Author Archives: Jonathan Stryker

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


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

Leave a comment 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, 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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North American Rights to EUROCRIME Documentary Acquired for DVD Release

The North American rights to a new documentary, Eurocrime: The Italian Cop and Gangster Films That Ruled the 70’s, have been acquired. The film is due for release on DVD in the fourth quarter of 2014. Directed by Mike Malloy, the nearly 140-minute documentary features interviews with many actors and directors involved in the making of these films, among them Franco Nero, John Saxon, Henry Silva, Fred Williamson, Enzo G. Castellari, Joe Dallesandro, and John … Continue reading

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New Horror Documentary WHY HORROR? To be Screened at Cannes

A new Canadian documentary on the horror film genre entitled WHY HORROR? will be featured at the Cannes Film Festival this month. The film follows horror fan Tal Zimerman across the globe as he talks to filmmakers on the nature of horror to understand why audiences pay good money to be scared. With stops in Japan, England, Mexico, the United States and Canada, WHY HORROR? features interviews with Eli Roth (HOSTEL), George A. Romero (NIGHT … Continue reading

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Interview: Caroline Munro

Caroline Munro is one of the nicest, upbeat and most gracious personalities I’ve met. Acting in films for nearly four decades, she has amassed an impressive filmography of genre titles. Caroline was able to take some time out of her traveling schedule and talk with me about her career. Jonathan Stryker: How did you end becoming an actress? Caroline Munro: I suppose really it was all by accident. I didn’t set out to be an … Continue reading

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Novelization of THE DARK CRYSTAL Out in June 2014

In his 1979 film Manhattan, Woody Allen referred to the practice of writing novelizations of movies as “another contemporary American phenomenon that’s truly moronic.” I was a child at the time and I loved buying the novels of my favorite films, among them The Dark Crystal, which had cool cover art and a nice selection of color photos from the film. The book is being rereleased in June in hardcover, along with the novelization of … Continue reading

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R.I.P.: Actor Les Carlson

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One of my favorite character actors, Les Carlson, passed away at his home in Toronto, Ontario on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the age of 81. Mr. Carlson appeared in some of my favorite genre films. He played Graham, the telephone lineman in Black Christmas (1974), Barry Convex, the president of the Spectacular Optical Corporation, in David Cronenberg’s Videodrome (1982), Brenner the newspaper editor in David Cronenberg’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dead Zone (1983), … Continue reading

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New York City Hosting Free Screening of SLEEPAWAY CAMP

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Fangoria is holding a free screening of the original 1983 film Sleepaway Camp on Monday, May 19, 2014 at 7:00 at the Cinema Village on 22 East 12th Street, just off of University Place. Cast members and behind-the-scenes people will be appearing at the screening, which will be a free show. In order to get tickets, you must send an e-mail to You must list “SLEEPAWAY CAMP” as your subject line and provide your … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Canal (2014) – Review 2

SYNOPSIS: David Williams wants nothing more than to give his wife Alice the perfect life. Working as a film archivist, the young, pregnant couple finally save enough to buy their first home. Residing on the picturesque, Irish Canal it seems as though their prayers have finally been answered. An eerie coincidence unfolds at David’s office one day to threaten it all. In the screening room, he views a silent film from 1902 documenting an unsolved … 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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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 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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