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It Came From The Tube: Blackout (1985)

There’s nothing like a good mystery, and HBO’s Blackout (1985) has a central premise that’s hard to deny: You survive a car crash, but have no memory of who you were before. Until, 7 years later, someone shows up and insinuates that you were a man who murdered his entire family and then fled. Now, could you go about your life, or would you want to know the truth? And if you were a killer, would that impulse return?

HBO’s original programming was still in its infancy, so the film, which debuted on Sunday, July 28th, plays as a barely more graphic version of a network offering, which is fine anyway; Blackout offers enough story and characterization to diminish any desire for extra blood or sleaze.

Once more, to our faux TV Guide:

Blackout (Sunday, check local listings for the 42 of you who have HBO)

Following a horrific car accident,
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Hospital Massacre aka X-ray (1981)

So you’re wading through piles of slasher films from the ‘80s, keen on discovering a lost gem far removed from the normal gang in the woods or high school sis-boom-bah stab and gab. You’re thinking maybe a different setting will yield a fresh take, already tired tropes blurring your vision and making the distinction between a hockey mask and a fencing one harder by the day. Well…have you tried the hospital yet? Most folks are terrified of the antiseptic halls and robotic empathy doled out by uncaring staff. (Yes, yes, they also save lives, I know. I’m trying to set a mood, dammit.) And if you do decide to enter the medical field, I strongly suggest you pay a visit to Hospital Massacre (1981), Israeli King of Schlock Boaz Davidson’s wild attempt at a horror comedy, where some of the humor is even intentional.

First released
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Film Review: ‘American Wrestler: The Wizard’

Film Review: ‘American Wrestler: The Wizard’
From “American Beauty” to “The Last American Virgin,” there have been so many American-monikered movies over the past few decades that we hardly stop to dwell on their titles any longer. While it sounds like just another generic addition to the list, “American Wrestler: The Wizard” is actually making a statement via its title: the tale of a teenage Iranian refugee who flees his oppressive homeland only to find himself fighting for respect in the United States, this feel-good high-school sports drama actually concerns an Iranian wrestler, not an American one, for whom victory in the ring earned acceptance from his peers.

The wrestler’s name is Alidad Garahasnaloo Jahani, though he prefers to be called “Ali” and quickly earns the nickname “wizard” for the sheer speed with which he pins his opponents — “faster than you can say his name,” as one local sports-page reporter puts it. His story, which
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Drive-In Dust Offs: The Boogens (1981)

Cynicism isn’t hard to come by in the horror genre; any Italian cannibal or home invasion flick will satiate your desire for an outlook on man’s worst transgressions. Conversely, it’s even harder to find a film with such a buoyant feel that is at odds with the terror on display. Well, folks, may I present to you The Boogens (1981), an endearing charmer of a subterranean monster movie. By the time it’s over, you may want to give it a big old hug.

Released by Jensen Farley Pictures in September (with Paramount buying up the TV rights) on a budget of $600,000 Us, The Boogens did nothing to impress critics. However, a certain Stephen King loved the hell out of it, and his praise would grace the advertising as it did with his accolades of The Evil Dead (1981). (A King blurb held a lot of truck in those days.
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It Came From The Tube: Tales From The Crypt (1989 – 1996)

“Hello, Boils and Ghouls” was a typical opening salvo from The Crypt Keeper, the wraparound host (and animatronic cadaver) of HBO’s inventive, creepy and more often than not, mordantly funny salute to the EC Comics of yesteryear, Tales from the Crypt (1989 – 1996). Throughout seven seasons, viewers were subjected to as much gore, nudity, and twisted morality as we could handle. God (or his underworld counterpart) bless premium cable.

Tales ran from June 10th, 1989 to July 19th, 1996, for a grand total of 93 episodes. That’s a lot of grue to ingest, and until ratings started to slip by Season Six, horror fans found it easy to lap up. And as with any anthology series, mileage varies and quality flickers to and fro – but Tales from the Crypt’s success is anchored in the very fact that it was allowed to live, and thrive, for as long as it did.

