Podcast Playlist: HMPOD.com #107

Mark and Jerry return to the HMPod with Episode #107, featuring Iron Man 3, Star Trek Into Darkness, Alpha Girls and Wes Craven Part 1!



Wes Craven retrospective begins now

A gracious good day to our lovely listeners. This is episode 107 of the mighty Horror Movie Show, hosted as ever by Jerry and Mark. While there are undoubted gems of wisdom contained in this episode, be warned that there are also spoilers — particularly about the new Star Trek Into Darkness movie. Thou hast been warnéd.

Two of the summer movie season’s biggest blockbusters are now but fading memories. In an unprecedented move, Mark and Jerry compare the metal-suited superhero in Iron Man 3 an the second outing for J.J. Abrams‘ reboot of Star Trek. Is it even possible to put these behemoths up against each, phaser & photon torpedos versus whatever the hell it is that shoots out of Iron Man’s palms? Of course it is. Don’t be silly. They’re just movies.

Next up is the low-budget, devil-worshiping sorority sister story of Alpha Girls. Written and directed by Johnny Zito and Tony Trov, this little flick features a bevy of scream queens and the hirsute, doughy lothario Ron Jeremy. Let the paddling begin!

This episode also devotes a sizeable chunk of time to the early movies directed by horror favourite Wes Craven. (The director’s middle and later years will be featured in the next two episodes.) The Last House on the Left, the original version of The Hills Have Eyes and the veggie-man feature Swamp Thing are all examined. Now hold your nose, dive into the foetid dampness that is The Horror Movie Show & be sure to eat your greens.
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Dead Calm (1989)

John and Rae Ingram set off on the high seas to escape the death of their child, but they quickly enter troubled waters after rescuing a stranger from a sinking vessel in the 1989 suspense-thriller, DEAD CALM! Phillip Noyce directs based on the novel by Charles Williams, which keeps the tension high as a fearful Rae is left to defend herself using any means necessary against the madman who has left her husband to die out in the open water. Sam Neill and Nicole Kidman star as the quick-witted and resourceful couple in a pair of winning performances. They are trumped by a crazed Billy Zane, who's wild-eyed insanity teeters between his loving infatuation for Rae and his mindless rage. Noyce brings his audience to the edge of their seats in a number of sickeningly tight shots that strike an immediate sense of fear and anxiety. The same can certainly be said for the claustrophobic scene in which Sam Neill is left to siphon air through a pipe as he attempts to escape from a sinking ship. The only major detractors are the lack of motive behind Zane's madness, and an over-the-top ending that falls way beyond belief. DEAD CALM is an otherwise exciting and intense excursion in to psychological suspense!

Rating: 7/10.

Movies like DEAD CALM:
THE DEEP, CAPE FEAR, NIGHT OF THE HUNTER.

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Arthur C. Clarke Comes Home This July!

Visual Entertainment Incorporated
Proudly Presents
Arthur C. Clarke: The Complete Collection

Acclaimed Sci-fi Author Sir Arthur C. Clarke Investigates History’s
Greatest Paranormal Mysteries From Around the Globe… and Beyond

Quintessential Sci-Fi Documentary Series Available for the 1st Time in
Any Home Entertainment Format, July 9th

TORONTO, ON - May 30, 2013 - For the first time in any home entertainment format anywhere in the cosmos is this out-of-this-world exploration of the universe’s most bizarre and seemingly inexplicable mysteries in Arthur C. Clarke: The Complete Collection, available July 9 in a special collector’s set from Visual Entertainment, Inc. (VEI).

Hosted by acclaimed sci-fi author Sir Arthur C. Clarke (2001: A Space Odyssey), Arthur C. Clarke: The Complete Collection investigates the inexplicable, abnormal and mind-boggling wonders of the world. Included in the set are three popular, documentary series originally aired on Britain’s ITV network.

Mysterious World (1980), narrated by author, actor and newscaster Gordon Honeycomb (Then She Was Gone, The Medusa Touch), looks at unexplained phenomena from Stonehenge to the Loch Ness Monster. Narrated by English journalist Anna Ford, World of Strange Powers (1985) investigates goose bump-raising paranormal activity from haunted houses to magical spirits. Mysterious Universe (1995), narrated by British TV personality Carol Vorderman, examines mystical secrets from the ancient world.

In each episode, Clarke tackles the daunting task of finding a reasonable explanation for some of the most bizarre phenomena ever known to mankind from such “mysteries of the first kind” as solar eclipses to the more inexplicable, including messages from beyond the grave, the stigmata, lost planets, UFOs and zombies … Making Arthur C. Clarke: The Complete Collection a must-have for every science-fiction fan!

INCLUDES: 52 episodes on eight discs (approx. 22 hours). Arthur C. Clarke: The Complete Collection is presented in its original full screen format (aspect ratio: 4x3) and 2.1 stereo.
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Podcast Playlist: Monster Island Resort #100

When it comes to indepth, critical, and thought-provoking commentary on Horror in history, literature, art, film and beyond, one can do no better than the Monster Island Resort Podcast, hosted by San Diego's own Miguel Rodriguez. Miguel is an invaluable asset to the Horror scene in Southern California, as he hosts San Diego's first and only Horror Film Festival, Horrible Imaginings, amongst his many other monthly events and tireless efforts within the genre. Please welcome Miguel to the Podcast Playlist with his 100th episode:

#100: Science Special!


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Monster Island Resort Podcast: Episode #100 Science Special!

It’s my 100th episode! What better way to celebrate than with a combination of scifi-horror and real science! Europe’s CERN Laboratory (short for the Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire, which I did NOT attempt to butcher in this episode), which houses the monumental Large Hadron Collider (LHC) recently pulled double duty as the location for a zombie film called DECAY–which was written, directed, and acted in by several CERN employees!

I was joined by accelerator physicist and DECAY writer-director Luke Thompson to discuss physics, CERN, and the experience of making a horror film containing one of our generation’s most thrilling scientific achievements. I am very excited to bring you an extra special 100th episode! You can watch DECAY for free here:



In other news, my friend Ken J. Hall just released his Horror Workout with legendary scream queen Linnea Quiggley on DVD! In this 80′s horror spoof of workout videos, we get a look at all the fitness activities necessary for the most wild horror and slasher situations! This release includes new commentary from Linnea and director Kenneth J. Hall, as well as brand new cast and crew interviews! Check it out here: www.horrorworkout.com!

Finally, I want to publicly say goodbye to my dear dog Cheswick. May you run, nap, and lick too many palms in doggie heaven.
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The Terror Returns in 'Insidious: Chapter 2' This September

FILMDISTRICT PRESENTS

INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2

Directed by James Wan
Written by Leigh Whannell

Starring the returning original cast: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne,
Lin Shaye, Barbara Hershey, Angus Sampson and Ty Simpkins

LOS ANGELES, CA - May 30, 2013 - This September, on Friday the 13th, FilmDistrict will release "Insidious: Chapter 2" nationwide. The famed horror team of director James Wan and writer Leigh Whannell reunite with the original cast of Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Barbara Hershey and Ty Simpkins in INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2, a terrifying sequel to the acclaimed horror film, which follows the haunted Lambert family as they seek to uncover the mysterious childhood secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world. Read The Full Post HERE!

Teen Wolf: Season 2 (2012)

The world has changed for Scott and his group of friends after defeating the werewolf that had set out to destroy them. As the new Alpha, Derek begins recruiting discarded teens in to his own wolf pack in preparation for the battle to come with the Argents. Meanwhile, Scott and Allison are ripped apart as her grandfather returns to avenge the death of his daughter. But now, a terrifying new creature has arrived that will threaten to destroy them all...

MTV's hit series returns in Teen Wolf: Season 2! While it is easy to dismiss the show at first glance, Teen Wolf is quick to prove that this is no TWILIGHT. Russell Mulcahy and his team of writers and directors have delivered on the Horror in a slickly produced and surprisingly entertaining series that is filled with fast-paced action, unexpected twists, and steamy romance. The creature design and skilled make-up work that are used to bring the deadly Kanima to life are top of the line, as the series continues to root itself in practical effects whenever possible.

Season 2 introduces a number of key players into the unfolding drama between the two clans, particularly in the scheming patriarch of the Argent family: Gerard. Michael Hogan plays the part perfectly as the keen manipulator who will stop at nothing to see Scott, Derek, and the rest of the pack destroyed. His part in luring Allison in to the family business is essential, to say the least. Crystal Reed gives an added depth to her character this season as she is transformed from the swooning teenager in to a hardened warrior. Unfortunately, we see very little growth in many of the other male leads, who seem to be caught in an emotionless void as they are drawn in to the same stereotypical lines of action and reaction episode after episode. Whether it is was intended this way or not, Tyler Posey comes off as a rather dopey hero, as Scott is frequently looked down upon for his overall lack of intelligence and indecisiveness. Dylan O'Brien is given few opportunities to break away from his silly antics as Stiles, while Tyler Hoechlin and Colton Haynes remain rigid in their stifled performances. Linden Ashby and JR Bourne help to carry the kids, as the older generation should.

This season starts of strongly enough, with a quick hook in the first three episodes that will keep audiences glued. Things taper off mid-season as the plot and characters become more widespread and diluted, before coming back for a big finish. Fans of the series will not be disappointed, while newcomers can join in on the action with relative ease as Scott and the gang take over the night in Teen Wolf: Season 2.

Rating: 7/10.

Television Shows Like Teen Wolf:
SUPERNATURAL, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, HEMLOCK GROVE.

