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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Dwight Frye's 5 Most Unhinged Horror Movie Creeps (video)

Dwight Frye dreamt of someday returning to musical comedy, which he'd performed for years on the Broadway stage.

But this was not to be once he became typecast as one of the screen's leading loons.

Here's are five examples of this...

Dracula (1931)
Frankenstein (1931)
Vampire Bat (1933)
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Dead Men Walk (1943)

Dwight Frye died shortly after being cast in a screen biography of Woodrow Wilson.

At the time, he was working as a draftsman for the Lockheed Aircraft Company.

On the death certificate, his profession was listed as "tool designer."

But it is in the horror film where he is truly immortalized.

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Was Billy Barty in "Bride of Frankenstein" (1935)? (video)

In "Bride of Frankenstein", the mad Dr. Pretorius shows off his strange miniature creations to Henry Frankenstein.

There's a queen, a king, an archbishop, a devil, a ballerina, and a mermaid.

But he didn't stop there...not originally, anyway.

Because director James Whale also filmed a bit with famed 3-foot 9-inch "little person" Billy Barty… a tiny artificially-created baby in a high chair.

And in a wide shot of all of Dr. Pretorius' creations... can see Billy in his high chair from behind, waving happily. 

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Did Superman Really Duck When An Empty Gun Was Thrown At Him? (video)

In "The Mind Machine" (S1/E8) bullets don't faze Superman.

But when the bad guy throws his gun...

Later, though, in "Czar of the Underworld" (S1/E22), not only does he NOT duck...

...he even seems to enjoy it!

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

"GOOSEBUMPS 2: HAUNTED HALLOWEEN" Teaser Trailer and Photos Here!

October 12, 2018

Columbia Pictures: A Sony Company
Sony Pictures Animation

Halloween comes to life in a brand-new comedy adventure based on R.L. Stine’s 400-million-selling series of books.


Directed by: Ari Sandel
Written by:     Rob Lieber 
Based on the Goosebumps Books
Written by:      R. L. Stine

Produced by: Deborah Forte
Neal H. Moritz
Executive Producers: Timothy M. Bourne
Tania Landau

Cast:       Wendi McLendon-Covey
Madison Iseman
Jeremy Ray Taylor
Caleel Harris
Chris Parnell
Ken Jeong

This film is not yet rated by the Motion Picture Association of America.  For future rating information, please visit  Credits not final

GOOSEBUMPS and associated logos are trademarks of Scholastic Inc.  All Rights Reserved.


The Frankenstein Monster's Mysterious Beauty Mark (Universal, 1931-1948) (video)

When Karloff played the Frankenstein monster in the 1930s, makeup maestro Jack Pierce emphasized his cadaverous appearance.

To this end, Karloff would remove a dental bridge on the right side of his mouth and suck in his cheek.
This created a sunken indentation in his face that added to his gaunt look.

With his third Monster appearance in "Son of Frankenstein", Karloff was looking a bit more well-fed.
The indentation is almost gone, replaced by a faint black dot, or "beauty mark."

Subsequent actors in the Monster role also had considerably fuller faces, with no cheek indentation.
The black dot returns, faintly, when Lon Chaney stars in "Ghost of Frankenstein."

It's more pronounced on Bela Lugosi in "Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man."
And on Glenn Strange in "House of Frankenstein."

But in "House of Dracula" and "Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein"...
...the Monster's mysterious "beauty mark" finally seems to be fading away for good.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The Creature Shrinks in "The Creature Walks Among Us" (Universal-International, 1956) (video)

In the "Creature" movies, two actors played the Creature.

A larger actor played him on land, while lithe swimmer Ricou Browning performed the underwater scenes.

For the surgically-altered monster in "The Creature Walks Among Us"...

...a much bulkier padded suit was made, and covered with baggy clothing.

Underwater, the whole get-up clung to Ricou Browning's much smaller frame.

Not only did this make the Creature look smaller, but the head tended to fill up with air.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

"THE SUFFERING OF NINKO", an Offbeat Blend of Japanese Erotica, Folklore and Animation, on DVD + Digital on 8/14 from IndiePix



Street Date: August 14, 2018
DVD SRP: $19.95

"Extraordinarly imaginative... a tongue-in-cheek attitude,
and the seriously bizarre plot stand to make this a cult favorite
" -- Variety

"A wild, jaw-dropping fever dream of a film that must be seen to be believed." -- Indiewire

Norihiro Niwatsukino Makes His Directorial Debut with This Surreal
Festival Favorite Which Captured the "Dragons and Tigers Award"
at the Vancouver International Film Festival; it Will Also be
Available on Digital and IndiePix Unlimited

Ninko, a young, diligent Edo period Buddhist monk, has one serious problem: women can't seem to resist him. They pester him so much that he can't even ask for alms in town. Since sexual indulgence is considered a sin, he blames himself for not being virtuous enough. One day, he runs into a masked woman in the forest who tries to seduce him. Running away from her, his problem only gets worse.

Nearly driven mad, he escapes deep into the mountains to be alone. There, he finds a deserted village, victimized by a rapacious mountain goddess, Yama-onna, who seduces and kills the men of the valley. When a samurai claims that he can kill the goddess, Ninko follows him, hoping that he'll rid him of his curse in this unique Japanese mash-up about which says "for lovers of the truly bizarre, this is a must-see" and Otaku No calls "a surreal delight...intoxicating".

