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‘The Jurassic Games’ DVD Review

Stars: Ryan Merriman, Perrey Reeves, Adam Hampton, Robin Acker, Daniel Barton, Katie Burgess, Dylan Cox, Erika Daly, Sidney Flack, Gary Frazier, Cate Jones, Kyle Penington, Tiger Sheu | Written by Ryan Bellgardt, Galen Christy | Directed by Ryan Bellgardt

The Hunger Games get jurassic in The Jurassic Games, a direct to DVD title that is best easily described as Jurassic Park meets The Most Dangerous Game. The plot goes something like this:

Every year, 10 of the world’s most lethal death row criminals are chosen to compete for their freedom in The Jurassic Games, a television show where contestants must survive against a variety of ferocious dinosaurs. The players all die gruesomely in the game zone except for one, the last one standing, the winner, who is granted not only his freedom, but fame and fortune. Survive the dinosaurs. Survive each other. Survive… The Jurassic Games.

For Anthony Tucker (Adam Hampton), survival
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Video: Virtual Reality in Movies

Virtual reality is a dividing subject that has half of the population excited and the other half droning on about how it is going to come and go, ‘just like 3D did’. Like it or not, the hype around Ready Player One is proof that virtual reality is captivating the public’s imagination. However, Ready Player One is adding to a rich history of virtual reality in cinema which has developed drastically as our technology has advanced. So we thought we’d take a look at some of the most wonderful, imaginative and craziest depictions of Vr in film and how it will change our future…

Tron (1982)

It might look old to us now as one of an early examples of Vr in movies, but Tron was way ahead of its time back in 1982 – both visually and imaginatively. In fact, Tron portrayed the mental experience of ‘Virtual Reality’ five years
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Hollywood Flashback: 'The Lawnmower Man' Explored Virtual Reality in 1992

Hollywood Flashback: 'The Lawnmower Man' Explored Virtual Reality in 1992
Ready Player One, Steven Spielberg now has his own Vr epic. He'd probably be happy if his estimated $175 million-budgeted film made more than five times its cost the way 1992's The Lawnmower Man did ($6 million to $32 million box office). But he'd probably like to avoid other aspects of the first Vr-themed movie's release.

Like the THR review: "Frankenstein meets Virtual Reality in The Lawnmower Man, an otherwise unexceptional sci-fi feature," was the first sentence. (And he has: Ready was hailed as a "rollicking adventure through worlds both bleak and fantastic" in its THR review.) And...
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Video Breakdown of The 10 Worst and the 10 Best Stephen King Movies

With the popularity of Stephen King exploding right now, Looper has released a video that breaks down what they feel are the 10 worst and 10 best films that have been adapted from his work.

I personally don't agree with the lists that they've put together. For example, they put Dreamcatcher and Needful Things on the list of worst movies, which is ridiculous because those are two of my favorites! On top of that, they don't even include Pet Cemetary on the Best list, but they have Dolores Claiborne. This list was made before Geralds Game was released, but I'd definitely but that on the best list as well.

I understand that these lists are a personal opinion, so watch the video breakdown below and let us know what you would change on the list!

Stephen King's books have been adapted to film or television over 100 times, making him the all-time
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Worst Stephen King Movies of All Time

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Worst Stephen King Movies of All Time
Two months after The Dark Tower stunk up the multiplex, It came along and reminded all of us that it's possible to adapt a Stephen King story in a way that can be embraced by audiences and critics, to the tune of new box-office records, even. There are quite a few good films as you can see in our best Stephen King movies list. But while that may be true, there are probably more that just haven't hit the mark.

It's almost hard to blame Hollywood for getting it wrong so often, simply because there have been so many attempts at adaptations from wildly diverse source material, tackled by filmmakers with wide ranging levels of talent. Stanley Kubrick, Frank Darabont, Brian De Palma. There have been some real heavy hitters who have smartly adapted the work of our favorite Maine based ultra prolific author. But for every Stand By Me,
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10 Best Stephen King Movies So Far

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10 Best Stephen King Movies So Far
It stormed the box office in September 2017, smashing box office records, pleasing critics, and quickly washing away the bad taste of so many poorly wrought Stephen King adaptations like the current of a suburban neighborhood sewer. Move over Ernest Hemmingway! Beat it Dr. Seuss! The Stephen King adaptation is a hot commodity in Hollywood once again.

