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April 28th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Elvira: Mistress Of The Dark, The Lost Continent, The McPherson Tape

April 28th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Elvira: Mistress Of The Dark, The Lost Continent, The McPherson Tape
Well, we made it through another month everyone, but before we bid farewell to April, we’ve got one last batch of horror and sci-fi home media releases to look forward to this week. Arrow Video is keeping busy with their Special Edition Blus for both The Wind and Elvira: Mistress of the Dark and Scream Factory is showing The Last Continent some love, too. Agfa and Bleeding Skull have put together a must-own release of The McPherson Tape and if you’ve never had a chance to check out Gutterballs, the cult classic is headed to both Blu-ray and DVD this Tuesday courtesy of Unearthed Films.

Other releases for April 28th include Deadline (1980), The Backlot Murders, Olivia Aka Double Jeopardy/Prozzie, The Dark Red, Dreamkatcher, and Malabimba: Uncensored.

Elvira: Mistress of the Dark: Special Edition

She’s back! Elvira, Horrorland’s hostess with the mostest, finally busts out on
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Gerard Schurmann, Film and Concert Composer, Dies at 96

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Gerard Schurmann, Film and Concert Composer, Dies at 96
Gerard Schurmann, whose 1960s film scores included “The Bedford Incident” and “Dr. Syn, Alias the Scarecrow” but who also composed extensively for the concert hall, died March 24 at his home in the Hollywood Hills. He was 96 and had recently been in declining health.

Schurmann’s death was announced by his music publisher, Novello & Co. Ltd., in London. Said James Rushton, head of Novello’s Wise Music Group: “Gerard will be much missed – a man and musician of the highest caliber, who expressed himself, whether through his music or in conversation, with the firmest conviction. He understood so very well about writing for the orchestra, and for instruments generally, but unusually knew how to employ the orchestra both in the concert hall and also for film. He wrote for both with such facility.”

The composer’s death came just a few months after Chandos released a collection of newly recorded suites from his film work,
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Scream Factory Announces Blu-ray Releases for The Curse Of The Werewolf, The Spider, The Lost Continent, and Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter

  • DailyDead
In addition to revealing a Collector's Edition Blu-ray release for John Carpenter's Escape From L.A., Scream Factory is also kicking off a new year of horror home media releases with Blu-ray announcements for The Spider (aka Earth vs. the Spider) and the Hammer films The Curse of the Werewolf, Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter, and The Lost Continent.

All four new Blu-rays are due out in April, and while full special features will be revealed at a later time, we have Scream Factory's official announcements and cover art below:

The Curse of the Werewolf Collector's Edition Blu-ray: "Our love for Hammer Films continues into the new year with an upgraded version of The Curse Of The Werewolf! Details we have at this time are as follows:

• National street date for North America (Region A) is 4/21/2020.

• This is being presented as a Collector’s Edition release and will come guaranteed with
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Dr. Terror’S House Of Horrors (1965)

Welcome my friends, to the stories that always end…usually in a tidy 15 or 20 minutes to be precise. Yes, we’re back in anthology land with a title that became Amicus’ modus operandi (and money makers) for the next decade, Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors (1965). While this isn’t my favorite Amicus omnibus (it’s still good!), it is their first and credit shall be paid.

Released Stateside in late February by Paramount, Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors did very well with audiences, giving Amicus a reliable hook for their future releases; while they didn’t focus solely on portmanteaus (they released The Skull the same year), those did become what they were known for.

And rightly so; Dr. Terror sets up a formula that works: well known horror actors in short bursts of terror and humor, easy to digest. This one starts us off on a British passenger train
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He-man And The Masters Of The Universe Gets Reimagined as a 1940s Style Film

Here's a great fan-made video created by Darth Blender that shows us what the classic 80s cartoon series He-Man and the Masters of the Universe would have been like had it been made in the 1940s as a live-action film. This video actually turned out really cool and it's fun to see the films that the creator used to create this trailer. I especially enjoyed the characters from the old films that were used for the He-Man villains. They all worked so perfectly! I included a list of films used to cut this trailer together below the video. If you're a fan of He-Man, you're going to get a kick out of this!

