Blu-ray Review: SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT – Collector’s Edition

SILENT NIGHT DEADLY NIGHT Collector's Edition | ©2017 Shout! Factory

Stars: Lilyan Chauvin, Gilmer McCormick, Toni Nero, Robert Brian Wilson Writer: Michael Hickey Director: Charles E. Sellier, Jr. Distributor: Shout! Factory Suggested Retail Price: $27.93 (Standard Edition), $64.93 (Deluxe Limited Edition with exclusive action figure) Grade: C+ (movie), B+ (special features) One of the most notorious movies of the 1980s is the rather innocuous 1984 Christmas slasher film SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT. At the height of low budget horror at the boxoffice, this film had the unfortunate distinction of being acquired and released by a major studio at the time – TriStar Pictures. That unto itself spelled the death knell […]Read On »

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THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Highlights this week in Blu-ray and DVD Releases

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES | (c) 2012 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: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES – I am one of those people that like to believe the Batman movies started with BATMAN BEGINS and only three movies exist that feature the Dark Knight. I can’t stand the one with George Clooney or even Val Kilmer. Only Michael Keaton’s […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: ARTHUR CHRISTMAS director Sarah Smith finds a new spirit of Christmas

Arthur in ARTHUR CHRISTMAS | ©2011 Sony Pictures Animation/Aardman Animation

Finding a new take on the familiar Santa Claus adventures is a formidable task, but writer-director Sarah Smith and co-writer Peter Baynham were up for the challenge with the new animated film ARTHUR CHRISTMAS. A CGI co-production between Aardman Animation and Sony Pictures Animation, the story follows wayward Santa Claus offspring Arthur – a well-to-do nebbish who believes in the true spirit of Christmas, but will sadly never be next in line for the Santa job with his much more together older brother Steve – who has completely streamlined the Santa operation for dear old Santa dad with a state-of-the-art […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ARTHUR CHRISTMAS

ARTHUR CHRISTMAS Movie Poster | ©2011 Sony Pictures

Rating: PG Stars (voices): James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy, Ashley Jensen, Imelda Staunton Writers: Peter Baynham & Sarah Smith Director: Sarah Smith Distributor: Columbia Pictures Release Date: November 23, 2011 Some fantasy subgenres are so populous that they have arguably outgrown the designation of “sub”: the lovelorn vampire, the quest through mystical lands, the zombie apocalypse. Add to this list (and check it twice) the genre of Santa having gift delivery issues on Christmas Eve. The newest iteration of this last is ARTHUR CHRISTMAS, the first 3D CGI animation (as opposed to stop-motion Claymation) offering from Aardman, […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: ARTHUR CHRISTMAS screenwriter Peter Baynham spreads the comedic holiday spirit

ARTHUR CHRISTMAS teaser poster | ©2011 Sony Picures Home Entertainment

While most people are getting ready for Halloween, Sony Pictures Imageworks prepared for Christmas on their animation studio lot in Culver City, CA on Monday afternoon. The occasion was a sneak peak of the first thirty minutes of their new holiday themed animation film ARTHUR CHRISTMAS directed and co-written by Sarah Smith about the well-meaning but useless son of Santa Claus who embarks on a journey with Grandsanta to deliver the one present that was missed during Santa’s latest world-wide jaunt. The comedy is a co-production with Aardman Animation Studios (famous for the WALLACE AND GROMIT shorts and films). And […]Read On »

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The X List: Horror For the Holidays – Ten Christmas Films That Will Disrupt Your Silent Nights

RARE EXPORTS - A CHRISTMAS TALE - U.S. Poster | © 2010 Oscilloscope Laboratories

While everyone else is cuddling up to a copy of A CHRISTMAS CAROL,  A CHRISTMAS STORY, NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION, heck, even some people still watch WHITE CHRISTMAS, we here at ASSIGNMENT X thought it was high time to give credit where bloody credit is due to the films that have an unconventional way of celebrating Christmas cheer – namely one of sheer terror. That’s why we invite you to celebrate a little horror for the holiday’s with us, chronicling ten unconventional films that are just as worthy as the umpteenth incarnation of A CHRISTMAS STORY retold on any one […]Read On »

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Movie Review: RARE EXPORTS: A CHRISTMAS TALE

RARE EXPORTS - A CHRISTMAS TALE - U.S. Poster | © 2010 Oscilloscope Laboratories

If THE X-FILES had decided to do a Christmas episode for the R.L. Stine set, it might have been something like RARE EXPORTS: A CHRISTMAS TALE. Made and set in Finland, general vicinity where the mythical Santa supposedly dwells, RARE is a horror movie pitched at kids, with bits of gore (dead animals, a bitten ear) but mostly a sense of menace and black comedy.

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