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The Antichrist is Among Us: An 'Omen' Retrospective

The stage is set for the final battle between heaven and hell in The Omen, from 1976! With the birth of Damien, the world may be at its end, but he will be wrought through a series of tests in the first sequel before his inevitable rise to power in the thrilling conclusion, Final Conflict. Another unrelated sequel would follow in 1991 as The Awakening, while Fox would benefit from the timely release of The Omen remake on 6/6/06. I Like Horror Movies recounts all five films in tonight's feature, The Antichrist is Among Us: An 'Omen' Retrospective.

The Omen (1976)

The newly-appointed ambassador to England begins to suspect that his changeling son may actually be the spawn of Satan after a rash of unexplained deaths suddenly overtake his family in THE OMEN. Evil has taken a new form, that of an innocent child who is unaware of the sinister fate that surrounds him. THE OMEN is a fitting follow-up to ROSEMARY'S BABY, as it shares the same underlying sense of delusion and paranoia. We can never really be certain as to whether or not Damien truly is the son of the devil, although we are clearly being swayed in one direction by Jerry Goldsmith's operatic score and the overwhelming amount of evidence laid before us. Still, the deaths of Damien's nanny and the others can just as easily be dismissed as unfortunate coincidences, which makes Robert Thorn's ultimate decision that much more suspenseful in the end. Young Harvey Stephens is expertly cast as Damien. He is sweet and naive, and even if we are to presume that he is the devil in the flesh, we can't bear to see any harm come to him. Gregory Peck provides a genre-defining role as the grief-stricken Robert Thorn. Even in his more outlandish moments, he commands the screen. Director Richard Donner also strikes an even balance between the growing tension and outright shocks within the film. An all-time classic, to say the least.

Rating: 9/10.

Damien: The Omen 2 (1978)


Damien Thorn is placed in the care of his uncle, the owner of Thorn Industries, after the untimely deaths of his parents. As he approaches his thirteenth birthday, the demonic forces at work will stop at nothing to see the Antichrist rise to power, meaning death to all those who oppose him! The next thrilling chapter in THE OMEN series is an excellent continuation of Damien's story. Damien is just coming to understand his own powers, but he has not yet accepted the role of the destructor. As a budding adolescent, he is caught between the innocence of childhood and the unholy destiny that awaits him. Jonathan Scott-Taylor embodies these dual personas beautifully, allowing the audience to relate to the unfortunate circumstances that surround him though they despise the growing evil that dwells within him. This is only achieved through Don Taylor's deliberately slow pace and a character-driven story arch. Academy Award winner William Holden also offers a dignified performance as Richard Thorn, while Jerry Goldsmith returns with another powerful score. The scene is now set for the Antichrist to come to full power in THE OMEN 3: FINAL CONFLICT.

Rating: 8/10.

Final Conflict: The Omen 3 (1981)


The battle between good and evil will now be decided in THE OMEN 3: THE FINAL CONFLICT! Damien Thorn has eased his way in to political power through the international peace missions of his company, Thorn Industries, but with each step closer to the presidency, Damien's plans for world domination near completion. There is only one power that can stop him now: The second coming of Christ, whose rebirth is marked by the alignment of three stars in the heavens. Now, Damien seeks to destroy The Nazarene while corrupting as many souls as he can in the process!

Director Graham Baker follows the same relaxed pace in THE FINAL CONFLICT as we have seen in the first two OMEN films, but unfortunately, his timely approach never pays off. There is no 'final conflict,' as the title suggests. Instead, the series stops short with a disappointing and anticlimactic finale. That isn't to say that this third entry is entirely without merit, however. Sam Neill steps straight out of the Book of Revelations with his frightening portrayal of the Antichrist. He is handsome and charming, yet behind every crooked smile, we can see his sinister intent. Neill delivers several earth-shattering monologues that are sure to make even non-believers uncomfortable. THE FINAL CONFLICT also boasts some of the darkest moments in the series, including Damien's plan to rid England of all male children born on March 24th in the hopes of killing the Christ child. As the closing chapter to the original lineage, THE OMEN 3 is a worthwhile addition to the series, though the abrupt ending and condensed storytelling leave something to be desired.

Rating: 7/10.

The Omen 4: The Awakening (1991)


All the York's ever wanted was a little girl, but they will get more than they bargained for when they adopt young Delia into the family... A number of strange deaths lead Mrs. York to suspect that there is something terribly wrong with her new daughter, but the truth is more horrifying than she could ever imagine! This ill-conceived rebirth of THE OMEN series wreaks of bad television, with comically overacted characters abound and plenty of artless direction. Nothing can be taken seriously in THE AWAKENING. It is made clear from the very beginning that Delia is evil, so the game isn't to find out whether or not she is truly the devil's daughter, but how and when she will strike next. That being the case, Asia Vieira plays the part well as the cunning and manipulative little liar. It is too bad the same can't be said for her adult counterparts. Some guilty pleasure can be found in the FINAL DESTINATION-like death scenes, but not enough to justify the rest of this tacky production.

Rating: 5/10.

The Omen (2006)


The opportunists at 20th Century Fox were finally given the perfect excuse for a major Hollywood remake on 6/6/2006, the day the Antichrist was reborn. THE OMEN comes as close to being a shot-for-shot remake as any film since Gus Van Sant's PSYCHO, which makes the motives behind the film's making that much more clear. None of the deaths serve to shock or surprise, when they are all taken directly from the original without any reworking. John Moore directs based on David Seltzer's earlier screenplay as well, with few variations. Just in case anyone had any doubts after the ambiguous ending of Richard Donner's film, Moore has hired the evilest looking actor he could possibly find to fill the role of Damien. This, along with the unnecessary nightmare sequences, strips away what little mystery and suspense were left. Instead, we are left with a boring retread of the same exact film as played by a half-hearted cast. Moore has given us no reason to choose to watch his version over the original, so it is best left forgotten.

Rating: 7/10.

See Also: Rosemary's Baby, The Exorcist, The Antichrist, 666: The Child.
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Paranormal Activity 4 (2012)

A new family begins experiencing strange happenings in their suburban home after taking in one of their son's playmates from across the street in PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4, the latest (and easily the worst) in the popular Horror franchise. The story has already strayed so far from the initial haunting that it is becoming a bore, especially when decreasing amounts of progress are made throughout each episode in revealing the secret occult origins behind the curse. The hand-held technique is no longer relevant, and it is used even more ineffectually when it comes to inciting any form of terror this time around, save for a single disturbing moment involving the Xbox Kinect in the living room. The "surprise" ending has been spoiled by casting Brady Allen as Robbie, who is far too evil from the very start. One can only hope that the series will either come to an end or take a dramatic shift in direction with the next film if they have any plans to continue.

Rating: 6/10.

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Art of the Devil (2004)

An evil curse is placed over an affluent family after their father discards his pregnant mistress in the Thai shocker, ART OF THE DEVIL. This seemingly straightforward revenge story quickly becomes entangled in twisted timelines and nondescript characters, which makes for a very disorienting viewing experience. On top of that, it is impossible to relate to anyone in the film, between the pitiless Boom, whose attempts to extort the family fail her, and the obnoxious teenagers that fall victim to her black magic. The weakening plot really only serves as a catalyst for the gory death scenes, which are really quite tame by Western standards. Only a single scene sticks out, in which one of the sons vomits up a stomach full of bloodied razorblades. The rest of the film is easily disposable, but was popular enough in Thailand to prompt a sequel the following year.

Rating: 4/10.

Movies like ART OF THE DEVIL:
WITCHCRAFT, AUDITION, WHISPERING CORRIDORS, BLOODY REUNION, CARVED, TOMIE.

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'Hidden in the Woods' Remake Strikes Deal at Cannes

BLANC BIEHN PRODUCTIONS LEAVES 2013
WITH DEAL FOR THE REMAKE OF

HIDDEN IN THE WOODS

CANNES, FR - May 28, 2013 - Blanc Biehn Productions announced today that it has entered into an agreement for the funding of their latest production, HIDDEN IN THE WOODS, the American remake of the controversial Chilean film which is set to star award-winning actor Michael Biehn and William Forsythe. The production deal was brokered and finalized at the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival this past week between Tapped producers Cody Hackman and Rob Freeman and Blanc Biehn Productions. HIDDEN IN THE WOODS will be a joint venture between Blanc Biehn Productions and Hackybox Pictures and is set to begin filming in early July in Houston, Texas.

The remake of HIDDEN IN THE WOODS will be directed by the original film’s director Patricio Valledares and produced by Jennifer Blanc-Biehn along with Loris Curci. WTFilms and Dimitri Stephanides are representing the film at Cannes.

"We are so thrilled to have investors like Hackybox Pictures who share our vision for this important subject matter," commented Biehn.

Added Blanc-Biehn, "We plan to donate proceeds from the film to five charities that relate to this very important subject matter of domestic violence. This is very important to all of us involved in the film.”

Based on the original, HIDDEN IN THE WOODS is the story of two sisters who’ve been raised in a remote area by an abusive father. After their father is jailed, they find they have to answer to their uncle, a drug kingpin who wants his missing product back -- no matter what the cost.

William Forsythe (The Rock, “Boardwalk Empire”) is set to play Uncle Costello and Biehn will play Oscar Crocker. Also joining the cast will be UFC® fighter Krzysztof Soszynski (known as “The Polish Experiment”) who recently worked with Michael Biehn on the MMA film Tapped.

