- February 27th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include BASKET CASE Limited Edition, GATE II, THE SECT
- F This Movie Fest 7 to Celebrate 1989 Films THE ’BURBS, ROAD HOUSE, BATMAN, and More!
- Q&A: CURVATURE Director Diego Hallivis on Working with Linda Hamilton and Making a Character-Centric Time Travel Movie
- Contest: Win COLOSSUS: THE FORBIN PROJECT on Blu-ray
- Q&A: PRIMAL RAGE Director Patrick Magee on Playing a Legendary Creature & Bringing His Bigfoot Movie to the Big Screen
Posted: 26 Feb 2018 05:53 PM PST
February's horror and sci-fi home media titles are coming to a close this week, but before we can bid adieu to the month, there are a bounty of cult classics (and a few notable new films) coming our way on Tuesday that fans should definitely keep an eye out for. Arrow Video is keeping busy with a pair of limited edition Blu-rays for Scalpel and Frank Henenlotter's original Basket Case, and Tibor Takacs' Gate II is being resurrected in HD via the fine folks at Scream Factory.
Vinegar Syndrome has put together a limited edition Blu for Prey, and Michele Soavi's The Sect comes home this week too, courtesy of Scorpion Releasing. Other notable releases for February 27th include 78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene (which is an excellent documentary on Psycho's most memorable moment), Serpent's Lair, Hangman, The Brainiac, Colossus: The Forbin Project, Lost Creek, and the 2017 adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express.
78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene (Scream Factory, Blu/DVD Combo)
The screeching strings, the plunging knife, the slow zoom out from a lifeless eyeball: in 1960, Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho changed film history forever with its taboo-shattering shower scene. With 78 camera set-ups and 52 edits over the course of 3 minutes, Psycho redefined screen violence, set the stage for decades of slasher films to come, and introduced a new element of danger to the movie-going experience. Aided by a roster of filmmakers, critics, and fans (including Guillermo del Toro, Bret Easton Ellis, Jamie Lee Curtis, Eli Roth, Danny Elfman, and Peter Bogdanovich) director Alexandre O. Philippe pulls back the curtain on the making and influence of this cinematic game-changer, breaking it down frame by frame and unpacking Hitchcock's dense web of allusions and double meanings. The result is an enthralling piece of cinematic detective work that's pure nirvana for film buffs.
- Extended Interview With Walter Murch
Basket Case: Limited Edition (Arrow Video, Blu-ray)
THE TENANT IN ROOM 7 IS VERY SMALL, VERY TWISTED, AND VERY MAD.
The feature debut of director Frank Henenlotter (Brain Damage, Frankenhooker), 1982's Basket Case is perhaps his most revered - a riotous and blood-spattered midnight movie experience, now immortalized in a lavish new 4K restoration by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).
Duane Bradley is a pretty ordinary guy. His formerly conjoined twin Belial, on the other hand, is a deformed, fleshy lump whom he carries around in a wicker basket. Arriving in the Big Apple and taking up a room at the seedy Hotel Broslin, the pair set about hunting down and butchering the surgeons responsible for their separation. But tensions flare up when Duane starts spending time with a pretty blonde secretary, and Belial's homicidal tendencies reach bloody new extremes.
Filmed on a shoestring budget against the backdrop of 1980s New York (where the movie would become a staple of the infamous 42nd Street grindhouse circuit), Basket Case has clawed its way from its humble origins to become one of the most celebrated cult movies of all time.
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
Gate II (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)
Not all minions are cute and cuddly …
This supercharged sequel to the horror classic The Gate comes alive with unearthly creatures, heart-stopping action and incredible special effects.
Gate II picks up again with Terry, the teenage sorcerer who summons beings from the other side whose powers can be used to grant any wish. Unfortunately, before the Gate closes again, a minion (a tiny disciple of Satan himself) manages to slip through to our dimension. When the creature is kidnapped, all hell breaks loose.
Scalpel: Limited Edition (Arrow Video, Blu-ray)
HE LOST THE FACE OF THE WOMAN HE LOVED… SO HE GAVE IT TO SOMEONE ELSE.
US television staple Robert Lansing (Star Trek, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Twilight Zone) stars as a deranged surgeon in this twisty-turny psychological thriller from Blood Rage director John Grissmer.
