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Quietcast: Viff Industry 2015: Helen Shaver on Directing Television [Interview]

You may not realize it but over a decade ago Helen Shaver, well recognized for her work as an actress on such varied projects as The Believers, The Color of Money and The Amityville Horror to her roles on TV, most notably in "Poltergeist: The Legacy," made the transition to working behind the camera and has spent most of her time directing everything from "The Outer Limits" and "The Firm" to, most recently, episodes of History Channel's epic, action-heavy drama "Vikings" and BBC America's "Orphan Black" for which she received a nomination for the 2015 Dgc Best Director Award.

Shaver is in Vancouver this week at Viff Industry which runs September 29 to October 3, and will be presenting " [Continued ...]
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Blu-ray Release: The Believers

Blu-ray Release Date: Oct. 14, 2014

Price: Blu-ray $29.95

Studio: Twilight Time

Martin Sheen (l.) and Hayley Cross in The Believers.

The creepy 1987 horror-thriller film The Believers stars Martin Sheen (Badlands), Robert Loggia (Scarface) and Helen Shaver (The Color of Money) and is directed by John Schlesinger (Sunday Bloody Sunday).

The movie follows a psychologist Cal Jamison (Sheen) and his young son (Hayley Cross) who move to New York City following the electrocution of Cal’s wife. Cal begins to treat a police officer who has worked undercover in infiltrating a Hispanic cult and now lives in fear of the cultists, who have been known to engage in a series of brutal, ritualistic child murders. In time, Cal begins to suspect that there is a larger conspiracy at work—one involving affluent New Yorkers and the police—and that Cal, his son, and his new girlfriend (Shaver) are the next targets on the cultists list.
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Return of the Soundtrack of the Living Dead: The Revenge of Island Records

In honor of the impending Halloween holiday, Dr. Jimmy Terror from Dr. Terror’s Blog of Horrors stops by The Liberal Dead to assist in merrymaking and overall mischief.

More Brains! A Return to the Living Dead was recently released on October 18th. I’m sure you’ve been reading all about it, but for those of you who have not been sending out for more paramedics here’s the story thus far:

More Brains! A Return To The Living Dead is now available on DVD. It’s the ultimate account of the tongue-in-cheek, stylish and apocalyptic zombie movie. It features contributions from all the main cast as well as clips, photographs, storyboards, conceptual art, publicity materials, archival documents and behind-the-scenes footage.

Basically the best damn documentary you’re going to see all year. It’s this year’s Never Sleep Again (or at least that’s what I’ve
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Let A Young Martin Sheen Take You Sweet Hostage On This Awesome Mod.

Ever wonder how much time of your short short life will wind up devoted to silly silly movies like this? Before he became President of the United States in The West Wing Martin Sheen appeared as the baddie in a host of genre movies, some of them pretty darn good. The Little Girl Who Lived Down The Lane (1976) is now recognized as a chilling suspense film. The Dead Zone (1983) had him playing a corrupt politician. Firestarter (1984)  cast him as a CIA crony. The Believers (1987) (which was plenty chilling tho Sheen didn't play the villain) was directed by no less a luminary than the great John Schlesinger. But before any of those he played an escaped mental patient in in this 1974...
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'A Nightmare On Elm Street' Vet Robert Englund Wants To Scare You With 'Fear Clinic'

'A Nightmare On Elm Street' Vet Robert Englund Wants To Scare You With 'Fear Clinic'
Horror icon Robert Englund – the original Freddy Krueger of “A Nightmare on Elm Street” fame – is slashing his way back into action this week, just in time for Halloween, in a new web series called “Fear Clinic.” In the series, Englund portrays a maniacal genius named Dr. Andover who is obsessed with finding new ways to cure people of their greatest fears – even if it kills them.

Last night on “Attack of the Show” Englund spoke at length about his new character. “I’m kind of a misunderstood genius,” he explained. “But I did something bad in the states. I lost my medical license and had to do community service at a prison. Guess who I ran into – Kane Hodder, the original Jason! And I drag his hockey pucked ass down to my clinic south of the border.”

“But I am the last chance,” Englund continued. “The last resort of the beautiful,
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Opening Case 39

  • Fangoria
The plot device of adults protecting children is a time-honored subject in horror films. An omnipresent evil plotting and casting its inky tendrils toward the young and innocent has been seen in films as diverse as John Schlesinger’s Santeria-inflected The Believers, the Dean Koontz adaptation The Servants Of Twilight and Chuck Russell’s misguided Bless The Child. The defense of youth inspires the most protective of emotions in audiences, and the latest film to tap into these specific emotions is Paramount’s supernatural thriller Case 39.