In his festival favorite directorial debut, which captured the Dragons and Tigers Award for Young Cinema at the Vancouver International Film Festival, Niwatsukino, who multi-tasked as writer-director, producer, editor, animator, and visual effects supervisor, merges often fantastical live action with animation, representing various style of traditional Japanese art -- from Buddhist mandala drawings to ukiyoe woodblock prints to shunga erotic drawings, as well as mixing in "Hyakumonogatari," a collection of ghost stories evolved from a parlor game, to highly original effect.

Along with its DVD and Digital HD debut, THE SUFFERING OF NINKO will also be available on IndiePix Unlimited, the signature streaming subscription service of IndiePix Films.  For $5.99 per month at either or on Amazon Channels, passionate cinephiles get 24/7 access to a highly-curated catalog of cinematic gems from both international auteurs and visionary new voices alike, joins other contemporary classics of world cinema including 2009 Cannes Camera D'Or winner, SAMSON & DELILAH, Iranian artist Shirin Neshat's feature-length debut, the Golden Lion-nominated WOMEN WITHOUT MEN and Noaz Deshe's powerful WHITE SHADOW.


Running Time: 70 mins.
Genre: Drama/Comedy
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audio: Stereo
Language: Japanese w/English Subtitles


Cheapest Movie Set Ever? Cockpit Scene From "Plan 9 From Outer Space" (1959) (video)

In Tim Burton's "Ed Wood" (1994), the actor hired to play an airline pilot is dismayed by the sparse cockpit set.

In the actual film "Plan 9 From Outer Space", we find this to be no exaggeration.

Gregory Walcott (right) and co-pilot are sitting on chairs in front of a blank wall.

There appears to be a shower curtain hanging over the doorway.

Not sure what that is they're "steering" with.

Listen to those chairs creak.

It's an impressionistic set, to say the least.

Walcott, bless his heart, went on to have a fairly successful acting career.

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Monday, July 9, 2018

BLUE DESERT -- DVD Review by Porfle

I watched the Brazilian New Age sci-fi flick BLUE DESERT, aka "Deserto Azul" (Indiepix Films, 2013), twice, which is fitting since it's partly about repetition and deja vu. I didn't understand very much of it, which is also fitting since its young protagonist, Ele (Odilon Esteves), doesn't understand much about his own life or life in general.

Also, since the story is partly based on the works of Yoko Ono, not understanding it would seem to be deliberately, intentionally built in.

Ele goes through his life in a terminally detached, impersonal future world that seems to discourage meaningful human contact or an individual's active involvement in any kind of physical or spiritual pursuits.

He frequents the gym and smoke bar with a buddy who seems to be his only link to the human race until he meets a man in the desert whose goal in life, with the help of a spray gun and a large tank of blue paint, is to paint the desert blue.

The film is beautiful in its exquisitely-shot outdoor locations and eyepleasing futuristic cityscapes.  Ele's life, however, is shown as simply a more advanced form of daily grind that finds him on a commuter airship with a robotic hostess who spouts the same fake-smile spiel every day.

It's during these daily jaunts, however, that he meets fellow passenger Alma (which means "soul"), a kindred spirit who will bring out Ele's humanity while deepening his endless desire to achieve some kind of spiritual transcendence.

Toward this end, BLUE DESERT is endlessly talky and bafflingly philosophical.  I don't even think the screenplay knows what it's talking about most of the time, but this movie does love to hear itself talk while indulging in crisply-directed and attractively shot images (many of them inside a sort of renegade nightclub where society's fringe element comes to seek some kind of mental stimulation) that help to redeem some of the story's frustratingly opaque rambling.

Ele's scenes with Alma achieve a modiucum of warmth but this is dissipated by their difficulty to decipher in any meaningful way.  The same goes for our views of Ele going about his daily life showering, mirror-gazing, tinkering with a machine that receives strange images from the ether which he can't figure out, and spending hours floating in a large swimming pool that's like a vast sensory deprivation tank, or perhaps a womb from which to be reborn.

He believes the cessation of thought will bring transcendence, hence the pool and the desert where he seeks solitude. Finding the blue painter, he's entranced by the man's endless philosophizing and learns that the journey toward one's goal can mean more than actually reaching it (in other words, the guy knows he's never going to paint that whole desert blue, but he loves the process).

Later, Ele will find himself in sort of a hospital bed with what looks like a large shrubbery suspended over him (don't look at me) next to a man who claims to share his soul.  This sets them off on a prolonged exchange of shaggy dog profundities and switched-around flashbacks that kept me properly confused until the deliberately anticlimactic ending that not only didn't answer anything but didn't really ask anything, either.

I really liked BLUE DESERT visually--there's a sort of everyday wonder to its futuristic wonders--but found its endless wallowing in dogged existential nonsense ultimately tiresome.  On the other hand, people who actually appreciate the writings of Yoko Ono may want to dig a hole in their garden to put this movie in.

Buy it from Indiepix


Little Girl Extra Freaks Out In "The Adventures of Superman: The Monkey Mystery" (1952) (video)

Check out the little girl extra in this scene. 