The show
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Review: Electric Boogaloo – The Wild, Untold Story Of Cannon Films

For most genre fans, it doesn’t get much better than Cannon Films. A staple in action, horror and complete insanity, the studio that dominated the 1980’s were put down by bigger studios, frowned upon by most mainstream critics, and completely adored by genre fans. Led by Israeli cousins Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, the fledgling company put out more films per year than most of the other studios, with everything from Masters Of The Universe, Cobra, The Last American Virgin, Lifeforce and hundreds of other varying films that were all across the genre board before shutting down in 1994. Machete Maidens Unleashed/Not Quite Hollywood director Mark Hartley uses the rise and fall of the studios and its two leaders as his subject in Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story Of Cannon Films, a film that focuses more on the notorious past of the studio and less on what did go right.
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Electric Boogaloo – Doc About Cannon Films Screening at The Tivoli September 17th


Electric Boogaloo was the name of the wacky 1985 sequel to the break dance epic Breakin’ – which I don’t know was worthy of a follow-up but if there was one studio up to the effort in the mid-‘80s, it was Cannon Films. Electric Boogaloo: The Wild Untold Story Of Cannon Films is the title of a new documentary that plays for one night only in St. Louis at Landmark’s The Tivoli Theater Thursday, September 17th at 7pm.

Israeli cousins Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, prolific salesmen with little regard for quality, bought Cannon Films for half million dollars in 1979 (it was founded in ’67) and turned it into an efficient assembly line of high-concept, action, and exploitation. Lovers of low-brow cinema could always count on a good time when that Cannon Films logo appeared on-screen. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Pt 2, the Sly Stallone arm wrestling opus Over The Top,
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Q&A: Director Ian Kessner on Lost After Dark, Waxwork Remake and More

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Now available on Blu-ray and DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment is Lost After Dark, a 1980s-set horror film that pays homage to that decade's slasher heyday while also instilling its own scares onscreen. For our latest Q&A feature, we caught up with Lost After Dark director/co-writer Ian Kessner, who discussed ’80s influences, a funny Robert Patrick anecdote, and his in-the-works remake of 1988's Waxwork.

Thanks for taking the time to converse with us today, Ian. Lost After Dark is a blood-splattered homage to ’80s horror films. What movies, TV shows, or other pop culture memories from that decade influenced your approach to Lost After Dark?

Ian Kessner: My pleasure, big fan of Daily Dead. The film that influenced my approach the most was the original Friday the 13th, but Halloween, Happy Birthday to Me and a bunch of others all found their way in there. I also
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Icons of Fright Chat With Lost After Dark Writer Bo Ransdell and Director Ian Kessner

Anchor Bay’s Lost After Dark, an homage to the slasher films of the ’80s is now on DVD/Bluray (review soon), and we thought it would be nice to chat with the film’s writer, Bo Ransdell, along with Director Ian Kessner. We talk about the challenges of paying homage to the films they grew up loving while trying to make something fresh and original at the same time. Read on!

Spring Ball, 1984. Adrienne (Kendra Leigh Timmins, Midnight Sun, “Wingin’ It“), a straight-a student, joins her quarterback crush Sean (Justin Kelly, Maps To The Stars, Big Muddy) and some friends in sneaking out of their high school dance for some unsupervised mayhem. The teens’ party plans hit a snag when they run out of gas on a deserted road. They head out on foot and discover a rundown farmhouse where they hope to find help. Instead they find themselves
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Off The Shelf – Episode 61 – New DVD & Blu-ray Releases For Tuesday, August 25th 2015

This week on Off The Shelf, Ryan is joined by Brian Saur to take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for the week of August 25th, 2015, and chat about some follow-up and home video news.

