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Blu-ray Review: NINJA III: THE DOMINATION Collector’s Edition

NINJA III: THE DOMINATION Blu-ray | ©2018 Shout! Factory

Stars: Sho Kosugi, Lucinda Dickey, Jordan Bennett Writer: James R. Silke Director: Sam Firstenberg Distributor: Shout! Factory Suggested Retail Price: $27.99 The output of infamous exploitation production company Cannon Films from the 1980s was filled with action films starring Chuck Norris, Charles Bronson, Michael Dudikoff, but their other magic touch was riding the wave of current trends and then remixing them out of the stratosphere. In addition to the conventional break dancing films BREAKIN’ and the far more memorable sequel title of BREAKIN’ 2: ELECTRIC BOOGALOO, they hit their apex in trend squatting with NINJA III: THE DOMINATION in 1984. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HALLOWEEN (2018)

HALLOWEEN 2018 movie poster | ©2018 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, James Jude Courtney, Haluk Bilginer, Will Patton, Toby Huss, Rhian Rees, Jefferson Hall, Virginia Gardner, Dylan Arnold, Miles Robbins, Drew Scheid, Jibrail Nantambu Writers: Jeff Fradley & Danny McBride & David Gordon Green, based on characters created by John Carpenter & Debra Hill Director: David Gordon Green Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: October 19, 2018 A middle-aged woman speaks up about a man who committed violence against her decades ago, because she thinks the public may be endangered. It’s not so much that the people in power don’t believe her, […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: SCREAM FOR HELP

SCREAM FOR HELP Blu-ray | ©2018 Shout! Factory

Stars: Rachael Kelly, David Brooks, Marie Masters, Rocco Sisto, Lolita Lorre Writer: Tom Holland Director: Michael Winner Distributor: Shout! Factory Suggested Retail Price: $29.99 In 1984, DEATH WISH director Michael Winner explored the slasher genre with the utterly ridiculous SCREAM FOR HELP. Essentially an R-rated Afterschool Special, the film focuses on teen Christie Cromwell (Rachael Kelly) who is deeply suspicious of her mom’s new husband Paul Fox (David Brooks). With strange events happening around the house, she starts to suspect he’s trying to kill her and her mom for inheritance money. During the first half of the film, Christie plays […]Read On »

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RIVERDALE: Mädchen Amick gives the scoop on Season 3 and that TWIN PEAKS revival ending – Exclusive Interview

Mädchen Amick as Alice Cooper in RIVERDALE - Season 2 | ©2018 The CW/Marc Hom

In Season 3 of the ARCHIE comics-based RIVERDALE, Wednesday nights on The CW, the seemingly idyllic small town continues to rival Twin Peaks if not Castle Rock in its dark secrets. Among the new developments, Mädchen Amick’s character Alice Cooper, mother of Betty (Lili Reinhart), Polly (Tiera Skovbye), and the late (or not) Chic (Hart Denton), appears to be coming under the spell of a cult. Amick, who played Shelly Briggs in both the original and revival series of Twin Peaks, also starred in Witches of East End, Freddie, the reboot of Fantasy Island and the horror feature Sleepwalkers, talks […]Read On »

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THE GIFTED: Natalie Alyn Lind chats Season 2 of Marvel X-Men series – Exclusive Interview

Natalie Alyn Lind as Lauren Strucker in THE GIFTED - Season 2| ©2018 Fox/Justin Stephens

In Season 2 of THE GIFTED, Tuesday nights on Fox Networks, things are getting worse in mutant-human relations. In the series developed by Matt Nix, based on the Marvel X-MEN comics, mutants have been made to register with the U.S. government. At the start of Season 1, only mutants who used their powers (even those who did so inadvertently) were arrested, but now anti-mutant prejudice is much worse. Natalie Alyn Lind plays Lauren Strucker, a teen who has the ability to create flexible but impenetrable barriers out of thin air. Her younger brother Andy (Percy Hynes White) can make almost […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 13 – “The Scorpion and the Frog”

David Cubitt as Barthamus in SUPERNATURAL - Season 13 - "The Scorpion and the Frog" | ©2017 The CW/Jack Rowand

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, David Cubitt, Christie Burke, Matthew Kevin Anderson, Richard Brake Writer: Meredith Glynn, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Robert Singer Network: The CW, Thursdays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: November 23, 2017  “I’ve seen this movie a thousand times,” announces Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) in the SUPERNATURAL Season 13 episode “The Scorpion and the Frog.” So have we – evil mastermind enlists a couple of pros to execute a heist for him, then betrays them once he’s got what he wants. Even so, when Crossroads Demon Barthamus (David Cubitt) – who took over that job […]Read On »

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ELI ROTH’S HISTORY OF HORROR: TWILIGHT director Catherine Hardwicke – Exclusive Interview

ELI ROTHS HISTORY OF HORROR key art | ©2018 AMC

AMC VISIONARIES: ELI ROTH’S HISTORY OF HORROR is  part of AMC’s VISIONARIES series, following VISIONARIES: ROBERT KIRKMAN’S HISTORY OF COMICS and last year’s AMC’S VISIONARIES: JAMES CAMERON’S HISTORY OF SCIENCE FICTION. In the seven-part, Sunday-night ELI ROTH’S HISTORY OF HORROR, director/writer/producer/actor Roth, who created both the CABIN FEVER and HOSTEL film series, and just directed the family-friendlier THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS, examines a wide spectrum of horror projects. Roth also interviews a number of horror actors and filmmakers, including Stephen King, Jason Blum, Jordan Peele, Quentin Tarantino, John Landis, Jamie Lee Curtis, and many others. Catherine Hardwicke is […]Read On »

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Movie Review: FIRST MAN

FIRST MAN movie poster | ©2018 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Corey Stoll Writer: Josh Singer, based on the book by James R. Hansen Director: Damien Chazelle Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: October 12, 2018 FIRST MAN refers not to early homo sapiens as an individual or group, but rather to astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. It is hoped that this isn’t a big spoiler, but the title gives it away, and it happened (to enormous, long-lasting publicity) forty years ago. Neil Armstrong is an impressive man, and what he and the NASA Apollo mission achieved […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE

BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE movie poster | ©2018 20th Century Fox

Rating: R Stars: Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Chris Hemsworth, Cailee Spaeny, Lewis Pullman, Nick Offerman Writer: Drew Goddard Director: Drew Goddard Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: October 12, 2018 After a brief prologue, BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE starts out like the set-up to a joke, with an out-of-the-way motel standing in for a bar. A priest (Jeff Bridges), a singer (Cynthia Erivo), a vacuum cleaner salesman (Jon Hamm), and a really cranky young woman (Dakota Johnson) all walk into the El Royale. This is not a comedy, though the crime drama has its […]Read On »

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MR. MERCEDES: Breeda Wool gives the scoop on Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

Breeda Woll in MR. MERCEDES - Season 1 | in MR. MERCEDES - Season 1 | ©2017 AT&T Audience Network

In Season 2 of AT&T Audience Network’s MR. MERCEDES, based on a trilogy of novels by Stephen King, things are heating up. Mass murderer Brady Hartsfield (Harry Treadaway) has been in a coma since being knocked out by aspiring private eye Holly Gibney (Justine Lupe) in the Season 1 finale. Holly’s timely action prevented Brady from detonating a bomb. But by now, it’s become clear to a lot of people, especially Holly’s professional partner, retired police detective Bill Hodges (Brendan Gleeson), that Brady is somehow able to murderously control other people from his hospital bed. Breeda Wool plays Lou Linklatter, […]Read On »

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