In Scalpel, Lansing plays Dr. Phillip Reynolds, a man whose daughter Heather (Judith Chapman, As the World Turns, General Hospital) has run away from home a year prior following the suspicious death of her boyfriend. When he happens across a young woman one night, her face beaten beyond recognition, the unhinged Reynolds sees this as an opportunity to put his trusty scalpel to use - hatching a plan to ''reconstruct'' her face in the image of his missing daughter, and so claim her sizeable inheritance.
Photographed by celebrated cinematographer Edward Lachman, who would go on to serve as DP on the likes of Erin Brockovich and The Virgin Suicides, Scalpel is an exemplary slice of Southern-fried gothic, filled finally rescued from VHS obscurity in this revelatory new Blu-ray edition from Arrow Video.
DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
Prey: Limited Edition (Vinegar Syndrome, Blu/DVD Combo)
An alien craft carrying a being with fox-like features has landed in the middle of rural England. After brutally murdering a young couple, the being animates himself into the body of the man he killed, adopting the name Anders. Upon being discovered by a reclusive lesbian couple, who mistake him for an injured drifter, they invite him to recover in their isolated home, unaware of his innate bloodlust...
While ostensibly a science fiction film, Norman J. Warren's PREY is a brooding study in sexual desire and loneliness, punctuated by shocking violence and suspense. Equal parts bloody and erotic, Vinegar Syndrome presents this masterpiece of British horror on Blu-ray, in a brand new, director approved restoration from its 35mm negative, and fully uncut for the first time since its 80s VHS release.
The Sect (Scorpion Releasing, Blu-ray)
There's fear around every corner with a diabolical sect on the loose! Kelly Lee Curtis (sister of Jamie Lee) stars as Miriam, an American schoolteacher relocated to Germany in an area plagued by a satanic cult that murders and tears out the hearts of anyone who betrays it. One afternoon, Miriam accidentally hits an elderly pedestrian, Moebius (Herbert Lom, The Pink Panther, The Dead Zone), standing in the middle of the road; alarmed, she takes him back to her house to recuperate, only for him to secretly drug her and then secrete a hallucinogenic insect in her nostril. Clearly targeting Miriam for a sinister plan, Moebius triggers an uncanny string of events in Miriam's life involving nightmares, a diabolical cult leader, Damon (The Church's Tomas Arana), her magic pet rabbit, and a dark well filled with mystical water. Directed by Michele Soavi (The Church, Stagefright) and produced by maestro Dario Argento (Suspiria, Opera), this hallucinatory shocker now merges from the darkness with a new HD transfer!
ALSO AVAILABLE THIS WEEK:
The Brainiac (Cheezy Movies, DVD)
Colossus: The Forbin Project (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)
Hangman (Lionsgate, Blu-ray & DVD)
Lost Creek (Gravitas Ventures, Blu-ray & DVD)
Murder on the Orient Express (2017) (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 4K Ultra HD/Blu Combo, Blu/DVD Combo &DVD)
The Neighbor (Lionsgate, DVD)
Serpent's Lair (Kino Lorber, Blu-ray)
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Posted: 26 Feb 2018 04:46 PM PST
You don't have to be in the same room with other cinema lovers to have a film festival. For the last six years, the insightful film website and podcast F This Movie (operated by our own Patrick Bromley) has united movie lovers on Twitter for an all-day marathon of eclectic titles. This year is no exception, as Bromley and the rest of his talented team of writers and co-hosts are inviting fans to join them online for a celebration of 1989 movies.
Taking place on Saturday, March 3rd, F This Movie Fest 7 will include the "Weird Al" Yankovic-starring UHF, the crime comedy Tango & Cash, Joe Dante's The 'Burbs, the life lessons of Road House, and Jack Nicholson's take on the Joker in Tim Burton's Batman.
As per usual, you can enjoy F This Movie Fest from the comfort of your own couch. Each movie has a start time so that all participants can hit "play" at the same moment (think of it as synchronizing your DVD players instead of your watches). Then, while the movies are playing, you can have online discussions with other participants by posting on Twitter and tagging your comments with #fthismoviefest.
For more information, check the schedule below, visit F This Movie's website (including great articles on other 1989 movies not featured in the festival), and follow them on Twitter! As Bromley says on F This Movie's podcast, this is all about providing "movie love for movie lovers," so if you'd like to celebrate some of the most memorable movies from 1989, make sure you clear your schedule on March 3rd, and in the immortal words of Dalton, "Be nice."
