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  • Mad Monster Party - DVD

    Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, Sep 8, 2009

    The only theatrical feature from Rankin/Bass -- the outfit behind countless animated holiday TV specials including Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman -- this quaint and colorful production pays amusing homage to nearly every movie monster in Universal's catalog, even to the extent of recruiting Boris Karloff to supply the voice of Baron Von Frankenstein. The story begins as the aged Baron invites all members of the Worldwide Organization of Monsters to attend the unveiling of his ultimate creation, a potion capable of destroying all matter. Before the assembled guests -- including Count Dracula, The Wolf Man, The Mummy, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Invisible Man, and The Creature from the Black Lagoon -- Frankenstein announces his retirement as the group's leader and the selection of his successor: his bookish, allergy-ridden nephew Felix. Chaos ensues, as nearly every creep and creature on the list begins conspiring against each other in a bid for the coveted office, including the Baron's outrageously voluptuous assistant Francesca (whose very presence stretches the film's "G" rating). The "Animagic" technique of stop-motion puppets is a refreshing medium for the larger-than-life monsters, and the parade of horror movie put-ons should delight viewers of all ages. Though the original negative was believed lost to neglect after the film's poor box-office performance, a pristine print has resurfaced, much to the delight of devoted fans who first discovered this gem via Halloween TV airings. ~ Cavett Binion, All Movie Guide
  • Creature from the Black Lagoon - DVD

    Type: Event | Date: Sunday, Sep 13, 2009

    Universal Pictures introduced audiences to yet another classic movie monster with this superbly crafted film, originally presented in 3-D. The story involves the members of a fossil-hunting expedition down a dark tributary of the mist-shrouded Amazon, where they enter the domain of a prehistoric, amphibious "Gill Man" -- possibly the last of a species of fanged, clawed humanoids who may have evolved entirely underwater. Tranquilized, captured, and brought aboard, the creature still manages to revive and escape -- slaughtering several members of the team -- and abducts their sole female member (Julie Adams), spiriting her off to his mist-shrouded lair. This sparks the surviving crewmen to action -- particularly those who fancy carrying the girl off themselves. Director Jack Arnold makes excellent use of the tropical location, employing heavy mists and eerie jungle noises to create an atmosphere of nearly constant menace. The film's most effective element is certainly the monster itself, with his pulsating gills and fearsome webbed talons. The creature was played on land by stuntman Ben Chapman and underwater by champion swimmer Ricou Browning -- who was forced to hold his breath during long takes because the suit did not allow room for scuba gear. The end result was certainly worth the effort, proven in the famous scene where the Gill Man swims effortlessly beneath his female quarry in an eerie ballet -- a scene echoed much later by Steven Spielberg in the opening of Jaws. ~ Cavett Binion, All Movie Guide
  • One Step Beyond - The Official First Season

    Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, Sep 15, 2009

    Includes - One Step Beyond: Epilogue (1959) One Step Beyond: The Night of April 14th (1959) One Step Beyond: The Riddle (1959) One Step Beyond: The Dream (1959) aOne Step Beyond: The Dark Room (1959) One Step Beyond: The Navigator (1959) One Step Beyond: The Secret (1959) One Step Beyond: The Burning Girl (1959) One Step Beyond: The Haunted U-Boat (1959) One Step Beyond: Image of Death (1959) One Step Beyond: One Step Beyond (1959) One Step Beyond: The Aerialist (1959) One Step Beyond: Twelve Hours to Live (1959) One Step Beyond: Emergency Only (1959) One Step Beyond: The Vision (1959) One Step Beyond: The Return of Mitchell Campion (1959) One Step Beyond: The Bride Possessed (1959) One Step Beyond: The Dead Part of the House (1959) One Step Beyond: Premonition (1959) One Step Beyond: Front Runner (1959) One Step Beyond: The Captain's Guests (1959) One Step Beyond: Echo (1959) One Step Beyond: The Devil's Laughter (1959) One Step Beyond: Epilogue As his wife Helen (Julie Adams) and son Steve (Charles Herbert) are off exploring an abandoned mine, recovering alcoholic Carl Archer (Charles Aidman) remains in his room, struggling desperately to stay on the wagon. Suddenly, he has a vision of a strange, disheveled woman, who warns him that his wife and son are in grave danger. Can it be that this is merely a drunkard's hallucination--or are Helen and Steve about to meet with tragedy? This episode features several sci-fi/fantasy movie veterans, including Julie Adams (Creature from the Black Lagoon), Charles Herbert (13 Ghost) and William Schallert (The Man from Planet X). ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide One Step Beyond: The Night of April 14th No synopsis available. One Step Beyond: The Riddle Travelling through India on the Bombay Express, Leonard Barrett (Warren Stevens), a man without an enemy in the world, is suddenly consumed with hatred. The object of Barrett's vitriol is another passenger, a seemingly harmless old peddler named Kumar (Patrick Westwood) who enters Barrett's compartment, carrying a rooster. Inevitably, a murder occurs--but who is the real victim? This is the final episode of One Step Beyond's first season. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide One Step Beyond: The Dream Britain, 1940: In the early stages of the Dunkirk evacuation, exhausted Homeguardsman Herbert Blakely (Reginald Owen) falls asleep at his post--and has a dream in which his estranged wife Ethel (Molly Raden) is killed. At the same time, miles and miles away, Ethel has a similar dream, in which Herbert meets his doom. Despite the chaos all around them, Herbert and Ethel are determined to reach one another before their dreams become a horrible reality. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide aOne Step Beyond: The Dark Room In one of the series' eeriest episodes, American photographer Rita Wallace (Cloris Leachman) sets up shop in Paris, hoping to capture the "soul of France" in her pictures. Advertising for a model, Rita ends up using a strange, reclusive little man (Marcel Dalio) with a haunted look in his eyes. Not long afterward, A few nights later, Rita is attacked and nearly strangled to death by a mysterious intruder--and only after she carefully scrutinizes her recent photographs does she even begin to grasp the significance of this inexplicable assault. If "The Dark Room" seems to have a Hitchcock flavor, it may be because the episode was written by "Hitch"'s frequent collaborator Francis Cockrell. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide One Step Beyond: The Navigator On a ship sailing through the China Seas, First Mate Walter Blake (Don Dubbins) follows directions written on the captain's blackboard and changes course. Angrily, the captain (Robert Ellenstein) confronts Blake, insisting that he had never written such instructions. It turns out that the course was changed at the behest of a mysterious stowaway (Olan Soule)--who is completely unable to explain his actions. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide One Step Beyond: The Secret Left home alone on
  • Film_nerd_film_festival_day_one_-_bride_of_frankenstein_home_top_story

    Film Nerd 2.0 Film Fest kicks off with an unplanned viewing of 'Bride Of Frankenstein'

    Type: Post | Date: Friday, Apr 5, 2013

    An accident may have set the stage perfectly for Saturday
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    Film Nerd 2.0: To Scare or Not To Scare

    Type: Post | Date: Wednesday, Nov 14, 2012

    We go from (Bud) Abbott to (Twilight) Zone to discuss what scares the boys
  • A-look-at-what-you-can-expect-from-blu-ray-for-the-rest-of-2012_home_top_story

    From 'The Avengers' to 'E.T.' - 20 Reasons to own a Blu-ray player in Fall 2012

    Type: Gallery | Date: Sunday, Jul 1, 2012

    It's going to be a busy year for Blu-ray titles, and we take a look at some o...
  • The-texas-chain-saw-massacre_home_top_story

    'Cabin in the Woods' inspires a look back at the scare that imprinted

    Type: Post | Date: Wednesday, Apr 18, 2012

    You never forget your first
  • Gary_ross_hunger_games_interview_home_top_story

    Watch: Gary Ross talks about his low-fi sober-minded adaptation of 'The Hunger Games'

    Type: Post | Date: Friday, Mar 16, 2012

    How did he approach bringing the hit book series to life?
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    Listen: The MCP returns with Steve-O interview and 'The Hobbit,' this week's DVDs, and more

    Type: Post | Date: Saturday, Oct 23, 2010

    Special guest Scott Swan stops by for a round of Movie God
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    Who is Bob Burns, who are his friends, and where can you see them?

    Type: Post | Date: Monday, Oct 5, 2009

    Excellent documentary made available free today on the Internet
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