Sure, those aforementioned authors have had their books adapted less than half as many times as the works of Stephen King. With so many adapted works from the same prolific storyteller, many of them are sure to be bad. And that is the case with Stephen King. If you grew up in the 80s, you might even remember that a Stephen King movie was not anticipated with the kind of must-see attitude of today's audiences. Many laughed off the notion, believing that if it was a Stephen King movie, it must be bad.

But as It reminded audiences,
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‘It’ Review: Dir. Andy Muschietti (2017)

It Review: Stephen King’s The Losers Club move from television to film in this seriously scary remake of It.

It review, Kat Hughes.

It Review

For decades Stephen King has been the master of horror fiction. His stories has proved to be so interesting and popular that almost everything he writes seems to get a TV or film adaptation. Sadly for King, not all of these are brilliant, for every The Mist and Shawshank Redemption, there’s a Dreamcatcher and a The Lawnmower Man. Even cult television mini-series It is an adaptation of two halves; the first is creepy as Hell and created a generation of clown phobics, the end reveal of its ‘real’ form however, was disappointing. Director Andy Muschietti, who previously brought us Mama, set out to correct those wrongs and create a film that aligns more with the good King films rather than the bad, and he has certainly succeeded.
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The Top 10 Stephen King Movies

Tom Jolliffe with his top ten Stephen King movies…

With the impending release of the new It film, now seems a good time to run through a top 10 list of Stephen King movies. These are all feature films. I’ve not included TV miniseries.

As a writer it’s fair to say that King has been prolific. The sheer amount of novels, novellas and shorts he’s written has been astonishing and he doesn’t seem to show too many signs of slowing. The recent trend of translating popular fiction from page to screen is nothing new either. King’s work has been getting the Hollywood treatment for over 40 years. His films by their very concepts offer something interesting, often bizarre. As such there’s an array of films that lend themselves very much to cult followings. The output of King inspired work on-screen is a mixed bag. From cinema classics,
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Revisiting the film of Stephen King's Pet Sematary 2

Rebecca Lea Aug 21, 2017

Our lookbacks at the screen adaptations of Stephen King arrive at Pet Sematary 2...

The film: Jeff (Edward Furlong) watches as his actress mother Renee (Darlanne Fluegel) is killed in a tragic accident on set. After the funeral, Jeff and his father Chase (an impressively turtlenecked Anthony Edwards) take up residence in her hometown of Ludlow, Maine to recover. Jeff befriends the stepson of the local Sheriff Gus (Clancy Brown) and learns of the history of the Creed family and their unfortunate demise. When Gus kills his stepson’s dog, Jeff goes with his friend to the Micmac burial ground, unleashing the menace that lurks in the reanimated dead once more.

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Following the success of Pet Sematary, Paramount were keen to capitalise by putting a sequel in motion. Director Mary Lambert was a huge part of that previous
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Revisiting the film of Stephen King's The Lawnmower Man

Rebecca Lea Aug 7, 2017

The film that Stephen King insisted his name be taken off. It's The Lawnmower Man...

The film: Dr Lawrence Angelo (Pierce Brosnan) is at the forefront of research, using virtual reality and drug combinations in an attempt to increase intelligence in primates. When it all goes wrong, he turns to an intellectually disabled man, Jobe (Jeff Fahey), and promises him intelligence in return for his role as a human test subject. Naturally, it all goes a bit awry when Jobe succeeds beyond Angelo’s wildest dreams. Oh and Dean Norris adopts a weird, clipped accent and is nefarious.