She's going NUTS!

Let's hope we all live long enough to get that excited about something!

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Karloff's Only Mummy Closeup in "The Mummy" (Universal, 1932)

The Mummy, Im-Ho-Tep, is first seen in the background in wide shots.

This is not Boris Karloff, but a full-length dummy.

Not counting the mummification flashback, this closeup is the one time we see Karloff in the actual mummy wrappings.

The closeup continues as Karloff slowly opens his eyes and lowers his arms.
It's the last time we'll see him in the gauze wrappings. 
It may, in fact, be the only time he was made up in them.

Filming this closeup and publicity stills may have been done in one day.

For the rest of the film Karloff poses as the mysterious (and unwrapped) Ardeth Bay...
...with an entirely different wardrobe and makeup.

Years later, the "Mummy" sequels would involve a new character, Kharis...
...who remains wrapped from beginning to end. 

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Sci-Fi Thriller "THE 5TH PASSENGER" Available on VOD July 10, Starring Morgan Lariah, Tim Russ, Marina Sirtis, Doug Jones

Sci-Fi Thriller THE 5TH PASSENGER Available on VOD July 10

In addition to co-writing and co-producing THE 5TH PASSENGER, Morgan Lariah also stars in the feature length sci-fi film. Coming off a successful theatrical run, the film will be available on all major digital platforms on July 10.

Available for iTunes pre-order:

The year:  2151.  After the Yellowstone Volcano erupts, throwing the Earth into chaos and class struggle, a pregnant officer, Miller (Morgan Lariah), and her crew struggle to survive in an escape pod with limited resources as they try to reach a new home planet.  Running low on air, the team must work together when a vicious alien boards their ship and hunts them down, determined to become the dominant species.  But the key to survival may be the secret that is buried deep within Miller’s own mind.

Directed by Morgan’s co-writer, Scott Baker, THE 5TH PASSENGER also stars an all-star Star Trek crew of its own, including Doug Jones (The Shape of Water, Star Trek: Discovery, Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy) Tim Russ (Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Marina Sirtis (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Generations), and Armin Shimerman (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, The Hitcher and Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time).

A successful crowdfunding campaign helped bring this project to life. It debuted at the Artemis Women in Action Film Festival where they “celebrate powerful women taking action on the silver screen.”

Morgan Lariah graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Antioch University Los Angeles with a BA in Film Studies. Always seeking roles that are challenging and enriching married with a deep desire to help shift the way women are often portrayed in the media, she began to write and produce her own works.

Her first short film, 2-Star, premiered at the East End Film Festival in London and went on to screen at festivals around the world. 5 Passenger marks her first feature film as co-writer, producer and actress.

5 Passenger had a limited theatrical run in Los Angeles and was picked up for distribution by Epic Pictures. It will be available on most VOD platforms and Redbox on July 10.  Her current script, Full Take, was a semi-finalist for the 2017 Sundance/YouTube New Voices lab. The teaser trailer created for Full Take is an official selection of the 2018 Women in Film Mini Upfronts program and screened at Netflix with sixteen other female filmmakers.



Munchkin Dubs Auntie Em's Voice In "Wizard Of Oz" (MGM, 1939) (video)

"Little person" Mickey Carroll (1919-2009) played multiple roles as Munchkins in 1939's "The Wizard of Oz"...

...including the town crier character...

...and the second fiddler from the left as Dorothy sets off on the yellow brick road.

He also dubbed some of the Munchkins' voices.

During the tornado sequence, the director didn't think Clara Blandick was shouting loud enough for Dorothy, so...

...he got Mickey to dub in Auntie Em's voice for the scene.

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Jackie Chan's "BLEEDING STEEL" - Now Playing In Theaters, On Demand, on iTunes and Amazon! See Trailer Here!

Jackie Chan in

In an action-packed drama reminiscent of ‘80s techno-sci-fi thrillers, Jackie Chan stars as Lin, a police inspector in modern Hong Kong. While tracking down a deranged, mecha-enhanced villain, Lin discovers that a geneticist’s lost bio-chemical invention has been surgically implanted into his missing daughter.

With the help of a young hacker, Lin connects the dots between the device that haunts his daughter, his enemy’s sinister army, and a strange cultural phenomenon called “Bleeding Steel.”


BLEEDING STEEL is an action thriller featuring memorable battle sequences with martial arts legend Jackie Chan. The film will be released in theaters and on demand by Lionsgate Premiere on July 6th, 2018.

Hashtag: #BleedingSteel

Genre:     Action Thriller
Rating:  R for violence and some language
U.S. Release Date:   July 6th, 2018 (In Theaters and On Demand)
Run Time:   TBC

Cast:  Jackie Chan, Show Lo, Nana Ou-yang, Erica Xia-hou, Callan Mulvey, and Tess Haubrich
Written and Directed by: Leo Zhang
Screenplay by:  Erica Xia-hou and Cui Siwei
Executive Producer: Murray Lipnik


Tor Johnson Trusted With Dialogue In "Plan 9 From Outer Space"! (1959) (video)

Swedish wrestler-turned-actor Tor Johnson was not known for his dialogue skills.

