News: HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH to screen at Midnight tonight Nuart in Los Angeles

HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH movie poster | ©1982 Universal Pictures

The most underrated and misunderstood film in the entire 10 film HALLOWEEN franchise is getting a special Midnight showing tonight (October 24) at the Nuart in Los Angeles. Presented by Cinefile, 1982’s HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH, the only non-Michael Myers film, is back on the big screen. The film, written and directed by Tommy Lee Wallace, tells the story of a mad Northern California maskmaker (Dan O’Herlihy) who plans to bring Halloween back to its dark roots. It’s up to a doctor (Tom Atkins) to try to stop him. Although Wallace directed, HALLOWEEN creators John Carpenter and Debra […]Read On »

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Interview: Robert Rodriguez on El Rey and THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR

Robert Rodriguez and Guillermo del Toro in The Director's Chair | © 2014 El Rey

Plenty of creative people have their own production companies. Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, of EL MARIACHI, FROM DUSK TILL DAWN, DESPERADO, GRINDHOUSE, SIN CITY, MACHETE, the SPY KIDS films and more, has been one of the stars of American independent cinema for decades. Rodriguez already has his own Troublemaker Studios in Austin, Texas. Now Rodriguez has branched out to having his own cable television network, El Rey. El Rey continues to showcase the kinds of movies and TV shows Rodriguez loves – martial arts films, action flicks, reruns of the original STARSKY AND HUTCH and DARK ANGEL – but it also […]Read On »

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CD Review: THE MACHINE soundtrack

THE MACHINE soundtrack | ©2014 Movie Score Media

Among the wave of big-budget sci-fi scores using the latest in music high-tech to capture a lo-fi mid-80s electric sound, THE MACHINE resurrects the ghost in the synth to notable effect. Making his feature debut after numerous shorts (one tellingly titled THE BRITISH UFO FILES), Tom Raybould nails a hybrid approach between the coldly determined rhythms of John Carpenter, the more ominous sonic masses of Vangelis and the organic tonalities of a gentle, and just as effective piano and guitar. Put these together, and you’ve got an impressive recipe for creating musical artificial intelligence with a heart. Such is the […]Read On »

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MAN OF STEEL Highlights this week in Blu-ray, DVD and VOD Releases

MAN OF STEEL | (c) 2013 Warner Home Video

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. Movies MAN OF STEEL – I loved MAN OF STEEL. Loved it. I know that’s something that may come of a bone of contention for some people that seemed to really down-to-a-new-level hate the movie because it wasn’t simply a reboot of the film series but a complete […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: HALLOWEEN – 35th Anniversary Edition

HALLOWEEN - 35 Anniversary Edition Blu-ray | ©2013 Anchor Bay Entertainment

Stars: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, P.J. Souls, Nancy Loomis Writer: John Carpenter and Debra Hill Director: John Carpenter Release Date: September 24, 2013 Distributor: Anchor Bay Suggested Retail Price: $34.99  At this point, the big question is, do we need another HALLOWEEN special edition? Every five years, there’s a new anniversary edition, and while there are improvements each time, is it worth shelling out another $30 bucks to own it? For people who don’t love Carpenter’s original, I would say, it’s probably not, but for fans, each time it comes out, I can’t help but getting another copy for […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: PRINCE OF DARKNESS Collector’s Edition

PRINCE OF DARKNESS Blu-ray | ©2013 Shout! Factory

Stars: Donald Pleasence, Lisa Blount, Victor Wong, Jameson Parker Writer: Martin Quatermass Director: John Carpenter Release Date: September 24, 2013 Distributor: Scream Factory Suggested Retail Price: $29.93 While John Carpenter’s directorial output over the last decade has been minimal, his earlier films including the new reissue PRINCE OF DARKNESS, continue to age quite gracefully and are continually revered and graced with lavish special editions. He’s also just about the most remade film director in history with everything from HALLOWEEN, THE FOG, ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13, THE THING and soon ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK all getting bigger budget re-imaginings, but often […]Read On »

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THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Highlights this week in Blu-ray and DVD Releases

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN | (c) 2012 Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. Movies: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN – It’s odd that a franchise that just ended a short five years ago gets a reboot but considering how the third SPIDER-MAN film under the helm of Sam Raimi was without doubt the worst in the series, maybe it was needed. THE AMAZING […]Read On »

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CD Review: THE FOG: EXPANDED EDITION soundtrack

THE FOG: EXPANDED EDITION soundtrack | ©2012 Silva Screen Records

It was 133 years ago that a ship full of lepers went down off of Spivey point near Antonio Bay, and a seemingly impossible 33 years last when John Houseman told the tale to open what’s arguably John Carpenter’s most atmospheric chiller. Only a few piano chords and a barely perceptible synths accompanied the old salt’s ghost story. But in that simplicity lay a world of fear, even if the re-performed FOG soundtrack that came out in 2000 was perhaps a bit too sonically souped up for its own good. Now at long last, Silva Screen has released the original […]Read On »

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CD Review: ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 / DARK STAR soundtrack

ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 soundtrack | ©2012 Buysoundtrax Records

Buysoundtrax has had varied luck when re-performing cult score favorites, especially ones done with then state-of-the-art keyboards like THE BOUNTY  and LEGEND. So if you’re attempting to replicate such a distinctive sound, who better to get then a composer who helped create an unrepeatable sound in the first place? That’s the reason why Alan Howarth, the musician best know for being “in association” with John Carpenter on such genre favorites as HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH and PRINCE OF DARKNESS (the real deals of which are available through Buysoundtrax’s site on Howarth’s AHI label) has had the best success […]Read On »

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CD Review: HALLOWEEN 4: THE RETURN OF MICHAEL MYERS: LIMITED EXPANDED EDITION

HALLOWEEN IV soundtrack | ©2011 Ahi Records

Some serial killers need a right hand knife, especially when they also happen to be the director and composer. Such was the assistance John Carpenter required after not only making HALLOWEEN. but also creating the most notorious, and toe-tapping theme in horror score history. That’s how sound designer-turned-composer Alan Howarth was brought into the series with HALLOWEEN 2 and given the “in association” credit for his teaming with Carpenter. Skillfully abetting that film’s far more visceral shocks with eerie atmospheres and relentless rhythms, the collaborators next turned to computer-generated horror for the series SEASON OF THE WITCH. However, HALLOWEEN‘s most […]Read On »

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