At present, HIDDEN IN THE WOODS cast includes Biehn, Forsythe and Soszynski as well as Jeannine Kaspar (Iron Man, “House of Lies,”), Electra Avellan (Grindhouse, Machete) Mark Burnham (Wrong, Wrong Cops), Jennifer Blanc (The Victim, Wrong Cops), Cody Hackman (Tapped, Severed Connection) and Richard Gunn (“Granite Flats,” For the Love of Money).
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Podcast Playlist: HMPod.com Episode 106

I Like Horror Movies is happy to introduce Mark and Jerry of HMPod.com fame to our loyal readers as part of our new Podcast Playlist, featuring the latest episodes from each of our favorite podcasts! Mark and Jerry produce a wonderful show that pools decades of Horror trivia together with their dry wit and playful banter. With no further adieu, we proudly present:

HMPOD.com Episode 106:
Texas Chainsaw 3D, Audition, Room 237, Hotel Transylvania


Rev up that noisy slicer and dicer! We’re back!

Greetings, faithful listeners. After a couple of weeks of not doing podcasts, Mark and Jerry have returned with a fresh new episode that includes horror, comedy, freaky theories and Japanese dating tips. Welcome to The Horror Movie Show‘s 106th edition.

The guys begin this riotous hour with a discussion of the latest retread: Texas Chainsaw 3D. Though our old pal Leatherface is busy as a beaver, cutting through numerous young, healthy bodies with his trusty, rusty saw of chains, the question is whether this new version of an oft-told story is up to screech — sorry, scratch. Needless to say, Jerry and Mark have opinions they needs must share.

Following that is a muttered, mumbled mention of the Japanese-Korean horror flick, Audition. Dating is often fraught with hazards. Will he or she like my clothes, my hair, my sense of humour, the flesh that covers my delicious soup-bone legs? Audition attempts to answer such questions in a unique way. At least, we hope it’s unique.

Animated horror-comedy Hotel Transylvania is examined closely for signs of either horror or comedy. You can check in to this Adam Sandler-driven cartoon, but will you want to stay?

Room 237 is a fascinating survey of theories about what Stanley Kubrick‘s horror masterwork The Shining is really all about. Is it a thinly veiled fable about the Holocaust — both of Jewish people & Native North Americans? Is it Stan the Man’s revelation of his involvement in the fake moon-landing conspiracy? Listen to the discussion & you’ll probably be intrigued enough to want to watch this wacky documentary.

Now ring up room service, have them deliver some raw hamburger and a large bottle of puddle-water so we can get this party started.
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Monster Brawl (2011)

Coming at you live from atop the Hillside Necropolis arena it's MONSTER BRAWL, a fight to the finish featuring eight of the world's mightiest monsters who will face off in hand-to-hand combat to decide who is the baddest of them all! It's "The Fight of the Living Dead!" MONSTER BRAWL kicks off with all of the mayhem and madness of a major sporting event as set within the dark confines of a traditional Gothic Horror film, but what could have easily become an instant cult-classic has instead turned out to be a major disappointment for both Horror and wrestling fans alike. Writer/Director Jesse T. Cook simply isn't equipped with the proper skills or resources to pull this off, which is a real shame considering the film's potential. The basic plot and cliched characters are to be expected, but there is no excitement to be found in any of the fights, and even our ringside commentators Buzz Chambers (Dave Foley) and Sasquatch Sid Tucker (Art Hindle) appear to be feigning interest in the event. Cook provides a moody graveyard setting and serviceable make-up effects care of The Gore Brothers, however the only real praise belongs to the team at Phantom City Creative, who bring the look and feel of a major sporting event to life in their post-production title cards. Given the continued popularity of mixed martial arts and professional wrestling around the world, it is a surprise that this project was not picked up by a larger production company, who may have been able to transform MONSTER BRAWL into this decade's Celebrity Deathmatch.

Rating: 5/10.

Movies like MONSTER BRAWL:
JACK BROOKS: MONSTER SLAYER, DRACULA VS FRANKENSTEIN, HOUSE OF THE WOLFMAN, THE MONSTER SQUAD.



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Jack's Back (1988)

100 years after London's most notorious crime spree, a copycat killer has taken the city of Los Angeles by storm as he recreates each of Jack the Ripper's bloody murders. Rick looks to clear his twin brother's name after he is mistakingly identified as the killer, which leads him straight into a deadly game of cat and mouse with the real villain! James Spader stars in Rowdy Herrington's Horror debut, JACK'S BACK, from 1988. Sure, Herrington broadcasts many of the film's surprises very early on, but watching the contrived sequence of events play out exactly to the audience's expectations is half the fun! Spader is enjoyable in each of his dual performances, both as the selfless Dr. Westford and as his brazen, streetwise brother, Rick. While it rarely strays from standard convention, JACK'S BACK takes a playful stab at the Horror/Thriller genre.

Rating: 7/10.

Movies like JACK'S BACK:
THE DARK HALF, DEAD RINGERS, THE BLACK DAHLIA, MUTE WITNESS, ANGEL HEART, I MADMAN.

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Image Entertainment Acquires 'Shiver'

IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT NABS
SHIVER

CANNES, FR - May 24, 2013 - Image Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand, has acquired all U.S. rights to the Cyclone Productions, Inc./Robert Weinbach production thriller, Shiver. Directed by UK based, multi-film festival award-winner Julian Richards, UK’s multi film fest award winner, the film is based on the novel by New York Times best selling Author Brian Harper (a.k.a. Michael Prescott), who has over one million copies of his novels in circulation. The film stars Danielle Harris (Halloween), John Jarratt (Wolf Creek) and Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers) and features TV actors Rae Dawn Chong (That’s So Raven), Valerie Harper (Drop Dead Diva) and European action-star Brad Harris. Bill Bromiley, Image Entertainment’s Chief Acquisitions Officer for Image Entertainment made the announcement today.

“The horror/genre community has created a lot of positive word of mouth online about this highly anticipated film,” said Bromiley. “Their support will push this title to its success, and we’re thrilled to add this film to our slate.”

Shiver follows the ordeal of Wendy Alden, a young secretary lacking in self-esteem who becomes the target of a savage killer but, somehow finds resources of courage to fight back and escape. Obsessed with killing Wendy, Franklin Rood, penetrates a police cordon to guard her. Again, she escapes, earning Rood's twisted sense of love. He later kidnaps and brings her to his hideout where he subjects her to a horrific ritual of psychological intimidation. During the final climax, Wendy confronts the monster of her living nightmare, transforming to a lioness of great courage and determination.

Written and Produced by Robert Weinbach, Executive Produced by Brad Harris and Co-Produced by AJ Gordon, the film was shot on location in Portland, Oregon pursuant to the Oregon Film Incentive Program. The deal was negotiated by Image Entertainment’s Mark Ward, Jess De Leo and Circus Road’s Glen Reynolds on behalf of the filmmakers.

Now an Official Selection at 20 International Film Festivals, Shiver has garnered three Best Actress Awards, a Best Screenplay Award and a Most Shocking Feature Award as well as nominations for Best Picture and Best Actor.

Recent Image Entertainment releases include The Numbers Station with John Cusack and Malin Akerman, Tomorrow You’re Gone with Stephen Dorff, Michelle Monaghan and Willem Dafoe, Day of the Falcon with Antonio Banderas, Freida Pinto and Mark Strong and the upcoming The Colony with Laurence Fishburne, Bill Paxton and Kevin Zegers, Blood with Paul Bettany, Mark Strong and Brian Cox and Paradise with Julianne Hough, Russell Brand, Octavia Spencer and Holly Hunter, written, directed and produced by Diablo Cody.
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XLrator Takes 'Outpost III' for Worldwide Release

OUTPOST III: RISE OF THE SPETSNAZ
SELLS TO XLRATOR MEDIA

Worldwide Sales Handled by CONTENT
Closes Numerous International Territories

CANNES, FR - May 24, 2013 - Content announced today that OUTPOST III: RISE OF THE SPETSNAZ has sold all US rights to XLrator Media, which successfully released OUTPOST II: BLACK SUN last year. Written by Rae Brunton, OUTPOST III: RISE OF THE SPETSNAZ marks Kieran Parker's directorial debut, delivering more action as the un-dead legion breaks out in its ruthless quest for power. Content is handling worldwide sales on the film which has sold international territories including: the UK (Entertainment One UK) set to release in October 2013, Canada (Mongrel), Germany & Benelux (Splendid), Portugal (Lusomundo), Middle East (Gulf Film), China (H.G.C. Entertainment), CIS & Baltic States (Top Film), Japan (Aya Pro), South Korea (Sonamu), Hong Kong (Panorama) and Tawain (Catchplay).

Bryan Larkin (BATTLEGROUND) stars as the lead Russian Dolokhov alongside James “The Colossus” Thompson, Ultimate Combat World Heavy Weight Champion as The Berserker.

The film, which screens for the first time at the Cannes market, is produced by Black Camel Pictures' Arabella Page Croft and Kieran Parker, and executive produced by Matador Pictures' Nigel Thomas and Content Film's Jamie Carmichael. The film is backed by Matador Pictures.

