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Friday, August 31, 2018

Three Extras Killed Filming "Noah's Ark" (1928) (video)




During the key flood sequence, safety was ignored in favor of spectacle.

Extras were not warned of the severity of the water that would engulf them.
These included a young Marion "Duke" Morrison (John Wayne).

While the stars were doing their closeups...
...the unwary extras were being deluged by deadly torrents of water.

Their fear is real as they scramble for their lives.

Several extras were seriously injured.
Three of them were killed. 


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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Daryl Hannah Breaks Her Elbow In "Blade Runner" (1982) (video)




In "Blade Runner", Daryl Hannah plays super-powered replicant Pris.

When Pris meets J.F. Sebastian she pretends to be afraid and runs away.

Daryl Hannah slipped for real and broke a van's window with her elbow...
...chipping the bone in eight places.

She finished the take, and it was used in the movie.


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Holy Celebration! Favorite Son Adam West To Be Honored Again In Walla Walla




QUICK, TO WALLA WALLA TO HONOR ACTOR AND FAVORITE SON ADAM WEST WITH SECOND ANNUAL ‘ADAM WEST DAY’ ON SEPT. 19

Day of festivities includes screening of West documentary, Bat Signal lighting, Q&A panels, music, and more


(WALLA WALLA, Wash.) — Holy Adam West Day Batman! On Wednesday, Sept. 19, Walla Walla will once again honor the life of its favorite son — known the world over as Batman and later the voice of Mayor Adam West on the show The Family Guy — in a way that only West’s hometown can.

Held on West’s birthday, as proclaimed by the City of Walla Walla in 2017, the Second Annual “Adam West Day” will include a day full of festivities. The event includes the grand opening of the Adam West Exhibit at the Kirkman House Museum, a showing of the West documentary “Starring Adam West”, an expert Q&A panel, the Batmobile and Batcopter, an official lighting of the Bat Signal, activities for kids, and much more.

The Walla Walla roots run deep for Adam West, who died on June 9, 2017, in Los Angeles. He was born in 1928 in Walla Walla as William West Anderson. He grew up in what was then a tiny southeastern Washington farming community, before moving to Seattle at age 15. After graduating from high school, he returned to Walla Walla and graduated from Whitman College.

In 1959, he changed his name to Adam West and began his acting career, famously portraying Batman in the 1960s television version of the comic book hero. Though he moved away from Walla Walla, he returned frequently throughout his life. And it seems most every longtime Walla Walla resident has a personal Adam West story to share.


“Adam West will always be beloved in Walla Walla, so it is with great excitement that Adam West Day has become an annual tradition,” said Ron Williams, executive director of Visit Walla Walla. “The first event, held just after he passed last year, was a heartfelt and fun occasion for both friends and fans and from both near and far. And we hope they return to Walla Walla again this year to celebrate Walla Walla’s favorite son.”

Walla Walla, the unofficial capital of Washington wine country with more than 120 wineries, knows how to throw a party. The Second Annual Adam West Day events include:

The grand opening of the Adam West exhibit at the Kirkman House Museum.
Q&A panel at The Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center in downtown Walla Walla with Ruben Procopio, an American animation and comic book artist, animator, and sculptor, who West once called his personal sculptor. Johnny Green, who played one of the Joker’s Henchmen during the famous “Surf’s Up” episode, will also be joining the panel.
A showing of the 1966 Batman feature film at The Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center.
A showing of the documentary “Starring Adam West” at the Gesa Power House Theatre in downtown Walla Walla.
Official lighting of the Bat Signal in the evening.
Live music and kids’ activities in the downtown Walla Walla Plaza.
The Adam West Experience, a joint effort of downtown Walla Walla businesses. Each participating business will display a bat sticker that indicates its involvement, which could include a special, a giveaway, or a drink or food item named in West’s honor. An award will be given to the three downtown businesses with the best decorations.
The Batmobile and Bat Copter at various events throughout the day.

“Last year’s inaugural Adam West Day was something so memorable,” said Jonathan Grant, front office manager at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center and a co-organizer of the event. “This year, for the Second Annual Adam West Day, we have even more exciting surprises in store. It will be such a special day to celebrate the life and legacy of our hometown hero and bright knight.”

For more information on planning a trip to Walla Walla, go to visitwallawalla.com. For more details on Adam West Day, visit www.adamwestday.com.

About Walla Walla:
As the unofficial capital of Washington wine country, Walla Walla is home to more than 120 wineries, a nationally recognized culinary scene, access to an abundance of outdoor recreation, and an arts & entertainment scene that rivals cities many times its size. This community of just over 30,000 residents is known for many things, including its friendliness and hospitality, the quality of its wine, and of course the famous Walla Walla Sweet Onion. An easy and scenic four-hour drive from Seattle, Portland, or Boise, Walla Walla can also be accessed via Alaska Airlines daily non-stop flights from Seattle. For more information and to begin planning a trip to Walla Walla, visit www.visitwallawalla.com.


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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

SHOW YOURSELF -- DVD Review by Porfle



Imagine if a sensitive, contemplative tale of emotional turmoil was peanut butter, and a spooky, blood-chilling ghost story was chocolate, and two guys collided on a street corner and got their peanut butter and chocolate all over each other.

The result might very well be SHOW YOURSELF (2016), but whether or not these two great tastes go great together is entirely up to the individual taster, or, in this case, viewer.

