Author Archives: Jonathan Stryker

Robert Wise’s THE HAUNTING (1963) Screening at the Nitehawk This Weekend

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The Haunting, Robert Wise’s 1963 black and white film version of Shirley Jackson’s 1959 novel The Haunting of Hill House, will be screened in 35mm at Brooklyn’s Nitehawk Cinema at 11:45 am.  The chilling tale that inspired The Legend of Hell House, Burnt Offerings, and The Shining stars an excellent ensemble cast that consists of Julie Harris, Richard Johnson, Russ Tamblyn, and Claire Bloom as a group that elects to stay in the haunted mansion … Continue reading

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It’s Alive (1974) 40th Anniversary Screening in Los Angeles

It’s Alive, Larry Cohen’s 1974 cult thriller starring John P. Ryan, Sharron Farrell, James Dixon and Guy Stockwell, is celebrating it’s 40th anniversary with a screening at the Nuart Theatre in Los Angeles.  The film will be screening on Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 10:00 pm.  Director Cohen and actress Farrell are scheduled to appear in person to discuss the film.  From the press release: Our modern world is full of marvels—but also polluted air, … Continue reading

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CineRidge Entertainment Signs Actress Bai Ling to 8-Picture Deal

CineRidge Entertainment, the company behind Clinton H. Wallace’s American Nudist (2011) and Gregory Hatanaka’s Blue Dream (2013), has just signed Asian actress Bai Ling to an 8-picture deal. Ms. Ling, who has nearly 90 credits to her name between television and movie roles, played Myca in The Crow (1994) and Ria in Cranked: High Voltage (2009).  She has half a dozen films in post-production at the moment, and her first film for CineRidge, Samurai Cop … Continue reading

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Paul Morrisey’s FLESH FOR FRANKENSTEIN Screening at Brooklyn’s Nitehawk Cinema on 09/06

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Paul Morrisey’s 1973 film Flesh for Frankenstein, starring the inimitable Joe Dallesandro, Udo Kier and Dalila Di Lazzaro, will be screened tonight on 35mm at the beautiful Nitehawk Cinema at 136 Metropolitan Avenue in Brooklyn, NY at midnight as part of their September “Nitehawk Nasties” series.  From the press release: Many versions of Dr. Frankenstein and his monstrous creation have been made since Mary Shelley first wrote her gothic novel Frankenstein in 1818 but none … Continue reading

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SAMURAI COP Screening in Los Angeles with Matt Hannon in Person

The Cinefamily cinema at 611 Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles, CA is hosting another screening of the cult film Samurai Cop.  From the press release: The “Samurai Cop” himself, Matt Hannon, will be here in person for a Q&A after the film! Even in an era when action sludge was more common than shoulder pads or skinny ties, 1989’s Samurai Cop stood out as a true anomaly. Perhaps living legend Joe Bob Briggs summed it … Continue reading

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Kickstarter Campaign to Bring SAMURAI COP 2 to the Screen Still Going

As I reported last month, Samurai Cop, the 1991 cult film that still smacks of the 1980’s, has gained a large following due to its availability on VHS and now DVD (in a special edition on the latter). With the availability of digital cinema projection, the film has played to sold-out crowds on weekend midnight shows and continues to do so. There are efforts afoot to make a sequel and Cinema Epoch has launched a … Continue reading

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SAMURAI COP Screening in Seattle with Matt Hannon in Person

Yesterday we told you about the Kickstarter campaign to get Samurai Cop 2 off the ground. Today we’re letting you know about the Samurai Cop screening in Seattle which takes place on Saturday, August 16, 2014. From the press release: Special Guest: the Samurai Cop himself, Matt Hannon! Cross out the squares as the insanity unfolds onscreen. This unique, interactive cinema experience combines terrible action movies–screened on VHS!–with live comedy and BINGO. Hosted by Portland … Continue reading

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Kickstarter Campaign Begun to Bring SAMURAI COP 2 to the Screen

