorosaurus. The last dinosaur is no Gorosaurus. There are plenty of unconvincing dinosaur suits out there, from the flop-headed clunkers of Unknown Island
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At Last! The Last Dinosaur on DVD

Some of you may be too young to remember The Last Dinosaur. Others of you are old enough to remember seeing it when it first aired in 1977 or the million times it ran in syndication throughout the Eighties. Now everyone can get reacquainted with this cult favorite that has dwelled in obscurity for too long thanks to the Warner Archive.

A joint production between Rankin/Bass (the makers of such classic Christmas specials as "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer") and Tsuburaya Productions (the creators of "Ultraman"), The Last Dinosaur was originally scheduled to be a theatrical release but ended up premiering as an ABC TV movie in 1977. The subsequent repeat airings and limited VHS release have all been of the 90-minute TV cut. The Warner Archive just released 16x9 full frame print contains the never before seen in the Us 106-minute theatrical cut.

“It eats meat! Us!!” "It" is a Tyrannosaurus,
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Exclusive: The latest about the Voltron movie and new animated TV series

[Coming Attractions' reporter Thurston McQ had the exclusive opportunity to visit the offices of World Event Productions where the next Voltron animated TV series and live-action movie are being developed. This is his report. -- Patrick@CA]

The Visit

If you are one of the growing number of visitors to Voltron.com, you will have seen the website’s recent announcement: a new Lion Force animated series is coming to NickToons.

This announcement comes at a time when fans are both hopeful and fearful. Like fans of any genre offering, it is not enough for them to see the world and characters they have grown to love revived. They also want to see it done right. Voltron’s fans have seen other franchises revived, and they have borne witness to—and in many cases, have shared in—the disappointment of those franchises’ fans.

I count myself among these Voltron fans. I was a charter member of the post-Star Wars action figure boom, and as such I had dedicated the majority of my toy box’s space to the headquartering of my personal mix of begged-for and traded-for G.
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