The premise is pregnant with possibilities either way the story goes, with semi-successful filmmaker Travis (Ben Hethcoat, THE BABYSITTER MURDERS, DEAR DAD) heading to a very secluded off-season rental cabin deep in the woods right after ducking out of an old friend's funeral with his ashes.  Travis is intent on spreading Paul's powered remains upon the very nature spots Paul once visited with Travis and Travis' girlfriend Nicole.


The cabin is a chance to really get away from it all, except for the fact that Travis' cell phone never stops ringing and he's always in contact with old friends who keep blathering about Paul (during which we learn that Paul committed suicide and Travis feels guilty about it) and his naggy, needy girlfriend who keeps blathering about their relationship.  I swear, I'd have that phone on the chopping block within my first five minutes there.

What really sets all this stuff into motion is when Travis starts experiencing little things here and there that seem to be of a paranormal bent.  Paul's urn  changes positions overnight, Travis wakes up with his eyebrows half shaved off (reminiscent of a prank he once played on Paul), and there are knocks on the front door at night but nobody there when he opens it.

The scary stuff really shifts into high gear when Travis goes way deep into the woods and sets up a camping site complete with tent.  I won't go into what happens, but suffice it to say that if the filmmakers had chosen to go that route, and poured more effort into it, this movie might've produced some serious goosebumps.


But as that's happening we keep being reminded that the most important part of the story is Travis' guilt over not being a good enough friend to Paul and his possibly even being a reason for Paul's suicide.

In other words, the scary parts are always leveled out by the soul-searching, introspective parts, and neither is really fleshed out as well as they could've been.

The dramatic aspects do eventually get resolved to a reasonable extent, and those not disappointed by the fact that this otherwise competently-made film isn't a wall-to-wall scarefest (whose supernatural elements may actually be occurring only in Travis' mind) might come away from it feeling quite satisfied.


Those expecting a genuine shocker, on the other hand, will have to settle for some pleasingly spooky goings-on earlier in the cabin and a few promising shocks during the long, dark night of Travis' camping trip.

And so SHOW YOURSELF is a hard one to decide whether or not to recommend.  You may feel that one or both of the two main ingredients hasn't been sufficiently developed, or you might very well find the combination to be just right.



Order Show Yourself on Amazon (DVD)
Order Show Yourself on Amazon (Instant Video)

Show Yourself: English / USA / 79 min 

The DVD release of Show Yourself (SRP $19.95) will be available from all major online retailers.



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Did "Dr. Goldfoot" Beat "Bullitt" To The Car Chase? (video)




"Bullitt" (1968) is well known for its harrowing car chase through San Francisco...

...racing up and down those steep hills...

...and especially those dizzying point-of-view camera shots.

But another movie beat "Bullitt" to all of that by three years...

..."Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine" (1965)!


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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Coming Soon: Paranormal Doc "HUNT FOR THE SKINWALKER" Based on NY Times Best-Selling Book




A FILM DECADES IN THE MAKING

HUNT FOR THE SKINWALKER will be available to own on digital September 11 and to stream on demand September 19

Based on the best-selling book by George Knapp & Dr. Colm Kelleher, HUNT FOR THE SKINWALKER investigates the confidential, most extensive scientific study of a paranormal hotspot in human history.

WATCH THE TRAILER:



Skinwalker Ranch in Utah is famous throughout the world because of the myriad of frightening, seemingly supernatural events that have been reported in the scenic basin surrounding the property for hundreds of years. Sightings include orbs, UFOs, animal mutilations, unknown creatures, poltergeist-type activity, and many other inexplicable incidents.

An exhaustive, multidisciplinary scientific study began in 1996, spearheaded by an enigmatic Las Vegas billionaire named Robert Bigelow. A team of PhD-level investigators was deployed to collect evidence and spent more than a decade on the ground, interviewing witnesses, searching for explanations, and directly confronting an unknown intelligence.


Recent headlines have revealed that a second, government-funded but confidential study was initiated by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). This second investigation was designed to determine if the phenomena at the ranch might have national security implications or could point to technological breakthroughs.

The shroud of mystery hanging above Skinwalker Ranch and the Utah Basin has fascinated director Jeremy Corbell (Patient Seventeen) for years. He finally journeyed to the property to interview eyewitnesses - including the new owner of the ranch - and uncover rare, previously unreleased recordings.
 
Featured:
Jeremy Corbell (Director)
Robbie Williams  (Pop Star/Paranormal Enthusiast)
George Knapp (Emmy® winning reporter/best- selling book "Hunt for the Skinwalker")
Dr. Colm Kelleher (Scientist/Bigelow Aerospace/best- selling book "Hunt for the Skinwalker")



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Entrancing Musical "JEANNETTE: THE CHILDHOOD OF JOAN OF ARC" Hits Blu-ray & DVD 10/2




A film by two time winner of the
Cannes Grand Prix Award Bruno Dumont
 
JEANNETTE:
THE CHILDHOOD OF
JOAN OF ARC


Available on Blu-ray & DVD Tuesday, October 2nd
(115 minutes / in French w/English subtitles)

"JEANNETTE is a visionary embodiment of continuity—a fusion of spiritual exaltation, physical fury, defiance of authority, and political revolt."
—Richard Brody, The New Yorker

"Has a slippery sense of humor and a whole lot of chutzpah."
—RogerEbert.com

"Eccentric, entrancing... as bold as it is lively and sweet... an enchanting fairy tale."
—Artforum

"Weird, wild... achieves an audacity that even the most traditional cinephiles should find hard to ignore."
—Village Voice


WATCH THE TRAILER:

https://vimeo.com/233855575

France, 1425. In the midst of the Hundred Years’ War, the young Jeannette, at the tender age of 8, looks after her sheep in the small village of Domremy. One day, she tells her friend Hauviette how she cannot bear to see the suffering caused by the English. Madame Gervaise, a nun, tries to reason with the young girl, but Jeannette is ready to take up arms for the salvation of souls and the liberation of France. Carried by her faith, she will become Joan of Arc.