Creative Scotland and SWSSC (South West Scotland Screen Commission) supported the project in development.
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Image Entertainment Summons 'Zozo'

IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
ACQUIRES OUIJA BOARD THRILLER

I AM ZOZO

CANNES, FR - May 24, 2013 - Image Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand, has acquired U.S. rights to Scott Di Lalla’s Ouija board thriller I Am ZoZo from Outsider Pictures and One World Studios Ltd. The film was written and directed by documentarian Scott Di Lalla (Choppertown: The Sinners) and stars Kelly McLaren, Courtney Foxworthy, Demetrius Sager, Caleb DeBattista, and Caleb Courtney. The film was produced by Zack Coffman and executive produced by Martin Perlberger. I Am ZoZo was filmed entirely on Super 8mm and recently received Best Feature and Audience Choice Awards at the 2012 US Super 8 Film Festival. Bill Bromiley, Chief Acquisitions Officer for Image Entertainment made today’s announcement.

"Di Lalla's background as a documentary filmmaker brings realism to I Am ZoZo whose subject matter is terrifying in itself,” said Bromiley. “We are excited to share with viewers Di Lalla's uniquely artistic vision of this supernatural horror genre."

I Am ZoZo centers on five young friends who play with a Ouija board that inadvertently summons the malevolent Ouija demon “ZoZo.” The film’s horrific account of possession is based on widely reported real experiences with this ancient and evil spirit that attaches itself to people exclusively through Ouija boards. The deal was negotiated by Mark Ward on behalf of Image Entertainment, Paul Hudson of Outsider Pictures and Zack Coffman of One World Studios Ltd.

Image Entertainment recently released The Numbers Station with John Cusack and Malin Akerman; Tomorrow You’re Gone with Stephen Dorff, Michelle Monaghan and Willem Dafoe; and Day of the Falcon with Antonio Banderas, Freida Pinto and Mark Strong. Upcoming features include The Colony with Laurence Fishburne, Bill Paxton and Kevin Zegers; Blood with Paul Bettany, Mark Strong and Brian Cox; and Paradise with Julianne Hough, Russell Brand, Octavia Spencer and Holly Hunter, written, directed and produced by Diablo Cody.
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Enter 'The Twilight Zone: The Complete Second Season' on DVD!

IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS

THE TWILIGHT ZONE:
The Complete Second Season

New Episode-Only Release Available at a Great Price!

LOS ANGELES, CA - May 24, 2013 - Image Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand, announces the release of the second season of Rod Serling’s groundbreaking, science fiction anthology The Twilight Zone: The Complete Second Season, available on DVD on June 4, 2013 at an SRP of $29.98. Season Two features an incredible list of guest stars including Agnes Moorehead, Art Carney, Bill Mumy, Buddy Ebsen, Burgess Meredith, Dick York, Don Rickles, Rod Serling, Sydney Pollack, William Shatner and more!

The Twilight Zone remains television's most treasured anthology program. The brainchild of writer and narrator Rod Serling -- inspired by the pulp comics, novels and sci-fi films of his youth -- the series introduced its own special brand of weirdness to viewers on October 2, 1959. As a program that correctly billed itself as one "of shadow and substance, of things and ideas," The Twilight Zone left indelible tracks -- not to mention unforgettable theme music -- and created stars both on-screen William Shatner and off-screen -- directing vets include Don Siegel (Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Dirty Harry), Richard Donner (The Omen, Lethal Weapon) and Ida Lupino (The Hitch-Hiker).

The second season of The Twilight Zone includes 29 episodes: King Nine Will Not Return, The Man in the Bottle, Nervous Man in a Four-Dollar Room, A Thing About Machines, The Howling Man, Eye of the Beholder, Nick of Time, The Lateness of the Hour, The Trouble with Templeton, A Most Unusual Camera, The Night of the Meek, Dust, Back There, The Whole Truth, The Invaders, A Penny for Your Thoughts, Twenty-Two, The Odyssey of Flight 33, Mr. Dingle, the Strong, Static, The Prime Mover, Long Distance Call, A Hundred Yards over the Rim, The Rip Van Winkle Caper, The Silence, Shadow Play, The Mind and the Matter, Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up? and The Obsolete Man.
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Vertical Entertainment Takes the 'Scenic Route'

VERTICAL ENTERTAINMENT TAKES
SCENIC ROUTE
STARRING JOSH DUHAMEL

U.S. Release Scheduled for August 2013

LOS ANGELES, CA - May 24, 2013 - Vertical Entertainment has acquired all U.S. rights to the thriller SCENIC ROUTE, starring Josh Duhamel (Safe Haven, Transformers 1,2, and 3) and Dan Fogler (Balls of Fury and Kung Fu Panda) at the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival. The film marks Kevin and Michael Goetz directorial debut from a screenplay by Kyle Killen (The Beaver). SCENIC ROUTE first premiered at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival to strong reviews and will be released theatrically in August 2013. Vertical Entertainment’s Rich Goldberg announced the deal today.

“Josh Duhamel has over one billion dollars in box office to his name, yet somehow finds a role in SCENIC ROUTE, unlike any other he’s had before” said Goldberg. "He truly has brought himself to another level, and paired with the wonderful Dan Fogler, we felt the success of the film couldn’t be questioned in the independent market. We plan on utilizing every platform possible, from theatrical, digital and VOD, physical, as well as all other ancillary markets to get this film to as broad an audience as possible.”

“Given the ever-changing landscape of domestic distribution, Vertical’s experience, spirited initiative and resourcefulness simply places SCENIC ROUTE in the best position to find its audience and prosper,” said producer Brion Hambel. “Rich and his team leave no stone unturned…and in a time of slimmer margins, this is paramount to the overall success of an independent film.”

SCENIC ROUTE was produced by Brion Hambel and Paul Jensen of Best Medicine Productions (Natural Selection), Anonymous Content’s Luke Rivett (Something Real and Good) and Scott Freeman; and executive produced by Duhamel, Keith Redmon (Rendition, The Beaver) and Paul Green (Fun Size, The Beaver). The deal was negotiated by Peter Jarowey on behalf of Vertical Entertainment and Matthew Sugarman of Weintraub Tobin on behalf of the filmmakers. Premiere Entertainment is handling international sales during the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival.

Mitchell (Josh Duhamel) and Carter (Dan Fogler), life-long friends who have drifted apart, are on a road trip when their old pickup breaks down, leaving them stranded on an isolated desert road. Nobody can pick apart a man like his best friend, and as the relentless elements of the desert grind them down, they start to attack each other’s life decisions with unwavering brutality. As they question who they are and who they could have been, their agitation leads to physical confrontation and ultimately knife-wielding madness, and what begins as an inconvenience becomes a very real life or death struggle.
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'Apartment 4E' Now Available on DVD!

ONE VILLAGE PRESENTS

APARTMENT 4E

Now Available on DVD!

LOS ANGELES, CA - May 24, 2013 - One Village Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand, announces the release of the urban thriller film, Apartment 4E (formerly known as Small of Her Back), available on DVD on May 21, 2013 at an SRP of $14.98. Starring Nicole Beharie (42, Shame) and Christopher Domig (Second-Story Man), the film was written and directed by Russell Leigh Sharman.

Piper (Beharie) is a beautiful, intelligent young woman with everything to live for…but she’s trapped in a dark world of her own making. Deeply troubled, desperate and clutching a handgun, Piper has not left her apartment in a long time, and when there’s a knock on the door, she will face a choice that will make the difference between life and death. This stranger may have the answers to the mystery at the center of Piper’s world, or he may have his own reasons for tracking her down. The truth lies up the stairs and down the hall in Apartment 4E.

A passion project for Sharman, the film received partial funding from a Kickstarter campaign in 2010, reaching 126 backers and raising its goal of over $10,000. The movie then made its world debut at the Urban World Film Festival in New York in 2012 and at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles earlier this year.

Apartment 4E DVD
Genre: African American, Thriller, Urban
Rating: NR
Language: English
Format: Widescreen Enhanced for 16x9 TVs
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
Year: 2012
SRP: $14.98
Street Date: May 21, 2013
Length: 87 minutes
UPC: 014381853728
Cat#: HBS8537DVD
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American Mary Available on DVD and Blu-Ray June 18

XLrator Media Presents

AMERICAN MARY

Available on DVD and BLU-RAY on June 18, 2013!

Written and directed by Jen and Sylvia Soska aka "The Twisted Twins"
and Starring Katharine Isabelle

LOS ANGELES, CA - May 24, 2013 - “Twisted Twins” Jen and Sylvia Soska are back with their stunning follow-up to the indie hit Dead Hooker in a Trunk. AMERICAN MARY is the story of a medical student named Mary who is growing increasingly broke and disenchanted with medical school and the established doctors she once idolized. The allure of easy money sends a desperate Mary through the messy world of underground surgeries which leaves more marks on her than the so-called freakish clientele. Appearances are everything:



Eli Roth and Clive Barker are huge fans of the twins and the horror community has deemed them the "Next Big Thing in Horror." AMERICAN MARY is a body-modification horror, revenge thriller and psycho drama, distinguished by a riveting performance by Katharine Isabelle

Running Time: 95 minutes
Rated: R
Format: DVD/Blu-ray
Aspect Ratio: 2.40 LBX
Audio Format: DVD - DD 5.1; BD – DTS HD
Bonus Features: Behind-The-Scenes, Commentary with Jen & Sylvia Soska, Katharine Isabelle and Tristan Risk
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Cinipix Heads to Space for New Sci-Fi Thriller 'Newcomers'

Cinipix Commissions Real Life Space Expedition For

NEWCOMERS

CANNES, FR - May 24, 2013 - Cinipix, a vertically integrated production, acquisition and distribution company headed by CEO Todd Slater (Ray, Raze), announced today that it has joined forces with Patricia A Beninati and Michael K Anderson’s Centerboro Productions to produce the sci-fi action film “Newcomers” and will send XCOR Aerospace’s commercial spacecraft, the Lynx, into space to shoot exclusive footage for the film.