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Posted: 26 Feb 2018 03:59 PM PST
You may know her best as Sarah Connor in the first two Terminator movies, but in the new film Curvature, Linda Hamliton experiences a different kind of time travel adventure in her co-starring role as Florence. With Curvature out now in theaters and on VOD platforms from Screen Media, we caught up with director Diego Hallivis for a new Q&A feature to discuss working with Hamilton, making a movie where time travel enhances the characters as much as the plot, and two different genre movies he has in the works.
Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us, Diego, and congratulations on your new movie, Curvature! When you read Brian DeLeeuw's screenplay for the film, what made you excited to bring this story to life on screen?
Diego Hallivis: Thank you for the support! Two things jumped out at me when I first read Curvature. First, the role of Helen, a strong female protagonist who doesn't fall into the trap of conforming to Hollywood tropes. Second was the way in which time travel is implemented. Just in general, time travel movies are very hard because there are so many out there and its all about finding a new angle. Many movies tend to use time travel as a device that changes the outcome of events in the plot. But Brian was able to create a compelling story in which the time travel elevates the drama and the emotional arc of a character. That's what made me think Curvature was so original.
Were you inspired by any other time travel or sci-fi movies when you were making Curvature?
Diego Hallivis: Definitely! I watched a lot of time travel movies, mainly to study what's been done before and think about how I could approach Curvature a bit differently. So they definitely helped, but I didn't use any other time travel films as a template for Curvature.
The cast for Curvature includes the great Linda Hamilton. What was it like working with Hamilton, who is a legend within the sci-fi genre?
Diego Hallivis: Linda is one of the nicest and sweetest human beings I have ever met. I was nervous at first, because she comes from the time travel film school of James Cameron and I'm an independent director working on a much smaller budget. But the very first time I met her, she greeted me with a hug, told me how much she loved the screenplay and immediately all my nerves disappeared. Working with her was an amazing experience. She brings an amazing, positive energy to set and likes to collaborate. She would give me different versions of her performance with each take that all still managed to seem true to her character. It really made my job a lot easier and very enjoyable.
When you look back at your time on set, is there a favorite or funny moment that stands out?
Diego Hallivis: There's a dream sequence in the film that takes place in the forest. It has a misty, moody vibe, so we had a smoke machine ready to go for the day we shot it. And of course, it broke down on that one day we really needed it. So we repurposed a haze machine. The problem with that is that a haze machine produces about a tenth of the smoke we needed. Plus, the smoke disappears much, much faster than that of a smoke machine. And so, as Lyndsy [Fonseca] walked through the dreamscape, I had to run in circles around her holding the hazer and trying to stay out of frame. Later in the edit room, my editor Joel [Griffen] made a little compilation video of my running around—still makes me laugh when I see it!
Where did filming take place, and how long was your shooting schedule?
Diego Hallivis: We filmed in Kentucky and shot for 20 days with a full crew, as well as an additional two days with a skeleton crew (basically just me, our producer Julio [Hallivis] and a 1st AC).
What was the most challenging scene to shoot?
Diego Hallivis: I can honestly say that there wasn't any specific scene that was terrible. The challenges really only came when we had to fight the elements (rain, traffic, etc.). We'd lose a crazy amount of time, then have to figure out how to make up for it. Sometimes that meant not rehearsing as much; other times it meant changing the blocking you had planned for weeks or simplifying your shot list in order to make the day.
Would you be interested in returning to the world of Curvature in a potential sequel?
Diego Hallivis: For me, there needs to be a good story reason to make a sequel. And in light of how Curvature ends, I feel a continuation would just betray the story. It just wasn't really designed to be a franchise.
With Curvature out now from Screen Media, what other projects do you have on deck that you can tease?
Diego Hallivis: I have other projects that are cooking, some of them sci-fi, but I love genre films in general. There is a western thriller getting a lot of traction, but I also have a horror movie I am very excited to make. I can't give many details yet, but suffice it to say that it's going to be really bizarre, crazy, and really out there. We should be making an announcement soon.
Posted: 26 Feb 2018 12:23 PM PST
A super computer turns into a doomsday machine in Colossus: The Forbin Project, and with the 1970 sci-fi thriller coming to Blu-ray from Scream Factory on February 27th, we've been provided with three high-def copies to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.
Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of Colossus: The Forbin Project.
How to Enter: We're giving Daily Dead readers multiple chances to enter and win:
Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am EST on March 5th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per entry method, per household will be accepted.
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Posted: 26 Feb 2018 11:01 AM PST
Looking to deliver a new twist on a feared and revered legend, Patrick Magee's new movie Primal Rage is coming to US theaters for one night only on February 27th via Fathom Events and Blue Fox Entertainment. To celebrate Bigfoot's return to the big screen, we caught up with Magee for a new Q&A feature to discuss not only directing Primal Rage, but also his time on set playing Bigfoot in a suit he created using skills acquired from his own impressive practical effects career.
Thanks for taking the time to answer questions for us, Patrick, and congratulations on Primal Rage. How and when did you and Jay Lee come up with the idea for your new movie?
Patrick Magee: It was a very long process. I have always wanted to make a Bigfoot suit. I initially started making the Bigfoot suit first, and simultaneously, I started to develop a story, to keep it small and simple. After a couple years of accumulating notes and laying out the structure, I handed my notes to Jay, and he turned them into a script. He added a ton, especially with the Native American element, as well as the hunters.
Where did filming take place for Primal Rage, and how long was your shooting schedule?
Patrick Magee: We shot Primal Rage where so many Bigfoot/Sasquatch sightings are: in the Pacific Northwest at the California-Oregon border in the Redwoods. Most of the film was shot over a two-year period. We shot for about two and a half weeks in February of 2015 and then another two and a half weeks in February of 2016. Additionally, there are several shots that made it into the film from our initial creature test in 2013, as well as a location scouting trip in 2014.
Have you always been personally interested in Bigfoot? Do you believe in the existence of the iconic creature?
Patrick Magee: Ever since I was young and saw Harry and the Hendersons, I've always been drawn to the character, and wanted to create the sinister, evil version of him. I am typically drawn to furry monsters. As for do I believe in him? I'll believe in him when I see him.
Looking back at your time on set, what was the most memorable experience you had while making the movie?
Patrick Magee: Everything was great to shoot. It was a dream come true. Definitely shooting the big group scenes, with all of the performers, most of which I've known for several years, made it especially fun. Also, having spent so much time in pre-production and building the effects, it was great to see everything on set and functioning as designed and built.
There have been several movies made about Bigfoot or creatures like him in the past. How important was it for you to take a unique approach to this legendary monster?
Patrick Magee: It was very important. I felt like I had something different to offer, which I think is the only reason to do something like this. Being in control of the effects, I was able to give him a unique appearance, and from that, I was able to give him a unique background. The look gave him character. So everything from his background, his looks, and what he does is my style and take on this character.
Primal Rage has a bit of a Predator vibe to it in some of the action scenes. Did that movie or any other creature features inspire you while making Primal Rage?
Patrick Magee: Predator was a big influence, as well as the original slasher films, along with so many more. I am a product of the golden years of '80s monster movies, so they all have influenced me in one way or another.
What was the most challenging or exciting scene to shoot?
Patrick Magee: I'd say the most challenging element of it, without a doubt, was getting our two leads, Max, played by Andrew Joseph Montgomery, and Ashley, played by Casey Gagliardi, into the position they are in, in the woods. The car crash scene and the water scenes were the most challenging elements to shoot, especially with a limited budget, it added extra stress and difficulties to get the the lead characters into their position. Both Andrew Joseph and Casey did a phenomenal job, as they had no stunt doubles and did all of their stunts themselves, including jumping into that freezing cold water, along with myself, and DP Jay Lee. There were moments of real danger shooting those scenes.
Primal Rage is coming to select theaters for one night only on February 27th courtesy of Blue Fox Entertainment and Fathom Events. What can viewers look forward to experiencing if they see Primal Rage on the big screen?
Patrick Magee: We shot this in an amazing location, and we shot it big, so expect to see great cinematic shots. We have a great, strong score by Ceiri Torjussen, and big, booming sound design, which should sound extraordinary in a theater, as well as excellent creature action and fun characters, with lots of blood and guts.
In addition to Primal Rage, what other projects do you have on deck that you can tease, and where can our readers follow your work online?
Patrick Magee: Currently, I am making a really cool beast for an Australian production shooting at the end of the year. I also have several smaller projects in the works, and am in development on two other scripts.
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