Features a musical score by renowned death metal artist Igorrr (Gautier Serre) and dance sequences staged by world acclaimed choreographer Philippe Découflé (Lyon Opera Ballet, the Cirque du Soleil).

: SRP: $ 34.95 UPC# 6-98452-21404-7

SPECIAL FEATURES
• Film Critic Olivier Père Interviews Filmmaker Bruno Dumont (16 minutes)
• Deleted Scenes
• Theatrical Trailer
DVD: SRP: $ 24.95 UPC# 6-98452-21403-0



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She Acted In 2 Of The Most Iconic Films Of The 60s (video)




In 1964, exotic model Margaret Nolan gained cinematic immortality...

...by appearing in two of the most iconic films of the decade.

"Goldfinger" (1964)
We first see Margaret as the "golden girl" in the opening titles...
...and later as Bond's friend "Dink."

"A Hard Day's Night" (1964)
Margaret plays the sexy casino escort of Paul's grandfather (Wilfrid Brambell). 


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Monday, August 27, 2018

A Message from Rose McGowan on Asia Argento



I would first of all like to start off this statement saying thank you for your patience. A lot of people have been demanding answers and a response to the recent events surrounding Asia Argento’s sexual assault case. Many people believe that because we have been close in each other’s lives over the past year that perhaps I am affiliated with this incident or being complicit. I am not. 

I first met Asia on a red carpet, but it’s only been the past year through our shared experience of the HW case that we have bonded. Asia was a person who understood my trauma in a way that many others didn’t. We were able to talk through them together and champion each other’s voices. We even got matching dot tattoos! Something I had posted on my IG just about a month ago. It’s no secret to anyone that Im a blunt, candid, brazen individual vocally- and I think that’s what I really related to Asia the most with. They were edgy, confrontational, and strong willed with very little care about how much other’s liked or disliked them. Rare things to find in women in this industry or the world.

But then everything changed. In an instant. I received a phone call and series of messages from the being I’ve been dating- Rain Dove. They said that they had been texting with Asia and that Asia had revealed that she had indeed slept with Jimmy Bennet. Rain also shared that Asia had stated that she’d been receiving unsolicited nudes of Jimmy since he had been 12. Asia mentioned in these texts that she didn’t take any action on those images. No reporting to authorities, to the parents, or blocking of Jimmy’s social media. Not even a simple message “Don’t send me these images. They are inappropriate.” There were a few other details revealed as well that I am not at liberty to mention in this statement as investigators do their job.

Rain Dove said that they were going to go to the police with these texts once we were done speaking no matter what. But that they wanted me to be aware of them so that I may be able to take further actions. I responded with “You have to. You must.” I wasted no time. It wasn’t hard to say or support. What was hard was the shell shock of the realisation that everything the MeToo movement stood for was about to be in jeopardy. An hour after our conversation was finished Rain Dove confirmed that they had turned over the texts and were in conversation with officers. Almost 48 hours later the texts were in the press.


I had introduced Rain Dove to Asia Argento last month, three days after the passing of Anthony Bourdain. I was with Asia to comfort and support her. Rain Dove came to support us both. It was an emotionally chaotic time and Rain Dove suggested we go to Berlin for a couple days to take the mourning out of Asia’s home and into a neutral space. So we did. While in Berlin Asia had mentioned that she was being extorted for a large sum of money every month by someone who was blackmailing them with a provocative image. No one in the room knew who the extortionist was. Now we know it to be a reference to this case.

Rain Dove continued on communicating with Asia occasionally after meeting her- and their conversations have been their own. I know Rain is a person to whom many high profile entities consult when they are experiencing social pressures because Rain is good at guiding them through the research confrontation, rehabilitation, and solution process. While they are a person who is good at keeping a secret for those dedicated to making things right- they are also justice driven. So it was not a surprise to me that I received that call and the messages from them. I’ve referred to Asia in the past as “My Ride or Die” and said very clearly that their friendship comes first. I know that coming to me with those messages must have been hard for Rain because of that so I commend them for their bravery.

To the people who have checked in with me to see if I’m alright- the answer is thank you and Yes. I’ll be fine. Its sad to lose a friend connection, but whats even more sad is what happened to Jimmy Bennet. Whether or not the extortion case is true- it wasn’t fair and it wasn’t right. It is the type of thing I fight against alongside so many. The reason I haven’t released a statement is because I’ve frankly been extremely humbled by this event. I had to take a step back and realise that in my own activism while I fight hard with passion- I need to evolve. In the past I have been occasionally angry. As a victim I was justified in fiery feelings. But I know that those accused are the friends, parents, and family members of other people. There absolutely should be no leeway or tolerance for sexual assault. Hard stop. NONE. Victims also shouldn’t be told how they should react or what they should say about their abusers. However as allies to the victim and voyeurs of an event we should find a better way to balance support of the victim with due process for the accused. I’ve never claimed to be perfect. This week especially has made me come to terms with the fact that we all have a lot of growing to do, including myself.

