Friday, March 10, 2017

Re-Animator trading cards on sale now from Fright-Rags



Re-Animator trading cards on sale now from Fright-Rags

Individual packs & full sets available: bit.ly/ReAnimatorCards

Fright-Rags is re-animating the longstanding tradition of movie trading cards with their new series of HOUSE OF FRIGHT Wax Packs! Stuart Gordon's Re-Animator is the first film to get the wax pack treatment and are available now.

Each pack includes six collectible trading cards and one sticker. Cards hand-sketched by a curated selection of artists and cards autographed by actress Barbara Crampton (who plays Megan in the film) are randomly inserted.

Re-Animator trading cards are available as individual packs, factory boxes (60 base card set, 2 chase cards, 2 stickers, and 1 sketch or signature card), and sealed boxes (2 full base sets, 2 full sticker sets, 22 chase cards, 1 sketch card, and 1 signature card).

Re-Animator House of Fright wax packs can be purchased now from Fright-Rags.com. Quantities are limited as follows: 600 individual packs, 200 factory boxes, and 75 sealed boxes. Additional House of Fright sets based on more of horror's most iconic films are planned.

Fright-Rags is also taking pre-orders on a Dream Warriors shirt to celebrate the 30th anniversary of A Nightmare on Elm Street 3.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Olive Films releases Robert Altman's feature directorial debut, The Delinquents (1957)

Olive Films releases Robert Altman's feature directorial debut, The Delinquents (1957)


Olive Films, a boutique theatrical and home entertainment distribution label dedicated to bringing independent, foreign, and classic films to DVD and Blu-ray, has announced that March 21st will be the Blu-ray debut of five new titles, including Robert Altman’s feature directorial debut, The Delinquents (1957).

“We’re honored to bring this important piece of independent film history to DVD and Blu-ray,” said Alex Kopecky of Olive Films. “Fans can finally appreciate this early effort from the great Robert Altman.”

Making his directorial start in his hometown of Kansas City helming industrial and educational films for the Calvin Company, Hollywood maverick Robert Altman would later find major breakout success with films like MASH (1970) and McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971). As pivotal as those films were, Altman’s feature directorial debut, The Delinquents (1957), should not be forgotten. In addition to introducing the world to Altman’s creative talents, The Delinquents is also notable for bringing two fledgling stars to audiences’ attentions. Richard Bakalyan, appearing in his first role, would later find success in numerous other troubled teen roles and eventually earned acclaim as a character actor in films such asChinatown (1972) and Von Ryan’s Express (1965). The film also marked the first starring turn for Tom Laughlin (then billed as Tommy Laughlin), who of course went on to portray the iconic Billy Jack in theBilly Jack series.

The Delinquents was truly a low-budget, independent project. Elmer Rhoden Jr., Kansas City theater owner and president of the Commonwealth Theaters chain, noticed the success of the newly emerging teensploitation delinquent genre. Raising a budget of $63,000 with the help of local businesspeople, Rhoden set out to make The Delinquents with Robert Altman. Altman found himself in charge of a huge amount of the creative and producing effort, handling writing, casting, location scouting, and even transporting the equipment. As he had previously primarily made industrial and educational films for the Calvin Company, he enlisted the crew, including cinematographer Charles Paddock, from his work in that sector. This resourcefulness also emerged when they used nonprofessional locals as actors and friends’ houses and local businesses as filming locations.

A lot of this necessary resourcefulness translated into a final film that foreshadowed what Altman would accomplish with his career decades later.  The realism created by the crew accustomed to working on industrial documentary projects translates in some areas as similar to the improvisational feeling his later films were known for. In fact, for a party scene in The Delinquents, he instructed the extras to simply have a real party, pretending that the film crew wasn’t there. As his crew moved through the house, many of the moments of the party captured in the film are genuine and unscripted, a precursor to his later films’ improvisations. The on-location shooting and nonprofessional actors also lent The Delinquents a sense of realism, arguably similar to the realism seen in his later films with his signature overlapping dialogue. In many ways, it could be considered the missing link in his career between industrial documentaries and his narrative works in the coming decades.