The films uses include:

Birds of Paradise (1932)

The Lost Jungle (1934)

Mad Love (1935)

Flash Gordon (1938)

Alexander Nevsky (1938)

The Wolfman (1941)

Spy Smasher (1942)

The Crimson Ghost (1946)

The Lost Continent (1949)

Captain Z-Ro (1951 - 1956)

The Lost Planet (1953)

Creature from the Black Lagoon
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Crypt of Curiosities: The Mummies of Hammer Horror

Here’s a spicy hot take—I’m as far as one could get from excited for Universal’s new film The Mummy. This isn’t exactly the movie’s fault, per se, as much as it is the world the movie inhabits, a sort of bizarro realm where a Brian Tyler-scored Tom Cruise action spectacle that’s meant to lay the groundwork for a Marvel-style cinematic universe, complete with Dr. Jekyll in the role of Nick Fury, is the most commercially viable way to make a movie about an ancient mummy’s curse. Now, I can see why the film’s being made, and you can’t exactly fault a studio for wanting to chase the money train that is the McU, but personally, I couldn’t care less about the picture being released. Because when I think of mummies, I don’t think of Tom Cruise, or Brendan Fraser,
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Oscar’S Year Of Visual Effects, and The Art Of Seeing And Believing

If you have been living and routinely interacting with other human beings over the last month, you’ve probably heard one or two words involving this year’s Academy Awards and the heated controversy over the startling lack of both films and people of color among the nominees. Personally, I think that the real focus of concern ought to be less on the back end-- awards handed out for films which were financed and/or studio-approved, scheduled for production and filmed perhaps as much as two or three years ago-- and more on addressing the lack of cultural and intellectual and experiential diversity among those who have the power to make the decisions as to what films get made in the first place. This is no sure-fire way to ensure that there will be a richer and more consistent representation of diverse creative voices when it comes time for Hollywood
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Randall Sensational in Pal Fantasy That Won Early Special Academy Award for Make-Up

'7 Faces of Dr. Lao' with Tony Randall. '7 Faces of Dr. Lao' movie: 'Things are not as they seem' Director George Pal's 7 Faces of Dr. Lao surprises on multiple levels: its witty screenplay by Twilight Zone writer Charles Beaumont, an odd assortment of well-defined characters, a bravura performance by Tony Randall, and some of the best special effects of that time. In the film, a strange traveling magician drifts into a small western American town, announcing that he is bringing with him a “Magic Circus.” Calling himself Dr. Lao, the eccentric Chinese character places an ad in the local newspaper and makes friends with the editor. But things are not as they seem. When the Magic Circus magically appears, Dr. Lao changes appearances and personalities, interfering in the lives of everyone in the community. Love with the properly repressed widow John Ericson plays the handsome newspaperman who rebels
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Batman, Superman & More Now Available on Warner Archive Instant!

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World’s Finest Heroes – in an Instant!

Warner Archive Instant Now Streaming The New Adventures of Batman & The New Adventures of Superman; Filmation’s AquamanComing in June

Warner Archive Instant (Wai) Now Available with Airplay on AppleTV; Free Two-Week Wai Trial Membership Open to Everyone

Continuing to make available rare and hard-to-find classic films, TV movies and TV series, Warner Archive Instant is now streaming 50 animated episodes of The New Adventures of Batman& The New Adventures of Superman, with the animated Aquaman series making its debut this June on the popular streaming service.

Warner Archive Instant (Wai) is now even easier to incorporate into your digital life through Airplay on AppleTV. Simply download the app and log in for access to hundreds of films and TV series episodes running the gamut from fanboy favorites and cult classics to some of the finest films
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The Indiana Jones films that never were

Feature Simon Brew 31 Jan 2014 - 07:04

There are currently four Indiana Jones movies, and some might say that's one too many. But what about the Indy movies that never were?

For a new Indiana Jones movie to go forward, it requires a degree of agreement amongst three people who don't seem to have a habit of agreeing very much. Basically, Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford and George Lucas all have to say yes, else the project stalls, and a different approach is taken.

As a consequence of this, there's a trail of unmade Indiana Jones films that failed to get the necessary unanimous agreement. The ingredients of some of them would find their way into others, and some ideas would never be returned to. Here then is a whistle-stop tour of the Indiana Jones movies that never were...