At this current moment it may be easy to focus on the drama of the situation. The conspiracy. But the real focus should be on supporting justice. Supporting honesty. And supporting each other. We can not let this moment break the momentum of a movement that has freed so many people. We must use it to allow us to become stronger. More compassionate. More aware. And More organised.

Asia you were my friend. I loved you. You’ve spent and risked a lot to stand with the MeToo movement. I really hope you find your way through this process to rehabilitation and betterment. Anyone can be be better- I hope you can be, too. Do the right thing. Be honest. Be fair. Let justice stay its course. Be the person you wish Harvey could have been.



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He Acted In 2 Of The Most Iconic Films Of The 60s (video)




In 1964, Richard Vernon gained cinematic immortality...

...by appearing in two of the most iconic films of the decade.

"Goldfinger" (1964)
As Col. Smithers, he gives M and 007 a briefing on one Auric Goldfinger.

"A Hard Day's Night" (1964)
Here, he appears as the Beatles' grumpy traveling companion. 


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Sunday, August 26, 2018

Same Drunk Walks Into Saloon Twice: "The War Wagon" (John Wayne, 1967) (video)




In this classic John Wayne/Kirk Douglas western, Robert Walker Jr. plays a demolitions expert...

...who's also a roaring drunk.

He loves to drink so much, in fact, that in one scene...

...he walks into the saloon not once, but twice.

Too bad he can barely afford one drink.


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Saturday, August 25, 2018

John Wayne Almost Breaks His Hand In "Sons of Katie Elder" (1965) (video)




The four Elder brothers have a lively family dispute...

...which allows the actors playing them to let off some steam.

But things get a little too real for Duke when he swings at Dean Martin...

...and connects with the edge of the front door.

YOWCH!!! That's gotta smart.


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Friday, August 24, 2018

From Rush and Red Hot Chili Peppers to Abba and Alice Cooper, Get Front Row Seats to "ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME IN CONCERT: ENCORE", on BD/DVD on 9/21



FROM RUSH, HEART AND RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS TO ABBA, ALICE COOPER AND ALBERT KING, GET FRONT ROW SEATS TO NEVER-BEFORE-RELEASED HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY CONCERTS

ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME IN CONCERT: ENCORE

Street Date: September 21, 2018
BD/DVD SRP: $39.99/$34.99


Available for the First Time at Retail on Any Format, the Four Hall of Fame Ceremonies Featured (2010-2013) Include 44 Iconic Performances from Inductees Such as Genesis, The Stooges, The Hollies, Tom Waits, Dr. John, Leon Russell, Darlene Love, Freddie King, Donovan, Small Faces/Faces, Heart, Rare Artist Collaborations and More!


PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Each year, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame honors rock music's pioneering figures during a prestigious black-tie ceremony. As the Hall of Fame enters its third decade, it's these singular induction ceremonies-featuring the biggest names in classic rock from the '60s, '70s and '80s-that have become nearly as epic as the artists they celebrate.

This September, join in the festivities with front row seats to four incredible induction ceremonies with ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME IN CONCERT: ENCORE. Never before available at retail on any format, these memorable live concert events from 2010-2013 are filled with the collaborations and jam sessions that have made Rock Hall concerts legendary. And with on-stage reunions, unforgettable induction speeches and iconic performances, these once-in-a-lifetime events will be available at retail in a 2-disc Blu-ray and 4-disc DVD configuration.


Among the singular highlights:
The legendary Canadian power trio Rush performing fiery classics Tom Sawyer and The Spirit of Radio for their fervent fans.
Red Hot Chili Peppers leading a searing all-star jam session of Higher Ground anchored by Slash and Ron Wood. 
Heart going Crazy on You before being joined onstage by fellow members of Seattle rock royalty from Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains.
Alice Cooper ripping into ferocious versions of Eighteen and Under My Wheels before closing the set with Rob Zombie on School's Out.
The Hurdy Gurdy Man Donovan is joined onstage by John Mellencamp for a chilling performance of Season of the Witch.
Complete HOF induction speeces including Don Henley inducting Randy Newman, Neil Young inducting Tom Waits and many more.
The Rock Hall induction ceremonies further immortalize the legends of rock and the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME IN CONCERT: ENCORE puts four singular and electric concerts together into one spectacular collection -- a must-have for music lovers everywhere!


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.

About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's mission is to engage, teach and inspire through the power of rock and roll. The institution carries out its mission by giving voice to the stories of the people, artifacts and events that shaped rock and roll - through Museum exhibits, materials in the Museum's Library and Archives, traveling exhibitions, and a wide array of innovative educational programs and activities. The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays (and Saturdays through Labor Day), the Museum is open until 9 p.m. For more information, please call 216.781.ROCK (7625), visit rockhall.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@rock_hall) and Instagram (@rockhall).

ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME IN CONCERT, 2010-2014
 

Type: DVD (4 Discs)/Blu-ray (2 Discs)
Running Time: 481 mins.
Genre: Music DVD
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 (16 x 9)
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1/Stereo 2.0



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Walter Brennan and the 3 Stooges (1934-35) (video)




Three-time Academy-Award winner Walter Brennan...

...had a bit part in "FUGITIVE LOVERS" (MGM, 1934) with Ted Healy and His Stooges.

The same year he was a hot dog vendor in the Ted Healy solo film "DEATH ON THE DIAMOND" (MGM).

In the Three Stooges' first Columbia short, "WOMAN HATERS" (1934), he appeared as a train conductor.

In their 1935 Columbia comedy, "RESTLESS KNIGHTS", he played the Stooges' dying father.


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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Lloyd Bridges' Bit Part In 3 Stooges Comedy "They Stooge To Conga" (1943) (video)




Lloyd Bridges eventually hit the big time as an actor and movie star...

...but only after years of bit parts and uncredited roles in movies and shorts.

Here, he's seen for only a few seconds during a telephone montage.


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TRUTH OR DARE -- DVD Review by Porfle



How exhilarating it is these days to encounter a full-blooded horror thriller that yanks you up out of your seat and whisks you along like a carnival ride before coming to a crashing halt and leaving you dazed and breathless.

That, my horror-friendly friends, is TRUTH OR DARE (2017), one of the most exciting, nailbiting, and just all-around fun genre flicks I've seen in a goon's age.

Oh sure, it starts out just like one of those standard stalker-slasher yarns about a group of annoying young people who drive to some secluded house for the weekend to party and end up being terrorized by something or someone.


I was all ready to settle in for the same old familiar hijinx and see if this one was going to be so-bad-it's-good or just plain bad.  In fact, I seem to have developed a fondness for such trash over the years and usually derive at least some amount of fun from watching it.

Here, we get the usual group of various teen-types in the big, creepy house, spending Halloween night getting drunk, scaring each other, and playing the titular game which, as you might suspect, dredges up some unpleasant truths (such as infidelity in the ranks) and puts certain members of the group at odds with one another.

But what these hapless kids don't suspect is that there's an evil entity inside that house, and it likes to play the game too--only it plays it for real. Which means that those cryptic, crudely-scrawled "dares" which start to turn up everywhere ("smash your knee", "burn your hands on the stove", etc.) must be followed to the letter within an alotted time, or else.


The "or else" is what gives TRUTH OR DARE its most potent shocks and thrills, with our stalwart protagonists--who actually develop into real people that we care about--getting wise to the seriousness of it all and scrambling (to borrow a line from the script) to "do the dare before the dare does you."

This leads to a frantic succession of horrific acts including self-mutilation, cannibalism (a vegan is forced to devour her friend's freshly-charred scar tissue), and other atrocities that grow in magnitude until I was literally cringing with dread at what they'd be "dared" to next.  Just when one dare seems unfairly extreme, the next one goes it one better on the horror scale until such things as hanging and dismemberment come into play.

As I said, we really do start to care about these characters and their plight, which makes the story all the more effective.  Taking a tip from an aging survivor of the game from years back (NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET's Heather Langenkamp in a welcome cameo), they begin to help each other get through the dares, sharing the burden equally whenever possible so that all might have a chance to make it past the final round.


But the game is always ahead of them, and each successive horror is enough to have guys like Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft nodding in amusement and approval.  Langenkamp's presence is especially appropriate since NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET is one of the last teen-oriented horror flicks that I remember enjoying this much.

The film looks great and is sharply directed by Nick Simon (REMOVAL, THE GIRL IN THE PHOTOGRAPHS) for maximum effect, with a uniformly fine cast.  Standouts include Cassandra Scerbo as Alex, Brytni Sarpy as Maddie, and Mason Dye as Tyler, whose volatile romantic triangle will be one of the key factors in the dares.  Surprisingly, this is a made-for-TV movie that premiered on the SyFy Channel, blowing away most of their other original fare.

Am I praising TRUTH OR DARE too highly? Perhaps, but I'm simply basing my comments about it on how I felt at the fadeout, which managed to be open-ended while still delivering a slam-bang finish.  It left me excited, impressed, jazzed, wrung-out, and feeling as though I'd just stepped off a Tilt-A-Whirl.  For a modern-day horror film in a sub-genre known for its frequent mediocrity, that'll do just fine.




Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
Language: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
Number of discs: 1
Not Rated
Captions: none
Studio: Cinedigm
DVD Release Date: September 4, 2018
Run Time: 90 minutes
Extras: none


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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Worst Moe Stand-In Ever? "Hoofs and Goofs" (Three Stooges, 1957) (video)




In Joe Besser's debut as a Stooge...

...Moe plays their sister, Birdie.

But that stand-in for Moe is for the birds!


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DIANE -- Movie Review by Porfle



Director Michael Mongillo (BEING MICHAEL MADSEN) has applied his visual skills to creating a murder mystery, DIANE (2017), that's nice to look at, especially when the camera focuses on lovely actress Carlee Avers in the title role as a struggling singer whose dead body, clad only in underwear and an overcoat and stabbed with a screwdriver, is found in the backyard of a wounded war veteran who lives alone.

The screenplay by Mongillo and Matt Giannini is equally engaging as we follow the consequences that Steve (Jason Alan Smith, THE LIGHTKEEPERS) must endure after discovering the body and being accused of murder by not only his boorish neighbors and various shopkeepers but also by some of the most insufferably smug police detectives ever committed to film (kudos to these actors for bringing such cretins to life).