Olive Films is proud to present The Delinquents on DVD and Blu-ray available March 21st.
Other Olive Films March Titles
Blu-ray debut of Blast-Off aka Those Fantastic Flying Fools (1967); directed by Don Sharp; starring Burl Ives, Terry-Thomas, Troy Donahue, Gert Frobe, Hermione Gingold, Lionel Jeffries, and Dennis Price.

LANGUAGE: ENGLISH (with optional English subtitles)
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 95 mins
VIDEO:  2.35:1 Aspect Ratio; COLOR
AUDIO: MONO

 
Blu-ray debut of Phaedra (1962); directed by Jules Dassin; starring Melina Mercouri, Anthony Perkins, Raf Vallone, and Elisabeth Ercy.

LANGUAGE: ENGLISH (with optional English subtitles)
TOTAL RUNNING TIME:  116 mins
VIDEO:  1.66:1 Aspect Ratio; B&W
AUDIO: MONO

 
Blu-ray debut of The Cardinal (1936); directed by Sinclair Hill; starring Eric Portman, June Duprez, Robert Atkins, O.B. Clarence, Douglas Jefferies, Wilfred Fletcher, Matheson Lang, and F.B.J. Sharp.

LANGUAGE: ENGLISH (with optional English subtitles)
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 74 mins
VIDEO: 1.37:1 Aspect Ratio; B&W
AUDIO: MONO

 
Blu-ray debut of Won Ton Ton, The Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976); directed by Michael Winner; starring Madeline Kahn, Bruce Dern, Art Carney, Phil Silvers, Teri Garr, and Ron Leibman.

LANGUAGE: ENGLISH (with optional English subtitles)
TOTAL RUNNING TIME:  92 mins
VIDEO:  1.78:1 Aspect Ratio; COLOR
AUDIO: MONO

 
About Olive Films
Olive Films is a Chicago-based boutique theatrical and home entertainment distribution label dedicated to bringing independent, foreign, documentary, and classic films to life. Its catalog boasts over 500 titles ranging from Hollywood classics to contemporary titles. More information about Olive Films may be found at olivefilms.com.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

“THE EVIL WITHIN” RELEASED ON VOD FEBRUARY 28TH AND DVD MARCH 3RD 2017

ANDREW GETTY HORROR “THE EVIL WITHIN” SET FOR RELEASE TO VOD FEBRUARY 28TH AND DVD MARCH 3RD 2017 IN NORTH AMERICA




Vision Films is set to release “The Evil Within”  (aka “The Storyteller”), the first and only film written and directed by the late Andrew Getty, grandson of the oil tycoon J. Paul Getty, to all major VOD platforms in North America on February 28th, and to DVD on March 3rd, 2017.

Andrew Getty was a horror film fanatic, “The Evil Within” being his passion project that took over a decade to complete.  Getty and his FX team created their own complex special effects and animatronics, and shot much of the principal photography in his home.

“The Evil Within” stars Frederick Koehler (“Death Race”), Sean Patrick Flanery (“Saw 3D: The Final Chapter”), Dina Meyer (“Starship Troopers, “Saw”), Michael Berryman (“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “The Hills Have Eyes”) and Kim Darby (“True Grit”). It was produced with Robert Hickey, Kent Van Vleet and Michael Luceri.

Dennis Peterson (Koehler) is a mentally challenged teen who lives with his older brother John (Flanery). While John struggles between caring for Dennis and maintaining a relationship with his increasingly impatient girlfriend Lydia (Meyer), Dennis finds a friend in his own reflection in an antique mirror. But in reality, the reflection is soon revealed to be an Evil Entity (Berryman) who is more charming, smarter and stronger than Dennis, and instructs him to do horrific things in order to ‘fix’ his brain. Tortured and confused, Dennis embarks on a murderous rampage, collecting the bodies in his basement. A police investigation, helmed by a determined social worker (Darby), targets the Peterson’s in an attempt to uncover the truth behind the murders. With the walls rapidly closing in, Dennis makes his final play...with dire results.

Producer Michael Luceri tells us, “After Andrew died, I made it my mission to see that his film was completed. I have been on this project from the beginning. Andrew was such a perfectionist, each and every shot had to be perfect before he would move on.  When he was young, Andrew told me that he would have these really powerful, twisted dreams, so scary that he didn’t want to believe they came from inside him, so he had this idea that it was this ’storyteller’ who created the dreams, and that became the genesis of the film’s story.”

