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Drive-In Dust Offs: The Snake Woman (1961)

What is it about serpents and seduction? Is it the psychic residue of Sunday school and Adam and Eve, or is it that the ‘s’ sound is just so sexy? Not being much into organized anything leads me to believe the latter, and The Snake Woman (1961) bears this out in a short, simple way with surprisingly little in the way of exploitation; regardless, it’s a film that should leave viewers charmed (insert Gene Shalit gif here).

Released by United Artists in late April, The Snake Woman was a second biller in the U.S., riding the bottom end below Dr. Blood’s Coffin, released the same year from the same filmmaking team (producer George Fowler and director Sidney J. Furie). Costing under $20,000, it made money but not many friends, with critics deriding its barebones plot and poverty row budget; all true, but it also is something that most critics
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June 11th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Steelbooks for Ghostbusters / Ghostbusters II and Piranha, Collector’s Editions for The Entity and Frankenstein Created Woman

Scream Factory is looking to have another great week, as they are once again dominating this Tuesday’s home media releases with their Collector’s Editions for both The Entity and Frankenstein Created Woman, as well as a stunning Steelbook Edition of Joe Dante’s Piranha. Synapse Films has also put together a Special Edition for the criminally under-appreciated Slaughter of the Innocents, we’re also getting a Steelbook for Tobe Hooper’s Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and for those of you who can’t get enough Ghostbusters releases, there’s a new Steelbook featuring both the first film as well as its sequel, including some unearthed footage that hadn’t been released previously.

Other notable Blu-ray and DVD releases for June 11th include Leprechaun Returns, Hi-Death, The 27 Club, Devil’s Kiss, Final Stab, Captain Marvel, as well as the entire limited series set for I Am the Night,
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‘The Entity’ Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Dated and Detailed

Scream Factory have taken the wraps off their upcoming The Entity Collector's Edition Blu-ray, scheduled to be released on June 11th.

The Entity is a 1982 supernatural thriller directed by Sidney J. Furie and starring Barbara Hershey, Ron Silver, David Labiosa, and George Cole.

A quintet of new bonus features join a long list of legacy extras being ported over from the previous Blu-ray release. Combined they definitely live up to the "Collector's Edition" billing. Here's the full list:

New Inner Strength – an interview with actress Barbara Hershey

New Seeing Is Believing – an interview with actor David Labiosa

New High Dread – an interview With Composer Charles Bernstein

New Spirits & Sprocket Holes – an interview With Editor Frank J. Urioste

New Audio Commentary with author/filmmaker Daniel Kremer (Sidney J. Furie: Life and Films)

Trailers From Hell - The Entity with audio commentary by Luca Guadagnino (Suspiria - 2018)

The Entity Files Featurette

Theatrical
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Full Release Details for Scream Factory’s The Entity Collector’s Edition Blu-ray

Based on Frank De Felitta's unsettling book of the same name, 1983's The Entity is coming to Blu-ray like never before in a new Collector's Edition from Scream Factory, and we've been provided with the full list of special features ahead of its June 11th release, including a new interview with star Barbara Hershey.

Press Release: Carla Moran, a hard-working single mother whose life becomes a nightmare when she is attacked in her bedroom by someone – or something – that she cannot see. Disbelieved by her friends and dismissed by skeptical psychiatrists, Carla begins to lose her grip as she is repeatedly attacked in her car, in the bath, and even in front of her children. Could this be a case of hysteria, a manifestation of childhood sexual trauma, or something even more horrific? Seeking help from a group of daring parapsychologists, Carla will attempt an unthinkable experiment: to seduce,
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Michael Caine and the decade of classic films, iconic characters and accompanying music

Tom Jolliffe looks at a career defining period of classic films for Michael Caine which included iconic characters, and music…

Everyone even vaguely into film knows Michael Caine. He’s an icon, so identifiable by his voice and mannerisms. He’s been in the business over 60 years and has worked solidly. More recently he will be most associated with his collaborations with Christopher Nolan, particularly for his part playing Alfred, Bruce Wayne’s butler in Nolan’s Bat trilogy.

