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It Came From The Tube: Vampire (1979)

Boy howdy, people were sure digging vampires by the end of the ‘70s, weren’t they? Back in vogue, 1979 alone brought Frank Langella as a very sensuous Dracula, George Hamilton with a humorous take in Love at First Bite, Werner Herzog’s retelling of Nosferatu, and Tobe Hooper’s bone-chilling Stephen King miniseries adaptation, Salem’s Lot. There was another small screen vamp to appear that year no one talks about however and that’s ABC’s Vampire, a generically branded thriller that works due to some heavy Richard Lynch lifting as the titular doomed creature.

Originally broadcast on October 7th as The ABC Sunday Night Movie, Vampire had to contend with Alice/The Jeffersons and Trapper John, M.D. on CBS, and NBC’s The Big Event, their dumping ground for specials and TV flicks. And while it doesn’t hold a cross to any of the above entries,
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October Horrors 2018 Day 8 – Dracula (1958)

Dracula (a.k.a. Horror of Dracula), 1958.

Directed by Terence Fisher.

Starring Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Michael Gough, Melissa Stribling, and Carol Marsh.


After his friend Jonathan Harker goes missing, vampire hunter Dr Van Helsing finds himself locked into a battle against his murderer, the centuries-old vampire known as Count Dracula.

To say that Bram Stoker’s classic novel Dracula has been adapted to the screen a few times would be a very grave understatement, with a with an estimated 217 films featuring the Count among its cast and with hundreds of actors taking on the role often to forgettable effect (although George Hamilton as a disco-era Dracula in Love at First Bite is a fun novelty).

Of course, it is Bela Lugosi’s iconic portrayal in Universal’s 1931 adaptation that still lingers as the definitive version of the bloodsucker and while Lugosi is iconic he’s not the only man to master the Count.
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Stan Dragoti, Director of ‘Mr. Mom,’ ‘Love at First Bite,’ Dies at 85

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Stan Dragoti, Director of ‘Mr. Mom,’ ‘Love at First Bite,’ Dies at 85
Stan Dragoti, director of “Love at First Bite” and “Mr. Mom,” died July 13 in Los Angeles. His wife Yolanda reported that he died after complications from pneumonia. He was 85.

In addition to rewatching his films such as “Mr. Mom” and “Love at First Bite,” he loved watching his movie “Necessary Roughness,” Yolanda Dragoti said, “Because he loved football.”

“He got me hooked on Turner Classic Movies, we would watch black and white movies all night long,” she recalled. “He was such a history buff, a film buff. I learned so much from him.”

Born in Manhattan, Dragoti was the son of Albanian immigrants.

He attended Cooper Union College and later the Visual Arts College before working at the New York City advertising agencies Young & Rubicam and Mary Wells Lawrence. He partnered with Charlie Moss to create the “I Love New York” tourism campaign.

Dragoti broke into Hollywood by teaming
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Stan Dragoti, ‘Mr. Mom’ Director and Co-Creator of ‘I Love New York’ Ad Campaign, Dies at 85

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Stan Dragoti, ‘Mr. Mom’ Director and Co-Creator of ‘I Love New York’ Ad Campaign, Dies at 85
Stan Dragoti, the ad man-turned-film director who co-created the “I Love New York” campaign and is best known for his comedy films “Love at First Bite” and “Mr. Mom,” died July 13. He was in an assisted living facility and had been experiencing health issues following open heart surgery in 2014, the Hollywood Reporter reports.

Born in 1932 in New York to Albanian immigrant parents, Dragoti began his career directing commercials, most prominently for pioneering ad agency Wells Rich Greene beginning in 1966. There, he formed a creative partnership with future ad legend Charlie Moss, leading them to co-write the script for Dragoti’s debut feature film, the revisionist Western “Dirty Little Billy” in 1972.

The pair remained close after Dragoti’s departure from Wells Rich Greene in 1972. Five years later, Moss recruited Dragoti to help create the commercials for the “I Love New York” ad campaign, introduced in 1977.

