Key Genre Films 1980s

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How things have changed. In the forties, for instance, one would find it difficult to name twenty good genre films of the decade but, since the late seventies, Hollywood has learned that their baby-booming audiences could not only handle strong horror and science fiction concepts, they craved them. Filmmakers everywhere went into overdrive. Like television today, there wasn’t a production house around that didn’t have at least one genre project in the making. The first … Continue reading

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Film Review: Duel (1971)

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SYNOPSIS: “David Mann is feeling emasculated in his life, especially after a fight with his wife the evening before. While driving to a business appointment along a two-lane relatively secluded highway in the California desert, David, innocently he believes, passes an eighteen-wheel fuel truck. Later, the truck comes across him again, playing games of road chicken. David initially thinks that the truck driver is just a bad driver. Then, he believes the truck driver is … Continue reading

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Key Genre Films 1970s

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With The Andromeda Strain (1971) director Robert Wise proved that he was still as adept with science fiction themes as he was with the supernatural. A well constructed thriller, it tells of a group of scientists trying to analyse a strange alien spore which comes to earth. Stanley Kubrick, having explored the sterile depths of space in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), returned to a grungy Earth to show what might be happening in the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977)

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SYNOPSIS: “Cableman Roy Neary is one of several people who experience a close encounter of the first kind, witnessing UFOs flying through the night sky. He is subsequently haunted by a mountain-like image in his head and becomes obsessed with discovering what it represents, putting severe strain on his marriage. Meanwhile, government agents around the world have a close encounter of the second kind, discovering physical evidence of otherworldly visitors in the form of military … Continue reading

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SHOWTIME – Stephen King and Steven Spielberg go UNDER THE DOME

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We already knew that Steven Spielberg picked up the rights to Stephen King’s epic novel UNDER THE DOME. We just didn’t know what he was going to do with it but that changes tonight. We now know that the two Steve’s are heading over to SHOWTIME where the network that brings us DEXTER will try their hand at adapting KING. The actual details are actually pretty sparse but it appears as if it will be … Continue reading

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JAWS Blu-ray attacking soon!

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AICN scored the big “cool” story of the week when they scored the news that JAWS will be making its way to Blu-ray very soon. Quint, one of the long time contributors to the site got an almost hour long sit down with Mr. Spielberg and the news shot forth that the process has begun and there will be a Blu-ray release to celebrate the 36 year anniversary of the original release. While Quint promises … Continue reading

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New day, new SUPER 8 clip

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As expected the SUPER 8 press is really starting to amp up. Today I have a bit of an extended clip from the film where we get to see the train wreck that appears to unleash whatever it is that is reeking havoc on the small Ohio town. Not much else needs said, enjoy the clip:

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Two new TV spots for SUPER 8

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So, are you ready? SUPER 8 is coming at us and I have a feeling these next few weeks we are going to be bombarded with SUPER 8 clips, spots, pics, interviews and the like. June 10th is the debut date and before you check out the clips here’s the synopsis to refresh you memory. In the summer of 1979, where a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness catastrophic train crash while … Continue reading

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More SUPER 8 coolness

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I know, it seems like I’m talking about this flick a lot but they are doing a great job of stirring things up and keeping it interesting. Remember that trailer I showed you yesterday? Well, hidden in the camera lens at the end of the trailer was a website address, it looks like this: If you look in the lens, on the film strip is a site address. CLICK HERE and you’ll go right on … Continue reading

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Film Review: Jaws (1975)

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SYNOPSIS: The people of the small island town of Amity are being attacked by a giant Great White shark during their busy summer season when tourists flood the town. Three men (The Police Chief, a Marine Biologist & a grizzled fisherman) set out to hunt it down & kill it before it can claim any more victims in it’s razor sharp teeth. REVIEW: You know faithful acolytes, there are only a few things that actually … Continue reading

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War Movie Favourites

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War! What is it good for? An action-packed evening on the couch, that’s what! When I asked Horror News readers and Facebook friends to tell me their favourite war movies, the response was terrific. While I can’t deny the quality of films like Gone With The Wind (1939), Lawrence Of Arabia (1962), Battle Of Britain (1969), Kelly’s Heroes (1970), Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970), Ran (1985), Platoon (1986), Gettysburg (1993), Braveheart (1995), 300 (2006) or Inglourious … Continue reading

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Film Review: Poltergeist (1982)

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SYNOPSIS: “While living an an average family house in a pleasant neighborhood, the youngest daughter of the Freeling family, Carol Anne, seems to be connecting with the supernatural through a dead channel on the television. It is not for long when the mysterious beings enter the house’s walls. At first seeming like harmless ghosts, they play tricks and amuse the family, but they take a nasty turn- they horrify the family to death with angry … Continue reading

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How To ‘Make’ A Monster

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How does one identify a monster? The question is easier to answer by example than definition. In movie terms, a monster is something unnatural, dangerous and out of control. King Kong (1933), the Frankenstein (1931) monster, Godzilla (1954), Dracula (1931), Ray Harryhausen’s cyclops from The Seventh Voyage Of Sinbad (1958), the Alien (1979), The Mummy (1932). That’s the monster A-list, but gobbling along in their wake are the tentacled, radioactive invaders of the fifties – … Continue reading

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Film Review: Back To The Future (1985)

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SYNOPSIS: “Marty McFly, a typical American teenager of the Eighties, is accidentally sent back to 1955 in a plutonium-powered DeLorean time machine invented by slightly mad scientist. During his often hysterical, always amazing trip back in time, Marty must make certain his teenage parents-to-be meet and fall in love – so he can get back to the future.” (courtesy IMDB) REVIEW: In September of 1980, filmmakers Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale collaborated on a script … Continue reading

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