Movie Review: NIGHTMARE CINEMA

NIGHTMARE CINEMA movie poster | ©2019 Good Deed Entertainment/Cranked Up Films

Rating: R Stars: Mickey Rourke, Richard Chamberlain, Maurice Benard, Elizabeth Reaser, Faly Rakotohavana Writers: Sandra Becceril, Alejandro Brugues, Lawrence C. Connolly, Mick Garris, Richard Christian Matheson, David Slade Directors: Alejandro Brugues, Joe Dante, Ryuhei Kitamura, Mick Garris, David Slade Distributor: Good Deed Entertainment/Cranked Up Films Release Date (theatrical and VOD): June 21, 2019 Low-budget but high-octane, NIGHTMARE CINEMA is one of the better horror anthologies to come along in a good while. Five disparate segments by five different filmmakers are linked by a creepy movie theatre, where patrons find significant events from their lives (and often deaths) up on the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: KING COHEN: THE WILD WORLD OF FILMMAKER LARRY COHEN

KING COHEN: THE WILD WORLD OF FILMMAKER LARRY COHEN | ©2018 Dark Star Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Larry Cohen, Rick Baker, Fred Williamson, Yaphet Kotto, J.J. Abrams, Michael Moriarty, Joe Dante, John Landis, Mick Garris, Martin Scorsese, Laurene Landon, Barbara Carrera, Traci Lords, Cynthia Costas Cohen, Janelle Webb Writer: Steve Mitchell Director: Steve Mitchell Distributor: Dark Star Pictures Release Date: Los Angeles, July 19, 2018; New York, August 3, 2018 KING COHEN: THE WILD WORLD OF FILMMAKER LARRY COHEN is a delightful documentary about filmmaker Larry Cohen. The term “outlaw” has been applied all over the place to just about everyone and everything less corporate than the Mousketeers, but Cohen really walked the walk […]Read On »

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BURYING THE EX: Composer Joseph LoDuca buries the EX – Interview

BURYING THE EX soundtrack | ©2015 Lakeshore Records

Few composers who continually get pulled back into a genre that gave them birth have as much fun both screaming, and laughing about continually being clawed by their fateful, creative relationship than Joseph LoDuca. Born in Michigan around the same time as another native with whom he’d be joined at the hip, LoDuca was well into fulfilling his rock and roll aspirations with the big town likes of Jeff Beck and Bob Seger before getting the call to enter a possessed cabin in the backwoods. The result of his impressively frenetic, orchestral score done a dime was the beginning of […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: THE HOWLING COLLECTOR’S EDITION

THE HOWLING Blu-ray | ©2013 Scream! Factory

Rating: R Stars: Dee Wallace, Patrick Macnee, Dennis Dugan, Christopher Stone, Belinda Belaski Writers: John Sayles and Terence H. Winkless based on the novel by Gary Bradner Director: Joe Dante Distributor: Scream! Factory Suggested Retail Price: $29.99 Release Date: June 19, 2013 While AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON gets kudos as the ground-breaking werewolf movie from 1981 (and rightfully so, because it’s a great movie), some people forget that THE HOWLING came out in 1981 and was just as ground-breaking and entertaining. The two films work in tandem as great examples of excellent genre filmmaking from two rising directors of […]Read On »

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CD Review: THE HOLE Soundtrack (3000 limited edition)

THE HOLE soundtrack | ©2013 Quartet Records

Kids and the monstrosities often mixed in Joe Dante’s legendary collaboration with Jerry Goldsmith, from mischievous GREMLINS and SMALL SOLDIERS to the atom bomb in MATINEE. One might imagine what Jerry would have done had he been around to peer into THE HOLE for Dante, only to find far more of an ephemeral and psychological threat than he’d been given to handle before with the filmmaker. Yet Dante’s still in very capable musical hands for a low key entry into teen horror, especially with the heavy lifting being done by Javier Navarette, a composer who teamed with Guillermo Del Toro […]Read On »

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DVD Review: THE HOLE

THE HOLE DVD | ©2012 Big Air Studios

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Chris Massoglia, Haley Bennett, Nathan Gamble, Bruce Dern, Teri Polo Writer: Mark L. Smith Director: Joe Dante Distributor: Big Air Studios Release Date: Theatrical September 28, 2012; home video, October 3, 2012 THE HOLE may serve as a good test disc for the young would-be horror fan in your family. Approximately as scary as GREMLINS, one of THE HOLE director Joe Dante’s better-known credits, this movie doesn’t have flying gore or a body count, but it’s reasonably serious and creepy, and does have a few shots of a ghost with the back of his skull missing, along […]Read On »

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CD Review: GREMLINS soundtrack

GREMLINS soundtrack | ©2011 Film Score Monthly

If you were among the generation that saw one great genre film after the other in the early ’80’s, perhaps no signature theme signaled these pictures’ often seditious spin on kid-friendly formulas than the sweet whistling of Gizmo and the cackling, rambunctious jazz rag of what would pop out of that furry little fella if you fed him after midnight. It’s taken nearly three decades for those little devils’ music to fully metamorphose, but at long last, Jerry Goldsmith’s full score to GREMLINS is finally here to create hilariously menacing havoc. While Goldsmith was famed for scoring the far more […]Read On »

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CD Review: EXPLORERS soundtrack

EXPLORERS soundtrack | © 2011 Intrada

In a legendary career filled with long-standing relationships with such directors as Franklin J. Schaffner (PLANET OF THE APES) David Anspaugh (RUDY) and Curtis Hanson (L.A. CONFIDENTIAL), perhaps no filmmaker brought out the child-like glee of Jerry Goldsmith’s music like Joe Dante- even if some of the nine pictures they’d do together exhibited a deliciously twisted streak of black humor when it came to putting youths in peril from GREMLINS or SMALL SOLDIERS. Yet there’d be nothing but innocence in 1985’s EXPLORERS, Dante’s guileless movie in which a bunch of youths (including River Phoenix and Ethan Hawke) build a spaceship […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: PIRANHA

PIRANHA - Blu-ray | ©2011 Sony Home Entertainment/Dimension Films

Stars:Elizabeth Shue, Adam Scott, Jerry O’Connell, Ving Rhames, Jessica Szohr, Steven R. McQueen, Christopher Lloyd, Richard Dreyfuss Writer: Peter Goldfinger, Josh Stolberg Director:Alejandre Aja Distributor: Sony Home Entertainment/Dimension Films Suggested Retail Price: $34.95 Not since SNAKES ON A TRAIN has a mainstream feature film so embraced its inner cheesiness and heralded it proudly in its marketing campaign then last summer’s PIRANHA. Released in 3D, it featured so much gore and nudity (not to mention a glorious underwater girl-on-girl ballet), that it clearly honored its exploitative roots as a remake of the 1979 Joe Dante directed original. Granted, Dante’s film was […]Read On »

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