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Stan Dragoti, Director of 'Love at First Bite' and 'Mr. Mom,' Dies at 85

Stan Dragoti, Director of 'Love at First Bite' and 'Mr. Mom,' Dies at 85
Stan Dragoti, who directed the popular big-screen comedies Love at First Bite and Mr. Mom and was the first husband of supermodel Cheryl Tiegs, has died. He was 85.

Dragoti died Friday at an assisted living facility in Los Angeles, his wife, Yolanda, told The Hollywood Reporter. He had battled health issues since undergoing open-heart surgery four years ago, she said.

A son of an Albanian immigrant, Dragoti came from the world of New York advertising. He made his Hollywood debut by writing and directing Dirty Little Billy (1972), a Western about the early years of the outlaw Billy the Kid ...
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Joel Freeman Dies: Producer of ‘Shaft’ And ‘Love At First Bite’ Was 95

Joel Freeman Dies: Producer of ‘Shaft’ And ‘Love At First Bite’ Was 95
Joel Freeman, a veteran producer behind such films as Shaft, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter and Love at First Bite, has died. He was 95 and passed away Sunday night after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease and lung cancer at his Sherman Oaks, CA home. His death was confirmed by his wife, Betty, who called him “a wonderful man and entertainer.” Freeman had more than 100 films, series and movies for television on his long resume. Some of his films included The Tender Trap
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Joel Freeman Dies: Producer of ‘Shaft’ And ‘Love At First Bite’ Was 95

Joel Freeman, a veteran producer behind such films as Shaft, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter and Love at First Bite, has died. He was 95 and passed away Sunday night after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease and lung cancer at his Sherman Oaks, CA home. His death was confirmed by his wife, Betty, who called him “a wonderful man and entertainer.” Freeman had more than 100 films, series and movies for television on his long resume. Some of his films included The Tender Trap
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Love at First Bite: Fyi Series Follows Couples Who Open Restaurants

Love at First Bite is a new restaurant series coming soon! The series will follow couples that open restaurants together. revealed more about this new series in a press release. Check that out below.“Panna, the award-winning digital cooking brand and home cooking app, has partnered with Fyi on the new seven-episode series, Love at First Bite. Each 30-minute episode follows a couple who met, fell in love, and followed their passion for food and creativity together by opening a restaurant."Love at First Bite" features accomplished chefs and their partners as they cook meaningful dishes in their home kitchen, showcasing their relationship while also providing educational cooking tips. An array of successful culinary stars including Vivian Howard, Nina Compton, Gavin Kaysen, Adam Sappington, John Shields, Elise Kornack, and Sohui Kim are featured over the course of the season.
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It Came From The Tube: The Dead Don’T Die (1975)

Director Curtis Harrington always offered up solid, unassuming genre fare on the small screen (How Awful about Allan, the wonderfully goofy Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell); and when he collaborated with noted scribe Robert Bloch (Psycho), the result was NBC’s The Dead Don’t Die (1975), an effective throwback to the Lewton/Turneur era beloved by both, shot through with a big dose of pulpy goodness.

Originally broadcast on January 14th as an NBC World Premiere Movie, Tddd didn’t stand a chance against the likes of the ABC Tuesday Movie of the Week or the ironclad CBS lineup of M*A*S*H/Hawaii Five-o, and Bloch is on the record as not being a fan. Oh well; I still dig its entertaining mashup of neo noir and old fashioned zombies even if he doesn’t. And you might too if that particular elixir peaks your interest.

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It Came From The Tube: The Strange Possession Of Mrs. Oliver (1977)

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TV horror lives and dies by the pen. From the ‘50s to the ‘90s, network TV shows and movies simply couldn’t carry the weight of special effects, and the content restrictions placed on TV (before the advent of cable, I’m talking the Big Three – ABC, CBS, NBC) back in the day did not allow for the most part a visceral experience. (Oh how times have changed.) So often the tale itself would have to suffice, and if it was gripping enough, blood speckled walls and torn limbs weren’t even necessary. Case in point: The Strange Possession of Mrs. Oliver (1977), an NBC Monday Night at the Movies written by none other than Richard Matheson, starring Karen Black.