The first half of the film pretty much belongs to Smith as the likable but terminally distant loner Steve, whose limp is just the most obvious sign of his deep war wounds.

We know he's a bit off right from the start when, upon finding the dead Diane in his backyard, his first impulse is to snap a picture of her on his phone because she is, as he will later admit to the police, the most beautiful woman he has ever seen.


After that the film settles into a languid, noirish, slowburn sort of narrative that I was able to easily settle into as well, since the mystery of Diane's death and Steve's growing obsession with her--he often stares at her picture while imagining them together in various situations--are presented with a sort of hypnotic quality that effortlessly strung me along as I awaited further revelations.

The story gets darker and creepier when Steve installs a used VHS surveillance camera and intently watches the crime scene until strange things start to happen--supernatural things, apparently, or at least in his fevered mind.  Elements of the ghostly thriller begin to creep in when flashes of Diane on the TV screen and seemingly in real life start to haunt Steve's mind both awake and asleep.


My favorite scenes are those in which Steve must deal with a couple of those oafish neighbors who "don't like a killer living on their street" and then gets taken in by the cops for the full interrogation treatment.  Here, Jason Alan Smith's low-key, effective performance carries the film and holds our interest quite adequately.

It's what comes not long after the halfway mark, however, that left me feeling ambivalent about DIANE. The increased presence of Carlee Avers is good--she's an appealing actress and I enjoyed watching her in the several scenes she's afforded later in the film--but the way the story works itself out was, for me, a letdown.  While I liked this movie very much for most of the way, I found its resolution distinctly anti-climactic. 




Diane will open in Los Angeles September 7th at the Arena Cinelounge Sunset, followed by a launch on Cable and Digital HD, including iTunes, Amazon Instant, Google Play and Vudu, on September 17th.

English / USA / 82 minutes



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"ASH VS. EVIL DEAD: SEASON 3" - Bring Home the Final Season on Blu-ray and DVD Today! See the Trailer HERE!



Another season of wise-crackin’ Deadite-slayin’ insanity” – Mike Cecchini, Den of Geek   

A SUPERNATURAL WAR IS BREWING!

ASH VS. EVIL DEAD: SEASON 3

The Final Season Buzzes onto Digital May 25 and on Blu-ray™ and DVD on August 21 from Lionsgate

SANTA MONICA, CA (May 23, 2018) – Legendary horror icon Bruce Campbell (The Evil Dead Franchise) stars in the “truly insane, awe-inspiring, and gruesome” (Merrill Barr, Forbes) final season of “Ash vs Evil Dead”: Season 3, arriving on Digital May 25 and on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital) and DVD August 21 from Lionsgate. Experience the final season of the hilarious, critically acclaimed, most-watched comedy series on Starz® that follows-up the classic horror film The Evil Dead.


Alongside Campbell, “Ash vs Evil Dead”: Season 3 also stars Lucy Lawless (TV’s “Xena: Warrior Princess” and “Spartacus: War of the Damned”), Ray Santiago (Meet the Fockers), Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas), and newcomer Arielle Carver-O’Neill (TV’s “Worst Year of My Life, Again!” and “Suburbs”).

“Ash vs Evil Dead”: Season 3 features Ash, who – having gone from urban legend to hometown hero –discovers that he has a daughter. And, when Kelly witnesses a massacre with Ruby’s fingerprints all over it, she returns to warn Ash and Pablo.

The “Ash vs Evil Dead”: Season 3 Blu-ray and DVD include audio commentary with executive producer Rob Tapert on every single episode, and will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.97 and $34.98, respectively.

BLU-RAY / DVD / DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES
⦁ Audio Commentary with Executive Producer Rob Tapert on every episode

WATCH THE TRAILER:



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PROGRAM INFORMATION
Year of Production: 2018
Title Copyright: Ash vs Evil Dead © 2018 Starz Entertainment, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Artwork & Supplementary Materials © 2018 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Type: TV-on-DVD
Rating: TV-MA (for Adult Content, Adult Language, Graphic Violence)
Genre: Horror, Comedy, Action
Closed-Captioned: N/A
Subtitles: Spanish, English SDH
Feature Run Time: approx. 300 Minutes
Blu-ray Format: 1080p High Definition 16x9 Widescreen 1.78:1 Presentation
DVD Format: 16x9 Widescreen 1.78:1 Presentation
Blu-ray Audio: English 7.1 Dolby TrueHD, French 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio, Spanish 2.0 Dolby Surround
DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio, Spanish 2.0 Dolby Surround

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

DEAD ENVY -- Movie Review by Porfle




For his feature debut as writer (with Stacy Hullah), director, and star, Harley Di Nardo delivers a textbook example of slick, efficient, eye-pleasing filmmaking that pretty much gets everything right.

The result, DEAD ENVY (2017), isn't the most nailbiting thriller you'll ever see, but it delivers the goods at the end and gives us a fun ride on the way there.

The premise is familiar--washed-up rock singer David Tangiers (Di Nardo) is trying to break back into the big time while struggling to keep a chic hairstyling salon going with the help of his faithful wife Cecily (Samantha Smart).


