Author Archives: Jonathan Stryker

Goblin’s New Album FOUR OF A KIND Available at Pledge Music

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Goblin, the Italian progressive rock band best known the world over for scoring some of Dario Argento’s most entertaining films, is announcing that pre-orders are being taken for their new album Four Of A Kind through Pledge Music.  Fans have a choice of pledging various amounts in return for ultra-cool merchandise.  From the press release: Hello everyone,

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Book Review: Steven Spielberg and DUEL – The Making of a Film Career

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Steven Spielberg’s Duel is a film that was made by Universal Pictures as a “movie of the week”. Shot on a shoestring, Duel premiered on Saturday, November 13, 1971 on ABC-TV.  The film garnered sterling notices from the get-go and had far more admirers than detractors.  It was instrumental in putting Mr. Spielberg on the path to a career in feature filmmaking, something he wanted since he was a child.  A minimalist film about an … Continue reading

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THE WOMAN IN BLACK: ANGEL OF DEATH Due Out in 2015

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One of the scariest films I have ever seen is the 1989 British TV movie The Woman in Black which starred Adrian Rawlins and Bernard Hepton. Based upon the 1983 novel of the same name by author Susan Hill, it has also been made into a British stage play a 2012 theatrical feature with Danielle Radcliffe. Now a sequel is due out in 2015, called The Woman in Black: Angel of Death, which is directed … Continue reading

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12-Hour Horror Movie Marathon in NY Today

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If you are in New York City today, the Anthology Film Archives has a treat in store for you.  From the press release: An event so huge it needed a name you couldn’t say in one breath! In conjunction with Outcast Cinema, we’ll be presenting a noon-to-midnight marathon of SEVEN rarely-screened, bona-fide horror classics ranging from the 1950s Golden Age to the dawn of 80s splatter. Some of these movies haven’t played NYC screens in … Continue reading

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THE SHINING & Masquerade Ball in Jersey City This Weekend

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Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film version of Stephen King’s The Shining will be screened on Saturday, November 1 at Jersey City’s famed Loew’s Jersey Theatre.  The screening will be followed by a masquerade party in the huge theatre lobby.  From the press release: On November 1 at 7 PM, come to watch the legendarily creepy “The Shining” starring Jack Nicholson on The Loew’s Jersey’s  BIG 50-FOOT-WIDE screen…AND THEN after the movie, starting at 9:30 PM, step … Continue reading

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Trio of Classic Horror Films Screening in Jersey City This Weekend

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This coming Friday will see big-screen showings of three of horror cinema’s most highly regarded works.  F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu (1922) will screen Friday evening at Loew’s Jersey City theatre in Jersey City, NJ on Friday, October 24 at 8:15 pm. On Saturday, October 25, James Whale’s Frankenstein will screen at 6:30 pm.  This will be followed at 8:15 pm with a screening of The Haunting, Robert Wise’s 1963 black and white film version of Shirley … Continue reading

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HorrorFunding: SAMURAI COP 2

Thanks to all who pledged their hard-earned greenbacks, Gregory Hatanaka’s Samurai Cop 2 has been funded through its Kickstarter page. Looking forward to seeing the further adventures of the former mullet-wearing saver-of-the-day. Click here to see the results of the pledges.  

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Midnight Screenings of SCREAM & RE-ANIMATOR at Brooklyn’s Nitehawk

Head out to the Nitehawk Cinema in Brooklyn this weekend.  The theatre will be showing midnight screenings of Stuart Gordon’s Re-animator (1985) and Wes Craven’s Scream (1996) in two separate theatres at midnight tonight and tomorrow night – these are not double features.  From the press release: Scream:  Many consider Wes Craven’s Scream to be the end of an era for the American horror film as it folds in all of the genre’s tropes of … Continue reading

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Chiller Theatre Toy and Model Film Expo October 24 – 26, 2014

The Chiller Theatre Toy and Model Film Expo will be held at the Sheraton Parsippany in Parsippany, NJ on October 24 – 26, 2014.  The convention has an enormous list of guests to meet, including Yaphet Kotto from Alien, Robert Kerman from Cannibal Holocaust, Lisa Marie from Mars Attacks!, Mark Rolston from Aliens, Barbara Steele from Black Sunday, and Gerrit Graham from Phantom of the Paradise to name just a few.  Also headlining are:

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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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