In fact, he was rarely given any dialogue besides "AAA! AAA!"

But in "Plan 9 From Outer Space", director Ed Wood needed to establish him as a police inspector...

...before killing him off and turning him into a zombie.

Hence, we get Tor squeezed into a suit and hat, and engaging in the following deathless exchange...

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Una O'Connor Meets Hopalong Cassidy In "The Unexpected Guest" (1947) (video)

Eccentric British character actress Una O'Connor...

...was best known for her endearingly oddball performances in two James Whale classics, "The Invisible Man" (1933) and "Bride of Frankenstein" (1935).

But in 1947 she met Hopalong Cassidy (William Boyd) in one of his rare forays into chiller territory, "The Unexpected Guest."

It was quite a change seeing the quintessentially British actress as an Old West frontier woman.
But, as usual, her character was superstitious and prone to fits of hysteria.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Footprint Blooper in "The Invisible Man" (Universal, 1933) (video)

In order to remain invisible, Jack Griffin (Claude Rains) must run around stark naked at all times...

...even when the weather outside is frightful.

But in a climactic scene, the footprints he leaves in the snow...

...are clearly those of a man wearing shoes.


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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Fake Bullet Bounces Off Creature's Butt in "Revenge of the Creature" (1955) (video)

Watch a fake bullet bounce off the Creature's scaly posterior... "Revenge of the Creature" (Universal-International Pictures, 1955)!

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Monday, July 2, 2018

What Renfield Really Wants in "DRACULA" (1931, English/Spanish) (video)

In both the English language version of "Dracula" (1931) and its Spanish counterpart...

...Renfield's insane laughter causes a hapless sanitarium nurse to faint dead away.

As the deranged fly eater slowly advances on her prone body...

...we fear his intentions.

The English version leaves the rest to our imaginations.

But in the Spanish version...

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Sunday, July 1, 2018

Bunny Breckinridge in "Plan 9 From Outer Space" (1959) (video)

John Cabell "Bunny" Breckinridge (1903-1996)…

...was an independently wealthy Shakespearean actor and drag queen with a highly unorthodox lifestyle.

In 1959, he was cast by his friend Edward D. Wood, Jr... alien leader "The Ruler" in Wood's film "Plan 9 From Outer Space."

(He would later be portrayed by Bill Murray in the Tim Burton film "Ed Wood.")

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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Samuel Goldwyn Films' Sci-fi Horror "Cold Skin" This September 7th -- See Pics and Trailer Here!

Samuel Goldwyn Films Presents Xavier Gens’ Sci-fi Horror Cold Skin for Audiences this September 7th!

Culver City, CA (Friday, June 29th) - Samuel Goldwyn Films is set to release Xavier Gens’ (The Divide, 2011) Cold Skin, this September. The film was acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films earlier this year, for distribution throughout North America.

Influenced by H.P. Lovecraft’s work on The Shadow Over Innsmouth, Cold Skin centrally stars: Ray Stevenson (“Black Sails”) David Oakes (“The Living and the Dead”) and Aura Garrido (The Body).

This fantasy feature will be available on several platforms: Digital, On-demand and in theatres - in just a few weeks. And now, the film’s exciting theatrical trailer and official film poster are available here.

The film’s story begins with a reclusive lighthouse keeper (Stevenson). When a weather observer (Oakes) lands on the isolated island, he is forced to confront the island’s original natives. Together, these two men must work together as a nightmare emerges every night, from the nearby shoreline.

Cold Skin was developed from Albert Sánchez Piñol’s 2007 novel. Writer Jesus Como (28 Weeks Later) and Eron Sheean have developed the screenplay. Now, fans of fantasy and horror can see more of their work and of Cold Skin as the film nears its September 7th release date.

This title’s North American trailer and poster provide a closer look at what lays in wait for the isolated characters within Cold Skin!


The official synopsis: On a remote island in the Antarctic circle, a young man finds himself trapped in a battle for his life against nightly invasions of unknown creatures that emerge from the ocean.

Director: Xavier Gens. Writers: Albert Sánchez Piñol, Jesus Olo and Eron Sheean.

Cast: Ray Stevenson, David Oakes, & Aura Garrido.

Samuel Goldwyn Films
Samuel Goldwyn Films is a major, independently owned and operated motion-picture company that develops, produces and distributes innovative feature films and documentaries.


"FRANKENSTEIN" (1931) Electrical Sound FX Used In "THE CREATURE WALKS AMONG US" (1956) (video)

One of the last of the classic Universal monster movies...

...uses a 25-year-old sound effect from one of the first ones.

When the Creature smashes through an electric gate during his rampage...

...the crackling electrical sound effects are straight out of 1931's FRANKENSTEIN. 

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Friday, June 29, 2018

What If Curly Joe Was In The Final Three Stooges Short? (video)

What If Curly Joe Was In The Final 3 Stooges Short?

The last ten minutes or so of the 1959 Three Stooges feature "Have Rocket, Will Travel" plays just like one of their old short comedies.

What if it was? What if Curly Joe's debut had been in their final short subject instead of in a feature film?

Here's what it might have looked like...

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Cringey Wire Effect in "Revenge of the Creature" (1955) (video)

Cringey Wire Effect in "Revenge of the Creature" (1955)

Two teenagers discover an unconscious Lori Nelson lying on the beach, and...