Vision Films’ Managing Director/ CEO, Lise Romanoff, states, “This film is downright mesmerizing and creepy!  It is such a shame that the Getty family, while blessed with such great wealth, has suffered so much tragedy.  I hope we make Andrew and his family proud by releasing this incredible work of art.“

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

BRITISH SCI-FI “THE QUIET HOUR” STARRING DAKOTA BLUE RICHARDS AND KARL DAVIES NOW AVAILABLE IN NORTH AMERICA ON VOD & DVD



“One of the British Movies that is not to be missed!” – Female First

“A gritty post-apocalyptic thriller with a human story at its core” – Quiet Earth

Vision Films today releases British Sci-Fi Thriller “The Quiet Hour” starring Dakota Blue Richards (“The Golden Compass,” “Skins”), Karl Davies (“Game of Thrones,” “Happy Valley”), Brigitte Millar (“James Bond Spectre,” “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” and British TV star Jack McMullen, now available on VOD and DVD across North America.

Written and directed by Stéphanie Joalland and produced by Sean McConville, “The Quiet Hour” is set within the aftermath of an alien invasion, following Sarah (Dakota Blue Richards), a young girl trying to survive with her blind brother Tom (Jack McMuellen) and Jude (Karl Davies), a man who enters their lives in seek of sanctuary.

In “The Quiet Hour”, humans are few and far between since Earth was invaded by unseen extraterrestrial machines that harvest the planet's natural resources and relentlessly kill its inhabitants. In a remote part of the countryside, where starved humans have become as dangerous as the alien machines hovering in the sky, a feisty 19 year old girl, Sarah Connolly, sets out on a desperate attempt to fight back a group of bandits and defend her parents' farm, their remaining livestock, and the solar panels that keep them safe from extraterrestrials. If she doesn't succeed, she will lose her only source of food and shelter; but if she resists, she and her helpless blind sibling will be killed. And if the mysterious intruder dressed like a soldier who claims he can help them turns out to be a liar, then the enemy may already be in the house.

“The Quiet Hour” was shot on location in Tipperary, Ireland. It has been shown to audience and critic acclaim at film festivals across the world and was previously released on Sky Cinema in the UK. “The Quiet Hour” is now available to Sci-Fi fans in North America on all major VOD platforms and DVD.

“The Quiet Hour” was executive produced by Ralph S. Bovard and JT O’Neal and Thomas L. Carmody. The editor is Michael Freedman, the composer is Carlos Jose Alvarez and the cinematographer is David Knight. It was produced by Stéphanie
Joalland and Sean McConville’s production company Frenzy Films, whose next feature film currently in pre-production is British Sci-Horror “Black Sky”, which will be directed by McConville and produced by Joalland.

Sean McConville says: “We are very pleased to share The Quiet Hour with a North American audience and grateful to Lise Romanoff and her team at Vision Films for their passion and hard work regarding the film. I sincerely hope that the film resonates with an American audience attracted to intelligent, character-driven sci-fi.”

Stéphanie Joalland says: “I’m very excited that The Quiet Hour will be released in North America and I hope Sci-Fi lovers will enjoy the film as much as I enjoyed writing and directing it!”  


Monday, February 27, 2017

CUBS’ MOMENTS OF VICTORY - THE EXHIBITION




On November 3, 2016 the 108-year wait was over and fans across the country cheered as never before as the Chicago Cubs won the World Series. For his 15th consecutive year, MLB- sanctioned artist Opie Otterstad created a celebratory masterpiece titled, It Happened: Cubs 2016 World Victory, which captures the historic moment The Cubs became World Series Champions. Widely recognized as one of the greatest sports painters today, Otterstad is commissioned to create artworks which capture the most significant milestones in a professional baseball player’s career. Chicago Cubs fans now have the opportunity to own and to savor daily the thrill of this historic win by collecting their own limited edition fine art print of It Happened. The Chicago Cubs World Series celebration paintings will be on public display at Narrative Gallery inside Chicago’s Water Tower Place, featuring special in-gallery appearances by Otterstad on Saturday, April 8, from 6:00-9:00pm and Sunday, April 9, between 1:00-4:00 pm. RSVPs Suggested at cubsartevent@narrative-gallery.com. 312.475.9620. Visit www.cubsartevent.com for more info.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