Perusing Caine’s CV for his stand out picks is certainly tough. A career which has spanned that long, and pretty quickly establishing himself as an exceptional craftsman, means that he’s been a part of some pretty exceptional works. He’s had his share of duds, curios and oddities too of course, but Caine has been had a huge number of great films with his name attached.

However, I’m
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Contest: Win Doctor Blood’S Coffin on Blu-ray

Science experiments take a morbid turn for small-town citizens in Doctor Blood's Coffin, and with the 1962 horror movie coming to Blu-ray on May 15th from Scream Factory, we've been provided with three high-def copies to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers!

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Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of Doctor Blood's Coffin.

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

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

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2. Email: For a chance to win via email, send an email to contest@dailydead.com with the subject “Doctor Blood's Coffin Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on May 21st. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen
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Doctor Blood’S Coffin and The Vampire And The Ballerina Coming to Blu-ray This May

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After their thrilling announcement that a remastered The House That Dripped Blood Blu-ray is coming soon, Scream Factory has added two other titles to their Blu-ray release slate this May: Doctor Blood's Coffin (1961) and The Vampire and the Ballerina (1960):

From Scream Factory: "We are now taking pre-orders for our upcoming release of two early 60’s shockers Doctor Blood’S Coffin and The Vampire And The Ballerina, both which make their Blu-ray format debuts in the U.S. & Canada this May!

Doctor Blood’S Coffin (Street Date: 5/15): After being dismissed from medical school because of his devious experiments, Doctor Peter Blood returns home to join his father's practice. He still believes he can create the perfect human, so he continues his experiments in an abandoned mine where he attempts to revive a rotting corpse. But Dr. Blood needs a living "donor" to create his "perfect human" and soon people
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Review: "Cyborg 2087" (1966) Starring Michael Rennie; Kino Lorber Blu-ray Release

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By Hank Reineke

Though often dismissed as a low-budget “Made for TV” feature, director Franklin Adreon’s Cyborg 2087 enjoyed a brief theatrical run prior to its debut on broadcast television in March of 1968. In April of 1967 the film was packaged alongside such similarly low-budgeted, independent features as Death Curse of Tartu, Sting of Death, and even a second Adreon “time travel” themed film, Dimension 5. Though this somewhat lackluster film seemed destined for relegation to the late-night drive-in horror movie circuit, Cyborg 2087 nonetheless displayed some small measure of staying power. That same summer, Adreon’s film was still making the rounds of the secondary flea-pit theater circuit, sometimes serving as the under bill to Sidney J. Furie’s contemporary political thriller The Naked Runner featuring Frank Sinatra.

Though he had worked on serials and a handful of feature films in the early stages of his career, director Adreon was laboring
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The Forgotten: Sidney J. Furie's "During One Night" (1961)

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According to the story he himself tells in the documentary series Hollywood, UK, Canadian filmmaker Sidney J. Furie came to England to take part in the British new wave, whose films he admired. First, he had to pay his dues with nonsense like Dr. Blood's Coffin, The Snake Woman and The Young Ones (starring pop singer Cliff Richard), but eventually, with The Leather Boys in 1964, he was able to make the kind of dynamic working-class social realism he'd been admiring from afar (Rita Tushingham's presence in the cast provides the stamp of authenticity).But During One Night (1961) shows Furie working on a small-scale independent film that has more in common with his mid-sixties work than it does with the cheesy exploitation movies he marked time on, and its date shows how quick off the mark Furie must have been: Look Back in Anger only hit cinemas in 1959, and by '61 Furie was in Britain,
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Awfully Good Movies - Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (Video)

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Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) Director: Sidney J. Furie Stars: Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Margot Kidder With the Justice League making their anticipated cinematic debut, and Superman rising back from the dead to join them (Spoiler Alert, my ass), Awfully Good Movies returns to finally tackle the movie that kicked Superman off the big screen for nearly 20 years, as Christopher Reeve... Read More...
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The Forgotten: Stanley Donen's "Arabesque" (1966)