Samurai Cop, the 1991 cult film that still smacks of the 1980’s, has gained a large following due to its availability on VHS and now DVD (in a special edition on the latter). With the availability of digital cinema projection, the film has played to sold-out crowds on weekend midnight shows and continues to do so. If you haven’t seen this film, you’re in for a treat. Lovers of “It’s so good, it’s bad” cinema … Continue reading

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Blu-ray Review: STAGE FRIGHT (2014)

Synopsis: A musical theater troupe is stalked by a deranged killer, all to music! When I first heard of Jerome Sable’s Stage Fright (2014), my initial reaction was that it was a remake of Michele Soavi’s superb 1987 directorial debut of the same name. After all, the genre has been overrun of late with remakes and reimaginings to keep up with the demands of home video and video-on-demand. More horror product and an insistence on … Continue reading

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Blu-ray Review: Curtains

Have you ever wanted sometime sooo badly you would do anything for it?  Well for me, I have wanted Curtains (1983) on DVD and Blu-ray for years. I own a 35mm print of this film, and I’ve seen it projected three times since 1998. The image looks very similar to the VHS Vestron Video release which I first rented in July 1986 which is to say that it is dark, murky and sometimes difficult to … Continue reading

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George A. Romero’s MARTIN Screening in Brooklyn, NY

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George Romero is best known to horror film fans for his Living Dead films. My personal favorite, and what I consider to be his best film, is Martin (1976), a highly under-rated film shot just prior to what is perhaps his most beloved film, Dawn of the Dead (1978). The title character is portrayed with understated grace by actor John Amplas as a young man whose uncle is convinced that he is a vampire. The … Continue reading

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SpanishFear.com Showcases Spanish Horror

I have been a fan of Spanish horror films ever since I saw 1972’s Murder Mansion on television one night during the 1980’s. Along with The Finishing School (1969), these two classic horror outings still have yet to be given the proper high definition treatment.  Hopefully these films’ luck will change now that SpanishFear.com, a website dedicated to española de terror, is showcasing the latest news on the likes of Amando de Ossorio, Eugenio Martin, … Continue reading

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Blu-ray Review: Tourist Trap (1979)

SYNOPSIS: A group of five friends on a weekend outing get more than they bargained for when they stumble upon a shuttered museum of mannequins and its lonely yet amiable former proprietor. REVIEW: One of the best yet most obscure horror films of the 1970’s has recently made its debut on Blu-ray. Tourist Trap opened in 1979 with little fanfare, and didn’t even play in any of the theaters that I frequented. I didn’t even … Continue reading

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Starlog Returning Online

Starlog, Fangoria’s sister publication which was published in magazine format from August 1976 until April 2009 and covered sci-fi and fantasy films, is scheduled to relaunch on Monday, July 14, 2014 online. For years, Starlog was one of the very few sources for genre fans to read up on the latest news regarding the projects that their favorite actors and directors were working on.   I was introduced to the publication with issue 59 which featured … Continue reading

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Michele Soavi’s STAGEFRIGHT Coming to DVD and Blu-ray

Arguably the best Italian slasher film not directed by Dario Argento is Michele Soavi’s stunning directorial debut Stagefright (1987).  A longtime favorite among horror fans of the giallo and slasher genres, Stagefright has never been accurately represented on home video, with the exception of the beautifully British DVD done in 2000 from the original camera negative.  All other pressings of this film have been from less-than-stellar elements.  All of that is about to change now … Continue reading

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ScareLA Convention Returns August 9 & 10, 2014

For those of you who cannot wait until October for Halloween to begin, the ScareLA convention returns to the City of Angels on August 9 & 10, 2014. It’s amazing how lucrative and popular this beloved holiday, which has many detractors of course, has become in recent years. From the press release: ScareLA returns on August 9 & 10, 2014 as the first Los Angeles convention dedicated to celebrating Halloween. Situated in the entertainment capital … Continue reading

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