The Lynx will be piloted by former NASA Astronaut Col. Richard A. Searfoss on an expedition marking the first Hollywood involvement for a privately owned space company, as well as first-of-its kind brand integration.

Specific plot details are being kept under wraps, however “Newcomers” will tell the story of a former NASA Astronaut who saves the Earth from an alien invasion with help from the commercial space industry (XCOR Aerospace).

Beninati and Anderson adapted the screenplay from an original story and script by Beninati. Slater will produce alongside Executive Producer Mat Hayden. They join existing producers, James MacLean (Archetype Entertainment) and Jacob Silver, who originally developed the movie package with Beninati and Anderson.

Cinipix CEO Todd Slater said, “We knew we could approach this film in a new, non-traditional way and explore options that didn’t exist just a few years ago. Partnering with a privately owned commercial space company for an interstellar sci-fi film is now very logical and doable so we wanted to move fast and create something special. We certainly know it will add a fantastic and thrilling realism to our scenes.”

“Cinipix is one of the few companies approaching the film business in a really unique way,” says Beninati. “It has created a one stop shop that allows the creative side of the industry to focus on what we do best which is create.”

Andrew Nelson, COO of XCOR Aerospace, said, “We are delighted to have our Lynx spacecraft showcased in the film. We think that Newcomers will be a fantastic piece of entertainment for science fiction fans.”

Producers are now talking to top directors with an eye toward starting principal photography in First Quarter 2014.

Centerboro Productions is a New York City-based entertainment company specializing in science fiction films, television and web content headed by the writing/production team of Patricia A. Beninati and Michael K. Anderson.

Wall Street Financiers Howard Silverman and Neil Grossman recently formed Toast & Jam Holdings, LLC to invest in Cinipix as well as animation house Cosmic Toast Studios and rental company Cinirents, expanding the companies into a multifaceted studio and production company.
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Anchor Bay Acquires 'The Possession of Michael King'

ANCHOR BAY FILMS SET TO ACQUIRE
THE POSSESSION OF MICHAEL KING
AT CANNES

CANNES, FR - May 22, 2013 - Anchor Bay Films is finalizing the details of its latest agreement for all rights to the supernatural thriller The Possession of Michael King. The film stars Shane Johnson and will be the directorial debut of the film’s writer David Jung. Today’s announcement was made by Bill Clark, president of Anchor Bay Entertainment.

“Audiences love possession films and this one is filled with all the thrills they’re known for,” commented Kevin Kasha, Executive Vice President, Acquisitions and Co-Productions.

Grieving the shocking loss of his wife, Michael King (Johnson) sets out to disprove the existence of the supernatural but as he journeys deeper into the occult, he discovers that some questions are better left unanswered. The film co-stars Dale Dickey (Iron Man 3, Winter’s Bone), Tomas Arana (Gladiator), Ella Anderson (Touchback) and Julie McNiven (The Rapture, “Mad Men”). The Possession of Michael King is being produced by Gold Circle Entertainment and is currently in post-production.
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Stephen King Takes Us to 'Joyland'

The Master of Horror Returns With
Another Chilling New Novel

JOYLAND

Available in the UK This June from Titan Books

LONDON, GB - MAY 22, 2013 - Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, JOYLAND tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. JOYLAND is a brand-new book and has never previously been published.

JOYLAND will feature new painted cover art by the legendary Robert McGinnis, the artist behind the posters for the original Sean Connery James Bond movies and "Breakfast At Tiffany’s," and by Glen Orbik, the painter of more than a dozen of Hard Case Crime’s most popular covers, including the cover for The Colorado Kid.

"I love crime, I love mysteries, and I love ghosts. That combo made Hard Case Crime the perfect venue for this book, which is one of my favorites. I also loved the paperbacks I grew up with as a kid, and for that reason, we’re going to hold off on e-publishing this one for the time being. Joyland will be coming out in paperback, and folks who want to read it will have to buy the actual book." – Stephen King
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The Quick List 5/22/2013

12 Monkeys (1995) 9/10
Art of the Devil (2004) 4/10
Art of the Devil 2 (2005) 6/10
The Awakening (2011) 8/10
Dead Calm (1988) 7/10
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'ABCs of Death 2' Goes International

Magnolia International Reports Brisk Sales for

ABCs OF DEATH 2

UK, Australia, Turkey and Thailand closed with more to come

CANNES­- May 22, 2013 ­- One week after the production announcement of the anticipated genre anthology, ABCs OF DEATH 2, Magnolia International is reporting brisk sales for multiple international territories in the Cannes marketplace. A sequel to the 2012 hit, ABCs OF DEATH 2 has sold to Monster Pictures for the UK and Australia, Mor Films in Turkey, and MonoFilm Company Limited in Thailand, with other territories closing imminently. Produced by Ant Timpson, Tim League and Magnet Releasing, ABCs OF DEATH 2 takes its predecessor as a jumping off point, aiming to be a wilder, leaner, faster paced and even more entertaining follow-up, with a new crop of award-winning, visionary filmmakers from around the globe.

ABCs OF DEATH 2’s roster includes Goya Award winner Álex de la Iglesia (THE LAST CIRCUS, DAY OF THE BEAST); ROOM 237 mastermind Rodney Ascher; Academy Award-nominated animator Bill Plympton; Filipino icon ­ and Director¹s Fortnight inductee ­ Erik Matti (ON THE JOB, MAGIC TEMPLE); and the founder of Nigerian ‘Nollywood’ cinema Lancelot Imasuen. Additional confirmed filmmakers include Lithuania¹s Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper (VANISHING WAVES), Japan’s arthouse provocateur Sion Sono (COLD FISH, SUICIDE CLUB), SPLICE and CUBE’s Vincenzo Natali, indie horror icon Larry Fessenden (THE LAST WINTER, HABIT), THE COLLECTION’s Marcus Dunstan, France’s Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (INSIDE, LIVID), E.L. Katz (director of the SXSW breakout hit CHEAP THRILLS), twin auteurs Jen and Sylvia Soska (AMERICAN MARY, DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK), Israel’s Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado (RABIES, BIG BAD WOLVES), A LONELY PLACE TO DIE’s Julian Gilbey, Brazil’s most controversial filmmaker Dennison Ramalho (NINJAS and LOVE FOR MOTHER ONLY), THE LEGEND OF BEAVER DAM and the upcoming STAGEFRIGHT’s Jerome Sable, and animator Robert Morgan ­ creator of the BAFTA Award nominated short BOBBY YEAH. Additional filmmaker announcements, as well as the return of the series' popular 26th Director competition (which allows one exceptional fan-made entry to become part of the finished film), will occur throughout the Summer of 2013. Magnet is planning a 2014 release of the film in the United States. ABCs OF DEATH 2 is produced by Ant Timpson and Tim League, in conjunction with associate producers Todd Brown, Marc Walkow, Mitch Davis, and Ted Geoghegan.
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The Confessional (1976)

Jenny is stalked by an obsessed priest in THE CONFESSIONAL, from 1976! Pete Walker returns with another fiendish plot as he lashes out against the questionable methods of the Catholic church. When Jenny wanders in to the wrong confessional booth, her sins are recorded and used to blackmail her into submission by the crazed Father Meldrum, who has suffered from years of sexual repression from his mother and the church. Walker quickly sets the mood for mystery and suspense, while creating a constant sense of unease as the wayward priest presses his parishioners for more lurid details about their personal lives in order to "absolve" them of their sins. When that doesn't work, Meldrum enforces his own deadly form of penance upon his victims! Anthony Sharp is wickedly entertaining as Father Meldrum, who is joined by Walker favorite Sheila Keith as his permissive assistant. Susan Penhaligon and Norman Eshley are quite enjoyable as Jenny and Father Cutler, as well. THE CONFESSIONAL is a twisted and sadistic little shocker that is sure to please fans of ALICE, SWEET ALICE and ABSOLUTION.

Rating: 7/10.

Movies like THE CONFESSIONAL:
ABSOLUTION, HOUSE OF WHIPCORD, ALICE SWEET ALICE, DON'T TORTURE A DUCKLING, HOUSE WITH LAUGHING WINDOWS.

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Hunger (2009)

Jordan awakens beside four strangers who have been trapped beneath the surface by some unseen foe. They are promised their freedom if they can last just over 30 days without food, but as hunger sets in, the captives find much more to fear in each other than in simple starvation! This nifty little premise allows director Steven Hentges to cram a great deal of suspense into his claustrophobic set, but HUNGER will leave most audiences wanting more. It is far too reflective of the SAW series with the sadistic overseer attempting to push his victims to inhuman lengths in order for them to discover their survivor's instinct. Even that would be forgivable were it not for the mundane cast. With the exception of Lori Heuring, we are left with a handful of whiny, depressing characters that do nothing to draw from our sympathies. Joe Egender is quickly pinned down as the villain, a role which suits him nicely. Lea Kohl and Julian Rojas, on the other hand, are just awful, and make for some unintentional humor with their ridiculous overacting. This takes away from the seriousness of their situation, as the final act unravels into a bloody mess. HUNGER can only be recommended if you are starved for Horror.

Rating: 6/10.

Movies like HUNGER:
THE DIVIDE, SAW, VILE, THE HOLE, DREAD, ELEVATOR, NINE DEAD.