Premiering Monday, February 28th, 1977, Strange’s beat down would come at the hands of ABC’s Monday Night Movie (I just love the creative monikers), which regularly trounced any and all comers in that time slot.
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Therapy For A Vampire – Review

Summer just officially started just a few days ago, so Halloween is months away. Perhaps a great way to get us cooled off, to put us in a Fall state of mind, would be to pay a visit to one of the oldest horror movie icons: the vampire. Everyone’s aware of how scary those fanged fiends can be, but you may have forgotten how funny they are (intentionally, of course). Movie audiences have emitted nervous laughter ever since Max Schreck emerged from the shadows in the silent classic Nosferatu. And certainly there are bits (and bites) of humor (mostly comic relief supporting players) in 1931’s Dracula and Mark Of The Vampire, both with Bela Lugosi. It wasn’t until 1948 that he was in an all out farce (though the Count is never lampooned) in Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein. After Hammer Studios brought back (in full gory color) the bloodsuckers ten years later,
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Sliff 2015 Review – Silver Skies

Silver Skies screens Sunday November 8th at 6:45pm at The Tivoli Theater as part of this year’s St. Louis International Film Festival. The film’s director, Rosemary Rodriguez, will be in attendance and will receive Sliff’s ‘Women in Film’ Award.Ticket information for the event can be found Here

Review by Dana Jung.

Today, more than ever, with our shortened attention spans, inundation by multi-media delivery systems, and almost obsessive need for instant information, it is easy to forget the wonderful actors of the 1960s, 70s, and 80s who inspired and influenced us. So many great moments created by sometimes iconic performers live on in the movies and television of certain eras. From Mr. Spock to Archie Bunker, Annie Hall to James Bond, or Mrs. Peel to Lieutenant Columbo, these and other memorable characters fueled everything from fashion choices to sexual fantasies. That’s why the new
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American Horror Story: Hotel Premiere Recap: Did You Enjoy Your Stay?

American Horror Story: Hotel Premiere Recap: Did You Enjoy Your Stay?
In its premiere, American Horror Story: Hotel went for the jugular, serving up everything from a blood-soaked foursome to an eyeless monster with a drill-bit dildo. But did it deliver shock and awe or shock and “eh”? Read on, then we’ll discuss.

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Tourist Trap | As “Checking In” began, two comely Swedish girls — unimpressed by the retro-fabulousness of the Hotel Cortez — were trying to get their money back from bespectacled front desk clerk Iris (Kathy Bates) so that they could stay somewhere else. But, informed that a refund was
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Sandler to Have Biggest Opening Weekend of His Career with 'Hotel Transylvania 2'? Think Again.

'Hotel Transylvania 2.' 'Hotel Transylvania 2' far surpasses expectations at domestic box office: Adam Sandler a hit when heard but not seen Adam Sandler has been having his share of domestic box office flops lately. Chris Columbus' Pixels, which opened in late July to scathing reviews and indifferent audiences, was the latest one: a reported $88 million production (plus marketing and distribution expenses) that earned $76.67 million in the U.S. and Canada (plus an estimated $145.1 million elsewhere). But now comes the Sony Pictures release Hotel Transylvania 2, the concisely titled sequel to the late Sept. 2012 hit Hotel Transylvania. Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, the $80-85 million-budgeted animated feature should open around $48 million from 3,754 theaters according to early weekend box office estimates found at The report adds that some “rival studio box office analysts” believe Hotel Transylvania 2 may actually pass the $50 million mark. On Friday, Sept. 25, '15, it collected a better than expected (estimated) $13.5 million.
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Richard Benjamin To Attend "The Sunshine Boys" 40th Anniversary Screening In L.A., August 4

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Herbert Ross’s 1975 film The Sunshine Boys, which stars Walter Matthau, George Burns, and Richard Benjamin, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. The Royale Laemmle Theater in Los Angeles will be holding a special one-night-only showing of the 111-minute film on Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 at 7:00 pm. Actor Richard Benjamin is scheduled to appear at the screening and is due to partake in a Q & A and discussion on the making of the film.

From the press release:

Fortieth anniversary screening of The Sunshine Boys (1975), Tuesday, August 4 at 7 Pm at the Royal.