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Episode Links & Notes Follow-up Honeymoon Killers Don Hertzfeldt’s Kickstarter News Arrow’s Us announcements for November French Battlestar Galactica Blu-ray release Spartacus Restoration Screenshots City of Lost Children 20th Anniversary Blu-ray KLStudio Classics – I’m Gonna Git You Sucka, Delirious, Up The Creek Vincent Price Oop Moc Announcements: Shane, Robinson Crusoe On Mars, The Quiet Man New Releases

August 18th

Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem Burn, Witch, Burn The Couch Trip Cruel Story Of Youth (Masters Of Cinema) Day for Night (Criterion) Diggstown Dressed to Kill Elena Face to Face aka Faccia A Faccia Hackers The Hunger La Sapienza La Grande Bouffe My Darling Clementine Navajo Joe
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Junkfood Cinema Podcast: Summer School Ends with The Last American Virgin

The Junkfood Cinema crew is finally done with summer school. But before they go, they visit with The Last American Virgin.

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Eli Roth, Courtney Love Highlight ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’ Live Read at L.A. Film Fest

Eli Roth, Courtney Love Highlight ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’ Live Read at L.A. Film Fest
“It’s probably the first film that didn’t condescend to American teenagers.”

So began Film Independent’s curator Elvis Mitchell as he introduced a special Live Read Thursday of Cameron Crowe’s script for the 1982 comedy “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.”

“There wouldn’t be a John Hughes movie without it,” Mitchell continued.

The event concluded this year’s Los Angeles Film Festival with a one-night-only reading, chosen and directed by filmmaker Eli Roth, and performed exclusively for those present in the audience. As always, no recordings were allowed.

Roth is known for extreme horror films, so his selection of a teen comedy may have seemed surprising to some. But the 43-year old director is an avowed fan of ’80s high school movies like “Porky’s,” “The Last American Virgin” and “Zapped!” which made his choice almost inevitable.

“‘Fast Times’ is one of my all-time favorite movies,” Roth told
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Why Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films is the film you should watch this week - video review

In the 70s Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus's reign at Cannon Films produced some of the shlockiest B-movies to (dis)grace the screen. Andrew Pulver remembers some old favourites (Enter the Ninja, Invasion USA, The Last American Virgin) and explains why Mark Hartley's documentary about the studio that gave early breaks to Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris and Charles Bronson is worth your time this week. Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films is out in the UK now Continue reading...
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Slideshow: 2014 Hollywood Show Portraits Anticipate the 2015 Show From May 1 to 3

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Chicago – The Hollywood Show is back, and all your favorite TV and movie stars are available to meet, take pictures with and get autographs. The 2015 Chicago edition is May 1 through 3, with Saturday the 2nd and Sunday the 3rd the celebrity appearance days. was there for the 2014 Show, and captured some Exclusive Portraits of the type of celebrities the Hollywood Show brings directly to the fans.

Scheduled to appear at the 2014 Hollywood Show include the dynamic duo from the 1966 Batman TV show, Adam West and Burt Ward (Saturday only); Henry “Fonzie” Winkler (Saturday), “Chips” stars Larry Wilcox and Erik Estrada; Louise Fletcher from “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”; Linda Blair from “The Exorcist”; secondary cast members from the popular film “A League of Their Own”; and for the first time some legendary sports celebrities like Bobby Hull (Chicago Black
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Paul Thomas Anderson reveals his favourite movies

Paul Thomas Anderson reveals his favourite movies
In late 2014, Paul Thomas Anderson's latest film Inherent Vice - a psychedelic dive into the La of the past- screened at at a special BAFTA preview with the director on hand to take part in a post-film Q&A.

Ably marshalled by film critic Mark Kermode, the discussion touched on the director's Thomas Pynchon adaptation and his collaborations with Joaquin Phoenix and composer Johnny Greenwood. Perhaps most interesting of all, however, was Anderson talking about his all-time favourite movie.

When asked by Kermode to choose, Anderson replied quickly with "The Treasure of Sierra Madre. There's no competition, it's the best," before hesitating to ponder the merits of Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest.

