Author Archives: Jonathan Stryker

FIlm Review: THE CANAL

Ivan Kavanagh’s The Canal (2014) is the most frightening film that I have seen since Greg Mclean’s Wolf Creek (2005). It is also one of the creepiest, most brilliantly photographed and edited psychological studies of recent memory, creating an overwhelming feeling of dread and constantly keeping the audience on its guard. I rarely get goosebumps, the hairs on the back of my neck generally don’t stand up, and I hardly, if ever, jump in my … Continue reading

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It’s Chiller Time!

The Spring (if you can call this weather Spring weather) Chiller Theatre Toy, Model and Film Expo will be held from Friday, April 25, 2014 through Sunday, April 27, 2014 at the Sheraton Hotel in Parsippany, NJ. The show hours are: Friday: Pre-show hours: 05:00 pm to 06:00 pm Friday: Regular show hours: 06:00 pm to 11:00 pm Saturday Pre-show: 10:00 am to 11:00 am Saturday Regular show hours: 11:00 am to 07:00 pm Sunday … Continue reading

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Andrzej Zulawski’s POSSESSION Coming to Blu-ray

POSSESSION, 1981 – Limited Edition Custom Blue Velvet Boxset (2000 Numbered Units) Runtime: 124 minutes 1. Original English Mono [dts-HD Master Audio] 2. Audio Commentary 3. Unauthorized Alternate Audio* English, French, and Spanish Subtitles (optional, in White or Yellow) 1.66:1 Dual Layer BD-50 + CD

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KILLING AMERICAN STYLE Trailer Now Online

Cinema Epoch has just released another Amir Shervan title on DVD. Killing American Style (1990), in the campy tradition of the highly entertaining Samurai Cop (1989) and complete with funny dialog and obviously staged action scenes, also stars Robert Z’Dar, Harold Diamond, and Jim Brown(!). The trailer can be seen here and the DVD can be ordered here from Amazon.com. The movie’s Facebook page can be seen here.

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JINNAH and CREEPORIA Due Out Fourth Quarter of 2014

Cinema Epoch has recently acquired the rights to two films: Jinnah (1998), starring Sir Christopher Lee, in what some consider to be the finest and most important role of his illustrious career as Mohamaad Ali Jinnah, the little-known founder of Pakistan who, in 1947, achieved independence for the country peaceably from Colonial India; and Creeporia (2014), an epic live-action/animated horror-comedy that runs 270 minutes and was written, produced and directed by John Semper Jr. Both … Continue reading

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John Harrison’s CREEPSHOW Score Comes to CD in Limited Edition

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One of my favorite horror film scores is to the first George A. Romero film that I ever saw, his 1982 cotton candy comic book film Creepshow. I always loved the music to this film and it was available for years on both LP and later on CD in a significantly truncated version that played very well as a listening experience but was woefully lacking as a representation of the film’s score since many cues … Continue reading

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HUNDRA (1983) DVD Now Available on Amazon.com

  Hundra, the 1983 Matt Cimber-lensed action adventure cult film starring actress Laurene Landon, is  available again on DVD, this time via Cinema Epoch.  You can see the teaser trailer for the film here. Originally an Italian-Spanish co-production, Hundra has garnered a devoted fan following over the last 30 years.  Dvdtalk.com referred to the film as a “genial, rollicking, comic book sword and sandals fantasy”.  The film was never granted a theatrical release in the … Continue reading

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New Website for R.E. Asbury’s NIGHT TRAVELER Now Online

NIGHT-TRAVELER

  Night Traveler is an adventure series by Lunar Moth Entertainment that has now become an animated film. Originally proposed as a comic book in a single issue, the story took on a different form and became much larger in scope.  The website describes the film as follows: “Night Traveler: Prophecy of the Elder follows musician Jake Whitman on a journey of discovery and adventure. After being fired from his only steady gig, Jake is … Continue reading

