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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Bela Lugosi Destroys the Hindenburg in "The Phantom Creeps" (1939) (video)

"The Phantom Creeps" (1939) is one of the nuttiest serials ever made.

Bela Lugosi's "Dr. Zorka" gets up to a lot of weird mischief during its 12 chapters.

But nothing matches his final rampage, in which his quest to rule the world...

...culminates in dropping bombs from a biplane...

...with one of his targets being no less than the Hindenburg itself!

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

John Travolta is "GOTTI" Now Showing -- See Trailer and Pics HERE

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In GOTTI, John Travolta plays the part of legendary gangster John Gotti.

Don't miss GOTTI, only in theaters June 15.



Bizarre Comedy Relief Character in "The Ape Man" (Bela Lugosi, 1943) (video)

Besides the sight of a seemingly embarrassed Bela Lugosi reduced to acting like an ape...

...the weirdest thing about this film is a mysterious "comedy relief" character played by Ralph Littlefield.

Billed as "Zippo", he first sets up the story and provides exposition.

Then he keeps popping up at odd intervals for no apparent reason...

...until the strange "breaking the fourth wall" ending reveals his identity.

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Friday, June 15, 2018

"ESCAPE PLAN 2: HADES" With Sylvester Stallone, Dave Bautista, Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson, Jamie King -- Watch the Trailer HERE!

Lionsgate Presents

Sylvester Stallone and Dave Bautista in


Years after Ray Breslin [Academy Award® nominee Sylvester Stallone (Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, Creed, 2016)] fought his way out of the escape-proof prison called “The Tomb,” he’s organized a new top-notch, for-hire security force.

But when one of his team members goes missing inside a computerized techno-terror battle-maze known as HADES, Breslin together with Trent DeRosa (Dave Bautista, Guardians of the Galaxy) must now decipher a way to break into the world’s best hidden prison, release their kidnapped team, and make it out alive.

Costarring Jesse Metcalfe (TV’s “Desperate Housewives”) and Curtis Jackson (Den of Thieves), ESCAPE PLAN 2: HADES will be available on Blu-Ray/DVD, digital and on demand on June 29th, 2018.

Directed by:                    Steven C. Miller
Written by:                     Miles Chapman
Produced by:                  Randall Emmett, p.g.a., George Furla, p.g.a., Xing Su, Jie Qiu, Mark Canton, p.g.a., Zack Schiller, Robbie Brenner
Genre:                             Action, Thriller 
Rating:                            R for violence and language
U.S. Release Date:          June 29, 2018 (Blu-ray, DVD, Digital, and On Demand)
Run Time:                       94 minutes

Cast: Sylvester Stallone, and Dave Bautista, Huang Xiaoming, Jaime King, Jesse Metcalfe, Wes Chatham, Lydia Hull, with Titus Welliver, and Curtis Jackson

Official Site:
Hashtag: #EscapePlan2

“Making Escape Plan 2: Hades” Featurette
“Creating the Look of Escape Plan 2: Hades” Featurette
“Building the Robot of Escape Plan 2: Hades” Featurette
Extended Cast / Crew Interviews

Closed-Captioned: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, English SDH
Feature Run Time: 94 minutes
BD Format: 1080p High Definition 16x9 Widescreen 2.40:1 Presentation
DVD Format: 16x9 Widescreen 2.40:1 Presentation
BD Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio


Goofiest-Looking Robot Ever? "The Phantom Creeps" (Bela Lugosi, 1939) (video)

There have been some pretty sad-looking robots throughout film history.

But the scowling, big-headed monstrosity in the Bela Lugosi serial "The Phantom Creeps" really takes the cake.

Bela plans on using an army of them to help him take over the world...

...but he can barely control the one clumsy prototype that he has.

And the lumbering heap of junk can't even survive a single run-in with a few soldiers.

Nevertheless, Rob Zombie would borrow the design for his 2009 cartoon feature "The Haunted World of El Superbeasto."

And, of course, we love the big goofy-looking lug, too.


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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Our Gang's "Darla" Grown Up In Horror Thriller "The Bat" (1959) (video)

Our Gang's "Darla" Grown Up In Horror Thriller "The Bat" (1959)


Our Gang's beloved leading lady, Darla Hood, seen here in "Our Gang Follies of 1938"...

...made a rare adult appearance in the 1959 horror thriller "The Bat."

The spooky film also features Agnes Moorehead and Vincent Price.

Darla's character is just as sweet and lovable as ever...

...but she comes to a shockingly bad end.


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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

"BROKEN STAR" In Theaters and On Demand July 20th From Gravitas Ventures -- Watch the Trailer Here

BROKEN STAR  - Gravitas Ventures


SYNOPSIS: BROKEN STAR is a psychological thriller that follows, Markey Marlowe (Analeigh Tipton, Warm Bodies), a young, ambitious actress, who will stop at nothing to ensure everlasting fame.

After many encounters with the law, she is sentenced to house arrest where she manipulates her recluse landlord (Tyler Labine, Super Troopers 2) to fulfill her demonic desires.

Directed by first-time feature film director Dave Schwep and written by David Brant, the film also stars Monique Coleman (High School Musical) and Lauren Bowles (Hall Pass).


DIRECTED BY: Dave Schwep
WRITTEN BY:  David Brant
CAST: Analeigh Tipton, Tyler Labine, Monique Coleman, Lauren Bowles, Natasha Loring, Addyson Bell, Alisa Allapch, Judge Kevin Ross, Josh Davis, Tacey Adams
GENRE: Thriller, Noir, Crime
DISTRIBUTOR: Gravitas Ventures


Lee J. Cobb's Film Debut In The 1934 Serial "The Vanishing Shadow" (video)

Lee J. Cobb would gain fame for roles in such films as "On The Waterfront", "12 Angry Men", and "The Exorcist."

But way back in 1934, Cobb made his first film appearance in a Universal serial, "The Vanishing Shadow."

Five years later, the same footage of Lee J. Cobb was reused in the Bela Lugosi serial, "The Phantom Creeps." 

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Random Media Signs "DEAD ENVY" for US Release -- See New Trailer Here!

Random Media Rocks Out with "DEAD ENVY"

Musical Thriller Acquired for US Theatrical

New Trailer Debuts Ahead of Fall Release

Los Angeles, CA - Random Media has acquired all domestic rights to Harley Di Nardo's Dead Envy, a thriller following an aging rocker who finds himself in over his head when he thinks he meets the perfect protege.

The feature length debut of writer-director Di Nardo and co-writer Stacy Hullah, Dead Envy had its world premiere at the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival, where the filmmakers took home the prize for Best Thriller.

Random Media plans a limited release in select markets this fall, followed by a VOD release.  To celebrate Dead Envy's release, Random has released a new trailer. 


Aging Rock artist David Tangier's sense of identity is all but destroyed as he works cutting hair to provide a comfortable life for himself and his wife. His sound and age bind him to the Rock of the 2000's, where his band Katatonic Spin once ruled the scene. David cannot tolerate that his entire existence has fallen prey to the persona of "the has been."

By taking one last long shot at maintaining his integrity, David sets out to organize the follow-up album that he never had the chance to make. When Javy Bates, a mysterious young musical talent shows up for a job at David's salon, this Rocker thinks he has found a solution to his alienation. Initially guarded, Javy soon opens up... as he has an agenda of his own.

Random Media will release Harley Di Nardo's Dead Envy in select theaters and on VOD in the fall.