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Contest: Win Nightmare At Noon on Blu-ray

If you enjoy George A. Romero's The Crazies, you might want to watch it as a double bill with another "infected town" film: Nico Mastorakis' Nightmare at Noon. Also known as Death Street USA, Nightmare at Noon is out now on a new Blu-ray from Scream Factory, and we've been provided with three Blu-ray copies to give away to Daily Dead readers brave enough to visit Canyonland.

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Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of Nightmare at Noon.

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

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2. Email: For a chance to win via email, send an email to contest@dailydead.com with the subject “Nightmare at Noon Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
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March 20th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The ’Burbs Collector’s Edition, The Church, Rockula

March 20th’s horror and sci-fi home media releases are an eclectic bunch, Shout Select’s Collector’s Edition of The ’Burbs and the new Blu-ray of Michele Soavi's The Church leading the pack. Arrow Video has put together a stunning release of Robert Altman’s Images that fans will definitely want to pick up, and for those of you who enjoy the work of Takashi Miike, Well Go USA has put together a remastered edition of Ichi the Killer that you’ll want to nab as well.

Kino Lorber has resurrected Offerings on Blu-ray, and Scream Factory has a pair of cult classics—Rockula and Nightmare at Noon—that are also enjoying a brand new HD overhaul as well. Other notable releases for March 20th include Delirium, Caged, Still/Born and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (which I’d call something of a family fantasy/adventure hybrid, so
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Flickering Myth Film Class: How to Open Strongly

In the latest instalment of Flickering Myth’s film class, Tom Jolliffe looks at how to open strongly…

It takes a great deal to get an audience to succumb to your film. You need to keep their attention for the entirety of the film. The best way to hook them in of course is to open strong.

Whether an action film, horror, or any other genre, setting the tone for your film is essential. Even if you know you’re going to flip things up and surprise. If you begin with subversion, then the audience can expect something a little unexpected. Of course whether they get that is down to the skill in translating a strong opening and making it last through until a strong finale. There are countless examples of films opening fantastically only fall away pretty quickly. For a recent example just look at Spectre. Fantastic opening. Whilst
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An IMAX Experience Worthy of ‘Blade Runner’

Something I’ve stated before in pieces such as this is the rather distinct feeing of euphoria that comes from experiencing the classics on the big screen. The best ones have the capability to “transport” their audience back to the days of original release, granting new generations of audiences a taste of what past audience members felt and experienced back when. And then, every once in a while, there’s the experience that transcends what came before. For one night only – the night of Wednesday the 20th, to be precise – a rather small handful of IMAX theaters around the country, including Hollywood’s historic Tcl Chinese IMAX (where this “humble” cinephile ), ran what was advertised as a “one night only” IMAX projection of the “Final Cut” edit of Sir Ridley Scott’s seminal Blade Runner, both as a tribute to the film on its 35th anniversary and to give the
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Blu-ray Review – House: The Complete Collection

House: The Complete Collection Limited Edition Box Set

Directed by Steve Miner/Ethan Wiley/James Isaac/Lewis Abernathy.

Starring William Katt, Kay Lenz, George Wendt, Richard Moll, Arye Gross, Jonathan Stark, Royal Dano, Lar Park-Lincoln, Amy Yasbeck, Bill Maher, John Ratzenberger, Dean Cleverdon, Lance Henriksen, Brion James, Rita Taggart, Dedee Pfeiffer, Terri Treas, Melissa Clayton, Scott Burkholder, Denny Dillon, Kane Hodder.

Synopsis:

1980s VHS rental hit House and its three sequels are brought together on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK in a lavish box set from Arrow Video.

A hugely popular VHS rental back in the day, 1985s House is a film that was put together by a team of people that included producer Sean S. Cunningham (Friday the 13th/The Last House on the Left), writer Fred Dekker (Night of the Creeps/The Monster Squad), director Steve Miner (Friday the 13th Part 2/Halloween H20:
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Horror Highlights: Shining In The Dark Anthology, The Similars, Monster Fest 2016, The Orphanage, Gremlin

Edited by Hans-Åke Lilja, Shining in the Dark: Celebrating Twenty Years of Lilja's Library is exclusive to Cemetery Dance Publications and will feature a Stephen King story that hasn't been released since 1981. We also have updated release details for The Similars, the final wave of films announced at Monster Fest 2016, six photos / details for The Orphanage video game, and a new trailer for Gremlin.