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Nicholas Meyer’s TIME AFTER TIME Screening in Los Angeles

Can it really be 35 years since Nicholas Meyer’s fun-filled Time After Time (1979) was released? I missed the film during its original theatrical exhibition, but caught up with it on cable in the summer of 1983 on a trip to Florida. Based upon the first part of Mr. Meyer’s college friend Karl Alexander’s then-incomplete novel of the same name, Mr. Meyer optioned the book and adapted it into a screenplay. To celebrate the film’s … Continue reading

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Waxwork Records to Release New Vinyl LP of CREEPSHOW Soundtrack

Waxwork Records has thus far released the soundtracks to Rosemary’s Baby, Day of the Dead, and Re-Animator on the vinyl LP, a format that was declared dead in the early 1980’s when compact discs became all the rage. They have just announced the upcoming release of John Harrison’s music to George A. Romero’s 1982 fan favorite Creepshow. How much of the music from the film will be on the record is unknown at this point. … Continue reading

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KING SOLOMON’S MINES Set for a Remake

Matt Cimber, the director of cult favorites Hundra (1983) and Yellow Hair and the Fortress of Gold (1984) which both starred actress Laurene Landon as the titular heroines, is set to direct an updated remake of King Solomon’s Mines.  First published as a novel in 1885 by author Sir Henry Rider Haggard, the story has been made into films on at least six occasions.  The new film will be written by longtime Cimber collaborator John … Continue reading

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ALIENS Dolls Coming for 35th Anniversary of Ridley Scott’s ALIEN

  Can it really be 35 years since Ridley Scott’s Alien burst out of John Hurt’s chest and on to movie theater screens?  Unbelievable!  To celebrate the release of the film, NECA is releasing an action figure of the character of Ripley featuring the likeness and approval of Sigourney Weaver who played the character in the original and the sequels.  There are plans to produce Ripley as she appears in her spacesuit when she battles … Continue reading

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New Website for R.E. Asbury’s NIGHT TRAVELER Now Online

NIGHT TRAVELER

Night Traveler is an adventure series by Lunar Moth Entertainment that has now become an animated film. Originally proposed as a comic book in a single issue, the story took on a different form and became much larger in scope.  The website describes the film as follows: “Night Traveler: Prophecy of the Elder follows musician Jake Whitman on a journey of discovery and adventure. After being fired from his only steady gig, Jake is lured … Continue reading

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RIP: Gordon Hessler

Gordon Hessler

Gordon Hessler, the British feature film and television director, passed away in his sleep on Sunday, January 19, 2014 after an undisclosed illness. He was 88, although most sources erroneously list him as being born in 1930. The news was confirmed by Douglas Dunning of Cinema Epoch, who was a good friend of Mr. Hessler’s. In addition to director, Mr. Hessler was also a screenwriter and a producer. Although he was born and raised in … Continue reading

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Bela Lugosi, Jr. and Sara Karloff In-Person at Classic Horror Film Screening This Weekend

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The New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles is presenting a double feature of Son of Frankenstein (1939) and House of Frankenstein (1944) this coming Sunday and Monday. Son of Frankenstein was directed by Rowland V. Lee and stars Basil Rathbone, Boris Karloff, BĂ©la Lugosi, Lionel Atwill, Josephine Hutchinson, and Donnie Dunagan. Projected on 35mm film. House of Frankenstein was directed by Erle C. Kenton and stars Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr., John Carradine, J. Carrol … Continue reading

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Two Sci-Fi Classics on the Big Screen

The New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles is presenting a double feature of This Island Earth (1955) and It Came From Outer Space (1953) this coming Sunday and Monday.  The latter film is often cited by filmmaker John Carpenter as an early influence. This Island Earth stars Jeff Morrow, Faith Domergue, Rex Reason, Lance Fuller and Russell Johnson and was directed by Joseph M. Newman.  Projected on 35mm film. It Came From Outer Space stars … Continue reading

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