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The Lawnmower Man did not start out life as an adaptation of Stephen King’s folksy short story of the same name, but rather as a screenplay called Cyber God,
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Steven Spielberg: Iron Giant Is Major Part of ‘Ready Player One’

Steven Spielberg: Iron Giant Is Major Part of ‘Ready Player One’
Steven Spielberg wasn’t sure he was the right director for “Ready Player One,” his upcoming science-fiction epic.

During a panel discussion at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, Spielberg said that after reading Ernest Cline’s best-selling novel about a virtual reality-addicted future, his first thought was “They’re going to need a younger director.”

Spielberg was joined onstage by Cline and the film’s stars, Tye Sheridan, Ben Mendelsohn, and T.J. Miller. Fans in Hall H were treated to a trailer for a film that overflowed with shout-outs to several geek staples. The gaming world that “Ready Player One” depicts enables players to interact with characters from pop culture staples from the ’80s and ’90s, such as “The Iron Giant,” “Tron,” “Akira,” “Lord of the Rings,” “Back to the Future,” and “Nightmare on Elm Street,” to name a few.


Justice League’ Trailer Shows Off DC Comics Big Bad Steppenwolf

“When I read Ernie’s book
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Revisiting the film of Stephen King's Misery

Rebecca Lea Jul 31, 2017

It won Kathy Bates an Oscar for her role as Annie Wilkes. We take a look back at the adaptation of Stephen King's Misery...

The film: Paul Sheldon (James Caan) has just finished a new book, his first since he decided to end his bestselling Misery Chastain series by killing off his eponymous heroine. On his way to deliver the manuscript, he crashes his car and is severely injured. He’s rescued by local resident Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates), who just happens to be his “number one fan”. However, when Annie finds out that the author has killed off her favourite character, Paul’s recovery turns into a nightmare.

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Luc Besson Movies Ranked from Worst to Best

Luc Besson Movies Ranked from Worst to Best
Too Hollywood for art houses and too art house for Hollywood, iconoclastic French filmmaker Luc Besson has always had to blaze his own trail. Unwilling — or unable — to compromise from the very start (his debut feature was a dialogue-free post-apocalyptic drama about a waterless future where it occasionally rains fish), Besson continues to offset his pigheadedness with his passion. He eventually got so sick of looking for support that he launched his own production company, EuropaCorp, which has become one of the most profitable in all of Europe by churning out the kind of carnivalesque shlock that made its founder so famous in the first place. Besson may not have directed the likes of “Taken,” “Lock-Out,” and “Colombiana,” but his fingerprints are all over them.

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June 20th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Lawnmower Man, Life, Hack-o-lantern

As the summer continues to roll on, that means we have another great week of horror and sci-fi home entertainment releases to look forward to. The folks at Scream Factory are keeping themselves plenty busy this Tuesday, as they’re resurrecting both The Lawnmower Man and Island of Terror on Blu-ray, as well as their high-def The Paul Naschy Collection, and Arrow Video has put together an incredible two-disc limited Blu-ray set of Dario Argento’s directorial debut, The Bird With The Crystal Plumage, that any fan of the Master of Horror will want to add to their collections. And, if you missed it in theaters, the horror/sci-fi thriller Life will be available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD formats, too.

Other notable releases for June 20th include the Hack-o-Lantern limited edition Blu-ray, Patchwork, Under the Dome: The Complete Series, Ten Little Indians,
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Contest: Win The Lawnmower Man Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray

Looking for an air-conditioned alternative to mowing your grass this summer? Scream Factory has you covered with their Collector's Edition Blu-ray release of the 1992 Stephen King short story adaptation, The Lawnmower Man, and we've been provided with three copies to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.


Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Collector's Edition Blu-ray copy of The Lawnmower Man.