Indiana Jones and the Haunted Mansion

We'll start with the one we know the least about.
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Geek Girl Navigating the World – It’s “Elementary” why I like CBS’s take on Sherlock Holmes

  • Boomtron
Sherlock Holmes is one of those characters that just seems to spark endless fascination and inspire people to reimagine him almost constantly. Never mind that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle found him so tiresome that he tried to definitively kill him off in The Final Problem. By then, Holmes had reached such popularity that killing him off couldn’t really work. Even now, Holmes seems to resurface in popularity every few years and gets resurrected once again to become the centerpiece of another slew of adaptations.

Of course, Americans being Americans, we just can’t seem to let the excellent “Sherlock” starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman stand. Nope. We’ve got to have a Sherlock of our own, or, well, if he’s not precisely our own, at the very least he’s going to get partially Americanized to serve our own purposes. I’m not necessarily a big fan
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Reviews: Hammer Blu-rays, M.R. James BBC Ghost Stories Vol.5, Wallenberg

Hammer Blu-rays The Devil Rides Out (1968, dir. Terence Fisher)

Hammer applies its trademark Gothic veneer with considerably greater care than usual in this, the second and best of the company's three stabs at the satanic stylings of author Dennis Wheatley. Christopher Lee comes over to the light for a rare foray as central hero the Duc de Richleau, teaming up with friend Rex van Rijn (Leon Greene) to prevent the evil Satanist Mocata (Charles Gray) from enmeshing the son of his old friend (Patrick Mower) into a devil-worshipping cult.

The Devil Rides Out is perhaps best remembered for what Lee argues in his commentary to be Hammer's most enduring image, that of our heroes fighting a series of spectral and psychological nemeses from within the protective confines of a ritual circle. And yet the most chilling scene contains no special effects, but is instead a simple conversation between the wife
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Cinema Retro Goes Underground To Cover Hammer Horror Screenings In London

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By Mark Mawston

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Cinema Retro is always on the lookout for classic and cult movies being screened in unique ways by film clubs and societies. We seem to have found one that could really top them all- literally at a dead end!

I learned about The Flicker Club via the B-Movie Podcast (www.bmoviecast.com) recently and I was intrigued. This February they ran a short season of Hammer Films. Nothing exceptional about that, you may say, bar the fact that they have screened rarities such as The Reptile, The Witches and the obscure The Lost Continent. If that wasn’t enough, in conjunction with Hammer, they screened the newly restored Dracula from 1958 with found footage that was missing for decades.. However- wonderful though this is - it is the location and the way in which the Flicker Club screened these gems that elevates them beyond the norm.
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Hammer Announces Global Film Restoration Project

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In a landmark collaboration, Hammer today announced that Studiocanal, Anolis Entertainment (Germany), Pinewood, illuminate Hollywood fka Htv and others are coming together to undertake a major restoration of the iconic Hammer film library. The project will bring over 30 movies into HD format for Blu-ray and new media exploitation in the 21st Century. This represents substantial investment by Hammer and its key partner Studiocanal, and is testimony to the extraordinary regard with which the Hammer legacy is held internationally, with some materials for the project being provided by Hammer’s original Us production partners Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Bros. and Paramount Pictures.

Dracula Prince of Darkness is the first title scheduled for release in the global restoration project and will be released in the UK in conjunction with Studiocanal in March 2012. The partnership continues throughout the spring for the releases of The Reptile and The Plague of The Zombies, and
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Hammer to Restore Horror Classics for Preservation

There's no doubt about it ... when it comes to horror, few studios are as synonymous with the genre as Hammer. The long and rich history they have with some of the world's greatest monsters and movies is nothing short of legendary, and they're looking to take steps to preserve these gems for many generations to come!