Cemetery Dance Publications' Shining in the Dark Anthology: From Cemetery Dance: "Shining In the Dark: Celebrating Twenty Years of Lilja's Library edited by Hans-Åke Lilja.

About the Book:

Hans-Ake Lilja, the founder of Lilja's Library, has compiled a brand new anthology of horror stories to help celebrate twenty years of running the #1 Stephen King news website on the web!

This anthology includes both original stories like the brand new novella by John Ajvide Lindqvist (Let the Right One In) very rare reprints like "The Blue Air
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Blu-ray Review – Enemy Mine (1985)

Enemy Mine, 1985.

Directed by Wolfgang Petersen.

Starring Dennis Quaid, Louis Gosset Jr., Richard Marcus, Carolyn McCormick and Brion James.

Synopsis:

The future. Humanity fight for distant star systems against an alien race called the Drac. When human pilot Davidge crash-lands on a hostile, barren alien world, he must forge an unlikely alliance with Jeriba, a Drac pilot who crashed nearby, in order to survive…

You may not have heard of Enemy Mine, despite the involvement of a fair few luminaries in various departments. That’s because it sank like a stone in the winter of 1985 at the box office, following a misjudged marketing campaign, production difficulties that saw Wolfgang Petersen replace original director Richard Loncraine and start again, even after millions had been spent on shooting, and no doubt the simple fact it was lacking some major tentpole stars in an age where movies were opened by the men (usually
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The Player

Robert Altman's murder tale reeks of insider access and Hollywood hipster Bs; its main claim to greatness is its fifty-plus star cameos. It may no longer seem as smart as it looked in 1992, but they don't make 'em any slicker than this. The Player Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 812 1992 / Color /1:85 widescreen / 124 min. / Available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date May 24, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Tim Robbins, Greta Scacchi, Fred Ward, Whoopi Goldberg, Peter Gallagher, Brion James, Cynthia Stevenson, Vincent D'Onofrio, Lyle Lovett. Cinematography Jean Lépine Original Music Thomas Newman Written by Michael Tolkin from his novel Produced by David Brown, Michael Tolkin, Nick Wechsler Directed by Robert Altman

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Robert Altman's filmography is undergoing what looks like a full retrospective through Criterion; even the 1975 title Nashville came out not long ago. This very successful later picture marks a revitalization of the director's career. It's sort of a Kafkaesque spin on Hail,
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BFI Review – The Player (1992)

The Player, 1992.

Directed by Robert Altman.

Starring Tim Robbins, Greta Scacchi, Fred Ward, Whoopi Goldberg, Peter Gallagher, Brion James, Vincent D’Onofrio and Richard E. Grant.

Synopsis:

A Hollywood executive is delivered a death threat and seeks to track down the screenwriter who sent it…

Hail Caesar! received a considerable amount of praise in the last few weeks but, alas, I was no fan. As part of the Nfts ‘Passport to Cinema’ season at the BFI, thankfully Robert Altman’s The Player was screened and it easily surpassed my limited appreciation of Hail, Caesar! Both films are tinsel town tales of crime, intrigue and the corrupt business of show business. The Player, starring Tim Robbins as Hollywood exec Griffin Mill, has a list of cameos longer than Zoolander 2 and yet remains a thought-provoking dramedy that only becomes more relevant with age. In twenty years, when studios embrace (opposed to
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50 forgotten sci-fi films from the 1990s

We may remember Independence Day, The Matrix, The Phantom Menace. But what about these forgotten 90s sci-fi films? And are any worth seeing?

Think back to the science fiction cinema of the 1990s, and some of the decade's biggest box-office hits will immediately spring to mind: The Phantom Menace, Jurassic Park, Independence Day, Men In Black, Armageddon and Terminator 2 were all in the top 20 most lucrative films of the era.

But what about the sci-fi films of the 1990s that failed to make even close to the same cultural and financial impact of those big hitters? These are the films this list is devoted to - the flops, the straight-to-video releases, the low-budget and critically-derided. We've picked 50 live-action films that fit these criteria, and dug them up to see whether they're still worth watching in the 21st century.

