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Blu-ray Review: The Devil’S Rain (1975)

The poster tagline states, “Heaven help us all when The Devil’S Rain!”, and if that grammatical train wreck doesn’t break your brain, I promise you the following 86 minutes will. The Devil’s Rain (1975) is a glorious curiosity, a personal favorite, and thanks to Severin Films’ spectacular new Blu-ray release, one of the best reissues I’ve ever seen.

Meet The Prestons: Mark (William ShatnerKingdom of the Spiders), his mom (Ida LupinoJunior Bonner), and their ranch hand John (Woody ChamblissGargoyles) all await the return of Mark’s dad, and when he finally shows up, his eyes are missing and he starts melting in the rain (how bad is the humidity in the desert, anyway?). It turns out a fella by the name of Corbis (Ernest BorgnineDeadly Blessing) is looking for a very special book in the Preston family’s possession, a ledger of souls for
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Newswire: R.I.P. Home Alone dad John Heard

Variety reports this morning that John Heard, the longtime character actor best-known as the dad in Home Alone, has died at 72. No cause of death is known at this time, but TMZ reports that Heard was found in a hotel where he was reportedly recovering from a “minor back surgery” he had on Wednesday at Stanford Medical Center.

Few actors could rival Heard’s long and varied acting career. He started out in TV movies in the ’70s and was working steadily right up until his death. Although best-known for his patriarch role in two Home Alone movies, he also had major roles in ’80s hits like Big and Beaches. Other standouts from his career heyday include appearances in After Hours, Heaven Help Us, The Trip To Bountiful, and The Pelican Brief.

His career took another upswing when he played Vin Makazian on The Sopranos, a tragically corrupt detective ...
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Q&A: Author Clay McLeod Chapman on The Pumpkin Pie Show, His New Collection Nothing Untoward & Writing a Deadpool and Venom “Love Story”

Clay McLeod Chapman doesn't just write horror, he performs it in The Pumpkin Pie Show, an immersive storytelling experience that recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. If you haven't had the pleasure of seeing Chapman perform (which our own Daily Dead Editor-in-Chief Jonathan James experienced at The Overlook Film Festival), you can certainly read his work anytime in a number of books, including his new short story collection, Nothing Untoward: Stories from The Pumpkin Pie Show. To celebrate the release of his new collection, we caught up with Chapman for our latest Q&A feature to discuss his literary influences, twenty years of The Pumpkin Pie Show, writing The Tribe trilogy for Disney press, and his upcoming Marvel project that he describes as "a love story between Deadpool and Venom."

What authors and storytellers were you drawn to in your formative years that influenced your own writing and performing?

Clay McLeod Chapman: First off…
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Shaun Micallef on faith, fervour and finding the stairway to heaven

‘A lot of people are too busy trying to survive to find any meaning,’ says the comedian, who once wanted to be a priest

As a teenager, the Australian actor and comedian Shaun Micallef toyed with the idea of becoming a priest. At his Catholic boys’ school in Adelaide run by the Marist brothers it “was always brought up that you might get a calling. You might hear the word of God and become a priest.”

In year 9, young Shaun felt the first stirring of a vocation. Maybe this was it – maybe he was being called?

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Johnny Manziel's Dad on 'Druggie' Son: 'I Hate to Say It, But I Hope He Goes to Jail'

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Johnny Manziel's father says he just wants his son to get the help he needs. In an interview with Espn's Josina Anderson on Friday, Paul Manziel said that it is up to his troubled son to find a solution to his many issues. "He's a druggie. It's not a secret that he's a druggie," Paul said. "I don't know what to say other than my son is a druggie and he needs help. He just hasn't seeked it yet. Hopefully he doesn't die before he comes to his senses. That's about all you can say." Paul continued: "He has more money than me,
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Johnny Manziel's Dad on 'Druggie' Son: 'I Hate to Say It, But I Hope He Goes to Jail'