Walter Matthau, George Burns, and Richard Benjamin star in the film version of Neil Simon's hit Broadway comedy about a pair of feuding vaudeville stars who are pressured to reunite for a TV special. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards, and Burns won the Oscar for his first significant film role since Honolulu in 1939. The
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Westworld

As a kid, you can’t be picky where you find your fix of sci-fi and horror. Sometimes it’s the big screen, but often (for me, anyway) it was that living room landmark, television. I remember being seven and watching a Western where a couple of guys are on vacation at a resort where you can be a cowboy and have gunfights with androids (Sci-Fi, sweet!). And then…bad things start to happen. The androids break down, and now they’re killing the guests (ooh, Horror!). My head reeled from this magical swirl, a mesh of circuitry and chaos. Welcome to Westworld (1973), and its parent resort, Delos. Their slogan: Have we got a vacation for you.

This was a pretty good year for Sci-Fi. Soylent Green made a splash (“It’s Peeoople!!!”), the latest installment in the Apes franchise, Battle for the Planet of the Apes, and Woody Allen
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[Home Invasion] New Blu-ray Releases For February 10th, 2015

Here are your new releases for February 10th, 2015:

Nightcrawler. Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet Universal Studios. 2014.

A young man stumbles upon the underground world of L.A. freelance crime journalism.

Don’t Look Now. The Criterion Collection Criterion. 1973.

Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie mesmerize as a married couple on an extended trip to Venice following a family tragedy. While in that elegantly decaying city, they have a series of inexplicable, terrifying, and increasingly dangerous experiences. A masterpiece from Nicolas Roeg, Don’t Look Now, adapted from a story by Daphne du Maurier, is a brilliantly disturbing tale of the supernatural, as renowned for its innovative editing and haunting cinematography as its explicit eroticism and unforgettable denouement, one of the great endings in horror history.

Predestination. Sony Pictures. 2014.

The life of a Temporal Agent sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to ensure the continuation of his law enforcement career for all eternity.
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February 10th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Nightcrawler, Once Bitten, Vampire’s Kiss

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For the week of February 10th, your horror and sci-fi home entertainment choices are practically boundless, as we’ve got a bevy of great films being released (something that might be helpful for those of you still in search for a gift for your Valentine). Scream Factory is pulling double-duty with both of their dual Blu-ray releases, Love at First Bite/Once Bitten and Vampire’s Kiss/High Spirits, and the cult classic Nekromantik 2 is getting a high def upgrade as well.

Other notable titles to look forward to this Tuesday include Nightcrawler, Predestination, Fear Clinic, Z Nation: Season One and the Criterion release for the classic thriller Don’t Look Now.

Love at First Bite/Once Bitten (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)

Love At First Bite: George Hamilton is possibly the tannest vampire in screen history in 1979’s Love at First Bite. When Count Dracula (Hamilton) is forced
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Trailers & Clips from Vampire’s Kiss / High Spirits & Love at First Bite / Once Bitten Blu-rays

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Love can be complicated, especially when a relationship has supernatural elements. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, Scream Factory is about to release two Blu-ray double features that celebrate love in various forms: the obsessive nature of Nicolas Cage’s Peter Loew in Vampire’s Kiss, the ghost/human coupling in High Spirits, the desperate seeking of companionship in Love at First Bite, and the wide-eyed puppy love of Jim Carrey’s Mark Kendall in Once Bitten.

These double bill Blu-rays are due out from Scream Factory on February 10th, and we have a batch of clips and trailers from the films that tease the pleasures and pains of paranormal romance and supernatural seduction.

High Spirits: “Daryl Hannah, Peter O’Toole, Steve Guttenberg, Beverly D’Angelo, Jennifer Tilly, Peter Gallagher and Liam Neeson star in this hilariously haunting comedy! When a castle-turned-hotel owned by Peter Plunkett (O
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Scream Factory Gears up for A Load of New Releases

Scream Factory’S February Of Frights And Funnies

Love At First Bite & Once Bitten, Vampire’S Kiss & High Spirits,

And New Year’S Evil On Blu-ray In February 2015

Sink your teeth into a pair of fangtastic vampire comedies, Love At First Bite and Once Bitten, on February 10, 2015 for the first time on Blu-ray!

Love At First Bite

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