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Blu-ray Review – Long Weekend (1978)

Long Weekend, 1978.

Directed by Colin Eggleston.

Starring John Hargreaves, Briony Behets, Mike McEwen, Michael Aitkens, Roy Day, and Sue Kiss von Soly.

Synopsis:

A feuding couple go on a camping weekend to try and save their marriage and discover that nature can be just as hostile as they are towards each other.

One of the unsung classics of Ozploitation cinema, Colin Eggleston’s Long Weekend finally hits Blu-ray in the UK thanks to Second Sight and what a revelation it is, regardless of whether you have seen it before or are a first-time viewer, for it isn’t very often so much can be achieved with what appears to be so little and it doesn’t do any harm to be reminded so.

Peter (John Hargreaves – Cry Freedom) and his wife Marcia (Briony Behets – The Trespassers) travel out to the wilderness for a camping weekend to try and repair their damaged marriage.
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Horror-On-Sea 2018 Interview: Gurcius Gewdner on ‘Pazucus: Island of Vomit and Despair’

Pazucus: Island of Vomit and Despair is new surreal film from writer and director Gurcius Gewdner, which has been selected to play at the Horror-on-Sea Film Festival on Saturday 27th January. I got chance to ask Gurcius a few questions about what we can expect, his inspirations and designer vomit bags.

What can we expect from the film?

You can expect a different movie, a different experience. A mix of marginal cinema from Brazil with everything that I find on the way to put it on an insanity blender. I cannot promise that will be enjoyable for everyone, but it is, a different experience, it doesn’t matter if you love or hate. And it needs to be watched till the end, to capture the full trip, if you leave at the first half, you will not get the full brain damage package. It is a scatological roller coaster of screaming,
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'Despicable Me 3' Rakes in Almost $100 Million Over Long Weekend

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2017-07-05T09:08:26-07:00'Despicable Me 3' Rakes in Almost $100 Million Over Long Weekend

Gru and his pesky minions ran amok at the July Fourth box-office picnic.

Early estimates for Tuesday show Universal and Illumination's Despicable Me 3 handily winning Independence Day with an estimated $13 million, putting the movie's five-day North American total at $99.4 million. Generally speaking, it was a relatively strong day for moviegoing considering July Fourth is always a challenge. Overall revenue was down roughly 7 percent from Monday, a smaller decline than usual for the holiday.

For the three-day weekend, Despicable Me 3 grossed $72.4 million from 4,529 theaters. While that was notably behind the launch of Despicable Me 2 or spinoff Minions, it is still the best showing of the year to date for an animated film. The family pic earned another $14 million on Monday for a cume of $86.4 million.

In 2013, Despicable Me 2
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‘Fugitives’ DVD Review

Stars: Dominic Purcell, Luke Mably, Marie Avgeropoulos, Claudia Church, Chelsea Edmundson, Stephen Lang, Tricia Helfer | Written by Shane Dax Taylor, Chad Law | Directed by Shane Dax Taylor

A genre-standard bickering couple take their woes to a small island in the Bahamas, where they hope to patch things up and get back on the right track. That track puts them on the same path as two other couples; the charismatic William and Mary (Stephen Lang and Claudia Church) and the horny Max and Nina (Dominic Purcell and Marie Avgeropoulos). While out wining and dining with the former, their beach house is ransacked and robbed. But whodunit? And will they stop at robbery?

With a story which slow-burns like an incense candle, ambling along at a languid pace, Fugitives (aka Isolation) is not the action-heavy gunfight-palooza its cast and synopsis might suggest. Even the normally terrifying Stephen Lang is in laid-back mode here,
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Long Weekend (1979)

Harmony is an ideal. If everyone just got along, the world could be one big campfire sing-along, a Coke commercial writ large, right? But unfortunately that’s not human nature; certainly not as it pertains to our fellow earthly citizens, or to the globe itself. The ‘70s saw the rise of the eco horror film; “Mother Nature’s back, and she’s pissed” practically emblazoned across posters from the likes of Frogs (1972), Phase IV (1974), and Day of the Animals (1977). Australia threw their hat in the ring at the tail end of the cycle with Long Weekend (1979), a fascinating look at environmental and personal disharmony.