...the wire effect that follows is not all that convincing.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Quentin Tarantino's "ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD" -- First Photo From Set

Quentin Tarantino's "ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD" -- First Photo From Set 

August 9, 2019

Quentin Tarantino's ninth feature film is a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood.

The two lead characters are Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio, right), former star of a western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt, left).

Both are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don't recognize anymore. But Rick has a very famous next-door neighbor...Sharon Tate.

Written and Directed by:
Quentin Tarantino

Produced by:
David Heyman
Quentin Tarantino
Shannon McIntosh

Executive Producer:
Georgia Kacandes

Leonardo DiCaprio
Brad Pitt

Photo Credit: Andrew Cooper; © 2018 CTMG, Inc. All Rights Reserved.


The Three Coolest-Ever Scenes From "Bonanza"! (video)

Three Coolest-Ever Scenes From "Bonanza"!

(as chosen by me)

I've watched season one of "Bonanza" several times, and for me, these are the three moments that really stand out.

#3: "A Rose For Lotta" (Episode 1, 1959)
#2: "A Rose For Lotta" (Episode 1, 1959)
#1: "Enter Mark Twain" (Episode 5, 1959)

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Leading OTT Channel, AsianCrush, Will Premiere the Classic, Epic Anime Series "THE TWELVE KINGDOMS" on 6/29


New and Classic Anime Programming Ramps Up on
Digital Media Rights' AsianCrush and Genre OTT Channel,
Midnight Pulp, with New Releases from Top Japanese Studios
Such as NHK, King Records and KBC Japan

New York, NY (June 27, 2018) -- This June, voyage to a distant, fantastical kingdom with the classic anime epic, THE TWELVE KINGDOMS, which will premiere on AsianCrush, one of the leading OTT channels featuring Asian programming. Currently the sole service to be streaming the popular fantasy series, all 45 complete episodes will be available on June 29, 2018 across all of AsianCrush's platforms. The announcement was made by David Chu, President of AsianCrush parent company, Digital Media Rights, a pioneer in digital distribution.

Adapted from a series of fantasy novels written by Fuyumi Ono and influenced by Chinese mythology, THE TWELVE KINGDOMS follows the incredible adventures of Yoko Nakajima, an unhappy high school student who suddenly discovers that she's the rightful heir to a mysterious kingdom. Once transported to this other world with two of her classmates, their status as "kaikyaki" (people who come from Earth) make them hunted fugitives, so they set off on a journey of danger, magic and political intrigue. The Studio Pierrot production originally aired on Japan's NHK in 2002-3.

THE TWELVE KINGDOMS is the newest addition to AsianCrush's classic '80s ,'90s, and early aughts anime library containing other fan-favorite series and feature-length films (released with both English subtitles and English dubbed versions) including JIN-ROH, URUSEI YATSURA 2: BEAUTIFUL DREAMER, ARCADIA OF MY YOUTH, BLACK JACK: THE MOVIE and FIST OF THE NORTH STAR: THE MOVIE, CARDCAPTOR SAKURA: THE MOVIE and STREET FIGHTER II. Sister OTT channel Midnight Pulp, a highly-curated premiere destination for genre fare, also carries much of the same anime.

"The acquisition and premiere of 'The Twelve Kingdoms' marks a new commitment to anime across our AsianCrush and Midnight Pulp OTT channels," says Chu. "We have strong relationships with prominent Japanese animation studios such as NHK, King Records, and KBC Japan, as well as American home video distributor Discotek Media, and we're looking forward to bringing our dedicated viewers the very best of the anime genre in the coming months."

Both AsianCrush and Midnight Pulp, available on the web, iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and additional platforms, feature thousands of streaming titles, with new titles programmed each week. The OTT channels are available to consumers on a hybrid model, and they can choose to view the channel for free or with a premium subscription. Registered users can watch videos for free with commercials while premium subscribers can access the entire selection of titles without commercials, in addition to early releases, director's cuts and bonus features. Premium subscription pricing starts at $4.99 a month for each channel.

About Digital Media Rights
Based in New York, Digital Media Rights (DMR) is a privately-held digital media and advertising company founded in 2010 by industry veterans Michael Hong and David Chu. As a pioneer in digital distribution, they've revolutionized the industry while evolving to specialize in three distinct areas: Digital Distribution, the DMR Advertising Network and OTT Digital Networks.

DMR is one of the largest content aggregators and distributors in the world with a catalog containing over 7,500 premium titles from 250+ partners across leading television networks, studios, producers and sales agents. Their broad distribution footprint includes direct distribution deals with many leading platforms including Amazon Instant Video, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Netflix, Cable VOD, iTunes, Google Play, FandangoNow, Hoopla, Kanopy, and Vudu.

The DMR Advertising Network provides video and display ads via direct sales and programmatic across desktop, mobile, and connected TV. Connecting media buying agencies to relevant audiences across a range of publishers with premium content, the DMR Advertising Network reaches over 500 million impressions per month globally across all screens, while optimizing ad revenue through direct relationships with advertising agencies, networks, DSP's SSP's and other demand partners.