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Johnny Manziel's father says he just wants his son to get the help he needs. In an interview with Espn's Josina Anderson on Friday, Paul Manziel said that it is up to his troubled son to find a solution to his many issues. "He's a druggie. It's not a secret that he's a druggie," Paul said. "I don't know what to say other than my son is a druggie and he needs help. He just hasn't seeked it yet. Hopefully he doesn't die before he comes to his senses. That's about all you can say." Paul continued: "He has more money than me,
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Demi Lovato Blows the Obamas Away With Her Cover of "You Don't Know Me" by Ray Charles

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Demi Lovato performed in front of quite the special audience when she took the stage at the White House on Wednesday. With President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama sitting in the front row, Demi sang "You Don't Know Me" as part of the Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles event. Throughout the night, other performers included Usher, Jussie Smollett, Leon Bridges, and Anthony Hamilton. At one point, Demi teamed up with Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard, Andra Day, and Yolanda Adams for "Heaven Help Us All," which brought the crowd to their feet. Check out all the performances above (Demi's starts at 1:42:50), then relive Demi's memorable Grammys performance.
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Girl Asleep bags most popular feature at Adelaide Film Festival

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Rosemary Myers' Girl Asleep has won the 2015 Adelaide Film Festival Best Feature People Choice's Award for her coming of age drama starring Eamon Farren and Bethany Whitmore.

Funded by the Festival.s Film Investment Fund and developed out of the Hive Lab, Girl Asleep is based on Windmill Theatre.s hit stage show.

The film was not only a critical favourite but was loved just as much by audiences, screening to sell out sessions across the Festival.

Holding the Man documentary, Remembering the Man won the People's Choice Award for Best Documentary, while the most popular short was Meryl Tankard's Michelle's Story.

Remebering the Man traces the story Tim Conigrave and John Caleo, who fell in love at at Catholic boys' school in 1976..

Their romance lasted for 16 years, facing disapproval, temptation, separation, and the looming shadow of the Grim Reaper..

Their relationship has been immortalised in Conigrave's
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Cate Blanchett's Carol to headline Adelaide Film Festival

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The Australian premiere of Cate Blanchett's Carol is set to headline this year's Adelaide Film Festival.

One-hundred and eighty films will screen at the Festival - including over 40 Australian films, and 24 South Australian films - with 51 countries represented at the Festival.

Some of films' biggest names, Julianne Moore, Michael Caine, Jane Fonda, Michael Keaton, Richard Roxburgh, Anthony Lapaglia and Rachel McAdams.

In its eleventh year, the 2015 Adelaide Film Festival will provide the best of local, Australian and internationally produced films, with an eclectic mix of cinema, television, art and the moving image . plus the one night only reunion of Festival ambassadors Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton, as they host the Ultimate Quiz night.

The Festival will feature new work from Australian directors including Scott Hicks, Jocelyn Moorhouse, Matt Saville, Sue Brooks, Stephen Page, Matthew Bate, Meryl Tankard and Rosemary Myers.

It will also include work from international filmmakers Todd Haynes,
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Round-Up: Burnt Offerings Excerpt, Stanley Film Festival Now Casting Volunteers, The Dark Below

It influenced Stephen King's seminal horror novel, The Shining, and was the basis for a 1976 film starring Karen Black and Oliver Reed. Valancourt Books is now paying tribute to one of the most notable haunted house stories ever put to paper with their new edition of Robert Marasco's Burnt Offerings, featuring an introduction by Stephen Graham Jones. If you haven't picked up a copy yet, we have an excerpt from the 1973 horror novel in our latest round-up, along with details on how you can be a volunteer at this year's Stanley Film Festival and a look at images from the Great Lakes-set horror film, The Dark Below, which recently wrapped principal photography.