Produced by the Australian Film Commission and the Victorian Film Corporation, and premiering at the 1978 Sitges Film Festival, Long Weekend was released in its native land and the U.S in March of ’79, and didn’t do much business at either end. Perhaps audiences were expecting something a little more visceral,
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Sundance 2017 Review: Killing Ground Plays a Brutal Game of Survival

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Writer/director Damien Power’s Killing Ground may tread some seemingly familiar territory in terms of its overall approach to survival horror—a young couple dealing with deadly backcountry predators on their idyllic getaway is certainly something fans have seen before. But make no mistake, what seems like a pretty standard set-up in Killing Ground evolves viciously into an unexpected game of cat and mouse, and Powers does a brilliant job of both embracing and deconstructing the genre tropes at play in his horrifically savage thriller.

At the start of Killing Ground, we meet young couple Ian (Ian Meadows) and Sam (Harriet Dyer), who are heading out to an Australian campground in the bushland to celebrate their New Year’s holiday and find some time for a little romance. When they arrive, they notice another campsite in the area, but decide to go on about their business, independently celebrating the arrival of a new year.
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Match the sweltering summer scene to the Australian film – quiz

Red deserts, sweaty brows, scalding sand and swimsuits. Nowhere does summer quite like Australia – and nowhere is it captured better than on film. But how well do you know your classics?

They’re A Weird Mob

Puberty Blues

Age of Consent

The Daughter

These Final Hours

On the Beach

Blackrock

All Men Are Liars

The Overlanders

The Sundowners

The Back of Beyond

Mutiny on the Bounty

Welcome to Woop Woop

Priscilla: Queen of the Desert

Muriel’s Wedding

Red Dog

Road Games

Fair Game

Long Weekend

Dead Calm

The Killing of Angel Street

Newsfront

Heatwave

The Year of Living Dangerously

Wake in Fright

Sunday Too Far Away

The Water Diviner

The Man From Snowy River

The Man From Snowy River

The Water Diviner

Australia

The Silver Brumby

Goldstone

Dead Heart

Babe: Pig in the City

Mystery Road

Bungala Boys

Bra Boys

The Coolangatta Gold

The Four Minute Mile

Crocodile Dundee
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Monster Fest announces final films for 2016 festival

Australia’s premier genre festival – Monster Fest – has unveiled its final wave of films for the 2016 festival, which is set to take place November 24-27 at the Lido Cinemas in Melbourne.

The team of features programmers – which includes festival director Kier-La Janisse, Monster Pictures co-founder Neil Foley, Boston Underground Film Festival Director of Programming Nicole McControversy and writer/programmer/punk legend Chris D. – vetted over 600 features in selecting the 2016 Monster Fest lineup, which includes new crime films Dog Eat Dog and The Hollow Point from Paul Schrader and Gonzalo López-Gallego respectively, gory slasher throwback The Windmill Massacre (reviewed here), the hometown premiere of epic period western The Legend of Ben Hall with cast in person and acclaimed Tiff selections Prevenge and Interchange alongside Fantastic Fest faves such as the Aussie-made yuletide thriller Safe Neighbourhood and the devastating – and polarizing – Playground.

From the press release:

Select panels for the Swinburne University
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Horror Highlights: Shining In The Dark Anthology, The Similars, Monster Fest 2016, The Orphanage, Gremlin

Edited by Hans-Åke Lilja, Shining in the Dark: Celebrating Twenty Years of Lilja's Library is exclusive to Cemetery Dance Publications and will feature a Stephen King story that hasn't been released since 1981. We also have updated release details for The Similars, the final wave of films announced at Monster Fest 2016, six photos / details for The Orphanage video game, and a new trailer for Gremlin.

Cemetery Dance Publications' Shining in the Dark Anthology: From Cemetery Dance: "Shining In the Dark: Celebrating Twenty Years of Lilja's Library edited by Hans-Åke Lilja.

About the Book:

Hans-Ake Lilja, the founder of Lilja's Library, has compiled a brand new anthology of horror stories to help celebrate twenty years of running the #1 Stephen King news website on the web!

This anthology includes both original stories like the brand new novella by John Ajvide Lindqvist (Let the Right One In) very rare reprints like "The Blue Air
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Horror Highlights: Buffy The Vampire Slayer, The Drawing, Gehenna: Where Death Lives, Woom Excerpt, Ithaca Fantastik Fest, The Master Cleanse

"I may be dead, but I'm still pretty." Whether you want to watch Buffy Summers and company battle supernatural beings for the first time or re-live all your favorite moments from the show, reruns of Buffy the Vampire Slayer are playing now on Pop TV. Also: The Drawing short film starring Clarke Wolfe in its entirety, a trailer / acquisition news for Gehenna: Where Death Lives, an excerpt from Duncan Ralston's Woom, the lineup for Ithaca Fantastik Film Festival, and The Master Cleanse at Screamfest.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Pop TV: Reruns of Buffy the Vampire Slayer are now playing on Pop TV.