Enter Javy (Adam Reeser), a fervent fan with his own hopes of making it in the music business.  The seemingly nice young man ingratiates himself with David and Cecily to the point of getting a job at the salon, but after that his fascade of niceness eventually begins to fade and reveal an inner instability and even perhaps psychosis.

All the expected plot complications follow--Javy, while pretending to be a well-meaning admirer, begins to ruin David's life from the inside.  He sabotages his salon business, botches his potential musical comeback deals, and, worst of all, tries to come between him and Cecily by setting him up and then blackmailing him (anonymously, of course).

The bad vibes build as David considers submitting Javy's terrific demo disc (we're told it's terrific anyway) as his own creation, but the story takes its nastiest turn when Javy's really, really dark side begins to emerge.


I don't want to reveal too much, but the story's simmering suspense just keeps rising in a sort of Hitchcockian way until finally things boil over into a tense, tightly-staged, and exciting life-or-death finale.

In addition to Di Nardo's aforemention skills as a filmmaker, all of this is helped immeasurably by some very capable and (fortunately) admirably understated performances--no histrionics or frantic eye-rolling here, just some good actors giving us convincing characters that sell the somewhat outlandish story and  make us care about them.

The supporting cast is small, but among them I liked Carla Wynn as Dawn, an eccentric spiritualist whose gets visions of future peril as soon as Javy touches her hair (which everyone ignores, of course), and Chrissy Bonilla as Sam, a hairstylist who also takes an instant dislike to Javy and is similarly ignored (her fate is chilling).

As a suspense thriller, DEAD ENVY is one of those really nicely-done efforts that starts slow and builds just enough to keep stringing us along until the payoff.  I like the characters and the actors playing them, and I enjoyed letting this gripping little movie have its way with me for awhile.




Dead Envy: English / USA / 71 minutes

Opens in Los Angeles August 24th at the Arena Cinelounge Sunset, followed by a launch on Cable and Digital HD, including iTunes, Amazon Instant, Google Play and Vudu, on September 3rd.



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All The Flying Saucer Shots From "Plan 9 From Outer Space" (Ed Wood, 1959) (video)




"Plan 9 From Outer Space" (1959)

Written, Edited, Produced, and Directed by
Edward D. Wood, Jr.


I neither own nor claim any rights to this material.  Just having some fun with it.  Thanks for watching!



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"THE WALKING DEAD: THE COMPLETE EIGHTH SEASON" Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital -- See Trailer HERE



THE WALKING DEAD: THE COMPLETE EIGHTH SEASON

NOW ON BLU-RAY™, DVD, and DIGITAL

The Walking Dead is back and bigger (and scarier) than ever” – Jeremy Egner, The New York Times  

ALL. OUT. WAR.

The #1 Drama On Television Returns To Blu-ray™ and DVD on August 21 from Lionsgate

SANTA MONICA, CA (June 18, 2018) – Worlds collide as “All Out War” breaks out between the factions when AMC’s blockbuster hit series “The Walking Dead”: The Complete Eighth Season arrives on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital August 21 from Lionsgate.

The explosive eighth season bridges the stories between “The Walking Dead” and its spinoff, “Fear the Walking Dead,” leading to a thrilling battle for freedom paved with casualties and tragedy. “The Walking Dead”: The Complete Eighth Season features an all-star cast and fan favorites, including:

⦁ Andrew Lincoln (Love Actually, Heartbreaker, TV’s “Strike Back”)
⦁ Norman Reedus (The Boondock Saints, Triple 9, Blade II)
⦁ Chandler Riggs (Get Low, Mercy)
⦁ Melissa McBride (The Mist, The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys)
⦁ Lauren Cohan (All Eyez On Me, The Boy)
⦁ Danai Gurira (Black Panther, All Eyez On Me)
⦁ Lennie James (Snatch, Lockout, Colombiana)
⦁ Alanna Masterson (TV’s “Mistresses” and “Grey’s Anatomy”)
⦁ Josh McDermitt (TV’s “Twin Peaks” and “Mad Men”)
⦁ Seth Gilliam (Starship Troopers, TV’s “Teen Wolf”)
⦁ Christian Serratos (The Twlight Saga, Flight 7500) 
⦁ Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen, TV’s “The Good Wife” and “Grey’s Anatomy”)
⦁ Khary Payton (TV’s “Young Justice” and “The Lion Guard”)


Together with the Hilltop and the Kingdom, Rick and the Alexandrians bring “All Out War” to Negan and his forces. The Saviors are larger, better equipped, and ruthless, but Rick and the unified communities are fighting for the promise of a brighter future. The battle lines are drawn as they launch into a kinetic, action-packed offensive.

Take home “The Walking Dead”: The Complete Eighth Season and go behind the scenes with three audio commentaries (on episodes 803, 804, and 816) and three featurettes exclusive to the home entertainment release, offering an in-depth look at the making of the gripping eighth season. The home entertainment release also includes six extended episodes not seen in the orginal broadcast. The Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $80.99 and $70.98, respectively.

