Author Archives: Jonathan Stryker

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 fangoriascreening@gmail.com. You must list “SLEEPAWAY CAMP” as your subject line and provide your … Continue reading

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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

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  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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