DMR is also an OTT channel publisher and developer with a suite of five owned and operated over-the-top (OTT) channels that have become leading destinations for their respective genres: AsianCrush (pan-Asian), Midnight Pulp (horror/thriller), Yuyu (general entertainment), Cocoro (kids/family) and KMTV (K-Pop). DMR's OTT channels are available across multiple platforms and devices such as web, iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, and many leading Smart TVs.

Visit for more information.


ESCAPE PLAN 2: HADES -- DVD Review by Porfle

I used to rent straight-to-video action flicks on VHS and sometimes be pleasantly surprised if they turned out to be better than I expected.  ESCAPE PLAN 2: HADES (Lionsgate, 2018) is like a throwback to those days, overcoming its relatively modest budget to score quite nicely on a sheer entertainment level.

Director Steven C. Miller, whose career I've sort of followed through THE AGGRESSION SCALE, SILENT NIGHT, and going all the way back to AUTOMATON TRANSFUSION, has scored the services of action stars Sylvester Stallone and Dave Bautista (AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, BLADE RUNNER 2049, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY) to head the well-chosen cast of his and writer Miles Chapman's semi-original, semi-derivative futuristic prison thriller.

Stallone plays Breslin, an ace security expert who gets people out of inescapable prisons.  This time, two from his own team, Shu (Xiaoming Huang) and Luke (Jessie Metcalf), find themselves in a super-advanced cage (it's run by computers, has force fields instead of bars and a robot doctor, and can change its architectural layout on a daily basis) for people who have sensitive information desired by their captors.

In this case, Shu's cousin Yusheng (Chenying Tang) has secrets locked in his brain that could change the face of modern warfare in cataclysmic ways, and certain people will do anything to get at them.
Naturally, Breslin finds out about this and puts the rest of his team to work devising a plan to get them out.  These include Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson (RIGHTEOUS KILL, 13) as genius computer hacker Hush, and Jaime King ("Goldie" of SIN CITY) as an equally proficient expert in whatever it is she's an expert at.

The film opens right in the middle of the action as Breslin's team is foiling a hostage situation while wasting some terrorists, during which one of their number fouls up big time and is ejected from the group.  (This will not work out well.)  Here we get to see how Miller directs action, which is to rely heavily on handheld camera and lots of quick shots and rapid-fire editing.

While this takes some getting used to, it's not nearly as much of a problem as trying to make heads or tails of the early action scenes in QUANTUM OF SOLACE or any number of modestly budgeted action potboilers of the past few decades.

And the set design stretches the budget beautifully--that prison is an eye-pleasing wonder of colorful geometric shapes against black backgrounds, with CGI used sparingly and tastefully for virtual reality elements, force fields, digital readouts, etc.

Fight scenes are plentiful from the gitgo, mainly involving Xiaoming Huang in battles against other inmates staged by the prison's head honcho, The Zookeeper (Titus Welliver).  Stallone and Bautista finally come to the fore by around the third act, instead of lurking in the background, when their characters find themselves in the futuristic prison and go into action while discovering the stunning secrets behind the place.

The DVD from Lionsgate is in 2.40:1 widescreen with English Dolby 5.1 sound and English/Spanish subtitles.  Extras consist of three substantial making-of featurettes, cast and crew interviews. and a trailer gallery.

The story is just complicated enough to stimulate our brains while our baser drives are stoked by the almost-constant action.  Stallone, fortunately, seems to have settled quite comfortably into "old guy who's still a badass" mode, and while everything around him in ESCAPE PLAN 2: HADES is shiny and new, it's great to have him being his old familiar self and taking care of business old-school.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Phantom Support Rods During Kong vs. T-Rex Fight in KING KONG (1933)(video)

The fight between King Kong and the T-Rex is a terrific action sequence... well as being some of the finest stop-motion animation ever put on film.

What many people never noticed (at least, not until the DVD release allowed them to study each frame)…

...are the support rods for the models which are visible in some frames.

When viewed normally, they're hardly noticeable.

But once you're aware of them, they're a reminder of the animators' artistic efforts.

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Monday, June 25, 2018

Most Messed-Up Three Stooges Comedy Ever? ("Cuckoo On a Choo Choo", 1953) (video)

"Cuckoo On a Choo Choo" takes place entirely in a stolen railroad car. 

It pokes fun at both "On the Waterfront" and "Harvey."  [NOTE: Instead of "On the Waterfront", I really meant "A Streetcar Named Desire."]

Larry does a bad Brando imitation.  Moe plays a spurned suitor. Shemp is a drunk who sees a giant canary.

Larry and two sisters are trying to marry Shemp off to the older sister (Victoria Horne) so that Larry can marry the younger one (Patricia Wright).

That's as close as it gets to having a plot.

Many fans would consider "Cuckoo On a Choo Choo" to be the Three Stooges' nuttiest and/or most nonsensical comedy short.

Others have chosen it as the Stooges' worst comedy ever.

At any rate, it was one of Larry's favorites.

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

When Old Rose Was Young Rose: TITANIC's Gloria Stuart (1910-2010) (video)

When Old Rose Was Young Rose: TITANIC's Gloria Stuart (1910-2010)

"The Old Dark House" (1932)

("The reflection's changed a bit...")