To learn more, visit:

http://poptv.com/buffy_the_vampire_slayer/

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Watch Short Film The Drawing in its Entirety: Press Release: "Los Angeles, CA: The Drawing is coming! The Drawing is here! The Drawing is a modern monster horror short infused with 80s synth overtones.
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Patrick (1978)

With the massive success of Carrie (1976), telekinesis was quickly added to horror filmmakers’ arsenal as a new weapon to terrify audiences. The immense power of the film left some reticent to tackle the subject for fear of falling short; however Brian DePalma stepped up to the plate with The Fury (1978), and that same year fledgling Australian filmmaker Richard Franklin made Patrick, a suspenseful, darkly humorous tale of a nurse and the psychokinetically disposed comatose patient that loves her.

Released on its native soil October 1st, 1978, Patrick was bought up for distribution by over 30 countries after a successful screening at the Cannes Film Festival, easily earning back its $400,000 Aud budget (half of which was chipped in by the Australian Film Commission). More good news followed as Patrick was well received by critics, and rightly so – it’s a tense little beaut with an emphasis on character and scattered shocks throughout.

The
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Horror Highlights: In A Valley Of Violence Poster, Two Minutes With Tom Holland, Ithaca Fantastik Film Festival

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Relax with the latest Horror Highlights brought to you by your friends here at Daily Dead. The first of three items today is a new poster for festival darling, In a Valley of Violence. Also: GoFundMe details for the 22-episode documentary Two Minutes with Tom Holland and a look at Ithaca Fantastik Film Festival's program announcement.

Check Out The New In a Valley of Violence Poster: Focus World will release In a Valley of Violence in select theaters and on VOD and Digital HD on October 21st, 2016.

“A mysterious drifter named Paul (Ethan Hawke) and his dog (YouTube sensation Jumpy) make their way towards Mexico through the barren desert of the old west. In an attempt to shorten their journey, they cut through the center of a large valley — landing themselves in the forgotten town of Denton, a place now dubbed by locals as a “valley of violence.” The once-popular
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Is 1978’s Long Weekend the Greatest Australian Horror Film Ever Made?

Shock’s Lee Gambin pens a love letter to a masterpiece of Aussie horror. Let’s just start by saying Long Weekend is possibly my favorite Australian film – and that is a mighty big call, because during the 70s and early 80s, Australia really knew how to deliver fantastic genre films. A lot would be loud…

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DVD Review – The Pack (2015)

The Pack, 2015

Directed by Nick Robertson.

Starring Anna Lise Phillips, Jack Campbell, Katie Moore, Hamish Phillips and Charles Mayer.

Synopsis:

A farmer and his family are trapped in their secluded farmhouse by a pack of bloodthirsty wild dogs.

The Pack is an Australian nature-gone-bad horror movie that takes a lot of cues from the usual influences – Razorback, Rogue, Long Weekend, etc. – but could also be a redo of Night of the Living Dead if you swap the zombies for a pack of wild dogs with a taste for flesh.

Farmer Adam Wilson (Jack Campbell), his wife Carla (Anna Lise Phillips) and their two children live in a remote farmhouse deep in the forests of the Australian countryside. Due to financial troubles the family face being kicked out as an unsympathetic bank manager (Charles Mayer) is threatening to foreclose on the property but as the manager is leaving the property he
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Denver Film Society’s ‘When Animals Attack!’ Screenings to Include Monkey Shines, Cujo & Willard

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Presented by the Denver Film Society, Theresa Mercado's Scream Screen movie series continues this month at Denver's Sie FilmCenter with a new theme: "When Animals Attack!"

Each Saturday night from February 13th to March 5th, an animal-centric horror film will be screened at the Sie FilmCenter. The weekly screenings will be accompanied by additional entertainment ranging from live music performances to a presentation on one of the most dangerous spiders on Earth.