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Quite a Conundrum (2012)

Things are just heating up at Mimi's pool party when her eye-patch wearing ex-lover stumbles on to the scene and blows his brains out. Now, the fun is just getting started for her and her friends as they get wrapped up in a series of unfortunate events. Thomas L. Phillips presents QUITE A CONUNDRUM, a CLERKS-style comedy that mixes subversive humor with suspense. Unfortunately, QUITE A CONUNDRUM shares many of the same weaknesses as Kevin Smith's cult-classic with few of its strengths, particularly when it comes to the scripted dialog and staged acting. Sasha Ramos and Erin Cline are unable to pull off their lines successfully, which severely detracts from the intended humor in the opening act. The film slowly begins to pick up as the action gets underway, despite the onslaught of obnoxious characters that get thrown in our midst. It is clear from the start that Phillips is looking to shock audiences in to a reaction, which might have worked had he been given a more convincing cast. As it stands, QUITE A CONUNDRUM is an uneven mix of weak performances, minor thrills, and poor comedic timing.

Rating: 4/10.

Movies like QUITE A CONUNDRUM:
CLERKS, PARTY ANIMALZ, THE HAZING, DONKEY PUNCH, DUST UP, DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK, THE DEEP.

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Retardead (2008)

Dan West and Rick Popko followup the immensely entertaining MONSTURD with the second half of their demented Grindhouse double-feature! RETARDEAD begins after a brief intermission featuring two ridiculously over-the-top trailers for FRANKENSTEIN AND THE BLOODY BEAST OF GHASTLY TERROR and DRACULA VS JACK THE RIPPER. The feature picks up immediately where MONSTURD left off, with the conniving Dr. Stern narrowly escaping his own demise from the city sewers. Stern takes on a new position at the school for the gifted in town, and administers an experimental serum to its special needs children that gives them a heightened intelligence. Unfortunately for Butte County, the drug also has an unforeseen side-effect that turns his test subjects into the retardead! Like Mike Judge and Don Hertzfeldt before them, Dan and Rick use crude and idiotic humor in a brilliantly dark and twisted way that is always sure to offend. Popko and West save all of the best lines for themselves while hamming it up as the town's dimwitted deputies. When it does come time for the horror, RETARDEAD spares nothing in the gore department! The bloody special effects are top-rate for a low-budget feature, with plenty of flesh-ripping and gut-munching goodness to please the fans. RETARDED is the kind of B-movie gold that Horror fans search tirelessly for, but expect the same tasteless humor that the title implies.

Rating: 5/10.

If you liked RETARDEAD, check out:
PLAGA ZOMBIE, TERROR AT BLOOD FART LAKE, THE TAINT.

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I Spit On Your Grave (1978)

I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE has been the source of controversy for decades since its initial release in 1978. As a rape and revenge film, it belongs to a very specific sub-genre of cinema that many critics consider to be intolerable exploitation. On the other hand, fans of these movies must consider it to be top-ranking in this particular category. In it, Jennifer heads off to a small getaway by the lake so that she can relax and complete her work on her first novel. Her arrival draws the attention of four degenerates in town, who abduct her and repeatedly rape her out in the woods. Just when it seems she has escaped, she returns home only to find the men there waiting for her. Jennifer barely survives the brutal attacks, but rather than going to the police, she regains her strength and sets out to seduce each of the men before exacting her own bloody revenge!

What makes I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE so powerful is that it never glamorizes the rape sequences. In fact, they are hardly bearable to watch due to Camille Keaton's harrowing screams and failed attempts to free herself. There are hints of hesitation and regret that come from several of the men that humanize the characters, which is even more dangerous than painting them to be soulless monsters since it draws them back into reality. It is not just the extreme violence against women that most critics condemn, but the manner in which the subject of rape is handled. Jennifer's independence and sexual liberation entice the men, which seems to suggest the common excuse that "She was asking for it." They hoot and holler as they each take their turns with her, shouting "You want to be a man, don't you?" This has brought fire down on the film, since it seems to depict that Meir Zarchi's views rape as a sex act, and not as an act of power and domination. It isn't enough for Jennifer to suffer physically, but she is humiliated as well as the men mockingly read from her unfinished novel before destroying her work.

The original title of DAY OF THE WOMAN can also help in reading the film as an underestimated but radically pro-feminist work. Jennifer is entirely independent and successful, writing for a number of women's magazines before setting off to complete her own novel. Her sexual freedom is a demonstration of a progressive society where women are treated equally to men (though the men in this story try to restore prior order). Even during the attacks, Jennifer is never depicted as being weak. She struggles with all of her might, but she is overwhelmed and outnumbered. After, she becomes that much stronger and more cunning, and she uses that strength to emasculate and eviscerate her adversaries. At the heart of any rape and revenge story is the revenge, and being that this is a Horror movie, Jennifer's revenge is swift and painful. Each of the men suffer a terrible death at her hands, the worst of which involves a knife and a bathtub as she takes the lead villain's manhood in hand.

I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE remains an undisputed classic in the rape and revenge genre, and its notoriety as such has kept it banned in countless countries around the world for over thirty years. To say that it is nothing more than despicable exploitation, however, is to blindly overlook many of stronger points that Meir Zarchi brings to the screen.

Rating: 9/10.


If you liked this film, check out:
LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, THRILLER: A CRUEL PICTURE, MS. 45.

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Tribeca Acquires 'Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes'

TRIBECA FILM AND WELL GO USA ENTERTAINMENT ACQUIRES
NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO 

EMANUEL AND THE TRUTH ABOUT FISHES

Featuring standout performances by Jessica Biel and Kaya Scodelario

New York, NY – May 13, 2013 – Tribeca Film and Well Go USA Entertainment today announced they have co-acquired North American rights to Francesca Gregorini’s (Tanner Hall) psychological thriller Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes, starring Jessica Biel (Hitchcock, The Illusionist), Kaya Scodelario (“Skins”, Wuthering Heights), Alfred Molina (An Education, Spider-Man 2), and Frances O'Connor (The Importance of Being Earnest, A.I.). Writer/director Gregorini produced the film with Matthew R. Brady (MRB) which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

In what Twitch calls “a story unlike anything I’ve seen on the screen before” Emanuel (Scodelario), a troubled girl, becomes preoccupied with her mysterious, new neighbor (Biel), who bears a striking resemblance to her dead mother. In offering to babysit her newborn, Emanuel unwittingly enters a fragile, fictional world, of which she becomes the gatekeeper. The Hollywood Reporter calls Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes “an accomplished coming-of-age feature.”

Tribeca Film and Well Go USA Entertainment plan a late 2013 theatrical release along with on-demand platforms where it will be available in more than 50 million homes in the U.S. and Canada through a variety of video-on-demand offerings, as well as iTunes, Amazon Watch Instantly, VUDU, Xbox, Sony PlayStation, Google Play and YouTube.

“Francesca Gregorini’s superb Emanuel and the Truth about Fishes is a rare and remarkable work of mixed genres and expectations,” said Geoffrey Gilmore, Chief Creative Officer Tribeca Enterprises. “A taut surprising and original thriller featuring a career best performance from Jessica Biel and a breakout role by Kaya Scodelario.”

“I feel in Tribeca and Well Go I have found the perfect home for Emanuel and the Truth about Fishes. They are true lovers of cinema and I feel strongly that they will reach audiences hungry for unique, innovative work,” said Francesca Gregorini.

The deal was negotiated for Tribeca Film by Nick Savva, Director of Acquisitions, and on behalf of the filmmakers by Kevin Iwashina and Abby Davis of Preferred Content, and Jonathan Gray of GKSD Law.
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Creepy New Trailer Gets 'Inbred'

XLrator Media Presents

INBRED

Directed by Alex Chandon
Starring Jo Hartley, Seamus O'Neill, James Doherty

LOS ANGELES, CA - May 15, 2013 - When four troubled teens and their social workers take a community service trip to a remote Yorkshire village, a minor incident with some local inbred youths rapidly escalates into a violent, deliriously warped nightmare:



Release Dates:
VOD - 8/22/13
DVD - 9/24/13

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Eerie New Domestic Poster for 'Jug Face'

View the new domestic poster for Chad Crawford Kinkle’s 
Starring Sean Young, Lauren Ashley Carter, Sean Bridgers, 
Larry Fessenden, and Daniel Manche.

LOS ANGELES, CA - May 15, 2013 - The pit has spoken. Dawai, the potter of a backwoods community, has crafted a face on a ceramic jug of the person that the pit wants sacrificed. Ada, pregnant with her brother’s child, has seen her face on the jug and hides it in the woods, determined to save the life of her unborn. If she does not sacrifice herself however, the creature from the pit will kill everyone in the village until she does. JUG FACE made its world premiere at Slamdance 2013 (Kinkle’s script won the 2011 Slamdance Screenwriting and Teleplay Competition Grand Prize), and will have its theatrical release later this summer, with an announcement coming soon.

Theatrical Release: Date coming soon
Director: Chad Crawford Kinkle
Starring: Lauren Ashley Carter, Sean Young, Sean Bridgers, Larry Fessenden, Daniel Manche
Screenplay: Chad Crawford Kinkle
Running Time: 81
Not yet rated
Official Site: http://jugfacethemovie.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JugFace
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Anchor Bay Unleashes 'Solomon Kane' July 16th!

ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT and RADiUS-TWC PRESENT
SOLOMON KANE

STARRING “The Following’s” JAMES PUREFOY, the late PETE POSTLETHWAITE, 
RACHEL HURD-WOOD and MAX VON SYDOW

“A solid fantasy flick.”
-Chris Bumbray, JoBlo.com

The sword and sorcery action tale comes to Blu-ray and DVD on July 16, 2013

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - May 15, 2013 - Anchor Bay Entertainment and RADiUS-TWC announced today the Blu-ray™ and DVD release of SOLOMON KANE. The film was directed by Michael J. Bassett (“Da Vinci’s Demons” and Silent Hill: Revelation 3D) and stars James Purefoy (“The Following”), the late Pete Postlethwaite (In the Name of the Father), Rachel Hurd-Wood (Peter Pan) and Max von Sydow (The Exorcist). The character Solomon Kane was created by pulp-era writer and mind behind Conan the Barbarian, Robert E. Howard. SOLOMON KANE heads to retail on July 16, 2013 for an SRP of $26.99 for the Blu-ray™ and $22.98 for the DVD.

Captain Solomon Kane is a brutally efficient 16th century killing machine. Armed with his signature pistols, cutlass and rapier, he and his men unleash their bloodlust as they fight for England in war after war on all continents. As the story opens, Kane and his band of pillagers are carving a bloody path through hordes of defenders in an exotic city in northern Africa. But, when Kane decides to attack a mysterious nearby castle to plunder its rumored riches, his mission takes a fateful turn. One by one, Kane's men are picked off by demonic creatures until he alone is left to face the Devil's own Reaper -- dispatched from the depths of Hell to lay claim to his hopelessly corrupt soul. Though Kane at last manages to escape, he knows that he now must redeem himself by renouncing violence and devoting himself wholly to a life of peace and purity.

SOLOMON KANE Blu-ray™ and DVD special features include a ‘Making Of’ featurette, interviews and commentary with Director Michael J. Bassett, the producers & cast, a deleted scene, gallery images and Special FX featurette!

Learn more about SOLOMON KANE at www.solomonkanethemovie.com.
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First Official Lenticular Debut of 'I, Frankenstein'

In the battle between good and evil, an immortal holds the key.

I, FRANKENSTEIN

NEW YORK, NY - May 15, 2013 - Check out the exclusive first look of I, FRANKENSTEIN straight from the Cannes film festival! The dystopian thriller, from the producers of UNDERWORLD, pits gargoyles and demons against each other in the ultimate battle for immortality. Starring Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Miranda Otto, Jai Courtney, and Yvonne Strahovski, this modern day epic will have you on the edge of your seat:



I, FRANKENSTEIN opens nationwide January 14, 2014!!
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V/H/S/2 Trailer Drips Red

The Brand New RED BAND Trailer for
V/H/S/2
Is Out Now!

V/H/S/2 will be on iTunes/On Demand June 6, 2013 and in theaters July 12, 2013.

Directed by Simon Barrett, Adam Wingard, Edúardo Sanchez, Gregg Hale, 
Timo Tjahjanto, Gareth Huw Evans and Jason Eisener

LOS ANGELES, CA - May 15, 2013 - Inside a darkened house looms a column of TVs littered with VHS tapes, a pagan shrine to forgotten analog gods. The screens crackle and pop endlessly with monochrome vistas of static—white noise permeating the brain and fogging concentration. But you must fight the urge to relax: this is no mere movie night. Those obsolete spools contain more than just magnetic tape. They are imprinted with the very soul of evil:



From the demented minds that brought you last year’s V/H/S comes V/H/S/2, an all-new anthology of dread, madness, and gore. This follow-up ventures even further down the demented path blazed by its predecessor, discovering new and terrifying territory in the genre. This is modern horror at its most inventive, shrewdly subverting our expectations about viral videos in ways that are just as satisfying as they are sadistic. The result is the rarest of all tapes—a second generation with no loss of quality.

Rated: R

Runtime: 95 minutes

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Wicked New Poster for 'Hell Baby'

Check out the official TEASER poster for the hilarious horror comedy
From Millennium Entertainment

Written and Directed by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant
Starring Rob Corddry, Leslie Bibb, Keegan-Michael Key, Michael Ian Black, 
Riki Lindhome, Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer

LOS ANGELES, CA - May 15. 2013 - HELL BABY, a comedy scripted by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant (Night at The Museum, Reno 911!: Miami) marks their co-directing debut. Jack (Rob Corddry) and Vanessa (Leslie Bibb) are an expectant couple that moves into the most haunted fixer-upper in New Orleans -- a house with a deadly demonic curse. Things soon spiral out of control for Jack and Vanessa, as well as their-not-so-helpfulneighbor F'Resnel (Keegan-Michael Key), Vanessa's friendly psychiatrist (Michael Ian Black), Vanessa's Wiccan sister Marjorie (Riki Lindhome) and the detectives assigned to look into the rising body count (Rob Huebel and PaulScheer). Only the Vatican's elite exorcism team (Garant and Lennon) san save them -- or can they?

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Anchor Bay Brings Home 'The Demented'

“This is not a test of the Emergency Broadcast System.
We are under attack...”

BEWARE OF
THE DEMENTED
FROM ANCHOR BAY FILMS

Spreading terror July 30th on
Blu-ray™/DVD Combo Pack and DVD

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - May 15, 2013 - Horror films often take their cue from daily newspaper headlines, feeding on the all-too-real fears of the everyday world. Like the best science fiction, sometimes horror lies just around the corner or beyond the bend of what we know. On July 30th, Anchor Bay Films unleashes the biological warfare thriller The Demented on Blu-ray™/DVD combo pack and DVD. From the creative minds behind I Spit On Your Grave and A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Demented is a terrifying excursion into a plague-infected world...where one moment off guard is all that keeps us from becoming them.

With a hot cast including Sarah Butler (I Spit On Your Grave), Brittney Alger (21 Jump Street), Kayla Ewell (“The Vampire Diaries”), Richard Kohnke (“The Carrie Diaries”) and Michael Welch (The Twilight Saga Franchise), The Demented will have you on the edge of your seat until the very last frame! SRP for the Blu-ray™/DVD Combo Pack is $29.99 and $24.98 for the DVD. Pre-book is July 3rd.

The Demented follows six college friends as they meet up for a carefree weekend in a beautiful rural home. A terrorist missile attack in a nearby town infects much of the townspeople with a deadly virus that induces rabies-like symptoms...with devastating consequences. Ravenous and fast, the infected townspeople turn their sights on the vacation home where the friends are gathered...and are now barricaded. How long can they hide? Even with the infected “sleeping” in the streets, can they make their escape? If so, to what?
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Anchor Bay Gives You 'Detention of the Dead'

“Now write 100 times: I will not eat my classmates’ brains...”

DETENTION OF THE DEAD

Arrives on DVD July 23rd from Anchor Bay Entertainment

CHATSWORTH, CA - May 14, 2013 - Anchor Bay Entertainment holds everyone after class with the July 23rd DVD release of Detention of the Dead. Already a hit at such festivals as FrightFest, Glasgow Film Festival and HorrorHound Weekend, this side-splitting mix of zombies and teen-angst stars Jacob Zacher (“Greek”), Alexa Nikolas (“The Walking Dead”), Christa B. Allen (“Revenge”), Jayson Blair (“The New Normal”), Justin Chon (the Twilight franchise) and Max Adler (“Glee”). The SRP for the DVD is $19.98. The pre-book is June 26th. In addition, fans will be able to experience Detention of the Dead on the big screen at selected theaters nationwide on June 28th. The student body-feast will also be available On Demand starting June 18th.

THE BREAKFAST CLUB meets ZOMBIELAND in this head-busting zombedy. A group of teenagers trapped in detention, fight for survival after their classmates turn into a ravenous zombie horde. Can a cheerleader, a stoner, a jock, a bully, a goth, and a nerd put aside their differences for one night to take on the undead? Will they live to see the morning? Fat chance! This is High School after all.

Bonus features include audio commentary by Writer/Director Alex Craig Mann and “Detention of the Dead: Behind The Scenes” featurette.

Detention of the Dead will delight fans and create a new generation of zombie fans!
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"The Power of Christ Compels You": An 'Exorcist' Retrospective

It has been called "The Scariest Movie of All Time," and for many, it still is. The Exorcist continues to live up to its reputation now forty years after its initial release, striking terror into the hearts of Horror fans the world over. The demon, Pazuzu, would return in several sequels and prequels, though none could ever match the shock and awe of the original. I Like Horror Movies dons the sacred stole and holy water as we take a look back at The Exorcist series!

The Exorcist (1973)

In 1968, a young Frenchman changed the face of Horror by taking the devil out of the Gothic landscape of Medieval Europe and placing him in a small apartment building in New York City. ROSEMARY'S BABY was born, bringing supernatural terror into a real-world setting. Five year's later, another talented director by the name of William Friedkin would shock audiences the world over with THE EXORCIST, which many consider to be the scariest movie of all time! Adapted from William Peter Blatty's best-selling novel, THE EXORCIST follows 12-year-old Regan McNeil, who becomes possessed by an ancient demon, leaving it up to a pair of Catholic priests to rid the girl of the unclean spirit in order to save her everlasting soul. Regardless of one's religious affiliations, the shocking images and daring implications that THE EXORCIST represents are enough to shake one's belief (or disbelief) in God and the devil. Thanks to an incredibly talented special effects crew, Friedkin has created something so horrible, so truly terrifying, that it would stand to prove the existence of demons on screen. The sweet and sincere Linda Blair is slowly transformed into a foul monster that curses and defiles all that is holy. There is perhaps nothing more profane than watching a young girl stab into herself with a crucifix while shouting "Let Jesus fuck you!" Add to that the spinning heads, levitation, reverse crab-walk, and vomit-spewing, and the film becomes unbearably scary! Even the sound design is enough to make the skin crawl, most notably in the scenes where Regan begs for help by imprinting the words on her flesh and in the tape recorded sessions that Father Karras reviews at the monastery.