"The Invisible Man" (1933)

("Wasn't I a dish?")

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Saturday, June 23, 2018

The FRANKENSTEIN (1931) Scene That Foretold Three Sequels (video)

Old Baron Frankenstein toasts the upcoming marriage of his son, Henry...

...and in doing so, predicts the titles of three subsequent "Frankenstein" sequels.

"Son of Frankenstein"
"House of Frankenstein"
"Young Frankenstein"

Ten years later, a scene in "Ghost of Frankenstein" would predict the title of the very first Hammer "Frankenstein" film...

..."The Curse of Frankenstein."

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Friday, June 22, 2018

The Four Universal DRACULAS (1931-1948) (video)

Bela Lugosi was the definitive Count Dracula in Universal's 1931 classic "Dracula."

The concurrently filmed Spanish version starred Carlos Villarías in the title role.

In 1943's "Son of Dracula", the Count (or his son--fans are still undecided) was played by Lon Chaney, Jr.

John Carradine took over the role in the 1944  monster rally "House of Frankenstein."

Carradine continued as the Count in the 1945 follow-up "House of Dracula."

And in 1948, Bela Lugosi was finally allowed to assume the role once again in the monster comedy "Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein."

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

REALLY Bad Special Effect in "THE CYCLOPS" (1957)(video)

Bert I. Gordon's "The Cyclops" is a fun monster flick that does its best with a low budget.

But one special effect has to be seen to be believed.

That's the one where the Cyclops grabs Gloria Talbott...

...and picks her up, background and all.

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"STREETS OF VENGEANCE" Coming July 2018 On Blu-ray and DVD From Olive Films





PREBOOK:        7/3/18
STREET:           7/24/18

CAT:                 ME039
UPC:      887090703901
SRP:                 $19.95

CAT:                 ME040
UPC:      887090704007
SRP:                 $24.95

From Paul Ragsdale and Angelica De Alba, the directing and writing team behind the cult horror film Cinco De Mayo, comes Streets of Vengeance, an action-packed thriller that pays homage to the gritty revenge films of the 1980s.

A throwback to the gritty action-thrillers of the 80s (Angel, Vice Squad, Ms. 45), Streets of Vengeance stars Delawna McKinney (Cinco De Mayo) as Mila, an ex-porn star whose decision to leave the industry is interrupted when she’s kidnapped by a militant misogynist sect known as The Sword, intent on ridding the world of women who they believe are using their sexual powers to destroy men. The Sword’s plans are thwarted when Mila kills her captor, and with the help of Brian (Anthony To’omata, Cinco De Mayo), a local journalist, escapes.

Emboldened, Mila recruits her friends from the adult film community who form a ragtag militia and set out to destroy the cult of The Sword.

Rounding out the cast is a bevy of adult film actresses including Ginger Lynn Allen (Sunset Stripped), Joanna Angel (All Access P.O.V.), Sophie Dee (Out of Control) and Alexis Amore (Bario Bitches). Also featured are Daniel James Moody (Brothers) and Bryan Hurd (Fever Dream). Streets of Vengeance is written and directed by Paul Ragsdale (Cinco De Mayo, Brothers), produced by Angelica De Alba (Cinco De Mayo co-writer), photographed by Dan Zampa and scored by Vestron Vulture.

(Cinco De Mayo)
(Cinco De Mayo)
(The Devil’s Rejects, Too Good to Be True, New Wave Hookers)
(The Last House, Stockings, All Access P.O.V.)
(Bario Bitches, Mandingo Madness 4, Good Guys Finish Last)
(Out of Control, A Wife with a Secret, Official Next Friday Parody)
(Fever Dream)

Directed by
(Cinco De Mayo, Brothers)

YEAR: 2017
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH (with optional English subtitles)
VIDEO: 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio; COLOR

Audio commentary with writer/director Paul Ragsdale, producer Angelica De Alba and cinematographer Dan Zampa
Making of “Streets of Vengeance” featurette
Cast & crew interviews
Photo galleries
Music videos
“Slashlorette Party” trailer
“Tough Guys” trailer


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Music Box Films Presents "THE CAPTAIN" - A Film By Robert Schwentke



A Film By Robert Schwentke


"Darkly evocative...relentless...arresting", Todd McCarthy - THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

"A film that fully understands the psychology of the German soldiers and offers unflinching, timeless truth", Tina Hassannia - ROGEREBERT.COM

Based on a disturbing true story, The Captain follows Willi Herold (Max Hubacher), a German army deserter who stumbles across an abandoned Nazi captain’s uniform during the last, desperate weeks of the Third Reich.

Newly emboldened by the allure of a suit that he stole only to stay warm, Willi discovers that many Germans will follow the leader, whosoever that happens to be. A parade of fresh atrocities follow in the self-declared captain’s wake, and serve as a profound reminder of the consequences of social conformity and untrammeled political power.

After an illustrious career in Hollywood, Robert Schwentke's (RED, FLIGHTPLAN) German homecoming film THE CAPTAIN, is simultaneously a historical docudrama, a tar-black comedy, and a sociological treatise, presenting fascism as a pathetic pyramid scheme, a system to be gamed by the most unscrupulous and hollow-souled.