Directed by German up-and-comer Christian Alvart, who first attracted attention with his serial-murder saga Antibodies and subsequently helmed this fall’s sci-fi chiller Pandorum, from a script by Pulse’s Ray Wright, Case 39 stars Oscar-winner Renee Zellweger, Deadwood’s Ian McShane and ubiquitous young actress Jodelle Ferland. After numerous delays (and release in numerous other international territories this winter), the film will open in U.
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Fresh Release: The Believers by J. Peter Robinson

Perseverance Records ("the small label with a big mission") will soon release a new edition of J. Peter Robinson's music to the John Schlesinger thriller The Believers. In this supernatural thriller Martin Sheen plays a psychiatrist with an interest in a voodoo cult which plans to use his son as their next sacrifice during their ritual. The score was already released once on LP by Varése Sarabande when the movie came out in 1987, but this new re-issue will contain the complete score. The following interview is pulled together from the liner notes of Rudy Koppl as well as original interview conducted by me on the celebration of the new CD issue. Learn more about what it was like to work with John Schlesinger and what kind of new music will appear on the complete edition - including cues that Varése didn't allow to be put on the LP back in the days!
See full article at Daily Film Music Blog »

Drawing on Your Nightmares: Jo Chen

This week I want to talk about an artist who blows my mind on a monthly basis — Jo Chen, the cover artist on the bestselling, award-winning Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight.

I know Buffy’s not a straight-up horror book — it deals with elements from the genre, but the emotional vibe is different, more optimistic and easily redemptive. Buffy’s a prime example of how the material in this genre has leaked into the mainstream. Here’s another: last night they were playing the old Martin Sheen movie, The Believers, on a weird local station called This — “This,” that’s the name of the station. (It sends me into an Abbott and Costello routine.) But This shows cool old movies and TV shows—I can’t imagine what their program manifesto is, unless it’s off-the-beaten-path-stuff-Scott-might-find-interesting.

Now, The Believers is not a good movie, but when I was a
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Director John Schlesinger Dies at 77

Director John Schlesinger Dies at 77
The AP is reporting that director John Schlesinger has passed away at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, California. Mr. Schlesinger was 77. Schlesinger was born in 1926 and spent the early part of his career as a bit actor. He then made a successful move behind the lens, becoming one of the "angry young men" associated with the Kitchen Sink school of British filmmaking, along with Karel Reisz and Tony Richardson. Schlesinger crafted the well-received Billy Liar, Darling, and Far from the Madding Crowd before making the film that brought him to prominence in America, Midnight Cowboy. Cowboy, which was nominated for seven Academy Awards®, remains the only X-rated film to win the Oscar for Best Picture; it also garnered Schlesinger the Best Director nod, as well as Best Adapted Screenplay for Waldo Salt. Schlesinger never equaled the critical and popular success of Cowboy though he continued to make quality films over the years such as the violent thriller Marathon Man, the creepy suspense/horror film The Believers and the sublime satire Cold Comfort Farm. Schlesinger had suffered a debilitating heart attack in 2000 which led to declining health. He was removed from life support yesterday (Thursday, 7/24). Schlesinger lived the last 30 years in Palm Springs with his companion, photographer Michael Childers. --Prepared by IMDb staff

Director John Schlesinger Dies at 77

Director John Schlesinger Dies at 77
The AP is reporting that director John Schlesinger has passed away at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, California. Mr. Schlesinger was 77. Schlesinger was born in 1926 and spent the early part of his career as a bit actor. He then made a successful move behind the lens, becoming one of the "angry young men" associated with the Kitchen Sink school of British filmmaking, along with Karel Reisz and Tony Richardson. Schlesinger crafted the well-received Billy Liar, Darling, and Far from the Madding Crowd before making the film that brought him to prominence in America, Midnight Cowboy. Cowboy, which was nominated for seven Academy Awards®, remains the only X-rated film to win the Oscar for Best Picture; it also garnered Schlesinger the Best Director nod, as well as Best Adapted Screenplay for Waldo Salt. Schlesinger never equaled the critical and popular success of Cowboy though he continued to make quality films over the years such as the violent thriller Marathon Man, the creepy suspense/horror film The Believers and the sublime satire Cold Comfort Farm. Schlesinger had suffered a debilitating heart attack in 2000 which led to declining health. He was removed from life support yesterday (Thursday, 7/24). Schlesinger lived the last 30 years in Palm Springs with his companion, photographer Michael Childers. --Prepared by IMDb staff

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