From the Press Release

In a landmark collaboration, Hammer today announced that Studiocanal, Anolis Entertainment (Germany), Pinewood, illuminate Hollywood fka Htv, and others are coming together to undertake a major restoration of the iconic Hammer film library. The project will bring over 30 movies into HD format for Blu-ray and new media exploitation in the 21st Century. This represents substantial investment by Hammer and its key partner, Studiocanal, and is testimony to the extraordinary regard with which the Hammer legacy is held internationally, with some materials for the project being provided by Hammer’s original
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Daily Briefing. Before Sunrise/Sunset 3quel

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I haven't seen a newsy item excite so many cinephiles in quite a while. Talking to Allocine, Ethan Hawke has let on that a followup to the delightfully Rohmeresque films he's made with Richard Linklater and Julie Delpy, Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, may be in the works. The Playlist's Simon Dang has the full video interview and has helpfully transcribed the money quote: "Well, I don't know what we're going to do but I know the three of us have been talking a lot in the last six months. All of three of us have been having similar feelings that we're ready to revisit those characters. There's nine years between the first two movies and, if we made the film next summer, it would be nine years again so we're really started thinking that would be a good thing to do. We're going to try write it this year.
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Playboy Playmate Cynthia Myers Dies: Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls Star

Model and actress Cynthia Myers, a 1968 Playboy Playmate, died Nov. 4. She was 61. Hugh Hefner announced her death on Twitter: “I’m saddened by the news of the passing of beloved Playmate Cynthia Myers, Miss December 1968.” No details about the cause of death have been released yet. Myers' movie roles were few. She reportedly had a bit part as a native girl in The Lost Continent (1968) and an undetermined one in Sydney Pollack's They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969), a psychological drama set during the Great Depression, and starring Jane Fonda and Michael Sarrazin. In 1970, Myers entered the annals of cult movie history when she was cast as one of the leads in Russ Meyer's Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, written by Roger Ebert and co-starring fellow Playboy Playmate Dolly Read and fashion model Marcia McBroom. Hardly one of the most well-regarded movies ever made, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
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New at Tfh: Stuart Gordon on Cannibal Holocaust!

Who’s hungry?

One of the most brutal and controversial horror films of all time, Ruggero Deodato’s fake snuff movie is heavily influenced by the makers of Mondo Cane. Banned in many countries due to inexcusable animal cruelty and all-too-realistic-looking gore scenes, it has been hailed as an anti-imperialist media expose and condemned as racist torture porn. Shot on location in the Amazon with a “found footage” format, it presages both The Blair Witch Project and that most terrifying of modern horrors, The Reality Show.

Click here to watch the trailer.

Just for posterity:

And, of course, the whole “found footage” angle has become quite a thing in modern horror film making (there’s one opening this weekend!); I’m still largely baffled by the phenomenon. It occasionally makes sense; it’s occasionally great. (Find Troll Hunter as a recent success).

Mostly though, the genre doesn’t really work for me.
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Avp Lawsuit Comes to End for Writer

And today's lesson ... Sometimes it's better to leave well enough alone. Or at least make damn sure you're in the right! In case you didn't know, a writer has been in litigation with 20th Century Fox, accusing the studio of stealing his script for Alien vs. Predator. Why anyone would want to put his name on that mess is beyond us, but in any event the verdict is in ...

As per The Hollywood Reporter:

In another sign that Hollywood studios are willing to go to the mat against writers who dare claim to have their ideas stolen, 20th Century Fox has won $40,000 in attorneys' fees from a writer who sued the studio in 2009 over Alien vs. Predator.

James Muller, who is now claiming insolvency, had alleged his script, titled The Lost Continent, bore striking resemblance to 2004's Alien vs. Predator. Both screenplays told the story of a battle between extraterrestrial creatures,
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Stills We Love: The Lost Continent

Damsels in distress on The Lost Continent? Stills We Love to the rescue!

You do not pass up a good damsels-in-distress photo, especially one from the weird monsterpalooza that is The Lost Continent. Just look at this:

Click to entangle yourself with a bigger version.

Damsels-in-distress stills are always popular. I remember when I used to buy stills from a New York outfit called Movie Star News, they had a whole subset of “bondage photos” consisting of pictures of trussed-up actresses (from mainstream movies, not “roughies”) in various states ranging from terror and/or hysteria to outright boredom. Lots of gagged girls tied to chairs in old warehouses, mostly from B pictures.

Today’s subject: British actress Suzanna Leigh enveloped in the tentacles (?) of one of the weirdo monsters from this most atypical Hammer production based on Dennis Wheatley’s novel Uncharted Seas–which one of the characters is seen reading on camera.
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