TREMORS 6 NOW IN PRODUCTION



MICHAEL GROSS AND JAMIE KENNEDY RETURN
IN A WILD AND LETHAL ALL-NEW MOVIE IN THE
CULT CLASSIC HORROR COMEDY FRANCHISE 

TREMORS 6
NOW IN PRODUCTION IN CAPE TOWN

FROM UNIVERSAL 1440 ENTERTAINMENT


Intrepid creature hunter Burt Gummer and his son Travis find themselves in a remote hotbed of giant man-eating worms in the newest action-packed entry in the wildly popular Tremors franchise. Currently in production in Cape Town, South Africa, this outrageous horror comedy finds the pair at a remote research station where they come under attack by what Burt fears could be weaponized Graboids. Tremors 6 will be released on Blu-rayTM, DVD and Digital HD in 2018 from Universal 1440 Entertainment, a production entity of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

“This is going to be the craziest, most over-the-top movie in the Tremors saga to date,” said Glenn Ross, general manager and executive vice president, Universal 1440 Entertainment. “It takes the franchise’s signature combination of suspense, action and humor to new explosive heights.”

Michael Gross (“Family Ties,” Tremors franchise) and Jamie Kennedy (“The Cleveland Show,” Scream franchise) return as Burt Gummer and Travis Welker, joined by franchise newcomers Tanya van Graan (Death Race: Inferno, Zulu), Rob van Vuuren (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom) and Greg Kriek (Momentum).

Tremors 6 is directed by Don Michael Paul (Sniper: Legacy, Tremors 5: Bloodlines) from a script by John Whelpley (Tremors 5: Bloodlines, “Dallas”). The film is produced by Mike Elliot (Kindergarten Cop 2, Halloween II). The director of photography is Hein de Vos (District 9, Dominion).

SYNOPSIS
Burt Gummer (Michael Gross) and his son Travis Welker (Jamie Kennedy) find themselves up to their ears in Graboids and Ass-Blasters when they head to Canada to investigate a series of deadly giant-worm attacks. Arriving at a remote research facility in the artic tundra, Burt begins to suspect that Graboids are secretly being weaponized, but before he can prove his theory, he is sidelined by Graboid venom. With just 48 hours to live, the only hope is to create an antidote from fresh venom — but to do that, someone will have to figure out how to milk a Graboid!   

#Tremors


Friday, February 24, 2017

SLASHER.COM Makes a Date for DVD on March 7th


Chip Gubera's Slasher.com Hits DVD March 7th
Film Festival Hit Puts Sadistic Spin on Online Dating 
Available Nationwide from All Major Retailers
MuchoMuchoMucho Productions and Firefly Films, in association with ITN Distribution, has announced the March 7th DVD release of Slasher.com.  The latest feature from horror director Chip Gubera (Song of the Dead, Academy of Doom, Mil Mascaras vs. the Aztec Mummy), Slasher.com puts a gruesome twist on the perils of modern dating.  




Co-written by Gubera and Chelsea Andes, Slasher.com combines the time-honored tradition of young people facing unfathomable horrors in the wilderness with the everyday horror of meeting people online.  Ben Kaplan (ADDicted, Wingman Inc) and Morgan Carter star as the hapless would-be couple, anchoring a cast supported by R.A. Mihailoff (Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III, Hatchet II), Jewel Shepard (Return of the Living Dead) and Grammy winner Delious Kennedy.



Slasher.com took home awards for Best Feature Film at the Bloody Horror International Film Festival in Ottawa, Best Horror Feature at the Hollywood Boulevard International Film Festival, the Golden Award at the Spotlight Horror Film Awards and Best Screenplay at the Optical Theatre Film Festival in Rome.  Jewel Shepard and R.A. Mihailoff were nominated for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor respectively at the Optical Theatre Film Festival.



At a time where online dating could prove fatal, Jack and Kristy decide they're ready meet in person. Aiming for an adventurous first date, they plan a weekend getaway to a cozy cabin deep in the woodlands of rural Missouri. While discovering each other, they soon learn of the terrorizing horrors that the forest, and the family lurking there, has in store for outsiders.