"This is the game that's so f**king maddening," he said. "On the drive home you're like, no it's not Treasure of Sierra Madre its North by Northwest, it's Something Wild, it's Repo Men. The lists are so long.
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Lff 2014: Cannon Films gets an affectionate profile in ‘Electric Boogaloo’

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films

Written and directed by Mark Hartley

Australia/USA/Israel/UK, 2014

Australian documentarian Mark Hartley crafts his third vigorous valentine to exploitation cinema, alongside Not Quite Hollywood and Machete Maidens Unleashed!, with Electric Boogaloo, an explosive trawl through the snarling ferocity of Cannon Films before its inevitable bankruptcy in the early 1990s. Whilst the former documentary in the cycle celebrated the boom in Ozploitation cinema of the 1970s and 1980s, and Maidens! took a appreciative scan of the laxly monitored Philippine film factory, this time the viewfinder shifts to the excessive and action packed oeuvre of Israeli movie moguls Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, whose 1979-founded company became an explosive production house in Hollywood during the Reagan-mandated 1980s. Much to the disgust of snooty critics and prestige-minded executives, Cannon (an apt name) forged repeated success due to their box office-incinerating brand of chaotic,
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Fantastic Fest 2014: ‘Electric Boogaloo’ feverishly examines a defunct studio’s cinematic legacy

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films

Directed by Mark Hartley

Australia, 2014

From the late 70s to the early 90s, Menahem Golan and Yorum Globus, two Israeli cousins, ran the Cannon Films studio. The men produced dozens of mindless exploitation films, from Death Wish III to The Last American Virgin. Mark Hartley’s film sets out to define the producers’ legacy, with special emphasis on the men’s unorthodox and eccentric professional conduct. The result is a light, funny documentary that could benefit from the inclusion of more insightful material.

Both men started out in the Israeli film industry and produced more than 30 motion pictures before gaining tremendous financial success with the sexploitation movie Lemon Popsicle (later remade as American Virgin). The cousins moved to America shortly after in the hopes of securing international fame. Over the course of the next decade their studio established itself as a breeding ground for schlocky cinema.
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Blu-ray Review: 'Porky's'

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★★★★☆The Star Wars of smut-tinged coming-of-age comedies, Bob Clark's Porky's finally gets a new high-definition lease of life this week courtesy of cult connoisseurs Arrow Video. Unlike The Last American Virgin, another recent acquisition of theirs which covers similar terrain, the years have been much kinder to this 1982 Us-set, Canadian-funded production. It's a better-acted and immeasurably funnier film then the countless imitators it spawned (including two inferior sequels). Set around a fictitious area in 1950s Florida named Angel Beach, the film follows a group of libidinous high school buddies who are forever cooking up ways to lose their virginities.
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“Is It Time To Say Goodbye To The Horror Trinity?” Part Two: Friday The 13th

*Author’s note: In this second of three articles asking readers (and myself) if the Halloween, Friday The 13th, and A Nightmare On Elm Street franchises really have anywhere else left to go, the subject under the microscope this time around is Jason Voorhees, his mother Pamela and everyone else involved in some unfortunate events that have transpired through the years at Crystal Lake. Meant as a look back at the series’ history, I’m asking, what do you fans think? Read on!

The Friday The 13th series has gone through so many changes and reinventions, that like the character of Jason Voorhees, it’s somewhat of a mess behind its mask. Mostly known for the hockey mask-wearing slasher, the series first began as something entirely different. Producer/Director Sean Cunningham’s attempt to cash in on the Halloween slasher craze had its genesis in a trade advertisement trying to
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Come of Age All Over Again with Import Blu-rays of ‘Gregory’s Girl’ and ‘The Last American Virgin’

Most home video releases are mass produced and marketed by faceless conglomerates interested only in separating you from your hard-earned cash. If you look closely though you’ll find smaller labels who love movies as much as you do and show it by delivering quality Blu-rays and DVDs of beloved films and cult classics, often loaded with special features, new transfers, and more. But yes, they still want your cash, too. Our latest look at Top Shelf releases from smaller labels features two new Blu-rays from across the pond, and in addition to both being region B releases the two share a genre similarity too in that they’re both coming-of-age teen comedies. That said, they handle their themes quite a bit differently. First up is Gregory’s Girl which explores one gangly, Scottish teen’s efforts to woo the beautiful new girl at school. His friends are equally lost in a sea of hormones, but
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