WATCH THE TRAILER


BLU-RAY / DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
⦁ Audio Commentaries
⦁ Episode 803 Commentary: Executive Producer Scott Gimple and Writer Matt Negrete
⦁ Episode 804 Commentary: Executive Producer Scott Gimple and Director Dan Liu
⦁ Episode 816 Commentary: Executive Producer Scott Gimple and Writer Angela Kang
⦁ “Carl Grimes: Leaving a Legacy” Featurette
⦁ “In Memoriam” Featurette
⦁ “The Price of War” Featurette

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheWalkingDeadAMC/
Instagram: @amcthewalkingdead
Twitter: @WalkingDead_AMC
#TheWalkingDead
#TWD


Year of Production: 2017
Title Copyright: The Walking Dead © 2017 AMC Film Holdings LLC. Artwork and Supplementary Materials are TM, ® and © 2017, 2018 AMC Network Entertainment LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Type: TV-on-DVD
Rating: TV-MA
Genre: Horror, Drama, Action
Closed-Captioned: N/A
Subtitles: Spanish, English SDH
Feature Run Time: 805 Minutes
Blu-ray Format: 1080p High Definition 16x9 Widescreen 1.78:1 Presentation
DVD Format: 16x9 Widescreen 1.78:1 Presentation
Blu-ray Audio: English 7.1 Dolby Audio with Dolby TrueHD, French 5.1 Dolby Audio
DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Audio



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Monday, August 20, 2018

THE HORROR OF PARTY BEACH -- Blu-ray Review by Porfle



When actor-turned-filmmaker Del Tenney made a deal to direct some drive-in fodder for the teen crowd, one of the all-time trash classics he fooled around and came up with was the delirious THE HORROR OF PARTY BEACH (1964).

Though made in the 60s, it contains surefire elements from the biggest teen hits of the 50s--rock and roll, monsters, hot rods, teen angst, and bad comedy--and mixes them with then-current stuff like bikini beach scenes and even a good deal of H. G. Lewis-style gore a la "Blood Feast."

Done in an amateurish yet freewheeling, dumb-fun style that packs in as much of the above elements as it will hold and, unlike many grade-Z flicks, doesn't let up for a minute, the result is a movie that's often funny, creepy, and refreshingly entertaining in spite of itself.


The very first minute of the film features drag racing and motorcycles--courtesy of an actual local bike gang--along with the first of six goofy rock and roll songs by the Del-Aires (in what was billed as "the first horror monster musical.")

We see Hank (John Scott) arguing with his girlfriend Tina (Marilyn Clarke) as they pull into the parking lot of the local beach, where Tina is intent on living it up while Hank insists they begin to act their age. The beach party sequence is real "poor man's" Frankie and Annette stuff, filmed in dreary black and white on a beach in Connecticut and interspersed with some of the worst comedy dialogue exchanges ever.

Meanwhile, fast-chick Tina goes nuts, bumping and grinding to "The Zombie Stomp" with a greasy-haired biker amidst the bikini-clad onlookers and prompting Hank to release his violent side as a big poorly-choreographed fight breaks out.


When Tina runs off into the ocean to escape Hank's disdain, she's attacked and ripped to pieces (and splattered liberally with Bosco chocolate syrup) by a horrific amphibian creature that has recently been created when some radioactive waste carelessly dumped into the water got mixed up with the sodden bodies of recently-drowned sailors.

These monsters (they grow in number with every scene) are real lulus of bad creature design, looking like poor relations of the Black Lagoon creature with ping-pong-ball eyes and what appear to be big bundles of hot dogs sticking out of their mouths.  But just the fact that such relatively elaborate costumes were made for this low-budget flick is impressive.

The rest of THE HORROR OF PARTY BEACH becomes a series of monster attacks in the nearby small town with Dr. Gavin (Allan Laurel), his apprentice Hank, and his daughter Elaine (Alice Lyon), now Hank's prospective girlfriend after the untimely death of Tina, applying all their scientific skills to helping the local cops find a way to track down and destroy the creature menace.


This allows Tenney and company to stage a progression of delightful creature carnage sequences which include an all-girl slumber party massacre, three girls on their way to New York getting tragically sidetracked (the wisecracking blonde in this segment is actually quite funny), and a couple of drunks stumbling their way into the path of the monsters.  (One of the drunks is actor Wayne Tippit of "JFK" and "Nurse Betty", perhaps the only recognizable face in the film.) These scenes include not only lots of fake blood but some nicely-done gore makeup.

While all this is going on, we're treated to the high-jinx of Dr. Gavin's matronly black maid Eulabelle (Eulabelle Moore--yes, that was her real name) going around fretting "It's the voodoo, that's what it is!", and an increasingly ridiculous scientific investigation that results in the good guys hurling handfuls of sodium at the finny fiends.  (The resulting fish-fry pyrotechnics are pretty well done.)

The Severin Blu-ray itself is a 2k scan from the original negative and, needless to say, looks way, way better than I've ever seen it before. (And probably way more uncut, too.)


Severin, as usual, comes through with the bonus features as well, including archival footage of Del Tenney himself discussing his career in general and this film in particular.  "Return to Party Beach" is an informative retrospective documentary, while another featurette offers two of the Del-Aires with an interview and a live performance of "The Zombie Stomp."  In "Shock and Roll", filmaker Tim Sullivan discusses rock and roll horror movies.  The film's trailer is also included.

There are a lot of "so bad it's good" movies out there, with some of them being only passably entertaining with brief moments of fun amidst long stretches of boredom.  THE HORROR OF PARTY BEACH, on the other hand, has a kind of magically bad quality that makes it total, almost giddy fun from start to finish.  This one's got everything and lots of it, and watching it makes me feel like a kid at the drive-in again.


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