Burnt Offerings: "Ben and Marian Rolfe are desperate to escape a stifling summer in their cramped and noisy Queens apartment, so when they get the chance to rent a mansion in upstate New York for
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'Blood Simple' to Albert Brooks: Why Spring of 1985 was something special

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'Blood Simple' to Albert Brooks: Why Spring of 1985 was something special
There are roughly 900,000 tribute pieces online this week about the 1985 John Hughes film "The Breakfast Club," and I understand the motivation. If you were the right age when the film was released (I was 15 at the time), that movie felt like a lightning bolt right to the face. Hughes treated teenagers like they were actual people with complex emotional lives worthy of respect, and while that would seem to be a logical approach to writing about any character, it certainly didn't feel average when he did it. He wrote about that secret world of teenagers with what felt like laser accuracy, and he basically created an entire industry of movies that tried to tap into that same audience. So certainly, there is much to celebrate when looking back at that particular film, but when I went to look at a list of the films that came out in 1985, a year
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Hilarious 1977 Star Wars Review Tears Movie Apart

When Star Wars: A New Hope was released in 1977, no one knew how big of a hit it was going to be. No one knew that it would change the world and spawn generation after generation of fans. I can't even imagine a world without Star Wars. It seems like it wold be pretty dull, though. 

There were several bad reviews for the movie after it was first released, and I've read a few of them over the years because I was just curious. But none of the reviews I've seen have hilariously torn the movie apart as this one written by New York Magazine film reviewer John Simon, who called it "a set of giant baubles manipulated by an infant mind."

The full review can be read over on Google Books, and thanks to i09, we have a few of the best excepts from the review, which you
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17 worst movie taglines ever: "Great things come in bears"

We don't envy movie marketing teams their task. If there's one thing Twitter has taught us, it's that condensing even a fleeting thought into 140 characters can be hard work, never mind the plot, tone and ethos of a feature-length movie.

But there's no getting around the fact that sometimes, they miss the mark. By a long way. By such a wide margin that it's no longer a margin so much as a chasm.

Below, Digital Spy rounds up 17 of the most mind-bogglingly rubbish taglines in movie history.

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The combination of this tagline and the poster image is profoundly unfortunate.

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Also, don't ever watch Alex Cross.

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Cool story, bro.

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In other words, the ending isn't as good as the rest of the film?

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There are so many things wrong with this, we're not sure where to begin.

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Um…

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This tagline is so bad that it's gone past good and back to
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Synapse Films Wants You to Buy a Bag So Popcorn Can Go Home in a Blu-ray Box

“Buy a Bag, Go Home in a Box.” You have no idea how thrilled I am to report that one of my absolute favorite horror movies of the Nineties, Popcorn, will get a fully-loaded special edition Blu-ray sometime around Halloween this year courtesy of Synapse Films.

For the uninitiated, Popcorn is a love letter to the golden age of b-movies in the guise of a fun slasher flick about film students putting on an all-night bad movie horror film festival; a master-of-disguise maniac begins killing them off during the show via twisted takes on old school movie theater gimmicks.

The true highlights are the fake movies-within-the-movie lovingly paying homage to the b-movies of the Fifties and Sixties: The Amazing Electrified Man, The Stench, and Mosquito!

As much as I’ve had a major soft spot for Popcorn since seeing it in theaters opening weekend, I clearly don’t love it
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Popcorn is Coming to Blu-ray

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Synapse Films has done a fantastic job with their horror Blu-ray releases to date and we’re happy to hear that they’ll be releasing 1991′s Popcorn as a special edition Blu-ray/DVD later this year:

Popcorn, the 1991 cult classic starring Jill Schoelen (The Stepfather, Cutting Class), Malcolm Danare (Christine, Heaven Help Us), Dee Wallace (E.T. the Extra-terrestrial, The Frighteners, The Lords of Salem) and Tom Villard (One Crazy Summer, My Girl) is coming to Special Edition Blu-ray and DVD from Synapse Films, Inc in 2014!

This release will give fans a brand-new 2K restoration of the film, taken directly from original vault materials. Supplementary materials from Michael Felsher’s Red Shirt Pictures will round out the exciting package. While the line-up of bonus materials has not yet been finalized, it will feature a retrospective documentary on the making of and legacy of Popcorn along with more extra features currently in the planning stages.
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Elizabeth Wurtzel’s 'The Bachelor' Recap: The Prettiest Girls In The Room, All in a Room Together