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In a sense, Arabesque (1966) is a sort of warmed-over rehash of Donen's earlier Charade (1963), which was a really nifty mock-Hitchcockian comedy thriller with Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant. The later film stars Gregory Peck, who's no Grant, and Sophia Loren, who isn't Hepburn but is Loren—which ain't nothing.Donen was reputedly highly unhappy with the script, despite being the movie's producer, and his cinematographer Christopher Challis records him saying that their only hope was to present the story in as stylish and eccentric a manner as possible: this, for the most part, they do. (A pretty-well identical tale is told of Sidney J. Furie and The Ipcress File, and the result is similar in each case: a pop-art expressionist fairyland London in which everyone is or might be a spy or double or treble agent.)The opening scene, in which George Coulouris is murdered at the optician with poisoned eyedrops,
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Cinema Rediscovered 2017. "The Entity" (or To Be A Woman Is To Be Born In A Venus Fly Trap)

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Kofo Owokoniran was a participant on this year's inaugural Film Critics Day workshop at the Cinema Rediscovered film festival in Bristol and Clevedon in the U.K. Cinema Rediscovered is a celebration of the finest new digital restorations, contemporary classics and film print rarities from across the globe. 15 early career and aspiring film critics took part in a full day workshop looking at the state of things for film criticism in the U.K. and beyond. They each produced a written or visual piece of criticism around the films in the program. Further examples of their work, as well as information about the program, can be found on the Cinema Rediscovered Blog.Having seen Sidney J. Furie’s entry into the 80s lexicon of horror, for the first time at the Cinema Rediscovered film festival in Bristol, it occurs to me that The Entity (1982) could be considered timeless. Not for
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Hollywood Studios' First Gay Romantic Drama Back on the Big Screen

'Making Love': Groundbreaking romantic gay drama returns to the big screen As part of its Anniversary Classics series, Laemmle Theaters will be presenting Arthur Hiller's groundbreaking 1982 romantic drama Making Love, the first U.S. movie distributed by a major studio that focused on a romantic gay relationship. Michael Ontkean, Harry Hamlin, and Kate Jackson star. The 35th Anniversary Screening of Making Love will be held on Saturday, June 24 – it's Gay Pride month, after all – at 7:30 p.m. at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre on Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills. The movie will be followed by a Q&A session with Harry Hamlin, screenwriter Barry Sandler, and author A. Scott Berg, who wrote the “story” on which the film is based. 'Making Love' & What lies beneath In this 20th Century Fox release – Sherry Lansing was the studio head at the time – Michael Ontkean plays a
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16 Films That Are 'Die Hard on a...'

Tim George Jun 10, 2019

Under Siege! Toy Soldiers! Cliffhanger! Speed! And the many other films that owe Die Hard a debt of gratitude...

The release of Die Hard in 1988 inaugurated a new trend in Hollywood action movies in which a new breed of everyman action hero faced off against terrorists in confined location. Between the one-man army action flicks of the eighties and the superheroes of the noughts, the Die Hard model was the action formula of record.

One of the main reasons for this success was that the formula was familiar yet flexible. All you needed was a location, a vaguely everyman hero, and a villain intent on (mostly) financial gain. Although the heyday of these movies was over twenty years ago, their influence endures to this day. Let’s take a look back…

It’s Die Hard… in a boarding school! Toy Soldiers

“Great, the school gets taken over
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The Bottom Shelf: Troll 2, Phantasm, The Entity

Nick Aldwinckle Jun 5, 2017

We round up the latest horror-tinged Blu-ray and DVD releases....

So, after a brief hiatus, it turns out a lot’s happened in the few months between these round ups. A snap general election has been called, terror has struck at the heart of Manchester and a scandal approaching Watergate levels has hit the U.S presidency. More importantly, Troll 2 has finally come to UK Netflix and is the cherry on the cake made entirely of a series of kind of wonderful, kind of… not films on DVD and Bluray.