So here's a mix of everything from hidden classics to forgettable dreck,
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The top 20 underappreciated films of 1987

From anime to pitch-black thrillers, here's our pick of the underappreciated movies of 1987...

Sometimes, the challenge with these lists isn't just what to put in, but what to leave out. We loved Princess Bride, but with a decent showing at the box office and a huge cult following, isn't it a bit too popular to be described as underappreciated? Likewise Joe Dante's Innerspace, a fabulously geeky, comic reworking of the 60s sci-fi flick, Fantastic Voyage.

What we've gone for instead is a mix of genre fare, dramas and animated films that may have garnered a cult following since, but didn't do well either critically or financially at the time of release. Some of the movies on our list just about made their money back, but none made anything close to the sort of returns enjoyed by the likes of 1987's biggest films - Three Men And A Baby, Fatal Attraction
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Awfully Good: Steel Dawn + The Trial of the Incredible Hulk (Video)

You definitely will not be disappointed by the absolutely amazing Mad Max: Fury Road. However, I make no promises about this week's movie… Steel Dawn (1987) Director: Lance Hool Stars: Patrick Swayze, Lisa Niemi, Brion James In a desert wasteland overrun by famine and warlords, the only savior: Patrick Swayze and his mullet. Following the global success of the Mad Max series in the 1980s, a whole...
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The top 25 underappreciated films of 1988

Our look at underappreciated films of the 80s continues, as we head back to 1988...

Either in terms of ticket sales or critical acclaim, 1988 was dominated by the likes of Rain Man, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Coming To America. It was the year Bruce Willis made the jump from TV to action star with Die Hard, and became a star in the process.

It was the year Leslie Nielsen made his own jump from the small to silver screen with Police Squad spin-off The Naked Gun, which sparked a hugely popular franchise of its own. Elsewhere, the eccentric Tim Burton scored one of the biggest hits of the year with Beetlejuice, the success of which would result in the birth of Batman a year later. And then there was Tom Cruise, who managed to make a drama about a student-turned-barman into a $170m hit, back when $170m was still an
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Tears in rain? Why Blade Runner is timeless

One of the greatest science fiction films ever made is about to be screened across the country in its definitive version. With its towering cityscapes, dreamy Vangelis soundtrack and nods to film noir, the movie offers a vision of a dystopian future devoid of human emotion

It’s entirely apt that a film dedicated to replication should exist in multiple versions; there is not one Blade Runner, but seven. Though opinions on which is best vary and every edition has its partisans, the definitive rendering of Ridley Scott’s 1982 dystopian film is most likely The Final Cut (2002), about to play out once more in cinemas across the UK. Aptly, too, repetition is written into the movie’s plot (there are spoilers coming), that sees Deckard (played by Harrison Ford) as an official bounty hunter (or “Blade Runner”) consigned to hunt down, one after the other, four Nexus-6 replicants (genetically-designed artificial human beings,
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'Blade Runner: The Final Cut' Trailer for UK Re-Release

'Blade Runner: The Final Cut' Trailer for UK Re-Release
The BFI has created a special trailer for Blade Runner: The Final Cut, which will hit select UK theaters this April. This is the version of the film director Ridley Scott oversaw for the 2007 Blu-ray release of the sci-fi classic starring Harrison Ford, Sean Young, Daryl Hannah and Rutger Hauer. At this time, there are no planned U.S. re-release dates.

Blade Runner: The Final Cut contains a number of small changes from the Director's Cut, which was released way back in 1991. The most significant difference is that this version has the full 'unicorn dream sequence' that points to a deciding factor in whether or not Harrison Ford's character is actually a replicant. About this new trailer Ridley Scott stated:

"This new trailer captures the essence of the film and I hope will inspire a new generation to see Blade Runner when it is re-released across the UK on 3 April.
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'Blade Runner 2': Harrison Ford Confirmed, Ridley Scott Producing

'Blade Runner 2': Harrison Ford Confirmed, Ridley Scott Producing
Harrison Ford will reprise his celebrated role as Rick Deckard in the sequel to Alcon Entertainment's Blade Runner, with Academy Award nominee Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Incendies) in negotiations to direct, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-ceo's Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson. The film is scheduled to start principal photography in summer of 2016. Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the original) and Michael Green have written the original screenplay based on an idea by Fancher and Ridley Scott. Ridley Scott, who directed the iconic 1982 sci-fi pic for Warner Bros., is aboard to executive produce.The story takes place several decades after the conclusion of the 1982 original. Here's what Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson had to say in a statement.