The featured films include Monkey Shines, Long Weekend (1978), Cujo, and Willard (1971). We have details on the screenings below, and to learn more, visit:

http://www.denverfilm.org/filmcenter/detail.aspx?id=28119&Fid=86

"Sat. February 13- Monkey Shines (1988) A quadriplegic man has a trained monkey help him with his paralysis, until the little monkey begins to develop feelings, and rage, against its new master. Directed by George Romero. And special guest DJ Tanner (aka Keith Garcia) will be
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No Fear: The Year’S Best Movies

This is definitely the time of year when film critic types (I’m sure you know who I mean) spend an inordinate amount of time leading up to awards season—and it all leads up to awards season, don’t it?—compiling lists and trying to convince anyone who will listen that it was a shitty year at the movies for anyone who liked something other than what they saw and liked. And ‘tis the season, or at least ‘thas (?) been in the recent past, for that most beloved of academic parlor games, bemoaning the death of cinema, which, if the sackcloth-and-ashes-clad among us are to be believed, is an increasingly detached and irrelevant art form in the process of being smothered under the wet, steaming blanket of American blockbuster-it is. And it’s going all malnourished from the siphoning off of all the talent back to TV, which, as everyone knows,
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Long Weekend headlines Revelation Film Festival

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Revelation Perth International Film Festival is set to screen Australian classic Long Weekend as part of its October 26 event.

Australian Revelations is a celebration of Australian film via monthly screenings.

Each Australian Revelations feature screening will be accompanied by a Western Australian made short film, providing opportunities for local filmmakers to have their work seen by new audiences. .Revelation encourages Wa filmmakers to forward their short films for consideration.

Released in 1978, Colin Eggleston.s film is a taut two-hander starring the John Hargreaves and Briony Behets as a married couple trying to salvage their relationship by spending a long weekend away camping..

As things progress, their environment turns increasingly hostile — mirroring the internal conflict of the couple — and playing out as a very tense psychological drama.

Rev director, Richard Sowada, said it was always a pleasure bringing to Wa audiences some of the rare and rarely seen classics of Australian cinema.
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Lucky Louie, Ep. 1.05: “Control” hides funny gags inside a dull framework

Lucky Louie, Season 1, Episode 5: “Long Weekend

Written by Dino Stamatopoulos

Directed by Andrew D. Weyman

Aired on July 10th, 2006 on HBO

If nothing else, “Control” makes for a very focused episode of Lucky Louie. In a series crammed full of B plots and skits that feel forced in because Louis C.K. didn’t know where to put them (i.e. the “Why” sketch from the cold open in “Pilot”), it’s refreshing to see an episode which clearly develops a single idea. Whereas other half-hours have felt trapped between half-baked gags, there’s something enjoyable about seeing an episode which devotes its running time to exploring a specific concept and how it affects various members of the ensemble.

It’s too bad, though, that writer Dino Stamatopoulos doesn’t use the focus of the episode to examine a fresher topic. By looking at dieting, and specifically Louie’s desire
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Lucky Louie, Ep. 1.04: “Long Weekend” is built on a contrived premise

Lucky Louie, Season 1, Episode 4: “Long Weekend

Written by Louis C.K.

Directed by Andrew D. Weyman

Aired on July 3rd, 2006 on HBO

Throughout Louis C.K.’s career, although he often bears a strong resemblance to the characters he plays (including in his stand-up persona), he almost never seems to intend for the audience to wholly identify with them. Outside of his self-righteous late-night rants, as heavily as C.K. plays his regular guy shtick (particularly when he positions himself as the relatable foil to an off-the-rails sad sack, such as in “Cop Story” from the most recent season of Louie), there’s almost always something to keep the viewer from unambiguously rooting for him.

Sometimes that “something” is quite a bit more pronounced, like in “Long Weekend.” Although there are often conceivable loopholes for those who wish to defend C.K.’s characters, there’s not much of a possible
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Mergers, Sales, and Coups: Every Big Change at Mad Men’s Sterling Cooper

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Mergers, Sales, and Coups: Every Big Change at Mad Men’s Sterling Cooper
Once upon a time, Sterling Cooper was just a scrappy, one-floor ad agency started with seed money from Bert Cooper's sister Alice. (Alice Cooper. Yep.) And look at 'em now! Roger, Don, and the other surviving members of the squad are now in "advertising heaven" at McCann Erickson. Or at least that's what the McCann guy thinks. How did we get here? Journey with us through the long, tortured history of the agency — agencies? — we know and love.Don is made partner at Sterling Cooper. Back in season one, everything was peachy: Everybody worked at Sterling Cooper, and all was right in the world. (Except for all the racism and sexism and general oppressiveness.) Then, in season one, episode 10, "Long Weekend," Roger has a heart attack. Bert tries to rush him back to work in the following episode, "Indian Summer," but Roger winds up back on a gurney being
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