Kong Undresses Ann in (Censored!) Scene From KING KONG (1933) (video)

When "King Kong" (1933) was re-released in 1938, several violent shots which violated the Production Code were removed.

Along with these went a scene considered much too risque' in which a curious Kong peels off some of Ann Darrow's clothing.

The new edit cut away just as Kong was getting started.

Here's the original, restored version...

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

THE GODFATHER's Opening Shot Repeated in John Milius' DILLINGER (1973)(video)

The famous opening shot in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather" (1972) a slow, extended zoom out from a tight closeup of Bonasera (Salvatore Corsitto).

The introductory shot of Cloris Leachman in American Zoetrope alumnus John Milius' "Dillinger" (1973) seems to use it as a template.

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Groucho Marx Plays Guitar and Sings in "Horse Feathers" and "Go West" (video)

Groucho often expressed displeasure at the frequent musical numbers by his brothers Harpo and Chico.

While quite proficient on the guitar himself, he was reticent to show off his skill on screen.

He did so in only two Marx Brothers films, "Horse Feathers" (1932) and "Go West"  (1940).

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Commemorate the Landmark 100th Episode of "LAUGH-IN" with the COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON, on DVD on 7/10, Only from Time Life!

THIS JULY, COMMEMORATE the landmark 100th episode of "laugh-in" with the latest uproarious installment of the GROUNDBREAKING EMMY® AND GOLDEN GLOBE®-winning series


Street Date: July 10, 2018
DVD SRP: $39.95

Available for the Very First Time at Retail, the 6-Disc Set Features
24 Complete, Remastered Episodes Loaded with Classic Sketches
and Incredible Guest Stars Including Raquel Welch, Steve Allen,
Johnny Cash, Bing Crosby, Gene Hackman, Rita Hayworth,
Hugh Hefner, Bob Hope, Liza Minnelli, Carroll O'Connor,
Carl Reiner, John Wayne, Henny Youngman and Many More!

Political correctness met its match with Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, NBC-TV's groundbreaking variety series that became a cultural touchstone and part of the fabric of '60s-'70s era America. Every Monday night at 8pm from 1968-1973, straight man Dan Rowan and wisecracking co-host Dick Martin led a supremely talented comic ensemble through a gut-busting assault of one-liners, skits, bits and non sequiturs that left viewers in hysterics and disbelief. ROWAN & MARTIN'S LAUGH-IN: THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON, from the award-winning TV DVD archivists at Time Life, makes its retail debut on July 10 in an uproarious set featuring all 24 re-mastered episodes from the fifth season (September 13,1971-March 20, 1972).

In THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON, after years of shameless name dropping, Dick finally gets his wish when bombshell Raquel Welch kicks off the new season with her first and only appearance on the show. Former Hogan's Heroes POWs Richard Dawson and Larry Hovis escaped CBS to join the cast. And, along with alumni Judy Carne, Arte Johnson, Henry Gibson, Jo Anne Worley and Teresa Graves, they help to celebrate Laugh-In's landmark 100th episode (September 1, 1971).

THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON also trots out many of the 20th century's greatest talents, including Steve Allen, Johnny Carson, Johnny Cash, Carol Channing, Charo, Petula Clark, Bing Crosby, Tony Curtis, Henry Gibson, Gene Hackman, Rita Hayworth, Hugh Hefner, Bob Hope, Arte Johnson, Paul Lynde, Liza Minnelli, Agnes Moorehead, Joe Namath, Carroll O'Connor, Vincent Price, Carl Reiner, Debbie Reynolds, Sugar Ray Robinson, Bill Russell, Vin Scully, Doc Severinsen, Jacqueline Susann, Tiny Tim, John Wayne, Raquel Welch, Henny Youngman, and more!

THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON also includes such classic features as "Cocktail Party," "Fickle Finger of Fate," "Joke Wall," "Gladys and Tyrone," "General Bull Right," "Big Al," Lily Tomlin's legendary "Ernestine" and "Edith Ann," "Tasteful Lady," and "Ruth Buzzi's Hollywood Report". Additionally, Mod, Mod World takes on sports, toys and games, families, politics, nutrition, leisure, year's end, Manhattan, television, small towns, crazy people, and the theater, Robert Goulet, Charo, and Three Dog Night perform the Laugh-In news song and there's a hilarious "Salute to Santa" and a very modern Christmas Carol.

Dan Rowan
Dick Martin
Lily Tomlin
Ruth Buzzi
Arte Johnson
Gary Owens
Alan Sues
Ann Elder
Dennis Allen
Barbara Sharma
Johnny Brown
Larry Hovis
Richard Dawson

Format: DVD/6 Discs
Running Time: 1239 minutes
Genre: TV DVD/Comedy
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audio: Stereo

About Time Life
Time Life is one of the world's pre-eminent creators and direct marketers of unique music and video/DVD products, specializing in distinctive multi-media collections that evoke memories of yesterday, capture the spirit of today, and can be enjoyed for a lifetime. TIME LIFE and the TIME LIFE logo are registered trademarks of Time Warner Inc. and affiliated companies used under license by Direct Holdings Americas Inc., which is not affiliated with Time Warner Inc. or Time Inc.


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

John Travolta is

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

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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.