"We are honored that Harrison is joining us on this journey with Denis Villeneuve, who is a singular talent, as we experienced personally on Prisoners. Hampton and Michael, with Ridley Scott,
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'Blade Runner 2': Harrison Ford Confirmed, Ridley Scott Producing

'Blade Runner 2': Harrison Ford Confirmed, Ridley Scott Producing
Harrison Ford will reprise his celebrated role as Rick Deckard in the sequel to Alcon Entertainment's Blade Runner, with Academy Award nominee Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Incendies) in negotiations to direct, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-ceo's Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson. The film is scheduled to start principal photography in summer of 2016. Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the original) and Michael Green have written the original screenplay based on an idea by Fancher and Ridley Scott. Ridley Scott, who directed the iconic 1982 sci-fi pic for Warner Bros., is aboard to executive produce.The story takes place several decades after the conclusion of the 1982 original. Here's what Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson had to say in a statement.

"We are honored that Harrison is joining us on this journey with Denis Villeneuve, who is a singular talent, as we experienced personally on Prisoners. Hampton and Michael, with Ridley Scott,
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Shout! Factory Acquires Bloodsucking Bastards

Bathed in fluorescent lights, the telemarketing office where Evan (Fran Kranz of The Cabin in the Woods) works seems to be sucking the life out of his soul, but he’ll have to worry about the same thing happening to his lifeblood when a vampire takes his sought-after promotion. Such is the horror-comedy setup in Bloodsucking Bastards, a recent Slamdance screening that Shout! Factory just picked up:

Press Release - “Los Angeles / New York / Park City (January 29, 2015) – Shout! Factory, a leading multi- platform entertainment company, has acquired the North American rights to Bloodsucking Bastards, a vampire comedy-horror feature directed by Brian James O’Connell and penned by the comedy troupe Dr. God from an original script by Ryan Mitts. The announcement was made today by Shout! Factory’s founder Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos, and the producers of the film.

In this picture deal, Shout! Factory secured exclusive
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The Horror Show (1989) review

Reviewed by Kevin Scott

MoreHorror.com

The Horror Show (1989)

Written by: Alan Smithee, Allyn Warner, Leslie Bohem

Directed by: James Isaac, David Blyth

Cast: Lance Henriksen (Detective Lucas McCarthy), Brion James (Max Jenke), Rita Taggart (Donna McCarthy), Dedee Pfeiffer (Bonnie McCarthy), Aron Eisenberg (Scott McCarthy), Thom Bray (Peter Campbell), Matt Clark (Dr. Tower), Terry Alexander (Casey)

Some films aren’t served very well by their titles. A name is just a name, but then again, first impressions can seal the deal. I didn’t see The Horror Show until about a week ago. My cursor has been looming over it in my Netfix queue for quite some time. The title is so ambiguous, that it could be anything. The key word is anything, and I will see anything with Lance Henriksen in it. He’s become the stuff of legends. He’s one of the few character actors that have
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Flesh + Blood

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 16, 2014

Price: DVD $19.95, Blu-ray $29.95

Studio: Kino Lorber

Rutger Hauer (ctr.) goes medieval in Flesh + Blood

The 1985 film Flesh + Blood is a dark and brutal action-filled medieval adventure drama from filmmaker Paul Verhoeven (Showgirls).

The movie follows Martin, a mercenary leader (Rutger Hauer, The Rite) as he and his gaggle of marauders plot revenge against the tyrannical lord who refuses to pay him the reward he’s owed. Along the way, Martin abducts a beautiful woman (Jennifer Jason Leigh) who’s betrothed to the nobleman’s son, but quickly discovers that his comely and conniving young captive is hardly a damsel in distress.

Also starring Brion James (Blade Runner) and Bruno Kirby (Good Morning Vietnam), the DVD and Blu-ray of Flesh + Blood contain the following bonus features:

- Audio Commentary by Director Paul Verhoeven

-Composing Flesh + Blood featurette

-Original theatrical trailer

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