While the possessed Regan remains at the center of the action, the story is rather one of faith and redemption; it is the story of Father Karras. We learn very early on that Karras has lost his faith in a godless world, but that faith is restored in his personal encounter with the devil. It is almost as if the demon is used as a means of restoring him to the church, rather than he being the tool used to drive it out. Karras is brilliantly played by the late Jason Miller, who is dark, beaten, and completely unbelieving until the very end. Despite all of the alarming visuals, it is Father Karras' journey that we find the most captivating. The demon taunts him and tempts him, and at times, is able to defeat the wayward priest. If it were not for his reinstalled faith in God, the demon surely would have consumed Regan.

THE EXORCIST is often criticized as being an effects-driven spook show, but this is not the case. As mentioned previously, the performances of Linda Blair and Jason Miller, alone, lend legitimacy to the terrifying theme. In addition, they are met with equally powerful performances by Ellen Burstyn as the struggling mother Chris McNeil and the legendary Max von Sydow as the aged Father Merrin. Burstyn portrays a loving mother, but one that is having difficulty balancing her career and home life, while also dealing with the frustration of her daughter's uncaring father. She presents a character with whom the audience can relate, and she is very good in the role. THE EXORCIST is shot as if the camera is simply a fly on the wall as each of the frightening events take place. We feel intrusive, unwelcome. The camera takes us to places that we dare not go, and once there, it is unflinching as it barrages us with unspeakable horrors. Blatty's script can be often dry, however it is brought to life by the talented cast. The sinister special effects only work to elevate the already-chilling mood and captivating story. This is best demonstrated, again, in the monastery, where we jump out of surprise when the phone rings as Karras is listening to Regan's tapes. There is nothing frightening on screen. We are absorbed in the characters' plight, and we are scared.

THE EXORCIST is, in every way, a Horror classic. It is frightfully shocking, terrifying, and revolting; everything that the genre looks to be. But, it is also built on an excellent story, mood, and characters for whom we care deeply. For that, it must be considered amongst the best that the genre has to offer.

Rating: 10/10.

Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)

Coming off of 'The Scariest Movie of All Time,' it would seem that a sequel to THE EXORCIST would be rather straightforward -- a new demon, a new child, another exorcism -- but somewhere, somehow, things went horribly, horribly wrong. Screenwriter William Goodhart and director John Boorman instead decide take us on their own confusing journey of faith, discovery, and sacrifice.

Regan MacNeil has grown up to become a normal teenager, with no recollection of the terrible possession that befell her just four years earlier. Her psychologist is convinced that Regan is repressing the memories of the events, and that she could easily fall under the influence of the demon once again. Meanwhile, the Roman Catholic Church has sent a priest out to investigate the death of Father Merrin, which leads him to Regan. Using a hypnotic "synchronizer" that links his mind with hers, Father Lamont comes in contact with the demon Pazuzu, who takes him on a trip through time and space to meet another boy he had once possessed. Lamont seeks out Kokumo in Africa and learns that he, too, had rejected the demon, only to become the savior of his people. Now armed with the knowledge needed to save Regan's soul, Father Lamont returns to Georgetown for a final showdown with Pazuzu!

EXORCIST II really is a test of faith, but one taken by the audience. Disbelief must be suspended from the highest peak in order for anyone to accept the preposterous plot, which blends pseudo-science with religious mumbo jumbo. Richard Burton, a seven-time Oscar-nominee, is made to look like a fool as the deranged Father Lamont, who quickly becomes fascinated by the demon he looks to destroy. He often rambles like a psychotic, and makes for a terrible lead when he cannot be trusted by the audience. It is impossible to take Linda Blair seriously, either, when she is forced to go cross-eyed and act brain-dead during the ridiculous "synchronization" experiments. Thankfully, the special effects, cinematography, and incredible locations far outweigh the strength of the script, but EXORCIST II is still widely criticized as being one of the worst sequels in the genre.

Rating: 5/10.

Exorcist III: Legion (1990)

Detective Kinderman is faced with the ghosts of the past when he encounters a man who claims to be the Gemini Killer, but who has taken the appearance of the slain Father Karras. Despite being locked away in the bowels of the local hospital, the Gemini continues to kill, and it is up to Detective Kinderman to stop his supernatural murder spree! EXORCIST III comes as an unexpected surprise after the first disappointing sequel, combining the gripping suspense of a tightly-wrought thriller with the otherworldly terror of the original. William Peter Blatty directs this time around from his own screenplay and novel, and while his style lacks refinement, it is never-the-less effective in setting a frightening mood and delivering a strong, character-driven story. The main faults lie in his artificial language and jarring edits, but these are mostly overcome by the enjoyable performances that come as a result. George C. Scott takes a commanding lead as the boisterous Detective Kinderman, and Jason Miller excels in the role of the villain as the Gemini's earthly vessel. The real treat, however, comes from genre vet Brad Dourif in an electrifying performance as the Gemini, himself. Dourif explores a range of terrifying emotions, from calculated cruelty to raging hatred. He is at his best here. Although the majority of the film plays out like a murder mystery, EXORCIST III packs a fiery finale that delivers on the series' name. It has also gained a cult following for creating one of the scariest moments in all of Horror, but for that, you will just have to wait and see!

Rating: 8/10.

Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist (2005)

Set in the years following the Second World War, DOMINION tells the tale of Father Merrin, a wayward priest who has turned to archaeology after his faith is shaken by the war. When Merrin uncovers an ancient church buried beneath the sands of East Africa, he will share his first encounter with the devil, who has possessed the body of a poor crippled boy. Despite being shelved immediately after production, Paul Schrader's prequel to THE EXORCIST was simply too good to be released to the general public. Instead of spinning heads and spewing soup, DOMINION takes a much more cerebral approach to evil. Interestingly, Schrader creates a complete reversal from the original film: the demon possesses the body of a sickly boy, it strengthens and repairs him rather than destroying him, and it uses its wicked tongue to rattle the nerve rather than shock the senses. Pazuzu taunts Merrin and attempts to destroy him both mentally and spiritually. Like the fallen angel Lucifer, it appears as the perfect being, an intellectual tempter with a sculpted body and androgynous beauty unlike the foul monster that Merrin would encounter years late. Pazuzu's evil spreads like a plague in the small African village, and turns man against man while the fallen priest works to regain his robes. The corruptive power of evil is felt in full force here, although Schrader takes slow but decisive steps to reach his final goal.

While DOMINION has often been criticized for its unfinished effects, it is rarely hailed for its superior setting. The ancient Byzantine tomb is finely decorated, and serves as an ominous stage for the spiritual warfare. Given the studio's complete lack of faith and resources, the garish computerization must be overlooked in place of the stronger story elements. Stellan Skarsgård is very good as the younger counterpart to Max von Sydow's character, with an introspective approach to the character that is reserved without being underplayed. He gives us cracks in his otherwise stern performance that humanize him and allow us to empathize with his internal struggle. Like Skarsgård, Schrader pulls back as well, refusing to rely on simple shocks in this psychological thriller. His unwillingness to compromise in creating a "studio" picture may have hurt the returns, but in the end, he delivers a much stronger film.

Renny Harlin would be brought on to re-write and re-shoot the entire picture after Morgan Creek decided to pull the project for its lack of marketability, but between the two versions, DOMINION is the preferrable prequel to THE EXORCIST.

Rating: 8/10.

Exorcist: The Beginning (2004)

Leslie Nielson entertained audiences with the comical REPOSSESSED in 1990, but if ever there was a spoof on THE EXORCIST, it is in Renny Harlin's prequel THE BEGINNING. After Morgan Creek decided to pull the plug on Paul Schrader's version for putting matter before splatter, they brought on a director who was sure to deliver more action and scares. To that extend, it succeeds, but at what cost?

In THE BEGINNING, Lancaster Merrin, a former priest, is hired to recover an ancient artifact that is believed to be resting in a newly-discovered church buried beneath the sands of East Africa. As the seal to the temple is broken, an evil falls upon the land, and a young boy begins to experience symptoms of demonic possession. With his faith in God restored, Merrin will come face to face with the devil in a final conflict!

THE BEGINNING encompasses everything that is wrong with Hollywood, and demonstrates just how little studio executives know about their audiences. Harlin's version has all of the trademarks of a major studio flopbuster: jump scares, forced sentimentality, over-the-top make-up and effects, and most notorious of all, the twist ending. While it is certainly more fast-paced and unexpected than DOMINION, it fails on almost every other level. Stellan Skarsgård has become tired of his role as Father Merrin, having already acted out the entire script in the earlier version. The pathetic use of sound design to force audience reactions proves how unscary the film really is. Rather than try anything new, Harlin attempts to recreate the bedroom scene from the original EXORCIST within the confines of the church, only this time, he uses a ridiculous villain that brings only laughs instead of chills. This origin story was better left untold, but in the end, Morgan Creek got exactly what they wanted: a bland, bloody shocker that they could market to the masses.

Rating: 6/10.

See Also: The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Requiem, The Antichrist, Repossessed!
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