So, 1990’s Troll 2, you may or may not be aware of, is generally regarded as one of the very greatest 'so bad it’s good' movies. There are many worse (The Rollerblade Seven or Gary Oldman little person rom-com Tiptoes come to mind), though it’s difficult to think of many other truly awful movies
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Movie Poster of the Week: The Posters of Stanislav Vajce

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Above: Czech poster for Once Upon a Time in the West (Sergio Leone, Italy, 1968).As I’m sure I’ve said before, the world of Czech movie posters is never less than an embarrassment of riches. I keep discovering new artists that I was never aware of previously, all with an impressive body of work behind them. The other day, as I was looking through the new acquisitions of my favorite poster shop, Posteritati, I came across this striking poster for Once Upon a Time in the West: a fascinating combination of bold color, eccentric collage, pop art elements and unusual typography. I wasn’t aware of the name of Stanislav Vajce before that but a quick search on the store's website and elsewhere revealed a wild array of some of the most exciting and inventive Czech posters I have seen in a while. As with so many of
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The plot of Hitchcock’s North by Northwest was suggested by this spy film.

The Man Who Never Was I Was Monty’s Double Odd Man Out Correct

Clifton Webb starred in Ronald Neame’s 1956 film
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Horror Highlights: Wizard World New Orleans 2017, Razor Reel Flanders Film Fest, Nitehawk Cinema, Attack Of The Lederhosen Zombies, The Eyes

Wizard World is coming to New Orleans January 6th–8th! Many artists and personalities will be in attendance, including some of our favorites from The Walking Dead! Also in today's Highlights: a call for Razor Reel Film Festival 2017 entries, Nitehawk Cinema's "Because I'm Evil" midnite series screenings, a trailer for Attack of the Lederhosen Zombies, and acquisition details for The Eyes.

Wizard World New Orleans 2017: Press Release: "New Orleans, December 20, 2016 - From TV magicians “Masters of Illusion” to personalities Montel Williams, Kato Kaelin and “Chumlee” of “Pawn Stars” fame to a varied lineup of exciting dance, music, art and other options, Wizard World (Otcbb: Wizd) today announced the highlights of its new non-stop entertainment lineup at Wizard World Comic Con New Orleans, January 6-8, 2017, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The initiative, designed to keep the show floor buzzing throughout the weekend, will feature national and local acts of all kinds,
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Little Fauss and Big Halsy

Redford's back and Pollard's got him! Or is it Lauren Hutton? Sidney J. Furie fully earns his shaky reputation with this motorcycle buddy picture. Most of the energy seems to have gone into the deal, not the movie. Great cinematography, but it's for fans that want to look at a shirtless Sundance Kid. I know you're out there. Little Fauss and Big Halsy Blu-ray Olive Films 1970 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 99 min. / Street Date October 18, 2016 / available through the Olive Films website / 29.98 Starring Robert Redford, Michael J. Pollard, Lauren Hutton, Noah Beery Jr., Lucille Benson, Ray Ballard, Linda Gaye Scott, Erin O'Reilly. Cinematography Ralph Woolsey Film Editor Argyle Nelson Jr. Art Direction Lawrence G. Paull Songs Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Carl Perkins Written by Charles Eastman Produced by Albert S. Ruddy Directed by Sidney J. Furie

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

I purposely didn't look up reviews for Little Fauss and Big Halsy before writing my own,
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16Mm Double Feature Night November 1st – The Entity and White Lightning

Join us for some old-school 16mm Movie Madness! – It’s our monthly 16Mm Double Feature Night at The Way Out Club (2525 Jefferson Avenue in St. Louis)! Join Tom Stockman and Roger from “Roger’s Reels’ for a double feature of two complete films projected on 16mm film. The show is Tuesday November 1st and starts at 8pm. Admission is Free though we will be setting out a jar to take donations for the National Children’s Cancer Society.

First up is The Entity (1982)

The Entity is a very intense powerful supernatural thriller from 1982 about an invisible presence grabbing every opportunity to attack and sexually assault the main character played by Barbara Hershey, a single mom with a checkered sexual past. One night after coming home to her kids, she is attacked and raped by an invisible intruder she can’t see. Later that night the house starts vibrating, so Carla
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