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Elizabeth Wurtzel’s 'The Bachelor' Recap: The Prettiest Girls In The Room, All in a Room Together Heaven help us with all their goddamn feelings. by Elizabeth Wurtzel It’s time for another episode of The Bachelor, America’s pre-eminent reality show for romantic group dates, high-profile rejections, crying pharmaceutical saleswomen, and rendering the phrase “true love” utterly meaningless through ceaseless repetition. This season, we have asked Elizabeth Wurtzel, author of Prozac Nation and Bitch, to confront our favorite national circus nightmare. Join Elizabeth each Tuesday for all of her opinions on the squabbling and hot-tubbing that’s fit to air on ABC. Here is some advice: If you are noticeably beautiful, with legs as long as a traffic pole, and as an 18-year-old NBA dancer you get pregnant by your basketball player boyfriend, you must have an abortion. This is not a philosophical argument that any intelligent
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'X Factor' Big Band Week Live Blog: As it happened

Not since the days of Jedward, Olly Murs and Rikki Loney (?!) has X Factor treated us to a Big Band Week. It's a chance for the acts to show off their most powerful vocal performances and knock out some good old fashioned Rat Pack classics. Or at least that's the plan anyway.

Can Sam Callahan finally win over Gary Barlow? How old is Nicholas McDonald? (16!!) And will Nicole Scherzinger be as 'excited' as she was on last week's Live Show? These are all questions we hope will be answered this evening.

Join us from 8pm when it all kicks off again on ITV.

21:32See you tomorrow at 8pm. Celine Dion and Robbie Williams are the special guests. Thanks for all the comments, as always. We love them all. Good and bad.

21:30That's all for tonight folks. There's no Flash Vote tonight. You'll have to wait 24 hours to find
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'X Factor' Big Band Week: Live blog

Not since the days of Jedward, Olly Murs and Rikki Loney (?!) has X Factor treated us to a Big Band Week. It's a chance for the acts to show off their most powerful vocal performances and knock out some good old fashioned Rat Pack classics. Or at least that's the plan anyway.

Can Sam Callahan finally win over Gary Barlow? How old is Nicholas McDonald? (16!!) And will Nicole Scherzinger be as 'excited' as she was on last week's Live Show? These are all questions we hope will be answered this evening.

Join us from 8pm when it all kicks off again on ITV.

21:32See you tomorrow at 8pm. Celine Dion and Robbie Williams are the special guests. Thanks for all the comments, as always. We love them all. Good and bad.

21:30That's all for tonight folks. There's no Flash Vote tonight. You'll have to wait 24 hours to find
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Indie Spotlight

We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a behind-the-scenes video from Dead in Tombstone, details on the Box of Dread, first poster for Proxy, All Cheerleaders Die premiere details, and much more:

Dead in Tombstone: “In celebration of the upcoming release of Dead in Tombstone on Blu-ray & DVD on 10/22, here’s the new bonus feature “Horses, Guns & Explosions,” Danny Trejo, director Roel Reine and producer Mike Elliott talk about the big explosions audiences will see in the upcoming film.

Danny Trejo (Machete), Anthony Michael Hall (The Dark Knight) and Oscar nominee Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler) star in this unrated, action-packed battle for vengeance. As a ruthless gang overruns a small mining town, they murder their own leader, Guerrero Hernandez (Trejo), in a cold-blooded power grab. Sentenced to eternity in hell, Guerrero finds himself confronted by
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Indie Spotlight

We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting all the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes first details Dark, casting news for Bedlam Stories, DVD release details for Evidence, a Q&A with the creators of Zombie Gnomes, and much more:

Bedlam Stories Casting Update: “Director Pearry Teo’s (Necromentia, The Gene Generation, and the upcoming The Dark Prince) newest twisted horror movie has added a seasoned indie veteran to their cast, Scream Queen Jessica Cameron.

Set in the 1920s, intrepid reporter Nelly Bly fakes insanity to gain admission into the infamous Bedlam Asylum. While researching her expose, Nellie meets a young patient, Dorothy, who has delusions of a fantasy land she calls “Oz.” Digging deeper into the dark history of the asylum, Nellie uncovers evidence of human experimentation on another inmate, a young girl named Alice, who’s “Wonderland” mirrored Dorothy’s imaginary world.
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