How to Enter: We're giving Daily Dead readers multiple chances to enter and win:

1. Instagram: Following us on Instagram during the contest period will give you an automatic contest entry. Make sure to follow us at:

2. Email: For a chance to win via email, send an email to with the subject “The Lawnmower Man Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on June 24th. This contest is only
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Cannes Virtual Reality Review: Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s ‘Carne y Arena’

Cannes Virtual Reality Review: Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s ‘Carne y Arena’
It’s always funny to hear how audiences, in 1903, reacted to the outrageous final shot of Edwin S. Porter’s eight-minute film “The Great Train Robbery.” The leader of the film’s outlaw gang, Bronco Billy Anderson, points a gun right at the camera — at the audience — and shoots. People who first saw that thought a gun was actually being fired at them, and so they scrambled to get out of the way. How quaint! But when you experience “Carne y Arena,” the extraordinary six-and-a-half-minute virtual-reality installation that director is presenting at the Cannes Film Festival (an earlier version was mounted in Los Angeles), you may find yourself having a similar reaction.

It’s pre-dawn, and you’re alone, in the middle of the scrubby vastness of the Sonoran Desert, and when I say in the middle of that’s not a figure of speech. You’re there, staring out at the gray horizon,
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The Lawnmower Man Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Special Features Announced

An adaptation (that took things in a very different direction) of Stephen King's short story of the same name, The Lawnmower Man is coming out on a Collector's Edition Blu-ray from Scream Factory this June, and the movie's 4K makeover will be accompanied by plenty of special features, including new footage and interviews.

Press Release: A world where the normal course of events could suddenly turn inside out — the imaginary becomes real, and reality is all in your mind. Loyal fans of visionary filmmaker Brett Leonard (Virtuosity, Hideaway) know well the enthralling sci-fi action horror from his 1992 cult classic The Lawnmower Man, starring Jeff Fahey (Machete) and Pierce Brosnan (The Son). Directed by Brett Leonard (Virtuosity, Hideaway), the film also stars Jenny Wright (Near Dark) and Geoffrey Lewis (The Devil’s Rejects). On June 20, 2017, Scream Factory™ Home Entertainment is proud to present The Lawnmower Man Collector’s Edition. Available
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More on It’s Chilling New Trailer That Debuted at the MTV Movie and TV Awards

Stephen King adaptations have always been a mixed bag. Since they’re sold off to the highest bidder, rather than to anybody with integrity or vision, you end up with the widest possible range in quality: everything from certified classics like The Shawshank Redemption to best forgotten dreck like The Lawnmower Man. Although fondly remembered for playing host to Tim Curry’s career-defining turn as Pennywise the clown, the 1990 It miniseries falls firmly into that second category. Outside of Curry’s nightmarish growl, there never really was much to praise from that adaptation. The scares were horribly telegraphed, the set design garish

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It Came From The Tube: Summer Of Fear (1978)

Sometimes, TV horror is the perfect medium for a particular kind of story. Perhaps a story that doesn’t rely on effects or sensationalism to affect the viewer; a tale that works in a simple, straightforward way, dealing with all too common emotions experienced by the regular teenage mind. To wit, Summer of Fear (1978) Aka Stranger in Our House, a chiller directed by the late legend Wes Craven based on the bestselling Ya novel of the same name by Lois Duncan (I Know What You Did Last Summer). It’s a breezy thrill ride that also shows Craven could successfully work in the mainstream.

Originally airing Halloween night on NBC under the Stranger title as one of their The Big Event titles, its toughest competition was ABC’s Three’s Company/Taxi/Starsky and Hutch dynamo. But no worries, if you needed a horror fix on Halloween night, this is what you were watching.
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Virtual reality: Is this really how we will all watch TV in years to come?

At the media industry’s annual bash in Cannes, virtual reality is the next mass medium that will take TV to a new level

Virtual reality (Vr) technology secured its place in popular culture through films such as The Lawnmower Man and The Matrix, as well as books such as Ready Player One, which Steven Spielberg is adapting for a movie. They presented visions of technology whereby strapping on a Vr headset (or, as in The Matrix, being imprisoned in pods and hooked up to a computer network by human-farming machines) enabled people to explore virtual, computer-generated worlds.

In 2017, these cultural touchstones are freshly in mind for the television industry, as it tries to understand whether real-life headsets can be used to deliver new forms of drama, documentary and storytelling.

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